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Students at Lloyd Memorial High School received a very important message and visit from two local Holocaust survives Oct. 27. Werner Coppel and Zahava Rendler visited students in order to share their stories and a message of tolerance and prejudice. Students were moved by the speakers, who are part of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education program based in Cincinnati. SCHOOLS, A5

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Established two years ago, Kenton County’s chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for neglected or abused children is off to a “fantastic start,” said Executive Director Allison Rapp. The organization, which was named the best CASA startup of 2009 by the national chapter, currently serves 64 children and employs 24 active volunteers with another 12 just sworn in. “It really takes a labor of love for these volunteers,” Rapp said, explaining volunteers go through 40 hours of training in order to help children who are victims of neglect or abuse. Family Court judges Christopher Mehling and Lisa Bushelman gave the Kenton County CASA its start when the Kenton County Family Court began two years ago, Mehling said. Now the organization is up and running, it is no longer financially dependent on the court. From July 2008 to June 2009, Mehling said Kenton County had 2,792 reported cases of child abuse or neglect, which involved 3,589 children. The second highest in Northern Kentucky during that period was Campbell County with 807, Mehling said. “We’ve got a problem in the county and with the economy in the shape it’s in and the unemployment rate up so high, it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse,” Mehling said.


The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children in Kenton County give abused or neglected children a voice in the court system. Currently CASA has 36 volunteers who give as much as eight hours a week to helping children. On Oct. 26, several new volunteers were sworn in by Family Court Judge Chris Mehling who, along with Family Court Judge Lisa Bushelman, gave the Kenton County CASA its start. Left to right: Program Coordinator Lisa Edwards, volunteers Stacy Meyers, Evelyn Laux and Sally Pfetzer, Judge Mehling and volunteers Tom Pfetzer, Karen Wachs, Jenny White and Deborah Pelfrey. CASA and its volunteers provide him and Judge Bushelman with a “better idea of what to do and a better road map” to help improve children’s lives, Mehling said. CASA’s volunteers accomplish this by interviewing everyone in contact with the child to formulate a recommendation of action for the family court judges. “The sole goal is it advocate for the children and really try to find out what is best for the child in his or her life,” Rapp explained.

That could mean therapy for the child and parents or a removal from the parents to a foster or adoptive family, Rapp said. A volunteer could spend as many as eight hours a week visiting children, Rapp said. “These are innocent victims,” she said. “The parents have all kinds of issues and the kids get ignored or abused. I think the gratification for the volunteers is the knowledge they have definitely affected this child’s life for the better.”

Kenton County CASA is currently located in offices provided by the Kenton County Fiscal Court in the county building. While the organization is privately funded, it has also received funding from the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the national CASA, the Butler Foundation and the Humanitarian League. For more information about volunteering or donating to the Kenton County CASA, call 3921790 or visit

Senior center expected to be done next fall By Jason Brubaker

The new and improved Elsmere Senior Center is expected to be completed by this time next year. The center is set to undergo renovations starting next spring. The project will also include the installation of an elevator to replace the current chair-lift in the lobby. “We’re pretty excited about this,” said councilman Marty Lenhof, who has been on the committee planning the project. “It’s going to be a world of difference for our residents there.” Lenhof said the center will remain open

during the project, although some activities and programs may be moved or altered due to space constraints. Equipment in the basement will be moved upstairs as it is undergoing renovation, and then everything will be moved downstairs as the upstairs gets a face lift as well. “That was a big thing for us- to make sure people could still use the center while all of this is going on,” said Lenhof. “It might be a little different for a while because things will be moved around, but it will be worth it in the end.” The city has been partnering with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District on the project planning and grant applications,

and they received a Community Development Block Grant for $400,000 for the project. The city’s match for the grant was a little over $100,000, of which they have already spent approximately $75,000 on preparatory work for the project, including engineering and a land survey. The project is expected to go to bid soon, and work should begin in March. “This is going to be great when it finally is done, because we’ve been working on this for a while,” said Lenhof. For more information about the senior center, call 727-2306.

Elsemere’s Eastern Avenue to get sidewalk By Jason Brubaker

Elsmere city engineer Ray Erpenbeck said that a project to put sidewalks on the west side of Eastern Avenue is expected to begin next spring. Erpenbeck said the project will likely go to bid in January, and it should be entirely completed by the end of next summer. The fivefoot wide sidewalk will run the entire length of the street, and will attach directly to the curb, preserving as much yard and/or driveway space as possible for the residents.

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“Because of the proximity of some of the houses to the street, we decided to eliminate the grass strip between the sidewalk and the curb,” explained council member Marty Lenhof. “During our public hearing, the biggest concern the residents had was losing too much of their yard, so that was something we did to alleviate that.” The council debated whether to put a four-foot wide sidewalk in instead of the now standard fivefoot sidewalks, but ultimately voted to go with the slightly wider version.

“I think a four-foot is adequate, because we’re already going to be taking away some of their yards and some of them won’t have much space left,” said Lenhof. However, several council members felt the four-foot sidewalk could end up being too small. “If we have someone in a wheelchair, or someone pushing a stroller, that would take up most of a four-foot sidewalk,” said council member Mary Lou Neal. “I don’t think by taking just one foot off the width of the sidewalk, we’re going to be preserving a ton of yard space for someone,”

agreed Kama Greene. “I don’t think it will make a huge difference, and since it’s the standard now, I think we should stick with that.” Erpenbeck said the project is expected to cost around $75,000. “The cost difference between a four-foot and a five-foot is pretty minimal, so I think it’s best we go with the standard,” he recommended. A letter is expected to go out to residents on Eastern Avenue soon, explaining the project. For more information, contact the city at 342-7911.

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DCCH promoting adoption, foster care By Jason Brubaker

Since becoming a certified adoption agency, the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home has placed 37 kids with adoptive families. And Ron Bertsch can remember every one of them. “Every adoption story has been unique and great in it’s own way,” said the DCCH adoption director. “But there really is no greater feeling than seeing the joy that happens when a family and a child make the perfect connection- it’s why we do what we do.” Among the most recent of those stories Bertsch can tell is that of the Rider family in Erlanger, who took an interesting route in their adoption journey. “We knew we wanted another daughter, and we heard about the Children’s Home, so we started

volunteering there,” recalled Thom Rider. “We actually spent some time working with Jasmine that way, and got to know her a little.” Rider says his family, which includes three daughters with his wife Mary, would go on to become a foster family, and then finally was able to complete their adoption of 12-year old Jasmine in May. Stories like that are why the DCCH is promoting National Adoption Month in November, culminating with a reunion dinner on Nov. 18 for all of the adoptive and foster families to gather. The home has even adopted their own slogan - “Give a Gift. Be a Gift” that they are advertising all over Northern Kentucky as they try to get more families interested in the foster care and adoption process.

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The DCCH will hold an orientation for families interested in adoption on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the home. The orientation will cover requirements for families, as well as a detailed explanation of the process. For more information, visit or call 331-2040. Currently, the home serves as a residence for approximately 34 children, all of whom were referred to the center because of emotional or behavioral issues. The children live at the home, attend school on the grounds, and undergo individual and group therapy each week. Knowing the background of many of the children at the home, Rider said the adoption of Jasmine

has proved to be a blessing for everyone involved. “She’s just like part of the family now- we can’t imagine it without her,” said Rider. “We’re thrilled we decided to do this, and it has worked out great.” Rider credited the home’s adoption training process for helping them adjust to the adoption. Because many of the children who live in the home have come from troubled homes or dealt with a variety of issues in their lives, Bertsch said prospective families undergo a training class to learn how to deal with specific issues, such as disciplining their child or helping them adjust to having siblings. Bertsch also said the children spend time in therapy to learn how to adjust to life outside of the home.

“A lot of the kids have a lot of self-doubt,” he explained. “But once they realize that there’s a family out there who wants them, they light up and it really is a great moment.” Bertsch also said that because of state restrictions that limit the amount of time most children can stay at the home, some children are transferred to other agencies or multiple foster homes throughout their childhood. “These kids have already been through so much, so that’s the last thing we want to see,” he said. “We just want to see more and more families get involved, because these kids deserve to have a family and a home.” For more information about the DCCH, or the adoption process, visit or call 331-2040.

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ERLANGER - The Lloyd Memorial High School marching band has qualified for the State Semifinal competition, to be held at the Christian Academy of Louisville on Nov. 7. The band competed at the State Quarterfinals at Tates Creek High School on Oct. 31, finishing fifth out of 11 bands. At the semi-finals, 16 bands will be competing to advance to the Finals that night, which will be held at Papa John’s Stadium. For more information about the band, visit

Winter clothes donation

COVINGTON – Be Concerned, a free food pantry in Northern Kentucky, is seeking donations of new, cold-weather clothing for their annual Christmas Store Dec. 10-14. Items needed are hats, gloves, scarves and socks for adults and children, and they may be dropped off at Be Concerned, located at 714 Washington Street in Covington. Items may be dropped off on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., There will also be a PreChristmas Sale on Nov. 7

from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., where guests can browse through new and used clothing, toys and other items. Most items are prices at less than $5, and proceeds will support the Christmas Store. For more information, call 291-6789.

International Thanksgiving

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will be celebrating an International Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 8. That day, guests will be able to learn about thanksgiving celebrations in other countries, and will be able to sample traditional food from different cultures. Guests will also be able to learn a traditional Cherokee dance and learn about different cultures. The event, which will begin at 2 p.m., is being co-sponsored by the library and the Kenton County Adult Education English as a Second Language program. No registration is required, but guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share, along with the recipe. For more information, call 962-4000.

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Eight Kenton schools honored for service By Regan Coomer

Kenton County schools know how to contribute to the community. Children Inc. recently recognized eight Kenton County schools as a School of Contribution at the 2009 Northern Kentucky Celebration of Philanthropy. Twenty eight schools were named School of Contribution out of the 60 schools in Northern Ken-

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Children Inc. named eight Kenton County schools a School of Contribution for having at least 70 percent of their student body involved in service learning projects. Caywood Elementary was named an Exemplary School of Contribution because 100 percent of students and faculty participated in a service learning project last year. Abby Mullins’ kindergarten class kicked off Caywood’s first service learning project of 2009-2010 at an assembly held Thursday Oct. 29 to announce the school’s win to the students. Mullins’ class will be heading up Project Pop Tab, a school-wide initiative to collect pop tabs for the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House. one of two out of 28,” said Caywood Assistant Principal Sandy Schnatz. Last year, the first year the school participated in service learning, Caywood’s third graders raised over $2,000 for Heifer International and created gift bags for over 100 swimmers in the Special Olympics. “They went above and beyond and reached out locally and globally,” said Jelly Terkelsen, service

learning coordinator for Children Inc. “It was the first year they participated in this initiative and they had 100 percent student and teacher participation. They also fulfilled School of Contribution requirements they weren’t required to do yet.” In addition to helping the community, service learning is a way for students to use their knowledge and make a difference in the real world.

Terkelsen helps connect schools with the organizations that work best with a school’s core content. Piner Elementary was also named a School of Contribution, for the second year. Assistant Principal Kim Carnes said the value of service learning is students applying their knowledge to real-life situations. “It actually starts with the teaching of the curriculum and from that students

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Independence family opened heart, home By Regan Coomer

The Borden family of Independence felt a calling last October to adopt three Ukrainian children. One year later, the children have become part of the family. “We got to know them and God opened our hearts up to the idea of adopting them,” said father David Borden. Borden and his wife Jenny, who have been married 14 years, decided to adopt after hosting Maks, 11, and Alona, 9, last summer as part of a foreign hosting program. When the Bordens found out the children had a younger sister, Natasha, now 7, they decided to adopt all three.

“Once we said ‘Yes, we’ll do this,” everything opened up,” Jenny said. “It’s very expensive and we didn’t have that, so we sent out a letter to our church family, friends and school families. We had $10,000 within the first week.” Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Bordens brought Maks, Alona and Natasha home six months ago. The children, who knew very little English, are adapting well and coming along beautifully, Jenny said, in part due to the couple’s three birth children: Keely, 14, Isabelle, 6 and Max, 9, who have made sure the family’s newest additions are comfortable and taken care of, the Bordens said.

