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Bringing out the best in dogs

When watching Karen Abell, owner of New Beginnings K-9 Training, with the dogs in her care, it is crystal clear that she loves dogs. Her goal was to have the first structured dog day care in the area, a place where dogs become a part of her family there. LIFE, B1

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By Justin B. Duke

Florence City Council unanimously approved the return of David A. Osborne to City Council. Osborne was appointed to fill the vacancy on council left after Ted Bushelman died of an apparent heart attack March 6. Osborne has served several terms on council with his last ending at the end of 2010. Osborne missed re-election by 40 votes in the November 2010 election, but earned the most votes of the candidates who weren’t elected.

“I’m grateful for the mayor’s and council’s confidence in me,” Osborne said. Coming back to council brings mixed emotions, Osborne he said. “I’m excited about it, I’m glad about it and I’m sad about it all at the same time,” Osborne said. Osborne’s appointment should bring a few smiles, said Mayor Diane Whalen. “I think he will be pleased, and I think Mr. Bushelman would

David A. Osborne missed re-election by 40 votes in the November 2010 election, but earned the most votes of the candidates who weren’t elected. have been pleased as well,” Whalen said. While Osborne’s only been off council for a few months, he understands he needs to get caught up with the city’s affairs

again. He plans to meet with City Coordinator Rick Lunnemann and other city staff to get filled in on what he’s missed. “The budget retreat coming up is the biggest thing coming up,” Osborne said. With Bushelman’s vacancy on council filled, the city will next need to fill his vacancy on the city’s planning and zoning committee. The two-person committee sees recommendations from the Boone County Planning Commission and gives recommendations to City Council. For more about your community, visit

Area copes with gas prices By Justin B. Duke and Stephanie Salmons As gas prices climb, public services and businesses in Boone County that depend on vehicles are examining how they can save money. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, which is on a calendar year budget, allocated $405,800 in the 2011 budget for fuel but has so far spent $74,122, operations administrator Robert Reuthe said. That’s approximately $1,461 a week over budget, he said. The department has 139 cars out on the road. Several cost-cutting steps were implemented on March 3 to battle the soaring fuel costs, Reuthe said. According to an e-mail from Sheriff Michael Helmig to the department, staff will now adhere to a no-idle policy, schedule two-man cars to work in areas with high volumes of two-man calls when manpower permits, conduct more foot patrols in the neighborhoods and cut out all unnecessary driving. Beat assignments will also be taken into consideration to minimize the amount of driving required for deputies to get from home, to work and then to their assignment. Deputies will also select an area within their beats known to be high-risk targets of crimes or traffic complaints and park in a visible spot. Typically the budget allows for normal

fuel price increases, Reuthe said. The department will take every step it can, such as moving line items around, “to get the best bang for our buck,” he said. “It’s not going to be the land of milk and honey,” Reuthe said. “We have to make do with what we have.” John Helmer, owner of Helmer Plumbing in Richwood, spent $148 last week to fill up his diesel service truck. That’s about $55 more than he spent a few months ago and equals about $360 to $370 more a month for each of his four trucks. All total, rising gas costs could cost Helmer an additional $18,000 this year. “That’s a lot,” he said. “As far as recouping that money, we don’t know how we’re going to do that at this particular time,” Helmer said. Delivery drivers for Mio’s Pizza in Florence are having to pay more to get pizzas out, said general manager Matt Thomas. “We’ve had to think about paying our drivers more,” Thomas said. Mio’s isn’t planning on passing the added costs along to customers yet, he said. “Once it hits $4 a gallon, it will be an issue,” Thomas said. Ken Rogers, owner of Flowerama in Florence, hasn’t made any price adjustments to keep up with the price of gas, but it will have a long-term effect. “It’s costing me – there’s no doubt about it,” Rogers said. For more about your community, visit


Courtney Hunt, of Florence, pumps gas at the Swifty gas station on Ky. 18 in Florence. She doesn’t fill the tank anymore, because she said at $3.55 a gallon, it would take over $60 to fill the 2001 Hyundai Sonata’s tank.

Hooters manager beats lymphoma By Justin B. Duke

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Florence Hooters Restaurant general manager Erica Mello beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after nearly a year of treatment.

A victory over lymphoma has given a face to the campaign against the disease. Erica Mello, general manager of the Florence Hooters Restaurant, was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkin’s lymphoma May 18, 2010. After her diagnosis, Mello started chemotherapy every other week. Despite the side effects and the frequency of the treatment, Mello missed only two days of work during her entire treatment. The two days were for surgeries Mello received. “Sitting at home, not doing anything would’ve been the worst thing for me,” Mello said. The other managers at Hooters made sure Mello didn’t overextend

herself and helped out a lot, she said. “I’m a little hard-headed,” Mello said. As a general manager, Mello is supposed to walk around to tables and ask customers how their experiences are in the restaurant. “I was kind of more shy,” Mello said. Earlier this month, while she was on her way to Chicago for vacation, she got the good news of a clean bill of health from her doctor. “I had a fun little trip. We definitely celebrated,” Mello said. With the chemotherapy done, Mello is a lot less hesitant to visit customers and get involved in the other aspects of running a restaurant, she said. “I enjoy it more now because I do have the energy,” Mello said.

Before being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hooters was a sponsor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. After Mello’s successful treatment, she’s become a public face for the restaurant’s campaign. “I think it’s awesome,” Mello said. Area Hooters restaurants are selling paper balloons for any denomination of $1 or more through March 31. Each restaurant has a goal of raising $1,000, and with two weeks remaining the Florence Hooters were already at $2,400. Representatives from Hooters will present a check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Sept. 22 Light the Night Walk at Sawyer Point. For more about your community, visit


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March 24, 2011

Two Union streets getting speed humps

By Stephanie Salmons

The city of Union will be adding two new speed humps on local streets. Local residents voiced needs for additional speed control devices at the city’s March meeting. According to city engineer Barry Burke, the first asphalt speed hump will be installed on Arbor Springs between Richmond Road and Lincoln Court.

“The original speed studies done last year supports an additional speed hump,” he said. It will supplement a speed control device installed last year, he said. According to Burke, he’s currently getting cost estimates, but asphalt speed humps typically run between $1,800 and $2,000. A second speed hump will be installed on Pembroke Drive, just past Holderness Drive. Guidelines from the Institute of Traffic Engineers

indicate when 85 percent of cars during peak hours exceed more than 5 mph over the posted speed limit, then that is enough to warrant a speed control device, Burke said. A spot speed study keeps with one that was conducted last year and the criteria indicates the need for another speed hump, Burke said. Both of these projects are “a go,” Burke said. An additional speed

study was conducted in the city’s Harmony subdivision along Melody Drive, Burke said. A speed study he conducted on the road did exceed the ITE criteria, but the number of cars doing so was extremely low – only 29 over 80 minutes, Burke said. “My recommendation (was that) it is not needed at this point, but needs to be followed up on periodically based on additional growth of the subdivision which is

still being built in,” he said. However, citizen concern convinced the city to reevaluate that area of Melody Drive as well as a portion of Meldoy closer to U.S. 42, Burke said. “At this point, they’re simply considering two new speed humps along Melody Drive,” he said. Burke was also directed to evaluate other streets within Harmony – Soaring Breezes, Evensong Drive and Sonata Drive.

However, he said he didn’t want to recommend precise locations for speed bumps because only about 54 percent of lots along those streets are developed and speed bumps may conflict with future driveways. He recommended delaying those until the subdivision builds out. It could be several years until the issue is revisited, Burke said. For more about your community, visit

Hodson heads Boone Relay for Life By Stephanie Salmons

It just made sense for Marlena Hodson of Union to participate in Relay for Life. She lost a grandfather to cancer and her sister battled the disease twice. “The more you get involved, the more you realize you really hate cancer,” she said. “I mean it sounds cliche, but I actually hate cancer. Every time I hear a story about somebody having cancer or dying from cancer, I’m like ‘I hate cancer, why can’t we

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Life celebration begins at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, and will end at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 18. It will take place on the track of Cooper High School. Each team is responsible for its own fundraising efforts. Last year between 30 and 40 teams participated, Hodson said. This year, the goal is to have at least 42 teams and raise about $95,000 for the ACS, she said. The night kicks off with a survivor lap and will be followed by a reception for cancer survivors. Last year nearly 60 survivors partici-

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compliments of Maker’s Mark. All common areas of the Maker’s Mark VIP Tent are non-smoking; a smokers’ lounge is provided. The tent is heated, or its sidewalls can be opened to pleasant weather. Tickets to the Maker’s Mark VIP Tent are $175. Reserved grandstand seating, priced from $25 to $80, ranges from fifth floor dining to individual handicapping stations on the first floor. Smoking and non-smoking areas are available and some tickets include buffet service. Other areas are first come, first served with $10 general admission. Several reserved areas are already sold out. Tickets are available in advance by calling 859371-0200 or at the door. Returning for the second year is Racehorse Adoption Awareness, an emphasis on the care of retired racehorses. New Vocations and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, both of which work directly with Turfway Park to accept retiring racehorses and place them in new homes, will be represented. New this year, the agencies will raise funds for their work by raffling “Weekend in the Country,” an overnight stay at the Vinery Thoroughbred farm in Lexington.

