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Union Town Center incentives explored Former Boone administrator to assist city leaders By Stephanie Salmons

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The following candidates will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot to fill the vacancy on Florence City Council: • David A. Osborne • Duane Froelicher • J. Kelly Huff • William E. Woods • Eric Granacher

Boone County Fair off to a strong start

The Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair brought out participants in the Fishing Frenzy at the fairgrounds lake, as well as fans of the truck pull Saturday evening. The goat show started off Aug. 8-13 events, just before our print deadlines. LIFE, B1

Baby Contest photos welcome

The Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair takes place Aug. 813. The Recorder will publish photos of the Baby and Preschool Show winners. After the competition, the fair committee and Recorder ask you to send a photo of your child with the following information: Child’s name, which place they came in and the category (such as 2-yearold girls). Email photos to or mail to: Nancy Daly, Boone County Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 2.

UNION - City leaders are taking steps to see what incentive options may be available to attract developers to the planned Union Town Center. Commissioners had previously asked the Boone County Planning Commission to obtain proposals for proParsons fessional services to “evaluate and recommend economic development incentives and public financing options.” The board voted Aug. 1 to enter into an agreement with former Boone County administrator Jim Parsons of Taft Stettinus and Hollister law firm to complete the work at a maximum fee of $15,000. According to a memo to city leaders from planning commission director Kevin Costello, the primary task is to “identify and fully describe” economic development incentives permitted under federal, state and local law for possible use by the city.

‘Unwilling’ to be strip mall

The work would include a list of steps, costs and benefits for each incentive or incentive program and public financing options, the memo states. Such a study would help attract the type of developers interested in investing in the town plan and could demonstrate the financial costs and benefits of establishing an incentive program, according to the memo. Incentives could be available to new or existing businesses. “We still have a small business district on Old Union Road that I think needs the same kind of treatment in terms of potential for expansion and redevelopment opportunities,” Costello said. “The city of Union has thus far

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decided that it is unwilling to be another section of the continuous strip mall that U.S. 42 has become over the years,” said Dr. Bryan Turner, chairman of Union’s Economic Development Committee. Instead, the city, whose leaders have laid much of the ground work for the town center development through planning and public improvements, wants to shift away from that model, he said.

Parsons’ experience cited

“Understanding, from the onset, all the financial liabilities and rewards in the long and short term is a critical step in this process,” Turner said. “Once the city has a clear understanding of

these options, we can actively seek out businesses and developers wanting to join the opportunity that is the Union Town Center.” Parsons’ experiences in the economic development incentive and public financing fields includes work in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green and Newport as well as work on the Ark Encounter project in Williamstown. “We have a pretty good understanding of development from the local government side and understanding what’s reasonable from the public side,” Parsons said. “We also understand from the developers’ side some of the things they may be looking for relative to that.”

Once paralyzed, Florence man, 75, wins gold medals By Justin B. Duke

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A 2007 artist’s rendering of the Union town plan.


Wilton Rose won five gold medals at the Bluegrass Games.

FLORENCE - For Wilton Rose, the golden years are the time to win gold medals. Rose, Florence, recently returned from the Bluegrass Games where he won gold in five events. Four years ago, Rose, 75, was paralyzed. After two neck surgeries, he could move again, but he wasn’t satisfied with how any of the rehab plans were working. He decided to take up swimming and now swims a mile three times a week at the R.C. Durr YMCA. “I was a high school

and college swimmer, but I hadn’t swam in 50 years,” Rose said. Through regular swimming, he’s regained feeling in his entire body except his hands. After four years of swimming, Rose thought it might be time to compete. “As old as I am, I should get into the Senior Games,” Rose said. By the time he decided to compete, the Senior Games has passed and a friend suggested Rose compete in the Bluegrass Games. Rose planned to compete in the 50-meter backstroke and freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. While in Lexington, Rose met up

with some people who wanted him to join their team for the 200-meter freestyle and medley relays. For his age group, Rose was the only competitor and likely the oldest person there. “If I could make it to the end of the pool, I won,” Rose said. As Rose started in his races, the crowd started getting behind him and rooting him on. “I got more applause than anyone else there,” Rose said. With his five medals, Rose plans to continue his regular swimming routine, but he’s undecided if he’ll continue with competitions.

Florence to offer business tax incentives By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE - Businesses may get financial benefits for moving to Florence. Florence City Council is prepared to vote on an ordinance that would allow the city to offer tax incentives to businesses that want to move into or expand in the city. The incentives would help Florence be a more attractive city for

businesses to locate, said Josh W i c e , business/community development director. “It would also encourage investment in Wice certain geographic areas of the city,” Wice said. If passed, the incentives would

vary depending on the kind of business and the location in the city. Businesses in the Florence Main Street Zone that have licensed professionals like doctors, architects or other white collar jobs that are looking to add a minimum of $150,000 in new payroll could be eligible for a rebate of 50 percent of the employees’ withholdings that would be owed to Florence generated by new jobs

for up to five years. The rebate would be the same in the Central Florence Zone, the business zones between Main Street and Interstate 71/75, but the minimum in new payroll would be $300,000. Incentives would also be available for companies adding industrial, service or technology jobs. The minimum new payroll would

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be $300,000 in the Florence Main Street Zone, $500,000 in the Central Florence Zone and $2 million in any other area of the city. The city wanted there to be lower minimums in the

Main Street and Central Florence zones to make areas of the city that leaders are accused of ignoring even more attractive for businesses, said Mayor Diane Whalen. Existing businesses in

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the Main Street Zone that don’t fall under the licensed professionals, service, industrial or technology categories can take advantage of incentives if they redevelop their property. New businesses that move into property that’s been vacant for 18 months also qualify. These businesses can receive the same rebates but for a maximum of two years. Certain types of businesses are excluded from the program including adult and sexually oriented businesses. Businesses participating in other tax incentive programs, such as from the state, aren’t eligible. “The thresholds to qualify for the state is much larger,” Wice said. The state incentives are also much more attractive than what Florence would offer, so most businesses that qualify would probably


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New businesses that move into property that’s been vacant for 18 months also qualify. These businesses can receive the same rebates but for a maximum of two years. opt for them, he said. Council members stated their enthusiasm for the program, but some wanted to see similar incentives for the Houston Road area near St. Elizabeth Florence that would entice medical offices in the area. “Someday there’s going to be a casino (at Turfway Park), and doctor’s offices don’t get built around casinos,” said council member Larry Brown. “We should incentivize it now and get them started building.” The program is in its early stages and will be reexamined often. It would be to add the Houston Road area after there’s been time to see how things go, Wice said. “I think we will learn what things will work well,” he said. Council will vote on the first of two readings for the program Tuesday, Aug. 9.



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Patrick Elmlinger, 4, Florence, gets some golf instruction from Jerod Cahill, Florence, at a putting game at the St. Paul Festival in Florence Sunday, July 17.


Remember that fast-talking petition solicitor?

Out-of-towners are making false and misleading statements in effort to dissolve the NKY Area Planning Commission Have you been asked to sign a petition recently? Did the petition solicitor tell you it was to support the library, bring jobs to Covington, or decrease your rent? Many people in Kenton County have been persuaded to do so for these and many other reasons, none of which are true. In reality, if you signed this petition, you were seeking dissolution of the NKAPC and its professional planning staff. NKAPC is the public agency that regulates the housing and construction industry in Kenton County and develops plans for the community’s future. Special-interest groups are trying to eliminate this important agency. A number of Kenton County residents already have registered complaints about these out-of-state solicitors -who are being paid by the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky -- because they have made false and misleading statements in an effort to get signatures on the petition. Kenton County’s local governments – all of which are represented on NKAPC’s oversight board – do not support this effort to eliminate NKAPC. Our elected officials want NKAPC to continue to serve as the independent watchdog of the housing and construction industry.


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Boone pools see increased attendance By Stephanie Salmons


Visitors to the Union Pool prepare to take a dip on a summer day. The facility is operated by Boone County Parks and Recreation.

With temperatures soaring, some local pools are seeing an increase in visitors. According to Boone County Parks director David Whitehouse, the Union pool had 7,156 visitors as of July 25, compared to last year’s

The Union pool had 7,156 visitors as of July 25, compared to last year’s 5,404. 5,404. Whitehouse attributes this rise to “just the sheer heat itself.” This has been one of the

hotter summers “in a long time,” he said. The Union Pool, operated by the parks department, has a maximum capacity of 150. A few times this summer, they’ve had to close the gates because they’ve hit that number, Whitehouse said. They’ve even seen an

increase in concession sales as well, he said. The R.C. Durr YMCA in Burlington has also noticed an increase in pool visitors this year, executive director Trisha Rayner said. “It’s been up,” she said. “We’ve had a really good string of hot weather (that has) driven people to come cool off in our pool.”

Northern Kentucky father, son among Akron shooting victims ship from Kentucky to help work out the property dispute. They were visiting neighbors Gudrun “Gerdie” Johnson, 64, and her husband Russell, 67, when the shooting occurred, Eshleman said. Police say Hance went next door to the Johnsons, where he shot and killed the couple, Craig Dieter, the Johnson’s 16-year-old granddaughter Autumn Johnson and an unidentified girl from Copley Township. Gilbert Elie, 76, lives across the street and heard gunshots as he got ready for church. In an account that differed slightly from the police version, Elie said he went to the house and found victims in the driveway, near the garage and in a vehicle. A woman – apparently Becky Dieter – came out of the house next door and tried to talk to Elie, but their brief exchange ended abruptly when a man came up behind her and shot her. Elie ran for cover behind a truck. “I figured, maybe I’m next,” Elie told the Associ-




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Beth Dieter, who was unharmed, witnessed the shootings, according to the Rev. Chris Torrey, pastor of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Lakeside Park, where he said the family has belonged since 2002. “She is in shock,” he said. Hance was described by Robin Hancock, 53, of Akron, as a “quiet and strange” man. Hancock was the Johnsons’ caregiver. She said Hance’s confrontational behavior caused her to leave her job. Beth Dieter is a paraeducator at Burlington Ele-


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ated Press. At that time, police say, Hance stalked the Johnson’s son, 44-year-old Bryan, and Scott Dieter. Police say Hance shot Johnson in the driveway of a home after chasing him down a grassy alley. Scott had gone into another home seeking refuge. Police say the family let him in and they were all hiding in the basement when Hance ordered the family out and shot Scott. Upon leaving the home, Hance died in a gunfight with police. “That’s one of the puzzles here; Why was he going after the child?” Copley Township Police Detective Joe Krunich said at the news conference. The nature of the Johnsons’ involvement in the property dispute, other than their dismay at the upkeep of their neighbors’ property, was unclear Monday. Becky Dieter was shot multiple times but survived. She remained hospitalized Monday afternoon and had not been able to talk to police.


Two of the seven people killed by a gunman Sunday morning just west of Akron, Ohio, were residents of Northern Kentucky. Craig Dieter, 51, and his son Scott, 11, of Richwood, were shot to death in Copley Township. “We lost a really good kid and a very well-respected dad in the community,” said Thomas Hummel, principal at Gray Middle School where Scott would have started sixth grade next week. Craig Dieter, according to his Facebook page, was a plant engineer at RockTenn, a consumer packaging company with locations in Cincinnati. He was originally from Copley Township, and a 1984 graduate of the University of Akron with a mechanical engineering degree in military science. Hummel said Craig was a Boy Scout leader for his son’s troop and an assistant coach for the Lego team at New Haven Elementary School, where Scott attended last year.

