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Florence prepares for Turfway guests

Spiral Stakes brings thousands to city By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — It’s not every day that 8,000 to 10,000 people file into the city of Florence for one main event. When they do, the city is ready. The $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is set for Saturday, March 23, at Turfway Park. The winner is expected to earn enough points to enter the Kentucky Derby field on May 4, which is limited to 20 starters. Preparation is key when preparing for such an event, said Mayor Diane Whalen. As the Spiral Stakes – Northern Kentucky’s biggest springtime party – draws near, so too does completion of a safety plan.

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Whalen said the city’s police and fire departments work with Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Turfway Park security to ensure a safe event. “Our goal is to make sure everyone arrives as easily as possible, is safe while here and has a good time,” Whalen said. Florence Fire Chief Marc Muench said the fire department provides an EMS unit at the site as a safety precaution. “In the past we’ve just had minor illnesses, one year someone had a heart attack, but other

than that it’s a very peaceful event,” he said. According to Capt. John McDermond, the Florence Police Department lends just a few officers to assist with the event. They also offer their mobile command vehicle to the fire department to use for emergency services. Traffic control and safety patrol is handled primarily by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, he said. Traffic typically runs pretty smoothly from the interstate to Turfway Park, according to Tom Scheben, public information officer for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “There have been many great road improvements around (the city) and it makes our jobs to get people in and out much easier,” he said. In addition to traffic control Scheben said there will be uniformed and plainclothed offi-

Nikki and Ryan Huth of Independence, and Scott Hamel and Kelley Johnson of Taylor Mill cheer on their bets at a previous Spiral Stakes. FILE PHOTO

cers on duty, patrolling the facility and VIP tent. Years past have the event has proven to be pretty tame. Whalen said she is happy the city gets to host Turfway Park’s visitors. The event, slated for Saturday, is important, not only bringing in opportunities for businesses, but also giving recognition to Kentucky’s heritage. “It’s important to the state of


Technology has changed, Tom Szurlinski says, but personal touch still key

Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski, reflected in the rear view mirror of his police vehicle, is retiring this month after 27 years with the force. He says technology helps, but personal contact is still critical. THE ENQUIRER/PATRICK REDDY



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Kentucky and the horse industry and our culture,” Whalen said. “This (event) is just one way to keep Kentucky’s heritage in people’s minds. We are fortunate to have a track that participates in pre-Derby events.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

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s Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski prepares for retirement at the end of this month, he knows the department is vastly different than the one he came into as a beat cop more than 27 years ago. “The technology has played a huge role in the types of crimes we are seeing and in the investigations,” Szurlinski said. “There was some DNA collection being done then, but it wasn’t nearly as prevalent. The major sources of criminalistics were still fingerprints and hair samples.” Szurlinski said another big advancement is the increased use of video equipment to solve crimes. He recalls a robbery on Turfway Road a few years ago where the store had some video, but the perpetrator covered his face before entering. “The detectives went to stores nearby and looked at their video and saw the guy with his face uncovered,” Szurlinski said. “They could tell it was him, because of the clothing, and that’s how we were able to identify him. “If you are at a crime scene and you are not looking at video, not just of the crime scene, but at nearby locations, you probably are not doing the job correctly.” Technology also allows officers to perform many tasks with less public interaction, which Szurlinski said is not always a good thing. “I think one of the things that suffers with an increased use of technology is that the personal interaction skills are not as good as with some of the officers in the past,” Szurlinski said. “We still have to make sure the officers get out of the cars and talk to people. The public has to have a comfort level with the police department, because they are the eyes of our community.” Szurlinski worked briefly with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Mack Fire Department See CHIEF, Page A2

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before coming to Florence as a patrol officer in 1985. He worked as an investigations officer and patrol sergeant before being promoted to assistant police chief in 1999 and police chief in 2005.

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ations have farmed the Benton Family Farm in Walton since current owner and second generation farmer J.C. Benton Jr. moved there with his parents in 1941 at the age of 10. For more than 20 years, Benton’s daughter, the third generation, Mary Marcum, said they’ve offered a destination for school field trips, Christmas trees and pumpkins –“all the things that made the word agritourism.” It was, she said, agritourism before agritourism was a

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word. The farm will introduce for the first time an event in the spring to “expand what we’re able to do in order to survive.” Spring Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the farm, located at 11896 Old Lexington Pike. In addition to hunting for Easter eggs, visitors can check out the farm’s new spring goats and lambs, baby chicks and have their photos, which will be sent directly to one’s smart phone or email, taken with bunnies. Coffee and doughnuts will be available. The cost is $10 per family. "We want people to


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know that the farm is here,” said Ryan Gambrel, a consultant working with the farm. A family farm has to somehow survive, and farmers can’t always depend on crops, Marcum said. “If you only have income coming in one season, you have to depend on that income.” Gambrel, of Richwood, said his parents grew up on a farm but he doesn’t know what that experience was like for them. “I’d kind of like to show my daughter this is where your grandma and grandpa came from. This is how they lived. This is how they worked. This is what goes on. This is where your food comes from,” he said. That's important to him. “That’s why staying non-commercial, that hands-on experience, will always be the No.1thing,” Marcum said. The farm actually will host three events this year, Gambrel said. In addition to participating in the Rural Treasures farm tour, the farm will have a late summer event and a Christmas event.

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During that time, Florence has changed quite a bit. The population has nearly doubled to 30,000 residents, and the city, which was still very rural in some areas, has been largely built out. Szurlinski said early in his career, crimes often had a local connection, but that too has changed. “If we had a burglary or a theft in a neighborhood there was a pretty good chance that the person either lived there or knew someone who did,” Szurlinski said. “Recently, we’ve had thefts where we arrested people from Columbus, Ohio, or Eastern Kentucky. It’s much more transient.” The backgrounds of police officers are also much different. Officers often went from high school to a police academy, and then to a job in law enforcement. More than half of the officers in the Florence Police Department now have an advanced degree, and an associate’s degree is a job requirement. “There has always been an argument about whether you need a college education to be a police officer. I don’t think it’s something that you absolutely must have, but I certainly think it helps a lot,” Szurlinski said. “There is just so much more information that is useful to police officers now.” Capt. Linny Cloyd, the department’s administrative commander, joined the force a few months after Szurlinski, and the two

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have worked side-by-side for almost three decades. Cloyd said Szurlinski’s strongest assets are his passion for the job and his willingness to recognize the individual strengths of his officers. “His first and foremost goal is the police department and he doesn’t really get hung up on the ego,” Cloyd said. “Ultimately, he’s the guy that makes the decision, but he seeks out information from all of us. We have our arguments and at the end of every one, I get the last word, which is, ‘Yes sir, chief.’ ” Cloyd describes his boss as a consummate street officer who currently serves as chief of police. “If they would let him run the department from the inside of a marked car, he’d probably be here another 10 years,” Cloyd said.

Many memorable casesover his long career

Szurlinski, 51, has had a number of memorable cases over his career, but the ones that stand out for him are not those that grabbed headlines. Instead, he remembers cases that touched him personally. In 1989, the Florence Deposit Bank at Dixie Highway and Banklick Street was robbed and shots were fired inside the building. “The fleet maintenance guy and one of the city attorneys were in the bank at the time, and I knew several of the clerks,” Szurlinski said. “After it was all over, realizing there were people you knew very well in the bank that could have gotten hurt or killed, made it a lot scarier.” An auto accident at U.S. 25 and U.S. 42 that involved a young man who appeared not to be seriously injured, but later died from his injuries, also left a lasting impact on Szurlinski. It occurred 20 years ago, but he still becomes very emotional when talking about it. As with many career police officers, the chief

also has a bottom drawer case – an unsolved crime that nags at him. For Szurlinski it is the robbery of a Florence motel near the beginning of his career, during which the night clerk was killed. Every once in a while, he brings out the case file, looking for something he may have missed that will break the case open. “As time goes on, I know the chances it will be solved are slim, but I’m still hopeful,” Szurlinski said. “We don’t have anyone dedicated just for cold cases, but our guys do work them from time to time, so you never know.” Florence Mayor Diane Whalen said Szurlinski was fortunate to become chief of a good police department, and he leaves it better than he found it. “He can definitely leave knowing that his leadership has helped to make it a department that is respected and envied,” Whalen said. “Our community has been blessed to have Tom as not only a dedicated employee, but as a friend and a neighbor. I am grateful for all that he has done for the city and for me.” Szurlinski credits his staff for the strides the department has made during his tenure. “One of the best things that I have had in my career is a tremendous command staff and that filters all the way down through the department,” Szurlinski said. “Actually, the cooperation in this entire Northern Kentucky/ Greater Cincinnati community is remarkable.” Capt. John McDermond, the department’s patrol commander, will succeed Szurlinski as police chief. McDermond was chosen from two other internal candidates, Cloyd and Lt. Steve Butts, to fill the position. Szurlinski is not sure what he will do next, but is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Debbie, and his daughter Heather, who is 21and a senior at Northern Kentucky University.


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Time to vote for NKY’s Best Boss Voting starts online today What makes a great boss? Is it the guidance they gave that helped you bring your first major project to successful completion? Or did they go to bat for you to get an important promotion? The Community Recorder asked employees to nominate their boss for NKY’s Best Boss contest. Below are the six finalists for Boone County. Go to and vote up to once a day for your favorite. The public will have until April 1 to vote online for the Best Boss of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. The winners will be announced in the Community Recorder on April 18. DR. WILLIAM GREENHILL Union Pediatric Dentistry

Sarah Mayleben says you would be hardpressed to find a boss more kind and generous than Dr. William Greenhill. “He has a way of cre-

ating a family-like atmosphere at Union Pediatric Dentistry with his joking, laid-back personality. Going to work isn’t like going to work at all because it is fun.” Dr. Greenhill motivates staff by reading inspirational quotes and sharing his views on customer Greenhill service. “He is extremely thoughtful, giving his entire staff special treats on holidays, providing snacks in the break room to help keep everyone’s energy up throughout the day and he is just completely concerned about his staff’s overall well-being,” Mayleben said.

TIM HITZFIELD Conner High School

As principal of Conner High School, Tim Hitzfield has built a culture of progress and high standards. Hitzfield Assistant Principal Jason Shearer says “he empowers others


BEST BOSS and builds leadership capacity in those seeking future leadership roles.” He has done so by stressing the goal of what’s best for the students. He lets staff make decisions without micromanaging. Visible and approachable, “he’s still a teacher at heart,” and can sometimes be found sitting in the cafeteria with a student who’s struggling with chemistry. “He’s always willing to sit down and teach,” Shearer said.

