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Light Up Boone County Holiday lights are going up in Florence and throughout Boone County. Share your photos of Christmas decorations – both exterior and interior – and tell us your name, address and community. It’s OK to have family members in the photo. Email photo, with “Light Up” in subject line, to Or upload your photo at We’ll include yours in a holiday photo gallery. The best will run in the paper.

Fookes holds court with win Nell Fookes Court became official on Dec. 9, as Boone County High School dedicated the floor to the 27th-year head coach after her 607th career win. She is the all-time winningest coach in Ninth Region history. Story, Sports

Adoption group honors lawmaker U.S. Rep Geoff Davis of Hebron was selected as recipient of the 2011 Legislator of the Year Award by Voice for Adoption. He was recognized for his efforts to make foster care and adoption policy a priority. Being given the award is a reflection of “trying to help kids we’d like to give a second chance to,” he said. Story, A4

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Florence woman celebrates 103rd birthday with family By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Eva Arnold has lived through both world wars, the rise and fall of Communism and nearly every other major event of the 20th century. Born Dec. 10, 1908, Arnold just celebrated her 103rd birthday. Arnold grew up in Boone County and now lives at the Florence Park Care Center. While she grew up in a farming family, Arnold wanted to work in the city, said her niece Faye Kirkpatrick. “She would ride a horse, and then ride a milk truck to work in Cincinnati,” Kirkpatrick said. Arnold lived through many of the landmark events on the 20th century, but one of her favorite memories was walking across the frozen Ohio River with her grandmother when she was 9 years old. “Her mind is just wonderful,” Kirkpatrick said. As Arnold got older she still didn’t slow down, even climbing on her roof and cleaning her gutters when she was in her 80s, Kirkpatrick said. Arnold’s enthusiasm extended to her family as well, she said. “She’s just been a part of our lives all of her life,” Kirkpatrick said.


Eva Arnold celebrates her 103rd birthday. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Arnold has one son, three grandchildren and a lot of great nieces and nephews. “We all just love her,” Kirkpatrick said. Florence Park set up a birthday party for Arnold where she got to celebrate with her neighbors and family members. “They’re making a big deal of this,” Arnold said. Living to be 103 is considered quite a feat, but there’s no trick to it, Arnold said. “It’s no secret – it’s just my family taking care of me,” she said. For more about your community, visit

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FLORENCE — Kroger is planning a new Marketplace store in Florence Square on Mall Road at a site previously occupied by a movie theater. The company has submitted a site plan to the Boone County Planning Commission for the 123,678-square-foot store that would include a fuel center, a drive-thru pharmacy and 485 new parking spaces. Rachael Betzler, public affairs manager for Kroger, confirmed that the company is pursuing the project but said it is not yet a done deal. “This is a project that we are interested “What we are in but we are beginning to see still finalizing is a domino effect the details,” Betzler said. from the The Kroger redevelopment of Marketplace is a multi-depart(Mall) Road.” ment store that offers a fullDIANE WHALEN service groceFlorence mayor ry, pharmacy and an expanded general merchandise section. There have been rumors for years that Kroger was looking to expand or replace its existing store, also located in Florence Square, which opened in 1977. That speculation ramped up earlier this year when Brixmor Property Group, the owner of Florence Square, purchased a 5.5acre lot on Cayton Road that is located behind the movie theater. Brixmor paid $950,000 for the property in August, which was purchased for just $200,000 in 2008 and envisioned as a site for a mosque. At that time, Stacy Slater, senior vice president, Investment Management for Brixmor Property Group, said the site was targeted for redevelopment. “As always, our strategy is to create an optimal merchandise mix for the surrounding community of Florence,” Slater said. “As you might know, the movie theater space lacks depth. Acquiring the land parcel will enable us to appropriately accommodate a future big-box user.” Development of a Marketplace on the nearby site would allow Kroger to operate the existing store until construction is completed. Joshua Wice, business/community development director for the city of Florence, said the store would be a welcomed addition to Mall Road. “The first official step for them is submitting the site plan for review and approval,” Wice said. “From the city’s standpoint, the potential redevelopment at Florence Square with a Kroger Marketplace as the anchor clearly serves as a catalyst for the success of that property and the other properties on Mall Road.” Kevin Costello, executive director of the Boone County Planning Commission, said the store will help breathe new life into the center. “This really cements the presence of Kroger in Boone County,” Costello said.

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“When the existing store was renovated, it wasn’t expanded to meet the demands of today’s consumer. This will ensure that the presence of a grocery store is maintained on Mall Road.” The store would be bordered by Ulta Beauty and Jo Ann Fabrics, which has already an-

nounced plans to relocate to Houston Road, so some existing businesses would be displaced. Fuji Steakhouse and Supercuts are among the retailers currently located in the footprint of the new store. Wice said the Kroger Marketplace store would accommodate the current tenant mix on Mall Road, as well as the long-term plans for the retail corridor. The city of Florence recently


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commissioned a Mall Road District Study to help develop a longrange vision for the corridor, which could include mixed-use projects and a residential component. “The city has met with Kroger several times over the past few years to emphasize the amount of traffic and number of people who go to Mall Road to do other shopping,” Wice said. “We feel the area needs a more modern and larger store to serve that capacity.” Florence Mayor Diane Whalen said the potential Kroger development is the type of project that was envisioned with the $13 million state-funded reconstruction of Mall Road. “What we are beginning to see is a domino effect from the redevelopment of that road,” Whalen said. “This is something we have said we would like to see (Kroger) do and this demonstrates how the Mall Road project will continue to pay dividends to the area. Kroger is not ready to reveal a timetable for construction, how much the project will cost or how many people might be employed there.

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Shelter hosts ‘Home for the Holidays’ Boone County Animal Shelter kicks off its “Home for the Holidays” campaign with an Open House and Adoptathon noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The shelter is located at 5643 Idlewild Road in Burlington. “This event will encourage families to consider adoption first when adding a pet to the family. We’ll feature door prizes, adoption gifts, refreshments and free consultation with an on-site trainer,” said Beckey Reiter, animal shelter director. The animal shelter has

added several new incentives this year so that all animals leave the shelter to adoptive homes before the end of the year. From Dec. 16-22, families adopting cats and dogs will be able to name their own adoption fee. Those adopting Dec. 2022 can request animals be held for delivery on Christmas Eve. For a nominal fee, arrangements have been made for Santa to deliver the new four-legged family member to his adoptive home with the help of the shelter elves in the Adoption Waggin’.

“Good customer service is crucial to our shelter’s effort to save more lives,” Reiter said. “And we plan to offer extended hours Dec. 19-22 to encourage everyone to visit the shelter.” The shelter will be open for adoptions noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will be closed Dec. 2326. For more information, call the Boone County Animal Shelter at 859-5865285. For more about your community, visit

Red Hat members celebrate Christmas By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor

HEBRON — It was a sea of red and purple at the Airport Marriott as the Red Hat Fillies of Northern Kentucky met for their annual Christmas party. Jackie LeDuc started this club for women eight years ago in Boone County, starting with 40 members right off the bat. It has grown to be one of the largest clubs in the area. Based on Christian values, the club’s members live the premise that they’re never too old to have fun. “We get together to play, to share one another’s lives and to make our own fun,” said Bobbie Ackley of Hebron, a member of the Fillies. “All of these ladies make a conscious choice to embrace life and live it to the fullest.” The Red Hat Society is an organization that champions fun and friendship after 50 for thousands of women across the country. The Red Hat Fillies are just one of the clubs in the society that come together for gatherings each month and engage in special outings to enjoy each other’s company and make an effort to stay young at heart. The theme lives on in the 60plus members of the Fillies. “This club is inspirational,” said Shirley Casey, from Crittenden. “All the ladies are like sisters and we bond together. The same is true with the Red Hat clubs all over the world.” Peggy Bond of Burlington joined because she wanted to make more friends. She has done just that in the year and a half she’s been a member. “We have fun,” said Midge Windows of Elsmere. “I’ve been a part of the club since I retired. We wear our red hats and on our birthdays we wear purple hats. Everyone is allowed to join, but if you are under 50 you wear pink and lavender.” The Red Hat Fillies are not just pretty hats and dresses. They hold food drives for the community and donate items

Dolores Kleier of Burlington and Tootie Smith of Union retrieve their presents at the Red Hat Fillies' Christmas party at the Marriott in Hebron Dec. 5. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Elisa Rossi of Dry Ridge and Mary Boyd of Florence, who is the vice queen of the Red Hat Fillies, brought their kazoos to the Christmas party at the Marriott in Hebron on Dec. 5. They accompanied members in singing "Happy Birthday" to those with December birthdays. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

to a girls’ facility in Kentucky. “Our ladies hold the concept that though they would have to eventually grow old, the kind of person they would be is a matter of their own choosing,” said Ackley. “That’s how they feel. Their purpose is to be there for one another, and share a smile and a helping hand.” The first verse of the poem that is the motto of the Red Hat Society sums up the feelings. The author is unknown. “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t

suit me, “And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, and satin sandals “And say we have no money for butter.” “We always seem to attract the ladies we can help and can help us,” said LeDuc. “God helps us with our club.” For more information about the Red Hat Society, the website offers general information. For membership LeDuc’s number is 859-689-5526. For more about your community, visit



