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Aero Parkway tops 2013 projects Aero Parkway, shown here near the Zig Zag Connector, opens 400 acres of previously inaccessible land for development. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER By Justin B. Duke and Stephanie Salmons,

Work finally finished on one of Boone County’s biggest projects last year, but 2013 holds big promise for Aero Parkway. By building a road that goes from Turfway Road to Ky. 18 at Oakbrook Drive, 400 acres of pre-

viously inaccessible land are now available for development. From the beginning of Aero Parkway’s development, the newly accessible land was intended for industrial uses. Apart from a small section at the Ky. 18 end of the road, Aero Parkway development will not be commercial, said Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore.

“Because there aren’t many large acre industrial sites remaining in Boone County, we set Aero Parkway aside for that,” Moore said. With that in mind, the road was designed with access to future developments, he said. “The curb cuts that were built with the road are access points for future industrial sites,”

Moore said. The Northern Kentucky TriCounty Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED) has studied the economic potential for Aero Parkway, and believes its proximity to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport lends the area well to the aerospace and aeronautical industries, said Dan Tobergte, Tri-ED’s

president. “We have a tremendous resource in the airport,” Tobergte said. Boone County, Tri-ED and airport staff can all work together to cooperatively market and develop along Aero Parkway, he said. “It’ll be a resource not many See AERO, Page A2

LEADERS SHARE GOALS FOR 2013 Leaders in Boone County are looking forward to what’s coming up in 2013. The Recorder reached out to local leaders, including county, state, city and school officials, asking them to share goals for 2013. Here’s what they have to say:

GARY MOORE Boone County Judge-executive My primary focus right now is going to be on transportation projects. I want to continue to take advantage of the slower economy and try to get as much infrastructure in place as we can knowing that the rapid growth we’ve experienced in the past will be returning when the economy recovers. I definitely want to cooperate and partner with the state on the Camp Ernst/Ky. 237 overpass at Ky. 18. That’s where the single point urban interchange is being built. That project will be under construction during 2013 with a completion date in 2014.

Another important project is going to be the extension of Veterans Way ... It will be extended through Boone Woods Park (to) near Stephens Elementary on Ky. 237. A new initiative I see happening in 2013 – with commissioner support this would begin in July 2013 with our next budget – (is) a sidewalk initiative.I would like to see us build sidewalks in areas of the county where development has taken place and roads have been improved but sidewalks have not been added. (We) find a lot of people are trying to walk on the side of the road (on Frogtown near U.S 42, among others). It’s just not safe ... It’s time we address the need for safety and connections to schools and other destinations (and) amenities. I would like to see us continue the discussion of regionalizing 911 over all three counties. Right now, Kenton County is trying to get its three 911 centers under one control. Once that happens, I’d like to see Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties have discussion about a combined dispatch across all of Northern Kentucky.



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MATT DEDDEN Commissioner, Boone County Fiscal Court I would like to start by saying that the last two years as commissioner have been a learning experience and fun for me. I have enjoyed working for the people of Boone County and meeting a lot of new friends. In the next year, I would like to eliminate unnecessary spending and see more transparency. That being said, it should not be a guessing game for the taxpayers. I want to be able to provide the same great services for the taxpayers without any increases. I would like to see the county’s budget numbers decrease instead of increasing as they did this year. I will continue to work hard for the people of Boone County for it is an honor to do so.

CHARLIE KENNER Commissioner, Boone County Fiscal Court My goals for 2013 are:

1. Keep taxes low and service delivery up. Our outstanding county government employees make this possible. 2. Identify needed projects such as sidewalk expansion and find ways within the budget to fund them. 3. Continue to partner with private and other public agencies to deliver services most efficiently to our citizens.

CHARLIE WALTON Commissioner, Boone County Fiscal Court There are three areas I’m still concerned about. Economy: I think we are seeing some growth in the economy here. (Boone County is) trying to get some businesses in by creating a climate where businesses can be successful. Educational opportunities: I think we provide a very good

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workforce through the school systems in Boone County – university offerings, Boone County Schools, we have a number of private schools ... We continue to do a very good job with what I call environment – infrastructure with roads, different facilities, libraries (and) county agencies. (Boone County is) constantly improving roads ... on U.S. 42 and Ky. 18, we’re seeing a lot of improvement with being able to move traffic through the county in a much safer and more efficient manner.

DIANE WHALEN Mayor of Florence Florence experienced many positive outcomes in 2012, and we are looking forward to 2013. I am hopeful that we will continue down the path of business growth and maintaining strong residential communities. The members of City Council See GOALS, Page A2 Vol. 18 No. 18 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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other communities have,” Tobergte said. While there are no concrete plans for companies setting up shop on Aero Parkway, the three parties will be working in 2013 to fill up the new space, Moore said. Moore also predicts Aero Parkway will have an impact all over Boone County because of how popular the multi-use sidewalk along the road is proving to be. Motorists in Boone

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County will also see the continuation of another major road project. Clearing and utility work will begin around the first of the year on the second phase of the Pleasant Valley/Camp Ernst road project. According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood, a bid for the $22.4 million project was awarded in November. As previously reported in the Recorder, plans in this phase call for Ky. 237 to be “bridged over” Ky.18 where a single point urban interchange will be installed. Traffic on Ky. 18 will then be free flowing. According to information on the KYTC website, the SPUI is a type of interchange where the arterial and ramp entrances and exits are controlled by a single traffic signal. This type of interchange can be more efficient than a standard diamond interchange and


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takes up less space, the site reads. This 1.3-mile phase of the project will also widen Camp Ernst Road (Ky. 237) from Ky. 18 to Rogers Lane. Construction on the bridge will likely begin in April. “When we get closer to the construction season, the district office will provide updates regarding construction on the project,” said Wood. The improvements will help with traffic flow, relieve congestion and improve safety, she explained. “That’s a huge intersection, so this way you can keep traffic flowing. You don’t have to stop and wait at that intersection. This way you can maintain traffic flow.” The first portion of the project, near U.S. 42 from Gunpowder Road to Rose Petal Drive, is nearing completion. Right of way acquisition is set to begin in the spring for the final phase of the project – from Rose Petal Drive to Rogers Lane – which will tie “both ends together,” said Wood. Moore said another important project in the new year will be an extension of Veterans Way in Burlington. He’d also like, with commissioner support, to see the county undertake a sidewalk initiative. “I would like to see us build sidewalks in areas of the county where development has taken place and roads have been improved but sidewalks have not been added,” he said, citing Frogtown Road near U.S. 42 in Union and Beemon Lane and Cayton Road near Florence as examples.

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and I are committed to working together to do everything possible to create that positive atmosphere that leads to our successes. The many volunteers, residents, and hard-working city employees, as well as those who lead our city departments, all come together, and it is that team effort that helps us achieve our successes. I am honored and blessed to serve the citizens of Florence and promise that every effort we put forth is done with the best interest of our city at heart. Thank you for allowing me that opportunity.

JOSH WICE Economic development director, Florence As we move into the new year, officials from the city of Florence will continue working diligently to advance our economic development priorities. We will continue to build relationships with our existing business community, and we will partner with those new businesses looking to establish a location in Florence. Together, our business and residential communities offer a strong quality of life for our city.