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Lent prepares worshippers for Easter

‘Tis the season. No, not that one. Lent began on Ash Wednesday, March 9, and lasts 40 days (not counting Sundays) until Holy Saturday, the day before Easter on April 24. During the Lenten season, people may give up something like soft drinks, sweets or choose to do something they may not typically do. But for Dave Profitt, a member of St. Timothy Parish in Union, Lent isn’t about giving something up. It’s more about gaining something in return. “I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding,” Profitt said. “People tend to focus on ‘What are you giving up for Lent. The real purpose is to prepare us for Holy Week and Easter Sunday and to deepen our relationship with God.” Profitt was Baptist but converted to Catholicism in 1994, and is in his first year training to be a deacon at the church. “We try to focus on sev-

“making yourself better spiritually,” Tuschong said. “This is the most important time for us as Catholics,” she said. “It helps us keep faith and be more connected to God (and) understand our faith.” Gary Griesser of Burlington isn’t Catholic, but said some Protestant denominations have started to focus on Lent. “When I was a kid growing up … Baptist, Lent was a term that was unfamiliar because we did not do anything with Lent,” he said. Over time, that has changed. Griesser, who leads music at both Erlanger Baptist Church and First Church of Christ in Burlington, of which he’s a member, said both churches now have a focus on Lent, although probably not the same kind of focus as the Catholic church. Though traditions will vary among churches, Griesser said he thinks one would find a similar experience in music and sermons. Lent involves a series of sermons that lead up to Easter, he said, which may focus on the crucifixion of Jesus, his

eral things – alms givings, prayer devotion, abstinence. Most people get focused on giving up chocolate and soft drinks. (We should) focus on one of the things that keeps us from God,” he said. “For me, it’s about spending more time in devotion, more time in reflection with my relationship with God, my family, my neighbors. What’s keeping me from being the person I need to be?” Jennifer Tuschong, of Union, is another member of St. Timothy. She grew up in the Catholic church with Catholic traditions. Lent, she says, is a time to “celebrate Jesus and what he sacrificed for us.” Tuschong said she traditionally tries to give something up, but when she was pregnant, she would do something extra each week instead, like pay an extra compliment or go to confession more often. That’s something she’s passing along to her children. Her 6-year-old daughter will do an extra chore like set the table. It’s not supposed to be about physical sacrifice, but about spiritual sacrifice and


Sasha Menzer, 6, of Florence, gives her sister Maia, 8 a big hug as they eat their fish dinners at the annual St Paul Fish Fry. The Menzers come to the event every year, and both girls attend school there. Fish dinners range from $6 to $9 and baked and fried fish are available as well as a variety of sides and dessert. life as it leads up to that point, his death and resurrection. For more about your community, visit www.

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Rotary, Freedom start relief drives for Japan By Nancy Daly

Local organizations are gearing up to raise money and donations to provide relief in disaster-stricken Japan. On Monday, the Florence Rotary Club launched a drive to raise $6,000 to support the efforts of ShelterBox in Japan as well as disaster victims from flooding in Bolivia and a cyclone in Madagascar. The Florence club supported this organization after the Haiti disaster. Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, ShelterBox was one of the first international aid agencies to arrive in Japan. It has 200 boxes in Japan with 5,000 ready to be deployed. A ShelterBox contains a

All who donate will receive two free tickets to the Freedom’s exhibition game on May 12 against the Evansville Otters. Accepted donations will be given to the Matthew 25: Ministries relief efforts. Relief items include: financial donations, nonperishable food, personal care products (especially diapers), cleaning products (no bleach), first aid supplies and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels). Donations can be delivered in person to the Freedom front office starting Monday, March 21. The Freedom will collect donations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 1. For more about your community, visit

disaster relief tent, blankets, supplies for water purification, tools, a stove and utensils. Florence Rotary president Greg Palmer challenged the club to raise enough for six ShelterBoxes. Collection boxes will be at the noon Monday Rotary lunches on March 28 and April 4. Rotary meets at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport on Turfway Road. Another aid drive was announced March 18 by the Florence Freedom baseball team. The Freedom are partnering with Two Men and a Truck Northern Kentucky to collect items to aid disaster relief efforts in Japan. Donations will be collected at the Freedom’s front office at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence.


Surveying the flooding

The Mussman family’s Great Dane, Ethel, surveys the flooded Ohio River bank along Ryle Road in Boone County in mid-March. Danielle Mussman of Union submitted this photo through

BRIEFLY Tea party hosts candidates forum

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The 2011 election primaries are approaching and the Northern Kentucky Tea Party will host a candidates forum 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Holiday Inn, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd. (Mineola Pike), Erlanger. Candidates from these races will be attending: Governor, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor. Those in attendance will be able to submit questions and participate in a straw poll. Coffee and donuts will be available. According to a Northern Kentucky Tea Party press

The March 17 photo was Hopeful Lutheran Church dedication on Nov. 11, 1917, in Florence. Bob Sayers of Union was the third person to correctly identify this location and is this week’s winner. This photo was provided by Matt Becher, who is the rural/open space planner at the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board. PROVIDED

release, this is a unique opportunity for voters to meet the candidates of the 2011 political races on their way to the Spiral Stakes Race at Turfway Park.

Art and craft show

Florence Christian Church will hold a Spring Arts & Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in their Activity Center at 300 Main Street. The Christian Women’s Ministry organization will be the hostess for this event that will feature over 20 different artists. Proceeds go to national and international organizations like the Great American Bake Sale – No Kid Hungry

and a medical center in Bosnia. The show costs $2. For more information visit or call 859-647-5000.

Job fair

The Strayer University Job Fair will be 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Florence campus of Strayer University, 7300 Turfway Road, Florence. More than 30 businesses will be participating and the event is free to participating employers and job seekers. For more information, call Ken Wocher in Covington at 859-292-2642, Rob Walker in Florence at 859-372-8413 or visit

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The Boone County Clerk’s Office is holding a drawing for tickets to the Reds versus Yankees game. Boone County residents can enter the drawing by using the online renewal process for standard passenger plates in April. The winner will get two mezzanine level tickets to the June 21 game at Great American Ballpark.

The drawing is part of Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown’s efforts to promote online renewal. Since taking office in January, the office has seen a 300 percent increase in online renewals, Brown said. The tickets are being personally donated by Brown. “There is no cost to taxpayers for this drawing, and

it is a way for me to give something back and promote a new service provided by the clerk’s office,” Brown said. The drawing for the tickets will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Boone County Clerk’s Burlington Office. For details or to renew plates online visit www.


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SCHOOLS BCHS forensics team defends title March 24, 2011


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The Boone County High School forensics team won its second straight state championship.

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A state title returns to Boone County High School for the second straight year. The school’s forensics team won the state championship at Western Kentucky University, beating out 46 other schools from around Kentucky. The Boone County High School forensics team won its second straight state championship. Provided Along with the team victory, students won state titles in four events including extemporaneous speaking and broadcast announcing. Defending the state title is a special feat because 10 of the 24 members of last year’s team either graduated or moved out of the district, said coach Krista Kohl. “We have a fantastic group of freshmen,” Kohl said.

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Last year’s juniors stepped into leadership roles this year as seniors and helped build up the younger team members, she said. “It is very much a team affair,” Kohl said. Kohl credits part of the team’s success to the variety of backgrounds students have – including sports, drama and those with little school involvement. “They are a group of mismatched kids – they are into all different things,” Kohl said. With the season just over, the team is already eyeing next year. The team loses only three graduating seniors. The remainder of the team is already researching and reading about what they will perform for the next season, Kohl said. “The students that are left are already thinking ahead,” she said. For more about your community, visit


Men at Mann play bingo with students The Men at Mann had their third annual bingo day at Mann Elementary Jan. 29. It was a great time for kids to enjoy being with their dads, grandpas or uncles. More than 150 kids and their male relatives attended the event. Gift cards worth $5 from various local businesses were given to the bingo winners.


Florence Elementary second-grader Jamon Norman and third-grader Julien Norman are shown with coordinator Kristen Hampton, dental assistant Trisha Ferguson, Dr. Racheal Peavie and assistant Joanna Welch.

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Third-grader Madison Fowler and her dad are shown at bingo night sponsored by Men at Mann.

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Four days a week the mobile dental van blasted off to Florence Elementary School. The 40-foot dental mobile, operated by Health Point Family Care, was on a dental mission and serviced 113 qualifying students at school. Students without commercial dental insurance were eligible for an examination and received a dental treatment plan. The treatment plan consisted of cleaning and fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions or other work that was required to make their teeth healthy. All the services were performed during school hours by a dentist and two dental assistants. The visit was free if a child had the permission of their parents and had Medicaid or KCHIP. Otherwise there was a onetime fee of

$20 that would cover the basic treatment plan. The dental van provided services starting in September and ended in February. They started bright and early every morning and worked until 2 p.m. Two students at a time visited the mobile unit. During the first session the dentist cleaned their teeth and determined the treatment plan. The second session included a fluoride/sealant treatment and the student received a dental care bag to encourage good oral health. Any additional session entailed fillings or extractions, depending on the need of the individual. The Florence Elementary Family Resource Center was aiming to take care of the student’s basic needs so the child could focus on their academic needs.


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March 24, 2011


Educator wins national recognition

Excellent spellers

Sara Schreckenhofer and her second-grade class at Erpenbeck Elementary School were nationally recognized by Renaissance Learning as a Reading Model Classroom. The award indicates that Schreckenhofer and the class have made “class-wide achievement using best classroom practices to become better readers.�

Thirty-two students at Florence Elementary School participated in the schoolwide Spelling Bee. The school’s champion was fifth-grader Dawson Beckett. Runner-up was Jane Matt, fifth grade.

Volunteer efforts come from the heart The heart of Florence Elementary School shows in its outstanding volunteers. The schools has several dedicated individuals volunteering their time weekly to help the young students. These individuals enrich the lives of students and fulfill their own life by giving

themselves a purpose and seeing their rewards. David and Barbara Whaley are parents of Jerryl Nienaber, a third-grade teacher at Florence Elementary. Mr. Whaley was a former principal in the Erlanger/Elsmere school district and he and his wife

have visited Florence Elementary every Thursday for the past five years. The children cherish their one-on-one reading time, while learning comprehension skills, expression and pronunciation. Pat Phelps, a grandmother, is making a differ-


ence not only in the lives of many children but also the teacher. She started working with her grandson’s fourthgrade teacher, Dan Schneider. Her grandson has moved on to middle school but Phelps continues to help in the classroom by sharing her time and talents, several days a week. Phelps also regularly provides books for the library and clothing for the Florence Family Resource Center. Debbie Nitschke, a parent, extends a helping hand in Vickie Dittenber's third-

grade class. She volunteers weekly to listen to the children read and helps with comprehension skills. Faculty members love goodies and personalized gifts she brings. Another loyal parent for the past six years is Ronda Ellman who is always willing to lend a hand with any function taking place at Florence Elementary. Her son, Frank Ellman, started at Florence in kindergarten and is now a fifth-grader. The schools appreciates the efforst of these and all the volunteers who help


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Boone baseball teams to battle it out By James Weber

As always, there will be some tough competition within the county of Boone this baseball season. Here is a look at local teams:

Boone County

The Rebels have some key returners from the defending Ninth Region champions. Picked third in the 33rd District last year, the Rebels rolled to the district and Ninth Region titles before falling in the round-of-16 at the state tournament to Butler. Boone finished 27-12. The Rebels graduated several top seniors from last year but return some veteran talent, including four members of the batting order and two of their top three pitchers. Jackson Laumann hit .421 last year with seven home runs and 40 RBI. The University of Cincinnati recruit was 3-1 on the mound. Doug Teegarden, the pitching hero of last year's postseason, hit .440 with 42 RBI, leading the team last year. He was 7-2 on the mound with a 2.00 ERA. Justin Carzoli returns after hitting .348 with 22 steals last year. Chase Stanley hit .300. Boone has six road games scheduled in the first week, then has its home debut March 28 against Lloyd.


