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This week’s “Mystery Photo” is above. Can you identify the building and community? The first person to identify this location will be mentioned in the Jan. 27 Recorder. E-mail your answer, along with your name and community, to Please put “Mystery Photo” in the subject line. You may also call 578-1059. LAST WEEK’S WINNER, A3

Adoption Waggin’ makes a difference

The new Adoption Waggin’ purchased by the Boone County Animal Shelter last summer is boosting the number of animals adopted from the shelter. Although the number of dogs and cats fluctuates from month to month and year to year, director Beckey Reiter said she has seen a positive difference. LIFE, B1

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World of Golf opening March 1

By Justin B. Duke

Final touches are coming together for Florence’s World of Golf. Formerly called World of Sports, the $4.8 million facility is aiming for a soft opening March 1. “The place is going to be unbelievable,” said manager Ralph Landrum. The new facility will feature indoor and outdoor driving ranges, a Kentucky themed miniature golf course, a full kitchen for concessions and a simulator that allows golfers to play digital representations of famous courses around the globe. “You’ll be able to come in and play Pebble Beach,” Landrum said. The indoor driving ranges will feature equipment to record golfers’ swings so they can be analyzed and corrected. “You’ll be able to go back and check out your swing and compare it to Tiger Woods,” Landrum said. World of Golf will retain its 18hole course, and the new amenities will allow the facility to be used all year, he said. “They’re going to want to come in where it’s 72 degrees all the time,” Landrum said. Weather may not be friendly for golfers to hit the course in early March, but everything but the outdoor grass driving tees will

The building for the new World of Golf is in place. Crews are now working on filling it with equipment and furniture. be open, he said. “You’ll be able to come out and hit golf balls March 1,” Landrum said. Now that a date is set, things are moving at an “exciting and frantic” pace, he said. “I’ve got a lot of work to get

ready,” he said. With all of the new features, Landrum expects to add 10 more employees to his staff. Landrum plans to hire a fulltime food and beverage manager who will be responsible for creating a new menu, policy and proce-


dures, hiring of new staff, scheduling of staff, inventory controls and all day-to-day operations. World of Golf is located at 7400 Woodspoint Drive in Florence. For more about your community, visit

Walton: Jobs are No. 1 goal By Stephanie Salmons


Boone County Fiscal Court Commissioner Charlie Walton began his first term on the court this month.

Holding public office is nothing new for Boone County Fiscal Court Commissioner Charlie Walton. A state representative for 12 years, Walton is currently the principal at Florence Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” the District 3 commissioner said about beginning his term on Fiscal Court.

“I’ve been in public office before. I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of Boone County and I’m excited about it.” He’s looking forward to working with not only the members of Fiscal Court but the different departments within the county as well. “I think that Boone County is the showcase for the state of Kentucky. We need to keep it that way and we do that with the leadership

that we have,” he said. “We will continue to have quality leadership in every department in Boone County and will continue to get the input of those leaders.” According to Walton, the goal for Boone County is economic development. “Create jobs. Look at ways to collaborate with agencies to reduce costs but improve efficiencies,” he said.

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Despite pleas, Florence leaving chamber By Justin B. Duke

Florence’s decision to leave the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce brought chamber members to City Council asking them to change their minds. “We were a bit disappointed,” said Steve Stevens, chamber president. The decision to not renew the $1,100 membership was a costcutting decision, said City Coordinator Rick Lunnemann. “We applaud that,” Stevens said. The chamber promotes municipalities working hard to find ways to cut costs, but cutting the chamber membership is a shortsighted decision, he said.

“It’s important you take a longer view,” Stevens said. The chamber helps cities and businesses work together to improve the entire region, and allows them to have a unified voice when it comes to lobbying in Frankfort, he said. “Will that same lobbying horsepower still be present?” Stevens asked. The unified voice of Northern Kentucky the chamber provides is one that other regions of the state envy, he said. “More gets done when we join forces,” Stevens said. Leaving the chamber does not mean Florence is opposed to them because there are 277 businesses in Florence that are members, said council member Julie Metzger

Aubuchon. “I hope you don’t think this is an anti-chamber group,” Aubuchon said. The move comes from following the wishes of taxpayers, she said. “We’ve been really scrutinized by taxpayers for every dollar we spend,” Aubuchon said. Not everyone on council is convinced leaving the chamber is the best decision. Because so many businesses in Florence are chamber members and the chamber promotes the region, they will continue these efforts whether Florence is a member or not. By not being members, Florence would be benefiting from their work for free, said Vice

Mayor Mike Apgar. “It’d be very unfair for us to not be members,” Apgar said. Being new to council, Larry Brown wasn’t clear how the decision to leave was made. The city’s department heads made the decision and asked for City Council’s input to make sure they were fine with it, Lunnemann said. Brown was worried the decision was shortsighted. “We couldn’t hire a lobbyist in Frankfort for a day for $1,100,” he said. Council didn’t change the decision, but if members choose to in the future no budget amendment would be required. For more about your community, visit

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Dedden begins first term on Fiscal Court By Stephanie Salmons

According to new Boone County Fiscal Court commissioner Matt Dedden, he’s not one to sit and complain. He’s a “do-er,” which is why he ran for office in the first place. “I wanted to be involved,” said the Burlington resident. “There’s probably no one in office more naive than I was 10 years ago. When times were good and I was working seven days a week, I didn’t think about the problems. But then I started thinking


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about them and the reason I started to think about them is because I started complaining about the problems. When you complain about them but you’re not willing to do anything about them, that’s where our problem lies.” Dedden says he’s an advocate for “commonsense fiscal responsibility.” “Being from the business world, I think it gives me an outsider’s type view of what’s been going on,” he said. “I feel that what I’ll be able to bring into play is just that common-sense working man’s knowledge of what people are going through and what needs to be done as far as county government.” Because of the current state of the economy, any type of rate increases for services “are not good,” Dedden said.

“I think that $20 extra a month here and there, it kills people and I think it’s just a bad position to put families in,” he said. “Families, seniors, disabled who are on a fixed income – that just adds to misery for them.” The costs that come from unfunded mandates should not be taken from the taxpayers, Dedden said. “We have to stay out of taxpayers’ pockets on this. We have to,” he said. “If people could afford to pay taxes, they could afford to make their house payments, they’d be paying their property taxes. Right now they can’t afford it. You can’t go into the taxpayers base to try and recoup some of that money. There has to be other outlets, other ways of funding. I’m not the answer man, but to work to get that done is a strong point.” He plans to look at ways

to provide services and still lower rates for citizens, he said, adding that there are ways for the county to cut costs. One thing the county doesn’t need to do is raise fees for home builders, he said. “If we’re building homes in Northern Kentucky, the economy is going to get better.” Dedden also aims to look at ways to promote the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “It’s a huge, huge asset and it is struggling daily,” Dedden said. “If we lose that airport, we’re going to lose a lot of businesses. We need to promote that as much as we can, we need to work with the airport board to find out what as a county we can do to help them succeed.” That goes for other businesses in the county as well, he said. Court mem-

and groups such as Tri-Ed – the Northern Kentucky TriCounty Economic Development Corp. – work with companies to bring them to

Boone County, Walton said. “They look at tax incentives, they look at vocation, they look at the accessibility we have for different companies as far as employees, be it educational opportunities for their families, (or) an educated

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“I worked hard during the campaign. That goal itself – being voted in – was huge and it says something about the people of Boone County,” he said. “They put a lot of trust in me to vote me in and to default on that trust is not going to happen on my part.”

work force,” he said. “I think all of those are things you use when you sit down and talk to people about bringing companies in that are going to create jobs. The other thing is there are businesses right here in the county I think we can work with that are looking for incentives to expand their work force.” Walton’s personal expectations for the office are a bit different. “My expectations are going to be available to the

people that elected me. That’s my No. 1 priority – that people know I’m there to hear what they have to say,” he said. “We have a lot of citizens and business leaders and community leaders in Boone County who have a lot of excellent ideas. I think it’s our responsibility to hear what they have to say and work with them to develop those.” For more about your community, visit

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bers need to meet with local businesses “to see what we need to do to keep them hooked and work with them however we can to promote their business and to spark employment.” Dedden also wants to be a “commissioner of honesty,” he said.

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BRIEFLY Clerk’s Office closed Jan. 17 for MLK Day

The Boone County Clerk’s Office and Florence Motor Vehicle branch location will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition, the Deed Room in Burlington will be closed. Kentucky’s Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) will also be shut down statewide. Normal business hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours Tuesday until 6 p.m. at the Burlington location.

Conrads to discuss Civil War general

Betsy and Steve Conrad of Florence will present a program on the life of General Edward R. S. Canby, the only

Boone County native to ever achieve the rank of general, at the 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, meeting of the Boone County Historical Society. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., will take place at the Boone County Public Library Main Branch, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. This program is free and open to the public. The talk on General Canby is a follow-up program to one presented by former Boone County Judge-executive Bruce Ferguson who spoke on the history of Piatt's Landing in November. The grand old Boone County home that bore the name of Piatt's Landing was built by Robert Piatt, whose grandson was the famous Civil War general, Edward R. S. Canby. Election of officers for the Boone County Historical

Society will take place before the program.

Pollution open house

The Boone County Conservation District will hold an open house 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the library of Cooper High School about Gunpowder Creek pollution. A presentation will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Gunpowder Creek flows through the heart of the most populated areas of Boone County. The land that drains into Gunpowder Creek is home to approximately 50 percent of Boone County residents. However, there are sections of Gunpowder Creek considered unfit for human contact – the creek is polluted. The first step in addressing this issue is to develop a watershed based plan.

