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Howell Elementary will entertaining parents, staff and students in an upcoming production of “Bebop with Aesop,” a popular musical retelling of Aesop’s fables starring turtles and hares and other mythic creatures. See how the school production is going, who it involves, and how it overcame the snow. SCHOOLS, A6

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We know there are many inspiring stories in our community. We want to hear about them, and want your help. If you know of a local person, business or organization that’s making a positive difference in our community, please drop us a line at goodnews@enquirer. com with your name and your daytime contact information.

Where do you do March Madness?

March Madness is less than a month away and the Wildcats are in second place. We’d like to know: Where are the good places to watch the NCAA tournament in Kenton County? What’s your favorite sports bar or hangout to share in the madness? Send us an e-mail at with the subject line “March Madness.” Include your name, neighborhood and phone number and tell us your favorite place to watch the big games. Call 578-1062.


Lloyd Memorial seniors Matt Kennedy and Brandon Coyle work on a computer at the Erlanger city building on Feb. 22. They have been helping develop the city's new Web site.

Students computer expertise works By Jason Brubaker

When the new city of Erlanger Web site is launched in the upcoming weeks, it will truly have been a community effort. That’s because the city staff has had a little help with the site … from a couple of tech-savvy seniors at Lloyd Memorial High School. “I was pretty excited to come in and help out with it,” said Matt Kennedy. “It’s a good opportunity to try something new and use some creativity.” Kennedy, along with classmate Brandon Coyle, have been visiting the city building two or three times each week to work with the city staff on the site, helping with

everything from the parks and recreation portion of the site to doing some virtual mapping for economic development purposes. “They’ve done a terrific job,” said Assistant City Clerk Sherry Hoffman. “They knew what they were doing when they came in, and they’ve just taken off.” Once completed, the new site will be the second Web testament to the expertise of Coyle and Kennedy, who also helped design the new Web site for the school this year. The new site features not only more color and designs than the previous one, but is also much more user-friendly and easier to navigate. “The biggest thing was making sure we had the necessities on there, and then we could worry

about making it look nice,” said Kennedy, who said the entire project took around two months. “It was kind of fun actually, because we were able to do it how we envisioned,” added Coyle. “We were able to add a lot of school spirit and things like that, and I think the site looks a lot better now.” While the city is still awaiting word from the state on their Web address change before launching the site, which is nearly completed, Hoffman said the two students have still been diligently working, trying to make changes wherever possible to ensure the site runs smoothly. “They know a lot more about how to do that sort of thing than I do, so I’ve loved being able to

Prescription program offers safe disposal By Jason Brubaker

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work with them,” said Hoffman. “This will look great on their resume, and they’ve both got bright futures ahead of them.” Indeed, Kennedy said he may actually do more Web design in college at the University of Kentucky or the University of Cincinnati, where he plans to study engineering. Coyle, who is still considering Thomas More College along with UC, said he may not pursue Web design as a career, but still enjoys working with computers. “I don’t know if I’ll do a lot more of it, but it’s been something that’s been fun to do right now,” he said. “I think we’ve both had a good time, and we’re just glad we’ve been given the chance to do this.”

The Kenton County Alliance is partnering with the Erlanger Police Department and the Kenton County Police Department to help residents properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. With the help of some community partners and donors, the Alliance has placed a drop box in the lobby of each department where residents can anonymously place any unused, expired or found prescription drugs. The departments will then destroy the drugs by incineration. “This is a program that has been in the works for quite a while, and we’re glad to get it going,” said Kathy Nafus, a coordinator with the Alliance. “This is a great way to protect the youth of our community from using these drugs in the wrong way, and we hope people really take advantage of this.” Nafus said that according to a survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 70 percent of teenagers who use prescription drugs obtain them from friends or relatives who have them around


Kathy Nafus of the Kenton County Alliance places some unused prescription drugs in the new drop box at the Erlanger Police Station. The Alliance is partnering with the Erlanger Police and the Kenton County Police to give residents a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs. the house. She also said that another survey showed that more teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illicit drugs except for marijuana. “Unfortunately, these are usually pretty easy to get to, because people just have them in their

medicine cabinets and things like that, even when they’re no longer using them,” she explained. “This is a way to cut down on that happening.” Erlanger Police Lt. Kevin Gilpin said that residents will be able to come into the department lobby

during normal business hours to drop off the unused prescriptions. They can obtain a plastic bag from the police clerk, and will be asked to fill out a brief informational sheet describing the name and amount of the drug, as well as the reason for disposal. Kenton County Police Chief Ed Butler said the process will be similar at their department, although their lobby remains open 24 hours, for residents who wish to drop off their prescriptions after business hours. “This is a real problem we deal with, and anytime we can take part in a program to help get drugs off the street, we’re all for that,” he said. “I think this will be a real benefit to our community.” Gilpin agreed. “We have to give a lot of credit to Kathy and the Kenton County Alliance for getting this going, and we’re happy to take part in this,” he said. “This is a great way to help cut down on drug abuse around our community.” For more information, contact the Kenton County Alliance at 760-2051, the Erlanger Police Department at 727-2424 or the Kenton County Police Department at 392-1940.


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Renovation work starts on Elsmere Senior Center

By Jason Brubaker

Elsmere Senior Center Director Carol Cope has one simple directive for the workers who are beginning the renovation project of the center. “They just can’t interrupt our bingo time,” she said with a laugh. “They can take their lunch break then or do something else, but our bingo time is sacred, and they can’t disturb us.” After close to two years of planning, the Elsmere Senior Center project started on March 1, and should be concluded by the beginning of June. The approximately $214,000 project includes the addition of an elevator, as well as new flooring and carpeting all over the center, and even an additional kitchenette on the lower level. The project is being funded through a federal grant. “We’ve been working on getting

this going for so long that I almost can’t believe it’s finally happening,” said councilman Marty Lenhof, who has helped to chair the project. “It’s amazing how quickly this is coming together now, and I’m just excited to know that it’s going to be done for the summer.” Lenhof said the initial work on the project is being done outside, as crews work on adding the elevator, which will replace the current chair lift inside. In mid-March, the workers will begin the downstairs renovations, and by mid-April, they should be ready to move onto the upstairs. And although some activities may be adjusted or altered during the construction, Lenhof said they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the center remains open for use the entire time. “That’s been a goal of ours throughout the process,” he confirmed. “They’ll definitely be some

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changes, but we still want people to be able to use it, even while the work is going on.” Lenhof also said that since the project bids came in lower than expected, they may be able to do some additional work within their budget, including more carpeting in certain areas andpotentially getting a new water heater. “We’ll have to see how things go once we get going, but we’re very pleased with the bid we received, and hopefully we’ll be able to do even more than we originally planned,” he said. “The more we can do to help the center, the better.” Cope agreed. “Anytime there are changes, there’s going to be some anxiety,” she said. “But I think we all realize these are changes for the better, and this will really be a benefit to all of our seniors. We’re very excited to see this get under way.”

Rigging project to begin on Roebling bridge The $16.2 million project to rehabilitate the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is getting ready to set up operations for the cleaning and painting of the main span and Kentucky approach of the historical landmark. The painting of the Ohio approach was completed in December 2009. Setup will necessitate closing the bridge to vehicular traffic for two weekends in March before the main

project begins in April. Beginning Friday, March, 5 at 9 p.m. the Roebling Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic until 5 a.m. Monday, March 8. The contractor will begin moving in equipment and rigging containment around the bridge so that they will be ready to remove paint, clean and prime the steel with a fresh shade of blue. The closure will also take place the weekend of March

12 beginning at 9 p.m. until March 15 at 5 a.m. All of the prep work is leading up to Wednesday, April 7. Beginning at 9 a.m. the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic during the project. There will be a signed detour using the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge route. Motorists can also use the Taylor Southgate (US 27) bridge, in Newport. For pedestrians, one

ERLANGER - Silverlake Recreation Center will host a Summer Job Expo on March 6 for anyone interested in summer employment. Guests will be able to learn about the facility, as well as apply for seasonal summer jobs, such as concessions or lifeguards. There will be openings for full-time and parttime jobs. The job expo will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 426-7777.

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COVINGTON - The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner on March 7 at the Covington Firefighter’s Association hall, located at 2232 Howell Street. The dinner will run from 47 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the advocacy center, which offers support and treatment for children who have been victims of abuse. Tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at the door. Tickets can also be pre-purchased by calling 431-8777. For more information, call 760-6648 or call 442-3200.


sidewalk will remain open throughout the project. “A project of this size requires closure to ensure a safe and timely completion,” said Rob Hans, chief engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s northern Kentucky district. “The disruption is needed to preserve this magnificent bridge for generations to come.” The project is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 15.

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library is partnering with the Kenton County Animal Shelter for a children’s program on March 7. The shelter will be bringing in some puppies and kittens

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The party will be March 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Erlanger Lions Club, located at the end of Sunset Drive. The party is intended for guests 21 and older, and will include door prizes, a raffle, finger foods and a cash bar. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door. For more information, contact Marilyn Plageman at 7575012 or visit days for everyone, so we thought this would be a good way to raise some extra funds to help out the kids,” she said. Depending on the amount raised, Plageman said the club hopes to cover league fees and/or umpire fees for another youth baseball team. The party, which is for guests 21 and older, will run from 8 p.m. until midnight. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each. For details, call Plageman at 757-5012 or visit

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ERLANGER - The deadline to file for the Erlanger city scholarship is March 12. The scholarship, worth $1,500, is open to all Erlanger students who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and have verification of acceptance in a two or four year college for upcoming fall semester. All interested students must complete the scholarship form, as well as submit an essay addressing the topic of “Why I need or deserve this Scholarship. Students should also have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or administrator, and should include a list of all community involvement. All paperwork must be submitted to the city building by 4:30 p.m. on March 12, and the winner will be announced at the April 1 city council meeting. For more information, or to pick up a scholarship application, visit or call 727-2525.

By Jason Brubaker The Erlanger Lions Club wants you to put on your green to help raise a little green. The Lions Club is sponsoring their first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Bash on March 13 to help raise money for their youth sports program. The party will feature a raffle, door prizes, music, finger foods and a cash bar. Lions Club member Marilyn Plageman, who is organizing the event, said all of the money raised will go toward helping the club sponsor another youth baseball team. The club, who has sponsored as many as five teams in the past, currently has only two. “Money is so tight these


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2015 and Legacy – three nonpartisan groups that conduct similar public events throughout the year. The government officials event will kick off with eight-minute speeches by Judge-Executive Ralph Drees, Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier, former Fort Wright Mayor Tom Litzler and Salmon P. Chase College of Law Professor Phillip Sparkes. Knochelmann said the speakers will answer the question, “If they were to make a big impact on making city county/government work more efficiently in the county, how would they do it?” Following the talks, the officials will break up into groups of 10 for general discussion, which will be facilitated by The Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center of Cincinnati. “I think oftentimes we’re all so busy and rushed that we don’t have time to sit down and talk. This allows for that,” Knochelmann said. While all city and county officials and election candidates have been invited to

An upcoming forum will give Kenton County officials and election candidates a chance to mingle. County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann has been planning the meeting, scheduled for April 24 at Dixie Heights High School, for the last few months with the help of some city officials. Knochelmann hopes the forum will allow city and county officials to better communicate. “There are tons of ideas that are maybe only spoken about one to one and are not brought up in a group,” he said. “This is an opportunity to do that.” The event will be hosted by Northern Kentucky Forum, a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision

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The Fort Mitchell city council has voted to withhold their dues to the Kentucky League of Cities, wanting to see “greater oversight and accountability of the executive staff.” Following a lengthy discussion at their March 1 meeting, the council voted 5-3 to withhold the dues, although it is unclear if that means the city will remain a member of the KLC in the future. City clerk Amy Able said the 2009 dues, approximately $2,100, were due in September, but cities were granted an extension through the end of March. A resolution prepared by councilman Will Terwort suggested the city withhold the dues until they see more financial oversight by the KLC, following a series of reports that detailed excessive spending by some members of the executive staff. In December, State Auditor Crit Luallen released a report on the KLC that included 140 recommendations to strengthen their policies and procedures.

the forum, the event is also open to the community at large, Knochelmann said. Fort Wright City Administrator Gary Huff, who has helped planned the event, said it’s a good thing anytime people get together and “have discussions on the future of where not only Kenton County is going, but also where Northern Kentucky is going,” he said. Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi also helped in the planning of the forum. Moriconi said “effective communication” between the county and cities could “increase our ability to create a more effective government, reduce duplication of services and utilities and save the taxpayers money.” Moriconi said there will be no political agendas at the forum.


