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Schools planning for swine flu clinics

Boone County schools want to be ready for H1N1 vaccines. The Board of Education approved plans to host vaccine clinics despite not having access to vaccines to host the clinics. “We wanted to be proactive,” said Superintendent Randy Poe. – SCHOOLS, PAGE A5

Another PVA audit not likely

State Auditor Crit Luallen’s office will likely not be doing an information technology audit of Boone County Property Valuation Administrator Cindy Rich’s office. – STORY, PAGE A4

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Despite economy, mall succeeding

By Justin B. Duke

With the temperature dropping, Florence Mall is set to draw in holiday shoppers. With the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season not far away, Florence Mall is enticing shoppers to come visit its stores. On Nov. 27 and 28 the mall will be offering $10 mall gift cards and free subscriptions to Martha Stewart Living to shoppers who spend $100 or more before noon in the mall. In addition, the first

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1,000 shoppers will get “mistletotes” gift bags full of Martha Stewart branded items. Although Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – is when malls really start to see success, the Florence Mall has been doing OK all year, said General Manager Greg Comte. “Considering the economy, we’re doing pretty good,” Comte said. Recently opened clothing store H&M has been a quick success in the mall, and Comte credits mall retailers with understanding what’s happening in the economy

and offering sales to get people buying. Currently Florence Mall has a 10 percent vacancy. The Cincinnati Mall, formerly Forest Fair, has over 50 percent vacancy, the Northgate Mall has a 40 percent vacancy and the Kenwood Towne Centre has no vacancy, according to a report by the Kentucky Enquirer. Having a little bit of vacancy is an advantage, Comte said. “You have to have some vacancy to bring in new retailers,” he said. Once the holiday shopping sea-

son is over, the mall will overlook the reconstruction of Mall Road. The two-phase project is expected to take a break during next year’s holiday shopping time, and finish in 2011. Comte appreciates the city’s understanding in scheduling construction around the mall’s busy times. “They’re very sensitive to the business community,” he said. Florence has a vested interest in the success of the mall, said Mayor Diane Whalen. “It really is the core of the city of Florence retail,” Whalen said.

Wildcats warm up to giving By Justin B. Duke

Some former Cats are making sure fewer people are cold this winter. Members of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati University of Kentucky Alumni group participated in Cats for a Cause, a weeklong community service week. Through the project, the group donated 100 blankets to Hope Ministries in Florence. “We were thrilled,” said Hope Ministries Director Jackie Shelton. The alumni group wanted to work with charities who don’t get a lot of publicity, said Jim Lokesak, the group’s president. “Given the economy, we chose to donate blankets to shelters,” Lokesak said. Originally, the plan was to help the Hosea House in Newport, but

as they began to seek donations, blankets piled in, Lokesak said. “We were getting donations left and right,” he said. More blankets than anyone expected came in, said Donna Brautigan, the group’s community involvement committee chair. “We ended up with extra and didn’t know what to do with them,” Brautigan said. With extra blankets, the group was able to help another charity and chose Hope Ministries because they wanted to help out in Boone County as well as Campbell County, Lokesak said. “They’re very active in the community,” Brautigan said. With the economy hitting as hard as it has, the blankets came at the perfect time, Shelton said. “Blankets are kind of like gold to people when they are homeless,” she said.


Decked in Kentucky blue, members of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati University of Kentucky Alumni group donate blankets to Hope Ministries in Florence. Although the Cats for a Cause drive is over, Lokesak doesn’t want the donations to end. To get involved with the cause

e-mail Lokesak at loke25@ “We’ll put those blankets to good use,” Shelton said.

Prayer breakfast a Boone tradition By Paul McKibben

For the past 30 years, the Boone County Jaycees and the Boone County Businessmen’s Association have sponsored a prayer breakfast during the holiday season. “The event is really uplifting,” said H.B. Deatherage, chairman of the businessmen’s association’s board who has attended possibly 12 breakfasts. This year’s breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Cincinnati Airport Hilton, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence. John Russell, senior minister at Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, is the keynote speaker. The musical duo Crossroads will perform. In the past, clergy from Boone

“It’s always a time where you just sort of ... take a deep breath, sit back, we’re not going to worry about Christmas shopping. We’re not going to worry about all the things that we have to do and what you have to cook or clean or whatever.”

Julie Metzger Aubuchon Florence councilwoman

County attended for free. This year, clergy from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties can be there at no cost. Florence City Councilwoman Julie Metzger Aubuchon is a past local, state and national Jaycees president. She’s also a member of the businessmen’s association. She said some years the breakfast has had 75 people and some years 200. “It’s always a time where you just sort of ... take a deep breath,

sit back, we’re not going to worry about Christmas shopping. We’re not going to worry about all the things that we have to do and what you have to cook or clean or whatever,” she said. John Schickel, now a Republican state senator from Union, was then a Jaycee and the event’s first chairman. Gov. Julian Carroll was the speaker at that first breakfast. Previous speakers have also been University of Kentucky basketball player Cameron Mills, the Rev. Leslie Isaiah Gaines of

Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals kicker Doug Pelfrey, Burlington motivational speaker and singer Gary Griesser and Rodger Bingham, who appeared on the CBS reality television show “Survivor.” Another tradition happens after the breakfast when the businessmen and the Jaycees visit Bridgepoint Care and Rehabilitation Center in Florence (formerly Woodspoint). Longtime sponsors include Flick’s Foods, Jesse Shipp Insurance and Financial Services, Metzger Eye Care and Heritage Bank. The cost for the breakfast is $15 pre-paid and $18 at the door. To register online, visit Registration starts at 8 a.m. Steve Stevens, president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is the emcee.



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Tree lighting


The City of Florence will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd. The event will include Christmas music performed by the Florence Community Band and Florence Community Chorus, decorated Christmas trees, photographs with Santa Claus, refreshments, sleigh rides and more. The event is free and held under a tent rain or shine.

Art show at library

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Amy Thompson comforts her 6-month-old son Charlie as he gets the H1N1 vaccine at Walton-Verona High School on Nov. 14. Around 4,000 received the vaccine.

The Boone County Artist Showcase is Dec. 4-5 at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. An opening reception is at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Classical guitar music will be provided by Aaron Raleigh. Refreshments will be served. The show is open during library hours on Saturday, Dec. 5. At 2 p.m. that day, woodcarver Dave Monhollen will talk about how he creates his carvings. The library and the Boone County Visual Arts Association are partnering for the event. The association’s December meeting is 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Panera Bread, 7150 Houston Road, Florence. Members will have art on display.

Help Colina Foundation

A sale of African items to benefit Journey: The Ed Colina Foundation is before and after the 5 p.m. Mass Saturday, Nov. 21, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington. Colina is a former principal at the parish’s school. He is now working in Africa. The items will also be sold between Masses on Sunday, Nov. 22. Mass times are 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The items are traditional Masai beadwork, jewelry, belts and others. Donations to the foundation can be sent to IHM Mission Fund, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005.

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UDF store robbed

A Boone County United Dairy Farmers store was robbed at approximately 2 p.m. Nov. 16. The store is located at 8577 Dixie Highway near Florence. A man was brandishing a handgun and was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said. The robber was described as a white man between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black mask and a gray hooded sweatshirt. A customer was knocked by down by the robber and sent to St. Elizabeth Florence for a possible back injury. The get-away vehicle (a white 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix) was stolen from Christian Drive in Florence and was found burning in the rear driveway to Chap’s Lake off of Weaver Road near Dixie Highway. An accomplice drove the car. Anyone with information as to the identity of the robbers should call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or the sheriff’s department at 334-2175.

Candidates file

The following candidates have filed to run in next year’s elections. The filings are as of the morning of Nov. 17. • Sal Santoro, Florence, Republican, state representative (60th state House district), incumbent • Marcia Thomas, Hebron, non-partisan, district court judge (54th judicial circuit, Boone and Gallatin counties), challenger • Ted Bushelman, Florence, non-partisan, Florence City Council, incumbent • David Osborne, Florence, non-partisan, Florence City Council, incumbent • Michael Harness, Union, Republican, magistrate (District No. 1), challenger • Rick A. Brueggemann, Union, non-partisan, district court judge (54th judicial circuit, Boone and Gallatin counties), challenger

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Another PVA tech information audit not likely By Paul McKibben

State Auditor Crit Luallen’s office will likely not be doing an information technology audit of Boone County Property Valuation Administrator Cindy Rich’s

office. At the Fiscal Court's Oct. 27 meeting, Commissioner Charlie Kenner wanted the Boone County Fiscal Court to request the extra audit but the motion was withdrawn. There was uncertainty about who would pay

for it and how much it would cost. Kenner has been concerned about how the PVA office miscalculated the county’s tax roll, including leaving off properties such as the Florence Meijer store. County Administrator

Jeff Earlywine told Fiscal Court on Nov. 10 if the Fiscal Court were to request such an audit from Luallen’s office, it’s highly likely the auditor’s office would decline. He said that’s because of a review of an earlier audit by the Ken-

tucky Department of Revenue, the findings in that audit and staff time. “So that effectively renders moot the questions of how much and who would pay,” Earlywine said. The tax roll was revised. Rich blamed the mistake on computer error. The Department of Revenue conducted its audit in August. It found “insufficient evidence or documentation to support any allegation of intentional manipulation of data. There is evidence of programming problems within the administrative program that may have caused data to be left out of the assessment totals.” The audit also said “the office has very few deficiencies at the time of this audit”

and “the weakest link in this office is the software program that has continued to have coding problems through the 2009 tax year.” After the Nov. 10 meeting, Kenner said “it’s done for now.” He said he’ll keep an eye on it and hopefully if Rich’s office is keeping an eye on it too and if she finds something, she’ll let officials know. In an e-mail to the Recorder, Rich said that the computer errors that caused the tax roll problem earlier this year have been fixed. Luallen’s office said it contacted the Department of Revenue and spoke with an executive director to insure a qualified person performed the review. Luallen’s office also said other concerns had been addressed.