The Boone County Conservation District was awarded a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Kentucky Division of Water to address nonpoint source pollution in Gunpowder Creek. Over the next four years the Boone County Conservation District and the Gunpowder Creek Watershed Initiative Steering Committee will be asking for the help of the community to assist with this project. For information contact Mark Jacobs at the Boone County Conservation District, 859-586-7903, or

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Job may save Union money By Stephanie Salmons

Union leaders learned Jan. 3 that creating a city position for temporary employee Misty Ezell may actually save the town money when compared to using a temporary employment service. “I did a quick analysis and I think it might save the city money if they switched her from a temporary position to an employed position within the city,” said Certified Public Accountant Paul Maddox who presented the town’s audit report. “Local government tends to shy away from hiring new people because of the retirement, benefits, requirements for all that,” Mayor Don Kirby said. “I

don’t know if we’ve had that (discussion).” Ezell, an administrative assistant for the city, began working July 30, 2009, city Clerk Kathy Porter said. The temporary agency bills the city for Ezell, she said. “You pay extra through the temp agency,” Porter said. “They’ve got a fee they charge on top of the hourly charge they pay her.” It is a part-time position, Porter said, with flexible hours. According to Porter, Ezell’s hours vary from week to week, usually between 22 and 27.5 hours. “It just depends,” Porter said. Porter and a town commissioner will look at whether this would be a cost-saving measure, then present their findings to the board, she said.









First baby of 2011 from Florence Carter Lee Thomas will forever carry the distinction of first New Year’s baby of 2011 in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Carter, son of Shannon Myers and Robert Thomas, both 21, of Florence, was born at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 193⁄4 inch long. “My due date was the 30th, so I was a couple of days overdue,” Myers said. “Everything went all right once we were here. The water broke at 11:55. He was out by 12:01. It was very fast,” she said. The couple had arrived about 6 p.m. at the hospital, where there was a friendly competition for the first baby among five women in labor. “It was pretty exciting,” Myers said. “The nurses all had a patient that was pretty close to giving birth. My nurse was teasing, ‘Just wait until 12:01. That way, they can’t get in before us, and if they go after us, we win.” Mom, dad and Carter are doing very well, Myers said.


Shannon Myers and Robert Thomas celebrate the birth of their son Carter at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Carter was born at 12:01 a.m. Jan 1, 2011, weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces and 19 and 3⁄4 inches long. He was due Dec. 30, 2010. “He’s a happy, healthy baby.” Carter joins big sisters, Emma, 3; and Rylee, 2, and big brother, Isaiah, 18 months. “His sisters are excited

about him, and his brother is very curious,” Myers said. “He has curious fingers. He tries to poke at him and feel him.” Kentucky News Service

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Lunch honors readers

Florence Elementary readers dined at Karlo’s Bistro Italia for an Accelerated Reader luncheon. The students created their own pizza with all the toppings. Parents and grandparents joined in on the fun to help celebrate the success of their child or grandchild’s reading accomplishments.

Grade 8: Erica Anderson, Madeline Armao, Brady Baker, Michael Black, Brent Caldwell, Brandon Callen, Evan Claxon, Madison Cox, Amber Dearing, Patrick Dragan, Matthew Elmlinger; Macey Ford, Katherine Grant, Connor Greenhalgh, Mitchell Greenhalgh, Colin Hathorn, Bradley Hicks, Delaney Holt, Emily Jackson, Marisa Johnson, Kathelyn Kelly, Summer Lighthall, Eva Llamas; Richard McAlister, Christopher O’Brien, Sarah Phillips, Sydney Reinert, Hailey Tippett, Alexis Ulerick, Emily Villari and Kelsey Zimmer. Grade 7: Wayne Baker, Lindsey Barriger, Olivia Blasdel, Madison Bleska, Allison Borders, Jovanni Candia, Carly Cheek, Skylar Cole, Ashley Dragan, Natalie Fisk, Lauren Fleischman, Devin Gallagher; Nathan Halfhill, Michael Henry, Kendra Herweck, Tyler Iavasile, Samuel Johnson, Aidan Keller, Lauren Klayer, James Lorenz, Micaiah McNabb, Erin Mogus, Michaela Morgan; Gabrielle Prather, Cassidy Pressman, Theodore Roberts, Devon Robinson, Andrew Schlichting, Louis Tierney, Julie Volpenhein, Amber Warner, Jenna Weber, Tessa Weller, Abigail Willet and Sydney Willett. Grade 6: Ethan Abate, Kylie Anderson, Mary Auberger, Payton Black, Ryle Bridley, Isabel Campbell, Brian Cantrall, Taylor Carr, Jeffrey Combs, Crystal Cress, Brett Denham, Raven Dever, Rebecca Duncan; Cameron Evans, Elijah Fordyce, Taylor Hedges, Gracie Heltemes, Reilly Hendrickson, Matthew Henry, Samuel Hogan, Kiara Horn, Kamryn Huff, Ethan Ishmael, Olivia Jones; Brycen Kanarek, Maggie Klunder, Fabian Kuffel, Mitchell Lamb, Erin Lindhurst, Jerod Lonaker, Noah McVay, Yudai Nakada, Victoria Nash, Abigail Neumann, Sieanna Peterson, Kaitlyn Powell; Victoria Rice, Brianna Roberts, Rebecca Ruppel, Jacob Sebree, Emily Silvati, Brooke Slagle, Theodore South, Olivia Staten, Timothy Stidham, George Swaiss; Morgan Thurza, Maria Tobergte, Emily Turner, Allison Villari, Faith VonHandorf, Emma Weaver, Logan Weinfurtner, Peter Westhoff, Morgan Willett, Camryn Woody, Jordan Woody and Bethany Zimmer.



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Second-graders Kuhn Skie Allen and Makayla Weatherington of Florence Elementary School work on making their pizza at the Accelerated Readers celebration.

Grade 8: Simen Ballinger, Hunter Barnes, Emily Blau, Alyson Boles, Ross Borthwick, Trevor Bowman, Olivia Brock, Maggie Browne, Jacob Bubbly, Juliana Burns, Kyle Carnahan, Wiley Carr; Ibrahim Diallo, Melanie Dickinson, Tyler Earls, Brendan Evans, Cameron Faehr, Victoria Ferguson, Aaron Floyd, Erica Gaddy, Olivia Goessling, Ian Gorby, Simon Greenhalgh; Amanda Hamilton, Rebecca Harrison, Colton Hatridge, Dalton Hendrickson, Helena Hetzler, Adeline Hogan, Kaylee Hurst, Stephan Inabnit, Isaiah Jackson, Brady Jones; Peyton Kaht, Julia Klute, Brenden Knauer, Kyle Knox, Maeghan Knox, Lauren Kouns, Amber Lozier, Anthony Lyons, Nathaniel Maddux, Alexander Miller, Nathan Millson, Lindsay Mitchell, Sadie Moore, Laura Morgan, Kailey Neltner; Lela Pair, Jeel Patel, Gregory Pilon, Alexandra Potter, Carley Powers, Andrew Quillen, Lauren Redding, Destiny Rosenberg, Alessa Rulli, Savannah Ruppel, Stephen Russell; Tanner Schmoll, Madison Schroer, Sydney Shearer, Grace Shockey, Alex Simpson, Austin Smith, Carson Smith, Taylor Smith,

Drew Snyder, Douglas Standley, Taylor Stewart, Claire Stockwell; Sydney Tobergte, Lauren Triska, Mitchyl Van Hoose, Jake Vandermosten, Janessa Waters, Patrick Weiler, Joseph Wert, Greyson Winiger, James Wise and Brianna Worrell. Grade 7: Abigail Aase, Sabrina Anglin, Kaylie Armstrong, Andrew Bailey, Jacob Belcher, Joshua Bishop, Shawn Brannigan, Ryan Bravo, Nicholas Brock, Matthew Bross, Nicole Bruce, Alexandra Buys; Marshall Caldwell, Kiara Campbell, Victoria Carr, Dominic Carty, Megan Cliff, Devan Colberg, Tate Coleman, Mikaela Coop, Torrey Cordell-Armstrong, Amie Crooker, Corby Cunningham; Angeline Dames, Abigail Danquah, Brandon Decker, Joshua Decker, Matthew Dedden, Robert Dickson, Jordan England, Kayla Finnicum, Lydia Flamme, Aaron Fox, Jacob Freedman; Katlyn Gibson, Jolyn Gill, Rey GomezSuarez, Josel Gosney, Matthew Gripshover, Alana Gronefeld, Jonah Heidel, Tristen Helgenberger, John Hicks, Ashley Houghton, Taylor Howell, Olivia James, Taylor Johnson; Seth Keller, Priya Khosa, Michael Lay, Nicholas Lewis, Amber Lobenstein, Hannah Lobenstein, Justin Malloy, Joseph Mangiamele, Kylie Marsh, Allison McCormick, Aidan McGee, Paige Mersmann, Chad Michels, Austin Miller, Lauren Miller, Jordan Monroe, Austin Morehead; Yudai Nagasaki, Tjaden Nyman, Kyle Painter, Justin Parks, Carter Pratt, Leah Redmon, Allison Salyers, Kyle Sand, Sidney Snyder, Taylor Spaulding, Zachary Steffen, Gaither Stephens, Casey Stillwell; Anthony Tammaro-Hale, Hayleigh Tharp, Samuel Tucker, Hunter Turner, Logan Veil, Marcus Watson, Taylor Webster, Jesse West, Morgan Wiseman, Alexis Wood, Jerry Woods, Starr Wymer and Trevor Yost. Grade 6: Makayla Adams, Tatum Adams, David Adamson, Ashton Andersch, Owen Armao, Travis Baker, Madison Barnes, Shane Beers, Jack Bensley, Trevor Bidwell, Conner Black, Emily Blackburn, Iris Brunt, Brandon Burnett, Lauryn Butler; Kenady Carson, Kylee Centers, Jacob Cliff, Mackenzie Cozzart, Darrick Curran, Timothy Downey, James Dunham, Jacob East, Sabrina Edmondson, Lindsey Ferguson, William Fischer, Kayla Ford, Larry Fugate; Joseph Ganster, Spencer Goode, Aaron Gray, Daniel Grinnell, Dalila Hajdarovic, Steven Hamilton, Jessica Harrison, Pat Hart, Alexsi Hinkston, Michael Hoffman, Mitchell Hollifield, Jordyn Houston, Jacob Howard, Colleen Hume; Clayton Jarrell, Alyssa Jones, Haley Jones, Madison Jones, Matthew Jones, Samantha Jordan, Delaney Kamp, Katelyn Kampsen, Brenna Kerns, Emily Klunder, Carter Knox, Sara Komizu; Carly Lainhart, Jacob Lambert, Kyle Lautenschlager, Scott Lawrence, Christina Luehrmann, Taylor Lykins, Chandler McMahan, Hannelore Mehler, Hannah Mickelson, Amara Mitchell, Samantha Moore, Dat Nguyen; Ashley Oehler, Hiroshi Okura, Ajla Ortash, Kyra Parker, Caroline Perkins, Annalise Plogsted, Justin Rellinger, David RodriguezBurgess, Sander Roksvag; Madison Sadler, Jacob Schultz, John Sebree, Jacob Shofner, Kaitlin Smith, Adam Snow, James Soward, Kiya Sowers, Abby Stone, Kieron Sullivan, Samantha Sutton, Chase Sweeney; Peter Triska, Hanna Turner, Stephanie Wagner, Daniel Wasser, Tre Whittaker and Caitlyn Yost.

