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Florence dedicates POW monument

By Patricia A. Scheyer

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FLORENCE - The city unveiled its new POW/MIA monument Monday in a ceremony that included members from all the branches of service and several veterans including those who were POWs and MIAs from Boone County. The main force behind the new monument is H.B. Deatherage, a Boone County businessman and Vietnam veteran who unveiled the new monument as part of the Boone County Veterans Memorial outside the Florence Government Center. “It is humbling to have it, and I was glad to do my part,” said Deatherage. “I had included the POWs and MIAs in another monument, but the older I get the more emotional I get about this, and I felt that something was missing. I wanted the monument to be a little apart from the other monuments, because even though we are all veterans, the POWs and MIAs were separated from us. I feel that this entire place is sacred and hallowed.” With the Florence Community Chorus singing patriotic songs accompanied by Florence Community Band, and emcee Gary Griesser adding his voice to the patriotic praise, each branch of service received a flag. Then the veterans who were prisoners of war or missing in action received other flags. Josh Quinn of the Boone Coun-

H.B. Deatherage unveils the new POW/MIA monument. ty Sheriff’s Department played his bagpipe and Pride Ever Ready, a beautiful black horse from the sheriff’s department, was led into the ceremony as the riderless horse with boots in the stirrups backwards to represent those who

were prisoners or missing and never came home. “It is a special memorial to honor those who have died,” said Griesser. “It is important to recognize the sacrifice these heroes have made, especially today on


Memorial Day.” The new African granite monument was layered with three flags. As Deatherage lifted each flag, it was folded and given to veterans

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Senior center budget increased By Justin B. Duke

Cheerleaders to aid paralyzed teen

Gray Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Niemi and Walton-Verona Middle School eighth-grader Tristan Grubbs organized a cheerleading camp to raise money for Zach Vasseur. Vasseur, a freshman at Ryle High School, was paralyzed from the waist down after a motocross accident the day before Thanksgiving 2009. SCHOOLS, A5


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FLORENCE - Additional funding was approved to move forward with the Florence senior center. Florence City Council voted 5-1 to amend the current budget and add an additional $900,000 to the senior center project’s budget – bringing the total budget to about $2.9 million. Adding funding to the project comes after two rounds of construction bidding brought in higher costs than the originally planned $2 million budget. Without building anything, the city has $175,000 tied up in design and engineering fees. In previous meetings, council members suggested they should move forward with the project so that money doesn’t go to waste. “To say we do not want to lose $175,000 is admirable,” said council member Larry Brown, the only one to vote against the budget amendment. “But to spend over $2 million hard-earned Florence taxpayers’ dollars to save face is wrong.” Brown criticized the project’s budgeting process. “The bid process was we made a giant wish list; spent money to

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Monument From A1 – one to Walton resident Lee Frakes, who was missing in action for awhile; one to Ollie Horn, a POW from Florence; and one to Brandon Bailey, a young Marine from Florence who was injured in Afghanistan and has undergone 22 operations to repair his body. “I think it is wonderful to have this monument,” Frakes said. “They did a great job, especially with giving us these flags. It has been a very nice ceremony.” The Blue Star Mothers laid wreaths at all the monuments. Members of the Florence Police Department performed a 21-gun salute. “I want everyone to know that the reason this monument exists is through the blood, sweat, tears and dreams of H.B Deatherage

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Lee Frakes of Walton, who was missing in action, gives a thumbs up as he receives an American flag during the memorial service Monday. and we want him to know we will take good care of it,” said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. “This whole memorial pays tribute to those who have paid a price to keep us free. God bless you all, and thank you!”


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Union grocery construction may start soon By Stephanie Salmons

UNION - Construction on a new Union grocery store may soon be under way. Dr.

Jim Wright, a Union dentist, is developing the site at the corner of U.S. 42 and Frogtown Road, across from Ryle High School, along with his business partner Dave England.

Plans call for an IGA Express to be constructed. “All the permits are done,” he said. “(Now we’re) waiting to get financing.” Having been approved

by two lenders so far, they’re looking for the best interest rate and have also applied for a small business loan, Wright said. He is hoping work can

start within the next four to six weeks. Once construction begins, the store should be completed in four to eight months, he said. The lot next to the store

has been OK’d for a “professional strip,” he said. Once the IGA Express is completed and open, Wright said development on that site will probably begin.

Union needs music for parade By Stephanie Salmons

The city of Union is continuing preparation for its Friday, July 1, holiday parade. Applications to participate in the parade are due Tuesday, June 21. The forms can be found online at and can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Union City Building. “My biggest need – we have no music at all,” city events coordinator Karen Franxman said. The parade is planned to start at 6 p.m. and will

travel from behind the Union Kroger store along Braxton Drive before turning on U.S. 42 and traveling to Ryle High School. “Being our first (parade), right now I think we have a pretty good start,” Franxman said. “We’re hoping for more (participants), especially for music.” Adding to the festivities will be the 63 visitors from Fort Campbell – members of the city’s adopted military unit and their guests. The soldiers visiting will be the grand marshals of the parade. Following the parade at

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6:30 p.m. will be the “Union Celebrates America” event at the Union Community Building. A local bluegrass band will play from 6:30-8 p.m. and the Dragoons 113th Division Union Army Band, out of Fort Knox, will perform as well, Franxman said. Fireworks start at dark. “We urge everyone to please bring signs and posters thanking our military, showing our support for them,” Franxman said. For more information, contact Franxman at union

The Mystery Photo appearing on May 26 was the Constance Store in 1910. Robert Morehead, Floyd Hagen, Wanda Sprague, John D. Klaserner, Shirley Peeno and Virginia Smith had the correct answer. This photo was provided by Matt Becher, who is the rural/open space planner at the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board. PROVIDED

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Three people are accused of striking a car with a crowbar and firing shots after an altercation in Florence Sunday, May 29. Florence police were called to Kentaboo Avenue and Beverly Place around 2:45 p.m. They found three people inside of a wrecked car at Ridgeview Drive: the driver, Adam Vance, 21, of Elsmere, and passengers Paul Diop, 21, of Elsmere, and Stephen Martin, 19, of Edgewood. Police say they got into an altercation with three other people at the Florence Government Center parking lot. At one point, those three people allegedly struck the victims’ car with a crowbar and chased them, police said. Officers identified the three as Angel Rondon, 25, of Hebron, Abner Lopez, 22, of Park Hills, and Angel MedinaSantiago, 20, of Covington. Lopez allegedly pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and fired two rounds at the car. Vance, trying to get away, apparently accelerated with the car in reverse and crashed the vehicle. Rondon, Lopez and Medina-Santiago were arrested a

Former University of Kentucky basketball player DeAndre Liggins will make a stop 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at The Kentucky Shop, 8113 Connector Drive, Florence.

Couple murdered

A Florence couple were allegedly murdered in their home, Boone County authorities say. On Monday, May 30, police identified the victims as William and Peggy Stephenson, both 74, of the 7400 block of Ridge Edge Court. Boone County sheriff’s deputies have not said how the couple was killed. They also have not said whether there were signs of forced entry, or if a weapon was removed from the scene. The investigation is continuing. “There’s nothing on the inside of that housing unit to indicate that it was a random act,” said Tom Scheben, spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “I don’t think we have a killer lurking in that neighborhood or in Boone County.” When asked if deputies had a suspect, Scheben

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short time later on Ky. 18 near Stringtown Park. Three handguns were recovered from the car and they were charged with attempted murder. Rondon was also charged with felony assault. Kentucky News Service

Man shot

A man staying at the Heritage Inn on Commerce Drive was shot once in the stomach about 4 p.m. Monday, May 30, and the gunman is still at large, Florence police said. Police said the shooting victim was Jeremy Hall, 34, from Aurora, Ind. Police identified the suspect as Nathanial Williams Jr., 27, of Covington, who was registered in a different room at the motel. Police said Williams went to Hall’s room to retrieve an undetermined amount of money. During a verbal altercation, Williams pulled out a handgun and shot Hall, police said. Hall was taken to University Hospital; his condition is unknown. The Florence Police SWAT team responded and searched Williams’ room. His whereabouts are unknown. Police said Williams is African-American, about 5foot-10 with a thin build. Anyone with information should call Florence Police at 859-647-5420 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Kentucky News Service

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Local cheerleaders host camp to benefit paralyzed Ryle student By Justin B. Duke

Two middle-schoolers are putting their interests together to help a longtime friend. Gray Middle School seventhgrader Olivia Niemi and WaltonVerona Middle School eighthgrader Tristan Grubbs organized a cheerleading camp to raise money for Zach Vasseur. Vasseur, a freshman at Ryle High School, was paralyzed from the waist down after a motocross accident the day before Thanksgiving 2009. Niemi and Grubbs have been close to Vasseur and his family for years. “We’re practically cousins,” Grubbs said. The idea for the camp came after Niemi and Grubbs attended a church camp last summer that focused on the “beyond effect,” channeling efforts into something beyond one’s self. “You put your passion and

your burden together,” Grubbs said. The two decided to put Niemi’s passion for cheerleading and Grubbs’ burden for the paralyzed together to benefit Vasseur. Having Niemi and Grubbs work so hard to help out “means the world” to Vasseur, he said. “Most people would pretty much forget about it two years after the accident,” he said. The camp is for cheerleaders entering first grade through sixth grade. “We’re going to get the Ryle cheerleaders to help us,” Niemi said. A few cheerleaders from the University of Kentucky will also be at the camp to put on a demonstration. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 6-8 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Independence. The camp costs $30 and includes a T-shirt and daily snack. For more information call 859485-4866.

Tristan Grubbs, left, and Olivia Niemi are hosting a cheerleading camp to benefit Zach Vasseur.


