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A group of students who mentor each other in the Kenton County School District continues to grow. Hanner’s Heroes, a group of older students who work with elementary school students has gone from about 100 volunteers to 300 in its second year. SCHOOLS, A5

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Elsmere resident Harold Grubbs plays “Taps” and Erlanger resident Carol Hammond holds the flag during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 10 at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington. Grubbs and Hammond are members of the Elsmere Honor Guard which is comprised of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6423 and American Legion Post 20. PAUL MCKIBBEN/STAFF

By Jason Brubaker

With the 2010 U.S Census approaching, city officials have suggestions to help residents avoid becoming victims of fraud. Erlanger council member Patty Suedkamp spoke about the Census at the city’s Nov. 3 council meeting, reading aloud several tips and guidelines from the Better Business Bureau relating to the Census. Census workers and volunteers will gather information on every person in the United States next year. “I just think this is important for our residents to know,” said Suedkamp. “The last thing we want is for someone to become a victim here.” All Census workers will be identified with a badge that is worn in plain sight. The BBB advises residents to be cautious of giving out financial information. Census workers may ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, but will never ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers. Residents are also advised not to invite anyone into their home, and to check for necessary identification before answering any questions. For more information about the Census, visit For more information about avoiding identify theft, visit

Erlanger to show off police programs in France By Jason Brubaker

Steve Castor is so good at his job, the Erlanger Police Department is sending him overseas. Castor, the director of the communications center that handles emergency dispatch for 11 Kenton County cities, is set to travel to Paris, France, in early December to demonstrate the department’s unique computer technology, including their crime-mapping and record programs. Castor will be accompanied on the six-day trip by Capt. Bob Arens as he teaches the officers and officials overseas how to use the program, which was designed by international software company Information Builders. “It’s an incredible opportunity to show what this department does, and to get the Erlanger name out there,” said Chief Marc Fields. “We’re thrilled that (Castor) is going to get this chance.” Castor said the department began working with Information Builders about two years ago to upgrade their programs as they

began to add cities to their emergency dispatch system. In 2008, the department also merged with the Crescent Springs Police Department, requiring more changes and updates in the computer system. However, despite much of the technology being brand-new, Castor said the transition was fairly smooth, with only a few bumps in the road. Now looking back, he said that the programs have greatly improved efficiency for the department and the dispatch center. Officers now have access to a daily report that offers a breakdown of all of the activity in their own city, as well as all of the other cities in the dispatch area, for the previous 24 hours. He said that has cut down on the duplication of services, and has improved the collaboration of departments, both in the field and administratively. He also pointed to a newlydesigned and unique search engine that he said has greatly aided officers. The search engine allows officers to quickly access reports, records and information

from their cruisers, and is more user-friendly than any previous systems. “We had so many new things going on with the department and the technology that the search aspect got kind of overlooked,” said Castor. “But that has turned out to be a very valuable resource, and it has great potential to be even better down the road.” While in France, Castor said he’ll be demonstrating all of the dispatch center’s programs, including the search engine and crime-mapping capabilities, to a variety of officers and departments. And while he’ll be doing the majority of the teaching, he said he expects to learn a lot as well from observing and working with the French police officers. “This trip will open up a lot of doors for the department, and give us access to people we might not normally meet,” he said. “Anytime we can meet with other departments and learn from each other, there’s a tremendous benefit. We’re really excited for this.”

H1N1 vaccine clinic at Summit View

Residents of Independence will receive a special screening of a film that highlights the city’s past this Sunday, Nov. 22. The film is old home footage of the town from the 1930s and is a kick off to a project by residents and city government to preserve the rapidlly changing city’s past. Read more about it in Life. LIFE, B1

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By Regan Coomer

Vaccinations for the swine flu (H1N1) will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Summit View Middle School in Independence. Eight thousand free vaccinations, administered by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, will be available for all people ages 6 months to 24, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, pregnant women, health care and emergency services personnel and people age 24-64 with health conditions associated with medical complications from influenza.

It is unlikely the Independence clinic will run out of shots and nasal sprays, said health department Public Information Officer Emily Gresham Wherle, based on the attendance at the clinic held at Northern Kentucky University Nov. 10. Gresham Wherle said she hopes the department will be able to open up vaccination opportunities to the general public by the holidays or the new year. “Because the vaccine supply isn’t as wide spread, we would ask the few people not in the target groups to wait a couple more weeks and let the target groups get through the line,” she said. Once the virus is grown it can be manufactured into a vaccine,

said Gresham Wherle, who added that while the vaccine was manufactured quickly, that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. “It’s important to keep in mind there weren’t any corners cut as far as production or safety and this is the same makeup for the vaccine as your seasonable flu shot. It’s just a different strain,” she said. “If this swine flu strain had emerged four months earlier, it would have been in the seasonal shot and there wouldn’t have been a need to do two vaccines.” In addition to the public clinic, children who attend Kenton County schools will also have a chance to receive a vaccination from the health department, with parent

permission, some time in early December, said Kenton County School District Superintendent Tim Hanner. During the day, high school students with parent permission will receive the vaccination. After school, parents must bring their middle or elementary school students to their community high school to receive a vaccination. Parents will be notified when a vaccination date is set. “We’re happy to help facilitate this for the health department. I want our families to have the opportunity to have these as soon as they can so our kids can be safe,” Hanner said, adding the schools had the parking and space available, so “It just made sense.”

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City passes smoke ban resolution By Regan Coomer

Crestview Hills City Council will be asking Kenton, Campbell and Boone fiscal courts to pass a smoking ban in indoor public places. The council passed a resolution urging the fiscal courts to enact the ban at the regular meeting Thursday Nov. 12. The resolution passed 4-3 with a tie break vote cast by Mayor Paul Meier. The city plans to send the resolution to all three


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fiscal courts. “It’s the right thing to do for the public,” Meier said. “Drinking is legal; drinking and driving is not legal. Yes, you have a right to smoke, but you don’t have a right to smoke if it’s going to harm someone else.” Council member Thomas Moser cast one of the three dissenting votes on council. “I’m in favor of freedom and not having political people tell people what to do,” he said. “I’m not in favor of politicians telling people what to do on their private property.” The resolution was passed at the recommendation of the city’s zoning and economic development committee, which hosted a public forum Tuesday Nov. 10 for city business owners and activist groups to weigh in on the issue.

“In the long run, if we can pass a ban on a regional basis I think it will make us on an even playing field with other areas like Lexington, Louisville or Cincinnati.”

Paul Meier Mayor of Crestview Hills

At first the city was considering passing a city-wide smoking ban, but some officials felt a ban could negatively impact businesses. “Over half of our restaurants are nonsmoking in the town center, so people do have a choice,” Meier said. “In the long run, if we can pass a ban on a regional basis I think it will make us on an even playing field with other areas like Lexington, Louisville or Cincin-

nati.” Chair of Northern Kentucky Action Linda Vogelpohl was pleased with the city’s decision. “I’m hopeful this may very well be a tipping point,” she said. “One city stepping up to the plate and encouraging the fiscal court of all three counties to take action – we’re just very hopeful the counties will really move forward with this.” In a e-mail from NKYchoice on the Crestview Hills resolution, the organization stated “In an era of plans for big governmentrun health care, it should be no surprise that there are those who seek to use the force of government to deny people their property rights and freedom of association in the name of the ‘public good.’”

BRIEFLY Puppy tales

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will hold their Puppy Tales program on Nov. 20. The program, designed for children in grades 1-6, allows students to read to dogs to practice reading out loud. Children will be paired with a dog, and will receive a certificate and photo with their dog after the session. The program is free, but registration is requested. A parent or guardian is also required to be in attendance. For more information, or to register, call 962-4000 or visit


ERLANGER The Erlanger-Elsmere School District will be closed Nov. 25-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume at the normal time on Monday, Nov. 30. For more information, visit or contact your child’s school.

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ELSMERE - The Elsmere city council will not hold their Nov. 24 meeting due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The council normally meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers.


ERLANGER – The Erlanger city council is encouraging students to get their community volunteer hours in to be eligible for the annual city scholarship, which will be announced next spring. Paperwork for the $1,500 scholarship will be distributed to the schools in January. The scholarship is open to all graduating senior who are Erlanger residents, and includes consideration for academics, as well as extracurricular activities and community service work. For more information, visit

Tea Party seeks ‘watch dogs’ By Paul McKibben

The Northern Kentucky Tea Party is hosting what it is calling “the first planning meeting of the Kentucky watch dogs” who would monitor government. “We are looking for a few good Americans to volunteer to follow and report on local governing entities that we sometimes hear about but whose obscure activities are often underreported to the public at large,” the Northern Kentucky Tea Party’s Web site says. “From fiscal courts to planning commissions and at every level in our state, we need to know who is doing what.” The Northern Kentucky Tea Party is coming off of a successful opposition to Boone County’s trails and greenways study that the Boone County Planning

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Commission withdrew on Nov. 4. Morning View resident Sharon Menke, a Tea Party member, said the watch dogs “would really get involved in watching the process of the governing bodies, going to the meetings, reading the minutes, seeing what is being proposed, checking on how money is being spent.” Menke said the watch dogs would speak out if it’s allowed. She said information probably will be posted on the Tea Party’s Web site and communicate to people through e-mail. Criticism isn’t the only purpose. “If good fiscal decisions are made, then that needs to be acknowledged,” she said. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Sub Station II restaurant, 7905 Dream St., Florence.


