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Can you guess the Mystery Photo?

This week’s “Mystery Photo” is shown here. Can you identify the building along with the community where it is located? The third person to identify this location will be mentioned May 5. Do not call until noon Thursday, April 21. E-mail your answer to You may also call 859-578-1059. We will accept only calls and emails after noon Thursday. Results of this week’s Mystery Photo will be published May 5.

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With eight children of their own, Jerilyn and Bill Butler of Walton decided a square dancing club was needed for both adults and children. The Southern Stars Square Dancing group formed three years ago and members meet once a month to tap their feet and do si do. LIFE, B1

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Landen Patton, 5, and his 3-year-old brother Devin, of Union, collect a lot of eggs at the annual Easter egg hunt at the Union Community Center Saturday. It took place despite pouring rain.

City gets rubber mulch grant By Justin B. Duke

Florence is getting some help from the state to spruce up two parks. Florence was awarded a $13,400 grant to add crumb rubber to Stringtown Park and the Boone County Veterans Memorial. Crumb rubber, made from recycled scrap tires, is used for mulch on playgrounds to enhance durability and safety; for fitness/walking tracks, for landscaping; and for safety benefits and reduction in soil degradation on athletic fields. The grant is part of a total of

$400,000 in grants given by Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to put crumb rubber in facilities across the state. In Florence, crumb rubber will replace the mulch at the veterans memorial. Crumb rubber comes in a variety of colors, and the city will choose a calming color to add to the serene atmosphere of the memorial, said Vanessa Lenear, parks and recreation administrator. “It really accents the area,” Lenear said. Fitness equipment stations will be added along the walking trail in Stringtown Park. The crumb rubber will be used as the mulch in the stations, she said.

By getting the crumb rubber through the grant, Florence should save money. Crumb rubber lasts about 10 years as opposed to mulch that needs to be replaced annually, Lenear said. “You just have to fluff it up every once in a while,” she said. This will cut down on the amount of time maintenance employees spend mulching, Lenear said. The grant covers 75 percent the cost of the mulch and transportation. Florence is required to pay $3,350 and the expenses related to installation. For more about your community, visit

Flooding causes problems By Stephanie Salmons

Several incidents around Boone County were attributed to Tuesday’s stormy weather and the rain it dumped on the area. According to Boone County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tom Scheben, Ryle Road was closed in addition to Richwood Road at Hicks Pike down to Chambers Road. Flooding across the roadways occurred at Hicks Pike at Harrison Road, Frogtown Road near U.S. 42, Mt. Zion Road near Gunpowder, Weatherington and again at Golden Pond, Gunpowder at Sunnybrook and Beaver Road near McCoys Fork. Rain was expected Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, after Recorder deadline. Crews in Union had two separate incidents with people stranded in or on their cars that were stuck in water, said Joe Maher, assistant chief of the Union Fire District. There were several other instances where stranded individ-

A charity founder was named this year’s top citizen. Chris Caddell, of Burlington, was named the Florence Rotary Club’s 2011 Citizen of the Year. Professionally, Caddell is an assistant vice president for Heritage Bank and manages the bank’s Fort Wright branch. Caddell’s passion is for Lifeline Ministries, which he founded six years ago. Lifeline started when Caddell’s father received cardiac surgery and Caddell saw care baskets delivered to his family. Caddell started making similar baskets for patients in St. Elizabeth’s cardiac department. “We began in my basement,” Caddell said. In the first 42 months, the ministry delivered 25,000 care baskets and grew to a pace of delivering more than 1,000 a month. “It grew so quickly,” Caddell said. In 2008. the ministry outgrew Caddell’s basement. They decided to take on meeting tangible needs of the community. A facility was set up in Elsmere where families could come in and get food, clothes, furniture and other items. “We offer anything we can to help equip their houses with,” Caddell said. Lifeline Ministries now provides items for hundreds of families and has grown to a team of about 200 volunteers. Florence Rotary gives the award to those who exemplify their motto of “service above self,” said Herbert Booth, chairman of the award committee. “Sometimes it’s pretty tough to pick a winner, but he stood out from all the nominees,” Booth said. Caddell will be honored at the Monday, April 25, Florence Rotary Club meeting. To attend, call Shona Schulkers at the Florence Hilton at 859-372-9662. The luncheon costs $15. For more information about Lifeline Ministries or to help volunteer, call 859-727-3733 or visit Lifeline is located at 4115 Dixie Highway in Elsmere. For more about your community, visit


Flooding on a service road in the Triple Crown neighborhood is shown Tuesday morning. uals were rescued by “good Samaritans.” He urged drivers to use caution and to not drive through water in the roads. On Tuesday morning, Love Alive Montessori Preschool located in the Richwood Presbyterian Church decided to evacuate as a precaution.

“The water was pretty high, so we took the children to McDonald’s and had their parents pick them up,” said director Marcy Thompson. “It was a field trip,” she said. The evacuation was mostly so

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Chris Caddell, founder of Lifeline Ministries, was named the Florence Rotary Club's 2011 Citizen of the Year.


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Company plans to expand By Stephanie Salmons

Boone County officials unanimously approved a zoning map amendment that may pave the way for a local manufacturer to expand. The amendment was for 7.06 acres of a nearly 10acre lot located at 8299 Dixie Highway – the former site of 84 Lumber near the intersection of Dixie High-

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A new statewide program which aims to prevent foreclosures debuted last week, but a Northern Kentucky agency has been piloting the program since January. The Kentucky Unemployment Bridge program is a new loan option for eligible homeowners to assist them in making their mortgage payments. To be eligible, the homeowner must have experienced a job loss or reduction in income due to changing

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County Administrator Jeff Earlywine told commissioners a submitted plan includes a building of more than 100,000 square feet with potential for two future phases that could “basically double” the site to a little more than 200,000 square feet. The project is essentially an expansion of the Mubea campus across the road, Earlywine said. “We value Mubea and what they mean to our community,” Moore said. For more about your community, visit

Program helps those facing foreclosure By Stephanie Salmons

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way, Weaver Road and Richardson Road. Requested was a change from C-3 to I-2 for Mubea USA to construct a new manufacturing facility that will produce “state of the art” metals used in the production of automobile parts. According to Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore, the project would eventually result in an economic development project. The capital expense for the project is nearly $40 million and includes property, equipment and construction. Initially, the expansion will bring about 100 new


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economic conditions through no fault of their own and demonstrate a need for assistance, among other requirements. The maximum amount of assistance is $20,000 or 12 months, whichever comes first. Kentucky was chosen to receive federal money for the program because of the state’s high unemployment rate, said Stephanie Stiene, financial services director at the Brighton Center. The Kentucky Housing Corporation selected the Brighton Center to represent the state in the program’s development, Stiene said. “We typically serve on average between 14 and 18 counties, so we have the capacity to reach out to some of those southern and rural areas, to provide the same resources to them as well,” she said.

According to Ashley Pate, a financial services specialist with the Brighton Center, the organization is the only HUD agency in the state that has offered the program this long. In a recent presentation, Pate said there were 176 foreclosures in Northern Kentucky during January which accounts for approximately 15 percent of foreclosures in the state. Some 46 of those occurred in Boone County, Pate said, with 19 more foreclosures happening in February. The earlier a homeowner seeks foreclosure prevention assistance, the more options are available, he said. Individuals facing these challenges should contact their mortgage company and be honest, Pate said. “If you don’t, the lender doesn’t know and the lender can’t help you,” Pate

said. Pate said he expects foreclosure rates to climb in the future. “Unemployment is growing in this state, therefore this could grow.” In addition to high unemployment rates – Boone County’s unemployment rate is around 9.1 percent – adjustable rate mortgages, which reset in 2008, are due to reset again soon, Pate said. “That’s why we’re trying to be preventive and get this solved now,” he said. Newport-based Brighton Center is social service agency that offers a variety of programs. For more information about the Unemployment Bridge program, or other foreclosure prevention programs, contact the Brighton Center at 859-491-8303, ext. 2323.

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The April 14 photo was Verona High School. Marvin Phelps of Verona was the fifth 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.


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parents didn’t have to cross flooding roads, Thompson said. “We were never in any danger in the building,” she said. The flooding should have no effect on the church’s plans for Holy Week services, although the Easter Egg Hunt may be moved indoors if it is too muddy, Thompson said. Union crews had reports of multiple house floodings, Maher said. A large propane tank also broke free and pushed up against

a garage near Kite Lane and Beaver Road because of the water, Maher said. They had received 12 calls in about a two-hour span, he said, which is “way more than normal.” Scheben of the sheriff’s department was uncertain about the total number of calls but said dispatch had been “pretty active,” with many calls coming in about debris in the roadways. Reporter Justin B. Duke contributed to this story. For breaking weather-related news in Boone County, go to

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One-year-old Everett Kline, of Union, is fascinated that the plastic egg comes open and something is inside at the annual Easter egg hunt in Union Saturday.

One-year-old Charlie Thompson, of Union, is very excited to find an egg during the annual Easter egg hunt in Union.



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BRIEFLY Union plans Good Friday fish fry

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Cleanup set for April 23

Volunteers can help clean up litter in Boone County Saturday, April 23, as part of the Great American Cleanup. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon and there will be three cleanup sites. Volunteers can meet at the the Rabbit Hash General Store, in Florence at 7850 Tanners Lane (across from

Goodwill at the public services building) and at the Walton City Building. Volunteers will receive lunch, snacks and a T-shirt. Call 334-3151 or email

PVA inspections planned next week

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will be inspecting Chris Chad, Edward Heights, Bearcat Crossing, Francis Court, The Downs, Tree Lane, Stacy Acres, Benton and Ben-

ton, Bert Park subdivision, Chamber Heights, George Ryan subdivision, Chris Brook subdivision, Kelfken Estates, Porterfield Acres and new construction throughout Boone County during the week of April 25. Do not be alarmed if you see staff members in these areas. They will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. If you have any questions, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arlinghaus@boonecoun

Spring cleanup set week of April 25

A Boone County “spring cleanup” is planned for Monday, April 25, through Sunday, May 1. Citizens can bring their “junk” for free disposal to two locations – Boone County Public Works, Maplewood Drive, Burlington, and the Union Pool, Old Union Road, Union. The county will only take items on days specified between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but cannot take liquid waste, hazardous waste, paint, dirt or anything from businesses. Only four tires per load are allowed. Call 334-3151. For city cleanups, call Florence at 647-5416 and Walton at 4854383.

Masonic Lodge to hold Easter Egg Hunt

Lodge No. 304 will hold its 23rd annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday, April 23, at Big Bone Lick State Park. This longstanding tradition is a highlight for the Masonic Lodge as part of its community outreach. A total of 2,000 eggs will be hidden for children in three different age groups. In addition, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance, along with special prizes for special eggs that are found. Each year, the BooneUnion Masonic Lodge holds this free event for the public and the children always have fun. Please tell anyone with children to come out and enjoy the day. The event will be held rain or shine at the lower level shelter house. Watch for news updates throughout the week at and

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Raiderettes end season with national trophy By Justin B. Duke

A wild season closed with a familiar victory for the Ryle dance team. The Raiderettes finished the year by winning first place in pom division of the Ameridance Nationals in Indianapolis for the third straight year. The competition capped a year highlighted by performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and several other events around the area. “It was nice to get back to what we knew we were good at,” said senior Emily Kelly.

