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FLORENCE NIGHT WITH FREEDOM June 12 is Florence’s community night with the Florence Freedom. $3 from your ticket will benefit United Ministries.


New senior center to open soon $2.9 million facility centrally located By Mark Hansel

FLORENCE — The Florence Senior Activity Center, built at a price tag of $2.9 million, is scheduled to open this month. After the Boone County Senior Center moved out of the city to its new home in Burlington, the city proceeded with the plan to build

Garden railway tour is June 9-10 By Stephanie Salmons

Model railroad and garden enthusiasts will have the opportunity to observe the two together when the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society hosts its annual garden railway tour from 1-6 p.m. June 9 and 10. The Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio train layouts will be at private Northern Kentucky residences in Walton, Crestview Hills, Villa Hills, Taylor Mill and Burlington, as well as several locations in Ohio. Dan Stenger of Richwood, along with his wife, Pam, and son Zach, will have an exhibit set up. They built their first garden railway in 1997. Stenger said he had been into trains on and off his entire life and when his son was born he “got back into it.” According to Stenger, garden railroads are “much more of a family activity.” In an email, he said it provides the opportunity to work with natural elements and natural condiSee RAILWAY, Page A2

The fictitious Cranberry and Linville River Railroad, a garden railway created by Richwood’s Dan Stenger, will be on display. THANKS TO DAN STENGER

its own facility despite strong opposition from some city leaders. The final cost of the project, which came in $1 million more than estimated and budgeted, further fueled the controversy over the project. “Limiting accessibility by moving the center out of the city was troublesome to our seniors and provided an opportunity for us to step up,” Florence Mayor Diane Whalen said. “This was really more about recognizing where the senior population in

Exterior of the new $2.9 million Florence Senior Activity Center. PATRICK REDDY/THE ENQUIRER

the area is based and what was the easiest way for them to get to a senior center,”

Florence musician goes back to ‘Square One’

Album arrives soon after twins By Justin B. Duke

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FLORENCE — It’s been a

busy spring for Adam Crozier. In less than a month’s time, the Florence resident released his debut solo album and his twins were born. “I had two delivery dates,” Crozier joked. Prior to the solo album, Crozier was in the rock band C.O.G. with his brothers for 10 years. “That kind of slowly fizzled out,” Crozier said. As he and his brothers grew up and took on more responsibility, they could no longer keep up with the band, he said. After the band was done, Crozier picked up his acoustic guitar and started writing the songs that would become the new album “Square One.” “It’s about second chances and self evaluation,” Crozier said. The songs serve as Crozier’s reminder that he can ask for forgiveness and start fresh every morning, he said. “It’s kind of carefree and fun,” Crozier said. “It’s great summer music.” “Square One” is a departure from Crozier’s former music with C.O.G. The former band focused on harder rock, while the solo album takes on a more relaxed style, similar to Jason Mraz, Crozier said. The arrival of Crozier’s

Florence resident Adam Crozier released his debut solo album “Square One.” THANKS TO TATE MUSIC GROUP

The arrival of Crozier’s twins put the brakes on an immediate tour to support the album, but as summer approaches, he plans to play outdoor festivals. twins put the brakes on an immediate tour to support the album, but as summer approaches, he plans to play outdoor festivals. Crozier is excited about performing the new songs live because his shows carry a lot of the same attitude as the album, he said. “We just go out there


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The 8,700-square-foot facility includes a reception area, a multi-purpose room, a computer room, a reading room, an exercise room, a commercial kitchen and a large, partially covered outdoor patio. A wellness room at the facility will be used for on-site first aid and other health-related functions, such as the administering of flu shots. “When you look at this, there

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The Boone County Senior Citizen Center was moved from Woodspoint Drive in Florence to the R.C. Durr YMCA in Burlington in 2005. The new center, located at 7431 U.S. 42, at the site of the former Florence city building, is on a bus line and in close proximity to a number of senior living facilities. “It’s also very close to some of the neighborhoods where many of our residents are aging in place,” Whalen said.

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FLORENCE — I’ll Have Another has a chance to win Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown in 34 years, and Turfway Park is throwing a party on Belmont Stakes day, Saturday, June 9, for fans who hope to see history. The party will run from 1 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turfway Park paddock, where flat screens will show all the excitement of the $1 million Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the elusive Triple Crown. One part of the party is already in motion: an “I’ll Have Another” drink recipe contest. Contestants submit a recipe for a specialty cocktail that will become the official drink of Turfway’s live race meet in September. Before the party the field will be narrowed to10 semi-finalists, and fans at the party will choose the winner. Details are available at Deadline for entry is noon on Thursday, June 7. Classic rockers Doghouse will play the paddock stage from 3 to 7 p.m. When they’re not dancing or cheering home their winners, fans can play games for prizes from 4 to 6 p.m. Former Bengals players Ira Hillary, Barney Bussey, Mike Martin, Joe Kelly, Eric Ball, and Kevin Walker are scheduled to be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. for an informal meet-and-greet with race fans. The day also features grill and beverage specials, including Turfway’s own concoction, the Belmont Blast, and the official drink of the Belmont Stakes, the

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tions. The gardens and different elements like miniature trees, buildings, people and plants “all blend together to create someone’s idea of a little world they created,” said Stenger. His display, the fictitious Cranberry and Linville River Railroad, is modeled after Eastern Tennessee and North Carolina Railroad. “There’s a lot to offer – more than just trains,” Stenger said, recounting the inspiration of another couple’s railway garden. “(There are) some good stories that go along with them.” The tour is free. For maps and descriptions, visit

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Boone day camps provide summer fun By Stephanie Salmons

School may be out for the summer, but there’s plenty to keep local kids entertained. Boone County is home to a number of summer camps. For the first time, Potter’s Ranch near Big Bone is offering four different day camp programs. “Even though we have groups and we’re a wilderness retreat center, we felt like we wanted to reach out and provide this experience to the youth in our area,” said development director Beth Long. “We have all this and we just want to share it.” A junior counselor

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$250 per week. Campers will be assigned a horse and will receive a riding lesson and ground experience each day, Long said. Instructors are certified through the Certified Horsemanship Association and there will also be an equine specialist in mental health, she said. Two sessions of Adventure Camp, which Long says showcases “all of the wonderful adventures we have around here,” will be held July 23-27 and Aug. 610. Cost for this camp is $175 per week and will feature activities offered at the ranch like boating, zip lining, paintball, ropes courses and fishing. Contact Collopy at 859586-6117 by June 9 to register.


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BURLINGTON — Kick off the summer with a New Orleans-style concert 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, Burlington. Robin Lacy and DeZydeco will perform. Concessions will be for sale but attendees can also bring their own picnic dinner. Cajun food prepared by Don and Edie Attebery will be available along with hot dog, snacks, desserts, soft drinks and a cash bar with wine and beer. “It’s a real party,” Dinsmore executive director

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Marty McDonald said. “Kids and adults love it. It’s fun for all ages.” According to McDonald, the theme ties in with the history of the Dinsmore family, who lived in Louisiana in the 1830s before moving to Boone County. An event like this “helps support a very important historical site in Northern Kentucky,” she said. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Children under 12 get in free. Call 859-586-6117 by June 8 to register in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Dinsmore Homestead.

Derby and Preakness set up the run for the Triple Crown, the first since Big Brown won the first two legs in 2008. Should he win the mile-and-a-half race, I’ll Have Another will become just the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed won the title in 1978.


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are a lot of people who will say this is nice, but not necessary,” Whalen said. “There was a big debate about that on the council floor. But we heard from a large number of our senior population that this was a necessity for them.” Initial cost estimates from the consulting firm hired by the city were also inaccurate, which spurred additional debate. The final price for the facility was about $1 million more than was estimated and budgeted. The city scaled back some amenities and rebid the project, but did not achieve the anticipated cost savings. Citing a need for the facility and the possibility of losing grant money targeted for the project, the City Council voted to go forward with the facility. A $500,000 Kentucky Community Development Block Grant and a $105,000 energy savings grant helped fund the project. The remainder was paid for with city funds.

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seniors have changed in recent years. “Seniors have very different ideas of what an activity center should provide,” Herbert said. The city went to the source, forming a committee of local seniors, to find out what should be included in the activity center. “We could have certainly chosen to put up what we thought would be useful for our seniors,” Whalen said. “To us it made more sense for us to engage a committee and talk about what they liked in other centers and what was troublesome for them and try to accommodate that.” Whalen credits the City Council for going forward with a decision that was not popular with everyone. “We have done some things with recreation for others in our community, but they are not really as beneficial to our senior population. The council’s recognition of what is important in their hometown makes these things happen.” Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, a nonprofit organization based in Covington, will manage the facility. A grand opening and ribbon cutting event, which is scheduled to include Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, is planned for June 11.

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Trauma study doesn’t require prior consent By Justin B. Duke

Northern Kentucky trauma patients have a chance to help future trauma patients all over the nation. Dr. Travis Gerlach, a surgeon at University Hospital, visited Florence City Council to share information about a research study he and the hospital are conducting and how it could affect Northern Kentucky residents. Gerlach and his group are conducting the Pragmatic, Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) study. The study is taking place at Level 1 trauma centers, like University Hospital, across the nation and is studying the best ratio of blood products in massive blood transfusions to trauma patients. In transfusions, blood products are made of three parts: platelets, plasma and red blood cells, and they can be given in varying ratios, Gerlach said. “It is unclear what ratio is needed,” he said.

Because PROPPR is studying trauma situations, it has clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to use patients who are unable to give prior consent. “Consent will be attempted to be obtained as soon as possible,” Gerlach said. However, because of the urgent nature of trauma injuries, the experimental transfusions will be given if a patient is unable to respond, he said. Although the ratio of the three blood parts will be experimental, all transfusions are approved by the FDA and the American Association of Blood Banks. Those who don’t want to participate in the study, in the event of a trauma injury, can opt out by calling 513-558-6332 or emailing Emergency department staff will know patients have opted out of the study by the plastic bracelet given to those who opt out. The PROPPR study is scheduled to begin in July and last 18 months.

