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It’s looking a lot like Christmas

Actually it’s been looking a lot like Christmas through most of December. We’ve compiled these photos from activities in Boone County including Walton Christmas on Main, Florence Elementary’s Kicks for Kids Christmas celebration and Breakfast with Santa. There’s also photos submitted by readers of your favorite holiday scenes. – LIFE, PAGE B1

Senator proposes texting ban

A state senator from Louisville has prefiled a bill for next year’s session of the General Assembly that would make it illegal to send text messages while driving. A person operating a motor vehicle would not be allowed to write, send or read text messages using a personal communication device. – STORY, PAGE A4

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Neighbors step up for slain airman

200 flags and put them on mailboxes and along sidewalks throughout the neighborhood in The family of Tech. Sgt. Antho- Campbell’s honor. Ben Longshore, 16, an Eagle ny Campbell learned at 2 a.m. Tuesday that he died while serv- Scout and St. Henry District High School student, came up with ing in Afghanistan. Campbell, 35, a 1992 Boone plans for a 20-foot flagpole and County High School graduate, plaque honoring Campbell at the died from wounds suffered from subdivision’s entrance. “When I heard the detonation about Anthony it of an improvised Related story, A5 kind of hit me explosive device hard, because our in Helmand whole neighborProvince. hood is so close,” On a Florence Longshore said. street lined with Becker said flags as well as there has been a Christmas decononstop flow of rations, his people offering neighbors have condolences, rallied together bringing food and to support his offering to help. wife Emily, One neighbor voldaughter Jordan unteered to help Campbell, 7, Campbell’s chilRyker Campbell, dren get outfits for 2, and stepson the funeral. Devin Ruberg, Arrangements are 11. currently pending. “You can’t “Our neighborask for better hood is absolutely neighbors. My NANCY DALY/STAFF amazing,” Becker heart bleeds for their family. It’s Flags line sidewalks throughout the said. B e c k e r a rough time for Florence neighborhood of Tech. Sgt. them,” said Anthony Campbell who died Dec. 15 in described Campbell, a former pipTracy Becker, a Afghanistan. efitter who’d neighbor who has been helping make arrange- worked a few months as a Cincinnati police officer before his ments. “It’s overwhelming for her,” deployment in October, as “a funshe said of Campbell’s wife. “She loving guy who likes to cut it up is touched by all the emotions and and have a few beers with the neighbors when he’s here.” the outpouring of sympathy.” She said the Air Force Reservist Three neighbors in their Persimmon subdivision in Florence – was gone a lot because of his Amberly Jackson, Nancy Long- work and his Air National Guard shore and Peggy Foster – bought duty in Louisville. By Nancy Daly


Anthony “Tony” Campbell, a Cincinnati police officer and Kentucky air guardsman who was killed in Afghanistan, is shown with wife Emily; stepson Devin Ruberg, 11, daughter Jordan, 7, and son Ryker, 2. More coverage, Page A5. “He sacrificed some of his time with his family to do what in his heart he was driven to do,” Becker said of Campbell’s dual responsibilities as a cop and a military man. Becker praised Campbell – a 35-year-old bomb technician whose job was to disarm explosive devices found by troops and villagers – for his courage. “I am proud of him that he was not afraid,” she said. “He didn’t want to be pushing papers. He

always kept pushing further to accomplish what he wanted to do. Not a lot of men have that courage, strength and determination to go over there and protect our freedoms like that.” Becker said Emily Campbell talked to her husband the day before he died. During the call he had also talked with his son Ryker. “We’re all going to help her through it. We’ll be here for her as long as she needs it.”

Home gets a Christmas ‘makeover’ By Justin B. Duke

Production crews packed Towering Ridge Lane at 8 a.m. Dec. 18 to create a Christmas miracle. The sparsely decorated home of Tim and Niki Hemmert got a visit from DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes.” The Hemmert home sits in a cul-de-sac full of houses lavishly decorated for Christmas. “The house right next to it is like the Griswolds,” said Executive Producer Jay Shatz. The show added 25,000 Christmas lights, a 12-foot-tall spruce tree and custom-made gift boxes to the Hemmerts’ yard. “I’m kind of excited and nervous at the same time,” Niki Hemmert said. Tim Hemmert expects the show to paint him as a Grinch, but he said his house isn’t very decorated because he’s been busy and he didn’t feel like joining working out in the cold – like his neighbor who spent three weeks decorating his house. “I was inside making fun of him,” he joked. The Hemmert home was selected after the show did a monthlong search around the Tristate area for



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The Hemmert home after “Desperate Landscapes” decorated for Christmas. See the “before” photo on Page A2. undecorated houses on well decorated streets, Shatz said. “We actually found this place while driving around. You could just see the starkness,” he said. The spartan Hemmer home has become a neighborhood joke around Christmas time, but it is nice having the nicest looking house on the block for once,

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because the crew was so nice to work with, Niki said. “It was a very unique experience that was worth going through,” she said. The show will air on DIY Network next November. The Hemmerts live at 2507 Towering Ridge Lane, off of Pleasant Valley Road.


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Holiday lights contest winners announced Community Recorder

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Boone County Parks conducted its fifth annual Holiday Lighting Contest this year. Listed below are the winners.

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Traditional Multi-Color

• First place, 252 University Drive, Walton • Second place, 1855 Coachtrail Drive, Hebron • Third place, 2547 West Point Court, Burlington

Lights Galore

• First place, 1855 Coachtrail Drive, Hebron • Second place, 6272 Castleoak Drive, Florence • Third place, 8708 Camp Ernst Road, Union • Fourth place, 7400


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The Hemmert home before “Desperate Landscapes” does their work. See story, A1.

• Metzger Eye Care, 6901 Dixie Highway, Florence

Best Lighted Neighborhood

• Bluestem Burlington



• First place, 3254 Millakin Place, Burlington • Second place, 241 University Drive, Walton • Third place, 181 W. Dilcrest Circle, Florence • Fourth place 53 Bustetter Drive, Florence • Fifth place, 53 Showalter Trace, Walton


Recycle trees

Boone County and the city of Florence have two ways to recycle Christmas trees. County and city crews will run their snow routes to pick up trees curbside 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. Residents should have their tree out on the curb no later than 8 a.m. The trees will be taken to a collection point and ground into mulch. If crews have to treat roads that day, tree pickup will happen the next day after roads have been cleared. There are also five sites where trees can be dropped off before 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

• Boone County Farmers Market, Burlington Pike and Camp Ernst Roads, Burlington • Old Florence City Building, U.S. 42, next to the Boone County Public Library’s Florence Branch, Florence • Ryle High School in Union (behind the stadium next to the big recycling bin) • Walton Park (by the ball fields), Walton • Old Flick’s Foods parking lot at Tanner’s Station, North Bend Road and Tanners Lane, Hebron. One can bring a bag and take home the mulch. For more information, call

Mary Dickey at 334-3151 or Jeremy Kleier at 647-5416 or go to www.boonecountyky. org/bcswm.

Rumpke trash service

Residents who receive trash service from Rumpke on Fridays will get their trash collected on Saturday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 2, instead on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day which happen on Fridays this year. There will be normal service on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 31. Collection schedules are back to normal starting Monday, Jan. 4. Visit or call 1-877-7867537 for more information.

Florence appointments

Florence City Council appointed Linda Reeves to the Boone County Planning Commission. The appointment carries a four-year term.

Judge running again

Boone/Gallatin District Court Judge Charles T. Moore of Union has filed to run for re-election next year.

Voter deadline

The deadline for voters to change their party identification for the 2010 primary elections is Thursday, Dec. 31. The deadline is also for candi-

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dates who want to change parties and run in their new party’s primary next year or those who want to run as an independent. Voters who change their party registration after Dec. 31 can’t vote in their new party’s 2010 primary election. To make the change, voters can send their county clerk a completed voter registration card by Dec. 31. Registration cards that are mailed must be postmarked by Dec. 31. Voter registration cards are available at county clerks’ offices or online at .

Arrest for burglary

Florence Police arrested Ryan Kirby, 39, Florence, in connection with a burglary at Stafford Jewelers, 7649 Mall Road. Kirby was charged with theft ($10,000 or more), thirddegree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. Around 1:10 a.m. Dec. 16, officers responded to a burglar alarm at the store. An unoccupied car on an adjacent lot was found with its motor on. A side window had been broken. As officers positioned themselves around the store’s

perimeter, a man came through the broken window wearing a ski mask, gloves and carrying a duffle bag, police said. Numerous jewelry items were found in the bag with the estimated value at more than $180,000.

Yoga classes

Introductory yoga takes place at 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. The fee is $25 for the month. One needs to bring a yoga mat. Also, intermediate yoga is at 7 p.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Main Library. The fee is $25 for the month and one needs a yoga mat. Call Boone County Parks at 334-2117 to register for both sessions.

Trail work honored

The Kentucky chapter of the American Public Works Association has given its Project of the Year award to the Boone County Public Works and Boone County Parks departments. The award is for resurfacing of more than 1 mile of pedestrian trails at Central Park.

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December 24, 2009

Senior center design plans revealed Senator proposes texting ban By Justin B. Duke

Plans are coming together for the Florence senior center. Tracey Seibert, president of Harkness Design Group, presented potential furniture and interior plans for the future Florence senior center. “This is an activity center,” Seibert said during the Dec. 15 Florence City Council meeting. “We want it to be an area that promotes

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Bushelman was disappointed because he felt the furniture shown may not be suitable for seniors. “I’m a senior citizen and those chairs look uncomfortable,” Bushelman said. Seibert plans to bring furniture samples to a future council meeting so council can better decide what to choose. Roughly half of the estimated $1 million cost of the senior center is expected to come from a Community Development Block Grant, which the city plans to apply for before the end of the year. In addition to the potential grant, Florence will apply $100,000 it was awarded from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Florence is looking into using the grant to allow for geothermal heating and cooling for the senior center, said Public Services Director Bob Townsend. “I think we only have one opportunity to make the building as green as we can, and that’s when we build it,” said Vice Mayor Julie Metzger Aubuchon.

