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Runners of all skill and ability levels are lining up at the starting lines of races across the region this spring for the plethora of 5Ks, marathons and runs scheduled.

Tell us why your mom rocks The Community Recorder wants to know “Why Your Mom Rocks.” We are accepting reader essays under 100 words about why your mother is special. Deadline is Monday, April 30. A selection of essays will be published in the Recorder before Mother’s Day, which is on May 13 this year. Send your essay to or to: Mother’s Day, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41017. If you like include a photo and you and your mother. Please include your name, community and phone number. Also tell us where your mother lives and give her first and last name. Questions? Call 578-1059.



Store construction may start in summer By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — As construction draws near for the Florence Kroger Marketplace, a few details need working out, including getting permission for signs. The store will sit on an 11.5acre site on Mall Road and feature fuel pumps. Kroger is requesting the city

of Florence create a special sign district so the store can have a freestanding monument sign that will show gas prices and have four panels to show tenants in the store. Florence’s planning and zoning committee recommended City Council approve the request and council will vote on the first of two readings April 24. Getting the sign permission sorted out is all part of construction preparation, said Anne McBride, a consultant for Krog-


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“(Florence) staff and developers have been working together for a long time to bring this to fruition,” McBride said. Depending on some initial groundwork, construction could start this summer or fall, she said. “It will be this year,” McBride said. The store will sit mostly in the lot held by the vacant movie theater, but other lots held by surrounding businesses, like Fuji Steak House, will be leveled

Three generations of the Eha family – Jacob, Beverly and Brian Eha, all of Florence – race in the April 21 Dogwood Dash at the Boone County Arboretum. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY

Russell named St. Paul principal Community Recorder Kathleen C. Russell has been named the new principal of St. Paul School. Russell, currently principal at St. Francis Seraph School in Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, will succeed David Maher. Maher retires this spring after 27 years at the school. The selection was made by Msgr. Thomas Sacksteder, pastor of St. Paul Church, and the Rev. Richard Bolte, pastor of St. Timothy Church. They followed the recommendation of a search committee.

Russell will become principal in August. She has taught in the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington, the Russell Archdiocese of Cincinnati and in various public schools in Northern Kentucky. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph, a master’s from Northern Kentucky University and a state of Kentucky certification in administration.

to make space for the Kroger. Kroger has been working with businesses affected to help them find new locations, McBride said. “It’s all shaking out nicely,” she said. When it’s completed, the Florence Kroger will be one of the area’s largest Kroger stores, McBride said. “This is the big, new marketplace,” she said. For more about your community, visit

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FLORENCE — A car accident with a pedestrian has city leaders looking for solutions. A woman was struck by an oncoming vehicle as she entered the westbound lanes of Turfway Road near Turfway Liquor around 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Police have not released the names of the pedestrian or the driver, but the pedestrian was transported to University Hospital with a head injury and a possible broken leg. The incident is one of several accidents involving pedestrians in the Turfway Road area over the last few years, said Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski. Szurlinski and his department have been trying to find a way to make the area safer. “I don’t have an answer,” he said. “I wish I did.” The area has a few crosswalks, but many pedestrians

choose not to walk to them and cross the five-lane road where they are, Szurlinski said. “It’s so wide,” he said. Adding an additional crosswalk likely won’t help because pedestrians could still choose to not use it and drivers sometimes ignore stop signs and traffic signals that aren’t at intersections, Szurlinski said. The speed limit in the area makes reacting to a pedestrian difficult for drivers, he said. “With the speed there, it tends to increase the injuries,” Szurlinski said. Adding any additional traffic signals or crosswalks would be handled by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) because Turfway Road is maintained by the state. KTC is usually very responsive to city requests, so if a solution is found it would likely be implemented, he said. For more about your community, visit

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FLORENCE — When Philip Hageman needed to move his company to a larger space, he became the first to take advantage of a new program. Hageman is CEO of Target Marketing, which moved from Crescent Springs to Florence last November. Target Marketing produces promotional maps for chambers of commerce and municipalities across the country. The office houses the company’s sales and cartography departments. Thanks to steady growth, the company outgrew its former office and needed a larger home, Hageman said. When the search for new property began, Hageman contacted Zalla Companies, which owns the building on Ewing Boulevard where Target eventually moved. Zalla representatives told Hageman he should get in contact with the city of Florence because a payroll tax incentive for small businesses was working its way through approval and Target might benefit from it. The incentives were designed to attract smaller businesses to specific corridors of the city. They are available to businesses that usually don’t have a large enough payroll to qualify for state tax incentives. “I contacted Mayor (Diane) Whalen immediately,” Hageman said. He emailed Whalen around 4 p.m. on a Friday


something more attractive,” Hedrich said. There are so many factors that go into a company choosing a location, including where the CEO lives, that the incentive probably isn’t enough to sway a decision by itself, but it could be the tipping point, he said. afternoon and by 6 p.m. that day, Hageman got a call from business/community development director Josh Wice explaining the incentives. With the combination of location, space available and the incentive, the Ewing Boulevard building was the perfect match for Target, Hageman said. “We really and truly couldn’t be any happier,” he said. In November, Hageman moved his 28 employees to Florence. Since then he’s added 13 new employees and has a payroll of about $1.8 million this year, and he expects that to grow in the future. Hageman predicts the incentive will be an indirect driver of growth for his company. “We know that 1 percent of the total payroll is coming back to us,” he said. Hageman plans to use that money to take care of his employees. “That’s not saying we’re all going to Kings Island and it’s all you can drink,” Hageman said. “We are

putting it back and benefiting employees.” When the check comes in from the incentive, the company will likely purchase equipment like new computers and more comfortable chairs. These are things that make employees happier while at work, which leads to better sellers and more growth.

More to come While Target was the first company to take advantage of the incentive, more should be signing up in the near future, Wice said. “I think we’ll see that work out with businesses we’re having discussions with,” he said. The incentive is a great

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The Northern Kentucky Tea Party will sponsor the “End of the Error” rally 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The rally is a gathering for those interested in learning about the principles of the tea party. Admission and parking are free.

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Richwood Presbyterian Church will host its 178th birthday celebration on Sunday, May 6, with a potluck lunch following the 11 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 1070 Richwood Road, Richwood. For more information call 859-485-7200.

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Interact Club building team of young leaders By Justin B. Duke

A service organization is helping grow a group of young leaders. The Florence Rotary Club recently approved the formation of the Interact Club of Boone County. Interact, like Rotary, focuses on community service but is open to children ages 12-18. “Interact Club is similar to an honor society, but is focused on leadership potential rather than

academics,” said Sharon Almquist, the club’s community adviser. While Interact is self-governed, the club will often partner with the Florence Rotary Club as it works on its annual community-based and international service projects. Students looking to build leadership skills through service should find Interact attractive because there will be “a wide net” of opportunities, said Ryle senior Inga Almquist, the

club’s interim president. Interact is still in its infancy, but the vision is for a large group of students who love helping their community, said Barbara Rahn, the club’s Rotarian adviser. “If they grow up volunteering as leaders, they will likely do it the rest of their lives,” Rahn said. As part of its early growing process, Interact is actively recruiting new members. The founders of the group de-

cided to keep Interact community-based as opposed to schoolbased so anyone aged 12-18 could join – including homeschoolers. The group has Boone County in the name, but is open to anyone in Northern Kentucky. Along with recruiting members, They’re also looking to meet with groups who’d like to partner up. Email interactboonecounty@ or visit cointeractclub.

First-graders plant school garden By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Young students got to add a green addition to their school. First-graders at St. Paul Elementary planted a school garden as part of their unit on conservation and to celebrate Earth Day. Students brought in plants for the garden and a rain barrel and composter were added. Throughout the spring, teacher Julie Keyser has been preparing students for planting day and teaching about the water cycle and how plants grow. “We’ve learned about a lot of stuff actually,” said first-grader Brook Ives. As the warm weather approached, anticipation for starting the garden was mounting, Keyser said. “They’ve been super excited,” she said. When planting day finally came, students were all assigned roles like diggers, planters or water pail carriers. As students were digging and planting, Keyser got to offer basic gardening tips like leaving worms in the dirt. The garden will become a lasting feature of the school that students will tend and learn from, Keyser said. “Eventually we’ll learn about

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Performers from the Cincinnati-based Bi-Okoto, an African dance company founded in 1994, play March 27 at Stephens Elementary during the school’s weeklong Artspalooza.

College of Education and members of Amigos Unidos, MSU’s Spanish Club, attend the sessions. The students work with the adult participants and provide care for children whose parents attend the sessions. Education students plan crafts, games and other activities pertaining to the current season or upcoming holiday. Gebka, an honors student, has been working with the program since August 2011, collecting da-


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became a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society at the University of Kentucky.

