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BEATING THE ODDS A6 Hebron’s Finck overcame childhood illness to become a college football player.


Who cares? They do. Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Florence Recorder has a tradition. Every year we salute local people who show us every day what it means to be a good neighbor. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we want you to meet them.

Six-year-old wants to stay with babysitter By Justin B. Duke

Lindsey Teufel, right, and her babysitter Judy Shockley spend several hours going through Shockley’s packed bookshelves.

FLORENCE — Judy Shockley has been watching her neighbor, 6-year-old Lindsey Teufel, before and after school for a few months. Lindsey has enjoyed her time with Shockley so much she nominated her for Neighbors Who Care. “I get to play with her dog. Her dog’s name is Jasmine,” Lindsey said. Lindsey enjoys her time at Shockley’s so much, sometimes she asks if she can stay – even after her parents come to pick her up. “I like it there because there is a lot of books, and I like reading with Judy,” Lindsey said.


Shockley, who has helped teach for home school co-ops, is excited to have someone in the house to share her books. “I’ve got floor-to-ceiling

From babysitting to sugar, she gives it all By Justin B. Duke

Walton mom helps coordinate tornado relief By Stephanie Salmons

WALTON — When she learned of the tornado that hit Piner in March, Susette Reinhart of Walton asked God, “Lord, what would you have me do?” The nudge she got? Take to Facebook. “And I was like, ‘are you sure?’” Reinhart took the reins and

FLORENCE — Susan Dynes

doesn’t see her home as a castle. “I don’t believe in driving in the garage and closing out the world,” the Florence resident said. Her neighbors know that Dynes is always there to help in a pinch, said Emily Kasselmann. “Susan is a stay-at-home mom that’s usually outside with her dog talking with neighbors and always makes herself available for anything that anyone needs,” Kasselmann said. No matter the need, Dynes always is willing to help, Kasselmann said.

books,” Shockley said. The two of them are quickly going through Shockley’s collection, and going through all of the books is definitely paying

off for Lindsey, Shockley said. “She’s a very bright, wellrounded girl,” she said. Shockley enjoys having children in her home again and looks forward to the time she gets to spend with Lindsey. “I just love her,” Shockley said. Shockley’s care for Lindsey and her family extends beyond just watching her before and after school. “She brought us food when we got home from the hospital with my two baby sisters,” Lindsey said.


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“Susan is there on the street if someone is in need of an urgent babysitter or just a cup of sugar,” she said. For Dynes, this is all just a way to make her street more than just a collection of houses. “I want not just a neighSee SUGAR, Page A2

Hours after the March 2 tornado struck Northern Kentucky, Susette Reinhart created a Facebook group to coordinate help for victims. It had 500 followers by day’s end and ultimately had thousands, serving as a clearinghouse for tornado relief efforts. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Union volunteer essential to Kindervelt By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — It’s easy to see the passion Tammy Booth of Union has about Kindervelt, an auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, when she begins to tear up talking about

Tammy Booth of Union has been a member of the Kindervelt 55 - Triple Crown group since it began in 1999.

the organization. Booth is the last original member of Kindervelt 55-Triple Crown group, founded in 1999. Kindervelt, which began in 1971, raises restricted funds for Children’s, which means monies


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Whether it’s lending a tool or watching a pet, neighbors know Tim Atkins is always willing to help. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

‘Tim the Tool Man’ looks out for Lloyd Ave. By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — Over the years, Tim Atkins has gained a few nicknames from his neighbors. Whether he’s called “The Mayor of Lloyd Avenue” or “Tim the Tool Man,” he earns the titles because he is willing to lend a hand or a tool. “In the past 10-plus years that I have lived on Lloyd Avenue in Florence and have had the pleasure of knowing Tim, he has helped me in so many ways,” said Atkins’s neighbor Jill Lamb. “By being a female ‘home owner’ for the first time, there were so many things I didn’t know regarding home upkeep. I also didn’t have the tools to do most of these projects on my own. Tim Atkins not only let me borrow the needed work tools but also taught me how to do things to keep my costs to a minimum.” For Atkins, helping a neighbor is just part of who he was raised to be. “I’m kind of old fashioned,” he said. “I grew up with parents who demanded respect, helpfulness and thoughtfulness for your neighbors. It was something that kind of rubbed off.” Atkins is also known as the “go to guy” for looking after pets while residents are away, Lamb said. “Having someone we trust to look after our pets and watch our homes while away is priceless,” she said.

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raised go to particular areas. “I am committed to the cause and once I decide or agree to do something, I don’t want to let anyone down,” Booth said. She’s passionate about the organization, what it stands for and who it helps. “For me, Kindervelt is fulfilling, it’s fun and it builds friendships,” she said. “By putting others before myself, Kindervelt has allowed

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borhood, but a community,” Dynes said. To do that, Dynes knows that people have to give what is the most important to their neighbors.

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me to be the best person that I can be!” While she doesn’t have children of her own and says she’s been fortunate that she doesn’t have to work, “to whom much is given, much is expected,” she quotes. Volunteering with Kindervelt is “just giving back, helping others.” “If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it 110 percent,” said Booth, who has served in different roles on the Kindervelt 55 and the Kindervelt City boards. “And if I can’t do it to the best of my ability, then I

don’t want to do it.” Outside of Kindervelt, Booth said she’s always willing to lend a hand if she sees or is approached about a need. Kindervelt member Autumn Tays Short says helping others is a calling to Booth. “Our particular chapter would be almost unable to run with out all of her indispensable behind the scenes involvement, which keeps her at (Children’s) almost full time,” she said. “She organizes many neighborhood details to help keep us close-knit and caring.”

“The best gifts in life are the ones when people give of themselves,” Dyne said. Dynes is someone who truly lives out what she wants from her neighborhood, Kasselmann

said. “Susan is truly one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met, and sometimes I can’t believe neighbors like her still exist,” she said.


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Marshall more like brother than neighbor By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — When Ted Feldmann was receiving cancer treatments in 2007 he knew he could count on his neighbor Jerry Marshall to get him to his appointments off Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills. “I thought I could do it by myself, so I drove my own car over there and it was awful,” said Feldmann, 86. He only did that once. From that point forward 69-year-old Marshall gave his neighbor a lift to treatment every weekday for 39 days straight. “We are good neighbors, and I just had the time,” Marshall said. “And then there were times we’d just sit there and talk, waiting for him to get taken care of.” Feldmann’s daughter, Mary Beth Feldmann, is a teacher with ErlangerElsmere Schools. Getting her father to treatments would have involved taking off work. She nominated Marshall as a caring neighbor for all he’s done to help

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created a group aimed at coordinating post-tornado relief efforts. Within hours of its creation, the Facebook group “Coordination of Help for NKY Victims of 3.2.12 Tornadoes,” had 500 followers. Ultimately, more than 2,200 people joined the group Reinhart, the mother of two, said with the help of volunteers, the site had 24-hour coverage for nearly three weeks. “We had someone watching it around the clock, answering questions, directing people to assistance.” Many victims, she

Jerry Marshall, right, helps Ted Feldmann, left, hold a display of World War II medals Marshall made sure Feldmann received. The men are neighbors in Erlanger and also good friends, which is why Marshall was nominated a neighbor who cares. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

her dad. In 1992 Marshall, who was then chief of staff for the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kentucky, made sure Feldmann got medals for his service in World

War II. “We’ve been best friends ever since he moved in,” Feldmann said. “I mean he’s more like a brother to me than a neighbor. I love the guy.”

said, still had their cellphones and were able to actually get on the page to find out where to go to get a meal, clothes, food and other supplies. “It was just really neat because that’s what’s so awesome about Facebook,” Reinhart said. “A lot of people are on Facebook and a lot of people have cellphones so they were able to stay connected through the Facebook page and actually be able to ask a question.” Either Reinhart or the volunteers would be able to make calls and get back with those asking quickly. “It was very intense, the whole thing,” she said. “We were in the front lines with all the other volunteers, just

doing a different aspect of work.” It was, Reinhart said, a “true coordination effort” between victims, the community and area agencies. “The whole thing was just a huge blessing. I’m just very glad I listened to that nudge and didn’t get scared. I was terrified when I hit that enter button and put that (group) live,” she said. Despite her apprehension, Reinhart said “the call was so strong and the need was so strong,” God put her worries to rest, giving her the help needed. “Don’t be afraid to answer God’s calling to volunteer,” she said. “He will give you the time, means and support to answer the call.”


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Gifts collected for neglected seniors By Justin B. Duke

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen gives incoming City Council members the oath of office Dec. 18. Taking the oath are Gary Winn, left, Kelly Huff, Julie Metzger Aubuchon, Larry Brown and David Osborne. Council member Mel Carroll took the oath previously because of a schedule conflict. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

FLORENCE — Thanks to a community of volunteers, Christmas is coming to some who might not have been able to celebrate. Home Instead Senior Care in Florence headed the “Be a Santa to a Senior” campaign to provide Christmas presents for nearly 250 seniors across the area. Home Instead staff worked with senior care centers and the Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living to find seniors who

may not get to celebrate with family this year, said general manager Les Murphy. “We got the names of seniors who may not get a Christmas present because of neglect,” Murphy said. Christmas trees with the names of those seniors were put up in area Walgreens and Walmart stores so shoppers could buy gifts for them. “It’s always nice that community participates,” Murphy said. With all the gifts collected, volunteers gathered together Dec. 18 for a gift wrapping party to

The Boone County Public Library will have ereader help desks set up from Dec. 26 to Jan. 11, at the Main library, 1786 Burlington Pike, and the Scheben branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union. The help desks will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1-5 p.m. on weekends. Librarians will be available to help people get started with their new devices and demonstrate how to access the library’s digital media catalog. Free one-on-one appointments with library staff can be scheduled by those who need more indepth help year-round at all library locations. E-readers can also be checked out at the library. Beginning in January, BCPL will have iPads for checkout as well. To reserve an e-reader, call 859-

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Boone County Public Works and the city of Florence’s Public Services Department will offer Christmas tree recycling this year. Both departments will run their snow routes to pick up tree curbside from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013. Residents should place their tree on the curb no later than 7:30 a.m. Trees will be ground into mulch. Those interested in the free mulch should call 859-334-3629. If crews must run snow routes to treat roads that day, tree pickup will occur the day after the roads have been cleared. Trees can also be dropped off at five sites – Boone County Farmers Market at Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road, Stringtown Park, Ryle High School,

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Toy foundation a Christmas tradition By Libby Cunningham


mas might not have happened for Roy Bitter’s family in 1949. The red wagon his brother received and the doll given to his sister weren’t from Santa Claus, nor his parents. It was a secret gift from neighbors a few streets over in Covington, neighbors who have been providing Christmas in Northern Kentucky for over 80 years. “In 1949 my family lived on Third Street and back in those days you didn’t have

entitlement programs and somehow they got our names for being needy, and they made Christmas for us,” Bitter said. “They” were George and Rose Steinford, who lived on Sixth Street in Covington. They had no children but gave during Christmas anyway, starting during the Great Depression. “Probably if my dad had answered the door he’d say ‘We don’t take charity,’ and said goodbye and that’d be the end of that. But fortunately my mom answered the door,” Bitter said. Today Bitter is a member of the board of direc-

