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Fundraising for a new school at St. Timothy Parish is underway.STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Fundraising for new school at St. Tim’s off to good start By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — Nearly $2 million has been already been pledged to build a new school at St. Timothy Parish St. Timothy pastor the Rev. Rick Bolte said the campaign’s kick off weekend, Nov. 23-24, “went really well.” “We’ve got a ways to go yet, (but) over all, people were pretty darn generous and we’re off to a good start,” he said. The church wants to raise $10 million, which would allow St. Timothy to build a school for about 450 students, Bolte said, though they realize they may not hit that number. According to Bolte, the parish will raise “as much as we can.” Specific plans will depend on the total amount. So far, some $1.8 million has been committed for the project. In a Oct. 17 letter Bishop Roger Foys gave official approval to Bolte to begin a capital campaign to finance the new school. Parish officials are also permitted to begin preliminary work with an architectural firm. According to an announcement from the Diocese of Covington, the project may cost between $8 million and

Master Provisions is hosting a Christmas Sweater Sale with the help of students from Ryle and Dixie Heights high schools. In front, from left, are Ryle students Ashley Bush, 16, of Union; Erika Keohane, 16, of Union; Savanna Bollin, 16, of Union; and Carley Lucas, 16 of Union; Dixie Heights student Jesseca Lesuer, 16, of Crescent Springs; in back from left are volunteer Joan Sheehy and Maser Provisions president Roger Babik.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Christmas sweaters help feed hungry By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Master Provisions is turning the ugly Christmas sweater into something beautiful. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, the Florence-based nonprofit will have its second Christmas Sweater Sale, at 7725 Foundation Drive, Florence, just off of Industrial Road. Sweaters will be on sale for $10; sweatshirts and vests will go for $5.

“The proceeds from the sale will help fund the feeding of more than 10,000 people per month in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati,” Master Provisions president Roger Babik said. Master Provisions combines evangelism with delivery of clothing, food, orphan and medical care, farming aid and other benevolent assistance to the economically distressed. They serve in the U.S. and around the world. The food distribution minis-

try is a local program started this year and has been a “tremendous success,” Babik said. Already, 500,000 people have been helped. Master Provisions distributes food to nonprofit organizations that provide it to those in need. Currently, they have about 100 Northern Kentucky partners and 75 in Ohio partners in the program. “We’re glad for the opportunity to share,” Babik said. “It’s a tangible way to show Jesus’ See SWEATERS, Page A2

$13 million. To receive permission to move ahead with construction, the parish needs to raise half in cash and the other half in verifiable pledges. Campaign co-chairman David Theus said the parish still has a steep hill to climb, but being able to raise 20 percent of that $10 million target within the first commitment weekend “is pretty encouraging.” The campaign, he said, has yet to reach “outside of the parish boundaries.” This kind of commitment at this point “shows tremendous support of the parish.” Receiving the kind of commitment “I think first and foremost shows how blessed we are as a parish and how generous we are as a parish,” said Theus. “I think it shows extreme commitment to Catholic education.” He said the campaign will now expand regionally and even nationally for contributions. The next step will be meeting one-on-one with major donors. Those interested in donating to the capital campaign should call the parish office at 859-384-1100. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @SSalmonsNKY

Schickel urges tougher heroin law By Stephanie Salmons and Terry DeMio and

BURLINGTON — Surrounded by law enforcement officials, prosecutors and fellow legislators, Kentucky State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, announced Monday plans to pre-file legislation that would impose harsher sentences for heroin trafficking. Until two years ago, Schickel said, Kentucky had some of the strictest heroin trafficking laws in the country “and because of that, we had very little heroin in Kentucky.”

“Unfortunately we changed all that,” he said. Penalties for trafficking were lowered in a corrections reform law passed in 2011. According to Schickel’s proposed legislation, a person is guilty of trafficking a controlled substance in the first degree when he or she knowingly sells any quantity of heroin. Charlotte Wethington, recovery advocate for Transitions Inc., the largest recovery center in Northern Kentucky, said the problem with enforcing trafficking laws would be in distinguishing traffickers from those who sell heroin to support their addiction disease. Weth-



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ington of Kenton County is the mother of Matthew Casey Wethington, who died in 2002 from a heroin overdose at 23 years old. She has pushed for treatment, asking publicly repeatedly why people with the disease of addiction are treated as criminals or often receive treatment only after they are incarcerated. “I do believe that people who are selling strictly for profit could literally be called murderers. They are taking lives every day,” Wethington said. However, she added, “We do know that incarceration alone is not the See HEROIN, Page A2

Kentucky State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, at the podium, announces plans Monday to pre-file legislation that would impose harsher sentences for heroin trafficking. With him are, from left, Walton Mayor Mark Carnahan; Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn; State Rep. Diane St. Onge; Schickle; State Rep. Sal Santoro; Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally Smith; and assistant Boone Commonwealth's attorney Jason Hiltz. The news conference at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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DAR meeting

The Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of American Revolution, will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Summit Hills Country Club, 216 Dudley Pike, Edgewood. There will be a silent auction and a short meet-

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answer.” “We have a plan in place; we’ve worked on it for a year,” Wethington said, referring to Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic, released to the public Nov. 14. “We need to concentrate on it.” The plan created by a coalition of business, medical, law enforcement, education and recovery advocates in the region puts emphasis on increasing treatment for heroin addiction and for heroin-addicted inmates. It requires changes in education, prevention, support and protection to reduce the supply of and demand for heroin in Northern Kentucky. Northern Kentucky is a center in the nation’s worst heroin crisis. Overdose deaths, infant addiction, prosecutions and side effects such as rampant hepatitis C increases are all part of the result. Schickel said he met with with Northern Kentucky prosecutors and


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Gaines Tavern hosts Christmas events

WALTON — This holiday season the Gaines Tavern History Center will host two events. Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the center 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission is free with a donation of a new toy or canned good. A Christmas Tea will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Pre-sale tickets are available at city hall, 40 North Main St., Walton for $20. Space is limited to 40 guests.

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PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Orleans subdivision, farms and new construction throughout Boone County Dec. 5-11. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling .

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NAMI classes planned

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Northern Kentucky will host a series of free classes for family members, partners and friends of individuals with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. The course is a series of 12 weekly classes to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illnesses while maintaining their own well-being. Classes begin 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Boone County Public Library’s Main library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Registration is required by calling 859-3921730.

FLORENCE — The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers will perform a concert 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Public Library, 7425 US 42, Florence. The concert will feature carols, gospels, and

WALTON — A Lions Club is forming in Walton. An informational meeting will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Walton Firehouse, 12600 Towne Center Dr., Walton. Lions, best known for their work for fighting blindness since 1917, are also very involved with youth, community, environmental, health and disaster relief programs. For more information,

law enforcement before moving ahead with proposed legislation. “We decided we really needed to send a message to let the word go forth, that if you deal in heroin in Kentucky, you better bring your toothbrush because you’re going to go to prison for a long, long time,” he said. Boone County Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally Smith said heroin is something her office deals with on a daily basis. “It is the scourge of what we do, and I know my counterparts in Kenton and Campbell county feel the same way,” she said. In no way does Northern Kentucky “feel more like an island from the rest of the state” at times than when dealing with the heroin problem, Smith said, because it is just now beginning to hit the rest of counties in the state. “We’ve been dealing with this problem historically for about three or four years, just slowly creeping into our communities,” she said. Smith calls heroin “the most dangerous drug I’ve ever seen dealt with in 19 years of prosecuting.” Relaxing of trafficking laws “has done nothing but encourage people to cross the river and do it more in Northern Kentucky,” she said. The prison reform law of 2011 has decreased incarceration, reduced spending by having inmates spend their final

six months under mandatory supervision of parole and probation officers and increased treatment of convicted felons with addiction in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “We are working closely with all stakeholders to reduce heroin use and abuse,” said Jennifer Brislin, a spokeswoman for the cabinet, noting the nationwide crisis is partly due to the crackdown on prescription drugs and reduction of pain clinics. Schickel’s proposed legislation also calls for stricter punishments, stating any person violating the provisions of the section will be guilty of a Class C felony for the first offense and Class B felony for the second or subsequent offenses, and to serve at least 50 percent of the sentence before being released on probation or conditional discharge. Under the current law, trafficking of 2 grams or in a second offense is a Class C felony. Dr. Jeremy Engel, a St. Elizabeth Healthcare doctor and public health advocate who led the creation of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup, said corrections certainly has its place in the system. His goal as a family doctor, he said, is to help restore the family unit. “I hope that the judicial system is able to sort out which individuals are acting criminally because

they are driven by their addiction to heroin versus whose who are behaving criminally to take advantage of others,” Engel said. “A functional law enforcement is essential to protect the families I serve,” Engel said. “But I know what they need most is to heal their loved ones addicted to heroin. That will require excellent affordable treatment and a culture of recovery. “My families need help now.” The current state law sends most first-time drug offenders to treatment rather than jail. The Public Safety and Offender Accountability Act was projected to save the state $422 million in 10 years. Proponents of the corrections reform said it would help inmates get back on their feet. Wethington also questioned whether “not” passing the legislation that dropped penalties would have helped address the current epidemic. “I’m not sure,” she said. Wethington noted that a different law, which cracked down on the unnecessary prescription of medication “good” legislation, but she added it had “unintended consequences” – with people unable to get prescription medication or to afford it turning to heroin, which is cheaper and readily available.