ERIC MCARTOR Camp Ernst Middle School

Students and staff know that Principal Eric McArtor’s door is always open. Assistant Principal Joanne Estenfelder collected comments about her boss at Camp Ernst. Among others: “He expects everyone to do their job to the best

of their ability and allows them as well as encourages them to do it. Yet he McArtor doesn’t hover, he gives you what you need to succeed and is there to help whenever you have questions.” Another said, “The icing on the cake is, through it all, he is always there to make you laugh. He is quick with witty words to help keep things in perspective and bring a smile to the face of all people he encounters. The trickledown effect is at work here. He makes CEMS the best place to work.”

CANDACE MCGRAW Cincinnati/NKY International Airport

As CEO, Candace McGraw is overseeing the re-invention of CVG including the redesign of Concourse A and the arrival of low-cost Frontier McGraw Airlines. McGraw brings flowers to her assistants or treats employees to lunch to show them how

much they mean, said communications director Brian Gregg. She keeps employees informed of important issues with a newsletter and ongoing emails. She never forgets that change can be difficult and takes the extra effort to explain the changes to employees and involves them in the decision making.


Annie Smith at Skidaddles child care center in Florence says owner Tiffany Sams “has a smile on her face100 percent of the time. She is very easygoing, easy to talk to and enthusiastic.” Holly Matteoli said, “You don’t work for Tiffany Sams, you work with her. When we have new ideas, she wants us to use Sams them and she wants us all to be successful.” Working for Sams, “is any working mother’s dream,” said Stacy Alexander. “She understands the demands on working moms and offers the flexibility with my schedule so that I am able to attend important

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“When I tell people that I work at, without fail, they reply: “I love” The reason it is so great is because of my boss, Tamara Sexton,” says Rick Gaunder. “She does not do it alone of course, but she delivers on our shift. We are one of the best facilities in the nation for Amazon. Tamara keeps us Sexton running smoothly. “She organizes, leads, inspires, disciplines, motivates and does it all with a grace and purpose. We work the night shift and a few of the people who work these hours are unmotivated. Tamara finds a way to get them working. She keeps us all in line and promotes safety and a good work ethic. ... She is a very big reason for the success of our building in Hebron,” Gaunder said.

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Reforest Northern Kentucky will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Road, Union. The first 200 volunteers will receive a free shirt. There will be refreshments and native tree seedlings for all volunteers. Register online at UNION

Investment fraud seminar offered

FLORENCE — Duane Froelicher, senior partner from Walden Advisors will host a free investment fraud seminar 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Florence Senior Center. Co-taught with the Florence Police Department, the seminar will educate citizens on how the investment system is organized. Attendees will learn about various types of securities and how to better prevent fraudulent activities in an individual investor environment. For more information or to register, email duane@waldenadvisors.

com or call 859-384-7416.

CASA plans August golf outing

Boone and Kenton County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children will host an Aug. 16 golf outing at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club. For $125, the event includes18 holes with a cart, lunch, dinner, beverages and draft beer. Donations are also being accepted for raffles and prizes. Those with questions about sponsorships, foursomes and other information, contact Colleen Bohman at 859-586-1222 or Grace Penn at 859-3725160 for Boone County CASA and Nicky Jeffries at 859-392-1791 or David Drake at 859-491-3399 for Kenton County CASA.

Board meeting rescheduled

WALTON — The March 28 Walton-Verona Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the administration building, 16 School Road, Walton.

PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Erlanger Heights; O’Daniel; Devon Heights; Whitson, George; Sprucedale; Forest Manor; Fairview; Liberty Square; Fitzgerald; Belle Meadows; Tall Trees; Hampton Ridge Estates; Persimmon Grove; Bel Air Estates; farms and new construction throughout Boone County the week of April 1. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling .

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St. E’s snatches top spot for health care Community Recorder EDGEWOOD — St. Elizabeth Healthcare is again named one of the best hospital systems in the United States, a distinction running seven years strong with officials hinting it’s only getting bigger from here. Healthgrades included St. Elizabeth in its America’s 50 Best Hospitals

rankings this year and John Dubis, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, says it’s because of the care the system offers. “What it demonstrates and affirms is that the quality of care here is really superior to most places in the nation,” Dubis explained. Dubis would know. He’s worked in hospitals in Chi-

cago and his hometown of St. Louis, but says St. Elizabeth is the best. “This place is even better than the other organizations I’ve worked with in terms of the continuous and clinical outcomes,” he said. St. Elizabeth is seeing more growth and has invested more than $250 million in itself over the last four years.

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Health Dept. looks at smoking ban NKY to study rules introduced in Bullitt County By Mark Hansel

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has taken a step toward considering regulations to prohibit smoking in public places. Board members voted Wednesday to request information from the Bullitt County Health Department and review

them in committees for consideration and a possible recommendation. Bullitt County introduced regulations on smoking in public places, which have yet to be implemented because of legal challenges. The Northern Kentucky Health District includes Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. In a February Kentucky Enquirer story, Dr. Lynne Saddler, district director of public health, said there wasn’t support on the board for a smoking ban that would be implemented by the

health department. At Tuesday’s meeting, Saddler referenced that story and Dr. Lawrence Brennan suggested the board begin considering regulations. The department’s Community Health Promotion committee will focus on public health issues related to secondhand smoke and the Environmental Health and Safety committee will examine enforcement requirements. Brennan asked that the committees provide updates on its findings. Boone County Commissioner Charlie Kenner said the regula-

tion of smoking in public places has become a divisive issue in Bullitt County. He was one of two board members who voted against requesting the information from Bullitt County. Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said regulations on smoking in public should not be administered by the health department. “This is a policy decision that has such depth and emotion attached to it that it should be made by elected officials and not appointed officials, irrespective of the health implications.” Earlywine said.

Earlywine is the board designee for Judge-executive Gary Moore. The Bullitt County Health Department issued a ban on smoking in public places in 2011, but the fiscal court and eight cities there filed suit to prevent its implementation. The issue is now before the Kentucky Supreme Court. In Northern Kentucky, Kenton County has adopted a limited smoking ban, but Boone County rejected an ordinance and Campbell County repealed one shortly after it was adopted in 2010.

Walton Farms zone change approved By Melissa Stewart

Left, Tricia Watts of Park Hills, director of advancement services for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, is shown works of art by Geri Herbert of Florence, manager of the Florence Senior Activity Center, during the Art Open House co-sponsored by the BCVAA and Florence Senior Activity Center March 16 in Florence. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Boone artists share the CREATIVE PROCESS

Professional and amateur artists demonstrated their talents during a March 16 Art Open House at the Florence Senior Activity Center. Artists from the Senior Activity Center’s arts class teamed up with members of the Boone County Visual Arts Association to exhibit creations. Original paintings and ceramics, jewelry and scarves were available for purchase, plus local artists demonstrated their talents throughout the open house.

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Imogene Enzweiler of Florence paints a watercolor of sunflowers . MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Marie Saul and Janet Greeley of Erlanger displays crocheted item during the Art Open House co-sponsored by the Boone County Visual Arts Association and Florence Senior Activity Center March 16 in Florence. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

WALTON — In a special March 14 meeting , Walton City Council voted 3-1 to approve a rezoning of Walton Farms from residential to industrial. One council member was not present for the vote. “The zone change is an investment in their future,” said Jeff Eichhorn, senior commercial sales associate for Henkle Schueler. “We’re excited that it’s official, we’re going to market the site aggressively.” Henkle Schueler represents investors who own a share of the Walton Farms sites – both the 21-acre piece it already owns in Boone County and the 49-acre piece in Kenton County currently owned by Drees Homes. The 49 acres, located within Walton city limits, is vacant and positioned on the east side of Dixie Highway across from Hellman Lumber. The parcel is divided into four lots. Kenton County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Feb. 7 to recommend the change. The property was originally zoned for industrial use, but was changed to residential in 2006. Drees had planned to develop single-family homes on the site. Due to an economic downturn in the housing market, however, the land has remained undeveloped. Mike Schoettelkotte, a representative for Drees, said the company is happy to turn over the property so it can be made into a development that “will happen a lot sooner.” Schoettelkotte said an industrial development would most likely help the housing market in the area, as well. According to Eichhorn, there’s already a prospect looking at the site. He couldn’t divulge details, but said the prospect is an Alabama firm. “They are looking at this site and one on Mary Grubbs Road in Walton,” he said. “No one knows the exact future, but we anticipate within five years two of the four lots will be sold.” Eichhorn said industrial development of the area could bring about 450 manufacturing jobs to Walton. Council member Matt Brown was the lone opposing vote. “I felt with the last (zone change), I should vote no because of all the backlash received,” Brown said. “I was not in office at the time, but I know it received a lot of attention.” The zone change Brown referred to occurred last October. Council approved a change that would allow industrial usage on a 280-acre plot of land split between Boone and Kenton counties that had been zoned for agriculture use. The Kenton County Planning Commission had recommended against that zone change.

Kindergarten readiness in NKY promising By William Croyle

Data from a pilot program this school year that measured kindergarten readiness shows Northern Kentucky public school districts are generally faring better than the rest of the state, but a lot more work needs to be done. Fifteen Northern Kentucky districts in five counties – Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant and Gallatin – participated in the screening, as did 109

of the state’s other156 districts. The screening assessed a child’s development in five areas: cognitive, language, motor, social-emotional and selfhelp skills. Northern Kentucky counties scored a high of 45 percent of students ready for kindergarten and a low of 28 percent on the basic screening. The state average was 28 percent. The overall goal is to have at least 85 percent of children ready to enter kindergarten by 2020.

“I’m very excited to have some baseline data,” said Amy Neal, manager of the United Way’s Northern Kentucky Success By 6. “For years we didn’t know how far away we were from that bold goal, but now we know.” In the area of general knowledge, Northern Kentucky county scores ranged from 73 percent ready down to 53 percent. The state average was 59 percent. In language and communication, Northern Ken-

tucky counties ranged from 42 percent down to 39 percent, with a state average of 40 percent. Social-emotional and selfhelp skills locally scored from 86 percent down to 65 percent. The state averaged 80 percent. Full implementation of screening in all 174 districts statewide will begin in the 201314 school year. The screening administered this school year was done before students began kindergarten or within the first month of school.

Terri Cox-Cruey, superintendent of the Kenton County School District, said the positive numbers in Northern Kentucky are a reflection of the efforts of several entities, such as Success By 6, Children Inc. and the Northern Kentucky Education Council, to name a few. Neal said the goal of 85 percent ready by 2020 is “absolutely possible” with this new tool. “The bottom line,” she said, “is that what gets measured gets done.”