In 1996 Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus visited Melissa Cooper’s home in Covington to drop off toys. Mike Madden played Santa and his wife, Sarah Madden, played Mrs. Claus. The Maddens, along with members of the Covington-Kenton County Jaycees, gave toys to about 1,400 children that Christmas. FILE PHOTO

tors of the Steinford Toy Foundation, a Covingtonbased group of gift givers. “There’s a lot of need here in the West End and they just started collecting toys and preparing toys and making Christmas,” Bitter said. “They would get names from the community and they’d make Christmas for them.” In the beginning the Steinfords refurbished toys in the same spot the Steinford Toy Foundation uses to collect toys today, near a MainStrasse alleyway. “Rose would assemble the dolls in the basement of the house and women in the neighborhood would knit or crochet to make dress-

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don’t want a toy repaired by the Jaycees.’” Almost 10 years after forming the foundation it got robbed, with thieves gutting the structure of all toys, and most historical photos, in 1983. “We had just bought all of the toys for the year, we had one minor delivery and we came down here and it was empty, the warehouse was empty,” Bitter said. “I mean it was Oct. 15 or thereabouts. How were we going to pull this off?” They did, through donations, for almost 3,500 children. “It was one of the few times we reached out over the river,” Bitter said. These days reaching out extended through Kenton and parts of Boone and Campbell counties. John Woeste helps to make Christmas happen as the organization’s toy program director. “The neat thing about this program for me is I just found out a few years ago that my mother had gotten a toy when she was a

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little girl,” Woeste said. “And she said she had a used doll that she had gotten and she realized it was given to her by the Steinfords.” Names of needy kids are offered through churches, schools and low-income housing organizations. The Steinford Toy Foundation is expecting to help between 2,700 to 3,000 kids this Christmas, or about 800 to 900 families, said Tom Wiechmand president of the Steinford Toy Foundation’s board of directors. On a rainy Saturday in December the dusty warehouse is buzzing with Covington Catholic students and members of the Midwest Extreme volley ball team who are volunteering their time to get donations ready. Bitter said the Steinfords wanted people who received gifts to keep their dignity, meaning they’d never know the work going into getting them. “We still maintain the privacy,” he said. He recalls a final interaction with Rose, in the 1970s, after she had breast cancer surgery. “She said ‘Roy, I want you to deliver this and I want you to keep your mouth shut. You just go pack this up and you come down here and I’ll give you the address,’” Bitters remembers. “She gave me the address. It was my aunt.”


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Mann nominated for Blue Ribbon honor

By Justin B. Duke

UNION — Mann Elementary is feeling blue. It was one of five Kentucky schools nominated as a Blue Ribbon School by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where stu-

dents perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of academic achievement. Being one of Kentucky’s five nominees, Mann will be considered for the national award. “It’s an honor to be nominated,” said Principal Connie Crigger Crigger is excited because the nomination takes into consideration the school’s sustained success. “It’s not just for the current

year,” she said. “It’s also the previous two years. There has to be a pattern.” Crigger and her staff opened the school seven years ago, and she’s been blown away by the success they’ve had so quickly. “We have been so fortunate from the beginning,” she said. The school regularly scores in the top 15 percent statewide for reading and math and was named a “School of Distinction” after scoring in the 95th percentile in

the state’s new assessment last year. Having that much success from the start makes it difficult to pick one thing that makes the school strong, but Crigger knows her staff will do whatever it takes and about 60 parents have received training to help with reading intervention for struggling students. “They’re not only willing to help their child and their child’s class, but they’re willing to help

all of Mann,” Crigger said. Now that the nomination has been settled, the school will be reviewed before the final decision of national winners is revealed in September. While the school’s colors are blue and yellow, Crigger is OK with yellow taking a backseat in the fall. “We definitely want more blue in the school,” she said. Visit for more community news



Here are the honor roll students for the first trimester at Immaculate Heart of Mary:

All A Grade 4: Jakob Duerstock, Lizzie Farwick, Jonah Heck, Andrew Hillenbrand, Kellen McGrath, Hannah Beimesch, Jude Bessler Caroline Dunlevy, Jessica Gangwish, Charlie Hubert, Autumn Kellerman, Savannah Puglisi, Abby Schaller, Francis Rodriguez, Ty Neltner, Laura Masur and Kaden Foreman. Grade 5: Ashley Avery, Jake Brockman, Claire Cullen, Denise Foltz, Kelly Goetz, Patrick Goodwin, Emma Hogan, Jessica Judge, Joseph Kiely, TJ Mueller, Maddie Snodgrass, Sara Spellman, Drew Trapp, Elizabeth Barsan, Erin Cheek, Shannon Flaherty, Mary Theresa Ford, Hannah Miller, Matthew Weil, Grady Botkin, Brady Cline, Joey Fedders, Anna Freihofer, Stephanie Grome, Jake Hamlin, Sarah Klear, Katy Magary, Emma Neiheisel and Efrain Perez. Grade 6: Colleen Spellman, Lydia Specht, Lauren Schutte, Brooke Reis, Katie Glaser, Julia Cullen, Lauren Magary, Claire Jacob, Elizabeth Apollonio, Bridget Bessler, Patrick Cummings, Nyah Holman, Jude Kiely, Madison Middendorf, Morgan Weltzer, Anna Warshak, Grace Stevie, Jenna Cayze, Evan Moon and Maria Tobergte. Grade 7: Sam Schutte, Carter Kunstek, Jade Nicely, Morgan Schoulties, Brett Bessler, Elaine Dobosiewicz, Adam Fischer, Clair Lange, Abby Leonhard, Joe Beischel and Brad Esselman. Grade 8: Paige Avery, Maddie Darlington, Caroline Iglesias, Julie McGinnis, Courtney Ziegelmeyer, Abby Glaser, Tanner Krumpelman, Chase Pillon, Brad Deters, Kelsey Donahue, Emma Duerstock and Emily McGrath.

Amy Kerdolff, left, from Dixie Heights High School, works with Mersades Fornash, right, from Dayton High School, on a team building activity. The girls are members of the Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

COOPER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Here are the honor roll students for the first term at Cooper High School

All A’s Grade 9: Wayne Baker, Lindsey Barriger, Olivia Blasdel, Jovanni Candia, Carly Cheek, Ashley Dragan, Karlie Ferguson, Natalie Fisk, Aaron Fox, Hannah Groeschen, Alana Gronefeld, Michael Henry, John Hicks, Christian Hook, Taylor Howell, Priya Khosa, Lauren Klayer, Tyler Labree, Victoria Martin, Ryan Moore, Yudai Nagasaki, Gabrielle Prather, Cassidy Pressman, Jacob Sisson, Jayleigh Tanabe, Jenna Weber, Abigail Willet and Gabriella Wirasakti. Grade 10: Kandis Arlinghaus, Brady Baker, Dymond Balewitz, Kendall Bisig, Michael Black, Emily Blau, Ross Borthwick, Brent Caldwell, Brandon Callen, Amber Cobb, Austin Collins, Matthew Elmlinger, Zachary Fahey, Jessica Fortner, Olivia Goessling, Connor Greenhalgh, Mitchell Greenhalgh, Amanda Hamilton, Brooke Harkrader, Colin Hathorn, Bradley Hicks, Delaney Holt, Peyton Kaht, Katelyn Kelly, Kyle Knox, Kaytlin Lake, Summer Lighthall, Alexander Miller, Sarah Phillips, Nicole Pranger, Robert Sari, Rebecca Schroeder, Hanna Shafer, Emily Villari, Patrick Weiler and Kelsey Zimmer. Grade 11: Raechel Auberger, Brooke Berry, Michael Bowen, Sharlene Brady, Nicholas Brandel, Savannah Brinneman, Kimberly Campbell, Stella Childress, Elizabeth Day, Brooke Dean, Jessica Dunham, Natalya Erp, Joshua Findley, Savannah Forman, Gillian Glenn, Maria Groeschen, Justin Heidel, Mardee House, Hannah Istre, Ryan Johnson, Whitney Kaiser, Kimberly Kappes, Thomas Lawrence, William Ludwig, Tyler Monday, Melanie Palmer, Parth Patel, Katelyn Pittman, Max Prowant, Shane Reeves, Austin Renton, Carah Shirley, Karah Spencer, Cassidy Stamper, Andrew Stewart, Emily Thomas, Kasey Weinfurtner, Nancy Welch and Thomas Wirasakti. Grade 12: Brittany Anderson, Carrie Anderson, Nicholas Ashcraft, Rebecca Ashley, Lauren Barriger, Connor Bechtol, Bradleigh Bennington, Jared Blank, Alicia Boone, Ethan Brennan, Nathan Caldwell, Taylor Carr, Taylor Chartrau, Molly Cheek, Austin Cliff, Austin Collins, Marinda Cornett, David Couch, Kaitlyn Cox, Juliann Day, Shelby Doran, Brianne Dunn, Julia Edmonds, Spencer Elmlinger, Kayla Ferguson,

Cheyenne Funk, Matthew Gade, Amanda Gilley, Elijah Goessling, Brandon Hale, Jordan Hauck, Mary Hodges, Carley Hume, Gunner Jacobs, Natalie Jarrell, Megan Kelly, Jacqueline Kidney, Brenna King, Rachel King, Richard Martin, Taylor McDowell, Christian McNabb, Lindsey Michels, Titus Moore, Zachary Neumann, Kelly Nichols, Brennan Pike, Trenton Presnell, Heather Rachford, Morgan Restaino, Amber Roland, Alyssa Schlotman, Andrea Thompson, Austin Ulerick, Darian Van Dusen, Sydney Whitaker, Lauren Willett, Sidharth Yadav and Nicholas Brockman.

