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Nominate an outstanding woman The deadline to nominate someone for the 2012 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky awards program, presented by Toyota, has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Residents are asked to consider nominating someone they know who has had an impact on Northern Kentucky. To make a nomination, go to

Gill to get car charging station Florence will soon be getting the state’s first electric car charging station. Florence City Council voted unanimously for a change in the approved concept development plan for Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence. Story, A2

Gray students help area families Thirteen needy families got a special Christmas this year. The Gray Middle School Student Council raised nearly $5,000 to buy Christmas presents for families they adopted. Story, A4

Sheriff’s budget to increase in ‘12 The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has met increased financial demands with a 4.1 percent increase in the department’s 2012 budget. The 2012 budget totaling $16.3 million was unanimously approved by the Boone County Fiscal Court. Story, A3

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One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. The Community Recorder is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better. Thanks to those who nominated this year’s “Neighbors Who Care.”

Jaycees lend helping hands year-round By Justin B. Duke

For 54 years, the Boone County Jaycees have always been on the lookout for any chance to help. The group has between 30 and 40 members, and they’ve made it their goal to serve the community, said Erica Monk Pavese, the group’s state director. “We do tons of stuff depending on the needs of the community,” Pavese said. Just recently, the Jaycees hosted a breakfast with Santa where they adopted 80 underprivileged children and gave each child hats, gloves, scarves and presents. “We had the families come out to make

gry and homeless at the Parish Kitchen in Covington – just like they did for Thanksgiving. Earlier this year, the Jaycees visited nursing homes for a reverse trick-or-treat where they would go room to room and give residents candy. Three times a year, the Jaycees host dances for the Redwood Rehabilitation Center – including a prom so the children can experience what other students do. Along with the service projects that fill up In their Halloween costumes, the Boone County Jaycees visit Florence Park Care Center for their the calendar, the Jaycees also offer scholarships for students graduating high school. reverse trick-or-treat. PROVIDED For more information about the Jaycees visit www.boonecountyjayce lasting memories,” Pavese said. For more about your community, visit The Jaycees were scheduled to spend part of their Christmas serving lunch to the hun- ty

Erlanger staffer ties up loose ends By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — Tracy Molley is always moving. She heads the Family Resource Centers at Arnett, Howell and Lindeman elementary schools in Erlanger, meaning shelooksafterthewellbeingof hundreds of students each day. “I kind of fall in a little bit of a gray area,” she explained. “We try to break the educational barrier for our staff, so they can do the educational piece.” She and her staffattheFamily Resource Centers do the Tracy Molley rest. “If a kid doesn’t have clothes, shoes,” she takes care of it, she said. Molley is in charge of bridging the gap between home life and school life and understanding why that is essential. “A lot of kids come to school without breakfast, they come without a coat or they don’t come to school,” she said. She cares about the kids she services, and sees the potential in all of them, despite any challenges they face outside of the school walls. “We can help the whole child,” she said.

Martha Journey of Union helps her neighborhood – and neighbors – in many ways. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Union woman helps neighbors By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — Martha Journey has lived in her Union Village neighborhood since 1998. “Over the 13 years that we have known Martha, she has been unwavering in her support of families who live on our street, Sherman Court, and in our subdivision, Union Village,” neighbor Cathy Kemp said. Journey has watered the plants at the Union Village en-

trance, helped maintain the yard of a vacant home in the neighborhood and even lines her street with luminaria on Christmas Eve. The luminaria was something she started last year, Journey said. Neighbors also help with the endeavor. “Martha has been the first to comfort neighbors who have suffered a loss or illness in their household with food, cards or simply an empathetic ear,” Kemp said. According to Kemp, Journey

has also shoveled snow for others, picked up litter and even “alerted us to emergencies,” such as a water leak discovered while Kemp was on vacation. But Journey is reluctant to take all the credit. “I think everyone helps each other,” she said. “I have good neighbors.” Journey said she wants to keep the neighborhood “nice and safe” for everyone. “If I see a problem, I try to address it in a nice way,” she said.

Holland helps neighborhood children, dogs By Stephanie Salmons

HEBRON — Mary Holland of Hebron’s West Horizon neighborhood doesn’t have children of her own. She does, however, have 45 grandchildren. HollandsaysGodputherintheposition to be the neighborhood grandma because “He knew how wonderful it would be for me.” They’re awesome families and awesome kids, she said. “Ms. Mary, as the neighborhood calls her, cares about every one of us. Especially the children and dogs,” said

Donna Yeager, Holland’s nearby neighbor said. According to Yeager, Holland attends most of the neighborhood children’ssportsgames,makesspecialized treat bags for the kids she knows on Halloween and has even taken some of the neighborhood children to Kings Island. “She makes all the kids feel special, and tells them how wonderful they are,” Yeager said. “To me, (children are) priceless beyond description,” Holland said. “Children are wonderful. I have a lot of friends that are willing to allow me to

participate in their childrens’ lives.” Neighborhood pooches also get special treatment from Holland, who had her own special dog, Scooby, until he died two years ago. Yeager says Holland watches neighborhood dogs when their owners go out of town. According to Holland, she first started helping friends watch their dogs 25 years ago. “Ms. Mary makes all of us feel that we have left our dogs in better care than if they were home with us!” Yeager said. For more about your community, visit

Mary Holland takes special care of the children – and dogs. THANKS TO MARY HOLLAND



Boone OKs Simpson land purchase “The agreement with the Simpsons is to purchase the property for $470,000 contingent upon a home inspection, boundary survey and phase I environmental review,” Boone County government and community relations director Adam Howardsaidinaphoneinterview. Judge-executive Gary Moore said the property was appraised at a value of $480,000, but the Simpsons agreed to sell at the lesser value. Aspreviouslyreportedin the Recorder, Boone County has acquired parcels in the Gunpowder Creek Valley over the last several decades, including the Gunpowder Creek Nature Park and

By Stephanie Salmons

Boone County Fiscal Court unanimously approved on Dec. 20 the purchase of an 81-acre parcel as part of the Gunpowder Creek land preservation project. This purchase was made possible with a previously awarded $400,140 grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The grant requireda20percentmatch, $100,135, which is being provided by the Boone Conservancy. Currently owned by Les and Claudine Simpson, the property is located on Camp Ernst Road.

the Gunpowder Valley Nature Preserve. “The county did not have the funding for acquiring this property on its own, (so officials) sought assistance in the past and in 2009, those funds were awarded,” Howard said previously. Commissioner Matt Dedden, who said he’s “not a grant guy,” said he thinks federal grants are a big part of the debt carried now by the nation. “I look back 30 years ago, 40 years ago and the politicians that created debts up to this point – if I could go back in time, I’d probably kick them in the shins,” he said. “But this grant, I can’t honestly look at it and say it’s

not a good thing because what is going to happen, and I’ve made several calls, if we don’t accept this grant, it’s goingtogointoapoolandanother county is going to get it.” At some point, the county should become an example and send a message to Frankfort, who will send a message to Washington that “as a country, we need to start stepping up and quit creating debt for our kids.” But right now is not the time to do so, Dedden said. Commissioner Charlie Walton also spoke up. “It’s easy to say I don’t wanttodothisorIdon’twant to do that, but it’s difficult to find out how to accomplish

that issue with the mess that has been created on the federalandstatelevelwithrelationship to taxpayers’ dollars,” Walton said. He agreed with Dedden that the money would just be used elsewhere. “You see it numerous times in education,” Walton said. “If you don’t get the money for your district, all they’re going to do is take it out of your pocket and give it to someone else.” Former county commissioner Cathy Flaig said as a former member of the Boone Conservancy she once supported a grant for a previous property purchase,butthecountrywasin better shape back then.

Grants are still taxpayer money, Flaig said. “It’s money being printed on a daily basis by the feds,” shesaid.“Wehavegottostop spending money we don’t have.” Don Clare of Rabbit Hash, however, supported the property purchase. “As a Boone County taxpayer, I don’t think you have seen me here complaining about how our taxes are used,” he told the Fiscal Court. “I’m here in total support of this project because that’s what I think my tax money should go to. To me, qualityoflifeinBooneCounty is the preservation of our land and our history and our heritage.”

Gill gets OK for electric vehicle charging station let in Florence. Gill requested the change so he could add a solar canopy that would charge Chevrolet Volts. “They want to offer this as a service to their customers,” said council member Julie Metzger Aubuchon, who also sits on the city’s planning and zoning committee. The canopy will sit near the end of Gill’s property near Interstate 71/75, Aubuchon said. “It will kind of blend in with the existing fence,” she said. The Volt is a fairly new

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FLORENCE — Florence will soon be getting the state’s first electric car charging station. Florence City Council voted unanimously for a change in the approved concept development plan for Tom Gill Chevro-


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Historic Boone County maps hang in law library By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — Just follow the map to the Boone County Justice Center in Burlington, where you can take a peek at Boone County’s past. Hanging in the Boone County Law Library are reproductions of old county maps. One is a replica of a 1929 map marking the locations of old school houses around the county, Boone County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Frohlich said. A second, a reproduction of what Frohlich believes is one of the oldest Boone County maps in existence, was created for an 1804 land dispute, he said, while a third is a copy of an 1883 map breaking the county down by precincts. There’s even a reproduction of an 1841 map of Kentucky.