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Ryle heads to Odyssey finals Community Recorder

Members of the Ryle High School Odyssey of the Mind team are, from left, Paul Yoder, Jack Kirby, Samuel Greenhill, Anna Braun, Rena Ryumae, Daniel Kozar and Daniel Jensen. PROVIDED

Ryle High School’s Odyssey of the Mind team is going to the world competition. The team competed in Division 3 doing “Problem 4: Tumble Wood.” At regional, the team received first place along with the Ránatra Fusca Creativity Award stating they were the most creative out of the rest of the teams at regionals. At state Ryle received second place and won the Ránatra Fusca Creativity Award, the highest award possible. They are now going to the world competition at Michigan State University. Members are seniors Daniel Jensen and Paul Yoder; junior Daniel Kozar; sophomores Jack Kirby, Samuel Greenhill, Rena Ryumae, and Anna Braun. Jensen won the Odyssey of the Mind-Mike Mullins scholarship being chosen out of the 24 applicants. The team is accepting donations for the trip to the world finals. The cost is $2,500 not including hotel, gas and food.

COLLEGE CORNER Copeland earns honors at Mercer

Carlie Copeland, of Union, was named to the president’s list and dean’s list of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts for the fall 2012 semester. Inclusion on this list requires students to meet rigorous grade point average standards for the College of Liberal Arts.

Union students earn UD honors

Jesse Anderson, Wesley Fowler-Johnson and Ross Hallman, of Union, each were named to the University of Dayton dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. To be named to the dean’s list at UD, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Kolbe named to dean’s list

Allison Kolbe, of Union, was named to the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. To qualify, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Honor roll athletes

Kameron Channey, a fourth-grade student at New Haven Elementary stacks cans of soup on the shelves of the Boone County Neighborhood Center during a field trip. The school donated about 200 cans of soup to the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s center. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Children help feed hungry in community By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Forty-eight little hands shelved more than 200 cans of soup at the Boone County Neighborhood Center’s food pantry on March 8. The donation was part of New Haven Elementary’s Souper Bowl project, where students collected cans of soup to help fight hunger. It was a gesture that left the center’s community services manager, Jody Bohman, almost speechless. “I can’t put into words how happy this has made me,” she said. “The students were very interested in knowing who would be going to eat their soups. A lot of grandmas and grandpas, kids their age, and moms and dads will be eating these soups. ” The center, located in Florence, is an extension of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. It assists low-income individuals and families in developing knowledge, opportu-

nities and resources they need to achieve self reliance. The food pantry at the Boone County Neighborhood Center is just one of many offerings. The New Haven Elementary class that collected the most cans, 732, during the Souper Bowl, were invited to the center to shelve cans and learn about the center and budgeting. According to New Haven music teacher Heather Dern, the fourth-grade class was excited to deliver the donation. “It made us feel good that we could help others,” she said. “This helps the children to learn that it is important to help people that need it and to think of others.” Dern said the idea for the Souper Bowl came from her church, Union Presbyterian. “This is something that a lot of Presbyterian churches take part in every year and when my pastor, Lisa Stenner, spoke about it, I thought it would be something easy that we could do at New Haven.”

The following local Thomas More College students made the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2012 season: Celia Arlinghouse, Jacob Condon, Joel Daley, Aaron Fuller and Kelsey Hinken (cross country); Chris Bowman, Nick Kohrs and Austin Studer (football); Sierria O’Bryan, Maria Pascual and Petina Strickley (tennis); and Jessica Knaley (volleyball).

Taylor named to honor roll

Morgan Taylor, of Union, was named to the fall 2012 honor roll at Emporia State University. To qualify for the semester honor roll, students must earn a minimum of a 3.8 semester grade point average in at least 12 graded hours.

New Haven Elementary fourth-grade student Shelby Roth stacks shelves . MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Originally all the cans collected were going to Gallatin County food pantry, but between Union Presbyterian and New Haven more than 3,000 cans were collected. So, a portion of the donation went to the center. “We’re all about partnering with the community and bringing resources together to help families who live in our community,” Bohman said. “I think it’s great when a child donates. If they’re doing these things as a child, they will want to continue to do these things as an adult.” Continue the conversation @MStewartReports

Florence students accepted

McKell Oliverio and James Thompson, both of Florence, have been accepted to attend Union College for the fall semester of 2013.

Boone residents graduate

The following Boone County residents graduated from Eastern Kentucky University: Florence: Adam Dudley Borg, Kaitlin Emily, Nicholas Stephen Dawn, Carlo Vicente Jorge, Jennifer Rose Lasita, Justin Tyler Neidig, Caitlyn Irene Rich and Amber Marie Schwartz. Union: Danielle Nicole Cook, Suzanne Rose Fedders, Magan L. Meade and Sean Anthony Parr.



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PLAY HARD By James Weber

BOONE COUNTY — Softball seasons are underway in Kentucky. Here is a look at Boone County teams:

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Andy Petridis returns as head coach for the Rebels, who were 18-10 last year. Junior shortstop and pitcher Dallis Knotts and senior Erika Stein are two of the top returning players in Northern Kentucky this season. Other returners are Kiersten Maines, Madison Graham, Carlee McCarthy and Ryley Grau. Other players to watch include Caitlyn Palmer, Haley Delaney and Olivia Jackson. “The team has a lot of depth and a good amount of experience returning so that should pay off this season,” Petridis said. “There are a few positions that are being taken over by new players but we have no doubt that these young ladies will be able to step in and contribute right away.” The Rebels will play in the Pete Noll tournament March 2223 at Softball City in Taylor Mill before playing their first home game March 26 against Cooper.


The Cougars will take another crack at the Ninth Region title after going 28-12 last year and losing to Ryle in both the district and regional finals. Head coach Kristin Koors returns for her seventh season with a 138-61 record. Returning starters include Elizabeth Sims, Carlie Roark, Jenna Hicks, Paige Thompson, Rachel Mowl, Kayla Ellis and Sydney Himes. Sims, a sophomore, is a veteran starting pitcher who will be key to the Cougars’ hopes this year. She is approaching 100 career wins in her fourth year on varsity. Himes and Hicks have a lot of speed on the base paths. Koors said the Cougars will be young but has several players with varsity experience. Mowl is the lone senior on the squad. Conner is scheduled to host Scott March 21 then plays in the Pete Noll Classic March 22-23 at Softball City in Taylor Mill.


The Jaguars were 10-14 last year under Michelle Isaac, who

Jessica Koors is one of Cooper’s top returning players. FILE PHOTO

Walton-Verona’s Hannah Thacker throws in a game against Simon Kenton last year. FILE PHOTO

has been the program’s lone head coach. The 10 wins is the most so far in school history. Starters returning include pitchers Kenady Carson and Hayley Van Dusen, catcher Jessica Koors, first baseman Jayla Jefferson, second baseman Kelly Nichols, shortstop Lauren Willett and third baseman Kaytlin Lake. Carson and the left-handed Van Dusen are veteran hurlers. Jefferson will play for Midway and Willett for Transylvania in college. “Most of the starters have been with the program since the inaugural season five years ago so the experience should be a great benefit this season,” Isaac said. “They are really coming together in the preseason.” Cooper next plays at home against Beechwood 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and hosts Lloyd March 25.


The Eagles were 12-16 last year. They play at Beth Haven March 23 and next play at home March 27 against Covington Latin.


The Raiders return six starters for last year’s 23-15 team, which once again won the 33rd District and Ninth Region championships, claiming their thirdstraight state title and eighth out of nine. The Raiders were fifth in the state tournament. Longtime head coach Patti Oliverio returns with 466 career wins at Boone and Ryle. Leading the way is senior

ney Miller has good speed and batting skills. Other players to watch include seventh-grade shortstop Maclai Branson, junior right fielder Hannah Brumback, eighth-grade center fielder/infielder Jayda Collins and freshman pitcher/center fielder Cassidy Souder. “The team has great chemistry and leaders,” the coach said. “They love to play the game and be challenged. We will take pride in our defense and putting the ball in play. The team will get better as the year goes on and newcomers gain experience playing against a tough schedule.” Ryle plays in Louisville March 22-23 and hosts St. Henry Tuesday, March 26.

St. Henry

Ryle’s Ali Crupper is one of the top pitchers in the area. FILE PHOTO

McKell Oliverio, the Ninth Region player of the year and an allstate selection. She hit .360 last year with a 24 RBI and a teambest 30 runs scored. She had a fielding percentage of .989 in her first year at second base. Junior pitcher Ali Crupper looks to pick up where she left off last season after taking over the mound work midway through the year and dominating the postseason. She was 19-5 overall with a 1.30 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 167 innings. She stepped it up big-time in the playoffs, posting a 0.30 ERA in all postseason games, including

shutouts of No. 3 Christian County and No. 8 North Laurel in the state tourney. Junior first baseman Kelsey Hammes hit .380 last season and was the team’s hottest hitter at the end of the year. Junior left fielder Katelyn Stephens is a clutch hitter who batted .320 and drove in the game-winning run in the Ninth Region final with two outs. She was tourney MVP last year. Freshman catcher MacKenzie Dickerson has power at the plate and strong defense behind it. Junior third baseman Court-

Freedom Fogt takes over as head coach for the Crusaders this year. She inherits a team that graduated five key starters including standout pitcher Mamee Salzer. St. Henry was 27-8 and 34th District champions last year. “We lack in numbers with a total roster of 14 girls,” she said. “If we can stay healthy and avoid injuries we will be able to compete just as well this year as last. The talent is definitely there and I look forward to what the future holds for the Crusaders.” Senior Noelle Butts returns as the top pitcher this year after being a strong No. 2 to Salzer for several years. She has power at See SOFTBALL, Page A9


NKU fires AD

» Northern Kentucky University has fired athletic director Scott Eaton. According to a statement from NKU President Geoffrey Mearns, the termination stemmed from ethical misconduct by Eaton. The university learned of the possible misconduct March 8 and after receiving additional information March 11, suspended Eaton March 12 before later terminating him. Mearns announced the move to NKU athletic staff

March 18. “His conduct did not meet his responsibility to the University and lacked fundamental integrity,” Mearns said in the statement. “My action was also necessary to maintain our commitment to the University’s core values and to protect the best interests of the institution. The information that I received about Mr. Eaton required a swift and decisive response.” Mearns said the violations did not involve NCAA violations or financial misconduct. Gerry St. Amand, NKU’s chief fundraiser, will be acting AD. Eaton has been AD since 2009 and part

of the administration since 1998. He supervised NKU’s expansion into Division I athletics, including a $6 million fund-raising campaign. He was in charge of building schedules for each sports team.

