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Pedals, passion spread hope By Jason Brubaker

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Miles Simpson is ready for the field after spending last season red-shirted for the University of Kentucky. The Recorder sports team catches up Simpson, and his former coach Jeff Marksberry, in this week’s sports section.


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EDGEWOOD - Whether he was pedaling near Mt. Rainier, visiting kids in Kansas or braving the sweltering heat of the Missouri sun, it’s safe to say Joseph Konerman has had a summer to remember. “This has been amazing - really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Konerman, an Edgewood native who is preparing for his junior year at the University of North Carolina. “I knew I would never have a chance like this again, and it’s been incredible.” Konerman’s opportunity is the Journey of Hope, a nation-wide bicycle trek to raise money for children with disabilities. Konerman, along with about 90 other members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity representing colleges all over the country, are closing in on the finish of their nearly 4,000mile journey, and they’ve raised over $550,000 to date. Konerman was among the group of riders who left from Seattle June 8, and will be stopping in the Cincinnati area on July 30. Two other groups left from San Francisco, and all of the groups are scheduled to meet in Washington D.C. on Aug. 13. “We couldn’t be more proud of him,” said his mother, Jude. “To give up his summer and do something like this for a cause he

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GE interns Jacob Heeb, Jordan Benson and Brett Niehauser do some landscaping work at Howell Elementary on July 21. They were later joined by fellow interns Stephanie Kenning and Daniel Moore as they completed several landscaping projects around the school as part of their volunteer community service program. JASON BRUBAKER/ STAFF

Sorrell’s memorial honored By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - With everything Kelsey Sorrell stood for, Tim Duncan knows his niece would definitely approve of the fund in her name. “Kelsey loved her family and friends, and she loved being around kids,” said Duncan. “So we’ve tried to carry that on, and I know she’d be proud of it.” The Kelsey Ann Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is set to host their fourth annual Golf Outing on July 30, was set up shortly after she was killed in a January 2008 car accident. Sorrell, who had just finished her first semester at the University of Kentucky, attended St. Henry Elementary School and Notre Dame Academy, where she played basketball. “We were with her parents when the accident happened, and when we all got the news, it was

the worst day of our lives,” said Duncan. “She was such a great kid.” Duncan said Sorrell’s father, Steve, who is the freshmen basketball coach at Covington Catholic, suggested they get together a golf tournament to raise money in Kelsey’s name, wanting a tournament where husbands and wives could play together. The first tournament occurred shortly thereafter, with proceeds originally going toward the scholarship funds at Notre Dame and St. Henry. However, after adding a basketball tournament fund raiser that occurs in the fall, Duncan said they’ve been able to expand their reach with the fund, and they now donate to a number of private and public schools in the region, as well as the Mustard Seed Foundation and the Maria Schaffstein Scholarship Fund. “I think it has helped the fami-

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During a surprise ceremony at the Cherry Hill Swim Club on July 21, Erlanger resident Danielle Blakeney reacts to a city proclamation from councilman Shane Longshore that declares a day in her honor. Blakeney, here with parents Mark and Coleen, recently returned from the Special Olympics World Games, where she won three gold medals, including the all-around gold in rhythmic gymnastics.

ERLANGER - Danielle Blakeney thought she was headed to the Cherry Hill Swim Club for a “pie-in-the-face” contest on July 21. Instead, she got something a whole lot better. That night, Blakeney was honored in a surprise ceremony for her recent performance in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games, where she won three gold medals and five medals overall, adding to her already impressive collection. Just 20 years old, Blakeney also earned four gold medals and one silver medal in the 2010 Special Olympic USA National Games, five gold medals in the 2011 USGA-Special Olympics National Championships, and four more gold medals in the 2011



ly to be able to do all this and keep Kelsey’s passion for education alive,” said Duncan. “We’re just trying to do the right thing and help out kids who need it, which is exactly what she would have wanted.” The fourth annual Kelsey Ann Sorrell Golf Outing will be held July 30 at the Devou Park Clubhouse, and will include a happy hour, dinner and dancing, with live music being provided by The Remains. The cost is $75 for golfers, or $50 for those enjoying just the happy hour, dinner and dancing. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ups will be permitted as space allows. “It’s always a fun evening, and it goes to a good cause,” said Duncan. “We’re just really looking forward to another great event.” For more information, or to reserve a spot, visit

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Special Olympic State Games. At the swim club, Blakeney was given a proclamation from Erlanger Mayor Thomas Rouse, as well as a special cake with all of her neighbors and friends at the club. “It feels amazing,” said Blakeney. “I’m just happy right now.” Her mother, Coleen, said the family couldn’t be more proud of Danielle. “It was a privilege to just be able to compete in the world games, and to see her come home with all these medals is just amazing,” she said. The proclamation, which declared July 22 to be “Danielle Blakeney Day” in the city of Erlanger, prompted a giant smile and a fist pump from Blakeney. “This is a big honor for her,” said Coleen. “She worked so hard, and she just did a great job over there.”


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In fact, it was one of those visits that Konerman said is his favorite memory of the trip so far. “We were at a church in Butte, Montana, and they brought in a band and everyone was dancing,” he said. “I noticed a lady with Downs Syndrome off to the side, kind of dancing by herself. I asked if she wanted to dance, and we danced together for almost two straight hours. It was so cool to spend time with her and see her laughing and enjoying herself.” During their stop in

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believes in just shows where his heart is.” The journey has been about more than pedaling however. The group also scheduled over 50 “friendship visits” along the way, giving them a chance to interact with children and adults with disabilities at nearly each stop.

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Cincinnati, Konerman and his fellow riders will be visiting the Cincinnati Recreation Committee, where they will take part in a wheelchair basketball game. They are also expected to be greeted by a number of local officials, including Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. “It will be great to have them come through here so we all can see them,” said Jude. “What they’ve done this summer is just phenomenal.” With only a little over two weeks remaining on his journey, Joseph said he’s just trying to make the most out of it. “There are times when it gets difficult and you’re tired, but then you think about your next friendship visit, and it motivates you to keep going,” he said. “It’s hard to describe what this has meant to all of us. I think we’re all just glad we had the chance to do something like this.” For more information about the Journey of Hope, or to donate money to the cause, visit


Marley, a 3-year-old black lab adopted from the Kenton County Animal Shelter, minds the order to sit and stay given by his owner, Kim Lightner of Fort Mitchell at the obedience contest at the Beast Bash at Pioneer Park Saturday.

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ERLANGER Lloyd Memorial High School will hold a Midnight Madness on August 5 to show off the 2011-12 football team and cheerleaders. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and end at midnight at Cecil’s Field, the home of the

Lloyd Juggernauts. It is open to all ages, and guests will be able to see the team use their equipment for the first time this year. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, with all proceeds going toward Lloyd athletics. For more information, contact the school at 727-1555.

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Couple wins $15K engagement ring in ‘dash’ Scavenger hunt leads to prize, proposal on bended knee

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There are wedding bells in the future for Southgate residents Amanda Bardo and Kevin Kubiak, winners of a $15,000 diamond engagement ring during the James Free Jewelers Diamond Dash.


Kevin Kubiak and Amanda Bardo pose for a picture after winning at $15,000 diamond ring in the James Free Jewelers Diamond Dash July 16.

