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Aquatic center has third largest swim season By Justin B. Duke

A hot summer helped make a busy oasis in Florence. The Florence Family Aquatic Center had its third biggest summer. The season brought in 60,582 visitors, up from 46,488 last year. That was the best the pool has done since 2007 when the pool used to close on Labor Day, falling 53 visitors short despite the pool being open a few weeks fewer. A big reason for the increase was the heat, said Parks & Recreation Administrator Vanessa Lenear. “That plays an integral part of our season,” Lenear said. This season, the pool was open to the public all but two days – one for severe weather and one for a swim meet. With the heat, attendance was up to 704 visitors a day on average, Lenear said. While the hot summer helped bring the swimmers, a tough economy was keeping them in

Temperatures in the upper 90s kept the Florence Family Aquatic Center busy all summer. town, she said. “A lot of people are using this as their vacation,” Lenear said. Several residents told Lenear they skipped traveling for their summer vacation and used the aquatic center as part of their family “staycation.” “We’ve got a lot of fun things

to do in town,” Lenear said. With more residents staying in town to use the pool, swim lessons and memberships also saw an increase, she said. The added attendance meant added revenues, said Florence Finance Director Linda Chapman. The pool brought in $393,000

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As Florence City Council prepared for the final vote on property tax rates, defenders of the proposed rates fought back. Council approved the 2010 rates with a 4-2 vote. The new rates will raise real and personal property rates and decrease the collection of the city’s contribution to the state hazardous pay employees’ pension fund. The juggle would leave the overall tax rate at $2.46 per $1,000 of assessed value for real property and $4.36 per $1,000 for personal property – the same as 2009. The rates allow future councils the ability to raise rates and keep up with the city’s financial plan to keep the city operations funded through 2018. However, this doesn’t guarantee those councils will raise rates, said Mayor Diane Whalen. The financial plan wasn’t put together by the current council and didn’t take into account the recession. The plan needs to be revisited and include an economic development plan before council wants to raise real estate and per-


this year, up $144,000 from last year, Chapman said. The final utility bills aren’t in yet, but bills throughout the season were on track with what they were last year, she said. “The costs were even and the revenues were up, so it was a pretty good year,” Chapman said.



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sonal property rates, said council member Mike Apgar, who voted against the tax rates along with Kelly Huff. “I’ve grown weary of points made that we don’t have a financial plan,” said council member Julie Metzger Aubuchon. The plan has been adjusted for the recession with moves like outsourcing services and changing maintenance and replacement schedules, Aubuchon said. “There have been reactionary measures after reactionary measures,” she said. Council member Mel Carroll stressed that tax rates are not changing this year, and the only way someone’s tax bill will change is if property assessments change. Carroll called those who call it an increase “demagogues.” “People who bring that up – shame on them,” Carroll said. Florence residents are smart enough to see through those who call the rates an increase, he said. “There are people who are politicians and there are those who are public servants, and I think you can tell the difference,” Carroll said.

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Exhibition season ends for local prep football teams this weekend. While the first five weeks of the 2010 season were eminently more entertaining than the NFL preseason, the games played so far hardly count for anything concrete unless a team gets in a threeway district tie at season’s end and the strength-of-victory tiebreaker comes into play. – SPORTS, PAGE A7



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September 23, 2010

Family pitches Union tech park By Paul McKibben

A family that owns almost 45 acres of land in Union is pushing the idea of a technology research center to help stimulate growth in the proposed Union Town Center that has mostly not developed for a decade. Jim Collett, managing member of Collett Family LLC, said until now retail has been the anchor for development. He said the family would like to take the development into a different direction with a science technical park as the anchor. “What are our core competencies? We think there are three: energy, health care/medical and creative advertising or branding,” he said during a meeting the family hosted Sept. 14 at St. Timothy Parish in Union. The Union Town Center is proposed in the 2000 Union Town Plan, a document that governs development in the Union area. The plan said “the

purpose of the Union Town Center zone district is to allow for a condensed commercial and residential area that is pedestrian scale and creates a sense of place for the surrounding area.” The town center is about 90 acres. The entire Collett property is in the town center area. The only new structure that has been built in the town center so far has been the new Summit Medical Group (now St. Elizabeth Physicians) office on Mount Zion Road. Union Mayor Don Kirby said developers have told the city that one of the barriers it has with the town center is it has been emphasizing retail and mixed use but it hasn’t been talking a lot about jobs. “And the emphasis with them has been if the jobs come and the retail, the restaurants ... the other businesses to support them will follow,” he said. Kirby said offering the Collett property as an opportunity for a technology company to come in is “another way of

possibly kick starting this thing and continuing to keep it going.” The Collett property is at U.S. 42 and Mount Zion Road near The Warren S. Moore Union City Building. The land consists of two main sections with the smaller section on the western side of U.S. 42 across from the larger section. Collett, who is also mayor of Crescent Springs, said the family’s vision of Union includes a technology research center with mixed-used in between with recreational, retail and office space as the prime anchor points. Dave Geohegan, director of planning services with the planning commission, said the Union Town Center zone that adjoins about three quarters of the Collett property would allow mixed-used research park type development and would allow all office uses. He said currently it would not allow manufacturing-type uses.

Florence resident wins broadcasting honor Florence resident Mike Tussey will be inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Oct. 2. Tussey was the program

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and was the top-rated DJ in morning drive time. Later he was a play-byplay sports announcer, doing the Huntington Cubs

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minor league baseball games on WTCR and calling high school football and basketball on Tussey WRVC in Huntington. Since 2006 he has been broadcasting games of Northern Kentucky University on Cincinnati’s WQRT. During his years with WTCR, Tussey also appeared on WSM in Nashville and spent many hours behind stage at the Grand Ole Opry in the Ryman Auditorium. He got to know country music stars including, Bill Anderson, Jerry Reed, Little Jimmy Dickens, Glen Campbell, Charlie Pride, Porter Waggoner, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Paycheck, Sonny James, Tex Ritter and Skeeter Davis. But then he decided on a major life change. Mike Tussey had always been intrigued by law enforcement and he decided to make that his full-time profession in Ashland while keeping his hand in broadcasting by doing part-time work. After moving to Florence in the 1990s, Tussey went to work for the campus police at NKU. Since he retired, he is now calling play-by-play and reporting color of NKU’s men’s and women’s basketball games on Cincinnati station WQRT. He is writing a book called “You’re On the Air,” a story of his nearly 50 years in broadcasting. Tussey and his wife, Camilla Jo, have been married for 49 years.

Moore’s bond increased A Boone Circuit judge increased the bond Sept. 16 for a former Warren County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing his parents in their Union home last year. Michael Moore, 39, is being held on a $750,000 cash bond in the Boone County jail. Judge Tony Frohlich increased Moore’s bond at the request of Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally Smith. Moore, who is charged with two counts of murder, had been held on $250,000 bond. But Smith, who has filed notice that the state intends to seek the death penalty in the case, told the judge that the amount was too low. “The fact that two people lost their lives, allegedly at

Union needs your help supporting our troops The city of Union has found a great opportunity to support our troops while also bringing together the community. Through the nonprofit organization, America Supporting Americans, the city of Union has adopted an Army unit out of Fort Campbell. This unit of the 101st Airborne is currently stationed in Afghanistan and consists of 128 men along with two female medics. The city of Union is sending care packages to these soldiers and needs the help of the Union community to fill the care packages with donations such as travel size basic hygiene products, snacks (no chocolate), powdered drink mixes, games and more. A full list of needed items is available on the city of Union website. Monetary donations are also being accepted to help buy these items and to


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cover shipping costs. Since March, the program has sent more than 140 care packages overseas. During the Ryle High School football home games, the Adopt-a-Unit program will have a booth where donations of items as well as money will be accepted and patrons will be encouraged to personalize letters to the soldiers. Everyone is invited to attend the Adopt-a-Unit meetings. Dates can be found at and volunteers are also needed to help shop for and fill the care package boxes. For more information, visit www.cityofunion or contact Kim Voss ( or Karen Franxman, Union city events coordinator (unioncityevents@insightbb .com). You may also visit the city of Union Adopt-a-Unit page on Facebook.

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The Florence Woman’s Club is sponsoring its annual fall luncheon and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Crisis Center and other community projects.

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the hands of Michael Moore and given that death is a possible penalty in this case, we believe that bond should be at least $2 million,” Smith said during the bond hearing Sept. 16. Moore’s public defender, Joanne Lynch, argued that increasing Moore’s bond would just punish him. Boone County Sheriff’s deputies say that on June 12, 2009, Moore shot and killed Warren and Madge Moore in their home on Indian Hill Drive in Union. The city of Union, where Warren Moore was city administrator and had served four terms as mayor, named its city building after him. Kentucky News Service


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This year’s luncheon will be noon Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Triple Crown Country Club. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available for $30 each or a table of eight is $220. They can be obtained by calling Barbara Crume at 859-371-5503. Both ladies and gentlemen are invited to attend.

