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Terrace Park regulates rentals By Lisa Wakeland

Terrace Park Council unanimously approved new rules regulating home rentals in the village. Residents complained earlier this year about the home at 821 Myrtle Ave. being listed for shortterm leases on the website Vacation Rentals by Owner, or Instead of limiting who can rent a home or the duration of a short-term lease through the village’s zoning code, Terrace Park Council classified recurring rentals as a business use, which is not permitted in a residential district.

Council approved the ordinance Dec. 13 with minor modifications. Councilman Tom Tepe Jr. said recurring rentals are defined as renting a home more than three times per year, and that would fall under the modified business regulations for the village. The ordinance also includes a reporting requirement for any home rentals in the village. Tepe said renters would have to notify the police department of the home’s address, the name of the renter and the duration of the lease. He added that the ordinance balances the rights of village residents and the rights of property

IN OTHER NEWS » Joaquin Wells was sworn in as the newest member of the Terrace Park Emergency Services Department. » Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee continues to tweak the village’s zoning code. Members plan to further discuss how to handle junk cars in the village and clarify the code.

owners. Fred Vickers, who lives on Myrtle Avenue, said he appreciSee RENTALS, Page A2

Terrace Park Council approved an ordinance limiting recurring rentals in the village. Several Terrace Park residents expressed concern after finding this home at 821 Myrtle Ave. on a vacation home rental website. FILE PHOTO

Mariemont to tighten historic district regulations By Lisa Wakeland


By Rob Dowdy

Mariemont plans to update its property maintenance and zoning codes in the coming months. Building Inspector Dennis Malone said the updates would primarily focus on the historic district near Murray Avenue and Chestnut, Beech and Oak streets. Malone said some landlords and property owners are responsive to the village’s letters, but occasionally property owners are cited to mayor’s court for code violations. “If we don’t have a specific statute that they’ve violated it’s a little difficult to make that a legally binding requirement,” he said. “Some of the buildings are almost 90 years old, and in many cases the landlords are reluctant to put money into improving the property.” Some problems Malone said he’s seen in the historic district include excessive vines being allowed to grow on the buildings, shutters that are falling apart, dilapidated fences, leaking windows, deteriorated roofing, overgrown landscaping and a handful of other issues. Mayor Dan Policastro said there needs to be more specificity in the two codes and updates should include input from Mariemont’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board.

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Mariemont officials plan to update property maintenance and zoning codes for the historic district to address issues like ivy growing on walls, dilapidated fencing, leaky windows and a number of other issues. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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COLUMBIA TWP. — A KZF Designs traffic study has identified four options for the six-way intersection of Plainville Road, Murray Avenue and Madisonville Road. The study, which cost $42,000, proposes a roundabout, a four-way stop, a two-way stop or no change at all. Columbia Township has been working for several years to construct a Lemon roundabout at the intersection of Murray Avenue and Plainville and Madisonville roads. A roundabout is a road junction in which traffic travels counter-clockwise around a central point. Columbia Township Administrator Michael Lemon said the the renovations to the intersection are expected to coincide with a residential and commercial development. Greiwe Development Group is proposing a development consisting of three-story apartment complexes and ground-level storefronts on Plainville. The intersection borders Mariemont, and Lemon said their input in the process is vital. Mariemont Mayor Dan Policastro said he hasn’t heard much

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Oakley to celebrate New Year’s By Forrest Sellers

OAKLEY — Once again Oakley will ring in New Year’s with a special celebration. The 20th Century theater, the Pipsqueak Theater and Cincinnati Sports Leagues will join together to present the third annual “Ball on the Square.” The event will start at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Oakley square by the 20th Century theater, 3021 Madison Road. “Oakley is the place to be for New Year’s,” said Mark Rogers, owner of the 20th Century theater and an organizer for the event. “We think this might be a breakout year,” said Rogers, who anticipates a potential crowd of about 6,000. Like last year, the celebration will feature fire performers, ice carving and other attractions. A chainsaw ice carving demonstration will be at 10 p.m. The Pipsqueak Theater will open the celebration with family-friendly entertainment provided by singer Manny Pemberton. This portion of the event

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is geared toward both children and adults. A special ball drop for children will be at 9 p.m. The celebration will then continue with live entertainment by the Sly Band. An indoor event at the 20th Century sponsored by Cincinnati Sports Leagues will start at 9 p.m. Tickets for the indoor event are $85. Tickets can be obtained online at Brian Polark, president of the Cincinnati Sports Leagues, said an effort has been made to integrate both the indoor and outdoor events. The outdoor celebration is free. A variety of food and beverages will be available. Another ball drop from the 20th Century tower will be at midnight followed by a Rozzi Famous Fireworks display.


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about the traffic study, but wants to make sure it includes additional vehicles from apartment residents. “I would rather see commercial rather than apartments because of the traffic it’s going to cause for Mariemont,” he said. Another issue that should be addressed, Policastro said, is the additional traffic expected when the Waldorf School takes over the former Dale Park School on Chestnut Street, which is about a block away from the six-way intersection. Lemon said the township will delay environmental studies to save money.

“We never realized all these problems were going to start happening,” Policastro said. “Aesthetics are important, too, … and we have to do something. It’s getting terrible down there.” Malone said they’re seeing some progress in the historic district, but it takes a lot of time to get issues resolved. This update would “put some teeth in the regulations” and make it easier to enforce both the property maintenance and zoning codes. He estimates that it will take several months to complete the update.

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ates the work of council and village officials on the rental home issue.

MADISONVILLE — The owner of a funeral home alleges that he found a West Chester Township man trespassing in an unusual place: the embalming room. Dorien Daniels, 28, faces a charge of breaking and entering following the incident that was reported Tuesday at the ThomasJustin Funeral Home in the 4400 block of Whetsel Avenue, Hamilton County court records say. Police say Daniels “admitted entering the building,” but court records do not reveal his intentions. Daniels was being held in the county Justice Center. A judge set bail at $10,000.

VIOLATION PROCESS Mariemont Building Inspector Dennis Malone explained the three-step process for handling property maintenance or zoning code violation. The first piece is sending a letter to the property owner notifying him or her of the issue. Malone said most owners usually respond to that letter. The second step is to send a registered letter to the property owner. If there is still no response, Malone said the final part of the process is citing the owner for the violation and bringing the issue to mayor’s court.

Residents earlier this year said they were uncomfortable with the situation and not knowing who was in the home at any given time. The home is owned by Springhouse LLC in Driggs, Idaho.


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Support for bike trail plan is growing

HYDE PARK — Support for the Wasson Way Project – a proposal to convert 6.5 miles of railroad track into a recreational hiking and biking trail – continues to grow. The Wasson Way Project group has recently organized five citizen committees and also obtained a 501c3 designation. “Being designated as a 501c3 is one of (the) steps that keeps us moving forward,” said Jeff Lovelace, a Hyde Park Neighborhood Council member who has been involved with the group. By being designated as a 501c3 the group can pursue various fundraising efforts. Jay Andress, who has been instrumental in coordinating efforts for the group, said the designation was obtained in November. Andress said he is confident this will help in securing more donations. “We have existed over the last year and a half on about $3,000,” he said. He said the group would like to strengthen its marketing and promotional initiatives as well as have an engineering study conducted. The proposed hiking and biking trail would extend from the Little Miami bike trail in Newtown

through the communities of Hyde Park, Oakley, Mariemont and several others. The trail would follow an unused rail line currently owned by Norfolk Southern. The Wasson Way group was organized in early 2011 and has about 70 volunteers. Since then Andress and other members have spoken at local community council meetings and met with Cincinnati representatives to generate support for the project. Andress said five committee have been formed to address specific aspects of the project. These consist of marketing, public relations, implementation and fundraising committees as

Jay Andress with the Wasson Way Project group stands near a railroad trestle at Red Bank Road. The group wants to convert an unused rail line into a hiking and biking trail. PROVIDED well as a general volunteer committee. He said several neighborhood meetings will likely occur in the spring. “As a grassroots organization, we are very interested in working with

“These blockades were put up last Friday, and my neighbors and I have already seen a noticeable decrease in the number of cars that race down these streets,” Oakley Community Council board member Craig Rozen said. City councilwoman Laure Quinlivan sponsored a motion last month calling for the immediate installation of temporary blockades for safety reasons on the streets. The barricades are expected to become permanent, according to Quinlivan’s office.

The city of Cincinnati has taken measures in an attempt to curb increased traffic congestion problems caused by the Rookwood Exchange development. Three streets in Oakley have been temporarily barricaded, cutting off access to Edwards Road. Hyde Park, Atlantic and Arbor avenues were barricaded near the streets’ intersection to Edwards Road. On the other side of Edwards in Norwood, Rookwood Exchange is under construction.

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Oakley membership costs set to increase By Forrest Sellers

OAKLEY — Membership dues for the Oakley Community Council will increase in 2013. Memberships will cost $10. Board President Peter Draugelis said this is a small increase and the first increase in more than five years. Membership Committee member Jeanne Savona said one of the reasons for the increase is to have a flat cost.

