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Move might restore music program Part-time position offered to Florence Elementary By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Florence Elementary Site-Based Decision Making Council voted unanimously July 15 to bring back the music program, but with

strings attached. In a special meeting Monday, Principal Lisa Resing told site-based council members she’d contacted Superintendent Randy Poe after an emotional July 9 appeal hearing of the council’s Resing earlier decision eliminating the music program. “Mr. Poe said that he could give us a (part-time) position. We now have the opportunity to

use that position as a music position,” Resing said. The site-based council agreed to use the parttime position for a music teacher, on the condition that a certified and classified position are reallocated to the school. The decision on the reallocation will be announced at the Boone County School Board meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Ralph Rush

Man’s best friend is best partner

Florence officer reflects on service with retired K-9

restraints and lack of funding, Florence Elementary’s sitebased council decided to non-renew 12.5 certified positions and eight classified positions. Music teacher Doris Butler, who has taught at Florence Elementary for 49 years, suffered one of the cuts. “It’s wonderful that there is hope for the kids,” Butler said after hearing the council’s vote. See MUSIC, Page A2

Allergist wins national award for supporting Guard By Stephanie Salmons

FLORENCE — With the help of a local doctor, Louisville-based Family Allergy and Asthma is among 15 employers to receive a national award for their support of employees who also serve as guardsmen and reservists. Dr. Hans Otto of Union, a doctor at the practice’s Florence location, applied for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. According to an announcement, the Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition and is given to employers for exceptional support of guard and reserve employees. Otto, who’s currently a U.S. Air Force reservist, also served in the Reserves from 1997 to 2001 in order to pay for medical

By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — In the line of duty Cpl. John Dolan has learned that man’s best friend is his best partner. For 15 years, Dolan, of Walton, has worked as a handler for the Florence Police Department’s K-9 unit. For the last eight years, Max, a 9 1/2-yearold German shepherd, has been his partner. Earlier this month, Max retired. “Max has been a great partner,” Dolan said. “I trust him with anything. We’ve been in many a dark place together, but I can trust him.” Max lies silently at his feet as Dolan recalls some of their memorable moments together on the force. “I’m amazed by the things he’s done,” Dolan said. “Max has a natural drive. He loves to use his nose. It’s a game for him. If he’s making (me) happy and (I’m) giving him praise or a calm reward he’s good to go, he’s happy.” Their first run together involved a break-in at the old Richwood Flea Market. Dolan and Max arrived on the scene to assist the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in finding suspects still inside. It was dark

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Staff Development Center, 99 Center Drive, Florence. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Florence Mayor Diane Whalen said. Whalen, retired Florence Elementary teachers Dan Schneider and Linda Sorrell, retired staff support personnel Dawn Spencer, and alumni parent and former site-based council member Teddi Budy of Erlanger, had filed the appeal. In the spring, due to budget


Dr. Hans Otto, of Union, works at Family Allergy and Asthma in Florence. He helped the Louisville-based practice win a national award for supporting employees serving as reservists and guardsmen. Otto, currently in the Air Force Reserves, also served in the Reserves from 1997-2001 before being active duty for 10 years. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Cpl. John Dolan of the Florence Police Department and his retired partner Max. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


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Program gets youth involved in city ence residents in grades six through 12 with a unique leadership opportunity and an inside look at city operations. Ambassadors participate in city events and represent the city at various community activities. Their term lasts from July 1 through June 30 the following year. Florence Parks and Recreation Director Vanessa Lenear said the program was organized in 2006.

By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Ciarra Horne, 17, isn’t just a resident of Florence, she is her city’s ambassador. “It has been a great opportunity,” said Horne, a recent Boone County High School graduate. “It’s meant so much to me.” Since her freshman year Horne has been a part of the city’s Student Ambassador program. The program provides Flor-

Horne said she joined the program to help herself get out of her shell. “I wanted to do something to help me not be so shy and that would get me out in the community,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed working in the community and seeing the community come together.” She said she especially enjoyed the city’s Neighborhood Night Out events. “We’d have game booths, face painting and glitter tattoos. The kids

really love that,” she said. “(The program) has been a great opportunity. You make great friends and you get a good feeling knowing you’re helping out.” Horne also received a $500 scholarship for her participation in the program. Lenear said a scholarship is presented to one high school senior in the program. The award is given based on the number of events the ambassador has attended and his or her

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Doris Butler, in her former music class at Florence Elementary.FILE PHOTO

visit its decision to use the part-time position for music. That tentative meeting will be held 4 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the school. Several positions remain unfilled at the school. For now, according to Butler, “We’ll have to wait and see.”

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BURLINGTON — The Boone County Public Library has received a $2,500 Walmart Local Giving Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating grant from the Walmart Foundation and facility No. 1510. Funds will be used to provide weekly meals for adults attending the library’s Preventing Sum-

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school. He was active duty for 10 years, from 2001 to 2011, after which the Dayton, Ohio, native joined Family Allergy and Asthma. Family Allergy and Asthma is a multi-site allergy practice with offices throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. They’ve “done such a

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mer Reading Loss-Fueling the Mind program with their children. Since 2011, the Boone County Public Library has successfully partnered with Boone County Public Schools and the Summer Food Service Program to offer weekly meals to atrisk children, from birth to 18 years, in the city of Florence. Last summer in June and July, youth had access

to lunch four days a week at the library’s Florence branch and were provided with dinner one evening a week at a remote location through the Library’s Community Center on Wheels outreach vehicle. Additionally, children participating in the meal service received extended summer reading programming. A second site has been added this summer. Money from the Wal-

mart grant makes it possible for meals to also be provided to adults who attend the program with their children. “It’s hard to nurture and support your own child when you’re not properly fed yourself,” said Lisa Sensale Yazdian, the library’s youth services team leader for outreach.

great job of helping us to continue to serve ... I wanted to recognize that exceptional effort they put forth,” said Otto. According to Otto, they’ve helped cover his clinics when he went to training and were also supportive when another doctor, a guardsman, was activated. That kind of support, he said, “is not common among physicians.” When he first started with the practice, they

worked together on a schedule so he could continue his military training. “They knew I wanted to continue my service and I knew I wanted to work for Family Allergy,” he said. Some 3,000 award nominations were received from guardsmen and reservists. Otto is “humbled and surprised that other people have recognized the heroic efforts of (Family Allergy and Asthma). “You’re never certain

other people will appreciate the same things (you) appreciate.” According to Otto, the company also employs a number of veterans, reservists and guardsmen and even military spouses. The 2013 recipients, which also includes Louisville’s Humana, will be honored at the 18th annual Freedom Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., this September.


knowing the bad guy is off the streets now.” During his career, Max is credited with finding 78 individuals that resulted in an arrest, said Florence Police Chief John McDermond. Many more were arrested at a later date with evidence Max helped collect. “Max had an outstanding career as a police K-9,” McDermond said. “Max was a tremendous asset to the department and we were all sorry to see his career come to an end. At the same time I know how hard he worked for us and his retirement is well deserved.” According to McDermond, a canine unit enhances a police department in many ways. “Canines have the ability to perform searches of large areas much faster and more accurately than an officer could,” he said. “Other benefits include handler protection, greater number of criminals apprehended, tracking

lost persons and narcotics searches.” Max is certified through the U.S. Police Canine Association. His initial training was 10 weeks. Then, one day every other week for his entire career, he and Dolan trained. To Dolan’s recollection, Max never missed a day of work either. When he wasn’t working Max was a family dog and still is. He shares his home with Dolan’s girlfriend Tammy Conner, his children, a daughter, 15, and son, 10, and two labs. He’s closest to his “dad,” Dolan, however. “The bond most people have with their pets is strong,” Dolan said. “When they’re your partner and you’re going to work together and you’re together 24/7, the bond is really special.” When Max retired a few weeks ago, so did Dolan, as a handler. He’s starting his 21st year with the department working the day shift. As for Max he’s enjoying lounging around the house. “I want a good retirement for him,” Dolan said. “We ask them to do a lot, they ride in the back of the car, jump walls. Their body’s take a pounding. Max will live out the rest of his days at home with me in peace and relaxation. He’s earned it.”

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and intimidating. Max led Dolan and the other officer right where the suspects were hiding. “We heard, ‘Sir, we’re sorry,’ and the other (suspect) was screaming as Max was dragging him out to us,” Dolan said. In 2006, Dolan recalled reports of a man who was peeking at a child through the window of an Independence home. Max was able to track down the perp from the window to his front door. “You try to do the best you can to the best of your ability and when you see your training and effort come full circle – when you track down the bad guy, find that piece of evidence – it’s great,” Dolan said. “You can also make a difference in someone’s life. Tracking down the criminal may be of help to them in their recovery,


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work within the community. Ambassadors are selected through an application process that begins in March. Students are required to fill out an application, submit two letters of recommendation, answer an essay question and go through an interview process. For more information on the Student Ambassador program, visit

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Music “That is my main concern that the children do have music.” Since it is a part-time position, Butler, who had hoped to spend her 50th year at Florence Elementary before retiring, said she is not sure if she’d be able to come back to a part-time position. She’s open to the possibilities that may await, however. Butler and school officials have said Butler has the option to take a music position at Yealey Elementary. That would, however, leave the first-year music teacher at Yealey without a position. “My concern is that my problem becomes their problem,” she said. If a certified and classified position aren’t reallocated to Florence Elementary, however, the council said it will re-

“We were looking to organize a volunteer group to help with city events,” Lenear said. “This is something the students really enjoy. They get to develop their self-esteem and skills.” Lenear said Horne is a good example of how students can benefit from the program. “She was very shy when she started out with us,” she said. “She did a 180, she talks to everybody.”

