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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013

COUGARS SWEEP RAIDERS A3 Conner boys basketball team routs Ryle 74-48.

BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS

Fire station going for bid soon Florence selects location behind Home Depot By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

The proposed layout of the Mt. Zion Road interchange. KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET

BIG CHANGES coming to Mt. Zion interchange

Plan aims to improve congestion By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

If you’ve traveled Mt. Zion Road around rush hour, you’re familiar with the problems that plague the increasingly crowded thoroughfare. A new interchange design proposed where the road and Interstate 71/75 meet is drastically different than anything seen around the Greater Cincinnati area and aims to improve congestion and safety in a growing area. Though still in the preliminary design phase, plans call for a double crossover diamond interchange to be constructed. As vehicles approach the interstate on a road that includes this type of interchange, traffic briefly crosses to the opposite side of the road in both directions. This allows vehicles merging onto the interstate

“I think anything they can do to alleviate the congestion down here is going to be a good thing.” STEVE RIALS Union resident

ramp to turn left from the inside lane without crossing traffic. Once past the intersection, vehicle traffic returns to the traditional side of the road. The first double crossover diamond (DCD) in America was constructed in Missouri in 2009. More than a dozen are now open to traffic and even more are under construction and design. Kentucky’s first DCD interchange was constructed in Lexington at Harrodsburg Road (Ky. 68) and New Circle Road (Ky. 4) and opened in August 2011.

Since opening, crashes have been reduced by more than 40 percent and traffic queues have been cut in half, according to information provided at a Jan. 17 public meeting about the interchange plans. Dozens of residents attended the meeting held by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. While the meeting included an informal open house, project manager Carol Callan-Ramler said during a formal presentation that the transportation cabinet is looking at safety and congestion. KYTC spokesperson Nancy Wood said in a phone conversation the DCD design will help with traffic flow and improve safety. In addition to a historically high crash rate in this area – information provided at the meeting says there were 225 crashes reported between 2009 and 2011 within the project limits between Tiburon Drive and U.S. 25 – traffic volumes have increased since the interchange was See MT. ZION, Page A2

FLORENCE — Fire station construction is just a few months away. The design phase for the Florence Fire/EMS Department’s newest station is nearly complete, and the project is set to move forward soon. “We’re projecting to go out for bid in February or March,” said city coordinator Rick Lunnemann. The new station will be built behind Home Depot and Kohl’s on Ted Bushelman Boulevard, the street named after an opponent of the station’s location. Before his death in 2011, City Council member Ted Bushelman was adamant that a new fire station should be built on the Florence Government Center campus on Ewing Boulevard, and not Lunnemann off of Houston Road, because it would better serve the side of town with older buildings and residents. Based on the recommendation of fire chief Marc Muench, Florence has gone forward with the location on Ted Bushelman Boulevard. Preliminary estimates put the new fire station’s construction budget at about $2.5 million and construction would take about a year, Lunnemann said. Once the new station is operational, the department will reorganize staffing across most of its stations. Currently, the department has three stations. Station No. 1, on Main Street, is staffed by only volunteers, Station No. 2, on Industrial Road, is staffed only by career personnel and Station No. 3, on Weaver Road, is staffed by a combination of volunteer and career personnel. Personnel from the Industrial Road station will move to the new station, and volunteers from Main Street will move to Industrial Road – leaving the Main Street station unmanned.

Florence couple run local cupcake store ‘Heavenly’ creations are a sweet family tradition By Melissa Stewart mstewart@nky.com

FLORENCE — Indulgence. Bliss. Sinsational. Those are just a few of the words used to describe flavors at Heavenly Frosted Cupcakes. For patron Sallie Sparks the name of the business says it all – the “cupcakes are, well ‘heavenly,’” she said. Owners Nichole and Todd Preisler have been serving up the angelic-like specialties at their Florence location

since July 2010. “I’ve always baked,” said Nichole. “My great-grandma baby-sat me and she was always baking. I just grew up with it, my mom and grandma baked too.” The husband and wife team wake early Tuesday through Saturday to come in at 3 a.m., baking from scratch nine flavors each day. The shop features their five most popular flavors – Chocolate Indulgence, Peanut Butter Bliss, Confetti, Carrot and Red Velvet – every day. One out-of-the-ordinary flavor is featured each week and three daily special flavors rotate from 60-plus flavors on

Nichole and Todd Preisler are the owners of Heavenly Frosted Cupcakes located in Florence. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Etsy an outlet for artists’ creations. B1

Ryle students send 7,000 meals to food banks in eastern Kentucky. A3

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first constructed, a trend future traffic forecasts suggest will continue. Traffic volumes currently range from 17,500 vehicles per day west of the interchange to 23,500 vehicles per day east of the interchange. “By 2030, these volumes are expected to increase to 49,000 vehicles per day west of the interchange to 57,000 vehicles per day east,” the information says. “Reconstructing the interchange will be necessary to accommodate this future demand for travel and to provide future mobility through the I-71/75 corridor.” When discussing other Ky. 536 projects in the works, which include projects immedi-

ately east and west, Callan-Ramler said the transportation cabinet isn’t just looking at what’s happening around the interstate, “we’re looking at what’s happening across the region.” Ky. 536 is the only non-interstate eastwest corridor that goes through Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Because the Mt. Zion interchange ties in with the interstate, it’s “absolutely critical” the cabinet gets things “as right as we can.” According to an informational brochure handed out at the meeting, the interchange was opened to traffic in 1992 and underwent improvements in 2007 which added a lane beneath the Interstate 71/ 75 overpass. “While these interim improvements resulted in much-needed congestion relief, it was a

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short-term improvement,” the brochure reads. “The current project will address the long-term needs of the corridor.” Steve Rials of Union lives on Mt. Zion Road, about two miles from the interchange. He attended the meeting for more information. “I think anything they can do to alleviate the congestion down here is going to be a good thing,” he said. “You can’t really stop progress, it’s kind of already here.” Brian Aldridge, deputy transportation planning manager for Stantec Consulting, spoke during the formal presentation and said funding is currently in place for right of way acquisition and utilities, “but we’re not quite ready.” “Even though those funds are technically available, they’re not authorized because we have to finish the environmental documentation and we actually have to get the design complete.” It will likely be 2014 before discussions begin about right of way acquisitions, he said. For more information about this project or the similar Richwood Road interchange project, visit 75crossings.com.

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Boone clerk wants you to phone it in Brown looking for ways to improve efficiency By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

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Changes in the works at the Boone County Clerk’s Office seek to make visits more convenient, if patrons even have to stop by at all. Clerk Kenny Brown highlighted changes that have been implemented since taking over the position two years ago and upcoming overhauls planned within the next year during a recent meeting of the Boone County Fiscal Court. Brown said the biggest change is the office’s continued growth in online renewals. “We’re committed to giving customers as many options as we can and opportunities as we can not to come in here unless they have to for motor vehicle renewal transactions,” the clerk explained in a later conversation. Renewals make up the brunt of the office’s transactions. Right now, patrons can do the renewal in person, by mail or the online renewal, which is currently only available for the standard passenger plate. This year, clerk’s offices statewide will transition to a new system –

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of who you want to be. Weight management focused around your needs.

Kenton County Judgeexecutive Steve Arlinghaus has appointed Paul McElhinney, of Cincinnati, to the Kenton County Airport Board effective Jan. 21. The Kenton County Airport Board is the governing body of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. McElhinney is president and CEO of GE Aviation Services in Evendale, Ohio.

PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Hampton Ridge Estates, Rockdale Court, Hickory Hill, Persimmon Grove, Arbors (Oakbrook), Greenwood Village, Silver Creek, Stephens, Willowbend, Fairgrounds, Bel Air Estates, and farms and new construction throughout Boone County the week of Feb. 4. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. At St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center, we understand that every patient is unique; that’s why our programs are focused around your needs. We’re a multi-disciplinary center with specialists trained to help you decide the weight management route that’s best for you, whether it’s bariatric surgery or a medically managed program. For more information, please visit us online at

CE-0000537700

stelizabeth.com/weightmanagementcenter or call 859-212-GOAL(4625).

more people using the phone renewal system than online renewals. “We look (at) that as another option that customers can have that will reduce foot traffic in here,” he said. “We’re a fast-growing county. We have two locations and I’m committed to giving customers every option ... to get their transactions completed without coming in here.” If the clerk’s office can reduce foot traffic during the month, it expedites transactions for others who do have to come in, said Brown. “Boone County’s growing,” he said. “We don’t want to expand bricks and mortar or do any expansion of the office until we fully exhaust all the options to reduce the traffic here with our current staff levels and current facility.” This system will begin to slowly roll out during the first quarter. Once the kinks have been worked out, Brown said the office will “turn it up and make sure all of Boone County knows this is an option.” Brown has also worked with the office’s credit card vendor and the office is now able to accept Visa for all transactions.

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KAVIS, or the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System – which will replace the Brown 30-year-old AVIS (Automated Vehicle Information System). “What that will do for customers, it will allow them to renew nearly every plate online, even if it’s a specialty plate,” Brown explained. The only exceptions will be plates requiring a membership card. The new system will also be, for the office staff, “a much simpler system to use.” “This will be a more efficient, more timely process for in-person transactions,” he said. Boone County is also working to become the second county in the state to offer over-the-phone registration renewals. Brown said he has been working closely with the Jefferson County clerk’s office, the only county in the state offering this option. Its staff “has been very helpful helping me understand how to put this together the right way,” he said. According to Brown, Jefferson County now has

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their menu including Strawberry Sin-sational and even Maple Bacon with infused bacon pieces. “People like to try different things, something off the beaten path,” Nichole said. “Our soda flavors like Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper and root beer are popular. We don’t want

Ryan appointed to Walton board

Walton City Council appointed Kevin Ryan to the Walton Board of Adjustment. Ryan will serve on the board until the end of 2014.

MOPS group offers parent workshop

Richwood Presbyterian MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers International) will present a Love and Logic workshop 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 12 to March 19. The series is free but registration is required. Call Love Alive Montessori Preschool at 859-4851900 or the church office at 859-485-7200. Certified Love and Logic instructor Amy McLagan will share tips and tools for raising responsible children of all ages. Child care and refreshments provided. The church is located at 1070 Richwood Road, Richwood.

Preschool tours offered

Love Alive Montessori Preschool of Richwood to go too far out though. Bacon is as meaty as we’ll go.” Heavenly Frosted Cupcakes is located in Oakbrook Town Center at the corner of Pleasant Valley Drive and Oakbrook Drive. The couple started it as a side business, baking during the weekends for Walt’s Hitching Post and had booked a few weddings. The small family-operated business is only a “part time job” for the Preislers who work

Presbyterian Church is conducting school tours to familiarize parents with their programs for ages 3, 4 and early 5. Open registration for Summer Vacation Station and 2013 fall classes will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Boone County Public Library’s Early Education Fair at the Main Branch and will be on a firstcome, first-enrolled basis. The church is located at 1070 Richwood Road in Richwood. For more information call 859-4851900.

Turfway prep race gets new sponsor

Cincinnati radio station WFTK, better known as 96ROCK (96.5 FM), is the new sponsor of Turfway Park’s second local prep stakes race for the track’s signature Spiral Stakes. The 96ROCK Stakes, for 3-year-old thoroughbreds, is scheduled to run Feb. 2. The $50,000 prep stakes, established in1983 as the Presidents Stakes, was previously known as the WEBN Stakes.

full-time jobs and have four children. Missing a few extra morning winks to stir up a satisfying delight, however, makes it all worthwhile. “I enjoy most the people – knowing how much they enjoy the cupcakes – it’s very rewarding,” Nichole said. “It doesn’t feel like a job. It’s really a labor of love. That’s why we do it.” Visit nky.com/florence for more community news


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ACHIEVEMENTS | NEWS | ACTIVITIES | HONORS

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Leadership training completed Community Recorder

Boone County parents Felicia Anderson and Julia Pile from Stephens Elementary School, Kelly Lusk from Longbranch Elementary School, Elizabeth Marlette from New Haven Elementary School, and Sirijun Mayi from Gray Middle School and Heather Morgan from Mann Elementary School were six of 28 parents from Northern Kentucky who graduated from the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. An initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, the nationally recog-

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nized 16-year program helps parents become more effective advocates for their children’s education. The parents participated in three two-day training sessions designed to increase their understanding of school performance and how to improve it.

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The parents will be responsible for conducting a follow-up project designed to accelerate the academic achievement of students at their children’s school and to involve more parents in the effort. The institute, which concluded on Nov. 3 in Florence, has

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prepared the parents to work toward higher achievement for all public school students by creating a new level of parent engagement. Since it was established in 1997, the institute has trained more than 1,690 Kentucky parents as education advocates.

On Jan. 30, the parents will present their individual projects to an institute project review panel. The members of the panel will consist of persons from the local school district, community, Prichard Committee members and past graduates. Starting this year, institute’s name will change to the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. For more information about the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and how to register for the next institute, call 859-233-9849, ext. 231.

HONOR ROLL Here are the honor roll students for the second quarter at Stephens Elementary:

All A’s

Students from the Ryle FBLA loaded a truck full of about 7,000 meals to send to Kenucky’s Appalachian region. The meals were purchased with $2,050 raised from a 5k in November. THANKS TO FAITH EVANS

Ryle High students send 7,000 meals By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

FLORENCE — A little bit of work is going a long way. Ryle’s Future Business Leaders of America club sent about 7,000 meals to food banks in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. The effort began in November when the club hosted a 5k to raise money for Kids Against Hunger. Kids Against Hunger is a charity that aims to significantly reduce the number of

COLLEGE CORNER Scroggins named ambassador Whitney Scroggins of Union has been named a student alumni ambassador at Eastern Kentucky University. Scroggins is majoring in nursing.

Taylor named to dean’s honor roll

Daniel Taylor of Florence, a general studies major, was named to Fort Hays State University’s fall semester dean’s honor roll. The roll includes full-time undergraduate students who have at least a 3.60 grade-point average for the semester.

hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world. This is done by distributing a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole to starving children and their families in more than 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. The 5k raised $2,050, which was used to buy the meals. About 40 volunteers from the FBLA joined up with several other groups who’d raised money for meals at 7 Hills

Church in Florence Jan. 12 to pack up meals and ship them off. With the 7,000 meals from the Ryle FBLA, a total of 38,000 meals are going to the Appalachia area. Due to tough economic circumstances, that area was facing malnutrition risks, said FBLA member Sadhvika Reddy, a senior. “Their food banks had completely empty shelves,” Reddy said. Having the FBLA put a dent in the problem is a proud accomplishment for the group,

she said. “Just thinking about feeding 7,000 people is hard to fathom,” Reddy said. This was the FBLA’s first experience with Kids Against Hunger, but after seeing how much the club can help, the relationship will likely continue, said FBLA member Faith Evans, a junior. “I think next year we might continue with the packaging because it was such an awesome experience,” Evans said. Visit nky.com/florence for more community news

Huntington celebrates Catholic Schools Week Theme supports raising standards Community Recorder

The Florence Huntington Learning Center is proud to support Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 27 through Feb. 2), a celebration of Catholic schools in America. Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the U.S. Con-

ference of Catholic Bishops. The celebration became an annual event in 1974. The 2013 theme of Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” This year’s theme supports the recent launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, which ensure the effective operation and responsible governance Catholic schools across the country,

thus promoting high academic standards. According to the NCES, 84.9 percent of 2010 12th-grade Catholic school students went on to attend a fouryear college. The 2010 Catholic high school graduation rate was 99.4 percent. Huntington supports a variety of national events focused on education, including Read Across America, American Education Week, National Teacher Day and National Library Week.