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Charities, social services gearing up for holidays By Regan Coomer

Need is up, but local social service agencies and charities are fulfilling demand – for the most part. “The work goes on, the help goes on, whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas,” said Becky Ewing, director of United Ministries in Erlanger. In October United Min-

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istries provided food and financial assistance to 378 families. The average is usually around 200, Ewing said. In the past year, need for their services has increased about 30 percent, she said. “People are losing their homes and their housing. They’re struggling to pay basic bills,” she said. More than 80 volunteers and donations from close to 50 churches as well as schools and individuals have helped keep United Ministries going strong, Ewing said, but toiletries, cleaning products and paper goods are still needed.

Action Ministries in Latonia will most likely serve between 900 and 1,000 families in November, said director Tom Dornan. Unpaid staff including himself and 130 other volunteers work for Action Ministries monthly, Dornan said, making it possible to purchase additional food to make up for an increase in families who need their assistance. “We just purchased $16,000 worth of food and we set aside another $10,000 to buy more food, which wasn’t in our budget, but we had to due to the demands,” he said.

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Latonia’s Action Ministries volunteer Shirley McKinney, a Fort Wright resident, has been volunteering for the organization for the last three years. Action Ministries will likely feed up to 1,000 families in the month of November.

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Besides helping those in need directly, Action Ministries also provides food to several agencies and ministries such as the Brighton Center and Be Concerned. Like United Ministries, Action Ministries is in need of health products, shampoo, toothpaste and food of any kind. Be Concerned in Covington just started its Christmas appeal for donations and support, said Director Paul Gottbrath. More than 800 families have signed up for Christmas assistance in the form of food, toys, clothing and more. About 100 families are on a waiting list for the organization’s Christmas program. “I’m hoping that will stay as strong as it was last year,” Gottbrath said of support for the Christmas program. “Until the checks come in I don’t know if that’s the case or not. We budgeted about $40,000 for Christmas donations and we’ve received about $12,000 or $13,000.” If Be Concerned didn’t have a Christmas program some people wouldn’t have Christmas, Gottbrath said. “They wouldn’t have any toys to give their children. It would be a pretty bleak time for them,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for us to generate resources to help those folks. We’re their last recourse to provide some Christmas for their families.” Be Concerned is asking for donations of new toys, food and winter gloves, hats and scarves as well as personal hygiene products. Be Concerned provides assistance year round and serves about 1,200 families a month. For more information or to donate to United Ministries, call 727-0300; to Action Ministries, call 2613649; to Be Concerned, call 261-6789.


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First Honors Freshmen

Robert Beatrice, Ryan Bowman, Tanner Fangman, Adam Goddard, Drew Grefer, Christian Gruner, Chad Hayden, William Henry, Alex Hodge, Clay Jackson, Joseph Kendall, Bradley Knochelmann, Liem Le, Kyle Massie, Clint Noble, William Nutter, Nicholas Otte, Sawyer Pauly, Andrew Schwartz, James Stratman, Zachary Tobler, Nathan Wainscott, Brandon Ward, Jonathan Wessels and Samuel Williamson.

Second Honors Freshmen


Tim Hanner asks members of Hanner’s Heroes to give Shining Stars Mentors and One-to-One reading coaches a hand at their monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at Simon Kenton High School. The program pairs up high school mentors and coaches with elementary school students who need a little extra help with a particular subject. Hanner’s Heroes has grown from 100 students at the end of last school year to 300 now.

Mentoring program reaches 300 mark

Hanner’s Heroes membership has tripled since the Kenton County School District started the reading coaching and mentoring program one year ago. About 200 students are Shining Star Mentors working at least 35 minutes a week with elementary children grades one through three and 107 work weekly with students specifically on improving reading skills. Reading coaches were trained in the Reading One-to-One program by district administrators. “It’s student driven, student lead and student empowered,” said Superintendent Tim Hanner. “It shows when you give students an opportunity to do positive work

and make a difference they’ll take advantage of it in positive ways.” There are now heroes in every elementary school. Hanner’s Heroes choose which school they’d like to go to mentor. Many choose to mentor or coach at the elementary school they attended, said program coordinator Sara Callahan. “It’s just so exciting. They email me and say ‘I want to make a difference at the school where I went,’” Callahan said. Scott High School student Alicia Beach said she loves coaching reading at Taylor Mill Elementary School. “It helps me get involved in Taylor Mill since that’s where I want to teach. I feel in love with teaching when I went there. I decided to be a teacher in first


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grade and I haven’t changed my mind since,” she said. Last year Beach was a reading coach to a third grader who had trouble taking his grade level reading test. Eventually, with Beach’s help, he passed. “I see him sometimes. It’s really cool when he comes up to me and talks to me. He’s not shy anymore,” Beach said. Success Academy Student Adam Eversole, a reading coach, said he’s already seen improvement in his third grade student. “We’re a big influence on them. We can show them the right direction not only in reading, but also to take school very seriously so their future will be a lot better,” he said.

Blake Bir, Kevin Boerger, Andrew Brueggeman, John Frisch, Justin Griffith, Noah Gripshover, Brendan Groneck, Christian Howard, J. William Huber, Mitchell Humphrey, Jacob Kaiser, Daniel Klosterman, Nikolaus Knipper, Grant Lyons, Jeffrey Molony, Casey Moore, Cameron Murphy, Donald Powell, Benjamin Reis, Cole Restle, Ross Rohling, Andrew Sander, Joseph Schaefer, Benjamin Schweitzer, Daniel Shumate, Cameron Stansberry, Zachary Stegman, Justin VanDusen, Samuel Wehrman, Nicholas Wessels, Norbert Wessels and Maxwell Williamson.

First Honors Sophomores

Joseph Bernhard, Tanner Coyne-Chailland, Brian Fagel, Alexander Flynn, Grant Guess, Tyler Hoefinghoff, Paul Kleier, Clinton Massie, Michael Maurer, Dominic Michels, Dylan Neff, Matthew Rolf, Stephen Schafer, Eric Schieman, Brayden Schlagbaum, Austin Schroder, Corey Severson, Casey Stewart, Kyle Surace, D. Nick Weber and Kurt Wittmer.

Second Honors Sophomores

Nick Ackley, Colin Alig, Andrew Bamberger, Sean Baute, Michael Best, Quinn Birch, Timothy Connaughton, Mitchell Dehlinger, Ryan Dickman, Ian Dollenmayer, Michael Helton, Jacob Henderson, Mitchell Jacobs, Kevin Jeffrey, Kyle Kathman, Sean Kiely, Adam Mardis, Patrick McGlade, Bryan Metzger, Scott Monahan, David Moser, James Nutter, Garret Olen, Ryan Panoushek, Hunter Pasek, Blake Perkins, Eric Schneider, Edward Sketch, Austin Stetter, Benjamin Stetter, Evan

Talkers, Nick Thelen, Alexander Tilford, Ryan Toler, Eric Torres and J. Chase Zimmer.

First Honors Juniors

Alexander Emerson, Alexander Glavan, Daniel Gregory, Matthew Jeffrey, Khang Le, Cory Matsko, Joshua Moorman, Andrew Schult and Kevin Wagner.

Second Honors Juniors

Matthew Baker, John Bayer, Nicholas Bessler, Reid Butler, Andrew Etling, Jack Grosser, Seth Grothaus, Samuel Groundhoefer, Austin Hudepohl, Andrew Kendall, Neil Kennedy, Connor Maschinot, Jacob Matracia, Nicholas Meier, Jonathan Miller, Brett Riedinger, Brandon Rozanski, J. Leo Schaefer, Jordan Seitz, William Stengle, Kevin Tillman, Troy Timmerman, Mitchell Wendling, Aaron Wilson and Nathan Zembrodt.

First Honors Seniors

Brian Baxter, Jason Bessler, Evan Birch, Brandon Bosch, Ryan Cahill, Joel Cerimele, Michael Cerimele, Trevor Collinsworth, Jon Connor, Brian Ebenschweiger, John Fagel, Wesley Fowler-Johnson, Christopher Garnick, Chrisitan Gerwe, Louis Hehman, Cole Heimbrock, Brandon Kanter, Joshua Krems, Jacob Litmer, Christopher Meier, Alex Menne, Benjamin Neltner, Michael Rabe, Alexander Ruehl, Benjamin Schieman, Brennan Schlagbaum, Marc Schuler, Logan Siemer, Matthew Smith, Michael Sutton and Joel Winnike.