“I just don’t know that [the KLC] is where they need to be at right now in terms of changing that culture,” said councilman Chris Wiest. “I’m not comfortable sending our money down there when they haven’t really made the changes that need to be made yet.” Mayor Tom Holocher, a member of the KLC Board of Directors, pointed out that the KLC is trying to implement changes, but simply hasn’t had the time to review all of the recommendations. “To get people all across the state to look over all of this paperwork and agree on everything and give them only about eight weeks to do it all - I just don’t know if it can be done,” he said. “I do think that they’re making progress, but it’s going to take some time.” Wiest disagreed, saying the KLC should have acted sooner and not waited for the state audit report in December. He also said that since many of the same people are still involved with the KLC that have been named in various reports, he questions whether

change is on the way. “All of the policies aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on if they’re not enforced,” he said. “They are using taxpayer dollars, and we need to be sure those dollars are being used in the right way.” In addition to their yearly dues, the city currently pays around $90,000 in yearly insurance premiums to the KLC. City administrator Steve Hensley also said that the KLC provides valuable lobbying services for the city in Frankfort, as well as support and training programs for city employees and elected officials. “I don’t agree with everything that has gone on [at the KLC], but they do also do a lot of good things for the city at a pretty good bargain,” he said. “So if we go elsewhere to get those services, there is always a chance we could end up paying more.” The council declined to set a firm timetable on when they would potentially pay the dues. “Until we see that changes are being made, I just don’t want to send our money there,” said Terwort.

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Local man asking region to help Haitian ministry By Regan Coomer

An Independence man helped a medical team treat more than 7,000 people during a three-week stay in Haiti. His only regret? The few the team lost. “There was a little girl who hadn’t eaten or drank for eight days. I fed her a bottle of Pedialyte for 15 minutes. We asked her grandmother to leave her with us overnight, but she said no,” he said. “She said she’d be back the next day. Later that day she walked over an hour to tell us her granddaughter had died.” Despite the adversity he faced in Haiti from Jan. 22 to Feb. 13, David Ingala is proud of the time he spent working as a sometimes nurse and pharmacist at the permanent clinic of Nehemiah Vision Ministries, an international organization focused on transforming the lives of Haitian people through education, health and spiritual development. “We worked 12 hours a day. We worked until dark. It was really intense,” he said frankly. “Every single person that was treated was totally grateful – a lot of people cried.” Ingala, who normally works in the field of genetics, was inspired to volunteer in Haiti after hearing a fellow church member talk about Nehemiah Vision Ministries. Arriving in Haiti was a shock: “It’s worse than what you see on TV. They need lots of help still. My last day in the field we had four people come in with leg and arm fractures,” he said. “It was the four week anniversary of the quake and they had still not been treated. They were swollen beyond belief. Can you imagine if you had a broken arm or leg and you waited four weeks?” Besides the permanent clinic, Ingala also helped medical professionals on a mobile clinic that traveled around the countryside to different “tent cities,” Ingala said. The clinics opened at 6



Three health professionals perform an ultrasound on a pregnant woman in Haiti. Independence resident David Ingala volunteered for three weeks in Haiti as part of Nehemiah Vision Ministries, based in Indiana. Ingala, who normally does clinical molecular genetic testing, helped as a sometimes pharmacist and nurse - passing out medication to the Haitian people and assisting doctors and nurses when needed.


Hundreds of people lined up daily, starting at 6 a.m., outside of Nehemiah Vision Ministries’ clinic in Haiti, where Independence man David Ingala volunteered for three weeks. a.m. and as many as 300 to 600 people would be waiting in line for treatment. “They’re living in a tent made out of bed sheets. All of their hospitals and clinics that did exist were demolished in the earthquake,” he said. And while many of Haiti’s people are destitute, Ingala said their fortitude astonished him.

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Independence man David Ingala volunteered at Nehemiah Vision Ministries’ schoolturned-medical-clinic in Haiti from the end of January to the middle of February. Pictured is Ingala with two Haitian children in front of a typical home. “I’ve never seen a culture that has more self dignity in the face of disaster,” he said. “They’re a great people and they deserve the help.” While in Haiti, Ingala kept in touch with his nineyear-old son and family via facebook and e-mail. Here’s an excerpt from his message home Feb. 1: “My outlook on food and eating has been totally changed. When almost every child you see asks for food and water, it breaks my heart. I feel guilty for being overweight, having a roof over my head and access to clean drinking water.” Ingala’s time in Haiti not only has changed his outlook, but also his life’s purpose: he plans to visit again in April, this time with his son, and in the future, get sponsorship to work for Haiti full time. “Dream scenario I’d do paperwork or fundraising three weeks out of the

month and spend a week a month in Haiti,” he said. “Just enough to get by, pay my mortgage and support my son. The ultimate main goal is to support the people of Haiti.” Ingala encourages Northern Kentucky to help support Nehemiah Vision Ministries by either making a donation on the ministry’s Web site at or even traveling to Haiti. “I think people from Haiti would have a heart attack if they saw where we lived,” he said. “What we take for granted as normal they need so much. They can’t provide for themselves on their own right now. They need help.”

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St. Henry to host concerts in March St. Henry District High School will host two concerts this March. The first show will be the Jump ‘N’ Jive Show Band, which will take place March 7 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $10 and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Paul Kruth at 640-2417.

The second concert, which is for adults only, will be performed by Doghouse March 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $12 per person. Proceeds will benefit the St. Henry District High School Afterprom. Only 300 tickets will be sold. For reservations, contact Candy Frigo at


Howell teacher Julia Dubowy (green shirt) directs students Skyler Vornberger and Cynthia Austin on the proper place to stand on stage during rehearsal on Feb. 26. The students will be putting "Bebop with Aesop", a musical, on March 5.

Howell students ready to ‘bebop’ in new musical

By Jason Brubaker

Howell Elementary student Cynthia Austin smiled slyly as she glanced toward classmate Skyler Vornberger. “Perhaps you could make money by renting yourself out as a paperweight,” she uttered in his direction. Vornberger quietly shifted his weight from one leg to the other as he contemplated a reply. “Hey - I can’t help it if I have stout legs!” he retorted, drawing a laugh from the rest of the students gathered on the stage. Nearby, their teacher Julia Dubowy, grinned as she tried to get their attention. “Ok- that was good but you need to be louder,” she instructed. “You guys need to almost shout your lines - we need the audience to hear you!”

Dubowy is one of the directors of the upcoming musical being performed by Howell students, titled “Bebop with Aesop.” The show is designed to show off scenes from Aesop’s fables features students in grades 2-5, who will act out one of the five fables that range from “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to “The Tortoise and the Hare.” To put on the musical, Dubowy said the school received a VSA arts of Kentucky Arts Inclusion Award, a state program that awards $1,200 to schools for programs that promote the arts for all students. “The kids are doing a great job, and they’re really excited,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a neat show.” With the musical being comprised of five small skits, as opposed to one main show, Dubowy said the biggest chal-

lenge has been trying to ensure each of the students gets as much rehearsal as possible. For each scene, the students not involved will be performing in the chorus, which will use songs to remind the audience of the moral of each story. “The older kids have a few more lines to learn, but they’re all doing well,” she said. “All of the snow days have kind of disrupted our practice time, but the kids are working hard, and we’ll definitely be ready for opening night.” The performance will be March 5 at Dietz Auditorium, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free. “There’s been a lot of people who have been working on this to get it ready, so we want people to come out and see it,” said Dubowy. “We think people are really going to enjoy themselves.”


Ten students from Thomas More College’s Political Science program were recently inducted into the newly formed Alpha Zeta Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Eight students are shown here receiving recognition at the chapter’s initial induction ceremony included (left-to-right) Julie Marie Bauerle of Union (Ryle High School); Haleigh Jacobs of Grant County; John R. Bergman, Jr. of Falmouth (Pendleton County High School); Elizabeth Fricke; Leah Rae Cann; Nathan Gunn of Bridgetown, Ohio; Mark Messingschlager of Morning View (Covington Catholic High School); and Maria Heim.

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Thomas More College was recently approved by Pi Sigma Alpha to organize the Alpha Zeta Theta chapter of the National Political Honor Society. The first induction ceremony for new members recognizes the superior academic scholarship of 10 of Thomas More College’s Political Science students. Thomas More College students inducted were Julie Marie Bauerle of Union, John R. Bergman, Jr., Leah Rae Cann, Elizabeth Fricke, Nathan Gunn, Maria Heim, Haleigh Jacobs, Mark Messingschlager of Morning View, Christopher Aaron Rickels, and Robert Spoor. Students recognized by membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, and in Thomas More College’s Alpha Zeta Theta chapter, must have completed at least 12 hours in Political Science, receive no less than a “B” grade in these courses,

and maintain a level of general scholarship which places them in the upper third of their class. For more information, visit

Xavier University

Megan Bowling of Taylor Mill has accepted a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University. Bowling will graduate from Holy Cross High School, where she is active in drama, music ensemble and the National Honor Society. She plans to major in psychology at Xavier. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Honor and Schawe Awards and award levels vary. Megan also received the Catholic Heritage Grant from Xavier. Bowling is the daughter of Tracy and Jeff Bowling. For information on the school, visit


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St. Henry Elementary 7th grade girls took first place in the annual Dioceasan Invitational Basketball Tournament held last week at several different Diocesan Schools. Pictured with their tournament trophy and net they cut down are 1st row: Karly Lehmkuhl, Natalie Weber. Holding trophy Samantha Hentz & Tori Silvati. Back row: Hannah Blackburn, Kendyll Kraus, Molly Rice, Jordan Kramer. Coaches are Eric Kraus, Travis & Greg Kramer.

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Simon Kenton High School hosted a Hope for Haiti festival Wednesday Feb. 24. More than 150 student volunteers helped out, including acting as mimes and a living statue (center). All proceeds from the event benefit the Restavek Foundation in Haiti. The Restavek Foundation is helping to provide food, shelter and education to Haitian children.