DON KIRBY Mayor of Union As always, we should all be thankful for another year of living in a wonderful community like Union. I am honored to continue to serve as mayor of Union and to work alongside quality individuals. On a personal note, I wish everyone health, wealth, and happiness! From a city business perspective, my goals are: For the newly elected city commission, with three new members, to work together constructively to build upon what was left to us. To continue to grow the participation in our city events. To continue to provide the residents with quality and efficient services while keeping taxes low

JOHN SCHICKEL State senator, R-Union My first priority for this (legislative) session will be redistricting. Under the current system, Northern Ken-

tucky is woefully underrepresented. This affects everything from road funding to school funding and other basic services. It is my opinion that until we redistrict as we are constitutionally required to do everything else we do is illegitimate. Some have suggested putting off redistricting for another year. I am totally against this and will be a proponent of redistricting this year. Other priorities will be insuring that we have a probusiness climate for Northern Kentucky so that we can get our economy going again and create jobs. The ripple effect of this will be positive to many areas including education and road funding. I will also be working to make special taxing districts accountable to the taxpayers they serve. The current system we have is unacceptable. I have several bills that will address these areas that are discussed here.

SAL SANTORO State representative, R-Florence (The) No. 1 (goal during the upcoming legislative session) is our redistricting plan. Since 2000, we’re on the same plan. Boone County is probably going to have to have another House representative because of the number of people. I represent approximately 66,000. I’m supposed to be representing 42,000 ... We should be able to have close to three state representatives. Pension reform: Pension is something we need to take care of and look at. I hope House leadership will work on this also. Tax reform: Our Kentucky families are taxed enough. We need to reduce our spending. All our families have lived within their means ... We need to cut spending and live within our means so we don’t have to do any taxing because our families are taxed enough. If we look at this tax reform, whatever we do has to be revenue neutral.

RANDY POE Superintendent, Boone County Schools In 2013, Boone County Schools will continue to focus on the individual success of each student through innovative, effective instruction, an aligned curriculum, and assessment for continuous improvement. We seek to strengthen community relationships that foster systems to improve employee

effectiveness and to strengthen the relationship between parents and our schools. All with one goal: each child college, career, and life ready.

ROBERT STORER Superintendent, Walton-Verona Independent Schools Our priorities are as follows: All students are able to read and perform basic math operations at grade level. All students meet the requirements of college and career readiness at all levels. Update district curriculum guides aligned with the common core and national standards. Clearly communicate student achievement status to students and parents/ guardians. Continue to enhance communication and make connections with parents and other stakeholders.

TRACY FUCHS Director of development, Family Nurturing Center Family Nurturing Center looks to transform the way adults can protect children from sexual abuse in 2013. We’re partnering with key organizations bringing a proven, national prevention program to the region – something to benefit individuals, organizations, businesses and most important, our children. In 2013, we hope to train at least 8,000 adults in this revolutionary program called Stewards of Children. Protecting children is an adult’s responsibility. To join this movement, call 859-525-3200.

STEVE STEVENS President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce A new Brent Spence Bridge: one that’s built quicker, less costly to taxpayers and safer. Workforce readiness: As we experience a rebounding economy, ensuring employers have a pipeline of qualified workers is a priority. Specifically, we will help highlight viable careers in manufacturing. Helping our member businesses grow: Our job is to create and facilitate ways for our members to do more business inside and outside the community. We are implementing new initiatives to make that happen like our Member Marketplace.

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Community Recorder Procter & Gamble and the Reds Community Fund will make over one community’s ball field or recreation area in the surrounding Greater Cincinnati area in need of a renovation. Interested communities should complete the application at by Jan. 15. Projects must include a minimum of one baseball and/or softball field and should also include a significant community park

or asset in need of renovation. Applicants should provide photographs, site maps and additional narratives to highlight relevant information regarding the project needs. The Reds Community Fund is also looking for additional projects focused on renovating ball fields in underserved neighborhoods where a new or renovated field would increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs. Prospective communities for the field

makeover can be from anywhere in Reds Country. Apply at Since 2010, P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the annual P&G Community Day volunteer service projects featuring hundreds of P&G employees renovating baseball, softball fields and community parks. The most recent project in 2012 included over 400 P&G North America Marketing employees restoring the Cheviot Memorial Fields and historic grandstand.





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Expansions coming for Longbranch, Cooper By Justin B. Duke

UNION — Only a few years into their existence, two Union schools are getting expansions. Boone County Schools is working on state approval for expansions to Cooper High School, opened in 2008, and Longbranch Elementary, opened in 2010. The district plans to spend around $6 million for the two projects, said Mike Blevins, the district’s chief operating officer. Cooper has a capacity of about 1,000 students, and enrollment currently sits at 1,051, said Mike Ford, director of pupil personnel. Along with making room for

After opening in 2008, Cooper High School is scheduled for an expansion. FILE PHOTO more students, the Cooper expansion will add amenities like science labs and an agriculture lab,

Blevins said. “Cooper was what we could afford to build at the time,” he said.

“It was built without certain things high schools would have.” The expansion at Longbranch will help alleviate crowding. The school was built for 750 students and has 805 enrolled, Ford said. “It opened at near capacity,” Blevins said. The district doesn’t want to build schools that fill up so quickly, but state regulations make building adequate buildings difficult, he said. “The state won’t allow you to build an elementary school at more than 600. They let us build Longbranch at 750,” Blevins said. This makes building schools difficult when the district is building in growing areas, he

said. “We build them as big as we’re allowed,” Blevins said. The Longbranch expansion will up capacity to 950 students. If state approval for the projects goes as expected, the board of education can put them out for bid at its Jan. 10 meeting, Blevins said. With those projects in the works, Blevins is already eying the district’s next expansion. “We’re not too far from having to expand at Thornwilde,” he said. Thorwilde Elementary, in Hebron, opened in August. Visit for more community news

The Christmas Elfs from Remke Bakery – Heather, Judy, Holly, and Neeters – brought Christmas cheer to Florence Elementary with cookies to decorate on National Cookie Day for the kindergartens. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Kindergartners from New Haven Elementary visited the Behringer Crawford Museum and enjoyed the holiday train display. Since they were all dressed up for the holidays, they stopped by the Children’s Theatre to see a play Santa’s Toy Factory. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

Schools spread holiday cheer The Recorder invited local schools to share photos of holiday activities. Here is a selection of photos we received.

