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Dixie grad scholar

Valie O’Brien, a 2006 graduate of Dixie Heights High School, will be arriving in Germany on Sept. 12 as a Fulbright Scholar to study molecular biology and pharmacogenetics with a well known researcher in the field. Fulbrights are prestigious awards for any scholar. O’Brien though said getting the opportunity to study over seas wasn’t that difficult. Her reasoning why it wasn’t is quite simple – her passion for the field. Read more about O’Brien. SCHOOLS, A4

A taste returns

The Kenton County Library Foundation will sponsor their annual “Taste of Kenton County” again this year on Sept. 16. A primary fundraising event to support Kenton County’s three branch libraries, the Taste will have a new location, moving from the Covington branch to the Erlanger branch. Read more about this favorite library event. LIFE, B1

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Lloyd Memorial High School is hoping to turn Tupperware, jewelry and crafts into uniforms, cleats and basketballs. The school will host the third annual Craft Show on Sept. 18 in the gymnasium, starting at 9 a.m. The show was formed to raise money for the school’s athletic programs, which don’t receive funding through the district. “Some sports, like football, draw larger crowds and charge admission, so they usually do OK,” explained Stephanie Key, the show’s organizer and wife of athletic director Mike Key. “But other sports that “Sports that don’t charge don’t charge sometimes struggle sometimes with their struggle with budgets, and that’s their budgets, why we do and that’s why this.” we do this.” Key said Stephanie Key the show, Show organizer which last year drew close to 500 visitors and raised nearly $2,000, includes a variety of booths and vendors on hand with their products, as well as a raffle and concessions. The vendors include not only various arts and crafts, but also name brands like Tupperware and Tastefully Simple. There will also be various booths designed for children, such a one vendor who makes teddy bears, or another who carries American Girl Doll clothes. “There’s really something for everyone,” said Key, who estimated there would be about 35 vendors this year. “We want it to be a family-friendly, community event that people look forward to each year.” Admission to the show will be $3, with children under the age of 10 getting in free. Parking, which is also free, will be available in the nearby school lots, and the show will run until about 4 p.m. “We doubled our attendance from the first year to the second year, so we’re looking to get even bigger this year,” said Key. “It’s a great way to not only check out some really cool items, but also to support the school and the students.” For more information about the show, send an e-mail to

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Local first responders honored By Jason Brubaker

The anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 is always a somber day, full of reflections and memories. But employees at Cash Express are also making sure it’s a day filled with honor. To mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks, employees from local Cash Express stores will once again be delivering cakes to first responders in the area, including police and fire departments. The program is entirely funded by Cash Express, and has become an annual tradition. “It’s just a way we can show

our police officers and firefighters that we appreciate what they do for us,” said Angela Dance, manager of the Cash Express location in Elsmere. “It feels good to walk in and see all of them smile, because of what they all go through each day.” Elsmere Police Chief Tim Greene said the gesture is greatly appreciated by the departments each year, since the day serves as an all too clear reminder of the constant dangers of their job. “It’s very humbling, because sometimes the officers and firefighters can go their entire careers without really receiving the recognition they deserve,” he said.

“So we’re very grateful that they do this each year, because it means that people do care about what we do.” Dance said it’s always fun for the Cash Express employees to visit with the officers and firefighters when they deliver the cakes. Since Sept. 11 falls on a Saturday this year, the employees will deliver the cakes on Friday morning, traveling all over the county to visit various departments. “They’re usually pretty happy to see us, and it’s just a neat way to talk to them and get to know them a little bit,” she said. “We look forward to this every year, and we’re glad we can do it.”

Kenton schools keeping tax rate status quo By Regan Coomer

Kenton County Schools’ property tax rate will remain the same at 55.7 cents per $100 of assessed value in the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year. The Kenton County Board of Education voted to take the staterecommended compensating tax rate in August. The compensating tax rate generates the same amount of revenue as the year before. Cities, boards and libraries are allowed by law to take an additional 4 percent on top of the compensating rate. The school property tax rate actually went down a very little from last year’s rate, 55.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, which means property assessments increased about less than 1 percent in Kenton County, said Kenton Schools Finance Director Kelley Gamble.

The tax will generate about $40.5 million for the school district. “Our expenses this year were $2 million less than two years ago,” he said. “We’ve basically cut our outlay and that’s why we didn’t feel like we needed to take a full 4 percent this year.” The district had an additional cost savings of $2.9 million by reorganizing services, reducing administrative staff and furthering energy efficiencies. Recently, the district refinanced the debt on the latest Dixie Heights High School renovation, saving $2 million, Gamble said. Without those cost savings over the last few years, Kenton County Schools wouldn’t have been able to only take a compensating rate in the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year without a “debilitating” effect on district finances. “If we hadn’t made those reductions we would have been

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spending a whole lot more money than we would be bringing in,” he said. While Gamble wasn’t sure if the district could continue foregoing additional taxes in the next couple of years, he did say they’re “trying to hold the line in every department.” Kenton County Board of Education Chair Karen Collins said cost savings does not mean a loss in the quality of education in Kenton schools. “We are able to do this because we have been strategic about reducing costs and efficient in the management of our dollars,” Collins said. “But even with the cost reductions, I want the public to know that our mission of providing superior educational opportunities and graduating students prepared to compete in the global work market remains our clear focus.”


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thing that could be changed if residents are amenable to it, said Chris Reinersman, a member of the Independence Strategic Action Committee. Before action can be taken, however, Reinersman said the city needs resident input. “We don’t really have any idea about where to go from here,” he said. “Do we want to be very specific on what the buildings look like for new development or leave it fairly broad?” The NKAPC started out the comment section by asking residents to call out a short phrase describing what they’d like to happen around the courthouse. Comments included a consistent look, quaint and charming, walkability, burying electric cables, shopping and restaurants and no “big box” stores. “We don’t want to see a big mall.

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Zone changes could be coming to downtown Independence. The Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) hosted a public meeting Aug. 31 at the Independence City Building to give residents a chance to comment on what they think would work around the courthouse as well as the McCullum Pike and new Ky-17 intersection. The 2007 Independence Small Area Study recommends the Courthouse intersection be mixed use with small retail and restaurants while the McCullum and new Ky-17 intersection is more suited to high-density mixed use, such as apartments. The city’s current zoning of Neighborhood Commercial and Residential does not support those uses, some-

We need more storefronts our community can use, like a bookstore,” said resident Terry Hafner. While the small area study recommends developing the courthouse area first, resident Chuck Mericle said that’s “not going to work.” “McCullum and new 17 should be focused on first. To get other developers to want to do something downtown you’ve got to get the people to come here,” he said. Mericle said if there were a store similar to a target on new Ky-17 it would draw the customer base needed to support retail such as an antique store near the courthouse. The NKAPC will host a second public meeting to discuss zoning near the courthouse late this year or early in 2011. To send your comment to the NKAPC, e-mail Andy Videkovich at

Independence tax rate stays the same By Regan Coomer

Independence’s property tax rate could stay exactly the same in the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year. City council heard the first reading re-establishing the property tax rate as 20 cents per $100 of assessed property value at a special meeting Aug. 31. A second reading of the tax rate will be voted on at the Sept. 13 regular meeting.

“Right now I think it’s the will of the people not to increase a financial burden,” said Council Member Mary Pat Behler. “There’s a lot of people struggling.” Projected revenue received from the tax rate will be about $2.7 million, but city officials suspect there could be a $2,000 shortfall from the prior year by not taking the compensating rate. “Incomes are stagnant. Now’s not the time to raise

taxes,” said Mayor Chris Moriconi. “We’re doing more with less; approaching our budget like it’s a family budget.” Extras such as Christmas parties and appreciation dinners have been culled from the budget and purchases of new public works vehicles have been delayed, Moriconi said. The tax trend in the last few years has been averaged out to taking the compensating rate, Moriconi said.

The proposed tax rate was first adopted in 2008 and re-established in 2009. Since 2005, Independence’s tax rate has increased about 3 cents per $100 of assessed value. “I don’t think we can take an increase, especially with the way the economy is,” Council Member Marge Cook said, adding a possible loss of $2,000 is “worth” it to help out residents.

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a.m., and will include a variety of dolls and accessories. There will also be a raffle throughout the day, and refreshments will also be available. Admission is $4, with children under the age of 11 getting in for $1. The show will last until about 4 p.m. Receptions is located at 1379 Donaldson Road. For more information, call 635-1649.

First aid classes

The Erlanger Fire Department is continuing to offer monthly CPR and first aid classes as needed. The classes are offered on as needed basis, so interested residents should contact the department to sign up for the class. Times and dates

are subject to the class size, and walk-ins will not be permitted. For more information, visit or contact Capt. Tim Deye at 727-5844.

Puppy tales

The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will host a Puppy Tales program Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. The program, intended for children in grades 1-6, allows kids to read to dogs to enhance their reading skills and confidence levels. At the end of the session, each child will be given a certificate and will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with their dog. The program is free, but reservation are requested, as

the dogs will be supplied by the library. For more information, or to register, visit or call 962-4000.

Fall testing

The fall testing window for the Erlanger/Elsmere School District will open on Monday, Sept. 13. The state-mandated testing will cover all of the core content areas for students. The testing will last through Sept. 24, although each school’s schedule may vary within the window. Students are encouraged to get plenty of rest and be prepared for the testing each day. For more information about the testing, contact your child’s school.

