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A little bit of time can add up to a lot of learning, as students at Arnett Elementary discovered this year. Students there completed the highest level they could as part of the Fast ForWord computer based learning to to help them improve grammar, punctuation and comprehension. SCHOOLS, A6

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Sanford, Wilmhoff say goodbye

By Jason Brubaker

ELSMERE - When students at Howell Elementary enter the school office next year, they’re surely going to notice a difference. Make that two differences. That’s because long-time secretaries Becky Sanford and Linda Wilmhoff have both announced their retirement, effective at the end of this school year. Wilmhoff is in her 40th year with the school district, while Sanford is finishing up her 25th year. “I just felt it was the right time,” said Wilmhoff, who actually attended Howell Elementary as a student. “It was a hard decision, because I do love it here, but I felt it was time for me to do something different.” “I’ve been here 25 years and I love the children, but I decided it was time,” added Sanford. “It wasn’t an easy decision, though.” Although they’ve become familiar sights in the Howell Elementary office for generations of kids, Sanford and Wilmhoff took different routes to arrive there. Wilmhoff started her career at Arnett Elementary, where she spent two years before coming over to Howell. During her time there, she’s worked for 10 different principals, including the school’s namesake, Dorothy Howell, who was principal when she was a student. “I’ve definitely worked with a lot of different people here,” she said. “It keeps things interesting.” Sanford meanwhile has traveled around the district, working at Lindeman Elementary, Tichenor Middle and Arnett before landing at Howell. But while they’ve taken different paths, they both share an obvious passion for working with the children, whether it’s helping a new student get organized or


Howell Elementary secretaries Linda Wilmhoff and Becky Sanford are both retiring from the school this year. Together, they have spent 65 years in the Erlanger/Elsmere School District. offering some comfort to a student who’s having a rough day. “There’s no real routine here every day is different,” said Sanford. “You just learn to go with it, and that’s what keeps it fun for us.” Wilmhoff agreed. “There’s always something new every day,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” Both were honored by the Erlanger/Elsmere School Board this month with a gift, and Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt joked

that Principal Eric Saylor may struggle next year without Sanford and Wilmhoff around. “From what I hear, they are the ones who really run the school,” said Burkhardt with a smile. “We’re sad to see them go, but we’re so grateful for all of the work they’ve done with the students here.” As for retirement plans, both said they are just looking forward to relaxing and setting their own schedules. Wilmhoff said she would like to stay involved with the school, maybe volunteering

with the One to One Reading program, where community volunteers tutor kids in reading each week. “It’s a great program, and I think it’s perfect for retirees,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind being a part of that at all.” Sanford said the retirement still hasn’t fully set it for her. “We always get summers off, so it probably won’t really hit me until next fall,” said Sanford. “I’m sure it will be hard to know I’m not coming in here, but it’ll be nice to have some time for myself.”

Erlanger summer program gears up By Jason Brubaker


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ERLANGER - If Kathy Cahill has her way, there will be no child in Erlanger this summer who can utter the words “I’m bored.” Cahill is gearing up for the 2011 Erlanger Summer Parks Program, which will kick off June 9 at Flagship Park with a visit from Circus Mojo, starting at 6:30 p.m.. The summer program will run 10 weeks, and most of the events are free and open to the public. “We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned, and it’s going to be a busy summer,” said Cahill. “I think kids are really going to enjoy themselves this year.” Among the activities on the summer schedule are a night at the Cherry Hill


Tyler Burk and Kyla Graves work on stuffing their animals for their keychains during the Erlanger summer parks program in 2008. Swim Club for teens, a round of miniature golf, and a puppet show from Madcap Puppets. There will also be two events for

only Erlanger residents - a visit to the Silverlake Water Park on July 14 and a night at a Florence Freedom game on Aug. 6.

Both of those events will require proof of residency and pre-registration. The Freedom game is also the only event which has a

cost to participate, as guests will be required to purchase $5 game tickets. In addition to the main activity, some of the events will also feature a visit from the Kona Ice truck, as well as special visits from the city departments, such as the fire department or police department. “The kids really enjoyed that last year, being able to interact with the employees, so we wanted to bring that back and expand it,” said Cahill. “We’re really excited for this year, and it should be a terrific summer.” A complete schedule of events is available at the city building, located at 505 Commonwealth Avenue, or online at For more information, contact the city at 727-2525.


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BRIEFLY Pizza time

The Kenton County Public Library is sponsoring a “Create Your Own Pizza” contest through May 27. Recipe submission forms can be picked up at the Children’s Desk at each branch, and a winner will be selected at random. The winner will receive a prize from the library, and their pizza will be served at the Summer Reading Club Kick-off party at each of the branches. For more information, visit


ERLANGER - Silverlake Recreation Center will be hosting their annual “Welcome to Summer” fireworks show on May 28 at 9:30 p.m. The show will be held at Erlanger’s Silverlake Park, located on Division Street, adjacent to the Silverlake Recreation Center. For more information, visit

Weapon certification

KENTON COUNTY - Villa Hills Police Officer Mel Wright is hosting a Kentucky Carry Conceal Deadly Weapons Training certification June 4. The program costs $75,

and a $35 deposit is required at least five days prior to the event to hold a seat. It will be held at the Lents Branch of the Boone County Public Library, located at 3216 Cougar Path in Hebron. Class participants should bring their firearm and 20 rounds of ammunition, although both should be left in your vehicle, However, participants should write down the make, model number, caliber and serial number of the firearm and should be able to provide this information during the class. In case of rain, participants will qualify from a covered building, but they should also bring an umbrella as well. The class will begin at 9 a.m., and run until about 4 p.m. For more information, visit Path/27_38/products_id/38.

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ELSMERE - The Elsmere Fire Protection District is holding an election to place a property owner trustee on the Board of Trustees. The election will be held June 25 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the firehouse, which is located at 401 Garvey Avenue. The candidates for

the position are residents Lynn Lawrence, Victoria Morgan and Marty Livermore. Pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes, all voters must be at least 21 years old and own property, auto or other personal property within the Fire Protection District. For more information, contact the fire district at 3427505.

Eagler graduates from FBI Academy

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Police Department announced at Sgt. Doug Eagler has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program, becoming the eighth officer in the department to attain the honor. The program offers advanced training in investigation, management and fitness, and is offered to officers who have demonstrated excellence in their department. Eagler’s graduating class included 257 officers who represented 49 states and 20 countries. Eagler has been in law enforcement for 20 years, beginning with the Elsmere Police Department and eventually being hired in Erlanger in 2006. He is currently a firstshift patrol sergeant.

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Help sought for girl’s best friend By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - Annie Havel’s family hope a service dog would provide protection, entertainment and companionship to the threeyear-old, who suffers from autism. “Autistic kids wander, which means they have no sense of danger. Annie has no qualms about going out in the road,” her dad, Joshua Havel, explained. “The service dog would be trained in search and rescue. If she were to get out, we’d be calling the police

and the dog would already be searching for her.” The Havels are partnering with 4 Paws For Ability, an Ohio nonprofit organization, to raise money for Annie’s future service dog. 4 Paws for Ability trains service dogs to be placed with a disabled child. It costs the organization $22,000 to train the service dogs. Families are asked to raise at least $13,000 of the cost. “The dog costs so much because it is highly trained, specifically in search and rescue,” mom Sonya Havel said. “I can’t be her eyes

24/7 when we’re all sleeping and she gets up and wanders the house.” Joshua Havel agreed, saying that even though Annie can’t open the front door just yet, her twin Joslyn can. “If something happened to her, it would devastate the whole family,” he said. The Independence family plans to host a fundraiser in June at their church, Lakeside Christian Church. In the meantime, the Havels, who also have two other children, are asking for donations to Annie through 4 Paws For Abili-

ty’s website, Autism is a developmental disorder, appearing in childhood, that affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills. In addition to her autism, Annie also suffers from ADHD, a sensory disorder and a mitochondrial malfunction. Annie also wears braces on her legs to keep her from toe walking. Annie’s treatments, which include 14 medications a day and care from a Columbus autism specialist, are paid almost totally out

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St. Cecilia classic car show kicks off summer events By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - Kicking off St. Cecilia’s summer event season is the Fifth Annual St. Cecilia Classic Car Show Sunday, May 29. The event will feature more than 150 cars of all shapes, sizes and age as well as live music by Ruckus, concessions provided by the Knights of Columbus and activities for children. “If somebody is into car shows, this is the best one. It really is,” said Dawn Immordino, event spokesperson. “Everybody knows everybody and they’re very friendly people. And they love their cars.” The classic car show is the first event in the string


St. Cecilia Church’s Annual Classic Car Show will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the church, 5313 Madison Pike. The car show will kick off the church’s annual summer events, concluding with the Labor Day Festival Sept. 3-5. of summertime events hosted by the church, including the Sept. 3-5 Labor Day Festival. Other events coming up this summer include the Summer Concert Series, starting July 9.

“It’s neat to see people of different generations having a great time,” Immordino said. Cars participating in the show will be in the running for 30 Best in Class trophies


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Preschool a success By Regan Coomer

CRESCENT SPRINGS St. Joseph School’s first preschool class will end its successful year at a closing ceremony May 26. During the 2010-2011 school year, 10 three and 4year-old students enrolled in the school’s program. Starting this fall, the school will begin separate classes, one for 3-year-old and one for 4-year-old children. “It’s just been a wonderful year. It’s exceeded my expectations,” said preschool/kindergarten teacher Jane Noll; who was excited because the students responded well not only to teaching, but also to being around the older students. “They really adjusted right from the get-go,” she said.


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Young Marines graduate By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder contributor

Ten students, ranging in age from 8 to 15, officially became Young Marines Saturday when they graduated from boot camp at the VFW Hall in Latonia. The boot camp program stresses three core values, leadership, teamwork, and discipline, and is one way the Marines try to encourage young people to stay off drugs. “This isn’t a ‘fix-it’ camp,” said Lynne Arnold Richter, adjutant for the Northern Kentucky Young Marines. “My daughter, who is a part of this program, says it is a place where good kids become great leaders. She is now the Young Marine of the Year for the state of Kentucky.” Boot camp is not a residential program, but a course where young people learn history, close order drills, physical fitness, customs and courtesies, citizenship, and military rank structure. Some of the students were from Cincinnati, but the others came from Fort Wright, Bromley, Florence, Union and Taylor Mill. “I wanted to join because I wanted a head start, since I want to join the Marines when I’m old enough,” said Jacob Allen, 9, of Florence. “My uncle is in the Marines, and I always wanted to join.” Caleb Mauer, 10, of Bromley, heard about the program from a friend and thought it might be fun. “It is fun,” he said. “It’s work, but it’s fun.” Once the ten graduates received their official certificates and pins, they retired to unbutton their uniform shirts and roll up their sleeves, which graduates are permitted to do. Then they paraded in front of their commanding officers as a unit. “I wanted to join because I wanted to learn discipline,” said Ian Young, 16, of Union. “I plan on becoming a Marine when I am old enough.” The Young Marines began in 1959 and now has over 14,000 members all over the world. There are four units in Kentucky, and if someone is interested in joining, they can call Lynne at 513-470-0417. The program is part of the U.S.



Unit Commander Colonel Jim Bennett, USMC retired, shakes the hand of Anthony Lugar, 8, from Burlington, while Executive Officer Charles Lorentz attaches a pin to Sean Carolan, who comes from Louisville to attend the boot camp during the Young Marine graduation ceremony at the VFW Hall in Latonia May 21.


Staff Sergeant Anthony Powell, from Covington, helps Jacob Allen, 9, of Florence, to roll his sleeves up as part of the Young Marine Graduation ceremony Saturday at the VFW Hall in Latonia on May 21.

Beechwood students Brayden Combs, Carter Morris, Griffin Richardson, Peyton Roach, Mackenzie Rylee, Abigail Shoyat, Maria Strunjas, JT Toebbe, Katherine Truitt and Takashi Yokokura have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program for their ACT or SAT scores.

Beechwood students invited to be a part of TIP FORT MITCHELL Beechwood Middle School announced that ten students have qualified for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) based on their ACT or SAT scores. The program identifies academically talented students based on the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment, and Duke provides them with comparative information for their results. The ten Beechwood students earned scores that are equal to, or better than,

half of the country’s collegebound seniors who took the ACT or SAT. The ten students are Brayden Combs, Carter Morris, Griffin Richardson, Peyton Roach, Mackenzie Rylee, Abigail Shoyat, Maria Strunjas, JT Toebbe, Katherine Truitt and Takashi Yokokura. Out of just over 63,000 kids nationally who participated, less than 25,000 are being invited to take part in state recognition ceremonies. The Duke TIP Kentucky ceremony will be May

27 at Western Kentucky University. In a released statement, Beechwood High School Principal Ginger Webb praised the kids for the honor. “The achievement demonstrated by these students in truly impressive for students in the seventh grade,” she said. “Beechwood applauds the ten students for attaining such a high-level national recognition.” For Beechwood news, visit

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Ten-year-old Caleb Maurer of Bromley grins during a break in the Young Marine graduation ceremony Saturday at the VFW Hall in Latonia. Marine Corps Youth Drug Demand Reduction effort. The ten graduates ranged in height as they stood at attention during the playing of the national anthem, but each one wore an expression of pride, in themselves and their country.