“That’s the neat thing – if I feel overwhelmed they’ve all kind of stepped in and been able to enjoy them and show them love,” Jenny said. A shared value system and opening of hearts has made it easier for their children to accept the change, they said. “We prayed about the whole thing as a family and spent a lot of time talking about what the benefits and the struggles might be,” David said. And although becoming a cohesive family will take more time, Jenny said she sees “glimpses” of what the Borden family will be in the future. “We went to a gospel concert at church. We went in and there’s a moment


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Residents who live in the Fort Wright Trace subdivision in Fort Wright are petitioning the city to take over ownership of the community’s four streets. Currently, home owner’s association fees pay for snow removal and other street maintenance needs.

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Residents in Fort Wright’s Fort Wright Trace subdivision are petitioning the city to take responsibility for their streets. Currently street maintenance and snow removal are done by the subdivision’s residents because the streets, when built in 1991, were never dedicated to public use. “Even in this housing crisis, homes in Fort Wright Trace have maintained their values,” said District Judge and resident Ann Ruttle at the caucus meeting Oct. 21. “As taxpayers we really see no legitimate reason Fort Wright Trace should not receive the full realm of city services.” Resident Bob Ruberg agreed. “We’re paying the same

taxes as everyone else in the city. We don’t get any rebate for maintaining our own roads,” he said. The four streets in Fort Wright Trace serve 66 town homes and 84 rental units. Homeowners said they pay about $10,000 to $15,000 a year maintaining their streets. Fort Wright city officials said there would have to be a legal proceedings as well as work to bring these streets up to the current subdivision standard. “The law recognizes the streets in Fort Wright Trace to be similar to my driveway. The rest of the people in Fort Wright can’t have their driveways cleaned by a plow as much as I’d like to have it done,” explained Mayor Joe Nienaber. The city will have to confirm the quality and composition of the pavement and

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Good deed shows character at Arnett By Jason Brubaker


Werner Coppel, a Holocaust survivor, greets a group of Lloyd students on Oct. 27 after his presentation. Coppel and fellow Holocaust survivor Zahava Rendler spoke to the students about their experiences, as well as how fight prejudice today.

Holocaust survivors deliver message to Lloyd students

By Jason Brubaker

As difficult as it sometimes can be, Zahava Rendler knows that sharing her life story can help teach valuable lessons. “Talking about this involves many terrifying memories for me,” said the Holocaust survivor, who spoke at Lloyd Memorial High School on Oct. 27. “But I think it’s important to teach our young people about prejudice and tolerance, because those are still problems in our world today.” Rendler and Werner Coppel, another Holocaust survivor, visited the school that day to share their stories and promote the traveling Holocaust exhibit from the Cincinnati-based Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. The exhibit contains brief videos about local Holocaust survivors, as well as some of their artifacts from that time period. However, it was their speeches that captivated the students, who gathered in Dietz Auditorium to hear them. “It’s so much better than reading from a textbook, because they

actually lived through this,” said junior Devin Carr. “It was pretty amazing to hear what they had gone through.” Joseph Klingler, an education coordinator with the CHHE, said that the speeches by Coppel and Rendler help to provide a historical context for major world events. Coppel spent nearly two years in Auschwitz, one of the more notorious concentration camps established by the Nazis, before escaping during a “death march” out of the camp. A little over four years later, he set foot in America, which has been his home ever since. Rendler, who was a small child when Germany first invaded Poland, talked about being forced to live in a bunker before finding refuge in a convent, where she was one of a few Jewish children to find a safe haven. It was there that her name was temporarily changed in order to hide her roots. “I was shunned for my religion and forced into hiding, but I survived,” she told the students. “So I look at it as my mission to help educate people about the dangers of prejudice.”


Klingler said that education is the key mission of the CHHE, and they regularly travel to schools to share their message with students. The museum also sends out the traveling exhibit whenever possible. “Not only do they bring to life these historical events, but they also relate to the world today, because prejudice is still a major problem,” he said. “This is such a valuable experience for these students, and we hope it really sets in for them.” Rendler said she enjoys being able to talk to students, many of whom have only been exposed to events like the Holocaust through textbooks or movies. She said her goal is that each student leaves the room wanting to make an impact. “I want them to not settle for just being a bystander,” she said. “Being silent about prejudice is allowing it to exist, and I just want them to be aware of what they can do to make a difference.” For more information about the CHHE, visit or call 513-4873055.

With the state of today’s economy, it seem that having a even few extra dollars in your pocket is a luxury. But Jesse Hicks knows that even money can’t buy a clear conscience. Hicks, a fourth-grader at Arnett Elementary, was surprised to stumble upon a bundle of bills in the grass upon leaving the school one late October afternoon. Faced with a moral decision, Hicks admits he wavered on what he should do with the money, which totaled almost $30. It was certainly enough money to allow him to get some new toys, maybe a new video game, or even just some extra candy from the store. But a voice in his head quickly dismissed those ideas. “Who wouldn’t want to find some money?” he asked. “But then I started thinking about how upset I would be if I lost some money and someone found it but never gave it back.” His conscience having won out, Hicks marched into Principal Matthew Engel’s office the next day and turned over the cash, explaining the story. Engel was eventually able to track down the owner of the money, who turned out to be another Arnett student. “We were pretty happy that he did what he did,” said Ronald Fuller, whose daughter had lost

the money. “We’re very grateful.” Hicks sad he was just happy to do what he did. “Once I did it, I felt pretty good, even though it would have been nice to keep it,” he said. “I knew it was the right thing to do, because that money may have been for something really important.” Teacher Melanie Triplett said Hicks’ good deed is a testament to the character lessons they try to instill in the students every day. At an age where kids don’t often understand the true value of money, she said it would have been easy for him to pocket the cash, with no one having known. “These kids are at the age where doing the right thing isn’t always clear or easy,” said Triplett. “For Jesse to forget about what he wanted and to do what he knew was right showed a ton of character, and we’re so proud of him.” For his good deed, Hicks received a small monetary reward from the family, as well as a gift certificate to Frisch’s Restaurant. “That was pretty cool,” he said with a big smile. “I didn’t know I would get a reward. I just feel good because I helped someone find what they lost.” Engel, in his first year at Arnett, said Hicks’ actions made him very proud. “It’s a good story, and we’re glad he did the right thing,” he said. “That’s the kind of thing we want all our kids to be able to do.”

Treat time


Author Leigh Anne Florence holds her dog, Woody, as Trenton Bradford and his Arnett Elementary classmates feed him. Florence, whose stories center around her two dogs, visited the school on Oct. 27 to talk to the students about how to be successful in school and in life.

History lesson


St. Henry fifth graders research and prepare for presentations on Native American Culture. Here students prepare food lists, dolls with Native American clothing, and prayer sticks.




St. Henry seventh grade volleyball team won the St. Pius seventh grade league over the weekend of Oct. 24. On their way to winning the grand prize they also won the NKU tournament, St. Joe's Tournament and the end of the season tournament. Seen here with all their tropies are team members Natalie Gurren, Kendyll Kraus, Karly Lehmkuhl, Emily Mauntel, Bailie Parker, Tori Silvati, Natalie Weber, Emily Westerbeck. Coaches are Eilizabeth Dietz and Natalie Thelen.

Student wins tuition reimbursement award

Catholic Order of Foresters (COF), headquartered in Naperville, Ill., awarded $25,000 in tuition reimbursements to COF youth members attending Catholic school, kindergarten through high school.

Drew Walker of Erlanger was one of the 100 winners selected in a random drawing. Walker received a $250 award for the 2009-2010 school year. He is the son of Chad and Laura Walker. He is also a member of St. Henry Court 2098 and attends St. Henry District High School.


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November 5, 2009


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Dixie Heights senior Mallory Stanek (front) works with a group of River Ridge students during a dance class on Oct. 27. For her senior project, Stanek is putting together a recital with students from Caywood and River Ridge.

She’s got a heart for dancing By Jason Brubaker

Like many high school seniors, Mallory Stanek has a pretty full schedule between classes, homework, captaining the dance team and preparing for college. But that still hasn’t stopped her from finding time to do what she really loves....teaching dance. As her senior project, Stanek has been working with students from River Ridge and Caywood Elementary to help prepare them for a December recital at Dixie. She spends Monday and Tuesday afternoons at River Ridge, then heads to Caywood on Wednesdays, teaching students some basic dance moves and positions for about 90 minutes after school. “It definitely keeps me busy, but it’s a lot of fun too,” she said with a big smile. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and it’s really important to me, so it’s

not been bad for me at all.” A dancer since she was 4 years old, Stanek really began pursuing the craft after heart surgery at age 9 forced her away from most sports. However, having already fallen in love with dancing by then, she took it all in stride, and in fact, now calls her classes “Heartbeat Dance” , in a tribute to her ordeal. “I loved dancing anyway, so it wasn’t a huge adjustment for me,” she recalled. “It’s given me some great opportunities.” Having always been involved in volunteer work and loving working with kids, Stanek entered her senior year knowing exactly what she wanted to do for her senior project. She originally wasn’t sure what the interest would be, but her doubts were soon squashed when River Ridge alone had close to 40 kids sign up, causing her to split the class into two groups. “It’s been fun, and I think


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the kids are really enjoying it too,” she said. “The kids have been great and willing to listen, so it’s worked out perfectly so far.” River Ridge fifth-grader Ashli Atkinson confirmed that the classes have been “really fun”. “She’s a really nice teacher, and she likes to laugh and have fun with us,” she said. “She’s also a really good dancer, and I hope I can learn how to do everything she does.” “We get to play some fun games while we’re learning the different positions, and that’s my favorite part,” added classmate Karena Holthaus. With all different levels of experience and skill in her classes, she said getting the classes ready for the recital is a challenge. However, she adds there’s nothing she’d rather be doing right now. The recital is scheduled for Dec. 17 at Dixie Heights High School.


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Kenton football season: Part 2 begins care of business on Friday night.” Of the nine area teams, only two advanced past the second round last season. Scott did not qualify for the postseason in 2008. Beechwood and Simon Kenton advanced to the state championship games in Class 1A and Class 6A, respectively, and aim to play a full schedule again this season. The other six programs hope that they can make a deeper run this year. “We know we have to play five one-week seasons,” Wirth said. “We have a mature group of guys and they know that they won’t get to the second week if they don’t take care of business in the first week.”