Jeovany Sanchez-Silva and Patrick Samad are cooking up some goodies to share over the holidays in Sarah Mann’s second-grade class at New Haven Elementary. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

St. Timothy Preschooler Aly Yuskewich makes a holiday wreath for a resident of The Baptist Village in Erlanger at the school’s Giggle Night. THANKS TO DEB THOMAS

Gavin Miller played Santa Claus and Jadyn Tucker played an elf when the 3-year-olds at the Florence Elementary Daycare Development Center sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

During Giggle Night, St. Timothy Preschooler Erin Bickford and her mom, Maureen Bickford, make a stocking for the children who attend the Notre Dame Urban Education Center in Covington. The 3-year-olds at the Florence Elementary Daycare Development Center sang “Christmas Star” ringing in the holidays: Liam DiGrezio, Owen Texter, Keira Brown, Gavin Miller, Jadyn Tucker and Sarah Mintchell. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN




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2012: Sports in pictures

Here are some of the Recorder’s top sports photos of 2012. St. Henry senior Libby Leedom looks for an opening against several NewCath defenders Oct. 18. Leedom ended her career as the second-leading goal scorer in Northern Kentucky history. FILE PHOTO

Boone County’s Alec McGarr (left) and Simon Kenton’s Alec Zaffiro go up for the pass, which would fall incomplete Oct. 5. FILE PHOTO

Boone County senior forward Zane McQueary puts up a shot against Simon Christon of Knott County Central. Boone lost to Knott County Central 71-54 in the first round of the PNC/KHSAA Sweet 16 boys basketball tournament March 15 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. FILE PHOTO

Walton-Verona 2013 Courtney Sandlin shoots over two Simon Kenton defenders in the 32nd District final Feb. 23. FILE PHOTO

Cooper senior Tyler Morris leaps in front of Bowling Green’s Nacarius Fant for a key interception in the endzone in the second half. Cooper lost 34-20 to Bowling Green in the Class 5A state final Dec. 1 at Western Kentucky University. FILE PHOTO

Cooper senior Taylor Zingsheim makes a strong effort to save the ball. Cooper beat Highlands 3-0 in the Ninth Region volleyball quarterfinals Oct. 17. FILE

Ryle catcher Mackenzi Dickerson, left, tags out Conner’s Brooke Maines May 31. Ryle won the Ninth Region title. FILE PHOTO

Cooper senior A.J. Collins picks up a long gain. Cooper beat Franklin County 40-27 in the 5A regional final Nov. 16 in Frankfort. Collins was the Sportsman of the Year for the Florence Recorder and Union Recorder for 2011-12. FILE PHOTO

Ryle freshman Jensen Bales runs down a steep hill. She won the 3A regional race Nov. 3. FILE PHOTO


St. Henry’s Savannah Neace blocks a shot March 3 in the Ninth Region semifinals at Northern Kentucky University.

Boone County girls soccer player Ariel Howell works out during practice at Stehlin Field. She was the Sportswoman of the Year for the Florence Recorder and Union Recorder. FILE

Boone County senior Sydney Moss shoots against Savannah Neace of St. Henry. Moss was Miss Basketball this year.







This Week’s MVP

» Cooper junior Zach McNeil for scoring his 1,000th point.


» Ryle was third place in the team standings in the NKAC meet Dec. 22 and had one champion in Gus Adams at 120. » Conner had one champion in Derek Wiley. » The top four in each weight class at the NKAC meet: 106: 1. Skaggs (Dixie), 2. Krebs (Campbell), 3. Osborne (Ryle), 4. Schultz (Scott). Final: Skaggs beat Krebs 2-0. 113: 1. Wiley (Conner), 2. Castellano (Dixie), 3. Lillie (Campbell), 4. Mikkelson (Ryle). Final: Wiley pinned Castellano. 120: 1. Adams (Ryle), 2. Owens (SK), 3. Maggard (Campbell), 4. Taylor (Boone). Final: Adams beat Owens 10-1. 126: 1. Parrott (SK), 2. Erdman (Ryle), 3. Spahr (Campbell), 4. Tejeda (Scott). Final: Parrott pinned Erdman. 132: 1. Fausz (Campbell), 2. Crowder (Dixie), 3. Badida (Conner), 4. Cooper (SK). Final: Fausz pinned Crowder. 138: 1. Brett (Newport), 2. Lutes (SK), 3. Goins (Conner), 4. Kidwell (Cooper). Final: Brett pinned Lutes. 145: 1. Hamilton (Campbell), 2. Sander (Ryle), 3. Jackson (Dixie), 4. Roberts (SK). Final: Hamilton beat Sander 13-5. 152: 1. Cooper (SK), 2. Woods (Campbell), 3. Belk (Ryle), 4. Livers-Gowdy

(Cooper). Final: Cooper pinned Woods. 160: 1. S. Myers (Campbell), 2. Schwacter (Scott), 3. Bailey (Cooper), 4. Madden (Conner). Final: Myers pinned Schwacter. 170: 1. Turner (Campbell), 2. Jones (Boone), 3. Warwick (Conner), 4. Hicks (SK). Final: Turner beat Jones 19-4. 182: 1. Chamblee (SK), 2. Mathews (Campbell), 3. Steele (Boone), 4. Miller (Scott). Final: Chamblee beat Mathews 3-0. 195: 1. Bergman (SK), 2. Keeton (Campbell), 3. Craven (Ryle), 4. Zanders (Conner). Bergman 5-0 in weight class, Keeton 4-1. Bergman pinned Keeton in pool play. 220: 1. A. Myers (Campbell), 2. Thompson (Conner), 3. Mueller (SK), 4. Maine (Ryle). Final: Myers beat Thompson 18-3. 285: 1. Johnson (Dixie), 2. Sinclair (Campbell), 3. Weber (Ryle), 4. Keairns (Conner). Final: Johnson pinned Sinclair.


» Covington Catholic will have a high school tournament beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Super Bowl Erlanger. Most of Northern Kentucky is expected to participate.

Boys basketball

Note: All holiday tournaments referenced ended Dec. 29 after early print deadlines for New Year’s so the team’s final placement could not be put in here. » Boone County beat Augusta 59-51to advance to the finals of the Bracken County tourney, which was canceled by snow. Brenden Stanley scored 26 points as

Boone improved to 7-6. » Cooper beat Lloyd 6434 on Dec. 27 in the Lloyd tourney. The Jaguars pounced early by holding the Juggernauts to 13 firsthalf points. Junior guard Zachary McNeil drained a trio of 3-pointers and scored 13 points to eclipse 1,000 for his career. Cooper senior forwards Louis Maniacci and Andrew Shelton each finished with a game-high 14 points. Cooper fell 48-46 to Clinton County in the second game and was 8-3 entering play Dec. 29. » St. Henry beat Campbell County 63-48 Dec. 28 to improve to 5-7.

Girls basketball

Note: All holiday tournaments referenced ended Dec. 29 after early print deadlines for New Year’s so the team’s final placement could not be put in here. » Boone County beat Southwestern 62-58 Dec. 27 during the Conner State Farm Classic. Alexis Switzer was the player of the game. Boone lost 46-40 in overtime to Highlands and beat Campbell County 6648 in the tournament to play in the third-place match Dec. 29. » Conner beat Newport Central Catholic 49-38 during the Conner State Farm Classic. Hunter Hendricks was the player of the game. » Cooper beat Taylor County 58-22 during the Carroll County NAS Classic. » Walton-Verona senior Courtney Sandlin got her 1,000th rebound against Dunbar Dec. 27 in a three-point loss. W-V beat Tilghman 55-47 Dec. 28 in the holiday tourney.

