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Special Olympians have stories to tell

The 2010 Winter Olympics are now a memory, but a group of local Special Olympians are working hard to compete in the 2010 USA National Games in July. We share their stories of perseverance and hardship. – LIFE, PAGE B1

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We know there are many inspiring stories in our community. We want to hear about them, and want your help. If you know of a local person, business or organization that’s making a positive difference in our community, please drop us a line at goodnews@enquirer. com with your name and your daytime contact information.

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March Madness is less than a month away and the Wildcats are in second place. We’d like to know: Where are the good places to watch the NCAA tournament in Boone County? What’s your favorite sports bar or hangout to share in the madness? Send us an e-mail at with the subject line “March Madness.” Include your name, neighborhood and phone number and tell us your favorite place to watch the big games. Call 578-1059.

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Auction to clear way for golf course

By Justin B. Duke

Florence is offering a chance to own a piece of city history, or just a Slush Puppie machine. The city is holding an auction of items in World of Sports at 9 a.m. Friday, March 12, at World of Sports, 7400 Woodspoint Drive. The auction is to clear the building before it is demolished to make way for the new World of Sports set for construction this spring, said City Coordinator Rick Lunnemann. “It’s necessary to dispose of those items,” Lunnemann said. Items up for auction include 12 pool tables, 14 outdoor speakers, a hot dog machine and an ATM. A full list of items available is at the Florence Government Center in the City Clerk’s office.

The auction is to clear the building before it is demolished to make way for the new World of Sports set for construction this spring.

“Everything must go,” Lunnemann said. Lunnemann isn’t sure how much money the auction will bring in, and the money will go into the city’s general fund. The auction marks the first step in the transition from planning to construction for the new complex,

he said. Planning for the project has taken years as council has worked to decide what best to do with the ailing facility. “Patience is definitely a virtue, and we’ve had a lot of patience,” said Council Member Mel Carroll. Seeing the first step of preparing for construction is big deal for the city, Carroll said. “We think it’s something the community will use and use in a big way,” he said. The city had $3.1 million set aside for the project, and the facility is set to cost $4.8 million. City Council passed the first reading of a budget amendment that would apply an additional $1.7 million to the project Feb. 23. The decision didn’t please Council Member Mike Apgar. “I don’t see that being consis-

tent with the other prudent decisions,” Apgar said. City department heads made nearly $400,000 in cuts to help cover a $700,000 budget shortfall, and spending that much money on the golf course doesn’t fit with the other cuts the city is making, Apgar said. The city could have spent $700,000 on a smaller facility, and based on the current economic outlook, that would be the responsible decision, he said. When Apgar joined council in January 2009 the city had a 45 percent reserve balance, and after the golf course, it will be down to 40 percent. The first reading of the budget amendment was passed 4 to 1, with Apgar voting against it, and Vice Mayor Ted Bushelman was absent from the meeting.

Bank opens operations center in Florence By Justin B. Duke

Confetti flew and chilly hands clapped as the new Bank of Kentucky Operations Center officially opened. “It all happens here,” said Mark Exterkamp, executive vice president, at the Feb. 19 ribbon cutting ceremony. The newly renovated building, at 7900 Tanner’s Gate Lane, was purchased by the bank last fall from Corporex, who did the renovations. The new center will house 75 employees from several of the bank’s departments. Before the center, these employees were in locations all over Northern Kentucky. “We’re able to work together as a team,” Exterkamp said. Throughout the ribbon cutting ceremony, returning to the bank’s roots was a recurring theme. Opened in 1990, the Bank of Kentucky began as the Bank of Boone County on Burlington Pike. In the last 20 years, the bank has grown to 31 branches and has assets of nearly $1.56 billion. “We’re really just getting started,” said Robert Zapp, president and CEO. As the bank grows, it’s important to keep things local, and putting the operations center in Flo-


Confetti flies as the ribbon is cut on the new Bank of Kentucky Operations Center. rence ensures the Bank of Kentucky will remain a local bank, Zapp said. While usually the focus of retail growth, Florence gaining the center is a big deal for the city, said

Mayor Diane Whalen. “It’s a testament to (Florence) being a desirable place for a variety of businesses,” Whalen said. Florence has proven a successful location for business during

tough economic times so businesses will continue to invest there, she said. “When something is working well, it’s going to be where the regrowth starts,” Whalen said.

Ryle student’s death under investigation By Justin B. Duke

Detectives are working to find the cause of a 15-year-old girl’s death. Ryle freshman Karen Kappelman was found dead, lying in the snow, Sunday, Feb. 28, outside The Legends apartment complex in Walton. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has a team of 10 detectives working on the investigation, said spokesman Tom Scheben. “We have a lot of questions

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and not a lot of answers,” Scheben said. Since discovering Kappelman’s body, the sheriff’s department has made “substantial progress” in the Kappelman investigation, but they aren’t releasing the information so the investigation isn’t jeopardized, he said. An autopsy revealed no evidence of trauma or foul play, said Coroner Doug Stith.

How Kappelman died won’t be known until the results of toxicology tests return in about two or three weeks, Stith said. Kappelman came to Ryle in October 2009 after moving from Alabama and was getting acclimated with the school, said guidance counselor Erik Arkenberg. Arkenberg worked closely with Kappelman and her family to get her situated into the new school. “She was working on getting involved with some clubs,” Arkenberg said. She was starting to make friends and many students had

nice things to say about her, he said. “She worked hard in class,” Arkenberg said. Ryle has brought in grief counselors and they are getting some use, said Principal Matthew Turner. “Students react to things in different ways,” Turner said. The school has supports for students in place now, and will continue to do so as the gravity of what has happened has time to sink in, Arkenberg said. “Our student body is just shocked,” he said.

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March 4, 2010

WVHS grad recovering from double aneurysm

By Justin B. Duke

Last July, Heather Townsend was living her dream. She’d just graduated from Walton-Verona High School, she had just gotten engaged to her longtime boyfriend and she was getting ready to enter nursing school at Northern Kentucky University. “My life was perfect,” Townsend said. On July 18, just days after her orientation at NKU, Townsend suffered a double aneurysm while she was at work. After several surgeries, Townsend survived and spent weeks in the hospital and in rehabilitation. Townsend is now recov-

ering and looks to start nursing school in August, but may need more surgeries down the Townsend road. She also requires an MRI every six months. “We’re just ready for things to get back to normal,” said Jonathan Rigney, Townsend’s fiancé. Rigney’s mother, Judy Morris, is hosting a benefit for Townsend at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Main Street Pub and Grub in Walton. Being 18 years old and newly engaged, Townsend is thankful for a future motherin-law who wants to jump to

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action to help. “It means a lot; she doesn’t have to do it,” Townsend said. “She’s a sweet kid,” Morris said. While there’s still a long way to go, Morris is encouraged by Townsend’s progress. “She’s still frail, but she’s improving every day,” Morris said. The benefit will feature music, food, door prizes and raffles. All the money raised from the benefit will go toward the mounting medical bills Townsend has, Morris said. “We just hand it directly to her,” she said. For more information about the benefit or to donate call 356-7944.

State plans to improve intersection By Paul McKibben

Question: Are there any plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of Camp Ernst Road and Pleasant Valley Road? Trying to turn left from Pleasant Valley Road onto Camp Ernst Road has become increasingly difficult with more traffic headed toward new subdivisions, Cooper High School and Central Park. Answer: Nancy Wood, spokeswoman with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6, in an e-mail said that some type of intersection

control device will be placed but at this point in the project’s development, details are not finalized. The state plans to widen Ky. 237 from U.S. 42 to Ky. 18. Ky. 237 is called Camp Ernst Road and then it becomes Pleasant Valley Road. The project will cost about $72.2 million. The project has three sections. The first section is from U.S. 42 to Rose Petal Drive. Some work will begin in March on the first section. Improving the intersection

of U.S. 42, Pleasant Valley Road/Gunpowder Road is part of the first section of work. Ky. 237 becomes Gunpowder Road at U.S. 42. There is no timeline when the entire project will be completed. Do you have a question about something happening in our community? Send it to What’s The Story? We’ll check it out. We’ll share the story in an upcoming issue for those questions with broad reader appeal. Send your question via e-mail at kynews@community, fax to 283-7285 or write to The Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

The Boone County Public Library hosts three live musical performances this month. • Changeling, the husband-wife team of Karl and Deborah Colon, perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. They perform Celtic music. • Kent Mulcahy and Aaron Raleigh perform 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Florence Branch, 7425 U.S. 42, Florence. The duo will perform classical guitar music. • Foley Road performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, Main Library. The group has interpretations of folk and Celtic music.

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The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s Office will be inspecting properties on East Bend Road and in the Burlington area the week of March 15. Please do not be alarmed if you see staff members in these areas. They will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. If you have any questions, contact Boone County PVA Cindy Rich at

Online help

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, RHebron, has a new section of his Web site to help citizens. “This new section of my Web site was designed to help Kentuckians who are having trouble with any number of federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Internal Revenue Service, among others. Government bureaucracy can be very confusing; if you do not know where to turn, I encour-

BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center is in need of handmade crafts and vendors for its first craft fair to be held in conjunction with the Burlington Spring Horse Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend May 28-29. Booth space is $40 and it benefits BAWAC. For more information, contact Kathy Ward at 371-4410 or

Man fit for trial

Louis Wilkinson faked symptoms of mental illness while being evaluated to determine whether he is competent to stand trial in the death of a 73-year-old Hebron millionaire, a state psychiatrist testified Feb. 25. Despite telling doctors that he had hallucinations and reporting that he had so many psychotic symptoms that he invalidated several tests, the psychiatrist said that Wilkinson is able to understand the charges against him and assist in his own defense. Boone Circuit Judge Tony


The House Economic Development Committee gave its seal of approval to legislation focused on reducing waste and fraud in state government. The provisions in House Bill 309, sponsored by State Rep. Adam Koenig, RErlanger, would abolish the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation, one of the state’s numerous boards, and vest their responsibilities within the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. During his testimony before the committee, Koenig said that, while this commission was estab-

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Rapist admits to crime

Infamously known as the “blue-eyed rapist,” David Hopper added four more convictions - and a potential 83 additional years behind bars to his record by admitting to an 18-year-old crime that would have gone unsolved were it not for science. Hopper, 46, formerly of Burlington, pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in a Feb. 10, 1992, incident in a Colerain Township shoe store. He now is serving 115 years in prison for several similar crimes in the area, his attorney Ed Keller said. After Hopper was caught in February 2006, he was forced to give DNA samples. That matched him to several other incidents including the 1992 Colerain Township rape. Hopper, who shuffled from one foot to the other while before Common Pleas Court Judge Beth Myers, said nothing except to plead guilty to the four charges. When Myers imposes a sentence March 11, she can send Hopper to prison for 83 years. He’s been convicted of similar attacks in Montgomery and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone County in Kentucky. He was caught after he pawned items taken in a burglary and the pawn shop’s video cameras caught his image. Kentucky News Service

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lished with the admirable goal of promoting the secondary wood industry, this board was investigated by the FBI in 2003, has not met since 2004 and currently has no members. “This board is non-functioning entity that needs to be dissolved,” he said. “I’m proud to say that since I’ve been in the General Assembly, they have not received a cent of taxpayer dollars,” said Koenig. The bill, which overwhelmingly passed the committee, now moves to the full House for its consideration.


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Frohlich agreed and ruled that Wilkinson, 28, is competent to stand trial for the death of Walter Sartory, whose burned body was found in a wooded area outside Indianapolis in March 2009. Wilkinson and his mother, Willa Blanc, 48, are charged with murder, kidnapping, theft and abuse of a corpse. They are scheduled to go to trial Nov. 30. Kentucky News Service

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SD1 raised in judge-executive race By Paul McKibben

Boone County has two members on the eight-person panel (Florence residents Robert Elliston and John Hill). Instead of the three judge-executives having the final say on SD1 rates, Flaig believes it should be the fiscal courts. She referred to a statement she made at the end of a press release issued by her campaign Feb. 24, the same day she made the request to the county attorney’s office. “As a commissioner, I am elected to protect the Boone County taxpayers. This is not a dictatorship and the commissioners should have a vote,” she said in the statement. “Sanitation District No.1 and Judge-Executive Moore cannot continue to use the threats of federal actions as an excuse for high fees without allowing more oversight from the fiscal court.” SD1 is responsible for sewer services for most of Northern Kentucky. The governance of SD1 is outlined in Kentucky law. “We are following the state law that SD1 is created

Northern Kentucky’s Sanitation District No. 1 has become the latest issue in the Republican race for Boone County judge-executive. Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig is questioning how the district is governed with Judge-Executive Gary Moore defending it. Flaig is challenging Moore in the May 18 primary election. Flaig asked County Attorney Robert Neace for an opinion about the Boone County Fiscal Court approving SD1 rate increases which it currently does not do. Neace on March 1 in a letter to Flaig said under state law the fiscal court has no authority on SD1 rates. The judge-executives of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties approve SD1’s rates after being voted on by SD1’s eight-member board.

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paper said the lawsuit claims that SD1 improperly spent bond money intended for capital projects. SD1 is disputing the allegations. Moore said “again where has (Flaig) been for 11 years? Why only when she becomes a candidate does she begin to ask these questions?” Flaig said in an e-mail she has a history of questioning SD1 going back to 2000. Flaig, along with two other commissioners, voted to ask companies to bid on work that SD1 does. Moore voted against the proposal because it didn’t allow the Campbell and Kenton County fiscal courts to take part in it.