aren’t usable for the clothing ministry that benefits those overseas. Last year, a volunteer with Master Provisions came up with the idea for a sale. It was such a success the organization decided to make it an annual event, Babik said. This year they’ve enlisted the help of students from Ryle and Dixie Heights high schools. “We’re so grateful that the students are joining in this work,” Babik said. The students will help set up and sale the sweaters. Ryle junior Carley Lu-

cas, 16, of Union, said she is excited about helping with the project. “I’m glad to be doing this because I like helping the community,” she said. “Around Christmas it’s very important to help the ones less fortunate. They need to have a good Christmas as well.” If you’re looking for a Christmas sweater, Babik said the sale is the place to be. He said not to worry, “not all of them are ugly, just some.”

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love.” Last year’s sweater sale raised more than $400. This year, with about 400 Christmasthemed sweaters, sweatshirts and vests, Babik expects to raise $600 to $700 for the food distribution program. The Christmas attire is collected throughout the year as Master Provisions receives donations to their clothing ministry. The sweaters, he said,

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First Church hosts an ‘Old Kentucky Christmas’ By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — Celebrate the season with “An Old Kentucky Christmas,” Dec. 12-15 at First Church of Christ Burlington. Activities are planned 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13, and 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec.14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the church, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington. The church’s annual Christmas candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. all four nights and also at 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

This is the second year for the celebration. “We realize Christmas can be a very difficult time for families and we wanted to create a free experience for families to make Christmas memories,” outreach pastor Brian Heckber said. He said the Christmas Pioneer Village will be open longer this year to give families more time to “enjoy the experience.” The church also made “some tweaks to improve the experience” for visitors, he said.

Guests will be able to stop by a visitor center for a free candy cane and bag for goodies, Grandma’s Cookie Shop to decorate cookies, Sweet Tooth Candy to make their own chocolate-covered candy, a woodworker’s shop for a demonstration by an old fashioned woodworker and to decorate an ornament, a candle maker’s shop to dip their own candle, watch people spin wool and more. There will also be a petting zoo and living Nativity as well as horsedrawn carriage rides

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Klingons invade ‘A Christmas Carol’ By Amy Scalf

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A Cincinnati-based theater company is taking a Christmas classic to the final frontier. Hugo West Theatricals will present “A Klingon Christmas Carol” Wednesdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-15 and 18-22, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St. The production fuses Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas play with characters based on the “Star Trek” television and movie series. In the TV and movie series, Klingons are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species, according to Wikipedia. Call 513-200-1350 for tickets or more information. Don Volpenhein of Covington takes the lead as SQuja’ (pronounced Skooja), the Klingon version of Ebenezer Scrooge, who lacks honor and courage.

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With the exception of an English-speaking Vulcan narrator, the play is performed entirely in Klingon with English supertitles, to be shown on a screen above the actors. “It’s not your daddy’s ‘Christmas Carol.’ To me, it’s like trying to learn a play in Chinese. You’ve got to understand what you’re saying. It’s not just phonetically saying the words right. It’s so much more than that. Before this, I never realized the depth of the history of the Klingon empire,” Volpenhein said. “It would be a thousand times harder to learn English if I was a native Klingon speaker.” It’s actually the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, and while the show has been performed in Minneapolis and Chicago, this is the first time in Cincinnati. Klingon language expert Chris Lipscombe, who helped translate the

original show in Minneapolis, lives in Erlanger, and has worked with the local cast to perfect their pronunciation. Lipscombe said he has studied the language for more than 20 years. He said the Klingon language developed from “a few words of gibberish” on the original Star Trek television show, to a fullfledged language with its own dictionary, written by Marc Okrand during the production of the third Star Trek movie in 1984. “The language continually grows,” said Lipscombe. “There’s not a lot of grammar. Speaking in Klingon forces you to simplify your thoughts. You have to think differently.” “It’s very different,” said Ginger Stapp of Florence, who also appears in the ensemble cast. Learning the language has been hard for her, but this production also offered her another first – her first fight choreography. “My husband and I love ‘Star Trek,’ so I thought this would just be a hoot to do,” she said. In contrast to the combative nature of the Klingons, Stapp said the other members of the cast and crew have been incredibly gracious. “Everybody here is so nice and so welcoming. We’re all working together, and it really is so much fun.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky


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St. Paul pep rally like a ‘dream’ Community Recorder

St. Paul Catholic School in Florence recently had an August/September pep rally. The school’s theme for the school year is “Live, Grow and Learn Through Christ,” while the focus for the first two months was “Dream.”

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Fourth grade: Madeline Dadosky, Alan Ditthet, Alexis Durik, Jack Geruc, Gabriel Lowey, Alex McEachern, Clayton Melcher, Callie Randolph, Audrey Richards, Eva Schlemmer, Zoe Schneider, Steven Schuliger, Abby Todd, Summer Denigan, Cassidy Hafley, Joey Holocher, Abby Hyrne, Eriko Nakai, Constantine Nonno, Savannah Schwartz, Hayle Bamonte, Aaron Breeze, Blake Berry, Corbin Fletcher, Emma Gerhold, Angelina Harris, Austin Johnson, Kentaro Kawata, Carson Lokey, Kendall Martin, Taylor Quartuccio, Duncan Redman, Bailey Roland, Lily Trego, Garrett Warman, Jule Doellman, Dylan Fogt, Doria Foxworth, Kaitlyn Jacob, Alex Kline, Sam Webb, Zach Talmon, Allyson Moening, Rafael Gebrezgi, Jonathan Davis, Dalia Basinac, Hana Zineddin, Paige Robinson, Makayla Newton, Griffin Edelen and Camryn Smith. Fifth grade: Sierra Clark, Spandana Grandhi, Connor Howe, Andrew Strawn, Ryan Alexander, Clay Capek, Kylee Fountain, Ashlyn Green, Katie Hicks, Taylor McGarvey, Alex Newman, Brayden Jernigan, Minami Shimizu, Luke Yunker, Jaden Abdul-Shajee, Abbey Bold, Abby McKinley, Mayleigh Rickey, Alex Baker, Sydney Bowman, Lauren Chilton, Kiley Colgan, Viviana Heredia, Lisa Malsom, Noah Moeller and Billie Roland.

Second-grade student Owen Erpenbeck shows off his tentacles in support of Team Yellow at the August/September pep rally at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence. THANKS TO KELLY EIBEL


Fourth grade: Aidan Furnish, Jude Long, Emma Smith, Jadyn Newberry-Cavins, Ava Cirksena, Ethan Doxtater, Logan Gambrel, Christopher Lanier, Elizabeth Ledford, Adam McHenry, Ivy Nguyen, Quinn Sansoucy, Carly Weiss, Kaleb Workman, Halen Bridges, Olivia Coffey, Milena Fangman, Cole Grant, Vince Klee, William Lampkin, Alexis Nguyen, Tanner Pentecost, Alissa Schadler, Max Arsenault, Brooke Asher, Edwin Chen, Luke Hacker, Ben House, Reagan Kaihlanen, Carson Mann, Laynie Mattia, Ava Murray, Yusuke Namiki, Max Perry, Perlita Piccirillo, Lily Pierson, Reagan Rich, Dylan Scott, Emma Hornsby, Abbey Schadler, Caleb James, Nysie Kinmon, Christopher McGuire, Alana Spicer, Nick Henderson, Jaxon Straub, Masaki Ota, Hanna Robinson and Landon Johnson. Fifth grade: Kendall Meihaus, Avery Regan, Lauren Welch, Sarai Culton, John Bruce, Maren Howorka, Ashton Kinmon, Alex Labree, Jaelin Luke, Owen McMillin, Morgan Ashcraft, Morgan Baker, Maddy Kendall, Parker Knollman, Zacary McEachern, Adam Shields, Emma Wagner, Jake Anderson, Caroline Baker, Jaelyn Barker, Lily Breeze, Kaden Ferguson, James Gay, Maddie Girvin, Kelcey Luttrell, Shunsuke Ota, Ally Schreckenhofer, Sarah Whaley, Brel Alsip, Nick Baker, Jenna Girard, Araya Gupta, Bella Nichols, Justin Obermeyer, Blake Robinson, Hanna Wells, Sydney Gilson, T.J. Heming, Madison Jauregui, Gianna LaStarza, Isabell Miller, Kaden Morin, Carter Muehlenkamp, Elia Sabin and Zach Ward.

