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Halloween times

Trick or treat will be observed 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, throughout Boone County. Residents interested in participating are asked to turn on their porch light.

Pumpkin carvings a hit at Halloween

Union resident Kyle Forbes has come to be known as the pumpkin carving master of the Hempsteade subdivision. His carvings of Frankenstein, The Joker, Ironman and other pop culture characters are as impressive as they are intricate. – LIFE, PAGE B1

Making youngsters part of the story

Kindergartners and firstgraders at Florence Elementary School got a special treat when they showed up as characters in illustrated books. They books were written by seniors from Ryle High School as part of an English class assignment. The project was a win-win for both the seniors and the young students at Florence. – SCHOOLS, PAGE A7

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St. Elizabeth Healthcare plans to consolidate its spine-care units into a new Spine Center at its Florence hospital. Such a move would help boost the Northern Kentucky hospital system in competing for regional patients needing acute services, and also consolidate some services at the former St. Luke Hospital locations in Fort Thomas and Florence, instead of the hub of the system in Edgewood. “It’s a service that’s been needed here for a long time,” said John Dubis, chief operating officer at St. Elizabeth, after a talk to business leaders. This month marks the first anniversary of St. Elizabeth’s acquisition of St. Luke, a deal that makes it the biggest employer in Northern Kentucky with more than 6,000 workers. Those consolidations already have helped the hospital cut millions of dollars in cost. For example, it will save $7 million a year by consolidating maternity centers in Edgewood, starting in November at Fort Thomas. It also has faced some controversy, such as the loss of women’s reproductive services that formerly were offered at St. Luke but are not offered now because St. Elizabeth is a Catholic hospital. While women with insurance can find the services in Ohio, they are harder to find for women without insurance or those on Meidcaid. Dubis said St. Elizabeth is using savings from the merger to invest in a sprawling electronic medical records network that eventually will cost more than $100 million. He said it has invested $12 million so far in the former St. Luke locations. Another example of that investment is regional centers, such as the spine center. Others will include a consolidation of diabetes care at the new location off 12th Street in Covington and a skilled nursing unit at the Fort Thomas hospital. Overall, St. Elizabeth is trying to reduce a trend that has more than one-fifth of Northern Kentucky residents crossing into Cincinnati for their hospital care, and more than half of patients in some specialties. “We’re starting to see the acceptance in the community, particularly among physicians, that these (former St. Luke locations) are good-quality hospitals,” Dubis said. But it still faces huge capital requirements. Managers at the hospital recently submitted requests for about $250 million of new spending in the next three years. One of those requests is for an $11 million, 500-space parking garage, a project that St. Elizabeth will delay for a year, Dubis said. Kentucky News Service

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Bill Reay’s Haunt for Hunger gathers canned goods for local charities.

Haunted yard helps charity By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

A neighborhood is about to get a lot scarier. For the last several years, Bill Reay has turned his yard into a haunted trail called the Haunt fo Hunger for Halloween. “Halloween’s just been a big thing since when I was little,” Reay said. A manager at Tire Discounters by trade, Reay did stage crafting in high school and college and every year those skills get to be used. “Everything we have is built by hand,” Reay said. Each year the haunted yard costs about $300, with most of that being hardware used to con-

“It gets the kids more involved in the community ... It’s fun to scare people, but it’s about teaching the kids more.” Bill Reay Florence struct new elements in the yard, he said. “I’m known for being a cheapskate,” Reay said. Reay also posts tutorials online of how to make the things in his yard so that others can do the same. The haunted yard serves a larger purpose than screams because each year Reay charges a canned food item for admission

and then donates them to different charities each year. “It gets the kids more involved in the community,” Reay said. Reay’s four children and other children from the neighborhood help out with the haunted yard but they also get to see how to turn something fun into something more, he said. “It’s fun to scare people, but it’s about teaching the kids more,” Reay said. Reay is in talks with Hope Ministries for them to receive the canned goods from this year’s haunted yard. Reay’s haunted yard will be open to the public Halloween night. His home is located at 7036 Freebird Court in Florence.

Ryle High teacher tops in state By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

Ryle High School teacher Durell “Butch” Hamm has been named Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Hamm was presented a $10,000 check and is in the running for the National Teacher of the Year award. “I’m very honored and very humbled by this whole concept,” Hamm said. Hamm was given the award at a ceremony honoring 24 finalists in Frankfort. Hamm still has trouble believing he was chosen over the other teachers, who included his colleague Ryle English teacher Cher Caldwell.

“I’m still caught up in this whirlwind – that it just isn’t real,” Hamm said. Hamm is a teacher who knows his content well, and Hamm works hard to make it enjoyable for his students, said Principal Matt Turner. “He loves what he does; he loves his students,” Turner said. While he works hard on curriculum, Hamm realizes who he is teaching to, said Deputy Superintendent Pat Murray. “He knows the kids as people first,” Murray said. Hamm lived up to that billing

when his first thought after accepting the award was his students. One of the prizes for the award is a paid sabbatical from award sponsor Ashland Inc. Hamm was afraid that meant he wasn’t going to be able to teach his students. “I couldn’t celebrate at first because I was thinking about my class,” Hamm said. Hamm was relieved to find that a sabbatical isn’t required and that Ashland will cover the costs of substitute teachers if he chooses just to miss the days he has to make appearances in conjunction with the award. A 24-year teaching veteran, Butch Hamm has taught English and communication courses at Ryle for four years.

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BRIEFLY Trick-or-treat times

Trick-or-treating is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in Boone County, Florence, Union and Walton. For times in additional locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, visit http://is.gd/4jDha.

Candy for troops

Smith & Elliott Dental Associates will be participating in the Candy Buy Back program from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Trick-or-treaters will earn $1 for every pound of candy the office is given. The candy

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Chorus at library

The Florence Community Chorus performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union.

Military items needed

The Boone County Historical Society Museum in Burlington is open 1-3 p.m. Nov. 7-8 with a special exhibit honoring Boone County veterans. The historical society is asking people to loan its museum any memorabilia from Boone County veterans involved in any military conflicts. The items will be shown at the museum on Saturday and Sunday during the time the museum is open. Donated

items can be picked up at the museum at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. To temporarily loan items, call Virginia Lainhart at 6897240, Betsy Conrad at 3715882 or Ann Leake at 4851063. The museum is located in the old Boone County clerk’s building at 2965 Gallatin St. behind the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington.

Yoga at library

Yoga is offered at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. Bring a yoga mat. The fee is $25 for the month. Call Boone County Parks at 334-2117 to register.

Poetry contest

Kentucky State Parks has a poetry contest to celebrate its 85th anniversary. Categories are based on ages (11

and under, 12-18 and 19 and older). Any style is allowed but poets are asked to use a theme in some way that relates to natural, historical or cultural aspects of state parks. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 2. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. Also all honorable mentions and winners 18 and under will get a free admission coupon to a state park fort, historic site or museum of their choice. Poems should be mailed to Kentucky Department of Parks, c/o Poetry Contest 500 Mero St. -10th Floor, Frankfort, KY, 40601. For more information, including rules, visit www.parks.ky.gov.

Family law forum

Florence family law attorney Greta Hoffman speaks about recent changes in family law 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Boone County Public Library’s Florence

Branch, 7425 U.S. 42. Free consultations will be offered.

Library hosts trivia

Trivia for Boone County singles is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. You must be 18 years old or older. Call 342-2665 to register or go to www.bcpl.org.

Delta cutting at CVG

Delta Air Lines will cut another 10 percent of flights at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in January, resulting in its fewest flights here in at least 15 years. The Atlanta-based company said Oct. 23 it is cutting 25 flights from its daily schedule and eliminating service entirely to Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Tulsa, Okla., and Huntsville, Ala. The cuts will leave 190 daily Delta departures at CVG. The moves come after the airline slashed 13 percent of its

local flying in early September. Overall, total local flying and passenger counts are down by more than half in the past three years. Delta said the cuts are being made to preserve profitability at its CVG hub. Kentucky News Service

Schickel appearances

State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, will visit branches of the Boone and Gallatin county libraries next month to meet with constituents. He will visit the Gallatin County Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, and the Hebron branch of the Boone County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The Hebron library is at 3215 Cougar Path. Schickel will also be at the North Pointe Elementary PTA meeting to answer questions about school funding at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Kentucky News Service

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“She votes to fund this study and now for political purposes she’s opposing the study. ... We’re dealing with two people here. There’s Commissioner Cathy Flaig and there’s candidate Cathy Flaig and this is just another example of that,” Moore said. At the June 19, 2007, Fiscal Court meeting, Flaig voted with Moore and commissioners Charlie Kenner and Terri Moore to approve the Fiscal Court’s fiscal year 2008 budget that contained money for the planning commission. The planning commission’s final budget mentions “(assisting) the county in the preparation of a greenways study.” In an e-mail to the

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“Do you think that the planning commission just drew this up all on their own, that they look for projects to do?” she said. Moore noted that the Fiscal Court appoints six people to the 15-member panel. The others are appointed by Florence, Walton and Union. The planning commission isn’t a department such as parks that reports directly to the judge-executive. “If you controlled all six of the county appointments, which I do not, they’re appointed by the Fiscal Court, that’s still not a majority to overturn or stop an action of the planning commission,” he said. “She knows that and again politics are getting in the way of the truth.” The planning commission will vote on the plan. But the Fiscal Court, the Florence City Council, the Union City Commission and the Walton City Council will not. Flaig acknowledged the Fiscal Court votes on board appointments.

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Chick-fil-A opens in Florence By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

Free chicken is all that’s needed to pull an all-nighter. Chick-fil-A opened its first Northern Kentucky location Oct. 22, but before the first dollar came in, the area gave them a warm welcome. At 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 140 people were in line to wait in line for a chance at a year’s worth of free food. At each of its openings, Chick-fil-A offers 52 vouchers for a free meal to 100 of its first customers. Campers pitch tents in the parking lot and spend the day with a DJ playing games and dancing. “It ends up being like a big tailgate,” said spokesper-

son Lindsay Ables. Best Buy joined in the fun by setting up televisions where campers could play video games like Madden NFL 10 and DJ Hero, which wasn’t available to the public until Oct. 27. “It’s my first time (camping out) and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Anna Cason from Berry, Ky. Cason traveled up to Florence with Sam Pierce of Harrison County who was attending his 15th campout. “It’s more or less like taking a mini-vacation and hanging out with some buddies,” said Matt Garner of Lexington. Also joining the fun was Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy, who flew in

that day from Atlanta. “I’m a party animal,” Cathy said. Chick-fil-A has a strong momentum building in Greater Cincinnati and the time was right to move into Northern Kentucky. “I would bet this is one of the most requested areas for a store,” said Operator Dustin DiChiara. DiChiara is a 13-year veteran of Chick-fil-A who’s been working at the store in the Tower Place Mall in Cincinnati. Waiting for the Florence store to open has been a long road, but as he sat with the campers, he was excited to finally get going. “Folks are genuinely super-pumped about a

Chick-fil-A,” DiChiara said. The Florence store is one of 69 the company will open this year. “We passed up a lot of places,” Cathy said. Florence was chosen over locations around Chicago, Atlanta and other cities around the country, he said. Now that they have a foothold in Northern Kentucky, Chick-fil-A is looking for new locations, DiChiara said. “We’re looking at a few locations in Newport,” he said. Chick-fil-A is located at 4980 Houston Road in front of Meijer and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday though Saturday, with breakfast until 10:30 a.m.

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Angie Slifer hands out chicken nuggets to campers around 10 p.m. the night before Chick-fil-A opens its first Northern Kentucky store.

Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz to open at mall H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, the international retailer known for stylish looks and quality basics, will open two store locations in Greater Cincinnati on Nov. 5. The first store will open in Cincinnati’s Kenwood Towne Center and the second will be located

in the Florence Mall. “H&M looks forward to our continued expansion in the Midwest, and bringing fashion and quality at the best price to styleconscious shoppers in the area,” said Daniel Kulle, H&M’s U.S. country manager, in a statement.

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Trails study sent to full commission By Paul McKibben pmckibben@nky.com

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The Boone County Planning Commission’s longrange planning/comprehensive plan committee on Oct. 26 approved a disclaimer for the county’s greenways and trails study. The panel voted 4-1 to move the report forward to the full planning commission which will consider it when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Boone County Administration Building’s Fiscal Courtroom, Burlington. The committee did not include a recommendation for denial or approval. The disclaimer says that the study applies only to publicly owned land. It says “in an effort to protect private property owner rights, none of the provisions in this study shall be applied to privately owned land. The study will serve as a guide to advise the planning commission and the legislative units about existing and future greenways and trails on publicly owned land.” The committee’s action

was the latest meeting in what has become a controversial issue. Issues that community members have about the study include the county using eminent domain to acquire land and spending money. The full commission hosted a lengthy public hearing on Oct. 7 that attracted a crowd and residents spoke. The room was somewhat packed for a committee meeting on Oct. 21 when the committee didn’t permit residents to speak. “It’s been our members’ view that we think it’s a step in the right direction,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. “However, we don’t feel that it puts the issue to rest entirely.” Miller said the disclaimer will contradict a good section of the rest of the study and the entire document needs to change. He said their concerns are that future commissions or committees five, six or 10 years down the road probably

won’t understand the intention of this committee’s foresight and may disregard the disclaimer altogether. The Boone County Fiscal Court, the Union City Commission and the Florence and Walton city councils won’t vote on the study.