Boone Co. absorbing 911 center By Mark Hansel

BURLINGTON — The Boone County Fiscal Court Dec. 6 agreed to absorb the county’s Public Safety Communications Center and approved the hiring of all of its personnel. The move, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, is necessary because an interlocal agreement between the county and the city of Florence has been terminated. The PSCC, which handles 911 calls, has operated as an independent entity, but will now function as a department of county government. The Fiscal Court also agreed to include a one-

time recurring salary increase equal to each employee’s Social Security contribution. PSCC employees currently do not participate in the U.S. Social Security program, but it is a prerequisite for employment with the county. “These two resolutions really bring to a conclusion the activities that have been developing in the last year or two as it relates to several policy matters involving PSCC,” Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said. “Those issues involve funding, the structure and makeup of the interlocal agreement and more recently, a decision to terminate the interlocal agreement that has been in effect since 1979.”

Under the interlocal agreement, the city of Florence paid a portion of the PSCC funding, but officials there have lobbied for a more equitable formula for several years. Because Florence residents also contribute to the fund through county taxes, city officials contended that they were paying twice. Last year, the city voted to remove its $600,000 contribution from the budget and a subsequent funding study determined that the city should not have to pay the additional amount. Since that time, the county has been working to assume all funding and operational requirements and the Dec. 6 votes were the final step in the process. Earlywine said the additional Social Security contribution, based on the current rate of 4.2 percent, would amount to about $30,000 for the re-

maining six months of the budget year. The PSCC includes 36 full-time employees and five parttime workers. Earlywine said the transition of the PSCC to a county department will be seamless for the first responders and the general public. “They will still have the same folks working in the same building, providing the same key services for police and fire first responders,” Earlywine said. The PSCC will continue to have an oversight board, which will consist of the Boone County sheriff, the Florence police chief and the annual president or chairman of the Boone County Fire Chiefs Association. The county will continue discussions with other Northern Kentucky officials about the possibility of forming a combined PSCC that would

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cover the entire region. The Fiscal Court also agreed to extend the existing cable television franchise agreement with Insight Communications. The current franchise agreement expires on Jan. 1 and Insight is awaiting approval of a pending merger with Time Warner Cable. The six-month extension will permit Insight to comply with the existing franchise agreement terms and allow Time Warner to negotiate a new contract upon closing of the transaction. The purchase of additional land for the Gunpowder Creek Land Preservation Project also took another step forward at the Dec. 6 meeting. The Fiscal Court authorized Judge-executive Gary Moore to proceed with negotiations with the Simpson family for the purchase of property


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Homemade holiday gifts give back By Neva Martin

said Judy Heeger, a Homemaker member for more than 15 years. Heeger makes holiday gifts for friends and family, which includes 11 children, 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. “My kids keep me busy,” said Heeger. “All of my gifts are inexpensive … I give them to the kids and for their associates at work.” Such gifts include baby bibs and burp cloths (which go over the shoulder), as well as microwave baked-potato bags (“It makes (the potatoes) nice and fluffy”). Another Homemaker member, Mary Neal, made quilts for her three oldest grandchildren this year. She volunteers at the Extension office, recently teaching members how to create a snowman from wood and fabric. “I do a lot of sewing,”


Giving of yourself can be an enriching experience, especially in today’s lean economy. This is something Boone County Extension Homemakers all agree on, said Katie Smallwood, Extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. “The Homemakers do all kinds of projects (including collecting canned goods), anything to help the community,” said Smallwood. They also make blankets for “preemies” (premature infants) at hospitals as well as cancer caps,


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Barbara Seiter makes all kinds of crafts for family and friends. Here she works on painting Christmas ornaments for gifts. PROVIDED said Neal, winning several ribbons at the Boone County Fair every year. “I make bags that attach to wheelchairs and walkers for the veterans at Fort Thomas.” Smallwood said these inexpensive gifts, and many more, can be seen at the annual “Holiday with Homemakers” show, held each November at the Extension center on Camp Ernst Road . “The show features Homemaker crafts and my ‘elf,’ Barbara Seiter, holds up the items while I explain

how to make them,” Smallwood added. Seiter, a Homemaker for more than 30 years, enjoys painting, scrapbooking and making jewelry, hobbies from the simple to the sublime. She mentions a couple of simple gift ideas. “ One of them is taking wire and winding it around a toilet paper roll, putting beads and buttons on it and making napkin rings,” said Seiter. Another is creating a recipe book: Take three pa-

per lunch bags, fold them in half, one on top of the other, punch holes in the side, then tie ribbons to connect them. “On each page I put a recipe,” Seiter added. “It makes 10 pages. I decorate it with stickers and things and title it ‘Favorite Recipes.’ I’m giving them to my nieces this year. They’re young and newly married.” Homemade gifts bless the giver as much as the giftee, she added.

“It’s giving a part of myself,” Seiter said. “It means more to me than to go out and buy them.” For information on joining the Homemakers, whether as a regular or mailbox member, call Katie Smallwood at the Boone County Extension Office, 586-6101; or email her at For more about your community, visit boonecounty.




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Davis receives award from adoption group By Stephanie Salmons

U.S. Rep Geoff Davis of Hebron was selected as recipient of the 2011 Legislator of the Year Award by Voice for Adoption. He was recognized for his efforts to make foster care and adoption policy a priority. Voice for Adoption is a national Davis nonprofit organization that advocates for improved adoption policies. “It’s certainly a great honor,” Davis said in a phone conversation. The work, however, was

VFA commended Davis for his efforts to help eliminate the barriers to permanency that children and families regularly encounter during the adoption process. Caring and loving families shouldn’t have barriers placed to keep children from becoming parts of “safe and stable families,” he said on the phone. Davis introduced the bipartisan Child and Family Services Innovation act which was signed by President Barrack Obama Sept. 30. The law improves and extends child welfare programs that were set to expire Sept. 30 and renews the authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to grant approval for child welfare demonstration projects.

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Collins, Jones to get new program By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Students who have fallen behind have a new opportunity to get ahead. The Boone County Schools Board of Education approved a new after school instruction program for Collins Elementary and R.A. Jones Middle School. The schools have a high popu-

lation of transient students who have attended several schools in a short period of time. This means students can have missed out on a lot during their moves. “There are large gaps in their instruction,” said Karen Chesser, assistant superintendent for learning support services. In many cases, students can be multiple grade levels behind and there just aren’t enough hours in a school day to make a dent, Chesser said. “It’s just too much to catch up,” Chesser said.

The after school program would run five days a week and add three hours to the end of the school day at Jones and two hours at Collins where students can get additional instruction, intervention, enrichment and help with homework. “We’re hoping parents will just see the school day as going to 5:40 p.m.” Chesser said. Many of the students who would be in the program are latch-key kids who don’t have any supervision after school, she said.

“This is probably a better environment,” Chesser said. The program would be free for students and funded largely through grants. Participating students would also get additional nutrition and physical education during the added time. They will also be provided transportation home after the extended school day. The district has high hopes of students making up their gaps and even getting past their grade levels in subjects. “We’re expecting students to

grow 50 percent more than students who don’t use this,” Chesser said. The program will be optional, but the schools will stress the importance of it for struggling kids, she said. “We are going to be diligent in calling parents who choose not to do this,” Chesser said. The program will likely kick off in mid-January. For more about your community, visit

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More than 200 dads, grandpas and uncles came to Florence Elementary for the Strong Fathers program. Fathers were invited to eat breakfast with their children and spend the morning with them in class. Pictured is fifth-grader Billy Elam with his strong father, Tip Branam, flexing his muscles with the theme "Strong Fathers." THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

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More than 200 dads, grandpas and uncles came to Florence Elementary for the Strong Fathers program. Pictured is second-grader Peyton Pemberton-Warner with her dad, Samuel Warner, wearing their Florence Elementary spirit wear. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN During Florence Elementary's Strong Fathers program. fathers ate breakfast with their children and joined them in morning classes. Pictured is kindergartner Benny Dixon with his father, Ben Dixon, making playdough letters. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