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the Oakley Community Council newsletter, is planned for residents in the 45209 ZIP code. An estimated 7,000 people will be targeted. An effort will also be made to better monitor membership status. “Membership will be tracked on a monthly basis,” said Savona. Oakley Community Council member and Membership Committee chairman Dan Bennie said communication will be essential.




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New faces join Oakley council By Forrest Sellers

OAKLEY — The Oakley Community Council has several new faces. Four new members were elected during the December meeting. The new members are Brian Ferry, Megan Marshall, Chris Mengel and Jason Wilcoxon. Ferry has been a resident of Oakley since 2012 and has served as a pastor of student ministry and church musician for more than a decade. He is currently a director of worship at New City Presbyterian Church. Marshall is a 14-year resident of Oakley and actively involved in her street’s annual block parties. Marshall has been instrumental in promoting Oakley Park through her involvement with an advisory board for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. A former East Coast resident, Mengel said he was impressed with the diversity of Oakley and has been active as a local volunteer. Wilcoxon is a pastor of the Legend Community Church and has assisted council with events such as Oakley After Hours and holiday celebrations. Former council members Mike Geswein and Bob Luthy were not re-


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In this scene from "Gulliver's Travels” Dr. Gulliver has signed on to be the ship's physician aboard the Adventure. From left are Summit Country Day School sixth-graders Reyyan Khan, Mason, playing a sailor; Sammi Crew, Mariemont, one of two students in the title role; Maria Maples, Amelia, as the captain; and Julia Rosa Helm, Anderson Township, and Mia Semler, Hyde Park, as sailors. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

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Maya Mehlman, Clifton, a sixth-grader at The Summit Country Day School, plays a member of a race of intelligent speaking horses called Houyhnhnms. The horse masks used in the production of "Gulliver's Travels" were created by senior Meg Mathile, East Walnut Hills, an AP Art Portfolio student. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON Summit Country Day School sixth-graders Lily Gieseke, Hyde Park, and Tess Wyrick, Pleasant Ridge, portray tavern goers in the opening tavern scene from "Gulliver's Travels." THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

Cast in the role of an admiral in "Gulliver's Travels,” Summit Country Day School sixth-grader James Speed, Springdale, defends Gulliver's unconventional method of putting out a palace fire. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON

As the emperor and empress of Lilliputia, Summit fifth-grader Payton Campbell, and sixth-gradre Mia Semler, both of Hyde Park, discuss what to do about the giant Gulliver, who has put out a fire in their palace by using it as a chamber pot. The large mask represents Gulliver as a giant while the smaller masks mark the Lilliputians as being tiny. THANKS TO JOLENE BARTON





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Eastern Hills bowlers rolling through an alley near you By Nick Dudukovich & Scott Springer

Glen Este's Kelly Simon (5) and Lindsey Singleton (4) try to box out 6-foot-3 Walnut Hills center Amber Wilkes Dec. 5. The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Trojans 38-34. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Walnut Hills girls are long, lean and young

HYDE PARK — Matt Currie made sure the Summit Country Day bowling season got off on the right foot. The sophomore kicked off the new campaign by carving himself out a spot in the Summit record books. On Nov. 27, he rolled a 211. The next day, in a match against Walnut Hills, Currie followed up his performance by rolling games of 203 and 182. The 211 game and the 385 series both ranks second Summit’s all-time scoring list. Summit’s seniors include Adam Chow, Sara DesMarais, Amna Fazlani, Abigail Finch, Margaux Hackett, Molly Hackett, Emily Nunlist and Sarabeth Stretcher.

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The Purcell Marian Cavaliers return two starters from last season’s third-place Greater Catholic League-Central team in Max Murphy and Allen Wright. Coach Jim Duggan’s squad was 8-9 in 2012 (5-9 GCL-Central). “We have a great bunch of kids bowling on the varsity team this coming season,” he said. “The coaches have had an opportunity to work with these student-athletes since their freshman year. Some of these bowlers had never competed in any organized league before trying out. It will be exciting to see what they can do.” Duggan lists Murphy, Wright, Kevin Beyersdorfer, Joe Behm and Franklin Wagner See BOWLERS, Page A7

By Scott Springer

WALNUT HILLS — While the Walnut Hills boys basketball team has garnered a lot of attention with a talented returning squad and some enticing transfers, the Walnut Hills girls squad could be making headlines soon. If not this season, the Lady Eagles expect to be a team to be reckoned with soon as coach Anthony Johnson has two sophomores and a freshman in his starting line-up. His bench depth includes five freshmen and two more sophomores. Combined with four seniors, Walnut Hills has already defeated Purcell Marian and Glen Este and played a good Kings team close. Johnson was particularly pleased with the win over the traditionally competitive Glen Este girls. "We were voted below them in our division," Johnson said. "We're young. We're mostly sophomores and freshmen. We're still babies learning. The fun part about it is the scary part. We're learning on the job and getting good experience." The Lady Eagles are led by sophomore Taylor Darks who posted a double-double against Glen Este with12 points and14 rebounds. At 5-foot-9 with ballhandling skills, Darks could likely play all five positions. "She's our best player," Johnson said. "She's being recruited by over 60 Division I schools. She has a lot of room to grow, but you can see the college potential in her." Darks also had a successful soccer season for coach Bob Muro and is a sprinter in the spring for Amanda Robinson’s track squad. Adding to the length and agility of Darks is Amber Wilkes. Her best attribute is the unteachable fact that she’s 6-foot-3. Though a proverbial “work in progress,” her size has attracted early suitors as well. First year varsity teammate Arielle Varner is also generating attention at 5-foot-9 and still growing. She recently had nine rebounds against Kings. "Amber (Wilkes) is being

Isaiah Johnson, of Walnut Hills, looks to score against Turpin Dec. 11. Johnson finished with a game-high 23 points for the Eagles in their 63-45 victory. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Nick Dudukovich and Scott Springer Taylor Darks at 5-foot-9 is capable of playing all five positions for Walnut Hills. According to coach Anthony Johnson, Darks is being recruited by about 40 schools as a sophomore. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Coach Anthony Johnson speaks to his girls in the huddle on Dec. 5. Walnut Hills came away with a 38-34 win over Glen Este. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

recruited," Johnson said. "She's got 25 schools looking at her. Arielle (Varner) is a freshman. It's kind of early, but she's being recruited. A lot of our babies are being recruited way early." Seniors Ashley Brewster and Caitlin Perry round out Johnson’s starting five. Brewster runs the point and controls the offense and Perry is capable of hitting the clutch shot. "When it comes down to clutch things, she really controls our offense," Johnson said of Brewster. "She steers us. We don't have a bunch of them, but the seniors bring volumes to our team.” Bre Jeffery and Dominique

Jones are the other seniors for Walnut Hills. The bulk of the bench was playing in junior high a year ago. "The core of this group has two more years and three with the freshmen," Johnson said. "As long as stay healthy and keep doing the things that we coach them to do, we're going to do well." Helping with their speed is a new gym at Walnut Hills that’s considerably longer than the “Hoosiers”-like court they’ve played on for years. "The 94-foot floor and the environment is so much better," JohnSee WALNUT, Page A7


This week’s award goes to Brian Goertemoeller of the Seven Hills basketball team. Goertemoeller scored 21 points as the Stingers picked up their first win of the season with a 6751 victory over Lockland, Dec. 7.

Boys basketball

» Walnut Hills beat Turpin 63-45 on Dec. 11. Isaiah Johnson led the Eagles with 23 points. » Clark Montessori defeated Seven Hills 67-60 on Dec. 11 as junior Malik Rhodes had 23 points. » Matt Stewart and Nick Malone each scored 13 points as Mariemont improved to 3-0 with a 43-37 win over Wyoming Dec. 7. » Kevin Johnson scored 20 points as Summit beat Clark, 6234 Dec. 7.

Girls basketball

» Withrow beat Shroder 7523 on Dec. 8. Senior Siri Huey led the Lady Tigers with 24 points. On Dec. 13, the Lady Tigers beat Aiken 73-26. Huey again led with 20 points. » Summit got a 10-point effort from freshman Gabbi Gehner as the Silver Knights beat CCD, 41-14, Dec. 8.

» Lauren Weems’ 21 points helped guide Seven Hills to a 6043 win over St. Bernard, Dec. 8. On Dec. 10, Weems went for 18 as the Stingers beat New Miami, 53-13. » St. Ursula got a 14-point effort from Sarah Wildermuth as the Bulldogs beat McNick, 3733, Dec. 10. » Mariemont beat Finneytown 64-27 Dec. 8. Meredith Garrison scored 11 points, while Hannah Krieger, Meagan Turner and Olivia Griffith all chipped in with 10 points each. Julia Whittelsey (13), Garrison (14) and Krieger (12) all had double-digit scoring totals as Mariemont beat Madiera, 60-36, Dec. 12.