Second Honors Seniors

William Ammerman, Tyler Arlinghaus, Michael Biecker, Taylor Butler, Sam Collins, Elliott Comfort, Kevin Connaughton, Cody Couch, Kevin Crush, Paul Cusick, Matthew Dorman, Brayden Erpenbeck, Trey Evans, Cameron Flick, Ben Frisch, Zachary Fugate, Joseph Graue, Connor Graves, Evan Haag, Theodore Hays, Michael Huffmyer, Grant Irons, Zachary Jacob, Travis Jameson, Franklin Kremer, Andrew Mairose, Kevin Morrison, Colin O’Connell, Daniel Ott, Stephen Otte, Winston Rauch, James Roebker, Leonard Rowekamp, Stephen Ruh, Matthew Stark, Kevin Staverman, Daniel Sullivan, Noah Terry, Peter Thomas, Jacob Toebben, Robert Walsh, Adam Warning and Stephen Wilson.

COLLEGE NOTE Erlanger native graduates

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,603 students in September 2009. Among the graduates was Henry D. Backer, who received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in

the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and stateof-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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Third-grader Mikey Blaine beats a drum while on a field trip to the Imago Earth Center to celebrate Native Americans.

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Joe Cordonnier, social studies teacher at Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills, tries to make history come alive for his students. After learning about Roman battle strategies, sophomore world history students constructed shields decorated with authentic classic designs. Then they put their shields to use in a mock battle in which freshmen playing the parts of barbarians used tennis balls to attack the Roman legions. On Nov. 18, the Villa Madonna history, Latin, and drama classes will work together to hold an interactive Roman fair featuring food, demonstrations, and exhibits. Here sophomore Evan Tingley peeks out from a tortoise formation.

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St. Henry grad makes 15 kills

In front of a raucous crowd on Senior Night, the University of Cincinnati volleyball team downed the University of South Florida Bulls on its home court, 3-0, Nov. 8. Junior Stephanie Niemer, a St. Henry High School graduate, put down 15 kills during the game. The win is Cincinnati’s 20th on the season and marks the ninth time that UC has reached the 20-win plateau under the direction of 10th-year head coach Reed Sunahara. In addition, the win also gave UC its 10th conference victory as the Bearcats have now registered back-to-back 10-win conference campaigns for the first time since joining the BIG EAST in 2005.

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They had a new course to master and a new sewer culvert on which to gather and pose for pictures after the meet. What wasn’t new was the scene at the end, with St. Henry accepting a state championship trophy at the state cross country meet and risking lectures from their dentists by making

teeth marks in it. The Crusaders swept both the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The girls’ team started the day by winning their third in a row and sixth in the past seven, and the boys followed by claiming their eighth-straight title. “We were happy that we could do this for our team,” said senior Paige Dooley.


St. Henry senior Paige Dooley nears the finish line at the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park.

“It’s motivating, having something to hold on to, something to defend.” The teams were running in a different area of the horse park than in recent years, as the facility is preparing to host the World Equestrian Games in 2010. The Crusaders had run meets at the new layout during the regular season to prepare. But the course did not deter the Crusaders, as three teammates finished backto-back in spots 5-7. Senior Maria Frigo, this year’s Region 4 champion, led the way in fifth place, and sophomores Lindsey Hinken and Ashley Svec were right behind. Senior Kelsey Hinken (16th) and Allysa Brady (27th) were the other Crusaders in the team score. Dooley, also a senior, and Kirsti Ryan were close behind. “It’s really an emotional time for all of us because we’ve all been running since middle school,” Kelsey Hinken said. “This has been our life for the past five years.” St. Henry won by 61 points, 48 to 109 for Trimble County, a margin much larger than head coach Tony Harden expected. “As a team, all seven girls showed up today,” he said. “They went out and wanted a state championship. That’s what it’s all about, the team.” Frigo added, “It’s a lot of pressure, a lot to live up to, but we enjoy it. We have a lot of fun doing what we do.” The margin was close all day for the Crusader boys’ team, who scored 97 points to win by 14 over Owensboro Catholic. The Crusaders had to wait for the official scores before celebrating.



St. Henry senior Nick Wilson nears the finish line at the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park. “I feel great,” senior Armand Frigo said. “We really trained hard and we knew we had to run our best race to beat Owensboro and the other teams.” He was the top Crusader in 11th place, and Brendan Dooley also earned an individual medal in 13th. Nick Wilson (18th), Ben Bessler (21st) and Frank Bruni (35th) also scored. Nathan

Lentz and Nathan Mark were also in the top 57. Bessler passed two Owensboro Catholic runners late in the race and beat both of them by less than four seconds. “I gave it my all,” Bessler said. “I saw their two runners and I knew I needed to pass them. When I heard they got second, it was the best feeling in the world.”

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Thomas More College senior linebacker Brandon Kohrs was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team Nov. 5. by the College Sports Information Directors of America. As a first team selection, Kohrs advances to the Academic All-American ballot. Kohrs, a three-time Academic All-District honoree, carries a 3.85 grade point average in biology. After eight games he was third on the team in tackles with 48 (24 solo, 24 assisted), including five for a loss and two sacks and has an interception and a force fumble. JAMES WEBER/STAFF

Lloyd Memorial senior Elisha Overpeck runs in the Class 2A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park.

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Thomas More senior quarterback Trevor Stellman threw three touchdown pass and had 310 all-purpose yards to lead the 10th-ranked Thomas More College football team to a, 2112, win over Geneva College, Nov. 7, on Senior Day. With the win the Saints improved to 8-0 on the season. The Saints took a 7-0 lead with 6:53 to play in the second quarter when Stellman connected with freshman wide receiver Austin Studer on a five-yard touchdown pass and junior place kicker junior Dustin Zink added the pointafter-attempt. Thomas More retook the lead with 9:15 to play in the third quarter when Stellman connected with senior tight end Jeff Brinck on a five-yard touchdown pass and Zink added the PAT. Thomas More closed out the scoring with 9:06 to play in the game when Stellman connected on a nine-yard touchdown pass to defensive end Justin Smith and Zink added the PAT for the 21-12 win. Offensively, the Saints were led by Stellman, who was 16of-22 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns and also had 16 rushes for 106 yards. Senior wide receiver Chris Farley had four catches for 104 yards, while Studer had five catches for 62 yards and one touchdown and Brink had two catches for 19 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the Saints were led by senior linebacker Brad Steinmetz, who had a game-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo and two and a half for a loss. Junior defensive back Aaron Monk added eight tackles and a fumble recovery and senior linebacker Brandon Kohrs had seven tackles, including one for a loss and one fumble recovery.


Leading the race for a mile and finishing second at the end were both proud accomplishments for Elisha Overpeck. The Lloyd Memorial senior was state runner-up in the Class 2A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. She ran in 20 minutes even, 32 seconds behind the eventual state champ. The Region 4 champion came close to her personal best time. “It was cool,” she said. “When I started getting second after the first mile, I wasn’t sure if I could hold on to second. At the twomile mark I picked it up and put a gap between me and (third place).” Lloyd finished fourth in the team standings to earn a trophy. Torey Duncan finished second on the team in 18th overall, and sister Sarah Duncan was 25th. Courtney Siefert and Court-

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Lloyd: 99. Alex Henn 19:00, 152. Camron Musk 19:59, Did not finish: Joey Landrum.

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Lloyd (4th): 2. Elisha Overpeck 20:00, 18. Torey Duncan 21:17, 25. Sarah Duncan 21:31, 78. Courtney Siefert 23:08, 124. Courtney Davis 24:38, 162. Michaela Schnorbus 26:04, 166. Shelley Martin 26:22. ney Davis also scored for the Juggernauts. “I’m satisfied with getting a trophy because we had some injuries on the team,” Overpeck said. Three Lloyd boys ran in the 2A state meet. Alex Henn led in 99th place. Joey Landrum, this year’s regional runner-up, was unable to finish the race.

SIDELINES Holy Cross Holiday Hoops

The Holy Cross High School girls’ basketball team is sponsoring Holiday Hoops from 6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec.

4, for kindergartners through sixthgraders in the Holy Cross Gym, 36th and Church streets, Covington. Cost is $10 per child.

Parents can drop off their children so they can Christmas shop, wrap presents, enjoy a quiet dinner or just relax without kids.

Participants will play games, watch movies, meet friends and have fun. Concessions will be available. To register, contact Coach Shan-

non Minor at, or at 801-5162.

