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Yearlings celebrate 25 years together

The Yearlings organization had its roots in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park back in 1986. They did their job so well, that approximately two years later the group of women, who had dubbed their group The Yearlings to have a name connected with the horses, broke away from the Spiral Stakes and incorporated the group as a separate entity designed to raise money for the community. NEWS, A4

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When Karen Steenken’s son was diagnosed with leukemia it became a challenge her family was prepared to face together. The Steeken’s though did not have to face it alone. Jonah Steenken’s friends came together in a unique way after Jonah began began treatment. “We’re so humbled by this – saying ‘thank you’ just seems so small,” Karen said in response to what 20 boys and a community did for her son. LIFE, B1

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‘Jeopardy’ contestant nabs $30k winnings By Jason Brubaker

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ERLANGER – Dillon McCormick returned to his Erlanger home in March from Los Angeles with a big secret. On July 5, that secret got out. McCormick, a rising eighthgrader at Turkey Foot Middle School, was victorious in his appearance on “Jeopardy!” Kids Week, taking home $28,000 in prize money. McCormick filmed the show in March, after completing an online quiz and then being selected for an audition in Chicago late last summer. He ultimately was one of 15 kids from across the country selected to appear on the show, but per show rules, he wasn’t allowed to discuss the outcome until the show aired. “At first it was hard not to tell people, but after a while it was cool to keep it a secret and wait until everyone watched,” he said. “We had a lot of people over to the house to watch the show, and when I won, everyone started cheering and going crazy. It was cool.” Watching the show brought back memories of the taping, said McCormick. The game was close

throughout, and he didn’t know he had won until the Final Jeopardy question. “We got right down to the end, and history was the last subject, so I felt pretty good about it,” he said. “But I didn’t know I had actually won until the very end. I was just focused on doing the best I could.” His father, Gary McCormick, said watching the taping of the show from the audience was nerve-wracking. “He fell behind in the Double Jeopardy round, but it such a close game that I knew he could pull it out,” he recalled. “It was pretty hard to just have to watch, but he did a great job.” Dillon, who has received plenty of congratulatory calls and texts from friends, said he’ll probably put most of his prize money away, except for about $2,000, which he intends to donate to charity. He also said he’s not ready to play the role of a local celebrity, although he may not have a choice. “I don’t think I’ll be a celebrity here or anything like that,” he said with a grin. “But it was really cool to win, and I’m glad I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.”


Dillon McCormick, a rising eighth-grader at Turkey Foot Middle School, won $28,000 in his appearance on “Jeopardy!” Kids Week. The show aired July 5.

County women take fair pageant stage By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - The Miss Teen Kenton County pageant was all smiles, hoots and hollers July 11 at the Kenton County Fair. After showing off formal and casual wear, Edgewood resident Lexie Iles, 14, was crowned Miss Teen Kenton County 2011. Seven teens from around Kenton County competed in the pageant, which took place at the Kenton County Fairgrounds, off of Ky-16 in Independence. Later in the evening, Chelsea Ford was crowned Miss Kenton County at the Miss pageant. Pageant director Sindy Rodriguez has organized the pageants for the past nine years. Rodriguez and her daughter volunteer their time to make sure the pageants are running smoothly each year. “It’s for a good cause,” she said. “I think the pageants teaches girls self esteem, it builds their character and builds the person they’re going to be down the road.” Winners of the Miss Teen and Miss Kenton County pageants were awarded $100 cash from the Kenton County Fair, a $50 gift card to Cloud Nine Salon in Florence, a sash, crown, crown pendant and two nights’ stay at the Kentucky State Fair.


Lexie Iles flashes a smile at the judges as 2010 Miss Teen Kenton County Sophia Dunn looks July 11 at the Kenton County Fair.

Attorney awards students scholarships By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - Ron Adams isn’t content to merely hand out a check for a scholarship. He also wants to pass out life lessons. “The biggest factor in success isn’t your GPA; it’s being able to push through any obstacles that get in your way,” said the Erlanger-based attorney, who broke his neck when he was 19. “You can get anywhere you want to in life if you’re willing to work

hard enough.” Adams awarded his two college scholarships on July 7. The Lady Ruth Adams Scholarship, which is named after Adams’ mother, is given to the child of a firefighter and was awarded to Boone County graduate Johnathan Hines. The second scholarship, given to someone who has battled a disability, was awarded to Covington Latin graduate Chris Becker. Both scholarships are worth $500. “I’m happy to be able to help out, and I’m very proud of both of

you guys,” said Adams as he talked to Hines and Becker in his office before presenting the scholarships. Hines, who will attend the University of Kentucky, and Becker, who will attend the University of Louisville, both said they were thrilled to receive the scholarships. “I’m proud to be able to represent an inspiring woman, as well as Mr. Adams,” said Hines, who will study mechanical engineering. “It really means a lot to me, and I’m just very grateful to Mr. Adams for this,” added Becker,

who also plans to study mechanical engineering. This is the second year Adams has given out the Lady Ruth Scholarship, while it was the first year for the second scholarship. Adams said interest is beginning to grow for both of them, and he’s looking forward to awarding them both for years to come. “I’m living proof that you can overcome anything if you keep pushing forward,” said Adams. “Sometimes it just takes a small success to get someone on the right path.”


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BRIEFLY Library hangout

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will host an After-Hours Hangout on Saturday, July 16 for teens. Following the closing of the library at 6 p.m., students in grades 6-12 are invited to hang out until 9:45 p.m. They can search through books, watch movies, use the computers or play video games. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Space is limited for the event. To register, or for more information, contact the library at 962-4000 or visit

Erlanger Olympian to be honored

ERLANGER - The Cherry Hill Swim Club will honor Erlanger resident Danielle Blakeney for her performance


Swimmers at Cherry Hill Swim Club in Erlanger take a few minutes during a meet to get a photo taken. Sage Svatba, Tyler Schowalter, Avory Svatba, Kyle Ziegelmeyer, Aiden Callahan, Victoria Samotis; Back: William Raleigh, Olivia Blackburn, Head Coach Tony Savicki THANKS TO CHERRY HILL SWIM CLUB

at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Blakeney won five medals, including three gold medals at the games for her performances in rhythmic gymnastics. The club will recognize Blakeney on July 21, during their meet. For more information about the club, visit www.

Summer parks

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Summer Parks Program will continue on July 22 with a performance from Madcap Puppets. The program will be at the Railroad Depot Park on Crescent Avenue, and will run from 6 -6:45 p.m. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Kenton County Public Library, located at 401

Kenton Lands Road. For more information, contact the city at 727-2525 or visit

Down on the farm

ELSMERE - The Elsmere Summer Parks Program is continuing in July with a “Down on the Farm” theme. On Saturday, July 23, kids are encouraged to come out to Woodside Park for a farmthemed Art in the Park program. The program is free to attend, and will run from 10 11:30 a.m. Then, on July 26, Grace Alone Farm Ministries will be out at Covered Bridge Park to show off some of their animals. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m., and run until about 8:30 p.m. For more information about the programs, contact the city at 342-7911 or visit


Shannon Gaskamp Steffen shows off the stage upstairs at the Dixie Club Cafe. The grand opening for the upstairs area is scheduled for July 29.

Dixie Club Cafe to open upstairs By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - The Dixie Club Cafe has announced a grand opening on July 29 to show off their new upstairs seating area, the first time in over 60 years that the area will be open to the public. Owner Shannon Gaskemp Steffen, who bought the club in April 2010, said the upstairs area will seat 49 more guests,


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and will include a stage for live music. When buying the cafe, she said she originally wanted to just create enough space upstairs for an office, but once they began clearing the area out, she started to see the possibilities. “I wasn’t really thinking of it as an extension of the bar, but once it was opened up, it hit me that this would be a great space to take advantage of,” she said. “We’re pretty excited about it.” Steffen said the upstairs had served a number of purposes over the years, but was perhaps best known for hosting an illegal betting operation decades ago. With


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boarded up windows and only a dim light, she said people would visit the area to place bets on everything from horse racing to football to baseball. In fact, she even plans to keep the giant chalkboard along one wall that was used to track bets. “I think people may like that - kind of a throwback to those days,” she said. She said the renovations, including a new floor and new ceiling, began a few months ago, but much of the work was wiped out by a spring storm that ripped off a portion of the roof. “It was sickening to come in and see all that work destroyed,” she recalled. “But it turned out to be a blessing, because it allowed us to start over and change a few of our plans to make it even better.” The upstairs area will now include separate male and female restrooms, as well as a “VIP” area next to the stage. “The regulars have been making fun of me since I told them that,” she admitted with a grin. “But I think it’ll be really neat.” The stage will be used for local bands and DJs, karaoke nights and occasionally even stand up comics. Eventually, she said they also plan to install an open-air patio off the second floor. For more information about the Dixie Club Cafe, or the grand opening, call 727-9319.

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go off smoothly, because we always have had five or six things going on that day,” said Wolking. “It was a lot of work to put together, but once it was done, we always felt really good when we saw people enjoying themselves.” Mayor John Link said Wolking and her committee deserve a ton of credit for taking the department to where it is now. The department was even recognized with an award from the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society in 2008. “We all wanted a program that had something for all ages, and that’s what we have now,” said Link. “I couldn’t work with a nicer or more dedicated person than Kim, and we’re certainly sorry to see her go. But we appreciate everything she did, and we’re just going to try to keep it going.” Wolking said that her working relationship with Link, the city council and her committee members all were great helps in the department’s growth, and she’s leaving it in good hands. For more information about events, visit www.