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Boone County’s 38% growth is year’s top story The Community Recorder asked readers to vote on the top stories of the year in Boone County. Here are the top five stories of 2011, as chosen in our online poll: 1. Boone County grows by 38.2 percent. Census numbers released in March showed that Boone County moved from No. 8 to No. 4 in terms of county population in Kentucky. The

2010 population was 118,811, compared to 85,991 in 2000. 2. Ted Bushelman, longtime CVG voice, dies Bushelman, 75, the spokesperson for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for 41 years, died on March 6. He retired in 2008 as CVG senior director of communications and was a well-known source for television, radio and print media in Greater Cincinnati. Bushelman

nator. She was to receive $10,000 and a commemorative crystal-glass bowl. In addition, the Kentucky Department of Education will provide a sabbatical or suitable alternative for Shearer, who also will represent the state in the 2012 National Teacher of the Year competition. 4. Union population surges by 86 percent Forty years makes quite the difference. In 1970, the city of Union

was a member of Florence City Council and had been active for decades in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 3. Kim Shearer named Teacher of the Year Shearer, English teacher at Boone County High School, was named 2012 Teacher of the Year in a ceremony in Frankfort Oct. 18. Shearer has been teaching for seven years and serves as the school’s writing coordi-

had a population of 233. By 2000, the population had grown to 2,893. The most recent Census data, however, puts the city at 5,379 residents – an increase of 85.9 percent in the last 10 years. 5. Wayne Carlisle resigns as Walton mayor Walton Mayor Wayne Carlisle, who originally planned to resign Jan. 1, 2012, moved his resignation to Nov. 20 after a disagreement with City Council about repealing a municipal order passed to upgrade city

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Gray students raise $5,000 for needy families

By Justin B. Duke

UNION — Thirteen needy families got a special Christmas this year. The Gray Middle School Student Council raised nearly $5,000 to buy Christmas presents for families they adopted. “It’s unbelievable,” said Kara Nixon, student council sponsor. The money was raised by simply putting donation boxes in classrooms where students could drop off money. Gray has collected money for adopted families in the past, but this is the most money they’ve ever raised. Nixon credits the feat to a strong effort from the school’s newcomers. “The sixth grade did amazing,” she said. The students supported 12 families and the 13th family was adopted by Beckman Coulter, a business in Hebron, after they enjoyed doing it so much last year, Nixon said. “It’s really a community effort,” she said. The families were found through the school and community contacts. “They’re all Boone County families,” Nixon said. The money was able to go even a little further thanks to discounts from Walmart and J.C. Penny, she said. The end result was completely fulfilled wish lists for all of the families. The Gray community didn’t

Gray Middle School student Austin Bragg puts the finishing touches on his wrapping job. THANKS OT KARA NIXON

When it comes to wrapping presents, it takes teamwork for Gray Middle Schoolers Olivia Hinton, left, and Katherine Horsford. THANKS TO KARA NIXON just stop at donating money. A dozen parents called Nixon asking if they could volunteer to help with the shopping and 35 students showed up to help wrap all

Gray Middle School students Katherine Horsford, left, and Olivia Hinton team up to wrap presents. THANKS TO KARA NIXON

Students help child in chemo By Justin B. Duke

UNION — As winter break approaches, students’ minds aren’t often on how to help their teachers. But students at Mann Elementary School were quick to lend a hand. Each year, Cheryl Coyle’s fourth-grade glass does a service learning project as part of an economics unit. “They start a business to raise money for a charity,” Coyle said. Students decided to raise the money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center because Ella Reid Mason, daughter of Mann first-grade teacher Jamie Mason, is receiving chemotherapy there. Ella Reid was supposed to start

the presents they bought. “They are just generally a caring community,” Nixon said.

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Morgan Adams, student at Gray Middle School, shows off her wrapping skills. THANKS TO KARA NIXON

Bizzy Schumacher, left, and Lille Tucker, both members of Gray Middle School's Student Council wrap presents for adopted families. THANKS TO KARA

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Rotary hosts teacher of year By Pam Goetting Contributor

Would you like to thank a teacher who encouraged you during school? Would you like to recognize a teacher who impacted the education of your child? Would you like to publicly honor a teacher who inspires and motivates others? Here’s your opportunity. The Florence Rotary Club is currently seeking nominations for 2012 Boone County Teacher of Mann Elementary fourth-graders present a check to Megan Boesing from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. THANKS TO CHERYL COYLE the Year awards. The club will recognize three teachers for exkindergarten at Mann this year, tised, manufactured and deliv- emplary service in their profesbut had to delay school because of ered their product. her treatment. They made 1,500 Elf Pops, but Mason’s brother Will is in weren’t prepared for the demand. Coyle’s class. After selling out, they had to The connection to a classmate make 600 more and sold 2,100 Elf and teacher motivated the stu- Pops. Three Boone County students dents, Coyle said. In the end, the class was able to were recognized as high-achiev“It makes it more personal,” raise $700 for the hospital which ing senior applicants at Thomas she said. will use the money to provide toys More College’s annual Evening of Students decided to sell Elf and other items to make stays at Excellence on Dec. 6 at SteigerPops, Tootsie Pops decorated like the hospital more enjoyable for wald Hall. elves, and called their business other children. St. Henry’s Rachel Blades of Ella’s Elves. Hebron, Ryle’s Logan Brown of Students took charge and de- For more about your community, visit Union and Conner’s Taylor Strohveloped a business plan, adver- maier of Burlington were hon-

sional and community roles. Any teacher currently employed by a Boone County public, private or parochial school is eligible to be nominated, and nominations can be submitted by any community member. For additional information and the nomination form, visit the Rotary Club website, www.florencerotar or contact Gary Wilmhoff at 859-6203205. Applications will be available through Feb. 17, 2012, and will be reviewed by a committee of Rotary Club members, community leaders and retired educators.

High-achieving applicants honored ored and had the opportunity to interact with TMC President Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, faculty members and current students. The keynote speaker for the evening was Joe Cordonnier, a 2001 graduate of TMC and current teacher at Villa Madonna Academy.



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Big year for Boone County sports A look at 2011 in review By James Weber

This past calendar year was a memorable one for local athletics in Boone County. Here is a look at some of the top stories of the year, in no particular order. The emphasis is on high school postseason accomplishments for this story. We could fill a book with all the regular-season highlights, personal records, college signings, youth titles, etc., so this is just a post-Christmas sampling:

State superlatives

» Ryle won its seventh straight Region 6 championship in wrestling and finished third at state. T.J. Ruschell won the state title at 119 pounds. Gus Adams, T.J. Ruschell, Caleb Lonkard, Josh Parker, Connor Coyle, Court Mace and Taylor Pruett won regional titles. Ryle had eight state medalists overall. » St. Henry swept both the boys and girls Class 1A team cross country championships. For the boys team, it was the 10th straight year the Crusaders have won the title, and the girls team won its seventh crown in that same span. » Walton-Verona won the Eighth Region postseason tournament in girls basketball for the first time in team history, beating Anderson County 40-39. Walton lost to Bowling Green in the first round of the Sweet16. Walton also won the All “A” regional. » Ryle senior Blake Hamilton finished third in the boys state golf tournament Oct. 4-5. He shot 149 to lead the Raiders to fifth place as a team. In the girls tourney, Ryle teammates Alex Bruce and Nadine Innes tied for 15th place overall with a 162. » Walton-Verona won the Eighth Region postseason softball championship for the first

time, beating Collins 4-3 June 2. Walton went 0-2 at state. » Ryle won the Ninth Region softball championship for the sixth time in seven years, beating Conner 3-0 in the final. Pitcher Haylee Smith was Ninth Region Player of the Year. Ryle won two games at state. » Ryle boys soccer lost to St. Xavier 3-0 in the state final Nov. 5, finishing as state runner-up for the second time in team history. Ryle had three senior starters in Chris Froschauer, Cole Willoughby and Rob Poehlman, and one of the top scorers in the state in junior Tyrus Sciarra (28 goals). » The Notre Dame Academy girls soccer team won its second state championship Nov. 5, beating Sacred Heart 2-0 in the championship game at Dunbar High School in Lexington. Chandler Clark and Ellyn Abdelghany scored the goals for the Pandas, and Olivia Voskuhl posted the shutout in goal. Notre Dame finished the year with a 24-3 record after winning its final 16 games. NDA won the 20th District and 10th Region championships as well. Seniors Corinne Brown and Chandler Clark were named first-team all-state for Regions 916. Abdelghany was second team and Sydney Scheben honorable mention. » Walton-Verona’s Clay Brown was state runner-up at 103 in wrestling. Lane Jones was fifth at 140. » Boone County lost to Scott County 16-14 in the 6A state semifinals in football, finishing with a 9-5 record. » Cooper freshman Brady Baker won the 3A regional boys cross country championship, leading the team to its first state berth. » Thomas Day won Boone County’s first regional wrestling championship in more than 15 years and won three matches at state at 215 pounds.

