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The Fourth of July is the pinnacle event in the summer, and this year is no exception. While many people love to have picnics on the Fourth, there are other events that can complement the traditional family outings. The Florence Government Center is one place families can spend the whole day. The Aquatic Center will be open all day as usual, and festivities on the government campus start at 4 p.m. with a cruise-in that is brand-new this year.

“The cars for the cruise-in will be behind the memorial,” said Vanessa Lenear, parks and recreation administrator for the city of Florence. “On the plaza, there will be booths set up by community organizations, restaurants and concessions. “We will have the Florence Community Band, who will play patriotic favorites, and our featured band, Leroy Ellington and the E Funk band, will play until the fireworks start at 10 p.m.” The Blue Star Mothers will again set up their Kid Zone, which includes games children can play for free, and a giant

mural where kids can draw their name or a picture. Rides are provided by Murray Brothers, as they were last year, and performers from the Amazing Portable Circus will be on hand to entertain people. At 4:30 the Kentucky Kuzzins Square Dancing demonstration team will show how square dancing should be done, and at 5 p.m. the Florence Police Canine unit will provide a demonstration. Also at 5 p.m. will be a wellness demonstration put on by local health organizations. The TriState AFTA Black Belt Academy will give a martial arts demonstration at 5:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the Florence Community band will kick off a Salute to American concert, along with the Florence Police Honor Guard. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. crowds can enjoy all the activities as the E Funk band plays, and at 10 p.m. the fireworks begin. “It is important for people to know that Ewing Boulevard will be closed from Tanner’s Lane to Ky. 18 from 9:45 p.m. until 11 because of the fireworks,” said Lenear. “But after the fireworks, the booths will remain open until 11 p.m. To see a list of events, our Web site is”

Boone’s Relay for Life a big success

Lazy days of summer

Congratulations to participants in this past weekend’s Relay for Life at Cooper High School. Teams walked around the track throughout the night to represent the never-ending battle to find a cure for cancer. The event, which raised $115,000, is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in Boone County. – LIFE, PAGE B1

Murders not solved

The shooting death of Union City Administrator Warren Moore and his wife, Madge, continues to be investigated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department but not much information is being released. Sheriff’s department spokesman Tom Scheben said he doesn’t anticipate any news this week on an arrest. Although the 911 tape has not been released, authorities released a 911 dispatch log, which revealed little about the case. – PAGE A4

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Matthew Sizemore, 7, of Hebron is the picture of relaxation as he floats down the Lazy River at the Florence Aquatic Center. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER /CONTRIBUTOR

Church receives much-needed makeover By Emily Teaford

St. Paul Catholic Church in Florence is receiving its first renovation in nearly 40 years. Construction has begun that will include several new additions to the church. The biggest change will be the new gathering space at the front of the church along with a small chapel, a bride’s room and other small meeting rooms. Father Thomas Sacksteder said the renovations have been spread out over the last five years. Recently several new stainedglass windows were installed depicting scenes of St. Paul, Jesus, and Mary. “The parish has been very excited about the project and has been supportive in contributions and is enthusiastic to see the results,” Sacksteder said. The funding for the project was reached through a capitol campaign within the church. Jim Lazzari, a parishioner and part of the building committee, said the proj-

Construction workers began the renovation of St. Paul Catholic Church by removing dirt from the front entrance. ect has been very important to the church members. “I think the biggest interest is because (the project) is for the church itself. That brought involvement within the whole parish when before projects mostly involved people with children in the school,” Lazzari said.

Lazzari said the church has not been changed since the 1960s. Since the church is under construction, services have been moved to the gym. Lazzari said that he has been pleasantly surprised by the change. “Since you are not in the church, the emphasis is actually


put on the service,” Lazzari said. Sacksteder said that the church hopes to have completed most of the construction by the end of summer. “The whole church is under construction and we need to accomplish certain parts so we can host the beginning of school in August,” Sacksteder said.




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Residents use Rumpke but not to recycle By Emily Teaford

On April 1, Florence residents began using Rumpke as their waste collection service. The weekly trash collection costs $3.12 and most residents are billed annually.

With the switch to Rumpke, each resident was given a 96-gallon waste wheeler. These bins help with the automated service Rumpke uses. By placing the waste wheeler as instructed, the garbage truck is able to dump the trash without the garbage man needing to

leave his seat. Residents could downsize to a smaller 65-gallon waste wheeler for no extra cost. An additional waste wheeler could also be provided for an added $1 per month. Bob Townsend, public services director for the city of Florence, believes the

waste wheelers are helping the city. “As far as the aesthetics with having consistent containers it does give a nicer appearance in the community,” Townsend said. Seventy-six customers are not using the provided waste bins. Molly Yeager, the corporate communica-

tions coordinator for Rumpke, said this slows the automated service. “Typically drivers do not have to get out of their trucks but for those users they have to get out and it slows productivity,” Yeager said. Along with waste collection, Rumpke also offered

residents curbside recycling. This service costs $3.12 per month and they provide a 65-gallon wheeled cart. “We’re still trying to increase the amount of people that recycle,” Townsend said. Currently only 1,032 residents have signed up for recycling with Rumpke.

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BRIEFLY Prayer service

A prayer service for service men and women serving overseas will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at the Trucker’s Chapel at the TA truck stop on Ky. 18 in Florence. Volunteers from the community meet at this non-denominational service and pray for people from all over the Tristate area who are stationed overseas. This service is held the first Thursday of each month and is open to anyone. For more information or to have someone added to the prayer list, call 282-8600 and leave a message or e-mail Bob Vallandingham at

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All seniors 55 and older are invited to an event at noon

Thursday, July 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Burlington for a monthly gettogether. A hot meal will be available for $6 with activities to follow. No reservations are needed. For more information, call Rhona at 689-1527.

Holiday closings

Boone County Fiscal Court offices, Walton City Hall, Florence Government Center and city of Union offices will be closed Friday, July 3. All branches of Boone County Public Library will be closed Saturday, July 4.

Post office hours

The Florence U.S. Postal Service office will be opened 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Union U.S. Postal Service office will be opened 8 a.m. to

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noon on Friday, July 3. Regular mail delivery is not affected. The passport office at the Florence U.S. Postal Office will be closed on July 3. The U.S. Postal Service office at Ace Hardware, 8515 U.S. 42, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 3. Post offices are closed on Saturday, July 4 and there is no regular mail delivery except for Express Mail. All Post offices resume regular delivery on Monday, July 6.

PVA inspections

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s Office will be in rural Petersburg, Burlington and Hanover Park for reassessments during the week of July 6. Don’t be alarmed if you see staff members in these areas. They will be in a marked vehicle and have identification avail-


able upon request. If you have questions, contact Boone County PVA Cindy Rich at

Home sales up slightly

Home sales in Northern Kentucky increased somewhat in May with 405 residential sales, according to the Northern Kentucky Multiple Listing Service. There were 384 residential sales in April. However, compared to the same period last year, sales decreased 21 percent. The Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors said inventories are at their lowest in two years, a challenge for buyers. “Houses priced over $200,000 are moving slower than those in the range of $100-$200,000. I’ve heard that quite a number of listings in that below $200,000 range are receiving multiple offers,” Johnny Hodge, the association’s president said in a statement. Hodge said lenders are expecting a good credit score from all buyers (in the range of 620 to 680). He said for first time buyers, closing might take a little longer because lenders are scrutinizing buyers a little closer.

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Boone appointments

The Boone County Fiscal Court on June 23 approved Judge-Executive Gary Moore making the following appointments: • Daniel T. Fay, Troy Cook and Jack Gordon reappointed to the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau. • John Nalbandian reappointed to the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. • Dan Sullivan appointed to the Verona Fire Protection District Board.

Meet Daniel Boone

Scott New will portray explorer Daniel Boone at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington.

Dig in the Dirt

The Boone County Arboretum at Central Park has another Dig in the Dirt program 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. Meet at the concession stand (first parking lot on the left after entering the park). Lunch is served. Tasks include working in the children’s garden, working with shrubs and


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TSA works pleads

A former Transportation Security Administration worker has pleaded guilty to stealing from the federal government. Gary Kesner, 47, of Lebanon, Ohio, who worked at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, ordered surplus government equipment and had it shipped to his home, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Covington. After receiving computers, telephone systems and other equipment, Kesner then sold some of the items on eBay, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Dusing. Kesner waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud June 22 in front of U.S. District Judge David Bunning. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced Oct. 9. Kesner no longer works for the TSA. Kesner’s attorney Lawrence Greger, of Dayton, Ohio, could not be reached for comment. Kentucky News Service

Creek adventure provides holiday fun By Emily Teaford

The 4th of July is traditionally a day of celebration filled with cookouts and fireworks. This year at Big Bone Lick State Park, an event called Creek Stomping provides nontraditional fun. “What we’ll be doing is we take people into the creek and talk about stream ecology, animals and fossils,” Todd Young, the park naturalist, said. The program begins at noon and is recommended for children ages 9 and older. While exploring the creek, participants will experience anything from ankle deep water to waist high wading. Participants should wear old tennis shoes and clothing since activities will be extremely muddy. Since the event is in the water, Young also encourages wearing bathing suits and leaving cell phones and valuables at home. “It is pretty straightforward: we stomp around in the creek,” Young said. For more information contact Todd Young at 859384-3522 or by e-mail at

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Union shooting murders not solved yet; no arrests

The shooting death of Union City Administrator Warren Moore and his wife, Madge, continues to be investigated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department but not much information is being released. Sheriff’s department spokesman Tom Scheben said he doesn’t anticipate any news this week on an arrest. Warren and Madge Moore were shot June 12 in their Indian Hill Drive home. Michael Moore, 39, the



younger son of Warren and Madge, was shot in the groin and leg. He called 911. Michael was taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati. Scheben said he believed Michael Moore has been released from University Hospital. Scheben said he didn’t know where Moore is staying. Scheben said Moore is not a suspect. The sheriff’s department is treating Moore as a victim and as a witness and he hasn’t crossed that threshold as a suspect, Scheben said. “We are hoping to do further interviews with him to help further the investigation,” Scheben said. Moore has already been interviewed and he has been helpful as much as he could have been when he was in the hospital, Scheben said. The number of detectives working on the case ranges

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to check on his dad. At 11:49 p.m., it was reported that two people were dead on arrival. The Community Recorder and The Kentucky Enquirer have requested the actual 911 call but were denied it by Boone County Attorney Robert Neace. In a letter, he said the sheriff’s department, Boone/Gallatin commonwealth’s attorney office and his office all believe that disclosing it would harm the investigation by prematurely releasing information that will be used in a law enforcement investigation. The Enquirer reported last week that its attorneys on June 26 had filed an appeal with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. The Recorder’s request for the case’s incident report was denied too. The Moores were to be buried on June 22 at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Tennessee. Visitation was scheduled for June 21 in Nashville, Tenn. Survivors included son Warren S. Moore III and three grandchildren. The city has said a memorial service in Northern Kentucky will be announced later. Log onto for further updates on this case. The Tennessean contributed.

Boone library offering car manuals online By Justin B. Duke

An automobile is a complex piece of machinery and sometimes all it takes to fix one is a little advice. The Boone County Public Library is offering its members that help for free. The library subscribes to an auto repair database that allows patrons access to the full Chilton repair manuals for cars dating as far back as 1945. “As it gets more recent, there are more models,” said Becky Kempf, spokesperson for the library. The manuals offer diagrams and instructions for fixing and replacing all parts of the specific cars. To get access, a patron can either use one of the library’s computers, or call the library and gain access from home. From home, full access to the help needed to fix the

car in the garage is available 24 hours a day, Kempf said. “We know there’s a lot of people who could be using this,” she said. As word of the program spreads, several area auto mechanics are stopping into the libraries to get the information they need to fix a car, Kempf said. In addition to auto repair manuals, the library subscribes to a database with manuals for small engines, that can aid in the repair of motors for items like lawn mowers, boats and snow blowers. During tough economic times, library patrons will have more resources to do their own repair for free, Kempf said. “I think it’ll definitely save people some money,” she said. To access the manuals, visit any library branch or call 342-2665.


