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Sportsmen of the Year announced

What do Adam Sunderhaus of Boone County High School and Gabby Gonzales of Ryle High School have in common? They’re winners of the 2010 Sportsmen of the Year for Boone County conducted by the Recorder newspapers. Athletes were nominated by readers and then put up for an online poll with reader voting determining the winner. – SPORTS, PAGE A7

Gab to grab a $100 Kroger gift card

In honor of 4th of July, is giving away a $100 Kroger gift card. All you have to do is join the Gab N Grab and post as often as you like to be entered to win. Contest begins Monday, June 28, and ends Monday, July 5. Go to and click on “Gab to Grab.”

An evening with Sting & Philharmonic

CincinnatiMomsLikeMe is giving away tickets to An Evening with Sting featuring The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. To enter the contest, visit and click on the Contests tab. Two winners will be randomly selected to receive a pair of tickets to see Sting at PNC Riverbend Pavilion at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 14. Go to http://cincinnati.moms Search.aspx

Families gain hope at Hope Ministries

For 15 years Hope Ministries in Florence has been an oasis of help for people who have nowhere else to turn. This year, the outreach program has seen its clientele increase by about 200 families. – LIFE, PAGE B1

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Cajun eatery coming to Mall Road

By Justin B. Duke

Gumbo, jambalaya and creole are making their way to Mall Road. J. Gumbo’s, a quick-serve Cajun restaurant, is opening July 6 at 7651 Mall Road, in the old Florence Y’all Gyros and Wings building. J. Gumbo’s offers higher quality than fast food, faster than a traditional sit-down restaurant, said owner Sara Braun. “We offer all the traditional Cajun fare,” Braun said. This will be the first franchise of the chain in Northern Kentucky, with the closest location in downtown Cincinnati. Along with Cajun food, the Florence J. Gumbo’s will offer a selection of beers and free Wi-Fi. This is the first restaurant for Braun and her business partner Blaise Prost. “We’re experienced in business, but not this one,” Braun said. Braun is coming from the renovation and construction industry, which the recession has hit hard. As construction business slowed, it was time to find a new industry to move into, Braun said.

Sara Braun, left, and Blaise Prost are opening Northern Kentucky’s first J. Gumbo’s on Mall Road. Braun wanted to open a J. Gumbo’s after helping a friend open a location in Gahanna, Ohio. After looking for a place to open, the 1,800-square-foot building was a good fit, she said.

“The drive-thru made it a big plus,” Braun said. The location will seat 50. Mayor Diane Whalen helped make moving into the city a smooth process, Braun said.


“We love Florence,” she said. J. Gumbo’s is set for a soft opening July 6, but a formal grand opening is scheduled for July 31. J. Gumbo’s will employ between 10 and 12.

Altiora Coffee brews a following

By Patricia A. Scheyer

Community Recorder Contributor

Residents of Boone County now have a new place to visit for their morning cup of coffee, as the Altiora Coffee Cafe, on Route 18 near Boone County High School opened its doors this month. The grand opening on June 24 featured free iced coffee and drip coffee all day long, both in the drive-through and in the store itself. “This store has a drivethrough, so people don’t even have to get out of their car, a convenience when you’re running late,” said Mayo Howlett, owner of Altiora Coffee. “Our mission is in our name, Altiora. In Latin, it means to strive higher, which is our goal every day,” Howlett said. The 1,400-square-foot store is decorated in modern Italian and has open ceilings and starburst chandeliers. “We have put a lot of thought in the aesthetics of the café so people feel welcome and comfortable while they enjoy their drinks and freshly prepared lunches,” Howlett said. “We also have free Wi-Fi for our customers.” Howlett has another location in Taylor Mill, but when he wrote his business plan always had in mind to open a store in Florence. He has added food items to the menu, and


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Mayo Howlett, owner of the Altiora Coffee Cafe, cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of the store on June 24. Also pictured are ambassadors from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Florence Mayor Diane Whalen, Heather Howlett, Jim Pulsfort from First Security Trust Bank and Josh Wice of the city of Florence. emphasizes that their food is made fresh and is never frozen. “We make our own muffins, scones and cookies, as well as our hot ham, egg and bacon sandwiches,” he said. “We are more than just a café – we make our own soup, Panini sandwiches and we have Italian ice cream. To see our menu, you can go to” The café seats 26 on the inside, and an additional six outside. Coffee is one of their specialties, and

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they use 100 percent Arabica coffee. Some of the favorites of customers include Chunky Monkey, a concoction of milk chocolate, bananas, and nuts, and Jazzy Joey, which has a cinnamon and Jamaican dark rum flavor. For those who need an extra caffeine kick, they can go for Cowboy Crunk, or Rock Star. “Altiora Coffee is another welcome addition to the city of Florence,” said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. “There are so many choic-

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es when it comes to deciding where to locate a business, and we are pleased that Mr. Howlett picked Florence to open his second store. “When you enter into any market, it is important to get the word out, and to provide a quality product and experience to your customers. I believe that when you stop at Altiora Coffee, you won’t be disappointed. We wish them success as they introduce our community to their coffee and café.”


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Fireworks laws not easy to enforce By Justin B. Duke

Independence Day is a difficult day for law enforcement. Easy access to outlawed fireworks makes enforcing laws difficult, said Capt. John McDermond of the Florence Police Department. “It’s just a tradition in this country, and it’s impossible to respond to every call,” McDermond said. Kentucky has bans on many types of fireworks. “They simplest way to put it is anything that flies through the air or explodes (is) illegal in Kentucky,” McDermond said. To stay legal, McDermond recommends purchasing fireworks from reputable retailers. The trouble for enforcing firework laws comes because many fireworks

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“They simplest way to put it is anything that flies through the air or explodes (is) illegal in Kentucky.”

Capt. John McDermond Florence Police Department

that are illegal in Kentucky aren’t illegal in Indiana, and a quick trip to Lawrenceburg is all that’s needed to find outlawed fireworks. Stopping residents from bringing illegal fireworks across state lines just isn’t possible, so it is up to individual communities to decide how they are going to handle it, McDermond said. “We’re pretty lenient until midnight and then we start cracking down,” he said. Letting fireworks go during the evening is a concession police have to make because there’s no way to

keep up, but after midnight, it becomes a noise issue that’s easier to control, McDermond said. Regardless of when fireworks are let off, safety should always be a concern, even when letting off “harmless” fireworks, William Swope Jr., Kentucky’s state fire marshal, said in a statement. “People consider sparklers to be harmless, but they’re not,” Swope noted. “They burn extremely hot – 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit – and they can ignite clothing.” Swope released a series of dos and don’ts for fire-

• Buy from a reliable seller. • Read and observe the label directions. • Keep water handy – either a bucket or hose. • Have adult supervision at all times. • Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and throwing them in a trash can.


• Re-light a “dud” firework. • Give fireworks, including sparklers, to small children. • Throw or point fireworks at anyone. • Use fireworks close to dry vegetation, structure or any other material that could ignite • Shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

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Landen Slaven, 3, of Florence is excited to be riding a real pony at the Mary Queen of Heaven festival Saturday.

Churches plan July 4 programs Community Recorder Two Boone County churches will be doing something special on Independence Day this year. Belleview Baptist Church, 6658 Fifth St., Belleview, has a parade from the church to the veterans memorial in Belleview

Learn about heart healthy eating with a registered nurse from the St. Elizabeth Women’s Heart Center. Group sessions are offered weekly on Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m. St. Elizabeth Women’s Heart Center 210 Thomas More Pkwy., Crestview Hills, KY Fee: $10 per participant During this session we will review normal values for cholesterol, blood sugar, and AIC and “Know Your Numbers”. Additionally, you will learn about food choices supporting reduced sodium, complex carbohydrates, cholesterol lowering selections, and

Every Thursday in August, classes will also be offered from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Covington.

Cemetery. There is a service at the cemetery recognizing veterans and active military. For more information, call 859-586-7809. Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, 642 Mount Zion Road, Florence has a patriotic musical at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 4.

Union, Boone celebrate America Community Recorder An Independence Day celebration is Friday, July 2, at the Union Community Building on Old Union Road. “Union Celebrates America” starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Live music is part of the celebration. The Appalachian Troubadours play at 6:30 p.m. The 113th Army Band, also called the Dragoons, perform at 8:30 p.m. The Army band is from Fort Knox.

The city of Union is doing the event in partnership with Boone County Parks. Boone/Gallatin Circuit Court Judge Anthony Frohlich and other local authors will be signing books. The Boone County Historical Society will be in attendance too. Sponsors and the city are providing the fireworks. Old Union Road will be closed 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, between U.S. 42 and Mount Zion Road.

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Vote on smoking ban could occur this summer By Regan Coomer,

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and Chris Mayhew

Rumors are flying about a July or August vote on a smoking ban in public places in Northern Kentucky fiscal courts. While most officials do not know when the vote will take place, county activists believe the vote is approaching, and fast. “I am told that this is an issue that will come up in the near future,” said Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin, the one vote against the ban in Campbell county. “And I am told that the expectation is to have something passed by the end of August.” Campbell County Judge-

executive Steve Pendery said it was only in June that he and representatives from other counties asked the board of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department if they would be willing to play a part in enforcing a law. “They’ll be a while thinking about that, I don’t know how long it will take them,” Pendery said of the health department. Pendery did say that it’s possible, but not likely, that a ban could get passed before the end of August. However, at the fiscal court meeting June 22, Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph Drees said he has no idea when a vote will take place. While Kenton County does have the votes to pass a ban, commissioners are waiting on the other two fiscal courts in Boone and Campbell counties to make

a decision before moving forward. “Everyone is kind of discussing it among themselves. I’m hopeful down the road we’ll get a yes or no and so be it,” he said. Like Drees, Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore said there is no timeline to vote on the ban. While all three county judge-executives are vague about when a ban could be passed, Northern Kentucky Choice spokesman Ken Moellman Jr. recently addressed the Kenton fiscal court, saying, “I know the ban is coming. I know it’s being worked on.” Later, Moellman said “the issue is coming up in July with the goal of it being a done deal by August.” Northern Kentucky ACTION member Cara Stewart said she also believes the fiscal courts will take a vote

in July and plans to attend as many meetings as possible to ensure she’s there when local fiscal courts vote on the ban. “It feels like we’ve built and built for five years to this summer,” she said. Of the three fiscal courts, officials in Kenton and Campbell counties have stated definitively how they plan to vote on the ban, with 3-1 in favor of the ban in both counties. However, most Boone County officials have not made a decision either way at this time. Judge-executive Moore and Commissioner Terri Moore stated they have not made decisions on how they would vote, while Commissioner Charlie Kenner stated he would not support a comprehensive smoking ban. Commissioner Cathy Flaig believes it should be up to the property

owner to decide whether or not to go non-smoking. Some officials did say a model smoking ban ordinance is being circulated to officials in all three fiscal courts. Judge-executive Moore said the model ordinance that is being circulated is fairly comprehensive to all businesses. Boone County Commissioner Terri Moore said the ordinance she has seen has very few exemptions, including ones for gentleman’s clubs and smoking outside at restaurants.