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Potter’s Ranch, St. Elizabeth team for equine grief camp By Stephanie Salmons

BIG BONE — Losing a loved one is never easy and when you’re a child, it may be even harder. The St. Elizabeth Hospice STARS (Safety Teaching Assurance Respect Support) program is partnering with a Boone County retreat, offering an equine grief camp this summer. The camp will be at Potter’s Ranch, a Christian wilderness retreat facility located near Big Bone, from 9 a.m. to1p.m. July 15-18 and Aug. 5-8 for

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children between the ages of 9 and 17. The equine grief camp was created for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. The program uses horses to build life skills when dealing with loss and stress. According to Vivien Finnigan, a licensed professional clinical counselor who focuses on child and family counseling, the STARS program is a bereavement support group for families. The hospital provides individual counseling and a variety of different groups. The equine counseling camp is one of those groups. “When I work with children, especially when they have something this difficult happen, their bodies remember it,” she said. To access those emotions, they have to “do something with the body,” she said. Pair that with working with the horses and Finnigan said “it’s a very powerful


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tool.” Potter’s Ranch development director Beth Long said the idea first developed about a year ago when the STARS program came to the facility for a one-day program. A station set up in the barn offered visitors an equine experience. Potter’s Ranch is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) premier accredited center. Long herself is a certified PATH instructor and is an equine specialist in mental health and learning. The horses, she said, are used “to guide people to learn more about themselves and process some of their feelings they might have.” Long has long had a love of horses and what the animals “have to teach us can be very powerful,” she said. Horses, Long said, have the ability to mirror back emotions, so they’re able to guide individuals through feelings they

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Beth Long pets one of the horses at Potter’s Ranch used in a therapeutic riding program offered by the facility. They’re teaming with the St. Elizabeth Hospice STARS program for an equine grief camp this summer. FILE PHOTO

may not know how to process. Working with the horses, she said, is “taking away all that stuff that has been clouding you. “It’s like cleaning the windshield. Once you remove all those barriers you put up ... then you can get to those feelings of loss and help (work) through the natural process of grief.” Long said the grief camp is a “wonderful collaboration” between both organizations. “I think it has a wonderful sense of collaboration and uniqueness that I think is pretty exciting.” Participants do not need to know how to ride. Cost for the camp is $50 per child and each camp is limited to 20 participants. The July camp is already filled, but there are still openings in August. To register or for more information, contact Finnigan at 859-301-4612 or email vivien.finnigan@steliz

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Oakbrook; Sunnybrook Farms, Erlanger Heights; Monte Vista; Chitwood; Bonar; Morris Woods; Fedders; Denham; Colodouth Heights; O’Daniel; Devon Heights; Whitson, George; Sprucedale; Shamrock; Boone Aire; Pebble Creek; East Town Estates; Evergreen; Daugherty and Taylor; Woodside Green; Rolling Acrews; farms and new construction throughout Boone County the week of July 22. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at

CVG hosts ‘plane pull’ for Special Olympics

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Northern Kentucky International Airport will be the site of a “plane pull” for Special Olympics Kentucky Oct. 19. Local teams will prove their strength by pulling a 140,000-pound DHL cargo plane. Teams are already forming for the Oct. 19 event. An informational captain’s kickoff meeting took place July 10 at Chuy’s in Florence. The fastest men’s team, women’s team and coed team to pull the plane 12 feet will be crowned champions. Teams raise at least

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COLLEGE CORNER Ezell graduates from Samford

Jordan A. Ezell, of Union, graduated magna cum laude from Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences during spring commencement. Ezell earned a Bachelor of Arts Fellow.

Georgetown honors local students

Recently retired Ryle High School teacher Cindy Schicht. MELISSA

Recently retired Ryle High School teacher Mary Jo Rechtin. MELISSA



Ryle retirees reflect on love of teaching By Melissa Stewart

UNION — Between them, Cindy Schicht and Mary Jo Rechtin have 72 years of teaching experience. Those years, according to the recently Ryle High School retirees, can be characterized by a love for students and teaching.

Celebrating 34 years

Schicht, of Covington, taught in special education for 34 years. She said not a day goes by that she’s regretted her career choice. “I really enjoyed working with the kids,” she said. “All I’ve wanted to do is be a teacher.” Schicht grew up in St. Louis and studied at the University of Missouri and Central Missouri Sate University. She started teaching high school in Missouri, but after moving to Northern Kentucky worked in Covington Schools for 21 years. The spent the last six years of her career at Ryle teaching algebra, working alongside students who have autism, learning and physical disabilities or behavior disorders. Schicht said she’s loved every moment. “Kids are honest,” she said. “They’re

wonderful to be around when they’re trying to figure the world out, it’s fun being with them as they do that. My number one goal was to prepare kids to go out in the world and be successful. Also, to be lifelong learners. It’s been a good ride – a fun ride.” Now that the ride has come to a stop, she’s planning on volunteering more. She’ll also be spending more time with her husband, Jack, and their 2-year-old “spoiled rotten” chocolate lab, Ruby.

Rechtin’s favorite was math

Recent retiree Mary Jo Rechtin, of Union, said it won’t be long and she’ll be back in the classroom substitute teaching. She’ll of course make time for her husband, Rick, and the grandchildren, too. Rechtin has taught for 38 years, the last 13 at Ryle. “I had a favorite teacher, Colleen Shields, my math teacher in high school,” Rechtin, a longtime Boone County resident, said. “She inspired me, but I think I was born to be a teacher.” She’s taught physics, religion and math, but math is her love. “I like the precision of math and the logic of it,” she said. She studied at Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University. “My goal has always been to take each

student from where they are in school, or life in general, and make them better,” she said. Although she has a talent for crunching and teaching numbers, Rechtin always had a heart for people and shared that with her students. “One of the neatest things that happened while I was at Ryle was during leap year. I wanted to do a special activity that students could look back on and remember. We raised funds for an organization called Kids Against Hunger.” Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian food-aid organization that has a goal to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the U.S. and throughout the world. For $1.25, Rechtin said, students could feed six kids. “I challenged my kids to raise $1,500 so we could feed 16,000 kids. We didn’t sell anything, the students just donated. We raised $2,700. It was so awesome that they rose to that challenge and encouraged each other to donate. I think they will remember it.” Part of Rechtin’s personal philosophy is “we’re here to do our part in the world and we each have a unique part to play. I liked to encourage my kids to think that way.”

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The following local students made the dean’s list for spring 2013 at Georgetown College. Florence: Caitlin R. Knox, Lauren E. Kohake, Rebekah Diane Moore Union: Sean Keith Fightmaster, Connor D. Mook, Jacqueline Paige Powell The dean’s list honors undergraduate students who complete the semester with at least 12 credit hours and a GPA of 3.7.

Martin on president’s list

John Martin, of Union, was named to the president’s list at University of the Cumberlands for the spring semester. To be eligible students must have achieved an A-grade in convocation while maintaining a minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 4.0.

Union student excels at RIT

Nicolaus Tekverk, of Union, a fifth-year student in the game design and development program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the spring quarter.

Local students graduate

The following local students recently received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Transylvania University. Carolyn Elizabeth Beutel graduated magna cum laude with honors in political science and economics. She is a Ryle High School graduate and the daughter of Scott and Lisa Beutel of Florence. At the Senior Awards Program, Beutel received the Ruchman Political Science Award presented to a graduating senior who excelled in political science. Elizabeth Marie Ullrich graduated with a major in English and minor in history. She is a graduate of Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High School and the daughter of Kevin Ullrich of Aurora, Ind., and Jennifer Lawrence of Florence. Ria Therese Keegan graduated with honors in exercise science. The Villa Madonna Academy graduate is the daughter of Thomas Keegan of Cincinnati and Diane Keegan of Union.

