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Float along

Students at Tichenor Middle School got a lesson in flight, or more appropriately floating. As part of a lesson science the students built and got a ride on their own homemade hover craft. SCHOOLS, A6

Jailer candidates

Incumbent Terry Karl faces challenger Larry Shelton in this year’s primary for Kenton County Jailer. Read what both men say they hope to accomplish as the jail prepares to move from Covington to a new facility further south in the county. Read what Karl plans to do if re-elected, and what Shelton plans to change if he wins the position. NEWS, A3

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Erlanger tightens regulations for trash

By Jason Brubaker

The Erlanger city council is expected to look into adding regulations to their waste ordinance regarding residents bringing their garbage cans back to the house after they’ve been emptied. Police Chief Marc Fields addressed the issue at an April 20 committee meeting, saying that some residents leave their garbage cans out for long periods after they’ve been emptied, causing an eyesore for the city. Currently, the city’s ordinance doesn’t have any restrictions on how long a resident can leave a can at the curb after it has been emptied. “My trash is picked up on

Thursdays, and I can drive down the street on Friday, Saturday and even Sunday, and still see cans lying out there,” he said. “We’re not looking to make people bring their cans in five minutes after the garbage trucks leaves, but we need to have something on the books to address this.” Mayor Tom Rouse agreed, adding that the large trash cans can be a safety hazard as well if they’re left outside for long periods. “On some of the smaller streets, they can fall over into the road, or they can block the sight of drivers, making it a safety issue,” he said. “So I think this is something we need to do.” At the recommendation of

“On some of the smaller streets, they can fall over into the road, or they can block the sight of drivers, making it a safety issue,” he said. “So I think this is something we need to do.”

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council, city attorney Frank Wichmann said he would draw up an ordinance for the next meeting that requires residents to have their garbage cans back to their house by dawn the morning after they’re emptied. The ordinance would need two readings before

being passed and put into action. Fields also suggested looking into adjusting the start times of garbage pickup for businesses. Currently, the garbage trucks can’t begin pickup in residential areas until 7 a.m., but Fields said there are no rules about commercial areas. “We’ve gotten a few complaints about trucks being out there at around 3 a.m. picking up the dumpsters, and they’re waking up the residents nearby,” he said. “So I think that’s something we need to look into addressing at some point as well.” The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

Lloyd student’s work lands in magazine By Jason Brubaker

When Erlanger resident Tony Otten discovered he was going to be published in Short Story America, an online magazine, he was predictably excited. The magazine has an international reputation by being read in 55 different countries. It also typically only publishes work from graduate-level writers. “Typically it takes 60-90 days when you submit something before you hear from the editors,” said Otten, a 16-year-old sophomore at Lloyd Memorial High School. “So when the editor called me the next day after I submitted my piece and told me I would be published, it was definitely a nice surprise.” However, to many of his teachers at Lloyd, they weren’t the least bit surprised when they heard of Otten’s latest accomplishment. “I really believe one day he’s going to be tremendously famous for his work – he’s that good,” said teacher Melissa Heck at a recent school board meeting. “He’s one of the most driven students I have ever been around,” added J Lail, Otten’s English teacher. “When he sets his mind toward something, he’ll usually get there.” Because he was the youngest writer ever published in Short Story America, Otten said the contract to publish his work actually


Tony Otten, a sophomore at Lloyd Memorial, recently had a short story published in Short Story America, an online magazine normally reserved for graduate level writers. had to be re-written so his parents could sign it as well. “I don’t think the editors could believe he’s only 16 - that’s how advanced his work is,” said Lail. Otten said he always enjoyed writing, and now carries around a binder full of notes, articles and stories that he is constantly adding to when he gets a free minute. He said he is actually working on his own novel, and the short story was essentially an adaptation of one chapter of that novel.

“It’s been a dream of mine to be published, so I really feel like this validates the work I’ve put in so far,” he said. “It’s really an honor.” For his efforts, Otten received a monetary prize, and he’ll also receive some royalties from the end-of-the-year anthology that will include his piece. He now also will be eligible for the Short Story Fiction prize from the magazine, worth $2,500. He said he plans to put most of the money away for

college, where he would like to study creative writing. “That’s a couple years away, but I’m definitely thinking that’s the path I want to go down,” he said. “To be able to have something published now is really exciting for me, and hopefully it will be the first of many.” For more information about Short Story America, or to read Otten’s story, visit

Kenton County to make jailhouse rock By Regan Coomer

Get locked up during the Kenton County Detention Center’s grand opening this fall. The Kenton County Fiscal Court plans to celebrate the opening of the new jail by hosting a fundraiser a month or so before inmates are transported to the new site, sometime in late September or early October, said Judge-Executive Ralph Drees. Proceeds raised at the fundrais-

ing event will benefit drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in the county. The exact date should be set in about a month. “We hope to raise enough money to have some left over for drug addiction,” Drees told the fiscal court at their caucus April 27. Drees has promised good food, music and entertainment at the fundraiser, including the chance for visitors to get photos taken of themselves “locked up” in a jail cell. Ticket holders will be “processed” in the jail’s processing

area, helped along by county employees dressed in jail uniforms, Drees said, adding “we’ll make it fun.” A 15-person committee has been established to plan the grand opening fundraiser. The committee is considering an individual attendance price of $200 and $375 for couples, Drees said, adding he hopes to get 500 people to attend. A party planner for the event will be hired in about 10 days, Drees said, explaining that the

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county will not pay for the planner out of the county budget, but may have to be reimbursed later for the planner’s down payment. Grand opening committee cochair and Crestview Hills resident Judy Thelen asked, “How often do you get to go to a jailhouse opening? I feel like it will be a great draw.” Thelen said she plans to invite “dignitaries” from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. “Hopefully it’ll be your first and last time in jail,” she laughed.


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With Officer Todd Brendel and Chief Marc Fields looking on, Erlanger Police Captain Tim Thames laughs as his donkey takes a rest before the 2009 Donkey Basketball Game. The 2010 game, which raises money for Tichenor Middle School athletics, will be held May 8 at the Scheben Gym.

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The Erlanger Police Department plans to raise their fees for parking citations from $20 to $25. The increased fee will match the fee for the price of a parking citation in Crescent Springs, whose department merged with Erlanger in 2008. Since officers from the department now work in both cities, Police Chief Marc Fields said the fee difference had created some confusion amongst officers. “This will allow us to make it uniform across both cities and it will make things easier from an administrative standpoint,� he said. The change will have to be implemented through an ordinance by the Erlanger city council. A first reading is expected at the May 4 meeting.

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Lindeman Elementary is looking for community volunteers to help with a landscaping project planned for May 15. Volunteers from 7 Hills Church, who is funding the project, will be on hand to help. Volunteers are also needed for various tasks that day, including planting and serving food and drinks. Lunch will be provided, and volunteers should bring clothes they can get dirty, as well as any landscaping supplies, such as shovels and rakes.


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Fire district election

The Elsmere Fire Protection District will hold an election on June 26 to put one property owner on the Board of Trustees. To be eligible for the election, the candidate must live, and own property, within the boundaries of the fire district. They also can not be an active member of the fire district. The winning candidate will join the board, which oversees the operations of the district. The deadline to file an application to run is May 1. Nomination forms can be obtained at the Elsmere Fire District, located at 401 Garvey Avenue, during normal business hours. For more information, visit or call 342-7505.

Lunch and learn

The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library is holding a program for seniors on May 6. Called “Lunch and Learn�, the program will feature a meal from the Colonial Cottage, as well as a visit from attorney Bill Hesch, who will talk about the importance of estate planning. Hesch will talk about issues like living wills, power of attorney, health care directives and advanced planning strategies for senior citizens. The program will begin at 12 p.m. It is free to attend, but space will be limited, so registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call 962-4002.


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Parade prep

Ralph Fulton Veterans of Foreign War post 6423 announces its upcoming yearly event that is open to the public. The cities of Erlanger and Elsmere join with the VFW on this day to honor our fallen comrades. The parade starts at the Ralph Fulton VFW POST 6423 at 4435 Dixie Highway Elsmere and stops at the intersection of Dixie Highway & Stevenson Road, where the Elsmere Honor Guard fires their rifles to honor the fallen at the Vietnam Memorial & the Korean Memorial. It then proceeds to the Forest Lawn Memorial Park when Mr. Ralph Fulton is laid to rest, and World War II veterans are honored.


Carl, Shelton to contend for county jailer By Regan Coomer

Kenton County Police Sgt. Larry Shelton will challenge 12-year incumbent Terry Carl in May. With no Democrats running for the office, the primary will determine which Republican will be jailer in 2011. Independence resident Shelton, 34, is a sergeant with the Kenton County Police Department and a practicing attorney. Shelton graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in assets protection management/ structural security and a doctorate in law from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. “Based on my training, experience and education, I think I could truly do a good job,” Shelton said. Shelton said he is wellversed in technology, something that will come in handy operating a brandnew detention center. “They just hired a retired police office to show them how to train in the new jail

and run the new jail. That’s a position I won’t need,” he said. If he is elected, Shelton wants his employees to bring charges against inmates themselves for offenses such as drug possession, rather than call in police officers to make the charge. “I want my department to be able to bring charges and I want them to take them to court and I want to eliminate all this contraband in jail,” he said. Shelton will bring “strict enforcement” to the jail, he said. “When I’ve arrested people I’ve had inmates tell me you can get anything you want in the jail. If I’m elected they will know it’s a felony and we will charge and that’s import,” he said. Shelton said he has seen a problem with Class D offenders working in the community and being supervised by a non-jail employee or not at all. “They’re not supervised. I disagree with that 100 percent. I went to the county garage and watched them

feed the ducks,” he said. “They’re in jail. They’re supposed to be working.” Shelton said he will correct the problem by assigning an armed guard to every Class D crew. Employee retention will be another focus of Shelton’s if elected, including making sure every employee has hazardous duty pay. “In the jail, your life is dangerous every day. I just can’t understand how you could let your guys lose hazardous duty pay. We will fight to get it back,” he said. Other improvements Shelton hopes to make to the jail include creating a searchable database of reports and evidence and updating the jail’s policies and procedures, many of which currently are “unconstitutional,” he said. “I may be a lot more strict than the current system, but I’ve got two small children and I’m a police officer, so I have a different outlook,” Shelton said. Incumbent Terry Carl, 62, is a Lakeside Park resident who has served as Kenton County Jailer since

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1998. Before his time as jailer, Carl spent 25 years in the military, including service in Vietnam and the first Gulf War. “Twelve years ago I ran because I wanted to take a filthy, disrepaired jail with demoralized staff and poor professionalism and turn that around,” he said. Since Carl has been jailer, he has established a nine-week training academy, hosted the pilot program of “Crimecast,” a computer training course, instituted a gang-indentification program and continued to improve jail’s GED program. As many as 40 to 45 prisoners earn their GED each year, Carl said, adding 200 prisoners have graduated from the jail’s substance abuse program. Carl said he is currently working on starting a substance abuse program for female prisoners. The program is set to begin by the end of the year, he said. Carl said the county’s electronic monitoring program, which debuted in 2008, has been a “tremendous success” with 133

individuals in the program currently. As for the new jail set for opening this year, Carl said he has prepared for the move since 2006. “We went around the United States getting the best ideas from each jail and incorporating those into our new jail,” he said. Carl said the technology he has helped implement in the new jail is “second to none.” “It’s going to enhance security and safety within the facility,” he said. Carl said he is doubtful that Shelton could take over the new jail if he is elected. “It’s a whole new process. There’s no place in the state of Kentucky like this,” he said. Carl called Shelton’s idea of having jail deputies charge inmates “ridiculous.” “First of all, that’s the responsibility of the police officer,” Carl said, adding the jail is unequipped to keep the evidence in-house needed to charge inmates themselves. Carl said the majority of his employees do have haz-

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ardous duty pay and eventually they all will have it. “We’re re-doing our policies. Maybe the new people will have to sit out for a while. If we put everyone right into hazard duty, we have to buy all the equipment and then they leave us after four months. It’s a tremendous expense,” Carl said. Carl also contradicted Shelton’s view on Class D offenders, saying Shelton “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Carl said inmates are never unsupervised and while their supervisors are not jail staff, they are trained individuals who meet all requirements according to state law. “That’s a waste of county money,” Carl said. “It’s a waste of resources. If 38 of them are sent out everyday in groups of five or six, it’s not feasible and not smart business to send deputies.”

