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Even pets donned costumes during the Mt. Lookout fall festival, which was held two days before Halloween. PROVIDED

Thefts rising

HYDE PARK — The theft of catalytic converters in Hyde Park has increased in recent months. Cincinnati police officer Dwayne Dawson said the theft of the converters has been on the rise in communities including Hyde Park, Oakley and Mt. Washington. The converters, which are part of a vehicle’s emissions control system, are being sold to scrapyards across the Ohio River, he said. Full story, A3

School record Mariemont High School students from the classes of 2011 and 2012 have set another record for the largest number of AP Scholars in the history of Mariemont High School. A total of 67 students at Mariemont High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on the exams. Full story, A6



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Columbia Twp. election brings controversy By Rob Dowdy

COLUMBIA TWP. — Incumbent Columbia Township Trustee Steven Langenkamp defeated his two opponents in the Nov. 8 election, but at least one of them isn’t going away quietly. Langenkamp received 61.5 percent of votes to beat out Lisbeth Lundstedt, who received 20.5 percent of the vote, and Bryan Andre, who got 18 percent of the vote. Despite losing the election, Lundstedt is still hoping to take her seat with the township trustees. She claims that Langenkamp has moved out of the township and should not be eligible for the seat he won on Election Day. In a letter sent to Matthew DeTemple, executive director of the Ohio Township Association, Lundstedt states Langenkamp hasn’t lived in the township since June 2010 and therefore “can not be elected to be a trustee.” Lundstedt said she hopes to follow through on her claims with

ate $27,000 to make up for a shortfall the township has been paying out of its general fund. The levy passed with 65 percent, or 106 out of the 163 total votes. Voters also approved Andre Betts Lundstedt Davis Langenkamp an energy aggregation ballot issue that will althe objective of being appointed eral fund. “I’m just looking forward to low township officials to negotias township trustee “because it’s continuing the things we’ve start- ate rates alongside other commuthe right thing to do.” nities in hopes of lowering enerLangenkamp said he does live ed,” Langenkamp said. Township residents also re- gy bills for the entire township. in the township, and has “all my Columbia Township resident elected Fiscal Officer Paul Davis, life.” He said the Hamilton County who defeated Carolyn Betts by Ron Foster said he was really moved to vote because of state isBoard of Elections has looked receiving 62 percent of the vote. Davis thanks the residents for sues, but he did vote on township into Lundstedt’s claims and no actheir confidence and Betts for issues as well. tion has been taken against him. He voted for Langenkamp beLangenkamp said he wishes “running a good campaign.” “We just worked hard and let cause of his “open door policy.” his opponents in the race remain “He’s done some things in my involved in township business, the people speak,” he said. Davis said with the election neighborhood that’s improved but that doesn’t include his personal life, noting that Lundstedt now behind the township, it’s it,” Foster said. He added his support for the questioned his children at a poll- time to focus on the tightening ing place about their living situa- budget and continued cuts from energy aggregation issue in hopes of getting a better rate on the state. tion. Residents in Columbia Town- his monthly bill, and voted for Langenkamp said his re-election means people in the township ship who receive fire protection Davis because of the work he’s recognize the work he’s done and services from the Deer Park-Sil- done in previous terms. the work that lies ahead, as state verton Fire District approved a cuts threaten the township’s gen- 3.5-mill levy expected to gener-


Change coming

FAIRFAX — Change is coming to the Fairfax Village Council. Two new residents were elected to council Nov. 8 while the two incumbents failed in their bid for re-election. Voters elected Rodney Cash with 236 votes and Barb Blankemeyer with 202 votes, according to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Full story, A4

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Voters in 2 villages approve renewals

Mayor re-elected

By Lisa Wakeland

Mariemont Mayor Dan Policastro will keep his seat for another four years. More than 57 percent of voters supported Policastro in his re-election bid, according to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. About 200 votes separated Policastro and his challenger, Councilman Jeff Andrews. "I want to thank the village citizens for their support,” Policastro said. Full story, A3

Voters approved two renewal levies Nov. 8, one in Mariemont and one in Terrace Park. Turnout was steady throughout the day, said Kyle Hill, presiding judge for Terrace Park’s B Precinct. He said his precinct had a good amount of voters, which was surprising in an off-year election.


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Cincinnati Summit Country Day freshman Emily Wiser, right, of Hyde Park, studies the defense while fending off Shaker Heights Laurel's Nancy Eisele in the first half of the Ohio Division III state soccer championship Saturday. Wiser scored the first goal of the game to pace the Silver Knights to a 5-2 state championship win. For full story, please see page A7. JAY LAPRETE/CONTRIBUTOR

Mariemont's 3.0-mill permanent improvement levy renewal was supported by nearly 73 percent of voters, according to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The levy renewal will cost homeowners $18.13 per $100,000 of assessed market value. Mariemont resident Don Slavik said he voted for the renewal because the village needed the money. Laura Denton also supported the permanent improvement levy. "Keeping and building a strong community is an important value," she said. "Even in these economic conditions I trust the (village) leadership to manage it wisely." This renewal will generate $94,000 per year for Mariemont’s

permanent improvement levy, village Clerk Tony Borgerding has said. Permanent improvement levies can be used for street repairs, sidewalks, tree maintenance, equipment purchases, building improvements and other similar items. They cannot be used for employee salaries or general operating expenses for the village. This levy was first passed in 1981. Voters will have another permanent improvement levy renewal on the ballot next year, Borgerding said. That one generates about $250,000 per year for the village, he said.


Close to 71 percent of voters supported Terrace Park's 5.58mill operating levy renewal, according to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. It will cost homeowners $162.01 per $100,000 of appraised market value and will generate an estimated $703,165 per year. Resident Becky Carman said she was voting for the levy renewal to support the village and Tom Sullivan said he supported the levy renewal because it was needed.



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dent Marty Barney cast a vote based on childhood experience. Fairfax Village Council candidate Barb Blankemeyer sat behind him at St. Margaret of Cortona School when he was younger. “Every time I tried to copy off her paper she squealed on me,” he said. “I know she’s honest.” Candidate Rodney Cash also had his supporters. “I’m voting for Cash because people I spoke to said he has the village in mind, and that’s very important,” said Fairfax resident Bernice Martin. Both Blankemeyer and Cash were successful in their campaign bid. They were chosen from among five candidates to fill the two open positions on the Village Council. Fairfax resident Donna Frazee said it was not only the candidates but the issues on the ballot which brought her to the polls. “I’m interested in Issue 2 and the health issue,” she

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said. Other Fairfax residents said it wasn’t so much the issues but the privilege of voting that brought them out on Election Day. “I always vote,” said Fairfax resident Barbara Wilder. This sentiment was shared by others. “It’s Election Day, you have to vote,” said Martin. “My parents and my husband’s parents would go through rain or snow to vote.” Fairfax resident Ron McGaha said he also casts his vote regularly. “I’m a firm believer you can’t complain if you don’t vote,” he said. Not even surgery could stop Fairfax resident Mary Tarrance from getting to the polls. She had just recently had knee replacement surgery. “I thought if nothing else, I’d at least come and vote,” she said. “My mom picked me up.”

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BRIEFLY Seeking photos

Do you have a favorite holiday photo? Elaine Fening, Terrace Park Historical Society program chair, would like to have a file or copy of it to help decorate the Community Building Sunday, Dec. 4, when the organization holds its annual holiday brunch and business meeting. Send a JPG of the photo to or mail a print to TPHS headquarters, 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park, 45174. Be sure to identify the people in the photo and include a sentence about why the photo has special meaning for later use in the archives.

Art exhibit

There is a new exhibit at the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center until Nov. 27. “Sandy Maudlin and Friends” features more than 50 fine art works created with a variety of water media from Maudlin’s open studio in Lawrenceberg, Ind. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Other hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20 and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 2627. The free exhibit is in the center’s gallery, 6980 Cambridge Ave. in Mariemont.