Kelly is one of the team’s five seniors who got to end their careers as Raiderettes with the national championship. “It meant a lot to share one more moment together,” Kelly said. Many of the seniors have been dancing together since middle school and that chemistry is why they’ve been so successful, said senior Mallory Gardner, the team’s captain. “We’re really great friends,” Gardner said. Ending the season was a bittersweet moment because of all of the memories the seniors shared together, Kelly said.

“We’ve done a lot of stuff this year we’ve never done before,” she said. The 12-member team is losing its five seniors, but the future looks good for the Raiderettes, Kelly said. “I think they’re going to do a really good job,” she said. The remaining Raiderettes will have to work hard, but a fourth national title is not out of reach, Gardner said. “They’re going to have a very new team, but they can do it,” she said. For more about your community, visit


Ryle’s dance team seniors celebrate winning a national championship in their last event as Raiderettes.

Longbranch students earn dinner for 150 homeless By Justin B. Duke


Learning healthy living

Second-graders at Yealey Elementary participated in a schoolwide Five-A-Day Challenge sponsored by Northern Kentucky Health Department. Students were encouraged to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily for one week and track their progress. They planned healthy meals, analyzed meals to determine if they were balanced, and learned about the importance of being Heart Healthy.

A group of Union students turned their chores into a way to help the less fortunate. Second-graders at Longbranch Elementary did chores at home to raise money to provide meals for the Fairhaven Rescue Mission in Covington. Second-grade teacher Susan Alig started the effort eight years ago when she taught at Stephens Elementary after learning how little it cost for Fairhaven to provide a meal. “We got a postcard in the mail,” Alig said. When Alig moved to Longbranch, she brought it with her because of how serious the school

is about helping, she said. “Longbranch is fully committed to community service,” Alig said. Alig stressed to parents that she didn’t just want parents to give the students money to take to school. “We asked the parents to ask the kids to work for the money,” she said. To keep track of how many meals were paid for, Alig decorated a wall in the school to look like a dinner table. Students would put their name on plates to hang on the wall for each $1.92 they raised. Students ended up earning 150 meals for Fairhaven. “The success isn’t just the collection of the money, but that kids worked for it,” Alig said. After the money was raised,

Fairhaven director David Hammers came to Longbranch to accept the money and speak to students about where their money was going. “It really struck a nerve with the kids,” Alig said. Hammers took the poster of the table and the plates with kids’ names and hung it up at Fairhaven and explained to the men who were there how students in Boone County cared for them and raised the money for their meal. Longbranch’s relationship with Fairhaven will continue past raising money. Teachers are planning to serve at Fairhaven over the summer, Alig said. For more about your community, visit

New Haven has runner-up for Teacher of the Year ily Literacy Nights where families are offered transA teacher with a passion for litportation, a meal eracy got her chance in the and take-home national spotlight. activities for atLisa Lokesak, third-grade risk families to teacher at New Haven Elementary do together to in Union, was named runner-up help improve litfor the 2011 Toyota Family Liter- Lokesak eracy. acy Teacher of the Year award. "We were trying to get the famGiven through the National Center for Family Literacy, the ily involved and not just tutor the award honored Lokesak's pro- kids," Lokesak said. Being a runner-up for the grams to increase literacy. "I was surprised that as many award is a great honor, but it is strange that she of these kids made was the one choit as far as third sen, Lokesak grade and weren't She helped start the said. reading," Lokesak Book Blazer, where she "I have trouble said. She helped start drives into low-income with this whole 'I' thing because it's the Book Blazer, areas and gives away always a group," where she drives she said. into low-income books to kids. All of the areas and gives great projects away books to kids. Getting the program off the happening at New Haven are the ground wasn't easy, but they product of many teachers working worked out an agreement with together, Lokesak said. "I feel weird being the one getpublisher Scholastic that they would get $2 worth of books for ting her name on the plaque," she every $1 they spent, Lokesak said. Along with the award, Lokesak said. "We literally begged and bor- was given a $500 grant. rowed," she said. For more about your community, visit Lokesak also helped start By Justin B. Duke


Education luncheon

The Boone County Education Foundation Luncheon was held April 5 at Receptions. Proceeds from the event help the students of the Boone County School system. The Florence Woman’s Club is one of the sponsors. Gov. Steve Beshear was the keynote speaker. From left: Mary Cox, Rita Bitter, state Sen. John Schickel, Jean Jones, Janice Geise and Flo Fultz. Also attending were Marty McDonald, Marlene Brown and Vickie Eggert.

Xavier offers MBA site in N. Ky. Xavier University will open a Northern Kentucky location for its off-site MBA program in July. It will occupy a 5,700-squarefoot space at Columbia Executive Center on Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell. As with Xavier’s other off-site MBA locations in West Chester and Deerfield, the new location will have space for 40 students. Professors will come from the main campus in Evanston to the site in the evenings to teach and

meet with students. The program will last between 24-26 months. Classes will begin on July 5 and meet two nights a week in a cohort format. Two information sessions will be held at the new location for those interested in learning more: • Wednesday, April 27 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. • Tuesday, May 17 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.xavier. edu/williams/mba/Events.cfm

“We think this site will be convenient for those working or living in Northern Kentucky who want to avail themselves of Xavier’s nationally recognized MBA program,” says Jen Bush, assistant dean of MBA programs at Xavier. “About 10 percent of Xavier’s total MBA enrollment is in our offsite locations,” she said. Potential students can apply for free online at offsitemba.


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April 21, 2011

COOPER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Here are the third-quarter honor roll students for Randy Cooper High School: All A’s: Madeline Aase, Casey Baker, Michael Barnett, Lauren Barriger, Andrew Blank, Jared Blank, Alicia Boone, Samantha Bosshammer, Michael Bowen, Sharlene Brady, Jacob Brandel, Nicholas Brandel, Savannah Brinneman, Andrew Brownfield; Nathan Caldwell, Robert Callen, Kimberly Campbell, Emily Canterna, Victoria Carella, Charles Childress, Stella Childress, Austin Cliff, Maria Collins, Elizabeth Day, Gwendolyn Day, Brooke Dean, Shelby Doran,

Jessica Dunham; Julia Edmonds, Karina Egger, Spencer Elmlinger, Reginald Ensley, Natalya Erp, Eric Estenfelder, Jordan Findley, Joshua Findley, Madeline Flesher, Jessica Foote; Alexander Giesey, Amanda Gilley, Gillian Glenn, Amber Glover, Julia Gnoose, Holly Goessling, Madeline Greenhalgh, Maria Groeschen, Zachary Groeschen; Angela Hacker, Sarah Hart, Justin Heidel, Jennifer Hester, Jasmine Hockaday, Kelli Hogue, Kyle Honschopp, Tyler Honschopp, Mardee House, Jason Huang, Carley Hume, Leena Ibrahim, Natalie Jarrell, Bradley

Jury; Kimberly Kappes, Megan Kelly, Brenna King, Robert Kippler, Michelle Klein, Thomas Lawrence, Cambri Lee, Katelyn Long, William Ludwig, Elizabeth Lykins, Maria Magana, Elisha Marcus, Rachael McMahan, Christian McNabb, Rachel Meeks, Adam Millson, Austin Molen, Tyler Monday, Bradley Mosser, Brittany Mullins; Lauren Nelson, Phuong Nguyen, Brooke O’Daniel, Hiral Patel, Parth Patel, Nicholas Phillips, Brennan Pike, Ashley Pilon, Katelyn Pittman, Morgan Pittman, Michelle Pressly, Max Prowant; Heather Rachford, Ashley Raney, Olivia Rankin, Shane Reeves, Hannah Reid, Kayla Reno, Austin Renton, Travis Renton, Morgan Restaino, Amber Roland; Kayla Sadler, Alyssa Schlotman, Katherine Schroeder, Kaylynn Schwamb, Carah Shirley, James Siler, Cassandra Singleton, Daniel Slocum, Hagen Smith, Karah Spencer, Andrew Stewart, Elliott Stidham; Ryan Taylor, Elizabeth Terlep, Joshua Thibault, Anisha Thomas, Andrea Thompson, Austin Ulerick, Jennifer Walters, Jenna Waymeyer, Robert Weiler, Kasey Weinfurtner,

Nancy Welch, Lauren Willett, Andrea Wilson, Thomas Wirasakti and Sidharth Yadav. A-B: James Abbott, Brittany Abercrombie, Jessica Alig, Carrie Anderson, Hannah Anderson, Cheryl Arlinghaus, Tasha Arnett, Rebecca Ashley, Raechel Auberger; Charles Bagley, Lindsay Barfield, Matthew Barry, Ashley Bayer, Cailey Bechtol, Connor Bechtol, Courtney Beck, Brooke Berry, Taylor Bisig, Joseph Blevins, Zachary Bosley, Richard Bowers, Stephanie Brandstetter, Michael Brannigan, Jasmine Brefeld, Ethan Brennan, Kramer Bridges, Nicholas Brockman, Alyssa Brossart, Nathan Bruce, Heather Burns; Brandon Cahill, Cameron Carlotta, Nicholas Carr, Taylor Carr, Felicity Cassidy, Jessica Chapman, Taylor Chartrau, Molly Cheek, Alexandra Chia, Shania Conner, Marinda Cornett, Kaitlyn Cox, Katie Croft, Chad Curran; Joshua Daugherty, Christopher Decker, Justin Delaney, Andrew Donner, Ashley Dorman, Gregory Dudar, Brianne Dunn, Stephanie Edmondson, Adam Eliasen, Raechel Eliasen, Courtney Fales, Jacob Faris, Christine Farnsworth, Andrea Flores, Savannah

Forman, Cameron Foster, Corey Fussinger; Mackenzie Garnett, Thomas Gerding, Kathryn Glindmeyer, Elijah Goessling, Ciara Goins, Shelby Graham, Chrissa Gray, Emma Gray, Kelsey Gregory, Nicholas Gregory, Sarah Gripshover, Zachary Gronefeld, Maya Gruseck, Vanessa Gunkel; Peyton Hammonds, Kyle Hedlund, Danielle Honshell, Taylor Hotaling, Brooke Howson, Jeff Huang, Kayla Hubbard, Stacy Hudgens, Hannah Istre, Gunner Jacobs, Nicole Johnson, Ryan Johnson; Whitney Kaiser, David Kampsen, Aaron Kelter, Megan Kern, Casey Kerns, Taylor Kidd, Ryan King, Thomas Kinman, Alexander Klei, Ryan Klute, Brittany Knapmeyer, Jessica Koors, Alec Kubala; Nora Lainhart, Nicholas Lampers, Robert Lee, Whitney Lee, Donnie Livers-Gowdy, Talis Lokenberg, Madison Lovett; Louis Maniacci, Brittany Martin, Richard Martin, Michelle Mathis, Rebecca McCane, Tonya McDine, Brendan McHugh, Brittany McNees, Adis Mesinovic, Joshua Michael, Lindsey Michels, James Miller, Tristin Moeller, Tyler Mogus, Alexander Molen, Montanna Moore, Netallia