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Battery Hooper seeks sponsorships By Regan Coomer

Cannons will still fire at the Sixth Annual Battery Hooper Days, despite a cut in funding. “Without a doubt,” said museum board member Bob Clements. “It’s the single biggest event we do. In a two-day span, we literally attract more than 1,200 people to the museum.” A cut of about $4,000 in Fort Wright’s budget, usually set aside for Battery Hooper Days at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, is just one of many cost savings measures to be taken by the city council in the next budget cycle. City Administrator Gary Huff said the museum is “very worthwhile opportunity” in the city, but “we’re having to tighten our belts.” “We had to make a choice,” he said. “Providing that service or providing an essential service.” Clements said the city’s decision was a “bit of a shock,” but he and the rest of the board understand why that choice was made. “There aren’t many cities


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demand, how accessible health care will be, and how health care costs will be impacted are some of the questions that will be addressed. Moderated by Pat Crowley, host of ICN-6 Northern Kentucky Magazine, panelists include John Dubis, Chief Operating Officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Gary Beatrice, President of Business Benefits and Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; and Rebeca Tacy, Professor of Nursing of Thomas More College. Questioners include Thomas More faculty: Catherine Sherron, Professor of Philosophy, John D. Rudnick, Jr., Professor of Business Administration; and John R. Hageman, Professor of Biology. Thomas More College’s Center for Regional Health Care Sciences and Management was created in 2009 to positively impact the regional capacity to produce graduates; increase the number of college graduates in the Commonwealth; create more skilled and qualified workers as a means of attracting more capital investment to the region resulting in a higher standard of living for all residents of Northern Kentucky and the region; serve as a stimulator for small business development; and provide programs of study that emphasize liberal arts within the context of ethical concern and social responsibility. For details, contact Eric Rabe at or 344-3337.


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Fire department gives $75K for truck By Regan Coomer

The amount of funding generated by the fire truck/ economic development tax depends on property values in the city, as each resident pays $85 per $100,000 of property toward the fund, Hellmann said. If values are stagnant or up, that could mean the fire department’s donation would put an extra $75,000 plus interest in the fund, which then can be used for economic development purposes.

The Park Hills Volunteer Fire Department has given $75,000 toward the loan for the city’s new fire truck. The gift was made from the department’s Ruth Creighton Trust Fund, set aside for the use of the volunteer fire department. “This is a very good positive step for the city as well as the fire department and they should be recognized for this,” said Park Hills Fire Chief Regis Huth. The department is only allowed to spend $20,000 to $35,000 of interest per year earned on the $1 million or so trust. Huth said the department has been saving a portion of the interest for the last several years toward the purchase of the next new fire truck, but decided that the city could use the money more now. “I feel good about it. The department feels good about it. We’re helping out the city when we can.” In addition to the $75,000 just given to Park Hills, the department has

“I know everyone was surprised when Ruth Creighton left the fund, but it is starting to prove to be a real benefit to the taxpayers in the city. Saving more than $100,000 on the fire truck is a good thing,” Hellmann said.

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Tichenor students explore laws of motion


St. Henry school faculty members Cindy Lageman and Genene Sheridan dressed up as trees to celebrate earth day on Thursday, April 22. The second grade children have a recyclable program, the zoo came to teach the kindergarten and preschool about animals and their environmental impact on the planet. St. Henry was designated the Cool School of the week.


Dixie Heights students Victoria and Charlotte Kuhlman pass out snacks to students at River Ridge on April 23. The Kuhlmans collected ths snacks as part of a service learning project.

By Jason Brubaker

Sixth-grader Dustin Hoffman peered up at the ceiling of the Tichenor Middle School gym. “Next time, can we make it so the hovercraft takes me all the way up there?” he asked, pointing toward the rafters. “That would be awesome!” Hoffman and his classmates spent the afternoon on April 23 testing out their “hovercraft” with science teacher Linda Noll. Powered by the engine of a leaf-blower, the small, circular craft could float comfortably a few inches above the floor with a student sitting on it. To help reduce friction, a few other students helped guide the hovercraft around the gym, using their hands to keep it moving at a good pace. “It was cool being on it, because you felt like you were floating,” said Anthony Ventura. “I felt like I was going to fall off or slide off for a minute, but it was



Tichenor sixth-grader Dustin Hoffman enjoys a ride on the hovercraft while his classmates help reduce the friction by guiding him. cool.” The hovercraft has become an annual experiment with Noll’s class, as she teaches them about friction, gravity and other laws of motion. While the students are taking turns on the hovercraft, she quizzes the others, asking them how they could improve the design, what they can do to make it go faster, or what other factors in the gym might be hindering its progress. The students also have an “egg drop” project planned for next month, where they must build a container to try to keep an egg from breaking when dropped from various heights.

But while the egg drop day is always popular, Noll said the students probably love the hovercraft day even more. “This is always a fun day for them,” said Noll. “They enjoy it, and it allows them to see some of what we’ve been talking about put into action, so it helps them learn it.” Indeed, Ventura said getting on the hovercraft was better than simply trying to learn about the laws of motion out of a textbook. “When you get to do something and not just read about it, you actually see how it works a lot better,” he said. “This was a lot of fun.”

Digging in the dirt

Recently the fourth-grade class at Mary, Queen of Heaven School in Erlanger made a trip to Camp Ernst in Burlington to participate in science activities provided by the Boone County Extension Service. Earlier in the school year a 4-H officer visited the Garri Hunt’s fourth grade class to teach a variety of science topics and this trip to Camp Ernst was an extension of those activities. Cara Baute holding a crayfish she found with Emma Hanson standing behind her. Both girls are students at Mary Queen of Heaven school in Erlanger who were visiting Camp Ernst in Burlington.

Former River Ridge students still making an impact By Jason Brubaker

When Victoria and Charlotte Kuhlman were searching for a way to make an impact with a service learning project, they knew just the place to go. “We both went to River Ridge [Elementary], so it was a pretty easy decision to go back there,” said Victoria, a junior at Dixie Heights. “It just seemed like a perfect fit.” Wanting to help out the students on the free/reduced lunch program, the two sisters set out to collect non-perishable food items to give to the elementary students on weekends. They started a drive at Dixie Heights, and collected enough food to fill 40 paper bags, which were then distributed to the River Ridge students before they went home on Friday. “We wanted to give them some snacks and things like that to have for over the weekend,” explained Charlotte, a sophomore at Dixie. “We got a really good response from everyone at our school as far as donating, so I think it worked out pretty well.” Charlotte said the students collected items like granola bars, fruit snacks and juice boxes to put in the bags. They also put together a few specialty bags for students who may have had peanut allergies. After collecting all of the items, the two girls then decorated all of the bags to give them even more

of a personal touch. “We had done a few of them, and we realized that we were doing a lot of girl designs, so we figured we should try to draw a baseball or something on some of them,” said Charlotte, laughing. “We just wanted each of the kids to know that we put some effort into this, and that we cared about them.” River Ridge assistant principal Kelly Conner said she was grateful for the program, but not the least bit surprised by the Kuhlmans’ generosity. “They’re both such good kids, and they’re always looking for ways to help out here,” she said. “They’re terrific role models for all of our students here.” Victoria said they collected enough goods to have two distribution days at River Ridge, and they hope to make the program a regular occurrence in the next school year. She said they would also like to involve local businesses if possible. “It all depends on how many donations we can get, but we would definitely like to do this as much as we can,” she said. “It’s just a good way of giving back, and we like being able to make a positive impact.” Regardless of the future of the program, Conner said the Kuhlmans will always be welcome at River Ridge. “They’re two great kids who love to give back,” she said. “We’re just happy that they chose to do this here.”


Lauren Voss and Emma Hanson holding a millipede and an earthworm they found. Both girls are students at Mary Queen of Heaven school in Erlanger and on a field trip visiting Camp Ernst in Burlington. PROVIDED


Victoria and Charlotte Kuhlman pass out the sack lunches full of snacks to River Ridge students on April 23.


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First-graders from Beechgrove Elementary, Sierra Floyd, and Adrianna Wilson, participate in Earth Day activities.

Congratulations go to juniors, Alex Emerson, Alex Glavan, Khang Le, Josh Moorman, Brett Riedinger and Philip Ryan, who were accepted into the Governor's Scholars Program. The program will be hosted at three different colleges in Kentucky this summer: Bellarmine University, Centre College, and Morehead State University. The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders and to create models of educational excellence for teachers and students. The Commonwealth of Kentucky and private donors provide tuition, room, board, most class supplies, and program activities for those students who are accepted to participate. Candidates must fill out an application consisting of student and academic profiles along with teacher recommendations and an

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• Covington Catholic beat Highlands 4-1, April 20. Highlands’ Kevin Mason hit a double. • Lloyd beat Newport 121, April 20. Lloyd’s Addison Brown was the winning pitcher, and Sam Banta was 3-5, scored two homeruns and had four RBI. • Scott beat Calvary Christian 10-0 in five innings, April 20. Scott’s Zach Sowder pitched eight strikeouts, and Andrew Laughlin hit a double and had three RBI. • Conner beat Dixie Heights 5-4, April 21. • Highlands beat St. Henry 16-8, April 21. St. Henry’s Miller was 3-4. • Holy Cross beat Lloyd 61, April 22. Holy Cross’ Nick Ritter was the winning pitcher, and Conner Callery was 3-4, hit a triple and had two RBI. Lloyd’s Dylan McGuire was 23 and scored a homerun. • Bishop Brossart beat Scott 9-0, April 22. Scott’s Tara Wells hit a double.

This week in softball

• St. Henry beat Beechwood 15-0, April 20. St. Henry’s Noelle Butts was the winning pitcher, and Jen Hoff was 2-3 with three RBI and a homerun. • St. Henry beat Villa Madonna 12-0 in six innings, April 22. St. Henry’s Mamee Salzer pitched 13 strikeouts, and Abbey Kirkwood was 3-4 with two RBI and a homerun.

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After watching the St. Henry District High School boys’ track team from afar, Ernie Brooks is enjoying his close-up view as the team’s new head coach this year. Brooks came to St. Henry from Dayton High School, where he was a former track and is currently head cross country coach. “We’re experienced, probably 15-20 seniors, and that’s important,” Brooks said. “We’re deep, we have four or five guys who can run every event.” Brooks directed his Crusaders to victory in the Boone County track championships April 20 at Cooper. St. Henry scored 109 points to 91 for secondplace Boone County. The meet consisted of St. Henry and all five public

high schools in the county. Each school could only enter one athlete or relay per event. St. Henry won six of the 17 events. Justin Ziegler won the shot put and discus, setting a personal best in the discus. Cameron Rohmann won the 800 and was part of the 4x800 firstplace relay. Two-time state champ Ben Bessler won the high jump and Ross Emerson the triple jump. Brooks said the veteran team is stepping it up this year. “I tell them I go to these meets, put them in spots and I monitor things. You guys do all the work,” he said. “That’s a tribute to them.” St. Henry won the girls’ meet with 147 points to 98 for Cooper. It came three days after the Crusaders surprised head coach Tony Harden by


St. Henry’s Marissa Vujnovich wins the 200 at the Boone County championships. Cooper’s Jordan Hauck (right) was second, Conner’s Cierra Clark (far right) third and Walton-Verona’s Shelby Mullikan fourth.

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St. Henry’s Lindsey Hinken (left), Ryle’s Emily Gonzales and St. Henry’s Brendan Dooley run the 3,200 meters April 20 during the Boone County championships at Cooper. The boys’ and girls’ races were run together. Gonzales passed Hinken in the final lap to win the girls’ race, while Dooley finished third in boys’. winning the Heart of the Bluegrass meet in Lexington. That meet had 26 teams, many of them bigger schools. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Harden said. “We’re not where we want to be. The last two meets are really good positive signs of what these girls are capable of doing. These seniors want to end their careers on a positive note.” At the Boone meet, St. Henry won three of the four girls’ relays and six of the eight running events from five different athletes. Harden said several of the Crusaders set personal bests. Maria Frigo won the 800 and 1,600. Marissa Vujnovich, Carly McArtor, Paige Dooley, Abby Felthaus also won individual titles.


St. Henry’s Abby Felthaus won the 300 hurdles at the Boone County championships.


Team: St. Henry 109, Boone 91, Ryle 90, Conner 85, Walton-Verona 82, Cooper 62. 100: Jeff Tetteh (Boone) 10.6, Blake Kennedy (Conner) 11.1. 200: Mason Hutchinson (Cooper) 23.0, Blake Kennedy (Conner) 23.4. 400: Tyler Wyndham (Boone) 50.0, Nick Ballinger (Cooper) 50.9. 800: Cameron Rohmann (STH) 2:02.5, Trevin Petersen (WV) 2:04.4. 1,600: Trevin Petersen (WV) 4:34.4, Joseph Brendel (Conner) 4:44.7. 3,200: Jacob McIntyre (WV) 9:50.3, Sean Vandermosten (Conner) 10:04.1. 110 hurdles: Jeff Huntley (Ryle) 15.3, Ross Emerson (STH) 15.7.

300 hurdles: Zach MacAdams (WV) 41.9, Jeff Huntley (Ryle) 42.3. 4x100: Ryle 46.3 (Jeff Huntley, Jake Nutter, Trenton Fugate, Zhock Mason), STH 46.3 (Chris Rieger, Alexander Haacke, Zach Barnett, Joe Abdelghany). 4x200: Boone 1:37.3 (Austin Howell, Matt Behne, Jeff Tetteh, Brendan McGarr), Ryle 1:38.3 (Jake Nutter, Braden Fargo, Deion Mullens, Trenton Fugate). 4x400: Cooper 3:32.7, WV 3:36. 4x800: STH 8:19.6 (Cameron Rohmann, Nathan Mark, Ryan Anderson, Zach Haacke), Conner 8:21.8 (Trevor Jarvis, Sean Vandermosten, Jake Iles, Joseph Brendel). High jump: Ben Bessler (STH) 63, Brandon Brockman (WV) 5-8. Long jump: Jon McGarr (Boone)

20-11, Kiefer Eubank (Ryle) 19-6. Triple jump: Ross Emerson (STH) 40-9.5, Nick Stoller (Boone) 39-6.5. Shot put: Justin Ziegler (STH) 47-4, Anthony Boden (Conner) 396. Discus: Justin Ziegler (STH) 1217, Tanner Teepen (Ryle) 108-1.


