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Judy Spegal and Pat Blanton grew up together in Kenton County. Despite being separated at times, they have remained best friends over the years.

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Army Spec. Andrew Lubbers has enjoyed his two weeks home in Erlanger with his family, but he doesn’t mind going back to Afghanistan. Neighbors on Cedar Tree Lane are as proud of the 22-year-old’s service as his family is, and yellow ribbons and flags adorn mailboxes as testament to that pride. On Sept. 11, three members of the Erlanger Fire Department,

themselves first responders, came by Lubbers’ house to offer their thanks to the young soldier for being willing to put his life on the line for all the people who live in America. “It is a sobering responsibility,” Lubbers acknowledged. “My sister, Courtney, once told me she didn’t think she could shoot another person. I feel that I am over there in her place, and in the place of all my family and friends, so that I can do my part to keep them safe.”

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Army Specialist Andrew Lubbers hugs one of his nephews, Brady White, 2, who came up from Louisville with his parents and brother to see his uncle.


Army Specialist Andrew Lubbers and his mother, Janice Lubbers of Erlanger, and grandmother, Mary Ann of Burlington, stand in front of their house on Cedar Tree Lane during a celebration on Sept. 11. Lubbers’ family is not permitted to know where he is stationed in Afghanistan, so for six months nobody listened to the news. “Andy, who is my baby, has talked about being in the Army since he was in second grade,” said Janice Lubbers, Andy’s mom. “But when he actually joined, my heart sank. I have thrown myself into redecorating my house, so I don’t think about missing him, and my television is usually on weather so I don’t hear the news.” Lubbers doesn’t get homesick much because he said he is with his friends in his unit. “We do a very good job over there,” he said. “I’ve been lucky in that our unit hasn’t sustained injuries or been killed. But every minute of every day we’re always looking, because the enemy is around any

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Erlanger police officer Todd Brendel had just one question when he heard that the city was holding a day in his honor. “Chief - I am off work that day, right?” Brendel asked Erlanger Police Chief Marc Fields, drawing laughter from the audience in the city council chambers. “It’s be a shame to be at work all day for that.” Brendel, a member of the department since 1998, was honored by Erlanger city council and Chief Fields at the Sept. 7 city council meeting for his work with the Erlanger Elsmere School District. Brendel worked as a school resource officer for 11 years in Tichenor Middle School and Lloyd Memorial High School before stepping away last spring to focus more on his duties within the department. During the meeting, Brendel received a proclamation from Mayor Tom Rouse, an Exemplary Performance Award from Fields, and two standing ovations from the audience, which included his family and many of the staff members at Tichenor and Lloyd. “I’ve been lucky to get so much recognition, but none of it would

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other programs that reached out to students. Brendel praised Fields and Capt. Bob Arens for their support with the programs, as well as his fellow officers, who often volunteered their time to participate in the fundraisers. “Whenever I went to them, they were always willing to help,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with so many great people.” Capt. Arens nominated Brendel for the Exemplary Performance Award and in a letter wrote to Fields highlighted that Brendel served as a role model for thousands of students over the years. “We have a mission of serving the community, and he really believed in that and was dedicated to that,” wrote Arens. Mayor Rouse agreed. “One of the neat things has been seeing the school resource officer program grow over the years,” he told Brendel. “You’re going to be a hard act to follow.” Brendel is being replaced at the schools by officers Tim Thames and Scott Abney, who will share the role. For more information about the Erlanger Police Department, or the School Resource Officer program, visit

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The parents of Maria Schaffstein, a student at Notre Dame Academy who passed away in a car wreck returning from spring break last school year, wanted to thank the community for their outreach and support. Their way was to request all proceeds from a 5K run and walk to be hosted this Sunday be given to Saint Agnes School in Fort Wright. The school’s parish was a source of organizing and prayer in the days following Maria’s passing. Read more about the race. LIFE, B1

corner. Even here, I’m looking around. I always will.” Lubbers’ siblings, Courtney and Brandon White and Aaron Lubbers, admire their brother’s courage and determination. “We couldn’t be prouder of him,” said Courtney, speaking for all of them. Andy Lubbers will spend the next six months in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, “fighting the bad guys” as his 5-year-old nephew termed it. He doesn’t know if he will make the Army a career, and he has three more years to consider it. Lubbers is in the 377th MPCO Army Reserve based in Bond Hill. He says he tries not to think about the fact that every day in war could be his last. “I just trust that the good Lord will take care of me,” he said simply.

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Angie Gabbard wears more than one hat at Lindeman Elementary School. She is one of many new “instructional coaches” in the school district who may find herself in the classroom one day and working one-on-one with an individual student the next. Gabbard is part of a new program instituted by the state of Kentucky to help raise test scores and fill in on areas where collaboration is needed. SCHOOL, A6

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Erlanger attorney recognized for appointment to national bar By Jason Brubaker

al voice of the legal profession, beginning in A u g u s t 2011. Robinson and his wife, Joan, have Erlanger since

Erlanger resident Bill Robinson, who has been named President of the American Bar Association, was recognized by the Erlanger city council on Sept. 7. Robinson, a member-incharge at the Northern Kentucky offices of Frost Brown Todd, LLC, is a past president of the Kentucky Bar Association and Kentucky Bar Foundation, and has also served as board chair for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He will serve a one-year term as president for the 400,000-member bar, which serves as the nation-


lived in 1978. “We’re incredibly proud to have one of our own rising to this position,” said Mayor Tom Rouse. “This is a tremendous accomplishment.” Robinson, a graduate of Thomas More College and the University of Kentucky College of Law, said he was humbled by the attention, which included a proclamation in his honor and a standing ovation. “We really love Erlanger


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Tichenor student Zachary Freeman prepares a demonstration at the Erlanger/Elsmere School Board meeting on Sept. 9 as teacher Jennifer Davis and fellow Energy Club members Brooke Collins, Shianne Coomer and Addison Bosley look on. The Energy Club plans to again visit each of the elementary schools this year to teach the younger students about various forms of energy.




and love being a part of this community,” he said. “I applaud the efforts of the mayor and council to make this city what it is, and I’m just very excited for this opportunity.” In the proclamation, Rouse praised Robinson for his efforts in a number of initiatives in the community, and declared Sept. 8 “William T. Robinson Day” in the city. “Bill and Joan are tremendous neighbors and we know he’s going to do a terrific job as president,” said Rouse. For more information about the American Bar Association, which is the largest volunteer member organization in the world, visit


The annual Heritage Day Festival will be held this year on Sept. 19 at the Erlanger Railroad Depot Park, just off Crescent Avenue. The festival will include games, ice cream, pony and carriage rides, live music, Civil War reenactors and political stumping from local candidates. There will also be a scavenger hunt, and the

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Erlanger Railroad Depot will be open during the festival. The festival will run 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Hahn at 7278959 or the Erlanger city building at 727-2525.

Leaf pick-up planned

Erlanger’s public works department is expected to begin their annual leaf collection program on Oct. 25.


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The department divides the city into zones, and typically visits each zone twice during the fall to collect leaves, although schedules may be altered by weather. Residents should have their leaves raked to the curb and free from any trash, large branches or yard clippings. The leaves also should not be bagged, and residents should try not to park vehicles in front of the leaves. A full schedule for the program is available at or residents can contact the city building at 727-2525. The program is scheduled to run through Dec. 10.

The event, designed to give parents a night free, will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is intended for children between the ages of 3-12. The night, formerly known as “Love ‘Em & Leave ‘Em,” will start with Funnastics, and children should also bring their swimsuit and towel. There will be some friendly competitions for prizes. The cost for members is $20 for the first child, and $15 for each sibling. For more information, or to sign up, call 250-9797 or visit

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The Erlanger city council will hold a committee meeting on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at 505 Commonwealth Avenue. Among the items expected to be discussed are a possible zone change for a new business looking to locate in Erlanger, as well as potential legislation in the city that could target aggressive vegetation that has become a nuisance. The committee meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the city at 727-2525 or visit

Silverlake Recreation Center will host their annual Parent’s Night Out on Sept. 24.


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Government league seeks nominations The Municipal Government League of Northern Kentucky is seeking nominations for the 2010 Outstanding Local Elected Official Award. The Outstanding Local Elected Official Award is given each year to honor a local elected official who has distinguished himself or herself through public service to the community of Northern Kentucky. The purpose is to recognize an elected city or county official, presently or formerly holding office in Boone,

Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen or Pendleton counties, who has demonstrated commitment to the entire Northern Kentucky community above and beyond his or her official capacity. The award will be presented at the leagues’ annual dinner Nov. 20. Criteria for the award include: • Demonstration of leadership in office that reflects a concern for the entire Northern Kentucky community, as well as, the local government from

which he or she is elected. • Demonstration of a personal commitment to a broad range of community activities beyond his or her official capacity. • Performance of his or her official duties in an outstanding manner. Officials from league members can make nominations. For more information, call Lisa Cooper at 859-283-1885.