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Benefit to raise money for Dixie Heights art By Jason Brubaker

Unlike some other charity events and golf outings, Greg Mistler doesn’t look much at the number as a way to judge the success. “This wasn’t something we necessarily started so that we could get bigger and bigger,” he said of the upcoming 4th annual Andrew Mistler Foundation Benefit. “If we make even $1 that we can use to help someone, then we consider it to be worth it.” The benefit, which includes a 12-hole golf scramble at Twin Oaks Golf Course and dinner at St. Pius Parish, is named after Greg and Michele’s son who was killed in a 2004 car accident. Knowing their son’s love of art, the Mistler’s decided to start a foundation in his honor, raising money to benefit the art department at Dixie Heights High School, where Andy would have graduated in 2005.


Greg and Michele Mistler presented a check to Dixie Heights art teacher Terri Schatzman and some of her students last spring. The Mistlers run the Andrew Mistler Foundation, named for their son, a former Dixie student who was killed in a 2004 car accident. The foundation raises money to provide the department with equipment and supplies, as well as

offering a scholarship to students who are interested in pursuing art in college. Since the inception of the

foundation, they’ve awarded nine scholarships to Dixie Heights seniors. However, in addition to

donations and scholarships, the Mistlers also like to get involved with the department. For the upcoming golf

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The Latonia Small Area Study is bound by the orange line on the map. Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission representatives are inviting residents to comment on the study at a second public meeting Sept. 30. throughout all of those different avenues and it will be something the public can really get behind,” Fausz said. Major topics that have popped up since the study began include the walkability issues, renters versus owners and Latonia shopping centers re-development. “Housing is a big factor in it. There’s a lot of vacancy and renter rather than owner-occupied parcels. Those are the types of

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Miles Elementary teacher Tiffany Bell works with first-graders Carmen Vickers and Libby Gulick on Sept. 2. The school is settling into their second year of a standards-based grading system.

Changing the culture

Miles enters second year of standards-based grading

By Jason Brubaker

Miles Elementary Principal Bryant Gillis knew things were different this year when he visited a classroom on the first day of school and asked the students how their summers were. “I had one girl raise her hand and the first thing she asked me was when we were getting our test scores back from last year,” said Gillis. “Most kids are still in a summer mindset on the first day, but she was more concerned with the scores, and how her class did, which just blew me away.” The school is entering their second year of standards-based grading, a dynamic change that Gillis said has required changing the culture of the school. Instead of giving letter grades, the teachers now assess their students based on pre-set standards, which gives them a more detailed indicator of how the student is performing in a particular subject. The standards, which are based on national standards, are set each year by the teachers after meeting with each other to determine the skills needed at each grade level in order to be ready to move on. “I think it’s really just a matter of getting everybody to buy in to this system,” he said. “If we have everyone on board and moving in the same direction, it’s going to be successful, and that’s what we’re

seeing right now.” Although the staff had been working on implementing the change for about two years, last year was the first full school year in which the standards were used. “It was definitely a big change, and a lot of work, but I think it is making a big difference,” said teacher Mary Fender. “I know we’re seeing fewer gaps in learning because we’re really identifying the areas we need work in.” As an example, Fender said that since the standards build on each other throughout the year, it’s hard to move on unless everyone has mastered that standard. “By using the standards, we see where the specific areas are where a student is struggling, and we’re able to address that so that we can move on with a strong foundation in that subject,” she explained. “Before, with just using letter grades, we may not fully address what the problem in learning the subject was, and as a result, the student could struggle from that point on.” As they prepared for the second year, Gillis said they worked to tweak the system to make it more efficient. He said one of the biggest adjustments last year was the amount of paperwork and record-keeping required by the teachers, which they worked to address this summer. “We looked at it and felt that maybe we bit off a little more than

we could chew, in terms of the number of standards we had,” he admitted. “So we looked at areas we could combine them or clump them together, which doesn’t change how we’re assessing them, but it does make it easier to report them.” Gillis said they’re also focusing more on content vocabulary this year, looking to give the students more background knowledge as they progress throughout the year. They’re also looking to increase student involvement in the setting of the standards, and they’ve been working on doing more individual goal-setting with the students. “I think it makes a big difference when the students feel more invested,” he said. While the school has sent notices home with parents and hosted an open house to discuss the system, Gillis said he still plans to host a Parents’ Academy in late September to answer questions or explain the standards in further detail. But for now, he said they’re just trying to make the proper adjustments to ensure the system is working at the highest level., “It’s like I told the teachers this summer - it’s not that we did it wrong, but now we just have to do it better,” he said. “I think we’re making progress and everyone is feeling a lot more comfortable with it, but we’ve still got work to do to make it perfect.”

Studying complex subjects like molecular biology and pharmacogenetics is certainly not for the faint of heart. But Valerie O’Brien doesn’t seem to mind. “If you enjoy doing something, it’s not going to be as hard to learn,” said the 2006 Dixie Heights graduate. “I enjoy the challenge, and it’s been really interesting.” O’Brien, who recently graduated from Wittenberg University, has been named a Fulbright Scholar, and is headed to Germany where she will study drug-transporting proteins and drug-metabolizing enzymes under well-known pharmacogeneticist Dr. Jürgen Brockmöller. “I think that experience, working under an expert like that, is going to be incredibly valuable for me,” said O’Brien. “It’s such a unique opportunity, and I can’t wait.” Adding to her excitement is the fact that when she arrives in Göttingen, Germany on Sept. 12, O’Brien will actually be in familiar surroundings. In the midst of pursuing her double-major in biochemistry/molecular biology and German, she actually spent her entire junior abroad, studying at Justus-Liebig University of Giessen. While there, she took courses in physics and chemistry, and also found time to do some sight-seeing, visiting 14 different countries. “I thought my German was pretty good when I got there, but it took me a little while to adjust to living over there and using it all the time,” she admitted. “After my first physics class, I wondered if I could do it. But I learned pretty quickly, and I’m glad I did it.” Learning has never been a problem for O’Brien, who took Advanced Placement courses at Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University while still at Dixie Heights. She also was a member of the school’s Odyssey of the Mind team that finished third in the world in 2006, as well as the National Honor Society and student council. Using her love of learning, she quickly settled in at Wittenberg,


Valerie O'Brien, a 2006 graduate of Dixie Heights High School, is headed to Germany to study pharmacogenetics as a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated Wittenberg University last spring. where she became a member of the Wittenberg Feminist Union and the Astronomy Club, as well as being involved with the campus radio station. It was on campus that she also discovered a fascination with sequence-structure relationships, or how different genetic codes contribute to differing responses to drugs. In fact, even as she’s prepared to head off to Germany, O’Brien has been working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital over the summer, studying the pharmacogenetics of epilepsy. “I think she’s really a role model for all students, because she shows how far you can go when you work toward a goal,” said Teresa Wilkins, the Kenton County School District’s coordinator of community relations and community education. “She’s has a very bright future.” And although she’s excited to head to Göttingen, her work still won’t be completed after her 10 month stay. Once she returns, she will enroll at Washington University in St. Louis to begin training in the molecular biology and microbial pathogenesis Ph.D program. She eventually would like to use her training and knowledge of pharmacogenetics to study women’s public health. “I know I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, but I also love what I’m doing, so it doesn’t feel like work that much,” she said. “I just try to take advantage of every opportunity, and I think in the end, the payoff is going to be worth it.”

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Fifth graders Alex Englehard and Lauren Myfelt watch and learn about geography in social studies class at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood on Aug. 30.

Tichenor football marches on

Starting for life


Villa Madonna’s Alec Luensman starts one of the relays. Luensman’s mom, also a runner, is one of the honorees of the Villa Invitational Relay for Life. Villa Madonna’s Track and Field athletes help fight cancer by sponsoring the Villa Invitational Relay for Life May 18. Team members, aided by coaches and parents, created this event to support friends whose parents are affected by cancer. Athletes from 10 area high schools competed, with profits from the gate and concessions benefiting the American Cancer Society. Competitors decorated their arms with the names of loved ones battling cancer.

The Tichenor Middle School football team will be on the road for their next game, on Sept. 11, against Covington Catholic. The Tichenor Trojans are in their first year, and are coached by Lloyd Memorial teacher J Lail, who also coaches the freshmen team at Lloyd. The Trojans are in the midst of a seven-game schedule, and split their first two games, dropping their home opener to Newport and then knocking off

Holmes on the road. They have approximately 30 players on the roster. The game against Covington Catholic, which will be held at Dixie Heights, will begin at 12:30 p.m. The next home game for the Trojans will be Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m., when they host Newport Central Catholic. For more information about the football team, contact the school at 727-2255.


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This week at St. Henry

• The Newport Central Catholic boys’ golf team beat St. Henry 167-173, Aug. 30. • In boys’ golf, Conner beat St. Henry 169-187, Aug. 31.

This week at Simon Kenton

• The Simon Kenton boys’ golf team lost to Pendleton County 167-181, Aug. 30. Simon’s Stephens medaled with 4 over 40 on the front nine at Pendleton County Country Club. • In girls’ soccer, Simon Kenton tied with Ryle 1-1, Aug. 30. Simon’s Jessie Cooper scored the team’s goal. • The Campbell County boys’ soccer team shut out Simon Kenton 5-0, Aug. 31.

This week at Holy Cross

• Villa Madonna’s girls’ soccer team shut out Holy Cross 1-0, Aug. 30.

This week at Scott

• In girls’ soccer, Campbell beat Scott 2-1, Aug. 30. Scott’s Sarah Handlon scored the goal.