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Mariemont Mayor Dan Policastro will keep his seat for another four years. More than 57 percent of voters supported Policastro in his re-election bid, according to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. About 200 votes separated Policastro and his challenger, Councilman Jeff Andrews. "I want to thank the village citizens for their support,” Policastro said. “It’s a very good feeling to know the majority of our village appreciates the work that I’ve done over the years and wasn’t fooled by my opponents negative campaigning.” Policastro said he was disappointed by a political advertisement – written as a guest column by three former council members – that appeared in the Nov. 2

issue of the Eastern Hills Journal. The advertisement had “many untrue, erroneous and misleading comments,” he said. “I think a lot of people voted for Policastro me because of that,” Policastro said. “I stayed as positive as possible and only talked about things I’ve done and things I want to do in the future.” Despite the loss, Andrews said he would continue to work hard on council. “I’m disappointed (by the results) because after serving on council for two years I firmly believe we need new leadership,” he said. “But at the same time, I will be as active in the next two years as I have been

PRIORITIES Mariemont Mayor Dan Policastro said there is a lot he wants to accomplish in his next four-year term. Some of his priorities are: » Continuing to develop a five-year plan for the budget » Work with the owner to add two more screens to the Mariemont Theatre » See the Nolen Park condominium project get

started as soon as possible » Work with Spinnenweber builders to develop plans for the vacant space near Mio’s » Continue to work with Kellogg and other businesses in the village » Help develop plans for a potential office building behind the Mariemont library branch

and as persistent as I have been in bringing attention to issues I think are very important.” Andrews acknowledged that beating an incumbent at any level of government can be difficult, and name recognition helps in any election. “Mayor Policastro has been in Mariemont politics for a long time and had a chance to do many favors and a number of things in the village,” he said. “The challenge this first time was that there are still many in the village who don’t know me … and a large majority of the village was not able to hear directly from me and what I think is important.” Residents expressed multiple reasons for voting for each candidate. Vina Goel said she voted for Policastro because she thinks he "listens to problems and takes a personal interest," adding that he previously helped her with an issue. Kent Jacob said he voted for Andrews because the councilman was more up to speed with modern technology and would bring a new perspective to the mayor's seat. Maggie Palazzolo said she voted for Policastro because she's known him for a while and he's "a great guy," and Beverly Feie said she voted for Andrews because of his financial background and expertise. Policastro became may-

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Fairfax voters elect 2 new faces to council

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FAIRFAX — Change is coming to the Fairfax Village Council. Two new residents were elected to council Nov. 8 while the two incumbents failed in their bid for re-election. According to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections, the results were: » Rodney Cash: 236 votes

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cus. “Not everyone is informed on how things work,” he said. “I want to bridge the communication gap.” Blankemeyer said actually being at the polls on Election Day may have helped. Both she and Cash as well as Riffle spoke with voters outside of the Fairfax Recreation Center polling location. “I definitely think it made a difference,” she said. Blankemeyer said she hopes to learn from the current council members as well as the outgoing ones. “They can help me move forward,” she said. Both Diaspro and Hembree said the amount of campaigning by their opponents was a factor. It was a matter of getting names out there, said Hembree. Diaspro agreed. “They did more campaigning,” she said. “They put themselves out there more.” Hembree said he will definitely run in a future election, while Diaspro said she will wait to see what develops on council before making a decision on whether to run again. Riffle said he also plans to campaign again when a seat becomes available. However, he said he is pleased with the candidates who won. Blankemeyer is his sister-in-law. “If I didn’t get in, I’m glad that they got in,” he said. “I don’t think (the residents) could have voted in two better people.”

Oakley to celebrate end of construction By Forrest Sellers

OAKLEY — The community has a reason to be especially merry this holiday season. “Oakley is back in business,” said Peter Draugelis, president of the Oakley Community Council. With the streetscape finished in the business district the community is now gearing up for the annual holiday party. “This year we have more of a reason to celebrate with the completion of construction,” said Draugelis. The event will be from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the business district. It will include sleigh rides, carolers and “all the pomp and circumstance you would expect from Oakley,” said Draugelis. The celebration will be held in collaboration with area businesses, many of which will be offering discounts, according to Draugelis.

Mariemont district opposes the state’s voucher expansion By Lisa Wakeland

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This phase of the streetscape improvements included traffic and aesthetic improvements along Madison Road as well as enhancements to the Geier Esplanade. The Brenner event will include a visit from Santa Claus. Free hot chocolate will also be available. “We’re excited to have the businesses get more attention now that the road work is over,” said Oakley Community Council member Gina Brenner. “It’s wonderful to have events like this in the neighborhood.” Additionally, a special ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the esplanade, which is located in the business district. Cincinnati officials are expected to attend.

mously to support a resolution opposing Ohio House Bill 136. "While I know we're all in favor of school choice it' a bill that would take local dollars and start sending them to private and parochial schools," said Superintendent Paul Imhoff. Currently, parents with children in low-performing school districts can apply for the program, but House Bill 136 would expand that to all students in Ohio, regardless of how well the local schools perform on state report cards. Mariemont City Schools earned an Excellent rating for the 20102011 school year and earned Excellent With Distinction – the top rating – the previous year. The proposal, called Parental Choice and Taxpayer Savings Scholarship Program, would award scholarships that range from $2,300 to $4,600 for families to use toward private education, according to a report from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. Scholarship amounts depend on annual family income, which is capped at $95,000, the report said, and that amount would be deducted from the funding the local school district receives from the state. That, Imhoff said, is where the problem lies. "The voters approve levies to be spent by the board of education," he said. "For the state of Ohio to take those dollars away ... many of us have philosophical issue with that. Those dollars need to be controlled by taxpayers of our district and by the people who they've elected." The Mariemont City School District received $1,689 per pupil in state funding during the current fiscal year, said Treasurer Natalie Lucas. Funding from the state foundation has been steadily declining for the past three or four years, Lucas said.



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Nickson Kirks-McFadden, left, and Michael King, both fourth-graders at Mariemont Elementary, dress as soldiers from two different eras.



Mariemont Elementary first-graders Gabrielle Chambers, left, and Ashley Stahl dressed as witches during the Halloween parade.

Happy Halloween! Superheroes, sports stars and spooky creatures filled the streets of Mariemont and Terrace Park on Oct. 31 during the annual Halloween parades. Parents, grandparents and neighbors turned out to see the variety of costumes at the fun fall event celebrated at both elementary schools.

Photos by Lisa Wakeland/The Community Press

Terrace Park Elementary sixth-grader Brandon Henzie shows off his costume during the parade. Terrace Park Elementary School third-grader Holden McCord was decked out in camouflage during the Halloween parade.

Fourth-grade students Jacqueline Kauffman, left, and Lindsey Stinnett were diner waitresses for the Terrace Park Elementary parade, completing their costumes with malts and ice cream sundaes.

Kindergartener Sam Parker dressed as a Lego during the Terrace Park Elementary Halloween parade.

Even the Mariemont High School Marching Band was in the Halloween spirit during the parades and senior Jonathan Saxton lead the way as Cookie Monster.

Kindergarteners Max Miller, left, and Charlie Tully, celebrated Cincinnati sports teams with their Halloween costumes.



Mariemont sets AP Scholar record Mariemont High School students from the classes of 2011 and 2012 have set another record for the largest number of AP Scholars in the history of Mariemont High School. A total of 67 students at Mariemont High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on the exams. Conor Coyan, David Finn, and Andrew Gorman were named “National AP Scholars” by earning an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on

eight or more of the exams. Twenty-nine students qualified for “AP Scholar with Distinction” by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The Mariemont High School AP Scholars with Distinction from the classes of 2010 and 2011 are: Katie Arends, Audrey Askam, Taylor Bailey, Joel Beeby, Conor Coyan, Elizabeth Deadrick, William Degerberg, Haley Fallon, Joe Fening, Taylor Fields, David Finn, Alyxis Giordullo, Andrew Gorman, Andrew Harris, Abigail Hofrichter, Alex Ljubisavljevic, Whitney Lonnemann, Connor McManus, Emily Moreton, Teddy Murphy, Katie Peters, Hillary Purcell, Stacy Purcell, Tim Purcell, Sarah

Ries, Mackenzie Shelley, Charles Stewart, Emily Taylor and Magaret Tomczak. Sixteen “AP Scholars with Honor” from the Classes of 2010 and 2011 are: Stephanie Allen, Elizabeth Arington, Angela Bell, Wilhelm Dietz, James Donnelly, Karyn Georgilis, Kate Hassey, Christian Lehman, Max Long, Clarissa Moeller, Erin Purcell, Bryan Routt, Maud Schram, Braxton Stricker, Chelsea Weaver, and Michael Weston. These students received an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. “AP Scholars” are those students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

The 22 scholars are: Blake Adams, Rebecca Adams, Brian Austin, Sarah Bessey, Emma Brittingham, Claire Foran, Julia Gaburo, Grace Gardner, Andrew Hyer, Karin Long, David McCormack, Julia Rogers, Kelsie Rutherford, Olivia Saulnier, Carly Schweier, Jane Spooner, Emmie Stehling, Jordan Walter, John Wirthlin, Wesley Woodruff, Katie Wray and Matt York. Students took AP exams in May 2011 after completing challenging collegelevel courses at the high school. Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on the AP exams.

Members of the Mariemont High School Class of 2012 who earned the designation of AP Scholar this year are, in back row, Connor McManus, Bryan Routt, Braxton Stricker, Max Long, Blake Adams and Wil Dietz; in fourth row, James Donnelly, Olivia Saulnier, Karin Long, Carly Schweier, Grace Gardner and Michael Weston; in third row are Maud Schram, Rebecca Adams, Kate Hassey and Katie Wray; in second row, Mackenzie Shelley, Katie Arends, Lizzie Deadrick and Katie Peters; and in first row, Jane Spooner, Claire Foran, Karyn Georgilis and Julia Gaburo.

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State champs!