Moore, Aaron Morgan, Lynsey Moser; Nicole Nesmith, Sara Nesmith, Zachary Neumann, Genesis Newhouse, Jazmeen Obied, Alyssa Pack, Stephen Pack, Melanie Palmer, Ritu Patel, Dawn Patton, Richard Pauls, Lorna Pham, Rhett Pluimer, Trenton Presnell, Maggie Price-Huckaby, Seth Quinlan; Courtney Redmon, Olivia Reese, Edmund Reilly, Elizabeth Ribail, Ryan Richardson, Zachary Rieder, James Roland, Taylor Rose, Paige Ross, Sidney Russell; Edwin Schafer, Kendall Sebald, Shaymaa Shalash, Cameron Sharrow, Martha Sherwood, Samuel Shoemaker, Brooke Smith, Carly Smith, Kenneth Smith, Thomas Smith, Tori Stec, Robert Stobart, Katherine Sturniolo, Joanna Sumner, Jonathon Sutthoff, Daniel Swikert; Emily Thomas, Samuel Thomas, Ryan Thompson, Burton Tienken, Kayleigh Tully, Darian Van Dusen, Hayley Van Dusen, Andrew Wagers, Stephen Waymeyer, Cheyenne Weaver, Eric Wells, Sydney Whitaker, Ransom Wick, Alexander Willet, Alexandra Woodruff, Danielle Young and Jordan Young.

Yealey students raise $1,500 through St. Jude Math-A-Thon Students at Yealey Elementary School recently participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon program and raised more than $1,500 to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. “We are so proud of our students for embracing

Math-A-Thon, raising critical funds for St. Jude and for improving their math skills,” said Lauren Salyers, coordinator of the event. “Every dollar raised with help support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children in communities worldwide,” she said.

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Math-AThon has become one of America’s largest educationbased fundraisers. More than 10,000 schools across the country participate in the program every year. Math-A-Thon is also one of the most successful

fundraising campaigns for St. Jude, having raised nearly $400 million since its inception. Math-A-Thon allows students to build and practice essential math skills while they raise funds for kids battling cancer at St. Jude.


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The week at Boone

• The Boone County baseball team beat Cooper 9-0, April 13. Doug Teegarden pitched 11 strikeouts for Boone, and Jackson Laumann was 2-4, scored a homerun and had two RBI. On April 14, Anderson beat Boone County 3-2. Boone’s Cole Wendeln was 2-4 with a double and two RBI. • In softball, Boone County beat Highlands 9-2, April 13. Boone’s Wisniewski was 1-2 and scored a homerun.

The week at Ryle

• The Ryle baseball team lost 5-4 to Dunbar, April 13. Ryle’s Daniel Etscheid and Matt Isler hit a double each. On April 15, Ryle beat Scott 20-4 in five innings. Ryle’s Caleb Lonkard was 2-5, scored a homerun and had six RBI. • In softball, Ryle beat Louisville Eastern 4-0, April 15, in the Robin Monroe Tournament. Ryle’s Haylee Smith pitched 10 strikeouts, and Kate Rouse hit a double. • In boys track, Ryle placed ninth with a score of 24 in the Donnie Carnes Memorial Invitational, April 16. Ryle’s Huntley won the 110 meter hurdles in 16.05 seconds.



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Paul Kramer has two ballfields named after him, one in the Cincinnati East End neighborhood and the other the home field at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger. The Union resident has earned those honors after more than 46 years of helping out kids but has never lost the thrill of helping out young ballplayers. Kramer is the executive secretary of the Kid Glove Program, which raises money to buy equipment for youth teams in baseball and softball. “I always love seeing the kids smile when they pick up the equipment,” Kramer said. The Kid Glove program is in its 63rd year overall. Last year, it raised $307,000 to buy equipment for young players and has a goal this year of $325,000. The organization partners with the Cincinnati Reds, and they combined for their annual luncheon April 13 at Great American



From left, 2011 Kid Glove Games chairman Nick Lachey, Kid Glove Games executive secretary Paul Kramer, and Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini pose at the annual Kid Glove luncheon April 13 at Great American Ball Park’s Diamond Club. Ball Park to celebrate the upcoming games. Teams can buy ticket vouchers to Reds games for $8 for a $15 View Level seat. All proceeds are returned to the teams to buy

equipment. Reds games designated as Kid Glove Games are May 2, 3, 18, and 31; and Aug. 9. May 31 and Aug. 9 are sold out, and about 3,000 vouchers remain for

the first three games. This year’s tickets include discounts to Subway restaurants and the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s game chairman, Cincinnati singer and

actor Nick Lachey, will throw out the first pitch May 31. Kramer said the Reds’ on-field success so far this season, 8-3 as of the luncheon, is a plus. The luncheon came hours after a Reds extra-inning win the night before in San Diego. “The Reds are playing exceedingly well and that helps us even more,” Kramer said. He said once this year’s money is collected, the organization will shop for the baseball and softball equipment in the fall, looking for the “best quality for the best price.” The equipment is delivered to a warehouse in Sharonville, Ohio, in January, donated by Paul Verst of Walton, and Kramer and other members of the Kid Glove Program distribute the equipment outside on a cold winter’s day. For more information on the Kid Glove program, contact Paul Kramer at See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.

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The week at Walton

• The Covington Catholic beat Cooper 5-1, April 14. Cooper’s Jared Blank was 2-3 and hit a double.


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• The St. Henry softball team beat Holy Cross 17-0 in five innings, April 13. Mamee Salzer pitched 13 strikeouts for St. Henry, was 2-2, scored a homerun and had three RBI. • In boys track, St. Henry placed third with a score of 55 in the Donnie Carnes Memorial Invitational, April 16. St. Henry’s Cameron Rohmann won the 800 meter in 2 minutes, 3.04 seconds; and Craig Aldridge won the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches.

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• The Walton-Verona softball team beat Williamstown 10-1, April 13. Walton’s Ginn pitched 11 strikeouts, and Meyers was 2-3 and had three RBI. On April 15, Walton beat Gallatin County 5-2. Walton’s Jenalee Ginn pitched 10 strikeouts, and Kirstin Anderson was 2-4, hit a double and had three RBI. • In baseball, WaltonVerona lost 4-3 to Henry County, April 14. Walton’s Wolfgang Davis and Taylor Bergfeld was 2-3 with a double each. • In boys tennis, WaltonVerona beat Beechwood 5-0, April 14. Walton’s Reynolds beat Richardson 7-5, 3-6, 7-5; Lussi beat Burns 6-4, 6-3; Henges beat Kokoura 2-6, 63, 7-6 (7-3); Warren-Schmitt beat Sesher-Barry 3-6, 6-4, 63; Williams-Johnston beat Rechel-Miniard 6-0, 6-4. • In girls tennis on April 14, Beechwood beat WaltonVerona 3-2. Walton’s Korchner beat Cardosi 6-3, 6-3; and Williams beat Strunjas 6-1, 7-6. • The boys track team placed second with a score of 59 in the Donnie Carnes Memorial Invitational, April 16. Walton’s Brockman won the long jump in 19 feet, 9 inches; MacAdams won the 300 meter hurdles in 42.12 seconds; and the relay team won the 4x400 meter in 3 minutes, 39.84 seconds. • The girls track team placed eighth with a score of 31 in the Donnie Carnes Memorial Invitational, April 16.

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April 21, 2011


Ayres to Pikeville

On Thursday, April 7, Ryle High School senior Samantha Ayres signed to play volleyball for Pikeville College. Pikeville College is a NAIA Division 1 college and competes in the Mid-South Conference in region XI. From left: David Ayres (father), Sydney Ayres (sister), Samantha Ayres (signee), Anna Bevins (head volleyball coach for Pikeville) and Lara Ayres (mother).


The Cincinnati Marlins captured the state title for the 2011 Short Course Yards Junior Olympics at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Pictured are members of the Marlins at Northern Kentucky University team, from left, front row: Matthew Sims of Fort Wright, Ian Brann of Union, Lexie Patton of Independence, Danny Sims of Fort Wright; and back row: Grant House of Bright, Ind., Mitch Frey of Lakeside Park, Tristan Stamm of Walton and Markie Duffy of Taylor Mill.

Brann, Stamm help Cincinnati Marlins win state The Cincinnati Marlins captured the state title for the 2011 Short Course Yards Junior Olympics at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Combined with the forces of around 60 swimmers from other Marlin Satellite sites, the Marlins at Northern Kentucky University team made a great contribution to the final score. Ian Brann of Union made his debut at state as an eight and under; he qualified for the 10 and under events. He placed 22nd in

100 back, 26th in 100 free, 31st in the 50 fly, 32nd in the 50 back and 33rd in the 200 free. He was a member of the B 200 medley relay that finished in 14th place. Tristan Stamm of Walton qualified for state in the 1112 boys age group. He finished 24th in the 50 fly and was a member of the 11-12 boys 200 free relay that finished 10th place. Also on the Marlins at NKU team: Markie Duffy of Taylor Mill, Mitch Frey of Lakeside Park, Grant House of Bright, Ind., Lexie Patton

of Independence, Matthew and Danny Sims of Fort Wright and coaches Sue House, Jerri Freimuth and Ray House. The Cincinnati Marlins offer swimming lessons and a masters swimming program for adults at NKU. The Marlins at NKU will offer a “Jump Start” stroke clinic in May and a weekly technique stroke clinic during the summer. For more information, visit

The Florence Freedom will have two separate try- Fans may also call the Freedom’s front office at (859) outs coming up. The first is 1 p.m. Satur- 594-HITS (4487) to order day, April 23, at Champion tickets over the phone. Reserved seat tickets can Window Field, 7950 Freebe purchased for $10 over dom Way, Florence. Cost is $55 if pre-regis- the phone and online, while tered online at www.flo- VIP tickets cost $12. VIP tickets are located, or $60 behind home plate and on the day of tryout. Please bring baseball include in-seat wait service. pants, molded cleats, glove, Fans who sign up for free online for bat (if the Freedom desired). To be eligible for the E-Flock will Lunch will be a provided. 2011 season, players receive special offer On Monday and Tues- must have been born in the EF l o c k day, May 2-3, the entire on or after January 1, n e w s l e t t e r F r o n t i e r 1984. To register for for $1 off all reserved League will a tryout, go to seat tickets. have its Season leaguewide www.florence tickets, mini tryout and plans and draft at Chams p e c i a l pion Window Field. To be eligible for the offers for group outings of 2011 season, players must 20 or more are also availhave been born on or after able. The Freedom offer “so January 1, 1984. A nonrefundable fee of $60 is much more than baseball,” including special promotionrequired. As per the manufactur- al nights, post-game enterer’s warranty for the artifi- tainment, great food and cial playing surface at lovable mascots. Champion Window Field, all players trying out must Job fair wear turf shoes or molded Seasonal job opportunicleats. ties will be available at the No metal cleats will be Florence Freedom Job Fair allowed. This policy is the on Saturday, April 23, from same that is in effect for all 2:30-6 p.m. events at Champion WinThe job fair will be hostdow Field. ed at the Freedom’s ballpark Players attempting to at 7950 Freedom Way in enter Champion Window Florence, located off of I-75 Field with metal cleats will at exit No. 180. be immediately disqualified The Florence Freedom from the workouts. Professional Baseball team For more information on is a member of the indeeither tryout or to register, pendent Frontier League. log on to www.florencefreeThe Freedom’s 2011 home opener will be May 24 against the Normal Tickets on sale CornBelters, kicking off a Single-game tickets for six-game homestand. The the 2011 Florence Freedom Freedom play 48 home baseball season are on sale games through Sept. 1. now. See more sports coverage at Tickets can be ordered and printed online at presspreps.