“I understand Scott took it upon himself to raise the flag at New Haven every morning,” Hummel said. “He was a quality young man who was the victim of a horrible tragedy.” Police in Copley Township held a news conference Monday afternoon at which they said they were unsure of the shooter’s motive in the killings, including the brutal slaying of the child. They said Michael Hance, 51, was the boyfriend of 49-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Dieter, Craig’s sister and Scott’s aunt. Police said Hance had no known criminal record. Neighbors told the Associated Press the violence was the culmination of a dispute over a home that once belonged to Becky and Craig Dieter’s parents. Hance had recently grown angry over neighbors’ comments about the property, neighbor Carol Eshleman said. The carnage on Goodenough Avenue began just before 11 a.m. Sunday. Craig and his wife, Beth, had driven to Copley Town-


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Groups volley for a cause Saturday event benefits NKY Youth Foundation By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

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compete to raise money for the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 13. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. Two teams will vie for victory each hour until 8 p.m. when medals will be awarded to winners. “This is our second annual volleyball tournament, and last year we only had four teams compete, so we are very pleased with this year’s growth,” said Ryan Courtade, the foundation’s executive director. “You can go to our website, to see when the teams play, and what else is going on because we have entertainment and games, fun for everyone in the family.” The volleyball tournament will be at MiddletonMills Road Park at 3415 Mills Road. So far, teams such as Black N Bluegrass Rollergirls, Cincinnati Rollergirls, Democrats, Republicans,

that the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is there to help children, and we are very glad to be playing in the tournament. I think we are probably going to win.” Another team that grew out of last year’s generic media team is the Fox 19 team. “I played on the team last year and had a great time,” said Brad Underwood, morning reporter for Fox 19. “We have our own team this year, and we’ve already had a couple practices. I’m excited, and I think we are ready.” Underwood said he wasn’t aware of the good the organization did until he looked into it last year. He says the organization does an incredible job for children and is happy to play in the tournament to help them raise money. “It is going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “This year we get to play outdoors and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.”



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UNION - The city of Union may soon add an office assistant position. Council members on Aug. 1 held a first reading of an ordinance that would officially create the job. Ezell Leaders learned during the city's January audit report that creating a city position for temporary employee Misty Ezell may actually save the town money when compared to using a temporary employment service. Ezell, the city's administrative assistant, has been working for the town for two years through a temporary agency which bills the city. According to the ordi-

nance, compensation for the position will be between $11.54 an hour (or $18,000 a year) and $16.03 an hour ($25,000 per year.) Ezell currently makes $12 an hour through the temporary agency, city clerk Kathy Porter said. Even including retirement benefits, creating this position will save the city about $6,000, she said. Some $29,640 was budgeted for temporary help in the city's 2011-2012 budget. According to Porter, Ezell works approximately 24 hours a week. Porter said she would expect that to stay the same once the position is created. Officials will hold second reading of the ordinance at the city's September meeting which has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, because of the Labor Day holiday.



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Two Florence companies are finalists for the 2011 Greater Cincinnati International Trade Award. The Northern Kentucky International Trade Association has announced the finalists. • Aristech Acrylics, located in Florence, a supplier of continuous cast acrylic and solid surface sheet; • MI-SWACO, also in Florence, a drilling fluid systems supplier • North American Stainless in Carroll County, one of the largest stainless steel producers in the U.S. • OYSTAR Group, which has a facility in Covington dealing with packaging machines. The winner will be announced at the NKITA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at The Grand, Covington. Keynote speakers will be Fernando Aguiluz of General Cable and Richard Ketron of MAG Cincinnati. Reservations are required by Aug. 21. Cost is $35 for Chamber members, $45 for future members. Visit or contact Tim Norris at 859-578 6394 or

Love Alive completing enrollment

Love Alive Montessori Preschool at Richwood Presbyterian Church is completing enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year which begins Monday, Aug. 15. Limited openings are available for 3-year-olds on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The school is wait-listing for the Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-year-olds class. The school is located at Richwood Presbyterian Church, 1070 Richwood Road, on a nine-acre campus and offers “Handwriting Without Tears” and a Mandarin curriculum. Weekday and weekend interviews/tours are available by calling Love Alive Montessori Preschool at 859-4851900.

Social Security office reduces hours

Starting Aug. 14, the Florence Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. While employees will continue to work regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-

to-face service without incurring overtime, according to a press release from Darrin Egleston, assistant district manager of the Florence office. Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office. Anyone wishing to apply for benefits, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card, obtain a proof of income letter or inform us of a change of address or telephone number may do so at or by dialing 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

Volleyball league has openings

Boone County Parks and Recreation has openings for teams on its Women’s Fall Volleyball League - Upper Division League. The league lasts 10 weeks from Sept. 7 through Nov. 16. It is on Wednesday nights at Goodridge or Stephens elementary schools. Cost is $275 per team. Deadline to register is Aug. 15. Call 334-2117 to register.

from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The school supply drive will feature two buses parked outside the restaurant – one from Boone County Schools and one from Kenton County Schools. Customers can donate school supplies to the county of their choice, and those who donate three school supplies get a coupon for a free chicken sandwich. The district with the most school supplies in its bus by the end of the drive will get an additional $500 donated by Chick-fil-A.

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Gray student wins international title By Justin B. Duke


Tess Chaffee won first place at the future problem solvers international competition.

A world champion problem solver calls Boone County home. Tess Chaffee, who’s going into seventh grade at Gray Middle School, won the international championship for the Future Problem Solvers Program International in the division for fourth- through sixth-graders. Chaffee qualified for the inter-

national competition in Wisconsin after winning the state championship. Going into the international competition, Chaffee was confident. “I expected to do well, but not that well,” she said. The competition involves students being given problems and they’re tasked with creating a number of solutions. “She’s always had a gift for

writing,” said Mike Chaffee, Tess’s father. When it came time for the awards ceremony, Tess felt she’d done well. Fifth through second place were announced first, and when she didn’t hear her name she figured she didn’t place. “I was kind of disappointed,” she said. The disappointment faded quickly when first place was announced and Tess knew she

was the champion. “It was very thrilling to see her succeed,” Mike said. This was Chaffee’s first year of future problem solving, and with such big success under her belt, it won’t be her last. “I’ll definitely keep doing it,” she said. In addition to Chaffee’s success, the Ryle High School future problem solving team won seventh place at the competition.

Retiree has family ties to Florence Elementary By Justin B. Duke


First-grader Treyon Brown plays the Cholera Bug during the Cincinnati Museum Center’s museumon-wheels summer program at Florence Elementary. The program taught students all about germs, including causes, symptoms and prevention methods.


First-grader Travis Poe and Karen Venetian, director of school programs with the Cincinnati Museum Center, act out one of the symptoms of cholera - vomiting. The museum-on-wheels program taught Florence Elementary students all about germs.

All about germs

The Cincinnati Museum Center visited Florence Elementary during its summer school program to teach students about germs. Students learned to identify the fuzzy, giant, microbe-stuffed germs that represented swine flu, sore throat, the common cold, cough, cholera and stomachache, as well as the causes and effects of each of the germs. Cholera, caused by dirty water or food that hasn’t been properly cleaned, can result in severe diarrhea

and vomiting. Students rolled dough pills to help cure cholera by playing an apothecary from the 19th century. They combined cinnamon, corn starch and a pipette of water using a mortar and pestle. They ground the mixture to the right consistency to form a snake and then cut it into pills. Students learned the best way to control germs is to wash your hands with soap and water - too much hand sanitizer can actually kill good germs.


Third-grader Emma Tupman mixes cinnamon, corn starch and water with a mortar and pestle to make a dough pill like apothecaries did in the 19th century. Florence Elementary students learned all about germs when the Cincinnati Museum’s museum-on-wheels program visited during the summer.



Florence Elementary third-graders identify stuffed microbes with germ cards during the Cincinnati Museum Center’s museum-on-wheel’s program about germs. Students learned the causes and symptoms of several illnesses, including swine flu, the common cold and cholera. Pictured, from left, is Jahuree Scott, Ronny Ochoa and Tyler Hanley.

Haylee Taylor, second grade, holds a stuffed microbe representing the common cold germ. During the museum-on-wheels program presented by the Cincinnati Museum Center, Florence Elementary students learned about several different germs/illnesses, including the common cold, swine flu and cholera.

FLORENCE - Looking back, there was only one school where Dan Schneider could’ve spent his career. Schneider retired after teaching for 25 years at Florence Elementary, spending his last few years teaching fourth grade. Even before his teaching career started, it seemed SchneiSchneider der was destined to teach at Florence Elementary. “I was drawn to Florence Elementary because my grandmother lived on Shelby Street,” Schneider said. When he’d visit his grandmother, Schneider would walk over to the school playground. Because of the location of his grandmother’s house, all of Schneider’s mother’s side of the family went to the school when it was a high school in the 1930s. Growing up, Schneider often heard tales of when his mother had contracted polio. Teachers from the school, knowing the risks of visiting someone with polio, would go to her house and help her keep caught up with her work. Schneider’s path to Florence Elementary continued when he was in college and did his student teaching there. “I fell in love with the way the school was run,” he said. Once Schneider landed a job at the school, his desire to stay there was solidified when the school made a big push with the Accelerated Reader program. “I really embraced that program,” Schneider said. Accelerated Reader is a program that tests students on books they read and gives them points depending on how well they comprehend what is in the book. Each year, Florence Elementary makes a theme for the school year and awards students and classrooms who perform well. During his time at the school, Schneider had a five-year streak as the top performing class in the school. Schneider’s favorite part of teaching was seeing how students could jump multiple grade levels in reading ability through the Accelerated Reader program. “One kid last year had it up to the seventh-grade reading level by the end of the year,” he said. In his retirement, Schneider plans to travel. He’s especially looking forward to his autumn trip around the Northeast. “I’ve always wanted to see the colors of the fall,” he said.


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Ryle victim of grad rate formula By William Croyle


Million word readers

The sixth-grade students at Ockerman Middle School are challenged to read a million words or more each year. The students photographed have met or exceeded the challenge. The students are responsible for keeping reading logs of the self-selected titles, writing chapter summaries, and calculating the number of words read. The teachers at Ockerman Middle School are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Paper cranes delivered to Japan By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE - Erpenbeck Elementary’s support for Japan made it all the way to the Land of the Rising Sun. After the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year, students jumped into action. The school held a penny war and raised money for the Red Cross’ relief efforts. Because of a high population of Japanese students at Erpenbeck, one of the school’s traditional assignments took on a whole new meaning. Every year, the schools fourth- and fifth-graders read the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.” The

book tells the true story of a young girl from Hiroshima who contracts leukemia as a result of the atom bomb. In her last days, she prepares to make 1,000 paper cranes. She died after making 644 and her classmates finish the final cranes for her and she was buried with the cranes. Fourth- and fifth-graders usually make paper cranes as they’re reading the book, but because of the tragedy in Japan, the entire school got involved in making them. In a short period of time, Erpenbeck students and their families made nearly 3,000 paper cranes. “We were aiming for 1,000,” said Principal Becky Brown. Once they were made, many moth-

ers of Erpenbeck’s Japanese students came into the school and sewed 1,000 of the cranes together. The cranes were sent to the Hiroshima International School which has the 1,000 Crane Club, a group of kids who take paper cranes sent in from around the world and put them around the Sadoko statue in Hiroshima. The number of cranes that came in and the care that went into sending them to Japan has been a sign of how much the Erpenbeck community cares, said Alisa Alcock, English language learning teacher who teaches many of the school’s Japanese students. “There’s always that attitude of wanting to help,” Alcock said.

COLLEGE CORNER Gonzales awarded 2011 NKSPE scholarship

Larry A. Ryle High School graduate Gabriella Gonzales of Florence was selected as the 2011 scholarship winner for The Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. Gabriella was picked from a group of 12 Northern Kentucky high school students based on the combination of her outstanding grade point average, ACT scores, work and volunteer

activities, awards and essay presentation. Gabriella will use the $ 4 , 0 0 0 scholarship Gonzales to study chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. NKSPE has awarded scholarships for the past 17 years. Scholarships are funded from the proceeds of NKSPE’s annual golf outing. This year’s golf outing will be Sept. 12 at Triple Crown

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Neu graduates from EKU

R y a n Neu, 22, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in occupational Neu safety. He started his career in

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July as a specialist in the safety division at Toyota’s office in Boone County. Ryan is a 2007 graduate of Boone County High School and the son of Bill and Sheri Neu of Florence.

Northcutt graduates from WGU

Kristy Northcutt of Florence graduated with an Endorsement Preparation Program - English Language Learning degree from Western Governors University in July.