“It’s just smoke-free or not,” she said. Rechtin, a Campbell County commissioner, said he’s been told the judgeexecutives of all three counties are in agreement that it will be a comprehensive ban in all “private spaces open to the public,” but will exclude private clubs.

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On the same afternoon that a judge declined to allow her to review election records before more votes could be checked, Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig on June 23 concluded her recount quest in the May Republican primary for judge-executive. “Based upon the recount of the votes to date, it is apparent that further recounting will not change the result of the primary election for Boone County judge-executive held on May 18,” Flaig said a statement. “It is time to bring this matter to a close and I have directed my attorney to exercise the option allowed by Judge (James R.) Schrand and end the recount.” An election night total from the May 18 primary election had Flaig losing to incumbent Gary Moore by 74 votes. A total of 12,146 votes were cast in the race. A tally won’t be released because Flaig withdrew her petition. It was the first election the county had used eScan voting machines where a voter colors in a box next to a candidate’s name on a

Flaig Moore paper ballot. Schrand appointed two law students and a parttime worker in Boone Circuit Court Clerk Dianne Murray’s office to count the paper ballots. The process started at 12:30 p.m. June 10, lasted most of June 11, June 14, June 15 and June 16 and concluded at 10:30 a.m. June 18. There was no counting on June 17. The three counters were paid $20 an hour, costing Flaig $1,725.00. She is required to pay for the recount. Flaig’s attorneys wanted various election records before Flaig could decide whether to proceed with recounting votes on the eSlate machines that are primarily intended for use by voters with disabilities. Schrand conducted a hearing about the issue on June 23. Flaig had until noon June 24 to decide if she wanted to count those machines which would have increased the recount’s cost. Voting machine ven-

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the congratulations. “That means a lot,” he said. On whether she plans to endorse Moore, Flaig said “I’m a Republican. That’s my answer.” Moore could have opposition in the Nov. 2 general election. Former Democratic judge-executive Terry Roberts has filed initial paperwork to run as an independent. Moore said his campaign is prepared if Roberts chooses to go forward. Moore said he was confident his campaign will celebrate victory in November.


Florence will light up the sky a night early for Independence Day. The city will celebrate from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday. July 3, at the Florence Government Center. The day will include a car cruise-in, balloon artists, face painters, music and, of course, fireworks. During the late afternoon segment of the party, there will be a demonstration from the Florence Police K-9 unit and a martial arts demonstration. There will also be a kids tent full of interactive fun for children. The cruise-in kicks off at 4 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the top three cars. To enter call 513-3092236. Performances will be given by the Florence Community Band and Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band. Everything leads to the

dor Harp Enterprises Inc. would have been paid for that work. “I’ve ordered that the count go forward for Commissioner Flaig. If she wants to stop it, she can stop it,” Schrand said. “But I’m not going to order that we stop in the middle so things can be reviewed to determine if you want to go forward.” In an interview the next day after the court hearing, Flaig said she stopped the recount because it would been too much money. She also said she wasn’t gaining votes. Flaig had posted a $6,000 cash bond to pay for the recount. Schrand ordered the rest of the money to be returned to Flaig. Flaig’s action ended a pursuit of the judge-executive office that lasted more than a year. She officially launched her campaign on June 11, 2009. “I want to congratulate Gary Moore on winning a hard-fought race and wish him well in the general election in the fall,” Flaig said in the statement. “I also wish to thank all of the people who supported me in so many ways during the campaign and in the recount.” Moore thanked Flaig for


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Boone hires new emergency chief By Paul McKibben

The Boone County Fiscal Court on June 22 approved promoting Mark Ihrig to be director of the county’s emergency management department. Ihrig is currently a deputy director in the department. He’ll replace Dan Maher who is retiring after 20 years with the department. County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said he and Assistant County Administrator Robin Curry had a chance to meet with Ihrig. “And it’s a real luxury to


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have such capable in-house staff that really present strong credentials (and) strong experience with us,” Earlywine said. Commissioner Terri Moore thanked Maher and said it would be a pleasure to continue working with Ihrig. She said it’s a department that is well-respected throughout the state. The department’s duties include coordinating the response for any man-made emergency or natural disaster. An attorney, Ihrig is a 1994 graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Maher’s last day was June 30.

BRIEFLY Boone County H.S. schedules orientation

Boone County High School freshman orientation takes place 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Students must arrive at 8 a.m. for a morning of activities. Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff, pick up schedules, participate in different activities, eat lunch, and get aquainted with teachers and students.

PVA to inspect

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s Office will inspect properties on U.S. 42, on North Drive and on Lakeview Drive the week of July 5. Don’t be alarmed if you see staff members in these areas. They will be in a marked vehicle and have

identification available upon request. If you have questions, please contact Boone County PVA Cindy Rich at org.

St. Elizabeth unit gets top rating

The St. Elizabeth Florence skilled nursing unit has earned a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The fivestar ranking is the highest that the agency gives. Nursing homes receive ratings in five categories, including overall performance, resident satisfaction, quality of care, overall number of staff, and ratio of registered nurses to residents.


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R.A. Jones Middle School will be hosting the Jump-Start Program for all incoming sixth-grade students for the 2010-2011 school year. The purpose of the program is to aid incoming sixthgraders in the transition from the elementary school to the middle school. Students will participate in activities which will aid them to success during their middle school years. This free program provides transportation, lunch and information concerning the middle school concept. It is available either the last week of July (July 26-29) or the first week of August (Aug. 2-5). A staff/parent/student dinner will be provided on Thursday evenings of each week. To register for the program go to the school’s website at www.rajms.boone.kyschools. us; stop by the school at 8000 Spruce Drive or call 282-4610.

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Florence plant to expand

Parkway Products has announced its will expand its Florence aerospace and defense production plant. The expansion will increase production capacity by 77 percent to over 125,000 square feet. Officials said that once the expansion is completed, likely sometime in 2011, the company will gradually add about 50 jobs to the plant’s payroll. The Florence plant manufactures components for aircraft engines, composite aerostructures and defense systems. Parkway specializes in the molding of high performance polymers, thermosets, composites, polyurethane, rubber and elastomers and injectionmolded magnesium. Kentucky News Service

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Ryder spent 37 years at school

By Justin B. Duke

A pillar of Walton-Verona Elementary is moving on. First-grade teacher Donna Ryder retired after 40 years of teaching, 37 of which were at Walton-Verona Elementary. “It’s the most wonderful place to work,” Ryder said. She’s been eligible to retire for a while, and retiring sooner would

have been an easier decision had she not been at Walton-Verona, she said. When Ryder began at the school in 1973, there were no interior walls because an open school was the popular trend in education. “Some things come around, then go back around,” Ryder said. In her 37 years, Ryder saw many changes in the school including a shift from mostly farm

families to suburban families and, of course, walls in the school. Ryder got to witness to increase in technology, but still liked to hold on to some of the tools she’d used for years. “I begged and pleaded them to let me keep my blackboard,” Ryder said. The school didn’t replace her chalk board for a white board, but Ryder guesses it will be replaced soon.

While holding on to some of her traditions, Ryder always cared deeply for her students and school staff, said Principal Robert Hartman. “She always got great results with her kids,” Hartman said. In her retirement, Ryder plans to spend time with her two grandchildren and continue to travel with friends and family. “Now we can travel when it’s cheaper,” she said.


After 37 years at Walton-Verona Elementary, Donna Ryder retired.

Urban named Gateway provost Dr. Laura Urban has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Gateway Community and Technical College. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Urban as our chief academic officer,” said Gateway President/CEO Dr. G. Edward Hughes. “In addition to her broad experience as an administrator, she brings a wealth of teaching experience and a background as a consultant and evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation association for the northern and central part of the United States. We believe Dr. Urban’s talent and insight will be invaluable as Gateway continues its growth and outreach to the Northern Kentucky community.” Dr. Urban previously served as chief academic officer and dean at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, a Native American tribal college, a post she had held since 2006. From 1997 to 2006, she was director of institutional effectiveness and dean of instructional planning at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Between 1990 and 1997, she was the director of small business development/ instructor of business , and outreach program manager at The University of Wisconsin-Superior, part of that state’s university system. Dr. Urban began her career in education as a civilian working with the Army in Germany where she served as senior education services director, education services specialist and guidance counselor, positions she held from 1979-1986. Dr. Urban worked for the City of Savannah, Ga., as director of training and employee development from 1988 to 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northland College, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Her teaching experience includes instruction in business and leadership development. She also holds numerous certifications from a wide array of councils and organizations. Dr. Urban will reside in Independence.

Lindsey Branstutter, left, Amanda Branscum and K.C. Boyle are ready to celebrate graduating from Ryle High School.


High schools say farewell to grads


Zach Burkhardt, 18, of Florence, Josh Goldizen, 18, of Erlanger, Danny Spille, 17 of Erlanger, and Christine Grdina, 18, of Florence, are excited to be graduating at the Boone County High School 2010 graduation ceremony June 2.