Girls basketball

» Walton-Verona senior Courtney Sandlin was the LaRosa’s MVP of the Week for March 12. A five-year varsity starter, senior Courtney Sandlin has amassed 1,700 career points and 1,000 rebounds in her outstanding career. Her top games this season include those vs. Boone County (26 points),

Campbell County (23) and Owen County (23). Last season, she averaged 14.7 ppg.-8.9 rpg. in helping the Bearcats to a school-record 29 wins, capturing the school’s first-ever Kentucky All “A” state championship while being named state tournament MVP. Sandlin, who has committed to Bellarmine University for basketball, is an academic honor student active in community service. She also played two years of softball for the Bearcats. Her favorite athlete is Candace Parker, favorite entertainer is Carrie Underwood, favor-

ite book is The Hunger Games, favorite movie is League Of Their Own and most like to meet is Pat Summitt.

TMC Notes

» Thomas More College senior outfielder Ryan Darner (Burlington, Ky./Covington Catholic) was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week. Darner helped lead the Saints to a 5-1 record as he started all six games at the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational. He batted .500 (12-for-24) with one home run, one triple, six runs battedin and 11 runs scored.



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When the 30th annual Northern Kentucky football all-star game didn’t take place last year because of lack of interest, internal squabble and external conflicts, local coaches went outside to bring it back. Not outdoors, but to Florence organization InGame Sports, led by Tom Gamble, which operates the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown earlyseason football games in the area, and the upcoming second annual Reds Showcase of high school baseball. The partnership is bringing back the EastWest all-star game, to be played Thursday, June 6, at Dixie Heights High School. The game will cap off a week of activity. “This thing’s been in place for a long time,” said Conner head coach David Trosper, a 1989 Boone County High School graduate. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids. Some will play in college, but some guys, this is their last game. It’s a great opportunity for them to go out there and be a part of something and

Thomas More head football coach Jim Hilvert speaks to Northern Kentucky coaches March 13. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

make friends. I made a friend when I played in it and we’re still friends.” The All-Star showcase has been around for three decades, and at least three current Northern Kentucky head coaches have played in it. Several of the area’s brightest all-time stars have had one last goround in the game. The all-star week will be sponsored by Snappy Tomato Pizza, NovaCare and UC Health. To help give seniors more incentive, there will be only a week of practices June 3-5 leading up to the game following a kickoff party Sunday, June 2. The practices will include college and NFL stars with area ties. The game itself will

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Pandas make history in Sweet 16 team has been down here. It’s a great experience and it gives the younger kids something to work for.” Senior forward Olivia Voskuhl, Ogle and sophomore forward Haylee Smith of Florence were named all-tournament picks. Voskuhl averaged 16 points in the tourney and ended a Pandas career which was also highlighted by three state final appearances in soccer. She injured her left ankle in the semifinals against Manual and showed no ill effects while scoring 11 in the final that night. Two days later, she was on crutches during the school’s pep rally for the team. “I’ve been to the state finals in soccer, but it’s a completely different feeling for basketball as well,” Voskuhl said after the semis. “It’s being with this group of girls; it’s unbelievable. It’s something special and a great feeling.” Ogle averaged seven points in the tourney but did well in the task of guarding some of the top players in the state during the tournament, including Epps. Smith averaged 9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in the tourney. Starting guards Carlee Clemons and Paige Kellam of Hebron averaged 9.3 and 7.8 points, respectively. Coaches pick their all-tourney honorees, and Levandusky was limited to three. “Carlee and Paige didn’t make the all-tournament team, but those girls play with as much fire as everybody else. Carlee hits shots, she rebounds, plays good defense. Paige is our floor general. I can’t ask for anything else,” Levandusky said. Voskuhl and Kindsey Bernhard are seniors. “Losing two seniors is very hard,” Ogle said. “We love every one of them.”

By James Weber

BOWLING GREEN — The Notre Dame Academy girls basketball team spent a long time in their locker room following their final game of the season. Eventually, they came out, but in a mostly sad mood, too soon to reflect on their accomplishments but immediately feeling the loss of the state championship game and not being able to play another game together. Eventually, the Pandas will look back on their historic journey that fell short against a historic team. “We came out and played hard,” said NDA head coach Nicole Levandusky. “They played a great tournament. We fell a little bit short in the finals, but you know what, we weren’t supposed to be here anyway, and our girls have nothing to hang their heads about. They played a great tournament and they represented the Ninth Region very well down here.” Notre Dame fell 52-36 to Marion County in the state championship game March 16 at Western Kentucky University’s Diddle Arena. NDA finished the season 29-6 and played reasonably close to the victorious Knights, who completed one of the best seasons in Kentucky history. Marion finished 39-0, the first undefeated state champs since 1984. Led by University of Kentucky-bound seniors Makayla Epps and Kyvin GoodinRogers, and supported by several other Division I prospects, the Knights steamrolled through opponents all year and put themselves in the conversation of best-ever teams in the state. Marion won by an average of 33 points this year and

Notre Dame guard Paige Kellam of Hebron drives past Marion’s Kyvin Goodin-Rogers. Notre Dame lost 52-36 to Marion County in the KHSAA girls Sweet 16 state final March 16 at Western Kentucky University. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

never beat a Kentucky team by less than 15. Notre Dame was one off that margin and limited the Knights to under 60 points for only the second time. “They’re a very good team,” said junior Elly Ogle. “They’re very athletic. They’re very good. We tried to move the ball around, tried to use the ball fake. They just anticipate the lanes. We were worried about us. We were worried about what we were doing, not about them. We weren’t going to talk about them or talk about their record. We were worried about what we were doing.” The Pandas made history themselves, going to the state final for the first time in school history and the first by any

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Northern Kentucky school since Highlands in 1994. NDA was only the fifth area team to even make the semifinals in the modern era since 1975. “It’s great for the school, the community and the program,” Levandusky said. “It’s the second time a Northern Kentucky

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the plate and will also play some shortstop. Senior Jaime Maley returns in the outfield and is the only other senior besides Butts. Sophomore Molly Dietz hits for power and can play anywhere in the infield. Sophomore Jordan Kramer will be at shortstop and pitcher. Freshman Gabrielle Stewart starts behind the play and can hit for power. Newer players to watch include junior Emily Specht, freshman Teresa Urban and freshman Joanna Rebitski. Urban will start in the outfield and Rebitski at first base. St. Henry plays in the Pete Noll Classic March 2223 at Softball City in Taylor Mill and next plays at home Monday, March 25 against Conner.


The Bearcats lost several key seniors, most notably alltime great Jenalee Ginn, from last year’s 30-10 team that won the 32nd District and lost in the Eighth Region championship game. Head coach Johnny Anderson returns several starters, including junior pitcher Hannah Thacker, who was one of the top hurlers in the area last year. Seniors on the roster include third baseman/shortstop/left fielder Taylor Roth and third baseman/outfielder Kasey Troxel. Walton plays in the Madison Central tournament in Richmond March 23 and has its first home game March 25 against Gallatin County.

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Legislative week has bright spots The opening gavel of the final two days of the 2013 Regular Session fell with renewed enthusiasm optimism as Gov. Steve Beshear had reached out to legislative leaders of both political parties last Friday and in a rare four-hour Sunday meeting at the Governor’s Mansion to discuss pension reform and tax modernization. All sides initially seemed committed to resolving these two complex issues without the need for a costly special session, estimated to cost $300,000 per week. Unfortunately, by midday on Monday Democrat leaders had began to distance themselves from a commitment to seek a resolution on these critical issues and instead shifted the focus to their plan to modify legislation to make it easier for those serving overseas to vote to include voting by email. Members of the military serv-

ing in the House, including Rep. Tim Moore, a current member of the Air Force reserves, and Rep. David Sal Santoro Floyd, a retired COMMUNITY Air Force lieuRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST tenant colonel, spoke in opposition to the proposed changes saying the amendment was in violation of the constitutional guarantee to secret balloting. Partisan opposition to an open debate on the Democratic changes prompted Democratic Speaker Pro-Tem Larry Clark to gavel Rep. Floyd out of order. House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover spoke passionately about the continued efforts of the Democrats to pass legislation in conflict with statute and the constitution,

reminding members of votes in the last two weeks concerning expanded gaming and the Democratic version of pension reform which restored a statutory guarantee of benefits. House Republican members voted against the unconstitutional amendment that would have violated the secret ballot provisions. Among the bright spots in the week was the passage of a legislation that will allow local school boards the latitude to adopt regulations requiring students to remain in high school and participate in alternative education programs until age 18, rather than allowing them to drop out. The bill, sponsored by State Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, provides that the state regulations requiring the mandatory attendance until age 18 will not kick in until 55 percent of the districts in the commonwealth

under the supervision of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Under the Atkins scheme the licenses would be issued by the Kentucky State Police and oversight for the projects would be transferred to the University of Kentucky. The Atkins scheme will be addressed when the House reconvenes on March 25, for a two-day session, originally intended to consider gubernatorial vetoes. However, it was made clear after adjournment the proposed changes had not been discussed with State Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, the original sponsor of the bill, or Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who fostered the idea last year in his successful run for the state’s top agriculture post.

have voluntarily implemented the change. Another bright spot was legislative approval of HB 279, Kentucky’s religious freedom act. House Bill 279 will provide that government shall not burden a person's or religious organization's freedom of religion and will protect the rights of individual act or refuse to act on religious grounds. The House and Senate passed the measure by votes of 82-7 and 29-6 respectively. This measure is awaiting the signature of the governor, the final hurdle to becoming law. Unbelievably, within minutes of the House adjourning for the 10-day “veto session,” House Democratic Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Catlettsburg, announced he had filed an amendment to Senate approved legislation establishing pilot projects for the growth of industrial hemp

State Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Unintended consequences 13-hour filibuster just the beginning to child care cuts The commonwealth of Kentucky faces great challenges in how to allocate limited government resources effectively. But cuts in programs that directly impact thousands of low-income families deserve public discussion and reconsideration. These are families who are trying their best to rise into the middle class, but just need a little, well-placed help to do that. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently announced devastating cuts to the Child Care Assistance program. The cuts to child care assistance are drastic and short-sighted. Eligibility is being cut from 150 percent of poverty to 100 percent. (The current poverty rate is equal to $23,550 for a family of four.) The cuts will also freeze intake of new families to the program, unless they are in the foster care system or have an open child abuse case. For families that only receive assistance during the summer months while their children are out of school and need supervision, the cuts will likely take them by surprise. The Child Care Assistance program helps low-income parents pay for the high costs of child care so that they can work or attend post-secondary education. It is one of only a few assistance programs that give the disadvantaged an opportunity to move beyond their current circumstances. In addition to helping parents stay in the workforce, their children gain access to quality educational experiences at licensed child care providers. The research is very clear: children who attend quality community-based care are more likely to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Children who start kindergarten academically behind are likely to remain behind throughout their school years. Helping low-wage families afford quality child care so they can work or go to school is worthwhile on its own merits. But the benefits of the child care assistance program ex-

tend beyond just the family, affecting business, employment and our community. Child care workers are likely to lose Florence their jobs as Tandy centers imCOMMUNITY pacted by the RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST cuts are forced to scale back or close, which will impact our economic recovery. Working parents who cannot find alternative arrangements for their older children may be forced to leave them unsupervised between school and work, creating “latch-key” situations, that has been shown to lead to poor school performance, juvenile crime and high-risk activity. Long-term, taking away this assistance is a step backward for the working poor in their quest to become self-reliant and provide a better future for their children. The state is creating a scenario where these families are more financially secure if they stop working and stay home. Low-wage parents, like parents everywhere, want the best for their children. Yet, without this type of assistance, they may be forced to return to a reliance on safety net providers for help with food, rent, utilities, and other basic needs. Our children and our community cannot afford to reduce this valuable resource for families who are trying to improve their futures. With so many unintended consequences, we must find another way. Our state could earmark general funds to stave off these cuts, or even pass a special appropriation to keep our families and communities whole and our children safe. If you are concerned about child care assistance cuts, please contact your state legislators and Governor Beshear to let your voice be heard. Florence Tandy is executive director of Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission.