Grade 4: Avery Adams, Anderson Kelsie, Emma Berkley, Nicholas Bidwell, Kylia Brinker, Thomas Brionez, Toni Clevenger , Michaela Cline, Arista Craddock, Arianna Crawford, Joseph Curtis, Jonathan Ericson, Brian Ericson, Kaitlyn Gartner, Lindsay Hamilton, Tiffany Hoskins, Paula Jara-Sciaraffia, Alexander Johnson, Allyson Kentley, Olivia Lamb, Joshua Llamas, David MacDonald, Megan McDaniel, Ethan McPeake, Austin Mersmann, Jennifer Neace, Nathan Nguyen, Briannah Pyles, Cassidy Ransdell, Brianna Ravenscraft, Maryanna Rebhan, Luke Rockwell, Alex Sattarov, Emily Sisson, Jacob Stamper, Connor Stuart, Cristian Temaj, Aiden Wagner, Taylor Watkins and Cole Waymeyer. Grade 5: Madison Bailey , Brady Baldock, Elisabeth Bautista, Kobe Bittlinger, Annmarie Brown, Ryan Colmar, Alexis Courtenay, Dakota Davis, John Duggan, Samuel Ganster, Adam Harlow, Lars Hebenstiel, Logan Holmes, Aiden Jimenez, Charles Korzenborn, Emma Lawson, Toka Mehrez, Shota Murakoshi, Christina Neace, Morgan Palmer, Victoria Pastor-Richard, Austin Patello, Ashtyn Reineke, Madisyn Rooney, Elijah Rossi, Steven Rubino, Malia Ryle, Jennifer Sadler, Jonah Shofner, Rayce Staten, Grant Stidham, Joanna Swaiss and Riley Williams.

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Grade 4: Brian Agyei, Ryan Back, Vanessa Begley, Jayden Bergantino, Kaleb Bittlinger, Julia Chambers, Mackenzie Cole, Collin Combs, Jaron Cooper, Michael Dementjevs, Austin Duncan, Riley Gardiner, Micah Hollingsworth, Kara Howard, Mitchell Hutchison, John Lash, Taylor Lightner, Kylie Linville, Carryn Lonnemann, Anthony Lugar, Jonas Moore, Kio Murakoshi, Nicholas Parton, Miles Reisinger, Lauren Ruefer, Lily Schell, Sophia Seay, Lauren Shifferd, Zhuo Lin Tang, Analia Tapia, Simon Taylor, Averi Thome, Corrine Tyree, Trent Vest, Corey Watkins, Gary Webster, Margaret Wege, Mohammad Yamani and Brittany Young. Grade 5: Alexia Abercrombie, Bryce Augur, Brooke Baker, Haley Barth, Aaron Bowling, Madison Boyce, Caitlyn Damon, Rebekah Dickinson, Sydney Engel, Alexa Hamilton, Caleb He, Rudy Howard, Abigail Johnson, Brianna Keener, Joseph Lieberman, Julianna Maisch, Madison Monroe, Olivia Moreno, William Parker, Alexis Pennix, Robert Roll, Dylan Sigarto, Kirstyn Smith, Nicholas Sparks, Rylie Stanley, Matthew Steinher, Braedon Striley, Carlos Temaj, Jose Temaj, Lillian Trump, Trinity Underwood, Isiah Wardlaw, Madison Willging, Hayley Wilson and Zachary Wyan.

SCHOOL NOTES Vote for the best Students across the commonwealth are participating in Kentucky’s 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest and the public is invited to vote for their favorite slogan. The Secretary of State’s office has narrowed the field of slogan entries to 20 finalists out of more than 500 entries. To vote, visit 1.usa.gov/11CoHVH. The poll will remain open through 2 p.m. Feb. 28.


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STURDY AS REDWOODS Conner/Ryle game goes to Cougars

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New Rebel team keeps winning tradition Most of boys roster gone from last year’s team

By James Weber jweber@nky.com

By Adam Turer

T HEBRON —

he players on the Conner High School boys basketball team can look up during a game in their gym and see a sign near the bench that says “Be a cedar, not a palm.” The lesson in herbology reminds them that cedar trees are strong and sturdy and can survive in a storm, while palm trees only survive when the weather is nice and warm but they break in the face of adversity. The phrase was often used by Bill Warfield, the deceased former Conner coach whose name is permanently painted on the floor in front of the Conner bench. “We would huddle around a stick from a cedar all the time,” said current head coach Jim Hicks, who played for Warfield as a Cougar. The 2012-13 Conner Cougars have weathered plenty of storms this season and Jan. 18 they struck back by sweeping away rival Ryle with hurricane strength. Conner routed the Raiders 74-48. It was Conner’s first win in the 33rd District, avenging an earlier six-point loss (79-73) to Ryle. Conner is 1-3 in seeding play and 8-8 overall. Ryle dropped to 8-9 and 2-2. “The guys really played well on defense,” Hicks said. “I knew if we could keep it to a halfcourt game, that was to our favor. We didn’t want to run up and down the floor with them like we did last time. We’ve been concentrating on halfcourt defense and rebounding.” Conner had a steady lead between six and 12 points for most of the game before blowing away the Raiders with a 21-7 fourth quarter. Junior Samuel Hemmerich, Conner’s leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game, scored 25 in the game, including 14 in the first half. One of the tallest Cougars at 6foot-2, Hemmerich is a versatile scorer. “We really picked up our defense,” Hemmerich said. “We helped each other out. Our offense, we went after the rebounds and made most of our free throws.” Hemmerich has become more versatile every season. “He’s a very tough matchup,” Hicks said. “He can shoot from outside and he’s worked really hard to be able to score off the bounce. He’s a fun kid to coach. With him, he See HOOPS, Page A5

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Conner junior Samuel Hemmerich shoots the ball. He had 25 points. Conner beat Ryle 74-48 Jan. 18 at Conner. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ryle senior Drew Mays shoots the ball Jan. 18. JAMES WEBER/THE

Conner junior Will Ruholt shoots the ball. JAMES WEBER/THE

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FLORENCE — There is no easy solution to replacing nearly your entire roster. After winning 67 games of the last three years, Boone County entered this season with nearly an entire roster turnover. There were some growing pains and stumbling blocks out of the gate, but the Rebels appear to have weathered the roughest patch of the season. “Since we graduated our top seven players from last season, I really didn’t know what to expect from our players in a varsity game,” said head coach Greg McQueary. “Even though we have some seniors on this team, they had very little, if any, varsity experience before the season started.” The Rebels dropped six of their first nine contests. Boone County played in two holiday tournaments and seemed to turn a corner during those tournaments. A Dec. 22 victory over Ashland Blazer in the Raceland Derby Classic was especially sweet after losing at home in overtime to the same team a week earlier. The Rebels also had to overcome unexpected adversity, as several players were ill that week and some could not even make the trip. Brendan Stanley put up a career-high 33 points despite battling illness earlier in the week. “The first tourney gave the team a chance to bond and deal with the adversity of a few players being ill or unable to make the trip because of illness,” said McQueary. The momentum from that win carried the Rebels into the Bracken County Holiday Classic. Boone County won all three of its games in the tournament. “The second tourney is when we started to take better care of the basketball and started winning games we might have lost before Christmas,” said McQueary. “These games are where we started to value possessions more and started making free throws more consistently than earlier in the season.” As if replacing the top seven in the rotation entering the year was not enough, the Rebels also had to content with Brannen McDonald’s offseason knee injury, Brett Mayberry’s late start after the soccer season, and Jesse Schulze’s year off after not making the team due to its bevy of talented senior guards a year ago. All three have emerged as key performers this season. The Rebels lost three overtime games early in the season. While they could have accepted this as a rebuilding season and been content to go through

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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By James Weber jweber@nky.com

This Week’s MVP

» Cooper senior Andrea Thompson for leading the way in the team’s first-ever girls basketball win over Boone County.