Company could add jobs

The Kenton County Airport Board has approved a lease for 33 acres with the Florence operation of ZF Steering Systems LLC, the German-based multinational company that makes steering columns. Officials said the move clears the way for a major expansion of ZF, which has operations at 15 Spiral Drive in Florence. The deal is expected to keep the company from outsourcing to Mexico and could bring an additional 370 workers to Florence by 2012. The lease price is expected to be about $62,000 an acre. ZF Steering officials could not be reached for comment. Kentucky News Service


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Union council faces challenger By Paul McKibben

Two years ago, the Union City Commission faced four challengers but now only one new person is running against the same four incumbents in the Nov. 2 general election. Retiree and Northern Kentucky Tea Party member Bryan Miller said via e-mail he was “stepping forward to just try and make a difference for the younger generation of this country. I believe in fiscal responsibility, small government and free enterprise.” Incumbent Bob Kelly said over e-mail he is “running for re-election to continue the city of Union tradition of low taxes, fiscal responsibility and providing quality city services.” Incumbent John Mefford said in an e-mail he is seeking another term because “I enjoy the community service. It has been very rewarding being an active member of the community both as a teacher at Ryle (High School) and as Union commissioner.” City Commissioner Todd Sayers said in an e-mail he still believes “in the direction the city is going and I can leverage my skills as a business owner to help continue in that direction.” The proposed Union Town Center development that is part of the 2000 Union Town Plan has mostly not been developed. Last week, one of the major landowners in the town center area proposed having a technology park on its


About the office Office: Union City Commission Term: Two years Pay: $45 per commission meeting land to help spur growth. Kelly said the city needs to continue to work with and pursue developers, landowners and state and local officials. He said the city has interest from developers but the economy is slowing the process. “The city will continue to work with and help the landowners be more proactive,” he said. Mefford said the city has assembled an economic development committee to investigate avenues for facilitating the town plan’s development. He said the committee will be investigating local and state economic incentives that will be beneficial in attracting businesses to the Union area. Miller said the town center should be put on hold indefinitely and evaluated at a later date. He said he “wouldn’t want to burden the already stressed taxpayer with additional taxes that would be necessary to fund the infrastructure of a new Union Town Center.” Sayers said people within the county and city have been working diligently on getting the Union Town Plan under way and once the economy changes for the better it will happen. Two years ago the four incumbents voted against the proposed Galleria at



Miller Sayers Union mixed-used development along U.S. 42. The project included a Target store. Kelly, Mefford and Miller oppose big box development in Union. Sayers said he supports “ the small town feel of Union and wish to continue in that direction.” On the issue of providing new city services, Mefford said the services the city provides or contracts to pro-

vide are adequate. “Undoubtedly there will come a time when Union will grow to the point where we will need to add to the services already provided but I believe they are sufficient at this time,” he said. Kelly said “when dealing with a small tax revenue base, we have to be careful adding additional services.” He said the city recently added recycling to be included with garbage pickup at no extra cost to citizens through a competitive bidding process. Miller said no additional city services are needed at this time. He said roads within Union are adequately maintained. Sayers said the city would consider implementing new services that are brought to its attention. He said the city would search for funding at that time. Miller, 62, has an associate’s degree in chemical technology and a bachelor’s

degree in chemistry from The University of Akron. He has lived in Boone County for almost 25 years. The race is non-partisan. Union Mayor Don Kirby is

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Santoro faces conservative challenger By Paul McKibben

Republican state Rep. Sal Santoro of Florence faces his first opponent since the 2006 general election as independent and Florence resident Sean McPhillips challenges him from the right this fall. McPhillips, a project manager for the Kentucky Regional Extension Center at the University of Kentucky, said via e-mail he left the Republican Party in 2008, a year before the tea party movement was born. He said he supports typical tea party issues such as

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support for it,� he said. “However, as the issue may continue to come up, I will continue to listen to the will of the people of Boone County.� McPhillips said he mostly opposes expanded gaming in Kentucky. “But it has been my consistent experience that this is penny wise and dollar foolish, especially as it depresses surrounding communities,� he said. “If gaming is to be expanded in Kentucky, it should be in remote areas far away from residential communities and narrowly zoned.� Boone County is home to Turfway Park in Florence which would benefit from more gambling being allowed. Santoro said the state needs to look at ways to increase purses to keep Kentucky-bred horses here.

Office: Kentucky state representative Term: Two years Pay: From the time a legislative session begins until it ends, members are paid $188.22 each day except during recesses. Odd-year sessions are 30 working days. Even-year sessions are 60 working days. Pay is the same amount for interim committee meetings. McPhillips said horse racing should be the cornerstone of Turfway. He said opportunities beyond that need to be explored for Turfway Park and even Champion Window Field in Florence where the Freedom baseball team plays. There is not a Democratic candidate running for Kentucky’s 60th state House District in the Nov. 2 general election. It is one of two Kentucky House districts completely in Boone County. Kentucky House District 69 includes just two precincts in Boone County. Santoro was first elected four years ago and re-elected in 2008.

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New Haven preschool program building communication skills By Justin B. Duke

A young program is giving students the ability to share what’s on their minds. Jennifer Osborne teaches the total communication classroom at New Haven Elementary. The program is for preschoolers who have trouble with verbal communication. Osborne and her team use and teach sign language to help students learn how to communicate until their verbal skills come around. “Our goal is to help them communicate,” Osborne said. When children are unable to communicate, they often get frustrated which can lead to behavior problems, she said. As students start being able to communicate, they gain confidence and begin wanting to participate, Osborne said. “It’s not school to them,” she said. Throughout the day, everything students do is designed to help them learn communication including singing and signing songs and sitting down together

for snack time where everyone will talk and sign together.

Life-changing impact

Many students who come to the program have apraxia, a neurological disorder that hurts speech and other motor skills, so along with teaching communication skills, teachers work on motor skills. This includes students using tongs to serve pretzels during snack time because the pinching skill is a precursor to holding a pencil and writing. The program has had a lifechanging impact for Cindy Young, whose 4-year-old son just started his second year. “I’ve seen a huge improvement in his speech,” Young said. The Youngs hired private therapists in the past, but didn’t see nearly as impressive of results as they have at New Haven. “He can communicate,” Young said. The success comes from how much Osborne and her team care for their students, Young said. “They love those kids as much as we do,” she said.

Groundbreaking work

For New Haven Principal Nancy Duley, the program has given her yet another reason to be excited to come to work. “That’s why I’m still here, I could have retired last year,” Duley said. In the past, parents would have to send their children out of the area to get the special attention they need to develop communication skills, she said. “I’m seeing something that’s never happened in Northern Kentucky,” Duley said. The program is preparing children who would have struggled in school and giving them a chance to communicate their thoughts, she said. “We know it’s going to make a difference in their futures,” Osborne said. The groundbreaking work the class is doing was recently honored when Osborne was given the September Break the Mold award from Boone County Schools. “I’ve been teaching 20 years, and this is the most rewarding thing I’ve done,” Osborne said.


New Haven preschool teacher Jennifer Osborne uses sign language to help her students develop communication skills.

Florence Elementary learning on the track Florence Elementary students learned how they can all be in the winner’s circle, even if they don’t own a horse. Ronnie Dreistadt, outreach coordinator with the Kentucky Derby Museum, taught students that, like a thoroughbred horse, everyone can be on the right track if they practice and have determination, proper care and training. Dreistadt helped fourth- and fifth-graders see the science of the track by examining the components of the soil and how it can affect a horse’s performance. He demonstrated how a boulder is broken down by physical and chemical components, such as frost, heat, plants, air, rain, worms and other creepy crawlers, into soil. Before the demonstration ended rock volunteer Jonathan Ramirez was reduced to a pebble. Second- and third-graders learned about traditions. In Ken-

tucky Derby tradition the first horse and rider are escorted to the winner’s circle where the horse receives a blanket of roses – creating the term “run for the roses,” and the owner receives a trophy and a check. Another tradition is for women to wear fancy hats, so students wore hats to re-enact a Derby day tradition. First-graders learned about the care and safety of thoroughbreds. Teachers and parents take care of students and trainers take care of horses. Thoroughbreds are fed a special diet, are bathed, groomed and kept well-rested so they can perform their best. To demonstrate the care taken into saddling a Derby horse, a student played the party of Derby horse Smarty Jones and was geared up with a personalized blanket, followed by the padding to protect the horse, saddle, bridle and reins to guide the horse.


Florence Elementary first-grade students learned about the care and safety of thoroughbreds during the Kentucky Derby Museum Outreach Program. From left: coordinator Ronnie Dreistadt, Brad Aker, Diya Patel, Brianna Brown, Alexa Mcelfresh and Malachi Miles.


Florence Elementary second-grade students learned about creating traditions during the Kentucky Derby Museum Outreach Program. Front, left: Ronnie Dreistadt, coordinator, Jamon Norman, Lisa Sullinger, Neaveh Branch, Hilaena Bell and Shelby Payne; back: Dakota Laws, Charles Wilson and Abigail Morris.


Florence Elementary fifth-grade students learned about science on the track during the Kentucky Derby Museum Outreach Program. Back, left: Erica Novogroski, Jonathan Ramirez, Cody Wagoner; front, left: Hayden Abdon, Morgan Schull, Joseph Crimmins, Chelsea Lord, and Coordinator Ronnie Dreistadt.

Thomas More College hosts Preview Day Sept. 25 High school students can learn more about the admissions process at Thomas More College’s Preview Day on Saturday, Sept. 25. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with check-in and a departmental browsing fair in the Administra-

tion Building. Presentations by admissions, financial aid and student life staff will follow. A complimentary meal and a campus tour are also included. Following Preview Day, the Thomas More Saints, 2009 con-

ference champions, will host their first home football game against rival Washington & Jefferson. Sessions will include when to take the ACT/SAT, importance of the individual campus visit, securing institutional and external financial aid, and the value of

getting involved on college campuses. Thomas More faculty members from each department, as well as representatives from athletics, campus ministry, student life, financial aid and admissions will be available.