Moore answers critics By Paul McKibben

Judge-Executive Gary Moore at the Nov. 10 Boone County Fiscal Court meeting responded to criticism about the county’s controversial trails and greenways study that the Boone County Planning Commission withdrew earlier this month. Moore said the planning commission doesn’t have any power over eminent domain and only the Boone County Fiscal Court can use it. “This court had demonstrated many years ago our approach to eminent domain, the fact that we do not use it. And would not consider that item lightly,” he said following comments from Walton resident Bernie Kunkel. Moore referred to how the county didn’t take the properties of businesses that face the Boone County Administration Building in downtown Burlington when the county was planning to build the Boone County Justice Center. Instead the building was built nearby on Rogers Lane. Moore also addressed the study’s funding. The Fiscal Court in June 2007 voted 40 to approve its budget that

included money for the planning commission. The planning commission’s budget mentions a greenways study. Moore said the county was growing by 11 or 12 people a day. He said “there was a lot of concern about the county being paved over and what might be preserved, what might be green.” But Moore acknowledged the study “did go awry. It did get pulled. It’s not on a shelf and at the end of the day, the plan is dead.” Petersburg resident Albert Arlinghaus said eminent domain would be a better choice than using the study as a tool when a zone change comes before the Fiscal Court for approval. He said at least in eminent domain, the county is paying for the property. He was referring to a remark Moore had made where he said as future zone changes come before the Fiscal Court, the study would be a tool that would be used at that point. Moore said the comment was about when developers come to the planning commission and the Fiscal Court with a subdivision plan, many times they want to donate part of that property.

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Boone Schools preps H1N1 clinics By Justin B. Duke

Boone County schools want to be ready for H1N1 vaccines. The Board of Education approved plans to host vaccine clinics despite not having access

to vaccines to host the clinics. “We wanted to be proactive,” said Superintendent Randy Poe. The board approved the clinics so that once the vaccines arrive, clinics can be held right away and the board wouldn’t have to wait for another meeting to approve

them, Poe said. The district has been in almost daily contact with the Northern Kentucky Health Department, but they’ve yet to get any kind of timeline for when vaccines for the school will arrive, said Kathy Reutman, executive director of

student services. “Each time we call they say it’s trickling in,” Reutman said. Under the approved plan, parents would be required to be with their child to get a vaccine. Other schools around the country have accidentally given the

wrong children vaccines, so requiring a parent present should eliminate that issue, Poe said. To accommodate working parents, the district will schedule some clinic hours after school and possibly on some Saturdays, he said.

Schools tweak portfolios By Justin B. Duke


Cooper hosts craft show

Five-year-old Meredith Snider of Union touches the doll held by her sister Maddie, 8, as they shop at the first-ever craft show at Cooper High School. Susan Knoepfler of Burlington hosted the booth where she displays her crocheted doll clothes and other items.

Despite no longer being a state assessment requirement, Boone County Schools will continue on with writing portfolios this school year. Writing portfolios are a collection of students’ writing throughout their years of school that were formerly used as a part of a school’s assessment from the state. “The writing portfolio as a piece of assessment has had problems,” said R.A. Jones Principal David Rust. Paired with on-demand writing, portfolios gauged a student’s writing skills, but scores didn’t make sense because of the gap between the types of writing, Rust said. “We would see a huge discrepancy,” he said. As schools wait for the new assessment expected from legisla-

tion passed earlier this year, writing portfolios are no longer required. Students have already been working on portfolios, so there was no reason to throw away their effort, said Deputy Superintendent Pat Murray. “We do not want to slack on writing,” Murray said. For this year’s portfolio, schools have more freedom in allowing the type of pieces accepted, she said. A flaw of the traditional writing portfolio was the required pieces, like a personal narrative, had little use outside of school, Murray said. This year’s portfolio allows work that has use beyond high school like a research paper, she said. The district will start on a new plan for writing assessment in January which will be used for the 2010-2011 school year.

What’s happening at Collins Elementary Nov. 19: Academic Team competes against Northpointe Elementary in the library at Collins Elementary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20: Picture retakes for students. Nov. 26: School is closed. Nov. 27: School is closed. Dec. 1: At 3:45 p.m., Boone County High School students will be joining Collins’ third grade for “Unite To Read.” This event promotes reading enjoyment. It will be held in Collins’ cafeteria from

3:45-5:45 p.m. Dec. 5: Pizza With Santa. Collins PTA will sponsor two lunch sessions with Santa Claus. Join in for fun, photos and pizza. Reservation forms will be coming home or call Collins for more information at 282-2350. Dec. 14: SBDM Council Meeting, 4-6 p.m. in the library. Dec. 18: Last day before winter break. Dec. 19 through Jan. 3: School is closed.

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Nineteen-month-old Brady Aubuchon of Florence is ready to start shopping for Christmas as he totes his shopping bag out of the Cooper craft show Nov. 14.


Marquel Tipton, from Hebron, studies the wheel thrown pottery at the booth of Peggy Mahoney of Florence who answers questions about the pottery at the first-ever craft show at Cooper High School Nov. 14.

The winners of $10,000 in scholarships given away Sept. 26 by Turfway Park and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association have been confirmed. Ten college students were awarded $1,000

each at the Northern Kentucky racetrack’s fifth annual College Scholarship Day. Megan Lueke of Hebron was one of the winning students. Lueke is attending Northern Kentucky University and is majoring in business.

BCHS honors top performers By Justin B. Duke

Test scores turned into T-shirts for some high school students. Boone County High School administrators honored their high-performing students who scored proficient or better on last year’s CATS test. Last year’s sophomores needed the score for their reading test and last year’s juniors had to score high on tests for math, science and social studies. To celebrate their success, the school let students leave class to receive a certificate, ice cream and a T-shirt that said “BCHS scholar.” This is the first time the school has honored students who scored well on the test, said Principal Mark Raleigh. “It’s probably something we should do every year,” Raleigh said. Close to 400 students were recognized including 70 percent

of the current junior class. “We’re pretty pleased we’ve shown improvement and growth over the last three years,” Raleigh said. The celebration was a way to tell the students thanks, he said. “Everyone likes a pat on the back,” Raleigh said. The school regularly says academics are important and events like this prove it, said junior Ben Dawson. “It shows hard work pays off,” Dawson said. Having a moment of recognition is a great motivator to work hard on next year’s tests, he said. “It shows it’s worth the time and effort,” Dawson said. As the state works through a new form of assessment that is expected to be in place in 2012, Boone County High School wants to recognize its top performers regardless of how the assessment works, Raleigh said.

Boone County High School students line up for their rewards after scoring well on last year’s CATS test.




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PAC champions

The top-seeded Thomas More College volleyball team defeated second-seeded Thiel College, 3-0, Nov. 7, in the championship match of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at the Connor Convocation Center. The Saints won the match by the scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-22. The Saints were led offensively by sophomore outside hitter Brandi Corbello, a Boone County graduate, with 16 kills and one service aces. With the win the Saints improve to 28-10 on the season and earns the conference's automatic bid the NCAA Division III Tournament. Before defeating Thiel College in the championship, Thomas More volleyball team defeated No. 4 Washington & Jefferson 3-1, 24-26, 25-22, 25-12, 25-13, Nov. 7. The top-seeded Thomas More College Saints volleyball team split the first two tight sets with the Washington and Jefferson Presidents, before taking control in the final two sets to advance to the PAC Championship on Saturday. Corbello led the way with 17 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Aimee Ryan, a Notre Dame Academy graduate, added 10 kills and four solo blocks. The Thomas More College volleyball team then fell, 3-1, to St. Mary’s University Nov. 12, in the first round of the Central Regional of the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Mary’s won by the scores of 23-25, 25-21, 25-20 and 27-25. With the loss the Saints end the season at 28-11 overall. Corbello led the Saints with 10 kills in that match. The NCAA Tournament appearance was the Saints’ ninth since joining the NCAA IN 1990.

Stellman leads Saints

Thomas More senior quarterback Trevor Stellman, a Connor High School graduate, threw three touchdown pass and had 310 all-purpose yards to lead the 10th-ranked Thomas More College football team to a, 21-12, win over Geneva College, Nov. 7, on Senior Day. With the win the Saints remain undefeated and improve to 8-0 on the season. The Saints took a 7-0 lead with 6:53 to play in the second quarter when Stellman connected with freshman wide receiver Austin Studer, a Campbell County High School graduate, on a five-yard touchdown pass and junior place kicker junior Dustin Zink, a Newport Central Catholic High School graduate, added the point-afterattempt. Thomas More retook the lead with 9:15 to play in the third quarter when Stellman connected with senior tight end Jeff Brinck, an Elder High School graduate, on a fiveyard touchdown pass and Zink added the PAT. Thomas More closed out the scoring with 9:06 to play in the game when Stellman connected on a nine-yard touchdown pass to defensive end Justin Smith, a Newport Central Catholic grad, and Zink added the PAT for the 21-12 win. Offensively, the Saints were led by Stellman, who was 16-of-22 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns and also had 16 rushes for 106 yards.