By Nick Dudukovich

COLUMBUS — Summit Country Day’s run to the Division III state soccer tournament came with little margin for error. The squad put together four, one-goal victories that stretched from the district finals to the state semifinals. In the championship game, Summit didn’t leave anything to chance. The Silver Knights’ earned the school’s first girls soccer state championship with a 5-2 win over Shaker Heights Laurel during the Division III title game at Crew Stadium, Nov. 12. Summit head coach Mike Fee said the squad was expecting another close matchup from Laurel and that it would’ve taken a shootout to end the Silver Knights’ season with a loss. Fortunately for Summit, the game shook out a little different-

Summit Country Day's Meredith Schertzinger celebrates her goal against Laurel during the second half of the Division III state soccer championship, Nov. 12. JAY LAPRETE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


“We were going to play hard, inspired ball,” Fee said. “We were going to make it so hard for them

Cincinnati Summit Country Day's Ellie Adams of Loveland, right, heads the ball away from Laurel's Abby Napoli during the first half of the Div. III state soccer championship Saturday, Nov. 12, in Columbus. JAY LAPRETE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Summit Country Day junior Izzie Englehart walks away from the student body after showing off the Silver Knights' Division III state soccer championship trophy at Crew Stadium, Nov. 12. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

to win the game…we were so prepared for a tight match, and it didn’t come down to it.” The victory is anticlimactic after the Silver Knights defeated Fenwick, 3-2, in overtime during the semifinals when Elizabeth Williams of Indian Hill kicked in an Addie Englehart rebound shot for the game winning goal, Nov. 9. “…It was surprising to see us dominate that much in the final,” Williams said. Sophomore midfielder Meredith Schertzinger of Loveland led the charge for Summit and scored two goals and assisted another during the contest. Her first score came off a corner kick, with a little help from Williams. Williams attempted to head Schertzinger’s kick into the net but missed. She ended up screening Laurel goalie Rachel Piccus.

The ball took a Summit bounce in front of the goal and sailed to back of the net. It was the first time at the varsity level that Schertzinger scored on corner kick shot. “It was perfect,” she said. At the time, Williams wondered if she’d be penalized for the interference. She wasn’t. “I went for the header but I couldn’t get it,” she said. “It ended up going in anyways.” On Schertzinger’s second goal, the sophomore headed in a goal off a corner kick from junior Izzie Englehart of Madeira. Freshman Emily Wiser of Hyde Park kicked off the Summit scoring parade with 11 mintues to play in the first half. Williams and Addie Englehart also netted goals for Summit. The Silver Knights remained in control the entire match. Both

Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Williams of Indian Hill, left, and Laurel's Jill Dayneka chase a loose ball during the first half of the OHSAA Div. III state soccer championship Saturday, Nov. 12, in Columbus. JAY LAPRETE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

of Laurel’s goals, scored by Sydney Riddle, came when most of Summit’s starters had been taken out. Summit put eight shots on goals and cashed in five scores during the contest. Laurel managed just five shots on goal, including only one attempt in the first half. The game marked the first Division III girls final sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Assocition. It was also the first time both the Summit and Laurel programs had played in a state final. “Getting to this point and to be able to do it with a title, and not just getting to this point, feels so good,” Fee said.

Eagles achieve many goals during season By Scott Springer

WALNUT HILLS — Between Sept. 24, 2004, and Aug. 22, 2008, the Walnut Hills football program lost 36 straight games. Three seasons after that skid ended, the Eagles had a winning season and played their first playoff game. While the 60-6 loss to Colerain Nov. 5 was disappointing, coach George Kontsis has put it all in perspective. “It was a great experience. We were excited about being in the playoffs,” Kontsis said. “That's what we said we were going to do four years ago when we came here.” Four years ago, some laughed at Kontsis’ lofty ideas. The veteran coach noticed, but plodded forward and had his team set their own goals this past July.

The Eagles vowed to win the FAVC-Cardinal division championship, make the playoffs and finish in the top10 in the Enquirer city poll. The only goal Walnut Hills didn’t reach was winning the league. That honor went to Kings who ran the table. Just behind them was Turpin. All three were playoff teams, but Kings and Turpin had the luxury of being Division II in terms of students. Walnut Hills is over the limit by 36 students and was rewarded with a first-round game with perennial powerhouse Colerain. When Kontsis got word of the Walnut Hills numbers last spring, he was initially disappointed. He knew the Eagles had a promising team, but cracking the Division I playoff picture requires tremendous work and a lot of luck. When usual suspects La Salle and Elder were denied playoff

berths mathematically, it opened the door for Walnut Hills. Logic says the Eagles would’ve fared better as a Division II competitor, but Kontsis has tried not to dwell on it. “Quite frankly, that ship has sailed,” he said. “We're going to be Division I because our enrollment is always going to go up.” Either way, the records will show Walnut Hills as a Division I participant in 2011 even though playing a yearly contender on their home field is a tough draw. “Obviously, that was brutal,” Kontsis said. “The Colerain game didn't turn out the way we expected it to. I'm not going to say we expected to win, but I thought we'd have a chance. Stranger things have happened.” The Eagles’ new goals will involve not only returning to such a game, but doing so successfully. “Three or four years from now, hopefully that's a game we

Walnut Hills High School senior Kenneth Davis turns the corner against the Colerain defense during their Division I first-round playoff game Nov. 5 at Colerain. Davis finished the season with 1,519 yards rushing. BEN WALPOLE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Walnut Hills storms the field after beating Winton Woods 31-28 Sept. 23. The win put the Eagles at 5-0, matching their win total of last season. Walnut Hills went on to finish 8-3 and make the Division I playoffs. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

expect to win as a frontrunner,” Kontsis said. “We want to have a winning program, we want to make the playoffs and we want to win championships.” In four years, Kontsis has taken the Eagles from a doormat to the red carpet of the postseason. His past experience as a St. Xavier assistant has led him to believe Walnut Hills can succeed in the same fashion. “Our facilities are being renovated,” Kontsis said. “This place will be an absolute palace pretty soon. Academically, people are going to want to send their kids here. I think we're building a football program where they're going to get the total experience.”

In the time being, Walnut Hills loses 1,519 yard rusher Kenneth Davis, sack leader Jason Stargel and interception leader James Smith. Kontsis expects them to be among the six to10 seniors that go on to play college football. He’ll return quarterback Jake Desch and expects to move toward more passing next season. More importantly, he returns some big guys up front. “Offensively, we return four of our five offensive linemen, which is big,” Kontsis said. “We return all of our wide receivers except for one. Some of our defensive linemen are back. Some of our db's are back. The cupboard is far from bare.”



Signed, sealed, delivered St. Ursula seniors signed letters of intent to continue playing their respective sports at the college level, Nov. 9. From left, Mackenzie Loesing of Norwood will play basketball for the University at Buffalo; Emily Mosher of Madeira will dive for the University of Florida; Maria Napolitano will play basketball for Quinnipiac University in Connecticut; Erin Ridge of Anderson Township will swim for Lehigh University; and Betsy Zilch, of Symmes Township, will swim for the University of Utah. THANKS TO JILL

Summit Country Day senior Gabe Scott signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at George Washington University, Nov. 9. Scott is pictured with parents Kathy (front left), and J. Kevin (front, right). Behind him are (from left) athletic director Greg Dennis, upper school director, Dr. Pat White, and baseball coach Triffon Callos. THANKS TO NANCY BERLIER


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Students are taking full advantage of the new turf field at St. Ursula Academy. Now the school is taking a time-out to thank the people who made it all possible. Following the field hockey post season game Tuesday, Oct. 25, St. Ursula Academy unveiled its new donor appreciation plaque and thanked the generous donors who helped SUA convert its limited-use grass field to a state-of-theart all-purpose, all-weather turf field. Funds to pay for the field conversion were raised through a targeted campaign called “Team up for Turf”. The new turf field, called Buenger Field, is located on the northwest side of SUA’s campus in East Walnut Hills. The turf field surface replaced the former grass field that is home to SUA's nationally ranked soccer team, state championship field hockey team, the la-





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Mariemont Athletic Boosters encourage all friends, fans, and families of student athletes to join. The association provides financial support and encouragement to Mariemont student athletes and coaches at the high school and junior high. Boosters promote school spirit, athletic excellence and quality sportsmanship. State and district budget cuts have made booster organizations more important than ever. Mariemont City Schools

initiated a participation fee last year for high school and junior high athletics. These funds go directly to the board to help offset transportation costs. Booster President Greg Long’s vision is not only to continue the association’s course of funding, but also to help the athletic department with the loss of state funding so that Mariemont can maintain the outstanding athletic tradition that Mariemont Junior High and Mariemont High School have enjoyed.

Major contributions that the Mariemont Athletic Boosters funded last year were: » Aluminum volleyball posts to replace old metal posts. » A portable and shaded scorer’s table to be shared amongst the lacrosse, track and swim teams. ·» Matching athletic bags for the swim team. » Lacrosse frames, rage cages, nets and balls. » Meals and related expenses to state tournament bound athletes, coaches.