EDGEWOOD - Recreation director Kim Wolking has announced she will be retiring on August 1. Wolking started with the city in 1990 as a deputy city clerk, and became the recreation director in 1995. She will be replaced by Edgewood resident Elaine Hoblik. “I just felt the time was right,” said Wolking. “But I’m really going to miss the events and the people - I always enjoyed being around everybody at the events.” Wolking said the recreation department was started essentially from scratch, and has since grown to include over 50 events each year, from the Summer Concert Series to sports programs to off-site events at the Erlanger Putt-Putt, Behringer-Crawford Museum, Kenton County Golf Course, Northern Kentucky Ice Center and Perfect North. The department also oversaw the growth of the July 4th parade, which was originally started by two residents 50 years ago. “That was always great to see the holiday activities

July 14, 2011


Tea Party, county discuss NKAPC By Regan Coomer

Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. plans to find his own numbers to truly compare the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission with planning bodies in Campbell and Boone counties. “You can imagine the task we have at hand,” he said, pointing out that every interested entity has its own numbers accounting for the NKAPC’s budget and cost to Kenton County residents. “Everybody is going to have their own reasons for putting numbers together.” While no one has agreed on the amount county planning commissions cost residents in Northern Kentucky, Nienaber said he still finds the concrete numbers, the NKAPC’s $4.7 million budget versus the Boone County Planning Commission’s $2.8 million budget, “irrelevant.” “We may be unbelievably efficient at $4.7 million and they could be inefficient at $2.8 million. We need to find what is the most efficient, not the cheapest, model out there,” he said.

Nienaber voiced his intention to research the issue himself after more than two hours of presentations by the Kenton County Tea Party and Garry Edmondson, attorney for the NKAPC.

Tea Party stance

The Tea Party discussed its opposition to the NKAPC’s role as well as its plan to place the dissolution of the NKAPC on the November ballot. To do so, the tea party must collect 18,000 signatures by Aug. 9. If the voters decide to disband NKAPC, the tea party hopes the Kenton County Planning Commission (KCPC) will operate more like Boone County’s planning commission. Eliminating the NKAPC would also eliminate the tax paid by Kenton County residents for the planning commission, $32 per $100,000 of assessed property. “It looks like having a direct responsibility to an elected official seems like the most efficient way to run the organization,” said Garth Kuhnhein, Kenton County Tea Party activist. “I think the word I hear a lot

when the NKAPC is discussed is ‘convoluted.’ Having it directly as a line to the fiscal court would bring a lot of clarity to the numbers.”

NKAPC response

Afterward, Edmondson explained the origins and purpose of the NKAPC’s staffers as well as the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Council, the planning commission’s governing body made up of elected officials from each Kenton County city. Prior to the NKAPC’s inception in 1960, there were 23 Kenton County cities and 23 planning commissions, Edmondson said, calling it a “confusing mess.” The NKAPC was created, and is the only organization of its kind in Kentucky, because Northern Kentucky is “unique,” Edmondson said, adding that the NKAPC is a “mechanism” to provide needed staff for the county planning commission in order to have “one staff doing one thing across all the cities and the unincorporated county.” “We asked for it. We wanted the authority to bind together and have one

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staff for our joined planning commission,” he explained. The chain of command set up for the NKAPC is similar to a school board’s, Edmondson continued. Similar to the way a school board hires a superintendent, the NKAPC’s council hires the NKAPC executive director, he said.

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Neinaber hopes the NKAPC council, which was recently under scrutiny for its practice to meet only three times annually, take a more active leadership role in running of the organization. “We’ll wade through this. My only wish is that the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Council were as information seeking and obsessed with figuring out how things operate as much as this group of people right here,” Nienaber said, referring to city council.

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The Yearlings group celebrates 25 years of giving By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

The Yearlings organization had its roots in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park back in 1986. Women from the Spiral Stakes board were appointed to help with the extra events that were held in conjunction with the Stakes, such as the dog show and the beauty pageant. They did their job so well, that approximately two years later the group of women, who had dubbed their group The Yearlings to have a name connected with the horses, broke away from the Spiral Stakes and incorporated the group as a separate entity designed to raise money for the community. “We enrolled new members when we were selling pins to financial institutions as a fundraiser with the Spiral Stakes,” said Carole


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Ewald, a charter member of The Yearlings from Covington. “Patti McDermott was our first president, and she came from People’s Bank. We incorporated a few years later, but we still helped with the Spiral Stakes events for awhile.” The Yearlings are approximately 40 strong and very effective for that size of a group. The members are from all three counties in Northern Kentucky. Lisa Martin is the current president, and she is not surprised about the group’s efficacy. “Our motto is Charitable Minds, Community Hearts,” said Martin. “We are all volunteer, and although we have women of all ages, there is a strong sense of friendship here, as well as common purpose. We all volunteer to raise money, and help those who need help. We feel blessed, and we want to pass on those blessings. We want to give back to the community, and we feel good about that.” On July 23, at 11:30 am, The Yearlings will host their annual golf outing which, along with their fall gala, is a major fundraiser. PAID ADVERTISEMENT


All members of The Yearlings are shown at The Glass Menagerie in Covington during 1988. Many of these women were charter members. That day the club’s committees were getting ready planning their events at the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Their events included a beauty pageant, gala and art show. “If anyone would like to attend the golf outing, they can call me at 513-3151662,” said Barbara Moran Johnson of Fort Wright, who has been a Yearling for 15 years and organizes the golf outing. “I joined The Yearlings initially to meet people, because I didn’t know many people here, but I stay because I love what we do. We touch a lot of people, and it is very rewarding.” The fall gala on Nov. 11 will be special this year because it is The Yearling’s

25th anniversary. “Our gala will be ‘25 Years on the Silver Screen’ and it will be held at the Triple Crown Country Club,” said Brenda Sparks, from Florence, who is in charge of publicity for The Yearlings and is the first-time winner of Yearling of the Year. “Everything will be in silver, black, and gold, and there will be a red carpet, just like for the Hollywood stars. We will have lots of food, and auctions on a grand scale. The Yearlings are a fabulous group and I


have been a part of it since 1988.” In addition to the two large fundraisers, The Yearlings have a fashion show every February with Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, and a scrapbooking event called Crop for the Community as well as a gift wrap session at Macy’s during Christmas. From the money that is raised, a scholarship for $5,000 goes to a non-traditional female student at Thomas More College and the same to Northern Kentucky University. A scholarship for $2,500 goes to a non-traditional student at Gateway Community College, and two $500 scholarships go to seniors in area high schools who excel in community service. Another amount, approximately $12,000, is divided between two organizations that are selected by The Yearlings each year. This year the money will go to Wags and Whiskers for their spay and neuter program and Wood Hudson Cancer Research group. “I have been a Yearling for five years, and I joined because they are an exceptional and diverse group of PAID ADVERTISEMENT

women who raise money for scholarships and charities throughout Greater Cincinnati,” said Haley Taylor, from Burlington. “Over the years, we have raised over $760,000 for charities and scholarships. I have never seen such a heartfelt organization. Everyone here truly believes in the good they try to do every year, and I think it has lasted so long because we like each other, and we have fun together.” Rachel Hulette, from southern Campbell County, was invited to join The Yearlings six years ago by her neighbor, Jennifer Ossege, and they co-chaired the gala last year. “I love The Yearlings because we give back to the community,” said Hulette. “We focus on local charities, and we feel that we are really making a difference. We have a website, w w w. t h e y e a r l i n g s . o r g , where people can visit to get more information about us. I really feel that The Yearlings try to improve the welfare of our community, and over the years have had a definite impact on our community.” PAID ADVERTISEMENT

Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Says Change Needed at Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission

The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) is taking this opportunity to state its position on an effort to alter the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) and to clear up what it believes are misleading statements made in the public regarding the outcomes that may happen as a result of a successful effort to alter the organization. The Board of Directors of the HBA through a unanimous vote has decided to support the dissolution of the NKAPC. By vote the HBA supports countywide planning by the Kenton County Planning Commission, and believes that that organization should employ its own staff who is charged with fulfilling the responsibilities set forth by statute in KRS 100. This statute requires regulations across Kenton County which the HBA supports. The HBA was the main driver behind countywide planning from its inception in order to support quality and affordable housing across Northern Kentucky. Any comments to the contrary by the NKAPC are a purposeful falsehood meant to mislead the citizens of Kenton County. The NKAPC was originally set up as a “consolidation”…”which provides for a more efficient planning operation” according to KRS 147, the legislation that allows for this type of planning organization. It is notable to point out that NKAPC is the only planning unit of this type in the entire state and as such is the only planning unit capable of levying taxes upon the homeowners and business community in its jurisdiction. Based upon the HBA’s interest and commitment to good planning, the HBA was integral in the formation of NKAPC fifty years ago. The original intent was to service the counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, in order to provide for a unified comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, and subdivision regulations across the Tri-County area. Boone County never joined and in the early 1980’s Campbell County spoke through a vote of its residents and seceded from the NKAPC to operate its own planning department. Since then the NKAPC has been operating outside of the spirit of the enabling legislation in one Kenton County alone, thereby creating a taxing money funnel to provide services to one county. Comments have been made publicly by the NKAPC Chairman that what is being attempted will, “turn back the clock to the 1950’s”. The HBA disagrees. The NKAPC has been operating on a fifty year old model that no longer meets the intent of the enabling statute or the needs of the residents of Kenton County, and underperforms while taxing and spending Kenton County into an economic disadvantage. Today’s planning commissions are more responsive, with a higher level of accountability and efficiencies; both in funding and in operations. Because NKAPC doesn’t rely upon the general funds of the county and fees from its operation solely the organization doesn’t answer to Kenton County residents. A track record of successful small area plans is not the legacy of the NKAPC. Several of their plans have not worked in real world applications. In fact many of their plans contain burdensome mandates and unrealistic components that hinder growth and further suppress the economy. The NKAPC has worked on a total of six such studies in one year alone. This accounts for hundreds of thousands of tax payers dollars that are being wasted by studies that don’t work in the real world and are being funded from city and countywide taxes. At times there are no answers as to who has initiated such studies and we have asked with no response. Specifically, The Hills study that is currently being worked on has no entity that specifically asked for the birth of this study. The current draft of the subdivision regulations that the NKAPC is proposing to roll out is not an update but a complete rewrite costing thousands of dollars. The HBA has reviewed it and found many of the items in that regulation will increase the cost of housing and new industry by thousands of dollars, further stifling growth in Kenton County and placing the cities and the county in further fiscal turmoil and through thorough engineering analysis will not solve the issues that they are intended to solve. A team of engineers has studied the issue and are offering a better solution that actually solves the problem while not stopping growth and costing more jobs in Kenton County. Today’s planning commissions are more accountable and responsible. The NKAPC has a governance structure unlike any other planning commission in the state. In fact there are literally two planning commissions in Kenton County. Most people may not know that Kenton County already has a Kenton County Planning Commission. That commission is created just like every other commission in the state. The only difference is that they contract with the NKAPC to fulfill their responsibilities to KRS 100, the statute that all other commissions operate under. Recently, the NKAPC Chairman’s public remarks indicated that there would be no comprehensive plan, no staff to update said plan, and no inspections of subdivision streets and sidewalks among other comments. These are the responsibility of the Kenton County Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission under KRS 100. These services should continue under that organization with full county control and a budget not to exceed $1,750,000; not the $4.8 million burden that the NKAPC is today. This would save the taxpayers of Kenton County $3 million and create a $7.4 million economic benefit for Kenton County every year. At the NKAPC there is an appointed council that nominates and elects the area planning commission members. This system of appointments and elections has created a scenario where there is not a broad base of citizen and representation or oversight on their commissions. The NKAPC budget approval is a rushed and haphazard process and is purposely done so as to spend the money that is guaranteed by their onerous tax. The Kenton County Planning Commission members are appointed by the cities and the county. As a result they are more accountable to the citizens of those cities and Kenton County. Under a new scenario the budget would have to be approved at the fiscal court level rather than at an annual dinner party as is currently the case. However, because the County Planning Commission contracts with NKAPC to provide for their statutory responsibilities there is a wall that is built between the citizens and the regulations, studies, and mandates handed down by the NKAPC. As a result the NKAPC has become unaccountable and less responsive in their activities. In as much as efficiency is concerned the NKAPC is sorely weak in this area. It is the duty of an area planning commission to “provide(s) for a more efficient planning operation”. The exact opposite is true. For example in handling building permits, what takes other organizations two or three days takes the NKAPC two or three weeks in many cases. Between 2002 and 2010 Kenton County accounted for 5,187 residential building permits. During that same time period Boone County accounted for 10,439; more than double that of Kenton County. Currently the NKAPC has 34 active staff working on planning functions, while the Boone County Planning Commission has 15. Recently an attempt has been made to justify the waste at NKAPC. NKAPC proponents made a desperate attempt to lump the Boone County Planning Commission’s budget in with additional services from the Boone County Public Works Department, the Boone County Building Department, the Florence Public Services Department and donated overhead from Boone County. The number for all of services in Boone County that NKAPC came up with was $2,819,804. However, this is not an apples to apples comparison as the NKAPC purposefully left out services in Kenton County from the Park Hills Public Works Department, Elsmere Public Works Department, Elsmere Code Enforcement Department, Ludlow Building & Zoning Department, Ludlow Code Enforcement Department, Ludlow Public Works Department, Lakeside Park Public Works Department, Walton Public Works Department, Walton Code Enforcement, Edgewood General Services Department, Covington Code Enforcement Department, Covington Building & Zoning Department, Covington Department of Public Improvements, Independence Public Works Department, Independence Building Inspection Department, Independence Zoning Administration Department, Ft. Wright Public Works Department, Villa Hills Public Works Department, Villa Hills Building Inspections Department, Ft. Mitchell Public Works Department, Fairview Code Enforcement Department, Bromley Code Enforcement Department, Crestview Hills Public Works Department, Crescent Springs Public Services Department, and the Kenton County Public Works Department. The estimated total costs for all of these services in Kenton County equal $6,224,993. So what are the taxpayers of Kenton County getting for their money? Kenton County gets 29.28% of new homes constructed over the last 16 years in the Tri-County area, while Boone County gets 58.68%. Kenton County gets 24.58% of newly constructed commercial structures while Boone County gets 63.04%. Kenton County gets 37.45% of the reinvigorated commercial structures while Boone County gets 55.54%. What does this mean? Boone County gets the jobs, higher personal income for its citizens and a stronger fiscal future for its government, while Kenton County gets less and less while the NKAPC taxes and spends more and more. Due to this discussion several cities are beginning to question what their taxpayers are getting for the underperforming investment their tax dollars are getting at NKAPC. We all need to be asking these same questions. Kenton County will be stronger without the NKAPC’s tax burden. A stronger Kenton County means a stronger region with more jobs, a higher income potential for its wage earners and a more fiscally stable government that can provide essential services that we all need for our safety and economic vitality. Again, and it bears repeating due to misinformation spread by the NKAPC, the HBA supports countywide consolidation of planning services and regulation under the responsibility of one Kenton County Planning Commission. This issue will make it on the November ballot. If voters are successful and dissolve the NKAPC the resolution of duties of the NKAPC rests upon the fiscal court in accordance with state statute. The NKAPC has over $2.8 million in the bank and in investments which can be used to set up a modern and effective system. There will be the need for the Kenton County Planning Commission to receive funding through the general funds of the county in addition to fees that the commission will collect as a result of their approval and review processes. As a result, there will be greater scrutiny by the public. There will be higher accountability to the people at fiscal court meetings. The planning services in Kenton County will operate in a more cost efficient and accountable manner. Building inspections should continue under county and/or city control. Currently nearly half of the cities in Kenton County do not use the NKAPC for code enforcement and other services as explained above. Despite the NKAPC members’ scare tactics the numbers don’t lie. Neither does the obvious need for change at the NKAPC. Support a strong Kenton County and Axe the Tax! 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City hires Taylor & Taylor for historic survey

INDEPENDENCE - The Kenton County Courthouse is just one of the many historic structures in the gem that is downtown, said Chris Reinersman. Reinersman, a council member whose Queen Anne home on Madison Pike is already a part of the country’s national register of historic homes, hopes the rest of downtown will soon become an official historic district. Independence City Council voted unanimously July 11 to hire Taylor & Taylor Associates, Inc., of Pennsylvania, to conduct a historic survey of downtown. The survey will determine if a historic designation is worth pursuing. “It’s probably been a long time coming,” he said. “Everybody thinks of Independence as a suburb, but we have so many historic gems here that people forget about. 1842 was a long time ago.” Cost to conduct the survey will be about $7,000. AT&T, which erected a cell phone tower in downtown


The Kenton County Courthouse could become the hub of a historic district in downtown Independence. The city is in the process of hiring a consultant to conduct a historical survey of the area. Independence earlier this year, donated the funding to pay for the survey, said Reinersman, who along with many other residents, wasn’t happy about the cell tower’s location. “The donation is a silver lining of something that wasn’t so hot,” he said. About 40 properties will be included in the historic survey, which will study Madison Pike from Jude’s Custom Exhaust, Auto Repair and Towing to Independence Station Road. A few older homes on McCullum Pike may also be

included, Reinersman said. Surveyors will be looking for homes that are more than 50 years old or are historically significant in some way, Reinersman explained, adding that a stroll through Independence’s downtown reveals many homes and businesses that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like Reinersman, Gailen Bridges thinks a historic district designation is “long overdue.” Bridges and his wife recently co-authored “Independence,” one of the latest installments of Arca-

dia Publishing’s Images of America series. “I think it’ll really help the downtown. I think it’s certainly worth a historic district designation,” he said, adding that the hired firm should utilize his book to get a head start on the survey. “We have a lot of history and details about some of the buildings down there.” The historical survey process will take about six months, Reinersman said. If the firm reports that a historic district is viable, the city will then apply for the designation through the Kentucky Heritage Council. Establishing a historic district in downtown was one of the recommendations of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission’s 2007 small area

study and is one of the goals of the Independence Strategic Action Committee, of which Reinersman is vice-chair. Advantages to a historic district would include casting a spotlight on the downtown, which would be more likely to be preserved, Reinersman said, adding that residents and businesses would also be eligible for tax credits should they choose to renovate. However, Reinersman wants residents to know

that a historic district would not automatically restrict private property owners who may want to alter their homes or land. Some restrictions can be placed on the historic district, but only by vote of city council. “It’ll be restrictive or as nonrestrictive as the city wants,” he said. “I’m not saying it won’t happen, but our council is pretty leery about telling people what they can’t do with private property.”

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Camp teaches volley basics

By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - With her left leg forward and knees slightly bent, Elizabeth Sheriff extended her left arm slowly, trying to mimic the actions of Jessica Rouse. Then, with a flourish, she brought her right arm from back over her head and - WHAP! - struck the ball, sending it soaring over the net. “That’s perfect - good job!” said Rouse, giving her a high-five. “That’s how you should do it every time.” Rouse and fellow Lloyd Memorial volleyball coach Darrell Cammack conducted a volleyball camp at

Tichenor Middle School, teaching girls the fundamentals of the game. The camp was for girls in grades 6-9, and some of the current members of the Lloyd volleyball team helped out, acting as camp counselors and running some drills. The campers spent the week learning everything from how to serve to defensive positions to passing to setting up a teammate for a spike. “We’ve got all kinds of skill levels in here, but that’s good,” said Rouse, a teacher who played volleyball when she was a student at Lloyd. “We just want them to learn the game and have some fun with it.”

Brittany Beamon helps Chandler Hamilton (gray shirt) and Emily Murphy with their form at the Lloyd volleyball camp.


Lloyd Memorial volleyball coach Darrell Cammack checks everybody's form during volleyball camp on July 11. JASON BRUBAKER/ STAFF


Lloyd Memorial volleyball coach Jessica Rouse teaches Elizabeth Sheriff the proper way to serve.

Beechwood begins search for superintendent Jason Brubaker

FORT MITCHELL – The Beechwood School Board has started the process of finding a new superintendent, following the departure of Glen Miller. Miller, who started as superintendent in 2007, left on July 1 to take over the Campbell County School District, calling it “an offer I couldn’t refuse.” The board has said they would like to have a new superintendent in place by

Jan. 1, or sooner if possible. Neil Stiegelmeyer, a former Kenton County School District superintendent and Beechwood High School principal, has been named the interim superintendent. At their July 11 meeting, the school board laid out their plans with Mike Oder, a superintendent search consultant with the Kentucky School Boards Association. “This is an important process, and we have to make sure we’re very diligent in every step,” said Oder.