By Paul McKibben

A state senator from Louisville has prefiled a bill for next year’s session of the General Assembly that would make it illegal to send text messages while driving. Under the measure proposed by Democratic state Sen. Denise Harper Angel, a person operating a motor vehicle would not be allowed to write, send or read text messages using a personal communication device. The messages include e-mail and instant messages. Florence Police Capt. John McDermond said text messaging by drivers is a huge problem. He said the problem for law enforcement is not having the law to try to prevent people from doing it. He said it’s a hazard not only to people who are driving texting but others on the road who are involved in accidents caused by people who are texting. McDermond said from a law enforcement stand-

point, a state ban on on texting while driving would be a good idea. “It’s hard to prove exactly how many accidents are caused by text messaging but obviously accidents are caused by that. It is a problem and right now we don’t have any authority or recourse ... for people who do cause accidents by text messaging,” he said. Boone County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tom Scheben said he would suggest that text messaging while operating a motor vehicle is already banned and would be banned under the careless driving statute. “Now, but do all district court judges agree with me on that, I don’t know,” he said, adding that evidence is out there that it is definitely a distraction and more so than looking down and adjusting the radio. Exemptions from the proposed ban include using a global positioning system feature of a personal communication device and

entering a phone number to make a phone call. Text messages would be permitted to summon medical help, report illegal activity, to prevent an injury to a person or property and to contact a public safety agency. So far 18 states and the District of Columbia ban all drivers from texting. That includes Oregon and New Hampshire whose laws take effect on Jan. 1. Before Nov. 1, 2010, violators would receive only a warning. After Nov. 1, 2010, violators would receive a $100 fine for the first offense and between $100 and $300 for each subsequent offense. If a violator causes a motor vehicle accident, the fine is $200 to $600. “Communicating through electronic devices has become important in our daily lives but drivers need to understand the dangers of texting while driving,” Angel said in a statement. The General Assembly’s regular session starts Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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December 24, 2009


Mourners remember airman Anthony Campbell Jr. By Justin B. Duke and Paul McKibben

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Before the doors opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday to begin the visitation of Air Force Reservist Tech Sgt. Anthony Campbell Jr., the lobby of Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion was full of visitors wishing to pay their respects to a fallen hero. “I know it will have a massive impact (for the family),” said Lerry Eitnier, 34, of Burlington. Eitnier is a coworker of Campbell’s mother. “I wanted to support his family,” he said. Campbell, 35, died Dec. 15 after being injured from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. He was a 1992 graduate of Boone County High School in Florence. His military career began in June 1992 when he enlisted in the Air Force. He later left the Air Force and joined the National Guard. He worked and became a member of the Pipe Fitters Union Local No. 392. He was a recruit for the Cincinnati Police Department in June 2008 and was


Neighbors and strangers alike gather along Commonwealth Avenue in Erlanger, holding American flags to wave in the cold winter wind, pay their respects as a hearse carries the body of Cincinnati Police officer and Air Force Reserve Tech Sgt. Anthony Campbell to Linneman Funeral Home on Monday. later assigned to the district that covers downtown. Survivors include his wife Emily, stepson Devin, his daughter Jordan and their son Ryker. While decorated for Christmas, the mood was somber at the large church. A line of mourners formed inside the church’s lobby, leading inside the sanctuary. Campbell’s casket was in front of the church’s stage. A video screen behind the choir loft showed photo-

graphs of him and displayed information. Soft music was heard. Photo boards were on either side of the stage. Mourners approached the casket from the right side of the sanctuary. While holding an American flag, West Chester, Ohio, resident Mike Hamilton of the Patriot Guard Riders opened a door that was in between the lobby and the outside doors. At that point in the morning, Hamilton said organization had about 20

riders at the church. “And it’s only fitting that the community turns out. This is the guy that’s the hero,” said Hamilton, 64, noting that Campbell laid it on the line and that people tend to forget about that. Jim Sunderhaus, 51, of Cheviot, Ohio, and his coworkers were at the visitation because they work with Campbell’s mother-inlaw. Their office recently did a food and supply drive they shipped out to Afghanistan for Campbell Dec. 4. “I’m sure he never got it,” Sunderhaus said. Sunderhaus was glad he could come and honor the man he’d learned about through his coworker. “He was a very, very dedicated public servant and a dedicated family man,” he said. Before joining the Cincinnati Police Department, Campbell worked with Bruce Goins, 43, Delhi Township, Ohio, and Dennis Sullivan, 45 of Bridgetown, Ohio, as a pipe fitter. Both played softball with Campbell.

“He was a fun guy,” Goins said. Along with the fun, Campbell was someone you could always depend on, Sullivan said. “He’d do anything for you,” he said. Dignitaries from the community were also in attendance to pay their respects such as Florence Mayor Diane Whalen and Boone County Schools Superintendent Randy Poe. But in the end, the day was still about a family who lost a loved one. Bill Holcombe, 55, of Batavia, Ohio, is Campbell’s uncle. Holcombe said he and his wife used to take Campbell to the circus and different places. Holcombe

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Ryle group gives ER children’s area

A visit to the hospital may have become more pleasant for children. As this year’s service project, the Ryle Future Business Leaders of America created a recreation area for children at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence Emergency Department. “We were looking for a way to help our community,” said senior Julia Dubis. Through various fundraisers, the group was able to raise about $7,000 since the beginning of the school year, which led to a a roughly 10 feet by 14 feet room full of toys, coloring books, a flat panel TV for cartoons and an XBOX 360. While the FBLA had big plans, they weren’t as big as the final result, Dubis said. “This was beyond what we expected,” she said. Aside from having the room created, the FBLA wants to stay


involved with the recreation room, and presented a $1,000 check for upkeep of the room at the Dec. 11 grand opening. “We still have the volunteering, which will be more fun,” Dubis said. Members of the FBLA will staff the room from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays to help maintain the room and interact with the children there. “This will have a lasting impact on everyone who comes through that door,” said St. Elizabeth Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Carle. When the FBLA approached St. Elizabeth, they were excited but didn’t know what to expect, said Emergency Department Nurse Manager Ben Brooks. “I wasn’t sure of the scope of the project,” Brooks said. The new room is a vast improvement over what children formerly had: a table and a TV, he said. “It was neat to see the kids come together,” Brooks said.

When he became the University of Kentucky’s 11th president in 2001, Lee T. Todd Jr. said he envisioned UK’s campus “stretching from Pikeville to Paducah.” “The Commonwealth is UK’s campus,” Todd said. It’s a vision that UK has taken to heart, as evidenced by the fact that the university’s scientists are conducting research in every one of Kentucky’s 120 counties. That includes Boone County, where UK Center for Applied Energy Research scientists are testing ways to develop commercial uses for fly ash from coal burned in electricity-generating plants. But that’s not the only way UK continually touches the lives of Boone County residents. The university is educating 597 young Boone Countians in the 2009-2010 academic year, assisting business people, advising homemakers and offering guidance on health care. One hundred fifty-eight Boone Countians came to UK as a fresh-

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man in August, joining one of the university’s brightest and most diverse first-year classes ever. “I’m impressed by the way UK continues to improve the quality and diversity of our student body, particularly with the addition of students like those from Boone County,” Todd said. “We once again increased both the number of incoming freshmen and their average ACT score. “What’s most exciting to me is that I feel that all of these increases can be tied to the quality of our faculty and staff and the unique, world-class educational experience those individuals consistently provide to our students.” Boone County already has 2,215 residents who are UK graduates. Of those, 43 are physicians, 28 are dentists, 52 are lawyers and 233 are engineers. The county also relies on professionals at UK HealthCare to treat medical conditions. In the fiscal year ending in June 2009, Boone Countians visited the UK

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On Thanksgiving Day 50 volunteers, starting at 6 a.m., prepared a Thanksgiving Feast and served 150 invited guests from the surrounding community. Each family was given a basket of food, a blanket, and games

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were available for the kids. Additional food was sent to Fair Haven Rescue Mission to celebrate the holiday. We all know someone facing difficult times – maybe yourself, a friend, a family member or a coworker that has lost a job, is dealing with divorce or a sickness. These life-changing circum-

Preparing food on Thanksgiving were, from left, Rich and Melissa Grantham, Beth Cox and Joe McCoy.

Chandler Medical Center and its clinics on 392 occasions. Business owners sought counseling and training from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center – part of the UK Commercial and Economic Development Office – on 55 occasions. Meanwhile, Boone County farmers, homemakers and regular citizens relied on College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service agents Jerry Brown, Kyle Comley, Steve Conrad, Christy Eastwood, Michael Dean Klahr, Diane Mason and Katie Smallwood for information designed to improve the quality of their lives and health. UK’s future economic impact also will extend into Boone County, as coming generations seek their degrees both on the campus in Lexington and on the Internet via Kentucky’s Commonwealth Virtual University. Better earnings, a more educated work force and a higher tax base – the evidence of real prosperity – can be expected.


Florence Elementary first-graders Santiel Buckley and Leon Cleary make pizzas at Karlo’s Bistro Italia. Under the Accelerated Reader Program, the restaurant rewards students for their reading accomplishment.

Volunteers reach out to others By Kathy Kuhn

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Ryle senior Allison England, right, watches as 14-month-old Tucker Shilling and his mom Monica try out the new children’s recreation room at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence.

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stances are not just happening on the TV news they are affecting families in our neighborhoods and community. When we feel overwhelmed and discouraged we need to ask ourselves “what can I do” not “why” did it happen to me and my family. We need to be thankful of the many challenges that help us


build strength and character. As parents we all want the best for our children and family and with the help of Hope Ministries and Florence Elementary we were fortunate to be able to share with many family and friends in our community. This season, let’s make a point to perform one act of kindness daily. Reaching out to touch someone’s life helps build the person we become. If you are looking for a ministry to donate to this

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We all know someone facing difficult times – maybe yourself, a friend, a family member or a coworker that has lost a job, is dealing with divorce or a sickness. holiday season consider Hope Ministries at 264 Main St., Florence (859-371-1887). You could donate your time, money, or clean out your closet and help a neighbor in need.



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Bank of Kentucky’s Mini Bank is open every Wednesday morning in the Collins’ Elementary School library from 8:30-9:15 a.m. for students to open accounts and make deposits. Forms are available in the school office. This has been a successful program for two years at Collins. Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and Feb. 11: Strengthening Families Series to “fine tune” parent-

ing skills such as talking to your child, making homework work, family health and much more. Please contact Betty Pennington at the Family Resource Center at 282-3247 if you are interested in being involved in this much requested event. The sessions are from 5:307:30 p.m. and include food and child care. Jan. 7: 7 p.m., PTA meeting in the gym Jan. 7: Academic Team Competes against Kelly Ele-

mentary at Kelly Elementary School beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14: Academic Team Competes against Goodridge Elementary in the library at Collins Elementary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, school is closed. Jan. 19: SBDM Council Meeting, 4 p.m. in the library. Jan. 26: Little Leaps To Literacy. Collins Elementary

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Kentucky’s community colleges chief was in Northern Kentucky Dec. 9 calling for more state money to open and operate new buildings. That includes the $28.5 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Gateway Community & Technical College overlooking Interstate 75 in Boone County, which is slated to open starting next spring. Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, says the system needs $8.2 million just to operate Gateway’s building and more than a dozen others on community college campuses across Kentucky. “I don’t even think we ought to open these buildings if we can’t afford to maintain them,” McCall said during a tour of the 103,000-squarefoot building off Mount Zion Road.

He also called on legislators to maintain the system’s funding base of about $215 million for the current twoyear cycle. Gateway President Ed Hughes said the Advanced Manufacturing building would open but only has about 30 percent of the operating funding it needs to be fully equipped. It includes about two dozen classrooms, a large laboratory with four robotic devices, an assessment center to provide testing for everything from licensing to medical-school entrance, and the school’s first physics and chemistry labs. “We can’t train enough welders,” Hughes said while showing off the welding room. “This truly is a regional opportunity to train people in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.”