The couple participated in the contest, which consisted of a scavenger hunt through downtown Cincinnati, with about 500 other people on July 16. “We were sitting there after the scavenger hunt, and our cell phone rang,” Bardo said. “We knew it was them calling to tell us we won, and we just looked at each other and started screaming.” Bardo, a Highlands High School graduate originally from Fort Thomas, has been in a relationship with Kubiak, a Simon Kenton High School teacher originally

Discover deals at hatchamacallit sale By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE Part flea market, part craft show and part yard sale, the city s Second Annual Whatchamacallit Sale is the perfect place for any bargain hunter. The 2011 sale will be held at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in Indepen-

dence s Memorial Park, Jack Woods Parkway. Last year s sale was made up of crafters, vendors and even residents, said Independence Recreation Director Nita Brake. Merchandise up for grabs included DVDs, school supplies, handmade jewelry and more. It s open to anybody that s why we call it the Whatchamacallit Sale, she

said. It s a great way to get rid of things you don t use anymore. The sale features space for about 25 vendors/residents, Brake said. Currently there are less than 10 spaces are available. At $25 each, it s easy for sellers to make a profit, Brake said. Admission is free for shoppers, Brake said. Proceeds of the event go toward the city s recreation

programs, which is a big help, Brake said. With the economic times we re in, it s hard to get sponsors so we have to think outside of the box to raise money, she said, adding that shoppers are helping two-fold by stopping by the Whatchamacallit Sale. You re helping the people that are selling and you re also helping the city a little bit too.

from Taylor Mill, for about two years. “We worked for the same company and we just crossed paths,” Kubiak said. “We started hanging out and have been together since.” Bardo said she heard about the Diamond Dash on the radio and thought it would be fun. So she entered an essay about her and Kubiak’s relationship and was chosen to participate. After winning the ring, in front of hundreds of strangers, Kubiak got on one knee and proposed.

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Now, the couple is getting to work planning a wedding sometime next summer. “She’s getting the ball rolling, I just shake my head a lot,” Kubiak said. Bardo said she’s starting the planning process off slowly, still working on nailing down an exact date. “We’re still in the midst of showing off the ring and announcing our engagement to our family and friends,” Bardo said. “Right now we’re just kind of having fun with it.”


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As state legislators prepare plans for Kentucky’s 38 Senate seats, 100 House seats and six congressional districts, a number of laws and practical factors must be considered, a national redistricting expert said July 21. Tim Storey, a senior fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures, spoke to members of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government. “This is a redistricting primer or Redistricting 101,” said Senate Co-Chair Damon Thayer, RGeorgetown. Kentucky is one of nearly 40 states where lawmakers draw their own maps rather than a commission or other panel. “In some way it does make sense for legislators to draw their districts,” Storey said, because they know their communities best. The new lines must be drawn before the filing deadline for 2012 races on Jan. 31, although the filing deadline can be altered by statute if new lines are not ready by then. Storey also cautioned that although Jan. 31 is a hard deadline, there are

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other concerns as well. “Local officials are paying attention to this,” he said. “It is a courtesy thing to think about them.” Local authorities are redrawing their precinct boundaries as part of this process. Legal guidelines and precedents are different for state legislative and congressional districts, Storey said. The state’s six U.S. House districts must be drawn as equal in population “as practicable,” and in the last round of redistricting Kentucky’s districts varied by a single voter. Of the 13 states that have already passed their plans this year, 10 followed that pattern in order to head off lawsuits. Arkansas, one of the states that did not follow such an exacting standard, aims to not split counties between districts, a plan Kentucky follows for state House and Senate seats under case law. The federal “one person, one vote” principle has been interpreted by the courts to allow up to 5 percent variation above or below the ideal population.


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Arnett stays hopping during break

By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - Even during the summer break, the library at Arnett Elementary School stays busy. For the second consecutive year, librarian Nancy Leftin held

her summer library program, welcoming students in throughout June and July to enjoy all of the resources the library has to offer. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students are able to come in and read, listen to books on tape, use the computers, play educational games and even complete crafts.


Liam Manley and Makya Sims show off their creative sides as they make a craft during the summer library program at Arnett Elementary. The program, which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, averages around 20 kids.


Carmen Pico settles in for a good read during the Arnett Elementary summer library program on July 19.

“Its a way to make sure their reading ability stays sharp over the summer, so they’re ready to go when the school year starts,” said Leftin. “If kids aren’t practicing their reading over the summer, they lose some of what they learned the previous year, so we don’t want that to happen.” Leftin said some of the kids have even been using the time to take their Accelerated Reader tests, a program where students earn points for completing brief quizzes on books they’re read. Students can accumulate AR points throughout the year to win prizes. “So we’ve got a few kids who have a head start on getting their points for next year, because

CovCath hires two Notre Dame alumni This fall Covington Catholic will welcome two new faculty members, both with University of Notre Dame educations: Julie Stengle to the Mathematics Department and Scott Ruthsatz to the Social Studies Department. Principal Bob Rowe was thrilled with the quality of applicants for the posted positions but ultimately chose these two based on their teaching experience, out of classroom professional experience, and commitments to their faith and community. Of their Notre Dame credentials, Mr. Rowe said, “We are pleased to see such a high cadre of candidates desiring to work with our students. We believe our students deserve the best, and both of these teachers are excit-

ed about teaching at Covington Catholic High School.” Julie Stengle completed a BS in Mathematics at Notre Dame and a Masters of Teaching Education at Thomas More College. Prior to teaching she had a career in sales and owned a successful furniture business in Covington, “Abode.” While at Abode she developed and taught a work study program for students at the College of Mt. Saint Joseph, as well as created and taught quarterly seminars on design, lighting specs and spatial techniques. Most recently she taught Algebra I and Geometry at Ludlow High School. She is a member of the parish council at St. Xavier Church and a volunteer with Tender Mercies.

Scott Ruthsatz completed a B.S. in Economics from Heidelberg College, a B.S. / B.A. in Accounting from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame University. In addition to teaching Social Studies courses he will also be Covington Catholic’s head Basketball Coach. Previously he worked for St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey as the Dean of Students and assistant Varsity Basketball Coach. Outside of his commitments to Covington Catholic Scott serves as acting president of Polar Pure Carbonics, based in Sandusky, Ohio and is a father of six. He will be living in Edgewood and attending St. Pius X Parish.

they’ve been working hard here,” said Leftin. “It’s a good way for them to hit the ground running into the new school year.” The program isn’t all about work though. Leftin said the kids take times to play games and make some personalized crafts, and there’s even a raffle at the end of the summer, with the students who have the highest attendance having a chance to win a new backpack. A lot of kids spend the summer sitting around watching TV or playing video games, and it doesn’t stimulate their minds,” said Leftin. “But these kids come in here and have a great time while they’re learning.”

“Its a way to make sure their reading ability stays sharp over the summer, so they’re ready to go when the school year starts. If kids aren’t practicing their reading over the summer, they lose some of what they learned.”

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Lloyd looking for Hall of Fame nominations By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER - Lloyd Memorial High School is looking for nominations for their Athletic Hall of Fame. Athletic director Mike Key said the school is planning their second annual Hall of Fame banquet this fall, where they will induct the new class into the Hall. At the banquet last year, 10 athletes and one team - the 1965 state championship football team - were inducted into the Hall, and Key said he anticipates there will be 8-10 inducted this year as well. “We just want to find the best Lloyd had to offer and honor them,” said Key. In addition to the 1965 football team, the inaugural Hall of Fame class included Steve Adkisson (1978, track and cross-country),

George Baker (1978, basketball), Marc Collins (1992, football and basketball), Peggy Vincent Eastham (1975, basketball and track), Chris Hook (1986, baseball), Marty Lenhof (1973, baseball, basketball and football), Jeoffrey Long (1959, baseball, basketball and football), Mark Molitor (1976, baseball, basketball and football), David Smith (1976, football and Jay Stenzel (1983, basketball). “It was really cool to get everyone together last year and relive some good times,” said Key. “It was especially cool seeing the football team back together after all these years. They definitely had some stories to tell.” Nominating forms are available on the school district website, along with guidelines for induction. All nominees must have graduates of Lloyd Memorial High School, earned at least one

varsity letter, and be at least 10 years removed from graduation. All nominations must be received by Sept. 1. Following the Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 20, the winners of the annual sports raffle, which raise money for the athletic department, will be drawn. Raffle tickets are $100 each, and only 150 tickets will be sold. The raffle winner will receive a $2,000 prize, with second place winning $1,000 and third place winning $500. All those who purchase a raffle ticket will receive two adult all-season athletic passes that allow them admission into any regular-season game at Lloyd and Tichenor Middle School, as well as two guest admission to the Hall of Fame Banquet. For more information about the Hall of Fame Banquet, nomination forms or sports raffle, visit