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Petersen’s practice pays off with title By James Weber

Trevin Petersen devoted himself to his craft in the offseason. After finishing 26th at last year's state cross country meet, the Walton-Verona High School junior ran up to 70 miles a week in the offseason, seven times what he ran the year before. The practice paid off perfectly with a state title, as Petersen won the Class 1A individual championship Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. He ran in 16 minutes, 18.49 seconds, more than 12 seconds ahead of the runner-up. “I was more into having fun than the running,” Petersen said. “Over the summer I picked it up a little bit.” After he received his state medal, Petersen was greeted by former W-V head coach Rob Hartman. “I owe it all to this man; he created me,” Petersen said. “Without him I wouldn’t have wanted to do it.” W-V freshman Madison


Walton-Verona freshman Madison Peace runs in the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park.

1A boys


Walton-Verona (9th): 1. Trevin Petersen 16:18, 20. Jacob McIntyre 17:28, 80. Jacob Kahmann 18:51, 84. Jared Dwyer 18:55, 128: Colin Schell 19:46, 142. Ethan Warner 20:06, 150: Jacob Nichter 20:16.

1A girls

Walton-Verona (6th): 4. Madison Peace 20:02, 25. Kiersten Schmidt 21:22, 43. Kerri Schmidt 21:59, 49. Natalie Brown 22:12, 64. Ashley Guevara 22:40, 65. Sarah Parnell 22:42.

3A boys

Conner (8th): 16. Sean Vandermosten 16:53, 42. Joseph Brendel 17:23, 56. Ben Turner 17:37, 63. Trevor Jarvis 17:43, 99. Ethan Walton 18:14, 157. Jake Iles 18:53, 215: Jonathan Crusham 20:16. Ryle (22nd): 77. Andrew Tursic 17:57, 79. Alex Bloom 17:59, 124: Michael Edwards 18:30, 162: Tetsu Aoki 19:00, 174: Michael Leone 19:11, 178. Justin Middleton 19:14, 204. Noah Ashcraft 19:50. Cooper: 74. Mason Replogle 17:55. Boone County: 29. Chad Beneker 17:13, 102. Stephen Pair 18:15.

3A girls


Ryle (14th): 2. Gabby Gonzales 18:59, 73. Emily Gonzales 21:20, 89: Jacquline Jones 21:36, 167. Ariel Blythe-Reske 23:17, 170: Sophie Kisker 23:19, 184: Sayaka Nakashima 23:45, 185: Hannah Hawthorn 23:45. Boone County: 79. Paige Volpenheim 21:25. Conner: 87. Laura Sullenbarger 21:35, 143. Madison Cook 22:36. Cooper: 137. Katie Knapp 22:31.

From left, Ludlow senior Jordan Laws, Walton-Verona senior Jacob McIntyre and W-V junior Trevin Petersen lead the pack near the beginning of the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park. Petersen would win the state championship. Peace finished fourth in the girls’ race to win an individual medal. The Bearcats finished sixth as a team. In 3A, Ryle junior Gabby Gonzales wanted to finish higher than she did at last year's state cross country meet, but she knew the defending champion would be tough to beat. Since Gonzales finished third at the 2008 Class 3A state meet, she was happy to finish second in the bigschool division Nov. 14. Defending champion Emma Brink of Sacred Heart repeated the feat this year, beating Gonzales by 14 seconds.

“I’m excited,” Gonzales said. “Emma is a great runner and I’m honored to be that close to her. Gonzales cracked the 19minute barrier, missing her personal best by about five seconds. “I was a little weary at the end of the season,” she said. “To get 18 today felt really good.” All four schools in the Boone County school district had representatives in both 3A races. Conner finished eighth in the boys’ meet, led by Sean Vandermosten, who barely missed a medal in 16th place.



Cooper junior Mason Replogle runs in the Class 3A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park.

Boone County junior Chad Beneker (left) runs in the Class 3A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park.

New course, same titles for Crusaders By James Weber

They had a new course to master and a new sewer culvert on which to gather and pose for pictures after the meet. What wasn’t new was the scene at the end, with St. Henry accepting a state championship trophy at the state cross country meet and risking lectures from their dentists by making teeth marks in it. The Crusaders swept both the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The girls’ team started the day by winning their third in a row and sixth in the past seven, and the boys followed by claiming their eighth-straight title. “We were happy that we could do this for our team,” said senior Paige Dooley. “It’s motivating, having something to hold on to, something to defend.” The teams were running in a different area of the horse park than in recent years, as the facility is preparing to host the World Equestrian Games in 2010. The Crusaders had run meets at the new layout during the regular season to prepare. But the course did not deter the Crusaders, as three

1A boys


St. Henry (state champs): 11. Armand Frigo 17:08, 13. Brendan Dooley 17:12, 18. Nick Wilson 17:26, 21. Ben Bessler 17:29, 35. Frank Bruni 17:51, 47. Nathan Lentz 18:08, 57. Nathan Mark 18:18.

1A girls

St. Henry (state champs): 5. Maria Frigo 20:03, 6. Lindsey Hinken 20:04, 7. Ashley Svec 20:15, 16. Kelsey Hinken 20:54. 27. Allysa Brady 21:24, 31. Paige Dooley 21:33, 39. Kirsti Ryan 21:46.


St. Henry senior Paige Dooley nears the finish line at the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park. teammates finished back-toback in spots 5-7. Senior Maria Frigo, this year’s Region 4 champion, led the way in fifth place, and sophomores Lindsey Hinken and Ashley Svec were right behind. Senior Kelsey Hinken (16th) and Allysa Brady (27th) were the other Crusaders in the team score. Dooley, also a senior, and Kirsti Ryan were close behind. “It’s really an emotional time for all of us because

we’ve all been running since middle school,” Kelsey Hinken said. “This has been our life for the past five years.” St. Henry won by 61 points, 48 to 109 for Trimble County, a margin much larger than head coach Tony Harden expected. “As a team, all seven girls showed up today,” he said. “They went out and wanted a state championship. That’s what it’s all about, the team.” Frigo added, “It’s a lot of pressure, a lot to live up to,


St. Henry senior Nick Wilson nears the finish line at the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park. but we enjoy it. We have a lot of fun doing what we do.” The margin was close all day for the Crusader boys’ team, who scored 97 points to win by 14 over Owensboro Catholic. The Crusaders had to wait for the official scores before celebrating. “I feel great,” senior Armand Frigo said. “We real-

ly trained hard and we knew we had to run our best race to beat Owensboro and the other teams.” He was the top Crusader in 11th place, and Brendan Dooley also earned an individual medal in 13th. Nick Wilson (18th), Ben Bessler (21st) and Frank Bruni (35th) also scored. Nathan Lentz and Nathan Mark were also in the top 57. Bessler passed two Owensboro Catholic runners late in the race and beat both of them by less than four seconds. “I gave it my all,” Bessler said. “I saw their two runners and I knew I needed to pass them. When I heard they got second, it was the best feeling in the world.”

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Greenways opponents only hurting themselves

I am eagerly awaiting the next anti-trail letter to the editor. These have made for entertaining reading over the past few months, although I am a tad disappointed that none of the writers have managed to squeeze death panels or black helicopters into the discussion to date. Sadly, I think the greenway opponents are only hurting themselves, as they appear to have overlooked the fact that these greenways and trails will be very helpful for movement of militia troops around our county in the future. It may also be possible for some of the authors to take advantage of these park-like areas to conceal stills, cash crops, and even some non-Gubmint medical facilities. And everyone knows possums and squirrels love greenspace, so a network of trails will definitely help keep the anti-trail crew well fed. Wouldn’t that help give us a Boone County we all can be proud of? Let’s stop the bickering and get some trails built. Doc Hyman Belvedere Court Florence

Success story

I was lucky enough to have our staff and Hired Hands do a great task for Boone County when we participated in their Trash for Cash program. It not only allowed an in-kind cash donation, but also provided the opportunity for our Hired Hands to be educated about the problems that litter creates. We organized in three distinct groups of approximately seven to nine individuals since the total route had two routes and one route that was smaller than the two routes and covered approximately 3 miles. I think that the Hired Hands got a good feel and disdain from having to pick up other people’s trash which hopefully will help deter them from wanting to litter in the future. Again, the entire experience was educational while at the same time it allowed for our group to give back to the community which many of them live in. Cary Williams Northern Kentucky Action Commission Madison Avenue Covington

Partners in education

Nov. 18 marked the observance of Education Support Professionals Day – a time for saluting our public school education support professionals (ESP) and the contributions they make to education. The interaction between children, parents and ESPs is vital to the continued success of public education. Their work is something to celebrate. Today’s ESPs do more than provide nutritious meals, clean buildings, assist teachers in the classroom and transport our children to and from school; they also serve as positive role models. Parents and community members, visit your child’s school and learn for yourself how ESPs serve as essential and equal education partners. A simple “thank you” or card for those professionals would be welcomed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking time to read this letter. I’m proud to make a difference in the lives of our chil-

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What’s the point?