BURLINGTON — Sounds of drums filled the Stephens Elementary gym on March 27 as performers from Bi-Okoto, a Cincinnati-based African dance company, drummed for a group of students. Toward the end, teachers even got in on the action, lining up to learn some dance moves. It was day two of Artspalooza, the school’s weeklong celebration of the arts. Following Bi-Okoto’s performance, students had the chance to showcase their own abilities with a student arts assembly. Art teacher Julie Harwood said what had started with an idea of a day with music morphed into a “week of the arts.” This was the first year for the program. The Kentucky Department of Education wants kids to have “a really strong foundation” in all four art forms – dance, drama, visual arts and music, she said. “Whenever we have the chance and opportunity to show kids how interrelated the arts are to every other subject, the more fully rounded they become,” Harwood said. The arts are something anybody can succeed in, she said. It’s a place “where every child can be celebrated in some way and every adult can be celebrated in some way,” said Harwood. Other events scheduled during the week included visits from graphic designers, a sculptor, an author, musicians and even a dulcimer club. A performing arts student assembly was held as well, along with a “Celebrate the Arts” night.

Grade 5: Samuel Brockett, Gabrielle Cordas, Matthew Cordas, Dylan Damico, Koushik Devarakonda, Gregory McMillan, Peter Mendenhall; Lauren Pompilio, Angel Ramirez, Matthew Rice, Alexis Scherpenberg, Devin Schwabe, John Shutt and Daniel Watson. Grade 4: Zackery Ajwa, Branden Bailey, Alainia Fangman, Ashtyn Fangman, Logan Gibson, Iroha Ichii, Catherine Johnson, Autumn Jones; Savannah Loh, Preston Malone, Mansi Mamidi, Tyler Nwaisser, Paige Plapp, Courtney Roberts, Margaret Round-

tree, Thalia Valencia-Murphy, Emilie Waltz and Kameron Wright.

A/B Grade 5: Valentina Acevedo, Michael Attabary, Jaden Austin, Samantha Bachman, Allie Beutel, Morgan Black, Shelby Cherry, Lucy Cobble; Carson Fannin, Adam Garey, Joshua Gray, Landon Harris, Bria Howell, Nicholas Katsikas, Lillian Klein, Jared Kuehn; Jillian Laumann, Ashley Layton, Ethan Lock, Grace Marksberry, William McDonner, Ellie Nelson, Jack Nemec, Nikola Noack; Lucy Poskas, Stephanie Schwartz, Thomas Sheehan, Abigail Topie, Sabrina Torbit, Alstine Van, Allison Wheeler, Rhiannon Wilkin and Hannah Wolf.

Grade 4: Joseph Ahlers, Lucas Alley, Aleisha Banks, Casey Beusterien, Joshua Bielski, Claire Castleman, Haley Egan, Jackson Eickhoff; Dakota Finn, Jaret Flowers, Bradey Gamble, Jackson Gordon, Jada GrayMarsh, Carly Holtman, Zachary Kegley; Alexandra Kramer, Taylor McClanahan, William Minniti, Andrea Mitchell, Caitlin Morris, Rachel Moscona, Jade Payne, Keegan Points; Rachel Reynolds, David Schneider, Noah Solomon, Trey Spencer, Olivia Stewart, Nicholas Sudenga, Brianna Thiery, Michael Tilford, William Tobergta; David Vargas, Victoria Wang, Henry Williams, Devin Wilson, Dominic Winglewish, Gretchen Wolf, Wesley Wright, Aubrey Yob and Ryan Zuesli.





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Ryle baseball team looks for consistency

Sander drives in 5 in 1st varsity start By James Weber

UNION — The Ryle baseball

team has enough depth in roster and number of games in schedule that plenty of Raiders get a chance to stand out. None took advantage more than junior Jake Sander, who drove in five runs in his first varsity start to lead Ryle to a 10-0 win at Cooper April18. Ryle had a record of 11-6 heading into the Doc Morris tournament April 20.

“I’m pretty stoked to do this in my first actual game,” he said. “People got on base and I just happened to get a few hits.” Sander started as head coach Pat Roesel gave some of his regulars a break against the Jaguars. The game between the nearby county and 33rd District rivals didn’t count for seeding: the teams meet again April 25 at Ryle for that purpose. “Jake really stepped up,” said Ryle head coach Pat Roesel. “We gave a few guys opportunities. We haven’t been hitting consistently. The last two games we had two hits and three hits.” Sander’s two-out double early

Ryle senior Jake Hughes heads towards home in a 10-0 win over Cooper in baseball April 18 in Union. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

in the game plated three runs and made it a 5-0 game. That was more than enough for junior Jus-

tin Hoard, who got the win on the mound, his second of the season. “He hit his spots and got early strikes, which is what we preach about,” Roesel said. “He was able to relax when we hit the ball behind him.” The leader of the team has been senior Mark Downs, who will pitch for the University of Cincinnati next year. He has a 4-1 record and a 1.69 ERA this season, including wins in both 33rd

seeding games against Boone County and Conner. “When he’s on, he’s a really good pitcher,” Roesel said. “He’s a smart kid, level-headed. He has a good breaking ball and changeup and throws his fastball in the mid-80s.” Thomas Baumann is leading the offense, hitting .500 with four triples and 15 RBI. Leiff Clarkson, the senior leadoff hitter and shortstop, will play for Division I Western Kentucky. The Raiders will have a key test April 27-28, playing in the Louisville Invitational against some of the state’s toughest competition.


This week’s MVP

» St. Henry’s Meghan Burke and Celia Eltzroth for trading the school’s triple jump record in the past week.


Lindsey Hinken hands to Ashley Svec during the distance medley, which St. Henry won at the NKAC meet April 17. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Aldridge lifts St. Henry track Crusaders sweep NKAC titles By James Weber

ERLANGER — Basketball didn’t work out for Craig Aldridge, but the roundball helped him get into his best sport. Aldridge, a St. Henry District High School junior, knew he had “hops” on the basketball court, but he hadn’t thought about using them on the track. Once he did, Aldridge has become one of the best jumpers in Northern Kentucky in all three disciplines: high jump, long jump and triple jump. “I was playing rec basketball at my school and I was dunking the ball and having fun, and the girls track coach asked if I did track and told me I should come out and do it,” Aldridge said. Aldridge has had a strong season so far in 2012, and helped St. Henry to the team championship at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II championships April 17 at Lloyd. Aldridge had two event wins and one second place at the meet, which was in the relay format. All the field events combined the marks of a two teammates for one score, and there were no solo running events, just eight

St. Henry's Craig Aldridge tries to clear the high jump April 17. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

different four-person relays. “I love the competition and being pushed to do my best,” Aldridge said. “The feeling of beating my own personal record is amazing.” Aldridge had a fun night in that respect to close the NKAC meet. He set a personal best of 42 feet, 0.5 inches in the meet, and barely fouled on his last attempt, which ended up being 42-7. Aldridge had the best individual leap by half an inch over Lloyd senior Tyler Bray, the 2011 Class 2A state high jump champion who cleared 6-8 in that event earlier in the evening. Aldridge and Bray were encouraging each other during their final jumps. “I felt pretty good about the night,” Aldridge said. “Tyler’s cool. He’s fun. I love competing with him. He pushes me to do a lot better.” Aldridge and Shaun Cawley (40-2) won the triple jump

and the long jump (20-1, 1810.5). Aldridge and Austin Eibel finished second in the high jump behind Lloyd. At state last year, Aldridge was fourth in the triple jump and third in high jump. “The potential is unlimited for him,” said St. Henry boys coach Ernie Brooks. “His biggest obstacle is himself. He gets mad at himself so easily. I try to explain to him, you have four jumps to have one good one. Don’t beat yourself up every time something doesn’t go right. He’s a great jumper and he’s very competitive.” St. Henry won seven events in boys, including the pole vault and the four longest races, with members of the state champion cross country team manning most of the batons. St. Henry won See TRACK, Page A9