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When asked if she hopes to gain from this politically by sending out the press release, Flaig said “it is something that was not my choosing to bring up at this time. This came by the paper. ... All I’m doing is responding. I’m responding to the whistleblower lawsuit.” The Enquirer reported in February about a lawsuit filed in Kenton Circuit Court against SD1 by its former controller, Edgewood resident Lee White. The news-

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Flaig said she is concerned about the rates SD1 is charging because they continue to grow every year. SD1’s board and all three judge-executives approved raising sanitary sewer rates by 15 percent in fiscal year 2010 that started July 1, 2009, and by 15 percent in fiscal year 2011 which begins July 1, 2010. The rate increases are paying for

infrastructure improvements to meet a federal court order. Moore said he supported raising the rates because they were lower than the first rate that was presented. He said there is a federal court order that says in order for SD1 to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s unfunded mandates, a certain scope of work has to be done to upgrade the systems and improve stream quality. “And the rate increases are what are necessary to meet those requirements without facing fines and/or other sanctions by the EPA,” he said. “I guess the question I would have of Commissioner Flaig is she suggesting that we pay fines and look at sanctions rather than meeting a federal court order?” Moore said the fines and sanctions would be more than the rate increases would be and it wouldn’t be the responsible thing to do. Flaig said in the e-mail that she is “shocked that Gary Moore, as Boone County’s only voice in the matter, would not want more oversight and accountability

Attorney: No fiscal court say on rates By Paul McKibben

Responding to an inquiry from Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig, Boone County Attorney Robert Neace on March 1 said the Boone County Fiscal Court has no say on Sanitation District 1’s rates. Flaig asked Neace for an opinion on Feb. 24. In a letter to Flaig, Neace said “under the statutes as they presently exist, the Boone County Fiscal Court has no authority to require a vote of the full court to approve rates of SD1. The Kentucky legislature must amend the statutes of (Kentucky Revised Statutes) chapter 220 for the court to have such authority.” from a board that imposes double-digit rate increases year after year.” She said the lawsuit that the SD1 board is facing has “disturbing allegations.”


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Friends, family mourn Marine An estimated 750 to 800 people attended Marine Lance Cpl. Adam Peak’s visitation Sunday at Thomas More College, a spokesman for Stith Funeral Home said. Peak, 25, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 21. He was a graduate of Boone County High School and Thomas More College. A private graveside service for close personal friends and family members follow a service Monday at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. On Saturday, a parade of yellow ribbons had adorned telephone poles along Kellogg Avenue leading to Lunken Airport. The ribbons were a tribute to Peak, whose body

was returned Saturday afternoon. For the last several days, family and friends had been awaiting the moment when the fallen Marine would be brought home. At Lunken, a crowd that grew to more than 100 waited anxiously for the flight from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Just before 4 p.m., a Kalitta Charters plane landed and headed slowly toward the crowd, taxied to the right, then turned left and stopped in front of the hangar where a military color guard stood waiting. Peak’s parents, Bruce and Diana Peak, and his brother Sean, also a Marine stationed in Afghanistan, were among the small group of family and close


friends waiting at Air10 Hangar. A few days earlier, Peak’s parents had flown to Dover to greet the plane that returned their son’s body to the states. As the door opened at Lunken and Peak’s flagdraped coffin was unloaded, uniformed pallbearers marched forward and solemnly loaded him into a waiting hearse, stopping when they were done to salute in unison. A few minutes later, the procession of vehicles drove past the crowd of flag-waving supporters, many of whom were sobbing. A man in one vehicle rolled down a window and waved in appreciation to the group. As the crowd filed out,

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An honor guard carries a casket bearing the body of Marine Lance Cpl. Adam Peak of Florence from an airplane to a hearse at Lunken Airport Feb. 27. Peak was killed in Afghanistan Feb. 21. Keith Maupin stood out among them. The father of Army Sgt. Matt Maupin, who was killed by insur-

gents in Iraq and was returned home for burial in 2008, continues to show support for fallen troops.

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First-grader’s birthday wish: Give to Haiti When it came time to plan her birthday party, it was no surprise that newly turned 7-year-old Lilly Zehnder knew exactly what the theme would be. “I want an American Girl ice-skating party,” she said. What was unusual was what followed. “And I want to give my presents to the kids in Haiti.” Lilly and her mother, Wende, had recently been

talking about the tragedy in the Caribbean country and the devastating damage and suffering that was taking place. So, inside each of her invitations, Lilly placed a note asking that each of her guests bring a cash donation for Haiti relief in lieu of gifts. The response was overwhelming. “I raised $500!” said the proud first-grader, a Union

resident. She will be giving her donation to EDGE Outreach, a Christian organization that

is helping to install water purification systems that can be easily installed and maintained, whether or not

power is available. Thanks to the kind heart of a little girl and the generosity of her friends and


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Turfway hosts Irish Day at Races The luck of the Irish will be in full force at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 6, when the thoroughbred racecourse hosts the fourth annual Irish Day at the Races. The family-friendly event is presented by the Fenians of Northern Kentucky, an Irish heritage cultural organization with roots dating from the mid19th century. Scheduled for noon to 6:30 p.m. during Turfway’s live racing program, Irish Day at the Races features all things Irish: jigs, reels, and Celtic roots music from the Vinegar Hill Irish Band, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, and bagpiper Patrick Hill; performances

by national and international champions the McGing Irish Dancers; and a wide variety of Irish-themed artwork, jewelry, clothing, and other handcrafts. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Covington will provide such authentic Irish fare as Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie, and traditional Irish beverages such as Killian’s Irish Red, Tullamore Dew, Michael Collins, Jameson, and Feckin will be available. A special Kids Corner, new to the festival this year, will keep children entertained with games, crafts, and face painting. Admission to the races, admission to the festival, and parking are free.

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Dance dress code: Wear slippers

By Justin B. Duke

Leave your dancing shoes at home, and break out the slippers. Florence Christian Church and Harmony Place Christian Church are hosting the first Northern Kentucky Youth Slipper Formal. A slipper formal is like a home-

coming dance where girls can wear dresses and guys wear a nice shirt and dress pants, but instead of finding matching shoes, everyone wears slippers. “Kids don’t wear shoes at formals anymore, they just take them off,” said organizer Katie Henry. The dance will be from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March

13, at Ryle High School. It’s open to anyone in grades eight through 12 and costs $10. Henry hopes to draw students from all over Northern Kentucky in order for kids to “build relationships outside their community.” Oftentimes students will know other students from their churches, but that may be as far as their

social circles go, Henry said. “We’re trying to break down the denominational walls,” she said. Henry plans for the dance to be a night to remember, complete with a red carpet entrance and a full Hollywood theme. “We can’t wait, we’re excited,” she said.

Organizers have contacted churches all over the area and are getting positive response from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. “We’re really interested to see how many come out,” Henry said. If things go well, Henry hopes to make the slipper formal an annual event.


Brooke Rickert and her pony Calvin are heading to National Pony Finals in Lexington in August.

Fourth-grader and pony going national By Justin B. Duke


Leadership in action

It had been very cold outside and Immaculate Heart of Mary eighth-grader Michael Glaser had an idea he thought would make a difference to those in need. As a service project for the National Honor Society, Michael positioned collection boxes at the Turfway Office Park buildings, the Lents Branch of the Boone County Public Library, and Immaculate Heart of Mary in the hope of collecting coats, scarves, and gloves. His efforts paid off and Michael collected 189 items. The donations will benefit the Rose Garden Mission in Covington.

Jump ’N’ Jive Band performance set Jump ’N’ Jive Show Band has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 7, at St. Henry District High School on Scheben Drive. This band is comprised of 17

professional musicians. Hours are 7 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students or seniors. For more information, contact

Paul Kruth at 859-640-2417 or There will be special guest singers from the St. Henry Chamber Choir.

Erpenbeck Elementary School fourth-grader Brooke Rickert is ready to compete on the national stage. Rickert and her pony Heart of Gold, or Calvin to those who know him best, qualified for the National Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in August. “I was really excited,” Rickert said. Despite only riding for three years, Rickert has excelled past others with much more experience, said Elaine Hoffmann, Rickert’s trainer. “People at the horse shows can’t believe she’s only 9 years old,” Hoffmann said. Rickert has an excellent work ethic that gives her a competitive edge, she said. “She’d be at the barn 24/7 if her parents would let her,” Hoff-

mann said. Since the beginning, Rickert seemed like a natural on her pony, she said. “Brooke has pretty much trained herself – which for her age is quite an accomplishment,” Hoffmann said. In the years they’ve been together, Rickert and Calvin have built a good relationship, Rickert said. “He’s a really good boy,” she said. Rickert qualified for the pony finals by winning a competition at the Lakeside Arena in Frankfort. The competition is a series of jumps the rider and pony must complete. “I gave (Calvin) lots of treats because he did so well,” Rickert said. Now that qualification is done, Brooke and Calvin have the long wait until August. “I’ll just be working really hard,” Rickert said.

Top row, from left: Coach Frank Wheatley, Ajay Siva, Anthony Loechel, Sankeerth Chintala, Jordan Napier, Joe Kohake, Christine Le, Claire Johangtes, Christi Labib and school sponsor Tricia Shelton. Front row: Jacob Runge, Kristen Coomer, Caitlin Haggard, Rachel Johnson, Abby Kohake and Lori Lovell.

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Alexa Schulte, an eighth-grade student at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence, prepares to serve during a volleyball game Feb. 3 between eighth grade students and staff. The game was part of the school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

On Jan. 30, Boone County High School participated in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition District Governor’s Cup Competition at Randal K. Cooper High School. Boone County High School competed against four other

teams: Conner High School, Randall K. Cooper High School, Ryle High School, and St. Henry District High School. Governor’s Cup features eight events, including the Quick Recall event. Boone County High School won the overall district competi-

tion this year by accumulating the most points in competition events. Winners advanced to the regional competition at Boone County High School on Feb. 20 where the team competed against 18 other schools to earn advancement to the state competition.

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Transylvania plans campus Preview Day Transylvania University invites high school sophomores, juniors and their families to campus for Preview Day, Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Clive M. Beck Athletic Center. Preview Day includes a welcome

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Stephanie Straub, a University of Kentucky junior from Florence, presented the 16th annual Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities on Jan. 21. Straub’s lecture focused on the topic of personal identity examined in Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona.” She is majoring in English and philosophy.

Eastern Kentucky University

The following students received degrees in fall 2009 from Eastern Kentucky University. Scott Baltz, Burlington, sport management Jason Hinds, Burlington, art Kathryn McClure, Burlington, nursing Elizabeth Kay Rechtin, Burlington, mathematics teaching Margaret Yarke, Burlington, clinical laboratory science Amanda Arnold, Florence, social work Dustin Carter, Florence, business and technology Jennifer Griffin, Florence, public relations Zachary Lynn, Florence, broadcasting and electronic media Karissa Neidig, Florence, nursing Rebecca Schild, Florence, history teaching Sharon Vaughan, Florence, middle grade education Stacey Meyer, Union, education Brandon Powell, Union, computer electronic networking Zachary Schadler, Union, computer information systems Kari Wright, Union, public relations

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The following students won the Presidents Award in fall 2009 at Eastern Kentucky University: Burlington : Arrianne Byrum, Joseph Dedden, Tara Frohlich, Sean O’Daniel, Madeline Schuler, Chelsee Wilmhoff. Florence: Alicia Eberly, Lauren Faehr, Lindsay Foster, Melissa Foster, Catherine Gooch, Jessica Hart, Kathryn Janowiecki, Brianna Mauk, Kevin Ruark, Brittany Thamann, Tyler Wilkins. Hebron: David Gorman, Elise Wigger. Union : Eric Powell, Amber Raap, Christopher Rueter. Verona: Justin Finke. Walton: Victoria Diersen, Janaye Pack.

Eastern Kentucky University

The following students received the Dean’s Award in fall 2009 at Eastern Ken-

tucky University: Burlington: Joseph Dedden, Sean O’Daniel. Florence: Joshua Dusing, Alicia Eberly, Lauren Faehr, Catherine Gooch, Megan Holpp, Amy Janowiecki, Brittany Thamann. Union : Eric Powell, Amber Raap, Christopher Rueter, Mary Unterreiner. Walton: Allison Woehler, Lindsey Wood.

Transylvania University

Eleven Boone County natives and Transylvania University students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2009 fall term. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term. Conner Senior High School graduates: Seniors James Conner and Melissa Woods, junior Kelli Lang and first-year Hannah Trinkle. Covington Latin School graduate : Senior Joshua Schwartz. Homeschool graduate : First-year Laura Eigelbach. Larry Ryle High School graduates: Junior Anne Wilson and first-year Elizabeth Beutel. Ludlow High School graduate: Junior Anthony Gausepohl. Notre Dame Academy graduate: Sophomore Kara Hansel. St. Henry District High

School graduate: Junior Benjamin Kuebbing.

National College

National College in Florence named the following Boone County students to the dean’s list for the first fall term: Burlington: Stacy Allgeier, Fatima Ouchaaib, Juanita Shaffer, Kathleen Smith. Florence: Janice Cain, Timothy Collins, Jeanne Delahunty, Angela Furnier, Desjuana Jackson, Brianna King, David Lucas, April McCain, Renee Moore, Jennifer Parker, Erica Sano. Petersburg: Lawrence Cahill. Union: Chris Ahlers, Katelin Byers. Walton: Glenda Ray.


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• Cooper High School boys beat Heritage Academy 58-48, Feb. 22, in the 33rd District tournament. Cooper’s top-scorer was D’vontae Bradley with 15 points. Heritage’s top-scorer was Austin Brunner with 15 points. • Walton-Verona High School girls beat Grant County 60-36, Feb. 22, in the 32nd District tournament. Walton’s top-scorer was Kelli Dixon with 16 points. • Boone County High School girls beat Cooper High School 70-29 in 33rd District tournament, Feb. 23. Boone’s top-scorer was Sydney Moss with 16 points. Cooper’s topscorer was Morgan Restaino with 17 points, including five three-pointers. • Ryle High School girls beat Conner High School 7358, Feb. 23, in 33rd District tournament. Ryle’s top-scorer was Jenna Crittendon with 24 points, including two threepointers. • Walton-Verona boys beat Grant County 68-62 in the 32nd District tournament, Feb. 24. Walton’s top-scorer was Jordan Ponzer with 17 points, including one threepointer. • Boone County boys beat Cooper 61-36 in the 33rd District tournament, Feb. 24. Boone’s top-scorer was Trevan Brown with 15 points. Cooper’s top-scorer was Asiel Langley with eight points. • Ryle boys beat Conner High School 44-27, Feb. 24. Ryle’s top-scorer was Bobby Stauffer with 11 points. • St. Henry High School girls beat Dixie Heights High School 64-40, Feb. 24, in 34th District tournament. St. Henry’s top-scorer was Shannon O’Daniel with 16 points, including four three-pointers. • Walton-Verona girls beat Simon-Kenton 42-41, Feb. 25, in the 32nd District championship. Walton’s top-scorer was Kelli Dixon with 13 points, including one threepointer. • St. Henry boys beat Dixie Heights 69-52 in the 34th District final, Feb. 26. St. Henry’s top-scorer was Ryan Anderson with 23 points, including four three-pointers. • Simon Kenton boys beat Walton-Verona 44-43 in the 38th District championship, Feb. 26. Walton’s top-scorer was Jordan Ponzer wit 12 points, including two threepointers. • St. Henry girls beat Villa Madonna 38-26 in the 24th District championship, Feb. 26. St. Henry’s top-scorer was Abby Janszen with 17 points.

