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Mall Road sees retail uptick Ulta latest to open in Florence Square

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FLORENCE – With the $13 million reconstruction of Mall Road heading into the home stretch, two shopping centers across from Florence Mall have seen the addition of three new businesses recently. The latest is Ulta, a cosmetic and retail chain that had its grand opening June 24 at 7673 Mall Road. The Florence Square shop and salon is Ulta’s 406th nationwide. The store features 20,000

beauty products and 500 brands, including trendy products like Pur Minerals cosmetics or designer Dolce & Gabbana fragrances. Florence Square is also home to President Tuxedo, which opened two months ago at 7717 Mall Road. The store offers a new location and more modern look for the men’s formalwear shop formerly known as Skeffington’s. “It’s very nice. You walk in and can see the tuxedos pop with the lights,” said Zach Snyder, a salesman. “We’re a real nice looking store, luxurious almost.” Lumber Liquidators, which specializes in pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring,

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Ulta Beauty, a salon and beauty products store, has opened at 7673 Mall Road in Florence Square. This is a company-provided photo of a typical storefront.

Union parade, fireworks set for July 1 By Stephanie Salmons

UNION - The city will celebrate America with its first Independence Day parade followed by its “Union Celebrates America” celebration on Friday, July 1. The parade will start at 6 p.m. and will travel from behind the Union Kroger store along Braxton Drive before turning on U.S. 42 and traveling to Ryle High School. U.S. 42 from Braxton Drive to Double Eagle Drive will be closed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Roads intersecting U.S. 42 along the route will close as the parade approaches, city events coordinator Karen Franx-


After the city of Union’s first-ever Independence Parade on July 1, there will be the traditional evening “Union Celebrates America” event including fireworks. man said. As soon as the parade goes through, organizers will open the road behind it, she said. Adding to festivities will be vis-

itors from Fort Campbell – members of the city’s adopted military unit and their guests. The visiting soldiers will be the grand marshals of the parade. Franxman said the city had 37 entries in the parade that include 13 cars, 22 motorcycles, 10 vans, 134 walkers, 18 horses, six floats, six trucks including two fire trucks, one 30-foot RV, two tractors and a golf cart. “It’s a pretty impressive parade,” she said. “I’m pretty excited about it.” Those attending are encouraged to bring signs of support and thanks for the soldiers, Franxman said.

Following the parade at 6:30 p.m. will be the “Union Celebrates America” event, which features live music at the Union Community Building. Fireworks start at dark. People will be directed to park in the Union Baptist Church parking lot, Franxman said. Attendees should be “responsible in their parking” and should not leave trash, she said. Approximately 1,500 people attended the evening event last year. “I know we’ll have that if not more (this year),” Franxman said.

Boone Fairgrounds to become Lego haven By Justin B. Duke

Successful Relay

Boone County Relay for Life, held June 17-18 at Cooper High School, went “really well, despite the rain,” co-chair Annie Prautsch of Hebron said. “We managed to work around it.” The Recorder shares photos from the event. LIFE, B1


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The Boone County Fairgrounds is about to become a Lego wonderland. The first ever Bluegrass Brick Jamboree will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Hosted by the Florence-based Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Lego Users Group, the event will be about 5,000 square feet of Lego displays, said club president Rodney Dicus. “It’s all Lego,” Dicus said. The 14-member club will bring a variety of displays that match

the variety of personalities in the group, he said. “They are different kinds of people,” Dicus said. There will be displays ranging from Star Wars, pirates, castles and other themes. In addition to the displays that have already been built, there will be an area where kids can play with Legos and build whatever they’d like. Organizing the show, which comes on the first anniversary of the club’s founding, has been a labor of love for Dicus. “I’ve been working on this about five years,” he said. Dicus, 44, hopes the event will spark a new generation of Lego

lovers who can continue on what he’s been doing since childhood. “I’ve been building since I was 7,” he said. Dicus is pleased that the group is able to put on as big of a show as this in their first attempt. He hopes this will become an event that gets bigger every year. “We’re a nonprofit, but we’re hoping to raise some funds so we can have a bigger venue next years,” Dicus said. Admission to the Bluegrass Brick Jamboree is $8 for age 16 and older, $5 for ages 5-15 and free for ages 4 and younger. For more information visit

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BRIEFLY Garden club plans lunch, program

The Boone County Garden Club will have a lunch and program titled “Cooking with Herbs,” noon Tuesday, July 12, at 1150 Appomattox Drive, Florence. For more information call 859-5252451.

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Florence celebrates Independence Day

The city of Florence will hold its Fourth of July Celebration from 4-11 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Florence Government Center Campus. The day will feature food, rides, games and demonstrations from local organizations. Throughout the day will be the following events: • Car cruise, hosted by T.C. and Rockin’ Renee at 4 p.m.


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• Patriotic Salute by the Florence Police Honor Guard and the Florence Community Band at 6 p.m. • Concert by Deron Bell & The D-Street Band at 7 p.m. • Fireworks by Rozzi’s at 10 p.m. The rain date is from 7-11 p.m. Monday, July 4.

Florence officer completes training

Jonathan Newton of the Florence Police Department graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The 18-week program consisted of over 750 hours of training in areas like homeland security, vehicle operations and investigations. Newton was one of 24 officers from 17 agenicies to complete the program.

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opened three months ago at 7800 Connector Drive. “Our business has been growing and this was just a good location between our Lexington and Cincinnati stores,” said Rick Burt, store manager. Burt said the Florence Plaza location is Lumber Liquidators’ 234th location nationally. “It’s a growth market for the home industry,” he said, with sales to both do-ityourselfers and contractors. Tony Michalak, senior leasing representative for Centro Properties Group, handled negotiations for the new shops. Centro owns both Florence Square and Florence Plaza. “Florence Square has enjoyed success over the years as it has been a popular destination for customers, and therefore a significant, must have location for retailers. Customers enjoy the strong collection of retailers, which include Kroger, TJ Maxx, Staples and Old Navy, and customers shop Florence Square as it is conveniently located across the street from Florence Mall,” Michalak said. “The improvements to Mall Road were significant, and, with their completion almost a year ago, shopping Florence Square and the Mall Road area really sets it as a popular and convenient center to operate,” he added. This summer Mall Road is undergoing the second and final phase of the $13 million project that adds 10-feet-wide sidewalks on both sides of Mall Road and adds green spaces to the medians. The first phase ran from Ky. 18 down to around the ramp to Interstate 75/71. The second phase will run down to U.S. 42. Michalak said interest from retailers remains high for locations along Mall Road. “Florence has a strong business climate and a strong quality of life that makes it attractive for businesses to locate in the city,” agreed Josh Wice, Florence’s econom-


President Tuxedo has opened at Florence Square.

“Florence has a strong business climate and a strong quality of life that makes it attractive for businesses to locate in the city.” Josh Wice Florence economic development director

ic development director. “The businesses and prospective businesses that we’ve dealt with on Mall Road are very excited about the redevelopment and the investment in the public infrastructure that the city has made there,” Wice said. “There are several business plans out there for redevelopment or new development that are in the planning stages,” Wice said. “You’ll see some of that realized in the near future.”

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The proposed project is approximately three miles long and will widen Ky. 536 from two lanes to five lanes from the Interstate 71/75 ramps westward to U.S. 42. At Hathaway Road, the five lanes will be reduced back to two and the project ties into Hathaway Road approximately a quarter mile west of Old Union Road, Wood said. Plans call for the road to largely follow existing alignment to the south, but at the new U.S. 42 a new intersection will be nearly 600 feet from the existing intersection. The project will provide multi-use paths on both sides of the roads, curbs/gutters and storm sewers, she said. According to Wood, two roundabouts, which would bookend the proposed Union Town Center, have been proposed. One would be located at the intersection with Old Union Road and the other would be due west of Golden Pond. “The project is presently only funded in the design


One of the key regional transportation projects included on the Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee’s priority list for the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly session is a longdiscussed proposed reconstruction of Mt. Zion Road (Ky. 536). The project, which began design in 2001, would take the road from two lanes to five. phase,” Wood said. Should funding be granted, construction could not start until all right of way negotiations are complete and “right of entry” is established, she said. The entire project list totals $366.2 million and includes transportation, tourism, education and community projects that will create jobs, spur economic develop, jump start residential, commercial and industrial construction and improve public safety throughout the region’s urban core, suburban communities and rural areas.

WALTON - J.C. Benton Jr. was nearly 10 when his family moved in 1941 to their Walton farm, which he still owns. Despite the more urban growth in some parts of the county, Benton Family Farm is still operational. Benton and his family – four generations in fact – have been making a living on the farm for decades. The farm will continue to show local children what farm life is really about with “Adventure Days on the Farm” camp. They’re offering two summer camp sessions this year for children 7-12. Session one runs July 11-15 while session two runs July 18-22. The cost is $180 per child. “Because we are a working farm, at this point in time that’s all we can give of our time,” Benton’s daughter Mary Marcum said. On the first day, after learning the rules, children can pick a goat or a sheep that is theirs for the week. Each day, campers have to catch, bathe and walk their animal. By the end of the week, the sheep have to be ready for shearing and a show, she said. Campers also help feed the animals, water plants, collect eggs from the chickens and help brush the farm’s mini-cow in addition to a variety of other activities. The campers also learn to fish with cane poles – and dig their own worms for bait, Marcum said. “They have a lot of fun.” Marcum found the idea for a farm camp after traveling on the Farm Bureau


Mary Marcum stands with her father, J.C. Benton Jr., owner of Benton Family Farm in Walton. The farm will have two oneweek sessions of summer camp in July to help children learn what life on the farm is really like. Roadside Market Tour, where they traveled to learn and gather ideas from other farms. Programs like this are important because many farms are gone and children should understand where food comes from, Marcum said. If something should happen, the food supply could be gone within three days, she said. But it’s easy to grow something like a tomato plant. “They’re learning how hard it is to deal with Moth-