Team: St. Henry 147, Cooper 98, Ryle 97, Walton-Verona 81, Boone 67, Conner 27. 100: Jordan Hauck (Cooper) 12.7, Adria Hearn (Ryle) 13.3. 200: Marissa Vujnovich (STH) 27.3, Jordan Hauck (Cooper) 27.4. 400: Carly McArtor (STH) 59.3, Demi Welte (WV) 1:02. 800: Maria Frigo (STH) 2:22.5,

Ashley Guevara (WV) 2:34.4. 1,600: Maria Frigo (STH) 5:23.1, Gabby Gonzales (Ryle) 5:35.2. 3,200: Emily Gonzales (Ryle) 12:19.1, Lindsey Hinken STH (12:20.8). 100 hurdles: Paige Dooley (STH) 17.1, Leighanne Schmoll (Cooper) 17.7. 300 hurdles: Abby Felthaus (STH) 50.9, Alexis Funke (Boone) 51.6. 4x100: WV 54.30 (Demi Welte, Taylor Cornelison, Shelby Burton, Maricel Schuler), STH 54.7 (Kirsti Ryan, Abby Felthaus, Melissa Spare, Paige Dooley). 4x200: STH 1:50.7 (Carly McArtor, Taylor Gamm, Marissa Vujnovich, Abby Felthaus), Cooper 1:55 (Jordan Hauck, Kelsey Grego-

ry, Brandy Deaton, Carly Kane). 4x400: STH 4:17.5, Boone 4:21.7. 4x800: STH 10:27.8 (Sierra Harlan, Ashley Svec, Lindsey Hinken, Taylor Gamm), Cooper 10:40 (Nikki Phillips, Carly Kane, Ashley Raney, Kelsey Gregory). High jump: Hannah Held (Cooper) 4-8, Katie Hahnel (STH) 4-8. Long jump: Shelby Mullikan (WV) 14-9.5, Paige Dooley (STH) 14-4.5. Triple jump: Kiersten Schmidt (WV) 31-9.5, Paige Dooley (STH) 31-3.5. Shot put: Scooby Williams (Ryle) 33-2, Meghan Helmer (STH) 32-1. Discus throw: Scooby Williams (Ryle) 90-0, Jennifer Helmer (STH) 85-4.

Young Juggernauts start strong in tennis By James Weber

This week in track and field

• Holy Cross girls placed third in the Jaguar Invitational at Cooper, April 23. Holy Cross’ Schneider won the shot put at 31 feet. • Holy Cross boys placed third in the Jaguar Invitational at Cooper, April 23. Holy Cross’ Smith won the 100 meter in 11.2, Marson won the 800 meter in 2:11.2, Robinson won the 1600 meter in 5:07.20, Holy Cross won the 4x100 meter relay in 46.1, and Merritt won the shot put at 42 feet, 2 inches.

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Crusaders sweep county titles

This week in tennis

• Holy Cross boys beat Walton-Verona 5-0, April 20. Holy Cross’ Evan Sullivan beat Reynolds 6-1, 6-1; Brian Scheper beat Lussi 6-2, 6-1; Mark Tewes beat Williams 61, 6-3; Marcus Lea and Jared Andrews beat C. Burns-D. Burns 6-1, 6-0; Drew Schaffer and Aerni beat Warren and Schmidt 6-3, 6-3. Holy Cross advances to 5-1 with the win. • Dixie Heights beat Cooper 3-2, April 20. Dixie’s Harrett beat Jake Honschopp 6-0, 57, 6-2; Spencer beat Thibault 6-7, 6-3, 6-0; Murray beat O’Brien 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. • Scott boys beat St. Henry 3-2, April 20. Scott’s Chadd Allender beat Bungenstock 6-2, 6-1; A.J. Berk beat Lally 6-0, 6-1; Jacob Anneken and Jimmy Hillmann beat Best and Keller 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. St. Henry’s Boelsher beat Corey Thompson 6-4, 6-0; Palazzo-Hils beat David Schumacher and Billy Henry 6-2, 6-0 Scott advances to 25 with the win. St. Henry falls to 3-6. • Lloyd beat Boone County 4-1, April 20. Lloyd’s Traci Bard beat Kuroyanagi 7-5, 61; Maria Wise beat Murga 2-6, 7-5, 6-2; Becca Knauss and Shelby Phillips beat Findlay and Caddell 6-2, 6-7, 6-2; Emily Lunn and Felicia Pelfrey beat Abdulle and Pendleton 6-4, 6-1. Lloyd advances to 62 with the win. • Highlands girls beat Holy Cross 5-0, April 20.



Lloyd freshman Shelby Phillips hits to St. Henry during her doubles match with teammate Becca Knauss.

A mostly fresh lineup has led to new success for the Lloyd Memorial High School girls’ tennis team. The Juggernauts are off to a 6-3 start this season in dual matches, including a big win in the Carroll County Tournament April 17. Lloyd went 3-0 in that tourney, beating Trimble County 5-0, Gallatin County 4-1 and Carroll County 3-2. “I was very pleased with how they played this weekend,” said head coach Rhonda Smith. “My freshmen are stepping up admirably. Some sophomores and juniors have stepped up and are doing an awesome job. They are competing at a higher level than I have ever seen.” Lloyd won the tourney with two returning starters

in Emily Lunn and senior Traci Bard. Four freshmen and two juniors new to the team also contributed to the wins. “I have 23 girls on the squad,” Smith said. “I have a lot of girls to choose from.” Bard, a senior and the most veteran of the players, went 3-0 in first singles at Carroll County and is 7-1 on the season. Shelly Martin, one of the freshmen, went 2-1 at second singles. Freshman Shelby Phillips was 3-0 at third singles, including the last match to finish against Carroll to break a 2-2 tie. “She didn’t show nerves and did what she had to do,” Smith said. Junior Becca Knauss and freshman Felicia Pelfrey were 3-0 at first doubles. Lunn was 1-2 at second


Lloyd players, from left, Shelby Phillips and Becca Knauss greet St. Henry’s Lisa Osterhage and Megan Doyle (far right) after St. Henry’s doubles tennis win April 22 at Lloyd. doubles, winning with freshman Hope Clark and losing once with Clark and once with junior Lacy Fox. Junior Maria Wise is also a returning starter and plays singles for Lloyd.

Upcoming matches include Bellevue, Dixie Heights and Ryle before they face Highlands in the first round of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference tournament May 3.

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Erlanger Recorder

April 29, 2010


Pioneers, Colonels win county track meet

The Kenton County track championships was a close, competitive affair this year. The three schools in the Kenton school district – Dixie Heights, Scott and Simon Kenton – got together April 20 at Dixie. Dixie won the girls’ title with 73 points to 56 for Simon Kenton and 52 for Scott. SK won the boys’ title with 77 points, edging Dixie by 1.5 points (75.5) while Scott had 27.5. The meet scored four per event except for two in relays, with five points for first place in each. Each school could only have two scorers in a given event. In the boys’ meet, Ryan Smith starred for Dixie with three individual event wins. Teammates Nathan McKinney and Chris Sikra each had one individual win and two relay titles. Simon Ken-

ton’s Sage Powell, Nik Brown and Jordan Hansel each had two wins. SK senior Allison Ponzer had four event wins including one relay. Dixie won nine events overall. Lyndsay Wehage and Hillary Jamison each had three, including two relays. Teammate McKenna Edgett won both hurdle events.


100: Sage Powell (SK) 11.77, Nik Brown (SK) 11.81. 200: Nik Brown (SK) 24.04, Kyle Hocker (DH) 24.13. 400: Nathan McKinney (DH) 53.46, Ryan Sowder (SC) 56.45. 800: Ryan Smith (DH) 2:04.42, Chris Palladino (SK) 2:07.63. 1,600: Ryan Smith (DH) 4:34.65, Matt Reekers (DH) 4:40.85. 3,200: Ryan Smith (DH) 10:09.06, Brett Pierce (SC) 10:20.24. 110 hurdles: Kyle Shearer (SK) 18.99, Chris Clark (SK) 21.01. 300 hurdles: Michael Strange (SK) 45.00, Trey Simmons (DH) 49.6. 4x100: SK 45.58 (Sage Powell, Nik Brown, Zihier Bailey, Miles Simpson), DH 49.71 (Joey Caudill, Alex Furman, Nathan Meyer, Zach Mohring).

4x200: DH 1:36.88 (Kyle Hocker, Joey Caudill, Nathan McKinney, Chris Sikra), SC 1:42.04 (Patricia Alsip, Alex Marksberry, Matt Morris, Tyler Kiefer). 4x400: DH 3:38.54 (Kyle Hocker, Nathan McKinney, Matt Reekers, Chris Sikra), SK 3:47.65 (Michael Strange, Derrick Mills, Miles Simpson, Chris Palladino). 4x800: SK 8:32.88 (Chris Palladino, Kody Hutchins, Michael Strange, Bain Fisk), DH 9:02.13 (Jacob Hartman, Billy Menkhaus, Michael Menkhaus, Matt Reekers). High jump: Zach Carroll (SK) 5-2. Pole vault: Chris Sikra (DH) 9-0, Kevin Cooper (SK) 8-6. Long jump: Matt Morris (SC) 170.25, Alex Marksberry (SC) 16-4.5. Triple jump: Miles Simpson (SK) 44-4, Sage Powell (SK) 44-3. Shot put: Jordan Hansel (SK) 458.5, Stephen Zumdick (DH) 39-3. Discus: Jordan Hansel (SK) 136-5, Derek Piccirillo (SK) 126-11.

14:02.34. 100 hurdles: McKenna Edgett (DH) 17.55, Taylor Jackson (SC) 17.83. 300 hurdles: McKenna Edgett (DH) 53.15, Ellen Jacobs (DH) 56.68. 4x100: SK 53.50 (Allison Ponzer, Kelsey Abel, Karley Abel, Christina Cook), DH 53.69 (McKenna Edgett, Hillary Jamison, Anna Ochs, Carly Walz). 4x200: DH 1:53.35 (Hillary Jamison, Anna Ochs, Paige Turner, Carly Walz), SC 1:59.22 (Morgan Fite, Leeann Meyer, Vivian Sowder, Leah Gibson). 4x400: DH 4:25.96 (Hillary Jamison, Anna Ochs, Carly Walz, Lyndsay Wehage), SC 4:52.70 (Hanna Dixon,

Kayla Braddock, Kristen Carter, Christina Nyguen. 4x800: DH 10:42.63 (Erica Bluford, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Hutchison, Lyndsay Wehage), SK 10:47.56 (Christina Cook, Mackenzie Hester, Caitlin Graham, Emily Damico). High jump: Hillary Jamison (DH) 50, Jen Fredley (4-8. Pole vault: Emily Litton (SC) 8-0,

Paige Turner (DH) 7-6. Long jump; Allison Ponzer (SK) 16-10, Katie Bell (SC) 15-2.25. Triple jump: Allison Ponzer (SK) 34-4, Misty Naegle (SK) 28-6.25. Shot put: Jenna Lehkamp (SC) 33-6.5, Sarah Austin (SK) 28-7. Discus: Sarah Austin (SK) 82-7, Kristen Pace (SK) 80-8.

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100: Allison Ponzer (SK) 13.04, Leah Gibson (SC) 14.13. 200: Paige Turner (DH) 29.63, Morgan Fite (SC) 29.64. 400: Christina Cook (SK) 1:02.23, Anna Ochs (DH) 1:03.84. 800: Lyndsay Wehage (DH) 2:32.72, Christina Cook (SK) 2:42.17. 1,600: Mackenzie Hester (SK) 5:59.18, Ally Tekulve (DH) 6:10.63. 3,200: Courtney Hutchison (DH) 13:25.65, Megan Radenhausen (SC)

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Time to nominate Sportsmen of Year More than 90,000 votes were cast in last year’s inaugural Community Press and Community Recorder Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year online contest. Now, it’s time for high school fan bases to rally once again for 2010. Here’s the gameplan: Online readers will select 30 high school athletes (half male, half female) on 15 different newspaper ballots in Ohio and Kentucky who meet the highest standards both on and off the field. In Kentucky, there will be a Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year winner for each of the three Northern Kentucky counties Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Voting occurs in two waves. Readers can nominate an athlete until April 29 by going to the page and clicking on the yellow/green Community Recorder Sportsman of the Year icon on the right side. In their nominations, they should explain why this athlete deserves the honor. The nominations will be used to create ballots that online readers will vote on from May 13 to midnight June 10. Online vistors will be able to vote more than once. The top vote-getters will be featured at and in your local newspaper June 24. Public voting on the nominations will begin May 13. As with sports, the greatest effort gets the greatest result in this contest. Questions? E-mail


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Sports & recreation

Northern Kentucky swim team nabs Ohio title The 14 and under Northern Kentucky Clippers Swim team has had a phenomenal short course 2009-2010 season, taking home the Ohio Junior Olympic State Title. That’s right – a Kentucky team won the Ohio State title. The final night of swimming at the 2010 Ohio Junior Olympics was not one for those who have a nervous stomach. Last year’s meet came down to the final night of swimming and the Clippers fell 37 points short of bringing home the trophy. This year the Clippers were a determined group of swimmers, coaches and fans that did not want to come home empty handed. In another gut-Wrenching night of swimming with a bunch of mentally and physically exhausted swimmers battling it out, they pulled off the win beating the second place Cincinnati Marlins by 35 and the third place defending champion Dayton Raiders by more than 200 points. “In all my years of coaching I have never seen our fans cheer so loud and


The Northern Kentucky Clippers swim team celebrates taking home the Ohio Junior Olympic State Title recently. be so much fun, they made such a big impact on the kids and coaches. The parents were great and a blast to watch,” Coach Melissa Meyer said.