34 St. Paul students Schools braced for SEEK shortfall earn Reds tickets Cincinnati Reds and Duke Energy kicks off the 2011 Straight A Program with a new list of qualifying students. Qualifying students obtained an A or A- grade average and will be rewarded with Reds tickets and discounted tickets for family and friends. The following St. Paul Catholic School students are eligible for Straight A Tickets: Stephanie Bolin, Cameron Burke, Michelle Cao, Andrew Case, Matthew Chichura, Kendal Emerson, Abbey Epplen, Chris

Fagin, Brian Fiedler, Mallory Foley; Dakota Graue, Carly Gross, Clare Henning, Eddie Justice, Abby Kalany, Mackenzie Kathman, Zach Koenig, Katie Koester, Sarah Krugel; Angela Mangine, Katie Maxwell, Rebecca McNay, Ashleigh Noble, Cole Oldfield, Haley Petrey, Tyler Rauh, Anna Rowland, Kayla Riegler; Nick Staub, Gabrielle Stewart, Mackenzie Sullivan, Caitlyn Sutter, Renee Svec and Payton Welch.

Lazer Kraze hosts teachers play free days Lazer Kraze in Erlanger is hosting the Annual Teachers Play Free Days for the month of January. All teachers showing their school ID will receive one free laser tag mission. If their family or others are playing additional laser tag missions, the teacher will receive the same missions free. In addition, each teacher’s

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State funding that school districts receive will be cut in the last quarter of this fiscal year by about 2 percent due to a $49.3 million shortfall. The Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) fund is the main source of state dollars for the 174 public school districts. The funding for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, is about $2.5 billion. That’s about 2 percent less than what is needed. “We’ve been preparing for this,” said Tim Hanner, superintendent of the Kenton County School District. “We’re not shocked to hear that SEEK was not solvent this year.” Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who discussed the issue through a webcast Friday with district superintendents and finance officers, said a shortfall has happened twice in the past, most recently in fiscal year 2006. The complicated SEEK formula that determines how much state money each district receives works as follows: every district gets the same base dollars per pupil. Money is then added for transportation, exceptional children, at-home instruction and at-

risk kids. The formula then subtracts local money, which is a certain amount per $100 of assessed property value divided by the district’s average daily attendance the previous year. The result is the amount of state money per student for that district. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, there a few reasons for the lack of funding, including lower-than-forecasted property values and unexpected student growth. Average daily attendance figures for the end of fiscal year 2010 showed about 10,000 more students statewide than projected, which was due to higher enrollment, better student attendance and a change in how attendance is calculated. Holliday said districts should be able to cover the shortfall with Education Jobs Fund money, a total of $134 million from the U.S. Department of Education. That money, which is a reimbursement, has been available to districts this year, and remains available through fiscal year 2012. “The commissioner told superintendents to hang on to that money because we could not

predict the future,” said Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the state education department. “Given the state’s financial situation, this (shortfall) was not a certainty, but a definite possibility.” Kelley Gamble, finance director in Kenton County, said the district has $2.3 million in Education Jobs money to spend. The 2 percent cut amounts to about $915,000. In Campbell County, Superintendent Anthony Strong said the district conservatively budgeted $250,000 less in SEEK money for this fiscal year than it was actually supposed to receive. The cut announced Friday amounts to $236,000 for the district, making it a virtual wash. The district also has $733,000 in Education Jobs money to use. “The news we got today is never good, but it won’t be too bad for Campbell County,” Strong said. “We’re not looking at having to reduce staff or cut salaries as a result of it.” Holliday said he expects a shortfall for fiscal year 2012, but does not know how much. He hopes to have that data by the end of the month. Kentucky News Service



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The week at Heritage

• The Dayton boys basketball team beat Heritage Academy 70-39, Jan. 3. Heritage’s top-scorer was Jeff Reno with 13 points.

The week at Boone

• The Boone County boys basketball team beat Simon Kenton 65-61, Jan. 4. Boone’s Zane McQueary was the team’s leading scorer with 23 points. On Jan. 8, Boone County lost 80-64 to Sayre. Boone’s Trevan Brown led the team with 23 points. • In boys swimming, Boone County placed 13th with a score of 18.5 in the Scott Eagle Classic, Jan. 8. • In girls swimming, Boone County placed 14th with a score of 14 in the Scott Eagle Classic, Jan. 8.

The week at Ryle

• The Holy Cross boys basketball team beat Ryle 6863, Jan. 4. Ryle’s top-scorer was Bobby Stauffer with 23 points. • In wrestling, Ryle beat Turpin 5-12, Jan. 5. Ryle’s Dallas Pruett won by forfeit; Norris beat Cummins in a 7-5 decision; T.J. Ruschell pinned Khams in 47 seconds; Jon Belk beat Robinson in a 6-3 decision; Corey Ahern pinned Kennedy in 1 minute, 5 seconds; Hugo Galon beat Hoente in a 10-6 decision; Josh Parker pinned Stevens in 1 minute, 30 seconds; Connor Coyle pinned M. Pierce in 1 minute, 1 second; Court Mace pinned Wolf in 47 seconds; Taylor Pruett won by forfeit; Corey Buckler pinned D. Pierce in 1 minute, 20 seconds; and Weber won by forfeit. Also on Jan. 5, Ryle beat New Richmond 53-15. Ryle’s Dallas Pruett beat J. Hooks in a 9-7 decision; Keegan North beat B. Hooks in a 7-4 decision; Ruschell pinned Skaggs in 3 minutes, 26 seconds; Ahern pinned Loyd in 3 minutes, 59 seconds; Johnny Meiman beat Preston in an 18-2 technical fall; Cody Stephens beat Muse in a 9-2 decision; Josh Parker pinned English in 2 minutes 25 seconds; Coyle pinned Loaderman in 1 minute, 56 seconds; Mace pinned Reid in 5 minutes, 17 seconds; Taylor Pruett beat Houser in a 6-1 decision; and Corey Buckler pinned Dixon in 44 seconds. • In girls basketball, Ryle beat Conner 77-46, Jan. 7. Ryle’s top-scorer was Jenna Crittendon with 22 points. Conner’s top-scorer was Toria Fischer with 18 points. • In boys swimming, Ryle placed seventh with a score of 82 in the Scott Eagle Classic, Jan. 8. Ryle’s Tommey Jennings placed third in the 50 meter freestyle in 24.92 seconds. • In girls swimming, Ryle placed seventh with a score of 80 in the Scott Eagle Classic, Jan. 8. Ryle’s Sarah Truskot placed third in the 100 meter butterfly in 25.87 seconds.

The week at St. Henry

• The Lloyd boys basketball team beat St. Henry 5142, Jan. 4. St. Henry’s topscorer was John Patula with eight points. • In girls basketball, St. Henry beat Highlands 42-31, Jan. 5. St. Henry’s tops-corer was Abby Janszen with 13 points. On Jan. 8, St. Henry beat Lexington Christian 5142. St. Henry’s top-scorer was Taylor Gamm with 15 points. • In boys swimming, St. Henry placed third with a score of 484 in the January Invitational Swim and Dive Meet, Jan. 5. On Jan. 8, St. Henry placed 11th with a score of 24 in the Scott Eagle Classic.

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Bearcats enjoy wins, fun in Florida By James Weber

The Walton-Verona boys basketball team has not won the All “A” Eighth Region championship two years in a row in its history. The Bearcats will get that chance starting Jan. 18 at Owen County in this year’s regional tournament. It won’t be easy, as the Bearcats start with preseason favorite Gallatin County Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the quarterfinals. “We got Gallatin by a couple earlier in the year,” said W-V head coach Dan Trame. “My experience has been that they beat us first time and then we beat them in the All ‘A,’ so hopefully that doesn’t reverse itself. We’re very similar schools, similar personnel. The team that comes to play will have the advantage.” A win would pit Walton against host Owen County in the semifinals. So far this year, Walton beat Gallatin 56-46 on Dec. 7 and lost to Owen in overtime Dec. 20. Before that, Walton will


Walton-Verona head boys basketball coach Dan Trame shouts instructions as guard Vance Sullivan runs by during W-V’s quarterfinal loss in the All “A” Classic state tournament last season. Sullivan is the lone returning starter from last year and second on the team in scoring. try to defend its 10-4 record at South Oldham Jan. 13. The Bearcats picked up three of those wins and plenty of bonding as they spent the week after Christ-

mas in Orlando for a holiday tournament. The players got to experience tourist attractions off the court and plenty of fun on the court as well as the

Bearcats went 3-0 in the tourney, beating teams from New York, Louisiana and Georgia. “You go away to most tournaments and play one game in a day and you’re wondering what do you do the rest of the day?” Trame said. “There, you play in the morning and you go to the theme parks. The parks were crowded so that was one negative. It’s good to play teams you don’t know and have some fun.” In the final game of the tournament, Walton-Verona played a Landmark Christian (Ga.) team that had players standing 6-foot-8, 6-5 and 6-4 in the starting lineup. Trame said the team flew to Orlando and spent most of 2010 raising money for the trip, about $25,000. “You want to win every game you play and also enjoy the experience of going to the parks,” he said. “It was a good trip, a very good experience for us.” Trame was also pleased with the team’s next game, Jan. 4 at Trimble County,

where the Bearcats fought a post-Orlando hangover to win 58-51 after trailing by eight at halftime. Freshman guard Zach McNeil had a career-high 26 points in that game and leads the team at 14 per contest. Senior guard Vance Sullivan, the lone returning starter from last year, averages 10.4. Junior guard Matt Hargett posts nine points per contest. Senior center Matt Monday is the tallest Bearcat at 6-foot-4. He is fourth on the team in scoring and the top rebounder as the team is adjusting to not having 6-8 Camron Burns, a 2010 graduate, manning the paint. Rebounding has been the main concern for Trame this year, as is stepping up for Brandon Brockman, a senior starting guard who broke a hand in Florida and will be out for several weeks. January is an important month. Before the All “A,” Walton, 2-2 in district play, will have a seeding game at Williamstown Jan. 28.