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A Boone County road project was included on the Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee’s recently unveiled list of priority projects for the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly session. The committee’s purpose is to create a “priority list” of capital projects requiring state funding and support that provide substantial regional benefit and set the table for private investment. One of the key regional transportation projects identified was the proposed reconstruction of Mt. Zion Road (Ky. 536) to a fivelane road. The funding request is for $49 million. Committee member Steve Harper of Harper Oil Products, a member of Union’s Economic Development Committee, said the city’s economic development is one reason why the project is important. Looking at Union demographics, the city is “ripe for expansion,” Harper said. Most recent census data shows the city’s population has increased by 85.9 since the 2000 census. “Hopefully we can get full funding for the project.” The $49 million would cover right of way acquisition, utilities and construction, he said. Harper said he lives off the road, whose “dips and curves are treacherous.” “There’s a tremendous amount of traffic, particularly during rush hour,” he said. While the improvements will make the road safer, Harper said the connection with Kenton and Campbell counties is the “most important aspect because of the resulting business and residential developments that will occur.” According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood, the project began design in January 2001. It grew from recommendations made in a Ky. 237/Ky. 536 corridor study that evaluated these routes across Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

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Notice is hereby given that on July 26, 2011, at 11:00 AM, at 2471 Hempfling Raod, Morningview, Kentucky, in order to raise the sum of $46,560.80 principal, plus an interest credit subsidy granted in the amount of $19,901.40 together with interest in the amount of $14,245.52 as of February 2, 2011, plus amounts in escrow and other pending fees and charges to the account as provided by the loan instruments and applicable law in the amount of $2,364.29 and interest thereafter on the principal at $11.1258, per day from February 2, 2011, until the date of Judgment, plus interest on the Judgment amount (principal plus interest to the date of Judgment) at the rate of .23%, computed daily and compounded annually, until paid in full and for the costs of this action, pursuant to Judgment and Order of Sale, being Civil Action No. 2:10-cv240 on the Covington Docket of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, entered on March 25, 2011, in the case of United States of America vs. TIMOTHY BIDDLE, ET AL, the following described property will be sold to the highest and best bidder: Beginning at a point on the south side of Hempfling road, corner to Fetchlinger and Gaiser’s farm; thence west 485 feet to a point on said road which is the true point of beginning of this conveyance; thence west 75 feet along said road; thence south 200 feet; thence east 75 feet; thence north 200 feet to the place of beginning. Being the same property conveyed to Timothy Biddle and Melissa Biddle, then husband and wife, from Thomas R. Newman and Ruth E. Newman, husband and wife, by deed dated May 1, 990, and recorded in Deed Book 332, page 144, Kenton County Clerk’s Records. Also being the same property conveyed to Timothy Biddle, a single person, from Melissa Biddle, a single person, by quitclaim deed dated September 25, 1992, and recorded in Deed Book 362, page 249, Kenton County Clerk’s Records. TERMS OF SALE: Ten percent (10%) of the bid price (in the form of a Cashiers Check made payable to the U.S. Marshal) on the day of the sale with good and sufficient bond for the balance, bearing interest at the rate of 0.23_% per annum until paid, due and payable in 60 days and said bond having the effect of a Judgment. Upon a default by the Purchaser, the deposit shall be forfeited and retained by the U.S. Marshal as a part of the Proceeds of the sale, and the property shall again be offered for sale subject to confirmation by the Court. This sale shall be in bar and foreclosure of all right, title, interest, estate claim, demand or equity of redemption of the defendant(s) and of all persons claiming by, through, under or against them, provided the purchase price is equal to twothirds of the appraised value. If the purchase price is not equal to two-thirds of the appraised value, the Deed shall contain in a lien in favor of the defendant (s) reflecting the right of the defendant(s) to redeem during the period provided by law (KRS 426.530). Under law, the purchaser is deemed to be on notice of all matters affecting the property of record in the local County Clerk’s Office. Inquiries should be directed to: Ernest Scruggs, Acting Area Director, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AREA OFFICE Williamstown, Kentucky Telephone: 859-824-7171


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Rogers one of school’s ‘best teachers ever’

By Justin B. Duke

In her 26 years at WaltonVerona Elementary, Cathy Rogers left behind a strong legacy. “She will go down in WaltonVerona Elementary School history as one of our best teachers to ever grace the building,” said Principal Rob Hartman. Rogers retired this year after spending most of her years at the

school teaching second grade, and she always loved working with that age group. As Rogers went through her last year teaching, she was blessed with what has been her favorite class ever. “They were the sweetest and hardest working kids,” Rogers said. Through her years at the school, Rogers always loved how willing everyone was to help –

whether it was teachers, parents, students or anyone else in the community. “That elementary school is like a community itself,” she said. As much as Rogers loved the community, she was loved, Hartman said. “Year in and year out, the kids really loved being in her class,” he said. A school never tries to replace a teacher like Rogers because of

how much enthusiasm she brought. It can only hope to bring in someone who can start something new, Hartman said. “We’ll miss her dearly,” he said. In her retirement, Rogers plans to travel and take her show dogs out to compete more. “I have a horse that I’d like to have the time to ride,” she said.


Cathy Rogers retired from Walton-Verona Elementary after 26 years at the school.

COLLEGE CORNER Anderson named to dean’s list

Keith N. Anderson of Florence was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

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The fourth- and fifth-graders at Florence Elementary presented their spring concert “Step into the Spotlight.” The concert featured songs of America. The fourth- and fifth-grade chorus sang “Music Brings us Together” and fifth-graders sang “A Little Bit of Showbiz.” Pictured are fifth-graders performing a cape tango.

The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Morehead State University: Katelyn Ellis of Verona, Stephanie Gebka of Union, William Moffitt of Walton, Christopher Mullins of Walton, and Jillian Ritchie of Walton. To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average for the current semester.

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Step into the Spotlight

The following students from Florence were named to the president’s list for the spring semester at Western Kentucky University: Chelsea Barrett, Peter Drance, Alyssa Evans, Victoria Lange, Amanda Piotrowski and Emily Scheper. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale while taking a minimum of 12 hours of coursework that semester.

The fourth- and fifth-graders at Florence Elementary presented their spring concert “Step into the Spotlight.” Pictured, from left, back row, are fifth-graders Cody Wagoner, Luiz Melchor Hernandez and Brandon Biddle; and in the front, Hunter Lovins. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

WKU dean’s list has Florence students

The following students from Florence were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Western Kentucky University: Nicolas Baynum, Jacob Booher, Suzanne Deevers, Emily Heeb, Emily Kemp, Lori Lovell, Alexander Waters and Emily Wolff. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve a gradepoint average of 3.4 to 3.79 on a 4.0 scale while taking a minimum of 12 hours of coursework that semester.

Local students earn EKU dean’s awards


The fourth- and fifth-graders at Florence Elementary presented their spring concert “Step into the Spotlight.” Pictured are fifth-graders Zoe Stegman, Erica Novogroski and Anna Serra.

Jaime Higgins, Lindsay Knapik and Rebekah Peterson, all of Florence, received Dean’s Awards from Eastern Kentucky University. Higgins is a senior studying child and family studies. Knapik is a junior studying special education teaching/L&B Disorders P-12. Peterson is a junior studying elementary education teaching. To earn the dean’s award, students must achieve dean’s list honors at EKU for three semesters, not necessarily consecutive. A lapel pin is presented to students by the dean of their academic college.

Florence students on EKU president’s list THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

The fourth- and fifth-graders at Florence Elementary presented their spring concert “Step into the Spotlight.” Pictured are the fifth-graders who performed in the concert.

The following students from Florence were named to the presi-

dent’s list for the spring semester at Eastern Kentucky University: Chelsey Benne, sophomore, apparel design & merchandising; Jennifer Braun, senior, occupational science; Melissa Foster, junior, music; Kelly Gommeringer, sophomore, marketing; Amanda Guilkey, junior, ASL & English interpretation; Jaime Higgins, senior, child and family studies; Katelyn Holpp, sophomore, pre-nursing; Tyler Jordan, sophomore, preathletic training; Brianna Mauk, senior, English; Carleen McArtor, sophomore, pre-nursing; Michael Moore, sophomore, psychology; and Tyler Wilkins, senior, music. To be named to the president’s list, a full-time undergraduate student must attain a perfect 4.0 grade point average for a semester.

Florence EKU graduates listed

The following students from Florence graduated from Eastern Kentucky University on May 7: Emma Bromiley, BSW, social work; Erin Giesler, BM, music, cum laude; Catherine Gooch, BA, political science, cum laude; Justin Howell, BS, fire & safety engineering technology; Veronica Jorge, BBA, business; Brianna Mauk, BA, English, summa cum laude; Devin McAlister, BS, aviation; Lisa Palermo, BS, health services administration; Emily Rehkamp, BSN, nursing; Robert Sprague, BS, sport management, magna cum laude; and Tyler Wilkins, BM, music, summa cum laude.

Florence students make Morehead list

The following students from Florence were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Morehead State University: Matthew Charles Cavner, Emily M. Clift, Matthew T. Long, Julie Marie Rehkamp, Jonathan Mark Walrath and Jessica Erin Wells. To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

Ezell named to dean’s list

Jordan A. Ezell of Union was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. To qualify for the honor, a student must earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. The dean’s list is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.

Morehead graduates

Katelyn Barbour, Lauren Melzer and Jessica Wells, all of Florence, graduated from Morehead State University during spring 2011 commencement. Barbour earned a master of arts degree; Melzer received a bachelor of science degree; and Wells earned a bachelor of science nursing degree.