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Schools team up for string concerts Elementary students are getting their first chance at the strings. The Northern Kentucky School of Music started a partnership with North Pointe, Mann and Stephens elementary schools to teach students stringed instruments including violin, viola, “They’ve never cello and bass. held a violin or “They don’t ofcello or anything fer it in the curriculum,” said Toni like it.” Scheffer, director of the music TONI SCHEFFER school. Northern Kentucky School of About 130 stuMusic dents from the three schools started practicing with Scheffer and her team after school. “They’ve never held a violin or cello or anything like it,” Scheffer said. The program began in early September, and students are making huge leaps, she said. “They are very bright,” Scheffer said. In just over three months’ time, the students held their first concert at North Pointe Elementary. While the students deserve a lot of credit, there’s another group that’s making the program so successful, Scheffer said. “The Boone County Schools have just been wonderful to work with,” she said. Unless the school district and school administrators are on board, something like this can’t succeed, Scheffer said. “They have been very supportive,” she said. It’s been a fun experience for the students as well, said North Pointe Principal Jo Craven. “It has been a great program,” Craven said. The program is about to go on a hiatus until mid-January, but before they do, they’ll perform two more concerts. They’ll be performing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Immanuel United Methodist Church at 2551 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park. For more about your community, visit



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Students at Heritage Academy were given the chance to win some exciting prizes during the fall Entertainment Book fundraiser. Four students from the school sold enough books to win a Laser Adventure Party and $50 in gift cards to the stores of their choice. Pictured are Dalton Glaub, fourth grade; Jacoby Glaub, kindergarten; Porter Glaub, third grade; and Miguel Rocha, sixth grade. Heritage Academy is a private pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school in Florence. THANKS TO TADD GLAUB

Inaugural parade featured local bands Boone teacher was grand marshal A cannon shot from the Kentucky Military History Museum officially kicked off the inaugural parade for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Dec. 13 in Frankfort. More than 4,150 parade participants, including 54 high school marching bands, traveled up Capital Avenue toward the Capitol

where Beshear took the oath of office for his second term as the state’s 61st governor. 2012 Teacher of the Year Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, was grand marshal and traveled the parade route with singing and community theater groups, Boy Scout troops

and other state dignitaries. Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear traveled the parade route in an open horsedrawn carriage provided by the Kentucky Horse Park. Ryle High School Marching Raiders, Newport High School Wildcat Marching Band and the Beechwood High School Marching Tigers were among high school marching bands in the parade.






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Meredith Brownell, Ryle Raiders dive into title chase By James Weber

» The Community Recorder is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are doing. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or enjoying the holidays with their family at home (Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at or James Weber at Questions, contact Weber by email or 859-578-1054.

Boys basketball

» Boone County beat Holy Cross 83-76 to improve to 4-0. Zane McQueary led five Rebels in double figures with 20 points. Boone beat Conner Dec. 9, 70-52 for its fifth straight win. Five Rebels were in double figures. » St. Henry beat Highlands 73-68 Dec. 9 to improve to 2-2. Mitchell Kuebbing had 19 points and Darius Meiman 18.

Girls basketball

» Conner beat St. Patrick 55-40 Dec. 6 to improve to 3-0. Emily Pluto had 11 points. » Cooper beat Beechwood 55-49 Dec. 9 to improve to 3-2. » Ryle beat Colerain 56-45 Dec. 8 to improve to 3-0. Tyianna Douthit had 15 points, Dawn Johnson 13 and McKell Oliverio 13. » St. Henry beat Cooper 53-38 on Dec. 7 to improve to 4-1. Jessica Knaley had 16 points.

Where are they now?

Sophomore T.J. Albright is one of Ryle's top returnees. FILE PHOTO

» Georgetown College finished 12-1 in football this season and reached the second round of the NAIA playoffs. The Tigers were conference champions and included the following local athletes: Boone County: Jordan Oppenheimer. Ryle: Adam Schmitz. Walton-Verona: Gregory Peebles. Schmitz led the team in rushing touchdowns with six and had the second-most receptions for the Tigers with 27.


» Vince Jarvis and Collin England of Union are on Kentucky’s eighth-grade allstar football team who are playing in a national tournament. In the first round of the inaugural Football University (FBU) National Championship, the eighth-grade team from Kentucky beat Illinois 44-0. Kentucky is slated to face Wisconsin in the next round the weekend of Dec. 9-11. The winner of this matchup will be two wins away from an all-expense-paid trip to San Antonio to compete for the national championship title in the Alamodome. » Cooper junior Tyler Morris and head coach Randy Borchers were player and coach of the year in Class 5A, District 5 as selected by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association.

Ryle's Meredith Brownell (second) and Highlands' Carly Hill (fourth) show their state medals in girls diving Feb. 26 at the University of Louisville. FILE PHOTO Sophomore diver Karly Brungs was 31st at state last season. Junior Samantha Kalany was 14th in the breaststroke and 17th in the backstroke at regionals last year. Junior Kayla Harrison, sophomore Hannah Wagner and freshman Megan Harrison are other top returning Rebels. Melching expects improvement from both teams and more state qualifiers.



Catching up with college athletes

» The story about the Holy Cross football state title win included an incorrect stat that this was the first title win of any sport for Holy Cross. It was the third: Slow-pitch softball had state titles in 2005 and 2006.

Lance Melching returns for his fourth season as head coach for the Rebels. He returns multiple state qualifiers, including three divers in Ryan Brown (13th at state), Evan Brungs (19th) and Ian Grimes (20th). Senior swimmers Michael McMahon and Ben Read are school recordholders and look to get to state this year. Junior swimmers James Beckett and Logan Briedis add quality depth.

St. Henry beat Highlands 73-68 in varsity basketball on Dec. 9. Pictured is St. Henry junior Ben Hills. Hills made several key baskets and free throws to preserve the lead for the Crusaders. THANKS TO



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BOONE COUNTY — Meredith Brownell leads an experienced swimming and diving program for Ryle High School this season. A two-time state runner-up in diving, Brownell hopes to take the next step this year. She has signed to dive for Division I Kansas University. “When I first starting diving, I wanted to pick a sport I could be good at, but I didn't think I could go to college doing it,” she said. Brownell said she is practicing twice as hard this year, literally, as she spends time both with her club coach at Miami University, and with the Ryle divers. “I do double practices all the time,” she said. “Hopefully I can get the title this year, if not, I'll be OK.” Brownell is one of several returning state qualifiers for the Raiders. Others on the girls side include junior Taylor Piatt (butterfly), senior Audrey Cochran (backstroke), senior Erica Thelen (backstroke) and senior Taylor Dantes (freestyle). Returning state qualifiers for the boys team are senior Tommy Jennings (sprints), sophomore T.J. Albright (backstroke), sophomore Connor Galloway (freestyle), eighth-grader Bryce Craven (diving) and sophomore Mikey O’Leary (butterfly). Other swimmers to watch on the girls team include Katy Dunham, Katie Clements, McKenzie Derry, Courtney Ferguson, Paige Miller and Hayley Ashcraft. Boys newcomers include Adam Dantes, Brian Kelly and Tristan Stamm. Fifth-year head coach Jim Bailie said the girls team should finish top-five in the region, and the boys team has a bright future with most of the top athletes being sophomores and younger.



Meredith Brownell of Ryle dives in the state meet last year. FILE PHOTO

Lauren Toole is head coach for the Cougars, who had their first meet Dec. 7 at Scott.

Top boys swimmers are Kyle Kieth, Alex Willet, Jay Bachmann and Nick Beckett.


St. Henry

Lisa Harkrader returns for her fourth year leading the Jaguars. The girls team was fifth at regionals last year, and the 200 freestyle relay foursome of Brooke Harkrader, Michaela Smith, Megan Kern and Samantha Bosshammer all return after finishing in the top 16 at state. Sharli Brady and Kandis Arlinghaus add potential to the lineup. Brady, a former state qualifier for Cooper, returns to the school this season.

The Crusaders graduated state qualifiers Louis Rodgers and Luke Freihofer. Head coach Clare Grosser lists 33 athletes on her roster, including seniors Jessica Bier, Taco Chang, Zach Coffaro, Torie Hughes, Mitchell Isler, Mitchell Kriege, Jack Lannon, Katie Mauntel, Bethany McNabb and Catherine Otte. See more sports coverage at, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.

» Two Notre Dame players were firstteam all-state in Class 3A (schools were split in three classes for these awards based on enrollment). Emily Schmahl and Hanna Thelen were first-team picks. Carley Jones and Elly Ogle were second team. Scott’s Erin Romito was honorable mention. St. Henry honorees in Class A were Abbey Bessler and Rachel Fortner, who were first team. Holy Cross senior Jayden Julian was first team. Georgia Childers was second team and Megan Krumpelman was honorable mention. » Ryle’s Ashley Bush and Harper Hempel were second-team all-state in 3A. (schools were split in three classes for these awards based on enrollment). Boone County’s Stephanie Lambert was honorable mention.

Cross country

» St. Henry junior Daniel Wolfer and Conner senior Ben Turner ran in the Footlocker South Region cross country championships Nov. 26 in Charlotte. Wolfer finished 124th in 16:20, and Turner was 140th in 16:27.