The Year in Quotes The best words of 2012 By James Weber

Here are the most memorable quotes from Boone County players and coaches in 2012: “The most important thing was getting the district win... The kids really enjoyed it and the parents were great about it. I told them it meant I’ve been around a long time. I’ve always been blessed with good kids. That’s why we have 300 wins. You can’t win without the kids.” St. Henry boys basketball coach David Faust on winning his 300th game . “The 500 free is a fun event. I think it’s fun. It’s such a mental race. If you have a bad start or a bad turn it doesn’t really matter because it’s so long. If you’re positive about it and you know you’re going to have fun with it, you can do well.” Cooper’s Sharli Brady, who won Cooper’s first state swimming title in the 500 free. “Our squad has a lot of history, and to be that guy to reopen the floodgates is a big honor for me. I appreciated everything the school has given me, and I’m glad I could give a little something back.” Boone County wrestler Sam Steele, who became the program’s first state medalist in two decades. “Here’s Cooper High School. This is what we’ve been doing for four years, and this is what we’ve built the foundation of our program on: Getting in

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your face and guarding people. I don’t know if it’s fun to watch, I know it’s fun as heck to coach.” Tim Sullivan during Cooper’s postseason run in hoops “In the state of Kentucky, that’s what basketball is all about, regional basketball and getting to the state tournament. I’m just so glad these girls have a chance to get there. It’s a great opportunity for Sydney (Moss) to show what her talents are, but also a lot of these other girls. It gives them a chance to be looked at. It gives them a chance to keep playing together.” Boone County girls basketball coach Nell Fookes after the team’s Ninth Region title win. “You remember the first time you step out on the Rupp Arena floor. They announce the teams and say ‘Boone County Rebels, champions of Region 9.’ When I was a little kid, I always wished that was me.” Boone County’s Zane McQueary after the Rebels’ loss in the Sweet 16. “Yeah, I wanted to win, but fourth in the state was great. And the kid I lost to was a good sport. I told myself if I lost to him it wouldn’t bother me. He was a good bowler and I lost to a better bowler.” Boone County bowler Brad Hightchew. “In nine-hole matches, it’s more or less ‘We have to come out and play,’ It’s a long day at school, they don’t get to warm up, they

don’t really get to hit balls. They just hop out of the car in school mode, get on the first tee and go. An 18hole tournament: It’s dayand-night difference, a completely different mindset and focus level.” Ryle golf coach Jon Ehlen. “In 2008, we were last. I sat in my car for a while after that because I’m a very competitive guy and it was hard to take that. But it makes this feel better to see how far we’ve come.” Cooper boys cross country’s Eric Van Laningham after his team won the regional title. “What I hope these underclassmen learn is what hard work can do for you. I’ve never had a group that worked as hard as they have in the weight room and that’s the reason we’re here. They taught the underclassmen how to be leaders. We were missing that the first couple of years and we finally got that group of good leaders and they have set a great foundation for us. If we get back here again, it will be because of what these seniors have done for us.” Cooper coach Randy Borchers after the Jaguars’ loss in the 5A state final. “I was in a severe depression. I shut out from the world and they pushed me and showed me there were other things I could do and I could get better and be good as new. ” Boone County soccer’s Ariel Howell on recovering from a knee injury.




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A healthy mix of naughty and nice

With many kids enjoying the holiday at home, their parents may soon be wrestling with the question of the season, “naughty or nice?” In making the calculation about their teenager’s behavior, it’s a good question and a fair point. The answer lies in the fact that much of what adolescents think and do, by Stephen developmental Wallace design, walks COMMUNITY the line beRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST tween naughty and nice … or at least normal. What does that mean? At a time of breathtaking physical and psychosocial development, teens are charged with accomplishing three critical tasks: establishing an identity of

their own; becoming more independent from their parents; and forging more adult-like relationships with peers. In the aggregate, their progress on these tasks forms a young person’s sense of self, a harbinger of decision-making, confidence and overall mental health. According to Teens Today research conducted by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), high Sense of Self (SOS) teens are more likely to avoid alcohol and drug use, while low Sense of Self teens are more likely to use alcohol and "harder" drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine. In addition, high SOS teens are more likely than their low SOS counterparts to report feeling smart, successful, responsible and confident. On the mental health side of the ledger, low SOS teens are more likely than high SOS teens to report regular feelings of stress

Christmas offers hope in midst of tragedy In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that touched us so deeply, it’s daunting to comment since the wounds are still tender. Parents with tear-stained faces deserve our comfort and compassion. The Newtown community needs our support as they try to heal. Richard These things we Nelson can agree on. COMMUNITY But what do we RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST say when words are never enough in the midst of such sorrow? Sometimes nothing. However, as uncomfortable as it may be, a few observations are in order. Heaps of blame have been dished out for the unspeakable acts committed against the 20 defenseless children and six adults in the town painted as idyllic and peaceful. It’s the fault of assault weapons, high capacity magazines, violent video games, a callous culture, and the NRA, or so we are told. Some say it’s the GOP, God, antiquated laws and Adam Lanza’s mother who tried to move him away from his obsession with gaming and into society. However cathartic blame may be, it doesn’t help the hurting find answers. Connecticut’s chief medical examiner is looking for explanations in the genes of the killer’s brain while the emotionally shattered are flocking to churches, seeking pastoral counsel, and attending vigils. A real dichotomy is emerging as to where ultimate answers can be found and whether they are in the spiritual or physical realm. President Obama perhaps found the middle ground by touching both. He spoke to the soul in the Dec. 16 memorial service and when he quoted Scripture he appealed to the ultimate source of authority and articulated at least in part, a message that could truly console and comfort. He quoted II Corinthians which challenges us to fix our eyes not on the physical but rather on the unseen and eternal. “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built

by human hands.” In contrast, shrill calls for assault weapon bans and ramped up school security have drowned out the reality that the grieving are not primarily seeking help and consolation from legislative bodies, but are finding it in the church. If spiritual solace aids the souls of the grieving then why should moral and spiritual solutions for our torn culture be left in the pews? Absent from the mainstream media and its addiction to the sound bite is serious public discussion of good and evil, human responsibility, sin, and moral judgments. Our hearts are sick with grief and our collective soul yearns for an answer but what our hearts know to be true, our minds seem no longer to be able to speak, at least in moral terms because generations have been deprived of a moral vocabulary. The cognitive dissonance is surreal. "The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart," said Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1973. Guns are certainly part of this discussion, but where, as Solzhenitsyn would insist, is the discussion of the human heart? And moral training? Why the inordinate focus on the material object of destruction as if the human soul had nothing to do with how that object was used? New gun laws may become a reality but lasting solutions to evil apart from the moral and spiritual realm will remain elusive. So we turn to Christmas, the story filled with eternity and weaved with strands of both hope and tragedy; Hope in that the Messiah came to restore peace and righteousness; Tragedy in that innocent babies were killed by a jealous King Herod, and that God’s great gift to mankind was eventually rejected and killed. Yet Christmas is ultimately a triumphal story of God’s love that we find wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger – the spiritual meeting the physical we call the incarnation. May each of us embrace Him this season. O Come Emmanuel. Richard Nelson is the executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. He resides in Cadiz with his wife and children.