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Simpson faces UK Wildcat challenge the right way

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Miles Simpson has always been up to any challenge he faced on the football field. Whatever his coaches have asked of him at every level, Simpson has responded. Entering the 2011 season, the University of Kentucky football player and 2010 Simon Kenton graduate is excited for his opportunity to contribute for the Wildcats. After scoring 82 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Simon Kenton, the highly-recruited allstate running back chose to stay close to home and attend UK. His first year in Lexington was more trying than he expected. Like many highly touted recruits, Simpson had to adjust to sitting out a redshirt season. “The biggest challenge of redshirting was the mental part,” Simpson said. “You have to realize that you’re not the star anymore. Everybody on the team is just as good if not better than you.” Following his 2009 senior season for the Pioneers, Simpson was named the Class 6A Player of the Year. To go from the highs of that season, to a year of being unable to compete in games was a challenge. Fortunately for Simpson, he had teammates to help him stick it out. “Our incoming class fought

through the redshirt year together,” Simpson said. “We also got a lot of support from the upperclassmen who had gone through the same thing.” Simpson spent his redshirt season working hard in the weight room, bulking up from 200 pounds to 220. He also focused on adjusting to college life and getting a jump on Simpson his academics. “Last year was a little tough on him because he wanted to get on the field and play,” Pioneers head coach Jeff Marksberry said. “He used his redshirt year the right way, getting in the weight room to get bigger and stronger and taking care of business in the classroom.” To complicate matters further, Simpson was moved from running back to strong safety three-fourths through the season. Prior to spring practice earlier this year, Simpson was moved to outside linebacker. Under new Wildcats co-defensive coordinator Rick Minter’s scheme, Simpson will play a position that is a hybrid between safety and linebacker. “I think the new position fits Miles very well,” said Marksberry. “He’s so athletic. His athleticism, speed, and size will make him a


Miles Simpson runs the ball for the West during the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association all-star game, June 10, 2010, at Dixie Heights High School. terrific defender. I think it’s a perfect fit.” Simpson has experience playing offense and defense, as well as special teams. He has gone both ways since he started playing peewee football and welcomes the idea of focusing on just one main

position. “I played both sides of the ball growing up, so I think it will put less stress on my body playing just one side,” Simpson said. As a redshirt freshman, he expects to contribute primarily on special teams. He will also use this

year to learn his new position by backing up an experienced veteran. “My goal is to contribute on special teams and get on the field any way I can,” Simpson said. “On defense, I’m learning behind a very good starter.” The past year and a half has been full of adjustments for Simpson. He knows that the success that came so easily to him in high school will take a lot more work at this level. “The speed and size of the players are some of the big differences,” he said. “At Simon Kenton, I was as big as some of our offensive linemen. Now, the hits are 10 times harder. I have to go hard every day in the weight room.” Simpson was part of secondyear head coach Joker Phillips' first recruiting class as a head coach. He fits Phillips' “play fast” mentality and brings the kind of speed and athleticism that the program seeks. Expectations for the Wildcats will continue to rise over Simpson’s next four seasons and he hopes to play a big role in reaching and exceeding those expectations. “This year, we have a good young defense with great seniors to show us the way,” said Simpson, who believes the program will continue to rise. “It’s all on the uphill.”

SIDELINES Town & Country Summer Camps

Town & Country Sports & Health Club, 1018 Town Drive in Wilder, is offering summer camp programming, with camps for children ages 3 through high school. Town & Country offers full- and half-day Adventure Camps, Tiny Tots Adventure Camp and a variety of Sports Camps. Camps run through Aug. 5. To register, visit or call 859-442-5800.

Florence Freedom 9U tryouts

Florence Freedom Elite 9U will have tryouts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Champion Window Field, home of the Florence Freedom. Players can not turn 10 before May 1, 2012. Call 859-240-9679, 859-250-1970 or 859-496-6410.

Fast Start Volleyball

Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club (NKYVC) has open registration for Fast Start Volleyball, a program specifically designed for athletes who do not make their school program or who attend schools that do not have a volleyball program available. The program provides technique and skill training and a competition schedule. It is appropriate for all skill levels as courts and teams are age and skill divided to ensure each athlete is challenged. Athletes will practice one hour, two days a week for six weeks Aug. 10 Sept. 21. All sessions are held at the Town & Country Sports Complex, 1018 Town Drive in Wilder. For more information, visit

Fall Soccer Leagues

Town & Country Sports & Health Club is organizing fall outdoor and indoor soccer leagues at its facility, 1018 Town Drive in Wilder. The fall session will run August through October. • Team registration deadline for Men’s Open, COED Open, Women’s Open, COED 35+ and Men’s 30+ is due Friday, Aug. 12. • Individual league registrations for Men’s Open Indoor and Women’s Open Indoor, 18 years and older, for the fall session is due Monday, Aug. 15. To register for either, visit or contact Jeremy Robertson, director of soccer operations, at 859-442-5800 or

NKY Sports Reunion

A reunion for all former Northern Kentucky sports players, coaches and officials will be 1 p.m. to midnight Aug. 20, at Rivershore Sports Complex, 7842 River Road in Hebron. Cost is $5 or $10 per family. There will be games, prizes, cornhole and more. Meet Charlie Coleman of the TV show “Sports Legends and Freddie Simpson, who played in the movie “A League of Their Own.” Retro will provide live music. The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame members’ softball game will be at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go the Kentucky Circuit Clerk’s Trust for Life Program, helping to secure organs/tissue donations to help Kentuckians.

Tri-State Coach’s Clinic

The 2011 Tri-State Coach’s Clinic will be Sept. 10 at Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, 7660 Turfway

Road, Suite 100, in Florence. The clinic, for coaches of all sports, is designed to help coaches develop more positive and effective results from their athletes. Topics to be covered include, creating a cohesive team on and off the field, sport nutrition and more. Guest speakers include Rodney Swanigan, head coach of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters and Brian Hiebert, CNP, Be Healthy Nutrition. The cost prior to Saturday, July 30, is $50; after is $60. Tickets can be purchased online at Visit or 2011 Tri-State Coach’s Clinic on Facebook.

Be Concerned hosts golf outing

Be Concerned will host its 15th annual golf outing on Sept. 16 at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club in Latonia. The cost is $100 for 18 holes of golf and includes a lunch on the course and a prime rib and chicken dinner after. The scramble best-ball format will have a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. There will be prizes for top golfers, as well as a silent auction and rapid raffles afterward. New is the Golf Ball Drop; for $5 you can purchase a numbered golf ball that will be dropped from a helicopter onto the putting green at 4 p.m. The person whose ball lands closest to the pin will win $1,000. Proceeds will benefit Be Concerned, which assists low-income families in Northern Kentucky obtain basic necessities. For more information or to sign up, call 859-291-6789.

Josh Shortt of Erlanger got Barry Larkin to sign his picture of Larkin’s Reds HOF induction ceremony. Shortt was there in preparation of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew’s appearance at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, July 24. The Reds took on the Atlanta Braves.