Walton-Verona High School graduates Chris Smith and Tyler Small wait in a hallway for the school’s graduation ceremony to start June 1 at the school.


Campbell County High School graduates of 1990 are holding their 20th year class reunion Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Syndicate in Newport. The cost is $50 per person for appetizers, drinks and music. For more information, call 859-512-6213 or visit Facebook “CCHS Class of 1990 Reunion.” The Syndicate is located at 18 East 5th Street. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 1 1 Walton Verona High School graduates of 1985 are holding their 25th year class reunion Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. For more information, contact Kevin Flynn at 859-4856128 or e-mail

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Danny Wallace, 17, of Burlington, Alex Campbell, 18, of Hebron, Ryan Noakes, 17, of Burlington and Dylan Edwards, 18, of Hebron are all excited to be graduating from Conner High School on June 3.


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Boone’s Sunderhaus takes special path

By James Weber

Adam Sunderhaus has been directed to his new life path by his 14-year-old cousin, Derek Olmstead. Ironically, Sunderhaus’s new path will take him away from Derek on a daily basis as he leaves Sunderhaus Florence for Lexington in August to start his college career at the University of Kentucky. Sunderhaus, a 2010 Boone County High School graduate, is the 2010 Sportsman of the Year in Boone County in a contest conducted by the Recorder Newspapers. Athletes were nominated and then put up for an online poll with reader voting determining the winner. Sunderhaus was a senior captain and three-year letterman for the Rebels’ football team. A returning starter on the line, he was one of their top players on defense. At UK, he will major in special education, training to teach children with disabilities. Sunderhaus has learned firsthand for several years, taking care of his cousin, Derek, who has Angelman Syndrome, a developmental disorder. Derek cannot speak. “He’s the source of where I want to go in my life,” Sunderhaus said. “I decided I wanted to major in


The Sunderhaus file

• Team captain and threeyear letterman in football at Boone County High School. • Led team in sacks the last two seasons. • Served on senior board at BCHS. • Will attend the University of Kentucky and major in special education.



Boone County senior Adam Sunderhaus tries to make a tackle during the Rebels’ 30-14 loss to Scott County Sept. 4. special education and help out kids like my cousin. It hasn’t been easy at times, but you figure things out and how to approach him. He comes off hard to understand, but once you get to know him, you find that people with disabilities are like everyone else.” Derek has two younger brothers and requires constant care and supervision, said their mother, Loretta Olmstead, who also lives in Florence. “What Adam has done is allow my husband and I to get respite,” she said. “I have confidence when he’s

there. Adam knows how to help him. Derek looks up to him; it’s something Derek didn’t have before. With our other two sons, they’ve been younger brothers that Adam didn’t have. He’s talked to them about getting their academics in order, how to treat people.” “Adam is very polite. He’s a well-mannered and thoughtful kid,” his mother, Regina Sunderhaus, said. “He fights for the underdog. He doesn’t like to see people with a handicap be stepped on.” With Lexington being close to home, Sunderhaus

will still be able to help Derek but not as frequently. “I still plan on seeing him and coming home at times. At college I’ll focus on my major so I can help other kids,” he said. “Learning from Derek helps me in other ways of life. You have to adjust and do your best.” On the gridiron, Sunderhaus was a team captain and one of two returning starters on defense from the 2008 season. He was one of Boone’s representatives in the Northern Kentucky East/West All-Star Game. “I define myself as a hard-working player who

Boone County’s Adam Sunderhaus (58, left) played in the Northern Kentucky football all-star game June 10. never gave up,” Sunderhaus said. “From sophomore year being in the state semifinals, to my senior year struggling to make it to .500. I worked hard every way. I pushed my teammates to be the best that I could.” Sunderhaus’ favorite game last year was the regular season finale against Dixie Heights. While Boone struggled to a 4-7 record last year, the Rebels beat Dixie for that fourth win. “At that point we knew who we would play in the playoffs,” Sunderhaus said. “We could have just gone

Goal-setting part of life for Ryle’s Gonzales By James Weber

Gabby Gonzales has plans for a big senior year. But right now, the incoming Ryle High School senior is preparing for life after high school. Gonzales is part of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar program. She is spending five weeks at Bellarmine University in Louisville, taking college-level courses and staying in the dormitories there. The program has an extensive application and qualification process and only accepts about 1,000 students statewide. “You don’t get grades, but you get to experience what college is like,” she said. “You get a crazy schedule. You get to hang out and experience living on your own, get ready to go to college.” Gonzales is the 2010 Sportswoman of the Year for Boone County in a contest conducted by the Recorder Newspapers. Athletes were nominated by readers and then put up for an online poll with reader voting determining the winner. Gonzales has been the best distance runner in Northern Kentucky the past couple of years. She has been virtually unbeatable in cross country races locally, and has claimed the past two Class 3A, Region 5 individual championships. At the state meet, she



Ryle High School runner Gabby Gonzales, right, competes in the state cross country meet last November. She finished second in Class 3A.

Ryle High School incoming senior Gabby Gonzales poses during practice last September.

is commonly referred to as “two-mile” by runners. “I’m really excited to start cross country,” she said. “I like longer distances and it’s more relaxing. I have to work harder in track to get speed for the mile and two-mile.” She started running in seventh grade and within a year became an asset to the Raider program. “She’s got to this level through sheer determination and hard work,” Wihebrink said. “She’s very driven. When she puts her mind to it there’s not anything she can’t achieve.” Said Gonzales: “I’m surprised because when I was younger I never thought of being athletic, and then I just fell in love with run-

ning. I never really set out to achieve all that, but it has become the icing on the cake. I enjoy the sport so much.” Ultimately, academics comes first for Gonzales. Her father, Caesar Gonzales of Florence, said she and sister, Emily, consider studying as their main hobby. Emily, an incoming sophomore at Ryle, had a strong distance season last year as well. “This is her second or third year now, and she’s learning,” Gabby said. “She’s getting closer to me and making me go faster. We enjoy it and have fun. It’s a bonding thing. We know how each other feels at the beginning of a race,


has finished third and second the past two years, and the state champion both years returns for her senior season as well. “The one thing she hasn’t gotten to do is win a state championship,” Ryle coach Jim Wihebrink said. “She’s won regional, conference, won everything there is to win.” Gonzales is hoping to get

that last title this fall. “That is everybody’s goal,” she said. “It’s just one place, but the state champ (Sacred Heart’s Emma Brink) is very tough to beat. I’ll just push myself in practice and whatever happens, happens.” In track, Gonzales is three-time defending champion in the 3,200 meters at the regional level, and has three state medals in that event including third-place her sophomore year. She has also medalled at state in the 1,600. While she has done well in track, Gonzales said the 5,000-meter, 3.1-mile course of a cross country race suits her more. The 3,200-meter race is almost exactly two miles long and

out there and took another loss. We decided to go out and do it for ourselves and we went out and won the game. It was a team effort.” Sunderhaus treasures his family, who he said have been role models to him. He will miss his time in the Rebels’ football program. “The alumni come watch us no matter what,” he said. “I plan on coming back and being part of the program again whether I coach or stand on the sideline cheering them on. Tradition is a big part of the Boone County program.”

The Gonzales file

• Fifth place in the Class 3A 3,200 meters at the 2010 state meet, third in 2009, and seventh in 2008. Three-time regional champion in that event. • Regional champion in cross country in 2009, finishing second in the state. Time of 18:59.61 was best among Northern Kentucky girls. • Regional champion and third in the state in cross country in 2008. • Governor’s Scholar, sixweek program at Bellarmine University. • Volunteers in church and works with youth groups.

the nerves, the preparation. We can comfort each other.” Gabby enjoys math and science and plans to major in bio-chemistry with a possible premed program. She takes a full advanced placement schedule at Ryle. “I love running. I couldn’t see my life without it,” she said. “School comes first. I see myself running in college, but I’ll have a pretty demanding major.” Wihebrink said Gabby leads by example for the Ryle team, running long after practice ends. He also taught her in class her freshman year. “She puts as much time into her activities and classroom work as she does her athletics,” he said. “She misses a question on a test, she wants to get it right the next time. The way you see her on the track, she takes that same personality to her schooling.”


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July 1, 2010

Horse training runs in the Bischoff family By Chris Vogt

Everybody sees the most exciting two minutes in sports. Clay Bischoff sees countless hours of it. He never said being a newly licensed thoroughbred trainer was easy, but with the experience garnered through the family business, Bischoff has come to appreciate the job. Living the stable life at a young age gave him a head start. “I’ve been on the race track pretty much all my life,” the Richwood, Ky., native said. “I did welding on a dry dock on the river for a while, but I always would end up back on the track. “Just being around it all my life, you tend to grow and love it.” He probably wouldn’t

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ing. He’s also consistently been in the money. On April 2, Keeneland’s opening day, Bischoff won a $50,000 maiden claiming race with “Flying Warrior” – a horse owned by his father and Jerry Mellman. “Just the look on my dad’s face was the best thing of all,” Bischoff said. “Keeneland is one of the best race tracks in the country, and to win there, it’s a great feeling. “I think I was on adrenaline for about two days. It was just really neat.” Bischoff also races his horses at Turfway Park – where he houses them. He’s building up a résumé in order to train and race more. “I’d like to have maybe eight to 10 horses. I don’t ever want to have a huge stable,” Bischoff said. “I want to be able to have enough horses to where I can be hands on with every one of them. “ And he’s picked up a thing or two about horses, given the amount of time he spends with them. Bischoff said a good trainer has to know his horse. “It’s basically like problem solving,” Bischoff said.