There are wonderful gardens throughout Northern Kentucky and we’d like to recognize them in the Recorder. Take a photo of your prettiest garden site and share with us by June 15. We’re looking for great color and creative landscape

By Stephanie Salmons

It’s time to make sense of dollars and cents. Boone County leaders are considering the fiscal year 2012-13 budget. The proposed budget is up slightly over the county’s current budget. Including all 15 county funds, the total budget goes from about $101.21 million to $104.25 million. County leaders discussed the proposed budget during a May 15 caucus meeting and held first reading of the budget ordinance May 22. During a PowerPoint presentation hitting on budgetary highlights at the May 15 meeting, County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said the county is forecasting “the same amount of tax revenue from real property as we received in the current year.” As the fixed costs increase, Earlywine said the county focuses on what’s left to control discretionary spending. “Some cost drivers

won’t surprise you,” he said. “They’re things you’ve seen in prior years.” These include increases in budget items like the county’s self-funded insurance plan and state-mandated pension increases. Hitting on “key benchmarks” in the proposed budget, Earlywine said the total general fund revenues, which is “recurring income,” have increased by 2.25 percent from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, while the general fund operating expenditures have increased 3.4 percent over that time period. According to the draft budget, available online at finance/, general fund expenditures total some $41.7 million. The pubic works fund expenditures total approximately $12.3 million while the jail fund totals about $6.2 million. According to Earlywine, the budget “takes the first step forward” in implementing a perfor-

mance-based pay system, later saying a 3 percent consideration has been built into the budget “again in a performance based-scenario.” The county hasn’t had step increases or merit increases “for about five years” and limited cost of living adjustments, he said. “But we’re kind of moving to the next level. No more increases based on just the cost of living or how long you’ve been there. It would be performance based,” said Earlywine. While the number of county employees increased to 221 following the transition of the Boone County Public Safety Communications Center into a county department,

designs, but we also encourage members of your family to be in the photo (if you’d like). We’ll run a selection of “Great Gardens” in the Recorder in early July. Email your photo to Please include your name, community and phone number in case we have questions.

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you’re going to have to get insurance.” According to an announcement from Brown, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet estimates 787 Boone County residents will receive a notice of the 35,000 being sent statewide. The notices will advise those vehicle owners that registration for their personal vehicles will be canceled if required insurance isn’t obtained or proof of existing insurance isn’t provided within 30 days. The initiative is aimed at drivers skirting the law by dropping coverage once their vehicles have been registered, the announcement reads. Some people may be “inconvenienced a little bit and that’s unfortunate,” said Brown. “I’m not managing the system, the state is, so we’re just going to have to try to work through that. The big picture is we’re trying to keep uninsured motorists, at least identify them and try to keep them off the road.” For more information, contact Brown at 859334-2108.

Robinson’s 5th book available to public By Libby Cunningham

FORT MITCHELL — Coffee shops on Dixie Highway might hold the key to Rick Robinson’s concentration. Robinson, a local author and attorney, celebrated publication of his fifth book, “Writ of Mandamus,” May 15 at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Robinson Hills Town Center. But his writing career is more than 30 years in the making. “I’ve been writing my whole life, but never had the guts to put out anything to be published,” he said. Growing up in Ludlow and Bromley he spent 30 years trying to write a coming-of-age novel about his youth, he said from a seat at Brewberry Coffee Company, where he occasionally comes to write. It didn’t work out. But it only took him 30 days to crank out 150 pages about other subjects near and dear to

him: law, politics and life in Northern Kentucky. Robinson gave a copy to his wife, to see what she thought. “She gave the ultimate wife endorsement,” he said. “(And said) ‘this isn’t half bad.’” After sending it to 30 publishers, three were interested in the story; Robinson’s writing career took off. His political thrillers are a series that follows Richard Thompson, a protagonist who starts out his career as a councilman in Ludlow, to Washington, D.C. The location isn’t the only Northern Kentucky tie to his series, though. Other prominent Kenton County locations and figures make appearances too, with Robinson tweaking their names and appearances ever so slighty, he said. “Everyone tries to figure out the names,” he jokes, saying he’s included names similar to friends such as Patricia Summe, chief judge for Kenton County Circuit Court, and Family Court Judge Chris Mehling. “You write what you know,” he said.

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BRIEFLY BURLINGTON — The Boone County Fiscal Court will hold a surplus auction at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington. Vehicles, office equipment, tools and other items declared surplus will be sold. A list of available items:

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Florence Lions Club hosts yard sale

FLORENCE — The Florence Lions Club is holding its fifth annual indoor yard sale. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8-9, at the Florence Lions' Clubhouse on LaCresta Drive.

There will be a preview evening sale from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7. A portion of the proceeds go to help those in need of eye care locally in Boone County and surrounding areas.

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FLORENCE — The Florence Elks are having their annual Flag Day ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the rear parking lot of 7704 Dixie Highway. State Rep. Sal Santoro will be the guest speaker. The 82nd Airborne Association is performing a color guard ceremony. The Boy

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ozens of floats in the May 28 Florence Memorial Day Parade paid tribute to America’s veterans. During a ceremony at Florence Government Center, state and local officials dedicated signs honoring the three servicemen from Boone County who’ve died in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Bill Koch, an Army veteran of the Korean War from Erlanger, says hello to Mark Hahn, Verona, an Army veteran who served during the Grenada invasion. NANCY DALY/THE

Members of the Boone County Sheriff's Office color guard march near the front of the Florence Memorial Day Parade. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY



Segments of Boone County highways have been designated in honor of the county's three servicemen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan: Anthony Campbell, Tyler Warndorf and Adam Peak. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY

Members of the Boone County Civil Air Patrol carry a banner in the Florence Memorial Day Parade. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Florence Woman's Club carries a banner in the Florence Memorial Day Parade. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


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The Froelicher family rides in the Florence Memorial Day Parade. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Gray student competing nationwide

By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Even though summer just started, Nathan Connor isn’t planning to take it easy. Nathan, 12, just completed the seventh grade at Gray Middle School, but his summer schedule has him traveling the country. As part of his school’s academic team, Nathan qualified for national competition in Washington, D.C. Not long after returning from Washington, D.C., Nathan will pack his bags again and head to Tennessee. He’ll participate in

Vanderbilt University’s Summer Academy. While at Vanderbilt, Nathan will study astronomy. The courses are designed to exceed high Connor school courses in breadth and depth, enabling students to learn and apply important ideas while acquiring skills that will prepare them for higher learning and for a life of the mind. “We get to travel a lot,” Nathan said. The busy summer comes right

after a school year where Nathan spent the basketball season as the team manager. He originally hoped to play for his school’s team, but fractured his foot during tryouts. In the same school year, Nathan was recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program for scoring in the top 3 percent nationwide in grade-level testing and was invited to take the ACT exam. With so much going for him, Nathan already has colleges taking interest. This year, Nathan earned a $1,000 per semester scholarship from Western Ken-

Carducci waiting for summer to end

By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Career Day was always an easy event for Corinne Carducci when she was growing up. Her grandfather and several aunts were teachers, and Carducci knew from a young age that she wanted to be one as well. “There’s nothing else I wanted to do,” Carducci said. Carducci was recently hired to be a sixth-grade math teacher at Ockerman Middle School next year. Carducci grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She was recruited to Northern Kentucky University to play soccer. After a year, she stopped playing soccer. “I really loved school, and I hated missing class,” she said. After ending her soccer career as a player, Carducci, a volunteer with the high school ministry Young Life, started coaching soccer at Boone County High School. After connecting with students at Boone County High School, Carducci hoped she would eventually teach in the district when she graduated. When it came time for Carducci’s student teaching, she spent half of her time teaching in South Africa and the remainder at Ockerman Middle School, teaching eighth-grade math. The passion the Ockerman staff put into teaching blew Carducci away. “I was really hoping to get hired there,” she said. Carducci graduated from NKU this spring as an opening for a sixth-grade math teacher popped up at Ockerman. Carducci interviewed and got the position she hoped she would get. While many who fill the Ockerman campus are excited to have several months off school, Carducci is eying the calendar for when school starts. “I’m eager to start, but I can’t,” she said. To help pass the time in the

tucky University, if he chooses to go there, after scoring second in the region in the MathCounts competition. MathCounts is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. When Nathan joined MathCounts, he never planned it would take him that far. “I thought it would be one of those ‘do it with the guys’ kinds of things,” Nathan said. All of this comes from a student who is technically too young for his grade.

“Nathan is almost a year younger than his peers,” said Mary Gina Connor, Nathan’s mother. While in preschool, Nathan was recognized as a gifted student and started the first grade a year early. While being the mother of a gifted student keeps Connor busy driving him all over, she’s always amazed at how well rounded of a child Nathan is —including academics, athletics and manners, she said. “I’m very, very proud of him,” Connor said. Visit for more community news

Journalism program wins state awards Community Recorder Boone County High School’s journalism program was a big winner in the annual Kentucky High School Journalism Association contest. The results for the 2011-2012 contest were announced in early May. Students compete in newspaper, broadcast and yearbook categories. In all, there were 1,913 entries. Schools compete in one of four enrollment-based classes with Class AAAA schools being the largest and Class A schools having the smallest enrollments. Boone County High School is in the Class AAAA category. Here are the awards won by Boone County:


Newswriting: Third place, Boone County High School, Jessica Duran. “Overall a good read with good perspective,” judges wrote. Single page layout: Second place, Boone County High School, Brenda Hamilton and Steven Cain. “Solid layout with

good balance,” judges said. Page one design: First place, Boone County High School, Derek Kohlman and Harrison Hall. “No color? No problem. Page is nicely done with plenty of white space but not too much. Interesting typography on centerpiece story.” Page one design: Third place, Boone County High School, Jessica Duran. “Very simple. Good index. Overall, quite professional looking.” Overall newspaper design: First place, Boone County High School, Charli Lootens. “Very professional looking. Good space around all elements.” Illustrations/graphics: First place, Boone County High School, Chase Huddleston. “This graphic was spot on. It added so much knowledge to the reader.”