Local students make EKU dean’s list Community Recorder

The following students made the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University for the spring semester: Haley Elise Yeager: of Florence, sophomore, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in management Joshua David Lang: of Florence, senior, Boone County High School graduate, majoring in network security and electronics Danielle Marie Hagedorn: of Florence, senior, Dixie Heights High School graduate, majoring in English Logan Gregory Hardt: of Florence, senior, majoring in psychology Adam C. Reis: of Union, junior, majoring in police studies Joseph Alford Vance: of Union, sophomore, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in criminal justice Michael Andrew Gonterman: of Union, senior, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in occupational science Brent Alan Hasty: of Florence, junior, Boone County High School graduate, majoring in art Eric L. Hughes: of Florence, senior, Notre Dame Academy graduate, majoring in public relations Morgan Danielle Hunt: of Florence,

sophomore, Cooper High School graduate, majoring in pre-athletic training Alexandra Taylor Martin: of Florence, sophomore, Cooper High School graduate, majoring in marketing Megan Elaine Martin: of Florence, sophomore, Boone County High School graduate, majoring in criminal justice Ella Rae McQueary: of Florence, senior, Notre Dame Academy graduate, majoring in special education/LBD P-12 Angela Nicole Miller: of Florence, senior, majoring in fire protection administration Spencer Ross Mullins: of Florence, senior, Cooper High School graduate, majoring in marketing Khyati S. Patel: of Florence, sophomore, Boone County High School graduate, majoring in English Maria L. Weaver: of Florence, junior, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in communication disorders Jordan Dale Whitaker: of Florence, senior, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in general studies in health sciences Brandon Joseph Young: of Florence, senior, Walton Verona High School graduate, majoring in apparel design and merchandising Bryan Lovell Clontz: of Florence, junior, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in special education/LBD P-12

Allison Gibson: of Florence, senior, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in psychology Kenna Leigh Trent: of Florence, senior, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in management Zachary Marshall Carney: of Florence, senior, Boone County High School graduate, majoring in music Adam Clint Justice: of Florence, senior, Boone County High School graduate, majoring in pre-general dietetics Lucas Aaron Justice: of Florence, senior, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in occupational science Kayla Nicole Antle: of Florence, sophomore, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in criminal justice Matthew Jacob Collins: of Florence, senior, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in public relations Sean Raphael Collins: of Florence, sophomore, Walton Verona High School graduate, majoring in chemistry Jalyn Danielle Eastham: of Florence, sophomore, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in pre-occupational science Bronson Jovan Williams: of Union, sophomore, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in police studies Josh Tyler Wise: of Union, senior, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in health services administration Kayla Larkyn Wood: of Union, junior,

Notre Dame Academy graduate, majoring in special education/LBD P-12 Amanda Katherine Wright: of Union, sophomore, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in pre-communication disorders Sara Elizabeth Donaldson: of Union, senior, Conner High School graduate, majoring in recreation and park administration Zachary L. Pickett: of Union, sophomore, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in psychology David Cole Stanek: of Union, senior, St. Henry District High School graduate, majoring in special education/LBD P-12 Krystal Nicole Carroll: of Union, senior, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in aviation Laura Lee Kelley: of Union, sophomore, Ryle High School graduate, undeclared major Justin Shane Hamilton: of Union, senior, Ryle High School graduate, majoring in criminal justice Heather Nicole Amos: of Union, senior, majoring in geography To achieve dean’s list honors at EKU, students attempting 14 or more credit hours must earn a 3.5 grade-point average; students attempting 13 credit hours must earn a 3.65 GPA; and students attempting12 credit hours must earn a 3.75 GPA.




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Buddies help kids have fun with baseball

Jeremy Hamilton tries to break up a double play in the fifth inning. Hamilton is a Princeton High School product from Cincinnati. The Florence Freedom lost 4-3 to Washington (Pa.) in Frontier League action July 14 at UCMC Stadium in Florence.

By James Weber



The Florence Freedom professional baseball team entered the Frontier League All-Star Break. Florence will be represented in Washington July 17 at the all-star game by four players, shortstop Junior Arrojo, right fielder Byron Wiley, pitchersMichaelOrosandJorgeMarban. After the four-day break, the Freedom will embark on a six-game road trip, beginning in River City. The Freedom and

Rascals will play a three-game weekend series beginning July 19. That game and all six games on the trip can be heard on 1320AM and Steve Jarnicki will have all the playby-play action beginning with the pregame show 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Florence is 30-21 at the break, one game out of first place in the East Division. Florence returns home for three games July 25-27.

Freedom third baseman Jacob Tanis tags out a Wild Things runner in a rundown heading back to second base.

Freedom shortstop Junior Arrojo throws between innings. Arrojo is one of the team’s four Frontier League All-Stars. The Florence Freedom lost 4-3 to Washington (Pa.) in Frontier League action July 14 at UCMC Stadium in Florence. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Freedom outfielder Byron Wiley hits the ball. He is one of the team’s four Frontier League All-Stars.

Freedom reliever Daniel DeSimone hurls to home plate.


Sports injuries

» The Community Press is looking into sports-related injuries among youth. As a parent, athlete or coach of your sports, what do you want to know about sports-related injuries and how they are treated or prevented? Do you have a story to share? Would you be willing to take part in a panel discussion? Email sports editor Melanie Laughman at to contribute or with questions.



» Former Ryle standout Alex Bruce added another honor to her list of accomplishments at Converse College in Spartansburg, S.C. She received an early birthday gift by being named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association NCAA Division II 2012-13 All-American Scholar. Criteria for the selections include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Converse is order-

While playing laser tag three years ago, Aiden Putnam had a life-changing setback. The 7-year-old boy suffered a pair of strokes that robbed him of the use of his right arm. Now 10, the Walton resident and New Haven Elementary student is not letting his disability stop him. Putnam will begin playing baseball this fall as part of a new program started by the Northern Kentucky Baseball youth sports organization. “Aiden takes everything in stride,” said his mother, Jennifer Putnam. “He has his good days and bad days but his bad days are few and far between. He gets around pretty well but he has limitations. He’s a really cool kid. He usually has a smile on his face and takes it all in stride.” Aiden was the batboy for the Florence Freedom professional baseball team during the squad’s July13 home game. He won the honor as part of a promotion honoring kids with disabilities, who will be plentiful in attendance at the game. Putnam is one of many children who will benefit from the new Bambino Buddy Ball program, an adaptive baseball program that is the first of its kind in Northern Kentucky, according to Dr. Meredith Landorf. Landorf, a member of the NKB board and a pediatrician practicing in Fort Mitchell, started the program when patients helped her realize there was a need for it in Northern Kentucky. Similar programs exist in Cincinnati and Fairfield. “We’re always looking for ways to meet children’s needs,” she said. “We feel every kid should have a chance to play a sport. Special Olympics doesn’t have baseball and when I started researching this, I found Buddy Ball and it’s what we need.” The Buddy Ball program will have three levels of play, using either pitching machines, batting tees or plastic wiffle-ball equipment. Two of the levels incorporate the buddy system, where each player has a partner to assist him or her with baserunning and other parts of the game. “It’s great because they’re able to play with their friends,” Landorf said. “Many of the kids aren’t able to transition from batting to running, and they have a buddy with them every step of the way.” The league doesn’t have a fully accessible field compatible with wheelchairs this fall, but NKB hopes to address that in the future. The league can accommodate players with as-

ACADEMIC AWARDS Twenty-nine of the players in the Northern Kentucky Baseball organization were named to the East Kentucky Babe Ruth Baseball 2013 AllState Academic Team. The student athletes must have received all A’s with no more than 2 B’s on their report card. The student athletes must have placed in the 90th percentile or higher in math or reading on standardized tests or state tests. The students must have attempted to achieve some type of competitive academic excellence, including science fair entry, academic competition, orchestra competition, etc. The student athletes must have had a recommendation letter by one of his/ her teachers or school counselor. Boone County: Nathan Belden (Union), Ryan Alexander (Florence), Will Watkins (Union), Neven Perry (Burlington), Jacob Horten (Union), Nathaniel Horten (Union), Bryson Vega (Hebron), Nathan Hammond (Hebron), Jaxson Rollins (Burlington), Kaden Tharp (Union), Ronnie Erpenbeck (Union), Jake Hanna (Union), Evan Stiene (Florence), Charlie Hungler (Burlington), Luke Rockwell (Florence), Jackson Arlinghaus (Burlington), Colin McLean (Walton), Jake Meadors (Union), Daniel Schraffenberger (Union). Kenton County: Jonah Steenken (Fort Mitchell), Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills), Charlie Thiemann (Villa Hills), Ben Dickhaus (Fort Wright). Alexandria: Tyler Canup.

sisting devices such as crutches. Landorf said this season is a pilot program and there are several openings for this fall. The season begins in August and runs through October. The three tiers of play are perfect for kids like Aiden Putnam, who is more able than kids with Down Syndrome, for example. “That works really well for Aiden,” Jennifer Putnam said. “If he was on a typical special needs team, he would be paired with kids who have a lot more deficits than him. He wanted to play baseball but I didn’t think he could handle a league with kids of his age. I think it’s awesome. The closest place for a kid to play this kind of baseball is in Ohio and we didn’t want to put the time commitment into driving up there.” For more information, visit the web site at http://

Ryle golfer Austin Squires hits the ball Aug. 30 during a match against Covington Catholic at Triple Crown Country Club. Squires won the Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur golf championship July 12.FILE PHOTO

ing a plaque honoring Bruce, who celebrated her 19th birthday this month. The plaque will be placed in the hallway of the Converse athletic building. Bruce, a sophomore-to-be psychology major from Walton, and a teammate became the first allconference selections at Converse this past season. Bruce was named third-team after finishing the year ranked 103rd in

the region and second on the team with an average of 81.41. » Ryle incoming junior Logan Gamm was one of eight junior golfers who made the cut at the Kentucky State Amateur Championship at Bowling Green Country Club. He tied for 52nd place with a three-day score of 11-over 227. CaliforSee PREPS, Page A8

Aiden Putnam, 10, of Walton was the honorary bat boy for the Florence Freedom July 13.THANKS TO JENNIFER PUTNAM



SIDELINES Ken Shields camp The Sports of all Sorts Basketball Camp, directed by former Northern Kentucky University coach Ken Shields, is July 22-25, at Sports of all Sorts on Mount Zion Road, for boys and girls in grades 1-9. Early arrival is 8 a.m. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $115. Lunch and drinks for breaks included. Call 859-372-7754 for registration. Walk-up registration at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 22.