Raiders finish 7th at Scott swim meet By James Weber


Ryle freshman T.J. Albright swims the 100-yard backstroke during the Scott Eagle Classic swimming meet Jan. 8 at Scott High School in Taylor Mill. He finished fourth.

Ryle High School finished seventh in both the boys and girls standings at the Scott Eagle Classic swimming meet Jan. 8 at Scott High School. The meet had everyone in Northern Kentucky plus Richmond Model and Lexington Henry Clay. Keagan Finley was fifth in the 200 freestyle. T.J. Albright was seventh in the 200 IM and Mikey O’Leary eighth. Albright was also fourth in the 100 backstroke. Tommy Jennings was third in the 50 free. Sarah Truskot was sixth in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 butterfly. Taylor Piatt was fifth in


Boone County senior Kate Homan swims the 100-yard freestyle during the Scott Eagle Classic swimming meet Jan. 8 at Scott High School in Taylor Mill. She finished 24th. JAMES WEBER/STAFF

Cooper junior Samantha Bosshammer swims the 100-yard freestyle during the Scott Eagle Classic swimming meet Jan. 8 at Scott High School in Taylor Mill. She finished seventh. the 500 free and sixth in the 100 breaststroke. The Raiders were fifth in the girls 400 freestyle relay. St. Henry’s Louis Rodgers was second in the

100 breaststroke. Conner was fifth in the 200 medley relay in boys as well as the 200 free relay. Senior Joey Koogler was fourth in the 200 IM.

Senior Adam Mattingly was fourth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free. Cooper’s Samantha Bosshammer was seventh in the girls 100 free and fifth in the 100 back. Cooper was sixth in the 200 free relay. The Eagle Classic diving meet will be Saturday, Jan. 15, at Scott.

Janszen, Crusaders use depth for 12-2 start By James Weber

Abby Janszen remembers her 1,000th career point well. In a home game for the St. Henry District High School girls basketball team, the Crusaders senior forward reached the millennium mark Dec. 11 against Holy Cross. It came like so many of Janszen’s baskets in her career, directly off a pass from a fellow senior, point guard Taylor Gamm. “It’s exciting to get my 1,000th point,” Janszen said. “Taylor passed it to me, and it was a jump shot that went slow around the rim and I watched it fall.” Those two will play soccer at Bellarmine University in Louisville and have been playing both sports together for several years. “She can read me and I can read her,” Janszen said. “If I can make a cut I know she’ll find me.” Janszen and Gamm are two of the four veteran seniors on the team who have led the team to an outstand-

ing 12-2 start this season. They are also two of several Crusader hoops players who were on the school’s state title soccer team in November. They delivered a win Jan. 5 for head soccer coach Steve Lorenz, who was in the St. Henry bleachers in Erlanger to watch a 42-31 win over Highlands. That improved the Crusaders to 12-2 and 30 in Division II conference games. “We played well,” Janszen said. “We started off slow but we were more intense in the second half and got it together.” That win came because of the Crusaders’ depth, which allowed the team to turn up its pressure defense after St. Henry fell behind by three in the second half. Janszen had 13 points despite missing most of the first half with foul trouble. Junior forward Jessica Knaley had nine, junior guard Annie Fugate eight and Gamm eight. Junior guard Jill Bauer had four points. Those guards, senior starter Shannon O’Daniel

and senior reserve Jill Leedom give St. Henry a deep and experienced backcourt. Gamm averages 5.3 assists per game and has six or more in eight games. “There’s a lot of emotion in this game,” said St. Henry head coach Brian Coburn. “You get a little bit of foul trouble, and it alters what you do. Highlands is a good team and it’s one of those games where you have to grind it out, do the best you can.” Janszen is a big part of what the Crusaders do. She averages 14 points per game and also leads the team in rebounds (8.6), blocks and steals. The Crusaders had to adjust against Highlands when she was out. “It makes a big difference because she can do everything on the court,” Coburn said. “She can rebound the ball, shoot, dribble, defend. She does a little bit of everything.” Knaley, a 5-foot-10 inside player, averages 11 points game and is second in rebounding. She had 22 points against Conner this

season. The Crusaders’ only losses have been to Elizabethtown and Notre Dame. Etown (13-1) beat St. Henry in the Mercer County tournament between Christmas and New Year’s. “Coming back from the Mercer County tournament we stepped it up and we’ve been playing really well,” Janszen said. “We learned to stay focused for all the games and stay really intense. We played hard teams down there, and we know we’re capable of beating them.” Said Coburn: “It gives them a lot of confidence to know they’re playing some of the better teams in the state and they’re able to compete with them.” The Crusaders will have a showdown with a tough team next week as they face a showdown with Newport Central Catholic Jan. 11 in the All “A” Ninth Region Tournament. NewCath has owned that tournament the past several years. The tourney is at Lloyd, and the final is Satur-


St. Henry senior Abby Janszen shoots against Highlands during St. Henry’s 42-31 home win Jan. 5. Janszen had 13 points in the game.

day, Jan. 15. St. Henry will have then have important games Jan. 21 at Dixie Heights and Jan. 29 at home against Ludlow in 34th District seeding contests. St. Henry is 2-0 in the district so far. In between, the Crusaders will battle Ryle, the preseason favorite to win the Ninth Region, Jan. 25 in Union.

Sports & recreation Thomas More College junior wide receiver Mercier Doucette was recently named honorable mention All-President’s Athletic Conference. Doucette has 15 catches this season for 278 yards and five touchdowns and has also returned two kickoffs 28 yards.

The week at Walton

• The Walton-Verona wrestling team placed second with a score of 178 in the Norwood Adam Cox Memorial, Jan. 3. Walton’s Brown pinned Western Hills’ Armstrong in 3 minutes, 30 seconds; J. Higgins beat Roger Bacon’s Turner in an 8-3 decision; L. Jones pinned Wyoming’s Gonzalez in 1 minute, 26 seconds; and L. Jones beat Little Miami’s Z. White. • In girls basketball, Walton-Verona beat Trimple County 75-30, Jan. 3. Walton’s top-scorer was Kara Taulbee with 20 points. On Jan. 4, Walton beat North Oldham 66-42. Walton was led on the scoreboard by Kelli Dixon with 18 points. On Jan. 7, Walton beat Williamstown 72-44. Walton’s Lizzie Hoffa was the team’s top-scorer with 15 points. The girls beat Lafayette 68-45, Jan. 8. Walton’s Taulbee led the team in scoring with 17 points. • In boys basketball, Walton beat Trimble County 5851, Jan. 4. Walton’s Zach McNeil was his team’s topscorer with 26 points. On Jan. 8, Walton beat Grant County 62-51. Walton’s top-scorers were Matt Hargett and McNeil with 20 points each.

It’s no secret that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky year in and year out produce some of the most talented high school athletes and coaches in the nation. Now, five of the alltime great athletes from the past and two legendary coaches will be inducted into the 2010 Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame in June. The new LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame inductees are: • Andre Barkley, Cincinnati Country Day, Class of 1995 • Beth Osterday, St. Ursula Academy, Class of 1996 • Bobby Brannen, Moeller High School, Class of 1994 • Rocky Boiman, St. Xavier High School, Class of 1998 • Steve Bell, Wyoming High School, Class of 1973 • Coach Dan Bowling, Hamilton High School, 1983-2010 • Coach Nell Fookes, Boone County High School, 1985-Current Now in its 36th year of recognizing outstanding local high school athletes and coaches, Hall of Fame has honored 224 individuals since its founding in 1975. It is the oldest and one of the only halls of fame of its kind in the country.


Coach Nell Fookes is the winningest high school basketball coach in Northern Kentucky history. She began her 26th season at the helm of Boone County High School this fall with a career record of 576-207. The victory total ranks fourth all- time in Kentucky girls prep coaches and second in career victories among active coaches in the Commonwealth. Her 576 victories rank No. 2 among all-time Greater Cincinnati high school coaches. Under Coach Fookes’ direction, the Lady Rebels have never had a losing season. Boone County has won 19 District championships, eight Region Nine titles, six Region Nine runner-up finishes and has participated in eight Kentucky state tournaments. Her 1998 team finished 31- 3, losing to Montgomery County, 42-40, in the Sweet Sixteen semifinals. Fookes has been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame and the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was named a National Coach of the Year finalist by the National High

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School Athletic Coaches Association. Fookes has been named Northern Kentucky Coach of the Year numerous times, and in 2000 was named Northern Kentucky Coach of the Decade for the 1990s by the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Coaches Association. In 2002, she was honored by the KABC and the KHSAA by being named to the Basketball Coaches Court of Honor for her contributions to girls’ basketball on and off the court in the state of Kentucky. A native of Bedford, Va., Fookes was a four-sport athlete and went on to be a four-year starter in basketball at Radford University. She was an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University before becoming the head coach at Boone County in 1985. Currently, Fookes lives in Florence with her husband, Dean. They have two sons, Derrick (22) and Christopher (18).