TMC’s women’s basketball 15th in the nation for academics The Thomas More College women’s basketball team is ranked No. 15 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Academic Top 25 NCAA Division III Honor Roll for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Saints compiled a team grade point average of 3.484 under former coach Brian Neal to reach 15th out of 441 schools that play women’s basketball at the NCAA Division III level. In February, two Saints earned Capital One Academic All-District IV honors as sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver of Morning View (Simon Kenton) was named to the second team

and sophomore guard Allison Long of Hebron (Conner) was named third team as they each had a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Tolliver and Long were joined on the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll by senior center Nicole Dickman of Park Hills (Notre Dame Academy) senior forward Dana Bors of Lebanon, Ohio, (Lebanon), freshman forward Moriah Corey of Louisville (Butler) and sophomore forward Rebecca Leffel of Troy, Ohio (Miami East) as all six had 3.6 or higher GPAs for 2011 spring semester. Case Western Reserve University

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led all of Division III with a 3.609 GPA. St. Vincent College, this past season’s PAC runner-up, was the only other PAC school ranked, as it was ranked 24th with a 3.433. The Saints finished the 2010-2011 season 30-1 as they recorded their second undefeated regular-season in four years and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III Championship. During the season they earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking. Thomas More opens the 2011-2012 campaign under new coach Jeff Hans on Nov. 22 at Centre College.

Henn wins Wolves 5K

Upcoming Lloyd High School senior Alex Henn, 17, of Erlanger finished first in the Indiana University East Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk on the IU East Cross Country Course on July 16. Henn pulled away from the field of 548 in the last 800 meters to finish the course in 18:05, eight seconds ahead of second-place. THANKS TO KYLE WRIGHT

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Locals make run in amateur golf tourney By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY - Rob Petrey didn’t take up golf until several years after he graduated from Dixie Heights High School. Fifteen years later, the

fortysomething Fort Mitchell resident had one of the best golfing weeks of his life as he contended for the Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur golf title. Petrey finished sixth in the finals July 15 at Triple Crown Country Club in

Union. While a late fade dropped him out of contention, Petrey enjoyed his best finish in two tries in the tourney. “I hadn’t been playing well lately but in the last couple of weeks I started to play well and decided to

enter,” Petrey said. “I had a great week.” In the tourney format, competitors played one qualifying round and two 18-hole matches to get to their ultimate destinations in the finals. The championship flight played 36 holes in one day. After one round in the finals, Petrey was one of five players within one stroke of the lead. He was two shots out with nine to play before faltering on the back nine. “The back nine got me a little bit,” he said. “Even when I hit good shots they didn’t turn out well. But I still had a great week. I was hitting the middle of the greens and playing my irons well, getting a lot of pars. I was consistent all week.” Petrey is a two-time club champion at the Kenton County Golf Courses and will go for number three in late July. “Golf is great. No matter how good you are, it’s

Jon Aydt 87, Matt Ford 88, Bob Chalfant Jr. 90. Round of 16: John Hester, Sy Mandle, Mark Boothby, Joey Whitford, Adrian Cabrera, Mickey Sutton, Kevin Bachmann, Paul Sturgeon. Round of 32: Steve Houchen, Jeff Trimpe, Rick O’Hara, Steve Popham, Niklas Walsh, Dan O’Brien, David Bracken, Tim Ryan, Kirk Ashcraft, Kevin Flynn, Deron Roberts, Jim Allen, Mark Collett, Trevor Cockayne, Jim Adams, Todd Belden.

always a challenge,” Petrey said. “There’s always something to strive for, whether you want to break 90, 80 or 70.” Holy Cross High School graduate Steve Rickels out of Independence finished fifth in the finals. He had similar trouble in the last nine holes after being a stroke out of the lead after 18.

Second Flight

Finals: Bret Spencer 80, Kevin Sesher 83, Dave Gastright 84, Sam Falah 86, Blake Trimpe 87, Norb Baute 88, Jim Ferreri 88, Dennis West 89. Round of 16: Brian Croley, Marty Lenen, Patrick Fluegeman, Mark McFadden, Rob Flanigan, Skip Goley, Bob Gamber, Mark Golar. Round of 32: Matt Miller, Bill Ahlers, Rick Goins, Robert Stobart, Ben Kroger, Randy Keegan, John Sparks, Jeremy Thornton, Michael Deye, Cameron Vestermark, Ethan Bulen, Tom Dunhoft, Curly Simpson, Ryan Venable, David Scheibly.

Championship Flight

Finals: Eric Fuldner 149 (75-74), Lance Lucas 150 (74-76), Andrew Desmarais 152 (75-77), Jason Fryia 153 (79-74), Steve Rickels 156 (75-81), Rob Petrey 156 (7482), Chris Cronenweth 159 (7881). Round of 16: Joe Ruzick, Steven Block, Jim Volpenhein, Jeff Floyd, Doug Danner, Brandon Allender, Mark Krahe, Chris Hatke. Round of 32: Paul Clancy, Ryan Crowell, Scott Scudder, Phoenix Ramsey, Brad Kohls, Brian Gregg, Brad Marsh, Tom Wimsatt Jr., Phillip Harper, Blake Hamilton, Zach Wright, Larry Hicks, Greg Poore, Janson Cahill, Matthew Recht, Philip Russo.

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The Kentucky Colonels are holding tryouts for their 16U 2012 team at St. Henry High School on Saturday, August 6 from 9:30 to 1:30 and Sunday, August 7 from 1:15 to 3:30. Eligible players cannot turn 17 before May 1, 2012. For further information call Dan 859-816-5853 or Denny 859-240-2136 or click k on Tryouts at


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Rob Petrey addresses the ball before making a putt on the 12 hole during Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur Tournament at Triple Crown Friday July 15 in Union.

BRIEFLY New coach

Derrick Jackson was recently named the new Thomas More College head men’s and women’s cross country coach. Jackson comes from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, where he was the assistant cross country coach for three seasons. “We are extremely delighted that Coach Jackson has accepted the head cross country coaching position,” Thomas More College Athletic Director Terry Connor said. “We believe that he will build the cross country program into one of the best in the conference and region academically and athletically.” Said Jackson, “I’m excited about the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level and look forward to bringing in some of the top student-athletes from the tristate to make Thomas More’s cross country program one of the top in the region.” Jackson ran cross country and track and field at Wilmington College where he was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and All-Great Lakes Region. He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2000-2007, where he was deployed to Iraq twice and earned numerous military awards.