NKAC results BOYS

Team scores: St. Henry 122, Beechwood 66, NCC 65, Brossart 47, Holy Cross 46, Newport 30, Lloyd 27, Ludlow 19, Bellevue 5, Dayton 4. 4x1,600: St. Henry (Wolfer, Rohmann, Nields, Mark), Brossart (Caldwell, Nienaber, Neltner, Clift), Ludlow (Soward, Gasier, VanHuss, Bryan). 4x100: Beechwood (Vocke, Brennen, Erdman, Nussbaum), Holy Cross (Piccirillo, Beal, Chames, Walker), St. Henry (Svec, Cawley, Eibel, Jobert). 4x800: St. Henry (Brockman, Dooley, Rohmann, Mark), Brossart (Caldwell, Kramer, Goller, Loos), NCC (Trauth, Johnson, Walker, Barth). 4x200: Beechwood (Erdman, Everett, Brennen, Nussbaum), St. Henry (Jobert, Cawley, Kriege, Haacke), NCC (Dettmer, Schaefer, Davenport, Anost). Shuttle hurdles: Newport (Stanley, Engram, Marshall, Washington), St. Henry (Eibel, Eibel, Svec, Nields), NCC (Huseman, Dettmer, Schaefer, Simon). Sprint medley: Beechwood (Brennen, Erdman, Everett, Nussbaum), St. Henry (Jobert, Kriege, Svec, Nields), Brossart (Caldwell, Landwehr, Elbert, Miller). Distance medley: St. Henry (Brockman, Wolfer, Eibel, Mark), NCC (Barth, Anost, Trauth, Walker), Ludlow (VanHuss, Hamilton, Gasier, Soward). 4x400: St. Henry (Dooley, Rohmann, Haacke, Kriege), Holy Cross (Fuller, Woeste, Chames, Walker), NCC (Dettmer, Simon, Romito, Schaefer). Shot put: Holy Cross (Sanders, Kozerski), St. Henry (Martin, Cawley), Beechwood (Overstreet, Evans). Discus: Holy Cross (Sanders, Kozerski), NCC (Martin, Paolucci), St. Henry (Hellmann, Cawley).

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» Boone County senior Sydney Moss will have her high school jersey sent to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, according to Boone County coach Nell Fookes. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tenn., requested the jersey in a formal letter sent via email to Fookes this week. The hall currently has over 100 jerseys hanging in the Ring of Honor, including high school and college All-Americans from the 2010-11 season. The Ring of Honor is one of the most popular exhibits at the hall, according to the information letter. Moss, a University of Florida signee, won the Associated Press girls’ basketball state player of the year award last week. She won the Gatorade state player of the year award in March. Moss is one of five candidates for Miss Basketball which will be announced April 28.


» Covington Catholic won the Doc Morris Scholarship Tournament April 22, beating Dixie Heights 11-2 in the final of the 16team, single-elimination tournament. Cov Cath beat Scott, Ryle and Holy Cross to get to the final, and is 19-1. First round: Holy Cross 6, Bellevue 1; Cov Cath 2, Scott 1; Ryle 5, St. Henry; Highlands 7, Holmes 5; Beechwood 8, Newport 2; Conner 7, NCC 3; Boone 4, Simon Kenton 3; Dixie over Cooper. Second round: Holy Cross 10, Conner 2; Cov Cath 5, Ryle 2; Dixie over Highlands; Boone over Beechwod. Semifinals: Cov Cath 4, Holy Cross 1; Dixie 5, Boone 2. » Boone County beat Holmes 10-4. Senior shortstop Doug Teegarden drove in five runs on three singles to lead the Rebels to their seventh straight win. » Walton-Verona beat Trimble County 11-0 April 17.


» St. Henry beat Newport 9-0 April 17. Noelle Butts got 14 strikeouts and the win. Mamee Salzer hit her second homer of the season. St. Henry beat Ludlow 9-2 April 18. Salzer got the win and two RBI. » Ryle beat Scott 12-0 April 17. Ali Crupper got the win. » Boone County beat Cooper 5-3 April 17. Kreimer had three hits and two RBI.

Boys tennis

» Ryle is 11-1 after beating Boone County 5-0 April 18.

Girls tennis

» Boone beat VMA 5-0 April 18 to improve to 5-4.


» Kentucky’s soccer postseason will have a different look beginning with the 2012 season. The state tournament will expand to eight teams for both boys’ and girls’, while See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A9



Ryle golfers have eyes on their college picks By James Weber

UNION — Ryle seniors Blake Hamilton and Alex Bruce, who made Ryle golf history last fall, have their eyes on more when they head out to play college golf . Hamilton will play for Division I Cincinnati, Bruce will play for Division II Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Hamilton tied for third place in the Kentucky state

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easily, with 122 points to 66 for Beechwood. The Crusaders had five secondplace finishes. “We had a pretty good day,” Brooks said. “We did a lot of good things.” The girls team edged Newport Central Catholic 114-100. St. Henry had six event wins and three seconds. The events wins were spread out, with cross

Results Continued from Page A8 Long jump: St. Henry (Aldridge, Cawley), Beechwood (Vocke, Hayden), Newport (Engram, Lewis). Triple jump: St. Henry (Aldridge, Cawley), Lloyd (Bray, Riddle), Brossart (Hartig, Berkemeyer). High jump: Lloyd (Bray, Riddle), St. Henry (Aldridge, Eibel), NCC (Romito, Johnson). Pole vault: St. Henry (Haacke, Dooley), NCC (Schaefer, Hardt), Lloyd (Withers, Nieporte).


Team scores: St. Henry 114, NewCath 100, Brossart 67, Beechwood 57, Villa Madonna 35, Lloyd 28, Ludlow 18, Newport 10. 4x1,600: St. Henry (Connett, Hentz, Hinken, Svec), Lloyd

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the sectional and sub-sectional rounds will be replaced with a semi-state round. The board previously approved a measure that creates a 16 region soccer alignment. Winners of each of the 16 regions will ad-

tournament last fall, leading Ryle to fifth place as a team. Both are the highest finishes in Ryle history, and Hamilton finished three strokes out of first place as he came close to becoming the second boys state champion in Northern Kentucky history. Bruce tied for15th in the girls tourney, sharing the spot with freshman teammate Nadine Innes, as they marked the highest finish in Ryle girls history. Local golf pro Doug

Traditions in Hebron. “Doug Martin has been my swing coach forever. He’s like a father. He’ll keep me on track to what I want to do, which is play professionally when I graduate,” he said. Bruce was the conference champion last fall after a strong summer in local and national events. Her favorite memory was winning the Notre Dame Invitational last season in a sudden-death playoff. “It was the first playoff

Ryle seniors Blake Hamilton (Cincinnati) and Alex Bruce (Converse) signed to play golf in college April 19. From left: Donna Hamilton, Russell Hamilton, Blake Hamilton, Alex Bruce, Bob Bruce. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Martin, one of the area’s top teaching pros, is the UC

country leaders helping the Crusaders in the 4x1,600, 4x800 and distance medley (4,000 total meters), and St. Henry winning the shuttle hurdles, triple jump and long jump. The highlight was the triple, with Megan Burke setting a school record of 35-6 just three days after Celia Eltzroth set a new mark at 35-1. Eltzroth actually went 35-1.5, a half inch better, in the NKAC meet as she and Burke combined for a dominating win. “They’re really good friends so it was a good

friendly competition,” said St. Henry girls coach Tony Harden. “I’m really happy with that. It was a total team effort. This meet, you can’t do it with one or two studs because they get buried in relays. You have to have a good all-around team.” Brossart was third in the NKAC meet with 67 points. “You have us battling each other,” Harden said. “I really think the top three teams in Class A will come from Northern Kentucky. That’s my gut feeling.”

(Duncan, Duncan, Hyman, Marshall), Ludlow (Victor, Dugan, Dugan, Shworles). 4x100: Brossart (Goderwis, Patterson, Goderwis, Brown), NCC (Seibert, Cain, Kinnett, Muench), St. Henry (Culbertson, Felix, Hamilton, Culbertson). 4x800: St. Henry (Connett, Moore, Hinken, Svec), NCC, Brossart. 4x200: NCC, Brossart, St. Henry (Cahill, Culbertson, Culbertson, Felix). Shuttle hurdles: St. Henry (Burke, Eltzroth, Lehmkuhl, Ryan), NCC (Kohls, Lewis, Otten, Swope), Beechwood (Johnson, Halpin, Slagle, Weibel). Sprint medley: NCC (Kinnett, Seibert, Cain, Muench), Brossart (Goderwis, Goderwis, Jennings, Patterson), St. Henry (Mauntel, Connett, Culbertson, Culbertson). Distance medley: St. Henry (Hentz, Hinken, Ryan, Svec), Ludlow (Dugan, Victor, Dugan,

Victor), Beechwood (Rylee, Irwin, Laake, Sweasy). 4x400: NCC, Brossart, St. Henry (Cahill, Connett, Mauntel, Felix). Shot put: NCC (Gruenschlaeger, Lukens), St. Henry (Schulte, Vagedes), Beechwood (Miller, Brown). Discus: NCC (Gruenschlaeger, Lukens), St. Henry (Schulte, Knaley), Beechwood (Miller, Brown). Long jump: St. Henry (Burke, Munzer), Beechwood (Irwin, Fessler), Brossart (Patterson, Jennings). Triple jump: St. Henry (Burke, Eltzroth), VMA (Pickens, Barton), NCC (Kohls, Seibert). High jump: VMA (Pickens, Blom), NCC (Kohls, Lankheit), St. Henry (Knaley, Eltzroth). Pole vault: NCC (Kruer, Schack), St. Henry (Felix, Overwein), Lloyd (Ray, Green).

vance to a one game semistate round, which is comprised of semi-state 1 (regions 1-4), semi-state 2 (regions 5-8), semi-state 3 (regions 9-12) and semi-state 4 (12-16). The semi-state pairings will be determined on a six-year rotation. Pairings for the eight teams reaching the state tournament will be determined by a blind draw.