BRIEFLY Hole in one

Justin Bailey had a holein-one on Sept. 17 at the World of Golf on hole number 16 with a Top Flite golf ball. He used a 6-iron for a distance of 159 yards. Justin is from Hebron, and the

witnesses with him during this event were Dan Ising, Brian Perdue and Pete Clare.

Academic all star

Thomas More College senior tight end Sam Brown, a Boone County High School graduate, was

recently named to the 2011 Capital One Academic AllDistrict II Football First team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brown carries a 3.78 grade point average in accounting.

He has started all nine games this season for the Saints at tight end. As a blocking tight end he has helped blocked the way for the Saints to rush for 1,716 yards and has only allowed 15 sacks. As a first-team selection, Brown advances to

the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, which will be released later this month. Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic AllDistrict teams, while members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America com-

mittee voting on the national ballot. District II includes every NCAA Division III institution in Kentucky, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

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grams would move up to Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and join the Atlantic Sun Conference. While the risks will be there, there are also exciting possibilities, which brought more than 500 supporters to the Bank of Kentucky Center for a public announcement. “Our facilities are Division I quality, our athletes are Division I quality and our academics are Division I quality,” Kevin Donnelly, a senior soccer player from Princeton High School, told the crowd. “We embrace the challenge to compete at the next level.” All NKU sports will join the Atlantic Sun beginning with the 2012-13 school year. NKU will play a full conference schedule and

Northern Kentucky University Athletic Director Dr. Scott Eaton shows the student body that the No. 1 now stands for Division I. will be eligible for regularseason conference championships and awards. By NCAA rule, NKU will be on probation for four years and cannot play in any postseason event except conference tourneys in indi-

vidual-oriented sports golf, cross country and track. Being able to play a full conference schedule will make it easier for teams to fill their non-conference schedules. Teams have to play 85 percent of their contests against D-I schools to be listed in the Ratings Percentage Index, a computer ranking which is used in many sports, most notably men’s basketball, to help determine the national tournament field. Many schools can’t schedule ones who aren’t RPI-eligible. Financial risks should be manageable, NKU President James Votruba said. The school would have to add more than $3 million to its athletic budget. He said some of that will come from reallocat-

ing parts of the existing budget and the rest will be paid for from increased sponsorships, enrollment and gate receipts. The school has been studying the move and its budget for more than a decade. Upgrades to its facilities, including construction of the 9,400-seat BOKC and state-of-the-art soccer stadium, have been oriented towards the D-I move. The BOKC has the largest seating capacity in the ASun and Cincinnati is the fourth-largest media market. NKU has the thirdhighest enrollment in the league. A risk is NKU giving up its status as national-title contender in most of its sports at the Division II level.



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Plenty of hoops options during holidays

p.m., NewCath vs. Central Hardin; 8 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Bowling Green.

By James Weber

December will be a very busy month for high school basketball teams. Many of them will be traveling all over the state and country playing in holiday tournaments. Several of those holiday tournaments will be here in Northern Kentucky. Here is a look at them:

Dec. 20-22, Northern Exposure tourney, Florence

Girls basketball: Boone County will host Highlands, Sheldon Clark and Whitley County. The teams will all play each other, with doubleheaders beginning 6:30 p.m. each night. The all-local Boone/Highlands matchup will be 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

Dec. 16-17, Swauger Classic, Bellevue

Boys basketball: The tourney named for longtime Bellevuecoachandadministrator Mike Swauger will haveeightteams.Teamswill play once on Friday, Dec. 16, and twice the next day. Action begins 4:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. The championship game is 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Dec. 16 schedule: 4:30 p.m., John McGregor (Ontario) vs. Newport; 6 p.m., Lloyd vs. Bourbon County; 7:30 p.m., Williamstown vs. Silver Grove; 9 p.m., Bellevue vs. Berea.

Dec. 27-29, Heritage Academy Christmas Tournament, Florence

Boys basketball: The tourney includes Bellevue, Heritage, Dayton, Covington Latin, Covington Latin, Williamstown and Newport.

Dec. 27-30, Lloyd Memorial Invitational, Erlanger Boys



Holy Cross junior Maddy Staubitz shoots against Boone County. Boone won 55-37 Dec. 9 in girls basketball. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Lloyd tourney returns for the fifth year under head coach and athletic director Mike Key. There will be 12 teams this year instead of the usual 16. Newport Central Catholic, Central Hardin, Holy Cross and Bowling Green are the top four seeds and will be placed into the quarterfinals regardless of their first-round result. Actionbeginsat11:15a.m. each day, with six games in a row each day. The championship game is 8 p.m. Dec. 30. Dec. 27 schedule: 11:15 a.m., Brossart vs. Ludlow; 1 p.m., Conner vs. East Jessamine; 2:45 p.m., Lloyd vs. Mason County; 4:30 p.m., Cooper vs. Clay County; 6:15

Dec. 27-30, Conner, State Farm Holiday Tournament, Hebron

Girls basketball: Head coachAaronStammbringsa holiday tourney to Hebron this year. Eight teams are dividedintotwopolls.Onepool hasConner,Highlands,Lewis County and Paducah Tilghman. The other has Newport Central Catholic, Cooper, Ashland Blazer and Owen County. Teams will play each day Dec.27-30,withDec.30pairingsbasedonpoolstandings. Action begins at 1 p.m. each day, with the championship game 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30.

Dec. 28-30, Stephanie Wilson Memorial, Bellevue

Girls basketball: Teams include Bellevue, Dayton, Grant County, Augusta, Silver Grove and Newport. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. each day.

NKY Sports Hall of Fame inducts 5 The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will induct new members at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Villa Hills Civic Club, 729 Rogers Road. Inductees are: • Mary Jane Bishop (Boone County High School). She scored 56 points in one game and played at the University of the Cumberlands. • Dale Porter (Dixie Heights High School). He played four sports and was honorable mention allstate in football and basketball. • John Farris (Dixie Heights). He played for the 1955 state champions and was MVP in the state final. He played football at Morehead State. • William Topmiller (Covington Catholic). He played three sports and was all-state in football and basketball. He played in three Sweet 16 tourneys and played football at Vanderbilt. • Danny Lee (Dixie Heights). He played thiree sports including being captain and MVP of Dixie’s first soccer team. He played in world championships in softball. The Hall of Fame will also honor two individuals with the inaugural Bill Cappel Volunteerism Award, named for the deceased Covington resident and lifelong athletic volunteer. Honorees are Jack Aynes and Ken Shields, who have both volunteered and coached for several organizations in the past 40 years. The guest speaker will be Tay Baker, former University of Cincinnati and Xavier basketball coach. Other recent local inductees include:

Nell Fookes talks to the Boone County team during a time out. Boone won 55-37 Dec. 9 in girls basketball. The court was dedicated in honor of Fookes following the game. JAMES

October » Ron Madrick of Walton played football at Murray State University. He coached at De Sales High School, winning the Jefferson County 4A Championship in 1981. He coached football and was athletic director at Holmes from 1993-2011. He was inducted into the De Sales Hall of Fame in 1997, was a former NKAC President, NKADA 9th Region representative and on the 9th Region Policy Board. » Jerry Lux of Union had a 19-10 record at Covington Catholic High School as a pitcher and infielder. He was the lead off hitter at University of Cincinnati, on the team that had the most wins record and was first to make it to the NCAA Baseball Tournament.


» Tom Oldendick of Florence played on the Class C knothole baseball team at Sacred Heart School. Oldendick holds the national record, according to National Digest, winning three golf tournaments in one day. He has won 25 tournaments, including three men’s club, three senior club and three husband/wife championships. Oldendick served on the NCAA/KHSAA/Kentucky Opens as a golf rules official and was nominated KHSAA Official of the Year in 2009. » Lori Oldendick Eberle, daughter of Tom Oldendick, also of Florence, excelled in golf, basketball and running. She won the state golf championship. She attended Boone County High School, Florida International and Western Kentucky University. She ran track, played basket-

ball and was on the cheerleading squad. She won regional, state and numerous club championships, including the YGA Championship and The Greater Cincinnati Junior Metropolitan. She was the only woman to win medalist honors at a college tournament while at WKU. She won seven Northern Kentucky amateur titles and currently coaches high school golfers. » Brandon Berger of Florence played baseball, football and basketball at Beechwood High School and had four varsity letters in each. In football, he was a member of the 1991 and 1992 State Championship teams and had a career record of 4,829 rushing yards and 73 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and attended Eastern Kentucky University. In 1996, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, where he played professional baseball for four years. » Chris Hook of Florence was a pitcher at Northern Kentucky. In 1989, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a nondrafted free agent. From 1989-93, he played in the Cincinnati Reds Minor League system. Then from 1994-96, he played in San Francisco Giants system, including part of two seasons in the Major Leagues. He finished his career in 1999 after spending time with the Padres, Angels, Astros and Giants. From 2004-07, he was the manager and pitching coach for the Florence Freedom. In 2008, he started coaching with the Milwaukee Brewers. He is also currently co-owner of At The Yard, a baseball and fast pitch softball training center in Florence.