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Ryle boys roll to district title

By James Weber

Boys’ regional schedules

Ryle High School honored its boys’ basketball seniors before the Raiders’ home 33rd District semifinal game against Conner Feb. 24. Those seniors led the way to a 44-27 win over the Cougars to end Conner’s year, then continued with a 66-51 win over Boone County to win the championship. “It’s a big accomplishment, two years in a row making it to the regional,” said Ryle head coach Alan Mullins after Ryle’s semifinal win. “That hasn’t happened here in a while.” Ryle seniors Mitch McLeish, Lee Pinkston and Clay Coleman combined for 43 of the 66 points against Boone and 24 of the 44 points against Conner. The Conner game was a big lift for the Raiders, who had lost two tight games to the Cougars in the regular season. That gave the Raiders the No. 3 seed and road jerseys on their home floor against the No. 2 Cougars. But Ryle played with home-court urgency, as defense was the biggest factor in the win. Ryle led 1410 at halftime and 29-15 after three quarters. The game did not surpass the 53 points scored in last October’s football game between the schools (31-22, Ryle) until midway through he fourth quarter. “I love this team,” McLeish said. “I want to keep playing with them. We didn’t want this to be our last high school game at Ryle.” After Conner junior guard Jacob Flesch scored a couple of early baskets, Alan Mullins assigned McLeish to guard Flesch. Against Boone, he guarded Rebel stars Mike Gabbard and Ronald Cotton. “I think he’s the best defensive player in the state,” Mullins said. “He loves to guard people. Most people don’t like to play defense, it’s hard work. He embraces that.” McLeish, the tourney MVP, showed his offense against Boone, leading all

Eighth Region at Henry Co.


Ryle junior Bobby Stauffer (left) and Conner junior Tyler Hodges eye a loose ball during Ryle’s 44-27 victory in the 33rd District semifinals Feb. 24 at Ryle.

Wednesday: South Oldham vs. Anderson County, 6:30 p.m.; Gallatin County vs. Walton-Verona, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4: Shelby County vs. North Oldham, 6:30 p.m.; Simon Kenton vs. Owen County, 8 p.m. Monday, March 8: Wednesday winners, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday winners, 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9: Final, 7 p.m.

Ninth Region at Bank of Kentucky Center

Wednesday: Ryle vs. Newport, 6 p.m., St. Henry vs. Covington Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4: Holmes vs. Dixie Heights, 6 p.m.; Newport Central Catholic vs. Boone County, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6: Wednesday winners, 6 p.m.; Thursday winners, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7: Final, 3 p.m.


Ryle senior Mitch McLeish tries to block the shot of Conner junior Jacob Flesch during Ryle’s 44-27 victory in the 33rd District semifinals Feb. 24 at Ryle. scorers with 27 points. He also had six rebounds and eight assists. Said McLeish: “For four years, he’s told me to work on my defense. I like the role of playing their top guys and shutting him down.” Coleman, 6-foot-5 Bobby Stauffer and 6-3 Todd Vollet also were key defenders on Conner big men Tyler Hodges and Clay Robinson. Stauffer had 14 points against Boone. Stauffer and Coleman were all-tourney picks, as were Gabbard and Trevan Brown for Boone. Boone beat Cooper 61-36 in one semifinal. Cooper senior Matthew Storey played his final game. Conner seniors are Aaron Stephens, Tim Lang and Brenon Russell. Lang was Conner’s top scorer at nearly 14 points a game. Hodges averaged 10 points per game and led NKY in blocks at more than four a contest. Cooper beat Heritage in a quarterfinal game 58-48. Bradley had 15 points to lead three Jaguars in double

figures. Storey had 12 points and Langley 11. Austin Brunner had 15 points and Jacob Saint-Blancard 14. Brunner and Darnell Bonner were two of the top scorers in Northern Kentucky at 18 ppg. apiece. St.Blancard and Chris Tarvin averaged more than 12 points per game. Heritage had six seniors: Bonner, Brunner, Tarvin, Saint-Blancard, Bryan White and Chris Mains. The St. Henry boys’ basketball team (14-10) beat Dixie Heights (12-15) 6952 for the 34th District crown Feb. 26 on its home floor. The Crusaders avenged a 56-53 loss to the Colonels in the regular season. “I’m just so happy for the kids,” Crusaders head coach David Faust said. “I guarantee not a lot of people thought they’d be winning the district this year, especially what we lost from last year. That says a lot about our seniors.” The St. Henry seniors were a highly determined bunch in their final home


Boone County senior Mike Gabbard guards Cooper junior Asiel Langley during Boone’s 61-36 win in the 33rd District semifinals Feb. 24 at Ryle.

game. St. Henry won its second title in the 34th in as many tries after winning the title its final two years in the 33rd. “It’s awesome to win four in a row like that,” said St. Henry senior forward Ben Bessler. “It’s a great statement to make. We’ll go to region and see how we do there. “ St. Henry was set to play Covington Catholic March 3 in a Ninth Region quarterfinal. Bessler was tourney MVP. Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and was on the all-tourney team, as was Zach Barnett (18 points). Walton-Verona lost to Simon Kenton 44-43 in the 32nd District Tournament


Cooper senior Matthew Storey goes up to the basket with resistance from Boone County junior Trevan Brown (55) and sophomore Zane McQueary (35) during Boone’s 61-36 win in the 33rd District semifinals Feb. 24 at Ryle. final. Jordan Ponzer had 12 points and Camron Burns 11. The Bearcats were set to play rival Gallatin County March 3 in a rematch of the regional All “A” tourney. The winner plays South Oldham (25-5) or Anderson County (17-7) March 8.

Regional bowling tourney March 6 By James Weber

The Northern Kentucky regional bowling tournament will take place Saturday, March 6, at La Ru Lanes in Highland Heights. The girls’ tourney begins at 9 a.m. and the boys’ at 1 p.m. Eight teams of each gender will compete for the title. Four boys’ teams and six girls’ teams will advance to the state tournament March 13 at Super Bowl Erlanger. Four of the boys’ competitors won regular season district titles to earn a regional berth. They are Boone County, Campbell County, Newport and Holy Cross. Girls’ district champs were Conner, Campbell, Newport and Holy Cross.

Boys standings

District 1: Boone County 69.5-14.5, Cooper 35-49, Conner 30-54, Ryle 13-71. District 2: Campbell County 63.5-20.5, Dixie Heights 63-21, Covington Catholic 54-30, Highlands 48-36, Scott 39-45. District 3: Newport 6222, Bishop Brossart 62-22, Newport Central Catholic 4836, Dayton 32-52, Bellevue 21-63. District 4: Holy Cross 61.522.5, St. Henry 39.5-44.5, Walton-Verona 28-56, Lloyd 19-65, Villa Madonna 3-81.

Girls standings

District 1: Conner 48.535.5, Boone 47.5-36.5, Cooper 40-44, Ryle 21.562.5. District 2: Campbell 73-

11, Notre Dame 63-21, Scott 60.5-23.5, Dixie 42-42, Highlands 22-62. District 3: Newport 6816, Dayton 42-42, Brossart 39-45, NewCath 35-49, Bellevue 6-78. District 4: Holy Cross 4539, VMA 44.5-39.5, St. Henry 41.5-42.5, Lloyd 17-67.

Boys averages (top 3):

Boone: Brad Hightchew 203, Tyler Jones 192, Trevor Hudson 179. Hightchew had the top average in Northern Kentucky and Jones was sixth. Conner: Jon Spears 171, Brian Butler 151, Nick West 150. Ryle: Yuki Takasu 153, Kevin Fletcher 144, Tyler Gardner 140. Takasu had a 257 game this year. Cooper: Zac Dicken 186, Josh Fehring 153, Nick

Ashcraft 138. Dicken’s high was 248. Cov Cath: Josh Bayless 181, Andrew Mairose 179, Tyler Mairose 171. Bayless’ high game was 254. Holy Cross: Brian Scheper 198, Eric Gregory 187, Jon Kidd 177. Scheper had the third-highest average in Northern Kentucky and a high game of 269. Walton-Verona: Vince Marqua 191, Spencer Caudle 179, Evan Brock 159. Marqua had an Northern Kentucky-best 279 game. St. Henry: Mike Wolfe 182, John Tepe 177, Eric Teipel 162. Wolfe’s high game was 246. Villa Madonna: Gavin Wichman 128, Scott Wright 118, Ray Moehlman 116.

Girls averages (top 3)

Boone: Amanda Krebs

148, Baoyen Than 130, Katie Krebs 128. Conner: Alli Haggard 167, Allison McGlasson 140, Heather Moore 131. Haggard is second in Northern Kentucky in average. Ryle: Azia Ketron 130, Brittany Cook 127, Demarai Collins 111. Cooper: Ashley Farnkopf 149, Emilee Farnkopf 124, Keirsten Cobb 124. Notre Dame: Christy Kathman 153, Jill Benzinger 150, Maggie Weber 139. Holy Cross: Brooke Crail 153, Sarah Groeshen 136, Megan Scheper 126. Crail’s high game is 246. St. Henry: Maggie Kloentrup 145, Chelsea Strange 141, Julie Kemp 124. VMA: Taylor Poe 136, Molly Backscheder 133, Alex Jennings 129.

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Boone County players, from left, Sydney Moss (40), Joscelyn Davis (20) and Heather Sandlin (34) show off their individual trophies after beating Ryle 42-41 in the 33rd district girls’ final Feb. 25 at Ryle.


Ryle’s Ashley Cheesman tries to get around Conner’s Devin Beasley in the final seconds of Ryle’s district semifinal win Feb. 23. Tuesday. Those two teams are considered the top challengers to Boone. Boone beat NewCath 43-37 in the season opener and has the two tight wins over the Raiders. “All the teams are different now, who they play off the bench and what they do,” Fookes said. “We have to play well.” Ryle’s game against NewCath was set for Tues-

day, March 2. Ryle would play either St. Henry (19-9) or Holy Cross (12-15) in the second semifinal on Friday. Ryle beat St. Henry 5741 Feb. 4 and Holy Cross 57-29 on Dec. 19. Cooper (10-16) lost to Boone 70-29 in one 33rd semifinal. Shumekia Overstreet was the lone senior for the Jaguars. Conner fell to Ryle 73-58 in the other semifinal. Brittany Gilbreath and Devin Beasley ended their careers. The St. Henry District High School girls’ basketball team allowed 53 points to Villa Madonna Academy in their regular season meeting Feb. 11. When they met again in the 34th District championship game Feb. 26, VMA scored less than half that many, 26. “It feels awesome, especially winning on my home court,” St. Henry junior Taylor Gamm said. “It feels good winning it two years in a row. I never though I’d be able to win districts.” Junior forward Abby Janszen was tourney Most Valuable Player after scoring 17 points against VMA. Gamm (14 points) was an all-tourney pick, as was junior guard Shannon O’Daniel.

St. Henry was set to play Holy Cross in a Ninth Region quarterfinal Tuesday night. The winner plays Newport Central Catholic or Ryle in a Friday semifinal.

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Cory Miller hopes his Walton-Verona girls’ basketball team can score some more history this week. The Bearcats beat Simon Kenton 42-41 in the 32nd District championship game Feb. 25 at W-V. It is the Bearcats’ firstever district championship of any kind, and they handed SK its first loss in district since joining the 32nd District. SK had won its first 39 games against district foes since moving into the district in the 2005-06 realignment. The Bearcats beat the Pioneers for the first time since December 2002. They were set to play Carroll County in an Eighth Region quarterfinal Tuesday night at Simon Kenton, after Recorder deadlines. A win pits W-V against either Anderson County (17-8) or Oldham County (13-14) 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The final is 7 p.m. Saturday. Against SK, the Bearcats trailed by nine points in the first quarter but rallied behind pressure defense. Two free throws by Jenalee Ginn gave Walton the lead with 23 seconds to play. Ginn finished with 11 points, while teammate Kelli Dixon, a junior forward, led all scorers with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dixon was tourney MVP. Ginn and Lizzie Hoffa were all-tourney picks. Walton’s 24 wins is a school record. Boone County edged Ryle, 42-41 in the 33rd District final at Ryle Feb. 25. Sophomore guard Sydney Moss led all scorers with 29 points, and she grabbed 16 rebounds. Boone County, which has a 15-game winning streak, has won three straight district titles. Junior guard Abby Jump led the Raiders with 10 points. Boone then beat Bellevue 62-20, in a Ninth Region quarterfinal Monday night. Boone (25-3) plays Notre Dame (18-13) 6 p.m. Friday in a semifinal. The Rebels beat the Pandas 6146 Jan. 9. “I like my team,” Boone head coach Nell Fookes said. “We can win in a variety of ways. I felt like we had good solid guard play (against Ryle). We controlled the boards. Defensively, we were able to make things difficult for them.” Boone is favored to win the region, but Fookes knows there are several tough challengers in the tourney. Ryle is on the opposite half of the bracket, playing Newport Central Catholic on


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Wrong impression

The headline of the animal shelter article that was published on Feb.18 is misleading: “Safe haven for animals.” Last I checked

it is still a kill shelter. I would like for you to set the record straight, because people might be under the impression if they have to bring their animals to the shelter out of

economic reasons that there pets will be safe, which is not the case. Annette Rich Wyndemere Court Hebron

Sanitation District needs change

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Dave Maher, principal at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence, gets ready to serve a volleyball during a game Feb. 3 between eighth-grade students and faculty and staff. The game was part of the school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Are you pleased with the way your public works crews have responded to the February snows? What could they have done better? “I am very pleased with the response of crews that have kept us moving during these challenging winter days. Now fix the potholes quickly!” G.G. “Both state and county road crews did an excellent job in removing the recent snows in a timely fashion. It is great to see competence in government.” Rabbit Hash “Yes, I am very pleased. They did a great job!” Kimberley A. Powell “Yes, I think they did very good. I only counted 12 mailboxes knocked down! Thank you,

prise to me and other attendees because it was not consistent with what I have been told over the years by county administrators. I have Cathy Flaig never been in Community favor of the curprocess and Recorder rent when I have guest questioned the columnist SD1 rate approval process in the past I was advised that it could only be changed by the state legislators. I have to question why Jeff Eger and other SD1 officials have publicly opposed and actively worked to avoid any additional oversight either by local elected officials or at the state level. It has become very apparent over the years that SD1 manage-

ment spends more time and energy fighting additional local oversight than they do fighting against federal regulations that they claim are being pushed down from Washington, D.C. The disturbing allegations along with 15 and 20 percent rate increases year after year approved solely by Judge-Executive Moore on behalf of Boone County, clearly shows the need for more oversight and accountability. As a commissioner, I am elected to protect the Boone County taxpayers. Our county government is not a dictatorship and the commissioners should have a vote. Sanitation District No.1 and Judge-Executive Moore cannot continue to use the threat of federal actions as an excuse for high fees without allowing more oversight from the Fiscal Court. Commissioner Cathy H. Flaig of Hebron is a candidate of Boone County judge-executive.