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April 21, 2011

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The Wolfpack finished first place in their AAU U10 league and tournament at Sports of All Sorts, Florence. Team members are from Independence, Taylor Mill, Fort Mitchell and Hebron. Pictured, from left, back row, is coach Pete Ohmer, Sam Smith, Ty Houston, Logan Fulmer, Ben Toebbe, Clay Coleman and coach Matt Coleman; and front row, Evan Ohmer, Will Ziegler, Mitchell Schilling, Chad Ohmer and Jared Hicks.

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Tea is poison

In my opinion, the tea is poison. The air that we breathe and the water that we drink will also be poison if they get their way. Bob Burns Florence

Has tea party run its course?

I saw that the Tea Party had a big freeDumb rally out by the Boone County Courthouse. I believe I counted two protesters. So does this mean that the Tea Party has run its course? Does it now join the ranks of disco and Democrats here in Boone County? If so will I see it in the obituaries? John Bernard Hebron

Plan to have country without a middle class

Open letter to the Tea Party: I am you. In my 60s, receiving Social Security and concerned about the direction of the country. However: Are you concerned that your biggest supporters and contributors to the Tea Party are huge

multi-national corporations? Does it concern you that your supported candidates take away benefits from workers in this country while cutting or doing away with taxes on these large and very profitable companies and giving billions of your tax dollars to them? Do you support eliminating safety and environmental rules that protected you when you worked? Minimum wage? You must know that the Republican Party is doing its best to bring this about and to kill Medicare and Social Security. Do these things help the country or simply increase the profits of corporate America? You speak of “limited government” yet your legislators want to codify whom you may love and allow the government to overrule women and doctors on medical care when pregnancy or birth control is involved. This is the very definition of an intrusive government which you decry. This country without a middle class is frightening. This is the Republican plan. Do you support that? Larry Pittman Florence

No escaping the Commerce Clause Like a giant, supernatural Pac Man, last year the federal government gobbled up about 40 percent of our gross domestic product. We now have over $14 trillion of debt and over 150,000 pages of federal laws. Love it or hate it, the scope of our federal government boggles the mind. In discussing the federal government, I hear people ask a question, “How in the heck did we get here?” Being a smug lawyer, I explain that the answer is simple. Our founders, who drafted a Constitution hailed by many as the greatest legal document of all time, intended very limited powers for the federal government. However, they created a giant loophole with the Commerce Clause, which gives the federal government blanket power to regulate commerce “among the several states.” With these vague words, more than any others, the Founders gave birth to the federal government as we know it today. We “got here” because most things we do relate to commerce. On a typical day, we awake with an alarm clock purchased in commerce, listen to radio or watch television in commerce, go to a job which is commerce, and live in a house or apartment built through commerce. We eat meals purchased in commerce and travel in vehicles moving through commerce, on roads paved for commerce. We call it life – the federal government calls it regulated commerce. If Congress can regulate all forms of commerce, and most courts have basically said that it can, then the federal government can tell us what to eat, drink, drive, watch, wear, own, and what we should get paid. If you doubt this, think again. The federal government is already, to some degree, regulating each of these things. Outlawed regular flow toilets and incandescent light bulbs are pretty good examples. There is something unique to large government which indicates we’re nowhere close to reaching

the limits of federal power. The political party in power makes rules which impact everyone, even if the minority party (usually just Rob Hudson short of half the country) might Community disagree. When Recorder power changes guest hands, the new columnist majority party never removes old rules, and it always chooses to issue its own additional rules. No business on earth could be successfully run this way. But where did all the debt come from? You guessed it – much of it comes from the Commerce Clause. Imagine you have reached exalted status. You believe (perhaps erroneously) that you have unlimited money to spend, print and borrow. And the kicker – what if you thought you were spending someone else’s money, while hearing praise for doing so? A sea of debt would be inevitable. Squawking from a thousand tea parties can’t overcome the foibles of human nature. The die was cast when the founders and the courts effectively granted the unlimited power to spend for any purpose. If you want more federal government, pay homage to the Commerce Clause. In 1789, the founders unwittingly planted a seed which began blossoming in the 1930s. Whether you see it as a beautiful flower coming into full bloom, or crabgrass overrunning a manicured lawn, one thing is clear. If the founders’ intended limited government, they left a hole so big that we’re trying to simultaneously steer the Titanic and Hindenburg through it. Here’s to safe passage. Rob Hudson, former board chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Business Council, is a member of Frost Brown, Todd in Florence.


Supporting the POW monument

The Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423 in Elsmere donated $500 to the fund for a new POW/MIA monument at the Boone County Veterans Memorial. The monument will be dedicated at the Boone County Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30. From left are Veterans Memorial founder H.B. Deatherage, post commander Ernest Moscoe and Dennis Glacken of VFW.

Treat alcoholism as a disease Substance abuse issues affect about one in three Americans, either directly or indirectly, in ourselves or a loved one. One of the most difficult challenges in the field of medicine is the treatment of those with addictions. In many societies, those with addiction problems are pushed to the outer rim of society and considered to be a “lost cause.” However, in modern America we live in a society that places value on people. We have a “never give in” mentality that defines us and is the root of our strength as a nation. As such, we value every life and every potential. And when the person affected is a loved one, our desire to fight naturally strengthens and we want to do everything possible. If we are to treat alcoholism, or any other addiction for that matter, we have to think in terms of what is termed the “Disease Process.” Simply put, we must define it as disease in medical terms so that we can formulate a medical solution. As such, alcoholism as a disease is defined as a physical dependence on alcohol with a pattern of continued use in spite of negative consequences. For the dependence aspect, we think in terms of tolerance, which is the ability to use increasingly larger quantities to achieve the same effect, and withdrawal. Withdrawal can either be psychological, physical or both. It can be described as any unpleasant sensation physically or mentally as a result of cessation of use. Continuing to use a substance in this context and in spite of socioeconomic deterrents signifies an addiction. In our modern medical era, there are a multitude of treatments available, and in regards to alcoholism, there are medications that, used alongside appropriate counseling and treatment, significantly improve success rates. Anyone who thinks that they or a loved one has a problem with alcohol should speak to their doctor. He or she should be able to direct you to

the proper resources. If you’re just not sure, you can try a brief questionnaire taught in the medical field called the Dr. Mike “CAGE” quesKalfas tions. Simply Community put, they are: you ever Recorder have felt like you guest need to CUT columnist down, have you ever been ANNOYED with anyone questioning your drinking, have you ever felt GUILTY about how much you drink, or have you ever had the need for an EYE OPENER in the morning (an early morning or afternoon drink to calm a hangover). Answering yes to two or more of these does not diagnose, but should raise suspicion of alcoholism. Many still have their doubts about treating addictions, especially alcoholism, as a disease. The opinion of some of these individuals is that all you need is willpower. I have met many alcoholics who sincerely want to quit. But it takes more than just a strong desire for the majority. The person who can just “set it down and walk away” is rare indeed. But many are able to harness and control this disease with help. And our loved ones deserve the help. A wise patient of mine in recovery set me straight a long time ago when he told me, “You wouldn’t refuse treatment to a

In our modern medical era, there are a multitude of treatments available, and in regards to alcoholism, there are medications that, used alongside appropriate counseling and treatment, significantly improve success rates. Anyone who thinks that they or a loved one has a problem with alcohol should speak to their doctor. He or she should be able to direct you to the proper resources. heart patient because they clogged their arteries eating fast food” and “you wouldn’t deny treatment to a lung cancer patient because they smoked,” just because they did this to themselves. So why would anyone deny treatment to an alcoholic (or addict)? I would add that this approach does not mean people are not liable for the consequences of their actions just because we can label their problems as a disease. Indeed, the consequences are sometimes the only motivation we have to restore ourselves to health and well being and they must be dealt with. But I hold the opinion that everyone deserves the chance to better themselves. That’s the American dream I grew up with. Dr. Mike Kalfas is medical director of the St. Elizabeth Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Falmouth. April is National Alcohol Awareness Month.

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Florence Elementary’s technology assistant Kathy Kuhn is known for always thinking of others.

Kuhn considers others at Florence school By Justin B. Duke

Many teachers believe the enthusiasm found at Florence Elementary can be traced back to one woman. Kathy Kuhn is the school’s technology assistant and heads up the school’s Accelerated Reader program. Her co-workers attest that what she does for the school goes way beyond her job description. “She is always willing to do things to help cheer others up and lift the spirit here at Florence Elementary,” said Assistant Principal Susan Rath. “She goes way beyond the call of her job to make Florence Elementary School a better place.” Kuhn regularly takes each person into consideration and is always looking for ways to help, said

teacher Judy Hibner. “She is continually thinking of how she can help others,” Hibner said. “This includes listening and praying for us. It is a regular practice for Kathy to leave different staff members inspirational memos, cards or gifts on their desk as needed.” Kuhn is also responsible for the school’s publicity and makes sure word gets out about what’s happening at Florence Elementary, said Nancy Daly, senior editor for the Florence Recorder. “Kathy is the model to follow for getting school events and photos into the paper,” Daly said. “Catch a Star” features people in the neighborhood who go above and beyond the call of duty to “wow” their customers. To make a nomination, e-mail or call 5781059.



Retired teachers help kids

Sisters from the Alpha Kappa, the Northern Kentucky chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International honorary sorority for active and retired teachers, plan to make Easter more special for the children of NorthKey this year. Approximately 27 Easter baskets were made to give to the children residing at the facility. Shown are, from left, Joy Tucker, Judy Reed, Susan Alig, president Deloris Neugebauer, Mary Gunn, Lori Maddox and Brenda Harvey, all of Boone County.