Why was it necessary to identify Catherine Keipert, who pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, as a “bank manager-mom"? Can we expect to see “store clerksisters” or “math teacher-daughters” in future Kentucky News Service stories? Are we supposed to feel bad because she has five children? This constant stretching for excuses and plays for emotional empathy are beyond an annoyance. She committed a crime. Period. The fact that she did this while supposedly having the responsibility of raising her children should promote increased indignation and a lack of sympathy for her, nothing else. If someone abuses their position and commits criminal acts and are not caught and punished, they will continue because they can. That they might have families should be a source for shame and no more. Michael A. Thornton Tranquility Drive Florence

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I wanted to send a letter with a positive note because during hard economic times it is sometimes difficult to see the positive. The Boone County Adult Education Program needed pumpkins for an event with our students and Walmart graciously agreed to supply them for us. During a difficult economic time, it would have been very easy and understandable for Walmart to decline our request, but they didn’t. I believe this is what being a part of the community is all about and there are nonprofit organizations, like Boone County Adult Education, that appreciate the willingness of the business sector to lend a helping hand. There is a sense of community and a willingness to help still alive in Boone County. Martha Karlage Director Boone County Adult Education Center Street Florence

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Moore on wrong side of trail debate Wisely, the Boone County Planning Commission has now withdrawn the Greenway & Trail Study. What was envisioned by Boone County Fiscal Court members as a study of the feasibility of creating walking and riding trails was hijacked by bureaucrats who saw an opportunity for a land grab by the county … and long-term job security for themselves at the expense of taxpayers. Over the concerns of many stakeholders who voluntarily took part in the study, and despite cries of protests from other citizens and groups, the Planning Commission staff spelled out a comprehensive 50-year plan to take property out of private owners’ hands to create 212 miles of trails. I stand behind my vote in 2007 to authorize the study. I acknowledge the value of trails, especially those that would allow residents to walk safely on paved surfaces to shops and schools in areas of high traffic. Additional riding trails and hiking trails would certainly add to the quality of life in Boone County. But the money was squandered to produce a biased, 80-page document that read more like a glossy sales brochure for vacation property in the Smokies than an honest assessment. The plan’s biggest

fault lay in how the Planning Commission staff proposed to acquire the land. They proposed using grants (yes, federal grants are from Cathy Flaig taxpayers dollars). They did Community not rule out recRecorder ommending the guest use of eminent columnist domain until pressured to do so. They opened the possibility of using coercive measures to get property owners to “donate” the land in exchange for favorable zoning changes. Secondly, the plan spelled out the maintenance and operation of the trails would amount to $6,000 per mile each year. That’s nearly $1.3 million of the taxpayer’s money annually. In 2007 when we voted to authorize the study, the county was growing rapidly. Just one year later the economy changed. Many were losing jobs. A record number of properties went into foreclosure. Gasoline rose to over $4 per gallon. Our people were hurting. An ill-considered $48 million Park Tax was placed on the ballot.

As a conservative, I could not understand why anyone would support this tax and I helped lead the campaign against it. But Judge Moore was an ardent supporter of the Park Tax and publicly acknowledged the tax money would go toward greenways and trails. His constituents sent him a strong message on Election Day, voting nearly 70 percent to defeat it. Less than one year later, Moore is still on the wrong side of a taxhiking park plan. He supported the adoption of the Greenway & Trail Study. He hawked it to community groups and defended it in the paper bragging that “future zone changes” would be the “tool” to implement this plan. (I think the study would have been more of a weapon than a tool.) He supported it without regard to the economic pressures the residents and businesses in the county face. He supported it while continuing to claim to be a conservative – a claim that grows more implausible every day. Next year voters will send him another message. Cathy Flaig, a Boone County commissioner, is running for the Republican nomination for judgeexecutive.

Kentucky’s hunting heritage My brother from Ohio asked me the other day, “John, what’s a deer camp?” In the days of Daniel Boone, a hunting camp was a time when men left home for hunting grounds to harvest meat for the year. Though deer camps have changed in modern times, I am happy to report the tradition is alive and well here in Northern Kentucky. Retired Secret Service Agent and President of the Rabbit Hash Sportsmen Association Bill Murphy is somewhat of a modern day Daniel Boone in today’s deer camps. He has been known to travel from camp to camp enjoying the camaraderie and tall tales around the campfire and offering younger hunters a bit of advice. Rumor has it a bit of “Kentucky brown” is consumed during these evenings. For these Kentucky hunters, mid-November is a special time of year. The air is crisp, trees are ablaze with color and the state’s main deer hunting season has arrived. Every teenage boy hopes that this is the year his dad will say he is old enough to go deer hunting

with the men. In many families, hunting brings parents and children closer together. It provides an opportunity to teach State Sen. responsibility, patience, focus John and an appreciaSchickel tion of the natuworld. Our Community ral state owes many Recorder thanks to the guest sportsman who columnist help care for our state’s land and our wildlife populations, as well as for their efforts to ensure that timetested values are passed down from generation to generation. Nov. 14 was start of modern gun deer hunting season in Boone, Kenton and Gallatin counties, as well as other counties in the northern part of the state. It is a reminder to many Kentuckians of how fortunate we are to live in a state with such splendid beauty and abundant wildlife. Kentucky enjoys a tradition of hunting, and the beauty of our

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Is “Sesame Street” still relevant today, 40 years after its television debut? Why or why not? Do you have any favorite memories of the show? “Sesame was great for my kids and now my grandchildren are learning from and relating to it as well. I like the way this show uses music to enhance learning. I relate most to Oscar the Grouch.” G.G. “Ever since they bowed to political correctness and sent ‘Cookie Monster’ off into the twilight they lost me!” C.J.W. “Sesame Street is still relevant because teaching our youngest

learners the basics of reading, math and good behavior never goes out of style. .…I cried when Big Bird told us that Mr. Hooper had died. No kids show today would take on the tough topic of death or some of the other issues they've handled over the years.” J.H. “The mission is the same today as it was then. There are still kids who are being educated by it. Plus it has a following of people who grew up on it and are raising kids today. I always loved the skits with the aliens ... yep yep yep.” A.H. “Sesame Street was a big part of my twin granddaughters’ life. Courtney was very seriously attached to Grover and Sarah was

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land and forests is no doubt a big reason why hunting traditions endure. Kentucky’s deer population is one of our state’s success stories. There was a time almost 100 years ago when there were less than 1,000 deer in Kentucky. We have more whitetail deer in Kentucky today than in the time of Daniel Boone. Wise wildlife management practices sustained over the course of years brought the population back to the point where Kentucky is today a top location for trophy whitetail deer. Modern gun deer season in our part of the state lasts until Nov. 29. Late muzzleloader season lasts from Dec. 12 -20. As always, hunters are required to wear orange hats and vests and should review the state’s hunter education requirements. Hunter education is required for Kentucky hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975. For more information, view the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Web page at State Sen. John Schickel of Union serves in the Kentucky Senate.

Next question: Do you plan to participate in “Black Friday” shopping the day after Thanksgiving Day. Why or why not? If so, how early do you go? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. attached to Big Bird. When Courtney had surgery on her left leg, so did Grover. They both came out of surgery sporting a beautiful pink cast on their left leg. Big Bird and Grover made a surprise visit on their fifth birthday and Sarah was frightened so that ended her relationship with him. But at almost 21 years old I am sure Grover is still in someone’s memory. P.S. I dressed as Cookie Monster myself in a Shriner parade 20 years ago and won a prize for our organization.” I.K.



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If you’re sick, go home to mother as their sex dictates. I was traveling by car with a friend on a touring vacation of Kentucky when the symptoms began. We continued the trip several more days. I started feeling worse each day, and my friend by now was following suit. By then we were in Tennessee and our destination at that point was Chattanooga so we could spend a night on the Delta Queen. We decided to abandon the back roads for the expressway so we could make it to the DQ Hotel as soon as possible. I got a room, but my friend decided to go uptown to a bigger hotel with hopefully more amenities. As I walked into that historic boat, and experienced that soft, comfortable, warm ambiance generating from the exotic wood panels and trim and shiny brass fixtures and stained-glass window transoms and overstuffed parlor furniture with fluffy pillows and arm chair covers and the smell of

Where were the white robes? Three things missing at the Tea Party protest rally were white-hooded robes, cross burning and articulated policy statement from the Tea Party leaders. Like other Tea Party protest rallies around the country, the protesters carry signs that personally attack the president of the United States. I wonder what is the purpose of protesters’ signs calling for President Obama’s death, even some praying for the president to get brain cancer and die like Senator Kennedy. If I may ask what is the relationship between “U.S. Birth Certificate” displayed at the Burlington rally with government spending? In many Tea Party rallies we saw signs that are purely racist. Under the cover of the Tea Party rally, all the closet racists came out to attack the president of the United States. Political protest is part of American democracy but hate mongering is dumb and outright stupid. The Republicans last year gave us “Joe the Plumber” who is not really a plumber, now it is a Tea Party that is not really a political party. If the Tea Party protesters were truly concerned about

Charlie gmo ve e rnn -t Chukwudolue spending, Community w h e r e Recorder were they h e n guest w President columnist B u s h bailed out AIG and others? I did not see any protest when Mr. Bush was handing out bags of money in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush left the White House with $1.5 trillion deficit, yet the so-called conservatives never protested. We have seen a lot of conservative hypocrisy and double standard but the Tea Party nonsense left many of us wondering if common sense is common at Boone County’s Tea Party rally? We have seen conservatives fall from grace to shame from Idaho to Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, California, Ohio, Nevada as the conservatives engage in extramarital affairs, guy sex, and drug use, prostitution, and solicitation of sex in public rest rooms. In Boone County, it was not long ago that the conservatives here nearly elected a convicted liar to the position of county clerk even though the criminal confessed and withdraw his

name before the election. It is a shame that some of them claim to love America but the fact is that their allegiance is to their hate and political ideology. Most recently, American conservatives cheered when America lost the Olympic bid to Brazil. Government run health care system is not new, our governments run Medicare, Medicaid, veteran hospitals, military hospitals, and federal employees’ health care insurance. Every American has the right to protest but this one is motivated by politics and racism. The same conservatives protested Social Security policy when the U.S. Congress enacted the law. Like today, they protested and called Social Security policy socialism. The same conservatives tried to privatize Social Security during the Bush administration. What would have happened if the conservatives had succeeded in gambling with our Social Security? My 401K would have lost 60 percent of its value during the last eight years of conservative rule? Charlie Chukwudolue is a resident of Raintree Road in Florence.