The balky economy has community colleges all over the country showing record enrollments and Gateway is no exception. In addition to the new manufacturing building, it’s seeking $25.3 million in state capital funds to build its urban campus in downtown Covington. It’s also training workers for private employers, most recently a deal with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to train thousands of employees on the new electronic medical records system. Kentucky Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, RSouthgate, said the state’s strained budget will make it difficult to find new money for new community college buildings but that most legislators recognize that community colleges are a sound investment. Kentucky News Service


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This week in basketball

• Ryle High School boys beat Pendleton County 62-49, Dec. 12. Bobby Stauffer was Ryle’s top-scorer with 19 points. Ryle’s Clay Coleman scored six points, Mitch McLeish scored 12, Zack Perkins scored 17 and Lee Pinkston scored eight. • Ryle girls beat Tates Creek 47-43, Dec. 12. Jenna Crittendon was Ryle’s topscorer with 15 points, including one three-pointer. Ryle’s Abby Jump scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers; Ashley Cheeseman scored seven; Dawn Johnson scored 10 and McKell Olivero scored four. • Boone County High School boys beat Campbell County High School 67-44, Dec. 15. Joey Lay was Boone’s top-scorer with 14 points. Boone’s Ryan Popp scored five points, including one three-pointer; Mike Gabbard scored five; Josiah Schultze scored five; Alex Crickmer scored two; Travis Montgomery scored six; Andy Earls scored seven; Zane McQueary scored two; Trevan Brown scored seven and Chase Stanley scored two. • Walton-Verona High School boys beat Lloyd High School 68-48, Dec. 15. Vance Sullivan was Walton’s topscorer with 14 points, including two three-pointers. Walton’s Samuel Schmitt scored two points; Matt Monday scored two; Cameron Reynolds scored 12; Brandon Bowlin scored 13, including two three-pointers; Jordan Ponzer scored 12, including two three-pointers; Camron Burns scored 10 and Matt Hargett scored three. • Boone County High School girls beat Cooper High School 66-29, Dec. 16. Sydney Moss was Boone’s topscorer with 21 points. Boone’s Olivia Fields scored two points; Joscelyn Davis scored 12; Cortney Sellers scored two; Stacie Shrout scored four; Annie Browning scored 12, including one three-pointer; Heather Sandlin scored five; Lydia Nash scored four and Elizabeth Switzer scored four points. • Walton-Verona girls beat Henry County 41-26, Dec. 16. Kelli Dixon was Walton’s topscorer with 16 points. Walton’s Molly Clinkenbeard scored seven points, including two three-pointers; JenaleeGinn scored six, including one three-pointer and Courtney Sandlin scored 12 points. • Boone County High School boys beat Holy Cross 57-42, Dec. 18. Andy Earls was Boone’s top-scorer with 15 points. Boone’s Ryan Popp scored seven points, Mike Gabbard scored six, Josiah Schulze scored three, Travis Montgomery scored seven, Ronald Cotton scored nine, Joey Lay scored five and Trevan Brown scored five points. • Cooper High School girls beat Bellevue High School 53-40, Dec. 18. Rachel King was Cooper’s top-scorer with 14 points, including one three-pointer. Cooper’s Adrienne Sandlin scored seven points, Kendall Sebald scored eight; Carly Smith scored nine; Katlyn Sams scored 13; including one three-pointer and Shumekia Overstreet scored two points. • Walton-Verona girls beat Dayton High School 54-32, Dec. 18. Katie Slavey was Walton’s top-scorer with five three-pointers. Walton’s Tori Lay scored one three-pointer; Molly Clinkenbeard scored eight points, including two three-pointers; Lizzie Hoffa scored six points; Gregg scored one; Kelli Dixon scored 13; Courtney Sandlin scored six and McAdams scored two points.

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Ryle graduate plays big role for Navy By James Weber

Vince Murray’s first two and a half seasons were nothing to write home about. But there has been a lot of positive literature in the past two months for Murray, the 2007 Ryle High School graduate. Murray, a junior at the Naval Academy, has become an integral part of the offense for the Navy football team. The midshipmen take a 9-4 record into the Texas Bowl against Missouri Dec. 31 in Houston. Murray played in two games combined his first two seasons at

Navy, but stepped into the starting lineup midway through this season after an injury to the incumbent starter at fullback. Murray took that opportunity and ran with it, literally, rushing for 925 yards on 5.4 yards per carry. That included a career high 175 yards in a win over Wake Forest and 158 in an upset at Notre Dame. In all, Murray had four consecutive 100-yard games, the first running back at Navy to do that since former NFL starter and Milford, Ohio native Napoleon McCallum in 1983. Murray and his teammates got possibly their biggest exposure of the year Dec. 12, beating Army 173 in their traditional nationally tele-

vised military showcase to end the regular season. “It’s definitely been a great year,” Murray said. “We got to play at Ohio State, beating Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Nothing is ever better than the Army game. It’s a great atmosphere. Both teams always come out and play hard every game.” Murray rushed for more than 1,700 yards to lead Ryle to the Class 4A state final in 2006. He then went to follow in his father John’s footsteps, going to the Navy to become a pilot. Navy runs a triple option offense. Murray and quarterback Ricky Dobbs have been the main

ballcarriers in recent games. “Ryle was a totally different offense,” Murray said. “It was a big adjustment. You study so much film when you get into college. You get used to a different style of play.” A typical weekday for Murray starts at 6:45 a.m. and includes up to five classes and football practice. He won’t begin pilot-specific training until next year. His current schedule eases off two weeks before the bowl game when exams ended and the team started preparing for Missouri. “It will be great playing in a bowl game,” Murray said. “The weather will be great.”

Three Jaguars win conference titles By James Weber


Boone County’s Thomas Day (left) wrestles Campbell County’s Rob Youtsey during a 215-pound match at the NKAC meet Dec. 19.


Cooper’s Matt Brewer reacts after winning a match Dec. 19 during the NKAC meet. Brewer was one of Cooper’s three individual champions.

The Cooper High School wrestling team is determined to become one of the best in Northern Kentucky. The Jaguars were determined Dec. 19 to bounce back from a sub-par outing several days earlier. The determination produced a third-place finish out of 11 teams in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference championships at Newport High School. “As a second-year school we’ve come a long way,” freshman Lane Jones said. “Last year we got top four and today we got top three. That was our goal this season.” The meet format was individual weight class pools with wins turning into team points. The Jaguars won three weight class championships, Jones at 140, senior T.J. Bates at 145, and senior Matt Brewer at 152. Bates, a three-time state qualifier, twice with Conner, dominated his bracket with first-period pins and one technical fall. Brewer, Cooper’s first state medalist, had similar dominance. As did Jones, who pulled out an 8-6 decision over the runner-up in his class. “It was a good day. I had a lot of fun,” Bates said. “We all wrestled well as a team. Wednesday we didn’t wrestle well but we made up for it this weekend.” Cooper also had two runner-ups in Andy Gilliland and Trey Beal. Beal is a first-year senior in the program. First-year head coach Dave Johnson likes his mixture of youth and experi-

NKAC Results

Team standings: Campbell County 447, Simon Kenton 370, Cooper 277, Scott 206, Ryle 201, Conner 105, Dixie Heights 95, Newport 75, Boone County 72, Brossart 54, Holmes 53. Top-four medalists in each weight class: 103: 1. Garth Yenter (Campbell), 2. Ryan Norbury (SK), 3. Keegan North (Ryle), 4. Jordan Smith (Scott). 112: 1. Sean Fausz (Campbell), 2. Alex Castellano (Dixie), 3. Joey Parrot (SK), 4. Troy Williams (Ryle). 119: 1. Ritchie Supe (Scott), 2. Corey Ahern (Ryle), 3. Alex Brown (SK), 4. Zach Fryer (Campbell). 125: 1. Jared Yocum (SK), 2. Drew Miller (Scott), 3. Jake Sanders (Ryle), 4. Corbin Woods (Campbell). 130: 1. Kevin Cooper (SK), 2. Stephen Supe (Scott), 3. Kent Bachman (Campbell), 4. Zack Brown (Ryle). 135: 1. John Hale (Campbell), 2. Hiero Chamblee (SK), 3. Cody Stephens (Ryle), 4. Quinten Conrad (Boone). 140: 1. Lane Jones (Cooper), 2. Cody Herald (SK), 3. Eric Spahr (Campbell), 4. Matt Severin (Scott). 145: 1. T.J. Bates (Cooper), 2. Ryan Stevens (SK), 3. Dylan Watson (Campbell), 4. Brandon Jackson (Holmes). 152: 1. Matt Brewer (Cooper), 2. Daniel Zink (Campbell), 3. Justin Roberts (Newport), 4. Adam Pelley (Conner). 160: 1. Nick Meirose (Campbell), 2. Andy Gilliland (Cooper), 3. David Bahr (SK), 4. Alex Dailey (Holmes). 171: 1. Zack Sowder (Scott), 2. Jacob Lee (Campbell), 3. Josh Crawford (Cooper), 4. Nick Schreck (Dixie). 189: 1. Nathan Ilg (Campbell County), 2. Huston Dockery (Conner), 3. Daryl Lynch (Newport), 4. Jacob Shoemaker (Scott). 215: 1. Alex Van Winkle (SK), 2. Thomas Day (Boone), 3. Rob Youtsey (Campbell), 4. Zach Meiman (Ryle). 285: 1. Mason Franck (Campbell), 2. Trey Beal (Cooper).

The Jaguars won three weight class championships, Jones at 140, senior T.J. Bates at 145, and senior Matt Brewer at 152. ence. He said a key for the Jaguars’ success is developing the feeder program at the middle-school level. Currently, Cooper has a successful middle school team, which combines students from Camp Ernst and Ockerman. “We’re progressing,” Johnson said. “It takes time to be able to catch teams like Campbell County and

Simon Kenton, who have these feeders that are established already. In a few years, instead of having first-year wrestlers filling holes, we’ll have freshmen who have two to three years of experience.” Ryle sent most of its varsity starters to the Southwest Ohio Coaches Classic against mostly Cincinnati schools, but displayed the depth in the program by finishing fifth in the NKAC meet. The Raiders had eight top-four medalists. Conner was sixth in the team standings, led by Huston Dockery finishing as runner-up at 189. Boone County finished ninth led by Thomas Day’s runner-up finish at 215.

Cooper in Lloyd holiday tournament By James Weber

The Holmes High School boys’ basketball team has won the Lloyd Memorial Holiday Invitational the previous two years of the tourney’s existence. The Bulldogs return to the 16-team field for the third time, but this time as defending state champs as well, which can only help the tournament, said Mike Key. Key, the fourth-year head coach at Lloyd and first-year athletic director, will welcome Holmes and 14 other teams to the school

campus for the major tournament. Ten of the entrants are Northern Kentucky teams, six downstate. “It’s a pretty solid field,” Key said. “We feel this tournament helps prepare you for the big one at the end of the year. I think (Holmes) is a good draw. When they’re successful, people will come out and see them. We have some solid teams in the area coming.” Cooper High School will make its tourney debut this season. Key said the field has some of Northern Kentucky’s better teams and the

state’s leading scorer last season in Villa Madonna guard Blake Bryan. Another Bryan, Lexington Bryan Station High School, leads the downstate programs coming to Erlanger. The tourney starts Sunday, Dec. 27 and runs through Dec. 30. Each team will play each day for four games overall. Four of the 32 games will be at Tichenor Middle School next door to Lloyd. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 students. An all-tourney pass is available for $20 on the tourney’s first day. Sunday, Dec. 27 : 1

p.m., Lewis County vs. Villa Madonna; 2 p.m., Campbell Co. vs. Beechwood (at Tichenor); 2:45 p.m., Holmes vs. Pendleton Co.; 3:45 p.m., Newport vs. Deming (at Tichenor); 4:30 p.m., Cooper vs. Bryan Station; 6:15 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Cumberland Co.; 8 p.m., Lloyd vs. North Laurel; 9:45 p.m., Conner vs. Bellevue. Monday, Dec. 28: Games matching first-round losers start at 9:30 a.m. Winners bracket games start at 4:30 p.m. with the last slated for 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29: The

same time schedule as Monday. Teams that are 0-2 in the tourney start it off at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., and the championship semifinals are the last two games, first one no earlier than 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 : The championship game is 8 p.m. at Lloyd. Consolation games at Lloyd are 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m. (fifth place), 4:30 p.m. (consolation championship), and 6:15 p.m. (third place). Tichenor hosts a 1 p.m. consolation game and the seventh-place game at 2:45 p.m.

Sports & recreation

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December 24, 2009


Boone, Conner lead bowling divisions The Northern Kentucky High School Bowling Conference is in full striking form this season. Twenty area high schools participate in bowling, which is not sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. About 60 schools statewide participate, and many of them will be at Super Bowl Erlanger for the state championships on March 13. New this year is a singles championship in addition to the traditional team titles during state weekend. NKY teams bowl 12 matches for a possible seven points per match. The points come from a combination of four-person team games and Baker system games, in which five bowlers roll two frames apiece in a single game. Here is a look at the area through Week 4 (Dec. 10). Week 5 statistics were not available at press time. Action resumes Jan. 7 after the holidays.