Use of graphics: Second place, Boone County High School.

General excellence

Newspaper: Second place, Boone County High School

Survant, Stubbeman selected for team Community Recorder Corinne Carducci will join Ockerman Middle School in August as a sixth-grade math teacher. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER summer, the school’s two other sixth-grade math teachers will be meeting with Carducci every week to plan curriculum for the coming school year. “It’s a testament to how Ockerman operates,” Carducci said. The coming school year will be the only year Ockerman Middle School has Miss Carducci because she and her fiancé are getting married sometime next summer. “I’m trying to plan around school,” Carducci said. Visit for more community news

NEW IN CLASS New in Class will track Corinne Carducci as she prepares for her first year in the classroom. Carducci just graduated from Northern Kentucky University and will teach sixth-grade math at Ockerman Middle School.

Gateway Community and Technical College graduates Bethany Survant of Florence and Bobbie Stubbeman of Walton have been named to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s 2012 AllAcademic Team. They were honored May16 at the 11th annual KCTCS Student Academic Achievement luncheon in Louisville. Survant graduated from Gateway May 17 with an associate degree in applied science in medical information technology. She received a President’s Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year, was named the Pi Rho Phi speech honorary member of highest distinction, and

earned the 2012 J.D. Patton Award for outstanding academic, leadership and technical performance. Stubbeman graduated May 17 with an associate degree in science. During her years at Gateway, Stubbeman participated on the Speech Team, was a member of Pi Pho Phi, and served as president of Phi Theta Kappa academic honorary in 2011-2012 academic year. She plans to transfer to Northern Kentucky University and study psychology. The 2012 KCTCS All-Academic Team Scholars are part of a national program sponsored by national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

St. Paul students sing their favorite books By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Some kids love a book so much, they just have to sing about it. St. Paul Elementary teachers and students performed at the school’s fourth annual “Story Book Idol.” Performers thought about

songs they could sing that fit well with literature. “They can pick any kind of children’s books or characters,” said Shannon Bosley, the school’s library and media specialist. The show was done along with National Children’s Book Week, and is intended to get students to see how the books they read can

relate to the world around them, Bosley said. “It’s kind of bringing that character or book to life,” Bosley said. Performances included the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” by a teacher dressed as Flat Stanley. Third-graders used the “Flat Stanley” books as a way to study geography all year.

“They karaoke along with the song, Bosley said. All the performances are judged, similarly to “American Idol,” by a panel of three judges. Some of the songs left a lasting impression with the judges. “I’ve never read the book, but your song inspired me to read it,” said Julie Keyser, first-grade teacher and judge.

Sixth- through eighth-grade students and faculty perform for the school’s younger students, and it’s become a bit of a tradition as younger students wait for the day they can perform, Bosley said. “The younger kids look forward to it when they are older,” she said.




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This Week’s MVP

» Ryle softball player Katelyn Stephens for driving in the winning run in the Ninth Region final.

Freedom Trail

» The Florence Freedom professional baseball team is 7-8 through June 3. Florence will return home June 11 for a six-game homestand. Chris Curley is hitting .313 with three home runs and 16 RBI. David Harris hits .353 and Junior Arrojo .319. Maxx Catapano is 1-0 in three starts with a 1.64 ERA, giving up just 12 hits in 22 innings.

By James Weber


Ryle catcher Paige Dickerson, left, tags out Conner's Brooke Maines during their softball game, May. 31. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Conner's Sydney Himes celebrates with Paige Volz after scoring during their regional final game against Ryle. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

» Conner junior-to-be quarterback Drew Barker continues to garner plenty of attention as the University of Cincinnati and University of Illinois offered the standout this past week, according to the Enquirer’s Mike Dyer. Barker, who also has an offer from the University of Louisville, threw for 1,009 yards and rushed for 1,371 yards last season. » After almost 30 years of the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association holding an annual EastWest Senior All-Star Game, this year’s game at Dixie Heights High School was canceled due to lack of participation. NKFCA President Dave Wirth, the coach at Covington Catholic, said the West team didn’t have enough players to field a team.


» Cooper girls’ basketball coach Shannon Turner resigned. Turner has been the only coach in the program’s history and in four seasons compiled a 34-79 record. To apply, contact athletic director Randy Borchers at randy.borchers@boone.


» The Musselman-Dunne Golf Tour traveled to Tates Creek Golf Course as rain caused havoc amongst players throughout the day. Hunter Hughes of Union finished seventh in the boys division with an 83, eight shots behind the winner from Prestonsburg. rain. W-V finished 30-10. It marked the end to spectacular run for Walton-Verona seniors Jenalee Ginn, Kirstin Anderson, Jessica Gregg, Kelsey Mosier and Amber Watkins, who were part of teams that went 107-52 over the last four years, won All “A” Classic Regional titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011, won the 2011 KHSAA Eighth Region title and reached the semifinals in 2009 and 2010. Mosier and Anderson drove in the

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Bearcats’ runs in the regional final. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber.

Raiders end season with 27 wins By James Weber

Ryle senior Mark Downs throws a pitch to Holy Cross in a 4-2 win in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 30 at Florence Freedom Field. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY

BOONE COUNTY — Mark Downs concluded his Ryle baseball pitching career with a victory. Unfortunately for him and the Raiders, the win came in the Ninth Region quarterfinals, and the Raiders were eliminated in the semifinals by Newport Central Catholic. Ryle finished with a 27-12 record. Ryle knocked off Holy Cross 4-2 in the quarterfinals. Downs, a University of Cincinnati signee, pitched six innings, giving up one run and striking out nine. That was his first game after striking out 18 Cooper batters out of 21outs in the 33rd District Tournament. “I just tried to make good pitches and keep them off balance,” he said. “I just tried to get through the first four or five hitters.” Downs, a lefthander, gave up a run in the first, then shut down the powerful Indians after that. Holy Cross scored a run in the seventh off reliever Brian Ernst but Tanner Pulice left two Indians on base to end the game. Downs had an 8-1 record and 1.14 ERA for the season. “Sometimes we sit around watching


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BOONE COUNTY — Nearly two full days after the game began, the Ryle softball team got the clutch hit it needed. Sophomore Katelyn Stephens sent the Raiders to their third straight state tournament with a walkoff single June 2 at St. Henry. Ryle beat rival Conner 2-1 to win the Ninth Region Tournament. Ryle will begin play in the doubleelimination state tournament Thursday, June 7, in Owensboro. The Raiders will play Christian County (31-6), one of the top teams in the state coaches association poll. Christian County is ranked fifth. Third-ranked Greenwood is the highestranked team in the field. Ryle improved to 21-13 and Conner ended 28-12. The teams played one inning plus one out on Saturday after rain and lightning suspended play in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday night. The weather came at a crucial point, with Ryle having a runner at second with two out, but Conner freshman Elizabeth Sims got the last out to end the inning. In the seventh, with two outs and a runner at first, senior Kate Rouse and junior McKell Oliverio singled to load the bases. Sophomore Haylee Smith reached on an error with the tying run scoring, then Stephens won the game with a single to the outfield. Stephens was named MVP of the tourney. Ali Crupper, Kelsey Hammes and Rouse were all-tourney. Rouse, the center fielder, is the lone Raider starting at the same position as last year and one of two seniors in the lineup. Crupper enters the tourney with more than 200 strikeouts and a 1.34 ERA. Smith is the team’s leading hitter at .442. Hammes hits .396 and Oliverio .379. Ryle will play at state for the seventh time in eight years, and the third time since the 2008 graduation of Kirsten Allen, who broke all the state’s pitching records before heading to Oklahoma, where she may be part of a national champion Sooner squad by the time the current Raiders throw their first pitch in Owensboro. Oklahoma and Alabama were to play a best-of-three series for the national title beginning Monday, June 4. Walton-Verona lost 6-2 to Oldham County in the Eighth Region final, which was also pushed back to June 2 because of



him work and we don’t hit,” Ryle head coach Pat Roesel said. “He’s got a level head on him. He doesn’t get rattled. I wasn’t worried about him getting down. In the bullpen, his pitches were up, and they’ll hit pitches that are up. Once he got

the pitches down, he was fine.” Tyler Brennan, Jackson Brennan and Thomas Baumann had key two-out hits in the win. “There have been several games where we have gotten hits from those guys,” Roesel said. “There have a been a few times we’ve done a good job with two outs.” Ryle lost 5-3 to NewCath in the semis, scoring two runs in the seventh. Eric Clarkson hit a long fly ball with two outs that barely hit foul and would have plated two runners to tie the game. Leiff Clarkson had a double and two RBI in the seventh. Tyler Mason had three hits and Thomas Baumann two. Ryle seniors are Downs, Leiff Clarkson, Bryan Comora, Brian Ernst, Jake Hughes, Mitch Lawson, Marshall Long and Evan Winchester. Comora was the leading hitter for the season. Conner lost 9-6 to Highlands in the See BASEBALL, Page A9