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September 23, 2010

Boone teachers awarded grants By Justin B. Duke

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Thousands of students are expected to get extra help this year. The Boone County Education Foundation just awarded 27 teachers a total of $24,702 in mini and MUST grants. The mini grants are designed to help fund teacher-designed projects that aren’t in regular school funding. The foundation was looking for a way to help

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teachers with specific needs and found the best way to know what the needs are is the grant application, said Tony Johnson, president of the foundation. “What better way than to ask the teachers?” Johnson said. MUST grants are like the mini grants except they focus on math, unified sciences and technology – which is where they got the MUST name. “Math, science and technology are areas we need to improve on nationally,” Johnson said.

The MUST grants are a way to help a national issue locally, he said. Boone County High School science teacher Lenny Beck and Mann Elementary fifth-grade teacher Kathy Gerth were awarded grants this year. With the grant money, Beck will purchase composting equipment. His students will be composting and learning about matter cycles and conservation. “Students learn best by experiences,” Beck said. Beck hopes to use the soil the class makes around

the school for planting. Gerth’s students will use the scientific method to determine whether larger seeds yield larger plants. The grant allows her to buy the equipment needed for the project. “We’re ordering 12 triple beam balances,” Gerth said. Both Beck and Gerth said their projects couldn’t happen without the grants. Funding for the grants comes through corporate donations and contributions from teachers and staff. The 26 grants are expected to help 5,749 students.

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put on a top-notch show because they know that all eyes will be on them as they close out the competition, Peterson said. Peterson remembers how excited students were when they hosted the first Conner Classic years ago. “The kids really took a lot of pride in the fact that other bands are coming to their school,” Peterson said. The competition will start at 1 p.m. and the final awards will be given out around 9:45 p.m. “It’s going to be a long day,” Peterson said. Admission is $8 and benefits the Conner band.

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Boone schools start district play By James Weber

Exhibition season ends for local prep football teams this weekend. While the first five weeks of the 2010 season were eminently more entertaining than the NFL preseason, the games played so far hardly count for anything concrete unless a team gets in a three-way district tie at season’s end and the strengthof-victory tiebreaker comes into play. Certainly many early games were fun rivalries and offered plenty of chances for energetic teenagers to do something memorable. But this week, the stakes rise as district seeding games begin. The Boone County school district foes all begin 6A play this week. Ryle and Cooper are the only pair to play each other, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cooper. Ryle comes in with a 3-1 record after beating Dixie Heights 20-7. Travis Elliott accounted for all the touchdowns, rushing for 215 yards and two scores and returning an interception 45 yards for a TD to clinch the game late. Daniel Dehner and Ryan Smith recovered Dixie fumbles. Zach Senvisky had 18 tackles and Court Mace 16. Cooper rolled to a 63-7 win over Lloyd to improve to 2-2. It is a school record for points in a game. D’vontae Bradley rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Tyler Morris rushed for 63 yards and a score and threw for 69 yards and two touchdowns, both going to Taylor Centers. Troy Wilke and Jon Sut-


Ryle High School’s Daniel Dehner signals to the bench that they have the ball after a Dixie Heights’ fumble during the first half of Ryle’s homecoming game at Ryle High School Sept. 17. Boone County senior defensive back Cole Wendlen runs into two Highlands defenders during a kick return Friday night Sept. 17. thoff had TD runs. Mason Hutchinson returned a kickoff for a score. Conner hosts Simon Kenton at 7 p.m. The Cougars dropped to 3-2 with a 41-21 loss to Holy Cross Sept. 17. Cy Smith threw for 272 yards and rushed for 71 and a score. Camron Fogle was his top target with 114 yards on seven catches. Taylor Miller had 75 yards on five grabs. Eric Sowder had 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Boone County travels to Alexandria to play Campbell County at 7:30 p.m. The Rebels are licking their wounds, dropping to 22 after a 55-0 loss at Highlands last week.

The Rebels posted just 111 yards offense. Jordan Oppenheimer had 62 yards on 15 carries. Kameron Schwartz had an interception. Walton -V Verona hosts Bellevue in its second home Friday night game 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. It is the 1A district opener for both teams. The Bearcats are 2-2 after losing their first-ever Friday night home game, 21-20, to Carroll County. Nolan Brown had 79 yards rushing. Zach MacAdams had 56 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Quincy Page had a TD rush. Ronnie Nadicksbernd led with eight tackles.




Ryle High School’s Travis Elliot runs for a touchdown during the first half of Ryle’s homecoming game at Ryle High School Sept. 17.

Boone County senior defensive end Aaron Miller (55) tackles Highlands junior quarterback Patrick Towles in the second quarter Friday night, Sept. 17.

St. Henry girls adjust to challenges By Adam Turer

After graduating 10 seniors from last year’s team, the St. Henry girls’ soccer program was unsure of what to expect in 2010. The season was thrown into further disarray when the team’s top returning player, senior Abby Janszen, suffered a serious leg injury during the club soccer season in the spring. With 10 first-time varsity players and little veteran leadership, the Crusaders had plenty of obstacles to overcome this year. So far, they have risen to the challenge.

“It’s been an unusual season,” said head coach Steve Lorenz. “Considering all that we’ve had to deal with, I think we’re probably right where we ought to be at this point.” Lorenz and his staff implemented a new formation this season. One benefit of having so many new varsity players was the ability to change their primary formation without much confusion. For veterans like Janszen, who returned for the team’s fifth game, the change has been more of an adjustment. Instead of playing with two attacking forwards, the Crusaders have been playing with

one forward and three players behind on the attack. “It’s been a matter of getting the kids to understand where they fit on the field,” Lorenz said. “We’re still refining things. We’ve been known as an attacking team and we want to keep that identity.” With so many new faces, the Crusaders have counted on some newcomers and former junior varsity players to make a big impact in their first season at the varsity level. Junior center midfielder Jill Bauer and junior outside midfielder Melissa Spare have stepped up. Junior transfer Sullivan Culbertson

was making a big impact at outside defender before suffering a season-ending knee injury during the All “A” Classic. “There have been some pleasant surprises,” Lorenz said. “These girls have done well with the opportunities they have been given.” The Crusaders reached the finals of the All “A” Classic the weekend of Sept. 10-12, falling in the championship match to Lexington Catholic. St. Henry bounced back with a 5-0 win over Simon Kenton in their first game after the All “A” Classic. The offensive game plan continues to

improve and the win over the Pioneers was a good sign for the Crusaders. “We made a couple of adjustments after the All “A” Classic,” said Lorenz. “If we can keep building on that, I think we’ll be where we want to be at the end of the season.” St. Henry is 10-2 through Sept. 18, including a big win over Notre Dame Academy Sept. 8. Libby Leedom scored both goals in that victory and leads the team with 11 goals through Sept. 18. The Crusaders travel to Brossart Sept. 20 and host Lexington Catholic Sept. 22.

Raiders succeed despite tough schedule By Adam Turer

The Ryle High School boys’ soccer program has not shied away from competition in any of head coach Stephen Collins’s seasons at the helm. This year might be the toughest regular season slate of games the Raiders have faced. The goal for Collins is to have his team prepared for any challenges that arise in postseason play. The Raiders spent the weekend of Sept. 17-19 at

the Colonel Classic at Bourbon County High School. A Sept. 18 match against East Jessamine, the sixth-ranked team in the state, is a good late-season gauge for the Raiders to see how they can improve. “A game like that allows us to see where we stand as we get closer to the postseason,” said Collins. Despite a young team, Ryle has been able to compete against a tough schedule. The defense has been the team’s strength so far this season. The upfield

players are younger and are still a work in progress. The Raiders have routinely started three or four sophomores on that side of the field. “Our defense is right where we hoped it would be at this point,” Collins said. “We have had great communication between our defenders and our goalie.” A total team effort has led to Ryle’s success this season. The Raiders have overcome their youth by having great depth and excellent teamwork. Collins

is able to play 16-18 players in every game. Three players have scored between six and nine goals to lead the team. Goalie Chris Froschauer has keyed eight shutouts. “We knew that everybody would have to contribute for us to be successful,” Collins said. “We don’t have to rely on any one guy. Each night somebody new steps up and contributes.” Heading into the final weeks of the regular season and preparing for postseason play, the Raiders still

have room for improvement. The biggest key to improving down the stretch will be the Raiders’ ability to dictate the tempo of their matches. “We are trying to play at the pace we want to play, not at our opponent’s pace,” Collins said. “We want to do a better job of controlling, moving, and possessing the soccer ball.” Despite a tough schedule and a young team, the Raiders stand at 10-1-3 through Sept. 17. After playing four games in four

days at the Colonel Classic, the Raiders will face Cincinnati squads from McNicholas and Colerain the week of Sept. 20. Collins put together the schedule not just to challenge his team with quality opponents, but to play against a variety of different soccer styles. “We’ll have played one of the strongest schedules since I’ve been here,” Collins said. “We’ll also have seen a lot of different styles. We have to be ready for anything in the tournament.”