Getting a hold on things

Boone County High School’s Thomas Day, top, holds on as Woodford County High School Wesley Morris tries to break Day hold during their 215-pound match during the Conner Invitational wrestling meet in Conner High School Jan. 8. Thomas Day won the match.

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• The Notre Dame girls basketball team beat Cooper 69-43, Jan. 10. Cooper’s topscorer weas Andrea Thompson with 10 points. • The Cooper boys basketball team beat St. Henry 59-37, Jan. 5. Cooper’s topscorer was Asiel Langley with 15 points. St. Henry’s topscorer was Alec Beeghly with 11 points. On Jan. 8, Cooper beat Bishop Brossart 43-40. Cooper’s top-scorers were Asiel Langley and D’vontae Bradley with 12 points each. • In girls basketball, Cooper beat Dixie Heights 51-44, Jan. 7. Cooper’s leading scorer was Adrienne Sandlin with 13 points. On Jan. 8, Cooper beat Dayton 72-35. Cooper was led on the scoreboard by Andrea Thompson, Sandlin and Savannah Brinneman with 10 points each.

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New year brings new energy Secondhand smoke is harmful

I recently wrote to you regarding the rights of “non-smokers” unfortunately the title of the letter stated “smokers have rights” and that is incorrect. I believe that we all have rights, but when the right of one group can harm others, then smokers must give up their rights to smoke in public places. I have taken the liberty in getting the health risks related to secondhand smoke. I think these should be published in your Viewpoints section. Why anyone would want to harm their child by exposing their helpless bodies to secondhand smoke. The following facts were quoted from the UKHealthCare website. Secondhand smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar. It also comes from smoke exhaled from the smoker. Each year secondhand smoke causes about 46,000 deaths to nonsmokers from heart disease and 3,000 deaths from lung cancer. Children living in households where adults smoke are at high risk of exposure to secondhand smoke. Parents who smoke provide almost 90 percent of a child’s exposure to secondhand smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). They also have more health problems such as pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and ear infections. Children living in households where adults smoke are hospitalized more than children living in smoke-free homes.

Secondhand smoke and pets

Secondhand smoke increases the risk of cancer in cats, dogs and birds. A 2009 study showed that 28 percent of the owners who smoked would be motivated to quit smoking based on the dangers of secondhand smoke to their

pets. Nine percent said they would ask others in their household to quit smoking and 14 percent said they would ask visitors to smoke outside.

Tracy Ashworth Community Why is Recorder secondhand guest smoke so columnist


People exposed to secondhand smoke breathe the same toxic chemicals that smokers do. These chemicals come not only from the tobacco itself , but from the soil, paper and ingredients used to make the tobacco taste better. Studies clearly show that the more exposure you have to secondhand smoke, the more likely it is that you will have health problems. Here are a few of the 250-plus toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke: Formaldehyde (used in embalming) Carbon monoxide (found in car exhaust) Hydrogen cyanide (found in chemical weapons) Toluene (paint thinner) Cadmium (found in batteries) Butane (lighter fluid) Think about how much we non-smokers have already inhaled into our lungs. It is such a terrible habit that harms everyone around it. What are the lawmakers in Kentucky thinking by allowing public smoking! Thank you for your help in sending this important message to Kentuckians. Tracy Ashworth of Union has been a nurse for 29 years. She says she is a strong advocate for children’s health and well being, but is also extremely concerned about overall health of the America public.


Writing tips

Louise Borden, an author of children’s literature who lives in Terrace Park, Ohio, visited Erpenbeck Elementary. Borden shared with students how she became a writer and the writing process. “I always write what’s in my heart,” she told the students. One of the books featured was “Across the Blue Pacific: A World War II Story,” based on the truelife story of her uncle who grew up in Fort Mitchell. Borden is shown with Hunter Hassel, a third-grader holding the gold Medal of Honor given to Borden’s uncle.

The start of a new year always brings hope for our community and our commonwealth. This year’s legislative session is bringing new energy and a new outlook for House Republicans and all Kentuckians. We kicked off part one of the 2011 Session of the General Assembly by welcoming ten new members to the House Republican Caucus. The 10 new legislators raise the total number of Republicans in the Kentucky House of Representatives to 42. As I begin my fourth term, I still take pause as I approach the Capitol and traverse the hallway leading to the House chamber on day one. Please know I never take for granted the responsibility entrusted to you, and I am humbled by your confidence in me. The beginning of a new session also represents a time of organization. During orientation week we also receive committee assignments. I was honored to be appointed Vice-Chairwoman of the Health and Welfare, and to the Transportation Committee. I will continue to serve on Education, Tourism and Energy, and the Budget Subcommittee on Human Services. We also prepared for the second portion of this legislative session that will reconvene on Feb. 1 by receiving our legislative committee assignments. These assignments allow us to have a hand in shaping legislation that affects many different sectors of our commonwealth. This year, I am honored to be serving on Agriculture and Small Business Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government as a Liaison Member,

and the Government Contract Review Committee. With the organizational events and leadership elections out of the way, State Rep. our focus is now Addia on passing the Wuchner legislative agenda we Community announced last Recorder year, “A New guest Day, A New for columnist Direction Kentucky.” This agenda includes bills that, if passed, would make all bills dealing with tax dollars available to the public 48 hours before a vote could take place, and also post all government expenditures and contracts dealing with taxpayer dollars online. Additionally, I have sponsored legislation to reduce the overreach of spending through government regulation outside the budgetary process. HB 140 requires any administrative regulation that has a major economic impact not go into effect until 60 days after a session of the General Assembly. The focus of our attention is to put an end to the tax and spend policies that have been the practice of politics in our commonwealth for too long. The citizens expect transparency and oversight to how their tax dollars are spent. Perhaps the most important bill of our 2011 agenda deals with our top duty as legislators: passing a budget. Our caucus proposes that if we as legislators fail to pass a budget in a regular session, that we will receive no pay in any subsequent


special session. Past failures to pass a budget in a regular session have led to the unnecessary expenditure of additional tax dollars in a special session, and it is time that state government holds ourselves responsible to you if we fail to pass a budget in the 2012 session. I welcome your comments and concerns for the upcoming session. I can be reached at home, or through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. A taped message containing information on legislative committee meeting schedules is available by calling 1-800-633-9650, and information on the status of each bill is available by calling 1-866840-2835. If you have Internet access, I can be reached at, or you may keep track of legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

General Assembly gets organized The Kentucky House of Representatives came together again last week, as 12 new members and newly elected and re-elected House leaders joined the rest of the 100-member body to convene the 30-day 2011 Regular Session at the State Capitol. In the House Republican Caucus, history was made by electing Rep. Jeff Hoover as our floor leader for a record-breaking sixth consecutive term. Republican Caucus Chairman Bob DeWeese was re-elected to his post while Rep. Danny Ford was elected to fill the spot of Republican whip. House members spent the remainder of the four-day first “organizational” week of the 2011 session receiving committee assignments, being briefed on issues, and attending mandatory ethics training. We also received reports late in the week from chairs of the interim joint committees, which study issues and draft legislation between sessions. We received our standing committee assignments during this first week. In session, joint House and Senate committees that meet between sessions are separated into chamber-specific standing committees. It is these standing committees that will take up legislation during the second part of this year's session, which will begin Feb. 1 and is scheduled to end March 22. I was pleased with my committee assignments for the upcoming session, which include the House Appropriations and Revenue, Licensing and Occupations, State

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I was pleased with my committee assignments for the upcoming session, which include the House Appropriations and Revenue, Licensing and Occupations, State Government, and Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety Committees. I am especially excited about the opportunity I have to serve on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee as this assignment will allow me to play a key role in overseeing how state dollars are spent and I pledge to work hard with the goal of making Kentucky’s budget fiscally responsible.

Government, and Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety Committees. I am especially excited about the opportunity I have to serve on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee as this assignment will allow me to play a key role in overseeing how state dollars are spent and I pledge to work hard with the goal of making Kentucky’s budget fiscally responsible. Before the session convened, numerous bills were prefiled and many more will be filed within the next few weeks. Some simply clarify language in existing law or change how various state agencies or commissions are organized. Others address timely statewide challenges, like a possible overhaul of the state tax code. What is certain is new spending will be kept to a bare minimum as recession-weary lawmakers watch and wait hopefully for more vigorous signs of recovery

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Our focus is now on passing the legislative agenda we announced last year, “A New Day, A New Direction for Kentucky.” This agenda includes bills that, if passed, would make all bills dealing with tax dollars available to the public 48 hours before a vote could take place, and also post all government expenditures and contracts dealing with taxpayer dollars online.

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in a state where unemployment still hovers around 10 percent. Our economy is fragile, but at least we’re not facing hundreds of millions in shortfalls as we have in recent years. I am hopeful this year‘s session will be positive and move Kentucky forward. You can stay informed of legislative action on bills of interest to by logging onto the Legislative Research Commission website at or by calling the Bill Status Line at 866-840-2835. To find out when a committee meeting is scheduled, you can call the Meeting Information Line at 800-633-9650. If you would like to share your comments or concerns with me about a particular bill, you can call the Legislative Message Line at 800-372-7181 or e-mail me at I look forward to serving you in Frankfort once again. Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.