Boys bowling

» Walnut Hills beat Turpin on Dec. 12 with senior Kyle Chase rolling a 440 series.

Girls bowling

» Walnuts Hills held off Turpin Dec. 12. Senior Morgan Siemer had a 290 series. » Summit beat Wyoming, 1,819-1,369 Dec. 11. Emily Nunlist and Sara Desmarais each rolled a high series of 298.

Boys swimming

» Purcell Marian was second in a tri-meet with Mariemont and McNicholas Dec. 12. Sophomore Simon Dadosky won the 500 freestyle. » Mariemont scored 164 See PREPS, Page A7




Walnut Hills edged Turpin by one game for the last Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division championship last season by virtue of two onepoint wins over the Spartans. The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer coaches’ poll, staked a more definitive claim to first place in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference by beating Turpin, 63-45, Dec. 11.

Turpin’s Clay Johnson dribbles past Walnut Hills guard DJ Wingfield. AMANDA

Turpin's Zach McCormick looks to score in the first half against Walnut Hills. McCormick ended the game with 17 points. AMANDA

Walnut Hills’ Jordan Tyso goes up for a basket as Turpin’s Connor Grotton defends.




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Alex Meloy has the puck as Moeller head coach Mike Reeder watches in practice at Cincinnati Gardens last season.

By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — Mike Reeder is in his ninth season coaching hockey at Moeller where the Crusaders finished third in their league with a record of 2013-2. Unlike the other area schools that play in the Ohio High School Hockey League South, Moeller plays in the Capital Hockey Conference-Red Division with several Columbusbased schools. Moeller last won a league title in 2006 and has had eight-straight winning seasons. Reeder lists Tyler Ruter, Alex Meloy, Zach Bayliff, Jack Brault and Eddie Geiser as players to watch this season. Ruter was

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has bowlers to watch. The Lady Cavaliers return senior Tarah Mays and junior Sarah Taylor. Taylor led the team with a 135.3 average in 2012. Purcell Marian was 314 last season (1-12 Girls Greater Cincinnati League-Grey Central).

Walnut Hills

The Walnut Hills boys will roll into the their first Eastern Cincinnati Conference season after finishing sixth in the now-defunct Fort Ancient Valley Conference-East Division. The Eagles were 712 (5-11 FAVC). Their highest returning scorer is junior Karl Schottelkotte who averaged 182.4. Three seniors also are back with similar averages. Kyle Chase bowled at a 177.3 clip, Daniel Steinberg was at 167.2, and Jordan Butler averaged 161.9. Max Wildenhaur and Brandon Traynum make up the rest of coach Butch Taylor’s varsity squad. The Walnut Hills girls will also face Milford on that date. The Lady Eagles coached by James Ficklin nearly mirrored the boys team with a 7-13 record (511 FAVC) which also put


Moeller’s top scorer last season and defender Brault notched 21 assists. Geiser was named all-league first team in the Red Division. “We have seven seniors,” Reeder recently told Gannett News Service. “We’re a little older and I’m seeing a good cohesiveness among the team.” The rest of Moeller’s them in sixth place in 2011. Senior Lauren Nurre is the top returner with a 141 average. She’s followed by senior Chloe Grund at 138.2 and junior Claire Schottelkotte at 137.1. Rounding out the Lady Eagles are Morgan Siemer, Katie Estep, Ashley Robinson, Lucy Curell and Courtney Bree.

St. Ursula

So far this season, the Bulldogs have received contributions from Catherine Redden, Natalie Snyder, Katie Jira, Emma Cassani and Alaze Baker. Heller’s average of 132 pins per game leads the squad. The squad is coached by Jimmy Denson.

Seven Hills

The Stingers will look to make some buzz in the Miami Valley Conference under head coach Robin Wilson. Chris Baggott and Corey Wilson should be key contributors throughout the season.

Clark Montessori

The Cougars are coached by Claude Henderson and have their home matches at Madison Bowl. No further information was available at deadline.

roster includes Brian Tempel, Thomas O’Donnell, Andrew Carmichael, Jake Fessel, Mark DiGiandominico, Billy Rinderle, Ben Sattler and Alex Armour. Moeller’s home games are at the historic Cincinnati Gardens in Roselawn. Next up for the Crusaders is Olentangy Liberty on Dec. 16.

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son said. "I love the old gym, but every school we would go to had bigger floors than ours." The Eastern Cincinnati Conference is no picnic and the Lady Eagles will have their hands full with the likes of Turpin and Anderson ahead, but Johnson has faith in his team’s learning curve. "We weren't voted very high," Johnson said. "(If) we keep playing hard, we might be able to say something for ourselves."

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points during its win over Purcell Marian (33) and McNick (18) Dec. 12. Mac Lewis (200 free, 100 fly), Sam McManus (200 IM, 100 back), Collin Widecan (50 free), George Koglmeier (100 free) and Emmett Saulnier (100 breast) all won individual events.

Girls swimming

» St. Ursula tied Notre Dame (Ky.) 73-73 Dec. 8. Katie Kerr (200 free, 500 free) and Marissa Delgado (200 IM, 100 fly) were individual winners.


St. Ursula’s Ferrara signs to swim for OSU St. Ursula Academy senior Kaitlyn Ferrara participated in a signing ceremony on Nov. 15, for her national letter of intent to play college sports. Ferrara of Anderson, daughter of Keith and Kathy (Jander) Ferrara (’85), has committed to continue her swimming career with The Ohio State University. Ferrara is a three-year varsity swimmer at St. Ursula Academy and a threetime sectional champion in the 500 freestyle. She was three-time GGCL champion in the 500 freestyle, 12-time district qualifier and 11-time state qualifier. She was a state championship finalist in the 500 and 200 free three consecutive years and is a six-time National High School All-American. In the GGCL, Ferrara is three-time defending champion in the 500 free,

earned three-time AllGGCL and three-time First-Team GGCL. She is also a six-time all-state performer and a six-time all-city performer. Ferrara currently trains and competes with the Cincinnati Marlins. She is a two-time Junior National Qualifier; 12time YMCA National Qualifier; 10-time National YMCA Championship Finalist and four-time team record holder from the time she trained with the Anderson Barracudas. At St. Ursula Academy, Ferrara earns first honors, is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected as a Bulldog Star, a program that recognizes students who reflect the values of St. Ursula Academy and are Unstoppable. Ferrara has participated in Student Outreach Services for three years.

St. Ursula Academy senior Kaitlyn Ferrara signs a national letter of intent to swim with the Division I Ohio State University swimming team. Behind Ferrara are St. Ursula President Lelia Keefe Kramer, Keith Jander, Barbara Ferrara, Kathy Jander Ferrara, Marlene Jander, Thomas Jander and St. Ursula Principal Craig Maliborski. THANKS TO JILL CAHILL



Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251




One-day gift is lifetime commitment It is so tempting, I know. Christmas is coming up and what a Hallmark moment it is to see a child or significant other tear off the wrapping to find a wiggling little puppy underneath. However, as an animal lover and positive reinforcement dog trainer, I’d like to share some thoughts before you make your purchase. Puppies are not toys. They Lisa are living, Desatnik COMMUNITY PRESS breathing, chewing, playGUEST COLUMNIST ing, barking, eating, urinating, beings who will come into your life with a lot of needs. The first six months of your puppy’s life will be critical when it comes to socialization, teaching it all of the many life skills to set it (and you) up for success. As its parents, family, and teachers, you will have a huge role in developing your dog’s lifelong behavior. Do you have the knowledge,

the tools and the time to supervise young children around the puppy in order to prevent interaction that may cause tension (that may lead to aggression) and instead foster joy and trust; to teach error-free house training, impulse control, or basic behaviors such as sitting; or to introduce it to many different people and other puppies? Can you afford a puppy? In its first year alone, you will have veterinary bills including vaccines, spay or neuter or possible illness. You will also need to budget for a dog crate, exercise pen or baby gate, chew toys, an ongoing supply of treats, high quality dog food, a comfy bed, a leash and collar (halter or Martingale or gentle leader), and training. You may need to fence in your yard. Depending on your dog, it may require regular grooming. If you take a vacation, you will need to budget for doggy care. Affording a puppy is not just a measure of money. Ask yourself this, “Realistically, how much time can I give my dog to exercise it not just now but for a

long time to come?” In general, sporting, hounds, herding and terrier breeds will require more daily exercise than guardian or companion breeds. (However, all dogs will benefit from exercise.) If you think that is expensive, consider that your puppy will grow into adulthood and will more than likely be your responsibility for well over 10 years. Please do not buy a puppy on an impulse or because you saw a breed of dog down the street or in a movie, and you want one just like that. While it is important to choose a dog’s breed (or breeds if it is mixed) with the general characteristics that will fit your lifestyle, remember even among puppies in the same litter there are a wide range of temperaments. There is no such thing as a ready-made, well behaved dog. Once you bring your little guy home, it is your responsibility to teach it so that it can grow to its fullest potential and adapt successfully to your lifestyle, your family, and your home. You can find a good starter search for breed specific in-