Boone County's Sydney Moss drives the lane against Highlands' Vanessa Fisse during their Northern Exposure Classic basketball tournament game at Boone County High School. JEFF SWINGER/THE ENQUIRER

Others » Northern Kentucky University announced in December it would move up to NCAA Division I for the 2012-13 academic year and join the Atlantic Sun Conference. » The Thomas More College women’s basketball team went

30-1 and lost in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. At times during the past season, they were ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III. » The KHSAA sanctioned bowling as a championship sport starting with this school year. After a long battle with administrators, Boone County and

Cooper high schools were able to field varsity teams, while Conner and Ryle will not field a program this season. » Boone County girls basketball coach Nell Fookes had a memorable year individually. She won her 600th career game in February and had the court at Boone County High School named for her in December. Senior forward Sydney Moss was featured in two ESPN-sponsored publications last season. The Rebels won the 33rd District for the fourth straight year and lost in the Ninth Region finals to NCC. » St. Henry won the 34th District in girls basketball for the third straight year. » Walton-Verona won its first boys basketball district championship since 1952, claiming the 32nd final over Simon Kenton 5650. » The Boone County Sportsman of the Year was Cole Wendeln of Boone County HS and Sportswoman of the Year was Brandy Deaton of Cooper in voting conducted by readers. The award combined on-field and offfield strengths. » Thomas More football went 9-2, repeated as Presidents’ Athletic Conference champions, and lost in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. » The Cooper football team won its first district championship and hosted its first playoff game. The Jaguars beat South Oldham 40-21 Oct. 7 to clinch the title and ended the season 6-5. » Conner football reached the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1996, losing to Anderson County 31-30. Conner scored 84 points in a win against Franklin County in the second round, setting a state record for rushing yards (761). Four different players rushed for more than 100 yards, and two for more than 200 as the Cougars racked up 11 rushing TDs. » Walton-Verona finished 8-3 in football.

THE YEAR IN QUOTES “It’s exciting to get my 1,000th point. Taylor (Gamm) passed it to me, and it was a jump shot that went slow around the rim and I watched it fall.” – St. Henry 2011 graduate Abby Janszen on her 1,000th career point in basketball “You go away to most tournaments and play one game in a day and you’re wondering what do you do the rest of the day? There, you play in the morning and you go to the theme parks.” – Walton-Verona boys basketball coach Dan Trame on playing a holiday tournament in Orlando “She’s a real humble girl and a real introvert. She’s much more competitive than she lets on. She loves the game and she wants to be the best player on the floor.” – Boone County girls basketball coach Nell Fookes on allstate standout Sydney Moss “The big thing with those three is when there were only six guys on the team last season, they stuck with it. They’ve been through the bad times and this year, with 14 guys, they can encourage those kids and push them because they know what it’s going to take...To see the kids (start out) not knowing moves, and to put in the work and reap the benefits of the past few years, it’s pretty cool.” – Boone County wrestling coach Andy Sherlock on veterans Thomas Day, Martin Jones and Sam Steele. “He has an unusual technique, a bit of a funky style. He’s got pretty good hips. He can flop and turn and twist and do a lot of

things a normal body doesn’t do.” – Ryle wrestling coach Tim Ruschell on 2011 graduate Connor Coyle, who signed with Navy last year. “Each meet I prepare the same way. I want to hang out with my friends, warm up. I always need to be talking to somebody. If I’m by myself, I’m going to freak out, so I like to keep active, keep my mind off things.” – Ryle diver Meredith Brownell on meet preparation. Brownell finished second at state last season and signed with Kansas “All of a sudden it was there, and I just took advantage. I didn’t wrestle my best, but one mistake and it’s over. Every match he wrestles me, he catches up.” – Ryle wrestler T.J. Ruschell on winning the Region 6 final at 119 pounds over Campbell County’s Sean Fausz with a pin with 22 seconds remaining “Having to sit out a whole year and watch us struggle, being the only returning varsity player with any experience, I felt like I was letting the team down.” – St. Henry 2011 graduate Zach Barnett on returning from injury to help the boys basketball team beat Newport Feb. 9. “He was the first person I called when I got the job 18 years ago. Last year, his cancer got worse and it was too much for him. He’s compassionate. He was just a great friend to our program, to me, the school and the kids.”

– St. Henry boys basketball coach David Faust on longtime official scorer Bill Tobergte, who died from cancer in January. “It has a little to do with conditioning, it has a lot to do with confidence. Our guys started believing in late January that they’re a good team. We use our defensive intensity to just outlast folks, and I think it happened again tonight.” – Ryle boys basketball coach Alan Mullins on his team’s second-half performance in its 33rd District final win. “The way you measure how good a player really is by how victories they have in their career. Kelli is probably the winningest girls basketball player in Walton-Verona history.” – W-V girls basketball coach Cory Miller on 2011 graduate Kelli Dixon. “They have helped me a lot. I was nervous coming in here and I was afraid they would be mad at me, but they have really helped me and pushed me to be better. They’re great.” – Walton-Verona pitcher Hannah Thacker on helping the Bearcats advance to the state tournament. Thacker was in her first season at W-V after transferring from Grant County. “That’s a heckuva season. First 20-win season in seven or eight years. No one gave them a chance all year along and they just battled all year long. Today we came up short, but they have nothing to hang their heads about. It hurts right now.” – Conner baseball coach Brad

Arlinghaus on his team falling just short of its first regional title since 1979. “This is the last thing keeping me a Conner Cougar right now. I love everyone here. They’ve always had my back. If I don’t do something, they’ll pick me up.” – Conner 2011 graduate K.C. Straley on playing softball during the Ninth Region Tournament, which took place after graduation. “It was my last race. I’m glad I got to run to my potential. I was really going into it just for the experience. I love this meet and coming here to see all the girls I don’t get to see throughout the season.” – Ryle 2011 graduate and valedictorian Gabby Gonzales, who finished fourth in the 3A 3,200 meters after participating in graduation earlier in the day “They are so much fun...When I’m having a bad day, as soon as I got to that class I would feel so much better. They’re always smiling and I feel more people should be that positive.” – Cooper 2011 graduate Brandy Deaton on working with special education kids at the school “He’ll be stronger than he was before. He’s in good shape spiritwise. He has a great family to support him, and the community has been amazing. It’s amazing how many people have come by and seen him. He never realized how many people cared about him.” – Ryle football coach Bryson Warner on senior standout Travis Elliott, whose season ended

early with an ACL tear “One thing that we put particular emphasis on is being a family, being together as much as we can. Losses hurt even more because you don’t get to be with each other like you were the past few months.” – St. Henry girls soccer coach Steve Lorenz after the team’s season-ending loss to Dixie Heights in the Ninth Region final “They told us we were the best team they played all year. It means a lot, but we didn’t get the result we were looking for. I’ll miss high school soccer so much. We had something we didn’t have last year, and that was a brotherhood. We all came together and made this run special.” – Ryle soccer player Cole Willoughby on the team’s loss to St. Xavier in the state final “It’s an awesome feeling to win with them here. It starts with the teams from the past. They made it possible.” – St. Henry cross country runner Nathan Mark on the Crusaders winning the state title Nov. 12. Many former runners were in Lexington to watch the team win its 10th straight state title “You take pride in it...They worked hard and they deserved it. This is the best coaching job in the state, the amount of support you get from alumni. It’s not uncommon for alumni to come to the first meet of the season when you’re not really running for much. They love their school.” – St. Henry boys cross country coach Ernie Brooks on the team’s tradition.




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A Christmas miracle for 2011 Chapter 1 I must share this first story with you before I continue. Christmas 2010 I went to visit my wife Nellie’s grave after my sons and their families finished our dinner and left my home. Holidays are still a very hard time without my beloved wife. Because the weather was so cold, snowy and icy I knew my vehicle wouldn’t make the steep incline going the Gary direction from Stewart the front gate. I COMMUNITY drove around to RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST the back of the cemetery where Nellie is buried knowing the gate would be locked. I knew the small walk-in gate would be opened which it was. As soon as I walked to Nellie’s grave I noticed my middle son Tim and his family followed me and also walked through the gate and joined me at the gravesite. I immediately noticed a lady walking from the other direction and I approached her to find that she and her husband were stranded at the bottom of the hill. I told her I will not leave until we make sure you both are out safely. I knew the front gate was about to be locked for the night. We made some phone calls and were able to get a tow truck to arrive and help them out. The nice lady walked all the way back up the hill just to say “thank you.” I wanted to walk her back but she wouldn’t let me so I watched to make sure she didn’t fall. Two weeks later I visited a restaurant and a lady spoke to me from her table. She said her name was Diane and she was the same one that I helped at the cemetery. She wrote me a very nice letter and called me her “Christmas Angel.”