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Florence resident Bill McDowell was recently honored by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Florence resident honored for volunteer work Florence resident Bill McDowell was recently honored by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) with the Moser Award given to a Radio Reading Services broadcast volunteer. Radio Reading Services is a free service of CABVI that makes local and world news accessible to those who are print impaired. Subscribers are loaned radios tuned to the WRRS signal where they can hear around-the-clock broadcasts by volunteers on a variety of topics, newspapers and other publications. WRRS programs reach nearly 7,000 people within a 50-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati. Radio Reading Services also matches volunteer personal readers with individuals or groups, and provides a Personalized Talking Print Service (PTP) that offers tailored and up-to-the-minute news and information via a voice mail customized system. Although McDowell has only been a CABVI volunteer for a couple of years,

he’s logged enough hours to have been there far longer. “In addition to his regular commitment, Bill is always eager to fill in for others when needed, and has been known to expand his scheduled studio time at the last minute,” said Mark DeWitt, manager of WRRS. He began reading on Tuesday mornings and within a few months added a magazine show, Cincy Magazine. During last winter’s snow storms when the agency was closed Bill even made it in to read three hours of the morning newspaper. Outside of WRRS, he has also volunteered at other CABVI events such as the children’s holiday party and does some on-call staff driving and one-on-one assignments. McDowell said he learned about the opportunity when he simply saw WRRS in the phone book and called to inquire. “I’ve given speeches before and I thought this would be a great way to give back,” he said.



Despite the snowstorm, people gather around the Adoption Waggin which came to the Burlington Christmas celebration Dec. 4.

Adoption Waggin’ makes a difference

By Patricia A. Scheyer

Community Recorder Contributor

The new Adoption Waggin’ purchased by the Boone County Animal Shelter last summer is boosting the number of animals adopted from the shelter. Although the amount of dogs and cats fluctuates from month to month and year to year, director Beckey Reiter said she has seen a positive difference. “We are seeing adoptions up from last year,” said Reiter. “Adoptions of dogs went up 21 to 31, puppies from 36 to 49, cats from four to nine and kittens from 23 to 45. Reiter attributes a lot of the increase to the Adoption Waggin,’ because she feels more people are able to see the animals that are available for adoption. “We are off the beaten path, and

many times people don’t think about us in their everyday life,” said Reiter. “Also, a lot of people just can’t stand to see the dogs and cats in cages, and because they can’t adopt them all, they just don’t want to come. The Waggin’ goes out to events in the community, and brings the animals to the people.” Reiter said their goal for the first year is to have the unit scheduled for 26 community events the first year, and since its debut in July, the Waggin’ will have completed 14, slightly ahead of schedule. “We are hooked up to the computers in the office, so right now there is now a way to separate the adoptions that happen through the Adoption Waggin’ from all the other adoptions, “ said Reiter. “We have 20 cages in the unit, and we try to take the same amount of dogs and cats. We have dividers that are removable, so that

The Adoption Waggin’ purchased by the Boone County Animal Shelter is boosting the number of animals adopted from the shelter.

gives the animals room to roll around and bounce. One thing we have to do is make sure we have enough volunteers to walk the dogs during these events.” The top number they have adopted at any of the events is nine, and that was at Hebron Kroger, where there seems to be more interest. Adoption Waggin’s success has not escaped the notice of Boone County Fiscal Court. “Our new mobile unit makes the adoption process easier for our constituents, and reduces the number of animals being euthanized,” said Judge-executive Gary Moore. “I’m also pleased that the unit was purchased with private funds, not taxpayers dollars.” The cost was just under $125,000, and money was raised through donations and fundraisers in more than 10 months.

The resolution to lose weight


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Every year many Americans resolve to lose weight. They start by vowing to not eat certain foods (usually desserts), they might skip meals thinking they are saving calories, and, in general, attempt to make some pretty drastic changes. Some buy popular diet books. Others try the latest fad diet that outlines exactly what they may and may not eat. Then, several days (or even weeks) into the new routine, things start to change. The person realizes it isn’t easy to adhere to their new eating pattern. Some may not see any weight change. Others may actually gain weight. So, the resolution is thrown out the window and the person returns to the usual eating pattern. If this sounds like you or someone you love, consider the following. Cut back, not out. Find a way to make the portion a little smaller. Use smaller

plates. Eat only half of what you are served. Leave the cheese or mayo off of sandDiane the wich. Skip Mason the chips the Extension with sandwich Notes every other time. Order small fries instead of medium or large. Mix half diet and regular soda instead of drinking all regular. Drink water instead of a caloric beverage at least once a day. Eat one cookie instead of two. Cut the brownie or cake portion in half. You won’t feel so deprived and you’ll cut back on the calories. Will it make a difference? You bet! The small steps add up. Eat out less often. Let’s be honest. Most portions served in any kind of restaurant are more than we

should eat; sometimes even more than we should eat in an entire day. However, we think we need to be model members of the “clean plate club.” So, plan ahead for the days when you want to eat out. Consider what you will order prior to arriving in the restaurant. Order water instead of a caloric beverage. Ask the waiter to not bring the chips, bread or crackers that might start the meal. Skip the appetizer and dessert. Cut the portions in half when the meal is delivered to the table - take half home to enjoy at another meal. Leave off the mayo and cheese. Order broth based instead of creamed soups. Watch your snacks and snack habits. If you are so inclined, keep a food log for a few days. Write down what time you eat along with what you eat. You can even record the mood you are in. After a few days, see if a pattern emerges. Do you always eat something

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before going to bed? Grab food when you walk in the door even if you are not hungry? Eat while watching television without realizing what or how much you are eating? Think about what simple changes you can make to decrease the number or size of snacks you consume. Just the other day someone told me they wanted to lose 10 pounds by June. That is not an unrealistic goal. They then asked for me to give them a diet plan. My recommendation – just eat less than what you normally eat. Diets don’t work. Oh yes, and try to get up and move a bit more instead of sitting on the couch watching TV. Here’s to hoping you are able to achieve your personal health goals for 2011! Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.


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People We Knew/Didn’t Know, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St., Exhibit by photographers Michael Wilson, Jerry Mussman, Bob Lorig and Ed Davis. Photos span period between 1978 and present and include pictures of Northern Kentucky. 859-292-2322; Covington.


Filly Tracks Art Show, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Paintings, screen prints, photography and more from local artists. Benefits select horse rescues. Free. Through Jan. 31. 859-2615770; Newport. Isolation & Togetherness, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Works by Matthew Andrews, Dominic Sansone, Mallory Felktz, Marcia Alscher, Alan Grizzell, Patrick Meier, Sherman Cahal and Janie Marino. Free. Through Feb. 18. 859-957-1940; Covington.


Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, $5. 859-342-7000. Erlanger. The Brave Youngster, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport. Code 9, 9 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, 859-371-0200. Florence.


Winter/Spring Meet, 5:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 1 5


Filly Tracks Art Show, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport. Isolation & Togetherness, Noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.


Second Friday Swing Dance, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Free beginner swing dance lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to DJ music 9 p.m.-midnight. No partner required. Ages 18 and up. $5. Presented by Cincinnati Lindy Exchange. 859291-2300; Covington.


Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, More than 25 interactive buttons, 250 feet of track and opportunity to be engineer of train. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Eight Days a Week, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Beatles tribute band. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Trailer Park, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., The Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour. Doors open 7 p.m. $30. 859491-2444; Covington.


Whiskey Creek, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence. Duke Junior and the Smokey Boots, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Classic country-folk crew. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859-2612365; Covington.


Brent Reed, 8-11 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., “Sober” video release concert. Alternative, pop and rock artist. $5. 859-261-9675; Newport.

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Sweet Ray Laurel, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. CD Release Show. Doors open 8 p.m. $8 ages 18-20; $5 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence. S U N D A Y, J A N . 1 6

FASHION SHOWS Veils & Cocktails Bridal Event, 6:30 p.m., The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Hors d’oeuvres, martini ice bar, bridal fashion show, giveaways and two floors of the area’s local wedding retailers. $10. 859291-3300. Covington. LITERARY - LIBRARIES


Tea Tasting, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St., Free. In observance of National Tea Month. Featuring Elmwood Inn Teas. 859-261-4287; Newport.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.


Snowman Sensation, 11 a.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Stories, hot cocoa and snowman that won’t melt. Ages 2-6. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Walton.


PAWS to Read, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Share book with therapy dogs. Ages 5-10. Family friendly. Free. Appointment required for 15-minute slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.


Scrap Crop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hebron Baptist Church, 3435 Limaburg Road, Fellowship Hall. Bring scrapbooking, couponing or other projects to work on at your own table without interruptions of daily life. Includes light breakfast, lunch and door prizes. $30, $25 advance by Jan. 10. Reservations required. Presented by Hebron Baptist Mothers of Preschoolers. 859-409-0827; Hebron.


Swingtime Big Band, 7:30 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., 859-261-9675; Newport.


Ricky Nye, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Vintage Wine Bar - Kitchen - Market, 2141 North Bend Road, Free. 859-689-9463. Hebron.


The New Lime, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., Columbia recording artists perform music from 1960s-’70s. Free. 859-581-3700; Newport.

Young at Heart, 3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Discover your inner artist through paper collage. Ages 3-7. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union.


Matt Cowherd and Jamie Combs, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.


Children take a look at the newest member of the Newport Aquarium, “Mighty Mike,” pictured in his aquarium, a 14-foot long, 800-pound American alligator on exhibit until late spring. The alligator, estimated to be about 50 years old, is a champion for conservation because of his size and story. He is considered the largest alligator in the country on display outside of Florida. Winter Family Days at the Newport Aquarium will run through Feb. 28. Two children, ages 2-12, are admitted free with each adult paying full price, $22; those under 2 years old are free every day. Due to construction on the Kingdom of Penguins exhibit, the penguins will not be on display at the aquarium. Newport Aquarium is open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit or call 859-261-7444.


Open Gaming, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Teens ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. Through Jan. 31. 859-3422665; Burlington.


Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence. M O N D A Y, J A N . 1 7

ART EXHIBITS Isolation & Togetherness, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington. KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Songwriter Showcase and Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Hosted by Misty from the Newbees. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Teen Cafe, 3-5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Friends, video games, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence. Middle School Mondays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Wii gaming and snacks. Teens ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron. Pizza Melee, 5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Blind pizza taste test. Teens ages 12 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Florence.