Tayshaun Prince Camp The second-annual Tayshaun Prince Basketball Camp for students in grades 3-8, hosted by Kicks For Kids, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1, at the Thomas More College’s Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, as well as at local gymnasiums within five minutes of TMC. All transportation between venues will be provided for the campers. Breakfast and lunch is provided daily to the campers. Admission is $200 per camper. Tayshaun Prince’s Basketball Camp is designed to teach the participants the basic skills of ball-handling, passing, scoring, rebounding and defense. Camp will include 18 hours of instruction by Prince and his staff, which includes top high school coaches, high school standout performers, and celebrity guest speakers. All proceeds from the camp

help fund Kicks For Kids’ enrichment programs designed to benefit area youth. Contact Christine Sebastian at 859-331-8484 or RSVP online visit

Basketball tryouts The Kentucky Warriors will be have tryouts for boys and girls, grades 3-9, for the next AAU and Rec Basketball sessions that begin in August. Both leagues play at Sports of All Sorts in Florence. Visit for more information. Email Ben Coffman at

Jaguars baseball The Northern Kentucky Jaguars baseball team is looking for U11 players for the 2014 season. Tryouts are 9 a.m. to noon, July 20 and 27, and 6 p.m. July 29, at Idlewild Field 6; or by appointment. Call 513-313-9468.

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NKU looking for right Division I combination By Scott Springer


Though field dimensions haven’t changed and the game still involves nine players, the jump to Division I baseball was a difficult one for Northern Kentucky University. After a 36-22 record in 2012, the Norse were a frustrating 8-47 in their first year in the Atlantic Sun. To remedy that, coach Todd Asalon has broadened his horizons in recruiting. Because they were not Division I in the past, NKU often landed transfers who didn’t have to sit out. Now, like all DI institutions, a transfer must sit a year. Because of the level of play and new restrictions, the Norse coaching staff has done some recent globe-trotting. “We signed eight Canadians this year, we’re trying to go a little international to change things up,” Asalon said. “We’re also going out to the west coast with a couple kids

out of the Colorado area. We went with some junior college kids that are a little bit Asalon bigger, stronger and faster.” As a result, NKU will be on the young side next year with their only seniors being Brett Cisper from Moeller and Zac Asman from Elder. Those two are the veterans of the local crew that Asalon would still like to attract. What he has to offer is a favorable location where friends and family can watch college games without considerable travel expense. “If we can get the local kid, we’d love to have them,” Asalon said. “You can get a chance to come in here and play right away and the travel is good. You get to go to Florida quite a few times and we go to California twice.” Joining Cisper and Asman on the list of NKU locals is infielder Caleb

said. “We’re going to have great competition and we’ll let them fight it out in the fall. The best man wins and gets to play in spring.” Battling the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Xavier and Miami for recruits, NKU offers a good conference and possibly a quicker path to the line-up. “The good part is we’re in the Atlantic Sun; the bad part is we’re in the Atlantic Sun,” Asalon said. “They had two teams go to the regionals this year. They’re in Florida and the Atlanta area. There’s better weather, the facilities are nicer and they take it serious.” To step up to the challenge, Asalon has a nonconference schedule that includes some early warm-weather trips to Troy (Alabama) and the University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount in California. “We’ve ramped it up again,” Asalon said. “We’re going to play the best people possible.”


nia’s Brett Metzger, who tied for 25th with a 222, and Covington’s R.J. Foltz, 40th at 224, were the highest local finishers.


» The following players were selected to the Northern Kentucky Softball Coaches Association All-Star teams: First team: Jessica Koors (Cooper), Dallis Knotts (Boone County), Ali Crupper (Ryle), McKell Oliverio (Ryle), Elizabeth Sims (Conner), Kennedy Baugh (Simon Kenton), Mary Beth Odom (Dixie Heights), Shelby Graybill (Highlands), Casey Kohls (Newport Central Catholic). Second team: Haylee Smith (Notre Dame), Lauren Willett (Cooper), Whitney Quillen (Highlands), Erica Lang (Simon Kenton), Tricia Kramer (Bishop Brossart), Laura Finke (Notre Dame), Alexia Snalbaker (Conner), Katlyn Hoeh (Newport), Sydney Himes (Conner), Abby Jones (Notre Dame). Player of the Year: Noelle Butts (St. Henry).



Lonkard of Ryle, pitcherBelaPerler of Anderson, Alex Bolia and Nick Beard of Elder, Lonkard pitcher Drew Campbell of La Salle, Madeira catcher Cody Kuzniczci and Moeller outfielder Ryan LeFevers. Asalon likes tournament-tested Greater Catholic League players and also has another player with considerable postseason experience in Kuzniczci. “He had a great year for us,” Asalon said. “He led us in doubles. We asked him to do a lot. He caught a lot and we batted him in the cleanup spot. We’re expecting Cody to come in and have a really good year for us.” Many of the locals took their lumps in the southern-based Atlantic Sun playing on NKU’s new artificial turf infield. “With that said, we have 17 new kids,” Asalon

» A team from the Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club – the U16 Tsunami – that has three Notre Dame and three Ryle players recently finished seventh in the Open Division at the USA Nationals in Dallas. The Open Division is considered the highest division in the country and consists of the top 32 teams in the nation. Morgan Hentz, a rising sophomore from Notre Dame, was selected to the alltournament team. The other Northern Kentucky team members are: Ashley Bush, a rising junior at Ryle who has committed to Northwestern University; Kay Butler, a rising junior at Ryle; Hannah Colvin, a rising sophomore at Notre Dame; Micaela Stephenson, a rising junior at Notre Dame; and Abby Thelen, a rising junior at Notre Dame.

Coaching news

» Ryle has hired a softball coach and a girls soccer coach. Craig Milburn is the new softball coach, replacing Patti Oliverio, who stepped down after this past season following five successful seasons as coach in which she compiled a 127-57 record and led Ryle to three Ninth Region championships (2010, 2011 and 2012) and one Ninth Region runnerup finish (2009). Milburn is a native of Springfield, Ky, and has been at Zephyrhills High School in Florida for the last 34 years. He wore many hats during his time there, serving as athletic director (28 years), head baseball coach (16 years, 263 wins) and coached fast-pitch softball team there for the last nine seasons. He has compiled 147 victories in softball and ended the 2013 season with a 19-7 record. In 24 years of coaching both baseball and softball, his teams have only had two losing seasons. He recently retired from Zephyrhills and moved back to Kentucky to be closer to his family. Dusty Margrave will take over as girls soccer coach, replacing David Jones, who had replaced Edmundo Echeverria, who had stepped down after last season. Jones has accepted an assistant principal position at Florence Elementary School. Margrave has been an assistant at Ryle for the past three years serving as the program’s JV coach.

Florence Speedway

» Giving back to the fans was the theme of the evening with the bi-annual “Fan Appreciation Night” at the half-mile high-banked dirt oval of Florence Speedway. The night started with the reduced general admission price for adults at $10 and ended with the after-race infield gathering for the Ninth Annual “Meet & Greet.” Fans of all ages

engaged in conversation and photo and autograph opportunities of their favorite cars and drivers in all divisions. July 13 winners were Dustin Linville, Josh Rice, Brandon Gibson and Jerry Gibson III. Point leaders through July 13: Late models: Tim Prince 1,090, Nick Latham 1,080, Greg Johnson 1,074, Steve Landrum 927, Duane Chamberlain 927. Modifieds: Larry Pickleheimer, Jr. 1,053, Kelly Craddock 1,041, Ryan Morton 1,010, Pete Holt 957, Kevin Hess 925. Pure stocks: Dustin Nobbe 1,088, Charles Bowman 1,063, Tim Brearton 1,042, Tony Roland 994, Dana Moore 977. Hornet: T.J. Dalton 958, Trevor Landrum 858, Michael Gemmer 836, Jerry Gibson III 835, Carson Freeman 741.

Amateur golf

» Incoming Ryle junior Austin Squires won the Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur golf championship July 12. He shot 151 in the 36-hole medal play final, defeating seven other finalists. He defeated Cale Barr in a playoff. Ross Sharp was third at 153, followed by Phoenix Ramsey (155), Michael Sharp (155), Jeff Chadwick (158), Tom Wimsatt (163) and Kevin Hamm (165). The First Flight consolation went to Jacob Bowman, who at 78 in the 18hole final. Second place was Stephen Pharo (79), followed by Kevin Sesher (79), Jeff Cahill (81), Mark Collett (81), T.J. Dunhoft (85) and Dan O’Brien (86). Michael Wolf was eighth but did not play the final round. The Second Flight winner was Matt Bowlin at 78, followed by Paul Sturgeon (80), Todd Brandenburg (83), Kenton Lucas (84), Deron Roberts (85) and Tyler Webb (90). Charles Davis and Jason Lovins qualified for the finals but did not participate.





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When weather dries, be healthy outside After a cool, rather wet June and a washout of a July Fourth holiday weekend, I might be safe in diagnosing many Northern Kentuckians with a touch of summertime cabin fever. We’ve still got several weeks of summer left, and I’m hopeful that the weather will cooperate for outdoor activities. Thus, I’m optimistically sharing a few health tips.