» After playing seven scoreless innings, No. 25 Kent State got a threerun homer in the top of the eighth inning from Evan Campbell - the first homer hit in the tournament - leading the Flashes to their nation-leading 20th consecutive win, ending No. 11 University of Kentucky’s school-record season with a 3-2 loss in the NCAA Gary Regional Championship June 3. Kentucky (45-18) eliminated host Purdue in the first game of the day with a 6-3 win over the host, No. 14ranked Boilermakers. With the win over Purdue to advance to face Kent State, UK won its school-record 45th game, eclipsing the school record of 44 wins in 2006 and 2008. UK junior Luke Maile, the former Mr. Baseball in Kentucky at Covington Catholic, was second-team all-conference in the Southeastern. He hit a game-tying single in the ninth inning of an eventual 21-inning loss to Kent State June 1. “I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of a team,” Maile said. “They way we reacted to all types of adversity this year is really impressive. I’m talking about this weekend but I’m also talking about the whole year. We played a doubleheader at Arkansas with our backs against the wall and we swept them. We had a bunch of things not go right for us against Tennessee on Friday night and we come out and we sweep them the final two games. It’s been all year. It’s been nonstop and this is a good group of guys. The core of this team and the younger guys that are going to be the core of this team are some of the most impressive people that you’re ever find. And I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”



Clippers set 12 Ohio swimming records Community Recorder The Northern Kentucky Clippers had swimmers break 12 Ohio Local Swim Committee records at the end of the Short Course Yards season. The Clippers broke the following records: » 11-12 girls 400 medley relay previously set in 1979 by the Cincinnati Marlins » 13-14 boys 400 free relay, previously set in 1978 by the Cincinnati Marlins

» Sharli Brady of Boone County broke the 15-16 500 free record previously set in 2007 by former Clipper Claire Dickmann. » Caitlyn Forman of Campbell County broke the 17-18 100 backstroke long course meters previously set in 1984 by former Cincinnati Marlin Betsy Mitchell. » Max Williamson of Fort Mitchell broke the following records: 17-18 400 IM short course yards previously

set in 2007 by former Clipper Cory Chitwood* 17-18 400 IM LCM previously set in 2008 by former Dayton Raider Brent Hitchcock* 17-18 200 IM LCM previously set in 1997 by former Cincinnati Marlin Nate Dusing* 17-18 200 breast LCM previously set in 1980 by former Cincinnati Marlin Glenn Mills* 17-18 400 IM SCY previously set in 2007 by former Clipper Cory Chitwood


Cooper High School senior Ethan Goodrich signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Ethan will be the first men’s soccer player from Cooper to play at the college level. Pictured, from left: Seated, Ethan's father, Jim Goodrich, and Ethan Goodrich; standing, assistant coach Craig Cook, head coach Brenton Benware and assistant coach Chris Ulmer. THANKS TO JAMES GOODRICH

17-18 400 IM LCM previously set in 1984 by Cincinnati Marlin Jerry Frentos 17-18 200 IM LCM previously set in 1980 by Cincinnati Marlin B. Barrett 17-18 200 breast LCM previously set in 1980 by Cincinnati Marlin Glenn Mills *Denotes breaking the Ohio open record, meaning the fastest in Ohio swimming history. For more information, visit

SIDELINES Horseshoe pitching

Horseshoe pitching will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the summer at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. Contact Mitch Duncan at 859-525-7325 or Dick Ellis at 859-331-4054.

Basketball camp

Racing to Read 5K Run/Walk The Kenton County Public Library will have the ninthannual “Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk” presented by U.S. Bank 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Gateway Community & Technical College in Covington. Registration begins 7:30 a.m. Cost is $20 if registering online by Thursday, June 7. Race day registration is $25. To register, visit

The Troy McKinley Basketball Camp will be 8-9 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 25-29, at Sports of All Sorts in Florence. The camp is open to boys and girls going into grades one through eight and features UK Basketball players Troy McKinley, Dicky Beal, Leroy Byrd, Paul Andrews, Cedric Jenkins, and many more. Cost is $175 per person and includes lunch, a Tshirt, supplemental insurance that will cover each individual camper and daily instruction. For more information, call 859-372-7754 or visit .


The NKSA Red Strikers won the U14 Silver division at the Mid-American Soccer Classic Tournament in Fairfield, Ohio, April 21-22. The team had a record of 4-0, outscoring opponents 14-2 goals. Players are from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Pictured, from left: front, Danny Kleier, Kyle Bleser, Alex Enzweiler, Nate Miller, Chris Brashear, Camden Rusch, Jonathan Frommeyer and Justin Schultz; back, Coach Gerry Brennan, Andrew Epplen, Rob Augspurger, Joey Hickman, Adam Flynn, Dylan Geiman, Jake Frommeyer, Austin Flynn and Brent Geiman. THANKS TO ROB BRASHEAR

TMC to offer youth sports camps this summer The following is a listing of youth athletic camps currently scheduled at Thomas More College for this summer: » Baseball – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-12; ages 6-14. The cost is $110 per player or $80 per player if five or more players from the same team register. Contact Jeff Hetzer at jeff.hetzer@ or 859344-3532. » Girls basketball – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25-28 and July 16-19; ages 7-18. If registered before May 25, the cost is $90 per player; after May 25, cost is $100. Contact Jeff Hans at jeff.hans@ or 859344-3336. » Boys basketball – Juniors: 9 a.m. to noon June 18-21 and July 23-26; ages 4-8. The cost for ju-

nior campers is $60 per player. Seniors: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-21 and July 23-26; ages 9-18. Cost for senior is $110. Contact Jeff Rogers at or 859-344-3630. » Football – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25-27; ages 6-13. The cost is $135. If there are conflicts, players can pay a $45 per day fee and only participate on the day(s) able. Contact Jim Hilvert at james.hilvert@ or 859344-3516. » Soccer – 9 a.m. to noon July 16-19; ages 5-13. If registered before June 10, cost is $70 per player; after, $80. Contact Jeff Cummings at jeff.cummings@ or 859-344-4053. » Volleyball – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-14 and July 9-12; ages 6-14 for both

sessions. Cost is $90 per player. Campers can opt for half-day camps at a rate of $45. Contact John Spinney at john.spinney@ or 859344-3634. Sports and Recreation Camp: June 11-14. This new camp will focus on recreational sports, both indoors and outdoors. Sports and activities include badminton, walks through campus, sand volleyball, Frisbee golf, other games to play with friends or on your own, lessons on eating and healthier diet and more. The cost is $60. Contact Terry Connor at terry.connor@ or 859344-3308. For details about specific times and fees, visit summercamps .

HEADING TO ELMHURST Ryle sophomore Eric Clarkson is greeted by teammates after scoring a run against Holy Cross in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Ninth Region quarterfinals May 28. The game was moved to Dixie Heights High School because of the heat index rules. Blake Maines had a two-run home run. Brady Padgett had three hits. Jake Williams had two hits and two RBI.

Conner finished 1622-1. Seniors are Blake Ealy, Nathan Freese, Kyler Hendricks, Zach Nelson, A.J. Suit and Jake Williams. St. Henry lost 8-1 to Newport Central Catholic in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 28. St. Henry finished 22-14. The Crusaders were shut out for five innings by NewCath ace Josh Cain. Seniors are Brad Hoff, Jared Limbach, Kevin Peddicord, Elliott Ringo,

Brandon Schwarte, Ethan Stallman, Jordan Stovik, Matthew Wagner and Jeff Wischer. The Crusaders were 35th District champions this season. Walton-Verona lost 3-2 to South Oldham in the Eighth Region Tournament. The Bearcats finished 21-16. Seniors are Taylor Bergfeld, Dustin Cottrell, Zach Greene and Tyler Roth. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber.

Ryle High School senior Andy Ridilla signs to play football with Elmhurst College in Illinois. Pictured, from left, are Jennifer Ridilla, Andy Ridilla, Bryson Warner, Al Ridilla and Michael Ridilla. THANKS TO DAVID HILL




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Senator expresses gratitude Now that the May 22 primary has come and gone, I would like to thank all the people, both those who supported me and those who did not. It is now time for me to put the election behind me and represent those who voted for me, those who did not, and those who did not vote at all. I enjoyed the campaign. I did it a little different this time, and took time to visit people who I had not seen for years. I especially enjoyed visiting longtime Boone County residents whom I had not seen for many years – people like Roy Martin, who had Martin’s Garage years ago on Main Street and Florence. But one visit that I had stands out especially. It was my visit with Bob Collett at his home on Pleasant Valley Road. As I sat with him at his kitchen table and listened to the story of his life, I could not help

but be impressed with him and his generation. This was the generation of my Dad, which Tom Brokaw calls, “The John Greatest GenSchickel eration.” COMMUNITY Bob is conRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST fined to a wheelchair now, and we sat at the kitchen table with his son who is mentally handicapped, also named Bob. Many of you have met Bob, who works with his cousin Frank at the Collett’s Liquor Store, which was opened by the family in 1960. As we sat at the kitchen table, on that beautiful spring morning, Bob senior shared with me the story of his life. One of eight children, raised in Covington, he was one of the first reinforce-

ments in World War II that relieved the troops on D-Day. He shared with me stories of the terrible things which he had witnessed. He then walked across France, Belgium, Holland and Germany and fought in the famous Battle of the Bulge. I had read about the stories of the Battle of the Bulge, about the terrible cold in which the troops suffered, and I asked Bob to tell me about it firsthand. I asked him if those were the worst days of his life, and to my surprise, he quickly said no. He said the worst days of his life were many years later when they had to remove his wife’s legs because of diabetes. Bob had a beautiful family, but has had much tragedy in his life, also losing his daughter, Jeanette, in 1998. I can remember singing with Jeanette in the choir at St. Paul’s years ago.