Ryan Witemyre, 15, from Ft Wright, salutes the flag during the Young Marine graduation ceremony Saturday at the VFW hall in Latonia. “I wanted to be part of the Young Marines because I wanted experience for when I join the Marine Corps,” said Ryan Witemyre, 15, from Fort Wright. “I have always wanted to be a Marine.”

The storms that brought heavy rainfall and flooding during April left behind a multitude of problems for homeowners. The floods left consumers in need of everything from water removal to tree removal. As you begin the process of clean-up and repair, protect yourself from unethical repair people. 1. Find out about the people with whom you are dealing. Are they licensed by the state? Ask for proof of liability insurance. If a company doesn't have it, you could be sued by someone getting hurt as a result

of the repair work or by a neighbor if their property is damaged from construction work. Also make sure the contractor carries workers' compensation coverage in case a worker is injured on job. 2. Check unknown companies out with the Better Business Bureau (Louisville/ Western Kentucky, 1-502583-6546; Central/Eastern Kentucky, 1-800-8666668) or call the Consumer Protection Division at 1888-432-9257 to see if information is available about the company. 3. Have a written and signed contract before any work begins. The contract should clearly spell out all

details of the work to be completed and include a beginning and ending date for the job. 4. Never pay for work before it has been completed. Do not give workers money to buy supplies unless you know them personally. If supplies are needed ahead of time, purchase them yourself; otherwise the supplier can put a lien on property if the contractor does not pay. 5. Be sure you have the physical address and phone number of the contractor. If you need to call to cancel the job, it is a good idea to follow up with a certified letter sent with a return receipt request.

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Arnett fourth-graders Sydney Graham, Alex Schwartz, Kaylee Roetting, Dafne Gomez, Donovan Needham, Noah Gabbard, Madalyn Ford, Alex Sanchez, Zach Ambrus, Jonathan Williams, Rachel Millward, Tommy Banta and Carynn Lee all completed the highest level of Fast ForWord, a computer-based reading program. All of them are now reading at a high school level.

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ERLANGER - It turns out that thirty minutes can make a huge difference for a student. Just ask the kids at Arnett Elementary. The school announced that 13 fourth-graders have completed the highest level of Fast ForWord, a computer-based reading program that allows them to work on grammar, punctuation and comprehension through a variety of games. All of the students enter the summer now reading at an 8th or 9th grade level, thanks to the 30 minutes they spent each day working on the program. The students who reached the highest level were Sydney Graham, Alex Schwartz, Kaylee Roetting, Dafne Gomez, Donovan Needham, Noah Gabbard, Madalyn Ford, Alex Sanchez, Zach Ambrus, Jonathan Williams, Rachel Millward, Tommy Banta and Carynn Lee. “We’ve had maybe one or two students in the past get to this level, but definitely not this many in one year,” said Barbara Thomas, the school’s Fast ForWord instructor. “To see their

improvement over the course of the year and see where they’re at now has been really neat for us.” Thomas said she began working with all of the fourth-graders at the beginning of the year, giving them each 30 minutes every day to get through the various games. Whenever a student struggled, their computer issued a flag to the teachers, who then knew which areas to address with the students. “Sometimes there’s just some gaps in the learning, and the kids haven’t really had a chance to learn certain concepts,” said teacher Loretta Simpson. “So we could use the reports to see where these gaps might be, and then give them some instruction to fill in the gaps and help them get back on track. It worked out great.” Jonathan Williams, one of the students who completed the highest level of Fast ForWord, said he was unsure at first of the program, but actually came to enjoy it over the course of the year. “I didn’t really know what it was at first, but it got to be kind of fun once I got used to it,” he said. “We all kept trying to get the

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highest scores on the games.” Indeed, Thomas and Simpson said the kids’ competitiveness served as a natural motivator for the program. While they offered prizes to the students throughout the year for reaching certain levels, they said it was their own drive that fueled them. “They all wanted to have the highest score and get their name on the board,” said Simpson. “They really got into it, and you could see the excitement a lot of them had as they kept getting better and better.” While it was the first time the school had all of the fourth-graders go through the program, Thomas said it was an experiment that paid off. She said that Fast ForWord results, as well as the results of the school’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) tests, revealed that 80 percent of their fourth-graders are now above average in reading. “We’ll have a whole new group next year, and we’re excited to see the progress they can make with it,” said Thomas. “We’re so proud of the kids this year, and they’ve set the bar pretty high.”

INDEPENDENCE Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 21-year-old Jordan Woods will soon get to make a difference in the lives of high-need urban students. The foundation recruits outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who will prepare for math and science teaching positions in Ohio’s urban and rural schools. As a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow, Woods will be given a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s program at the University of Cincinnati that she will start this fall. Fellows make a commitment to teach science for at least

three years in a high-need urban or rural school in Ohio. Woods, an Independence native, will graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience on June 11. She attended Calvary Christian School, graduating in 2008. Becoming a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow will allow Woods to continue with the passion she discovered while working with students at Cincinnati’s Hughes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) High School as a Young Life mentor. “I think that doctors do great work and they change lives, but I wanted to be with students everyday,” she said. “The fellowship was specifically designed to find teachers for urban

s c h o o l s , Jordan Woods which was exactly what I wanted to do and was doing already.” Woods started as a leader for Young Life, a nondenominational Christian ministry that reaches out to teens through volunteerism and mentorship, in the fall of 2009. Woods tutored and coached basketball and softball at Hughes High School. “I realized my desire was to teach and have an impact on these kids’ lives, especially the urban schools,” she said. “The fellowship was a perfect fit. I wanted to teach and I didn’t know how to. This is for people exactly like me.” For more information about the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, visit For more Independence news visit

Tichenor Middle goes green Tichenor Middle School students in Kenton County received a plaque at the Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools — Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project Youth Summit and Awards luncheon on May 18 in Frankfort. The fourth-annual event recognized students who participate in the Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools (KGHS) program and the Kentucky NEED Project. First Lady Jane Beshear addressed event attendees via video message, and Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Joseph U.

Meyer was the keynote speaker. More than 200 schools across Kentucky participate in the KGHS program, which started in 2007. Staff and students in the program implement efficiency and environmental sustainability projects at their schools in nine areas: energy, indoor air quality, green spaces, hazardous chemicals, water, health and nutrition, transportation, solid waste, and instructional leadership. At the event, 26 schools were presented with awards for the work their students completed this school year. Tichenor, along with

Notre Dame Academy of Jefferson County and Old Mill Elementary in Bullitt County,was awarded School in Progress plaques for completing three projects. Another 19 schools received certificates for joining KGHS and completing initial student team work. More than 30 Kentucky schools participated in the summit this year. The Kentucky Environmental Education Council is an agency in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. For more information about KGHS, visit or call 1800-882-5271.

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St. Henry student Alec Parnitzke tries to keep water from spilling on the face of Emma Robinson during St. Henry’s “Olympic Day” on May 20. With a day of sunshine, the students were able to enjoy a variety of carnival-style games in the parking lot. JASON BRUBAKER/STAFF


St. Henry visits the State Capitol

Students from St. Henry School visited the State Capitol in Frankfort on May 4. They toured the Capitol and received souvenir packets on behalf of State Representative Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger.

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Work ethic diploma says grads have skills to succeed

A number of high school seniors around the area have what they need to succeed – work ethic – and the diploma to prove it. According to information provided by Kelly Jones, workforce talent solutions coordinator with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the chamber launched a regional work ethic diploma program in 2001. The concept was proposed by employers that felt students were not completing high shcool with the “soft skills” needed to be successful employees. The diploma was designed to supply local employers with skilled workers and produce an emerging workforce prepared to face the challenges of a global market place. A number of standards were developed to measure work ethic in students including attendance, absenteeism, tardiness, community service, discipline, GPA, organization, punctuality, respectfulness and team work. Nearly 10,000 students have earned the award to date and 28 high schools have implemented the program. The 2011 recipients of the work ethic diploma include:

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Sara Brown, Hannah DeJarnette, Ashley Dugger, Ashely Francis, Tucker Glass, Nathan Hogarth, Michael Kalfas, Andrew Moran, Elizabeth Myers, Jacqueline McWhorter, Elizabeth Niehaus, Kalli Schworer, and Samantha Victor.

Dixie Heights High School

Cory Michael Abeling, Samira Cassandra Ansari, Joshua Paul Armbruster, Mohammed Asad, Cody Alexander Bachinski, Mary Ann Nicole Barnett, Caitlin Marie Beach, Travis Ryan Benzinger, Emily Marie Bohn, Zachary Charles Bowles, Taylor Paige Bowmann, Jordan Nicole Bradfield, Zachary Paul Bronner, Jared Michael Brosmore, Shawn Andrew Butcher, Brandie Lee Cain, Clairissa Jane Casey, Thomas James Caudill, Elizabeth Marie Centner, Tara Lee Charlesworth, Anna Lee Clark, Savannah Marie Cogswell, Emily Marie Cottingham, Sarah Elizabeth Cox, Derrick Wade Davis, Christopher Alexander DeVore, Nathan Lawrence Dietz, Hung Phuong Dinh, Brooke Ashley Easter, Andrew Vincent Eastham, Katie Sue Elkus, Megan Kelsey, Erdman, Spence Louis Franzoi, Jacob Evelin Furman, Ashlie Nicole Hamilton, Patrick Gill Haughey, Amanda Nicole Havens, Hallie Elizabeth Higginson, Chelsea Marie Honaker, Carly Michelle Houze, Megan Renee Hughes, Ian Thomas Jackson, Katelyn Nicole Jackson, Cody Mitchell Kappes, Aaron Nesher Keegan, Robert Louis Kluck II, Katharina Lee Koehler, Victoria Amanda Kuhlman, Stephanie Wells Lee, Ryan Patrick Lenihan, Sha Li, Ellen Lee Liang, Marissa Amber Lopez, Morgann Marie Lubbe, Lauren Rose Margolen, Emma Marie McGregor, Kara Jade McPeters, Christine Mary McPhillips Brock, William Joseph Meade, William Cristopher Menkhaus, Ali-

son Rose Miller, Brittany Lee Rebecca Moore, Kiersten Laura Mullen, Franklin Robert Muntis, Percival W Murla Jr. , Precilla Nirvana Murla, Emily Rae Murphy, Katherine Olivia Nessler, Megan Elizabeth OBrien, Ryan Patrick Ott, Andrew James Pearson, Molly Ann Pfetzer, Bradley Wayne Popham, Allison Marie Poweleit, Caitlyn Rose Powell, Jenna Ann Remley, Sarah Lynn Renke, Savannah Nicole Riegler, Emily Helen Ries, Rebecca Lynn Riggs, Paige Nicollette Riley, Taylor Wade Robinson, Caitlyn Dayle Ryan, Brooke Rachelle Sargent, Lauren Alycia Schuck, Lauren Elizabeth Schultz, Robert Anthony Siebenthaler, Christopher Jarrod Sikra, Demetric Develle Simmons Jr., Anna Lee Smith, Jenneka Taylor Sparkman, Stephanie Lynn Sper, Morgan Leigh St. John, Dylan Joseph Stacey, Ashley Carpenter Stahl, Taylor Shae Stark, Katelyn Marie Starnes, Jessica Rose Staverman, Kathryn Allyse Tekulve, Samuel Ryan Thompson, Brooke Ashley Treller, Kiersten Paige Turner, Thania Valdivia Arenas, Richard Joseph Vando, Maxwell Patrick Voirol, Danielle Renee Warren, Katherine Ann Weghorn, Kaila Alyse Westover, Avery Sebastian Wiehe, Alexandra M i c h e l l e Wiesner, Andrea Michelle Wilde, Brittany Lynn Wolfe, Margaret Ann Yelton, Nikolay Krasimirov Zlatanov, Ryan Michael Zumdick, and Renee Rose Becker.

Notre Dame Academy

Taylor Maureen Abner, Katelyn Mary Arnold, Amy Elizabeth Berberich, Alexis Marie Bishop, Anna Elizabeth Borchers, Paige Beatrice Brewer, Taleah Rae Britsch, Amanda Lorraine Burnett, Kaitlyn Michelle Carl, Jennifer Lauren Case, Kelsey Rose Cummings, Molly Eileen Donahue, Alexandria Louise Driscoll, Heather Lynn Duncan, Megan Lybb Ebenschweiger, Alexis Paige Fangman, Amy Elizabeth Frommeyer, Kelsey Cross-Walz Fussinger, Courtney Marie Gerrein, Megan Elizabeth Gradel, Jenna Marie Graham, Hannah Jean Gronotte, Emily Anne Harmeling, Emily Nicole Hayden, Carly Rae Holthaus, Jennifer Tracey Janson, Alison Nicole Jones, Allison Grace Kelly, Allison Patricia Kiefer, Kelly Maria Kleier, Christina Anna Koplyay, Courtney Caroline Kruer, Clare Carlin Lang, Natalie Ma Lawson, Alexandra Marie Lehman, Mary Patricia List, Megan Marie Longshore, Catherine Claire Macke, Amber Christine McGaha, Ashton Hope Meadows, Rebecca Michelle Neltner, Andrea Paige Newman, Hillary Nicole Niehaus, Erin Elizabeth Pemberton, Suzanne Christine Rechtin, Sara Elizabeth Rees, McKenzie Lee Roedig, Rachael Florence Rolfsen, Hannah Claire Schmidt, Jillian Marie Schneider, Katelyn Michelle Schreiver, Megan Elizabeth Schulte, Bridget Madeline Setter, Catherine Rose Sosso, Katelyn Haley Stenger, Katherine Ruth Thamann, Grace Fay Thoeny, Shannon Marie Thomas, Mary Alexandra VonLehman, Krista K. Waugaman, Jessica Marie Williams, Ellen Paige Williamson, Michelle Lynn Wissman, Rebecca Lynn Wuestefeld, and Megan Marie Wurzbacher.