Applications due soon for music fellowship The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kentucky Arts Council encourage Kentucky music teachers working with orchestral music in K-12 public and private schools to apply for the Music Teacher Fellowship that will take place in Washing-

ton, D.C., during the summer of 2011. The four-week summer program involves working with the National Symphony Orchestra education staff to plan instructional activities focusing on the fellow’s chosen areas of interest. The selected teacher will be

awarded a cash stipend and have all expenses paid, including travel to and from Washington, D.C. The total value of the fellowship will not exceed $5,000. The Teacher Fellowship is a continuation of the National Symphony Orchestra American Residency Project of the John F.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The American Residency took place in Kentucky in 2011 with the Kentucky Arts Council as the in-state partner. The Kentucky Arts Council is coordinating the application process for Kentucky music edu-

cators. For more information about the fellowship, the criteria for selection and how to apply, contact Tamara Coffey at or 888833-2787, ext. 479. Applications must be received in the Kentucky Arts Council offices by June 10.

School makes welcome blankets


For a service learning project, fourth-grade students at Florence Elementary made 60 blankets for the Covington Welcome House, a shelter for women. Pictured are students from each fourth-grade class on a tour of the food pantry at the Covington Welcome House with Donna Hooper, volunteer in-kind donations coordinator.

For a service learning project, fourth-grade students at Florence Elementary made 60 blankets for the Covington Welcome House, a shelter for women. Students took a TANK bus to Covington to personally deliver the homemade blankets. Several students from each fourth-grade class toured the food pantry, parish kitchen and a typical residence room. Donna Hooper, volunteer and in-kind donations coordinator, taught students about the Welcome House and how it assists in eradicating homelessness and fostering stability. Students were shocked to learn that the average age of a homeless person in America is 9 years old, the age of most fourth-graders. The service learning project incorporated many skills, including budgeting, measuring, purchasing and calculating. Students had a budget when purchasing the


For a service learning project, fourth-grade students at Florence Elementary made 60 blankets for the Covington Welcome House, a shelter for women. Pictured is fourth-grader Seth Cutright picking out material. fabric and had to calculate the yardage. Several students and parents met at Walmart to select the material. Parents were invited to help cut the fabric and the entire fourth-grade class met in the cafeteria to create the final product.



For a service learning project, fourth-grade students at Florence Elementary made 60 blankets for the Covington Welcome House, a shelter for women. Pictured, from left, are fourth-graders Raeann Smith, Alexis Hamilton, Seth Cutright and Devon Barnes shopping for fabric.

For a service learning project, fourth-grade students at Florence Elementary made 60 blankets for the Covington Welcome House, a shelter for women. Pictured is Arlin Perez Alvarez tying the ends on a fleece blanket.


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Education leaders urged to innovate The rapid growth of online learning could radically transform higher education, just as the rise of personal computers revolutionized an industry once dominated by expensive mainframes. This was the message national expert Michael Horn, co-author of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns,” delivered to 400 faculty members, college administrators and state policy leaders attending Kentucky’s first “Converging Trends in Teaching and Learning” conference. The event took place last week at Northern Kentucky University’s METS Center in Erlanger. Horn’s work with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen focuses on the con-

cept of “disruptive innovation,” a term applied to any improvement that drives down costs, brings change to the masses and over time transforms an industry standard. If colleges and universities adapt traditional business models to capitalize on emerging technologies in teaching and learning, Horn said, higher education could become more affordable and accessible without a decline in quality. Horn urged higher education leaders to eliminate barriers to online learning, evaluate institutions on outcomes instead of inputs like credit hours or student-faculty ratios and use funding mechanisms that reward quality increases and cost decreases. Online learning at Kentucky colleges and universities has increased dramati-

cally over the last five years, a trend that is projected to continue. In 2005, only 6 percent of college students enrolled at a public or independent Kentucky institution took at least one online course, according to the Council on Postsecondary Education. Last year, 15 percent of students did so. Horn’s presentation was followed by a panel of state higher education leaders who discussed the possibilities and pitfalls of online learning. Rep. Carl Rollins, chair of the House Education Committee, was excited by the potential of online learning to “deliver postsecondary education to more students – not just 18- to 24 yearolds, but working adults looking to advance in their careers.” Another panelist, More-


Panelists included Carl Rollins, James Votruba, Emily Crawford, Keynote Presenter Michael Horn, Gale Rhodes, Al Lind and Michael Quillen. Director Gale Rhodes, Kentucky Community and Technical College System Director of Transitional Education Michael Quillen and Emily Crawford, an online student. The conference, which was held May 23-25, combines two established higher education events – the Council on Postsecondary Education’s annual conference on teaching and learning, which provides profes-

sional development opportunities for faculty members, and the Kentucky convergence conference, which focuses on trends in technology and education. President Votruba praised the joint venture. “One of our biggest challenges is aligning how universities teach with how next-generation students learn,” Votruba said. “This collaboration is a natural fit.”

Lobenstein of Boone County High School are the 2011 recipients of a $1,000 college scholarship from Boone County Farm Bureau. Jason Frilling of Verona was awarded Boone County Bureau’s $1,000 Todd Ryan Memorial Scholarship. Briggs plans to attend the University of Kentucky to major in elementary education and pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. She is the daughter of Bob and Cathy Briggs of Union. Lobenstein intends to major in psychology at either Northern Kentucky University or Thomas More College and pursue a career as a psychiatrist. She is the daughter of Lisa and Steve Lobenstein of Florence. Frilling, a student at the University of the Cumberlands, is pursuing his masters degree in teaching.

season. Of the seven choirs performing, three were from Evansville, including the University of Evansville Choir. Additional choirs traveled from Kentucky, New York and California.

sion of Western Kentucky University’s SKyTeach program. Hannon, one of 14 GSKyTeach graduates, was a chemistry major and earned his undergraduate degree at Northern Kentucky University. He completed the teacher preparation curriculum in science education and a yearlong residency in Jefferson County schools.

Sherman to perform at NYC’s Carnegie Hall

Lauren Browning, a senior at the University of Kentucky and 2006 Boone County High School graduate, was awarded the 201011 UK Hackensmith Award. It is presented to the oustanding undergraduate student in exercise science fro the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department at UK.

head State University Provost Karla Hughes, urged accrediting and regulatory bodies to “give higher education the freedom to innovate.” The panel was moderated by Al Lind, CPE vice president for information and technology, and included NKU President James Votruba, University of Louisville’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning

COLLEGE CORNER Patton earns master’s

Jared Patton of Florence received a master of physician assistant studies degree from Kettering College on April 30.

Transylvania dean’s list

The following students from Boone County were named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Transylvania University in Lexington:

Seniors Kelly Lang and Margaret Prescott, both graduates of Conner High School; sophomore Elizabeth Beutel and first-year students Eric Froschauer and Carolyn Meiller, all graduates of Larry Ryle High School; junior Kara Hansel, a Notre Dame Academy graduate; first-year students Elizabeth Barczak and Abigail Elliston, and senior Benjamin Kuebbing, all graduates of St. Henry

District High School; and sophomore Ria Keegan, a Villa Madonna Academy graduate. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.

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Andrew Sherman of Florence performed in “Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War” at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on May 28 with a combined choir of more than 150 singers. Sherman, majoring in creative writing at the University of Evansville, went with fellow UE students for New York on May 24. UE Director of Choral Activities, Dennis Malfatti, was invited to serve as a guest conductor at Carnegie for the spring-summer 2011

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Gates graduates from IWU

Rhonda Gates of Florence received an associate of science in business from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., on April 30.

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Butts, Stegner awarded scholarships

Gabrielle F. Butts of Florence and Brett S. Stegner of Hebron were awarded Gerald F. Healy scholarships. Butts and Stegner are two of 25 students across the state to receive the scholarship from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. The $1,000 scholarship will go toward their fall 2011 semesters. Butts is attending Xavier University. Stegner is attending the University of Kentucky. The Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarships are awarded to Kentucky law enforcement officers’ dependents. In 2004, the foundation created the scholarship program to help law enforcement officers, telecommunicators and their families pay for college. Students do not have to major in law enforcement or criminal justice to be eligible for the scholarship.

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Gateway Community and Technical College has been named a silver certified destination by Queen City Bike as part of the group’s Bike Friendly Destinations program. “We are excited to provide the Bike Friendly Destination status to almost 40 Cincinnati locations. This is proof that Greater Cincinnati is developing a more bikefriendly culture,” said Queen City Bike President Gary Wright. “Bicycle transportation benefits the individual, the destination, the community and all of Cincinnati.”

Gateway qualified for the silver certification by making infrastructure changes to the Urban Center location so members of the Gateway community would be more comfortable traveling to the location by bike. Events were also held to encourage the development of a bicycling culture. “I was delighted to share my interest in bike commuting with my co-workers and the Gateway students,” commented Sheila Gray, the Gateway coordinator of the Bike Friendly Initiative. “I have been commuting to work by bike since 1996.

Now it will be easier for others to do the same. And it’s great to never have to worry about finding a parking spot!” The college also promoted biking as an eco-friendly, money-saving means of transportation by conducting a drawing for a new bike. Julie Todd, who lives near Gateway’s Edgewood Campus and who takes all of her classes there, was the winner from more than 100 entries. She looks forward to being able to travel to campus on her new bike.