Tig Notaro, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. With Mike Cody and Mike Cronin. Stand up comedy. $10, $8 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

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MLK Day Camp, 8:30-10:30 a.m., At The Yard Baseball Training Center, 330 Weaver Road, Led by Brandon Berger. Work on all fundamentals, fielding, hitting and throwing. Ages 12 and under. $25. Registration required. 859-647-7400; Florence. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 1 8

BUSINESS MEETINGS Eggs ‘N Issues: Make Your New Year a Green Year, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Featured panelists: Kevin Butt, general manager, Toyota Motor Company; Jeff Schroder,; Doug Spies, DesignGroup; Rob Haney, Kenton County Schools. Ages 21 and up. $25. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-578-8800; Erlanger. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 78:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Newport.

EDUCATION Overpaying Your Income Taxes?, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Review old, and discuss new, federal and Kentucky personal income tax deductions and credits to which you may be entitled. No individual tax preparation or assistance provided during class. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

Dayton High School School Base Decision Making Council, 4 p.m., Dayton Middle and High School, 200 Greendevil Lane. 859-2927486; Dayton, Ky.

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Overpaying Your Income Taxes?, 1-3:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, Free. 859-586-6101. Burlington.


Boone County Retired Teachers Association, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 4770 Houston Road, Monthly luncheon meeting and musical program presented by Gary Griesser. 859-428-3673. Florence.


Film Noir Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., “The Long Goodbye.” Explore the world of crime, deception and femmes fatale. Adults. Ages 21 and up. 859-572-5033; Fort Thomas.


American Girls Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Discussion of favorite characters, crafts and snacks. Ages 7-12. 859-342-2665; Union.


Midday Musical Menu, 12:15 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave., Music of Rachmaninoff. Ellen Stephens, cellist; John Haynes, pianist. Free parking in church lots. Free; $6 lunch available at 11:30 a.m. 859-431-1786. Covington.

LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS Pizza and Pages, 3:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Talk about what books you’ve been reading and eat pizza. Ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Hebron.


Lego Mania, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Friendly competition with Raving Rabbids, Wii Sports Resort, MarioKart and more. Ages 8-12. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Blithe Spirit, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Noel Coward classic. Newly married novelist takes part in seance in order to drum up new material for himself. But soon he is tormented by the ghost of his dead first wife. $20. Through Feb. 5. 513474-8711; Newport.


Weight Loss Class, 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.


Teen Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Xbox 360, Wii, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.



Latin and ballroom dance set ablaze in “Burn the Floor,” a direct-from-Broadway live dance spectacular. It is Jan. 18-30 at the Aronoff Center and features “So You Think You Can Dance” alums Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer. “American Idol” second runner-up Vonzell Solomon is the show’s female vocalist. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22.50$62.50. Call 800-982-2787 or visit

Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 8 p.m. $13, $10 advance. 859431-2201; Newport.


Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. Bring lunch; drinks provided. $2. 859-4312543. Covington.


The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular comes to the Taft Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. This Elvis birthday tour features Shawn Klush, pictured, Donny Edwards, Brandon Bennett, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations and The Fabulous Ambassadors. For information visit For tickets visit or call 877-598-8497.


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Some characteristics of a mature and immature religion The first time I read the statement years ago I was stunned. In his book, “The Individual and His Religion,” Gordon Allport, former chairman of the Social Relations Department at Harvard University, wrote, “In probably no region of personality do we find as many residues of childhood as in the religious attitudes of adults.” Bluntly stated, “We are more childish in our religious thinking than we are in other areas of human endeavor.” Recalling this bold statement is not to diminish religion or religious-minded people. It’s to encourage spiritual growth in a culture that is increasingly becoming more spiritually illiterate. Our spiritual development has great importance. In a practical way it helps us deal with various momentous issues that confront us in life. Without it we are left illequipped to deal with the mighty questions about life, suffering, death, contemporary moral problems,


tragedies, interior peace, coping with illness, etc. I n o t h e r areas of Father Lou life we Guntzelman b e c o m e Perspectives r a t h e r skilled and proficient. But all the while we hang on to childish ways of understanding God and the spiritual dimension of our nature. For centuries, theology (the study of God) was considered the “Queen of the Sciences.” Why? Because God is the ultimate mystery. Long ago, St. Anselm described God as, “The One beyond what is able to be thought.” God is the deepest exploration the human mind can make. Yet today many boringly say, “Been there; done that; I explored God when I was in Sunday school or elementary school” – thereby fulfilling Allport’s findings about adults. So, in the face of death,

We settle moral struggles with simplistic solutions, “This is a free country and I have my rights to do what I want!” We stop praying because, “God never gives me what I ask for, anyway.” suffering or serious problems, we tend to despair. Childhood insights and an undeveloped faith just don’t suffice. Instead, questions are posed asking, “Why is God doing this to me?” – as though God likes to see us suffer. We settle moral struggles with simplistic solutions, “This is a free country and I have my rights to do what I want!” We stop praying because, “God never gives me what I ask for, anyway.” In his book, Allport suggests some characteristics of a more mature, adult-like faith. Several of his characteristics are: 1) “Well differentiated.” This means our personal spiritual beliefs are reflective and critical, recognizing the difference between essen-

tials and less-important accidentals. This aspect of mature spirituality should grow over time and become more and more free of the ego-centric concerns of childhood when we used religion just “to get what we want” or considered God a Divine Dispenser. 2) “Dynamic” is another attribute of the religion of maturity. This means that our beliefs are so much ours that they actually affect and direct our lives, motives and behavior. As some say, “We walk what we talk.” At the same time a mature religion is balanced, not fanatical or compulsive, and has a realistic view of life and our humanness. 3) “Heuristic” is a third characteristic Allport proposes of a mature religion.

This means that with time, more study and scriptural attentiveness, some beliefs are dropped or open up to deeper understanding. This necessitates that we eventually lay aside some childish concepts in order to expand our smaller thoughts for grander, more divine ones. Adults who are growing more mature in their religion keep realizing that the God they thought they knew was far too small. St. Paul testifies to this aspect when he writes: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult I put away childish ways.” (1Corinthians 13:11) “The religion of maturity makes the affirmation ‘God is,’ but only the religion of immaturity will insist, ‘God is precisely what I say He is,’” states Allport. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Bring on the biblical barley for healthier meals One of the most worthwhile things I do each week is talk to Brian Patrick on Sacred Heat radio on Thursday mornings during the Sonrise Morning S h o w Rita ( 7 4 0 A M Heikenfeld at 7:20 a.m.). Rita’s kitchen T h e topic is foods and herbs of the Bible, how they were used in Bible days and how we can use them today. What I’ve found is that many of the health foods we should be eating today have their roots in the Bible. Take barley, for instance. It’s been a health-giving staple since antiquity and it’s all the trend today to use it in soups, pilafs and breads. And since today is a soup and bread kind of day, I’m sharing my version of Ezekiel quick bread using barley. Try the bread with one of

these soups, and you’ll have a really good meal.

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Easy chicken soup for the kids to help make

Fast broccoli cheese soup

Getting the little ones involved in cooking makes them more adventurous and more apt to eat healthy. Keep the leaves on the celery – they contain calcium. 2 cans, 14 oz. each, chicken broth plus enough water to equal 4 cups liquid 1 carrot, sliced or handful or some shredded carrots 1 rib celery, sliced 1 ⁄2 cup alphabet pasta, whole grain if possible Chopped or shredded cooked chicken: a couple of cups Salt and pepper to taste Bring broth, carrot and celery to a boil. Stir pasta and chicken into broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen:

Any kind of pasta will do, or rice or noodles Rice: to rinse or not?

1 cup chopped onion 6 tablespoons each: melted butter and flour 4 cups chicken broth 16-20 oz. chopped frozen broccoli, thawed 1 cup milk or cream or more if needed 1 can cream of chicken soup Salt and pepper to taste Sauté onion in butter until tender. Add flour and stir. It will be lumpy. Gradually stir in broth and broccoli. Cook until broccoli is tender, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and stir in milk and soup. Season to taste.

Not your mama’s Ezekiel bread

I shared this recipe with Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart radio during my weekly segments on Bible foods and herbs. You can buy Ezekiel bread or make it yourself. It typically contains barley, spelt, wheat, beans, lentils

substitute, melted Mix flour and grains together. Add honey and then stir in beer. Don’t overmix. You’ll get a thick, lumpy batter. Pour into sprayed loaf pan. Pour melted butter over. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. *Tip from Rita’s kitchen: bread is delicious even without the grains, but it won’t be Ezekiel bread. Also, substitute 2 cups buttermilk if you like for the beer. RITA HEIKENFELD/CONTRIBUTOR

Ezekiel bread contains barley, spelt, wheat, beans, lentils and millet. and millet. It’s a yeasted bread, which takes some time to make. The ingredients are ground into a flour, or sometimes allowed to sprout before using in the bread. Check out my online column for the yeasted recipe. Here’s one, though, that is delicious and quick and contains nutritious grains. It’s a quick bread and really delicious. The millet gives it a wonderful crunch and has iron.