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If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” – and I meant it. I wanted to sound an alarm bell from coast to coast. I wanted everybody to know that our Constitution is precious and that no American should be killed by a drone without first being charged with a crime. As Americans, we have fought long and hard for the Bill of Rights. The idea that no person shall be held without due process, and that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted, is a founding American principle and a basic right. My official starting time was 11:47 a.m. Wednesday, March 6. I had a large binder of materials to help me get through my points, but although I sometimes read an op-ed or prepared remarks in between my thoughts, most of my filibuster was off the top of my head and straight from my heart. From 1 to 2 p.m., I barely looked at my notes. I wanted to make sure that I touched every point and fully explained why I was demanding more information from the White House. Just before 3 p.m., Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to the Senate floor to help out. Under Senate rules, I could not yield the floor or my filibus-

ter would end, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could have shut me down. The only way for Rand Paul me to continue and COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST allow Sens. COLUMNIST Lee and Cruz to speak was to yield the floor for questions. Their presence gave me strength and inspiration. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) also arrived to help. Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the only Democrat who came to my defense, explained how we have worked together to demand more information from the White House about the rules for drone strikes. At about 4:30 p.m., Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joined. I was flagging for a while, but these senators kept me going. Sen. Reid came to the Senate floor to ask me when I would be done so he could schedule a vote. But I wasn’t ready to yield. I felt I had a lot more explaining to do. At about 6:30 p.m., something extraordinary happened. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has been recovering from a stroke, came to the floor to give me something. I was not allowed to drink anything but water or eat anything but the candy left in our Senate desks. But he brought me an apple and a thermos full of tea – the same sustenance Jimmy Stewart brought to the Senate floor in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to

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Washington.” That was a moment I will never forget. By the end of the night, I was tired and my voice was cracking. I ended by saying, “The cause here is one that I think is important enough to have gone through this procedure.” I talked about the idea of compromise, but said that “you don’t get half of the Fifth Amendment.” I argued that we need more extended debates. And finally, at 12:40 a.m., I yielded the floor. The next day, the Senate confirmed John Brennan as director of the CIA. But this debate isn’t over. The Senate has the power to restrain the executive branch – and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers. The president still needs to definitively say that the United States will not kill American noncombatants. The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment applies to all Americans; there are no exceptions. I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president; it is a right that belongs to every citizen in this great nation. I believe the support I have received shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them. And I’m prepared to do just that.

U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell Washington, D.C., phone: 202-224-2541 Local phone: 859-578-0188 Website: http://mcconnell. Rand Paul Washington, D.C., phone: 202-224-4343 Local phone: 859-426-0165 Website:

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Parent volunteer Kevin Groneck serves up some food at St. Thomas’s fish fry Friday, March 15. AMANDA JOERING/THE

Dave Barnes of Union serves up a side dish of green beans at the St. Joseph Academy Fish Fry in Walton. Barnes volunteers his time during the annual fish fry to help support the school, where his children attend.



FISH FRY FUN Reporters from the Community Recorder stopped by fish fries across Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties on Friday, March 15, and captured the fun in photos. In Erlanger, John Geisen, the “Codfather of Sole,” greeted diners at Mary, Queen of Heaven’s fish fry, one of the area’s largest. Along with sidekick “Little Ricky” they made sure the parish offers a fish dinner you can’t refuse. The scene at Mary, Queen of Heaven was a sea of blue as the ven-

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ue was packed with people enjoying seafood dinners and watching University of Kentucky basketball. Over at the Fort Wright Civic Club Fish Fry, Parker Cribbs, Paige and Dominic Summe celebrated an early St. Patrick’s Day along with their fish dinners.

Meanwhile in Campbell County, St. Thomas eighth-grader Daulton Gutherie arranged desserts at the school’s fish fry. Each week, the fish fry serves as a fundraiser for a different school group. On Friday, the event was used to raise funds for the eighth grade’s class trip to St. Louis. Not everyone attended the fish fry right in their neighborhood. Mark Free of Erlanger traveled down to the St. Joseph Academy Fish Fry in Walton because “it is so good.”

Mary, Queen of Heaven’s famous “Codfather,” John Geisen, left, and “Little Ricky” make sure they offer a fish dinner you can’t refuse on Friday, March 15. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Daniel Edwards of Florence preps fish-filled plates for hungry diners at the St. Timothy fish fry on March 15. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jim Beiting, left, of Silver Grove, keeps a tray at the ready as Camp Springs resident Sie Jewell scoops fish fillets dripping with grease out of the fryer at the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department fish fry Friday, March 15. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mark Free of Erlanger grabs some ketchup for his fries. Although he lives in Erlanger he visits the St. Joseph Academy Fish Fry in Walton because “it is so good.” MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY

St. Thomas eighth-grader Daulton Gutherie arranges desserts at the school’s fish fry. Each week, the fish fry serves as a fundraiser for a different school group. On Friday, March 15, the event was used to raise funds for the eighth grade’s class trip to St. Louis. AMANDA JOERING/THE



Silver Grove resident Kurtis Stanton hands a tray full of the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department fish fry’s signature frog legs to fellow volunteer Darlene Johnston of Silver Grove to fill orders and plates Friday, March 15. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mary, Queen of Heaven Church in Erlanger was packed with people enjoying seafood dinners and watching University of Kentucky basketball on Friday, March 15. AMY SCALF/THE

Jim Beiting of Silver Grove, a founder of the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry, wears a “Catch of the Day” shirt as he prepares fish fillets next to the fryer Friday, March 15. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE




THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Collection of artwork created by local artist and author. Collection reflects spirit of simplicity and beauty of nature Hubbard admired during his lifetime. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

Dining Events St. Joseph Academy Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Joseph Academy, 48 Needmore St., Dinner includes fried or baked fish, three side items, dessert and drink. Drive-through available. Family friendly. $10 dinner. 859-485-6444; Walton. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Presented by St. Paul Church. 859-647-4070. Florence. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5876 Veterans Way, Gymnasium. Dining room and carryout. Drive-thru runs 4:30-7 p.m. Tommy Boy sandwiches, plus shrimp and fish. $3-$8 for entrees. 859-689-5010; Burlington. Mary, Queen of Heaven Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Full menu and pricing online. Call-ahead/carry-out at 859-371-2622. Drive-thru and fully-accessible dine-in service. Official home of "The Codfather.". 859-525-6909; Erlanger. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Fish and side items available. 859-746-3557. Florence.

Spiral Stakes will be 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Turfway Park in Florence. For more information, call 859-371-0200. FILE PHOTO On Stage - Student Theater Musical Willy Wonka, 7:30 p.m., Randall K. Cooper High School, 2855 Longbranch Road, Auditorium. The world of Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket come to life in this beloved classic brought to stage. $5. Presented by Camp Ernst Middle School. Through March 23. 859-5344000. Union.

Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-586-9270. Hebron.


Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Burn up to 600 calories in an effective 60-minute total body workout. Jazzercise is jazz dance, resistance training, yoga and kickboxing. Wear loose, cool stretchy clothing. Aerobic or a cross trainer shoes is recommended. Arrive to first class 15-20 minutes ahead of time. $32 monthly unlimited classes. Presented by Promenade Palace. 859-341-4392. Union.

Karaoke and Open Mic Friday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Karaoke and dance. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

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

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, $5. 859-282-1264; Florence.

Montessori, Merlot and Memories, 7-11 p.m., Metropolitan Club, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., 19th Floor. Society’s 50th anniversary gala. Food, entertainment and one drink ticket. Full bar is available. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Montessori Society. 513-732-3128; Covington.

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

Holiday - Easter Spring Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Benton Family Farm, 11896 Old Lexington Pike, New Gathering Barn. Meet all baby animals, including bunnies, lambs, chicks, goats and calf. Rain or shine. Easter egg hunts and professional photos with live bunnies sent directly to phone/email. Benefits Benton Family Farm. $10 per family. 859-485-7000; Walton.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 6-7:30 p.m. Music by My Brother’s Keeper (progressive bluegrass/ folk), Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Free. 859-371-8356. Florence.

On Stage - Student Theater Musical Willy Wonka, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Randall K. Cooper High School, $5. 859-534-4000; Union.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. Through March 28. 859-3422665. Union.

Runs / Walks Run Like a Tiger 5K and Family Fun Run, 9-11:30 a.m., England-Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Participants receive race shirt. No animals. All children must be supervised by adult. Rain or shine. Kids Fun Run for children grades K-5. Benefits New Haven Elementary

The Eddie Brookshire Quintet will perform 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at The Thompson House in Newport. Cost is $10. For more information, call 859-261-7469. Pictured is Eddie Brookshire. FILE PHOTO U.S. 42, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

Get Healthy with Tai Chi, 9-10 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. Through June 28. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.


AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low income taxpayers eligible for free tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns will be advised to seek professional tax assistance. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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Literary - Libraries In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Exercise Classes Cincinnati World Cinema will present “Oscar Shorts & More 2013” at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Carnegie in Covington. For more information, call 859-957-3456. Pictured is a still from "Buzkashi Boys," directed by Sam French. THANKS TO SAM FRENCH School PTA. $15. Registration required. Presented by New Haven Elementary School. 859-334-2117; Burlington.