Rebels win first game on ‘Nell Fookes Court’ By James Weber

FLORENCE — Nell Fookes has reached several career-win milestones in recent years, but they haven't come on a predictable schedule, with her 600th career win in February being one example. The latest and most indelible honor came Dec. 9, as the head coach for the Boone County High School girls basketball team stood on the court next to her name, which was painted in powder blue on the playing surface, and addressed the crowd as she held back tears. Nell Fookes Court became official that night, as the school dedicated the floor to the 27th-year head coach after her 607th career win. She is the all-time winningest coach in Ninth Region history. “I'm truly honored and humbled by this night,” she said. “I share this with my school, my family, my community, and my players past and present.” Fookes was chatting with supporters long after the game, as they gathered for a reception in the gym. With the ceremony being on a fixed schedule unlike a career-win milestone, Fookes was able to share the moment with more than 30 former players, who were introduced one-by-one and brought down to the floor, where

Nell Fookes talks to the crowd during the dedication ceremony. Former players are at midcourt. Boone won 55-37 Dec. 9 in girls basketball. The court was dedicated in honor of Fookes following the game. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

they were the front-row audience for Fookes' speech. They stood next to the current Rebels, who brought flowers to Fookes before greeting all the alumni in a handshake line. One of the alumni, Amy Buerger, played on Fookes' first team in the 1985-86 season and later coached at Ryle and Walton-Verona. “It's great that they did this for her,” Buerger said. “She has put practically her whole life into this. The family has given up a lot. Her intensity level has never changed and she puts forth the same effort today that she did then, and that's why she's such a great coach.”

The current players felt the pressure to give their coach a win on this night. Senior Sydney Moss made sure it would happen, scoring 20 of her 32 points in the first half as the Rebels beat Holy Cross 55-37. HC’s head coach is Boone graduate Kes Murphy. The Miss Basketball contender, who recently signed to play for the University of Florida, is averaging 26.3 points per game in Boone's 3-1 start. She said the team needed to bounce back from a loss to Cincinnati Princeton two nights earlier. “It was special,” Moss said. “We knew we had to come out and get a win for her and make it a special night.”

The Boone County Clerk’s Office and its Florence branch will be closed both Friday, December 23rd and Monday December 26th in observance of Christmas. The offices will also be closed Friday, December 30th and Monday, January 2nd for the New Year observance. The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) statewide will also be shut down on those days.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Disappointed with council

I am disappointed in the appointment of Pat Wingo to the City of Florence. She has had opportunities to run for office to serve the citizens of Florence and did not. A special election was held less than four weeks ago and five candidates ran as persons desiring to represent the citizens of Florence. Two of those people express a desire to fill Mr. Apgar's seat, but instead four members of council chose Ms. Wingo. Pat Wingo is a former city manager directly appointed by, and under the control of Mayor Whalen, and has never run for nor held public office. It is a shame that only Mr. Larry Brown chose to seek to fulfill the wishes of the voters and appoint a real candidate who will represent concerned citizens. If Pat Wingo wanted the position why didn’t she run in the first place? It just doesn’t seem fair that the other candidates in the election spent all this time and money campaigning but were overlooked. I will now question the practices of Florence City Council. Deanna Lalley Florence

Reauthorize VAWA

Domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking are pervasive issues throughout the United States. In fact, these forms of violence affect everyone in Northern Kentucky and Buffalo Trace Area Development Districts in some way. The passage of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994 was a giant step forward for our nation and meant that our federal government formally acknowledged that domestic and sexual violence cause tremendous harm, and therefore put resources into helping victims and responding to these crimes. Our community and millions of individuals are safer and better off as a result. The time has come to again reauthorize this critical legislation. Evidence shows that VAWA is working. But there is more work to do. On average, each day three people are murdered because of this violence in America and several hundred people are raped or sexually assaulted. Countless children witness this violence. The Violence Against Women Act of 2011 will build on efforts to prevent violence before it begins and teach the next generation that violence is always wrong.

We need more resources for all victims of violence. Congress must reauthorize this legislation to address this violence and build healthy communities. I urge Sen. Mitch McConnell to sign on as cosponsors of this legislation today. Marsha Croxton Executive Director of Women’s Crisis Center Hebron

Help bring daughter home

Dear friends and neighbors, Two Christmas holidays ago, I celebrated with my daughter Shawntel at Jewish Hospital where she was Shawntel undergoing a Ensminger is stem cell transshown here plant for Hodgwhen she kin's lymphoma, a was in blood cancer. remission. I thank God Dr. PROVIDED James Essel and everyone that helped her. It was successful and she was in remission until October this year when a PET scan revealed two new places. A biopsy in November showed the cancer has returned. Shawntel is 30 years old and a single parent to her 10-year-old daughter. She lives in Tallahassee, Fla., where she is a student teacher working toward her doctorate in religious studies. She has been fighting cancer since spring 2008. She moved home in spring 2009 to prepare for the first transplant. She moved back to Florida last Christmas during her remission to finish her education. She had just completed her dissertation when she learned the cancer has returned. She needs another stem cell transplant. They used her own cells for the first one, but this time she will need a donor. She needs to move back to Kentucky over Christmas break to begin treatment. She will stay here and finish college. Her father has cancer also and I am disabled with multiple health problems. We are unable to cover the financial expenses. Please pray for her and help me raise money to bring her home and help her. Donations may be sent to: Shawntel Ensminger Benefit Fund, c/o Heritage Bank, 1818 Ky. 18, P.O. Box 357, Burlington, KY 41005. Thanks you for your kindness and compassion. With sincere thanks, Jan Ensminger Burlington

Regional cooperation drives job growth in Boone Co. Government doesn’t create jobs. Businesses do. However government can play a role in attracting and retaining businesses that result in additional jobs. With recent reports of jobs moving out of the region, I felt it was important to update you on our efforts to attract and retain businesses in Northern Kentucky. The economic development department for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties is Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED). County Administrator Jeff Earlywine and I have worked with Tri-ED to grow, attract, retain and expand primary jobs in our region. This public/ private effort, created by the Fiscal Courts over 20 years ago in collaboration with the private sector, is a unique model built on cooperation and collaboration that has been very successful for our entire region. Since Tri-ED’s founding in 1987, over $5 billion in capital investment and more than 50,826 new primary jobs have been created by 521 companies that have started, located or expanded in Northern Kentucky. These new jobs have created thousands of subsequent service industry jobs

in small businesses such as restaurants, hair salons and retailers. Some examples of success from Tri-ED’s work include Fidelity Gary Investments, Moore Toyota, CitiCOMMUNITY group, Mazak RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST and DHL. Other businesses with local connections include Parkway Products, Verst Logistics and U.S. Playing Card. Many of these companies have expanded their operations multiple times in our community. Tri-ED is highly targeted in its effort to attract new businesses to our region by focusing on key industries, which include advanced manufacturing, technology, life sciences, logistics and aviation, which fit the available workforce in our three counties. Tri-ED works closely with each judge-executive and the mayors in Northern Kentucky to help companies start, expand, and locate in our community. You may recall the city of Florence and Boone County worked with Tri-ED, the Kentucky Cab-

inet for Economic Development and CVG Airport recently to assist ZF Steering Systems add more than 370 new, good-paying jobs purchase more than $98 million in new equipment. ZF could have located this expansion elsewhere but chose Florence and Boone County to capitalize on our superb business climate and central location in the U.S. To ensure that our existing employers stay in Northern Kentucky and that we are producing college graduates that can find jobs in our region, Tri-ED works closely with, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Gateway Technical and Community College, and companies here to make sure that classes and the coursework of students in our area are meeting the current and future needs of employers. A regional approach for generating new jobs in our county has worked well over the last 20 years and I’m committed to working with the mayors of Florence, Union and Walton in addition to Tri-ED to create future prosperity for our residents. Gary Moore is judge-executive of Boone County.