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Boone hires McConnell aide By Paul McKibben The Boone County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 at its June 23 meeting to approve the hiring of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell staffer Adam Howard to be the county’s new government and community relations director but some expressed concern about the new position. The county will save $74,000 by reducing the number of staff in the judge-executive’s office from five people to four people. The county’s fiscal year 2010 budget eliminated Assistant C o u n t y Administrator Tim Williams’ position. The county Howard didn’t fill Blair Schroeder’s fiscal court clerk position when he left in the spring. Instead, Daphne Kornblum, who works in the county’s human resources department, is being paid an extra $200 a month to be the fiscal court clerk. Moore said some of the duties the clerk had before are in the new job description and some of the things the assistant county administrator did before are in the position. The new position pays a salary of $73,028. “This began in my office with an idea of how could we save an additional $74,000 in the new budget and we could have left the staff the way it was,” he said. The new job’s duties include outreach, representing the county on various boards and serving as the county’s public information officer.

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Commissioner questions tax rolls By Paul McKibben

The county will save $74,000 by reducing the number of staff in the judge-executive’s office from five people to four people.

July 2, 2009

Moore said the person won’t be a registered lobbyist. Commissioner Cathy Flaig, who voted against hiring Howard, said the position isn’t needed. “If you insist on spending this money, it should be spent on the departments like the sheriff’s department or the deputy jailers,” she said. Burlington resident Jan Garbett was one of a few residents who addressed the Fiscal Court. She asked the Fiscal Court to drop consideration of hiring the position. She said if they have the revenue to pay that person, she asked them to consider additional law enforcement personnel and if not, then increase the funding for essential county agencies and resources whose budgets have been already cut. She was concerned about cuts to the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation and the Boone County Conservation District. Funding to the groups was reduced in the 2009 budget but not the next budget. Howard resides in Florence. He is a 1997 graduate of Boone County High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from Western Kentucky University in 2001. He has been McConnell’s field representative out of the senator’s Fort Wright office since September 2004. Howard’s first day is July 6.

Boone County Commissioner Charlie Kenner wants Boone County Fiscal Court to receive an explanation from Boone County Property Valuation Administrator Cindy Rich’s office concerning how it miscalculated the county’s property tax roll. At issue is key information that impacts local governments’ real estate property tax rates that will be set later this year. In general, the higher the tax roll is, the lower the real estate rate can be. Kenner brought the issue to the Fiscal Court’s attention at its June 23 meeting. After the meeting, he said Rich is a very bright individual. However, he still wonders what happened.

“Half a billion in two months, that makes no sense,” he said, later saying that he would not like to think that there is some ulterior motive. Rich said an April preliminary report showed the tax roll at $10.2 billion with commercial increasing by about $200 million which is almost all of that being new property. She said the June 1 report showed commercial property down $446 million from the April report with the total roll being $9.77 billion. Examining the information, Fiscal Court staff found there were about 150 commercial properties that they couldn’t find when they compared this tax roll to last year’s tax roll, Rich said. The properties missing included the Hebron Kroger

Marketplace store and the Florence Meijer store. Rich blamed the mistake on computer error. She said the state was contacted before they certified the June 1 report. The revised tax roll is $10.1 billion. Last year’s tax roll was $9.9 billion, meaning the tax base grew somewhat. Rich said the county had $337 million of new property this year. “And the fact is that people make mistakes and I’ve made mine ... and it was a computer error and computers make mistakes ...,” she said, later saying she would have no reason to purposely do this. Rich said the office has come a long way with technology but one way it hasn’t because of its limited resources as it doesn’t have

Kenner Rich a very good tracking system for appeals with the work being done manually. She wasn’t at the June 23 meeting but plans to speak at the Fiscal Court’s July 7 meeting. The PVA is elected by Boone County voters but the state oversees the office. Valeria Cummings, a spokeswoman with the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet, said the tax roll is awaiting certification and at this time they don’t anticipate any further action needing to be taken because Rich found the error, reported it and submitted a correct assessment.

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Rotary honors law enforcement By Paul McKibben

merged with the sheriff’s department. Currently, his job is to investigate property crimes. In a letter, Sheriff Michael Helmig said only 19 percent of all property crimes were solved in 2007, citing information from the Kentucky State Police. He said Adams solved 47 percent of his assigned property crime cases. “Detective Adams’ work ethic and commitment to community is closely aligned with the four-way test that guides Rotarian actions and he embodies the Rotarian motto ‘service above self,’” Helmig wrote. Adams said the award is actually overwhelming

The Florence Rotary Club honored three law enforcement officers from agencies in Boone County during its June 22 luncheon at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport in Florence. The officers who were awarded are Boone County Sheriff’s Department Detective Tim Adams, Florence Police Sgt. Tom Grau and Airport Police Officer Adam McGuire. Adams is a lifelong Boone County resident. He has been with the county since 1996 when he worked for the Boone County Police Department that later

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Boone County Sheriff’s Department Detective Tim Adams, Florence Police Sgt. Tom Grau, Airport Police Officer Adam McGuire and their wives stand before a meeting of the Florence Rotary Club June 23 at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport in Florence. and circumstances,” Szurlinski wrote. “He strives to make things better for those in the community.” Grau said it was a little bit of a shock to get the award. He said as an older officer, one realizes that awards don’t come often in their career. McGuire has been with the Airport Police since September 2003. Last year, he applied to be a field training officer and volunteered to be an evidence technician.

In 2008, he also joined the bicycle patrol. He lead the department in driving under the influence arrests last year. “Throughout his career, Officer McGuire has remained a devoted husband, involved father of two and good friend to his coworkers,” Airport Chief of Police Col. Kevin Murphy wrote in a letter. “In closing, police departments across the state and country are made up of honest, hard-

working officers like Officer McGuire who come to work each day and give to their respective communities.” McGuire said he was just very honored to get the award. This was the first year for the law enforcement award. Last year, the club honored former Burlington Fire Chief Ernie Biddle as its firefighter of the year. Next year, it might have an award for emergency medical technicians.

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because there are so many good candidates. Grau has been with the Florence Police Department for 14 years. In a letter, Chief Tom Szurlinski said last year Grau was assigned to the supervise the community resources unit. Szurlinski said the unit is responsible for the DARE program, community relations, crime prevention and administrative functions. Grau is involved in his church, has volunteered coaching youth sports and is very involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Szurlinski said. After last September’s wind storm, Szurlinski said Grau worked with the Florence Walmart to get emergency lighting for a senior housing complex. “Tom is a positive person who sees the best in people

The Boone County Fiscal Court is overall giving social service agencies more money in fiscal year 2010 than the last fiscal year but some programs are being reduced and others increased. The county will give groups a little more than $2 million. That’s a slight increase from $1.95 million in fiscal year 2009. The county will fund 39 organizations and 62 programs during fiscal year 2010. The Fiscal Court approved the allocations at its June 23 meeting. In fiscal year 2003, 77 percent of requests were funded and for fiscal year

2010 only 61 percent of requests are funded. Money for the groups is divided among three categories – mental health, mental retardation and aging. The funding is from a special payroll tax capped at $25 per worker. Another important component of the funding is helping senior citizens and that population is growing in Boone County. Kirk Kavanaugh, the county’s director of human services, said in the 2000 Census, Boone County had 9,725 senior citizens (age 60 and older). As of July 1, 2007, the number skyrocketed to 14,501. A frozen meal program for senior citizens with The Schwan Food Co. is getting

$30,000 more in fiscal year 2010. But the home delivered hot meal program for seniors with Senior Services of Northern Kentucky was cut by $25,000. Kavanaugh said by going to frozen meals, the county is saving at least $40,000 because frozen meals on the average cost $2.50 less per day, per senior and per year. Also, for seniors he said the county will allocate $50,000 for transportation for medical and senior center visits. Kavanaugh said the county’s top criteria are seniors who need to go to dialysis, oncology and chemotherapy appointments. He said transportation to the Boone County

Senior Center at the R.C. Durr YMCA in Burlington is Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is available Tuesday and Thursday to the Walton Senior Center. In a cut, Boone County Court Appointed Special Advocates, which helps in family court cases, was reduced by $9,500. Redwood’s children’s habilitation program was reduced by $10,000. But other programs are getting increased funding such as Brighton Center Inc.’s home ownership program which is receiving $32,000 more. Catholic Charities Inc.’s school counseling services program is receiving $23,700 more. The county’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.

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Local cancer survivor awarded scholarship


Chicks brought to life

From kindergarten through eighth grade, classes at St. Paul School were given eggs and incubators from the Boone County Extension office to tend and watch over for several weeks until they emerged from their shells and grew into the fuzzy little chicks shown here. The experience was a great one for all of the kids. Representatives from each of the seven classrooms are gathered here with about 45 chicks as they are prepared for sendoff to their new home on a farm.

Richard Bowen, a resident of Boone County has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship by the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. Scholarships were awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service. To be eligible, candidates must be under 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 21 and be a Mid-South resident. Students must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 and been accepted to an accredited school. “It is difficult for many families to afford the rising cost of a college education,” said Angel Strange, quality of life director for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. “For pediatric cancer survivors, it is even more difficult because of past treatment-related expenses. The

Mid-South Division's College Scholarship program is designed to give these families some muchneeded assistance in paying for college tuition.” For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society will award 223 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to young cancer survivors in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Floyd and Clark counties in Indiana. Since the beginning of this program in 2001, more than 1,500 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each have been awarded across the Mid-South Division. For more information about this scholarship program, call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Heritage Bank awards several scholastic scholarships Heritage Bank has announced the winners of its scholastic scholarship program for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. After having completed a rigorous scholastic level of achievement and presenting a winning application to their respective high schools, the applicants were selected by counselors for individual interviews with the scholarship committee of Heritage Bank to compete for the annual college scholarships. The criteria for selection is a high grade point average, significant community service, a personal report of values and character traits and a personal review of their work ethic.

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Cassandra J, Ernstes of Conner High School received $1,000 and plans to pursue a medical education beginning in either University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University. She is a National Honors Society member and was pres-

ident of both her junior and senior classes. She loves volleyball and participated in varsity for three years. She was also a member of the student council for two years. James William Logan of Ryle High School also received a $1,000 scholarship award and plans to go to University of Tennessee to begin to pursue a medical career. He works several hours a week in addition to taking four advanced placement classes (college level courses). Kelsey Erin Ryan of Boone County High School, Amanda Bockweg of St. Henry District High School and Kristen Guevara of Walton-Verona High School also participated in the scholarship interviews and will be given monetary assistance by the bank in their advancement into their chosen college or university.

Kenton County

Matthew Scott Miller Of Beechwood High School received a $1,000 scholarship and plans to

attend Brown University in the fall and participate in its football program. He was selected the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Offensive Lineman of the Year for 2008 for his participation in the back-toback state championship football teams of Beechwood. He also plans to pursue a medical education with the combination of engineering for the purpose of participating in bio-medical research. He is also a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Honor. Brian Wood of Covington Catholic High School also received a $1,000 scholarship to University of Louisville where he plans to progress into law school to become an attorney. He has recorded and edited shows for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and has given hundreds of hours to that endeavor. He has won many awards one of which is the Y.M.C.A. Character Award for 2008.

Alexander Hoffmann of Dixie Heights High School, Lauren Marie Hehman of Notre Dame Academy and Jodi Lonneman of Villa Madonna Academy also participated in the scholarship interviews and will be given monetary assistance by the bank for their pursuit of continued education.

Campbell County

Alyssa Woltermann of Newport Central Catholic High School received $1,000 scholarship to Northern Kentucky University where she plans to pursue a career in medicine, probably in pediatric surgery. She is treasurer of Student Government and senior cocaptain of their golf team. Jennifer Dumaine of Campbell County High School received a $1,000 scholarship and she also plans to pursue a career in medicine. She plans to go to Hanover College. She is a challenging achiever who worked her way back from a being cut from her club soccer

team to be named to the District All-Tournament Team. Timothy R. Berkemeier of Bellevue High School, Julie Geiger of Bishop Brossart High School, Kathryn Masminster of Dayton High School, Hannah Peterson of Highlands High School and Christina Michelle Sinclair of Newport High School also participated in the scholarship interviews and will be given monetary assistance by the bank for their pursuit of continued education. Heritage Bank and its board of directors proudly plan to continue the regional High School Scholarships to reward and encourage some of the “best and brightest” in our midst in becoming leaders of tomorrow. This program of High School Scholarships by the Heritage Bank has been going on for over a decade. The public presentation of these scholarships will be announced at their respective school’s award night ceremonies by the Heritage Bank.