Scott High School

Kathleen May Marie Ellen Archer, Caitlyn Bryn Area, Sophia Grace Ash, Emily Gretchen Askin, Alexander Donald Bachmann, Amanda Jane Barth, Staci Lynne Beetem, Zachary Lee Bezold, Sara Lynn Bishop, Abby Louise Brinkman, Whitney Renee Brockman, Benjamin Gregory Cain, Caitlyn Nichole Capek, Joann Marie Chauvin, Krista Noel Clark, Allison Marie Damron, Anna Victoria Erpenbeck, Jordan Thomas Fite, Kirsten Rochelle Franxman, Jennifer Lee Fredley, Latasha Renee Fultz, Beau Ryan Gergel, Coty Michael Groeschen, Tyler David Groneck, Colton Atticus Gurley, Seth Allen Hale, Sarah Frances Handlon, Bryan Daniel Hill, Courtney Marie Howard, Taylor Frances Jackson, Matthew Jordan Kees, Mackenzie Rae Kinman, Kaylee Danielle Laroche, Jared Christopher Laughlin, Alex Michael Lefebvre, Jenna Marie Lehkamp, Brandi Lynn Lukey, Alexander Ross Marksberry, Jesse Tyler Merrell, Erin Leigh Mersch, Drew Edward Miller, Angela Marie Mischke, Jordon Paige Moran, Arthur George Muth V, Stephanie Lynn Nagel, Ryan William Nolte, Ashley Marie Norris, Lauren Michelle O'Conner, Samantha Louise Ohr, Alexandra Lee Osborne, Alexis Lauren Peace, Jessica Lynn Phillips, Taylor Lyndsy Rains, Christie Nicole Remley, Alexandra Marie Robke, Jennifer Lynn Rohling, Kimberly Clarice Rust, Brooke Leigh Schwierjohann, Brandon Lee Shelton, Tiffany

Marie Shields, Amanda Nicole Soward, Kimberly Rose Steffen, Heather Lynn Thomas, Felicia Marie Thompson, Lauren Rachelle Tibbs, Nicole Lynn Tomaszewski, Lauren Elizabeth Trame, Austin Forest Unkraut, Taylor Dawn Gray Veneman, Joseph Benjamin Wallace, Nathan Gregory Wessel, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Wesseler, and Alexandra Michelle Wolff.

Simon Kenton High School

Jarett Kenneth Bach, Jami Nicole Bamberger, Jillian Marie Bergman, Clayton Vance Berkemeier, Jamie Lynne Biddle, Allie Elizabeth Bilz, Erica Rae Blau, Emily Mary Braunwart, Jeri Ann Bray, Benjamin Daniel Bridges, Gailen Wayne Bridges, Kelsey Renee Butler, Chasity Chontae Cannon, Brandon Scott Capps, Elyssa Nicole Carmony, Kyle Steven Chambers, Casey Alexa Chesnut, Ashley Marie Childers, Matthew Charles Childers, Cody Alan Cioffe, Cathy Lee Clemons, Bethani Joyce Collins, Ryan Michael Collins, Jessie Lynn C o o p e r, Garrett Christopher Daniels, Matthew Allen Deaton, Michelle Suzanne Deaton, Gabrial Lynn Decker, Samantha Jean Dotson, Allison Laurie Durr, Jenna Marie Ebert, Katharine Ann Elmore, Timothy Patrick Feidler, Arielle Ferre, Ryan Joseph Fields, Kollie Marie Flanagan, Lindsey Ann Freudenberg, Tanesha Evon Gadlen, Stephanie Marie Garrison, Nicholas Allen Gray, Anela Hadzic, MacKenzie Karrmen Hammond, Samantha Leigh

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Cardiologists with The Christ Hospital Are First in Greater Cincinnati Region to Perform Heart Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery Aortic stenosis (AS) results from the hardening or narrowing of the aortic valve; AS obstructs the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It is one of the two most common heart valve problems in the United States and ranks among the top five Medicare cardiac diagnoses. Patients with severe AS may experience chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting. Although AS typically progresses slowly without symptoms, once symptoms occur the prognosis is guarded and survival is limited. Treatment of AS has traditionally involved open heart surgical valve replacement, which has considerable morbidity and mortality in elderly, frail individuals with complicating medical issues. Now, physicians at The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital are involved in a clinical research study (The PARTNER II Trial) using the Edwards SAPIEN XT valve. This allows doctors to replace the aortic valve without open heart surgery by using a catheter instead. The Christ Hospital is the only center between Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio to offer this novel, less invasive valve trial. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) provides a treatment option for patients with symptomatic AS who are not candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery. “Unfortunately, elderly patients with multiple medical problems may not survive traditional valve surgery,” says Dean Kereiakes, M.D., principal investigator in Cincinnati for The PARTNER II Trial and medical director at The Lindner Center for Research and Education and The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. “Our goal in joining The PARTNER II Trial is to provide a new treatment option and hope for these individuals.”

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Week at Simon Kenton

• The Simon Kenton softball team beat Holy Cross 156, May 16. Simon’s Courtney Morgan was 2-3 with a double and three RBI. On May 19, Simon Kenton beat Highlands 8-1. Simon’s Morgan was 3-4 with a homerun and two RBI. • In the first round of the Ninth Region boys tennis tournament, May 16, Simon Kenton’s Daniels beat Villa Madonna’s Poos 6-0, 6-1. In the first round of doubles, Nick Kentrup and Ethan Hargett beat Lloyd’s J. Lunken and Provinsky 6-2, 6-4; and Tyler Stephens and Darryl Brown beat Lloyd’s T. Lunken and Bogard 6-1, 6-3. • In the second round of the Ninth Region girls tennis tournament, May 16, Simon Kenton’s Katherine Hahnel and Olivia Wassom beat Villa Madonna’s Plummer and Gasbright.

The week at Holy Cross

• In the first round of the Ninth Region boys tennis tournament, May 16, Holy Cross’ Evan Sullivan beat Walton Verona’s Lussi 6-4, 60. In the second round, Sullivan lost to Dixie Heights’ Thompson 6-2, 6-0. In the first round of doubles, Jerry Arlinghaus and Davis Stropko beat St. Henry’s Linkugel and Keller 6-2, 6-4. • The Beechwood baseball team beat Holy Cross 8-2, May 17. Holy Cross’ Rob Broering and Tyler Johnson collected an RBI each. On May 19, Holy Cross beat Cooper 6-0. Holy Cross’ Blake Tiberi was 4-4 with a double, a triple and four RBI. • In softball on May 19, Boone County beat Holy Cross 11-8. Brittany Niehaus was 2-2 and scored three runs for Holy Cross.

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The week at Scott

• In the first round of the Ninth Region boys tennis tournament, May 16, Scott’s A.J. Berk beat St. Henry’s Jaindel 6-1, 6-1, but lost in the second round to Ryle’s Y. Okita. In the first round of doubles, Scott’s Jacob Annekan and Billy Henry beat Walton-Verona’s Warren and Schmidt 7-6, 7-6, but lost to Dixie Heights’ Jackson and Feltner 6-3, 6-1. • In the second round of the Ninth Region girls tennis tournament, May 16, Scott’s Manning beat Boone County’s McQueary. • In softball on May 19, Scott beat Holmes 11-2. Scott’s Roma Maloney was 44 with four RBI and three doubles.

The week at St. Henry

• In the second round of the Ninth Region girls tennis tournament, May 16, St. Henry’s D’Angillo and Schenck beat Villa Madonna’s Martin and Crems.

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Pandas, Colonels lead regional tennis By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY – There were extra stakes for Covington Catholic High School players in the Ninth Region finals May 20. The Colonels had their sights on individual boys singles and doubles titles when they began their matches at Boone Woods in Burlington. But apart from individual glory, the Colonels had to win at least one of those finals to claim their 10th straight team championship. The Colonels doubles team of senior Andrew Schult and sophomore Scott Drees took care of that, beating Villa Madonna sophomores Deuce Gibson and Marius Van Melle in the championship. “It feels good to be back on top,” Schult said. “It was a really tough match. They’re really good players. We’ve been in tough situations. We have a lot of chemistry out there.” Junior Stephen Schafer then continued the school tradition of singles champions by winning the regional singles championship. He edged Ryle senior Yushi Okita in a third-set tiebreaker in the final to win his first championship with 2010 CCH graduate Jimmy Roebker watching. Roebker, now playing for Xavier, was the state champ


St. Henry senior Maggie Bieger hits a shot during the Ninth Region girls singles tournament in tennis May 16. in 2009 and 2010. “I like to think I’m as good as Jimmy Roebker, but I’m not,” Schafer said with a laugh. He knew the final would be a tough battle. “I just had to work through it. I had to change things up because Yushi is such a great player. Throughout the match, it was a battle of strategy.”

Schult, Drees, and Schafer will all play in the individual state tourney, which begins May 26 in Lexington. As will Haden Cotton, who lost in the singles semifinals. The team win advanced the Colonels to the state sectional, which was part of this year’s new postseason format. Cov Cath lost to Model in the quarterfinals. “What impresses me the most about this group is they know what it means to win,” said head coach Al Hertsenberg. “They’ve learned from the players in the past and the graduates who have come back to hit with them. Stephen just refused to let go because he’s playing not just for Stephen but for Covington Catholic.” For VMA’s Gibson, it will be his second state appearance and the first for Van Melle. They had played together in past years but only a few matches this season before the regionals. They were looking for VMA’s first regional title since 2006. “I’m really excited to get down to state again,” Gibson said. “I’m glad that two sophomores made it.” Notre Dame rolled to another regional tournament title and has a chance for its second straight state team title. The Pandas had all the singles and doubles finalists, who will go to state in


Dixie Heights’ Eric Thompson hits in the quarterfinals of the Ninth Region boys singles tournament in tennis May 18. the individual tournament. Junior Madie Cook won her first regional singles title, beating teammate Kelli Taylor. Catriona Shaughnessy and Laura Irons repeated as regional doubles champions, knocking off fellow Pandas Alyssa Kennedy and Bess Fley. Cook is seeded third at state. Shaughnessy and Irons are seeded fifth and Kennedy/Fley 9-16.

The Pandas are still alive in the team tournament, which is separate from the singles and doubles tourneys now. On May 21, the Pandas won their sectional tournament and will play Assumption in the team semifinals on Thursday, May 26. The winner faces Lone Oak or Russell May 28. See more sports coverage at /blogs/presspreps.

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Week at Dixie Heights

• In the first round of the Ninth Region boys tennis tournament, May 16, Dixie Heights’ Thompson beat Lloyd’s Lewis 6-1, 6-1. In round two, Thompson beat Lloyd’s Lewis 6-1, 6-1. In the first round of doubles, Dixie’s Jackson and Feltner beat Conner’s Hodge and T. Jounson 6-1, 6-1, going on to beat Scott’s Annekan and Henry 63, 6-1. • In the second round of the Ninth Region girls tennis tournament, May 16, Dixie’s Warden beat St. Henry’s Jones.

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Notre Dame’s Katherine Koplay, center, beat out Olivia McGregor from Ryle, and Campbell County’s Molly Kitchen during the girls 100-meter dash during the 3A regional meet at Ryle.

Red, blue Colonels claim titles in track By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY - Covington Catholic High School rolled to the victory in the Class 2A, Region 4 track and field championship at Harrison County May 21, scoring 145 points to 81 for Lexington Catholic. The Colonels won five events. Austin Hudepohl claimed the 300 hurdles, Will Torbeck the pole vault and Michael Bowdy the long jump. Bowdy and Hudepohl teamed with Connor Maschinot and Thomas Batts to win the 4x100 and CCH won the 4x800 with Matt Baker, Alex Flynn, Christian Greenwell and Sean Kreke. Dixie Heights won its first regional track championship since 1957, scoring 125 points to win the local Class 3A regional by 22 points over Ryle. Dixie had four regional champions and eight runner-up finishes. Logan Norris-Sayres won the 200 and was second in the 100. Michael Menkhaus won the 3,200. Trey Naber won the 300 hurdles. Naber, Nathan Meyer, Chris Sikra and Joey Caudill won the 4x200.