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Ryle valedictorian close to victory at state By James Weber

LOUISVILLE – Three of the four schools in the Boone County school district had the somewhat serendipitous scheduling of having their graduation ceremonies on the same day as the Class 3A state track and field meet. With the county of Boone 90 minutes away from the University of Louisville, the choice was between missing one or the other or making a mad dash on Interstate 71 to experience both. No one who did the maddish sprint had a day like distance runner Gabby Gonzales. The Ryle High School senior was an official 2011 graduate with diploma in hand when she arrived at the University of Louisville in the middle of the state track meet. As school valedictorian, she fully participated in the graduation ceremony and skipped the 1,600-meter race that she had qualified for. Then she arrived in Louisville less than two hours before her final high school race, the 3,200


Cooper senior Mason Hutchinson runs May 28 during the 3A state track meet.


Boone County freshman Tony Leroy (left) and Dixie Heights junior Logan NorrisSayres start the 100 meters May 28 during the 3A state track meet.


Ryle senior Jeff Huntley high jumps in the 3A state meet May 28 at the University of Louisville. He finished with a state medal. meters. She led the race until early in the final lap before settling for fourth place. “It was my last race,” she said. “I’m glad I got to run to my potential. I was really going into it just for the experience. I love this meet and coming here to see all the girls I don’t get to see throughout the season.” A familiar face passed her in the final lap in Sacred Heart senior Emma Brink, who beat Gonzales in the last three state cross country meets and swept the three longest individual races Saturday. Brink will run for North Carolina. Two Manual runners passed Gonzales late in the race. “After the first mile, I couldn’t see anybody in my shadow or hear anybody


Conner junior Jack Gaddie hands off to senior Ross Hofele during the Class 3A state boys 4x800 relay May 28 at the University of Louisville. breathing,” Gonzales said. “I thought, is this really going to happen today? I was hoping, but I know Emma has a great kick in the last two laps.” Gonzales is not done running. She will head to the University of Notre Dame and be a walk-on in track as she studies chemical engineering. She is looking forward to the longer distances of college meets. “Coach has said he wants to put me in the 5K


Ryle senior Gabby Gonzales has the lead in the 3,200 meters May 28 during the 3A state track meet. She finished fourth.

and 10K because he can tell I like longer races,” Gonzales said. She noted she was proud of her team’s overall academic success. Cross country starter Sam McKeough was salutatorian of the senior class. Gonzales was not the most decorated Raider of the day among the newly minted graduates. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.


Scott’s Vivian Sowder and Boone County’s Alexis Funke run the 300 hurdles May 28 during the 3A state track meet.


Walton-Verona senior Brandon Brockman long jumps May 27 during the Class 1A state track and field meet at the University of Louisville. He finished fourth.


Cameron Rohmann of St. Henry runs the 4x800 relay during the Class 1A state track and field meet May 27 at the University of Louisville.


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June 2, 2011

Several Boone teams alive in postseason By James Weber

A look at baseball and softball regionals.


Conner advanced to the Ninth Region baseball semifinals with a 7-6 win over Dixie Heights Monday, May 30. Conner plays Covington

Catholic in the semifinals Wednesday after print deadlines. The final is 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Florence Freedom stadium. Conner scored six runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. Jonathan Roberts hit a three-run triple, then Jordan Liechty plated him with a home run. Dixie came back

SIDELINES At The Yard baseball camps

At The Yard Baseball Training Center in Florence will host three-day baseball summer camps in Kenton and Boone County. The camps, organized by Brandon Berger, will teach all the fundamentals of baseball. The Kenton County camp for ages 6-9 will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 6-8 at Villa Madonna in Villa Hills; ages 10-13 will meet 12:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $85. The Boone County camp for ages 6-9 will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 1315 at Idlewild Park in Burlington; ages 10-13 will meet 12:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $85. To sign up, call 859-647-7400 or visit

British soccer camp

Challenger Sports and Covington Parks and Recreation will host “British

Soccer Camps” June 13-17 at Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex in Covington. Coached by British soccer coaches will focus on soccer skills and daily tournaments. Campers will learn about the life, customs and traditions of other countries. Half day camps for ages 5-9 and 10-14 will be 9 a.m. to noon or 5-8 p.m. Cost is $59 and includes free soccer camp T-shirt, soccer ball, poster and a personalized skills performance evaluation. Teams welcome and team rates are available. To register, visit, call Cindy Swegles at 859-292-2151 or email

to tie it in the sixth. Liechty then led off the seventh inning with a base hit and Conner eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk to Drew Hart. Boone County dispatched St. Henry 11-1 Monday night. Boone played Newport Central Catholic Wednesday night, after deadline, in the second semifinal.


St. Henry beat Newport 11-0 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 30, and Conner ousted Notre Dame 13-0. For St. Henry, Sami Ives had three hits and three RBI to lead the way. For Conner, Elizabeth Sims threw a twohit shutout. St. Henry and Conner were set to play in the semi-

finals May 31 after print deadlines. The final is 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at NKU. Ryle will play Dixie Heights in the other semifinal at NKU after beating Holmes 15-0 in three innings. Haylee Smith pitched a perfect game for the Raiders. Walton-Verona won 5-4 over Henry County in the

Eighth Region softball quarterfinals May 30 at Simon Kenton. The game went eight innings. Walton was set to play in the semifinals May 31 after print deadlines. The final is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Simon Kenton. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.

Sportsman of Year voting nears end Voting ends for the thirdannual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest at midnight Monday, June 6. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. On the ballot for Boone County are: Sankeerth Chinthala, Boone County; Zach Fisher, Conner; Conner Hempel, Ryle; Caleb

Lonkard, Ryle; Yushi Okita, Ryle; Matthew Schafer, Cooper; Cole Wendeln, Boone County. Sportswomen – Lauren Bennett, Walton-Verona; Brandy Deaton, Cooper; Toria Fischer, Conner; Gabby Gonzales, Ryle; Cassie Hamilton, Ryle; Abby Jan-

szen, St. Henry; Brooke Warning, Boone County. You can reach the ballots by clicking on any of the links designated for each of the three counties in Northern Kentucky and 12 Ohio ballots attached to specific Community Press newspapers. Schools covered by that newspaper are listed below the newspaper name. These names were derived from about 250 nominations received online from the readership, coaches and athletic directors. Voting runs until midnight Monday, June 6. Top

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Turf winners

KSA G99 Select Hadley won the KSA Turf Classic black division the weekend of March 26. The girls finished with a perfect record of 4 wins, scored 17 goals and allowed only 2 goals. Pictured are: Front row: Sarah Poe, Lauren Schwartz, Laura Shields, Katelyn Nichols, Maleah Hirn, Grace VonLehman Middle row: Hannah Palaschak, Katie Kalany, Brooke Rosen, Sarah Butler, Christy Hadley Back row: coach Brian Nichols, coach Mark Hadley, coach Rob Kalany.

Lady Knights win title


The Walton-Verona Elementary fourth-grade boys basketball team ended a great season with a record of 38-8 and numerous championships. Pictured are players, Andrew Schultz, Jimmie Ring, Jeremie Ring, Austin Dunn, Garrett Jones, Kameron Pardee, Kenton Krummen, Caden Moggee, Micah Alford and Grant Grubbs; and coaches Chris Dunn, Mark Krummen and Chris Grubbs.

The fifth-grade Northern Kentucky Lady Knights won the 2011 AAU State Championship, 46-26. The team finished fourth last year. The Lady Knights won four of five games by 30 or more points. In the championship finals they played Blast, a team from Bowling Green that finished second in last year’s state tournament. The team will now move on to the AAU nationals. Pictured, from left, bottom row: Ally Niece and Alexis Stapleton; middle row: Taylor Clos, Sydney Millay, Tessa Gieske and Lexi Keeton; and top row: Coaches Scott Millay and Ray Blau, Abby Schutte, Tyrah Englemon, Courtney Cheesman, Rachael Moody and coaches Lisa Brock and Dave Brock.

Walton-Verona boys finish season 38-8 The Walton-Verona Elementary fourth-grade boys basketball team finished the 2010-2011 season 38-8. Accomplishments for the season include: Fourth Grade North Central Kentucky Conference

Champion; Fourth Grade Covington Turners League Runner-up; Fifth Grade Heritage Academy League and Tournament Champion; Metro Louisville School Team Invitational Runnerup; Bluegrass School Team

Challenge Runner-up and Louisville Lightning Shootout Champion. The fourth-grade Bearcats are coached by Chris Dunn, Mark Krummen and Chris Grubbs.


BRIEFLY • The St. Henry baseball team beat Lloyd 2-1 in the 34th District semifinals, May 25, advancing them to play the winner of the Ludlow vs. Dixie Heights on May 28. St. Henry’s Elliot Ringo had an RBI. • In softball, St. Henry beat Lloyd 7-1 in 34th district semifinals, May 25.

The week at Walton-Verona

• The Walton-Verona softball team beat Simon Kenton 4-2 in 32nd districts, May 25, advancing them to play Grant

County on May 28. Walton’s Jenalee Ginn and Spencer hit a double each.

The week at Heritage

• In softball, Villa Madonna beat Heritage 4-1, May 25, in 34th districts.

Conference accolades

Thomas More College sophomore pitcher David Etscheid, a Ryle High School graduate, and Ryan Darner, a Covington Catholic High School graduate from Burlington, were named second team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference, May 17 by conference head coaches.

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Darner is batting .390 as he is 48-for-123 with three home runs, 13 doubles, 39 RBI and 32 runs scored. Etscheid has a 2.36 ERA and a 16-1 record and one save in 14 appearances as he has pitched 34.1 innings and has given up 13 runs (nine earned) on 31 hits and has struck out a team-leading 31 batters. His only start of the season was in the PAC Tournament's championship game where he pitched a complete game two hitter.