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Gov. Steve Beshear visited Cooper High School Oct. 21 to unveil the Transforming Education Kentucky (TEK) initiative. Beshear spoke of the sweeping reforms of 1990 that got educators excited about education and led to great improvements in Kentucky education. “It is time now to re-create that enthusiasm,” Beshear said. TEK includes the creation of a 31-member task force which will explore how to improve teacher recruitment, technology use in classrooms and increased opportunities for students to earn

college credit while in high school. “These folks are committed to education in this state,” Beshear said. Florence Mayor Diane Whalen is a member of that task force. “The task force I’m announcing today is going to be well represented in Northern Kentucky,” Beshear said. Whalen accepted the position on the task force because of her love for education, she said. “I got my start as a PTA mom,” Whalen said. Joining the task force is exciting because they get to help improve what’s going on in Kentucky schools, she said. While there was excite-

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family. Seniors Supporting Homes for Our Troops, comprised mostly of people from Matthews Union, is organizing the local fundraiser. Union resident Kathy Oates said “because this young man is from Kentucky we decided to earmark our funds for him.” She said the Matthews family hope to be in the house sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Union resident Pat Beagle, also a member of Seniors Supporting Homes for Our Troops, said the fundraiser will go to Homes for Our Troops but the local group has told the national organization that it wants its money earmarked for Matthews’ project.

In 2007, Matthews was driving a Humvee when an improvised explosive device went off underneath the vehicle. Matthews was severely injured and had both of his legs amputated. Matthews tossed the first pitch June 28 at a Florence Freedom game at Champion Window Field. Some of the ticket sales were donated to Seniors Supporting Homes for Our Troops. Beagle said the national group is doing fantastic work and wishes everyone could be helped. “I think they’re doing a terrific job. What more can we do to help those boys that come home wounded and there’s not a lot that we can do and my heart goes out to them,” she said. The event is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at The Briarwood, 2134 Petersburg Road, Hebron. Tickets are

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Soldier Chase Matthews, of Eddyville, Ky., smiles after throwing out the first pitch at the Florence Freedom game. He lost both legs and partial use of a hand in a Humvee explosion in 2007. $25 per person. The fundraiser includes a buffet dinner, door prizes and a cash bar. Numerous items will be sold at a silent auction, including two tickets for floor seats to a University of Kentucky basketball game

at Rupp Arena in Lexington, four tickets to the Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day game next year and an autographed baseball from Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. To purchase tickets, call 384-0804 or 384-3532.

Schickel to meet with constituents State Sen. John Schickel will be visiting branches of the Boone and Gallatin county libraries next month as part of his efforts to make sure his constituents’ voices are being heard in Frankfort. Schickel, R-Union, will be stopping by the Gallatin County Library on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

and the Hebron branch of the Boone County Library on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. to engage with citizens and hear what’s on their minds. The Boone County Library’s Hebron branch is located at 3215 Cougar Path. “We have a great number of issues on our plates

during the 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, from the budget to an overhaul of the criminal code,” Schickel said. “It’s not enough for our citizens to simply vote; they need to make their voice heard, and I’m eager to listen to what they have to say.” Schickel said he would

stay as long as necessary at the libraries, but that citizens who cannot attend have many other ways to contact him during the legislative session in Frankfort, which begins Jan. 5. Kentuckians can always express their views and leave a message for their legislative servants by calling 1-800-372-7181.

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Ryle seniors write stories for elementary students

By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

Some new readers got to be the stars of their own books. As part of an English class assignment, seniors from Ryle wrote and illustrated books for kindergartners and first-graders at Florence Elementary School. The seniors were given information about specific students like their name, interests and siblings, and the authors incorporated those elements into the stories. All the authors went to Florence Elementary to read the stories to the students. “We do a lot of writing in high school that doesn’t go anywhere,” said Ryle English teacher Jessica Jones. “This is a published work the kids get to keep.” The high school students aren’t the only ones to benefit because kindergarten and first grade are ages where reading is heavily stressed and every little advantage

helps, said first-grade teacher Vita Speagle. “They love to see their names,” Speagle said. By having stories about them, students will be more excited about reading, she said. Seeing the seniors, or “big kids” as the elementary students call them, younger students get a glimpse into the future, Speagle said. “They get to see what they’ll do when they get older,” she said. Seeing an immediate reaction to writing from its intended audience makes writing easier to enjoy, said senior Melinda Jacob. “It was really cool for him to be excited about it,” Jacob said. Jacob wrote “The Great Treehouse” for Dakota Laws. The story covered Laws’ hobby of building things and included his brother and sister. “His eyes would get really big when they were mentioned,” Jacob said.

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Ryle High School senior Tetsu Aoki reads his story “The Samurai Spirit” to Florence Elementary first-grader Bryson Miller-Broyles.

Boo-Grams helping young Haitian students

By Justin B. Duke jbduke@nky.com

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Barbara Burdett of Union displays pictures of the quilts she has made and uses as examples when she teaches quilting. She compiles the pictures in albums at the annual Cutting Out Alzheimer’s scrapbooking event at Ryle High School Oct. 24.

Scrapbooking for a cause

A sweet treat may last all year. Cooper High School is selling Boo-Grams, Halloween-themed candy messages, the week before Halloween to raise money to sponsor underprivileged children in Haiti. The Boo-Grams sell for 50 cents and Michelle David, the teacher who is heading up the program, is hoping to raise enough money to sponsor two or three Haitian children for a year. Though she knows the goal is lofty, David would love to raise $3,000 and be able to sponsor an entire class. The Boo-Grams are a part of Cooper’s push for service learning, using service projects to tie in with curriculum. “We’re going to study Haiti all year,” David said. Because students can see a real-life implication to their course work, they’re excited and already planning several more fundraisers for Haitian students, she said. “They’re kind of driving it – which is the goal,” David said.

Kids who don’t always get excited about school work are eager to use their talents to help with the project, she said. “It’s bringing out passion,” said Principal Mike Wilson. Service learning brings learning to life and allows students to see how the things they’re learning in school are relevant, Wilson said. “They’re putting names, faces and projects to learning,” he said. The excitement that comes from service learning goes beyond getting students excited about school, Wilson said. “It’s bringing out what direction they want to go after high school,” he said. For example, some students may learn they have a love for helping the poor and go into social work, Wilson said. By trying new things through service learning, students learn things about themselves they never knew, he said. For more information about how to help Cooper sponsor Haitian students, contact the Cooper social studies department by calling the school at 384-5040.

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Simon Kenton High School Class of 1973 meets on the second Friday of each month at the Villa Hills Civic Club at 8 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Diane Beers Babb at 727-6148.

Boone County High School Class of 1960’s 50th Year Reunion. The following classmates have not been located: Pat Bowling, Carol Brashear Copher, Nancy Stevers Bihl, Barbara Youell, Beverly Romans, Carol Smith, Siguard Papratta and Terry Elliott. If anyone has any information on those classmates, call Hope Ellis Kinman at 283-2796 or Pat Jurtsen Tanner 371-9254.

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Nikki Tackett of Florence and her daughter, Mackenzie, 6, practice using a Sizzix machine to cut out letters at the annual Cutting Out Alzheimer’s event at Ryle High School Oct. 24.

Jessie Weickert, 11, of Union concentrates on cutting paper for her scrapbooking project at the annual Cutting Out Alzheimer’s Scrapbooking event at Ryle High School Oct. 24. Jessie has been scrapbooking with her mother for about four years.

S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 1 4 Campbell County High School 1984 Class Reunion Nov. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. St. Mary Church Undercroft, Alexandria, Dinner/DJ. $30 per person/$50 per couple. Contact per e-mail at CCHS1984@hotmail.com.

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invited bands from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, the remaining performed for entry into the 8 p.m. Elite Eight with Bourbon County being the “team to beat” – they take claim to their Class AAAA 2008 Kentucky State Champion and 2008 National Champion. Results are: Class AAAA, Lebanon High School, Ohio, achieved eighth with a repertoire called “Old Man River.” Music selections were “Old Man River” and “American Overture Joy.” Director is David Iannelli. The trophy award was given by members of Ryle Marching Band

and Guard. Class AA Simon Kenton received seventh place for having performed its program called “Sound Shape and Color.” Director is Jason H. Milner. Members of Ryle’s Marching Band presented the trophy. Mater Dei, Class A, Evansville, Ind., earned sixth honors for a presentation called “That 50s Show” including music selections “Runaround Sue,” “What’d I Say,” “In the Still of the Night” and “The Twist” under director Alex Smith. Ryle Marching Band students handed over the trophy. Class AA Highlands High School, with a repertoire

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“Ryle did an excellent hosting job including band parents and students, especially for a first-time event,” Craig said. Class AAAA’s Bourbon County achieved Grand Champion and Bests for Visual Overall, General Effect and Percussion in a repertoire called “Forbidden.” Music selections were “Knowledge, Love, Life & Freedom.” Randy Poe, Boone County superintendent, presented the winning trophy. Article submitted by Carol White

Collins attends teaching workshop Boone County High School teacher Nancy Collins attended a workshop at the University of Kentucky recently where she learned about approaches designed to encourage girls to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The workshop, organized by the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Initiative, featured a presentation

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by gender equity expert Jo Sanders. Sanders highlighted practices that teachers and other participants might be doing they did not know were detrimental to girls. She talked about stereotype threat and attribution theory, two ideas the teachers learned about to help them be more sensitive to gender issues in the classroom. Collins was one of 15

teachers who participated in the teacher’s workshop, which was part of a twoday event put together by the initiative, which is a coalition of educators, business people, government leaders, and organizations from across Kentucky committed to increasing the number of women who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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A recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate was awarded second place in an international research paper competition sponsored by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology. John Brent, of Florence, who earlier this year earned a master’s degree in criminal justice, was honored for a paper that was part of his EKU master’s thesis entitled “The Barbaric Spectacle of Late Modern Fighting.” “It’s important to note that he was competing with papers submitted by students well into their doctoral programs from all over the world,” said Dr. Peter Kraska, professor of criminal justice and police studies at EKU. “His was the only master’s student’s paper, and this is the first time that a master’s-level research project has won this

prestigious award. “His research was significant in that it is the first academic study inquiring into the increasingly popular activity of ‘cage fighting,’” said Kraska, who also noted that Brent spent approximately 18 months conducting ethnographic research into both state-sanctioned and underground fighting activities. After graduating from EKU, Brent received a doctoral fellowship to the University of Delaware’s Ph.D. program. Meanwhile, he and Kraska (with Brent as principal author) have recently “finished getting the paper in shape,” Kraska said. The pair is also presenting part of the research in November at the upcoming American Society of Criminology meeting in Philadelphia, where Brent will receive his award.

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This week in soccer

• St. Henry High School girls shut out Dixie Heights High School 5-0, in the 9th Region semifinal, Oct. 20. Abby Felthaus scored two goals and Taylor Gamm, Carly McArtor and Abby Janszen each scored one goal. St. Henry advances to 19-1 with the win.

This week in volleyball

• Ryle High School beat Villa Madonna 25-15, 25-17, Oct. 21, in Ninth Regionals. Ryle advances to 17-21 with the win. • St. Henry girls beat Simon Kenton 4-2, Oct. 21, in the Ninth Region Final. Abby Janszen, Jill Leedom and Libby Leedom scored the goals. St. Henry advances to 20-1 with the win.

Grad aids in sweep

The Thomas More College volleyball team swept two matches Oct. 17, in a trimatch in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania as it defeated both host Westminster College and Mount Union College, 3-0. With the sweep the Saints improve to 21-8 overall and with the win over Westminster the Saints improve to 10-1 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC). In the first match of the day the Saints defeated Westminster by the scores of 2514, 25-21 and 25-13. Sophomore outside hitter Brandi Corbello, a Boone County High School graduate, and junior outside hitter Lindsay Svec led the offense, both with 11 kills.

Ryle grad aids in win

Thomas More College women’s soccer team shut out Chatham University 4-0, Oct. 18. Ryle High School graduate Julie Bauerle played the final 12:20.

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The Ryle High School football team won four home playoff games on its way to the state championship game in 2006. The Raiders were the two seed in their district that year. This year, the Raiders clinched the same seed in the local 6A district, which will give them at least one home game in the first round. “In ’06,” said Ryle coach Bryson Warner, “we were a two-seed and wound up with four home playoff game. We’d love that (this time). We love this place, no question.” Ryle defended its home turf Oct. 23 by routing Boone County 48-7 in Union. The Raiders (7-2, 41) clinched the No. 2 seed in the 6A district. The Raiders will host Pleasure Ridge Park in a first-round playoff game Nov. 6 or 7. Ryle finishes the regular season at Highlands Oct. 30. Boone (3-6) will play at Dixie Heights Oct. 30. Their first playoff game will be at powerhouse Louisville St. Xavier Nov. 6 or 7. Ryle led 27-0 at halftime and Boone didn’t score until late in the game on a oneyard run by Jordan Oppenheimer. Travis Elliott rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Ryle had 375 yards offense in the game. Defense set the tone for Ryle early. Court Mace

blocked a punt and Tanner Teepen recovered it for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Luke Boggs returned an interception 42 yards for a score. Conner Hempel threw TD passes to Trenton Fugate and Kiefer Eubank, and Elliott’s second TD from 49 yards out made it 41-0 in the third quarter. Backups Caleb Lonkard and Taylor Thibodeau connected on a touchdown pass in the second half. Mace had 15 tackles and Logan Hollman 12. For Boone, Oppenheimer had 73 yards on the ground and Charles Quainoo 53. Drew Stuck posted 64 yards on seven carries.

Conner 28, Cooper 7

Conner beat Cooper 28-7 on a muddy track at Cooper. Conner (8-2) finished its regular season with a 3-2 district record and third place. The Cougars will travel to Dupont Manual in a first-round playoff game Nov. 6 or 7. Cooper will host Newport Oct. 30 to end its season. Conner senior Nick West threw for 148 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 165 yards and two scores. The TD pass came to Anthony Boden. Two long

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Conner quarterback Nick West leaps in for a touchdown in the first half of Conner’s 28-7 win at Cooper Oct. 23. TD runs by West gave the Cougars a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. Logan Schulkers threw a short TD pass to Dvontae Bradley just before halftime to make it 21-7. Bradley had 135 yards on the ground. Huston Dockery made it 28-7 in the second half after a one-yard run.