The Board of Control also approved the dates for each of the six championship contests in the 2012 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. On Friday, Nov. 30, the championships for Classes 1A, 3A and 4A will take place. Classes 2A, 5A and 6A will determine its champions on Saturday, Decem-

head coach. UC’s home course is also Hamilton’s,

I’d won, and it really helped me learn how to play under pressure,” she said. “The whole team was lining the fairway and cheering me on. It’s something I’ll always remember.” She chose Converse, whose head coach is former LPGA Tour veteran Sara Anne McGetrick. “She knows how to connect with the teenage population,” Bruce said. “It’s a very secure campus and it’s small, so I’ll get the academic attention I need.”

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behind-the-scenes tour. To sign up or for pricing and details, visit camps or call 1-855-846-7337.

A Cincinnati Reds baseball and softball camp for boys and girls ages 6-14 will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday June 4-8 at Florence Freedom park. The five-day camp includes 30 hours of instruction, a full Reds uniform (jersey, pants, hat and belt), four tickets to a 2012 Reds game and a graduation certificate commemorating his/her attendance at the inaugural season of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball and Softball Camps. During camp, participants will visit the Great American Ball Park for a VIP

Union Raider fundraiser Union Raider Youth Football program will host “The Future is Now Feast” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at St. Timothy’s, corner of U.S. 42 and Frogtown Road in Union. At the fundraiser, the team will reveal the 2012 schedule and Ryle varsity players will speak. Along with dinner, there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and can be

purchased online at Donations are accepted. The team is seeking local sponsors. The money raised will help pay for field rental fees, provide equipment to players and help players unable to afford to play. The Union Raider Youth Football program is a nonprofit organization for 5th-8th grade students at Gray, Ockerman and Jones middle schools who will attend high school at Ryle. Email Rick Scherr, head coach, at


Cooper junior Emily Smith hits the ball. Cooper won 6-4 over Newport Central Catholic in softball April 18 at Cooper High School in Union. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ber 1. All games will take place at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. In accordance with NFHS playing rules basketball contests at all levels in grades 9-12 will feature a running clock beginning next season once the margin reaches 35 points in the second half. At the point the margin reaches 35, the

clock will stop only for charged time outs, an injury/blood or disqualification, and free throw attempts.


» Northern Kentucky bowling center proprietors have donated $4,000 to a scholarship fund, awarding eight $500 scholarships. An independent


committee determined the recipients. Boys: Ben Kramer – Dixie; Logan Krey – St Henry; David Zalla – Covington Catholic; Noah Bartel – Newport. Girls; Stefanie Sinclair – Holy Cross; Julie Kemp – St Henry; Jordan Mastin – Scott; Nicole Howe – Boone County.

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been a political activist and writer fighting for limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. I’ve published over 125 political articles with many published in local newspapers. My most popular articles are the “I-75 Rain Forest May Collapse B.S. Bridge” and “SD1’s Copperfield Illusion” concerning the dead trees on the hillside along the cut-in-the-hill. I’m a constitutional-conservative. Rand Paul is ranked as No. 1 in the Senate for complying with the Constitution on his votes. My goal is to be ranked No. 1 in Congress. I propose cutting the federal government by 40 percent over fours years, reducing individual and corporate federal tax rates to 10 percent to create jobs and placing a 10-year moratorium on EPA regulations so America can pursue 90 percent energy independence. These are just a few of my conservative positions. Please check out and decide if my political principles match yours. If so, I would appreciate your support of May 22. Thank you. Tom Wurtz, of Fort Mitchell, is a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District.

Pledge to be a force of nature This past year has been an important reminder to all of us that severe weather can strike anytime and anyplace. This week commemorates the oneyear anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak in the central and southern states. Here in the south, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina were tragically affected. Already this year the country has experienced deadly severe weather from the west to the east coast. Each year, many people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes, despite advance warning. In 2011, there were more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries nationwide. Severe weather knows no boundaries and affects every individual but that does not mean we wave the white flag and bow to nature’s whim. It means now is the time for bold preparedness actions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are doing just that and have partnered to highlight the importance of making severe weather preparedness a nationwide priority. We all want the peace of mind of knowing that our families, friends, homes and our businesses are safe and protected from threats of any kind. And while we can’t control where or when the next tornado, hurricane, flood or other disaster will hit, we can take responsibility for preparing ourselves and loved ones for emergencies. As we reflect on the recent tragic weather we’re calling on you to “Be a Force of Nature.”

Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and Major assist in saving P. May lives. COMMUNITY Join us in RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST becoming “A Force of Nature,” and follow these steps to be better prepared for when severe weather affects our area. Know your risk: The first step to becoming weatherready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards. Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice how and where to take shelter before a severe weather event. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against severe weather. Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before and during severe weather. Understand the weather warning system and become a certified storm spotter through the National Weather Service. Be a force of nature: Build-



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Schickel deserves re-election

I am proud to support Sen. John Schickel for re-election as state senator for the 11th District. John has an extraordinary record of public service, having served for 14 years as the elected jailer for Boone County before serving for seven years as the U.S. marshal. His law enforcement credentials were supplemented by his bachelor and master degrees from Northern Kentucky University and University of Cincinnati. Since his election, his rise in the state Senate has been meteoric for a new senator, having been appointed a committee chair and serving on several key committees as well. He has maintained excellent communications with local voters and brought their needs to Frankfort. John has served us well and deserves re-election.

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Fifth-graders urge pet adoption

Fifth-grade students in Stacey Owens and Lois Bunch’s classes at North Pointe Elementary are currently participating in a service learning project to help the Boone County Animal Shelter. They wrote this letter to help persuade people to adopt a pet. Each year, approximately 8 million stray animals are taken in by shelters. But, the shelters are overpopulated. Tragically, about 3.7 million, nearly half of these critters, must be euthanized because good homes can’t be found for them. Did you know that this is equivalent to one animal being put down every eight seconds? Currently, the Boone County shelter is working to promote a new “No Kill” system. In order for this to be successful, the shelter is in need of people to adopt animals and donate supplies. You can help by adopting from the Boone County Animal Shelter. When you adopt an animal from the shelter, you are giving it a second chance at life and happiness. You can get an animal at the shelter for a small one-time fee that includes taking the pet home, getting it spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. We hope you join us in the fight to save our furry friends. If you’d like additional information regarding adoption, you can contact the Boone County Animal Shelter at 859586-5285.

Fifth-graders at North Pointe Elementary Hebron

Football team, parents glad to help

On Saturday, April 14, parents and players from the Boone County football team participated in the Trash for Cash program sponsored by the Boone County Public Works Department. Volunteers were organized to pick up trash and debris on nine miles of the county’s roadside areas. We were assigned to covered Cayton, Beemon, Hopeful and Weaver roads. Our group screened the areas for paper, plastic wrappers, empty bottles, and cans. We gathered at the high school at 10 a.m. and were given vests and gloves. Everyone was divided up into nine groups

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and directed to their starting location. It took approximately two hours to sweep all areas in the rain. Many of the volunteers were amazed how much trash they collected, especially cigarette butts. The group was glad to participate in this program, and raise money for their team at the same time.

Chris Steele Union

Olympic cleanup

In this an Olympic year, the Dolphins of Cherry Hill were excited to once again participate in the Boone County “Trash for Cash” program. In under two hours, it was quite fitting that the team got to clean Olympic Boulevard, as well as Cox and Jamike avenues, Circleport Drive and Gap Way near their swim club. Some treasures they found: boxers, nicotine patch, screw driver, an axle, gas cap, sunglasses, tire, huge potted plant bucket, and a whole loaf of bread. The kids love the pick-up sticks and the orange vests. Cleaning the roads on Earth Day weekend was a great reminder to the team to take care of their planet and to let others see that the team cares about the area it swims in all summer long. Despite being chilly, the kids enjoyed Earth Day cupcakes and hot chocolate; they sure hope the summer weather comes back soon. Thanks, Boone County, for giving us the opportunity to help you.