Chapter 2

The lady I’m dating is named Pat. She always goes to Curves to work out in Erlanger. I’ve only known Pat for 11/2 years. The Erlanger Curves closed down this past summer and Pat found another Curves in Crescent Springs. It didn’t take long for Pat and the owner Mary Ellen to

become friends. The owner told the members about a very close friend of hers name Sue Wagner who’d died in 2010 with breast cancer and she was so close and dedicated to the food pantry in Newport. Curves decided to participate in the food drive for the same pantry in Newport. Pat and other members took a ton of food to be delivered to the church. When Pat shared this story with me I mentioned that maybe I could take some of our concert performers over to Newport and have a concert for this same food pantry in memory of Sue Wagner. You must understand that I have yet to meet the owner of Curves in Crescent Springs and had never heard of Sue Wagner. I wasn’t sure why I suggested this new concert in Newport on Nov. 15 when I’m already having my regular concert Nov. 28 at First Church of Christ in Burlington. I knew having two back to back would be a lot of additional work. Little did I realize what was about to take place.

Chapter 3

The Campbell County Rotary Club agreed to join me and help with the needed work for this new concert in Newport. Sue Wagner’s daughter is named Amy Wagner and you might know her. Amy was a news anchor for Channel 5 in Cincinnati. When her mother passed away last year with breast cancer Amy promised her mother just prior to her death that she would do everything she could to prevent her daughter Grace from having breast cancer. This year an opening arrived at Susan G. Komen (breast cancer organization) and Amy following her promise to her sweet mother and immediately gave her resignation and was hired by the Susan G. Komen organization working to find the cure of breast cancer. Amy, her father and family were very excited that we were having a concert in her mother’s memory and giving all proceeds to the food pantry that her mother worked so hard to feed the hungry.

Chapter 4

I sent a copy of the poster and ticket by email to Amy about two weeks ago. She was telling her

family and closest friends about this concert. Her mother’s dearest friend Diane got very excited when she heard the name Gary Stewart. She asked if he was an insurance agent and Amy said yes. Diane said “that’s my Christmas Angel.” What a pleasant surprise to find that Sue Wagner’s closest friend was the same lady that I had the opportunity to help a year ago at the cemetery. God is so good! I asked Amy if we could possibly meet for dinner before the concert so we’ll know each other. Amy set it up along with her father, aunt, good neighbor and her two lovely children.

Chapter 5

Last night I had dinner with these nice folks and as soon as I arrived at their table Amy asked me a very unusual question. “Gary, do you have a gray car”? I said “yes” and she explained that her mother Sue Wagner is also buried in the Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. She said “Nellie Ruth Stewart” and then I knew she had seen Nellie’s headstone because no one knew her middle name was Ruth. She surprised me by saying her mother is buried just 20 steps behind Nellie’s grave. She had mentioned Nellie’s grave in some of her speeches since we have a long-stem breast cancer ribbon sticking upward from the flower vase. Look at the following for similarities: 1. Nellie and Sue were both 60 years old and died from breast cancer. 2. Sue’s husband name is Gary. 3. Sue passed away three days after my birthday and exactly on my son Scott’s birthday Aug. 13. 4. Nellie and I were happily married 38 years and three weeks. Gary and Sue were happily married just two months short of 38 years. 5. Sue’s best friend Diane calls me her “Christmas Angel.” 6. I’m putting a concert in Sue’s memory and wasn’t sure why I chose to do this.

Chapter 6

What about all the “ifs”? 1. If I hadn’t met Pat and had the opportunity to be dating her. 2. If Curves in Erlanger hadn’t closed down. 3. If Pat hadn’t chosen Curves

in Crescent Springs. 4. If the owner hadn’t known Sue Wagner and knew about the food drive. 5. If I hadn’t been led to have a concert in Newport for this food pantry. 6. If I hadn’t helped this nice lady a year ago at the cemetery. 7. If I hadn’t met Sue’s daughter Amy and family. 8. If, if, if, if ... without these ifs, I would have never known the wonderful lady buried just 18 steps from Nellie’s grave 9. If – we don’t even know what’s coming next. I hope this helps your faith in God as it has mine. These things didn’t just happen. It was constructed by the Almighty himself. Thank you God!

Chapter 7 and Conclusion

Three hundred attended the Christmas Concert at the Christian Tabernacle Church in Newport and donated $4,000 in offering. We were able to give $500 to help the food pantry of Christian Tabernacle and $3,500 to the food pantry of St. John’s Church of Christ. I presented a dozen roses to Sue’s Wagner’s daughter Amy and a couple days later found six roses on the grave of Nellie and six roses on the grave of Sue. Remember Diane at the beginning of this story. Just last week I found a beautiful silver angel at both graves with the words inscribed “Christmas Miracle 2010.” Thanks Diane. Since the concert two businesses have decided to donate more money to the food pantry at St. John’s. God is so good! I get so confused when people doubt God’s existence. I wanted you to hear this wonderful miracle story. I truly feel God has allowed Sue Wagner and my lovely wife Nellie to direct me to help the food pantry. It’s wonderful hearing from Nellie again. I’ve never felt God’s presence any more than I do now. Thank you for reading this and please take advantage of all the opportunities that God puts in front of you even when you’re not really sure what it means. Gary Stewart of Walton is a longtime insurance agent in Florence and past president of the Florence Rotary Club.

How to tell when child is too ill for school “Mommy, I don’t feel good,” says the little voice. Those five words are tough for any parent to hear, not only because we don’t want our kids to be sick, but also because we know how illness can disrupt our family life. Every child reacts differently when he or she is ill, so it can be hard to determine just how poorly he or she feels—particularly if the child is too young to talk. Certain symptoms in children, such as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea are indicators of a communicable disease. When those are present, it’s best for the child to stay home to reduce the risk of the illness spreading to others. Public health experts say that if the child has a temperature (without fever-reducing medications) above 100°F when taken in the armpit, 101°F when taken in the mouth or 102°F when taken rectally, keep the child at home until he or she is fever free for at least 24 hours.

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home can help limit this. The last category is the most subjective—when the child just isn’t acting right. Symptoms include unusual fatigue, controlled coughing, irritability, persistent crying or wheezing. If any of these are severe, you not only want to keep the child home, but also contact a health care provider. If your child has a rash, persistent sore throat or pink eye you should keep him/her out until cleared by a health care provider. When your child is in that gray area, perhaps with a common cold, use common sense in deciding whether your child is acting “normal enough” to send him or her to school or child care. You know your child best, and should be able to tell when something’s not right. But if you’re in doubt, experts say you should always call your child's health care provider for advice. If you’re not sure about whether or not your

child can leave home with a particular illness, check with the school or child care center. All have policies regarding the exclusion of ill children. Even if the decision to keep your child out of school or child care is clear, the arrangements to make that happen may not be. Plan ahead. Figure out in advance who can watch an ill child. Can grandparents, neighbors or other family members help? Can you or your spouse work from home or shift your hours? What about when the illness lasts for several days or spreads from one child to another in the family? If illness has crept into your household, help protect others by keeping your child home when needed. And though a day or two at home with plenty of fluids and rest will not cure all childhood ailments, it certainly does help. Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

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Service is a valuable learning experience It seems appropriate during this Christmas season of giving to reflect on what we receive when we give a gift – especially the gifts we offer in service to others. At Notre Dame Academy, inspired by the charism of the Sisters of NoLaura tre Dame, Koehl our mission COMMUNITY is to educate RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST young women to make a difference in our world. Central to this mission is the idea that academic learning finds true worth when students use it to serve others and bring about positive change. This can seem a truly daunting goal when we consider the amount of human need on the global scale. We remind ourselves though that the beauty and magic of making a difference is that it begins on a very personal level –when one person gives a gift to another. It requires a mutual exchange of care that builds the necessary structure for a peaceful and just world. Service programs and requirements have become common features in many of our schools in the area. Educators see these experiences as central to the learning process. They trust these experiences will help students see the practical applications of their own gifts and the concepts they are learning, broaden their perspectives about the world around them and gain an appreciation for the needs of others. Recently, students in one of our English classes were assigned to write children’s storybooks based on famous myths that they would read individually to preschoolers at the Julie Learning Center. While these 3- to 5-year-olds were thrilled to have a visit from the high school girls and to hear these entertaining original stories, our young women certainly received a gift too. Imagine what they learned in the process of writing and illustrating their books knowing they would be shared with some very discriminating readers. As they read their books to these children they basked in the adoration of these little ones and their craft as writers was tested and affirmed. When schools require service they do so with the hope that our students will learn to serve, that this is a value they will take with them into their adult lives. We also know that service is an authentic learning experience. Our students serve to learn; to learn more about who they are, how they can join with others to create change, how they can share their gifts to help others and to truly make a difference in our world. They learn what a gift it is to give to others. Laura Koehl is the principal at Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic all girls school in Park Hills.

