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Mariemont considers ‘leash law’ for dogs At least one city councilman is against the change By Lisa Wakeland

Dog owners may be forced to keep their pups on a leash while walking around Mariemont. Village officials are considering a change to the current pet control ordinance, which is a “command rule” and means dogs must be trained to respond to its owner’s commands. Councilman Dennis Wolter said the Safety Committee, of which he is chairman, recently met to talk about making the pet control ordinance a leash law. That means dogs must always be on a leash unless they are in a yard or behind a fence. Wolter said dogs could run free in some village parks like the South 80, below the pool off Mariemont Avenue, or in Dogwood Park near the carillon tower. For the latter, he said it would only apply when there were not sports games or practices on the fields. Councilman Cortney Scheeser, who is also on the Safety Committee, is against the change. Saying dogs can run free in

“these places, except for these times, but everywhere else is different – I think is unmanageable and unenforceable,” he said. Scheeser said he also has an issue with all the new signs that would be required for change, and he talked to many residents who told him the village should leave the law as it is because “the responsibility is on the owner ... and we’re just meddling in people’s lives.” Wolter said they’re trying to give owners and their dogs a little more freedom while still trying to avoid unexpected incidents. “Dogs ... can become wild animals when they get excited,” he said. “Often it’s playfulness that leads up and it can get out of hand. We have a responsibility to put safety first.” Councilman Joe Stelzer, who is also on the Safety Committee, said Mariemont’s law is similar to the Ohio Revised Code, and there are some communities that have additional restrictions. “We’re doing a happy medium ... and can figure it out as we go through the process,” he said. Wolter said they plan to publicize the new rules and then conduct another meeting to give residents more time to comment. No meeting date was set.

Mariemont is considering changing its pet control ordinance to a leash law, which would require owners to keep dogs leashed while on public streets. Dogs could run free in a couple village parks.FILE PHOTO

BUT FOR FOUR INCHES . . . By Jeanne Houck

COLUMBIA TWP. — Can you think of three times when a measuring tape would come in handy? How about when you and your neighbor disagree about whose property the apples are falling on. When you want to be a Hooters girl? Oh, and when you sign an agreement with Columbia Township to temporarily store vehicles in the township’s former firehouse and discover afterward that the vehicles are four inches too tall to fit through the entrance. That’s what the Hamilton County Public Health department recently learned. Columbia Township Administrator Mike Lemon told the township Board of Trustees in September that the health de-

partment had contacted the township to ask if it could store some command vehicles for emergency preparedness in the Kubicki old firehouse at 6904 Murray Ave., which is in the township’s Madison Place neighborhood. “We have signed an agreement to do that and they will be picking up any utility expenses and hold us harmless for anything that might happen,” Lemon said then, noting that it was not a lease, per se, but an agreement that Columbia Township – which plans to eventually sell the building – can end with 30 days’ notice. Now, Lemon has an update. “After getting the agreement together and having everyone sign it, the attorneys review it and everything else, the

county went and measured the actual opening where they wanted to store the equipment and, unfortunately, it was four inches Lemon too short,” Lemon said. “Or, I should say, the vehicles were four inches too tall and as a result they can’t utilize it. “So we have basically voided the agreement,” Lemon said. A spokesman for Hamilton County Public Health is not denying anything. “That is in fact a true story,” said Mike Samet, public information officer. “We were just a few inches short of finding a nice place to store our vehicles.” Meanwhile, Lemon said the old firehouse, which has been appraised at $210,000, has gen-



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erated “significant interest.” The township is taking it slow with the property, which the Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District mothballed when new firehouses were built in Fairfax and Newtown. Columbia Township officials believe its future use is important, given its proximity to sites the township has targeted for traffic and economic-development initiatives. The former firehouse is not far from a proposed traffic roundabout at Bramble Avenue and Plainville Road or from commercial areas on Wooster Pike, on Plainville Road and at Ridge and Highland avenues where Columbia Township and Fairfax are creating a joint economic-development zone. “Sometimes you get a quick sale, and I understand there’s certainly merit to that,” Columbia Township Trustee David Kubicki said.

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“But the flip side of that is we’ve got some things we’re trying to create right now . . . (and) that’s a very strategic piece of ground.” The former firehouse was built in 1950 and later enlarged to its current size of nearly 7,300 square feet. It sits on 0.12 acres of land and has two garage bays at street level, private offices and an office/living area on the upper level and a kitchen area, storage and two large garage bays below street grade. Voters in the Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District passed a levy in 2009 to build a new fire station at 5800 Wooster Pike in Fairfax, which opened in March, and a new fire station at 7036 Main St. in Newtown, which opened in 2011. For more about your community, visit /ColumbiaTownship.

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Luminaria and tree lighting is Dec. 7 in Mariemont The Mariemont Preschool Parents Group will have its annual Mariemont Christmas Tree Lighting and Luminaria Night. from 5:30-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Old Towne Center in Mariemont. Community residents are invited to join in for a festive night of lights as Luminaria Lanterns light up the Village of Mariemont in what has become a wonderful and treasured holiday tradition. Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 8. Festivities include children’s activities, a carillon concert, carriage rides, tree lighting, Santa’s arrival and musical concerts. The parents group is selling luminaria kits to all village residents. The $10 kits contain materi-

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Recycled glass, jewelry, scarves, soap, paintings and more all will be part of the holiday Showcase of Arts in Mariemont. The annual event is set for Dec. 7-8 at the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, more than two dozen artisans will have their work for sale. “It’s going to be a great holiday atmos-

phere, and you can see work there that you won’t see in other places,” said Jan Boone, president of the Woman’s Art Club Foundation. In addition to the artists, the EAT! food truck is participating, local Girl Scouts will be selling wreaths in the Barn’s loft, and Grateful Grahams will have a variety of homemade vegan food like pies and marshmallows, Boone said. New artists participating this year include John Stadtmiller from Laurel Barn Quilts and Linda Kurzynski.

She also has worked on “The Avengers” when it filmed in Cleveland, and styled hair for local television news shows and network shows including “The Talk” on CBS. For “The Christmas Spirit,” Tieman spent three weeks on the set while the movie was filmed in Lebanon, Ohio. She styled the hair of Olympia Dukakis, Nicollette Sheridan, Bart Johnson and Amanda Foreman. “I was originally hired, actually, just to do Nicollette Sheridan’s hair,” she said. “And then everybody wanted me to work on them.” Tieman said being around celebrities is just part of her job when she’s on set, and she finds them easy to like and not mean. “When you work with celebrities, you realize that they’re just people like you and I, and this is just what they happen to do for a profession,” she said. For “The Avengers,” Tieman said she worked on about 350 background people a day for the main battle scene filmed in Cleveland for the scene that is set in New York City. The fun was getting to style the hair of background actors who were supposed to look like they were near explosions.



Scoot over elf, here comes the mensch By Leah Fightmaster

The Elf on a Shelf better make some room – Moshe the Mensch is joining. What started out as a holiday joke to his kids turned into what’s proving to be a successful creation for Madeira resident Neal Hoffman. He was walking through a store last year with his kids and wife, Erin, when they pointed out the Elf on a Shelf. Erin, who was raised Catholic, and Neal, who is Jewish, are raising their kids Jake and Alex Jewish. They were faced with that they call the “December dilemma,” when the boys asked for an Elf on a Shelf, and Neal said they can’t because Jewish kids “get mensches on benches.” Although they laughed it off last Christmas and Hanukkah season, Neal, who worked with toys for Hasbro for five years, decided to sit down and actually write down the story of Moshe the Mensch, while trying to maintain all the major tenets of Hanukkah. According to Hoffman’s story, Judah Maccabee returns from battle very tired and notices that oil for light is low. So Moshe offers to sit on the bench and watch the oil for him. To their surprise, it lasts much longer, like the miracle story that Jewish people tell each Hanukkah.

Neal Hoffman and his wife, Erin, hold their Jewish response to the Christian Elf on a Shelf — the Mensch on a Bench. The toy and children's book were created when their sons Jake (pictured) and Alex wanted an elf last winter. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Hoffman said that while the Elf on a Shelf is more of a secular toy that is tied to Christmas, the idea behind the its Jewish counterpart is to give Jewish families a new, creative way to teach kids about Hanukkah and celebrate. “We wanted it as a centerpiece to allow more ‘funukkah’ in Hanukkah,” he said. Each toy mensch comes with a children’s book that tells Moshe’s story, as well as eight rules for owning the toy. “A mensch is the Jewish concept of a goodfella, to be a good person,” he said. “We’re trying to act that part and go the extra mile.” But until then Hoffman said they’re just enjoying the ride. “We’re having fun with it,” he said.

BRIEFLY Holiday story time

There is a special story time at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Blue Manatee Books in Oakley, 3054 Madison Road. Author Nadine Huffman illustrator by Marilyn Lebhar, who both reside in Anderson Township, will be reading their book, “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas.” Based on a true story, the book follows Matty and his grandparents through Cincinnati as they wait for the arrival of his adopted sister Annie. All proceeds from the book’s sale benefit area adoption organizations. The reading is free and open to the public. Call 731-2665 with questions.

Sewer work begins

The Metropolitan Sewer District is expected to begin construction the first week of December in Mt. Lookout.

The work will replace a deteriorated 24-inch combined sewer with 255 feet of new 24-inch combined sewer between 1169 and 1179 Beverly Hill Drive. Construction primarily will occur during daylight hours, and the project is scheduled to be finished in March. Call the MSD Engineering customer service line with questions or for additional details, 557-3594.