Kids help kids at festival for Haiti By Regan Coomer

More than 150 Simon Kenton High School students helped run a Hope 4 Haiti Festival held at the school Wednesday Feb. 24. Parents, students and community members packed the festival, where students ran concession and game booths, sold studentmade Haiti house pins and dressed up as mimes for general entertainment. “We wanted to do something big that would really draw attention to the situation in Haiti,” said Christine Hoerlein, social studies teacher at SK. And big it was; students ran booths with balloon animals, temporary tattoos, ring toss and of course, took advantage of the chance to throw a pie in their teachers’ faces (the whip cream ran out halfway through the night). Hoerlein said students were shocked to find out about condition some children live through in Haiti without any of the amenities we are used to. “Our idea of poverty is not a realistic idea of poverty for the world,” she said. “That’s really eye opening for them. They’re shocked when they find out people are not living with running water.” Proceeds from the festival went to the Restavek Foundation, which helps to provide food, shelter and education to Haitian children. This nonprofit seemed the best recipient for SK’s festival because “it’s kids helping kids,” Hoerlein said. Parents and teachers also helped out with event, which was planned in just


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This week in basketball

• Simon Kenton High School girls beat Williamstown 57-37, Feb. 22, in the 32nd District tournament. Simon’s top-scorer was Ali Ponzer with 21 points, including three 3pointers. • Lloyd High School boys beat Ludlow High School 4632, in the 34th District tournament, Feb. 23. Lloyd’s top-scorer was Donnie Cheatum with 14 points. • Ludlow girls beat Lloyd Memorial 49-41, Feb. 23, in 34th District tournament. Lloyd’s top-scorer was Shelby with 10 points. • St. Henry High School girls beat Dixie Heights High School 64-40, Feb. 24, in 34th District tournament. St. Henry’s topscorer was Shannon O’Daniel with 16 points, including four three-pointers. Dixie’s top-scorer was Meredith Hartfiel with 13 points. • Scott High School girls beat Calvary Christian 59-25, in the 37th District tournament, Feb. 24. Scott’s top-scorer was Lauren Tibbs with 26 points. • Dixie Heights boys beat Lloyd High School 57-44, Feb. 25, in 34th District tournament. Dixie’s top-scorer was Brandon Hatton with 20 points, including two three-pointers. Lloyd’s topscorer was Donnie Cheatum with 15 points, including one three-pointer. • Walton-Verona girls beat Simon-Kenton 42-41, Feb. 25, in the 32nd District championship. Simon’s top-scorer was Sydni Wainscott with 12 points, including one three-pointer. • St. Henry boys beat Dixie Heights 69-52 in the 34th District final, Feb. 26. St. Henry’s top-scorer was Ryan Anderson with 23 points, including four three-pointers. Dixie’s top-scorer was Brandon Hatton with 19 points, including four threepointers. • Simon Kenton boys beat Walton-Verona 44-43 in the 38th District championship, Feb. 26. Simon’s top-scorer was Cody Chambers with 20 points, including four threepointers. • St. Henry girls beat Villa Madonna 38-26 in the 34th District championship, Feb. 26. St. Henry’s top-scorer was Abby Janszen with 17 points. • Notre Dame Academy girls beat Holy Cross 53-47 in the 35th District championship, Feb. 26. Holy Cross’ top-scorer was DeAsia Beal with 28 points, including five three-pointers. • Bishop Brossart girls beat Scott High School 42-40 in the 38th District championship, Feb. 26. Scott’s top-scorer was Lauren Tibbs with 20 points.


Thomas More College senior power forward Daniel McKeehan, has been selected as the College Division ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A double major in economics and business finance, McKeehan has a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is the first Saint in school history to win the award in any sport. A starter in 23 of 25 games for the Saints, he leads the team in scoring with a 15.7 average. He also has a teamleading .627 field goal percentage while averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. He is also the team leader with 55 assists and 55 steals. He scored a career-high 33 points this season against Thiel College on Jan. 16. His performance against Thiel earned him a spot on the He has also been selected recently as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this season.

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St. Henry wins 4th straight district title By James Weber

The energy of a last home game kept the district championship trophy from leaving the confines of St. Henry District High School. The St. Henry boys’ basketball team (14-10) beat Dixie Heights (12-15) 6952 for the 34th District crown Feb. 26 on its home floor. The Crusaders avenged a 56-53 loss to the Colonels in the regular season. “I’m just so happy for the kids,” Crusaders head coach David Faust said. “I guarantee not a lot of people thought they’d be winning the district this year, especially what we lost from last year. That says a lot about our seniors.” The St. Henry seniors were a highly determined bunch in their final home game. St. Henry won its second title in the 34th in as many tries after winning the title its final two years in the 33rd. “It’s awesome to win four in a row like that,” St. Henry senior forward Ben Bessler said. “It’s a great statement to make. We’ll go to region and see how we do there.” The Crusaders led 33-27 then outscored Dixie 14-5 in the third period to take control. The two big factors in taking the lead were hot three-point shooting and stifling defense. Senior Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 23 points including four 3pointers. Faust said Anderson was


St. Henry beat Holy Cross 50-44 on Senior Night Feb. 18. The Crusaders later advanced to the Ninth Region Tournament by reaching the 34th District final. Here, senior Will Gulla soars to the basket against Holy Cross. so revved up at the beginning of the game he had to sit the bench briefly, but shot the lights out once he got back in. “I felt like everything I threw up went in,” Anderson said. “We all worked together to get open. Whoever hit the shots, it helped us win.” He was on the all-tourney team with junior guard Zach Barnett, who had 18 points including four treys of his own. Bessler had 13 points and was the tourney Most Valuable Player. Jake Hils added nine points. “I think we got the hustle points. We battled and scrapped,” Faust said. “I think we did one heck of a job on the board. We got a lot of stickbacks. It’s a great team win.”

Dixie advanced to the Ninth Region Tournament as well. Brandon Hatton led with 19 points and Zeke Pike had 13. Hatton and senior Josh Raleigh were alltourney picks. Head coach Ken Chevalier agreed the home-court advantage was a big factor. “We didn’t match their energy,” he said. “We knew coming we had to match their intensity. We knew with all their seniors playing on their home floor, they’re going to play hard.” The Colonels had mohawk haircuts for the postseason – including Chevalier, whose style clashed with his black suit. “The team wanted to do it as a unity thing,” Chevalier said. “The coaching staff went and surprised the kids and got on board with that. I’m 44 years old. I have bad hair days all the time anyway, so what difference does it make? Nothing creates team unity like bad

St. Henry senior Ryan Anderson shoots against Holy Cross Feb. 18. hair.” Dixie drew defending state champ Holmes in a regional quarterfinal Thursday, March 4. Dixie lost 6764 Feb. 2. “Ever since we played Holmes tough a couple of weeks ago, we’ve had a bunch of mediocre games,” Chevalier said. “Right now, I don’t know what it is. We need to get refocused.” Lloyd lost to Dixie Heights 57-44 in a 34th District semifinal game. Lloyd beat Ludlow 46-32 in a quarterfinal matchup. Donnie Cheatum had 14 points and Jon Danks, 13. Cheatum averaged 17.5 points per game to lead the Juggernauts. He was Lloyd’s all-tournament selection. The Juggernauts (6-22) had no seniors on their roster. Covington Catholic (17-


12) lost to Holmes 57-43 in the 35th District Tournament. The Colonels were set to play St. Henry in a Ninth Region quarterfinal March 3. CovCath is back in the regional after a one-year absence. Villa Madonna (11-14) lost to St. Henry 46-32 in a 34th District semifinal. VMA seniors are Zach Steinkoenig, Blake Bryan, David Schuh and Ryan Schroth. Bryan was VMA’s all-tournament selection. Holy Cross (8-17) lost 42-36 to Covington Catholic in the 35th District semifinals. Sophomore Jake Burger led HC with 11 points. He was the Indians’ leading scorer for the year and had a high of 31 at Dixie Heights. Marcus Lea was the lone senior.

Boys’ regional schedules Eighth Region at Henry Co.


St. Henry senior Ben Bessler was the tourney MVP in the 34th District Tournament.

Wednesday: South Oldham vs. Anderson County, 6:30 p.m.; Gallatin County vs. WaltonVerona, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4: Shelby County vs. North Oldham, 6:30 p.m.; Simon Kenton vs. Owen County, 8 p.m. Monday, March 8: Wednesday winners, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday winners, 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9: Final, 7 p.m.

Ninth Region at Bank of Kentucky Center

Wednesday: Ryle vs. Newport, 6 p.m., St. Henry vs. Covington Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4: Holmes vs. Dixie Heights, 6 p.m.; Newport Central Catholic vs. Boone County, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6: Wednesday winners, 6 p.m.; Thursday winners, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7: Final, 3 p.m.

10th Region at Mason County Fieldhouse

Thursday: George Rogers Clark vs. Harrison County, 6:30 p.m.; Scott vs. Bracken County, 8 p.m. Friday: Pendleton County vs. Montgomery County, 6:30 p.m.; Mason County vs. Bishop Brossart, 8 p.m. Saturday: Thursday winners, 5 p.m.; Friday winners, 8:30 p.m. Monday,March 8:Final,7:30 p.m.

Regional bowling tourney March 6 By James Weber

The Northern Kentucky regional bowling tournament will take place Saturday, March 6 at La Ru Lanes in Highland Heights. The girls’ tourney begins at 9 a.m. and the boys’ at 1 p.m. Eight teams of each gender will compete for the title. Four boys’ teams and six girls’ teams will advance to the state tournament March 13 at Super Bowl Erlanger. Four of the boys’ competitors won regular season district titles to earn a regional berth. They are Boone County, Campbell County, Newport and Holy Cross. Girls’ district champs were Conner, Campbell, Newport and Holy Cross.

Boys standings

District 1: Boone County 69.514.5, Cooper 35-49, Conner 30-54, Ryle 13-71.

District 2: Campbell County 63.5-20.5, Dixie Heights 63-21, Covington Catholic 54-30, Highlands 48-36, Scott 39-45. District 3: Newport 62-22, Bishop Brossart 62-22, Newport Central Catholic 48-36, Dayton 32-52, Bellevue 21-63. District 4: Holy Cross 61.5-22.5, St. Henry 39.5-44.5, WaltonVerona 28-56, Lloyd 19-65, Villa Madonna 3-81.

Girls standings

District 1: Conner 48.5-35.5, Boone 47.5-36.5, Cooper 40-44, Ryle 21.5-62.5. District 2: Campbell 73-11, Notre Dame 63-21, Scott 60.5-23.5, Dixie 42-42, Highlands 22-62. District 3: Newport 68-16, Dayton 42-42, Brossart 39-45, NewCath 35-49, Bellevue 6-78. District 4: Holy Cross 45-39, VMA 44.5-39.5, St. Henry 41.5-

42.5, Lloyd 17-67.

Boys averages (top 3):

Cov Cath: Josh Bayless 181, Andrew Mairose 179, Tyler Mairose 171. Bayless’ high game was 254. Dixie: Chris Hamilton 193, Zach Day 191, Derrick Davis 168. Hamilton was fourth in Northern Kentucky and had a high game of 257. Day’s best was 237. Scott: Daniel Brungs 180, Zach Lawson 170, Cody Kindoll 162. Brungs and Kindoll each had highs of 240. Holy Cross: Brian Scheper 198, Eric Gregory 187, Jon Kidd 177. Scheper had the third-highest average in Northern Kentucky and a high game of 269. St. Henry: Mike Wolfe 182, John Tepe 177, Eric Teipel 162. Wolfe’s high game was 246. Villa Madonna: Gavin Wichman 128, Scott Wright 118, Ray Moehlman 116.

Lloyd: Jon McHendrix 150, Sam Banta 148, Robby Moore 139.

Girls averages (3)

Notre Dame: Christy Kathman 153, Jill Benzinger 150, Maggie Weber 139. Dixie: Alexa Davis 137, Chelsea Houston 134, Dina Alkhateeb 124. Scott: Emily Freking 172, Caroline Beckett 147, Jordan Mastin 140. Freking has the top average in Northern Kentucky. Holy Cross: Brooke Crail 153, Sarah Groeshen 136, Megan Scheper 126. Crail’s high game is 246. St. Henry: Maggie Kloentrup 145, Chelsea Strange 141, Julie Kemp 124. VMA: Taylor Poe 136, Molly Backscheder 133, Alex Jennings 129. Lloyd: Ashley Powers 116, Michelle Powers 114, Lisa Grant 114.