This week at Cov Cath

• In boys’ soccer, Turpin beat Covington Catholic 2-1, Aug. 31. Cov Cath’s Sean Cooney scored the team’s goal.

This week at Notre Dame

• The Notre Dame Academy girls’ soccer team beat Cooper 6-1, Sept. 1. NDA’s Shelton scored two goals and Leninger, Eckerle, Schwartz and Scheben scored one goal each.

Baseball tryouts

The Northern Kentucky Yellow Jackets 11U baseball team is looking for talented players to add to its organization for this fall and next spring. E-mail, or call 816-7415.

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The 2010 World Wiffle Ball Championships will be played Sept. 25 at Heritage Christian Academy on U.S. 42 in Florence. Draw for the event will be at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the poolside area of Wildwood Inn in Florence. The first game is 9 a.m. Saturday morning, with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. Early entry for adult divisions (slow pitch and modified pitch) runs through Sept. 10 and is $50. Early youth division entry is $50 through Sept. 10. After Sept. 10, adult entry will be $85 with a three-game guarantee. Youth divisions are $75 after Sept. 10 with a threegame guarantee. To enter, email, or call 513-256-2391. Rules can be found at under “handouts.” Deposits can be sent to PPM, P.O. Box 6111, Florence, KY 41042. Deposit is half of the entry fee. Checks must be postmarked before Sept. 10 to get the early feel.

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Pioneers rally to top Colonels

By James Weber

Cody Herald has played several sports at Simon Kenton High School, but this is his first year on the football gridiron. The senior placekicker booted the Pioneers to a 3128 win over Dixie Heights Sept. 3 with a field goal with 18 seconds left. SK improved to 1-1 and Dixie fell to 1-2. “I’ve been practicing my field goals all through the week,” Herald said. “I don’t hesitate, I do every kick the same. I’ve never been put in that kind of position. For Coach (Jeff) Marksberry to put that kind of trust in me felt really good.” The kick capped a Simon Kenton comeback from a 21-8 second-quarter deficit. Chad Lawrence threw a 21-yard TD pass to Ryan Winkler shortly before halftime following a Dixie turnover. Lawrence then threw a 21-yard TD pass to Jacob Krummen in the third quarter to tie the game at 21 after Dixie’s Zeke Pike blocked the extra point.

Pike gave Dixie the lead with an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter, but Lawrence tied it with a TD run in which he dove for the left pylon and was successful. SK started the scoring on an 82-yard strike from Lawrence to Zach Carroll. Dixie’s offense then took over, as Pike scored the first Colonel touchdown. Then Pike threw TD passes of 65 and 28 yards to Bobby Leonard. On the first one, Leonard was nearly brought down after colliding with a teammate then raced the final 50 yards for the TD. Lawrence finished with 113 rushing yards and 286 in the air after completing 20-of-38 passes. Krummen had 77 yards on seven catches, and Winkler had 69 on five. SK was coming off a shutout loss to Middletown. “It woke us up a lot,” Lawrence said. “Getting this win today, scratch week 1, it’s over. We lost five games sophomore year and went to the state championship so we can roll from here on out.” Marksberry said

Lawrence has become the leader of the team. “When he has the ball in his hands, good things happen,” he said. “He got to take over (as a sophomore) because he could do those things and he’s been winning ever since.” Keith Cubert and Austin Baldwin had interceptions. Baldwin led SK with nine tackles. Pike rushed for 80 yards for Dixie and threw for 216. SK hosts New Richmond 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Dixie hosts Conner 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Covington Catholic lost 50-7 to La Salle, one of Cincinnati’s top teams, Sept. 3. Cov Cath allowed 594 yards offense and had 202. Alex Slabaugh had CCH’s lone touchdown. Cov Cath hosts Campbell County in the Colonels’ home opener in their traditional Saturday afternoon time slot, 1 p.m. Sept. 11. Holy Cross (1-1) was off last week. The Indians will host Beechwood this week. In a recently announced change from the original schedule, the game will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.


Dixie Heights sophomore Colin Justice sacks Simon Kenton senior Chad Lawrence in the first half of SK’s 31-28 win at Dixie Sept. 3. 11 at Bellevue’s Gilligan Stadium. Lloyd was shut out for the second straight week, falling to 0-2 by losing to Conner 36-0. Lloyd had 134 yards offense, 97 rushing and 37 passing. Conner rolled up 468, 221 on the ground and 247 in the air. Lloyd plays at Dayton 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Scott lost 54-6 at Cooper to drop to 0-2.

Aaron Smith rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown. Justin Hoskins rushed for 53 and Ryan Sowder 50. Brandon Stamper was credited with 18 total tackles. Michael Sherrard, Rob Swinford and Ryan Sowder had nine each. Scott hosts Bellevue this week. It is a Thursday night special, 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Dixie Heights because renovation at Scott’s football field is not complete.

Crusaders ready for strong tournament By James Weber

The St. Henry District High School boys’ golf team has struggled in nine-hole regular matches this year. But the Crusaders have been strong in 18-hole tournaments, which could serve them well when they play in the All “A” Classic state tournament Saturday, Sept. 11, in Richmond. St. Henry has not been to the tourney since finishing fourth in 2007. “I expect for us to go down there prepared to play and do the best of our ability,” head coach Jerod Cahill said. “If we could pull out a top-five finish, that would be awesome.” The Crusaders have finished in the top four in four different tournaments, but have only won two dual matches. “It’s mainly because we


St. Henry junior Matthew Hartfiel hits a shot during the Crusaders’ match against Boone County Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Lassing Pointe in Union. have 18 holes to play instead of nine,” junior Chase Hughes said. “If we have a bad hole early on, we don’t get down. We can come back.” Hughes shot a 77 in the Ninth Region tournament to lead the way for the Cru-

saders. Other players in the tourney were senior Jared Noble, junior Matthew Hartfiel, sophomore Bailey Youngwirth and freshmen Jordan Noble and Rex Rogers. “Since we didn’t win last year, winning this year was

a big thing,” Hughes said. “Plus we’re a pretty young team. Getting ready for regionals was a good step for us.” Hughes said he hasn’t played well since the regional and hopes to change that in the state tourney. “The matches are more like practice,” he said. “We practice together all the time even when we don’t have team practice. We help each other out when we have problems with something.” Cahill said the tourney should be good experience for the postseason and for next year when most of the team returns. Cahill, a former St. Henry standout and Northern Kentucky University player, is in his second year at the helm. “I absolutely love coaching,” he said. “I hope I can do this for another 15 to 20


St. Henry junior Chase Hughes hits a shot during the Crusaders’ match against Boone County Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Lassing Pointe in Union. years. As long as they give me their best, that’s all I care about. This is a dream job for me.”

Indians volleyball excited about All ‘A’ By James Weber

The Holy Cross High School volleyball team got an early wake-up call when it lost to Newport Central Catholic in its second match of the season. The Indians used those lessons to win the All “A” Classic Ninth Region championship four days later, and will try to take the next step Sept. 11. Holy Cross will play in the state tournament, which will be divided between Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and Berea High School. “We’re very excited to be in the All ‘A’ and represent Region 9 for the small schools,” head coach Becky Houston said. “We feel confident we can go pretty far in the state tournament. The team has really come

together as a group.” Action begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The 16 regional champions are divided into four pools and playing a round-robin schedule. Holy Cross is with its namesake Louisville Holy Cross, Harlan and the Region 8 champion. The other Holy Cross is the defending champion. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the championship bracket, with the other two playing in the consolation bracket. The championship match is 8:30 p.m. at EKU. HC was 15-2 after the Scott September Slam Sept. 3-4. Seven of those wins came in the All “A” regional tourney after the loss to NewCath. HC was then 5-1 in the Slam, only losing to host Scott in the finals. “We were lucky to see what team we were going to


Sydney Sizemore (10) and Elizabeth Ehlman (1) are returning starters for Holy Cross. be against NCC,” Houston said. “We’re a good team but we’re not going to be one of those teams that can just show up and beat anybody. We took that loss and moved forward.” The Indians are led by junior outside hitter Jayden Julian, a Division I college prospect. She led Northern Kentucky in kills entering

play Sept. 1. “She has really accepted a leadership role,” Houston said. “We have seven seniors and I’m impressed with how she picks them up when they’re down. The seniors kind of look up to her.” Senior Sydney Sizemore, and 6-foot-1 freshman Georgia Childers are other

key attackers for Holy Cross. “Sizemore has improved her game every single year,” Houston said. “She’s looking to play in college and I’m hoping that at the All ‘A’ there are coaches who see her talent. (Childers) has come in like she has been on the team for three years. She’s been really aggressive.” Sophomore Megan Krumpelman has been strong at the setter position, quarterbacking the offense, Houston said. Junior Elizabeth Ehlman has been a strong passer and Abbey McKinnley-Talley a strong server. Other seniors are Beth Middendorf, Brie Blank, Ali Doggett, Lydia Doggett, and Taylor Ichinose. After the All “A”, Holy Cross goes to Highlands Sept. 13.

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Saints to rely on defense early By James Weber


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The Northern Kentucky Bandits 14U fastpitch softball team won the Cincinnati World Series at Pastime Park July 26. The team went undefeated throughout the weekend winning all six games played in the tournament. The team is made up of (front row, from left): Danielle Nichelson, Mackenzie Ogden, Kelsey Ogden, Taylor Roth (Walton), and Erica Lang (Independence). In the back row (from left): Coach Tim Lang, Hayden Seng, Abby Jones (Amelia), Olivia Pfifer, Raylyn Reynolds (Batavia), Brooke Garrett (Erlanger), Bailee Sanders (Erlanger), and Coach Bret Garrett (Erlanger).