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» Some stadium upgrades: New sand-based turf (no more hot rubber) and spacious press box. » College scholarships to two graduating seniors. » Coach training and certification in national and state programs and clinics. » Fall, winter and spring Sports Awards Night to honor athletes. » Special awards for league, district, regional and state championships. » Expenses for senior night recognitions.

» $10,000 each year for coaches’ “wish lists” for items that fall outside the usual needs of a team, including training aids and extra training equipment. » Operational expenses of the athletic department funded by half of season pass sales. In the 2010-11 school year, the club raised $85,000 through the following events: » Booster membership drive, currently at 240 family and individual members.

» Spring FAB gala - a combined effort with Mariemont Fine Arts and Mariemont Foundation. » Fall golf outing, which welcomes all levels of golfers. sports programs, sold at most sporting events. » One-day mattress sale in the high school gym » “Split the Pot” sold at football games. » Community tailgate, held in the football end zone on the Hall of Fame induction night. Visit and click on Boosters.

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Author: The rich sure are welcome to their riches All of this highly-publicized protesting by the group that calls itself “Occupy” (including the local group in Piatt Park) has got me scratching my head. Yes, there are some people in this country who are fantastically wealthy. So what? Is that wrong by itself? Can the protestors be specific with regard to who they are angry at, and why they are angry? Their placards and shouts condemn “Wall Street”, but you can't be angry at a “street”, or the buildings on a street. And what is it about these people that upsets them? Have they done anything illegal or immoral to earn their fortunes?

What would the protesters do to them, if they had the power? Strip them of their wealth, and redistribute it to those they believe Bill deserve it Banchy COMMUNITY PRESS more? Isn't that an idea promotGUEST COLUMNIST ed by the man we know as Karl Marx? I wish someone would help me understand the animosity against the wealthy, for example by looking at the Forbes list of the nation's 400 wealthiest people, and telling me which ones

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Should Ohio ban or restrict the private ownership of exotic animals? Why or why not?

“Of course, Ohio should ban the private ownership of exotic animals! There is no reason I can think of that would warrant another situation like the one in Zanesville. Animals belong first of all in their natural habitats. If that is not possible, then they belong in a zoo where experts will care, shelter and feed them. People who have a need for an abundance of wild animals or keeping an abundance of cats or dogs in their homes are needing some mental health care for themselves. Let's love our animals with reason. We don't need more than one or two cats or dogs and the wild animals should not live in our homes.” E.E.C. “My first response would be, of course. These animals are potentially dangerous and could harm the owner and others but where do you draw the line? American Bison are exotic, big and potentially dangerous but considered farm animals and we have not banned them. We have banned pit bulls but not tigers and lions but people keep them anyway. Where is the sense in that? More people are killed or hurt by ATVs but we have not banned them. I believe Ohioans who ride motorcycles without helmets are fools, endangering themselves and driving up healthcare costs but we voted to repeal the helmet law. I don't think it is a good idea to keep exotic animals and it pains me to see any animals maltreated but there are lots more poorly cared for dogs, cats and horses. Before we ban exotic animals, perhaps we should ban people who do a miserable job of bringing up children that subsequently become criminals, thieves and murders. Our legislature has a lot more pressing things to spend time on. We have enough restrictions on our liberty.” F.S.D. “Absolute ban. People can't seem to take care of their own domestic animals as evidenced by the overcrowding of shelters and foster homes with these poor creatures. “Leave caring for and housing exotics to the zoo.” M.J.Y. “Regarding the unbalanced man who released over 50 wild animals, how does a private citizen amass a collection of lions, tigers, bears and other large carnivores without the government intervening? Can we really trust

are “evil”, and why. It is an inconvenient truth (to borrow from a former VP) that many of the very wealthy people in the US are ideological liberals who would support things like “Occupy.” One might ask how generous these celebrities are in terms of their personal philanthropic efforts, and compare them to some of those who are among the hated group, because many of those wealthy people have been extremely generous (like Carl Lindner, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others.) Somewhere along the line, these well-intentioned protestors (many of whom lead privi-

leged lives themselves) have forgotten the injunction regarding “envy”, as expressed in the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.” There is a reason why envy is classified as one of the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Why can't we all just do what we can voluntarily to help other people who are less fortunate than we are, instead of trying to force a whole population to do things the way we think they should be done? Many of the people that the protesters are attacking are the very ones who are providing employment for so many of our citizens, even though today

unemployment is a serious problem. Rodney King had it right when he asked “Why can't we all just get along?” Name calling and hatred never lead to anything good (nor did Communism). With all of the limitations that are part of human existence, I still prefer capitalism over any other form of economic system ever tried by societies. The rich are welcome to their riches, as far as I'm concerned. They didn't steal it from me. Bill Banchy is an Anderson Township resident.


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private citizens to own 600 to 800 pound potential man-eaters and properly feed and house them? If a neighbor had such an animal I certainly hope the government would intercede pronto!” R.V. “No, not banning, but they should have laws in effect of what type of exotic animals can be safely kept as pets. Zoo's should have the right to inspect anyone who harbors these animals to see if they are treated well and disease free. Also, potential owners should at least have a farm setting for safety and exercise.” O.H.R. "Absolutely not! This question would not have arisen had it not been for the aberrant behavior of 61-year-old Terry Thompson who released his collection of wild animals near Zanesville and then killed himself. What are the odds of something like this happening again? “I'm one of those people who believe in limited government and I do not think government has the authority to dictate what kind of animals people keep for their enjoyment. If it could be proven that someone kept a supply of dangerous wild animals with the deliberate intent to release them at some point, and cause panic, I might take a different view, but that is not the case. “We should be very cautious about allowing government to limit our freedoms.” Bill B. “I am against the public having exotic animals for a number of reasons. First of all they are called wild for a reason and can never be trusted, thinking that they like you personally is nuts. When you have these animals you are putting yourself and the community at risk and some of the cages are not safe to have an animal in or are they sanitary. Lets leave the wild animals for the zoo.” D.D.



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The Terrace Park Historical Society welcomes three new board members, from left: Susan Rodgers, who has joined the archives and oral histories team; Ann Englehart, who will edit and design the organization's newsletter "Tracker;" and Gregg Smith, who will oversee its Facebook presence, listserve announcements, and the website as social media editor. The three recently met at TPHS headquarters to review recent acquisitions, including the vintage oak veneer cash register that is believed to have been used in the Terrace Park Elementary School lunchroom; also, the Terrace Park classroom photos from the 1950s and 1960s that were acquired on Craigslist. TPHS is asking the public to stop by its headquarters to help identify students in the photos. The historical society is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m., Thursdays; from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m the first Sunday of most months; and by appointment. PHS is at 100 Miami Avenue, in the lower level of St. Thomas Church. To make an appointment call 248-1777. THANKS TO SUE PORTER

WHEN THEY MEET Columbia Township

Meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month, 5686 Kenwood Road. Phone: 561-6046. Web site: Trustee President Stephen Langenkamp; trustees Susan Hughes and David Kubicki; Fiscal Officer Paul Davis. Administrator C. Michael Lemon; Road Superintendent John Servizzi Jr.; Contract with Little Miami and Golf Manor fire departments and Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District. Little Miami Fire Chief Tom Driggers, 271-3636; Golf Manor Fire Chief Greg Ballman, 5312022; Silverton Fire Chief Donald Newman, 791-2500. Contract with Hamilton County Sheriff.

Columbia-Tusculum Community Council

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


Meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Village Hall 5903 Hawthorne Ave. Phone: 527-6505. Web site:

Mayor Ted Shannon; Vice Mayor Don Kessel; councilmembers Kelly Diaspro, William Hembree, Don Kessel, Sharon Lally, Don Telgkamp and Joanne Telgkamp Administrator Jenny Kaminer; Clerk/ Treasurer Walter Raines; Little Miami Fire Chief Tom Driggers, 271-3636; Police Chief Rick Patterson, 271-7250.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Council

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

Mt. Lookout Community Council

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of every other month beginning in February at Christ the King Parish Center, 3223 Linwood Road. Phone: 723-5599. Web site: Board of Directors President John

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

Brannock; Vice President Eric Flamme; Treasurer Matt Johnson; Secretary, Jeff Waltz; marketing and public relations, Cha Soutar; membership, Andy Park; legacy planning/philanthropy, Jim Gaunt; Directors at Large Brian Kierce, Maryann Ries, Mark Costello and Greg Delev.

Oakley Community Council

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

Terrace Park

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at 428 Elm Ave. Phone: 831-2137. Web site:

Eastern Hills Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Mt. Lookout resident Thelma Gratsch and her friend take a break from the festivities to pose for a photo.

Face painting was one of the many activities at the Mt. Lookout Fall Festival.

These two girls created sand art during the fall festival.