Caudill was also runner-up in the 400. Matt Reekers had two runner-up finishes, and Dixie was runner-up in three relays. Sikra placed second in the pole vault. Notre Dame was second in the girls Class 3A Region 5 meet. Katherine Koplyay won the 100 meters and was second in the 200. Mary List won the 1,600 and Leah Bramlage the pole vault. Katie Zembrodt was second in the long jump and 300 hurdles. Brenna Schutzman and Kate Hengelbrok had runner-up finishes, and NDA was also second in two relays. St. Henry finished second in both the boys and girls regional meets in Class 1A. In girls, Ashley Svec won the three longest races, the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Abby Janszen won the 400 and Celia Eltzroth the triple jump. St. Henry won the 4x400 with Janszen, Sarah Wheeler, Taylor Connett and Taylor Gamm. Connett and Gamm also won the 4x800 with Alyssa Whittle and Sydney Pitts. In boys, Craig Aldridge won the high jump and Zach Haacke the pole vault.

St. Henry also won the 4x800 relay. Lloyd was second in the girls Class 2A Region 4 meet and seventh in boys. Jessica Crabtree was regional champion in the 100 hurdles and triple jump, and also ran on Lloyd's runner-up 4x100 relay. Torey Duncan was runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,200. Tyler Bray won two regional titles for the boys team, claiming the 110meter hurdles and high jump. Simon Kenton won three titles in the Class 3A Region 5 meet. Sage Powell won the long jump and triple jump. Austin Baldwin won the discus. Both Pioneers automatically qualified for the state meet. Christina Cook was runner-up in the girls 400 to automatically qualify for state. Scott's Jacob Groeschen finished second to Baldwin by just one inch in the discus and will compete at state. In girls, the Eagles won three titles. Katie Bell won the long jump, Jenna Lehkamp the shot put and Brooke Kitinic the discus. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.

Voting has begun for the third-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by newsp a p e r readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber w h o s h o w excellence in the classr o o m , community and in their sports. On the ballot for Kenton County are: Jonathan Danks, Lloyd; Cameron Haynes, Scott; Nick Jehn, Holy Cross; Bobby Leonard, Dixie Heights; Andrew Moran, Calvary Christian; Stephen Schafer, Covington Catholic; Matt Trammel, Dixie Heights; Max Williamson, Covington Catholic Sportswomen – Brittney Brohier, Notre Dame Academy; Abby Janszen, St. Henry; Brianna McCarthy, Beechwood; Liz Niehaus, Calvary Christian; Lauren Tibbs, Scott; Lauren Vennefron, Villa Madonna; Sydni Wainscott, Simon Kenton; Ellen Williamson, Notre Dame Academy. You can reach the ballots by clicking on any of the links designated for each of the three counties in Northern Kentucky and 12 Ohio ballots attached to

specific Community Press newspapers. Schools covered by that newspaper are listed below the newspaper name. These names were derived from about 250 nominat i o n s received o n l i n e from the readers h i p , coaches and athletic directors. Not all nominations were u s e d . Some topname athletes might not be on these ballots because they do not attend schools covered by the weekly newspapers. Voting starts Friday, May 20, and runs until midnight Monday, June 6. Top vote-getter wins. Voters can cast up to 150 votes per day. The winners will be announced publicly online and in print June 22-23. Voters will need a user account to cast a ballot. Sign up by using the link at the top, left-hand corner of or the link attached to your desired ballot. Contact Jordan Kellogg at for assistance to get your account set up. For all other questions on the Sportsman of the Year, contact Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@

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Freedom play at home this week The 2011 Florence Freedom Opening Day roster includes six returning players and a total of eight players who have previously played for the Freedom. Florence started out winning its first three games of the 2011 season May 2022 in Evansville, Ind. The Freedom are at home through May 29. New manager Fran Riordan, the winningest manager in Frontier League history, has built the roster around two established Freedom aces, Preston Vancil and Andy Clark. Vancil returns to the Freedom after spending 2010 in the Seattle Mariners organization. He threw the first no-hitter in

Chris Ingoglia comes back to Florence after pitching for the Freedom in 2008. Ingoglia won a game against Evansville last week. Returning veteran Michael Campbell and former Cleveland Indians farmhand Juan Valdes will anchor the Freedom outfield. Campbell hit .317 in 41 games for the Freedom in 2010 before suffering a season-ending arm injury. Valdes hit .292 in 51 games as a member of Riordan’s Lake County Fielders team in the Northern League. “Michael has a lot of experience in this league,” Riordan said. “He is a good veteran who handles himself like a pro and is a posi-

Freedom history as a rookie in 2009 and had a 1.98 ERA for the Mariners rookie level affiliates last season. Clark enters his fourth season with the Freedom after anchoring the staff with a 9-4 record and 3.41 ERA in 2010. He ranked in the Top 10 in the Frontier League in wins and strikeouts last season. He picked up a win against Evansville. “Those guys (Clark and Vancil) are two rocks in the starting rotation,” Riordan said. “They have had a lot of success and can throw a lot of innings and keep the team in the game. That gives us a huge advantage.” Right-hander Tim Holmes returns to the pitching staff and southpaw



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We need volunteers to help Ax The Tax in Kenton County!

The Northern Kentucky Tea Party is again representing “We The People” as we move forward with a petition drive to place the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Council (NKAPC) on the November ballot. The Lumberjacks are organizing to take the Ax to the Tax and we are seeking all those interested. Bring your time and your talents.

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When: Thursday, May 26 at 7:00PM Where: Kenton County Library, Kenton Lands Road What to bring: A hands on attitude to help us take America Back! The NKAPC is the only area planning council in Kentucky. The NKAPC will take $3.4 million dollars from Kenton County property owners in 2011. Check the tax bill on your property. Check the tax bill on your car, boat, motorcycle or RV. You own it, they tax it! The NKAPC is illegal, costly and unnecessary. Visit for updates and more information. Not able to attend? Email to sign up to help or to add your NKAPC horror story to our growing complaint list. Advertisement paid for by Northern Kentucky Tea Party, Carol Halpin, Treasurer CE-0000462346

Lace up your shoes and join us as the Kenton County Public Library Foundation presents the “Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk” presented by U.S. Bank. After the race enjoy a free pancake breakfast courtesy of First Watch restaurants.



Serving and protecting the community? Wanting to protect yourself or your family? Keep your skills sharp.

JUNE COURSE OFFERINGS Full Summer course schedule available at What: Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk When: Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m.

Race day registration is $25 per participant. Includes a performance running T-shirt while supplies last

Where: Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY

Register: With a credit card at or

Why: Proceeds from the race benefit the Library’s early childhood literacy programs.

With check or money order: pick up a brochure in the Library

JUNE 4 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Introduction to Forensics & Crime Scene Investigation JUNE 11 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Firearms 101

CHIP TIMED FOR 2011! Cost: Pre-registration $20 per participant by Tuesday, May 31 if mailed; Thursday, June 2 if online.


JUNE 18 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Firearms 201 Introduction to Self-Defense Introduction to Home Security JUNE 25 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Introduction to Self-Defense Interrogation Techniques: Best Practices

The Center for Security and Crime Prevention is operated by the Division of Justice Studies at Beckfield College. Classes are offered on Saturdays or upon request. Training sessions occur at Beckfield College’s Florence Campus or at a site determined by client and instructor. CE-0000462315

All classes are $50/course. Monthly schedules and registration forms available at Questions: or Dr. Jack Brown, Dean of Justice Studies, 859-371-9393.


Erlanger Recorder

May 26, 2011




Driver training

Hadley Owens, 5, and Addison Deaton, 4, both of Taylor Mill, came out to Burlington to climb on the equipment provided by the Boone County Public Works Department in honor of Public Works Week May 21 in Burlington.

The Republican plan to address gas prices Record high gas prices are straining Kentuckians’ wallets, squeezing family budgets, and putting pressure on struggling businesses. Beyond the strain on the family budget, these high fuel costs pose a mortal threat to the economic rebound our country needs. High gas prices are a serious concern—and Kentuckians want solutions. Unfortunately, the answers coming from the Obama Administration and liberal Democrats in Washington are not serious. Their latest proposal is to raise taxes on American energy production. If you’re curious how that could possibly lower prices at the pump, you’ve got reason for suspicion. Even they admit it won’t. Here is what Democrat Finance Committee Chairman Senator Max Baucus had to say about their plan: “This is not going to change the price at the gasoline pump.” Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu added, “It will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny.” So their plan to raise taxes by $21 billion over 10 years on energy producers won’t do anything about the pain at the pump, but it will outsource energy jobs and make America more dependent on foreign oil. That’s not only my view; it’s also the view of the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which concluded that the Democrats’ proposal would “likely increase foreign dependence.” So what are they doing about gas prices again? President Obama and Washington Democrats’ record couldn’t be clearer. Over the last two years, the president’s administration has delayed, revoked, suspended, or canceled many energy development opportunities, hindering not only greater energy production but also the much-needed jobs that would come with it. They’ve canceled dozens of leases, imposed a moratorium on energy exploration off the Gulf Coast, raised permit fees, or held up permits altogether in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain West, and offshore. As gas prices continue to climb, this Administration’s latest







tax hike proposal is a frantic attempt to distract us from what can only be described as their war on energy production and the jobs that come with it. Fortunately, Republicans have an alternative proposal that actually seeks to boost domestic energy production. It’s a real solution to the nation’s problem of high gas prices and not enough jobs, not a tax increase that would just make things worse. The Republican plan would return American offshore energy production to where it was before the Obama Administration clamped down on American energy. It would direct the federal government to continue with previously scheduled offshore lease sales in Virginia, Alaska and the Gulf. It would rip away the red tape that has hindered energy production by putting reasonable time limits on the review process for drilling permits. The Interior Department would have 30 days to review permit applications—to make a decision one way or the other—with two opportunities to extend that time period. The Republican plan would require the Interior Department to provide a reasonable rationale for rejecting a permit. It would provide for an expedited process to review questions about the process in court. This is a reasonable, commonsense plan that has been endorsed by job creators like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. Addressing high gas prices, creating jobs, and lessening our dependence on foreign sources of oil are exactly what we should be working to accomplish in Washington. With $4-per-gallon gas, sky-high unemployment, and instability in the Middle East, it’s far past time for the Democrats in Washington to explain why they’re not interested.



Travel around the world I’m Sheryl Ruberg-Epping, also known as “Mom” to six kids ages 6 through 19-years-old. From this past September to April, we have travelled across the United States, something I’ve always dreamed of but never fathomed possible. Yes, it was exciting to realize a dream. Our journey began as we drove with Miss Alice Ramsey, the first woman to make a cross country journey from New York to San Francisco. We then brought fruit trees across the Plains with apples to Oregon. Upon meeting John Stetson, we were able to meet up with a local hat maker in downtown Cincinnati. My kids were thrilled to meet Lightning Larry who brought love to the Wild West with lightning bolts of love. They also shared Rudy Soto’s struggle. He was a Native American child who had to decide to set free the hawk that he had cared for. All of us grew to love Miss Tizzy, an elderly neighborhood woman who showed us how to truly love from the heart no matter what a person’s cultural background. Then we spent time in Washington D.C. with a new friend named Sassy, as she tried out for

the summer dance festival. Creativity and imagination helped us persevere as we rode a stagecoach from Missouri to California with Sheryl Amanda and Ruberg- her family. Epping While in California, Maybelle, Community the Cable Car Recorder showed us how guest a positive atticolumnist tude could keep things afloat in San Francisco. All the time we never realized that we had lived so close to where Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and his wife lived in Seville, Ohio. He’s recorded as the tallest man in the world at 7 feet11 inches! Then there was our visit to Detroit where we met Frankie, whose family never hesitated to share what they had with any passing hoboes – even Frankie’s favorite sweater. Phew, yes, this year has been action packed and the most wonderful year to say the least. How-

ever, my husband didn’t even blink an eye when I told him of our travel plans since it didn’t involve the high prices of gasoline. You see, all this was made possible by our use of the Kenton County Public Library and the other Northern Kentucky Libraries. We never left home. We journeyed through the stories we read and the pictures we saw. We tracked our path on a large map, wrote stories and poems, drew state seals and more. The Library is one of the most wonderful, affordable treasures available to everyone. Whether we’re stopping by to pick up or return books, videos and CD’s, use the computers or attend the awesome programs, my kids are always anxious to make the trip. It sometimes feels like our home away from home. We want to make the invitation to you: You’re welcome to join us and make it yours too! Who knows where we’ll journey next. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to all those who make such a place so special. Sheryl Ruberg-Epping is a Kenton County Public library patron and local resident.

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Arnett Elementary at the Capitol

A group of students from Arnett Elementary School in Erlanger took a tour of the State Capitol in Frankfort. Students received souvenir packets on behalf of State Representative Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger.