Sports & recreation

March 4, 2010

Crusaders win 2nd straight title By James Weber

The St. Henry District High School girls’ basketball team allowed 53 points to Villa Madonna Academy in their regular season meeting Feb. 11. When they met again in the 34th District championship game Feb. 26, VMA scored less than half that many, 26. That better defensive effort by the Crusaders was the clear factor in their 3826 win over the Blue Lightning to win the district title. The Crusaders are 2-for2 since moving to the 34th two seasons ago. “It feels awesome, especially winning on my home court,” said St. Henry junior Taylor Gamm. “It feels good winning it two years in a row. I never though I’d be able to win districts.” St. Henry had early trouble with VMA senior center Amy Kreutzer, who scored the first seven Villa points and led with 12 overall. But the Crusaders stifled the rest of the lineup. Leading scorer Kim Schroer had just five points. “Last time we played them our defense wasn’t quite as strong,” Gamm

more difficult for them to look inside. The girls really got after it.” St. Henry was set to play Holy Cross in a Ninth Region quarterfinal Tuesday night, March 2. The winner plays Newport Central Catholic or Ryle in a Friday, March 5, semifinal. Lloyd fell 49-41 to Ludlow in a 34th District quar-

Girls’ regional schedules Eighth Region at Simon Kenton

Friday, March 5: South Oldham/Shelby County vs. Owen County/Simon Kenton, 6 p.m.; Walton-Verona/Carroll County vs. Anderson County/Oldham County, 7 p.m. Saturday: Final, 7 p.m.

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said. “We just needed to focus more on our help defense, helping into the lane, making sure when they do take a shot, we have a hand in their face.” Junior forward Abby Janszen was tourney Most Valuable Player after scoring


Lloyd High School junior Jessi Fulmer passes the ball up court during the Juggernauts’ 49-41 loss to Ludlow in the 34th District quarterfinals Feb. 23. 17 points against VMA. Gamm (14 points) was an all-tourney pick, as was junior guard Shannon O’Daniel. “The first time we played Villa, we weren’t very good

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Snow has slowed spring’s progress Question: I am getting really anxious to start my vegetable garden, work on pruning my apple trees, and see the spring bulbs come up and start flowering. It seems to me like these things should be happening by now. Am I right? What bulbs should we be seeing in bloom soon? It seems like there are usually a few things blooming by late February, but about all we’ve seen so far is snow! Answer: You’re right! All the snow and cold weather this winter has slowed the progress of spring! Some years after a mild winter, we’ll see early bloomers such as yellow crocus, Witchhazel, winter honeysuckle, and winter aconites (Eranthis) starting to flower in early February. In mid-February, we sometimes see blooms of Japanese

Apricot, Helleborus, Leatherleaf Mahonia, early daffodils and Narcissus, Siberian Squill (Scilla), Corneliancherry Dogwood (CorMike Klahr nus mas), and Community silver maple. By late FebRecorder ruary, we can guest o c c a s i o n a l l y columnist enjoy the flowers of purple crocus, Japanese Cornel Dogwood, Snowdrops (Galanthus), overwintered pansies, Anemones, Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa), pussy willow, red maple, and the elms. If you see any of these or other flowers in bloom, please call me at

586-6101 to report them on our bloom list, or e-mail me at . For a copy of our 2009 Bloom List that shows starting flowering dates for various plants throughout the year, click on the “Horticulture” tab on our website at In the home orchard, you can start pruning your apple and pear trees any time now. Call 5722600 about attending a free demonstration March 13 (at the Campbell County Extension Office) on how to properly prune your fruit trees. As soon as it warms up a bit, on a warm day, you can apply dormant oil to kill overwintering mites and scale insects. Dormant oil is applied to trees in early spring before buds swell, in order to protect them from scale insects.

However, you should not spray dormant oil when air temperature is below 40 degrees F, or when it is likely to drop below 40 degrees within 24 hours. So listen to the weather forecast. Your trees will probably also need a bactericide spray of fixed copper while the tree is dormant, in order to protect against fireblight disease. But don’t mix the fixed copper with the dormant oil. (Note: fixed copper is not the same as copper sulfate). In the vegetable garden, start preparing the soil just as soon as possible, but don’t till it while it’s wet. During the first two weeks of March, weather and soil permitting, you can start planting seeds of spinach, mustard, beets, and peas in your outdoor garden. These “cool-season vegetables” will all tolerate some freezing

temperatures, so they should do fine. By mid-March, you can also plant start planting seeds of radishes, turnips, collards, and rutabaga, plus onion sets, and crowns of asparagus and rhubarb. You can also start planting early potato seed pieces around March 15-20. If you have raised beds that are getting low on soil, you can add new potting soil or soil mix out of bags, or you can add compost. Raised beds will warm faster in the spring, yielding earlier harvests. Also, by mixing in some dry potting soil now, you may be able to go ahead and start planting, even though the bed was too wet before you mixed in the dry materials. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Are you pleased with the way your public works crews have responded to the February snows? What could they have done better?

“I am very pleased with the response of crews that have kept us moving during these challenging winter days. Now fix the potholes quickly!” G.G. “Both state and county road crews did an excellent job in removing the recent snows in a timely fashion. It is great to see competence in government.” Rabbit Hash “Yes, I am very pleased. They did a great job!” Kimberley A. Powell “Yes, I think they did very good. I only counted 12 mailboxes knocked down! Thank you, road crew!” Duke

Next question: Would you consider or are you considering a Toyota for your next car, given the company’s recent recalls and safety concerns? Why or why not? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. “Walton crews have done an amazing job keeping our subdivision roads and main roads clear and safe! I moved here from Georgia and was scared to drive on ice and snow but they have made it much easier to survive here during the winter!” J.K.T. “They've done a wonderful job. I travel through Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties each day and have been quite impressed this year.” J.H.


Blood pressure up?

Advance Placement biology students at Villa Madonna perform a blood pressure lab. Students in grades 6-8, along with their parents, are invited to an open house at Villa Madonna Academy High School on Sunday, March 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Villa Madonna is a private, Catholic, college prep school serving boys and girls from throughout Greater Cincinnati. Founded in 1904, the school is sponsored by the Benedictine sisters of St. Walburg Monastery. Villa is located at 2500 Amsterdam Road in Villa Hills.

Odds are colorectal screening saves lives

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Senator John Schickel (R-Union) with Adam Seal. Adam, the son of John and Susan Seal and a fifth grade student at River Ridge Elementary, served as Senator Schickel’s page on Feb. 17.

Whether it’s March Madness or Mega Millions, we like to play the odds. When it comes to colon cancer screening, the odds are pretty good. It is estimated that 90 percent of colon cancer is preventable with screening. But unfortunately, many people remain unaware of the lifesaving benefit of such screening and one day will hear the words, “you have colon cancer.” Colon cancer kills more than 8,000 Kentuckians every year and is the second leading cause of death due to cancer nationwide. Sadly, many Kentucky lives could have been saved had they had screening for colon cancer through a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure which helps detect growths in the lining of the colon, also known as polyps, which can lead to the development of colon cancer. When these growths are removed by your doctor, colon cancer is prevented. But colon cancer can be

sneaky. When people feel well, they assume they don’t have cancer. Unfortunately, the early stages of colon cancer are usually not associated with symptoms. This is also when the disease is most treatable if detected. It is not until the disease has advanced, or had the chance to spread to new places both inside and outside the colon, that an individual will notice changes to his/her health, and at that point it may be too late for effective treatment. Therefore, everyone should receive a screening colonoscopy at age 50. For individuals who have a relative affected with colon cancer or colon polyps, their doctor may even recommend that their first colonoscopy occur prior to age 50 – tell your doctor if you have any family history of cancers. Please do your part to help stop colon cancer. If you are over the age of 50, ask your doctor about having a colonoscopy and schedule to have it done! Do not delay or cancel your appointment

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or you may never have one Jody Wallace – remember the Community odds are in your Recorder favor if you are guest screened. columnist Remind your friends, family members, and neighbors over the age of 50 or who have a strong family history of colon cancer about the importance of colon cancer screening so they can improve their odds as well. Finally, help raise community awareness of colon cancer by participating in the national Dress in Blue Day on March 5. Whether it is your favorite Kentucky Wildcat tee or your favorite blue scarf, you can take action and help spread the word that colon cancer can be prevented. Jody Wallace is a member of the Northern Kentucky Colon Cancer Coalition.



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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Couple bring out the tender touch in photos By Regan Coomer

An Independence couple, the owners of Tender Touch Photography, work to cover all bases for their customers. “We do a lot of weddings as a husband and wife team. He does the men getting ready, I do the women getting ready,” Angela Williams explained. “He tells the story, I’ll all about the details and emotions. Together we fill in the whole wedding.” The couple have been in the photography business for about a year and a half, covering weddings, birthdays, family photos, senior photos and more. Before actually starting Tender Touch Photography, the two had taken photos for fun and were in-demand from loved ones, which presented a problem. “We were doing it for a lot of family and friends and every time we would go to have something printed, they wouldn’t want to do it because they said they were professional,” Angela recalled. “We just decided to go for it,” added Johnny Williams. The couple run a home studio, but also can take photos on location; recently the Williams photographed a student in hunting gear on a deer stand for his senior photos “Whatever they want, we want them to be happy because they’ve got an image in their head when they walk in the door,” Johnny said. Shooting on location is especially helpful for mothers who may need to have additional outfits on-hand, Angela explained. On the whole, families are also more comfortable taking photos in a familiar setting. Besides making sure cus-


Paul Fiehrer of Covington takes some laps in the pool at Silverlake Recreation Center in Erlanger, Feb. 23. Fiehrer will be competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, as well as the 4x50 medley relay in the 2010 USA National Games this summer in Lincoln, Neb. This will his first Special Olympics at the national level.


Independence couple Johnny and Angela Williams are the talent behind Tender Touch Photography. The Williams specialize in family photos, but are available for a wide range of events, such as parties, weddings and senior photos. tomers get the photo they want, another plus the couple offers is unlimited time to take photos - some photographers require a time limit. Angela also has more than 20 years’ experience as a makeup artist, and can do a customer’s hair and makeup for an additional fee. “We’re a family business and we got into this because we enjoy it,” Johnny said. Angela agreed, adding “One of the joys of life is finding something you’re truly passionate about and bringing joy to someone else.” Photo prices start at $50 for a sitting fee at the couple’s home and $75 onlocation. Cost for hair and makeup is $35. For more information about Tender Touch Photography, visit or call 859-743-0896.

THINGS TO DO Play with your food

The Art of Food exhibition at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center will begin with its opening reception Friday, March 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit features top local chefs and culinary experts who work with local artists to display food as an art form. Tickets range from $25 to $50. The exhibition runs through April 2. For details, visit or call 957-1940.

Meet the winemaker

D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Fort Thomas will have a special wine tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 10. Dennis Hall, who is the winemaker for Cannonball and Perfecta wines, will be at the event discussing his wines. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing D.E.P. is located at 90 W.

Alexandria Pike. For more information, visit

Special Olympians have stories to tell By Adam Kiefaber

Throughout the 2010 Winter Olympics, there have been stories of perseverance and hardship. However, it is hard to imagine that any of those stories can hold a torch to the stories that reside in our local Special Olympians, who will compete in the 2010 USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., July 18-23. Leading the group of local Olympians is Taylor Mill runner Matthew Minning, who already is a well-decorated track-and-field athlete earning a gold and two bronze medals in the 2006 USA National Games in Ames, Iowa, and two silver medals at the 2007 World summer Games in Shanghai, China. Minning, who boosts the nickname of the “Energizer Bunny,” hasn’t always been the great runner he is today. He had to work at it. When he first started running cross country at Scott High School it was very difficult for him to finish a 5K race. Eventually, finishing the race became more difficult for his teammates. “The boys would always tell me that he needs to run in longer races because he wouldn’t be tired and they would be,” Matthew’s mom, Marjorie said. “Sometimes it would just aggravate them (Scott team) because he would come in just fine, and they would be exhausted.” Minning has gone on to learn other sports and currently enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, wake boarding, roller skating, bowling, fishing, baseball and basketball. He will compete in the 3K, 5K and 10K races at this year’s games. Joining him in Nebraska will be

Learn the fundamentals

Have your child learn the fundamentals of basketball during the Lil Hoopstars Basketball Training Program at Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion. To sign-up for the program visit Sports of All Sorts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by March 7. The program will be taught by local AAU and high school coaches. Children, ages 4-7, will attend hour-long sessions each Monday at 6:30 p.m. for eight weeks. For more information, call 372-7754 or visit Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion is located at 10094 Investment Way in Florence. ADAM KIEFABER/STAFF

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Danielle Blakeney practices her routine at MJM Studios in Florence Feb. 24. Blakeney, who is an A/B honor roll student at Boone County High School, will compete in the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games July 18-23 in Lincoln, Neb. Blakeney will be competing in her first national games.