With Oder, the board devised a plan to begin advertising the position as soon as possible, and letting the ads run for approximately two months. The district will also set up a screening committee that will narrow down the candidates for the board to interview. The six-member committee, which will be selected over the coming weeks, will consist of one board member, a principal in the district, two teachers, a classified staff member and a parent, who will be selected by the Parent

Teacher Organization. They will be responsible for the initial screening of all of the applicants, eventually settling on the five most qualified candidates to present to the board. Oder said the screening committee should have the first of their three meetings in mid-September, with candidates being presented to the board shortly thereafter. Because the Jan. 1 start date is negotiable, board chairman Brad Hood said that provides some flexibility for both sides. “If we have a great candidate

and there’s some issue with the start date, we can work with it, whether it’s moved up or moved back,” he said. “But I like having that negotiable aspect to it, so we make sure we get the right person at the right time.” The first joint meeting of the screening committee and the school board is scheduled for Sept. 15. For more Beechwood information, visit www.

St. Ursula Academy honor roll College ready

The Lookout Heights Civic Club recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Kelly Kleier of Notre Dame Academy and Alex Emerson of Covington Catholic High School. The scholarship is funded by the civic club’s annual golf outing, to be held this year Aug. 6 at the Devou Park Golf Course. Also pictured: Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. THANKS TO JANE KLEIER

The following local students made the fourth-quarter honor roll for St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati: First Honors: Rachel Kaiser of South Kenton County, freshman; Brigid Connelly of Fort Mitchell, sophomore; Kathleen Guilfoyle of Edgewood, sophomore; and Kristen Smith of Fort Mitchell, sophomore. Second Honors: Kathleen Chauvin of Villa Hills, freshman; Elizabeth Bradford of Lakeside Park, sophomore; and Audrey Hemmer of Covington, sophomore.


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Kenton teams take aim at knothole titles By James Weber

loser’s bracket on July 11. In District 29, which mostly covers the northern part of the KENTON COUNTY - Twenty- county, the Painters in C2, the four Kenton County teams entered Dragons in C1 and the Mustangs the knothole baseball regionals in Class A were unbeaten in disthis week. trict games. The Painters dominatThe regionals began July 5 and ed their district, as the secondcarry a double-elimination format. place St. Pius Rangers were 11-7. Two teams from each district The Chargers were 7-5 in Class A square off with foes from Boone and also advanced. The ADS and Campbell counties. The Sharks were second in C1. regional champs advance to the Doug Etler, head coach of the city tournament final four against 13-0 Dragons, said his players three Ohio teams. live in Villa Hills and Crescent Barring heat-related postpone- Springs and go to either St. ments, July 11 is scheduled to be a Joseph’s or River Ridge elemenbig day in all regional tourna- taries. Many of the players are ments. Winner’s bracket finals in also on teams together in football all classes are scheduled to take and basketball. place, and multiple teams will be Etler said the team, sponsored eliminated in the loser’s bracket. by Pump Pro’s Inc., took some The KC Kryptonite of Class C1 losses in non-district tournaments were one of two undefeated teams that made the team better and in District 28, ready for a run in which mostly covthe regionals. ers the southern The KC Kryptonite “Seven of my 13 portion of the players have pitched of Class C1 were county. They at some point this advanced to the season and four one of two winner’s bracket have played catchundefeated teams final scheduled for er,” he said. “We July 11. always roster bat so in District 28. The NKY Thunthat every kid gets der were in second to play and we move place in C1 and also advanced to them around in the field quite a bit the regionals. so they all get to experience the The NKY Bulldogs were 12-0 in game.” D2 and the DBacks were second at Players are Brady Barker, 10-2. (All records reflect in-district Michael Bishop, Tyler Donoho, games only). The Bulldogs have Brennan Etler, Tyler Fleek, Connor advanced to the winner’s bracket Furnish, Blake Helson, Jack Henn, final. Patrick Kennedy, Luke Ott, Ethan In C2, the NKY Yellowjackets Ries, Jacob Shriver, and Casey and Fort Mitchell Dragons were Wolnitzek. both 14-2. In Class D, advancing teams In B1, Ludlow AC and the Hut were Dixie Devils (14-4) and AC Saints advanced. Kentucky Red Legs (12-6). In B2, it was the Hut AC Bats at In B1, advancing teams were 14-2 and Ludlow AC at 13-3. Swan Florist Heat and Lightning. In Class A, the oldest age In B2, they were the Sluggers and group, Ludlow AC was the American Sound. champs and the KC Thunder secSee more sports coverage at www. ond. Ludlow was still alive in the

SIDELINES KY Colonels baseball tryouts

The Kentucky Colonels will host tryouts for their 16U and 18U 2012 teams at St. Henry High School, 3755 Scheben Drive in Erlanger, August 6-7. Tryouts for the 16U team will be 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and 1:15-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Eligible players cannot turn 17 before May 1, 2012. Tryouts for the 18U team will be 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Eligible players cannot turn 19 before May 1, 2012. For more information, call Walt at 859-512-7063 or Denny at 859-2402136, or visit


Marsh to Pikeville

Lloyd Memorial senior football player Corey Marsh signs to play for Pikeville College next season.

7-Up Junior Golf Tour heats up By James Weber

The 7-Up Junior Golf Tour continues to roll this summer. The tour, for boys and girls ages 11-18 in Northern and central Kentucky, will be busy in the homestretch, going to Highland Country Club July 18, Triple Crown July 20 and Cherry Blossom in Georgetown July 21. That will set the stage for the tour championship July 25-26 in Boone County. The first round will be at Lassing Pointe in Union, the second at Boone Links in Burlington. Only 48 players will be eligible for the tour championship, based largely on the points standings in each division. Here are the updated points standings through July 11. Not every player has participated in every event. Girls Annika: Kristen Smith 1,325, Courtney Tierney 900, Emily Armbrecht 745, Sarah Kellam 700, Megan Mauer 605, Ellen Kendall 580, Morgan Larison 487.5, Maggie Miles 390, Jill Edgington 387.5, Bridgit Morris 375, Katie Scarlett-Skinner 350, Kara McCord 325, Lauren Vice 300, Sydney Swingos 210, Jenna McGuire 125, Sydney Scheben 95. Girls Wie Division (winners listed); Brianna Aulick (two), Ashley Schneider (two), Mary Bunzel, Kaitlyn Cross, Shanna

Doumont, Meredith Hartfiel, Meggie Lund, Amy Pugliano, Chelsea Schack. Boys 16-18: Lane Weaver 1,200, Jimmy Kelley 962.5, Brad Litzinger 857.5, Chet Wehrman 630, Austin Molen 605, Blake Adkins 570, Blake Hamilton 557.5, Joe Kendall 510, Darron Hampton 400, Zach Wright 400, Tim Livingood 337.5, Seattle Stein 325, Bryan Kraus 300, Phoenix Ramsey 300, Carter Hibbard 297.5, Taylor McDowell 295, Tanner Walton 295, Sean Kiely 275, Joey Fredrick 270, Matt Hartfiel 260, Brad Forman 245, Trevor Howard 232, Adam Fangman 230, Colin Dupont 205, Andy Miller 187.5, Chase Hughes 175, Paul Clancy 150, Adam Millson 150, Chris Desmarais 140, Zach Hughes 137.5, Adam Ditzel 124.5, Hunter Majewski 90, Josh Moorman 90, Caleb Hunt 80, Jake Reilly 60, Cody Rose 50, Jacob Bertke 49.5, Alex Scanlon 45, Rob Rechel 12.5. Boys 14-15: Jackson Frame 1,625, Drew McDonald 911.5, Jackson Bardo 840, Zach Adams 832.5, Merik Berling 807.5, Tim Fritz 780, Parker Harris 657.5, Jeff Lynne 589, Cody Kellam 586.5, Matt Striegel 572.5, Daniel Lee 522.5, Brett Bauereis 425, Austin Squires 425, Davis McNichol 365, Luke Tobergte 280, Logan Gamm 275, Austin Zapp 250, Cullen Lewis 249, Ben

Beausir 200, Marcus Dehlinger 162.5, Jack Hugenberg 160, Grant Kuether 135, Luke Holtz 130, Hunter Hughes 120, Tyler Wehrman 65, Patrick Dragan 60, Alex Beckes 50. Boys 12-13: Tyler Lippert 1,675, David Rich 855, Michael Bracken 787.5, Paul Huber 775, Evan Thompson 760, Jake Cahill 712.5, Grant Garrison 600, Trey Roseberry 570, Chandler Clark 560, Griffin Flesch 537.5, Jacob Vrolijk 425, Jared Reid 410, Will Brady 320, Ian Tackett 225, Luke Adkins 215, Kirk Tabeling 215, Leighton Schrand 202.5, Ian Galvin 195, Noah Lenhof 195, Marcus Maier 150, Cameron Auchter 110, Connor Duell 95, Sam Kunkler 90, Coire Ayres 80, Austin Schneider 80, Trenton Shields 50, Trevor Yost. Boys 11U: Ryan Clements 1,785, Lincoln Herbst 1,223.5, Jack DeFraites 1,065, Logan Herbst 937.5, Josh Struck 848.5, Elliott Berling 815, Jacob Tarvin 806, Nolan Schrand 752.5, Patrick Kennedy 741, Ethan Berling 670, Paul Thelen 637.5, Lincoln Hammon 235, Ben Pieper 215, Kyle West 207.5, Mallory Lovell 200, Spencer Chaney 195, Blake Garrison 150, Evan Klein 135, Robby Case 130, Tanner Griffin 90, Lauren Bracken 80, Luke Herbst 70. See more sports coverage at www.