By Adam Turer

The second season of high school football begins Friday, Nov. 6, for Kenton County teams. Preparing for the postseason puts coaching staffs in a delicate position. They need to keep their players relaxed and focused, while at the same time stressing the urgency of the moment and the fact that, for some players, this might be their last chance to make plays on Friday night. “Everything we do in practice this week is contingent on the fact that this might be it,” said Holy Cross head coach Bruce Kozerski, whose Indians open the Class 2A playoffs at home against Owen County. “We have to find a way to play relaxed, but at the same time the kids know this is the playoffs.” Most teams headed into the last week of the regular season with a playoff berth already locked up and their seed for the opening round already determined. The final week was a chance for teams to focus on their own execution and continue to improve heading into the postseason. Some programs enter the playoffs with more momentum than others. Beechwood and Covington Catholic are both coming off of difficult losses. Beechwood lost a close contest to Newport Central Catholic, while CovCath was routed by Louisville St. Xavier. “We are coming off of a real tough loss and we need to rebound mentally and emotionally,” Colonels head coach Dave Wirth said. “This will be a real mental week of practice for us.” T h e Colonels host Woodford County in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. CovCath earned the home game by defeating Dixie Heights during the regular season. Dixie Heights will travel


Dixie Heights’ No. 15 Bobby Leonard pulls down a pass in the second quarter of play Oct. 30 during the game with Boone County. to Ashland Blazer in the first round. Beechwood enters the Class 1A playoffs with a 6-4 record. The Tigers are aiming for their third straight state championship. Some coaches try to downplay the significance of the postseason. To keep his team calm and focused, Holmes coach Stephen Lickert treats the first round of the playoffs as if it is another week in the regular season. Whatever Lickert has done has worked so far this year, as he led the Bulldogs to an 8-2 mark and their first district title in 31 years. “We try to treat it like any other game,” said Lickert, whose team will host East Jessamine in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. “We want to take advantage of each extra day of practice and take advantage of every opportunity we get on Friday night.” Holmes, Holy Cross, CovCath, Beechwood (vs. Trimble County), and Simon Kenton (vs. Butler) all earned home-field advan-

tage for at least the first round. District champions Holmes, Beechwood, and Simon Kenton will play at home in the second round as well if they win on Friday night. Lloyd (at Louisville Christian Academy), Scott (at Johnson Central), Ludlow (at Eminence), and Dixie Heights will travel for their first round contests. The extra home game is a reward for all the hard work that went into the regular season and paid off in the form of crucial district victories. “I think it’s most important to our school, community, and fans and to our seniors to have another home game,” said Wirth, who feels he has one of the best groups of seniors he has had in 15 years of coaching. Kozerski believes the best way to get his team to focus on the task at hand is to remind them early in the week of what is at stake. “You get their attention by reminding them that this week is the first step of equipment collection,” said Kozerski. “In the next breath you have to get them ready to go out and take

Simon Kenton 50, Scott 0

Zach Sowder rushed for 104 yards to lead the Eagles (2-8). He finished the season with 1,727 rushing yards, third-best in Northern Kentucky. The area’s second-best rusher on the season, the Pioneers’ Miles Simpson, rushed for 122 yards to bring his season total to 1,777 yards. Chad Lawrence rushed for three scores, passed for two more, and returned a punt for a touchdown to lead the rout. Simon Kenton hosts Butler in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Shadyside 28, Holy Cross 7

The Indians (5-5) lost the regular season finale after falling behind 28-0. Chad Fuller added a late touchdown on a 47-yard pass from Jerry Arlinghaus. Markel Walker passed for 35 yards and rushed for 66 for the Indians. Holy Cross hosts Owen County in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Bellevue 41, Lloyd 28

Lloyd’s rushing defense continued to struggle to end the regular season. The Juggernauts allowed 362 rushing yards to Bellevue senior standout Ricky Buckler. The Lloyd offense kept pace most of the way. Dylan McGuire threw two TD passes and also rushed for two scores. He had 1,706 passing yards and 13 scores in the regular season. The Juggernauts dropped to 4-6.

Louisville St. Xavier 63, CovCath 7


Notre Dame’s Brandi Schwartz battles for the ball against St. Henry’s Natalie Vaught in the first half of the sub-sectional game Oct. 27.

St. Henry ends year with 20-2 mark

By James Weber

Tears flowed freely on the St. Henry bench after the girls’ soccer team ended its season sooner than it would have liked. The Crusaders lost 2-0 to Notre Dame in the state sub-sectional round (round of 16) Oct. 27 at Dixie Heights. St. Henry finished 20-2, with both losses to Notre Dame. “They have a lot to be proud of,” said St. Henry head coach Steve Lorenz. “We felt we could get all the way to Georgetown (state semifinals). This is arguably the best team that has come from St. Henry. We’ve been building towards this year.” The teams battled to a scoreless draw until Notre Dame senior Torrie Lange scored off a free kick from 25 yards out. That came with 27 minutes left in the second half. “In matches like this the game will favor who scores first,” Lorenz said. “The first half was pretty even.” The Crusaders lost in this round for the second straight year. This year, the Crusaders won their second straight All “A” state championship, and won the 17th District and Ninth Region titles. They allowed 10 goals all year, four to Notre Dame in two games. Stephanie


St. Henry’s Abby Felthaus heads the ball against her cousin, Notre Dame’s Torrie Lange (background) Oct. 27.

Hasken had 14 shutouts in goal to lead the state. St. Henry was second in the state in goals with five per game. Libby Leedom (28 goals) and Abby Janszen (27) were in the top five in Northern Kentucky. Natalie Vaught and Taylor Gamm had eight apiece. Abby Felthaus was second in the state with 24 assists. Felthaus and Hasken are seniors, as are Marissa Vujnovich, Kaysie Worley, Katie Tolbert, Carly McArtor, Jenna Musgrave, Alayna Earl, Carolynne Felix and Gabby Jimenez.

The Colonels allowed 363 rushing yards in the defeat to the top-ranked team in 6A. Alex Slabaugh scored CovCath’s lone touchdown.

Boone County 28, Dixie Heights 21


Dixie Heights’ Ben Haggerty gets pushed out of bounds in the first quarter of play against Boone County Oct. 30.

A short pass from Nate Alford to Jordan Oppenheimer turned into the tiebreaking touchdown with a minute to play as the Colonels lost to the Rebels. Ryan Wilson scored two rushing TDs and Seth Bruns one. Wilson had 131 passing yards and 120 on the ground. Wilson enters the postseason with 2,028 passing yards and 19 scores.


St. Henry’s Libby Leedom (24) battles for the ball against Notre Dame’s Megan Berberich in the sub-sectional game Oct. 27 at Dixie Heights.

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Pandas go for state soccer title By James Weber

The Notre Dame Academy soccer team has lived by its defense through much of the postseason. The offense broke out Oct. 29 to the tune of an 8-1 win over Bourbon County in a state quarterfinal game in Paris. Notre Dame will play Daviess County (20-3) 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at Georgetown College. The winner goes to the state final 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The potential opponents are Sacred Heart (17-1-2) and Lexington Catholic (19-4-1). Notre Dame beat both those schools this season. The Pandas will look for their second state title after winning it all in 2004.

The Pandas have allowed just 14 goals all season, and just one in eight contests preceding the Bourbon match. In the quarterfinal, NDA scored its first goal 16 minutes into the game on a ball from senior Courtney Clark. Senior Torrie Lange scored the second goal, and Clark’s cousin Chandler Clark made it 3-0 at halftime. Courtney Clark scored her second and third goals of the game in the second half to make it 5-1. Sophomore Belle Leininger had two goals down the stretch, and junior Emily Combs had the final marker. Courtney Clark enters the state semifinals with a team-high 13 goals and seven assists.

Heather Shelton has 11 goals. Alexa Clark and Sydney Scheben have seven apiece. The previous round featured Lange, a senior midfielder, facing off against her cousin, Abby Felthaus from St. Henry. “It was a big deal,” said Lange. “We’re both seniors, so one of us was going out. We had our whole families here.” Lange provided the winning blow in that game off a 25-yard free kick with 27 minutes left in the game. Notre Dame won 2-0 on a later goal by Alexa Clark. “It feels awesome,” Lange said. “We have to keep working hard and we’ll have a good chance.”


Notre Dame’s Brandi Schsartz battles for control of the ball against St. Henry’s Carly McArtor in the first half of NDA’s 2-0 win in a sectional game Oct. 27 at Dixie Heights.

Colonels learn from early struggles Pandas fall in volleyball semis

Al Hertsenberg changed the defensive system of his Covington Catholic soccer team this season, switching to more of a zone-oriented scheme. The Colonels struggled with it early in the season against a tough schedule that included some of Cincinnati’s better teams and Louisville Trinity. CovCath started 2-5, giving up 13 goals in that span. The Colonels have allowed just six goals since then en route to a 12-1-1 streak. Defense was expected to be a big key against St. Xavier Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the state semifinals. St. X (21-1-1) the defending state champ, has outscored opponents 109-10 this year. The winner plays in the state final against Greenwood or Danville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Georgetown College. CovCath allowed just one goal in its first five postseason games heading into the state semifinals. “We took our lumps over there (in Cincinnati) putting in a new system,” Hertsenberg said. “Halfway through the season, we started to figure it out. We hadn’t given up many goals lately. These guys are really playing well as a unit.” The defense shut out some dynamic forwards in the postseason, including Scott’s Alec Robbins and Montgomery County’s Christian Jauregui, who

Covington Catholic sophomore Sam Mullen (right) collides with a Montgomery County opponent during CovCath’s 2-0 win Oct. 28 in the state quarterfinals at Dixie Heights. JAMES WEBER/STAFF

each has 26 goals this year. After CovCath’s 2-0 win over Montgomery in the state quarterfinals Oct. 28, senior goalkeeper Brett Futscher praises his teammates for his eighth shutout. “Our outside backs stuck to (Jauregui),” Futscher said. “Everybody found him, everybody talked a lot. Whenever he ran, we shifted with him. I only had to make two or three saves.” The goals have been generated by sophomores lately. In the past four games, Evan Talkers has three and Sam Mullen three. Talkers enters the semifinals with a team-high 19 goals and Mullen has eight. Against Montgomery, Talkers scored the first goal early in the first half after nifty footwork to beat the Indians goalie. “I just kind of took the

guy one on one, beat him, and got it in the corner,” he said. “I was excited. It was a great feeling.” In the second half, Mullen scored for the third straight game on a header, this time off a free kick from Garrett Justice. Mullen’s brother Ben was on the last CovCath team to make the state semis in 2003. “It’s a great feeling,” Sam Mullen said. “My brother made it to the final four and it’s been a goal of mine to make it farther than he does.” Hertsenberg appreciates the boost the younger players have given his offense. “This senior class has really included the sophomores as part of the team,” he said. “These guys work as hard as anybody else, and our seniors say if you can score, go ahead and score.”

• St. Henry High School girls came in first place as a team with a score of 36 at the

St. Henry XC Invitational at Idlewild Park, Oct. 24. St. Henry’s Hinken came in third individually at 19:58.53. St. Henry’s Maria Frigo was fifth

“I knew at the beginning of the season that it would go by in the blink of an eye,” Wulfeck said. “We did so many great things this year.” NDA returns two starters in sophomore hitters Emily Schmahl and Shelby Reid.

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The Notre Dame Academy volleyball team thought this could be the year it would win the state championship and break 14 straight years of the title going to Louisville. So there were plenty of tears and no moral victories after the Pandas lost to eventual state champ Louisville Mercy in the state semifinals Oct. 31. Mercy won 25-19, 2515 to avenge a tight fivegame loss to Notre Dame a month ago. Notre Dame finishes 32-9. “It just hit me that my season is over,” NDA senior libero Leslie Schellhaas said. “I love all the girls on this team. It’s hard to realize that this is the last time I’ll have Notre Dame on the back of my jersey.” Notre Dame started the match quickly, leading 6-1 and 13-10, but an 11-2 run by Mercy paved the way for a Game 1 win. Mercy then came out with a 9-2 lead in the second game. “I don’t think either of us played our best game the

first time we played each other,” NDA head coach Andrea Lanham said. “(Today) we weren’t doing a very good job of running things outside of where they are. When you’re not changing things up, you become very predictable. We didn’t make them have to think very much.” Notre Dame had just 12 kills compared to 29 for Mercy. Mercy standout Madison Hardy, a Miami (Ohio) recruit, led both teams with 11. Seniors Jaimie Wulfeck and Liz Barton led NDA with four kills apiece. Wulfeck set the school’s career kills record in the previous match, a quarterfinal win over Dunbar. She is looking to play volleyball in college. “They started getting the momentum and we just let them do that, we didn’t come back,” Wulfeck said. “They did a very good job blocking me. It was hard to adjust to.” Schellhaas and Wulfeck were named to the all-tournament team. Other seniors are Morgan Ebner, Ashley Robinson, Brooke Jones and Karli Ward.