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Beckwith volunteers at arboretum The Boone County Arboretum has a strong volunteer program to help maintain the grounds enjoyed by everyone in Boone County. The volunteer program consists of all levels of gardening skills and commitment. One strong volunteer in our program is Wayne Beckwith of Erlanger. Beckwith is a world traveler and when he is home, makes time to volunteer at the arboretum. Beckwith is interested in various environmental issues and likes to do his part to make a difference. From planting bulbs in the fall to working with students to spread a message of conservation, he is always eager to help.

The Boone County Arboretum is just one place he volunteers. You can also find Beckwith at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, The Cincinnati Museum Center, and Action Ministries in Covington. Some projects that Beckwith has helped with this year include pruning trees along the walking paths, sculpting the bamboo collection, and working to remove invasive species from the arboretum. To find out how you can volunteer at the arboretum, please visit Catch a Star recognizes people who go the extra mile in volunteering or in customer service at their business. To make a nomination, send an e-mail to

THINGS TO DO Trains back on track

The Holiday Toy Trains (pictured) are back at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington. A holiday favorite, the exhibit features more than 250 feet of track. The museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on the exhibit and the museum itself, visit or call 491-4003. The Behringer-Crawford Museum is located at 1600 Montague Road.

Lighting up the Levee

More than one million lights will illuminate Newport on the Levee’s exterior riverwalk during the holiday light show, “Light Up the Levee.” During the show, which can be seen daily through Jan. 10, lights dance in synchronization to holiday music. Light shows will take place every 20 minutes beginning at 6:10 p.m. and will end with the last show at 11:50 p.m. For more information, visit

Ryle High Craft Show

Approximately 175 craft vendors will be at the Ryle High School Craft Show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for Friday are $8 (includes readmission for Saturday) and must be bought in advance at the school. Tickets for Saturday are $3 and can be bought at the door. For more information, call 384-5300. Ryle High School is located at 10379 U.S. 42.


The Colonel Daniel Boone Color Guard, made up of members from the Simon Kenton Chapter in Northern Kentucky, sit in the Old Mud Church Graveyard just outside Harrodsburg, Ky. Seventeen patriot graves were marked with bronze headstones purchased by the Veterans Administration and installed by the Kentucky Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The ceremony was in September, and family members representing the patriots were given flags.

Sons of American Revolution keep country’s heritage alive

By Patricia A. Scheyer

Community Recorder Contributor

Over 200 years ago, a straggly band of patriots fought to win independence in a new land. The result of that struggle was a new country, called the United States of America, governed by a Constitution, of the people, by the people and for the people. About 120 years ago, a group of descendants of those raggedy patriots formed a group known as the Sons of the American Revolution. That group is alive and well in America, with chapters in all 50 states. This spring, a Northern Kentucky chapter was formed, and 23 Kentuckians who were in the Cincinnati Chapter now have their own, which they call the Simon Kenton chapter. “People who are interested can come to the meetings, which are at the Commonwealth Hilton in Florence, but to be a member, you have to be able to trace your lineage back to a Revolutionary War soldier,” said Paul Tipton, public relations person for the group. “I have traced mine back to a soldier who served with Washington.” The group numbers 25 now, and at least 14 more are working on their genealogy in preparation of joining. Many of the men are interested in history, and some are interested in genealogy as well, which makes them a good fit for the Sons of the Revolution. “I was involved with genealogy for 40 years, and that will take you into all these different groups,” explained Tom Geimeier of Burlington, who will


Former Miss America Heather French Henry and her daughter, Taylor, 6, pose after dedicating the 17 gravestones at the Old Mud Church graveyard just outside Harrodsburg in September when the Sons of the American Revolution installed bronze headstones and gave the families flags. Also pictured are Simon Kenton Chapter president George McCain of Fort Wright and son Joshua McCain, along with Tom Geimeier of Burlington and Harry Geimeier of Fort Wright. be the incoming president in December. “The Sons of the American Revolution interested me very much, and I have been a member since 2002. In the group we are all compatriots.” George McCain of Fort Wright, the current president, was curious when he was helping his wife research her lineage in order to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and thought he would try and trace his back to see where it led him. “The funny thing about the DAR is that they formed after we did, but almost everybody has heard of the DAR, whereas the SAR is much less known,” McCain said with a laugh. “The story is that all the wives were sitting around waiting for their husbands to finish their meeting of the SAR, and they decided to form their own group. But they had better PR people, until now.”

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Harry Geimeier of Fort Wright, Tom Geimeier of Burlington and President George McCain of Fort Wright stand with the Kentucky Society president Tom Higgins during a dedication ceremony for 17 patriot graves just outside Harrodsburg, Ky., in September.

The Sons of the American Revolution have three main objectives: To be patriotic, historical and educational. All of their activities are geared around those objectives. To that end, the group tries to honor all Revolutionary soldiers by recognizing and decorating their graves, and keeps a record of their location, dedication and condition. They also help local Veterans Administration Medical Facility Veterans Volunteer services in their assistance of hospitalized veterans. In schools, the group promotes good citizenship qualities by stressing dependability, cooperation, leadership, patriotism and cleanliness of speech and habit. They offer awards and scholarships and sponsor essay contests. “The intent is to recognize good citizenship and patriotism, and remind us all of our heritage and the sacrifices of our ancestors, whether they immigrated in 1740 or 1980,” said Geimeier. “We want young people to be interested.” In the pledge of the SAR, it states that “we, the descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution, who by their sacrifices established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe.” More information can be obtained at their Web site,, or by calling George McCain at 331-8309, or Tom Geimeier at 586-8424.

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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.


Ryle High School Craft Show, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $8 advance only. Ryle High School, 10379 U.S. 42, More than 175 crafters. Include holiday soft sculpture, quilts, jewelry, birdhouses, embroidered items, purses, woodworking, bench swings, fudge, salsa, mittens, photography, paintings, gourds, pottery and more. Presented by Ryle High School PTSA. 384-5300; Union.


Taken, 10 p.m. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 342-7000. Erlanger. Outrayjus, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dollar Bill Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, 746-3600. Florence.


The Prince and The Pauper, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Performing Arts Center. $10. Tickets required, available via email. 261-4300;; Park Hills.


Angel Street, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Mrs. Manningham is apparently losing her mind and her husband is at his wits’ end. But all is not as it seems, as dark secrets are hidden (literally) in the attic. $10, $8 seniors, $7 students with ID. Presented by Thomas More College Villa Players. Through Nov. 21. 3415800. Crestview Hills.



American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. Through March 31. 689-5743; Elsmere.


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Zumba Fitness Class, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Club Trinity, 7851 Tanners Lane, Ages 21 and up. 746-0431. Florence. 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.


Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 5869270. Hebron.


Greener Living Series, 10 a.m.-noon Learn about “green” gifts and gift wrapping and how to trim holiday party waste. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Learn easy and fun ways to “go green.”. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 692-4002; Erlanger.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate this mystical stretch of Dixie Highway from Covington through Florence that was know for its dining establishments such as the White Horse Tavern and Greyhound Grill; first-class entertainment at Lookout House; and illegal gambling. $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 4914003; Covington.

ATTRACTIONS Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Penguin Parade, 10:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, Free. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Freedom Dancers, 7:30 p.m. Florence Christian Church, 300 Main St. Plus level Western style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Florence.


Mulled Cider, Spiced Wine and Other Warm Drinks, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Chef Leech prepares international warm drinks, including Wassail, Grogg, Spiced Cider and Buttered Rum. Includes drinks sampling and recipes. $20. 426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Black Lillies, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Dinner available, 6 p.m. 261-1029. Latonia.

Ryle High School Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $3. Ryle High School, 384-5300; Union. Fall & Winter Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky, 31 Spiral Drive, Crafts, gifts and baked goods. Food available. Free. 525-1128. Florence.




Phil Blank Blues Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. 491-8027. Covington.


Megadeth, 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. With Machine Head, Sucide Silence and Arcanium. The Endgame Tour. $38.50. Tickets on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 18. 800-7453000; Covington.