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Legislative calendar set The 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 4, 2011, and will last 30 days, the maximum number of session days allowed by the state constitution in odd-numbered years. As usual during an oddnumbered year, the session will have two parts. The first four days of the session – Jan. 4 to Jan. 7 – will focus on organizational work, such as electing legislative leaders, adopting rules of procedure and organizing committees. The introduction and consideration of legislation can also begin during this time. The second part of the

session – when the pace of bills moving through the process picks up – begins on Feb. 1, with final adjournment scheduled for March 22. Legislators will not meet on Feb. 21, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The veto recess – the period of time when lawmakers commonly return to their home districts to see which bills, if any, the governor chooses to veto – begins on March 8, with lawmakers returning to the Capitol on March 21 and March 22 for the final two days of the session. The 2011 session calendar can be viewed online at vist/11RS_calendar.pdf.


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Art served fresh at museum’s fundraiser Sept. 18 By Regan Coomer

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The Behringer-Crawford Museum’s 1892 Kentucky streetcar rolled out Monday in preparation for the 18th Annual freshART coming up Saturday Sept. 18. The trolley needed a cleaning to prepare for freshART, the museum’s largest annual fundraiser and art auction. If inclement weather occurs, the outdoor

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The Behringer-Crawford Museum’s 18th Annual freshART will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday Sept. 18 at the museum, 1600 Montague Road in Devou Park. Tickets are $65 and include cocktails, dinner and chance to bid at a live and silent auction. Live auction items are created during the day by artists who set up temporarily in Devou Park. auction is moved inside and the trolley will move outside. Art is at its freshest at the event, when local artists create new work in Devou Park during the day to be auctioned off at a live auc-

The event is held outdoors in the museum’s Fifth Third Bank – Schmidlapp Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, freshART will move indoors in the museum’s new 15,000 square foot addition. For more information on this or any other museum activity, contact the museum at 4914003 or tion that evening, said Sarah Siegrist, Assistant Director of the BCM. “freshART is one of the ways to help us get funding to serve the community,” she said, adding the event also helps artists during


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Behringer-Crawford Museum volunteers and board members pushed the Kentucky streetcar outside for its annual cleaning Sept. 13. A cleaning of the streetcar as well as the floor underneath are needed in preparation for the 18th Annual freshART fundraiser and auction. If inclement weather occurs, the auction is moved inside and the trolley is moved outside. hard economic times. “The event is also one way artists can support themselves and their art.” Tickets at $65 each are still available, Siegrist said, and include cocktails, dinner and chance to bid at the live auction as well as a

silent auction made up of goods and services donated by community residents, businesses and artists. Returning this year is Art from the Heart, a special live auction of a painting donated by Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, a founding partici-

pant of freshART who passed away in February. “Knowing he had terminal cancer, Dr. Ritschel took steps to be part of freshART for the next 50 years,” Siegrist said. “Even after his death, he’s able to help support the museum.”

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Carnegie front plaza is unveiled By Regan Coomer

Philanthropist Oakley Farris channeled the spirit of Andrew Carnegie at the packed dedication of the new front plaza at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington Sept. 10. “In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d be a conduit for a man who’s been dead almost 100 years,” Farris laughed. Farris explained Carnegie, a lonely individual as he was growing up, always wanted to be surrounded by the community. “Mr. Carnegie, I’m glad to inform you your dream has come true,” Farris said, as he addressed the crowd of politicians, community and religious leaders as well as Carnegie supporters. “Just look around you.” The $215,000 front plaza and bronze Carnegie statue project was the brainchild of Farris’ wife Eva, who always “bugged” him about the broken concrete in front of the Carnegie, Farris said, adding “It was her idea and I ran with it.” In addition to the statue


The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center unveiled the bronze statue of Andrew Carnegie at the dedication of the facility’s new front plaza Friday Sept. 10. Philanthropist Eva G. Farris (far left) helped Covington Commissioners Shawn Masters, Sherry Carran and Jerry Stricker to reveal the Carnegie statue. of Carnegie commissioned and donated by Farris, several community businesses and entities made the new plaza possible, including Kenton County, KW Mechanical, Corporex, Batson Associations Architecture, the Covington Business Council and Tepe Envi-

ronmental Services. Carnegie Board President Damian Sells spoke at the event, recalling the Carnegie’s transformation from “grassroots gallery” to the “largest arts organization in Northern Kentucky.” “Since 2000, the Carnegie has invested more

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than $6 million in capital projects and redeveloped almost an entire block right here in the heart of Covington,” he said. Sells credited Farris’ advocacy with making the project possible. Judge-executive Ralph Drees agreed, jokingly dubbing Farris “a pain in the butt” because he wouldn’t give up on the new plaza. “It just looks super. We in Kenton County feel very proud,” he said. “We’re probably only one of the three counties in Northern Kentucky that has this kind of a building. It’s very important for our community.” Covington Mayor Denny Bowman, William Butler of Corporex and Joseph U. Meyer, the secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, also spoke at the event. Meyer, who attended the dedication on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear, called the Carnegie a “wonderful asset for Northern Kentucky.” For more information about the Carnegie, visit or call 859-957-1935.


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Instructional coaches enjoy new roles

By Jason Brubaker

Even just a few weeks into the school year, Angie Gabbard has figured out that there’s no such thing as a “typical school day” anymore. And she’s just fine with that. “I get to see the bigger picture in a way, rather than just one classroom,” said the instructional coach at Lindeman Elementary. “It’s a lot different than what I’ve done, but I’m also really enjoying it, and I think this is something that is really going to be a benefit.” The Erlanger/Elsmere School District started the instructional coach program this year as a result of Senate Bill 1, a measure passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2009 to increase accountability and achievement in schools. The district now has instructional coaches at each of the four elementary schools, as well as at Tichenor Middle School. The role of the coaches varies from day to day, sometimes from hour to hour. They are tasked with establishing collaborations between teachers, working with kids in the Gifted and Talented program, filling in inside the classrooms when needed, helping teachers with acquiring resources, and handling the Response to Intervention programs, where


Lindeman Elementary instructional coach Angie Gabbard works with some kindergartners on Sept. 13. As an instructional coach, Gabbard spends her day working with students from all grade levels, collaborating with teachers, and filling in inside the classroom when necessary. they work with students who may be struggling in a particular area. Most days, Gabbard said she visits most of the classrooms in the school, working with both the teachers and students as needed. “It may be a situation where I see something one teacher is

doing that I think would be great for another teacher to use, so I try to pass that knowledge on,” she explained. “Or maybe I can take over a class for an hour or so to let a teacher go observe somewhere else, which is something we rarely got the chance to do in

the past. There’s just a lot of ways this can work.” Gabbard, who taught at the school for 10 years before taking her new role this year, said she has weekly meetings with the teachers in order to share ideas, offer suggestions and identify kids

who may need extra attention. “I think it’s working really well, because I have a great relationship with all of the teachers already,” she said. “I think they feel that they can come to me with any ideas or questions, and that’s really the key to the whole program.” Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt said that all of the instructional coaches (Gabbard, Regina Pelfrey at Arnett, Gina Danks at Miles, Krista Wainscott at Howell and Karen Luehrman at Tichenor) are all former teachers at their schools, which made the transition into the new position an easy one. Lloyd Memorial High School also has a similar program, with the department heads taking on additional duties, similar to the instructional coaches, who are also being called academic coaches at a few of the schools. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback so far, and I think it’s really helping all of our teachers,” she said. “They’re really able to focus on the best strategies to reach the kids, and we’re excited about this continuing to develop in the schools.” Gabbard agreed. “I think the more we get into this, the more possibilities we’ll find for what we can do,” she said. For more information about the instructional coaches, contact your child’s school.

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Sign ups

St. Henry Elementary School Mothers Day Out Program sign up day for all children ages 2-4 was held Tuesday, Sept. 7. Seen here are Mary Kay Spanier and Becky O'Donnell signing up one of the many children for the start of the program on Sept. 14. All other classes at St. Henry started several weeks ago.

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St. Henry School sixth grade volleyball team won first place in the NKU annual Grade School Volleyball Tournament. The St. Henry team beat Blessed Sacrament in the final game to bring home the trophy. The team members are Maegan Bailer, Molly Brownfield, Allie Hunter, Paige Kappes, Kelly Klein, Emma Knaley, Alana McKnight, Emily Munzer, Jeanna Murphy, Jessica Tieman, and Anna Voskuhl. Not shown are coaches are Patti McKnight and Larry Knalwey.

Students at the University of Kentucky have always known that UK is the place to be, but now through location-sharing technology, they can let all of their friends and family know that, too. Through Facebook Places, a new component of the popular social networking site, students at UK can let friends know where they are and discover friends nearby. UK embraced the locationsharing technology immediately to give students an opportunity to connect on campus in an exciting new way. From their mobile devices, students share in real time their location by “checking in” to that particular place. They can also see if any of their friends have checked in.

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Chase Reynolds (far left) starts work on his tower that he later dubbed the “Jailer� at the Kenton County Public Library’s LEGO League Program Thursday Sept. 9.

Library gives LEGOs a leg up at new club By Regan Coomer

Kenton County Public Library’s Durr branch is challenging children to make the tallest tower, sturdiest fortress and fastest car

- out of LEGOs. Once a month, the Durr library will host a LEGO Club for children to play with LEGOs while learning about the LEGO-related materials and books available for check-out. After-


Asher Adson works on LEGO Island III at the Durr library Sept. 9. Kate Broadhurst, children’s programmer at the Durr Branch, asked the kids to create the tallest LEGO tower possible in 20 minutes.


The Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library has started a new program, the LEGO League. Kids can stop by for the LEGO League once a month to build with LEGOs and find out about the numerous LEGO books offered at the library. Carter Deyhle thinks hard about the next piece to add to his creation as mom Lauren Frederick looks on. ward, their creations are displayed monthly in the children’s section of the library. No membership is required, but parents must register their children beforehand. “I always wanted to have a LEGO program at the library because I loved building as a child and we have a number of LEGO books in our collection at the library,� said Kate Broadhurst, a children’s programmer at the Durr branch. The LEGO Club will focus on stimulating imagination, team building and problem solving, Broadhurst said. “It will allow children to work as a team and sometimes individually to complete a task with the freedom to arrive at their goal in whatever way works best for them,� she said.

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Crafts for sports

The Lloyd Memorial High School Athletic Department will host a Craft and Vendor Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, in Scheben Gymnasium on the Lloyd campus. Cost is $3 at the door for adults. Children, ages 10 and under are free. Music, raffle and concessions will be available. Forty vendors and crafters will be on hand. Proceeds from the gate will go directly to the Lloyd Memorial High School Athletic Department to support programs.

Lloyd beat Dayton 36-22 to improve to 1-2 for the season. Dexter Smith had two touchdowns and Austin Smith one, as did Brady Asher. Lloyd travels to Cooper 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. In other Kenton County football action: Covington Catholic beat Campbell County 49-14 to improve to 2-2. The Colonels have outscored their opponents 103-35 in wins and been outscored 111-14 in the two losses. Blake Bir threw four touchdown passes, two to Alex Connelly and one each to Christian Schulte and Michael Best. Brady Reese, Alex Slabaugh and Leo Schaefer had TD runs. Bir threw for 254 yards and the Colonels had more than 200 yards on the ground. Cov Cath goes to Beechwood 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Holy Cross lost to Beechwood 28-21 to drop to 1-2. HC plays at Conner 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Scott bested Bellevue 26-

The week at St. Henry

• The St. Henry volleyball team beat Lakota East 28-26, 26-24, Sept. 7. Also Sept. 7, Ursuline beat St. Henry 25-22, 25-13. On Sept. 9, St. Henry beat Dixie Heights 25-11, 25-11. On Sept. 10, St. Henry beat Lexington Catholic 25-8, 25-11; and beat Toledo Notre Dame 22-25, 25-21, 26-24. In the Louisville Invitational Sept. 11, St. Henry beat Lexington Catholic 25-8, 2511; then beat Toledo Notre Dame 22-25, 25-21, 26-24; then beat Notre Dame 2517,25-27; then was defeated by Fenwick 25-21, 25-22; and was defeated by St. Joseph (N.J.) 7-25, 15-25. • In boys’ golf Sept. 9, CovCath beat St. Henry 154-173. • In girls’ golf, St. Henry beat Holy Cross 217-235, Sept. 9. St. Henry’s Ashley Schneider medaled with 13 over par 49 on the front nine of Lassing Point. • In boys’ cross country, St. Henry placed first with a score of 65 in the Grant County Invitational, Sept. 11. St. Henry’s Dooley placed third at 16 minutes, 41 seconds.

• Holy Cross’ girls soccer team shut out Beechwood 20, Sept. 8. Holy Cross’ Reinhart made two saves, and Jasper and Scott scored the goals. On Sept. 11, Holy Cross beat Covington Latin 30. Holy Cross’ Frye, Angel and Plunkett scored one goal each, and Reinhart made seven saves. • In girls’ golf, Holy Cross host to St. Henry 217-235, Sept. 9. On Sept. 11, Holy Cross placed ninth with a score of 442 in the Grant County Classic. • In volleyball, Holy Cross beat Owen County 25-5, 2510; then beat Harlan 25-7, 251; then beat Louisville Holy Cross 25-7, 25-22 in the All “A” Classic at Eastern Kentucky University, Sept. 11. Holy Cross beat Lexington Christian 25-16, 25-12 in the quarterfinals. • In boys’ cross country, Holy Cross placed 13th with a score of 360 in the Grant County invitational, Sept. 11. • The girls’ cross country team finished fourth with a score of 182 in the Grant County invitational, Sept. 11.


• The Lloyd volleyball team beat Dayton 25-17, 2519, Sept. 7. On Sept. 8, Lloyd beat Ludlow 25-14, 25-13.

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The week at Lloyd

• In boys’ soccer, Scott beat Calvary Christian 4-0, Sept. 7. Scott’s Richie Supe, Alec Robbins, Jared Wagner and Dylan Lankhiet scored one goal each. On Sept. 9, Scott shut out Grant County 1-0. Matt Kees made three saves, and Walker Mettens and two saves for Scott. Dexter Morgan scored the goal. • The Scott volleyball team beat Calvary Christian 25-6, 25-9, Sept. 7. The Villa Madonna girls’ soccer team beat Scott 4-2, Sept. 8. • The girls’ cross country team placed 13th with a score of 329 in the Grant County Invitational, Sept. 11.

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Simon Kenton’s Ryan Winkler breaks the tackle of a New Richmond defender during a kickoff return during the third quarter of the game Sept. 10. 20 Sept. 9 for its first win of the season. Scott will host Harrison County Sept. 17. HC beat Newport 21-14 last week. Simon Kenton beat New Richmond 33-6 to improve to 2-1. SK plays at Henry Clay 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Chad Lawrence threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 37 yards and a score. Cory Crane rushed for 30 yards.

Ryan Winkler had six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Matt Reilly had 61 receiving yards and a score. D.J. Rabe had 21 yards and the third TD catch. SK forced five turnovers on defense. Keith Cubert and Trey Pinkelton had interceptions. Derek Mills, Jared Bowling and Parker Deters recovered fumbles. Austin Baldwin led SK with 14 tackles.


St. Henry junior Brendan Dooley finished second in the Ryle Invitational Sept. 4, leading the Crusaders to the team victory.

Young St. Henry runners value tradition By James Weber

The St. Henry District High School boys’ cross country team expects a fight for another state title in Class 1A. The Crusaders have won eight straight championships and are working to gain experience to win a ninth. St. Henry beat Owensboro Catholic by 14 points last year and expects that team to be a big threat this year. “It’s been tough this year,” junior Brendan Dooley said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors up here in the varsity. It’s like a whole new team. We know OCath will be tough this year, so we have to keep working hard every day so we can stay up there.” The Crusaders showed their customary depth at the Ryle Invitational Sept. 4. They scored 48 points to 128 for second-place Bishop Brossart. In the junior varsity race, they scored 17 points, just two off a perfect

score, to win that title. “We’re making good progress,” head coach Ernie Brooks said. “We have work to do but I’m happy with where we’re at.” In the varsity race, all seven Crusaders finished in the top 19, including Dooley, Frank Bruni, Zach Haacke, Cameron Rohmann, Daniel Wolfer, Nathan Lentz and Nathan Mark. Lentz is the lone senior in that group. St. Henry lost three graduates from last year’s state meet. Dooley had the best finish there among the returning runners with a 13th-place medal. At Ryle, Dooley finished second by five seconds to Brossart’s Zach Holtkamp. Dooley has been working on his closing kick and wants to be at his best in the postseason. He said the tradition of St. Henry cross country drives him and his teammates. “It’s great because if you work hard the whole year and then you win, it’s an awesome feeling,” he said.


Nasty Boys nab win

The Nasty Boys softball team of Bellevue, made up of players from Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties, won their seventh USSSA Men’s Softball State Championship at Knights Sports Complex in Taylor Mill, Aug. 13-14. The Nasty Boys went 5-0 and defeated J & J Sports (Burlington) 14-4 in the Championship Game. Pitcher Roger Riley, a Dayton High School graduate, was named MVP, and outfielder Davey Johnson, Campbell County High School graduate, and outfielders Ben and Brandon Harris, Scott High School grads, and shortstop Anthony Valesquez, a Florence resident, made up the All Tourney Team. The Nasty Boys are coached by Joe Barnes, a Bellevue High School graduate.

Dixie reloads with experienced runners By James Weber

The cross country teams at Dixie Heights have lost runners to Division I colleges this fall, but they both have plenty of returning talent. The girls’ team finished second at the Ryle Invitational Sept. 4, and the boys’ team finished third. Both have to replace a senior standout, Lyndsay Wehage (Morehead State) and Ryan Smith (Mississippi). “We’ve revamped a lot of things with how we train,” said Dixie head coach Ed

Cook said. “It involves a lot more distance than speed work. They came out today and it was the first time in my tenure that everyone was within 30 minutes. It’s always been 32 minutes for the new athletes.” At Ryle, Ally Tekulve led the girls’ team in fifth place with 20:34. Cook was pleased it was 10 seconds off her personal best. Sarah Moore was ninth, and three Colonels finished in spots 20-22: Caitlin Brown, Darcy Whitehead and Courtney Hutchison. Janelle Poole was 27th. “That is great because

they’re buying into our system,” Cook said. “I’m just coaching, they’re the one using that training plan, and their confidence level is really high.” The boys’ team was led by two top-10 runners. Michael Menkhaus was seventh and Matt Reekers eighth. Max McGehee was 26th and Alex Walz 31st. The teams were similar at the Grant County meet Sept. 11. The boys’ team was fourth, led by Reekers in fourth place. The girls’ team was second. Tekulve was fifth and Moore ninth.