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Would you consider buying one the new models of electric cars, such as Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt? Why or why not? “No. These cars are so subsidized by the government that they do not, at this time, represent an answer to our nation’s energy and environmental challenges. “Let the research continue and perhaps someday we will have better battery technology. Perhaps even hydrogen fuel cells or liquid natural gas (LNG) are the answer for powering cars and trucks. My understanding is that LNG is very viable today for much wider usage. “Meanwhile, the government subsidy for the production of technologies like electric cars, windmills, solar cells, ethanol, etc. is very wasteful. Let’s be smart about this.” T.H. “I definitely would, if I had the financial resources, and if I could still keep another vehicle in case the battery was drained. I’d like to see how they perform, but we really can’t afford the luxury. “Luckily, our cars are both paid for and our mortgage is paid off or we would have a tough time.” B.B. “Right now, I would not buy a new electric car. I always like to give cars a year or so on the market to see if there are any ‘bugs.’ “Also, in waiting, the price normally comes down just a little bit. However, I really like the idea of going electric with our automobiles.” J.W. “We’re empty-nesters with two vehicles. Electric cars will not satisfy the needs of either of us at this time. “Just the same, they are an intriguing option that might be in our near future.” R.V.







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I just read the article by Regan Coomer about the Tea Party protesting the library taxes. I would like to reply. I understand where the Tea Party is coming from. We all want less government intervention and fewer taxes. But if those folks from the Tea Party used the library they would see that the library is not a good place to start. The Kenton County Library does such a great job. The board did what they thought was fiscally responsible to continue serving

the increased circulation of items and the increased program attendance. I personally have taken my grandchildren to the wonderful children's programs, I have taken a computer class, I have taken a camera class, I have attended the monthly movie event and the book club, I rent movies and books weekly. All of this is free to the patrons. In order to continue this service what would the Tea Party want to do? Maybe start charging for each of the library services? What do the patrons think about

that? Somehow these bills need to be paid what is the Tea Party's solution. It is easy to say cut taxes and have less government but continue to provide the same services. That is impossible. Who has not done repairs to their home in 40 years? That is how long it has been since the Covington Library has been renovated. It is time to upgrade. In closing I just want to say. I love my Kenton County Library. Pat Hahn McArthur Lane Elranger

Non-smoking is the norm at Dixie Heights Nationally, Kentucky ranks third for adult smoking, first in lung cancer deaths, and is in the top five for the number of youth that smoke. Everyone must be smoking, or so it seems. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has Michelle partnered with Eversole Dixie Heights School to Community High launch the social Recorder norms campaign. guest More than 1,000 columnist students at Dixie took a survey of student norms last fall and it showed some promising signs: • 71 percent of students have never smoked • 71 percent of students said tobacco use is never a good thing to do • 77 percent of students had not used tobacco in the last 30 days Even though two-thirds of students report that they have never smoked, they also say 53 percent of students in their grade smoke. These figures don’t line up. Research tells us that peers are one of the biggest influencers of youth behavior. Many young


The tobacco social norms team at Dixie, front row from left: Ashley Cooke, Chelsea Honaker, Kaila Westover, and Trista Kuechler. Back row: Randy Tomlinson. people believe everyone smokes and then think that it is socially acceptable to smoke. If students perceive that the majority are engaging in a behavior, then they are more likely to adopt that behavior – whether it is positive or negative. It’s easy to understand why this is: We all want to fit in; few of us want to be the only one who is or isn’t doing a behavior. The social norms team at Dixie, a group of students committed to increase the number of teens that don’t smoke, helped design posters and other items to

get the message out that the majority of students don’t smoke. They are also promoting a text messaging program for both parents and students to further ensure everyone is getting correct information. Community members can help this effort by setting an example of healthy behavior. Make it a point to tell someone you know that the majority of youth at Dixie Heights High School don’t smoke. Michelle Eversole is the Senior Health Educator for Northern Kentucky Health Department

One book, one big adventure for annual Book One event Would you ever consider rowing across an ocean? What if I told you that you would be in a 23 foot plywood boat with no motor or sail? If you're like most people you can't even imagine such a daring feat, and you may even wonder why someone would take on such a challenge. Well, I encourage you to find out by reading “A Pearl in the Storm,” this year's selection for the fourth annual Northern Kentucky One Book One Community series. This autobiography chronicles the real life, riveting adventure of Kentuckian Tori Murden McClure. With page-turning and often chilling detail, McClure captures the reader with her fascinating journey. In 1998, McClure set out to be the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Although her communication systems failed within the first few days, determined McClure pressed on. Little did she know that she was rowing into what would be the worst hurricane season on record in the North Atlantic. “A Pearl in the Storm” tells a tale of self-discovery while surviving not one, but two hurricanes! It's a highly enjoyable, captivating read.

As chair of the NKY One Book One Community planning committee, I right away knew that “A Pearl in the Storm” was the Venus Moose right book for our annual comCommunity m u n i t y - w i d e Recorder reading series. guest NKY One columnist Book One Community aims to build community by people reading and talking about a shared book. This book is definitely one you'll want to read and discuss with your family, neighbors, friends, other library patrons, etc. You can pick up a copy of the book now at all Kenton, Boone, Campbell, and Grant County Public Libraries. I encourage you to read the book, attend a book discussion and interesting book-related public library programs, and then join us to meet the author in November. McClure will offer a public talk and book signing at each public library in early November. We'll have her at your Erlanger Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.

In addition to reading the book and attending the author visit, you don't want to miss the free One Book programs. We've planned a whole series of fascinating programs designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the book. For example, you can learn about other fascinating Kentuckians by attending the programs “Extraordinary Ordinary Kentuckians” on Thursday September 23 at 7pm or “Rascals, Heroes, and Just Plain Uncommon Folks from Kentucky” on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., both at the Erlanger Branch Library. If you're interested in learning about other firsts for women, you can attend “First Women: The Exceptions that Prove the Rule” on Tuesday, Sept. 28. If you're interested in weather, you can join us on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. for “Wicked Weather,” a program with local meteorologist Kevin Robinson. There are lots of great One Book programs going on now through early November. For more information, call your local library or visit our NKY One Book One Community website at Venus Moose is the Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger Branch Library.


Job well done

Villa Madonna teacher Mark Atwood presents senior softball player Caroline Spicker with a Player of the Year plaque from the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference during a ceremony on Sept. 2. Also honored as athletes who made the All-Conferece team in their respective sport last spring were Deuce Gibson, Mary Kate Greenwood, Molley Backscheider, Zach Steinkongeig and Morgan Cook.

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Holy Trinity teacher Judy Pieper teaches her sixth-grade religion class.

Holy Trinity teacher brings experience to classrooms, college textbook Holy Trinity Junior High School in Newport is celebrating an accomplishment of one of their own. Teacher Judy Pieper, who teaches religion and language arts, recently received word that her responses to several case studies will be included in a new college textbook, “Child and Adolescent Development.” “This is a pretty big deal for her and for us,” said Principal Jeff Finke. “We’re very proud of her and are grateful to have her teaching here.” Pieper, an Erlanger resident, has been teaching 19 years, two of those at Holy Trinity. While she has a degree in journalism and a passion for writing, Pieper said she feels that God led her into a career of teaching. “I feel this is my vocational calling,” Pieper said.

“I’ve taught in Catholic schools my whole career, and I’m a strong believer faith-based education is where I need to be.” Pieper said she contributed to the textbook by using her own experiences in teaching and as the mother of five children ages 13 to 32. The book will be used to teach future teachers. “This opportunity was a creative and educational outlet for me,” Pieper said. “I enjoy writing, and it is nice to be recognized like this.” Finke said Pieper is very knowledgeable about the subjects she teaches, loves her faith and is able to communicate that to the students. “She has already made a big impact on the school in the two years she has been here,” Finke said.


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The Kenton County Public Library’s Third Annual Taste of Kenton County will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Erlanger branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road. Taste is one of the library’s biggest fundraisers and brings together restaurants from all over Northern Kentucky that give guests a taste of good food and fun.

A taste of fun at library By Jason Brubaker

The Kenton County Library is looking for some hungry patrons. For the third consecutive year, the Kenton County Public Library Foundation will sponsor the Taste of Kenton County, a fundraising event that allows guests to sample food from close to three dozen local restaurants. The event will also include a silent auction, basket raffle, split the pot, book buy and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the Erlanger Branch this year, will go to the Foundation, which provides financial support to the three branches of the library. “This is a great event, and we’re really excited for it,” said Louise Canter, president of the Foundation. “We started this as a way to provide a fun evening, and it’s turned out to be even better than we imagined.” Gina Holt, a public relations coordinator with the library, said the food is always the highlight of the event, with a variety of restaurants participating. Whether you prefer Italian or Mexican, appetizers or desserts, she said there’s sure to be something there for everyone. “The food is always great - people love walking around and trying everything,” she said. “Plus, the restaurants love getting involved, because they can have a lot of new people try their food, and they get to give back to the community by participating.” While people are walking around the library’s Reading Garden, they can also take in some of the contests. Holt said the basket raffle is always popular, as is “Heads and Tails,” a split-thepot game involving the luck of a coin flip. Additionally, the silent auction will also include a variety of prizes, including a Smoky Mountains vacation, autographed sports memorabilia, an American Girl Doll collection and even Reds’ tickets. Canter said the Taste is always one of the biggest events for the Foundation, which uses the money to support literacy outreach programs, such as the Bookmobile, designed to bring the library’s resources to people in the community who aren’t able to visit one of the branches. “The library does a lot of wonderful things and has some terrific programs,


Guests peruse silent auction items at the Second Annual Taste of Kenton County event last year. The event includes food tastings, raffles and live entertainment. and this is a way to keep those going,” she said. Tickets for the Taste are $15 each, or two for $25, if purchased before Sept. 10. If purchased at the door, tickets will be $20 per person, although Holt advised people to purchase tickets early. “We have a limit of 200 people because of the space and amount of food, and this always fills up quick, so there may not be any tickets left by the day it happens,” she said. The Taste will run from 6-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Erlanger Branch Library, located at 401 Kenton Lands Road. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.kenton or call 9624060, ext. 4204.