Fowler Creek, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. The Black Lillies, 6 p.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Part of first national tour by Knoxville country music group. $5. 261-1029; Latonia.

Swine Flu Vaccine Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Summit View Middle School, 5002 Madison Pike, Some 8,000 doses available on firstcome, first-served basis. Pregnant women, caregivers of young children, parents with children ages 6 month-4 years. Free. 3920678. Independence.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 717, members and ages 6 and under free. 586-6117; Burlington.

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Sing We and Chant, 8 p.m. Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, 642 Mount Zion, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Music based on Gregorian chant. With Michael Chertock, pianist and KSO Chorale. $28, $23; $18 ages 60 and up, $10 students. Tickets required, available online. Presented Chertock by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 431-6216; Florence.


Mosaic Christmas Concert, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Worship Center. Sounds of Christmas with MOSAIC. Group of musicians from Belmont University. Free. 689-7590; Hebron.


The Prince and The Pauper, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Notre Dame Academy, $10. Tickets required, available via email. 261-4300;; Park Hills.


College Preview Day, 9 a.m.noon, Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Administration Building. Information on how personalized attention, hands-on learning and inclusive faith community prepares you for your whole life. Free. Registration recommended. 344-3332; Crestview Hills.


Wedding University, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Florentine Event Center, 8605 William Haines Drive, Wedding preparation packed with useful information to help plan. $25. Registration required. 442-7776. Florence. S U N D A Y, N O V. 2 2


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


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


Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Sing We and Chant, 3 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Music based on Gregorian chant. With Michael Chertock, pianist and KSO Chorale. $28, $23; $18 ages 60 and up, $10 students. Tickets required, available online. 431-6216; Covington.


The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards will take place at the Madison Theater in Covington, Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Voting for the awards was conducted online. The event, seen here at the Emery Theatre in 2008, benefits the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $18, $15 advance. Tickets available online. Call 491-2444 or visit The Madison Theater is located at 730 Madison Ave. M O N D A Y, N O V. 2 3

EXERCISE CLASSES Yoga, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Bring mat. $25 monthly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 334 2117. Burlington. FARMERS MARKET

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


Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, For mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. Family friendly. $23.95 registration per year. Reservations required. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). 620-9191; Burlington.


Wii for Adults, 1 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Escape to Wuhu Island where you can relax and have fun at Wii Sports Resort. Canoeing, archery and getting together with your Wii friends. Ages 18 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Burlington. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 2 4


Craft Menagerie: Holiday Ornament, 6:30 p.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Decorate glass ornament using 3-D technique that makes ornament sparkle from inside out. $5 materials fee. Ages 12 and up. $5. 342-2665. Burlington.

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.


E-Mail Basics, 10 a.m. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn to set up free e-mail account, prevent viruses and pick up some e-mail etiquette tips. Free. Registration required. 342-2665. Burlington.

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ATTRACTIONS Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport. EDUCATION

E-mail Basics, 10 a.m. Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Learn how to set up free account, prevent viruses and pick up etiquette tips. Registration required. 384-5550. Union. E-Mail Basics, 7 p.m. Boone County Main Library, Free. Registration required. 3422665. Burlington.


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


Wee Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Burlington Family Chiropractic, 2612 Burlington Pike, Children ages 12 and under receive free adjustment. Restrictions apply, call for details. Walk-ins welcome. Free with consultation and exam on prior visit. Appointment recommended. 746-2225. Burlington.


Turkey Bash, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, London Hall. Music by DJ Doug. Cash bar available. Family friendly. $5. 341-2800. Fort Mitchell. Thanksgiving Eve Blowout, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Party with Doghouse. $8. 426-0490. Fort Wright.


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.


Running Word Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. 431-2326. Covington.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere. T H U R S D A Y, N O V. 2 6


Franksgiving Bash, 9 p.m. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $5. 888-428-7311; Covington.


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


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


Weight Loss Education Night, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Hebron Chiropractic, 2030 Northside Drive, Learn how whole food supplements can promote weight loss and improve overall health. Free. Registration recommended. 372-0888; Hebron.


Bridge, 12:30 p.m. Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. 342-2665. Union. PROVIDED

Rhonda Coullet is Vera Sanders, Christopher Marchant is Dennis Sanders, Bobby Taylor is Stanley Sanders and Tess Hartman is June Sanders in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of “Sanders Family Christmas: More Smoke on the Mountain.” The comedy runs through Dec. 31 in the Playhouse’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre. For tickets call 513-4213888 or visit


Shop-A-Palooza, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Ockerman Middle School, 8300 U.S. 42, Pottery, baskets, jewelry, and more. Benefits Ockerman Middle School after-school activities and clubs. Free. 282-3240. Florence.


Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” will play the Aronoff Center through Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday; and at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. It is the musical story of showbiz buddies putting on a show at a Vermont inn. Tickets are $24.50-$64.50. Call 1-800-982-2787 or visit


November 19, 2009

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Has marriage become too frail to carry our dreams?



munication, conflict resolution, deep listening, willingness to admit errors and wrongdoings, a sense of humor, trust and emotional maturity are all necessary in a good and lasting marriage.” To these I would add a solid sense of commitment. That’s not just a casual promise but a vow from the deepest core of ourself, that come good times or bad, we’ll both work on our relationship throughout life. A marriage relationship is a dynamic living organism undergoing various stages, cycles, rhythms and moods. Despite superficial pre-

A marriage relationship is a dynamic living organism undergoing various stages, cycles, rhythms and moods. Despite superficial pre-marriage “preparation courses” most go into a marriage relationship at a rather superficial level. marriage “preparation courses” most go into a marriage relationship at a rather superficial level. Few expect a lifetime of work. We do not know our self or our spouse as well as we think we do. And what we don’t know can hurt us. Marriage is a process of self-discovery as well as spouse-discovery. That’s why Gary and Betsy Ricucci quipped to

newlyweds, “One of the best wedding gifts God gave you was a full-length mirror called your spouse. Had there been a card attached, it would have said, ‘Here’s to helping you discover what you’re really like.’ ” Psychologically and spiritually the other human we marry is, in the truest sense, to be a helpmate in our selfawareness and growth. The process of self-dis-

covery and spouse discovery is an unending challenge. We are either going forward, going backward, or trying to live our relationship on cruise control – which means coasting along effortlessly. Yet, can anything loving, enduring and beautiful ever be constructed without personal effort? Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at s 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.




find out that AmeriMarriage is can kids born to being scrutinized married couples today because of experienced 6 perits disappearing cent more housestability. hold disruption by So is the earth age 15 than being scrutinized Swedish kids born because of its disto unmarried parappearing glaciers. Father Lou ents. So is organized Guntzelman “ R e m e m b e r, religion because of we’re talking about its disappearing Perspectives the ‘avant-garde’ congregations. Whenever crucial ele- Swedes compared to the ments of life start fading our ‘conservative’ Americans,” concern for them escalates. Cherlin says. The bottom line is that We worry about marriage because of its immense while marriage is good for impact on the collective and kids, it’s best when it results individual welfare of socie- in a stable home. Or, as Cherlin puts it, ty. Our country has the “Many of the problems highest divorce rate in the faced by American’s children stem not from parents world. “We divorce, re-partner marrying too little but rather and remarry faster than too often.” What’s gone wrong? It people in any other country,” says Andrew Cherlin, a would take volumes to try Johns Hopkins sociologist, to assess. One factor is that most in his book, “The Marriagecouples still embark on the Go-Round.” A recent column in Time marriage journey believing magazine (Aug. 24 and 31) that “all we need is love and addressed the same concern good sex.” Interestingly, too many titled, “Americans Marry still mistake infatuation and Too Much.” It expressed a legitimate active hormones as conworry about our kids, vincing proof that love “American kids are more exists. Nor do they realize likely than those in other what else is needed even developed countries to live when genuine love is presin a household with a ent. M. Bridget Brennan and revolving cast of parents, stepparents, and live-in Jerome L. Shen, in their partners moving in and out book “Claiming Our Deepest of their lives – a pattern Desires,” point out imporwhich is definitely not good tant elements missing in today’s new marriages: for children.” Cherlin was amazed to “Navigational tools of com-

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Rita’s readers resurrect Fern’s beloved chili Writing this column week after week never gets “old” to me. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the sharing of recipes and stories that make it a popular read. Apparently Fern Storer, food editor at the Cincinnati Post for a very long time, had Rita the same Heikenfeld r e l a t i o n with Rita’s kitchen ship her readers. When Pam Timme asked for Fern’s chili recipe, I had no idea the response would be so great. I figured a few of you might have a copy. Well, not only did I get a couple dozen responses; one reader offered to send me a copy of Fern’s cookbook (and I will definitely accept!). So thanks, thanks, thanks to all of you who shared recipes and stories of this unique lady. I wish I had met her. I

understand she was an enthusiastic gardener, as well. I know my Mom liked Fern’s recipes, and that to me was a great endorsement. I made the chili during a demo at Macy’s on Saturday, and everyone loved the mild taste and thick consistency.