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Being seriously tested for all four quarters in a playoff game will only benefit the winning team. It is too late in the season to learn lessons from such a game, unless you can come out on top and advance to play another week. After cruising through 10 of their first 11 games, the Simon Kenton Pioneers were tested early and often in their second-round playoff matchup with Louisville’s DuPont Manual. The Pioneers held on for a 39-29 victory to advance to the regional final. “It was tight in the first half,” Simon Kenton head coach Jeff Marksberry said. “Our kids did a great job of hanging in there.” The Pioneers trailed in the second quarter before taking a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime. Manual continued to respond to every Simon Kenton score in the third quarter and the Pioneers did not put the game away until Miles Simpson scored with five minutes left in the game. Marksberry was impressed with the way his starters continued to fight late in the game. Many of them were used to cheering on their backups from the sidelines late in games this season, resting after securing another blowout win. The average margin of victory in the Pioneers’ first 10 wins was 37 points. “We didn’t give in to fatigue,” Marksberry said. “I told them all year that we’d have to play a full 48minute game sooner or later. We had some guys who decided that we weren’t going to lose.” Zach Kaiser and Miles Simpson were two of those players who decided to take over the game. Kaiser scored the game’s first points on a 90-yard interception return and helped the Pioneer defense hold Manual scoreless in the final quarter. Simpson continued to take over games seemingly at will, rushing for three second-half touchdowns. He finished with 131 yards on 25 carries, 122 yards in the second half.


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Is “Sesame Street” still relevant today, 40 years after its television debut? Why or why not? Do you have any favorite memories of the show? “Sesame was great for my kids and now my grandchildren are learning from and relating to it as well. I like the way this show uses music to enhance learning. I relate most to Oscar the Grouch.” G.G. “Ever since they bowed to political correctness and sent ‘Cookie Monster’ off into the twilight they lost me!” C.J.W. “Sesame Street is still relevant because teaching our youngest learners the basics of reading, math and good behavior never goes out of style. I love that the characters that kept me entertained are still around to entertain my children. The addition of new characters has allowed it to stay current while maintaining the same, loving format we enjoyed years ago. I cried when Big Bird told us that Mr. Hooper had died. No kids show today would take on the tough topic of death or some of the other issues they've handled over the years.” J.H.

Next question: Do you plan to participate in “Black Friday” shopping the day after Thanksgiving Day. Why or why not? If so, how early do you go? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. “The mission is the same today as it was then. There are still kids who are being educated by it. Plus it has a following of people who grew up on it and are raising kids today. I always loved the skits with the aliens ... yep yep yep.” A.H. “Sesame Street was a big part of my twin granddaughters’ life. Courtney was very seriously attached to Grover and Sarah was attached to Big Bird. When Courtney had surgery on her left leg, so did Grover. They both came out of surgery sporting a beautiful pink cast on their left leg. Big Bird and Grover made a surprise visit on their fifth birthday and Sarah was frightened so that ended her relationship with him. But at almost 21 years old I am sure Grover is still in someone’s memory. P.S. I dressed as Cookie Monster myself in a Shriner parade 20 years ago and won a prize for our organization.” I.K.

Discover Kentucky’s hunting heritage My brother from Ohio asked me the other day, “John, what’s a deer camp?” In the days of Daniel Boone, a hunting camp was a time when men left home for hunting grounds to harvest meat for the year. Though deer camps have changed in modern times, I am happy to report the tradition is alive and well here in Northern Kentucky. Retired Secret Service Agent and President of the Rabbit Hash Sportsmen Association Bill Murphy is somewhat of a modern day Daniel Boone in today’s deer camps. He has been known to travel from camp to camp enjoying the camaraderie and tall tales around the campfire and offering younger hunters a bit of advice. Rumor has it a bit of “Kentucky brown” is consumed during these evenings. For these Kentucky hunters, mid-November is a special time of year. The air is crisp, trees are ablaze with color and the state’s main deer hunting season has arrived. Every teenage boy hopes that this is the year his dad will say he is old enough to go deer hunting with the men. In many families, hunting brings parents and children closer together. It provides an opportunity to teach responsibility, patience, focus and an appreciation of the natural world. Our state owes many thanks to the sportsman who help care for our state’s land and our wildlife populations, as well as for their efforts to ensure that time-tested values are passed down from generation to generation. Nov. 14 was start of modern gun deer hunting season in Boone, Kenton and Gallatin coun-

ties, as well as other counties in the northern part of the state. It is a reminder to many Kentuckians of how fortunate we are to State Sen. live in a state John with such splenSchickel did beauty and a b u n d a n t Community wildlife. Recorder Kentucky guest enjoys a tradicolumnist tion of hunting, and the beauty of our land and forests is no doubt a big reason why hunting traditions endure. Kentucky’s deer population is one of our state’s success stories. There was a time almost 100 years ago when there were less than 1,000 deer in Kentucky. We have more whitetail deer in Kentucky today than in the time of Daniel Boone. Wise wildlife management practices sustained over the course of years brought the population back to the point where Kentucky is today a top location for trophy whitetail deer. Modern gun deer season in our part of the state lasts until Nov. 29. Late muzzleloader season lasts from Dec. 12 -20. As always, hunters are required to wear orange hats and vests and should review the state’s hunter education requirements. Hunter education is required for Kentucky hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975. For more information, view the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Web page at State Sen. John Schickel of Union serves in the Kentucky Senate.

Saluting veterans

The Elsmere Honor Guard performs at 21-gun salute during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 10 at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington. The honor guard is comprised of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6423 and American Legion Post 20.

Spraying firewood is not effective Question: I think there are bugs and spiders coming out of my firewood, since I keep finding them near the fireplace. Is there something I can spray the wood with to kill the bugs in it? Answer: This is the season when many homeowners begin to burn firewood. Firewood is a source of warmth and comfort, but can also be a way for pests to enter homes. Most pests living in firewood pose no harm to people, furniture, or to the structure. Nonetheless, homeowners often become concerned when critters emerge from wood that is brought indoors, and crawl or fly about the house. Several types of insects dwell within firewood. Termites, wood boring beetles, and carpenter ants often tunnel and feed within the logs, but upon emergence, usually will not infest structural wood or furniture indoors. Other kinds of pests hide or overwinter beneath the bark. Examples include centipedes, ground beetles, sowbugs, pillbugs, spiders, scorpions and wood

cockroaches. Typically, they emerge within a few days or weeks of the wood being brought indoors. For the most part they are Mike Klahr harmless other Community than the distress by their Recorder caused mere presence. columnist Control of firewood pests is best accomplished by management of the firewood itself. Spraying/dousing the wood with insecticides is not necessary, effective nor recommended, and could produce harmful vapors when the wood is burned. A better plan is to: 1. Store firewood outdoors, only bringing in what you plan to burn immediately or within a few hours. Storing firewood for extended periods inside the home, garage or basement allows pests in the wood to emerge within the structure. Firewood stacked


indoors can also become a harborage for rodents. 2. Position the woodpile away from the house and off the ground. Firewood stacked against the side of a building impedes ventilation and encourages moisture problems. Storing wood in this manner also provides a direct, hidden avenue for termites and carpenter ants into the building. Stacking firewood off the ground (e.g., on poles suspended between concrete blocks) increases air circulation and drying. 3. Burn older wood first. This shortens the time during which pest infestations can become established. 4. Shake or knock logs together outside to dislodge any pests clinging to loose bark. Don’t forget to also check bottoms of log carriers, since pests often crawl into these when the logs are transported into the home. The occasional insect emerging from firewood can easily be eliminated using a broom or a vacuum. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.


National honors

Twenty seven juniors at Villa Madonna Academy High School were inducted into the National Honor Society during a candle-lit ceremony on Nov. 2. New NHS members are: Ben Conniff, Erin Deye, Abby Gerst, Elena Hamilton, Cecily Kennedy, Hannah Knochelmann, Ryan Laber, Eric Lamping, Kate Landen, Hawken Lord, Connor Louis, Payton Lutz, Corey Martin, Lauren Mikhail, Anna Neikirk, Kendra Newman, Jessa Plattner, Katie Ransdell, Jacob Schubert, Alexis Simpson, Ben Smith, Sarahmarie Specht-Bird, Caroline Spicker, Matt Stapleton, Lauren Vennefron, Lauren Wagner, and Kimberly Yocom. Here new members Hawken Lord and Connor Louis sign the NHS enrollment book.

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Wayne Beckwith, a volunteer at the Boone County Arboretum, is interested in environmental issues.

Beckwith volunteers at arboretum The Boone County Arboretum has a strong volunteer program to help maintain the grounds enjoyed by everyone in Boone County. The volunteer program consists of all levels of gardening skills and commitment. One strong volunteer in our program is Wayne Beckwith of Erlanger. Beckwith is a world traveler and when he is home, makes time to volunteer at the arboretum. Beckwith is interested in various environmental issues and likes to do his part to make a difference. From planting bulbs in the fall to working with students to spread a message of conservation, he is always eager to help. The Boone County

Arboretum is just one place he volunteers. You can also find Beckwith at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, The Cincinnati Museum Center, and Action Ministries in Covington. Some projects that Beckwith has helped with this year include pruning trees along the walking paths, sculpting the bamboo collection, and working to remove invasive species from the arboretum. To find out how you can volunteer at the arboretum, please visit Catch a Star recognizes people who go the extra mile in volunteering or in customer service at their business. To make a nomination, send an email to


Trains back on track

The Holiday Toy Trains (pictured) are back at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington. A holiday favorite, the exhibit features over 250 feet of track. The museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on the exhibit and the museum itself, visit or call 491-4003. The Behringer-Crawford Museum is located at 1600 Montague Road.