Ludlow 28, Walton-Verona 21

The Bearcats dropped to 1-8, 0-5 in 1A district play. They will finish the season at home against Trimble County 1 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 31. Nolan Brown had two touchdown runs, and Quincy Page recovered a fumble for a score.

W-V rallied from a 14-0 deficit to tie the game at halftime and rallied again to tie the score in the fourth quarter.

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Beechwood 6-3 5-0 Bellevue 6-3 4-1 Ludlow 5-4 3-2 Brossart 5-4 2-3 Dayton 1-8 1-4 Walton-Verona 1-8 0-5 First-round playoff games: Brossart at Frankfort (7-2, 4-0), Ludlow at Eminence (6-3, 3-1), Gallatin County (4-5, 2-2) at Bellevue, Trimble County (3-6, 1-3) at Beechwood.

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NCC 4-5 3-0 Lloyd 4-5 1-2 Holy Cross 5-4 2-1 Newport 2-7 0-3 First-round playoff games: Carroll County (5-4, 0-3) at Newport Central Catholic, Owen County (3-6, 1-2) at Holy Cross, Lloyd at Christian Academy-Louisville (7-2, 2-1), Newport at DeSales (6-3, 30).

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Soccer tryouts

The Thomas More College men’s soccer team beat Berea College, 5-0, Oct. 16, in Berea, Ky. to extend its winning streak to five matches. With the win the Saints improve to 12-2 overall and with the loss Berea falls to 2-8-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Zack Lawson and junior goalkeeper Evan Toebbe, a St. Henry High School graduate, combined to post the team’s fifth shutout of the season. Lawson started and played the first 45 minutes to improve his record to 12-2 on the season and Toebbe played the final 45 minutes and recorded three saves. As a team Thomas More outshot Berea, 17-3.

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The Florence Storm U10 baseball team, a member of the Southwest Ohio League, has an open roster spot for the 2010 season. Call Tom Daria at 391-3620 or e-mail tomdaria@yahoo.com.

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The Kings Soccer Academy is inviting teams and players to join their organization. Tryouts will be at Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Wilder. Tryouts are Saturday, Nov. 7, for the following ages: • U15 women and men 910:30 a.m. (birthdates Aug. 1, 1994 through July 31, 1995). • U16 women and men 10:30 to noon (birthdates Aug. 1, 1993 through July 31, 1994). • U17 women and men noon to 1:30 p.m. (birthdates Aug. 1, 1992 through July 31, 1993). • U18 women and men 1:30-3 p.m. (birthdates Aug. 1, 1991 through July 31, 1992). Visit www.kingssa.com.

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Cooper High School running back Dvontae Bradley stiff-arms a Conner High School defender in the first half of Conner’s 28-7 win at Cooper Oct. 23.

Simon Kenton 8-1 5-0 Ryle 7-2 4-1 Conner 8-2 3-2 Boone Co. 3-6 2-3 Campbell Co. 3-6 1-4 Cooper 2-7 0-5 First-round playoff games: Butler (6-3, 0-3) at Simon Kenton, Pleasure Ridge Park (3-6, 1-2) at Ryle, Conner at DuPont Manual (45, 2-1), Boone County at St. Xavier (8-1, 3-0)

Ryle boys soccer had moments to savor By James Weber jweber@nky.com

The season ended sooner than the previous four, but before that, Dillon McConvey had one last moment to savor as a Ryle soccer player. McConvey, a senior and Ryle’s leading scorer, posted the game-winning goal in the Raiders’ 2-1 win over Villa Madonna in the Ninth Region semifinals Oct. 20. He did it by sneaking the ball inside the left post from more than 30 yards out. It was a much-needed clutch shot with less than five minutes to go in regulation. “It’s the biggest goal of my career,” he said after that game. “It’s a great feel-

ing. One of my teammates faked like he was going to get it, let it go through his legs and left an open lane. I got a good hit with my left and it squeaked in.” McConvey ended the season with 16 goals, but will have no more as Ryle lost to Scott in the regional final two nights later, Oct. 22. Scott came away with a 2-1 win, snapping Ryle’s streak of three straight titles. McConvey and senior defender Chris Lally were named to the all-tournament team. Ryle trailed Villa 1-0 in the semis, and head coach Stephen Collins said the team’s experience kept the Raiders determined to make

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Ryle freshman Tyrus Sciarra looks to pass against Villa Madonna Oct. 20. the comeback. “Because of what we’ve gone through the last four years, our kids never really got rattled,” he said. “They just hung in there and we knew eventually we would

get a shot to win the game. We had confidence in our defense that they could shut the other team down.” The defense allowed two goals to Scott’s Alec Robbins, Northern Kentucky’s

leading scorer. Freshman Tyrus Sciarra was second on Ryle’s team with seven goals. Daisuke Imai had six and Grant Kennedy and Erik Pederson five. Kennedy led with 11 assists and Sciarra nine. Kennedy is also a senior, as are Imai, Thomas Middendorf, Pederson, Chase Dunn, Zane Hill and Patrick Weber. The team, along with several others at Ryle, donated equipment this year to youth players in the African country of Niger. “Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world,” Collins said. “It gives the kids some perspectives on life.”


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She was barely walking the last time Notre Dame won a state volleyball title, but Liz Barton knew the year: 1994. Barton and the Pandas are hoping to end that cold spell this weekend at Northern Kentucky University’s Regents Hall. NDA (30-8) is in the state tourney for the third straight year after beating Scott in the Ninth Region

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joined on the all-tournament team by senior middle blocker Jaimie Wulfeck, senior libero Leslie Schellhaas and senior setter Brooke Jones. Louisville teams have won the last 14 state titles, 12 of them going to Assumption, who lost to Sacred Heart in the Seventh Region final. SHA and 2008 state champ Mercy are the Louisville representatives in the tourney. NDA beat both teams in tight five-game thrillers a month ago.

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Friday, Oct. 30 10:30 a.m., Mercy vs. Blazer; 11:45 a.m., South Laurel vs. Marshall Co.; 1 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Green Co.; 2:15 p.m. Dunbar vs. Letcher Co. Central; 3:30 p.m. Newport Central Catholic vs. Apollo; 4:45 p.m., Caldwell Co. vs. Oldham Co.; 6 p.m., Southwestern vs. Allen Central; 7:15 p.m., Sacred Heart vs. Greenwood. Saturday, Oct. 31 Quarterfinals: 9, 10:15 a.m. (NDA), 11:30 a.m. (NCC) and 12:45 p.m. Semifinals: 2 (NDA) and 3:15 (NCC) p.m. Final: 7:30 p.m. “They’re tough competition, and I think we have a good chance of winning it this year,” Barton said. “That would be the best thing to end our senior year with.”

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final, 25-15, 25-14, Oct. 24 at Ryle. NDA will play Green County 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at NKU. The final three rounds are Saturday, Oct. 31. “It was awesome,” said Barton, a senior. “We’ve won the last two titles and we really wanted to bring it back. We had a slow start to the end of our season, and after districts, we just brought our ‘A’ game to regional.” Barton was named the regional tournament’s most valuable player and was

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St. Henry is known for having cross country standouts, but also plenty of depth. The Crusaders’ girls team showed its depth and mettle in winning its home meet, the St. Henry Invitational Oct. 24 at England-Idlewild Park in Burlington. It’s St. Henry’s last meet until the Class 1A regional Nov. 7. “Everyone stepped up today and they brought it when they needed to,” said

sophomore Lindsey Hinken. It was a great team win. It’s great to win the home meet especially since it’s the last regular season meet.” Hinken was St. Henry’s top runner in third place. Maria Frigo was fifth, Ashley Svec sixth, Kelsey Hinken 10th and Paige Dooley 12th. St. Henry head coach Tony Harden was pleased with his team’s depth. Frigo, the defending regional champion, had an off day by her standards. Svec had missed the last

couple of weeks and made her return to the lineup. Harden said Allysa Brady, who finished 23rd, stepped up after missing a couple of days of school due to illness. “The thing is we don’t rely on one person,” Harden said. “It’s how it’s been all year. It’s nice to know we’re deep enough if someone has a bad day, someone else can step up. Lindsey didn’t panic when Maria fell back. She stepped up and did her job.”

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Think twice

The Brighton Recovery Center for Women took the opportunity to clean up roads near our center and it was a way for the ladies to do something to give back to the community. But, it was also a way to earn money to plan a fun event for the women to enjoy. We had about 35 women walking up and down 3 miles and some areas were impressively clean and well kept. Along the creeks a lot of trash had washed up and it was disappointing to see how much gets dumped and flows into the waterways, affecting the water and the shores. The main thing we found was alcohol-related bottles, except along the shore there was a wide variety of trash. Hopefully those driving by saw the effort it takes to clean up what others throw out the windows and will think twice before doing it. The Brighton Recovery Center for Women Weaver Road Florence

Resist net neutrality regulations

This week, the Federal Communications Commission is diving into a debate on an issue that could negatively impact the future of the Internet. These meetings about socalled net neutrality regulations are taking place in Washington, D.C., but their ramifications will be felt across the commonwealth if the FCC is successful in putting onerous new rules on the Internet. At the Kentucky Chamber, we have two main concerns about net neutrality. First, we are concerned that the FCC could stifle investment in the wired and wireless broadband networks that make the Internet accessible. Providers across Kentucky are pumping significant capital into enhancing and expanding their broadband networks. Consumers and business owners benefit from those investments and we do not want to see the FCC putting unnecessary new rules in place that could jeopardize future investment. Second, the Kentucky Chamber is concerned about economic development and our ability to compete in the global marketplace. Broadband access is critical to economic development efforts across the state and we simply cannot

allow unnecessary regulations to put us at a competitive disadvantage. Further regulation would discourage broadband deployment in less populated and rural areas, serving as a disincentive for companies to locate in underserved areas and creating an uneven playing field for existing business. Across Kentucky, there are a myriad of choices that consumers and businesses have when it comes to accessing the Internet. Providers compete for business and that competition has kept prices low and encouraged widespread deployment of broadband networks across Kentucky. The current system is working and the FCC should resist temptations to enact net neutrality regulations. Dave Adkisson President and CEO Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Worst offenders

Plastic bottles, plastic bottles! That’s what we saw over and over when we participated in Boone County’s Trash for Cash program. Friends of the Shelter, a local humane organization, has participated for several years in this program that pays charitable groups to pick up trash along the roads in Boone County. We used to find lots of aluminum cans, but now we find the worst offenders of littering are people who carry plastic bottles of beverages and throw the empties out. Another group of people who litter are the ones who get carryout from local drive-through restaurants and toss the bags, paper and cups. Why can’t these people wait until they reach home or a trash can, instead of littering? There were five in our group and we picked up 11 bags of trash on the 2-mile stretch of Conrad Lane in Burlington. We always find some unusual items that make you wonder why they were discarded. This year we found a big of shirts, an empty whiskey flask and a pair of scissors. The rest was predictable plastic bags, empty cigarette packages, cigarette butts, etc. Carolyn Lalley Patricia Street Florence

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Panel trying to please everyone The Long Range Committee of the Planning Commission is about to approve a Greenways and Trails Study. This study will be passed as a non-binding report with a nonbinding disclaimer attached to it. This is an attempt to cater to everyone involved. It intends to please supporters of the study by keeping alive the idea of installing trails and greenways throughout the county, and silence those opposed to it by affirming that there is no intention of placing the trails on private land. In the end, it really does neither. Supporters of the plan see this as a setback, and will continue to pressure the Planning Commission to codify the study into the Comprehensive Plan or Subdivision Regulations. Opponents of the plan see this as just a smaller step toward instituting the Greenways Plan than what the original

proponents intended – one that will be used to pressure developers to cede land to the county in exchange for f a v o r a b l e James reviews of zone Bozman changes and evelopment Community dplans, until a Recorder later commission guest does finally codcolumnist ify it. Instead of doing its job of planning the direction of the county in the future, the Long Range Committee is merely trying to please everyone. They need to decide if the Greenways and Trails System is a good idea or not, and either make it part of the comprehensive plan or abandon it. It is either a great plan

for Boone County which should be fully implemented, a good plan that needs a little improvement, or a bad idea that should be discarded – no matter how much work has been put into it. The committee is taking the same path of non-decision-making that some members of the Fiscal Court have taken. This was most apparent last year when the court chose to put the parks tax on the ballot, abdicating their responsibility of voting on it outright. Both elected and appointed officials should listen to the people they serve, but they need to remember the reason they were elected or appointed: to do what is in the best interest of their constituents. It is their job to make intelligent, responsible decisions for the people of Boone County. James Bozman, a resident of Friars Lane in Florence, is a candidate for Boone County Commissioner District 3.