Special Events Spiral Stakes, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, The 42nd running. $10 general admission, various packages available. 859-3710200; Florence. Montessori Conference, 8 a.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Celebrating 50 years of education in local area. Registration and vendors 8-9 a.m. Dee Coulter, neuroscientist educator, keynote speaker 9-11 a.m. Session B workshops 11-15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided 12:45-2 p.m. Session C workshops 2-3:30 p.m. $75, $65 beforeFeb. 15. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Montessori Society. 859-2611500; Covington.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Seminars Life Skills Workshop: Live Your Life with Power and Purpose, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Barnes & Noble Florence, 7663 Mall Road, Learn to prioritize, firmly set and achieve life goals. Determining your unique purpose and summoning the power to fulfill that purpose. With speaker Holly Sowels-Jenkins and author R.K. Ketterer. For ages 12 and up. Free. 859-6358604; Florence.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Business Meetings Happy Hour for the Entrepreneurial/Innovation Community, 4:30-6:30 p.m., The BLDG, 30 W. Pike St., Hosted by eZone, NKADD, the Kentucky Innovation Network and UpTech. Designed to foster engagement among entrepreneurs. Includes complimentary beer and appetizers. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration encouraged. 859491-4228; Covington.

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

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7:10-8 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Union.

Literary - Book Clubs Monday 4 Mystery Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425

Zumba Fitness, 7:15 p.m., Full Body Yoga, 7500 Oakbrook Road, $30 for 10 classes, $5 drop in. 859-640-9055. Florence. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Union.

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

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


Exercise Classes Zumba Gold, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Slow-paced, low-impact version of regular Zumba, perfect for anyone with physical limitations or just starting out an exercise program. $3. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 859-342-2665. Florence. Credit Reports, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Find out why your credit scores are so important. Learn how to read credit report, what impacts score and what you can do to improve your score. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Education Basic Computing for Seniors, 1 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use mouse, navigate Windows desktop, get to websites and use search engines and email. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Exercise Classes


Yoga, 6:15-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Union.


Music - Jazz

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, 6:30-8 p.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Newly formatted nine-session seminar. Each session includes video hosted by Dave Ramsey and incorporates small group discussion that will help you remain accountable to your financial goals. Child care provided. $89. Registration required. 859-371-7961. Florence. Enrollment Information Session, 3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas More Parkway, Student Services Center E210. Learn about admissions, financial aid, academic programs, advising and how to enroll. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500. Edge-

Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Support Groups DivorceCare Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Those suffering from experiencing separation or divorce heal and find hope in shared experiences. Child care provided. $15. Registration required. 859-371-7961. Florence.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-3422665. Union. Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 513-921-5454; Newport.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859-485-7611. Walton.



Rita shares Passover brisket, glazed berry tart

Delicious Passover brisket

Adapted from Zel Schulman’s book “Let My People Eat!” I love this brisket. I like to make mine in a slow cooker.

3 pounds brisket 1 12 oz. bottle chili sauce 1 ⁄2cup dark brown sugar, packed or bit more to taste 1 10 oz. can beef broth 1 really large onion, sliced

⁄4teaspoon ground cloves 2 bay leaves

refrigerator. Filling:

Put everything in sprayed slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Or bake, covered, in preheated 325 degree oven for about 50 minutes per pound. Remove bay leaves.

⁄2cup whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄3cup sugar 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2teaspoon almond extract (optional, but very good)


Glazed Three-Berry Tart

I consider recipes people share with me “food gifts.” And I usually can’t wait to make it for myself and then share with you. That’s how I feel about this tart. I first tasted this at daughter-in-law Jess’ home. She got the recipe from her friend, Amy Obermeyer. This is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. It does require a tart pan. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. Preheat oven to 350. Tart shell:

Approximately 9 soft coconut macaroon cookies, crumbled fine (2 cups) 1 cup ground pecans 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Combine macaroons, pecans and butter and press firmly into a 10- to 11-inch tart pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool. This can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the


Whip cream until soft peaks form. Set aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add orange juice, vanilla and almond extract. Fold in whipped cream. Chill at least 2-4 hours. Spoon into tart shell, smoothing top. Fruit topping: About 3 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are good)

Arrange on top of tart, and then glaze. Glaze: Mix together and heat until warm. 1 ⁄3cup apricot preserves 1 tablespoon honey

Brush or pour on top of berries.

Tips from readers’ kitchens

Blender banana bread redo: Jean Heenan made a more healthful version of my blender banana bread. She lowered the sugar to 2⁄3 cup and used cinnamon applesauce instead of oil. She added a cup of fresh blueberries to the bread, as well. “I had to bake it for 1 hour and 10 minutes, and it was deli-

Glazed Three-Berry Tart is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

cious,” she said.

Quiche recipe a hit

From Debbie Motz: “My husband has made your quiche recipe two times since the Feb. 27 publishing. We both love the simplicity of the recipe and it is so delicious. Thank you for sharing.”

Can you help?

White chicken chili from Nick & Tom’s Bridgetown Restaurant. Reader Mary Ellen T. visited this restaurant for the first time. “What a treat. The white chicken chili is to die for. Lean meat and no beans.” When Mary Ellen asked if the restaurant would share the recipe, the answer was no, but the chili is available for takeout. So now Mary Ellen hopes someone has a similar recipe.

Fun recipes for Easter Check out my blog for naturally colored Easter eggs and marbled eggs.

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One of my most memorable catering jobs was preparing a Seder supper for a Jewish family. The research I had to do was daunting since I knew almost nothing about this holy ceremony. I knew the Seder, or Passover meal, relived the story of the Israelites’ deliverance from bondage in Egypt. I knew too the term Passover meant that the angel of death “passed over” those doorposts Rita marked Heikenfeld with RITA’S KITCHEN lamb’s blood, so that the firstborn son would not be slain. My knowledge about what foods to serve was just about nil, so you can imagine the time spent in learning! One of the recipes I used was this one for brisket.

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Boone Jaycees awarded at convention The Boone County Jaycees delegation attended the Kentucky Jaycee Year End Convention Jan. 25-27 in Frankfort. The chapter members attended trainings, socials, competitions and the formal awards dinner. The awards banquet highlighted the top members and projects across the state of Kentucky. The group took home various awards for the third trimester and year-end awards. A full list of the awards received is below:

Third Trimester Awards » Local vice president Katie Beagle won for membership vice president » State officer was Caitlin Askarpour » Jaycee of the Third Trimester was Caitlin Askarpour » Impact Project for the Individual Development Area went to Cassie Evans for prayer breakfast » Outstanding Programming for Management Area went to Cassie Evans » Outstanding Pro-


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tween the age of 18 and 41 who like to volunteer, who like to make a difference in their community and who would like to meet like-minded people. For information contact president Katie Beagle at 859-466-8998 or visit a meeting 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Florence Government Center.

The chapter does a variety of events all year to include: Redwood dances, Needy Family Christmas, speaker programs, prayer breakfast to honor local clergy, reverse trick or treat, speedway races, socials and more. The Jaycees are currently running a membership drive in Boone County. The organization is looking for individuals be-

Schulze graduates basic training Army National Guard Pvt. Jesse M. Schulze, son of Jesse Schulze of Florence, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks

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Bush weekend ahead in Walton The month of March is still acting like a lion every other day, but the weather is not dampening the spirits and activities. Just some reminders. This coming Saturday, March 23, is full of great activities if you need some suggestions. The Benton farm is hosting the Spring Fair, which will be filled with family activities including an Easter egg hunt for children. Family admission is $10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Larry Barger, owner of Atlas Electric Motor

and Sales, will be Food Pantry at the hosting and celeWalton Christian brating their 20th Church parking anniversary at lot. Volunteers are the Spring Fair. needed to help set Barger is one of up, distribute and the founding clean up beginning members of the at 8:30 a.m. to apRuth Richwood Busiproximately noon. ness Association. Meadows Any help is appreWALTON NEWS The City of ciated even if just Walton Easter for a couple hours. egg hunt at the Walton Dr. J.M. Huey and his Community Park begins biographer, Asa Rouse, promptly at noon for will present a program children in age groups 3 on behalf of the Boone and under, 4-6 and 7-10. County Historical SociThe Walton Verona ety at the Main Library Community Pantry will at 1786 Burlington Pike be in partnership with March 21 (tonight) at 7 the Cincinnati Mobile p.m. They will tell about

Dr. Huey’s service in the U.S. Calvary in World War II. Dr. Huey’s service for our country included a long road of 350 miles in Burma attending to sick and injured. This was an event in John Randolph’s book, “Marsmen in Burma.” Colleen Shields of the Knoxville community was visiting in Walton this past week. She and Hazel Thorpe were enjoying their lunch together at the Family Restaurant. Members of the Crittenden Alumni Associa-

tion had a luncheon meeting on Wednesday at the Family Restaurant. Plans were made for the annual banquet to be held at the Crittenden Baptist Church on May 18. Anyone is welcome to attend. You may call 391-7282 for information. Charles (Hunkie) Holder has gotten settled in at the Providence Pavilion, 401 E. 20th St., Covington. Hunkie says he is making some progress healthwise and is getting to know some of his co-residents. His phone number is 859-

283-6922 if you would like to give him a call. Happy anniversary to Dewey and Debbie Mulford on March 21. Bob and Judy Arlinghaus on March 25. Funeral services were held last Wednesday for Billie Jean Black Leek of Verona at Hamilton and Elliston Funeral Home. Our sincere sympathy to the Leek and Black families. Ruth Meadows (391-7282) writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her with Walton neighborhood news items.

Developing healthy eating habits for kids child to choose how much they are going to eat. To develop healthy attitudes and behaviors about food, cook a variety of different foods. It may take a while before new fruits and vegetables are accepted, but introducing them will encourage kids to have a diet full of nutritious foods later in life. It is important to have positive family meal time. Even if the family can only sit down together a couple times a week, this is a time where the family can eat a healthy meal and develop good habits and behavior about food. By incorporating just some of these tips, your kids will learn to enjoy a healthy diet.

ten to internal Most people satiety cues to know that fruits tell them if they and vegetables are should eat or not. healthy while high As children fat and sugary get older, they foods are not so observe adults good for you. But and learn that why is it so hard to food can be used eat healthfully? Lauren to make you feel This is an anYeager better, leading to swer many people EXTENSION NOTES eating when not struggle with and it hungry. Types of can be found by foods eaten in this cirlooking at how eating cumstance are often high behaviors are developed. fat or high sugar snack Attitudes and feelings foods that taste good. about food are developed In order to prevent at a young age through unhealthy eating habits, our environment and encourage children to eat watching adults. when they are hungry and An ideal diet would be to stop when they are full. eating only when hungry Do not force a kid to and include a variety of “clean their plate.” This nutritious foods. Young teaches them to eat even children are often better at listening to satiety cues when they are no longer hungry, ignoring internal than older children and satiety cues. Instead, adults. Young children have not attached feelings offer meals with nutritious foods, allowing the to food. They simply lis-

Lauren Yeager is a dietetic intern for the Boone County Extension Service.