Boys standings

District 1: Boone Co. 20.5-7.5, Cooper 10-18, Conner 9-19, Ryle 1-27. District 2: Dixie Heights 23-5, Campbell County 217, Highlands 20-8, Scott 16-12, Cov. Catholic 13-15. District 3: Brossart 24-4, Newport 24-4, NewCath 13-15, Dayton 12.5-15.5, Bellevue 9-19. District 4: Holy Cross 253, St. Henry 12-16, WaltonVerona 7-21, Lloyd 6-22, Villa Madonna 0-28.

Girls standings

District 1: Conner 18-10, Cooper 12-16, Boone Co. 12-16, Ryle 11.5-16.5. District 2: Campbell Co. 25-3, Notre Dame 25-3, Scott 17.5-10.5, Dixie Heights 1315, Highlands 11-17. District 3: Newport 23-5, Dayton 13-15, Brossart 1315, NewCath 11-17, Bellevue 0-28. District 4: Holy Cross 1513, VMA 12.5-15.5, St. Henry 12.5-15.5, Lloyd 7-21. Boone: Brad Hightchew (201) and Trevor Hudson (194) are among the top six

averages in Northern Kentucky through four weeks. Four other Rebels average 174 or better, Dylan Beach and three Tylers – Jones, Potter and Kalfas. The depth leads Boone with a 175 Baker average, third in Northern Kentucky. Boone beat Dixie Heights 5-2 to hand the Colonels their only five losses through four weeks. The Rebels also beat Campbell County 5-2 for all but two of the Camels’ losses in their 21-7 start. Amanda Krebs leads the girls’ team with a 151 average. Conner: Jon Spears is averaging 176 with a high game of 198. Brian Butler is averaging 160 through eight games with a 203. Brennan O’Donnell averages 152 with a high of 197. Alli Haggard leads the girls’ team with a 150 average. Cooper: Zac Dicken leads with a 185 average and 234 high game. Jacob Uhlyarik had a 224 despite his 129 average. On the girls’ team, Ashley Farnkopf has one of the top averages in the region at 160. Ryle: Tyler Gardner has

the high average (151) and game (178). Brittany Cook leads the girls’ team with a 145 average. St. Henry: Mike Wolfe has one of the region’s top averages with 195, and a high game of 246. John Tepe and Mitchell Enzweiler have 200 games to their credit. Chelsea Strange leads the girls team with a 142 average. Walton-Verona: Vince Marqua averages 175 to lead the team. Steve Boemker and Spencer Caudle have 200 games. Despite a 4-17 start, the Bearcats went 3-4 against Brossart Dec. 10 in Alexandria. Brossart came in with a 20-1 record. CovCath: Andrew Mairose leads the team with a 191 average and 233 high game. Josh Bayless (177) and Sam Collins (178) are the next two, and each has a high game of 214. Holy Cross: Brian Scheper leads the way with a 194 average and 232 game. Jon Kidd, Kevin Schwier, Greg Dooley and Eric Gregory all average better than 170. the Indians’ 192 Baker average is the best in North-

BRIEFLY More in basketball

• Walton-Verona High School boys beat Trimble County 64-37, Dec. 19. Jordan Ponzer was Walton’s topscorer with 16 points, including one three-pointer. Walton’s Vance Sullivan scored nine points, including two three-pointers; James Rice scored five, including one three-pointer; Cameron Reynolds score 12; Brandon Bowlin scored one threepointer; Derrick Lynn scored two; Brandon Brockman scored four; Camron Burns scored six and Matt Hargett scored seven, including one three-pointer. • Walton-Verona girls beat Trimble County 46-24, Dec. 19. Walton’s Tori Lay scored six points; Molly Clinkenbeard scored eight, including two three-pointers; Cornelison scored one; Katie Slavey scored three 3-pointers; Lizzie Hoffa scored four points; Evans scored two; Kelli Dixon scored 12 and Sandlin scored four points. • Boone County High School girls beat Holy Cross High School 57-29, Dec. 19. Boone’s top-scorer was Sydney Moss with 13 points. Boone’s Joscelyn Davis scored two points; Stacie Shrout scored eight points, including one three-pointer; Annie Browning scored six, including one three-pointer; Heather Sandlin scored 11, including one three-pointer; Lydia Nash scored seven; Elizabeth Switzer scored six and Nicole Howe scored four points.

Rookie of the week

Saint Louis freshman guard Jacy Bradley, a Boone County High School graduate, was selected Atlantic 10 Conference women's basketball Rookie of the Week for the period of Nov. 30-Dec. 6. It is the first weekly honor of the season for a Billiken women's basketball player. Bradley averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal and committed just four turnovers in the Billikens' three games that week. She started the week by scoring 13 points and adding four assists, a rebound and a steal in a 79-70 victory against Arkansas State Nov. 30. At Creighton Dec. 4, she tallied nine points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Making her first collegiate start two days later at

Evansville, Bradley turned in career highs of 15 points and three 3-pointers (3-of-5) while also collecting two assists, a rebound and a steal in a career-high 32 minutes. Bradley is averaging 7.9 points, 2.9 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals this season. She has made at least one 3-pointer in all eight games and leads the team in 3-point percentage (11-of-23, .478). She also leads the Bills in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64:1).

Athlete of the Month

The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recently named Thomas More College's Brandi Corbello, a Boone County High School graduate, December's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar

ern Kentucky. Brooke Crail leads all Northern Kentucky girls with a 166 average and has the second-highest game in the region with 246. Notre Dame: Christy Kathman leads the team with a 150 average. Villa Madonna: Gavin Wichman leads with a 135 average and a high game of 189. Molly Backscheder has a 145 average to lead the VMA girls.

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How to avoid extra holiday pounds

The holidays can be a scary time for individuals who are trying to lose or maintain their weight. Year after year the season not only brings holiday cheer, but holiday pounds! As the pants start to tighten, you tell yourself that you will take the weight back off after the New Year. However, weight loss resolutions are not always successful and you are stuck with leftover holiday pounds in June. The best solution would be to avoid weight gain altogether … but how? Follow the tips below to avoid weight gain and stay healthy this holiday season. 1. Start your New Year’s Resolutions early: Most individuals set at least one New Year’s Resolution that involves exercise or diet. Take time to sit down and write out ideas for resolutions. Choose one or two important goals and post them on the refrigerator to remind yourself what you are working toward. The holidays can bring more time off work and this may be a golden opportunity to jump start exercise and healthy meal planning. 2. Keep a food and fitness jour nal: Knowledge is power and a journal will reveal all of your dirty little secrets (or extra nibbles in the day). Journaling is often motivating when it relates to exercise, it can be fun to write down all that you have accomplished in the day. 3. Pre-plan and prepare: Why is it that we are willing to write out a holiday list, but writing out a meal plan takes too much time? Before leaving your house, try

preparing a couple healthy snacks to take with you and avoid stopping at fast food restaurants or shopping mall food courts. You Lindsey could save hunHouse, R.D. dreds of calories by taking 10 Community just minutes in the Recorder morning to plan guest your day. 4. Love it or columnist leave it: The holidays bring parties, family gatherings, and food everywhere you turn. The trick to keeping your calories under control is choosing the foods that are truly special to you. Too often we eat a gingerbread cookie because it’s only available once a year, not because we truly love gingerbread cookies. Leave behind the foods that you don’t absolutely love. Try rating the foods available and if it’s not a 10, leave it. 5. Small changes count: Take every opportunity to make small changes in your day to reduce calories and increase physical activity. Avoid random handfuls of holiday nuts, have a small glass of wine instead of eggnog, take smaller helpings, and increase your daily movement. One little change does not prevent weight gain, however multiple small changes could be the secret to avoiding the holiday pounds. Lindsey House, R.D., is a dietitian at the Surgical Weighit Loss Center at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence.

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Animal adoptions honored

Volunteer Jan Chapman and Boone County Animal Shelter Director Beckey Reiter stand in front of the special tree whose ornaments depict animals that have been adopted this Christmas season at their open house Dec. 18. Adoptable dog Bruce wears a festive collar for the occasion.


The spirit of Christmas is hope, goodness and unity number of presChristmas is a ents under your season of anticitree. The true pation and joy. spirit of ChristBoone County mas encourages neighborhoods us to give of ourand store winselves, lend our dows brightly time, a shoulder shine with lights to lean upon or a and decorations. Reps. Addia Wuchner helping hand. Children dream never of the toys that and Sal Santoro One knows the difSanta Claus will Community Recorder ference that one place under their guest columnist small gesture of tree. Adults take kindness can pause to remember the joys of Christmas past, make. As a state and a nation, we are reflect on time with loved ones and look ahead at the year to facing uncertain days, yet, at the same time, we are still a nation come. Our nation’s 30th president, rich in blessings. There are many Calvin Coolidge, delivered a contentious issues and divisions Christmas Day address and stated, on solutions but hope is the com“Christmas is not a time or a sea- mon denominator that directs our son but a state of mind. To cherish focus and calls us to rise above peace and good will, to be plen- our differences. Christmas provides us the teous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Time has not unique opportunity to strengthen hindered the meaning of this mes- our faith, our hope, our spirit and sage delivered over 80 years ago our heart. The holidays have always been a time of renewal, an as its sentiments still ring true. This season is not about the opportunity to renew our faith in

our fellow man, our country and our world. In just a few days, we will convene the 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. This upcoming session will present unprecedented challenges, complex solutions and difficult decisions to make, all with the goal of ensuring a brighter tomorrow. We stand together and encourage our colleagues to rise above partisan lines and beyond political agendas. For too long, politics has stood in the way of progress. As Kentuckians, you deserve better and we commit our energies to honor your trust in us as we work together to meet the challenges of the 2010 session. Serving as your state representative is truly an honor and a privilege. Thank you for allowing us to be your voice in the Kentucky General Assembly. From our families to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and blessed, Happy New Year. State Reps. Addia Wuchner and Sal Santoro are members of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

“Midnight Christmas Eve service, lighting of the candles and singing Christmas carols.” Duke

“Candlelight Christmas at First Church of Christ. The tradition, the beautiful music, friends gathered to worship. The beauty of the birth of Christ always resonates in the message. I also enjoy the family being home and the Christmas stockings.” G.G.

“For 23 years our family of six has opened the doors of our house on Christmas morning for a dropin breakfast. After we open our gifts, my husband and I and our four kids quickly clean our mess then commence cooking breakfast for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and anyone who just wants to drop in! It’s our way of giving back. One exciting year we had a motorcycle gang come (OK, that was all the truck drivers from my work!). Last year we were moving from Georgia here and couldn’t do it. My children were so disappointed and said it was just not Christmas without our community breakfast. So, now we are starting it in Kentucky!” J.K.T.

“Watching all of the Christmas specials on TV. I always try to record all of my favorites and watch them every year: A Garfield Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the list goes on. What makes them special is that they are timeless classics, which only become more antique as the years go on but never lose their charm. Sitting on my couch, watching these by the tree brings back such wonderful childhood memories and I do feel like a kid again, just for a brief moment. Merry Christmas!” C.S., Erlanger

What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special?

“One of my favorite holiday traditions occurs every December once our daughter is home from college when my niece and nephew (ages 6 and 8) come over and we all decorate a Christmas tree for the birds. We spread peanut butter and birdseed on bagels, string popcorn and cranberries, and fill mesh bags with sunflower seeds. Once all the ornaments have been made, we carry everything outside and decorate the evergreen tree in our front yard. We’ve been decorating the bird tree for several years now, and we all enjoy making the treats as much as the birds and other wildlife enjoy eating them.” Lisa Williams “Our three kids are now in their 40s, but when they were little we made a joke out of the fact that we didn’t have any ‘holiday traditions,’ because it seemed that this was almost a requirement for people. So we decided to make up our own tradition. It involved my wife and I holding a broom between us, and letting our little kids hang

upside down from the broom handle by their legs. That made us feel a lot more ‘normal,’ and we got a good chuckle out of it. (I have always tended to be a little irreverent about certain things.) :-)” Bill B. “Going to NYC a week or so before for Christmas to visit with my daughter. We love shopping, sightseeing, all the outdoor Christmas markets, and the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall! Then she comes home to spend Christmas with us. J.B. “The 24-hour ‘Christmas Story’ movie marathon starting Christmas Eve. Can’t ever have too much of that movie! “Happy holidays!” A.D.Z. “My wife and I both turned 60 this year. Our ‘children’ are now 27 and 25, but we all still gather in front of the fireplace on Christmas Eve (usually around midnight after our late church service) and we read ‘The Night Before

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Dr. Gregory Lloyd holds Bristol, a foundling who he nursed back to health at the Hebron Animal Hospital.