Pre-K Plus to be introduced Love Alive Montessori Preschool located at Richwood Presbyterian Church is introducing Pre-K Plus, a new program for late fours and early fives who miss the Oct. 1 birthday cut-off for kindergarten. The program includes Handwriting without Tears, a primary

Spanish program, and a NSTA program Encouraging a Sense of Wonder. Also new for fall is a Partner Referral Program that helps to match school families with extended-day care providers in the area that transport. Love Alive is currently

enrolling for fall classes and the Summer Fun Program now in session. The school is located at 1070 Richwood Road, Richwood. Family tours are available Sunday afternoons as well as throughout the school week. Call 859-485-1900 for more details.

Florence resident named Gaines Scholar


Graduation congratulations

Lashawn Moore and Ashley Marksberry share a hug while waiting for graduation ceremony at Boone County High School to begin.

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 12 undergraduates, including Stephanie Straub of Florence, as new scholars in UK’s Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of students’ outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, interest in public issues, and desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Fellowships are awarded for tenure in the junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with

any intended profession are given equal consideration. Straub, the daughter of Thomas and Karen Straub, is a 2007 graduate of Conner High School. A junior, she is majoring in English and philosophy at UK. A Singletary Scholar and a Chellgren Fellow, Straub is also editor of JAR, a campus literary magazine published by the Honors Program. In the future, she hopes to be in the Peace Corps and eventually obtain a doctoral degree in English. All Gaines Fellows take a specially designed, four-credit-hour per semester seminar in the humanities both semesters of their junior year. Each of these students will complete a major independent

study project in the senior year, earning them between six and 15 credit hours. The Gaines Fellowship carries a stipend of $2,000 in a scholar’s junior year and $3,000 in their senior year. In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience. The varied requirements and opportunities continue to attract students to the Gaines Fellowship program. “I am hoping to develop a better understanding of the humanities and the role they play in the modern world,” noted Straub.


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Special Olympics coming to Florence Champion Window Field will be the home to a Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky celebrity softball game this summer on Thursday, July 9. Mark Staggs, SONK director, was searching for a fundraising opportunity to help support more than 900 registered athletes who compete in 14 different sporting events in Northern Kentucky when he reached out to the Florence Freedom for ideas. “I’ve been to many Freedom games in the past,” Staggs said. “I believe they’re a first-class organization, so naturally when I was looking for another event to help support our athletes, I was drawn to the idea of working with the Freedom and putting on the celebrity softball game.” The inaugural celebrity softball event will start with the Special Olympic athletes participating in their own softball game. Following the first of the two games, local and national celebrities will come down to the field for an autograph session with fans. “We’re glad the Freedom have the opportunity to let the athletes compete and enjoy a game at a professional baseball field,” Freedom General Manager Kari Rum-

Freedom on road

The Florence Freedom are on the road until July 10. The professional baseball team is in Avon, Ohio, playing the Lake Erie Crushers until July 5, then travel to Evansville July 7-9. Florence then returns home Friday, July 10, for a three-game series with Southern Illinois, preceding the All-Star Break. The Freedom have struggled recently and carried a 18-17 record through June 29. They were five games behind Kalamazoo in the Frontier League East Division. Pitching has been a big key, as Florence has dropped to eighth in the league in ERA (5.42). Florence is fourth in the league in batting average (.277) and fifth in runs scored (204). Second baseman Billy Mottram still led the league in home runs (14). field said. “This event will be a lot of fun and help support a great cause.” A portion of funds collected through ticket sales will go help the efforts of the Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky. Fans will also have the opportunity to bid on roster spots to play alongside the celebrities. “We hold these events to help make a difference in our athlete’s lives,” Staggs said. “Everyone’s a volunteer here, including myself, but we use these funds to help purchase our uniforms, to feed our athletes and to pay for the gas to travel to the Special Olympic events to name a few.” Fans looking to attend the event can purchase their tickets

today by calling the Freedom box office at (859) 594-HITS. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude with the celebrity softball game at 7:30 p.m. Fans can enjoy $1 beers on this Thirsty Thursday event. All Special Olympic athletes are encouraged to come out to the event and enjoy a pre-game parade around the warning track of Champion Window Field in their honor. The Florence Freedom are members of the Professional Independent Frontier League. Freedom 2009 ticket plans are now on sale. Contact Josh Anderson, director of broadcasting and media relations, at or call 594-HITS.


Legends League

Boone County graduate Katie Behrens (white shirt, right) challenges Notre Dame grad Nicole Dickman (2, left) in the paint June 25 during the Legends League June 25 at Thomas More College. The league has its postseason tournament July 9, with semifinals and finals July 16. Left – Boone County grad and current Thomas More Saint Alicia Williams delivers a pass June 25.

NKSL league to start 46th season By James Weber

Mark Koors expects some close competition in the Northern Kentucky Swim League this season. The NKSL league president said conditions are prime for more parity in the 10-team youth league, which began its 46th season June 16. More than 1,000 kids are participating in the league this season. Participants range from some of the area’s top high school swimmers to youngsters just starting out. Beechwood Swim Club in Fort Mitchell won the team championship at last year’s finals by a wide margin. Five Seasons, Brookwood and Florence finished next in a close battle for second. Koors said Beechwood has dominated in recent years but other clubs are catching up. The 10 clubs in the league are Beechwood (Fort Mitchell), Bluegrass (Fort Wright), Brookwood

NKSL schedule

Week 4 (July 7-9): Florence at Beechwood, Five Seasons at Oakbrook, Brookwood at Cherry Hill, Bluegrass at Taylor Mill, Ludlow Bromley at Ft. Thomas. Week 5 (July 14-16): Florence at Brookwood, Five Seasons at Ludlow Bromley, Oakbrook at Beechwood, Cherry Hill at Bluegrass, Taylor Mill at Ft. Thomas. Week 6 (July 21-23): Taylor Mill at Florence, Five Seasons at Brookwood, Beechwood at Bluegrass, Ft. Thomas at Oakbrook, Cherry Hill at Ludlow Bromley. Postseason: July 22 - Al-Star Diving at Cherry Hill, July 27 - All-Star Swimming at Taylor Mill, July 28-29 - Championship Diving at Beechwood, July 30-31 Championship Swimming at Bluegrass. All meets start at 6:30 p.m. (Edgewood), Cherry Hill (Erlanger), Five Seasons (Crestview Hills), Florence, Fort Thomas, Ludlow Bromley, Oakbrook (Florence), and Taylor Mill. The league is split into two divisions for the regular season. Division A is Beechwood, Five Seasons, Florence, Brookwood and Bluegrass. Division B is Fort Thomas, Ludlow-Bromley, Taylor Mill, Cherry Hill and Oakbrook. Koors said Fort Thomas is the

favorite in Division B but the others are strong in different areas. The league has diving meets on Tuesdays and swimming meets on Thursdays, and will contest its championships July 28-31. Koors said the league has always emphasized fun and fitness, catering to the beginning swimmers. Every swimmer on a team gets to compete in a meet on nights they are in attendance. The league is also planning an alumni reunion for Aug. 14.

Swim league season under way Here are Week 1 results from the Northern Kentucky Swim League. Week 2 was not completed June 25 because of rain but was set to be finished June 29. Final team scores: Taylor Mill 451, Oakbrook 260; Beechwood 501, Ludlow-Bromley 215; Brookwood 382, Bluegrass 352; Five Seasons 404, Florence 358; Fort Thomas 426, Cherry Hill 273. Top performances in Week One. Abbreviations are Beechwood (BEE), Bluegrass (BG), Five Seasons (FIVE), Cherry Hill (CH), Taylor Mill (TM), Fort Thomas (FT), Florence (FLO), Oakbrook (OB), Brookwood (BW), Ludlow Bromley (LB). Boys 8& Under - Diving: Colin Becknell (LB) 59.50; 25 Free: Matthew Sims (BG) 18.99; 25 Back: Daniel Sims (BG) 22.26; 25 Breast: Nick Thelen (FIVE) 23.56; 25 Fly: Joseph Novak (BEE) 19.00; 100 Free Relay: BG 1:23.41; 100 Medley Relay: BG 1:36.27 Boys 9-10 - Diving: Chandler Booker (LB) 92.65; 50 Free: Nicholas Smith (BG) 32.97; 50 Back: Nicholas Smith (BG) 38.89; 50 Breast: Thomas Steiber (GLO) 45.25; 50 Fly: Max Shoyat (BEE) 38.88; 100 IM: Nicholas Smith (BG) 1:22.33; 200 Free Relay: FIVE 2:34.90; 200 Medley Relay: FIVE 2:55.85. Boys 11-12 - Diving: Nick Fox (TM) 115.35; 50 Free: Robby Larson (TM) 32.06; 200 Free: Mitchell Frey (FIVE) 2:24.50; 50 Back: Bryce Day (BW) 36.37; 50 Breast:

Robby Larson (TM) 39.38; 50 Fly: Mitchell Frey (FIVE) 34.14; 100 IM: Bryce Day (BW) 1:18.38; 200 Free Relay: TM 2:24.13; 200 Medley Relay: TM 2:33.31. Boys 13-14 - Diving: Ryan Brown (OAK) 129.90; 50 Free: Colin Moser (FIVE) 30.25; 100 Free: Eric Huffman (BW) 1:06.37; 200 Free: Stanley Doerger (TM) 3:11.81; 50 Back: Christopher Schoettker (BW) 35.00; 50 Breast: Chase Vennefron (BEE) 37.62; 50 Fly: Christopher Schoettker (BW) 32.97; 100 IM: Eric Huffman (BW) 1:16.15; 200 Free Relay: BW 2:05.56; 200 Medley Relay: BW 2:20.10 Boys Senior (15-18) - Diving: Evan Duckworth (FT) 248.85; 50 Free: Joey Koogler (TM) 27.62; 100 Free: Michael Miller (FIVE) 58.50; 200 Free: Daniel Blaine (FLO) 2:19.37; 50 Back: Hunter Pasek (FIVE) 32.00; 50 Breast: Tyler Groneck (TM) 33.09; 50 Fly: Hunter Pasek (FIVE) 29.91; 100 IM: Tyler Groneck (TM) 1:09.69; 200 Free Relay: FIVE 2:01.16; 200 Medley Relay: FIVE 2:11.63 Girls 8&Under - Diving: Allie Piccirillo (BEE) 65.70; 25 Free: Allie Piccirillo (BEE) 18.30; 25 Back: Meghan Greenwell (BW) 22.88; 25 Breast: Meghan Greenwell (BW) 22.03; 25 Fly: Isabelle Morgan (FIVE) 21.59; 100 Free Relay: FIVE 1:20.32; 100 Medley Relay: FIVE 1:28.61 Girls 9-10 - Diving: Morgan Hentz (BEE) 114.50; 50 Free: Amanda Smith (FLO) 34.00; 50 Back: Amanda Smith (FLO) 40.66; 50 Breast: Madeleine Vonderhaar (FIVE) 41.52;

50 Fly: Madeleine Vonderhaar (FIVE) 38.09; 100 IM: Madeleine Vonderhaar; 200 Free Relay: FLO 2:28.63; 200 Medley Relay: FLO 2:41.81. Girls 11-12 - Diving: Carly Hill (FT) 178.00; 50 Free: Olivia Hagen (FLO) 31.00; 200 Free: Kandis Arlinghaus (FLO) 2:31.73; 50 Back: Kaylee Witkiewicz (FLO) 34.16; 50 Breast: Samantha Huffman (BW) 37.87; 50 Fly: Kaylee Witkiewicz (FL) 33.41; 100 IM: Kaylee Witkiewicz (FLO) 1:16.47; 200 Free Relay: FLO 2:07.33; 200 Medley Relay: FLO 2:21.25. Girls 13-14 - Diving: Madison Rylee (BEE) 210.95; 50 Free: Annie Davies (BEE) 28.75; 100 Free: Sharli Brady (FLO) 1:03.10; 200 Free: Sharli Brady (FLO) 2:16.31; 50 Back: Samantha Bosshammer (FLO) 35.96; 50 Breast: Olivia Kuykendall (FIVE) 37.41; 50 Fly: Sharli Brady (FLO) 30.59; 100 IM: Annie Davies (BEE) 1:14.91; 200 Free Relay: BEE 2:09.01; 200 Medley Relay: FLO 2:17.00. Girls Senior (15-18) - Diving: Justina Rogers (LB) 2:15.60; 50 Free: Madelyn Mescher (FLO) 31.06; 100 Free: Madelyn Mescher (FLO) 1:07.75; 200 Free: Jackie Sherrard (TM) 2:21.30; 50 Back: Darby Cochran (OAK) 36.25; 50 Breast: Lauren Vennefron (BEE) 38.34; 50 Fly: Jackie Sherrard (TM) 32.00; 100 IM: Jackie Sherrard (TM) 1:15.75; 200 Free Relay: FLO 2:05.04; 200 Medley Relay: OAK 2:21.57.