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UNION - A new graduation rate formula that schools are now required to use has victimized Ryle High School. The federally mandated formula, used for No Child Left Behind accountability purposes, produces the Average Freshman Graduation Rate. Ryle’s AFGR tumbled from 83.67 in 2008 to 69.37 in 2010, according to data released last week by the Kentucky Department of Education. The reality is that Ryle’s 2010 rate was likely much higher than that, but the formula, combined with a state law, will not acknowledge it. “It shows what nonsense some of these formulas are,” said Randy Poe, Boone County Schools’ superintendent. Ryle posted the fourthhighest composite ACT score (21.1) last year among its juniors out of 22 Northern Kentucky public high schools and has generally had a good academic reputation statewide. So what happened in regard to the formula? When the new Cooper High School opened five miles from Ryle in 2008, more than 200 of Ryle’s freshmen were reassigned to Cooper. That knocked Ryle’s enrollment down 11 percent. According to state law, a school can be classified as “reconfigured” when it has a population shift of 20 percent or more. When a school is considered reconfigured, not all formulas used in acquiring data on it are applied since the data can be skewed by the large population change. For example, more than

20 percent of freshmen at the district’s Conner High School were also moved to Cooper in 2008, so Conner’s 2010 AFGR was not reported last week. But because Ryle didn’t meet that threshold, the formula had to be used. The rate is basically determined by dividing the previous year’s ninth and 10th grade enrollments by the number of diploma recipients in the current year. “We had 206 kids leave, and they don’t count in the formula as graduating from our school,” said Ryle Principal Matt Turner. Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the state education department, acknowledged Ryle is a “victim of circumstances that are out of its control.” “The (formula) has its downsides. At the heart, it’s an average, and averages are not forgiving,” she said. “But this is the rate the U.S. Department of Education is making us use.” Poe said changes must be made to No Child Left Behind. “You can’t give much credence to No Child Left Behind when something like this happens,” he said. The good news is that the formula is temporary. A new one will be used in three years by all states nationwide, and it will track each child (even if he or she moves to another school) rather than using averages. But that’s in three years. District and school administrators sent letters to parents this past weekend, explaining what happened. “The parents know they have a good school and good school system, and that this is nonsense,” Poe said. “We’re not going to change course because of a faulty formula.”

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N. Ky. school supply giveaway set for Aug. 13 Northern Kentucky Harvest will host the 11th annual Backpacks and Breakfast, Northern Kentucky’s largest backpack and school supply giveaway, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Goebel Park, Fifth and Philadelphia streets in Covington. The event is open to students from low-income families in kindergarten through 12th grade from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties. Backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 900 will receive new, clear

Caring about Japan

plastic backpacks filled with school supplies. Parents should bring photo ID for themselves, Social Security or medical cards for their children and a recent piece of mail with their name and address on it. Children do not need to be present to receive backpacks. The event will include breakfast from Frisch’s and Trauth Dairy, and is sponsored by Northern Kentucky Harvest, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) group that helps established social service agencies provide food and clothing to low-income families.

A thousand paper cranes were made by students at Erpenbeck Elementary to be displayed at the World Peace Park in Japan. This project was headed by art teacher Chris-Tina Fogle as she shared the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” with her students. The students are, top row: Kylie Thorn, Lydia Wilmhoff, Arthur Sonzogni, Emily Stephens, Nick Streby, Brooke Rosen, Samantha Bach and Grant Tambling. Bottom row: Katie Sullivan, Maddie Bell and Maud Sonzogni.


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Lori Howard celebrates her retirement with family and friends at the June 30 Florence Freedom game. Howard has been an educator and librarian for 28 years. She was honored by throwing the first pitch and the player Mark Samuelson caught and autographed her ball as a memento of this special event. From left: Howard; Pat Bukosky, firstgrade teacher); Ilah Conley, social studies teacher; and Carleen Powell, science teacher.

Four Boone County students were chosen for the University of Kentucky’s Class of Kentucky, an annual program that recognizes academically talented and community-oriented high school sophomores. Alana Gale of Ryle High School, Lauren McQueary of Boone County High School, Hannah Pennington of Conner High School and Alyssa Schlotman of Cooper High School were welcomed to the UK campus July 15.

The program, now in its eighth year, is facilitated through UK’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar. Class of Kentucky seeks to honor one top sophomore from each high school in Kentucky. Students are chosen by their respective schools and must demonstrate strong leadership and academic skills. The 2011 class honors 205 Kentucky sophomores.


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UNION - The Cooper High School volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons of any team in any sport in the school’s three-year history. Although the Jaguars failed to reach the 33rd District final as they did in 2009, they still went 20-9, the first winning season in the team’s history. Cooper also won the Highlands Cake Classic. “After only losing three seniors from last year, the returning players and promising newcomers are determined to work hard and compete improving on last year’s season,” head coach Michelle Isaac said. Isaac has been the head coach from day one, compiling a 38-35 record in three years. She graduated three sen-

iors but returns six players with starting experience. Cooper has three seniors this year in defensive specialist Kayla Anderson, libero Jordan Findley and middle hitter Mikayla Rolle. Rolle, also a mainstay on the team since the school opened its doors, has developed into one of the top hitters in Northern Kentucky. She had 240 kills last year but was highly versatile with 149 digs and 104 blocks on her way to first team honors in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference. Findley, another senior and a Jaguar varsity player since day one, had 182 digs. Junior middle hitter Julia Edmonds, junior setter Tonya McDine, junior outside hitter Taylor Zingsheim and junior outside hitter Brianne Dunn all

have starting experience. McDine posted 227 assists and 109 digs a year ago. Freshman hitter Carley Powers is the top newcomer to the rotation. Cooper is aligned in the deepest and most competitive district in the Ninth Region with the Jaguars facing off with their county rivals in the 33rd. The Jags start the season Aug. 9 at Lafayette, then debut at home Aug. 11 against powerhouse Notre Dame. In addition to their conference foes, Isaac put some of the area’s other best teams on the schedule including Newport Central Catholic, Highlands and Beechwood. Cooper will also be in tournaments in Lexington and at Highlands as it tries to defend its Cake Classic title. See more sports coverage at

Other local teams Boone County Rebels

The Rebels finished last year strong. Although their overall record was just 10-22, they turned it on at the end, finishing as 33rd District runner-up. Second-year head coach Eric Hall has four returning starters in Brooke Pendleton, Sara Sutton, Stephanie Lambert and Sami Hare. Other top contributors look to be Alexis Funke, Nicole Wheeler, Amanda Wallenfelsz, Brianne Popp and Zita Ackah. Pendleton and Funke will be looked at as senior leaders according to their coach. “The commitment to our offseason program was great this year and the girls will reap the benefits of their hard work once the season starts,” Hall said. “It should be an exciting year filled with many possibilities.” The Rebels are set to start the season Aug. 9 at Walton-Verona, then has the home debut Aug. 11 against Highlands. The Rebels will be in tournaments at Bracken County, Woodford County and Highlands.

Conner Cougars

The Cougars graduated five seniors including first-team, all-conference honoree Lisa Muldoon. Conner was 15-18 and lost to Ryle in the 33rd District semifinals. The Cougars start at home Aug. 9 against Notre Dame and host Campbell County Aug. 16. The team did not return requests for further information.

Ryle Raiders

The Raiders were 24-12 last year under veteran head coach Tasha Lovins. They gave Notre Dame a scare in the Ninth Region semifinals before losing in three sets. The top returnee for the Raiders is sophomore setter/outside hitter Harper Hempel, an all-conference pick last season. Also returning are senior libero Alena Harthun, junior setter Heather Torline, junior hitter Kaylee Keohane and sophomore middle blocker Alexa Nichols. Harthun is the lone senior on the team. “We have a young team this year with a lot of potential,” Lovins said. Ryle starts the year at home against Beechwood Aug. 11 then hosts Campbell County Aug. 18. Ryle will be in tournaments in Lexington and Louisville this season.

St. Henry Crusaders

St. Henry lost four key players to graduation off a team that went 2411 and reached the state semifinals: Conference player of the year Rachel D’Agnillo at libero, first-team all-conference picks Stephanie Gurren and Taryn Ward; and Kelsey Zwick. Despite those losses, head coach Maureen Kaiser has two players back who already have committed to Division I colleges: junior Rachel Fortner, who committed to the University of Dayton, and junior Abbey Bessler, who committed to Xavier University. Both were also first-team,

all-conference honorees. Fortner is likely to move to setter this season. “They’re a good place to start, but we’re definitely rebuilding a little bit,” Kaiser said. “I have mostly juniors and freshmen and (Notre Dame) is mostly sophomores and seniors.” St. Henry was slated to start the season at home against Campbell County Aug. 9. After road matches Aug. 10, 11, 16 and 17, St. Henry returns home to face state power Sacred Heart Aug. 18. The Aug. 11 match is at Louisville Mercy.

Walton-Verona Bearcats

Walton-Verona is seeking its ninth straight regional tournament berth and has a strong core returning from a team that went 12-9 and lost in the first round of the Eighth tournament last season. New coach Tony Pfeffer lost three starters to graduation but returns seven seniors in Taylor Cornelison, Kelli Ryan, Hannah Davis, Katie Baumgartner, Kelly O’Brien, Shelby Evans and Kelsey Mosier. Walton hosts Boone County Aug. 9 and plays at Trimble County Aug. 11 before returning home to face Williamstown Aug. 16.

Heritage Eagles

Heritage was 5-22 last year for head coach Kathie Rutt but did not have any seniors. Heritage hosts Villa Madonna Aug. 11 and Silver Grove Aug. 16. The team did not return requests for further information.

Calvary Christian Cougars

Head coach Kara Landis returns five starters in juniors Kaitlin DeJarnette, Bekah Napier, Mariah Fisher and Sam Hackman, and sophomore Keely Borden. The top newcomer is freshman Priscilla Kohls. Calvary’s first home match is Aug. 11 against Lloyd.

Holy Cross Indians

The Indians were 29-10 last year, finishing as All “A” state runner-up. Sixthyear head coach Becky Houston has four veteran returnees in Jayden Julian, Abbey Tally, Megan Krumpelman and Georgia Childers. Julian and Childers are Division I college prospects. Promising newcomers include Leah Volpenhein, Stefanie Sinclair, Brandi Trenkamp and Allison Rickels.

Notre Dame Pandas

Notre Dame Academy returns almost every key player from last year’s team, which compiled a 20-10 record and was Ninth Region runner-up. Leading the way for head coach Andrea Lanham are senior libero Carly Jones, senior outside hitter Emily Schmahl, senior defensive specialist Lindsey Hartmann, sophomore middle blocker Heidi Thelen and sophomore setter Elly Ogle. Also returning are senior defensive specialist Kristen Schellhaas and junior outside hitter Taylor Angel. Schmahl was conference player of the year last year. Ogle, Jones and Hartmann were also all-conference picks.

Cooper hitter Mikayla Rolle is the team’s top player.


Seniors take an early lead on Cooper golf team Cooper High School seniors Adam Millson and Austin Molen have shot off to a great start in the early stages of the golf season. Millson and Molen shot the same score in the first two tournaments; both had 74 in the Beechwood Invitational at Flagg Springs and the following day they shot 73 at the Oldham County Invitational, hosted at the tough Nevel Meade Golf Course. The pair have not only led the team the last three years in scoring, but also excel in the classroom. Both are in the National Honor Society, which recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Cooper hopes this type of play and leadership will help the team attain its goal of reaching the state tournament. Other players that will determine the success for the year are Austin’s brother, Alex Molen, who is returning after playing his ninth-grade season; junior and newcomer Rhett Pluimer; sophomores Collin Smith and Alex Holland; eighth-graders Trevor Yost and Billy Crawford; junior Cameron Sharrow; and freshman Patrick Dragan.