Christmas tree sale

The Mariemont Boy Scout Troop 149’s annual Christmas tree sale is now open at the village municipal building at the corner of Wooster Pike and Crystal Springs Road. Hours are 4-9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Mariemont Girl Scouts also will have decorated wreaths for sale, along with hot cocoa and

baked goods. This helps the Scout troops raise money for their activities throughout the year.

Eastern Corridor meetings

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Glass for Greater Good

Brazee Street Studios, 426 Brazee St. in Oakley, and Queen City Glass arts are partnering for “Glass for Greater Good,” a new monthly program. This month, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, the artists will create a variety of blown glass sculptures shaped like toys in support of St. Vincent de Paul’s Angel Toy Program. It is free to attend.


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Mariemont High School students are named AP Scholars. Some of those students are, in front from left, : McKinnon Pennell, Andrew Hamm, Audrey Helmrich, Allison Howe and Danny Renner; in middle, Grant Ramey, Ryden Lewis, Nick Peterman, Taylor Giordullo, Abby Moreton and Hans Hinebaugh; and in back, Chris Benson, Cole Brandser, David Quiambao, Jon Bezney, Olivia Erhardt, Kendall Harden, Dylan Battison, Evan Doran, Aaron Routt and Patrick Renner. THANKS TO JOSEPHINE MCKENRICK

70 at Mariemont HS are AP scholars Seventy Mariemont High School students from the classes of 2013 and 2014 have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program courses and exams. The following students received the AP Scholar award: Dylan Battison, Christopher Benson, Polly Brittingham, Ellen Dolle, Andrew Hamm, Audrey Helmrich, Sander Henning, Grace Lehman, Robert Malone, Cody Miller, Alice Molski, Alyssa Nichting, Marcus Pennell, Daniel Renner, Patrick Renner, Aaron Routt, Matthew Stewart, Delaney Sullivan, Robert Troller, Nicholas Walter and Elysse Winget. The following students received the AP Scholar with Honor award: Colin Baker, Sarah Blatt-He-

rold, Nicholas (Cole) Brandser, Margaret Carney, Tate DeCamp, Evan Doran, Emily Foley, Kendall Harden, Hans Hinebaugh, Allison Howe, Holly Huber, Peter Laug, Isabel Lewis, William Matz, Abigail Moreton, Kieran Phelan, Venancio (David) Quiambao, Grant Ramey and Caraline Zack. The following students received the AP Scholar with Distinction award: Alice Barnes, Paige Barrett, Daniel Bartlett, Jonathan Bezney, Adrienne Bruggeman, Mara Coyan, Olivia Dierker, Olivia Erhardt, Sophia Erhardt, Erik Flynn, Emma Geary, Taylor Giordullo, Kyle Greathouse, Jeffrey Guggenheim, Joshua Keyes, George Koglmeier, Asher Koreman, Nathan Kuck, Ryden Lewis, Jack Manzler, Rachel Nelson, Nicholas Peterman, Morgan Renner, John Rolander, Madison Saffin, Emmett

Saulnier, Neal Stehling, Quincy Taylor, William Van Hook and Emma Welch. The following students received the National AP Scholar award: Mara Coyan, Kyle Greathouse, Rachel Nelson, Emmett Saulnier and Neal Stehling. To receive the AP Scholar award, each student must receive a grade of three or higher on three or more AP exams. Of the 70 students, 19 received the AP scholar with Honor award, 30 received the AP Scholar with Distinction award, and 5 received the highest honor - National AP Scholar award, receiving an average grade of at least four on all AP exams taken and grades of four or higher on eight or more of those exams. Mariemont High School offers 15 AP courses, ranging from English to Art to History.

St. Ursula students live in ‘shantytown’ Several St. Ursula Academy students recently took part in a “Shantytown” experience with a goal of increasing awareness of homelessness and hunger in our area through education and participation. Students created makeshift “homes” from boxes and other found materials. In addition, they listened to speakers from the Homeless Coalition as they shared personal stories and discussed obstacles for those facing homelessness-lack of affordable housing and a living wage. Junior Barbara Castellini participated in the event and now has a completely different perspective of homelessness. “This event helped me break down the stereotypes of those who are homeless. A person who is experiencing homelessness often faces an uphill battle of paperwork and long waits to change their situation.” Students had the opportunity to talk with a young lady who had experienced homelessness while she was in high school, a

Junior Teresa Callahan of White Oak displays her “home” made of boxes during the recent Shantytown event at St. Ursula Academy. THANKS TO MISHA BELL

crisis that resonated with some of the students. “I can’t imagine facing being homeless in addition to the other pressures faced while in high school,” said senior Meredith Stautberg. Senior Sarah Becker was inspired by the motivation and perseverance needed to overcome homelessness and senior Kenzie Corbin, who participated in the event for the second

time, plans to major in Social Justice in college so that she can seek solutions to the social injustices we face in modern society. This event was coordinated with the 3rd annual Empty Bowls event in which Art and Design students raised money for the Parish Kitchen in Northern Kentucky. The weekend ended with a prayer service.

Andrea Owens, technology and media services coordinator at Cincinnati Country Day School, recently earned certification as an ICoach from INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library. The certification requires five hours of group training and individual study, which was completed on her own time this past summer. ICoaches, short for “integration coach,” work with teachers to incorporate digital technology and research tools in their classrooms. Owens, of Madisonville, joins 71 other educators around Ohio who have received District/ Building ICoach certification. “ICoaches are a linchpin in promoting INFOhio’s free resources and services to educators across the state,” said INFOhio’s Executive Direc-

tor Theresa M. Fredericka. “An ICoach has first-hand experience with the demands classroom educators face along with boundless curiosity about the newest educational technologies. And they love to share their excitement.” For more than 20 years, INFOhio has provided online digital resources to Ohio’s PreK-12 schools and is one of the country’s largest library and information networks. In addition to library software group licensing and support, INFOhio provides a collection of online academic research databases to all preK-12 students and their families, as well as classroom information technology and curriculum support to educators. For more information, go to


The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 20132014.

Honor Roll Freshmen - Cohen Bailey, Eli Bales, Dawson Battison, Drew Battison, Grace Brittingham, Erin Cash, Lauren Croll, Connor Day, Robert Denneril, Corinne Fanta, Emily Ferguson, Neil Findley, Parker Gilmore, Savannah Giordullo, Gordon Goodwin, Jake Goodwin, Augustin Haffner, Grace Haffner, Riley Hayes, Fiona Kane, Eleanor Kapcar, Helen Kemper, AnnaClaire Lackney, Amanda Lewis, Jack Mathis, Mackenzie McNeil, Madeline Moriarty, Kyle Nienaber, Gunnar Nixon, Prescott Overbey, Nina Payiatis, Benjamin Phelan, Michael Reber, Isabelle Saulnier, Madison Telgkamp, Audrey Theye, Nathalie Weiss, Lila Willis and Nina Willis. Sophomores - Brooks Adams, Michael Barrett, Margaret Caesar, Jacqueline Carney, Mollie Coates, Wilson Compton, Bennan Crowley, Sadie DeCamp, Jonathan Dill, Julia Dolle, Ryan Duever, Madeline Falknor, Alexander Garner, Elizabeth Geary, Chase Gunner, Michelle Hacias, Lindsay Harden, William Hobart, Nicholas Huber, Connor Jacob, Elijah Koreman, Gabriel Koreman, Donna Le, Charles Manzler, Andrew Moeller, Elliott Mongenas, Sarah Morgan, Thomas Nelson, Wyatt Peterman, Roe Pitstick, Natalie Popowics, Lauren Robinson, Gabriel Safier, Lilith Saylor, Ellen Sayre, Spencer Stutenroth, Abigail Takas, Matthew Teeters, Chance Tudor, Natalie Turton, Logan Urbanski, Aaron Urevick, Bailey Vianello, Shea Wells and Grace Westfall. Juniors - Celia Ahrens, Christopher Benson, Connor Bortz, Anderson Christopher, Michaela Duever, Sara Gaburo, Robert Gerberick, Claire Gilmore, James Grissom, Jonathan Hanley, Steven Hassey, William Hayes, Haley Jacobs, Mackenzie Kaschalk, Brooke Kelly, William Krafft, Madison LeMay, Julia Lynch, William Majchszak, Graham McCarthy, Andrew Melling, Caleb Middlebrook, Nicholas Payiatis, Margherita Rey, Jennifer Saxton, Haley Schooler, Andrew Serraino, Addison Shelley, Lindsey Siegfried, Gavin Smith, Sarah Stewart, Parker Sullivan, Hunter Thiers, Madelyn Timmers, Alexander Vago, Walker Van Hook, Haley Weston, Nicholas Weston and Gretchen Wittry. Seniors - Dylan Battison, Jonathan Bezney, Sarah Blatt-Herold, Nicholas Brandser, Megan Cash, Payton Coates, Ellen Dolle, Evan Doran, Olivia Erhardt, Grace Fening, Callum Fries, Taylor Giordullo, Kendall Harden, Audrey Helmrich, Sander Henning, Hans Hinebaugh, Allison Howe, Holly Huber, Caitlyn Iredale, Natalie Iredale, Carter Kemper, Ryden Lewis, Cathryn Ljubisavljevic, Abigail Moreton, John Peck, Nicholas Peterman, Kieran Phelan, Venancio Quiambao, Grant Ramey, Daniel Renner, Patrick Renner, Evelyn Richardson, Samantha Ricketts, Kathryn Robinson, Aaron Routt, McGuire Saffin, John Stehling and Jonathan White.