Sweet 16

» The Draw Show for the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ and Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ State Basketball Tournaments will be Friday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. CWKYT (Ch. 14) in Lexington will provide a live broadcast of the pairings, with a live feed available online at www.khsaa.tv.

Brackets with official times and pairings will be posted to the Riherd’s/KHSAA Scoreboard and the KHSAA website at the conclusion of the program. The 2013 Boys’ Sweet 16® will be held March 6-10 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, with the Houchens Industries/ KHSAA Girls Sweet 16® taking place March 13-16 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Boone County’s Jessica Jones, left, battles Highlands’ Haley Coffey for a loose ball during their girls basketball game Jan. 15. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Coach leaving

» After almost 30 years coaching football at Boone County High School, including the last 15 as head coach, Rick Thompson is leaving to become special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at the College of Mount St. Jo-

seph. He told his players the news prior to school Jan. 22, according to Gannett News Service. No further information

was available at press time.

Boys basketball

» Conner beat Pendleton

County 78-61 Jan. 16. Landon Lamblez led five Cougars in double figures with 19 points. » Cooper beat Boone County 56-43 Jan. 17. Zach McNeil had 27 points. Brenden Stanley scored 13 for Boone. » St. Henry beat Dayton 6929 Jan. 17. Connor Kunstek had 17 points. St. Henry lost to NewCath in the All “A” semis. » Walton-Verona beat Trimble County 57-48 in the All See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A5


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Cooper 77, 8. Boone County 63, 9. Simon Kenton 56, 10. St. Henry 40, 11. Villa Madonna 32, 12. Beechwood 12, T13. Conner 4, T13. Holmes 4. Girls team scores: 1. Notre Dame 325, 2. Highlands 262, 3. Ryle 171, 4. Dixie Heights 137, 5. Simon Kenton 83, 6. Boone County 80, 7. Scott 76, 8. Beechwood 65, 9. Cooper 61, 10. Holy Cross 53 11. Campbell County 39, 12. St. Henry 31, 13. Holmes 8, 14. Villa Madonna 2

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“A” tourney. Tanner Moeves had 22 points and Chad Lucas, 14. W-V beat Carroll County in the semis 71-42. Moeves had 26. W-V lost to Owen County in the finals.

Girls basketball

» Conner beat St. Henry 63-43 Jan. 15 to improve to 18-2. Jordan Scott had 23 points. » Cooper beat Boone County 60-47 Jan. 18, its first-ever win against any 33rd District foe. Andrea Thompson led four Jaguars in double figures with 14 points as Cooper improved to 12-7.

SIDELINES

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NKU Notes

» Northern Kentucky University’s Tyler White was the Atlantic Sun Conference coNewcomer of the Week for Jan. 15. White, a freshman guard, netted a career-high 18 points against Lipscomb to lead NKU to a 67-53 victory. NKU hosts Mercer 7 p.m. Thursday and Kennesaw State 7 p.m. Saturday. The women’s team hosts Kennesaw 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Mercer 7 p.m. Monday.

Swimming

» The NKAC swim meet was Jan. 19 at Scott. Boys team scores: 1. Dixie Heights 341, 2. Covington Catholic 309.5, 3. Highlands 133, 4. Ryle 118.50, 5. Scott 111, 6. Campbell County 92, 7.

Hoops

“One of our keys was staying physical in the paint,” Hicks said. “When you try to bang around with Drew Barker, that’s a feat, and Brady Padgett is the same way. Not too many people are going to push those guys around.” Junior Landon Lamblez scored nine points, junior Andrew Way 10, junior Will Ruholt 10 and sophomore Nic Watts 8. Hicks was thrilled with that contribution from that group of perimeter players. Mark Fussenegger led Ryle with 20 points and

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could have won a million dollars or you could have shot his favorite dog, and he’s not going to change his expression.” Junior Drew Barker, who had Ohio State assistant football coach Kerry Coombs in the gym watching him, scored six points. He and another football player, Brady Padgett, shore up the inside and both average double digits in points.

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Lloyd Memorial High School is hosting a six-week baseball camp starting Feb. 10. Lloyd Memorial head coach Aaron Moore will direct the program with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning at a cost as low as $99 for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is under way. Visit www.USBaseballAcademy .com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487

The Boone County Baseball Club in Burlington is forming a 9U select baseball team for the 2013 spring season. They are seeking competitive, passionate, team-oriented athletic ball players who play all positions. Pitching and catching are always a plus. They will play 16-25 regular season games including some local tournaments. Eligible players must not turn 10 prior to May 1. Contact Tony Reynolds at 859-462-3503 email tony.21@insightbb.com.

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cent from the line. Our turnovers are down and our free-throw shooting has improved over the course of the season. “This might be why we started 3-6 and having currently won 8 out of 11. This may show some of that toughness and how they weathered the tough losses.” Boone County has three straight home games, starting with Covington Catholic on Jan. 23.

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the motions, they have instead focused on cutting down turnovers, improving free throw shooting, and improving defense in the half court. “Every year presents different challenges,” said McQueary. “In those losses, we had over 22 turnovers in each game and shot less than 50 per-

St. Henry's Jeff Grayson shoots the ball over a Bishop Brossart defender at St. Henry High School. Bishop Brossart's junior varsity won the game by one point.

Drew Mays had 10 for the Raiders, who have struggled in 2013 with four losses in five games, and will have to go forward without one of its tallest players in Travis Pavy, who suffered a seasonending injury Jan. 12. “He’s a big body and he plays hard,” said head coach Alan Mullins. “Conner’s ability to shoot and ability to move without the basketball gave us fits. We played a horrible game defensively and we didn’t rebound the basketball. They out-hustled us.”

Mullins said the team’s defensive intensity has slipped of late and hopes his Raiders can weather storms of their own as they head into a galeforce schedule, which includes 20-0 Holmes (Jan. 22), 13-4 Cooper (at home Friday, Jan. 25) and at17-6 Covington Catholic Saturday, Jan. 26. Ryle then finishes seeding play at home against Boone County Feb. 1. Conner was set to host Cooper Jan. 23 then turn around and go to Boone County Jan. 25. Cooper is 3-0 in district play and is

likely the team the others most want to avoid in the semifinals, but the 33rd is often unpredictable in the postseason. “It’s one of the toughest districts in the region,” Hicks said. “The physical play in our district is very difficult. Every game is going to be a battle. You throw out records. It was very important to get this win to try and get a top seed.”