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June 30, 2011

HONOR ROLL Here are the fourth-quarter honor roll students in fifth grade at New Haven Elementary School in Union:

All A’s

Hailee Andrews, Tori Beckwith, Parker Bisek, Kennedy Brooks, Sam Cioffi, Morgan Dent, Ryan Divine, Jessica Elder, Anna Fegenbush, Alexis Fohl, Bailey Ford, Michael Frost; Hannah Gallatin, Alex Grayson, Elli Harmon, Sam Harney, Lindsey Jackson, Clay Judge, Brandon Kohlman, Clayton Lett, Ben Lloyd, Caroline Lucas; Reagan Maddox, Elvedin Melkic, Sydney Ozment, Tristan Remley, Ken Ryumae, Morgan Snider, Wyatt Trumble, Nicole Vaughan, Mark Vaughn and Cassidy Weickert.


Brandee Albertson, Alex Centers, Scott Dieter, Carla Elliott, Emmi Fish, Edy Fredette, Hannah Fry, Drew Fulmer, Madison Gittings, Jacob Gorman, Whitney Graham; Alex Harvey, Katherine Horsford, Megan King, Oliver Lawal, Cody Lonkard, Kaelyn McBride, Luke McGlasson, Macie Miller, Emery Nel-

son, Ethan Osborn, Carson Palmer; Owen Rich, Will Henry Richards, Payton Riley, Belle Samblanet, Venessa Vogelsang, Alex Wilson and Carson Wohlwender.


Alexander Andrews, Nicholas Archie, Alec Bedel, Olivia Belden, Taylor Birkenhaur, Bryson Blake, Lily Brumett, Blake Burnett, Ryan Clements, Moe Corigliano, Dalton Crase; Rachael England, Emma Errgang, Tyler Evans, Josh Galloway, Leticia Garcia, Charles Golden, Kira Haley, Brogan Kay, Zach Kern, Ty Leonhart, Anne Lovins, Cameron Luckhaupt, Brenden Luster; Cody Malone, Megan Martin, Taylor Maynard, Kailee McGovney-Wilhelm, Aaron McMillan, Chad McNichol, Colton Moen, Macey Molique, Alexys Moore, Candice Mullins, Elizabeth Mullins, Alexis Nixon; Michael Pellerin, Maddy Perkins, Amanda Ping, Caroline Rice, Destiny Roe, Allie Rose, Ryan Roth, Christian Scanlon, Will Shelton, Avery Silvers, Cade Snyder, Andrew Stamm, Alex Thomis and Ericka Wilson.

Luessen ‘more than a music teacher’ at Yealey By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE - Yealey Elementary is losing its music teacher, camp trip leader and more. Wayne Luessen just retired from the Florence school where he spent 25 years as the school’s music teacher. Luessen taught nine years in Bellevue, but didn’t teach music, so it was a great joy to teach what he loved at Yealey, he said. “The greatest thing was I was always a musician,” Luessen said.

In class, Luessen always made a point of having students play instruments every day they were in his class. He built up a collection of student friendly instruments like xylophones so they could be hands-on with music. “You’re never just sitting and listening,” Luessen said. In addition to teaching music, Luessen also did the school announcements and coordinated the Christmas program, one of the school’s strong traditions. “He was way more than our music teacher,” said

Principal Nancy Rogers. Luessen took students on annual trips to Camp Carlisle and Tremont in the Smoky Mountains and got to teach about folk music around camp fires. “That was a hoot,” Luessen said. Along with getting to teach what he loved, Luessen loved the community at Yealey. “It’s 100 percent supportive – starting with the parents,” he said. In his retirement, Luessen looks to continue with what he loves. “I’m really, really inter-


Wayne Luessen retired after teaching music at Yealey Elementary for 25 years.

ested in jazz piano,” he said. He plans to learn swing jazz songs from the 1930s and ‘40s. As he leaves Yealey, he won’t be easily replaced, Rogers said. “I have no idea who’s ever going to fill his shoes,” she said.

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Awards spring forward for area athletes

By James Weber

Ludlow was also a cochampion in the conference.

Here’s a recap of a successful spring sports season for high schools in the area:



Conner lost 3-2 in the Ninth Region final to Newport Central Catholic. Conner was 33rd District runner-ups and finished 19-12. Boone County was district champs and lost to NewCath in the regional semifinals. Jackson Laumann was a first team all-state selection. Covington Catholic was 35th District champions and reached the semifinals of the Ninth Region Tournament. Head coach Bill Krumpelbeck directed the Colonels to their 25th straight 20-win season and won his 800th career game during the year. Beechwood went 30-9, losing to Cov Cath in the district final and falling to NewCath in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Beechwood averaged more than nine runs per game on offense to lead the region. Dixie Heights went 2015 and won the 34th District. The Colonels lost to Conner in the regional quarterfinals. St. Henry was district runner-up and also lost in the regional quarterfinals.


Ryle won its sixth Ninth Region championship in seven years and posted a 32-10 record for the season. Ryle won two games in the state tournament and won the 33rd District Tournament as well. Conner finished 17-11 and lost to its rival Ryle in the championship game of both the district and regional tournaments. Pitcher Haylee Smith


Walton-Verona celebrates its Eighth Region softball title. The Bearcats won the Eighth Region softball championship June 2 at Simon Kenton after a 4-3 win over Collins.



Ryle senior Jeff Huntley high jumps in the 3A state meet May 28 at the University of Louisville. He finished with three state medals. was Ninth Region Player of the Year. Cassie Hamilton was second team. Both earned all-state honors. Walton-Verona won its first regional title in team history, claiming the Eighth Region championship over Collins. Walton went 0-2 in the state tournament. The Bearcats went 29-12 and won the 32nd District

title as well. Earlier in the year, they won the All “A” 8th Region title for the third time in four years and won two games at the All “A” state tourney. Jenalee Ginn was a first team all-state selection and was Eighth Region player of the year. St. Henry lost in extra innings to Conner in the

Boone County senior Jackson Laumann, one of the top baseball players in the region, signed with the University of Cincinnati and was drafted earlier this month in the major league entry draft. Ninth Region tourney for the second straight year, falling 3-2 in the semifinals. St. Henry was 34th District champions for the third straight year. Dixie went to the regional semifinals and lost to Ryle, 8-3. Dixie was 34th District runner-up to St. Henry and posted an 18-9 record.

Notre Dame won its first district title in more than a decade by winning the 35th title over Holmes. Both teams fell in the first round at regionals. Villa Madonna had an outstanding 15-6 record for the season and lost in the 34th District semifinals. They were co-champs of the conference.

Notre Dame won the Ninth Region girls tennis championship. Junior Madie Cook lost in the semifinals in girls singles and was regional champion. Kelly Taylor fell in the first round of singles at state. Laura Irons and Catriona Shaughnessy lost in the third round at state and repeated as regional doubles champions. Bess Fley and Alyssa Kennedy reached the third round of state in girls doubles. Covington Catholic won its 10th straight boys regional title in the Ninth. Stephen Schafer was regional boys singles champ and lost in the first round at state. Haden Cotton fell in the first round at state. Scott Drees and Andrew Schult won the regional doubles title and reached the second round at state. Ryle was regional runner-up in boys tennis in the Ninth. Yushi Okita and Kento Okita, twin brothers, both lost in the first round at state. Yushi was regional runner-up. Logan North and Evan Wagner lost in the first round at state in doubles. In girls doubles, Harlee Hornsby and Maddie Lucas lost in the first round at state. Chelsea Nibert of Cooper qualified for state in girls singles and lost in the first round.

Track and field

State track results are enclosed. See more sports coverage at spreps.

State Track Kentucky state track results from May 26-28. These were not run the week after in our papers.

Boone boys

4x100: 16th (44.79), Tony Leroy, Jeff Tetteh, Austin Howell, Denzel Cain. Austin Howell: 18th in 110 hurdles (17.09), 17th in 300 hurdles (43.83). Jeff Tetteh: 13th in 100 (11.55). Tony Leroy: 18th in 100 (11.67). Stephen Pair: 13th in 1,600 (4:35.55). Ryan Arey: 22nd in shot put (39-7.5).

Boone girls

4x200: 20th (1:52.58), Alexis Funke, Kaitlyn Abdon, Jenna Abbott, Ashley Jutzi. 4x400: 16th (4:16.11), Alexis Funke, Kaitlyn Abdon, Presley Gillespie, Ashley Jutzi. 4x800: 10th (10:07.25), Lena Hameidan, Presley Gillespie, Ashley Blystone, Alexis Funke. Jessica Jones: 6th in 100 hurdles (16.58), 19th in 300 hurdles (50.99). Brianna McMonagle: 10th in 100 hurdles (16.86). Paige Volpenhein: 19th (5:41.85), 24th in 3,200 (12:49.71). Stephen Pair: 14th in 3,200 (10:13.42).

Conner boys

4x800: 16th (8:36.56), Ben Turner, Nick Ostertag, Ross Hofele, Jack Gaddie. Michael Wright: 20th in 200 (23.68). Chris Crews: 22nd in long jump (179.75).

Conner girls

Olivia Panella: 18th in triple jump (3110).

Cooper boys

4x400: 15th (3:31.24), Chris Shinkle, Kyle Henderson, Nick Ballinger, Mason Hutchinson. 4x800: 18th (8:41.11), Joe Blevins, Ethan Brennan, Andrew Blank, Mark Vonderporten. Mason Hutchinson: 6th in 400 (50.44), 19th in 200 (23.65). Nick Ballinger: 16th in 400 (52.20). Joe Blevins: 10th in long jump (197.5).

Cooper girls

4x100: 21st (52.95), Kasey Weinfurtner, Kendall Sebald, Brandy Deaton, Jordan Hauck. 4x200: 18th (1:52.07), Olivia Goessling, Dawn Patton, Kelsey Gregory, Jordan Hauck. 4x400: 12th (4:12.96), Jordan Hauck, Olivia Goessling, Dawn Patton, Kelsey Gregory. 4x800: 21st (10:28.44), Karina Egger, Ashley Dragan, Dawn Patton, Kelsey Gregory. Ellie Terlep: 20th in 100 hurdles (18.00). Jordan Hauck: 21st in 100 (13.74). Hannah Held: 12th in high jump (410). Brandy Deaton: 15th in high jump (410).