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



Light Up Boone County


PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES The Community Recorder invited readers to share photos of Christmas lights and decorations. We got photos from Florence and Union, as well as some from neighboring Kenton County. Here are some of the best we received.

The Barhorst family in Taylor Mill has more than 25,000 lights on display on Howard Avenue in Taylor Mill. THANKS TO KAREN BARHORST

Greg and Celine Steenken put up this Christmas display at 1923 Morningside Drive, Florence. It's in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. THANKS TO CELINE STEENKEN The Barhorst family in Taylor Mill has more than 25,000 lights on display on Howard Avenue in Taylor Mill. THANKS TO KAREN BARHORST

Santa appears to be going up, up and away at the corner of Dixie Highway and Pleasant Ridge Avenue in Fort Mitchell, across the street from Blessed Sacrament Church. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

These lights are at 745 Beech Drive in Taylor Mill. THANKS TO FRANCESCA FISCHER

The Barhorst family has put up more than 15,000 lights at 10410 Remy Lane, Florence. The lights are on from 5:30 to 11 p.m. every night. The trees and bushes are dancing to the Christmas music playing in the front yard. There is everything from Santa, several snowmen, angel, Snoopy snowflakes and even penguins on ice. PROVIDED

Eric Downing has worked hard on his Christmas display at 1190 Napa Ridge Court in Union (Plantation Pointe). This photo shows three 20-foot, man-made trees which flash to music. THANKS TO ERIC DOWNING The city of Fort Mitchell has a Christmas lights display outside the fire department and city building. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Eric Downing has worked hard on his Christmas display at 1190 Napa Ridge Court in Union (Plantation Pointe). This photo shows three 20-foot, man-made trees which flash to music. THANKS TO ERIC DOWNING


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 30 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2 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. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in first-century Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. All Christmas activities free except Museum exhibits, "the Christmas Star” planetarium program and Noah’s Cafe food and drink. Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries New Years Eve Party, 2 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Watch ball drop early. New Year’s celebration complete with dancing, noise makers and food. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Union.


Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Works by Kentucky-born artist portray rustic landscape of his home state. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 7-8:30 p.m. Special Friday night music featuring Sheila Garmon., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Acoustic sets by local musicians. Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Family friendly. Free. 859-371-8356; Florence. Bob Cushing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Free. 859-360-0840. Covington.

Music - Benefits Homunculus, 9 p.m. Featuring the Newbees Beatles Tribute with a full string section. Doors open 8 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Reunion Show. All CD sales and portion of the door admission benefits the Wellness Communi-

ty of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Ages 18 and up. $18, $15 advance. 859-4312201; Newport.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye Inc., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-491-8027. Covington.

Music - Rock The Gamut, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, 859-282-1264; Florence. .

On Stage - Comedy Steve Wilson, 8 p.m. $17., 10:30 p.m. $17., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comedian. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. Through Dec. 21. 859-391-8639; Florence.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31 Art Exhibits Best of the Full Art Spectrum 2011, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 513-3620777. Newport.

Community Dance New Year’s Eve Dance, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Boone Post 4, 8385 U.S. Highway 42, Dinner/dance, floor show and music by DJs Brian and Stephanie Campbell. Party favors and Champagne toast. Full catered dinner, free soda and coffee. Cash bar. Benefits veterans and community causes. Ages 21 and up. $25 couple, $15 single. 859-817-0924; Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Holiday - New Year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Dinner available in Cafe Dining Room. Seating limited to first 100 guests. Music by SwingTime Big Band. $15. 859-261-9675; Newport. New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, 7 p.m. 7 p.m. show: $20; $45 includes pre-show buffet 5:306:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. show: $45, includes Champagne toast at midnight; $70 includes pre-show buffet 9:30-10:15 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Special engagement. No coupons or passes accepted. With comedians Steve Wilson and Mike Baldwin. Hosted by Mike Paramore. Reservations required. 859-957-2000; Newport. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 7 p.m. Music by the Sleepcat Quartet., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Reservations required.

Turfway Park will host New Year's Eve Track Bash from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7500 Turfway Road in Florence. Free general admission with concession stands. Top of the Park, $75, includes deluxe buffet, beer/wine/mixed drinks, party favors and champagne toast. Reservations recommended. Music by Doghouse. Pictured are Lindsey Reilly of Mason, Ohio, and Shannon Smith of Montgomery, Ohio, at last year's Track Bash. FILE PHOTO

859-261-2365; Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Karaoke with Wanda Kay. Music by Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Party favors, giveaways and more. $15. Reservations recommended. 859-431-5588; Wilder. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Hors d’oeuvres, party favors, open bar, midnight breakfast buffet and Champagne toast. Music by Naked Karate Girls and Maize Music. Free parking. $150 VIP, $99. Reservations required. 859-261-1117; Covington. New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Doors open 8 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar and Grand Ballroom. Champagne toast, appetizers, party favors, one free drink ticket and cash bar. Music by the Rusty Griswolds 9 p.m.-1 a.m. VIP packages available. Dress to impress. Ages 21 and up. $100. Registration required. 859-8143000; Newport. Track Bash New Year’s Eve Party, 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Music by Doghouse. First post, 5:30 p.m. $2.50 bottled domestic beer, $3.50 well drinks and $2 Champagne 11 p.m.-midnight. Homestretch and Top of the Park: deluxe buffet, beer/wine/ mixed drinks, party favors and Champagne toast: $75. Homestretch restaurant reservations SOLD OUT. Third Floor: table for six, party favors and Champagne toast: $100. Free general admission. Reservations recommended for non-general admission. 859-371-0200; Florence. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Entertainment by Bev Lucken and Chuck Evans. Regular menu includes party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. 859-360-0840; Covington. New Years Eve Bash, 8 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Includes champagne toast and party favors. Music by 4th Day Echo. Tickets at door only. $5. 859-491-6200. Newport. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., Music by Bob Cushing. Party favors, drink specials and toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-261-1030; Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Music by Stonehaus Trail. Ages 21 and up. $10, $5 advance by Dec. 23. 859-491-3500; Newport. No Hassle New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., Complimentary mac and cheese bar. 859-261-6777; Covington. New Years Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Music by DJ, complementary Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington. Grand Opening New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Grand opening of Florence’s newest ballroom, Latin and swing club. Includes hors d’oeuvres, stocked bar, Champagne toast at midnight and four hours of dancing. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 859-3795143; Florence. The Jabs, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Music by the Jabs. Party favors and midnight champagne toast. $5. 859-4260490. Fort Wright. New Year’s, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., Music by Sweet Ray Laurel, Big Rock Club and Revenge Pinata. $20; $15 single, $25 couple advance. 859-261-6120. Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Lipsmackers Karaoke Night, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Dixie Club Cafe, 3424 Dixie Highway, 859-727-9319. Erlanger. Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9

Bobby Mackey's Music World will host a New Year's Eve party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder. There will be karaoke with Wanda Kay, party favors, giveaways and more. Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band, pictured, will perform. Tickets are $15. FILE PHOTO

p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211. Newport.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work and get feedback. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Teen Cafe, 3-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. MAC: Middle School Advisory Committee, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Recommend books, help plan programs and see your ideas come to life. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron. In the Loop, 10:30 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. Save the Date, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Create your own calendar and get off to a great start. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union.

Music - Concerts The Dopamines 5-Year Anniversary, 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve show. Doors open 8 p.m. SOLD OUT., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Whole House. Scheduled to appear: Dear Landlord, Banderas, Vacation, the Frankl Project, Mixtapes, White Walls, New Creases, Be My Doppelganger SHIVS, Army Coach, Loudmouth, Billy Wallace and the virginia Blues and Wm. "Billy" Catfish Orchestra. Ages 18 and up. $15, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1 Health / Wellness Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Steve Wilson, 7:30 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

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


TUESDAY, JAN. 3 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; 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 - Libraries Teen Advisory Group, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Help plan programs, recommend books and materials and earn volunteer hours. Includes pizza. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. Through Dec. 29. 859746-3573; Florence.