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WALTON — The WaltonVerona girls basketball team has some unexpected time off this week. The Bearcats had a week between games after losing 62-53 Jan. 19 to 32nd District foe Simon Kenton, dropping the Bearcats to 12-7. Walton was hoping to play four games this week, which was mostly cleared in the preseason for the All “A” Classic state tournament. The Bearcats won’t have a chance to defend their 2012 state championship after falling to Owen County 46-45 in the regional. That does give them extra practice time to work on things before taking on Henry County Saturday, Jan. 26. “I’d rather be playing in Frankfort but we have a whole week and that gives us some time to rest,” said coach Mark Clinkenbeard. The Bearcats have been practicing in January adjusting to the absence of senior post player Courtney Sandlin, who injured her left arm shortly after Christmas. The Bellarmine recruit is likely to return for the Henry County game but will be playing limited minutes for at least a couple of weeks, he said. Molly Clinkenbeard, a veteran senior point guard and the coach’s daughter, has been injured as well and had her most extensive recent ac-

Walton-Verona junior Shelby Mullikin looks for an opening. Simon Kenton beat Walton-Verona 62-53 Jan. 19 at Walton-Verona. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

tion against Simon, scoring 10 points and playing most of the minutes. “We’re thinking the glass is half-full,” coach Clinkenbeard said. “Some other kids have had to play a lot of minutes that wouldn’t have gotten to play a lot. You can see their improvement so hopefully when we get everybody back we’ll be a little bit deeper.” Against Simon, senior center Michele Judy had 19 points. Clinkenbeard and senior forward Liz McAdams had 10 points apiece and freshman forward Hailey Ison eight. The loss to Simon locked up the two seed for Walton, who will play ei-

ther Grant County or Williamstown in the district tourney. The Bearcats are 3-0 against those two, winning by an average of 31 points, and W-V hosts Grant County Jan. 30. The ultimate goal now is to gun for the team’s third-straight postseason Eighth Region championship. The Bearcats have had a brutal schedule with and without Sandlin. Two of the seven losses have come to defending 11th Region champ Dunbar and another to defending Sixth Region champ Butler. Walton has beaten Notre Dame and will take on some of the state’s top teams in the Louisville Invitational starting Feb. 1.


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Ideas lead to real service

At Ryle High School, where I teach, instilling a giving spirit in our students is part of our tradition. Most of us would agree that teaching young people to give back to the community is a laudable goal, but how do you do that? Sometimes all it takes is a simple idea, encouragement from adults, and allowing the students to run with it. Several years ago, a teacher started encouraging the students to turn in used but still usable school supplies at the end of each year. The supplies are sorted and given out at the beginning of the next school year to anyone who wants to shop. It has become a habit for students

to drop off anything that they cannot use anymore so that someone else can use it. Some students even go Mary Jo through the Rechtin trash cans at COMMUNITY locker cleanRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST out to make sure usable items are saved. I have heard students say that they have not bought a binder in their four years at Ryle. This is a simple idea that has been a real service to many students and that has taught service to many as well. Another teacher heard

that the Parish Kitchen, an organization that serves 1,600 meals per week to those in need, was in search of homemade desserts to serve. Thus the “Bake for the Parish Kitchen” project was born. Each week during October one of the grades, starting with the freshmen and ending with the seniors, baked desserts and brought them in on Fridays to be sent to the Parish Kitchen. According to Dan Nolan, Parish Kitchen director, on the last Friday, “The van was so full that I was able to share some of the baked goods with Welcome House and Fairhaven Rescue Mission.” Again, this was a simple idea that helped many

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people. These are just two of the many projects that go on at Ryle. These projects help our students realize that though no one person can do everything, each of us has the capability to do something that will make a difference in the life of another. So now I ask you – do you have a simple idea that can be developed into a project to help others at your school, your workplace, or even your home? If so, what are you waiting for? Go do it. Mary Jo Rechtin, a teacher at Ryle High School, was Boone County School District’s Break the Mold award winner in December.

Residency shouldn’t matter

On Jan. 10 there was an article in the Recorder stating that the Boone Count Sheriff would no longer do lockouts in the Florence city limits. Mayor Whalen was upset about this. She said “residency should not be an issue.” She also stated that “... we need to support our citizens.” She is correct. But if residency does not matter why do nonFlorence residents have to pay more to use the Florence aquatic center. After all, residency should not matter. There is an alternative to the sheriff’s department doing lockouts in Florence. It is called the Florence Police Department. Terrie Pullen Burlington

United Republican Be a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder Party? I don’t think so Learning about International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is relevant, meaningful and useful for young people in all societies, regardless of the absence of war or conflict and understanding our roles and what we can do as a citizen is a helpful tool. We currently have the highest percentage of younger generation (those born after 1980) that will shape the future; therefore helping them to understand their roles as a global citizen is paramount. The American Red Cross helps the public, especially younger generations, to understand their world through international humanitarian law education, both in and out of classrooms. This year, the Cincinnati Chapter will join seven other chapters nationally to implement the IHL Peer Education Program for young people. The program will run from Feb. 23 through the end of April and consists of three stages: Explore, Address, and Implement. The main training on Feb. 23-24 will be led by Rachele Tardi, senior adviser for peer education from Washington, D.C., who has a wide range of peer education experience with the British Red Cross. The participants, Team Members (ages 13-17) and Team Mentors (ages 18-25), will be working to explore the importance of protecting the rights of people affected by war, address an IHL-related issue, and implement an action project on what they learned from the training. One team will be selected and sponsored to attend the first National Youth Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 1-2. The participants will also be able to use this experience to fulfill their service learning hours for school. The application deadline for this program is Feb. 1.

One of the great emphases of this project will be role playing, which give young people a personal experience to understand an “abstract” concept such as InternaDyah Miller tional Humanitarian COMMUNITY Law. Role playing RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST helps to put an idea into a humanitarian perspective. It may be harder to understand an idea, but it’s easier when we put a face into the story. One day I am a shopkeeper in Bangkok, Thailand, who risks losing business for protecting a victim of a street violence. Another day I am a Catholic factory worker who went to incredible lengths to save a Jewish stranger from the Nazis in Germany. The next, I am Grace Lorch, a white woman, who risked her life to escort Elizabeth Eckford through the mob in 1954 in front of Little Rock Central High School. Taking on these roles helps us understand the concept of a “bystander” in conflict and war situation. International Humanitarian Law is not only relevant for those working in war situation, actually what happens in the world right now affects us locally. Jelaluddin Rumi, a 14th century Sufi poet said, “Be a lamp, a lifeboat, or a ladder.” The decision is yours. Dyah Miller serves as international services coordinator at the American Red Cross Cincinnati Chapter. Originally from Indonesia, she spent two years as a Rotary World Peace Fellow. To obtain more information about the IHL Peer Education program and applications for both Team Members and Team Mentors, email dyah.miller@redcross.org or call 513-5793023.

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maintaining a mental fantasy life in which they are ruggedly independent, reliant on no one, and have little obligation to pay for services they share along with their fellow Col Owens citizens. Former U.S. SuCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST preme Court Chief COLUMNIST Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes – hardly a liberal – said over a century and a half ago that “taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” As local Republican leaders know, especially business and Chamber of Commerce leaders, we all prosper in an economy built on people pursuing their dreams within a framework of reasonable government regulation that protects vital public interests. They know that governmental investments in education, transportation, infrastructure, and jobs and employment supports have been instrumental in supporting our economic development. They know, from experience, that the Tea Party obsession with minimalist government is not the pathway to a higher standard of living and quality of life. From all this I conclude that reports of unification, like reports of Mark Twain’s death, are highly exaggerated. Political parties are primarily about winning elections – but they are also, like religious traditions, carriers of culture, in this case our political, social and economic culture. If the Tea Party has captured the Republican Party, many traditional Republicans will not find a compatible home there. So: if you find yourself in that situation, come and talk with us in the Democratic Party. You might be surprised at the comfort level you find. Col Owens is an attorney from Fort Mitchell and chairman of the Kenton County Democratic Party.