Freedom returns home July 18 The Traverse City Beach Bums put up six runs in five innings off of Freedom hurler Tim Holmes and that’s all they needed in 6-3 rubber match win Sunday night, July 10. Holmes started the last game for the Freedom before the Frontier League All-Star break, but he gave up three home runs and received his fifth loss of the season. JT Hall hit a solo homer off of Holmes in the first inning to put the Beach Bums on top. The Freedom failed to capitalize on five walks by Traverse City starter Don Pugliese in the first three innings as they were

Region stays together

Swimmers from Region 4 in Northern Kentucky unite in solidarity before preliminary qualifications at the State Swimming and Diving Championship at Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville. Photographed are swimmers from Beechwood, Calvary Christian, Conner, Covington Catholic, Covington Latin, Dixie, Highlands, Ryle, Scott and St. Henry high schools. PROVIDED

held scoreless and stranded six. Traverse City started the fourth inning with back-to-back singles by Jose Vargas and Jeff Flagg. Tom Zebroski’s one-out single brought home a run and Hector Bernal followed with a three-run blast to right to give the Beach Bums a 5-0 lead. After Traverse City added a run in the fifth on Hall’s second solo shot of the game, the Freedom answered in the bottom half. Drew Rundle lifted a three-run jack to right field to cut the Beam Bums lead in half, but it was the only offense the Freedom could manu-

facture. The Freedom stranded 13 on the base paths, as they left runners on first and second in the sixth and seventh innings against Beach Bum relievers. Mike Hanley pitched a clean inning and Alec Lewis walked two and allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Zeb Engle came in and recorded the final two outs. Florence is 23-24 at the All-Star break, the first time this season they have fallen below .500. Chris Curley, Justin Holloway, and Cole Miles represented the Freedom in

the All-Star game Wednesday, July 13, at All Pro Freight stadium, the home of the Lake Erie Crushers. The team returns to action on Friday, July 15, on the road versus the Gateway Grizzlies. Florence will then return home for nine straight games starting Monday, July 18. For ticket information, call 594-HITS. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.


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Anthony verdict the price of an imperfect legal system I spent last week in New York City at Thrillerfest, a convention for lovers of thriller novels. It is a wonderful annual gathering where readers get to meet their favorite authors and authors get to break bread with their fans and colleagues. Everywhere I turned, my fellow authors (and most people in the Big Apple for that matter) were talking about the most intriguing whodunit in years – and I’m not referencing Jeffrey Deaver’s brilliant new treatment of James Bond in “007 Carte Blanche.” People were talking about the Casey Anthony verdict, a topic I discussed with Sean Hannity as a guest on his “Great American Panel.” I was relieved when Sean and I shared a similar opinion on the verdict. We both believe that Casey Anthony probably had something to do with the death of her daughter, but that the state failed to meet its legal burden to prove her involvement. No author at Thrillerfest would have tried to write the Casey

Anthony story as fiction because the outcome would be too hard for a reader to believe. When I was a second-year Rick law student, my Robinson criminal proceprofessor Community dure went to great Recorder lengths to guest explain the columnist three purposes for punishment: deterrence, rehabilitation and incapacitation. I had to fend off a tide of liberal outrage when I suggested that there was a fourth purpose: retribution. The desire for retribution often produces powerful emotions. Failing to satisfy that desire tends to undermine confidence in the system. And that is part of what drives many of those who are attacking the system over Casey Anthony – no retribution, no justice.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR JFK column's odd response

Mr. Otten, what in the world are you talking about? If my name was not plastered all over Mr. Otten’s article, I would have never guessed he was responding to my JFK article. My article was about JFK's 1962 Executive Order to permit collective bargaining for publicsector employees. Mr. Otten states that I'm dumber than an eleventh grader for not remembering the Great Depression. (In America today, that's really being nasty.) He lashes out that the Great Depression was caused by evil corporations and the lack of government regulations. Corporations are in the privatesector not the public-sector. While both words start with the same letter (P), I've concluded that public-sector and private-sector have totally different meanings. I was not writing about the Great Depression or the privatesector corporations but public-sector unions. Mr. Otten later attacks a strong limited government politician as “unscrupulous, fat-fingered toady for corporate interest, who spends decades wringing all the life he can from an oppressed workforce and then tosses the survivors into the dump.” Wow! Mr. Otten, it sounds like you need to go to a happy place for a while!

Again, corporations are in the private-sector and have nothing to do with my article. I completely understand that an attack on President George W. Bush is mandatory in all union lectures. I expected that one. Unfortunately, I was not writing about the wars. Mr. Otten, your column was a great anti-corporate attack piece, but your rant has nothing to do with my argument that public-sector unions are bankrupting America. Mr. Otten, I encourage you to read my articles and please respond to the merits of my arguments. I love public (that's different than private) debate, but the next time you decide to unleash your anti-corporate-union-venom form letter, please leave my name out of your odd ramblings. Tom Wurtz Fort Mitchell

Editor’s note: Mr. Wurtz is a guest column writer for the Recorder whose column referred to here was published on June 29.

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Most people can’t even bring themselves to consider what it would feel like to lose a child. The thought is too damn painful. Only a narcissistic sociopath would hit the party trail and get a tattoo following such a tragedy. As a father of three beautiful kids, I have to admit that I personally want justice for Caylee Anthony in the form of retribution against whoever killed her. But because I believe in the rule of law, I am willing to accept the verdict knowing that in our system only people who are convicted of crimes are punished for them. It is nauseating to realize that Casey Anthony was afforded legal privileges not given to her dead daughter. It seems hideous, gross and contemptible to award legal privilege to vile people – at least until someone is wrongfully accused. Then those rights allow an innocent person to walk free. Americans hate it when people who seem guilty of crimes aren’t convicted of them, but we must accept these verdicts as the painful price we pay for a system

that is designed to ensure that no one who is falsely accused of a crime suffers at the hands of society’s primal desire for retribution. Our criminal justice system isn’t broken. Nevertheless, the Casey Anthony verdict does highlight two flaws in the system. First, statistics show that juries are unlikely to return guilty verdicts in capital murder cases when the defendant is a woman. If the prosecution can be faulted for anything in the Anthony case, it may be for seeking the death penalty against a female when the underlying evidence was all circumstantial. While media coverage prior to Casey Anthony’s indictment may well have forced the prosecutor’s hand politically, it was a bad decision that overshadowed the entire case. Had the death penalty not hovered so large over the case, the jury might have returned a different verdict on the lesser charges. Second, O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark made a very good point last week when she

wrote that juries often confuse “reason for doubt” with “reasonable doubt.” The Casey Anthony legal team threw out lots of reasons to doubt. Whether any of those actually could have supported the jury’s finding of “reasonable doubt” will be debated for years. Many have argued that “reasonable doubt” has been elevated by the so-called “CSI Effect,” where jurors expect evidence presented at trials to fall neatly into place. However, after watching closing arguments, putting Gary Sinise himself on the stand might not have been able to save the prosecutors’ case against Casey Anthony. It’s likely that no one will ever be punished for killing Caylee Anthony. That’s the price we pay for enjoying an imperfect system. Rick Robinson is a Northern Kentucky author whose latest novel, “Manifest Destiny,” has won seven writing awards, including Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival. This article is reprinted with permission of the Daily Caller.

Answer to budget woes: The ‘T’ word There IS an answer to the budget problems facing federal, state, and local governments. It’s the unmentionable “T” word: TAXES. No one likes irresponsible spending. But government agencies are being forced to cut essential programs. To keep programs intact, we must raise revenues, and one option should be raising taxes. Instead, the theory today is “supply-side economics”: Decreased taxes stimulate investing and job growth. Yet tax expert David Cay Johnston of Syracuse University says it’s a proven failure.9 And consider this: Decreased taxes bring less tax revenue, meaning more budget cuts, leading to job loss, thus less tax revenue. It’s more than a vicious cycle; it’s a spiral, with ever shrinking budgets, greater job loss, less tax revenue. But no one likes taxes, do they? The Anti-Tax Media Machine would have us believe that. However, a December, 2010 survey from the Pew Research Center shows that 65% of people prefer a more balanced approach to reducing the federal deficit: Cut major programs AND increase taxes.1 Furthermore, a February, 2011 Pew study showed more people actually favor an increase over a decrease in spending in key areas, including education, health care, Medicare, environ-

mental protection, defense, and scientific research.

The purpose of taxes

The idea is that we share the financial responsibility for services we want so that no one segment of the populationnor one familyis unnecessarily burdened. Plus, you have to fill the coffers for emergency services, like disaster relief and military defense. A small tax hike will not significantly impact most families. But if you remove services, then individuals need to replace them, meaning higher costs than families would have paid in taxes. For example: Reducing funds for the Stop Aids Campaign means patients can’t afford medication. In Kentucky, the parents of 137,000 students5 will face whether to send their children to college if Pell grants are cut. And so on.

Kimberly Kennedy Community Recorder guest columnist

What we’re losing

Cuts at the federal level put a tremendous strain on state, county, and city budgets, bringing cuts to essential programs. Ask the cit-

izens of Vallejo, California6 what happens when police and fire services are cut. In Kentucky, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Richie Farmer, said that cuts to the department would underfund vital public services, jeopardizing public safety.7 We also lose programs that are important to us or integral to the economic health of our cities. We don’t want children to be cut from early-childhood intervention services,8 and we want open swimming pools and Fourth of July fireworks. And does it pay to cut funding for the arts when it means lost jobs? We lose hope for a brighter future for our children, as educational quality and health outcomes decrease, as we lag behind other countries in innovation and technology. If asked to choose between tax breaks for corporate jets and yachts or safe drinking water and quality education for your children, what will you choose? There’s a greater cost to our society in NOT raising taxes: Save money now, but pay dearly in the future. So be brave: Say the word out loud. Then venture forth, tweeting it, facebooking it, sharing it with family, friends, co-workers, legislators. This is how revolutions start. Kimberly Kennedy is a Villa Hills resident and can be reached at

Summer’s warmer weather means smog season is here again Now that the warm weather has sprung upon us full force, so has the smog. In early June the 90s hit the Tristate and brought with it the region’s first smog alert of the season. So what exactly is smog and why does it become such an issue during these hot summer months? Smog is an air pollutant containing gases and other reactive chemical mixtures that is formed when sunlight combines with them. They create an irritating mixture throughout the air making breathing difficult, especially for children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems.

Now that the heat has arrived, the warm temperatures increasingly facilitate the mixing of those gases which creates more air Lauren contamination. Koehler Along with the temperatures, Community urban areas are Press guest among the top columnist of the list for high smog levels. In the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments region that consists of Butler,

Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky and Dearborn County, IN., this is due, mainly, to exhaust from vehicles. Geography has something to do with it as well; since the region sits in a valley of sorts, the surroundings could trap the pollution inside. In order to see a decrease in the amount of smog that is formed, residents of the Tristate area need to be informed and stay conscientious. OKI is a non-profit organization actively trying to keep citizens aware of the smog issues in the Tristate area. OKI’s primary charge is to

notify people, businesses and the media of smog alerts on days when there is high air contamination. OKI’s “Do Your Share for Cleaner Air” campaign is one way the community can stay informed about smog and related air pollution issues. This campaign gives many examples of what individuals can do to help keep our air clean, such as: • Carpool with friends or coworkers: sign up for RideShare, a free service, by visiting www. • Turn off all unused lights. • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m.