Technology, caring marks animal hospital By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

The Hebron Animal Hospital was founded in 1977 by Dr. Paul Altemuehle, but Dr. Gregory Lloyd purchased the practice 10 years ago, and has supervised the move to its current location. For the last three years the hospital has been at 3505 North Bend Road in Hebron, and the spacious building houses state-of-theart equipment such as a digital X-ray machine, therapy and surgery lasers and an ultrasound machine, to name a few, so that pets receive the best care possible. “We are a compassionate, competent, comprehensive care practice,” said Dr.

Lloyd. “We are open six days a week and we have six doctors on staff. We offer extensive dentistry, internal medicine and orthopedic care, plus we do surgery every day on the premises.” The practice accepts all animals except farm animals, and they don’t accept reptiles or birds. “We are very good at many things,” said Dr. Lloyd. “We have the best technology around, so we can diagnose and treat most any disease. Plus, we are all animal lovers here.” The office is currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment with any of the doctors, contact the office at 859-689-4700.

Two-year-old Jeremy Knaley of Verona sits on his mom Jennifer’s shoulders at the Walton Christmas on Main Celebration.


Three-year-old Kylee Jilbert of Hebron ponders what to tell Santa as she visits with him during the Breakfast with Santa put on by the Boone County Parks Department Dec 11.

Looking a lot like Christmas


Jefferson Hall

A local favorite, the Rusty Griswolds, will headline the New Year’s Eve party at Jefferson Hall starting at 7 p.m. The party will feature an appetizer buffet from 7 to 10 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Party favors will also be available. Tickets are $30 at For more information, call 4916200 or visit Jefferson Hall is located at Newport on the Levee.

Marriott at CVG

The Cincinnati Airport Marriott will feature the VanDells during its Rockin New Year’s Eve 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Packages include room, dinner buffet, concert tickets, champagne toast and party favors. Tickets for the concert only are $59. Hotel and dinner packages for two start at $267 plus tax. For hotel packages, call 800-696-0165. For concert information, call 877-3763350 or visit www.van-


Seth Cutright, a third-grader at Florence Elementary, was selected to participate in the Kicks for Kids Christmas celebration. Before the event Seth helped the elves make Christmas tags to give back to the community before the big event.

Actually it’s been looking a lot like Christmas through most of December. We’ve compiled these photos from activities in Boone County including Walton Christmas on Main, Florence Elementary’s Kicks for Kids Christmas celebration and Breakfast with Santa. There’s also photos submitted by readers of your favorite holiday scenes. We’ll have more photos in the New Year’s Eve issue.


Race Zachary, 4, of Hebron enjoys eating the donut holes provided for the Breakfast with Santa, an annual event sponsored by the Boone County Parks Department.


Fourteen-month-old Colin Jilbert of Hebron likes Mrs. Santa, although he didn’t want any part of Santa at the annual Breakfast with Santa celebration put on by the Boone County Parks Department. The Marriott is located at 2395 Progress Drive in Hebron.

Madison Events Center

Various bands including the Naked Karate Girls, Maize Music and the Leroy Ellington Band will perform during the Madison Event Center’s New Year’s Eve Bash from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The bash will feature free parking, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a midnight breakfast buffet and a champagne toast. Tickets range from $99 to $150 and can be purchased online at For more information, call 261-1117. The Madison Event Center is located at 700 Madison Avenue in Covington.



Tommy, 8, and Summer Sheehan, 4, give Santa a few PROVIDED Brothers Jaron and Judd Cooper of Burlington smile for a picture by their Christmas tree. ideas during the Florence Tree Lighting ceremony. Rayah Wallace of Burlington visit swith Santa.

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Santa visits the Florence Student Ambassadors during the tree lighting ceremony.


Brianny Tharps, 6, of Walton, gives Little Bear the miniature horse a hug at the Walton Christmas on Main.

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Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Interactive exhibits with more than 20 species of exotic and rare frogs and large play area where children can climb, crawl and slide through. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 10:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Every morning at opening, one lucky child is selected to lead Penguin Parade. During inclement weather, parade moves inside lobby of Aquarium. Free. 261-7444. Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, In front of Barnes & Noble 6:10 p.m. Featuring LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Shows every 20 minutes with last show at 11:50 p.m. and pre-programmed to take place 18 times nightly. Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. No Scuba-diving Santa Claus dive shows today. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 2 6


Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Zumba Fitness, 10 a.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. Dance to variety of Latin rhythms. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Beginners welcome. $5. 491-3942. Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Largest interactive holiday train display in Northern Kentucky with more than 25 stations for children. Layout features 250 feet of track and Lionel, Marx and Plasticville toy trains and sets from past and present. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 4914003; Covington. Breakfast with Santa Cow, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Chick-fil-A Florence, 4980 Houston Road, Children receive free mini-moo cow and photo with Santa Cow. Family friendly. 5944600; Florence. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in firstcentury Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888582-4253. Petersburg.


Taste of Kentucky, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample Kentucky Proud food items including Ruth Hunt candy, Weisenberger Mills mixes, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and John Conti gourmet coffee. Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St. Free. 261-4287; Newport.


Muldoon with the Blue Moon, 9 p.m. Blue Stars Cafe, 529 Overton St. 360-2331; Newport.


Dave Webster and Gary Devoto Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Christmas Party. Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave. 441-1927. Fort Thomas. Woodwind Steel, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, DJ music and dancing continues to 2 a.m. $5. 441-4888. Cold Spring.


Heartless Bastards, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Ballroom. Doors open 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $20, $17 advance. 4312201. Newport.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Jeff Jena, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $14. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000. Newport.


Oliver!, 3 p.m. Sign language interpreted and closed captioning available. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $25, $20 members, $18 students. 957-1940. Covington. Holiday Hoopla, 7 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 581-7625. Newport.


Swimsuit Models, 10 p.m. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 491-6200. Newport. Triple Dose, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. Sunset Betty, 10 p.m. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Free. 342-7000. Erlanger.


Jeff Jena, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $16. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comedian and actor. 957-2000. Newport.


Oliver!, 3 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Musical based on “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. With Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. $25, $20 members, $18 students. Through Dec. 27. 957-1940. Covington. Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? Dedicated to the hustle and bustle of the season. $20$30. Reservations recommended. Through Jan. 9. 581-7625. Newport.


Skateboard Lessons, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Ollie’s Skatepark, 8171 Dixie Hwy. Equipment rentals available. Free skating after lessons. $20. 525-9505; Florence.


Thoroughbred Racing, 1:10 p.m. Holiday Meet. Holiday Cheer Stakes. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free. Through Dec. 31. 371-0200; Florence. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 7

BARS/CLUBS Karaoke, 10 p.m. Willie’s Sports Cafe - Covington, 401 Crescent Ave. Karaoke with Alecia. $1 Miller longnecks. Free. 581-1500. Covington. HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free ornament craft noon-3 p.m. while supplies last. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 2617444; Newport.


SPORTS Thoroughbred Racing, 1:10 p.m. Holiday Meet. Turfway Park, Free. 3710200;

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Family Night, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 8840 Bankers St. Magic and comedy by Presto Paul. Family friendly. 746-9464; Florence.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888582-4253. Petersburg.


Holiday Basketball Camp with Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daily through Dec. 30. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, With Scott Draud and Paul Cluxton. Focus on skills that will enhance shooting and overall basketball skills. Includes lunch and morning drink. $110. Registration required. 372-7754; Union. Holiday Soccer Camp with John Vallindingham, 9 a.m.-noon Daily through Dec. 30. Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment Way, Individual help in all phases of soccer with careful attention in developing proper techniques. Includes snack and drink. $85. Registration required. 372-7754; Union.


Former Northern Kentucky University head basketball coach Ken Shields will conduct another basketball camp Dec. 28-30 at the Sports of All Sorts complex in Union. The camp will focus on shooting and overall basketball skills. The camp also features Scott Draud and Paul Cluxton. To register or for more information, call 372-7754 or visit T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 9

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888-582-4253. Petersburg. RECREATION

Scrabble Rama!, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Scrabble tournament; prizes. 431-2326; Covington. American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 689-5743; Elsmere. Texas Hold’em Tournaments, 9 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. Players gather in tables of eight for the five-card game. Prizes from local beer and liquor distributors available for winners. Final game held at end of an eight week period. Winner of final game receives $500. Ages 21 and up. 491-6659. Covington.


Thoroughbred Racing, 1:10 p.m. Holiday Meet. Turfway Park, Free. 371-0200; Florence. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 3 0


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

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Benefit of Hope Charitable Auction, 7 p.m.1 a.m. Little Britain Carriage House, 5307 Idlewild Road, Dinner, drinks, dancing and silent auction. Music by Velvet Soul Band 8 p.m.-midnight. Includes champagne toast. Benefits those of community in need of assistance with medical expenses. Family friendly. $35. Reservations recommended. 445-6939. Burlington.

HOLIDAY - NEW YEAR’S New Year’s Eve Gala, 6 p.m. $15 special menu for ages 9 and under. Vito’s Cafe, 654 Highland Ave. Suite 29, Five-course meal with music, dancing and Champagne. $65. Reservations required. 442-9444. Fort Thomas. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. With Ricky Nye Inc. featuring Bekah Williams. Free. 491-8027. Covington. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 6 p.m. York St. Cafe, 738 York St. Dinner available in Cafe Dining Room. Music by SwingTime Big Band 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Reservations required. 261-9675. Newport. New Year’s Eve Party, 4 p.m. Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave. Music by Johnny Fink and the Intrusions begins 10 p.m. Finger food, veggies, meat and cheese and giant sandwich served at 11 p.m. Free champagne toast at midnight. $25 per couple, $15 single. 581-0100. Newport.

Jefferson Hall’s New Year’s Eve Bash, 7 p.m. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Appetizer buffet until 10 p.m. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Music by the Rusty Griswolds. Ages 21 and up. $30. Reservations required. 491-6200; Newport. New Years Eve Party, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Music by DJ, food and hors d’oeuvres. Includes party favors and cash bar. Ages 21 and up. $20. Reservations recommended. 866-8655. Cold Spring. New Years Eve Party, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway, Light hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and music by Doghouse. Dinner available at 8 p.m. $15. Bar closes at 1 a.m. Ages 21 and up. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. Presented by McHale’s Hospitality Group. 442-7776; Park Hills. New Years Eve Party, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Marquise Banquet and Conference Center, 1016 Town Drive, Light hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and music by Fast Forward. Dinner available at 8 p.m. $15. Bar closes at 1 a.m. Ages 21 and up. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. 442-7776; Wilder.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


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


Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30 p.m.11:30 p.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. 4918027. Covington.


Kat Gray and Craig Wilson, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The Waterfront, 14 Pete Rose Pier, 581-1414. Covington.