Meet records

• 11-12 50 breaststroke – Mikey Summe :29.98. • 11-12 100 backstroke – KayLee Witkiewicz :58.21.

KayLee broke the one minute barrier in the 11-12 100 backstroke by going an impressive :58.12. This time broke Jenny Forster’s state record from 2001. This time ranks KayLee fourth in the USA currently this year for 1112s and 27th all time USA Swimming. • 11-12 100 breaststroke - Mikey Summe

:29.98. Mikey Summe(12) becomes the first boy in Ohio Swimming history to break 30 seconds in the 1112 50 Breaststroke by going a 29.98. This time puts him eighth overall in the United States this year and just out of the top 100 times in USA Swimming history.

Top 3 Finishes

• 13-14 girls 800 free relay – third • Lilly Morgan – 50 breaststroke – second. • Katie Summe – 50 breaststroke – third. • Mikey Summe – 50 breaststroke – first. • Sophie Skinner – 100 backstroke – first. • KayLee Witkiewicz – 100 backstroke – first.

• Max Shoyat – 50 butterfly first. • KayLee Witkiewicz – 50 butterfly – third. • Robbie Newman – 50 butterfly – second. • Sharli Brady – 100 butterfly – third. • Mikey Summe – 500 freestyle – third. • 10 & under boys 200 free relay – second. • 11-12 girls 400 medley relay – first. • 11-12 boys 400 medley relay – first. • Katie Summe – 11-12 girls 100 breaststroke – first. • Lilly Morgan – 11-12 girls 100 breaststroke – second. • Mikey Summe – 11-12 boys 100 breaststroke – first. • Sophie Skinner – 9-10 girls 50 freestyle – third. • KayLee Witkiewicz – 11-12 100 IM – first. • Lilly Morgan – 11-12 100 IM – second. • Sharli Brady – 13-14 400 IM – second. • 11-12 girls 200 free relay – first. • 11-12 boys 200 free relay – first. • 13-14 girls 200 free relay – second.

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Last week’s question

How did you spend, or how do you plan, to spend your tax refund? Was it more or less than last year? “I will spend my tax return supporting my Second Amendment!” Florence, Ky. “I applied my refund to my quarterly payments for the next year. It was about the same as last year.” G.G. “We got a little less than last year and will probably have to spend it on some home repairs that we've been putting off.” J.H. “Support FairTax!” “What tax refund?”

S.B. C.P.

“Our refunds were directdeposited into our checking account, and the first thing I did was write a check for the ‘fair share’ of the refunds for my wife, based on her separate income. “I put the rest of it into a sort of ‘escrow’ fund in our checking account. I’ve maintained that ‘escrow’ fund as a cushion against bouncing checks for many years now. (I treat it as an ‘outstanding check’ every time I balance my checking account each month.) “It was about the same as last year, because I always have a lot more withheld than necessary, because I enjoy the feeling of a big refund. However, I have had to dip into the escrow fund because of a landscaping project that has cost us over $3,000, and a driveway repair that will cost us some

Next question: Do you or would you let your high school-age child go on a spring break trip? Why or why not? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. more in the next few weeks. But I’m glad it was there!” B.B. “We used ours to pay the first quarter estimated taxes for 2010.” J.S.B. “As a practicing CPA, I suggest that substantial tax refunds are usually the result of poor prior year planning (interest free loan to the government) or unexpected events. “We usually try to owe the government at the end of the year, but this year we both got a refund because of energy credits, stimulus rebates and unexpected 401(k) contributions. We applied ours to 2010 estimated payments (first one due 15 April) for our self-employment businesses.” F.S.D. “We owed money to both the state and federal governments this year due to receiving Social Security. In years past we always got a refund for several hundred dollars which we used for short vacations before school let out.” R.V. “We don’t get refunds!”


“Refund? What refund? I work for the federal government and I still couldn’t figure out how to get any money back!” M.M.


In the ACT

Twelve Villa Madonna Academy seventh-graders qualified for the state recognition ceremony in the Duke University Talent Identification Program by scoring very competitively on the ACT or the SAT, college entrance tests usually taken by high school juniors. The ceremony will be held at Western Kentucky University May 28. Congratulations to: Kayla Kuris (left), Monica Spritzky, Eric Baugh, Jack Oldfield, Nicholas Boucher, Kelsey O’Sullivan, Amanda Werner, Regan Bales, Sarah Penney, Charissa Junker, Madison Trenkamp, Braxton Foote. In addition, Eric Baugh and Nicholas Boucher have been invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony to be held at Duke University in Durham, N.C., May 24. These two students are in the top 3 percent nationally of seventh-graders who have taken the ACT.

Judge-exec. comments on accusations in primary race I have sat back and watched the 2010 GOP Primary for county judge-executive unfold and said very little. But I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as a young man, his family and even worse; his wife’s family, is maligned for purely political purposes with absolutely no truth behind the allegations. It’s time to set the record straight. Scott’s [Kimmich] opponents are wrongly attacking him for a decision he had nothing to do with, the selection of a new jail site for the county jail in Independence. Let me explain. When I became judge I knew the window of opportunity for me to get a new jail underway was pretty small. Politicians had kicked this around since 1984, it was time for action. I cam into office and immediately began looking at sites. Most of the time I traveled alone however, on occasion Scott or Ralph Bailey, special projects manager, would accompany me as I looked at sites reviewed by my predecessors. After looking at some 30 sites, I settled on three locations that I believed would be

good. The county, at my direction, hired three local engineering firms to do a preliminary study on each site. My first choice was a site on Old State Route 17 in the Pleasure Isle area. But before I could make contact the owner sold the land to a local developer. My second choice was a site located in Independence and Jim Berling Engineers did the preliminary evaluation on this site. At this point I went to the fiscal court in closed session, which is perfectly legal, to discuss the property. When I revealed the location and name of the owners Scott immediately advised the fiscal court and county attorney that the proposed site was owned by a partnership in which his wife’s second and third cousins were involved and therefore he would not be taking part in any further activity on this site. After getting approval of the county commissioners and acting on the advice of the county attorney, I made contact with the sellers to get a purchase option. The county hired Scheopf &

Associates to do the appraisal. The seller hired Ralph Drees their own Community appraiser. Once Recorder we got the guest appraisals I negotiated the columnist purchase price, again with the full knowledge of the county commissioners and in consultation with the county attorney. We reached settlement on a negotiated price without having to go to condemnation. Once the site was selected and voted on by the fiscal court it became Scott’s job to work with me in trying to sell the site to the community. Scott simply did the job he was being paid to do despite the sometimes unpleasant circumstances in which he found himself. For Scott’s opponents to now accuse him of unethical activity in this situation is absolutely unfair and downright dishonest. Scott Kimmich was not a participant in the selection of the site or negotiations on the price of the land, period. Ralph Dress is the current Kenton County judge-executive.

Carpenter bees prefer unpainted wood


Freedom visit

Kenton Elementary student Jena Hickman gets a hug from Florence Freedom's Liberty. Jena is a second grader at Kenton and is excited about the upcoming Extreme Reading Program. The program allows students to earn Freedom tickets through reading.

Question: There are bumble bees living in round holes in the lumber around my deck. How can I kill them and keep them from coming back? Answer: Those are actually carpenter bees. In the spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large, black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests. The males are quite harmless, however, since they lack stingers. Female carpenter bees can inflict a painful sting but seldom will unless they are handled or molested. Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black; bumble bees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings. Despite their similar appearance, the nesting habits of the two types of bees are quite different. Bumble bees usually nest in the ground, whereas carpenter bees tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. Bare, unpainted or weathered

softwoods are preferred, especially redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. Painted or pressuretreated wood is much less susceptible to Mike Klahr attack. Common Community nesting sites Recorder include eaves, trim, columnist window fascia boards, siding, wooden shakes, decks and outdoor furniture. Carpenter bees overwinter as adults in wood within abandoned nest tunnels. They emerge in the spring, usually in April or May. After mating, the fertilized females excavate tunnels in wood and lay their eggs within a series of small cells. The cells are provisioned with a ball of pollen on which the larvae feed, emerging as adults in late summer. The entrance hole and tunnels are perfectly round and about the diameter of a pencil or the end of your finger. Coarse sawdust the color of fresh cut wood will often be present beneath the entry hole, and burrowing sounds may be heard from within the wood. Female carpenter bees may

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excavate new tunnels for egg-laying, or enlarge and reuse old ones. The extent of damage to wood which has been utilized for nesting year after year may be considerable. Carpenter bees prefer to attack wood which is bare, weathered and unpainted. Therefore, the best way to deter the bees is to paint all exposed wood surfaces, especially those which have a history of being attacked. Wood stains and preservatives are less reliable than painting, but will provide some degree of repellency versus bare wood. To further discourage nesting, garages and outbuildings should be kept closed when carpenter bees are actively searching for nesting sites. Liquid sprays of carbaryl (Sevin), or a synthetic pyrethroid (e.g., permethrin or cyfluthrin) can be applied as a preventive to wood surfaces which are attracting bees. Although carpenter bees are less aggressive than wasps, female bees provisioning their nests will sting. Control treatments are best performed at night when the bees are less active, or while wearing protective clothing. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.



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Trisha Rayner sits at her desk at the R.C. Durr YMCA.

Rayner embraces challenges at YMCA By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

Trisha Rayner really loves her job as executive director of the R.C. Durr YMCA, and it shows. For three years she has managed to make the Y a hub of the community, and that is where she thinks it should be – a resource offering programs and services, connecting people to the things they need and want in their community. “The Y is not just a building, but a way to support families and businesses and schools,” Rayner said. “Everybody knows the Y as the place where you had your first swimming lesson, and it is still that, but it is so much more now.” There are 175 employees in the Y, and Rayner knows them all. She considers everything her concern, and has been seen playing dodge ball with new camp

counselors, or doing homework with the children in the after school program. “Trisha is, in a word, a leader,” said Kirk Kavanaugh, director of Boone County Human Services. “She doesn’t take the path of least resistance, but rather seeks the best and most equitable response to difficult challenges. As important, she remains humble despite her successes.” “Life is about relationships with people,” Rayner said. “Everyday we all go about building relationships and trust with the people in the community. This is what I have in my mind as I do my job – building trust and helping people.” “Catch a Star” recognizes individuals who go the extra mile in community service or through the customer service they provide in their job. To make a nomination, send a brief note to Nancy Daly at

THINGS TO DO Farmers’ market

The Boone County Farmers’ Market returns to the corner of Route 18 and Camp Ernst Road May 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will continue to be open seven days a week with those same hours. The market features fresh produce directly from the farmer and will have everything from apples to zucchini. For more information, visit The market is located right next to the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service in Burlington.

Newport’s circus

While enjoying the many activities, shops and restaurants located at Newport on the Levee, make sure to experience the Amazing Portable Circus (photo) from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. April 30. The Amazing Portable Circus is known for its stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters and balloon animals. They will be entertaining the Newport on the Levee customers in front of the Cold Stone Creamery. For more information on the circus, visit amazing-


Tony Schmidt adds some oil to the plane before taking off on an Angel Flight on April 21. Schmidt, a Villa Hills resident, has been participating in the Angel Flight program for about five years.