Merit Roll Freshmen - Emma Adams, Bryan Biggs, Janie Bortz, Anna Brokamp, Wilson Bucher, Matthew Burgess, Jacob Crabtree, Victoria Crabtree, Ethan Crouse, Anthony Dimichele, Connor Dougherty, Courtney Dunning, Carson Fields, Andrew Fiorenza, Andrew Goheen, Malachi Greenberg, Adrianna Henderson, Bryan Holland, Alcid Jacobs, Ethan Kennedy, Megan Leonard, Meredith Lindsey, Santiago Martinez, Seth Medlin, William Meyer, Rebecca Michels, Joseph Molski, Clare Oberton-Vester, Emma Phillips, Samuel Rubin, Clara Scholtz, Tyler Scott, Hayden Seeger, Samantha Siegrist, Hanna Tenhundfeld, Jacob Trester, Jonathan Uchtman, Joseph Veeneman, Henry Wagner and Charles Zack. Sophomores - Jackson Beeler, Sarah Bell, Ty Bucher, Abigail Cash, William Ciolino, Rebecca Curran, Mackenzie Dingle, Leah Dupre, Courtney Earls, Reid Fakes, John Fening, Lillian Gatch, Hadley George, Grace Gerred, Lauren Getgey, Olivia Griesmer, Olivia Griffith, Brennan Hand, Luke Higginbotham, Madeline Hoffer, Charles Jordan, Nicholas Kauffman, Zachary Keith, Nicholas Klawitter, Joseph Kromer, Jordan Lobsiger, Michael Lockhart, Julia Long, Victoria Lovell, Rory McGoff, Grace McGraw, Jade McIntyre, Mary Moehring, Nina Morgan, Ashley Murauskas, Robert Neugent, Kathryn Newman, Kerry Ray, Madeline Renie, Lauren Renner, Adam Romick, Maggie Sanks, Martin Schram, Anna Schwartz, Sierra SimsSmith, Christopher Spooner, Katie Tassos, Colin Theye, Jeffrey Timmers, Madison Weisenberg, Merrell Welage, Jamie Westmeyer, Colin Widecan and Daniel Woodruff. Juniors - Madison Arends, Hanna Beck, Benjamin Botkin, Elizabeth Buechel, Christopher Cascella, Thomas Coates, David Cowart, Jeremy Crossley, Mary Deadrick, Maxwell Emish, Mariana Flynn, Alexis Gilliland, Christine Gohman, William Grimmer, Mark Hamlin, Maeve Harrington, Elizabeth Heidenreich, Morgan Hemmer, Joseph Hu, Caleb Keyes, Sarah Laumann, Macjilton Lewis, Laura Littiken, Keirstin Mason, Henry Motto, Ashley Moulton, Kyle Norvell, Connor Osgood, Rebekah Pearson, Cody Pittman, Hannah Remy, Ian Schmidt, Marie Schneider, Daniel Simons, Steven Sipe, Carly Stelzer, Samantha Telgkamp, Emma Toman, Meagan Turner, Morgan Turner, Mary Uehlin, Makayla Valentine, Erica Weeks, Julia Whittelsey, Anne Wirthlin, Kayla Wood and Audrey York. Seniors - Scott Barter, Laura Bauer, Eathan Baumgartner, Jaymz Bean, Jason Brokamp, Sarah Crabtree, Allyson Croll, Keaton Crowley, Jessica Danehy, Alexis Day, Austin Douglas, Garrett Fields, Grace Fitzgerald, Emma Griffith, Andrew Hamm, Benson Hobart, William Hollyday, Nghia Le, Emma Lindsey, Samuel Long, Samuel McManus, Hayden Neugent, Stefanie Osborn, Dalton Osgood, Luke Parker, Marcus Pennell, James Perry, Andrew Reed, John Scholtz, Daniel Stalzer, Hali Taylor, Adam Theye and Brendan Woodruff.





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Warriors, Silver Knights have more on mats

Conference). North College Hill always has a full lineup which makes them tough, and CHCA has some really good kids, but I think we can compete.” Sophomore Eavionne Laney returns after being a district qualifier at 220 pounds as a freshman. Also back senior Billy France (152) Stuart Soltman (160) and Austin Northern (170). Joining them are juniors Riley Faucett (126) and Jesse Campbell (145). Freshman Joshua Campbell (138) – Jesse’s younger brother – should make an immediate varsity impact. Summit opens the season Dec. 7 in the Bearcat Brawl at Walton Verona (Ky.) and comes home to host a tri-match featuring Purcell Marian and Western Brown Dec. 20.

By Mark D. Motz and Adam Turer

Wrestlers in the Eastern Hills Journal coverage area begin the season with growing numbers and high hopes for a trip to state come February.


The Warriors want to make the next step this season. “We’re trying to go from state qualifiers to state placers,” said head coach Rodney Cash. “That’s the expectation, to keep getting better.” Junior Dominik Butler qualified for the state tournament at 106 pounds as a sophomore. He will wrestle at 113 this season. Classmate Riley Henderson was a state alternate at 138 who moves up to 145. Senior Dave Bao is out with a broken forearm to start the season, but should contribute at195 later in the year. Cash has only eight wrestlers on the roster, so look for some new faces to make an immediate impact. Among them are sophomores Ryan Hall (132138), Brian Gannoway (126) and Andrew Cosatino (132). Keep an eye on freshmen Drew Florienza (113), who was a junior high state qualifier last season, and classmate Joe Goheen (126-132). “We’re getting there,” Cash said of his program. “We have a few more kids than we did last year. We’d like more, of course, but I feel like this group can be very successful.” Cash said Reading and Deer Park should be the top teams in the Cincinnati Hills League; his squad gets a look at the Wildcats right away as they open the season Dec. 7 at the Deer Park Invitational. Mariemont comes home to host a Dec. 12 tri-match with Purcell Marian and Norwood.

Walnut Hills

Mariemont wrestler Dominik Butler competes against Crooksville’s Jordan Burkholder during the first round of the OHSAA Division III state wrestling tournament in Columbus, Feb. 28. Butler was pinned in the match. FILE PHOTO

the sport very fast. I’m excited to see what they can do for the team this year.” The Cavs open the season on Dec. 5 at Madeira.

Purcell Marian

The Cavaliers are shooting for their third straight GCL Central championship. The team’s experienced veterans will be complemented by an infusion of young talent. “We are coming off a huge year last year winning the GCL Central for the second consecutive year in a row, and we have some guys coming back that can bring a lot of experience into the wrestling room to help out all of the young new wrestlers that we have this year,” said head coach Bill Antle. Seniors Kyle McCarthy and T.J. Burse lead the way, along with junior Tony Meinking and sophomore Jake McCarthy. Those four returning starters will be joined by a group of new wrestlers looking to build on Purcell Marian’s revitalized wrestling tradition.

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Walnut Hills’ Randall Mincy, in the white shirt, wrestles with his brother Quentin in 2011. FILE PHOTO

“Also, I’m very impressed with all of our new wrestlers,”

said Antle. “They are very good athletes and they are picking up

The Silver Knights finished last season with only five wrestlers on the mats. New head coach Jim Covert already improved the numbers with a dozen out so far to start the year. “I’m still working on getting a few more out,” Covert said. “The football team made the playoffs, so those guys are just getting back and I’ve got my eye on a few of them that hopefully we can get to come out.” Even without additional grapplers, Covert has some skill at his disposal. “It’s definitely good,” he said. “I was pleasantly surprised at where the talent level is and where it can go from here. I think we can fare toward the top (of the Miami Valley

There is a different level of excitement surrounding the Eagles wrestling program this year. Walnut Hills is enjoying an athletic renaissance and the wrestling program is the latest team to benefit. Over the past five years, the Eagles have practiced at a gym in Lockland, an elementary schools in Carthage and Fairmont, and a church in Evanston. They had to borrow wrestling mats from neighboring schools. Scavenging for mats and gym time is now a thing of the past. “We will finally get our own wrestling mat. We also get to practice in our newly renovated gym,” head coach Emmerson Mincy said. “All of our newfound fortune has also been met with a sharp increase in our player roster. We are definitely poised for a breakthrough this season.” The Eagles are led by sophomore Marcus Myles, junior Edward Hampton, and seniors Perry Stargel and Randall Mincy. Freshman Quinton Mincy joins the varsity after placing fifth in the state in junior high school. “We have a tremendous amount of depth this season,” said Mincy. “Most of our starters wrestled close to 50 matches last year, and the experience that they garnered will make us a much stronger team this year.”


The Tigers have won five straight Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference championships. The goal this year is to find more success in the postseason. Withrow has a lot of talent to replace, with the graduation of Nick Isaacs, the team’s lone state qualifier in 2013, and Chris Tombs, the 2013 CMAC wrestler of the year. The Tigers also welcome a new head coach in Chris Smith.


» Cincinnati Country Day’s boys basketball team will play Ryle at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Holmes High School as part of the 2013 Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic. Also playing in that tournament is Purcell Marian, which plays Holmes at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Holmes High

School. Proceeds will benefit the Ruth Lyon Children’s Fund and Neediest Kids of All. Tickets are $7 adults, $4 students.