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Thorougbred trainer Clay Bischoff, right, prepares “Harvest Dance” to race at Keeneland, April 14. The horse finished second. Bischoff said. “My father’s a great horseman, and he’s a great trainer. I love to listen to him talk about the horses. When we talk, I call him up and say that this horse is doing this or that. And he’ll say, ‘Well, you know what, this is what I did.’ In this business, experience is everything.” While Bischoff is gaining experience, he’s also gaining faith. At this day in age, it’s hard times for the Kentucky horseman. “It really is a neat business. It’s one of those things where you love it or you hate it, and I happen to love

it,” Bischoff said. “I love dealing with the horses. It’s a lot of fun. It’s an exciting sport, it really is. I just don’t think we’re getting the publicity it deserves and that it once had.” That doesn’t stop Bischoff from following his ambition. “Every trainer wants to get to the derby,” Bischoff said. “I think that’s every trainer’s goal – to be able to walk across that track at Churchill Downs.” He’s got four horses that can take him there.

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“You just have to figure the horse out. I guess the biggest thing for me is to keep them happy – a happy horse will run for you. To keep them happy you have to figure out what their likes and their dislikes are.” As far as the training aspect? “Some of them like to jog, some of them like to gallop,” Bischoff said. “You kind of just have to find out where all that lies. You’ve got to get them fit, but you don’t want to get them fit so much that they get tired easily. “It takes a lot of time. I spend a lot of time at the barn,” Bischoff added. “Like a lot of horses, you have to watch them when they rest – to see how they stand and which leg they stay off of – because something may bother them. It’s kind of a guessing game, which makes it interesting and trying to figure out all these little problems. “Sometimes it’s also aggravating,” Bischoff admitted. He has support behind him, however. “My father and my family are my inspiration,”

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Maria Frigo has run well at the University of Louisville track facility, which will host the KHSAA state meet for the third straight year this June. The St. Henry District High School senior will have four more years there after signing to run for the Cardinals this month.

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“They have great facilities,” she said. “I felt really comfortable there. I like the city and the coaches there are what I’m used to.” Frigo was one of four female athletes honored by the school April 29. Volleyball players Erin Fortner (Navy) and Cayla Flood (Wisconsin-Parkside), and softball player Jen Hoff (Northern Kentucky) have also committed to continue their athletic careers. Frigo has run well in a lot of places. She won the Class 1A individual cross country regional title last fall, and is the defending track state champ in the 1,600 and part of the 4x800 relay champs. That is among a host of other running titles. She plans to major in the medical field, likely premed or nursing. “State is coming up; it’s not too far away,” she said. “I’m definitely pumped to run the rest of the year. Our team will do well.” Fortner comes from a military family and jumped at the chance to join the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “It’s been a tradition in my family,” she said.


St. Henry’s recent college sports recruits, from left, are Maria Frigo, Erin Fortner, Cayla Flood and Jen Hoff. “Everyone in our family has gone to serve our country. It’s an honor and I really want to do it. It will be a big challenge.” Fortner plans to major in engineering. Teammate Flood will go to Division II UW-Parkside, which is a conference rival of Northern Kentucky University. She is excited about coming back to play NKU in the future. “It’s close to Chicago,” she said. “I’m going into nursing, so that’s one school I could go into and be able to do clinicals out of

Milwaukee. I’ll be able to go to school and play volleyball.” Flood most enjoyed playing in the 2006 state finals, which was a three-set loss to Assumption, as well as two “Playing for a Purpose” matches against Notre Dame to fight breast cancer. Hoff will major in criminal justice at NKU and join the strong softball program. “They’re a good team,” she said. “They’re local, and they have some really good coaches. I know their coaches pretty well.”


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Last week’s question

If you had one day to do anything, where would you spend the day locally? Why? “I would happily spend the day on my front porch, reading. My front porch is my summertime oasis – lush with plants and comfortable wicker furniture. Great place to read, nap, chat with neighbors as they pass by.” J.S.B. “If I had one day to do anything locally, I would spend it in the company of my wife and our daughter, providing she could find someone to watch her two little ones so we could relax. “My oldest son doesn’t like this kind of stuff, so I wouldn’t make him join in, and our youngest son is out of town. “We could include my wonderful next door neighbors, and have a nice meal catered in, with a bunch of firewood, some cold ones, and some good music. “May not sound like much, but boy, I like it!!” Bill B. “Most likely in a comfortable hammock under a large shade tree on a low humidity/low temperature day listening to the natural surroundings. No phone, no Internet, no interruptions. Why? Stress relief.” O.H.R.

“One day to do something locally ... I’d want to be on a yacht cruising the Ohio River with blue skies and sunshine. I’d want to be waited on with whatever I wanted to eat and drink and have my family and friends with me. That would be a great day!” E.E.C. “Would love to spend one day, when not so hot, on a gravel bar in a secluded area of the Little Miami River fly fishing and bird watching.” J.Z. “Start the day at the street stalls on Court Street buying fresh produce then go to the Anderson Ferry and ride it into Kentucky. From there visit Devou Park in Covington. Then visit the Peace Bell in Newport and have lunch at Pompilio’s. From there visit the Krohn Conservatory and other museums in Eden Park. Check out Mount Adams on the way down to visit Fountain Square and stroll around. Go to Sawyer Point and stroll around then have dinner at the Boat House. If there’s a Reds’ game, take that in then call it a day.” R.V. “I would like to check into a hotel with a lovely pool with no children splashing about. Then lazily float on a raft while someone brings me umbrella drinks (a swim up bar would be great too!)” C.A.S. “Probably at Kings Island or at a picnic at the home of a family member. Why, because it doesn’t get any better than being with family.” B.N.

Next question: What does patriotism mean to you? Who is the most patriotic person you know? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line.

Event a success

I’m writing about the Trash for Cash event held on June 21 at Hopeful Church Road and Cayton Road. The event was both a success and enlightening for myself and for the teens who participated. Our team from Impact Life Ministries had a total of 10 students and two adult leaders. We chose to split up the groups in five. Jessica, my fiancée, took one group and covered Cayton and Hopeful Church ending at Ky. 18. My group took a car and parked at the strip center on the corner of U.S. 42 and Hopeful Church. Our territory to be covered included all of Hopeful Church Road ending at Cayton. The whole experience was rather eye-opening for everyone who participated. We had the opportunity to discuss our need for a clean environment as we picked up other people’s garbage. This activity has most definitely




fostered a new found respect for the community and our environment. We have one earth and one life in which God put us in control of, and so how irresponsible and ungrateful is it of us to destroy this precious gift? We are very grateful to have had this opportunity to open our eyes and take action on this very serious matter. Kyle Waid Impact Life Ministries Limaburg Road Burlington

What ever happened to consideration, respect?

I’ve got several complaints to make. I know that one of the complaints has been brought to you and your readers’ attention. We pulled into Kroger one day to do some grocery shopping. Well, as usual all handicap spaces

were taken. I’m on oxygen 24/7 and my son needs to use a cane due to a cracked pelvis and back problems from being hit by a backhoe. The handicap spaces are taken up by people who are too lazy to walk. But my son and I walked from the middle of the aisle. White waiting for my son to pick me up after shopping, a man lights up a cigarette. I’m on oxygen! What ever happened to consideration and respect? Did it get flushed down the toilet? Jane Wallace Dixie Court Florence

Protecting the county

Dressed in bright safety orange and protective gloves, Conner High School FFA students were armed with trash bags and handy gripping wands. They started out early at 7:30 a.m. to beat the heat,

is taking place. Look at the developments in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003: • June 2004 - Sovereignty is State Rep. transferred from U.S.-led Sal Santoro the coalition to the Community Interim Iraqi Recorder Government. • August guest columnist 2004 - Iraqi National Conference selects a national assembly to act as a parliament until elections are held. • October 2005 - Date by which a national vote is to be held regarding the ratification of the proposed constitution. Voters approve the new constitution. • January 2009 - Iraq takes control of security in the Baghdad Green Zone –an international zone in central Baghdad that was the center of the Coalition Provisional Authority after the overthrow of Saddam’s regime. Iraqi’s Prime Minister marks the event as Iraq’s “day of sovereignty.” • March 2009 –The withdraw-

al of most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010 was announced. Up to 50,000 U.S. troops there now will stay through 2011 in an advisory capacity and to protect U.S. interests. The process has not been painless, and will continue to have ups and downs. Our government leaders warned us that democracy in the Middle East will not come without years of bloodshed and upheaval, which is really no surprise. The war for our independence from the British lasted nearly a decade, after all. The surprise is that the Middle East is on the road to democracy at all. Something tells me the Continental Congress of 1776 could have said the same thing about the American colonists who found truth in Patrick Henry’s immortal words at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia: “Give me liberty, or give me death!” To live without freedom is unimaginable to us Americans. We revel in freedom. That is one reason why Independence Day celebrations are so important to us. With the explosion of each shell, we remember the sacrifice of our fearless forefathers and feel intensely proud that the nation

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and finished their assigned roads by 12:30 p.m. Participating in the county’s Trash for Cash program, the team found a fully inflated float and previously fired bullet shell. Boone County’s Graves, Watts and Global Way are cleaner today because the time donated to the FFA Club by these fine warriors. They were all impressed with the fact that there was less trash to pick up this year, as compared to prior years when they were assigned to the same stretch of highway. Maybe the message is getting out, that we the community must take an active stewardship role in protecting our home county. Barb Slagle, Katelyn Wiley and Pam Zeller Chaperones Conner High School FFA

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Patriotism and the American Dream The national holiday that takes place on the fourth day of the seventh month is commonly referred to by its calendar date, July 4; however, when our founding fathers gathered more than 230 years ago to pen the document that laid the blueprint upon which our great nation would be built, the date was inconsequential. July 4, 1776, was the day America became a nation, one free from the rule of England and governed for the people and by the people. It is the day we declared our independence. As members of the Second Continental Congress gathered on that day to adopt the Declaration of Independence, they sent a message to King George III of England that shook the world. As each individual added his signature, he defined the spirit of our nation for all time. No longer would colonists abide by England’s whims, no longer would they stand by without a say while the court of King George divided their hard-earned tax money, and no longer would they allow a country more than an

ocean away to dictate their religious beliefs. W h e n Thomas Jefferson put pen to paper and wrote, “We hold these truths to be selfState Rep. evident, that all Addia men are created Wuchner equal, that they are endowed by Community their Creator Recorder with certain guest u n a l i e n a b l e that columnist Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” the words echoed throughout the world and inspired others to rise up against tyranny. We should be thankful on this day that we live in a country in which every citizen has the right to speak his mind, attend the church of his choice, and elect officials to represent his needs in government. Even more incredible, the freedoms we enjoy and sometimes take for granted are the

driving motivation for those who lay their lives on the line in the name of service to our nation. Thousands of brave men and women enlist in the armed forces to defend “the land of the free and the home of the brave” so that our children and grandchildren can or in turn experience the American Dream. Our nation is renowned as one of the most powerful counties in the world and one which, with that power, allows its citizens to pursue their dreams and make them a reality. Since the days of the Second Continental Congress, countless men and women have taken advantage of that opportunity. Kentucky’s own Abraham Lincoln, whose love of education took him from a log cabin to the White House, is a prime example of an American who overcame personal adversity to make his mark on our democratic republic, which he fought adamantly to preserve. When the great patriot Benjamin Franklin signed the Declara-