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Union Scouts leave area cleaner than they found it

Over the rainy weekend of May 14, Boy Scout Troop 702 High Adventure Crew participated in the Boone County “Trash for Cash” program. The group was looking to make a little money to help offset the cost of their trip to Northern Tier this summer. The troop’s canoeing adventure will cover 80 miles of paddling in the northern Minnesota region. We accomplished our goal of cleaning up 3 miles of roads in the Richwood Road area. The heaviest littered area seemed to be behind the numerous fast food restaurants. We spent 12 man hours, which filled eight bags of trash, cleaning up that one area. Popular littered items ranged from food wrappers to cups to cigarette butts. Fortunately for our Scouts, we did not encounter any hazardous items that needed to be removed on our assignment. After all their hard work and concentrated effort, Troop 702 hopes that others will also make

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Summertime and water At GCWW we What would summer be like have our eye on without a dip in the pool, a run the future. Our through the sprinkler or a cold engineers, water glass of tap water on a hot muggy quality experts day? People use water every day and water distrifor both recreational uses and bution and suphousehold uses such as cooking, ply specialists cleaning and bathing. constantly At Greater Cincinnati Water Biju George assess the needs Works (GCWW), our job is to provide you with a dependable supCommunity of our cusply of the highest quality water Recorder tomers, identifyareas of each and every time you turn on guest ing demand, monithe tap, fill up the pool or let your columnist toring and children run through the sprinkler. upgrading our During the past century, many improvements in the health, pros- infrastructure and developing a perity and longevity of the U.S. plan to keep water flowing. All the population can be attributed to while members of our information improvements in water quality. technology, business and billing For the past 100 years, GCWW teams research and implement the has been a leader in developing latest technologies to help keep us and implementing those improve- on the cutting edge of quality and service. ments. On behalf of every GCWW In 1907 amidst a national employee, I am typhoid outbreak, GCWW At Greater Cincinnati Water proud to report that our water built the second Works we have our eye on the meet or exceedwater treatment future. Our engineers, water ed all state and plant in the U.S. to use rapidquality experts and water federal health standards in sand filtration distribution and supply 2010, as it and cases of typhoid in specialists constantly assess always has. next Cincinnati the needs of our customers, timeSoyouthefill your dropped dramatidentifying areas of demand, swimming pool ically. In 1928 water works piomonitoring and upgrading our or water glass, wash your fruits neered powinfrastructure and developing and vegetables dered activated a plan to keep water flowing. or bathe your carbon filtration. children, take Then in 1992, we became the first utility in the comfort in knowing that more nation to implement Granular than 600 people at Greater CincinActivated Carbon (GAC) treatment nati Water Works take care each with the ability to clean the carbon and every day to bring you life’s necessity - water. on-site so it can be reused. To view our 2010 Water QualiGAC is cited by the U.S. EPA as one of the best available treatment ty Report, which highlights our technologies to remove impurities, extensive water quality monitorsuch as pharmaceuticals, during ing and state-of-the-art treatment drinking water treatment. Soon process, visit www.cincinnatiwe’ll add another step - ultraviolet disinfection (UV) to protect Biju George is interim director of against potential micro-organisms Greater Cincinnati Water Works. The like cryptosporidium. When operagency serves 1.1 million people in ational at the end of 2012, GCWW parts of Hamilton, Butler, Warren and will be the largest water utility in Clermont counties in Ohio and Boone North America to use UV followCounty in Kentucky. ing sand filtration and GAC.

Students in a first-grade class made masks at Mardi Gras time.

School reaches out spiritually as well as academically St. Paul was the apostle to the gentiles. As such, he reached out to non-Jews where they were and brought the light of Christ to them. As patron saint of our school, he encourages us in a similar fashion to reach out to kids wherever they are, not only spiritually, but academically also. Students come in all varieties, shapes and sizes. They come eager to learn, but learning is not as easy for some as it is for others. For some, it is a downright struggle. St. Paul has had a certified resource teacher on staff for 26 years now. It was the first Catholic school in the diocese to recognize and ask for diagnosis of ADD and ADHD. It was one of the first to find strategies for Tourettes Syndrome. It has a student with Down Syndrome, and has had autistic

children. None of these were easy to deal with because St. Paul, like most Catholic Schools, has limited resources and David Maher does not have all Community the certified speRecorder cialists that public schools have. guest The faculty and columnist staff are committed to serving children and keeping families together. This isn’t always easy. It takes research, time, energy, and a special kind of dedication that comes from the heart. St. Paul is a place of love and concern for all who wish to come. While these children are


served, most of the population is average or considerably above in ability and achievement. Maintaining challenging programs for them is at the core of its mission. Advanced classes and appropriate activities are necessary in today’s society. And then there are those who excel in a more limited way. Artists, musicians, athletes, and students with other individual talents need to be nurtured, encouraged, and given opportunity to hone those talents. All of these situations and differences have to be understood and provided for by any school. St. Paul has done and continues to do this very well in a spiritual setting for Catholic and non-Catholic students alike. David Maher is principal of St. Paul School in Florence.

Talk is cheap; response is dear It was 7:39 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2011, when my phone rang and the caller ID showed it was from Geoff Davis. I picked up the phone and a male voice said Mr. Davis is having a telephone town hall in five minutes and that I am invited to participate. Our congressman had previously in a flier invited us to speak out, but five minutes notice is meager for a town hall colloquy. Previously Mr. Davis told us that he and the Republicans will repeal the new health care law that insured thousands of Kentucky citizens that did not have any health insurance. Our representative said that they will replace Democrats’ health care with a meaningful bill. We are still waiting for the Republican’s meaningful health care law but it turned out that they don’t have any plan whatsoever. Why do we elect conservatives who don’t care for the middle class and the poor? Rhetorically they said that the health care law enacted by Democrats and President Obama is government takeover of our health care, but that had not happened. If I may ask, what is wrong with a government run health care anyway? All the industrialized countries have it and they spend less money and are healthier than we. Americans have been partici-

pating in government run health care systems for many years now. All government employees including congressmen and Charlie their families Chukwudolue participate in a government run Community health care sysRecorder tem. Before the guest enactment of the columnist new health care law, more than 40 percent of Kentucky citizens participated in all sort of government run health care systems provided under Medicare, Medicaid, military health care and government employee health insurance. Now, Mr. Davis and the Republicans have voted to eliminate Medicare as we know it and replace it with coupons so that they can give tax break to the rich and oil companies. Mr. Davis’ latest flier said, if you are 55 years old and over, don’t worry. But that means that if you are 54 years old or less and you have contributed to Medicare funds all your life – and hoped that our government would take care of you as promised – now it is a pipe dream because Republicans want to balance the budget on your back. The law they had

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already passed in the House will give you an $8,000 voucher to go and shop for private health insurance. If you have been sick lately or had a medical procedure or surgery, you know that $8,000 is not enough. So who gets all the money you paid in since your high school days? Oil companies are making record profit and the Republicans voted to give them tax-free money. The irony is that some of these oil companies are foreign owned. How can we reconcile our goal of cutting the federal deficit and at the same time give away tax revenue? These Republicans’ lip service to federal deficit reduction is not new. Former President Reagan and Vice President Dick Cheney said “deficit doesn’t matter” and they both left office with record-breaking deficits. Republicans cannot tax the rich but are willing to abolish programs that benefit the poor and middle class. They claim that cutting taxes for the rich create jobs but records have shown that is not the case. We have seen 10 years of tax cuts that distressed our economy from surplus to recordbreaking deficits. If tax cuts create jobs, then why is our economy struggling with high unemployment now? Charlie Chukwudolue is a Florence resident.



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Stephen Carnahan gets ready before Walton-Verona High School’s May 26 graduation ceremony.


Clayworth Cuzick and Paige Klee prepare to graduate from WaltonVerona High School on May 26.


Conner High School senior Nick Mersch, 18, from Hebron, gets a kiss from mom, Michelle Brundage, while proud dad, Mike Brundage, looks on at the Conner graduation May 27.


Boone County High School senior Christi Barker stands with her father, Tony Barker, before the school’s May 28 graduation.


Adam Smith, left, Jacob Mardis, Winston Field and Brian Schelle wait for Ryle’s graduation.


Warren Mackenzie (Mac) Wilburn, president of the 2011 senior class at Conner High School, challenged his classmates to take the road less traveled, and told them May 27 they had left a mark from their four years at high school.

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Cooper seniors Fawna Scott, left, Danielle Richardson, Caitlin Shinkle, Marty Sherwood and CheyAnne Staker take a seat before the walk into graduation.


Boone County High School seniors Amanda Krebs, Heather Laughlin and Hailey Ford decorate their caps before their May 28 graduation ceremony.

The weekend of May 26, May 27 and May 28 was filled with graduation ceremonies at Boone County’s high schools. Walton-Verona High School was May 26, Conner May 27 and Cooper, Ryle and Boone County High School all had ceremonies May 28. The tradition of caps and gowns, uplifting speeches and diplomas is taken seriously in Boone County. We wish all the best to the Class of 2011.


Boone County High School senior Tim Norton gives a thumbs up before graduation on May 28.


Lauren Heeman, 17, and her best friend and neighbor, Toria Fischer, 17, give a thumbs up after they learn they were selected valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of their senior class at Conner High School May 27.


The choir practices before the May 26 Walton-Verona High School graduation.


Jacob Hart, left, Jonathan Crase, Brett Uminger, Michael Carlton and Robert Parmere spend their last moments in Ryle High School.



Cooper graduates Brittany Mullins, left, Adis Mesinovic, Jordan Murphy and Tyler Leidy are ready for the graduation ceremony to start.

Ryle graduates Shotaro Fukushima, left, and Yuki Takasu hang out before the graduation ceremony begins.


Nikki Phillips, left, and Olivia Rankin spend their last few moments in Cooper High School as students.