Delta’s Relay team plans fundraisers Delta’s team for the June 17-18 Relay for Life in Boone County is planning several fundraisers. Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. It will take place overnight at Cooper High School. A group from Delta is attending Shadowbox Cabaret at Newport on the Levee at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Tickets are $20. Delta employees may contact a Relay team member at the airport and walkins will be accepted. A Quarter Auction is planned for 4 p.m. May 21 at the R.C. Durr YMCA Senior Center in Burlington. Volunteers are needed to

work the door, help with food and keep track of paddles, auction chips and money. During a Quarter Auction, attendees purchase paddles for 25 cents each. If your paddle is drawn you win prizes ranging from a one-night stay at Doubletree to gift baskets and gift cards. A golf outing will take place on June 3 at Hickory Sticks in Campbell County. Delta employees are encouraged to see Tom Stuntebeck and Rhonda Halcomb to register a foursome and pay fees. The four-person scramble is $64 each or $260 for a team. Call Tom Stuntebeck at 767-3333.


The Butler Family – Jerilyn and Bill, Gabriel, 8, Michael, 16, Christopher, 11, Anita, 24, Mary, 20, Julianna, 18, and Helen, 14. The oldest daughter is not present.

Families have fun with square dancing group By Patricia A. Scheyer

Community Recorder contributor

The Southern Stars Square Dancing group welcomes anyone who loves tapping their foot to music, to swing their partner and dance with them on the third Sunday of every month at the Promenade Palace in Latonia from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The group began a little more than three years ago when Jerilyn and Bill Butler, from Walton, decided there needed to be a group for families and children. With eight children, Jerilyn and Bill have been home schooling their children for the last 11 years, and Jerilyn said square dancing filled a whole basket of needs and requirements. “This is good family time that helps with social skills and satisfies physical education requirements,” Jerilyn Butler said. “It really helps their listening skills, because if you don’t listen to the caller, you don’t know what steps you are doing.” The Butlers had started square dancing in 1980, before they had children. When the children came, they stopped and started classes several times with the children joining in. Now their youngest is 8, and because the family belongs to the National Square Dance Federation, they usually dance every weekend, somewhere within a 200-mile radius of the Ohio River. “You can actually dance almost every night right here in the Greater Cincinnati area,” Jerilyn said. “The Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Federation has clubs all over. You can find out more by going to” Erica Johnson, president of the Southern Stars, loves to dance and


Eileen Andrews of Cincinnati and Christopher Butler, 11, of Walton, do-si-do to the music at the March meeting of the Southern Stars Square Dance Club at the Promenade Palace in Latonia. recommends everyone come and at least try it out. “I was told you burn about as much calories as you do when you walk six miles,” she said, laughing. “It costs $5 a person and $15 per family to belong. Everybody brings food because as much as we love to dance we also love to eat. It is said that square dancing is friendship set to music, and I believe it.” Roy Vines, a resident of Union who used to belong to the Freedom Dancers, now belongs to the Southern Stars. Vines likes dancing both for the

exercise and for the social aspect. “It’s almost like they are part of your family,” he said. “We eat together, because everybody brings dishes, and we talk over some coffee, and we dance. It is a very friendly atmosphere.” As far as actual dancing, Vines admits it can be a challenge. “I’ve been dancing for five years now and it requires some skill and listening, especially the first year,” said Vines. It’s a challenge and you’ll make some mistakes, but everybody helps you. In the end, you get a good feeling of achievement.”



Members of the Southern Stars swing their partners to the music at the March meeting of the square dancing club.

Roy Vines and Erica Johnson partner for a moment, while Jerilyn Butler dances with one of her daughters at the March meeting of the Southern Stars Square Dancing Club.


Florence Recorder

April 21, 2011



Lenten Fish Fry Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits Charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits Charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Edgewood Fire/EMS Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Fried fish, beer-battered fish, baked fish, shrimp, hot dogs or chicken nuggets. Includes choice of two sides: french fries, onion rings, coleslaw or macaroni and cheese. Call 859-331-0033 for carryout orders. Family friendly. Benefits Edgewood Fire/EMS Association. $6.50-$7; children $2-$4. Presented by Edgewood Fire/EMS. 859-341-2628; Edgewood. Drive Thru Fish Fry, 4-7:30 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Back of concession stand by football field. Dinner No. 1 is fish and a bun. Dinner No. 2 is grilled cheese on Texas toast. Both dinners include macaroni and cheese, French fries and cole slaw. Soft drinks and water available, $1 each. Benefits Dixie Heights High School Marching Band. Benefits Dixie Heights Marching Colonels band. Dinner No. 1 $6; Dinner No. 2 $5. 859-341-7650; Edgewood. Holy Cross High School Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Alumni Hall. Fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets and cheese pizza. Sides: hush puppies, green beans, macaroni and cheese or French fries and dessert. Drinks available for purchase. 859-431-1335. Covington.


In a League of Our Own: Play Ball! Knothole Baseball in Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Fly Union Concert, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., Fly Union with Big Sean. Includes music by DJ ETrayn. DJ D-LO, Puck, Santino Corleon and Nuk. $12, $10 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Adult Co-Ed Volleyball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Competitive and recreational divisions offered. Games start May 6. Family friendly. $300 per team. Registration required. 859-372-7754. Union. Northern Kentucky AAU Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Boys and girls competitive basketball leagues. Deposit of $100 to hold team’s place required with balance due at first game. Games start May 8. $175. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859372-7754. Union. Grade and Middle School Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Games start week of May 9. Grades 6-8 play on Mondays and/or Thursdays. Grades 2-5 play on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. $475 per team. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union.

Men’s Basketball League, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Monday league: register April 3-24, games start May 2. Thursday league: register March 6-April 3, games start April 14. Sunday league: register April 17May 8, games start May 15. $300. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Basketball Summer Camp Sign-ups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp features former UK basketball stars Troy McKinley, Dickey Beal, Cedric Jenkins, Kyle Macy, Jack Givens, Leroy Byrd, Roger Harden and Tom Heitz. Grades 1-12. Camp held June 13-17. $175. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2 3


Family Portraits and Screen Prints, Noon-4 p.m., Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, 1650 Russell St., Photo opportunities for families as well as exhibiting the youth’s photography and screen printed items. Additionally, attendees may try there hand at screen printing. All ages. Parts of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 859-547-5542; Covington.


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


DLucinda Williams, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. $25. 800-745-3000; Covington.


Guy Torry, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859957-2000; Newport.


Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, 7 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Adapted from book by Kevin Henkes. Part of Playhouse Off the Hill series, price varies by location. Family friendly. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 859-431-0020; Covington. Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 859-9577625; Newport.


Strides for Stars, 9 a.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, 5K run/walk. Registration begins 8 a.m. Benefits STARS: Grief Support For Kids, free grief support program for children who have experienced death of loved one. $75 family, $30 single; $60 family, $25 single advance by April 15. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859301-3920; Edgewood. Blue Ribbon 5K Race and Family Fun Walk, 9-11 a.m., General Cable, 4 Tesseneer Drive, Fund raiser and community awareness event to support child abuse education, prevention and treatment services. Race begins at General Cable, winds through northern Kentucky University Campus. Benefits Family Nurturing Center. $25. Registration required. Presented by Family Nurturing Center. 859-525-3200. Highland Heights.

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Parking Lot Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Benefits the Matilda Grace Project, which involves donations to two local shelters and building small animal houses. $15 to reserve spot, $5 additional spots; free for shoppers. Presented by The Matilda Grace Project. 859-628-4560. Edgewood.


Fox19’s X-Factor Audition Pass Contest, 9 a.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Adjacent to BRIO Tuscan Grille on Valet Circle. Singing auditions for new Simon Cowell TV show. Four categories: boys, girls, over 25 and groups. Up to one of each category sent, all expenses paid, to Judges Audition show in Chicago April 27. Ages 12 and up. Presented by FOX19. 859-291-0550; Newport. S U N D A Y, A P R I L 2 4


Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 3227 Dixie Highway, Service celebrates 69th anniversary. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-341-7172. Erlanger. Sunrise Easter Service, 7-9 a.m., Grant’s Lick Baptist Church, 941 Clay Ridge Road, Followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. Free. 859635-2444; Alexandria.


Southern Culture on the Skids, 8 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Doors open 7 p.m. $15, $12 advance. 800594-8499; Newport.


Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859491-8027; Covington.


Matt Cowherd, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport. The Billy Rock Band, 1-5 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, 859-291-0550; Newport.


Summer Slam Sports Day Camp Signups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. Registration required. 859-3727754. Union. Coach Ken Shields Summer Camp Signups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. Registration required. 859-3727754. Union.


Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Fellowship of individuals, who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-509-5066; Covington.


The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., hosts the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “Lilly’s Plastic Purple Purse” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The performance is part of the Playhouse Off the Park series. At 5:30 p.m. there will be an Easter egg hunt for children under 10. The egg hunt and play are free, but reservations are required by calling 859-4310020. Pictured are Colin Gold as Mr. Slinger and Anne Marie Damman as Lilly. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 2 5


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.


Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Freedom minded citizens meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-746-3573; Florence.


Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening and leadership skills in supportive environment. Free. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Independence.


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.


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. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611. Walton.

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Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965. Lakeside Park.


LinkedIn, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Information on business networking site. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. Dr. Who, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Come dressed as favorite Dr. Who character for journey through space and time. Make gingerbread Tardis. Ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington. Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.


Senior Movie Day, 1-2:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Free. 859-962-4002. Erlanger. Art Social, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, Free. 859-4857611. Walton.

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Can You Survive Grade 5?, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Team TV faces off against Team Radio in battle of the brains. Team TV: Katrine Nero, Alison Montoya and Frank Marzullo. Team Radio: JD Hughes, Q102’s Fritsch and Dig Dave. Benefits Covington Partners in Prevention. $25. Presented by Covington Partners in Prevention. 859-392-3172. Covington.


Small Business Expo, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Discover small businesses of community, gain knowledge and save your company time and money. Featuring 100 local businesses, two seminars, Taste of NKY and door prizes. $10. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-578-6397; Erlanger.


Small Steps to Health and Wealth, 1011:30 a.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Four weekly sessions. Discuss and discover basic information to improve your financial management skills and personal health. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-586-6101. Burlington.


Real Men Read Book Club, 7 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Free. “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. 859-781-6166; Cold Spring.

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Skyline Nights with the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center, 510 p.m., Skyline Chili, 3159 Dixie Hwy., Information on program. Skyline donates 10 percent of each customer’s bill. Benefits Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. Presented by Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. 859-572-3365; Erlanger.


The Danny Miller Memorial Let’s Talk About It, 6:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Discussion series led by Northern Kentucky University professors. Adults. Registration required. 859-781-6166; Cold Spring.


PROVIDED Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” comes to Coney Island under its Grand Chapiteau, Thursday, April 21 through May 15. “Ovo” takes the viewer into a world of insects crawling, fluttering and playing. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. No 4 p.m. performances on April 22 and May 7; the May 7 evening performance is at 8:30 p.m.; dark on Tuesday, May 10; there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Wednesday, May 4 and on Thursday, May 12. Tickets are: $45-$350 for adults; $31.50-$275 for ages 2-12; and $40.50-$212.50 for students ages 13 and up, seniors 65 and up and military. For tickets, visit or call 800-450-1480.