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The Brookwood Swim and Dive team from Brookwood Swim Club in Erlanger finished the regular Northern Kentucky Swim League (NKSL) season, division champs with a 6-0 finish. They were also team runner-up at the NKSL Champ Meet this summer. had three individual titles each and Miller added a relay. Beechwood won 21 events overall. Here are the team standings and all the event winners for each area club:


1. Florence 437, 2. Brookwood 408, 3. Five Seasons 398, 4. Beechwood 392, 5. Fort Thomas 178, 6. Taylor Mill 170, 7. Bluegrass 121, 8.

Oakbrook 115, 9. Ludlow-Bromley 39, 10. Cherry Hill 26.


Chase Vennefron: Boys 13-14, 50 breast, 50 back, 100 individual medley. Morgan Hentz: Girls 11-12 diving. Jacob Lentsch: Boys 11-12, 50 breast, 50 fly, 100 individual medley. Lauren Vennefron: Girls 15-18, 200 free, 50 back. Max Shoyat: Boys 9-10, 50 free, 50 fly.

Harrison Hearst: Boys 9-10 50 breast. Samantha Glass: Girls 9-10, 50 fly. Boys 9-10 200 medley relay: Jack Johnson, Harrison Heist, Joseph Novak, Max Shoyat. Boys 9-10 200 free relay: Jack Johnson, Harrison Heist, Joseph Novak, Max Shoyat. Boys 13-14 200 medley relay: Chase Vennefron, Austin Haney, Zach Smith, Zach Stegman. Boys 13-14 200 free relay: Austin Haney, Zach Smith, Zach Stegman, Chase Vennefron.


Danielle Blakeney, 19, of Erlanger and Boone County High School, will compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 2011 World Games. She dominated that competition at the 2010 USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., where she won four gold medals and one silver. others are Ryan Barts (Georgetown)-Track and Field, Lee Dockins (Russellville)-Artistic Gymnastics and Collin Lutz (Nicholasville)-Swimming. Two Kentucky coaches have been selected as head coaches for Team USA. Julie Coon of Harrodsburg will be the Head Equestrian Coach and Mary Fehrenbach of

Lexington will be the Head Gymnastics Coach. The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games are expected to bring together more than 7,500 athletes from more than 185 countries who will be competing in 22 Olympicstyle sports. Many of the competitions will take place in the same venues that housed the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. The cost of sending the five Kentucky athletes to the 2011 World Games is expected to exceed $35,000 to include the cost of uniforms, training, transportation, housing, equipment and meals. Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals or companies interested in supporting athletes form their local communities or the broader Kentucky effort. For more information about Special Olympics


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Northern Kentucky Special Olympics athletes Josh Alexander and Danielle Blakeney have been selected to compete as part of Team USA at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Those Games will be June 25-July 5 of next year in the birthplace of the Olympics movement – Athens, Greece. Alexander, 35, of Union will be the oldest of the Kentucky athletes on Team USA. He will be part of the Team USA Bowling delegation in Athens. This will be his first trip to the Special Olympics World Summer Games since 1995, when he was a member of the Gold Medal-winning soccer team from Kentucky. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for 27 years, competing in softball, basketball, golf and track and field, in addition to soccer and bowling. Alexander won the Dave Hester Award in 2005 as the Northern Kentucky Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. He works at Kroger. “Getting to go the World Games means everything to me,” Alexander said. “It’s a great honor and getting to go two times in my life is amazing. I can’t wait to meet everyone there.” Blakeney, 19, of Erlanger will compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 2011 World Games. She dominated that competition at the 2010 USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., where she won four Gold Medals and one Silver. Her all-around score was the highest of any Level 2 gymnast in any division. A 2010 graduate of Boone County High School, Blakeney received a Shining Star Award from the State of Kentucky in April for being an athlete and honor student. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 11 years and has competed in gymnastics for nine. She has also competed in cheerleading and track and field. “Special Olympics has given me a chance to show all that I can do and all that I can be,” Blakeney said. “It has been a great place to meet and make great friends. I feel that going to World Games is an honor and shows that all my hard work does pay off.” Alexander and Blakeney are among five Kentucky athletes selected to Team USA for the Games. The

Jay Jackson: Boys 8&under diving. Katie Summe: Girls 11-12 50 breast. Calvin Scheper: Boys 9-10, diving, 50 back, 100 individual medley. Abby Bruns: Girls 9-10, diving. Logan Stevens: Boys 15-18, diving. Hunter Pasek: Boys 15-18, 200 free, 50 back. Mitchell Frey: Boys 13-14, 100 free.


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Local swim clubs came close to winning the overall championship in the Northern Kentucky Swim League finals in late July. Florence won the overall team championship in the year-end finals. Brookwood, Five Seasons and Beechwood were close to Florence in taking the next three spots. All three clubs had plenty of individual event champions. Jacob Lentsch and Chase Vennefron each had three individual event titles, and Vennefron added a relay title for Beechwood, who won 17 events overall. Brookwood won 11 titles. Ethan Hanna had the maximum allowed four titles. For Five Seasons, Calvin Scheper and Michael Miller

Bailey Harrison: Boys 13-14 diving. Ethan Hanna: Boys 8&under 25 free, 25 breaststroke. Katherine Akin: Girls 11-12, 50 free, 50 fly. Julia Day: Girls 8&under 25 breast. Christopher Schoettker: Boys 1314, 50 fly. Boys 8&under 100 medley relay: Nathan Darpel, Evan Hanna, Ethan Hanna, Brennan Collins. Boys 8&under 100 freestyle relay: Evan Hanna, Nathan Darpel, Brennan Collins, Ethan Hanna. Boys 11-12 200 medley relay: Ethan Poweleit, Jackson Hurtt, Bryce Day, Blake Hanna. Boys 11-12 200 free relay: Blake Hanna, Jackson Hurtt, Ethan Poweleit, Bryce Day.


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CHATROOM What do you think the Bengals record will be this year? Will you follow them more or less than in previous years? Why? “I enjoy the Bengals and expect them to go 10-6. Their schedule is tougher this year. They have to play Indianapolis and San Diego due to their first place finish last year in the AFC North. Barring injuries, Carson Palmer is primed for a great year. The defense is good so they should be competitive in all games. Their first two games (at New England and Baltimore) will tell how good they can be. Go figure!” T.D.T. “10-6. “I will follow them as in the past. “I am a fan, but not eating Ochocincos yet.” G.G. “My first thought was 10-6, but since my family has season tickets I need to be more positive, I’ll say 12-4. I love the new additions to the offense … I’ll be very interested to see how that plays out.” C.A.S.






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Battle back against bed bugs

River Ridge first-grader Charles Owens sneaks a peek at the illustrations while his grandmother, Tracy Cordova, reads to his classmates on Sept. 10. The school invited grandparents to read to the classes that day.

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Our region’s bed bugs have gotten a lot of publicity lately. Be assured that while media attention has focused on our area, the problem is not limited to here. Since the resurgence of bed bugs started in the United States about three years ago, the areas affected have continued to increase, as has the degree to which the infestations have occurred. Our area is no exception. They have been found in local hotels, apartments, single family homes, libraries, workplaces, etc. The potential exists for them to be transported to almost any public building, vehicle or work site. Signs of infestation include the eggs, bugs themselves, small dark spots from their waste, and dried blood spots/smears from bed bugs that were not quick enough to keep from getting squished. You could drive yourself crazy thinking about bed bugs and never leave your home, never allow anyone into your home and not bring any items indoors. Realistically, none of us will be able to guarantee we won’t be exposed. Some of us will likely find that bed bugs have found a way into our homes. But a little common sense can go a long way. Do not bring items into your home from an unknown or ques-

tionable source unless you are comfortable there is not infestation. This includes furniture from yard sales, auctions or items set out Steve Divine for disposal. Regularly Community check any items Recorder your child takes guest back and forth columnist to school or child care, like backpacks. Regularly inspect your family’s mattresses, bedding and rooms. Be vigilant at hotels. Check the room before taking your luggage in with you. When returning home, carefully check items. Bed bugs might be in the seats of movie theaters, libraries or similar public sites, so try not to take in items you don’t have to have, like purses or jackets. If you live in an apartment complex or condo, bed bugs can move from one unit into others. Work closely with landlords to be on the look out for signs of infestation. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to bed bugs while you were out, you can wash your clothes in the washing machine and then dry on high

heat (at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill off bed bugs and their eggs. If you have bed bug infestation in your home, it needs to be evaluated and treated by a licensed pest control professional. It’s important to address the situation immediately. If you rent an apartment, contact your landlord. While bed bugs do feed on blood, they have not been scientifically shown to transmit illnesses. They do cause itching and possible rash near bites, as well as some psychological trauma caused by thinking about their presence. As with other insect bites, some people are more sensitive to having a reaction than others. More information is available on the health department’s website at Unfortunately, these critters will be with us for the foreseeable future, so let’s deal with them to the best of our abilities. Being cautious and proactive can go along way towards preventing bed bugs from spreading. Steve Divine is director of environmental health and safety at the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

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Honoring employers who support military

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders receives a certificate from U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, during an awards ceremony by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency. The ceremony was Aug. 27 at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Burlington honoring Northern Kentucky employers of guard and reserve members. Behind Sanders is Ken Lucas, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, and Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore.