Take your recycle bin and love it There is an extremely fun game that I sometimes offer to the elementary students I encounter. I bring in a big bag of (carefully pre-sorted) garbage and then ask the kids to sort out the recyclables. The young ones are usually so enthusiastic about handling garbage that it never fails to warm the heart of this old environmentalist. There is nothing cuter than kids scrambling to save the environment. I delineate this vignette because while it’s sometimes a little stressful remembering exactly which plastics are acceptable in the recycling bin and what cardboard could be considered contamination, the excitement of the next generation inspires me to try to do it right. Recycling rules can be confusing. I fully understand that. What is hard for me to wrap my brain around, however, is that some folks wantonly abuse our free recycling drop boxes. The big green bin on Limaburg Road is provided with your tax dollars and is a depot for your unneeded paper, plastic bottles, glass jars, and aluminum and steel cans. It is not a spot to leave old lockers, bus seats, or motor oil yet, for whatever reason, people keep dumping

these items onto our drop box. I imagine holding up a stack of siding in front of a classroom of kids. “Can this be put in a recycling Becky bin?” Even firstHaltermon graders know the answer to Community that question. Recorder Heaping junk guest on our recycling columnist boxes constitutes illegal dumping which is a serious Class D felony and could incur thousands of dollars in fines. Even worse – at least to me – it hurts our recycling program. Most of our seven drop box bins are on private land and when thoughtless garbage dumpers persist in littering them with refuse, those private landowners are more likely to ask us to take our bin off their property. Not only that, it costs lots of taxes to clean up and dispose of dumped junk, a situation that puts pressure on the county to nix the bin altogether. Saddest of all, these recycling drop boxes that were once deployed to improve Boone Countians’ lives

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There is a problem with people dumping junk on recycling bins. This photo shows one such dump, a pallet of materials that was left at the recycling drop box bin on Limaburg Road. become hubs of activity that actively denigrates the environmental quality in our community. Ask an elementary student what they’d think of that. And if you happen to be on Limaburg Road and witness individuals chucking junk onto our community recycling drop box bin, give me a call. I have the perfect lesson plan for them. Becky Haltermon is the Boone County Solid Waste Education and Litter Abatement Program Coordinator. Learn more at http://kyecogeek. blogspot.com/ or contact her at 859334-3151 or bhaltermon@ boonecountyky.org.

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Should local governments consider consolidating services to save costs? If so, which services? “Consolidating services should be considered but money cannot be the only factor when determining whether services should or should not be merged. It is equally important that taxpayers are able to receive equally, if not more efficient, service.” J.H. “Local governments should consider consolidating, but only if there will be a ‘real’ savings/benefit to the entities involved over a long time. If it’s a band-aid fix, revising budgets might be the better alternative.” Florence “Yes! Consolidate as much as possible. Across department lines, municipality lines, county lines and state lines. Every time a consolidation is done, one chief officer is unnecessary. Many other dupli-

Next question: What is the scariest movie you’ve seen? The scariest movie villain? What made them so scary? Send your response to kynews@communitypress.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. cations may also be saved. We have too many municipalities, school districts and duplication of services is prolific.” G.G. “I’m tempted to answer this question the way a certain candidate for high office answered Rick Warren’s question last year about when does life begin, regarding abortion: ‘Uh, yo, that’s above my paygrade.’ Still, the idea does have merit. Perhaps combining police and fire services could work, but you have to remember that it will result in some jobs lost; I don’t want to be responsible for anyone losing their livelihood.” Bill B.

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After the pumpkin walk

After the Jack-O-Lantern Walk at Central Park Oct. 24, neighbors Bailey Sanders, 8, Peyton Sanders, 9, Casey Rhodes, 9, and Joshua Rhodes, 5, all of Burlington, enjoy drinks and popcorn, provided by the Boone County Parks Department, and served by the 21st Century Club of the Boone County Homemakers.

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Sue Shewnarain, left, a United Dairy Farmer employee, is shown with customer Jane McEntyre. McEntyre nominated the UDF staff for “Catch a Star” because of its excellent customer service.

UDF has a ‘family atmosphere’ The staff of the United Dairy Farmers in Burlington were nominated for “Catch a Star” for providing excellent customer service. “This is a group of people that absolutely goes above and beyond the call,” said Jane McEntyre of Oakbrook. Located at 6006 Limaburg Road, the UDF is “a warm and fuzzy place,” McEntyre said. McEntyre, a caregiver, said she likes to pick up flavored coffee in the morning then take it to a park and watch the sunrise. Going to the UDF has become a pleasant part of her routine. As soon as the staff members see her in the parking lot, they start getting her hazelnut coffee ready. “Every time you go in there it’s like ‘How are you doing today’ and it’s like

they spoil you making me fresh coffee everyday,” she said. “If they see me at the pump, they’re pointing and rushing to make fresh coffee.” McEntyre said “it’s not just me” and all customers are treated courteously. Pointed out for praise are manager Harriett Hedger and staffers James Edmonson and Sue Shewnarain. Hedger, who’s worked there for 15 years, said the UDF has a nice “family atmosphere.” We’re looking for people you meet in the neighborhood who go above and beyond the call of duty to “wow” you, their customer. Here’s your chance to show your appreciation and give that star in the neighborhood a place in the spotlight. Send your nomination to ndaly@nky.com or call Nancy Daly at 859-578-1059.

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THINGS TO DO Shiver me timbers

Hear the tale of the “Ghosts of Pirate Cove” at the Newport Aquarium from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 1. During the event, meet Cap’n Dubloon, the pirate’s commanding leader, and watch pirates battle for treasure during an underwater sword fight. For more information about admission prices, hours and directions, call 261-7444 or visit www.newportaquarium.com.

Haunted hayride

Experience one of the area’s scariest hayrides at Sandyland Acres this Halloween weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Halloween, Oct. 31, Sandyland Acres will host a costume contest at 9 p.m. for ages 18 and over. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three participants. Hayrides are $10 per person. For more information, call

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322-0516 or visit www.sandylandacres.com. Sandyland Acres is located at 4172 Belleview Road in Petersburg.

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Get an early start on trick or treating this Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crestview Hills Town Center. The town center’s retailers and restaurants will be handing out candy to all the costumed trick or treaters. Restaurants will also hand out free samples and coupons. For more information, call 341-4353 or visit www.shop crestviewhillstowncenter.com.

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Kyle Forbes’ latest pumpkin carving is taken from the comedy horror movie “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.”

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Kyle Forbes works on “scarifying” a pumpkin at his Union residence.

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Here’s a scary pumpkin carved by Union resident Kyle Forbes.

By day Kyle Forbes makes crowns, fillings and veneers at his dental laboratory in Florence. In his off time, the Union resident has come to be known as the pumpkin carving master of the Hempsteade subdivision. His carvings of Frankenstein, The Joker, Ironman and other pop culture characters are as impressive as they are intricate. Every year his pumpkin carvings are a hit at Hempsteade’s Light Up the Lake community Halloween celebration. He usually comes in first in the pumpkin carving contest. Forbes tries to do something different each year. For this Halloween, he’s tackling a character from the 1988 comedy horror movie “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” “I love using my artistic talents in other venues along with making beautiful smiles,” said Forbes, who uses some of his dental instruments to carve the pumpkins. Forbes, 42, who’s lived here since 1992, grew up in Greenup County. “I have a twin brother and we always like to have fun and one day we were goofing around and I said I want to do a (pumpkin) carving of my dog,” he said. “It just started progressing from there to be more elaborate and have more detail,” he said. Once he selects a subject for a pumpkin carving, he needs to visualize it in three dimensions. Then he thinks about the three different mediums to work with: black, orange and yellow. “Yellow is the part you carve completely out, orange is where you take the (pumpkin) skin off, the black is where the skin remains on the outside,” he said. Forbes makes a stencil of his subject, then glues it to the pumpkin. He traces the pattern onto the pumpkin with a razor blade. “I actually use my dental instruments to do the carving,” he said. Some other movie characters he’s done are Chucky from “Child’s Play,” Heath Ledger’s Joker and characters from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The carvings can take from four to 12 hours and definitely look best when illuminated by candles, Forbes said.

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Every year Kyle Forbes’ pumpkin carvings are a hit at Hempsteade’s Light Up the Lake community Halloween celebration. He usually comes in first in the pumpkin carving contest.

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Kyle Forbes’ carving of Frankenstein has a definite monster feel.

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Comic book characters like Ironman show up on some of Kyle Forbes’ Halloween pumpkins.

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Strategy Game Night, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Comics2Games, 8470 U.S. 42. Play everything from Warhammer 40k to Munchkin. Non-competitive night for all ages. Family friendly. $5. Through Dec. 11. 647-7568. Florence.

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McGlasson Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. McGlasson Farms, 5832 River Road. You-pick produce. Pumpkins, turnips and mustard greens. 6895229. Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road. From apples to zucchini, and everything in between. With perennial plants, there are annuals and hanging baskets for all occasions. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 586-6101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike. Fresh produce, baked goods, pumpkins, flowers, and more. 6892682. Boone County.

Halloween Party, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Costumes and prizes. Music by DJ. Free. 344-1413. Crescent Springs. Petersburg Ghost Walk, 6 p.m. Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market Street. Walk through old river town to hear interesting stories of Petersburg’s past. Parental supervision required. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; www.bcpl.org. Petersburg. Newport is Haunted: Gangsters, Gamblers and Ghosts Walking Tour, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Tour highlights major haunts and disturbing happenings from Northern Kentucky’s past. Stories about public hangings, crimes of century and numerous gangster deaths. Tours leave every half hour. Call for available times. $20, $15 students. Reservations recommended, available online. Presented by Newport Historical Walking Tours. 888-269-9439; www.newportishaunted.com. Newport. Monster Mash Bash, 7 p.m. Music by Mike Philips. Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike. Wear costume. Line dancing and DJ during band breaks. Turbo bull rides with hourly ghost tours. Ages 18 and up. Free admission until 10 p.m. 431-5588. Wilder. 96.5 Rock Halloween Party, 7 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Dress up in full costume. With Pilot Around The Stars, Our Rising, Faceblind, Horseshoes and Handgrenades, In Rage, Illshot, Life After Liftoff and 8Kount. $10. Presented by WFTK-FM (96.5). 491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington. S A T U R D A Y, O C T . 3 1

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Kinman Farms Fall Festival, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Kinman Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike. Hay rides, corn maze, concessions, pony rides, bonfires, picnic shelter area and fall decor. $7. 689-2682; www.kinmanfarmsfallfest.com. Boone County. SugoiCon, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive. Celebration of Japanese anime, manga, and pop culture that features voice actors, directors, artists, and musical guests. Includes concerts. Browse dealers’ room, participate in workshops and panels led by guests. Gaming and DDR rooms available. Family friendly. $40 full weekend, $25 one day pass. Registration required. Presented by Southwestern Ohio Regional Animation. Through Nov. 1. 341-2800; www.sugoicon.org. Fort Mitchell.

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Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 3:30 p.m. Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane. Animal fun and hayride to pumpkin field to pick and purchase pumpkin. $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; www.sunrockfarm.org. Wilder. 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 RIP express, $48 four pack; $20 RIP, $16 single. 261-8500; www.ussnightmare.com. Newport. Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.-midnight, Sandyland Acres, 4172 Belleview Road. $10; free ages 5 and under. 322-0516; www.sandylandacres.com. Petersburg. Totter’s Pumpkin Patch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive. Trolley Station. Ride on Pumpkin Express to Totter’s pumpkin patch to select pumpkin. Includes pumpkin decorating station. Weather permitting. $9.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Ghost Stories by the camp fire, 5:30 p.m.6 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive. Non-scary story telling around outdoor fire pit. Marshmallow roast follows. Included with admission: $7.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia.

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McGlasson Farms, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. McGlasson Farms, 689-5229. Hebron. Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington. Kinman Farms, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Kinman Farms, 689-2682. Boone County.

FESTIVALS

Kinman Farms Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Kinman Farms, $7. 689-2682; www.kinmanfarmsfallfest.com. Boone County. SugoiCon, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Masquerade and dance. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, $40 full weekend, $25 one day pass. Registration required. 341-2800; www.sugoicon.org. Fort Mitchell. Family Harvest Festival, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Community Family Church, 11875 Taylor Mill Road. Candy trail for children, carnival games, inflatable, hayrides, face painting, silent auction, vendors, chili cook off, motorcycle and car show, entertainment and fireworks. Food and drinks available. For ages 17 and under not admitted without adult. One canned food item. 356-8851, ext. 108. Independence.

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Pumpkin Days on the Farm, noon-6 p.m. Benton Farms, 11946 Old Lexington Pike. Hayride, barnyard animals, corn maze, cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations. $7, free ages 3 and under. 485-7000. Walton. Ghosts of Pirate Cove, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Release of film “Planet 51” with games and prizes in theater 2-4 p.m. Newport Aquarium. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12; $5 ages 2-12 in costume (up to four children per full adult admission). 261-7444. Newport. USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 RIP express, $48 four pack; $20 RIP, $16 single. 261-8500; www.ussnightmare.com. Newport. Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.-midnight, Sandyland Acres, $10; free ages 5 and under. 3220516; www.sandylandacres.com. Petersburg. Halloween Party, 10 p.m. Costume contest. Music by Motion Sick Love Slaves. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 342-7000. Erlanger. Halloween Party, 10 p.m. With Saving Stimpy. Jayden’s Bar & Grill, 7899 Dream St. $5. 371-4444. Florence.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com. Trick or Treat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Crestview Hills Town Center, 2929 Dixie Highway, Trick or treating, free food samples, and coupons from restaurants. Family-oriented community setting. Family friendly. Free. 341-4353; www.shopcrestviewhillstowncenter.com. Crestview Hills. Halloween Party, 8:30 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Costume contest and prizes. Music by the Chili Dogs, Sidewinder, Crosstown Traffic and 16 South. $10. 4912444. Covington. Route 8 Roadhouse Bash, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Route 8 Roadhouse, 300 Melbourne Ave. Halloween, anniversary and birthday party. Music, costume prizes and drink specials. Includes free barbecue and fixings, pool, darts, cornhole, horseshoes and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations recommended. 850-781-6433; www.route8roadhouse.com. Melbourne. Spook-tacular Party, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike. Drink specials 10 p.m.-midnight. Food, dancing and games. First 25 ghouls or goblins receive a door prize. Prizes awarded for best costume and most creative costume. Music by Rick and Rick. Visit from the “King.” $14 couple, $8. Reservations required. 441-4888. Cold Spring. Halloween Family Style, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Lazer Kraze Erlanger, 1335 Donaldson Hwy. Crafts, spooky childfriendly entertainment and games. Includes admission to “Zero Gravity” inflatables. Costume contest 2 p.m. for ages 12 and under. Socks and waiver signed by own parent/guardian required if under 18. Family friendly. $8. Reservations recommended. 371-5729; www.lazerkraze.com. Florence. Halloween After Hours, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Lazer Kraze Erlanger, 1335 Donaldson Hwy. Includes all-you-can-play laser tag and costume contest at 11 p.m. with prizes. $20. Reservations recommended. 371-5729; www.lazerkraze.com. Florence. Monster Mash Bash, 7 p.m. Music by Wanda Kay. Bobby Mackey’s Music World. Free admission until 10 p.m. 431-5588. Wilder. Monster’s Ball, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Music, food and a cash bar. Costume contest with prizes. Benefits Global Service Learning. Ages 21 and up. $20. Presented by Newport Historical Walking Tours. 491-8000; www.newportgangsters.com. Newport. Ghouls and Goblins Night, 8 p.m.-midnight, Papa’s Pub, 290 Main St. Costume party and bobbing for apples. Free. 371-5576. Florence.