As I said goodbye to Bob and Bobbie, and was driving away, I could not help but think how I had never heard Bob complain – ever, about anything. In fact, the opposite was true. Bob was always happy. I remember my Mother saying that a grateful heart is a happy heart. And this saying certainly applies to Bob, and many of the wonderful people I have met campaigning the last two months for re-election. People like Bob and his generation are an inspiration to me and my generation and those younger than me, on what a life well lived really means. Thank you for allowing me to represent you as your state senator in Frankfort. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents Boone County and parts of Kenton County in the General Assembly.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Making a difference, at least one day

It was a hot Saturday morning and Girl Scout Troop 103 was walking a 3-mile road in Boone County. However, it was not an ordinary walk because they were picking up the trash carelessly tossed into the tall grass along the road. We packed lunches and many bottles of water to get us through the day. The Scouts worked hard for four and a half hours to pick up the litter. The girls were disgusted by the amount of trash along the road especially the cigarette butts at the stop lights or corners. We tried to pick them up but it became futile and it would have taken all day. It is sad that people think the roadway is a giant ashtray. We found a lot of bottles and fast food bags, too. It is an eye-opening experience. The girls say they will not litter and they will discourage their friends from littering, too. They wish there were fines for littering. Unfortunately, we drive this road on a weekly basis and we saw more fast food bags drifting through the grass. It makes them sad but they feel good for doing a good deed for their community and making a difference for one day.

Kristine Lindsey Girl Scout Troop 103 Burlington

Litter can be harmful

On May 12 a few of my closest friends and I were given an opportunity to help our band and choir program as well as our community. It was a very simple task. We just picked up trash. It was also easy and a great way to spend time with friends. But picking up the trash was more impor-

tant. Littering is a huge issue. Wouldn’t you rather see shrubbery and wildlife instead of cans and plastic bags? Aside from the curb appeal aspect litter is just gross and makes you look lazy and it could potentially be harmful to plants and animals. So think twice before throwing a McDonald’s bag out the window and just throw it away.

Linzy Jameison Walton-Verona Band and Choir Walton

We’re in this together

On May 12 students in the Walton-Verona Band and Choir participated in the school’s annual Trash for Cash. From 9 a.m. to noon students picked up trash alongside the road raising $500 for our W-V Music Boosters. Not only are we extremely grateful for the money we were able to raise but for taking pride in knowing a little help goes a long way. Walking alongside a road wearing a neon orange vest and carrying a trash grabber is not necessarily the kind of Saturday most teenagers dream of. I don’t think many of us understand that litter stays until someone picks it up. So who keeps track of this responsibility? No one. We are in this together and in the end it’s really about forming and keeping a health, clean neighborhood.

Kayla Griffith Walton-Verona Band and Choir Walton

Trash for cash brought us together

Early the morning of June 2, nine girls ages 12-17 and their families gathered to pick up

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trash along Hicks Pike. These girls look forward to going to a church girls camp every summer, and the money they earn will greatly offset the cost. As part of our church’s health code, we don’t use tobacco or drink alcohol. Many of the girls were therefore shocked to see cigarettes, chewing tobacco and beer cans littering the road next to an elementary school. One young girl found a list of spelling words, and we joked that the student wouldn’t have anything to study over the summer. Though picking up trash is a thankless job, we were glad to participate in this program to see how a few people can make a big difference. It will make us think twice before dropping even a gum wrapper (which is hard to pick up with the litter sticks by the way). Saturday mornings are meant to be spent sleeping

away, especially now that school is out, but the members of our group were happy to be there and were even heard making up poems about litter. It brought us all together and helped us become better acquainted.

Janice Greenhalgh Florence

Cigarette butts are not biodegradable

Girl Scout Troop 1235, fifthgrade troop of North Point Elementary of Hebron spent four hours picking up trash along Worldwide Boulevard in Hebron on May 21. We participated in cleaning up the community through the Boone County Trash for Cash program. We found pop cans, small plastic liquor bottles, other bottles, and packing peanuts. But more than anything we picked up thousands of cigarette butts. It really is disgusting when you see how many cigarette butts are just thrown out of cars and trucks. From the car point of view, the area seemed pretty clean, but when we dove in to pick up trash, it was appalling, how many cigarette butts there were to pick up. If we only got paid per cigarette butt! It actually took us so much longer than expected to clean up this area because of the sheer number of small items to pick up. All smokers, please realize even when you throw out that tiny butt, it is still trash, it is still illegal, it still makes our community dirtier, and it is not biodegradable. Get the facts and stop littering. Please take pride in your community and do the right thing.

Traci Markgraf Girl Scout Leader Troop 1235 Hebron


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State Senator John Schickel, District 11 Frankfort phone: 502-564-8100 ext. 617 Local phone: 859-384-7506 Email: Through website http:// Mailform/S011.htm

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Time to finish regionalizing 911 dispatch In 2010, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Vision 2015 and the Northern Kentucky Chamber produced the report “Connecting Communities,” a document outlining a study that recommended government services across our multi-county area that were most ripe for merger or consolidation. The reasons? Our organizations believed that great opportunity exists in our area to achieve cost savings, efficiency and more effective service delivery through effective merger in a variety of government services. Over the past several decades, the report highlighted that Northern Kentucky has built a track record Steve of success of Stevens doing so in COMMUNITY many areas. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST Emergency dispatch (911) across Northern Kentucky’s three northernmost counties is conducted by multiple entities. It is believed that without compromising safety, better communication and response time could be achieved at a lower cost to taxpayers through merger. Our three judge-executives of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties dived into this project almost immediately and momentum picked up quickly after studies conducted to determine cost/benefits of merging and operational changes pointed clearly to achievable options. A region-wide system is most desirable, but before moving forward toward that goal, a smaller step is needed. Merging the three centers currently operating in Covington, Erlanger and Kenton County appears to be the best first step to achieving success toward the goal. Kenton County is the only county in Kentucky that operates three dispatch centers. All three entities have experienced challenges dealing with declining revenue generated through charges on declining numbers of land-based telephone lines and this leads to large subsidies from governmental budgets. In the case of Covington, the city must find another $1.2 million in its budget to pay for it. Kenton County must subsidize its system by $650,000. In early April, the city of Covington announced it would discontinue police and fire dispatch services. Kenton County was viewed as the likely entity to centralize the service and responded through an action of the Fiscal Court to agree to take over the service. We applaud the actions of Covington and Kenton County to take this progressive step. We look forward to being able to also applaud the city of Erlanger as they become part of the joint system. By creating a single entity for Kenton County, $750,000 in collective savings could be achieved on day one. Steve Stevens is president and CEO of Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

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



Soon-to-be graduates Stephanie Broome, Kennedi Campbell, Kristie Carson, Chelsea Castleberry, Lauren Cleek and Morgan Cook line the hallways at Conner High School on May 20. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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Congratulations to graduating seniors at local schools. A 2011 Conner High School graduate, Brittany Berry, helps 2012 grad Sawyer Schmitt with his cap, which is bearing the tassel she wore during her graduation last year. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Dylan Dupree, Logan Fryman, Kelsay Saunders, Josh Fryman and Thomas Sawyer III pause for a photo before Ryle High School's May 19 graduation ceremony. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Walton-Verona High School graduates Samantha Fieger and Katie Navey pose for a photograph just before the ceremony held at the high school gymnasium May 18.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Community Dance Strictly Ballroom-Dance, 8-10:30 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz. BYOB. Soft drinks and water provided. Ages 18 and up. $8. Through June 22. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Festivals Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home Summer Festival, 6-11 p.m., Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, More than 40 booths, rides, games, Noll Family chicken dinners Saturday and Sunday, music nightly, raffle, silent auction and more. Benefits Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. Free. 859-331-2040, ext. 8555; Fort Mitchell.

The Behringer-Crawford Museum will present Beer ’n Brass 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Devou Park. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-12. For more information, visit Pictured is Gary Johnston conducting the Brass Fellowship, who will be performing. THANKS TO GARY JOHNSTON

Films Family Movie Nights, 7:30 p.m. “Dolphin Tales.” Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. Rated PG., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Bring lawn chair or blanket. Rain moves event to alternate location and time. Free. Presented by City of Union. Through June 22. 859-334-2283; Union.

Health / Wellness Summer Blood Drive Tour, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Gold Star Chili Richwood, 286 Richwood Road, Hoxworth Bloodmobile accepts blood donations. Donors receive free Gold Star Cheese Coney and Summer Blood Drive T-shirt. Double Red donors receive coupon for free Double Decker Sandwich. Free. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 859495-2400. Walton.

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according to skill set. Includes field pass, paint, rental equipment and unlimited CO2. Experienced players can bring their own gear and play on the PSP Air Ball field. Rain or shine. $39 per player. 859-781-7486; Campbell County.


Barn Dance, 7:30 p.m. Music by Ben Duke Band., Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Free. 859-586-7744; Rabbit Hash.

Better Bodies for Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk/Stroll, 7:30 a.m. Check-in begins 6 a.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, In partnership with campuses of Better Bodies Fitness and Silver Lake Fitness Centers. Benefits I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. $10-$30. Registration required. Presented by I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. 859-743-3044; Fort Mitchell.



Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. Through Dec. 21. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Fox Run Street Sale, 8 a.m.noon, Fox Run Lane, 859-9049576; ~forsaleinky/streetsale/. Florence.



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



Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home Summer Festival, 4-11 p.m. Vito’s Fireworks at 10 p.m., Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Free. 859-331-2040, ext. 8555; Fort Mitchell.

Folksiders Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Booths scattered throughout town featuring homemade and handcrafted items of pottery, jewelry, fine art, paper items and delectable fare along with music and antiques. Free. Presented by Folksiders. 859-5869049; Rabbit Hash.

Fox Run Street Sale, 8 a.m.noon, Fox Run Lane, Fox Run Lane, Yard sales on Fox Run and surrounding streets. Presented by Fox Run Street Sale. 859-9049576; ~forsaleinky/streetsale/. Florence.