Fern Storer’s chili

Jean King, a Loveland reader, brought this in personally to me. By the way, Fern was a very detailed recipe writer. She wanted her readers to be able to recreate her recipes without one problem. Here’s my adaptation from her 1989 cookbook. Mount Healthy reader Rob Hiller sent me the recipe, as well, along with the Cincinnati chili story Fern had as a sideline. Rob substituted 1⁄4 each ground cloves and allspice for the 6 whole called in the recipe. 1 pound ground beef (not hamburger – I used sir-

didn’t use) 1-2 regular size cans kidney beans with their liquid 1 ⁄2 cup dry red wine (a mellow burgundy), optional but good (I didn’t use)


Fern Storer’s chili with Rita's homemade cheddar cheese crackers loin) 6 each: whole cloves and allspice, tied in cheesecloth, coffee filter, tea ball, etc. or 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each ground 1 ⁄2 of a medium-size onion, more if you like, chopped (I used about 1 cup) 1 clove garlic, finely minced, or 1⁄4 teaspoon powdered garlic or garlic salt (I used a teaspoon fresh garlic) Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chili powder (start with 2 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 28 oz. diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown sugar (I didn’t use) 1 ⁄4 teaspoon liquid hot pepper sauce, optional (I

Cook ground beef until red color is almost gone. Add everything but beans and wine. Simmer gently and cook uncovered, about 20 minutes. Add beans and wine and cook another 15 minutes or so. It will be fairly thick. If it becomes thicker than you like, a cup or so of water may be added. Also, if you cool and refrigerate it, you will probably need to add a little water to the amount you reheat. This will make eight to 10 generous servings.

Taffy apple salad for Thanksgiving

Reader Laurel Muhlenbruch shares this favorite recipe. She also shared a wonderful carrot cake recipe from her mother-in-law, Doris Szegda, who lives in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Taste of Lebanon

St. Anthony of Padua Church’s fall festival will take place noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22. The church is located at 2530 Victory Parkway, East Walnut Hills. The festival will feature authentic Lebanese cuisine made by the St. Anthony of Padua parishioners. Traditional dishes such as kibbee, falafel, stuffed cabbage rolls and grape leaves, hummus, salad, and green beans and rice will be available. There will be pastries for dessert. Food items are purchased à la carte and carryout is available. Parking is free. For details, call 513-961-0120. The carrot cake is a much requested holiday and birthday cake recipe. It’s in our online version of this column at

20 oz. pineapple chunks or crushed 2 cups mini-marshmallows 2 tablespoon flour 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 11⁄2 tablespoon white or cider vinegar 1 egg, well beaten 8 oz. Cool Whip 11⁄2 cups chopped cocktail nuts 2 cups diced Jonathan apples, unpeeled Drain pineapple, keep juice. Mix pineapple chunks and marshmallows, refrigerate overnight. In saucepan over low heat, heat juice, sugar, flour, egg and vinegar. Stir continually and cook until thick. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

BUSINESS UPDATE Linnemann recognized

Linnemann Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Center was recently honored by the National

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Only 167 firms, nationwide and abroad, received the recognition for adhering to strict ethical and professional standards. To achieve the award, NFDA-member funeral homes must demonstrate proficiency in key areas of the funeral service profession by fulfilling a set num-

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Diaz promoted

DunnhumbyUSA has promoted Becky Diaz to associate director of client leadership. Previously a senior associate of client leadership, Diaz will be responsible for

custom analysis and reporting for the Manufacturer Practice Insights Team. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and statistics from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Science in statistics from the University of Florida. Diaz lives in Burlington.

New address

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November 19, 2009

LifeLine helps those close to home go to the Ukraine but I could create a ministry here. One of the local h o s p i t a l s Diaz allowed him to give out care baskets for free. Before long 25 volunteers were packing 1,000 care baskets a month in his basement and distributing them at 12 different locations, including St. Luke Hospital (now St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas), Carenet Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky and Isaiah House Ministries. Caddell and his volunteers opened LifeLine Ministries in donated space 1 1/2 years ago. They provided food for 35 people the first month and the outreach services and volunteers since have grown almost tenfold. “We are not the first organization to do this,” Caddell said. “We’re not trying to be the United Way. The need is so great we aren’t going to exhaust it. We’re just one organization that’s trying to help.” They are doing it a little differently, too. The ministry will not seek or accept government grants or tax dollars to support the ministry. All its support comes

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Chris Caddell of LifeLine Ministries of Northern Kentuckyk speaks to the Florence Rotary Club. from private donations and faith that God will supply what the organization needs to thrive. Recently, a woman who was divorced gave LifeLine her wedding ring to sell and use for the ministry. “We are moving forward at God’s pace,” Caddell said. “Everything we do is for God’s glory.” Florence Rotary Club meets at noon on most Mondays at the Commonwealth Hilton on Turfway Road. For more information about the club and service projects, visit the Web site at or contact John Salyers, president, at or 859-653-9399. Article submitted by Pat Moynahan.


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David E. Wedlake, 28, seconddegree disorderly conduct at 8635 William Haines Dr., Sept. 20. Dena Allen, 38, first-degree disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 1741 Tanglewood Ct., Sept. 20. Rodney L. Davis, 58, second-degree assault at 1777 Elijah Creek Rd., Sept. 20. Joshua D. Hendren, 21, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct at Main St., Sept. 20. Andrew F. Hendren, 23, alcohol intoxication in a public place, seconddegree disorderly conduct at Main St., Sept. 20.

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Brittany E. Ammer, 20, alcohol intoxication in a public place, seconddegree disorderly conduct at Main St., Sept. 20. David Marin-Ibarra, 31, falsely reporting an incident at 550 Mt. Zion Rd., Sept. 19. Jessica M. Hensley, 19, seconddegree possession of a controled substance, prescription not in a proper container at I-275 westbound, Sept. 19. Robin S. Werner, 24, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription not in a proper container at I-275 westbound, Sept. 19. Daniel J. Hopkins, 23, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 5857 Garden Dr., Sept. 18. Robert C. Westerman, 44, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 450 Mt. Zion Rd., Sept. 18.

Robin Clifford, 55, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 6430 Hopeful Church Rd., Sept. 18. Amanda F. Brogan, 26, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., Sept. 18. Robert Sellers, 32, DUI at I-275, Sept. 8. Fred R. Waggy, 44, possession of marijuana at Johnson St., Sept. 8.



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Theft of identity

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Nancy Rose Addison, 48, Williamstown, died Nov. 9, 2009, at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Corryville. Survivors include her son, Brandon Rose of Frankfort; stepson, Jason Addison of Burlington; father, Fred Rose of Demossville; stepmother, Wilma Rose of Demossville; sisters, Beth Midland of Berry, Linda Divens of Lexington and Sandy Uttley of Stamping Ground. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Cecil “Tom” Cummins Jr., 59, of Bowling Green, Ky., formerly of Crittenden, died Nov. 7, 2009, at his home. He was a mail sorter for the U.S. Postal Service in Bowling Green. He was also a veteran, serving during the Vietnam era. Survivors include his father, Cecil Thomas Cummins Sr. of Crittenden; stepson, Jason Faulkner of Florida; brother, Eddie Cummins of Crittenden; sisters, Mary Chapin of Cold Spring and Kay Smith of Walton. Burial was in Crittenden Cemetery.

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Emma Jane Bates, 91, Florence, a homemaker, died Nov. 12, 2009, at Florence Park Care Center. Her husband, James Ralph Bates, died in 1989. Survivors include her daughters, Betty Traylor of Highland Heights, Shirley Milberger of Mina, S.D., Jane Bennett of Dayton, Ohio, and Patty Bishop of Georgetown; son, James E. Bates of Crestview, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Burial was in Elk Spring Cemetery, Monticello, Ky.

Ronald S. Densler, 76, Crittenden, died Nov. 13, 2009, at his home. He was a machine setup person for Ford Motor Co., member of the Ludlow Masonic Lodge and a Korean War Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Barbara R. Densler; daughters, Paula Jill Kennett of Florence, Kimberly Zink of Union, Sheila Walker of Walton; sons, Ronald Densler of Erlanger, Kenneth Densler of Pensacola, Fla; sisters, Kathy Flynn of Crittenden, Shirley Kincaid of Covington, Jo Ann Schumate of Florence, Vera Batton, Barbara Michaels and Peggy Chambers all of Walton. Memorials: DaVita Patient Emergency Fund, 400 Centerview Drive, Crestview Hills, KY 41017.

Wanda Bickers

Wanda J. Bickers, 43, Florence, died Nov. 10, 2009, at her family’s farm. She was a homemaker and a member of the Community Pentecostal Church. Survivors include her husband, Greg Bickers; daughters, Miranda Bickers of Florence, Bonnie Bickers of Williamstown; son, Gregory Bickers of Covington; parents, Wendell and Lilly Mae Akers of Woodlawn; brother, Jesse Akers of Woodlawn; sisters, Patricia Owens of Woodlawn and Bonnie Bridewell of Covington; brother, Wendell Harris of Morehead; and six grandchildren. Entombment was at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum.