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Listen to stories about the area’s ghosts and haunted locations during the Ride the Ducks’ haunted tour. The 60-minute tour will be available through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tours depart from Third Street at Newport on the Levee and will consist of approximately 15 minutes on the water and 45 minutes on the streets of Newport and downtown Cincinnati. For more information, visit newportducks.com or call 815-1439.

FARMERS MARKET

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.

FESTIVALS

SugoiCon, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, $40 full weekend, $25 one day pass; $30 if registration postmarked by Oct. 5. Registration required. 341-2800; www.sugoicon.org. Fort Mitchell.

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USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 RIP express, $48 four pack; $20 RIP, $16 single. 261-8500; www.ussnightmare.com. Newport. M O N D A Y, N O V. 2

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Magic the Gathering, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Comics2Games, 8470 U.S. 42. Free-style play. $5. 647-7568. Florence.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Yoga, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Bring mat. $25 monthly. Registration required. 334 2117. Burlington.

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Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium. Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; www.newportaquarium.com. Newport. Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport.

BENEFITS

Empty Bowls, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. Eat dinner using self selected handmade pottery bowl. Silent auction, bargain table, bowl decorating, pottery demonstrations and entertainment. Benefits Kid’s Cafe of Freestore Foodbank. $20, $5 ages 10 and under; $3 valet. Registration required. Presented by Clay Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. 6355599; www.clayalliance.org. Covington. Benefit for James “Chops” Fry, 3 p.m. Jayden’s Bar & Grill, 7899 Dream St. Benefit for the family of James “Chops” Fry. With Saving Stimpy. Food, raffles, door prizes and silent auction. $20. 371-4444. Florence.

FARMERS MARKET

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

In Haus Comedy Night, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Local comedians perform. Free. 432-2326; www.beanhaus.com. Covington. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 3

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FARMERS MARKET

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.

FILMS

Movie Night, 6 p.m. “The Godfather Part III.” Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Global Film Series, 7:30 p.m. “Mutum.” Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $11, $9 ETA and WVXU members and students, combo packages available; $12 Sunday Double Feature. 877-548-3237; www.cincyworldcinema.org. Covington.

HISTORIC SITES

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

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Comics2Games, 8470 U.S. 42. Free-style play. Sanctioned by UDE, special promo cards given to top players. $5. 6477568. Florence. EXERCISE CLASSES

Yoga for Healthy Weight, 6 a.m. Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42. Bring mat and small hand-held or wrist weights. $25 monthly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Parks. 342-2665. Union.

FARMERS MARKET

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 586-6101. Burlington.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES

Chess Club, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42. All ages and levels. Instruction available. 342-2665. Florence.

Storytime Favorites, 10 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Florence Alliance Church, 980 Cayton Road. Stories, songs, crafts, snacks. Multi-age program for children age 5 and under and their caregivers. Free. Reservations recommended. 746-0706. Florence.

MUSEUMS

SUPPORT GROUPS

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The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.

Multiple Sclerosis N-KY Lunch Buddies, 1 p.m. Karlo’s Bistro Italia, 4911 Houston Road. For individuals diagnosed and/or newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Registration required. 640-6300; nationalMSsociety.org. Florence.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Yu-gi-oh!, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Comics2Games, 8470 U.S. 42. Free-style play. Prizes for top finishers. $6. 647-7568. Florence.

EDUCATION

Body Talk, 7 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Private Investigator Virginia Braden shares secrets of finding out how someone feels about you by interpreting their body language. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; www.bcpl.org. Burlington.

FARMERS MARKET

Boone County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Boone County Farmers Market, 5866101. Burlington.

FILMS

Global Film Series, 7:30 p.m. “Zift.” Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $11, $9 ETA and WVXU members and students, combo packages available; $12 Sunday Double Feature. 877-548-3237; www.cincyworldcinema.org. Covington.

FOOD & DRINK

Kid’s Night, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Beef ‘O’Brady’s, 1597 Calvalry Drive. $1.49 ages ten and under. 384-9464; www.beefobradys.com. Union.

PROVIDED See swashbuckling pirates at the Newport Aquarium’s “Ghosts of Pirate Cove,” through Sunday, Nov. 1. See the swordfighting pirates, underwater pumpkin carving and more. The release of the film, “Planet 51,” with games and prizes, is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Four kids (ages of 2-12 years old) get in for $5 each with every adult paying full price when they wear their Halloween costume. Adult admission is $20. Visit www.newportaquarium.com or call 859-261-7444.

LITERARY - CRAFTS

Quilting for Beginners, 7 p.m. Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St. Bring own needle, scissors and thimble. Ages 18 and up. $40. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 3422665; www.bcpl.org. Walton.

PROVIDED Shaolin Warriors – the Kung Fu masters of China – bring their skill, movement and imagery for a family-friendly event at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Music Hall. The event will feature the Kung Fu masters in a choreographed theatrical performance, showing synchronized fighting rituals. Tickets are $25-$40. Call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.


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Florence Recorder

October 29, 2009

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Are there any saints around anymore?

Nov. 1 is the day several Christian churches celebrate the feast of All Saints. “Saint,” a familiar word that’s taken on unfamiliar meanings. Today “saint” can be the name of a football team, a jazz song (”When the Saints Come Marching In”), many cities (St. Louis, St. Petersburg, etc.) or a goody-twoshoes. So we must ask, “What’s a saint?” A cynic might respond, “A saint is someone who lived a long time ago whose life has never been adequately researched.” The implication is that if you looked hard enough into a saint’s life, sooner or later you’d find he or she had clay feet. And a real saint would be the first to admit it. It’s only conventional wisdom that thinks they don’t. People labeled “saint” are put on a pedestal. Later, if any human

frailty shows up in their lives, we push them off their pedestal and bury them beneath the rubble of disappointment and disillusionment. Do this enough times, and we who push them down become cynical. We conclude there are no saints and no one worthy of a moral pedestal or imitation. Time and reflection, however, can clarify things. We understand better now what it means to be a saint. Every ordinary human personality can be depicted as having an inner teeter-totter. Piled on one end are the vices, selfishness, evil tendencies and darkness of that person’s life. Stacked on the other end are the brightness, virtues, love and compassion of which we are capable. The fulcrum, or center point, is the whole (holy) place represent-

ing the site of a person’s struggles and choices. Saints – as they live out their lives the best they can – strive to stand on the fulcrum in utter honesty and understanding of themselves. They don’t compare themselves to others. They don’t judge others against the measure of themselves. They just try to relate to others and the world in a way they believe their Maker created them to do. They struggle to know and then to discipline and control their darkness and vices – while they struggle to give expression to the light and love within them with the help of God’s grace. We must hide our dark side from society in general, but we must never try to hide it from ourselves. While doing good, we must acknowledge to ourselves our own demons as we do battle with them.

When we speak of sainthood today, we speak of it in its truest sense as a full-blooded embracing of our own humanity, not a false veneer of pseudo-goodness. Trying to appear better than we are prevents our becoming what we can be. When I was a youth I looked at saints in a very different way. Most of the canonized saints seemed to belong to religious orders, the clergy, or were people who wrought miracles and had followers. Today I imagine the saints to especially be among the humble and honest people, those who rise wearily and go off to ordinary and routine labor to support their families. They sacrifice creature comforts, narcissistic interests, and personal agendas in behalf of larger values. We do not usually accord these

common people hero or saint status, bur their acts renew the world each day as a place of enduring value. As Dr. James Hollis says, “We Father Lou are all, every Guntzelman day, faced with death, depresPerspectives sion and despair. Whoever rises to do what must be done, does a deed for us all.” Of such is the kingdom of heaven. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@ communitypress.com or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Beware of the dinosaur hunter scam circulating Phony check scams are alive and well these days as scammers continue to try to steal your money. The latest deception preys on people who are trying to rent an apartment or house. Shelly Fast said she came across one such con at the Wilmington real estate office at which she works. She received an e-mail from someone seeking to rent a house. “He started to communicate back and forth with us but it was a strange communication. He didn’t want to come over and look at it, he rented it sight unseen,” she said. All the communications

took place via e-mail. “ W e asked him to fill out a l e a s e agreement and an applicaHoward Ain tion. That Hey Howard! n e v e r happened. He went into great detail with stories that he was an Italian fossil hunter,” said Fast. The person claimed to be a Professor Klose who said he’s discovered lots of dinosaurs and will be coming to the U.S. to trade fossils. “We started to get pretty

Clarification I have a clarification on my recent story involving Social Security Disability checks. Deductions from the benefits for food and shelter applies only to Supplemental Security Income disability and not Social Security disability. The difference between the two types of payments relates to those who have worked and contributed to Social Security and those who have not. People who paid into Social Security and then become disabled do not have to worry about their checks being reduced based on someone else helping them with food and housing expenses. They will receive their entire amount of back benefits in one payment. On the other hand, those who did not work or did not pay into Social Security will be eligible only for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and that does reduce checks based on outside housing and food assistance. In addition, it often does pay the back benefits in increments. In all cases when applying for SSI or Social Security Disability be sure to contact an attorney with expertise in this field.

suspicious when he said he was going to send a check for the first month rent, deposit and furniture for the four- to five-bedroom home he wanted to rent,” Fast said. He did send a check for $8,650 – but it was written on an AOL Time Warner bank account which didn’t make any sense. He asked Fast to cash it and send $2,900 to a furniture company for furniture he was renting. His wife and child were supposedly coming with him. “That is why he needed a large home and all that furniture. He kept mentioning a trustee in the U.S. would be in contact with us, and we kept asking for the trustee’s name and information but never got anything,” she said. Fast said she wondered why he didn’t send a check to the furniture company himself instead of asking her to do it. In addition, although he claimed to have been in Italy, the packing slip on the UPS envelope containing his check showed it was shipped from Massachusetts. “He was very strange responding to the e-mails. He didn’t answer questions that we asked him and we would respond with things he asked for and then he asked for the same thing

over and over again,” Fast said. “I think in these tough times people are having now, some rentals are difficult to rent out and they get this information and they just want to rent their house and have some income. So, he’s preying on people,” she said. “When I Googled his name, and supposedly the place he was working for with the fossils, a lot of stuff

came up with ‘scammers.’ People are doing it using different names but the same scenario,” Fast said. The scammer recently sent another e-mail demanding the money and even claimed he would go to the FBI if he didn’t get it. Fast said she hopes this case can serve as a warning to all. If you receive a check from someone you don’t know who wants you to cash it and then send them

money – don’t do it. Their check is probably not good and you’ll have sent your good money to the bad guys. Troubleshooter Howard Ain answers consumer complaints and questions weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Life

October 29, 2009

Too many apples? Make fruit leather

The sign was outside of a church on Salem Avenue in Mount Washington: “Friendship multiplies joy a n d divides sorrow.” So true. Friends can be many different people, comRita p l e t e l y Heikenfeld unrelated or someRita’s kitchen one biological. Think of the sibling who wasn’t cool enough to hang with as a kid, or the mom or dad who seemed older than dirt. (I remember one of my kids asking me if electricity was invented when I was young). As you grow, so does your wisdom and over the years, you become the closest of friends.

Apple or pear sauce and fruit rollups/leather

Every year I make batches of apple or pear sauce,

and rollups. No artificial anything added!

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Preparation:

Wash, core and cut 3 to 5 pounds fruit into chunks (apples or pears). Leave skin on because the pectin in the peel helps remove cholesterol.

Cooking options:

Crockpot: Spray pot. Put fruit in. Cook on low six to eight hours or high for three to five hours until fruit is soft enough to mash. Stovetop: Place in heavy or nonstick large pot. Add up to 1 cup water, cider or apple juice (to keep fruit from sticking), and simmer until fruit is soft. You may have to add a bit more liquid. Careful - the mixture tends to sputter up. Oven: (my preferred method). I use a restaurant steam table pan but use anything that has sides and which will hold fruit. Spray

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Check out Rita’s blog for a primer on apples at Cincinnati.com/living.

A reader had trouble with the mixture coming together. You have to mix it up really well and it will come together. I use regular sausage and baking mix, not low fat. Try starting with 2 cups baking mix and go from there. The cheese can be increased, too, to 21⁄2 cups.

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Fruit leather before going in oven to dry. pan. Cook in 350-degree oven until soft.

To purée:

Run through food mill or sieve, blender or food processor. If desired, sweeten to taste with sugar, Stevia or Splenda. Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to taste. Do this while fruit is still warm.

Drying to make fruit rollups/leather:

Spray cookie sheets. Pour puree evenly onto sheets, about 1⁄4-inch deep. In summer, I’ll dry it in the sun. This time of year it’s the oven. Dry in warm oven. Mine only goes down to 170 degrees so I propped the door open. You don’t want it to cook too quickly or it will be hard.

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Fruit leather after drying (you can see my hand through it if you look close). It will take anywhere from four to eight hours or more depending upon the kind of apples, etc. If it’s late in the evening and it’s still not done, turn the oven off with the leather still in, and proceed in the morning.

How to tell if the fruit leather is done:

It should pull up from the pan in one sheet.