On a sunny Saturday afternoon, dozens of people converged on Cardinal Pacelli School for the fourth annual Mt. Lookout Fall Festival. The Oct. 29 event featured everything from music to face painting, farmers market vendors and costume contests. This was the second year the fall festival has been at the school on Ellison Avenue because of construction in Mt. Lookout Square. Photos thanks to Matt Johnson and Andy Park.

Creativity reigned with a variety of sand art at the Mt. Lookout fall festival.

Many children participated in the popular cakewalk at the fall festival, sponsored by the Mt. Lookout Community Council.

Children dressed as Strawberry Shortcake, a chicken and a bumblebee wait in line to decorate pumpkins at the Mt. Lookout fall festival.

Even pets donned costumes during the Mt. Lookout fall festival, which was conducted two days before Halloween.

National Trail Family Farm was one of the many Mt. Lookout farmers market vendors that returned for the annual fall festival at Cardinal Pacelli.

Many kids played in the bounce house at the Mt. Lookout fall festival.

Music was a new feature at this year's Mt. Lookout Fall Festival.



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School of Glass Story Time, 1:30-2:15 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Story followed by fused glass art activity for your budding artist. Kelli Gleiner, from Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, reads “Little Pea” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Ages 3-6. $18. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Yelp’s Busken Pumpkin Pie Event, 7-9 p.m., Busken Bakery, 2675 Madison Road, Tour historic Busken Bakery led by Mr. Busken himself, hair net and all. Enjoy a slice or two of Busken’s famous pumpkin pie, whipped cream included. Special musical performance by The Turkeys. Chance to win Thanksgiving Survival Package that includes: Busken Gift Certificate, ear plugs to block out family noise, Yagoot BOGO, a disposable flask and a bottle of Tums. Bring your own pumpkin pie to be judged for prizes. Free. 871-2114. Hyde Park.

Art Exhibits Elements of Perception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Works by Mark Patsfall and Brian Stuparyk. Through screenprinting, painting, video and installation, artists present works that focus on contemporary perceptions of time, fear, threats and impossibilities. Free. Through Nov. 25. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Multiplicity and Hang It Up, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Gallery One One presents group exhibition of art, design and craft based on notion of multiples. In conjunction with Multiplicity, gallery features Hang It Up, room devoted entirely to ornaments. Free. Through Jan. 5. 321-0206; Oakley. Johanne Cullen: La Vie en Rose, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Like a magician wielding a wand, French-Canadian artist Johanne Cullen engages in acts of illusion and fantasy. Birds printed on the fabric of a dress fly off into the sky; goldfish swim around a fully-clothed woman; reality merges into fantasy, fantasy into reality. Cullen’s realistic technique and the well-considered approach to the composition of an often-impossible situation of her own creation make the viewer totally believe her vision when it appears on canvas. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Art Openings Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Works by Maureen Holub, David Rosenthal, John Humphries, Jenny Grote and Heather Jones. Exhibit continues through Feb. 1. 458-6600. Hyde Park.

Health / Wellness Brain Health Expert Lecture, 4-5:30 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Dr. Paul Nussbaum, clinical neuropsychologist and nationally-recognized expert in dementia care, discusses inner workings of the brain and lifestyle factors that impact brain health as individuals age. Followed by reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. 823-3058; Madisonville.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Play by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher and directed by Norma Niinemets. Marx Brothers provide laughter in abundance in this look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Nov. 27. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Schools Upper School Open House, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Summit Country Day, 2161 Grandin Road, For grades 9-12. Tour campus in small groups to witness interactions between faculty and students. Shadow visits and private tours can be scheduled. Free. 871-4700; www.summitcd-

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922; Hyde Park. Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Hyde Park.

FRIDAY, NOV. 18 Art & Craft Classes Introduction to Glass Bead Making Part II, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Beginning students further their exploration into glass bead making, building on what they learned in Part I. $150. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Elements of Perception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Works by Maureen Holub, David Rosenthal, John Humphries, Jenny Grote and Heather Jones. Through Feb. 1. 458-6600. Hyde Park.

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

Civic Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.

Literary - Bookstores Spanish Playdate for Preschoolers, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Ana Gallegos-Yavorsky, native Spanish speaker. Listen to and repeat simple lesson in Spanish, color, play and sing what you have learned. Ages 3-6. Family friendly. $5. Registration required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Nature Campfire on the Bluff, 7-8:30 p.m., California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Meet live owl and learn about the night time forest while enjoying roaring fire on bluff in California Woods. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 231-8678; California.

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On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 921-1922; Hyde Park.

SATURDAY, NOV. 19 Art & Craft Classes November Family Open House: Family Portraits, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Families create one-of-a-kind fused glass family portraits. Experiment with fused glass components to design glass standing figures to look just like your family members. Family friendly. $10. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Elements of Perception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Civic Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.

Craft Shows Holiday Craft Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2944 Erie Ave., wide variety of home-made crafts, food and local art. Food, jewelry, hand-knitted items, photographs, handmade note cards, homemade bread and more. Benefits Home of Love and Hope in El Hogar, Honduras. Free. 321-6700. Hyde Park.

Films The Phenomenon Bruno Groning, 1:30-7:30 p.m., Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Cincinnati, 5701 Murray Ave., Documentary film following the life of the “Miracle Healer.” Includes two intermissions. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. 899-3115; email Fairfax.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 2715111; Madisonville.

Literary - Signings Nadine Huffman and Marilyn Lebhar, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Author and illustrator duo discuss and sign “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas.”. Family friendly. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.

Literary - Story Times ManaTots, 9:30-10 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories and songs for children up to age 4. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.

Nature Little Explorers, 10 a.m.-noon, Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Preschool friendly hike using senses, discovering what is out and about in the fall. Adult must accompany child. Ages 3-5. Dress for weather. Meet by Principio Playground. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 761-4313; Mount Lookout.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups

Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Room 205. Book discussion group. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

Sunday, Nov. 20 Civic Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.

Dining Events Anderson Area Pizza Challenge, 2-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Taste local pizzerias and help determine who has “Best Pizza in Town.” Family friendly. $5, $2 ages 10 and under. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802. Anderson Township.

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

Literary - Signings Lynelle Kerstine Woolley, 2-3 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Author discusses and signs “Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl” and selections from her chapter book “Rosie and the Wedding Day Rescue.” Bouquetmaking activity follows. Family friendly. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., Twelve-step group. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 231-0733. Oakley.

MONDAY, NOV. 21 Art & Craft Classes School of Glass Kids: Robots, 4-5:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Design and build your own personal robot in fused glass. Ages 6 and up. $30. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 4586600. Hyde Park.

Clubs & Organizations Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 5285959. Anderson Township.

Education Stargazing 101, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Study constellations and learn to use planisphere. Ages 18 and up. $18. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; commu/noncreditreg. Mount Lookout.

Literary - Crafts Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Read picture book and create art project based on book. With Miss Kelli. Ages 2-4. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665; Oakley.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 921-1922;

The Woman's Art Club Cultural Center, The Barn is opening the exhibit "Open Studio with Paper" on Saturday, Nov. 19. Welcome to the painting world of Sandy Maudlin. Discover the exquisite artwork of 50 artists who are part of Sandy's "Open Studio" in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Open Studio offers informative painting and critique sessions that concentrate on experimental and sophisticated water media techniques. The opening is 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov.19, at The Barn, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Mariemont. The exhibit runs Nov.19-Nov. 27. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 18-20 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26 and 27. Call 272-3700 for more information. The exhibit and opening are free and open to the public. For more information about Sandy Maudlin's Open Studio, go to Pictured is "Irish Eyes" by Sandy Maudlin. THANKS TO SANDY MAUDLIN Hyde Park.

TUESDAY, NOV. 22 Art & Craft Classes Make and Bake: Glass Weaving, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students design and weave own fused glass plate out of Bullseye glass. No experience necessary. $50. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Elements of Perception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 4586600. Hyde Park.

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802; Anderson Township.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Boot Camp, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, $199 unlimited month. Registration required. 527-4000. Fairfax. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Safe and effective approach to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and build strength. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness

Yoga for Youngsters, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stretch, relax and have fun. Ages 3-6. Family friendly. $5. Registration required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060. Anderson Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic with LoopManDan, 8-11:30 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Pkwy., All musicians welcome, bring your instrument. Free. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.

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

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 921-1922; Hyde Park.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Million’s Cafe, 3212 Linwood Ave., With DJ Konnann. 871-9633. Mount Lookout.

Literary - Story Times Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ms. Gail leads story time on LaPage Stage. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.

Music - World Super-Massive, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Reggae. $5 after 10 p.m.; $3 before 10 p.m. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

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Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Art Exhibits

Public Hours

Elements of Perception, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 4586600. Hyde Park.

Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Dining Events Thanksgiving Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Fellowship Hall. Buffet breakfast and speaker. Benefits

Recreation Thanksgiving School Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create great art projects, and have fun and exercise in the game room. Children should bring lunch and drink each day. Add $6 for before care; add $8 for after care; add $12 for both. Ages 0-6. $58, $48 member. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.