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Next question: Would you consider or are you considering a Toyota for your next car, given the company’s recent recalls and safety concerns? Why or why not? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. road crew!”

In light of the recent Sanitation District No. 1 whistleblower lawsuit and their double-digit rate increases year after year, I have requested a legal opinion from Boone County Attorney Bob Neace about options the court could take to require a full vote of the Fiscal Court to approve SD1 rates. By statute SD1 rates are currently set and approved solely by Judge-Executive Gary Moore along with Kenton and Campbell's Judge Executives. My request came after I attended a recent Boone County Tea Party meeting in which SD1 General Manager Jeff Eger publicly stated Feb. 22 that he is opposed to elected commissioners having a vote on SD1 rates. Mr. Eger also stated the Fiscal Court does have the power to pass a resolution that would take sole power away from the judge-executives and require approval from the commissioners. Eger's statement came as a sur-


“Walton crews have done an amazing job keeping our subdivision roads and main roads clear and safe! I moved here from Georgia and was scared to drive on ice and snow but they have made it much easier to survive here during the winter!” J.K.T. “They've done a wonderful job. I travel through Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties each day and have been quite impressed this year.” J.H.

Whether it’s March Madness or Mega Millions, we like to play the odds. When it comes to colon cancer screening, the odds are pretty good. It is estimated that 90 percent of colon cancer is preventable with screening. But unfortunately, many people remain unaware of the lifesaving benefit of such screening and one day will hear the words, “you have colon cancer.” Colon cancer kills more than 8,000 Kentuckians every year and is the second leading cause of death due to cancer nationwide. Sadly, many Kentucky lives could have been saved had they had screening for colon cancer through a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure which helps detect growths in the lining of the colon, also known as polyps, which can lead to the development of colon cancer. When these growths are removed by your doctor, colon cancer is prevented. But colon cancer can be sneaky. When people feel well,

they assume they don’t have cancer. Unfortunately, the early stages of colon cancer are usually not associated with symptoms. This is also Jody Wallace when the disCommunity ease is most if Recorder treatable detected. It is not guest until the disease columnist has advanced, or had the chance to spread to new places both inside and outside the colon, that an individual will notice changes to his/her health, and at that point it may be too late for effective treatment. Therefore, everyone should receive a screening colonoscopy at age 50. For individuals who have a relative affected with colon cancer or colon polyps, their doctor may even recommend that their first colonoscopy occur prior to age 50 – tell your

doctor if you have any family history of cancers. Please do your part to help stop colon cancer. If you are over the age of 50, ask your doctor about having a colonoscopy and schedule to have it done! Do not delay or cancel your appointment or you may never have one – remember the odds are in your favor if you are screened. Remind your friends, family members, and neighbors over the age of 50 or who have a strong family history of colon cancer about the importance of colon cancer screening so they can improve their odds as well. Finally, help raise community awareness of colon cancer by participating in the national Dress in Blue Day on March 5. Whether it is your favorite Kentucky Wildcat tee or your favorite blue scarf, you can take action and help spread the word that colon cancer can be prevented. Jody Wallace is a member of the Northern Kentucky Colon Cancer Coalition.

Budget deliberations continue in the commonwealth Budget deliberations continue last week, fine-tuning plans to plug the state’s more than $1 billion revenue shortfall with a variety of strategies – including anticipated federal stimulus revenue, fund transfers, and cuts in spending for state political hires and public-school days. The goal is to complete the process and have the budget vote in the House by the second week of March. While wording of the budget plan was still being refined this week, some draft provisions have been publicly rolled out and are getting a lot of attention. They include, an additional 2 percent cut in most state agency and university spending – excluding Medicaid, base per-pupil SEEK funding and corrections – along with savings in public-employee health-

insurance costs, state personalservice contract expenses, two fewer school days, and a reduction in the number of political appointees State Rep. working in state Addia g o v e r n m e n t . Wuchner Cuts to political and Community appointees commissions are Recorder slated to save guest approximately columnist $10 million. Even with the proposed cuts, what’s frightening is we once again find ourselves relying on an anticipated $200 million to $250 million in additional federal stimulus dollars

to balance the budget under the plan. Keep in mind that none of the budget provisions are set in granite. As I have always said, it is a process and I have no doubt that the budget will have two or three incarnations before session’s end. What is not likely to change is the overall resolve to balance the budget without broad-based tax increases and pass a fiscally responsible budget. The budget has not been our only focus. Concern for the welfare of Kentucky’s children was the focus of a bill addressing “sexting” – the practice of sending sexual images or imagery through text messages – which cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Under HB 143, teens under age 18 would have to perform community service and pay

a $100 fine the first time they caught sending or possessing nude images through text messages. Supporters said the bill would both protect victims and prevent teens from facing possible felony charges later by making first-time offenders aware of the consequences of their behavior. HR 132 that passed the House 76-16 last Tuesday was the source of much controversy and debate. House Resolution 132 would urge Congress to put a hold on the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions until Congress “adopts a balanced approach to address climate and energy supply issues without crippling the economy.” While I am concerned about our environment, I did support the

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resolution. My support for this resolution rises out of the concern of giving a non-elected body the authority to regulate emissions that were not detailed the Clean Air Act of 1990. Visitors from home are always welcome. Last week the Boone County Youth Cabinet, Northern Kentucky Eagle Scouts and several school children traveled to Frankfort to serve as pages in the House of Representatives. If you would like to share your comments or concerns with me please contact me at home on weekends or through the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-3727181. You may also e-mail me at State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.



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Dueling may go before voters advanced deposit wagering by Kentucky residents on thoroughbred racing. House Bill 368 would add a 0.5 percent tax on these wagers that are made via telephone or computer on live racing. Of the revenues created from this tax, one third will be distributed to the Kentucky Horseracing Commission and two thirds will be distributed to the track. Government transparency would be extended to executive branch personal service contracts under House Bill 387, passed by the House State Government Committee. All cabinets and departments within state government would be required to report the number of all full-time classified, unclassified and contract employees to the Personnel Cabinet. House Bill 421 received approval from the House Transportation Committee and would allow minitrucks to operate on highways, other than interstates, that have a speed limit of more than 55 miles per hour. Mini-trucks are

generally used as vehicles for farms or construction sites. In action taken by the full body, bed and breakfast inn owners would be offered options to boost profits and better accommodate their guests under House Bill 354. Passed 97-0, this legislation would allow the establishment to expand the number of rooms it could rent, serve multiple meals instead of breakfast only and operate a retail gift shop. Concern with possible adverse economic effects caused by non-statutory U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases was the focus of House Resolution 132, passed 76-16. I supported this bill as an effort to change how the issue is handled by encouraging Congress to put a hold on the EPA’s efforts to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases from sources like power plants and factories until the matter is statutorily handled by Congress. If you would like to

History of Census: Step back in time (Editor’s note: This is Kevin questions to included the first of two articles Costello be in the first highlighting the history and importance of the U.S. Community census. VirCensus.) Recorder ginia Rep. MadiThe U.S. Constitution guest James son recomempowers Congress to columnist mended five undertake a census to count of the initial every person living in the United States of America six questions. The questions and to use that count to involved gender, race, reladetermine representation in tionship to the head of Congress. The first census household and the number began more than a year of slaves, if any. The first after the inauguration of U.S. Census in 1790 was President George Washing- led under the direction of ton and in the first meeting Thomas Jefferson, the secretary of state. Marshals took of Congress. Congress assigned the census in the original 13 states plus the responsibility for the 1790 Congress assigned districts of Kentucky, Maine, Census to the responsibility for the Vermont and the marshals of 1790 Census to the Southwest Territhe U.S. judi(Tencial districts. marshals of the U.S. tory nessee). The The pay judicial districts. first Census Day allowed for was Aug. 2, the 1790 “enumerators” was very 1790, and not April 1. Today, the Census small. It did not exceed $1 for 50 people properly includes other questions recorded on the census rolls. beyond the simple count of The First Federal Con- the number of people gress established a special because, on numerous occacommittee to prepare the sions, the courts have said

the Constitution gives Congress the authority to collect statistics so it can use this information to govern. It is interesting to know that the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest in history and it comes very close in length and scope that our founding fathers envisioned in 1790. Everyone in the household answers seven questions related to name, gender, race, ethnicity and whether they sometime live somewhere else. The head of household answers how many people live in the residence, whether it is a house, apartment mobile home and provides a telephone number for census workers to follow-up, if necessary (unlike the first 1790 Census). For more information about the U.S. Census, visit Another article about the importance of the U.S. Census to Boone County will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Recorder. Kevin P. Costello is chairman of

the Boone County Complete Count Committee. Other members include Adam Howard, Boone County Fiscal Court; Bob Townsend, city of Florence; Connie Goins, city of Walton; Kathy Porter, city of Union; and Greta Southard, Boone County Library District.

Florence intersections may get a bit more shaky. The Florence Police Department is testing a new system that could make cruisers more noticeable when they approach intersections with their sirens on. The Rumbler adds a low frequency sound similar to a vehicle with loud bass to the siren. “It allows drivers to not only hear the siren but feel it as well,” said Police Chief Tom Szurlinski. Because cars now have quieter interiors and there

are a number of distractions, drivers cannot hear an approaching emergency vehicle and enter an intersection while a police car is coming, Szurlinski said. “It’s an attempt to make the moment a little bit safer for the motoring public and our officers,” he said. Once the public is aware of what they are feeling, there will be little confusion on what the bassy feeling is, Szurlinski said. “It works in conjunction with the siren, not separate from it,” he said. Rumblers have been installed on three cruisers as part of the test run. If successful, it would cost about

$18,000 to install them on all of the city’s cruisers. “I anticipate it being very successful, but I want to make sure,” Szurlinski said. If the police department decides to roll out the system across the department, the fire department may look into installing them on fire trucks as well, said Fire Chief Marc Muench. “I’ll let the chief of police try it out first,” Muench said. A demonstration of a car with a Rumbler installed will take place before City Council’s caucus meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Florence Government Center.

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The fine tuning of the commonwealth’s biennial budget is the main focus in the House right now, but it’s not our only focus. Recent days have been spent passing key piece of legislation that, if enacted, will prove beneficial for all Kentuckians. House Bill 36 cleared the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. This constitutional amendment would amend the oath of office taken by the commonwealth’s elected officials by removing the portion that affirms the individual has not been involved in fighting a duel with deadly weapons. If both chambers pass this bill, the amendment would be placed before the voters for ratification in this November’s general election. Concern for Kentucky’s children was the focus of a bill addressing “sexting” – the practice of sending sexual images or imagery through text messages – which cleared the House

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Tom Spille of Spille Builders stands in his nationally certified green house in Walton holding a certificate. The furnace and heat pump for this house will heat and cool the entire home for $475 a year.

Spille sets standards for green houses When Tom and Bernadette Spille inherited Spille Builders from their father, Joseph, they inherited 50 years of high standards and quality building practices. Tom laughs when he hears other builders say they are starting to go “green” in their building, because Tom knows he has always been “green.” “When you’ve been doing it for decades, it’s not such a big step,” he said. “We use recyclable and recycled materials and renewable materials. We don’t like waste. Being green looks at resource, water and energy efficiency as well as home owner education.” Last year Spille Builders constructed the first Nation-

al Certified Green Build Standard home in Kentucky, keeping the costs down so that it was affordable for first-time home buyers. The house, located in Walton, is sold, but Tom said he has three more houses under construction that will qualify as “green” homes, and two will be in the Home Builders Association Cavalcade of Homes starting April 24. “You really can’t afford not to build green anymore,” said Bernadette. “Green and Energy Star gives you a more durable, healthier and more efficient home.” For more information, the Web site for the business is, or the phone number is 859341-8268.


Learn the fundamentals

Have your child learn the fundamentals of basketball during the Lil Hoopstars Basketball Training Program at Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion. To sign up for the program visit Sports of All Sorts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by March 7. The program will be taught by local AAU and high school coaches. Children, ages 4-7, will attend hour-long sessions each Monday at 6:30 p.m. for eight weeks. For more information, call 372-7754 or visit Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion is at 10094 Investment Way in Florence.