What makes the perfect candidate for public office? As we enter the post primary political season, I thought I’d share with you my characteristics of a perfect candidate. 100 percent Commitment to the Race – A candidate must decide they are all in. If not, everyone connected to the campaign will be disappointed. Look Like What They Are Running For – A candidate should look like what they are running for. By the way, statistics show taller candidates have an advantage and it’s tough for a bald man to be elected. Be Able to Raise Money – There are exceptions in this internet age to the money issue, but we are speaking of the perfect candidate. You have to be able to raise the money from supporters. Voters are always leery of self financed campaigns. Right on the Issues –Whatever the issues are, a candidate needs to be on the right side of them. Trust – It matters. When I ran political campaigns, polling always revealed trust as the number one issue. Character – The brother of trust is character. If a candidate has few blemishes in their personal life, they will gain more trust. Timing – Right candidate. Right race. Right time. Right cause.

Speaking Ability – We live in a mass communication age. It’s a required trait of an office seeker to be able to speak extemporaneously to a crowd and do it well. Courage – Every day of the campaign, a candidate needs to take a Eric Deters courage stand and make Community tough choices. Suppor t– Can Recorder Family any of us function at guest work or home if our our spouse, or columnist family, our children are in a state of disarray? Good People Around You – Every good candidate has loyal, honest, hardworking soldiers around them. Leadership Traits – Think of every trait which makes a leader. Our perfect candidate has them. Motivates. Leads by example. Hard Work – A candidate has to outwork his opponent and never take anything for granted. Sense of Humor – People like to laugh. Candidates who take themselves too serious turn off voters. Self deprecating humor is

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powerful. Good Health – We don’t want our perfect candidate breaking down along the campaign trial. Brains – Our perfect candidate is going to have a well rounded intellect. Common Sense – No matter how intelligent someone is, our perfect candidate needs practical common sense to solve problems. Record – We don’t need a public service record or any record which can be used against our perfect candidate. It also helps if the candidate background reflects worthy accomplishments.

When you evaluate a candidate, you should measure them against these attributes, and others, as you access both their ability to win and their ability to do the job. I’m confident I left a few out. Eric Deters is an attorney with offices in Independence who grew up in the area.



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Erlanger resident Danielle Blakeney, 20, will compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece this summer. She also will light the ceremonial toch for the 2011 Special Olympics Kentucky State Games in early June.


BodyShape Fitness in Independence now hosts free fitness classes every Tuesday and Wednesday. BodyShape General Manager Allen Dunaway says the boot camp will be a chance for people to get a taste of what fitness at BodyShape would be like.

BodyShape offers free boot camp

By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - Boot camps aren’t just for the military. BodyShape Fitness, located at 6424 Taylor Mill Road in Independence, recently started a Wednesday boot camp class featuring the teachings of Nigel Price, former strength coach for the Cincinnati Reds. The class will teach correct exercise techniques and will be different each week, said Allen Dunaway, general manager of BodyShape Fitness. The first class is free. Visitors pay $15 each for each class after or $75 a month to attend unlimited classes. Fitness enthusiasts can also try out a taekwondo or kickboxing class with personal trainer Rachel Grebe every Tuesday, Dunaway said. “If they start seeing results and they like what they see, they’ll want to come back for more,” Dunaway said. The full-service gym, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this summer, has a “small town” atmosphere, Dunaway said. “We’re family oriented. People come in and we know their names,” he said. “We see you every day and

we want to make sure you’re accomplishing your fitness goal.” Gym membership starts at $24.99 monthly and includes free parking, day care, towel service, lockers and wifi, Dunaway said. Every person who joins gets a free session with a trainer, a fitness evaluation and nutrition plan. People can also take advantage of the gym’s 10day trial pass. “If someone were to use the free class, they could get a 10-day pass at the front door and that would be enough time to see if they can get what they came for here,” he said. For more information about the boot camp or BodyShape Fitness, call 363-8900 or visit the gym’s facebook page at http:// BodyShape Fitness is located across from the Cherokee Plaza behind Vivid Tan and is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more Independence news visit If you would like to nominate a Kenton County small business for a spotlight in this spot email editor Brian Mains at

Olympiads prepare for Greece

By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - Danielle Blakeney is less than two weeks from the start of one of the busiest summers she’s ever had. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Blakeney, a rhythmic gymnast who lives in Erlanger, is headed to Eastern Kentucky University from June 3-5 for the 2011 Special Olympic State Summer Games. As the 2010 Special Olympics Kentucky Co-Athlete of the Year, Blakeney, 20, is being given the honor of lighting the opening torch for the games. “I just hope I don’t set my hair on fire,” she said with a smile. But while competing at the state games would be enough for some, Blakeney won’t be done yet. Less than two weeks after the state games, Blakeney will join the rest of Team USA at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Among her teammates is Union resident Josh Alexander, who will be competing in bowling. “I’m really excited,” said Blakeney, a Boone County High School grad who has lived in Northern Kentucky her entire life. “I like performing in front of people and competing. I’m a tiny bit nervous, but I’m more excited.” Blakeney’s journey to the world games started at age 11, when she was leaving a regular gymnastic les-


Danielle Blakeney shows off some her medals and awards at her Erlanger house. Blakeney has been competing in rhythmic gymnastics since she was 11.

son and caught a glimpse of a rhythmic gymnast getting ready to perform. “Her eyes lit up when she saw that sparkling uniform and she turned to me and said ‘I want to do that’,” recalled her mom, Colleen. “So we got into it, and she’s been going strong ever since. She loves it.” Blakeney’s passion for the sport is evident through her work ethic. She trains every day for around three

hours, using free gym time given to her by Mary Jo Menning of MJM Studios in Florence. She trains with Liliya Khasin, who was trained in the former Soviet Union. Team USA Coach Mary Fehrenbach also lives in Kentucky. In December, Blakeney also received the Empowerment Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, and recently finished competition in the first-ever Special Olympics North America Championships, winning five gold medals. She also took home four gold medals from the 2010 USA National Games, and even received a Shining Star Award from the state of Kentucky in 2010 for being an athlete and honor student. “I never imagined she’d get to have all this opportunities through this,” said Colleen. “We always thought it would be cool, but then it started happening and it was just amazing. She’s had some terrific experiences.” For her part, Blakeney manages to stay focused and grounded as she takes it all in. In fact, her trip to Greece is only the second leg of her journey this summer, as she’ll head to Switzerland after that for the 2011 World Gymnaestrada, the largest gymnastic exhibition in the world. It is held every four years, and focuses more on performances than medal-winning. “I just want to do the best I can and have fun,” she said. “I get to meet new friends and perform in front of a lot of people. It’s fun for me.”

Author Capek to sign at Joseph-Beth on June 9 At 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9 Northern Kentucky author Michael Capek will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Commons, Cincinnati to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Steamboat Shuffle, ” a historical novel for middle grade readers. The novel tells the story of eleven year-old Jovie Bibbs, a boy with big problems. Ever since his father went missing in World War I, he and his mother have lived hand-to-mouth in the seedy attic room of a Mt. Adams boarding house. Now Mrs. Bibbs is ill and can no

longer work. Unless Jovie can find a way to convince the Army to declare his father officially dead and release his back pay, he'll have to go to an orphanage. Either that or live on the streets like his pal Tuggs, a jive-talking newsie with troubles of his own. But Jovie has a plan that could solve everything – meet President Warren Harding and his wife, Florence, when they come to town and ask for their help. His quest sends him on an Ohio River adventure towards an outcome even Jovie's vivid imagination could not have dreamed up.

Michael Capek is a life-long resident of Kenton County. He taught language arts for 27 years at WaltonVerona High School. His published works include dozens of stories and articles in popular children's magazines, a wide range of classroom and education materials, 10 nonfiction books for young readers, and two adult local histories. “The Steamboat Shuffle” is Michael's first published novel. Copies of “The Steamboat Shuffle” are available from or wherever books are sold. Visit for more information.

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Erlanger Recorder

May 26, 2011



A Closer Look, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Features Kaleidoscopes of the 21st Century, international exhibition produced by the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society of Artists. Show demonstrates evolution of kaleidoscopes into a sculptural art form. More than 100 interactive kaleidoscopes. Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.


Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Free. 859-2618333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 859781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up a passport at one of the five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Information and list of participating wineries at website. Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.


Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Bar Monet, 837 Willard St., With Chill Will, also known as DJ Love MD. No cover. 859-491-2403. Covington/Mainstrasse. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, With Jay. 859866-6810. Elsmere.


David Allan Coe, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With Dallas Moore. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets for April 8 will be honored. Performing his top original hits. $20. 859-491-2444. Covington.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859-2612365; Covington.


Norma Jean, 6 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With After the Burial, Motionless In White, For the Fallen Dreams and Stray From the Path. Explosions II Part Deux Tour. $17, $15 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington. The Why Store, 8 p.m., Radiodown, 620 Scott Blvd., $12 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Dan Cummins, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. Ages 18 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Showtune, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Musical revue celebrates words and music of Jerry Herman, composer and lyricist for Broadway shows. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through May 28. 513-4748711; Newport. Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Most popular-by-demand sketches and songs. Food and drink available. $20-$30. Through July 9. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Road Trip to Senior PGA Championship, 8 a.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Fee includes gate entry and round-trip Executive Coach transportation to Valhalla Golf Club. $49. Registration required. 859-371-3200; courses/index.html. Independence.


In a League of Our Own: Play Ball! Knothole Baseball in Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611; Walton. Euchre Tournaments, 12:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Arrive early. All money goes back to participant winners. $3 cover charge, ten cents every euchre. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611; Walton.




Holly Spears, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., The Reef, 1301 Fourth Ave., Free. 859-261-8801. Dayton.


The Rusty Griswolds, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport.

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Burlington Spring Horse Show, 7-11 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Horse show, vendors, activities, concessions and more. Benefits BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center. $4; free for ages 9 and under. 859-371-4410; Burlington.

Basketball Summer Camp Sign-ups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp features former UK basketball stars Troy McKinley, Dickey Beal, Cedric Jenkins, Kyle Macy, Jack Givens, Leroy Byrd, Roger Harden and Tom Heitz. Grades 1-12. Camp held June 13-17. $175. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Summer Slam Sports Day Camp Sign-ups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp designed to provide top-shelf recreational experience and safe and growing social experience. Family friendly. $125. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Coach Ken Shields Summer Camp Signups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp led by former NKU head coach. Camp held July 25-28. $125. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Sports of All Sorts Basketball Camp SignUps, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camps to be held June 27-30 and July 6-9. Fundamental camps open to any boy or girl going into grades 1-9 of next school year and will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. $100. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754; Union. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 8


Nocturnals and Devil’s Point, 10:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Male and female, ages 18 and up for various roles in two horror movies. Also, crew positions including special FX, VFX, makeup, art design and more. Sides available to read from. Bring head shot and/or resume. Pay is deferred; copy, credit and food provided. Each film shot in HD for approximately two months. “Nocturnals” begins in July. “Devil’s Point” begins in September. Appointment required by email: sovereign@yahoo. com. Through June 4. 513-967-9623; Erlanger.


Cork and Fork Cooking Classes, 2-3 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd.,With Chef Greg. Family friendly. $35. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Ladies Lessons and Lunch Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Fairway woods/course management. Golf clinics taught by PGA professionals covering the key fundamentals of the game. $25 for one and a half hours of instruction and lunch. Registration required. 859-3713200; email; Independence.


Zumba Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $35 per month unlimited classes; $10 drop in fee, or $5 per class punch cards available for purchase. 859291-2300. Covington.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. River City Rascals., Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Fireworks Friday. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Through Sept. 1. 859-594-4487; Florence.

Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington.




Women’s Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Games start June 24. Deposit of $100 required at time of registration with balance due day of first game. Family friendly. $475 per team. 859-3727754. Union.


Cities across Kenton County will be hosting parades to honor veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The Erlanger/Elsmere Memorial Day Parade will be 9 a.m. at the Ralph Fulton VFW Post No. 6423 in Elsmere and will make a stop at the Vietnam and Korean Wall Memorial on Dixie Highway before ending at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will have a wreath ceremony to honor all veterans. Independence’s parade will be 10:30 a.m. and go from Memorial Park to the Kenton County Courthouse. The Park Hills Memorial Day Parade will be 11:30 a.m. starting at Notre Dame Academy and ending on Park Drive. A flag raising ceremony will follow at Trolley Park. Pictured are Girl Scouts Katie Warner of Independence and Isabella Baker of Walton from troop 1333 in last year’s Erlanger Memorial Day Parade.

Pulse8 CD Release Show, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open at 8 p.m. With the Earth Laid Bare, Beyond the Divide and Black Tractor. Each paid admission will receive a copy of new 10 song CD. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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Dan Cummins, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport. Live Bait Comedy, 9 p.m., Strikers Grill & Bar, 7704 Dixie Hwy., Comics performing are Ray Price, Jack Wilson, Ranaan Hershberg and John Mayhugh.With Phil Castellano and DJ Timmy G. No cover. 859-363-9848. Florence.