Requested holiday recipes are family favorites emember my best tip: parsley and whipping cream are great culinary band aids – it’s amazing the mistakes they can “cover”! Rita Heikenfeld

Cornish RITA’S KITCHEN game hens with apricot sauce This is for Sherie, a Northside reader, who wants to roast Cornish hens for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. A side of mashed potatoes would be nice with this. 3 Cornish game hens, about 1½ pounds each, thawed if frozen and patted dry Olive oil ¾ teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper Sauce: 1 medium onion, chopped 3 generous teaspoons minced garlic 2 ⁄3 cup dry white wine 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth ½ cup whipping cream, unwhipped ¼ cup honey Juice from 2 lemons, about ¼ cup 1 ⁄3 cup chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 450. Tie hens’ legs together and tuck wing tips underneath. Rub with a bit of oil and sprinkle each with ¼ teaspoon thyme, along with some salt and pepper. Place, breast side up, on baking sheet. Roast until thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees

Rita shares a recipes for Apple Cranberry Cobbler, originally shared by Jimmy Gherardi and Paul Sturkey. RITA

and Granny Smith) 2 cups light brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ½ cup chopped walnuts 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces 2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons vegetable shortening 1½ cups sour cream 2 teaspoons sugar

Mix first seven ingredients and 1 tablespoon flour into a 3-quart sprayed casserole. Smooth mixture and dot with butter. Stir 2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt together. Add shortening and blend until medium crumb consistency. Stir in sour cream. Using spoon, drop dough onto top of apple cranberry mixture evenly. Sprinkle with sugar and bake 40-45 minutes or until top is golden. Serves 6-8.

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Better tasting gravy from giblets: Instead of cooking giblets in water, use low sodium chicken or turkey broth. You’ll get fantastic flavor. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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(don’t touch bone), about 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and let rest about 10 minutes. While birds are roasting, make sauce. Film bottom of large skillet with olive oil and add onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a gentle boil. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes. Pour through sieve, pressing solids down. Discard solids and return sauce to skillet. Season to taste and serve. Serves 6.

Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad like Kroger Try substituting cherry gelatin if you like. Good work! 15 oz. crushed pineapple, drained – save juice ½ cup cranberry juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 3 oz. package raspberry gelatin 1 5 oz. can whole cranberry sauce ½ cup chopped walnuts

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Boil pineapple, cranberry and lemon juice together. Add gelatin. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Put in fridge till almost set. Add pineapple and nuts. Add a ½ cup of chopped celery if you like.

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Payday lenders are still operating legally in Ohio Three years ago there were some 16,000 payday lender storefronts in Ohio. Then Ohioans voted to limit the amount of interest those lenders can charge. But many of these lenders are still around – and still charging what amounts to high interest rates – so you need to be careful if you’re tempted to use them. Linda Schnur, of Oxford, started taking out loans with these firms years ago and says she got hooked on them.

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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 5597752, or email, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help

with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 853-6866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513-853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 7028373.


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Great Oaks is currently recruiting volunteer tutors for its Adult Basic and Literacy Education Classes and English to Speakers of Other Languages Classes. There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. The next training sessions are Wednesday, October 26 and Wednesday, Novem-

ber 2, in either the afternoon or the evening. Please call 612-5830 for more information. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have one-onone contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 6192301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit

cants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 2877025.


American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orienta-


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted appli-

Mariemont officials are starting to attack a deficit that’s roughly one-tenth the size of the village’s operating budget. The village will face a projected $300,000 general fund deficit for the 2012 calendar year, Clerk Tony Borgerding said at a recent Finance Committee meeting. Like many other communities, Mariemont is facin revenue decreases in the next few years as the state eliminates the estate tax and reduces the amount of money municipalities receive from the Local Government Fund. “Everything ... has to be explored,” said Councilman Andy Black, who is chairman of the Finance Committee. “We’re targeting some of the bigger ticket items.” The Nov. 9 meeting was the first of a series Black plans to conduct to tackle the deficit. The committee didn’t make any decisions but discussed everything from consolidating facilities to evaluating the village’s levy needs. “There’s only so much you’re going to get out of the operating expense side directly (and) I don’t want to target one specific strategy,” Black said. “Finding $300,000 is going to be very, very difficult” Salary and benefits comprise more 70 percent of the village’s budget, Borgerding said, and committee members acknowledged that will be one area

Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or email No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “Son-Rise” by Barry NeilKaufman. No experience necessary. Call 231-1948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 941-0102 for more information. To submit volunteer needs for this column, email areeves@, fax 248-1938, or mail the information to: Volunteers, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio, 45140.

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tion is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Leslie at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with our patients and their families. We will train interested persons who are needed to sitting at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. We could also use some extra people to work in our office. Call Jacqueline at 513 831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio's Esteemed Volunteers share their time by providing assistance with administrative office duties, spend time with patients and/or families in many activities such as Reading, Singing, Reminiscing and other life enhancing activities as well as providing respite care to the caregiver themselves. At Hospice of Southwest Ohio our Volunteers are encouraged to share their ideas to enhance the lives of individuals experiencing this important journey. To become a Hospice of Southwest Ohio Esteemed Volunteer please contact our Volunteer Department at 513-528-8144 or email us at Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or Wellness Community –

to look for savings. Village employees have agreed to forego bonuses and increased benefits contributions during previous deficit reduction plans. Councilman Jeff Andrews suggested coming up with as many ideas as possible and then discussing the feasibility and impact of each option. “To get to this number we’re going to have to put some things on the list … that are going to make a lot of people uncomfortable,” he said. Black suggested a performance audit as one option to look for efficiencies in each of the village’s departments and it would be a “nonpartisan way to get some of the awkwardness out” of these discussions. Resident Brian Vianello, who attended the Finance Committee meeting, said the “elephant in the room” is salary and benefits and he views a performance audit as an investment in the community. Black said he compiled a list of ideas that will be divided among committee members for further investigation. There will be another Finance Committee meeting on the deficit reduction strategy sometime after Thanksgiving, he said. Mariemont went through a similar deficit reduction plan last year and Black said they’d like to develop a five-year strategy that does not eliminate basic services.


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RELIGION Dr. Dana Marsh, organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, Ind., will perform at the cathedral at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The free concert is part of a series on third Sundays October through May, which are co-sponsored by the Cincinnati chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series, will feature the following performers in November: Nov. 22, Kyle Meadows, Hammered dulcimer and Tisa McGraw, harp; Nov. 29, the Faux Frenchmen. These free concerts are presented on Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5. All performances are in the Centennial Chapel unless listed as being in the cathedral nave. Christ Church Cathedral is at 318 E. Fourth St., downtown Cincinnati; 621-1817;


Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has a reputation for bringing world-class musicians to the Queen City with its annual Organ Concert Series. This year marks the eighth season. The concert series will continue Jan. 29 with Canadian-born organist Michael Unger, who is completing doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. The final concert of the season will be April 22, featuring Douglas Cleveland, organ professor at the University of Washington and director of music at Plymouth Church in Seattle. All concerts begin promptly at 4 p.m. with doors opening no later than 3 p.m. The series has attracted standing room only audiences. The concerts are free and open to the public. There is a reception following each concert to meet the artist. There is a reception following each concert to meet the artist. The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contempla-

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tive services and labyrinth walks. Visit for dates, times and locations. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

Knox Presbyterian Church

The church celebrates one combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, immediately followed by the popular “Lemonade on the Lawn” fellowship time. All are welcomed to attend. Child care will be provided. Feel free to join the Adult Education Hour starting at 11:15 a.m. The church is at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; 321-2573;

SonRise Community Church

The church is offering a free spaghetti dinner for those who are having financial difficulties. The dinner is offered on the last Thursday of every month.


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Sunday Services

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

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


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

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Building Homes Relationships & Families Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

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Nursery Care Provided

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


ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to easternhills@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Eastern Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. 18, and lasting through Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Kool Kids will go to the Kids Against Hunger “factory” in Sharonville Saturday, Nov. 19, to help pack meals for starving children here and around the world. The day’s goal is 50,000 meals. For more information call Ascension’s office at 7933288. In Gathering Sunday will be celebrated at Ascension on Sunday, Nov. 20. At this annual event members bring baked goods, crafts and other gifts to share with people in the community who are homebound or who would benefit from being remembered. Weavings, a spiritual formation group focused on themes in our spiritual lives, will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. Women’s Bible Study gathers Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress.” Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

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The church is at 6434 Corbly Road, Mount Washington; 231-1339;

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Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church is at 6866 Salem Road, Anderson Township; 231-8285.



The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Faith United Church of Christ

Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr.

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

Connections Christian Church

Faith Presbyterian Church

Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

The 25th annual drive-through Nativity will be 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The event is free. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Christmas sing-a-long follows. Call the church to sign up. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m. Dec. 5. A Christmas sing-along follows. Call the church to sign up. Children’s Weekday ProgramTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Advent Conspiracy – beginning at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, a study begins of “Advent Conspiracy – Can Christmas Still Change the World?” Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Church of God of Prophecy

FAITH CHRISTIAN Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Services are at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 5751 Kellogg Ave.; 232-5077.