Christy Farwell of Alexandria is a multiple-sport athlete that excels in track and field, basketball and golf. This summer, as a golfer, she will be the firstever female to represent Kentucky in individual stroke play during the Special Olympics National Games. This year's Olympics will take place in Lincoln, Neb., July 18-23. swimmer Paul Fiehrer of Covington, gymnast Danielle Blakeney of Erlanger and golfer Christy Farwell of Alexandria. Each of the athletes has their own story of perseverance. Six years ago, Fiehrer was 15 when his cousin Jarrod Chaney died in a car accident coming home from work. Fiehrer was devastated as the elder Chaney had embraced him and was teaching him how to be a teenager at Dixie Heights High School. “One time, I asked Paul, why do you try so hard,” Paul’s mom, Paulette Fiehrer said. “Are you swimming for your cousin, Jarrod?” “Yes,” Paul told his mom. Fiehrer, who has been swimming almost his entire life, swam hard and went on to win the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the state meet last June at Eastern Kentucky University. This summer, he will participate in his first National Games in the 50 and 100 freestyle races as well as the 4x50 medley relay. He hopes to add a couple of medals to go along with his “Yes I Can” award and his artistic honors given to him for his watercolor paintings. Currently Minning and Fiehrer play in a basketball league with the Christy Farwell, who will be the first-ever female golfer (not part of a team) to represent the state of Kentucky in the national games. Farwell, who also won a bronze medal for track and field during the 2006 games, prides herself on beating the boys. “I like the challenge because they kind of get mad and it is fun to watch them get mad,” she said. In her basketball league, she is only one of three girls on her team. Her biggest boy-beating accomplishment has to be in golf, where she has defeated her competition despite pick-


Taylor Mill Special Olympian Matthew Minning seen here participating in the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, won a pair of silver medals at the event. Minning hopes to add to his medal total at the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games July 1823 in Lincoln, Neb. In 2006, Minning won a gold and two bronze medals at the national games. ing up the game only two years ago. “She has beat some of the boys that have been playing for 15 years, it is rare but she can,” Christy’s mom, Carol said. “Playing with the boys, that is a feather in anyone’s hat.” Rounding out the group is the incredible story of gymnast Danielle Blakeney. When Blakeney was born she weighed two pounds, four ounces. The doctors told her mother, Coleen, she was going to be blind and unable to walk. Now, she is an 18-year-old senior at Boone County High School that will compete in her first Olympic games. As well as excelling in gymnastics, Blakeney is an honor roll student, a cheerleader and has participated in track and field. “If you ask her why she competes or why it is important to be a gymnast or a cheerleader, she will tell you that when she is in a uniform no one know treats her like she is different,” Coleen Blakeney said. If you would like to support Team Kentucky at the Special Olympics, visit Also, look for profile stories on each of our local Olympians in your Community Recorder newspaper leading up to the national games.


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The Art of Food, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Top local chefs and culinary experts blend with local artists to display food as an art form. Includes works by Bruce Frank, Matt Kotlarczyk, Pam Kravetz, Suzanna Proulx, Alex Reed and sculpture students from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Exhibit continues through April 2. $50, $35 members at door; $40, $25 members advance. Reservations recommended. 957-1940; Covington. Simply Spring, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Passionate Arts Center, 31-33 W. Pike St. Gallery 31. Opening reception. Includes meet and greet with artists. Featuring designer Terry Eklund’s gown, “Strength and Dignity.” Free. 3938358. Covington.


Lenten Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Includes sandwich meals and dinners. Carryout available. Benefits Local charities. $4-$7. 3311150. Fort Wright. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Line forms at 3:30 p.m. Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Gymnasium. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, salad meals for children, desserts and beverages. Codfather, man in fish costume, will visit. Father Rick Wurth passes out snacks to those people waiting in line. Call ahead for carryout. $2-$9. 3712622; Erlanger. Fish Fry Dinner, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish, chicken, jumbo shrimp, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and sides. Carryout available. $1.50-$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. 589-342-6643. Elsmere. Fish Fry Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish fries and hushpuppies, fish sandwich fries or coleslaw. $1.75-$5. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. 342-6643. Elsmere. St. Patrick Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3285 Mills Road, Fried fish, shrimp, grilled salmon, pizza and beer. Carryout available. With entertainment. $4-$8.50. 356-5151. Taylor Mill. Ladies Auxiliary Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Ryland Heights Fire Protection District, 10041 Decoursey Pike, Fish, chicken strips and shrimp along with side items and desserts. Carryout available. $7. 356-7970;


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit explores world of archaeology through photography, dig-site information and hands-on activities including actual staged indoor dig for all ages. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 261-2365; Covington.


Alonzo Bodden, 8 p.m. $20. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 957-2000; Newport.


Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Comedy sketches and music by BillWho? Dedicated to love, relationships and all the fun between the sheets. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through March 13. 581-7625; Newport. Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Comedy about the absurdities of relationships sparked by medium of personal ads and complicated by intervention of psychoanalysts. $15, $12 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through March 6. 513-479-6783. Newport.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Winter/Spring Meet, 5:30 p.m. $1 draft beer, hot dogs, games and prizes. Snow Shoe Crabs performs. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free, except March 27. Through March 28. 371-0200; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 6


Elegant Variations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 513-460-1844; Crestview Hills. More Than Ink, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Meet-theartists opening celebration. Includes food. StoneBrook Winery tasting available, $5 for six tastes. Acoustic music by De Los Muertos 7-9 p.m. Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 261-5770; Newport.


Community Family Church Auction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Twenhofel Middle School, 11846 Taylor Mill Road, Includes silent auction table with homemade cakes and pies. Concessions available. Presented by Community Family Church. 356-8851. Independence.


Sonny Moorman, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sidebar, 322 Greenup St. Free. 431-3456. Covington.

Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Katalyst, LLC, 525 West Fifth Street, Suite 118, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at Web site. Free. 581-4555; Covington.




Cavashawn, 8 p.m. With the Heyday and State & Madison. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. $7. 800-7453000; Covington.


Cross-Tie, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. Reckless, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 US 42, 746-3600. Florence.

Team Trivia, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oakbrook Cafe, 6072 Limaburg Road, Free. 282-8570. Burlington.


Kentucky Kuzzins, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. 513-9292427; Covington.

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History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.



Sonny Moorman, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sidebar, Free. 431-3456. Covington.


Alonzo Bodden, 7:30 p.m. $20. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Reservations required. 957-2000; Newport.


Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 5817625; Newport. Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 students and seniors. 513-4796783. Newport. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 7


Food for Thought Filmfest, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Short films, speakers and information about food options that are healthy for you and the environment. Free. Presented by Sierra Club - Northern Kentucky. 5789442; Erlanger.


Vetiver, 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $13, $10 advance. 431-2201; Newport.


Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, 5 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Includes Shimmers gift certificate prizes. Free. 426-0490. Fort Wright.


Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, AAU/Competitive Basketball Tournaments, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Teams responsible for paying official fees only and each team is guaranteed three games. Tournament play starts Saturday and runs all day with finals ending Sunday morning. Referee fees are due at time of registration. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 372-7754; Union. SOASYA Youth Recreational Coed Basketball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Accepting registrations for spring recreational CO-ED basketball League. The league is open to boys and girls from the ages of 5 to 17 years of age. $95. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 3727754; Union. Girls Recreational and Competitive Volleyball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Ages 7-18. $95. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 3727754. Union.


Umphrey’s McGee will perform with the band The Uglysuit at the Madison Theater Saturday, March 6 at 9 p.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $20 in advance. For more information, call 491-2444 or visit The Madison Theater is located at 730 Madison Ave. in Covington. SOASYA Youth Weekend Coed Indoor Soccer, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, For ages 4-18. Ages groups 8,9-10,11 play on Sundays, while all other divisions play Saturdays. 95. Registration required. 372-7754. Union. Youth Weeknight Indoor Soccer, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, $500. Registration required. 3727754. Union. Lil Strikers Soccer Training Program, 9 a.m.9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, For ages 4-7. Participants learn basic skills associated with the game. $95. Registration required. 372-7754. Union. Lil Hoopstars Basketball Training Program, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Class designed to teach basic introductory skills associated with the game. Ages 4-7. $95. 372-7754. Union. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 8

ART EXHIBITS Elegant Variations, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 513-460-1844; Crestview Hills. BENEFITS

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Special Wine Tasting, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Dennis Hall, winemaker for Cannonball and Perfecta wines, for a meet-and-greet tasting of his wines during Cincinnati Wine Festival week. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Reservations required. Email; Fort Thomas.


Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Shimmers, 426-0490. Fort Wright.


Original Wed Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. 261-1029; Latonia.

Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Women’s Community Action Council Fundraiser, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, 20 W. 11th St. Benefits Meals on Wheels program. $25. Reservations recommended. Presented by Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. 991-0183; Covington.



Running Word Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. 431-2326. Covington.

Family Night, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 8840 Bankers St. Magic and comedy by Presto Paul. Family friendly. 746-9464; Florence.


Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, For mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. Family friendly. $23.95 registration per year. Reservations required. 620-9191; Burlington.

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COMMUNITY DANCE SwinGallery, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-290-9022; Covington. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker. Running Spot. 301-6300; Edgewood.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Mexican musical duo playing fast and rhythmic acoustic guitars. $30. 491-2444. Covington.





American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Shimmers, 426-0490. Fort Wright. 2 Fold, 8 p.m. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Free. Through March 25. 342-7000. Erlanger.


Passion and Silence: Music by 17th Century Italian Nuns, 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Catacoustic Consort performs. Directed by Analisa Pappano. $18. 9571940; Covington.

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COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. 727-0904. Fort Wright. KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, 426-0490. Fort Wright.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Music Hall, for a show of Chinese dance and music. The company is a group of artists who share in a vision of cultural renewal and are classically trained Chinese dancers, choreographers, musicians and vocalists. The performance is part of a 20-country world tour. Tickets are $125, $90, $70, $50, and $30. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

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The classic tale “Jack and the Beanstalk”comes to life as a new comedy presented by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati. It is for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $20, $18 and $7. Call 513-569-8080, ext. 10 or visit


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Can there be a thrill in monotony?