Catching up with College Athletes

» The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to

give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo

as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@



Adjustments send Moeller back to state title game By Tom Skeen

DAYTON — For the second-consecutive week, the Moeller Crusaders’ halftime adjustments helped to continue their football playoff march. This week coach John Rodenberg’s team shut out Hilliard Davidson in the second half en route to a1311 win Nov. 30 in the Division I, Region 2 finals, also playing as the state semifinals, at Dayton Welcome Stadium. After shutting down the Colerain triple-option offense a week ago, the Crusaders limited the Wildcats to just 61 second-half yards after giving up168 in the first half. “Everybody keeps saying they’re like Colerain and they are, but they’re not,” Rodenberg said. “… We just needed to settle down and figure out what was going to work for us. We played a team that’s 13-0 and we knew it was going to be a battle.” Sophomore kicker Matthew Coghlin proved to be the star for the Crusaders. He nailed a 23-yard field goal to pull his team within one at 11-10 with seven seconds to play in the first half. With 6:06 to play in the third quarter the sophomore hit a 27-yarder that proved to be the game-winner and the only score of the second half for either team. “Cog’s been great,” Rodenberg said. “… He’s only a sophomore and to know you can get a field goal like that really helps in your play-calling because you don’t have to take any un-

necessary shots.” The victory sends second-seeded Moeller to the Division I state finals Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, where they will look to defend their state championship against Mentor High School, who beat Lakewood St. Edward 41-38, Nov. 30. For Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland, the state championship game is starting to become the norm. In addition to making his second straight trip to the football title game, Ragland was part of the 2012 state championship baseball team at Moeller. “I’ve been surrounded by a lot of talent, that’s first and foremost, and great coaching,” the quarterback said. “When you put those two things together with hard work, great things happen. It’s kind of cool to just keep on winning and I’m kind of on a little streak here; I keep getting back to the state championship. I’ll take it, but I just want to thank the people around me.” Ragland finished with 143 yards rushing and 59 yards through the air on 3of-9 passing and a touchdown. It’s the sixth-consecutive game the quarterback has rushed for 100plus yards. Ragland’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Chase Pankey opened the scoring with 10:06 to play in the first quarter. The Wildcats answered back less than four minutes later with a 5yard scoring run by running back D.D. Clark. Hilliard added to their lead with a 44-yard field goal by

Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland runs the ball against Hilliard Davidson’s Parker Ford (4) in the first quarter of Moeller’s 13-11 win Nov. 30 in the Division 1, Region 2 finals, also playing as the state semfinals, at Dayton Welcome Stadium. Ragland finished with 187 total yards and a passing touchdown.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

Robert LeFevre to make it 11-7 with 2:55 to play in the first half, but that was all the Wildcats would get. “They are a heck of a football team and I don’t know if they’ve gotten the credit they deserve this year,” Rodenberg said. “I’m just happy with what we did.” The Crusaders are looking to go back to back for the first time since1976-77. “I feel great for the kids,” Rodenberg said. “These guys work real hard and it’s all about them; it’s all about the 2013 team.”

Moeller wide receiver Chase Pankey (4) celebrates his 41-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter with fellow wide receiver Isaiah Gentry, as the Crusaders beat Hilliard Davidson 13-11, Nov. 30 in the Division I, Region 2 finals, also playing as the state semifinals, at Dayton Welcome Stadium. JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS



High school GGCL athletes make all star lists The Girls Greater Catholic League recently named all stars for the fall athletic season.


Player of the Year: Kristen Massa of St. Ursula Academy Coach of the Year: Jeni Case of Ursuline Academy First Team: Mt. Notre Dame senior Christine Chandler, McAuley senior Kerrie Dailey, Ursuline senior Sam Fry, Ursuline senior Paige Kebe, Mercy senior Katie Klusman, St. Ursula junior Carolyn Knollman, St Ursula sen-

ior Kristen Massa and Mt. Notre Dame junior Margo Wolf. Second team: St. Ursula junior Natalie Danenhauer, McAuley junior Tori Hemsath, Seton senior Morgan Masminster, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Sydney Mukes, Ursuline sophomore Avery Naylor, Mt. Notre Dame senior Sara Priest and Ursuline junior Lauren Wilkins. Honorable mention: Ursuline junior Mallory Bechtold, McAuley junior Abby Gourley, McAuley senior Lindsey Kauffman, Seton freshman Peyton McCarthy, St. Ursula sen-

ior Natalie Phipps, St. Ursula junior Laura Jane Proffitt, Mercy sophomores Carly Schnieder and Sam Seger, Ursuline sophomore Alyssa Steller, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Dani Szczepanski and Mt. Notre Dame junior Jessica Towle.


Player of the Year: Madeline Huster of St. Ursula Coach of the Year: Jim Calder of St. Ursula First team: Seton seniors Jessica Frey and Samantha Goodwin, McAuley senior Julia Hoff-


mann, St. Ursula senior Madeline Huster, Ursuline junior Andie Kennard, Mt. Notre Dame junior Samantha Leshnak, Seton senior Allie Luebbering, Mercy senior Sam Mattlin, Ursuline junior Mikaela McGee, Mercy senior Brenna Mueller, St. Ursula seniors Megan Niebuhr and Madeleine Pescovitz, Ursuline junior Sara Robertson, St. Ursula senior Darby Schwartz and Mt. Notre Dame senior Maria Veneziano. Second team: Ursuline sophomore Holyn Alf, Mercy senior Macey Anderson, Seton junior Savannah Bacon, Seton senior Allison Bailey, McAuley junior McKenna Bailey, St. Ursula senior Erin Clark, Mercy senior Lauren Cummings, Mt. Notre Dame junior Megan Desrosiers, Ursuline junior Jordan Hollmeyer, Mercy senior Julia Kennedy, McAuley senior Clare Knecht, Ursuline senior Sarah Seedhouse, St. Ursula sophomore Olivia Silverman, Seton senior Halie Sunderman, St. Ursula sophomore Mary Alice Vignola, Mt. Notre Dame senior Maddie Volz, St. Ursula senior Claire Weigand and Ursuline senior Allison Werner.


Kings Hammer East U10/11 girls won the Cincy Hi Five Challenge Tournament. These group of 8, 9 and 10 year old girls won the U11 Diamondback Division. In front are Bella Carmosino, Elle Britt. In second row are Brenna Vining, Erin Fite, Karly Preston and Sophia Wampler. In third row are Sarah Zimmerman, Annie Isphording, Abby Anderson, Emma Pegram, Tara Pund, Emma Cohen and coach Carrie Orr. THANKS TO JEFF WAMPLER

Player of the Year: Mehvish Safdar of Ursuline Coach of the Year: Joe Hartkemeyer of Ursuline First team: Ursuline sophomore Jenny Duma, St. Ursula senior Kari Fitzpatrick, Ursuline junior Lauren Haney, Ursuline senior Brooke Sabo, Ursu-

line freshman Olivia Sabo, Ursuline senior Mehvish Safdar, Mercy senior Elizabeth Staley, St. Ursula sophomore Maggie Sullivan and Seton junior Maggie Walroth. Second team: St. Ursula senior Morgan Bernard, Ursuline junior Lauren Fleming, St. Ursula seniors Margeaux Gerwin and Caroline Koenig, Ursuline junior Mary McGrath, Mt. Notre Dame junior Catherine Murphy, Seton senior Macy Wauligman. Honorable mention: Mt. Notre Dame junior Alex Burg, McAuley juniors Nicole Capodagli and Megan Davish, Mt. Notre Dame juniors Sonya Sasmal and Ali Staun; and Mt. Notre Dame freshman Sabine Worthoff.

Cross Country

Runner of the Year: Anne Heffernan of St. Ursula Coach of the Year: Scott Ridder of Mercy First team: Ursuline junior Catherine Finke, Ursuline senior Christine Frederick, Ursuline junior Grace Kelly, Mercy senior Emma Hatch, St. Ursula junior Anne Heffernan, McAuley sophomore Natalie Lienhart, McAuley junior McKenzie Pfeifer and Mercy freshman Alex Stevens. Second team: Mercy senior Natalie Geraci, Ursuline freshman Anna Herriott, Seton junior Gabriel Hirlinger, Ursuline junior Colleen Johnston, St. Ursula junior Kelly Caitlin, Mercy junior Maria Waters, St. Ursula junior Maria Weisgerber

and Mercy junior Megan Zeinner. Honorable mention: Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Maddie Gentile, Ursuline junior Miranda Grigas, St. Ursula senior Elizabeth Klare, McAuley senior Kate Olding, St. Ursula senior Caroline Perry, McAuley sophomore Anna Sontag, McAuley freshman Clare Sunderman, Mercy sophomore Margo Waters and Mercy senior Tori Weckenbrock.


Player of the Year: Carolyn Markley of St. Ursula Coach of the Year: Marianne Utz Sahms of Ursuline First team: McAuley senior Danielle Dilonardo, St. Ursula juniors Katie Frey and Bretten Hill, St. Ursula senior Carolyn Markley, Ursuline senior Emma Meyer, Seton senior Corrine Deutenberg and Ursuline senior Abigail Wellens. Second team: Mt. Notre Dame junior Cassidy Carstens, St. Ursula junior Ramya Chadrakumar, Mercy junior Emily House, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Alex Martin, Ursuline sophomore Olivia McCloy and Ursuline senior Sarah Reilly. Honorable mention: McAuley senior Brianna Burck, Ursuline junior Kyland Frooman, Seton junior Kourtney Keller, Mt. Notre Dame freshman Sophie Kramer, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Molly McCudden, Mercy senior Maddie Sheridan and St. Ursula junior Meredith Weidner.

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Extracurricular activities are essential I recently read in a statewide survey that, overwhelmingly, Ohio residents believe student extracurricular activities, like athletic teams, music groups and other afterschool clubs, are essential elements of the educational experience and vital to producing well-rounded students. I was pleased to see these results and could not agree more with the role these activities play in creating a comprehensive educational experience for our children. Student involvement in activities outside the classroom is a key component of our school district’s philosophy, and we are fortunate to have

students who want to participate. In our 20122013 Quality Profile, we reported that 82 percent of Steven Estepp our junior high COMMUNITY PRESS and high school stuGUEST COLUMNIST dents participated in the many athletic teams, clubs and activities we offer in our district. This is an impressive number! And our students don’t just participate; they excel and rise to the top. This fall, we celebrated many accomplishments in athletics.