Storing:

In refrigerator, up to six months, and up to one year in freezer

Rita’s clone of Bigg’s chicken salad

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The deli folks at Bigg’s were so nice, and fun to chat with. They chuckled when I said my readers were begging for the recipe. Since the recipe is proprietary, I couldn’t wrangle the recipe or all of the ingredients out of them. “It’s your normal chicken

salad: mayonnaise, celery, grapes, cashews, etc. The secret ingredients are a pinch of ‘Ahh’ and a tablespoon of love.” After tasting it, I’d say it had a lot of both – yum! Trying to clone this for the home cook when it’s made in huge amounts is challenging. Deli chicken salads often contain chicken base and seasoning salt. I fiddled with it and here’s my best shot. I poach my chicken in broth and let it cool in broth before dicing for added flavor and moistness. Taste as you go, adding 1 rib celery, 1 onion, the lesser amount of seasoning, etc. Add more if needed. 1 pound cooked chicken, diced or shredded 1-2 ribs celery, diced 1-2 green onions, sliced very thin Green grapes, cut in half, and salted cashew halves or

pieces – you choose how much 1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise or more to taste 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon or so each: Lawry’s seasoning salt and chicken base (use a good quality base like Minor’s). Mix chicken, celery and onions together. Whisk chicken base and salt with the mayo. Pour over chicken and mix gently. Stir in grapes and nuts. To make curried chicken salad: Start sprinkling curry powder in the mayo mixture, tasting as you go.

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Florence Recorder

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Autumn is a season for squash Fall and winter bring a wonderful bounty from the farm and garden: winter squash. Winter squash come in many varieties, shapes and colors. They are distinguished from summer squash by their tougher outer skin. Winter squash varieties can be found at the local farmers markets and in the grocery stores. Common varieties include pumpkin, acorn, butternut, and buttercup. You might also find hubbard, delicata and others. Most are interchangeable in recipes. Squash should be heavy for its size. The hard, tough rind should be free of blemishes or soft spots. It may be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a month after purchase. Winter squash is an excellent source of vitamin

A and fiber. Squash is also naturally low in fat. It can be baked, microwaved or steamed. It is great when used as a side dish, made into soup, included in an entrĂŠe, or added to any number of dishes. Just before cooking, be sure to wash the squash thoroughly under running water to remove any traces of dirt. To steam: Quarter squash or cut into 2-inch cubes, leaving rind on (it will remove easily after cooking). You may also remove the rind prior to cooking if you wish. Remove the seeds and thick fibers from the pieces. Bring one inch of water to a boil in a saucepan and place squash on a rack or basket in the pan over the water. Do not immerse it in water. Cover the pan tightly and steam the squash 30 to 40 min-

utes or until tender. To microwave: Cut in half or into pieces. Remove the seeds and thick fibers. Place the squash in a baking dish with a small amount of water. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Microwave until tender, using these guidelines: • Acorn squash: one-half squash, 5 to 8 minutes; 1 squash, 8 to 11 minutes. • Butternut squash: Two pieces, 3 to 5 minutes. • Hubbard squash (onehalf pound pieces): Two pieces, 4 to 7 minutes. To bake: Cut in half or pieces. Remove seeds and place squash in a baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour or until tender. You might want to try topping your cooked squash with butter and a bit of brown sugar, or a touch of sour cream. You can also

mash the squash for a terrific side dish. Cooked squash can also be used in recipes calling for canned pumpkin. Grab some squash and give it a try today. You just might find a great taste treat for your family.

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Wash away the bugs that bug you Whether we like it or not, it’s cold and flu season. The seasonal flu affects between 5 and 20 percent of Americans every year and this year, with the emergence of novel H1N1 influenza, 2009 is shaping up to be one of the most flu-ridden in recent history. So what can you do to keep your families out of doctor’s offices and at school and work? Simple: Wash your hands! “Hand hygiene is the single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of infectious disease,� said

Dr. Beverly Connelly, director of Cincinnati Childrens’ Infection Control Program. “When hands are visibly soiled, washing with soap and water is preferred,â€? Dr. Connelly continued. “Alcohol gel products do a better job at germ killing when hands are visibly clean.â€? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives these specific steps to achieve a thorough wash: • Place your hands together under warm water • With soap, rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds

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Community

October 29, 2009

Spiders and bats are Halloween spooks, but actually benefit people Halloween abounds with images of creepy, crawly critters and spooky ghosts, witches and black cats. Two common themes are bats and spiders. Both of these critters make most people cringe. But they also benefit humans. “Spiders play a tremendous role, probably more than any other animal group on earth, in controlling insect populations,” explained John MacGregor, a biologist in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ wildlife diversity program. “Most people just don’t like them – probably because they have more than two legs.” Despite a spider’s unsettling appearance, people are probably more comfortable with spiders around. Consider a walk in the woods. Many hikers hate accidentally walking through a spider web. But that hike could result in far more insect bites if the eight-legged creatures weren’t nearby. “Members of the orb-weaver family spin those webs that catch people’s faces. They control flies and mosquitoes around the trail,” MacGregor said. “But I’d rather have some spider web on my face than mosquitoes and deer flies on my neck.” Despite their benefits, people should be cautious around the brown

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recluse, black widow and sac spiders, all of which are common in Kentucky. “All spiders are venomous, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s how they subdue their prey,” said MacGregor. “But there are some groups that have pretty serious bites.” To keep the leggy critters outside where they belong, maintain your house’s weather stripping and make sure windows are shut tightly. According to MacGregor, spraying insecticide does little to control spiders around your home. But your house should harbor few spiders if it is kept weather-tight. Another symbol of Halloween is the seemingly spooky bat. Many myths abound surrounding this creature. “People think they all have rabies,” said Traci Hemberger, also a wildlife diversity biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “But the incidence of rabies in bats is about one-half of 1 percent.” Hemberger said it’s also a common myth that bats get in people’s hair and even lay eggs. A lot of people think they are birds. Bats are flying mammals, however, and therefore do not lay eggs. People sometimes believe that bats feed on blood. However, only three of the world’s more than 1,000

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Hayley Lynch Community Recorder guest columnist

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness, participating Curves of Northern Kentucky will offer a special, one-weekonly special on their service fee. Studies have shown that physical exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer and Curves wants to take this time to encourage the women of Northern Kentucky to learn more about the impact that wellness has on preventing cancer. A healthy diet, regular exercise, monthly breast selfexams and yearly mammograms together are essential in breast cancer prevention. Pam Westerman, owner of the Curves locations in Florence and Independence says, “A lot of women know about breast cancer prevention, but don’t act on it. I like to think of it as that ignored sticky-note reminder on the bathroom mirror. At Curves, we want to put action to that sticky note.” Curves locations have available the Liv-Aid, a self breast exam device that

bat species do so. Those bats feed on the blood of animals, not humans, and the species don’t even occur in the United States. Also, bats don’t attack humans as some people think. It’s more a matter of people being in lighted places at night. “Insects hang out around light sources at night, so this attracts bats,” said Hemberger. A bat can eat 3,000 pesky, biting bugs in a single night. They eat fruit and spread seeds throughout tropical rainforests. They pollinate and maintain the genetic diversity of bananas, cashews and figs in the wild. In fact, bats are so important that an outbreak of white-nose syndrome in the northeastern United States is causing major concern among biologists. So this Halloween, when you see spooky bats or creepy spiders adorning someone’s house, remember that these species are actually beneficial to us. Though shadowed in myth and misconception, they play their own important part in our world. Author Hayley Lynch is an award-winning writer and associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine. She loves deer hunting, shotgun sports and introducing women to the outdoors.

helps to better detect irregularities. Also, several locations across Northern Kentucky are hosting a “Girls Get Together” event. Those attending the Girls Get Together Party will participate in a casual time packed with valuable conversation, information and encouragement. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in a fund raiser to support American Cancer Society and will also have the chance to win door prizes and merchandise. “American Cancer Society has always been near to our hearts,” Westerman said. “This is a fund raiser that touches so many of our ladies.” Members and non-members alike are invited to participate in the Girls Get Together Party. Those wishing to become a member will receive a special discount in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. For information on the Girls Get Together Party call 1800-CURVES30 or visit curveskentucky.com.

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Asbury United

The women of Asbury United Methodist Church are having their 36th annual craft fair Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature handmade ornaments and crafts, which include fashion, school spirit items and decorative home crafts. There will also be a bake sale, canned items and lunch with homemade pies. For more information, call 441-1466.

Calvary Baptist

The Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia will host a benefit concert featuring The Ball Family Singers and The Mean Family Singers Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 by calling 468-9377. Concert goers are welcome to bring non-perishable food items ($10 value) rather than purchasing a ticket. Food donations will be distributed by LifeLine Ministries of NKY and Fairhaven Rescue Mission.

Church Women United

The Tri-City unit of Church Women United (CWU) will celebrate World Community Day at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Erlanger Christian Church. This year’s theme, “Piecing Earth Together,” focuses on the environment and how important it is to work together as stewards of the gifts of the Earth. For more information, call Mary Middleton at 3311879 or Joan Morgan at 525-7599.

Erlanger Christian Church is located at 27 Graves Ave.

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The Community Family Church in Independence is hosting a Family Harvest Festival Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will feature a candy trail for children, carnival games, hayrides, face painting, a silent auction, a motorcycle and car show, a chili cookoff, fireworks and more. The cost of admission is one canned food item. For more information, call Brenda Taylor at 3568851. The Family Harvest Festival is located at 11875 Taylor Mill Road.

The New Hope Center is offering volunteer training for men and women interested in mentoring people facing unplanned pregnancies. Sessions are available Nov. 16-17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Classes will also be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. For more information, call Denise at 341-0766 ext. 13 or e-mail dnevins@newhopecenter.co m.

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The Staffordsburg United Methodist Church in Independence will holds its fifth annual Christmas bazaar Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nicholson Christian Church Family Center. The event will feature unique gifts including painted glassware, handmade baskets, jewelry, quilted

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Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church will host its 2009 Fall Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 31, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festival will feature a cornhole tournament, costume and pumpkin carving contests, crafts, prizes and more. Chili, hot dogs and drinks will be served. Pumpkins will also be provided. Participants need to bring their own carving tools. For more information, call 341-9347 or e-mail Brad Neal at email@cspresby.com. Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church is located at 710 Western Reserve Road.

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Mentor Baptist Church has collected recipes from its members, family and friends and have compiled 249 of them into a cookbook. The church has recently begun selling the cookbook for $10 and can be purchased at the church. The proceeds will go to the club, Lucy B. Circle. For more information, call 908-0274. Mentor Baptist is located at 3724 Smith Road in California.

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Fall color was a little premature Question: My Bradford Pear tree usually doesn’t get its fall color until November, but this year it turned pretty in early September, and now it’s losing its leaves already, and some branches seem to be dying. Is this a disease, or is it just due to our strange weather this year? Answer: The callery pears, including the cultivars, Bradford, Aristocrat, Cleveland Select and others, all have similar problems,

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burlap at planting time prevents the root systems from growing out of the original root ball. At the same time it prevents movement of water into the root zone for use by the plant. Like synthetic burlap, plastic twine must also be removed for the long term vitality of the plant. Failure to do so results in girdling of the trunk and structural roots. Established trees that have been in the landscape for over a decade also were affected. They often show significant lichen growth on the trunk and terminal bud scale scars, indicating mini-

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Phytophthora root rot is a common, opportunistic disease that kills plants that have been subjected to a series of other stressing factors. Over the previous few years these plants have appeared relatively healthy and have been able to tolerate low levels of infection. Only when soil remained saturated for extended periods did it become acute. Since it is usually associated with other stressing factors the best recommendation is to match the plant to the site and provide the best cultural conditions possible. These include: (1) Make sure that plants are not planted too deep; (2) Remove all synthetic materials surrounding the root ball. Even natural jute burlap should be pulled back from the root ball and removed from the top and sides; (3) Dig wide planting holes; (4) Do not amend backfill soil with peat moss, compost, or “good soil”; (5) Loosen the soil at the edge of the root ball so that there will not be a distinct interface. Changes in soil texture prevent movement of water between the soil and the root ball; (6) Check the root ball

frequently for moisture. Checking soil away from Mike Klahr the roots is Community not a good Recorder indicator of guest moisture columnist available to the roots. Roots of newly established plants should not be allowed to become excessively dry, even for a short time; (7) Replacement trees should be sited away from areas that remain wet. Consider redirecting drain spouts away from trees; and (8) Irrigate young trees during dry periods. Established trees should be irrigated with 1 to 1.5 inches of water no more frequently than once a week. Turf should be on a different irrigation system than landscape plants.