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Four locals bring home U.S. Open prizes Four Northern Kentucky Taekwondo students recently brought home six medals from the 2010 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang tournament. The tournament took place July 23-25, in Chicago. The martial artists, under the leadership of Grand Master Sung Tae Kim of Kim's Korean Martial Arts Academy in Erlanger, successfully captured four gold medals and two bronze medals at the tournament. The medal winners included Curtis Maxwell, William Maxwell, Grace Wheeler and Ryan Wheeler. Martial artists ranging from ages 6 to 80, represented most of the 50 states, including a team from Hawaii, as well as several teams from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. A Hanmadang is a festival of the Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo, where practitioners demonstrate their individual and team skills in numerous routines, self-defense techniques, breaking, and demonstrations, including traditional and creative forms. The 2010 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang tournament was the second ever event of its kind in the USA . The Hanmadang allows Taekwondo students to

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St. Henry junior Aaron Beaten (6) advances the ball away from Milford midfielder John Nagle (7) during the first half of their soccer match at Northern Kentucky University soccer field Sept. 13. St. Henry lost 2-1, bringing their record to 5-2-2 at that time. WILL VELARDE / STAFF


Curtis and William Maxwell, who study Taekwondo Kim’s Korean Martial Arts Academy in Erlanger, show off their winnings with their teacher, Grand Master Sung Tae Kim, at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang tournament. The tournament took place July 23-25 in Chicago. come and show their talents on an international scale, whether it be in the area of forms, self-defense, weapons or breaking. In addition to individual competitions, family members, groups, and pair events are also showcased. Grandmaster Sung Tae Kim and Kim's Korean Martial Arts Academy has been an integral part of Cincinnati

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The week at Cooper

• The Cooper girls soccer team beat Walton-Verona 5-1, Sept. 13. Cooper’s Brandstetter scored two goals, and King, Nibert and Thompson scored one goal each. Walton’s Lauren Bennett scored her team’s only goal. • In boys golf, Cooper beat Newport Central Catholic 152-168, Sept. 13. Cooper’s Adam Millson medaled with 2 over par 37 on the front nine at A.J. Jolly. On Sept. 16, Cooper placed first in the Boone County Shootout. • Calvary Christian’s boys soccer team beat Cooper 2-0, Sept. 16. • In boys cross country,

Cooper placed seventh with a score of 187 in the Covington Catholic Invitational, Sept. 18. • The Cooper girls cross country team placed sixth with a score of 191 in the Covington Catholic Invitational, Sept. 18.

The week at Ryle

• The Ryle boys golf team beat Grant County 160-164, Sept. 13. On Sept. 16, Ryle tied for second place with WaltonVerona in the Boone County Shootout. • In girls soccer, Conner beat Ryle 1-0, Sept. 15, • In girls golf, Ryle beat Highlands 176-228, Sept. 15. Ryle’s Alex Bruce medaled

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The week at Boone

• In boys soccer, Boone County tied with Conner 1-1, Sept. 14. Gabriel Cortez scored Boone’s goal. On Sept. 16 Campbell County shut out Boone County 3-0. • In boys golf, Boone County placed sixth in the Boone County Shootout, Sept. 16. • In boys cross country, Boone County placed 10th with a score of 266 in the Covington Catholic Invitational, Sept. 18. Boone’s Beneker finished seventh in 18 minutes, 3 seconds. • The girls cross country team finished 14th with a score of 360 in the Covington Catholic Invitational, Sept. 18.

The week at St. Henry

• The St. Henry girls golf team beat Conner 212-229, Sept. 14. St. Henry’s Ashley Schneider medaled with 12 over par 48 on the front nine at Lassing Pointe. • In volleyball, St. Henry beat Lloyd 25-10, 25-10, Sept. 15. • In boys golf, St. Herny placed fourth in the Boone County shootout, Sept. 16.

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with 5 over par 41 on the front nine at Hickory Sticks. • The Ryle boys soccer team shut out St. Henry 3-0, Ryle’s Chris Froschauer made nine saves; and Curtis Lusco, Tyrus Sciarra and Kyle Sullivan scored one goal each. On Sept. 18, Ryle beat George Rogers Clark 2-1. Ryle’s Lusco and Sciarra scored their teams goals. Then, Ryle shut out East Jessamine 1-0. Ryle’s Froschauer made seven saves, and Lusco scored the goal.

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• The Conner girls beat Ryle 1-0, Sept. 15, thanks to Chelsea Schulte’s 10 saves, and Cori Storms’ goal. • In volleyball, Brossart beat Conner 25-23, 25-8, Sept. 16.

The week at Walton

• Walton-Verona’s boys golf team beat Trimble County 163-174, Sept. 15. Walton’s Ben Poland medaled with 3 over par 37 on the back nine at Cardinal Hills. • In volleyball, WaltonVerona beat Bellevue 13-25, 25-20, 25-23, Sept. 16.


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Opponent’s claims were untrue

Last week, the Boone County Recorder published columns from myself and my opponent. While I am happy to debate the issues and the direction of our nation, I was disappointed that my opponent chose to base his candidacy on inaccuracies. The fact is, my office did assist him. A detailed record of the help my office provided is on file; however, the law prevents my office from releasing the evidence unless he will come clean and sign a privacy release form. My office did everything in our power to assist him in navigating the bureaucracy; ultimately the final decision was made by medical experts at the VA. Additionally, my opponent’s claim about founding a nonprofit leaves out one important detail: the organization never got off the ground. He came to my office and asked us to secure a multi-million dollar earmark to fund his organization. When he was unable to provide any basic information for his plans, we were uncertain of the legitimacy of his organization and discontinued our assistance to Severus Worldwide. As an 11-year Army veteran, aviator and former Army Ranger, I am fighting to make sure all veterans receive the proper benefits and care they deserve. Geoff Davis, Hebron

Tired of mudslinging

I am so tired of the polical ads that are mudslinging. Also, the Democrats are blaming the Republicans and Republicans are blaming the Democrats for the mess the country is in. It is both parties’ fault. They need to stop worrying about how much money they can get from lobbyists and just do their jobs. If they just work together we cn get the U.S. back on track. Terrie Pullen, Burlington

Honoring our troops

“Diversified Yet Unified in Remembrance.” This motto set the scene when so many joined together at the second annual candlelight vigil Aug. 20 at the Florence Government Center. The Northern Kentucky Chapter 5 of the Blue Star Mothers of America was joined by friends and supporters, some from as far away as Louisville, Frankfort and Indiana. In addition the U.S. Marine Riders Association, Rolling Thunder Chapter 9 (Ohio), the American Legion Auxiliary Boone Unit No. 4, the Thank You Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon Support Group came to honor and remember our military, “past, present and future.” Among guests of honor were Florence Mayor Diane Whalen; H.B. Deatherage, founder of the Boone County Veterans Memorial; and Dr. Brad Wenstrup, U.S. Army Reserve major. Wenstrup served on active duty for 14 months with the U.S. Army 344th Combat Support Hospital at the Abu Ghraib

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Next they’ll tax air we breathe

As a Boone County resident for 48 years, I’m seriously concerned about action taken by Boone County school board members to allow a 4 percent increase in school taxes. Not only will our property taxes rise, but also our electric, telephone and water bills. Next they will be trying to put a school tax on the air we breathe. In these hard times with people losing jobs, homes and property, the board should have sat down and figured out a way to live within their existing budget, at least until the economy improves. They took the cowardly way out, by passing the 4 percent increase, knowing full well that if that they had asked for anything more it would have had to have been voted on by Boone County citizens. Superintendent Randy Poe submitted the 2009-2010 annual report in the magazine “What’s Happening in Boone County,” it was very impressive for a board with unlimited funds. He should spend more time trying to figure out ways to use the existing budget wisely and live within its means. Boone County did not raise its tax rate, it kept it the same as last year. Judge-executive Gary Moore found ways to live within his budget. The sheriff’s department did likewise. It’s time to elect school board members who care more about tax relief than their own selfish motives. Ray Stutler, Burlington

An ‘outsider’ seeks judgeship First, I wish to thank the voters of Boone and Gallatin counties for the generous support I received in the primary. I greatly appreciate each vote. Now, I again ask for your support in the run-off election on Nov. 2. Even though I come from a humble background, I’ve always had a love for the law. The last grade I finished in primary school was the eighth. I worked full time in an auto body shop, a salvage yard, and later at a landfill. But inside me a passion for the law burned with a blue-collar flame. I read every law-related article that crossed my path, fostering a love for the American Revolution and for the Constitutional system to which it gave birth. Among my most valued treasures were old, discarded law books I pulled from the trash. Despite thriving on “recreational” legal research, I kept secret my desire to study law. But what is meant to be always finds a way. One time at work, I wrote a memo on a regulatory issue that was shown to the company’s attorney. He called and encouraged me to consider law school. I explained why that couldn’t be – I’d never gone to junior high school, much less college. Hearing this, he insisted all the more. Stunned, I took his advice.