Angels in the cockpit By Jason Brubaker

Tony Schmidt took one final look at the fuel guage before turning his attention to 4-year-old Braiden Sullivan in the backseat of the sparkling white four-seater Cessna airplane. “Okay buddy - you know the deal,” he said before turning his attention back to the instrument panel. “If you need something or you get too cold, just knock me in the side of the head. Just don’t do it too hard.” Braiden giggled and nodded his head. “I’m ready to go now - let’s fly,” he said. “Let’s fly” is the unofficial motto for Schmidt, a Villa Hills resident and volunteer for Angel Flight, a non-profit program that allows pilots to transport patients with specialized medical needs who may have difficulty covering the cost of a flight. In the Greater Cincinnati area, that usually means working with patients from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. A volunteer in the Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic branch for about five years, Schmidt estimates he completes 10-15 flights each year, with most of them involving children. “I love to fly and I love being able to help out children, so this is a great fit for me,” said Schmidt, who got his pilot’s certification when he has was 17. “I wanted to find a way to get involved, and this is something that I have really enjoyed being a part of.” Schmidt is a member of a flying


Braiden Sullivan, 4, prepares to fly home to Missouri on an Angel Flight. Sullivan was receiving treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. club, giving him access to five small planes he can use for Angel Flights, which travel within a 300-mile radius of Cincinnati. Schmidt covers all of the costs, including fuel, maintenance and supplies, for each Angel Flight, a figure he said averages out to around $500 per flight. During his time in the program, he said he’s flown to a number of places including Mount Vernon, Ill., Johnstown, Pa., Bristol, Tenn., Lima, Ohio and even Washington, D.C. For his efforts, Schmidt has twice been named “Kentucky Pilot of the Year” by Angel Flight. Or to plan an evening on the levee, visit

Knife show

The National Knife Collector Association Knife Show will take place April 30 to May 2 at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell. Antique, new, custom and military knives will be on display from more than 150 dealers. For times, tickets and more information, visit or call 513-574-0899. The Drawbridge Inn is located at 2477 Royal Drive.


Tony Schmidt helps Braiden Sullivan unload some luggage upon landing at the Mount Vernon Airport, where Sullivan and his grandmother caught another Angel Flight to get home.

“That was an honor, but I certainly don’t do this for any recognition,” he said. “I just enjoy being able to do my part to help out these families who need it.” Nancy Jolley, Braiden’s grandmother, said they’ve been using the Angel Flight program for over a year now, ever since Braiden badly injured his legs in a lawn-mower accident. Needing specialized care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she said they’ve taken multiple flights from their home in Springfield, Mo., to Cincinnati, and have flown with Schmidt several times in that period. “This program is just a lifesaver,” she said. “It’s been so awesome - I can’t even put it into words how much it has helped us.” Braiden, as happy and playful as any 4-year-old, agrees. “It’s fun to get up in the plane and go whoosh!” he said, demonstrating a plane movement with his hands. Schmidt, who owns his own business to allow for a flexible schedule, said he plans to continue doing Angel Flights as long as possible. In 2009, Angel Flight assisted more than 2,100 clients nationally, and with a rough economy, that number is expected to grow this year. “It’s a great feeling to be able to help out,” he said. “I just think this is a great program, and any way I can help out is my pleasure.” For more information about Angel Flights, visit

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The London Police Ride Again, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The BLDG, 30 W. Pike St. New original works of Cincinnati- and Kentucky-themed paintings and videography. Free. 491-4228; Covington.


Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. $5. 291-2300; Covington.


Go Green Fashion Friday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Lexus RiverCenter, 633 W. Third St. Ecofriendly fashion show with trends by Mustard Seed Boutique and Alternative Motive. Lexus lease and bracelet giveaways. Cocktails available. Free. Presented by Cincy Chic. Covington.


Garden Mart, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave. Annuals, perennials, herbs and pass-alongs. Gardeners available. Lunch available. 431-1786. Covington.


Celebrate Dia’, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Multicultural storytimes, crafts, music and dancing. Face painting available from 7:158:15 p.m. and each family will receive free children’s book while supplies last. Celebration ends with international parade led by library’s dragon mascot, Tales. Native country’s colors or costumes encouraged. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Burlington.


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.


Ricky Nye Inc. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. 491-8027. Covington.


Quasi, 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $13, $10 advance. 431-2201. Newport. NOFX, 8 p.m. With Teenage Bottlerocket and Tony Sly of No Use For a Name. Fermented and Flailing 2010 tour. Doors open 7 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. $22. Presented by Mad Hatter. 491-2444. Covington.


Midnight Rain, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence.


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.


Last Call, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, $3. 746-3600. Florence.


Dawn Woods, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sidebar, 322 Greenup St. $3. 513-675-3885. Covington.


The Whammies, 10 p.m. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 491-6200. Newport. The Truth Band, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $5. KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 344-1413. Crescent Springs. Sunset Betty, 10 p.m. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Free. 342-7000. Erlanger.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m. Ryle High School, 10379 U.S. 42, Theater. Classical musical comedy. $8, $5 seniors and students, $3 children. 384-5000, ext. 133; Union.


Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Gilligan, the Skipper, too, the millionaire and his wife (et cetera) are cast away in a musical version by the creator of the TV classic. $15, $12 seniors and students. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through May 15. 513-479-6783. Newport. Belles, 8 p.m. Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave. The six Walker sisters hail from Memphis, but now they are scattered all over the country. Characters and conflicts emerge through phone calls among the sisters. $12. Through May 1. 392-0500. Fort Thomas. Spring Fling, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Fresh sketch comedy and vibrant rock ‘n’ roll celebrate life, love and laughter. $20-$30. Through June 12. 957-7625; Newport.


Todd Keene and the Power Team, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Men, many weighing more than 300 pounds, will display explosive feats of strength while encouraging people to live a positive life. Free. 980-0269; Burlington.


National Knife Collector Association Knife Show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, New and antique production, custom and military knives on display from more than 150 dealers. $7. Presented by National Knife Collectors Association. 513-574-0899; Fort Mitchell. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 1


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Zumba Class, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. $10. 291-2300. Covington.


Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road, From apples to zucchini, and everything in between. With perennial plants, there are annuals and hanging baskets for all occasions. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 586-6101. Burlington.


Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Kermit Lynch: Try some French and Italian wines for spring and summer. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, Free. 291-2550; Covington.


Garden Mart, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 431-1786. Covington.

Sheer Fantasy, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, $3. 746-3600; Florence.


“Altered” CD Release Show, 9 p.m. With 513 and Chakras. Doors open 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. $5. 4912444. Covington. Taproot, 7 p.m. Taking Dawn, Ice Nine Kills, Destrophy. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. $13. 291-2233; Covington. Southern Junction, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Riverside Marina Bar and Grill, 145 Mary Ingles Highway (Ky. 8), Presented by Riverside Marina. 442-8111; Dayton, Ky.



Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 426-1042. Crestview Hills.

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 586-6101. 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. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427; Covington.


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.



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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. Family friendly. Free. 581-4555. Covington. Mark Anthony Smith Fundraiser, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Music by Sun Red Sky. Cash bar, snacks, raffles and silent auction raffles. Benefits Mark Anthony Smith. $20. 426-0490. Fort Wright.


Leon Russell will perform at the Madison Theater Thursday, May 8, with Johnny Fink and the Intrusion at 8 p.m. Russell has played with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones and many other well-known bands. To find out more about Russell, visit Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 491-2444 or by visiting

Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m. Ryle High School, $8, $5 seniors and students, $3 children. 384-5000, ext. 133; Union.

Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 seniors and students. 513-479-6783. Newport. Belles, 8 p.m. Village Players, $12. 392-0500. Fort Thomas. Spring Fling, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 957-7625; Newport.


Todd Keene and the Power Team, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. First Church of Christ, Free. 9800269; Burlington.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 1 p.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.


Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, 5 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Includes Shimmers gift certificate prizes. Free. 426-0490. Fort Wright. Todd Keene and the Power Team, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. First Church of Christ, Free. 9800269; Burlington.


National Knife Collector Association Knife Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, $7. 513-574-0899; Fort Mitchell. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3

FARMERS MARKET Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. LECTURES

Growing Up Amish, 11 a.m.-noon, Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St. Kate Scudder House. Roy Miller shares experience on growing up in an Amish community. Ages 12 and up. Lecture preceded by continental breakfast at 10 a.m. Free. 342-8305. Covington.



National Knife Collector Association Knife Show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, $7. 513-574-0899; Fort Mitchell.

Fireplace Comedy, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Open-mic night for area comedians. Family friendly. Free. 431-2326. Covington.

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Mayfair Garden Party, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St. Silent auction, bake sale, lunch and guest speaker. Benefits Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. Ages 18 and up. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Salvation Army. 513-231-5653; Covington.


Hex Squares, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.


TV Camera and Editing Course, 6 p.m. Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, 3414 Decoursey Pike, Second floor. Class series includes orientation, field and studio production and non-linear editing. Continues second and third Thursday and fourth Monday. Boone and Kenton county residents only. Free. Registration required. 261-1300. Latonia.


Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, 7 p.m. Shimmers, Free. 426-0490. Fort Wright.

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Friendly Steppers, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream and plus-level square dance club for experienced square dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.


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.


Mainly Meatless, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn tips and tricks for ensuring balanced and healthy food plan without relying on meat as main source of protein. For seniors. Free. 586-6101; Burlington.


Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.


Tough Plants for Tough Sites in the Landscape, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn which trees, shrubs and flowers are toughest for various sites and uses in any climate or weather condition. Free. 586-6101; Burlington.


Adoption Support Group, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cornerstone Church of God, 3413 Hillcrest Drive, Covers adoption topics allowing time to share. Free. Presented by Adoption Support Group. 380-7325. Erlanger. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 4

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. FARMERS MARKET

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.


Perennials for Seasonal Beauty, 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn how to select and maintain perennials to create year long interest in your landscape. Free. Registration required. 5866101; Burlington. PROVIDED

See Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang and Jian Tong, pictured, skate with Smuckers Stars on Ice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at U.S. Bank Arena. Also on the tour are 2010 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott, silver medalist Sasha Cohen, World Champion Todd Eldredge, bronze medalist Michael Weiss and more. Tickets are $26.50-$131.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit


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


Cirque du Soleil - Alegria comes to The Bank of Kentucky Center Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2. Pictured is the tribal and magical Fire-Knife Dance from a previous performance. “Alegria” is a mood piece about the passage of time, youth, old age and the handing down of power. It features artists using trapeze, hand balancing, manipulation and clowns and singers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 29-30 and May 1; 3:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1; and 1 and 5 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $97-$42 for adults and $78-$34 for ages 2-12; plus fees. Visit


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Dealing with our Whatifs and Worries

“Last night while I lay thinking here, some Whatifs crawled inside my ear, and pranced and partied all night long, and sang their same old Whatif song:… Whatif I start to cry? Whatif I get sick and die? … Whatif nobody likes me? Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?” In this poem in, “A Light in the Attic,” author Shel Silverstein describes many of the worries that beset childhood minds. But don’t forget that the Whatifs grow up with us. For even as adults we have our own Whatifs crawling inside our ears at night, don’t we? For us, their content is different. They suggest such other things such as, “Whatif our love doesn’t last? Whatif the kids grow up too fast? Whatif my job is lost? Whatif I get a rotten boss? Whatif that ache is something serious? Whatif I age and become delirious?

Whatif I didn’t lock the house? Whatif I’m left by my spouse?” Worries are a constantly buzzing around our heads. If we Father Lou take them seriGuntzelman ously, they destroy peace of Perspectives mind, develop suspicions, and diminish enjoyment. They always threaten us with woeful events allegedly waiting around the corner. It doesn’t matter that studies show 80 percent of our worries never happen. Then we worry that the studies are wrong – especially in our case. What to do about handling our worries? First, make the distinction between angst and anxiety. Angst is the German word for the

anticipatory dread that is present in all of us as we recognize just how vulnerable we are. Angst is existential, which means it comes along with existing as a human being. Though we develop strategies to avoid it, there is no person who avoids all worries. So, what to do? For one thing, do not deny the fact that some stress or angst comes along with the living of life. As analyst James Hollis Ph.D. states, “An acceptance of this angst as normal is healthy; its denial is pathological, and will sooner or later result in some lifeestranging behavior, or worse, the trivialization of the journey.” Anxiety, on the other hand, is a free-floating condition which may be activated by almost any specific event in our lives: such as giving a speech before a large crowd, going through an important interview, a court appearance,

a medical operation, a wedding ceremony, etc. Its intensity is partly determined by one’s particular history. The more unsettled one’s family of origin, cultural setting, or environment was, the more anxiety is usually experienced. Beneath an anxiety one is going through there is usually buried a thread that reaches back to a childhood fear. It’s greatly advantageous to us to discover our early fear that still exercises such power over us. To be free entirely of angst or anxiety in our lives is unrealistic. That’s good to remember as we try to contain our worries. It also enables us to have a certain compassion for not only for ourselves but also for others. To possibly alleviate anxiety, someone has remarked that we already know the worst that can happen to us. We will die someday. Can we

be aware of that and still live as fully as possible all the days and years God gives us? Hollis believes we can help ourselves in dealing with our worried anxiety if we (1) accept the normality of anxiety, (2) seek the roots of the identifiable fears in our anxiety, then (3) simply do the best we can in living our lives fully, and forgive the rest. We are more important than what we fear. A great move toward personal liberation is accomplished when we can acknowledge our existential angst directly, know ourselves to be fragile beings clinging to a spinning planet hurtling through space, and at the same time be grateful for such a grand ride. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Air duct cleaning not a necessity, regardless of deal I’ve reported on this in the past but feel compelled to do it again because I’m seeing several companies advertising for air duct cleaning. The ads say the companies will clean your air ducts for as little as $39 or $49. But, the need for such cleaning is very questionable. Brent Melvin responded to one such ad for his Amelia house and now says he regrets it. “When I was on the phone I asked them about the ad, about it being $49, and she said, ‘Yes, $49, for the number of vents,’ ” said Melvin. After he ordered the cleaning and the technicians came to his house, they immediately began working and then presented a bill. “They really didn’t explain the bill but said it’s $2,000 to get everything done,” he said. Melvin objected to the cost, which covered everything from cleaning mold they said they found on a brand-new humidifier to cleaning dust mites. The technician then wrote up another bill. Melvin said the technician told him, “Well, if all you want is what we did


then it’s going to cost this much.” T h a t price was a b o u t $590, and elvin Howard Ain M says he Hey Howard! told them that was still way too high. “I said four or five times, I said, ‘I don’t have that kind of money,’ ” he said. Melvin said the charge came as quite a surprise. “I said, ‘If I would have known before you did this I wouldn’t have had this done – because that’s why I called you was the ad for $49.’ He said, ‘Well that’s what we did.’ ” Reluctantly, Melvin said he ended up paying $553, because that’s as low as the supervisor on the phone would approve. “I felt like I was kind of forced and I couldn’t say, ‘OK, well leave.’ They were already packing up and getting ready to leave after they did the job,” he said. Later, Melvin inspected the air ducts and found uncovered holes – and vents that will no longer fit into the duct work. “I guess they didn’t put this vent back on and they

broke it off and didn’t say anything. I couldn’t put it back up so I just put duct tape over the hole they left,” he said. Under Ohio law you must be given an estimate for the cost of the work to be performed. The estimate can be either written, oral, or you can sign that you don’t want to get any estimate at all. You just can’t be given a bill after the work is already done. In addition, Ohio law requires you to get a tear-off cancellation form with the contract – a form you send back to the firm within three days if you wish to cancel. Melvin didn’t get a tearoff cancellation form so I told him to write the company and cancel now. He did that and has now received all his money back. The company is also paying for another firm to come over and repair the problems caused by the duct cleaning company. You need to know the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. It said studies show dust adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space. In fact, the