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Soccerama to celebrate sport’s history By James Weber

John Horton is hoping to create new soccer fans in Northern Kentucky. Horton, the former long-time Covington Catholic head boys’ soccer coach, is looking to give local boys’ prep players a lot of exposure in August. He is the chair of this year’s Soccerama, a series of preseason exhibition games at Ryle High School Aug. 7-8. The exhibition features 23 Northern Kentucky schools and will be important benchmarks as they prepare for the regular season to begin Aug. 17. Horton said while sports such as basketball and football have a broad base of interested spectators, soccer teams have to work harder to promote themselves. “We hope to bring a lot of people and raise the interest in boys’ high school soccer,” he said. “And we want the kids participating to feel good in themselves. We’re looking to bring a bit of interest and put players in the spotlight, let them show what they can do.” The exhibition will take place on Ryle’s artificial turf soccer/football field. Besides soccer, Ryle will add a lot of off-field activities. Food and sports vendors will be there, and the armed services will have a climbing wall. Various dance teams will perform among other activities. “We’ll make it like a festival atmosphere,” Ryle head boys’ soccer coach Stephen Collins said. “Ryle has never hosted this before. When we agreed to host it, Coach Horton and I decided to go all out.” The schedule starts with an


Boys’ Soccerama schedule

All at Ryle High School. Friday, Aug. 7: 5 p.m., Gallatin County vs. Covington Latin JV; 6:30 p.m., Simon Kenton vs. Grant County; 8 p.m., Conner vs. Campbell County; 9:30 p.m., Highlands vs. St. Henry. Saturday, Aug. 8 (morning session): 8 a.m., Walton-Verona vs. Carroll County; 9:30 a.m., Owen County vs. Covington Latin; 11 a.m., Villa Madonna vs. Cooper; 12:30 p.m. Calvary Christian vs. Boone County. Saturday, Aug. 8 (evening session): 5 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Dixie Heights; 6:30 p.m., Pendleton County vs. Scott; 8 p.m., Covington Catholic vs. Newport Central Catholic; 9:30 p.m., Ryle vs. Brossart. evening session Friday, Aug. 7, then separate early and late sessions Saturday, Aug. 8. Admission is $5 per session or $10 for all three. Collins and Horton said the Soccerama will also celebrate the history of boys soccer in Northern Kentucky. A program to be sold at the tourney contains a thorough history of each school’s boys’ soccer program involved in the Soccerama and an outlook to each team’s 2009 campaign. Coaches of participating teams had the chance to spotlight certain players or aspects of their program. All-time statistical records and postseason histories are also in the program. Horton, who began coaching in 1979, compiled the historical data. “A lot of the things I just knew from being there,” he said. “I was a witness or heard the story. It’s a labor of love. I love the high school game.”



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Sad news

I hear we will have traffic lights at the intersection of Mount Zion and Gunpowder by fall. This is sad news to me, as I am happy with just the four-way stop. I have used that intersection for 40 years without lights, and feel they would be just a waste of money and my time sitting waiting for a light when there is no traffic, also

an idling car is wasting gas. The only complaint I was given was that to some drivers, they don't know when it is their turn to go. My answer is, that is not the state’s fault, nor the taxpayers, it is the driver’s fault for not reading the driver’s manul. Robert Williams Kelsey Drive Independence

Citizen’s response to Sen. McConnell In a recent editorial, Sen. Mitch McConnell laid out the Republican case for killing Obama’s call for major health-care reform. It is laced with words that create fear: words like government takeover, lost jobs, denial of life-saving drugs, and taking away insurance. Two words were missing and will never pass Republican lips – public option. A public health insurance option would compete with private insurance and hold costs down. A public option would give folks who don’t have health insurance through their employer the choice of a public insurance plan. Without a public option, the other parties that make up America’s non-system of health care – private insurers, drug companies, doctors, hospitals, and medical suppliers – have little incentive to provide high-quality care at a lower cost than they do now. And that is exactly why the public option is so fiercely opposed by the medical establishment and their lobbyists. Of course they don’t want it. A public option would squeeze their profits and force them to make major reforms. Critics say that a public option will have large economies of scale that would empower it (unfairly) to negotiate more favorable terms with drug companies and other providers. That is true. Isn’t that the point – to provide better care at lower cost? They say that a public plan would likely have lower administrative cost, like Medicare. That is true. Is that bad? They say that a public plan

would have an unfair advantage because it doesn’t have to show a profit. Also true, although many private plans are not-for-profit. They say (with Senator McConnell) that a public plan will be subsidized by government. That is false. Under every plan being discussed by Congress, subsidies go to individuals and families who are unable to afford health care. They are then free to choose among options. Strange that Mitch did not know this. Our health system must change. It is the most costly in the world yet it ranks below some three dozen other countries, including Chile and Morocco. If we do not change, more people will lose their insurance. More companies will be unable to compete in the global market. More jobs will be lost. More families will be broken by poor health. This is a crucial time for our beloved country. It is time to set aside the old Washington politics of fear and misinformation, politics driven by lobbyist dollars. It is time for all of us to insist that Congress represent us, not lobbyists. We should push our senators and representatives for major health reform – a reform that includes a public health insurance option. Watch their lips for those two words – public option.

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Session adjourns, budget passes The legislative process is one where compromise is necessary and inevitable. It was compromise that yielded new economic development incentives and a balanced budget as we ended the 2009 Extraordinary Session last Wednesday. My colleagues and I acted quickly since the session was called on June 15 to enact spending cuts and other changes necessary to plug a nearly $1 billion shortfall by passing a revised House Bill 4 by a vote of 97-0. Most of the shortfall will be eliminated with over $700 million in federal discretionary stimulus funds, sparing the commonwealth deeper cuts that would be hard to withstand. The cuts that the governor asked us to make to eliminate the shortfall will not affect public school per-pupil funding, higher education, local jails or Medicaid. Most executive branch agency budgets will be cut another 2.6 percent; The judicial branch will take a $22.6 million cut, and more than $2.6 million will be cut from the legislative budget. The bill also approved a 1,550 acres site in Hardin County to be used for construction of an advanced battery manufacturer and authorized the University of Kentucky to borrow funding for a medical center expansion and begin work to update facilities

including Commonwealth Stadium. Some lawmakers hoped to buoy education during these troubled financial times by freeing up over $680 million in capital outlay funds but those provisions were stripped from the House budget proposal when legislation to allow video slot machines at licensed racetracks died in Senate committee. Without the slots revenue – estimated to total $200 million a year plus an estimated $500 million in initial licensing fees – there was no money for those projects. Opponents to the slots bill contended the legislation might be unconstitutional, could harm Kentuckians financially and not be as lucrative as others believed. I wholeheartedly supported this legislation not only to provide money for education but because I understand how much this would benefit the our horse industry, especially our very own Turfway Park. We took steps to put Kentucky on the road toward economic recovery through House Bill 3. Approved 86-10, this legislation includes a motor vehicle use-tax incentive, loan support for certain incentive projects, an extension of tourism development incentives and an income-tax exemption for Kentuckians in the military. Further incentives include the streamlining incentives that create jobs, film industry incentives, small business tax credits, provi-

sions to attract a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to Kentucky Speedway and the Breeders’ Cup to Rep. Sal Churchill Downs, Santoro incentives to expand business Community and tax breaks Recorder to Kentucky’s guest active duty milicolumnist tary, car buyers and new home buyers. Although I understood how this legislation would benefit our Commonwealth, I could not support it due to the provision that recreates the bridges bill, which will establish both a funding mechanism and authority for high dollar transportation projects. On behalf of the Northern Kentucky Caucus, I stood to voice our opposition to this portion of the bill. I cannot support legislation that opens the possibility of tolls being imposed on the overly congested Brent Spence Bridge. Lawmakers rarely agree on everything, but I believe we have laid the groundwork for opportunities at a time when opportunities are few and far between. For that, I believe we can count this brief special session a true success. Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, serves in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

July filled with fun at parks Boone County is celebrating National Recreation and Park Month in July. Boone County Parks invites you to join us for free family fun throughout the month. On July 6 and 8 join us at England Idlewild Park, ball fields No. 4 and No. 5 for kickball. Enjoy an exciting Scavenger Walk on July 9 at England Idlewild Park, Shelter No. 3. Then on July 14 we'll take our Scavenger Walk to Central Park, Shelter No. 2. July 24 we'll continue the search with another Scavenger Walk at Boone Woods Shelter No. 3. Finally, on July 28 at Walton Park, Shelter No. 1, we will search for clues on our last Scavenger Walk, celebrating National Recreation and Park Month. Next we have Disc Golf on July 10 and July 27 at Boone Woods Park, Shelter No. 3. Central Park tennis courts will be the home of our dodgeball games during our July festivities. Join us for a game of dodgeball on July 13 and July 15. We'll also be offering bocce ball

at the Boone Woods Park Bocce Ball courts on July 17, July 21 and July 23. Are you up for a game of horseshoes? If so, join us at the Horseshoe Courts at Boone Woods Park on July 20. Lastly, we will be playing a game of baggo at Boone Woods Park, Shelter No. 3 on July 31. So join us from 7 to 8 p.m. for our family fun! Please call the Boone County Parks office to pre-register or visit our Web site at Boone County Parks Free Family Fun Events for July also include movies and shows. Shakespeare in the Park, performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, will be presenting “Romeo & Juliet” on July 18 at Boone Woods Park. Also at Boone Woods Park we will have our free movie nights on July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31. Contact the Parks Office at 334-2117 for movie titles or visit Pre-show fun begins at 7:30 p.m.

before each movie. Movies begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.). In the event of rain, movies will Jackie be held at ConHeyenbruch ner Middle Community School, beginRecorder ning at 7:30 p.m. Don't forguest get to bring your columnist own chairs and blankets! Boone County Parks is also proud to present the Army Band Concert on July 3 at Boone Woods Park, Creekside Stage. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring out the whole family for a night of great music and fun. Join us as we Celebrate National Recreation and Park Month at the Boone County Parks Department. Jackie Heyenbruch, a lifelong Boone County resident, is marketing and resources coordinator for the Boone County Parks Department.

Eight days in Frankfort produced viable solutions Greetings, home from Frankfort! Recovering from a rocky first week of the 2009 Extraordinary Session, which began as “Slots for Trots” (horses, that is) and morphed into “Slots for Tots” ($1.3 billion in new school construction). Legislators struggled with concerns and passion for our state’s signature horse industry, the constitutionality of the current proposal of expanded gaming and voices of citizens from the region and the state in support, concern and in opposition to the expansion of slots at horse tracks. The second week began with the Senate approving one version of the budget bill and the House approving a vastly different version, that left us uncertain as to if we would be able to accomplish

our foremost mission, addressing our almost $1 billion budget shortfall. Amazingly after one day of conference committee haggling a revamped House Bill 3 passed the House 86-10 vote. I was one of the 10 “no” votes. I hate it when that happens. It is concerning when at the end of a legislative session, various items of legislation get merged into one omnibus bill, often containing items of legislations that I have supported but, now hitched onto that bill is “an ugly.” The ugly is that legislation that as a legislator I have voted “no” on several times and there it is again in the mix. What’s a girl to do? This final version of HB 3 included many provisions I have advocated for, such as providing a

tax credit of up to $5,000 for individuals who purchase new homes, tax exemptions for Kentucky active duty military, and a new car purchase “tax credit.” In an effort to provide tax relief to Kentucky families and to stimulate the lagging car industry, individuals who trade in a used car to purchase another used car or new car will pay sales taxes based on the difference of the value between the two automobiles. Additionally incentives aimed at attracting a Breeders’ Cup Challenge, $75 million additional small business tax-incentives encouraging the expansion of Kentucky based small businesses, tax credits for the Commonwealth’s film industry, and taxexempts on renovation expenses at the Kentucky Speedway to pre-

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pare for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race were part of the bill. The “ugly,” most contentious, addition to House Bill 3, establishes both a funding mechanism and “toll authority” for high dollar transportation projects such as the Louisville bridges. While HB 3 as amended comprised very significant economic development incentives that will benefit our region, my concern is the precedence that the tolling authority may one day extend, opening the possibility of tolls being imposed on the overly congested Brent Spence Bridge, a matter our community has stood firm on. For this reason I voted no, along with most of my Northern Kentucky House colleagues. Ironically, the last day of this session we finally got the opportu-

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nity to vote on the restructuring of our state’s budget to address our shortfall. House Rep. Addia Bill 4 passed the Wuchner House 97-0. Community Although this Recorder extraordinary legislative sesguest sion began columnist shrouded in controversy, our eight days in Frankfort produced viable solutions that will allow our commonwealth to continue treading through these turbulent economic times as we regain our financial footing. Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, serves in the Kentucky House of Representatives.