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St. Henry presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’


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St. Henry District High School Drama Department invites you to return to a simpler time with “Bye Bye Birdie,” the ultimate feel-good musical. Winner of four 1961 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Bye Bye Birdie” runs March 22-24 in Millay Hall. “Bye Bye Birdie” revolves around rock ‘n’ roll superstar Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley), who, to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the Army. Featuring a book by Michael Stewart, music

Heritage Bank has welcomed Patti Kinman of Florence as the new Branch Manager for the bank’s main office in Burlington. Kinman will manage day-to-day operations, supervise employees and help to cultivate relationships with clients and customers. As a 35-year veteran of the banking industry, Kinman has extensive experience in investment sales, financial services, banking and finance, and employee development. She has expert knowledge of the benefits and features of all financial products, services and solutions, and consistently helps clients achieve their financial goals. Kinman received a bachelor of science from Thomas More College and is active in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement.

Annie Roch performs in the song "Telephone Hour" in "Bye Bye Birdie" at St. Henry District High School. The musical runs March 22-24. THANKS TO COURTNEY HOFFER

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS Easter egg hunt set for March 30

RICHWOOD — The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Richwood Presbyterian Church will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30. There will be the traditional egg hunt with a presentation of the Easter story and a light lunch of hot dogs.

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BIG BONE — The Boone-Union Masonic Lodge will hold the Kirby Smith Memorial Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Big Bone Lick, next to the boat dock. For more information, call 859-581-0536.

Newburgh alumni to meet

The Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati chapter of Newburgh Theological Seminary alumni will gather at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Olive Garden, Florence Mall location. Graduates of Newburgh Theological Semi-

SEND YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS The Community Recorder welcomes news about community events. Please email items for “Community Briefs” to Nancy Daly at with “Briefs” in the subject line, mail to: Community Briefs, c/o Nancy Daly, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41017, or fax to 859-2837285.

nary, Newburgh, Ind., are welcomed to attend. Reservations are necessary. Call 812-858-3920 to make your reservation or go to

Gates to talk about health care reform

The Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Receptions in Erlanger.

Turfway Park to host international challenge Turfway Park will host the first International Catch A Riding Star challenge race for apprentice jockeys on Saturday, March 23, as part of the Florence Thoroughbred racetrack’s premier afternoon of racing, Spiral

Stakes day. A team of licensed apprentice jockeys who have trained at racing schools overseas will be invited to compete in the race against riders from the Americas. For more information, call 859-371-0200.

Mark J. Gates from Staffmark will provide a strategic overview of the upcoming health care reform laws and how they will likely impact different size employers. Gates will provide updates on state initiatives for federal compliance and employment strategies for tax minimization. Registration may be made on the organization’s website at It is free to members, $35 for non-members, and $15 to students with ID’s. The price includes lunch.

tered dietitian from the health department and deals with all aspects of weight control, healthy eating and exercise. The OFF program will be 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays from April 1 through June 10 in the lower level conference room of the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. Cost is $25. The fee will be collected at the first session. The class is limited to the first 35 people who register. Call Monica Smith at 859-363-2114.

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A session of the OFF Program, a weight loss plan for women sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, begins on April 1. OFF, which stands for Outsmarting Female Fat, is designed for women who want to lose weight by making long-term lifestyle changes. The program is led by a regis-

St. Henry District High School drama department will perform “Bye Bye Birdie.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and 2:30 p.m. March 24, in Millay Hall at the high school. Tickets can be purchased in the school office or at the door. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Painting retreat offered in April A painting retreat will be offered in April by the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists April 19-21. This year’s theme is Painting is a Picnic and will be held at the Higher Ground Conference Center in West Harrison, Ind. The retreat offers classes in all painting and drawing mediums, for all experience and skill levels and incorporates a wide

variety of design styles, from realistic art to decorative and crafty. Registration is open to anyone who is interested in decorative painting. A catalog of painting classes and registration form are available at More information contact Jo Ann Heurich at 513367-9757 or

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POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Kent C. Haas, 42, public intoxication, disorderly conduct at 8074 U.S. 42, Jan. 10. Emilie S. Hayes, 28, theft at Mall Rd., Jan. 10. Christopher D. Huesing, 27, possession of controlled substance at Dixie Hwy., Jan. 10. George P. Bradford Jr., 35, theft at 300 Mall Rd., Jan. 10. Michael L. Beetem, 43, driving under the influence at Lendale Dr., Jan. 11. Chelsea R. Snapp, 23, public intoxication at 290 Main St., Jan. 12. Matthew P. Egan, 33, public intoxication at 290 Main St., Jan. 12. Steven A. Vickers, 41, public intoxication at 33 Rio Grande Cir., Jan. 12. Joshua T. Sorrells, 28, public intoxication at 8127 Preakness Dr., Jan. 12. John P. Culver, 20, driving under the influence, improper signal at Cavalier Blvd., Jan. 13. Isidro S. Silverio, 39, careless driving, driving under the influence at Boone Aire Rd., Jan. 13. Joseph S. Sturgeon, 22, impersonating a peace officer, driving under the influence at Cardinal Dr., Jan. 13. Robert W. Bailey, 48, public intoxication at 7909 Dream St., Jan. 13. David E. Gillum, 24, theft at Mall Rd., Jan. 13.

Kanubhai M. Patel, 66, reckless driving, driving under the influence at U.S. 42, Jan. 14. Joshua R. Litteral, 31, theft at 300 Mall Rd., Jan. 14. Wendell L. Jefferson, 24, possession of heroin at Burlington Pk., Jan. 14. John S. Haynes, 57, driving under the influence at St. Charles Cir., Jan. 15. Douglas R. Walls, 22, menacing at 878 Edgehill Rd., Jan. 14. Michael W. Keith, 21, possession of drug paraphernalia, possesion of marijuana at I-75 southbound, Jan. 14. Stephen J. Lefevers, 32, thirddegree criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property under $10,000 at Beeson Dr., Jan. 13. Brett T. Ferguson, 20, firstdegree criminal mischief, third-degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest at 10379 Remy Ln., Jan. 13. Harold H. Harris, 37, DUI at 1980 Petersburg Rd., Feb. 2. Gary W. Tanner, 45, DUI, reckless driving at Richwood Rd., Feb. 2. Yadorys Solano-Martinez, 20, DUI, reckless driving at Meadow Creek Dr. and Fieldstone Ct., Feb. 3. Jeffrey D. Holland Jr., 20, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana at 3020 Conrad Ln., Feb. 3. Daniel L. Ashcraft, 60, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 196 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Feb. 3.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420. Eric J. Anderson, 33, possession of drug paraphernalia, possesion of marijuana at Washington St., Feb. 3. Luis Cabrera, 43, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Dixie Hwt. and Alta Vista Dr., Feb. 3. James W. Roberts, 46, possession of drug paraphernalia, possesion of marijuana, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, DUI, careless driving at U.S. 42 and Lacresta Dr., Feb. 4. Kevin L. Dunigan, 42, seconddegree disorderly conduct, third-degree terroristic threatening, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Edinburgh Ln., Feb. 4. Jeramy R. Crawford, 27, second-degree forgery, giving an officer a false name/ address, theft of identity,

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Incidents/Investigations Assault Reported at 7864 Commerce Dr., Jan. 12. Victim assaulted by known subject at 100 block of Mary Grubbs Hwy., Feb. 3. Victim assaulted by known subject at 2000 block of Blankenbecker Dr., Feb. 3. Victim assaulted by known subject at Edinburgh Ln., Feb. 4. Burglary TV at 7996 Lenore Ln., Jan. 10. Residence broken into and items taken at 2053 Glenview Dr., Jan. 15. Residence broken into and items taken at 1840 Conner Rd., Jan. 14. Residence broken into and items taken at 252 Villa Dr., Feb. 4. Residence broken into and items taken at 1164 Macintosh Ln., Feb. 4. Residence broken into and items taken at 1303 Fireside Ct., Feb. 6. Criminal mischief Shattered entry window at 1 Miriam Dr., Jan. 13. Vending machine at Interstate 75 South, Jan. 12. Vehicle vandalized at 203 Haley Ln., Jan. 15. Vehicle vandalized at Zig Zag Rd., Jan. 14. Gate lock vandalized at 7450

Industrial Rd., Feb. 1. Structure vandalized at 1070 Fleet Blvd., Feb. 2. Vehicle vandalized at 10786 Dixie Hwy., Feb. 3. Vehicle vandalized at 1869 Tanglewood Ct., Feb. 4. Structure vandalized at 3043 Country Place Ct., Feb. 4. Lawn vandalized at 10866 Pleasant Colony Dr., Feb. 5. Forgery Documents personal or business at 7830 Commerce Dr., Jan. 10. Reported at 8480 U.S. 42, Jan. 14. Fraud Victim's credit card stolen and used in multiple locations at Bullitsburg Church Rd., Feb. 1. Victim's identity stolen at Pioneer Blvd., Feb. 5. Victim's credit card stolen and used in multiple locations at 1790 Airport Exchange Blvd., Feb. 6. Impersonating a peace officer Reported at 105 Rebel Dr., Jan. 13. Incident reports Subject found in possession of stolen property at Beeson Dr., Jan. 13. Victim's purse lost or stolen at Kroger at 1305 N. Bend Rd., Feb. 3. Subject violated a protection order at 100 block of Villa Dr., Feb. 3. Menacing Subject charged with menacing at 878 Edgehill Rd., Jan. 14. Narcotics Prisoner found in possession of narcotics at 3020 Conrad Ln., Feb. 3. Subject found in possession of narcotics at 195 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Feb. 4. Subject found in possession of narcotics at Industrial Rd., Feb. 6. Possession of controlled substance

Drugs at Burlington Pike, Jan. 14. Drugs at Dixie Hwy., Jan. 10. Robbery Cash at 7434 U.S. 42, Jan. 15. Terroristic threatening Reported at 7575 U.S. 42, Jan. 11. Known subject threatened victim with violence at 1200 Worldwide Blvd., Jan. 14. Theft Items stolen from industrial site at 5846 Belleview Rd., Jan. 14. Property stolen from convenience store at Berberich Dr., Jan. 14. Property stolen from residence at 5972 Hazel Dr., Feb. 1. Mail stolen from residence at 5822 Green Rd., Feb. 1. Items stolen from Flying J at 13019 Walton-Verona Rd., Feb. 3. Registration plate stolen from vehicle at 715 Peach Tree Ln., Feb. 3. Property stolen from residence at 10749 Garden Dr., Feb. 4. Parts stolen off of vehicle at 11041 Dixie Hwy., Feb. 5. Property stolen from business at 5987 Carlton Dr., Feb. 5. Property stolen from residence at 1044 Maple Ave., Feb. 6. Jewelry stolen from residence at 1202 Mosswood Ct., Feb. 6. Purse stolen from customer at 1751 Patrick Dr., Jan. 15. Cash at 7484 Turfway Rd., Jan. 14. Cash at 600 Meijer Dr., Jan. 14. Automobile at 6613 Dixie Hwy., Jan. 14. Craftsman socket wrench set at 3000 Mall Rd., Jan. 14. Cash at 7484 Turfway Rd., Jan. 14. Cash at 600 Meijer Dr., Jan. 14. Copper at 8129 Mall Rd., Jan. 14. Automobile at 7710 Plantation Dr., Jan. 14.