Ryle boys

4x100: 14th (44.57), Travis Elliott, Jake Nutter, Nick Salmen, Nick Kennedy. Jeff Huntley: 2nd in 110 hurdles (15.29), 7th in long jump (20-4.75), 7th in high jump (6-2). Tanner McConvey: 7th in 110 hurdles (15.91), 9th in 300 hurdles (41.26), Tanner McConvey: 17th in pole vault (110).

Travis Elliott: 15th in 100 (11.60), 9th in 200 (22.97). Zhock Mason: 14th in long jump (194.75).

Ryle girls

4x100: 19th (52.44), Sarah Behne, Olivia McGregor, Allie Pennington, Madison Sands. 4x800: 22nd (10:42.36), Jensen Bales, Sophie Kisker, Katie Sullivan, Jacqueline Jones. Ashlee Howe: 9th in triple jump (341.75), 11th in high jump (5-0). Madison Sands: 21st in 100 hurdles (18.25). Olivia McGregor: 20th in 100 (13.62). Gabby Gonzales: 4th in 11:21.20. Elaine Johnson: 17th in triple jump (32-0.75).

St. Henry boys

4x100: 12th (46.23), Zach Barnett, John Patula, Shaun Cawley, Alex Jobert. 4x200: 14th (1:37.68), Zach Barnett, John Patula, John Tangney, Alex Jobert. 4x400: 8th (3:37.66). 4x800: 2nd (8:21.03), Nathan Mark, Cameron Rohmann, Brendan Dooley, Nathan Lentz. Cameron Rohmann: 6th in 800 (2:04.26). Zach Haacke: 4th in pole vault (12-0). Craig Aldridge: 4th in triple jump (413.25), 3rd in high jump (6-0). Daniel Wolfer: 8th in 3,200 (10:06.89). Austin Eibel: 14th in 110 hurdles (17.61), 17th in 300 hurdles (45.80), 10th in high jump (5-8). Harrison Davis: 17th in 110 hurdles (18.49). Zach Barnett: 16th in 100 (11.92). Cameron Rohmann: 20th in 1,600

(4:57.71). Nathan Lentz: 19th in 400 (58.66). Nathan Mark: 21st in 800 (2:13.79). David Hellmann: 10th in discus (1226). Shaun Cawley: 11th in long jump (190), 11th in triple jump (39-1.25), 13th in pole vault (9-0).

St. Henry girls

4x100: 8th (52.92), Sarah Wheeler, Meghan Burke, Celia Eltzroth, Sully Culbertson. 4x200: 3rd (1:48.60), Sully Culbertson, Lauren Cahill, Sarah Wheeler, Abby Janszen. 4x400: 2nd (4:11.75). 4x800: 7th (10:21.48), Alyssa Whittle, Sydney Pitts, Taylor Connett, Taylor Gamm. Celia Eltzroth: 14th in 100 hurdles (17.99), 7th in triple jump (33-3.25). Lindsey Hinken: 5th in 3,200 (11:46.25). Ashley Svec: 3rd in 1,600 (5:17.90), 3rd in 800 (2:23.32), 7th in 3,200 (11:58.10). Jen Helmer: 7th in shot put (32-1.5), 8th in high jump (4-8), 10th in discus (95-11). Jackie Brockman: 5th in pole vault (76). Abby Janszen: 3rd in 400 (59.53). Meghan Burke: 15th in 100 hurdles (18.12), 4th in 300 hurdles (49.33), 14th in triple jump (31-11.25). Erin Schulte: 11th in shot put (30-8). Sully Culbertson: 16th in 100 (13.57), 15th in 200 (27.68). Taylor Gamm: 17th in 400 (1:04.83). Melissa Spare: 16th in 300 hurdles (51.75). Katie Munzer: 12th in long jump (1411).

Sarah Wheeler: 21st in long jump (13-10.25). Katie Hahnel: 17th in high jump (4-6).

Walton-Verona boys

4x100: 9th (45.86), Zach MacAdams, Clay Cuzick, Jon Jones, Evan Brock. 4x200: 11th (1:36.11), Joe Warren, Clay Cuzick, Jon Jones, Evan Brock. 4x400: 5th (3:35.98). 4x800: 14th (9:03.12), Jacob Kahmann, Nick Tanembaum, Kallen Schmidt, Colin Schell. Clay Cuzick: 5th in 110 hurdles (16.43). Zach MacAdams: 7th in 110 hurdles (16.52), 4th in 300 hurdles (41.88). Brandon Brockman: 6th in 400 (52.03), 4th in long jump (20-5), 4th in high jump (6-0). Trevin Peterson: 2nd in 1,600 (4:30.97), 3rd in 800 (2:02.57). Jacob Kahmann: 19th in 3,200 (10:52). Sam Schmitt: 9th in long jump (19-7), 7th in triple jump (40-8.25).

Walton-Verona girls

4x100: 6th (52.37), Alexis Mains, Shelby Mullikin, Taylor Cornelison, Demi Welte. 4x200: 7th (1:49.61), Alexis Mains, Shelby Mullikin, Madison Peace, Demi Welte. 4x800: 4th (10:16.39), Madison Peace, Rachel Rouse, Kiersten Schmidt, Kerri Schmidt. Madison Peace: 5th in 800 (2:25.57). Kiersten Schmidt: 16th in 800 (2:32.50), 13th in triple jump (32-0). Alexis Mains: 16th in 200 (27.77). Heidi Zwick: 24th in discus (71-2). Shelby Mullikin: 11th in long jump (14-11.75).



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Dream of freedom Twitter gains toehold in Boone exemplified in July 4

Independence Day is a time that we, as Americans, come together and celebrate all the blessings we enjoy every day. But the Fourth of July isn’t just a celebration of the birth of a nation. It’s a celebration of the triumph of a notion – the notion that every person has the right to pursue liberty and happiness. There was a time when that was a pretty radical thought. Just think back to the days leading up to July 4, 1776. At that time, there had never truly been a government by the people, of the people, and for the people. Yet, there was a dream, a dream of freedom and liberty, a dream that a group of patriots pledged their lives to. They did that when they adopted the Declaration of Independence. Those patriots gave history with many memorable phrases about freedom and liberty. I doubt anyone said it better than John Adams in 1776 when he responded to Congressional delegates who argued that the Colonies weren’t strong enough to declare independence from England. Adams told his fellow delegates that colonists would never yield to England, that they would fight with any means necessary, with rusty muskets and bows and arrows if need be. He pledged: “All that I have, all that I am, all that I hope for in this life, I stake on our cause. For me, the die is cast. Sink or swim, live or die, to survive or perish with my country, that is my unalterable resolution.” When John Adams and the other delegates officially adopted the Declaration of Independence on that first Independence Day, there weren’t merely engaging in political debate. They were signing their names to a document that could have gotten them all hung if the American Revolution had failed. As it turns out, they were also laying the foundation for a coun-

try that would become the strongest, greatest, most free nation in history. But it’s important to remember that those delegates State Rep. didn’t lay the Sal Santoro foundation for country Community our alone. Most of Recorder the patriots who guest fought for our columnist country’s independence were merchants willing to sacrifice their goods and profits to support the revolution and farmers who left their crops to fight for liberty. Without their courage, we could not have broken free from British rule. Even today, it’s the efforts of common men and women that keep our nation strong. By providing for our families, instilling values in our children, taking advantage of our religious freedoms, and exercising freedom of speech, we ensure that liberty will live and flourish for future generations. We have a system that has guided our nation through a civil war, world wars, the Depression. And through it all, we came out on top as the greatest nation in history. Should we be surprised at this fact? Not at all. Our form of government is always in good hands because it is in the hands of the people. So keep doing your part. In this country, you only lose your voice when you neglect to use it. The founding fathers’ dream is alive in each of us. We shall keep it alive for future generations. Happy birthday to our nation and may God bless America. State Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Keri Stevens, a romance author from Verona, says “Twitter is a big cocktail party.” People on Twitter post short (140 character) messages to fellow “tweeps.” Keri arranges her Twitter friends into categories – those in the publishing world, friends around the globe, and local Nancy Daly people on TwitSenior ter.Tweets can be Editor’s witty exchanges notebook of humor, links to professional articles or currents events, or photos from a community event or a traffic jam. A small but involved group of Twitter users met at our debut “Meet the Editor” tweetup June 23 at the main branch of Boone County Public Library. It was great to meet Keri, Julie Pile of Oakbrook and Ron Calhoun of Independence. On Twitter they are @KeriStevens, @JuliePile and @RonCalhoun. Joining Twitter is free. Go to and sign up, then follow these local members to get started. Julie said Twitter is just one form of social media she uses. She’s helped businesses set up Linked In pages and, like most at the tweetup, uses Facebook for sharing more personal information with family and friends. Julie manages the Twitter feed for Stephens Elementary PTA. She’s definitely ahead of the curve in using Twitter for local educational engagement. The group sees more opportunity for schools and government to use Twitter, but agreed that Boone County Schools (@boone_county) and Ryle High School (@Ryle_HS) use it effectively to share snow closings and mid-game sports scores. Boone County Public Library has a terrific Twitter feed at @boonelibrary. For me, weather events this past year have been interesting on Twitter. After sliding into work during a December snow storm, I posted road conditions I’d


Keri Stevens, left, shares tips about using Twitter with Ron Calhoun. The “Meet the Editor” tweetup took place at the main branch of Boone County Public Library.