Animal encounters

We tend to come in contact with animals more often in summer. This ranges from livestock booths at county fairs to camping to neighborhood dogs. In the last couple of years,

cases of a new strain of flu have been tied to contact with pigs at county fairs. Prevention is basic: If your family is showing or Lynne M. visiting liveSaddler stock booths at COMMUNITY a fair, be sure RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST to wash your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with animals. If hand washing facilities aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t take food or drinks in to livestock areas, and be careful with baby items that might

end up in the mouth, like pacifiers and bottles. Insects can spread disease, and show up at many of the places we like to have fun outside—parks, campgrounds, fairgrounds, etc. So, you should always use a bug spray containing DEET. If you’re going to be out at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, try to wear long sleeves and pants. If you can, avoid heavily wooded areas, and walk in the center of trails while hiking. Both are steps that will help you avoid ticks, which can cause Lyme disease. As your family plays in your neighborhood or at a campsite, you may encounter dogs you don’t know. Children ages 5-9

Bring jobs ‘out of the shadows’ When I did something stupid, my mother would raise her voice and say “Have you lost your livin’ lovin’ mind?” It was a rhetorical question – her way of telling me I was, in fact, doing something stupid. Largely as a result of this stern upbringing, and from having frequently been stupid before, I know a thing or two about the subject. Recent events inspire me to rhetorically inquire, “Has Washington, D.C., has lost its livin’ lovin’ mind?” We are fixated on immigration reform – which would make illegal immigrants legal and provide a “path to citizenship.” It’s a matter of priorities, and it has been for awhile. By any computation, every day Congress is in session costs tens of millions of dollars. As debate rages on, the tab will reach hundreds of millions of dollars just to deal with immigration reform. Meanwhile, real unemployment for our Americans here legally has remained above 8 percent for more than five years. Would it be more helpful for Congress to focus on making it easier for employers to hire unemployed Americans

rather spending its time adding millions of illegal immigrants to our workforce? I think I know how unemployed Rob Hudson Americans COMMUNITY would answer RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST this question. The mantra is that we need to bring illegal immigrants “out of the shadows.” Imagine what it’s like to be an illegal immigrant. Every day you wake up and you know your presence is illegal. You obtain fake ID. You lie to get employment. You lie to legal authorities. You remain in the shadows because most days you are engaging in a pattern of deception. But if we are going to grant illegal immigrants some form of amnesty, I can’t help but ask for some corresponding jobrelated “amnesty” initiatives to bring jobs “out of the shadows.” How about some tongue in cheek, tit-for-tat? 1. Employers should be granted amnesty from all litigation brought by the federal

government. At least these employers have been here legally, contributing to our economy. 2. Employers should be granted amnesty from our complex tax code. Overhaul and get it down to 10 pages. 3. Employers should be granted amnesty from all pending government investigations – if they’re willing to hire new employees with the money they save. 4. Amnesty on all banking rules for business expansion loans if the expansion will result in jobs. I wish we didn’t have an illegal immigration problem, but my sympathy lies with millions of law-abiding, chronically unemployed Americans. The immigration debate will end at some point, at which time there will be enough oxygen in the room to focus on jobs – assuming we don’t lose our livin’ lovin’ minds. Rob Hudson is a lawyer at Frost Brown Todd in Florence. He is author of “A Better Tomorrow – Fighting for Capitalism and Jobs in the Heartland.”

are the highest risk for injuries from dog bites. Protect your child by teaching him/her to avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs and to report any unusual behavior to an adult.

Dining al fresco

Many outdoor activities involve food, and the elements can be a challenge for maintaining food safety. If you are packing a picnic, plan ahead. Try to buy just the right amount of food, so you don’t have lots of leftovers that you have to keep hot or cold for long periods of time. Have coolers ready to keep cold foods chilled, and keep raw meats separate. If you are buying food from

a vendor, make sure the booth is clean and tidy, that it has hand washing facilities, that it too can keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and that it’s been inspected by the Health Department. Here’s hoping that Mother Nature reverses course midsummer, and gives us a chance to enjoy time with family and friends outdoors. If the weather doesn’t change, I defer to my colleagues at our local public libraries to share their favorite book and movie recommendations. You’ll find me at the Erlanger branch. Dr. Lynne M. Saddler is director of health of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Lucky to live in Florence

My husband and I often say how fortunate we are to live in Florence. Many things make this a great place to live. For instance, our taxes have only risen slightly since 1998 when I first became a resident, Mall Road is looking so beautiful these days, Turfway Road in the area that crosses under I/71-75 is so pretty. Also, the new senior center is a wonderful addition to our city, the aquatic center is great and I love to drive by the skate park and see all the children and teens who are having a good time there. Our city government truly cares about the residents. This is a friendly community and we thank Mayor Whalen, the entire City Council, and the police and fire departments for doing such an outstanding job. Other cities should be so lucky.

Janine M. Schmitt Florence

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Alcohol use is a key threat to nation’s youth The alcohol-fueled alleged serial rape of a 16-year-old Ohio girl by two of her similarly impaired classmates – not to mention the drunken videotaped commentary of others – points yet again to the imperative that adult America renews its commitment to address as a true national community those issues that most threaten the health, safety, and forward development of youth. It is a priority that carries with it, in Dr. Martin Luther King’s words, the fierce urgency of now. Indeed, is there a task more pressing than protecting the generation that will follow us as custodians of the future? Probably not. Among the key threats facing our kids are ones often overlooked, underplayed, or enabled by adults: alcohol use and its many negative ramifications, including impaired driving. Over the past decade, our government has laid out a blueprint for reducing “demand”

among adolescents and children, beginning with the National Academies report, “Reducing Underage Drinking – A Stephen Gray Collective Wallace ResponsibilCOMMUNITY ity.” It is imRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST perative that all members of adult America make it their business to join the legions of agencies, organizations, schools, and families in combating underage drinking and the driving that often follows. But new research reveals we have a long way to go. According to a recently released study of teens by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Insurance, the number of 16- and 17-year-olds reporting that their parents allow them to drink at home, host alcohol-included parties, and drink at parties away from



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home is on the rise. For example, 37 percent of the teens revealed that their parents allow them to drink with them, up 10 percent from 2010. Some believe that “de-mystifying” alcohol use by allowing kids to drink at home will make it less likely their teens will drink elsewhere. But other research tells a different story. According to a 2005 SADD Teens Today study: Among high school teens, those who tend to avoid alcohol are more than twice as likely as those who repeatedly use alcohol to say their parents never let them drink at home (84 percent vs. 40 percent). More than half (57 percent) of high school teens who report their parents allow them to drink at home, even once in a while, say they drink with their friends, as compared to just 14 percent of teens who say their parents don’t let them drink at home. Similarly, between 2010 and this year, those stating that

they are allowed to drink without their parents present or to attend alcohol-included parties rose from 21 to 29 percent and from 36 to 47 percent, respectively. Finally, those teens reporting that they are permitted to host parties with alcohol increased slightly over prior years to 15 percent. Given the known – and deleterious – effects of alcohol on evolving teen brains and the link between early alcohol use and life-long problems, this trend represents a significant concern to prevention specialists and educators. Hence the urgency. Fortunately, not all the news is bad. A combination of policy, parents, and peers holds some hope. » Policy: An increasing number of states are enacting – and enforcing – social host liability laws, holding adults accountable if they provide alcohol to minors or allow alcohol-included parties to take place in their homes.

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» Parents: Mom and Dad remain the most powerful force in their teen’s decisionmaking. Conversations about safe driving and saying no to alcohol can start with them. » Peers: Friends hold a lot of power, too. Eighty-seven percent of surveyed teens will ask a peer under the influence of alcohol to refrain from driving … and 92 percent of those peers would agree. Thus, let’s make a resolution in our courts, our homes, and our cars to address the scourge of youth substance use and the crash deaths and injuries from car crashes that often result. That is the fierce urgency of now. Stephen Wallace, senior adviser for policy, research and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), is an associate research professor and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) at Susquehanna University and has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent/ family counselor.

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Hebron artist Magno Relojo completes a Plein Art painting of the scene at the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival on July 13. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Christy Aylor of Union puts the finishing touches on her patriotic chalk drawing during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival July 13 at the administration building. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

BOONE EVENT CELEBRATES ART AND HERITAGE BURLINGTON — The Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival gave visitors a chance to watch artists in action drawing patriotic-themed chalk drawings. Taking place behind the Boone County Administration Building, Saturday’s event also featured a historical display and antique car show. In the chalk drawing, the Viewer’s Choice award went to Sydney Langsdale from Union.

Betsy Conrad, president of the Boone County Historical Society, shows a display of antique kitchen utensils on display during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival. The kitchen set was loaned by Butch Wainscott, owner of the Tousey House Tavern in Burlington. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A bell from Anderson Ferry was loaned by Paul Anderson to the Boone County Historical Society for use during the society’s museum exhibit during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Foxx Ohmer of Florence works on a Mustang as part of his patriotic themed chalk drawing during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival Saturday, July 13, at the administration building. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Fred and Virginia Langsdale of Union watch their granddaughter Sydney Langsdale of Union complete a patriotic-themed chalk drawing during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival held July 13. Sydney’s drawing won the Viewer’s Choice award.MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Virginia Lainhart, vice president of the Boone County Historical Society, stands near a Union Civil War flag inside the society’s museum exhibit during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival on Saturday, July 13. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Melvin Baker of Walton cruised in with his 1941 Ford during the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival July 13 at the administration building. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Aubree Hannah, 5, of Florence and Reese Howson, 5, of Burlington stand by Jim Martin’s 1923 Ford T-Bucket during the car show at the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Harlee Hornsby is one of eight chalk artists who competed in the Boone County Heritage Day and Chalk Festival held Saturday, July 13, at the administration building. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER





Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Highlights performers, bands, DJs, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20-plus years sharing love of music with the public. Included with admission. 859-491-4003. Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Verbum Domini, “The Word of the Lord,” is made up of a couple dozen Bible-related items in an exhibit that celebrates God’s word throughout the ages. Also called the Green Collection, it’s funded by Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390. Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Portico. Come face-to-face with tales of dragons from all over the world. View artwork and other adornments strolling beneath Chinese dragons. Learn about encounters with these beasts from China to Africa, Europe to the Americas and Australia to the Middle East. Discover what ancient historians have written about these creatures, and examine armaments that may have been used by valiant dragon slayers. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390. Petersburg.