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Last week’s question What is the scariest movie you’ve seen? The scariest movie villain? What made them so scary? “I can’t remember the last scariest movie I saw ... maybe ‘Poltergeist’ ... living in today’s society is scarier than I can handle.” Florence “I don’t watch scary movies. The evening news is frightening enough for me.” G.G. “I wouldn’t waste my money on today’s ‘scary,’ i.e. blood, violence, gore, sex, etc. but a long, long time ago I loved what I thought was scary was all the Frankenstein movies. What your imagination can dream up is a lot scarier.” Duke “Scariest? ‘The Exorcist’! The reverse spider walk down the steps scene makes me leave the room. At that point, what’s the use for a priest? Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is pretty scary.” T.S. “I would have to say the scariest movie I ever saw was ‘Psycho’ directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It

Next question: Do you plan to attend a Veterans Day event in your community? What does the day mean to you? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. was a 1960 black and white “who done it” thriller. As opposed to today’s blood and guts (make you sick) movies this one really kept you on the edge of your seat. Plus seeing it in the theater added to the suspense. ‘The Exorcist’ was a close second. Most of today’s scary movies are more about special effects and less about acting and directing. Go figure!” T.D.T. “Stephen King’s stories always terrorize me: I am afraid of kids on Big Wheels, corn fields, fog, clowns, proms and Saint Bernards.” K.G. “The scariest movie would be ‘Poltergeist’ and the scariest villain would be Freddie Kruger. The suspense made the movie scary and Freddie’s killing methods made him a real baddie.” B.N.

Horses and Hope saves lives In a little over one year, it is remarkable just how many people the Horses and Hope program has touched across the Commonwealth. Every year between 2,800 and 3,200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of death for women in Kentucky. When presented with such a staggering statistic in 2008, I knew something must be done. My drive to help tackle this issue head on led to the development of Horses and Hope: an initiative to educate, improve awareness and offer screenings for the often overlooked members of Kentucky’s horse industry. Since its inception, we have hit the ground running in every corner of the state, mobilizing survivors, doctors and advocates to help us spread the word far and wide about the importance of being screened. Recently we hosted a successful race day at Keeneland, where a sea of pink dresses, scarves, ties and ribbons flooded the grandstands. Conversations between mothers, sisters and daughters about the importance of telling their friends and neighbors to get screened filled the racetrack. These are the conversations that save lives. The overwhelming amount of support from partners for the Horses and Hope program has been truly outstanding. Due to the hard work of partner groups as well as our committed volunteers and steering committee – The Pink Stable – we will be able to ensure that our next years of operation are even more inclusive







as we work together to provide information about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The figures to date for Horses and Hope are extraordinary: • Four of Kentucky’s primary racetracks – Ellis Park, Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs – have been the site of multiple Breast Cancer Race Day celebrations. • More than 760 track workers were educated about the importance of testing for breast cancer. • Six screening dates using mobile mammogram technologies at Kentucky’s racetracks led to the further testing and diagnosis of breast cancer in two individuals. • 1,790 Race Day survivors and guests were in attendance at Horses and Hope events, including 135 at the 2009 Kentucky Oaks “Pink Out” Day. • More than 125,246 Race Day fans have learned more about the importance of being tested as well as about the prevalence of breast cancer in the commonwealth. • To date, approximately $96,361 has been raised to help continue this important, life-saving program. For more information about how to become involved in the Horses and Hope program and for information about upcoming 2009 Breast Cancer Race Days, visit:

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Fall a good time for soil testing Question: Is this a good time to do soil testing, or should I wait until spring? How deep should I dig to get samples from my lawn, garden and shrub beds? Will the test results tell me how much lime I should add to my garden? Is there a fee? Answer: Fall is a good time to take soil samples for nutrient and pH testing. Fall sampling will often result in a faster return of results and recommendations from the University of Kentucky’s Soil Testing Lab. If your soil is too acid, it will need lime to raise the pH. If the soil is too alkaline or basic, sulfur may be needed to lower the pH. About two-thirds of the lawn, garden and landscape soil samples brought in to the Boone County Extension Office have pH levels higher than needed for optimum plant growth. Many of these would benefit from the application of sulfur, whereas lime would actually be harmful if added. Therefore, lime (and wood ashes as well) should never be added to soil unless a soil test reveals the need. Both lime and sulfur take several months to raise or lower soil pH, so fall is a good time to apply whichever one is needed. By garden planting time in the spring, hopefully the soil pH will be properly modified. Lawns should be fertilized primarily from September to December. Landscape trees and shrubs need fertilized in late November or early March. Fruit trees and bush fruits should be fertilized in February. Phosphorus and potassium can be applied to flower beds and vegetable gardens in the fall, but wait until spring to apply nitrogen, or else the rains and melting snow will leach it below the rooting area. However, if manure will be used on

a garden, berry patch or orchard, it should be applied in the fall, due to food safety concerns. Collect at least 5 to 10 soil cores for each lawn, garMike Klahr den or landscape Take the soil Community area. cores randomly Recorder throughout the columnist area to be sampled and place in a bucket. All soil core samples should start at the soil surface and go down to the recommended depth given for each specific crop listed below. Don’t include any mulch or plant parts in the soil sample. After all cores from one crop area are collected and placed in the bucket, crush the materials and mix the sample thoroughly. Allow the sample to air dry in an open indoor space free from contamination. Spread the soil out to dry on newspapers. Do not dry the sample in an oven or at an abnormally high temperature. When dry, crumble the soil and fill a 2 cup sample container with soil. Soil sample bags and information forms for submitting samples are available at your local County Extension Office, where the soil testing service will be free in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. For established lawns, sample the top 2 inches of soil only. Areas to be tilled up for a new lawn should be sampled to a depth of 4 inches. For annual flowers, sample the top 6 to 8 inches of soil, but for perennials, sample the top 6 to 12 inches of soil. Don’t take samples too close to foundations, sidewalks, driveways or limestone graveled areas, unless these are treated as separate “problem areas.” Granular dry fertilizer can be added to the

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Madison Stamper ,5, of Independence pulls out the contents of her pumpkin with mixed feelings at the Kenton County Library Pumpkin Carving Party at the Erlanger branch.

Jane Beshear is first lady of Kentucky.

CORRECTION A column from the Northern Kentucky Alliance that ran Oct. 22 misidentified the author of the piece in a cutline. The author of the column was

Michelle Eversole with the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

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Veterans Day events should have good turnout By Jason Brubaker


Siblings Monica and Mauricio Bermudez of Cotillion Events in Covington bake and create fresh, flavorful wedding cakes. Here the brother and sister stand with their signature cake, the Rose Petal cake (right), which can have as many as 500 handmade gum paste petals on a three-tier cake.

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Greater Cincinnati could be the future home of its own “Ace of Cakes.” The brother-sister team behind Cotillion Events located in Covington’s Wedding Mall specializes in wedding cakes and more made with traditional recipes and decorated with modern lines. “We always joke and say one day we will be the ‘Ace of Cakes’ of Cincinnati,” laughed co-owner Monica Bermudez. “What happens on TV happens on real life too.” Monica, along with her brother Mauricio, opened Cotillion Events 18 months ago. Many of the recipes and flavors used by the siblings were learned from their mother, who owns a bakery in Venezuela. “We grew up in a family that carries the tradition of cakes,” Mauricio said. “We decided it was time to continue the tradition.” The siblings design their cakes with clean lines and elegance in mind, but they don’t mind going a little avant-garde at times. Mauricio said popular cake styles right now include using differently shaped layers like a hexagon base, square middle and round top. Nontraditional colors such as ivory, light blue, pink and chocolate brown are also showing up more on cakes. “We work with the bride and groom and meet their specific needs. We create a

unique cake for their wedding,” Mauricio said. Brides can come to Cotillion Events and choose a different flavor and filling for each layer of cake, at no additional charge, Monica said. Cake stands are also available for weddings free of charge. “Tell us what you want, give us the cost and we’ll go from there. There’s never going to be an additional cost for any features you choose on the cake,” Mauricio said. In addition to wedding cakes, Cotillion Events also takes on cakes for baby showers, birthdays and other special events. “We have done drums, hamburgers and any other stuff that maybe other people don’t dare to do,” Monica said. And though delivering and assembling cakes on site can be anxiety-inducing, Monica says the client’s reactions make the work worth it. “When they see the cake and go ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this – it’s so beautiful,’ then it’s OK,” she said with a laugh. Eventually Cotillion Events hopes to expand into wedding planning and catering. But for right now, the brother and sister are happy baking: “I can’t see myself not doing cakes in the future,” Mauricio said. For more information about Cotillion Events, located at 630 Madison Avenue in Covington, call 513-237-1161 or visit

Highland Cemetery and the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum are partnering this year to ensure that all veterans know that their sacrifices are appreciated. In recognition of Veterans Day, the cemetery is hosting two special events this year on Nov. 8 and Nov. 11. On Nov. 8 at 2 p.m., they’ll host their annual Veterans Day event, where local World War II veterans will be honored. “We’ve gotten a great response from the veterans, and we think this is going to be a special program,” said Kathleen Romero, who is helping to organize the event. “We’re thrilled that we can honor them like this, because they’ve done so much for us.” Romero said the event chooses a different set of veterans each year to focus on, although all veterans are certainly welcome and encouraged to attend. Next year, she said they’ll honor local Korean War veterans. As part of the ceremony this year, she said they were able to research local WW II veterans, and have found stories of soldiers f r o m Veterans Day Boone, at Highland Campbell Cemetery and Kenton County The annual Veterans Day event will be held in who were front of the Chapel on Nov. killed in 8, starting at 2 p.m. The the attack Civil War event will be held on Pearl in the Chapel on Nov. 11, H a r b o r. starting at 6:30 p.m. Both Not only events are free to attend, will their and should last stories be approximately one hour. shared, but Due to limited seating, there will reservations should be also be a made for the Civil War 21-gun event. For more information, or salute and to make reservations, visit the playing of bagpipes m or call 331-3220. as the other veterans are honored. “These veterans all have amazing stories, and it’s great we can get them together to recognize them,” said Romero. “They really are our greatest generation.” Following that event will be a new


World War II Veteran Vierling A. Blum talks with Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn before the Veterans' Day ceremony on Nov. 9, 2008. Blum, a native of Cincinnati, was the keynote speaker.


Veterans of all the wars were represented at the 2008 Veterans Day ceremony in Highland Cemetery. addition to the Veterans Day schedule this year. On Nov. 11, Civil War archeologist Jeannine Kreinbrink will be speaking about the Civil War and it’s history in Northern Kentucky. The program will be at the Highland Cemetery Chapel, starting at 6:30 p.m. “Veterans Day started after World War I, but it was also meant to honor veterans from all wars,” said Kreinbrink. Gayle Pille, who has helped to organize the event for Highland Cemetery, said the program will show the rich history of the area as it relates to

the Civil War. “Jeannine is an expert, and she has found a lot of fascinating things herelike the old cannonball off the cemetery trails about 10 years ago,” said Pille. “This should be a really great program, and people will come away learning a lot.” Both programs are free, but the Nov. 11 program will have limited seating, so guests need to make reservations. For more information about either program, visit

THINGS TO DO Historical dining

Covington’s BehringerCrawford Museum presents “The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment & Gambling” exhibit, which will be on display until Jan. 10. The exhibit features several fine and notso-fine dining restaurants located on Dixie Highway from the 1930s to the 1970s. Call 491-4003 or visit

Kevin Nealon Showtimes will be at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call 957-2000 or visit

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Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kevin Nealon takes his stand-up comedy routine to the Funny Bone at Newport on the Levee Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. Nealon is most known for anchoring “Weekend Update” on SNL. Tickets are $25.

The Boone County Farmers Market in Burlington is still open for business seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 586-6101 or visit www.boone The farmers market is located at the corner of Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road.


Members of the VFW Post 6423 and American Legion Post 20 salute during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2008 Veterans Day program at Highland Cemetery.

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First Friday Gallery Hop, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St. Begins at Artisans Enterprise Center. Follow map to see all things artistic on southern side of Ohio River. Free. Presented by City of Covington. 292-2322; Covington. Artists’ Harvest, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Passionate Arts Center, 31-33 W. Pike St. Paintings, photographs, textiles, pottery, calligraphy, stained glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. Includes light refreshments and music. Family friendly. Free. Through Dec. 18. 3938358. Covington.