Boone County residents State Rep. Addia Wuchner and Laverne Lawson join Northern Kentuckians taking shifts to raise funds for charity and "Ring a Bell for Mary" in honor of the late Mary Middleton who had been active in the Salvation Army charity for more than 20 years. Middleton died in an accident in November. PROVIDED

Hebron definitely needs a new library Emily Shelton’s viewpoint in the Nov. 17 Recorder certainly was in the minority at the Nov. 9 master plan introduction. She clearly demonstrates that there are two sides to every story. I’m not sure whether she has different needs and desires than the residents of the Hebron area or that she has a nice library, two large parks and a YMCA in Burlington and the rest of the county can get by however. While I would have looked further before buying five times as much land as needed for $3 million, it is done and cannot be returned. It would be foolish to now sell it for a frac-

tion of what we paid for it, especially since all the things Emily derides are needed and the location is very good. Harvey Does she not Richardson realize the money, if sold, COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST would go to the COLUMNIST library, not to the county general fund nor returned to the taxpayers? The Hebron area is rapidly growing. When the Lents Branch was built in 1989 there



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were abut 5,500 people living in the Hebron census division. In 2010 there were 16,820. To my chagrin our planning and zoning and Fiscal Courts have chosen to make this area high-density housing instead of keeping it rural suburban and have already approved another 10,000 or more people for a total of 27,000 or five times the 1989 census. The Lents Branch is inadequate now and becoming more inadequate. Technology has changed in the past 22 years and there is not space to accommodate it nor to expand Lents enough. For a timetable, I suggest we do it ASAP. The need is there,

the property is there and it doesn’t look like building will be less expensive any time in the future. For the excess land, don’t be foolish and dump it. Emily appears to consider undeveloped land a sin or at least a shame. She can live in a large apartment building if she likes, but I’ll bet most people there would appreciate a library, a nearby place to commune with nature or picnic and the availability of senior housing. Reasonable people can work out a reasonable solution. The things proposed are all needed in this area, would not be overly expensive to create nor maintain and

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the space would still be available if some now unknown need develops. The tax paid on this property before the library bought it was insignificant. The improvements of this proposal would make local property values and thus taxes increase and a senior center would more than make up the difference. We have bought the land. Let’s use it for the good of the people of the county, not dump it at a loss. I believe the plan is good and it would be wise to initiate it now. Harvey Richardson is a resident of Hebron.

Florence Recorder Editor Nancy Daly, 578-1059 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.


County all aglow with Christmas spirit C

ommunities and schools have been decking the halls to kick off the Christmas season. “A Burlington Christmas” on Dec. 2-4 featured a tree lighting near the Boone County Courthouse, a display of gingerbread houses, and a holiday train display. Santa made appearances at both Burlington and the Christmas on Main parade on Dec. 2. The halls of North Pointe Elementary School were decked out for the annual Winter Wonderland celebration on Dec. 3. Children enjoyed shopping in Santa’s Workshop, made holiday crafts, had cookies and cocoa and visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Nina Joyce, 6, of Burlington, and her brother Ronan, 4, get a lesson in trains from Steve Conrad, who received the initial American Flyer train from his dad in 1947, at a cost to his dad of $29.95, a week's salary at the time. The train was set up in the Boone County Historical Society's Clerk Office. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER




Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via a horse-drawn carriage at Walton City Hall Dec. 2 where Santa sat in his special chair and listened to the wishes of many boys and girls during the Christmas on Main celebration. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Four-year-old Jennifer Alexander of Walton is first in line to tell Santa what she really wants for Christmas at the annual Christmas on Main celebration Dec. 2. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Bella Giordano, 9, of Walton, gives the miniature horse a hug at the petting zoo during the annual Christmas on Main celebration Dec. 2. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Robbie DeLong, 3, of Hebron and his sister Abbie, 5, try to pick out a stuffed animal while shopping for presents with their mom Joanna during the Winter Wonderland celebration at North Pointe Elementary Dec. 3. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Zachary Eckler, 5, of Union, and his brothers Jacob, 4, and Aaron, 1 1/2, think the ornaments on the tree outside the Boone County Courthouse are gigantic Dec. 3 as they enjoyed the festivities at the Burlington Christmas celebration. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Shannon Dennemann, 7, of Burlington and her sister Tessa, 2, like looking at the gingerbread house made by Paige Turner, age 10, at the old courthouse during the Burlington Christmas celebration Dec. 3. Shannon had won second place in the contest two years ago. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ayden Way, 4, and Jenna Rice, 9, both of Hebron, sit quietly and listen to a story read by Mrs. Claus at the Winter Wonderland celebration at North Pointe Elementary Dec. 3. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mike Crane, who owns both the Farm Bureau Insurance agency and the Lionel train setup, and Terry Wilder, retired pastor of Burlington Baptist Church, talk about the trains Dec. 3 during the Burlington Christmas celebration. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Brooks Meats offered samples of their famous chili to Jeff and Angela Harper of Walton during the annual Christmas on Main Dec. 2. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Claire Tveten, 5, of Florence, writes a letter to Santa asking him for an American Girl doll during the Winter Wonderland celebration Dec. 3 at North Pointe Elementary School in Hebron. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Walton-Verona High School Marching Band leads the parade down Main Street in Walton the evening of Dec. 2 to kick off the annual Christmas on Main celebration. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Audrey Coons, 5, of Hebron, asks Santa to bring her an American Girl doll at the Winter Wonderland celebration Dec. 3 at North Pointe Elementary. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Education Kentucky Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon Permit Training Course, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Email for more information. Ages 21 and up. $85. Reservations required. 859-743-7210. Walton.

Holiday - Christmas ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in first-century Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. All Christmas activities free except Museum exhibits, "the Christmas Star” planetarium program and Noah’s Cafe food and drink. Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Literary - Crafts Homeschool Hangout: Holiday Crafts, 2-3 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Make special crafts to share with friends, family and those in need. Middle and high school students. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Nightmare Before Christmas, 4 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Haunted gingerbread houses and skeleton ornaments. Middle and high school students. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Music - Country Mark Cormican Sings John Denver, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

On Stage - Opera Nativity, the Pop Opera, 8 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Eye-witness account of the virgin birth by band of singing angels. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and ’Njoy-it-all Camp. $20; group sales available. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Pets Home for the Holidays, noon-8 p.m., Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Open house and adoption event. Refreshments, door prizes and dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption. Free. 859-586-5285. Burlington.

Public Hours Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Museum presents "walk through history." State-of-theart 70,000 square foot museum brings pages of the Bible to life. Includes Knee-High Museum, child-friendly and interactive addition to existing displays. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll

Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Florence.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Holiday - Christmas ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg. Christmas Open House, 2-6:30 p.m., Wheelrim Alpacas, 2089 Stephenson Mill Road, Viewing and petting alpacas, shopping alpaca products, Christmas lights and decorations and Santa Clause. Free. 859-803-4294; Verona.

Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.

Health / Wellness Community Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Registration required. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 859-342-2665, ext. 8107; Burlington.

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Dog Days, 11 a.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Read book to therapy dogs. Grades K-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Walton.

Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work and get feedback. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Teen Cafe, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.


Public Hours

Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

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Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., 1st and 10 Sports Bar, 10358 Dixie Highway, $5. 859-817-0664; Florence.

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 18 Music - Religious Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Celebrate the season with special Christmas concert, featuring holiday songs. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

MONDAY, DEC. 19 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. Through Dec. 29. 859746-3573; Florence.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20 Clubs & Organizations Time Traveler’s Club: Kentucky Junior Historical Society, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Cemetery cleanups, historical ghost walks, interviewing local people and creating podcasts. Includes snacks. Grades 6-12. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Woodies Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 10 p.m., grab the mic and sing along with the monitor. Who knows, there might be a scout in the crowd!. Ages 21 and up. 859282-1264; Florence.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Music - Choral Stephens Elementary Chorus Club Holiday Cheer Tour, noon-12:30 p.m., Remke-bigg’s Hebron, 1952 North Bend Road, Holiday favorites in cafe area. Free. 859-689-5300; Hebron.

Public Hours Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


A Hammered Dulcimer and Celtic Harp concert by Kyle Meadows of Cold Spring and Tisa McGraw of Park Hills featuring music from their "Comfort and Joy" Christmas CD and traditional selections will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Kentucky Haus Artisan Center inside Kentucky Pickens at the Levee in Newport. THANKS TO KYLE MEADOWS

Boone County Conservation District Board Meeting, 7-9 p.m. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Regular meeting to discuss conservation programs, projects and events. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Conservation District. Through Nov. 21. 859586-7903; Burlington.

Pictured, from left, is Kayla Pecchioni, Spenser Smith and Monica Tenhover in Commonwealth Theatre Company's winter dinner theater production of "A Christmas Survival Guide," running Dec. 15-22 in Northern Kentucky University's Corbett Theatre. Photo by Mikki Schaffner. THANKS TO WARREN BRYSON Holiday - Christmas Santa is Coming to Florence, 5-7 p.m., Northern Kentucky Pain Relief and Physical Medicine, 8119 Connector Drive, Call to reserve spot on Santa’s lap. Originally a special event for patients, now open to the public. Includes treats from Santa. Family friendly. Free. 859-283-2475. Florence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 7-11 p.m., Papa’s Pub, 290 Main St., Beer Garden. 859-371-5567. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence. Wii Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Board games and Wii. Middle and high school students. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Walton. School’s Out Movie, 1-3 p.m. "The Muppet Christmas Carol.", William E. Durr Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-962-4032; Independence.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Music - Acoustic Tim Snyder, 8 p.m.-midnight, JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington. Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.