Joel Caithamer, Kenton County’s singing librarian, performs at last year’s Taste of Kenton County.

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September 9, 2010



A Time to Celebrate, 6-9 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Works by M. Katherine Hurley, Oliver Debikey, Katham, M.P. Wiggins, Maureen Holub and Alex Hibbitt. Vintage bicycles from the collection of Hugh Rosensweig. Exhibit continues through Oct. 15. $8, $5 seniors and students, Free for ages 11 and under and members. 859-491-2030; Covington.


MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, 5-11:30 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Opening ceremony at Goose Girl Fountain, 6 p.m. Music: Festival Stage, The Spys, 5-7 p.m. and Core, 8-11 p.m. Goose Girl Stage, The Bier Band, 711 p.m. Kentucky Lottery Stage at Railroad Trestle, G. Burton Story, 5-7 p.m. English Channel, 8-11 p.m. German and international food, music, arts and crafts, rides, children’s Kinderplatz, 3-D chalk drawings on Main, balloon magic and magicians. Hansel and Gretel Pageant, Goebel Park gazebo, 12 and 3 p.m. Saturday. Free; $15 all-you-can-ride bracelet on Saturday and Sunday. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; Covington. Holy Cross High School Indian Summer Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Fish dinners and corn roast available. Games, food, drink, raffles, booths and corn roast. Through Sept. 11. 859-431-1335; Covington.


Indie Film Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Watch and discuss recent release to DVD. Family friendly. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4002. Erlanger.


Centennials: The City of Fort Mitchell, Boy Scouts of America and Devou Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate a century of regional history. Find out about one of the founders of the Boy Scouts who was a resident of Covington, how the trolley from Cincinnati helped establish Fort Mitchell and how one of the largest urban parks in Greater Cincinnati is in Northern Kentucky. $7; $6 ages 60 and up; $4 ages 3-17; free to members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Sonny Moorman, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.


Hot Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Marina Bar and Grill, 145 Mary Ingles Highway (Ky. 8), Free. Presented by Riverside Marina. 859442-8111. Dayton, Ky..


Tupelo Honey - CD Release Show, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With the Turkeys, The Newbees and Magnolia Mountain. Doors open 8 p.m. $7. 859-4912444; Covington. The Steve Augeri Band, 7:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Dinner at 6 p.m. Former lead singer of Journey for nearly a decade. Part of Newport Syndicate Concert Series. $70, $60, $50, $40. 859-491-8000; Newport.


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

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Mutual UFO Network Meeting, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Scientific investigation of UFO phenomenon. Free. Presented by Mutual UFO Network. 859-802-6889; Covington.


Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Covington Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Promenade behind the goose girl fountain under the trees. Fruit and vegetables, baked goods, pumpkins in season, cut flowers and more. Formerly called Northern Kentucky Regional Farmer’s Market. Presented by Northern Kentucky Regional Farmer’s Market. 859292-2163; Covington. Simon Kenton High School Farmer’s Market, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Independence Courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike, Includes local vendors’ produce and products and organic produce grown by Simon Kenton’s Future Farmers of America. Presented by Simon Kenton High School. 859-803-9483. Independence.


MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Noon11:30 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Music: Festival Stage, Turkeys, 1-3 p.m. Kristen Key, 47 p.m. DV8, 8-11 p.m. Kentucky Lottery Stage, Kelly Thomas & Fabulous Pickups, 24 p.m. 3 Day Rule, 5-6 p.m. Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, 8-11 p.m. Goose Girl Stage: Zinzinnati Bier Band, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free; $15 all-you-can-ride bracelet on Saturday and Sunday. 859-491-0458; Covington. Holy Cross High School Indian Summer Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, Holy Cross High School, Pig and corn roast available. 859431-1335; Covington.


Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Southern Ave., Climb aboard a caboose or a diesel switch engine. Collection of engines, cars and cabooses. $4, $2 ages 10 and under. 513-574-7672; Covington.


Atmosphere, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With BluePrint, Grieves and Budo and DJ Rare Groove. To All My Friends Tour. Doors open 7 p.m. Hip-hop group from Minneapolis. $20. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Bobby Mackey Anniversary Party, 10 p.m.2:30 a.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, With Tony Howard. Celebrating 32 years. Share Bobby Mackey stories and get them posted online. Featuring Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Ages 18 and up. $5, $4 advance. 859-431-5588; Wilder.


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.


Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Peecox, $5. 859-342-7000. Erlanger. The Gamut, 8 p.m.-midnight, Manhattan Harbour, 1301 Fourth Ave., 859-261-7800. Dayton, Ky.. Big Rock Club, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., Free. 859-581-3700. Newport.

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One-day Women’s Retreat, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Latonia Baptist Church, 38th and Church streets, “The Power of His Love” retreat for women of all denominations and faith walks. Worship, music, speakers, testimonies and prayer. Includes study material, breakfast and lunch. Child care not available. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. Presented by Pass It On Ministries. 859727-8009. Covington.


Volunteer Training Program, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., New Hope Center-Crestview Hills, 228 Thomas More Pkwy., Continues 6-9 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14. Totals 12 hours of classroom training. Training on how to mentor girls experiencing unplanned pregnancy. $25 for training manual. Registration required. 859-341-0766, ext. 13; e-mail; Crestview Hills. Step Up Cincinnati, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Covington Landing, 1 Madison Ave.,Volunteer sites for nearly 100 nonprofit organizations such as Tender Mercies, the United Coalition for Animals and Lighthouse Youth Services.After party at noon with music, games and free food. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by UGIVE. 513-515-7872; Covington. S U N D A Y, S E P T . 1 2


MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Noon-9 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Music: Festival Stage, Natalie Wells, 1-4 p.m. 4th Day Echo, 5-9 p.m. Goose Girl Stage, Cincy Brass, 4-7 p.m. Kentucky Lottery Stage, Paul Otten Band, 3-5 p.m. Perfect Sequel, 6-9 p.m. Free; $15 all-you-can-ride bracelet on Saturday and Sunday. 859-491-0458; Covington.


Homo Sapiens! Save Your Earth with Anthony Marr, 2 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Shelterhouse. Bring a vegan dish to share and your own plate, cup, utensils and serving utensils for a potluck picnic, 2 p.m. Marr, a wildlife preservationist, antihunting activist, environmentalist and author, presents his Compassion for Animals Road Expedition tour program, 3 p.m. 513-929-2500; Covington.


Northern Kentucky History, Art and Culture Lecture Series, 2 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St.,The Fort Mitchell Centennial.With Melinda Sartwell, Adam Hartke, Joshua Byers and Laura Jarboe, students of Northern Kentucky University’s History and Geography chair, Paul Tenkotte, also Co-Editor The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. Light refreshments. $7 per lecture. 859291-0542; Covington.


Independence Inklings Writer’s Group, 2-4 p.m.,William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to all writers, all skill levels and genres. Group interaction and guest speakers. 859-962-4030. Independence.


Singer Shelby Lynne performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Southgate House, 24 East Third St., Newport. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Call 431-2201. For tickets, visit


Doll Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Event highlights examples of a wide variety of dolls. Refreshments available and raffle items available. $4, $1 ages 11 and under. Presented by Triple Crown Doll Club. 859-6351649. Erlanger.


Community Arts Centers Day Celebration, Noon-4 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Deep Sea Discoveries, an imaginary trip to the bottom of the ocean where children will discover new forms of life. 859-957-1940; Covington. Community Arts Centers Day, Noon-4 p.m., Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St., Features Kuumba, a celebration of artistic expression. Kuumba is one of the seven principals of Kwanzaa.859-491-3942; Covington. Community Arts Centers Day, Noon-4 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Baker Hunt open with a gallery of wonderfilled creations of student/instructor art, intro/demonstration art lessons for all in clay, drawing, painting and dance. 859-4310020; Covington. Community Arts Centers Day, Noon-4 p.m., Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, 1650 Russell St., Featuring an exhibit of digital photos taken by youth and unveiling of Covington Neighborhood Collaborative Calendar. Free. 859-547-5542; Covington. M O N D A Y, S E P T . 1 3


A Time to Celebrate, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.


Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening and leadership skills in supportive environment. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 859-652-3348; Independence.

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Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, 859-426-0490. Fort Wright.


Centennials: The City of Fort Mitchell, Boy Scouts of America and Devou Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7; $6 ages 60 and up; $4 ages 3-17; free to members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m., Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Rescheduled from Aug. 10. Variety of music includes the classics, Broadway, patriotic and vocal. Bring seating. Food and drinks welcome. Free, donations suggested. Presented by Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. 513941-8956; Fort Thomas.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington. W E D N E S D A Y, S E P T . 1 5

ART EXHIBITS A Time to Celebrate, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

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


Zumba Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-291-2300. Covington.


Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington. T H U R S D A Y, S E P T . 1 6

CIVIC Libertarian Party of Kentucky District 4 Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Judges Chambers, level 3R. Meeting starts 6:35 p.m. Guest speaker or special topic discussion begins 7 p.m. Social hour begins 7:30 p.m. Family friendly. Free. Presented by The Libertarian Party of Kentucky District 4. 859-652-3575; Covington. FARMERS MARKET

Dixie Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. , Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Fresh produce, fruits, baked goods and flowers. 859-727-2525. Erlanger.


B-105’s Show for the USO, 7:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With Rodney Atkins, Jake Owen and Locash Cowboys. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $20. Presented by B105.1 FM. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Bitter Bridesmaid Bash, 6-9:30 p.m., The Bridal Studio, 610 Main St., Arrive in a dress you wish to donate, pub crawl at participating bars, be eligible for swag and receive Tshirt at end of the night in exchange for your gown. Prizes for “Best Dressed,” “Most Dated Dress,” “Worst Dress,” “Largest Group in Matching Gowns” and more. Includes raffles, photo booth and silent auctions. Benefits Kenzie’s Closet who makes high school prom dresses and related accessories available to students who can’t afford them. $10, free with dress donation. Registration required. 859-581-3333; Covington.


Karaoke with DJ Will Corson, 9:30 p.m.1:30 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., $5 wine and $10 domestic buckets. 859-261-6120. Covington.


Weedeater, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 8:30 p.m. $13, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. T U E S D A Y, S E P T . 1 4


A Time to Celebrate, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.


The Cincinnati Ballet performs its annual series of new commissioned works in the aptly titled series, “New Works,” Sept. 919. Performances are at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. “New Works” includes a sneak preview of April’s “Infamous Love Songs” with musicians Over the Rhine. Tickets are $45-$50. Call 513-621-5282 or visit Dancers are pictured with musician Peter Adams from last year’s performance.


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


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performs the comedy about love and marriage, “Much Ado About Nothing” imagined as if it were set in the summer of 1968 with student protesters and a hippie commune. It will be performed through Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, at 719 Race St., downtown. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-381-2273 or visit Pictured are actors Sherman Fracher and Bruce Cromer.

Community | Life

How many friends does truth have in our lives? Truth often seems difficult to find. That’s not because it wants to be so, but because we need it to be so. Humans can’t stand too much reality at a time. Imagine our chagrin if we actually knew the truth about ourselves, our weaknesses, unworthy motives and pretenses. Think of the trouble we would experience if we tried to speak the truth to everyone. A current Geico TV ad about truthful Abe Lincoln depicts our dilemma. Lincoln is asked by his wife, “Do you think this dress makes me look too fat?” He looks, silently struggles, anxiously fidgets, then holds his thumb and forefinger an inch apart… and she leaves the room in a huff. We hide from the truth. Oh, we do permit ourselves to know some of the truth as long as it’s agreeable to what we already think and treats us favorably. Mostly we’re easy receptors today of lies, greased words and half truths. As the American Melting Pot expands and becomes even more diverse,

we are reminded of our founders’ desire that we be a nation of tolerance toward each other as we search for the truth in our lives. Most of us try hard to be tolerant. This means that we deal with others and their beliefs respectfully. G.K. Chesterton once remarked, “I can have regard for someone else’s belief, as I would their pet, without being expected to take it home with me.” Being tolerant does not mean each of us can’t hold to what we have good reason to believe is truth. When our ego becomes too narcissistic, we take it personally if someone else believes differently. We insist they bend their conviction to align with ours. Tragically, violence and religious wars have been waged to accomplish that. What was needed was respectful discussion and openness. When we sincerely believe we hold something of truth, we naturally want to share it with others (as we do all good things.) In this sharing, two factors are to be kept in mind.

First, the most powerful way of sharing what we believe to be of truth is to live it in our daily lives. It’s said that as St. Francis of Assisi lay dying, he told his followers gathered around his bed to, “Preach the gospel everywhere, and if necessary, use words.” The second factor in trying to share what we perceive as truth, is not just to tell the truth, but to tell the truth in love. This means to tell it with concern not only for the truth that is being told, but with concern also for the people to whom it is being told. For everyone to whom we speak carries their own experiences and dreams, fears and doubts, anxieties and beliefs on their backs the way a snail carries his shell. Tolerance means acknowledging and respecting theirs and our own. Author J. Ruth Gendler compares “Truth to a good thief who steals illusions and replaces them with what is real and precious. He can climb over any security fence we have constructed to keep out disturbing influences.

A n d although he can unlock any window or Father Lou door, he is Guntzelman not interPerspectives ested in breaking in or getting away. He insists on being welcomed and invited to stay.” Truth is closer to us than we realize, especially in our silent times. He is always there lingering in the long pauses between difficult questions and possible answers, between our uncertainties and perceived certainties, between the beliefs of one person and the differing beliefs of another. Truth is willing to wait at long time for us. The one thing that Truth will not do is stay away with us without being treasured and loved. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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September 9, 2010

Red Cross to offer support to flooded community in Pakistan As flood waters threaten to engulf new communities in the south of Pakistan, the American Red Cross is increasing its support to $1 million to help families affected by the worst flooding in that country in more than 80 years. “The extent of the devastation is massive, with the Pakistan government now estimating 20 million people are significantly affected by the floods,” said Vince Costello, director of International Services for the Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross. “With food supplies and crops destroyed, millions of people will need food aid, water and emergency relief for months to come,” he said. Thousands of Pakistan Red Crescent volunteers continue to distribute relief items, reaching approximately 350,000 people since the flooding started. And all of the available mobile emergency units are out in flood-affected communities and have now provided medical care to more than 30,000 people across the country.

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The global Red Cross and Red Crescent network estimates that, in the near term, at least 6 million people will need emergency humanitarian assistance, in the form of safe water, tents and shelter materials, and medical help. According to the United Nations, waterborne diseases continue to pose a risk to millions of people, especially children, living in the flood-affected areas. Contaminated water and the lack of medication are causing some of the main flood-related illnesses, such as respiratory tract infections and diarrhea, to be potentially deadly. Snake bites have also become a major medical issue. In the northwest of the country, where the flash floods first struck, the waters have receded in many places and the devastation resembles an earthquake more than a flood, with bridges collapsed and houses destroyed. To make a donation visit, text REDCROSS to 90999 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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You’ll go cuckoo for coconut-date-almond granola It’s official. For the most part, the kids, at least those attending elementary and high school, are in full session now. It won’t be long before they get into the routine that school days bring. So starting them out with a good breakfast is key. There are always those kids, though, who just don’t want to eat breakfast. If that’s the case at your house, try this chunky granola recipe and even if they run out the door with a handful to eat on the go, it’s better than no breakfast at all.

Chunky granola with dates, coconut, almonds

I like this as a breakfast cereal or over frozen yogurt. 2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup w h o l e almonds 1 ⠄2 cup e a c h : f l a k e d coconut and raw cashews Rita or nuts of Heikenfeld y o u r Rita’s kitchen choice 1 ⠄2 cup packed brown sugar or bit more to taste 1 teaspoon ground allspice 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon 1 ⠄4 cup butter 3 tablespoons honey 1 cup pitted dates, each cut crosswise into thirds or chopped coarsely Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix oats, almonds, coconut, cashews, brown sugar, allspice and cinna-

mon together. Melt butter and honey and pour over granola mixture, blending well. Spread on sprayed baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dates, mix to separate any clumps. Continue to bake until golden brown, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes or so more. Store airtight at room temperature, or freeze for up to six months.

Bravo’s dipping sauce

I’ve had so many requests for this I lost count. Carol Ryan found this in Bravo’s cookbook. Carol said she didn’t discard all of the herbs. “I added the herbs to the oil, and added more garlic,� she wrote. 1

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⠄2 tablespoon dried rosemary, thyme, and basil 1 ⠄2 oz. sun dried tomatoes softened in five tablespoons boiling water for five minutes (see tip below) 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon salt 11⠄2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 ⠄2 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon parsley 31⠄4 cups olive oil In saucepan, bring oil and herbs to a simmer. Lower heat and simmer three minutes, then strain oil and discard herbs. Add tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, salt and pepper to Canola oil. PurÊe 15 seconds. Add parsley and olive oil, blend additional five seconds. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: A half an ounce equals a tablespoon.

Pat Kellison’s black bean soup like Panera

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4 cans (15 oz. each) black beans 3 slices, rough chopped bacon, sliced – DO NOT COOK 1 tablespoon olive oil 12 oz. beer 1 ⠄2 cup water 1 tablespoon dry sherry 3 ⠄4 cup diced onions 1 ⠄2 cup green peppers, diced 2 tablespoons garlic, diced 1 ⠄4 teaspoon cumin 2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce To taste - Adobe seasoning, salt and pepper

Heat oil in a pot on medium heat. Add chopped bacon and sautĂŠ for 1 minute. Add peppers, onions and garlic. SautĂŠ for approximately two minutes. Do not let garlic brown or burn. Add beer and Tabasco sauce and bring to a boil. Add three cans beans with their juice and bring back to a boil. Add cumin. Using a kitchen blender, puree the soup until smooth. (Will probably have to do this in batches). Add remaining 1 can beans and bring back to boil. Add sherry and season to taste with salt and pepper, and Adobe seasoning if desired. Simmer a little while so soup will cook down some. When warming up, add water to your preference. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream on top, topped with a lemon twist. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchenâ€? in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Senior Expo is Oct. 21 at Levee The Northern Kentucky Senior Expo 2010 will take place Thursday, Oct. 21, at Newport on the Levee in the Gallery Building. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 16th annual Senior Expo is sponsored by

Northern Kentucky Area Development District/Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, AARP, Humana and Seniors Guide. Health screenings, information sharing, flu shots (free with Medicare B card), door prizes and giveaways

will take place at more than 85 exhibitor areas. Highlights include the Senior Job Seekers Resource Area and entertainment by the Pete Wagner Orchestra. Senior Expo admission is free. For more information, call 859-283-1885.