First-grade student Maggie Farmer adds her thumbprint to the Red team’s leaf for display in the hallway as Nonda Strasburger, school counselor, assists during the August/September pep rally at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence.THANKS TO KELLY EIBEL

Librarian Angela Hartwig helps third-grade student Dominic Walton get a “taste” of one of the many books available at the Book Tasting event to start the school year at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence.THANKS TO KELLY EIBEL

CovCath establishes Hebbeler scholarship Community Recorder

Covington Catholic High School has established the Bob and Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit the school’s tuition-assistance program. Robert S. “Bob” Hebbeler was Covington Catholic’s first basketball and baseball coach. Hebbeler, with the support of his wife Mary Evelyn, began the school’s first basketball program in1944, and in1946 became the school’s first baseball coach. As Covington Catholic had no gym in those early years, the basketball team had to practice at Turners Hall, St. Benedict’s or the Third District School in Covington; and often, the team would run practice drills in the

school cafeteria. He overcame many challenges in starting these two athletic programs, and his dedication then and active involvement throughout the years, earned him induction into the Covington Cahtolic High School Hall of Fame during the 1980-81 school year. As parents, Bob and Mary Evelyn knew the importance of school and community involvement and the importance of a Catholic education. They raised three boys, Gary, Michael and Bob. Gary, 1979, and Michael, 1971, graduated from Covington Catholic, and Bob graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1964. Both Bob and Mary Evelyn remained very active in their community and parish for more

The establishment of the Bob and Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Memorial Scholarship Fund was announced to the student body at an all-school Mass. From left are Sue Finke, advancement director; Kathy and Michael Hebbeler; Gary and Taffy Hebbeler; and Bob Rowe, principal. THANKS TO MAUREEN REGAN

than 50 years, and their priorities and focus were always centered on family, friends and their Catholic faith. Those wishing to support the tuition assistance program at

Covington Catholic can do so by contributing to the Bob and Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Memorial Scholarship Fund. Send donations to the school at 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY., 41011.

COLLINS ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL The following Collins Elementary School students made the honor roll for the first quarter. Jeremy Allen, A’ashya Barnes, Tiana Barnes, Logan Bedinghaus, Audrianna Bennett, Caylei Brown, Stephanie Calderon, Johan Cisneros, Zoe Collins, Chase Crupper, Zach Davis, Nevaeh Day, Brianna Densler, Lydie Diakandulu, Emily Dizdarevic, Junior Garcia, Gabreyelle Goble,

Destiny Gregory, Ingrid Guevara, Cody Hall, Danny Hernandez, Sean Holloway, Cory Jenkins, Matthew Jerauld, Devin Justice, Jaren Kennedy, Teodora Knezic, Cadence Lindenberger, Tayshaun Marshall, Caroline McGrath, Maggie Merlo, Melvin Mlavih, Tony Moreno, Cammy Morris, Jesse Morris, Morgan Nance, Yash Patel, Perla Pena, Victoria Pinales, Daphne Quiroz,

Crystal Resendiz, Hailey Robinson, Aracelli Salazar, Bryan Sanchez, Stephanie Sanchez, Aiden Schneider-Grant, Anna Schworer, Zai Simms, Alexis Smith, Jaylen Smith, Abigail Sproles, Shaemya Stokes, Rita Strese, Jeremiah Thomas, Emma Tupman, Payton Turgeon, Bayleah Vogel, Michaela Vogel, Kayla Walker, Courtney White, Allie Wooten and Myra Zumba.





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Wrestlers remain strong for Boone County area schools BOONE COUNTY — The “room” is filled with activity as wrestling teams are ready to hit the mats. Schools in Boone County have consistently been strong for years with their strong youth programs laying a foundation. Here is a look at the teams in the county:

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The Rebels continue to make strides as they enter their seventh year as a program after a hiatus of more than a decade. The Rebels have a recent high of 15 wrestlers in the program. Last year, Sam Steele reached the state semifinals, the furthest advancement for a Rebel since the rebirth of the program. He was one of the 2013 graduates. Returning starters include Chris Vaske, Brent Taylor, J.D. Cross, Dru Schroer, Braden Jones and Ahmad Hameidan. Hameidan was the first freshman to qualify for state at Boone since the program’s revival. Schroer qualified for state despite not joining the team until January following a year and a half away from the sport. He will miss a few weeks due to injury this season. Taylor and Jones qualified for state in 2012. The Rebels start the year Dec. 4 in a quad-meet and then participate in the Bearcat Brawl Dec. 7 at Walton-Verona.


Conner was fourth at the regional last year and is led by195-pound regional champion Trevor Thompson, fifth at state. The Cougars did not return a questionnaire but did have three other underclassmen potentially returning after qualifying for state in Derek Wiley, Tristin Badida and Jacob Warwick.


The Jaguars were 13-11 last year and return a lot of talent this season for Mike Flaherty, who re-

turns for his fourth season as head coach at Cooper and 11th overall. Returning seniors include Hunter Bailey, Kyle Hensley, Kaleb Schultz and Andy Wagers. Bailey had a 23-match winning streak last season. He can challenge for a regional title and a state medal this year, according to Flaherty, as well as all-time wins mark at the school. Junior Kyle Steiner can also challenge for those accolades. He was second in the region last season and had two top-three finishes in tournaments. No Cooper wrestler has won a regional title or finished higher than eighth at state, and Flaherty thinks both Bailey and Steiner have potential to achieve those goals. Colton Hatridge is another returning junior with experience. A deep sophomore class returns, led by Andrew Bailey, Nick Bachman, Kevin Daly, Mike Davis, Kevin Flaherty, Jordan Kidwell, Zack McKinley, Austin Miller and Jordan Monroe. Other wrestlers to watch are led by Jordan Bradford, Matt Westfall, Alex Simpson, Edward Hernandez, Cody Huston, Alex Lake and Noah Webster. “If we remain healthy the Cooper wrestling team could have a very successful year and qualify a significant number of wrestlers to the state tournament,” Flaherty said. “Our wrestlers have worked hard and look forward to seeing the benefits of their hard work materialize on the mat.” Cooper competes against Wyoming and New Miami Dec. 5 and then travels to the Roger Bacon Duals Dec. 7 in Cincinnati.


The Raiders always have a deep roster and they have a strong group of returners, led by two returning state-placers and seven returning starters overall.

Logan Jones of Walton-Verona, left, wrestles in last year’s regionals.FILE PHOTO

Junior Jon Belk was seventh in the state at 145 last year and is currently slated to compete at 160. Sophomore Johnny Meiman was regional champion at 170 last season and fourth in the state, and is slotted for 170 again in the preseason. Brothers Logan and Jake Erdman are also coming off strong postseasons. Logan, a sophomore, was a regional champion two years ago and is slotted at 120. Jake was regional runner-up at 126 in February and is currently at 132. Junior Ryan Woolf is also a returning state qualifier and currently at 182. Other returning starters are junior Jack Dorne (152) and junior Golden French (126). Ryle starts the season in the Bearcat Brawl at Walton-Verona Saturday, Dec. 7, then after wrestling at Colerain Dec. 11, the Raiders will once again host their annual Raider Rumble Dec. 14


with many of the top teams in Kentucky and Ohio.


The top Bearcats this year are Logan Jones, Colin Roth, Clay Brown, Stephen Say and Jake Navey. Jones, a senior, finished third in the state at 152 following a controversial disqualification in his first match. He won out the rest of the way and was also regional champion. Senior Colin Roth won two matches at state in106 last year. Senior Clay Brown posted three wins at 138 in the state meet. All three seniors were regional runner-ups last season. Head coach Dave Barnes likes the potential of his veterans and a big freshman class that will support the future of the program. Walton-Verona hosts the Bearcat Brawl Saturday, Dec. 7, then participates in the Raider Rumble Dec. 14 at Ryle.