Two ways can lead us to more deeply drink of life. One way is that of awareness. We overlook too much meaning, perceive only the veneer, and don’t take enough time to pan for the gold of understanding. As a remedy for superficiality a psychologist might begin by mentioning Plato’s belief that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” To encourage the same awareness a spiritual counselor might facetiously suggest an unaware adult replace the line from a child’s bedtime prayer, “if I should die before I wake…” with, “if I should wake before I die.” Many times I have written of deepening our awareness in life. Today I suggest a secondary mode. It is a paradoxical suggestion – gain the appreciation of life by insights into monotony. Modern minds hate monotony. The repetitious

has little attraction. “ B e e n t h e r e , seen it, d o n e that,” we say as if to a v o i d Father Lou repeating Guntzelman what we think we Perspectives a l r e a d y know. Culturally, the modern mind hates the monotony of the same spouse, the same car, the same fashion, the same morals, and a commitment to anything permanent. We think that makes us more free. So we frenetically search for new thrills, new chemical or experiential highs, new religions, extreme sports, etc. – anything to avoid being swallowed by monotony. Adherents of this search for the new might argue thus: everything that is full of life loves change because

Plates, bill of sale needed to protect car sellers With car dealers offering deals on new cars these days, more and more people are considering selling their old cars. But, if you’re planning on selling your car on your own, a word of warning so you don’t get stung like a local man. Jason Korte is a 22-yearold college student from North College Hill who wanted to sell his truck. He advertised on the Internet, found a buyer and got paid in cash. He said he thought he did everything right, but ended up losing his driving privileges and more. “The buyer and I went to the title office and we basically signed the title, transferred it. But, looking back now he didn’t have the proof of insurance with him nor did he have his driver’s license – and they still let us do the title transfer,” said Korte. Korte had signed the back of his title and the buyer signed acknowledging the odometer statement. “I did not have the tools to take the license plates off the car, so when the buyer went next door to take care of the registration he said he’d take care of it. I guess he went in there and did nothing. He left my license plates on the car,” Korte said. Korte didn’t learn what had happened until three months later when that buyer ran into a parked car. Korte got stuck with a bill from that car owner’s insurance company. “They’re saying I owe them damages of around $7,800. I called them and said I didn’t have a wreck and didn’t know what they were talking about,” he said. “They said it was about a red truck that I let my friend drive, and that I didn’t have insurance. I said I had sold that truck to him,” Korte said. It turns out that sale was never recorded by the Ohio

Bureau of M o t o r Vehicles – a n d remember Korte had left his license plates on Howard Ain the car. Hey Howard! to Failing take your license plates from a car you sell is actually against the law. Korte’s driver’s license has now been suspended because he didn’t have insurance on the truck he still legally owned. The BMV said Korte must settle with the insurance company before he’ll be allowed to drive again. “I don’t even know what to do. It’s driving me nuts. They’re saying I owe them more than $7,000 before I can even start driving,” Korte said. Technically, the insurance company can also go after the driver who ran into the parked car. But, that person was sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. Korte is now trying to provide proof he had actually sold the vehicle and received payment. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers several tips for selling your car. • Always stay with the buyer until you see the vehicle transferred into the buyer’s name. • Always take your license plates with you, which guarantees that the buyer must get his own plates. • Finally, always make up a bill of sale and get it signed and dated by both parties – keeping a copy of the original for yourself. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

life is ever changing. Life is always looking ahead and forward, not here or within. Repetition of what is experienced now only breeds boredom and monotony. But couldn’t the contrary be true? Instead of saying that those who are full of life hate monotony, couldn’t we say that those who are actually full of life also find a positive thrill in monotony? A child is certainly full of life. Yet, if we play a fun game with a child or do an amusing trick, they’ll say, “Do it again.” If we tell them a story, they won’t say Aunt Edna already told me that. They’ll most likely say, “Tell me again.” Patiently build a house of cards, and after it

falls they’ll say “Do it again.” The child is an innocent spark of a God who delights in the new as well as in repetition. I remember the impact on me when, as seminarian, I heard an old song in a new way. One morning, at an early springtime Mass, as the sunlight peeked through chapel window into our sleepy eyes, the musicians began our opening song. It was a song made popular years before by Cat Stevens: “Morning has broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird…” I still remember its impact. The lyrics brought home to me the wonderful repetition of God’s creative act that is repeated each

day. Suddenly, I looked on the monotony (?) of each morning as part of God’s romance of us – using the monotony of daily beauty as a reminder of the primordial beauty with which he first endowed the world. Because God is full of life, he can also enjoy the thrill that comes from sameness as well as newness. “I can imagine Almighty God, with something of the joy and exuberance that belongs to a child, saying each morning to the sun, ‘Do it again,’ and every evening saying to the moon and stars, ‘Do it again,’ and every springtime saying to the daisies, ‘Do it again,’” wrote Bishop Fulton Sheen. God has the eternal appetite of the vibrancy

manifested in infancy. We have sinned and grown old, but our Father is younger than we. The repetition of nature may not be mere monotonous reoccurrence but a divine encore for our enjoyment. And some day, after we have struggled with our lifedramas and repetitive problems – and become victorious through God’s grace – we, too, may be called again and again as a curtain-call before the universe. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Spice up your Lenten fish dish with salsa At the beginning of Lent, I bring out my Mom’s ancient hand-hewn wooden bowl from Lebanon and sit it on the c o u n t e r. Whenever I peel a yellow onion, the Rita p a p e r y Heikenfeld skins go the Rita’s kitchen into bowl. Yesterday, our youngest grandchild, little Eva who will be 2 years old this week, helped pull the skins from the onions for the first time. She will join her cousins the day before Easter helping me color the eggs with natural colorings, like the onion skins, turmeric, beet juice, red cabbage, etc. I’ll share the recipe as we get closer to Easter. Lent is a great time to eat less meat, so the recipe I’m sharing today for tilapia is a good one to get you started.


Tilapia with tomatoes and capers salsa

John T’s mock turtle soup

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Brush with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Run under broiler about four to six minutes, turning the fish over if thick. Or sauté. Just don’t overcook it. Check out my blog on for vegetarian recipes for Lent.


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11⁄2 pounds ground beef 3 quarts HOT water 20 to 30 gingersnaps 1 large onion 1 medium carrot 1 lemon 2 ounces Worcestershire sauce 1 small bottle ketchup (14-ounce) 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 4 hard-boiled eggs (finely chopped) 2 tablespoons sherry wine (or vinegar) Small bag of pickling spice Place the meat and gingersnaps in the hot water and allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Grind or grate the onion and the carrot and add to mixture. Slice the lemon paper thin and add to mixture.


Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Suspend bag of pickling spice into mixture. Cook over a low heat for 2 to 3 hours. Stir frequently. Add finely chopped eggs about h a l f h o u r before finish. A d d wine (or vinegar). Cool quickly by placing in sink of cold water. When cool, place in refrigerator until ready for use. Mixture will keep for a week or more if refrigerated. Can also be frozen for later use. Enjoy!

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Rooting out recipes

Barleycorn’s dressing: Reader Kathy Snow said Barleycorn’s Bleu Cheese



dressing is sold by the jar at each location. Pudding w/out milk or eggs: For Pat Kremer, a Recorder reader, who wants to make it for someone on a restricted diet due to illness. San Antonio Parish pizza: Mike, a Glendale reader, remembers the pizza served at this church during summer festivals in the 1960s. “The festivals were held in a lot across from the little Italian church on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount.” It was prepared in the church basement and was square, heavy on seasonings, simple, yet different from restaurant-style pizza.

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Chicken like old Tasty Bird, Kenwood Plaza store. Bridge Café Milford’s maple bacon dressing and chicken salad Karlos, Springdale’s country penne pasta. Whiskey’s Restaurant, Lawrenceburg’s peanut coleslaw and hearty nobean Texas chili.


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Goetta origin update

I can’t wait to share this information with Mark Balasa of Glier’s Meats – they make a great goetta. Charlene Mecklenburg, Manfred Schnetzer and Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, president of the German-American Citizens League and curator of the German Heritage Museum in Cleves, all sent in fascinating information about the origins of goetta. Turns out it comes from northern Germany, and those folks who immigrated to our area carried the goetta-making tradition with them. More on our Web version of this column. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Women’s luncheon taking shape to help charities, held April 10 Members of the Kenton Heights Woman’s Club met in January to plan for their “Celebrate Kentucky” luncheon with a fashion show by Dillard’s to be held at Summit Hills Country Club on Saturday, April 10 to raise money for six Northern Kentucky charities. The club itself is a small non-profit organization of dedicated women whose main purpose is to help meet the needs of a wide range of persons in the Northern Kentucky community. Those charities who will benefit from the April luncheon will include the

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Saddle up, partner, and get ready to ride out West for the American Cancer Society’s annual gala to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. What was formerly the society’s longstanding gala event known as the Striders’ Ball has taken on a country western twist for 2010. The Baron’s Ball will be held April 24 from 6-11:30 p.m. at The METS Center in Erlanger. “We want to let every-


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Here are some of the characters visitors see at the Mary, Queen of Heaven fish fry in Erlanger every Friday night during Lent. “Fish” is the meeter and greeter, the Codfather is the “enforcer” carrying around a stuffed, plush fish, Little Ricky will seat you and Father Wurth, pastor of MQH will see to it that all guests have a good meal and a good time. Fish fry starts every Friday at 4 p.m. Call ahead and place your order at 371-2622.

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School activities. $1.50-$6. For more information call 572-4641; Fort Thomas. St. Bernard Church, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., 401 Berry St. Church Hall. Fish, salmon patty, shrimp, fries, macaroni and cheese, and sweet or sour coleslaw. Carryout available. $6. For more information call 431-9705. Dayton. Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 5011 Four Mile. Includes fish, shrimp, chicken tenders, frog legs, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Carryout available, call ahead. Benefits Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department. $4.75$6.50, 25 cents carryout fee. For more information call 441-6251. Silver Grove. Holy Trinity Junior High School, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 840 Washington Ave. Fish, shrimp, grilled cheese, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and drink. Carryout available. 75 cents-$7. For more information call 491-7612. Newport.

Knights of Columbus, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Father DeJaco Council 5220, 11186 Licking Pike. Fish dinners and sandwiches, baked fish, shrimp, fries, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Carryout available. 75 cents-$6.50. For more information call 635-9863. Alexandria. St. Therese School, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 2516 Alexandria Pike, Cafeteria. Fish or shrimp platter, fish sandwich, cheese pizza, beer, soft drinks and desserts. No fish fry on March 19. $5-$7. For more information call 4415755; Southgate. St. Mary, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 8246 East Main Street in Alexandria, will host a fish fry Feb. 26, March 12, 26 in the school cafeteria. Fish (cod or catfish) or shrimp dinners (two sides and dessert). There will also be pizza. Dine in or carry out is available. For more information, call 635-4188. Alexandria. Bellevue Veterans Club, 5. p.m. 24 Fairfield Ave. Menu includes fish, fish sandwich,

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shrimp, cheese sticks, hush puppies, fries, slaw and macaroni and cheese. Children’s meal includes chicken nuggets and fries. Cost $3-$7, carryout available. For more information, call 360-2046 or visit Bellevue. Fort Wright Civic Club, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 115 Kennedy Road. Includes sandwich meals and dinners. Carryout available. Benefits Local charities. $4-$7. For more information call 331-1150. Fort Wright. Knights of Columbus, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish, chicken, jumbo shrimp, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and sides. Carryout available. $1.50-$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. For more information call 589-342-6643. Elsmere. Knights of Columbus, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish fries and hushpuppies, fish sandwich fries or coleslaw. $1.75-$5. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. For more information call 342-6643. Elsmere. Ryland Heights Fire Protection District, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 10041 Decoursey Pike. Fish, chicken strips and shrimp along with side items and desserts. Carryout available. $7. For more information call 356-7970; Ryland Heights. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 3285 Mills Road, Fried fish, shrimp, grilled salmon, pizza and beer. Carryout available. With entertainment. $4-$8.50. For more information call 356-5151. Taylor Mill. Tickets Sports Cafe Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 100 W. Sixth St. All-you-can-eat fried fish, fries and coleslaw. Mixed drinks, beer and soft drinks available. No sharing and no carryout. $7.95. For more information call 431-1839; Covington. Mary Queen of Heaven School, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 1130 Donaldson Highway, Gymnasium. Line forms at 3:30 p.m. Mary Queen of Heaven School, Baked and fried fish, shrimp, salad meals for children, desserts and beverages. Codfather, man in fish costume, will visit. Father Rick Wurth passes out snacks to those people waiting in line. Call ahead for carryout. $2-$9. For more information call 371-2622; Erlanger. Chick-fil-A, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., 4980 Houston Road, Cod filet on Chick-fil-A’s signature buttery bun available for purchase. For more information call 594-4600. Florence. Dollar Bill Tavern Fish Fry, 2 p.m.-2 a.m., 8074 US 42. Fried cod and chips. $6. For more information call 746-3600; Florence. St. Joseph Academy, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., 48 Needmore St. Fried or baked fish, shrimp, children’s pizza dinner, desserts, drinks and sides. Weekly raffles. Drive-through available. $40-$45 family dinners; $5-$9.50 dinners or sandwich. For more information call 4856444; Walton. St. Timothy Parish, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 10272 U.S. 42, Brodnick Hall. Baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, shrimp dinner, pizza and desserts. Crafts and activities for children. Drive-thru available beginning 4:30 p.m. $4-$8.50. For more information call 384-1100, ext. 23. Union. St. Paul School, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 7303 Dixie Highway. Fridays through March 26. Weekly specials will include Maine lobster, crab, seafood gumbo and spicy blackened salmon, to name a few. Check online to see the order of items served each Friday. Homemade pies will be available as well as children’s meals. Proceeds from the event will provide school gym equipment and support academic and athletic programs. Information or to place advance order, call 647-4072. Florence.