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The opportunity of freedom Life in America in 1775 was, like life in the U.S. today, marked by war. The British sent their soldiers across the pond to quell any notion that the colonists were, in any sense, anything other than British citizens. For eight years the colonists fought against the throne of George III and his military might. They fought for the ideal of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” set forth in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They fought for freedom of country – the same freedom our soldiers fight for today. The British didn’t appreciate the colonists’ desire for freedom. How could a bunch of ragtag farmers and tradesmen, almost half of whom came to the colonies as indentured servants, govern themselves? the British thought. It was an unprecedented idea. The common man was not thought fit for self-government. Fast forward 235 years to present-day America and our military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite cries at home and abroad that our work in the Middle East may never lead to true democracy, promising change

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tion of Independence, he said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” This statement was undoubtedly the literal truth for those men, but it also holds true for us in 2010. We may hold serious concerns about the state of our nation today, but we must recognize the United States of America is still revered as a model of liberty and freedom. As you celebrate this Independence Day, take a moment to reflect on what the Declaration of Independence endowed to us as Americans and on the true meaning of this national holiday. Let us always be mindful of our blessings and continually strive toward a brighter tomorrow. Have an wonderful 4th of July! State Rep. Addia Wuchner, RFlorence, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.


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McKenzie Onkst, 16, Alicia Harrison, 16, and Emily Lobenstein, 17, all of Florence, sort through donated shoes at Hope Ministries. PROVIDED

Sarah Wend and Danielle Morgan are shown at their Conner High School formal dance earlier this year.

Conner students like two sides of a coin By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

Sarah Wend and Danielle Morgan are best friends, and spend all their time together. People who see them mistake them for sisters, but they are friends, as alike as two peas in a pod. “We met when Sarah was in the sixth grade and I was in the seventh,” said Danielle, who is 17 years old now. “Sarah was more like a geek, and very shy, and I felt bad for her, and went over and talked to her. We hit it off right away.” Sarah, 16, remembers the day, also. “I thought Danielle was a preppy cheerleader,” said Sarah with a laugh. “But she is one of the most posi-

tive people I have ever met – there’s nothing negative about her.” Immediately they started hanging out together, finding that they agree on everything. They both go to Conner, and they have already looked at colleges, planning to room together if they go away. Sarah wants to be an ultrasound technician, or X-ray technician, and Danielle aspires to be a nurse or nurse anesthetist. “I like Sarah because we have so much in common,” said Danielle. “We are like the same person.” “Danielle’s facial expressions crack me up,” Sarah laughed. “But there’s no doubt about it, we will be friends forever.”

THINGS TO DO Get your motor running

Check out all the different rides at the seventh annual Newport Motorcycle Rally at Newport Festival Park July 2-5. The rally will include fireworks on the riverfront, games, live entertainment, food, contest and prizes. Awards will also be given to the best bikes. More than 28,000 visitors went to this event in 2009. For hours and more information, visit

Midsummer classic

Lead your team onto the field in the FireCracker Classic wiffle ball tournament at Heritage Academy, Saturday, July 3. Two divisions, slow-pitch and modified-pitch, will compete in the tournament. The cost per team is $75. The event, which is being presented by the National

Wiffle Ball Federation, begins at 8 a.m. and will last until 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 8171614. Heritage Academy is located at 7216 U.S. 42 in Florence.

Art Exhibits

Check out summer themes and colorways by more than 30 regional artists at the “Some ‘R Happening!” art exhibit at the Passionate Arts Center in Covington from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 2. The exhibit will feature paintings, pottery, sculpture, hand-painted silks, custom jewelry, hats, enameling and more. The exhibit is family friendly and free to attend. For more information, call 393-8358. The Passionate Arts Center is located at 31-33 W. Pike Street.

Families given food, hope at Florence’s Hope Ministries

By Patricia A. Scheyer

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For 15 years Hope Ministries in Florence has been an oasis of help for people who have nowhere else to turn. Hope Ministries started as an outreach program for the community from Florence Baptist Church, but very quickly became an entity on its own. Housed in two small buildings on Main Street, Hope Ministries is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and the group will return phone messages left at 859371-1887. “We have increased our clientele by about 200 families since last September and October because people are having more trouble due to the economy,” said Jackie Shelton, director of Hope Ministries. “We now have over 1,000 families, and so many of them are first-time clients.” Understanding that no organization can meet all the needs that are out there, Shelton maintains that they do what they can, and that turns out to be quite a lot. Shelton also keeps a list of agencies that might be able to provide more help, but she acknowledges that she and her group of volunteers can become very emotional, because they want to help people, and sometimes there are no resources. “I think people in Boone County would be very surprised if they realized how many homeless people there are here,” Shelton said. “You don’t see them, but they are there, living in cars, tents, boxes, and even in the trees. We don’t have a shelter here, and the only shelters are in Covington Olivia and Amber Lobenstein, 10 and 12 years old, of and Newport.” When a client family first comes in, through donated clothes at Hope Ministries. Shelton says their needs are assessed food in addition to everyday food and to determine what Hope Ministries can at Christmas 400 children get toys and do for them. If they need food, the new coats. Ministries can provide that, and cloth“It has been a dream of mine to ing, as well as personal care items and give coats to children,” Shelton said. diapers – all those things food stamps “When we give those coats to children don’t cover. at Christmas, you can just feel the selfAt Thanksgiving Hope Ministries esteem rise in the room. Some of the gives out more than 300 baskets of children have never had a new coat,

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Hope Ministries Director Jackie Shelton shows the toys in the special birthday room.


Volunteers Billie Jean Barber, of Union, and Hazel Perkins, of Florence, pack a box of food at Hope Ministries.


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and some have never been so warm. The toys take a back seat to the pride they take in a new coat.” Summertime is a hard time for families with children, because usually the children would eat breakfast and lunch at school, so when school is out, families have to provide the food. Students from Boone County High School come over to the Ministries to help sort food and clothing, and some get credit for their National Honor Society. Others just come because they like to help. Even with the students, Shelton said they always need more volunteers. A twice-a-year clothing giveaway is held for families and 150 volunteers are needed for that event alone. Families are grateful for Hope Ministries. “I’m a single parent raising a daughter, and Hope Ministries has helped me tremendously,” said Amy McEntee. “I recommend them to anyone who is having trouble like I am. Things have gotten really bad with the economy, and I sure am glad Hope Ministries is here to help.”


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Some ‘R Happening!, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Passionate Arts Center, 31-33 W. Pike St. Gallery 31, exhibit; Gallery 33, Art Bar. Summer themes and colorways by more than 30 regional artists; including painting, pottery, sculpture, hand painted silks, custom jewelry, hats, enameling and more. Family friendly. Free. 393-8358. Covington. The Little Voyageurs, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The BLDG, 30 W. Pike St. New work by Matt Haber, including the unveiling of his first lifesize sculpture. He presents a catalog of characters in scenarios, which explore moral and ethical dilemmas in a stage-like setting. Through Aug. 6. 491-4228; Covington.


Ride the Ducks Newport, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, 1 Levee Way, A 60minute amphibious sightseeing tour of Newport, Covington and Cincinnati waterfronts. All ages. $15, $11 children. 815-1439. Newport.


Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Children can touch and feed the animals. Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sidebar, 322 Greenup St. 431-3456. Covington.


Fast Forward, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Riverside Marina Bar and Grill, 145 Mary Ingles Highway (Ky. 8), Presented by Riverside Marina. 4428111; Dayton, Ky.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 261-2365; Covington.


Tom Segura, 8 p.m. $14. 10:15 p.m. $14. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Ages 21 and up. 957-2000; Newport. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 3

Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, More than 20 species of the world’s most weird and wonderful aquatic creatures. With new technology, new display cases and expanded gallery. Free kids during summer family hours with every adult paying full price 4-7 p.m. until Sept. 3. Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport.


Campbell County Farmers’ MarketAlexandria, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Southern Lanes Sports Center, 7634 Alexandria Pike, Parking lot. Includes produce, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, honey and arts and crafts. Presented by Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service. 572-2600; Alexandria. McGlasson Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. McGlasson Farms, 5832 River Road, Vegetables and fruits while in season-calendar on website. Some you-pick. Includes tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, apples, red potatoes, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, green peppers, cabbage, green onions, watermelons, squash, okra, eggplant, pumpkins, fall decorations and apple cider and more. 6895229; Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road, From apples to zucchini, and everything in between. With perennial plants, there are annuals and hanging baskets for all occasions. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 586-6101. Burlington. Boone County Farmers Market Florence Satellite, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Locally grown and produced food items. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 3422665; Florence.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, 5 p.m.-midnight Music by the Natalie Wells Band 7-11 p.m. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Music, food, games, motorcycle show, contests and prizes. Free. Presented by City of Newport. 912-2509; Newport.


Independence Fourth of July Fireworks, 10 p.m. Preview. Independence Memorial Park, Delaware Crossing, Entertainment and fireworks show. Bring seating. Family-friendly. Free. Presented by City of Independence. Through July 3. 356-5302; Independence.

ATTRACTIONS Ride the Ducks Newport, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, $15, $11 children. 815-1439. Newport. Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Kentucky Kuzzins, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427; Covington.