Festivals St. Paul School Summer Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Rides, games and food. Free, fee for activities. 859-647-4070. Florence. Kenton County Fair, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Kenton County Fairgrounds, 2836 Harris Pike, Demo derby, livestock shows, carnival, horse shows, pageants, 4-H and FFA exhibits, truck and tractor pulls, food, laser tag, bingo, spelling bee and senior half price night. $10. Presented by Kenton County Fair. Through July 20. 859-356-3738; Independence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Friday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Karaoke and dance. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Meet Your Match Trivia, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union.

Recreation Friday Night Cruise In with DJ Ray, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Door prizes, $1 hot dogs and free color photo. Bring car for discounted meals. Free. Through Sept. 27. 859-384-6617. Union.

Senior Citizens Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

Sports ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Pros and social players compete for titles: World Social Doubles, King of Sling, World Doubles, Queen of Cornhole and King of Cornhole. Benefits multiple charities. Ages 21 and up. $150-$300; free for spectators. Presented by American Cornhole Organization. 513-9658687. Florence.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Beh-


Mike Hemmelgarn, magician, juggler and ventriloquist, performs a one-man show, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, in Union. FILE PHOTO

ABOUT CALENDAR The Newport Kentucky Art Outpost has its second annual event featuring dozens of regional artists presenting paintings, glass, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and crafts, at World Peace Bell Park, Fourth and York streets, in Newport. The event runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 19; noon-9 p.m. Saturday, July 20; noon-7 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Call 859-655-7700.THANKS TO JOYCE MCMULLIN

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ringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Farmers Market Newport Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Historic Newport Business District, Monmouth Street, Held at 709 Monmouth St. in city parking lot adjacent to Pepper Pod Restaurant. Homegrown fruits, vegetables and annual and perennial flowers. Presented by City of Newport. 859-292-3666. Newport.

Festivals St. Paul School Summer Festival, 5-11 p.m., St. Paul School, Free, fee for activities. 859-6474070. Florence.

Films Walton Movie Night, 9 p.m. Movie: “Brave,” Walton Community Park, Old Stephens Mill Road, Movie begins at dusk. Bring seating and refreshments. Free. Presented by Boone County Parks. Through Aug. 17. 859-334-2117; Walton.

Literary - Libraries Weather Wonders, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Meteorologist Kevin Robinson from WLWT shares his experiences chasing storms and predicting weather. Free. 859342-2665. Florence.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 6-7:30 p.m. Music by WolfCryer (Americana)., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Free. 859-3718356; Florence.

Sports Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls, 6:30 p.m. Doors open 5:30 p.m., Midwest Sports Center, 25 Cavalier Blvd., Team belongs to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Suicide seating included with general admission. $15, $10 advance; free ages 5 and under. Presented by Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls. Through Aug. 17. 859-474-0809; Florence.

SUNDAY, JULY 21 Antiques Shows Burlington Antique Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, More than 200 vendors with

The Kenton County Fair runs through July 20 in Independence. THANKS TO THE KENTON COUNTY FAIR antiques, vintage jewelry and furniture, primitives, architectural elements, mid-century collectibles, American and memorabilia. Early buying, 6-8 a.m. with $5 admission. $3, free ages 12 and under. Presented by Burlington Antique Show. 513-922-6847; Burlington.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 1-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Festivals St. Paul School Summer Festival, 4-9 p.m., St. Paul School, Free, fee for activities. 859-6474070. Florence.

Music - Big Band Jammin’ at Jane’s, 3-6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Free. 859-384-6617; Union.

MONDAY, JULY 22 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-586-9207; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library.

859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union. Zumba, 5:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Fast-paced workout. $5. 859342-2665. Walton.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Monday 4 Mystery Book Group, 7 p.m. Discuss “Blue Smoke” by Nora Roberts., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Florence. Mike Hemmelgarn: Magician, Juggler, Ventriloquist, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, One-man show with lots of audience participation. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Yoga Fitness for Seniors, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Education Admissions Information Session, 2-3 p.m., Gateway

Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing, B104A. Learn about admissions, financial aid, academic programs and advising. For ages 16 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500. Florence. Financial Aid Workshop, 3-4 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing, B206. Learn how to file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On-site assistance if you bring 2012 federal tax return. Learn how to obtain college degree with minimal student debt. For ages 16 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. Between Us, 6:30 and 7 p.m. This month’s title: “Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Tweens and their parents read and discuss book each month. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Drop-In and Stitch, 4:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Bring in yarn projects and join other knitters and crocheters. Yarn and needles available. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859485-7611. Walton.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington.

Attractions Summer Family Discount Hours, 4-7 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Admission: $23, $15 ages 12 and under. 859-2617444; Newport.

Exercise Classes Zumba Gold, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Slow-paced, low-impact version of regular Zumba, perfect for anyone with physical limitations or just starting out an exercise program. $3. 859-342-2665. Florence.

AMC Summer Nights, 10 p.m. “Olympus Has Fallen.”, AMC Newport On The Levee 20, $3. 859-261-6795; Newport.

Health / Wellness Nutrition and Dementia, 11 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn about different types of dementia and ways nutrition, exercise and stimulation may help to decrease risk. Free. 859-342-2665. Florence. Medicare 101, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Workshop provides overview of Medicare coverage and supplemental insurance for prescription drugs and health care coverage. Hear about common Medicare scams. Free. 859-3422665. Union.

Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, Free. 859-431-3455. Bellevue.

Literary - Libraries Lego Mania, 10:30 a.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Legos provided. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Recreation Ladies Instructional Golf League, 5-8:30 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Six weeks of 30-minute golf clinics covering every aspect of the game. 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6, 6:15 or 6:30 p.m. For ladies of any age. $99. Registration required. 859-371-8255. Florence.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Health / Wellness Pet Loss and Grief Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Hopeful Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Share memories with others to help in healing of loss/grief. Refreshments served. Meets monthly on fourth Thursday of month. Free. 859-2821549. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, This class is suitable for all levels! Join Karen Landrum, RYT, for this basic/ beginner yoga practice that offers a holistic approach to maintaining a healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina & lean muscle! Please bring a yoga mat & small handheld or wrist weights to improve lean muscle tone (weights are optional). $25 fee per month. Call Boone County Parks at 334-2117 to register. 859-3422665. Union. Princess Picnic (4-7 years), 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Come dressed in your best for stories and treats with your favorite princes and princesses. Free. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 859-485-7611. Walton.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:35 p.m. vs. Joliet Slammers. Rewind 94.9 Thirsty Thursday., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence.


JULY 18, 2013 • FLORENCE-UNION RECORDER • B3 patties and sauté over medium high heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Makes four big or six medium cakes.

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7Up Cake for reader Tom W., who lost his recipe from the Enquirer Sundayfood section way

back about 10-15 years ago. “Any offer is appreciated,” he said. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Rita adapted her blueberry muffin recipe from blue ribbon award winner.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Blue ribbon muffins help usher in blueberry season level off with knife) 2 heaping cups fresh blueberries or equivalent frozen, not thawed, no sugar added, tossed with flour used in recipe 1 ⁄2 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin cups or line with baking cups. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Blend in extracts, baking powder and salt. Very gently, and by hand, fold in flour and blueberry mixture. Stir in milk. Spoon about 2⁄3 cup batter into muffin cups (enough to leave room for rising). Bake 22-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don’t over bake. Yield: 18 or so regular muffins.

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BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Bradley J. Decourcy, 33, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin) at I-75 northbound, June 10. Robert D. Carl, 40, alcohol intoxication in a public place at New Buffington Rd., June 10. Brian E. Duncan, 52, DUI at 985 Burlington Pk., June 12. Benjamin C. Steely, 60, fourthdegree assault, harassment with physical contact at 6771 Parkland Pl., June 13. Christa R. Freed, 32, public intoxication of a controlled substance (excluding alcohol) at Houston Rd., June 13. James M. Yerkes, 51, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 12 Meadow Ln., June 13. Rachael L. Botts, 23, criminal possession of a forged instrument at Connector Dr., June 14. Kaitlin D. Riley, 21, receiving stolen property under $10,000, shoplifting at Mall Rd., June 14. Brian J. Carlotta, 43, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 2780 Shamu Dr., June 27. Kimberly R. Carlotta, 50, careless driving, DUI, failure to produce insurance card at 2780 Shamu Dr., June 27. Dennis E. Martin, 37, execution of warrant for failure to appear at 10094 Investment Way, June 27. Dennis E. Martin Jr., 37, execution of warrant for flagrant non-support at 10094 Investment Way, June 27. Mark R. Yazell, 28, possession of marijuana at Interstate 75, June 27. Talesha M. Byrd, 24, execution of warrant for failure to appear at North Main St., June 27. Angela D. Hammond, 26, execution of warrant at Interstate 75, June 27. Angela D. Hammond, 26, trafficking in controlled substance, advertisement of drug paraphernalia at Interstate 75, June 27. Travis L. Jackson, 21, failure to or improper signal, trafficking in controlled substance at Interstate 75, June 27.