A/B Grade 9: Sabrina Anglin, Kaylie Armstrong, Joshua Bishop, Madison Bleska, Ryan Bravo, Alexandra Buys, Marshall Caldwell, Joseph Canada, Shane Canode, Dominic Carty, Megan Cliff, Tate Coleman, Natalie Colgate, Emma Cornett, William Crawford, Jeremiah Cupps, Angeline Dames, Brandon Decker, Mohamed Farah, Lauren Fleischman, Sarah Goodrich, Matthew Gripshover, Nathan Halfhill, Jonah Heidel, Steven Hoxmeier, Aidan Keller, Seth Keller, Grant Kennedy, Nicole Kline, Alexander Knapp, Andrea Krosnes, Jacob Kuchar, Nicholas Lewis, Cameron Long, Joseph Mangiamele, Kylie Marsh, Allison McCormick, Austin Miller, Dalton Mitchell, Jordan Monroe, Khyra Oldham, Justin Parks, Emily Pilon, Mackenzie Puckett, Ivanka Rainer, Weston Rainer, Leah Redmon, Branden Richardson, Brandon Robinson, Devon Robinson, Bailey Shoemaker, Rebecca Slaughter, Sidney Snyder, Katherine Steffen, Sara Sutthoff, James Treadway, Hunter Turner, Dale Wade, Marcus Watson, Rachel Watson, Sydney Willett, Morgan Wirth, Natalie Woodward and Shelby Zorn. Grade 10: Allison Allphin, Alyson Boles, Madison Cox, Ibrahim Diallo, Patrick Dragan, Nolan Dreyer, Tyler Earls, Brendan Evans, Jacob Forrester, Kaitlin Gilbert, Samuel Gormley, Simon Greenhalgh, Macon Hall, Hailey Hickman, Montgomery Hicks, Adeline Hogan, Jonathan Huddleston, Sydney Humphrey, Stephan Inabnit, Chloe Ingold, Emily Jackson, Marisa Johnson, Brady Jones, Bethany Kinman, Nikita Lemon, Darren Lin, Caitlyn Lindhurst, Andrew Lubansky, Anthony Lyons, Richard McAlister, Molly Menefee, Nathan Millson,

Christopher O’Brien, Kaelynn Paramo, Jeel Patel, Gregory Pilon, Carley Powers, William Prickett, Lauren Redding, Isaac Redman, Sydney Reinert, Alexander Ribail, Preston Rieder, Brennan Roberts, Carson Smith, Kyle Steiner, Alexander Stephens, Zachary Stewart, Morgan Stidham, Brooke Stivers, Alexis Ulerick, Jake Vandermosten, Mitchyl VanHoose, Janessa Waters, Katelynn Williams, Logan Williams, Greyson Winiger and James Wise. Grade 11: Casey Baker, Cailey Bechtol, Moira Bertke, Avery Bricking, Alexandra Chia, Tanner Coleman, Emily Conner, Jacob Crail, Christopher Decker, Eric Estenfelder, Jacob Faris, Samuel Ferguson, Corey Fussinger, Tyler Garrison, Sarah Hart, Shane Higgins, David Holman, Kyle Honschopp, Brooke Howson, Aaron Kelter, Megan Kern, Tanner Kissel, Jessica Koors, Whitney Lee, John Lykins, Maria Magana, Caleb Malje, Isaiah Martinez, Blake McMahan, Christopher McNees, Tristin Moeller, Olivia Monroe, Bradley Mosser, Mckenzie Murray, Michaela Murray, Jacob Neumann, Alyssa Pack, Richard Pauls, Peyton Ratliff, Hannah Reid, Miranda Rich, Paige Ross, Travis Rothdiener, Brooke Smith, Collin Smith, Joanna Sumner, Anisha Thomas, Hayley Van Dusen, Alexander Willet, Brianna Wilson, Madison Winiger and Alexandra Woodruff. Grade 12: Courtney Alcorn, Seth Ballard, Alisha Barfield, Lindsay Barfield, Jacob Barnett, Matthew Barry, Alexis Burrell, Nicholas Carr, Taylor Centers, Chloe Dedden, Arielle Domaschko, Lukas England, Bethany Erp, Thomas Gerding, Kathryn Glindmeyer, Shelby Graham, Emily Greener, Nicholas Gregory, Seth Grindstaff, Cortnie Hanna, Emmanuel Haynes, Jeff Huang, Alyssa Kazior, Alec Kubala, Gene Long, Louis Maniacci, Joshua Michael, Austin Middendorf, Tyler Morris, Taylor Morrison, Lynsey Moser, Sara Nesmith, Victoria Owens, Kathryn Page, Rhett Pluimer, Maggie Price-Huckaby, John Ransdell, Cody Rose, Joshua Sebree, Christopher Setser, Andrew Shelton, Samuel Shoemaker, Kenneth Smith, Michaela Smith, Danielle Spaulding, Ryan Taylor, Tristan Thomas, Lindsey Thorsen, Katelyn Trapp, Justin Tudor, Kayleigh Margaret Tully, Samantha Warren and Chloe Wood.

A/B Grade 4: Makenzie Andreas, Melanie Dasch, Tad Drees, Emma Esselman, Anna Ferris, Nathan Goebel, Amanda Henry, Anjali McGrath, Jordyn Seifert, Cory Shea, Aidan Stigall, Emily Ventre, Wyatt Vieth, Olivia Voelker, John Wagner, Megan Whissel, Joe Wilson, Tori Brann, Chloe Chandler, Claire Chandler, Ben Durrough, Clara Dusing, Anna Eilerman, Jackson Ford, Hayden Heist, Lexi Hicks, Jarrett Hill, Daniel Hollman, Braden Johnson, Sydney McMain, Joseph Plunkett, Hannah Ransom, Hunter Ransom, Nolan Rayner, Lukas Rintala, Emily Spicer, Carson Woolums, Sara Stevie, Sarah Steimer, Charlie Sora, Max Schlueter, Joey Pettit, Erin McMAin, Will Maxwell, Sophie Lehmkuhl, Evan Landry, Jackson Hodge, Will Harper, Kayla Gutzeit, Grace Bockweg and Kathryn Bartlett. Grade 5: Toddy Davis, Skyler Alsip, Sydney Arthur, Lauren Bahl, Jackson Clark, Kyle Fozkos, Will Fries, Dylan Loos, Megan Schira, Trey Schreiber, Kyle Schuler, Jacob Stigall, Cameron Smith, Elliott Ahlbrand, William Dobosiewicz, Katie Evans, Spencer Grome, Aaron Ihrig, Nick Klaene, Mikey Knab, Joseph Mashni, Lainey Renaker, Adam Reed, J.D. Meyer, E.J. Mueller, Evan Schwarz, Kaitlyn Becknell, Katie Bill, Sammie Geiger, Karen Horner, Lexi Keipert, Drew Phipps, Connor Shea, Rhonda Striker and Charlie Watson. Grade 6: Jackson Sora, Ryan O’Connor, Patrick Merse, Audrey McCoy, Grace Grant, Thomas Bartlett, Sarah Zimmer, Jackson Blank, Max Gray, Reese Foster, Olivia Eilerman, Alyssa McGriff, Richard Arlinghaus, Jack Coldiron, Zachary Farwick, Tara Hegge, Evan Ihrig, Bryson Jones, Vincetta Kahmann, Carter Krumpelman, Oli Marita, Hanna Miller, Jesse Warshak, Noah Wilson, Jared Silbernagel, Madelyn Ash, Zach Bockweg, Quinton Becker, Grace Gallenstein, Elijah Heck, Kennedy Hill, Ashley Ives, Timmy Mashni, Victoria Phompatha, Genna Petit, Kaylee Moore, Jonah Plummer, Jack Shroeder and Claire Rayner. Grade 7: Phillip Bruni, Libby Durrough, Jackson Haddle, Malia Heck, Olivia Landry, Maggie Meyer, Casey Nowak, Maddie Vujnovich, Hannah Wagner, Sylvia Baker, Brendan Hansen, Faith Kosco, Audrey Reed, Liz Roch, Evan Moon, Karolina Soltys, Luke Ventre, David Vogt, Haley Cline, Conor Hicks, Hanna Foster, Lauren Handorf, Curtis Maxwell, Annie Neiheisel, Nick Capenter, Zach Lind, Faith Kosco and Arlyn Shields. Grade 8: Brian Arlinghaus, Jenna Burns, Renee Canterna, Brittney Donovan, Karson Evans, Nick Ferraro, Daniela Foltz, Kirk Grome, Justin Haacke, Andrew Jacob, Bridget Plunkett, Sydnie Schira, Maggie Barnett, Adam Conradi, Jessica Goetz, Marlena Kellam, Madison Read, Peter Triska, Hannah Whitlock, Noah Ziegler, Lauren Ackley, Will Brady, Abby Capozza, Joey Gray, Alyssa Jones, Savanna Stevie, Ava Thaman and Noah Tolbert.





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CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES The following are submissions on student-athletes in the Recorder coverage area who have recently participated in college athletics.

Former Ryle golfer Alex Bruce is playing for a new program at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. THANKS TO BOB BRUCE

Alex Bruce

Conner 2012 graduate Ryan Finck, in his Heidelberg football uniform, joins his parents, Dave and Michele Finck. THANKS TO MICHELE FINCK


Alex Bruce, a former standout golfer for the Ryle High School Raiders, is carrying on her successful ways at the college level. Bruce has completed her freshman fall campaign with three top-10 and two topfive finishes in five tournaments. Bruce is playing for a new program at Converse College, NCAA Division II in Spartanburg, S.C., under coach Sara Anne McGetrick. In her first college tournament, the Anderson University Invitational, Bruce finished fourth shooting 78 and 77 respectively. Bruce finished second in the inaugural Converse College Invite shooting 79 to help her team score its first collegiate tournament win. Bruce completed her fall season finishing 10th, shooting 80 and 75 at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational, a tournament that was dominated by nationally ranked teams as well as very mature programs. Bruce is looking forward to the spring season that will include stops in Florida and Hilton Head. Submitted by Bob Bruce

can by the internet website, Long is a Conner graduate from Hebron. Long, who was a second team All-Great Lakes selection at the end of last season, was a third team selection. She was named first team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and reached the 1,000 career point plateau last season in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Last season, Long was first on the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game and steals with 68 and was second on the team in assists with 109. She also ranked seventh in all of Division III in three-point field goal percentage at 43.9 percent. Currently, the Saints are 9-1 and ranked 11th nationally. Thomas More filmed the following interview with Allison a few weeks ago: cttxrld. Submitted by David Long

Andy Ridilla

Former Ryle football and track athlete Andy Ridilla contributed as member of the of the Elmhurst College Bluejays record-setting football season. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver was part of the Bluejays team that finished the 2012 campaign ranked eighth in NCAA Division III and collected the program’s first-ever CCIW Championship, first-ever Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl Tournament appearance and tournament victory with a final record of 10-2. Ridilla, a freshman business administration major, returns for the spring term as Elmhurst prepares for a June game against the Italian National Team in Rome, Italy. Submitted by Al Ridilla