Kris Staverman President Cherry Hill Swim Dive Team Boosters Inc.

Schickel gets results

John Schickel has a long and successful record of serving our community and he has continued that success in Frankfort as our state senator. Very few senators have had the success and results in Frankfort that compare to John Schickel. For example, when the leaders in the General Assembly were debating redistricting, our Senator Schickel was working to obtain funding for Boone County roads. In fact, he has $95 million in the road budget to widen Ky. 237 and reconstruct the Mall Road, Mt. Zion and Richwood interchanges. In addition, Gov. Steve Beshear has already signed three of his legislative bills into law in 2012. This success can be expected because John Schickel has a long record of serving our community. For 10 years he served Florence as policeman and he served as Boone County’s jailer for 14 years. During those years, John did not just operate the jail, ran the operation for most of those years without taking any money from Boone County taxpayers and saved us more money by using inmate labor to mow grass at county parks. Now John is using his leadership as our senator to benefit Boone County once again. John Schickel has earned our trust and we need him in Frankfort pulling for Boone County. Let’s re-elect Senator John Schickel. Please join me in voting for John Schickel in the May p rimary election.

Florence Recorder Editor Nancy Daly, 578-1059 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.

Gary Bentle Florence





UPCOMING RACES Here are some of the upcoming races in Northern Kentucky.

Saturday, April 28 Strides for Stars, 9 a.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Edgewood, 5K run/walk. Registration begins 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per family, $30 for a single registration the day of the race; $60 per family and $25 single in advance. More information can be found at Blue Ribbon 5K Race, 9 a.m.noon, General Cable, 4 Tesseneer Drive, Highland Heights. Kids fun run begins at 9:15 a.m. Pump and Run component of race begins at 9:30 a.m. 5K race/walk begins at 10 a.m. Benefits Family Nurturing Center. Cost is $25 and registration is required. Mangey Moose 5K Run/Walk, Kids fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. with the race following at 10 a.m., Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington. Registration is required, cost is $30 or $20 in advance. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 29 Charity Dog Walk-a-thon, noon, Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. 5K walk in park. Refreshments and prizes will be available. Registration begins 11 a.m. The walk is free but donations accepted. For more information, visit Covington Rotary Club 5K 4 Kids, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Covington.

Spring into fitness

Local runners participate in races By Stephanie Salmons

Runners of all skill and ability levels are lining up at the starting lines of races across the region this spring for the plethora of 5Ks, marathons and runs scheduled. Chances are, if they’re running, they’ve been training. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Steve Stevens, of Taylor Mill, is a seasoned runner, having participated in between 50 and 60 races since he began running more than 10 years ago. Stevens will be running his sixth marathon on April 28 – the Kentucky Derby Festival marathon in Louisville – along with several people from his running group. He runs with a group called “Pain by Numbers.” They began training at the end of December. It’s a three- to four-month process which requires a “progression of increased distances,” Stevens said. Training with people for a couple of months, “pretty soon you learn a lot about them,” he said. Eventually, acquaintances be-

come friends. “I really enjoyed that,” he said. “(I’ve) made really wonderful friends.”

‘Couch to 5K’ training works for newbies

Races aren’t just for experienced runners. Jessie Zink of Independence will run in the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run/Walk – her first. Zink will be running with her friend Robin Mulcahy of Independence, whom she met at the library four years ago. Running in a race is something they’ve been talking about for a while, she said. “We always joked about running, but (we) never got to it,” Zink said. She and Mulcahy began training for the race at the beginning of March, using a “couch to 5K” nine-week training course for people who have never run before, she said. "We run together three days a week,” Zink said. Training started with one-minute runs and now in week seven, they’re up to 25-minute runs.

Course starts and ends at Charles Volpenheim shelter. Cost is $22 or $17 in advance. For more information, visit www.covingtonkyrotary. org.

Saturday, May 19 Tap N Run 4K, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Covington. 4K with four beer-chug stations along race course, full beer at finish line, crazy costumes and more. Cost is $34-$46. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 26 RGI River Run, 9 a.m., Purple People Bridge, Newport, 5K run/ walk. Cost is $15, $10 for ages 7-17, and free for ages 6 and under. Registration is required. For more information, Be the Change 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., England-Idlewild Park, Idlewild Road, Burlington. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and includes T-shirt with event logo. Cost is $20 but is free for ages 10 and under with a parent. Registration required. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 16 American Heart Association Newport Heart Chase, 10 a.m.noon, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. Includes T-shirt, promotional bags with gifts and materials from sponsors, post party and awards ceremony. Cost is $35 or $25 in advance. Registration required. For more information, visit, events/details.aspx?id=1048.

The first runners make their way across the Taylor Southgate Bridge, into Newport, as they make it past their first mile of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and Half Marathon last year. FILE PHOTO Robin Mulcahy and Jessie Zink, both of Independence, practice for the upcoming Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run/Walk. THANKS TO JESSIE ZINK

Tips for getting started Local runners had several suggestions for those interested in taking up the sport. Jeff Branhan, manager of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot’s Newport store, says to take it slow and set a goal. Steve Stevens, an avid runner and president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, also offered that advice. “Start with a realistic goal,” he said. “The worst thing a runner can do is go right out and do it too hard and get an injury and have a bad experience.” According to Stevens, finding someone to run with and “be your support person” will make a difference. Running groups, for in-

“I’m not running for time,” Zink said. “I’m running just to run. I’m happy to run it.”

Kids will run part of Flying Pig

Even local schools are getting in on the race craze. Megan Van de Geer was hired at Florence’s Yealey Elementary in January as the school’s PEP (Physical Education Program) grant facilitator. It’s new curriculum and extra money to do things to get the school healthier, she said.

stance, create accountability, he said. That was also a suggestion from first-time racer Jessie Zink of Independence, who recommended finding a running buddy. “The thing that motivates me is having a running partner to hold me accountable for my weekly runs,” she said. Zink also suggested signing up for a 5K for motivation and finding a training program that starts out slow. Branhan also recommended runners “make sure they’re getting some good guidance,” and to ensure they’re properly fitted for their shoes and socks to avoid injuries and “road blocks.” “I wanted to start a running club and wanted us to get involved with the Flying Pig,” Van de Geer said. The Flying Bobcats, as the group is known, is for third- and fourth-graders. According to Van de Geer, they practice twice a week, running a mile each practice. During the Flying Pig Marathon on May 6, the group will run the last mile of the race. According to Van de Geer, the school will actually have more than 90 participants in the race.

“I think this is a good way to see they can have fun and be physically active at the same time,” she said. Jeff Branhan, manager of the Newport location of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, said their store has training groups throughout the year, but right now the training is geared toward the Flying Pig marathon and halfmarathon. There are about 1,500 people training for the full and half-marathon, he said. According to Branhan, who has been with the Running Spot for more than 10 years, coaching for almost 20 and training groups for three or four years, training for the race started the first weekend of January, “getting ready for the first weekend in May.” The training takes “somebody by the hand from that very first day and takes them through the final event,” he said. Training progresses from the very first day in which participants ran 2.5 miles, said Branhan, who's coaching for the half-marathon. In mid-April, the group was preparing to run its longest run of the season – a little over 12 miles, he said. Training with a group provides “strength in numbers,” Branhan said. “I think the benefits of having those people around you and having that support is immeasurable,” he said.



The Sanity Singers, pictured, will give two free concerts this weekend. The first will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy. in Lakeside Park. The second at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church St. Donations will be appreciated. For more information, visit or call 859-653-4947. PROVIDED

Literary - Libraries Live @ the Library: Caroline Herring, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Lyrics intertwine threads of traditional song themes and her own personal experience. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Nature Stargazers Night, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Planetarium/Observatory. On clear nights, use telescopes to view the heavens. On overcast nights, astronomy lesson in planetarium. Designed for older children and adults. Benefits Creation Museum. $15.95, $10.95 ages 12 and under. Registration required. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

On Stage - Student Theater Guys and Dolls, 7-9 p.m., Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike, Musical. $8, $6 students. 859-282-5655. Florence.