L’art de la Joaillerie, The Art of Jewelry, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway. Group show. An exploration into the art of hand-crafted art jewelry and small metalsmith work. Through Nov. 14. 341-5800. Crestview Hills. Something for Everyone, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Celebrates works of The Clay Alliance, Keith Auerbach, Ken Page, Eric Ruschman, and Jessica Grace Bechtel. Free. Through Nov. 25. 957-1940. Covington.


Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee. Largest jellyfish exhibit in Midwest. Nearly 100 exotic jellyfish in new, see-through tanks. Includes giant Jelly Wall where children can play tag with moon jellies. Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee. Interactive exhibits with more than 20 species of exotic and rare frogs and large play area where children can climb, crawl and slide through. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 10:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee. Every morning at opening, one lucky child is selected to lead Penguin Parade. During inclement weather, parade moves inside lobby of aquarium. Free. 2617444. Newport.


Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Bolero. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road. Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. $5. 291-2300; Covington.


Keepsake Christmas Craft Show, 10 a.m.9 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, Yeoman Suite. Local crafters’ wooden toys, gift baskets, jewelry, photography, pottery, stained glass, fall and Christmas decorations, wreaths, home decor and more. Benefits American Cancer Society. Free. Presented by Keepsake Christmas. 341-3135. Fort Mitchell.


Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road. From apples to zucchini, and everything in between. With perennial plants, there are annuals and hanging baskets for all occasions. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 586-6101. Burlington.

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Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus No. 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Includes fish, shrimp, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and sides. Drinks available. Carry-out available. Benefits charities of Knights of Columbus No. 3908. $1.25-$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus No. 3908, Father Bealer Council. 342-6643. Elsmere. All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Josh’s Taverne & Grill, 2477 Royal Drive. Josh’s Taverne & Grill. Regular menu and other daily special and children’s menu also available. $22.95. Reservations recommended. Presented by Josh’s Taverne & Grill. 3447850; Fort Mitchell.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road. Celebrate this mystical stretch of Dixie Highway from Covington through Florence that was know for its dining establishments such as the White Horse Tavern and Greyhound Grill; first-class entertainment at Lookout House; and illegal gambling. $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.

ON STAGE - COMEDY Kevin Nealon, 8 p.m. Dinner available. $25. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee. Comedian and actor. Ages 21 and up. 957-2000. Newport. ON STAGE STUDENT THEATER

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids, 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St. Dalmatian parents join some dogs of London to rescue couple’s puppies from Cruella De Vil and her henchmen. $8. Presented by Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. 957-1940. Covington.


Meet Your Match: Singles Trivia, 7 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Ages 18 or older to attend. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Burlington. S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 7


Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., auditorium. Workshop presents basics of drawing. Little or no experience. Supplies included. $30. Registration required. 431-0020. Covington.


Kentucky Kuzzins, 8 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike. Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.

COOKING CLASSES Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. With Arthur Leech. $20. Reservations required. 426-1042; Crestview Hills. CRAFT SHOWS

Christmas/Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nicholson Christian Church, 1970 Walton Nicholson Pike, Family Life Center. Gifts, crafts, jewelry, floral arrangements, decorations, coffee bar, baked goods and more. Food available. $1. Presented by Staffordsburg United Methodist Church. 356-7544. Independence.


Appalachian Culture Series, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. View film “The Dollmaker.” Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Student Services Center, Room E101. Series celebrates contributions of Appalachian culture. Free. 442-1179. Edgewood.


All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Josh’s Taverne & Grill, $22.95. Reservations recommended. 344-7850; Fort Mitchell.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike. The 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 717, members and ages 6 and under free. 586-6117; Burlington.


Close To Home, 7 p.m. With Beneath the Sky, Pluto Revolts, I Am The Messenger and The Paramedic. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $12, $10 advance. 291-2233. Covington.


Kevin Nealon, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $25. Funny Bone, 957-2000. Newport. S U N D A Y, N O V. 8


Keepsake Christmas Craft Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel. Free. 341-3135. Fort Mitchell.


Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 586-6117; Burlington.


The Queen City Brass (pictured) returns to The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The quintet will perform in the Otto M. Budig Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $18. For ticket information, call 957-1940 or visit For information on the group, visit M O N D A Y, N O V. 9


Bluegrass Session, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout, BBC Seasonal and BBC Seasonal Cask, $3. With Scott Risner and Friends. Presented by Irish American Theater Company. Through Dec. 28. 491-6659. Covington.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7 p.m. William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road. Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening, and leadership skills in supportive environment. No charge to visitors and guests. 802-9320. Independence.


Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike. Casual dress. Smooth-soled shoes required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.


Yoga, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Bring mat. $25 monthly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 334 2117. Burlington.


Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road. For mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. Family friendly. $23.95 registration per year. Reservations required. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). 620-9191; Burlington.


Wii Sports for Adults, 1 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Bowling and other sports on Nintendo game system. Free. Registration required, available online. 342-2665; Burlington. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 1 0


Irish Pint Night, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. Irish ballads by Roger Drawdy. Discounted Irish drafts. Through Dec. 29. 4916659. Covington.


Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road. Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. $6, $3 for firsttimers. 727-0904. Fort Wright.


Internet, 10 a.m. Level 1. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. How to connect to the Internet from home, what you can find online and how to get a Web site. Free. Registration required. 342-2665. Burlington.


Northern Kentucky, One Book, One Community, 7 p.m. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road. Discussion of “The Jazz Bird.” Free. 962-4000. Erlanger.


Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St. 2617510. Covington.


Old Crow Medicine Show, 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Old-time Nashville group. $23. 491-2444; Covington.


Scrabble Rama!, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Scrabble tournament; prizes. 431-2326; Covington. Texas Hold’em Tournaments, 9 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. Players gather in tables of eight for the five-card game. Prizes from local beer and liquor distributors available for winners. Final game held at end of an eight-week period. Winner of final game receives $500. Ages 21 and up. 491-6659. Covington. W E D N E S D A Y, N O V. 1 1


Move Across the River, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive. Open dance, workshops and demonstrations. Workshops include: Arkansas Street Swing, Chicago Jitterbug, Imperial Swing and Carolina Shag. Ages 21 and up. $50 entire event, $25 one day. Registration required. 513-6976351; Fort Mitchell.


Running Word Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. 431-2326. Covington.

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Small Business Owners Association Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road. Timely and topical information for small businesses in forum that is inviting and welcoming. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Small Business Owners Association of Northern Kentucky. 5866101; Burlington.


Northern Kentucky Hire Vets First Job Fair, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road. More than 70 companies participate in job fair with local companies, schools, service organizations, door prizes and more. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Veteran Section. 292-2642; Erlanger.

LITERARY - SIGNINGS Craig Holden, 7 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Meet author of “The Jazz Bird.” Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Burlington.

MUSIC - BLUEGRASS Bluegrass Americana Jam, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Benefits Smokefree Northern Ky. Free. 261-1029; Latonia. MUSIC - CONCERTS

Queen City Brass, 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Quintet performs classical, ragtime, Dixieland and jazz. $18. 491-2030; Covington.


Ladies Nite Quartermania, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Covington Moose Lodge 1469, 5247 Taylor Mill Road. Bidding begins 7 p.m. Benefits What Everyone Wants Charities. Paddles: $2 or 3 for $5. Registration suggested. 8014383; Taylor Mill.


Fabulous CASS Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, 20 W. 11th St. Admission includes 15 percent off all purchases. Five percent of sales benefits Cincinnati Area Senior Services. Includes raffle and silent auctions. $25. Reservations required. 513-721-4330; Covington.


Northern Kentucky History Lecture Series, 2 p.m. “John A. Roebling and His Suspension Bridge on the Ohio River” with historian and German-American scholar Don Heinrich Tolzmann. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. Light refreshments, music and free tours after lecture. $45 series; $7 per lecture, $4 students. 291-0542. Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Bayside, 7:30 p.m. With All the Day Holiday, Pilot Around the Stars and Bazookas Go Bang. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $15, $12 advance. 291-2233. Covington.


Steely Dan’s Rent Party Tour comes to the Taft Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for two nights, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10-11. On the first night, the duo will perform the complete live version of “Aja,” and on the second night, “The Royal Scam.” For tickets, call 877-598-8703 or visit

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The Bank of Kentucky Center hosts the Royal Hanneford Circus from Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 8. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50-$38. Visit


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The longing that never goes away spiritual component of o u r nature. It is a longing for the transcendent, for Father Lou God. For a Guntzelman c r e a t u r e , fulPerspectives total fillment will only be found permanently with its Creator. Strange, but many of us fear our spiritual longing. Why fear it? One reason is because we think it will cost us too much of our humanness and the enjoyment of this life. Paradoxically, it will increase it. We fear, as Francis Thompson feared as he ran from God, “Lest having thee, I might have naught else besides.” We also fear publicly admitting our need for God because of the secular implications that say only the mentally deficient believe in a God. In response to this fear of spirituality, James W. Jones, professor of religion at Rutgers University, says, “The struggle to find meaning by connecting with a universal, cosmic, moral and sacred

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reality represents not a failure of nerve, the onset of premature senility, or a lapse into neurosis, but is rather a natural part of the unhindered development process. The denial of this quest for the transcendent debilitates and impoverishes our life.” Got that? This doctor of psychology at a prestigious university is telling us it’s quite normal to realize you long for God. You’re not neurotic or senile for doing so, you’re not weird; in fact you’re being true to your nature. It makes your life

worse by not doing so. Spirituality is not optional. Certainly we need material possessions to live, and enjoyment to thrive, but we need a spiritual dimension to live fully. It enables us to find purpose and meaning and connects us our source and destiny. It fills out our picture. The fact that longing constantly nips at our heels proves it’s not optional. It’s crucial for general health. “Among all my patients in the second half of life, that is to say over 35, there has not been one whose

problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life,” wrote Carl Jung. Our consumer society tries to contradict that Jungian idea. It says our longing is exclusively for this world and this world can completely satisfy. Ridiculous! A society that tells its people they should live a certain way, if that way is fundamentally in opposition to what people are by nature, produces what Nietzsche termed the “sick animal.” There is a longing down

deep where the sparks of our humanity smolder. Though we enjoy this wonderful world, our longing wants to call us ever onward and up where we belong. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.




The experience of longing is familiar to everyone. Throughout a lifetime we long for myriads of things – a special toy, a friend, popularity, a lover, more money, better sex, a promotion, health and so it goes. Yet no matter what we acquire or achieve the ache of longing is never completely erased. Eventually there’s something or someone else we think we need in order to be happy. Longing is a sign of our incompleteness. We never reach a prolonged time when we hold something in our hands and say, “This is all I ever wanted and all I will ever need.” One of last century’s most prominent Protestant theologians, Jurgen Moltmann, wrote: “Once awakened by specific promises that stretch further than any fulfillment … once we have caught in them a whiff of the future, we remain restless and urgent, seeking and searching beyond all experiences of fulfillment …” St. Augustine told us the same centuries ago, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are ever restless until they rest in you.” Admit it or not, there is a

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Library contest offered spooktacular good time

Children throughout Kenton County brought out their best story telling skills this year for the Kenton County Library system’s Haunt Your Library Writing Contest. The contest was open to children grades 1 through 6 from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Children entered their original poetry or tale at the Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Boulevard in Covington for a chance to have their story reproduced in the Recorder newspapers. First-place winners also received a bucket of Halloween goodies as well as a book. Second- and third-place winners will receive a prize as well. The winners of this years contest included Andrew Robbins for his short story, “The Spell Book,” DJ Pritchard for her poem “Monsters Galore!” and Grace House for “Spooky Haunted Creepy House.” For a complete list of holiday and daily activities at any of the three branches of the Kenton County Library visit www.kenton.

Short story winner: The Spell Book The following story won for the best short story fourth through sixth grade category in the Kenton County Library’s spookie story writing contest. The author was Andrew Robbins, a fifth grader in Katy Murray's class at River Ridge Elementary.

The Spell Book

Andrew Robbins as the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hallow.