Conner grad helped D-III Heidelberg football By James Weber


hen Ryan Finck was 4 years old, it was hard to imagine him becoming an offensive lineman in college football. And not just because he obviously wasn’t lineman size at that age. Finck’s family wasn’t sure he would even live long enough to get to college. Finck battled leukemia during the early stages of his life, and doctors told his family that even if he were to win the battle, it wouldn’t come without a cost. “We were told he would have stunted growth, multiple learning disabilities and not be coordinated enough to play sports due to the many chemo drugs he had to take for three years,” said his mother, Michele Finck. “He has defied all odds and continues to prove them wrong. Ryan has always said, tell him he can’t do something and he will show you otherwise.” Finck proved that by earning a dominating win over the disease and the physical worries, growing to 6-feet and more than 200 pounds. The victory was complete when Finck became a starting offensive lineman at Conner High School, then after graduating last spring, he contributed to a Heidelberg College team that went 9-2 and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in 42 years. “We had a really good season

and we improved every week,” he said. “It was a blast getting to know the new guys. As the season went on, our offense started rolling and our defense was unbelievable. It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing football, going out and being on a nationally-ranked team and our team getting mentioned on ESPN.” Heidelberg alum Mike Preston caught two passes for 31 yards for the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football Dec. 17. Both parents of broadcaster Jon Gruden went to Heidelberg and Gruden talked about the school during the game. Finck was a backup offensive lineman at Heidelberg this year, getting in the game during mop-up time. He was on the 75-player travel roster for road games. Heidelberg’s only regularseason loss was to national power Mount Union, who won the D-III national title this year. Heidelberg, known as the Student Princes, lost in the playoffs to Wittenberg. “I just learned a lot this year,” Finck said. “We had a target on our back. People doubted us. I have never been in such an atmosphere as being at Mount Union. It was something I’ll remember forever. Even though we didn’t come out on top, we played well and we had a blast being on that field. We had fans on both sides of the field, it was packed and they were all around the track: Both fans of Mount Union and Heidelberg.” Finck started at left tackle his senior year at Conner, help-

ing block the Cougars to a staterecord 761 rushing yards in the wild 84-48 playoff win over Franklin County. He lists that game as his favorite memory at Conner. He knew Heidelberg, located in Tiffin in northeast Ohio, was a perfect fit the day he visited the campus last January. He relished the opportunity he had to play for Heidelberg, which was far from a sure thing 13 years ago. “We’re very proud of our son for his athletic ability but more importantly his grades that also helped get him into a great school,” Michele Finck said. Finck was diagnosed with leukemia Jan. 21, 1999, at the age of 4 and a half. Years earlier on that same date, his older brother was born before dying at just 5 days old from a congenital heart defect. “The hardest part was the fact that I was at the hospital a lot, a lot more than I was home, and learning how to swallow a pill at 4 years old, and then swallowing a pill 27 times a day,” he said. “I lost my hair at 4 years old. I thought it was cool but everyone else was stressed out about it. I don’t remember much else from that time, which is probably a good thing.” Finck has enjoyed life and college football so much he wants that to be his future. “I want to get on the field more and after I graduate college, I want to stay at the college level and recruit,” he said. Follow James on Twitter @Recorder and check out more coverage at

Sarah Truskot is a member of Naval Academy Women Swim and Dive Team. THANKS TO JIM TRUSKOT

Sarah Truskot

Sarah Truskot is a 2015 midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Sarah is currently in her sophomore year as a 3/C midshipmen. Sarah is a member of Naval Academy Women Swim and Dive Team. She was a 2011 graduate of Larry A. Ryle High School and a member of the Northern Kentucky Clipper Swim Team. The Navy Women Swim and Dive Team recently continued to defeat West Point in a 24-year winning streak. Sarah was named to the academic honors of the Commandant’s List in 2011. Sarah is majoring in history and pre-law. Recently this past summer she participated in a training trip to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This training included 22 nations in the RIMPAC training exercise. Sarah is the daughter of Jane and Jim Truskot of Florence. Submitted by Jane Truskot

Allison Long

Thomas More College senior guard Allison Long has been named a preseason All-Ameri-

Zach Senvisky is a sophomore football player at Morehead State University. THANKS TO LAUREN SENVISKY

Zach Senvisky

Ryle graduate Zach Senvisky is a sophomore football player at Morehead State University. During Zach’s freshmen year he played in10 of11games. In his first three games he had three interceptions including a 35yard interception for a touchdown against University of San Diego and collected a seasonbest eight tackles, one interception and two pass-break-ups at Saint Francis (Pa.). He totaled 21 tackles and 11 solos. He also was named to the Jerry Rice award list, which recognizes the top freshmen in the football championship subdivision (FCS). Before his sophomore season he was named to Preseason AllPioneer Football League First Team by College Sports Madness as a first-team defensive back. He tallied 51 tackles, one sack and five pass break-ups, including a career high of 12 tackles against St. Francis. Submitted by Lauren Senvisky




This Week’s MVP

» Cooper senior A.J. Collins for making a smooth transition from football to basketball and hitting the winning basket in a key 33rd District game against Ryle.

Boys basketball

» Conner beat Dixie Heights 75-61 Dec. 18. Drew Barker had 26 points and Sam Hemmerich 16. » Cooper beat Ryle 5957 Dec. 18. A.J. Collins hit the game-winning basket with less than two seconds to play. Louis Maniacci had 27 points. Mark Fussenegger had 19 points for Ryle and Drew Mays 17. » Walton-Verona beat Henry County 65-52 Dec. 18. Grant Moeves had 27 points.

Girls basketball

» Boone County beat Jeffersontown 50-24 Dec. 19. Alexis Switzer had 13 points and Macey Ford 10. » Walton-Verona beat Grant County 74-28 Dec.18. Hailey Ison led with 17 points as W-V improved to 7-3. » Beechwood beat Cooper 66-54 Dec. 19.

NKU Notes

» Five days before Christmas, Northern Kentucky University did some last-minute shopping Dec. 20 and picked up the kind of gift every basketball coach enjoys: A road victory. NKU pulled out a hardfought 54-52 victory over Hampton University in the HU Convocation Center. Chad Jackson scored 18 points for NKU, which collected its first win as a Division I program. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy, and it wasn’t, but I give our guys a lot of credit because they found a way to win,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “Nobody wants to be our first win and we finally have that off our chest and these guys finally have a little confi-

dence. They just need to keep playing basketball.” NKU led by six points (50-44) with 31 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws by Ethan Faulkner. Hampton (2-8) battled back and cut the Norse advantage to 51-49 with 10.7 seconds left on the clock when Jasper Williams drained a 3-pointer from theright corner. Jackson was fouled and converted one of two free throws to extend NKU’s lead to 52-49 with 10 seconds remaining. Hampton hustled the ball up the floor and Deron Powers scored on a layup to make it 52-51 with six seconds left. The Pirates then fouled Nate Snodgrass with 4.3 seconds on the clock, and the freshman guard made both free throws for a 54-51 NKU advantage. Snodgrass then fouled Powers before he could a attempt a 3-pointer, sending the Hampton guard to the line with just two seconds left. Powers made the first free throw, and he intentionally missed the second toss. NKU and Hampton battled for the rebound, and the ball went out of bounds off the Norse with eight-tenths of a second on the clock. Hampton had a final chance, but Powers’ inbounds pass went off the hands of Williams, sealing NKU’s first-ever win as a Division I program.

Boys bowling

Standings (record in parentheses is conference record, which determines NKAC title): Division 1: Simon Kenton 36-6 (5-0), Campbell County 36-6 (4-0), Cooper 29-13 (2-2), Boone County 24-18 (1-3), Dixie Heights 19-23 (1-4), Covington Catholic 18-24 (2-2), Scott 636 (0-4). Division 2: Highlands 41-8 (4-1), St. Henry 30-19 (4-1), NCC 29-13 (4-2), Lloyd 28-21 (5-1), Holy Cross 2425 (3-2), Brossart 16-33 (3-2), Dayton 13-29 (1-4), Newport 4-45 (1-5), Beechwood 4-38 (0-5).. Dec. 18 results: Campbell d. Brossart 7-0, High-

lands d. CCH 6-1, Boone d. St. Henry 6-1, Dixie d. Lloyd 6-1, SK d. Newport 7-0, Scott d. Beechwood 6-1, Cooper d. Holy Cross 6-1. The next matches are Jan. 3.

Girls bowling

Standings: Division 1: Boone 30-12 (4-0), Campbell County 33.5-8.5 (3-1), Cooper 25-10 (3-1), Scott 26.5-15.5 (2-2), Notre Dame 22-20 (2-2), Dixie 15-27 (1-4), SK 5-37 (0-5). Division 2: Newport 36-6 (5-0), Beechwood 29.512.5 (5-0), Brossart 33.515.5 (4-1), Highlands 17-25 (2-2), NCC 19-16 (2-3), St. Henry 10.5-31.5 (1-3), Lloyd 8-34 (0-5), Holy Cross 4.544.5 (0-5). Dec. 18 results: Campbell d. Brossart 4.5-2.5, NDA d. Highlands 5-2, Boone d. St. Henry 5-2, Lloyd d. Dixie 4-3, Newport d. SK 6-1, Scott d. Beechwood 3.5-3.5 (Scott won total pins, 1,747-1,731), Cooper d. HC 7-0. The next matches are Jan. 3.

Cross country

» Local cross country coaches named Nolan Gerlach of Conner the boys’ regional runner of the year. Highlands’ Molly Mearns won the girls’ regional honor. Brian Alessandro of Highlands is girls’ coach of the year. Cooper coach Eric Van Laningham won for boys’. Girls first-team all-region: Mearns, Lauren Ossege, Sydney Ossege (Highlands), Taylor Connett, Sam Hentz (St. Henry), Sarah Duncan (Lloyd), Amber Victor (Ludlow), Amy Hansen (Notre Dame Academy), Madison Peace (Walton-Verona), Jensen Bales (Ryle). Boys: Gerlach (Conner), Daniel Wolfer, Josh Hannon (St. Henry), Michael Caldwell, Chris Loos (Bishop Brossart), Brady Baker (Cooper), Max McGehee (Dixie Heights), Eric Baugh (Villa Madonna), Joe Rider (Walton-Verona), Tim Woeste (Holy Cross).

JAGUARS EDGE RAIDERS Cooper boys basketball (5-2) beat Ryle (5-3) 59-57 Dec.18 on a last-second shot by senior A.J. Collins. Cooper will be in the Lloyd holiday tourney starting Dec. 27 and Ryle will be in the Powell County tourney starting the same day.

Ryle’s Mark Fussenegger shoots the ball during the basketball game against Cooper Dec. 18. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY

Cooper’s Colin Hathorn (33) shoots the ball over Ryle’s Mark Fussenegger during Cooper’s win Dec. 18. TONY



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Four Northern Kentucky Clippers signed early, confirming their commitments to swim in college. Pictured are Max Williamson, MacKenzie Margroum, Lauren Herich and Hannah Gillcrist.