Zumba Class, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 291-2300. Covington.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, noon-midnight Fireworks at 10 p.m. Music by the Natalie Wells Band 7-11 p.m. Festival Park Newport, Free. 912-2509; Newport.

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Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Knuk-N-Futz, 5468 Taylor Mill Road, Presented by Knuk-n-Futz. 261-9464. Taylor Mill.


Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 9:30 a.m.6 p.m. noon-6 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 1359, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Fast Forward, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Riverside Marina Bar and Grill, 442-8111; Dayton, Ky.


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 261-2365; Covington.


Tom Segura, 7:30 p.m. $14. 10 p.m. $14. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000; Newport.


FireCracker Classic Wiffle Ball Tournament, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Heritage Academy, 7216 U.S. 42, Two-division competitive wiffle ball event with top teams in slow pitch and modified pitch. Teams guaranteed three games. $75 per team, $60 advance by June 20. Presented by National Wiffle Ball Federation. 817-1614; Florence.


Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 1 p.m. 5 p.m. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. 5th St. Explore Newport’s connection to wellknown crime figures, including gangsters, gamblers and ladies of the night. See buildings that housed casinos, brothels and speakeasies. $15. 491-8000. Newport. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 4


Independence Fourth of July Fireworks, 10 p.m. Independence Memorial Park, Free. 3565302; Independence.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-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 717, members and ages 6 and under free. 586-6117; Burlington.


Independence Fourth of July Celebration, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Music by Woodwind Steel 7 p.m. Shuttle buses available at Summit View Middle School 8-9:45 p.m. Return buses until midnight. Independence Memorial Park, Free. 356-5302. Independence.


McGlasson Farms, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. McGlasson Farms, 689-5229; Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 586-6101. Burlington.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, noon-midnight Music by G Miles & the Hitmen 7-10 p.m. Festival Park Newport, Free. 912-2509; Newport.


Tom Segura, 7:30 p.m. $12. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000; Newport. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 5

FARMERS MARKET McGlasson Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. McGlasson Farms, 689-5229; Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.


Jaylie Lommel (left) and Alisia Juarez took a ride in a fairy-tale themed horse and carriage at last year’s Independence Fourth of July celebration. This year’s event will take place July 2-3 and includes rides, food, games and live music. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 2; and 4-11 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Independence Memorial Park, Delaware Crossing. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. both nights. A parade is at 3 p.m. Saturday from Summit View to Memorial Park. Visit T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 6


Ride the Ducks Newport, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, $15, $11 children. 815-1439. Newport. Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport.


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


Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Bob Cushing, 9:30 p.m. Sidebar, 322 Greenup St. Food and cheap drink specials. Free. 431-3456. Covington.


Underbelly, 9:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Cincinnati’s strangest comedy show features improv, sketches, poetry, music and more. Ages 18 and up. $6 ages 18-20; $3 ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport.


Cornhole Tournament, 7 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, $5. 356-1440. Independence.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lake Erie Crushers. Two for Tuesday: Margaritas $2 and tacos will be two for one. Tuesdays for a Cause where different area charities will be supported. Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, VIP includes wait service. Lawn available on game day only. Fans must show a lawn chair or blanket at time of purchase. $10-$12 VIP, $9, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 594-4487; Florence.

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Boone County Jaycees Meeting, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. Information on ways for people ages 20-40 to get involved in the community while meeting new friends. Free. Presented by Boone County Jaycees. 7509445. Florence.

Tri-State Artists Meeting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. Meet with local artists to exchange ideas and see what is going on in the art community. Call to confirm meeting location. Ages 18 and up. Free. 992-1857; Florence.



McGlasson Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. McGlasson Farms, 689-5229; Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 586-6101. Burlington.


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


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lake Erie Crushers. Chick-fil-A Family Night: Promotions, give-a-ways and the Chick-fil-A Cow. Champion Window Field, $10-$12 VIP, $9, $7 lawn. 594-4487; Florence.


Northern Kentucky Celiac Support Group Meeting, 7 p.m. Includes nomination of new officers. Gluten-free refreshments. St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, 653-5595. Florence.

Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Live at the Levee, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The Naked Karate Girls. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. Summer concert series. 291-0550. Newport.


Bride’s Night Out, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Choose from hundreds of new and consigned designer bridal gowns from Snooty Fox, attend Bachelorette Party Remix and get tips and tricks from local experts on creating cool custom cocktails for wedding reception. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Wedding Magazine. 513-5622781; Newport.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lake Erie Crushers. WEBN “Thirsty Thursday” featuring Miller Lite draft beers or Pepsi fountain drinks for $1. Champion Window Field, $10-$12 VIP, $9, $7 lawn. 594-4487; Florence.


Newport Motorcycle Rally, noon-6 p.m. Warriors for the Children July Casino Ride at noon. Festival Park Newport, Free. 9122509; Newport.


Karaoke with DJ Will Corson, 9:30 p.m.1:30 a.m. The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. $5 wine and $10 domestic buckets. 261-6120. Covington.


Creation Museum’s Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg. PROVIDED

The All-American Birthday Party at Sawyer Point Park is 4-11 p.m. Sunday, July 4, and includes food, drink, beer and live entertainment throughout the day, with headliner, the Carter Twins, pictured. The family-friendly event will have fireworks at 10 p.m. This year, the event honors United States military, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Support Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring toiletry items that will be shipped to servicemen and women overseas.


We Came As Romans & Close To Home, 6 p.m. With Back to the Sky and Lights Down Low. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. $14, $12 advance. 291-2233; Covington.


Coney Island is hosting the Coney Island Balloon Glow from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 3, on the banks of Lake Como at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. The event includes music, entertainment, more than 20 glowing hot air balloons and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display. The glow is free, but pool and ride pricing applies; $10 parking after 4 p.m. Call 513-232-8230 or visit Pictured are some glowing balloons from last year’s event.


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Some basic considerations about freedom

Most Fourth of July holidays come and go casually. It’s good to get off work, take in a game, have a cookout, watch a parade or fireworks. To be honest, however, very little or no time is spent thinking about the blessings of freedom. During the last decade, the collective life of our country has been undergoing change and freedom threatened. The World Trade Towers destruction, the shoe and underwear bombers, the SUV packed with explosives left in Times Square on a Saturday night, the prediction that more such attempts are coming, etc. – keep us looking over our shoulders. There are enemies who don’t understand what true freedom nor our respect of it. Add to this the catastrophic spill of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the staggering debt of $13 trillion, the immigration issue – and a mood develops that waits for

commitment to freedom. We could question if China, which curtails individual rights and restricts freedom, could rise to world power status. Yet, it’s been done before. That’s why our ancestors came to America in the first place – to escape such governments and rulers. To keep our freedom pure and effective, we must learn what freedom means today and what it demands of us. For too long we have equated freedom with license – and many have paid the price for that misconception. Many arrogantly claim, “This is a free country, I can do what I want!” Accepting this concept as true has led us to push the envelope too far, generated a coarse incivility, immodesty, narcissism, violence and the slow erosion of our morals. Freedom does not mean the ability to do anything I want. Freedom means the ability to do

another tragic shoe to drop. English historian Arnold Toynbee noted all the major civilizations that have come and gone or diminFather Lou ished over the Guntzelman centuries. For a few Perspectives their diminishment was due to conquest from without. But most of the civilizations declined because of deterioration from within. He also theorized that as new civilizations arose they tended to be located in a westerly direction from the previous one. If he’s correct, we may wonder, is China the next major civilization that will rise to great power and prestige we as decline? America is and has been a great country because of our dedication to individual rights and a

what I ought. License means doing whatever I want, irrespective of the consequences or harm to self or others. American Baptist minister and Harvard chaplain Peter Gomes explains, “Freedom’s only virtue is that it enables us to pursue that which God desires for us and which we, in our heart of hearts, desire for ourselves.” (italics mine) Freedom requires reflective choices about the purpose of life. Our Declaration of Independence is actually a Declaration of Dependence. The Constitution of the United States makes its citizens independent of kings, dictators, parliaments and even majorities as regards to basic rights and liberties. But our dependence is grounded on “the Creator,” who “has endowed man with certain inalienable rights among which are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

If our freedom came from a king or the government, then that king or government could take it away. It is only because our freedom comes from God that it is called “inalienable,” i.e. it cannot be taken away. If we enslave ourselves to ego, power, government, drugs, prejudice or religious fanaticism, we’re not free. God wants none of these for us. Paul writes, “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for selfindulgence, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Galatians 5:13-14) Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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July 1, 2010

Take a bite out of summer fruit, veggies Last week we were picking black raspberries from my bushes. T h i s week I went with daughterin-law Jessie and grandkids Rita Luke, Will Heikenfeld and Jack Rita’s kitchen tRouster’so u-pick blueberry farm in Clermont County. The blueberries, like everything else, are a couple weeks early this year. They were beautiful and we left with loaded buckets of blueberries. Jess freezes most of hers for pancakes; I freeze some and make jam, as well. You’ll find a recipe in the box of pectin.

Lemon parfait with fresh berries

This is a very soft-set parfait, perfect for layering with seasonal fruits. I made it mostly with blueberries. All berries have lots of vitamin C and are full of fiber, so eat up! 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 3 ⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups fresh berries Combine cream cheese and sugar. Beat on low

speed until smooth. Add cream and beat until smooth. Increase speed to medium high and beat until cream is billowy – it won’t hold stiff peaks. Add lemon juice and stir briefly just to blend. Line up four parfait or wineglasses. Beginning with berries, evenly layer berries and cream. Garnish with mint sprig. Can be made three hours before serving. Serves four.