Lighting up the Levee

More than one million lights will illuminate Newport

on the Levee’s exterior riverwalk during the holiday light show, “Light Up the Levee.” During the show, which can be seen daily through Jan. 10, lights dance in synchronization to holiday music. Light shows will take place every 20 minutes beginning at 6:10 p.m. and will end with the last show at 11:50 p.m. For more information, visit

Ryle High Craft Show

Approximately 175 craft vendors will be at the Ryle High School Craft Show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for Friday are $8 (includes readmission for Saturday) and must be bought in advance at the school. Tickets for Saturday are $3 and can be bought at the door. For more information, call 384-5300. Ryle High School is located at 10379 Highway 42.

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The Kenton County Motor Car building in Independence was caught on a 1938 home movie that features scenes of downtown Independence, Independence High School and more. The Historic Preservation subcommittee of the Independence Strategic Action Committee are looking for photos, newspaper clippings and memories from long-time residents of the city to aid in the Independence History Project, an effort to preserve the city’s past.

Memories, photographs, wanted for city’s history project By Regan Coomer

Share stories, memories and photos of old-time Independence at the library later this month. The William E. Durr branch of the Kenton County Library will host Memories of Independence, a program that gives residents the chance to tell their stories about the city and view a home movie from the ‘30s, at 1 p.m. Sunday Nov. 22. The program is part of a larger history project the historic preservation subcommittee of the Independence Strategic Action Committee (ISAC) has been working on for the past year and a half. Eventually, historic information could be used in the future to revitalize downtown with signage or a permanent display. Mainly, the committee hopes to collect and record reminisces at the library event to ensure the city’s history isn’t lost. “We’re asking long-term residents to come out and be a part of the Independence History Project. Their help is invaluable,” said committee member Chris Reinersman. Reinersman said there was a historical society in the ‘70s with information on Independence, but it disbanded and now no one knows what happened to their collection. “We’re lacking so much historical information on the city – without them, we’re not going to find it,” he said of life-long residents. Jan Hamilton, a member of the historic preservation committee and a library employee, said there’s much history to be found in Independence. “There’s a lot of history in Independence that is going when a person passes on. This way we will have a record of it for the grandchildren,” she said. Reinersman said the committee is especially looking for information about the city from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. “I would love to talk to anybody here prior to 1970,” he said. But he and Hamilton agree anyone who has a story about the city can be


Members of Independence High School’s basketball team were part of a movie filmed in 1938 that captures scenes of downtown Independence, Independence High School and more. The Historic Preservation subcommittee of the Independence Strategic Action Committee are looking for photos, newspaper clippings and memories from long-time residents of the city to aid in the Independence History Project, an effort to preserve the city’s past.

History Project information Memories of Independence will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Durr branch of the Kenton County Public Library. A 1938 home movie of Independence will be shown at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Residents who would like to share their memories in an interview can set up a time or get more information by calling Chris Reinersman at 356-9833. Walk-ins are welcome. REGAN COOMER/STAFF

Independence residents Chris and Jeanette Reinersman, members of the Historic Preservation subcommittee, are asking long-time residents to share their memories of the city prior to the 1970s at a Memories of Independence event at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Durr branch of the Kenton County Public Library. The event is part of the committee’s long-term Independence History Project to preserve the city’s history. The Reinersmans live in a 1800s Victorian home in Independence, pictured here along with their 3-month-old granddaughter Macie Hanna. interviewed. “We will take anybody’s memories,” Hamilton said. Reinersman said the interviewees will be asked about specific spots in

Independence such as downtown, the high school and businesses. Memorabilia, photographs and newspaper clippings will also be welcome and a scanner will be set up at the library to allow residents to take everything home with them that day, Reinersman said. In addition to interviews, the committee will also be showing a home movie made in 1938. The movie shows Independence High School, the junior high and downtown. A clip of the 50minute long movie can be found on if you search “Independence, Ky.” “It gets you excited whether you’re a history buff or not,” Reinersman said.

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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 #3908. $1.25$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus #3908, Fr. 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.


Greener Living Series, 10 a.m.-noon Learn about “green” gifts and gift wrapping and how to trim holiday party waste. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Learn easy and fun ways to “go green.”. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 692-4002; Erlanger.


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. 4914003; Covington.


Black Lillies, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Dinner available, 6 p.m. 261-1029. Latonia.


Phil Blank Blues Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. 491-8027. Covington.


Megadeth, 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. With Machine Head, Sucide Silence and Arcanium. The Endgame Tour. $38.50. 800-745-3000; Covington.


Fowler Creek, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. The Black Lillies, 6 p.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Part of first national tour by Knoxville country music group. $5. 261-1029; Latonia.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Bill Gemmer, director, with Jon Von Ohlen. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. 261-2365. Covington.


The Modulators, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sidebar, 322 Greenup St. Party and dance band. Free. 431-3456. Covington.


The Prince and The Pauper, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Performing Arts Center. $10. Tickets required, available via email. 261-4300;; Park Hills.


Angel Street, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Mrs. Manningham is apparently losing her mind and her husband is at his wits’ end. But all is not as it seems, as dark secrets are hidden (literally) in the attic. $10, $8 seniors, $7 students with ID. Presented by Thomas More College Villa Players. Through Nov. 21. 3415800. Crestview Hills.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. Through March 31. 689-5743; Elsmere. S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 2 1


Hot Wax Show and Dinner to Support the Troops, 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post No. 203, 3801 Winston Ave. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Show starts 8 p.m. Benefits Support the Troops Program which sends boxes of supplies on the wish lists of overseas troops. $25. Reservations required, available online. 581-3347; Latonia.


Mulled Cider, Spiced Wine and Other Warm Drinks, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Chef Leech prepares international warm drinks, including Wassail, Grogg, Spiced Cider and Buttered Rum. Includes drinks sampling and recipes. $20. 426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Appalachian Culture Series, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Weaving with Marlene Jump. Reservations required. Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Student Services Center, Room E101. Series celebrates contributions of Appalachian culture. Free. 4421179. Edgewood.


Swine Flu Vaccine Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Summit View Middle School, 5002 Madison Pike, Some 8,000 doses available on first-come, firstserved basis. Pregnant women, caregivers of young children, parents with children ages 6 month-4 years. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department. 392-0678. Independence.


Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Largest interactive holiday train display in Northern Kentucky with more than 25 stations for children. Layout features 250 feet of track and Lionel, Marx and Plasticville toy trains and sets from past and present. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Creative Minds: Artistic Discussion, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sam Hollingsworth: Artistic Views-A Perspective on the Evolutions of Art. $10 advance. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. Registration required. 431-0020. Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.

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Phil Blank Blues Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 491-8027. Covington.


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


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m. Bill Gemmer, director, with Jon Von Ohlen. Dee Felice Cafe, 261-2365. Covington.


Angel Street, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, $10, $8 seniors, $7 students with ID. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


College Preview Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Administration Building. Information on how personalized attention, hands-on learning and inclusive faith community prepares you for your whole life. Free. Registration recommended. 3443332; Crestview Hills. S U N D A Y, N O V. 2 2


Karaoke, 10 p.m. Willie’s Sports Cafe - Covington, 401 Crescent Ave. Karaoke with Alecia. $1 Miller longnecks. Free. 581-1500. Covington.


Justice in a Global Economy, 10:30 a.m.noon, St. Joseph Church - Crescent Springs, 2470 Lorraine Court, Free. 341-6609. Crescent Springs.


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 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards will take place at the Madison Theater in Covington, Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Voting for the awards was conducted online. The event, seen here at the Emery Theatre in 2008, benefits the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $18, $15 advance. Tickets available online. Call 491-2444 or visit The Madison Theater is located at 730 Madison Ave. M O N D A Y, N O V. 2 3

ART EXHIBITS PREFAB77’s Shot at from Both Sides, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The BLDG, 491-4228. Covington. Something for Everyone, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 957-1940. 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. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 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.



Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; 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.


Sing We and Chant, 3 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Music based on Gregorian chant. With Michael Chertock, pianist and KSO Chorale. $28, $23; $18 ages 60 and up, $10 students. Tickets required, available online. 431-6216; Covington.

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 586-6101. Burlington.


ACE Beginner Tennis Lessons, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Five Seasons Country Club Crestview Hills, 345 Thomas More Parkway, Instruction on fundamentals of forehand, backhand, serve, volley and overhead. Play points and implement strategy and tactics. Includes racket. For beginner adults. Ages 18 and up. $140. Reservations required. Presented by Five Seasons Sports Club. 341-3687; Crestview Hills. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 2 4

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Cycle Series: Mixed Media Drawings and Collages by Cynthis Gregory, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 491-3942. Covington.


Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Turkey Bash, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, London Hall. Music by DJ Doug. Cash bar available. Family friendly. $5. 341-2800. Fort Mitchell. Thanksgiving Eve Blowout, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Party with Doghouse. $8. 426-0490. Fort Wright.



American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Classic Films Program, 1 p.m. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Friends, theater-style snacks and discussion. Free. 962-4002; Erlanger. T H U R S D A Y, N O V. 2 6


Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.

Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Willie’s Sports Cafe Covington, 401 Crescent Ave. With $1 Budweiser longnecks and half-price select appetizers from 10 p.m.-midnight. Free. 5811500. Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Franksgiving Bash, 9 p.m. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $5. 888-428-7311; Covington.

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

Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


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


Fat Tuesday, 7 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Royal Palm Orchestra with Bill Gemmer, director. 261-2365. Covington. PROVIDED

Rhonda Coullet is Vera Sanders, Christopher Marchant is Dennis Sanders, Bobby Taylor is Stanley Sanders and Tess Hartman is June Sanders in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of “Sanders Family Christmas: More Smoke on the Mountain.” The comedy runs through Dec. 31 in the Playhouse’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre. For tickets call 513-4213888 or visit


Scrabble Rama!, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Scrabble tournament; prizes. 431-2326; Covington.


Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” will play the Aronoff Center through Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday; and at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. It is the musical story of showbiz buddies putting on a show at a Vermont inn. Tickets are $24.50-$64.50. Call 1-800-982-2787 or visit


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Has marriage become too frail to carry our dreams? 15 than Swedish kids born to unmarried parents. “Remember, we’re talking about the ‘avant-garde’ Swedes compared to the ‘conservative’ Americans,” Cherlin says. The bottom line is that while marriage is good for kids, it’s best when it results in a stable home. Or, as Cherlin puts it, “Many of the problems faced by American’s children stem not from parents marrying too little but rather too often.” What’s gone wrong? It would take volumes to try to assess. One factor is that most couples still embark on the marriage journey believing that “all we need is love and good sex.” Interestingly, too many still mistake infatuation and active hormones as convincing proof that love exists. Nor do they realize what else is needed even when genuine love is present. M. Bridget Brennan and Jerome L. Shen, in their book “Claiming Our Deepest Desires,” point out important elements missing in today’s new marriages: “Navigational tools of communication, conflict resolution, deep listening, willingness to admit errors and wrongdoings, a sense of humor, trust and emotional maturity are all necessary in a good and lasting marriage.” To these I would add a



A marriage relationship is a dynamic living organism undergoing various stages, cycles, rhythms and moods. Despite superficial pre-marriage “preparation courses” most go into a marriage relationship at a rather superficial level. solid sense of commitment. That’s not just a casual promise but a vow from the deepest core of ourself, that come good times or bad, we’ll both work on our relationship throughout life. A marriage relationship is a dynamic living organism undergoing various stages, cycles, rhythms and moods. Despite superficial premarriage “preparation

courses” most go into a marriage relationship at a rather superficial level. Few expect a lifetime of work. We do not know our self or our spouse as well as we think we do. And what we don’t know can hurt us. Marriage is a process of self-discovery as well as spouse-discovery. That’s why Gary and Betsy Ricucci quipped to newlyweds, “One of the

best wedding gifts God gave you was a full-length mirror called your spouse. Had there been a card attached, it would have said, ‘Here’s to helping you discover what you’re really like.’ ” Psychologically and spiritually the other human we marry is, in the truest sense, to be a helpmate in our selfawareness and growth. The process of self-discovery and spouse discovery is an unending challenge. We are either going forward, going backward, or trying to live our relationship on cruise control – which means coasting along effortlessly.

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Marriage is being scrutinized today because of its disappearing stability. So is the earth being scrutinized because of its disappearing glaciers. So is organized religion because of its disappearing congregations. Whenever crucial elements of life start fading our concern for them escalates. We worry about marriage because of its immense impact on the collective and individual welfare of society. Our country has the highest divorce rate in the world. “We divorce, re-partner and remarry faster than people in any other country,” says Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins sociologist, in his book, “The MarriageGo-Round.” A recent column in Time magazine (Aug. 24 and 31) addressed the same concern titled, “Americans Marry Too Much.” It expressed a legitimate worry about our kids, “American kids are more likely than those in other developed countries to live in a household with a revolving cast of parents, stepparents, and live-in partners moving in and out of their lives – a pattern which is definitely not good for children.” Cherlin was amazed to find out that American kids born to married couples experienced 6 percent more household disruption by age

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Rita’s readers resurrect Fern’s beloved chili Animal shelter seeks donations for holidays

Writing this column week after week never gets “old” to me. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the sharing of recipes and stories that make it a popular read. Apparently Fern Storer, food editor at the Cincinnati Post for a very long time, had Rita the same Heikenfeld r e l a t i o n ship with Rita s kitchen her readers. When Pam Timme asked for Fern’s chili recipe, I had no idea the response would be so great. I figured a few of you might have a copy. Well, not only did I get a couple dozen responses; one reader offered to send me a copy of Fern’s cookbook (and I will definitely accept!). So thanks, thanks, thanks to all of you who shared recipes and stories of this unique lady. I wish I had met her. I understand she was an enthusiastic gardener, as well. I know my Mom liked Fern’s recipes, and that to me was a great endorsement. I made the chili during a demo at Macy’s on Saturday, and everyone loved the mild taste and thick consistency.

Fern Storer’s chili

Jean King, a Loveland reader, brought this in personally to me. By the way, Fern was a

very detailed recipe writer. She wanted her readers to be able to recreate her recipes without one problem. Here’s my adaptation from her 1989 cookbook. Mount Healthy reader Rob Hiller sent me the recipe, as well, along with the Cincinnati chili story Fern had as a sideline. Rob substituted 1⁄4 each ground cloves and allspice for the 6 whole called in the recipe.

1 pound ground beef (not hamburger – I used sirloin) 6 each: whole cloves and allspice, tied in cheesecloth, coffee filter, tea ball, etc. or 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each ground 1 ⁄2 of a medium-size onion, more if you like, chopped (I used about 1 cup) 1 clove garlic, finely minced, or 1⁄4 teaspoon powdered garlic or garlic salt (I used a teaspoon fresh garlic) Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chili powder (start with 2 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 28 oz. diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown sugar (I didn’t use) 1 ⁄4 teaspoon liquid hot pepper sauce, optional (I didn’t use) 1-2 regular size cans kidney beans with their liquid 1 ⁄2 cup dry red wine (a mellow burgundy), optional but good (I didn’t use) Cook ground beef until red color is almost gone. Add everything but beans and wine. Simmer gently and cook uncovered, about


Fern Storer’s chili with Rita's homemade cheddar cheese crackers

20 minutes. Add beans and wine and cook another 15 minutes or so. It will be fairly thick. If it becomes thicker than you like, a cup or so of water may be added. Also, if you cool and refrigerate it, you will probably need to add a little water to the amount you reheat. This will make eight to 10 generous servings.

Taffy apple salad for Thanksgiving

Reader Laurel Muhlenbruch shares this favorite recipe. She also shared a wonderful carrot cake recipe from her mother-in-law, Doris Szegda, who lives in Canandaigua, N.Y. The carrot cake is a much requested holiday and birthday cake recipe. It’s in our online version of this column at 20 oz. pineapple chunks or crushed 2 cups mini-marshmallows 2 tablespoon flour 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 11⁄2 tablespoon white or cider vinegar 1 egg, well beaten 8 oz. Cool Whip

Taste of Lebanon

St. Anthony of Padua Church’s fall festival will take place noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22. The church is located at 2530 Victory Parkway, East Walnut Hills. The festival will feature authentic Lebanese cuisine made by the St. Anthony of Padua parishioners. Traditional dishes such as kibbee, falafel, stuffed cabbage rolls and grape leaves, hummus, salad, and green beans and rice will be available. There will be pastries for dessert. Food items are purchased à la carte and carryout is available. Parking is free. For details, call 513-961-0120.