Warner resigns from Ryle football

Ryle senior Alexa Nichols signed to play volleyball for Belmont University, an NCAA Division I school located in Nashville. She joins older brother Tate as a Division I athlete. Tate is a senior playing football for Notre Dame. She is pictured with parents David and Annie.THANKS TO ANNIE NICHOLS

Ryle’s Johnny Meiman, top, wrestles at state last year.FILE

Bryson Warner is the last coach of a Kentucky high school football team to defeat Highlands; he once led Ryle to a state championship game and state semifinal finish, but winning just five games combined over the last two seasons led to him resigning Dec. 2. Ryle athletic director Jim Demler announced it as a resignation with a press release late Monday afternoon after Warner met with the players around 2:30 p.m. Monday to tell them he was stepping down after 11 sea-

sons as head coach. In those 11 seasons Warner compiled a 73-58 record and had two 12-win seasons. The Raiders went 12-3 in 2006 and lost in the Class 4A (at the time the big-school division) state championship game to Louisville Trinity, and in 2010 when they went 12-2, including a win over Highlands in the regularseason finale to become the last Kentucky school to beat Highlands, and advanced to the Class 6A state semifinals where they lost to Trinity. Ryle had just 12 wins combined the last three seasons, including a 2-9 record this season and a 3-8 record in 2012. “We appreciate Coach Warner’s time and com-

mitment to our football student-athletes over the past 11 seasons,” said Demler. “He is a good person and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors. The Ryle athletic administration will seek new leadership for its football program and move forward.” Warner, who played football at Boone County and Western Kentucky University, was just the third head football coach in the history of Ryle, which opened in 1992. Dave Eckstein served as head coach from 1992-98 and Kyle Hockman followed from 1999-2002 before Warner became head coach in 2003. See PREPS, Page A9



Two-sport transition easy for TMC Saints star By James Weber



Going straight from the soccer pitch to the basketball court is nothing new for Olivia Huber. The current circumstances are a bit different for the Newport Central Catholic High School graduate, who is in her sophomore year at Thomas More College. Seven days after returning from St. Louis, where she helped the TMC women’s soccer team to its best season in school history, Huber was right back to work with another Saints team with big dreams this year. Huber played 14 minutes during a 92-61 rout of North Park Nov. 30, which was part of the Julie Costello Memorial Classic. The 12th annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament honors a former Saints hoops star who died in a car accident in 2002. The former NewCath guard posted nine points and four assists coming off the bench. “It’s awesome,” she

said. “I came back last week and am just getting back into the rhythm of everything and getting used to everything. It’s not really hard: I love basketball.” Huber played all 29 games last season for the hoops Saints, who were ranked eighth in Division III heading into the Costello tourney. She averaged 13 minutes played and three points off the bench. “It feels normal,” she said. “Everyone makes it so easy to come back and play with them. We talk and we do everything together. We work as a team and it’s easy for me to come back and jump in.” Huber spent the fall helping the soccer Saints to a 19-2-2 record, a conference championship, and a first-ever berth in the NCAA Sweet 16, where they lost to Capital (2-1) Nov. 23 in St. Louis. Huber led the offense during the season with 22 goals and eight assists. “We made it farther than any other team has made it for soccer, so that was a great experience,”

The Thomas More College women’s soccer team reached the NCAA tournament’s final 16. Three local alums, from left, are Courtney Clark, of Notre Dame Academy, Kirstie Reilman of McAuley High School and Emily Sanker of Bishop Brossart High School. PATRICK REDDY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

she said. “I wish we could have won, but whatever happens, happens.” Courtney Clark, a Notre Dame Academy graduate from Burlington, had 15 goals and eight assists. Megan Barton, a Villa Madonna graduate from Florence, started 18 games and allowed just seven goals. Emily Sanker from Brossart had five goals. Other regular starters included Taylor Robinson

(Campbell County), Kirstie Reilman (McAuley), Kait Owens (NewCath), Sam Work (Colerain), Emilee Buchanan, Laura Felix (St. Henry) and Abby Osborne (McAuley). Lauren Rose (Lakota West) started seven games. Among Northern Kentucky alums, freshman Elise Duggins (Ryle) played all 23 games. Now it’s full-time focus on hoops for Huber, who had two practices with

Jeff Hans’ squad before suiting up against North Park. Huber is on a team filled with former Northern Kentucky hoop stars, including Sydney Moss, who is averaging 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds through the North Park contest. Moss, a Boone County grad and one of the top players in Northern Kentucky history, is likely in her only year at TMC after transferring from Division I Univer-

Thomas More’s Olivia Huber (NCC) shoots the ball last season.FILE PHOTO

sity of Florida, where she played as a freshman. “I’ll be with these girls all year and they’re my second family,” Huber said. “It’s awesome having Sydney come. I played against her four years in high school and it’s great for her to finally be on my team.” Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber


Demler said Ryle will start accepting resumes for the position effective immediately through Jan. 6 with the interview process beginning after that, but said the school doesn’t have a specific timetable to hire the new head coach.

Catching up

The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to


» The first major event of the high school basketball season is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, when the 2013 Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic will take place at Scott and Holmes high schools in Northern Kentucky. A girls’ game will lead off the schedule at both of the sites The other games will be interstate match-ups between boys’ teams from Kentucky and Ohio. Admission to the classic will be $7 for adults and $4 for students at both sites. Children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free. At halftime of each game, fans will be selected for a basketball shooting contest with prizes going to both of the participants.

All proceeds will be donated to three deserving charities -- Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund, Neediest Kids of All and Chicks & Chucks, a breast cancer awareness group. This is the 12th year for the classic, which has donated more than $128,000 to local charities since its inception. The schedule: At Holmes - Ryle vs. Oak Hills (girls), 3 p.m.; Ryle vs. Cincinnati County Day, 4:45 p.m.; Lexington Dunbar vs. Princeton, 6:30 p.m.; Holmes vs. Purcell Marian, 8:15 p.m. At Scott - Cooper vs. Grant County (girls), 3 p.m.; Cooper vs. Oak Hills, 4:45 p.m.; Brossart vs. Georgetown, 6:30 p.m.; Scott vs. Taft, 8:15 p.m.


» Three Northern Kentucky players have been selected to play for the “state” team in the Best of the Bluegrass football all-star game Dec. 15 at Louisville St. Xavier High School against a team of Louisville players. The game is comprised of seniors only. Those selected were Simon Kenton senior Brenan Kuntz, Simon Kenton senior lineman Ben Walling and Holmes running back/defensive back Jon Scruggs. » According to Northern Kentucky Officials Association supervisor Matt Young, five officials from the organization have been selected to officiate the state championship games, which will be played Dec. 6-7 in Bowling Green. The five selected are: referee Wayne Keller, umpire Don Starnes, linesman Curt Spencer, line judge Gil Hitchcock and back judge Jason Skirvin. This will be the second trip to the finals for Keller (2006) and Hitchcock (2005). “There are 12 officiating associations around the Commonwealth and we are honored that five of the 30 state final officials will be from Northern Kentucky,” said Young. “No one has more postseason assignments, which is a testimony to the

quality of football played in Northern Kentucky, and we’d like to think, the high expectation of our program and the quality and dedication of our staff.’’ According to Young, Northern Kentucky football officials received a total of 27 playoff assignments from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, including 14 first-round games, eight second-round games, two quarterfinal games, and three semifinal games. » The Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association Top 26 banquet will be held Dec. 11 at Receptions in Erlanger. Each of the 20 teams in the association selects one player to be honored and a second player to be voted on for one of six wild-card honorees. » Bryant Meihaus competed in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick tournament and made it to the finals. He will be competing in the finals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 8, during halftime at the Bengals vs. Colts game. First-place finishers will advance to the PPK Nationals Finals at an AFC playoff game in January. Meihaus is 15 years old and a sophomore at Ryle High School.

NKY Cross Country Scholarship. Other finalists were Cayla Robinson (Ryle), Charlie Atkinson (Dixie Heights), Tim Woeste (Holy Cross), Taylor Connett (St. Henry), and Sydney Lenhof (Notre Academy).


» Updated commemo-

rative copies of each completed KHSAA fall championship event are now available for on-demand printing through Full color and black-and-white versions of this year’s championship programs (Golf, cross country, soccer and volleyball) are all available for purchase.