Love at First Bite’s yellow squash and tomato parmesan

Thank God I have a young editor, Lisa Mauch, who turned me on to this cookbook. It’s inspired by the four hugely popular vampire-based fantasy romance “Twilight” novels by Stephenie Meyer. The novels chart a period in the life of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Wash., and falls in love with a 104year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The series is told primarily from Bella’s point of view. Book No. 3, “Eclipse,” is coming out as a movie and opens June 30. The cookbook, “Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook” by Gina Meyers, is a fun read, plus the recipes look pretty darn good. Here’s one I’m going to try, since my squash is already bearing abundantly. The recipe wasn’t clear – it didn’t tell what to do with


“Love at First Bite” is a cookbook written by Gina Meyers based on the “Twilight” series of books and movies. the other half of the veggies, etc. so I am assuming the whole dish is a layered one. 2 yellow crookneck squash, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices (I’ll be using zucchini) 2 large tomatoes, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices 1 ⁄2 cup grated Parmesan, divided 1 tablespoon dried oregano (I’ll be using 2 tablespoons fresh) 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted (I’d use a bit more) In an 8-by-8-inch baking dish, layer half the squash and tomatoes on the bottom. Sprinkle half the cheese and half the oregano. Drizzle with half the butter. Make more layers, topping with cheese and oregano. Serves six. And here’s the quote at

Rita and grandsons Luke, Will and Jack at Rouster’s blueberry field. the end: “What if I’m not bine Splenda and cornstarch the hero? What if I’m the in saucepan and stir in bad guy?” - Edward. reserved juice. Cook until mixture begins to boil. Boil one minute, stirring Cherry pie with Splenda constantly. Remove from For Helen Kane, who heat; stir in lemon juice, wanted a sugar-free pie with extract and food coloring. canned cherries. Fold in cherries; cool slightly and spoon into pie shell. 2 cans, 14.5 oz. each, Place second shell over pitted tart red cherries filling and make slits in top. 3 ⁄4 cup Splenda granulatBake 40 to 50 minutes or ed until crust is nice and golden. 1 ⁄4 cup cornstarch Cover edges with foil to 2 teaspoons lemon juice prevent overbrowning, if 1 ⁄4 teaspoon almond necessary. Cool an hour extract before setting up. Few drops red food coloring if you want Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain cherries, reserving 1 cup juice. Com-

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We should all be eating more beets. They help prevent cancer and birth


defects. For Laura, a Northern Kentucky reader. No real recipe, but here’s how I do it: drain a can of sliced or small whole beets. Slice a medium onion thinly and add to beets. In a saucepan, bring to a boil a cup of cider vinegar, sugar to taste (start with about 1⁄3 cup) and a dash or two of salt. Pour this over beets. Some people add a dash or two of allspice or cloves. Cool and chill. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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RELIGION NOTES Erlanger Church of Christ

men and women serving overseas will be held at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Trucker’s Chapel at the TA truck stop on Ky. 18 in Florence. Volunteers from the community hold this service the first Thursday of each month to pray for people from all over the Greater Cincinnati area who are stationed overseas. This service is open to anyone.

Erlanger Church of Christ will have its Vacation Bible School July 12-16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 859-727-1468. Erlanger Church of Christ is located at 458 Graves Avenue.

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Shehan honored

Faye Aaron Shehan, president of the Florence Woman’s Club, was honored as the Outstanding Club Woman statewide for her work with the Florence Woman’s Club at the annual convention in Lexington. Shown with Shehan are Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs President Anne Aubrey, Marlene Brown, Faye Smith, Pat Geveden, Jane Pfarner and Karen Moreland.

Rotarians, Elks share common goals of service Elks Share.” Providing scholarships to graduating seniors is another area of similarity between the two organizations. Shippe informed his fellow Rotarians that the Elks are second only to the U.S. Government in scholarship funding. Rotary clubs sponsor an annual speech contest among high school students based on the theme of Service Above Self; the Elks American Essay Contest is geared to grades 5-8. The Elks also sponsor an annual Hoop Shoot for boys and girls aged 8-13, and sponsor local drug awareness programs as part of their outreach to youth. Shippe highlighted two differences between Rotary and the Elks. First is that Rotary is an international organization, with more than 3,300 clubs in 160 countries. The Elks require that their members be U.S. Citizens. Rotary is also a secular organization; Elks must profess a belief in God as a condition of membership. The Elks have been involved with services for

U.S. veterans since the first World War. During that conflict, the Elks donated $ 60,000 to the Salvation Army for the returning vets. General Pershing was one of the better-known members of the Elks. The Elks also built the first VA Hospital, a 700-bed facility in Boston that they donated to the U.S. Elks have continued to support the military through World War II, Korea and are now engaged in assisting military families through their “Army of Hope” program. Shippe concluded by stating that he is proud to be a member of both Rotary and the Elks. The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks is frequently referred to by the acronym BPOE. Some people believe that the BPOE really stands for the “Best People on Earth.” In Shippe’s case we could not agree more. For information about the Florence Rotary Club and its many service opportunities, contact John Salyers, president, at 859-6539399 or visit Laptops from $

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Bulgur: The perfect whole grain Q: I am trying to eat healthier and I've noticed quite a few recipes that use bulgur. Is it easy to fix and where can I find it? A: Bulgur is a dried, cracked wheat that is easy to incorporate into many dishes. Bulgur is an ancient food that dates back to biblical times where it was consumed on a daily basis. For thousands of years, bulgur has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet. It is now gaining popularity in the United States. Bulgur is toasted in appearance and can easily be substituted for

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BUSINESS UPDATE Harden receives honor

Todd Harden of Florence was awarded membership to Capital Investment Companies’ Presi d e n t ’ s Council at the company’s recent a n n u a l meeting in M y r t l e Harden Beach, S.C. The President’s Council is a prestigious honor society at Capital Investment Companies. Harden was honored for being among the company’s top financial advisors in 2010.

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Daniela M. Riley, 21, alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct at 27 Main Walton St., March 28. William N. Scott, 26, DUI at Burlington Pk., March 24. Brandon G. Newman, 21, possesion of marijuana, drug paraphernalia at I-75, April 6. Timothy S. Chapman, 25, no registration plates, no registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle at Lebanon Crittenden Road/Warehouse Dr., May 6. David W. Marcum Jr., 27, possession of marijuana at 2590 Peoples Ln., May 1. Aaron M. Mccann, 20, disregarding stop sign, DUI, failure to wear seat belts, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle at Oakbrook Rd./ Deermeade Dr., May 1. Tyler J. Belew, 18, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Boat Dock Rd./ Bender Rd., May 1. Reginald F. Hayes, 24, obstructed vision and/or windshield, failure to wear seat belts, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, possession of marijuana at I-75, April 29. Jeffrey D. Lockhart, 47, DUI, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license at Best Pal Dr./ Richwood Rd., April 29. Matthew T. Newman, 23, reckless driving, DUI, failure to produce insurance card at I-275, April 29. Fredrich R. Waggy, 45, first-degree fleeing/evading police, thirddegree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Edwards Ave., April 26. Sherry L. Fritz, 38, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first-degree disorerly conduct at Johnson St. and Edwards Ave., April 26. Angela K. Brown, 45, DUI at N. Bend Rd., April 26. Lori Ballard, 24, DUI, careless driving at Petersburg Rd. and N. Bend Rd., April 25. Woody R. Muse Jr., 45, DUI, seconddegree possession of a controlled substance, prescription not in proper container at I-75 northbound, April 19. Heath T. Houglin, 30, receiving $10,000 or more in stolen property at 12548 Ryle Rd., April 20. Michael D. Bearden, 24, alcohol intoxication in a public place, shoplifting at E. Bend Rd. and Handover Rd., April 20. Preston L. Adams, 19, third-degree criminal mischief at 6940 Oakbrook Rd., April 2.



Victim assaulted by subject at N. Bend Rd. and Worldwide Blvd., April 25.


Recordings-audiovisual stolen and not recovered at 229 Deer Trace Dr., March 28. Household goods stolen and not recovered at 1920 Arbor Springs Blvd., March 29. Drugs/narcotics stolen and not recovered at 324 Deer Trace Dr., April 29. Residence broken into and items taken at 3955 River Bluff Rd., April 26. Residence broken into and items taken at 131 Becky Ct., April 25. Residence broken into and items taken at 4043 Nelson Ln., April 19. Residence broken into and items taken at 7196 Camp Ernst Rd., April 20.

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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. Negotiable instruments and other property stolen and not recovered; automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 10239 Hempsteade Dr., March 26. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 2090 Downey Dr., April 30. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/vandalized at 158 Dozer Dr., April 29. Money counterfeited/forged at Limaburg Rd., April 6. Business vandalized and items stolen at 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., April 26. Vehicles vandalized at 2929 Watts Rd., April 19. Bus vandalized at 7505 Oakbrook Rd., April 19.

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Subject attempted to use counterfeit money at Richwood Rd. and Best Pal Dr., April 25. Subject attempted to use counterfeit money at 1960 Litton Ln., April 17.

Subject trespassed in victim's apartment and refused to leave at 3435 Queensway Dr., April 19.

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Disorderly conduct reported at 27 Main Walton St., March 28.


Drugs / narcotics seized at 14975 Walton Verona Rd., May 1.

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Stolen vehicle recovered at 4290 Richardson Rd., April 20.


Money stolen and not recovered at 10263 Cherry Ln., March 28.

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Subject threatened with harm by subject at 6025 Rogers Ln., April 25. Victim threatened with harm from subject at 6044 Taylor Dr., April 19.


Computer hardware /software stolen and not recovered at 5960 Centennial Cr., March 29. Money stolen and not recovered at 1731 Jones Cr., March 28. Jewelry/precious metals, vehicle parts/accessories stolen and not recovered at 5063 Beaver Rd., April 30. Heavy construction/industrial equipment stolen and not recovered at 9000 Empire Connector, April 30. Recordings-audiovisual and

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DEATHS Carol Acree

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Carol Francis Acree, 64, Florence, a homemaker, died June 22, 2010, at her home. She was a homemaker. Survivors include daughter, Melanie Gingras of Walton; brothers Brad Acree of Memphis, Tenn., Larry Watson of West Virginia, Kenneth Watson of LaPanto, Ark., and four grandchildren. Linnemann Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Burlington handled the cremation. Memorials: PKD Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000.