Holiday visits are good time to check for dementia The upcoming holiday season means celebrating joy with the people you cherish. Those festive gatherings can also be an opportune time for family members to notice troubling signs of aging in their parents or grandparents. Sadly, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds, affecting nearly one in nine adults over the age of 65. In fact, the U.S. population is gradually aging, and since the risk for Alzheimer’s increases with age Ohio is estimated to reach 250,000 Alzheimer’s cases by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association ( Although there is currently no cure, no prevention and no way to slow down the disease, early detection can impact quality of life. As families return home for the holidays, or visit parents and grandparents out-of-town, caretakers and adult children should be vigilant of the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 1. Be aware of warning signs that disrupt daily life, such as: Late notices from utility companies or other monthly recurring bills stacking up. 2. Forgetting a familiar family recipe could be a sign of challenges in planning or problem solving. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks, like getting to a family member’s house. 4. Confusion with time or place, such as: If they don’t understand that Thanksgiving dinner is happening or forget how they got to dinner. 5. Difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color contrast. This shouldn’t be confused with typical agerelated vision changes related to cataracts. 6. Repeating himself or herself, or forgetting what they were talking about in the middle of conversation. 7. Misplacing everyday items in unusual places. 8. Poor judgment in dealing with money or paying less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. 9. Withdrawal from social

situations, like avoiding holiday celebrations altogether. 10. Clear signs of anxiety, urgency, Vicki agitation, Tensmeyer paranoia or COMMUNITY PRESS appearing GUEST COLUMNIST confused about his or her surroundings. If you notice a loved one experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to encourage them to see a doctor immediately. Once signs of dementia are detected, a complete medical and neuropsychological evaluation is needed. Determining the severity of the condition is critical for future treatment. The holidays are a special time for families to come together. I encourage you to also use it as a time to checkin on aging loved ones and assess if they may need help. It could be the best holiday gift you give. Vicki Tensmeyer, a Kenwood resident, is a registered nurse who is trained to perform memory screenings.

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Our athletes and coaches did an outstanding job representing us in playoffs, bringing home CHL championships, earning district honors and competing for state titles. I have no doubt that we will see the same from our winter and spring athletes in the coming months. Additionally, I had great fun watching and listening to the Mariemont High School marching band on Friday nights. What excitement, spirit and talent this group of students possesses week after week! Our high school students also just wrapped up their fall play production, “Almost, Maine.” These performers

were outstanding in their craft, showcasing yet more impressive talents. Our student clubs also strive for excellence. The high school Key Club recently raised over $12,000 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world and was named the winner of 4C for Children’s third annual Champions for Children: The Next Generation Award. This is just one example; we have many clubs at all grade levels doing great things for our schools and communities. Indeed, we are fortunate to have such committed and talented students, knowing they are already expressing them-

selves as leaders of tomorrow. We are also fortunate to have a community that supports our young people - volunteering as coaches, mentors and event staff; filling the seats at events to cheer on our students; and encouraging an environment of collaboration. Providing these enriching opportunities for individual achievement is part of our school mission. We must inspire our students, our Leaders of Tomorrow - Not just because it is part of our school mission, but because it is part of our tradition.

Steven Estepp is superintendent of the Mariemont City School District.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question The Ohio House has passed a bill which would redefine self-defense and circumstances where the use of force trumps the duty to retreat to public settings, such as stores and streets. Under current law, residents need not retreat before using force if they are lawfully in their homes, vehicles or the vehicle of an immediate family member. Is this good legislation? Why or why not?

“No, it’s not a good idea. This law would not be close to necessary if white people weren’t so prejudiced and paranoid that non-white individuals (anyone with brown or darker skin) were criminals. Look what ‘stand your ground’ in Florida did to Trayvon Martin.” TRog

“OH Boy...this is a good topic. The duty to retreat in public areas when imminent threats are posed is by nature is to ‘duct and retreat’ of a human being. “But some circumstances,

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standing the ground no matter where you are as a concealed carrying citizen is not going to be an option to retreat. You have to act quickly as any trained police officer will have to act. “Yes, Ohio legislation to change this is right on. Criminals won’t think twice about taking deadly actions to anyone, and every citizen has the right to defend.” O.H.R.

“Already these bills have caused deaths. Since the guy who murdered Treyvon Martin

in Florida pulled his gun on his own girlfriend, some folks have been able to put this issue in slightly better focus. And a Michigan case recently decided against a person who shot a stranger in the face, apparently for coming to his door and asking for some sort of help. We will apparently never know. “Ninety-eight out of every 100 gun deaths is accomplished with a gun which was purchased by the deceased, a family member or a friend. The gun lobby has utterly failed to make good on their promise to use education to rein in this carnage. “Controlling guns doesn’t mean making them inaccessible. Laws like this just make ignorant people think it is OK to blast first and ask questions later. (We already have also had a shooting in a school, resulting from a child being ‘silly’ with a security guard’s gun. Wasn’t that a bright idea - put guns in the schools!)” N.F.


U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup 2nd District includes nearly all the northeastern and eastern Cincinnati communities. Washington, D.C., office: 1223 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3164 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MondayFriday Cincinnati Office: 7954 Beechmont Ave., Suite 170, Cincinnati, OH 45255 Website:

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Cleveland – 216-522-7272. Cincinnati – 425 Walnut St., room 2310, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3915; phone

684-1021, fax 684-1029. Washington, D.C.: 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; phone 202-224-2315; fax 202-228-6321. E-mail: Web site:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman Washington, D.C., office: B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510 Phone: 202-224-3353 Fax: 202-224-9558 Cincinnati office: 36 E. Seventh St. Room 2615, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 513-684-3265

STATE State Rep. Alicia Reece

33rd District includes parts of Columbia Township, parts of Cincinnati, Deer Park, Silverton and parts of Sycamore Township. In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 13th floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-6111; phone 614-466-1308; fax 614-719-3587. Email:;

State Rep. Peter Stautberg 27th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County. In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 11th floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-6111; phone 614-644-6886; fax: 614-719-3588. E-mail:;

WHEN THEY MEET Cincinnati City Council

Meets at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in room 300 at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St. Web site:

Cincinnati Public Schools

Hall 5903 Hawthorne Ave. Phone: 527-6505. Web site:

Hyde Park Neighborhood Council

Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month, 2651 Burnet Ave. Phone: 363-0000. Web site:

Meets at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave.Web site:

Columbia Township

Madisonville Community Council

Meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month, 5686 Kenwood Road. Phone: 561-6046. Web site:

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road. 561-9343. Web site:

Columbia-Tusculum Community Council


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

Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month, 6907 Wooster Pike. Phone: 271-3246. Web site:

Mariemont City School District


Meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Village

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

Meets at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month at Mariemont Elementary School, 6750 Wooster Pike. Phone: 272-7500. 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.






Fun at the castle

he local nonprofit organization Lighthouse Youth Services recently had its annual fall fundraiser at Bishop’s Place Castle, the Clifton home of Jakki and Len Haussler. “Fashion, Food, Friends and Fun at the Castle“ featured an afternoon of boutique shopping, lunch provided by some of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants and Cincinnati Enquirer Food Critic Polly Campbell as

the guest speaker. The Lighthouse fall event is conducted annually in a beautiful Cincinnati home, and it sells out every year. The event raised more than $60,000 to provide funding for Lighthouse programs and wish list items for the youth they serve. Area restaurants donated all the food, and participating boutiques donated a percentage of their sales to Lighthouse.

At the Lighthouse Youth Services fall fundraiser at Bishop's Place Castle are Sherie Marek of Indian Hill and Joanie Lauch of Anderson Township. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Bishop's Place Castle in Clifton, the home of Jakki and Len Haussler, is this year's location for Lighthouse Youth Services annual fall fundraiser. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Katie Kerrey and Kristen DeMarco, both of Indian Hill, attend the Lighthouse Youth Services annual fall fundraiser. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

At Lighthouse Youth Services annual fall fundraiser are, in front Bob Mecum, president and CEO of Lighthouse Youth Services, Pierce Township; and Karen Cassidy, last year's fall event chair and hostess, Indian Hill; in back are Jakki Haussler, fall event chair and hostess, and her husband Len Haussler, Clifton. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Helen Murdock, Audre Sedacca of Anderson Township and Linda Busken Jergens of Hyde Park enjoy the afternoon together at the Lighthouse Youth Services annual fall fundraiser. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

Brian Albach, Jan Timmel, Gregory Wells and Stephen Dauer dine together at Bishop's Place Castle, the location for this year's Lighthouse Youth Services fall fundraiser. Albach, Wells andDauer are with The Albach, Wells & Dauer Group at Morgan Stanley (Kenwood), a Points of Light Sponsor. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 5 Art Events Glass Lab: Brad Walker, 6:307:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Book signing and question-and-answer session with glass fusing expert, founder of and author of “Contemporary Fused Glass” and “Contemporary Warm Glass.” Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Exhibition and sale of original paintings and prints by wildlife artist Ruthven, maritime artist Stobart and miniature room box artist Off. Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., gallery One One. Multiplicity is group show based on idea of creating art in multiples or as part of series. Hang It Up specifically features and sells ornaments in separate room. Free. Through Jan. 3. 321-0206; Oakley. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Classical/modern/ contemporary visual conversation. Works by Jeff ChapmanCrane, Diane and Frank McElwain, Michael Scott and more. Free. Through Feb. 1. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., World debut of 15 never-before-seen images artist shot locally 20122013. Free. Through Jan. 2. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Dining Events Chocolate and Tea with Shalini Latour, 6:30-8 p.m., Essencha Tea House, 3212a Madison Road., Includes five hand-crafted organic chocolates and five teas, plus a sneak preview of new chocolate bars by Shalini. $25. Reservations required. 533-4832. Oakley.