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The Enquirer recently reported that the Northern Kentucky Tea Party and traditional Republican Party have united. I’m skeptical. If true, it would seem to reflect their recognition of their mutual long-term vulnerability following the last election. But I’m still skeptical. Let’s look to the recent past. In 2010 local Republican favorite son Trey Grayson, after having won two statewide elections, was defeated in his bid for the U.S. Senate by Rand Paul, a downstate doctor who had never run for election. The local party establishment was not happy. And from what I hear, many have neither forgotten nor forgiven since. Meanwhile, over the past three year the Northern Kentucky Tea Party has opposed county library taxes, school taxes, the Area Planning Commission Tax, and somewhat unbelievably, a modest increase in water treatment rates to pay for removal of known carcinogens from our drinking water. As I’ve observed to some, these folks seem to have a problem not only with government but with certain fundamental components of our evolving civilization. Except, of course, that they drive on publicly financed roads, in cars that meet government standards, breathe clean air, drink the water, eat FDA approved meat, rely on anti-discrimination and workplace safety laws, participate in Medicare, enroll their children and grandchildren in public schools, obtain government-protected mortgages, invest in government-protected financial institutions and securities exchanges, expect massive government assistance to combat natural disasters, and rely on police and fire professionals, military defense forces, and our justice system to protect them from a myriad of natural and manmade adversities. In other words: they rely on multitudes of government services while

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Lauren Mira, a mixed media artist from Florence and owner of Mixie Studio, checks out her Etsy store. She sells hand-embroidered magnets (pictured in front of the computer) on Etsy. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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f you build it – or stitch it, paint it, upcycle it or photograph it – they will come. Etsy has provided an online marketplace not only for shoppers looking to buy, but crafters, artisans and collectors hoping to sell almost anything and everything. According to etsy.com, the site was conceived in early 2005 by Rob Kalin, a painter, carpenter and photographer who found there was “no viable marketplace to exhibit and sell his creations online.” Christin Berry of Hebron, owner of Blue Martini Photography, uses Etsy to sell canvas wraps based off subway signs, personalized with descriptions of a couple, family or even a child – a “nice side hobby” to her main photography business. For example, Berry said she incorporates it into family sessions for people looking for “something more unique to give as gifts. I show them my Etsy card so they can go online and see the different examples.” She gets customers from all over the country. “That’s the great thing about Etsy,” she said. “Once you put in the keywords, you can get anyone from anywhere. It’s not so much just local.” While some people may be hesitant to use small businesses, “I think places like Etsy and Pinterest can really help get your name out there,” said Berry. “People who have small businesses are talented. They’re extraordinary people who are putting themselves out there and I think the Internet helps bring people together.” Lauren Mira, a mixed media artist from Florence and owner of Mixie Studio, has been an Etsy user since 2009. When she first started using the site, she sold her handmade jewelry. Following the birth of her daughter she took a break, but a little more than

a year ago she opened up shop again, this time selling hand-embroidered magnets. “It’s kind of like a miniature art piece, but it’s also functional to put on your fridge.” For those starting out, Mira said Etsy is “an easy, go-to place,” to have people go. Those looking to buy can easily access the site. “It’s the Internet,” she said of the site. “Anybody who can access the Internet can access your shop. And if you’re out of town and you want to network, you can give them your business card that has Etsy on it.” She also promotes her work through social media. Though it may look easy, Mira said a lot of work is involved in making an Etsy store viable – from photographing the goods, thinking about the description details, even listing the materials and the look of the shop itself. The effort, though, is still worth it. “It’s a way to expose your work to the world. It’s a step to figuring out what kind of business or what kind of style you want.” Etsy, Mira said, is “a perfect place” for those beginners starting to sell their creations. “I think it’s a good foot in the door and to get you thinking about how you want to sell it, how you want to price it, how you want it to be perceived by people.” Mira said goods sold on Etsy are “pretty much handmade or vintage,” things that can’t be found elsewhere. “There’s a lot of unique things you can find on Etsy without having to leave your house.” Etsy, the site reads, boasts more than 20 million members and the site averages more than 1.4 billion page views and 42 million unique visitors monthly. Featuring more than 800,000 active shops, Etsy has more than 17 million listed items as well as 1.7 million Twitter followers and a million Facebook “likes.”

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Art Exhibits Pulp Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., All six galleries showcase paper art, featuring work of Kristine Donnelly, Mary Gaynier, Travis Graves, Jennifer Grote, Matt Kotlarczyk, Sara Pearce, Margaret Rhein, Carl Schuman, Jonpaul Smith, Allison Svoboda and Roscoe Wilson. Free. 859-9571940; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

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Choosing Trees and Shrubs for Your Soil and Site, 1-3 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn how to select plants adapted to various difficult sites and soils, such as high or low soil pH, heavy clay soils, poor drainage, shade, etc. Free. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 859-586-6101; www.ca.uky.edu/ boone. Burlington.

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Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. Meet Your Match Trivia, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Series of questions on variety of subjects, including pop culture, history and music. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Kevin Fox will perform 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Strasse Haus, 630 Main St., Covington. Admission is free. For more information, call 859-261-1199. FILE PHOTO

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Music - Bluegrass Live @ the Library: A Side of Taylors, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Americana, bluegrass, folk and gospel. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

On Stage - Theater Camelot in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., In the magical age of Merlin and the Round Table, Arthur and Guenevere preside over tranquil Camelot until bold Sir Lancelot and the queen succumb to a romance. $19-$28. Through Feb. 3. 859-957-3456; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 Auditions American Girl Fashion Show Model Auditions, 9-11:30 a.m., Kerry Toyota, 6050 Hopeful Church Road, More than 350 local girls ages 4-13 needed to present historical and contemporary fashions to celebrate being an American Girl as part of American Girl Fashion Show April 26-28 at Music Hall. Free. Presented by Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children’s Trust Foundation. 513-265-5801; www.aubreyrose.org/americangirlshow. Florence.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron.

Literary - Libraries Silly Safari, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Meet reptiles up-close and personal. Snakes, alligators, giant turtles and more. 859-3422665. Florence.

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

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Camelot in Concert will be performed now through Feb. 3, at Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Tickets cost $19 to $28. For more information, call 859-957-3456. Pictured are performers Doug Carpenter, Mark Hardy and Danielle Knox. THANKS TO SHANNAN BOYER Saturday Night Music, 6-7:30 p.m. Music by Jason Brown (acoustic)., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Free. 859-3718356; www.velocitybb.com. Florence.

On Stage - Theater Camelot in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $19-$28. 859-9573456; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27 Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 3-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Special Events Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Cincinnati’s only annual local music celebration. Standing only on the main floor. VIP information and performances TBA. Benefits Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. $20. 859-491-2444; www.cincyticket.com. Covington.

MONDAY, JAN. 28 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-586-9207; www.teapartyboonecounty.org. Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25

per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Literary - Book Clubs Monday 4 Mystery Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m. Discuss "Dead Ringer" by Lisa Scottoline., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; www.bcpl.org. Florence.

Literary - Libraries In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; www.bcpl.org. Florence. Nail Art (grades 3-5), 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. Through Feb. 28. 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga Fitness for Seniors, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

TUESDAY, JAN. 29 Education Northern Kentucky Arborist, Landscaper and Nursery Worker Seminar, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Many different speakers and classes. $5. Reservations required, admission due by Jan. 24. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 859586-6101; www.ca.uky.edu/ boone. Burlington.

Health / Wellness Health Benefits of Green Tea, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Experts from Yesterday’s Cafe and Tea Room explore health benefits of green tea and Matcha. Discover preparation secrets for the perfect cup. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work and get feedback. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Art Afternoon: Tall Painting (middle and high school), 4 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Be inspired and make monumental creations. Registration required. 859-3422665. Hebron. Afternoon Fun-time (middle and high school), 3-4:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

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Play in a Day, 7:30 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures Florence 14 Theater, 7860 Mall Road, Fastpaced and hilarious film follows some of Ne York’s top comedic actors, writers, composers and directors as they are given 24 hours to write, cast compose, rehearse and perform short musicals at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. Ticket pricing TBA. Presented by Fathom Events. 859-282-7504. Florence.