Spooky Haunted Creepy House a winner Spooky Haunted Creepy House 1

I'm eight years old and I love to be scared. One stormy day, when there were dark, Stormy clouds, I was playing at an old park after taking a break from trick-ortreating. I decided to throw my candy bag into the air for fun when all of a sudden the wind blew it into a big, old, red and creepy house. Since I like adventures, I went in to get my candy back!

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Just to be safe, I left the front door open. Then the wind blew it shut and of course it locked too! Just as soon as I turned around, a skeleton was right in front of

my face. I screamed! The skeleton strated to talk and his mouth wasn't even moving! I fainted! When I woke up, there were skeletons young and old feasting on the candy and staring down at me.

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Suddenly they were afraid of me and they took off with all my candy! They thought they were running fast, but to me they were as slow as turtles. When I caught up to them, I grabbed my candy and yelled out, “help me get out of here!”

Poetic monsters cause fright Following is DJ Pritchard’s poem. Pritchard is a fifth grader in Murray’s class at River Ridge as well.

Monsters Galore!

Frankenstein, werewolves, and ghosts, there are monsters galore! Creatures of thie ngiht are coming out for a fright.

Frankenstein does not like fire.

Finding friends are his deepest desires. He may be green but he has a heart. Some werewolves are nice, some werewolves are mean, but they all come out for Halloween. But the mean ones will give you a fright.

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and tried to bite Danny. “He's a Zombie!” Elm said. “Run!” Kelly screamed. When they turned around there was a crowd of zombies. “I told you it was a spell book!” Danny yelled. “OK now I believe you!” Elm said panting and screaming at the same time. Danny opened the spell book. He found one that he thought might be useful and it was. “Englicharm!” Danny yelled. It made every word in the book turn to English. After flipping through a lot of pages he finally found a spell he thought would work. “Cub-“Danny fell to the ground with a Zombie choking him. He tried to ask for help but Elm and Kelly were being choked too. One of the Zombies bit Kelly. All of a sudden Kelly turned green. With horror and shock on Danny's face he remembered the spell. The Zombie got closer and closer to his face. “Cubora” he whispered being choked. The Zombie was about half an inch away from his face, he froze. He looked strange. His face turned to sand and then his whole body. So did all the others. Kelly somehow turned normal again. “Wow that was a close one” Elm said. “Are you going to return that?” Elm asked. “Oh yeah” Danny replied quickly. So Danny headed to the Library and Elm and Kelly headed to their home.

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Grace House, an 8-year-old third-grader won for her short stories.

It was a misty night Danny, Elm and Kelly were at the library. “Guys come check this out!”Danny shouted. Kelly and Elm rushed over. “What is it?” Kelly asked. “It's a book.” Elm said sarcastically. “Well what's it called?” asked Kelly. “I do not know. I think it's written in Latin” said Danny. “It looks really-” “Closing time” the librarian Shouted interrupting Danny. “Are you going to check it out?” Elm asked Danny. “Of course I am going to study it tonight.” Replied Danny Later that night, Danny opened the book. There were lists of strange words on every page. Danny tried to say one. “Limorous!” His room started to shake, shelves started to float in

midair, and all of his furniture started to spin like a tornado. His dog entered the room and somehow got involved with the tornado. The strange Andrew Robbins part was none of it was making a noise. Then all of a sudden it dropped in the same exact place and it didn't make a noise. “It's a spell book” said Danny silently. The next morning Kelly and Elm headed to Danny's house. “So did you find out what it is?” Elm asked. “Yeah, it's a spell book” replied Danny. “Yeah right” exclaimed Elm. “No seriously watch this.” He said as he flipped through the pages and found one. “Sonexus!” They waited a while. “Wow it's really a spell book.”Kelly said sarcastically. What they didn't realize was that zombies from every grave were rising from the dead. Spirits were flying everywhere. When they got outside there was a strange looking man walking towards them. “Do you need anything sir?” Danny asked politely . He just moaned and tried to hit him “what is wrong with you?” Danny exclaimed. The man just moaned

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Fundraising fun

Members of the Mary, Queen of Heaven Fine Arts Performers inspired over 400 benefactors and corporate sponsors at the recent 2009 Knights of the Round Table event Oct. 23. The student artists performed a live song and dance routine celebrating American jazz. The annual gala raises funds for student financial aid and professional development for instructors at the school.


Father Rick Wurth, Pastor of Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, invites Jim and Flo Reilly to draw the winning ticket for the $10,000 raffle at the 2009 Knights of the Round Table event held Friday, Oct. 23. The Reilly’s were awarded the highest honor (Distinguished Knights) the school bestows for their philanthropy at the school.


Mary, Queen of Heaven first grade teacher Sarah Stulberg turns fashion model as Administrative Assistant Sandy Dannenfelser describes her faux leopard print raincoat at the recent Knights of the Round Table event. The event raised over $100,000 to foster aid packages and programs directly benefiting the school’s 230 students.



(Left to right) Mary Lee, Carolyn Hudson, Jessica Blust, Katie Hankins enjoy a moment on the dance floor at the 2009 Knights of the Round Table event benefiting Mary, Queen of Heaven School. In addition to dinner and dancing, Corporate Sponsors and Distinguished Knights were recognized by the parish school.



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RELIGION NOTES The women of Asbury United Methodist Church are having their 36th annual craft fair Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature handmade ornaments and crafts, which include fashion, school spirit items and decorative home crafts. There will also be a bake sale, canned items and lunch with homemade pies. For more information, call 441-1466.

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Church in Latonia has canceled its benefit concert featuring The Ball Family Singers and The Mean Family Singers Nov. 13.

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The Sanity Singers will perform in a free concert, “Sing We Now of Christmas,� at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park and at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Latonia Baptist Church. Reservations are not required and free parking will be available at both churches. The Sanity Singers will be taking donations. For information on the group, visit Immanuel UMC is locat-

Christ United Methodist Church in Florence will be having a church craft and fine arts bazaar Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides arts and crafts, there will be silent auction baskets, a bake sale and lunch available. Call 525-8878. Christ United Methodist Church is located at 1440 Boone Aire Road.

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center on exchanging gifts. • Homemade DÊcor Feels Like Home – There’s no need to go overboard on decorations. Making your own can be both economical and environmentally friendly. A little paint, glitter and a few pine cones are a fast and festive way to spruce up your holiday dÊcor. And don’t forget about last year’s decorations. If they’re in good shape, don’t purchase new versions just because it’s a new season. • Holiday Parties on a Budget – Being the host doesn’t mean the entire party should be on your dime. Throw a potluck and ask guests to bring their own beverages. These types of invitations are perfectly acceptable and can save a lot of cash. Or, just keep things small and intimate with your family and closest friends – your guests will appreciate just being together. • Create a Spending Plan and Stick to it – Before starting your seasonal shopping, determine how much money you have available for holiday spending. Create a list of gift recipients, set a budget for each gift and write down gift ideas before you set foot in a store. Allowing time for planning and comparison shopping will help you find the best selection and price. For more tips, visit www.

Mr. Works is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Florence! Thanks to the Florence Rotarians for this support of Mr. Works. Today the Family of Rotary includes more than 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide with more than 1,200,000 Rotary members, all volunteering in service. Another Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.� Rotarians are professional men and women who work as volunteers to improve the quality of life in their home and world communities. Club membership represents a cross-section of local business and professional leaders. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly, are nonpolitical, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races and creeds. For details, contact Covington Rotary Club President Arun Lai at 513-7627727 or

The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly, are nonpolitical, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races and creeds. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Program of The Rotary Foundation and how this District-based scholarship is funded using our District Designated Funds. Then, Mr. Robert Works of Independence, Kentucky, the District 6740 Ambassadorial Scholar for 20102011, will describe his entry into the program and his plans for his year of being our Ambassadorial Scholar. He will likely study and serve as our District's Ambassador in Mexico City, Mexico. He is currently a senior majoring in political science and Spanish at The University of Louisville where he is a McConnell Scholar among being the holder of many other academic distinctions.

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The Staffordsburg United Methodist Church in Independence will holds its fifth annual Christmas bazaar Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nicholson Christian Church Family Center. The event will feature unique gifts including painted glassware, handmade baskets, jewelry, quilted items, floral decorations, handmade purses and many

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Margaret Littrell

Margaret “Marty” Littrell, 62, Elsmere, died Oct. 24, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a binder and collator for Neilson Printing. Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Littrell of Elsmere; daughter, Tina Goeke of Crittenden; son, Lonnie Dale Littrell of Taylor Mill; brothers, Patrick Raverty of Alexandria and Charles Raverty of Erlanger; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Ruth McFarland

Ruth Adams McFarland, 84, Covington, died Oct. 28, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was an unemployment officer for the State of Ohio, member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, Happy Loafers at the church and the Rosie Reds. Her husband, Earl F. McFarland, died in 1988. Survivors include her daughter, Roxanne Marsh of Edgewood; and one granddaughter. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Patricia McKenzie

Patricia Lynn Harrington McKenzie, Park Hills, 49, died Oct. 28, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a bank teller for Fifth Third Bank and member of Newport Church of God. Her husband, Patrick McKenzie, died in 2005. Survivors include her sons, Josh McKenzie of Park Hills and Aaron McKenzie of Covington; stepsons, Michael Freespirit of Aberdeen, Wash., James McKenzie of Newport and Patrick McKenzie of Lexington;


November 5, 2009 sister, Beverly Fitch of Latonia; brother, Clyde Harrington Jr. of Covington; and one granddaughter. Burial was in Peach Grove Cemetery.

Elizabeth Meder

Elizabeth “Betty” L. Meder, 78, Independence, died Oct. 31, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a secretary with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for 33 years and member of St. Cecilia Church in Independence. Survivors include her brother, Donald Olding of Independence. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Linnemann Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: St. Cecilia Church, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence KY 41051.

Richard Messick Jr.

Richard E. Messick Jr., 76, Crestview Hills, died Oct. 13, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa. He was an Air Force veteran, an electrician and member of I.B.E.W. Local 212. Survivors include his wife, Donna Chadwell Messick; son, Rick Messick of Ann Arbor, Mich.; daughters, Michele Burris of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Jennifer Robbins of Rochester Hills, Mich.; stepsons, Chuck Linden of Center Valley, Pa. and Mark Lindenfeld of Keller, Texas; brother, Eugene Messick of Cincinnati; sister, Kay Kerl of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.

Mary Miller

Mary Katherine Napier Miller, 74, Sparta, died Oct. 27, 2009, at St.

Elizabeth Florence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Owen Co. Her husband, Chuck Miller, daughter, Valerie Hearn, and son, Greg Bickers, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Carl W. Bickers of Crittenden, David and Reggie Miller, both of Sparta; daughter, Vannah Miller of Sparta; sister, Shirley “Do” Beach of Independence; brother, Rolla Napier of Demossville; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Verona.

Church, Covington, and Staffordsburg Homemakers Club and a cook for the Niece Deer Camp. Survivors include her husband, Jim Niece; sons, Eric Peul of Liberty Township and Michael Niece of Mason; brothers, Fred Popp of Elsmere and Phillip Popp of Indianapolis; sisters: Jeannine Holtz of Cold Spring and Delores Wesselman of Villa Hills; six grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Ft. Thomas. Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Taylor Mill, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mt. Vernon, N.Y. 10551-0598.

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Donnie Ray Monhollen, 66, Fort Mitchell, died Oct. 22, 2009, at his home. He worked in maintenance at Siilmar Resins in Fort Wright, was a member of Bromley Church of Christ, NRA and Buckmasters. Survivors include his wife, Linda A. Hensley Monhollen of Fort Mitchell; daughter, Anna Rothing of New Richmond, Ohio; son, Donald Monhollen of Union; three sisters, Audrey Ealy of Trenton, Ohio, Jean Lawson of Crescent Springs and Sue Huddelston of Williamsburg; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Kathleen Niece

Kathleen “Kate” Popp Niece, 65, Independence, died Oct. 27, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a data entry clerk for Fisher Scientific, Florence. She was also a member of St. Patrick


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James Noakes, 86, Independence, died Oct. 26, 2009, at Thomson Hood Veterans Affairs Center, Wilmore. He was a boiler operator for Cincinnati Public Library, a World War II Army veteran, member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Wilmington Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, and the Order of the Eastern Star. His wife, Anna Harris Noakes, died in 1993. Survivors include his daughter, Lucinda Noakes of Independence; sons, James Noakes of Burlington, Wayne and Jeffrey Noakes of Independence; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Wilmington Masonic Lodge or the Scottish Rite.