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and depression. Significantly, there is a parental overlay that offers guidance for moms and dads everywhere. For example, 62 percent of teens with a high SOS report that their relationships with their parents make them feel good about themselves, while only about one-third of low SOS teens report the same. In addition, teens with a high SOS report overwhelmingly that they feel respected by their parents (93 percent) and close to their parents (85 percent), while teens with a low SOS report significantly different levels of respect (8 percent) and closeness (12 percent). In other words, parents have skin in the game! Understanding the relationship between each developmental task and behavior likely to accompany it is important, as is supporting the progress of our teens on their developmental journey.

Identity: As young people seek to answer the question “Who am I?,” they regularly – and sometimes frequently – try on different roles, which in turn changes their behavior and may make them appear to be “strangers” on any given day. Independence: A drive toward independence dictates that our teens push us away, or at least hold us at arm’s length. Paradoxically, they need us more now than at any other time during the lifespan besides early infancy. Peer Relationships: The peer group is paramount, and teens often filter through it what they hear from us. Even so, we are the No. 1 reason our teens make good choices. Parents can help their teens achieve a high Sense of Self by: » Supporting a wide sampling of interests, activities and ageappropriate behaviors;

» Encouraging separation from parents and age-appropriate independence in decision-making; » Teaching peer-to-peer social skills and facilitating (positive) peer relationships; » Focusing on productive parent-teen communication. Perhaps most important, we can remind each other that, in many ways – and within limits – our adolescents are doing what they are supposed to be doing. They’re not crazy (and neither are we). In the end, they’re likely a healthy mix of naughty and nice.

Stephen Wallace, senior adviser for policy, research and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), is an associate research professor and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) at Susquehanna University and has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent/ family counselor.

Pharmacists ready to work with leaders I am a compounding pharmacist. Three months ago, most Americans would have shrugged at that statement. Today, those same Americans would have a different reaction, and quite possibly a negative one. Compounding pharmacies are on the front pages because of the ongoing trageJack Nie dy that is COMMUNITY attributable to RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST the actions of the New England Compounding Center based in Massachusetts. I have just returned from an International Compounding Symposium. The symposium was intended to discuss the latest and greatest in the realm of pharmaceutical compounding. The tone of the meetings was overshadowed by this incident. My colleagues and I, to a man, are outraged and sickened by the alleged malfeasance at the center. They called themselves a compounding pharmacy, but in actuality they were apparently careless manufacturers who needlessly and shamefully endangered the lives of their customers. It is alleged by regulators that the center somehow was able to skirt existing state and federal laws and operate its business by shortchanging quality. That is not what a compounding pharmacist does. What is a compounding pharmacist? We make drugs for people who can’t take conventional medications that are manufactured by big companies. We customize medications; we compound specialized drugs for children; we make intravenous solutions; we make sterile eye drops as well as medications for pets. We also can compound medications when a conventional medication is unavailable, when a patient cannot use the conventional medications due to allergies to

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binders, fillers or dyes, something that is happening more often as of late. We are your local pharmacist, and we make some of the drugs that many of you take to make your lives better or easier. In short, compounding pharmacists fill the needs of patients who have unique health needs that can’t be met by off-the-shelf, manufactured medications. These personalized medications, prescribed by licensed practitioners and prepared under strictly controlled conditions by specially trained compounding pharmacists, are the only way to better health for these individuals. What we don’t do is manufacture big batches of drugs and then send them off at cutrate prices across the country, which is what the center is alleged to have done. We don’t know all the details about what the center was up to and why they weren’t stopped before this tragedy happened, but we do know some facts. We do know that the center had been cited by the Federal Drug Administration and by Massachusetts state regulators. We also know that neither

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the administration nor Massachusetts state regulators followed up effectively on their warnings, because the misbehavior continued. We know that the center was careless with the safety of its patients. And we have now been told by officials that much of what they did was illegal. What we need to do now is find out all the facts and find out what exactly happened with the center and with its regulators. We need a thorough and complete assessment of state and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy. We also must be sure that laws and regulations are enforced. Our profession is determined to work with regulators, government officials, boards and others to ensure that the bodies charged with enforcement are able to do their jobs. There have been calls for the federal Food and Drug Administration to take over regulation of pharmacies, but the administration has always had the authority to visit and inspect any pharmacy at any time, on its own or in response to complaints. Regulators at the state level might be better positioned to enforce rules and inspect facilities than this federal agency and its very broad scope. There are a couple of steps that can be taken immediately. Professional standards issued by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, a nonprofit organization that sets rules to identify the strength, quality and purity of medications, have not been adopted by every state. Every state should immediately adopt these USP standards. The meningitis outbreak is a national tragedy. My heart goes out to all the people and their families that have been affected. Our profession stands ready to work with leaders from government to make sure that what happened at NECC never happens again. Jack Nie is owner of Nie’s Pharmacy & Wellness Center located in Independence.

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Ditch the diet in 2013 Make your eating plan a positive challenge

By Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — A local dietitian suggests ditching the diet altogether if you’re looking to eat healthy in 2013. “I feel like the bottom line is just not starting a diet,” said Lindsey House, a weight management dietitian at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. “Look at it as lifelong behaviors you want to start working on.” People often set unspecific weight loss and healthy eating goals, fall short and lose motivation to follow through. “Different ways of get-

ting around it is an example of setting a realistic goal,” House explained. “Instead of saying ‘I’m going to go to the gym’ and saying ‘I’m going to go for five times a week,’ put on a pedometer and walk 10,000 steps (a day.)” Don’t think of an eating plan as deprivation, instead make it a positive challenge. “So (say) ‘I’m going to strive to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day,’ versus saying ‘I’m not going to eat cookies any more or cut out pop,’” she said. Food journals can keep you on track and are accessible through phone apps like My Fitness Pal, be-

cause they encourage weight loss and keep users in check. Smaller, frequent meals, can keep you from overeating, House said. “I think definitely the purposeful snacks and meals are helpful,” she said. “Remove trigger types of food from your house so you aren’t tempted by foods that are difficult to steer clear of.” Focus on making over the refrigerator with healthy proteins like lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Finally, be patient. “Small changes make a huge difference,” House said.