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Boy Scout Troop No. 1 from Florence ready themselves for the opening ceremonies of the Relay for Life event held at Cooper High School in Union Friday night.

The McFarland family host a Making a Difference in Margaritaville booth at the Relay for Life event. Pictured are Carly McFarland, Covington, Emily McFarland, Florence, James McFarland, Covington, Mark McFarland, Florence, and Whitney Lutes give a toast to defeating cancer.


Shelly Harris, left, and Mindy Delph have been best friends for 34 years.

Friends laugh, cry together Mindy Delph and Shelly Harris have been best friends for 34 years. Delph, 38, lives in Florence. Harris, 35, lives in Burlington. They were so close as kids that they spent the week or month together. “When she was 16 and I was 19 we moved in together and she helped me raise my son. Then, when I had my second child she moved out onto her own and she met her husband and then became a mom herself just eight years ago,” Delph said. On the phone, they sound exactly alike. People say they look alike. “We constantly finish each other’s sentence or even a thought and we drive our

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husbands mad!” Delph said. Last year, Harris went through the worst time of her life, losing both her uncle and grandmother to cancer. “She came to my house every single day and we would cry together and laugh together. When she is in pain, so am I and she would say the same thing about me.” Laughter is a key ingredient of their friendship. “Life can keep throwing us curve balls and we will laugh in the face of any adversity,” Delph said. We’re looking for a few best friends. If interested in participating, please send an email with the subject line “Best Friends” to You can also call 578-1059.

An iceball really hits the spot, especially when the weather is very hot. Sisters Kelsie, 11, and Kaysie, 6, Holland of Independence and their friend Dakota Jones, 12, of Independence enjoy the cool treat before they walk in the Relay for Life event held at Cooper High School. The three children walked for Dakota's grandma, Beverly Ann Dunaway.

More than 50 teams participated in the Relay for Life between 7 p.m. June 26 and 7 a.m. June 27. Participants camped out at the Cooper High School site while a continuous relay of runners and walkers took place to commemorate cancer patients and survivors. The event, which raised $115,000, is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in Boone County.


THINGS TO DO ON THE FOURTH OF JULY Then experience the Fort Independence Thomas Independence Day Celebrate the holiday in Independence during the city’s two-day celebration. On Friday, July 3, in Memorial Park, there will be food, rides, games and music from 5 to 11 p.m. A fireworks preview show will be at 10 p.m. On the fourth, the city will have its parade at 3 p.m. and festivities in the park from 4 to 11 p.m. The firework display will be at 10 p.m. For more information, visit

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Enjoy the fireworks at 10 p.m. in Tower Park after a day’s worth of holiday activities on the fourth of July in Fort Thomas. First, support the Campbell County YMCA by running or walking in the Firecracker 5K at 8 a.m.

Parade at 10:30 a.m. after which musical and dance performances will take place at Tower Park leading up to the fireworks. For more information, visit or call 781-1814 for parade and 5K information.


The fourth of July celebration in Florence has plenty to do. Some of the activities include rides, games, entertainment, local food, a wellness expo, a kids’ zone, demonstrations and a car cruise-in. The celebration is being held at the Florence Government Center from 4 to 11 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 10 p.m. For more information, visit or call 647-5439.

Lola Rose Fleek, 5, of Florence is very proprietary about the duck pond, as she guards it along with Michael Roberts, 5 of Independence, with a lollipop, and Damian Klein, 11, of Hebron.

Cancer survivors line up to walk the first lap of the Relay for Life at Cooper High School. Pictured left to right holding the banner are Emily McFarland, Florence, Buzzy Leming, Florence, Aubrey Gambrel, Burlington, Elaine Connelly, Walton, and Cindi Young, Burlington.

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Survivors who beat cancer took the first lap, but the caregivers took the second lap in the Relay for Life event at Cooper High School.

Planning to spend some of the night in the tent, this group of friends are just excited to be at the Relay for Life. Pictured are Alexandra King, 12, of Walton, Sydney Dunigan, 11, of Union, Megan King, 7, of Walton, Shae Dunigan, 8, of Union, and Amberley Turner, 4, of Union.


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First Friday Gallery Hop, 6 p.m.-4 a.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. Through Dec. 4. 292-2322. Covington.


In The Dark, noon-9 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Level. Five walkthrough interactive areas, which include: The Darkness of Night, Darkness Within the Soil, Darkness Deep Within Caves, Darkness of the Deep Sea and Darkness and Humans. All ages. $8, $7 ages 60 and ages 13 and up, $6 ages 2-12 and military. Presented by Cincinnati Museum Center. 513-287-7000. Newport. Warm 98 Van Stop, noon-1 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, 261-7444. Newport.


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. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike, Fresh produce, baked goods, pumpkins, flowers, and more. 6892682. Boone County.

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The Artist as Diarist, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sandra Small Gallery, 291-2345. Covington. Drawings by Taron Jordan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Reality Tuesday Cafe, 261-4939. Park Hills.


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.


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. $30. Reservations required. 426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 689-2682. Boone County.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, noon-midnight, Festival Park Newport, 912-2509. Newport.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, 5 p.m.-midnight, Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Music, food, games, fireworks, motorcycle show and contests. Free. Presented by City of Newport. Through July 5. 912-2509. Newport.


Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Fosters Wine Estates USA, including Chateau St. Jean, Beringer and Souverain. Liquor Direct Covington, 670 W. Third St. Free. 291-2550. Covington. Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus #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.


Florence Independence Day Fireworks, 10 p.m. Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. Rides, booths, food and entertainment. With Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. All ages. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 647-5439. Florence. Fourth at the Fort Fireworks, 10 p.m. Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave. Ball Field. Fireworks display. All ages. Free. Presented by City of Fort Thomas. 444-1055. Fort Thomas.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 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.

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Drawings by Taron Jordan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Reality Tuesday Cafe, 261-4939. Park Hills.


Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 4280377. Crittenden. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 689-2682. Boone County.

Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dinsmore Homestead, 586-6117. Burlington.


Natural Selection is Not Evolution, noon-6 p.m. Creation Museum, 888-582-4253. Petersburg.


Florence Independence Day Celebration, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. Rides, car cruise, kids zone, demonstrations, health expo, patriotic salute and music by Florence Community Band. All ages. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 647-5439. Florence.


There is plenty to do at the Newport Aquarium this weekend. Pictured above is one of the aquarium’s frogs featured in its “Frog Bog” exhibit. The frog exhibit is available during the aquarium’s extended hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Visitors can also see the aquarium’s updated Jellyfish Gallery during those hours. You can get to the aquarium early and see the Penguin Parade at 9:15 a.m., which is also available every day of the week. For more information, visit or call 261-7444. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 6


World Tavern Poker, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Keystone Bar and Grill, 313 Greenup St. First game starts at 7 p.m. Second game starts at 10 p.m. Free. Presented by Keystone Bar & Grill. 261-6777. Mount Adams.


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.


Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 4280377. Crittenden. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 689-2682. Boone County.


Al Jackson, 7:30 p.m. $12. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000. Newport.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Faith Community United Methodist Church, 4310 Richardson Road, All ages. Free. 282-8889. Independence.

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Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 4280377. Crittenden. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 689-2682. Boone County.

Bluegrass Jam, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. First floor. With Scott Risner. 4916659. Covington.

Natural Selection is Not Evolution, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Creation Museum, 888-5824253. Petersburg.


Jake Speed and the Freddies, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, American folk music with political and cultural humor, tongue-in-cheek storytelling and audience participation. $5, $3 children. 491-4003. Covington.


Chess Club, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 342-2665. Florence.



Dick & the Roadmasters Original Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-midnight, Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. All ages. 261-1029. Latonia.




Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dinsmore Homestead, 586-6117. Burlington.

Natural Selection is Not Evolution, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Creation Museum, 888-582-4253. Petersburg.

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Swing Dancing, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Music by DJ. Free beginner lesson before open dancing. All ages. $5. Presented by CincySwing.Com Ltd.. 513-290-9022. Covington.


In Haus Comedy Night, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Local comedians perform. Free. Through Dec. 21. 432-2326. Covington. Adoption Support Group, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cornerstone Church of God, 3413 Hillcrest Drive, Assisting families with adopted children find support to help them parent better and avoid disruptions. Free. Presented by Adoption Support Group. 380-7325. Erlanger.


Leap for Health, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Boone County Farmers Market, Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road, Ages 3-6. Hear story, taste food and do activity to learn about healthy habits. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 586-6101. Burlington.

Natural Selection is Not Evolution, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Creation Museum, 888-5824253. Petersburg.


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Health Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Burlington Family Chiropractic, 2612 Burlington Pike, Blood pressure, height, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment recommended. 746-2225. Burlington.






Raptor Run 5K, 9 a.m. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Registration, race and tour museum afterwards. Museum open until 9 p.m. $35. Registration required online by July 3. 800-778-3390. Petersburg.

Independence Day 5K, 8 a.m. Presidents Park, 281 Dudley Road, Out-and-back course starts on Dudley at Presidents Park to Freedom Park and back. Kids ages 9 and under can participate in Fun Run. $15 race day registration. Registration required. Presented by City of Edgewood. 331-5910. Edgewood.

Newport Motorcycle Rally, noon-10 p.m. Festival Park Newport, 912-2509. Newport.

Natural Selection is Not Evolution, 10 a.m.9 p.m. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Series of displays explores where creation and evolution agree. Includes dog skull and Darwin’s finches displays. Last admission one hour before close. Free with admission: $22.95, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12. 888-582-4253. Petersburg.





Al Jackson, 8 p.m. $14. and 10:15 p.m. $14. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Through July 5. 957-2000. Newport.

Fort Thomas Campbell County YMCA Firecracker 5K, 8 a.m. Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave. Registration 7 a.m. Free onemile Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and under begins 7:40 a.m. Medals presented to runners top finishers in each age divisions, with trophies being awarded to top three male and female runners. Walkers welcome. Benefits Campbell County YMCA. $21; $20 advance at YMCA; $19 online. Registration required, available online. Presented by Campbell County YMCA. 781-1814. Fort Thomas. Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade, 10:30 a.m. City of Fort Thomas. Participants assemble at Highland High School 9:30 a.m. Parade travels down North Fort Thomas Avenue ending at river. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Campbell County YMCA. 7811814. Fort Thomas. Fourth at the Fort, 7:40 a.m.-10 p.m. Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave. Kids fun run, petting zoo, parade at 10:30 a.m. beer garden, bingo, demonstrations and more. Performances by Dance Express and Highlands Dance Team. Music by Don Fangman and Swingtime Combo, and Robin Lacey and DeZydeco. All ages. Free. Presented by City of Fort Thomas. 444-1055. Fort Thomas.



Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m. Out of Control Wildlife with Feathers, Feet, Fur and Friends. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Free, donations of nonperishable food and personal care items accepted. 5257529. Independence.


SummerTime Blues Tour, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. With Voodoo Puppet Blues Band and guests. Includes drink specials, contests and prizes. Ages 21 and up. Free. 261-6120. Covington.


Music@BCM, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Jake Speed and the Freddies, folk music. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Includes coffee and other beverages, snacks and cash bar. Rain or shine option of going indoors in case of inclement weather. $5, $3 ages 3-12. Reservations requested. 4914003. Covington.


Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. With John Von Ohlen. 261-2365. Covington.

Drawings by Taron Jordan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Reality Tuesday Cafe, 261-4939. Park Hills.


Personnel Board Meeting, 5:15 p.m. Northern Kentucky Health Department District Office, 610 Medical Village Drive, 363-2001. Edgewood.


Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 7270904. Kenton County.


Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Barker’s Blackberry Hill Winery, 4280377. Crittenden. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 689-2682. Boone County.


Natural Selection is Not Evolution, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Creation Museum, 888-5824253. Petersburg.