Health / Wellness The Deadly Effects of Stress, 6-7 p.m., Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road, Learn about devastating health effects that long-term stress can have on the body and simple ways to combat them. Free. Reservations required. 271-2500; Madisonville.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, 6940 Madisonville Road, Historic Shillito’s Elves have moved to Mariemont and are opening workshop for public tours. Bring letters to mail to Santa. Pictures with Santa available on Saturdays and Sundays. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. $4, free ages 3 and under. Presented by Mariemont Inn. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Parenting Classes Proven Parenting: Foundations for a Strong Family, 9-11:30 a.m., The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, 5050 Madison Road, Emery Building, Room 101. Featuring Common Sense Parenting research based and proven techniques. Learn evidence based techniques to address common parenting problems, create a personalized parenting plan and receive Common Sense Parenting resource book. Family friendly. $100 per family; child care available: $10 per child. Registration required. 272-2800; Madisonville.

Friday Evening Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke Market, 3872 Paxton Ave., Red Blends with Jason Shartzer from Gallo. $5 for five samples and snacks from deli and bakery. 619-5454. Oakley.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Music - Choral Forest-Aires Friends and Family Concert, 7-8 p.m., Parkside Christian Church, 6986 Salem Road, Free. Presented by ForestAires Women’s Chorus. 272-8243; Anderson Township.

Nature Winter in the Woodlands, 6-8 p.m., California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Families follow luminaria-lit trail on leisurely self-guided walk through forest. $5. Reservations required. 231-8678; California.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Hot Glass - Ornament, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Design and create your own blown glass ornament in this holiday class. $35. Registration required. Through Dec. 21. 321-0206. Oakley. November + December Family Open House: Ornaments, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Celebrate holidays by making ornaments with your family. $15. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Craft Shows Showcase of Arts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Ornaments, jewelry, soaps, ceramics, paper creations, paintings, stained glass and more. Treats, holiday music and shopping. Food truck on site. Benefits The WACC Foundation. Free. Through Dec. 8. 272-3700; Mariemont. Light Up Oakley, 6 p.m., Oakley Square, Madison Road, Illumination celebration with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Music, refreshments and holiday entertainment. Free. Presented by Oakley Community Council. 351-7222; Oakley. Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Art Exhibits

Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Art Events

Drink Tastings

Shop, Sip and Stroll, 5-8 p.m., Hyde Park Square, 2643 Erie Ave., Lite bites and drinks served at participating retailers. Presented by Hyde Park Square Business Association. 929-4263; Hyde Park.

Special Effects in Fused Glass with Brad Walker, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Through Dec. 8., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Walker will instruct students through a range of the best special effects in fused glass. $550. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Holiday - Christmas

The Silence Is Broken: Movie Screening, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Church, 3500 Madison Ave., $35. 641-8924; Oakley.

Holiday - Christmas

Art & Craft Classes

Muscle-Tendon-Ligament Screening, 7-8 a.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Sports medicine doctor shows how these issues are evaluated using ultrasound. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000. Fairfax.




Health / Wellness

John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Shopping Funky Artsy Jewelry Charity Open House, 2-5 p.m., Funky Artsy Studio, 2746 Markbreit Ave., Free gift with purchase, 20 percent off all items and wine and treats while you shop. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters,

Ballet Theatre Midwest's production of "The Nutcracker" will be performed 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6; and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at the Walter C. Deye S.J. Performance Center at St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and senior citizens 65 and older. High school and college students are $12 with a valid student ID prior to Friday night's show. Group discounts for 10 or more people are available. Tickets can be purchased at 520-2334, or at Springer School and Center and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. Free admission. Presented by Funky Artsy. 560-6784; Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Book discussion group. Room 206. Donations accepted. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 Clubs & Organizations Woman’s City Club’s Feist-Tea, 1:30-5 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, Program begins at 2 p.m. Reception follows. Honoring Sarah Gideonse, Harriet Kaufman, Helen O’Neal and Mary Wells, four Woman’s City Club longtime members who model feistiness in carrying out its mission to secure a just and livable city. Free, donations accepted. Reservations required. Presented by Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati. 751-0100; Oakley.

Craft Shows Showcase of Arts, Noon-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; Mariemont.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Through Jan. 26. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, DEC. 9 Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Auditions The Last Romance - Auditions, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Dec. 10. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Literary - Story Times Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054

Open Studios: Multiplicity + Hang it Up, 6-9 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., In addition to work of Brazee artists, visit gallery One One to see annual shows featuring series and handcrafted holiday ornaments. Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Madison Road, With Ms. Kelli. Listen to book and participate in an art-making activity with your child. $7. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, For those responsible for the care of an elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Oakley.

TUESDAY, DEC. 10 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Holiday Glass Gifts, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students choose from fused glass Make+Bake projects including plates, bowls, sun catchers, channel plates, platters and more. $10. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Show and sale of small artwork, no larger than 8-by-10 inches. Original works in oil and watercolor by active members of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Free. Through Dec. 22. 272-3700; Mariemont. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Art Openings Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Show and sale of small artwork, no larger than 8-by-10 inches. Original works in oil and watercolor by active members of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Exhibit continues through Dec. 22. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Auditions The Last Romance - Auditions, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, Free. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Stu-

dios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Drink Tastings WineStation Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, All wines in WineStation are half off. Eight different premium wines to choose from. Complimentary cheese and French baguettes. Ages 21 and up. Prices vary. Through Dec. 18. 731-1515; Oakley.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Music - Hip-Hop MellowHigh, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Featuring Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Left Brain of Odd Future. $14, $12 advance. 7318000; Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Through Jan. 29. 235-3062. Hyde Park. Caregiver Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Deupree House, 3939 Erie Ave., Private dining room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Hyde Park.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Drink Tastings Friday Evening Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke Market, Delicato Family Vineyard with Chris Hoffman. $5 for five samples and snacks from deli and bakery. 619-5454. Oakley.

Health / Wellness General Joint Screening, 4-6 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000. Fairfax.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Religious - Community Feeling Good, 7-9 p.m., Healing Offices, 2723 Markbreit Ave., Front meeting space. Time to pause, rest and regroup. Discover your inner wealth with simple, powerful tools and practical spiritual wisdom for feeling more joyous and at peace with life. Experiential activities, guided meditations, discussion, music, poetry and more. Ages 18 and up. Good will donation requested. Presented by Pathwork of Cincinnati. 293-1038; Oakley.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Hot Glass - Ornament, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, $35. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. November + December Family Open House: Ornaments, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, $15. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits John A. Ruthven, John Stobart and Robert Off, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Multiplicity/Hang It Up, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Tyler Shields: Shot in Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.



Gifts from the kitchen for the holiday season During the holiday season, I stock up on bags of walnuts and jars of honey to make our traditional baklava for Christmas giving. Our whole family gets involved, from the adults to the toddlers. Today and Rita for the Heikenfeld next few RITA’S KITCHEN weeks I’ll be sharing some favorites for you to try. Take advantage of the good prices on raw nuts, too. They freeze well for several months.

Chardonnay-soaked golden raisins

We made these a few years ago in cooking class and they were a hit. I like to scrape out seeds from the vanilla bean and add those to the liquid along with the bean. Served over Brie with crackers, the raisins make elegant hors d’oeuvres and a jar of them makes an unusual gift from the kitchen. If you don’t like Brie, smear a little soft goat cheese on a toasted baguette and top with raisins. I have made this recipe with Riesling, and it turned out just a little bit sweeter, but very nice.

11⁄2 cups water 1 cup chardonnay or Chablis wine 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, pounded flat and then split open and

cut in half 1 cup golden raisins

Combine water, wine and sugar. Bring to simmer and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla bean and raisins. Let steep 12 hours or so. Drain raisins, reserve liquid. Discard bean. Return liquid to pan and bring to boil. You’ll have about 11⁄4 cups. Reduce to 1⁄3 cup. The sauce will be deep amber. Cool a bit and stir in raisins. Store in refrigerator up to a month, and bring to room temperature before using.

Gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis

No, not a gift from the kitchen, but a time-honored home remedy with anti-inflammatory qualities. I had some raisins left over so I made a batch. I had forgotten about making these until I saw Dr. Oz talking about them. Check out my blog for the recipe.

Barbie Hahn’s chili lime peanuts

Barbie and I both have been regular guests on Fox 19 morning show. She is known as the Suburban Chef. Barbie makes lots of homemade edibles, including this savory one. Barbie told me: “I make these for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. They make a nice addition to a gift basket.” 6 cups cocktail peanuts, unsalted 6 tablespoons lime juice 6 tablespoons chili powder

Rita’s golden raisins soak in chardonnay makes a great gift from the kitchen.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt


Mix all ingredients together and spread out in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Keeps fresh in airtight container for three weeks. This also makes a great combo gift with a friend’s favorite six pack of beer.

Bert’s thumbprint cookies

Bert Villing and I are longtime friends. We had a catering business together and these cookies were popular with our customers. For the read-

er who requested a butter cookie like Busken Ba 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400. Cream butter. Add sugar, then everything else. Pinch off in generous teaspoonful measurements and roll into balls. Flatten with thumb. Bake on sprayed pan. Bake 9-12 minutes – be careful, cookies should be very light in color. If necessary, “rethumb” when they come out. That in-

CORRECTION The website for cookbook author Joanne Trimpe is An incorrect website was printed in some papers last week.

dentation is where you dollop on the frosting. Bert’s frosting: To make colored icing, leave out cocoa. Blend together:

find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really like the old food places up on ‘the hill’.”