Scrapbooking, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn to put together two-page scrapbook layout and pick up other scrapbooking tips. Bring own adhesive and scissors. May bring own photos. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.


Teen Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Xbox 360, Wii, snacks and more. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron.


The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Infamous Love Songs” with the band Over the Rhine, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at the Aronoff Center. Over the Rhine performs live with with the contemporary ballet work. Performances are at 8 pm., with an additional show at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$70. Call 513-6215282 or visit


Florence Recorder

April 21, 2011


Why I believe in Easter’s message: Christ’s and our resurrection Each of us has our own reasons for believing or not believing unprovable religious events like Easter. In spiritual terminology, we basically call our subjective reasons, buffered by God’s grace, our faith. If someone asked for some of my personal reasons, here are a few that sustain my faith that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and promised that we will too. 1. The insufficiency of all that is attainable. All through our lives we yearn for the fulfillment of our dreams, our needs and desires. We are constantly reaching out for what we think will fulfill us, intensify our living, end all our restless searching, and bring us into the arms of a perfect love that is final and lasting. Yet, the longer we live, complete satisfaction appears futile. Yes, our dreams are partially

satisfied at times by dear people and events that occur in our lives. And though pleasing to us, their presence eventually Father Lou reminds us of the more we Guntzelman don’t have. St. Augustine Perspectives noticed this and said: “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” So what do we do about life’s insufficiency? One option is that we can become cynics and see our lives as years tinged with a tantalizing sadism – a wanting and needing of that which will never occur. This option is well stated in Shakespeare’s MacBeth, “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound

and fury signifying nothing.” Or, if we believe in the promises of God, we can choose to see the insufficiency of this world and our hunger for sufficiency as a foretaste and prediction of the unimaginable afterlife into which death ushers us. I believe the latter. 2. Which is more difficult: to create or sustain? If we are brought into existence from nothingness by a Creator, isn’t that a greater action than the Creator sustaining us forever as a person already existing? If a characteristic of the Creator is that he is true to his word and says “Yes” to our existence, why would his love ever vacillate and say “No?” 3. The presence of eyewitnesses. The public death of Jesus Christ was witnessed by many people and followers. After his resurrection, he seemed to them changed in some ways and his identity was recognized as valid.

He ate with them, spoke with them, permitted a doubter to touch him, etc. His presence was judged so authentic that many were eager to spread the word about him though sometimes it led to their death. 4. My losses of people I’ve loved. When I stood beside my mother’s body just minutes after her death, besides my grief there also surfaced from the core of my being a crucial question. For I am a human who is a priest, not just a priest who is human. My heart and mind are mine, not pages from a “right-answer book.” My core question was, “Lou, what do you really believe has just happened to your mother? “As she died, did this kindly person merely disintegrate and evaporate into the emptiness of the universe and she is no more? “Or, is her person still living and existing in a state of beatitude

unimaginable to her before this? Is she more alive than she has ever been?” I had to say “Yes” to my final questions. I realized that it would be more difficult for me to believe in her evaporation than her fulfilled and continued existence. Her person was so important to me, what must it be to her Creator? The magnificence of resurrection and an astounding afterlife cannot be scientifically proven. The best summation for such a faith might merely be this:

To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Low-cost spay, neuter service to be offered by SPCA Northern Kentucky Friends of the Shelter/SPCA has instituted a new lowcost spay/neuter program for Northern Kentucky residents who may need financial assistance with this

important service for their family pet. Starting April 21, United Coalition for Animals of Cincinnati will begin transport service for spay/neuter services in collaboration

with Friends of the Shelter. Dogs and cats will be picked at 7:30 a.m. at various locations in Northern Kentucky, transported to UCAN for spay/neuter surgery and delivered back the

next day at 11:30 a.m. for pick-up by their owners. Individuals will pay only $15 for dogs and $10 for cats which will include a rabies shot if needed. The Friends of the Shelter will

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cover the remaining cost of the spay/neuter service. For more information, call 859-282-9084. The Friends of the Shelter funded “cat spay/neuter” program currently running in

collaboration with Ohio Alleycat Resource of Cincinnati called the “Neuterville Express” will also continue. Call OAR directly at 513871-0815 for scheduling your cat or kitten.


Florence Recorder


April 21, 2011

French toast, stuffed peppers are good Easter brunch items In my family, you’re never too old to receive an Easter Basket. All of the little ones get their own and the parents share one between them. Each year I make a promise to myself not to overdo on the candy and each year I break the promise.

But I am getting better – I’ll put some savory items in the baskets, like salted nuts and cheese crackers. And, of course, the colored hardboiled eggs. I guess my idea of an abundant basket goes back to my childhood. No matter how meager Easter Bunny’s budget may

have been, each of us nine kids got a basket overflowing with sweet treats. Granted, there were an awfully lot of generic jelly beans but in the center sat a Papas chocolate-covered egg. Opera cream heaven! I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.



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Mitzi Gelter’s baked French toast

I enjoyed this at a brunch daughter-in-law Courtney gave for family and friends. I loved the fact that it can be assembled the night before and asked Mitzi, a Western Hills Press reader and Courtney’s grandma, to share the recipe. Wouldn’t this be an easy addition to for Easter brunch? Now if you don’t like nuts, leave them out. 1 loaf white bread 1 dozen eggs 1 pint half-and-half 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 ⁄2 cup chopped nuts 4 tablespoons margarine or butter The night before: Break a loaf of bread into pieces and place in a sprayed 9-by-11 baking dish. Whisk eggs, half-andhalf and vanilla in mixing bowl. Pour mixture over bread, Cover and refrigerate until morning. Before baking, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over egg-bread mixture. Dot margarine on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until bread is set. Serve just the way it is or sprinkle with

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Western & Southern cafeteria’s stuffed peppers

I was so excited to receive this recipe. Thornton Kindred and Mary Ann Williams both sent it in for Ann, a Delhi reader who was looking for it. This is what makes this column so fun for me – the community sharing of recipes that everyone thought were long lost. Mary Ann retired four years ago – she worked at the company almost 37 years and found the recipe in their monthly news magazine. Thornton said this recipe was in the magazine back in the 1960s! Seems like everyone enjoyed them.

Meat and rice stuffing:

4 large or 5 medium peppers 11⁄2 lbs ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup chopped onions 1 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon salt added to water to cook rice 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon Accent (see tip) 1 ⁄4 cup rice (boil according to package directions, in salted water, until done and stir in pepper and Accent.)


3 cans, 101⁄2 oz. each, condensed tomato soup 24 oz. can tomato juice 2 teaspoons salt Pinch of black pepper Mix all ingredients and

bring to a boil. Note: One cup of this sauce Rita is to be Heikenfeld used in the meat Rita’s kitchen and rice mix. In a heavy skillet cook and stir beef until crumbly. Add onions and continue cooking until meat starts to brown. Remove from heat, add flour and mix well. Add seasoned rice and one cup of tomato sauce. Mix and set aside.


Wash and cut peppers in half. Remove seeds. Put in boiling water. Remove from heat and let set for 20 minutes. Drain. Stuff peppers with meat and rice mix. Put in baking pan and pour sauce over peppers. Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees, about 11⁄2 hours or until peppers are tender. Baste peppers with the sauce during baking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Accent is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a flavor enhancer. Some people may be allergic to it. If you don’t want to use it, you may want to add a bit more salt. Or substitute seasoning salt. 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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Florence Interfaith Prayer Service set The annual Florence Churches’ Interfaith Prayer Service will take place at noon on Good Friday, April 22, at St. Paul Church, 7301 Dixie Highway, Florence. The Lenten Message will be delivered by the Rev.

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churches are welcome to attend. This event is co-sponsored by Florence Christian Church and St. Paul Parish. Contact St. Paul Parish at 371-8051 for information and directions.

singer Rebecca Isley, both from Florence Christian Church. An offering will be taken to support Habitat for Humanity’s house build this spring at Erlanger Baptist Church. All believers in all

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The Boone County Businessmen Association has decided to change its monthly meeting time from evening to lunch. The first luncheon meeting will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28. A buffet-style lunch will be served starting at 11:30 p.m. with the business meeting at noon. The group meets the last Thursday of each month at the Holiday Inn on Freedom Way in Florence. Members are encourage to bring new members or invite a member that has not been able to attend meetings at night. For information, email H.B. Deatherage at

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Linda H. Lutz, 61, DUI at 5960 Centennial Cir., March 25. William P. Inkso Jr., 54, DUI, reckless driving at Dixie Hwy. and Richwood Rd., March 25. Sherry Wagner, 43, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 2862 Douglas Dr., March 26. Danielle Ashlay R. Murphy, 22, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., March 26. Jacob M. Wingham, 23, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 1307 Boone Aire Rd., March 26. James C. Boling, 59, menacing, DUI at Overland Rdg., March 26. Thomas M. Bauer, 45, careless driving, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at Double Eagle Dr. and US 42, March 27. Jack J. Kathman, 57, second-degree disorderly conduct at 1396 Afton Dr., March 27. Andrea M. Zuckerman, 22, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Camp Ernst Rd., March 27. Sherman A. Kornegay, 26, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Bayswater Dr. and Cedarwood Dr., March 15. George M. Orsic Jr., 23, third-degree criminal trespassing, possession of burglary tools, theft at 1500 Jamike Ave., March 16. Michael J. Ledford, 28, third-degree criminal trespassing, possession of burglary tools, theft at 1500 Jamike Ave., March 16. Jonathan D. Sisk Jr., 29, careless

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Incidents/Reports Abuse of teacher

Abuse of teacher at 8000 Spruce St., March 23.


Victim assaulted physically by known subject at 9900 block of Old Union Rd., March 24. Victim physically assaulted by subject at 15 Maisie Ln., March 15.

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Business broken into and items stolen at 10786 Dixie Hwy., March 25. Residence broken into and items taken at 9759 Spruce Dr., March 25. Residence broken into and items taken at 4907 Limaburg Rd., March 26. Residence broken into and items taken at 3029 Republic Dr., March 14. Computer hardware/software, electronics and money stolen at 1230 Mt. Zion Rd., March 23. Burglary, second degree at 10538 Dixie Hwy., Jan. 20. Tools stolen at 3429 Maple Tree Ln., March 7. Computer hardware/software stolen at 6532 Rosetta Dr., March 9. Electronics stolen at 3029 Republic Dr., March 14.

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Vehicles vandalized at 6482 Southgate Pl., March 14. Property vandalized at 9722 Cherbourg Dr., March 17. Commercial/business structures destroyed/vandalized at 2828 First Financial Dr., March 14. Automobiles destroyed/vandalized at 7584 Canterbury Ct., March 6. Electronics destroyed/vandalized at 7702 Walnut Creek Dr., March 7. Structures/single occupancy dwellings destroyed/vandalized at 38 Thorne Hill Dr., March 8. Automobiles destroyed/vandalized at Ewing Blvd., March 10. Criminal trespassing, second degree at 131 Old Richwood Rd., March 16.