Pets It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, noon-8 p.m., Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Bring donation for shelter and take $50 off adoption fee for dogs, puppies and kittens. Pete Shively Photography on site and all adopters receive complimentary photo. Free. 859-5865285. Burlington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Shopping Vendor Fair, 7-10 p.m., Camp Ernst Middle School, 6515 Camp Ernst Road, Vendors such as Thirty One, For the Love of Soy, Avon, Jamberry, Simply Said, The Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Lilla Rose, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Usborne, Tessori, Little Britain Stables and All Star Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. $3. 859-534-4000, ext. 1843. Burlington.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Ages 5-18. Each team will practice one hour per week, exact day and time determined by coach. Family friendly. $105. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association AAU Basketball League Registration, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Includes up to 10 regular season games, double elimination tournament and tournament champion awards. Family friendly. Call for league fee. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Forming teams by individual registrations received or by groups of players requesting to play for a coach or other players. Family friendly. $105. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Games on Saturdays only. Family friendly. $85. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-7607466. Union. Lil Hoopstars Learn to Play Basketball Program Registration, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Program designed to introduce game of basketball to children. Focus is on dribbling, passing and shooting as well as all other components of understanding

Local author Maggie Green will have a cookbook signing at tasting for her book, "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook" from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, located inside Kentucky Pickens at the Levee in Newport. FILE PHOTO basketball. Ages 4-6. Family friendly. $95. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Program designed to introduce game of soccer to children. Focus is on all components introducing the game of soccer. Ages 4-6. Family friendly. $95. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Festivals El Dia Festival, 2-4 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Multicultural story time, crafts and Un Mundo, One World music with David Kisor. Appearances by Tales the library dragon and Dora the Explorer 2:30-4 p.m. Face painting available. Each family receives free children’s book (while supplies last). Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Music - Acoustic Brittany Gillstrap, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday Night Music., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Acoustic sets by local musicians. Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Family friendly. Free. 859-3718356; Florence.

Music - Classic Rock LoHeat, 7-11 p.m., Buffalo Bob’s Family Restaurant, 9910 Berberich Drive, 859-371-5244; Florence.

Nature Stargazers Night, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Creation Museum, $15.95, $10.95 ages 12 and under. Registration required. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

On Stage - Student Theater Guys and Dolls, 2:30-4:30 p.m. 7-9 p.m., Boone County High School, $8, $6 students. 859-2825655. Florence.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Runs/Walks Mangey Moose 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m. Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Race at 10 a.m., Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Race along the beautiful scenery of the property. Family friendly. Benefits YMCA Camp Ernst Scholarship Program. $30, $20 advance. Registration required. 800-962-1928; Burlington.

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Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association AAU Basketball League Registration, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, Call for league fee. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Pets Pits Rock Northern Kentucky Fun Walk, 4:15-5 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 5895 Centennial Circle, Open to responsible pit bull owners willing to walk their well-behaved pit bulls together in public parks to show positive side of the breed. Free. Presented by Pawzitive Petz Rescue. Through Oct. 28. 859-746-1661. Florence.

The Newport Ride the Ducks land-and-water sightseeing tours reopened on Monday, April 23. Tours will be daily on the hour, noon-5 p.m. through May 20; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 21 Sept. 3; and noon-5 p.m. Sept. 4 - Nov. 18. Prices are $17; $15 for children 2-12; and under 2 are free. Newport Aquarium annual pass holders get $3 off. Advanced group rates are available. FILE PHOTO

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. Through Dec. 29. 859746-3573; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.

Literary - Crafts Pipe Cleaner Flower, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Create bouquet of pipe cleaner flowers that will wow Mom on Mother’s Day. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron.

Literary - Libraries

Charity Dog Walkathon, noon, Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, 5K walk in park. Refreshments and prizes. Registration begins 11 a.m. Benefits Pilot Dogs Inc. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Northern Kentucky Veterinary Technician Association. 513-831-5530; Union.

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. Teen Cafe, 3-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. In the Loop, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts


Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association AAU Basketball League Registration, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, Call for league fee. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association AAU Basketball League Registration, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, Call for league fee. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Literary - Libraries Teen Advisory Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Help plan programs, recommend books and materials and earn volunteer hours. Includes pizza. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Title Waves Book Club, 6:306:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Check out newest books and talk about your favorites. Snacks provided. Ages 9-11. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association AAU Basketball League Registration, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, Call for league fee. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Dance Classes Nightclub Swing Dance, 6:30 p.m. Weekly through May 16., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Learn basics of swing dancing with instructor from the Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Education Do You Google?, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, In-depth look at the many features Google has to offer, such as math calculations, tracking packages and flights, finding the latest movies in your area and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All

ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence. Open Gaming (Middle and High School), 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Beginners and casual gamers welcome. No experience required. Snacks provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Benefits Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky Banquet, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Keynote speaker Shawn Carney and emcee Matt Swaim headline evening of speakers, dinner and music by Velvet Soul. Benefits Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky. $50. Registration required. Presented by Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4311978; Erlanger.

Education You Can Compute, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn parts of computer, how to turn on and off and other basics. Family friendly. Free. Registration required, available online. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

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

Literary - Crafts Crochet a Cupcake Scarf, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Make a delightful and craft scarf. Supplies you will need to bring: one skein of worsted weight yarn for the “cake,”€one skein of chunky weight for the “frosting,” and a size I crochet hook. Ages 14 and up. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Bring Your Own Lunch and a Movie, 11:30 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Adults. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron.



Refrigeration helps Subway cookies

Rita offers a recipe for roasted rhubarb, rather than using the sour stalks for the usual pie. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. butter flavor 2 large eggs 2 cups chocolate chips – see tips below 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl, set aside. Combine sugars, salt and vanilla in mixing bowl, set aside. Place butter and shortening in bowl and microwave, stopping and stirring every 15 seconds. Stop when butter mixture is more of a paste (about 45-60 seconds). Pour over sugar mixture and beat well. Add each egg separately, beating until creamy. Add flour mixture ½ cup at a time while beating. Stir in chips and nuts. Refrigerate 1-3 hours in a covered bowl. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop cookie dough onto parchment paper-lined sheet. (Tip from Rita’s kitchen – there is no amount given for how large the cookies should be, so I would use a very generous tablespoon or small scoop – enough to fit about eight cookies on each sheet). Bake 10-12 minutes, checking frequently towards end of baking for a golden brown appearance.

Tips for Subway cookie variations

Use M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. For macadamia white chocolate chip cookies, use white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

Roasted sweet rhubarb topping

Rhubarb is called “pie plant” because most folks make a rhubarb and strawberry pie with it. Rhubarb is good for our skeletal system. It’s really sour, though, so some sweetener is necessary.

Chamber to host candidates Community Recorder The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky University will host two events to facilitate dialogue between congressional candidates vying for Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. Incumbent Geoff Davis announced last fall that he would not seek re-election in 2012. The Republican candidate event will be held Monday, April 30, at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union ballroom and will be moderated by Ryan Alessi from Insight’s Pure Politics. The event will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and is free to the public. All seven Republican candidates have been contacted

and all, Marc Carey, Thomas Massie, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Walt Schumm, Alecia Webb-Edgington and Tom Wurtz, have made verbal commitments to attend. The event will be a conversational program that will allow candidates to discuss their ideas and the audience to ask questions and offer feedback. The chamber will provide details regarding a Democratic congressional candidate event in the near future. The event will be held on Monday, April 30, at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union ballroom. Parking is available in the Kenton Drive Garage. The event will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

1 pound rhubarb Zest and juice of a large orange 1 ⁄3 to ½ generous cup sugar

Street location. Somewhat sweet, but not overly so. It was dense, but not heavy.” John ate it with cream cheese and strawberries and it was one of his favorite lunches downtown.

Only the stalks of rhubarb are edible, not the leaves.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Betsy said she found this on the Internet a couple of years ago and think’s its pretty close to Subway’s. This is for Sarah, who wanted the recipe to freeze. To bake from frozen state, leave cookies frozen and bake at the same temperature a bit longer. I did buy a couple Subway cookies to sample.

Crazy Cake (soy- and egg-free) from Regina Martin.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut rhubarb into chunks. Toss with zest, juice and sugar. Put in small baking dish, cover with foil and roast 20 minutes. Remove foil and roast until the juices get a bit syrupy. Add cinnamon. Serve hot, warm, room


Betsy Davis’ clone of Subway cookies.