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Randall O. Hudson, 2039 Madison Ave., Apt. 1, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, third degree criminal mischief at 2039 Madison Ave., Feb. 16. Connie L. Reimer, 1714 Monroe St., failure to notify address change to department of transportation, prescription for a controlled substance not in proper container at 1714 Monroe St., Feb. 15. Demetrious L. Ruff, 4125 Chambers St., second degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of marijuana at 411 Madison Ave., Feb. 15. Khaleef K. Smith, 1571 Pleasant Run, possession of marijuana at W. 5th St., Feb. 15. Candace N. Howard, 539 Muse Dr., fourth degree assault at 539 Muse Dr., Feb. 19. Brittany L. Olson, 4029 Applewood Ct., no. 814, operating on suspended or revoked driver's license, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 5000 Old Madison Pike, Feb. 18. Christopher J. King, 9187 Blue Ridge Dr., possession of marijuana at Promontory Dr., Feb. 17. Brian T. Whalen, 25 Center St., operating motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 438 W. Pike St., Feb. 20. Rondell M. Brooks Jr., 2070 Millvale St., first degree wanton endangerment, no operators license at 2509 Alden Ct., Feb. 20. Keith A. Arrick, 2267 Galaxy Dr., alcohol intoxication in a public place at 500 block of W. 9th St., Feb. 20. Derrel M. Anderson, 958 Hollytree Dr., fugitive from another state, serving bench warrant for court, giving officer false name or address at 14 W. 10th St., Feb. 20. Douglas H. Rank, 6462 Stover Ave.,

first degree assault at 12 W. Pike St., 3rd Fl., Feb. 21. Dazzamon R. Jones, 213 E. 15Th St., second degree robbery at 1616 Madison Ave., Feb. 19. Mario Hernandez Del Rio, 738 Central Ave., theft at 1616 Madison Ave., Feb. 18. Christopher L. Thomas, No Address Given, fourth degree assault at 1701 Holman Ave., Feb. 18. Lisa K. Sandlin, 305 Pike St., theft, second degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree trafficking in a controlled substance at 1515 Madison Ave., Feb. 18.

Incidents/investigations Assault

A woman was assaulted 126 Park Pl., Feb. 17. A woman was assaulted by two individuals 2510 Alden Ct., Feb. 16. A man struck another man in the face with his fist 334 E. 13th St., Feb. 18. A man reported being assaulted 3711 Winston Ave., Feb. 18. A woman was kicked and punched Greenup St., Feb. 18. A woman reported being attacked 12 Crystal Lake Rd., Feb. 19. A man reported being struck in the face W. 6th St., Feb. 19. Burglary One hundred CDs, 20 DVDs, 10 pills, and a book of checks were stolen 1513 St. Clair St., Feb. 16. The door of a residence was damaged in order to gain entry 3916 Lincoln Ave., Feb. 17. A game system and games were stolen 2620 White Ct., Feb. 18. Approximately $1600 in cash and coins were stolen 2023 Garrard St., Feb. 21. A building had been ransacked 629 Main St., Feb. 20. A fireplace frame was stolen 2012 Gribble Dr., Feb. 19. A TV was stolen 1025 Amsterdam Rd., Feb. 18.

A pistol was stolen 211 E. 16th St., Feb. 18. Someone attempted to break into a residence 806 Monte Ln., Feb. 19.

Burglary, criminal mischief

Copper pipe was stolen from a residence 1531 Woodburn St., Feb. 15.

Criminal mischief

A vehicle's window was damaged 600 W. 3rd St., Feb. 15. The rear window of a vehicle was shattered 3 Crystal Lake Rd., Feb. 17. A vehicle door was damaged 1217 Banklick St., Apt. 3, Feb. 19. A garage door window pane was shattered 827 Main St., Feb. 19. The windshield of a vehicle was shattered 2732 Rosina Ave., Feb. 19. The window of an office building was broken 639 Philadelphia St., Feb. 19. A man kicked and dented the door of a vehicle 1701 Holman Ave., Feb. 19. An iron fence was damaged 1718 Banklick St., Feb. 21.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

Someone tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill 302 Philadelphia St., Feb. 19.

Harassing communications

A man is repeatedly making threatening calls to a woman 1247 Hermes Ave., Feb. 17. Two individuals have been making repeated harassing calls to a woman 1123 Banklick St., Feb. 19.


A woman reported being harassed 923 Worth St., Feb. 16. A man reported being slapped in the face 226 W. 15th St., no. 2, Feb. 21.

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Hedrena M. Lenich Davey, 89, Elsmere, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Baptist Village Care Center, Erlanger. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Church, Elsmere. Her husband, Walter James Davey, died in 2008. Survivors include her sons, James Davey of Villa Hills, Dan Davey of Burlington; daughter, Sheryl Hipple of Hurricane, W. Va.; four grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Linnemann Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Erlanger, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Arthritis Foundation, 7124 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243, or St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, KY 41018.

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at Veterans Affairs Hospital, Lexington. He was a carpenter, farmer and World War II Navy veteran. His wife, Sue Fornash, died in 2008. Survivors include his sons, Roger Fornash of Dry Ridge and Rick Fornash of Williamstown; brother, Clint Fornash of Independence; sister, Alda Marksberry of Williamstown; four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorials: Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Robert Franxman

Robert B. Franxman, 81, Covington, died Feb. 23, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a clerk for 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service in Cincinnati, an Army veteran and member of St. Benedict Church in Covington. His wife, Audrey Celeste Franxman, died in 2009. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Franxman of Covington and Susan Sturgeon of Latonia; son, Mark Franxman of Villa Hills; sisters, Ann Franxmann of Lakeside Park and Mary Franxmann of Park Hills and six grandchildren. Entombment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Old Friends Farm for Retired Thoroughbreds, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324.

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Robert C. Gullett, 85, of Cincinnati, formerly of Lakeside Park, died Feb. 21, 2010, at Mt. Washington Care Center. He was an electrician with Local 212, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, member of Holy Cross Parish in Latonia and the 456 Bomb Group Association. His first wife, Laraine Gullett, died in 1976. Survivors include his wife, Jayne S. Gullett of Cincinnati; sons, Michael Nelms of Louisville and Roger Nelms of Villa Hills; daughters, Laura Bruemmer of Taylor Mill, Elaine Gullett of Covington and Sandy Macbeth of Cincinnati; sister, Marjorie O’Bryan of St. Peters, Mo. and eight grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; or Make A Wish Foundation, 10260 Alliance Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

William Hall

William A. “Tee” Hall, 27, Elsmere, died Feb. 22, 2010, at Drake Hospital, Hartwell. He was a pharmaceutical student at DayMar College. Survivors include his mother, Deborah Hall of Elsmere; father, William P. Hall of Alabama and sister, Lakicia Hall of Elsmere. Burial was in Mary E. Smith Cemetery, Elsmere. Jones, Simpson & Gee Funeral Home, Covington, handled the arrangements.


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Edith Mae Harris, 83, of Frankfort, formerly of Visalia, died Feb. 22, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Frankfort. She was a clerk with the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, member of Visalia Baptist Church and Independence Homemakers. Survivors include her daughter, Peggy Barber of Frankfort, son, Michael Harris of Latonia; sister, Gloria Phillips of Edgewood; brothers, Charles Hensley of Visalia, Gilbert Hensley of Taylor Mill, Bill Hensley of Morning View, Paul Hensley of Covington, James Hensley of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Randolph Hensley of Morning View; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Arnold Hays

Arnold “Jack” Hays, 84, of Burlington, formerly of Emlyn, died Feb. 25, 2010, at his home. He was past captain of the Emlyn Fire Department and a longtime employee of Ellison Funeral Home. His wife, Mary V. Hays, and daughter, Victoria Ober, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Arnold Hays of Burlington and Art Hays of Erlanger; daughters, Charlotte Sue Petrey, Mary Kathryn Breedlove and Linda Lutz, all of Florence; brother, Archie Powers of Corbin; sisters, Mildred Beavers of Blanchester and Alberta Damas of Chicago; 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was in Belleview Cemetery, Burlington. Ellison Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

June Hedger

June C. Cornelius Hedger, 85, Edgewood, died Feb. 24, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a nurse and politician. She was former chairman of the Republican Party 1967-1980, former member of Welcome Wagon, member of Saint Elizabeth Women’s Auxiliary, member of League of Women Voters, chairman of Quarterback Club (Scott High School), State Representative Candidate (1985-1902) and member of Immanuel United Methodist Church. Her husband, Donald C. Hedger, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Summe of Villa Hills; sons, Charles Clos of Elsmere, Warren Hedger of Hebron, John Hedger of Erlanger and Danny Hedger of Florence; sister, Bonnie Rost of Cincinnati; 18 grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Russ Huddy

Russ Huddy, 64, of Sardinia, Ohio, formerly of Covington, died Feb. 23, 2010, at his home. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his sons, Phillip Huddy and Dave Wood, both of Cincinnati; daughters, Dyan Geers and Victoria Wood, of Cincinnati; a sister, Loretta Huddy of Fort Mitchell; and six grandchildren. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn Street, Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or Vet-

erans Administration Medical Center, 4903 State Route 125, Georgetown, OH 45121.

Norman Insko

Norman K. Insko, 69, of Florence, formerly of Peach Grove, died Feb. 24, 2010, at his home. He was a carpenter with Peach Grove Builders, owner of L and N Construction, worked for Classic Car Wash and was co-founder of Peach Grove Fire Department. Survivors include his sons, Daniel Insko of Butler, Tracy Insko of Highland Heights, Dennis Insko of Clarksville, Tenn. and Brian Insko of Reno, Nev.; daughters, Donna Insko of Butler and Angela Hughes of Verona; brothers, Larry Insko of Independence, Melvin Insko of Florence and Johnny Insko of Cincinnati; sisters, Jewell Beyersdoerfer of Foster, Linda Sexton of Berea, Marilyn Galloway of Brooksville, Annetta Sturgeln, Joyce Estepp and Ruth Sanders, all of Cincinnati; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Peach Grove Cemetery.

Gerri Jackson

Gerri Nicole O’Brien Jackson, 75, Covington, died Feb. 21, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an emergency medical technician and certified medical assistant for the Kenton County Detention Center. Her husband, Donald Robert O’Brien, died in 1996. Survivors include her daughters, Cathy Collins of Camp Dennison, Ohio, Bonnie Wilham of Taylor Mill and Bobbie O’Brien of Covington and four grandchildren. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, Attention: Animal Care, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Covington, KY 41017.