Naked Karate Girls, 10 p.m. $3. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 491-6200. Newport. LISA J. MAUCH/STAFF

See thousands of lights, cold weather animals and more, at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights, open nightly 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 3. New this year is a Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake. Children can also visit Santa’s House and send letters directly to the North Pole. Madcap Puppet Theatre performs nightly at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Wings of Wonder Theater. The zoo will hold a Happy Zoo Year for kids of all ages from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, with special activities, including an early New Year countdown and Rozzi’s fireworks. Festival of Lights is closed Christmas Eve and Day. For tickets, visit


Running Word Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. 431-2326. Covington. Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 5817625. Newport.


Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) leads a cast of 29 performers as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park celebrates a 19th holiday season with Charles Dickens’ yuletide classic, “A Christmas Carol.” A favorite Tristate holiday tradition, “A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 30 in the Playhouse’s Robert S. Marx Theatre. For tickets call 513-421-3888 or visit


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December 24, 2009

Christmas is too big to fit our minds or this world Ask a Christian to give a short statement explaining the meaning of Christmas and he or she will say “God became man.” Agnostics of today would quibble with us and say, as Sigrid Undset writes, “We can join you in the stable if the little Boy in the crib is a symbol of the longing in each one of us for something beyond the bounds of sense or as presentiments of immortality – then we can remain with the shepherds in the stable. We can worship Mary’s child, we moderns, as a symbol or a type, as the great Teacher, a genius, a superman. But as God in Man? Mary, could you have brought forth Him who created you? Can you expect us to believe this sort of thing?”

Yes, Christians do believe the truth of this theological statement and have celebrated it for centuries. But its astounding claim is staunchly denied by those who choose to live with a merely physical consciousness. To them the newborn baby named Jesus is acceptable only as a symbol. But what is being proposed for belief by Christians is too far outside the credulity of many people. This doesn’t mean, however, that all Christian believers grasp its full impact. Too many keep their minds off the amazing implications of this truth and focus on the external factors that bolster the belief: that it is revealed in

scripture, defined by religion, theologically defended, and carries the tradition of centuries. All of this inspires their minds into an assent that says, “Yes, the child is God.” But if this Christian assent is casual and halfhearted, then, as John Shea warns, the unbeliever and the believer find themselves in very similar positions. The unbelievers can dismiss the truth too quickly, and it does not lead them to a grand spiritual vision. On the other hand, believers can accept the truth too quickly, and so it dose not lead them into a deeper jawdropping spiritual vision. One group will not let the strangeness in, and the other lets the strangeness in

without pondering it. “Mary gave birth to the one who created her,” said Shea, “is truly a strange statement … It can be a catalyst that shifts physical consciousness to a wider perspective. A powerful truth of Christmas is encoded in these symbolic words. We can tame them and make them useless both by mindless rejection and mindless acceptance.” What a stupendous and fulfilling mystery Christmas is! Yet often it grows tame and tired in the hearts of adult Christians. They see the joy of Christmas as directed chiefly to children. To help revive jaded adult minds that say of every Christmas, “been there, done that” let’s ask a new-hearer of the awesome

story to tell us again: “They were so poor,” said the little 5-year-old girl, “that they only had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat, and they went a long way from home without getting lost. The lady rode a donkey, and the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady. They had to stay in a stable with an ox and an ass (hee-hee) but the Three Rich Men found them because a star lighted on the roof. Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep but not feed them.’ “Then the baby was born. AND DO YOU KNOW WHO HE WAS?” … And here her quarterlike eyes inflated to silverdollar eyes and she excitedly whispered … “THE BABY WAS GOD.”


A n d then she jumped in the air, whirled around, dove into the sofa and buried Father Lou her head Guntzelman under the cushions – Perspectives which is the only proper response to Good News that good. News that the unimaginable God who made the universe, quarks, moonbeams, dinosaurs, angels, pets and human beings came here for you, for me. bFather Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Never forget the importance of a written contract Too often these days consumers forget about the importance of having a written contract prior to getting any work performed around the house. The need for a contract was brought home recently to a Montgomery woman helping her daughter. Diane Byrnes was dealing with two large trees at her daughter’s home in Oakley. She was particularly concerned about the tree in the front yard. “It was struck by lightning three years ago. For a while we’ve been telling her she needed to get it taken down,” said Byrnes. “During last year’s windstorm a piece of a big limb fell on her neighbor’s house. We said, ‘This is not good, it’s too big for this small yard, and it needs to get cut

down,’ ” she said. Byrnes contacted a tree service she had seen working in the area. “I asked him if he would be able to take down these trees and he said it would be no problem. He gave me a bid of $3,500,” she said. Unfortunately, the tree service failed to give her a written contract – she just received a handshake. “He said, ‘When we do our first day’s job, I want $2,000.’ It was more than half, but everybody told me he was going to ask for a chunk of the money,” Byrnes said. Although the company was supposed to take down both trees, it just felled the smaller one in the backyard – and left all the pieces strewn throughout the yard. In addition, it failed to

grind up the tree stump as had been agreed. But the company did take the $2,000, and promised to return. More than a month later Byrnes said the company hadn’t come back despite repeated promises. “We started calling and I said, ‘When are you coming back?’ and he said, ‘I’ll be back tomorrow.’ I said, ‘OK,’ and it went on and on and on,” Byrnes said. Because her daughter’s house is in the city of Cincinnati, I told Byrnes to file a criminal complaint with the police and she did. Remember, Cincinnati regulations require companies to give a written contract detailing the work to be done, and it must include a start and completion date. In addition, the firm cannot take more than 10 per-

cent of the money upfront – except for special order items. I was able to get in touch with the tree service and the company owner told me he was unaware of the law, had not known his crew failed to complete the job, and promised to return to get the job done. Bottom line, whether or

not you live in the city of Cincinnati, I strongly recommend you get a written contract with an itemized list of the things to be done. Even if you don’t live in the city there’s no reason you can’t insist on having all the protection afforded Cincinnati residents. If the contractor won’t comply, get someone else.

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December 24, 2009

Making cookies for a diabetic sweet tooth I just checked my word count and I’m “full up� so I’ll keep the intro brief. It has been fun these last few weeks sharing holiday favorites with you. My wish for you is that this is the best Christmas ever, surrounded by family, friends, and food!

Countdown to Christmas:

Diabetic chocolate chip cookies

For those on your list who need a lower sugar treat. These freeze well. 21â „4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1 â „4 cup Splenda sugar blend 1 â „4 cup firmly packed

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, both Splendas and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually and gently beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough, 1 inch apart, onto

ungreased baking sheets. Bake just until lightly browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Don’t overbake. Makes about 4 dozen depending upon size. Serving size: 1 cookie; calories 90; carbs 11 grams; total fat 5 grams; 1⠄2 starch, 1 fat exchanges.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Use good quality, heavy cookie sheets. Flimsy ones tend to burn cookie bottoms. If yours are like that, line with parchment paper to act as a buffer.

Pretty candy cane peppermint sauce

You may wind up with a small amount of candies that won’t melt at the bottom of the pan. Just dump that bit out. Wonderful over ice

Ice cream with peppermint sauce garnished with crushed peppermint. cream, frozen yogurt, garnished with more crushed peppermint. 1 to 11⠄2 cups crushed peppermint candy 11⠄2 cups whipping cream l jar, 7 oz., marshmallow crème

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Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook over low to medium heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Most of the peppermint will melt. Let cool a bit. Pour into containers and store in the fridge.

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Hamman’s Catering, Deli & Butcher, Old Winton Road, Fairfield, Ohio: Rob Hamman is more than enthused about what he does and the service this popular grocery provides for the community. Wanda Davis, a loyal reader, told me about Hamman’s. “Their honey glazed ham is just the best. No one even comes close,� she said. Rob says they use only the best hickory smoked hams from Hilltop Meat in Whitewater Township. “It’s just a good old-fashioned smokehouse ham with natural juices.� Rob uses his Dad’s creation of a honey glaze over two decades old. There are lots of signature items available there, like


Hamman’s homemade sausages with natural casings (and yes, their hot dogs are the real thing, no fillers, just like their ham salad, which Rob says people are “crazy about.�) What I admire is their commitment to quality, heirloom recipes. I asked Rob to give us some tips on prime rib roasts. Here’s what he told me about how he does it: “We use prime grade aged roasts, lifted off the rib bone, then retied on the rib with suet to seal in flavor and provide wonderful au jus. This makes for easy carving and maximum yield.� The secret? Rob rubs it with olive oil, sometimes inserts fresh garlic slivers and rubs with pepper, seasoned salt, rosemary, fresh garlic and onion. “Yum!�

Withrow High’s chess pie update

I don’t test readers’ recipes and some are having trouble with the pie setting up. I’m hoping reader Diane Powell, who gave me the recipe, can clarify. Also, reader Susan Foster said this recipe is not exactly like the chess pie served at the public schools then. Here’s what she said: “I made most of the pies at the CPS bake shop in Walnut Hills during the years 19992007 and I have to tell you that the recipe you printed as the one CPS uses for chess pie is incorrect. “The CPS recipe does not contain either evaporated milk or flour; instead it calls for powdered milk and cornmeal (which is what gives the pie its unique top layer). It also calls for nutmeg and sweetened egg yolks, which came frozen in 1⠄2 gallon cartons. Somewhere I have the full-sized recipe, which made about 50.�

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Chicken from the old Tasty Bird, Kenwood Plaza store for Kim Molloy, Loveland. Steak & Shake chili clone for Robin Haboush. Maple bacon dressing and chicken salad for Patsy Roberts. Karlos, Springdale’s country penne pasta for Tom Ohmer. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@ with “Rita’s kitchen� in the subject line. Or call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at


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Raggedy Ann, Andy’s legacy lives on in Union The Gruelles proudly display a one-of-a-kind painted barn quilt square at their Union home. The 70-year-old barn was recently moved from downtown Union under the supervision of Don Tanner. The 4-by-4 quilt square represents the heritage and love the Gruelle family has for Raggedy Ann and Andy. Harold Gruelle is a descendant of the late Johnny Gruelle, creator of the Raggedy Ann and Andy storybook characters and dolls.

Tom Siler, who works with Geneva Gruelle, designed and painted the whimsical characters. The Raggedy Ann character was inspired by Johnny’s daughter, Marcella. The legend tells how Marcella found a forgotten family doll in the attic and, after taking it to her father, it fostered the idea that became a storybook legend. Johnny was a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who was influenced by watching his daughter and using her antics as the ideas for his

storylines, settings, details, and language for his rag doll tales. Andy was introduced in his second book of rag doll tales. To promote his books, according to legend, that’s when the Raggedy Ann doll came alive. The Gruelle family started making the first rag dolls in their home. During this era the legend of the candy heart emerged. Marcella died at the age of 13 just as Gruelle was

receiving the final approval by the U.S. Patent for the Raggedy Ann doll. The family was devastated by her death but Marcella’s spirit has lived on in the hearts of every Raggedy Ann and Andy doll for the past 75 years.