Education Word I, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discover handy shortcuts, type a letter with business formatting, create a memo using a template and more. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m. 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25

The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. in Covington, will host a New Year's Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Sweet Ray Laurel, pictured, Big Rock Club and Revenge Pinata will perform. Tickets are available in advance ($25, couple; $15, single) or $20 at the door and will include complimentary finger foods, a drink ticket and champagne toast. Photo by David Sorcher. THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER



Rita tweaks Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark As I write this column, 2011 is coming to a close and the new year is just about to begin. I’ve enjoyed “talking” to you each week and meeting many of Rita you, someHeikenfeld times at social or proRITA’S KITCHEN fessional events, sometimes in the grocery aisle, at church or at the mall. This column connects us all in a very personal way. You’ve heard my stories and I’ve listened to yours, and the common thread in all of our lives is what means most to us: family, friends and the sharing of meals with those we love. Happy, healthy, blessed 2012!

Rita’s clone of Willams-Sonoma peppermint bark How many versions of this have I shared?! I tweaked the recipe once again, taking into account the new packaging for chocolate chips (they used to be packaged in12 oz. bags, now it’s 11.5 oz. for the most part). The most important thing is to melt both the white chocolate and the dark slowly and over relatively low heat so they don’t “seize” or burn. You can do this in a double boiler or a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water), in a nonstick skillet over low heat or in the microwave using 50 percent power at 40-second intervals. Regardless of the

harden. Let white chocolate cool a bit (make sure it’s still pourable) before spreading on top of chilled dark chocolate layer. This will prevent it from melting the white layer. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate until hard. Before you cut or break the candy, let it sit out a few minutes. That will help keep it from shearing apart.

Rita's version of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark would make a great hostess gift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

way you melt chocolate, pull it from the heat while there are still lumps remaining. When you stir, the residual heat will smooth it out. This is a nice hostess gift or light dessert after a heavy New Year’s meal. First, line cookie sheet with foil. 3 cups dark chocolate chips (I use Kroger Belgian chocolate chips) 2 cups white chocolate chips (I use Kroger white chocolate chips) 1¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract, divided into ¾ and ½ teaspoon measures 1 ⁄3 to ½ cup peppermint candy, crushed. If you want, sift the crushed candy through a sieve to remove the real fine particles. (Those are for you to nibble on!)

Melt chocolates as described above. Add ¾ teaspoon extract to the dark chocolate after melting and ½ teaspoon extract to the white chocolate after melting. Pour dark chocolate onto foiled cookie sheet and spread to thickness desired. Place in refrigerator to

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Bake casserole: Let sit at room temperature for a half hour. Bake for1hour at 300 degrees. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Giovanna Trimpe’s wonderful egg casserole You may know her as Giovanna or Joanne, or even as Archbishop Schnurr’s chef at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. She’s the author of the "Holy Chow" cookbook and a popular media personality. She and I met sometime ago and became fast friends. Giovanna is going international soon, as a guest on the Alonso Pepe show on EWTN early next year. To get details, check out her website at To learn more about Giovanna, log onto YouTube and watch her video about her journey. Anyway, I tasted this casserole during a breakfast she and I made for the Fox 19 morning crew. I have lots of favorite egg casseroles, but this one is now at the top of the list and will be on my holiday brunch table. Here’s how Giovanna does it: One large loaf French bread 3 jars Old English cheese 1½ sticks margarine 7 eggs 1 tsp. Kosher or other salt 2 cups milk Cooked sausage, optional CE-0000491003


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disputed the charge with his credit card company when he failed to get the letter since that was part of the deal. Instead, he forgot about it. Unfortunately, the debt was not settled. Instead it was sold to another debt collector and that company got a default judgment after suing Combs. Combs says he had moved several times and was never notified of the lawsuit. This new debt came as quite a shock to Combs because he thought he had already paid it off. In addition, he had just refinanced his house and

there was no indication of this debt on his credit report. Combs says, “I paid back more than what I borrowed over 11 years ago, and an additional $610 was paid five years ago. Now this debt collector wants another $1,500.” It is absolutely shocking how that 14-year-old debt has continued to grow as a result of mounting interest charges and fees. This latest debt collector is taking part of his paycheck in order to collect. The money came right out of his paycheck

at Christmas time so the firm could be paid in full. Combs has filed with the court for a hearing, at which time he'll present his evidence of payment and hopes to get this money back. All this serves as a valuable lesson: Don’t buy more than you can afford because the debt can just keep getting larger and larger. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Boone Circuit Judge Anthony W. Frohlich believes a recent overhaul of Kentucky’s sentencing laws provides a blueprint for reform in the treatment of non-violent offenders. HB 463, which went into effect in June, reduces jail or prison time for low-risk drug users who possess small amounts of illegal drugs. The legislation also encourages the courts to send minor drug offenders into rehabilitation programs instead of jail. “One of the problems in the justice system is that the criminal population has changed but the way we deal with crime has not changed,” Frohlich told members of the Florence Rotary Club at a Dec. 12

Circuit Court Judge Anthony W. Frohlich spoke to the Florence Rotary Club on Dec. 12. He discussed changes to the penal code in Kentucky passed earlier this year by the General Assembly. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD

meeting. “We need a new model. This bill will kick-start how we deal with crime in the country” in the future, he added. The Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act (HB 463) is designed to de-

crease the prison population, reduce incarceration costs and increase public safety. State officials estimate the sweeping reforms in the 150-page act will save $42 million a year over the next decade because of reductions in the number of non-violent offenders in jail. Since 1974 crime has gone down but the prison population has gone up because of increases in drug convictions, according to Frohlich. Incarceration costs about $22,000 per person, compared to $3,000 for drug treatment. Before issuing a sentence, the courts also must engage in a risk and needs assessment, according to Frohlich. Will the person offend again? Engage in anti-social behavior? What will be the impact of association with other criminals if jailed?

“We are looking for alternatives to imprisonment,” Frohlich said. “First-time offenders can be sent to treatment programs, not jail.” The changes present some challenges. If a judge determines probation and rehabilitation are in order, the offender must be treated somewhere other than jail. However, neither funding for treatment nor a system to monitor the person may be available, Frohlich observed. Nonetheless, he believes the legislation is “a good move in the right direction.” For information about the weekly meetings, guest speakers, and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Pat Moynahan, president, at amoynahan@insightbb. com or 859-802-0242.

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The Lawrence family had a double celebration on Christmas Day. All the family gathered at Randy and Denise’s home on Willowood Lane to celebrate the 61st wedding anniversary of parents Jim and Betty Lawrence. Jim and Betty were also delighted to receive a Christmas greeting and congratulations from the Rev.William Roberson, who had performed their cermony in Raleigh, N.C., 61 years ago. Members of the Garden Club gathered at the El Toro Restaurant on Tuesday to present Evelyn Hance with a gift and luncheon. Evelyn has been a great president and has arranged the yearly programs and visits to some

interesting homes and gardens. Those in attendance were Janet Lucas, Della PerRuth kins, ShirMeadows ley Lou Cook, DonWALTON NEWS na Ryder, Connie Bressler, Margo Cahill, Norma Vest, Ruth Meadows and the guest of honor, Evelyn. Harry and Skeeter Cheesman are enjoying a holiday visit from their daughter Rae Ann and granddaughter Ava of Albany, N.Y. A gathering of family and friends of Ronald Phillip Magee was held at Chambers and Grubbs

Funeral Home on Friday evening to celebrate his life. Ronnie had passed away suddenly on Monday. He is survived by three children, Heather of Gilbert, Ariz., Ryne of Walton and Kyler of Burlington. Parents Ronald and Neldine Magee preceded him in death. Our sympathy to all of his family. Ronnie was a Walton-Verona High School graduate of 1969. Addie King is still at St, Elizabeth Florence. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Remember, if you have a live Christmas tree, you may recycle it at Walton Community Park on Jan. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous new year!

Lightbulb shopping gets complicated with choices If you’ve been to the store lately to purchase a light bulb, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by the choices. LED (light emitting diode), Halogen, CFL (compact florescent light), and incandescent are all available in a range of sizes, shapes and colors. If you are looking to replace a bulb in a typical light fixture you might not understand how to compare the bulbs to make the best choice. Many of the options on the market today are aimed at improving overall energy efficiency in the home. However, the trip to the store

to make a purchase might take a bit longer and a bit more research. Instead of looking Diane at watts Mason you will EXTENSION need to NOTES compare lumens. Lumens tell us how much light a bulb provides. Watts tell us how much power is used. In general a brighter light will give more lumens. As a guide if you are used to a: 100 watt bulb, look for a bulb with 1,600 lumens.

75 watt bulb, look for a bulb with 1,100 lumens. 60 watt bulb, look for a bulb with 800 lumens 40 watt bulb, look for a bulb with 450 lumens. In addition to lumens you’ll want to consider the type of light emitted. Light emissions range from more yellow to more blue. Individuals will have their own preference. Lights with a warm hue will look more yellow, while lights rated with a cool hue will look more blue. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.