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Theft of identity of another without consent at 547 Arthur Dr., March 23. Theft of identity of another without consent at Doering Dr., March 10.


Victim menaced by unknown subject at Grand National Blvd., March 26.


Deputies discovered narcotics on subject at Dixie Hwy., March 15.

Promoting of contraband, possession of controlled substance Drugs/narcotics seized at 3020 Conrad Ln., March 13.

Recovery of stolen property

Items recovered at 284 Melinda Ln., March 23. Automobiles recovered at 2412 Petersburg Rd., March 21.


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.

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Victim verbally threatened with violence by subject at 360 Deer Trace Dr., March 27.


Medication stolen from residence at 1882 Mount Zion Rd., March 24. Subject tried to steal goods from Kroger at 635 Chestnut Dr., March 26. Money stolen from convenience store at Dixie Hwy., March 27. Subject wrote bad checks in victim’s name at 6 Old Stephenson Mill Rd., March 14. Property stolen or lost/mislaid at 1980 Petersburg Rd., March 15. Construction equipment stolen at 343 Weaver Rd., March 15. Mail stolen from residence at 2077 Country Place Ct., March 15. Construction equipment stolen at 1500 Jamike Ave., March 16. Mail stolen from residence at 3374 Tulip Tree Ln., March 16. Items taken from residence at 4410 River Rd., March 18. Items taken from residence at 6052 Taylor Dr., March 17. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 2950 Washington St., March 17. Items taken from residence at 2741 Berwood Ln., March 18. Registration plate taken from vehicle at 11303 Sheffield Ln., March 18. Items stolen at 16 Depot St., March 24. Items stolen at 13019 Walton Verona Rd., March 23. Tools stolen at 18 Needmore St., March 14. Jewelry stolen at 1780 Anderson Blvd., March 14. Tools stolen from auto at 7454 Turfway Rd., Feb. 15. Automobiles stolen at 7600 Industrial Rd., March 7. Money stolen at 2028 Mall Rd., March 10. Money stolen at 13019 Walton Verona Rd., March 13. Money stolen at 7563 Mall Rd., March 10. Purses/handbags, money, credit/debit carsd and other items stolen at 7699 Mall Rd., March 10. Shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., March 10. Gasoline stolen at 8635 William Haines Dr., March 12.

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DEATHS Raleigh Jackson Barnett Jr., 50, of Florence, died April 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a federal security officer with the EPA and a fourth-degree black belt in martial arts. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Suttle Barnett; daughters, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Barnett and Alyssa Nicole Barnett, both of Florence; son, Aaron Joseph Barnett of Florence; parents, Raleigh Jackson Barnett Sr. and Inez Barnett of Covington; sister, Barbara S. Corbitt of Covington; and brother, Thomas E. Barnett of Covington. Interment was in Arlington Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati. Memorials: Raleigh Barnett Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 15093, Covington, KY 41015.

Patricia Allen of Florence and Connie Bohannon of Richmond; and brother, Donald Day of Middlefield, Conn. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Paul Church, 7301 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042.

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Peggy Ann Barker Coleman, 75, of Florence, died April 9, 2011. Her husband, Rev. Donald Franklin Coleman, and a sister, Fern Maddix, died previously. Survived include his daughter, Nancy Coleman Jarvis; sons, Donald F. Coleman Jr., Scott Coleman and Peter Coleman; brother, Rev. Vernon Barker; and five grandchildren. Burial was at Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, Ky.

Mary Jane Disibio, 81, of West Covington, died April 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a phone operator for Cincinnati Bell and a member of St. Ann’s Church and the St. Ann’s Ladies Society. Her husband, Nick Disibio, and a daughter, Amy Disibio Barton, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Nicholas Disibio of Erlanger, Michael Disibio of Dry Ridge, Martin Disibio of Villa Hills, Tim Disibio of Fort Wright, Tony Disibio of Edgewood and Chris Disibio of Florence; daughter, Ruth Ann McMillian of Cincinnati; brother, Dr. George Renaker of Burlington; sister, Jeanine Godsey of Hebron; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: St. Ann’s Church, 1274 Parkway Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

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Chris Day Jr., 79, of Florence, died April 13, 2011. He was an avid horse trainer and a Kentucky Colonel. His wife, Rose Ann Day, died previously. Survivors include his son, Timothy Day of Florence; sisters,

Survivors include his wife, Edna Pauline Martin Ferguson; sons, Wayne of Foster, Wesley of Taylor Mill and Leslie Ferguson of Florence; brother, William Ferguson of Galion, Ohio; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 5783 Mary Ingles Hwy., Melbourne, KY 41059.

Nora Louise Freeman

Nora Louise Dunaway Freeman, 71, of Burlington, died April 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. She was a homemaker and a member of Banklick Church of God. Survivors include her husband, Jake Freeman II; children, Jake Freeman III of Union, Pamela Quinlin of Big Bone, Danny Freeman, Steve Freeman and Mary Sue Henderson, all of Burlington, and Darryl Freeman of Union; sisters, Dorothy Dunaway and Jo Ann Vornburger, both of Burlington, Carol Horn of Florence and Sophie Hughes of Tennessee; brothers, Earl Utley of Union, Larry Utley of Crescent Springs and Forest Utley; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Beechgrove Cemetery, Waterloo, Ky. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

David Ferguson, 89, of Florence, died April 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He retired as an elevator constructor for Otis Elevator, Cincinnati, was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and a member of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, Melbourne.

secretary, WMU member of Lusby Mills Baptist Church in Owen County and former member of Calvary Baptist Church, Latonia. Survivors include her husband, Robert Gillum; son, Robert A. Gilliam of Colerain Township, Ohio; daughters, Marsha E. Johns of Florence and Rhonda F. Gillum of Independence; sisters, Violet Wesley of Bentonville, Ark., Marie Estes of Hebron, Lillie Zwinn of Athens, Ala., and Ruth Noe of Goshen, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: NKY Chapter American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Joseph Franklin Jones

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Jerry Dale Jones, 67, of Florence, died April 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired, independent manufacturing plant consultant and enjoyed car shows, negotiations, discussing business and politics, and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Connie Lee Jones; sons, Michael, Tim, Mark, Ethan, Seth and Brian; sisters, Beverly Oberhelman and


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Brett J. Keen, 38, of Union, died April 9, 2011. He was the owner of Brett’s Barber Shop in Union. His parents, Roderic and Rosella Keen, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Keen; children, Halie, Austin and Cady Keen; sisters, Stephanie and Gwen Keen; and brothers, Anthony, Lance, Shawn and Shannon Keen. Memorials: Cheryl Keen Memorial Fund c/o any Bank of Kentucky.


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Karen S. Lucas, 54, of Florence, died April 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Her husband, Raymond G. Lucas Jr., died previously. Survivors include her son, Nathan Lucas; daughter, Stephanie McFadden; sister, Mary Jo Leviski; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery.

Bruce Mann

Bruce Mann, 55, of Florence, died April 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a truck driver for Trio Express and a member of Burlington First Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Lynn; daughters, Ashley Clos of Covington and Tiffany Mann of Florence;

brothers, Steven, Dennis, Kevin, Leslie and Dwight Mann; and sisters, Linda McCormick, Pat Daniels, Lisa Mann, Karen Daniels and Tessie Barlow. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides, 4420 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash, OH 45242.

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Helen Clara Lubbe Mann, 78, of Elsmere, died April 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Charles P. Mann; son, Charles “Pat” Mann Jr. of Elsmere; daughters, Mary Mann Gutzeit of Edgewood and Lisa Marie Ruark of Florence; sisters, Mary McQueen of Atlanta, Ga., and Jean Hallbach of Taylor Mill; six grandchildren; and five

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James E. “Jim” Moss, 63, of Florence, died April 14, 2011, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Paula Moss; daughter, Bridgette Wilson of Florence; son, Casey Moss of Perth, Australia; sister, Donna Hafer of Burlington; brothers, Bob Moss of Burlington and John Moss of North Carolina; and four grandchildren.

Kenneth Roberts

Kenneth Eugene Roberts, 87, of Union, died April 10, 2011, at Woodcrest Manor in Elsmere. He was a self-employed remodeler, owner of Roberts’ Remodeling and a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. His wife, Elizabeth Wermeling Roberts, and three sons, Thomas, Terrence and Jeffrey Roberts, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Mark Roberts of Union and Ronald Roberts of Visalia; daughters, Elaine Meyer of Florence and Amy Wilson of Erlanger; brother, Dick Roberts of Florence; sister, Joann Linderman of Fort Thomas; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Rhonda Jewell Schulz

Rhonda Jewell Schulz, 59, of Florence, died April 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of the Heritage Fellowship Church in Florence. Survivors include her husband, Dan Schulz; daughter, Tara Alexander; son, Joshua Schulz; father,

Howell Johnson; brothers, Danny, Dennis and Randy Johnson; sister, Ramona Dean; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery.

Hortense Setters

Hortense Setters, 95, of Florence, formerly of Pikeville, died April 10, 2011. Survivors include her daughters, Joan White, Dottie Driesback, Ellen Godbey and Bobbie VanWinkle; son, P.J. Seal; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She donated her body to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

John Warfield Sr.

John Samuel Warfield Sr., 79, of Florence, died April 11, 2011. He was an optician and U.S. Army Korean War veteran. His wife, Mary Lyman Warfield, died previously. Survivors include his son, John Warfield Jr.; daughter, Lisa Knapmeyer; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery, Florence. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Estelle Schoborg Watts

Estelle Schoborg Watts, 72, of Lebanon, Ohio, formerly of Independence, died April 15, 2011, at Atrium Medical Center in Franklin, Ohio. She was a department manager for Elder-Beerman. Her sisters Dolores, Jinny and Carolyn and brothers, Norb and Joe, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Ron Watts of Lebanon, Ohio, and Tom Watts of Springboro, Ohio; sisters, Rhett Eggleston of Independence, Mary Maus of Jamestown, Ky., Martha Rogers of Fort Mitchell, Lucy Perry of Florence, Cecilia Dennis of Independence and Vera Schmitt of Walton; and two grandchildren. Burial was in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Memorials: St. Francis Building Fund, 20 Desales Ave., Lebanon, OH 45036.

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Is IBS with CONSTIPATION keeping you from your favorite seat?

If you’re not finding overall symptom relief,† ask your doctor if AMITIZA can help. Millions of people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C). †Symptoms are defined as abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, bowel habits, and other IBS symptoms.

AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily is approved to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) in women 18 years of age and older.

AMITIZA may help

• AMITIZA is not for everyone. If you know or suspect you have a bowel blockage, do not take AMITIZA. If you are unsure, your healthcare provider should evaluate your condition before starting AMITIZA.You should not take AMITIZA if you have severe diarrhea.