Brad Arlinghaus enters his fifth season as Cougars


Doug Teegarden is one of the top returning players for Boone County. head coach. They were 1914 last year, losing to Dixie Heights in the Ninth Region semifinals. Arlinghaus is 6960 at Conner. He returns four starters from last year. Senior outfielder/pitcher Jordan Liechty is a third-year starter. He hit .333 last year with 13 RBI and 17 runs scored. He will do some relief pitching as well. Senior shortstop Johnny Roberts is a third-year starter there. He is a strong fielder who hit .333 last year and scored 30 runs. Senior catcher Parker Ryle is a third-year starter behind the play. He hit .361 last year with six home runs and 24 RBI. Sophomore Cameron Fogle will start at centerfield. He hit .382 in 21 games last

year. Arlinghaus said only two pitchers return with varsity experience, but the junior varsity team was regional champion last year. The Cougars will try to qualify for the varsity Ninth Region tournament for the third straight year, which would be the longest streak in school history. “We will lack varsity experience but have talented players ready to step in from last year’s team,’ Arlinghaus said. “This team should gain confidence throughout the season.” Conner opens at home against Highlands March 25 and hosts Cooper March 26.


Cooper was 16-17 last year as it enters its third sea-

son of existence under head coach Bob Bieger. Bieger lost just two seniors from last year’s team. Ryan Thompson is as talented a shortstop in the region as anyone, Bieger said, with range, quickness, speed and experience. He hit .360 with nine doubles, three home runs and 24 runs scored. On the mound, he was 3-6 with a 4.53 ERA, averaging nearly a strikeout per inning. The ERA is somewhat skewed, Bieger said, as he took the mound in most of Cooper’s top games. “Yes, he is our gamechanger,” Bieger said. “If Ryan goes, we go as the saying goes.” Senior third baseman John Bjurquist hit .365 with 22 runs scored and 17 RBI. The leadoff batter, Bjurquist puts the ball in play regularly. On the mound, he was 44 with a 3.24 ERA and is good with location. Senior Andrew Brownfield is an outfielder and relief pitcher, appearing in 18 games on the mound. Senior Nick Phillips hit .317 and is a key relief pitcher. Sophomore Jared Blank hit .284 last year and also bats leadoff. Cooper has 52 players in the program and a tougher schedule this year. “In summary, we now have a solid senior class which is the first time in our history,” Bieger said. “With seven seniors, their positive leadership is making a major impact each day. We are working to push over the .500 mark this year.”

Cooper plays at Newport March 24 and at Conner March 26.


Pat Roesel returns for his 19th year as head coach. He was 24-12 last year with the Raiders and 337-271 overall. He returns several starters, including third baseman Conner Hempel, centerfielder Caleb Lonkard, shortstop Leiff Clarkson, first baseman Tyler O'Bryan, and Matt Gorbandt. Top newcomers include pitcher Mark Downs and catcher Evan Winchester. Ryle opens the season March 29 at home against Newport Central Catholic.

St. Henry

Walt Terrell returns as head coach for the Crusaders, who were 11-20 last year and 34th District runner-up. St. Henry graduated 10 seniors from last year. This year’s seniors include infielder Brett Bibbins, outfielder Brennan Kling, pitcher Landon Rouse, and first baseman/pitcher Tommy McMahon. The Crusaders go to Campbell County March 21 and Simon Kenton March 23. The Crusaders’ home debut is March 26 against Scott.


The Bearcats were 23-14 last year and played in the Eighth Region Tournament for the second year in a row. They got there by beating Grant County in the 32nd


Senior Jackson Laumann, a University of Cincinnati recruit, is one of the top returning players for Boone County. District semifinals to avenge a regular-season defeat. Walton returns seven starters in senior Matt Monday, junior Tyler Roth, junior Dustin Cottrell, junior Zach Greene, sophomore Jared Dwyer, freshman Joe Sargent and freshman Daniel Tilley. The top newcomer is freshman Christian Lohr. “We are expecting to be very competitive with several key players who received plenty of varsity experience returning from last year,” said head coach Kevin McIntyre, who enters his 17th season with a 220-236 record. “We will rely on a strong pitching staff and solid defense to keep us in games. Offensively, we have been working hard during preseason practices to improve on our ability to put the ball in play with the hit and run, bunting, and being aggressive on the bases in order to manufacture runs.” The Bearcats start the year March 21 at Highlands and debut at home March 22 against Villa Madonna. Walton’s first district seeding game is March 29 at Simon Kenton.

Rebels lead Boone teams in state bowling By James Weber

Things may change away from the lanes next season, when bowling is officially sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. On the lanes, the competition will be just as intense, like it was when the Kentucky state high school tournament rolled off March 19. Sixteen teams of each gender contested a matchplay team championship, then 32 students of each gender bowled a singles tournament the following day. The tourney was at Eastland Lanes in Lexington.

The Boone County High School girls team was one of two Northern Kentucky girls teams to reach the quarterfinals of the team tournament. Each match was best-of-five Baker games, in which five bowlers on each team alternate frames within one 10frame game. Starters were sophomore Shannon Ramey, seventhgrader Kayla Hightchew, sophomore Kirsten Baker, senior Amanda Krebs and junior Nicole Howe. Hightchew said Boone had two other seventh-graders bowl a lot during the season. Boone was seeded 13th after a tough qualifying game to begin the tourney. The

Rebels then upset No. 4 seed Bryan Station in a threegame sweep. Howe made a key spare in the 10th frame of the first game to pull Boone to a onepin win. Bryan Station was playing within two miles of its campus and the bowlers presumably had some homelanes knowledge. "The girls stayed focused," coach Hightchew said. "Their spare-shooting was tremendous. The girls got a lot of confidence from that and they were able to build on that. We had to sit and wait for a half hour before the next match and that may have iced us a little, but I'm very proud of the girls."

Boone lost to North Bullitt in the second round. In singles, Ramey was 31st with a 562 and won $50 in scholarship money. Rebel Brad Hightchew finished 18th in singles with a 780 (195 average) in the four-game tournament. He won $50 in scholarship money. After struggling in the first three games, he shot a 265 in the last game, the second-highest game by anyone in the 32-player field. Conner lost to North Bullitt in the first round of girls. Notre Dame and Holy Cross also fell in the first round. In singles, Conner's Alli Haggard was 17th with a

681, and Allison McGlasson was 21st with 671. Both won $50 in scholarship money. Walton-Verona's boys team lost to top seed Manual in the first round at state. Walton was the 16 seed after the first round. Cooper lost in the first round of the boys tourney to No. 2 seed Fleming County in a tough five-game match. Zac Dicken was 29th in singles with a 672, winning $50 in scholarship money. When bowling becomes sanctioned next school year, Hightchew doesn't expect there to be much change to formats for matches and tournaments.

Outside the bowling alley, there will be more rules in place. As a recognized varsity sport, bowling will be incorporated into each school's athletic budget and it is up to each district how to handle the finances. Hightchew said his Rebels will be self-sufficient with fundraisers and the like. Like many coaches, he expects the new status to draw more interest. "Kids want to get involved in what in their minds is a valid sport," Hightchew said. "Even though the sport will be the same, having the KHSAA name on it will allow some kids to look at it in a different way.”

All-Star Champions

The Allstars are the U10 champions of the Boone County Youth Soccer Association Nightmare Tournament Black Division. The girls finished the season undefeated. Pictured, first row, from left: Ashley Hayes, Josie Kubala, Jenna Martin and Abby Kubala; middle row: Alex Sweeney, Claire Gregory, Maddie Burcham, Savannah Jordan, Courtney Hurst, Megan Wells and Lauren Herbert; back row: Coaches Brian Janson, Kevin Janson and Mark Kubala.


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March 24, 2011

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Red letter day

Freedom aids Japan

The Florence Freedom is partnering with Two Men and a Truck, Northern Kentucky, to collect items to aid disaster relief efforts in Japan after the northern part of the country was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Donations will be collected at the Freedom’s front office at 7950 Freedom Way. All who donate will receive two free tickets to the Freedom’s exhibition game on Thursday, May 12, against the Evansville Otters. Accepted donations will be given to the Matthew 25: Ministries relief efforts. Relief items include: Financial donations, nonperishable food, personal care products (especially diapers), cleaning products (no bleach), first aid supplies and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.). Donations can be delivered in person to the Freedom front office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 1. Visit or call 594-HITS (4487) for more information.

Bekah Rehkamp of Florence, a junior at Centre College, earned a letter for her participation on the college’s cross country team during the 2010-2011 season. Rehkamp is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rehkamp of Florence and is a graduate of Boone County High School. The Centre Colonels compete in Division III of the NCAA and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, recognized as one of the top Division III conferences in the country. Centre competes in 21 intercollegiate sports, 10 for men and 11 for women. Forty percent of the student body participates in one or more intercollegiate sport.

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Kings Soccer Academy tryouts for the 2011 Super-Y League U13 girls, U13 boys and U14 girls teams will be Wednesday, April 13, at the Town & Country Sports Complex, 1018 Town Drive, Wilder. The Kings Super-Y League Program (SYL) is a summer-based program for the areas best soccer athletes. Tryout for U13 girls and U13 boys will be 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Tryout for U14 girls will be 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. The head coach for the U13 girls will be Joe Mehl; U13 boys, Derek Smith; and U14 girls, Jon Pickup. For more information, e-mail Jon Pickup at

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March 24, 2011


Freedom games to air on 1160AM


Playing for others

Organizers of the Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Holiday Classic present a check to charity on Feb. 1 at Oak Hills High School. High school basketball teams raised $10,000 for local charities in the ninth annual classic in December at Northern Kentucky University’s Bank of Kentucky Center. The money went to the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund, Neediest Kids of All and WSNS Academy. In its nine-year history, the Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Holiday Classic donated more than $98,000. Ohio teams included Colerain, Aiken, Princeton, Oak Hills and St. Xavier. The Kentucky teams were Dixie Heights, Ryle, Covington Catholic, Mason County and Holmes. From left are Dick Murgatroyd (BBCHC board member), JJ Wales (executive director for Neediest Kids of All), Sheree Paolello (TV5 news anchor representing Ruth Lyons Children's Fund), Dwight Malloy (WSNS Academy) and Bob Griffin (BBCHC board member).