Rodney King

Rodney L. King, 72, Covington, died Feb. 22, 2010, at his home. He was a forklift operator for Duro Bag and an Army veteran. His wife, Clara Mae King, died in 1998. Survivors include his daughters, Kimberly Mooney of Independence and Deanne Cottengim of Richmond; son, Ron King of Elsmere; half-brother, Phil Thompson of Taylor Mill; half-sister, Jinny DeMoisey of Hebron; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Dolores Kroger

Dolores Catherine Kroger, 82, Cold Spring, died Feb. 22, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a manager of the cafeteria of St. Joseph School, member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring, Catholic Order of Foresters and Good Sam Campers. Her husband, Harry R. Kroger, died in 2009 and son, Robert Kroger, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Sue Goins of California; sons, Thomas Kroger of West Chester, Ohio, Greg Kroger of Erlanger and Richard and Chris Kroger, both of Cold Spring; brother, Thomas Miller of Highland Heights; sisters, Jean Cooper of Fort Mitchell, Joan Rudemiller of Cincinnati, Rita Bond of Lexington, Margie Koehler of Newport and Angela Modtland of Fort Myers, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was in the St. Joseph

Cemetery, Cold Spring. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Joseph Church Capital Campaign Fund, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Eugene Lankheit

Eugene W. Lankheit, 82, Covington, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Baptist Convalescent Home, Newport. He was owner of L and W Plastering and served in the Coast Guard. His wife, Norma Bohman Lankheit, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Ronald Lankheit of Newport, James Lankheit of Florence, Mark Lankheit of New Lebanon, Ohio, Roger Lankheit of Latonia; daughters, Linda Kessen of Fort Thomas, Terri Haas of Cold Spring, Donna Busse of Taylor Mill, Trisha Gamel of Crescent Springs; brother, Lawrence Lankheit of Erlanger; sister, Betty Corman of Florence; 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: St. Augustine Church, 1839 Euclid Ave., Covington, KY 41014, or American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Mark Luebbe

Mark J. Luebbe, 58, Ludlow, died Feb. 22, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Covington. He was an optician, member of the Erlanger Lions, Luebbe Optical Little League sponsor and a nursing home volunteer. Survivors include his son, Marc C. Luebbe of Ludlow; sister, Barbara Robinson of Richwood; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati OH 45203; or Erlanger Lions Club, 5996 Belair Drive, Erlanger KY 41018.

Devin McGovern

Devin Michael McGovern, 37, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 17, 2010, at Cedar Park Regional Hospital, Cedar Park, Texas. He was a member of Hill Country Bible Church Northwest in Texas. Survivors include his wife, Mati McGovern; parents, Thomas and Judith McGovern of Fort Mitchell; brother, Tom McGovern of Fort Mitchell; and sisters, Shannon Carr of Independence and Patricia Nagle of Edgewood. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Devin McGovern Memorial Fund, c/o The Bank of Kentucky, P.O. Box 17510, 111 Lookout Farm Drive, Crestview Hills, KY 41017.

Ruth Menefee

Ruth Odella Menefee, Fort Wright, died Feb. 20, 2010, at the St. Charles Care Center, Covington. Her husband, Clyde Menefee, died in 1968. Memorials: Shriners Burn Institute, 202 Goodman St., Cincinnati, OH 45221.


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Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a foreman at Carlton Machine Tool in Cincinnati and a member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. His wife, Lucille Elsbernd, died in 2009. Survivors include his daughter, Joanne Basse of Hebron; sons, Thomas Elsbernd of Milford, Ohio, and Stephen Elsbernd of Fort Mitchell; sisters, Adelle Doeker of Lakeside Park, Delores Willen and Ann Falck of Erlanger; brother, Lawrence Elsbernd of Covington; four grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, KY 41018; or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St. Cincinnati, OH 452031742.

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Deaths From page B8 Dorothy “Dody” Jane Waller Morris, 30, Petersburg, died Feb. 15, 2010, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Belleview Baptist Church. Survivors include her fiancé, Tony Reinhart of Petersburg; daughters, Sammantha Waller and Stephanie Morris, both of Petersburg; son, Paul Morris of Petersburg; parents, Steven Waller Sr. and Bonnie Waller of Elsmere; sisters, Sandra Rogers of Hebron and Kelley Brown of Highland Heights; brother, Steven Waller Jr. of Covington.

tain Crest Nursing Home, Cincinnati. She was a nurse’s aide at St. Elizabeth North in Covington, sang with the Choir Basilica and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Her husband, Cecil Putthoff, died in 1983; sons, Tony and David Putthoff; daughter, Rita Whaley; and one great-great-grandchild, all died previously. Survivors include her sons, Charlie, Ricky, Danny and Gary Putthoff, all of Covington; daughters, Mary Baute of Edgewood, Doris Russell of Falmouth and Phyllis Griffin of Covington; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and three greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Latonia.

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Ruth Catherine Duechle Noll, 88, Villa Hills, a homemaker, died Feb. 24, 2010, at her home. Her husband, Woodrow J. Noll, died in 1996. Survivors include her sons, John Noll of Florence, Gary Noll of Cincinnati, Randy Noll of St. Louis, Mo.,and Rick Noll of Villa Hills; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Linnemann Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Margaret O’Connell

Margaret “Margie” Moser O’Connell, 73, Lakeside Park, died Feb. 25, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a teacher for St. Pius X and St. Paul. Survivors include her husband, Jim O’Connell; daughters, Maureen Gerner of Fort Thomas, Eileen O’Connell of Erlanger, sons, Jim O’Connell of Newport, Dr. Thomas O’Connell of Crestview Hills; sisters, Mary Ellen Huller of Crescent Springs, Jean Abraham of Bloomfield, Mich.; 11 grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements Memorials: Villa Madonna Academy, Margaret O’Connell Scholarship Fund, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017, or Northern Kentucky Right to Life, P.O. Box 1202, Covington, KY 41012.

Frances Putthoff

Frances Teresa Putthoff, 85, Covington, died Feb 17, 2010, at Moun-

Camden Elijah Riley, 7 months, Covington, died Feb. 21, 2010, at his home. Survivors include his mother, Heather Herindon; father, Julian Riley; brothers, Amari and Brayden Riley; grandparents, Sandy Riley, Patricia and Joe Herindon, all of Covington. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, is handling arrangements. Memorials: Camden Riley Memorial Fund, c/o Huntington Bank, 3517 Decoursey Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

Larry Robinson

intensive care unit at Christ Hospital and member of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington and Prime Time Seniors. Her husband, Leonard Schaller, died in 1966. Survivors include her son, Michael Schaller; daughter, Mary Wagner and two grandchildren. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011-3116.

Wadsworth Electric Co. and member of Violet Ridge Church of Christ in Crittenden. Her husband, Elmer Smith, died in 1997. Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Dillion of Erlanger and Debbie Chihak of Crittenden; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Violet Ridge Church of Christ, 1000 Violet Road, Crittenden, KY 41030.

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Robert E. Scott, 90, Florence, died Feb. 19, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. He was owner/operator of Cincinnati Trucking and a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Norma Willenborg Scott of Florence; daughters, Moira Ramsey of Florence, Sharon Steele of Villa Hills and Lisa Noland of Sanders, Ky.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Middendorf Funeral Home in Fort Wright handled the arrangements. Memorials: March of Dimes, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, 10806 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Donald S. Tanner, 91, of Cincinnati, formerly of Union, died Feb. 24, 2010, at Mercy Anderson, Cincinnati. He was a sales manager for Keebler Company in Fairfax, a World War II Army veteran, member of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge 304. His daughter, Janice Mahan, and stepson, Jim Hauer, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Tanner; daughter, Patricia Peery of Arlington Heights, Ill.; stepdaughters, Terri Suter of Loveland and Connie Wesselman of Villa Hills; son, Mark Tanner of Bellingham, Wash. and nine grandchildren. Burial was in Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery, Florence.

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Patricia “Pat” Grinnell Thompson, 84, Taylor Mill, died Feb. 25, 2010, at her home. She was a religious education teacher for 20 years with the Council of Christian Communions in Cincinnati, graduate of Colgate Rochester Divinity School in New York; member of Brucewood Presbyterian Church and Independence Christian Church. Her husband, Elmo C. Thompson, died in 2003. Survivors include her son, Jeffrey Thompson of Fort Mitchell; daughter, Kathleen Thompson of Taylor Mill; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41018; or Independence Christian Church, P.O. Box 8, Independence, KY 41051.

Larry G. Robinson, 66, Erlanger, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. He was an accountant with Carlisle/Maxim Crane Works for 30 years and a member of St. Henry Parish. Survivors include his wife, Judy Robinson of Erlanger; son, Randy Robinson of Edgewood; sister, Donna Stegman of Florence; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Diana Lee Freeman Simons, 57, Covington, died Feb. 22, 2010, at her home. She was a machine adjuster for 30 years at Johnson Controls in Florence. Her son, John Simons Jr., died previously. Survivors include her companion, Russell Addison of Covington; daughters, Laura Simons of Dayton and Jennifer Rohdenburg of Florence; sons, Kevin Simons of Covington, and Christopher Simons of Walton; sister, Bobbie Rayburn of Erlanger; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Patricia A. Walsh, 74, Fort Thomas, died Feb. 28, 2010, at her home. The homemaker was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society, Mother’s Club and St. Catherine’s Seniors. She also was a foster parent through Catholic Social Services and volunteered at various hospitals. Her husband, William Walsh, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Walsh of Independence, Susan McCarthy of Long Island, N.Y., and Debbie Smith, Teri McNamara and Becky Conley, all of Fort Thomas; sons, Bill Walsh of Independence, Mike Walsh of Florence, and Tim Walsh of Bellevue; sisters, Joyce Whaley of Colerain Township, Charlene Wolke of Fort Myers, Fla., and Lora James of Seaman, Ohio; brothers, Orville Daley of Williamstown, Ky., and Gene Daley of Manchester, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: The Leukemia Society, 600 East Main St., Suite 102, Louisville, KY 40202; or St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.


Paul Walters

Paul W. Walters, 55, Burlington, died Feb 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a machinist for Cincinnati Cold Drawn, member of Bradford Lodge 123 in Independence and Latonia Christian Church. His wife, Eva Walters, died in 2007 and son, Paul Walters, died in 1978. Survivors include his sons, Jason Walters of Cold Spring, Justin Walters of Crescent Springs; daughter, Barbara Wolnitzek of Burlington; brother, Roger Walters of Taylor Mill; sister, Connie Short of Williamstown and six grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Edward Wartmann

Edward C. Wartmann, 89, of Dearborn, Mich., formerly of Erlanger, died Feb. 11, 2010, in Taylor, Mich. He worked for Travelers Express Co. and was a member of Erlanger Lions Club. His wife, Malva Wartmann, died in 2005. Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Chamberland of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; son, Eric Wartmann of Dearborn, Mich. and two grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the local arrangements. Memorials: Erlanger Lions Club, 5996 Belair Drive, Florence, KY 41042.

Thomas Willenborg

Thomas R. Willenborg, 58, Edgewood, died Feb. 20, 2010, St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an attorney for Willenborg Law Offices in Covington, an Army veteran and member of Kentucky and Ohio Bar Associations. Survivors include his wife, Mary Brandt Willenborg; son, Thomas Willenborg of Covington; daughters, Kristina Leonhardt of Covington, Carol Wilson of Cincinnati and Mary Beth Willenborg of Michigan; mother, Carolyn Willenborg of Florence and brother, Steve Willenborg of Cincinnati. Memorials: Boone County CASA, Attn: Colleen Bohman, 2989 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005.

Rebecca Dunn Utley, 89, Florence, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Hos-

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pice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a housekeeper for the Barkley Hotel at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and a member of the Florence Church of God. Her husband, Forest Thomas Utley, and her children, Ida Easton, Roy Utley, Audrey Utley and Ralph Utley, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sophie Hughes of Chattanooga, Tenn., Louise Freeman of Burlington, and Dorothy Dunaway, Joann Vornberger and Carol Horn, all of Florence; sons, Forest Utley Jr. of Fort Wright, Harry Utley of Union, and Larry Utley of Crescent Springs; brother, Walter Dunn of Indiana; 31 grandchildren 63 great-grandchildren; and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: The Utley Family, c/o Chambers and Grubbs, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

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