Eating a variety of healthy foods such as lean meats, fruits and vegetables will help you keep off weight and keep on track with a healthy eating plan, explained Lindsey House, a weight management dietician at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. FILE PHOTO

Invest in your physical fitness

Put yourself on your calendar Melissa Stewart

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering an online stop smoking course starting Jan. 17. There will be live chat sessions once a week from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, FILE PHOTO

Quit smoking with free program

By Chris Mayhew

FLORENCE — Lois Mullikin of Florence didn’t intend to stop smoking after 46 years, but taking a 13-week class and support group with her daughter provided her needed encouragement to kick the habit in October 2011. The free Cooper-Clayton Smoking Cessation Classes are offered inperson and via the Internet via online chats by the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department. “It was really kind of funny because I went into this class basically because I wanted my daughter to quit smoking,” said Mullikin. “And it was really more of if I tell her I’ll do this maybe she’ll quit smoking with me.” Mullikin said she found the support, and good habits to replace smoking including going for a walk or eating pretzels when cravings arose. “I always felt that I had somebody who was kind of counting on me not to smoke, and I think that was the one thing that got me through this class that there was somebody else there struggling with the exact same situation I was,” she said. Mullikin said her daughter didn’t stop

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smoking, but knows smoking is a personal decision. Prior to taking the class, Mullikin said she wasn’t sure she wanted to give up cigarettes because it is something she did all the time. She smoked about two packs and spent about $8 a day. In-person smoking cessation classes meet once a week for 13 weeks, and are on a rotation schedule at different locations within the health district, said Megan Folkerth, a senior health educator with the health district’s tobacco program. The next class will meet at the Grant County Schools Board of Education in Williamstown at 1 p.m. each Thursday starting Jan. 3. The next round of classes starting in April will meet in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Folkerth said. The next online course starts Jan. 17. There will be live chat sessions once a week from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, she said. “It essentially functions the same except that it’s on the website instead of meeting in person,” Folkerth said.

Either version of the class includes discussions about how to use nicotine replacement products, and finding new ways to deal with and stop the triggers for wanting to smoke including incorporating physical activity in life, she said. “So, we talk about some healthy snacks and having some prepared things ready to grab instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips,” Folkerth said. The only cost of the classes is for any nicotine replacement product, which is typically about the same as how much a person spends on smoking, she said. The health department often sees a “large uptick” of people taking the classes at the beginning of each year because of New Year’s resolutions, Folkerth said. Smokers who quit can reduce their chance of heart attack, stroke and various types of cancer – especially lung cancer, she said. “Obviously, the sooner you quit the more benefits you’re going to see,” Folkerth said.

CRESTVIEW HILLS — An old Nike slogan makes for a great philosophy when embarking upon a journey toward physical fitness, according to Toni Schklar. “As Nike states, ‘Just do it!’” said Schklar, manager and practitioner for St. Elizabeth’s Holistic Health Center in Crestview Hills. “Make the decision to begin today and initiate action now.” She suggests beginning with physician support to reduce risk of injury, and enhance success. Next, put yourself on your calendar every day. Make four of those days a fitness activity. Begin small and incrementally increase effort. “Select a fitness regime that fits you,” she said. “Look at your personal likes and dislikes. Are you a club membership person, a solo exerciser, equipment user, or nature walker? Do you have a predictable schedule or do you need a fitness activity that can flex with your variable work hours?” When considering equipment she warns to purchase only that which you’re certain you’ll use. Unused equipment, she explained, becomes a daily guilt reminder of what you aren’t doing. Pam Westerman, owner of Curves in Florence, said encouragement is a key fueling point. “Find others who will keep you accountable,” she said. “Find a good workout partner, diet partner, or even a coach. Also, it’s important to encourage yourself. Each time you meet a goal, celebrate.” A common roadblock, according to Rob Beil, director of operations and partner at Better Bodies in Fort Mitchell, is not setting a timetable to accom-

Alex Ander, personal trainer and member of Better Bodies in Fort Mitchell does a few pushups to prepare for a workout. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER plish one’s goals. “You should set a start and an ending, and be realistic,” he said. “A lot of times it takes 12 months to realistically change your lifestyle.” Dedication to yourself is the strongest asset one can have, he said. “Everybody can achieve their goals if they’re dedicated,” Beil said. “The biggest thing is living healthy – it’s not a resolution, but a lifestyle.” All three fitness experts agree that keeping a journal is an important part of any fitness regimen. Writing down your goals, experiences, and eating habits allows for evaluation.

“Evaluate your efforts through a loving lens,” Schklar said. “Constant self-criticism is a setup for failure. Modify your regime to keep you stimulated and invested. If what you’re doing isn’t working, change it, don’t stop.” Setbacks sometimes happen, she said, but it’s no excuse to quit. “Every mistake, setback is an opportunity to learn something that can be applied to moving forward again,” she said. “Becoming fit takes self-initiative, determination, formulation of new habits, and commitment to live life as if it is a marathon and not a sprint. Fitness is an investment in self.”


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JAN. 4 Community Dance Friday Night Open Dance, 7:30-10 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Group dance class starts at 7:45 p.m. Open dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $5 group class, $5 party. Through May 31. 859-371-1151. Florence.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Kentucky was a Mason-Dixon state with an idealistic but unrealistic goal of neutrality. Learn how this had a far-reaching impact, tearing families and communities apart. 859-4914003; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 13. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Get eReader questions answered. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Get eReader questions answered. 859-3422665. Union.

Music - Rock Monkeytonk, 10 p.m. Doors open 4 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. Madison Theater Band Challenge, 6:30 p.m. With Allies Aside, Altered, Death Of A Poet, Detrimental, Drummer Boy, Freak, Hybridiem, Just A Mirage and Peridoni., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 6 p.m. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Senior Citizens Get Healthy with Tai Chi, 9-10 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5 Literary - Libraries eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859342-2665. Union.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6 Craft Shows The Southgate House Revival Bazaar Marketplace, 10 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Sanctuary. Booths from some 12 local vendors. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Exercise Classes Information Meeting for Spring Get Fit with Melody’s Boot Camp and Lifestyle Fitness, 2 p.m., Impact Life Ministries, 8145 Connector Drive, Hear about program and success stories. Free. Presented by Melody’s Boot Camp Fitness. 859-371-0821. Florence.

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The Oval Opus Homecoming Show will be 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4., at Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. FILE PHOTO Chess Club, 3-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 859-342-2665. Florence. eReader Help Desk, 1 -5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859342-2665. Union.

The New Sleepcat Band will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Covington. FILE PHOTO

MONDAY, JAN. 7 Auditions Seussical the Musical, 7-9 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Prepare one 16-32 bar audition song in the style of the show (musical theatre). No a cappella or singing with a track will be allowed. Please have sheet music in the appropriate key.Please dress appropriately for a short dance audition. Free. Presented by Union Community Theatre. Through Jan. 9. 859-384-0295; Union.

p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

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Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-586-9207; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Literary - Libraries MAC: Middle School Advisory Committee, 3:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Recommend books, help plan programs and see your ideas come to life. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Microsoft Word I, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn how to navigate the "ribbons," discover shortcuts, type letter with business formatting and more. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Kings Day Celebration, 6-8 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Extend Christmas season with visit from the Wisemen. Pictures, snacks and gifts. Registration required.

Mudpies, will perform 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport. FILE PHOTO

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. 859-342-2665. Florence. Snowed In (2-5 years), 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Winter stories and hot chocolate. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. Through Jan. 31. 859-342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Yoga Fitness for Seniors, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

Support Groups Holiday Support Workshops, 12:30-2 p.m.; 5:30-7 p.m., Hospice of the Bluegrass - Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Workshops designed to create support network throughout holiday season for adults and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Free. Reservations required. 859-441-6332; Florence.

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 Literary - Book Clubs Chapter and Verse, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.