Commemorative editions of each championship program from the 2012-13 season are also available through, along with the 201314 KHSAA Events Calendar and 2013-14 Handbook. A complete list of KHSAA programs available for sale can be found at

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Detailing the truth about heroin

With recent articles in the news about the cause of the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky, I thought it was time to get some facts out. Two years ago, the legislature passed House Bill 463 which radically reduced penalties for trafficking and possession of heroin. The people pushing this bill told us that drug dealers were sick and needed to be in treatment, not prison. They also told us that the cost of incarcerating so many people in Kentucky was taking money away from things like education. Let’s look at the facts. In 1990, the correction budget was 4 percent of the total state budget. In 2000, it was still 4 percent. Currently it is 5 percent. From the time our penal code was created in 1977, Ken-

tucky had some of the strictest heroin trafficking laws in the country. As a retired police officer, and former narcotJohn ics officer who Schickel bought heroin COMMUNITY undercover in RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST Northern Kentucky in the 1980s, I know the last thing a dealer wanted was to get caught in Kentucky. They stayed on the Ohio side of the river. As a result, heroin in Northern Kentucky was almost nonexistent. The people who dared to deal in it served long prison terms. Prison did its job: punish offenders and serve as a

Who’s Your Grinch? As I sit and type, my youngest lays just a few feet from me in the living room watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” for the 15th time this year. The Grinch is her favorite this year. It tops “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.” And it takes me back to being young and watching the Grinch year after year. Each year I was left puzzled. How on Earth could Julie all those House “Whos” be content without COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Christmas? COLUMNIST When the Grinch stole everything, where do they find their joy; really? As a child I was left baffled when the “Whos” awoke on Christmas morning with nothing, yet gathered together to sing. The Grinch too was baffled, realizing that Christmas still came and, “It came without ribbons, it came without tags, it came without packages, boxes and bags.” As a young child (and even a young adult) I could never find the answer. Without presents, without decorations, carols, snow, and of course Santa, how can anyone really enjoy the Christmas season? Of course, I knew about the birth of Jesus and the fact that his birth was “supposed” to be my joy and peace this time of year. But, just as it did for Lucy, the “commercialism” of Christmas often overshadowed that beautiful manger scene. As I grew, it became evident to me as well, that at some point in all our lives, there will be a

Grinch that will come and attempt to steal our Christmas. He steals it with the busyness of the holiday season that causes stress and anxiety. He steals it with the ever growing list of people to buy for and a checkbook that won’t stretch. He steals it when the family member with a drug/alcohol addiction is absent due to his/her addiction. Or, worse, he or she is present but the addiction rears its ugly head ruining the family party and/or Christmas morning. Or, the Grinch may take a family member so that the holidays could never be the same. Regardless of who or what the Grinch steals from you, the precious perspective of the “Whos from Who Ville,” can redirect you and give you back the joy and peace Christmas was meant to provide more than 2000 years ago on that first Christmas morning. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Luke 1:31 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins,” Mark 1:21 What better gift can I pass on to those in my life than the gift of a Savior? And, just as it did for the Whos, changing my perspective, will change the Grinch! (And the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day.) May you fully experience the true meaning of the Christmas season this year and forever change the “Grinches” in your life. Julie House is founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965 or on

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percent increase over just three years ago. All crime skyrocketing because addicts are desperate to get their fix. The bill sponsors at the time told us that trafficking heroin was a non-violent crime. And we bought the snake oil. Those in the treatment community would have us believe that only if we had enough treatment this problem would go away. But this is not true either. Any of us who have ever dealt with an addicted person, or who have been addicted ourselves, know that rehabilitation only occurs when people seek treatment on their own. This is a basic tenant of almost all successful treatment programs. However, some in the treatment community clamored for the passage of House Bill 463 because it

deterrent. Fast forward to 2011, with the passage of House Bill 463, a conviction for possession of heroin equals presumptive probation. Which means no prison time served. Trafficking of heroin -- instead of a Class C felony with five to ten years in prison -- is now a Class D felony and requires serving only 20% of a prison term before being eligible for parole. In short, there is almost no punishment for trafficking or usage of heroin in Kentucky. When we passed House Bill 463, the governor might as well have put a sign on the Ohio River bridge: heroin dealers welcome in Kentucky. The results of this bad legislation are tragic. Babies addicted to heroin. Young people dying of overdoses at a 200

provided for court-ordered treatment in lieu of incarceration and this meant big money for some programs. It’s time to face the truth for the sake of our society. This snake must be cut off at its head. That is why I am sponsoring legislation to return trafficking in heroin to its pre-2011 penalties. We have zero tolerance for school violence. We have zero tolerance for bullying. But we, for some reason, cannot face the facts that we need zero tolerance for trafficking heroin. In the upcoming legislative session, I’ll be working to change that. Will you help me? Republican State Sen. John Schickel represents District 11. He can be reached at PO Box 991, Union Ky., 41091. Call him at 1-800-372-7181.

GOP Christmas Gala sends strong message for party This year’s Boone County Republican Christmas Gala was an unprecedented success, especially in terms of the amount raised, the number in attendance and the message delivered. Never before has there been an audience so large and so diverse who put differences aside in order to hear the message of liberty and present a unified front against the errors of big government encroachment. While strong turnout was in large part due to our speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano, I also believe that growing disenchantment with federal usurpation of states rights and a recent resolution passed by the Boone County GOP encouraging open, fair and competitive primaries were major contributing factors. Crowning the evening was a straw poll held for the United States Senate race between incumbent Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican challenger Matt Bevin, an accomplished Louisville businessman. Although Sen. McConnell was a guest speaker during last year’s gala, he was sadly missing this year, which likely helped catapult Matt Bevin to an overwhelming victory. As an officer of the Boone County Republican Party, I congratulate Matt Bevin for this achievement.

Overall, the event success highlights a growing concern that politicians in Washington have lost Brett touch with the Gaspard American people and COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST rather than COLUMNIST protect our rights and liberties, have instead used their power and influence to erode our freedoms, often resulting in political remunerations to a select few. Speaking for many, I would like to thank Judge Napolitano for an unwavering and persistent defense of personal liberty throughout his distinguished career. Regardless of political persuasion or affiliation, the good Judge holds all government officials accountable to the same standard of justice – the Constitution. It was particularly encouraging, therefore, to hear the high praises Judge Napolitano heaped upon our own Congressman Thomas Massie, who attended the event with his wife and family. Unlike many elected officials who suffer from Potomac fever upon reaching Capitol Hill, Congressman Massie has boldly stood up against failed

status quo leadership in order to defend the Constitution. Without doubt, it is the refreshing and principled leadership of individuals like Boone GOP Chairman Rick Brueggemann, Congressman Thomas Massie, Senator Rand Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano that has renewed interest in the Grand Old Party. Truly, the messengers of liberty are alive and well in Kentucky and sending a strong message that the compromise of constitutional principles in the face of encroaching socialism cannot be tolerated. I pray this trend continues. A special congratulations and thank you goes out to all those who organized, participated or otherwise supported the event. Our job to carry on the torch of liberty continues as we face many competitive primary elections, an aggressively expanding surveillance regime, oppressive taxes, government spending run amuck, a nationalized health care debacle, and a loss of the historic religious, cultural and family values that embody the American tradition. May God bless our efforts. Brett Gaspard is a youth chairman for the Boone County GOP.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Boone County Businessman Association

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. final Thursday of each month Where: Florence Holiday Inn, 7905 Freedom Way, Florence Contact: Bill D’Andrea, 859-2407692

Boone County Jaycees

Meeting time: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month Where: Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence (lower level) Contact: President Katie Beagle, 859-466-8998 Description: Community and young professional organization to provide community service and leader-

ship development.

Florence Lions Club

Meeting time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month Where: Lions Clubhouse, 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence Website: Contact: Membership chairman Description: Florence Lions Club’s main mission is to provide local eyesight care for those that need help in Boone County and the surrounding area.

Florence Rotary Club

Meeting time: Noon Mondays Where: Airport Hilton Hotel, Florence Contact: President Billy Santos, or 859-426-

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

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Florence Woman’s Club

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) Where: Florence Nature Park Club House Contact: Linda Gritton, president, Description: Club organizes exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Interact Club of Boone County

Meets: Twice monthly, dates vary Where: Scheben library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union Contact:

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Former school teacher, Jami McCashland-Smith, and her husband, Phil Smith, have fun bidding on items.THANKS TO MARI BACON




he ALS Association Kentucky Chapter recently hosted a Quarter Mania fundraiser night at Turfway Park. The fourth floor of Turfway was transformed by the crafters displaying their wares, and the front part of the room was full of more than 200 participants in the Quarter Auction, featuring items made by many of the crafters.