• Use lawnmowers after 8 p.m. • Walk, bike or Rollerblade on short trips If carpooling or vanpooling is not feasible, individuals can park at one of the many park and rides around the Tristate area and take a bus (call METRO 513-6214455 or TANK 859-331-8265). Simply spreading the word to friends and family is also helpful. For more information and additional tips to reduce air pollution, visit, become a fan on Facebook at, or call 1-800-621-SMOG. Loren Koehler is an OKI communications intern.

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Jonah Steenken (red shirt) poses with some friends during their visit to the hospital on July 3. In a show of support for Steenken, who is going through treatment for leukemia, close to 20 of his classmates, baseball teammates and friends shaved their heads. REGAN COOMER/STAFF

Grocery Bag manager Tonya Cabrera and owner Alan Threlkeld proudly stand in front of the convenience store that has become a family place in Taylor Mill.

Grocery Bag a family destination Regan Coomer

TAYLOR MILL - For close to 30 years, the Grocery Bag convenience store has been a hub for Taylor Mill’s residents. Whether they hang out in the morning with a cup of joe, stop by for some muchneeded ice cream or order a deli sandwich, manager Tonya Cabrera knows their faces - and their names. “You have a lot of the same customers come in year after year and you see their kids grow and see them have kids,” she said. “We’re just the friendly neighborhood store.” In addition to soft-serve ice cream, ICEEs and snacks at the Grocery Bag, customers can also purchase deli sandwiches and hoagies, made on the spot, Cabrera said. Customers can also order deli meats and cheeses by the pound, as well as deli trays for events. And the Grocery Bag

staff is happy to cater to those regular customers who have helped them stay open all these years, Cabrera said. “If anybody has a personal request we make sure to get that for them,” she said. Owner Allan Threlkeld, who bought the Grocery Bag five years ago, knows he has the community to thank for the Grocery Bag’s continued success in an economy that’s hard on small businesses. “We appreciate all the loyalty they’ve shown to the Grocery Bag,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here.” For more information about the Grocery Bag, call 431-6226. The Grocery Bag is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Grocery Bag is open 364 days a year, excepting Christmas day.

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Boys show true meaning of friendship By Jason Brubaker

Karen Steenken never imagined 20 haircuts could unite a community and lift a family. “We’re so humbled by this – saying ‘thank you’ just seems so small,” said Steenken, the mother of Beechwood Elementary fifth-grader Jonah Steenken. “To have this kind of support is beyond words. We’re just incredibly blessed to be in a great community like this.” Earlier this summer Jonah was diagnosed with leukemia. He immediately started an intense chemotherapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and as one of the side effects, he began to lose his hair. “Some of the boys who play baseball and basketball with Jonah said they should all shave their heads too, so he wouldn’t feel different,” said Suzanne Deatherage, whose son Zach

Zach Deatherage gets his head shaved by his father, Jerry. “Jonah laughed at us when he saw us all,” said Zach, one of about 20 boys who shaved their head in support of Jonah Steenken.


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Clayton Miller and London Harper exchange grins as they get their heads shaved on July 3. "Jonah was especially excited to see Clayton, because his hair was so long to begin with," said Karen Steenken. is a friend of Jonah’s. “To see the kids come up with this idea really makes you proud as a parent, because they just wanted to help their friend out.” The Hair Shaving took place at Kevin Willis’ Fort Mitchell home on July 3 with 20 teammates, classmates and friends. The event attracted almost 100 spectators, and was even broadcast live to Jonah and his family in the hospital via Skype. Afterward, a handful of the boys visited Jonah in the hospital to show off their new look. “He’s my friend, and we didn’t want him to feel left out,” explained Zach. “When he saw us with our heads shaved, he just started laughing. It was a lot of fun.” For Karen and the Steenken family, however, it was a gesture that left them speechless. “It was the first time he’d seen his friends since he started his treatments, and I think it made him feel like they

were all a part of what he was going through,” she said. “He was really excited to see what they all looked like with shaved heads, and it was just an amazing day for our family.” Suzanne said the boys never hesitated to show their support. “They all jumped on the idea, and they were glad to do this for Jonah,” she said. “It was just so neat to see how the community stepped forward and banded together for this, and it shows what a great community we have.” Karen agreed. She said Jonah is progressing well medically. “We couldn’t ask for more – the support has been overwhelming in a good way,” said Karen. “We always knew we had a wonderful community and wonderful friends, and we’re so thankful for all that they’ve done for us.” To leave a message for Jonah or his family, visit

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International Film Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Watch and discuss recently released international film. Bring drink, popcorn provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-9624000. Erlanger.


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. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, With Jay. 859866-6810. Elsmere.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit features stunning photos of news photographer Gordon Baer. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Corner Pocket, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Classic, rock and country blues. $5. 859-441-4888; Cold Spring.


Next Era Entertainment Two Year Anniversary Show, 8:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 8 p.m. Featuring Antiserum, DKxNighmate and Nicmor, Lady Bandit, J.A.N.K. with Firecat 451 and the Wise Cracka, and Infected Angel. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Quintana, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence.


Illshot, 8 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., Free. 859-291-2233; 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.


Taken, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.


Live Fast, Die Young, 7 p.m.-midnight, Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Cin City Burlesque celebrates 50 years of rock. Tasseltwirling performances by Cin City Burlesque, air guitar contests, shot booth and kiss booth. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Stop AIDS Cincinnati. $20, $15 advance. Tickets available online. Presented by Cin City Burlesque. Through July 16. 513-479-2797; Covington.


Adult Sand Volleyball, 6:30 p.m., Flagship Park, 1 Flagship Park Way, Weather permitting. No teams. Individuals rotate in so everyone can play. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger.


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. 859-485-7611; Walton.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Room A. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 30. 513-921-1922. Fort Thomas. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 1 6


Tandem Squares, 8 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Plus-level Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. 513-929-2427. Covington.


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Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 31. 513-921-1922. Lakeside Park.


Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Explore the streets where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their fortunes and their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. $15. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-491-8000; Newport. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 7


Kentucky Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon Permit Training Course, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Email for more information. Ages 21 and up. $85. Reservations required. 859-743-7210. Walton.

Burlington Antique Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, More than 200 vendors with antiques, vintage jewelry and furniture, primitives, architectural elements, mid-century collectibles, American and memorabilia. Early buying, 6-8 a.m. with $5 admission. $3, free ages 12 and under. Presented by Burlington Antique Show. 513-922-6847; Burlington.


Karaoke with DJ Will Carson, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Includes drink specials. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.



Sasha, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Gypsy Latin Jazz. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859491-4003. Covington.




Devin the Dude and Unrated Business. Doing It Real Big!, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., Scheduled to appear: Unrated Business, Lennon John, Vincent Vega, K-Riley, Mac Niff. $20. 513-4856562; Covington.

Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859491-8027; Covington.



Taken, 10 p.m., Peecox, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.

Creation Museum, Noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.




Live Fast, Die Young, 7 p.m.-midnight, Leapin Lizard Gallery, Burlesque workshop 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Learn burlesque basics, along with choreographed routine. $40, includes ticket for show at 7 p.m. $20, $15 advance. Tickets available online. 513-479-2797; Covington.

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Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No sign-up required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.


Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Covington Partners in Prevention Golf Outing, Noon-7 p.m., Traditions Golf Club, 2035 Williams Road, Shotgun start. Registration begins 10:30 a.m. Four-person scramble. Dinner and silent auction follow scramble. Includes greens fees and carts, range fees, boxed lunch, dinner, gift bag and chance to win two-year lease of Lexus ES 350 from Lexus Rivercenter. Benefits Covington Partners in Prevention. $800 foursome, $200 single. Registration required. Presented by Covington Partners in Prevention. 859392-3172; Hebron.


Quintana, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 859-356-1440; Independence. New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.


The first Queen City Sausage Festival will be 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 15, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Newport’s Riverfront Levee, below the Newport Aquarium. The festival celebrates the region’s rich culture and history of local sausage making with local food vendors, local beer and local musicians. Each vendor will offer their own specialty dishes using Queen City sausages (brats, metts, Italian, Andouille, Chorizo, etc.). The festival will also include a beer garden, live music, games, kids’ rides, cornhole tournaments, eating contests, festival T-shirts and hats, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit The event is hosted and presented by Queen City Sausage and Provisions LLC. Pictured is the company flag and flying pig sculpture on the roof at Queen City Sausage in Camp Washington.

Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 29. 513-509-5066; Covington.

Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611; Walton. Art Social, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Bring your own supplies. Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611. Walton. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 1 9

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.

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Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965. Lakeside Park.


Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859261-2365; Covington.


Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Preprogram: Stories and songs with Joel Caithamer of the Kenton County Public Library-Durr Independence Branch, 9:30 a.m. J.J. Audubon’s Field Programs on Fowler Creek. Hour-long programs. Rain or shine. Free, donations of nonperishable food and personal care items accepted. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-525-7529; Independence.


Art Social, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, Free. 859-4857611. Walton.

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EDUCATION (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Investigating Energy with COSI on Wheels., Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike, Shelterhouse 1. Pre-programs at 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. All ages. Free. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-525-7529. Covington. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Diabetes Self-Management Support, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Covington, 1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, Free information and support group open to people with diabetes and their families. Free. 859-655-8910; Covington.


Music@BCM, 6-9 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Music by Robin Lacey and DeZydeco. Coffee and other beverages. Food and cash bar available. Doors open 6 p.m. $5, $3 ages 3-12. Reservations requested. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.


Open Mic/College Night, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Musicians, singers, comedians, jugglers and spoken word. All ages. Dinner available at 6 p.m. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.