The Cincinnati Pops celebrates the Fourth of July with its concert, “Red, White and Boom,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Riverbend Music Center. It highlights patriotic music and features the May Festival Summer Chorus. A Family Fun Zone, with face painting, cornhole and instrument making, begins at 6:30 p.m. The event ends with fireworks. For tickets, call 513-3813300 or visit


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


The PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center hosts the Counting Crows, pictured, with Augustana, at 8 p.m. Monday, July 6. Tickets are $39.50, $57.50 and $79.50. Visit The event includes a free pre-show cookout, starting at 6:30 p.m.


Difference between freedom and license Hopefully we’re learning what freedom means. The majority of people confuse freedom with license. Recall the number of times you’ve heard someone state, “This is a free country, I can do what I want!” That assertion is incorrect. Freedom does not mean the ability to do anything we want. Freedom means the ability to choose to do what we ought. Doing anything we want or feel like doing is not freedom, but license. American Baptist minister and Harvard chaplain Peter Gomes explains, “Freedom’s only virtue is that it enables us to pursue that which God desires for us and which we, in our heart of hearts, desires for ourselves.” To understand and enjoy free-

dom requires reflective choices about ourselves and the purpose of life. Our founders penned the Declaration of Independence. In a certain sense, it is actually a Declaration of Dependence on someone. For the Constitution of the United States makes its citizens independent of kings, dictators, parliaments, and even majorities as regards to our basic rights and liberties. But on what factor does the Constitution base our independence from kings and dictators? It grounds it on a previous dependence on the One who gave us our rights and dignity in the first place. It says it is because …” the Creator has endowed man with certain inalienable rights among

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which are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If our freedom came from a king or government, then that king or government could take it away. It is only because our freedom comes from God that it is called “inalienable,” i.e. cannot be taken away. In scripture, St. Paul showed how God is interested in a real revolution, a revolution against injustice, mistreatment, violence against others and hatred. In other words, it is a revolution against license that permits the dark side of human nature to ooze forth against others. Explaining, Paul writes, “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, but do not use your freedom as an opportunity

for self-indulgence, rather to serve one another through love.” He enumerates some of the ways we freely choose to serve one another … through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Freedom means to gain such a control over the dark part of our human nature that instead of choosing destructive actions, we choose goodness and all that is conductive to the growth and happiness of human nature. Freedom is far more difficult and demanding than license. In his book, “Man’s Search For Meaning,” Viktor Frankl tells of his own experience in a Nazi concentration camp. He reflects on the irony that he never felt so free as he did during that horrible experience.


Even though all other obvious freedoms and choices had been taken away from him, no matter how terrible the external conditions might be, Father Lou he still had the Guntzelman freedom of his own thoughts Perspectives and attitudes. He could choose to see and act with the eyes of a free spirit. “None can love freedom heartily but good men: the rest love not freedom, but license,” declared John Milton. 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.

Foreclosures may be affecting your home’s value The large number of foreclosures in the Tristate is having a dramatic effect on the value of homes in some areas. As a result, some people are finding it impossible to sell their house for anything close to what they imagined. Amanda Frank said she can’t sell her West Chester house for the $107,000 she wanted because the buyer’s appraisal of her home came in much lower. “The couple that was going to borrow it had an FHA loan. They came back and did an appraisal and it came back appraised at $80,000,” she said. “That is $8,000 less than our current mortgage and $3,000 than our 2008 Butler County tax apprais-

al.” The appraiser said he gave such a low value based on recent home sales in the area. “They said the comparative sales within the neighborhood do admit there’s a downward trend in the pricing,” Frank said. Two doors away from Frank’s home a house is listed for about $105,000. But, just a few homes away another house, roughly the same size, is listed for just $70,000, as that homeowner tries to do a short sale – selling for less than the amount owed on the mortgage. Yet another house, just three doors away from Frank’s home, is getting a new roof from new owners.

That house had been sorely neglected and the repairs will help increase the value of the home – but more is needed in that neighborhood to get home values to recover. “I knew it was bad. We have a lot of family who are out of work. We have had some friends who are in foreclosure situations and it’s unfortunate – but in our neighborhood I had no idea,” she said. The Franks have put nearly $100,000 into their house, which is now valued at just $80,000. They’re not alone. Friends nearby have a buyer for their home, willing to pay $126,000, but they too are finding comparable sales are less than

$100,000. So, you may want to think twice about making improvements to your home. And, before you put your house on the market, carefully check out the latest comparable sales in your

area to make sure you too aren’t surprised by an appraisal you may receive. Troubleshooter Howard Ain answers consumer complaints and questions weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local

12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave.,

Howard Ain Hey Howard! Cincinnati 45219.


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‘Turnover’ a new cherry dessert this summer Well, between the birds and the deer, the wildlife in my little world is fed well. The birds are eating my elderberries before they’re even ripe. The deer chomped down my sunflowers and I’m praying they don’t have a hankering for my heirloom squash like they did last year. In spite of this, though, I remember what my Mom always said: plant enough for yourself and God’s good creatures, as well. (I’m beginning to think, however, that the deer and birds are awfully greedy – I don’t mind sharing, but we have to eat, too!)

1 box puff past r y , thawed 12 oz. or so frozen, fresh or canned, Rita d r a i n e d Heikenfeld c h e r r i e s Rita’s kitchen ( l e a v e frozen cherries undrained) 1 ⁄2 cup sugar or more to taste Squeeze or two of lemon juice 1 egg yolk beaten with a tablespoon of water (egg wash) Sugar for sprinkling

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough (leave folded but check to see if there’s paper between the folds and remove) on floured surface into a rectangle about 10-by-14. Trim edges. Cut each into quarters to make 8 smaller rectangles. Mix cherries, flour, sugar and lemon juice. Place a nice mound on

I like to use sour pie cherries from my tree. You can use fresh, canned if they’re drained and frozen pie cherries for this. You’ll need 12 ounces or so. Don’t thaw the frozen cherries. 3 tablespoons flour, plus more for dusting

one side of each rectangle, leaving one-half inch border. Lightly brush border with water and fold other side of pastry over mixture and press to seal. Crimp edges with floured fork. Put on baking sheet and cut several slits on top of e a c h . Brush with egg w a s h and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Bake until puffed and golden, about 35 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Even easier: use slightly drained canned cherry pie filling and add one-fourth teaspoon almond extract to it if you have it and a bit of extra sugar stirred in. That will be your filling without anything else added.



For Freida, a Recorder reader. Melt one-third cup butter and keep it hot. Meanwhile, in a blender, put 2 room temperature egg yolks and 2 teaspoons lemon juice and blend. W i t h motor running on low, slowly add hot butter in a thin, steady stream. You’ll see the mixture thicken as you go. If necessary, add a bit of hot water if it’s too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For Marsha, a Tri-County reader who wants to make this with all the squash she’s getting from her garden. No real recipe, but here’s how I do it: slice squash and

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brush both sides with olive oil. Grill over hot coals until marked, yet still crisp/tender. Season with salt and pepper or your favorite herb and/or Parmesan cheese.

Can you help?

If you have the recipe, or a similar one, please share. Ruby’s Mac & Cheese and Freddie Salad: I’ve got a call in to Chef Rich Harris of the Precinct about these for several interested readers. Pasta with kielbasa and tarragon: Reader Sylvia Wiliams is desperate for this. “So delicious. I thought it was in the local paper and can’t find it.” Birthday cake sans eggs: For Michelle Smith for her son’s July birthday.


••• This is a good Web site for dairyfree desserts, according to reader Annie Hoffman. Creamed potatoes and peas: Batavia reader Delores Bingamon sent in a wonderful recipe for this. I’ll post it on our Web version next week. Pasta with herbs, Alfredo sauce and beef: Reader Dan Brokamp called with this recipe but I didn’t get it all. Please call back.

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Answer: You have nothing to worry about! Lightning bugs (also known as “fireflies”) are actually beneficial insects which help control some pests in the garden. On summer nights, glow worms (luminescent firefly larvae) emerge from their underground homes to forage for food. A typical menu includes slugs, snails and caterpillars, including cutworms. The larvae feed much like a spider by injecting a paralyzing toxin into their prey, and then injecting digestive juices to dissolve the prey and allow it to be more easily consumed. The adults feed on plant nectar to sustain their energy requirements, but do not harm the plant in any way. In addition to garden pest control, lightning bugs are used in medical and biotechnical research. They produce an enzyme called luciferase to produce their glow. Because this enzyme uses natural energy in cells, the luciferase can be injected into human tissue to determine whether cells are functioning properly based on how much light they produce.

The luciferase gene also is used in biotechnology to determine if genes have been properly inserted into chromosomes. There are several theories about why lightning bugs glow. One is that the flashing light is a homing beacon for the opposite sex. The male flies around flashing the signal to attract a female’s attention. A female on the ground or on low-growing foliage will signal back when a male visits her vicinity. To avoid confusion, each firefly species has its own specific signal to attract a mate. Another theory is that firefly larvae use their luminescence to warn a potential predator that they taste bad. Larvae contain defensive chemicals in their bodies. When disturbed, larvae also increase their glow’s intensity and frequency. Typical nighttime habitats for adults and larvae are in rotting wood or other forest litter, or on the edges of water sources such as streams, ponds, marshes and ditches. The highest species diversity is in tropical Asia and Central and South America. Incidentally, some Asian species have tracheal gills that enable them to live under water where they feed on aquatic snails. To attract lightning bugs to your property, reduce or eliminate lawn chemical

United Way seeks assistance United Way of Greater Cincinnati is turning to an online-based fundraising campaign, the Give 5 – Diaper Drive, as a way to buy 100,000 diapers and help local families cope with the economic crisis. The Give 5 - Diaper Drive is a social media-driven effort that supports United Way's top two priorities – helping children succeed and families attain financial stability. The campaign will help local community service agencies that are experiencing a shortage of diapers to distribute to clients. As of May 20, donors have contributed enough money to buy 13,700 diapers. The Give 5 - Diaper Drive asks people to contribute $5

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Outbound Group Study Exchange team reports to Florence Rotary Last month Florence Rotary hosted a Group Study Exchange team from India. This week we heard from their counterparts, the Outbound team representing Eastern Kentucky. Led by Rotarian Jeanne Clark, the team consisting of Jackie Sue Wright, Sallie Ingram and Nathan Mick traveled through Northern India, meeting with Rotarians throughout the Region. Clark, Wright and Ingram recounted a few of the highlights of their adventure, and thanked the members of Florence Rotary for being a part of the sponsoring Rotary District. Nathan Mick was traveling in Colorado and unable to join the team for their report. An enthusiastic welcoming party met our Outbound Kentucky GSE team upon their arrival in India. They reported having been treated like rock stars from the beginning of the trip and at every stop along the way. The team shared slides of their adventure, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the Taj Mahal. The photos included golden temples, elephants, monkeys and at least one snake charmer. Jackie Sue Wright, an attorney from Maysville, admitted to being apprehensive about traveling to the region prior to the beginning of the trip. She told the Rotarians that once underway she felt safe and secure, and enjoyed every

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Little Mr. & Ms. Boone County Fair Pageant Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Contestant must be 5, 6 or 7 years old. CAN NOT have reached their 8th birthday.

Must appear in a suit, a sport coat or Sunday dress. No long dresses, pageant dresses (rhinestones or beading) or Tuxedos. Committee has right to limit number of entries. Boone County Residents Only on first come first served basis Must be 5 by July 1st and cannot be 8 by July 1, 2009. REHEARSAL - SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2009, 3:30 P.M. Entry Fee: $20 per couple Register by July 30, 2009 CALL: 586-7441, 586-6057 OR 689-7642

Miss Boone County Fair Beauty Contest Tuesday • August 4th, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

1. Contest limited to female residents of Boone County between 16 and 22 years of age by October 31, single, never married and no children. 2. Contestant must show in one-piece bathing suit and formal. 3. Contestant can represent only one Fair, if winner in that county. 4. Miss Boone County Fair of 2008 is not eligible to compete in pageant. 5. Informal rehearsal at the fairgrounds will be August 2, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. 6. Entry Blanks must be in no later than July 30, 2009. Return entry to: Entry Fee: $25 Beverly Burcham 586-7441 or Sandra Cupps 586-9391

Boone County Fair Miss Teen Pageant Tuesday • August 4th, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Ages 13-15 • Must be 13 by October 31, 2009 and not have reached her 16th birthday by October 31st, 2009 • You must be a resident of Boone County to enter • Entry Fee: $20 Register by July 30th, 2009 or limit of 40 entries Call Brooke Burcham-Hurst 689-0425, Shanon Adams 586-7953 or Bridget Kremer 586-4646 to register. Informal rehearsal at the Fairground will be August 2, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

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Boone County Fair Miss Sweetheart Pageant Wednesday • August 5th, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

1. The contestant must have reached her 8th birthday by July 1 and cannot have reached her 13th birthday by October 31 of the year that the pageant is held. 2. Boone County Residents Only. 3. Contestant will wear and be judged in age-appropriate, long evening wear. 4. Practice will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 10:00am. Entry Fee: $20 Registration Deadline: July 30th or limit of 40 entries Call Bridget Kremer 586-4646, Brooke Hurst 689-0425, Beverly Burcham 586-7441, Sandra Cupps 586-9391.