Mark Allen Botdorf, 45, Florence, died June 22, 2010, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a senior computer-aided design technician for HDR in Blue Ash, a member of Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God Church in Erlanger and a road captain for Bond Slaves Motorcycle Club. His brother, Steven Botdorf, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Karen Hurtt Botdorf of Florence; sons, Tyler Botdorf of Latonia, Corey Botdorf of Florence; brother, James Botdorf of Covington; sister, Nancy

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Paula Brewer

Paula Ann Uebel Cowan Brewer, 42, Florence, died June 18, 2010, at her home. She was a waitress, formerly at Gold Star Chili in Latonia. Survivors include her daughters, Phylischa Cowan and Tearsa Brewer, both of Florence; father, Jerry Colcord of Fort Wayne, Ind.; stepfather, Joe Uebel of Dayton, Ohio; companion, Ken Shackelford of Loveland and one grandchild. Memorials: Paula Cowan Brewer Children’s Fund, c/o any Fifth Third Bank of Northern Kentucky.

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Julia Robstock Clarke, 79, Florence, died June 21, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, Edgewood. She was an administrative assistant at Post Glover in Erlanger and a member of the Senior Center in Elsmere. Survivors include her son, Donald Clarke of New Jersey; daughters, Patricia Goetz of Villa Hills, Mary Allen of Union, and Eileen Clarke and Christine James, both of Florence; sister, Gertrude Parky of Connecticut; brother, Larry Robstock of Milford, Conn.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Donald Connelly

Donald Charles Connelly, 80, Covington, died June 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a greens keeper at the Devou Golf Course in Covington, a Navy veteran, member of Scottish Rite, Colonel Clay Masonic Lodge No. 159 and Rosedale Baptist Church. His son, Jeffery Connelly, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sandra “Sandy” DeMoss Connelly of Covington; daughters, Kim Briedis of Florence and Cassie Tippitt of Covington; sons, Christopher Steers of Walton, Clayton Steers of Erlanger and Curtis Steers of Middletown, Conn.; sister, Betty Sexton of Corinth; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1080 Nimitzview Drive, Suite 101, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Ruth Gausepohl

Ruth M. Haberle Gausepohl, 58, Florence, a homemaker, died June 23, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, Michael Gausepohl, and daughters, Sarah Reisleman of Brooksville and Rachel Sloop of Franklin, Ind.

Christian Johnson

Christian James Johnson, 5 months, Florence, died June 17, 2010, at his home. Survivors include his parents, Cliston J. Johnson and Britney Renae Stancel of Florence; maternal grandparents, Vic and Judy Stancel of Burlington and paternal grandmother, Lora Johnson of Erlanger.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Robert Lawrence

Robert K. Lawrence, 83, of Florence, formerly of Grant County, died June 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a clerk for CSX Railroad and a farmer, a World War II Army veteran and a member of the First Church of Christ in Burlington. His wife, Janet Roland Lawrence, son, Michael Lawrence and daughter, Vicki Holland, died previously. Survivors include sons, Rodney Lawrence of Florence and Kenneth Lawrence of Morning View; brother, Marvin Lawrence of Williamstown; seven grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren and longtime companion Lena Henderson. Burial was in the Williamstown Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222; American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Theresa Meek

Theresa J. Meek, 58, Florence, died June 21, 2010, at her home. She was a licensed practical nurse with Patient First. Survivors include daughters, Laura Parrish of Cincinnati and Elizabeth Macke of Independence; son, Brian Macke of Crystal Lake, Ill; mother, Mary Meek of Villa Hills; brothers, Robert Meek of Edgewood, David Meek of Cold Spring, Steven Meek of Cincinnati and five grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Theresa Meek’s


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Victor Moore

Victor C. Moore, 91, of Falmouth, died June 16, 2010, at his home. He served as sheriff of Pendleton County and was a livestock dealer and farmer. He was a member of Falmouth Baptist Church, Woodmen of the World and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Board, and a former member of the Morgan Christian Church. He was the father of Boone County Judge-executive Gary W. Moore. His first wife, Dorothy Mae Whaley Moore, died in 1972. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Ada L. Moore; sons, Karl Glenn Moore of Crittenden and Gary W. Moore of Florence; stepdaughters, Phyllis Kay Jones of Lake Placid, Fla., Sherry C. Meredith of Lake Placid, Fla. and Diana L. Marshall of Falmouth; stepson, Philip Anthony Lewis of LaBelle, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great, great-grandchildren. Burial was in Morgan Cemetery in Pendleton County. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Falmouth Baptist Church, 403 Maple Ave, Falmouth, KY 41040; Morgan Cemetery, c/o Jimmy Godman, 432 J.H. Godman Road, Falmouth, KY 41040; or Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Rd., Maysville, KY 41056.

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It’s over! The last day of the huge Remerchandising Relinquishment has arrived. Time has run out. Every piece of furniture and every set of bedding must and will be sold! The management of J & L Furniture and Design Center has ordered the remaining inventory sold to the public or to dealers at what it will bring. No reasonable offer will be refused as every living room suite, bedroom suite, dining room suite is sacrificed along with every set of bedding and every recliner.




This is it. If you ever wanted to buy furniture or bedding at or near cost, now is your chance! Measure your space, bring your carpet and fabric samples. Bring your trucks and trailers. Be ray to make a decision. We will not refuse and reasonable offers. This is it! Don’t pay more later, nothing held back.







Bring your trucks and trailers and save even more. Financing is available but cash really talks. All day today furniture and bedding will be offered at prices far below what you would expect to pay. All will be sold on a first come basis. Brave the crowds and get your share. Extra sales personnel will be on hand for this event. Extra credit desks are in place. Some items priced at 15 cents* on the dollar. This Remerchandising Relinquishment must come to a close…now.



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DEATHS Rollin Strawn

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Isabella Ratliff

Isabella Rayna Ratliff, stillborn, Florence, died June 6, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include mother, Sarah Caldwell of Florence; father, Steven Ratliff of Florence; grandmothers, Karen Hoskins of Florence, Donna Damron of Erlanger; grandfather, David Hawkey of Indiana; sisters, Alyssa Jones, Annabelle Ratliff and Serenity Ebbers, all of Florence and brother, Shane Estepp of Florence. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Isabella Rayna Ratliff, stillborn, died Sunday, June 6, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

Lloyd Russell

Lloyd Thomas Russell, 85, Crittenden, died June 23, 2010, at his home. He was a butcher for Kahn’s Meats in Cincinnati, a World War II Army veteran and an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. His wife, Irene Martin Russell, died previously. Survivors include sons, Dennis Russell of Crittenden, Steven Russell of Erlanger, Joseph Russell of Covington; daughters, Patricia Dion of Corinth, Diana Horn of Florence, Teresa Russell of Fort Mitchell, Molly Black of Crittenden; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.

James Simpson

James Archie Simpson, 87, Florence, died June 21, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an engineer for CSX railroad and a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. His wife, Lela Simpson, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Sandra Boehle of Cincinnati, Pat Schreiber of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; brother, Jack Simpson of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Rollin “Ron” C. Strawn, 84, Verona, died June 26, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. The World War II and Korean War Marine veteran was an accountant. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and an avid clogger. Survivors include his wife, Eula Smoot Strawn of Verona; sons, Ruben Baker of Verona and Pete Strawn of Nashville, Tenn.; daughters, Jamie Baker-Nantz of Dry Ridge, Shirley Erion of Verona, Cindi Frohlich of Florence, and Karen Judy and Missy Biddle, both of Warsaw; a sister, Pearl Konnersman of Findlay, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials: Grant County Relay for Life.

Robert Stuart

Robert Stephen Stuart, 66, Florence, died June 22, 2010, at his home. He was a mechanic for Johnson Control Inc. and a Vietnam War Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Stuart of Florence; daughters, SueAnn Lovell of Independence; Catherine Cabrera of Houston, Texas; Theresa Daigle of Hudson, Ohio; son, Robert Stuart of Florence; sisters, Mary Lou Dube and Eleanor Stuart, both of Brunswick, Maine, Sandra Magno of East Hartford, Conn., Johanna Harnish of West Springfield, Mass., Linda Stuart of South Windsor, Conn., Gail Paradis of Winter Haven, Fla., Sally Cote of Lisbon, N.H.; brothers, Harry Stuart of Boston, Mass. and John Stuart of Southwick, Mass. and 12 grandchildren. Memorial: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 401 E. 20th St., Covington, KY 41014.

Clyde Walker

Clyde F. Walker, 81, of Florence, formerly of Erlanger, died June 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. His son, Gary Walker, died previously. He was a printer at the Cincinnati Time Star for 28 years, member of Freemasons and Erlanger Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Walker of Florence; daughter, Teresa Quatman of Florence; brother, John Walker of Oneida, Tenn.; sisters, Annette Melton of Westland,

Mich., and Aileen Baker of Swartz Creek, Mich.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Oneida Baptist Institute, P.O. Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972.

Boyd Webster

Boyd Webster, 76, Crestview Hills, died June 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked in sales at Crown Cork & Seal Company in Cincinnati, was an Army veteran and member of American Legion in Bellevue, American Legion Post No. 0153, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park. His wife, Mildred Webster, died previously. He is survived by his sister, Jackie Franklin of Florence. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Frank Winkle Jr.

Frank Winkle Jr., 50, Union, died June 19, 2010. His son, Tanner Benjamin Winkle, and his father, George Franklin Winkle Sr., died previously. Survivors include his wife Angela Winkle; sons Chanz Franklin Winkle and Robert Hunt; daughters Erin Rain and Briana Lee Winkle; mother Geneva Lois Winkle; and brother Steve L. Winkle.

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Jim D. Wren, 69, Warsaw, died June 22, 2010, at the Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center in Fort Thomas. He was a maintenance supervisor for the Gallatin County Board of Education and a member of the Vineyard Christian Church in Florence. Survivors include wife, Janice Smith Wren of Warsaw; sons, James Wren of Glencoe, Mark Wren of Denver, Colo., Christopher Wren of Union; daughter, Karen Gross of Glencoe; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Erlanger. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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