Committees are the gatekeepers of legislative process Folks ask me what I have been doing during the summer, and many times they are surprised by my response that I have been in Frankfort most of the time, since the legislature meets during the winter. Two things we legislators particularly focus on when the legislature is not in session are constituent services and committees. Constituent work is enjoyable, as I try to help citizens who have nowhere else to turn with their difficult problems, especially in these hard economic times. I’ve handled more than 300 of these complaints since the first of the year and they are extremely varied. They deal with everything

from Medicaid to child support to unemployment to jury duty questions, and many more. Many times there are no legislative State Sen. solutions, so my John role is to get Schickel them in touch with the proper Community agency, church Recorder or charity if guest there is one. The other columnist focus of the summer is committee work. In the legislature, committees are often

called the gatekeepers of the process. I serve on more committees than most – a total of seven, in addition to several subcommittees. They are Banking and Insurance, Judiciary, State and Local Government, Transportation, Licensing and Occupations, Natural Resources, and Program Review and Investigations. During the interim, when the legislature is not in session, the Senate and House standing committees meet in “joint committees” to study issues so that we can hit the ground running when the legislative session opens at the first of the year. During the legislative session, all legislation must first be

approved by the appropriate committee before it goes to the floor of the Senate or House. That’s where it gets dicey. Committee chairmen have sole discretion on whether a bill is heard, and the majority party in each chamber appoints committee chairs. In the Senate, the Republicans are in the majority, while Democrats have the majority in the House. Therefore, Republicans chair Senate committees and Democrats chair House committees. Serving on seven committees, some weeks I am in Frankfort five days a week. During the interim, we have time to study issues in more detail before the session starts in January. This is impor-

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tant many times because once the session starts, time is very limited. If you have a constituent matter which you would like to talk about, or if you have an issue that you think one of my committees should review, I would love to talk to you. E-mail me through the legislative website at, or call me at 502-564-8100, ext. 617 or 1800-372-7181. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th Senate District which includes Boone and Gallatin counties and part of Kenton County.



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P a t (Markins) Blanton and Judy (Roberts) Spegal met in the third grade at Kenton Elem e n t a r y School. At that time they knew that there was something special about their relationship. PROVIDED They connected as if they Judy Spegal and Pat Blanton grew up together in Kenton County. Despite being separated at times, they have were related. By fifth remained best friends over the years. grade Pat was kept in touch for more than redistricted to a different 30 years with letters, phone school. In seventh grade Judy calls and rare visits. remembers vividly sitting at a When Judy retired from desk at Simon Kenton High teaching, she made up her School when who should mind to visit Pat often. And walk in the door? It was Pat! that is what Judy has been Both girls had a grin doing for the past two from ear to ear. They reconyears. nected that instant. They Pat’s mother is living and went on to graduate togethreminds Pat and Judy that er. They were maid and they are the Apple Sisters, matron of honor at each Corey and Seedy. Pat and other’s weddings. They Judy do not know who is lived within walking diswho. They both regard each tance of each other for a other as the sister they while. never had. They both are Pat’s husband, Bill, took only children. They both a job in Houston, Texas. agree that they are “true Again, Pat and Judy were blue” friends forever. distanced. However, they



St. Augustine School students began last week selling World’s Finest Chocolate in order to raise money for textbooks, Internet access, and tuition assistance. Neither the price nor the good taste has changed, but the number of flavors has increased to five. Look for students to be selling the bars throughout the community or call the school at 859261-5564 to purchase a bar or a box. (Pictured) Micah and Toby Gray sell World’s Finest Chocolate in their neighborhood to raise money for St. Augustine School in Covington. Send your photos, along with a caption identifying the people and describing the action, to “Community Faces.” E-mail to, mail to 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41107. Or upload your photo to

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Race honors memory of Maria Schaffstein By Regan Coomer

Maria Schaffstein is still making the community smile. Five months after Notre Dame Academy senior Maria Schaffstein died in a tragic car wreck, the First Annual Smiles & Miles 5K Run/Walk in Honor of Maria Schaffstein will be held Sunday, Sept. 26. Proceeds will benefit St. Agnes School at the request of Maria’s parents, John and Eileen Schaffstein, who see the 5K as a chance to thank the Dixie to host St. Agnes Jessie Russo Parish and community 5K for their On the same day as “unbelievthe Smiles & Miles in able” suphonor of Maria port after Schaffstein 5K Run/walk M a r i a ’s is an event being held for death. Jessie Russo, one of the “People girls who was in the car wonder how with Maria when it crashed. families get The girls’ soccer team t h r o u g h at Dixie Heights High tragedies in School will sponsor Lady their lives. Colonels for a Cause from One of the 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. b i g g e s t 26, at the school’s things that athletics complex. has helped Registration begins at us get 12:30 p.m.; there is no through is pre-registration. Cost for our friends students is $5 and $10 and our for adults. community,” Walkers can get also pledges and donations, all J o h n of which will go to the Schaffstein Jessie Russo Fund. said. “We Registration and pledge live in a very forms can be obtained by s p e c i a l sending an e-mail to p l a c e . or There’s no calling the school at 341question 7650. about it.” “We figured this was M a r i a a cause the girls could loved being really rally behind, and a part of St. they’ve really embraced A g n e s it. I think because Jessie S c h o o l , Russo and the other girls are around their age, it where her sets in a little closer to little brother home with our girls, and Johnny curthey’re excited to be able r e n t l y to help out,” said Kim attends, Wolking, who is helping E i l e e n organize the event. “It’s a Schaffstein great way to give back.” said. Maria’s sister Anna is a student at Notre Dame Academy. “We’ve been a part of the parish and school for 14 years. This is our way of giving back to them,” Eileen Schaffstein said. St. Agnes Parish member Andy Kennedy came up with the idea for a 5K in Maria’s honor as a way to preserve her memory. “It’s a celebration of her life for me,” he said. Kennedy’s idea is just another example of how Maria hasn’t been forgotten, John and Eileen said. “You expect sympathy a few weeks or a month later, but we’re going on five months. We may be at the cemetery twice daily, yet we’re talking about my daughter on a daily basis,” John Schaffstein said of Kennedy. “People have still found a place to put us in their daily lives.” Supportive phone calls, meals and visits are still being made on a regular basis “just to make sure we’re doing OK,” Eileen Schaffstein said. “It’s amazing to us how many peo-


Notre Dame Academy senior Maria Schaffstein died in a car wreck while on spring break in Alabama at the age of 17. The Smiles & Miles in Honor of Maria Schaffstein 5K is the family’s way of giving back to a community that gave them so much support after Schaffstein’s death.

“People wonder how families get through tragedies in their lives. One of the biggest things that has helped us get through is our friends and our community. We live in a very special place. There’s no question about it.”

John Schaffstein

ple are still thinking about her all of the time,” she said. While Maria’s parents are excited


Notre Dame Academy students’ sentiments for Maria Schaffstein were clear after the accident that took her life in April.


The Smiles & Miles in Honor of Maria Schaffstein 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 26. The race will benefit St. Agnes School while honoring Schaffstein’s memory. to give back to St. Agnes, they also see the 5K as a chance to celebrate what would have been Maria’s 18th birthday Sept. 20. “It’s a big birthday celebration and a lot of our family is coming to town,” John Schaffstein said. Kennedy said the 5K will be a way for Maria’s loved ones to move forward. “She has a brother and sister and they have to move on. Everyone needs to keep moving on in a positive way,” Eileen agreed.

Smiles & Miles 5K info Smiles & Miles for Maria Schaffstein 5K Run/Walk will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at St. Agnes, 1680 Dixie Highway in Fort Wright. The race will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and will go through Park Hills and Devou Park. Food and refreshments will follow the race. To pre-register, visit to pay online or download a printable entry form. Entry forms can be mailed to Ceramic Tile Outlet c/o Andy Kennedy, 1614 Dolwick Drive, Erlanger, KY, 41018. Cost to preregister, which includes a shirt, is $15 per

person. A family rate of $50 is offered for whole families who wish to participate. Family rates are pre-registration only. Race-day cost is $25 per person and Tshirts are not guaranteed. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners and walkers. Top male and female runners and walkers in the following divisions will also receive prizes: Runners U14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 and over. For more information, visit

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September 16, 2010


ART EXHIBITS A Time to Celebrate, 10 a.m.-5 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. Free. 957-1940; Covington.


No Clue, 10 p.m. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 342-7000; Erlanger.


Drag-Tastic September, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St. With the men and women of Le Bitchz. Ages 18 and up. $5. 581-2728. Covington.


The Waterfront, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The Waterfront, 14 Pete Rose Pier, 581-1414. Covington.



Be Concerned Golf Outing, 10:30 a.m. Twin Oaks Golf Course, 450 E. 43rd St. Scramble format. Shotgun start. Foursomes and singles welcomed. Includes lunch and dinner. Benefits Be Concerned. $100. Registration required by July 10. Presented by Be Concerned. 291-6789; Covington.


Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Fall and Winter Whites: Get ready for holiday entertaining. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St. Free. Through Nov. 6. 2912550; Covington.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-midnight Preview. BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Forty-minute tour of haunted boat. Three levels and more than 40 horrifying areas. Nightmare Landing, family-fun center with enclosed waiting area. RIP express tickets “skip the line.” Not recommended for children. Ages 10 and under with adult. Family friendly. $60 six-pack, $48 four pack; $20 RIP express - skip the line, $16 single. Presented by USS Nightmare. 261-8500; Newport. Sandylandacres Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.midnight, Sandyland Acres, 4172 Belleview Road, Twenty five minute tractor drawn wagon ride, sending you into the deep darkness of corn fields and woods. $12. 3220516; Petersburg.


Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Bar Monet, 837 Willard St. Free. 491-2403. Covington/Mainstrasse.


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. 491-4003; Covington.


Cef Michael Band, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440; Independence.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 261-2365; Covington.

Fall Meet, 5:30 p.m. American Cornhole Masters Qualifier at 6:30 p.m. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Live thoroughbred racing. Homestretch reservations available. Prime rib buffet available Fridays, Lunch buffet available Saturdays. Free. 371-0200. Florence.

SPORTS-REGISTRATIONS & TRYOUTS Fall Bowling League Sign-Ups, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave. Now accepting sign-ups for fall leagues. Search for the league that’s right for you, or create your own. Go to for online registration or call 727-2000. 727-2000; Erlanger. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 1 8


Tandem Squares, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Pluslevel Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.


Craft Show & Vendor Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lloyd Memorial High School, 450 Bartlett Ave. Silent auction, concessions and shopping. Benefits Lloyd Memorial High School Athletic Department. Family friendly. $3, $2 students. 727-1555. Erlanger.


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. 2922163; 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. 803-9483. Independence.


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.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-midnight Preview. BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 six-pack, $48 four pack; $20 RIP express - skip the line, $16 single. 261-8500; Newport. Sandylandacres Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.midnight, Sandyland Acres, $12. 322-0516; Petersburg.

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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. 491-4003; Covington.


Toadies, 7:30 p.m. With Gringo Starr, Mad Anthony and the Never Setting Suns. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. $17, $15 advance. 291-2233; Covington.


DeRay Davis, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $17. 10 p.m. Dinner available. $17. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000; Newport.


Benjamin “Taylor” Huth Memorial Golf Tournament, 7:30 a.m. Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Includes green fees, cart, dinner and gift bag. Benefits Taylor Huth Scholarship Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. $75 per player. Registration required. Presented by Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. 393-5405; Independence.


Fall Meet, 1:10 p.m. American Cornhole Masters Qualifier at 6:30 p.m. Turfway Park, Free. 371-0200. Florence.


Fall Bowling League SignUps, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Super Bowl, 727-2000; Erlanger.


“Nightmare at Shadowbox!” comes to Shadowbox Cabaret at Newport on the Levee with a collection of haunting music and sinister sketches for the howling season, Thursdays through Saturdays, until Nov. 27. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night and 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $30; $20, students, seniors and active military personnel. Food and drinks are available. Call 859-957-7625 or visit Pictured, seated: John Boyd, left, Edelyn Parker, Brandon Anderson, Leah Haviland and standing: Stacie Boord, left, and Sami Shaaban.


Titus Andronicus, 9 p.m. With Free Energy. Doors open 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $10, $8 advance. 431-2201; Newport.


DeRay Davis, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $15. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000; Newport.


Forever Plaid, 3 p.m. Village Players, $15. 392-0500; Fort Thomas.

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Southern Stars Square Dance Club, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Family Friendly dances open to experienced western style square dancers and line dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427; Covington.


Heritage Day, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Historical Depot Park, 3313 Crescent Ave. Music, petting zoo, pony and carriage rides, craft booths, Civil War memorabilia, political stumping, a Quest game, search and rescue dog demonstrations, tours and more. Free. Presented by Erlanger Historical Society. 727-2525, ext. 1. Erlanger.


Centennials: The City of Fort Mitchell, Boy Scouts of America and Devou Park, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7; $6 ages 60 and up; $4 ages 3-17; free to members. 491-4003; Covington.


Jim Pelz, 4:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Guitarist. 261-2365; Covington.

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


Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, 5 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Includes Shimmers gift certificate prizes. Free. 426-0490. Fort Wright.


Fall Meet, 1:10 p.m. Turfway Park, Free. 3710200. Florence.

SPORTS-REGISTRATIONS & TRYOUTS Fall Bowling League Sign-Ups, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Super Bowl, 727-2000; Erlanger.

Of Montreal, 9 p.m. With Janelle Monae. Doors open 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. American indie pop band. $22. 4912444. Covington.

SPORTS-REGISTRATIONS & TRYOUTS Fall Bowling League Sign-Ups, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Super Bowl, 727-2000; Erlanger. W E D N E S D A Y, S E P T . 2 2


Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, $4, $2 ages 10 and under. 513574-7672; Covington.


Ricky Nye, 8 p.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. Free. 491-8027. Covington. Original Wed Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award-winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. 261-1029; Latonia. T H U R S D A Y, S E P T . 2 3

COMMUNITY DANCE SwinGallery, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-290-9022; Covington. FARMERS MARKET

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

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A Time to Celebrate, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 957-1940; 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. 261-6120. Covington.


As I Lay Dying, 7 p.m. With All that Remains, Unearth and Carnifex. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. $20. 491-2444; Covington.


Bizzy Bone, 8 p.m. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. With DJ Clockwork. $15. 291-2233; Covington. DJ Justin Hatfield, 8 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, Reggae and R&B mixes. Happy Hour specials run 10 p.m.close. Free. 581-8888. Newport.


The Waterfront, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. The Waterfront, 581-1414. Covington.



Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts Tuesday, Sept. 21 through Oct. 3. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the romance of two couples against the backdrop of war and prejudice. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $22.50 and can be purchased at or at 800-982-2787.

Fall Bowling League Sign-Ups, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Super Bowl, 727-2000; Erlanger. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Winter AAU Basketball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $275 per team. Registration required. 372-7754; Union.


Michael Uslan, executive producer of the “Batman” movies and comic book historian is the main attraction at the Cincinnati Comic Expo, held Saturday, Sept. 18. It is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave. Tickets are $7, $5 for students with ID and free admission for ages 10 and under with a paying adult. Artists, writers and vendors will be on hand throughout the day. Visit


September 16, 2010

Erlanger Recorder


What do you call it? An affair or a betrayal? You know what a euphemism is? It’s something awful dressed up to look like something nice. It’s words in sheep’s clothing. For example, betraying the vow you made to your spouse when you were married is not called a betrayal, adultery or being unfaithful. It’s called, “extramarital sex,” “one-night stand,” “playing around” or having “an affair.” A word like affair can even have a certain sophistication about it, and not only to “Desperate Housewives.” Some studies suggest almost half of husbands are unfaithful at some point in their marriage. Women are less to be unfaithful, but researchers admit they’re not really sure about that because women are better at concealing it and are less likely to own up to it.

Why are we so blasé about the most sacred and serious vow we make in our lives? What are the possible motives? Some are: Father Lou wanting to feel Guntzelman desired or young Perspectives or free; a narcissistic ego seeking grandiosity; looking for more emotional intimacy and warmth; wanting to rebel, humiliate or punish the other, or to prove you’ve still got it; seeking pleasure without personal and emotional involvement; trying to alleviate loneliness; acting out an envy which thinks every other couple is more sexually fulfilled, so why not me?

It can also be a way to deny the coming of middle age, or to regain the thrill of early romance, and so on. Author Ruth Houston says, “Women are usually looking for emotional fulfillment and men are looking for sex. Women tend to do it as a last resort after they’ve tried everything else, but their words have fallen on deaf ears.” Psychologist David Wexler says, “Men feel alive and worthy when they look into the eyes of a partner and see love, delight and respect mirrored back. A ‘broken mirror’ is a partner’s constant view.” The joining of two people in marriage is founded upon a mutual exchange of holy pledges. These are the only true vows that most people will ever make.

A vow differs from a mere promise or a resolution. A vow is not like the signing of a legal document nor is it like any other human promise. As author Mike Mason puts it, “A vow is, per se, a confession of inadequacy and an automatic calling upon the only adequacy there is, which is the mercy and power of God. “To keep a vow means not just to keep from breaking it, but rather to devote the rest of one’s life to discovering what the vow means, and to be willing to change and grow accordingly.” Marital unfaithfulness brings some temporary pleasures but also a spreading dishonesty and guilt – especially if one has thought of oneself as an honest person. “It’s awfully easy to lie when you know you are trusted implic-