Michael Deaton shows some of the items he purchased at the craft fair. Deaton also volunteered all day at the event checking in vendors using his new, motorized wheelchair from The ALS loan closet.THANKS TO MARI BACON

Volunteer Linda Fryman, center, is joined by friends, Vickie Bridges and Cathy Oldges, at the Quarter Mania.THANKS TO MARI BACON

Katie Taylor is a speech therapist, as well as a volunteer for The ALS Association.THANKS TO MARI BACON

More than 200 people join in the Quarter Auction and 43 crafter and homesale vendors at Quarter Mania. More than 100 items had been donated for the Quarter Auction. THANKS TO MARI BACON


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 6 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn basic skills including fine motor skills, social skills, reading, dancing, music, science and arts/crafts. Ages -1-1. $15. 859371-5227; Florence.

Exhibits Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Verbum Domini, “The Word of the Lord,” is made up of a couple dozen Bible-related items in an exhibit that celebrates God’s word throughout the ages. Daily exhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Portico. Come face-to-face with tales of dragons from all over the world. View artwork and other adornments strolling beneath Chinese dragons. Learn about encounters with these beasts from China to Africa, Europe to the Americas and Australia to the Middle East. Discover what ancient historians have written about these creatures, and examine armaments that may have been used by valiant dragon slayers. Daily exhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dr. Crawley’s Insectorium, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Near Palm Plaza and downstairs from Dinosaur Den. Learn interesting facts, such as, not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by Dr. Crawley. With an animatronic person, named Dr. Arthur Pod, who answers many questions about insects. Daily exhibit. Included with admission: $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Holiday - Christmas Christmas On Main, 6-8 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Warm up inside library after Santa Claus parade at 6 p.m. Children’s craft offered throughout evening. Light refreshments served. Free. 859-342-2665; Walton. Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing

in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Arrival of St. Nicholas, 6 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Goose Girl Fountain. Saint Nicholas arrives on horseback. Each child receives gift and free hot chocolate and cookies. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; Covington. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Featuring free live nativity, lights and live dramas. Free. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. A Burlington Christmas, 9 a.m., City of Burlington, Burlington Pike, Santa and annual tree-lighting Friday. FridaySaturday: vintage exhibit of toys and dolls in old county clerk’s building and Lionel train display at KY Farm Bureau. Pet parade Saturday and special events at Dinsmore Homestead all weekend. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-5868725; Burlington.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379 Stonehouse Road, Scotch pine up to 10 feet. Balled-and-burlapped Norway, blue spruce and white pine. Also Canaan and Balsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking, netting, pine roping and saws available. Tailgating for large groups allowed. Free candy canes for children. $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-6738415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300 Salem Creek Road, Cut-yourown-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir 6-12 feet. Workers will help load. Twine to tie tree on vehicles provided. Dress for weather. Call for appointments during week. $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

Literary - Libraries Meet Your Match, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Brainteasing trivia. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

Shopping Longbranch Ladies Night Out, 7-10 p.m., Longbranch Elementary School, 2805 Longbranch Road, Shopping from 70 vendors. Includes pampering stations, free appetizers and snacks and “mocktini” bar. $3, $2 advance. 859-384-4500; Union.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Community Dance Boleros Winter Blitz, 7-11 p.m., R.C. Durr YMCA, 5874 Veterans Way, Featuring pro-am and pro

dance showcases, music, dinner and lots of open dancing. Ages 18 and up. $30. Presented by Boleros Dance Club. 859-3795143. Burlington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport. Live Nativity Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., With live animals, caroling, free children’s crafts, storytelling and more. Christmas craft boutique available with items to purchase to benefit building fund. Free. 859-781-4510; Fort Thomas. Winter Wonderland and Vendor Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., North Pointe Elementary School, 875 North Bend Road, Shopping for parents, Santa’s workshop for children, cookies and cocoa, caroling, crafts for children, stories with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, photos with Santa and more. Free. 859-334-7000; Hebron. A Burlington Christmas, 9 a.m., City of Burlington, Free. 859-586-8725; Burlington.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Literary - Libraries Ho, Ho, Ho, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Stories, songs, crafts and Santa. Bring camera. Free. 859-3422665; Florence. TGT: Super Smash Brothers Brawl (middle and high school), 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Take on other teens to see who rules the Florence Branch. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport. The Shoppes at Barrington and Holiday Brunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Barrington of Fort Thomas, 940 Highland Ave., Features 16 local vendors. Brunch in dining room: $15, reservations required. Free admission. Presented by Carespring Health Care. 859-572-0667. Fort Thomas. A Burlington Christmas, 9 a.m., City of Burlington, Free. 859-586-8725; Burlington.

Holiday - Trees The Holiday Toy Trains exhibit is back at Behringer-Crawford Museum through Jan. 19.THANKS TO MATT SPECTER

Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, a pair of rare white American Alligators are on display at the Newport Aquarium. Snowflake and Snowball will call the Rainforest Exhibit their home throughout the Water Wonderland experiencethrough Jan. 1, except for Christmas Day. For more info, go to or call 800-406-3474.PROVIDED p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

MONDAY, DEC. 9 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

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

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Literary - Libraries Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for first time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-3422665. Union. Zumba, 6 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Latininspired, calorie-burning workout. $5. 859-342-2665. Walton. Drop in Knitting, 7 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., 859-342-2665. Walton. Science is Snow Much Fun, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Insta-snow, blubber gloves and other arctic science experiments. Grades 3-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

TUESDAY, DEC. 10 Education Enrollment Information Session, 2-3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Learn how to apply, what sort of financial aid is available, type of academic programs college offers and about advising process. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859441-4500. Florence. Financial Aid Workshop, 3-4

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Learn how to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Deadlines for submission and submission process reviewed. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-441-4500. Florence.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness, 7:15-8 p.m., Full Body Yoga, 7500 Oakbrook Road, $50 for 10 classes, $7 drop in. 859-640-9055. Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Literary - Libraries Anime & Manga, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss your favorite manga and watch an anime provided by Operation Anime. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Lego Mania (all ages), 4:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Let your imagination run wild and build some amazing creations. Legos and Duplos provided. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Petersburg. Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. Presented by Florence Branch Library. 859-3422665. Union. Chapter and Verse, 7 p.m. Discuss “Kabul Beauty School” by Deborah Rodriguez., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. Cincinnati Museum Center Presents: Bats, 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Meet brown bat and learn how he lives, eats and plays. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Walton.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Literary - Libraries Sensory Storytime (all ages), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Storytime with adjustments for sensory sensitivity and special needs. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Chess Club, 7-8 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels are invited to play. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba Gold, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Slow-paced, low-impact version of regular Zumba. $3. 859-3422665. Florence. Spa Night (middle school), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Check out newest nail colors and designs, make some sugar scrub and relax. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Piecemakers, 1:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Learn basics or share expertise in quilting. Free. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Little Hands Holiday Crafts (3-5 years), 10:30 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Create snowman and Santa keepsake. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 6:30-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early games begin 6:45 p.m. Regular games begin 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Free. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. 859-282-1652. Erlanger.



Gifts from the kitchen for the holiday season

Chardonnay-soaked golden raisins

We made these a few years ago in cooking class and they were a hit. I like to scrape out seeds from the vanilla bean and add those to the liquid along with the bean. Served over Brie with crackers, the raisins make elegant hors d’oeuvres and a jar of them makes an unusual gift from the kitchen. If you don’t like Brie, smear a little soft goat cheese on a toasted baguette and top with raisins. I have made this recipe with Riesling, and it turned out just a little bit sweeter, but very nice. 1 ⁄2 cups water 1 cup chardonnay or Chablis wine 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, pounded flat and then split open and cut in half 1 cup golden raisins 1

Combine water, wine and sugar. Bring to simmer and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla bean and raisins. Let steep 12 hours or so. Drain raisins, reserve liquid. Discard bean. Return liquid to pan and bring to boil. You’ll have about 11⁄4 cups. Reduce to 1⁄3 cup. The sauce will be deep amber. Cool a bit and stir in raisins. Store in refrigerator up to a month, and bring to room temperature before using.

Gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis

No, not a gift from the kitchen, but a time-honored home remedy with anti-inflammatory qualities. I had some raisins left over so I made a batch. I had forgotten about making these until I saw Dr. Oz talking about them. Check out my blog for the recipe.