I completed a GED, took the ACT, and enrolled at Northern Kentucky University. I continued my full-time job, supported my Rick growing family Brueggemann and studied hard. Having Community my Recorder obtained bachelor’s, I guest applied at Chase columnist College of Law and then prayed and waited. Through God’s grace, the acceptance letter finally came. The dean wrote an inspiring message in the bottom margin about my struggle and determination to succeed. I framed it. No draft pick for the NFL was ever happier. I was elated but feared sinking the family into debt. Law school tuition was expensive. But again God blessed me: I received the Chase Academic Excellence Scholarship for achieving the highest GPA. I’ve learned much the hard way. We should always hold dearly what comes at a dear price. To give us freedom the founders of our nation pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Many indeed lost their

“My investment portfolio, my retirement plan and mostly the lack of fear that I’ll have to keep working until I’m 75 just to afford the state-run home they’re going to put me in when the bank forecloses on my house! ‘Nuff said!!!” M.M.

“What do I miss most about pre-recession life? The anxiety produced by the choice I make for health coverage each year as a retiree. “I thought it was bad, but it’s nothing like what I anticipate later in the year when I will have to choose again for one more year. In spite of the complexity of the whole thing, and the uncertainty about which choice would be best, it was-


Rick Brueggemann, of Union, is running for District Court judge, 54th Judicial Circuit, first division in Boone and Gallatin counties. The race is nonpartisan.

district judge. What I have learned is that people do not want politics or party affiliations to guide judicial actions. Rather, the people of Jeff Smith this district Community expect that honRecorder esty, integrity, and guest wisdom experience guide columnist our judges. Because of what you have told me, and as humbly as I can write these words, you need to know that I am clearly the right choice in this election. I can resolutely say this because there are clear differences between my opponent and myself. I am the only candidate with experience in District Court. I work there daily, and as such, I understand how it works. I have prosecuted literally tens of thousands of cases in District Court, while my opponent has been involved in less than a dozen. I recognize what it takes to balance individual rights against our obligation to maintain the safety of our communities. It is absolute-

ly critical to those who appear before the District Court that the judge knows how best to navigate their quest for justice. The vast disparity in our legal experience and knowledge of District Court is why organizations such as the Boone County Fraternal Order of Police have endorsed me as the right choice for judge. While experience separates my opponent and me, we do have something in common. We share a love for the Constitution that guides us. What I can give you that my opponent cannot is the practical knowledge of how the Constitution applies to you and protects you in District Court. My training, experience and years of service give me that advantage. One place where “on the job training” is not acceptable is in a courtroom, should you or your loved ones find yourselves standing before the bench seeking justice and help. You deserve experience from the bench.

n’t as bad as it’s gonna be this year after The Messiah’s Health Care Plan has been enacted.” Bill B.

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“Two years ago both my son and my son-in-law had secure, well-paying jobs (we thought). In that span of time both lost their jobs, got unemployment, then found new, lower-paying jobs with no seniority.

“I miss seeing the ocean, buying clothes at places other than Goodwill, and eating out. “I miss not having that sick feeling when our child needs money for a school-related trip, and I miss not dreading Christmas, birthdays,

As a young child, my parents instilled within me the belief that service to my family, my community and my country are of paramount importance. Upon graduation from law school, I became an assistant attorney general as a special prosecutor in order to follow that desire to serve my community in a professional capacity. Now, having practiced law for over 14 years, I am running for district judge for Boone and Gallatin counties in order to continue my commitment to serve the community where I am now raising a family of my own. The District Court, where I currently serve as an assistant Boone County attorney, is where everyday people come for justice and for help with everyday problems. On a daily basis, I see the stress in the faces of people who appear in District Court – many for the first time. As judge, it is my goal to ensure that the help that they find is capable and fair. For months I have had the privilege of meeting with many great people in our communities – at county fairs, sporting events, school functions and face-to-face meetings at citizens’ front doors. I have listened as voters explained what they expect from their next

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lives and fortunes in the fight. But none lost their honor. The Tree of Liberty grew mighty in the soil fed with their blood and sacrifice. The same passion that led me to study law draws me to the judiciary. I value our constitutional system dearly. On it depends our freedom, our lives, and our fortunes. I’m told my win in the primary was unexpected – that I’m an “outsider” who “came out of nowhere.” This suits me fine because I believe a judge must be detached and unfettered. The blindfold on Lady Justice symbolizes that she neither recognizes nor favors either side. As your district judge, I will faithfully uphold the bench’s sacred duty to be fair and impartial. I have nearly three times the experience required and will do the work.

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Todd and Nichole Preisler hold some of the cupcakes featured at Heavenly Frosted Cupcakes located at the end of Oakbrook Drive.

Heavenly Cupcakes ‘out of this world’ By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

For families who have two working parents, time is a precious commodity, and saving time by ordering birthday cupcakes from Heavenly Frosted Cupcakes can seem like heaven-sent help. But that’s not all the fledgling company offers. “Everything we have, cupcakes and frosting, is homemade, and it’s a great taste difference,” said Nichole Preisler, who, along with her husband, Todd, own Heavenly Frosted Cupcakes. “We know that people want to give their children special treats that are homemade with love, and we can do that. We do birthday parties, anniversaries, office parties, weddings – just

about any special occasion.” Located in a fairly new strip mall at the end of Oakbrook Drive, near Pleasant Valley, Heavenly Cupcakes opened inside of Saturday Sweets on July 10, but had been filling orders via the Internet, at, before that. The business grew out of Nichole’s passion for baking, and a nationwide trend for sprinkle cupcakes. With business picking up, Nichole’s next ambition is to install a convection oven in Saturday Sweets before the holidays. “I believe this business can do very well,” she said. Todd agrees. “It’s all about getting your name out there,” he said. The phone number is 859-394-2295.



Diane Mason, county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at Boone County Cooperative Extension, pours white vinegar into a bowl with baking soda. The mixture can be used as a drain cleaner.

Green cleaning items help the environment

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Florence Thomas of Walton recently joined a very exclusive group, including such prominent figures as Barack Obama, Jack Nicholson, Hillary Clinton and Neil Young. Thomas’ commonality with this list of notable figures is that she was painted by nationally known artist C.F. Payne. Earlier this year, Thomas entered a contest to be featured in an original 30-foot mural by Payne, commissioned by Gold Star Chili to depict the Cincinnati-style chili parlor experience. She was one of two dozen models finally selected out of hundreds of applicants for the C. F. Payne mural. Send your photos, along with a caption identifying the people and describing the action, to “Community Faces.” E-mail to, mail to 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41107. Or upload your photo to

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Cleaning your home doesn’t have to be about using lots of chemicals and products. It can be as simple as using such common household goods as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice to just to name a few. Diane Mason, county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at Boone County Cooperative Extension, said people are more aware of green cleaning and there are more products on the market now that are labeled environmentally friendly or green. The extension office has hosted green cleaning classes. Mason said they usually get 20 or 25 people. She said the environment is “more on people’s mind.” Mason said if consumers don’t want to try to make their own cleaning products and instead purchase them, they should pick multi-purpose ones. She said one possible disadvantage of making cleaning products “is that you have to use more elbow grease or you might have to wait a little longer” (for the product to work). Other products that can be used to clean are salt, ammonia, basic soap and corn starch. Mason said you can get vegetable-based dish soaps now. Vinegar will help clean up germs because it is mild acid, she added. Mason said bleach should be avoided. She said ammonia is not as harsh on the environment as bleach is. The two should not be mixed because of the fumes that are created. Here are some cleaning recipes courtesy of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service:

Diane Mason, county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at Boone County Cooperative Extension, said people are more aware of green cleaning and there are more products on the market now that are labeled environmentally friendly or green.

All-purpose cleaner

3 tablespoons white vinegar 1 ⁄2 teaspoon of washing soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon of vegetable oil based liquid soap 2 cups hot water Mix ingredients in bucket or spray bottle. Apply cleaner and wipe clean.


2 tablespoons borax 1 ⁄4 cup vinegar 2 cups hot water Combine the borax, vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Use like any commercial all-purpose cleaner.

Wood cleaner

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 ⁄4 cup lemon juice Mix ingredients. Use a soft cloth, rub cleaner into the wood in the direction of the grain.

Furniture polish

1 lemon 1 teaspoon olive oil (least expensive) 1 teaspoon water This polish should be made fresh each time it is used. Extract the juice

from the lemon and mix with oil and water. Apply a thin coat on the wood surface and let it sit for five minutes. Use a soft cloth to buff for a deep shine.

Drain cleaner 1

⁄2 cup baking soda 1 cup white vinegar 1 gallon boiling water Pour baking soda down the drain/disposal followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for several minutes before flushing the drain with the boiling water. For slow drains, use this drain cleaner once a week to keep drains free of clogs.

Garage disposal cleaner

1 cup ice used lemon or orange rind Grind ice and rinds until pulverized.

Garbage can deodorizer

1 cup baking soda 1 teaspoon tea tree oil Mix together in a small bowl and work out all of the lumps with a fork. Sprinkle mixture in the trash can’s bottom after the liner is removed. Periodically rinse container with white vinegar and dry the container in the sun.

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McGlasson’s Fruit & Vegetable Farm, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., McGlasson’s Fruit & Vegetable Farm, 5832 River Road. 859-689-5229; Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Boone County Farmers Market, Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 859586-6101. Burlington. Boone County Farmers Market Florence Satellite, 2-6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Locally grown and produced food items. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 859-3422665; Florence.


Four-Legged Fashion Show, 6-9 p.m., Lexus RiverCenter, 633 W. Third St., Featuring NVISION, Serket Jewelry and Licks and Giggles Boutique. Find latest fashions for you and your favorite four-legged friend. Includes shopping and product sampling from fashion and pet-friendly vendors. Event is free to attend. To RSVP and more information go to Free. Presented by Cincy Chic. Covington.