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DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED? (A response to an article of the same title published September 9, 2009)

It is true that God has always demanded that His word go unchanged (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19). To alter it in any way is to sin. This would include taking one text, a partial text, or an idea and wrapping a teaching around it, while ignoring what the rest of God’s inspired word says. All of God’s Word is inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and it is by this Word that we will be judged one day when we stand before God (John 12:48). This is an appointment that we must all keep. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). The Greek word for “must” in the above noted passed is “dei” which means, “it is necessary.” This same word appears numerous times in God’s word. Take for instance Acts 9:6 where Saul of Tarsus, trembling and astonished, says, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” So what was it that Saul had to do? Well, let us jump ahead just for a moment. Notice that Paul (Saul) wrote too Timothy and said that he had “obtained mercy” and had received the “grace of our Lord by faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” He also said that though he considered himself to be the chief of all sinners he, “obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.” Now herein lies our current controversy. Many today would have you believe that belief is no more than a mental acknowledgment and acceptance of a fact. However, the inspired word here translated belief means, “to have faith in, to entrust one’s spiritual well-being to, to be committed to and put in trust with.” So the word belief includes action and obedience not merely a cognizant acceptance of a truth. So what was it that Saul had to do? Believe (have faith in)? Absolutely! “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). He did this on the road to Damascus and by his willingness to do what the Lord commanded. So he was saved, right? No. Notice that Saul goes into the city of Damascus, blinded by the light, and is three days fasting. Was Saul a penitent man? Surely having been raised a very religious zealot he spent that time fasting and in prayer. So he was then saved right? Well notice that Christ sends Ananias to speak with Saul and in Saul’s own account in Acts 22:16, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” You see Saul wasn’t saved. He still carried with him the stain and weight of his sin. Our friends who teach that all one has to do is believe run to the account of the Philippian Jailor in Acts 16:30-31, but notice they stop without looking at the following verses that say, “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.” Notice a few other verses: Acts 2:37-38 on the Day of Pentecost, Peter and the other disciples preaching the first gospel sermon were asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:12 when the people of Samaria, “believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.” Acts 8:37-39 when Philip had preached Jesus to the Ethiopian Eunuch, “…they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.” You cannot find a single instance following the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ where a single person is saved without being baptized! Notice a few other verses: Acts 10:48, “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” Acts 18:8, “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.” Acts 19:5, “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” Galatians 3:27, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” 1 Peter 3:21, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Friends, the answer to the question “What Must I Do To Be Saved” is simple. I must hear God’s word (Romans 10:17). I must believe in Christ as the only begotten Son (Hebrews 11:6). My newfound faith must lead me to repent of my sinful life (Luke 13:3). I must be willing to confess His name before men (Matthew 10:32-33). Then I must be immersed in water to have my sins washed away. At this point I come forth to live a new life, and I must continue to be obedient (Revelation 2:10) in order to be saved. If you are interested in obeying the gospel of Christ or would like to discuss this with us further we would love to hear from you and help you. Please contact us at:

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Judy Bruce created this quilt for New Friends of Northern Kentucky’s annual charity auction fundraiser Nov. 4 at The Gardens Vista Room, 1622 Dixie Highway, Park Hills. The public is invited to join this event supporting local charities. Entertainment, gifts to bid on and games to play all set the stage for charity giving. Invite your friends or meet new ones. The fun begins at 10:15 a.m. Cost of luncheon is $16. RSVP to Maya Lavens at 859-431-5005.

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Chili, is expanding the restaurant’s “Tuesday Kids Eat Free Nights” to now include Sundays all-day at the Burlington location, starting this month. Rulli and his new Burlington restaurant coowner, Dave Mayerik, wants to offer local families with a budget-friendly and family-friendly option for lunch or dinner on Sundays as wells. On “Kids Eat Free Nights,” a customer receives a free kids meal for every adult combo meal purchased. Rulli and Mayerik will also launch the Sunday “Kids Eat Free Night” at the Hebron and Lawrenceburg, Ind., Gold Star locations.

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Gateway Community and Technical College has appointed Ilona Takakura to the position of developmental reading instructor, teaching full-time in various developmental reading courses.

She previously taught at Riverside Community College as an adjunct developmental reading instructor. Fluent in Japanese, Korean and Finnish languages and cultures, Takakura holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and a master’s degree in Japanese studies from University of Helsinki, Finland, along with a master’s degree in education from California State University, Fullerton. She lives in Hebron.

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Boone businesses take top honors Consumer focus on necessities this year helped fuel the success of three emerging small businesses in Greater Cincinnati. The Learning Kitchen of West Chester, Skiddadles of Florence, and Children's Designer Boutique in Hebron took top honors this year at the 2009 John J. Frank Client of the Year awards. The awards are given by Greater Cincinnati SCORE

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Cancer volunteers treated to river cruise Current volunteer drivers with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery transportation assistance program in Northern Kentucky were recently treated to a dinner cruise to recognize and honor their work with helping cancer patients. The dinner cruise was Sept. 30 on the Sundiver III, a 68-foot Bluewater yacht owned by Greg Schneider. Thirteen volunteer drivers from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Kentucky set out from Four Season’s Yacht Club and enjoyed a three-hour scenic tour toward downtown Cincinnati. Schneider, of American Auto Body, has regularly offered his yacht to various nonprofit organizations for fundraising efforts. His brother, Steve Schneider, is a Road to Recovery driver and offered to have this year’s volunteer celebration on his brother’s yacht. “We were fortunate to have this special opportunity to thank our Road to Recovery drivers,” said Jamie Webb, executive director for the American Cancer Society’s Northern Kentucky office. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery

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Troy Bauer

Troy T. Bauer, 38, Florence, died Oct. 22, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a machinist, attended Community Family Church in Taylor Mill and earned a brown belt through Martial Arts studies. Survivors include his wife, Kimberly D. Bauer of Erlanger; daughters, Alyssa M. Bauer and Autumn L. Bauer, both of Erlanger; son, Gavin G. Bauer of Erlanger; parents, Terry and Bobby Jo Bauer of Florence; brothers, Dale R. Bauer of Independence, Danny P. Bauer of Erlanger and Dennis G. Bauer of St. Anthony, Minn. Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home in Independence handled the arrangements. Memorials: The Children of Troy Bauer, c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Caleb Burns

Caleb Burns, Burlington, died shortly after birth Oct. 13, 2009, at Bethesda North Hospital, Montgomery. Survivors include his parents, Casey and Tiffany Burns; grandparents, Joe and Gail Linton of Erlanger and Connie and Richard Burns of Burlington. Linnemann Funeral Home, Burlington, handled the arrangements.

Lola Chumbley

Lola Y. Chumbley, 68, Florence, a homemaker, died Oct. 20, 2009, at Christ Hospital, Mt. Auburn. Survivors include her husband, David Chumbley; son, Michael Chumbley of Burlington; sisters, Elsie Baldino of Wilmington, Ohio, Trula Wilson of Richwood, Gail Keeton of Rogersville, Tenn. and Debbie Shields of Rougemont, N.C.; brothers, Kenneth McCarty of La Follette, Tenn. and Freddie McCarty of Dayton, Ohio. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger.

Kerry Daniel

Kerry S. Daniel, 53, Covington, died Oct. 21, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a circulation manager for the Boone County Recorder. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Daniel; son, Brandon Daniel of Covington and sister, Vicki Daniel of Park Hills. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Kerry S. Daniel Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

Maria DeBruyn

Maria “Josie” J. Allertz DeBruyn, 92, Erlanger, died Oct. 23, 2009, at Bridgepoint Nursing Home in Florence. She was a seamstress at Hyde Park Clothes, previously employed at St. John’s Orphanage and a member of Elsmere Senior Center. Her husband, Henry DeBruyn died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth Bailey of Verona and Gertrude Rouse of Florence; sons, Harry DeBruyn of Springdale, Ohio, Peter DeBruyn of Erlanger and John DeBruyn of Westmoreland, Tenn.; sisters, Elly Weiyers, Truus Clerks, Annie Roumen and Mimie Kuelers, all of Holland and a brother, Jan Allertz of Holland. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Mildred Doggett

Mildred Doggett, 84, Verona, died Oct. 19, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was the owner of Fashionette Beauty Salon in Verona, member of Walton United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star Auxiliary and Masonic Lodge in Walton. Her husband, Arthur H. Doggett, died in 1997. Survivors include her sons, David Doggett of Taylor Mill and Dennis Doggett of The Woodlands, Texas; brother, Tom Leathers of Union; sister, Dorothy Long of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Verona.

Jeanne Feldhues

Jeanne Angela Feldhues, 69, Fort Mitchell, died Oct. 22, 2009, at her home. She was a purchasing agent for Procter & Gamble. Survivors include her sisters, Mary

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Lucas Sr., died in 2006 and son, William Thomas Lucas Jr., died in 2009. Survivors include her daughters, Lori Smith and Deborah Wright of Newport; sisters, Mary Hall of Florence and Shirley Keeney of Fort Thomas. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Betty Jean Bolser Henry, 80, Highland Heights, died Oct. 24, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a secretary for the Dayton Board of Education in Dayton, and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Highland Heights. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John Frederick Henry; daughter, Susan Brady of Florence; son, Mike Henry of Butler; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

James Johnson

James Rexford Johnson, 68, Florence, died Oct. 15, 2009, at his home. He was a machinist for Seimens and a Navy veteran. Survivors include his daughters, Sheila Meyer of Latonia and Charlotte Johnson of Newport; brothers, Paul Hager of Monticello, Bobby Hager of West Liberty, and Jackie Hager or West Liberty and three grandchildren. Cooper Funeral Home, Alexandria, handled the arrangements.

Ralph Koors

Ralph “Pud” William Koors, 70, Covington, died Oct. 21, 2009, at his home. He was a painter for Cincinnati Bell. Survivors include his wife, Gwen Koors; daughters, Sue Ann and Barb Koors of Covington; brothers, Donald Koors of Walton and James Koors of Edgewood; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Allison & Rose Funeral Home Inc, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Madeline Kuehling

Madeline A. Schneider Kuehling, 86, Taylor Mill, died Oct. 23, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, a member of Helen’s Society, Fifty Plus Club and Holy Cross Church in Latonia, Golden Age Club at St. Pius Church and former Winston Park Ladies Auxiliary Club. Her husband, Robert Kuehling, and a granddaughter, Carlie Schulenberg, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Connie Ward of Burlington; a son, Robert J. Kuehling of Dillsboro, Ind.; four grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Carlie Schulenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Northern Kentucky University Foundations, Highland Heights, KY 41099.

Dorothy Lucas

Dorothy Ann Lucas, 65, Newport, died Oct. 20, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a crossing guard and teacher’s aid at A.D. Owens Elementary School in Newport and a nurse’s aide at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. Her husband, William Thomas

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Nellie Dolores Wolfe Gibbons, 62, Demossville, died Oct. 22, 2009, at Grant Manor Nursing Home. She was a records clerk for Cincinnati Bell, a member of Wilmington Baptist Church in DeMossville and was a custodian for White’s Tower Elementary School and the Kenton County School District. Survivors include her husband, William Gibbons; daughters, Nancy Harp of Florence, Lynda Buckler of Union, Kathy Rowe of Somerset and Karri Runion of Owenton; sons, Bill Gibbons of Florence, Rob Gibbons of Independence, Randy Gibbons of Burlington and Travis Gibbons of Latonia; sister, Kathleen Gibbons of Texas; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Wilmington Cemetery in DeMossville. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Patricia F. Marksberry, 52, Warsaw, a homemaker, died Oct. 21, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Robert Marksberry; son, Roger Beach of Verona; daughter, Amanda Stewart of Warsaw; sister, Barbara Roberts of New Liberty and six grandchildren. Burial was at Warsaw Cemetery. Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Homes in Warsaw handled the arrangements.

Linda McGaha

Linda Kay McGaha, 61, Newport, a homemaker, died Oct. 18, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Robert McGaha of Newport; sons, Bobby McGaha and Randy McGaha, both of Hamilton, Ohio, Chris McGaha of Independence, Jeff McGaha of Woodlawn and Randy McGaha of New Miami, Ohio; daughters, Valerie Green of Cincinnati and Vanessa Kidd of Union; brothers, Bill Paden of Florida, Don Paden of Elsmere, and Rick Paden and Greg Paden, both of Newport; sister, Joyce Paden of Fort Thomas; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Alexandria Cemetery.

Susan Nimmo

Susan Kuhlman Nimmo, 54, Crestview Hills, died Oct. 22, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a music minister, preschool director and member of Immanuel United Methodist Church. She was a member, board member and state president for American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Survivors include her husband, Mitch Nimmo of Crestview Hills; daughters, Jessie Johnson of Jeffersonville, Ind., Katie Rhodes of Spotsylvania, Va., and Molly Nimmo of Crestview Hills; son, Chuck Nimmo of Crestview Hills; parents, Charles and Joanne Kuhlman of Florence; sisters, Nancy Gaddie of Hebron and Lisa Nowland of Crestview Hills and two grandchildren. Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory, Erlanger, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park, KY 41017; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Kathryn Noll

Kathryn Ann Mospens Noll, 49, Florence, died Oct. 12, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Her parents, Jack and Velma Tobts Mospens, and brother, James Stewart Mospens, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Gregory Noll; daughters Tracey Ann Krogman Monaco of Alexandria, Alexis Noll of Covington; son, Scott Noll of Erlanger; four grandchildren. Fares J. Radel Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Alamogordo, N.M.; sister, Wanda Chipman of Florence; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: The Family of Jean Perry, c/o Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Belva Ratcliff

Belva Jean Ratcliff, 80, Burlington, died Oct. 19, 2009, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a self-employed hairdresser who worked at Florence Beauty Shop. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Ratcliff; sons, Kenneth Christopher Ratcliff of Union, Jay Ratcliff of Florence and Paul Ratcliff of Huntingburg, Ind.; daughters, Jane-ella Pitney of Holland, Ohio; Karen Ratcliff and Hope Lloyd, both of Burlington; brother, A.J. Christopher Jr. of Orange Park, Fla.; sister, Iva Mascola of State College, Pa.; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

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Jami R. Martin Reed, 29, Florence, died Oct. 18, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a homemaker and member of Beaver Lick Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jason Reed of Florence; daughter, Sophia Reed of Florence; sister, Jodi Hodges of Union; stepsisters, Susan Rath of Alexandria and Laura Graham of St. Louis, Mo.; mother, Gerry Rouse of Florence; father and stepmother, Louis Martin and Karlene Martin of Florence; grandmother, Irene Rouse of Florence; and in-laws, Jerry and Tina Reed of Walton. Burial was in Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery, Florence. Stith Funeral Homes of Florence handled the arrangements. Memorials: Chicks and Chucks, 136 Ridge Hill Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41076; or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2880 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

She was a homemaker, worked for Boschert Bookkeeping, a secretary at Bert Spaulding Realty, a member of St. Therese Church, an officer of the Altar Society and a member of the Over 50 Club. Survivors include her husband, Richard C. Rice; daughters, Debbie Germann of Southgate, Barbara Barnes of Wilder and Teri Duty of Taylor Mill; son, David Rice of Fort Thomas; sisters, Cheri Kampsen of Union and Pat Clark of Aurora, Ind.; 14 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese Church, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Ina K. Wallace Murphy, 68, Burlington, died Oct. 22, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a veterinary technician for Hebron Animal Hospital and member of Bullittsville Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Robert Murphy; daughter, Cindy Wolfe of Owensboro; son, Kevin Murphy of Burlington; sister, Rita Keys of Lexington and six grandchildren. Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Hebron, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Bullittsville Christian Church, 3094 Petersburg Road, Burlington, KY 41005.