Jonathan G. Jackson, 35, trafficking in controlled substance at Interstate 75, June 27. George A. Neace, 48, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 306 White Pine Circle, June 27. Jesse C. Ammer, 18, theft at Douglas Dr., June 28. Jesse C. Ammer, 18, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication - controlled substance at Mathew Dr. and Douglas , June 28. Dena M. Rump, 49, possession of drug paraphernalia at 142 Main St., June 28. David S. Holt, 33, serving parole violation warrant at 401 Poinsettia Ct., June 28. Joseph M. Johnson, 24, DUI at Taylor Dr. and Burlington Pike, June 28. Joseph M. Johnson, 24, no registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, operating on suspended or revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana at Taylor Dr. and Burlington Pike, June 28. Edward A. Geymn, 28, operating on suspended license at Dream St. and U.S. 42, June 28. Craig B. Baynum, 37, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to notify address change to department of transportation at Mt. Zion Rd. and Interstate 75 interchange, June 28. Jacob A. Schaub, 24, possession of controlleld substance at 3716 Jonathan Dr., June 28. Christopher T. Serverns, 31, flagrant non-support at 3020 Conrad Lane, June 28. Stephen Puckett, 23, execution of warrant for probation violation at 107 N. Main St., June 28. Fernando Pedraza, 19, execution of warrant for no operator's moped license at 153 Patty Ln., June 29. Cheyenne K. Abrams, 20, execution of bench warrant for criminal trespassing at 6521 Sperti Ln., June 29. David D. Combs, 36, theft at 10812 North Dr., June 29. Ryan R. Gould, 22, served warrant for possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication - controlled substance and shock probation in felony convictions at 3020

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Property vandalized at Retriever Way, June 9. Structure vandalized at 8075 Steilen Dr., June 12. Structure vandalized at 64 Bustetter Dr., June 12. Framing to the main door of an apartment destroyed/damaged/ vandalized at 550 Mt. Zion Road, June 27. Fraud Victim's identity stolen at 6062 Montrose Ave., June 12. Subject in possession of fraudulent check at Connector Dr., June 14. Incident reports Stolen property recovered at Gamestop at 4951 Houston Rd., March 18. Stolen vehicle recovered at 8100 Ewing Blvd., June 9. Subject put others’ lives in danger at 1130 Tamarack Cir., June 10. Subject menaced victim at 7405 Burlington Pk., June 13. Narcotics Officers discovered heroin on subject at I-75 northbound, June 10. Possession Persistent felony offender, possession of controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Money and drugs/naracotics seized. at Interstate 75 north, June 29. Receiving stolen property Automobiles recovered. at Interstate 75 north, June 27. Robbery Subject used force to rob victim of money at the Travelodge at 8075 Steilen Dr., June 9. Shoplifting Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., April 25. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kohl's at 61 Spiral Blvd., June 9. Subject tried to steal items from business at 8219 U.S. 42, June 10. Candle stolen from store inside Cracker Barrell at 7399 Turfway Rd., June 13. Subject tried to steal items from Kitchen Collections at 2012 Mall Rd., June 14. Subject tried to steal goods from business at 7531 Mall Rd., June 14. Theft Cellphone stolen from victim at

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Rosemarie Baldwin Rosemarie Baldwin, 80, of Cincinnati, formerly of Florence, died July 7, 2013, at Twin Lakes of Montgomery, Ohio. She was a political science teacher at Simon Kenton High School, member of the Walton United Methodist Church, member of both the Kentucky and Kenton County Retired Teachers associations, founding member of the Kenton County Young Republicans Club. Her husband, William Baldwin; daughter, Tammy Bohn; and brother, Louis Rich Elliott, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Lynn Groh of Cincinnati; son, Bill Baldwin of Elsmere; sister, Lou Ann Elliott of Lima, Ohio; and two grandsons. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery of Dry Ridge. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St.,

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Mary Beckman Mary Louise Wenz Beckman, 68, of Independence, formerly of Cincinnati, died July 4, 2013, at her home. Her husband, Charles “Bud” Beckman, and sister, Aileen Sakal, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Judy Holland-Peter of Independence; sons, Charles Beckman II of Cincinnati, and Daniel Beckman of Florence; sister, Joyce Bick of Cincinnati; brother, John Lakeberg of Cincinnati; six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Arlington Cemetery of Cincinnati. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Transitional Care Unit nurses who cared for Mary.

Dorothy Cady Dorothy Anne Cady, 89, of Walton, died July 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, member of All Saints Catholic Church of Walton, and volunteered weekly for the past 25 years at Be Concerned Inc. See DEATHS, Page B9

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Charles Anthony Alessandro, 91, of Fort Mitchell, died July 8, 2013, at his home. He was a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Loretta; sons, Rick Alessandro of Fort Thomas, Jack Alessandro of Florence, and Tom Alessandro of Independence; daughters, Cathy Stover of Villa Hills, and Donna Blackwell of Clayton, Ohio; sister, Mary Jane Adams of Union; and 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Paige’s Princess Foundation, 912 McBurney Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036; or St. Joseph School Endowment, 2474 Lorraine Ave., Crescent Springs, KY 41017.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B8 and the St. Elizabeth medical facility. Her husband, Walter Joseph Cady Jr., and daughter, Peggy Anne Brown, died previously. Survivors include her children, Walter Cady III of Union, Carolyn Hackman of Burlington, Thomas Cady of Verona, Jeanette Wolf of Crestview Hills, and Terry Cady of Crescent Springs; brother, George Ruh of Tulsa, Okla.; 16 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Be Concerned Inc., 714 Washington St. Covington, KY 41011-2315.

Carol Denham Carol L. Denham, 72, of Burlington, died July 8, 2013, at her residence. She was a retired investigation specialist with HealthMarket Insurance Co. in North Richland Hills, Texas, for 25 years, a homemaker, and member of Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion. Survivors include her husband, Sevan Denham of Burlington; daughter, Stephanie Hall of Union; son, Tim Denham of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Linda Byrd of Florence; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery.

Gerald Deters Gerald “Jerry” Deters, 85, of Union, died July 5, 2013. He was born in Cincinnati, raised in Taylor Mill, and graduated from Holy Cross High School and Villa Madonna College. He won a Cincinnati Golden Gloves Championship as a youth boxer, served on a top-secret Army cryptography unit in Paris in 1951, helped start Deters Brothers Builders which later developed a large subdivision in Lakeside Park. He was the developer and operator of the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center from 1970 through 2001, founded and served as the first Chair of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, formed and served on the board of the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, was the president of the Homebuilders Association at both the state and local levels, served on the board of the Greater Cincinnati International Airport, and assisted numerous fundraising campaigns for charities. His wife, Marge Deters, died previously. Survivors include his children, Margo Willman, Lori Simendinger, Paula Heidrich, Monica Lautz, Josh Deters and Gretchen Slagle; brothers, Charlie and Jim Deters; sisters, Joan Maus and Kathy Lonneman; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter in Cincinnati; or Redwood School in Fort Mitchell; or the St. Elizabeth Hospice program in Edgewood.

William Fightmaster William Roy “Bill” Fightmaster, 69, of Florence, died July 3, 2013, at his residence. He was retired from the shipping and receiving department of Zumbiel Packaging in Hebron, was an Air Force veteran, Kentucky Colonel, member of First Church of Christ in Burlington, and enjoyed fishing and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Tomlinson Fightmaster; son, Jeffrey Fightmaster of Florence; daughters, Rhonda Ransdell of Villa Hills, Theresa Kennedy of Latonia, and Robin Greenwell of Fort

Mitchell; brothers, Clyde A. Fightmaster of Covington, and Arthur R. Fightmaster of DeMossville; sister, Nancy Lester of Warsaw; and four grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or the American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Ray Garrison Ray Garrison, 88, of Florence, died July 5, 2013. He was an Army veteran of World War II, truck driver for Wilson Freight, and member of American Legion Post 4, Petersburg Masonic Lodge 926 and Moonlight Hunting and Fishing Club. His wife, Dorothy Garrison, died previously. Survivors include his son, Johnny Garrison; and daughters, Ona Rae Garrison and Debra Gerald. Burial was at Belleview Cemetery.

Nora Jewell Nora Helen Tedder Kilby Jewell, 79, of Colerain Township, Ohio, died July 9, 2013. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, and enjoyed gardening and playing the piano. Her son, Jerry Kilby; and sisters, Elma Rouse and Celestine Redman, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Brunson of Lindale, Texas, and Pam Ryan of Loudon, Tenn., sons, Joe Kilby of Bryson City, N.C., and Glenn Kilby of Florence; sisters, Bertha Forrest of Campbellsville, Nannie Knifley

of Campbellsville, Dorothy Seaborne of Columbus, Ind., Betty Kilby of Columbus, Ind., and Mary Ann Talbott of Madison, Ind.; brothers, Troy Tedder of Columbus, Ind., Roy Tedder of Campbellsville, and Jesse Tedder of Columbus, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, 3551 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251.