Literary - Libraries Teen Advisory Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Help plan programs, recommend books and materials and

earn volunteer hours. Includes pizza. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Flowers in Winter T-Shirt, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Embellish your own T-shirt with colorful fabric flowers and buttons. Bring pair of scissors and plain, pre-washed T-shirt to decorate. $5. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Florence. Afternoon Fun-time (middle and high school), 3-4:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859485-7611. Walton.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 Auditions Seussical the Musical, 7-9 p.m., Union Community Building, Free. 859-384-0295; Union.

Literary - Book Clubs Young @ Heart Book Group, 6

Sensory Storytime (all ages), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Story time with adjustments for sensory sensitivity and special needs. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Microsoft Word II, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discover advanced things you can do with Word, such as creating a resume or flyer and more. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Where is my Underwear? (grades K-3), 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Play games with underwear. Registration required. 859-3422665. Union. Slam Dunk Tournament (middle and high school), 4:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Snacks and prizes provided. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Mom’s Clubs Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Moms come together to share breakfast, laughter, support, a speaker or activity and a short devotion. Free. 859-371-7961; Florence.

Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union.

Literary - Book Clubs Thrillers and Chillers Book Discussion Group, 10 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Adults. Free. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Teen Romance Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Share what you think and what you’re reading. Teens. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Literary - Crafts Soy Candle Making, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Foodgrade wax is mixed with essential oils to make earth-friendly, high quality, therapeutic candles. Each participant goes home with one jar candle and one massage candle. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Literary - Libraries AR Night (grades K-5), 3:308:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Drop in and browse the best of AR. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence. Afternoon Fun-Time (middle & high school), 3-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Gaming, movies and snacks. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union.


Music - Country

Yu-Gi-Oh, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Bring cards and duel for prizes. Pizza and drinks provided. Ages 4-10. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Senior Citizens Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

THURSDAY, JAN. 10 Exercise Classes Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-3422665. Union.

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Unkraut promoted

Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors promoted Scott Unkraut of Boone County to senior vice president. Unkraut serves as a director in the Special Assets Group, responsible for Fifth Third’s Middle Market and Equine portfolios. He joined Fifth Third in 2003 as a relationship manager in the Structured Finance Group. He has 16 years of experience in commercial lending. Unkraut holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Kentucky. He is involved in the United Way and serves as a youth coach for the Kids Day Out program.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Moms to hear about Boone ghosts

Bridgett Striker of Boone County Library History Department will speak to Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS International) at Richwood Presbyterian Church about the Ghosts of Boone County 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the church Fellowship Hall, 1070 Richwood Road, Richwood. All are welcome. Moppets child care provided. Info: 485-1900.

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The Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management will have its Quarterly Legal Roundtable at 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Sanitation District No. 1, 1045 Eaton Drive, Fort Wright. Kelly Schoening will cover documentation basics and documentation retention requirements. She will discuss how to document performance issues correctly, how long to retain documents to meet legal requirements and what a personnel file should contain. Register at It is free to members.

Rita reviews food trends for 2013 Among the food trends for 2013 are, believe it or not, duck eggs. When we had ducks, the eggs made it to our table in many recipes. According to Bon Appetit, chefs are moving out of the hen house and ditching chicken eggs for their larger and tastier siblings: duck eggs. Restaurants from Venice, Rita Calif., to Heikenfeld CamRITA’S KITCHEN bridge, Mass., are incorporating them into their menu. Some Whole Foods Markets sell them and I have found them at farmers’ markets. This is good news for Bill and Maria Krusling, my sister-in-law Claire’s niece and her family. Maria and Bill have a farm in Albany, Ohio, near Athens, and they have a flock of 450 golden 300 hybrid ducks. Bill and Maria will be selling duck eggs. They also have sheep, cattle, chickens, and herding and sheep dogs. Bill is developing a recipe for high quality raw dog food to sell, as well. With their girls, Rachel and Isabella, they are what I call true “backto-the-landers” and always have the most interesting, and unique, stories to tell about their way of living. As far as other trends for the new year, chefs are discovering what some of us have used and loved for years, like cauliflower and even grapefruit. Brazilian food made the list (it is influenced by the Portuguese, African, Lebanese and German cuisines, so you know it’s good) and so did the spice sumac and DIY yogurt (yep, staples in my Lebanese kitchen). My stepby-step recipe with photos for homemade yogurt is on my blog. As far as technique goes, pan roasting is going to be big. That’s when you start something on top of the stove in an ovenproof pan and finish it off in the oven. More DIY condiments include sriracha, mayo, horseradish and mustard. Gene Goldschmidt, our own mustard and horseradish king here in the Tristate, has been elevat-

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Roasted chicken, cauliflower and carrots with Bible spices Yummy! For the Northern Kentucky and Delhi Township readers who wanted more highheat recipes for chicken and veggies. Adapted from Martha Stewart using two of my favorite Bible spices. I keep tweaking this, sometimes using more coriander than cumin, and vice versa. The coriander has a lemony/ sagey taste and is antiinflammatory. Cumin has an earthy, distinctive flavor and enhances the immune system. Do the sniff and taste test on coriander as it loses its flavor fairly quickly in the pantry. Both carrots and cauliflower are full of antioxidants, and the chicken is a good protein source. After the dish is done, taste and, if you want, sprinkle on a bit more seasonings. 1 pound carrots, peeled, if necessary, and cut into large chunks 1 nice head cauliflower, about 4 cups florets 2 teaspoons ground coriander and 1

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Owens makes a special school visit Community Recorder Jason Owens, a 16-yearold who is a talented upand-coming country singer/guitarist, was a special guest during “Dinner with Santa” at Florence Elementary. He is becoming well known around Northern Kentucky because of his performances at local businesses. He’s also caught the eye of a few well-known country singers such as Brad Paisley and Justin Moore. Jason’s father, Jerry Owens, is the physical education teacher at Florence Elementary and he had mentioned to him about performing at the dinner. Jason didn’t hesitate. The live music entertained many students and their families while they were having their faces painted and writing letters to Santa. Before attending the dinner Jason compiled his own repertoire of kidfriendly Christmas songs to play at this event. Geneva Gruelle, the school’s matriarch, accompanied Jason by playing the bells and then they sang together, rocking to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” Jason is a Kentucky boy who grew up in Northern Kentucky and attended Ryle High School. He started playing at the age of 10, inspired by the legendary Brad Paisley. He is living his dream of becoming a performer. He plays independently singing and entertaining his audience and he is also the lead guitarist in the teen band Jet Set Get Set. Jason writes and composes some of his own music. His first album was released this fall with the Jet Set Get Set band. His next venue is heading down to

Geneva Gruelle sings “Jingle Bells” with Jason Owens. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN Jason Owens, 16, sang at Dinner with Santa at Florence Elementary School. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

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John Mays, of Union, has been recognized with the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award both for the state of Kentucky and the Mid-South Division. This honor is bestowed on volunteers who go above and beyond to help cancer patients and your American Cancer Society. Mays, a 15-year prostate cancer survivor, has helped many people who have been diagnosed with cancer. He gave time and talent as Man to Man founder and facilitator, Leadership Council Quality of Life Chair, Road to Recovery Driver, and St. Elizabeth Cancer Resource Center

