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The year in photos

As 2010 draws to a close, here’s a chance to look back at some of the memorable events of the year Boone County. The year featured new development, heated elections and some fun sprinkled in here and there. So before we ring in 2011, let’s take a look back at what we’ve seen in 2010. LIFE, B1

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2010: A year of change in Boone

By Nancy Daly

2010 was a year of transition for Boone County. Politics was rough-and-tumble, bringing new members to Fiscal Court and ousting the only remaining Democrat in county government. In the statewide election, Boone County racked up big numbers for political newcomer Rand Paul, helping to send the Bowling Green eye doctor to the U.S. Senate. Educational gains were made with the opening of several schools. Road work affected traffic throughout the year. Economic recovery moved slowly as unemployment hovered above 9 percent. Despite that, a surprising number of new restaurants opened. Here is our list of the Top 10 stories of 2010:

Judge-exec recount

Judge-executive Gary Moore survived a hard-fought Republican challenge in the May 18 primary. Commissioner Cathy Flaig lost by 74 votes, a total that stayed the same after a recount ended on June 23. Moore was re-elected to his fourth term in the Nov. 2 general election. Meanwhile, Flaig has taken the reins of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party. She became its president in July.

GOP in control

Republican Kenny Brown defeated incumbent County Clerk Rena Ping, a Democrat, on Nov. 2. All of Boone County’s elected officials will be Republicans. On Jan. 3 a new Fiscal Court

will be sworn in with two new members. Republicans Matt Dedden and Charlie Walton will join incumbent Charlie Kenner as commissioners.

North Bend work finished

The 3.8-mile road project on North Bend Road in Hebron was finished in June. It cost $31 million. Construction started in spring 2008. Businesses say it was a trying two years for them as construction barrels and traffic delays kept customers away, as did the recession. The project included roundabouts at Cardinal Way and Graves Road.

New restaurants open

The high-profile opening of Barleycorn’s Dec. 6 in Florence capped a year in which at least 14 restaurants opened here, a review of our papers showed. In Burlington, Central House Dinner opened Feb. 15 at the historic Gracie’s Grill site. Washington Square Café and Catering came next, opening in March. In October, a Chipotle opened at Shoppes of Burlington. Hebron saw at least four new eateries. Beef O’Bradys opened Feb. 22. Hebron Brew Haus opened in April and Vintage Wine Bar-Kitchen-Market opened in May. Finishing out the year, Papa John’s Pizza opened in December. Most of the new restaurants opened in Florence. Besides Barleycorn’s, J. Gumbo’s opened July 6; City Barbeque in August; Turfway Grill & Bar in August; Chili’s

Grill & Bar on Nov. 22; and WilKat Tavern opened last summer. The Walton community was elated to have a new restaurant at Walton Towne Center. El Toro Bravo opened in June.

Smoking ban fizzles

The Boone County Fiscal Court announced July 30 it was withdrawing from talks with Kenton and Campbell counties about a Northern Kentucky smoking ban. Campbell County decided Dec. 15 to create a comprehensive indoor smoking ban. Kenton County voted Dec. 21 to ban smoking in most public places with the exception of bars or restaurants that don’t allow minors.

Vietnam Wall visitors too many to count

The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was set up in Florence in October. Some visitors came to remember a loved one whose name was engraved on the wall. Others came to learn and pay tribute. “There were a lot of tears, a lot of emotion,” said organizer H.B. Deatherage.

Mall Road makeover

The $13 million Mall Road reconstruction kicked off in May. The project will add 10-feet-wide sidewalks and add green spaces to medians. Work ceased on Oct. 31, but will pick up again in spring and be done by November 2011.


Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore celebrates his victory over Cathy Flaig in the Republican primary. Moore won the primary by 74 votes. The road handles 16 million vehicles a year.

Gateway shines

Gateway Community and Technical College surprised local leaders when students, staff and administrators broke into a flashmob dance during the dedication of the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing in October. The dance included “the robot,” of course. The 103,000-square-foot building is set to train new employees for one of the area’s top job markets. The $28.5 million project’s key component is its lab with hands-on equipment for learning robotics, machine tool technology and electrical technology. Classes started this fall at the Florence facility.

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Monument to honor POWs/MIAs By Nancy Daly

The Veterans Memorial of Boone County will gain a new monument in 2011, this one honoring U.S. military personnel taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action. The POW/MIA monument will complete the Veterans Memorial of Boone County, according to H.B. Deatherage, a Vietnam veteran who conceived the memorial in 1998. The memorial has black granite tributes to veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War on Terror. The idea for adding a POW/MIA monument occurred to Deatherage when the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was exhibited in Florence in October. “I decided to do it when the wall was here because we don’t have a POW/MIA monument up there which all monuments should have,” he said. “It’ll be the