The Florence Freedom announced Real Talk 1160 AM as the new Radio Home of the Freedom. Real Talk 1160 will be the exclusive radio and internet broadcaster for all 96 Freedom games, both home and away, as well as any playoff games. The three-year agreement puts all Freedom games on 1160’s airwaves through the 2013 season. Game broadcasts will begin with the pre-game show ten minutes prior to first pitch and can be heard on 1160 AM and the internet. The Freedom’s 2011 season will begin on May 20th. Fans can tune in to every broadcast streaming online by going to and clicking the “Listen Live!” link or by clicking the “Listen Live” link at Matt Friedman, the new “Voice of the Freedom,” will enter his first season as the play-by-play broadcaster for the club. Friedman was a radio broadcaster last season for the Single-A Kinston Indians of the Carolina League. Real Talk 1160 hosts a daily lineup of news, talk and sports, including nationallysyndicated talk hosts Laura

Ingraham, Dennis Miller and Dave Ramsey and Cincinnati sports talk icon Andy Furman. The station is also home to Notre Dame football, Northern Kentucky University basketball and baseball, Cincinnati Commandos football, Northern Kentucky River Monsters football and Simon Kenton High School sports. “AM radio is a great fit for baseball and Real Talk 1160’s growing reputation for sports coverage in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is appealing to us,” Freedom President Clint Brown said. “We have known Andy Furman for a long time and we are excited to work with him.”

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EDITORIALS | LETTERS | Editor Nancy Daly | | 578-1059


Environmental resources can’t be ‘negotiated’

As a taxpayer and responsible citizen of Boone County, I would like my voice heard and recorded as being in full support of the Environmental Goals and Objectives in the upcoming revision of the Comprehensive Plan. The current proposed language is by no means too strong, as suggested by the homebuilders and property rights people. In my mind, it perhaps is too lean! Our environmental resources are not something that can be “negotiated” or mitigated in order to assure such entities of their “right to personal gain and profit,” by developing our countryside with more and more houses and subdivisions. These environmental resources are indeed “essential” and sacred to my concept of what quality-of-life issues really are. And it is absolutely the duty of every individual living in this county as well as our elected local government to see that these environmental resources are indeed “protected,” as well as maintained, preserved, planned for and prioritized. As the temporary stewards of Boone County’s land and water resources, it is time to quit cater-

ing to the whims and demands of those exploiting our natural resources for personal profit, and get back to the true quality-of-life issues that are essential and precious, now becoming threatened and fragile. There are scores and scores of unoccupied houses in this county. Why do we need to sacrifice our natural resources for more to be built? It’s a fact that we can’t build more streams, grasslands, forests or farmland. Don Clare Rabbit Hash

Good old boy system is alive

I was chagrined by Florence City Council’s appointment of David Osborne for Ted Bushelman’s vacant council seat. I still firmly believe in our Constitution, “We the People.” We the people of the city of Florence voted David out of office in the last election. My question is how do you appoint someone that was voted out of office. City Council should have accepted nominations from the community for the vacant seat. Nepotism and “the good old boy” system are alive and well on City Council. Time for a change! Duane M. Froelicher Florence




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Academy Day is this Saturday Each year, members of Congress have the privilege of recommending exceptional young people for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy, known collectively as the U.S. Service Academies. The Service Academies offer a unique opportunity for motivated young men and women to serve their country while improving all facets of their character through a rigorous educational curriculum and a disciplined moral and physical regimen. In place of tuition, the academies ask for military service after graduation. Cadets and midshipmen graduate as officers in the U.S. military, and many have gone on to be great leaders in our nation’s history. Needless to say, competition for the limited number of available appointments is highly competitive. As a West Point graduate myself, I know firsthand the opportunity presented by the academies and I take pride in recommending the best qualified applicants from the Fourth District. That is why I host an annual

Academy Day to bring together representatives of each of the service academies and interested students and parents to discuss the U.S. Rep. a p p l i c a t i o n Geoff Davis process, acadeCommunity my life, and career opportuRecorder nities within the guest various branchcolumnist es of the military. Although the program is designed for students in their junior year of high school, I encourage younger high school students to attend as well if they would like to learn more about the academies and how they can better prepare themselves to apply. Nominees are chosen based on a number of factors including evidence of character, leadership, academic excellence, physical aptitude and extracurricular activities. If you know a high school student who meets these criteria and may be interested in attending a service academy, please let them know about this opportunity.

Every year I look forward to Academy Day because I am inspired by the outstanding young people from our district and proud that they are eager to challenge themselves at every level and to dedicate several years of their life in service to our country, if not a long-term career in the military. I know from my experience at West Point that attending a service academy is an incredibly difficult challenge, but my time there gave me the direction and structure I needed to succeed. Through Academy Day and the resources available at my office, I hope that more young people will want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Academy Day will be held this Saturday, March 26, at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact my Fort Mitchell District Office by calling 859-426-0080 or by visiting http://geoffdavis. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Heredity can raise risk for diabetes On the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are,” celebrities research their genetic background, uncovering clues about their family history. While most people don’t have a camera crew and TV producers to help them, finding out about your family can be good for your health, particularly if you have a history of diabetes. Anybody can develop diabetes, but some people are more at risk than others. You are at increased risk for developing the disease if a close family member (mother, father, brother or sister) has diabetes. Pregnancy is an important time period in the family history to consider. Some women are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes because they were diagnosed with diabetes during a pregnancy – this is called gestational diabetes. If your mother had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with you, you may be at an increased risk for becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes. How many birthdays have you celebrated? If you’re 45 or older, your risk is higher. Finally, your ethnic heritage can also increase your chances – type 2 diabetes is more common in people who are African American or persons of African ancestry, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander. While you may not have much control over your family history, you can control your actions. Lifestyle changes, such as losing 5 to 10 percent of your weight if you are overweight, can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Here are some simple steps you can take: Make healthy food choices such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, Dr. Lynne poultry without Saddler skin, dry beans peas, whole Community and grains, and lowRecorder fat or skim milk guest and cheese. Choose water columnist to drink. Eat smaller portions. Make half your plate vegetables and/or fruits; one-fourth a whole grain, such as brown rice; and onefourth a protein food, such as lean meat, poultry or fish, or dried beans. Be active at least 30 minutes, five days per week to help you burn calories and lose weight. You don’t have to get all your physical activity at one time. Try getting some physical activity during the day in 10 minute sessions, three times a day. Choose something you enjoy. Ask family members to be active with you. To help you reach your goals, write down all the foods you eat and drink and the number of minutes you are active. Review it each day. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has information to help you prevent diabetes, or, if you are already diagnosed, education to help you control it. For details, visit or call 859363-2115 or 859-363-2116. Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Lifestyle changes, such as losing 5 to 10 percent of your weight if you are overweight, can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.


Food Check-Out Day

Rep. Addia Kathryn Wuchner, R-Burlington, receives a basket of Kentucky Products from Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair Phyllis Amyx in recognition of the annual “Food Check-Out Day” in Frankfort. KFB holds the event each year in mid-February to mark the date when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food – about 10 percent of a person’s disposable income, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Outlook bright for real estate With all the negativity you see in the media today about the current real estate market it’s hard to get excited or actually believe real estate is a sound investment. What people don’t understand is that real estate is localized, and if you examine the submarket of the Boone County region you may just get excited about what you find. The median home value of a home in Boone County in the year 2000 was $99,800; at the close of 2010 it was up to $143,862. That’s a staggering 31 percent rise in value over 10 years. Compare that to the Dow Jones Index which posted only a 6.8 percent increase in value for the same time period, it’s no secret that real estate in Boone County is as safe as they come. There is a lot of concern over

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the mounting number of foreclosure sales and how they are crushing the housing economy. On a national level, distressed sales (distressed sales being bank-owned foreclosures, government-owned properties and short sales) of single family homes accounted for 32 percent of the total sales in 2010. Here, distressed sales accounted for only 19 percent of the total sales in 2010 (according to data collected from the Multiple Listing Services). What this means in regards to the real estate market here locally is that it has the ability to hold and sustain values through the current economic crisis. When you take that and

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accompany it with the historically low interest rates available to borrowers today, it makes perfect sense to get out and invest in real estate right here in our own back yard. There are great deals to be had and homes are selling far below market value because of the perceived bad housing market we have. One would need to view the foreclosed and distressed properties that are on the market more as opportunities to purchase properties that are undervalued in an area that has proven sustainability and upward value trends, rather than a drain on the housing market. Jesse Brewer is a Boone County resident and owns Cincy Area Properties, a real estate investment and property management firm.



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Dale Stephenson, Don Matalka, and Tiny Sipe stand by the mobile van for Reincarnation Auto Body and Paint of Northern Kentucky.

Reincarnation Body makes cars new By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Conributor

When Don Matalka moved from West Chester, Ohio, to Northern Kentucky, he noticed immediately that the people in Boone County were friendly and happy. That made him feel at home. So he started his business, Reincarnation Auto Body and Paint of Kentucky, in Burlington, and serves the community because he knows they are his neighbors and friends. “They say that friends are the family you get to choose,” said Matalka. “I sleep good at night, and when I bump into customers in the stores, I feel good about the work I have done for them. I know that every penny counts, and I

try to save my customers every penny I can, especially in this economy.” Matalka and his three employees bring injured cars back to life. They can work virtual miracles with the tools they have and the work they put in. Sometimes they offer customers the option of certified Kappa after-market parts which will save them money but have the same quality as dealer parts. Other times only dealer parts will do the job. “We use PPG waterborne paints, because it is environmentally friendly, and because it is the same paint that car manufacturers use,” said Matalka. “I pride myself on taking care of my customers, and I think people can tell that.”