• AMITIZA is not a laxative or fiber • AMITIZA is the only prescription medicine that is FDA-approved to relieve the overall symptoms of IBS-C in women. Individual results may vary

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• AMITIZA has not been studied in pregnant women and should only be used during a pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus. Women should have a negative pregnancy test before beginning treatment with AMITIZA and need to practice effective birth control measures. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while being treated with AMITIZA, talk to your healthcare provider to evaluate the risks to the fetus. • Some patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea or diarrhea. If nausea occurs, take AMITIZA with food. If your nausea or diarrhea becomes severe, tell your healthcare provider. • Within an hour of taking AMITIZA, a sensation of chest tightness and shortness of breath may occur. These symptoms usually go away within three hours, but may recur with repeated use. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms. • The most common side effects of taking AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily, pink capsules for IBS-C are nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These are not all the side effects associated with AMITIZA.

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Initial U.S. Approval: 2006 BRIEF SUMMARY OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION – Please see package insert for full prescribing information. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Amitiza ® is indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Amitiza is indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women ≥ 18 years old. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Amitiza should be taken twice daily orally with food and water. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation 24 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation 8 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS Amitiza is available as an oval, gelatin capsule containing 8 mcg or 24 mcg of lubiprostone. • 8-mcg capsules are pink and are printed with “SPI” on one side • 24-mcg capsules are orange and are printed with “SPI” on one side CONTRAINDICATIONS Amitiza is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Pregnancy The safety of Amitiza in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone has been shown to have the potential to cause fetal loss. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Women who could become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test prior to beginning therapy with Amitiza and should be capable of complying with effective contraceptive measures. See Use in Specific Populations (8.1). Nausea Patients taking Amitiza may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food with Amitiza may reduce symptoms of nausea. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Diarrhea Amitiza should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during treatment. Patients should be instructed to inform their physician if severe diarrhea occurs. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Dyspnea In clinical trials conducted to study Amitiza in treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and IBS-C there were reports of dyspnea. This was reported at 2.5% of the treated chronic idiopathic constipation population and at 0.4% in the treated IBS-C population. Although not classified as serious adverse events, some patients discontinued treatment on study because of this event. There have been postmarketing reports of dyspnea when using Amitiza 24 mcg. Most have not been characterized as serious adverse events, but some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea. These events have usually been described as a sensation of chest tightness and difficulty taking in a breath, and generally have an acute onset within 30–60 minutes after taking the first dose. They generally resolve within a few hours after taking the dose, but recurrence has been frequently reported with subsequent doses. Bowel Obstruction In patients with symptoms suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction, the treating physician should perform a thorough evaluation to confirm the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating therapy with Amitiza. ADVERSE REACTIONS Clinical Studies Experience Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza in 1175 patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (29 at 24 mcg once daily, 1113 at 24 mcg twice daily, and 33 at 24 mcg three times daily) over 3- or 4-week, 6-month, and 12-month treatment periods; and from 316 patients receiving placebo over short-term exposure (≤ 4 weeks). The total population (N = 1491) had a mean age of 49.7 (range 19–86) years; was 87.1% female; 84.8% Caucasian, 8.5% African American, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.9% Asian; and 15.5% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 1 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. In addition, corresponding adverse reaction incidence rates in patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg once daily is shown. Table 1: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) Placebo System/Adverse Reaction1

Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension Flatulence Vomiting Loose stools Abdominal discomfort2 Dyspepsia Dry mouth Stomach discomfort Nervous system disorders Headache Dizziness General disorders and site administration conditions Edema Fatigue Chest discomfort/pain Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders Dyspnea

N = 316 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Once Daily N = 29 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Twice Daily N = 1113 %

3 <1 3 2 2 <1 <1 <1 <1

17 7 3 3 3 -

29 12 8 6 6 3 3 2 2 1 1

5 <1

3 3

11 3

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3 2 2




Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly, probably, or definitely related, as assessed by the investigator). 2 This term combines “abdominal tenderness,” “abdominal rigidity,” “gastrointestinal discomfort,” and “abdominal discomfort.”


Nausea: Approximately 29% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of nausea; 4% of patients had severe nausea while 9% of patients discontinued treatment due to nausea. The rate of nausea associated with Amitiza (any dosage) was substantially lower among male (7%) and elderly patients (18%). Further analysis of the safety data revealed that long-term exposure to Amitiza does not appear to place patients at an elevated risk for experiencing nausea. The incidence of nausea increased in a dose-dependent manner with the lowest overall incidence for nausea reported at the 24 mcg once daily dosage (17%). In open-labeled, long-term studies, patients were allowed to adjust the dosage of Amitiza down to 24 mcg once daily from 24 mcg twice daily if experiencing nausea. Nausea decreased when Amitiza was administered with food. No patients in the clinical studies were hospitalized due to nausea. CE-0000456793


Diarrhea: Approximately 12% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of diarrhea; 2% of patients had severe diarrhea while 2% of patients discontinued treatment due to diarrhea. Electrolytes: No serious adverse reactions of electrolyte imbalance were reported in clinical studies, and no clinically significant changes were seen in serum electrolyte levels in patients receiving Amitiza. Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably or definitely related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: fecal incontinence, muscle cramp, defecation urgency, frequent bowel movements, hyperhidrosis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, intestinal functional disorder, anxiety, cold sweat, constipation, cough, dysgeusia, eructation, influenza, joint swelling, myalgia, pain, syncope, tremor, decreased appetite. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in 1011 patients with IBS-C for up to 12 months and from 435 patients receiving placebo twice daily for up to 16 weeks. The total population (N = 1267) had a mean age of 46.5 (range 18–85) years; was 91.6% female; 77.5% Caucasian, 12.9% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Asian; and 8.0% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 2 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. Table 2: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (IBS-C Studies)

N = 435 %

Amitiza 8 mcg Twice Daily N = 1011 %

4 4 5 2

8 7 5 3

Placebo System/Adverse Reaction


Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension

Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly or probably related, as assessed by the investigator). Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: dyspepsia, loose stools, vomiting, fatigue, dry mouth, edema, increased alanine aminotransferase, increased aspartate aminotransferase, constipation, eructation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspnea, erythema, gastritis, increased weight, palpitations, urinary tract infection, anorexia, anxiety, depression, fecal incontinence, fibromyalgia, hard feces, lethargy, rectal hemorrhage, pollakiuria. One open-labeled, long-term clinical study was conducted in patients with IBS-C receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily. This study comprised 476 intent-to-treat patients (mean age 47.5 [range 21– 82] years; 93.5% female; 79.2% Caucasian, 11.6% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian; 7.8% ≥ 65 years of age) who were treated for an additional 36 weeks following an initial 12–16-week, double-blinded treatment period. The adverse reactions that were reported during this study were similar to those observed in the two double-blinded, controlled studies. Postmarketing Experience The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Amitiza 24 mcg for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Voluntary reports of adverse reactions occurring with the use of Amitiza include the following: syncope, allergic-type reactions (including rash, swelling, and throat tightness), malaise, increased heart rate, muscle cramps or muscle spasms, rash, and asthenia. DRUG INTERACTIONS Based upon the results of in vitro human microsome studies, there is low likelihood of drug–drug interactions. In vitro studies using human liver microsomes indicate that cytochrome P450 isoenzymes are not involved in the metabolism of lubiprostone. Further in vitro studies indicate microsomal carbonyl reductase may be involved in the extensive biotransformation of lubiprostone to the metabolite M3 (See Pharmacokinetics [12.3].). Additionally, in vitro studies in human liver microsomes demonstrate that lubiprostone does not inhibit cytochrome P450 isoforms 3A4, 2D6, 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 2E1, and in vitro studies of primary cultures of human hepatocytes show no induction of cytochrome P450 isoforms 1A2, 2B6, 2C9, and 3A4 by lubiprostone. No drug–drug interaction studies have been performed. Based on the available information, no protein binding–mediated drug interactions of clinical significance are anticipated. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS Pregnancy Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy Category C. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1).] Teratology studies with lubiprostone have been conducted in rats at oral doses up to 2000 mcg/kg/day (approximately 332 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area), and in rabbits at oral doses of up to 100 mcg/kg/day (approximately 33 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area). Lubiprostone was not teratogenic in rats or rabbits. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone caused fetal loss at repeated doses of 10 and 25 mcg/kg/day (approximately 2 and 6 times the highest recommended human dose, respectively, based on body surface area) administered on days 40 to 53 of gestation. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. However, during clinical testing of Amitiza, six women became pregnant. Per protocol, Amitiza was discontinued upon pregnancy detection. Four of the six women delivered healthy babies. The fifth woman was monitored for 1 month following discontinuation of study drug, at which time the pregnancy was progressing as expected; the patient was subsequently lost to follow-up. The sixth pregnancy was electively terminated. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. If a woman is or becomes pregnant while taking the drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Nursing Mothers It is not known whether lubiprostone is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from lubiprostone, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Pediatric Use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been studied. Geriatric Use Chronic Idiopathic Constipation The efficacy of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation was consistent with the efficacy in the overall study population. Of the total number of constipated patients treated in the dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term studies of Amitiza, 15.5% were ≥ 65 years of age, and 4.2% were ≥ 75 years of age. Elderly patients taking Amitiza (any dosage) experienced a lower incidence rate of associated nausea compared to the overall study population taking Amitiza (18% vs. 29%, respectively). Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation The safety profile of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation (8.0% were ≥ 65 years of age and 1.8% were ≥ 75 years of age) was consistent with the safety profile in the overall study population. Clinical studies of Amitiza did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 years and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Renal Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have renal impairment. 1


Hepatic Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have hepatic impairment. OVERDOSAGE There have been two confirmed reports of overdosage with Amitiza. The first report involved a 3-year-old child who accidentally ingested 7 or 8 capsules of 24 mcg of Amitiza and fully recovered. The second report was a study patient who self-administered a total of 96 mcg of Amitiza per day for 8 days. The patient experienced no adverse reactions during this time. Additionally, in a Phase 1 cardiac repolarization study, 38 of 51 patients given a single oral dose of 144 mcg of Amitiza (6 times the highest recommended dose) experienced an adverse event that was at least possibly related to the study drug. Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of these patients included the following: nausea (45%), diarrhea (35%), vomiting (27%), dizziness (14%), headache (12%), abdominal pain (8%), flushing/hot flash (8%), retching (8%), dyspnea (4%), pallor (4%), stomach discomfort (4%), anorexia (2%), asthenia (2%), chest discomfort (2%), dry mouth (2%), hyperhidrosis (2%), and syncope (2%). PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION Dosing Instructions Amitiza should be taken twice daily with food and water to reduce potential symptoms of nausea. The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening daily as prescribed. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be broken apart or chewed. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Patients on treatment who experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or dyspnea should inform their physician. Patients taking Amitiza may experience dyspnea within an hour of the first dose. This symptom generally resolves within 3 hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Patients should take a single 24 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Patients should take a single 8 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Marketed by: Sucampo Pharma Americas, Inc., Bethesda, MD 20814 and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Deerfield, IL 60015 Amitiza® is a registered trademark of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMT0509-R1/brf L-LUB-0509-8


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