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Public Hours Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-10:45 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slowpaced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. For seniors. $1. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513921-1922. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Best of the Full Art Spectrum 2011, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 513-3620777. Newport.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 29. 513-290-9022. Covington.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 6:15 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117. Union. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitnessparty. $40 for 10 classes, $5 drop-in. 859-371-8255. Florence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Woodies Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 859-2821264; Florence.

Museums Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock The Worthmores, 9:30 p.m. "Made in Taiwan" EP release. With the Sound System and Jasper the Colossal. Doors open 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. $8 ages 18-20; $5 ages 21 and up. 859431-2201; Newport.

Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Artist in Residence, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. With Evans Collective, Gabe Wright and Hallelujah Johnson., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Dale Jones, 8 p.m. $15. Ages 18 and up., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport. JuDee Brown’s W.O.W Comedy Night, 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Apollo Style. Audience will say who might make it

The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center will host two seatings of Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Baker Hunt, 620 Greenup St. in Covington. Santa's workshop will be open for children to make a keepsake holiday ornament. The cost is $3 and seating is limited. For reservations, call 859-431-0020. THANKS TO RAYMOND L. KINGSBURY



Easy homemade rolls for holiday dinners

I know baking yeast rolls can be intimidating, and that’s why I’m sharing this special recipe with you today for the holidays. The instructions are detailed enough that even a novice baker will have success. I always bless anything I get my hands into, including dough, by making an indentation of a cross in the center before it Rita rises. Heikenfeld


Homemade buttery crescent rolls 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon salt½ cup milk or half & half, scalded ½ cup very warm water, between 105 and 110 degrees (about as warm as a baby’s bottle) 1 envelope dry yeast 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 cups all-purpose flour For brushing on rolls before they go into oven: Melted butter

Place sugar, butter and salt in mixing bowl. Stir yeast into water with a pinch of sugar to feed it. Set aside. In a couple of minutes, it will get foamy. Pour scalded milk over sugar mixture. Cool until lukewarm. Add yeast mixture and egg to milk mixture. Beat to combine ingredients – batter may be a bit lumpy but that’s OK. Add 2 cups flour and mix on medium speed until

smooth. Pour 1½ cups flour in and mix well. Gradually add remaining ½ cup flour and mix until dough wraps around beater, leaving sides of bowl. Bless dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, in warm place. Punch dough down. Let rest 5 minutes to allow gluten to relax. Divide into two balls. Roll each ball into a 10-12” circle. Cut circle into halves, then into fourths, then into eighths, then into 12 triangles. Roll each triangle from the wide end and curve into crescent shape. Lay, seam side down, on parchment lined or sprayed cookie sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 35-45 minutes. Preheat to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minute or so. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Makes 24 rolls and freezes well.

aside. In food processor with grating blade, grate potatoes and onions. Pour into bowl. Using the chopping blade, blend egg yolks, milk and oil. Add potatoes and onions and pulse until chopped coarsely. Whisk dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Pulse until blended. Batter should be slightly lumpy. Pour into bowl and fold in whipped eggs. Heat griddle and add oil. Fry like pancakes over medium heat. Keep warm in oven until ready to serve. Makes 9-12 servings.

3 eggs, separated 3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled 1 pound onions or less, to taste 1¾ cups flour 3 teaspoons salt or less to taste 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup skim milk 3 tablespoons canola oil

Whip egg whites and set

¼ cup water

Preheat oven to 300. Spray two loaf pans, line with waxed paper or foil and spray again. Mix fruits and nuts with flour. Set aside. Beat together rest of ingredients. Stir in fruit mixture. Batter will be very stiff. Spread in pans and bake 1½ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans. Wrap, store at room temperature.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author.

This recipe is almost 30 years old and much easier to make than traditional fruitcake. Vary dried fruit to suit yourself.

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teries. Kentucky Veteran Cemetery at Williamstown conducted a beautiful ceremony. More than 350 wreaths were placed at grave

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Jean Armstrong along with Luke, 7, and Elizabeth, 9, take a break from the holiday activities at the Union City Building Dec. 3. The city held a holiday open house and tree lighting. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

WALTON — Richwood Presbyterian Church will host a Jan. 9 preview class for Financial Peace University. The 13-week course taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. Financial Peace University teaches families and individuals common-sense principles like how to make a plan with their money so they are able to free themselves of debt and build lasting wealth.

The free preview class will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Richwood Presbyterian Church located at 1070 Richwood Road in Walton. Contact Keri Kaeding 859-485-1238 for more information or to register. After each lesson there is a small group discussion that provides accountability and encouragement. Topics include saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationships and money, and getting out debt.

wreaths will remain placed until after Jan. 1. Everyone is getting into the season of family gatherings and celebrations. Ann (Sis) Black entertained recently at her home on Huey Drive. Ann welcomed 47 of the Kerns and Black family. Reportedly they came early and stayed late. Greg and Peggy Peebles entertained 30 members of the Glenn family on Saturday.

Walton-Verona Class of 1951 traveled to Jewel’s Restaurant in Warsaw last Wednesday for their Christmas outing. Bob Arlinghaus had surgery this past week at Veterans Hospital in Cincinnati. Ruth Meadows (391-7282) writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her with Walton neighborhood news items.

Free diabetes class offered The Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program will hold a free class to learn more about diabetes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the lower level conference room of the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive in Edgewood. Topics will include: » What is diabetes? » Healthy eating. » Complications, and more. The class will be led by a registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian from

the health department. Registration is required and lunch will be provided free of charge. Those who do not register in advance will not receive a lunch. Call Joan Geohegan at 859-363-2115 or Julie Shapero at 859-363-2116.

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The Faith Community Pharmacy was created to provide free prescription medication to residents of Northern Kentucky in need. The pharmacy is positioned to help the uninsured and under-insured and, on a case-by-case basis, the elderly as well as residents with mental and chronic illnesses. Located at 7033 Burlington Pike in Florence, the pharmacy is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Faith Community also has outreach locations four times a month in other counties including

Carroll, Gallatin, Pendleton, Campbell, Grant, Owen and Kenton. Charlotte Boemker, Faith Community’s development director and volunteer coordinator, spoke at the Florence Rotary Club meeting on Nov. 28. She explained that the pharmacy opened in 2002 and since opening has dispensed more than $19 million of prescription medications filling more than 260,000 prescriptions and has enrolled more than 4,500 clients. Medications are obtained in several ways including donations from pharmaceutical companies and local physicians. Some non-sampled medications are purchased. They will accept donations from individuals as long as the medication is still sealed and unexpired. Boemker stressed that narcotics are not accepted or dispensed. Faith Community Pharmacy receives funding from grants – from Health Foundation of Greater Cin-

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MaidPro donates $2,500 to home MaidPro of Florence has donated $2,500 to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Dave Butts, owner of MaidPro, Florence, presented the check in a short ceremony. Founded originally as an orphanage in 1882 by Colonel Amos Shinkle, the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky has evolved over time to offer residential treatment programs and intensive in-home services for abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families. With two locations – one in Burlington and the other in Covington’s Devou Park – the CHNK touched the lives of more than 700 children and families in 38 counties across Kentucky last year. “We have always been great admirers of the CHNK and the wonderful work they do,” Butts said. “We were aware that the CHNK is conducting a campaign – the 2011 Children’s Success Fund – to raise $100,000 in support of its various programs and infrastructure needs. And, since we have been so fortunate in building our business throughout this region, we wanted to give back in a way that would have a direct and meaningful impact in our local community.” MaidPro, Florence, first opened its doors in 2006. Its residential cleaning service providers serve homes throughout Alexandria, Bellevue, Burlington, Cincinnati, Covington, Dayton, Erlanger, Florence, Fort Thomas, Fort Mitchell, Hebron, Independence, Latonia, Newport, Silver Grove, Union, Verona, and Walton.