Jail work crew cleaning up

For two weeks in March, the Jail Work Camp Crews and the Public Works Jail Crews have been picking up litter on Boone County’s roads and highways. This is a special initiative involving all of the Work Camp inmates in addition to the regular crews that pick up trash throughout the year. Inmate labor saves county taxpayers more than $37,000 during this two-week period. For more information, contact Solid Waste at 859-334-3151 or the Jail Work Camp at 859-334-4890. From left are Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Chris Fields, Robby Hoffman, Phil Sims, Toddy Jacobs and Russ Engle.

Karen Abell tells the dogs Lily, Daisy, big Betty and Elsie to lie down, with the help of healthy treats to reinforce good behavior


New Beginnings brings out the best in dogs By Patricia A. Scheyer

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When watching Karen Abell, owner of New Beginnings K-9 Training, with the dogs in her care, it is crystal clear that she loves dogs. Her building, located on Cox Avenue in Erlanger, is a tribute to everything she has learned from and about dogs, and from one dog in particular, Rocky, a Siberian Husky that she once rescued and owned. “When I was little, my mother said my first word was bird, and she was surprised it wasn’t dog,” Abell said with a laugh. “I am from a small town near Owensboro, Ky., and there I was known as the ‘dog trainer.’ I believe in positive reinforcement. At New Beginnings, we reward the good behavior, and it leads to better behavior, and a more satisfying relationship between dog and owner.” New Beginnings is a spacious day care center for dogs, which opened on June 1 of last year, with three indoor playrooms and two large outdoor play areas. But this day care is different from the time people come in the door. The rooms more resemble a home than a kennel, with floors specially designed for doggie toenails. Nowhere is the smell usually associated with dogs. Also missing is the sound of barking. “This is the first structured dog day care in the area,” said Abell, who has been a trainer and behaviorist for 14 years. “We have play time, exercise time and nap time. We don’t let the dogs run amok, because they exhaust themselves and then when the owner picks them up, they are too tired to interact with the family.” Abell will only allow up to eight dogs in any group. She and her two assistants make a point of getting to know each of the dogs, and their per-


Karen Abell loves interacting with the dogs, giving Callie a treat for doing what she is supposed to do. sonalities, so that after they have been with the dogs for a day, the dogs know what is expected of them, and they are rewarded when they use their good manners. “This day care isn’t based on punishment,” said Juanita Griffin, of Villa Hills, who brings her two cockapoos, Bogie and Putt Putt, to the center. “Karen is precise in her methodology, and while she trains, she teaches you about your dog. The thought here is that you respect your dog and the dog respects you.” Emily Krysanick, of Hebron, has a Newfoundland named Elsie, who is not yet 2, and she said she cried when she finally found Abell and learned her philosophy was the same as hers. “I had looked for about 10 months for a place for Elsie, and New Beginnings has just what I was looking for,” she said. “Karen is very concerned with the dog’s emotional health, and she keeps them calm and comfortable. The dogs don’t feel threatened, and

they are confident and happy.” Abell stresses that positive reinforcement is the technique used in zoos and at SeaWorld, and she believes science is proving it to be superior to other methods. She also believes in educating the public, and New Beginnings is equipped with an audiovisual system equal to most universities. The center hosts nationally recognized speakers, and all of the dates are published on her website,, as well as her philosophy and testimonials from customers. “You have to know what you’re doing when it comes to dogs,” Abell said. “What I offer people is a choice from traditional methods of day care and training, and I know it works. You can be guaranteed I will take a personal interest in your dog. They become part of my family here, and they deserve the best.” For more information, call 2826504.

In March, ‘eat right – and with color’ Each March the American Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month. This year the theme is “Eat Right with Color.” The message reminds us to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups. We should all include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy on our plates every day. Research tells us that

individuals who eat a healthy diet can reduce their risk of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and the signs of aging. When thinking of colors to add to your plate the easy choices are fruits and vegetables. They come in all colors of the rainbow. However, foods from other groups can add to the rainbow on your table. Add some salsa to an

entree. Serve a colorful salad on the side. Whip up some mashed sweet potatoes. Choose mixed fruit for dessert instead of a pastry. Add fresh, frozen, or dried fruit to cereal. Make a smoothie. Top fish with a colorful citrus salsa. Add tomato, lettuce, peppers, cucumber, and carrots

to your favorite sandwich. Discover different colors of rice and pasta. See how many different colors of beans you can include in your diet. Choose whole grain breads when possible. Add some chopped carrots, celery, onion, and pepper to your casseroles when possible. Make some soup that includes as many colors as

possible. Discover the different colors of cheese, yogurt, and milk. Eating should be a fun experience and adventure. Take time to enjoy the colors of the foods you choose. Then, savor the many flavors while eating. As several people have written “If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?” Start

today to make small improvements in Diane your eating Mason habits that Extension will add up to a lifetime of Notes better health. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.


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March 24, 2011


EDUCATION AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low-income taxpayers are eligible for tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns advised to seek professional assistance. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington. FOOD & DRINK

Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Joseph Academy, 48 Needmore St., Fried or baked fish, shrimp, children’s pizza dinner, desserts, drinks and sides. Cash drawing for those attending all six Fridays. Drive-through available. $40-$45 family dinners; $9.50 dinners; $6.50 seniors and children’s dinners; $5 child’s pizza dinner. 859-485-6444; Walton. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron. St. Timothy Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Timothy Parish, 10272 U.S. 42, Baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, shrimp dinner, pizza and desserts. Crafts and activities for children. Dine-in 5-7:30 p.m., drive-thru 4:30-7:30 p.m. Carryout available. $4-$8.50. 859-384-1100; Union. Lenten Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Special: Pan-seared jumbo shrimp skewers with sweet chipotle barbecue sauce. Chef’s special of the day or dinners and sandwiches. Includes fish, shrimp, crab cakes, sides, crab bisque and children’s meal. Carryout available. $1.50$9.50. 859-647-4072. Florence. Immaculate Heart of Mary Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5876 Veterans Way, Baked and fried fish, shrimp, grilled cheese, sides and more. Carryout available. $1-$6.50. 859-689-5010; Burlington.

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

In a League of Our Own: Play Ball! Knothole Baseball in Northern Kentucky, 15 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. Reservations required. 859-491-4003; Covington.



Revolver Presents the History of Rock, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Take a journey through the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll with local band Revolver. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Dark Moll, 3-4 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Irish music featuring ballads, reels, jugs, slip jigs, hornpipes, polkas and airs. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes. $10-$80. Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.


Men’s Basketball League, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $300. 859-3727754. Union. Basketball Summer Camp Sign-ups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $175. Registration required. 859-372-7754. Union.

Sundays by the Stove, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, With Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. 859334-3151. Boone County.


Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 2 8


Women’s Initiative: Business Women Connect Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m., Metropolitan Club, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Invite friends and coworkers to mix, mingle and meet new friends while enjoying happy hour drinks and appetizers. Open to all area professional women. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-578-8800; Covington.


Going without Gluten, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Basic informational session covers what gluten is, where it is found and some sample foods that do not have gluten. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-5866101. Burlington.


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


Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work, and get feedback. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. DIY Wedding, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Part 3: Learn about different centerpieces, table markers and favor box ideas. Budget-conscious ideas discussed at each session and participants create samples. $6. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron.


Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611; Walton. Art Social, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Bring your own supplies. Free. 859-485-7611. Walton. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 2 9


Hamlet, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Shakespeare classic. Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington.


Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. Through March 31. 859-3422665. Union.


Bingo, 12:20 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., All collected money goes to the winning players. $1 for two cards. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611. Walton. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 3 0


Karaoke, 7-11 p.m., Papa’s Pub, 290 Main St., Beer Garden. 859-371-5567. Florence.


Art Social, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, Free. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournaments, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, $3 cover charge, ten cents every euchre. 859485-7611; Walton.


Little Treasures Kids Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Former Circuit City Building, 8125 Mall Road, New and delicately used brand-name clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, equipment, maternity and more. Free. Presented by Little Treasures. 859-814-9632; Florence.


Men’s Basketball League, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $300. 859-3727754. Union.

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All Shook Up, 6-8 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Prepare a 30 second monologue and 16 bars of a rock musical or song from the Elvis era. May provide own accompaniment. Please no a capella auditions. Ages 6-12. Free. E-mail to schedule audition. Presented by Union Community Theatre. 859-907-4465; Union.


Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union.


Preschool Story Time, 10-10:45 a.m., Florence Alliance Church, 980 Cayton Road, Stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and snacks. Ages 5 and under. Theme: Children’s Stories from A-Z. Family friendly. Free. 859746-0706. Florence.


Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Dart Tournament, 8-10:30 p.m., Oakbrook Cafe, 6072 Limaburg Road, Free. 859-2828570; Burlington.


Bingo, 12:20 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, $1 for two cards. 859-485-7611. Walton.


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March 24, 2011

Celebrating the destruction of a bully Father Lou is off this week. This is a reprint of his column from April 11, 2010.