David Pate David Eugene Pate, 70, of Edgewood, died July 6, 2013, at University Hospital of

Cincinnati. He was a Kentucky Colonel, member of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and enjoyed his family and horses. His brothers, Floyd and Loren; and sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Larson and Ida Pate, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Pate; daughters, Sonia Pate of Union, Ida Dooley of Fort Mitchell, Michelle Bryant of Covington, and Nicole Wood of Crittenden; sons, Maxie Pate and Travis Pate, both of Edgewood; brothers, Steve Pate of Ocala, Fla., Bobby Pate of California, and

Ronnie Pate of Hahira, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Memorials: the family of David Pate care of Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home.

Floyd Randall Floyd W. “Lefty” Randall, 80, of Independence, died July 7, 2013, at his residence. He was a retired optician for the Lenscrafters Co. in Florence, former optician for 1250 Optical Co. in Cincinnati, and enjoyed fishing and bowling at the Latonia Bowl Lounge for the L&L Dry CleanSee DEATHS, Page B10

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Charles Hall Jr. Charles Alfard Hall Jr., 45, of Newport, died July 10, 2013, at his residence. He enjoyed working, riding four-wheelers and spending time with his family and friends. His father, Charles Alfard Hall Sr., died previously. Survivors include his sons, Charles “Chucky” Alfard Hall III of Tyner, Dylan and Tyler Hall, both of Hazard; daughters, Vikky Hall of Florence, Briana Hall of Hazard, Justice Flores-Brown and Aaliyah Flores, both of Missouri; mother, Mabel Hall of Newport; sister, Louise Huhn of Cold Spring; brother, Edward Hall of Newport; and two grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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LEGAL NOTICE The following storage units from Stronghold of Kentucky will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 3700 Holly Lane, Erlanger, KY 41018, on July 29, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. and will continue until all items are sold. The unit numbers, names and last known addresses are as follows: Unit #102 Lynette Haley, 225 Short May, Elsmere, KY 41018 Unit #209 Joseph Maynard, 324 Sunset Ave #1. Erlanger, KY 41018 Unit #385 April Creech, 10 E. 20th St.. Apt #1, Covington, KY 41014 Unit #391 Debbie Preston, 5282 Fowler Creek Rd., Independ ence, KY 41051

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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 ers’ team. His wife, Joyce Ann Lovelace Randall, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Floyd “Skip” Randall of Florence, Mark A. Randall of Edgewater, Fla., and David G. Randall of Independence; daughters, Debbie Combs of Burlington, Rhonda Smith of Taylor Mill, Kimberly Allen of Union, KY, Debbie Kay Mulligan of Cincinnati, and Judy Bays of Newport; sister, Donna Jean Faye of Covington; 26 grandchildren and 24 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Cancer Society, Northern Ken-

Angel Robles of Kissimmee, Fla., and Andre Robles of Miami; sisters, Emma Robles of Miami, Margie Robles of Hoboken, N.J., Esther Robles of Isla Verda, Puerto Rico, Renailda Robles of Camuy, Puerto Rico, Aida Quiles of Camuy, Puerto Rico and Elsa Robles of La Grange. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Timothy Church, 10272 Hwy 42, P.O. Box 120, Union KY 41091.

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William Robles William Robles, 69, of Union, died July 3, 2013, at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati. He was an aircraft mechanic with Delta Airlines for 40 years, and member of St Timothy Church in Union. His brothers, Juanie Robles of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Little Joe Robles of Tennessee, and Philip Robles of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Maria Robles of Union; sons, William A. Robles of Union, and Samson C. Robles of Northglenn, Colo.; mother, Crisolida Robles of Camuy, Puerto Rico; brothers, Joe Robles of Baton Rouge, La.,

Juanita Simpson Juanita “Scooter” Simpson, 42, of Union, died July 7, 2013, at her father’s home. She was a homemaker. Her brother, Eddie Johnson, died previously.

BOONE COUNTY FAIR OFFERS CONTESTS PAGEANTS FOR EVERYONE! Little Mr. & Ms. Boone County Fair Pageant Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Contestant must be 5, 6 or 7 years old. CAN NOT have reached their 8 birthday. th

Boone County Fair Miss Teen Pageant Wednesday • August 7th, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Judged as a couple. In age-appropriate attire. Committee has right to limit number of entries. Boone County Residents Only on first come first served basis Must be 5 by July 1st and cannot be 8 by July 1, 2013. REHEARSAL - SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2013, 3:00 P.M. Entry Fee: $20 per couple cash at rehearsal Register by July 31, 2013 CALL: 586-7441, 586-6057 OR 689-7642

Ages 13-15 • Must be 13 by October 31, 2013 and not have reached her 16th birthday by October 31st, 2013 • You must be a resident of Boone County to enter • Entry Fee: $20 cash at rehearsal Register by July 31st, 2013 Call Brooke Burcham-Hurst 689-0425, Shanon Adams 586-7953 or Bridget Kremer 586-4646 to register. Informal rehearsal at the Fairground will be Saturday, August 3, 2013, 1:00 p.m.

Boone County Fair Miss Sweetheart Pageant Tuesday • August 6th, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Miss Boone County Fair Beauty Contest Tuesday • August 6th, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

1. The contestant must have reached her 8th birthday by July 1 and cannot have reached her 13th birthday by October 31 of the year that the pageant is held. 2. Boone County Residents Only. 3. Contestant will wear and be judged in age-appropriate, long evening wear. 4. Practice will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:00am. Entry Fee: $20 cash at rehearsal Registration Deadline: July 31st, 2013 Call Bridget Kremer 586-4646, Brooke Hurst 689-0425, Beverly Burcham 586-7441, Sandra Cupps 586-9391.

Howard Sparks Howard “Buzzy” Sparks, 75, of Dayton, died July 3, 2013, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a retired dairy manager with IGA in Edgewood. Survivors include his wife, Betty Sisler Sparks; daughters, Michelle Stenger and Rhonda Sparks, both of Dayton; son, Rusty Sparks of Union; brother, Danny Sparks of Bellevue; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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66, of Erlanger, died July 7, 2013, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was executive director of Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, and secretary of the Erlanger Board of Adjustments. His father, Robert Suedkamp, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Patty Suedkamp; sons, Robert Jason Suedkamp of Lexington, and Erik Suedkamp of Union; daughter, Jamie Hils of Erlanger; mother, June Suedkamp of Crescent Springs; sister, Barbara Kreyling of Crestview Hills; and seven grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Home Care, 7627 Ewing Blvd., Florence, KY 41042.

Anna True Anna Lois True, 93, of Erlanger, died July 5, 2013, at the Village Care Center in Erlanger. Her husband, Marvin Earle True, died previously. Survivors include her son, Steve True of Union; sisters, Thelma Redding of Lexington, and Vivian Thacker of Cincinnati; one one grandson and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Corinth I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

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1. Contest limited to female residents of Boone County between 16 and 22 years of age by October 31, single, never married and no children. 2. Contestant must show in one-piece bathing suit and formal. 3. Contestant can represent only one Fair, if winner in that county. 4. Former Miss Boone Co Fair Queens are not eligible to compete in pageant. 5. Informal rehearsal at the fairgrounds will be August 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. 6. Register by July 31st, 2013. Entry Fee: $25 cash at rehearsal Beverly Burcham 586-7441 or Sandra Cupps 586-9391


Survivors include her husband, Glenn Simpson; parents, Sherri and Eddie Johnson; sons, Kendrick Thomas Scudder and Damon Reed Scudder; daughter, Nina Darlene Scudder; brothers, Ernie, Brian, Damien and Chad Johnson; and sister, Darla Johnson. Burial was at Union Rice Cemetery.

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Karen McWilliams Ramsey Verst, 54, of Union, died July 8, 2013, at St Elizabeth Hospice. She was a 1977 graduate of Boone County High School where she excelled in sports and cheerleading, a longtime employee of Cincinnati Bell, and lifelong resident of Union. Survivors include her husband, Michael J. Verst; sons,

Brandon Ramsey and Ethan Ramsey; mother, Joan McWilliams; father, Chuck McWilliams; sister, Pam Doellman; brothers, Audie, Michael and David McWilliams. Memorials: Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220.

Virgie Webster Virgie Inman Webster, 89, of Dry Ridge, died July 7, 2013, in Dry Ridge. She was a homemaker and member of the Sherman Full Gospel in Dry Ridge. Her husband, Roy Wilford Webster; brother, Raymond Alford Inman; and sisters, Lula E. Seymour and Lena Ruth Boggess, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Louise Koeppe of Cincinnati, Patti Webster of Dry Ridge, and Cathy Mahon Webster of Crittenden; son, Russell Webster of Florence; brother, Cleamon Ralph Inman of Cincinnati; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at New Bethel Cemetery in Verona. Memorials: Sherman Full Gospel.

Paul Wozniak Paul Walter Wozniak, 72, of Florence, died July 8, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital of Cincinnati. He was a retired engineer from Bendix Corp., and member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Florence. Survivors include his wife, Janice Wozniak of Florence; and daughter, Aleah Wozniak of Florence. Burial was at Frankfort Cemetery. Memorials: the family of Paul Wozniak care of Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 8461 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042.



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