OPEN HOUSE! We’re having a Red Tag 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 18th from Noon to 5:00 at all Holiday Homes & Freedom Homes locations (Walton, Amelia, Milford, Batavia). Join us for cake and refreshments!

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Observatory to host open houses Thomas More offers an array of community classes


or by phone at 859-3443304. The complete list of classes is as follows:


Mondays: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Fee: $65 Limited to 20 students, over 21 years of age


Mondays: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Fee: $50.00


Wednesdays: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 6 p.m.9 p.m. Fee: No charge


Tuesdays: Sept. 14 – Nov. 16 6 p.m.-9 pm Fee: $300 plus $299 for a one-year subscription for the software the student will be using.


Tuesday: Oct. 12, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Fee: Donation of one skein of any kind of yarn


Wednesday: Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. OR Wednesday: Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Fee: No charge


Tuesdays: Oct. 26 1 p.m.-3 pm. Nov. 2, 7 p.m.-9pm. Fee: No charge

CHURCH SOCIAL TEACHING, THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS Wednesdays: Sept. 15, 22, 29 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Fee: No charge

FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT Wednesdays: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. OR Thursdays: Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fee: $60 Visit and choose “FurtherMore� in the quick jump section or contact Cora Hils at The Center for Adult and Professional Education at 859-344-3304 or e-mail

events are free and open to the public with no reservation required. Here is a list of open house times and dates:

Saturday, Sept. 11

Lecture at 8 p.m., Observing at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Lecture at 7 p.m., Observing at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Lecture at 7 p.m., Observing at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Lecture at 7 p.m., Observing at 8 p.m.

The lecture is located on the campus of Thomas More College: 333 Thomas More Parkway Crestview Hills, KY 41017 For directions, go to: w w w. t h o m a s m o r e . e d u / observatory

VOLUNTEERS Licking River Greenway Youth Cleanup Day

Vision 2015, Covington. Call 859291-2020. Youth volunteers are needed to work along the Licking River removing invasive species, replanting native plants and picking up debris and litter. Join us and lend a hand in making our community a greener place to grow. Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - noon. Supplies and lunch

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Thomas More College announces its fall schedule of FurtherMore classes, a series of non-credit courses and events designed for adults who want to expand on a hobby or skill to further enrich their talents. Many programs are offered at no charge or for a nominal fee. Most of the programs are held in the Center for Adult & Professional Education, 365 Thomas More Parkway, located just behind the main campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills. The FurtherMore program is administered through the college’s Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Department. Programs include a variety of topics from starting and operating an online business to knitting to financial strategies for successful retirement. Participants can register online at

Black holes remain some of the most elusive objects in the known universe. Despite the fact that a black hole does not, by itself, emit any light, they do possess three measurable quantities: mass, charge and spin. The last property, spin, is a measure of how fast a black hole is rotating. Trippe will discuss how she uses data from X-ray telescopes to measure the spin of super massive black holes at the center of distant galaxies. Details about the topic for future events will be on the Thomas More website ( two weeks before each open house. The lectures are intended for a general audience. All ages are welcome. These

The Bank of Kentucky Observatory at Thomas More College is scheduled to host four open houses in the fall. Each event will include a 45-minute lecture in the Science Lecture Hall, followed by night sky viewing at the observatory, weather permitting. The first open house of the season will feature “The Spin on Black Holes� by guest speaker Dr. Margaret Trippe, from the University of Maryland, in Thomas More College’s Science Lecture Hall at 8 p.m. Following, Thomas More faculty and students will guide visitors through a first-hand look at the heavens using the telescopes and other equipment at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory.




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| DEATHS | Editor Brian Mains | | 578-1062

Violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO

At 3515 Jacqueline Drive, Aug. 29.


Incidents/investigations First degree burglary, fourth degree assault

At 5 Hidden Glen Street, Aug. 25.


$600 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 3229 Talbot Avenue, Aug. 24.

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$100 reported stolen at 438 Birch Drive, Aug. 28. At 3500 Jacqueline Drive, Aug. 26. $5,000 worth of jewelry reported stolen at 3158 Dixie Highway, Aug. 30. $600 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 3160 Dixie Highway, Aug. 29. $40 reported stolen at 631 Donaldson Road, Aug. 31. $400 reported stolen at 528 Buttermilk Pike, Aug. 25.

Alyce L. Sullivan, 30, 661 Mission Drive, trafficking marijuana, first degree possession of controlled substance, Aug. 29. Christopher McKissic, 34, 16 Huckleberry Hill, operating on suspended license, Aug. 27. Jaklyn E. Ryan, 21, 652 Pointe Benton Lake, theft by unlawful taking, Aug. 29. Jerry L. Iles, 36, 2768 Pebble Creek Way, second degree driving under the influence, operating on suspended license, careless driving, failure to produce insurance card, Aug. 28.






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POLICE REPORTS Johnathan M. Siller, 18, 1705 Atson Lane, no operator’s license, speeding, no insurance, no registration receipt, Aug. 30. Joshua Melanhan, 22, 2534 Lowell, Campbell County warrant, Aug. 29. Martin A. Noel, 23, 945 Short St., Kenton County warrant, Aug. 28. Shane A. Barnett, 29, 2100 Dixie Highway, fourth degree assault, second degree possession of controlled substance, Aug. 29. Sharon G. Reed, 42, Kenton County warrant, Aug. 29.

Incidents/investigations Second degree forgery

$1,104.48 counterfeited, $1,086 reported stolen at 12 Huckleberry Hill Drive, Aug. 30.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 55 Woodlawn Avenue, Aug. 27. $230 worth of merchandise reported stolen at 520 Chelsea Circle, Aug. 30. $2,500 worth of jewelry, $250 worth of radios/TVs/VCRs reported stolen at 406 Chelsea Circle, Aug. 30. $400 worth of audio/visual recordings reported stolen at 222 Fort Mitchell Avenue, Aug. 30. $150 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 318 Cherry-

wood Drive, Aug. 31.

Trafficking marijuana, first degree possession of controlled substance $492 worth of drugs/narcotics, $856 seized at 2100 Dixie Highway, Aug. 29.



Andria K. Ginn, 19, 3227 Riggs Ave., speeding 5 mph over limit, operating on suspended/revoked license at I-75, Aug. 28. Ashley N. Iacobucci, 23, 731 Main St., No. 2, improper registration plate, no operators moped’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance at Madison Pike, Aug. 13. Bobby R. Adkins, 22, 303 E. 11th St., prescription not in proper container at 700 Block St. Joseph Lane, Aug. 13. Daniel W. Tungate, 30, 1 Lakeshore Court, failure to wear seat belts, operating on suspended/revoked license, display or possession of canceled or fictitious operators license at Kyles Lane at I-75, Aug. 26. David A. Hunt, 36, 929 Putnam St., failure to wear seat belts, operat-

ing on suspended/revoked license at Westbound Highland turning left onto Valley Plaza, Aug. 16. Eric D. Henderson, 55, 310 Bush St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 16. Jennifer M. Fryman, 25, 15832 Decoursey Pike, robbery at 1945 Dixie Highway, Aug. 24. Joseph J. Metzger, 20, 2709 Leatherwood Court, improper equipment, operating on suspended/revoked license at Kyles at Highland Place, Aug. 14. Kelly R. Colwell, 32, 120 E. 43rd St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 30. Kyle T. Curley, 23, 2441 Herman St., execution of Kenton County warrant at Madison Pike, Aug. 22. Lisa A. Hill, 33, 1098 Stump Road, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 29. Margaret L. Davis, 43, 118 East 24th St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 30. Michael A. Ballou, 27, unknown, execution of warrant for theft by unlawful taking at 1945 Dixie Highway No. 110, Aug. 29. Michael Gifford, 42, 1423 Sleepy Hollow Road No. 9, receiving stolen

property under $10,000 at Amsterdam Road/General Drive, Aug. 26. Nicole M. Cooper, 30, 843 Bradbury Road, execution of warrant for FTA at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 13. Ryan M. Faulhaber, 23, 3076 Prestwicke Drive, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Birchwood Drive, Aug. 24. Ryan O. Echols, 26, 954 Post Road Circle, speeding 5 mph over limit, operating on suspended/revoked license at Highland Ave., Aug. 14. Sharon K. Srygler, 48, 49 Roselawn Drive, DUI alcohol at Madison Pike, Aug. 16. Susan M. Price, 30, 107 Carriage Hill Drive, shoplifting, execution of bench warrant for shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 31. Teresa G. Gibson, 37, 624 Hallam Ave., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Aug. 13. Thomas J. Brinkman, 47, 2590 Wilson Road, operating on suspended/revoked license at Madison Pike, Aug. 29. Todd L. Day, 34, 5300 Hamilton Ave., robbery, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, trafficking marijuana at 1945 Dixie Highway, Aug. 24.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Teresa Reed, 38, and Raymond Hill, 54, both of Covington, issued Aug.18, 2010. Victoria Broadnax, 53, and Mark Ramey, 49, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug.18, 2010. Debra Jones, 55, and Thomas Smits Jr., 49, both of Covington, issued Aug.18, 2010.