High School Sports Covington Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, 6 p.m., Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway, Inducting Tim Grogan ’02, Jarod Kees ’98, Ben Schreiber ’97 and Dennis Walsh. Dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $30. Reservations required. Presented by Covington Catholic High School. 859-491-2247; covcath.org. Park Hills.

Literary - Libraries No Paint Brush Allowed, 4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Create masterpieces using anything and everything, except paintbrush. Be prepared to get messy. Grades K-2. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Self Defense Demo (middle and high school), 4:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Tactics taught by Smith Martial Arts Center. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

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

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Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. Through June 26. 859-485-7611. Walton.

Identity Theft, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to protect yourself from predators, how to recognize whether an identity theft problem exists, how to report it and suggestions for recovering if you’ve been a victim. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Florence.

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Camelot in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $19-$28. 859-9573456; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 Exercise Classes Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining

Afternoon Fun-Time (middle & high school), 3-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Gaming, movies and snacks. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; www.bcpl.org. Burlington. Game On!, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hang out with Wii, board games and snacks. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Happy Days Taven, 801 Bakewell St., Presented by Happy Days Tavern. 859-261-6607. Covington.

Music - Concerts Yonder Mountain String Band, 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Jamgrass band from Colorado. Standing only on the main floor. $25. On sale 10 a.m., Nov. 16. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.

Music - Country Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; www.southgatehouse.com. Newport. Briana Tyson, 7 p.m. With Rebecca Richart., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., Parlor. Singer-songwriter, producer and Instrumentalist from Nashville. $5. 859-261-7469; www.thompsonhousenewport.com. Newport.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; www.deefelice.com. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Rob Little, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $10-$15. 859-9572000; www.funnyboneonthelevee.com. Newport.

On Stage - Theater Camelot in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $19-$28. 859-9573456; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington. The Great American Trailer Park Musical, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres, and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Philloving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. Through Feb. 16. 859-652-3849; www.footlighters.org. Newport.

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

Senior Citizens Senior Aerobics with Ginny, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-7272306. Elsmere. Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859-485-7611. Walton.


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Comfort foods offers quick, easy meals

Quick sloppy Joes

For the mom who wanted to make a barbecue-type sandwich for her preschooler but didn’t want something real spicy. This freezes well. This is good on slider buns topped with slaw for Super Bowl parties as well. Or put in a fondue pot and serve with Frito scoops or tortilla chips. 1 pound lean ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup diced onion or more to taste 1 diced bell pepper (optional) 12 oz. bottle chili sauce Brown sugar to taste: Start with 3 tablespoons and go from there

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though, is for any banana bread to taste good, the bananas have to be really ripe, like black-speckled ripe, for the bread to have a good, sweet banana flavor. If you don’t have a blender, you can do this by hand.

Rita’s blender banana bread uses banana puree. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

cooked. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil, lower to a simmer for a few minutes.

Ellen’s orzo-roni

Ellen Mueller is my Greek cooking buddy at Jungle Jim’s. We teach Lebanese/Greek menus together and joke that our moms and aunts are up in heaven arguing about whose food is better. Here’s a comforting pasta dish that Ellen says her girls, Maggie and Alex, ask for on a regular basis. “Better than the boxed stuff,” she told me. Orzo is riceshaped pasta sometimes called rosemarina. 1 ⁄4 cup butter 1 small onion, finely diced 1 garlic clove, minced 4 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms 1 cup orzo 4 oz. spaghetti broken into thirds 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons chopped

parsley Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in skillet. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add mushrooms and cook until soft and juices have released. Add orzo and spaghetti and coat well with butter. Add broth, stir, bring to boil. Cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer 15 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Add parsley and season. Ellen says it will be a little saucy, which is what you want.

Blender banana bread

This is the most moist and delicious banana bread I’ve made in a long time. I have a “tastes like Bob Evans” banana bread recipe on my blog (Cincinnati.Com/blogs) that uses half as much butter as oil, along with buttermilk, and that’s a good one, too. The one thing I will tell you,

BUSINESS UPDATE Richardson named Rising Star

Eric Richardson of Florence, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Cincinnati office, was recognized as a Rising Star in General Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine. A member of the firm’s litigation practice group, he is focused on civil litigation and white collar criminal defense work which encompasses commercial, employment, insurance, construction, accounting malpractice and intellectual property matters. Richardson also has significant experience defending corporations and

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Gardner to represent England

Gardner Transportation Services Inc., a truckload transportation provider located in Florence since 1990, has announced an agreement to represent England Logistics as a provider of third party logistics services. England is one of the largest refrigerated motor carriers in the U.S. Representing England as an agent, Gardner will be adding a portfolio of nonasset based transporta-

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Eisen Agency launches outreach

The Eisen Agency has announced launched Operation: Outreach 2013 where the agency provides pro bono marketing, advertising, public relations and interactive support to local nonprofit groups. Nonprofits that would like to compete for the grant should email Info@TheEisenAgency. com and explain about the organization and how the agency can help. The agency’s first announced selection of 2013 is the Boone County Animal Shelter.

3 very ripe bananas whirled in blender to make 1 cup puree 1 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 11⁄2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup walnuts, chopped in blender (optional)

Cool on rack a few minutes before removing from pan.

Little bit of sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)

Brush a loaf pan with soft butter or spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To puree in blender add oil, eggs and vanilla. Whirl until blended. Whisk flour, sugar, soda, salt and nuts together in bowl. Pour banana mixture over dry ingredients and mix just until blended. Don’t over mix. Pour into pan, sprinkle with extra sugar, and bake 45 minutes or so until center springs back when lightly pressed.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Refrigerate or freeze ripe bananas! The skin will turn black, but inside will be creamy yellow. Mix nuts with flour mixture so they stay suspended in your baked goods and don’t sink to the bottom. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com .

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Tutors help students stay ahead of the curve they can achieve and become lifelong learners.” She opened The Learning Curve after a long teaching career. “When I retired, I just wasn’t done,” she said. “Our philosophy is serving the whole student and providing programs kids need.” Levi said she had long considered an additional program closer to Covington for her clients’ convenience, and there was available space at Peterson’s husband’s church, The Pointe. “Our church philosophy is to do things throughout the community, different types of pro-

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Tucked below a house of worship and an exercise studio on Buttermilk Pike, students come to learn. The Learning Curve opened at 622-B Buttermilk Pike in October. It’s the second location for the tutoring center, which is based in Union. In the original center, owner Sheila Levi oversees the tutoring center side-byside with business partner Jennifer Peterson’s theater and drama program, Kids on Stage. Levi wants “to help each child discover that

jects,” Peterson said “The Pointe is not a church that is open only on Sundays.” While the center is geared toward elementary, middle and high schoolers, programs are offered for college students and adults, in addition to professional and standardized testing preparation, all provided on an individual basis . A full list of programs is available online at http://bit.ly/Ue13pB. “I run the center from the teacher’s viewpoint for what the kids need right then. It’s going to evolve based on what’s needed,” said Levi. “It’s very important to know

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that we’re not there to compete with teachers and schools. We’re there to support what they’re doing in order to help students.” Peterson said the center offers flexible hours, usually after school, but also provides enrichment programs for homeschoolers including languages and drama, as well as extra help in core subjects. “The best part about this tutoring center is that the student is very much affirmed,” said Peterson. “It’s not about learning facts and figures, it’s really about serving the whole student.” Levi agreed. “It’s so important to build confidence; that has to be there first. If confidence goes up, skills go up,” she said.