Cooper High School seniors Adam Millson, pictured, and Austin Molen have shot the same score in the first two tournaments. Both had 74 in the Beechwood Invitational at Flagg Springs and the following day they shot 73 at the Oldham County Invitational at Nevel Meade Golf Course. THANKS TO DOUG JONES

The NKY Nitro 10U champions. From left are: Front row, Dylan Doverspike, Mike Armour, Nate Bowman, Ryan Clements, Aiden Jordan; middle row, Noah Litke, Devin Johnson, Tyler Wagner, Bryson Jones, Blaine Walters, Jack Coldiron; back row: coach Todd Clements, coach Steve Litke, head coach Steve Wagner, coach Doug Jones.

Nitro wins baseball tourney in Charlotte


Cooper High School seniors Adam Millson and Austin Molen, pictured, have shot the same score in the first two tournaments. Both had 74 in the Beechwood Invitational at Flagg Springs and the following day they shot 73 at the Oldham County Invitational at the Nevel Meade Golf Course.

The Northern Kentucky Nitro 10U baseball team swept through a 12team field to earn the Nation’s Baseball East Coast Select Tournament championship. Teams from Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky participated in the July 14-17 tournament in Charlotte. The games began with two pool play games, the results of which seeded the teams for the two-and-out tournament to follow. The Nitro showed no ill effects from a 10-day layover from previous outings, overpowering the local Park City Knights 16-0. The second pool game was also over quicklyas the Nitro pounded out 14 hits in beating the Cramerton, N.C.,-

based Speed Kills by a score of 15-0. The wins earned the Nitro the overall No. 1 seed for the two-and-out tournament. After a first-round bye, the first game was against a familiar opponent, Speed Kills. Although closer than the first time the teams played, the Nitro moved on with a 7-2 win. In the semifinals, the Nitro faced another Charlotte team, the X1 Carolina Twins. The bats would heat up as the Nitro plated 12 runs and held the Twins to two. The defense was sparked by a nifty 4-6-3 double play turned by the Nitro infield. The winner’s bracket final was against a Virginia team, the Pittsylva-

nia County Dirt Dogs. The Nitro blew open a close game in the fourth inning and cruised home with a 9-1 win. The Dirt Dogs would win the loser bracket final to advance to finals needing to beat the Nitro twice to win the championship. However, the Nitro bats and gloves were ready and waiting, pouncing on the Dirt Dogs quickly in a 13-3 tournament clinching victory. “All the boys on the team contributed in this tournament,” head coach Steve Wagner said. “I couldn’t be any prouder of them and each one has improved tremendously since the beginning of the season.” See more sports coverage at


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Sports & recreation

August 11, 2011

SIDELINES U14 boys soccer players needed

The Beechmont Soccer Club is looking for players for its U14 boys soccer team for the upcoming fall season If interested, contact coach David Galus at 513-543-7144 for more information.

Youth Soccer League/Clinic

Christ United Methodist Church will have a signup day for the 2011 youth soccer league from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at the main entrance of the church, 1440 Boone Air Road, Florence. There are two recreational leagues – one for ages 5 and under and one for ages 6-8. Score is not kept. The cost is $40 per child, $20 for additional siblings. Games are on Saturday mornings from Sept. 10 through Oct. 29. Registration deadline is Aug. 20. Practice will be one night a week beginning the week of Aug. 30. A free soccer clinic will be at the church Aug. 27. For ages 6-10, the clinic will be 10-11 a.m. For ages 5 and under, the clinic will be 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, email

Teen baseball tryout

At The Yard Roosters Baseball Club will have tryouts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Boone County High School baseball field. Looking for players 15-18 year olds. Contact Bobby Mullins at 513374-6976.

Girls fastpitch tryouts

Kentucky Xplosion Girls Fastpitch, based in Independence, will host two tryouts for the upcoming 2012 season at the Boone County High School softball field Saturday and

Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14. The tryout for 10U and 12U will be 8-9:30 a.m. both days. Tryouts for the 16U & 18U teams will be 10 a.m. to noon both days. Attendance on both days is recommended. Teams includes players from Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties and will play local and travel for tournaments starting spring 2012. Teams practices year-round. Email, call 859-801-4440 or visit


Cross country tryout

The Notre Dame Academy’s middle school girls cross country team will have its first practice/informative meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Crescent Springs Park on Buttermilk Pike. NDA is seeking any sixth through eighth-grade girls attending their feeder middle schools. Call head coach Jim Parsons at 859-802-1008 or email

True winner


Rebel with a clause

Boone County High School 2011 graduate Bailey Elder signed to play soccer for NCAA Division II Tusculum College. Parents are Pam and Mark Elder.

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen issued a proclamation to Charles True, founder of Boone County Knothole Baseball, naming Saturday, April 30, Charles C True Day in Florence. True is shown sharing the award with members of Boone County Knothole at the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s knothole baseball exhibit.

Learn baseball program for kids

The Kentucky Amateur Baseball Association’s Learn to Play program for 3-5 year olds is taken registrations for the fall. Parent meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at President’s Park in Edgewood. Teams will practice once per week and play one game on Saturdays. The cost is $85 for new players, $50 for returning participants. Each child receives a hat, shirt, pants and socks as part of their registration fee. Call Jeff Keener at 859-991-4619.

KABA open fall registrations

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Changing the focus in Frankfort is a challenge

Changing the focus in Frankfort is a challenge. But it’s possible when a compelling argument is made based on documented research reinforced with recommendations for practical solutions. That, in brief, has been the impact the Leaky Bucket, the Kentucky Chamber’s 2009 study that found spending on corrections, Medicaid and public employee health insurance to be growing at a faster rate than the overall state budget and Kentucky’s economy. The alarming trend had a particularly disturbing bottom line: more money for the unsustainable leaks in the state revenue bucket meant a diminishing commitment to education - the key investment the state can make in its future. Since the report’s release, Kentucky’s elected leaders and policymakers have made important progress in addressing the areas of unsustainable spending. Of perhaps equal significance is the fact that smarter spending has become a bigger part of the conversation about Kentucky’s budget challenges. The Chamber believes this is in recognition of the fact that, no matter how much revenue the state collects, the bucket will continue to leak until the areas of unsustainable spending are addressed. Our latest update on developments since the initial report is called Building a Stronger Bucket. It details such progress as: • Legislative action to reduce the annual growth in spending on public employee health insurance by almost half in the 2010-12 biennium • Corrections reforms projected to generate $422 million in gross savings over 10 years, with $204 million of that to be reinvested in programs to slow the growth in Kentucky’s prison population • Expanded managed care to contain escalating cost increases in the state’s Medicaid program The update also makes it clear that the state faces continuing and significant - challenges in curtailing the skyrocketing spending increases that undermine prospects for economic growth. A compelling case for the need to address spending was made in March when Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its rating on Kentucky bonds to AA2 and maintained a negative outlook for Kentucky. Moody’s noted Kentucky’s “significant fiscal stress related to the economic downturn, a large and growing unfunded pension liability and a trend of reliance on non-recurring budget balancing measures.” Moody’s action followed that of Fitch Ratings, which downgraded Kentucky from stable to negative, indicating concerns about the state’s financial direction. Kentucky’s pension performance also continues to be of great concern, with a study by the Pew Center on the States finding the state’s system to be funded at only

58 percent of its liabilities compared to a national average of 78 percent in fiscal year 2009. If Kentucky is ultimately to get and keep its Dave financial house Adkisson in order, it needs Community not only to the Recorder address leaks in state guest spending, but columnist also to follow disciplined spending principles to set the state on a path to prosperity. Toward that end, the Kentucky Chamber encourages state policymakers to adopt the following guidelines for state spending: 1. Limit spending to 6 percent of the state’s economy. The size of the state General Fund should be maintained within 6 percent of the gross state product. For nearly two decades the average has been between 5 percent and 6 percent of GSP, dating to the 1990 passage of the state’s last broad-based tax increase to support the Kentucky Education Reform Act. (The contracting economy resulted in the General Fund exceeding 6 percent of GSP in 2009.) Establishing this ceiling does not mean spending should necessarily be sustained at that level if economies or other measures make it feasible for the General Fund to be less than 6 percent of GSP. 2. Limit borrowing costs to 6 percent of the state budget. Spending for payments on state debt (supported by a state appropriation) should be held to 6 percent of the General Fund. Imposing this debt ceiling will provide credit rating agencies with a basis on which to evaluate the state’s fiscal discipline and also will diminish the extent to which higher debt payments reduce education funding. 3. Eliminate the structural deficit by adopting a five-year plan to spend only recurring revenues for recurring obligations. If non-recurring revenues are available, they should be spent for purposes that do not have long-term obligations. 4. Prioritize spending on areas that invest in the future (e.g. education and economic development), ensure a greater proportion of education funds are spent to improve student performance, and work to responsibly contain spending on programs that have had unsustainable growth (e.g. corrections and escalating pension and health care costs). 5. Eliminate the practice of appropriating all anticipated revenue during every budget cycle and re-establish a “rainy day fund” to ensure money is available to meet the state’s emergency needs. Dave Adkisson is Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president.

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Fair buddies


A group of friends eat and drink before the tractor pull starts at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. From left are Kaden Boles, 4, of Walton, Jace Peel, 3, of Walton, Trae Underwood, 8, of Hebron, Tyler Tull, 9 of Independence, and Kade Underwood, 6 of Hebron.

A mobile future for rural America The recent announcement of President Obama’s White House Rural Council shows renewed federal government recognition of the importance of investment in rural areas. As we continue to move forward in this digital age, we must also recognize that access to reliable broadband technology is one of the most important benefits that rural communities can have. Increased broadband deployment and adoption across America provides the promise of access to technologies, education, medicine, and conveniences that simply have never been available in rural America in the past. Yet, fulfilling this promise is challenging because traditional wired broadband is extraordinarily expensive to deploy in rural areas. The proposed merger of AT&T with T-Mobile brings with it the potential to accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband across rural America. The companies say the merger will expedite the investment of more than $8 billion to enable the delivery of nextgeneration wireless broadband to millions of Americans than otherwise possible. Importantly, this investment will occur without relying on public sector funding and the accelerated deployment of advanced wireless networks to rural America creates the potential for enhanced competition with wired and other broadband servic-

es in these communities. Some have implied that rural Americans will be disadvantaged by the merger. In fact, new research John Mayo suggests that the Community expansion of service Recorder wireless comports with guest the prevailing columnist trend in rural America where large numbers of consumers are opting to replace wired service for mobile. A recent Center for Disease Control report found that by the first half of 2010, over onequarter of all American households (26.6 percent) had wirelessonly telephone service – and that the shift was being led by states with large rural populations, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, North Dakota, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma. At a time when rural America faces economic hardships, broadband internet provides an important pathway to renewed prosperity. Government studies have shown that rural communities with broadband access significantly outpace communities without such access with respect to employment, business activity

and property values. Given the limited resources available to government these days, private sector investment such as that envisioned by the AT&T-T-Mobile merger could be a practical and timely way for regulators to ensure the unique economic and social benefits of Internet access for more Americans living in rural areas. The best hope for timely deployment of state-of-the art high-speed broadband services to rural communities may reside in AT&T’s recent proposal to acquire T-Mobile USA’s wireless operations. If Washington approves the transaction, and the companies make good on their commitments, more than 97 percent of the U.S. population and an additional 55s million Americans will benefit from the economic and social opportunities that broadband connections create. Thus, public policy makers – including members of the White House Rural Council – should view this merger as an opportunity to generate new private investment that will significantly enhance economic and social opportunity in rural communities across the country. John Mayo is the executive director of the Georgetown Center and professor of economic, business and public policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Foster care can rebuild communities Necco has provided therapeutic foster care to area youth for over 14 years. Over the years we’ve worked with hundreds of kids from all walks of life, all ages and races, and all socioeconomic backgrounds. While foster care is about second chances and rebuilding lives, it is also about building and strengthening communities. Without the help of our amazing foster parents, we would have a very hard time giving these kids a second chance to become positive and productive members of society.