Lisa Desatnik and her pet dog, Sam. THANKS TO LISA DESATNIK formation on the American Kennel Club’s website at If you have considered all of this and you think the time is right to add a new bouncing puppy to your household, how about giving a gift certificate or a gift basket filled with pet toys

and supplies instead? Then, when the stress and chaos of the season is over, you can have fun picking out your gift together. Lisa Desatnik is a positive reinforcement dog trainer with So Much PETential. Visit her website at

How accessible is your home this season? The holidays are a wonderful time for festive gatherings to celebrate the joys of the season. But for someone with a disability or mobility issues, it can become challenging and stressful time as they consider whether or not they will be able to safely and comfortably attend the party. For example, they may need to consider the number of steps they will they have to climb, if the home can accommodate a wheel chair or walker, and find out if there’s a restroom on the first floor. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 36 million Americans are classified as disabled. In Hamilton County alone, it’s estimated that 12 percent of the residents (not in a nursing home or other institu-

tion) have a disability. There’s a growing trend nationwide called “Visitability,” which essentially Jere refers to housMcIntyre ing designed in COMMUNITY PRESS a way that it GUEST COLUMNIST can be lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers. A house is considered “visitable” when it meets three basic requirements: » One zero-step entrance. » Doors with 32 inches of clear passage space. » One bathroom on the main

floor that is wide enough for a wheelchair. Obviously you aren’t going to be able to make major construction changes to your home before the holidays. But, as you add the finishing touches to your holiday decor, take a moment to consider how visitable your home is to someone with a disability. There are things you can do to help guests with mobility challenges easily and safely get in and out of your house. These include: 1. Make sure the entrance is well lit. 2. Identify a safe, flat outside place where the guest can be dropped off to allow for easy access to the home. 3. Remove obstacles to clear paths of travel through doors and

hallways. 4. Consider renting a portable ramp to allow safe access to the home. 5. Make sure there are at least 32-inch aisles for essential wheelchair maneuverability for comfort and freedom. During the party, you may need to omit some furnishings to prevent congestion. 6. Make sure your table heights aren’t too low. It is important that a person’s knees and thighs fit comfortably under a dining table. 7. Rugs and area carpets can cause extreme hardship for a wheelchair user. Chair tires sink into rugs with thick padding, making pushing and turning the chair difficult. If possible, pull up scatter or area rugs — they

become tangled in the smaller front chair wheels. 8. Install grab bars for support – consider for your older relative who visits not during the holidays, but throughout the year. This is easier than it sounds. Some of the changes you consider now can also give seniors and their caregivers a head start on home modifications they may need later in their lives. After all, the aging population in Hamilton County is increasing. In less than eight years, Hamilton County will have nearly 25 percent of its population over 60.

to try and cover this type of expenditure. This is not the way to run a business. “I think we have a dysfunctional council governed by a mayor that needs control.” E.S.

city core is a huge step backwards for the city, and it threatens the progress made over the last few years. “Worse, it is short sighted to separate the parking revenue from the city that benefits from filled parking spots. “To a parking company, 100 spots filled at $10 a spot is exactly the same as 1,000 spots filled at $1 a spot, but it's not hard to figure out which is better for the city.” Brian

Jere McIntyre is a certified aging in place specialist and the director of modifications for Whole Home.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question “Would you shop less at Cincinnati businesses if the city leased its parking facilities to a private company and rates increased? Why or why not?”

“To be honest, we seldom do our shopping anywhere but in Anderson Township and the Eastgate area; all of our needs are met in these locations. But if we did shop downtown the issue of who owns parking facilities, or how high the rates were (provided they were not astronomical), would not be a deterrent.” Bill B. “Currently I do not shop downtown at all. Mostly I avoid downtown due to panhandlers. Why go downtown and pay more for parking when I can easily get to several malls pay nothing and feel safer.” K.S. “I would likely curtail a lot of my business in the city. Right now I enjoy the downtown region, including the OTR, on a regular basis. “If rates go up and they

NEXT QUESTION Now that Michigan has approved legislation to ban mandatory collection of union dues as a condition of employment, becoming the 24th state in the nation to pass a right-to-work law, do you think Ohio lawmakers should attempt to pass similar legislation? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

lengthen the time of operation like they did in Chicago, Cincinnati proper will have a hard time getting my money. “What they gain in immediate profit they will lose in the long run due to retail and restaraunt operations closing. “It is very short sighted and there are examples of how poor a deal they are looking at.” J.Z. “One reason my wife and I prefer to shop at suburban



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stores is free parking close to the businesses we patronize. “While we don't shop downtown we do visit the main branch of the public library and I have season tickets for the Bengals. Higher parking costs will only make me rethink both pursuits.” R.V. “Of course! Why should I pay to park when I can park for free in the suburbs? “If the city wants to entice people to shop downtown they need to make it easier, more convenient and cheaper. Raising prices is only going to drive more people away. It's common sense, something our city leaders are woefully short on.” J.S.K. “I think selling the parking meters and some city garages is a ridiculous idea. Our council is not functioning properly. They have to work on a budget that works. Selling off city owned facilities is not the answer. “Also we can recently give our city manager a big raise, plus back pay, and now we have

“We already don't go downtown as much as we like because of parking prices! So yes it would mean shopping less :( .” K.H. “Raising parking costs on the patrons who are supporting the

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CISE raffle raises funds for Catholic inner-city schools A

t 80, Pete Bushelman of Wyoming has more energy than most people half his age. Bushelman is a full-time volunteer and is involved in his church and several nonprofits in the community including Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE). For 32 years now, he has been chairing and hosting the annual Friends of CISE Raffle. Each year he almost singlehandedly sells 1,200 tickets at $100 each. More often than not, the winners of the $14,000 in cash prizes donate all or part of their winnings to CISE. This year was no exception. The 2012 Friends of CISE Raffle Reception was Dec. 1 in the undercroft of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral and raised over $130,000. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr drew the winning tickets. 2012 raffle winners were: $10,000 – CISE (ticket donated by Andy and Corine Bushelman) $2,500 – CISE (ticket donated by Edgar Willig) $1,000 – Rae E. Hartman $500 – Jacqueline D. Breines, Joseph Girardi and Joseph (Peppe) Ramundo. Peppe Ramundo, who was at the raffle, donated his winnings back to CISE. The festive evening also included a silent auction, gift basket raffle and door prize drawings. Most guests left with a gift or prize of some kind. CISE provides funding to nine Catholic Elementary schools in Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods serving over 1,700 children in grades prekindergarten through eight grade; 90 percent live below the poverty level and 77 percent are not Catholic. The nine schools are: » St. Boniface, Northside » Corryville Catholic » St. Francis de Sales, East Walnut Hills » St. Francis Seraph, Overthe-Rhine » Holy Family, Price Hill » St. Joseph, Ezzard Charles » St. Lawrence, Price Hill » Prince of Peace, Madisonville » Resurrection, Price Hill Additional information about CISE and the Friends of CISE Raffle is available at

Deacon and Mrs. Michael Cassani and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hodge at the raffle. Michael Cassani and Bob Hodge are members of the CISE board. PROVIDED

Pete Bushelman, CISE board member and Friends of CISE Raffle chairman for 32 years with Terry Schroeder, CISE staff member who coordinates all the details to make sure the Friends of CISE Raffle is a success. PROVIDED

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr picks the winning ticket at the CISE raffle. PROVIDED

Adopt a family for the holiday season The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati is asking local families, businesses, schools and community groups to give the gift of hope this Christmas by sponsoring a family in the Adopta-Family Program. Each year, St. Vincent de Paul assists more than 100,000 families in need with basic needs such as food, medicine, clothing and help with rent and utilities. The mission of The Society also calls our members, volunteers, donors and the community at large to give hope and provide for the emotional and spiritual needs of struggling families in every neighborhood.