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BUSINESS UPDATE Boleros Dance Club opens in Florence

Boleros Dance Club, an independent ballroom, Latin and swing dance club, opened on Dec. 2, in the Village Drive Shopping Plaza at 8406 U.S. 42 in Florence. Boleros offers group dance classes, dance parties and private dance les-

sons for singles or couples. Boleros Dance Club will host a "Grand Opening New Year’s Eve Bash” from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, featuring music, a new dance floor, hors d’oeuvres, stocked bar and champagne. Cost is $10. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information or to make a res-

ervation, call owner, Gary Blevins, at 859-379-5143. In January, Boleros will add fitness classes including Zumba, Cardio Dance Party, yoga and Pilates, and set up wall space for a monthly rotating art gallery showcasing local artists. The monthly art series, “First Wednesday Art Opening,” will have an art opening on the first

Wednesday of each month to feature the work of a different local artist for viewing and purchase. January’s featured talent is Emily L. Figueroa-Wolfe, an artist and art teacher at Grant County High School.

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daughters, Barbara Oney of Hebron and Kitty Timpe of Paola, Kan.; and 18 grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Parish Kitchen, P.O. Box 1234, Covington, KY 41012.

Church Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or St. Elizabeth Hospice.


James E. “Jim” Cobb, 61, of Florence, died Dec. 16, 2011. He worked for Arvin Meritor Co. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; daughters, Lisa Marie Redwine of Burlington and Jamie Michelle Wilson of Hebron; sister, Carol Trago; and three grandchildren. Celebration of Life will be at the convenience of the family.

Robert Cole Robert D. Cole, 88, of Boone County, died Dec. 21, 2011 in Florence. A son, James Cole, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Doris J. Spicer Cole; children, Sharon Bunch and Patrick Cole; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Richwood Presbyterian Church at a later date. Memorials: Richwood Presbyterian Church, 1070 Richwood Road, Walton, KY 41094 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Peter Devlin Peter T. Devlin, 70, of Petersburg, died Dec. 9, 2011. Survivors include his children, Shane Devlin of Petersburg and Kim Devlin of Miami, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Celebration of Life will be at the convenience of the family.

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Rubye Dunn Rubye Iona Hanson Dunn, 91, of Covington, died Dec. 18, 2011, at the Florence Park Care Center. She was a member of the Runyan Memorial Christian Church in Latonia. Her husband, Floyd Andrew Dunn, died in 1996. Survivors include her daugh-

ter, Randi Stegeman of Florence; stepson, Thomas Dunn of Fruitland Park, Fla.; brother, Russell Hanson of Argusville, N.D.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: Runyan Memorial Christian Church, 3625 Decoursey Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

Wanda Edwards Wanda C. Edwards, 86, of Fort Mitchell, died Dec. 15, 2011, at Baptist Village Care Center in Erlanger. She was a sales representative for McAlpin & Co. and a member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary, the Salvation Army Auxiliary, Fort Mitchell Garden Club and Redwood Guild. Her husband, James Edwards, died in 1979. Survivors include her son, Timothy Edwards of Verona; daughter, Jayne McMath of Fort Mitchell; and eight grandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Margaret Groger Margaret A. Groger, 71, of Florence, died Dec. 15, 2011, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a retired bookkeeper and worked with KOI Motors in Covington for 25 years. Three brothers, Stanley Wessel, Fred Wessel and Jerry Wessel, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Groger; son, Oscar Owens of Elsmere; daughter, Tracy Ford of Union; brother, Robert Wessel of Latonia; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Geraldine Hammons Geraldine H. Hammons, 71, of Independence, died Dec. 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She retired as an assembler with Overhead Door in Latonia and attended Kento Boo Baptist Church in Florence. A daughter, Darla Hammons, died in 1975. Survivors include her daughter, Marlene Riley of Independence; son, Darryl Hammons of Covington; sisters, Marilyn Newton of Florida, Allene Tucker and Diane Bearden, both of Burlington, and Shirley Tucker of Harrison, Ohio; brothers, Harold Hacker of Florence, Rick Hacker of Ryland Heights and Dale Hacker of Hebron; and three grandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills, Taylor Mill.

David Henry David William Henry, 73, of Florence, formerly of Newport, died Dec. 16, 2011, at Bridge Point Care & Rehabilitation Center in Florence. He was a self-employed mover/hauler and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his son,

David Wayne Henry of Walton; daughter, Vickie Lynn Henry of Erlanger; brother, Robert F. Henry of Carthage, Ky.; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

Armilda Leger Armilda Leger, 69, of Dayton, died Dec. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of Point Pleasant Church of Christ in Hebron. Her husband, Leon Leger, and a daughter, Ethel Leger, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Kopp; brother, John Begley of London, Ky.; sisters, Lillie Stewart and Jessie Begley of Florence; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Ronald Magee Ronald Phillip Magee, 60, of Burlington, formerly of Walton, died Dec. 19, 2011, at his home. He formerly worked in maintenance at L’Oreal/Redken and was a sports enthusiast. His parents, Ronald and Neldine Readnower Magee, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Heather Wilson of Gilbert, Ariz.; sons, Ryne Magee of Walton and Kyler Magee of Burlington; sister, Debbie Meadows of Dry Ridge; brothers, Danny Magee of Burlington and Mark Magee of Ludlow; and four grandchildren.

Blanche Reckers Blanche Mae Reckers, 85, of Covington, died Dec. 12, 2011, at Bracken County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, Ky. She was a homemaker and worked at U.S. Shoe in Cincinnati. She was a member of St. Augustine Church in Covington and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. A brother, Albert Myers, died in 2007. Survivors include her husband, Bill Reckers of Covington; daughters, Diane Schaefer of Latonia, Cheryl Johnson of Florence and Rosemarie Starr of Covington; son, Billy Reckers of Brooksville, Ky.; brother, Earl Myers of Park Hills; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Margaret Reese Margaret "Marge" Flege Rauf Reese, 87, of Fort Wright, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Holy Cross Church and a retired medical assistant with an internal medicine group in Northern Kentucky. She was an avid bowler and a participant in the Senior Olympics with bowling and track. A son, James Flege, died in 2010. Survivors include her son, Joseph Flege of Taylor Mill;


Joseph Masters Joseph Masters, 42, of Bromley, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his son, Daniel Delfin of Walton; brother, Butch Masters of Mason, Ohio; and nephews, Nicholas Masters of Dayton, Ohio, and Christopher Masters of Mason, Ohio. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Charity of donor's choice.

Julie Pope Julie Ann Pope, 47, of Kenton County, died Dec. 14, 2011, in Walton. Survivors include her son, Jimmy Lee Pope; mother, Genevieve Sipe; sisters, Jennie Barnett and Janet Hayes; and brother, Jody Sipe. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Rev. Robert Pugh Rev. Dr. Robert C. Pugh, 87, of Florence, died Dec. 17, 2011. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and a former church pastor at Florence United Methodist Church, Alexandria Methodist Church and Asbury Methodist Church. His wife, LaVerne May Pugh, and a son, Michael Pugh, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Malcolm Pugh and Maurice Pugh; brother, James Pugh; sisters, Emogene Smoot and Christine Hicks; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grand-


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Shirley Sexton Shirley Sexton, 80, of Corinth, died Dec. 16, 2011, at his home. He was a welder and worked for the CHC Fabricating Co. in Carthage, Ohio, for more than 32 years and was a member of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Williamstown. His first wife, Evelyn; a grandchild, Tina Sexton; and a great-grandchild, Xavier Ellis, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Betty Mae Connelly Sexton; son, Leonard Sexton of Delhi Township, Ohio; daughters, Cherry Draper of Flag Pond, Tenn., and Karin Ann Cuneo of Union; half brother, Sheridan Sexton of Corinth; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mason Baptist

Mary Elizabeth Smith, 78, of Florence, formerly of Catlettsburg, Ky., died Dec. 20, 2011. She was a clerk with the Internal Revenue Service and attended the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville. Her son, William Roger Hamilton; and brothers, Wayne Blankenship, Roland Blankenship and Donald Rice, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Norman Smith; and stepchildren, Norman Smith Jr., Vladimir Smith and Ruby Brock. Interment was at Catlettsburg Cemetery in Catlettsburg, Ky.


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Ira Dorne, 63, of Walton, died Dec. 16, 2011, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Carol Dorne; mother, Rose Portnoy of Philadelphia; sister, Robin Reynolds of Philadelphia; sons, William Jason Dorne of Raleigh, N.C., Logan Matthew Dorne and Jackson Connor Dorne, both of Walton; daughter, Jennifer Wynne Lombardo of Raleigh, N.C.; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: American Lung Cancer Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

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Tiffany Sue Allison, 30, of Erlanger, died Dec. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She enjoyed simple things, such as throwing a softball in the Special Olympics, swinging and blowing kisses. She graduated from Lloyd Memorial High School in 2002 and attended Seven Hills Church in Florence. Survivors include her parents, Paul D. and Kimberly S. Shouse Nolan of Erlanger; grandparents, LC and Loraine Shouse of Florence; brothers, David L. Nolan of Independence and Michael E. Allison of Independence; and sister, Heather A. Nolan of Florence. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Memorials: Braund Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio, to assist with funeral arrangements.