Twitter accounts to follow: observed, Artimis photos of backed-up interstates and power outage information from Duke Energy. I also retweeted reports from others in Northern Kentucky. The evening of Jan. 7, Boone County Twitter friends talked about spouses delayed for several hours by an unexpected snow storm. After they tipped me off to the news, I got reports from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department about wrecks and the highway department about why snowplows were delayed. I owed a debt to my Twitter friends for tipping me off to that story. Stephanie Salmons, who covers Boone County for the Recorder, asked Twitter followers for flooding photos this spring. We used several of the photos she received on the Boone Blog, and one was used in our print edition. Follow Stephanie at @SSalmonsNKY on Twitter. Julie, Keri and Ron agreed that traditional journalists play an important role on Twitter, especially during breaking news. “Twitter

is the information stream and you’re the log I grab onto,” Julie told us. Several of us first heard about big breaking stories on Twitter including the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the death of Osama bin Laden. Locally people talked on Twitter after the death of wellknown leader Ted Bushelman, posted photos of a rainbow and gave their opinions about the Recorder’s story on a possible drive-in theater. Ron, a publicist for local entertainers, said media platforms may change, but there will always be a need for trained journalists. “The reporting of news will always be valued, it’s just going to be in a different medium,” Ron said. “We’re hungry for news.” Keri agreed. “We’re still hungry for trusted sources.” We all had a great time at the tweetup, and even more fun talking about it later on Twitter. Julie suggested we have Boone tweetups once each quarter. Let me know if you might be interested, and definitely join the local conversation on Twitter. Nancy Daly is senior editor of The Community Recorder in Boone County. Drop her a line at, call her at 859-5781059 or follow her on Twitter on

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Helping Kentucky’s kids

Steve Brunson of Republic Bank, Boone County Property Valuation Administrator Cindy Arlinghaus and Jesse Brewer of 3 J Properties accept a check from the Northern Kentucky Board of Realtors for Healthy Kids For Tomorrow.

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. This year is especially exciting because my hometown of Union will be having its first annual Independence Day parade tomorrow, July 1, followed by a fireworks show at dusk. In March 2010, the city of Union adopted the 101st Airborne Division, based out of Fort Campbell, as it was about to be deployed to Afghanistan. This weekend we will host the 101st Airborne for the Fourth of July holiday. The effort has been coordinated by Karen Franxman, special activities director for the city of Union. She has done a wonderful job and our town is really buzzing with excitement. Local families have volunteered to host the troops in their homes for the weekend. I have the honor of presenting legislative citations to the troops and participating in the parade as well. Additionally, Union residents will be hosting the 101st Airborne at the Reds game on Saturday afternoon. For more information,

or if you would like to participate, contact Karen Franxman at 859-3841511. This is the 235th anniversary of our DecState Sen. laration of IndeJohn pendence, but Schickel it’s important to remember that Community our Founding Recorder Fathers were guest simply – though columnist boldly – declaring their intentions for a new nation. It was our brave troops who struggled through places like Valley Forge and confronted well-armed and well-trained British troops to actually ensure that freedom. Those troops’ worthy successors, including the 101st Airborne, continue to dedicate their lives and their well-being to preserve, protect, and defend our freedoms. As your state senator, I enjoy meeting my many constituents. In addition to the Union parade, I

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. This year is especially exciting because my hometown of Union will be having its first annual Independence Day parade tomorrow, July 1, followed by a fireworks show at dusk. will participate in the Edgewood parade on the Fourth of July at 9:30 a.m. as well as the Fort Mitchell parade at 12:30 p.m. I look forward to seeing everyone! State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th Senate District which includes Boone and Gallatin counties and part of Kenton County. He welcomes your concerns or comments toll-free at 800-372-7181 or online at Mailform/S011. htm.

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The Ragan family of Villa Hills, including parents Heather and Tim along with Kendall, Whitney and cancer survivor Reese, in purple, get ready for the start of the Boone Relay for Life at Cooper High School on June 17.


Relay for Life turns out well, despite rain

Steve Peck, new floral designer at Florence Nursery, works on a flower basket arrangement.

Florence Nursery grows with new designer By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

FLORENCE - With summer almost in full bloom, Florence Nursery, located at 7501 U.S. 42 in Florence, has welcomed a new floral designer. Steven Peck, a native of Boone County, has spent a large part of his career designing flower arrangements. “We are proud to have Steve join our locally owned and operated business,” said Matthew Moffett, who has owned the business for the last four years. “We are a full service florist, with a garden center, floral shop and landscaping.”

Peck has been at the nursery for the last four weeks, and it is evident that he loves what he does. “We just came out of prom season, where the trend is to put a little bling in the corsages,” he said. “Also, Easter and Mother’s Day are busy times. I love coming up with arrangements that please our customers. I can tell by the look on their faces that I have done it just the way they wanted it, and more. Our job is to enhance their occasions, and I think we do that very well.” Customers can call the nursery at 859-5999, or visit the website at Florence


The Dancing Angel and Friends team is ready for the start of Boone County’s Relay for Life. From left, Darrin Snow of Williamstown, Gale Hopper of Florence, Brenda Snow of Williamstown and Red Morris of Hebron, a three-time cancer survivor.

Carly MacFarlane of Covington, left, is part of the St. Elizabeth Team Hospice at the Boone County Relay for Life. Stopping by the team’s tent are Susan Byrd, center, of Independence and her daughter Leigh Anne Ernst of Elsmere, a cancer survivor.

Luminaria honoring those who have fought cancer line the track at Cooper High School during Boone County’s Relay for Life celebration June 17.

David Jones of Elsmere and Kathy Brennen of Hebron bow their heads during a prayer at the start of Boone County’s Relay for Life June 17.

Boone County Relay for Life, held June 17-18 at Cooper High School, went “really well, despite the rain,” co-chair Annie Prautsch of Hebron said. “We managed to work around it.” More than $65,000 had been raised by the morning after the event, though the 2011 Relay season is still open for fundraising efforts until midAugust, she said. Relay for Life aims to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for cancer research and the American Cancer Society, according to the ACS website. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE SALMONS/STAFF

Melissa Woods, Rebecca Ralphy, Jimmy Gulla,Taylor Duncan and Nicole Duncan, all of Hebron, were part of the “Hula for a Cure” team at the Boone County Relay for Life.

Cancer survivors Emily MacFarlane, Doris Freeman, Buzzy Leming, Diana Marshall, Reese Ragan (with mom Heather in pink), Nancy Eggebeen, Terri Kittle, Peggy Dziech and Nathan Howe get ready to lead the way around the track during the Boone County Relay for Life’s survivor lap.


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Enjoying the Brad Paisley concert at Riverbend Music Center are Stephanie Condrey of Hebron, Andrew Schultz of California and Hilary Kennedy of Burlington.

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Megan Jones of Taylor Mill and Alexis Gutzeit of Lakeside Park get ready to kick off Boone County’s Relay for Life by participating in the survivor’s lap June 17.

Members of St. Elizabeth’s Team Hospice, Emily MacFarlane of Florence, Buzzy Leming of Union and Diana Marshall line up for the Boone County Relay for Life’s kickoff – the survivor lap.


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June 30, 2011



Newport Motorcycle Rally, 5 p.m.-midnight, Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Music, food, games, motorcycle show, contests and prizes. Free. Presented by City of Newport. 859-912-2509; Newport.


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



Union Celebrates America Fireworks, 10 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Fireworks begin at dark. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Union. 859-384-1511; Union.


City of Independence Day Celebration, 7 p.m., City of Independence, Music by the Mike Heile Band. Free. 859-356-2697. Independence. Union Celebrates America Parade and Fireworks, 6-10:30 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Parade on US 42 from Union Kroger to Ryle High School starting at 6 p.m. Music at Community Building begins 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at dark. Food and drinks available. Bounce attractions for children. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Union. 859-384-1511; Union.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri- State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit features stunning photos of news photographer Gordon Baer. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.

Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Rockford RiverHawks, Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Fireworks Friday. Chick-fil-A Family Nights. Fort Mitchell Adopted Army Unit Bravo Co. 2-504PIR honored. If Freedom wins on Wednesday, special prizes for fans. Reading Club Nights presented by Xavier University: Participating children win free tickets. WEBN Thirsty Thursdays: $1 beer and soda. Family Fun Saturdays: Circus Mojo, autographs, children run bases postgame and more. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence.


Coach Ken Shields Summer Camp Signups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp led by former NKU head coach. Camp held July 25-28. $125. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2

COMMUNITY DANCE Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., StepN-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-2912300; Covington.


Close To Home, 6 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With Put To Rest and Allies Aside. $12 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Steve Trevino, 8 p.m. (Ages 21 and up) and 10:30 p.m. (Ages 18 and up), Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. 859-957-2000; Newport. Friday Night Stand-Up, 8 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., With comedians Ray Price, Jay Armstrong, Zach Hale, Wayne Strickland, Tim Berenato, Jason Cornett and Rob Wilfong. Half-price appetizers and drink specials. Happy hour 68 p.m. $5. 859-363-9848; Latonia.


Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Most popular-by-demand sketches and songs. Food and drink available. $20-$30. Through July 9. 859-957-7625; Newport.

City of Independence Day Celebration, 3 p.m., City of Independence, Parade at 3 p.m. Festival begins 4 p.m. Music by Cef Michael Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Parade starts at Summit View Middle School, travels south on Madison Pike and ends at Memorial Park. Free. 859-356-2697. Independence.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri- State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.


PBR Independence Day Throwdown, 9 p.m., Southgate House, Scheduled to appear: The Pinstripes, Right Now, Newport Secret Six, Green Room Rockers, Mad Anthony, the Ladybirds, the Prohibitionists and Straw Boss. Doors open 8 p.m. $10, $8 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. Concerts and Friday Family Fun Nights Series, 7 p.m., Independence Memorial Park The Cef Michael Band., 859-3566264; Independence.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, Noon-midnight, Festival Park Newport, Free. 859-912-2509; Newport.


Independence Day Celebration Fireworks, 10 p.m., Independence Memorial Park, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway, Free. Presented by City of Independence. 859-363-2934; Independence.