Dragon Boat Festival raises $10,000 In September, more than 4,000 people gathered at Campbell County’s A.J. Jolly Park to take part in the ancient Chinese sport of dragon-boat racing to benefit the fight against the modern-day problem of breast cancer. In its second year, the festival more than doubled in number of teams participating and attendance. The Kentucky Thorough-Breasts, Kentucky’s first breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat Racing team, presented a check for $10,000 to the St. Elizabeth Center Women’s Wellness Centers on Nov. 17. The funds were raised by those who competed in the colorful fall boat race to help St. Elizabeth help those with breast cancer

From left, Nancy Loomis, Dragon Boat Festival marketing liaison; Priscilla Elgersma, Kentucky Thorough-Breasts team coach; Lisa King, team captain of Operation Save our Racks; Brenda Mahoney, Kentucky Thorough-Breasts Secretary and founding member, Toni Carle, nurse manager of St. Elizabeth Women's Wellness Centers. THANKS TO GUY KARRICK

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Secretary and a founding member, presented nurse manager Toni Carle of the St. Elizabeth Women’s Wellness Centers with a check and a plaque honoring the winning and top

fundraising teams each year. Lisa King, team captain of the top fundraising team “Operation Save our Rack” from the St. Elizabeth Florence Peri-Op department, was also on hand for the presentation. “We are so happy to be able to raise funds for a great cause with such an exciting event,” Elgersma said. “We are thrilled to be able to introduce more people every year to the fun sport of Dragon Boat racing.” Elgersma said this year the festival had 59 teams participating making it one of the fastest growing Dragon Boat Festivals in the country. St. Elizabeth was a key organizer for the festival, as well, and was

Multi-season poinsettia care Question: How should I care for my poinsettia so that it will stay fresh through the holidays, and then bloom again next year? Answer: Poinsettias can remain beautiful far beyond the holiday season if the plant is cared for carefully. Just follow this schedule in the upcoming months: » Christmas: Choose a plant with small, tightly clustered yellow buds in the center. Look for crisp, bright, undamaged foliage. At home, water the plant when dry; discard excess water in the saucer. Place in a room with bright, natural light. Ideally, direct sunlight should fall on the foliage for three or more hours each day. Keep out of drafts and away from appliances and radiators. » New Years Day: Use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Keep the plant in a sunny window, water regularly, fertilize monthly. Plant will remain colorful for many weeks. » St. Patrick’s Day (March 17): Remove faded flowers and bracts and dried leaves from the plant. Add more potting mix. Prune to shape, and apply houseplant fertilizer.

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Lisa King from team Operation Save our Racks is already planning her fundraising for next year. She wants her team to be tops again. “My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, so this event is very close to my heart,” said King. Organizers expect the event to be even bigger and raise more funds in 2012, so they suggest everyone start training and raising funds now.

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FLORENCE — Morris Furniture Co. is taking its one-stop home-furnishings concept to Northern Kentucky. The Fairborn, Ohiobased company, which opened a five-store Morris Home Center in Springdale last November, announced plans for a 100,000 squarefoot, five-store center on Ky. 18/ Burlington Pike, west of Interstate 75 near the Florence Mall. The new center, expected to be Northern Kentucky's largest home furnishings complex, will be in a former Kmart store that closed last spring. The new center will include Morris Home Furnishings, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Better Sleep Shop, Morris Big HDTV and a clearance outlet. It will open next fall and employ between 40 and 50.



DEATHS Stephen Bridgers Stephen Lee Bridgers, 67, of Dry Ridge, died Dec. 3, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired maintenance worker from Arvin-Meritor of Florence, formerly known as Rockwell. He worked for his son's business, Clearview Cleaning of Florence, was a former U.S. Marine and a member of the Wilmington Baptist Temple in Wilmington, Ohio, American Legion, NRA and the National Fire Protection Association. He loved woodworking, NASCAR, hunting, fishing, golfing and auto maintenance. A son, Timothy Scott Bridgers, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Lee Tomlinson Bridgers; sons, David Bridgers of Florence and Kevin Bridgers of Independence; daughters, Gina Marie Bridgers of Orange Co., Calif., Tara Poe of Independence, Julie Bridgers of Dry Ridge and Tracy Stidham of Georgetown; brothers, Willie Jasper Bridgers Jr. of Fontana Valley, Calif., and Donald Bridgers of New Bern, N.C.; sister, Carolyn Bowen of Greenville, N.C.; and 13 grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home.

Tammy Claxton Tammy Louise Claxton, 50, of Dayton, died Dec. 6, 2011, at home. She was a member of Union Baptist Church, formerly worked for Turfway Race Track for 12 years and currently worked at Beckman Coulter. Her father, Frank Claxton; brother, Frankie; and a sister, Janet, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Amy McMurray of Covington; son, Sean McMurry of Covington; mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Charles Cook of Union; sister, Debbie Honaker of Dayton; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erlanger. Memorials: Union Baptist Church; Hospice of Fort Thomas; or Cancer Center at St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

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James Helton James Gabriel Helton, 64, of Independence, died Dec. 2, 2011, at Emeritus of Edgewood. He was a realtor and member of St. Patrick’s Church. A daughter, Kelley Helton, and his mother, Margie Helton, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jeanie Yee Helton; son, Jim G. Helton of Union; daughter, Buddy Jones of Independence; aunt, Mary Alice “Mick” Reardon; and three grandchildren. Burial was in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Shirley Kilbane Shirley Ann Byrd Kilbane, 72, of Florence, died Dec. 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She retired as the head cook at Deaconess Hospital of Cincinnati and was a member of New Heart Church of God. She enjoyed cooking and playing bingo

and Wii bowling. Her sister, Imma Jean Simmons; and a brother, Erby Byrd, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Shawna White of Erlanger; son, Wayne George of Independence; brother, Greg Thoeney; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: New Heart Church of God, 2305 Holds Branch Road, Covington, KY 41017.

Jack Kimmerle Jack W. Kimmerle, 87, of Erlanger, died Dec. 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a safety engineer for Cigna Insurance Co. and created the Department of Safety at Sanitation District 1. He was a member of Kentucky Rovers and Edgewood Senior Citizens. Survivors include his wife, June Kimmerle; daughters, Joyce Rolfsen of Tazewell, Tenn., and JoAnn Cobb of Florence; four grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Cora Landen Cora Landen, 90, of Erlanger, formerly of Bracken County, died Dec. 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a longtime employee

of J.C. Penney Co. and a member of Erlanger Christian Church and its Women’s Morning Group. Her husband, George Landen, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Judy Boster of Union and Kathy Bay of Brooksville, Ky.; brother, Eugene Egnew of Hot Springs, Ark.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Cemetery Chapel Cemetery in Bracken County. Memorials: Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Brenda McDowell Brenda Raye McDowell, 69, of Erlanger, died Dec. 3, 2011. She formerly worked for Flick’s Foods. Survivors include her husband, Orville T. McDowell; son, Daniel Hyden of Alexandria; daughters, Kimberley Barker of Cincinnati and Michelle Rice of Richwood; brother, Ronald Garrett of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Falmouth.

Charles ‘Ron’ Reeves Charles “Ron” Reeves, 70, of Florence, died Dec. 2, 2011. He retired from Lowe’s and served in the U.S. Army. A brother, James Daryl Reeves, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Linda D. Elam Reeves; daughters, Teresa Luster and Lisa Ingram; son, Charles Reeves Jr.; sister, Sharon White; brothers, Layton, Ralph and Ed Reeves; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer


Susan Smith Susan E. Smith, 58, of Florence, died Dec. 6, 2011. She was a preschool aide at Ockerman Elementary and worked janitorial services for Ryle High School and in customer service at Meijer. She coached for the Special Olympics and was a member of Florence United Methodist Church. Her husband, Francis D. Smith, and a son, Francis D. Smith II, died previously. Survivors include her children, William Smith, Lynnette Siefert, Deborah Cinque, Joshua Smith and Donrell Halloway; siblings, Karen Gray, Dan McLaughlin, Stephen McLaughlin, Cheryl Cordero, Kimm Zahoranski, Laura Bryant, Leesa Dowdy and Sean McLaughlin; and 10 grandchildren. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Ky. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Gladys Stafford Gladys Rochelle Stafford, 49, of Independence, died Nov. 12, 2011. Survivors include her sons, David Stafford of Independence and Jacob Stafford of Florence; daughter, Dakota Marie Stafford of Independence; and one grandchild. Memorials: Dakota Marie Stafford Fund c/o Huntington National Bank, Attn: Kim Collins, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 350, Cincinnati, OH 45209 or any local Huntington Bank.

Kevin Ward Kevin Lee Ward, 47, of Union,

formerly of Washington state and Richmond, Ky., died Nov. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a 1982 graduate of Madison Central High School, a graduate of Berea College and a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church. His parents, Jimmy and Sandra Overby Ward; an infant daughter, Jenni Rebecca Ward; and grandmother Zella Ward died previously. Survivors include his wife, Christina Nocera Ward; sons, Brandon Matthew Ward and Joey Ward; daughters, Sophia Grace Ward and Gabrielle “Gabby” Elizabeth Ward; brothers, Michael Rodney Ward, John Ward and Jimmy Shane Ward; grandmother, Elizabeth Overby; and grandson, Kayleb Jackson Ward. Interment was in Richmond Cemetery. Memorials: Sophia and Gabby’s college education fund.

Lillian Young Lillian Young, 84, of Florence, died Dec. 1, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, John J. Young; sons, Scott Young and David Young, both of Florence, and Roger Young of Fort Mitchell; sister, Helen Cripes of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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