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you, so can a As I write this, the debt ceiling family, so can a issue has not been resolved. I am church and so a news junkie and I have heard can a nation. I quite a bit about this. However, would have been this isn’t really what I want to so pleased to comment on. hear something Yesterday after returning from yesterday on the church, I promptly lay down news that our which is something I don’t normally do until later in the afterMary Knipp leaders had gone to church and noon. Have to say it felt really Community prayed before good. My husband had the TV on Recorder coming into the and tuned into his favorite news station. They were, of course, disguest meeting about cussing the debt ceiling and the columnist the debt ceiling. Now, maybe stalemate. Frequently other breaking news came scrolling along they did but it wasn’t made public such as the multiple shooting so I don’t know. I have heard attacks and bombs in various however, that the Founding Fathers of this nation did just that places. Having returned from a wor- and they prayed daily for guidance ship session, I had been really from God. I did want to share inspired. Right now in our church some of my thoughts with you, we are going through a kind of dif- they’re actually promises from ficult transition where our pastor is God to His people (and we are retiring in a few years and then supposed to be a Christian nation and we were has had to begin founded on treatment for stage IV About guest columns those principles, right?). melanoma so we We welcome guest columns on all In II Chronihave an interim sides of an issue; however, potential cles 7:14 Scrippastor. So, as a columnists should reserve space in ture says: “If my godly man, this advance with Editor Brian Mains by people, who are interim pastor is calling 578-1062. Include with your column your called by my preaching a name, will humseries of sermons name, address, daytime telephone ble themselves on how to transi- number, and a two-to-three line and pray and tion from one biography outlining your expertise seek my face pastor to another related to this topic. Either include a color headshot of yourself, or make and turn from and some of the arrangements when you call to have their wicked problems we will your photo taken here. ways, then will I surely face. How We reserve the right to edit for hear from heavwonderful is length, accuracy and clarity. Columns en and forgive that? Someone may be no more than 500 words. them and will who is a leader, Deadline: Noon Monday for next heal their land.” helping a group Thursday’s issue. E-mail: Just one more of people to tranLetters, columns and articles promise from sition in a diffiPsalm 127:1 cult time. That submitted to The Community Recorder which says: sounds almost may be published or distributed in “Unless the Lord like what our print, electronic or other forms. builds the house, country could its builders labor in vain. Unless use right about now. At this point, let me warn you the Lord watches over the city, the that I am going to share some watchmen stand guard in vain.” Our ancestors came here so truths with you. Please keep in mind that this article is my opinion they could worship freely. Our but the receipt of this commentary Founding Fathers so wisely is up to the individual and of sought guidance in laying out the course the application is optional foundation for this. Please let’s not but if you want to read on, I can forget this. I pray we could all be share with you some hope I have inspired to pray and get not only in the future of our nation, our ourselves right but our families, families and our personal lives. I our churches and finally our realize first of all that I am one per- nation. Prayer changes things, son and that I can’t do everything, really, I’ve experienced it. Thanks but what I can do, I will and Dr. Tim Alexander and Dr. Adam because of that message I heard I Greenway for your wise counsel to have been literally compelled to me and may God bless America, pen my thoughts to the reader. again. Thanks for listening. Mary Knipp is a Florence resident and I will say this, if I can be longtime member of Florence Baptist inspired and do something, so can at Mt. Zion.


Cold Stone comfort

Ella, Addison and James Viox of Erlanger enjoy some ice cream from the Cold Stone Creamery at Newport on the Levee.

What the debt means to me As work continues on a solution to the debt crisis, I remain convinced that we must significantly cut spending and find ways to start addressing our deficit and debt in the long run without raising taxes. That is because my experiences as a father, a small business owner, and a soldier all reinforce the urgency with which we must start to tackle our $14.3 trillion national debt. As a husband, a father and grandfather, I want my children and grandchildren to have the same opportunities that I have had in my life. This will not be possible if we continue to run up a huge national debt with out-of-control spending and leave the bill for the next generation. Our current debt breaks down to more than $46,000 per citizen and growing. We cannot continue to increase the amount that our children and grandchildren must repay for our fiscal irresponsibility. I know that the solution to our debt crisis is cutting spending and not raising taxes because of my experience starting and running my own small business. Businesses, like families, are expected to balance their budgets. Each can operate for a time with borrowed money; think of a small business loan, your mortgage or your car

loan. But you have to stay on time with payments and maintain a sustainable debt-to-income ratio or else there are consequences. If you find U.S. Rep. yourself in serious Geoff Davis debt, you have to a look at your Community take income, expenses, Recorder and debt as a guest whole and then columnist make the tough decisions to reduce costs and pay off the debt over time. Washington’s debt is no different; we simply cannot continue to spend money we do not have. As a former small business owner, I also know that raising taxes would have a devastating impact on the economy and the prospects of job creation. New taxes would take more money from businesses and entrepreneurs that they could otherwise use to start or expand their businesses and hire more employees. At a time when unemployment sits at 9.2 percent nationally, we cannot afford to put additional burdens on job creators. In addition to being bad for the economy, the job impact of tax increases will make the deficit and

debt worse. Fewer private sector jobs will result in fewer taxpayers and fewer tax revenues. Instead of higher taxes, we need more jobs and as a result more taxpayers. As a soldier, I took an oath to defend our country from all threats foreign and domestic. The threat posed by our growing national debt is now among the greatest risks to America’s national security. Fortyseven percent of our public debt is now foreign owned. This reality gives foreign governments too much influence over our economy and our national security. In order to secure our future economy, national security and protection of the most vulnerable in our society, we must get this situation under control. President Obama wants an increase in the debt limit. House Republicans want spending cuts and a serious plan to get our fiscal house in order. Therefore the solution to this problem must both prevent a default and include substantial spending cuts and a serious workout plan to begin the enormous challenge of reducing our out-ofcontrol deficit and debt. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a membr of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Will it be business as usual in Washington? Every Kentuckian knows the crisis we face: The country is more than $14 trillion in debt. The unemployment rate is over nine percent nationally, and nearly 10 percent in the Commonwealth. An economic calamity is on the horizon—unless Washington gets spending under control and creates an environment to grow new jobs, soon. So naturally people across Kentucky, from Paducah to Pikeville, are looking for answers. Will the government finally get spending under control and revive this economy, or will it be business as usual in Washington? Unfortunately, the answers coming from President Obama and the liberals in Congress are the

wrong ones. Shockingly, in the face of crushing debt and deficits, a flailing economy, and anemic job growth, they want to increase government spending and raise taxes. Remarkably, in a time of record deficits, Washington Democrats have called for more stimulus spending, ignoring that if we could spend our way into economic recovery we would surely be in boom times by now. And they have called for hundreds of billions of dollars in higher taxes to be a part of any deal for Congress to raise the debt limit. The president recently went to a manufacturing plant to tout new jobs. Yet even as he was speaking, his administration unveiled a proposal to hit manufacturing compa-

nies like the one he was visiting with billions of dollars in new taxes. Actions like these just aren’t serious. And they show that President Obama and Washington Democrats still don’t get it. They’re just not listening to you. What they don’t understand is that there is a debt crisis not because Washington taxes too little, but because it spends too much. And that voters did not elect dozens of new Republicans to Congress last November because they want their taxes raised or government spending to go up. For the government to keep running up the credit card and looking to the taxpayer to foot the bill is unacceptable. Republicans

have very different ideas about how to solve the problems we face. I believe that it’s time for Washington to take the hit—not Kentucky taxpayers. We need to enact a serious plan to dramatically reduce spending and finally get our debt and deficits under control. That plan must include entitlement reform, because entitlement reform is the key to real long-term spending reduction. We should not raise taxes, because that would hurt job growth and hinder the economic recovery we badly need. And we should pass a balanced budget amendment, so politicians will stop spending money they don’t have and finally stop running up massive debt.

It’s time to get serious and work together to pass real reforms like these that will actually cut Senator spending, get our Mitch debt under control McConnell and help grow the Community economy. And it’s about time PresiRecorder dent Obama guest stepped forward columnist and told the American people what he’s willing to do to make sure that happens. He’s in charge—it’s time to see him lead. Mitch McConnell is the Senate Republican Leader serving as senior U.S. Senator for Kentucky

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Hot weather packed the Taylor Mill Swim Club July 21. Independence residents Alec and Luke Lockard cool off with Cole Moss of Taylor Mill at the swim club.

Beating the heat


Tabitha Neaver of Latonia stops by the Bluegrass Swim Club July 20 with son Will and daughter Carlie.


Cole Krumpelman enjoys a relaxing afternoon at the Beechwood Swim Club in Fort Mitchell on July 25.


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New chiropractic office to open in Independence By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - Dr. Dierdra Robison wants residents to know that chiropractic can be the cornerstone of a healthy life. Robison plans to open her chiropractic office, Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, Aug. 1. The office is located at 2144 Declaration Drive and will feature a full range of chiropractic and massage services. “It’s more than just pain relief. Everyone goes and buys face cream so the don’t age, but if you don’t take care of your spine you’re going to have pain and dysfunctions,” she explained. Residents can check out Robison’s office at an open house Aug. 24. “When patients come here, they’ll be treated like

family, not just a number or any person. You’ll be part of the Cornerstone family,” she said. In addition to the usual chiropractic services, Robison is also specially certified to adjust children and pregnant mothers. Robison doesn’t just treat the pain of her patients, she also works with them to find the cause in what she calls a “whole body approach.” “Chiro is phenomenal for back pain, but it’s so much more,” she said. For more information, call 815-9371 or visit Cornerstone Family Chiropractic is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturday by appointment.