Community ties

“Family doesn’t always mean shared blood. More than anything it is shared love.” Alicia Johnson - Necco At Necco, we view foster care as a coming together of the entire community to raise the children that have fallen by the wayside. Foster parents choose to open their homes to children who literally have nowhere else to go. They offer trust, love, and guidance, encourage confidence, and

set a positive example for youth to follow as they go about their daily lives. One foster parent recently told us, “You can live your life because of or in spite of what happens to you.”

Pam Priddy Community Recorder guest columnist Foster a child,

foster hope

The only problem with good foster parents is that there aren’t enough of them to go around. With more than 50 children in out of home care in Boone County and 7,000 statewide, there is still so much more to be done. Thousands of children still need a home safe from harm. We salute all those who have dedicated their homes and their hearts to becoming a foster parent and we encourage others to open their homes to children in need. We won’t lie to you; foster parents work hard and display dedi-

cation and courage. However, there is no other feeling quite like the one that comes from accepting a child who has no home, a troubled past, and an uncertain future and telling them, “I accept you for who you are, and you are worthy and deserving of love. Let me help you find your way.” You’ll find that the rewards that come from that experience are very much worth the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. With Necco, you’ll never be left on your own to face the challenges of foster parenting. Out experienced staff is dedicated to providing the training and round the clock crisis support that you will need to be an outstanding foster parent. In addition you’ll receive reimbursement for the care of each child placed in your home. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, want to donate, volunteer, become an advocate, or simply become a fan, you can visit us on the web at or find us on Facebook. Pam Priddy is executive director of Necco of Kentucky.

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Pat Kelly drives a B61 custom truck across the track with the American flag to start the truck and tractor pull Saturday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The Boone County Fair runs Aug. 8-13.

Boone County Fair off to a strong start


Torey Putterbaugh won first place in her division at the goat show at the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair.



Lynlee Higgins, 3, Rabbit Hash, takes a few pointers on how to cast from her dad Jeremy Saturday at the Fishing Frenzy at the lake in front of Boone County Fairgrounds. The Boone County Parks Department and the Boone County Fair teamed up to host the third annual event. The lake had been stocked with about 400 pounds of catfish.

Sean Prewitt, 4 Hebron, doesn’t like the loud motor sound as the trucks pull their load, but he likes to see them run. The event was part of preview day for the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair which runs Aug. 8-13.

The Fishing Frenzy and truck pull brought out the crowds at the Aug. 6 preview day for the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair. Monday started out the full fair schedule with the goat show in time for our print deadlines. You can see daily photo galleries of the fair action at And watch for our reporters and editor taking photos at the fair. They’ll be wearing Boone County Recorder T-shirts.


Boone County Fair Board Chairman John Walton takes a minute to have a sandwich for supper and watch the action at the truck and tractor pull Saturday. The event was part of preview day for the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair which runs Aug. 8-13.

Competitors in the goat show stand at attention Monday at the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair.



Trinity Fugate, 4, Petersburg, helped catch the 14-inch catfish, but did not want the fish near her before her dad, Ted, tossed it back in. She participated in the Fishing Frenzy on Aug. 6 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The event helped kick off Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair activities.



Shelby Blake, of Walton, is all smiles after winning her division in the goat show.


Colton Kremer, 1 ⁄2, right, of Burlington, sits beside his cousin, Avery Burcham, 4, of Burlington, as she tries to catch a fish.


Blaise Porciello, Hebron, gives his goat a pet during the goat event at the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair on Aug. 8.


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Zumba, 5:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latin-inspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.


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

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Boone County Farmers Market, 2-5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Side parking lot. Fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and other value-added products, all grown and produced locally from farmers selling them. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Using Summer Bounty, 2-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Stop demonstration booth to discover ways to choose and use products from the market. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence. Minute to Win It, 4 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Compete with other teens in challenges from TV show. Winners receive gift card. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Beat Box Middle School, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Lauren Hatter, Boone County High’s choir director, teaches how to beat box. Registration required. 859-342-2665; Union.


Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Charlie and Trike, two new explorers, show young visitors the Bible in a charming and imaginative way. Ages 5-12. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Jayber Crow, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Acoustic duo. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Jayber Crow, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Acoustic duo. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Live Music, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, Live rock and country acts. Cover includes first drink. Ages 21 and up. $5. 859-282-1264. Florence.


Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Museum presents “walk through history.” State-of-the-art 70,000 square foot museum brings pages of the Bible to life. Includes Knee-High Museum, child-friendly and interactive addition to existing displays. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. Through Dec. 23. 888-5824253; Petersburg.


Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-3918639; Florence.

Kentucky Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 28., Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, 7660 Turfway Road, Classroom and online course approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Ages 18 and up. $550. Registration required. 800-264-2185; Florence.


Musikgarten Open House, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Florence Music Academy, 240 Main St., Crafts, music games, snacks and instrument making for children. Information on fall semester and teachers. Bring gently used formal dresses to donate to Cinderella’s Closet and receive $10 credit toward tuition. Ages 8 and under.859-547-8765; Florence.


Zumba, 5:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, $25 per month. Registration required. 859342-2665. Union.


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


PAWS to Read and Boone County Animal Shelter, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Meet PAWS to Read therapy dogs. Boone County Animal Shelter Adoption Van on site to see dogs and cats in need of a home. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Walton. Digital Bookmobile, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Vehicle equipped with broadband Internetconnected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems and variety of portable media players. Search Boone County Public Library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audio books, music and more from library’s collection. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. Sing-along with David Kisor, 11 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, “Growing Sound”. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union.


Kneehigh Exhibits, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Wild Carrot, 8 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar - Kitchen - Market, 2141 North Bend Road, Folk music. 859-689-9463; Hebron.

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Emily & Wayne’s Family Band, 6-9:30 p.m., Willis Music, 7567 Mall Road, Performance Hall. Featuring Emily Hogeback and Wayne Luessen. With Dr. Dobro (Jim Huey). Free. Presented by Willis Music. 859-525-6050, ext. 5; Florence.


Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.


Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Fall Basketball Registrations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Saturday Outdoor Flag Football League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-372-7754. Union. Small Sided Soccer Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Men’s Basketball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $325. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. S U N D A Y, A U G . 1 4

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

History, Art and Culture Lecture Series, 2 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., “Rose, A Woman of Colour: A Slave’s Struggle for Freedom in the Courts of Kentucky.” Also, “Suing for Freedom in Kentucky.” With Arnold Taylor, author. $40 series, $7. 859-431-0020; Covington.


Digital Bookmobile, 1-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Vehicle equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems and variety of portable media players. Search Boone County Public Library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audio books. Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington.


Custom Made Bluegrass, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Bluegrass with a twist. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.


The Great Inland Seafood Festival will be 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, on Riverboat Row at Newport on the Levee. More than 15 local restaurants will be selling fresh seafood including whole Maine lobsters for $10.95, shrimp, crawfish, crab legs, oysters, salmon and more. There will be live music, raffles and daily harbor cruises. Presented by the City of Newport. For more information, visit or call 859-292-3666. Pictured is Ron Acierni of Milford, Ohio, enjoying a whole Maine lobster at last year’s festival. M O N D A Y, A U G . 1 5


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


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


Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work and get feedback. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Teen Cafe, 3-5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Friends, video games, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.


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


Art Social, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Bring your own supplies. Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611. Walton.

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LITERARY - LIBRARIES Afternoon Gaming, 3-4:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Board games and Wii games. No registration required. Teens. 859-342-2665. Walton.

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


Open Gaming, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 859-342-2665. Burlington.


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


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

Pizza and Pages, 3:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Talk about what books you’ve been reading and eat pizza. Ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.


Friends of Big Bone: Northern Kentucky Geology, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Lee Otte, doctor of invertebrate paleontology, provides listeners with arm chair tour of geological features that can be seen in Northern Kentucky. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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Kentucky Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon Permit Training Course, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Email for more information. Ages 21 and up. $85. Reservations required. 859-743-7210. Walton.


Messy Art, 10:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Little hands create masterpieces. Ages 2-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Cincinnati Art Museum Crafts, 5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join professional artist to perfect your craft and learn new techniques. Teens can display work during gallery event at the museum. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Bridge, Noon-3:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.


Bingo, 12:20 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., All collected money goes to the winning players. $1 for two cards. 859-485-7611. Walton. THANKS TO DAN LEDBETTER

arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati’s season finale Gala of International Dance Stars will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Aronoff Center. It features 29 dancers from 12 companies around the world, with four world premieres and a diversity of cast, music and dance styles. A pre-show gala is at 7 p.m. with dinner by the bite of international cuisine, a cash bar and live jazz. Tickets are $26-$62. Call 513-621-2787 or visit or The production supports local and regional programming of arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati. Pictured are Epiphany Davis and Amber Hill, of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Evansville Otters, Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence.


“Artists as Activists” will run through Sept. 23 at the Artisans Enterprise Center (AEC) at 27 W. Seventh St. in Covington. It is curator Saad Ghosn’s two-year anniversary show of works by more than 40 artists featured in his column “Artists as Activists” in Streetvibes. Streetvibes is an alternative newspaper and part of the international street newspaper movement that focuses on homelessness and social justice issues. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A closing reception will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the gallery and will include music and poetry and short story readings. For more information, visit Pictured is “Transforming America: A Vegetable Garden in Every Yard” by Mary Ann Lederer.


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Fresh or not, pears are tasty in romaine poppy salad My good intentions to make cashew pear salad with poppy seed dressing using pears from our tree will never come to pass. W h y ? The squirrels decided to Rita pull every Heikenfeld pear from our tree. I Rita’s can just kitchen imagine how it happened: it had to be at night or very early morning when the pear heist began, since I was out near the pear tree right before dusk admiring all those beautiful, almost ripe, pears. I was thinking about the jars of pear butter, canned pears and chutneys I was planning to make, along with the pear salad. This morning I went out to pick some mint for my lemon mint spa water (check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for the recipe) and passed by the tree. I was dumfounded when

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I looked up. Really. Not a pear remained. And it wasn’t the deer, since they usually tug on the branches and leave a bit of a mess as they chew. To make matters worse, they cleaned the ground around the tree, so not even a piece of pear was left. It’s not that the squirrels need those pears. There are plenty of oak and nut trees on our property. But you know me, I’m not one to give up so easily. So I’ll buy pears at Kroger to make this nice salad. But I still can’t pass the tree without frowning …

Cashew pear salad with poppyseed dressing Toss together:

1 large bunch romaine, cut up, or equivalent mixed greens 1 cup shredded Swiss 1 cup salted cashews 2 pears, sliced thin 1 ⁄2 cup dried cherries or cranberries

Poppyseed dressing: Mix together:

Homegrown tomatoes are available and just the best for this recipe. Some folks like to squeeze out part of the juice and seeds of the tomatoes.


Rita shares tips for finding the freshest corn. Here she is with the Silver Queen corn in her garden. 2

⁄3 cup olive oil ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup lemon juice Poppyseeds: go to taste and start with a couple of teaspoons 1 tablespoon minced red onion 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Salt to taste Serves six to eight. 1

1 pie crust 1 tablespoon flour 8 oz. mozzarella, Monterey Jack or combo of both Salt and pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise, regular or light (start out with 1⁄2 cup; if too thick to spread, add a bit more as needed) Tomatoes, thickly sliced, enough to make a layer 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, both white and green parts Generous handful of fresh basil, chopped, about 1 ⁄3 cup or so, or 2 scant teaspoons dry Sprinkling of shredded parmesan or romano for top

Preheat oven to 400. Prick crust and prebake 10 minutes. Dust bottom with flour. Mix cheese, salt and pepper and mayo. Spread thin layer over crust. Lay tomato slices on top. Spread rest of cheese mixture over tomatoes. Sprinkle with green onions and basil. Smooth top, pushing onions and basil into cheese mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan. Bake about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serves six.

Tips from readers

Mango cutter/ seeder great for peaches, too. Kay Hitzler, nurse extraordinaire at Good Sam during the day and my sous chef extraordinaire for evening classes at Jungle Jim’s, shared this timely tip. We made a lavender peach claufouti (custard) and the peaches were not free stones. Kay took the mango cutter/seeder and pushed it through the peach. Voilà – it cut cleanly through the

peach and removed the seed, too, with hardly any waste. She thought it would be good for plums, too. Thanks, Kay!