For the young children in these families, the emotional and spiritual toll of watching their friends, classmates and neighbors celebrate the Christmas season which their family simply can’t afford to do can be devastating. The same can be said for parents who have to explain to their children why there won’t be any gifts under the tree this year. “Throughout the year our volunteers serve many families who have to make difficult sacrifices to make ends meet for their families,” said Liz Carter, executive director, St. Vincent de PaulCincinnati. “No parent should

have to sacrifice the chance to watch their children’s faces light up when they find those gifts under the tree Christmas morning.” Sponsors are given a Christmas wish list from their adopted family. The lists include toys for the children, basic household items and toiletries for adults and clothing sizes for all members of the family. A sample wish list might include: » a dollhouse for a 3-year-old girl; » an educational toy for her five-year-old brother to help him learn to read; » new pots and pans so their

mother can provide her family a meal and clean, comfortable sheets for each of their beds. Sponsors are asked to shop for and wrap the gifts and either deliver them directly to the family or to St. Vincent de Paul. Those wishing to participate but cannot shop are encouraged to provide gift cards to be given to the head of the household for them to purchase the items for their family. Participating families are selected from the many families served by St. Vincent de PaulCincinnati volunteers from neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati in 2012. “This is a very important pro-

gram and we would like to find sponsors for at least 300 families in need,” said Karen Williams, director of development, St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. “But right now we simply don’t have enough sponsors. Sharing your blessings with a struggling family is a great way to share the spirit of the season with your own family.” Those who wish to help but who are unable to sponsor an entire family are encouraged to make a contribution in any amount. To help bring joy to a family in need this Christmas, visit



Awaited: A Christmas Show, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, Free. Tickets required. 731-7400; awaited. Oakley.

Art & Craft Classes Third Thursday Benefit Wassail Walk: Meet Melissa Senetar, Noon-8 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Meet Melissa Senetar as she demonstrates her use of naturally expired insect wings to create jewelry while perusing trunk show. Benefits American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville. Cat Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., PetSmart Oakley, 731-9400; Oakley.

Support Groups

Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Unveiling of Stobart’s last Major Cincinnati Painting titled “Cincinnati - Bird’s Eye View of the Public Landing in 1867.” Only 100 signed and numbered prints available. Exhibit continues through Dec. 29. Benefits YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Colored Pencil Society of America Dist. 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn Gallery. Colored pencil art. Free. Through Dec. 21. 272-3700; Mariemont. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Features large collection of porcelain sculptures, birds and flowers by Edward Marchall Boehm, miniature paintings and recent gallery acquisitions. Free. Through Dec. 29. 791-7717; Fairfax. Colored Thoughts, 7-10 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road, Geometric abstractions are from memories of childhood drawings and work of Tarrence Corbin. Artwork by Marcus Fletcher, local artist and Cincinnati Public School educator. Free. Through Jan. 12. 871-8787; O’Bryonville.

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. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, DEC. 24 Art Exhibits The Knox Music Series will present "L'enface du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)" of Hector Berlioz at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park. A freewill offering will be collected. The performance will feature Earl Rivers, Director of Music at Knox, conducting the Knox Choir, Orchestra, and Knox and Guest Soloists. Knox Soloists include Theresa Merrill, mezzo-soprano, singing the role of Mary; James Onstad and Daniel Ross, tenors, sharing the role of the Narrator and the Centurian; Jonathan Stinson, baritone, singing the roles of Joseph and Polydorus; and Claude Cassion, bass, singing the role of the Father. Guest Artist Kenneth Shaw, bass-baritone, sings the role of Herod. Visit for more information. Pictured is the Knox Choir. PROVIDED canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997; Anderson Township. Holiday Christmas, 7-10 p.m., Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Celebrate Irish Christmas fireside. Music, storytelling, dance and treats. Admission is ornament for memory tree. 5330100; Linwood.

Literary - Bookstores

Quarter Raffle for Autism, 6:30 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Vendors set up items for sale as well. Benefits Autism. $2. 4740123. Anderson Township.

Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, Follow Harriett’s journey through Cincinnati by visiting five of locations featured in book. Free. Presented by Orange Frazer Press. 937-382-3196; Norwood.

Craft Shows

Music - Jazz

Holiday Craft and Gift Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, 2800 Erie Ave., Hats, scarves, ornaments, holiday decorations, cards, books, unique gifts and stocking stuffers. Benefits Center Services. Presented by Hyde Park Center. 321-6816. Hyde Park.

The Qtet, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Jazz/funk music. Free. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Exhibits James Joyce Exhibit, 5-8 p.m., Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Exhibit on loan from National Library of Ireland. Joyce’s Ulysses is critically regarded as one of greatest novels ever written. Learn about his life and his works. Special readings and/or papers each day. $10, $5 students. 533-0100; Linwood.

Garden Clubs Cincinnati African Violet Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Cincinnati African Violet Society. 859-240-9057; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Nativity narration in Spanish, too. Bring canned goods to donate to those in need locally. Free,

On Stage - Theater Awaited: A Christmas Show, 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, 3500 Madison Ave., Auditorium. Original Crossroads production utilizing all local talent. Show includes 10-piece band, 100person adult choir, children’s choir, dance performances and layered video projections. Nostalgic Main Street holiday experience for whole family begins hour before show. Free. Tickets required. Presented by Crossroads. 731-7400; Oakley.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Colored Pencil Society of America Dist. 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax. Colored Thoughts, 7 p.m.midnight, Greenwich House Gallery, Free. 871-8787; O’Bryonville.

Clubs & Organizations Mended Little Hearts Cincinnati Meeting, 7 p.m., Child Focus, 551 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Support group for families affected by No. 1 birth defect: congenital heart defects. 1 in 100 babies is born with this birth defect. Child care available with advance registration. RSVP: Presented by Mended Little Hearts Cincinnati. 688-8280. Union Township.

Craft Shows

Holiday Craft and Gift Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, 321-6816. Hyde Park.

Drink Tastings Friday Evening Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke-bigg’s Hyde Park, 3872 Paxton Ave., End of the World tasting. Featuring 7 Heavenly Chards, Big House White, Genesis Syrah, Educated Guess and Grateful Dead. $5 for five samples and snacks from deli and bakery. 619-5454. Oakley.

Health / Wellness TriHealth Mobile Mammography Screening, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Group Health Anderson, 7810 Five Mile Road, Digital screening mammography through Women’s Services Van. Cost varies based on insurance. Reservations required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 569-6565; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; Norwood.

On Stage - Theater Awaited: A Christmas Show, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, Free. Tickets required. 731-7400; awaited. Oakley.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 Art & Craft Classes Pottery Class: Open Wheel, 5-7 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, One-night programs of making at least one pot on the wheel. $30. Registration required. 871-2529; openStudio.shtml. Oakley. Family Open House: Sandblasted Ornaments, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Design your own glass ornaments. $15. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax. Colored Thoughts, 7 p.m.midnight, Greenwich House Gallery, Free. 871-8787; O’Bryonville.

Education It’s Not the End of the World, 7-10 p.m., Cincinnati Observa-

Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax.

On Stage - Theater

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. tory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Celebrate with night under stars. Visit oldest professional telescope in America and learn about real Mayan astronomy from astronomer Dean Regas. $10, $5 children. 3215186; Mount Lookout.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; Norwood.

Music - Blues The Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Township Fields and Tavern, 4575 Mount Carmel Road, 831-0160; Anderson Township. Stacy Mitchhart Band, 8 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., With the Leroy Ellington Blues Band 8-9:30 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. Dinner menu will be available from 6-11 p.m. $15, $10 advance. 871-6789; event/296964. Mount Lookout.

Music - Indie Chelsea J Heart-Shaped State Tour, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., With Odd Ballz and Cole Raynes. Ages 21 and up. 871-6249; Columbia Tusculum.

Music - Latin Club Tequilas: Sabado Noche Movimiento, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Mix of Latin music by DJ Tavo. Ladies free before 11 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $10. 321-0220; East End.

On Stage - Theater Awaited: A Christmas Show, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, Free. Tickets required. 731-7400; awaited. Oakley.


Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. Through Dec. 30. 871-7297; Madisonville. Cat Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., PetSmart Oakley, 3401 Alamo Ave., Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/ Neuter Clinic. 731-9400; Oakley. Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; Anderson Township.

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. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, DEC. 23 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; Norwood.

Music - Classical Amahl and the Night Visitors, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Chamber opera by Gian Carlo Menotti tells tale of crippled Amahl and his life-changing encounter with Three Wise Men seeking the Christ Child. $5-$15. Presented by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. 688-8400; Anderson Township.

Music - Jazz Open Jazz Jam, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Free. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

On Stage - Theater

Awaited: A Christmas Show, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Crossroads Church, Free. Tickets required. 731-7400; awaited. Oakley.

TUESDAY, DEC. 25 Holiday - Christmas Madisonville Community Christmas Day Dinner, Noon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road, For any and all wishing to be in company of others for holiday, especially for anyone alone or in need. Includes hot meals, Christmas caroling and activities for children, even a visit from St. Nick. Free. 271-4147. Madisonville.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Deborah discusses, with weekly demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure painting. $80 per month. Reservations required. 259-9302; Mariemont.

Art Exhibits Recent Works by John Stobart and John A. Ruthven, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax. Colored Thoughts, 7-10 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, Free. 871-8787; O’Bryonville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., More info on Tammy’s Fitness Party on Facebook. Presented by Tammy’s Fitness Party. 315-1302. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997; Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Harriett’s Homecoming Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, Free. 937-382-3196; Norwood.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelvestep fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 324-0568. Hyde Park.