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Poinsettia, mistletoe myths abound concluded that no toxicity occurred at poinsettia ingestion levels far higher than likely Mike Klahr those to occur in a Community home. The main Recorder guest information of columnist resource most poison control centers states that a 50-pound child would have to ingest more than 500 poinsettia

leaves to surpass an experimental dose. However, poinsettias are considered a “non-edible” plant. Some people develop skin sensitivities when exposed to these plants. Individuals might be especially sensitive to the white milky sap, called “latex,” produced when a part of the plant is broken or injured. Ingesting a plant part by accident might cause some discomfort. Active, young children, apt to put anything in their mouth, and curious cats


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Active, young children, apt to put anything in their mouth, and curious cats might choke on fibrous poinsettia foliage. So a good practice is to put all nonedible plant materials, including poinsettias, out of the reach of children and pets. might choke on fibrous poinsettia foliage. So a good practice is to put all non-edible plant materials, including poinsettias, out of the reach of children and pets. Although poinsettias are not poisonous, mistletoe is one popular holiday decoration that is toxic. Some sources state that the name, mistletoe, is a combination of the AngloSaxon “mistle,” the word for “dung,” and “tan,” the word for “twig.” This is because ancient people observed that mistletoe would often appear on a twig or branch where birds had left droppings. Thus, some sources believe “mistletoe” means “dungon-a-twig.” Another source reports that its name is derived from the old Saxon word, Mistel-tan, which means “different twig.” The genus

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The Tri-City Chapter of Church Women United is holding its annual business meeting and potluck supper at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Grace Episcopal Church, 7111 Price Pike in Florence. Parking is available in the church’s lot. Admission is open to anyone with an interest and those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered dish to share (meat, vegetable, salad or dessert). The event will be a celebration of human rights with guest speaker Telly McGaha, who is chief development officer for Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center. A brief business meeting will follow the program. For more information, call Joan Morgan at 5257599.

beginning at 6:30 p.m. The topic Jan. 5 will be “I Believe in Jesus Christ the Only Son” and will be presented by the Rev. Matt Cushing. The evening is open to all adults of the diocese. Baby-sitting is provided. For more information, call 525-6909. The parish is located at 1150 Donaldson Road.

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Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish in Erlanger is hosting its fourth in a series of presentations on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The parish’s adult education program, “Growing in Faith Together,” is held the first Tuesday of the month

for preschool, young elementary and older elementary students. The second session will feature storytelling/drama, games, music and arts/crafts classes. For more information, call 441-0442. Highland Hills is located at 638 Highland Avenue in Fort Thomas.

Highlands Hills Baptist Church will host a Children’s Leader Workshop Jan. 10. Lunch will be at 12:15 p.m. followed two sessions of class. The first session at 1:30 p.m. will be broken down into separate sessions

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marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving at Burlington Pk., Oct. 20. Kevin J. Solar, 39, DUI, reckless driving at Mount Zion Rd., Oct. 21. Nicole R. Keil, 25, theft, no operator’s-moped license, failure to produce insurance card at 1751 Patrick Dr., Oct. 9. Jeff Spicer, 42, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 335 Mount Zion Rd., Oct. 9. Suzanne P. Land, 45, DUI at Turfway Access, Oct. 9. Wilfredo Hernandez, 27, disregarding stop sign, DUI, failure to notify address change to department of transportation at White Pine Cr./Southern Pine, Oct. 10. Chance L. Courtney, 26, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Mount Zion Rd./I-75, Oct. 10. Rochelle A. Orsello, 45, DUI at Mount Zion Rd., Oct. 10. Jason E. Martin, 31, DUI, reckless driving at I-275 6.6 milemarker, Oct. 11. Daniel E. Willenborg, 42, possession








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Purses/handbags/wallets seized at 290 Main St., Sept. 22.


Electronic equipment worth worth $20,000 taken from residence at 360 White Pine Cir., Oct. 17. Alcohol stolen from commercial building at 1301 Aviation Blvd., Oct. 19. Jewelry and electronics taken from residence at 2824 Burnside Dr., Oct. 18. Alcohol stolen from residence at 12313 Padgett Ct., Oct. 21. Items taken from residence at 8445 Village Dr., Oct. 12. Burglary, assault reported at 550 Mount Zion Rd., Oct. 9.

Criminal mischief

Vehicles vandalized at W. Horizon Dr., Oct. 12. Residence vandalized at 1933 Arbor Springs Blvd., Oct. 19.

Business vandalized at 10063 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 19. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/ vandalized at 1305 Fireside Ct., Oct. 10. Automobiles destroyed/damaged/ vandalized at 3396 Pine Tree Ln., Oct. 10.

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Negotiable instruments counterfeited/f orged at 7844 Mall Rd., Sept. 17.

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Subject used a forged prescription to obtain narcotics at 635 Chestnut Dr., Oct. 12.


Subject attempted to forge a check for $200 at Richwood Rd., Oct. 17.


Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kroger at 3105 N. Bend Rd., Oct. 17. Items worth $6,000 stolen from a church at 6080 Camp Ernst Rd., Oct. 17.

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Items worth $4,000 taken from residence at 1290 Mount Zion Rd., Oct. 18. Goods taken from residence at 648 Friar’s Ln., Oct. 12. Goods taken from office building at 2340 Global Way, Oct. 19. Goods taken from residence at 4885 Beaver Rd., Oct. 21. Consumable goods stolen and recovered at 1751 Patrick Dr., Oct. 9. Jewelry/precious metals, clothes/furs, other item or items stolen and not recovered at Turfway Rd., Oct. 10. Merchandise stolen and not recovered at U.S. 42, Sept. 20. Drugs/narcotics stolen and not recovered at Houston Rd., Sept. 21. Other item or items stolen and not recovered at 7430 Fair Ct., Sept. 21. Radios/television sets/VCRs stolen and not recovered at 5992 Merchants St., Sept. 21. Computer hardware/software, drugs/narcotics and other item or items stolen and not recovered at 589 Saddlebrook Dr., Sept. 22.

Crystal Abrams, 24, of Hebron and Antonio Vazquez, 30, of Hebron; Nov. 25. Danielle Niece, 22, of Florence and Rafael Lezcano, 23, of Florence; Nov. 25. Lisa Oliver, 43, of Verona and Jeffrey Rider, 46, of Verona; Nov. 25. Lauren White, 18, of Florence and Kevin Tatsak, 20, of Adrian, Mi.; Nov. 25. Andrea Boyers, 24, of Burlington and David Wernz, 26, of Erlanger; Nov. 25. Regina Rollins, 40, of Burlington and Mark Davidson, 43, of Burlington; Nov. 25. Christina Wiesman, 32, of Walton and John Ellis, 46, of Walton; Nov. 30.


Freda, a hound mix, is also up for adoption. Her ID number is D09-3996.





Looking for a new pet? The Boone County Animal Shelter has plenty to choose from, including Love, an adult terrier mix. Her ID number is D09-4019. Adoption fees for cats or kittens are $89. Fees for adopting a dog or puppy are $119. Call 586-5285.


Theft by deception

Subject used a bad check to obtain vehicle parts at 2412 Petersburg Rd., Oct. 15.

Theft from auto

Items and parts taken from vehicle at 6621 Third St., Oct. 14. Parts take from vehicle at 6198 Whipporwill Ct., Oct. 12. Stereo stolen from vehicle at 5923 Limaburg Rd., Oct. 20.

Theft of vehicle

Subjects stole five vehicles from Jeff Wyler at unknown time at 949 Burlington Pk., Oct. 12. Victim’s vehicle stolen at Heathersfield Dr., Oct. 11. Victim’s vehicle stolen at 1205 Darvyville Dr., Oct. 20.

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Automobiles stolen and not recovered at 7562 Hillcrest Dr., Sept. 20.

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (LCMS) 9066 Gunpowder Rd. Florence, KY (Between US 42 & Mt Zion Rd., Florence)

746-9066 Pastor Rich Tursic Sunday Worship 8:30 & 11:00 Sunday School - All ages 9:45 AM

Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M. Sunday School for all ages 9:00A.M. We meet at the Creation Museum Exit 11, I-275, follow the signs to The Creation Museum Pastor Chuck Hickey 859-486-2923 Trinity Presbyterian is not affiliated with Answers in Genesis or the Creation Museum

munities throughout America. These diseases devastate millions of people of all ages and claim nearly 950,000

lives a year. To learn more, visit or call Amy Howe at 513-2814048.

Joseph (Janusiewicz) Janus

Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church (PCA) Northern Kentucky

Join Us for Worship - Sundays at 10:30am! Meeting Place: James A. Caywood Elementary School 3300 Turkeyfoot Rd. Edgewood, KY 859.757.8644

To be human is to worship. Who or what are you worshipping?

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare mobile mammography van will be visiting various locations all across Northern Kentucky this month. The upcoming mobile van schedule is as follows: December 28: Health Point Latonia December 30: Bob Parsons Florence Allstate December 31: Health Point Bellevue January 6: Taylor Mill Seniors

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call (859) 655-7400. Spaces are limited.

Women age 40 and over should have a screening mammogram every year.

Financial assistance will be available thanks to a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.


Katherine Simpson has been elected president of the American Heart Association’s Northern Kentucky Division and will serve a two-year term. She has been a member of the board of directors since 2006. In her position as president Simpson ushered in four new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are Billy Anderson, regional sales executive, US Bank; Marlene Feagan, parish nurse, Health Ministries, St. Elizabeth Health Systems; and Chris Schilling, sales manager, Terryberry Co.

Joseph (Janusiewicz) Janus, 89, of Painesville Township, Ohio, died December 8, 2009, at his residence. He was born August 8, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a graduate of Rhodes High School and Case Institute of Technology, both, in Cleveland, Ohio, with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a Professional Engineer. He was the Chief Engineer for Van Huffel Tube Corporation, Warren, Ohio, and retired as Chief Engineer from Miami Industries in Piqua, Ohio. He served as an officer in The United States Navy during World War, Two, in the European and Pacific Theatres. Mr. Janus is survived by two sons, Joseph (“Jay”) Janus, Jr., (Rosina) of Sycamore Township, Dale (Cecilia) Janus of Warren, Ohio, and a daughter, Kathleen (Joseph) Janus-Petrarca of Painesville Township; Grandchildren: Michael, Laura, Aimee, Jeffrey, Valerie, and Julianne; And a Great Granddaughter, Karyna. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Bernadette Krizan (Janusiewicz) Janus, brothers, Louis Janusiewicz and Ted Janusiewicz, and a sister, Ann Kastohrys. Friends called the morning of Saturday, December 12, 2009, at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, Painesville, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at Saint Mary of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Mentor, Ohio. Burial followed with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Brook Park, Ohio.

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December 24, 2009

Tips on storing holiday decorations The days following the holidays are a great time to start the organizing and decluttering process by addressing the holiday decorations. Many seasonal decorations represent fond memories and often a large financial investment. To maintain your decorations and make it easier to trim your home next season, properly care for and store them. Putting holiday decorations away gives you an opportunity to “de-clutter” your home. Use the time to re-evaluate and reorganize your possessions, rather than simply putting things back in their usual places. Eliminate things that do not pass the “use it” or “love it” test. It is easy to do this while taking down or storing this year’s decorations. Grouping together things you decide to keep will make it easier to decide where to store them. When you have finished

reorganizing, follow the “one-in, one-out” rule, meaning nothing new comes in unless Diane s o m e t h i n g Mason old goes out, Community to keep your o m e Recorder huncluttered. columnist Also, make it a habit to put things away as they are used. Be sure to replace burned-out bulbs before storing tree lights, window candles and the like. Carefully clean dusty lights and ornaments. Fragile decorations should be well packed and stored properly. Remove hooks and hangers from each ornament. Wrap delicate items in tissue paper; use a paper towel or wrapping paper tube to protect long ornaments; stack the remaining decorations on layers of tis-

sue paper. You can store angel hair and tinsel between the tissue paper to further protect decorations. Store them in sturdy cardboard boxes, preferably containers that are fairly shallow. Ribbons and bows require careful storage from season to season. Store them in a large plastic container or shoe box. You may want to stuff tissue paper in some bow loops. To keep rolls of wrapping paper from being crushed or torn, store them in a long cardboard box, or an extralong plastic container made especially for this purpose. If you reuse wreaths, store them in a large plastic bag. Apply a coat of clear acrylic spray to help preserve pine cones and other natural materials. Designate a dry area away from excessive heat for holiday storage and use the same location every year. To keep moisture out, do not put boxes on the floor.