California Columbia United Methodist Church


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p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has openings for the 18-24 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents may choose one or two days a week. If interested, call Stacy at 683-4256. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

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Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7. The meal includes salad, dinner rolls, main entree, drinks and dessert, and is prepared by a small group of volunteers from the church and is served at the SonRise Community Church, 8136 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, between Terrace Park and Newtown. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Call Dale at 543-9008 with questions. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Dress is casual. The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.


Christ Church Cathedral

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Lindsey Parker and Christopher Jarrett were married October 1, 2011 at Horizon Community Church in Newtown, OH. Rev. Dr. Kerry Robinson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cam and Daniel Parker, of Anderson Township. The groom is the son of Irene and Jeffrey Jarrett, of Hagerstown, IN. The newlyweds reside in Cincinnati, OH.

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, scrapbooking, stamping, cardmaking and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.



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Program helps save cash for multifamily recyclers Multifamily living environments present a unique challenge when it comes to recycling: services require the cooperation of entire dwellings and must be approached with cost effectiveness and user-friendliness in mind. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District offers a free MultiFamily Recycling Program to help property managers and condominium associations with recycling. The district will work with your waste hauler to coordinate the most effective, effi-

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Urgent care facility set to open in Oakley HYDE PARK — Two local business executives are teaming up with an experienced urgent care physician and a full medical staff to provide medical care. Doctors Express, the first ever national urgent care franchise, is opening at Hyde Park Plaza on Nov. 18. All patients are handled in a single visit: initial doctor’s exam, lab work, xrays, minor surgical procedures and in-house medication dispensing. Every patient is seen by an experienced physician. Most insurance, including Medicare, is accepted. Those who pay with cash receive a discount on services. Mark Duffer and his business partner are also joined with local physician and Medical Director, Dr. Paul Nugent, who will deliver non-emergency treatment to patients. Nugent has been a resident of Hyde Park for more than 20 years. He is Board Certified

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and served as flight surgeon and lieutenant colonel with the Ohio Air National Guard. Nugent will treat patients and oversee all of the day-to-day medical operations at the center. The Hyde Park Doctors Express walk-in medical center stands out from other urgent cares by offering a broad range of treatment and services on the spot. Nugent will diagnose and treat illnesses, dispense medication and have the capabilities to X-ray and set broken bones, all under one roof. The center also has on-

site labs that give quick test results for ailments and will provide physical exams, drug screenings and work-site inoculations for local employers. “Urgent care fills a void in the medical system, treating those cases which do not require the resources and expense of a hospital emergency room,” said Nugent. “Patients want to be treated by experienced physicians without sitting around all day in a waiting room. We believe Doctors Express is an efficient, low-cost healthcare solution that will improve access to quality medical care. Every aspect of our business will center on patient/customer satisfaction.” There are 37 Doctors Express centers up and running throughout the country. A total of 113 franchises have been awarded in 23 states and 56 will be operating by the end of the year.

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Authors to sign storybook about Cincinnati adoption “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas,” the first children’s picture book to ever feature Cincinnati’s signature places and traditions, is based on a true local adoption story. On National Adoption Day, local author Nadine Woodard Huffman and illustrator Marilyn M. Lebhar will read and sign their book at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Blue Manatee children’s bookstore and decafé in Oakley.

Huffman and Lebhar are donating all proceeds from the book to local nonprofit adoption organizations. “Since adoption inspired our book, and we know so many families who have adopted children, we felt it was right to give back to our community in this way,” said Huffman. National Adoption Day is a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for

courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. “We are honored to be at the blue manatee on National Adoption Day, because they share our belief that reading books helps develop children’s minds and create family bonding,” said Huffman. “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas” features little boy Matty and his


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On National Adoption Day, local author Nadine Woodard Huffman and illustrator Marilyn M. Lebhar will read and sign their book at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Blue Manatee children's bookstore and decafe in Oakley. THANKS TO NADINE WOODARD HUFFMAN grandparents, as they await the Christmas Eve arrival of his adopted sister. Their memorable week together includes trains, ballet, zoo animals, Krohn Conservatory’s Nativity Crib, and iconic Cincinnati eateries. Vibrant watercolors by Lebhar bring their adventures to life. “Many families are buying the book for Christmas

gifts, and for out-of-town friends who’ve enjoyed visiting Cincinnati,” said Huffman. “Kids love recognizing chili parlors and other places they’ve been to, and families have fun reading it together.” Huffman and Lebhar have several area appearances planned. Please see www.Cincin- or the book’s Facebook page for dates and times. “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas,” published by Orange Frazer Press, is available at all area Graeter’s stores, various retail outlets, and online at and

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Lead actors Peter Laug, Katie Arends, Lizzie Deadrick, Emma Welch and Braxton Stricker strike a pose during rehearsals for Mariemont High School's fall play, "Rosencrantz and Guildensterrn are Dead."

Mariemont High School fall play an inverse ‘Hamlet’ Mariemont High School presents the misadventures and musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions with the events of Hamlet as background. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is structured as the inverse of Hamlet; the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a small part. In Tom Stoppard’s comedy, we watch and laugh while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern try to piece together what little information they are given. Ultimately, they are swept up and overwhelmed by the tenants of Elsinore Castle, but along the way they explore the limits of language, ponder their own origins and purpose and debate whether life can have meaning when death seems to be so meaningless. Rosencrantz, played by CE-0000477749

Emma Welch, and Guildenstern, played by Lizzie Deadrick, are taking on roles that are simply daunting in size and scope as they are on stage from beginning to end. They are accompanied by an character known only as the Player, played by Braxton Stricker, and his traveling band of Tragedians–Kyle Matz, Kayla Wood, Hunter Thiers, Cate Donahue and Reagan Greene–and of course, the cast of Hamlet–Peter Laug, Jonathon Dietz, Katie Arends, Connor McManus, and Sarah Crabtree. The play is directed by Mariemont High School alumni Sean Cameron. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov.17, to Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Mariemont High School Auditorium, 3812 Pocahontas Ave. This is a change from the dates in the district calendar. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and may be purchased by calling 271-7664.




POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Altricia Renee Harris, born 1974, falsification, 1500 Lincoln Ave., Oct. 29. Andrea S. Gibson, born 1992, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., Oct. 28. Angela Hughley, born 1967, felonious assault, misdemeanor drug possession, 1222 William H. Taft Road, Oct. 29. Arthur James Jones, born 1964, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 5016 Ebersole Ave., Oct. 29. Brandon Grissom, born 1976, theft under $300, 3872 Paxton Ave., Oct. 26. Christopher G. Corder, born 1981, disorderly conduct, 3295 Erie Ave., Oct. 19. Cory Hill, born 1993, assault, 3295 Erie Ave., Oct. 22. Gisele K. Jackson, born 1955, abduction, 1600 Madison Road, Oct. 26. Jessica M. Smith, born 1983, disorderly conduct, 3295 Erie Ave., Oct. 19. Justin Whiter, born 1990, domestic violence, Oct. 29. Kevin Smith, born 1974, obstructing official business, 4407 Eastern Ave., Oct. 27. Kionne Fannon, born 1989, drug abuse, 5021 Whetsel Ave., Oct. 28. Marvin Hall, born 1965, drug abuse, trafficking, 2705 Lawndale Ave., Oct. 28. Nathaniel Halbert, born 1961, theft under $300, 2719 Madison Road, Oct. 29. Nugent Tyra, born 1973, domestic violence, Oct. 28. Randall Gene Croley, born 1981, domestic violence, Oct. 26. Reginald Ramsey, born 1964, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., Oct. 24. Shamika Gilmore, born 1989, falsification, misdemeanor drug possession, 5841 Ridge Ave., Oct. 25. Shane L. Fugater, born 1982, falsification, 3338 Orion Ave., Oct. 25. Terrance Charles, born 1984, aggravated burglary, 2408 Grandview Ave., Oct. 25. Timothy Murphy, born 1985, assault, criminal damaging or endangering, 5545 Madison Road, Oct. 25. Willie Price Smith, born 1965, criminal damaging or endangering, domestic violence, Oct. 30.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated armed robbery 4700 Mathis St., Oct. 23. Aggravated burglary 2408 Grandview Ave., Oct. 25. Assault 1300 Duncan Ave., Oct. 22. 3337 Cardiff Ave., Oct. 23. 6208 Prentice St., Oct. 23. Breaking and entering 2749 Markbreit Ave., Oct. 25. 3323 Westside Ave., Oct. 26. 3636 Burch Ave., Oct. 25. 4363 Kellogg Ave., Oct. 22. 6201 Montgomery Road, Oct. 24. Burglary 1845 William Howard Taft Road, Oct. 21. 2414 Ashland Ave., Oct. 25. 3015 Parkview Ave., Oct. 25. 3638 Hyde Park Ave., Oct. 21. 3640 Brookstone Drive No. E, Oct. 23. 3725 Drake Ave., Oct. 26. 5360 Weltner Ave., Oct. 26. 5819 Lester Road, Oct. 22. 6126 Prentice St., Oct. 21. Criminal damaging/endangering 2860 Madison Road, Oct. 25. 3699 Brotherton Road, Oct. 27. 9 Elmhurst Place, Oct. 24. Domestic violence Reported on Bosworth Place,