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D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Fort Thomas will have a special wine tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 10. Dennis Hall, who is the winemaker for Cannonball and Perfecta wines, will be at

the event discussing his wines. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing D.E.P. is located at 90 W. Alexandria Pike. Visit www.

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The Art of Food exhibition at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center will begin with its opening reception Friday March 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit features top local chefs and culinary experts who work with local artists to display food as an art form. Tickets range from $25 to $50. The exhibition runs through April 2. For details, visit or call 957-1940.

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Danielle Blakeney practices her routine at MJM Studios in Florence Feb. 24. Blakeney, who is an A/B honor roll student at Boone County High School, will compete in the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games July 18-23 in Lincoln, Neb. Blakeney will be competing in her first national games.

Special Olympians have stories to tell By Adam Kiefaber

Throughout the 2010 Winter Olympics, there have been stories of perseverance and hardship. However, it is hard to imagine that any of those stories can hold a torch to the stories that reside in our local Special Olympians, who will compete in the 2010 USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., July 18-23. Leading the group of local Olympians is Taylor Mill runner Matthew Minning, who already is a well-decorated track-and-field athlete earning a gold and two bronze medals in the 2006 USA National Games in Ames, Iowa, and two silver medals at the 2007 World summer Games in Shanghai, China. Minning, who boosts the nickname of the “Energizer Bunny,” hasn’t always been the great runner he is today. He had to work at it. When he first started running cross country at Scott High School it was very difficult for him to finish a 5K race. Eventually, finishing the race became more difficult for his teammates. “The boys would always tell me that he needs to run in longer races because he wouldn’t be tired and they would be,” Matthew’s mom, Marjorie said. “Sometimes it would just aggravate them (Scott team) because he would come in just fine and they would be exhausted.” Minning has gone on to learn other sports and currently enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, wake boarding, roller skating, bowling, fishing, baseball and basketball. He will compete in the 3K, 5K and 10K races at this year’s games. Joining him in Nebraska will be swimmer Paul Fiehrer of Covington, gymnast Danielle Blakeney of Erlanger and golfer Christy Farwell of Alexandria. Each of the athletes has their own story of perseverance, but Fiehrer’s story is exceptionally moving. Six years ago, Fiehrer was 15 when his cousin Jarrod Chaney died in a car accident coming home from work. Fiehrer was devastated as the elder Chaney had embraced him and was teaching him how to be a teenager at Dixie Heights High School. “One time, I asked Paul, why do



Taylor Mill Special Olympian Matthew Minning participates here in the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, where he won a pair of silver medals at the event. Minning hopes to add to his medal total at the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games July 18-23 in Lincoln, Neb. In 2006, Minning won a gold and two bronze medals at the national games. you try so hard,” Paul’s mom, Paulette Fiehrer said. “Are you swimming for your cousin, Jarrod? “Yes,” Paul told his mom. Fiehrer, who has been swimming almost his entire life, swam hard and went on to win the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the state meet last June at Eastern Kentucky University. This summer, he will participate in his first National Games in the 50 and 100 freestyle races as well as the 4x50 medley relay. He hopes to add a couple of medals to go along with his “Yes I Can” award and his artistic honors given to him for his watercolor paintings. Currently Minning and Fiehrer play in a basketball league with the ultracompetitive Christy Farwell, who will be the first-ever female golfer (not part of a team) to represent the state of Kentucky in the national games. Farwell, who also won a bronze medal for track and field during the 2006 games, prides herself on beating the boys. “I like the challenge because they kind of get mad and it is fun to watch them get mad,” she said. In her basketball league, she is only one of three girls on her team. Her biggest boy-beating accomplishment has to be in golf, where she has

defeated her competition despite picking up the game only two years ago. “She has beat some of the boys that have been playing for 15 years, it is rare but she can,” Christy’s mom, Carol, said. “Playing with the boys, that is a feather in anyone’s hat.” Rounding out the group is the incredible story of gymnast Danielle Blakeney. When Blakeney was born she weighed two pounds, four ounces. The doctors told her mother, Coleen, she was going to be blind and unable to walk. Now, she is an 18-year-old senior at Boone County High School who will compete in her first Olympic games. As well as excelling in gymnastics, Blakeney is an honor roll student, a cheerleader and has participated in track and field. “If you ask her why she competes or why it is important to be a gymnast or a cheerleader, she will tell you that when she is in a uniform no one treats her like she is different,” Coleen Blakeney said. If you would like to support Team Kentucky at the Special Olympics, visit Look for profile stories on each of our local Olympians in your Recorder newspaper leading up to the national games.

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The Art of Food, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Top local chefs and culinary experts blend with local artists to display food as an art form. Includes works by Bruce Frank, Matt Kotlarczyk, Pam Kravetz, Suzanna Proulx, Alex Reed and sculpture students from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Exhibit continues through April 2. $50, $35 members at door; $40, $25 members advance. Reservations recommended. 957-1940; Covington.


Half Pint Library Book Drive, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Half Price Books, 4999 Houston Road, Collection and distribution of children’s books for families and children in need through local non-profit and community organizations. 283-0546. Florence.


Zumba Fitness Class, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Club Trinity, 7851 Tanners Lane, Ages 21 and up. 746-0431. Florence.


Lenten Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Includes sandwich meals and dinners. Carryout available. Benefits Local charities. $4-$7. 3311150. Fort Wright. Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Joseph Academy, 48 Needmore St. Fried or baked fish, shrimp, children’s pizza dinner, desserts, drinks and sides. Weekly raffles. Drivethrough available. $40-$45 family dinners; $5-$9.50 dinners or sandwich. 485-6444; Walton.


Cross-Tie, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. Reckless, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 US 42, 746-3600. Florence.


Changeling, 7 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Celtic music. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Burlington.


Alonzo Bodden, 8 p.m. $20. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 957-2000; Newport.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Comedy sketches and music by BillWho? Dedicated to love, relationships and all the fun between the sheets. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through March 13. 581-7625; Newport. Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Comedy about the absurdities of relationships sparked by medium of personal ads and complicated by intervention of psychoanalysts. $15, $12 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through March 6. 513-479-6783. Newport.


Winter/Spring Meet, 5:30 p.m. $1 draft beer, hot dogs, games and prizes. Snow Shoe Crabs performs. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free, except March 27. Through March 28. 371-0200; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 6

Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 9:30 a.m.6 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg. PROVIDED


Sheer Fantasy, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 US 42, $3. 746-3600; Florence.


Alonzo Bodden, 7:30 p.m. $20. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Reservations required. 957-2000; Newport.


Community Family Church Auction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Twenhofel Middle School, 11846 Taylor Mill Road, Includes silent auction table with homemade cakes and pies. Concessions available. 356-8851. Independence.

Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 5817625; Newport. Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 students and seniors. 513-4796783. Newport.



AUCTIONS Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Line forms at 3:30 p.m. Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Gymnasium. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, salad meals for children, desserts and beverages. Codfather, man in fish costume, will visit. Father Rick Wurth passes out snacks to those people waiting in line. Call ahead for carryout. $2-$9. 3712622; Erlanger. Fish Fry Dinner, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish, chicken, jumbo shrimp, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and sides. Carryout available. $1.50-$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. 589-342-6643. Elsmere. Fish Fry Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish fries and hushpuppies, fish sandwich fries or coleslaw. $1.75-$5. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. 342-6643. Elsmere. St. Patrick Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3285 Mills Road, Fried fish, shrimp, grilled salmon, pizza and beer. Carryout available. With entertainment. $4-$8.50. 356-5151. Taylor Mill. Ladies Auxiliary Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Ryland Heights Fire Protection District, 10041 Decoursey Pike, Fish, chicken strips and shrimp along with side items and desserts. Carryout available. $7. 356-7970; Tickets Sports Cafe Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets Sports Cafe, 100 W. Sixth St. All-you-can-eat fried fish, fries and coleslaw. Mixed drinks, beer and soft drinks available. No sharing and no carryout. $7.95. 4311839; Covington. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Timothy Parish, 10272 U.S. 42, Brodnick Hall. Baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, shrimp dinner, pizza and desserts. Crafts and activities for children. Drive-thru available beginning 4:30 p.m. $4-$8.50. 384-1100, ext. 23. Union.

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Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Katalyst, LLC, 525 West Fifth Street, Suite 118, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at Web site. Free. 581-4555; Covington.


Half Pint Library Book Drive, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Half Price Books, 283-0546. Florence.


Kentucky Kuzzins, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427; Covington.


Frozen Ropes Hitting Clinic, 9 a.m. For ages 12-14. Florence Freedom Baseball Academy, Freedom Way, One-hour hitting clinics. Each instructor-led clinic includes 4-8 kids who rotate through various hitting drills to get ready for the season. Online registration required. Florence.


Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, Free. 291-2550; Covington. Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Liquor Cabinet, Free. 586-9270. Hebron.

Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m. $50,000 Wintergreen Stakes. Turfway Park, Free, except March 27. 371-0200; Florence. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 7


Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Half Price Books, 283-0546. Florence.


Kent Mulcahy & Aaron Raleigh, 2 p.m. Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Variety of solos and duets. Free. 342-2665; Florence.


Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, AAU/Competitive Basketball Tournaments, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Teams responsible for paying official fees only and each team is guaranteed three games. Tournament play starts Saturday and runs all day with finals ending Sunday morning. Referee fees are due at time of registration. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 372-7754; Union. SOASYA Youth Recreational Coed Basketball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Accepting registrations for spring recreational CO-ED basketball League. The league is open to boys and girls from the ages of 5 to 17 years of age. $95. Registration required. 372-7754; Union.

Umphrey’s McGee will perform with the band The Uglysuit at the Madison Theater Saturday, March 6 at 9 p.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $20 in advance. For more information, call 491-2444 or visit The Madison Theater is located at 730 Madison Ave. in Covington. Girls Recreational and Competitive Volleyball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Ages 7-18. $95. Registration required. 372-7754. Union. SOASYA Youth Weekend Coed Indoor Soccer, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, For ages 4-18. Ages groups 8,9-10,11 play on Sundays, while all other divisions play Saturdays. 95. Registration required. 372-7754. Union. Youth Weeknight Indoor Soccer, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, $500. Registration required. 372-7754. Union. Lil Strikers Soccer Training Program, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, For ages 4-7. Participants learn basic skills associated with the game. $95. Registration required. 3727754. Union. Lil Hoopstars Basketball Training Program, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Class designed to teach basic introductory skills associated with the game. Ages 4-7. $95.372-7754. Union. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 8

BENEFITS Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Women’s Community Action Council Fundraiser, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, 20 W. 11th St. Benefits Meals on Wheels program. $25. Reservations recommended. Presented by Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. 991-0183; Covington. FOOD & DRINK

Family Night, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 8840 Bankers St. Magic and comedy by Presto Paul. Family friendly. 746-9464; Florence.


Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, For mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. Family friendly. $23.95 registration per year. Reservations required. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). 620-9191; Burlington.

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Live Team Trivia, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 US 42, Use knowledge to win prizes. With host. 746-3600; or Florence.


Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Half Price Books, 283-0546. Florence.


Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Split Lip Rayfield, 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $13, $10 advance. 431-2201. Newport.


Original Wed Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. 261-1029; Latonia. T H U R S D A Y, M A R C H 1 1


Trivia, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Briarwood Banquet Center, 2134 Petersburg Road, Oak Room. Teams compete. Presented by The Briarwood. Through Dec. 30. 689-4000. Hebron.


Small Business Owners Association Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Jennifer Mitchell, founder of Superb by Design in Florence, speaks on Internet and Social Marketing topic. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Timely and topical information for small businesses in forum that is inviting and welcoming. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Small Business Owners Association of Northern Kentucky. 586-6101; Burlington.


Tri-State Artist’s Meeting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Florence, 7663 Mall Road, Non-profit organization for education and promotion of fine art in the community. Ages 18 and up. Free. 992-1857; Florence.


Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker. Running Spot. 301-6300; Edgewood.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Florence Alliance Church, 980 Cayton Road, Stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and snacks. Ages 5 and under. Free. 746-0706. Florence.

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The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 957-1940. Covington.


Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Half Price Books, 283-0546. Florence.


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


Fish Fry, 2 p.m. With fries and coleslaw. $7.99. Dollar Bill Tavern, 746-3600; Florence.


Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Music Hall, for a show of Chinese dance and music. The company is a group of artists who share in a vision of cultural renewal and are classically trained Chinese dancers, choreographers, musicians and vocalists. The performance is part of a 20-country world tour. Tickets are $125, $90, $70, $50, and $30. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


The classic tale “Jack and the Beanstalk”comes to life as a new comedy presented by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati. It is for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $20, $18 and $7. Call 513-569-8080, ext. 10 or visit


March 4, 2010

Florence Recorder


Can there be a thrill in monotony?