EPA does not recommend air ducts be cleaned routinely. Howard Ain answers consumer


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Eat like a winner with Derby Day recipes the word “farm” never enters my vocabulary, since we don’t own one. Yes, our home sits at the end of an old country road, but unlike some of the homes on the road, ours is fairly new. And you can see my clothes hanging on the line from the highway opposite our field. Although we grow a whole lot of different kinds of produce and have a nice amount of fruit trees, we

I guess it’s a matter of perception. When I talk about my little patch of heaven Rita here in Heikenfeld C l e r m o n t Rita’s kitchen C o u n t y , someone will usually come up and ask to visit “the farm.” I have to laugh, because

don’t have a country estate. The whole point is you don’t need a plow and the lower 40 to create your own Garden of Eden.

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From the Brown Hotel in Louisville. This is the real deal – I called the hotel and verified the recipe. They were so accommodating. I don’t know if I can wait until Derby Day to make this. The notes in parentheses are mine.


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Ingredients (Makes two hot browns):

2 ounces butter (1⁄4 cup) 2 ounces all-purpose flour (1⁄2 cup) 1 quart heavy cream (I’d use whipping cream) 1 ⁄2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish Salt and pepper to taste 14 ounces sliced roasted turkey breast 2 slices of Texas toast (crust trimmed) 4 slices of crispy bacon 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half Paprika and parsley In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about two to three minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese.

Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

Mint juleps

Make a simple syrup: combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and a generous 1⁄2 cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves in a pan. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain. Fill your frozen goblets (or even regular glasses, not frozen) with crushed ice and pour about 4 ounces good bourbon and 1⁄4 cup mint syrup in each. Go to taste on this! Top each with a sprig of mint and a straw which has been trimmed to barely come up to the top of the cups.

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Go to Rita’s column online at for her clone of the beloved Kentucky Derby pie.

Rick Bayless’ Mexican chimichurri sauce

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo coming up. Rick is one of the most talented chefs I’ve met. One of my favorites during a class he taught for me was a delicious grilled shrimp marinade that doubled as a dipping sauce.

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Each Thursday morning at 7:20 on Sacred Heart Radio 740AM, I talk with Brian Patrick about Bible herbs and foods. This week it’s how to make a Mary Garden. Visit for all the good info plus relevant recipes. Here’s how Rick did it: Set a dry skillet over medium heat. Lay 1⁄2 head of unpeeled garlic cloves and 3 serrano chilies in the pan. Roast, turning frequently, for about 10 minutes for the chilies and 15 minutes for the garlic, or until soft and blotchy brown in spots. Let cool until they can be handled, and then slip the skins off the garlic and pull the stems off the chilies and, wearing rubber gloves, roughly chop (no need to remove the seeds). Place in a food processor along with 1 bunch each cilantro and parsley (lower stems removed), 1⁄2 cup olive oil, and up to 2 teaspoons salt. Process until nearly smooth (it will be pasty). Remove 1⁄3 cup and stir in 3 tablespoons water. This will be your extra sauce for dipping, whatever. Use the remaining sauce to brush on shrimp, poultry, beef, etc. and grill as desired. 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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Turfway offers Derby day options May 1 Kentucky Derby fans who head to Turfway Park on Saturday, May 1, will find a range of options for enjoying the “greatest two minutes in sports” all day long. Those in the mood to party can choose The Biggest Derby Party in Town, with music from Naked Karate Girls, handicapping and hat contests, prizes from Pure Romance, Budweiser, and Anne Sawyer Fabulous Hats, and a chance to win a $50 wagering voucher. Traditional fare such as

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HIV education class offered The Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering a continuing education course on HIV for health care providers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at the Health Department’s District Office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. This course covers basic medical information about HIV disease, progression, transmission and prevention; management of HIV in the workplace; legal issues; statistics; and local resources for HIV testing and case management. This course will cost $20 per person. A check made out to the Northern Kentucky Health Department or cash is payable at the time of class. Scholarships are available. Two Continuing Education Units are available for some professions, including: athletic trainers, chiropractors, dentists, dental hygienists, Emergency Medical Technicians, nurses, optometrists, and social workers. The class is limited to 30 participants. Please register by May 7 by calling 3414264 or online at For more information about this class, please call Bob Ford at 859-363-2085.


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Cavalcade of Homes features ‘green’ certified houses The 2010 Cavalcade of Homes, presented in partnership by the Home Builders Associations of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, will featured 46 homes on the tour, including several that are “Green” certified. These “Green houses” not only demonstrate the best building practices for protecting the environment, but also help consumers save money. Cavalcade of Homes is free to the public and allows visitors to tour new homes through-

out Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for three consecutive weekends - continuing May 1 & 2 and May 8 & 9 and having started April 24 & 25. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. each day. One of the questions that Cavalcade will help prospective home builders and buyers answer is how does someone know if their home is truly being built Green? A good Green program will be third party inspected and certified. There are many programs for

Green, The National Green Build Standard program by the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is the only program that has been third party certified itself. It has been certified by ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) as to what a Green Program is. Without a knowledgeable unbiased third party inspection, all consumers have is someone telling them it’s Green. “There is a lot of confusion about Green because of all the

Green washing of products,” said Tom Spille, Vice President of Spille Builders, which built and certified the first Green Build KY (GBKY) home in Northern Kentucky and has two Green certified houses in this year’s Cavalcade. According to Spille, there are many levels of Green and Energy Star. Depending on how Green or Efficient consumers want to be will determine the savings. A typical certified Green home can reduce green house gases. Such


3-4 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) per year 25 – 30 lbs of Sulfur Dioxide per year 10 – 15 lbs of Nitrogen Oxides per year This can be equivalent to taking a lot full of cars off the roads. Energy savings can be $400 - $1000 a year or more.

For more information about the 2010 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Cavalcade of Homes and Green building programs, visit or call 859-331-9500.

RELIGION NOTES The Tri-City unit of Church Women United (CWU) will host its annual Friendship Day celebration at 6 p.m. May 7 at Burlington Baptist Church. The evening’s program will be based on Nehemiah 1-6 (And So the Wall Was Built), and the bible study will be led by Rev. Audrey DuPuy. The event is free and open to women of all faiths and beliefs. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish for the potluck supper, loose change for the Fellowship of the Least Coin offering, and receiving blankets which will be sent to

Church World Service disaster relief. For more information, call Joan Morgan at 525-7599. Burlington Baptist Church is located at 3031 Washington St.

First Church of Christ

Abby Rike, a contestant on NBC’s reality series, “The Biggest Loser,” is bringing her message of hope, weight loss, health and wellness to the First Church of Christ in Burlington May 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Burlington Elementary PTA to

help fund the construction of a walking track around its playground. For tickets and more information, email Melody Hoppius at or call 392-0157. The event is being sponsored by Melody’s Boot Camp Fitness. For information about the boot camp, visit The First Church of Christ is located at 6080 Camp Ernst Road.

Gloria Dei Lutheran

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Crestview Hills will

host a community blood drive May 24 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati for the blood drive. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed parental consent) and in good health to donate blood. They also must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification. It is recommended that donors eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours before donating. To schedule an appointment: Sign up at the church or call 485-7600. Priority will be given to donors who have scheduled an appointment.

Walk-in donors are welcome and will be seen as soon as possible. The Hoxworth donor bus will be parked at the church located at 2718 Dixie Hwy.



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Organizations team up to help Grant students A couple days a month at Grant County High School, nearly 20 students skip class to make a difference in the lives of younger children in the school district. There’s no punishment for missing math or science; in fact, these students are setting a terrific example, serving as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to kids who need someone to look up to. Right now, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council to bring a Robotics program to the Bigs and their Little Brothers and Little Sisters. The elementary and high school students work

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together in pairs and in groups to help each other build and run their own robots. Debbie Mollette, coordinator of the school-based mentoring side of Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been thrilled with the reaction to the robotics program. “The kids run in the room asking what ‘programming’ they are going to learn about today. You can see the excitement and eagerness on their faces and we pretty much have to drag them away when it’s time to finish up,” she said. This is the third consecutive year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati has coordinated mentoring programs in Grant County, and the first time the Girl Scouts have been involved. Meghan McGee, with the Scouts, says they’ve been working to increase numbers of older Girl Scouts in Grant County and wanted to reach out to young people

who are already community-minded, so they chose to partner with BBBS. Boys are also taking part in the program, and together, all the groups are mastering the arts of creating and maneuvering their robots. The Grant County matches meet twice a month, with the Littles coming from Dry Ridge Elementary. Both the school and the agency hope to increase those visits, but for now, the busing costs are too high to allow the Bigs and Littles to get together more often. They’re hoping for three times a month next year. If you’re interested in becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati as a volunteer mentor, call (513) 421-4120. You can also go to for information and an application.

Shelter, store offer microchip tagging It's every pet owner's worst nightmare. Fluffy or Fido is lost. While a collar with a current identification tag is most common way to ensure a pet's safe return, sometimes a pet slips out of a yard or house without a collar. Or, a collar can get caught on a branch or fence, leaving the pet with no identification. Without proper identification, 90 percent of lost pets are never reunited with their owners. Microchipping is a permanent form of identification that is always with a pet. The microchip is about the size of a small grain of rice and is injected under the pet's skin. Each microchip has an individual code that links the pet and the pet owner's contact information. To make microchipping affordable to most pet

The microchip is about the size of a small grain of rice and is injected under the pet's skin. owners, the Kenton County Animal Shelter is offering Microchip Mondays, sponsored by Pets Plus of Taylor Mill. For only $20, pet owners can have their pets microchipped at the shelter located at 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell on Mondays, between the hours of 10:30 a.m .and 4:30 pm. No appointment is necessary. As an added bonus, pet owners will receive a free engraved ID tag courtesy of Pets Plus for every microchip purchased. “Most of the strays who wind up at our shelter are

wearing no identification and are not microchipped,” said Dan Evans, Kenton County Animal Shelter Director. “Unless their owners physically visit the shelter and identify the lost pet, that pet will not be reunited with its family. “However, if a stray pet is microchipped, it is truly the pet's ticket home. Instead of waiting at the shelter for days for his family to locate him, the shelter can quickly call the owner and arrange for the pet to be retrieved, saving time and, more importantly, heartache.” For more information about Microchip Mondays, please call the Kenton County Animal at (859) 356-7400 or Pets Plus at 5054 Old Taylor Mill Rd. Taylor Mill, 859-4315776.