Oct. 23. Felonious assault 1222 William Howard Taft Road, Oct. 27. Robbery 5021 Whetsel Ave., Oct. 27. Theft 1109 Halpin Ave., Oct. 22. 15 Far Hills Drive, Oct. 21. 226 Wilmer Ave., Oct. 21. 2419 Salutaris Ave., Oct. 24. 2444 Madison Road, Oct. 23. 2516 Ritchie Ave., Oct. 25. 2521 Ritchie Ave., Oct. 25. 2531 Briarcliffe Ave., Oct. 23. 2579 Riverside Drive, Oct. 23. 2611 Perkins Lane, Oct. 23. 2800 Victory Pkwy., Oct. 21. 3040 Obryon St., Oct. 22. 3079 Madison Road, Oct. 26. 3081 Madison Road, Oct. 23. 3083 Madison Road, Oct. 26. 3139 Madison Road, Oct. 22. 3139 Madison Road, Oct. 26. 3323 Westside Ave., Oct. 26. 3527 Columbia Pkwy., Oct. 21. 3550 Shaw Ave., Oct. 23. 3575 Zumstein Ave., Oct. 26. 3673 Stettinius Ave., Oct. 27. 3725 Paxton Ave., Oct. 21. 3781 Eastern Hills Lane, Oct. 22. 3781 Eastern Hills Lane, Oct. 24. 4210 Romaine Drive, Oct. 23. 4211 Romaine Drive, Oct. 25. 4216 Romaine Drive, Oct. 25. 4217 Marburg Ave., Oct. 21. 4269 Plainville Road, Oct. 25. 4700 Marburg Ave., Oct. 25. 4779 Red Bank Expressway, Oct. 22. 4825 Marburg Ave., Oct. 21. 4825 Marburg Ave., Oct. 23. 4949 Ridge Ave., Oct. 26. 5415 Ravenna St., Oct. 22. 545 Vineyard Bluff Lane, Oct. 27. 5816 Montgomery Road, Oct. 23. 601 Wilmer Ave., Oct. 24. 630 Lunken Park Drive, Oct. 22.


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wood Ave., driving under suspension, Oct. 24. Melanie Wiggins, 38, 4833 Greenwood Terrace, contempt of court, Oct. 24. Peter A. Becks, 53, 4613 Mitchell Woods Drive, obstructing official business, Oct. 26. Lasuan Short, 21, 400 W. 9Th St. No. 809, forgery, criminal tools, Oct. 26. Alfred Bingham, 35, 10484 W. Fork Road, theft, Oct. 28.


Oaks, driving under influence, Oct. 24. Stephen Blanton, 31, assault, Oct. 25.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Wall spray painted at 3720 Center St. No. 4, Oct. 23. Theft Bike taken; $200 at 4021 Grove Ave., Oct. 20.


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Arrests/citations Killie Dean, 58, 215 Chimney

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Arrests/citations Gerry Branner, 21, 1553 Pleasant Run Drive, trafficking in drugs at 5300 Kennedy Ave., Oct. 21. Sean Romerill, 40, 171 Spring Street, possession of abuse instruments, possession of open container at Kennedy and Woodford, Oct. 24. Angela Holt, 43, 5623 Viewpointe, disorderly conduct at 5643 Viewpointe, Oct. 22.

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Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Entered business at 5383 Ridge Road, Oct. 23. Criminal damaging Reported at 8238 Wooster Road, Oct. 26. Sexual imposition Reported at Ridge Road, Oct. 23. Theft Catalytic converter removed at 3430 Highland Ave., Oct. 21. Reported at 3400 Highland Ave., Oct. 21. Vehicle removed at 2893 Ridgewood Lane, Oct. 26. Ipod valued at $80 removed at 2712 Ridgewood Ave., Oct. 26. Laptop, case valued at $360 removed at 6531 Cliff Ridge, Oct. 26.

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FAIRFAX Arrests/citations Johnathan Neal, 33, 4409 Eastern Ave., driving under suspension, Oct. 16. Sherwood Howard, 27, 1946 Haverhill Drive, driving under suspension, Oct. 17. Matthew L. Lowry, 26, 2305 Maplewood Ave., driving under suspension, Oct. 18. Dulca Reyes, 29, 3026 Lincoln No. 8, theft, Oct. 19. Derrick Davis, 40, 3326 McCelland St., driving under suspension, Oct. 23. Damen A. Greggs, 20, 852 Beecher St., theft, Oct. 23. William J. Henson, 42, 71 Glen-

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Fire group issues cold-weather tips The Northeast Fire Collaborative (consisting of the Blue Ash, Mason, Sharonville, Sycamore Township and Loveland Symmes fire departments) remind all members of the community that electric space heaters are amongst the No. 1 cold weather killer,” as they are the leading cause of fires during cold weather months. he NEFC firefighters remind residents: » Never connect space heaters to extension cords because the heater can overload electrical circuits, sparking

a fire. » Do not use space heaters for long periods of time. When not in use, the heaters should be unplugged. » Keep space heaters at least three feet from furniture, cleaning products and any other combustible materials. » Keep space heaters away from water. Never use the heaters in bathrooms or other rooms where they might come in contact with water. » Always open a window slightly when using space heaters, to improve ventilation.

» Check heater cords to determine if they are frayed or damaged. » Never use space heaters to dry clothing. Clothing can ignite and spark a blaze. What should you do if your smoke detector goes off, if you notice a fire at home or in a home or apartment in your neighborhood? NEFC officials urge you to follow these suggestions – and never try to fight a fire on your own. » Make sure you have a fire exit plan-and all; the members of your family know what to do and where

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to meet in the event of a fire. » Dial 9-1-1 as soon as possible! » If a smoke detector is sounding, and you do not know why, call 9-1-1 and advise the dispatcher of that fact. » If there is smoke or fire in your home, get out as quickly as you can - and dial 9-1-1as soon as possible from a remote site. GETTING out ASAP is critical. » If you live in an apartment or condo complex, and the fire is not in your unit, stay in your apartment. » If you must leave, feel doors with the back of your hand before you try to open them. If they are hot, find another way out. Keep as close to the floor as you can. » If you are unable to get out, stay near a window and near the floor. Close the door and stuff a towel in the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from entering the room. Signal for help if you can – wave a cloth or sheet out the window, and yell for help. Remember, dial 9-1-1

» When leaving a burning home or apartment, do not stop to take any material possessions with you. » Always try to take your pet(s) with you, if you must leave a burning building, but do it quickly and as safely as possible. » Never use the elevator. Northeast Fire Collaborative Fire officials suggest that you keep a home fire extinguisher, and learn how to use it. A note for renters: contact your insurance carrier to discuss available renters insurance plans, which will provide coverage for losses caused by fire. The Northeast Fire Collaborative Firefighters recommend following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home: » Have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and inspected by a trained professional prior to using. » Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries. » Test alarms once a month using the test button.

Group forms to transform Cincinnati, end poverty A popular hymn based on a Bible passage (John 13:25) says, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Cincinnati businesspeople are banding together to express that love for others and pray for Cincinnati

in a city-wide, community effort to end systemic poverty and achieve full employment. More than 300 Cincinnati Christians heard the call from author and speaker Ed Silvoso Aug. 27 to engage in local At Work

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on Purpose community initiatives to help transform Cincinnati into a city free of intractable challengesfrom corruption to systemic poverty – at “Transform Our World” at Montgomery Community Church. The event was sponsored by AWOP, the Mason-based nonprofit helping Christians connect their faith and work lives. AWOP, with more than 5,000 members, is the nation’s largest city-wide, marketplace ministry. Ministers and Christian marketplace workers from business, government and education were urged to join six community initiatives-which include praying for each of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods-in order to bless the city and lay a spiritual foundation for city-wide ministry impact. Silvoso, a world-renowned speaker and bestselling author of books on prayer evangelism and marketplace ministry, told the crowd that many more ministers of Christ are found at work than are found in a pulpit on Sundays. “Jesus said we are called to disciple nations, not just individuals,” he said. “You must step up and say, ‘I will listen to the Holy Spirit.’ Trust in God in everything, and God will come through. We need to trust God for more things.” Silvoso is founder and CEO of Harvest Evangelism, which is involved in more than 300 cities on six continents. He last visited Cincinnati in February 2011. He said the marketplace – which is made up of education, business and government – must be reclaimed spiritually. Once hearts are changed, then true progress on social problems can begin. “Let the Lord change our paradigm,” he said. “The Gospel is good news for all aspects of life ... If we want to see what we have never seen, we need to do what we have never done before.


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