The Bluegrass Swim Club was a gathering place for friends and family July 20. Left to right: Rosemary Schuh of Park Hills, Katie Schuh of Fort Mitchell, Maleah Rensing of Fort Wright, Morgan Dickhaus of Fort Wright and Caroline Schuh of Park Hills.


Sam Rademacher prepares to dive at the Beechwood Swim Club.


Matthew Daniels flies into the water at the Beechwood Swim Club on July 25.


Michael Schadler and Eddie Erdman wrestle at the Beechwood Swim Club.


Haley Schulte and Mikayla Easterling hang out together this summer. Both are swimmers at Brookwood Swim Club in Edgewood.


Simon Kenton High School students stopped by the Taylor Mill Swim Club for a swim July 21. Left to right: Independence residents Mallorie Steele, Kassidy Adel, Savannah Steele, Morgan Gilvin, Breana Dean, Karley Adel, Kennedy Dercheak and Taylor Mill resident Tim Goss.


Fair winner

Oliver Niehues won first place in the 1-2 year old competition at the Kenton County Fair. Family includes parents Brady and Kristin Niehues as well as two older siblings, Hailey 9 and Owen 4.


Brookwood Swim Club in Edgewood held its Family Fun Day earlier this summer. Here Lydia Lampe, Mara Schutt, Alexis Diebold participated in the “Huggy Bear Contest.”

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Ten and unders having some pre-swim fun at Cherry Hill Swim Club.

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Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Free. Presented by Cork ‘n Bottle. 859-261-8333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; Covington.


Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, 2434 High St., Personal training class to their weekly schedule for active men and women. Training techniques such as kettlebells, resistance bands, suspension trainers and unique body weight training exercises. Ages 18 and up. $97 monthly. Presented by Peak Fitness and Sports Training. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.


Adult Sand Volleyball, 6:30 p.m., Flagship Park, 1 Flagship Pkwy., 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. Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-3918639; Florence.


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.


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.


Final Friday Concert Series, 7-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Music by Magnolia Mountain. Featuring some of the best local bands. Free. 859962-4002; Erlanger. Concerts and Friday Family Fun Nights Series, 9 p.m., Independence Memorial Park, 2001 Jack Woods Pkwy., “Furry Vengeance” starts at dusk. Presented by City of Independence. 859-356-6264; Independence.


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. Brent Gallaher, 8 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Jim Anderson on bass and Tony Franklin on drums. 859-491-8027; Covington.


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


Dial “M” for Monmouth Murder Mystery, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Interactive murder mystery. During each performance, audience gets to decide who committed the crime. Ages 18 and up. $15. Through Aug. 5. 859-6559140; Newport.


Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Museum presents “walk through history.” State-of-the-art 70,000 square foot museum brings pages of the Bible to life. Includes Knee-High Museum, child-friendly and interactive addition to existing displays. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. Through Dec. 23. 888-5824253; Petersburg.

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


Cincinnati Bell FiOptics Showcase of New Affordable Homes, 5-8 p.m., Aosta Valley, Aosta Valley Drive, Featuring seven model homes from six local builders. Homes start at $148,500 and range in size from 16003000 square feet. Located on Boone County-Kenton County line just North of Walton, KY off of Route 16, development features underground gas and electric utilities, city water and sewage, and streetlights. Community pool, clubhouse and playground are under construction. Free. 859-282-6900; Walton. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 3 0


Kelsey Ann Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit, 7 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Clubhouse. Golfing is optional at 4 p.m. Open bar, dinner, dancing and music by the Remains. Benefits Kelsey Ann Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund. $75 golf; $50 dinner. Reservations required. 859-292-2151. 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.


Big Rock Club, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, 859-291-0550. Newport. Powerhouse Boogie Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, $5. 859-441-4888. Cold Spring.


Josh Eagle Album Release, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With the Cliftones, Fair City Lights and Kelly Fine. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Cover includes new CD. $13 ages 18-20; $10 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

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Danny Bevins, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Open Play Paintball, 3-5 p.m., Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Golf Range Clubhouse to pay and for orientation. Includes Field Rental, Unlimited CO2 and 500 paintballs and Refs and two free additional hours of open play, which is normally 3-5 p.m.. All paintballs must be purchased from Xtreme Paintball at Town & Country. Field paint only. Ages 10 and up. Ages 17 and under must bring a waiver signed by a parent prior to play. $25, $12 500 additional paintballs, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859-442-5800; Wilder. American Legion Charity Golf Outing, 1-4 p.m., Twin Oaks Golf Course, 450 E. 43rd St., Includes lunch at the course, beer, prizes, trophies, greens fees and cart. Shotgun start, four-person scramble. Benefits American Legion Boone Post 4. Ages 21 and up. $69. Registration required. Presented by American Legion Boone Post 4. 859-5812410. Covington.


All-Breed Horse Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Alexandria Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Lane, Horses and riders compete in 49 classes. See Arabians, Paso Fino, Gaited, Western, English and Miniature Horses perform throughout competition. Covered grandstand seating available. Refreshments available. Free parking. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Horse Network. 859-512-5414; Alexandria.


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. Cincinnati Bell FiOptics Showcase of New Affordable Homes, Noon-8 p.m., Aosta Valley, Free. 859-282-6900; Walton. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 3 1


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.


Live Bait Comedy, 7 p.m., 701 Bakewell St., Comedians Neilly Fletcher, Michael Rudolph, Vincent Holiday, Mike Foley, Rob Wilfong and special guest Gene Sell. Drink specials include $5 pitchers of Long Islands or domestic drafts and 43 Wells. No cover. 859-431-7011. Covington.


Dinsmore Homestead will have tours to showcase the 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, and Wednesday, Aug. 3. The Dinsmore Homestead is a unique historic site where visitors can learn what rural life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the hiking trails and those who enjoy antiques and historic interiors will take delight in touring the house, containing the original accumulated belongings of five generations of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour starting at 4 p.m. The office and gift shop are closed on Mondays. House tours will continue through Dec. 15. The Dinsmore Homestead is located at 5656 Burlington Pike in Burlington. Tours are $5; $3 ages 60 and up; $2 ages 7-17; members and ages six and under are free. For more information visit or call 859-586-6117. M O N D A Y, A U G . 1


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.


Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Different line-up each week. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-6969. Newport.


Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859391-8639; Elsmere.

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CIVIC Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-7 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell.


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, A U G . 2


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.


Zumba with Y’vonne Burkart, 10-11 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 1. $5, first class free. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859525-7529. Independence.

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DANCE CLASSES Clogging Demonstrations/Open Dance, 8 p.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, Public invited to watch energetic, footstomping and hand-clapping form of dance. $5 per day. Registration required. Presented by Hills of Kentucky Cloggers. 859-7608497; Fort Mitchell. MUSEUMS

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.


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.


Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m., 9:30 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Civil War Era Beekeeping with Kayla and Granville Griffith. Pre-Program: Riverworks Discovery. 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.


Kassie Miller, 8-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Harmonious blend of country and soul. Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.


Young Band Night, 6-9 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Four young or new bands perform. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.


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


Weight Loss Class, 6:30-8 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.


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.


Buckethead, 8:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 8 p.m. Multiinstrumentalist wears white bucket on his head and white costume mask. $20. 859491-2444; Covington.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performs “Bedroom Farce,” a comedic 1970s play that explores relationships at various stages. It is through Aug. 7, at the theater, 719 Race St., downtown. Tickets are $32 and $28 for adults, $28 and $24 for seniors and $26 and $22 for students. Call 513-381-2273 ext. 1 or visit Pictured are: Kate Wilford and Jim Hopkins in the company’s production of “Bedroom Farce.”