Two ways can lead us to more deeply drink of life. One way is that of awareness. We overlook too much meaning, perceive only the veneer, and don’t take enough time to pan for the gold of understanding. As a remedy for superficiality a psychologist might begin by mentioning Plato’s belief that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” To encourage the same awareness a spiritual counselor might facetiously suggest an unaware adult replace the line from a child’s bedtime prayer, “if I should die before I wake…” with, “if I should wake before I die.” Many times I have written of deepening our awareness in life. Today I suggest a secondary mode. It is a paradoxical suggestion – gain the appreciation of life by insights into monotony. Modern minds hate monotony. The repetitious

has little attraction. “ B e e n t h e r e , seen it, d o n e that,” we say as if to a v o i d Father Lou repeating Guntzelman what we think we Perspectives a l r e a d y know. Culturally, the modern mind hates the monotony of the same spouse, the same car, the same fashion, the same morals, and a commitment to anything permanent. We think that makes us more free. So we frenetically search for new thrills, new chemical or experiential highs, new religions, extreme sports, etc. – anything to avoid being swallowed by monotony. Adherents of this search for the new might argue thus: everything that is full of life loves change because

Plates, bill of sale needed to protect car sellers With car dealers offering deals on new cars these days, more and more people are considering selling their old cars. But, if you’re planning on selling your car on your own, a word of warning so you don’t get stung like a local man. Jason Korte is a 22-yearold college student from North College Hill who wanted to sell his truck. He advertised on the Internet, found a buyer and got paid in cash. He said he thought he did everything right, but ended up losing his driving privileges and more. “The buyer and I went to the title office and we basically signed the title, transferred it. But, looking back now he didn’t have the proof of insurance with him nor did he have his driver’s license – and they still let us do the title transfer,” said Korte. Korte had signed the back of his title and the buyer signed acknowledging the odometer statement. “I did not have the tools to take the license plates off the car, so when the buyer went next door to take care of the registration he said he’d take care of it. I guess he went in there and did nothing. He left my license plates on the car,” Korte said. Korte didn’t learn what had happened until three months later when that buyer ran into a parked car. Korte got stuck with a bill from that car owner’s insurance company. “They’re saying I owe them damages of around $7,800. I called them and said I didn’t have a wreck and didn’t know what they were talking about,” he said. “They said it was about a red truck that I let my friend drive, and that I didn’t have insurance. I said I had sold that truck to him,” Korte said. It turns out that sale was never recorded by the Ohio

Bureau of M o t o r Vehicles – a n d remember Korte had left his license plates on Howard Ain the car. Hey Howard! to Failing take y o u r license plates from a car you sell is actually against the law. Korte’s driver’s license has now been suspended because he didn’t have insurance on the truck he still legally owned. The BMV said Korte must settle with the insurance company before he’ll be allowed to drive again. “I don’t even know what to do. It’s driving me nuts. They’re saying I owe them more than $7,000 before I can even start driving,” Korte said. Technically, the insurance company can also go after the driver who ran into the parked car. But, that person was sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. Korte is now trying to provide proof he had actually sold the vehicle and received payment. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers several tips for selling your car. • Always stay with the buyer until you see the vehicle transferred into the buyer’s name. • Always take your license plates with you, which guarantees that the buyer must get his own plates. • Finally, always make up a bill of sale and get it signed and dated by both parties – keeping a copy of the original for yourself. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

life is ever changing. Life is always looking ahead and forward, not here or within. Repetition of what is experienced now only breeds boredom and monotony. But couldn’t the contrary be true? Instead of saying that those who are full of life hate monotony, couldn’t we say that those who are actually full of life also find a positive thrill in monotony? A child is certainly full of life. Yet, if we play a fun game with a child or do an amusing trick, they’ll say, “Do it again.” If we tell them a story, they won’t say Aunt Edna already told me that. They’ll most likely say, “Tell me again.” Patiently build a house of cards, and after it

falls they’ll say “Do it again.” The child is an innocent spark of a God who delights in the new as well as in repetition. I remember the impact on me when, as seminarian, I heard an old song in a new way. One morning, at an early springtime Mass, as the sunlight peeked through chapel window into our sleepy eyes, the musicians began our opening song. It was a song made popular years before by Cat Stevens: “Morning has broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird…” I still remember its impact. The lyrics brought home to me the wonderful repetition of God’s creative act that is repeated each

day. Suddenly, I looked on the monotony (?) of each morning as part of God’s romance of us – using the monotony of daily beauty as a reminder of the primordial beauty with which he first endowed the world. Because God is full of life, he can also enjoy the thrill that comes from sameness as well as newness. “I can imagine Almighty God, with something of the joy and exuberance that belongs to a child, saying each morning to the sun, ‘Do it again,’ and every evening saying to the moon and stars, ‘Do it again,’ and every springtime saying to the daisies, ‘Do it again,’” wrote Bishop Fulton Sheen. God has the eternal appetite of the vibrancy

manifested in infancy. We have sinned and grown old, but our Father is younger than we. The repetition of nature may not be mere monotonous reoccurrence but a divine encore for our enjoyment. And some day, after we have struggled with our lifedramas and repetitive problems – and become victorious through God’s grace – we, too, may be called again and again as a curtain-call before the universe. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

I chose my health care with confidence

ONE OF THE TOP 50 HOSPITALS IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 2010 When it was time to re-evaluate my family’s health care provider, St. Elizabeth popped to the top of the list. St. Elizabeth Edgewood was named one of the top 50 hospitals in the country for 4 years running. One of the country’s best hospitals, steps from my door? It made my decision an easy one. St. Elizabeth and my family are simply Better Together.


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March 4, 2010

Spice up your Lenten fish dish with salsa At the beginning of Lent, I bring out my Mom’s ancient hand-hewn wooden bowl from Lebanon and sit it on the c o u n t e r. Whenever I peel a yellow onion, the Rita p a p e r y go Heikenfeld skins into the Rita’s kitchen bowl. Yesterday, our youngest grandchild, little Eva who will be 2 years old this week, helped pull the skins from the onions for the first time. She will join her cousins the day before Easter helping me color the eggs with natural colorings, like the onion skins, turmeric, beet juice, red cabbage, etc. I’ll share the recipe as we get closer to Easter. Lent is a great time to eat less meat, so the recipe I’m sharing today for tilapia is a good one to get you started.


Tilapia with tomatoes and capers salsa

olive oil – go to taste Salt and pepper to taste

Brush with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Run under broiler about four to six minutes, turning the fish over if thick. Or sauté. Just don’t overcook it. Check out my blog on for vegetarian recipes for Lent.

For Lucine Erb, a Hilltop Press reader.

4 pieces tilapia or salmon


2 cups chopped tomato 1 ⁄2 cup chopped parsley 1-2 tablespoons capers, drained (I like 2) 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional but very good) 1 scant tablespoon minced garlic Several tablespoons of


John T’s mock turtle soup

11⁄2 pounds ground beef 3 quarts HOT water 20 to 30 gingersnaps 1 large onion 1 medium carrot 1 lemon 2 ounces Worcestershire sauce 1 small bottle ketchup (14-ounce) 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 4 hard-boiled eggs (finely chopped) 2 tables p o o n s sherry wine (or vinegar) S m a l l bag of pickling spice Place the meat and gingersnaps in the hot water and allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Grind or


grate the onion and the carrot and add to mixture. Slice the lemon paper thin and add to mixture. Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Suspend bag of pickling spice into mixture. Cook over a low heat for 2 to 3 hours. Stir frequently. Add finely chopped eggs about half-hour before finish. Add wine (or vinegar). Cool quickly by placing in sink of cold water. When cool, place in refrigerator until ready for use. Mixture will keep for a week or more if refrigerated. Can also be frozen for later use. Enjoy!

dressing is sold by the jar at each location. Pudding w/out milk or eggs: For Pat Kremer, a Recorder reader, who wants to make it for someone on a restricted diet due to illness. San Antonio Parish pizza: Mike, a Glendale reader, remembers the pizza served at this church during summer festivals in the 1960s. “The festivals were held in a lot across from the little Italian church on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount.” It was prepared in the church basement and was square, heavy on seasonings, simple, yet different from restaurant-style pizza.

Web recipes

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Check out the Web version of my column at for more great mock turtle soup recipes.

Rooting out recipes

Barleycorn’s dressing: Reader Kathy Snow said Barleycorn’s Bleu Cheese



Chicken like old Tasty Bird, Kenwood Plaza store. Bridge Café Milford’s maple bacon dressing and chicken salad Karlos, Springdale’s country penne pasta. Whiskey’s Restaurant, Lawrenceburg’s peanut coleslaw and hearty no-


bean Texas chili. Jeff Ruby’s macadamia ice cream pie with ganache topping.

Goetta origin update

I can’t wait to share this information with Mark Balasa of Glier’s Meats – they make a great goetta. Charlene Mecklenburg, Manfred Schnetzer and Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, president of the German-American Citizens League and curator of the German Heritage Museum in Cleves, all sent in fascinating information about the origins of goetta. Turns out it comes from northern Germany, and those folks who immigrated to our area carried the goetta-making tradition with them. More on our Web version of this column. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Judge explains courts to Rotary Many of us have never attended a court session and even more of us certainly hope that we never have to appear before a judge. Just how does the judicial system in Kentucky work? Why are there so many different courts? Are the real courts anything like those of Judge Judy or the other TV judges? Stephen Huddleston, District Court judge for Boone and Gallatin counties, gave an entertaining explanation of the Kentucky Court of Justice at a recent Florence Rotary Club meeting. With stories of cases heard in district courts in the past, Huddleston was able to shed light on the organization and administration of the Kentucky courts. The court system of today was established in 1976 after passing of a constitutional amendment. Before that time there were a variety of lower

involving more than $4,000. Most felonies are heard in Circuit Court. As the name implies the Court of Appeals hears appeals from lower court cases. If citizens involved in District or Circuit cases are unhappy with the outcome, they may request the Court of Appeals to review the lower court’s decision. The Supreme Court of Kentucky is the final interpreter of state law. Florence Rotary Club meets at noon on most Mondays at the Commonwealth Hilton on Turfway Road. For more information about the club and service projects, visit the Web site at / or contact John Salyers, president, at jsalyers7@ or 859-653-9399. This article was submitted by Rotarian Chuck Seal.

courts with overlapping jurisdictions presided over by mayors, various local and county administrators, even justices of the peace. That amendment revised the Kentucky judicial branch of government by establishing one Court of Justice with four levels; a District Court, a Circuit Court, a Court of Appeals, and a Supreme Court. The District Court has limited jurisdiction which means it hears only certain types of cases. It is sometimes called the people’s court because it sees the largest percent of citizens involved in court proceedings. Examples of these cases are misdemeanors, the majority of which are DUIs, civil cases less than $4,000, small claims, probate, mental health and juvenile cases. The Circuit Court has a more general jurisdiction and hears the civil cases


Stephen Huddleston, District Court judge for Boone and Gallatin counties, speaks at the Florence Rotary Club meeting.

Mushroom has storied history Mushrooms have a long and storied history. Some civilizations through mushrooms produced super human strength or power. It is said that the pharaohs of Egypt declared that mushrooms were food for royalty and that no commoner could ever touch them. Those who wish to forage for mushrooms in the wild should be knowledgeable of what they are looking for. Poisonous mushrooms often look like edible varieties; one being safe to eat, the other that will make you very ill or cause death. Edible mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, there are more than 2,500 varieties of mushrooms available. There are many nutritional benefits to

including the fungus in your eating plans. Today, we can easily find a variety fresh, Diane of canned and Mason dried mushCommunity rooms in the superRecorder local markets. columnist Mushrooms are naturally low in calories. A half cup serving provides approximately 9 calories. Mushrooms contain a small amount of B vitamins including niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B6. Mushrooms contain antioxidants and fiber. Shiitake mushrooms are

higher in selenium than other commonly eaten mushrooms. Common mushrooms are higher in potassium than exotic varieties. Mushrooms are a natural source of vitamin D. They are the only plant based food that naturally provides vitamin D. Some varieties, like portabella, are often used in place of meat as an entrée. They have a dense, chewy texture, and a deep meaty flavor. Crimini mushrooms are simply baby portabellas. They have been harvested before growing to the size of a typical portabella. Choose mushrooms that are firm, evenly colored and with tightly closed caps. The shelf life of mushrooms will depend on the variety and how they have been handled.

Library offers e-books Looking for e-books for your new reader or nook? Did you know you can check out and download them for free from Boone County Public Library’s Web site? The library also has audiobooks in the collection which are compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Zune. You can checkout downloadable books, movies, and music at Look for the “Get free downloads” link on the homepage. “All it takes is your library card number and pin,” said Virtual Services Librarian Jennifer Gregory. “Items check themselves back into the library’s cata-

log, making checking-out a digital book or movie stressfree. There’s never an overdue fine on a digital download.” Digital titles include bestselling authors like Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, Alexander McCall Smith and Diana Gabaldon. Subjects range from science fiction to romance and travel to biographies and self-improvement guides. “Our digital collection spans nearly every genre,” Gregory said. “We also have over 200 titles covering state and local history and genealogy. These include ebooks such as The Civil War in Boone County and The

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BUSINESS UPDATE Jolley promoted

Adam Jolley has been promoted to director of client services at EMIOnline Research Solutions, a market research consulting firm. Jolley joined the company in 2007. Since that time, he has focused on new business development and client services. He was previously a nonprofit manager for Cincinnati Reds Sportservice. Jolley received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a minor in business administration from Northern Kentucky University. His parents live in Boone County.

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World Day of Prayer is March 5 The Tri-City unit of Church Women United invites the public to the annual World Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 4310 Richardson Road, Independence. Refreshments will be served. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer


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Snow has slowed spring’s progress Question: I am getting really anxious to start my vegetable garden, work on pruning my apple trees, and see the spring bulbs come up and start flowering. It seems to me like these things should be happening by now. Am I right? What bulbs should we be seeing in bloom soon? It seems like there are usually a few things blooming by late February, but about all we’ve seen so far is snow! Answer: You’re right! All the snow and cold weather this winter has slowed the progress of spring! Some years after a mild winter, we’ll see early bloomers such as yellow crocus, Witchhazel, winter honeysuckle, and winter aconites (Eranthis) starting to flower in early February. In mid-February, we sometimes see blooms of Japanese Apricot, Helleborus, Leatherleaf Mahonia, early daffodils and Narcissus, Siberian Squill (Scilla), Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas), and silver maple. By late February, we can occasionally enjoy the flowers of purple crocus, Japanese Cornel Dogwood, Snowdrops (Galanthus), overwintered

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• Growing Tomatoes at Home: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 4, Boone County Extension Office, Burlington. Free.. • An Introduction to Permaculture Gardening and Sustainable Landscape Design: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, Boone County Extension Office. Cost: $10, paid at the door ($5 for Arboretum Friends).Call 586-6101, or enroll at • Friendship, Flowers and Tea with Rosemary Ballard speaking: “On Flower Arrangements for Gifting to Friends and Teatime Occasions” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, Boone County Extension Office. Cost: $20, paid in advance. Call Laura at 586-6101. pansies, Anemones, Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa), pussy willow, red maple, and the elms. If you see any of these or other flowers in bloom, please call me at 586-6101 to report them on our bloom list, or e-mail me at . For a copy of our 2009 Bloom List that shows starting flowering dates for various plants throughout the year, click on the “Horticulture” tab on at In the home orchard, you can start pruning your apple and pear trees any time now. Call 572-2600 about attending a free demonstration March 13 (at the Campbell County Extension Office) on how to properly prune your fruit trees. As soon as it warms up a bit, on a warm day, you can

apply dormant oil to kill overwintering mites and scale insects. Dormant oil is applied to trees in early spring before buds swell, in order to protect them from scale insects. However, you should not spray dormant oil when air temperature is below 40 degrees F, or when it is likely to drop below 40 degrees within 24 hours. So listen to the weather forecast. Your trees will probably also need a bactericide spray of fixed copper while the tree is dormant, in order to protect against fireblight disease. But don’t mix the fixed copper with the dormant oil. (Note: fixed copper is not the same as copper sulfate). In the vegetable garden, start preparing the soil just as soon as possible, but don’t till it while it’s wet. During the first two weeks of March,

weather and soil permitting, you can start planting seeds of Mike Klahr spinach, Community mustard, Recorder beets, and guest peas in your outdoor garcolumnist den. These “cool-season vegetables” will all tolerate some freezing temperatures, so they should do fine. By mid-March, you can also plant start planting seeds of radishes, turnips, collards, and rutabaga, plus onion sets, and crowns of asparagus and rhubarb. You can also start planting early potato seed pieces around March 15-20. If you have raised beds that are getting low on soil, you can add new potting soil or soil mix out of bags, or you can add compost. Raised beds will warm faster in the spring, yielding earlier harvests. Also, by mixing in some dry potting soil now, you may be able to go ahead and start planting, even though the bed was too wet before you mixed in the dry materials. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.