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POLICE REPORTS BOONE COUNTY

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Randy S. Epperson, 29, alcohol intoxication at Boat Dock Rd., Sept. 5. Ronald K. Barnes, 50, DUI at Mary Grubbs Hwy., Sept. 5. Luis A. Galarza, 48, alcohol intoxication at 6228 Deermeade Dr., Sept. 4. Adriana C. Galarza, 32, disorderly conduct at Deermeade Dr., Sept. 4. Brian K. Hall, 44, cultivating marijuana at 3606 Lookout Ln., Sept. 4. Mark A. Krogman, 21, possession of marijuana at Jenny Ct., Sept. 1. Scott R. Hill, 48, possession of marijuana at Interstate 71, Sept. 1. Alexandra J. Cole, 51, possession of prescription drug at Interstate 71, Sept. 1. Rebecca J. Trosper, 30, theft at 11393 Dixie Hwy., Sept. 1. Jackie L. Napier, 53, disorderly conduct at 10255 Dixie Hwy., Sept. 1. Theresa A. Peel, 48, DUI at Nicholas St., Aug. 1. Kayla A. Ownbey, 20, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at 1-75 southbound, Aug. 1. Jose H. Aguilar, 29, DUI, reckless driving at Burlington Pk. and Rebel Dr., Aug. 1. Elizabeth R. Smith, 19, shoplifting at 7661 Mall Rd., July 31. Christopher Collett, 33, shoplifting at 4874 Houston Rd., July 31. Ronald W. House, 44, DUI at US 42, July 31. William D. Scanlon, 34, public intoxication of a controlled substance at 61 Spiral Dr., July 30. Heather L. Sahlin, 23, shoplifting at 6000 Mall Rd., July 30. Daniel L. Sogar, 20, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 36 Amherst Ct.,

Aug. 7. Fred Hays Jr., 41, DUI at U.S. 42 and Lacresta Dr., Aug. 6. Kevin L. Mullins, 43, alcohol intoxication in a public place at U.S. 25, Aug. 6. Enrique F. Flores, 44, no operator's license at Turfway Rd., Aug. 6. Reginald F. Hayes, 24, possession of marijuana at Pinehurst Dr., Aug. 6. John Thacker, 51, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Aug. 5.

Incidents/Reports Assault

Subject attempted to gouge victim’s eyes out at White Castle at 8101 U.S. 42, July 31. Victim assaulted by known male subject at 6918 Oakwood Dr., July 30.

Burglary

Items taken from home at 1019 Campo Ct., Aug. 24. Reported at 1360 Donaldson Rd., Aug. 27. Items taken from vehicle at 1908 Oriole Ct., Aug. 24. Items taken from home at 3332 Beech Ln., Aug. 28. Items taken from business at 7380 Industrial Rd., Aug. 31. Rear door damaged at 13478 Service Rd., Aug. 31. Subject tried to burglarize H.H. Gregg overnight at 7601 Mall Rd., Aug. 1. Items taken from victim’s apartment at 7576 Canterbury Ct., July 30.

Criminal mischief

Vehicle damaged Aug. 25. Vehicle damaged at 8731 Evergreen Dr., Aug. 26. Home damaged at 6152 Streamside, Aug. 26. Vehicle damaged at 7605 Empire Dr., Aug. 27.

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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 damaged at 5 Hance, Aug. 28.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

Unknown subject cashed and forged victim’s money order, July 30.

Incident report

Credit card used without permission, Aug. 28.

Lost property

Victim lost three articles valued at $4,800 at Florence Nature Park at 72 Nature Park Dr., Aug. 1.

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Reported at 8035 Action Blvd., Aug. 25.

Terroristic threatening

Death threat at 50 Boone Lake Cr., Aug. 30.

Theft

Vehicle stolen at 300 Shoreland Dr., Aug. 26. Items taken from vehicle at 836 Keeneland Green Dr., Aug. 27. Items taken from home at 8676 East Bend, Aug. 27. Items taken from home at 225 Lakeview Dr., Aug. 28. Vehicle stolen at 4831 Hand Rd., Aug. 28. Vehicle stolen at 10855 Sawgrass Ct., Aug. 30. Items taken from vehicle at Patrick Dr., Aug. 30. Items taken from construction site at

500 Technology Way, Aug. 31. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kohl’s at 61 Spiral Dr., Aug. 4. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Shoe Carnival at 7661 Mall Rd., July 31. Female subject tried to steal food from Bigg’s at 4874 Houston Rd., July 31. Subject stole $500 in merchandise from JC Penney’s at 6000 Mall Rd., July 30. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Meijer at 4990 Houston Rd., Aug. 5.

Theft by deception

Victim cashed a fraudulent check sent to her by a male at 100 Belmont Ct., July 31. Victim lost $1,800 in an e-mail scam at 2466 St. Phillip Ct., July 30. Unknown subject deceived Speedway employee into giving them $600 at 7690 Burlington Pk., July 28.

Theft from auto

Items stolen from business vehicle at 7200 Houston Rd., July 31. Tools stolen from unlocked vehicle at 3000 Mall Rd., July 30. Items taken from vehicle at Sunkissed Tanning at 7841 Dream St., July 29. Items valued at $500 taken from vehicle at 101 Pinehurst Dr., Aug. 7.

mobile accident in Villa Hills. He was a chef at Dollar Bill Restaurant in Florence. Survivors include his father, Gary Smith of Burlington; mother, Kathy Trumble of Ludlow; brother, Marcus Smith of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Michelle Winters of Bromley; maternal grandmother, Mary Trumble of Park Hills; and stepmother, Amanda Smith of Burlington. Memorials: Josh Smith Memorial Fund, c/o Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, 316 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

William Sutton

William Sutton, 53, Florence, a carpenter, died Oct. 20, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Survivors include his daughters, Kim Faulkner and Liz Faulkner of Summerville, W.Va.; mother, Geraldine Sutton of Florence; sister, Carmela Manies of Port Richey, Fla.; brothers, Mark Sutton of Florence and Carlos Faulkner of Central City. Stith Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements.

John Thobe

John Wayne Thobe, 70, Ludlow, of Irvine, Calif., formerly of Ludlow, died Oct. 16, 2009, in Orange County, Calif. He was a hospital administrative consultant. Survivors include his wife, Lidy Mendoza Thobe; daughter, Elaine Thobe of Irvine; son, Bradly Thobe of Irvine; brothers, Jack Thobe of Las Vegas, Nev., Dick Thobe of Albuquerque, N.M. and Greg Thobe of Los Angeles, Calif. and cousin,

JoAnn Arens of Florence. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Irvine, Calif.

Judy Vandiver

Judy Lynn Wells Vandiver, 51, Latonia, died Oct. 19, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Taylor Mill. Survivors include her daughter, Suellen Hedger of Taylor Mill; son, David Vandiver Jr. of Walton; mother, Shirley Hargis Wells of Batavia, Ohio; sisters, Carol Paul of Bethel, Ohio and Susan Trasser of Loveland; brother, Ken Wells of Georgetown, Ohio and four grandchildren. Memorials: The family of Judy Vandiver, c/o Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Bennie Wright

Bennie Wright, 75, Dry Ridge, died Oct. 17, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Heathcare in Edgewood. He was a self-employed recycler and a member of Verona First Full Gospel Church. Survivors include his wife, Nadine Bailey Wright; daughters, Rita Finfrock, Maxine Mattingly and Tonya Osborne, all of Frankfort, and Valerie Mays of Georgetown; stepdaughters, Linda Pierce of Dry Ridge and Judy Cress of Florence; stepson, Micky Griggs of Dry Ridge; sister, Elnora Roland of Nineveh, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial was in New Columbus Cemetery, Corinth.

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$99/nt*. Sanibel & Boca Grande Discover the charm & comfort of beachfront vaca tion homes, cozy cottages or spacious affordable condos. *rates from. Grande Island Vacations. 800-962-3314 bocagrandevacations.com

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL Book Now for Winter to be in this bit of Paradise! Great fall rates, $499/week. 513-236-5091 ww.beachesndreams.net

BeautifulBeach.com leads you to NW Florida’s Beach Vacation Rentals along the beaches of South Walton. Luxurious gulf-front homes, seaside condos and cottages. Dune Allen Realty, 50 yrs of excellent service and accommodations. 888-267-2121 or visit www.BeautifulBeach.com

Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387 www.garrettbeachrentals.com

CLEARWATER/ST. PETE Gulf front condos. Sandy beach. January ’10, 4 Week Discounts! Florida Lifestyles. 1-800-487-8953 www.ourcondo.com

from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Information on the H1N1 virus is also readily available by visiting the Health Alerts Web site at http://healthalerts.ky.gov. The flu hotline will be staffed by nurses and administered by Kosair Children’s Hospital, a part of Norton Healthcare, through a

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contract with DPH funded by a federal grant award related to H1N1 activities. Kosair Children’s Hospital also operates the state’s Regional Poison Center hotline. The flu hotline will be active through at least the end of December. Kentucky was eligible to begin

ordering 24,300 doses of nasal spray H1N1 vaccine last week, and expects shipments to begin arriving as early as Oct. 5. The nasal spray vaccine can be taken by healthy individuals ages 2-49. The first doses will be targeted mainly at health care workers under age 40 who are healthy,

with broader availability as supplies increase. The H1N1 flu shot vaccine is expected to be available mid- to late October, with vaccine clinics for the public likely to be scheduled in early November.

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FLORIDA

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CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208 www.go-qca.com/condo

DESTIN. Edgewater Beach Condos on the Gulf. 1-3 BR, beachfront, pvt balconies, FREE wi-fi, beach set-up & fitness center. New massage/facial salon, 2 pools (1 heated), area golf & deep sea fishing. $20 gift cert to poolside grill (weekly renters, in season). Pay for 3, 4 or 5 nights & receive one additional night free! 800-8224929, www.edgewaterbeach.com EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513 www.oceanprops.com

ENGLEWOOD - On Lemon Bay. Nicely furnished 2 BR in duplex, $800/mo. 10 min. to beach, 30 min to Sarasota. Small pets ok. Local owner. 812-438-2050 or 941-468-7222

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RAVENWOOD CASTLE: A MOST UNUSUAL GETAWAY Visit a “medieval castle” on a high hilltop on 115 secluded and forested acres of the most beautiful area of Southeast Ohiothe Hocking Hills! Owners Sue & Jim Maxwell are creating the most unusual guest experience of stepping back 800 years in a reconstruction of a “12th century Norman castle.” The Maxwells have traveled throughout England & Scotland & have always loved castles & the medieval era. Although the building is new, the couple has been collecting architectural antiques for several years. Each guest room or suite has a stained glass window, usually in the bedroom, a Victorian fireplace mantel with a gas log unit, antique light fixtures and some have beautiful old doors. The wood mouldings around the door & windows & the 5 stairways are inspired by centuries old motifs from Great Britain’s stately homes & castles. Most rooms also have a French door with a balcony, private deck overlooking the forest. There are also “medieval” themed cottages with fireplaces and whirlpools. Ravenwood has

FLORIDA GULF COAST Homes, Condos, Investment Steve Milner, Lic. Agent Coldwell-Banker 1-941-893-7326

INDIANA

SANIBEL ISLAND Quality, beachfront condos. Excellent service! Great rates! www.SanibelIslandVacations.com 1-888-451-7277

BROWN COUNTY Be renewed by fall’s magnificent colors! Delight your family with a visit to Indiana’s autumn haven and family playground! Comfort Inn, in the ! of all of Nashville’s attractions. 812-988-6118 choicehotels.com

its own food service for guests, so they can spend their entire visit immersed in solitude if they wish, surrounded by tall trees, huge rocks, the castle‘s own hiking trails and plenty of peace and quiet. Or guests can drive the few miles to outside attractions & other dramatic scenery in the Hocking Hills. Ravenwood offers popular “murder mystery” weekends and also plans “medieval dinners”, getaway workshops, and other special events. Facilities are also perfect for small weddings and other festive occasions. The building has no steps into the 1st floor level - a “drawbridge” leads from the driveway to the massive front door and the first floor guest rms. Nearby are caves, waterfalls, lots of hiking trails, a scenic railway, arts & crafts studios & shop, antique malls and much more. There are often midweek discounts and a special “Royal Family” Adventure Package in the summer.

For info call 800-477-1541 or visit www.ravenwoodcastle.com

MICHIGAN

LEELANAU VACATION RENTALS Over 120 condos, cottages and homes on Lake Michigan, Glen Lake and other inland lakes. Call 231-334-6100 or visit www.leelanau.com/vacation

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TENNESSEE

MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit: www.riversidetowerhotel.com

CHALET VILLAGE www.chaletvillage.com Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617

NORTH CAROLINA

GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661 www.alpinechaletrentals.com

EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty www.SpinnakersReach.com

SOUTH CAROLINA N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit www.coastalcondos.com

GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit www.marysescape.com

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949. www.seabrookexclusives.com

TENNESSEE 1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987. www.firesidechalets.com

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699. smokymtncrossrdrentals.com A Beautiful Luxury Log Cabin Resort minutes from Dollywood & Pigeon Forge! Great amenities, pet friendly cabins. Excellent rates! Call now or visit us online www.hiddenspringsresort.com 1-888-HSR-TENN (477-8366)

www.AUNTIEBELHAMS.com Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


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