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St. Elizabeth Healthcare is offering a number of classes and events in 2012 to help everyone with their New Year’s resolutions for living a healthier and happier life. Whether your goal is to lose weight, exercise regularly or stop smoking, the classes and events at St. Elizabeth Healthcare can help you to maintain your motivation and avoid common pitfalls. Make this year the year you make good on your New Year’s resolutions.

Smoking Cessation Support Group

This support group is specifically designed to deal with the issues smokers and former smokers face in maintaining a life free of smoking. The next four-week session begins in January (Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.). 210 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills Appointments: 859-3015959

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the mulch touch the trunk of the tree, and certainly I will never do “volcano mulching,” piling the mulch high up on the tree trunk, since this causes the tree bark and trunk to rot slowly, since the mulch traps and holds too much moisture during the wet seasons, and it also encourages voles and field mice to chew off the bark of the tree trunk, killing the tree. 4. I will always obtain lists of disease and insect-resistant plants from the local Cooperative Extension Service Office before planting, especially for diseasesusceptible plants like

apples and crabapples, where many resistant varieties exist. 5. I will always submit a soil sample before applying lime to my soil, and before planting a lawn, flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees or shrubs, since a soil test (free through your local Northern Kentucky County Extension Office) is the only way to know if you need lime, sulfur, phosphorus or potassium. Applying too much or too little of any of these will be harmful to plants. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension agent for horticulture.



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The Holistic Health Center provides integrative therapies that encompass the best of both Western and Eastern treatment modalities. All programs are held at the center on 210 Thomas More Parkway. Call 859-301-5959 for additional information and any applicable fees. RENEW Retreat: A Healthy Launch for the new year. This two-day retreat focuses on experiencing different holistic modalities as well as stress re-

duction techniques (Jan. 112). Methods of Meditation: A four-week sampling of different meditation techniques to assist with stress reduction, rest and improved health (Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.). Ask the Doc: Holistic Methods for Promoting Heart Health – Medical Director, Dr. Gregory Koo, will present a free question and answer session on Feb. 10. Couples Massage Class: The Perfect Valentine – Holistic Health massage therapists will teach techniques for providing an hour massage to a partner on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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we do “our part” as “plant managers” to keep the plants from going into stress. We could Mike even turn Klahr this into… HORTICULTURE “New CONCERNS Year’s Resolutions for the Gardener”… 1. I will never top trees, or pay someone else to do it, since it shortens the life of the tree, makes it weaker and more apt to break apart, and causes sunscald, frost cracks, and attack from insects and

BOONE COUNTY Arrests/Citations Telisa D. Jones, 33, shoplifting, receiving stolen property under $500, receiving stolen property under $10,000 at 4999 Houston Rd., Nov. 18. Tommy L. Batton, 46, shoplifting at Doering Dr., Nov. 16. Sherry A. Dubose, 41, shoplifting at Doering Dr., Nov. 16. Daniel F. Wilson, 35, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 15. Brent A. Foley, 21, theft from auto at Jacquelyn Ct., Nov. 15. Corey M. Renfro, 22, shoplifting at Meijer Dr., Nov. 14. James M. Clark, 56, DUI at Wetherington Blvd., Nov. 12. Tabitha L. Defilo, 35, disorderly conduct at 8101 U.S. 42, Nov. 12. David R. Reeves, 28, disorderly conduct at 8101 U.S. 42, Nov. 12. Ronald W. Sullivan Jr., 40, DUI at Turfway Rd., Nov. 12. Damon R. Hammons, 31, theft at 8000 Mall Rd., Nov. 12. Desiree L. Hicks-Bashaw, 42, DUI at 9382 Lago Mar Ct., Nov. 13. Kenneth Baker, 20, theft at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 12. Eric J. Gausepohl, 52, DUI at Interstate 75, Nov. 13. Ronald E. Thomas, 52, alcohol intoxication in public place at Dream St., Nov. 13. Agustin Gomez, 34, alcohol intoxication in public place at Interstate 75, Nov. 13. Agustin Santos, 32, DUI at Interstate 75, Nov. 13. Anthony Whitson, 23, theft at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 13. Daniel F. Wilson, 35, theft at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 14. Shari L. Haas, 28, theft at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 14. Shari L. Haas, 28, possession of controlled substance at 3020 Conrad Ln., Nov. 14. Richard V. Price, 36, alcohol

intoxication in public place at 9950 Berberich Dr., Dec. 7. Parker J. Lilly Iii, 23, criminal mischief at Houston Rd., Dec. 7. Parker J. Lilly Iii, 23, DUI at Houston Rd., Dec. 7.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Victim assaulted by known subject at 1700 block of Elijah Creek Rd., Oct. 16. Minor injury at 970 Trellises Ln., Nov. 13. Burglary Business broken into and items taken at 390 Frogtown Rd., Oct. 20. Residence broken into and items taken at 1806 Asbury Way, Oct. 19. Industrial site broken into at 3743 Belleview Rd., Oct. 18. Business broken into and items taken at 3250 Feeley Rd., Oct. 17. Gas station broken into and items taken at 7209 Burlington Pk., Nov. 16. Business broken into and items taken at 7960 US 42, Nov. 16. Reported at 6437 Summerfield Dr., Dec. 6. Criminal mischief Vehicle vandalized at 160 Patty Ln., Oct. 20. Vehicle vandalized at 12183 Old Lexington Pk., Oct. 19. Construction equipment vandalized at Pleasant Valley Rd., Oct. 19. Vending machines damaged at 8049 Dream St., Nov. 12. Structure damaged at 8636 Preakness Dr., Nov. 14. Structure damaged at 4972 Petersburg Rd., Dec. 7. Fraud Subject tried to pass fraudulent checks at Richwood Rd., Oct. 17. Incident report Incident logged by deputies on this street at 53 Showalter Trc.,

Oct. 20. Incident logged by deputies on this street at 2657 Twin Hills Ct., Oct. 13. Officers logged a falsely reported incident at 7937 Dream St., Nov. 16. Stolen property recovered at 167 Lloyd Ave., Nov. 7. Receiving stolen property Camera recovered at 2305 Litton Ln., Dec. 6. Recovery of stolen property Guns recovered at 167 Lloyd Ave., Nov. 14. Theft Subject tried to steal merchandise from Remke's at 6920 Burlington Pk., Nov. 18. Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4999 Houston Rd., Nov. 18. Subject tried to steal items from a business at 7635 Burlington Pk., Nov. 16. Subject tried to steal goods from Wal-Mart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 16. Subject tried to steal goods from Wal-Mart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 16. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Kohl's at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 15. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Wal-Mart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 15. Subject tried to steal goods from Wal-Mart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 14. Subject tried to steal goods from Meijer at 4990 Meijer Dr., Nov. 14. Items stolen from residence at 8136 Heatherwood Dr., Oct. 20. Items stolen from residence at 10 Willowood Ln., Oct. 19. Trailer broken into and items taken at 3721 Ohara Rd., Oct. 18. Items stolen from residence at 139 Lloyd Ave., Oct. 17. Residence broken into and items

taken at Walton-Verona Rd., Oct. 16. Items stolen from residence at 6669 River Rd., Oct. 9. Livestock stolen from farm at 15000 Violet Rd., Oct. 10. Items stolen from residence at 189 Main St., Oct. 1. Items stolen from business at 5940 Merchants St., Nov. 16. Subject tried to steal items from a business at 2028 Mall Rd., Nov. 16. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 6920 Burlington Pk., Nov. 15. Items stolen from victim at restaurant at 7399 Turfway Rd., Nov. 15. Cigarettes stolen at 7690 Burlington Pk., Nov. 12. Shoplifting at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 12. Shoplifting at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 12. Shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 12. Check stolen at 6 Miriam Dr., Nov. 13. Hamburgers stolen at 8840 Bankers St., Nov. 13. Shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 13. Bicycle stolen at 42 Miriam Dr., Nov. 13. Purse stolen at 7150 Houston Rd., Nov. 14. Shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 14. Purse stolen at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 14. Purse stolen at 1174 Mall Rd., Nov. 14. Cell phone stolen at Houston Rd., Nov. 14. Shoplifting at 5960 Centennial Cir., Dec. 13. Air conditioner stolen at 1452 Production Dr., Dec. 9. Drugs stolen at 1395 Afton Dr., Dec. 7. Shoplifting at 3105 North Bend Rd., Dec. 7.


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