Most of us, or our children, have at some time experienced being bullied. A bully seeks to intimidate, induce fear, taunt, or control someone considered weaker than they. What a relief it is when a bully is overcome or deposed. Death is a bully! All though our lives it elicits fear in us. Like a threatening vulture awaiting its time, the specter of death (death anxiety) sits on the branches of the tree of life. Its presence leads us to have unhealthy fears about dying, losing people we love, or being deprived of everything we enjoy and value. In fact, the fear of death paralyzes some people so much it can lead to an overcautious living of life (life anxiety). “Why love anyone if someday

I’ll lose them?” “Why try to enter fully into life if it will someday come to a screeching halt?” whispers fearful minds too afraid of the Father Lou bully. Guntzelman A cartoon Perspectives depicts the opening to a dark cave and a set of two eyes peering out of the darkness. The caption underneath says: “If you’re very careful today, nothing good or bad will happen to you.” The bottom line of Christianity is our faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the deposing of the bully Death. Paul states the audaciousness of our faith, “For if Christ did not rise, then your faith is futile and

your sins have never been forgiven… and we, of all people, are the most to be pitied,” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19) Easter is the day we Christians celebrate Christ’s rising and his promise that we will rise, too. So we sing our Alleluias and celebrate. We take to heart the advice early Christians gave that it’s not right to be anything but joyful on Easter Day. We can go on fostering our fondest dreams of life and love, knowing our lives will eventually be transformed for the better and forever. The funeral liturgy affirms: “In him rose from the dead, our own hope of resurrection dawned. And now, the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality.” Poet John O’Donohue echoes the same point: “Regardless of how we configure the eternal, the human heart continues to dream

What a relief it is when a bully is overcome or deposed.

of a state of wholeness, a place where everything comes together, where loss is made good, where blindness will transform into vision, where damage will be made whole, where the clenched question will open in the house of surprise, where the travails of a life’s journey will enjoy a homecoming.” How timidly we state our triumphs and good health by the superstition of knocking on wood. We knock because it allegedly drowns out our boast. We fear that it we enjoy life too much the dreaded bully will return and wreak havoc on us. It’s as though we find it dangerous to hope for too much. Scripture does not yield to such superstition. Since God destroyed the biggest bully of ours, Death, scripture doesn’t knock on wood. It has no hesitation in announcing it loud and clear. In fact, scripture taunts the

bully of Death that still frightens God’s people so much. It shouts: “Death is swallowed up in victory! “So where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55) Furthermore, some people, such as the mystic poet Rilke, see Death being so totally vanquished it now serves us – almost as a friend. He writes, “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love. … This life always says Yes and No simultaneous. Death is the true Yea-sayer. It stands before eternity and says only: Yes.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Scouts visit Fort Knox

Twelve Boy Scouts and eight leaders from Troop 1 chartered by Florence Christian Church participated in a weekend campout and visit to Fort Knox. The troop stayed in a Cabin at Camp Carlson and enjoyed fun at the aquatic center and bowling alley on the base. The troop visited the fire station and weather station and had lunch at the post dining facility. Youth participants were: Brennen Jones, Noah Fredricks, Steven Boemker, Jake Anderson, Chase Sweeney, David Randall, Patrick Fales, Taylor Walker, Stephen Lee, Gary Deadmond, Andrew Murton and Ethan Harper.






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March 24, 2011


Sweet takes a back seat with these savory waffles One of the latest food trends is something that may seem foreign to many of you. It certainly seemed foreign to me Rita when I first Heikenfeld heard about Savory Rita’s them: waffles. kitchen That’s right, savory waffles, not sweet breakfast waffles bathed in syrup and topped with fruit and whipped cream, but waffles that are great “go withs” for poultry, seafood and beef, to name a few. I know what you’re thinking, but reserve that thought until you try them. I have a feeling you’ll soon be a fan, too. I have my own recipe for savory waffles, but I don’t measure everything exactly, so I was thrilled when I saw the perfect one to share with you in “Cuisine at Home” magazine. Here’s my adapted version, and you’ll have success, every time.


Savory waffles with chicken & gravy

Cook three to four minutes per side on medium high heat until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with freshly squeezed lemon and garnish with parsley if you have it.

Serves four.


Combine: 1 ⁄2 cup flour 1 ⁄2 cup cornmeal 11⁄2 teaspoons powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1-2 teaspoons seasoning Cayenne pepper – start with a pinch


Whisk in: 1 whole egg 1 egg white 1 ⁄2 cup milk 1 ⁄2 cup buttermilk Whisk egg mixture into flour mixture just until blended. Coat waffle iron with nonstick spray and pour in about a cup of batter. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions and keep warm while cooking chicken. (Or cook chicken first and keep that warm while making waffles).

Chicken & gravy 4


Caramel maple cream sauce


to taste or two




Enjoy your next piece of tilapia in browned butter. breasts or thighs, 6 oz. each, seasoned with salt, dried thyme and pepper 4 tablespoon each: flour and oil 11⁄2 to 13⁄4 cups milk Sliced green onions Maple syrup for serving Dredge chicken in flour and reserve leftover flour for gravy. Heat oil in skillet and add chicken, cooking until done, about 10 minutes. Add rest of flour to pan and whisk for a couple of minutes. Add milk and whisk to make a smooth gravy. Simmer until thickened, add onions and salt and pepper. To serve: top half a waf-

fle with chicken, 1⁄4 cup gravy and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Jack’s tilapia in browned butter

Take advantage of maple sugaring time with caramel maple cream sauce.

It’s maple syrup time here in our area, and soon you’ll be able to purchase the best maple syrup straight from the source. Here’s a rich sauce to serve over ice cream or fruit or to drizzle over yogurt topped with granola. 1

When you have a good piece of fish, you don’t have to do much to it to make it yummy. I season the tilapia with lemon pepper and seasoned salt, and then dredge it in flour. Jack, our 5-yearold grandson, declares fish in browned butter “is my favorite.” Film bottom of pan with a few tablespoons of butter. Let it get foamy and start to turn golden brown. Don’t let it burn.

⁄2 cup pure maple syrup ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄4 cup whipping cream or evaporated milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla 1

Combine in saucepan over medium heat and cook until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Continue to cook about five minutes. Store in refrigerator. Optional but good: Handful toasted nuts after cooking


Readers want to know

What is a Bouquet Garni? “My recipe calls for this but doesn’t say what it is.” It’s the traditional French seasoning for stews and other slow-cooked dishes. Usually, fresh herbs are tied together in a bouquet with kitchen string or enclosed in cheesecloth or piece of coffee filter to make a sachet. Make it with three sprigs fresh parsley, one sprig fresh thyme and one bay leaf. Remove after cooking. How big is a “sprig?” About 2 or so inches long, for the leafy part of the herb. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Ky. has ‘beefed up’ ag industry acre farm he owns in Shelby County. He said Russia is particularly interested in Kentucky cattle because of the great need for quality animals in that part of the world. At the same time, the United States is seeing a drop in beef production. “We just don’t have enough beef cattle right now,” he noted in response to a question. “The drought put a lot of farms out of business.” The growth in ethanol and other corn byproducts has been a boon to farmers in Kentucky, but the biofuels business has put a lot of stress on the agriculture industry, according to Rothenburger. Farmers are struggling to meet the demands for corn for food, for livestock feed and for bio-fuels. Kentucky universities are conducting a lot of bioresearch and appear to be close to some breakthroughs on advances in medicine, Rothenburger said. Ironically, medicinal uses for chemicals in tobacco are one of the focal points of research at the University of Kentucky. Producing crops as a food source still remains a

high priority in Kentucky agricultural circles, according to Rothenburger. He said the state now boasts about 145 farmers’ markets like the one in Boone County. “We’ve seen a huge surge in farmers’ markets because people want homegrown foods,” Rothenburger explained. “They have confidence in home-grown foods, and they taste better,


BUSINESS UDPATE Real estate veteran Dennis Ashcraft has joined the Coldwell Banker West Shell Northern Kentucky office at 10 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Ashcraft Hills. “I’m excited to join Coldwell Banker,” said Ashcraft. “The company offers great agent support systems and excellent training which will help me better serve my clients.” Ashcraft has been a licensed Realtor since 1975 and is the former owner of a real estate company. He worked with a nationally known home builder, was a five-year Gold Level producer and was also a real estate branch manager for 12

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meets on Mondays at noon at the Commonwealth Hilton on Turfway Road. For information about the weekly meetings, guest speakers, and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Greg Palmer, president. at or 859-282-1220. Visit the group’s website at Florence Rotary meets

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too.” Rothenburger will face state Rep. Jamie Comer of Tompkinsville in the May 17 GOP primary. Five candidates are running in the Democratic primary including Bob Farmer of Louisville, Stewart Gritton of Lawrenceburg, John Lackey of Richmond, David Williams of Glasgow and B.D. Wilson of Frankfort. Florence Rotary Club


Shelby County Judgeexecutive Rob Rothenburger says Kentucky has literally “beefed up” its agriculture industry in the wake of the decline in tobacco production. “We’ve seen successes and we’ve seen challenges,” said Rothenburger, a Republican candidate for commissioner of agriculture. “We’ve seen a lot of innovation in the agriculture industry over the past two decades. “Kentucky is now the largest beef-producing state east of the Mississippi River. We ship more cattle to overseas markets (than other states) because of genetics and breeding. We are producing superior animals.” Rothenburger outlined successes and challenges the $4.5 billion agriculture industry in Kentucky faces at a meeting of the Florence Rotary Club on March 14. In addition to the growth of the cattle industry, the commonwealth has seen encouraging increases in production of bio-fuels and bio-research at state universities, as well as a surge in farmers’ markets, he said. Rothenburger still runs a cow-calf operation on a 94-

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March 24, 2011


Make a plan for severe weather Are you ready if severe weather were to strike today? Boone County Emergency Management encourages all of us to carefully consider this question. March is Severe Storms Preparedness Month in Kentucky and all of us are reminded to improve our preparedness for severe weather. Try to remember three preparedness steps: 1. Make a plan. 2. Get a kit. 3. And get involved. The National Weather Service issues a â&#x20AC;&#x153;watchâ&#x20AC;?

when conditions are favorable for a particular weather event in areas identified by the watch. When a watch is issued the public should monitor NOAA Weather Radio and stay tuned to local media sources for additional information. The National Weather Service issues a â&#x20AC;&#x153;warningâ&#x20AC;? when severe weather is imminent or already occurring in the warning area. If a tornado warning is issued you should immediately seek appropriate shelter. Go to the lowest level of the structure and put as

many walls as possible between you and the outside. Stay away from windows and doors. Remember mobile homes and vehicles offer no protection so make sure you go into a nearby sturdy structure in advance of the storm. In Boone County outdoor warning sirens are activated for tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings when the county is under a tornado watch. The sirens are sounded to alert persons involved in outdoor activities that

severe weather is approaching. When the sirens sounds you should take cover, tune into to NOAA weather radio or local media for additional information and take action to protect yourself. Remember that the outdoor warning sirens are not intended to be heard inside of homes or buildings. Everyone should have a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and battery backup to receive severe weather alerts when indoors. For more information, go to or call 334-2279.