Volunteer. “This award is certainly well-deserved,” said Lisa Meier, health initiatives representative. “As a volunteer-driven organization, the American Cancer Society counts on volunteers like John to help us

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POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Joshua M. Wilder, 24, criminal mischief at 8075 Steilen Dr., Oct. 10. Joshua N. Zeigler, 36, DUI, possession of open alcoholic container, failure to maintain required insurance at U.S. 42 and Mall Road, Oct. 10. Shannon M. Robinson, 25, reckless driving, DUI at Interstate 75 south, Oct. 10. Amel Kostrebic, 31, no registration plates, DUI, careless driving at Weaver Rd., Oct. 10. Richard A. Huffman, 32, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8405 U.S. 42, Oct. 10. Kevin T. Oehlhof, 32, DUI, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at Interstate 75 south, Oct. 8. David P. Newman, 54, burglary at Burlington Pike and North Bend Rd., Oct. 8. Osvaldo Cisneros, 33, speeding

18 mph over the limit, DUI at Interstate 75 south, Oct. 8. Brandon M. Childress, 21, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana at Plantation Dr., Oct. 7. Deborah J. Cook, 29, theftshoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Oct. 7. Raeshawna C. McCoy, 23, theftshoplifting at 1024 Mall Rd., Oct. 7. Dennis L. Poteet, 53, theft of motor vehicle registration plate, improper equipment, no registration plates at Dixie Hwy., Sept. 16. Joshua P. Crouch, 29, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Turfway Rd., Sept. 16. Gary W. Ison, 46, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7810 Commerce Dr., Sept. 16. Steven R. Creutzinger, 55, DUI at 7500 Turfway Rd., Sept. 15. Katrina N. Danner, 25, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd.,

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Rd., Sept. 16. Subject tried to steal items from Best Buy at 100 Meijer Dr., Sept. 16. Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4990 Houston Rd., Sept. 15. Subject tried to steal goods from Ulta Beauty Store at 7673 Mall Rd., Sept. 14. Subject tried to steal goods from Macy’s Fashion Store at 5000 Mall Rd., Sept. 14. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 13. Subject tried to steal clothing from H & M at 1026 Mall Rd., Sept. 13. Subject tried to steal items from Babies R Us at 4999 Houston Rd., Sept. 13. More than $20,000 in collectibles stolen from Comic Book World at 7130 Turfway Rd., Sept. 13. Merchandise stolen at 3000 Mall Rd., Oct. 10. Merchandise stolen at 7625 Doering Dr., Oct. 10. Merchandise stolen at 7625 Doering Dr., Oct. 7. Clothing stolen at 1024 Mall Rd., Oct. 7. Terroristic threatening Victim threatened by subject at 7777 Burlington Pk., Sept. 13. Theft GPS stolen at 6000 Mall Rd., Oct. 9. Jewelry stolen at 151 Meadow Creek Dr., Oct. 9. Money stolen at 256 Main St. , Oct. 9. CB radio, blanket stolen at 719 U.S. 42, Oct. 8. Two iPad2, Kindle Fire stolen at 6827 Shenandoah Dr., Oct. 8. Bicycles stolen at 6909 Curtis

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Robert “Bob” C. Brown. 83, died Dec. 19, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired brakeman with the C&O Railroad and a veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Henrietta Brown of Florence; sons, Steven Brown of Lakeside Park; son, Thomas Brown of Union; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North. Memorials: American Legion Post 4, Northern Kentucky Honor Guard, P.O. Box 6023, Florence, KY 41042.

Mark Kloeker Mark B. “Corky” Kloeker, 84, of Crescent Springs, died Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He served in the Navy and was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Crescent Springs. He was a member of many clubs and

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Includes free skate rental and six free public sessions. Register by January 7th and save $5.00 Call 859-344-1981 ext 0 for more information

Instructional Hockey

8 week classes begin Tuesday, January 8 6:00-7:00pm For beginners 4 - 10 yrs. Girls welcome. Free equipment rental.

Cost: $65.00

Plus USA Hockey registration fee for new players.

Please call to pre-register at 859-344-1981 x 0 Equipment fitting: Sunday, Jan. 6 from 1:00-3:00pm

2638 Anderson Road • Crescent Springs, Ky 41017 • 859-344-1981

James Matthew Hamilton, 17, of Union, died, Dec. 19, 2012. He was a junior at Ryle High School, a member of Ryle FFA Club, vice president of the Skills Club and a member of the Warsaw United Methodist Church. His grandfather, Donald West, died previously. Survivors include his father, James T. Hamilton; mother, Julia L. Hamilton; sisters, Hannah Hamilton and Kristina Turner; grandparents, Joe and Barb Hamilton; and Boyd and Betty Lionberger. Burial was in Glencoe Cemetery in Glencoe. Memorials: James Matthew Hamilton Memorial Fund any PNC Bank.

Shirley Roland Shirley Ann Brooks Roland, 77, of Walton, died Dec. 16, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a home health care provider who was instrumental in in the Walton-Verona Alumni Association. She enjoyed listening to Elvis music, reading and bowling. Her husband, Gerald G. Roland, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Michael Roland of Paris, Ky., Gerald W. Roland of Cincinnati and Alan Roland and Steven Roland, both of Walton; daughter, Karen Roland Stanley of

Central City, Ky.; sister, Georgia Steres of Lexington, six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: Chambers and Grubbs.

Harry Saffell Sr. Harry Lee Saffell Sr., 67, of Verona, died Dec. 20, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired mine electrician and mechanic, and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. His wife, Ida Ochsenbine Saffell, and a grandchild, William Walter Cody Saffell, died previously. Survivors include his children, Harry Lee Saffell Jr. of Latonia, Chuck Saffell of Glencoe, Helen Saffell of Walton, Brian Saffell of Sparta, Terry Saffell of Burlington and Lisa Griffin Liebenderfer of Walton; brother, Charles Saffell of Beallsville, Ohio; sister, Alice St. Clair of Verona; 14 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Armstrong Cemetery in Armstrongs Mills, Ohio.

Arnold Taylor Arnold William Taylor, 84, of Verona, died Dec. 20, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of the Pine Knot Church of God, served in the Army, was a member of the National Rifle Association, and an avid hunter, fisherman, trapshooter and boater. Her had retired from General Motors where he was an assembler. Survivors include his wife, Alma Hamlin Neal Taylor; sons, Lyle Anthony Taylor of Jamestown and Dale Arnold Taylor of Newport; daughter, Linda Contadino of Loveland; brother, Alvie Taylor of Goshen; sisters, Verda Brown of Columbus, Ga., Belva King of Verona and Lou Verna Turner of Pine Knot; stepsons, Jimmie Neal of Pine Knot and Conley Neal of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; stepdaughter, Diane Neal of Pine Knot; 14 grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. Burial was in the New Bethel Cemetery in Verona. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Jeremy Williams Jeremy M. Williams, 19, of Florence, died Dec. 19, 2012. Survivors include his parents, Scott and Allison Williams, and siblings, Ryan and Jessica Williams. Burial was in Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery in Florence. Memorials: Florence United Methodist Church.



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