Four Clipper seniors sign Community Recorder

Four Northern Kentucky Clippers seniors signed early confirming their commitments to swim in college. All four Clippers were heavily recruiting by multiple schools and are excited about taking the next step in their career. Hannah Gillcrist will swim at the U.S. Naval Academy. Gillcrist lives in Burlington and is homeschooled. She is the No. 6ranked female recruit out of Kentucky by College She also considered University of Houston, Indiana Univer-

sity and University of Louisville. Lauren Herich will swim at the University of Louisville. Herich lives in Hebron and is homeschooled. Herich is the No. 1-ranked female recruit out of Kentucky by College She also considered University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and the University of Houston. MacKenzie Margroum will swim at the U.S. Naval Academy. Margroum lives in Fort Thomas and is a senior at Notre Dame Academy. Margroum is the No. 4-ranked female recruit out of Kentucky by

College She also considered Auburn University and University of Alabama. Max Williamson will swim at Stanford University. Max lives in Fort Mitchell and attends Covington Catholic High School. Max is considered the 6th-ranked recruit in the United States by College He is currently a member of the U.S. Junior National Team for the second year in a row. He also considered Georgia, University of Virginia, University of California, Auburn University, and University of Texas.

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Time is now for Kentucky tax reform Over the last five years, during the worst of the economic recession, Gov. Steve Beshear had to cut $1.6 billion from the state budget. Families across the state made tough budget decisions, too. While the past few years have been difficult, those bleak economic times forced all of us to reconsider what we value most, and how to make sure that we meet the critical needs of our families. One of the important lessons we learned in state government is that while our tax system cushioned some of the impact when the economy ran off the tracks, the tax code is not as useful or simple as Kentuckians need it to be. Parts of the tax code are antiquated. Not everyone pays a fair share, and the taxes aren’t easy to understand. Some of the tax code stunts our efforts to keep and attract jobs in a 21st century economy. Most important, the current system isn’t robust enough to guarantee we will have enough money for the services we need most, like education for our kids.

Gov. Beshear recognized that Kentucky can’t afford to wait for tax reform. Early in 2012, he appointed a broad, bipartiJerry san commission Abramson to make sure COMMUNITY our state RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST doesn’t face another economic crater by failing to update its tax code. A study of our tax system earlier this summer revealed that without significant changes, Kentucky will face a $1 billion shortfall by 2020. As chair of Gov. Beshear’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, I am confident that the work by our members over the last 10 months will help to align Kentucky’s tax structure with the principles of fairness, economic competitiveness and a 21st century economy. The commission delivered its final report to Gov. Beshear Dec.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR School mental health programs

In the case of the shootings in Connecticut, the media and our politicians are totally ignoring the need for adequate funding for mental health care. They wrongly focus on the guns only. If Connecticut had given that boy (shooter) the proper mental health attention, he would never have gone to the school with the intent of shooting children and the guns would have been irrelevant. The media and our politicians should be fighting for adequate funding for mental health treatment, particularly funding for school programs that would help identify children like him in need of help. That would prevent tragedies like this. One other point: “mental health treatment” does not mean “drugging the kids.” It means talking with those who are withdrawn, evaluating them and then providing the necessary counseling to get their heads on straight. In this case, if the shooter had been evaluated when he was a student in grammar, middle or high school, the source of his rage could have been discovered and dealt with preventing his shooting of those precious children, the principle and the teachers. We need adequate funding for mental health programs (including programs for addiction), particularly in school programs. The sooner we identify those who need help and give it to the, the better for them and for the rest of us.

Ted Smith Park Hills

Response to Connecticut

Answers? I am not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet but neither am I ignorant of God’s written word nor His recorded actions through the ages. Did these small, innocent children do anything to deserve this end? I would never infer that for a minute. My heart aches over this. Is America turning its back on God and His offers of protection for all His creation including the innocent? You decide.

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We have re-elected a president who stated for all to hear “We are no longer a Christian nation.” We previously passed legislation which was ruled through our court system for all to see that murder of the unborn is “OK” and now are funding it with taxpayer monies. We have chosen to tell our kids in public schools that deviate sexual behavior is “correct” when God’s written words say the absolute opposite. The unlearned or simple person can see in a moment that even the plumbing in man and woman is designed for that which God calls the natural use of the body. Do I have the answers? Are they available? I am, again, the “working man” with “minimal education” by some standards. The closest thing I have to a Ph.D. is a post hole digger – but I love my God and He has never failed me or anyone yet. His protection is so important and although He makes no promise to us for a rose strewn path He is worthy of our complete devotion individually and nationally and He promises that the nation which turns its back on Him will be damned into hell.



Tom Brumback Covington

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17. The governor will study the report before he meets with legislators to build a consensus on moving forward on changes to our tax code. Our suggested changes to the state tax code would generate roughly $659 million in new revenue annually once fully implemented. These proposals will modernize our tax structure, making it fairer for families and businesses. The changes would position Kentucky to create more jobs, further grow our economy and fund many of the services the commission heard were needed all across the commonwealth. During our review of the tax code, the commission heard advice from our consultant team, and met with citizens at six town halls across the commonwealth, learning about how our tax system intersects with Kentuckians on an everyday basis. What we heard loudly and clearly was if Kentucky is going to continue to invest in education, economic development and health services, we must have an

adequate tax code that meets the needs of our citizens – businesses and individuals alike. We have no choice. During the recession, the governor managed budget cuts and protected key services, like education, health care and public safety, as best we could. But we can’t allow the persistent and painful budget reductions of a recession to become regular practice, because those needed services will eventually wither. We can’t afford to continue providing just enough money to cover the barest essentials for classrooms, or just enough money to keep job training programs open. In a 21st century economy, “just enough” isn’t good enough. In order to compete, Kentucky has to build a solid foundation for businesses, families and communities to thrive, and invigorating our out-of-date tax code is a necessary step. The time to act is now. We purposefully waited for our state’s economy to show signs of stability before moving on tax reform, because we needed to

get past the worst of the recession before making significant structural change. Recently, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the commonwealth had the second highest percentage of job growth in the nation from September 2011 to September 2012. Our economy is now in a prime position not only to handle the proposed tax reforms, but also to thrive because of the positive changes in fairness, simplicity, and business support these reforms will bring. This makes the recommendations of the Tax Commission even more critical. Improving Kentucky’s tax structure is yet another way to ensure that government works for the people, not against them. We hope you will continue to stay engaged as the governor and the General Assembly discuss our path forward toward real tax reform. You can find a copy of our final report at Jerry Abramson is lieutenant governor of Kentucky.

Housing market gaining steam in N. Ky. for 2013 The goals for the construction industry and our organization in 2013 are many. We currently have a shortage of housing inventory and available finished home sites, nor the available workforce to meet the current demand for housing. We operate a trade school that is experiencing tremendous growth but are working to bridge the gap between high school students and a career in a skilled trade. Our members comment regularly that they can’t find enough carpenters, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians to do the work to meet demand today. Our school has a 95 percent job placement rate and the demand for these skilled workers is growing.

The housing market is gaining steam and we expect the demand for homes to continue to increase Brian Miller throughout 2013. Our COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST estimates are COLUMNIST that we are currently at 50 percent production of what a “new normal” will look like. It could take another two years for our industry to reach that level but we see 2013 as a key year to gaining ground where we have a more healthy market than we do today. As an association we plan to involve more commercial and

industrial developers in our advocacy work, strengthen the coalitions we have with other professional business organizations, expand our educational resources for our industry and the consumer and spend much more time communicating what the Home Builders Association is and does. We are one of the largest associations of our type in the country with one of the longest histories and regularly achieve great things for our industry, the economy and citizens of Northern Kentucky. We plan to communicate that in a far more effective way in the coming year. Brian Miller is executive director of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky.


Matt Sanders is a Florence artist who was deeply touched and saddened by the horrific Connecticut school shooting. This drawing and poem was his own way of expressing his feelings and reaching out to others. It was created on his iPad after reading a story about the individual children who were taken from this world. THANKS TO MATT SANDERS

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Fourth-grader Ada Taylor shows off her “Footprint Reindeer” at New Haven Elementary. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

Grant Louden, a 5-year-old at the Florence Elementary Daycare Development Center, played Rudolph to ring in the holidays.

St. Timothy Preschooler Kate Quinn gets ready for Christmas by making a special handprint Rudolph. THANKS TO DEB THOMAS




Jordan Cropper, a 5-year-old at the Florence Elementary Daycare Development Center, played Frosty the Snowman to ring in the holidays. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Stella Carpenter, a 2-year-old at the Florence Elementary Daycare Development Center, sang “Jingle Bells” with her class to ring in the holidays. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN


HOLIDAY CHEER The Recorder invited local schools to share photos of holiday activities. Here is a selection of photos we received. You can see more in an online gallery at

The fifth-graders rang in the holidays at Florence Elementary with the bell ringers Julien Norman, Tyshaundre Somers and Santa, Dorian King, singing “Wonderful Dream.” THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Lily Stephens and Maria Worley, second-graders from New Haven Elementary School, show off their snowman bags filled with homemade goodies to share for the holidays in Sarah Mann’s class. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

Students from a first-grade class at New Haven Elementary are studying about celebrations from around the world. They pose showing off their candle wreaths from Sweden. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

In a fifth-grade class at New Haven Elementary, Sophia Forlenza and Ethan Thomas give each other a “hand” while decorating wreaths for the holiday. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

Sarah Mason and Madison Melvin pose after their third-grade performance of “A Holiday Moosical” on Dec. 13 at New Haven Elementary. THANKS TO JENNIFER MELVIN

Students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington brought some Christmas cheer to area shut-ins by visiting and singing Christmas carols. THANKS TO EMILY FREIHOFER Four-year-olds get ready for the Love Alive Montessori Preschool Christmas Program. Shown are Miles Ard of Burlington, Ryan McLagan of Walton, Levi Wilson of Burlington, Bryson Due of Walton, Cullen Applegate of Crittenden, and Clifton Valentine IV of Triple Crown. THANKS TO MARCY THOMPSON

Elaionnie Ballinger, a kindergartner at Florence Elementary, planned her design ahead of time making a Christmas flower with clouds in the sky on her cookie provided the Remke Bakery. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Community Dance Friday Night Open Dance, 7:30-10 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Group dance class starts at 7:45 p.m. Open dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $5 group class, $5 party. Through May 31. 859-371-1151. Florence.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Kentucky was a Mason-Dixon state with an idealistic but unrealistic goal of neutrality. Learn how this had a far-reaching impact, tearing families and communities apart. 859-4914003; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 13. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Featuring free live nativity, lights and live dramas. Free. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Get eReader questions answered. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Get eReader questions answered. 859-3422665. Union. Ninjago Tournament (grade K-3), 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Use your Awesome Spinjitzu skills to battle your opponent. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union.

Music - World Lagniappe, 7-10 p.m., Steinhaus German Restaurant, 6415 Dixie Highway, 859-371-3000. Florence.

Senior Citizens Get Healthy with Tai Chi, 9-10 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Walk @ Walton, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-4857611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center,

44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Christmas Town, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859342-2665. Union.