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


City of Independence Fourth of July Parade, 3 p.m., Summit View Middle School, 5002 Madison Pike, Parade starts at middle school, travels south on Madison Pike and ends at Memorial Park. Free. Presented by City of Independence. 859-356-5302; Independence.


The City of Florence will hold a Fourth of July Celebration from 4-11 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Florence Government Center Campus, 8100 Ewing Blvd. in Florence. There will be rides and games, demonstrations, food booths, a kidzone, live music, a car cruise, patriotic salute and fireworks. The Car Cruise will be at 4 p.m. The Patriotic Salute will be at 6 p.m. and fireworks will start at 10 p.m. For more information, visit Pictured is Sloan Ethan McMillin of Walton and his sister Saebree sharing a funnel cake at a previous Florence Fourth of July celebration. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 3

Steve Trevino, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.

DINING EVENTS Picnic with the Soldiers, 4-9:30 p.m., General Ormsby Mitchel Park, 261 Grandview Drive, Bring dish. With Fort Mitchell’s adopted soldiers. Games, food, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, cornhole and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Fort Mitchell/Beechwood Adopt-A-Unit. 859-8031857. Fort Mitchell.




Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 859-9577625; Newport.



PBR Independence Day Throwdown, 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Scheduled to appear: Junior Brown, Chris Scruggs, Straw Boss, Punkin Holler Boys and the Tillers. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 advance. Presented by WNKU. 859-4312201; Newport.

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Open Play Paintball, 3-5 p.m., Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Golf Range Clubhouse to pay and for orientation. Includes Field Rental, Unlimited CO2 and 500 Paintballs and Refs and two free additional hours of open play, which is normally 3-5 p.m. All paintballs must be purchased from Xtreme Paintball at Town & Country. Field paint only. Ages 10 and up. Ages 17 and under must bring a waiver signed by a parent prior to play. $25, $12 500 additional paintballs, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859-442-5800; Wilder.


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


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513921-1922. Lakeside Park.


Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Explore the streets where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their fortunes and their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. $15. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-491-8000; Newport.

Newport Motorcycle Rally, Noon-midnight, Festival Park Newport, Free. 859-912-2509; Newport. Bluegrass Brick Jamboree, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Floral Building. Ultimate LEGO event. Display of many LEGO creations. Kids building area. Free parking. $8, $5 ages 5-15, free ages 4 and under. Presented by Ohio Kentucky Indiana Lego Users Group. 513283-0175; Burlington.


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


Belleview Baptist Church’s Independence Day Parade and Patriotic Service, 10:30-11 a.m., Belleview Baptist Church, 6658 fifth St., Participants gather in parking lot 10-10:30 a.m. Boone County Honor Guard will lead parade to the Veteran’s Memorial at Belleview Cemetery for service. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks served under church shelter at noon. Free. 859-5867809; Burlington.


Coach Ken Shields Summer Camp Signups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. Registration required. 859-3727754. Union. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 4


More Fourth of July activities

• The City of Union will hold Union Celebrates America on Friday, July 1. The parade will start at 6 p.m. and travel from behind Kroger along Braxton Drive and U.S. 42 to Ryle High School. Following the parade at 6:30 p.m., the celebration will continue with music, food and beverages, and bounce attractions at the Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road. Fireworks start at dark. Visitors should bring seating. For more information, call 859-384-1511 or visit • Belleview Baptist Church will have an Independence Day parade at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3. Parade line up starts at 10 a.m. at the church, 6658 Fifth St. in Burlington. The parade will end at the Veteran’s Memorial at Belleview Cemetery, for a service at 11 a.m. A picnic with hot dogs, drinks and snacks will follow at the church shelter at noon. For more information, call 859-586-7809 or visit


Teen Advisory Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Help plan programs, recommend books and materials and earn volunteer hours. Includes pizza. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

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LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS Teen Romance Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Share what you think and what you’re reading. Teens. Registration required. 859-3422665. Union.


Bingo, 12:20 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., All collected money goes to the winning players. $1 for two cards. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611. Walton. W E D N E S D A Y, J U L Y 6

ON STAGE - THEATER Pseudonym, 8 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, 101 Fine Arts Center, Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. New musical revue, directed by Roderick Justice, is fast, fun and powerful! The characters find themselves hiding behind their PSEUDONYMS in a musical that is definitely not what it may seem. Dinner is included in ticket price. $30. Reservations required. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. 859572-5464; Highland Heights. SENIOR CITIZENS

Art Social, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Bring your own supplies. Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournaments, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, $3 cover charge, ten cents every euchre. 859485-7611; Walton.


Magic the Gathering, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Meet local players or learn how to get started. Bring own deck. No trading. English cards only. Ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Registration required.859-342-2665. Burlington.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Special Olympics Celebrity Softball, Champion Window Field, Followed by Joe Walter Celebrity Softball game. Post-game Blessid Union of Souls perform. Thirsty Thursday. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-5944487; Florence.


NKY Lunch Buddies: Living with MS Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 6835 Houston Road, For multiple sclerosis clients, family, friends and other interested individuals. Family friendly. 859817-9144. Florence.

Park Hills Fourth of July Festival, 2-7 p.m., St. Joseph Heights, 1601 Dixie Highway, Silent auction, bingo, raffles, magic show, face painting and SunRock Farm petting. Music by the Lee Roessler Band. Games for children and adults. Benefits Notre Dame Urban Education Center. Free. 859-3928229; Park Hills. Independence Day at Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Free admission to all retired members of the military. A stateof-the-art 60,000-square foot museum of the Bible. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 5

EXERCISE CLASSES Zumba, 5:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latin-inspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. 859-342-2665; Union. HEALTH / WELLNESS FILE PHOTO

Coney Island hosts its annual Balloon Glow at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3. There will be live music starting at 6:30 p.m., entertainment and as many as 15 glowing hot air balloons. A Rozzi Famous Fireworks display will be at 10 p.m. Parking: $10, $7 after 2 p.m. Call 513-232-8230 or visit Pictured is a balloon from Dan Keith of Touch the Clouds balloons at last year’s Balloon Glow.

NKU Celiac Support Group, 7-8 p.m., St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, Lower level conference room. For anyone including family and friends of those who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance. 859-653-5595; Florence.


Behringer-Crawford Museum will have a special opening for the exhibit “Cincinnati Meets the Beatles 1964 & 1966” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the museum, 1600 Montague Road in Devou Park, Covington. The opening will feature a concert by Beatles tribute band Eight Days A Week with MC Dusty Rhodes, the WSAI announcer who chronicled the two original visits by the Beatles to Cincinnati in 1964 and 1966. The exhibit will run July 1 through Oct. 9. Visitors who can identify themselves in concert images will receive a free museum membership and other prizes. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7; $6 for seniors; and $4 for children ages 3-17. Parking is free. For more information, visit, email, or call 859-491-4003.

June 30, 2011

Finding inspiration from Father Lou Union resident Billy Glisson found out about Community Recorder columnist Father Lou Guntzelman’s death when he inquired where he might see Father Lou preach. Thank you so much for emailing me back in regards to Father Lou. I’m so grateful that you took the time to email me about his passing. At first I was very excited I even received a response. I first observed the email on my smartphone and was very excited someone, or even Father, took the time to respond to me. Then at a stoplight I opened up the email and read your message. It was like receiving news that a family member had just passed suddenly. Very odd for me to react this way, I’m usually the tough one of the group. I hope somehow Father knows how he affected and influenced myself and the beginnings of interest of my wife! Which I will tell you that is a tough nut to crack! I don’t know if our story is worth printing, here goes. We moved here a almost two years ago from out west due to a job promotion and transfer. My wife had never left her home area her first 35 years of her life, and then after 18 years

of the staff. Father Lou’s ability to capture the essence of life from a faith perspective, as well as real life events and feelings, are like those I have only experienced from three priests that this lifelong Catholic has come across. His challenge was not only to be Catholic but to be Christian and human at the same time. He gave you a perspective I’m sure enticed anyone who was reading his words to stop and reflect, then think how can they apply to their life. We must not think that his work is lost now. We must take what he has taught us and continue with his mission of teaching us how to have a strong and unwavering faith in God and ourselves, even with all of our faults. I can only hope you will continue his articles as all of the major newspapers have with Charles Schultz and the “Peanuts” comic strip. To allow us to enjoy and bring us down slowly from his words that only now can be lived through the flock of sheep he oversaw. I will say a prayer tonight for Father Lou and you for allowing us to enjoy his articles. Thank you again very much.

being married to me my job takes her 2,000 miles away from all of her family. One can only imagine the adjustment, strain and test of faith that one goes through during this period. I grew up in Michigan, coming back this way was exciting in a sense. We receive the Florence Recorder and I began to read it to get acquainted with the local activities, which at times seemed like fruitless activity due to the challenges as a family we were going through in the beginning. Then I began to read Father’s articles. Of course at first I just thought, “Oh, what does this Catholic priest have to say about life?” I was very pleasantly surprised of his articles. I began to leave them out in the open for the wife to read, then I found myself cutting them out and saving them. Then I cut out his article about fear at the Olympics and took it into work, and used it as a intro as how we can as people be better at life as well at work. Over the past year and half I have done this three to four times, and the response from the team members I’m responsible for has been so positive towards the morale

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June 30, 2011

Cream puffs – they’re not just for dessert anymore Several times a year, Deacon Jim Hennessey and I teach classes at our church, Holy Trinity in Batavia, to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul S o c i e t y, w h i c h helps folks in need. O u r Rita s u m m e r Heikenfeld c l a s s focused on Rita’s kitchen main dish salads and fun summer desserts. Elaine, Jim’s wife, made cream puffs for dessert. Lots of people think cream puffs are hard to make, but they just take a little patience and are so versatile. Fillings can be sweet, or savory. Here’s my recipe, which is similar to Elaine’s. Cream puffs are back in culinary fashion now (in my world they never went out!).