On my blog

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State Sen. John Schickel spoke at the Florence Rotary Club meeting on April 9 about the recently completed Kentucky Legislative Session. Schickel characterized it as a difficult session with progress made in some areas. The two items demanding almost all the time were redistricting

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State Sen. John Schickel spoke to the Florence Rotary Club on April 9. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD tricts need to be equal in size. The census showed that over the past 10 years population has grown between

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and near I-65 and I-75. The far eastern and far western parts of the state have lost population. Redistricting is to correct that imbalance. Because of population increase in Northern Kentucky, Schickel actually represents more people than he should. Schickel conceded that redistricting is a political process and has always been controversial. The budget plans the spending of the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. The largest part of the budget goes to the executive branch to oversee three areas – to educate, to medicate and to incarcerate. Education is the biggest priority in the budget. Our founding fathers fought for public education so the

citizens of this new country would be educated enough to participate in a representative republic. There is nothing in the Constitution about medicating or health care for the citizens. This is a murky area and has come about only in the last 40 to 50 years. It is clear that in relation to other states, many Kentuckians don’t have healthy lifestyles and they need help. It is also quite clear that we have a Medicaid crisis. The responsibility for the state to incarcerate is in the commonwealth’s constitution. The state prisons take only 5 percent of the budget. Not much can be done to reduce this expense except perhaps to get minor drug offenders out of prison and into rehabilitation. The judicial branch gets a small portion of the budget. In the past buildings were built that today may seem extravagant. Those were better economic times. The judicial has taken a big cut and there is no new funding in the current budget. Briefly touching on the transportation budget, which Schickel said is funded by gas and new car taxes, these monies go into road projects. Transportation dollars for Northern Kentucky fared well in the

budget and we can expect to see a lot more orange barrels. Hopefully, the Transportation Conference Committee will be kind to Northern Kentucky. Decent roads are good for business, for the local economy, and the overall quality of life. Building and maintaining them create jobs. Schickel wrapped up by talking about his chairmanship of the Licensing and Occupation Committee. He said this lets him be a gatekeeper for business issues that come through the Legislature. It’s his belief that strengthening small businesses is a way to improve the economy. So in considering proposed bills, he always tries to determine how each would affect small businesses. For information about weekly meetings, guest speakers and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Pat Moynahan, president, at or 859-802-0242. Visit the Rotary web site at Florence Rotary meets weekly on Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. This week’s column was written by Chuck Seal of the Florence Rotary Club.

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POLICE BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Samantha R. Cole, 26, theft at 1751 Patrick Dr., Jan. 26. Wade D. Strickland, 34, driving on DUI suspended license at 299 Old Walton Nicholson Rd., Feb. 19. David R. Yelton, 33, DUI at 104 Ponderosa Ln., Feb. 22. Robert A. Beckwith, 19, possession of controlled substance at 2225 Antoinette Way, Feb. 22. Tim Sterling, 43, alcohol intoxication in public place at Interstate 75, Feb. 21. Andrew R. Hoh, 32, possession of marijuana at 5960 Centennial Cir., Feb. 20. Jerry S. Reynolds, 43, DUI at Interstate 75, Feb. 20. Stephen B. Collin Jr., 44, DUI at Lebanon Crittenden Rd., Feb. 19. Eric J. Morehead, 28, DUI at Weaver Rd., Feb. 19. Denon S. Fries, 21, DUI at U.S. 42, Feb. 19. Andrew J. Eastin, 23, DUI at Interstate 275, Feb. 19. Penny S. Studdard, 45, DUI at Promontory Dr., Feb. 19. Kirby A. Mitchell, 36, possession of marijuana at 2466 Cherry St., Feb. 18. Jeremy L. Carter, 38, DUI at Mt. Zion Rd., Feb. 18. Jeffery B. Cundiff, 25, possession of controlled substance at Interstate 275, Feb. 18. Brent M. Toles, 22, DUI, careless driving at Burlington Pk., Feb. 2. Brandon N. Dolhancryk, 24, theft by unlawful taking at 10400 U.S. 42, Feb. 2. Charles R. Vanover, 23, DUI at New Buffington Dr. and Dixie Hwy., Feb. 2. David H. Stubbs Jr., 22, DUI at I-71 southbound, Feb. 3. Tiffany L. Kidwell, 24, DUI, reckless driving at I-275 westbound, Feb. 3. Joshua L. Luttrell, 24, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Walton-Verona Rd., Feb. 3. Donald H. Mergard, 42, DUI, resisting arrest at William Haines Dr., Feb. 3.

bound, Feb. 6. Dennis R. Mobley, 40, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, DUI, careless driving, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance at I-75 northbound, Jan. 27. William E. Walsh, 27, DUI at 2075 Litton Ln., Jan. 27. Rebecca S. Abshear, 39, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license at 12665 U.S. 42, Jan. 26. Jeffrey A. Thompson, 21, thirddegree criminal trespassing, giving an officer a false name or address at 4052 River Rd., Jan. 26.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Minor injury at 5572 Rabbit Hash Rd., Feb. 20. Victim assaulted by known subject at 100 block of Old Stephenson Mill Rd., Feb. 2. Victim assaulted by known subject at 2100 block of Verona Mudlick Rd., Feb. 5. Victim assaulted by known subject at 10000 block of Dixie Hwy., Feb. 6. Victim assaulted by known subject at 10000 block of Dixie Hwy., Feb. 6. Burglary Money stolen at 6470 Southgate Pl., Feb. 22. Tools stolen at 6560 Summerfield Dr., Feb. 22. Computer stolen at 3402 Queensway Dr., Feb. 22. Reported at 7709 Falls Creek Way, Feb. 22. Jewelry stolen at 5944 Carlton Dr., Feb. 21. Computer stolen at 5988 Carlton Dr., Feb. 20. Metals stolen at 2258 Beaver Rd., Feb. 19. Metals stolen at 6246 Main St., Feb. 19. Paintball gun stolen at 12601 Cleek Ln., Feb. 18. Residence broken into and items taken at 334 Wysteria Village Dr., Feb. 2. Residence broken into and items taken at 1088 Brayden Ct., Feb. 2. Business broken into and items

Miguel Mugaburu, 41, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Turfway Rd., Feb. 3. Tammy A. Rule, 43, DUI at 2075 Litton Ln., Feb. 4. Timothy R. Frey, 23, falsely reporting an incident, firstdegree criminal mischief, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident at 2792 Shamu Dr., Feb. 4. Fredrick Mullins, 55, DUI, careless driving at Dixie Hwy., Feb. 5. Jarod P. Kroth, 28, DUI, careless driving at 7101 Pleasant Valley Rd., Feb. 5. Julie A. Wolfe, 28, DUI, reckless driving at Camp Ernst Rd. and Rogers Ln., Feb. 5. Caden A. Doyle, 19, DUI at Oakbrook Rd. and Cedar Hill Ln., Feb. 5. Antonio M. Marquez, 50, DUI at Burlington Pk., Feb. 5. Derrick A. Brown, 25, DUI at Burlington Pk., Feb. 5. Russell D. Ledger, 50, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license, DUI at I-75 northbound, Feb. 5. Timothy J. Marsh, 42, DUI, reckless driving at Conner Rd. and N. Bend Rd., Feb. 5. Gary T. Noell Jr., 21, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription of a controlled substance not in its proper container, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at I-75 north-

taken at 242 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Feb. 2. Residence broken into and items taken at 194 Villa Dr., Feb. 2. Residence broken into and items taken at 9191 Beech Grove Rd., Feb. 4. Criminal mischief Reported at 6491 Petersburg Rd., Feb. 22. Vehicle damaged at 83 Old Stephenson Mill Rd., Feb. 21. Window broken at 8577 Dixie Hwy., Feb. 20. Window broken at 2074 Country Place, Feb. 19. Structure damaged at 963 Lakeway Ct., Feb. 19. Vehicles vandalized at 5900 Centennial Cir., Feb. 2. Structure vandalized at 4167 Petersburg Rd., Feb. 4. Vehicles vandalized at 2867 Douglas Dr., Jan. 27. Property vandalized at 2896 Whitney Ln., Jan. 26. Structure vandalized at 8921 Richmond Rd., Jan. 26. Fraud Victim's credit card stolen and used at multiple locations at 2587 Bethlehem Ln., Feb. 10. Victim's credit card stolen and used at multiple locations at 3000 Conrad Ln., Jan. 27. Incident report Deputies took a report for an incident that occurred at this address at 2012 Longbranch Rd., Jan. 21. Subject resisted when deputies tried to place him under arrest at 8635 William Haines Dr., Feb. 3. Deputies charged subject with wanton endangerment on a



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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B7 Money stolen at 2050 Barbara Dr., Dec. 13. Money stolen at 58 Deer Haven Ct., Jan. 10. Identity stolen at Main St., Dec. 10. Tools stolen at 1445 Jamike Ave., Feb. 27. Identity stolen at 1123 Breckinridge Ln., Feb. 22. Money stolen at 5874 Veterans Way, Feb. 21. Radio stolen at 300 Shorland Dr., Feb. 21. Metals stolen at 167 Gap Way,

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DEATHS Constance Ann Bedner, 67, of Union, died April 13, 2012. She was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and a member of Circle of Faith Group at Florence United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Richard Bedner Sr.; daughter, Kimberly Towle; son, Richard Bedner Jr.; sister, Carole Lee Kooser; brother, John Kooser; and one grandchild. Memorials: Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 80201, Ft. Wayne, IN 46898-0201,

Ruth Branum Ruth Smith Branum, 76, of Florence, died April 13, 2012, at her residence. She was a self-employed real estate broker and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Stephanie Stutzman of Walton; brother, Paul B. Smith of Florence; four grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Verona. Memorials: Donor’s choice of church or charity.