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Question: My kids enjoy watching the lightning bugs at night, but I was just wondering if they feed on plants or are harmful in any way? I saw similar beetles feeding on my flowers recently.

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Officers of three Boone teams for the annual County police departments walkathon and organized were honored by Florence silent auctions, raising as Rotary at a special luncheon much as $7,000 in a single night. on June 22. Boone County Sheriff Airport Police Officer Adam McGuire, Boone Michael Helmig recognized County Sheriff's Detective Detective Tim Adams for his Tim Adams and Florence exceptional success in solvPolice Sgt. Tom Grau were ing property crime cases. joined by their commanders The Kentucky State Police and families as they accept- reports that 19 percent of all ed awards as “Policeperson property crimes were solved of the Year” for their respec- in 2007. Adams solved 47 percent of his assigned tive departments. Col. Kevin Murphy, chief property crime cases, more than double of police at the the state a i r p o r t , The assembled a v e r a g e . described also Office McGuire Rotarians and guests Helmig complimentas the type of officer superviapplauded the ed Adams for his work sors love to officers, their families ethic and have. In nominating Officer and their departments commitment to the comMcGuire, the for their commitment munity. He chief wrote: “His work to keeping our d e s c r i b e d Adams as a ethic is exemcommunity safe. man who plary. He embodies comes to work each day and does what is Rotary's motto of Service expected of him and more. I Above Self. The assembled Rotarians am proud to wear the same uniform as Adam and I am and guests applauded the pleased to say he works at officers, their families and the Cincinnati Northern their departments for their Kentucky Airport Police commitment to keeping our community safe and in Department.” Florence Police Chief making Florence and Boone Thomas Szurlinski recom- County a great place to live mended 14-year veteran and work. Florence Rotary Tom Grau as his depart- takes great pride in saluting ment's “Policeperson of the Officer McGuire, Sgt. Grau Year.” He described Grau as and Detective Adams. a positive person who sees Thank you for being there the best in people and cir- for us. For more information cumstances; a man who strives to make things better about Florence Rotary, confor those in the community. Grau currently supervises the Community Resources Unit. In that role he is responsible for the DARE program, community relations, crime prevention and administrative functions. In his off-duty hours, Grau is heavily involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. He has assembled

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July 2, 2009


Anthony B. Curd, 37, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Turfway Rd. and Steeplechase Dr., May 8. David L. Hodges, 23, operating a motorcycle without an operator’s license at 7809 U.S. 42, May 8. Taylor R. Allen, 19, theft from auto at Houston Rd., May 8. George M. Eblan, 38, first-degree possession of controlled substance, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, third-degree possession of a controlled substance at Dream St., May 8. Timmy R. Hill, 48, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at I-75 northbound, May 8. James A. Strunck, 39, DUI, possession of marijuana, disregarding a stop sign at Morgan’s Tr., May 8. William R. Comley, 29, possession of marijuana and controlled substances of the second and third degree at Ewing Blvd., May 8. Bradley W. Clark, 28, possession of drug paraphernalia at Houston


Heather L. Maloney, 36, first degree possession of controlled substance at I-75 northbound, May 11. Aaron K. Van Natter, 31, DUI at Connector Dr. and Mall Rd., May 10. Pablo E. Mejia-Reyes, 36, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at U.S. 42, May 10. Albert F. Woods, 55, DUI, reckless driving at Houston Rd. and Hansel Dr., May 10. Robert A. Kramer, 27, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 6804 Sebree Dr., May 10. Fritz Kimbrew Jr., 65, second-degree assault at 109 Honeysuckle Dr., May 9. Brandy M. Blankenship, 31, shoplifting at 6000 Mall Rd., May 9. Juan C. Hernandez, 25, operating a moped without a license at Dixie Hwy., May 9. Alvarez D. Rogelio, 22, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Dixie Hwy., May 9.

Rd., May 7. Angela M. Wuest, 21, three counts of possession of controlled substance first degree; one count of possession of controlled substance second degree at Doering Dr., May 7. Douglas W. Ingle, 49, theft at U.S. 42, April 29. Zaneta D. Batsa, 21, theft at 5000 Mall Rd., May 12. Denna Lynne Rivera, 22, theft at 5000 Mall Rd., May 12. Troy Johnson, 23, theft at 6920 Burlington Pk., May 12.



Victim assaulted and vehicle damaged at White Castle at 8101 U.S. 42, May 9. Suspect stabbed victim in the chest at 109 Honeysuckle Dr., May 9. Victim struck in the arm at Stringtown Park, May 12.


Suspect attempted to kick in victim’s

back door at 220 Center Park Dr., May 8. Rock thrown through front window; entry gained and merchandise missing at 7107 Turfway Rd., May 7. Residence broken into, video game system, games and accessories taken at 3044 Miller Ct., May 6. Screen cut and open window; no items missing at 2029 Penny Ln., March 29.

Criminal mischief

Vehicle damaged intentionally at 984 Trellises Dr., May 8. Window broken at 7673 Catawba Ln., May 7. Damage to property at 7600 Burlington Pk., May 12.

Fraudulent use of credit card Two unauthorized transactions at 7625 Doering Dr., May 12.

Possession of a controlled substance

Female subject in possession of methadone pills and cocaine at I75 northbound, May 11. Subject of traffic stop at Super 8

found to be in possession of heroin and Xanax at 7928 Dream St., May 8. Officer discovered controlled substances on subject during traffic stop at Ewing Blvd., May 7. Known suspect had several drugs on her at 7625 Doering Dr., May 7.


Male subject caught stealing DVD’s from F.Y.E. at Mall Rd., May 10. Subject attempted to shoplift from J.C. Penny at 6000 Mall Rd., May 9. Subject’s backpack stolen, while he was playing basketball at Stringtown Park, May 11. Tools stolen from Hilltop Taxi at 6602 Dixie Hwy., May 10. Two employees stole cash from Muggbee’s at 8405 U.S. 42, May 10. Subject stole merchandise from CVS Pharmacy at 6801 Dixie Hwy., May 8. Property stolen from victim at 7416 Shenandoah Dr., May 8. Shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 7.

Coca-Cola machine damaged and money taken from cash drawer at 7373 Turfway Rd., April 29. Access gained to two vehicles; GPS device and some loose change taken at 300 Wexford Dr., May 12. Two beer kegs stolen from two different locations at 7921 Dream St., April 29. Credit card taken from purse at 8050 U.S. 42, May 13. Hotel room entered, medication, money and car keys stolen at Dream St., May 11. Victims’ personal identification numbers used to obtain phone service at Algiers Street, May 12. Shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., May 12. Shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., May 12. Shoplifting at Florence Mall store, May 12. Shoplifting at Burlington Pk., May 12.

Theft from auto

Hood ornament stolen from car at 133 Lloyd Ave., May 9. Car stereo stolen from vehicle at 4999 Houston Rd., May 8.

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Rita Deaton

Rita Dell Hollan Deaton, 72, Fort Thomas, died June 22, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a nurse’s aid for Garrard Street Convalescent Center in Covington. Her son, Dave Hollan, died in 1986. Survivors include her husband, Charles Deaton; daughters, Diana Nagel of Fort Thomas, Patty Franzen of Alexandria and Bev King of Latonia.; son, Mike Hollan of Highland Heights; caregiver, Sally Stull of Fort Thomas; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Mitchell, Margaret Schultz, Karen Griffis, Mary Anne Curtis, Mercedes Deaton; stepsons Mark and James Deaton; sisters, Lauralee Sager of Florence and Connie Howard of Newport; three grandchildren; 17 stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum, Southgate. Memorials: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 600 E. Main St., Suite 102, Louisville, KY 40202; or Daniel Ward Memorial Fund, 5828 Ripple Creek Road, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Raghunath Desai

Raghunath Desai, 65, Florence, died June 22, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He owned a Travel Lodge and was a member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Dhana Desai; son, Nirav Desai of Florence; daughters, Manisha Desai of Florence and Neha Desai-Rayka of Mason, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Kimberly Duncan

Kimberly Lynn Duncan, 36, Walton, died June 21, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a travel agent with Delta Airlines and member of Florence Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Arnold Duncan; daughter, Serayna Marie Duncan of Walton; son, Wyatt Patton Duncan of Walton; mother, Virginia Elizabeth Yahl of Florence; brothers, Kevin Walter Yahl of Taylorsville, Douglas Robert Yahl of La Grange and Brian William Yahl of Taylor Mill. Burial was in Rice Cemetery, Union. Memorials: Florence Christian Church, 300 Main St., Florence, KY 41042; or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Elizabeth Fisher

Elizabeth Fields Fisher, 92, Ludlow, died June 21, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Ludlow. Her husband, James Fisher, died in


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1984 and daughter, Joyce Ann Fisher, died in 1962. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Jacobs of Florence; son, Glenn Fisher of Ludlow; brother, Leslie Fields of Crittenden; sister, Mary Neumeister of Crittenden; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Angela Gilmer

Angela Smith Kelly Gilmer, 42, of Richmond, Texas, formerly of Union, died June 19, 2009, in Hardy, Ark. She was a Gulf War Army veteran. Her husband, Tony Kelly, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Tara Kelly; son, Dante Gilmer; stepfather and mother, Clifford and Irene Fitzpatrick Brafford of New Richmond; father and stepmother, Dwight and Sharon Smith of Walton; sisters, Kathy Lou Peace and Maria Stratman; brother, David Smith; stepsister, Alicia Davidson; and stepbrother, Craig Burris. Memorials: Irene F. Brafford c/o Chase Bank, 4899 Houston Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Jean Gripshover

Jean P. Gripshover, 81, Edgewood, a homemaker, died June 23, 2009, at Village Care Center, Erlanger. Her son, John Gripshover Jr., died in 2008. Survivors include her husband, John Gripshover; daughters, Loretta Arstingstall of Erlanger and Donna Laible of Covington; son, Mark Gripshover of Union; brother, Harry Morgan of Highland Heights; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home, Elsmere, handled the arrangements.

Mary Hatton

Mary L. Hatton, 65, Covington, died June 22, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a waitress for Pompilio’s Restaurant, Newport. Her husband, William “Bill” Hatton, died in 2006. Survivors include her daughters, Theresa Hatton of Covington, Sherly Grome of Southgate and Michelle Vanhuff of Covington; sons, Jeff Hatton of Burlington, Jimmy Hatton of Bromley, Mark Hatton of Batavia, Timmy Hatton of Taylor Mill, David Hatton of Florence, Donald Hatton of Erlanger and Michael Hatton of Ludlow; brother, Jack Wagner of Mt. Healthy; sisters, Patricia Faigle and Betty Tompson of Villa Hills, Barbara Hatch of Fort Thomas, Debbie Mason of Covington, Karen Givens of San Antonio, Texas, Trudy Carr of Park





PFC Brent A. Bialik of Burlington graduated April 24, 2009, after completing 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. PFC Bialik was awarded a qualification of expert on the rifle range at graduation. PFC Bialik and fellow recruits ended the training phase with the crucible, a 54-hour team effort of problem solving evolution. Following his 10-day leave he will report to Camp Lejeune, N.C., for four weeks of combat training. Upon completion of combat train-



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DEATHS Hills, Peggy Brue and Kathy Helton of Latonia, 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington.

Mathew Holden

Mathew Holden, 46, of Crab Orchard, formerly of Morning View, died June 23, 2009, at his home. He enjoyed hot rods at Thorn Hill Race Track and attending car shows of old model cars. Survivors include his sons, Steven Bowling of Camden, Ohio and Mathew Zachary Holden of Fort Thomas; daughter, Ashley Mathews of Independence; father, Norman Holden of Morning View; stepmother, Paula Holden of Morning View; brothers, Ricky Holden of Morning View, David Holden of Crab Orchard, Norman Holden Jr. of Campbell County and Christian Holden of Anderson Township; sisters, Shelly Brock of Crab Orchard, Donna Boone of Independence, Tammy Rouse of Gallatin County and Carrie Schoultz of Hebron.