Newport Oktoberfest, 5-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Large festival tents. Munich Oktoberfest style of German food, beer and music. Free. Presented by City of Newport. 513- 477-3320; Newport. Fall Festival, 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Hayrides, games and smores. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Walton.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Fortyminute tour of haunted boat. Three levels and more than 40 horrifying areas. Nightmare Landing, family-fun center with enclosed waiting area. RIP express tickets “skip the line.” Not recommended for children. Ages 10 and under with adult. Family friendly. $60 six-pack, $48 four pack; $20 RIP express - skip the line, $16 single. Presented by USS Nightmare. 859-261-8500; Newport. Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.midnight, Sandyland Acres, 4172 Belleview Road, Twenty five minute tractor drawn wagon ride, sending you into the deep darkness of corn fields and woods. $12. 859322-0516; Petersburg.


Centennials: The City of Fort Mitchell, Boy Scouts of America and Devou Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate a century of regional history. Find out about one of the founders of the Boy Scouts who was a resident of Covington, how the trolley from Cincinnati helped establish Fort Mitchell and how one of the largest urban parks in Greater Cincinnati is in Northern Kentucky. $7; $6 ages 60 and up; $4 ages 3-17; free to members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


MidPoint Music Festival, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., So Cow, the Lions Rampant and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. $39 all-access pass, $12. Presented by MidPoint Music Festival. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Collection of sinister sketch comedy and haunting music. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through Nov. 27. 859-9577625; Newport.


Fall Meet, 5:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Horses and Hope breast cancer awareness initiative VIP tent reception. Live thoroughbred racing. Homestretch reservations available. Prime rib buffet available Fridays, Lunch buffet available Saturdays. Free. 859-371-0200. Florence.


Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Winter AAU Basketball, 9 a.m.9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mount Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Open to all teams from across Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana for both boys and girls teams. $275 per team. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754; Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Men’s and Women’s Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mount Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Now accepting registrations for Men’s Monday, Thursday or Sunday leagues as well as Women’s Friday League. Open to all teams for open league play. Ages 18 and up. 300 per team. Registration required.859-3727754; Union. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 2 5

Cooking the Books, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. Adults fix dinner inspired by or found in a book. Followed by dinner and discussion of book. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-586-6101; Burlington.

BENEFITS The Mary Luau, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Doubletree Cincinnati Airport, 2826 Terminal Drive, Includes beer, wine, heavy appetizers, dessert and coffee. Music by the Modulators. Hula hoop and limbo contest, silent auction and raffles. Benefits the Mary Luau Foundation, which raises money for Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team. $75. 859-380-7958; Hebron.




The Beauty of the Region’s Farms Photo Display, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, An exhibit by the Tri-State Photographic Society. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington. Karen Rich’s Artifact Collection From Peru Display, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Newport Oktoberfest, Noon-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free. 513- 477-3320; Newport. Wilderfest Blue Grass Festival, Noon-9 p.m., Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike, Food, booths and entertainment. Presented by City of Wilder. 859-581-8884. Wilder. Fall Festivals, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Kinman Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike, Hayrides, bonfire, pumpkins, barn animals, corn maze, pony rides, face painting and more. Family friendly. $8. Through Oct. 31. 859-6892682; Boone County.

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Pumpkin Days on the Farm, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Benton Farms, 11946 Old Lexington Pike, Hayride, barnyard animals, corn maze, cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations. Last hayride at 5:15 p.m. Family friendly. $7, free ages 3 and under. 859485-7000. Walton.


Around the World with Music, 11 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Songs, stories and dance with Yurtfolk. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665; Florence.


PAWS to Read, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Share book with licensed companion dogs. Ages 5-10. Free. Appointment required for 15-minute slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Fall Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Secretariat Day; autographs by characters from Disney movie set to be released in October. Free. 859-371-0200. Florence.


Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Winter AAU Basketball, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mount Zion, $275 per team. Registration required. 859-372-7754; Union. S U N D A Y, S E P T . 2 6


McGlasson’s Fruit & Vegetable Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., McGlasson’s Fruit & Vegetable Farm, 859-689-5229; Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Boone County Farmers Market, 859586-6101. Burlington.


Fall Festivals, Noon-7 p.m., Kinman Farms, $8. 859-689-2682; Boone County.


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.


USS Nightmare, 7-11 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 six-pack, $48 four pack; $20 RIP express - skip the line, $16 single. 859-261-8500; Newport.


The Beauty of the Region’s Farms Photo Display, 1-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 859-342-2665; Burlington. Fall Into Fall, 3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Celebration of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. Books, apple prints and nature games. Ages 3-7. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.


It’s a good time for a drive out to a local farmers market. Kaylyn Hurst of Hebron takes a big bite of her apple while waiting for her mom to choose more apples for her to take home at McGlasson’s Fruit and Vegetable Farm at 5832 River Road in Hebron. The Boone County Farmers Market is on Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road in Burlington and the Boone County Farmers Market Florence Satellite is at the Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, 2-6 p.m. Fridays.


Dance For Lena, 4-10 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Silent auction, raffles and split-the-pots. Music by Pam Thompson, the Scottie Anderson Trio, Kentucky Myle, Quintana, Ted McCracken, Dick and the RoadMasters and others. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Lena Begley fund. She is currently fighting cancer. $10. 859-4315588; Wilder.


Fall Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free. 859371-0200. Florence. M O N D A Y, S E P T . 2 7


Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Bring mat. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117; Burlington. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Basic postures and flows. Bring mat. $25 fee for month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117; Burlington.


Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work, and get feedback. Ages 18 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665; Burlington. Game On, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Friendly competition with Raving Rabbids, Mario Kart, Wii Sports Resort and more. Ages 8-12. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.

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To submit calendar items, go to “” and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to “” along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to “” and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Bully Prevention, 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., ATA Blackbelt Academy of Walton demonstrates how to identify and deal with bullies. Ages 6-12. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Walton. W E D N E S D A Y, S E P T . 2 9

EXERCISE CLASSES Tai Chi, 7:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Physical movements that facilitate flow of Chi or cosmic energy while relaxing mind and body as one in motion. All skill levels. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. $25 monthly. 859334-2117; Burlington. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Guided Meditation, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn how guided imagery and proper breathing technique can help you reduce stress and improve your overall health. $14 per month. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. 859-342-2665; Florence. The Beauty of the Region’s Farms Photo Display, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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EXERCISE CLASSES Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels. Bring yoga mat and small hand-held or wrist weights. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union. FESTIVALS

Fall Festival, 6:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market Street, Hayrides, games and smores. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.


USS Nightmare, 7-11 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 six-pack, $48 four pack; $20 RIP express - skip the line, $16 single. 859-261-8500; Newport.


Karen Rich’s Artifact Collection From Peru Display, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 859-342-2665; Florence. Mother/Daughter Night at the Spa, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Night of pampering with manicures, facials and hairstyles. Grandmas also welcome. Ages 813. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.


Wii for Adults, 1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington. T U E S D A Y, S E P T . 2 8


E-Mail Basics, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn to set up free e-mail account, prevent viruses and pick up some e-mail etiquette tips. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. The Underwater World of Scuba Diving, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Dave Chadwick, “Diver Dave” of Newport Aquarium, brings scuba gear, tells stories and shows video of one of his adventures. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.



The Showboat Majestic presents the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which will be performed through Sept. 26. The musical is the story of Millie moving to New York in the 1920s to seek her independence. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 513-241-6550 or visit Pictured is Lisa DeRoberts as Mrs. Meers and Alyssa Hostetler as Millie.

Meet Daniel Boone, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Scott New portrays legendary frontiersman. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665. Burlington. The Beauty of the Region’s Farms Photo Display, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 859-342-2665; Burlington. Karen Rich’s Artifact Collection From Peru Display, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 859-342-2665; Florence.


The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra hosts Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel for its debut season opener, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26, at Music Hall. Menzel, also an actress, most recently can be seen on the television series “Glee.” She has performed on Broadway and the London stage in “Wicked” and “Rent,” and will sing pieces from these musicals, as well as classic pop, other theater favorites, and songs from her album, “I Stand.” Conductor John Morris Russell will return to lead the Pops for these performances. They are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $26. Call 513-381-3300 or visit


September 23, 2010

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How do I know I’m making the right decision? “prude,” or is misunderstood as b e i n g ultra-cautious or a nambyp a m b y Father Lou afraid to Guntzelman take risks. P r u Perspectives dence has been valued for a long time – prized in the Hellenistic and Roman cultures, as well as in Chinese Confucianism. St. Thomas Aquinas calls prudence the virtue that enables us to do the right thing at the right time. It’s impossible, but who wouldn’t like to be able to do that? That’s because life is complex, relationships require many sensitive decisions, raising children is fraught with balancing love and discipline, and in legal and business decisions the mental dexterity required is mind-boggling. It is not easy to always know what to do. Prudence doesn’t demand we be infallible, but that we put forth effort. Imprudence complicates lives and brings misery to our door. What are some factors to help us become more prudent in our decisions? 1) Be inquisitive enough to gather all the facts and various sides of the issue involved. Half-truths leave us half-informed. 2) Know ourselves well.