Literary - Story Times Paws to Read, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Children read books to therapy dogs. Family friendly. Free. Registration required for 15minute time slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., 1st and 10 Sports Bar, 10358 Dixie Highway, $4. 859-817-0664; Florence.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence. Open Paintball Games, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Diehard Paintball, 4936 Mary Ingles Highway, Play on a total of four fields, plus target range. All ages and levels during open games and groups

Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m., Champion Window Field, $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Newport Italianfest will be 5-11 p.m. Friday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, June 8-10, on the Newport Riverfront. Pictured is Steve Stevens of Tony’s Italian Sausage in Dayton, Ohio. FILE PHOTO

Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.



Art Exhibits

Literary - Libraries

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Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


MONDAY, JUNE 11 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

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

Education Internet, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Find out how to connect to the Internet from home, what you can find online and how to get to a website. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence. Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, $10 per class. Registration required. 859-379-5143; Florence. Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, High-energy Latin hip-hop dance class. $5. Presented by Zumba Fitness. 859-512-8057. Florence.

Literary - Libraries In the Loop, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m., Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-5944487; Florence.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Blue Crush Skills Clinic Series, 5-9 p.m., Midwest Sports Center, 25 Cavalier Blvd., Volleyball clinic. Ages 5-12. $15 per class. Registration required. Presented by Blue Crush Volleyball Club. 859-866-2422; Florence.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Benefits Charity Golf Outing, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boone Links Golf Course, 19 Clubhouse Dr., Continental breakfast, lunch and awards dinner, contests, green fess, cart and drinks. With Lewis Johnson, NBC Sports. Benefits BAWAC, Inc. Community Rehabilitation Center. $95; $90 advance. Registration required. Presented by BAWAC, Inc.. 859-371-4410;

Exercise Classes

Falcon Theater will present the final performances of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project Linus. For more information, visit Pictured are Jeff Surber, Bryan Greaves and Jennifer Richardson making blankets before rehearsal. THANKS TO MIKKI REYNOLDS-SCHAFFNER Florence.

Clubs & Organizations Tri State County Animal Response Team Volunteer Training, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Hands-on training with live animals. Class limited to 25 people. Ages 18 and up. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Tri State County Animal Response Team. 513-702-8373; Wilder.

Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

ums welcome, from macaroni to knitting; crochet, scrapbooking, beading, jewelry, embroidery, quilting, plastic canvas and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Exercise Classes Yoga with Pam Doremus, 6-7 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Drop-ins welcome for $10. Dress comfortably and bring mat. $48. 859-379-5143; Florence.

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

Literary - Book Clubs Thriller and Chiller Book Discussion Group, 10 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

Literary - Libraries Facebook, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Information on most popular social networking site in the world. Learn to find friends, share information and protect privacy. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 9 p.m., Crew Lounge, 1933 Petersburg Road, Presented by Furlongs. 859-5864482. Hebron.

Health / Wellness

Recreation Bridge, noon, Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Bike Night, 6-10 p.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Beer, food and cornhole. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

Bridge, noon, Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. Through June 28. 859-342-2665. Union.

Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-5600; Edgewood. Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.


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Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m., Champion Window Field, $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.

Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence. Open Gaming (Middle and High School), 3:30-4:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Beginners and casual gamers welcome. No experience required. Snacks provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County

Literary - Book Clubs Chapter and Verse, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Discuss “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Art & Craft Classes Crafters’ Corner, 10 a.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Bring supplies to work on own project. All medi-

Special Events Lego Town, 3-8 p.m., Camp Ernst Middle School, 6515 Camp Ernst Road, Running trains, operating amusement park, airport, castle, stores, homes, boats, cars and lots of surprises. Benefits Camp Ernst Middle School. $3, free ages 3 and under. 859-918-5683; Burlington.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m., Champion Window Field, $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Blue Crush Skills Clinic Series, 5-9 p.m., Midwest Sports Center, $15 per class. Registration required. 859-866-2422; Florence.



Dress greens with hot dressing It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago the baby chicks were too cute, fuzzy little balls of fluff Rita hopping Heikenfeld around the RITA’S KITCHEN yard. Well, now they’re in what I call the “teenage” stage. They’re pecking at the herbs in my herb garden and enjoyed a salad dinner by decimating the leaf lettuce planted in a colander. Yesterday, they dug through the snapdragons in my antique copper wash kettle and made a fine mid-day snack of them. So I told my husband, Frank, it’s time to put them in the “chicken condo” with the rest of the birds. That is, if we can catch them.

Update on Eileen Baker’s butter pecan cake So many of you asked to clarify the ingredients and method, so here is the recipe again, with detailed instructions. 1 box butter pecan cake mix (18.25 oz. size) 3 eggs, large 1 stick butter, melted 1 cup water 2 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk* ½ of an 8 oz. bag Heath candy bits, regular or chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cake mix, eggs, butter and water well. Pour into sprayed 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cake is done. Poke holes all over and while cake is still warm, pour one can milk over cake. Pour Heath


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Rita was growing leaf lettuce in a colander until her chicks ate it. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD candy over that. Pour other can of milk over candy. Let sit 20 minutes. Store in refrigerator. *Note: Some readers thought the cake was soggy after it was completely made with the toppings. Know that it should be very moist. Make sure the cake is done (ovens vary) and if you like, start out with one to one-and-a-half cans milk and go from there, adding the full two cans if you want. Eileen recommends at least one-and-a-half cans. Regardless, you’ll be using half the milk the first time you pour it on the cake and the other half is poured on after you sprinkle the candy on it.

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One of my favorite dressings to dress spring greens. I like adding crumbled fried bacon, feta cheese and hard boiled egg to the salad, as well as any veggies I have on hand. This is good on cabbage, too. ¼ cup bacon fat Onion: as much as you like – I use 1-2 green onions, chopped ¼ cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons each: water and sugar

Melt fat and stir in onion. Cook a couple minutes. Add everything else. Bring

away without any of us getting the recipe. As I remember, it had a graham cracker crust and three layers of creamy filling – I

think they were pink, green, and yellow. It was lighter than a pudding – more like the old “whip and chill” boxed dessert. I would love to be able to make it for him again.” Silverglade’s chicken salad. For Judy S. “So good. My daughter and her husband come from Columbus and crave Silverglade’s chicken salad. The down side is getting to Findlay

Market to get it and it is not inexpensive.” I have a call in to Silverglade’s now to see if they’ll share, though in the past they could not. Anyone have a clone for it? Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

to a boil and turn off heat. Taste and adjust flavors. I usually add a bit more vinegar, etc.

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Family Promise helps the homeless in N. Ky. By Pam Goetting Contributor

“Mommy, where are we sleeping tonight?” Every parent hopes their children will never ask those words. In Northern Kentucky, our region is blessed to have more resources than many other areas of our state. But homelessness and lack of economic opportunity are still real issues facing local families. Lisa Desmarais, executive director of Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, recently spoke to Florence Rotary about the organization’s work in helping struggling families get housing and jobs. Family Promise, formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network, was founded 19 years ago to help battle homelessness. The group’s founders created a faithbased collaborative focused on empowering Northern Kentucky children and their families who are experiencing temporary homelessness to attain sustainable independence. Family Promise works with families in at-risk situations (lost jobs, lost housing, medical expenses) who suddenly find themselves without resources. During 2011, 26 families, including 49 children, were served by Family Promise. The program, focused on keeping families to-

Lisa Desmarais is executive director of Family Promise. PROVIDED

gether, uses a network of 55 churches to provide overnight shelter and daily meals. During the day, guest families use the Day Center in Newport for daily activities. Professional case workers are on-site to help arrange child care, education, employment and housing, as well as provide parenting, budgeting and job hunting skills. Families who complete the Shelter Program and achieve job security can live for up to six months in transitional housing provided by Family Promise. During this rent-free period, residents are helped to find permanent, affordable housing and become self-sufficient. Desmarais shared with the Rotarians the sobering statistics that home foreclosures and evictions have risen steadily in our region for the last four years, with homeless children resorting to “couch surfing,” meaning they sleep on the sofa at a friend or relative’s home, constantly moving from

place to place with no stable residence. Children in this situation often miss school or change schools so frequently that they fall behind in basic learning skills. To combat the stress many of these children face, Family Promise offers pet therapy using specially trained dogs to provide a soothing presence, and a Children’s Reading Library that gives each child their own book to keep. Family Promise of Northern Kentucky is not “just a bed.” Adults in the Shelter Program are expected to look for a job, save money, attend life skills classes, and work toward improving their situation. Over the past three years, an average of 45 percent of the guest families achieved permanent housing, and 75 percent maintained or increased household income. As Desmarais said in closing, “It is our vision that every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.” The Florence Rotary Club meets most Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. Contact Pat Moynahan, president, at amoynahan@i or 859-802-0242. This week’s article was submitted by Pam Goetting of Florence Rotary Club.

Walton-Verona alumni banquet has a great turnout of 120-plus Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mulcay of Verona have been a part of our business community for several years. They have provided the beautiful Grandeur Hall for receptions and all kinds of celebrations. Also, Discounts on Main offers affordable furniture and all types of gifts Ruth such as Meadows jewelry, WALTON NEWS dolls and silk flower arrangements. Deciding to have a change of pace for other endeavors, they have closed both businesses and are having a close out sale offering 50 percent off on all merchandise. So, stop in at 32 North Main and wish the Mulcays good luck in the future and you might find a bargain. The attendance at the Walton-Verona High School Alumni Banquet was more than 120 persons. Kelly Fulmer serves as president and Joella Sleet Flynn is the secretary. Both do a great job organizing the banquet. They were elected to serve next year.