Barbie Hahn’s chili lime peanuts Barbie and I both have been Rita regular Heikenfeld guests on Fox 19 RITA’S KITCHEN morning show. She is known as the Suburban Chef. Barbie makes lots of homemade edibles, including this savory one. Barbie told me: “I make these for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. They make a nice addition to a gift basket.” 6 cups cocktail peanuts, unsalted 6 tablespoons lime juice 6 tablespoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and spread out in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Keeps fresh in airtight container for three weeks. This also makes a great combo gift with a friend’s favorite six pack of beer.

To make colored icing, leave out cocoa. Blend together: 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons hot water or more, if needed 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

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Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert, who said: “My husband and I were recently in Mount Adams and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really like the old food places up on ‘the hill’.”

Coming soon

Chewy brownies from St. Xavier’s Mothers Club cookbook

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


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The website Craigslist is a great place for finding lots of things from jobs to cars. It is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can very easily get scammed. That’s what a local woman says almost happened to her. Kathryne Oakes, of St. Bernard, advertised a hat for sale on Craigslist and says she received several e-mails requesting more information. But one e-mail was from a person who said she lived in Texas and wanted to buy the hat. Oakes says she emailed her name and address so she could receive payment for the hat. She then received a FedEx package with a

edly buying the hat, but from someone else entirely and so would not cash the check. In fact, she says the store wouldn’t give back the check so she could take it to the police department. Now Oakes says she’s embarrassed and angry believing she may be associated with trying to pass a bad check. The check cashing store advised Oakes the only form of payment she should accept for her hat is from Western Union. Of course, that’s the same method of payment that so-called Texas woman wanted Oakes to use to send the remainder of the check. Oakes says she wants to get the word out about this scam so others don’t go through what she did and, she says, “worse yet they may get taken for the money.” Oakes says she “researched the bank and the company the check was issued from and both seemed legit to me.” But, while the company is legitimate, the check wasn’t sent by that firm it was sent by a thief who stole that checking account information. This is a scam that been going on for quite a while and it takes various forms. Sometimes, a thief will claim to have hired you to be

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State Rep. McDaniel tells Rotary his agenda priorities State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s legislative agenda for the 2014 General Assembly will focus on three imperatives: 1) a welleducated workforce, 2) competitive infrastructure and 3) competitive tax policies. “The government exists to provide a system to enable people to reach their maximum potential,” McDaniel told members of the Florence Rotary Club. “The way to do that is to create an environment where people have high-quality jobs and the ability to move up. “We need for government to be good stewards of our resources to make it possible to spiral up.” McDaniel, who represents the 23rd District in northern Kenton County, outlined his priorities and legislation for the upcoming General Assembly at a meeting of the Florence Rotary Club Nov. 4. He said a welleducated workforce, an effective transportation system (infrastructure) and tax policies that help businesses grow are keys to creating a healthy environment. For example, the Taylor Mill

Republican favors extending angel tax credits to individuals. Angel tax credits encourage entrepreneurs to invest in new or start-up companies and help them get off the ground. On the other hand, McDaniel would like to change the prevailing wage law in Kentucky, which mandates the pay scale and fringe benefits for construction workers on public projects. Construction workers typically receive $14 to $18 per hour, but the government mandates $44 per hour on public projects, he said. “Prevailing wage (laws) dramatically overpay for infrastructure,” McDaniel said. He will also support legislation to remove employees for some for-profit organizations from the Kentucky Retirement System. Some of those employees work for companies that are making millions of dollars in profits, but depend on the state system for retirement funds, he noted. In addition, McDaniel is in favor of moving constitutional elections to even-numbered years, a move he believes will

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save taxpayers $17 million to $20 million; eliminating people who resign or are removed from office for wrongdoing from the public pension plan; and restructuring the black lung settlement funds payout.

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Brooks new YMCA executive director Jacob Brooks is the new executive director at the R.C. Durr YMCA, 5874 Veterans Way in Burlington. “Jacob has been serving as interim director at the Durr YMCA since April and has done an outstanding job,” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Chief Operating Officer Myrita Craig. “Jacob has a solid background in YMCA operations and strong leadership skills that will enable him to expand membership, strengthen community

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It’s beginning to look like Christmas Tonight, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Judge Anthony Frohlich will be introducing and presenting his new book “Kentucky Court: A History of Boone County Courts.” Judge Frohlich spent seven years researching for this book. I am sure it will be very interesting. This will be presented at the Boone Main Library on Burlington Pike. ■ It’s beginning to look like Christmas as several homes are decorated and everyone is getting ready for Christmas on Main, this Friday Dec. 6,

at 6 p.m. there will be plenty of activities for everyone. Beginning with the Christmas parade, carriage rides, petting zoo, free food, TANK will Ruth provide Meadows bus tours WALTON NEWS to view the Christmas displays. Walton Verona High School Chorus will present a Christmas concert at First Baptist at 7.p.m. Santa will be located at City Hall to hear all the

Christmas wishes of the little ones. ■ The dedication of the monument for the city of Walton being designated as the Purple Heart City will begin at the Walton Verona Veteran’s Memorial at 5 p.m. Several of the Brothers and Sisters of the American Revolution will be presenting an impressive ceremony including the firing of a cannon from the American Revolution. Thanks to Councilman Gabe Brown and the city for making this important tribute possible honoring our past veterans.

■ Boone County Historical Society‘s Christmas display is Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 7, at the Museum. ■ Santa Claus will be at the Gaines Tavern History Center on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. No admission, just a donation of a new toy or canned goods for the needy. ■ Our Walton Verona Community Service was hosted on Tuesday by the First Baptist Church. We were thankful for every-

one who attended. Dr. Calvin Perry delivered the message and special music from Bill Wethington and the Verona New Bethel Baptist Church Choir directed by Stacey Griffith. A wonderful offering of $1,091.51 and lots of canned goods was received. Thanks to First Baptist for hosting and the ladies of the church for the wonderful reception afterwards. ■ Congratulations to Debbie Mulford and Barb Schadler for organizing and exceeding the Christmas Shoe Box goal

of over 1000 boxes. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way. ■ Continue to remember Wayne Hampton and Mary Ruth Glacken in your thoughts and prayers. Wayne is recuperating after surgery at home. Mary Ruth had a light stroke and is temporarily at Florence St. Elizabeth waiting to be moved to rehab. Ruth Meadows writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her at 859-391-7282 with Walton neighborhood news items.

Modern-day pork is safe at lower temperatures Question: I purchased a new food thermometer. A cooked meat temperature guide for food safety was provided. The guide said to cook pork to 145 degrees F. Is that correct? I was always taught you have to cook pork to at least 160 degrees to destroy trichinella and harmful bacteria. Answer: The 145 degree guideline is correct for pork cuts like chops, loins, and roasts that have been cooked and allowed to rest for three minutes. The resting period allows the temperature to continue to rise a few degrees. It also allows the natural juices to be redistributed back into the meat. This prevents the them from being released when the meat is cut.

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Joel Calvin “Joey” Cason Sr., 57, of Independence, died Nov. 22, 2013. He was an Army veteran, member and volunteer at Community Family Church in Independence, worked for the IRS as an HVAC, owned J and C Repair, received awards for his art work, and loved painting, fishing, collecting hats, music and talking. His father, James Cason Sr., and brother, James Cason Jr., died previously. Survivors include his wife, Brenda; daughter, Desirae Scott of Florence; sons, Joel Cason Jr. of Lexington, and Jared Cason of Independence; mother and stepfather, Tony and Annalene Vargas; sister, Cindy Cahill of Morning View; brothers, Jack Cason of Morning View, and Jon Cason of Independence; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Community Family Church, 11875 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY 41051.

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Colin E. Curtis Jr., 41, of Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 21, 2013, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was an employee of UPS, and a member of Teamsters Local 100.

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Josephine Darrell, 77, of Independence, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Adams Brookes Darrell, died previously. Survivors include her son, Phillip Burns of Verona; sister, Annie Beaudin of Kahnawake, Canada; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

William Forsythe William Elijah Forsythe, 3 months, died Tuesday Nov. 19. Survived by mother Gloria Grace Rachael Forsythe and father Zackary Edward Timmerman; grandmothers Carol Forsythe and Ginger Flannery; grandfather Edward Timmerman; uncles Dallas Frank and Dylan Carver; aunt Brooke Graham. Preceded in death by grandfather William Forsythe and greatgrandmother Zeta Lynn Flannery. Memorials to Stith Funeral Home in Florence.