Cream puffs

This is the same dough you use for éclairs and also cream puff rings. The dough

is called pâte à choux. Cream puffs freeze well after baking, unfilled. 1 cup water 1 stick unsalted butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup all purpose flour 4 large eggs, room temperature Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place water, butter and salt in saucepan. Bring to boil. When butter has melted, turn heat to low and immediately pour in flour and beat thoroughly until mixture leaves sides of pan clean and leaves a film on bottom. Mixture will form a stiff ball. Remove from heat and add unbeaten eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each is added. This will form the leavening that “puffs” up the puffs in the oven. Pipe or drop from teaspoon or tablespoon depending on size desired. Bake for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 325 and bake another 10 to 15 minutes. Puffs will be golden. After cooling, split and, if

necessary, hollow out bottom. Fill as desired. Elaine filled hers with pudding mixed with whipped cream. Makes 24 to 36.

Rita’s mocha mousse filling

Oh, this is good spooned right out of the bowl. Great in crepes, too. Or layered with whipped cream and fresh fruit in balloon wine glasses. Adapted from a KitchenAid recipe. 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon instant coffee (opt.) 11⁄2 cups whipping cream 3 ⁄4 cup powdered sugar or more to taste 1 ⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Put vanilla, coffee and cream in mixer. Blend. Add sugar and cocoa and blend. Whip on high until stiff. Can be made a day ahead and kept covered, in refrigerator.

Elaine’s ganache

Oh my, this was decadent.

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deli beef and add a garnish of more herb cheese. These are open faced, with no top. Or fill with finely chopped chicken or tuna salad.


Ice cream topped with Elaine Hennessey’s chocolate ganache.

3 tablespoons light corn syrup 12 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped if necessary 3 ⁄4 whipping cream 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla In saucepan, combine corn syrup and cream. Bring to simmer and add chocolate. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Keeps for at least a week in fridge or frozen for a couple months.

Savory filling

Smear a bit of herb cheese mixed with horseradish (optional) in bottom of puff. Add thinly sliced

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Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroeder addresses the Florence Rotary Club. by judges based on precedent, that is, through previous decisions of courts rather than through legislative action. Schroder gave as an example a new restaurant’s application for a liquor license. There was a law on the books that no new license would be granted to any establishment within 700 feet of an existing liquor license holder. That seemed clear enough until two views on how to measure the distance arose. One view measured from property line to property line. The second measured from building to building. The court used common law to interpret. Its decision was to use the

shortest, safest distance from entrance to entrance. Because of a heavily traveled highway between the two establishments, pedestrians and drivers had to go farther than 700 feet to get safely from one location to the other. The second license was granted. One final aspect of law discussed was judicial independence. Schroder said that judicial independence does not mean that judges are free to make any decision. What it means is that judges should be free from interference or influence by politicians or political parties when interpreting laws. Because the rule of law is to be upheld and because


common law is based on common sense, we should want our judges to have more than the bare minimum qualifications and experience. At election time we should vote accordingly. For information about the weekly meetings, guest speakers, and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Greg Palmer, president, at or 859-282-1220. Visit the group’s website at www.florencekyrotary. org. Florence Rotary meets weekly at noon Mondays at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. This article was submitted by Chuck Seal.

Troop prayer service

A non-denominational prayer service for men and women serving overseas will be 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, in the Trucker’s Chapel at Travel Centers of America, 7777 Burlington Pike in Florence. Service is held the first Thursday of every month to pray for people from Greater Cincinnati stationed overseas. For more information or to add a

name to the prayer list, call Bobby Vallandingham at 859-462-4652 or email

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Justice gives tutorial on law The Honorable Wil Schroder, Supreme Court Justice of the Kentucky Sixth Supreme Court District, presented a short tutorial on the rule of law and common law to the Florence Rotary Club members at a recent meeting. Schroder began by saying he hoped that the tutorial would show how experience and training of judges does matter. Judges are guardians of the law. The General Assembly makes the laws. The judges interpret or explain those laws. The rule of law is the moral basis for all law. It is a code of conduct that we follow. It says that the law should be fair to all. Historically it has meant no one, not a king, not a president, not a dictator is above the law. This is where the judicial branch of government steps in. The role of the judge is to seek justice and be fair, to be a guardian. We have our Constitution, our laws and thousands of codes we have to follow. Even though lawmakers try to be very specific, many situations arise that are unclear. This is where common law comes into play. Common law is law interpreted

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Johnson McElroy Post No. 277 is celebrating the holiday weekend on Saturday, July 2, at the post on High Street. So, make plans to spend an enjoyable evening with music by a disc jockey and karaoke. Food and drinks will be available. This all begins at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. Our condolences to the family of James Layne of Erlanger. Mr. Layne had been the Walton Verona Band Director for many years. He was 72 years old. Services were at Allison and Rose Funeral Home on Sunday. Mr.

Layne is survived by his daughter and family. We are sorry to report that Flora Ryan passed away on Saturday. Flora was a lifelong resident of WalWalton ton. Services were on News Tuesday and WednesRuth day. Flora is survived Meadows by her children, Margaret Green of Covington, Lou Ellen Alexander of Walton, Harry of Walton and Tom of Verona and their families.

Judy Denny is a patient at St. Elizabeth, Edgewood. Congratulations to Angel Glenn and Darin Weaver in the birth of their son, Logan Michael on Sunday. Grandparents are Mike and Sandy Glenn of Florence. If you would like to learn the art of soap making from goat’s milk, glycerin and hemp bases with your choice of scent, register at or call 342-2665 soon. Class will be 7 p.m. July 12. Ruth Meadows (391-7282) writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her with Walton neighborhood news items.

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Union couple Hermann and Maria Hoppe will both be celebrating their 85th birthdays this year, although Hermann still claims he’s only 39. They emigrated to the U.S. from Europe in 1952, arriving on Ellis Island. The couple met in New Jersey, married in Chicago in 1953, and moved to Union in 1993 to be near their daughter and son-in-law. Hermann still works part time at a local nursery and takes pride in his flower garden, while Maria enjoys crocheting blankets for her expanding circle of friends and relatives. Hermann and Maria will celebrate with their loving family, which includes four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and friends on July 9.


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Victim assaulted by known subject at 3400 block of Queensway Dr., May 2.


Residence broken into and items taken at 6584 Market St., May 11. Restaurant broken into and items taken at 7842 River Rd., May 12. Residence broken into and items taken at 6262 Johnstone Ct., March 31. Residence broken into and items taken at 7459 McVille Rd., May 6. Residence broken into and items taken at 730 Brittany Trl., May 9. Burglary, second degree at 76 Miriam Dr., May 26. Burglary, third degree at 71 Miriam Dr., May 25. Household goods stolen at 205 Orchard Dr. E., Apt. 205, May 25. Electronics stolen at 1895 Palladian Dr., May 24.

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Victim’s credit card stolen and used multiple times at 605 Mustang Dr., May 11. Victim’s credit card stolen and used multiple times at 2936 Temperate St., May 12.

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Victim threatened with violence by subject at 156 Furlong Way, May 15.


Items stolen from Kroger at 1751 Patrick Dr., May 15. Property stolen from vehicle at 2100 Downey Dr., May 15. Money stolen from residence at 5052 Flintlock Dr., May 15. Equipment stolen at 737 Petersburg Rd., May 11. Equipment stolen at 10945 Dixie Hwy., May 11. Money stolen from vehicle at 2081 Treetop Ln., May 11. Property stolen from vehicle at 3380 Beaver Rd., May 11. Items taken from residence at 10233 Hempsteade Dr., May 12. Victim’s identity stolen at 1645 Grandview Dr., May 11. Subject wrote a fraudulent check at 7039 Glen Arbor Dr., May 2. Items taken from business at 7670 Industrial Rd., May 6. Items taken from residence at 7683 Big Cedar Ct., May 5. Items taken from residence at 1784 Clearbrook Dr., May 6. Money stolen from business at 8577 Dixie Hwy., May 8. Money stolen from residence at 3339 Mineola Pk., May 8. Items stolen from business at Mall Rd., May 8. Items stolen from vehicle at Remy Ln., May 8. Items stolen from residence at 10454 Michael Dr., May 9. Items taken from residence at 23 Kuchle Dr., May 9. Items stolen from residence at





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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 647-5420. Ridgedale Dr., May 9. Items taken from residence at 10474 Remy Ln., May 9. Equipment stolen at 1495 Production Dr., May 9. Bicycles stolen at 6712 Dixie Hwy., May 25. Heavy construction/industrial equipment stolen at 6741 Parkland Place E., May 25. Items stolen at 5000 Houston Rd., May 27. Merchandise stolen at 7625 Doering Dr,, May 27. Items stolen at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 27. Merchandise stolen at 7625 Doering Dr,, May 27. Clothes stolen at 5000 Mall Circle Rd., May 27. Recreational/sports equipment stolen at 7625 Doering Dr,, May 26. Merchandise stolen at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 25. Clothes stolen at 7625 Doering Dr,, May 25. Clothes stolen at 7629 Mall Rd., May 25. Clothes stolen at 7713 Mall Rd., May 25.

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The Ben-Gals invite you to participate in their Cheer and Dance Camp. The camp will focus on technique, choreography and general fitness. You will also learn sideline cheers and new warmup and stretching exercises. Get a camp Tshirt and more, including a public performance at Florence Freedom Ball Park. This fun-filled event is open to all girls ages 5-15 and will be held July 5-8 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday: Dance Camp & Fun; Oak Hills High School/Football Field, 3200 Ebenezer Road. Thursday: Florence Freedom Ball Park appearance with Ben-Gals performing their “Camp Dance” during the Special Olympics

Celebrity Softball Game. Friday: Camp Party at Oak Hills High School. Food, fun, games, giveaways and prizes. The week costs $65. For registration form, go to Click on Cheerleaders and then Summer Camp. Be sure to also check out the info about the Junior Ben-Gals program on the Cheerleader section of the Bengals website.