Stephanie Lainhart, 29, and Brian Yeager, 25, both of Erlanger, issued Aug.18, 2010. Patricia Cope, 31, and Kyler Tolle, 31, both of Independence, issued Aug.18, 2010. Carol Landsaw, 49, and Phillip Winters, 49, both of Covington, issued Aug.19, 2010.

Cecilia Barnes, 51, and Ralph Rudde, 51, both of Covington, issued Aug. 26, 2010. Shelly Searcy, 25, and Louis Lucia, 37, both of Covington, issued Aug. 27, 2010. Heather Walters, 25, and John Shields Jr., 32, both of Latonia, issued Aug. 27, 2010.

Pamela Gibbs, 55, and James Lasita, 62, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 27, 2010. Kimberly McCoy, 37, and Michael Williams, 37, both of New Carlisle, issued Aug. 27, 2010. Julianne Lamping, 24, of Milford and James Smith, 56, of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 27, 2010.

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Wilma J. Deaton

Wilma Jean Deaton, 73, of Erlanger, 73, died Aug. 31, 2010, at Villa Springs Nursing Home. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Marcus Deaton Sr. of Erlanger; daughters, Linda Bickers, Dawn Meredith of Erlanger, Pamela Constance, Diane Bartel, Melissa Gallicchio of Newport, Cheryl Renchen of Lexington and Tina Brossart of Highland Height; sons, Marcus Deaton II of Lexington, Anthony Deaton of Newport and Earl Deaton of Inkster, Mich.; brothers, David Guy of South Carolina, William Guy Jr. of Cattletsburg, Ky., and Arthur Guy of Alexandria; sisters, Ruth Daniel of Florida, Ethel Bauer of Melbourne and Mary Bauer of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens of Taylor Mill.

David J. Dykes

David J. Dykes, 60, of Erlanger died Aug. 27, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, Edgewood. He was laborer in road construction and served in the U.S. Army. His father, Thomas Jackson Dykes, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Bobbie Huffman Dykes of Florence; brother, Robert Dykes of Florence; sister, Pam Blackburn of Taylor Mill; daugther, Natosha Bush; and two grandchildren. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Walton. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood KY 41017.

Survivors include daughters, Denise Helton and Donna McNeill of Independence and Darlene Dorger of Burlington; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Landmark Memorial Gardens, Glendale, Ohio. Memorials: Bearing Precious Seed Ministry 1369 Woodville Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150.

Ollie Hopperton

Ollie Blackaby Hopperton, 91, of Covington died Aug. 29, 2010, at her residence. She retired after 23 years of service as a packer for the Frank Tea and Spice Co. in Cincinnati. She attended New Hope Christian Center, Newport, and was a member of the Red Hat Club. Her husband, Elza E. Hopperton, died in 1984 and her daughter, Linda Sue Brooks Williams, died in 2007. Survivors include daughters, Carol Brooks Ryan of Florence and Peggy Brooks Stegemoller of Covington; sons, Wilbert Brooks Jr. of Bellevue, James Brooks of Coral Springs, Fla., Daniel Brooks of Covington, William Brooks of Fort Meyers, Fla., Tim Brooks of Bellevue and Donald Brooks of Covington; 32 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren Burial was in Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington.

Robert Lee Horton

Robert Lee Horton, 81, of Independence died Aug. 27, 2010, at Florence Park Care Center. He was a lithographer at H.S. Crocker Co. and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was a member of Big Bone Baptist Church. His wife, Alta Lee Horton, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Regina Horton of Richwood, Melvira

Edgar Helton, 85, Independence, died Aug. 29, 2010, at home. He was a baker with Greenhills Bakery for 25 years. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran. His wife, Lena Helton, died previously.

William H. Mumm

William H. Mumm, 89, of Lakeside Park died Sept. 1, 2010, at Mt. Washington Care Center in Cincinnati. He was retired from Ford Motor Co., an Army veteran of World War II, member of St. Mark United Church of Christ and Richmond Howitzers in Richmond, Va. He was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and was a semi-pro baseball player in the 1940s and ‘50s. He pitched for the St. Louis Browns in the minor leagues and was an avid bowler. His wife, Thelma Louise Schaefer Mumm, died in 2003. Survivors include a son, David Mumm of Lakeside Park. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Mark United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 15141, Latonia, KY 41015.

Walter Andrew Neu

Walter Andrew Neu, 86, of Independence died Aug. 31, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He worked in construction. A son, Philip Neu, and sister, Helen Ayersman, died previously. Survivors include a daughter, Lynne Blair of Knoxville, Tenn.; sons, Mark Neu and Steve Neu of Independence; sister, Connie Davis of Nicklesville, Ky.; seven grandchil-

Evelyn J. Scherder

Evelyn J. Scherder, 94, of Edgewood died Aug. 31, 2010, at her residence. Survivors include daughters, Donna Flick of Edgewood, Kathleen Hutchison of Aberdeen, Ohio, Marilyn Russell of Independence, Karen Scherder of Florence and Deborah Broughton of Edgewood; sons, James Scherder of Waskom, Texas, Thomas Scherder of Union and Kenneth Scherder of Edgewood; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: BAWAC Inc., 7970 Kentucky Drive, Florence, KY 41042.

Lewis ‘Jeff’ Williams

Lewis Elbert “Jeff” Williams, 76, of Morning View, died Aug. 30, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood. He was a retired self employed truck driver and a member of Sherman Full Gospel Church in Sherman, Ky. He was the former fire chief of Piner Volunteer Fire Department and helped support Piner Booster basketball. Survivors include his wife, Donna Jean Menefee Williams; sons, Jeffrey A. Williams of Independence and Todd Williams of Morning View; daughter, Tamara “Tammy” Hubbard of Morning View; seven grandchil-

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Paul James Gerding, 56, of Covington died Aug. 31, 2010, in Cynthiana, He was a chemical handler for Ashland and Inspector America. Survivors include his wife, Corinda Swafford Gerding of Newport; daughters, Angela McClenden of Fort Thomas, Amanda Gerding of Newport, Cierra Gerding of Independence and Alicia Burnett of Newport; sons, Justin Gerding of Newport, Derek Gerding of Newport, Michael McClenden of Fort Thomas; brothers, Kenny Gerding, Ray Gerding, Geoff Gerding, Louie Gerding, Larry Gerding and Tony Gerding; and sisters, Patty Ruff, Carol Pulsford and Joanie Swartz. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

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Margaret E. Eary, 92, of Erlanger died Sept. 2, 2010, She was a retired waitress at Kenton Terrace and Summit Hills Country Club. Her husband, Add Eary, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Andrea Kawahara and Christia Blaker; sisters, Nina Hill and Catherine Davis; one granddaughter. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2880 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati OH 45238.

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Ruth Louise Craven, 84, of Crescent Springs, died Aug. 30, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Rockport, Ind. She was a homemaker and member of Constance Christian Church. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. Her husband, Carl Craven, died in 1996 and sisters Mamie and Zephia Stone and brothers Robert Lewis Stone and Harry Garland Stanhope Stone died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Catherine “Cathy” Armstrong of Rockport, Ind.; sister, Mary Ellen Lenz of Waynesville, Ohio; two grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery.


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month at the Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington. From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, more than 400 people were tested during the walk-in times. Tests are administered using the OraQuick test, which utilizes a mouth swab-no needles are used. Results are available in about 20 minutes. Each individual tested receives education on HIV/AIDS, discovers what his/her risk factors are, and learns how to prevent transmission of HIV. Counseling and assistance with treatment is made available through the Health Department's HIV/AIDS Case Management Program, should an individual test positive. For more information regarding the Health Department's HIV services, please call 859-341-4264 or visit

Volleyball to benefit teens The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation announced that tickets are on sale for their first Celebrity Volleyball Invitational. It will take place at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills. This event, scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, will host a celebrity volleyball match featuring local and state politicians, school administrators and television/ radio personalities. In addition to the celebrity match, a police versus firefighter competition is planned to take place. Tickets priced at $10 are now on sale and can be purchased through the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation’s website at Due to the amount of seats available, a limited amount of tickets will be

for sale at the door, therefore, it is strongly suggested to purchase tickets in advance. Lazer Kraze, a local business in Erlanger, as well as an official sponsor of the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, has printed a free laser tag mission pass on the back of each event ticket (value of $8). Due to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation has committed 100 percent of all ticket sales to helping local teens and families. It is anticipated that within one month after this event, at least one youth center will be setup in the Northern Kentucky area. For a list of all participants, sponsors or to purchase tickets, visit www.

Colvin named COO of St. Elizabeth Community Recorder Staff Report

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has appointed Garren Colvin as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Colvin has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer

since 2002. He will replace John Dubis who is stepping into the president and CEO role following the retirement of Joseph Gross in December. Colvin has been with St. Elizabeth Healthcare for 25 years, beginning as a co-op student while in school at Thomas More College.

He worked his way up to director of finance, vice president of finance and senior vice president/CFO. Colvin Colvin lives in Crescent Springs with his wife, Susan, and their two daughters, Kylie and Hannah.



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