11⁄2 cups chopped cocktail nuts 2 cups diced Jonathan apples, unpeeled Drain pineapple, keep juice. Mix pineapple chunks and marshmallows, refrigerate overnight. In saucepan over low heat, heat juice, sugar, flour, egg and vinegar. Stir continually and cook until thick. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

This holiday season the Kenton County Animal Shelter is asking community members to make donations to the shelter that will brighten the life of a homeless pet. Difficult financial times have forced many families to relinquish their pets; and, as a result, more pets than ever have found themselves homeless and waiting for adoption at the shelter. Monetary donations collected during this holiday season will be used to purchase several items that the shelter desperately needs to improve the quality of life for resident dogs and cats while they await adoption. Some of these items include: • Padded fleece beds for cat kennels • Sturdy and reusable Kong® toys to keep the shelter dogs busy and entertained • No-spill bowls for the cat kennels • Special collars and leashes for making the shelter dogs' daily walks more comfortable • Sound system for the kennels to play soothing music and help relax the dogs For animal lovers who may be short on cash, the

shelter is also seeing the donation of volunteer time. Shelter volunteers can fill a variety of roles that run the gamut from walking dogs and cuddling cats, to assisting with adoptions and answering the phone. All volunteers must complete an application, pass a background check, and attend volunteer orientation and training. Additionally, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to commit a minimum of 50 hours to the shelter over a six-month period. To make an online donation to shelter, visit and follow the links to the “Animal Shelter” page. Click on the “Donations Online” button. Or, simply call the shelter at 859-356-7400 or stop by the shelter to make a donation. The shelter also welcomes donations of pet food and gently used blankets and towels. Donations may be dropped off at the shelter at 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 during regular business. Shelter hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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November 19, 2009

Tichenor seventh-grader Hayden Molitor has always known his academic record and positive attitude would get him places in life. He just didn’t imagine he would that one late October day, he would find himself carrying a wooden gun, donning a Union Army hat and combing the banks of the Potomac looking for his comrades. “That entire day was really fun,” he recalled with a giant smile. “That might have been one of the coolest activities we did the entire time.” Molitor recently returned from the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C., where one of the activities was a mock Civil War battle at Harpers Ferry. The students also were able to tour all of the historic sites in D.C. as well, including the Vietnam Memorial, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Museum. At nights, the students took classes to learn about developing their leadership skills and learning about the leadership abilities of historical figures. “It was a great trip and I had a blast,” said Molitor. “That was my first time to Washington, so I really learned a lot, and I’m just glad I had the opportunity.” Molitor had that opportunity thanks to teacher Linda Noll, who nominated him for the conference. Approximately 150 sixth and sev-

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. For more information, call 525-8878. Christ United Methodist Church is located at 1440 Boone Aire Road.



Tichenor seventh-grader Hayden Molitor recently attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. after being nominated by teacher Linda Noll, who describes Molitor as the "All-American" kid because of the respect his teachers and classmates have for him. enth graders from across the country were selected for the five-day conference. “You get a student like Hayden about once every 20 years,” said Noll, explaining her nomination. “He’s got all of the qualities you could ever ask for in a student, and it was my privilege to be able to nominate him for this.” In addition to touring the city and taking part in the mock battle, Molitor said he made some great connections with kids from different parts of the country. “It was really cool getting to know kids from all over the place,” he said. “I actually still am in contact with one of the kids I met who lives in Boston. It’s pretty neat.”

Molitor kept a journal of his trip, and has said that visiting all of the historic sites has spurned him to learn more about each of them. An avid reader, he said he’s more interested than ever in learning about the nation’s history. “It was really cool to see all of those historic places,” he said. “It was just a great experience.” Armed with his new found leadership abilities, Noll said Molitor has a bright future ahead of him. “He’s going to do great things, and this is something that I think certainly will be a benefit to him down the road,” she said. For more information about the JNYLC, visit

The Cornerstone Church of God in Erlanger presents Christmas Mosaic by Marty Parks Dec. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night. Christmas Mosaic is a musical portrait of Christmas and also includes a live nativity. Admission is free. Inclement weather dates are Dec. 17-19. For more information, call 727-0111. The Cornerstone Church of God is located at 3413 Hillcrest Dr.

Fort Mitchell Baptist

The Fort Mitchell Baptist Church will ring in the Christmas season with a celebration of “Christmas

Memories,” which is a musical presentation that will be held Dec. 5-6 at 7 p.m. each night. The concert is free to attend. For more information, call 331-2160 or email

Immanuel United Methodist

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. The Sanity Singers will be taking donations. For information on the group, visit Immanuel UMC is located at 2551 Dixie Hwy and Latonia Baptist is located at 38th and Church Streets.

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Jeanne Beagle, 83, Erlanger, homemaker, died Nov. 13, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. Her husband, Woodrow Beagle, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Elaine Ashley and Anita Clark, both of Erlanger; son, Brian Beagle of St. Louis; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Check Your Fund, P.O. Box 5200, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5200.


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Scott James Hester, 46, Erlanger, died Nov. 2, 2009, at his home. He worked for Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his mother, Dixie Diane Hester of Covington; father, Harold Hester of Alexandria; brother, Stephen Hester of Crescent Springs; sister, Melanie Hester of Villa Hills; grandmother, Martha R. Ratcliffe of Crescent Springs; and caregiver, Cindy Brouillette of Villa Hills. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery. Ramsey Funeral Home, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

Thelma C. McGuffey Harper, 89, Erlanger, died Nov. 10, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She was a homemaker, member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church and Edgewood Homemakers. Her husband, Logan G. Harper, died in 1994. Survivors include her daughters, Ima Jean Webb of Walton and Janice Childress of Crescent Springs; sisters, Hazel Spiers of Richmond, Ind., Wilma Thornburg of Muncie, Ind., Evelyn Louise Reinhart of Erlanger and Lois M. Cave of Waynesburg; brother, Donald E. Gerkey of Leesburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Fort Mitchell Baptist Church Book of Remembrance,

Christopher Keith Gilliland, 38, Elsmere, died Nov. 8, 2009, in Independence. He was a mail sorter for the Florence Post Office. Survivors include his mother, Ines Gilliland of Independence; brother, Frank Gilliland of Stopover, Ky.; sisters, Darlene Hope of Union, Flora Mahnken of Orlando, Fla., Kimberly

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Jackie Ray Douglas, 64, Erlanger, died Nov. 8, 2009, at his home. He worked for Home Depot in Erlanger. His wife, Sylvia Ann Douglas, died previously. Survivors include his son, Jeffery Douglas; daughters, Kimberly Dailey and Sheryl Riley; sisters, Dovie Hamlet and Georgia Knight; brothers, Phillip and Ernest Douglas; 11 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Burial was in Sellersburg Cemetery in Indiana.

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Jeannine Hucker

Jeannine C. Hucker, 80, Erlanger, died Nov. 9, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a cashier for 16 years with Fedder’s Meat Market in Cres-

cent Springs and member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. Her husband, Raymond N. Hucker Sr., died in 1990 and son, Daniel Hucker, died in 2004. Survivors include her sons, Raymond N. Hucker Jr. of Independence, Benjamin Hucker and Robert Hucker, both of Erlanger; daughters, Connie Tucker and Melinda Trevor of Erlanger; sister, Della Treadway of Independence; brother, James McManus Jr. of Alabama; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Margaret Mary Coleman Littelmann, 92, Erlanger, died Nov. 12, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker, member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere, Legion of Mary and Northern Kentucky Right to Life.




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Robert H. Shay, 74, Erlanger, died Nov. 10, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a supervisor and driver for the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell, and Erlanger Lions where he directed youth football for 25 years. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Audrey Reed Shay; daughter, Lori Webb of Williamstown; son, Kirt Shay of Cincinnati; five granddaughters; and one great granddaughter. Memorials: Erlanger Lions, 5996 Belair Drive, Florence, KY 41042; Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or St. Vincent De Paul of Blessed Sacrament, 2409 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Robert London, 1501 Scott St., trafficking a controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school, second degree fleeing or evading police at Craig St., Nov. 2. Peter A. Macconachie, No Address Given, theft at 613 W. 4th St., Nov. 2. Joseph M. Griffith, 2718 Alexandria Dr., giving officer false name or address at W. 43rd St. and Boron Dr., Nov. 3. Arnett D. Hayes, 2606 Todd Ct., giving officer false name or address, theft of identity at 2600 Muse Dr., Nov. 4. Patrick R. Dennler, 218 E. 24th St., alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at 800 block of Madison Ave., Nov. 8. Cara L. Hemmer, 2512 Moorman Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, theft of services at 418 Wallace Ave., Nov. 7. Michael McCracken, 3924 Leslie, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana at 3924 Winston Ave., Nov. 7. Quenton D. Walker, 1415 Tampa Ave., possession of marijuana at 600 block of 5th St., Nov. 6. Karen Y. Powers, 4441 W. 8th St., Apt. 6C, first degree criminal possession of a forged instrument at 613 4th St., Nov. 6. Jeremy R. Creekmore, 416 Johnson St., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphrenalia at 416 Johnson St., Nov. 5.

About police reports

Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Following disposition of cases in the court system, individuals may supply The Community Recorder with documentation of the disposition for publication. Christopher G. Riley, 201 Clay St., possession of marijuana, disregarding stop sign, failure of nonowner operator to maintain required insurance at 1400 S. Garrard St., Nov. 5. Shawn D. Hamant, 422 River Rd., alcohol intoxication in a public place, resisting arrest at I-75 S. Exit 192, Nov. 8. Allison R. Walsh, 1846 Beacon Hill Dr., first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphrenalia at 613 4th St., Nov. 8. Larry D. Cullom, 1928 Denver St., third degree terroristic threatening at 303 Court St., Nov. 8. Chamika S. Judkins, 2522 Todd Ct., theft at 4293 Winston Ave., Nov. 7.