Doris Engels

Doris Engels, 87, Florence, died Nov. 4, 2009, at Brighton Gardens, Erlanger. She was a homemaker, member of Grace Episcopal Church in Florence and Daughters of the King. Her husband, William G. Engels, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Steven Engels of Florence and David Engels of Milford, Ohio; daughter, Diane Engels of Mobile, Ala., and Karen Shay of Morehead; and six grandchildren. Stith Funeral Home, Florence,

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handled the arrangements. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Christopher Gilliland

Christopher Keith Gilliland, 38, Elsmere, died Nov. 8, 2009, in Independence. He was a mail sorter for the Florence Post Office. Survivors include his mother, Ines Gilliland of Independence; brother, Frank Gilliland of Stopover, Ky.; sisters, Darlene Hope of Union, Flora Mahnken of Orlando, Fla., Kimberly Estep of Florence and Becky Nixon of Erlanger. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Mary Gregg

Mary Lynn Gregg, 76, Florence, died Nov. 14, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a counselor for the State of Kentucky. Survivors include her sons, Matthew ‘Chip’ Gregg of Taylor Mill, Max Herrle of Alexandria, Mike Herrle of Cheviot, Ohio, and Mark Herrle of Oxford, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4460 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 236, Blue Ash, OH 45241.

Donald Harmon

Donald A. Bailey Harmon, 51, Florence, died Nov. 8, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a paralegal for Immeran & Tobin LPA and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, JoAnne Harris Harmon; sons, Sean Patrick Harmon and Gregory William Harmon, both of Amelia; daughter, Erin Nicole Sutherland of Amelia; father, Elden Bailey of Covington; and brothers Bill Bailey of Alexandria and Barry Bailey of Miami, Fla. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Donald A. Bailey Harmon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 15104, Covington, KY 41015.

Thelma C. McGuffey Harper, 89, Erlanger, died Nov. 10, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She was a homemaker, member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church and Edgewood Homemakers. Her husband, Logan G. Harper, died in 1994. Survivors include her daughters, Ima Jean Webb of Walton and Janice Childress of Crescent Springs; sisters, Hazel Spiers of Richmond, Ind., Wilma Thornburg of Muncie, Ind., Evelyn Louise Reinhart of Erlanger and Lois M. Cave of Waynesburg; brother, Donald E. Gerkey of Leesburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Fort Mitchell Baptist Church Book of Remembrance, 2323 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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“J” Frank Heaton, 80, Lakeside Park, died Nov. 9, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a district manager for RVI Resorts of Alberta, Canada, former board member of Whitehall City Schools in Columbus, Ohio, member of Whitehall Baptist Church and was chairman of the Parks & Recreation Board for Whitehall. Survivors include his wife, Linda Freeman Heaton; daughters, Charlee Heaton and Rossi Ison, both of Lexington; son, George C. Heaton of Ruidoso, N.M.; stepsons, Joseph Shane Angel of Hebron and Bryon Todd Daly of Boone County; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in Williamstown Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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November 19, 2009

DEATHS Helen Heidel

Frank Kokocinski

Helen M. Heidel, 88, of Cincinnati, formerly of Independence, died Nov. 10, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Henry F. Heidel, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon R. Courtney of Cincinnati; sons, Eugene Heidel of Taylor Mill and Jeffrey Heidel of Union; eight grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Frank Kokocinski, 62, Burlington, died Nov. 14, 2009, at his home. He was an accountant for the New York State Comptroller’s Office and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Anne Kokocinski of Burlington; son, Michael Kokocinski of Erlanger; daughter MaryAnn Bowlin of Independence; sister, Carol Kokocinski of Loreto; and four grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Helen Hinton

Charlotte Lainhart, 48, Bellevue, died Nov. 9, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church. Survivors include her brothers, Carlos Lainhart of Sharonville, Benny Lainhart of Florence; sisters, Madie Johnson of Visalia and Wilma Lainhart of Dry Ridge. Burial was in Peach Grove Cemetery.

Helen “LaVerne” Hinton, 78, Edgewood, a homemaker, died Nov. 8, 2009, at St. Elizabeth, Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Hinton; daughters, Dorothy Ryan of Villa Hills, Barbara Durr of Crescent Springs, and Donna Hinton of Florence; son, Paul Hinton of Union; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown.

Delbert Honaker Sr.

Delbert Ray Honaker Sr., 53, Dayton, died Nov. 13, 2009, at his home. He was a self-employed truck driver and a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Honaker of Dayton; daughter, Tatiyana Honaker of Dayton; sons, Delbert R. Honaker, Jr. and Brian G. Honaker, both of Dayton; mother, Grace Honaker of Florence; brother, David Honaker of Leesburg; sister, Sharon Spangler of Florence and two grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

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Dallas Marksberry

Dallas L. Marksberry, 85, Warsaw, died Nov. 7, 2009, at Gallatin Health Care Center, Warsaw. He was a hydraulic pump repairman for Interlake Steel Corp. in Newport, operated Marksberry Water Service in Warsaw, a World War II Army veteran and member of Sugar Creek Church of Christ in Warsaw. His wife, Willa Mae Skirvin Marksberry, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Connie Hamilton of Sparta; sons, Rusty Marksberry of Glencoe and Lee Marksberry of Verona: half sisters, Verol Friend or Union and Joan Sparks of Aurora, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Glencoe I.O.O.F. Cemetery.





Patricia McCleese

Patricia Ann Switzer McCleese, 66, Independence, died Nov. 12, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a homemaker, worked in the cafeteria for Kenton County Schools and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Latonia. Survivors include her husband, Wilburn McCleese; son, Dale McCleese of Hebron; father, Richard Switzer Sr. of Independence; brother, Richard Switzer Jr. of Florence; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Rudolph Morow

Rudolph Alexander Morow, 83, Edgewood, died Nov. 12, 2009, in Edgewood. He was a professor for 37 years at Thomas More College, teaching business administration, money and banking, and marketing. He served on the college’s Foundation Board and chaired the Faculty Building Committee for its new campus. He was also the golf coach for many years and member of St. Pius X Church in Edgewood. His first wife, Floraetta Morow, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Lynn Morow; daughter, Andrea Keck of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Robert Morow of Highland, Ind.; and one grandchild. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: The Morow Family Scholarship Fund, 333 Thomas Moore Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017.

Charlotte Napier

Charlotte Napier, 48, Covington, died Nov. 9, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Assembly of God.

Survivors include her brothers, Carlos Lainhart of Sharonville and Benny Lainhart of Florence; sisters, Madie Johnson of Visalia and Wilma Lainhart of Dry Ridge. Burial was at Waterloo Cemetery, Burlington. Cooper Funeral Home, Alexandria, handled arrangements.

James Porter

James A. Porter, 91, Independence, died Nov. 7, 2009, at Gallatin Health Care Center, Warsaw. He was a supervisor for Auto Sun Product Co. in Cincinnati, maintenance person for Parkview Manor in Williamstown, a World War II Army veteran, member of Wesleyan Christian Church in Covington, Sons of American Legion Post 275, Moon Brothers, in Independence and president of the Independence Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Porter; son, John Porter of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; daughter, Kellie Willoughby of Burlington; brother, Ray Porter of Williamstown; sister, Isabelle Smith of Lexington; eight grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Son of the American Legion Post 275 Moon Brothers, P.O. Box 18791, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Otto Raub

Otto F. Raub, 71, Florence, died Nov. 9, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an engineer for Duro Bag Co. Survivors include his wife, Renate Zech Raub; son, Bernie Raub of Erlanger and sister, Gisela Werner of Hanover, Germany. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Mary Reising

Mary Catherine “Pat” Reising, 81, Fort Wright, a homemaker, died Nov. 11, 2009, at her home. Her husband, Jack Reising, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Pat Lyons of Fort Wright; sons, James Reising of Park Hills and John Reising of Union; brother, Albert Schilling of Cold Spring; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, 200 Home Road, Covington, KY 41011.

Wanda Rogers

Wanda L. Rogers, 85, Petersburg, died Nov. 14, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center in Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and member of Belleview Baptist Church in Belleview. Her husband Robert Barnett Rogers died previously. Survivors include her son, Gary W. Rogers of Petersburg; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Belleview Cemetery in Belleview, Ky. Memorials: Belleview Baptist Church, 6658 Fifth Street, Belleview, KY 41005.

Arthur Spicer

Arthur J. Spicer, 82, Morning View, died Nov. 8, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a conductor for CSX Railroad, a Marine veteran, and member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Thelma C. Dennis Spicer; daughter, Deborah Sue Finnell of Burlington; sons, Arthur J. Spicer of Corinth, Michael Lewis and David Wayne Spicer both of Morning View; brothers, Wayne Spicer of Cedarville, Ga. and Donald L. Spicer of Miamisburg, Ohio; sisters, Opal Marie Clouse of Kettering, Ohio and Beu-


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Robert W. Struve, 42, Independence, died Nov. 6, 2009, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Thornberry Struve; daughters, Amanda Trusty, Stephanie Struve and Cecily Thornberry, all of Covington, and Haley Thornberry of Independence; sons, Robert Struve Jr. of Covington and Clifford Struve of Independence; father; Steve Struve of Florence; mother, Peggy Ward of Florence; sisters, Pam Struve of Florence and Mary Hollingworth of Newport; and seven grandchildren.

Bill Wilkinson

Bill Ray Wilkinson, 72, Florence, died Nov. 7, 2009, in Louisville. He was managing partner of Pinnacle Advisor Group and member of Florence Elks, Masonic Lodge of Walton, Moose Lodge and Fraternal Order of Eagles. Survivors include his wife, Barbara White Wilkinson. Memorials: American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222-4904 or Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 606142256.

Gilbert Wilson

Gilbert C. Wilson, 84, Florence, died Nov. 8, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He worked in building services for Procter & Gamble and was a World War II Navy veteran. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown.

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