Tot Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Beetle Mania Strikes. Learn about different members of beetle family. Stories and craft. $1 craft fee. Ages 2-5. Included with admission, free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington. THANKS TO TONY PHAM

The Burlington Antique Show is every third Sunday of the month April through October at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington. July’s show will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17, and will include more than 200 vendors with antiques, vintage jewelry and furniture, primitives, mid-century collectibles and more. Producers of the TV show “American Pickers” will be filming at the show. Early bird admission, 6-8 a.m., is $5; after 8 a.m., $3. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Parking is free. Shows are rain or shine. For more information, visit or call 513-922-6847.


Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. Bring lunch; drinks provided. $2. 859-4312543. Covington.


The Cincinnati Museum Center opens the exhibit, “Inspired by Anne,” Saturday, July 16, in the Cincinnati History Museum. The exhibit celebrates the life and work of Covington resident Anne Wainscott, 94. She was fashion illustrator for Shillito’s Department Store and the Cincinnati Enquirer for nearly five decades. The exhibit includes sketches, artwork, hand-made garments and a replica of her studio. It is through Sept. 4. Admission is free for members and included in an all museums pass: $12.50, adults; $11.50, ages 60 and up; and $8.50, ages 3-12. Visit or call 513-287-7000.


Think This! Not That! As a motivator for people on their weight loss journey, I have become a huge fan of the “Eat This, Not That” series, authored by Matt Goulding and David Zinczenko of Men’s Health Magazine. The books have been touted as helping thousands make better choices in the grocery store, in restaurants, and in preparing meals at home. A fabulous tool utilized for educating people regarding their unhealthy habits. For instance, did you know that we are likely to underestimate our calories by 93 percent when eating out? (Goulding) The book also teaches us how to cut 200 calories and save a whopping 20 pounds a year! (Goulding) Aha! A book, telling you exactly what to do, in order to make better choices and live healthier. Now, can they just come up with something like that for my head?! Did you know that for most Americans, more than 80 percent of the thoughts we think on any given day are negative, irrational and downright “nonsensical” (to quote Dr. Seuss.) Wow! And we wonder why we have issues with patience, anxiety, depression and (overeating for that matter). Virtually every thought in our head from the moment we get up, until the time we go to bed is unhealthy! Think about it. (No pun intended!) What is the first thought on most of our minds when we wake up in the morning? For some, it’s the endless amount work that waits at the office, or the dead end job with no light at the end

of the tunnel. For others, it’s the endless house work, fights to referee between kids, manners to Julie House teach to South avoid awkKenton ward situaat Recorder tions church, playguest dates to columnist schedule so your child remains socially active if you home-school, yada, yada, yada. And still for others, (put me in this category about five years ago) the disgust and shame about my weight and health. As well as a lack of hope and direction regarding what I can do about it. Doesn’t set the stage for a pretty day, does it? How do I break the cycle, you ask? The answer lies in the saying printed on the T-shirt of the man I saw at the drive-in. (If you’re reading this, “Thanks!”) The shirt read, “If it is to be; it is up to ME!” Cliché, I know, but stay with me. How many of us wait and worry, wondering if someone else is going to make us happy. Will he or she love me? Make me proud? Give me a job? Pay my bills? Heal me? Hurt me? The list goes on and on. And, what’s more, too often that waiting and wondering zaps our energy in other areas of life, and sends us to bed full of anxiety and worry. To top it off, experts tell us that what we go to bed thinking about is more than likely the first thing on our

minds in the morning. So in order to start my day off fresh and clean, I must do some cleaning before I close my eyes. For me, this means changing my focus, to concentrate on the One whom never changes, not the things that do. (Can you say gas and grocery prices?) Shifting my thinking to the One who provides security and love no matter what. Not the ones that threaten to take away my security. (Can you say the government and insurance companies?) I’m not bitter, just verbal. By the way, did you realize that of all the “things” we want in life, love and security are the two we humans crave more than anything else? So, the next time you find yourself lying awake at night with thoughts of doom and gloom, try this thought on for size, “I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wing. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.” Where do you find a quote like that? I like to call it my big book for positive thinking; the Bible, Psalm 63:6-8. Julie House is a resident of Independence, and Founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian based health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 802-8965. Check out her website for meeting times and locations www.equipped4

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Easy dishes to pull out for any picnic, potluck

Rita is on vacation for the next two weeks. The following is a selection of her “best of” recipes. It’s summer and that means lots of folks celebrating the season with family cookouts, potlucks and picnics. Here are some good “take-along” recipes that can be done in advance.

have to be boring. Elevate them to new heights with this recipe which is one of my most requested picnic side dishes. Adapted from my good friend Barbara Bond’s recipe. To see a video of me making this, log onto my blog at (Cooking with Rita).

Bodacious baked beans

32 oz. baked beans 1 can regular, plain beans, your choice, drained 1 generous cup favorite barbecue sauce or more

Is there a picnic that doesn’t include baked beans? Don’t think so. But baked beans don’t


⁄2 cup brown sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled 6 strips bacon, sautéed and cut up

Mix everything together. Pour into sprayed casserole. Bake in 350 degree oven about 40 to 50 minutes, until bubbly and no longer real runny. It gets thicker as it cools. Delicious hot, room temperature or cold. Serves six to eight.



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Rita’s seven-layer salad

Anywhere from half to a pound of bacon, cut into small pieces, fried and drained 1 head of iceberg lettuce, enough to make two nice layers in a big bowl 6-7 hard-boiled eggs, sliced 10 oz. or so pkg. of frozen peas, thawed 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 bunch green onions, sliced Enough mayonnaise for last layer, a cup or so Salt and pepper Put half the lettuce in the bottom of a big bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put egg slices on top, enough to cover. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer half the green onions on. Sprinkle peas on top of that, the bacon, the rest of the lettuce, 2 cups cheddar. Spread mayonnaise on top making sure you cover the entire top. Cover and chill eight to 24 hours. To serve, sprinkle the rest of the cheddar on top and the rest of the green onions. Now if you don’t like that many green onions, leave them off of the top.

Tink Stewart’s blueberry buckle

2 cups flour 3 ⁄4 cup sugar 21⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 cup shortening 3 ⁄4 cup milk 1 egg slightly beaten 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed and drained) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease 9inch square or round pan. Blend everything but berries and beat 30 seconds. Stir in berries. Spread into pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle with glaze.

Crumb topping:

Blend together 1

⁄2 cup sugar ⁄3 cup flour Up to 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 stick softened butter or margarine 1


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⁄2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄2 to 2 teaspoons hot water


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The 70-30 rule applies to any seafood on the grill. Have the grill hot, lightly brush both sides of the fish with oil, and start grilling skin side up with the grill closed as much as possible. (Or just put a disposable pan over the fish). Leave it alone until about 70 percent of the fish is done on the first side. You’ll know it by the looks and also if it will release easily. This allows the fish to form a nice crust. Turn it and finish cooking. The rule about seven to 10 minutes per inch of thickness works well, too. Here’s how I season mine: Brush four salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each, with skin (or not) on both sides with olive or other oil. Season both sides with salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this is enough for all four) and the juice of a lime (about 2 tablespoons). Grill as indicated above. 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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Point/Arc ball game The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky’s Choir will sing the National Anthem at the July 24 Florence Freedom game at 6:05 p.m. against the Normal Cornbelters. The benefit previously scheduled in June was rescheduled due to rain. Tickets purchased for the June 21 game through The Point will be honored on July 24. The Point Choir has performed at several public and private events including the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game in January. One lucky Point support-

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Ken Murray celebrated 40 year’s as a Goodyear Dealer at Performance Tire, 805 Donaldson Road in Erlanger. He was presented with the 40 Year Anniversary plaque by Jim Kerns, sales associate at Goodyear Wholesale Tire Center in Cincinnati. Murray has been in the service and tire business since he was 13 years old and is now a second generation owner of Performance Tire. Pictured, from left, is Jim Kerns, Ken Murray and Bob Wolfe, manager.

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vendors, rides, and games. “Chicken Charlie” chicken dinner will be served in the air-conditioned Carlin Center from 4 p.m.–8 Saturday with carry-outs available starting at 4 p.m. Kids 10 and& under eat free from 4 p.m.–5 p.m. (limit 1 free child’s meal per paying adult). Grand prize for raffle is $5,000; second prize:

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An Open Letter to Kenton County Residents

A fox in the hen house: Don’t let what happened on Wall Street happen to NKAPC in Kenton County For years, lobbyists for investment banks and financial institutions on Wall Street worked hard to eliminate government oversight of their industry. These efforts paid off handsomely for these institutions and their executives, who earned billions of dollars in profits and bonuses. The only problem is that this scheme led to the subprime mortgage crisis and greatest financial failure the United States since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and their homes. Our government bailed out several of these companies that were “too big to fail.” And once again, American taxpayers were left holding the bag. Now, an industry group is trying to do the same thing in Kenton County. The board of directors of the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) recently voted unanimously to support the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), the government agency that has provided oversight and regulation of the homebuilding and the construction industry in Kenton County for the past 50 years. HBA has co-opted the local Tea Party in its effort and is now spearheading a drive to eliminate NKAPC. This group is asking residents of Kenton County to sign a petition to dissolve NKAPC. Eliminating this important local regulator will have dire consequences in the future for Kenton County, its cities, and its citizens. HBA wants to be the fox in the hen house. They want to build streets, sidewalks, and structures based on their own standards, not the standards developed by NKAPC with the input of city and county officials. HBA’s effort to eliminate NKAPC started after the NKAPC staff recommended stricter standards for road construction in subdivisions. NKAPC studied this issue at the request of local governments and found that Kenton County taxpayers were footing the bills to reconstruct failing streets. NKAPC is overseen by the 19 local governments in Kenton County. The county and 18 cities are all represented on NKAPC’s oversight board. NKAPC is funded by an ad valorem tax of real estate. What does this tax cost a Kenton County taxpayer? Around $48 a year for the owner of a $150,000 house. That’s less than what it costs to fill up your car with a tank of gas today. We believe that is a small price to pay to continue to maintain the quality of life in Kenton County that NKAPC has helped us to achieve. Please let NKAPC continue its important work to ensure that builders and developers properly construct our streets and sidewalks, thoughtfully develop our hillsides, and comply with zoning codes and regulations to construct buildings that are safe for the public. Because the HBA and the Tea Party are spreading a lot of misinformation about the NKAPC, what it does, and how it does it, we thought that it was important that you know the truth.