Daryl Beal

Daryl A. Beal, 39, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Covington, died April 16, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte. He was a sales person for The Whipkey Corporation (Miracle-Ear), N.C. Survivors include his wife, Adrian Allen of Charlotte; mother, Mary Simpson of Elsmere; son, Elijah Sneed of Fort Myers, Fla.; sisters, Dwana Meagher of Cincinnati, Deana Beal of Hebron, Kendra Young of Elsmere; brother, Dwight Beal of Burlington, Dwayne Beal of Erlanger and Kenny Young of Elsmere; maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Marian Meagher. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Carole Binzer

Carole Binzer, 67, Erlanger, died April 20, 2010, at her home. She was a hospice nurse for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Survivors include her husband, John Binzer; daughters, Jennifer Portwood of Florence, Marisue Simms of Independence and Betsy Emerson of Burlington; sons, Mark Binzer of Erlanger and Timothy Binzer of White Bear Lake, Minn.; sister, Pat Lindenschmidt of Cincinnati and seven grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Parish Kitchen, P.O. Box 1234, Covington, KY 41052; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Sue Curran

Sue Ellen Curran, 49, of Norwood, Ohio, formerly of Covington, died April 20, 2010, at her home. She worked as a cashier. Survivors include her mother, Lula Mae Bushong of Covington; brothers, George Bushong Jr. of Demossville, Timothy Bushong of Largo, Fla., John Bushong of Covington and Robert Bushong of Virginia; sisters, Brenda Noble of Walton and Rebecca Hill of Arizona; and fiancĂŠ, Lloyd Taylor of Norwood. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Floral Hills Funeral Home of Taylor Mill handled the the arrangements.

Louis Darpel

Louis Charles Darpel, 86, of Olathe, Kan., formerly of Covington, died April 18, 2010, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Kan. He worked for 34 years with the United States Department of Agriculture and a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Korte Darpel; brothers, Bernie, Bob,

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Larry, Charlie and George Darpel; sisters, Charlotte Birch, Helen Hurm, Anna Hammons, and Margie Duncan; 18 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kan. Memorials: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 300 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67202.

Edward Gerner

Edward Carl Gerner, 90, of Covington, formerly of Fort Thomas, died April 21, 2010, at St. Charles Care Center, Covington. He was salesman for the Keebler Cookie Company and a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. His wives, Edith Scherder Gerner and Virginia Zier Gerner, died previously. Survived include his daughters, Holly Ruschman of Erlanger, Pam Kramer of Edgewood and Linda Herms of Alexandria; sons, Ed Gerner of Saratoga, N.Y. and Frank Gerner of Alexandria; brother, William Gerner of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Ernest Gosney

Ernest W. Gosney, 67, Morning View, died April 14, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was the owner of G&G Tire, a farmer and bowled for the American Legion Team. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Vandt Gosney; son, Marty Gosney of Morning View; brothers, Don Gosney of Atwood, Richard Gosney of Fort Wright and Michael Gosney of Florence; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Brittney Nicole Taylor Teen Mission Fund, c/o First Church of Christ Burlington, P.O. Box 880, Burlington, KY 41005.

Gilbert Halberstadt

Gilbert Lawrence Halberstadt, 87, Corinth, died April 20, 2010, in Corinth. He was a supervisor for Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co., an Army Air Corps veteran, member of Williamstown Baptist Church, Golden Rule Lodge No. 345 F. & A.M., Cincinnati Bell Pioneer Club and Lions Club. His wife, Betty Strotman Halberstadt, died previously. Survivors include his son, Gary Halberstadt of Independence; daughter, Linda Cleek of Independence; sisters, Melba Berry of Ripley, Ohio and Nancy Sallee of Union; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.






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Richard Hill

Richard W. Hill, 75, Edgewood, died April 20, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He owned Jacqueline’s Village Lounge in Fort Mitchell, was a Korean Army veteran and member of Hawg Hunters Fishing Club. Survivors include his wife, Jackie Hill; daughters, Lauren Burke of Blue Ash, Ohio, and Vicki Maxwell of Independence; sons, Rick Hill of Independence and Marc Hill of Chicago; sister, Marion Erwin of Fort Thomas; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Rhea Kennedy

Rhea Lee Kennedy, 56, Crittenden, died April 21, 2010, at University Medical Center, Corryville. She was a teacher for the Grant County Board of Education, member of the Crittenden Baptist Church, president of Grant County Democrat Woman’s Club, Sunday school superintendent and vacation Bible school coordinator at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Kennedy of Dry Ridge; son, Ben Harwood of Fort Mitchell; mother, Marcella Lillard of Dry Ridge; sister, Sandra Taylor of Dry Ridge and one grandchild. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home, Williamstown, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Rhea Lee Kennedy Memorial Fund, c/o Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home, P.O Box 130, Williamstown, KY 41097.

Jack Knock

Jack L. Knock, 68, Erlanger, died April 18, 2010, at his home. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Knock; sons, Jack Knock of Alexandria, Tony Knock of Covington, Greg Marksberry of Union and Brian Hatley of Florence; daughter, Tanya Morrow of Lancaster, Ky. and 11 grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017, or charity of donor’s choice.

Matthew Linz

Matthew E. Linz, 78, of Fort Mitchell, died April 18, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a supervisor for C.G. & E., former president of Covington-Kenton County Jaycees, Covington Lions Club and Fort Mitchell Country Club. His son, Marc Linz, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Judith Linz; son, Mitchell Linz of Fort Mitchell and daughter, Jennifer Schneller of White Oak, Ohio.

Patricia Lohre

Patricia “Patti� L. Lohre, 67, Villa Hills, died April 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a secretary for food service at Thomas More College and member of St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs. Survivors include her husband, Richard Lohre; daughter, Angie Brake of Edgewood; son, Rick Lohre of Taylor Mill; sister, Kitty Bare of Villa Hills and three grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. A reception will follow in St. Pius X Church undercroft. Memorials: Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048; or Passionist Nuns, 1151 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Robert McFalls

Robert “Mac� W. McFalls, 88, Crestview Hills, died April 19, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. He was a general manager for National Distributing Co., a World War II Army veteran and member of the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Arlene Campbell McFalls of

Crestview Hills; daughters, Susie Nussbaum and Leslie Day, both of Crestview Hills; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Florence McFarland

Florence D. McFarland, 78, Covington, died April 17, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. She was owner/operator of F&M Flooring for 35 years and bookkeeper with Tom Noll accounting firm, she was a member of St. Paul Christian Church, Fort Wright. Survivors include her son, Thomas McFarland of El Paso, Texas; sisters, Edna Wilson of Union and Betty Marksberry of Fort Wright; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Laura McKeown

Laura Lee McKeown, 63, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Covington, died on April 17, 2010, in Orlando. She was a child care worker and member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Orlando. Survivors include her daughters, Lisa and Leslee Grizzell, both of Orlando, Fla.; and sisters, Bettie Ishmael of Morning View and Charalotta Naeimi of Lake Mary, Fla.

Ralph Merrill

Ralph K. Merrill, 85, Covington, died April 18, 2010, at Rosedale Manor, Covington. He was an electric motor repair technician for Westinghouse in Cincin-

nati, a World War II Army veteran, Bronze Star recipient and member of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, where he was an usher for more than 30 years. His wife, Mary Margaret Kelley Merrill, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Bogen of Alexandria; one granddaughter; and three great grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Thomas Miller

Thomas E. Miller, 74, Covington, died April 20, 2010, at Baptist Village Care Center, Erlanger. He was an auto mechanic for Bill’s Mini Car. His wife, Violet Moore Miller, died in 2007. Survivors include his sisters, Jane Honchal of Middletown, Ohio, Mary Eleanor of Covington, Elsie Gaskins of Independence, Betty Gibbs and Ann Dolle, both of Cincinnati; and brothers James Miller of Dayton, Ohio, and Johnny Miller of Independence. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Rosedale Manor Nursing Home, 4250 Glenn Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

Lee Moening

Lee Moening, 77, Taylor Mill, died April 18, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. He was a supervisor for underground construction for Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, was a member of St. Anthony Church, Taylor Mill, designed homes for local builders,

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From page B9 served as Taylor Mill City Commissioner for six years and The Pride Park Amphitheater, Taylor Mill, is named after him, was a member of Knights of St. John since 1949 and was elected to Supreme International President of Knights of St. John in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Conner Moening; daughters, Kathy Klare of Independence, Carol Manning of Union and Karen Turner of Latonia; sons, Dave Moening of Independence, Don Moening of Cincinnati and Bob Moening of Independence; sister, Irma Myers of Nashville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Lillian Murphy

Lillian Carol Murphy, 60, a homemaker, Falmouth, died April 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, Dover Murphy; daughters, Melody Brill, Heather Lonaker and Diedrie Clemons; son, Jon Lonaker; and first husband, George R. Lonaker, all of Falmouth; brothers, Jimmy Lyvers of Florida, Stevie Lyvers of Williamstown, Danny Hardin of Wilder, David and Timothy Lyvers, both of Falmouth; sisters, Marjorie Workman of Independence, Jeanie Johnson of Florida, Lisa Lyvers of Robinson County, Mary Howard of Butler, Laurie Lyvers of Burlington and Betty Mann of Cynthiana; six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

Kathy Nace

Kathy Nace, 50, Fort Mitchell, died April 16, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood.


April 29, 2010 She was a waitress for Ryan’s Steak House. Her son, Joshua Callahan of Fort Mitchell, survives. Don Catchen and Son Funeral Home, Elsmere, handled the arrangements.

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Ann Nelson, 69, Florence, died April 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Her husband, George Nelson, and son, Donald Nelson, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Georgia Nelson of Covington and Dottie Ferrall of Newport; sons, David Nelson of Oklahoma and George Nelson of Dayton, Ky.; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Alexandria Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Nancy Pruett

Nancy Pruett, 71, Taylor Mill, died April 22, 2010, at her home. She was a waitress, bartender and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia. Her husband, Clarence “Bud” Pruett, died in 1983. Survivors include her daughter, Kim Davis of Taylor Mill; son, Frank Davis of Fort Wright; sisters, Angie Malone of Hebron and Darlene Blanton of Arlington, Texas; brothers, Joe Thompson of Elsmere, Darrell Thompson of Dayton, Ky., Bobby Hayek of Crestview Hills and Bill Hayek of Troy, Ohio, and two grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

J. Daniel Ryle

J. Daniel Ryle, 57, of Bromley, formerly of Florence, died April 10, 2010,

at University Hospital, Corryville. Survivors include his son, James Christopher Ryle of Florence; daughter, Beth Ann McCubbin of Alexandria; father, James R. Ryle of Bromley; brother, Robert Ryle of Bradenton, Fla. and sister, Tricia Painter of Bromley. Burial was in Hopeful Cemetery, Florence. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, Ludlow, handled the arrangements.

of Crestview Hills, Ruth Ament of Lexington and Pat Meeker of Independence and 10 grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell Memorials: The Marianists, 4425 W. Pine Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108-2301; or Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, KY 41011.

Maria Schaffstein

Garry Schwachter, 57, Alexandria, died April 21, 2010, at his home. He was a stock clerk for biggs and the County Market and a member of New Macedonia Church in Newport. Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Daniel of Latonia; sons, Gary Schwachter of Cynthiana and Matthew Schwachter of Newport; brothers, Robert Schwachter of Taylor Mill, Glendon Schwachter of LaGrange and Donald Sanders of Orlando, Fla. and eight grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Maria E. Schaffstein, 17, Park Hills, died April 16, 2010, in Athens, Ala. She was a senior at Notre Dame Academy. Survivors include her parents, John and Eileen Fitzpatrick Schaffstein of Park Hills; sister, Anna Schaffstein of Park Hills; brother, Johnny Schaffstein of Park Hills; grandparents, Bob and Carol Fitzpatrick of Villa Hills and Bob and Carole Schaffstein of Evansville, Ind. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Notre Dame Academy, c/o Maria Schaffstein Scholarship Fund, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011.

Joseph Schmitz

Joseph J. Schmitz, 84, Park Hills, died April 18, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an electrical engineer for General Electric and a World War II Army veteran. His wife, Virginia Schuler Schmitz, died in 2005 and son, Joseph J. Schmitz Jr., died in 2001. Survivors include his daughters, Joanne Coombe of Glenford, Ohio and Barbara Henderickson of Midland, Mich.; brother, Don Smith of Dayton, Ohio; sisters, Mary Schipper

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Evelyn Seng

Evelyn Vaught Seng, 89, Crescent Springs, died April 23, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Robert Seng, and sons, William Kent, Robert L. Seng, John Seng, Ronald Seng and Danny Seng, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Jo Ann Bloomfield of Orlando, Fla., Jeanette Eilers of Osprey, Fla., Bernetta Zimmerman and Paula Seng, both of Erlanger; a son, Jimmy Kent of Denver, Colo.; and 11 grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1080 Nimitzview Drive, Suite 101, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Herman Shirley

Herman Jay Shirley, 78, Florence, died April 18, 2010, at his home. He was an inspector for General Motors, a Korean War Army veteran and member of United Auto Workers Union. His wife, Mary Lou Shirley, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Josephine Moore of Bromley, Roseanne Shephard of Verona, Debbie Shirley and Karen Chapman, both of Florence; son, Jerry Shirley of Petersburg; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

John Slover Sr.

John Edward Slover Sr., 60, Covington, died April 23, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a tool and dye maker for Overhead Door. Survivors include his wife, Charlene Williams Slover; daughter, Janet Slover of Covington; sons, James Slover of Latonia and John Slover Jr. of Burlington; sisters, Criddle McDaniel of Covington, Alma Wagers of Covington; brother, David Slover of Chicago, Ill; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild Memorials: The Family of John Edward Slover Sr., c/o Middendorf Funeral Home, 3312 Madison Pike, Fort Wright, KY 41017.