BAWAC hosts charity golf outing BAWAC Inc. Community Rehabilitation Center will hold its 20th annual Charity Golf Outing on June 15 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Boone Links Golf Course in Florence. Lewis Johnson, NBC Olympic commentator, will again be the guest host.

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FISH FRIES St. Joseph Church, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Camp Springs, 6833 Four Mile Road. Features Mr. Herb’s baked or fried fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep-fried shrimp, crab cakes, a sampler platter and sides. Dinners and sandwiches. Carryout available. $4.50-$11. Presented by St. Joseph Church. For more information call 635-5652. Camp Springs. Wilder Fire Department Fish Fry, 4 p.m.8 p.m., will be hosted every Friday during Lent at the Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike. Dinner will include fish, shrimp, chicken, desserts and more. Eat in or carry out is available. For more information call 4315884. Wilder. St. Thomas School, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 428 S. Fort Thomas Ave. Serving fish sandwiches, shrimp, sides, pizza, french fries, homemade desserts and drinks. Benefits St. Thomas School activities. $1.50-$6. For more information call 572-4641; Fort Thomas. St. Bernard Church, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., 401 Berry St. Church Hall. Fish, salmon patty, shrimp, fries, macaroni and cheese, and sweet or sour coleslaw. Carryout available. $6. For more information call 431-9705. Dayton. Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 5011 Four Mile. Includes fish, shrimp, chicken tenders, frog legs, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Carryout available, call ahead. Benefits Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department. $4.75$6.50, 25 cents carryout fee. For more information call 441-6251. Silver Grove. Holy Trinity Junior High School, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 840 Washington Ave. Fish, shrimp, grilled cheese, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and drink. Carryout available. 75 cents-$7. For more information call 491-7612. Newport. Knights of Columbus, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Father DeJaco Council 5220, 11186 Licking Pike. Fish dinners and sandwiches, baked fish, shrimp, fries, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Carryout available. 75 cents-$6.50. For more information call 635-9863. Alexandria. St. Therese School, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 2516 Alexandria Pike, Cafeteria. Fish or shrimp platter, fish sandwich, cheese pizza, beer, soft drinks and desserts. No fish fry on March 19. $5-$7. For more information call 441-5755; Southgate. St. Mary, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 8246 East Main Street in Alexandria, will host a fish fry Feb. 26, March 12, 26 in the school cafeteria. Fish (cod or catfish) or shrimp dinners (two sides and dessert). There will also be pizza. Dine in or carry out is available. For more information, call 635-4188. Alexandria. Bellevue Veterans Club, 5. p.m. 24 Fairfield Ave. Menu includes fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, cheese sticks, hush puppies, fries, slaw and macaroni and cheese. Children’s meal includes chicken nuggets and fries. Cost $3-$7, carryout available. For more information, call 360-2046 or visit Bellevue. Fort Wright Civic Club, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 115 Kennedy Road. Includes sandwich meals and

dinners. Carryout available. Benefits Local charities. $4-$7. For more information call 331-1150. Fort Wright. Knights of Columbus, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish, chicken, jumbo shrimp, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and sides. Carryout available. $1.50-$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. For more information call 589-342-6643. Elsmere. Knights of Columbus, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish fries and hushpuppies, fish sandwich fries or coleslaw. $1.75-$5. Presented by Knights of Columbus 3908, Fr. Bealer Council. For more information call 342-6643. Elsmere. Ryland Heights Fire Protection District, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 10041 Decoursey Pike. Fish, chicken strips and shrimp along with side items and desserts. Carryout available. $7. For more information call 356-7970; Ryland Heights. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 3285 Mills Road, Fried fish, shrimp, grilled salmon, pizza and beer. Carryout available. With entertainment. $4-$8.50. For more information call 356-5151. Taylor Mill. Tickets Sports Cafe Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 100 W. Sixth St. All-you-can-eat fried fish, fries and coleslaw. Mixed drinks, beer and soft drinks available. No sharing and no carryout. $7.95. For more information call 431-1839; Covington. Mary Queen of Heaven School, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 1130 Donaldson Highway, Gymnasium. Line forms at 3:30 p.m. Mary Queen of Heaven School, Baked and fried fish, shrimp, salad meals for children, desserts and bever-

ages. Codfather, man in fish costume, will visit. Father Rick Wurth passes out snacks to those people waiting in line. Call ahead for carryout. $2-$9. For more information call 371-2622; Erlanger. Chick-fil-A, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., 4980 Houston Road, Cod filet on Chick-fil-A’s signature buttery bun available for purchase. For more information call 594-4600. Florence. Dollar Bill Tavern Fish Fry, 2 p.m.-2 a.m., 8074 US 42. Fried cod and chips. $6. For more information call 746-3600; Florence. St. Joseph Academy, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., 48 Needmore St. Fried or baked fish, shrimp, children’s pizza dinner, desserts, drinks and sides. Weekly raffles. Drive-through available. $40-$45 family dinners; $5-$9.50 dinners or sandwich. For more information call 4856444; Walton. St. Timothy Parish, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 10272 U.S. 42, Brodnick Hall. Baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, shrimp dinner, pizza and desserts. Crafts and activities for children. Drive-thru available beginning 4:30 p.m. $4-$8.50. For more information call 384-1100, ext. 23. Union. St. Paul School, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 7303 Dixie Highway. Fridays through March 26. Weekly specials will include Maine lobster, crab, seafood gumbo and spicy blackened salmon, to name a few. Check online to see the order of items served each Friday. Homemade pies will be available as well as children’s meals. Proceeds from the event will provide school gym equipment and support academic and athletic programs. Information or to place advance order, call 6474072. Florence.

New group wants to protect horses Local residents are forming a group that says no to slaughter of horses and wants to work to create better laws to protect horses. The new Horsemen’s Network will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Receptions, 1379 Donaldson Road, in Erlanger. The public is invited to attend.



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Representatives from the Walmart store in Florence presented a check for $1,000 to the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky. The donation is a grant from the Walmart Foundation and was awarded by employees from the Florence area Walmart store, who chose the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center as the local charity to receive the donation. Mary Wells and John Turner of the Florence Walmart store presented the check Jan. 15 to the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky to benefit the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. The Community Foundation provides financial and operational support for the center, as well as a number of other programs and services that enhance health, social and educational programs in Northern Kentucky. “We appreciate this generous gift from Walmart’s employees and their Foundation,” said Carol Buckhout, interim director of the Community Foundation. “They have been wonderful community partners in sup-




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Christian Bennett

Christian Bradley Bennett, 2 months, Florence, died Feb 23, 2010, at his home. Survivors include his parents, Katrina and Philip Bennett of Florence; sister, Audrianna Bennett; brother, Scott Bennett of Florence; grandparents, Roseanne and Bradley Ackermann and Karri and Karl Bennett, all of Florence. Burial was in Hopeful Church Cemetery, Florence.

Paul Cummings

Paul F. Cummings, 67, Florence, died Feb. 25, 2010, at his home. He was a production supervisor for U.S. Repeating Arms Co. and a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Faith Brust Cummings; daughter, Beth Michaud of East Bridgewater, Mass.; son, Sean Cummings of Monongahela, Pa.; sister, Jane Vogel of Rifle, Colo.; brothers, Dan and Pat Cummings, both of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Warren Arnold of South Carolina and three grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Elma Davis

Elma Davis, 87, Ludlow, died Feb. 19, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a homemaker and member of Central Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wright. Her husband, Virgil Davis, died in 2002. Survivors include her nieces, Gleneda Prewitt of Fort Wright, Dorothy Snellenberger of Florence, Elma Helmer of Covington, Norma Richardson and Shirley Sears, both of Villa Hills; and nephews, Hiram McCauley of Erlanger and Willie McCauley of Northern Kentucky. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Kenneth Hard

Kenneth Wayne Hard, 44, of Florence, formerly of Butler, died Feb. 25, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. His son, Travis Hard Teirney, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Anona Edwards Hard of Butler; sons, Patrick Lyvers of Florence; daughters, Laurie Bass of Florence, Becky Lyvers of Williamstown; mother, Lorraine Hester of Florence; brother, James Hard of Dayton; sisters, Beth Wilson of Dayton, Carol Ware and Kimberly Hard, both of Florence,

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Terri Teirney of Dayton, Tammy Coffey of Falmouth and seven grandchildren. Peoples Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Loretta Haworth

Loretta Jane Mullins Haworth, 94, Florence, died Feb. 25, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a waitress for Woodland Inn Restaurant in Walton. Her husband, Clarence John Haworth, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sue Peddicord and Betty Lou Leicht, both of Florence; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Crittenden Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Arnold Hays

Arnold “Jack” Hays, 84, of Burlington, formerly of Emlyn, died Feb. 25, 2010, at his home. He was past captain of the Emlyn Fire Department and a longtime employee of Ellison Funeral Home. His wife, Mary V. Hays, and daughter, Victoria Ober, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Arnold Hays of Burlington and Art Hays of Erlanger; daughters, Charlotte Sue Petrey, Mary Kathryn Breedlove and Linda Lutz, all of Florence; brother, Archie Powers of Corbin; sisters, Mildred Beavers of Blanchester and Alberta Damas of Chicago; 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was in Belleview Cemetery, Burlington. Ellison Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

June Hedger

June C. Cornelius Hedger, 85, Edgewood, died Feb. 24, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a nurse and politician. She was former chairman of the Republican Party 1967-1980, former member of Welcome Wagon, member of St. Elizabeth Women’s Auxiliary, member of League of Women Voters, chairman of Quarterback Club (Scott High School), state representative candidate (1985-1992) and member of Immanuel United Methodist Church. Her husband, Donald C. Hedger, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Summe of Villa Hills; sons, Charles Clos of Elsmere, Warren

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DEATHS Hedger of Hebron, John Hedger of Erlanger and Danny Hedger of Florence; sister, Bonnie Rost of Cincinnati; 18 grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Norman Insko

Norman K. Insko, 69, of Florence, formerly of Peach Grove, died Feb. 24, 2010, at his home. He was a carpenter with Peach Grove Builders, owner of L and N Construction, worked for Classic Car Wash and was co-founder of Peach Grove Fire Department. Survivors include his sons, Daniel Insko of Butler, Tracy Insko of Highland Heights, Dennis Insko of Clarksville, Tenn. and Brian Insko of Reno, Nev.; daughters, Donna Insko of Butler and Angela Hughes of Verona; brothers, Larry Insko of Independence, Melvin Insko of Florence and Johnny Insko of Cincinnati; sisters, Jewell Beyersdoerfer of Foster, Linda Sexton of Berea, Marilyn Galloway of Brooksville, Annetta Sturgeln, Joyce Estepp and Ruth Sanders, all of Cincinnati; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Peach Grove Cemetery.

Michael Isaac

Michael V. Isaac, 68, Florence, died Feb. 21, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. He was machinist and member of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. Survivors include his wife, Susan “Pat” Isaac of Florence; sons, Robert Moyer of Fort Thomas, Russell Moyer of Lebanon, Ohio and Jason Isaac of Florence; daughter, Heather Hodge of Florence and nine grandchildren. Serenity Funeral Care, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Dr. Helen Kagin

Dr. Helen McGregor Kagin, 76, of Union, formerly of Regina, Saskatchewan, died Feb. 17, 2010, at Christ Hospital, Mt. Auburn. She practiced medicine in Cincinnati, completing her residency in radiology at General Hospital, now University Hospital and in anesthesiology at Christ Hospital and cofounded Camp Quest, a residential summer camp for children of atheists. She was, her family says, an accomplished amateur athlete – a figure skater, ice dancer, hockey player, softball player, swimmer, skier and fencer. Until her illness, she went to yoga classes every week and swam in her pool at home. Survivors include her husband, Edwin Kagin; daughter, Caroline Good; stepsons, Steven Kagin of Nortonville, Kan., and Eric Kagin of Louisville; stepdaughters, Katheryn Cohan of Louisville and Heather Kagin of San Francisco, Calif.; and five stepgrandchildren. Memorials: Helen Kagin Memorial Campership Fund of Camp Quest Inc., P.O. Box 2552, Columbus, OH 43216, with the notation “Kagin Fund.” Donations may also be made on the Camp Quest Web site,

Eugene Lankheit

Eugene W. Lankheit, 82, Covington, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Baptist Convalescent Home, Newport. He was owner of L and W Plastering and served in the Coast Guard.