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$150 worth of jewelry/precious metals, $250 worth of computer hardware, $20 worth of radios/TVs/VCRs reported stolen at 107 International Lane, July 3.

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Incidents/investigations Second degree wanton endangerment At 2075 Dixie Highway, July 2.

Zachary W. Scott, 18, 13 Scott Street, execution of warrant for failure to appear at Delaware Crossing, July 1. Trevor E. Forbes, 21, 17 S Shaw Lane, disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place, criminal trespassing, menacing, unlawful transaction with minor at 9653 Clover Ridge Drive, July 6. Amber R. Minges, 28, 742 Marbea Drive, DUI alcohol, disregarding stop sign at Independence Station Road, July 7.

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Adam Sherwood Arthur, 65, of Newport, died July 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a switchman/brakeman with CSX. His parents, Otis and Elsie Arthur, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Arthur of Newport; sons, Jimmy Arthur of Dayton and Casey Arthur of Florence; daughter, Shermett Hayes of Independence; brother, Coleman Arthur of Alexandria; sisters, Lena Brock of Newport, Linda Surrey of Edgewood and Ina Bosley of Erlanger; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Charity Tabernacle, 230 Pooles Creek Road #1, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Rodney ‘Donnie’ Britt

Rodney “Donnie” Britt, 47, of Florence, died July 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a martial arts expert and instructor, an avid fisherman and skilled artist. He played the keyboard, bass and guitar, and was devoted to his cats. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Ronnie and Barbara Britt of Florence; mother, Joyce Gaines of Jackson, Tenn.; fiancé, Tawanna Stull of Erlanger; sisters, Diane Hobbs of Burlington, Debra Cox of Bagdad, Ky., and Rose Marie Colmenares of Jackson, Tenn.; brothers, Paul Britt of Florence and Michael Clore of Cincinnati; sisters, Leah Clore and Lara Ayres, both of Walton, and Lisa Ramler of Florence; and grandmother, Needia Congeriado of Jackson, Tenn. Burial was at Richwood Cemetery. Memorials: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., Fifth Floor, Norwalk, CT, 06851.

Shanessa L. Chappie

Shanessa Lynn Chappie, 24, of Clearwater, Fla., died June 30,

2011, at her residence. She was a waitress for Perkins Restaurant. Survivors include her father, Robert Chappie of Erlanger; mother, Shauna Doyen of Florence; stepmother, Kim Farrell of Erlanger; grandparents, Bill Yopp of Dayton, Thomas Leight of Taylor Mill and Maretta Leight of Erlanger; aunts, Lavonda Grant of Taylor Mill, Missy Cooksey of Frankfort, Laura Baker of Covington and Kim West of Hamilton, Ohio; and uncles, Joe Chappie of Ham, Ohio, and Bill Chappie of Covington; Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Anita Baker Collini

Anita C. Baker Collini, 43, of Erlanger, died June 28, 2011. Her father, William, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Collini; children, Sarah, Tony, Andy, Cassidy and T.J.; siblings, Dee, Jenny, Dawn and Doug; and mother, Margurite Harp. Memorials: Pancreatic Research Fund, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.

Charles T. Frazier Sr.

Charles Thomas Frazier Sr., 74, of Fort Wright, died July 7, 2011, at his home. He retired from the Cincinnati Gear Company as plant manager after 40 years of service. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed doing yard work, gardening and fly fishing with his son in Montana. He was a master craftsman, loved woodworking and developed a huge library of movies. Survivors include his wife, Charlene R. Birch Frazier; daughter, Teressa Foltz of Erlanger; son, Charles T. Frazier Jr. of Dallas, Texas; sister, Beverly Coleman of Oregon; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or St. Jude

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Joyce Ridder Knollman, 80, of Alexandria, died June 28, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired receptionist with Burke Marketing Research Company and a member of St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria. Her first husband, Bill Ridder, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Norbert Knollman; daughters, Sue Sorrell of Alexandria and Cathy Elkus of Erlanger; sons, Dan Ridder of Alexandria and Steve Ridder of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Ray E. Love

Ray E. Love, 57, of Erlanger, died July 2, 2011. He was the owner and operator of MVP Vending. Survivors include his sons, Eric Love and Ryan Love, both of Erlanger; sister, Sherry Schroer of Florence; brother, Nick Love of Covington; three grandchildren; longtime companion, Donna Smith; and dear friend and former spouse, Alice Love. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Patricia Ober

Patricia Ober, 72, of Erlanger, died July 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. She was a homemaker, and a member and volunteer of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. Her husband, Edward A. Ober, and a son, John Ober, died previously. Survivors include her children, David E. Ober, Patricia Taylor, Jo Ann Tichenor, Virginia Breeden and Catherine Davis; brother, J. Michael Spaulding; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Hwy., Elsmere, KY 41018 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Curtis Howard Pyles

Curtis Howard Pyles, 49, of Erlanger, died June 29, 2011. He was a supervisor for Domino’s Commissary where he developed an award-winning pizza dough for the Domino’s pizza chain. Survivors include his children, Lindsey Pyles of Covington and Ben Marsh of Florence; father, Howard Pyles of Falmouth; sisters, Pam Patterson of Hiram, Ohio, and Deborah Noel of Florence; brothers, Randall Pyles of Elsmere and Gary Pyles of Ocala, Fla.; and three grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216.

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Emma Tomlin, 70, of Ludlow, died July 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked at Duro Paper Bag Company and was a member of First Baptist Church in Ludlow. She was a past troop leader of the Ludlow Girl Scouts and a member of Eastern Stars. Her husband, Charles E. Tomlin, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Glenna Feeley of Ludlow and Ginger Phillips of Elsmere; sisters, Patsy Knoeringer of Ludlow and Lula Picklesimer of Elsmere; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

John ‘Jack’ Wettig Sr.

John T. “Jack” Wettig Sr., 93, formerly of Elsmere, died July 4, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Shriners and Erlanger Baptist Church, a retired postal employee and a Cincinnati Reds fan. His first wife, Reeda Austin Wettig, and second wife, Zola “Vicki” Wettig, died previously. Survivors include his son, John “Jack” Wettig Jr. of Covington; stepsons, Richard Adams of Erlanger, Mark Adams of Hebron and Greg Adams of Florence; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.


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For a limited time, the nonprofit Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is offering homeowners in Hamilton, Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties a three- to fivehour assessment of their home’s potential energy inefficiencies. The normal cost of that review – which includes an in-depth examination of a home’s heating and air conditioning systems – would run between $300 and $400. The alliance’s assessment will be $50. The Energy Alliance will also pay for 35 percent worth of energy improve-

Amanda Naseef, 26, and Paul Volker III, 28, both of Cincinnati, issued July 5. Marlisa Poe, 51, and Troy Deaton, 76, both of Erlanger, issued July 5. Joan Day, 51, of Cincinnati and Everett Gaskins, 51, of Latonia, issued July 5. Amanda Wood, 31, and Benjamin Wood, 30, both of Fort Mitchell, issued July 5.



Michelle Dennemann picks up debris along the fence line at the Kenton County Paw Park. Volunteers showed up in the heat Sunday, July 10 to get the dog park in order for residents and for the second annual Beast Bash on July 23.

Molly Quinn, 23, of Crescent Springs and Mohamed Mohamed-Mahmoud, 38, of Cincinnati, issued June 29. Jennifer Stuempel, 32, of Cincinnati and Bryon Grove, 34, of Liberty Township, issued June 29. Fonda North, 54, of Hamilton and James Newton, 40, of Somerville, issued June 30. Victoria Rinderle, 27, of Boston and Anson Frericks, 27, of Maineville, issued July 1. Samantha Schafer-Bourquin, 33, of Dayton and Ian Anderkin, 30, of Loveland, issued July 1. Helen Nucerino, 35, and David Vohaefen, 39, both of Cincinnati, issued July 1. Stephanie Cordial, 21, and Stephen Franklin, 21, both of Crescent Springs, issued July 1. Lisa McLeod, 39, and Russell McKinney, 43, both of Cincinnati, issued July 1.

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*All offers require 2-year DIRECTV agreement. To the extent that there is a 2011 NFL season, customers will be automatically enrolled in and receive 2011 NFL SUNDAY TICKET and NFL SUNDAY TICKET To-Go at no additional cost. ¥Offer expires 8/31/11. $64.99 Bundle includes DIRECTV® CHOICE XTRA™ Package and ZoomTown High-speed Internet for 12 months after all rebates. Early cancellation of contract will result in additional fees of at least $20 per month for each remaining month of the contract. ZoomTown speeds of up to 5Mbps download speed, up to 768Kbps upload speed. High-speed Internet not available in all areas. ZoomTown subscription cancellation will result in an equipment charge if not returned to Cincinnati Bell. All programming and terms & conditions subject to change at any time. Additional features, taxes, government fees and surcharges are additional to the package price. Standard rates apply after the 12-month promotion ends. Credit card required. New approved DIRECTV customers only (lease required). Hardware available separately. Additional fees may apply. $19.95 Handling and Delivery Fee may apply for DIRECTV. Applicable use tax adjustment may apply on the retail value of the installation. Other restrictions apply. See store for details. †Includes access to HD Channels associated with your programming package. Number and type of HD channels based on package selection. To be eligible for Free HD you must activate and maintain the CHOICE XTRA package or higher and enroll in Auto Bill Pay. Also requires at least one (1) HD Receiver and activation of HD Access. ‡Claim is based on national offering of exclusive sports packages and other major sports programming in HD. ▲Second receiver offer requires activation of an HD DVR as the first free receiver upgrade and subscription to Whole Home DVR service. ($3/mo.) **Free HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME and Cinemax for 3 months, a value of $135. LIMIT ONE PROGRAMMING OFFER PER ACCOUNT. DIRECTV service provided by DIRECTV. DIRECTV®, the Cyclone Design logo and CHOICE XTRA™ are trademarks of DIRECTV®, Inc. CE-0000466165


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