RGI River Run, 9-11 a.m., Purple People Bridge, Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; Third Street, Newport, Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. 5K run/walk appeals to top runners, recreational athletes and families; includes parent/child team division. Includes Special K for children with disabilities and Children’s Fun Run. Performance by NKY’s Doghouse. Benefits Kicks for Kids. $15, $10 ages 7-17, free ages 6 and under. Registration required. Presented by Kicks for Kids. 859-331-8484; Newport. Just for Fun Dog Show, 11:30 a.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Registration, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Judging at 1 p.m. Door prizes. Competition classes include best groomed, best dressed, cutest, ugliest, best trick and others, $5 entry fee per class. No pedigree required. Awards. Benefits Bawac Rehabilitation Center. Registration required for participants. Presented by Bawac Rehabilitation Center. 859-371-4410; Burlington. Benefit Poker Run, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Buffalo Wings & Rings, 2440 High St., Continental breakfast at 10 a.m. Ride starts at 11 a.m. Includes T-shirt, free wings and Saratoga chips after run. Split-the-pot and music. Benefits Maria Schaffstein Scholarship Fund and Jessica Russo Recovery Fund. $50 sponsors. $25 couple, $15 single. Presented by Buffalo Wings & Rings Crescent Springs. 859-816-7756. Crescent Springs.


Burlington Spring Horse Show, 9 a.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, Championships begin 7 p.m. $4; free for ages 9 and under. 859-3714410; Burlington. Bowling For A Cause Day Party, 4-8 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Food and drink specials, music and free bowling. Part of the Dream Is Real Weekend. Benefits: National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Cincinnati, Operation Step Up and Barbara Howard Reece Fund. Ages 21 and up. $10; plus applicable fees. Presented by Operation Step Up Inc. 859-652-7250. Newport.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. River City Rascals., Champion Window Field, Kids Club. Family Sunday includes Honey Hill Farm petting zoo and Liberty’s Newport Aquarium Kids Club-all children may join via website. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3 0


Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, Participants gather in post parking lot 8 a.m. Small service for fallen commands from Korean War and Vietnam war given at intersection of Dixie Highway and Stevenson Road at Vietnam/Korean Memorials. Parade ends at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Free. 859-816-7423. Elsmere. Veterans Honored at Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Free admission to veterans. A state-of-the-art 60,000-square foot museum of the Bible. $21.95 ages 1359, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg. Memorial Day Parade and Program, 10 a.m., Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike, Parade begins ant school and goes down Burlington Pike/KY 18 onto Ewing Boulevard to the Boone County Veterans Memorial. Program will begin at 11 a.m. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 859282-5655; Florence. Camp Springs Memorial Day Service, 11:30 a.m., Camp Springs Firehouse, 6844 Four Mile Road, After parade a presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Grade School Essay Awards. Community reception follows at noon. Free. Presented by Simon Gosney of American Legion Post 219. 859-635-9255. Camp Springs. Camp Springs Memorial Day Parade, 10:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church Camp Springs, 5977 Lower Tug Fork Road, Parade participants assemble at 10 a.m. Free. Presented by Simon Gosney of American Legion Post 219. 859-635-5013. Campbell County.

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COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright. SENIOR CITIZENS

Bingo, 12:20 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., All collected money goes to the winning players. $1 for two cards. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611. Walton. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 1

CIVIC Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Commission Chambers. Board of supervisors monthly meeting. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell. NATURE

Wild Wednesday: Wildlife from the Cincinnati Zoo, 10 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Pre-Program at 9:30 a.m.: Julia Schenk and Whitney Rich for Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient Northern Kentucky. Rain or shine. Free, donations of nonperishable food and personal care items accepted. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-5257529; Independence. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 2

COMMUNITY DANCE SwinGallery, 8-11:30 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 911:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 29. 513-2909022. Covington. ON STAGE - COMEDY

Kyle Dunnigan, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15. Ages 18 and up. Comedian and actor. 859-9572000; Newport.


Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. Bring lunch; drinks provided. $2. Through Aug. 16. 859-431-2543. Covington.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. River City Rascals., Champion Window Field, Rockin’ Saturday. Post-game concert by Sonny Moorman Group. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2 9


Taste of Cincinnati returns for Memorial Day weekend, with food and music for the 32nd annual edition. Hours are noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29; and noon to 9 p.m. Monday, May 30, over six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway, downtown. Some of the 45 participating restaurants include Bella Luna, City BBQ and Habanero Latin America. Each won Best of Taste awards this year. There are more than 60 musical acts, stand-up comedians and “Dancing with the Stars’” Mark Ballas will perform on the Metromix stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit Pictured is a booth from last year’s festival.

Mommy & Me Time, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn and cartoons on endof-lane screens. Reservations available in two-hour increments. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. Through Dec. 18. 859-625-7250; Newport.


The Cincinnati May Festival continues with its last weekend of choral concerts Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, at Music Hall. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert recital at 7 p.m. each night. The May Festival Chorus is joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and performs Hadyn, May 27; and Mendelssohn, May 28. Tickets are $19-$105. Pre-concert dinners are available at Corbett Tower for $34. Visit or call 513-381-3300.

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When a civilization loses its civility It’s obvious that the noun civility, and the verb to civilize, come from the same root word. The dictionary says that to civilize means “to bring out of a savage, uneducated or rude state and elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine.” A nation can be called a civilization when they have reached a high level of culture, science, industry and government, as well as when the citizens demonstrate courtesy, politeness and good breeding – which is the meaning of civility. So, after acknowledging the above, let’s observe our society and ask some questions. As a country, are we still manifesting the characteristics that indicate a nation becoming ever more civilized? Is the civility we show one another rising or declining? Are we becoming better edu-

cated, courteous and less brutish? To answer these questions, consider the behaviors we tolerate in the workplace, in public, on televiFather Lou sion, in enterGuntzelman tainment, in our on the Perspectives schools, Internet, while driving, etc. Everyone of us can compile our own list of observations and experiences: constant adolescent sitcom titillations, crude political barbs, violence, partial-birth abortions, greed, verbal and sexual abuse, increased drug use, dehumanizing pornography, preying on the very young, road rage, admiration for dysfunctional celebrities, etc.

It’s tragically comical that we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the fword. So we just use it over and over and over. Civility is dying. Who holds a door open for another? Who gets up and gives a seat to an older person? Who refrains from using harsh or hurtful language? If civility is dying that means civilization is as well. We are going downhill, regressing to the savage aggressiveness of the more primitive person. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of young men thrill at watching two men in a cage permitted to kick, punch and assault each other viciously. We euphemistically call it “extreme sport.”

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Sport? A civilized society’s first line of defense is not more policemen and more laws. What is more powerful is when desirable behaviors are entrenched in a civilization’s traditions, moral values and selfrespect. When these elements are taught and practiced, they modify the brutish tendencies that lurk in the shadow-part of human nature. The collective power and lived examples of a civilized society says to others who contemplate following such tendencies, “If you’re going to live here, that’s not done among us.” The respected historian Arnold Toynbee noted in his studies that of all the previous civilizations that have ever existed, most of them waned or fell not because of conquest from without, but from a disintegration from within.


It’s tragically comical that we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the f-word. A healthy civilization is the opposite of a mob. Mob psychology is characterized by a lack of consciousness that leaves its members unaware of themselves and what they’re really doing. A true civilization is marked by an increase in consciousness that makes them aware of their actions and the results. Mobs are frightening, violent and uncivil. A genuine civilization is mostly peaceful, a much safer place, and profoundly civil. 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.

When you call a locksmith are they really local? T h e company, F a s t Batavia Locksmith, sent someone right over, but failed to Howard Ain call KenneHey Howard! da again with the estimate before doing any work. “They were supposed to call me for everything and, obviously, if I didn’t agree with the price I would have just told him to leave. I would have had somebody else come over. It would have been cheaper to get a hammer and knock the lock off and I would have replaced the lock for $30,” Kenneda said. Instead, the locksmith demanded the cousin pay him $160 dollars cash for the opening the door. “For 10 minutes worth of work it costs $160. It’s a joke,” said Kenneda.

He said when he heard about the amount later he immediately called the company but got nowhere and thought about going over to the firm’s Main Street location. He didn’t go, but I did and found there is no 111 East Main St. in Batavia, which is supposedly the home of Fast Batavia Locksmith. I called the company and learned it’s really located – not in Batavia, Ohio – but in New York. When I told Kenneda what I learned he said, “When I looked it up on the computer it said they’re out of Batavia, Ohio. It’s got an address. But, they’re really out of New York? That’s great. I did not know that.” The Better Business Bureau confirms the mail it sent to that Main Street address was returned as undeliverable. The company tells me it can’t comment on this complaint because the Better

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If you get locked out of your house or car and need to hire a locksmith right away, do you know whom to call? Many people will look for a company on the Internet and others will call information on the phone. But, if you’re not careful, the firm you think you’re hiring may not be local – and may not be on the up and up. Kallen Kenneda of Eastgate said his cousin was staying at his house in April and got locked out. Kenneda was out of town so couldn’t help him, but he did check the Internet for what he thought was a local locksmith. Kenneda called the firm and said, “I gave her my address, my phone number, all this stuff. I told her, ‘All the technician’s got to do is come out and pick the little lock – pick the bottom lock. It’ll take five minutes probably.’ She said. ‘OK, it’s going to be $29.95 plus labor, plus parts.’ ”



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Corn bread, iced tea a hit no matter the occasion A couple of days of sunny weather and now we’re back to rain and cool temperatures. One good thing, though. The gardens are full of happy worms, and that makes for healthy veggies and herbs along with easy pickings for the birds. And I’m looking forward to Memorial Day, which is official start of the outdoor party season. And I know lots of you are celebrating graduations so I’m sharing some favorite recipes for those occasions.

Corn bread salad for Memorial Day

Every year I get requests for this recipe always around Memorial Day. I change it up ever year, and this year I’m adding more bacon and a bit more oregano and cheese. I know, it’s not low-fat or low anything, but a real treat to have occasionally. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. It’s easy to make. Feel free to substitute

lower fat ingredients if you want. My editor Lisa suggested p l a i n G r e e k yogurt Rita instead of Heikenfeld s o u r Rita’s kitchen c r e a m . Make sure it’s Greek and not the sweetened type. 1 pkg. (81⠄2 oz.) corn bread/muffin mix 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained or 1-2 jalapeùos, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 3 ⠄4 teaspoon oregano 1 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix 2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern beans, drained 2 cans (15 oz. each) whole kernel corn, drained or equivalent frozen corn, thawed 4 good sized tomatoes, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 cups shredded cheddar Prepare corn bread according to package directions but stir in chilies, cumin, oregano. Pour into sprayed 8-inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half the cornbread into a 13-by-9 pan. Layer with half of the rest of the ingredients and repeat layers, ending with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or more. Serves 10 to 12.

Rachel Ray’s spread adapted by Betty Neal

Betty is an avid cook and loyal reader. 1 cup large olives with pimento 1 clove garlic 1 (8-oz.) package cream

cheese, softened 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 â „2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 sliced whole-grain baguette Parmesan pita crisps, store-bought 1 celery heart, cut into sticks Preheat oven 425 degrees. Place olives in food processor and grate in garlic, add cream cheese and ricotta cheese. Pulse the cheese and olives into a fairly smooth spread. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with hazelnuts. Toast the bread on a baking sheet five to 10 minutes to lightly crisp. Surround the spread with bread, pita crisps and celery.

So good iced tea punch

I love this punch! You’ll be surprised at the flavor – very mild but with a zing. And such a pretty amber color. Perfect for graduations and large gatherings. Serves 16 to 20.

Mix together:

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Tips from Rita’s kitchen

What you need to know when baking with sugar substitutes: Remember that most sugar substitutes come with specific substitution formulas. Always check the package. Keep in mind that baked goods will not be the same when baked with sugar substitutes, mainly because non-sugars do not have the ability to melt and caramelize. When attempting to substitute, be sure to run a test batch. Note that some sweeteners cook much faster than sugar, so be sure to adjust your baking times. Always add extra flavoring everywhere you can;

extra vanilla, citrus juice or zest, spices, extracts. Be creative and keep in mind that you need to override the inherent “cool� flavor sensation of the sweetener you are using. To boost moistness in baked goods, try adding a bit of molasses or honey. To achieve a more golden brown color, try spraying the top of your batter or dough with cooking spray before placing in the oven. When making cookies, remember to flatten them a bit – since the substitute sugars are slower to melt, cookies made with it tend to be slower to spread. For a natural, one-to-one baking blend check out They have lots of Stevia (a natural, herbal sugar substitute) products and there’s no bitter taste. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen� in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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below the $75 national average GED test fee. Official GED test centers receive no state or federal funding. Test centers must operate on the test fees and contributions from their contracting entity – primarily boards of education and community colleges. The GED tests provide adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high schoollevel academic knowledge and skills. The GED consists of five parts – reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Completing the entire test

battery takes just over seven hours. The GED tests are currently offered only in a paper-pencil format at official GED Testing Centers – the tests cannot be taken online. State GED administrators often receive reports from adults who have spent time and precious resources pursuing what they believe are accredited high school equivalency credentials online. Consumers find, after spending $200-$1,200, that these dubious credentials are not accepted by either employers, colleges or universities. Kentuckians interested in taking advantage of free classes and the time-limited free GED testing should contact the adult education center in their county to discuss how to get started. To find the local adult education center, call 800928-7323 or visit http://www.knowhow2go