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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.

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MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Paul Otten Band, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, 859-291-0550; Newport.


HISTORIC SITES Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington. LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Summer Fun on the Cheap, Noon, Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn to fill your summer with fun for your whole family using free local activities, restaurants and ideas/recipes for things to do at home. For moms, dads and anyone taking care of kids this summer. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

Naked Karate Girls, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport.


Skut Farkis, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Cover. 859-342-7000; Erlanger.


TriState Society of Healthcare Engineers Charity Golf Outing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Boone Links Golf Course, 19 Clubhouse Dr., Continental breakfast, free beer, burgers and hot dogs, chicken/ribs dinner, raffles and door prizes for participants. Event and hole sponsorships available. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Camp DreamAcres. Ages 21 and up. $110. Presented by TriState Society of Healthcare Engineers. 513-505-3753; Florence.


Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611; Walton. Euchre Tournaments, 12:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Arrive early. All money goes back to participant winners. $3 cover charge, ten cents every euchre. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611; Walton.


Women’s Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Games start June 24. Deposit of $100 required at time of registration with balance due day of first game. Family friendly. $475 per team. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859372-7754. Union.

The Zinghoppers - Live!, 1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, PBS’s Conductor Jack and friends. Preschool pop sensation entertains, educates and engages children. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.

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Yard Sale for a Cure, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Ockerman Middle School, 8300 U.S. 42, Reserve parking space for $10 to sell treasures. Concessions available. Email for more information or make reservation. Benefits American Cancer Society. Reservations required. 859-746-5449. Florence. S U N D A Y, J U N E 5


Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington.


Neon Swing X-perience, 1-5 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, High energy swing, rockabilly, jazz and blues band. Free. 859-291-0550. Newport. The Young Jazz Messengers, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.


Kyle Dunnigan, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. Ages 21 and up. 859-9572000; Newport.


Women’s Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $475 per team. 859-372-7754. Union. 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. Sports of All Sorts Basketball Camp SignUps, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $100. Registration required. 859-3727754; Union. M O N D A Y, J U N E 6


In a League of Our Own: Play Ball! Knothole Baseball in Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-4914003; Covington.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Cincy Rockers, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, $5. 859-441-4888. Cold Spring.


James McMurtry, 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $20, $17 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Swimsuit Models, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport. This Side Up, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, 859-291-0550; Newport.


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


Word I, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basics of Microsoft Word 2007. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.


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


Newport Gangster Tours will be 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5. Explore the streets of Newport where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their fortunes and their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. This two-hour, award-winning tour begins with two gangster guides leading a raucous, highenergy presentation inside an old casino. Next, take a 90-minute walking tour of historic sites out on the streets of “Sin City”. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. Tour starts at Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport. Tours will continue on Saturdays through Oct. 29. For more information visit,; email or; or call 859-491-8000. Pictured are tour guides Jerome Gels Sr., Dave Kohake and Mac Cooley leading a tour. T U E S D A Y, J U N E 7


Candy Making, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Dessert masters from Fantasy in Frosting teach to make delicious homemade candy. $10. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union.

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Intro to the Gluten-Free Diet, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Whole Foods Market demonstrates food and menu preparation for a gluten-free diet. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union. Judy Moody, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Celebrate all things Judy Moody. Ages 6-10. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Prairie Fun, 6:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Read some prairie stories and make an old fashioned toy. Ages 6-10. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Petersburg.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Joliet Slammers., Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, If Freedom wins on Wednesday, special prizes for fans. Reading Club Nights presented by Xavier University: participating children win free tickets. WEBN Thirsty Thursdays: $1 beer and soda. Family Fun Saturdays: Circus Mojo, autographs, children run bases post-game and more. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence.

Crafters’ Corner, 10 a.m.-noon, Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Bring supplies to work on own project. All mediums welcome, from macaroni to knitting; crochet, scrapbooking, beading, jewelry, embroidery, quilting, plastic canvas and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Petersburg.


Resistance Band Boot Camp, 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., All American Athletic Training Center, $50 for month, $10 per session. 859-3930911; Florence. Zumba, 1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 8-12. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Teen Movie Night, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, “Food Inc.” Snacks provided. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington.


Art Social, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, Free. 859-4857611. Walton.

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EDUCATION Spotlight on Genealogy, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Informal discussion of genealogy news and resources, plus guest speakers on family history topics. Snacks served. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba for Adults, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Certified Zumba instructor teaches the moves. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron.


Teen Romance Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Share what you think and what you’re reading. Teens. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.


What’s on Your Plate?, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Chipotle Mexican Grille provides snack while encouraging healthy eating habits. Ages 8-12. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.


Twig, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Tween interest group to share ideas. Ages 9-12. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron. 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. Magnificent Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Dive into something new every week. Ages 6-12. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.


Open Gaming, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. FILE PHOTO

Summerfair, a fine arts and crafts fair, is Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, at Coney Island. On exhibit and for sale are works by more than 300 artisans in mediums including: jewelry, sculpture, photography, painting and more. Four entertainment stages feature bands, dance and theatre troupes. Hours are: 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, free for ages 12 and under. The Little Black Dress Event is 7-10 p.m. Friday and features dresses from select boutiques and jewelry from Summerfair artists. Tickets are $15. Visit Pictured is Kelli Dinnison of West Chester looking at sculptures at the Copper Ink Studio booth during last year’s fair.


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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In the modern world, speed gets us nowhere fast

Florence Lions Club hosts yard sale The Florence Lions Club will host its fourth annual yard sale on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A preview sale will take place 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, June 2. The event will happen rain or shine in the Lions clubhouse at 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence. Items collected so far incude a solid wood hutch, entertainment centers, beds, lamps, housewares, clothes, bikes, battery-powered kids four-wheeler and many toys. Every year the Florence Lions Club provides for local eyesight care. This effort involves eye screening at Boone County Schools, following up requests for eye exams, eyeglasses, treatment and purchase of special equipment to help the visually impaired that have no means for help.

Person- enduring in our own lives, al relation- speed is never the answer. It our personal ships need hampers to develop development and glues us over time more firmly to a lesser idenand with tity than is our goal. A person of insight realt i m e . S p e e d izes that speed can become Father Lou c r u s h e s a great defense mechanism and for hiding behind. We feel it Guntzelman them stifles inti- exonerates us from stopping and really looking objectivePerspectives macy. S l a v e s ly at our lives. Unconsciously, we may to speed start losing sight of family members, especially even enjoy it as an excuse our insensitivities children, or those who are ill for toward others and for being or infirm. A friend falls sick and uninvolved with life itself. If we are a speed addict, speedsters find it frustrating what can we or distracting. Sickness doesSpeed in work has its do about it? key n’t fit into a compensations. It gets The seems to be to culture that is things done and find a restful on the go. Sadly, not sometimes earns yet attentive in only family promotions. It’s the presence the midst of suffers but our speed begins deficits and destructions our work; to some to cause us to of speed we forget. find source of leave behind parts of our Woody Allen said he took energy other own selves a speed-reading course than our conapplicathat need and read “War and stant tion of effort tending. We forget Peace” in 20 minutes. “It and will. To engage that our saniinvolves Russia,” he our will conty, interior concluded. t i n u a l l y health and exhausts us spirituality need much more attention and prevents us from creating something in our work than we are giving them. To construct something that endures. There is such

a thing as accomplishing great work with a light touch. We need discipline enough to create times of quiet and solitude for reflection. Poets and mystics often see what most cannot. Poet Robert Frost argued

for a counterbalance to speed. He wrote, “Everyone should be free to go very slowly … for what you want, what you’re hanging around in the world waiting for, is for something to occur to you.” And what we want, and

what we need, is not the result of speed. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.



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Reprinted from January 2009. Speed-velocity is as hallucinatory as speedamphetamine, according to author Jay Griffiths. In his book “A Sideways Look At Time,” he deals with the cult of speed we have established. We worship speed. That’s partly due to the exhilaration of acceleration. It has more to do with competition, status, beating-out others, and getting where we want to go without too much thought or effort. “Be fast or be last,” is our maxim. Speed in work has its compensations. It gets things done and sometimes earns promotions. It’s the deficits and destructions of speed we forget. Woody Allen said he took a speed-reading course and read “War and Peace” in 20 minutes. “It involves Russia,” he concluded. Skim-talking and skimreading promotes skimthinking. The quick radio bulletins and rolling banners at the bottom of TV screens skim the news-surface without needed analysis. Griffiths said, “Sound bites bite the hand of the ideas that feed them … The first victim of speed is truth, and the news flash cannot be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Our desires lead us to faster rates of acquisition of unnecessary products, the latest technology, and the quickest diets. We think multi-tasking deserves a trophy and cellphoning while driving a car makes us efficient. Author David Whyte said, “The great tragedy of speed as an answer to the complexities and responsibilities of existence is that very soon we cannot recognize anything or anyone who is not traveling at the same velocity as we are.” Velocity causes a blurred vision and speed-work can cause a type of amnesia. “There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting,” wrote Milan Kundera. Some wondrous elements of a good life are diminished by speed. Relationships are one of them.

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Lace up your shoes and join us as the Kenton County Public Library Foundation presents the “Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk” presented by U.S. Bank. After the race enjoy a free pancake breakfast courtesy of First Watch restaurants. What: Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk When: Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m.