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Selecting sweet corn. We grow Silver Queen corn and it’s always so sweet and picked at the time of perfect ripeness. But if you’re buying corn, here’s what to look for: fresh green, tightly closed husks with dark brown, dry, but not brittle, silk. The stem should be moist but not chalky, yellow or discolored. Ears should have plum, tender, small kernels in tight rows up to the tip. A fresh kernel will spurt “milk” if punctured. Make corn sweeter. Add a squirt of honey to the water before boiling corn. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Rotary joins Haiti coffee project The Florence Rotary Club Foundation will partner with Alltech on a project to aid the economic recovery of farm families in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The foundation will sell Haitian-grown coffee through the Alltech Cafe Citadelle, one facet of the

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Dr. Pearse Lyons, the founder of Alltech. The Nicholasville company, which produces animal nutrition and feed supplements, has 2,300 employees and bioscience centers in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Thailand. The company sponsored the FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010. Lyons went to Haiti to assist with relief efforts following the earthquake. He soon shifted his focus from raising funds to provide short-term relief for earthquake victims to creating sustainable businesses that create jobs, according to Mathis. “You can’t believe how some of those people are living,” he said. “They don’t like handouts … They like hand-ups.” Alltech works with a Fair Trade Certified coffee cooperative in north central Haiti that represents 6,700 farm families. Alltech imports the green, hand-picked 100 percent Arabica coffee and Lexington Coffee & Tea roasts it. The coffee is available online at and through service organizations such as the Rotary Club. Alltech created a charitable foundation to support the Sustainable Haiti Project. None of the profits go into Alltech, said Mathis, who noted that the company pays his salary - not the foundation. The Florence Rotary Foundation will receive a share of the proceeds from the sale of the coffee for


At the Aug. 1 meeting of the Florence Rotary Club, Matt Mathis, right, of Alltech explained the Sustainable Haiti Project partnership with the club. The club will sell bags of coffee grown by Haitian farmers to benefit Haitian farmers. Also pictured is club member John Salyers. local charitable projects. The remainder will go directly to Haiti. “Everybody wins (in this partnership) - both Haitians and Rotarians,” Mathis said. “All our profits will be reinvested in growing the cooperatives and sustaining the coffee production. Most of the money will go directly to families growing the coffee.” For information about the weekly meetings, guest speakers, and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Pat Moynahan, president, at amoynahan@ or 859-8020242. Visit the group’s website at Florence Rotary meets weekly on Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. This article was submitted by Pat Moynahan.

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New businesses open in Walton Miss Charlotte’s Flower Shop opened this week at 67 N. Main St. The entrance is next to the RE/MAX Real Estate office. There will be a variety of flowers, silk arrangements, gifts and decorating services. Another business, Rico Biker Shop, has opened this past week at 14 S. Main St. They will have specialty Tshirts and other bike accessories. Phone 615-5162414. The Dairy Queen in Walton is having a Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, Aug. 11. A total of $1 from every Blizzard sold will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Members of the Walton Fire Department will be visiting and Mayor Wayne Carlisle will help make Blizzards all day. The Street Smart Kids will be performing this Saturday, Aug.14, on the Kroger parking lot. Along with the entertainment, there will be a cookout plus

some other interesting activities. All of this starts at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Zachery, Mason and Ruth Emma Coke TayMeadows of lorsville, Ky., Walton are visiting News their grandp a r e n t s Buddy and Peggy Gray this week. Remember Charlie and Minnie Seay of Walton Verona Road in your prayers and thoughts. Charlie was scheduled for knee surgery and Minnie was to have pain therapy this week. Happy anniversary to James and Correane Craft on Aug. 14. Ruth Meadows (391-7282) writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her with Walton neighborhood news items.

Walton seniors plan busy August Walton Senior Center has a busy schedule for August. Also, the senior center has a part-time hiring opportunity for a Meals on Wheels driver. Mondays: 10 a.m., Zumba Gold (free); 11 a.m., Yoga Fitness (free) Tuesdays: 9 a.m., card games (free); 12:20 p.m., bingo Wednesdays: 9 a.m., Zumba Gold (free); noon, euchre tournament Thursdays: 9 a.m., card

The senior center has a part-time hiring opportunity for a Meals on Wheels driver. games (free); 11:30 a.m., potluck; 12:20 p.m., bingo Fridays: 9 a.m., tai chi fitness (free); 12:30 p.m., euchre tournament Aug. 11: Citizen No Breath CPR Class, 10:45 a.m.; August Birthday Party, 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 12: Euchre tournament luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15: Senior Commodity Pickup and Signup, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16: Blood and sugar checks, 11 a.m. Aug. 18: Nutrition with PAC, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23: Rhythm drumming circle, 10 a.m. Aug. 25: Medicare Updates with Tom Owen, 11:45 a.m. For information, call 859-485-7611.

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BUSINESS UDPATE Ethos Assisted Living under new ownership

Childcare center changes ownership

The Ethos Assisted Living community in Florence has been acquired by Senior Care Inc. of Louisville. Elmcroft of Florence, located at 212 Main St., opened in January 2011. The 100-bed community also provides dementia and memory care services. The Florence community is a $15.5 million acquisition. A second facility acquired by Senior Care Inc. of Louisville is in Mount Washington, Ky.

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Williams named CEO

Cynthia Lawhorn Williams has been named chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky in Florence. Williams Williams has been vice president and in house counsel for Cardinal Hill Healthcare System since 2002. As part of her responsibilities, she served as executive director of Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky. Those services became part of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky on July 1. Williams is a magna cum laude graduate of Bellarmine College and holds

her law degree from University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Tri-City Insurance earns senior partner

Tri-City Insurance Service Inc. of Florence has earned senior partner status, the company’s highest designation, from Grange Insurance. The honor recognizes the best independent agencies that sell Grange products based on their experience, professionalism and performance. Tri-City Insurance is located at 234 Main St. For more information, call 859371-7006.

Hayden to serve as chair

Jeremy A. Hayden, member in the tax law practice group, will serve as chair of the 52nd Annual Southwestern Ohio Tax Institute. Hayden This is H a y d e n ’s fifth year on the institute’s governing committee. The institute, which is presented

by the Cincinnati Bar Association, is a two-day Continuing Legal Education program that attracts CPAs and attorneys from around the region. This year’s program will be Dec. 2-3. Hayden focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, tax law and estate planning. He was recently selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2011. Hayden resides in Union.

Sprecher elected to Red Cross Board

Christina M. Sprecher was elected to the American Red Cross Board of Directors for the Cincinnati region. Sprecher is a member of Frost Sprecher Brown Todd in the business department and her law practice concentrates on corporate real estate and shopping center transactions. She serves on the Cincinnati Ballet Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. Sprecher resides in Hebron.

Florence CitiFinancial changes name

The CitiFinancial office located at 7118 Turfway Road in Florence changed its name to OneMain Financial on Friday, July 1. The name change will not impact products and services. OneMain racing is the primary sponsor of Kevin Harvick Inc’s No. 2 Chevrolet Impala for 30 NASCAR Nationwide Series events in 2011. Veteran Sprint Cup Driver Elliott Sadler pilots the OneMain Financial car for all 30 of the sponsored events.

Kees opens Prudential office in Florence

Allison Kees, a financial professional, has opened a Prudential office at 71 Cavalier Blvd., Suites 304-306, in Florence. Kees received The Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Presidential Club 2009-2010 for outstanding performance in customer sales and service. Kees, a resident of Boone County, can be reached at or at 859-746-1300.


The school bus schedule will not be published in these papers. It will be available on-line at District Office Transportation – Bus Routes and then follow the bus stops instructions. It will also be available for viewing at the following locations: • Boone County libraries – Burlington, Hebron, Union, Florence and Walton • Kroger – Burlington, Hebron, Union, Florence, Walton and Mt. Zion • Wal-mart Routing information is subject to change within the first few weeks of school. For the most up-to-date routing information, please visit our website.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Transportation Department 2011/2012 The Transportation Department is now located at 5505 North Bend Road in Burlington, KY. The Transportation District Offices and Bus Maintenance will be operating from this new location. However, Transportation District #3 will remain at its current location at 10387 U.S. Highway 42, Union, KY. This facility will greatly improve our ability to service the community and reduce the cost of operation of school bus transportation. All routing will still be designed within each District area. Please refer to the outline below for any transportation questions: District #1 (Florence Area) Schools serviced: • Boone County High • Ockerman Middle and R.A. Jones Middle • Collins Elementary, Florence Elementary, Ockerman Elementary and Yealey Elementary • Heritage Academy, Mary Queen of Heaven and St. Paul Phone Number: 859.334.4497 Fax Number: 859.384.5344 E-mail: District Coordinator: Mason Boots District #2 (Hebron Area) Schools serviced: • Conner High and Cooper High • Camp Ernst Middle and Conner Middle • Burlington Elementary, Goodridge Elementary, North Pointe Elementary and Stephens Elementary • Immaculate Heart of Mary Phone Number: 859.586.0878 Fax Number: 859.384.5344 E-mail: District Coordinator: Kelly Hensley

District #3 (Union Area) Schools serviced: • Gray Middle and Ryle High • Erpenbeck Elementary, Kelly Elementary, Longbranch Elementary, Mann Elementary and New Haven Elementary • St. Paul and Heritage Academy Phone Number: 859.384.8384 Fax Number: 859.384.8397 E-mail: District Coordinator: Kathy Mullen District #4 (Special Needs and Preschool Transportation) Schools serviced: • All schools for special needs and preschool transportation only Phone Number: 859.586.0653 Fax Number: 859.384.5344 E-mail: District Coordinator: Mary McCane Transportation Directors Office Responsibility: • Oversee all district transportation operations Phone Number: 859.384.5340 Fax Number: 859.384.5344 E-mail: Transportation Director: Phil Jones

Parent Responsibilities

Parents should read and be familiar with the information contained within this handout and discuss this information with their children. All students should be encouraged to observe all safety and conduct regulations that have been established for the safe and efficient operation of the school bus fleet. Parents should see that their children are at the bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time. Parents are responsible for supervising their children at the bus stop. Please be aware of the following: • No transportation to daycares will be available outside the designated school boundary (including AM/PM kindergarten areas). • Students will be assigned to only one (1) bus in the AM and one (1) bus in the PM. • Students may not ride any bus other than their assigned bus. • Schools will not issue any bus pass for students to ride any other buses. • Transportation will only provide service to one designated location for AM and one designated location for PM. • Parents must provide transportation for any temporary changes to their assigned location. • Transportation will be provided to a student’s home address unless a designated alternative has been approved through the transportation office (i.e. daycare, babysitter, etc.) • Any alternative stop location must be located within the schools attendance boundary and remain in effect for the entire school year. Alternative location request forms will be available at the school office. • All students will have assigned seats on the bus (in order to assure seat availability). • Transportation will continue to monitor routes and stops for improvements.