To sift the gold of understanding from the gravel of impulse is a great endeavor. It would be nice if we could do this with ease all our lives. Some of our decisions are imprudent because we don’t realize how often we decide matters based only on our emotions and not on the facts. We must know when to trust our thoughts and emotions and when not to. 3) Do some “damn good thinking.” Reason logically, be honest, weigh solid moral principles and what is genuinely good for our self as well as others involved. One theologian described prudence as “the vigilant eye of love.” 4) Our greatest enemies are apathy, fear and selfishness. Apathy leads us to avoid decisions we personally need to make with the attitude of, “Who cares? Let somebody else decide.” Fear brings extreme caution, timidity in making decisions, or taking an unreasonable amount of time to make them. It can also lead us to dread displeasing others – so we conform to what others think is to be decided. Selfishness and pride can delude our minds into thinking, “I have all the answers so why take the time to think deeply or discuss it with others?” “Why consider in my conscience what God might want?” 5) If necessary, be open to seek advice from some-

one competent whose wisdom we trust. They cannot make our decision for us but they may be able to help us

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have greater confidence in the validity of our reasoning. Today many people seem to decide, even about important issues, on the basis of minimal information, few values, and little in-depth thinking. Short slogans and spin experts do

our thinking for us. Bye, bye, prudence! Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.


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We learn how to walk by doing a lot of stumbling and falling. We learn how to make good choices in life also by stumbling and falling. Eventually we learn how to do it more effectively, but never perfectly. Making choices, great or small, is a constant requisite of living. To sift the gold of understanding from the gravel of impulse is a great endeavor. It would be nice if we could do this with ease all our lives. But our challenges change across the years from youth to old age. And besides, the circumstances are always a little different each time. So we wind up asking ourselves many times over our lives about decisions concerning our relationships, childrearing, business decisions, etc., “How do I know I’m doing the right thing?” What we’re really talking about here is the virtue of prudence. Former Yale University chaplain and senior minister of Riverside Church put it this way: “The first of our four cardinal virtues of the Roman Catholic Church is ‘prudentia,’ which basically means damn good thinking. Christ came to take away our sins, not our minds.” Prudence demands a mental struggle. It involves thinking, reasoning, weighing, understanding – and in general much wisdom. Prudence is seldom referred to today. Perhaps it sounds too much like


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September 23, 2010

No-cook banana pudding has great ‘a-peel’ Yesterday I took dinner to a friend who was ill. I wanted to bring a dessert for the family along with the meal Rita but didn’t Heikenfeld have a lot of time, so Rita’s kitchen I decided to make banana pudding. Now usually I make the

pudding from scratch, like a pastry cream, but that wasn’t going to happen yesterday. So I carried in my nobake version and it was a huge hit. Here’s the recipe for you to try.

My mom’s no-cook best banana puddin’

The “mom” in the title is me. This heirloom recipe is an easy dessert that the little ones can help with, and it tastes so good.

You can double this recipe for a 9 by-13 pan. If you double the recipe, use the larger box (5 oz. or so) of pudding. I put mine in a smaller casserole dish. 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄2 cup sweetened condensed milk (this is half of the 14 oz. can – freeze leftover milk 3.5 oz. package instant vanilla pudding 11⁄2 cups milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cups whipping cream, sweetened to taste*, whipped, and divided or 12 to 16 oz. whipped topping, thawed 3 ripe bananas, sliced About half a box of

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Noodles Romanoff

For Ginny. This is a twist on an old favorite. 3 cups noodles, boiled and kept hot 1 cup cottage cheese 1 cup sour cream 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped onion or more to taste 1 teaspoon minced garlic or more to taste 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce Dash Tabasco or to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except cheddar. Place in greased or sprayed 8-by-8 square baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar. Bake 25 to 35 minutes.

Vegetarian black beans and rice

For the fellow who loves Skyline’s vegetarian black beans and rice. I hope he likes this. I might toss in a shake or two of chili powder, too. 1 cup rice 2 cans black beans, drained, rinsed and drained 1 medium to large onion, diced


Rita’s no-cook best banana pudding.

2 large cloves garlic, minced 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cumin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon oregano or to taste Salt to taste Cayenne pepper to taste or chopped jalapeño to taste Optional garnishes: cilantro, chopped tomato, lime juice, cheese Cook rice according to package directions. While rice is cooking, sauté onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Add beans, cumin and oregano. Cook until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix with rice. Garnish as desired.

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I’ve been getting lots of feedback on the Frappe recipe like McDonald’s that I put in the column recently. Seems like everyone loves it!

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Rincon Mexicano’s salsa verde for Denise Martinez: “I am looking for the recipe for the salsa verde at Rincon Mexicano restaurant in Eastgate. I have tried several different recipes and can’t seem to duplicate the one at Rincon.” 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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ReSource links businesses, nonprofits If your company has a surplus of office furniture, ReSource will find a home for it. If your company has a surplus of cleaning products and personal care items, ReSource will find a use for them. If your company is overstocked with educational materials, ReSource Executive Director Molly Lohr has a message for you: Don’t put them in the trash. “We move things from here to there in effective ways,” Lohr told members of the Florence Rotary Club at a luncheon meeting on Sept. 13. “We partner with other people to make things possible. The only way it works is community support.” The community support comes from local and national companies, which donate discontinued products, overstocked merchandise and unneeded items to ReSource when downsizing, merging, moving, remodeling or closing. ReSource redistributes the excess goods and supplies to charities with specific needs for them – hence the name “ReSource.” ReSource receives a wide variety of donations, ranging from office furniture and supplies to educational materials and toys, to


ReSource Executive Director Molly Lohr speaks to the Florence Rotary Club. lotions and personal care products, to small bags with handles. Lohr calls ReSource a nonprofit for nonprofits. ReSource volunteers collect the goods and store them in a 25,000-square-foot warehouse. The agency sends an e-mail to more than 450 nonprofits twice weekly to keep them informed of the goods and products avail-

able. Nonprofits then pay an administrative fee of 10 percent to 20 percent of fair market value for the merchandise, Lohr said. “Nonprofit funding is extremely challenging these days,” she said. “More and more people are homeless who have never been homeless before. Plus, businesses are much tighter and more limited on what they

can give.” “This is important work we do. It makes a difference in the community.” ReSource is the brainchild of Robert Castellini. While serving on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, he sought to connect businesses and nonprofit agencies in innovate ways. The agency, founded in 1986 as the

Neighborhood Resource Bank, changed its name to ReSource in 2006. In its 20-plus years of operation, ReSource has helped more than 1,500 nonprofits, Lohr said. Last year alone, the agency served 426 nonprofits in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and saved them more than $38 million. For example, a Northern

Kentucky school district saved $16,000 on new whiteboards, according to Lohr. A nonprofit agency put a large supply of metal wardrobes into homes for transitional living for women who are homeless. The ReSource Web site calls the agency’s approach “practical sustainability.” Corporations save the expense of shipping the equipment or supplies to a landfill, while the nonprofits save on the cost of needy items. The exchange not only helps to prevent waste of valuable resources, but also helps to protect the environment by keeping hundreds of tons of useable goods out of landfills. “If everyone gives a little, it makes a big difference in the community,” Lohr said. For information about weekly meetings, guest speakers and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Greg Palmer, president, at or 859-282-1220. Visit our website at Florence Rotary meets weekly on Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. Article submitted by Pat Moynahan.

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Automobiles and structures vandalized at 3299 Cougar Path, July 6. Automobiles vandalized at 6950 Shenandoah Dr., Aug. 4. Structures vandalized at 9721 Cherbourg Dr., July 31. Automobiles vandalized at 5942 Peoples Ln., July 31. Automobiles vandalized at 318 Villa Dr., July 31. Automobiles vandalized at 1690 Brierwood Ct., July 31.


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Receiving stolen property under $500 Drugs/narcotics and drug/narcotic equipment seized at 7230 Turfway Rd., Aug. 3.


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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 647-5420. Vehicle parts/accessories stolen at 1154 Burlington Pk., July 31.

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Subject attempted to steal merchandise from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pike, Sept. 5. Subject tried to take goods from Macy’s at 5000 Mall Rd., Aug. 31. Other property stolen at 2708 Berwood Ln., July 4. Drugs/narcotics stolen at 5988 Carlton Dr., July 2. Merchandise stolen at 7747 Mall Rd., Aug. 4. Money stolen at 116 Lloyd Ave., Aug. 3. Vehicle parts/accessories stolen at 15 Spiral Dr., Aug. 2. Jewelry/precious metals stolen at 61 Spiral Dr., Aug. 2. Money stolen at 6726 Dixie Hwy., July 29. Other property stolen, automobiles vandalized at 900 Trellises Dr., July 30. Tools stolen at 14330 Walton Verona Rd., Aug. 3. Automobiles stolen at 3415 Queensway Dr., Aug. 2. Other property stolen at 321 Mount Zion Rd./Sam Neace, July 31. Other property stolen at 1334 Rivermeade Dr., July 31.