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DEATHS Garry Brewer Garry R. Brewer, 54, of Burlington, died March 3, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Survivors include his son, Scott.

Gayle Buchanan Gayle B. Buchanan, 52, of Florence, died March 12, 2013. He was a machine operator and U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Rose Buchanan; sister, Sheila Davis; brother, Marcus Buchanan; stepson, Chris Huneke; a nephew and a grandchild. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

James Claxton Sr. James Robert Claxton, Sr., 85, of Frankfort, died March 13, 2013. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Dawson Springs High School and part of the 1948 basketball team that competed in the Kentucky High School State Championship. He attended and played basketball at Western Kentucky University, was the manager of the Cadiz Ford car dealership, owned and operated a stock-car racetrack and a Standard Oil service station, worked 24 years for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, served as a youth baseball and basketball coach, and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee; daughter, Cindy Hatfield of Lexington; son, James Claxton Jr. of Union; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Raymond Damico Raymond C. “Ray” Damico, 82, of Fort Mitchell, died March 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a World War II

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ABOUT OBITUARIES For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Funeral homes may submit basic obituary information to To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. Marine sergeant, tailor and co-owner of D’Amico Tailors in Covington. He started his career as a tailor with Vic Damico Tailoring in Cincinnati, worked at Shillito Department Store as lead tailor and fitter and Gentry’s Men’s Shop in Kenwood as foreman of tailoring. He was a member and gymnastics teacher at St. John Church in Covington. His wife, Jo Ann Kingcade Damico, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Bonnie R. Johnson of Sarasota, Fla.; sons, Michael A. Damico of Burlington; Sephen J. Damico of Anderson Township, Ohio, Douglas M. Damico of Florence; eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren; and friend, Jack Kerns of Park Hills. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

Katherine Helmer Katherine P. Helmer, 88, of Florence, died March 7, 2013, at her residence. She worked at Aetna Life Insurance Co. and was retired from the Ockerman Middle School cafeteria. She volunteered at St. Luke Florence, and was a member of St. Paul Parish, Prime Time and Tri-City senior groups. Her husband, Robert J. Helmer Sr.; sister, Rita Feldmann; and brother, Paul Kahmann, died previously. Survivors include her children, Rob Helmer Jr., Aneta Helmer, Kathy Volpenhein, Eileen Fiedler and Diane Prindle; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Memorials to: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY; Diocesan Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or Parish Kitchen, 141 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Billie Jean Leek Billie Jean Leek, 82, of Verona, died March 9, 2013. She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, a secretary for B&B Heating and Air Conditioning, and Imperial Heating and Air Conditioning. Her husband, Walter Clifford Leek; brothers, Danny Edward Black and Paul Raymond Black; and a half-brother, Charles Robert “Junior” Bowling, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Leek of Verona and Marsha Ross of Walton; son, Tony Leek of Verona; stepdaughters, Vicky Stegg of Batavia, Ohio and Trixie Doll of Turner Station; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at New Bethel Cemetery in Verona. Memorials: New Banklick Baptist Church, 10719 Banklick Pike, Walton, KY 41094.

John Malott John Williams Malott, 66, of Florence, died March 12, 2013. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and an over-road truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Judith Malott; three children; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

June Marie McClain, 80, of Erlanger, died March 12, 2013, at Villaspring Healthcare in Erlanger. She was a retired assistant manager of laundry for 21 years with St. Elizabeth and Tri-State Health Care. Her husband, William R. McClain, died previously. Survivors include her children, Terry McClain of Erlanger and Cheryl Henderson of Florence; her sister; Betty Selmeyer of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; five grandchildren; a step-grandchild; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorial: charity of donor’s choice.

He founded the Sechrest Garage & Co. Inc. in Williamstown, was former member and chairman of the Williamstown Board of Education, and deacon of the Williamstown Christian Church. He was also a member of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Association, the Towing Recovery Association of Kentucky, a volunteer at the Oneida Baptist Institute in Oneida, a past master and

60-year member of the Grant Lodge No. 85 Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple and the Indra Consistory of the Scottish Rite in Covington. His wife, Irene Gordon; two brothers, Clyde C. “Pete” Sechrest and Harold Lee Sechrest; and a grandchild, died previously.

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Elsie Ponder Elsie Baker Ponder, 82, of Independence, died March 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood. She was a nurse at the former St. Elizabeth North Hospital of Covington, member of Community Family Church of Taylor Mill, and enjoyed reading, mall-walking, her church and her grandchildren. Her husband, William Ponder, and son, A. Scott Ponder, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Tammi Ponder, of Independence; sons, Brent Ponder, of Walton, and Gary Ponder, of Elsmere; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens of Taylor Mill. Memorials: to the family of Elsie Ponder c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Ray Sechrest Ray E. Sechrest, of Williamstown, 95, died March 7, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. CE-0000547311

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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Survivors include his sons, Donald Ray Sechrest of Williamstown, Ronald E. Sechrest of Dickson, Tenn.; daughter, Mary Ann Neal of Florence; sister, Edna Ruth Wallace of Williamstown; a grandchild; and three great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Burial was at the Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: Oneida Baptist Institute, P.O. Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972-0067.

William Shepherd William P. “Bill” Shepherd, 82, Florence, died March 13, 2013, at his residence. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a retired controller for Chrysler Airtemp in Dayton, Ohio, a real estate broker and former employee of the Cincinnati

Schools, member of the Community Nazarene Church in Florence, and volunteer with the Gideons International, Boone County Camp. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mae Davis; sons, Scott A. Shepherd of Frankfort and Joel T. Shepherd of Hebron; daughter, Robin Lynn Middleton of Florence; sister, Naomi Ruth McDaniel of Tennessee; and six grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans North Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: Gideons International, Boone County Camp.

Kathy Steele Kathy Krisan Courtney Steele, 56, of Crittenden, died March 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include her sons, Michael Shawn Steele of

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Crittenden and William Leslie Boyd Courtney of Covington; parents, Richard and Ruby Courtney of Walton; sister, Donna Jacks of Crittenden; brothers, Leslie R. Courtney Jr. of Grant County and Boyd D. Courtney of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.

Clarence Ward Clarence J. Ward, 90, of Erlanger, died March 9, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an employee for Largo Florida School System and previously worked for Hassen Motors in Cincinnati. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He played softball and once pitched a no-hitter. His wife, Grace M. Ward; son, David Ward, several brothers and sisters; and a great-grandchild, died previously. Survivors include his son, Don Ward of Burlington; sister, Eva Lou Lewis of Georgetown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren. Burial of cremated remains was at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Withamsville, Ohio. Memorials: Honor Flight Tri-State Headquarters, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

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Dennis Whitis Dennis Alan Whitis, 62, of Florence, died March 8, 2013, at his residence. He was a project manager with several construction companies and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. His son, Matthew, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Whitis of Florence; son, Michael Whitis of Burlington; daughters, Jennifer Paolucci of Hebron and Kristi Webster of Cincinnati; mother, Elsie Whitis of Erlanger; sister, Judy Whitis of Erlanger; and six grandchildren. Memorials: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5876 Veterans Way Burlington, KY. 41005.

Winston Wright Winston C. “Dink” Wright, 70, of Florence, died March 8, 2013, at his residence. He worked for CSX Railroad as a car inspector, was a past master of Colonel Clay Lodge No. 159 in Covington and a member of Scottish Rite Valley in Covington. His brother, Norman Wright, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Wright; grandson, Randy Wright; mother, Opal Wright; and sisters, Jeanette Whalen and Jane Simmons.

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A new insurance scam that has been widespread across the state is being reported in Northern Kentucky. The scam is aimed at seniors who need supplemental health insurance, according to Angela S. Zeek of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Lexington. “A group calling themselves Senior Solutions Insurance (also going by Senior Care Insurance in other areas) is going door to door, and calling senior citizens to get them to buy this supplemental insurance.” said Zeek . “They are promising things such prescriptions being paid 100 percent and sending in a nurse to do an ‘evaluation’ and asking for money up front.

The phone number they are giving is not legitimate, and this insurance is obviously not covering all that they are promising.” Officials at Senior Services of Northern Kentucky say they’ve also received calls from seniors reporting that salespeople have been claiming to be from organizations with names similar to SSNK. The salespeople are offering insurance or other services. Senior Services of Northern Kentucky is a nonprofit service agency, and does not have salespeople going door-to-door to sell products to the elderly. If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from SSNK, call 859-491-0522 to report the incident.

POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B8 Automobile at 7825 Riehl Dr., Jan. 10. Clothes at 2108 Mall Rd., Jan. 10. Cash at 32 Goodridge Dr., Jan. 10. Diamond ring at 36 Rye Ct., Jan. 10. Jacket at 3000 Sears Rd., Jan. 10. Cash at Gibbons St., Jan. 11. Credit card at 2104 Mall Rd., Jan. 11. TV at 167 Quick Cash Ave., Jan. 11. Truck at 4990 Houston Rd., Jan. 11. iPhone at 20 Cardinal Dr., Jan. 12. Cash at Interstate 75 South, Jan. 12.

Forged Ohio identification card at 7601 Mall Rd., Jan. 12. Cash at 6726 Dixie Hwy., Jan. 13. Playstation 3 at 3000 Mall Rd., Jan. 13. Clothes at 7700 Plantation Dr., Jan. 14. Reported at 8928 Preakness Dr., Jan. 14. Samsung tablet at 7625 Doering Dr., Jan. 15. Tennessee license plate at 7777 Burlington Pk., Jan. 15. Computer hardware/software at 2614 Palmentto Ct., Jan. 9. Theft from vehicle Vehicle broken into and items taken at 11822 Old Lexington Pk., Jan. 15. Parts stolen off of vehicle at 6327 Birchwood Ct., Jan. 14.

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