Assistant Principal Daniel Sullivan gave a report on the condition and activities of the school system. Graduating classes ending in 2 were recognized by the president. The oldest class was 1942 celebrating their 70th year represented by Russell Groger and Paul Simpson. Russell shared many interesting happenings during their school year, especially winning the 1942 Kentucky basketball tournament. Dean Poore was inducted into the WVHS Hall of Fame. Dean was remembered for his many accomplishments as a person and businessman. He is remembered for his devotion to his school, instrumental in making the new sporting complex a reality, serving on various community boards, city council and Walton Cemetery Board. He is an allaround good friend and is sadly missed. Dean’s wife, Liz, and son Greg graciously accepted the special award in remembrance of him. The Walton-Verona Alumni Scholarships were awarded to Shelby Evans, David Lodestro and Nathan Naylor. All will attend the University of Louis-

ville. The Mark Maynard Meadows Memorial Scholarship was presented to Laura Davis. She will attend U of L and pursue a career in dentistry. The Walton Verona Community Pantry and the Freestore combined efforts for another food giveaway on Saturday. There were 78 families that received more than 50 pounds of food consisting of meat, cereal, produce, baked goods and food staples. Peggy Peebles would like to thank all the volunteers including the Kohl’s Volunteers who helped set up for the distribution. They were greatly appreciated. June 4-9 was National Garden Club week. All garden club members should be involved by sharing your flowers and garden. You can continue on the celebration by taking bouquets to your friends, homebound or making a planter to brighten up the day for someone. Also, if you have some fresh vegetables to share with your neighbor, it would be special. Happy birthday to Debbie Mulford today, June 7. Ruth Meadows (391-7282) writes a column about Walton.


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Boone, Conner plan joint reunion Community Recorder On Sept. 15 the Boone County High School and Conner High School classes of 1971 and 1972 will reunite for a fun-filled event. The reunion will take place 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Turfway Park in Florence, in the fifth-floor Racing Club. Alumni are invited to come at 4 p.m. to socialize and catch the last races of

the day. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by DJ Donna playing 1970s music, doorprizes, split-the-pot and karaoke. Cost is $27 per person with early RSVP before July 1. Cost is $30 per person between July 1 and Sept. 1. Email or or call Winnie Jewell Walston 859-586-2998.


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Judy Brock has wanted a barn quilt block of her own ever since she saw dozens of different barn blocks on a trip through Casey and Adair counties in rural Kentucky where she grew up. She asked her friend if he would paint one for her. Since he does this for relaxation, he was happy to accommodate. Her only request to him was that it contain University of Kentucky blue. Brock found this block, “Mexican Star,” in the quilt book Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns. The block has other names such as “Dallas Star,” “Mexican Rose,” “Panama Block” and “Star & Cross.” This block was first featured in the Kansas City Star in

1930. The art of quilting runs in her family. Her mother was a quilter as were her seamstress grandmothers and one great-grandmother. Brock’s latest quilt, made for her grandniece, is called “Gingham Dog and Calico Cat.” Retired from AT&T, she has more time for crafts now. The Brocks agreed to be part of the Florence Woman’s Club’s “Barn Quilt Trail.” You are welcome to go back to the shed at 7895 Pleasant Valley Road to view the board. Because of heavy traffic, it is difficult to back out of the driveway. You should pull into the drive and turn around by the garage. Visit www.BooneBarnQuilts. com.

Bob and Judy Brock stand in front of their barn quilt board "Mexican Star." THANKS TO JOYCE FOLEY



Dively joins Community Services Jennifer Dively has joined Community Services of Northern Kentucky. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and completed her internship at Community Services, formerly Cardinal Hill. Dively has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. To celebrate the addi-

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Trajkovski joins Furlong

Ilija Trajkovski of Colerain Township has joined Furlong Building Enterprises LLC, a commercial and industrial construction firm in Florence. Trajkovski brings 15 years of experience in ar-

chitecture, design-build construction, project management and construction administration. He has worked on a variety of major building projects throughout the Tristate. He received a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an associate degree in architecture/civil engineering technology from Cincinnati Technical College.

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Question: When and how should I treat my lawn for grubs? Answer: Grubs can be a major lawn problem in Northern Kentucky, especially on west-or-southfacing slopes and in lawns with excessive thatch. There are three categories of grub control products: preventive, curative and biological. The preventive controls Mike have long Klahr soil residuHORTICULTURE al and are CONCERNS meant to be applied before a potential grub problem develops. They are most suited for high-risk sites with a history of grub problems, or where heavy beetle activity was noted the previous year (Japanese Beetles, Masked Chafer Beetles, May Beetles or Green June Beetles). Merit (professional use) and Grub-Ex (homeowner use) are preventive chemicals, effective against young, newly hatched grubs. These products, containing Imidacloprid, can be applied between May 15 and mid-July, although

Make an omelet, quiche or frittata with your favorite vegetables. FILE PHOTO next meal. It is a good idea to include fruits and vegetables in the first meal of our day. Consider the following ideas. Top whole grain cereal with fresh fruit. Enjoy canned fruit with your other items. Add fruit to your lowfat, plain yogurt. Add applesauce to your whole-wheat toast or peanut butter sandwich. Top oatmeal with a variety of fresh, frozen, or dried berries. Use mashed avocado as a spread for bread. Try some raw vegetables with cottage cheese. Make a quesadilla with salsa, vegetables, and cheese.

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COMING UP Families in the Garden series: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12-28. Meets at Boone County Extension on Tuesdays and Boone County Arboretum on Thursdays. You may attend one class, or the entire series. Free, but register by calling 859586-6101, or enroll online at boone Friends of Boone County Arboretum: Monthly public meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at Boone County Arboretum, Shelter 1, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. Everyone is welcome to attend to learn more about the arboretum, the Children’s Garden, the new Butterfly Garden project, memorial benches and trees, arboretum marketing ideas. No registration necessary.



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The Walton Senior Center has scheduled many activities for June. The center, located at 44 N. Main St., is open 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 859-485-7611. Mondays: 10 a.m., Zumba Gold; 11:30 a.m., yoga fitness Tuesdays: 9 a.m., play card games, Wii bowling, puzzles; 12:15 p.m., bingo. Wednesdays: 10 a.m., Zumba Gold; noon, euchre tournament Thursdays: 9 a.m., play card games, Wii bowling, puzzles; 12:15 p.m., bingo Fridays: 9 a.m., tai chi balance and control; noon, euchre tournament Tuesday, June 5 and June 19: 9 a.m., free art social (bring own supplies); 11 a.m., blood pressure and sugar check Thursday, June 7: 10 a.m., free arthritis relief with hand waxing treatments from Burlington Pharmacy; 11:30 a.m., free pizza luncheon donated by Burlington Pharmacy Friday, June 8: 11 a.m., free euchre luncheon Thursday, June 14: 11 a.m., Senior June birthdays flowers donated by Walton Florist, cake donated by Dairy Queen; 11:30 a.m., fried chicken luncheon community potluck Monday, June 18: 10:30 a.m., Senior Government Commodity food pickup and sign-up Thursday, June 21: 11:30 a.m., free Cheese Coneys Extravaganza donated by Dairy Delight A hot congregate meal is available 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 24 hours ahead to reserve the hot meal at 4857611.

Make an omelet, quiche or frittata with your favorite vegetables. Grab a glass of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. Try a bowl of vegetable soup. Enjoy a slice of pizza topped with a variety of vegetables. Make pumpkin or zucchini pancakes. Be creative and make breakfast a priority. It can be as easy as grabbing a banana and graham cracker with peanut butter and a glass of milk.

optimum treatment period is mid-June to midJuly. Mach 2 and Grub-BGon, both containing halofenozide, can also be applied in June or July. These chemicals all give excellent control of newly hatched white grubs, although they are not effective as curative or “rescue” treatments against large grubs. Mach 2 (professional use only) is effective against young grubs. Timing is the same as for Merit. It may also be used for early curative control although it is slower and generally less effective than Dylox against large grubs. Products listed for curative control are normally applied in August or September, after the eggs have hatched and grubs are present. Dylox (trichlorfon) is a good choice in this category, and it is available for both professional and homeowner use. It is good for rescue treatments against larger grubs, and it is relatively good at penetrating thatch. Sevin can also be used, but is usually not a good choice, since it is very toxic to beneficial earthworms.

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POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Alexandra N. Johnston, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin) at 6922 Oakwood Dr., March 4. Sherri L. Cox, 52, falsely reporting an incident, tampering with physical evidence at 6922 Oakwood Dr., March 4. Paul R. Slone, 61, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7921 Dream St., March 5. Ryan T. Malott, 19, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., March 5. Amanda A. Overbay, 23, shoplifting, third-degree possession of a controlled substance at I-75 northbound, March 6. Michael L. Baker, 36, shoplifting at 2110 Mall Rd., March 6.

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intoxication in a public place at Pleasant Valley Rd., April 14. Christopher M. Major, 38, DUI, careless driving at Pleasant Valley Rd., April 14. Angel I. Rivera, 32, carrying a concealed weapon at 7928 Dream St., April 14. Travis W. Merritt, 38, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., April 13. William L. Borneman III, 33, DUI at U.S. 42, April 4. Christopher L. Johnson, 29, shoplifting at Houston Rd., April 4. Susan M. Price, 32, possession of controlled substance at 7747 Mall Rd., April 4. Brooke A. Tubbs, 27, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., April 4. Melchor T. Romero, 31, DUI at Dixie Hwy., April 4. John L. Taylor, 33, public intoxication at 10055 Dixie Hwy., Feb. 26. Matthew J. Huber, 35, DUI at Interstate 75, Feb. 27.