Holiday recipes for busy families The closer we get to Christmas, the busier I get. Sound familiar? Even though I keep reminding myself of the true meaning of this holiday, there are still gifts I need to make. If you’re Rita in the same Heikenfeld predicament, RITA’S KITCHEN here are some “make-and-take” holiday treats from the kitchen.

Thai party snack mix

Really different than the usual Chex mix. A fun appetizer. I change this recipe up depending upon what I have on hand. Here’s the most current version: Mix together: 2 cups each: corn, wheat and rice Chex cereal (or 3 cups of any two kinds) 2 cups sesame sticks, regular or Cajun 11⁄2 to 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half, or tiny squares 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts

Melt together: 1 stick unsalted butter 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce, regular or low sodium 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons sugar or substitute Cayenne powder to taste – start with 1⁄8 teaspoon (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Drizzle coating over cereal mixture, tossing well. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and taste. Add a bit more curry powder and/or cayenne if you want. Tip: After baking, add a can of wasabi peas. This is option-

1 tablespoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon powdered cloves

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, molasses and vinegar, beat well. Sift dry ingredients into it and blend. Refrigerate three hours. Roll and cut out. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. To decorate, use favorite frosting or Jessie’s buttercream.

Buttercream frosting Beat together:

Thai party snack mix is a familiar favorite with a twist. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

al, but “delish.” Store: Keep in airtight container one month. Makes 12 cups. For gift giving: Pack in Chinese “to-go” cartons.

Holiday “no peek” standing rib roast

After reading the recipe for high-heat roast beef, a “loyal reader” asked if I could find a recipe she lost for a standing rib roast. “I need it for Christmas dinner. Meat starts out in hot oven and roasts for an hour, then the oven is turned off and you leave roast in to finish later. I can’t remember the “later part,” she said. This looks just like what she needs. 5 pounds standing rib roast with bone in Seasoning to taste

Let roast sit at room temperature for a hour or bit more. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season roast and place on rack in pan with rib side down and fat side up. Roast 1 hour. Turn oven off, leave roast in and don’t open door. About an hour and 15 minutes before serving time, finish by turning oven back on

to 375 degrees and roast for 30-40 minutes. Remove and tent with foil. Rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Maggie’s gingerbread cutouts

Several readers wanted Mount Washington Bakery’s gingerbread cookie recipe. I talked with Nick, the owner, and he said these heirloom cookies are huge sellers and the recipe is 80 years old. The bakery reopens in April and they will be making the cookies then. Nick told me he’d be glad to share the recipe in a couple of months, since he’s away from home right now. Meanwhile, try these. They are a treasured cookie from the family of my daughter-in-law Jessie’s mom, Maggie Hoerst. Jess and her sister, Lottie, make these every year with Maggie. I’m putting in my order now!

1 cup solid shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup molasses 2 tablespoons white vinegar 5 cups flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

1 pound powdered sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons milk

More ginger recipes on my blog

Ginger pancakes and LuAnn Kanavy’s awesome pumpkin gingerbread. Go to

Peppermint bark tip

Having trouble with the white chocolate melting into the dark? Make sure the dark layer is almost set or completely set if you prefer. You can wait to melt white chocolate after the dark layer has set. If you want, let the white chocolate cool a bit pouring onto the dark, making sure it is still in a pourable state.

Tips from readers’ kitchens

Greek sweet potato fries: Dave and Eileen Dowler, Batavia, said they use Cavender’s Greek seasoning on their sweet potato fries.

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

Bella Luna adds new executive chef Continuing the tradition of 10 successful years of hospitality, Bella Luna owner Harry Stephens recently welcomed new Executive Chef Christopher Lambert. The Bella Luna Italian restaurant is located at 4632 Eastern Ave., in Linwood. Lambert brings his experience and skills to the Bella Luna family from a long line of successful brands in the restaurant business both locally and nationally. Most recently Lambert has held the position of corporate executive chef of the M group overseeing restaurants in Nashville, Knoxville and Cincinnati. Prior to this position, Lambert was with the Relish Restaurant Group in Cincinnati as executive chef of Lavomatic, as well as the Greenup Cafe, and Lambert worked as sous chef at Chalk in Covington, Ky. Stephens said, “This is a great time for Bella Luna, bringing someone with Chris’s experience to our family is a tremendous honor for our entire staff. We are looking forward to his outside perspective continuing our tradition, while taking Bella Luna to the next level. “The departure of Chef Alfio is bittersweet for both parties, but he is pursuing his lifelong dream, and we commend him for that and wish him much success.” Park Hills, Ky., resident Lambert graduated from the International Culinary Institute of Ohio and has a flair for the Mediterranean Rim flavor profile. Lambert has worked and lived in and out of the Cincinnati area for many years. Lambert said, “I understand the history that Bella Luna has, and I am eager to be a part of its future. It is nice to walk into a kitchen that is run properly and has a well trained staff; this will allow me to focus on my job and carrying on the Bella Luna tradition.”

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When looking for an appliance repairman, a lot of people have turned to the yellow pages or looked on the Internet. Often, however, Howard they don’t Ain realize HEY HOWARD! that’s just the first place they need to check before hiring a company. That’s what Wendy Hendley of Price Hill learned after she hired a

company she found on Craigslist. “I paid somebody $310 to come out and fix my stove and refrigerator. He did great with the stove, that was no problem, it’s working wonders now. But the freezer is still freezing up on the inside and on the outside of it,” Hendley said. Hendley said she really hasn’t been able to use the freezer and just puts a few things on the freezer door. In fact, she says neither the freezer nor the refrigerator have worked right since the day the repairman was

there. The repairman’s receipt says there’s a 30day guarantee on the work, but getting him to return has been a problem. “He said there was a 30-day warranty and if anything happened he’d come back out and fix it, but he hasn’t done it. I’ve tried calling him and he’s not returning my calls. I’d love for him to come out and fix it the way it should be, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Hendley said . I called the repairman

and, although he did return and replace a part, the refrigerator still didn’t work right and another company had to come out to make the correct repairs. The mistake here was in just getting the name of a repair company, but failing to check out the firm’s history. That’s where the Better Business Bureau comes in handy. I found the BBB gave this company an “F” rating because, among other things, it was unable to get an address for the firm.

A check of Hendley’s receipt showed the same thing: There was just a company name and phone number but no address. Having no address is a red flag, you do not want to do business with a company that won’t tell you where it’s located. The Better Business Bureau also keeps track of those who run companies and can tell you if they’re also using several different company names — another red flag. BBB reports tell you how many complaints the

bureau has received against a company and whether the company was able to resolve them. Last, but certainly not least, the BBB tells you how long the company has been in business. This is important because you want to do business with firms that have been around for a while and have good track records. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.



BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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


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



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

Yerkes Financial Advisors Inc. has merged its fee-only financial planning and investment management practice into the firm of Ritter Daniher Financial Advisory, LLC. Matthew A. Yerkes CPA/PFS will become a Senior Financial Advisor of RDFA, and join founders John K. Ritter and Jeffrey E. Daniher as a shareholder in the combined entity. The company will temporarily maintain its separate Anderson Township offices while construction on their new office location in historic Columbia/Tusculum is finalized. Matt resides in Legendary Run, Jeff lives in Batavia, and John is a lifelong Anderson Township resident. With this completed


CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 871-0245 3035 Erie Ave %&#"''"$'"!'"#'"

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "The Questions of Christmas: Will I Make Room for Jesus?" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided December 24, 2012

5:00, 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 worship Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor


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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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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!

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North Pole Pajama Party

Join us in your pajamas for hot cocoa, cookies, and of course, Santa! Visit Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, participate in fun activities and crafts and enjoy a performance of The Gift of the Magi from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati!

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

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


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Cline Realtors in 1994. She has earned numerous sales honors throughout the years with the company. Other highlights of Back's sales career include Number 5 Agent in Ohio, 2011; Number 1 Agent - Sibcy Cline Hyde Park office, 2009-2012; and Sibcy Cline East Regional Leader, 2011. Back has earned local and state sales honors that include: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors' Circle of Excellence, 2002-2011; Ohio Association of Realtors' Presidents Sales Club, 2002-2012; and Sibcy Cline Realtors' highest sales achievement, Platinum, 2002-2012. Back is a graduate of Summit Country Day and the University of Cincinnati.

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

merger, Ritter Daniher Financial Advisory now serves over 300 families and manages in excess of $260,000,000. All advisors are members of NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. They can be found online at


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2444 Madison Road: Bowman John E. to Wagner Catherine F.; $65,500. 3257 Tarpis Ave.: Green Point LLC to Vannes Dohan Lucinda; $153,500. 3309 Monteith Ave.: Hyatt Keith to Ede Dana $232,000. 3571 Larkspur Ave.: Byrd Elaine to Hilton Capital Group Inc.; $46,500. 4 Peasenhall Lane: Hochgesand Isabel to Calabrese Robert A. Tr; $790,000. 4130 Allendale Drive: Hotlanta Properties LLC to Allendale Drive Apartment; $290,000. 4135 Allendale Drive: 4135 Allendale LLC to Allendale Drive Apartment; $145,000. 4146 Allendale Drive: Birdsong Leasing LLC to Allendale Drive Apartment; $290,000. 4150 Allendale Drive: Birdsong Leasing LLC to Allendale Drive Apartment; $290,000. 4155 Allendale Drive: Hotlanta Properties LLC to Allendale Drive Apartment; $290,000.