Music - World Lagniappe, 7-10 p.m., Steinhaus German Restaurant, 859-3713000. Florence.

On Stage - Comedy Dinner and a Comedy Show, 7-10 p.m. Comedians scheduled to appear: Larry Love, Jason Robbins, Brian Million, Wally DeBurgh and Rob Wilfong., Muggbees, 8405 U.S. 42, Includes dinner and show. All well and draft beer specials from 7-10 p.m. Caution: Contains adult content. Benefits: Hawks Wrestling Club. $20. 859-496-0944. Florence.

Literary - Libraries eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, 1-5 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859342-2665. Union.

Recreation YMCA Camp Ernst Winter Wonderland Weekend, 7 p.m. Campers and counselors stay two-full days in heated Lakeview Lodge. Weekend ends Jan.1, 2 p.m., Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Campers make s’mores, sing songs, climb the rock wall, play capture the flag, and more. New Year’s Eve campers stay up to ring in new year. $115 per person. Registration required. 859-586-6181; Burlington.

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Community Dance New Year’s Eve Dance, 7 p.m., American Legion Boone Post 4, 8385 U.S. Highway 42, Dinner/ dance, floor show and music. Party favors and Champagne toast. Full catered dinner, free soda and coffee. Cash bar. Benefits veterans and community causes. $15. 859-817-0924; Florence.

Dining Events New Year’s Eve Party, 4:30 p.m.-midnight, Steinhaus German Restaurant, 6415 Dixie Highway, Six-course dinner. Music by DJ Clifford Jones. Champagne toast and snacks at midnight. $69.95. 859-757-1274; Florence.

Holiday - New Year’s Bootsy Collins New Year’s Eve Funk Bash, 5:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Racing starts at 3 p.m. Bootsy performs on Willis Music Stage 9 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Includes cocktails, party favors, entertainment, dancing, drinks, midnight champagne toast and discount rate at four hotels with shuttle. Music by DJ between races. Benefits Bootsy Collins Foundation. $125 VIP, $100 table for six

option 3: third floor, $75 option 2: homestretch, $10 option 4: second floor grandstand. Dinner reservations required. 859-3710200. Florence. New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Theater. Music, dancing and giveaways for children. Countdown with Scuba Santa in the shark tank at 5 p.m. With Q102-FM (101.9) on-air radio personality. Included with admission: $23 ages 13 and up, $15 ages 2-12. Presented by Q102-FM (101.9). 859-261-7444; Newport. New Years Eve Party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Briarwood Banquet Center, 2134 Petersburg Road, Music by Weezy Jefferson. Includes prime rib dinner, soft drinks, iced tea, coffee, late night snacks, party favors and Champagne toast. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati. $60. Reservations required. Presented by The Briarwood. 859-689-4000; Hebron. New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Group dance class: 9:30-10:30 p.m. All-request DJ. Open bar and appetizers, Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Ages 18 and up. $25, $20 advance. 859-3795143; Florence. NYE Bash with Marriott and Rising Star Casino, 3 p.m.noon, Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2395 Progress Drive, Offer includes: deluxe accommodations for two adults, complimentary scheduled round-trip transportation to Rising Star Casino’s British Invasion New Year’s Eve Bash, access to casino and gaming areas and more. Ages 18 and up. $179. Registration required. Presented by Rising Star Casino & Resort. 859-334-4611; Hebron. Kindervelt 55’s New Year’s Eve Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Triple Crown Country Club, 1 Triple Crown Blvd., Music by Underpaid, featuring mayor of Union. Dessert/candy bar, midnight breakfast buffet, Champagne toast, Best Midnight Kiss Contest, Rockin’ Charleston Contest and Best Dressed Couple Contest. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Kindervelt 55 of Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center Heart Institute. $75 per couple. Reservations required. Presented by The Ladies of Kindervelt 55 Triple Crown. 859-384-7763. Union.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Awardwinning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers and more. Ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Literary - Libraries In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Noon Year’s Eve Party (all ages), 11:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Games, noise makers and snacks. Watch ball drop at noon. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1 Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Music - Concerts

The BB Riverboats New Year's Eve Cruise will be 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Call 1-800-261-8586 for tickets. FILE PHOTO

Hair of the Dog Fest, 6 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Whole House. Scheduled to appear: Dallas Moore and the Snatch Wranglers, Fifth on the Floor, Pure Grain, Straw Boss, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Terminal Union and My Brother the Bear. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-4312201; www.southgatehouse-

The Best New Years Eve Party in Town will be 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Syndicate in Newport. For tickets call 859-491-8000. Pictured are the Rusty Griswalds who will be performing that night. FILE PHOTO .com. Newport.

Runs / Walks Al Salvato Memorial Frostbite Run/Walk, 10:30 a.m., Campbell County YMCA, 1437 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Registration begins 9 a.m. Starts and ends at facility. 5-mile run or 3.1-mile walk. Medals, trophies, cash and gift cards awarded in variety of divisions. Benefits Campbell County YMCA. $35, $30 advance by Dec. 28. 859-781-1814; Fort Thomas. Commitment Day 5K, 11 a.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Event geared to encourage participants to pledge to live healthier lives. Course proceeds over Taylor Southgate Bridge and into Cincinnati, around stadiums and returns to Newport on the Levee. Race-day registration 9-10:30 a.m., cash only. Includes T-shirt, journal and refreshments. $39; free ages 17 and under with paid adult. Presented by Life Time Fitness. 513-234-0660. Newport.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Education Basic Computing for Seniors, 1 p.m. Weekly through Jan. 23., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use mouse, navigate Windows desktop, get to websites and use search engines and email. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Literary - Libraries eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Open Gym (middle and high school), 3:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Mom’s Clubs MOMS Next, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Hot breakfast provided along with speaker topics relevant to mothers of children in grades 1-12. Free childcare provided. Free. 859-371-7961; Florence.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi Beginner Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Learn positions and motions of one of the oldest forms of martial arts. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Tai Chi Intermediate Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., For seniors who have already taken beginners classes and are looking to broaden their knowledge of this martial art form dedicated to muscle-building and flexibility. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Zumba Gold, 10-11 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

THURSDAY, JAN. 3 Art Exhibits Gestures Unearthed, 9 a.m.-5

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Exercise Classes Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Basic/ beginner yoga practice offers holistic approach to maintaining healthy weight with increased flexibility, more stamina and lean muscle. Bring mat. All levels. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. Through Jan. 31. 859-334-2117. Union. Cardio Dance Party!, 7:30 -8:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, $10 drop-in. 513-617-9498; Newport. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Inner GLOW Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 6:45-7:45 p.m., Glow Gallery Studio, 264 W. Pike St., Faith-based yoga movement class uses breath to guide from one posture to the next while surrounded by artwork in contemporary art gallery space. $10. 513-295-5226; Covington.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Literary - Book Clubs Best of the Best Book Discussion Group, 3 p.m. Discuss "When You Look Like Your Passport Photo" by Erma Bornbeck., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

Literary - Libraries Magic the Gathering, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Meet local players or learn how to get started. Bring own deck. No trading. English cards only. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Afternoon Fun-Time (middle & high school), 3-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Gaming, movies and snacks. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Burlington. eReader Help Desk, noon-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Computer and Internet Basics, 10 a.m. Weekly through Jan. 24., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use computer and surf Internet. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence. Bring Your Own Lunch and a Movie, 11:30 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Watch "Brave." Rated PG. Registration required. 859-3422665. Hebron.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. 859342-2665. Union.

The Bootsy Collins New Year's Eve Funk Bash will be Monday, Dec. 31, at Turfway Park in Florence. Picture is Bootsy Collins. FILE PHOTO



Begin a batch of friendship bread start Friendship bread yeast starter

Leave on counter, don’t refrigerate. Put in large bowl or container, covered lightly with wrap. You can use plastic, stainless steel or glass. Or put in large sealed baggie, in which case you’d squeeze baggie instead of stirring with a spoon as indicated below. You may have to open baggie occasionally to let the gasses, which form from the yeast, escape. You’ll know if you have to do this if the bag puffs up a lot. Regarding yeast, use regular dry yeast, not rapid or fast rise. I will tell you that I have forgotten about the 10-day timing and the bread still turned out nicely anywhere from 9 to 11 days. If you go over the time limit, just give it a stir each day. Freeze the starter? One of my readers freezes the starter for up to a month if she has extra. Now I haven’t done this myself, but she says it works just fine. Day 1: Stir together 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk plus 1 envelope (0.25 oz. or 21⁄4 teaspoons) dry yeast. Days 2 through 5: Stir with spoon.

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These friendship breads are sweet and cake-like. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Days 7 through 9: Stir with spoon. Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Stir and put 1 cup mixture into three separate containers. Give two away, use the last cup as your new starter and use what’s left in the bowl to make bread. Mark date on starters. Between the two cakes given below, it seems like the one with the pudding mix is the most popular. I can’t decide which I like better!

Jaycees help 50 families Community Recorder The Boone County Jaycees hosted its “Spirit of Giving Event” Dec. 8. The chapter hosted 70 children and their families for a day of memories. The children made crafts, played games, listed to Christmas stories, had their faces painted, enjoyed a pancake breakfast, and had a special visit from Santa providing numerous gifts to each child. “During this event, it warms my heart to see the looks on the kids’ faces as they enjoy the activities; from breakfast to crafts and games, and from story time to visiting with Santa. The families enjoy the time they get to spend with their children as they celebrate the holiday season” member Rhonda Ritzi said. According to chairperson Erica Monk Pavese, “One little boy was so excited to open a gift with socks, gloves and a hat. A simple necessity we take for granted makes such an impact to someone who may

Friendship bread No. 1, without pudding With what’s left in the bowl, beat in the following: ⁄3 cup oil 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice 11⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups all-purpose flour 2

If you want, you can throw in a handful of raisins, chopped fresh or dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. Jaycees and volunteers. Silver Sponsors were the Florence Lions Club and Dollar General Store. The Bronze Sponsors were Classic Car Wash, Boone County Library, Bill’s Remolding, City B-BBQ, Gap, American Eagle and Cheddar’s.

Pour into two sprayed and sugared loaf pans (before pouring batter in, sprinkle some sugar in the pans on the bottoms and sides, and dump out excess if you like). Or mix in a bit of cinnamon with the sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Friendship bread No. 2, with pudding

Because of the pudding in the batter, this is sweeter. With what’s left in the bowl, beat in the following:

pudding (5 oz. approximately) 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice or more to taste (optional, but very good)

Follow directions above for preparing pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Go to her blog at

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Last week I mentioned a friendship bread recipe on my blog. But I had a request from a reader who doesn’t blog and wanted to “send a huge batch to my grandson and his unit in Afghanistan.” Well, that did it. Some of us have family in the armed forces or know of Rita those who Heikenfeld are keeping RITA’S KITCHEN our nation safe, so I’ve decided if it’s that special to our troops, it deserves space here. It’s a fun project in food chemistry to make with the kids during holiday break. Friendship bread is so-called because the starter is meant to be shared. Since vintage recipes are “hot” right now, you’ll be oh so trendy! These particular friendship “breads” are sweet and taste like a quick bread. If you want them even more cake-like, sprinkle top of batter with mixture of sugar and cinnamon. One reader uses butterscotch pudding instead of vanilla in the second recipe.