itly – and so very degrading,” said Laura in the movie “Brief Encounter.” Despite the casualness with which some brush off their infidelities or excuse a “casual fling,” it is deeply disturbing to the cheated-upon spouse. It means that something important is lost and gone from the marriage, perhaps forever. The trust, the love, the many dreams that were shared when the vows were first made, don’t shine as brightly anymore – and, in pain, one wonders if they ever will. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Smart idea to check out used car before buying it There are several steps to take in order to protect yourself when buying a used car. I continue to receive several complaints each month from used car buyers who complain the vehicle doesn’t work correctly and the dealer won’t do anything about it. They fail to realize often the dealer is not obligated to do so. If the vehicle is sold “As Is” it doesn’t even have to be roadworthy. Lawrence Bailey of Forest Park was looking for an older-model Mercedes Benz, saw one advertised, and went to the used car dealer offering it for sale. While taking it for a test drive he noticed several problems. “Lights on the dashboard came on. They said they would take care of those things and I could pick the car up the next day,” Bailey said. Bailey agreed to pay $4,300 for the vehicle and the next day drove it off the lot. On his way home he noticed the odometer was not moving and called the dealership. “The salesman said, ‘If you give me $75 to $125, we’ll put another one in there and we just won’t charge you labor,’ ” Bailey said. Bailey said he was not at all happy with that response, nor with the black paint that was washing off the back of the car with the first rain. The ad for the car said it was black, so did the key chain tag – but the sales contract said it was slate gray. It’s that slate gray color that was now coming through under the black paint. The biggest problem for Bailey is he relied on the odometer statement he received from the dealer stating the vehicle had 158,000 miles on it. The statement failed to disclose the odometer could be wrong. No one really knows how many miles are on the car, but Bailey sus-

pects there could be a lot more. “They have it listed as 158,413, but I later f o u n d Howard Ain some docin Hey Howard! uments the glove box that said it was over 200,000 miles,” Bailey said. He found that reading on a transmission repair receipt dated three years ago. In addition, there were service stickers on the inside of the front door that stated the car had been serviced long after it had traveled 158,000 miles. “I would just like my money back and not even deal with it any further,” Bailey said. If the documents with the car are correct, the odometer has been rolled back – possibly in order to get a higher sale price. The car salesman tells me he was unaware there were any odometer problems at the time of sale. Bailey complained to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and state officials at first treated it as a broken odometer. After I contacted them, and explained about the possible odometer rollback, officials have decided to take another look at the complaint. To avoid such problems, I suggest getting a Carfax report before buying a used car. Bailey said he did ask the dealer for one before he bought the Mercedes but was told the dealer couldn’t get one. In addition, get the car checked out by an independent certified mechanic – they’ll know what items need checking. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Enjoy beginning of fall with end-of-garden soup No matter how much time I allow for cleaning the house and cooking the food when we have people over, I always wind up with more to do than I thought. And I always like to mop the kitchen floor before our guests come. My husband, Frank, thinks I’d be less stressed if I paid less attention to the floor. “No one ever looks at the floor,� he tells me. Well, that may be true, but I do and I admit I’m obsessive about it getting mopped. I wonder how many of you feel the same way?

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

End of garden zucchini, corn and sausage soup

I’m still getting decent peppers from the garden, although with this heat and lack of rain, they are very thin-walled. I found this out when I diced a bunch of them for the freezer. But their flavor

is still good, and I used two of the smaller red bell peppers for this soup. I got this recipe from my friend, Batavia reader Bert Villing, who received it from Sue, one of our colleagues. I think Bert called it “zucchini sausage soup.� I changed the name since I made several adaptations to it. Her original recipe used 2 cups celery, 1⠄2 teaspoon each of the basil and oregano, and no chickpeas, corn or broth. Next time I’ll add a minced garlic clove or two along with the onions and celery.




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POLICE REPORTS Incidents/investigations First degree burglary

$100 worth of firearms reported stolen at 543 Stevenson Road, Sept. 3.

Fourth degree assault

At 446 Commonwealth Avenue, Sept. 6.

Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia

$30 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 633 Donaldson Road, Sept. 4.

Second degree burglary

Talbot Avenue, Sept. 5. At 528 Buttermilk Pike, Sept. 5. $1,300 worth of jewelry reported stolen at 305 Division Street, Sept. 7.

Theft by unlawful taking, third degree criminal mischief

At 182 Eagle Ridge Drive, Sept. 7.

Third degree burglary

At 514 Commonwealth Avenue, Sept. 7.

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$4,790.13 reported stolen at 2900 Crescent Springs Road, Sept. 3. $300 worth of radios/TVs/VCRs reported stolen at 4500 Dixie Highway, Sept. 3. $200 reported stolen at 3164 Woodward Avenue, Sept. 6. $50 worth of clothes, $20 worth of tools, $14.99 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 3228

Brittany R. Russell, 21, 2342 Danbury Court, fourth degree assault, Sept. 3. James Meary III, 30, 414 Chelsea Drive, operating on suspended license, no insurance, expired registration, Sept. 3. Joshua Crank, 20, 131 Lyndale Drive, suspended operator’s license, disregarding traffic control device,

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Sept. 3. Adam C. Gindale, 22, 1510 Sleepy Hollow Road, no headlights, first degree driving under the influence, Sept. 4. Crystal Frost, 39, 4221 Lafayette Court, disorderly conduct, Sept. 4. Christa M. Weiskittel, 38, 141 Pleasant Ridge Avenue, third degree possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, Sept. 3. Amanda Mattingly, 18, 34 Huckleberry Hill, fraudulent use of credit card, Sept. 8. Kyle A. Goebel, 28, 7177 Tresselwood Drive, alcohol intoxication, Sept. 9. Jason D. Krumpelbeck, 28, 825 Woodshire Drive, first degree driving under the influence, Sept. 9.

Incidents/investigations Fourth degree assault

At 2342 Danbury Court, Sept. 3.

Possession of marijuana

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Second degree burglary

$1,200 reported stolen at 533 West Chelsea Drive, Sept. 6.

Third degree possession of controlled substance

$30 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at Ashton Road, Sept. 3. $60 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 2558 Avon Drive, Sept. 5.

Trafficking controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school

$75 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 300 Leverett Court, Sept. 4.



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Beatrice Anderson

Beatrice Anderson, 75, of Erlanger died Sept. 3, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a longtime IRS employee and an active member of the Cornerstone Church of God. Her husband, Melvin Anderson, died in 2003. Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Smith of Union; sisters, Cathryn Martin of Lakeside Park and Rachel Campbell of Elsmere; and brother, David Points of Cincinnati. Burial was at Forest Lawn in Erlanger. Memorials: Cornerstone Church of God, 3413 Hillcrest Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Kirk Anderson

Kirk Wayne Anderson, 47, of Erlanger died Sept. 4, 2010, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Denise Voss; daughter, Paige Anderson; brothers, Michael, Patrick, Dennis and Mark Anderson; sisters, Katherine Riddle and Chrisitine Stone. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Mabel Benson

Mabel K. Benson, 91, of Florence, formerly of Villa Hills, died Sept. 5, 2010, at Florence Park Care Center, Florence. She was a retired executive secretary for Kentucky Motors for more than 35 years. She was a longtime member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, a Kentucky Colonel and she enjoyed traveling.

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Her husband, Ray H. Benson, died in 2007 and a daughter, Vicki Rae Benson, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Rebecca Benson of Latonia and Rita Brady of Covington; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Covington, KY 41015.

John Lewis Bishop

John Lewis Bishop, 88, of Elsmere, formerly of Latonia, died Sept. 4, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired brakeman for Chessie Railroad systems and a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing. His wife, Hannah Bishop, and daughter Carole Dodd died previously. Survivors include a daughter, Sally Wright of Walton; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Freewill Baptist Church, 4705 Fowler Creek Road, Covington, KY 41017-9595.

Harold Douglas Bowman

Harold Douglas Bowman, 82, of Morning View died Sept. 4, 2010, at his residence. He was a retired machinist for






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DEATHS Cincinnati Milacron and former proprietor of Jones Liquor Store in Covington. He was a member of Morning View United Methodist Church and the Bradford Masonic Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Netherly of Independence; son, Harold Douglas Houston of Covington; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Freida Houston of Morning View. Services have taken place. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Morning View United Methodist, Ky. 177 and Rich Road, Morning View, KY 41063.

Kirk T. Brown

Kirk T. Brown, 65, of Latonia, died Sept. 10, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth, Edgewood. He was retired from the City of Covington Recreation Department Maintenance Division. Survivors include a daughter, Billie Jean Gent; sisters, Beverly Kearns, Jerradell Johnson, Ardeana Noel, Jessie Napier, Rhonda Witt, Linda Brown, Colleen German and Bonnie Collins; brother, Leonard Brown; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Memorials: Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Kirk Brown Memorial Account, 917 Main St., Covington, KY 41011.

Donald Lee Cain

Donald Lee Cain, 78, of Covington died Sept. 7, 2010, at his home surrounded by family.

He was a self-employed sign man. Survivors include daughters, Deborah Hill of LaFollette, Tenn., Donna Williams of Independence, Mary Cook of Covington, Linda Trapp of Covington and Regina Owens of Florence; sons, George Cain and Mark Cain, both of Taylor Mill; brothers, Walter Cain of Fort Mitchell and Floyd House Jr. of Latonia; 27 grandchildren; 54 greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Anthony Case Sr.

Anthony E. Case Sr., 67, of Covington died Sept. 9, 2010, at his residence. He was a retired welder for William Lang & Sons in Cincinnati and a member of Iron Workers Local 522. Survivors include his wife, Marie Hensley Case of Covington; sons, Tony Case of Covington, Matthew Case of Taylor Mill and Michael Case of Covington; a grandchild; sisters, Annis Reder of Cincinnati, Yvonne Niece of Elsmere and Cindy Willliams of Charlestown, W.Va. Entombment was in Floral Hills Mausoleum, Taylor Mill.