Howard ‘Doc’ Crail Howard E. “Doc” Crail, 89, of Independence, formerly of Florence, died April 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked for Cincinnati Gas and Electric for 29 years and retired in 1985 as their primary civil engineer. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity at the University of Cincinnati and attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Florence.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Hazel Conley Crail; son, Jerry E. Crail of Baton Rouge, La.; daughter, Beverly Beck of Independence; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: St. Joseph Orphanage, Altercrest, 274 Sutton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Leo Gripshover Leo Blue Bernard Gripshover, stillborn, of Verona, died April 14, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his parents, Stacey N. Gripshover and Leo Bernard Gripshover of Verona; and grandparents, Nancy and Michael Kaaz, and Anne and George Gripshover of Erlanger. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Nancy Leigh Jennings Nancy Leigh Legg Jennings, 67, of Aurora, Ind., formerly of Florence, died April 5, 2012. Survivors include her mother, Izetta “Jackie” Cochran; father, Edwin Legg; sons, Ryan Siebe and Brandon Siebe; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert Johnson Robert Johnson, 57, of Hebron, formerly of New Orleans, died April 15, 2012, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Bagby Johnson; children, Kay Dickson and Robert W. Johnson, both of Metairie, La., Dana Kimble of Hebron and Gwen Johnson of Baton Rouge, La.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: ASPCA or St. Elizabeth Hospice.

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Shannon Jones Shannon Kaiser Jones, 60, of Florence, died April 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked as a bus aide for Boone County Public Schools and as a cashier at Meijer. She was a volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary of the Florence Volunteer Fire Department, a member of St. Paul Church in Florence, and provided assistance to families in need with turkeys at Thanksgiving and toys at Christmas. She was a breast cancer survivor and a strong supporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Survivors include her son, Christopher Kaiser Jones of Elsmere; sisters, Sherry Skelton of Walton, Debby Schaeffler of Union, Diane Koehler of Florence and Beth Landwehr of Erlanger; and one grandchild. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite C281, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

Estle Marksberry Estle Lee Marksberry, 90, of Florence, died April 15, 2012. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and former owner/ operator of Gulf Oil Station. He was an employee of BP Oil and an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds and University of Kentucky


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basketball. His wife, Dorothy Elizabeth Marksberry, and a grandson, Joel William Marksberry, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Bill, Rick and Todd Marksberry; sisters, Norma Meirose and Thelma Swango; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Warsaw Cemetery. Memorials: American Red Cross, 2025 East St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, ; or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.

Lona Rackley Lona Lee Rackley, 60, of Burlington, died April 18, 2012, at University of Cincinnati Hospital. Her mother, Goldie Rackley, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Rackley Sr.; sons, Thomas Rackley Sr. of Independence and Timothy Rackley of Williamstown; daughter, Tammy Rackley of Burlington; and five grandchildren. Memorials: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Cindy Lou Ryle, 55, of Bedford, Ky., died April 12, 2012. Her mother, Bettie Eggleston; stepmother, Esther Ryle; and a brother, Rodney Arnsperger, died previously. Survivors include her son, Daniel Creighton of Walton; father, Carol E. Ryle; brothers, Gerald Arnsperger and Melvin Ryle; sisters, Kim Martin and Lisa Springate. Burial was in Belleview Cemetery. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Martin Sebree Martin Darrell Sebree, 49, of Florence, died April 11, 2012. He was a self-employed painter and a member of Burlington Baptist Church. His sons, Brandon Scott Sebree and Chad Ryan Sebree; and brother, Ronald Scott Sebree, died previously. Survivors include his father, Bobby Ray Sebree, and mother, Michelle A. Wheeler Sebree. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: Burlington Baptist Church, 3031 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005.

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Jeffrey Wagner Jeffrey David Wagner, 39, of Taylor Mill, died April 15, 2012, in Taylor Mill. He worked at Ellison Surface Technologies in Hebron, had a love for aviation and was a Ford Mustang enthusiast. Survivors include his children, Zachary and Cody Wagner; parents, Joseph and Phyllis Wagner; and brother, Ryan Wagner. Memorials: Zachary and Cody Wagner Scholarship Fund at U.S. Bank, 5018 Old Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015; 859-6553428.

Morgan Wege See DEATHS, Page B10

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Center celebrates Mother’s Day Community Recorder The Walton Senior Center has several events planned during May.

May 3

Burlington Pharmacy has partnered to offer fun activities and free luncheons once a month. Missy England from Burlington Pharmacy will give free manicures for Mother’s Day at 9:30 a.m. The pharmacy is also providing free pizza to seniors for lunch. Any senior wishing to participate in this activity must call Walton Senior Center by May 1 to reserve lunch. Bingo is after lunch. Call 859-4857611.

May 8

Julia Turner from Dairy Queen on Mary Grubbs Highway has asked Walton Senior Center members to judge a children’s writing contest. The subject is “Why I Have the Best Mother.”

Submissions must have the child’s name and contact number on the top of the paper. Children ages 12 and under can enter and should drop off entries at Dairy Queen by Monday, May 7. For any questions, call 485-9752. The winners will be announced at 11 a.m Tuesday, May 8, inside Dairy Queen. The child that wins the writing contest will receive a free Dairy Queen Mother’s Day cake. Dairy Queen has been donating a special birthday cake once a month to the Walton Senior Center for seniors with a birthday.

May 10

Walton Senior Center is celebrating Mother’s Day. Each senior citizen mother will receive a free flower at 11 a.m. A free fried chicken luncheon will be provided. After lunch there will be a door prize drawing and a free Mother’s Day bingo.

Also on May 10, the senior center holds its monthly birthday party. Ice cream cake will be donated by Dairy Queen. Seniors with May birthdays will receive a free special birthday flower donated by Walton Florist. Call 859-485-7611 by May 7 to reserve your seat.

May 24

A Veteran’s Pension Benefits Conference is at 11:45 a.m. Debbie Dunn will present information and education about veterans benefits. She can answer any questions that seniors may have after the conference. There is a free door prize drawing afterward. The center will serve a reserved congregate lunch before the conference at 11:30 a.m. The lunch is provided by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. Bingo will follow. Call 859-485-7611 by May 22 to reserve your meal.

DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Morgan Danielle Wege, 24, of Burlington, died April 8, 2012, at home. She enjoyed her time in the International Order of Job’s Daughters in Florence and watching her friend win at truck pulls. She attended Northern Kentucky University and was a former employee of Convergys and the Boone County Parks & Recreation Department. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Jeff and Tiffany Wege; mother, Michelle Nugent; sisters, Madison, Hallie and Finley Wege; brothers, Michael Hawes and Blayne Day; and grandparents, Fred and Jeri Wege of Burlington, and Virginia Meyer of Dunedin, Fla. Memorials: Hebron Lutheran Church Youth Mission Projects,

3140 Limaburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

Daniel Wiedeman Daniel Louis Wiedeman, 54, of Dayton, died April 15, 2012, at his residence. He was an electrical engineer with General Electric in Evendale, Ohio, and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of St. Bernard Church and the Golden Knights Drum Corp, and a volunteer at the Hosea House. A brother, Tim Wiedeman, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Keller Wiedeman; son, Alex Wiedeman of Dayton; parents, Louis “Pete” and Patricia Groh Wiedeman, both of Newport; sisters, Jeanette Wiedeman of North College Hill, Ohio, and Patti Graziani of West Chester, Ohio; brothers, David Wiedeman of Florence and Mark Wiedeman

of Nashville, Tenn.; and motherin-law, Myrtle Keller of Fort Thomas. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Bernard Church Pantry, 5th St. & Berry Ave., Dayton, KY 41074; Hosea House, 901 York St., Newport, KY 41071; or ALS Association Kentucky Chapter, 2807 Amsterdam Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.

Harry Wigglesworth Harry Lee Wigglesworth, 60, of Florence, died April 12, 2012, at St. Elizabeth. He was a truck driver and served in the U.S. Marines Corps. Survivors include his wife, Jeana Wigglesworth; son, Harry Wigglesworth IV; daughter, Minnie Rodriquez; sisters, Rose Jones and Sue McVey; brother, Elmer Wigglesworth; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Williamstown.

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