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First row, from left: John Monk, Lauren Rudolph, Natalie Rudolph, Meredith Rudolph, Lisa Huddleston, Lois Evans, Pam Millay and Lori Evans. Second row: Brady Aubuchon, Cassie Evans, Karla Smith and Elvia Smith. Third row: Erica Pavese, Morgan Lantry, Santa, Blake Larson, Gabby Larson, Amanda Knaley and Mary Ann Knaley. Fourth row: Liz Monk, Chris Chapman, Chris Pavese, Mike Larson, Beth Garcia, Brian Garcia, Gina Alig, Pat Aubuchon, Jessica Larson, Tyler Larson and Kew Lions. Fifth row: Judy Lantry and Alesha Monk. Absent from photo: Katie Beagle, Rhonda Ritzi, Alexys Pavese, Jeff Cummins, Beth Cummins, Dee Dee Fetters, Lou Hozeska, Basil Hozeska and Bobby Rudolph. THANKS TO ERICA MONK PAVESE not have those items to keep warm” Each family also took home a bag of nonperishable food items and the parents also had a chance to win door prizes. The event was a blessing not only to the families in attendance but the vol-

unteers as well. Jessica Vitale, a two-year Jaycee, said, “I brought my four children to the event to help out. It was an amazing time. It definitely teaches my children the spirit of giving to others.” The event's Gold Sponsor was the Boone County



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BUSINESS UPDATE Carabello Coffee gives back

Carabello Coffee in Florence is a small, philanthropic roasting business. Owners Justin Carabello and his wife, Emily, give all the proceeds from their business to help people in need. The business’ main ministry has been to support an orphanage in Nicaragua. They are looking toward new projects too, such as the The Africa Project, which gives $4 to HIV orphans in Kenya for every bag sold.

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The Learning Curve Tutoring Center in Union has announced a new program called Cogmed. Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based, computerized training program for students who have attention-deficit disorder and is designed to improve attention by effectively increasing memory capacity within a five-week training period. It helps to create a platform for learning skills by improving the working memory, allowing the student to focus and resist distractions.

Weingartner promoted

Dan Weingartner has been promoted to the branch manager of Scottrade’s Florence location. He will be responsible for managing personnel, providing personalized customer service, and educating investors about Scottrade’s online trading services.

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The Community Recorder welcomes news about the local business community including company announcements and promotions. Please email items for “Business Update” to Nancy Daly at, mail to: Business Update, c/o Nancy Daly, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41017, or fax to 859-283-7285.

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Middle and High School in Osgood, Ind., has been able to successfully continue the music program, Discovery Band, for all of its students for the past seven years Each year the school visits the warehouse and buys almost every rental return instrument there at affordable prices.

McGarvey rewarded

J. Scott McGarvey, president and owner ARCpoint Labs of Florence, a professional, full-service, drug, alcohol, DNA, and background screening company, is the recipient of the 2012 Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management Lyle Hanna Volunteer Spirit Award. The award recognizes chapter volunteers who go beyond the norm when it comes to volunteering to further the human resource profession.

Scott volunteers as Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and the Northern Kentucky group’s technology chair, is a board member of the School-based Decision Making Council at Erpenbeck Elementary, he chairs the Program Youth Committee for the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, serves on the Staff Parish Relations Committee for the Florence United Methodist Church, is an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College and a board member for Plantation Pointe Master Association, and board member of Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.

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director of the St. Elizabeth Spine Center in Florence. Dr. Kakarlapudi joined Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers in 2010. Prior to that, he completed an orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the department of orthopaedic surgery. He also completed a spine fellowship at Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital.

Leiker promoted

The Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors has promoted Jeffrey Leiker of Florence to assistant vice president. Leiker is a principal review desk supervisor. He joined the bank in 2007 and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., and his master of business administration from Thomas More College. He volunteers as head coach of a Northern Kentucky baseball team for boys ages 8 and under and as an assistant den leader for Pack 32 of the Boy Scouts of America.

Rising Stars

The following professional women were selected by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati as members of the 2012 class of YWCA Rising Stars:

Hebron: Tara Adams, trust adviser, Wealth Management, PNC Bank Burlington: Kari Ritzi, manager, Benefits Marketing & Communications, Macy’s Inc.

Donation program

Quaker Steak & Lube in Florence is looking for a good cause to help with their Dine to Donate Program, created to raise money for a club, charity sports team or school. The first step is to schedule an event with the restaurant. Then, the organization distributes invitations. Lastly, 15 percent of the food sales go toward the cause. Call 859-282-9464 for more information.

Riegler receives award

Pam Riegler, a Realtor from Sibcy Cline’s Florence office, earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist award from the National Association of Realtors. In order to attain this distinction, Riegler successfully completed a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older. She joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned this recognition.




Arrests/Citations Edward P. Perry Jr., 31, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Sept. 6. Otis West, 49, shoplifting at 3000 Mall Rd., Sept. 7. Lauren Pohlman, 19, theft of property at U.S. 42, Sept. 5. Jeremy C. Jones, 23, alcohol intoxication in a public place at U.S. 42, Sept. 8. Shelly Stolarczyk, 39, DUI, reckless driving at I-75 northbound, Sept. 7. George H. Quinlan, 25, theft by deception at 6920 Burlington Pk., Sept. 8. Megan E. Kendrick, 26, theft by deception at 6920 Burlington Pk., Sept. 8. Toshia K. Noel, 30, shoplifting at 6920 Burlington Pk., Sept. 8. Charles W. Stratton, 31, shoplifting at 99 Spiral Dr., Sept. 8. Sean M. Hennessy, 20, possession of marijuana at 7290 Turfway Rd., Sept. 9. Ismael Abdullah, 20, possession of marijuana at 7290 Turfway Rd., Sept. 9. John M. Harmeling, 31, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8240 U.S. 42, Sept. 9. Chadwick R. Tharp, 38, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Catawba Ln., Sept. 9. Roger D. Lee, 44, DUI, careless driving at Mall Rd., Sept. 9. Jaleesa P. Oliver, 24, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8074 U.S. 42, Sept. 9. Shawn H. Ruff, 27, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8063 U.S. 42, Sept. 9. Vance L. Mullikin, 18, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Sept. 9. Joseph M. Palmer, 23, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Sept. 9. Christopher A. Grenat, 23, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Blvd., Sept. 9. Larry J. Chappell, 64, DUI at Turfway Rd., Sept. 10. Kari D. Sholars, 26, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Sept. 10. Jessica N. Colson, 20, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Sept. 10. Juan L. Robledo, 28, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at Dortha Ave., Sept. 11.

The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 6475420. Jennifer L. Mettler, 38, DUI at Burlington Pk., Sept. 11. Steve D. Story, 55, DUI at Interstate 275, Sept. 17. Blair A. Lay, 25, shoplifting at 1751 Patrick Dr., Sept. 17. Keyvin D. Taylor, 35, drug paraphernalia at North Bend Rd., Sept. 16. Amber Holman, 19, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Carlton Dr., Sept. 16. Cedric S. Johnson, 40, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 169 Winning Colors Dr., Sept. 16. Courtney J. Straley, 18, DUI at Interstate 275, Sept. 15. Matthew Cheatom Jr., 52, cultivate in marijuana at 3402 Queensway Dr., Sept. 15. Michael G. Kring, 48, DUI at Dolwick Rd., Sept. 15. Robert J. Kellerman, 29, DUI at Stephenson Mill Rd., Sept. 15. Aimee D. Lucas, 36, DUI at Dixie Hwy., Sept. 15. Heather R. Caudle, 25, public intoxication at 169 Winning Colors Dr., Sept. 14. Carlos R. Johnson, 30, public intoxication at 169 Winning Colors Dr., Sept. 14. Kelli Riggs, 30, possession of controlled substances at 4410 River Rd., Sept. 14. Vikki R. Hays, 41, DUI at Burlington Pk., Sept. 14. Scott Dixon, 42, DUI at Hempsteade Dr., Sept. 14. David R. Farmer, 60, DUI at Villa

Dr., Sept. 14. Eric G. Barnett, 35, DUI at 5397 Petersburg Rd., Sept. 13. Constance J. Fishel, 60, possession of controlled substances at Burlington Pk., Sept. 13. Michael S. Holloway, 59, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 5946 Orient St., Sept. 13.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Victim assaulted by known subject at Turfway Rd., Sept. 11. Minor injury at 10020 Demia Way, Sept. 14. Burglary Residence broken into and items taken at 117 Pinehurst Dr., Sept. 10. Firearm stolen at 15292 Lebanon Crittenden Rd., Sept. 16. Credit card stolen at 4009 Idlebrook Ln., Sept. 13. Jewelry stolen at 6294 Tessie Cir., Sept. 13. Criminal mischief Vehicles vandalized at Airport Ford at 8001 Burlington Pk., Sept. 6. Air conditioning unit vandalized at 8309 US 42, Sept. 6. Property vandalized at 255 Main St., Sept. 9. Vehicles vandalized at St. Elizabeth Hospital at 4999 Houston Rd., Sept. 11. Residence vandalized at 41 Achates Ave., Sept. 12. Headstone damaged at 5966 Limaburg Creek Rd., Sept. 17. Bicycle stolen at 60 Deer Haven Ct., Sept. 16. Window damaged at 2720 Berwood Ln., Sept. 14. Criminal trespass First degree at 2454 Hilliard Dr., Sept. 15. Drug paraphernalia Buy/Possess at 3402 Queensway Dr., Sept. 15. Fraud Subject tried to use fraudulent money at 7561 Mall Rd., Sept. 7. Victim's credit cards stolen and used at multiple locations at Pinehurst Dr., Sept. 7. Incident reports Stolen property recovered at 8040 Burlington Pk., Sept. 9. Possession of controlled substances Methamphetamine at North

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DEATHS Beatrice Andrade Beatrice Morales Andrade, 85, of Williamstown, died Dec. 18, 2012, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a homemaker most of her life and a member of the St. Williams Catholic Church in Williamstown. Her husband, John Andrade, died previously. Survivors include her son, Scott Andrade of Florence; daughters, Sister Georgette Andrade of Lexington and Joann Schlachter of Morning View; brother, Daniel “Sonny” Morales of Oahu, Hawaii; sister, Charlotte Unciano of Kauai Island, Hawaii; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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William Bowling William A. “Jargo” Bowling, 53, of Union, died Dec. 16, 2012, in Cincinnati. He was was a former meat cutter, handyman, and landscaper, and a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Verona and the Walton Good Guys Club. A brother, Robert “Dave” Bowling, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Michael Bowling of Clearwater, Fla., Jimbo Bowling of Coving-


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ABOUT OBITUARIES For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Funeral homes may submit basic obituary information to To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. a member of Hebron Lutheran Church and Flying Cardinals Model Airplane Club. His hobbies included woodworking, caning, art, astronomy and music; he was a craftsman of violins and dulcimers. Survivors include his wife, Helen A. Garvey; daughters, Bonnie Sarver of Columbus, Arlene Greenwood of Florence and Valerie Holocher of Cincinnati; son, Roger Garvey of Conroe, Texas; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hebron Lutheran Church Foundation, 3140 Limaburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048 or donor’s choice.

ton, Jerry “Spud” Bowling of Glencoe and Paul Bowling of Ryland Heights; sisters, Pat Walker of Dry Ridge and Janie Vest of Verona; and companion, Vickie Kelly of Union. Burial was at New Bethel Cemetery in Verona. Memorials: Jargo Bowling Trust Fund, Hamilton-Stanley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 67, Verona, KY 41092.