Florence Jazzercise celebrates first year

Many seasonal decorations represent fond memories and often a large financial investment. Be sure to label each box and container with the contents to make holiday preparations easier next year. Avoid storing decorations made with food or food items. Sometimes unwanted rodents and critters will make their homes in these areas of stored decorations. Storing dirty holiday linens will attract insect pests and set stains. Remember to launder washable decorations such as tablecloths, hand towels, placemats and napkins. Check to be sure that all stains have been removed and the items thoroughly dried before storing. Take the time to discard or donate any decorations that have outlived their usefulness in your home. You will appreciate these efforts when the holidays approach next year. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

Jazzercise, the dance-fitness program, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its fitness center in Florence. The center is located at 5796 Constitution Drive in Centennial Plaza near McDonald’s. It offers 12 classes weekly. The 60-minute Jazzercise class includes a warm-up, high-energy aerobic routines, muscle toning and a cool-down stretch segment. Jazzercise combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs for people of every age and fitness level. Jazzercise benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility as well as an overall “feel good” factor. For more information on


Angela Starke and Laura McCabe are owners of the Florence Jazzercise Fitness Center, which recently celebrated its first anniversary. Jazzercise, visit or call 859-8039163.

BUSINESS UPDATE Johnson, Kennicott hired by Huff Realty

Herb Johnson and Thomas Kennicott have joined Huff Realty’s sales team operating out of the

company’s Florence office. For more information, contact Johnson at 5255743 or hjohnson@ or Kennicott at 525-5759 or tkennicott@

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Meet George Lusby, Scott County Judge-Executive, Community Servant for 32 years, lifelong Georgetown resident “I love to fish and people will tell you, I have a lot of great stories. But as I reflect on many years of serving this community, Toyota often comes to mind. When they first arrived, Toyota didn’t come to town and try to dictate. Instead, they partnered with us, shared ideas and helped us find solutions. We can see the results—improved roads, new bridges, water and sewer lines. The overall quality of life is better in Scott County. That told us a lot about our new neighbor. They were definitely looking to do more than just build cars.” Visit us at













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On the record

December 24, 2009

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DEATHS Robert Arnold

Robert F. Arnold, 83, Florence, died Dec. 15, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, a World War II Navy veteran and member of St. Barbara Church, VFW and Amvets. His wives, Delores Vogt Arnold and Anna Mae Wilde Arnold, and daughter, Pamela Arnold, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Roberts Arnold; sons, Dave and Pat Arnold, both of Burlington, and Tom Arnold of Monroe, La.; daughters, Judy Laughlin of Seattle, Wash., Sandra Shields of Independence, Roberta Arnold of Florence; sister, Sr. Martina Arnold, OSB, of Villa Hills; 39 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Amvets National Service Foundation, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, Md. 20706.

Dennis Beach

Dennis Terry Beach, 65, Florence, died Dec. 14, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a service representative for CG&E and member of Burlington Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Link Beach; daughters, Sherri Kossen of Belleville, Mich., and Amy Beach of Erlanger; sisters, Wendy Slavey of Independence and Jenny James of Florence; brother, Greg Beach of Covington; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Burlington Baptist Church, 3031 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey M. Brown, 49, Taylor Mill, died Dec. 12, 2009, at his home. He was a shipping and receiving manager for Mubea in Florence. Survivors include his parents, James and Mary Ann Brown of Park Hills; brother, James E. Brown of Beavercreek, Ohio; sisters, Lynn Case of Florence and Nancy Brown of Maumee, Ohio. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or St. John Church, 627 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Christopher Cahill

Christopher Cahill, 77, Covington, died Dec 7, 2009, at his home. He worked in warehousing for Newport Steel. His wife, Mary Cahill, died in 2008. Survivors include his stepsons, Terry Reed of Jacksonville, Fla. and Rick Reed of Naples, Fla.; stepdaughter, Marilee Moore of Cincinnati; brothers, Daniel Cahill of Batavia and Martin Cahill of Florence; sister, Martha Gerwe of Lakeside Park; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Anthony Campbell

Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. “Tony” Campbell, 35, Florence, died Dec. 15, 2009, in Afghanistan. He was a police officer with the Cincinnati Police Department, an active member of the United States Air Force, a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 392, F.O.P. Lodge 69, and the 932 Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He is survived by his parents, David and Francis Gonzales of Florence and Anthony Campbell Sr. of El Paso, Texas; wife Emily, son Ryker, daughter Jordan and stepson Devin Ruberg, all of Florence; one brother, Nathan Gonzales of Florence; a sister, Mattia Craig of Florence; and grandmother Mildred Witt of Cincinnati. Burial was at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: Anthony Campbell Jr., Memorial Fund, c/o Local Union 392 Federal Credit Union, the Anthony Campbell Benefit Fund, 8480 US 42, Florence, KY 41042 or any Chase Bank; or the Campbell Family Fund, c/o Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union, 959 W. 8th St., Cincinnati, 45209.

Philip Eckler

Philip Wayne Eckler, 51, Burlington, died Dec. 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. The former chef and member of Greenview Baptist Church enjoyed playing music. His mother, Lucy Eckler, died earlier this year. Survivors include his wife, Betty Joanne Dalhover Eckler of Burlington; son, Mark Joseph Eckler of Erlanger; father, Aubrey Eckler of Burlington; stepdaughters, Debbie French of Lexington, Kelly White of Florence, Amanda White of Independence, and Cynthia Meyer and Samantha Meyer, both of Burlington; stepson, Ronnie White of Hebron; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery.

James L. Harris, 34, Florence, died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home. He was a black-topper for Rack 7 Paving. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth C. Poe Harris; son, James Harris of Florence; daughter, Elizabeth Harris of Florence; mother, Cindy Fuest of Florence; father, Eddie Harris of Erlanger; and sister, Lisa Jones of Florence. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: James and Elizabeth Harris Memorial Fund, c/o any First Security Bank.

Kenneth Hoffman

Richard E. Edwards, 91, Florence, died Dec 13, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and worked as a diesel mechanic for Rim & Wheel in Cincinnati. His daughter, Marlene Felthaus, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Hertha Edwards; sons, Richard F. Edwards of Walton and Michael Edwards of Ludlow; a daughter, Linda Mattis of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Kenneth Dale Hoffman, 64, Burlington, died Dec. 18, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Edgewood. He was a supervisor at the City of Florence Public Works, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Frances; son Kenneth Hoffman Jr. of Union; daughter Tara Fields of Burlington; brothers Steve and Norman Hoffman, both of South Charleston, W.Va.; two sisters, Carolyn Dudley of Hurricane, W.Va., and Connie Hawkins of Nutter Fork, W.Va.; stepson Donnie Smith of Fenwick, W.Va.; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Burton Garrett

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Burton A. Garrett, 91, Florence, died Dec. 12, 2009, at Gallatin Health Care, Warsaw. He was a teacher for the Cincinnati Board of Education, a World War II Army veteran, member of Erlanger Baptist Church and Kentucky Education Association. His wife, Sidonia T. Garrett, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Christine Cabanilla of Florence and Jacqueline Lillis of Cincinnati; brother, Donald Garrett of Amelia; sister, Gloria Redmon of Elsmere; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Erlanger Baptist Church Harvest Ministries, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Lorraine Grout

Lorraine A. “Tootie” Grout, 89, Latonia, died Dec. 14, 2009, at her daughter’s home. She was a punch press operator for 21 years with Overhead Door Co. and member of Holy Cross Church in Latonia. Her husband, Jesse James Grout, died in 1973. Survivors include her daughters, Charlene Hensley of Morning View, Paulene McKee of Florence, Darlene Snider and Ruth Kraemer of Erlanger; sons, Jake James Grout of Covington and Louis Grout of Morning View; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Bernie Marshall, 76, Florence, died Dec. 13, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a parts, sales and service

representative for Columbus Equipment Co., member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington, YMCA Men’s International and a Korean War Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Cathy “Kitsy” Marshall; daughter, Lisa Marshall-Scott of Fostoria, Ohio; son, Bernie Marshall Jr. of Lebanon, Ohio; sister, Pat Glassburn of Columbus, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church, 16 E. Fourth St., Covington, KY 41011.

Nancy Moore

Nancy Patricia Moore, 43, Southgate, died Dec. 19, 2009, at the Hospice of the Bluegrass, Northern Kentucky. She was a supervisor at United Postal Service in Hebron. She was preceded in death by her father Richard “Bud” Moore. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Moore of Cold Spring; four sisters, Debbie Sullivan of Charlotte N.C., Julie Moore of Fort Thomas, Kim Guidugli of Southgate and Mary Beth Schroer of Union; and a brother, Rick Moore, of Cold Spring. Memorials: SAPPS, P.O. Box 72040, Newport, KY 41071; or Wood Hudson Cancer Research, 931 Isabella St., Newport, KY 41071.

Doris Perry

Doris Perry, 73, Independence, died Dec. 14, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a sales representative for more than 35 years with Cincinnati Bell, member and treasurer of Crescent Springs Baptist Church. Her son, Douglas Luttrell, died in 2005. Survivors include her husband, Vir-

Bradley “Brad” Handorf, 42, Florence, died Dec. 16, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare of Florence. He was an HVAC technician. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Elmer L. Losey. He is survived by his parents, Linda and Bill Vetter Sr., of Loveland, and Lawrence Handorf of Cincinnati; his wife, Veronica Handorf; two daughters, Ashley and Samantha Handorf, both of Florence; three sisters, Angela Kyriakakis and Melissa Barger, both of Hamilton, and Erin Prus of Cincinnati; a brother, Bill Vetter Jr., of Harrison; and one grandson. Memorials: The Family of Brad Handorf, c/o Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6049, Florence, KY 41022.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 27. Additional 3 p.m. matinee Dec. 26. No performance Christmas Day. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Tickets $25, $20 members, $18 students. Call 957-1940.

gil Perry; daughter, Lisa Morrison of Ryland Heights; sons, Stephen R. Luttrell of Florence and Kevin L. Luttrell of Taylor Mill; stepdaughters, Donna Issacs of Petersburg, Dee Perry of Williamstown, Theresa Borode of Taylor Mill, and Lynn Parsch of Texas; stepsons, Jay Perry of Demossville and James Perry of Williamstown; sisters, Wanda Works, Joan Craft, and Linda Bishop all of Independence; brothers, Norman Goldsberry of Taylor Mill, Lowell Goldsberry of Walton, Broadus Goldsberry of Edgewood, and Rick Goldsberry of Independence; 28 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren Burial was in Walton Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society,297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or Crescent Springs Baptist Church, 627 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, KY 41017-1301.

Barbara Schneider

Barbara Schneider, 84, California, homemaker, died Dec. 18, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Jack Schneider of California; daughters, Barbara Born of Germantown and Ruth Ohmer of Milford; son, Jack Schneider Jr. of California; sisters, Anna Mae Rogers of Highland Heights, Helen Baxter of Arizona, and Dolly Robinson of Butler; brothers, Albert Racke of Cold Spring, Matz Racke of Florence, Andy Racke of Wilder and Charlie Racke of Newport; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mount Gilead Cemetery in Carthage.

Michael Unkraut

Michael Raymond “Mick” Unkraut, 45, Walton, died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home.


For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at He was a chemical processor at L’Oreal in Florence and member of All Saints Catholic Church in Walton. Survivors include his wife, April Ratliff Unkraut; daughters, Tara Jackson of Florence, Kayla and Megan Unkraut, both of Walton; parents, Don and Marge Unkraut of Elsmere; sister, Jeanie Unkraut; brothers, Jeff Unkraut of Florence, Jim Unkraut of Latonia, Donny Unkraut of Louisville, Dan Unkraut of Florence, Chris Unkraut of Erlanger, and Tom Unkraut of Fort Wright; and one grandson. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Mick Unkraut Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Buenta Wilson

Buenta H. Wilson, 86, Florence, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a cafeteria cook with the Boone County School District. Her husband, James Robert Wilson, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Akin of Hebron; sister, Francis Trouverman of Burlington; brother, Alan Holtzwith of Burlington; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048.

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