Instructor Inez Bianchi di Carcano helps students including Zak Smith at The Learning Curve tutoring center. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Love Alive conducts school tours

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Love Alive Montessori Preschool of Richwood Presbyterian Church in Richwood is conducting school tours to familiarize parents with their programs for ages 3, 4, and early 5. Open registration for Summer Vacation Station and fall 2013 classes begins Feb. 2 at the Boone County Public Library Early Education Fair at the main branch in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be on a firstcome, first-enrolled basis. The church is located

The Community Recorder welcomes news about community events. Please email items for “Community Briefs” to Nancy Daly at ndaly@nky.com, mail to: Community Briefs, c/o Nancy Daly, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41017, or fax to 859-283-7285.

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Walton committee members named Mayor Trzop and Walton City Council got off to a good and favorable first meeting of the year by lowering our water bills. After reviewing expenses of a waterline maintenance fee of $4, which had been added several years ago to our monthly water bills, Ruth it was felt Meadows the city WALTON NEWS was financially able to eliminate that cost. Currently a minimum water and sewer bill is $56.88, thus reducing to $54.88. Another plus is the city is not passing a rate increase by the Northern Kentucky Water District. The city buys its water from NKWD, which is implementing a 2.2 percent rate increase this year and a 1.9 percent increase next year. Thanks to our council. The following City Council members have volunteered to serve on the various committees to help you if you have any questions or concerns. They can be reached by contacting the chairman of each committee by email listed on the city of Walton website, government tab, City Council link or by calling 485-4383. » Economic Development: Margie Stewart, chairman; Olivia Ballou; and Matt Brown. » Safety: Mike Wood,

chairman; Matt Brown; and Mark Carnahan. » Streets and Sidewalks: Mark Carnahan, chairman; Gabe Brown; and Margie Stewart. » Parks and Events: Matthew Brown, chairman; Michael Wood; and Gabe Brown. » Veteran Memorial: Gabe Brown, chairman; Michael Wood; and Mark Carnahan. » Garbage: Mayor Phil Trzop. Mayor Trzop will be in the office on Saturday mornings, 8-11 a.m., except on holidays to accept payments or address concerns. Gary Glacken of Colorado Springs, Colo, was visiting his parents, Garnal and Mary Ruth Glacken, this past weekend. Mary Ruth is improving each day from her recent surgery. Many friends and neighbors joined the Cheesman family in the celebration of their husband and father Olan Layne Cheesman’s life on

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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420. Destiny Whittaker, 25, thirddegree criminal trespassing at 7259 Turfway Rd., Nov. 5. Justin C. Maxwell, 22, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Nov. 5. Amy E. Reuthe, 44, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 6.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Second degree at 8045 U.S. 42, Oct. 23. Victim assaulted by known subject at 300 block of St. Jude Cir., Nov. 1. Victim assaulted by known subject at Russell St., Nov. 1. Victim assaulted by known subject at Wallace Ave., Nov. 1. Victim assaulted by known subject at 6000 block of Belair Dr., Nov. 1. Victim assaulted by known subject at 7844 Mall Rd., Nov. 3. Burglary Jewelry stolen at 419 Foster Ave., Oct. 22. Tools stolen at 6603 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 23. Criminal mischief Vehicle damaged at 7915 U.S. 42, Oct. 21. Vehicle damaged at Fair Ct., Oct. 21. Vehicle damaged at Roberta Ave., Oct. 21. Structure vandalized at 8337 Tamarack Dr., Nov. 1. Business vandalized at 8179 Mall Rd., Nov. 2. Property vandalized at 6915

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DEATHS Charles Beckett

Donna Beckett Donna Rose Raisor Beckett, 73, of Florence, died Jan. 9, 2013. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Burlington and a former secretary for several finance companies. Her husband, Charles Tildon Beckett, also died Jan. 9, 2013. A brother, J.B.Raisor, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Tanya Brashear of Fort Myers, Fla.; two grandchildren; sisters, Norma Baxter of Dry Ridge, Doris Robb of Florence, Betty Magee of Florence and Judy Wainscott of Holbrook; and brother, Ronald Raisor of Florence. Memorials: First Church of Christ, Burlington, KY 41008.

Rose Marie Brummer Rose Marie Brummer, 85, died Jan. 9, 2013, at Florence Park Care Center. Her husband, William Brummer, and a sister, Naomi Dickman, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Drew Brummer of Villa Hills, William Brummer of Dry Ridge and Jon Brummer of Florence; daughters, Elizabeth Schira of Cheviot and Christine Brummer of Elsmere; sister, Jeanine Dietz of Erlanger; brothers, Ronald Studer of Hebron and Richard Studer of Villa Hills; 12 grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. Memorials: American Can-

His wife, Evelyn “Tina” Byrd, died previously. Survivors include his son, Jerry Byrd of Walton; daughter, Teresa McQueen of Florence; sister, Ann Alliss of Macon Ga.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: donor’s choice.

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Charles Tildon Beckett, 81, of Florence, died Jan. 9, 2013. A member of the Transportation Workers Union, he was a retired fleet service man for American Airlines and a member of the First Church of Christ in Burlington. His wife, Donna Rose Raisor Beckett, also died Jan. 9, 2013. Survivors include his daughter, Tanya Brashear; sister, Icealene Blake of Covington; and two grandchildren. Memorials: First Church of Christ, Burlington, KY 41008.

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Olan Cheesman Olan Layne Cheesman, 81, of Walton, died Jan. 14, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired manager for Walton Lumber Co. served in the Army, and was a member of Walton Christian Church and the Walton Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed playing and coaching basketball, baseball and softball, and was recruited for Berea College’s basketball teams. Survivors include his wife, Coreta F. Rice Cheesman; daughters, Layna Feagan of Verona, Dayna Mohammadione of Toledo, Ohio, Jayna Cheesman of Lexington, Mary Ganzel of Albany, Ga.; son, Callen Cheesman of Verona; brother, Richard Cheesman Jr. of Latonia; sisters, Lois Piercefield of Latonia and Imogene Bradley of Louisville; six grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Memorials: Walton Christian Church.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B7

James Cox James F. Cox, 88, of Florence, died Jan. 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, was a veteran of World War II, having served in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, was a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge No. 949 Free and Accepted Masons in Florence. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and wildlife. His son, James Kenneth Cox; brother, Robert E. Cox; and a sister, Fannie Mae Schwalli, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Cox, sister, Thelma Cox; a niece; and a nephew. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis,

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Linville Eades Linville “Pete” Eades, 89, of Florence died Jan. 12, 2013, at Emeritus of Edgewood. He and his wife were owners and operators of Pete & Libby’s Gift and Ceramics in Florence. He was a member and deacon of Florence Christian Church, and an Army veteran of World War II. His wife, Libby Eades; a daughter, Rebecca Ruth Vanderpool; three brothers, Edward Eades, Walter Eades and Omer Eades; and sisters, Nancy Clark and Nel Johnson, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Mary Cecil Easterday of Columbus, Lelia Katherine Bates of Warsaw, Barbara June “Bobby” Beckner of Lexington; brothers, Eugene Eades and Cecil Eades, both of Florence, and Earl Eades of Erlanger; 11 grandchildren; 29

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Virginia Kramer Virginia H. Kramer, 95, of Elsmere, died Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Arthur T. Kramer, and a son, Arthur T. Kramer Jr., died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Jana Kramer of Elsmere and Judith Benjamin of Mesa, Ariz.; son, Kenneth Kramer of Walton; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or the American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222.

Virginia Lindner Virginia Lou Hodges Lindner, 73, of Loveland, formerly of Hebron, died Jan. 4, 2012,

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George Spohr George A. Spohr, 77, of Hebron, died Jan. 14, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired vice presi-

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Margaret Whitaker Margaret Jane Whitaker, 83, of Walton, died Jan. 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, John Whitaker; a brother, Jerry Cox; and sisters, Marilyn Cox and Martha Meier, died previously.

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