Charles Hughes

Charles Edward Hughes, 52, Covington, died June 19, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a house painter. Survivors include his wife, Valerie Hughes; sons, Stanley Hughes of Florence, Kevin and Dustin Hughes of Burlington; sisters, Sue Miller of Somerset and Liz Bolton of Cincinnati; and 12 grandchildren. Burial was in Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington.

Rhoda Humphrey

Rhoda Pennington Humphrey, 85, Walton, died June 25, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Floyd E. Humphrey; daughters, Rhonda Stephens of Walton, Theresa Simpson of Seattle, Wash., and Marita Dean of Erlanger; sisters, Maxine McCubbin of Union and Rosetta Snow of Williamstown; brother, Virgil Pennington of London, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was a member of Walton First Baptist Church and a lunch lady for 36 years with Walton Verona High School. Burial was in Walton Cemetery. Memorials: First Baptist Church, 47 South Main St., Walton, KY 41094.

Margaret Mulroy

Margaret Elaine Siry Mulroy, 66, of Florence, died June 2, 2009. She was a laborer, a member of the Protestant faith and leader for Boy Scout troop No. 109. Survivors include her husband, Gerald F. Mulroy Jr.; sons, Patrick Michael Bass of Florence, Robert John Bass of Erlanger, Randolph Michael Bass of Williamstown and Scott Allen Bass of Walton; and 14 grandchildren. Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Sunrise Christian Church, 866 S.R. 32 W., Cynthiana, KY 41031.

William Nester

Dr. William R. Nester, 81, of Bellevue, formerly of Anderson Township, died June 24, 2009 at Hospice of Cincinnati in Anderson Township. Nester was the first chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and former vice president at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. His wife of 55 years, Mary Jane Grossman Nester, died in 2005. Survivors include his sons, William Nester III of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., Mark Nester of Cumming, Ga., Brian Nester of Cincinnati, and Steve Nester of Maineville; and seven grandchildren. Memorial gifts are suggested to Nester Family Scholarship Fund, University of Cincinnati Foundation, P.O. Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Robert Reis

Robert Lawrence Reis, 67, Florence, a truck driver for Dennis of Ohio, died June 25, 2009, at his home. Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Cooper of Florence; son, Lawrence Reis of Union; mother, Estella Reis of Crescent Springs; brothers, Joe, Larry, Billy, Paul and Tommy Reis; sisters, Joanie Koehler and Rosie Belter; and two grandchildren.

Geneva Speagle

Geneva Robinson Speagle, 81, Independence, died June 23, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an administrative clerk for J.C. Penney’s and a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Her husband, John Speagle, died in 2006.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Thomas of Corbin, Beverly Ivey of Taylor Mill and Debi Lyons of Independence; sons, Mark Speagle of Burlington and Matt Speagle of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Leona Biddle and Comelia Cook of Grant County; brother, Ray Robinson of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Kentucky Special Olympics, 105 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601; or Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY 41051.

Deliliah Snyder

Deliliah Dolwick Snyder, 90, Petersburg, died June 27, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Edgewood. She was a homemaker and member of Petersburg Baptist Church. Her husband, Edgar Vernon Snyder, died in 1999. Survivors include her daughter, Verna Keitz of Petersburg; two grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Petersburg Cemetery. Memorials: Petersburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 8, Petersburg, Ky. 41080.

Juanita Vannarsdall

Juanita L. Robbins Vannarsdall, 79, Florence, died June 26, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was an admitting clerk at St. Luke East Hospital (now St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas) and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Her husband, Charles A. Vannarsdall, died in 1968. Survivors include her daughter, Robin Noakes of Independence; three granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Paul Wickenhofer

Paul E. Wickenhofer, 70, Elsmere,

died June 15, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Gardner Wickenhofer; sons, Ed Wickenhofer of Raleigh, N.C., Joseph Wickenhofer of Berkeley, Calif., Charles Wickenhofer of Elsmere and J. Richard Wickenhofer of Florence; brother, Richard Wickenhofer of Clarksburg, W.Va.; and four grandsons.

John Williams

John T. Williams, 50, of Florence, formerly of Land-O-Lakes, Fla., died June 24, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a self-employed painter and woodworker. Survivors include his father, Gerry Williams of Florence; sister, Susan Ekk of Cincinnati; brother, Gerald Williams of Winter Garden, Fla.; stepbrothers, Jason Williams of Covington, Douglas Williams of Edgewood and Robin Williams of Florence. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042; or Pasco Hernando Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667.

Florence Yelton

Florence R. Abercrombie Yelton, 98, of Florence, formerly of Williamstown, died June 27, 2009, at Florence Park Care Center. She was a Supervisor of Handlers for Duro Bag in Ludlow, member of Erlanger Baptist Church and Eastern Star, enjoyed needlework, crafts and doing word search puzzles. Her husband, Charles E. Yelton, died in 1994. Survivors include her daughter, Iona Napier of Williamstown; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. Burial was in Turner Ridge Cemetery in Falmouth. Memorials: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite C281, Cincinnati, OH 45240, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236.


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Summer fun for children, parents You can do many educational and fun activities with your children to keep their minds working and imaginations flowing during the summer. An easy way to keep your child’s mind sharp is to encourage play. Studies show playtime has an important role in child development. Independent play can help children learn critical thinking and life skills as well as develop creativity. Play is not only for your children. Studies show that parents who participate in unscheduled playtime with their children are seen as more supportive, nurturing and productive. Play includes many different facets, and not every one will fit all children. Children of various ages and genders enjoy different things. Older children may enjoy playing board games or cards. Younger children may like playing with dolls or cars and trucks. Some children may want to participate in organized activities like camps or sports teams while others are more interested in free play activities, such as hopscotch, running through a sprinkler or creating side-

Diane play together. You can Mason provide your child with an Community Recorder opportunity for social columnist interaction by letting them attend camps or programs that may explore some of their interests or hobbies. While it is good to involve your child in activities, too many events can overwhelm some children. Every child is different. Some may thrive with hectic schedules, but many become anxious or stressed out and prefer quiet, lessstructured activities. It is important to find the balance in scheduling activities for your child. Children learn best when they are allowed to freely choose play activities that engage their imaginations. Give your children the gifts of free play time and your attention to their interests. By doing so, you are nurturing your relationship with them and their summer learning at the same time. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

walk art. Many children enjoy quiet activities like writing, reading, drawing and construction toys, and yet others like more physical activities like tag and hide-and-go seek. Embark on family projects together. The projects not only are educational for your child, but you may learn something new in the process. Some examples of projects include growing a garden, reading a book, teaching outdoor skills or preparing a meal. Children can learn responsibility, time management, mathematics, science and improve reading skills through these projects. Leave the house and enjoy the environment around you. Take your child on a nature walk and identify the insects, trees and plants you see. Talk about the role of each in the ecosystem. In addition to being educational, this type of activity will help your child develop an appreciation for the natural environment. Also, it is a great chance for physical activity. Children also need social interaction with their peers. In fact, a great deal of learning occurs when children





Fraudulent charities targeted Attorney General Jack Conway announced May 20 that Kentucky has joined with the Federal Trade Commission and 47 states and the District of Columbia in a nationwide crackdown on fraudulent charitable solicitors claiming to help police, firefighters and veterans. “We are glad to be a part of ‘Operation False Charity’ and look forward to putting an end to deceptive charitable solicitations that not only exploit the generosity of our citizens, but do a disservice to local police, firefighters and veterans who risk their lives to protect us,” Conway said. The Office of Attorney General’s allegations include claims that USDSA and

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Gina Loschiavo Harmon has joined Sibcy Cline Realtors at their Florence office as a residential real estate specialist. Prior to beginning her real estate career, Harmon worked as an executive assistant at a real estate development company and also has extensive experience as a legal assistant. She graduated from Kentucky Career Institute in 1998 with an associate’s

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DunnhumbyUSA has hired Chris Tallent as a senior software developer. Previously a senior software engineer at Fidelity Investments, Tallent will be responsible for developing and maintaining technologies for The Kroger Co. He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Kentucky. Tallent lives in Verona.

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Bed & Breakfast It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 1875 Homestead B&B, a charming Country Victorian home built in the late 1800’s. Located on State Road 46, 3 1/2 miles east of Nashville, Indiana, the home sits on five peaceful acres where you can relax and escape the “hustle-bustle” and crowds of the village. We invite you to step back in time with us as you enter our romantically restored home. After a day of hiking in our beautiful Brown County State Park, or shopping in the village, you may want to choose a book or movie from our library, or simply relax on the porch or in the hammock. On cool evenings, you can enjoy telling stories around the outdoor fire. Complementary soft drinks and homemade cookies are available each afternoon and evening. Each of our guest rooms are beautifully appointed King and Queen size rooms with luxury bedding, private in-room baths, cable TV/VCR, and sitting areas.

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DESTIN. New, nicely furnished 2 br, 2 ba condo. Gorgeous Gulf view. Pools, golf course. Discount Summer & Fall rates. Book now. 513-561-4683 Visit or

EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Dinsey. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513


Bonita Springs. Weekly, monthly, seasonal rentals. Beautiful 1 BR @ Beach & Tennis. Pools, across from beach. 2 BR, Bonita Bay w/pool, shuttle to priv beach. 513-779-3936

DESTIN. Edgewater Beach Condos on the Gulf. 1-3 BR, beachfront, pvt balconies, FREE Wi-Fi, beach set-up (in season) & use of new fitness ctr. New massage/facial salon, 2 pools (1 heated), FREE $20 gift cert to pool grill (weekly rentals in season). Call or visit our website for lastminute specials. 800-822-4929

PANAMA CITY BEACH Family Atmosphere! Your Best Vacation Value! 800-354-1112

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

SIESTA KEY. Gulf front condo, beach view.frrom balcony. Bright & airy, nicely appointed, all amenities. Cinci owner. 232-4854. Available weekly from July 4

Hilton Head Island Vacation Resort. Choose 1 or 2 bdrm condos. Oceanfront, ocean view or nr ocean. Great locations & rates. Golf pkgs, too. 877-807-3828

BROWN COUNTY. Treat your family to a visit to Indiana’s family playground! Comfort Inn, in the ! of all of Nashville’s attractions. 812-988-6118


A Beautiful Log Cabin Resort w/heated indoor pool, minutes from Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mtns. Breathtaking mountain views, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, pool tables & pet friendly cabins are offered. Excellent rates, discounts available. Call 1-888-HSR-TENN (477-8366) CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617


HILTON HEAD. Beautiful 1 BR, 1 BA condo on beach nr Coligny. Sleeps 6. Many amenities, discounted rates June-Aug $750/wk; Sept, Oct $550/wk. Also,Marriott’s Grande Ocean, wk of 7/26. 513-829-5099 HILTON HEAD ISLAND 1-7 Bedroom Vacation Homes & Villas. Free color brochure. Call 1-866-386-6644 or visit

GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661 GATLINBURG Royal Townhouse Summer Special. $49.95 + tax SunThurs; $59.95 + tax Fri-Sat. Rooms limited & subject to availability. Restrictions & blackout dates apply. Advance reservations req’d. Present ad at check-in. 1-800-433-8792 CE

Hilton Head Island, SC

Visit and plan a getaway with Seashore Vacations. Our beach is free. Specials available for golf, tennis, dining, more. Visit our

site or call toll free: 800-845-0077.

LEELANAU VACATION RENTALS Over 120 condos, cottages and homes on Lake Michigan, Glen Lake and other inland lakes. Call 231-334-6100 or visit

NEW YORK MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

NORTH CAROLINA SIESTA KEY CONDOS 2 bedroom, directly on worldrenowned Crescent Beach. Free WiFi & phone. Super Summer Specials! 847-931-9113


EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 800-245-7746 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

HILTON HEAD’S Best Family Vacation Destination . Oceanfront 1, 2 & 3 bdrm villas. Discounted golf, complimentary tennis & health club. 800-845-9500 N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.

TENNESSEE 1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

Nr Powell NORRIS LAKE. Valley Marina. 2 BR/1BA, very nicely furnished home. Covered porch, deck. $95/nt. 423-562-8353 Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618

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