Beulah Fightmaster Beulah Jane Brown Fightmaster, 81, of Florence, died Dec. 14, 2012, at Baptist Village in Erlanger. She was a homemaker, a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Florence, and enjoyed University of Kentucky basketball, sewing and cooking. A son, George Earl Fightmaster, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Reece Junior Fightmaster; daughter, Janice Cain of Florence; sons, Jerry Fightmaster of Independence, Greg Fightmaster of Independence and Leslie Fightmaster of Silver Grove; brother, Kenneth Wayne Brown of Covington; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 or Baptist Village Care Center, 2990 Riggs Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Christopher Haddox Christopher David Haddox, 48, of Florence, died Dec. 16, 2012. He was a senior customer sales and service supervisor for Citibank, and previously worked for Fifth Third and Insight. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, and enjoyed singing, hot and spicy foods, the Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, the Beatles, and being a jokester. Survivors include his wife, Teresa; daughter, Rachael Combs of Florence; son, Joshua Haddox of Florence; sister, Pat Durolek of Bradford, Pa.; brothers Bill Haddox of Lexington, Rick Haddox of Vienna, W.Va., John “Mike” Haddox of Chesapeake, Va., Steve Haddox of Roanoke, Va., and Tim Haddox of Toano, Va.; mother Barbara Haddox of Lexington; and grandmother, Elaine Crumpler of Greensville, S.C. Interment was at Sunset Memory Gardens in West Virginia.

Gerald Garvey Gerald W. Garvey, 84, of Burlington died Dec. 18, 2012, at his home. He was a retired systems analyst for Federated Department Stores; an Army veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and


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Continued from Page B6 Memorials: Family of Christopher David Haddox, Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home.

Norma Hovan Norma Jean Hovan, 64, of Florence, died Dec. 15, 2012. Survivors include her husband, John Hovan; children, Nick Hovan, Nancy Gould and Nathan Hovan; a grandchild; three sisters; and two brothers.

Lora Miller Lora Marie Caldwell Miller, 66, of Florence, died Dec. 19, 2012, at her residence. She was a former senior sales representative for Cincinnati Bell and a member of Grace United Baptist Church in Walton. She enjoyed cooking, watching University of Kentucky basketball, playing cards, shopping, and listening to gospel and bluegrass music. Her husband, Sonny Lee Miller, died previously. Survivors include her sons, “Sonny” James Miller and Anthony Miller; daughter, Stella Hayes; sister, Janet Collett; and five grandchildren. Interment was in Resthaven Cemetery in Harlan. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice.

Raymond Murray Raymond Michael “Cincinnati Flash” Murray Sr., 74, of Florence, died Dec. 19, 2012, at his residence. He was a salesman, factory representative, and business owner. He was a truck driver for Jones Transfer and retired from Holland Trucking, a member of the Teamsters Local No. 100, the Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 264 Free and Accepted Masons, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Two sisters, Janet Le`Nore and Ruth Murray; a brother, Melvern Murray; and a grandchild, died previously. Survivors include his wife,

Wanda Wahnschaffe Murray of Florence; daughters, Shelley Roof of Big Clifty, Shannon Short of Park Hills and Shaunda Jo Burdette of Hernando, Fla.; sons, Mike Murray of Blackduck, Minn., Derek Murray of Athens, Tenn., Dirk Murray of Morning View, Brett Murray, Matt Murray and Kevin Murray, all of Union, and Shawn Murray of Walton; brother, Steve Murray of Shevlin, Minn.; sisters, Cedelia Peterson and Beverly Gibson, both of Blackduck, Minn. and Carol Torkelson of Warroad, Minn.; 37 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was at Summit Cemetery in Blackduck, Minn.

ence Cemetery. Memorials: New Banklick Baptist Church, 10719 Banklick Road, Walton, KY 41094.

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Martin Sparks Martin Sparks, 87, of Florence, died Dec. 15, 2012. A sister, Nell Sparks, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Theda Sparks; children, Dough Sparks, Kenneth Clemons, Bob Clemons, Michael Clemons and Barbara Musnicky; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jack Sparks, Melvin Sparks, jean Sparks, Margaret Tingle and Mary L. Perry. Burial was in Beaver Lick Christian Cemetery in Walton. Memorials: Hospice of Bluegrass, 7388, Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Cheri Roberts Cheri Lynn Roberts, 49, of Florence died Dec. 14, 2012, at Bridge Point Care and Rehabilitation Facility. She was a bookkeeper for Fort Mitchell Drug Shoppe. Her parents, John D. Walls and Mariam McDannold Dessaur, died previously. Survivors include her son, Brett Roberts of Florence; daughter, Brittany Roberts of Florence; brothers, John Walls of Cincinnati and Duncan McDannold; and sister, Lisa Perrin of Erlanger. Memorials: Brett and Brittany Roberts Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank.

Carolyn Tanner Carolyn Tanner, 66, died Dec. 17, 2012. She enjoyed the outdoors and gardening, she had retired from Plaid Clothing Co. and continued working as a cashier. Survivors include her son, Gary Tanner of Florence; daughter, Shirley Adams of Union; seven grandchildren; and siblings, Ronald Foulks of Villa Hills, Diana Tucker of Hemet, Calif., Vickie Henderson of Latonia; and Douglas Henderson of Florence.

Edward William Wiehoff, 74, of Florence, died Dec. 18, 2012, at Villa Springs Convalescent Center in Erlanger. He was a retired machinist for the LeBlond Co. and an Army veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Ardele, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Brian of Union and Greg of Burlington; daughter, Sara of Covington; brother, Jim of Covington; seven grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

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George Elmer Schadler, 89, of Florence, died Dec. 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired mechanic, worked with James Kannady Auctioneers, was a member of New Banklick Baptist Church, served in the Navy, and enjoyed working on lawn mowers and tractors, and following Simon Kenton sports teams. His wife, Emma Schadler, and two sons, Mike and Carl Schadler, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Diana Meade and Susan Laws; sons, George Schadler and Nelson Schadler; brothers, Marion Schadler and Eugene Schadler; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Independ-

William Earl Thomas, 71, of Union, formerly of Knoxville, died Dec. 17. He was a Baptist. He received his master’s degree from Tennessee Tech and was retired from Knox County Schools, where he was a teacher and later administrator serving at Karns Middle, Sunnyview Elementary and Gresham Middle. He also enjoyed coaching and led the Powell Lady Panthers softball team to a state championship in l989. Survivors include his children, Blake Thomas of Nashville, Elizabeth and Patrick Nolan of Florence; three grandchildren; and sister, Janie Thomas Carter of Atlanta.

Robert R. Wren, 83, of Covington, died Dec. 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Fort Thomas. He worked General Motors in Norwood and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. His wife, Patricia and a son, Robert, died previously. Survivors include his son, James Wren of Covington; daughters, Rebecca Wren of Covington, Mary Jo Prather of Covington, Evelyn Hegener of Florence, Bonnie Krohman of Florence; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Finding strength through inner peace The evidence is clear: Inner peace and the serenity it brings are excellent for your physical health, your mental sharpness, and your relationships with others. But what effect does it have on the widespread disharmoDiane ny in our Mason larger communiEXTENSION NOTES ties, the nation, and our global family? It can make a tremendous difference. The more serenity and inner calmness we experience, the more the blessings of peace radiate into our relationships and activities. The good news for peacemakers is that we are all connected, and by spreading our inner peace in our families and throughout our communities and world, we have far more power and influence than we think. Inner peace is the ideal

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TOYS FOR TOTS DROP OFF LOCATION! P E R F E C T F O R H O L I D AY T R AV E L S ! 2007 CHEVROLET HHR LT MAROON, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, #C8164 .........................................$8,988 2006 CHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE 20K MILES, LIKE NEW!.......................................$8,995 2007 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, V6, AUTO, AIR, STOW N’ GO, #C8159............$9,885 2007 PONTIAC G6 GOLD, V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, POWER SUNROOF, #C8165 .........................$9,995 2006 JEEP LIBERTY 4X4, V6, AUTO, AIR, #B8242..............................................................$10,982 2006 DODGE MAGNUM SXT V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, EXCELLENT COND, #C80181....$11,988 2007 SCION TC COUPE, SUNROOF, AUTO, PW, PL,CLEAN, #C8163 ......................................$11,985 2010 CHEVROLET COBALT SEDAN, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, 30+ MPG, #C8092...........................$12,885 2008 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE BLACK, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, #C8153 ...................$12,988 2009 SCION XB WAGON BLUE, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, LOW MILES, #B8327..............................$13,250

2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, CD, #C8082................................... $13,775 2007 JEEP COMPASS SPORT SMALL SUV, 4WD, ALUMINUM WHEELS, LOW MILES, #B8233.. $13,885 2011 DODGE CALIBER MAINSTREET ORANGE, SUNROOF, AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, #C8156........ $14,588 2010 FORD FOCUS SES RED, AUTO, AIR, ALUMINUM WHEELS, #B8288............................... $14,825 2010 HONDA ACCORD SEDAN, 4 CYL., AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, #B8280..................................... $15,988 2009 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, V6, AUTO, AIR, 7 PASSENGER, #C8080........ $16,995 2010 FORD FUSION SEL RED, 4 CYL., AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, STEREO, CD, #C8139 .................. $16,988 2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SUV, AWD, PW, PL, CD, #B8135.................................................. $17,988 2007 GMC ACADIA SLT V6, AUTO, AIR, DVD, LEATHER, ALUM WHEELS, LUGGAGE RACK ...... $19,775 2012 CHRYSLER 300 BLACK, V6, AUTO, AIR, PW, PL, CD, #C8116....................................... $23,572 10-Year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty ON SELECT MITSUBISHI MODELS





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