Clara Taylor

Clara B. Buell Taylor, 87, Highland Heights, died April 22, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky Care Center in Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Her husband, John B. Taylor, and daughter, Barbara Ann Stanfield, died previously.

Survivors include her daughters, Joan Vaughan of Erlanger and Patricia Chinn of Highland Heights; brother, Robert “Bob” Buell of Bridgetown; seven grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Floral Hills Funeral Home of Taylor Mill handled the the arrangements. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Carolyn Townsend

Carolyn Townsend, 83, Fort Thomas, a homemaker, died April 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth, Fort Thomas. Survivors include her daughter, Lindsey Townsend of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Carl Townsend of Edgewood; five grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild.

Robert Weathers III

Robert Weathers III, 49, Covington, died April 14, 2010, in Cincinnati. He was a welder for Hannford, Peck & Briggs and member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24. Survivors include his sisters, Melva Foster of Cincinnati, Darene Bradford of Hebron, Martha Macon and Mariland Hedge, both of Covington. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Betty Wiley

Betty Lou Wiley, 77, Latonia, a homemaker, died April 20, 2010. Her husband, Robert Wiley, died previously. Her niece, Sharon Patton of Erlanger, survives. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

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Erlanger Recorder

April 29, 2010




Joseph T. Cole, 1261 Parkway Ave., possession of a handgun by a convicted felon at 303 Greenup St., April 16. Johnathan T. Mazzion, No Address Given, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, theft of services at 50 Rivercenter Blvd., April 15. Latasha R. Chames, 45 Indiana Dr., trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana at 45 Indiana Dr., April 13. Anthony W. Pompilio, 4570 Amber Dr., theft at 4303 Winston Ave., April 13. Mary L. Lovitt, 949 Philadelphia St., first degree possession of a controlled substance at 49 Jacob Price, 3rd lane, April 18. Scott L. Winscher, 4218 Church St., failure to or improper signal, operating on suspended or revoked operator's license, prescription for a controlled substance not in proper container, third degree possession of a controlled substance at E. 31st St. , April 16. Carey R. Schaffner, 2307 Diana Pl., cultivate in marijuana at 2307 Diana Pl., April 16. Demurel A. Mccloud, No Address Given, assault at 900 Leonard Ave., April 16. Herman M. Sebastian II, 35 17th St., failure to or improper signal, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school at 1200 block of Wheeler St., April 12. Jessica N. Mahan, 507 Prague St., no. 1, second degree hindering prosecution or apprehension at 1620 May St., no. 1, April 12. Terri L. Carmack, 503 W. 14th St., first degree possession of a controlled substance, first degree promoting contraband at 2000 Scott St., April 13. Brianna L. Ballard, 2554 Amsterdam Rd., third degree possession of a controlled substance at 319 4th St., April 15. Michelle A. Williams, 807 Scott St., no. 4, first degree possession of a controlled subsance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 807 Scott St., April 15. Victor M. Marrero-Charleman, 1025 Central Ave., no. 1, serving bench warrant for court, possession of marijuana, first degree promoting contraband at 2601 Alden Ct., April 14. Nicholas J. Deming, 4231 Beechgrove Dr., no. 2, first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at 520 W. 5th St., April 13. Amanda R. Moore, 4231 Beechgrove Dr., no. 2, first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at 520 W. 5th St., April 13. Jacqueline S. Deming, 4231 Beechgrove Dr., no. 2, first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at 520 W. 5th St., April 13. Michelle L. Mantuano, 5397 Pembina


About police reports

Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Following disposition of cases in the court system, individuals may supply The Community Recorder with documentation of the disposition for publication. Dr., alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, menacing, possession of marijuana, fourth degree assault at 300 6th St., April 18. Drumond R. Wright, 1728 Greenup St., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 1728 Greenup St., April 18. Tina K. Donaldson, 1211 Scott Blvd., no. 3, alcohol intoxication in a public place, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 1200 block of Scott St., April 17. Terry W. Noe, 1211 Scott Blvd., no. 3, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 1200 block of Scott St., April 17. Bryan A. Foster, No Address Given, alcohol intoxication in a public place, failure to comply with sex offender registration at 2 W. 6th

St., April 17. Tiffany L. Hughes, 2405 White Ct., possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 2405 White Ct., April 17. Billy J. Watters, 116 Ashland Dr., fourth degree assault at 116 Ashland Dr., April 17. Eli R. Fowler, 116 Ashland Dr., fourth degree assault at 116 Ashland Dr., April 17. Marsha A. Blevins, 356 E. 16th St., failure to or improper signal, no operators license, possession of marijuana at Greenup St., April 17. Catherine M. Cheffy, 1626 Gilsey Ave., no. 2, possession of marijuana at Greenup St., April 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault

A woman reported being assaulted at 522 Main St., April 16. A man and woman were assaulted at 1412 Wheeler St., April 16. A woman was choked, punched, kicked, and dragged at 1412 Wheeler St., April 16. A woman was choked and hit at 2409 Alden Ct., April 12. A man was thrown down, slapped, and kicked at 309 W. 16th St., April 13. A man was shot at 2421 Alden Ct., April 12. A woman was scratched on her face, neck, chest, and arm at 1230 Lee St., April 13. A woman was assaulted at 2511 White Ct., April 15. A woman was struck in the face and head several times at 504 Muse Dr., April 15. A woman was hit with a thrown rock

at 312 Byrd St., April 15. A man was struck several times in the face at 933 Main St., April 15. A pregnant woman was assaulted at 1328 Parkway Ave., April 17.


A computer, hand and power tools, a VCR, DVDs, and change was stolen at 13 E. 10th St., April 18. Jewelry, a jewelry box, DVDs, TV, and a DVD system were stolen at 2307 Diana Pl., April 16. CDs, DVDs, a game system, and tools were stolen at 1609 Garrard St., Apt. 1, April 13. Three TVs, a speaker, TV remote controls, a ring and jewelry were stolen at 726 Western Ave., April 12. Twenty-eight cartons of cigarettes were stolen at 235 5th St., April 14. A lawn mower was stolen at 2245 Dorian Dr., April 15. Copper piping was stolen at 500 Wallace Ave., April 15. Copper wires were stolen at 4923 Ridgeview Ave., April 14.

Burglary, Assault

A man broke into a residence and assaulted a woman at 524 Highland Pike, April 17.

Burglary, criminal mischief

Auto rims and tires were stolen at 1613 Madison Ave., April 13. Several food items were taken at 2601 Alden Ct., April 14.

Criminal mischief

The front window of a business was broken at 1831 Madison Ave.,

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April 13. Two vehicles were dented several times at 235 E. 45th St., April 18. The window of a vehicle was shattered with a rock at 318 Hawthorne St., April 16. A vehicle was vandalized at 1102 Greenup St., April 14. A vehicle was keyed at 4121 Huntington Ave., April 14. A vehicle was spray painted at 1188 Hands Pike, April 12. Graffiti was spray painted on the side of a building at 1255 Parkway Ave., April 15. The window of a vehicle was damaged with a BB gun at 2110 Donaldson Ave., April 15. Two X's were carved into the side of a vehicle at 1213 Pike St., April 14. Bricks were thrown onto a vehicle at 200 Bush St., April 14. A vehicle was vandalized at 520 5th St., April 14. The screws were removed from an outside basement door at 4612 Victory Ave., April 13. A vehicle was damaged at 400 block of W. 6th St., April 14. The gas tank of a vehicle was punctured at 114 12th St., April 15. Two tires of a vehicle were punctured at 830 Willard St., April 17. Two tires of a vehicle were punctured at 833 Crescent Ave., April 17.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument A counterfeit $20 bill was passed at 1831 Madison Ave., April 16. A fraudulent check was written at 1525 Madison Ave., April 15.

Criminal trespassing

A residence was entered unlawfully at 721 Scott Blvd., April 14.

Criminal trespassing, harassment

A man shoved a woman and entered a residence at 511 Muse Dr., April 12.

Fraudulent use of a credit card

Two credit cards were stolen at 2483 Landview Dr., April 13.

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April 29, 2010

Organizations team up to help local students A couple days a month at Grant County High School, nearly 20 students skip class to make a difference in the lives of younger children in the school district. There’s no punishment for missing math or science; in fact, these students are setting a terrific example, serving as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to kids who need

someone to look up to. Right now, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council to bring a Robotics program to the Bigs and their Little Brothers and Little Sisters. The elementary and high school students work together in pairs and in groups to help each other

build and run their own robots. Debbie Mollette, coordinator of the school-based mentoring side of Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been thrilled with the reaction to the robotics program. “The kids run in the room asking what ‘programming’ they are going to learn about today. You can see the excitement and

eagerness on their faces and we pretty much have to drag them away when it’s time to finish up,” she said. This is the third consecutive year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati has coordinated mentoring programs in Grant County, and the first time the Girl Scouts have been involved. Meghan McGee, with the Scouts, says they’ve been

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Meghan McGee, left, of Lakeside Park, works on the robotics program with Big Sister Melody Lawrence and Little Sisters Brooklyn and Mariah. McGee, who works for the Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council, came up with the idea to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati for the project.


working to increase numbers of older Girl Scouts in Grant County and wanted to reach out to young people who are already community-minded, so they chose to partner with BBBS. Boys are also taking part in the program, and together, all the groups are mastering the arts of creating and maneuvering their robots. The Grant County matches meet twice a month, with the Littles coming from Dry Ridge Elementary. Both the school and the agency hope to

increase those visits, but for now, the busing costs are too high to allow the Bigs and Littles to get together more often. They’re hoping for three times a month next year. If you’re interested in becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati as a volunteer mentor, call (513) 421-4120. You can also go to for information and an application.

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Harassment, criminal mischief The driver's side mirror of a vehicle was damaged at 1445 Madison Ave., no. 3, April 13.

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$12 in cash was taken from a man at Madison Ave., April 16. A purse was stolen from a woman at 500 Bakewell St., April 18. A man had $4 and a cell phone taken from him at 206 Byrd St., April 15. $130 in cash was taken from a man at W. 12th St. and Holman, April 15. A man was assaulted and had his dog and cell phone taken from him at 1900 Greenup St., April 17.


A wallet and prescription medication was stolen at Decoursey Ave., April 16. A computer was stolen from a vehicle at 1314 Highway Ave., April 16. Several items were taken from a vehicle at 438 Pike St., April 16. The contents of a purse were stolen at 300 E. 10th St., April 13. A woman stole several pieces of clothes at 4293 Winston Ave., April 18. A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle at 310 W. 12th St., April 16. A vehicle was stolen at 1228 Banklick St., April 15. Two speakers, an amplifier, and a makeup bag were stolen from a vehicle at 414 Pike St., April 12. A firearm was stolen at 919 Philadelphia St., April 12. $50 was stolen at 3935 Winston Ave., April 12. $331 was stolen at 515 E. 18th St., April 12. A bag, calculator, and prescription medication was stolen at 2207 Scott St., April 12. Several items were taken from a vehicle at 322 E. 2nd St., April 12. A bag was stolen at 724 Main St., April 15. A cell phone was stolen at 724 Main St., April 15. A vehicle was stolen at 1228 Banklick St., April 15. An air conditioning unit was stolen at 1182 River House Way, April 14. $20 worth of scratch off tickets were stolen at 332 Greenup St., April 13. A camera was stolen at 4454 Decoursey Ave., April 13. A chainsaw and a fishing pole were stolen at 4520 Gailen Dr., April 17. The catalytic converter was taken from a vehicle at 1140 Madison Ave., April 17.

Dog grooming equipment and a vehicle license plate were stolen at 23 Edwin Dr., April 17. A scooter was stolen at 333 Madison Ave., April 17. A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle at 1500 James Simpson Way, April 16.

Theft by deception

A bad check was written at 104 Rising Sun Circle, April 12.

Theft, criminal mischief

A GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle at 400 7th St., April 12. A radio and speakers were stolen from a vehicle at 9155 Tamarack Dr., April 13. A GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle at 100 Wallace Ave., April 17. A GPS unit and CD player was stolen at 400 5th St., April 17.

Theft, fraudulent use of a credit card A purse and computer bag were stolen at 1100 Lee St., April 12.


$1,370 worth of household goods reported stolen at 722 Euclid Avenue, April 18.

Criminal mischief

Reported at 527 Rosary Court, April 20.

Disorderly conduct

Reported at 4221 Lafayette Court, April 20.

possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

$20 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 611 Buttermilk Pike, April 17.


$150 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 152 Eagle Ridge Drive, April 16. $1,200 vehicle reported stolen at 2340 Willow Drive, April 16. Reported at 3319 Crescent Avenue, April 15. Reported at 513 Kirby Court, April 20. $300 firearm reported stolen at 538A Rosary Drive, April 21. Reported at 630 Donaldson Highway, April 18. Reported at 40 Cave Run Drive, April 18. $5.99 worth of maerchandise reported stolen at 560 Clock Tower Way, April 18. $600 reported stolen at 4224 Dixie Highway, April 18. Theft by unlawful taking, theft of controlled substance $300, $10 worth of drugs/narcotics reported stolen at 606 Buttermilk Pike, April 17.



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