Race day registration is $25 per participant. Includes a performance running T-shirt while supplies last

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Potato chip cookies bring back pecan memories Teaching classes at Jungle Jim’s is always fun for me. Ron Wilson, gardening expert, and I recently taught “From an urban garden to kitchen” classes. My sous chefs, Ellen Mueller and Janet Hontanosas, prepped everything ahead of time so both classes went well and everyone enjoyed “Yardboy Ron” and his abundant gardening wisdom, along with my garden menu. After class, I was chatting with Leigh Ochs, the director, and she showed me some potato chip cookies that were being featured as a weekly recipe in Jungle’s ad. Boy did those cookies

bring back memories. They were a favorite of my kids growing up, tasting a little bit like Pecan Sandies but a lot less expensive. I couldn’t wait to get home to bake up some memories. Here’s my adaptation of Leigh’s recipe.

Potato chip cookies

These are good to tote to a potluck or picnic. 1 cup butter, softened 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 ⁄4 cup crushed potato chips 3 ⁄4 cup toasted pecans, chopped fine 2 cups all purpose flour

Additional sugar, for finishing cookies (I use raw sugar) Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar thoroughly with an electric mixer. Add vanilla and mix well. Stir in potato chips and pecans. Add flour and stir to combine. Shape into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten gently with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned; remove from baking sheets and cool on a rack. Makes about 21⁄2 dozen.

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1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, diced Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

4 eggs 1 cup half-and-half 8 ounces Gruyère, grated 1 ⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 deep dish pie crust

bowl of this stew. Here’s my adaptation. The recipe called for dried peas without soaking, but I soaked them to speed up the cooking process

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, heat the oil. Add the onions, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the onions are softened, five to seven minutes. Add the parsley and cook, covered, for two minutes more. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and halfand-half. Stir in the Gruyère and the onion mixture. Pour egg mixture into the pie crust; it will be very full. Bake until the filling is set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let rest for five minutes. Cut into wedges and serve. Serves six-eight.

2 cups dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and drained or do a quick soak** (can substitute 2 cans black-eyed peas which are ready to go) Olive oil 1 generous cup chopped yellow onion 8 ounces kielbasa, regular or turkey halved lengthwise and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper Salt and pepper to taste 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or more to taste 28 oz. diced tomatoes Kale, spinach or mustard greens Red wine vinegar (opt. but good)

Black-eyed pea stew

I had this at daughter-inlaw Jessie’s, house. I came over to watch the kids and it was a chilly, rainy day. She warmed me up a

Film bottom of pot with olive oil. Add onion to pan; cook until tender. Add sausage; cook until lightly

browned. Stir in 4 c u p s b r o t h ; Rita bring to a Heikenfeld s i m m e r, s c r a p i n g Rita’s kitchen pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in peas, salt, peppers, and bay leaves. Cover and simmer 30 minutes for dry, soaked beans or 20 for canned. If necessary, add more broth. Uncover and cook 20 minutes or until liquid begins to thicken and peas are tender. Stir in vinegar, tomatoes, and greens; simmer 10 more minutes or so and serve. Pass the red wine vinegar! **Tip from Rita’s kitchen: to quick soak dry beans, cover with water and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let sit for 1 hour, then drain. Serves six-eight. 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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United Way honors Ky. volunteers United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky has recognized a number of local volunteers and organizations for their work to improve people’s lives throughout 2010. Philip J. Schworer, partner at Frost Brown Todd in Florence, was given the Gary R. Bricking Community Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding citizenship and dedication to numerous human service and civic groups, including United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky, Leadership Northern Kentucky and Redwood. Schworer lives in Crescent Springs. The Corporate Circle of Excellence Award was presented to the Kenton County Airport Board, Spirit of CVG Committee for its commitment to the community through service, including involvement with Hosea House, The Children’s Home

of Northern Kentucky and Welcome House. The committee is also responsible for raising more than $350,000 for United Way in the past five years. United Way presented its Education Partner Award to Covington Independent Public Schools for its relationship with United Way through programs like Partners in Prevention, initiatives such as Success By 6 and volunteer opportunities that bring companies and students together. Both organizations are striving every day to ensure educational success in our community. The awards were presented May 20 at the annual awards luncheon at Drees Pavilion, Devou Park. Northern Kentucky Action Council chair Crystal Gibson, vice president of communications and public affairs, Citi, said 2010 was about innovation and col-

laboration, an expanded focus on engaging more citizens to create impact in the areas of education, income and health. According to Gibson, “All of this great work was driven by the tremendously dedicated volunteers United Way has in place. They are true advocates for the work.” Gibson thanked current Action Council and Campaign Cabinet members, as well as retiring Northern Kentucky Action Council members: Debby Cowles, Delta Air Lines; Robert Deger, Gateway Community & Technical College; Tim Hanner, Kenton County Schools; Chuck Hendrix, Toyota; Gene Kirchner, Fort Thomas Schools; Randy Rawe, The Roeding Group; Marshall Slagle, retired, Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission; Anna Stark, Lifepoint Solutions; Laura Tiller,

director of human resources, Remke Markets; Joe Wind, Northern Kentucky University; and Lynette Whalen. Also recognized were new members of the Northern Kentucky Action Council: Dr. Yousuf Ahmad, senior vice president, Mercy Health Partners; Kim Chevalier, director, student services, Walton-Verona Schools; Teri Cox-Cruey, assistant superintendent, Kenton County Schools; Tom DiBello, executive director, Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington; Kathy Howard, university training director, Northern Kentucky University; Candace McGraw, chief administrative officer, Kenton County Airport Board; Joni Soale, manager, corporate services, Toyota; and Janice Wilkerson, executive director, student services, Covington Independent Schools.


Philip J. Schworer, right, received the Gary R. Bricking Community Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding citizenship and dedication to human service and civic groups. He is shown with his wife, Lynn.

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There are several subjects most families do not want to discuss. They are often difficult discussions to initiate and even more challenging to Extension hold. Howthere Notes ever, are discusDiane sions that Mason should be held, and held when family members are healthy and well. Many of the needed discussions center on end-oflife issues including choices of burial arrangements and memorial service issues. Other topics include finances and estate planning. Every adult should have a will. Even if you think you don’t own anything, having a will is important. It allows you to designate where your belongings will go and who you want to care for your dependent children. A will helps guide your surviving family members after your death. The will should be periodically reviewed to be sure the information is still current and accurate. Everyone should understand the terms “transfer on death” (TOD) and “payable on death” (POD). Having these designations on appropriate accounts and documents helps surviving family members. Key family members should know the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of their loved ones. Key family members should know where to find birth certificates, military discharge papers, and marriage and divorce certificates. These papers may be needed following the death of a loved one. It is useful to have a list of all investments, contracts and life and other insurance information in a convenient location. At a minimum, the list should include the name of the company, the contact information, and the policy numbers. All life insurance policies and investments should be reviewed at least annually to insure the names and information for beneficiaries are up-to-date. You might start small by

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Author, former WV teacher, to sign at Joseph-Beth June 9 At 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, Northern Kentucky author Michael Capek – a longtime teacher at Walton-Veorna High School – will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Commons, Cincinnati, to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Steamboat Shuffle, ” a historical novel for middle grade readers. The novel tells the story of 11-year-old Jovie Bibbs, a boy with big problems. Ever since his father went missing in World War I, he and his mother have lived hand-tomouth in the seedy attic room of a Mount Adams boarding house. Now Mrs. Bibbs is ill and can no longer work. Unless Jovie can find a way to convince the Army to declare his father officially dead and release his back pay, he’ll have to go to an orphanage. Either that or live on the streets like his pal Tuggs, a jive-talking newsie with troubles of his own. But Jovie has a plan that

could solve everything – meet President Warren Harding and his wife, Florence, when they come to town and ask for their help. His quest sends him on an Ohio River adventure towards an outcome even Jovie’s vivid imagination could not have dreamed up. Michael Capek is a lifelong resident of Kenton County. He taught language arts for 27 years at WaltonVerona High School. His published works include dozens of stories and articles in popular children’s magazines, a wide range of classroom and education materials, ten nonfiction books for young readers, and two adult local histories. “The Steamboat Shuffle” is Michael’s first published novel. Copies of “The Steamboat Shuffle” are available from or wherever books are sold. Visit for more information.

Oustanding youth minister

Mary, Queen of Heaven parishioner Wendy Lanyi recently was presented the Outstanding Youth Minister in the Diocese of Covington Award by Bishop Roger J. Foys, D.D. Lanyi has three children in school at MQH. She is president of PTO and a Girl Scout Leader. THANKS TO JENNY KUNST

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Kate Hawkins of Hebron has joined the Cincinnati office of dunnhumbyUSA, a global leader in building brand value for consumer goods and retail companies, as an analyst in client insight. Hawkins will be responsible for developing pricing and promotion insights for The Kroger Co. She earned a bachelor of science in informatics from Indiana University.

Janet Deaton of Union has joined Interbrand as a senior brand strategist. She supports clients in developing and implementing all aspects of brand strategy including research, brand positioning, brand architecture, brand experience and identity development, as well as optimizing strategy across packaging, print and online brand expression. She has more than 20 years of industry experience

and holds degrees in fashion design and merchandising from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and degrees in graphic design and marketing from Northern Kentucky University. For more on Interbrand, visit

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Allstate office named agency of the year

Bob Parsons, CIC, CLU, LUTCF, and Parsons & Associates have been recognized by Allstate Insurance Company as Allstate’s Agency of the Year for Kentucky for 2010. The agency has been recognized for maintaining the highest standards in client satisfaction, client retention, profitability, and overall sales and growth among all Allstate agencies in the state of Kentucky. As a double winner of the Allstate Chairman’s Inner

Circle, Parsons will be formally recognized for his agencies accomplishments at the company’s annual Chairman’s convention. The Chairman’s Inner Circle award is given to a select few of the more than 12,000 Allstate agents in the country. Parsons achieved this honor for both of his agencies in 2010. Parsons & Associates main office is located at 1838 Florence Pike, Burlington. For more information, call 859-341-2662 or email

Wiseway adds to team

Wiseway Supply, based in Florence, announces six additions to its sales team. Joining the outside electrical sales team are Mike Quatman, Brian Childs, Nick Sarakatsannis and Steve Rizkallah. Quatman previously worked with Murphy Electric Supply and City Electric. Childs worked for Lebanon

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Boone group to show art in Sharonville By Stephanie Salmons

show. “I think it’s important to show the people over in Ohio that the arts are thriving in Northern Kentucky,” she said. The arts are a critical part of a well-rounded community, she said. According to her, this is the group’s first show

“Butterflies are Free” by Sue Ervin.