4410 Simpson Ave.: Burdine Vanessa to Fifth Third Mortgage; $44,000. 4436 Plainville Road: Anderson David & Jinky to Bank Of America NA; $63,000. 4710 Glenshade Ave.: Stroud Anthony W. Tr to Vu Duy T.; $38,500. 5111 Whetsel Ave.: Oake Properties LLC to GervacioTellez Richardo; $20,530. 6235 Chandler St.: Entrust Arizona to Downtown Property; $12,650.


3257 Nash Ave.: Fannie Mae to Bailey Elise Tr; $162,000. 912 Nancy Lane: Seibel Barbara A. to Dickerson Anne A.; $240,000.


2853 Markbreit Ave.: Haven Vicki R. to Rodger Alex S.; $155,000.


615 Yale Ave.: Beck Dominik J. & Andrea to Winslow Tyler David; $345,000.





Bertha Mae Larkin, born 1952, theft under $300, 3760 Paxton Ave., Dec. 5. Brian Keith Johnson, born 1975, disorderly conduct, 6322 Madison Road, Dec. 5. Briana Gilbert, born 1993, assault, domestic violence, 6425 Desmond St., Dec. 3. Gordon Ed Asher, born 1969, violation of a temporary protection order, 4940 Jameson St., Dec. 5. Jason E. Davis, born 1981, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., Dec. 5. William John Williams, born 1984, assault, 5714 Madison Road, Dec. 5.

Benjamin Flagg, 30, 2377 Gilbert Ave., receiving stolen property, drug possession at 5840 Ridge Ave., Nov. 27. Jeffrey Boswell, 34, 2210 Madison Road, drug abuse instruments at Ridge Road, Nov. 20. Juvenile female, 14, , theft at 5632 View Point Drive, Dec. 1. Kevin Moore, 29, 6104 Conover, trafficking in drugs at 5728 Madison , Dec. 1.



Aggravated burglary 5114 Jameson St., Dec. 3. Breaking and entering 4792 Red Bank Expressway, Dec. 3. Burglary 2222 Madison Road, Dec. 2. 2922 Fairfield Ave., Dec. 5. 4605 Chippewa St., Dec. 2. Criminal damaging/endangering 1405 Myrtle Ave., Nov. 28. Robbery 4825 Marburg Ave., Dec. 2. Theft 1826 William Howard Taft Road, Nov. 28. 2409 Upland Place, Dec. 3. 2635 Briarcliff Ave., Dec. 5. 2643 Erie Ave., Dec. 5. 2826 Wasson Road, Nov. 30. 2855 Markbreit Ave., Nov. 27. 2860 Madison Road, Dec. 3. 3011 Gloss Ave., Dec. 3. 3566 Monteith Ave., Dec. 3. 3606 Michigan Ave., Dec. 1. 3760 Paxton Ave., Nov. 29. 3815 Brotherton Road, Dec. 2. 3923 Taylor Ave., Dec. 1. 4501 Red Bank Road, Nov. 27. 4825 Marburg Ave., Nov. 27. 4825 Marburg Ave., Nov. 27. 4920 Stewart Ave., Dec. 1. 5000 Observatory Circle, Dec. 1. 5915 Ridge Ave., Dec. 3. 806 Mannington Ave., Dec. 2.

Incidents/investigations The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Columbia Township received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.

Arrests/citations Daniel W. Decker, 31, 1761 Laurie St., driving under suspension, Nov. 16. Christina Holcomb, 32, 1754 Culver Court, criminal tools, theft, Nov. 21. Derrick D. Gunn, 31, 2211 Williamsburg Drive, drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, Nov. 23. Aaron Kleinmann, 30, 24 W. Court St., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Nov. 23. Curtis Jackson, 30, 3615 Tarpin Ave., drug abuse, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, obstructing official business, Nov. 23. Jerald Marshall Jr., 23, 2419

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. Montana, driving under suspension, Nov. 24. Rashid Daniels, 22, 5543 Tompkins Ave., carrying concealed weapon, drug abuse, receiving stolen property, Nov. 25. George Tubbs Jr., 52, 1316 Burdett Ave., driving under suspension, Nov. 25. James A. Huff, 45, 5331 Moeller Ave., theft, Nov. 25. Leroy H. Hooper, 41, 5123 Rhode Island, driving under influence, driving under suspension, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Nov. 25. April Welch, 21, 6415 Erie Ave., theft, Nov. 26. James J. Baffoni, 52, 4213 Verne Ave., driving under suspension, Nov. 26. Yanea Smith, 20, 1717 Hewitt Ave., driving under suspension, Nov. 27. Kenneth Williams, 50, 682 Hawthorne, theft, Nov. 27. Shirley Hall, 29, 4329 Eastern Ave., criminal tools, theft, Nov. 27. Michael Maynard, 24, 1655 Barracks, theft, Nov. 27.



Theft Camera and DVD player taken from Walmart; $99 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 25. Three extension cords taken from Walmart; $183 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 27. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $321 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 27. Boots taken from Walmart; $57 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 27. Merchandise and money taken from Walmart over month time; $559 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 27. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $72 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 27. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $41 at 4000 Red Bank, Nov. 29. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $100 at 4000 Red Bank, Dec. 1.


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Juvenile, 16, , assault, Nov. 27. Ty M. Stotridge, 32, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 28.

Incidents/investigations Theft Male stated ID used with no authorization; $1,177 at 3855 Indian View, Nov. 28 Bike taken at library at Pocahontas Road, Nov. 29.

TERRACE PARK Arrests/citations Thomas Riordan, 21, 3228 Berwyn Plane, no drivers license, Nov. 22.

Incidents/investigations Terrace Park police received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.



Revolutionary descendents meet in Mariemont Contributions of Native Americans to the American Dream was the theme of a joint DAR, SAR and C.A.R. meeting hosted by the Mariemont Daughters of the American Revolution recently at the Wom-

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Meeting at the Woman's Art Club Cultural Center in Mariemont are, from left, Matt Laskey (state treasurer of C.A.R.), Jack Langlitz (SAR member and speaker), Col. (Ret.) Donald C. McGraw Jr (president of Cincinnati Chapter SAR), Jan Mauch (regent of Mariemont Chapter DAR), Anne Martz (regent of Clough Valley Chapter DAR), Sara Cottongim (president of the Ft. Washington C.A.R.), and Brianna Cottongim (member of C.A.R.) THANKS TO JAN MAUCH regent of the Clough Valley DAR Chapter; and Sara Cottongim, president of the Ft. Washington C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution.) Matt Laskey, state treasurer of the C.A.R, presented a greeting and report from the State C.A.R. President Stewart Seely. Paul and Valerie Wilke, Matt Laskey and Don McGraw posted the colors. President Bush designated November as National Native American Heritage Month in 1990, following legislation presented by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Congres-

sional delegate Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa.) A three-part program designed to better understand contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. followed a brief meeting. Sara Cottongim presented information on the Native American contributions, primarily through involvement in the Revolutionary War followed by a report by Brianna Cottongim explaining the origin of the name “ buckeye,” which came from Indians noting that it looks like the eye of a buck.

C.A.R. held a drawing for handmade Indian motif key chains and presented everyone with a buckeye. Jack Langlitz of the SAR presented information related to the military contributions of Native American soldiers throughout the history of our country leading to the story of the code talkers of World War II. These men were Navajo soldiers who developed a code that could not be broken by the Japanese resulting in major victories for American soldiers and in saving many American lives.

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Hyde Park woman lauded for remodeling Volunteering in the preparation for the Rubber Duck Regatta are dunnhummbyUSA employees, from left, Danton Crosser (Oakley), Rachel Romanelli (Mt. Washington), Peter Huisman (Mason), Ben Voorhorst (Mariemont), Katie Vogt (Hyde Park), DeAnn Elmer (Downtown), Jessie Dye (Hyde Park), Leslie Liss (Mt. Lookout) and Lauren Santoianni (Madeira). THANKS TO SUZANNE BLACKBURN

Volunteers work swimmingly together A team of dunnhumbyUSA employees responded to a last-minute plea for volunteers at the Freestore Foodbank in preparation for the annual Rubber Duck Regatta. Fourteen dunnhumby employees labeled, processed and loaded more than 30,000 ducks the day before the Regatta, helping the Freestore Foodbank to accommodate a

record-breaking 130,000 ducks and raise more than $800,000 for neighbors in need. Each September, the Freestore Foodbank rents hundreds of thousands of rubber ducks to race down the Ohio River. Members of the Cincinnati community buy the ducks that are then paired with a uniquely numbered sticker. The proceeds are used

to provide meals for those in need in the Greater Cincinnati community. As part of their employee-led community outreach program, Helping Hands, dunnhumby partners with the Freestore Foodbank, and was recently recognized with the Freestore Foodbank’s annual “Hope Award” for outstanding community service.