Michael Quebedeaux

Michael Quebedeaux, 46, Hebron, died Oct. 22, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a self-employed carpenter and member of the Crescent Springs Church of God. Survivors include his mother, Maxine Klink of Fort Mitchell; brothers, Francis Quebedeaux of Hazard, Jerry Quebedeaux of Loveland and Daryl Klink of Crescent Springs; sisters, Helena McIntosh of Florence, Pamela Hon of Union, Denise Lewis of Hebron, Carol Quebedeaux of Crescent Springs, Sharon Reed of Burlington and Terry Quebedeaux of Fort Mitchell. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery.

Mary Reckers

Mary L. Steffen Reckers, 94, Covington, died Oct. 30, 2009, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home, Covington. She helped start the lunch program for Mother of God Elementary School, worked for the food services department of Redwood School and finished her career as the food services director at Marydale Retreat Center in Erlanger. She was a member of Mother of God Church in Covington, the Altar Society and the Ladies Society of Mother of God and a board member of the Parish Kitchen of Covington. Her husband, Joseph C. Reckers Sr., died in 1986. Survivors include her sons, Joseph C. Reckers Jr. of Walton and Jack Reckers of Covington; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. MiddendorfBullock Funeral Home, Covington, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Parish Kitchen, 141 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Mary Reed

Mary “Louise” Reed, 83, Independence, died Oct. 28, 2009, at University Hospital, Corryville. She was a nurse for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Corryville and a member of Point Pleasant Church of Christ. Her husband, Lewis G. Reed, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Susan R. Fischer of Independence; sons, David L. Reed of Indianapolis and Christopher A. Reed of Fort Wright; brothers, Bill Chumbley of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Joe Chumbley of Erlanger; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 106, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Augusta Schultz

Augusta Schultz, 98, Covington, a homemaker, died Oct 29, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. Her husband, Arthur Schultz and son, Donnie Schultz, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Winnie Schultz of Cincinnati, Renae Mattingly of Florence; sons, Lou Schultz of Covington, Art Schultz of Fort Wright and Len Schultz of Independence; 20 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and four greatgreat-grandchildren. Memorials: Be Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, KY 41011; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 S. Loop Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017.

Cassie Shawan

Cassie L. Shawan, 47, of Cincinnati, formerly of Ludlow, died Oct. 26, 2009, at Christ Hospital, Mount Auburn. She was disabled. Survivors include her father, Buford McMillan of Ludlow; mother, Margaret Bruenner of Florence; daughters, Christina Shawan of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Laura Cassity of Wichita, Kan.; brothers, Steve and Shane Brunner, both of Villa Hills, Buford McMillan III of Butler, Daryl McMillan of Independence; sisters, Karen Gannon of Lebanon and Regina Wymer of Indianapolis; and two grandchildren.

Paul Smith

Paul Steven Smith, 45, Park Hills, died Oct. 26, 2009, at his home. He was a self-employed corporation liquidator. Survivors include his sisters, Paula Augustin of Covington and Donna Jo Eckler of Washington, D.C. Greater Cincinnati Cremation Co., Cincinnati, and MiddendorfBullock Funeral Home, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Shelley Spoonemore

Shelley E. Spoonemore, 51, Elsmere, died Oct. 27, 2009, at her home. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband, William Spoonemore; daughters, Clarese Walker, Charolette Bauer, Heather Spoonemore, Stacy Spoonemore and Tracy Benson; brother; Terry Durstock; 13 grandchildren. Burial was at Hillside Chapel Cemetery, Cincinnati.

Michael Stanforth

Michael G. Stanforth, 61, Ludlow, died Oct. 25, 2009, at his home. He was a marketing administrator for Cincinnati Bell, member of the Masonic Lodge Cincinnati Lafayette 483, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lakeside Park and Telephone Pioneers of America. Survivors include his wife, Susan Bray Stanforth of Ludlow; daughter, Michelle Sweeney of Cincinnati; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials: ALS Association, 2807 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Margaret Surface

Margaret Surface, 84, of Smyrna, Ga., formerly of Burlington, died Oct. 25, 2009, in Smyrna, Ga. Her husband, Robert Surface, and son, Bobby Joe Surface, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Smith of Smyrna, Ga., and Ann Walters of Dallas, Ga.; sisters, Marianna Gardner of Williamstown, Sarah Whitson of Columbus, Viola Kinman of Fort Mitchell and Juanita Elslager of Burlington; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements.

William Tillman

William C. Tillman, 80, Park Hills, died Oct. 29, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was the owner of Tillman Furniture and Appliances, member of Active in Al-Anon Transitions and the Board of Directors and he was a

Korean War Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, June Penny Steinman Tillman; sons, Mark Tillman of Covington, Ga., and Joe Tillman of Walton; daughter, Holly Scheper of Cincinnati, sister, Barbara Blank of Union; and two granddaughters. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Mary Turner

Mary Louise Turner, 83, Fort Wright, a homemaker, died Oct. 30, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. Her husband, Jack Turner, died in 1994. Survivors include her brothers, Herbert Hammer of Hanahan, S.C., and Clifford Hammer of Covington; and sisters, Florence Bowen of Sunrise, Fla., Camilla O’Brien of Saline, Mich., Alberta Slaughter of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Marilyn Dressman of Erlanger. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, Ludlow, handled arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 Southloop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Kenneth Wall

Kenneth C. Wall, 61, Erlanger, died Oct. 26, 2009, at his home. He was a retired carpenter. His wife, Elizabeth Wall, died earlier this year. Survivors include his daughters, Terri Torcasio of Brandon, Fla., Kimberly Cyphers and Shannon Connolly, both of Erlanger; sisters, Sharon Phetterplace of Erlanger, Sheila Belcher of London, Ky., Cheryl D’Angelo of Rochester, N.Y., Lynn Saunderson of Orlando, Fla., Karen Wilson of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and April Pavlak of Virginia Beach, Va.; brothers, Gordon Wall and Keith Wall, both of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Robert Wall of Akron, N.Y., Michael Wall of North Tonawanda, N.Y., Kevin Wall, Leonard Wall and David Wall , all of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

K. Wayne Webber

K. Wayne Webber, 68, Ludlow, died Oct. 25, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Florence. He worked for General Electric, was an Army veteran and member of Ludlow Christian Church. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, Ludlow, handled the arrangements.

Cynthia Witemyre

Cynthia Louise Witemyre, 56, a homemaker of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Oct. 26, 2009, in Lakeland. Survivors include her husband Jeff Witemyre of Fort Mitchell; daughters Jillian L. Ponte of Verda, Fla. and Charlotte A. Witemyre of Lakeland, Fla.; son, Matthew R. Witemyre of Oakland, Calif.; brothers, Dennis Bayer of Hilton Head S.C. and Robert Bayer of Denver, Colo.; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823; or Hope Hospice 1525 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL. 33805.

Julie Zerhusen

Julie Marie Dickmeyer Zerhusen, 31, Florence, died Oct. 27, 2009, at her home. She was a manager at Winter Guard International and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and Boone County High School. Survivors include her husband, Michael Zerhusen; mother, Brenda Joy Clinger of Florence; father, John Dickmeyer of Independence; brother, Joseph Robert Dickmeyer of Independence; sister, Amber Rae Dietz of Florence; grandparents, Robert and Bess Vance and Joe Clifton, all of Ephrata, Pa. Burial was in Richwood Cemetery, Walton.

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Jerry Baker, 4517 Decoursey Ave., first degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, operating on suspended or revoked operators license at 4303 Winston Ave., Oct. 20. Karrie J. Roetker, 710 Greer St., No. 6, fraudulent use of a credit card at 414 Pike St., Oct. 20. Tiffanie J. Grossman, 27 Kenner St., fugitive from another state, second degree possession of a controlled substance at 420 W. 4th St., Oct. 19. Anthony M. Anderson, 14 W. 10th St., first degree burglary, first degree disorderly conduct at 313 E. 12th St., Oct. 19. Lonnetta D. Asher, 420 W. 7th St., No. 3, second degree robbery at 400 block of W. 7th St., Oct. 21. Kevin R. Mullins, 2410 Madison Ave., second degree wanton endangerment, leaving scene of accident, operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs or alcohol at 1100 Madison Ave., Oct. 20. Keith A. Burns, 1006 Lee St., No. 6, fourth degree assault at 1006 Lee St., No. 2, Oct. 20. Eli R. Fowler, 116 Ashland Dr., public intoxication, possession of marijuana at E. 20th St. and Pearl St., Oct. 20. Anthony T. Arnold, 1529 Russell St., inadequate silencer (muffler), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphrenalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school, possession/use of radio that sends/receives police messages at S. Garrard St., Oct. 19. Arthur R. Whiteside, 4490 Knoxville Rd., reckless driving, second degree fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana at 1660 Madison Ave., Oct. 19. Bryan L. Conyers, 110 Promontory Dr., Apt. J., first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, serving bench warrant for court at Scott St., Oct. 20. Lorna Bradford, 7730 Plantation Ave., theft at 1616 Madison Ave., Oct. 21. Brendon M. Yancey, 1119 W. 33rd St., fourth degree assault at 1119 W. 33rd St., Oct. 25. Michael S. Holloway, 372 Altamont, third degree possession of a controlled substance, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, prescripion for controlled substance not in proper container at Pike St., Oct. 24. Ricardo Arceo, 10633 Buffalo St., alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at E. 5th St., Oct. 25. Brooke E. Watts, 4425 Greenlee Ave., Fl. 2, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphrenalia, public intoxication at 520 W. 5th St., Oct. 24. Derek J. Redd, 15 W. Southern Ave., No. 206, theft at 4219 Winston Ave., Oct. 24. Donte M. Larkin, 806 Monte Ln., fourth degree assault at 806 Monte Ln., Oct. 24. Brandon C. Hernandez, 140 Santee Ave., second degree fleeing or evading police, second degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 25 E. 5th St., Oct. 24. Aderemi O. Giwa, 1312 Maryland Ave., failure to appear, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphrenalia at 2323 Alden Ct., Oct. 24.

Brian S. Vohl, 145 W. 19Th St., first degree burglary at W. 18th St., Oct. 24. Natasha L. Evans, 163 Deer Trace, possession of drug paraphrenalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 400 Philadelphia St., Oct. 23. Faustino P. Perez, 723 Scott St., 2, theft at 4303 Winston Ave., Oct. 23. Ronald C. Puckett, 20 W. 36Th St., first degree criminal trespassing, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 18 W. 36th St., Oct. 22. Daryl W. Mcclure, 2441 Nottingham Rd., second degree fleeing or evading police at W. 8th St., Oct. 22. Terry M. Medlock, 1322 Hazen St., first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphrenalia at 613 4th St., Oct. 22. Kenneth Wrinkler Jr., 50 E. 11th St. No. 503, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at 50 E. 11th St., Oct. 25. Todd Doane, 629 W. 12th St., menacing, fourth degree assault at 629 W. 12th St., Oct. 25. Marc A. Lane, 41 Spring St., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphrenalia at 1213 Banklick St., Oct. 25. David L. Barnes, 1611 Greenup St., Apt. 2, fourth degree assault at 1611 Greenup St., Oct. 25.