COVINGTON - The Kenton County Public Library will host its annual Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk June 4 - and organizers are expecting a crowd. About 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual race, which benefits the library’s early childhood literacy initiatives. With prizes for winners, a pancake breakfast from First Watch, T-shirts and a variety of family-friendly activities planned, the crowd won’t be disappointed, according to Robin Klaene, the system’s spokeswoman. “It’s a fun event that supports our early childhood programs...and it’s a great way to kick off the summer,” Klaene said. “You can really feel the energy from the runners, and it’s always an exciting event.” For the first time, runners will wear small chips that record individual race times. Participants can also expect

free chair massages this year, as well as kids’ activities, including a visit from the library’s mascot, Booker. The race, presented by U.S. Bank, will begin at 9 a.m. June 4, in front of the Mary Ann Mongan branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington. Due to construction at the branch, the pancake breakfast, registration and other activities will take place across the street from the library in the parking lot and gym of Gateway Community and Technical College. For the race, pre-registration is $20 per person and can be completed at



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SUCCESS award finalists salute small business Northern Kentucky’s best and brightest small businesses will be honored as part of the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s 2011 Small Business “SUCCESS” Awards. Winners will be announced at a luncheon on Thursday, June 16 at Drawbridge Hotel in Fort Mitchell from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The finalists are: Bexion Pharmaceuticals, LLC; GuardLink of Kentucky LLC; LeanCor, LLC; O’Keeffe Communications; Omega Processing; Society of St. Vincent de PaulNorthern Kentucky; Stewart Iron

Works; The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center; and Van Gorder, Walker & Co., Inc. “We were pleased with the quality and quantity of applications for the awards this year,” said Morgan Feldman, chairwoman of the Small Business Celebration Committee. “Small businesses really are the engine that drives our local economy, and now more than ever, it’s appropriate that we recognize their contributions and impact.” This year’s theme is “Rounding

3rd and heading for SUCCESS!” Attendees will hear from leading businesses in the community as they share the strategies for success that earned them a place in the winner’s circle. Joe Zerhusen, Broadcast and Affiliates Manager for the Cincinnati Reds, is the emcee for the event. Winners will be named in four business-related categories: Service, Professional Service, Manufacturing and Nonprofit. Established in 1996, the Small Business “SUCCESS” Awards rec-

ognize small businesses that have demonstrated growth, financial stability, resourcefulness and creativity to excel in their chosen industries. The winners are selected based on the following criteria: Growth in Financial Performance Over a Three-Year Period; Creativity or Innovation; Growth in Employees or Productivity; Community Service; and Skill at Using Resources. Reservations for the luncheon are required by Thursday, June 9. The cost is $25 for members,

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Kentuckians urged to take 40 gallon water challenge Across the southern United States individuals are being encouraged to take the “40 Gallon Challenge.” The “40 Gallon Challenge”is a regional campaign that challenges residents to conserve at least 40 gallons of water per day. On average Kentuckians

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low-flush toilet. Why conserve water? Depleting our water supplies not only puts the environment at series risk, but also human health. Higher concentrations of natural and human pollutants can be a factor at lower water levels. However, by using water more efficiently, we can maintain water supplies at safer levels. Saving water also saves energy. Obtaining water from streams, rivers, aquifers, and other water bodies, and transporting it

to water treatment facilities requires large amounts of energy. Once at water treatment facilities, energy is needed to pump and process water, and distribute water to consumers. Further energy is used by consumers to treat water with softeners and filters, circulate and pressurize water with pumps and irrigation systems, and heat and cool water. Then the spent water or wastewater consumes more energy as it is pumped to treatment plants, and aerated and filtered at the

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Officials hope to reign in spread of shigella bacteria Almost 40 cases of Shigella have been reported in Northern Kentucky since April 1 according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. With most of these cases being associated with child care centers, the department is reminding residents to use proper hand washing techniques and to keep children home if they are ill. Shigella is a bacteria that infects the bowels. It causes an illness called shigellosis, with symptoms including diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting. Shigella primarily infects young children, since it is spread through contact with the stool of an infected person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Health Department has been seeing a significant number of cases of

Shigella in recent weeks,â&#x20AC;? said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working with local doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices and child care centers to educate them about preventing the spread of shigella in the community. And, with the outdoor pools opening soon, we want to remind individuals what they can do to stop the spread of this illness. By taking steps to prevent Shigella now, we can avoid additional cases in Northern Kentucky.â&#x20AC;? To keep from getting Shigella the department recommends: â&#x20AC;˘ Wash hands thoroughly with soap and running water after using the restroom, after changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. This is the

best way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases found in the intestinal tract, such as Shigella. â&#x20AC;˘ Do not use wading pools or water tables for groups of children, because Shigella is transferred easily in standing water. â&#x20AC;˘ Dispose of soiled diapers properly. â&#x20AC;˘ If a person has diarrhea, stay home from work, school or child care until they are better. Also, do not prepare food for others while you have diarrhea. Contact a doctor for testing. Shigella is often transmitted in child-care facilities, since many children are in diapers. Of the 36 cases reported to the Health Department through May 3, 78 percent have been connected to people attending or working in child care

centers. The Health Department has been working with local centers to remind them of proper hand washing techniques and to make sure the children and staff who have Shigella remain at home until they have completed treatment and have a negative stool culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shigella can easily be transmitted through swimming poolsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both public and privateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if someone is experiencing diarrhea and swims in a pool,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Divine, Director of Environmental Health and Safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pool operators should remind patrons not to swim if they have diarrhea. We also encourage public pools to exclude children not toilet-trained from using their facilities. Even the use of plastic diaper pants or dia-

pers designed for use in the water cannot guarantee that fecal matter does not get into the pool water.â&#x20AC;? Each year, about 18,000 cases of Shigella are reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because many milder cases of shigella are not diagnosed or reported, the CDC estimates that the actual number of cases may be 20 times greater. In Northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties), an average of 25 cases of Shigella are reported each year. Anyone with symptoms of shigella should contact his or her health care provider. The illness can be treated with antibiotics. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required to avoid

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Mark K. Benson

Mark K. Benson, 45, of Covington, died May 16, 2011, at his residence. His mother, Bonnie Rowlette Benson, and Dewey R. Benson died previously. Survivors include his children, Kyle Benson, Noah Ward-Benson, Brennan Ward-Benson and Katy Benson; sisters, Alison Benson and Lisa Benson; brother, Clay Benson; stepmother, Jean Benson; and stepsisters, Lisa Gesenhues and Krista Tepe. Interment was in Richwood Cemetery, Richwood. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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James “Jim” Huber, 75, of Independence, died May 16, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired Kenton County deputy sheriff, member and lay leader at St. Patrick Church, an active sportsman and coach and Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati official sports referee. He was an inductee in the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Jane K. Dunaway Huber; sons, Jay Huber of Independence, Joe Huber of Hyde Park, Ohio, and Jon Huber of Independence; one grandson; and brother, Jerry Huber of Newport. Interment was at Veterans Cemetery North in Williamston. Memorials: St. Patrick Church Building Fund or Kenton County FOP Lodge No. 20, P.O.Box 17725, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Shirley Turner Enoch, 75, of Booneville, Ky., formerly of Erlanger, died May 18, 2011, after a 10 year battle with breast cancer. A son, James, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Edward “Joe” Enoch and Robert Enoch; sister, Elsie Howell; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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She was a cafeteria cook for Kenton County Schools at Ryland Heights Elementary, an EMT squad captain for the Kenton Community Volunteer Fire Department, and worked as a standby EMT for Thorn Hill Dragstrip. She enjoyed cooking, family gatherings, sewing and gardening. Her husband, Marion Scott Booth, died in 1991. Survivors include her children, Danny Booth of Crittenden, Angela Hamilton of Morning View and Rhonda Frede of Cincinnati; brothers, Eldon Smith of Lexington and Bobby Smith of California; sisters, Lida Abbott of Carrollton, Nancy Bullock of Paris, Ky., Anna B. Sorrell of Cynthiana, Eula Hurst of Paw Paw, Mi., Annis Krask of Louisville, Janice Walker of Tyler, Texas, and Kathy Thorpe of Paris, Ky.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle. Memorials: Kenton Fire Department.

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Ruth M. Hon, 81, of Walton, died May 18, 2011, at Woodcrest Manor in Elsmere. She was an employee of Johnny’s Toy’s for more than 40 years and enjoyed traveling and gardening. A daughter, Sharon Hon; her son, Dale Hon; and a sister, Barbara Ann Napier, died previously.

Peggy Ann Iles, 70, of Covington, died May 18, 2011, at her home. She was a retired nurse after 33 years. A sister, Jean Horn, died previously. Survivors include her companion, Robert Iles; sons, Donald Reed of Newport and David Reed of West Covington; daughter, Victoria Jennings of New Albany, Ind.; brother, Charles Moore of Brookville, Ind.; sister, Patricia Robinson of Florence; 10 grandchildren; and many greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Frances Bates Jackson

Frances Ellen Bates Jackson, 85, of Covington, died May 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired housekeeper for Quality Inn in Covington, former nurse’s aid at Covington Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Fort Wright and former member of Covington Aerie of Eagles. She enjoyed knitting, cooking and gardening. Her husband, John B. Jackson; a daughter, Darlene Lowe; and two grandsons, Roger Morris and Mark Toll, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Hope Day of Bellevue and Julia Faye Hall of Covington; 18 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Disposition was cremation.

Robert Kaiser

Robert “Mus” Kaiser, 84 of Covington, died May 20, 2011, at his home. He retired from General Electric after more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Taylor Mill and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Betty Kaiser of Covington; sons, Kenny Kaiser of Dry Ridge, Mike Kaiser of Demossville and Tim Kaiser of Independence; sister, Joan Knasel of Edgewood; and four granddaughters. Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: St. Patrick Church and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Go Fund at the Vineyard Church of Grant County.

Vernon Kinman

Vernon Kinman, 75, of Taylor Mill, died May 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired police officer with the Covington Police Department and Kenton County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of FOP Lodge No. 1, an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, and served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Survivors include his wife, Marie Kinman; daughters, Holly List of Tay-

lor Mill and Heather Beckett of Burlington; sons, Kelly Kinman of Independence and Steve Kinman of Taylor Mill; sister, Linda Riley of Covington; and three grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

Bruce P. Lay Sr.

Bruce P. Lay Sr., 65, of Florence, died May 17, 2011, at his residence. He was a truck driver for Brinks Inc. and a former member of the Florence Elks Lodge No. 314. A stepson, Todd Baker; his brother, Pete Lay; and a grandson, Wyatt Stanley, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Schulte Lay; daughter, Tracy Stanley of Ludlow; sons, Bruce “B.J.” Lay Jr. of Burlington and Chris Lay of Covington; stepson, Jeremy Baker of Florence; stepdaughters, Melissa Lay of Burlington and Michelle McElmurray of Frankfort; sisters, Delores Reasons and Rose Richardson, both of Florence; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Bruce Lay Memorial Fund, c/o any 5/3 Bank.

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Wilson “Butch” Grant Mack, 64, of Fort Wright, died May 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He loved history and music, and had a passion for playing the organ and piano. He had a love of airplanes and worked many jobs at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He worked previously at St. John United Church of Christ in Newport, St. James and recently at Sam’s Club as a greeter. His parents, Harold and Margaret Palmiter Mack; brothers, Horace Keene and John Keene; and sisters, Virginia Thomas and Evora Bennett, died previously. Survivors include his sons, David Mack and Steven Mack.

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Lida Keeney Martin

Lida Catherine Keeney Martin, 94, of Erlanger, died May 17, 2011, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home in Latonia. She was a self-employed music teacher and a charter member of Erlanger Church of Christ Church where she played the organ for 75 years. Her husband, Audrey R. Martin, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Kenneth R. Martin of Somerset, Ky., and David H. Martin of Fort Mitchell; four grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Erlanger Church of Christ, 458 Graves Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Helen Alberta McGuire

Helen Alberta McGuire, 96, of Union, formerly of Latonia, died May 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired assembler for Jamica Valve Company and Cue Master, and loved to garden. Her husband, Maurice V. McGuire, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Karen McGuire of Union; son, Garry McGuire of Florence; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Garden. Memorials: First Church of God, P.O. Box 15074, Latonia, KY.

Ada Fugate Noble

Ada Fugate Noble, 86, of Latonia, died May 15, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

Her husband, Earl, and two sons, Andy and Ernie, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Erna Liles of Covington; sons, Taylor Noble of Richmond and Frank Noble of Alexandria; brother, Dan Fugate of Milford, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-greatgrandchildren; and dear friends, Art Estes and Bill (Mary) Schaber. Burial was in Lost Creek, Ky.

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Frank R. Norberg, 83, of Erlanger, died May 18, 2011, at Liberty Nursing Center of Riverview, Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Norberg of Erlanger; sister, Darla Plouffe of Chinook, MT, sons, Jeffrey Norberg of Lolo, Mt., Mark Norberg of Union and Patrick Norberg of Walton; daughters, Kaye Lewis of Morehead, Leslie Jennings of Lexington and Susie Navarro of Spring Hill, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Grace Fellowship Church, 9379 Gunpowder Road, Florence, KY 41042 or donor’s choice.