SVDP goal: Collect 4,000 winter coats The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT News 5 announce the 11th annual 5 Cares Coat Drive, which runs through Dec. 1. Coat drive partners are Gold Star Chili, City Dash, Kemba Credit Union, Starr Printing and local fire departments. With convenient dropoff locations across the Tri-State at Gold Star Chili restaurants, Kemba Credit Union branches, StorAll, local fire stations, and other locations, it is easy to make a difference by donating a new or gently used coat along with hats, scarves and gloves. “There will be many families this winter who will struggle to provide basics such as food, shelter and heat. For some of them, buying warm coats is a luxury that can be easy for many to take for granted,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. “No families should have to suffer through winter without coats to keep them warm, especially when there are

young children. That’s why we are grateful to our partners and sponsors of the 5 Cares Coat Drive.” St. Vincent de Paul distributes winter coats directly to local families, as well as providing them to other local agencies that work with those in need across the Tri-State. The 5 Cares Coat Drive relies on the generosity of Greater Cincinnati residents for the donation of new and gently-used coats towards its goal of 4,000 coats. Along with donating coats or making a financial contribution, you can get involved by volunteering your time. You can help sort, hang or distribute the coats. Simply visit or for more information. "Because need knows no season, we realize that the 5 Cares Coat Drive will continue to be an important service for viewers throughout the TriState again this year,” said Richard Dyer, president and general manager WLWT News 5. “We especially appreciate the work

of St. Vincent de Paul to deliver the coats we collect directly to local residents in need.” Participating fire departments serving as drop off points include Blue Ash, Green Township, Hamilton, Harrison, Independence, Liberty Township, Little Miami, Loveland, Mariemont, Mason, Milford, Montgomery, Mt. Healthy, Sharonville, Springdale, Springfield Township, Alexandria, Burlington, Covington, Florence, Ft. Thomas, Ft. Mitchell, Ft. Wright, Hebron, Newport, Point Pleasant, and Taylor Mill. For a complete list of drop off locations, go to or . For more information about donating or helping with the drive, please call St. Vincent de Paul at 513562-8841, ext. 217. For information on how to receive a coat, call (513) 421-0602 in Cincinnati or (859) 341-3219 in Northern Kentucky, or visit or

Marnie Renda of Hyde Park, an adjunct instructor at Cincinnati State and a consultant for its innovative Eileen Berke Occupational Therapy Center, has received a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)“Remodelers Homes for Life” award for 2012. This marks the second time in two years that Renda has received such an award from NAHB, a leading industry trade group. In 2011 Renda was recognized in the NAHB’s “major space” category for remodeling a master bedroom and bath for a Cincinnati woman with muscular dystrophy. Her award this year was in the “single space” category, and was the result of the redesign of a bathroom in a Covington, Ky., residence. According to the NAHB, problems with the original 30-year-old bathroom included its small size, a narrow door opening preventing wheelchair entry, a low toilet seat that made use difficult, and a shower lip that created a tripping hazard. Renda and her team transformed the space to meet the needs of two residents, each of whom was recovering from a stroke. Among the modifications were: Installation of a zero threshold shower that includes seating, grab bars, a hand-held shower with cuff, set temperature control, a trench drain, and careful positioning of shower controls Installation of a shorterlength, wall-mounted toilet to allow extra floor space for wheelchair and walker access Installation of wallmounted grab bars· Installation of one-touch faucets and tilting mirrors. “This 48-inch-wide bathroom is a great example of how a bathroom can be designed to fit a budget, and look good while still meeting the accessibility needs of the homeowners,” Renda said. “This bathroom meets the needs of one person who walks with a cane and

another who uses a wheelchair. Occupational therapists specializing in home modifications are uniquely qualified to recommend design features and products to help people age in place successfully, even on a budget.” The sixth-annual Remodelers Homes for Life award recognizes excellence in remodeling work for aging in place and universal design. Renda, an occupational therapist and independent living specialist who lives

in Hyde Park, helps older adults and people with disabilities figure out how they can live at home. Her practice includes providing accessible remodeling, selecting medical products, and utilizing funding sources and community service providers. Occupational therapists evaluate clients’ needs and identify the options available to enable them to live productive and satisfying lives by continuing to do the things they want and need to do.


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Blue Manatee boxes honored Award-winning, Cincinnati-based Blue Manatee boxes was recently selected to receive a Parents’ Choice Approved Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. Fewer than 20 percent of the products submitted to the awards program receive any level of commendation. Launched in 2011 by local pediatrician and Blue Manatee children’s bookstore owner, Dr. John S.

Hutton, Blue Manatee boxes are designed to spur togetherness and “oldschool” fun as a healthy alternative to screen time, from hand-picked books, to mindful packaging, to the box itself. Blue Manatee boxes promote two of the simplest, most inexpensive, yet potent methods to foster early learning: shared reading and child-centered, creative play. "We are honored to have been recognized with such a prestigious and recognized award - Parents'

Choice Approved,” says Hutton. “This reinforces our mission to not just sell boxes of books, but to provide an experience; an opportunity for families to slow down, unplug, and embrace the simple joy of reading and playing together. This means a lot to us.” The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and websites.

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Lighthouse Youth Services gets five new trustees Lighthouse Youth Services recently elected five new trustees: Marvin G. Butts III, Dr. David Greenfield, Christine M. Harris, Marianne F. James and M. Robert Maeder. The new Lighthouse Board members have been appointed to three-year terms. » Butts is known for giving back to the city in which he was raised and the neighborhood of Pendleton in which his businesses are located. Butts is the president of Air Marvin's Limousine Service and several other businesses. He is on the executive board for The Pendleton Neighborhood Community Council and founded The Butts Family Foundation in 2007. He has been recognized with numerous honors including the Lighthouse Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award. » Greenfield is CEO of 3Hab, a workers compensation managed care organization. He is also president of Custom Business Solutions. Previously, he was an orthopedic surgeon with Freiberg Orthopedic Group. Greenfield has taught a financial management course at the Lighthouse Community School for the past two years. He lives in Wyoming. » Harris is sales vice president at Comey & Shepherd Realtors and previously held similar positions at Star One Realtors and Coldwell Banker West Shell. Harris was appointed by the mayor as a Cincinnati Real Estate Ambassador and elected to the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. She served as chair of the 2012 Lighthouse Beacon of Light Gala. She lives in Hyde Park. » Marianne F. James is senior vice president and CIO at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. With more than 25 years experience in accounting, professional billing and information services at Children’s Hospital, her varied fi-





nancial and operational experience serves her well in her current role, where she has overseen tremendous growth and implementation of Maeder electronic medical records. James lives in Liberty Township. Maeder joined Fort Washington Investment Advisors in 2007 and focuses on private equity investments. With more than 12 years of relevant M&A, strategy consulting and private equity investment experience, he has also worked at L.E.K. Consulting, CIVC Partners and Merrill Lynch & Co. Maeder earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and holds the CFA professional designation. He is a resident of Hyde Park. “This new class of board members brings an incredible variety of professional experiences, commitment to our community and passion for the Lighthouse mission,” said Bob Mecum, president and CEO of Lighthouse Youth Services.

BOLD class members graduate Thirty-two future new board and committee members recently graduated from United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s BOLD (Board Orientation and Leadership Development) class. On hand to present certificates and congratulate each graduate was United Way’s Rob Reifsnyder, president and CEO. Participants in BOLD, a program for people with limited or no board experience, complete six half-day sessions to learn the latest in leadership and business management techniques as well as the core responsibilities of board members. They then select an agency in the community where they can put to use their newly acquired skills.

More than 500 BOLD graduates have served on Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s non-profit boards and committees. By participating in BOLD and preparing to serve on a board or committee of a local non-profit, community members are helping United Way advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Local residents in the

class included: » Justin Haines of Ernst & Young, LLP, an Oakley resident. » Timothy Holiday of Al Neyer, Inc., a Mount Washington resident. » Jonathan Evans of Ernst & Young, LLP, a Sharonville resident. » M. Richter of RiverPoint Capital Management, a Symmes Township resident.

SPECIAL DAY Cincinnti City Councilman Chris Seelback reads the proclamation making Oct. 9 St. Margaret Hall Day in Cincinnati, with Sr. Rosemary Ann, assistant administrator at St. Margaret Hall in O'Bryonville. The proclamation recognized 50 years of loving care that began with the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in 1962. The celebration continued with a Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on Oct. 14, with the Most Rev. Joseph Robert Binzer, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as the principal celetrant. THANKS TO KATHY SNODGRASS


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