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A Boone County art group is preparing to showcase local artists in an exhibit across the river. The Boone County Visual Arts Association presents the South Side of Cincinnati from June 4 to June 25 at the Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road, Sharonville, Ohio, 45214. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Featured artists include Chris Allen, Bill Brown, Corey Bjarnson, Sue Ervin, Margie Lakeberg, Magno Relojo, Carolyn Stewart, Ira Sena, Linda Lee Whaley, Linda Whittenburg, Barb Wylie and Ruthe Wyman. According to Wyman, a variety of styles will be on display – oil, acrylic and water paints, photography, quilting and calligraphy. “We’re based in Boone County, but we’re trying to

across the river. “A lot of our work is centered around Northern Kentucky,” she said. “A lot of us take inspiration in our surroundings and are very much in love with our community and our area. It’s where we draw our inspiration from.”


“Lauren with Green Scarf” by Magno Relojo. branch out,” she said. While they’ve had shows around Northern Kentucky, the organization is always looking for opportunities to show as a group, Wyman said. “We are trying to expand our horizons and reach a larger audience,” she said. “We don’t want to be thought of as a little Boone County group.” Linda Whittenburg, owner of Burlington’s Cabin Arts, will present some of her original art quilts in the CE-0000462842

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June 2, 2011


Dave Perry grabs a group shot of Macey Teaford, Erica Abdon, Angela Ayala, Megan Perry, Niki Dodd, Jena Chisholm and Sierra Riley before their graduation from Boone County High School.


Hunter Brothers and Danielle Plunkett spend time together before their May 28 graduation from Boone County High School.

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Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Logan A. King, a 2010 graduate of Cooper High School, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in

Kelly & Michele O’Brien together with Chuck & Randa Barnes and Amy Barnes & Roger Schlueter are pleased to announce the marriage of their children Christy O’Brien & Chris Barnes on June 11, 2011. Christy is currently attending NKU for sports marketing and is a manager at Palm Beach Tan. Chris is also attending NKU for criminal justice, working at Citibank, and in the United States Marine Corps. The wedding will take place at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church with the reception immediately following at Paul Brown Stadium. The couple will reside in Cold Spring after a week long honeymoon in Antigua.

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bound, April 29. Jeffrey K. Ryan, 43, DUI at 14 N. Main St., April 30. Emily N. Brown, 23, DUI at I-275 westbound, April 29. Nicholas A. Baehr, 38, DUI at 145 Richwood Rd., April 27. Jeffery S. Feist, 55, DUI, first-degree fleeing/evading police at Washington St., April 27. Kathleen E. Keitz, 19, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia at 10863 North Dr., April 30. William C. Brown, 26, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates), operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Glencoe Verona Rd., April 29. Brenda R. Konerman, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication (excluding alcohol) at I-75 northbound, April 29. Ronald Z. Goodridge, 21, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at 3020 Conrad Ln., May 2. Skylar H. Sowder, 26, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Richwood Rd., May 1. Shane P. Hopkins, 23, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at 2285 Litton Ln., April 28. Kevin A. Fultz, 21, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at McGrath Ln., April 28. Brennan Cherry, 15, possession of

marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 7056 Burlington Pk., April 29. Jacob A. Lynn, 21, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at Sawmill Ct., April 28. Eric T. Klette, 23, receiving stolen property under $10,000, seconddegree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fraudulent use of a credit card at 18 N. Main St., April 30. Tina R. Pike, 40, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 106 Main St., April 29. Johnathan D. Ramsey, 27, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., April 27. Kristin E. Koors, 30, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., April 27. Justin L. Scott, 21, theft at 2836 Douglas Dr., April 27. Erik D. Hardy, 22, theft of services, public intoxication (excluding alcohol) at 1739 Hunters Trc., April 30.



Assault, fourth degree, minor injury at 4710 Shenandoah Dr., April 27. Assault, fourth degree at 7914 Dream St., May 8. Assault, fourth degree, no visible injury at 8405 U.S. 42, May 8. Victim assaulted by known subject at 7558 Canterbury Ct., April 7. Victim assaulted by known subject at 1807 Bordeaux Blvd., April 28.


Residence broken into and items taken at 118 Old Stephenson Mill Rd., April 28.

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Automobiles destroyed/damaged at 117 Pinehurst Dr., April 28. Automobiles destroyed/damaged at 290 Main St., April 19. Trailers destroyed/vandalized at 6555

Nicholas St., May 9. Vehicle vandalized at 6619 Dixie Hwy., April 9. Vehicle vandalized at 35 Rio Grande Cir., April 9. Property vandalized at 5632 Commercial Dr., April 28. Property vandalized at 1154 Burlington Pk., April 27.

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Credit/debit card and merchandise stolen at Burlington Pike, April 30. Merchandise stolen at 7819 U.S 42, April 28. Money stolen at 4990 Houston Rd., May 8.

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Subject took victim’s vehicle without permission at 6138 Tosha Dr., April 29. Stolen property recovered at 8585 William Haines Dr., April 28.


Subject found to be in possession of opiates at Glencoe Verona Rd., April 29. Subjects found to be in possession of narcotics at I-75 northbound, April 29.

Prescription controlled substance not in proper container

Prescription controlled substance not in proper container, Oxycodone and other narcotics seized at Dixie Highway, April 28.

Receiving stolen property

Receiving stolen property, clothing recovered at 7719 Mall Road, April 29.


Victim robbed of money by subject at Circle Dr., April 29.

Terroristic threatening

Victim threatened by subject at 12666 McCoy’s Fork Rd., April 30.


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Jason M. Haskell, 38, theft of motor vehicle registration plate at Interstate 75 northbound rest area, April 28. Kevin M. York, 25, failure to wear seatbelts, prescription controlled substance not in proper container at Dixie Highway, April 28. Dawn E. Clifton, 37, theft/shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., April 28. Stephanie M. Grebe, 25, theft/shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., April 24. Brandy M. Wilhoite, 28, theft/shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., April 24. Dennis J. Geduldig, 53, receiving stolen property, public intoxication, resisting arrest at 7660 Industrial Rd., May 7. Layland S. Cave, 30, 4917 Marion Ave., disorderly conduct, public intoxication at 8050 Holiday Pl., May 8. Scott A. Roberts, 44, public intoxication, carrying a concealed weapon at Russell St., May 7. Kenneth M. Holland, 30, DUI, reckless driving at Interstate 75 south, May 8. Catina M. Urbina, 33, theft/shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 8. Ashley Settlemires, 22, theft/shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 8. Shawn D. Schmidt, 18, manufacturing simulated controlled substance at 8200 Ewing Blvd., May 8. Jeffery S. Pollard, 18, theft/shoplifting at 6909 Dixie Hwy., May 9. David W. Gregory, 34, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 2058 Country Place Ct., April 29. Eric M. Risch, 24, alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of marijuana at Peach Tree Ln., May 1. William R. Cooke, 50, careless driving, first-degree possession of a controlled substance at I-75 north-

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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 647-5420. area, April 27. Identity documents stolen at Interstate 75, April 28. Documents stolen at 6975 Burlington Pike, April 28. Automobile stolen at 7153 Spruce Florence St., April 29. Credit/debit card stolen at 6061 Montrose Ave., May 1. Electronics stolen at 8001 Burlington Pike, April 29. Automobile stolen at 8405 U.S. 42, April 24. Shoplifting, merchandise stolen at 4990 Houston Rd., April 24. Items stolen at 8217 Preakness Dr., May 6. Jewelry stolen at 81 Goodridge Dr., May 7. Automobile stolen at 18 Alan Ct., May 8. Shoplifting, clothing stolen at 7625 Doering Dr., May 8. Theft by deception at 5602 Mall Rd., May 8. Shoplifting, purses/wallets stolen at 8040 Burlington Pk., May 9. Fuel stolen at 985 Burlington Pk., May 9. Purse/wallet stolen at 8049 Dream St., May 8. Shoplifting at 6909 Dixie Hwy., May 8. Theft by deception at 5602 Mall Rd., May 8. Subject tried to shoplift goods from business at 7629 Mall Rd., April 8. Subject tried to shoplift goods from business at 11229 Frontage Rd., April 30. Subject tried to steal items from Kroger at 635 Chestnut Dr., April 27.

Subject wrote a fraudulent check at 7303 Dixie Hwy., April 7. Firearm stolen from residence at 12591 Hutton Dr., May 2. Items stolen at 613 Petersburg Rd., April 29. Registration plate taken from vehicle at 2521 Chateaugay Ct., April 28. Items stolen from residence at 2835 Douglas Dr., April 27. Subject tried to cash a fraudulent check at Turfway Rd., March 27.