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


The comedy, “Menopause the Musical,” is at the Aronoff Center through Aug. 14. The musical parody is set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. It is performed at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $50. Call 513-621-2787 or visit


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‘Bee’ on the lookout for pollinators in your yard Most of the time, when we see a bee, our initial reaction is to kill it. If you’ve been stung before, you know it can hurt, so naturally you become defensive – especially if you’re allergic to bee stings. As best we can, it’s time to change our thinking from defense to offense, as our honey bee (and other pollinators) populations continue to decline to alarmingly low numbers. Without our bees and their pollinating abilities, we wouldn’t have much of the food we eat. In fact, one bite of every three we take was dependent on a honey bee for pollination. So, what’s causing the decline? There are many factors including mites, viruses and other diseases, chemical exposure, lack of nutrition (limited supply of good pollen and nectar sources), and of course, Colony Collapse Disorder, which may be a combination of all of the above (still a lot of research going on). How can you help? Although most backyard gardeners can’t do anything about the mites, viruses, diseases and over all Colony Collapse Disorder, we can help increase honey bees and other pollinators within our yards and neighborhoods.

Garden for the bees

• Plant nectar rich plants in your garden, patio pots, window boxes, etc. • Try to create bee areas that are in full sun, and protected from the wind. • Make sure there are

p l a n t s flowering at all times for the bees to work on. • Many weeds are an excelRon Wilson lent source In the Garden of nectar and pollen (dandelions and clover are great!). When possible let them flower for the bees to use, then pull or get rid of the weeds. • Try planting both native and non native nectar and pollen sources. Flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs can all be great sources of nectar and pollen. • Provide a source of water. (Bee favorites include lavender, milkweed, daisies, coreopsis, crocus, Alliums, chives, catmint, salvia, sage, gayfeather, Penstemon digitalis, sedum, goldenrod, lambs ears, thyme, zinnias, etc. Trees and shrubs include crab apples, edible peaches and apples, hawthorn, flowering cherry, spirea, butterfly plant, caryopteris, etc.

Reduce use of pesticides

• If you must spray, use targeted pesticides that won’t affect bees, and spray when the bees are least active (early in morning or at dusk when the wind is not blowing). • If possible, don’t spray flowering plants that attract the bees, or at least try to treat the leaves only, not the flowers. Treat only plants that are being badly eaten. • Use integrated pest

management methods (mechanical and cultural ways to control pests as well as chemical, such as hosing off bad bugs, knocking them off into a bucket of soapy water, using grow covers, hand picking, etc. Apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil before getting out the stronger insecticides. Note: Pesticides will vary in their effect on bees. Dusts and wettable powders are more hazardous to bees than solutions or emulsifiable concentrates. Systemics are a safer way to control many harmful pests without sprays, but may contaminate nectar or pollen. Read the label. Many insecticides, like Sevin or Spinosad (an organic spray) may be very low in toxicity to humans and pets, yet are extremely toxic to bees.


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Learn more about bees

Take the time to learn more about not only honey bees, but our native bees as well. Educate the kids about the importance of the bees, and how to watch for and avoid bees. (Only female honey bees can sting, and it truly is used as a defense mechanism only.)

Buy local honey

Help support your local bee keepers by purchasing locally produced honey and other honey related products. The honey is often more fresh and will contain vitamins and minerals that

some commercially produced honey may lack. So let’s all do our part to invite and allow these honey bees to do their jobs in our gardens. And the next time you smack a honey bee, just think about the impact you’ve made on our world of bees. Can you imagine what the world would ‘bee’ like without our pollinators? (Thanks to Bar-bee Bloetscher,OSU Extension/ ODA, for much of our bee information.) Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. Reach him at columns@

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‘Orange’ ya glad it’s smoothie weather?

We had a wonderful time in Michigan at the lake house, which daughter-inlaw Courtney’s family owns. We seldom get one-onone time with our kids and I Rita loved just Heikenfeld sitting on the deck Rita’s kitchen c h a t t i n g with them without having to wonder how long they can stay. The grandkids loved everything about Little Glen Lake in Michigan, from the

flaky breakfast croissants studded with chocolate. I think I ate my way through Quebec! It’s back to reality now, though, with this searing heat. A perfect reason to whip up a batch of Orange Julius smoothies.

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My favorite sour cream chocolate bundt cake

Daughter-in-law Jessie made this for my birthday. It’s a moist, chocolaty cake that’s a good keeper, as well. And the frosting – you’ll be licking the spoon. 1 cup boiling water 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 stick butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups sugar 2 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream 2 cups less 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour boiling water over chocolate and butter to melt. Stir in vanilla and sugar. Then blend in egg yolks. Combine soda and sour cream, then add to chocolate mixture and blend well, a couple of minutes or so on medium speed. Add flour and baking powder and blend again. Beat egg whites until they hold a peak and fold into batter. Bake 50 minutes in a very well sprayed bundt pan. Cool 15 minutes then gently remove from pan by flipping upside down on a rack. Serves 12 to 15.

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3 oz. unsweetened chocolate 3 tablespoons butter 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3-8 tablespoons milk In a double boiler over hot water melt chocolate with the butter. Or use a nonstick pan on low heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes. In an electric mixer add chocolate mixture and confectioners’ sugar. Beat until mixture resembles chalky beads. Add the vanilla and the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a spreadable consistency is reached. Beat until fluffy – adding more milk if necessary.