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


Ashley D. Callahan, 19, possession of marijuana at Mary Grubbs Hwy., Feb. 28. Codey S. Benning, 19, shoplifting at Berberich Dr., Feb. 28. Daniel J. Hopkins, 25, receiving stolen property at 280 Melinda Ln., Feb. 29. Tommy L. Monhollen, 52, alcohol intoxication in public place at Petersburg Rd., Feb. 29. Lisa A. Jones, 35, shoplifting at 9950 Berberich Dr., Feb. 29. Thomas T. Marksberry, 57, DUI at Frank Duke Blvd., Feb. 29. John M. Howe, 22, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., Feb. 29. Theodore A. Smith, 21, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., Feb. 29. Mickle A. Buckler, 45, theft at 2591 Peoples Ln., March 4. Bradley R. Vogelpohl, 32, DUI at Burlington Pk., March 1. Blair A. Lay, 24, DUI at Presidential Dr., March 1.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Victim assaulted by known subject at 6600 block of Dixie Hwy., March 6. Victim assaulted by known subject at 7700 Plantation Dr., April 13. Burglary Business broken into and items taken at 7209 Burlington Pk., March 5. Reported at 422 Kento Boo Ave., April 4.

Jewelry stolen at 6147 Tosha Dr., Feb. 27. Drugs stolen at 2079 Verona Mudlick Rd., Feb. 29. Criminal mischief Vehicle vandalized at 6761 Parkland Pl., March 5. Property vandalized at 8840 Richmond Rd., April 11. Structure vandalized at 422 Kentaboo Ave., April 14. Property vandalized at 7821 Commerce Dr., April 14. Property vandalized at 7928 Dream St., April 13. Incident reports Property lost or mislaid at 7860 Mall Rd., March 5. Property recovered at 1 Kuchle Dr., April 12. Forgery Tax return counterfeited at 6490 Rosetta Dr., Feb. 28. Fraudulent use of credit card Reported at 43 Meadow Creek Dr., April 4. Reported at 4252 Idlewild Rd., Feb. 29. Reported at 147 Saddlebrook Dr., Feb. 27. Impersonating peace officer Reported at 8564 Evergreed Dr., April 4. Narcotics Subject caught in possession of heroin at 6835 Houston Rd., April 14. Possession of controlled substance Drugs seized at 7747 Mall Rd., April 4.

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Victoria Maldonado Ayala, 101, of Edgewood, died May 26, 2012. She was a native of Puerto Rico. Her husband, Ernesto Arce and sons, Johnny Soulette, Jimmy Soulette, Harry Soulette, Alexander Soulette and their father, Rene Soulette, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Tessie McGee of Edgewood and Rene Soulette of Florence; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials: Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Nancy Baute Nancy Lee Baute, 82, of Florence, died May 26, 2012. She was a Boone County 4-H leader, owner of Choco-Ridge Equestrian Center in Union, and a member of the Red Hat Fillies and First Church of Christ in Burlington where she was active in the Joy Club. She enjoyed animals, especially horses, cooking, sewing, photography and computer classes. Survivors include her husband, Elmer Baute; children, Greg Baute of Erlanger, Shelley Gaffney of Versailles, Doug Baute of Lakewood, Colo., Brad Baute of Verona and Julie Hunley of Walton; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and eight greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Boone County 4-H Council, P.O. Box 876, Burlington, KY 41005 or Red Hat Fillies c/o Jackie LeDuc, 2833 Damascus, Hebron, KY 41048.

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Herbert W. Dieckmann, 80, of Summerfield, Fla., died April 28, 2012. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ocala, Fla., previously a member of First Baptist Church of Erlanger and First Baptist Church of Fort Meyers, Fla. He was an accomplished athlete, played the trumpet, was an Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict and worked for the Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. Survivors include his wife, Linda Dieckmann of Summerfield, Fla; daughter, Kerry Smith of Verona; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Abuelito Falla Abuelito Cesar Falla, 93, of Union, died May 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired truck driver who enjoyed working with tools, carpentry and food. His wife, Abuelita Stella Dussan Falla and a son, Cesar Mauricio Falla, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Cecilia Bahamon, Luz Stella Olavarri and Socorro Ines Falla; sons, Eugenio Baha-

ABOUT OBITUARIES For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Funeral homes may submit basic obituary information to To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. mon, Luis Ignacio Bahamon, Leonidas Falla and Fabian Falla; 24 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Cristo Rey Parish, 947 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Nancy Lou Herrington Nancy Lou Kleintank Herrington, 68, of Ludlow, died May 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an office worker for the former Shillito’s Department Store and a member of the former Constance Christian Church. Her brother, Ronald Kleintank, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Robert Herrington and sisters, Jean Lancaster of Union and Arlene Reeves of Florence. Interment was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery in Hebron. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Barbara Hinkle Barbara Swim Hinkle, 74, of Florence, formerly of Latonia, died May 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired legal secretary who worked with various attorneys and a member of St. Timothy Church in Union and Twin Oaks Team Play. Survivors include her husband, Dan Hinkle of Florence; daughters, Ronda Dawson and Brenda Noll, both of Florence; sister, Arlita Swim Cummins of Florence; and grandchildren. Memorials: Williams Syndrome Association or Esther

Goddard School offers private kindergarten Community Recorder The Goddard School in Florence is offering a private full-day kindergarten program. To enroll in full-day kindergarten, a child must be 5 by Dec. 1. The program is aligned with Kentucky State Standards. In addition, the school offers an enrichment program for children who attend other Boone County Schools in

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Robert Johnson Robert L. Johnson Jr., 75, of Florence, died May 28, 2012. He served in the Army and Air Force, was a member of Erlanger Church of Christ, a retired security officer for Booth Memorial Hospital and a former employee of American Airlines. A daughter, Leslie Vawter, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Johnson; sons, Mark and Christopher Johnson; daughters, Mary Coratti, Kori Burns and Gabbi Johnson; brothers, O.J. Johnson, Ted Johnson and Kenny Utzinger; sisters, Dixie Babb and Mary Meadows; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery in Hebron. Memorials: Erlanger Church of Christ or American Lung Association.

Eugene Kerns Eugene S. “Bud” Kerns, 87, of Union, died May 26, 2012. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Patricia Kerns and brother, James Kerns, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Eileen Kunkel. Burial was at St. Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: Donor’s choice.

Stanley Legg Stanley Legg, 74, of Verona, died May 25, 2012, at his residence.

He was a retired inspector for General Motors and a member of the Elks Lodge No. 209 in Anderson, Ind. Survivors include his wife, Doris Payne Etson Legg of Verona; sons, Jeffrey Legg of Columbus, Ind. and Mark Etson of Union; daughters, Beth Legg Cannell of Alexandria, Ind., Rhonda Etson of Independence and Dawn Turner of Verona; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Catherine Mullikin Catherine F. Mullikin, 93, of Florence, died May 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband Paul Mullikin; a son, Bruce Mullikin; two brothers, Frank Rieselman and Edward Rieselman; and two sisters, Dorothy Kain and Virginia Rieselman, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Payne of Independence; son, Raymond Mullikin of Florence; brother, Robert Rieselman of New Mexico; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Cincinnati Eye Institute at or 1945 CEI Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45242 or Erlanger Lions Club, 5996 Belair Dr., Florence, KY 41042.

Viola Zinser Viola Zinser, 84, of Florence, died May 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a former member of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ and a retired clerk from the Army Corps of Engineers. Her first husband, William Stanton, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Al Zinser; children, Bruce Spears and Debra Scott; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017.


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St. Henry Church Festival, June 15-16 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 15, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 4-10 p.m. Sunday, June 17, St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Highway, . Food from local restaurants. Games for children in gym. Grand raffle of $4,000 and four prizes of $500 each. 859-7272035.

MainStrasse Village “Originial” Goettafest, June 15-17 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, June 17, Sixth Street Promenade, Covington. Sample pizza, balls, gumbalya, chedda cheese, chili, burgers and more made with goetta. Games, children’s activities, arts and crafts, music and entertainment.

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Mary, Queen of Heaven Funfest, June 22-24 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 22, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger. Rides, gambling booths, grand raffle, food and drink booths, entertainment and more. Free. 859525-6909.

Union Celebrates America Parade and Fireworks, June 29 6-10:30 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Union. Music by Gundpowder Acoustic Society at 6:30 p.m. and 113th US Army Band Dragoons at 8 p.m. Free U.S. flags to first 1000 people. Presented by City of Union. Free. Registration required for parade participation. 859-384-1511;


JULY Independence Day Celebration, July 3 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence. Rides, food, a raffle, kids zone, demonstrations, music, concludes at 10 p.m. with fireworks. Presented by City of Florence. Free.

Erlanger Lions Carnival, July 19-21 6 p.m. to midnight ThursdaySaturday, July 19-21, Erlanger Lions Club, Sunset Avenue in Erlanger. Ride bracelets for all three nights will be $12; $15 each night. Food and refreshments. The How Wax Show Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Coolers prohibited. 859-282-9969.

Browngrass Festival, July 21 noon-11 p.m. Saturday, July 21, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Twenty local and regional bands, food, vendors, a raffle. Benefits local radio station WNKU. $15.

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6-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 6-11 p.m. (Cincinnati Reds fireworks) Friday, Aug. 10, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, Newport Riverfront. Premium seafood dishes from Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky restaurants. www.greatinlandsea

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Artists and live music. Free.

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5-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Covington. Mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts. Kinderplatz area with rides for children. Through Sept. 9. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. Free. 859-491-0458;

Art in the Park, Sept. 8 Art in the Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Bellevue Beach Park Ward Avenue and Frank Benke Way. Art and crafts show and sell, live music, taste of Bellevue, hands-on art for kids, Circus Mojo. Free. 859-431-8866. Old Fashion Day: 11 a.m to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, Walton. Parade, craft and food vendors, petting zoo, inflatables, games for children, and musical entertainment. Presented by city of Walton.

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