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Cook ground meats thoroughly With the recent recall of ground turkey by a major food manufacturer, it is a good time to remind ourselves of food facts and food safety basics for ground meats. Ground meats are more susceptible to foodborne illness causing bacteria than a simple steak. The surface area of the ground product that has been exposed to air and possible bacteria is much greater than that of a basic chop or steak. Additionally, if there is bacteria on the surface of the solid piece of meat, the process of cooking will destroy it rather quickly. Bacteria in ground products is spread throughout, meaning we have to cook the meats thoroughly. All ground meats should be cooked well done. This helps ensure that any bacteria that might be in the meat is killed by the high temperatures. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Ground poultry products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The best way to judge internal temperature is with an instant read thermometer. For thinner patties you may have to stack them before inserting the thermometer. For slightly thicker patties you can go into the side of the patty to get a temperature reading. Just because ground beef looks brown when cooked, it does not mean it is cooked to the proper temperature. Refrigerated ground meats should be used within one or two days of purchase or frozen for longer storage. It is best to use frozen ground meat within four months for the best quality. Raw and cooked meats should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours (one hour if the temperature is more than 90

degrees F). Platters and utensils used to prepare and store raw meat should be used Diane not for cooked Mason meats unless Extension w a s h e d Notes thoroughly. D r i v e directly home from the store after purchasing perishable foods like ground meats. It is best to get perishable foods into home refrigeration as soon as possible. America has one of the safest food supplies in the world. We have to do our part as consumers to ensure we reduce our risk of foodborne illness. Washing our hands and food preparation surfaces, and storing and cooking our foods properly will go a long way to reducing our risks. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

The Advocates are proof that when 37 caring, dedicated women put their best efforts forward, the sky’s the limit. Founded in 2009, the volunteer fundraising organization for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center far exceeded its goal and raised over $100,000 in 2010. As a result, it won the 2011 Group Volunteer Leadership Award from the National Children’s Alliance out of over 700 children’s advocacy centers nationwide. “This is an amazing group of women who are passionate about giving back and helping kids in their community,” said Vickie Henderson, executive director of the NKCAC. “I’m astounded by their resources and their creativity that they can come up with. It’s really an honor and a privilege to work with them.” Henderson said that while the NKCAC has been in existence for 19 years, after the organization separated from St. Luke more than two years ago they became a standalone nonprofit and the need for a fundraising committee became crucial. According to a press release, the NKCAC provides services to sexually and physically abused children, and to those who have witnessed violent crime. Henderson said the funding the Advocates have provided is essential to helping these children and providing education and child abuse awareness programs to a range of community groups. The Advocates are chaired by Kimberly Carlisle, a former Realtor who has been involved in various fundraising efforts in the past. Carlisle was approached by Henderson and Charlene Erler, board chair of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky to spearhead the efforts in 2009. “If you’ve ever sat down and talked to Vickie Henderson, the executive director, and you hear the stories about the families and the children that come in, you can’t say no,” Carlisle said.

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The Advocates display their award from National Children’s Alliance. Front row, from left: Vickie Henderson, Executive Director of NKCAC; Patti Lally (Union), Kim Brown (Edgewood), Donna Berling (Union), Kimberly Carlisle (Union), Ariel Lusco (Union). Second row: Linda Seibel (Crestview Hills), Nancy Francis (Fort Wright), Candice Ziegler (Highland Heights), Jena Crawford (Ludlow), Amy Sleet (Union). Third row: Shannon Loeffler (Kenton Hills), Anna Daugherty (Ludlow), Mary Kay Cox (Union), Molly Hollman (Union), Courtney Scheben (Union). Fourth row: Keri Schrand (Union), Lynn Young (Union), Angela Riegler (Union). Not pictured: Ann Bryant (Cold Spring), Charlene Erler (Hebron), Teresa Eschenbach (Edgewood), Teresa Haverkamp (Union), Dawn Holladay (Fort Mitchell), Joan Hull (Crestview Hills), Gail Huser (Erlanger), Samantha Jackson (Burlington), Naashom Marx (Crescent Springs), Julie Mullins (Taylor Mill), Melanie Murphy (Independence), Kristi Nelson (Union), Michelle Reilly (Burlington), Dee Reinert (Cold Spring), Julie Skaggs (Union), Gannon Tagher (Walton), Susie Thielman (Fort Wright), Amy Wainio Brown (Union) and Judy Yoakum (Cold Spring).

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Georgena Lynn Ware & Christopher Ryan Taylor announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Georgena is the daughter of Ferial Ware and the late Archie Lewis Ware, III of Erlanger, KY. Christopher is the son of Kim Smith and the late Wallace Gene Taylor of Dover, TN. The groom holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from Murray State University and is currently employed by Industrial Training Services in Murray, KY. The bride holds a Bachelor degree from Murray State University and is currently employed by Heritage Bank in Murray, KY. The wedding date is set for September 10, 2011 in Murray, Kentucky.

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Charles and Marlene Nybo were married in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 4, 1961. A delightful reception was held in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary at the Baptist Village in Erlanger. Together Chuck and Marlene raised two children, Mark (Kathryn) of Crescent Springs, KY and Kari (John) DeClark of Aurora, WI. They are the proud grandparents of Brad (Brenda) DeClark, Danyelle DeClark, Luke Nybo, and John Nybo. They also have four great grandchildren. Both Marlene and Chuck enjoyed careers as teachers. Chuck taught high school science and agriculture courses for 30 years. Marlene was an elementary school librarian for 18 years. They attend Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park. Chuck and Marlene share this special day with President Barack Obama. President Obama was born on their wedding day.

So, along with neighbor Ron Burlew, they built a freestanding system in their side yard. Joann picked the Dresden Plate because she wanted a traditional quilt block. This pattern is named for the dainty, ornate porcelain that originated in Dresden, Germany. In 1906 The Ladies Art Co. catalog called it Chrysthanthemum. By the 1930s Ruby McKim called it Dresden Plate and the name stuck. A quilter for more than 30 years, Joann has made

quilts for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She machine quilts the smaller ones but admits she quilts “by check,” paying a friend to machine quilt the king-size quilts. The design was painted and the board was hung by the Florence Woman’s Club as part of their community service project offering public art to the county. The board is located in the Cheshire Ridge subdivision at 719 Kent Circle in Florence. This will be a challenge for non-GPS owners to find. Pull alongside the curb to view the quilt block.

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Amy Beth Vetter and Ryan Charles McDivitt will exchange vows Saturday, August 27, 2011. The wedding will take place at St. Patrick Church, Taylor Mill Kentucky. Fr. Jeff VonLehman will be officiating. They will take a European honey-moon to London, Paris, Madrid and Rome. Amy is the daughter of John and Phyllis Vetter of Independence Kentucky. She is a graduate of Holy Cross high school and a 2003 graduate of the University of Louisville. She works at Humana in Cincinnati and is a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant. Ryan is the son of Rosanne Geralis and Larry and Christy McDivitt, all of Medina, Ohio. He is a graduate of Medina High school and a 2011 graduate of Cincinnati school of Medical Massage. He is currently employed at Target in Newport Kentucky.


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There is no clownin’ around this year at Catholic Charities’ 24th annual fundraiser, the CaSSba, at the Drees Pavilion at Devou Memorial Overlook 3 p.m.7 p.m. Sunday Aug. 28. The event will feature the CaSSba’s classic hors d’oeuvres, plenty of drinks and some circus treats. This year’s live auction features a Reds luxury private box donated by Baker Hostetler LLP, planter boxes created and designed by Tim Burks of Tim Burks Builders, a wheelbarrow of spirits, and a special evening with friends featuring a fourcourse dinner. New this year is our super raffle, which features an iPad 2. Other items include Reds and University of Kentucky basketball tickets and the traditional $500 tuition certificates for area high schools and Thomas More College and $1,000 certificates for Xavier University. “The reverse raffle adds some great drama to the day,” said Bill Jones, Catholic Charities’ executive director. “The excitement grows as everyone hopes that their name will not be removed from the raffle board. “The real excitement for us, though, is the commitment of our donors to assisting us in improving the lives of the more than 10,000 people we serve each year here in Northern Kentucky,” he said. Board member Marianne Fieger, who is co-chairing the event with Connie Noll, said, “I am very excited to be involved with Catholic Charities. This event is just one way for the community to get involved in supporting the agency’s mission of providing help and creating hope.” Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart Radio will act as master of ceremonies. If you would like more information about the event call Vicky Bauerle at 5818974, ext. 116, or www. Tickets are $40 by presale, $45 day of event and $50 for a reverse raffle ticket. The event is sponsored by Bank of Kentucky, DBL Law, and KW Mechanical.

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Danny L. Cox, 59, first-degree wanton endangerment, discharging a firearm in Florence city limits at 248 Main St., June 9. Rose N. Russo, 30, theft of identity of another without consent at 934 Trellisses Dr., June 9. Steven L. Tyler, 20, theft from auto, second-degree fleeing/evading police at 135 Honeysuckle Dr., June 9. Joseph R. York, 20, theft from auto, second-degree fleeing/evading police at 135 Honeysuckle Dr., June 9. Phillip C. Douglas, 26, DUI at Shelby St., June 9. Matthew W. Lee, 23, DUI at Industrial Rd., June 9. Gene K. Williams II, 33, theft from auto at 8001 Burlington Pk., June 9. Damondo L. Black, 29, possession of marijuana, possession of rug paraphernalia at U.S. 42, June 9. Amanda Allison, 33, public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol) at 10 Youell St., June 9. Sandra K. Jones, 60, shoplifting at 3105 N. Bend Rd., June 21. Mario C. Rijo, 35, DUI at Camp Ernst Rd., June 23. Kenneth D. Canfield, 62, seconddegree disorderly conduct, thirddegree terroristic threatening at 1857 Clearbrook Dr., June 23. Scott T. McCoy, 19, receiving stolen property under $500, theft by unlawful taking more than $10,000 at 1155 Worldwide Blvd., June 24. Nathan E. Mathews, 19, receiving stolen property under $500, theft

About police reports

The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 647-5420. by unlawful taking more than $10,000 at 1155 Worldwide Blvd., June 24. Christine M. McPherson, 30, leaving scene of accident at Berkshire Ct., May 20. Zuri C. Johnson, 22, assault at 1530 Tanner Rd., May 23. Nicholas B. Strange, 22, criminal mischief at 3675 North Bend Rd., May 24. James R. Anderson, 31, criminal mischief at 3675 North Bend Rd., May 24. Kimberly M. Rowe, 33, theft at 7625 Doering Dr., June 29. Patricia A. Taylor, 43, theft at 7625 Doering Dr., June 29. Willie D. Allen Jr., 39, theft at Doering Dr., June 29. Michael Vance, 23, theft at 4990 Houston Rd., July 2. Mattie J. Kendall, 20, theft at 4990 Houston Rd., July 2. Jeffrey D. Kuryla, 35, theft at 6000

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Reported at 1530 Tanner Rd., May 23. Reported at 110 Pinehurst Dr., June 30. Reported at 7625 Doering Dr., July 4.


Residence broken into and items taken at 1241 Donaldson Hwy., June 21. Residence broken into and items taken at 4645 Banyan Ct., June 22. Money stolen at 7654 Mall Rd., July 1.

Criminal mischief

Property vandalized at 996 Trellisses Dr., June 9. Vehicle vandalized at Tanglewood Ct., June 16. Property vandalized at 3100 Deerview Dr., June 22. Vehicles damaged at 2815 Hathaway Rd., May 21. Reported at 1695 Asher Ct., May 22. Structures destroyed at Burlington Pk., May 23. Structures destroyed at 112 Raintree Rd., June 30.

Fire investigation

Reported at 3130 Beaver Rd., May 14.


Victim’s identity stolen at 130 Mt. Zion Rd., June 10. Victim’s identity stolen at 934 Trellisses Dr., June 9. Subject tried to use fraudulent checks to purchase goods at 8625 William Haines Dr., June 9. Subject tried to write a fraudulent check at 11 School Rd., June 22. Victim’s identity stolen at 267 Weber

Ln., June 23. Subject used victim’s credit card fraudulently at 7412 Indian Ridge Way, June 23.

Fraudulent use of credit card

Reported at U.S. 42, May 22. Reported at 3629 McCall Pl., May 23.

Incident report

Subject discharged a firearm at 248 Main St., June 9.


Inmate discovered with narcotics at the jail at 3020 Conrad Ln., June 10.

Possession of controlled substance

Drugs seized at Burlington Pk., May 16. Drugs seized at 8049 Dream St., May 20.

Receipt of credit card in violation

Reported at 4990 Houston Rd., June 30.

Recovery of stolen property

Jewelry recovered at 3396 Ashby Fork Rd., May 18.


Liquor store robbed at gunpoint at 7903 Dream St., June 9.


Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kroger at 3105 N. Bend Rd., June 21. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kroger at 635 Chestnut Dr., June 23.