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Kurt Arthur Ostling, 58, of Crescent Springs, died May 12, 2011, in Phoenix, Ariz., while visiting a relative. He was a former beer industry executive with Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. of Canada and owner of Timber Ridge Golf Club in East Lansing, Mich.. Survivors include his wife, Judy Cunningham; daughter, Dr. Lauren Rose Ostling of Cincinnati; son, Erik Arthur Ostling of Cincinnati; mother,


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Lorraine Weaver Owens, 75, of Covington, died May 21, 2011, St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking for family, collecting Derby glasses and working crossword puzzles. Survivors include her husband, Russell D. Owens; daughters, Pat Reynolds of Elsmere and Linda Johnson of Crestview Hills; sons, Michael Dixon of Independence and Steven Owens of Independence; seven grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; stepdaugther, Susan Sester of Oneida, Ky.; stepsons, Rick Owens of Ryland Heights, Gary Owens of Ryland Heights, Kenny Owens of Ryland Heights and Robert Owens of Independence; eight step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; mother, Mary Hazel Sullivan Weaver of Independence; sister, Mary Wilson of Lexington; and brother, Tommy Payne of Lexington. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: American Heart Associaton, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

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trolled substance, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess at 1121 Parkway Ave., May 14. Austin R. Venegas-Poncey, 1416 Kendall St., second degree burglary, receiving stolen property at 1414 Kendall St., May 14. Mary H. Adkins, 1017 Scott Blvd., possession of marijuana, serving bench warrant for court at 115 W. 5th St., May 13. Trenton J. Vohl, 1687 BrooksvilleGermantown Rd, second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at W. 5th St., May 14. Stephen L. Dickmeyer, 1029 Russell St., First Floor, operating motor vehicle under the influence alcohol/drugs/etc. at I-275 79.6 mile marker, May 13. Ashley A. Smallwood, 442 Oak St., possession of marijuana at 610 W. 4th St., May 12. David A. Stephens, 1515 Madison Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance at Maryland Ave., May 13. Chelsea R. Snapp, 4549 Amber Drive, second degree escape at 4549 Amber Drive, May 13. Randall T. Baldwin, 24 NW 15th St., third degree criminal mischief, second degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 611 Main St., May 13. Derek J. Johnson, 10 Concord Ave., leaving scene of accident-failure to render aid or assistance, second degree fleeing or evading police at 611 Main St., May 13. Clinton L. Taylor, 142 Tando Way, first degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess,


receiving stolen property at 142 Tando Way, May 12. Scotty Napier, 310 E. 15th St., fourth degree assault, third degree criminal trespassing at 310 E. 15th St., May 11. James L. Howard, 1825 Madison Ave., No. 2, fourth degree assault at 1825 Madison Ave., May 11. Michael W. Harris, no address given, second degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 1040 John St., No. 2, May 11. Carlos M. Dominguez, 3208 Rogers St., fourth degree assault at 4445 Decoursey Ave., Apt. 1, May 11. George W. Self, 243 W. 7th St., No. 1, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, possession of marijuana at 243 W. 7th St., No. 1, May 10. Nicole M. Szabo, 158 Main St., prostitution at 1019 Madison Ave., May 9.

Incidents/investigations Alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, menacing

An intoxicated man attempted to punch police officers and an ambulance crew at 500 Scott St., May 9.


A woman was assaulted at 3924 Leslie Ave., May 15. A woman was punched in the face at 200 block of E. 10th St., May 15. Two men assaulted each other at 1548 Nancy St., Apt. 2, May 14. A woman reported being assaulted at 1110 John St., May 14. A woman was punched and choked at 1215 Banklick St., May 13. A man was assaulted with a wooden club at 600 Patton St., May 12. A woman was struck in the head at 251 W. 8th St., May 12. A woman was punched in the mouth at 226 Pleasant St., May 10. A man stabbed another man at 223 Adams Ave., May 10. A man was kicked and punched several times at 223 Adams Ave., May 9.


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A pistol, a laptop and an MP3 player were stolen at 1325 Highway Ave., May 14. Copper piping and two air conditioning units were stolen at 310 E. 20th St., May 12. A computer and game system were stolen at 1913 Augustine Ave., May 12. Three TVs, a power washer, a paint sprayer and prescription medication was stolen at 808 Western Ave., May 12. Two games systems and games were stolen at 113 Promontory Drive, May 11. Someone broke into a residence and tried to steal items at 5012 Sandman Drive, May 11. Over $1,800 in cigarettes were stolen at 301 W. 4th St., May 10. A TV was stolen at 116 Promontory Drive, May 9. A computer was stolen at 629 W. 12th St., May 9. Copper wiring was stolen at 4431 Vermont Ave., May 9. The window of a residence was shattered at 1711 Garrard St., May 9.

Burglary, criminal mischief, theft of a controlled substance Prescription medication and $680 was stolen at 801 Bakewell St., Apt. No. 2B, May 13.

Criminal mischief

The tire of a vehicle was punctured at 420 Main St., May 15. A brick was thrown through the rear window of a vehicle at 401 Crescent Ave., May 15. The tires of a vehicle were slashed at 251 W. 8th St., May 15. A canopy was damaged at 300 block of W. 6th St., May 14. A brick was thrown through a stain glass window at 699 Edgecliff Road, May 14. Two large glass windows were damaged at 39 6th St., May 14. The window of a vehicle was broken at 603 Highland Pike, May 14. A rock was thrown through a window at 102 Promontory Drive, May 14. Property was vandalized at 956 Western Ave., May 13. Shots were fired into vehicles at 622 Philadelphia St., May 13. Windows were destroyed at 450 43rd St., May 12. The door of a vehicle was damaged at Glenway Ave., May 11. A front door was damaged when kicked at 1411 Scott St., May 11. A vehicle was vandalized at 1917 Augustine Ave., May 10. Someone damaged a window at 836 Bakewell St., No. 1, May 10. A sliding glass door was damaged at 111 Promontory Drive, No. G, May 10. A vehicle was scratched and had two of its tires punctured at 1708 Banklick St., May 10. A rock was thrown through the front windshield of a vehicle at 3809 Wolf Road, May 10. The rear door of a residence was damaged at 2113 Howell St., May 9. A brick was thrown through a win-

dow at 550 Pike St., May 9.

Criminal mischief, harassment

A woman was harassed and a screen was pulled down at 423 Greenup St., May 14.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

Someone passed a counterfeit bill at 1501 Madison Ave., May 11.


A personal check was stolen and forged at 1713 Madison Ave., May 13.

Fraudulent use of a credit card

$5,000 worth of charges were fraudulently made to a credit card at 400 Farrell St., No. 348, May 12. Someone made false purchases on another’s debit card at 42 Tripoli Lane, May 11.

Rape, harassing communications

A woman reported being raped and receiving numerous unwanted text messages at Highland Pike, No. 28, May 10.


A purse was stolen at 525 Greenup St., May 11. $1,900 was stolen at 3024 Madison Ave., May 10.

Second degree wanton endangerment, harassment

Someone harassed a woman and then tried to run her over with a vehicle at Philadelphia St. and Third St., May 12.

Terroristic threatening

A man is threatening another with harm at 2236 Diana Place, May 12.


An umbrella, a fishing rod and jewelry were stolen at 1194 Shavano Drive, May 15. A firearm was stolen at 606 W. 11th St., May 15. A set of golf clubs, loose coins and a cell phone charger were stolen from a vehicle at 228 Athey Ave., May 14. A firearm was stolen at 737 Bakewell St., May 14. A ladder was stolen at 1331 Highway Ave., May 14. A cell phone was stolen at Lewis St., May 14. A purse was stolen at 600 Bakewell St., May 12. A purse was stolen at 1232 Pleasant St., May 12. A vehicle was stolen at 3926 Winston Ave., May 12. A bracelet was stolen at 900 block of Philadelphia St., May 12. A wallet was stolen at 309 E. 16th St., May 12. A gym bag and its contents were taken at 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., May 12. Eight tires and other times were stolen at 1822 Madison Ave., May 11. Wiring was stolen at 1140 Madison Ave., May 11. Construction equipment was stolen at 11th St., May 11. Someone attempted to steal several items of merchandise at 4001 Winston Ave., May 10. A game system was stolen at 2424 Hayden Court, May 10. $800 was stolen at 105 Park Place, May 10. A vehicle was stolen at 550 Pike St., May 9. A bicycle was stolen at 1717 Garrard St., May 15.

Theft by deception

Three bad checks were passed at 4147 Madison Pike, May 11.

Theft of a legend drug

Prescription medication was stolen at 118 E. 24th St., May 12.

Theft of identity

A utility account was opened using the name of another person at 1620 Banklick St., May 10.

Theft of motor vehicle registration plate

A license plate was stolen at 1810 Greenup St., No. 6, May 15.

Theft, criminal mischief

A clothes dryer was vandalized at 602 Altamont Road, May 15. Several items were stolen from a vehicle at 600 W. 8th St., May 15.

Theft, fraudulent use of a credit card

A handbag, a typewriter, $60 in cash, two hard drives and a vase was stolen from a vehicle at 204 Crescent Ave., May 11.



Scott J. Trivett, 19, 511 West Chelsea Drive, warrant, May 13. Jesse J. Neary, 22, warrant, May 13. Sean M. Boyle, 46, 40 Beech Drive, first degree driving under the influence, May 15. Sarah K. Short, 26, 3212 Trailwood Court, disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication, May 15. Brent W. Taylor, 30, 274 Centerburg Road, speeding, operating on suspended license, failure to produce insurance card, May 16. Matt P. Pompilia, 45, 32 West 26th Street, suspended operator’s license, first degree possession of controlled substance, May 18. Dmitro Minyalo, 27, 700 Windridle Lane, first degree driving under the

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influence, May 15. Nora L. Bowman, 32, 2100 Dixie Highway, first degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, May 16. Michael Strohberg, 42, 5200 3rd Ave., Boone County warrant, May 16. David Brosky, 43, first degree possession of controlled substance, May 15. Joshua Morris, 30, first degree possession of controlled substance, May 15. Jessica N. Steffen, 22, 8641 Heritage Drive, prescription not in proper container, May 18. Gabrielle M. Hollon, 21, 212 East 8th Street, no insurance, no registration plates, Campbell County warrant, May 19.

Incidents/investigations First degree sexual abuse

At 2285 Galaxy Drive, May 16.

Possession of controlled substance

$40 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 2100 Dixie Highway, May 16.

Possession of marijuana

$10 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 511 West Chelsea Drive, May 13.

Second degree assault

At 2350 Royal Drive, May 11.

Second degree burglary

$300 worth of radios/TVs/VCRs, $110 worth of computer hardware, $50 reported stolen at 279 Battery Court, May 12.

Theft by unlawful taking

$638 worth of tools reported stolen at 2255 Mercury Avenue, May 15.



Anthony W. Ryan, 40, 635 Slick Ridge Road, execution of bench warrant for violation unknown at Madison Pike, May 16. Robert F. Hartman IV, 20, 2640 Bethlehem Lane, execution of bench warrant for possession of marijuana at Richardson Road, May 12. Preston E. Clark, 35, 2037 Penny Lane, violation of a KY EPO/DVO at Still Meadow Lane, May 18. Brandon S. Olson, 26, 4029 Applewood Court Apt B12, no operators moped license at Richardson Road at Bristow, May 14. Eric R. Kuchle, 22, 10319 Fredricksburg, disregarding stop sign, operating on suspended/revoked license at Calvary Road, May 13. Neil S. Trenkamp, 25, 590 Cutter Lane, burglary at 801 Ackerly Drive, May 17. Mickey R. Ehmet, 54, 509 St. Joseph Apt. 87, execution of bench warrant for failure to use child restraint device in vehicle at elementary school, May 18. Greg E. Sumpter, 28, 418 Dalewood Drive, execution of bench warrant for receiving stolen property at Dalewood Drive, May 12. Ronnie V. Coy, 30, 4187 Elder Court No. 12, assault domestic violence at 1074 Birch Tree Lane, May 13. Valerie W. McEntire, 53, 5803 Highway 455, speeding 13 mph over limit, operating on suspended/revoked license at Mount Zion Road, May 16. Miranda J. Ferry, 26, 682 Meadow Lane, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Taylor Mill Road at Oak Ridge Baptist, May 12. Kevin J. Yazell, 28, 682 Meadow Lane, no registration plates, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance at Taylor Mill Road at Oak Ridge Baptist, May 12. Michael J. Sanders, 39, 8302 Licking Pike, burglary, possession of burglary tools at Richardson Road, May 13. Jerry W. Searp II, 30, 226 Meadow Trail, burglary, possession of burglary tools at Richardson Road, May 13.

Incidents/investigations Assault fourth degree

At 10192 Marshall Road, May 15.


At 4215 Beech Grove Drive No. 7, May 16.

Burglary, possession of burglary tools At 3937 Richardson Road, May 13.

Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia At Taylor Mill Road, May 12.


At 1900 Declaration Drive, May 16.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 597 Berlander Drive, May 13. At 951 Wedgewood Drive, May 17. At Webster Road, May 12.

Theft by unlawful taking from auto At 434 Ridgeview Drive, May 12.


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