1 cup confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons hot water or more, if needed 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

Chewy brownies from St. Xavier’s Mothers Club cookbook

Can you help?

Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert, who said: “My husband and I were recently in Mount Adams and would love to

Coming soon

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.





This year,celebrate downtown.

Including many dining sets just in time for holiday meals.

Make super awesome holiday memories for the whole family in downtown Cincinnati!


Take a spin on the ice at Fountain Square, hop on the Holly Jolly Trolley, ride a free horse drawn carriage, and see Santa rappel down the 525 Vine building during Macy’s Downtown Dazzle on December 7 and 14.


1050 Mehring Way | Cincinnati | 513.241.1050

Find more super awesome things to do this holiday season at Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm




Beware of Craigslist scams with bad check

The website Craigslist is a great place for finding lots of things from jobs to cars. It is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can very easily get scammed. That’s what a local woman says almost happened to her. Kathryne Oakes, of St. Bernard, advertised a hat for sale on Craigslist and says she received several e-mails requesting more information. But one e-mail was from a person who said she lived in Texas and wanted to buy the hat. Oakes says she emailed her name and address so she could receive payment for the

hat. She then received a FedEx package with a check for $2,150 even Howard though she Ain was only HEY HOWARD! asking $400 for the hat. A letter with the check advised Oakes to send the rest of the money to a “shipper” who would then deliver the hat. Oakes attempted to follow the directions but, because she doesn’t have a bank account to deposit the check as instructed, she took the check to a

check cashing store. Oakes says the check cashing store noted the check did not come from the woman allegedly buying the hat, but from someone else entirely and so would not cash the check. In fact, she says the store wouldn’t give back the check so she could take it to the police department. Now Oakes says she’s embarrassed and angry believing she may be associated with trying to pass a bad check. The check cashing store advised Oakes the only form of payment she should accept for her hat is from Western Union. Of course, that’s

the same method of payment that so-called Texas woman wanted Oakes to use to send the remainder of the check. Oakes says she wants to get the word out about this scam so others don’t go through what she did and, she says, “worse yet they may get taken for the money.” Oakes says she “researched the bank and the company the check was issued from and both seemed legit to me.” But, while the company is legitimate, the check wasn’t sent by that firm it was sent by a thief who stole that checking account information. This is a scam that

been going on for quite a while and it takes various forms. Sometimes, a thief will claim to have hired you to be a Mystery Shopper and send you a check. One of those places will be Western Union when you’re to wire money to them. Of course, if you follow the thief’s instructions you will have deposited his bogus check into your bank account. You won’t know his check is bad until after you’ve wired him your good money. Other scams involve sending you a bogus check for several thousand dollars allegedly so you can pay for the taxes

on the sweepstakes prize you just won. You’re told to deposit the check and then wire the money to the sweepstakes office. Again, you don’t learn until it’s too late that the check sent you is bogus and you’re now liable to repay the bank. Bottom line, beware of checks and money orders sent from strangers, often sent by FedEx and UPS to avoid the post office and its postal inspectors. And never wire money to someone you don’t know.

by James’ wife, Barbara Lambert, baroque flute, and son Colin Lambert, cello. The ensemble will perform works of Bach, Telemann, Schenck and Hertel as part of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival program. On March 2, Mary Southworth Shaffer, soprano, and her husband, Jeff Shaffer, will bring an hour of favorite pieces for soprano and trumpet. Mary and Jeff are members of Redeemer. In addition to the Music in the Chapel Concert Series, the traditional Celtic Winter Solstice program featuring the ClarkJones trio is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Music director Loretta Graner has added three additional programs to Redeemer’s concert season starting with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, by the Millikin University Chorus of Decatur, IL. This concert is sponsored by parishioner and former president of the college, Doug Zemke, and his wife, Ellen Boling Zemke. The first public musical offering in The Opus 25 Organ Concert Series presents Redeemer’s

organist, Ted Gibboney and soprano Audrey Luna in a performance of Couperin’s “Tenebrae” at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. This program features the Canadian Juget-Sinclair organ. To wrap up the season, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” will be presented by Jennifer Rodway, clarinet; Marion Peraza, violin; Ellen Stephens, cello; and Song Hun Nam, piano, at 3 p.m. March 16. All programs are free and open to the public. The church is at 2944 Erie Ave., Hyde Park.

Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. Email him at

RELIGION Christ Church Cathedral

Five years ago, Christ Church Cathedral began a unique


Hyde Park Baptist Church

children’s choir to foster the development of a life-long enjoyment of music through the singing of sacred choral compositions. Last year, 18


young people sang for the cathedral and also at special public events, such as a holiday concert at Cincinnati’s Christmas Saengerfest in Over-the-Rhine.


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


Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm


Church of the Redeemer Equipping Service: 4:30 p.m. Sat. & 8:50 a.m. Sun. Exploring Service: 10:00 a.m. & 11:10 a.m. Sun. Birth thru high school programs

3950 Newtown Road Cincinnati, OH 45244

513 272-5800

Indian Hill

Episcopal-Presbyterian Church

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


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



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

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Sunday Services 8 &10:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am

Programs for children, youth and adults 6000 Drake Road



ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Community HU Song

4th Sunday, 11:00-11:30am

ECK Worship Service 11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001


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

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

FAITH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 6800 School Street Newtown, OH 45244 Phone: 271-8442

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break: Never-Failing Love"

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.

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

~ Solid Bible Teaching ~

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am

The Music in the Chapel Concert Series returns at 3 p.m. Sundays in the chapel. On Feb. 2, a German Baroque Chamber Music program will be given. The church welcomes back University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music faculty member Rodney Stucky, baroque guitar and archlute, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra member James Lambert, viola da gamba. They will be joined

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245


The Cathedral Choir of Children and Youth is beginning its new program year and is open to new members. This city-wide program accepts children as young as 7-years-old (secondgrade). No prior music experience is required. The Cathedral Choir of Children and Youth has a busy season ahead. They will sing four times during worship at the cathedral, as well as during several “away” performances. For more information, call Christ Church Cathedral. The church is at 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati; 621-1817;


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Senior Pastor Pastor Justin Wilson, Youth Minister Vibrant Teen and Children’s Ministries

Sunday Worship 10:30 am All ages Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Fellowship Meal 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Bible Study 6:45 pm All are Welcome!

Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. 11020 S. Lebanon Road. 683-1556

“A Name You Can Trust”

C&orcoran Harnist Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

Serving the East Side for over 33 Years.


Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 Sunday Worship 9:00 am - Contemporary Service 10:00am Educational Hour 11:00 am - Traditional Service

Weekday children’s programs run Monday mornings, Tuesday morning sand afternoons and Thursday mornings. Register on the website. Men’s outdoor group meets from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays. Register on the website. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

Clough United Methodist Church

The church recently made several changes to its Sunday schedule to help people of all ages have a meaningful worship experience in the morning and still have plenty of time for family, friends and other activities in the afternoon and evening. The 9 a.m. service will become a chapel service, moving from the sanctuary to a more intimate room. Child care for newborns through 3-yearolds will be available. The main service will move from 11-10:15 a.m. Child care will be available for newborns through 18months-old. Noah’s Park for 18-months-old through 3-yearolds, PowerXpress for preschoolers through fourthgraders, and DOG House for fifth- and-sixth-graders will all take place during the 10:15 a.m. service. Youth group for junior and senior high will meet at 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch included. The Sunday morning Adult Bible Study will be 9:15-10 a.m. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 231-4301;

Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; www.

Community Lighthouse Church of God

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


Church of the Saviour United Methodist

921-2227 CE-0000574139

Sunday Services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Trinity Community Church

The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631.



POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Nikki Noel Meyer, born 1993, assault, Nov. 13. Kristin McLane, born 1967, city income tax, Nov. 15. Richard E. Schnell, born 1949, city income tax, Nov. 16. James T. Kirby, born 1992, burglary, Nov. 18. Levonn Bennie, born 1989, burglary, Nov. 18. Michael Todd Loge, born 1968, disorderly conduct, Nov. 18. David Lee Culberson, born 1947, assault, Nov. 19. Linda Gibson, born 1959, domestic violence, Nov. 20. Lucien Lanier, born 1984, theft $300 to $5000, theft under $300, Nov. 20. Montez Taylor, born 1983, aggravated armed robbery, Nov. 20. Christopher M. Dever, born 1985, drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft under $300, Nov. 21. Tim Madaris, born 1980, receiving stolen property, Nov. 22. Christopher L. Meacham, born 1965, burglary, grand theft auto, Nov. 23. Dmont Ingram, born 1989, do-

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Cincinnati, Capt. Jeff Butler, District 2 commander, 9794440 » Columbia Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Peter Enderle, 683-3444 » Fairfax, Steve M. Kelly, chief, 271-7250 » Mariemont, Rick Hines, chief, 271-4089 » Terrace Park, Jerry Hayhow, chief, 831-2137 or 825-2280. mestic violence, Nov. 23. Crystal Cooper, born 1967, disorderly conduct, Nov. 24. Donald P. Needham, born 1986, menacing, Nov. 24.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery 3086 Madison Road, Nov. 18. 6135 Montgomery Road, Nov. 21. 5503 Tompkins Ave., Nov. 23. Breaking and entering 6318 Montgomery Road, Nov. 18. 3130 Wasson Road, Nov. 19. 4531 Orkney Ave., Nov. 19. 3204 Madison Road, Nov. 21.

4792 Red Bank Expressway Nov. 20. 4792 Red Bank Expressway Nov. 20. 4792 Red Bank Expressway Nov. 20. Burglary 583 Hoge St., Nov. 18. 3019 Cohoon St., Nov. 20. 1391 Burdett Ave., Nov. 22. Robbery 2705 Lawndale Ave., Nov. 21.