Barley is great for lowering cholesterol and, as a low sodium food, helps lower blood pressure. Wheat germ is good for your heat and bones. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 3 cups self rising flour 2 tablespoons each: quick cooking barley, wheat germ and millet * 2 tablespoons honey 1 can, 12 oz., beer (I used light beer) 2 tablespoons butter or

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list that he hopes to turn into reality in the next four years. He thanks everyone for their continued support. Several of our citizens are on the sick list, so please remember them in your prayers and thoughts. Judy Denney is in St. Elizabeth Edgewood suffering from pneumonia. She had spent 18 days in the hospital before Christmas. She may have to be there another week. We hope she feels better soon. Jim Bonar is home from the hospital, as is Bud Young. Romona Roberts, one of our Walton Verona Lunch Room Ladies, is undergoing a kidney removal this week. We wish her the best. Jessica Peebles spent part

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Mayor introduces Town Meeting Jan. 24 Mayor Wayne Carlisle has had a busy and productive first week in office. He has met with employees and determined they are the best possible people to work with, despite former rumors of personnel changes. The mayor will be available in city hall five to six days per week and is issuing an open invitation to anyone to stop by and chat. The mayor and Connie Goins, economic development coordinator, have met with interested developers and have established a cooperative effort to bring retail business in the town center and more industrial growth. Committes have been established for the year with the creation of a new Finance Committe to be chaired by Mark Carnahan. Mike Simpson will chair Street, Sidewalk and Garbage; Craig Brandenberg, an Army veteran, will chair the Veterans Memorial Committee; Kevin Ryan will chair the Safety Committee; and Ann Leake will chair Economic Development/ Water and Sewer Committee. The mayor expressed upgrading the city website and starting a weekly e-

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Residence broken into at 63 Utz Dr., Sept. 16. Business broken into and items taken at Hopeful Church Rd., Sept. 17. Reported at 6809 Sebree Dr., Sept. 24. Reported at 81 Coreta Dr., Sept. 23. Money stolen at 8860 U.S. 42, Sept. 26. Computers stolen at 3094 Martin Rd., Dec. 13. TVs stolen at 212 Deer Trace Dr., Dec. 13. Jewelry stolen at 5594 Woolper Rd., Dec. 16. Drugs stolen at 5922 Peoples Ln., Dec. 16. Household goods stolen at 10650 Big Bone Church Rd., Dec. 17.

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Vehicle damaged at 411 Mt. Zion Rd., Sept. 22. Vehicle damaged at 7633 Dixie Hwy., Sept. 25. Vehicle damaged at Wehterington Blvd., Sept. 25. Vehicle damaged at 7 Medow Ln., Sept. 30. Merchandise damaged at 2108 Mall Rd., Sept. 30. Property damaged at 1634 North Bend Rd., Dec. 14.

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Shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., Dec. 17. Shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Dec. 17. Shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Dec. 17. Subject attempted to take goods from J.C. Penny at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 26. Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 26. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Florence Mall at 5000 Mall Rd., Nov. 23. Subject tried to steal items from Kohl’s at 61 Spiral Dr., Dec. 9. Subject tried to shoplift goods from Wal-Mart at 7625 Doering Dr., Dec. 9. Subject tried to steal goods from Dollar General at 7641 Dixie Hwy., Dec. 10. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Florence Mall at 5000 Mall Rd., Dec. 10. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Florence Mall at 6000 Mall Rd., Dec. 10. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Florence Mall at 2106 Mall Rd., Dec. 11. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Florence Mall at 3000 Mall Rd., Dec. 12. Victim’s purse taken from them by unknown subject at 7414 Turfway Rd., Nov. 24. Items taken from residence at 6304 Clark St., Sept. 15. Credit cards stolen from residence at 6920 Oakwood Dr., Dec. 6. Registration plate stolen from vehicle at 4990 Houston Rd., Sept. 16. Items stolen at 430 Meijer Dr., Sept. 17.

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Frank Cain, 41, of Dry Ridge, died Dec. 31, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a welder with LSI Industries of Florence. Survivors include his wife, Robin Hensley Cain; mother, Doris Cain of Crittenden; sons, Eric Thornton of Crittenden, Michael Thornton and Ryan Haney, both of Dry Ridge; sisters, Patricia Cain of Florence and Peggy Cain of Taylor Mill; and three grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Frank Cain Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 15104, Covington, KY 41015.

Rodney Childs

Rodney Lawrence Childs, 78, of Glencoe, died Dec. 31, 2010, in Edgewood. He was a retired forklift operator with Gates Rubber Company in Florence and a U.S. Army Korean conflict veteran. Survivors include his son, Kevin Childs of Florence; daughter, Laura Childs of Florence; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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Brenda Adams Elliott

Brenda Lee Adams Elliott, 64, of Independence, died Jan. 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a claims investigator for Anthem Insurance Company in Cincinnati. She enjoyed gardening, working around the house, shopping and spending time with family. Survivors include her husband, Larry Elliott of Independence; sons, Chris Elliott and Wade Elliott, both of Florence, and Brian Elliott of Walton; brother, James Adams of Canal Fulton, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Wood Hudson Cancer Research, 931 Isabella St., Newport, KY 41071.

Virtrees Godbey

Virtrees Samuel Godbey, 66, of Union, died Jan. 3, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired welder for Nutone Inc. and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Survivors include his wife, Ellen Godbey; sons, David Samuel Godbey of Union and Brian Keith Godbey of Elsmere; brothers, Coy Godbey of

Russell Springs, Ky., Eddie Godbey of Fairfield, Ohio, and Harold J. Godbey of Casey County, Ky.; sisters, Mary Lee and Jean Adams, both of Casey County, and Charlotte Irwin of Trenton, Ohio; three grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. Interment was at Big Bone Cemetery. Memorials: Union Baptist Church, Youth Camp Fund, 1985 Mount Zion Road, Union, KY 41091.

Hebron; sister, Mary Jo Banta of Villa Hills; brothers, Andy Kessans of Warsaw, Mike Kessans of Florence and Rick Kessans of Stamping Ground, Ky.; and 11 grandchildren. Inurnment was at Mother of God, Latonia. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 or in the form of spiritual bouquets (Masses).

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Eileen Leonard Hastings, 72, of Fort Wright, died Dec. 5, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, civic volunteer for the city of Fort Wright and designed and maintained many of the city gardens. She was a Fort Wright General and the city council designated the second Saturday in May as Eileen Hastings Day. She was an elder, trustee, youth leader and Sunday school teacher for Community of Faith Presbyterian Church, Covington. Survivors include her husband, Floyd J. Hastings of Fort Wright; daughter, Jennifer Beach of Fort Wright; son, Matthew S. Hastings of Florence; and two grandchildren. She donated her body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Memorials: Community of Faith Presbyterian Church, 1400 Highland Pike, Covington, KY.

Judith Ann Kappes

Judith Ann “Judy” Kappes, 68, of Erlanger, died Jan. 6, 2011, at her home. She was a secretary at Mary, Queen of Heaven School, Erlanger, and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include her husband, Tom Kappes; sons, Tom Kappes of Burlington, Tim Kappes of Independence and Kevin Kappes of Florence; daughter, Karen Kleisinger of

Elbert O. McGaha, 89, of Florence, died Jan. 1, 2011, at Florence Park Care Center. He was a retired machinist, attended the Church of God and was an honorary Kentucky Colonel. His wife, Mildred C. McGaha; a son, Daniel P. McGaha; seven brothers; and three sisters died previously. Survivors include son, James D. McGaha of Warsaw; daughters, Linda R. Smith of Independence and Bonnie K. Haney of Fort Mitchell; brother, Leonard W. McGaha of

Gerald Anthony Molique, 72, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Ludlow, died Jan. 1, 2011, at his residence. He was the property operations supervisor for North Street Properties in Chicago, Ill., and former president of the Greater Cincinnati Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His former wife, Marita Rose Molique; brother, Jack Molique; and a sister, Sr. Mary Immaculyn Molique, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Karen Dotson Molique of Tucson, Ariz.; sons, Scott Molique of Florence and Dan Molique and Mark Molique, both of Union; sister, Lois Harding of Bright, Ind.; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or National Humane Society, HSUS, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Korbyn Rouse

Korbyn Alyssa Sue Rouse, newborn, of Erlanger, died Dec. 31, 2010, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include parents, Ciara Boles of Erlanger and Patrick Rouse of Florence; maternal grandparents, Edward and Carissa Boles of Erlanger; paternal grandfather, Danny Rouse of Florence; maternal greatgrandparents, Gary and Ruby Morrison of Erlanger; paternal greatgrandparents, Richard and Connie Moore; and paternal great-grandfa-

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Penny Smith

Penny Smith, 59, of Union, died Jan. 1, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a secretary and member of Christ’s Chapel in Erlanger. Survivors include her husband, Mike Smith of Union; daughters, Kim Ogelsby of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Carrie Hensley of Burlington; sons, Michael Smith Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., and Steve Smith of Allen, Texas; sisters, Pam White of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Tina Kindy of Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Christ’s Chapel, 3819 Turfway Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Alma Wilson

Alma Wilson, 72, of Burlington, died Jan. 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Florence Baptist Church, Southern Police Institute and Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Ray Wilson of Burlington; daughters, Ramona Wilson and Rene’ Jent, both of Burlington, and Robin Russell of Florence; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Florence Baptist Church Choir, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence KY 41042.

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Ed and Marian Kammerer are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on January 15, 2011. They attribute this remarkable milestone to their willingness to work together to help each other and their deep faith in the Lord. They met in 1940 when Ed was working for TWA in Indianapolis. Ed began his career with TWA in 1937 as a Junior Clerk in the Radio and Electrical Department. He eventually became the manager of over 500 employees in St. Louis and then later transferred to CVG where he retired from TWA after 43 years. They traveled extensively in Italy, Spain, England, Greece, Israel, and Egypt. They have a son, Don, who lives in St. Louis, a daughter, Shirley, who lives in Florence, three grandsons, and three great grandchildren. They credit their long life and marriage to their dedication to Jesus, being open and honest in their communications, and always giving 100% to each other. They exercise daily, eat healthy, and stay full of the joy of the Lord.

Patrick Coleman Maltaner, 53, of Covington, formerly of Campbell County, died Dec. 30, 2010, at Providence Pavilion, Covington. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Fort Thomas. His parents, George Ralph and Wilma Coleman Maltaner, and a sister, Janie Martin, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Monica Hollis of Florence, Donna Maltaner of Southgate and Nancy Longhauser of Williamstown; brothers, Mark Maltaner of Newport and Greg Maltaner of Southgate. Burial was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

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