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Ryan N. Muschong, 29, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 4. Sara E. Edwards, 24, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., Sept. 5. Tracy B. Bridewell, 48, DUI, reckless driving at Burlington Pk., Sept. 5. Anthony W. Walsh, 43, DUI at U.S. 42 & Portage Rd., Sept. 1. Allan C. Lowery, 27, third-degree criminal trespassing at 6920 Burlington Pk., Sept. 1. Brian C. Mounce, 22, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7490 Woodspoint Dr., Sept. 3. Shiloh A. Maloney, 22, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7500 Turfway Rd., Sept. 4. Danny J. Mounts Jr., 33, DUI at I-75 and U.S. 42, Sept. 3. Gregory Bowling, 46, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7641 Dixie Hwy., Sept. 4. Gary B. Laney Jr., 45, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 4760 Sparta Pk., Sept. 4. Rebecca A. Ping, 39, DUI, careless driving at I-75 Northbound, Sept. 4. John R. Forbes, 28, second-degree disorderly conduct at 1065 Burlington Pk., Sept. 5. Jessica L. Sampson, 29, DUI, careless driving at Mall Rd., Sept. 4. Thomas W. Connley Jr., 46, DUI at I75 Southbound, Sept. 6. David R. Smith, 22, second-degree disorderly conduct at 8405 U.S. 42, Sept. 5. Luis Matos, 31, DUI at Dixie Hwy., Sept. 6. Juan J. Ajpop, 20, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Dixie Hwy., Sept. 6. Joshua J. Grant, 21, DUI at Burlington Pk., Sept. 7. Franklin T. Hamilton, 38, unlawful possession of meth precursor, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (heroin), first-degree trafficking in controlled substances (methamphetamine), trafficking in marijuana, and first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (drug unspecified) at 8193 Mall Rd., Aug. 30. Shelbie N. Bruin, 22, unlawful possession of meth precursor, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (heroin), first-degree trafficking in controlled substances (methamphetamine), trafficking in marijuana, and first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (drug unspecified) at 8193 Mall Rd., Aug. 30. Jeanette M. Lusby, 18, unlawful possession of meth precursor, firstdegree trafficking in controlled substance (heroin), first-degree trafficking in controlled substances (methamphetamine), trafficking in marijuana, and first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (drug unspecified) at 8193 Mall Rd., Aug. 30. Loran H. Steffen, 18, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at Antoinette Way, Aug. 31. Terrance M. Jones, 20, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Aug. 31. Chris M. Manning, 35, drug paraphernalia at 10915 Dixie Hwy., July 3. Kenneth R. Wehby, 41, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 7756 Plantation Dr., Aug. 5. Darrell W. Kanatzer, 39, failure to produce insurance card, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, driving on DUI suspended license, DUI at 6920 Burlington Pk., Aug. 5. Amy J. Stewart, 44, theft at 7747 Mall Road, Aug. 4. William S. Freeman, 20, receiving stolen property under $500, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, possession controlled substance at 7230 Turfway Rd., Aug. 3. Lester J. Neace, 23, assault at Alan Ct., Aug. 3.



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Alvin R. Bishop

Alvin R. Bishop, 78, of Falmouth, 78, died on Sept. 15, 2010, at Grand Haven Nursing Home in Cynthiana. He was a farmer, member of the Cemetery Chapel Christian Church, The Lenoxburg Cemetery Board and served in the U.S. Army. His brother Ronald Bishop died previously. Survivors include his wife Clara Taylor Bishop; daughter, Carolyn Reid of Falmouth; son, Rich Bishop of Alexandria; sisters, Margaret McCann of Falmouth, Eula Reynolds of Florence and Wanda Fryman of Stamping Ground; brother, Dr. Marvin Bishop of Winchester; and four grandchildren. Burial was in Lenoxburg Cemetery in Foster, Ky. Memorials: Cemetery Chapel Christian Church, 795 Lenoxburg Foster Road, Foster KY 41043 or Lenoxburg Cemetery, 992 Lenoxburg Foster Road, Foster KY 41043.

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Rita Roth Brock, 70, of Florence, died Sept. 15, 2010. Survivors include a daughter, Denise Solomon, and three grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society 297 Buttermilk Pike, Florence KY 41017.

Mary M. Dusing

Mary M. (Walther) Dusing, 89, of Fort Wright, died Sept. 15, 2010. Her husband, Raymond Dusing, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Susan Gaffield of Lexington, Marianne Wilson of Covington and Rebecca Davis of Dayton, Ohio; sons, Gerald Dusing of Union, Michael Dusing of Dallas and Mark Dusing of Philadelphia; sisters, Sister Martha Walther, O.S.B., of Villa Hills and Carole Wichmann of Crestview Hills; brothers, George Walther of Bradenton, Fla., Paul Walther of Atlanta and Louis Walther of Dayton, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials: The Benedictine Sisters, St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills KY 41017.

Ida Mae Elliston

Ida Mae Elliston, 88, of Florence, died Sept. 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired school teacher with Kenton County Schools and a member of Latonia Baptist Church, Covington Art Club, St. Luke Hospital West Auxiliary and Lakeside Senior Citizens. Survivors include cousins, Donald and Charolette Kemper of Verona, Billy Kemper of Verona, and numerous other cousins. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

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Felix â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beeâ&#x20AC;? Jones, 86, of Union, died Sept. 13, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Covington. He was a retired laborer and World War II veteran. His daughter, Linda Lou Jones, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Mae Jones; son, Harrison Jones of Union; and brother, Orvel Jones of Union. Burial was at Big Bone Church Cemetery in Union. Memorials: Felix Jones Family, c/o Big Bone Baptist Church.

George C. Kapsal Jr.

George C. Kapsal Jr., 55, of Florence, died Sept. 13, 2010. Survivors include daughter, Robin Macaione; sons, Sean Kapsal and Nathanial Kapsal; father, George C. Kapsal, Sr.; mother, Marie Kapsal; sister, Debbie Schneider; brother, Christopher Kapsal; and two grandchildren.

Marvin Kemp Sr.

Marvin Lindsay Kemp Sr., 88, of Florence, died Sept. 15, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a member of the Ralph Fulton VFW in Elsmere. His son M.L. Kemp Jr. died previously. Survivors include son, John Kemp of Crittenden; daughter, Jean Pingel of Burlington; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be at the convenience of the family. Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Erlanger, is handling arrangements. Memorials: Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Hwy, Elsmere KY 41018 and/or The Boone Co. Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington KY 41005.

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Dorothy Lee (White) Masters Mills, 84, of Covington, died Sept. 14, 2010, at Baptist Towers in Covington. She was a retired secretary with the EPA and a retired teacher with the Covington Weekday School of Religion. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia. Her husband, Marvin Mills Jr., died in 1989 and her first husband, James C. Masters Jr., died in 1961. Survivors include sons, Ed Masters of Alexandria, Tom Masters of Florence, David Masters of Lakeside Park and Stephen Mills of Covington; sister, Vivian Watson of West Chester; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Weekday School of Religion, P.O. Box 15071, Latonia KY 41015 and/or The Baptist Towers, 800 Highland Ave., Covington KY 41011.

Marcia Lynn Reinzan

Marcia Lynn Reinzan, 51, of Battleboro, N.C., formerly of Hebron, died Sept. 11, 2010, at her home. She was a customer service representative and an active member of the Salem Motorcycle Club in Brooksville, Ky. Her father, Gerald E. Perkins, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jim Reinzan; son, Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobbyâ&#x20AC;? Zeller of Cincinnati; daughter, Sarah Reinzan of Florence; mother, Linda Smith Frazier of Alexandria; stepfather, John Frazier of Alexandria; sister, Melodie Collins of Phenix City, Ala.; brother, Randy Perkins of Cold Spring; one grandchild; and four stepsisters.

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Charley Buddy Rouse, 43, of Florence, died Sept. 2, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence, after a long illness. His mother, brother and son died previously. Survivors include father, Don Rouse and several family members.

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Elizabeth Schneider Tepe, 77, of Williamstown, died Sept. 17, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood. She was a former registered nurse for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington. Survivors include her husband, Bob Tepe; sons, Bill Tepe of Independence and Bob Tepe of Burlington; daughter, Maggie Ann Geiger of Walton; brother, Charles Schneider of Union; sister, Mary Ann Voris of Lincoln, Ark.; and nine grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia. Memorials: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Laverne Williamson, 74, of Ludlow, died Sept. 15, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Her husband, Ronald Williamson, died previously. Survivors include sons, Ronald L. Williamson of Ludlow, Lloyd Dunaway of Independence and Ray Williamson of Hebron; daughters, Anita Clary of Ludlow, Karen Bruener of Alexandria and Joan Dunaway of Ludlow; brothers, Bernard VonBokern of Owenton, Bobby VonBokern of Owenton, Jerry VonBokern of Shelbyville, Ind., and David


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Kenneth J. Blackburn, 35, of Crittenden, formerly of Taylor Mill, died Sept. 17, 2010, at University Hospital, Cincinnati.

He was a private security officer, a member of St. Anthony Church, Taylor Mill, a coach for Grant County Youth Football League and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. His father, Louis Blackburn, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Rose Crowe Blackburn of Taylor Mill; fiancee, Kim Flannery Gross of Crittenden; children, Peyton Blackburn, Colton Blackburn, Jessica Schneider, Austin Schneider, Nathan Schneider and Lauren Schneider; sisters, Kathleen Wiener of Union, Linda Riggs of Independence, Kimberly Hedrick of Elsmere; and brothers, William Blackburn of Alexandria, Michael and Kevin Blackburn, both of Taylor Mill. Memorials: Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Kenny Blackburn Memorial Fund, 917 Main St., Covington KY 41011.


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