Hospice of Bluegrass helps deal with grief issues Hospice of the Bluegrassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; professional bereavement counselors working in conjunction with its social workers and chaplains are offering a variety of options to those in the community who are trying to navigate through the grief process during or after the death of a loved one. For some, just knowing that there are others on similarly difficult paths toward healing is a help For others, finding a place that honors and has

experience with that grief experience is a first step. A Spouse Loss Breakfast will take place 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Administrative Suites, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence. Breakfast will be offered for those who are dealing with the death of a spouse to foster understanding and provide an opportunity for socialization. The program will include

an educational presentation on grief to facilitate coping along griefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey. RSVP is required to Pat Town, 441-6332, ptown@ Creatively Speaking: Family Art Therapy Workshop will be presented 6-8 p.m. March 28, April 25, May 16, Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. It will take place at Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence. The art therapy work-

shop is designed to foster communication, build coping skills and create a support network for families. RSVP is required to Marshae at 859-441-6332 or Table Talk will be offered 3:30-5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Campbell County Public Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas. This is a caregiver support group. There is no charge to attend.

YMCA to honor Union teenager Union resident Melissa Cunha, a student at Villa Madonna Academy, is being honored April 11 by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as one of 40 YMCA Character Award recipients. With youth development being one of the YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core focus areas, the YMCA Character Awards are an opportunity to celebrate young people who exemplify the Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. The YMCA Character Awards Event will begin at 6 p.m. on April 11 at the School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati. Cunhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite life quote is this message from Dr. Seuss: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cry because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over, smile because it happened.â&#x20AC;? The sophomore high school student who juggles her time between athletic, academic and community service responsibilities has said she wants to be most


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unnoticed. Cunha was recognized at YMCA Camp Ernst with an award for her tireless energy and benevolence to others. At school she helped raise $900 for a charity that helps hospitalized children who are alone and is looking forward to becoming a mentor. She has coached a sixth-grade volleyball team, participated in the national March for Life, and helped people in other countries through a Christian outreach program. Tickets for the YMCA Character Awards Event are $25 per adult and $10 per youth; and can be purchased by calling 513-9613200.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Travis E. Brady graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Travis is the son of Lillian Brady of Florence and a 2001 graduate from Boone County High School.

givers,” she said. The grant allows the center to have a qualified mental health therapist trained in evidence-based assessment and treatment on site two days each week. Located in Florence, the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization that provides services to children that have been sexually abused, severely physically abused and children who have witnessed violent crimes. In addition, the NKCAC provides supportive services for non-offending parents, caregivers, siblings, family members and professionals. The center serves Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties. The website is For more about your community, visit

Question: I want to plant some apple trees that I won’t have to spray. Is there such a thing? Answer: That is a tall order, indeed! Any apple tree is susceptible to attack from various insects and diseases, but the University of Kentucky has done research to determine which varieties or cultivars are most resistant to these problems. In general, fruit trees will require several sprays, even if you are using resistant varieties and organic sprays, to produce quality fruits. Those sprays must begin in early March, when the tree is dormant, and continue throughout the spring and summer every one to two weeks. An apple tree usually is one of the first fruit crops backyard fruit growers think about planting in their yard. However, they are one of the more difficult fruit crops to grow, primarily because of the wide range of pests that like them. Kentucky fruit growers must contend with various apple disease problems such as fire blight, cedar apple rust, frogeye leaf spot, powdery mildew and apple scab. Of these, the last one is one of the more difficult diseases for home fruit growers to combat. Apple scab is a fungus that causes lesions on the fruit and can also defoliate the tree and





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Elizabeth A. McGowan, 31, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Interstate 75, Feb. 17. Johnny R. Sizemore, 18, assault at 12153 Lower River Rd., Feb. 17. Tera B. Garnett, 20, alcohol intoxication in a public place at North Bend Rd., Feb. 18. Lindsay L. Middleton, 19, DUI at North Bend Rd., Feb. 18. Paula R. Winters, 42, driving on suspended license at Villa Dr., Feb. 19. Dennis P. Moeller, 34, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 500 Mt. Zion Rd., Feb. 19. Mary P. Woodward, 23, shoplifting at Burlington Pk., Feb. 18. Tim R. Little, 41, shoplifting at Burlington Pk., Feb. 18. Kelley L. Johnson, 33, DUI, careless

driving at I-75 southbound, Feb. 19. Mark D. Burgin, 31, second-degree robbery, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at I-75 southbound, Feb. 19. Larry D. Newton, 37, second-degree robbery at I-75 southbound, Feb. 19. Amberlee N. Foley, 31, shoplifting, second-degree possession of a controlled substance at 7625 Doering Dr., Feb. 19. Amberlee N. Foley, 31, seconddegree promoting contraband at 3200 Conrad Ln., Feb. 19. Joseph W. Alig, 34, first-degree robbery, resisting arrest, third-degree assault on a police officer at 100 Meijer Dr., Feb. 20. David Navarette-Padilla, 19, operating a motor vehicle without a license at I-75 northbound, Feb. 20. John Doe, 23, operating a motor

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vehicle without a license at Quinn Dr., Feb. 20. William M. Young II, 18, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license at 59 Circle Dr., Feb. 21. Jason M. Strunk, 22, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Feb. 14. James M. Lykins, 46, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident at Fuller St., Feb. 14. Tracy R. Mahoney, 39, shoplifting at Burlington Pk., Feb. 14. William J. Walker, 30, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Feb. 14. Carolyn M. Baddeley, 46, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., Feb. 14. Leo R. Earls, 33, DUI, reckless driving at Dixie Hwy. and Empire Dr., Feb. 15. Christina M. Shumway, 33, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at U.S. 42, Feb. 15. Nathaniel S. Alford, 18, possession of marijuana at U.S. 42 and Mall Rd., March 10. Jason W. Loze II, 19, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 7485 Carole Ln., March 9. Nicholas A. Rose, 22, possession of drug paraphernalia at 7485 Carole Ln., March 9. Adam R. Yost, 22, possession of drug paraphernalia at 7485 Lenore Ln., March 9. John H. Yost II, 24, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivating marijuana (less than five plants) at 7485 Lenore Ln., March 9. Christa M. Weiskittel, 39, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., March 9. Chelsie L. Helton, 21, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Circle Rd., March 9. Nathan L. Wartman, 23, DUI at Burlinton Pk. and Hopeful Church Rd., March 9. Trevor L. Pindell, 25, second-degree escape at 3020 Conrad Ln., March 8. Autumn L. Massey, 29, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., March 7. Justin D. Phillips, 29, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., March 7. Eric N. Follis, 37, receiving stolen property under $10,000 at Burlington Pk. and Commerce Dr., March 7. William J. Foltz, 23, receiving stolen property under $10,000 at 7810 Commerce Dr., March 7. Christy S. Morgan, 28, theft at 7130 New Buffington Dr., March 7. Joshua S. Massey, 28, receiving stolen property under $10,000 at 8224 Dixie Hwy., March 7. Maurilio Vazquez, 33, DUI, reckless driving at U.S. 42 and Ewing

Blvd., March 6. Robert C. Lightfoot, 59, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at U.S. 42 and Sycamore Dr., March 6. Chris S. Mudd, 33, shoplifting at 100 Meijer Dr., March 5. Cody A. Louden, 18, possession of marijuana at Alan St. and Lawrence Dr., March 5. Mark W. Powers, 48, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., March 5. Robert A Beckwith, 18, possession of marijuana at Carry Back Ln., Feb. 20. Joshua W Neal, 24, disorderly conduct at 1000 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Feb. 19. Lauren R Anderson, 19, possession and/or use by minors prohibited at 2449 Venetian Way, Feb. 20. Kendall R Brandenburg, 48, DUI at Interstate 71, Feb. 20. Jonathan E Goodridge, 29, DUI at Interstate 275, Feb. 20. Kendall R Brandenburg, 48, following another vehicle too closely at Interstate 71, Feb. 20. Roger G Koeninger, 46, DUI at Interstate 275, Feb. 12.



Victim assaulted by subject at 7864 Commerce Dr., March 5. Reported at 8039 Burlington Pk., Dec. 10. Reported at 7578 Hillcrest Dr., Dec. 11. Reported at 2332 Northmoor Ln., Feb. 14. Reported at 2873 Douglas Dr., Feb. 16. Reported at 12153 Lower River Rd., Feb. 17.


Reported at McVille Rd., Feb. 14. Jewelry stolen at 7554 Canterbury Ct., Dec. 2. Clothes stolen at 2 Beverly Pl., Dec. 2. Electronics stolen at 7822 Riehl Dr., Dec. 2. Jewelry stolen at 7373 Turfway Rd., Dec. 5. Reported at 383 Sunnybrook Dr., Dec. 6.

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Structures damaged at White Pine Cir., Feb. 14. Structures damaged at 12277 Lower River Rd., Feb. 14. Reported at 1950 Blue Hebron Pt., Feb. 14. Vehicle damaged at 12316 Lower River Rd., Feb. 14. Structures damaged at 3401 Queensway Dr., Feb. 15. Vehicle damaged at 1830 Airport Exchange Blvd., Feb. 16. Structures damaged at 6914 Gordon Blvd., Feb. 18. Vehicle damaged at 755 Petersburg Rd., Feb. 19. Vehicle damaged at 1723 Promontory

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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 647-5420. Dr., Feb. 19. Vehicle damaged at 2173 Antoinette Way, Dec. 1. Vehicle damaged at 1100 Hansel Ave., Dec. 1. Vehicle damaged at 213 Buckingham Dr., Dec. 1. Electronics stolen at 7373 Turfway Rd., Dec. 3. Structures damaged at 8509 U.S. 42, Dec. 2. Structures damaged at 7000 Shenandoah Dr., Dec. 5. Reported at 6909 Dixie Hwy., Dec. 9. Vehicle damaged at 7570 Hillcrest Dr., Dec. 9. Structures damaged at 7130 New Buffington, Dec. 10. Vehicle damaged at 7860 Mall Rd., Dec. 12. Vehicle vandalized at Diane Dr., March 7. Property vandalized at 7536 Canterbury Ct., March 7. Property vandalized at 223 Main St., March 6. Vehicle vandalized at 7584 Canterbury Ct., March 6. Property vandalized at 7500 Turfway Rd., March 5.

Criminal possession of forged instrument

Money seized at 3504 Mall Rd., Dec. 6. Reported at 6712 Dixie Hwy., Dec. 6.

Criminal trespassing

Reported at 150 Roger Ln., Dec. 12.