His wife, Norma Bohman Lankheit, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Ronald Lankheit of Newport, James Lankheit of Florence, Mark Lankheit of New Lebanon, Ohio, Roger Lankheit of Latonia; daughters, Linda Kessen of Fort Thomas, Terri Haas of Cold Spring, Donna Busse of Taylor Mill, Trisha Gamel of Crescent Springs; brother, Lawrence Lankheit of Erlanger; sister, Betty Corman of Florence; 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: St. Augustine Church, 1839 Euclid Ave., Covington, KY 41014, or American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Ruth Noll

Ruth Catherine Duechle Noll, 88, Villa Hills, a homemaker, died Feb. 24, 2010, at her home. Her husband, Woodrow J. Noll, died in 1996. Survivors include her sons, John Noll of Florence, Gary Noll of Cincinnati, Randy Noll of St. Louis, Mo.,and Rick Noll of Villa Hills; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Linnemann Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Lance Cpl. Adam Peak

Lance Cpl. Adam Daniel Peak, 25, Florence, died Feb. 21, 2010, in Afghanistan, in combat. He was in the Marine Corps, member of Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity Rho Chapter, Saints Club, Education Club and The Villa Players theater club. Survivors include his parents, Diana and Bruce Peak; sisters, Sara and Angela Peak; and brother, Sean Peak, all of Florence. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Stith Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Lance Cpl. Adam Peak Scholarship Fund, c/o any Fifth Third Bank.

Thelma Pierson-Ash

Thelma Grace Pierson-Ash, 88, Florence, died Feb. 20, 2010, at Florence Park Care Center. She was a homemaker and member of Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God, Florence. Her first husband, Warren William Pierson Sr. and sons, Thomas Benjamin and Warren William Pierson Jr., died previously. Survivors include her husband, Charles W. Ash of Florence; daughter, Bea Oesting of Florence; son, Steve Pierson of Warsaw; stepson, Charles K. Ash of Verona; stepdaughters, Leah Proctor of Cincinnati, Dale Rose of Walton and Polly Jones of Gig Harbor, Wash.; sister, Hilda Wiltcher of Cincinnati; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Paint Lick Baptist Cemetery, Warsaw.

Larry Robinson

Larry G. Robinson, 66, Erlanger, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. He was an accountant with Carlisle/Maxim Crane Works for 30 years and a member of St. Henry Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Robinson of Erlanger; son, Randy Robinson of Edgewood; sister, Donna Stegman of Florence; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Robert Scott

Robert E. Scott, 90, Florence, died Feb. 19, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. He was owner/operator of Cincinnati Trucking and a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Norma Willenborg Scott of Florence; daughters, Moira Ramsey of Florence, Sharon Steele of Villa Hills and Lisa Noland of Sanders, Ky.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Middendorf Funeral Home in Fort Wright handled the arrangements. Memorials: March of Dimes, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, 10806 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Kathryn Scudder

Kathryn Alexandra Scudder, stillborn, Burlington, died Feb. 21, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Survivors include her mother, Melissa Ferratt of Burlington; father, Matthew Scudder of Burlington; grandparents, Daryl Scudder of Florence, Ilene Scudder of Burlington, Corey and Elvia Trainor of Eagan, Minn. and great-grandmother, Dorothy Gayhart of Crittenden. Eckler-McDaniel Funeral Home, Dry Ridge, handled the arrangements.

Diana Simons

Diana Lee Freeman Simons, 57, Covington, died Feb. 22, 2010, at her home. She was a machine adjuster for 30 years at Johnson Controls in Florence. Her son, John Simons Jr., died previously. Survivors include her companion, Russell Addison of Covington; daughters, Laura Simons of Dayton and Jennifer Rohdenburg of Florence; sons, Kevin Simons of Covington, and Christopher Simons of Walton; sister, Bobbie Rayburn of Erlanger; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Donald Tanner

Donald S. Tanner, 91, of Cincinnati, formerly of Union, died Feb. 24, 2010, at Mercy Anderson, Cincinnati. He was a sales manager for Keebler Co. in Fairfax, a World War II Army veteran, member of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge 304. His daughter, Janice Mahan, and stepson, Jim Hauer, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Tanner; daughter, Patricia Peery of Arlington Heights, Ill.; stepdaughters, Terri Suter of Loveland and Connie Wesselman of Villa Hills; son, Mark Tanner of Bellingham, Wash. and nine grandchildren.

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Rebecca Utley

Rebecca Dunn Utley, 89, Florence, died Feb. 26, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a housekeeper for the Barkley Hotel at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and a member of the Florence Church of God. Her husband, Forest Thomas Utley, and her children, Ida Easton, Roy Utley, Audrey Utley and Ralph Utley, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sophie Hughes of Chattanooga, Tenn., Louise Freeman of Burlington, and Dorothy Dunaway, Joann Vornberger and Carol Horn, all of Florence; sons, Forest Utley Jr. of Fort Wright, Harry Utley of Union, and Larry Utley of Crescent Springs; brother, Walter Dunn of Indiana; 31 grandchildren 63 great-grandchildren; and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: The Utley Family, c/o Chambers and Grubbs, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Patricia Walsh

Patricia A. Walsh, 74, Fort Thomas, died Feb. 28, 2010, at her home. The homemaker was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society, Mother’s Club and St. Catherine’s Seniors. She also was a foster parent through Catholic Social Services and volunteered at various hospitals. Her husband, William Walsh, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Walsh of Independence, Susan McCarthy of Long Island, N.Y., and Debbie Smith, Teri McNamara and Becky Conley, all of Fort Thomas; sons, Bill Walsh of Independence, Mike Walsh of Florence, and Tim Walsh of Bellevue; sisters, Joyce Whaley of Colerain Township, Charlene Wolke of Fort Myers, Fla., and Lora James of Seaman, Ohio; brothers, Orville Daley of Williamstown, Ky., and Gene Daley of Manchester, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: The Leukemia Society, 600 East Main St., Suite 102, Louisville, KY 40202; or St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Thomas Willenborg

Thomas R. Willenborg, 58, Edgewood, died Feb. 20, 2010, St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an attorney for Willenborg Law Offices in Covington, an Army veteran and member of Kentucky and Ohio Bar Associations. Survivors include his wife, Mary Brandt Willenborg; son, Thomas Willenborg of Covington; daughters, Kristina Leonhardt of Covington, Carol Wilson of Cincinnati and Mary Beth Willenborg of Michigan; mother, Carolyn Willenborg of Florence and brother, Steve Willenborg of Cincinnati. Memorials: Boone County CASA, Attn: Colleen Bohman, 2989 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005.

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Brock R. Pennington, 25, DUI at Interstate 275, Dec. 11. Herold Shelton III, 35, no license and rabies shots at 1455 Woodside Dr., Dec. 11. Christian C. Walters, 20, assault at 5627 Damson Dr., March 2. Joseph M. Marinelli, 30, tampering with physical evidence at Constitution Dr., Dec. 2. Ulys G. Bowens IV, 20, possession of marijuana at 155 White Pine Cr., Nov. 30. Kevin W. Grantlin, 24, DUI at Interstate 75, Dec. 4. Amy S. Berkemeier, 30, operating on suspended license at 7921 Dream St., Dec. 2. Robert J. Niemeier, 42, alcohol intoxication at Girard St., Dec. 3. Ryan Y. Oneal, 28, DUI at Crossings Dr., Dec. 3. Jordan W. Reed, 22, DUI at Burlington Pk., Dec. 3. Kristin M. Luke, 23, theft, Dec. 2. Terence H. Casey, 66, theft at 4990 Houston Rd., Dec. 2. Nicole L. Canter, 41, receiving stolen property at 100 Meijer Dr., Dec. 1. Nickalos A. Jeremiah, 19, seconddegree disorderly conduct at U.S. 42, Dec. 25. Timmy R. Carter, 30, DUI, reckless driving at U.S. 42 and Dream St., Dec. 26. Nova M. White, 20, second-degree disorderly conduct at 7914 Dream St., Dec. 26. Scott F. Stewart, 44, leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at

I-75 southbound, Dec. 26. Trevor R. O’Brien, 39, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8240 U.S. 42, Dec. 27. Ashley C. Hinton, 22, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Burlington Pk., Dec. 27. Patrick C. Garvey, 23, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at 8040 Burlington Pk., Dec. 27. Clyde E. Ivy, 47, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., Jan. 12. Anthony D. Page, 25, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Jan. 12. James M. Bledsoe Jr., 20, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Jan. 11. Christy J. Vance, 35, DUI at Burlington Pk., Jan. 11. Johnny Bigsby, 47, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Dixie Hwy., Jan. 11. Jason A. Sisk, 35, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Burlington Pk. and Mall Rd., Jan. 8. Ryan C. Skirvin, 22, DUI at Ridge Rd. and Burlington Pk., Jan. 7. Amanda Aloise, 27, DUI, careless driving at Burlington Pk. and N. Bend Rd., Jan. 7. Anthony E. Hale, 47, DUI at 7380 Turfway Rd., Jan. 6.



Victim physically assaulted at 10000 block of Irish Way, Jan. 6.


Reported at 1036 Aristides Dr., Dec. 1. Reported at 325 Deer Trace Dr., Dec. 1. Reported at 353 Deer Trace Dr., Nov. 30. Dixie Market broken into overnight at 7804 Dixie Hwy., Dec. 29. Residence broken into and items

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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 647-5420. taken at 6596 Utz Ln., Jan. 8.

Criminal mischief

Reported at 5942 Peoples Ln., Dec. 1. Reported at Weeping Willow Ct., Nov. 26. Multiple vehicles vandalized at 1749 Arborwood Dr., Jan. 10. Building vandalized at 710 Chambers Rd., Jan. 8. Building vandalized at 3441 Mary Teal Ln., Jan. 7. Victim’s residence vandalized at 12661 Dixie Hwy., Jan. 7.


Reported at Sequoia Dr., Nov. 30.


Reported at 112 Valley Dr., Dec. 10.

Fraudulent use of a credit card Subject tried to use a stolen credit card at Speedway at 7690 Burlington Pk., Jan. 11.

Tampering with physical evidence

Reported at Constitution Dr., Dec. 2.

Terroristic threatening

Reported at 132 Main St., Nov. 29.


Reported at 1589 Burlington Pk., Dec. 10. Reported at 370 Aristocrat Dr., Dec. 2. Reported at 236 Melinda Ln., Dec. 1. Reported at 10487 Michael Ln., Dec. 1.

Reported at 3734 Belleview Rd., Dec. 1. Reported at 1405 RJ Ln., Nov. 30. Reported at Dixie Hwy., Nov. 30. Reported at 635 Chestnut Dr., Nov. 18. Reported at Big Bone Church Rd., Oct. 29. Reported at 2350 Treetop Ln., Nov. 13. Shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Dec. 3. Shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Dec. 2. Shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Dec. 2. Reported at 1336 Hansel Ave., Dec. 1. Victim’s purse stolen at Wal-Mart at 7625 Doering Dr., Dec. 27. Subject tried to steal from Remke at 6920 Burlington Pk., Jan. 12. Subject tried to shoplift from WalMart at 7625 Doering Dr., Jan. 12. Subject tried to shoplift from WalMart at 7625 Doering Dr., Jan. 11. Narcotics siezed by officers at 3427 Queensway Dr., Jan. 6.

Up for adoption


Looking for a new pet? The Boone County Animal Shelter has plenty to choose from, including Blue, an Akita mix, 3 years old. His ID number is D10-0305. Adoption fees for cats or kittens are $89. Fees for adopting a dog or puppy are $119. Call 586-5285.

Theft from auto

Vehicle broken into and items taken at 1040 Tamarack Cir., Jan. 10.

Theft of auto

Victim’s vehicle stolen at 8600 Preakness Dr., Dec. 27.

Wanton endangerment

Reported at 6040 Taylor Dr., Dec. 2. Reported at 5627 Damson Dr., Dec. 2.


Henry, a cattle dog mix, 3 years old, is up for adoption. His ID number is D10-0352.

Chick-fil-A donates nearly $1,300 to Children’s Home On Saturday, Feb. 13, Chick-fil-A at Houston Road hosted a Special Valentine’s Day Dinner where guests were treated to tableside service and a candlelit dinner which included a soup or salad, entrée, side item, drink and dessert – and a picture with the Cow. “We were overwhelmed with the positive response we had from the community for this first-time event. Our Valentine’s Dinner

booked up a couple days prior and we are thrilled to be able to donate the funds to such a great cause,” said Dustin DiChiara, owner/ operator for the Houston Road location.





Chick-fil-A at Houston Road collected a total just short of $1,300 to donate to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, which also included many generous tips left by customers who wanted to give more. “This is certainly something we hope to do annually and are looking at various local charities and organizations to donate to and alternate each year, as giving back to the commu-

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nity is something I am extremely passionate about,” said DiChiara. The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is a

treatment facility for abused and neglected boys, between the ages of 7 and 17, with severe emotional, behavioral and social issues. The home also provides community based services designed to provide therapeutic interventions and case management services to families with children who are at imminent risk for out-of-home placement. Visit

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Bed & Breakfast The Rooster’s Nest is a unique B&B located in Winchester, OH in Adams County, off St. Rt. 32 about an hour east of Cincinnati. The B&B consists of a log building constructed of logs dating back to 1788, yet is complete with modern amenities. There are 3 rooms available, each with a queen bed and private bath. The Rooster’s Nest is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a break from busy routines. Walk on the 25 acres of woodlands, fish in the 1.25 acre stocked pond, curl up with a book or sit outside by the campfire. Breakfast is served in the spacious gathering room overlooking the pond while birds and squirrels entertain at the feeders. Innkeepers Sally & Dave White promise to tantalize your taste buds with scrumptious dishes like Rooster Egg Bake, Rhode Island Red Stuffed French Toast, Chanticleer Bananas & Ice Cream or Banty Fruit Parfait along with freshly baked breads, juice and coffee. The Inn’s convenient location allows guests to experience all that Adams County has to offer. There are many Amish shops with baked goods, furniture and cheese. If you

The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is a treatment facility for abused and neglected boys, between the ages of 7 and 17.

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