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The Sons of the American Revolution, Simon Kenton Chapter, held a special meeting in Devou Park on June 18 to celebrate Flag Day. A main purpose of this meeting was to properly dispose of non-serviceable flags with honor and dignity. A dozen flags, accompanied by the chapter’s Color Guard, were presented and inspected and determined non-serviceable. These flags were saluted by a salvo of the Color Guard muskets and then prepared for a complete and total

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James D. Anglin, 46, DUI at Dixie Hwy. and Frogtown Rd., May 15. David M. Anglin, 52, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Dixie Hwy. and Frogtown Rd., May 15. Anthony E. Hess, 21, possession of marijuana at Anderson Ferry Rd., May 15. Samantha R. Mccomas, 32, giving an officer a false name or address, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Frontage Rd., May 11. Daniel F. Wilson, 34, operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license at Dixie Hwy. and First St., May 11. Jeremiah J. Clark, 23, resisting arrest, second-degree fleeing/evading police at 10975 Dixie Hwy., May 12. Jason S. Turner, 30, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Jonathan Dr. and Conner Rd., May 12. Stephanie C. Dewberry, 38, firstdegree wanton endangerment, second degree criminal mischief at Beeson Dr. and Dixie Hwy., May 8. Krystal L. Mclemore, 28, theft at 3339 Mineola Pk., May 8. Michelle A. Obanion, 37, theft-shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 27. Timothy A. Sawyers Jr., 25, theft-shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 27. Amy M. Sawyers, 25, theft-shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 27. Cheryl A. Kelley, 44, theft-shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 27. Ashley C. Obanion, 18, failure to wear seat belt, operating on suspended or revoked license at West U.S. 42 , May 27. Kakarlapudi Sudarsanam, 58, theftshoplifting at 5000 Mall Circle Rd., May 27. James T. Neal Jr., 54, DUI, careless driving at Dream Street and U.S. 42, May 27. Jason M. Price, 27, execution of bench warrant for flagrant nonsupport at Fair Court, May 26. Taita L. Landers, 32, execution of warrant for theft-shoplifting at Dixie Hwy., May 27. Shanon D. Moore, 36, execution of warrant for resisting arrest at 103 Center St., May 26. Amanda R. Johnson, 29, execution of warrant for theft-shoplifting at Southbound Interstate 75, May 26. Samantha J. Keeton, 19, theft-

Dr., May 11. Property vandalized at Belleview Rd., May 3. Property vandalized at Bearcat Dr., May 9. Business vandalized at 2300 Litton Ln., May 9. Property vandalized at 14578 S. Fork Church Rd., May 9. Automobile destroyed/vandalized at 4990 Houston Rd., May 27. Structure destroyed/vandalized at Charleston Ct., May 24.




shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 26. Michael E. Crowder, 37, execution of bench warrant for probation violation at 7915 U.S. 42, May 26. Amberly Welch-Bishop, 25, theftshoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 25. Amanda Williams, 20, theft-shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., May 25. Travis N. Renaker, 24, theft-shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 25. Tiffany M. Ryles, 24, theft-shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 25. Susan A. Stacy, 28, execution of warrant for violation not stated at 6071 Montrose Ave., May 25. Elizabeth L. Hahn, 28, theft-shoplifting at Mall Road, May 25. Joshua D. Noel, 19, execution of warrant for no operators-moped license at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 24. Joshua D. Noel, 19, execution of warrant for no operators-moped license at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 24. Joshua D. Noel, 19, execution of warrant for no operators-moped license at 6920 Burlington Pike, May 24. Robert A. Smith, 34, execution of warrant for possession of marijuana at Houston Rd., May 24.





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Volunteer skills to help community The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps provides citizens of both medical and non-medical backgrounds with a way to respond to events such as vaccination campaigns and other public health emergencies. Anyone interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps is invited to attend an orientation session 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. A light breakfast will be provided.

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Olpha Laverne Collins, 79, of Union, died June 18, 2011. Her son, Arvil Ray Collins, and a special brother, Charles Amburgey, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Brenda Puckett and Tonia Slone; former husband, Raymond Collins; sisters, Dana Richardson and Donna Roe; special brothers and sisters, Lou Slone, Ann Cornett, Betty Sue Craft, Veda Craft, Lottie Jean Amburgey, Benjamin Amburgey, K. Amburgey and Alan Amburgey; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Union Rice Cemetery, Union.

Wally Gross, 56, of Bellevue, died June 22, 2011, in Bellevue. He was a disabled U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his parents, Harlen Gross Sr. and Thelma Jean Gross of California; brothers, Ronnie Gross of Las Vegas, Nev., and Harlen Gross Jr. of Florence; and sisters, Marilyn Pauley of Peoria, Ariz., and Theresa Pauley of Dayton. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Disabled America Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.

Larry W. Compton

Juanita B. Greenwell Huff, 89, of Florence, formerly of Palmetto, Fla., died June 19, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a supervisor at R.L. Polk & Company, a member of Palmetto First Baptist Church of Florida and Bethesda Community Church of Independence. She was active in church ministries, helping with VBS, going on home visits to shut-ins and making hand-stitched baby quilts. Her husband, Charles B. Huff; a daughter, Karen Overstreet; two brothers; and three sisters, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Judy Freimuth of Florence; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and best friend, Clairene Hampton of Florence. Interment was at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, Fla. Memorials: Bethesda Community Church, 989 E. Mt. Zion Road, Independence, KY, 41051.

Larry W. Compton, 64, of Burlington, died June 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a maintenance mechanic for Procter & Gamble and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a passionate antique clock collector, enjoyed cooking, and was a member of N.R.A and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Survivors include his daughter, Dianne Evans of Burlington; father, Eddie Glenn Compton Sr. of Covington; brothers, Eddie “Butch” Compton Jr. of Covington and Jimmy Compton of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Jeanne Koopman of Union; two grandchildren; and sweetheart, Pam Compton of Lawrenceburg. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, 5716 Corsa Ave., Suite 203, Westlake Village, CA 91362.

James Joseph Dietz

James Joseph Dietz, 64, of Florence, died June 22, 2011, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Dietz; daughters, Christine Dietz, Heather Cram and Elizabeth “Vikki” Carson; sons, Joey Dietz, Jerry Dietz, John Dietz and James Dietz; and sister, Sharon Dietz. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Immanuel Baptist Church Pleasant Valley.

Juanita Greenwell Huff

James David Layne

James David Layne, 72, of Florence, died June 17, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired school teacher and band director for Walton Verona and Gallatin County high schools. He composed the fight song for Walton Verona High School and sold real estate. His sister, Bonnie Benson, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Lynnetta K. Layne of Elsmere; sonin-law, Kevin Ballinger of Elsmere; brother, William Layne of Lansing, Mich.; and one grandchild.

Jerry Poffenberger

Jerry Landis Poffenberger, 75, of Florence, died June 24, 2011, at his residence. He worked as a horse trainer and claims adjuster. A son, Gerard L. Poffenberger, and a brother, Earl D. Poffenberger, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Karen Schreiber Poffenberger; son, Frederick J. Poffenberger; daughter, Patsy Poffenberger Lett; brothers, John D. and Clifford Poffenberger; and one grandchild. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Flora Mae ‘Littley’ Ryan

Flora Mae “Littley” Ryan, 83, of Walton, died June 25, 2011, at Grant Manor. She was a homemaker, attended Walton Senior Citizens events, and was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 277 and Prime-timers Club. Her husband, William Thomas Ryan, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Margaret Green of Latonia and Lou Ellen Alexander of Walton; sons, Tom Ryan of Verona, Harry Ryan of Walton and James Ryan of Erlanger; sister, June Acra of Edwardsville, Ill.; brothers, James Howard of California and Ross Howard of Benton, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Verona. Memorials: Walton Good Guys Club.

Eileen Shook

Eileen Shook, 82, of Erlanger, died June 24, 2011. She was a former sales clerk for McAlpin’s department store. Her husband, Robert Lee Shook, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Eovaldi of Crestview Hills; son, David Shook of Villa Hills; sister, Marlene Jones of Lakeside Park; and grandchildren, Gillian Dilts of Villa Hills, Megan McElheney of Erlanger, Julianne Brown of Union, Jacob Shook of Florence and Victoria Shook of Villa Hills; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.


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Raymond E. Spears

Raymond E. Spears, 78, of Verona, died June 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He was a retired vacuum specialist for Hoover Vacuums, a former cigarette stamper for McLane Trucking and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a former member of the Ludlow Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, cars and baseball. His wife, Virginia Alice Wilson Spears, and stepson, Scotty Vaught, died previously. Survivors include his son, Carlos Spears of Verona; daughter, Leisa Mulcahy of Verona; stepdaughter, Shirley Ann Vaught of Versailles; brothers, Banlow Spears Jr. of Florence and Wendell Spears of Somerset; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Lexington.

Ann C. Tucker

Ann C. Tucker, 77, of Florence, died June 24, 2011, at her home. Survivors include her sons, Don Tucker and Barry Tucker, both of Florence; daughters, Debbie Hamilton of Evanston, Ind., Diana West of Burlington and Paula Burden of Walton; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Timothy Whyte

Timothy B. “Tim” Whyte, 29, of Hebron, died June 22, 2011, at his father- and mother-in-law’s residence. Survivors include his wife, Lisa; son, Blaise; father and mother, Bryce and Hanya Whyte of Atlanta, Ga.; stepmother, Kathy Whyte of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Jeremy Whyte of Atlanta, Ga.; father- and mother-in-law, Dennis and Angela Boh of Hebron; sister-inlaw, Stephanie Zumdick of St. Louis, Mo.; and brothers-in-law, Jack, Douglas and Aaron Boh, all of Hebron. Burial was at St. Johns Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Blaise Whyte Fund c/o Bank of Kentucky or the charity of donor’s choice.


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