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June 2, 2011

DEATHS Florence Marie Brooks

Florence Marie Brooks, 84, of Dayton, died May 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bernard Church in Dayton. Her husband, Harry F. Brooks; two sons, Michael and Harry “Jerry” Brooks; and a grandson, Bryan Scott, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Matthews, Linda Kay Scott, Rita Kappes, Sandy Weier and Theresa Ilg, all of Dayton, Rose Marie Myers of Fort Thomas, Donna Thornton of Florence, Debbie Smith of Newport and Florence Schweinzger of Bellevue; sons, David Brooks of Highland Heights and Stephen Brooks of Dayton; 48 grandchildren; 137 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Christa A. Doherty

Christa A. Doherty, 34, of Latonia, died May 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Latonia Baptist Church. Her mother, Marti Doherty, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Char-

lie Mounds of Ludlow and Jonathan Joseph Doherty of Latonia; grandfather, Alan Doherty of Latonia; father, Rick Shields of Ludlow; and uncles, David Doherty of Fort Mitchell, Johnny Doherty of Taylor Mill, Eddie Doherty of Latonia, Mike Doherty of Walton and Bobby Doherty of Sarasota, Fla. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Wayne T. Farrar

Wayne T. Farrar, 82, of Burlington, died May 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a member of Bullittsville Christian Church, former director of Camp Ernst for YMCA and a U.S. Army veteran. His brother, Donald, and sister, Ruth Parker, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Schmidt Farrar; son, Robert A. Farrar of Hill City, S.D.; daughters, Karen L. Murr and Laura A. Ellis, both of Verona, and Susan M. Richerson of Walton; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum. Memorials: YMCA Camp Ernst, 7613 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington , KY 41005 or Bullittsville Christian Church, 3094 Petersburg Road, Burlington, KY 41005.

Lee Ann Fitzpatrick

Lee Ann Fitzpatrick of Lexington,

Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball (NKJV) will host a VOLLEYBALL BOOT CAMP July 11, 12 & 13 at Better Bodies Fitness Center in Fort Mitchell. Players will be grouped by grades 9-12, grades 6-8, grades 3-5, and K-2. Grades 3-12 are three hour sessions from 9am-12pm each day will K-2 will be 1 hour, 11am-12pm each day. Cost is $75 for Grades 3-12 and $30 for K-2. All sessions are held on the third floor at Better Bodies Fitness Center. No membership required for this boot camp.

Registration required. See for registration form. For questions contact the Coaching Director Jen Woolf at or 859.620.6520

formerly of Fort Thomas, died May 23, 2011, after a battle with cancer. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1961 and was a teacher and substitute at several schools in Lexington and Fayette County, Simmons Elementary in Versailles, Picadome Elementary and Cassidy Elementary. She was an active member of Trinity Hill United Methodist Church for 37 years. Survivors include her husband, Tom Fitzpatrick; sons, Tommy Fitzpatrick of Lancaster, Ky., and Kevin Fitzpatrick of Nicholasville, Ky.; mother-in-law, Joy Fitzpatrick of Florence; five grandchildren; and adored dogs, Daisy and Eve. Burial was at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Nicholasville, Ky. Memorials: Trinity Hill United Methodist Church, Lexington.

Sophie H. Gabel

Sophie H. Gabel, 90, of Crescent Springs, died May 24, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a Women’s Army Corps (WAC) World War II veteran. Her husband, Robert J. Gabel Sr., died previously. Survivors include her sons, Robert Gabel Jr. and David Gabel of Crescent Springs; daughter, Anna Mae Gabel of Crescent Springs; grandsons, James Francis of Taylor Mill and John Bowman of Florence; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Andrew J. Hemsath

Andrew Joseph Hemsath, 30, of Florence, died May 23, 2011, at his residence. He enjoyed fishing, drawing and music, and was a DJ. Survivors include his father, Joe Hemsath of Maysville, Ky.; mother, Ellen Orcutt of Florence; fiancé, Jessica Specht; daughter, Ally Anna Hemsath; brother, Jared Hemsath; and sister, Maggie Hemsath. Cremation was at the Greater Cincinnati Crematory.

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Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

John Henderson Jr.

John J. Henderson Jr., 57, of Erlanger, died May 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a supervisor for manufacturing second shift at EMD for more than 30 years. His father, John J. Henderson Sr., and mother, Mary Eileen Devine, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Juliann McMillan of Dana, Ky., Joy Henderson and Jenny Henderson, both of Fort Mitchell; brother, Jim Henderson of Florence; four nieces; two nephews; and one great-niece. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Orville C. Jones Jr.

Orville C. Jones Jr., 80, of Burlington, died May 23, 2011. He was a retired ramp crew chief for American Airlines, a U.S. Navy veteran and member of CVG Vanguards. Survivors include his wife, Catherine M. Jones; daughter, Terri Jones; sons, Jeff, Dan and Brad Jones; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Burlington Baptist Church, Foyer Addition, 3031 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005 or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Orville Lainhart

Orville Lainhart, 62, of Erlanger, died May 24, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was the owner of L&L Water Service. His parents, Hubert and Nannie

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Mildred E. Marshall

Mildred Elizabeth Marshall, 88, of Edgewood, died May 23, 2011, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Edgewood. She was a housekeeper with St. Charles Care Center for 18 years and a member of the Florence United Methodist Church, Ralph Fulton VFW and St. Henry Senior Citizens. Her husband, Bernard Marshall, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Christine Wainscott of Edgewood and Debbie Newman of Florence; granddaughters, Tracy Sparks of Walton, Lindsey Ruyak of Burlington and Jill Wainscott of Edgewood; and four great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH; Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence KY 41042; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Suite 202, Florence, KY 41042.

Kenneth R. Peelman

Kenneth R. Peelman, 60, of Florence, died May 23, 2011, at Florence. He was a retired driver with Greyhound Bus Lines in Cincinnati and a U.S. Air Vietnam War veteran. His father, Robert C. Peelman, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Sara W. Peelman of Bellevue; children, Shawn Peelman and Kelly


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Daryl Robinson

Daryl Fredrick Robinson, 70, of Florence, died May 23, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Covington. A son, Rocky Dale Robinson, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Dolores Robinson; sons, Mike Robinson of Union and Ernest Robinson of Owenton, Ky.; daughter, Chi Lee Estetp of Adairsville, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Norman G. Whitaker

Norman G. Whitaker, 78, of Walton, died May 23, 2011, at his residence. He was a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and farmer. He attended English Christian Church in Carrollton, Ky., and was a member of South Fork Christian Church in Warsaw. He was a U.S. Army Korean conflict veteran. Survivors include his wife, Betty Kennedy Whitaker; son, Glenn Whitaker of Owenton; stepsons, Robert Joe Miller and Ricky Miller, both of Walton; sister, Doris Gadd of Berea; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Beaver Lick Christian Church Cemetery, Walton. Memorials: English Christian Church, 3477 Hwy. 389, Carrollton, KY 41008.

Scale on plants can be washed off Question: My Euonymus shrubs and groundcovers with green and yellow leaves are covered with thousands of tiny white specks on the stems. Now the leaves are dropping off. What are the white specks? Is it a disease or blight? How can I save my plants?

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Pierson Lainhart, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Brackett Lainhart; son, Randy Lainhart of Florence; brothers, Elmer of Covington, Otis of Petersburg and Ernie Lainhart of Elsmere; and sisters, Dora Johnson of Burlington and Judy Unthank of Fairfield, Ohio. Interment was at Belleview Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Answer: This is a common insect problem known as “Euonymus Scale.” If you look closely, you’ll probably also see many tiny gray or brown specks, but these are more difficult to see against the stems. Euonymus scale females are dark brown or gray, about 1⁄16 inch long, and resemble oystershell scales, but are more pear shaped. They more commonly occur on the stems of host plants. Male shells are smaller, narrow, white, more abundant than the females. They are easy to see on stems and leaves. Euonymus, pachysandra and bittersweet are hosts. Eggs hatch in early to mid-May in Northern Kentucky. First brood crawlers, as small as tiny specks of dust, are active in late May; and the overlapping second and third broods are active from late July to early September. In general, controls will be more effective if the scale population on a plant is first

physically reduced by pruning out h e a v i l y infested and s i c k l y branches. In some cases, Horticulture l a r g e - s i z e d Concerns scales can be off Mike Klahr scrubbed with a stiff brush. Horticultural oil sprays kill primarily by smothering, so they will be less effective against scales crowded together or occurring in layers the plant. Insecticidal soaps provide a new alternative. They are very effective against both active and settled crawlers. Oils and soaps are safe to use and are especially good choices for sensitive areas, such as where people are present soon after treatment. Because of their short residual, they help to conserve beneficial species. Horticultural spray oils kill all stages of scales that are present at the time of application, and often give good control. Most trees and shrubs can tolerate application of light (summer oil) even during the summer months. An alternative to oil sprays are contact insecticides applied during the growing season when the

crawler stages of the scales are present (such as now). The presence of crawlers can sometimes be determined by sharply tapping an infested twig or branch over a white paper. Crawlers are often orange, brown or purple and appear as moving specks of dust.

Upcoming events

• Plants as Art (Espaliers, Bonsai, Topiary, Vines and Climbing Plants): 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but limited enrollment. Register by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at • Diagnosing and Controlling Plant Problems on Trees, Shrubs and Flowers: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 7, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but limited enrollment. Register by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at www. • A Man Named Pearl: Movie Night: 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, Boone County Extension Office. Learn about the fascinating topiary artist Pearl Fryar. Free, but limited enrollment. Register by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.

Prayer service for troops overseas A non-denominational prayer service for men and women serving overseas will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Trucker’s Chapel at Travel Centers of

America, 7777 Burlington Pike in Florence. Service is held the first Thursday of every month to pray for people from Greater Cincinnati stationed overseas.

For more information or to add a name to the prayer list, call Bobby Vallandingham at 462-4652 or e-mail b_vallandingham@yahoo. com.


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