David Huff David George Huff, 61, of Walton, died Nov. 20, 2013. He was an Air Force veteran, member of Grace Fellowship

Church, a volunteer firefighter, and enjoyed reading the Bible, gardening, kayaking, canoeing, walking, bicycling, and spending time with family, friends, and his chow chows. Survivors include his wife, Connie Honeywell; mother, Sharon Huff; sisters, Karon Huff, Kathleen Huff and Kimberly Huff; and brother, Dennis Huff. Burial was at Arlington Cemetery in Allentown, Pa. Memorials: Schnecksville Fire Department in Orefield, Pa.

John Jarman John Jarman, 76, of Elsmere, died Nov. 20, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of St. Henry Church, longtime driver for Roadway, and an avid fisherman. His brothers, Victor Jarman and Bill Jarman, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Jarman of Elsmere; daughters, Tina Jarman of Union, Angie Tucker of Amelia, Ohio, and Bonita Frank of Arlington, Va.; sons, Tony Jarman of Elsmere, Brian Jarman of Elsmere, and Chris Jarman of Florence; brother, Fran Jarman of Haw River, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice; or masses of intention in John Jarman’s name.

Frances Nagel Frances Mildred Wimsatt Nagel, 88, of Latonia, died Nov. 21, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Cold Spring. She was a member of Holy Cross Church since Sept. 1969,

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DEATHS Continued from Page B8 and enjoyed being a homemaker and sewing. Her husband, Robert Charles Nagel, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Wehry of Cold Spring; son, Charles Robert Nagel of Taylor Mill; sisters, Therese Hansman of Highland Heights, Margie Wagner of Florence, and Rita Dreyer of Latonia; brother, Jerry Wimsatt of Tennessee; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: EWTN; or Sacred Heart Radio.

David Poland David Ryan Poland, 24, of Hebron, died Nov. 18, 2013. He was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, member of the Kentucky National Guard, and worked at ASIG. Survivors include his father, David Poland of Glencoe; mother, Shonda McMillan of Hebron; brother, Colin Denehy of Hebron; stepsister, Madie McMillan of Hebron; and grandfathers, Lonnie Dow Poland of Glencoe, and Tony Price of Glencoe. Burial was at Glencoe Cemetery. Memorials: Celebrate Recovery Program at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbats St., Latonia, KY 41015.

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POLICE REPORTS FLORENCE Arrests/citations Ronald Jorgensen, 49, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Oct. 26. Andrew C. Faulkner, 32, possession of drug paraphernalia, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Oct. 26.

Adron D. Rice, 89, of Hebron, died Nov. 22, 2013, at Highlandspring in Fort Thomas. He was an electrician for Mayers Electric Company in Cincinnati, was an Army veteran of World War II, member of First Baptist Church in Ludlow, member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 212, former member of Ludlow Band Boosters, Ludlow PTA and Ludlow Park Board, and helped with putting in lights for the baseball fields in Ludlow Park. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Rice of Fort Wright; daughter, Julia Rice of Hebron; son, Ronald “Ron” Rice of Grove City, Ohio; sister, Rachel Arnold of Osage Beach, Mo.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Interment with honor guard services at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: Cincinnati Center for Autism, 305 Cameron Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246.

Raymond Riley Raymond Riley, 69, of Williamstown, died Nov. 23, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Grant County. He was a retired Union Steward at General Electric in Evendale, Ohio, member of the Bradford Masonic Lodge No. 123 in Independence, and member of the Sherman Church of Christ. His wife, Gwendola Caroline Spencer Riley, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Raymond Riley of Falmouth, and


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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B9 Whitney D. Platt, 24, first-degree promoting contraband, Oct. 25. Sonya R. Jones, 45, careless driving, DUI, Oct. 26. William J. Pierce, 31, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, Oct. 13. Greg E. Sumpter, 30, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Oct. 13. James A. Long IV, 19, possession

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lifting, Nov. 8. Adam B. Turner, 22, DUI, reckless driving, Nov. 9. Terry J. Norman, 26, shoplifting, Nov. 8. Steven W. Brown Jr., 29, shoplifting, Nov. 7. Zachary J. Peterson, 34, theft by unlawful taking, Nov. 7. Shelby S. Shields, 19, shoplifting, Nov. 6. Angela N. Wagers, 29, shoplifting, Nov. 6. Samantha S. Aide, 19, shop-

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Incidents/investigations Burglary Third-degree at 7413 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 14. Money stolen at 308 Roberta Ave., Oct. 13. Residence broken into and items taken at 7153 Spruce Drive, Nov. 8. Burglary, criminal mischief Damage to doors, window screen, laptop stolen at 2 Miriam Drive, Oct. 13. Criminal mischief Automobiles destroyed/damaged vandalized at 7373 Turfway Road, Oct. 14. Building materials vandalized at 21 Lake Drive, Oct. 26. Vehicles vandalized at Sam’s Club at 4949 Houston Road, Nov. 9. Structure vandalized at 7259 Turfway Road, Nov. 8. Vehicles vandalized at Charleston Court, Nov. 7. Vehicles vandalized at 6745 Shenandoah Drive, Nov. 5. Criminal possession of forged instrument Two $100 bills counterfeited/ forged at 7656 Catawba Lane, No. 1, Oct. 14. Fraud Victim’s credit card stolen and used at multiple locations at 8405 U.S. 42, Oct. 26. Subject used false identity to obtain a prescription at 8193 Mall Road, Nov. 6. Victim’s identity stolen at 40 Hearthstone Court, Nov. 5. Harassment Victim harassed verbally by subject at 334 Westminster Court, Nov. 8.

Victim harassed verbally by subject at 4900 Houston Road, Nov. 7. Incident report Victim’s vehicle taken by known subject without the owner’s permission at 30 Russell St., Oct. 26. Stolen vehicle recovered at Nicholas St., Nov. 9. Stolen vehicle recovered at Montrose Ave., Nov. 4. Narcotics Prisoner found in possession of syringes at 3020 Conrad Lane, Oct. 26. Possession Public intoxication – controlled substance, possession of controlled substance at 7860 Mall Road, Oct. 14. Possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 6724 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 13. Recovery of stolen property Automobiles recovered at 30 Cavalier Court, Oct. 13. Robbery Subject used force at Sam’s Club to steal money from victim at 4949 Houston Road, Oct. 22. Victim robbed of items by subject who used force at 7241 Turfway Road, Oct. 22. Robbery, shoplifting Possession of marijuana, five cases of Budweiser beer stolen at 7625 Doering Drive, Oct. 20. Shoplifting Steaks stolen at 6920 Burlington Pike, Oct. 14. Merchandise stolen at 7747 Mall Road, Oct. 16. Under garments stolen at 2106 Mall Road, Oct. 16. Merchandise stolen at 7625 Doering Drive, Oct. 17. Merchandise stolen at 7625 Doering Drive, Oct. 17. Clothing stolen at 4990 Houston Road, Oct. 17. Clothing stolen at 5000 Mall Road, Oct. 18. Mini laptop stolen at 239 Main St., Oct. 19. Subject tried to steal goods from Sam’s Club at 4949 Houston Road, Oct. 21. Subject tried to steal items from Remke’s at 6920 Burlington Pike, Oct. 22. Subject tried to steal merchan-

dise from Meijer at 4990 Houston Road, Oct. 23. Subject tried to steal products from Ulta at 7673 Mall Road, Oct. 23. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Drive, Oct. 24. Subject tried to steal goods from businesses inside the Florence Mall at 2028 Mall Road, Oct. 24. Subject tried to steal goods from Macy’s Fashion at 5000 Mall Road, Oct. 25. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Drive, Oct. 25. Tablet stolen at 7659 Mall Road, Oct. 13. Subject tried to steal bras from Victoria’s Secret at 2104 Mall Road, Oct. 26. Subject tried to steal clothing from Victoria’s Secret at 2104 Mall Road, Nov. 9. Subject tried to steal items from Walgreen’s at 8193 Mall Road, Nov. 8. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Drive, Nov. 8. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Drive, Nov. 7. Subject tried to steal merchandise from JC Penney at 6000 Mall Road, Nov. 7. Subject tried to steal property from businesses inside the Florence Mall at 3000 Mall Road, Nov. 6. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kroger at 7747 Mall Road, Nov. 6. Subject tried to steal goods from Walmart at 7625 Doering Drive, Nov. 6. Subject tried to steal items from Macy’s at 5000 Mall Road, Nov. 6. Subject tried to steal items from businesses inside the Florence Mall at 3000 Mall Road, Nov. 5. Subject tried to steal items from Kitchen Collection at 1034 Mall Road, Nov. 5. Terroristic threatening Subject threatened victim with violence at 7487 Carole Lane, Oct. 26.



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Victory Lane Recliner

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Belmont 96” Sofa

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