Mail stolen from victim at Turfway Rd., June 10. Medication stolen from residence at 300 Christian Dr., June 9. Items stolen from residence at 11 Morris St., June 9. Property stolen or lost/mislaid at 5953 Bankers St., June 9. Vehicle broken into and items taken at Honeysuckle Dr., June 9. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 8001 Burlington Pk., June 9. Items stolen from business at 6170 First Financial Dr., June 21. Items stolen from residence at 5979 Carlton Dr., June 21. Item taken from vehicle at Garrard St., June 21. Items stolen from business at 8347 Dixie Hwy., June 22. Subject found in possession of stolen property at Wetherington Blvd., June 22. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 7175 Camp Ernst Rd., June 7. Items stolen from residence at 10883 Big Bone Church Rd., June 23. Items stolen from business at 10107 Toebben Rd., June 23. Equipment stolen at Lauren Meadows Dr., June 23. Items stolen from business at 1155 Worldwide Blvd., June 23.

Identity stolen at 18 Alan Ct., May 13. Shoplifting at 9950 Berberich Dr., May 20. Recordings stolen at 2271 Teal Briar Ln., May 20. Drugs stolen at 8745 Evergreen Dr., May 20. Building materials stolen at 9245 Beech Grove Rd., May 21. Portable electronic communications stolen at 1739 Eads Rd., May 21. Clothes stolen at 10048 Duncan Dr., May 22. Merchandise stolen at 7605 Empire Dr., May 23. Law enforcement equipment stolen at 6382 Hawks Nest Ct., May 23. Electronics stolen at 1740 Grandview Dr., May 23. Construction equipment stolen at 11066 Stirrup Ln., May 23. Jewelry recovered at 8080 Steilen Dr., June 30. Shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., June 30. Vehicle parts stolen at 18 Tattersall Ln., July 1. Shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., July 2. Metals stolen at 7503 Industrial Rd., July 1. Merchandise stolen at 6000 Mall Rd., July 3. Shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., July 3.


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On the record DEATHS Veronica G. Crowe

Veronica G. Linville Crowe, 73, of Walton, died Aug. 1, 2011. Survivors include her husband, John “Jack” Crowe; children, Shannon Crowe M.D. of Sugarland, Texas, Rick Lutes Crowe of Sardinia, Ohio, and Michael Crowe of Fort Wright; and six grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery.

Jeffery Lee Emery

Jeffery Lee Emery, 49, of Warsaw, died Aug. 1, 2011, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. His parents, Lucian and Ruth Emery, and a brother, Ronnie Dean Emery, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Brooks Emery; sons, Shawn Emery and Jeffery Emery, both of Florence, and Timmy Cunningham of Vevay, Ind.; daughter, Hollie Emery of Sparta; brothers, James Emery and Terry Emery, both of Carrollton, Wayne Emery of Warsaw and Donnie Emery of Madison, Ind.; half brothers, Butch Emery of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Roger Emery of Horizon Sun, Ind.; sisters, Mary Jo Konradi of Patriot, Ind., Ann Stroud of Frankfort and Janet Langsfel of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Warsaw Cemetery.

Mildred Reed Hicks

Mildred Reed Hicks, 87, of Burlington, died Aug. 2, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Clarence Hicks, and a son, James C. Hicks, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Jean Shelton of Burlington; sons, Michael R. Hicks and Roger J. Hicks, both of Burlington; sister, Oneida Thompson of Latonia; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Bonnie Louise Huhn

Bonnie Louise Huhn, 69, of Florence, died July 29, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was formerly Sister Mary Robert at St. Walburg Monastery in Villa Hills. Two sisters, Betty Jean Welch and Shirley Huhn, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Helen Slade of Florence, and Linda Huhn and Beverly Glenn, both of Cincinnati; and brothers, Joseph Huhn Jr. of Erlanger, Robert C. Huhn and David Huhn, both of Florence, and Ronald Huhn of Fort Thomas. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Covington, KY 41015.

Don S. Matalka; daughter, Catherine J.G. Matalka; son, Nicholas J. Matalka of West Chester, Ohio; brother, Scott Williams of Florence; parents, David and Rebecca Williams of Florence; and grandparents, Howard and Betty Williams of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Doris and Fred Shepherd of Gallatin County, Ky. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: The Catherine Matalka Scholarship Fund c/o any U.S. Bank.

Bryon Perkins of Morning View and Gerard Perkins of Danville, Ky.; brother, Christopher W. Perkins of Cincinnati; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger.

Robert D. Petrey

Robert D. Petrey, 84, of Taylor Mill, died Aug. 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a Korean conflict veteran and retired from Kroger dairy. He was a gardener and knife maker and a member of Latonia Baptist Church, Latonia Masonic Lodge No. 746 F&AM and Indra Consistory Scottish Rite. His wife, Billie Jean Bryant Petrey, died in 1999. Survivors include his sons, Robert K. Petrey of Taylor Mill, Terry J. Petrey of Union and Jeff B. Petrey of Florence; sisters, Argene Walden of Jacksonville, Fla., and Hazel Ramey of Mt. Washington, Ohio; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church St., Latonia KY 41015.

Arlene Etler Menzer

Arlene Sue Etler Menzer, 72, of Covington, died Aug. 4, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, graduate of Notre Dame Academy and a member of Mother of God Church in Covington. Survivors include her daughters, Laurie Perry of Cold Spring and Andrea Menzer of Crestview Hills; son, Larry Menzer of Florence; brothers, Thomas Etler of Fort Mitchell, Larry Etler of Erlanger and Bob Etler of Union; and three grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Residence of Salem Woods, 6164 Salem Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Jordan R. Risheberger

Jordan R. Risheberger, 21, of Florence, died Aug. 1, 2011. He was a cook at Bob Evans. Survivors include his parents, Jeff and Patty Risheberger of Florence; sister, Brittany Lipscomb of Florence; and maternal grandparents, Stan and Sandy Martin of Independence.

Rev. Donald Ray Oditt

Rev. Donald Ray Oditt, 78, of Walton, died Aug. 1, 2011, at his residence. He was a member and former assistant pastor of Glencoe Church of God, a member of the WaltonVerona Lodge F. & A.M and a construction worker. His wife, Julia Leathers Oditt, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Roger Oditt of Warsaw and Dean Oditt of Walton; daughters, Donna Oditt of Erlanger, Linda Dietz of Walton, Patty Kay Klute of Burlington, Carrie Hall of Frankfort and Shannon Ray Oditt of Pawleys Island, S.C.; brother, Glenn Oditt of Franklin, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Verona. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mary ‘Eileen’ Ruwe

Mary “Eileen” Romp Ruwe, 72, of Fort Thomas, died July 30, 2011, at her home surrounded by family. She was an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and a dedicated volunteer at Redwood Rehabilitation Center. Her brother, Harry Romp, and a sister, Bernice Stulz, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Donald Ruwe; daughters, Paula Miller of Fort Thomas, Barbara Kozlowski of Plainfield, Ind., and Beth Prather of Cold Spring; sons, Phillip Ruwe of Florence, Joseph Ruwe of Wilder, Michael Ruwe of Wilmington, N.C., and Tom Ruwe of Independence; sister, Miriam Ware of Southgate; and 15 grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Alvin L. Perkins

Alvin L. Perkins, 64, of Elsmere, died Aug. 2, 2011, at his home. He was a fourth-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus. He worked as a machinist for Moeschl Edwards in Covington for 24 years and a maintenance machinist for the Kroger Co. for 21 years. He enjoyed martial arts and body building. Survivors include his daughter, Anna Maria Perkins of Elsmere; sons, Alvin Perkins Jr. of Florence,

Robert W. Loveland

Robert W. Loveland, 83, of Union, died Aug. 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired engineer with New York Telephone Co. and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Jean Loveland; daughter, Linda Mattran; granddaughter, Andrea Denman; and great-granddaughter, Aubrey Denman. Interment will be in Orchard Park, N.Y. Memorials: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Amy Lynn Matalka

Amy Lynn Williams Matalka, 35, of Burlington, died Aug. 1, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an administrative assistant at Indiana Wesleyan University and attended The River Church in West Chester, Ohio, and First Church of Christ in Burlington, where she volunteered at the preschool. She helped organize Brandon Perry’s “Walk for a Cure” from Fountain Square to California. Survivors include her husband,


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Donald G. Tunning

Donald Gene Tunning, 72, of Hebron, died Aug. 4, 2011. He was a janitor with Conner High School. Survivors include his sons, Larry Tunning, Bobby Tunning and James Tunning; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Peeno Family Cemetery, Hebron.

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YOU COULD WIN: First Place Winner - PetSmart® $500 Gift certificate Runner Up Winner - PetSmart® $250 Gift certificate Randomly Selected Winner - PetSmart® $250 Gift certificate

Phone ( _______ ) __________________________________________________


Yes! Enter my pet in the contest and accept my donation of $10 to

How to win: Sunday, October 2, 2011 all entrants will appear in The Enquirer and the first of three voting rounds will begin. We will ask our readers to vote for their favorite pet. Each round will eliminate entrants based on voting. We ask that all votes be accompanied by a donation to the Newspapers In Education program. Our Pet Idol contest is just one of the many fun and innovative programs we use to raise money to promote literacy in our local schools. Photos must be a minimum of 3”x 5” but cannot exceed 6”x 4”. PHOTOS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. We reserve the right to refuse a photograph submission that the staff defines as unacceptable or inappropriate.


preparation for The Community Arts Center Day Parade, Saturday, Aug. 27. Parents are free to stay and enjoy the fun. The parade is in cooperation with, The Carnegie, The Center for Great Neighborhoods and The BehringerCrawford Museum. Register by calling Baker Hunt at 859-431-0020. Registration is limited. Baker Hunt is located at the corner of Greenup and Seventh streets in Covington.

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Loy W. Widener

Loy W. Widener, 92, of Florence, died Aug. 2, 2011. He was a plumber and member of Pipefitters Local No. 392. His wife, Gladys Widener, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Lou Epley. Burial was in Hughes Chapel, Union. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Noah Steven Long

Noah Steven “Shovel Head” Long, 49, of Newport, died July 31, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He worked in maintenance with Riverfront Place, was a member of the Bellevue FOE Eagles No. 964, and enjoyed watching football and cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals. His father, James Harlan Long, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Laura Long; daughters, Stacey WilsonHard of Dayton and Danielle Wilson of Bellevue; brothers, Harry Bailey of Covington, John Bailey of Newport, David Long of Bellevue and Gary Long of Florence; sisters, Mary Tung of Clarksville, Md., Essie Long of Newport and Lily Herald of Silver Grove; mother, Nancy Eaton; and five grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

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Address____________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip _______________________________________________________ Pets Name: _________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________ (We will email updated voting results for Pet Idol 2011 only.)

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Mail to: The Enquirer 2011 Pet Idol, 312 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. NO PURCHASE OR DONATION REQUIRED TO ENTER. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The Enquirer Lend-A-Hand Pet Idol 2011 Contest is open to Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky residents who are 18 years or older. Employees of Enquirer Lend-A-Hand, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett Co., Inc., and each of their respective affiliated companies, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees, are not eligible to enter or to win. Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. (EST) 8/1/11 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (EST) 11/7/11. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (EST) 8/1/11 and ending at 11:59 p.m. (EST) 11/7/11, Enter by submitting a photo of your Pet and a completed entry form. Entries must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. Entries with incomplete or incorrect information will not be accepted. Only one (1) entry per pet. Enter by mail or in-person: complete an Official Entry Form available in The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Kentucky Enquirer, The Community Presses in Ohio & KY and at The Enquirer Customer Service Center, 312 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) 9/12/11. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries and votes received. (1) First Place Winner will receive a $500 PetSmart gift card. (1) Randomly Selected Winner will receive a $250 PetSmart gift card. (1) Runner Up Winner will receive a $250 PetSmart gift card. Winners will be notified by telephone or email on or about 11/11/11. Participants agree to be bound by the complete Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions. For a copy of the prize winners list (available after 11/17/11) and/or the complete Official Rules send a SASE to Pet Idol 2011 c/o The Enquirer, 312 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or contact Pam Clarkson at 513-768-8577 or at


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