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Daryl Long, 34, 10019 Big Bone, theft, Nov. 12. Kevin Flagler, 27, 10857 Sharondale, endangering children, Nov. 7. Kirk Mosley, 50, 230 Rockdale, theft, Nov. 8. Tiffany Caldwell, 28, 2116 Cathedral Ave., theft, Nov. 8.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 5770 Stewart Road, Nov. 11. Theft Ipod valued at $100 removed at 8224 Farwick, Nov. 10.

FAIRFAX Arrests/citations Rachel Edwards, 23, 1533 Burdett Court, theft, Nov. 7. Latrice George, 25, 225 Vine St., theft, Nov. 7. Katrina Majaski, 45, 5705 Windridge, driving under influence, driving under suspension, Nov. 8. Sommer R. Linnere, 30, 5437 Whetzel, theft, Nov. 10. Darryl Williams, 30, 3129 Spring Grove Ave., heroin possession, driving under suspension, Nov.

11. Angelica Lay, 24, 2372 Harper Ave. No. 3, theft, Nov. 11. Desire Harris, 27, 6252 Corbly Run, driving under suspension, Nov. 12. Jawvenna Rudolph, 33, 3096 Gilbert Ave., driving under suspension, Nov. 12. Jonathan Riley, 41, 5424 Ward St., contempt of court, Nov. 13. Tony Whiting, 57, 330 Forest Ave., driving under suspension, Nov. 13. Derik Rapier, 35, 5387 Dogwood Court, leaving scene, Nov. 13. Darren Forney, 24, 8914 Reading Road, no drivers license, Nov. 14. Charles Funk, 47, 2462 Riverside Drive, contempt of court, Nov. 15. Mary Jackson, 40, 2648 Eastern

Ave., criminal trespass, theft, Nov. 15.

Incidents/investigations Theft Bicycle taken at Mariemont Junior High at 3847 Southern Ave., Nov. 10.

MARIEMONT Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Fencing damaged at 3855 Oak St., Nov. 10.

TERRACE PARK Incidents/investigations Theft Bicycle taken at St. Thomas at Miami Avenue, Nov. 4.


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Glass sculpting class in Oakley benefits greater good gel Toy Program, the artists will create a variety of blown glass sculptures shaped like toys. There is no charge for attending “Glass For Greater Good” events, but guests that evening are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Angel Toy Program. Toys will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers to children in need in time for the holidays. “Glass For Greater Good” will take place monthly in the Hot Shop at Brazee, which is directly behind the main

Brazee Street Studios and Queen City Glass Arts are having “Glass For Greater Good” to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati and its Angel Toy Program, Friday, Dec. 13. A new monthly program, “Glass For Greater Good” is a collaborative arts event where a team of glass workers come together to blow, form and sculpt hot molten glass into sculptures shaped to showcase the theme or charity benefactor of the evening. This month in support of St. Vincent de Paul’s An-

Brazee Street Studios building. Each month “Glass For Greater Good” sessions will coincide with Brazee’s popular, Second Friday Open Studios events, and will benefit a different local non-profit. Studios and the Hot Shop will be open from 6-9 p.m. For more information about “Glass For a Greater Good,” visit www.brazeestreet or call 513321-0206. Brazee Street Studios is at 426 Brazee St., Cincinnati, OH 45209.

Play ‘The Day Before Christmas’ opens Dec. 6. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and Santa will bring local audiences a lot to smile about this holiday season with the world-premiere production “The Day Before Christmas,” Dec. 6-8 and Dec.14 at the Taft Theatre. The show is directed by TCTC’s artistic director, Angela Powell Walker, with story and book by Ken Jones, music by Jamey Strawn and lyrics by Christine Jones. There is a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals and even the toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year. It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground and to deliver toys to children around the world, but Santa’s team is ready and willing. Or at least they think they are before a tricky

Pictured from left are Jake Kolesar as Jack Frost and Leo J. Northart III as Santa in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “The Day Before Christmas.”THANKS TO MIKKI SCHAFFNER

Jack Frost decides to try to stop the Christmas festivities with a little comical chaos and calamity. Single tickets and subscriptions for the rest of the 2013-2014 season are available now by calling 513-569-8080, ext. 10. Visit for more information. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

Tickets are $7 to $25. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit Q102 and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will collect items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of “The Day Before Christmas.” Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new or unwrapped item to drop off in the Taft Theatre lobby. Visit for a list of holiday requests.

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Lindsay Reynolds of Hyde Park has planned and executed more 250 events in 16 states as well as the White House. None may have hosted a guest as well-known and revered as the event she is co-chairing on Dec. 8. The event will welcome some of the most demanding critics and a person whose bad side you do not want to be on. However, if done right, the event will endear Reynolds to her children, the best compliment she can receive. The attendees at the event: wide-eyed children with ravenous appetites and endless wish lists.

The guest of honor: Santa Claus. Pancakes with Santa is a tradition for many families and a cherished opportunity for children to have unparalleled access to Santa. The event means so much to children and hits home for Reynolds, whose family loves when the holidays hit Cincinnati Museum Center. “My family and I enjoy the Museum Center so much throughout the year,” she said. “It’s always so fun to see the Museum transform at the holidays.” Now, Reynolds, cochair of Pancakes with

Santa, gets to take part in that transformation. “Pancakes with Santa is becoming a tradition for so many families,” she said, “and that’s what the Museum Center and the Holiday Trains are all about.” The Duke Energy Holiday Trains were a tradition in Reynolds’s family growing up. “I remember getting dressed up with my sisters and mom,” she remembers. Pancakes with Santa is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information and tickets, visit or call 287-7001.

Trains, decor to dazzle at Main Library Tis the season to be jolly at the Main Library during Dazzle Days. Enjoy activities from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday Dec. 15, that include a holiday craft, refreshments, and family storytimes. New this year is a special model train display provided by the Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club. The layout is a 17-by-10 foot “O” with a peninsula in the middle. It will loosely resemble the Cincinnati

Northern Railroad (Division of the New York Central Railroad) around Paulding, Ohio, in the mid-1950s. “Since the 1950s were a transitional era for the railroads, you will see both late steam and early diesel locomotives on the layout. Freight and passenger cars are also representative of the era,” said George Roos, club president. The train display is running noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and all

day Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. Also on display will be the Library’s holiday wreaths and Christmas trees, complete with handmade, literarythemed ornaments. Be sure to visit the exhibit of children’s book illustrations by Will Hillenbrand in the atrium. Parking is available for $2 a day on weekends at the nearby Garfield Garage. Call 513-3696900. Visit www.Cincinnati



Local charities benefit from Cincinnati Woman’s Club Each year, the membership of The Cincinnati Woman’s Club considers the presentations of club members about their gift research activities with a variety of local charitable agencies. This year, nine non-profit organizations were selected to share in the $26,000 awarded by the CWC. The agencies recognized with grants were: Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati; Building Blocks for Kids; Community Arts Initiatives; Healthy Moms and Babes; Katie’s House; Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC); Pro-Seniors; Resource, and The Visiting Nurse Association. Supporting charitable agencies to continue their services to those in need within our community is one aspect of the long-

Kacey Schmitt (Hyde Park), Cincinnati Woman's Club member who researched the charity ProSeniors Inc., was part of the program that day. PROVIDED

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BRIEFLY Doughnut giveaway

The Tristate’s newest Dunkin’ Donuts recently opened at 6210 Wooster Pike in Fairfax and immediately began supporting the community by giving away doughnuts and coffee for a few hours that day. In lieu of payment Dunkin’ Donuts asked for a donation for the local SPCA. “We really appreciate the support Dunkin’ Donuts has provided us,” said Larry Pauly, vice president of development for SPCA. “We received a check for more than $300. They did not stop there. The Fairfax location also donated 300 Munchkins to the Mariemont Warrior Run, which raises money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Locally owned, Gilligan Oil has opened up 10 new Dunkin Donuts in the last12 months and plans to open one more location this year in Loveland. Plans for 2014 include five new locations in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. Dunkin’ Donuts is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m.

Skyline re-opens

Skyline Chili recently re-opened its newly remodeled Fairfax location. The new store includes increased seating from 80 to 100 seats and more than doubles the on-site parking. The staff will also increase by 20 to 25 percent. The store is owned by the Misleh family, who has been part of the Sky-

line Chili family for over 50 years as franchisees. The family owns six locations: Norwood, Oakley, Walnut Hills, Montgomery, Lebanon and Fairfax. For store hours, visit

Ophthalmologist Meg Grulee, MD, has joined ophthalmologists Gary Carothers, MD, and Lindsay Bibler, MD, at Tri-State Centers for Sight in Kenwood at 8040 Hosbrook Grulee Road, Suite 100. Grulee is a graduate of Rice University, Houston, TX, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University

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Keep Cincinnati Beautiful recently recognized community councils, neighborhood organizations, Cincinnati schools, business associations, Adopt-A-Spot participants, and individual volunteers in the Clean & Beautiful Community Awards and Just Desserts reception for their participation in litter prevention, beautification, community improvement, and recycling projects during the 2012-2013 program year. Among the winners were: » Business District or Gateway Award first place: Madisonville Community Council for Blooms in the Business District. » Innovation Award second place: East Walnut Hills Assembly for Set the Community Ablaze with Lights. The first place winner was Price Hill Will for Grow It Forward. » Among the Five Star Volunteer Award winners was Sue Fullen, nominated by East Walnut Hills Assembly. First place winners took home $500 each, second place $250 each, and third place $100 each. Cash prizes for the event totaled $3,750.

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