Incidents/investigations Assault

An assault was reported at 2729 Rosina Ave., Oct. 19. A woman reported being assaulted at 11 42nd St., Oct. 18. An assault was reported at 2729 Rosina Ave., Oct. 19. A woman reported being assaulted at 2011 Russell St., Oct. 22. A woman was struck in the head with an axe at 134 Martin St., No. 2, Oct. 25. A woman reported being struck at 401 E. 16th St., Oct. 25. A woman was struck in the head several times at 1026 Madison Ave., Oct. 25. A man was struck twice at 633 W. 12th St., Oct. 25. A woman reported being assaulted at 4415 Vermont Ave., Oct. 25. A woman was struck in the head at 1044 Greenup St., Oct. 23. A man reported being assaulted at 508 Madison Ave., Oct. 21.

Assault, criminal mischief

A man was assaulted and his vehicle was damaged at 1328 Highway Ave., Oct. 24.


125 cartons of cigarettes were stolen at 4147 Madison Pike, Oct. 24. Someone entered a residence and went through the belongings at 1420 Scott St., Oct. 24. Several hand tools were stolen at 240 Greenup St., Oct. 23. A TV and DVD player was stolen from a residence at 107 Promontory Dr., Apt. E., Oct. 22. A game system was stolen at 734 Welsh Dr., Oct. 21.

Burglary, criminal mischief

An air conditioning unit was stolen at 2719 Madison Pike, Oct. 22. A lawn mower, snow blower, and weed eater were stolen at 909 Scott St., Oct. 24.

Criminal mischief

The window of a building was broken at 1122 Russell St., Oct. 20. A vehicle was keyed at 3912 Winston Ave., Oct. 20. A vehicle's left rear window was broken and a seat was damaged at 4316 Glenn Ave., Oct. 20. A vehicle was vandalized at 949 Main St., Oct. 23. A vehicle window was shattered at 100 block of E. 11th St., Oct. 23. A door was broken at 1622 Scott St., Oct. 23. A vehicle's tires were slashed at Benton Rd., Oct. 16. A door's lock and knob were damaged at 1518 Woodburn Ave., Oct. 23.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

A counterfeit $100 was passed at 3938 Decoursey Ave., Oct. 24. A forged bank slip was used to transfer money from one bank account to another at 50 Rivercenter Blvd., Oct. 23.


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A check was stolen from a mail box and cashed at 4310 Decoursey Ave., Oct. 23. A woman reported being harassed via at E. 9th St., Oct. 20. A woman reported receiving several repeated phone calls at Indiana Dr., Oct. 20. A man reported receiving repeated phone calls at Maryland Ave., Oct. 18. A woman reported being threatened at Bluffside Dr., Oct. 21. A woman was threatened at Madison Ave., Oct. 22.

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A TV, computer, sawzaw, and a circular saw were stolen at 2758 Dakota Ave., Oct. 19. Large quantities of copper and stainless steel were taken from a residence at 218 W. Pike St., Oct. 19. $500 in currency and a computer counter were stolen at 21 E. 32nd St., Oct. 19. $10 in change and a ring were taken from a residence at 1717 S. Garrard St., Oct. 21. A soundboard, a guitar, and two speakers were stolen at 618 E. 16th St., Oct. 21. $180 in cash, several cartons of cigarettes, and several bottles of liquor were stolen at 430 Bakewell St., Oct. 21. Forty cartons of cigarettes were stolen at 3929 Winston Ave., Oct. 25. A TV and computer were stolen at 4314 Glenn Ave., Oct. 24. A saw, drill, weeder, and six wheelchair programers were stolen at 2040 Madison Ave., Oct. 24.




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POLICE REPORTS From page B9 Harassment

A woman reported being harassed at 707 Main St., Oct. 20. A racially biased sticker was put on a vehicle at 420 W. 4th St., Oct. 23.

Possession of marijuana

A man was found to have suspected marijuana at Wheeler St. and E. 12th St., Oct. 21.


A man was assaulted and had approximately $20 in cash taken from him at 2203 Howell St., Oct. 19.

Terroristic threatening

A woman reported being threatened at 230 Madison Ave., Oct. 20. A woman received text messages threatening assault and death at 1525 Greenup St., Oct. 19. A man reported being threatened at 643 W. 19th St., Apt. A., Oct. 22.


A guitar and amplifier were stolen from a vehicle at 1213 Pike St., Oct. 20. A DVD player was stolen from a vehicle at 420 E. 45th St., Oct. 20. A vehicle was stolen at 410 N. Garrard St., Oct. 20. A vehicle was stolen at 1705 Scott St., 1st floor, Oct. 20. A GPS unit and MP3 player were taken from a vehicle at 624 Durrett St., Oct. 21. Clothing, towels, body wipes, and food were stolen at 208 N. Garrard St., Oct. 21. $70 was taken from a vehicle at 2215 Eastern Ave., Oct. 21. A golf cart was stolen at 1344 Audobon Rd., Oct. 20. Approximately 200 CDs and $10 in change was stolen from a vehicle at 210 Wright Rd., Oct. 20. Two rings were stolen at 228 E. 13th St., Apt.1, Oct. 25. A concrete saw and stand were stolen at 4th St. and Greenup St., Oct. 24. $504 was stolen from a residence at 416 Emma St., Oct. 24. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle at 4252 Glenn Ave., Oct. 24. A computer, game system, earring, chain, and camera were stolen at 1722 Greenup St., Oct. 23. A cell phone, driver's license, and social security card were stolen at

CRESCENTSPRINGS/ERLANGER within 1,000 yards of school

2719 Madison Pike, Oct. 23. A bicycle was stolen at 32 Levassor Ave., Oct. 23. A purse was stolen at 308 W. 35th St., Oct. 23. Stainless steel trim rings were stolen from a vehicle at 200 block of W. 5th St., Oct. 23. Two rings and a TV were stolen at 1038 John St., Oct. 25.

Incidents/investigations Assault


Reported at 630 Donaldson Highway, Oct. 21.

Theft of identity

Theft, criminal mischief

A fence gate was stolen at 3213 Watson Ave., Oct. 25.

Theft, theft of legend drug

A GPS unit and prescription medication were stolen from a vehicle at Wayne Rd., Oct. 21.


$499 worth of audio/visual recordings reported stolen at 127 Eagle Ridge Drive, Oct. 21. Reported at 122 Eagle Ridge Drive, Oct. 20. $750 worth of damage to vehicle reported at 2300 Woodhill Court, Oct. 27. Reported at 3420 Dixie Highway, Oct. 26.

Criminal mischief

Reported at 3936 Park Place Drive, Oct. 18. $200 worth of damage to structure at 3519 Thomas Street, Oct. 20.



Robert Baskin Jr., 34, 1924 Fairfield Avenue, Campbell County warrant, Oct. 24. James M Manis, 22, , alcohol intoxication, Oct. 28. David M Perry, 32, 410 East Chelsea No. 1, alcohol intoxication, Oct. 29.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

$600 worth of damage to structure at 2475 Dixie Highway, Oct. 26. $300 worth of damage to construction equipment at Virginia Avenue, Oct. 26.

Criminal mischief, theft

$250 worth of vehicle damage reported at Cook Book Lane, Oct. 26.

Distribution of obscene matter, harassing communications

Criminal trespassing, theft, criminal mischief

$1,075 worth of radios/TVs/VCRs reported stolen, $1,100 worth of damage to recreational vehicles reported at 635 Euclid Avenue, Oct. 19.

Disorderly conduct

Reported at 4221 Lafayette Court, Oct. 21. Fraudulent use of credit card $2,069 worth of merchandise reported stolen at 2310 Buttermilk Crossing, Oct. 20. $212.38 reported stolen at 3204 Dixie Highway, Oct. 28.

$99 worth of computer hardware reported stolen at 2354 Reserve Circle, Oct. 27.

Harassing communications

Reported at 4 Floral Avenue, Oct. 26.


$250 worth of bicycles reported stolen at Grace Avenue, Oct. 26. Third degree criminal mischief $400 worth of damage to structure at 2511 Adams Court, Oct. 25.

Incidents/investigations Carrying a concealed weapon Reported at Cody Road, Oct. 22.

Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia

Forgery, theft


Reported at 1240 Cannonball Way, Oct. 21.

$70 reported stolen at 500 Clock Tower Way, Oct. 16.


Fraudulent use of credit card


Justin G. Vazquez, 22, 258 Merravy, execution of bench warrant for failure to appear at 1247 Munsford Court, Oct. 22. Michael S. Gresham, 35, Unknown, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 903 Amhurst Drive, Oct. 24. Anthony W. Ellis, 45, 127 East 42nd Street, execution of warrant for failure to appear, execution of warrant for Boone County for failure to appear at 2055 Centennial Blvd, Oct. 21. Aerl E. Donathan, 20, 115 Highland Avenue, operating on suspended/revoked license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Bristow Road, Oct. 24. Paul M. Gauck, 19, 10316 Manassas, dui alcohol at McCullum Pike, Oct. 24. Lana M. Teegarden, 28, 7060 Shenandoah Court, reckless driving, operating on suspended/revoked license at Cody Road, Oct. 26.

Reported at 1162 Powderhorn Court, Oct. 26.

Reported at 4116 Lloyd Avenue, Oct. 20.

Reported at 171 Seville Court, Oct. 26.


$30 worth of drugs/narcotics reported stolen at 614 Perimeter Drive, Oct. 28.

Dennis M Carmack, 22, 3390 Northway Drive, second degree forgery at 3390 Northway Drive, Oct. 10.

Someone's identifying information was used to conduct financial and credit transactions at 1831 Madison Ave., Oct. 19.



$1,800 worth of jewelry reported stolen at 7 Zeta Court, Oct. 21. $129 bicycle reported stolen at 3422 Spring Valley Drive, Oct. 26. $200 vehicle reported stolen at 3606 Mary Street, Oct. 27. $350 bicycle reported stolen at 4224 Dixie Highway, Oct. 28.

Terroristic threatening


Reported at 4219 Beech Grove Drive, Oct. 24.

Theft by unlawful taking from an auto

Reported at 6424 Taylor Mill Road, Oct. 21. Reported at Beech Grove Drive, Oct. 27.

Theft of identity


Trafficking controlled substance

Joshua L. Abney, 23, 4532 Clifton Avenue, possession of a controlled substance, execution of warrant

Reported at 2315 Crestbrook Drive, Oct. 21.


for probation violation for felony offense at Sandman Drive, Oct. 2. Matthew G. Toensmeyer, 23, 7890 Highway 17, trespassing at BP, Oct. 6. Maggie M. Hasson, 21, 1450 Ky Highway 467, possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia at 5063 Sandman Drive, Oct. 6. Christopher F. Pompilio, 43, 32 W. 36th Street, Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at Ky 16 over 275, Oct. 6. Deandre Pleasant, 36, 10646 Kelsey Drive, served warrant for escape at Scott High School, Oct. 2. Franklin T. Roach, 47, 1182 Hands Pike, dui alcohol, refused sobriety tests at Ky 16 and Wolf, Oct. 3. James S. Castin, 21, 1902 Mt. Vernon Drive, e-warrant for violation of a noise ordinance, possession of marijuana, possession of durg paraphernalia at Madison Pike at Highlands, Oct. 2. Michael S. Abner, 40, 42 Fleming Drive, dui alcohol at 16/275, Oct. 6. Jeremiah Ross, 70, 5016 Sandman Drive, Campbell County warrant failure to appear at Old Taylor Mill Road/Sandman Road, Oct. 9. Daniel Ball, 24, 114 Grand Avenue No. 6, operating a motor vehicle without driver's license at Madison/26th, Oct. 9. Alex S. Swegles, 49, 4218 Mckee Street, shoplifting at Old Taylor Mill Road, Oct. 14. Georgia I. Brown Martinez, 55, 583 Torrence Court No. 2, arrested on e-warrant for shoplifting at Sandman Drive, Oct. 20. Jordan Hopper, 18, 9474 Porter Road, served Kenton County warrant at Scott High School, Oct. 19. Daryl R. Mason, 24, 100 Leverett Court No. 108, served Kenton County warrant for non support at Bowman Field Locust Pike, Oct. 17. Larry Cole, 61, 2201 Center, served



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Fraudulent use of a credit card

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Property lost or abandoned

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Theft by unlawful taking pickpocketing

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Theft of a legend drug

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