Subject escaped the Boone County Jail and was later captured at 3020 Conrad Ln., March 8.


Subject tried to write a bad check at 7200 Houston Rd., March 7.

Fraudulent use of credit card

Reported at 1174 Mall Rd., Dec. 1.

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Officers discovered narcotics and paraphernalia at 7064 Curtis Ave., March 6. Subject left the scene of an injury accident at Circle Dr., Feb. 21.


Electronics seized at 625 Chestnut Dr., Feb. 17.

Receiving stolen property

Firearms recovered at 745 Ridgeview Rd., Feb. 15.


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Vehicle parts stolen at 1086 Burlington Pk., Feb. 14. Money stolen at 755 Petersburg Rd., Feb. 14. Vehicle parts stolen at 1154 Burlington Pk., Feb. 15. Shoplifting at 9950 Berberich Dr., Feb. 15. Shoplifting at 8577 Dixie Hwy., Feb. 16. Clothes stolen at 10807 Omaha Trce., Feb. 16. Money stolen at 7626 Doering Dr., Feb. 17. Jewelry stolen at 2506 Spring Mill Pl.,

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Victim threatened with violence by subject at 6905 Oakwood Dr., March 10. Victim threatened with violence by subject at 996 Trellises Dr., March 8. Reported at 8940 Merchants St., Feb. 21. Reported at 7747 Mall Rd., Dec. 9. Reported at 8699 U.S. 42, Dec. 10.

Feb. 17. Vehicle parts stolen at 70 Precision Dr., Feb. 18. Property stolen at 285 Shorland Dr., Feb. 18. Subject tried to steal goods from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pk., Feb. 18. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Feb. 19. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Feb. 14. Subject tried to steal goods from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pk., Feb. 14. Subject tried to steal items from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Feb. 14. Subject tried to steal goods from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pk., Feb. 14. Victim’s vehicle broken into and items taken at 7350 Turfway Rd., Feb. 19. Victim’s vehicle broken into and items taken at 350 Meijer Dr., Feb. 19. Victim’s vehicle broken into and items taken at 8050 Holiday Pl., Feb. 15. Subject caught stealing goods from the Florence Mall at 5000 Mall Rd., March 9. Subject caught stealing goods from the Florence Mall at 5000 Mall Rd., March 9. Subject tried to steal goods from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pk., March 7. Subject tried to steal goods from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pk., March 7. Subject tried to steal items from Best Buy at 100 Meijer Dr., March 5. Subject tried to steal goods from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pk., March 5. Items stolen from business at Tanners Gate Dr., March 7. Items stolen from parking lot at 7130 New Buffington Dr., March 7. Subject stole gasoline at Burlington Pk., March 6. Items stolen at 7830 Commerce Dr., March 6. Subject stole victim’s credit card and used it on multiple occasions at 411 Mount Zion Rd., March 6. Vehicle stolen at 7950 Dixie Hwy., Feb. 23. Cold checks at 7820 U.S. 42, Dec. 1. Money stolen at 38 Bustetter Dr., Dec. 2. Reported at 8584 Almahurst Trc., Dec. 4. Credit cards stolen at 1035 Vandercar Way, Dec. 3. Firearms stolen at 7656 Catawba Ln., Dec. 5. Money stolen at 8050 U.S. 42, Dec. 5. Money stolen at 7627 Ewing Blvd., Dec. 6. Credit cards stolen at 8055 U.S. 42, Dec. 7. Electronics stolen at 7310 Turfway Rd., Dec. 8. Electronics stolen at 8405 U.S. 42, Dec. 9. Money stolen at 6501 Dixie Hwy., Dec. 8. Electronics stolen at 205 Kentaboo Ave., Dec. 9. Jewelry stolen at 15 Quiet Creek Dr., Dec. 11.

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DEATHS Charles F. Dedden

Charles F. Dedden, 43, of Crescent Springs, died March 17, 2011, in Burlington. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Barbara Dedden of Florence; son, Tyler Dedden of Covington; daughter, Stacey Dedden of Covington; brother, Donald Dedden of Elsmere; and sisters, Debra Shackleford of Piner, Pamela Jones of Elsmere, Charlotte Wayman and Constance Snipes, both of Independence. Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Madison Avenue Christian Church, Covington. Memorial Service will follow. Burial will be in Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Dedden College Fund, c/o of Karen Dedden at any Fifth Third Bank.

Xavier Clark Durfee

Xavier Clark Durfee, 18 months old, of Florence, died March 19, 2011. His interests included Mickey Mouse, Elmo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, clock chimes and airplanes. Survivors include his parents, Adam C. and Erica J. Alvord Durfee; grandparents, Nanna and Pop Durfee, Gramma and Grandpa Alvord; and beloved pet, Paxil. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

Donald Foltz

Donald Foltz, 80, of Alexandria, died March 9, 2011, at his home. He was an electrician for M.E. Foltz Trucking and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include his wife, Janet Foltz; daughter, Donna Carter of Independence; sons, Douglas Foltz of Erlanger, Dennis Foltz of Independence and Paul Rector of Alexandria; brother, Edward Foltz of Florence; sisters, Janet Blackburn of Florence and Virginia Hall of Walton; 13 grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

James Allen Green Sr.

James Allen Green Sr., 71, of Covington, died March 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and a friend of “Chili Rick” and Gold Star Chili in Bellevue. Survivors include his sons, James Allen Green Jr. of Weatherford, Texas, and Ronald Wayne Fryman of Covington; daughters, Debbie Pyles of Union, Angie Langen of Connersville, Ind., and Bonnie Bleser of Bellevue; brothers, Donnie Green of San Diego, Calif., Walter Hill of Cincinnati and Joe Green of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Mary Gay of Frankfort; and 11 grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Adrienne Roden Harris

Adrienne J. Broome Roden Harris, 74, died March 13, 2011, at JFK Medical Center in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was a retired teacher with the Erlanger/Elsmere and Kenton County Schools. She was a member of Trinity Church International and VFW in Boynton Beach, Fla., and former member of Heritage Fellowship in Florence. Her husband, Wilson Broome Jr. of Florence, and a sister, Melanie Zite of Nephi, Utah, died previously. Survivors include sons, William Broome of Prescott, Ariz., and James Broome of Hebron; daughter, Kathleen Trotta of Burlington; brother, Richard Roden of Taylor Mill; sister, Melinda Spiro of Boynton Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and dear friend and companion, Nicholas D’Alessio of Hobe Sound, Fla. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.


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Marcia Kramer

Marcia “Marcy” Kramer, 81, of Florence, died March 13, 2011, at her residence. She was a member of Sunny Sessions Homemakers, Kentucky Genealogical Society and a secretary for Mary, Queen of Heaven Church. Survivors include her husband, Dick Kramer; daughters, Mary Scott, Dr. Susy Kramer and Peggy Niehoff; son, Richard J. Kramer; 11 grandchildren; and sister, Jane Wiehoff. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood KY 41017.

Evelyn Moore

Evelyn Moore, 79, of Butler, died March 20, 2011, at her home. Her brother, Nelson Hess, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Elwood Moore; sons, Keith Moore of Union and Brent Moore of Butler; daughter, Ann Ryan of Falmouth; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Butler.

Derek Rawls

Derek Rawls, 24, of Independence, died March 11, 2011, at his residence. He was a painter, former co-

Margaret Catherine Arthon Rolph, 91, of Florence, died March 19, 2011. She was a retired sales clerk for Elder-Berman. Her husband, William F. Rolph, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Rose Bradford, and three grandchildren. Burial was in Confidence Cemetery, Georgetown, Ohio. Memorials: Covington Ladies Home.

William C. Shults

William C. Shults, 59, of Florence, died March 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his wife, Victoria; children, Tyler and Shannon; sisters, Mary Kay Bowman and Helen Spitzmueller; and two grandchildren. Disposition was cremation.



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Charles F. Siefert

Charles F. Siefert, 67, of Covington, died March 15, 2011, at his residence. Survivors include his sisters, Gloria Steffen and Patricia Newkirk of Florence and Anita Francis of Manchester, Ohio.

Richard Strickland

Richard “Dick” Strickland, 77, of Florence, formerly of Williamsville, N.Y., died March 19, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired manager for ITT and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Strickland; daughter, Diane Strickland of Cleveland, Ohio; sons, Mark Strickland of Buffalo, N.Y., and Gary Strickland of Southboro, Mass.; and three grandchildren. Interment of cremains will be in Williamsville, N.Y. at a later date. Memorials: American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Jerry Wayne Taylor

Jerry Wayne Taylor, 76, of Dayton, died March 19, 2011, at his residence. He was vice president of manufacturing with Littleford Day in Norwood, Ohio, a member of the Henry

Barnes Masonic Lodge and member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Dayton. Survivors include his wife, Donna Taylor; son, Steve Taylor of Fort Thomas; daughter, Jennifer Staton of Rotonda West, Fla.; brothers, Elden Taylor and Frank Taylor, both of Van Wert, Ohio; sister, Nancy Wilson of Florence; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Butler Cemetery. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Dayton, 501 Dayton Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.

Nelda Gross White

Nelda Marie Gross White, 83, of Florence, formerly of Fort Thomas, died March 14, 2011, at Eastgate Springs Health Care Center in Eastgate, Ohio. She was a homemaker, member of First Christian Church of Fort Thomas and the Christian Women Fellowship and sang in the choir. She was a former secretary for the City of Fort Thomas, worked for Hank Pogue and associates, and Charlie Best Furniture. Survivors include her husband, Donald “Pete” White; daughter, Vicki Allen of Cold Spring; sons, Tim White of Florence and David White of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Martha Deane McCloy of Newtown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: First Christian Church of Fort Thomas, 1031 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

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owner of M & D Painting and a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed sports and loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his mother, Sherry McDonald of Florence; father, Mark Rawls of Walton; stepmother, Vanessa Rawls of Walton; stepfather, Chris McDonald of Independence; twin sister, Erika Rawls of Independence; sister, Taylor Gail McDonald of Florence; brothers, Jordan Rawls and Keifer Mulberry of Walton; grandparents, Ed and Alice Rawls of Independence, John and Allie Carney of Union, Willard Peters of Bath County, Ky., and Carole Eaton of Independence; and fiancé, Katessa Simmons. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.


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