Aunt Becky’s Thriftway potato salad

I’ve had several requests for this, along with Thriftway’s tuna salad and Bigg’s chicken salad. I have cloned the tuna and chicken salads and will share them soon. I received this from Clermont County reader Julie Scott several years ago straight from the deli cookbook. You can try and cut the recipe in half. As far as the freeze-dried chives, a palmful of fresh chives will work, too, or finely chopped green onions. 71⁄2 lbs. potatoes, cooked and diced 41⁄2 cups Hellmann’s mayo 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 4 tablespoons yellow mustard 21⁄2 teaspoons onion salt 11⁄2 teaspoons celery seed 11⁄2 teaspoons freezedried chives 11⁄2 teaspoons sugar 3 ⁄4 cup chopped celery Let set in refrigerator overnight and serve the next day! 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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An Open Letter to NKAPC Taxtakers Our families, friends & neighbors are not corrupt! Why does a wealthy shadow group of concerned citizens and elected taxtakers support NKAPC as they vilify our families, friends and neighbors? How many hardworking carpenters, plumbers, electricians, drywallers, painters, roofers and building professionals do you know? Are they corrupt as alleged by the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC)? NKAPC taxtakers have tried to link our families, friends and neighbors in the building industry to those who caused the mortgage crisis and Watergate. The housing crisis was cause by corrupt POLITICIANS who required banks to give home loans to people who could not afford them. Watergate was caused by corrupt POLITICIANS. It’s an insult to our hardworking families, friends and neighbors to link them to corrupt politicians. Boone County has grown by 38% and has issued twice as many building permits as Kenton County who has only grown by 5%, yet Kenton County pays twice as much for planning and zoning as Boone County. The NKAPC reports that Edgewood’s taxpayers paid $235,000 and received $38,000 in services while Fort Wright’s taxpayers paid NKAPC $160,000 and received $16,000 in services. Why? The taxtakers at the NKAPC need our tax dollars to pay for their lucrative retirements, free health insurance and free meals. Who has the $3.4 million confiscated from Kenton taxpayers? It’s not the builders or the taxpayers. It’s the taxtakers at NKAPC. Yes, “follow the money.” NKAPC has it all! Isn’t it alarming that government regulators, like NKAPC, now consume 25% of the cost of a new single family home? Isn’t that cost going to prevent our kids and grandkids from achieving the American Dream of owning their own homes? Over-regulation drives up building costs, decreases building demand and destroys jobs. Why is NKAPC bullying and intimidating local businesses who support this petition drive by leading a boycott against our entrepreneurs. These boycotts are promoted by NKAPC supporters who demand “We the People” submit or be destroyed. Should our entrepreneurs live in fear of NKAPC’s powerful supporters? Do we live in Kenton County or Moscow? Why did NKAPC pay $5,000 of taxpayers’ money to authorize a self-serving survey to “prove” the public “demanded” NKAPC confiscate 23% of Kenton’s private hillsides? The survey contacted less than 1% of Kenton’s residents as their proof! It was just a shameful attempt at grabbing private property! If NKAPC is dissolved, will Kenton become part of the Dark Ages as stated by NKAPC supporters? In June, Campbell County’s City of Fort Thomas was ranked as the #1 community in Northern Kentucky by Cincy Magazine, even though Campbell County fired the NKAPC almost 30 years ago. NKAPC claims they “provided oversight and regulation of the homebuilding and the construction industry in Kenton County for the past fifty years.” So why are our streets crumbling after 5-10 years? Who provides oversight and regulates our streets? NKAPC! Aren’t they revealing their own negligence, waste and lack of oversight? Who pays for these costly street repairs? The taxpayers of Kenton County. It’s not our builders’ fault that they built streets based on NKAPC’s designs. Why did NKAPC hire Strategic Advisors to help them craft their marketing message against the taxpayers? Can’t their leaders explain their own “value” without an outside wordsmith? Who’s paying this outside firm? Why does Strategic Advisors list NKAPC as a client, but NKAPC’s attorney says Strategic Advisors does not work for NKAPC? What’s the truth? Who are these wealthy puppet-masters behind this shadow group? Could you imagine our Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence as “Concerned Citizens and Elected Officials?” How gutless! The taxpayers of Kenton County deserve courageous and fiscally responsible leaders, not cowards. Kenton is the only county out of Kentucky’s 120 counties to have a taxing authority like NKAPC. We’re tired of being over-taxed, over-regulated and watching bureaucrats destroy our children’s chance of experiencing the American Dream. Please support “We the People” by visiting and sign the petition to end this taxing nightmare in Kenton County. The petition must be submitted by August 9th. Please act now! This column was written by Tom Wurtz, a resident and taxpayer of Kenton County. Paid for and endorsed by the following proud patriots at the Northern Kentucky Tea Party who believe in limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. Cathy Flaig, Duane Skavdahl, Garth Kuhnhein, Terry Donoghue, Bryan Miller, Erik Hermes, Mark Hunter, Wayne H. Neltner, Joe Guenther, Pam Dimmerman, Frank & Carol Halpin



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“TRUST ME … just sign here” Have you ever heard someone say this? When you heard it, were you suspicious? If not, you should have been. This declarative statement is exactly what the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) is saying when it asks you to sign a petition to dissolve the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC).

We have. They have no idea so they recite HBA’s talking points. Ask them to explain something and you will get nothing. The truth of the matter is that they simply don’t care. They’re in this for the money. Then, who should you trust in this matter? How about the men and women you elected to your local city councils or city commissions? NKAPC is overseen by Kenton County’s 19 local governments. Each of the 18 cities and the Fiscal Court are represented on NKAPC’s oversight board. The vast majority of Kenton County elected officials support NKAPC and the important services that it provides to their constituents.

The HBA has co-opted the local Tea Party in its effort to eliminate NKAPC. They also have hired outof-town political mercenaries from California, Texas, Massachusetts, and elsewhere to gather signatures of Kenton County residents to place this issue on the November ballot.

These out-of-town solicitors have no In recent weeks, the HBA and local idea what NKAPC is, what it does, Tea Party representatives have asked and how it makes Kenton County a number of local city councils to a safer place for all of us. All they pass resolutions supporting their efknow is that they get paid from deforts to dissolve NKAPC. All of these velopment and construction-industry legislative bodies refused to do so. folks to stand outside restaurants, in That should tell you something. grocery store parking lots, and at the county fair and other local festivals to The simple fact is that the HBA gather signatures. When this Kenton and its members want to eliminate County effort is finished, these political gypsies will move on to anNKAPC so that they and their cronies – rather than local officials other community, another issue, and another paycheck from moneyed you elect – can control planning and zoning in Kenton County. Is that interests. what you want? If you see one of these petition gatherers out and about in Kenton County, ask them what services NKAPC provides in Kenton County; ask them why NKAPC was created by our local legislators 50 years ago; and, ask them what would happen to planning, zoning, and development in Kenton County if NKAPC went away. Then check out what they tell you.

Who should you trust? The officials you elected to your local city councils, city commissions, and fiscal court, or the HBA and their out-of-town political gypsies? Get the facts. Know how dissolving NKAPC will adversely affect our community and its future. Know what you are being asked to sign.

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July 28, 2011

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Orene Rouse

Orene Rouse, 73, of Elsmere, died July 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 6423 and Elsmere Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Fred Rouse; sons, Timothy Allen Rouse and Kenneth Wayne Rouse, both of Elsmere, and Fred Rouse Jr. of Burlington; brother, Boyd Coots Jr. of Crittenden; sisters, Mary Lou Taylor of Walton and Sue Wright of Florence; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery, Florence.

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$25 worth of drugs/narcotics reported stolen at 161 Kreumpelman Drive, July 16. $200 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 120 Kreumpelman Drive, July 16. At 105 Ridge Road, July 16. $2,184 reported stolen at William Miller Lane, July 16.


James L. McGaha, 21, 654 West Miller Road, execution of bench warrant for failure to produce insurance card at 2006 Patriot Way, July 18. Christina M. Blacksmith, 19, 7548 Dimmick Road, execution of warrant for alcohol intoxication in a public place, execution of bench warrant for having another purchase alcohol, July 18.

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Christopher Bowling, 31, of Walton, died July 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a production worker for Cincinnati Milacron and a member of Walton Christian Church. He was a sports enthusiast and loved the Cincinnati Bengals and NASCAR racing. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Cuneo Bowling; daughter, Tiffany; sons, Rodney, Tyler and Daniel; mother, Debbie Cox Bowling of Erlanger; father, Jerry Bowling of Glencoe; brother, Jeremy Cox; and grandmother, Shirley Cox of Walton. Memorials: Christopher Bowling Memorial Fund c/o any Bank of KY.

Arthur Fredrick Kellerman, 87, of Florence, formerly of Erlanger, died July 23, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired machine assembler for the former Lodge & Shipley Machine Co. and a member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. A son, John Kellerman, and nine siblings died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jean Herrmann Kellerman; daughters, Kathy Drews of Burlington, Sandy Domsher of Boone County and Marybeth Dotter of Louisville; sons, A. Mike Kellerman of Burlington, Daniel Kellerman of Iowa City, Iowa, Tim Kellerman and Jeff Kellerman, both of Erlanger, David Kellerman of Lakeside Park and Tom Kellerman of Fort Mitchell; 24 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, P.O. Box 17007, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.

Erlanger, died July 17, 2011, at Villaspring of Erlanger. She was a member of St. Paul Church. Her husband, Robert Suttmiller, and a daughter, Joan Kolp, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Matracia; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.


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Robert Scott Acree, 48, of Cincinnati, formerly of Erlanger, died July 29, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a real estate appraiser for the SAI Group of Cincinnati and former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Blue Wisp Big Band. His father, Robert E. Acree, died in 2009. Survivors include his son, Max Acree of Erlanger; mother, Shirley Hagemen Acree of Erlanger; and brother, Doug Acree of Magnolia, Ky. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Scott Acree Memorial Fund c/o Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, 3614 Dixie Hwy., Erlanger, KY 41018.


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