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POLICE REPORTS Incidents/investigations Assault

A man was assaulted with a tire iron at 438 Greenup St., Nov. 3. A man was assaulted at John Roebling Bridge, Nov. 2. A man was assaulted at W. 3rd St., Nov. 7. A woman reported being assaulted at E. 18th St., Nov. 5. A man was struck several times. at Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, Nov. 8. A woman was struck at Emery Pl., Nov. 7. A man was struck in the face at Bakewell St., Nov. 6.

Assault, criminal mischief

A woman was assaulted and a vehicle was damaged at 344 E. 13th St., Nov. 2.


Several electronic items were stolen at 3933 Winston Ave., Nov. 2. Electric wire was stolen at 1553 Banklick St., Nov. 4. A stove top and kitchen sink were stolen at 1602 Banklick St., Nov. 3. Power tools, copper piping, and wiring was stolen at 302 W. 12th St., Nov. 4. A TV and jewelry were stolen at 2315 Greenup St., Nov. 4. A stereo was stolen from a residence at 539 Muse Dr., Nov. 5. Copper pipes, power tools, and paint was stolen at 1024 Lee St., Nov. 7.

Criminal mischief

A rock was thrown through a window

at 254 8th St., Nov. 2. Grass was set on fire at 2901 Sugarcamp Rd., Nov. 2. Two windows and a fan of two excavators were broken at 1500 block of Water St., Nov. 2. A vehicle was keyed at 1621 Holman Ave., Nov. 2. The door of a church was spraypainted at 16 E. 4th St., Nov. 2. A bottle was thrown through the window of a residence at 1417 Scott Blvd., Nov. 2. A vehicle was scratched at 333 Scott St., Nov. 2. A storefront window was damaged at 214 Pike St., Nov. 3. A landscaping block was thrown through an apartment's front window at 2231 Hanser Dr., no. 3, Nov. 3. A vehicle's tires were damaged at 3980 Madison Pike, Nov. 5. A window was damaged at 254 W. 8th St., Nov. 7. A window was damaged at 3612 Decoursey Ave., Nov. 7. An air rifle was used to break a window at 719 Lewis St., Nov. 6. A vehicle was kicked and dented at 929 Western Ave., Nov. 5. The rear window of a vehicle was shattered at 3526 Glenn Ave., Nov. 8. A vehicle was damaged when kicked at 980 Emery Dr. , Nov. 8.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument Two counterfeit $100 bills were passed at 134 Martin St., no.2, Nov. 2. A counterfeit $5 bill was passed. at 1525 Madison Ave., Nov. 5.

Harassing communications

A woman reported receiving threatening text messages at 781 Highland Ave., Nov. 5.

Improper display of registration plates, improper parking violations

A vehicle blocking a sidewalk displayed a plate that was registered to another vehicle at 314 E. 12th St., Nov. 7.

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November 19, 2009


phone, camera, $30 in cash, and food taken from her at Madison Ave., Nov. 4.

Leaving scene of accident, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, second degree wanton endangerment, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs


Approximately $1000 in cash was taken at knifepoint at 3929 Winston Ave., Nov. 4. A man had his wallet taken at 837 Main St., Nov. 4. $50 was taken from a man at 1500 Holman Ave., Nov. 6. $60 in cash was stolen at Maryland Ave., Nov. 5. $300 in cash was stolen at 1500 Maryland Ave., Nov. 8. A woman was assaulted and had her purse taken at 1000 Madison Ave., Nov. 7. A man was robbed of soda and a cell phone at 2000 Madison Ave., Nov. 6.

A person having a suspected overdose of heroin was in an accident and failed to stop at I-75 S., Nov. 2.


A dispute lead to persons from two groups brandishing knives at 1226 Pike St., Nov. 7. A man reported being menaced at 107 Meadow Hill Dr., Nov. 5.

Terroristic threatening

Possession of marijuana

A woman reported being threatened at 104 E. 25th St., Nov. 2. A woman's life was threatened at 34 W. 34th St., Nov. 5. A woman was threatened at 3005 Madison Pike, Nov. 8.

Marijuana was found in a vehicle at Evergreen Dr., Nov. 8.


A woman was raped at Pike St., Nov. 7.

Rape, theft

A woman was raped and had a

A man was threatened and pushed at 933 Main St., Nov. 3.

Nov. 2. Three cartons of cigarettes and a case of soda were stolen at 2001 Madison Ave., Nov. 4.


Theft of a controlled substance

$300 in cash was stolen at 1515 E. 15th St., Nov. 2. A power tool was stolen at 3161 Clifford Ave., Nov. 2. A purse was stolen at Pike St., Nov. 3. Prescription medication and $100 in change was stolen at 2039 Madison Ave., Nov. 2. A box of checks were stolen at 223 E. 20th St., Nov. 5. A purse was stolen at 1616 Madison Ave., Nov. 4. $750 in cash and a check were stolen from a vehicle at 116A Promontory Dr., Nov. 7. A game system was stolen at 24 Sterrett Ave., Nov. 7. A vehicle's battery was stolen at 600 W. 9th St., Nov. 6. Jewelry was stolen at 3601 Glenn Ave., Nov. 6. A cell phone and keys were stolen at 980 Emery Dr., no.18, Nov. 8. $600 in cash was stolen at 844 Philadelphia St., Nov. 6.

Theft by deception

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Prescription medication was stolen at 302 W. 7th St., Nov. 4. Prescription medication was stolen at 3212 Latonia Ave., Nov. 5.

Theft of identity

Someone used another's identity to obtain utility services at 1833 Pearl St., Nov. 6. Someone hacked an individuals email account and solicited money from his contacts at 2199 Custer Ln., Nov. 6.

Theft, criminal mischief

Steel cables were stolen damaging a retaining wall. at 935 Philadelphia St., Nov. 3. Construction equipment was stolen and damaged at 3000 Decker Crane Ln., Nov. 2.


Holly F Whiteley, 21, 6930 Oakwood Drive, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance at 3137 Dixie Highway,

Nov. 8. Joseph T Masters, 40, 109 Kenton Street, theft by unlawful taking, possession of controlled substance at 560 Clock Tower Way, Nov. 8. Dorothy I Howard, 22, 625 Debbie Lane, possession of marijuana, warrant at Mary Street, Nov. 5. Avey D Crews, 23, 929 Virginia Avenue, possession of marijuana, warrant at Mary Street, Nov. 5.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 3418 Cintonya Drive, Nov. 5. Reported at Donaldson Road, Nov. 10.

Careless driving, possession of marijuana

$10 worth of drugs/narcotics seized at 506 Commonwealth Avenue, Nov. 12.

Criminal mischief

Reported at 657 Stevenson Road, Nov. 8. $500 worth of damage to structure at 630 Donaldson Highway, Nov. 12. $499 worth of vehicle damage reported at 663 Stevenson Road, Nov. 8.


Kroger and the Freestore Foodbank have launched Kroger’s annual Check-Out Hunger program. Now through Dec. 31 Kroger customers are invited to purchase $1, $3 and $5 coupon available at the registers. The purchase price of each coupon will be donated directly to the Freestore Foodbank. This program has proven to be a quick and convenient way to help those in need this holiday season. “We are all sadly aware of the increasing need for

assistance thousands of families in our community are facing at this time. The Freestore Foodbank works very hard to meet the demand for its services. Unfortunately, this need will certainly continue throughout the holiday season and, most likely, into 2010,” said Geoff Covert, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton region. “The Kroger Company hopes that the funds raised through the CheckOut Hunger program will provide the Freestore Foodbank with the additional

funding they need to continue the invaluable support they are giving to the less fortunate.” Covert continued, “The Kroger Co. is strongly committed to the fight to end hunger and we partner with the Freestore Foodbank in many of their efforts, as this is a fight we fight all year long. We know our customers, too, will participate as much as they can this year. Kroger customers always have been and will continue to be very generous.”


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Fraudulent use of credit card

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Reported at 3421 Dixie Highway, Nov. 10.


$345 reported stolen at 612 Buttermilk Pike, Nov. 6.

Terroristic threatening

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$250 worth of radios/TVs/VCRs reported stolen at 50 Clock Tower Way, Nov. 6. Reported at 588 Buttermilk Pike, Nov. 3. $5.99 worth of merchandise reported stolen at 3158 Dixie Highway, Nov. 6. Reported at 2571 Ritchie Avenue, Nov. 6. $30 reported stolen at 2406 High Street, Nov. 9.

The proceeds of CheckOut Hunger will go towards the Freestore Foodbank’s annual Hunger is Unacceptable holiday fundraising campaign, which will officially launch next week. The 2009 campaign has the goal of raising $2 million by Jan. 31, 2010. For more information about the Freestore Foodbank, visit or call 513482-FOOD.

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