Cathleen ‘Cate’ Cetrulo

Cathleen “Cate” M. Cetrulo, 52, of Louisville died Sept. 8, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1975 and attended

Morehead State University. She later graduated from Bellarmine University and went on to complete her academic career at Spalding University with a Masters of Social Work degree. She was an instructor at Spalding in the social work studies program and a therapist at Seven Counties helping children in crisis and their families in and around the Louisville area. She is is survived by her mother, Elaine P. Cetrulo, of Fort Wright; father, Robert C. Cetrulo of Ludlow; brothers, Bob Cetrulo of Edgewood, Mike Cetrulo or Fort Wright, Dan Cetrulo of Burlington; and sisters, Nancy Cetrulo of Union, Carol, Amy and Cara Cetrulo of Fort Wright and Lynn Watson of Union. Memorials: Seven Counties Services Inc., DCSU, c/o Karen McMillan, 101 West Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40202 or Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011.

Warren H. Cook

Warren H. Cook, 85, of Fort Wright, died Sept. 10, 2010, at his residence. He was a retired sales manager for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. He was a World War II Army veteran in Okinawa. He loved family, travel, golf and fishing. His brother Stanley Cook died in 2001. Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Willmes; sons, Robert Cook of Ludlow, James Cook of Edgewood, John Cook of Florence; seven grandchildren; and four great-

grandchildren. Interment with military honors was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright, Memorials: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011 or St. Elizabeth Home Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Ronald P. Cooney

Ronald P. Cooney, 72, of Ryland Lakes died on Sept. 5, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Edgewood. He retired as president of PNC Bank, Northern Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Flick Cooney; daughters, Jena Meehan of Fort Wright and Lisa Cooney Henderson of Fort Wright; son, Scott Cooney of Lakeside Park; brother, Michael Cooney of Villa Hills; sister, Sylvia Wagner of Independence; and nine grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017; Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Hwy, Park Hills, KY 41011-2797; or Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011.

Brenda Cornett

Brenda Cornett, 52, of Elsmere died Sept. 7, 2010, at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Elizah Cornett; sons, Monty and

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Deaths From B8 Rihard Stewart; daughter, Monica Perry; brothers, Gary, Mike and Tony Guffey; sisters, Debbie Harold, Donna Turner, Shirley Cooper, Patty Campbell, Sandy Hickman and Pam Maculhy; and 11 grandchildren. Burial was in Belleview Bottoms Cemetery.

John Francis Daley III

John Francis Daley III, 47, of Villa Hills died on May 20. Survivors include sisters, Virginia Daley of Washington, D.C.; and Kathleen Daley-Hynes and Meg Daley Olmert of Maryland. He held a Bachelor of Arst in information systems from University of Cincinnati and was employed for 17 years at the Nielsen Co. in Covington. He was a skilled martial artist and airsoft competitor. Private services have already been held. Memorials: Sugar Bear Dog and Cat Rescue: Box 68 Blue Creek, OH 45616.

Edward K. Elliott

Edward K. Elliott, 75, of Hamilton, Ohio, formerly of Northern Kentucky, died Sept. 10, 2010, at Hospice of Hamilton. He was a retired security guard for the Kenton County Library Erlanger branch. He worked as a custodian for the Third and Fourth District Schools in Covington. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Edena F. Elliott, and daughter Sylvia Elliott died previously. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Cearley of Hamilton, Ohio; sons, Edward Elliott of Newtown, Ohio, Guy Elliott of Florence, Thomas Elliott of Covington and Wilmer Elliott of Latonia; sister, Delores Robinson of Falmouth; 16 grandchildren; a four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Carthage. Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Lawrence M. ‘Max’ Elsbernd

Lawrence M. “Max” Elsbernd, 85, of Covington, died Sept. 3, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Care, Edgewood. He was a machinist for General Electric Co., Evendale, for 35 years.

He was a member of St. John Church, VFW Post No. 1484 in Park Hills and Covington Turner’s Club. He was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife, Nina Mae Thompson Elsbernd, died previously. Survivors include sons, Mark Elsbernd of Latonia, Daryl Elsbernd of Covington; daughters, Lynn Edmondson of Independence and Marsha Wolf of Covington; three sisters; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial with military honors was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Karen Garner

Karen B. Garner, 76, of Erlanger, died Sept. 8, 2010, at Baptist Village Care Center. She was a retired nurse. Survivors include a brother, Gary Flanders; son, Kim Rogers; daughters, Gail Carter and Stephanie Boyd; and seven grandchildren. Services will be private. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Frank D. Gortz

Frank D. Gortz, 61, of Erlanger, died Sept. 3, 2010, at V.A. Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his daughters, Jessica D. Gortz of Darien, Ill., and Margaret J. Gortz of Lombard, Ill.; son, Jonathan R. Gortz of Lombard, Ill.; one grandchild; and sister, Linda M. Schmidt of Erlanger.

Florence Ahlers Hoffman

Florence Ahlers, 96, of Carlsbad, Calif., formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Aug. 25, 2010, at the Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, Calif. She and her husband, Edward R. Hoffman Sr., owned and operated Hoffman’s Delicatessen in the Lewisburg area of Covington for more than 25 years. She was a resident of Fort Mitchell for more than 50 years. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church of Fort Mitchell and was active in the Parish Ladies Society. She was an avid bridge player and golfer, and she and her husband were members at Twin Oaks Golf Club for many years. Her husband died in 1985 and she moved to California in 2001. Survivors include a son, Edward R. Hoffman Jr. of Carlsbad, Calif., two grandchildren; and two great-

grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Eleanor Jean Lampe Lutz

Claude Maxwell Johnson, 79, of Florence, died Sept. 7, 2010, at his home. He was a retired tool and die maker with National Band and Tag and a veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Mary Elizabeth McDonald, died previously. Survivors include daughter, Bonita Marshall of Villa Hills, Claudette Howard of Independence, Denise Koehler of Union, Michele Bass of Florence and Sheila Burton of Fort Thomas; son, Victor Johnson of Lake Mary, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers; Fred Johnson of Hebron, Glenn Johnson of Dayton, Ohio, and Henry Johnson of Irvine, Ky.; and a sister, Zania Clayton of Alexandria. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

Eleanor Jean Lampe Lutz, 85, of Covington, died Sept. 12, 2010, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home in Latonia. She was a retired billing clerk with St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas, member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Taylor Mill, and a member of Gold Star Wives of the Disabled American Veterans. Her husband, Robert L. Lutz, died in 1969. Survivors include daughters, Barb Kenrick of Cincinnati, Betty Hartley of Indianapolis, and Kathy Jones of Richmond; sons, Bob Lutz of Covington, Bill Lutz of Edgewood, and Tom Lutz of Morning View; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Interment was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Patrick Catholic Church Capital Campaign, 3285 Mills Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015.

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David R. Kemper, 53, of Lakeside Park died Sept. 4, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass, Fort Thomas. He was a sales representative for Toyota Auto Sales, Dry Ridge. He loved people and to play golf. His father, Richard Kemper, died in 2008. Survivors include his mother, Helen Kemper of Lakeside Park; son, Richard Kemper of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Kelly Boerger of Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 85 N. Grand Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Louise Leland

Louise Leland, 93, of Covington, formerly of Latonia, died Sept. 9, 2010, at St. Charles Care Center. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Paul Leland, died in 1999. Survivors include a son, David Leland of Crescent Springs; daughters, Barbara Chamberlain of Williamstown and Carol Wagner of Erlanger; 14 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and six greatgreat-grandchildren. Entombment was in Mother of God Cemetery Mausoleum, Covington. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011 or St. Anthony Church, 485 Grand Ave., Taylor Mill, KY 41015.

September 16, 2010 Glaza McManama; daughters, Sherry Bayer of Dayton, Ohio, and Jennifer Wirth of Union; sons, Wayne McManama of Jonesville and Eric McManama of Independence; brother, John McManama of Florence; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Road, Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075-2395.

Helen M. Mills

Helen M. Mills, 75, of West Melbourne, Fla., formerly of Ludlow, died Aug. 26, 2010, at her home. She was a retired hostess for

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Hampton Inn, an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and a Jeff Gordon fan. Her husband, Donald Mills, died in 2003. Survivors include daughters, Bobbie J. Mills of Fort Wright, Catherine M. Parker of West Melbourne, Fla., and Brenda R. Ritz of Ludlow; sons, Donald G. Mills of Bromley and Robert A. Mills of West Melbourne, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters. Memorials: Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, West Melbourne, FL 32904 or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.

Harry Makris, 91, died Sept. 4, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a World War II Army veteran where he was involved in the European and Pacific theaters. He also served as school principal and school teacher at Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati. He was also a member of AHEPA. His wife, Anastasia Makris, died previously. Survivors include a son, Samuel Makris of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; daughters, Fran Kavouras of Covington, Julie Schuler of Edgewood and Maria Rosenbaum of Indian Hill, Ohio; nine grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and a brother, Steve Makris of Athens, Greece. Interment was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Church, 7000 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224-1331.

Clifford McManama

Clifford Harry McManama, 77, of Independence died Sept. 2, 2010, at his residence. He was a truck driver for the Local 100 Teamsters of Cincinnati and a member of St. Patrick’s Church. A son, Gregory McManama, died in 1996; a daughter, Katie McManama, died in 2005; and a greatgranddaughter, Josephine Gregory, died in 2002. Survivors include his wife, Fran


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