Here is an artist’s rendering of the new POW/MIA memorial that will be installed at the Boone County Veterans Memorial. A fundraising drive is under way. last piece that goes in up there.” Florence Mayor Diane E. Whalen described the Veterans Memorial as a place of reflection that reinforces lessons about love of country and sacrifice. “As we remember the lives of those whose names are inscribed

who made the ultimate sacrifice, we should never forget those who are lost – and the people who still sit and wait for word about the fate of their POW or MIA service member. Hopefully this will be a place for those loved ones to find some comfort in knowing that we

remember them as well,” Whalen said. The new monument will have an image of the POW/MIA flag, a symbol of missing servicemen that was created by the National League of Families and recognized by Congress in 1990. Deatherage said cost of the 5foot monument will be $5,546. It will be raised through donations. Brick pavers will be sold for $65 each and monetary donations may be mailed to Boone County Veterans Memorial Inc., Attn. H.B., 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence KY 41042. Donations may also be made at Bank of Kentucky. It will take 16 weeks for the granite to arrive at Rolf Monument Company. After engraving it will be unveiled on Memorial Day 2011. “There’s going to be a light shining on it. It’s going to be an awesome piece,” Deatherage said. For more information, call Deatherage at 859-512-2247. Paver forms can be obtained at the Florence Government Center or from

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Judge Michael Collins swears in the new Florence City Council, including newcomers Gary Winn, left, and Larry Brown, fourth from left.

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Mystery Photo solved

The winner of last week’s “Mystery Photo” is C.C. Bud Rice of Burlington. It is South Jefferson Street in Burlington, covered by a late winter snow. According to “Images of America: Burlington” (2005), “This early 19th Century brick home, demolished years ago, was located across the street from the site of the new Boone County Justice Center. Several months would pass before the residents of this house would be able to use the snow covered swing in the foreground.” Rice said the horse would be looking at the old Gully grocery store to the right.

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I was here,” Brown said. The recession has changed a lot of things, and Brown said he’s spent his time meeting with other council members and trying to get caught up on the city’s budget. “I’ve been poring over the numbers,” Brown said. Winn is returning after a partial term in 2008 when he was appointed to council after Dale Stephens died in office. Winn is excited to see the completion of the city’s major projects like the senior center. “I’m anxious to see the golf course open,” he said. Brown and Winn agree that after the golf course and senior center are complete, it’s time to focus on what’s already in the city and not on capital projects. “I think we need to go back and reevaluate our

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Aug. 18 was the first day of school at the new Longbranch Elementary. Boone County Schools opened its 13th elementary school, which is located on the same campus as Cooper High School.

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On the first day, the school welcomed 723 students. Principal is Erika Bowles. The project cost $15 million.

Teen dies of hypothermia

Toxicology test results concluded that Ryle freshman Karen Kappelman died from hypothermia due to exposure, and that ethyl alcohol intoxication contributed to her death. Investigators say Jordan Hart gave Jagermeister and pink-lemonade vodka shots to Karen Kappelman at a party in Independence early Feb. 28. Kappelman, 15, was found dead outside her Walton apartment lying in the snow. In September Hart entered an Alford plea in Kenton District Court to one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, a misdemeanor. The Alford plea means that Hart admits that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him, but he doesn’t admit guilt. Kappelman’s family said their daughter’s death was an accident and they hope the man and the community will learn from her death.


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Moore leaves court with ‘no regrets’ By Stephanie Salmons

After eight years, Boone County Fiscal Court Commissioner Terri Moore may be leaving office, but she won’t be going far. “I look forward to being the volunteer we look so hard to find,” she said. While she will miss working with the “tremendous” Boone County staff, Moore said she won’t miss the feeling that she needed to be attainable at all times. “It will be a nice reprieve – that what’s going on in the county, I don’t have to be directly responsible for,” she said. “I’ll still be watching everything and curious about how it’s going. I tell them all the time I’m going to call them all the time.” Moore lost in the May primary, but said she thinks things happen for a reason. “I’ll be very honest,” she said. “I ran for re-election because I love Boone County. I truly loved serving the

citizens and the county so I was disappointed I was not successful. Immediately, I looked at my options and realized I have a lot of options.” Despite losing in May, Moore said she was still a commissioner and worked for the county.

‘At peace’ with leaving

“But I’m very much at peace with leaving,” she said. “I don’t have any regrets in the last eight years. I feel very good about the work I’ve done and the votes I’ve cast. There’s nothing I would change at all.” Moore, a Boone County resident since 1983, said she never really enjoyed the notoriety that came with holding a public office, but initially ran to make a difference. “I felt like my work wasn’t enough. I was involved with other people’s campaigns and very involved

with the Republican Party. When this position came open, I thought maybe I could make a difference,” she said. “I feel now after eight years that I have made a difference.”

Doesn’t rule out politics

While she does not have any immediate plans to run for re-election, “never say never,” Moore said. Moore works at the Huntington Learning Center in Florence and as a substitute teacher in Boone County Schools. She plans to upgrade her Kentucky teaching license to be able to do that full-time, she said. County politics have changed drastically during her tenure, Moore said. “When I first got involved it was very much a camaraderie,” she said. “There was never really a battle between the two parties – (just) some jovial ribbing and it stayed that way

for probably 60 percent of my term.” When people began to become dissatisfied with politics on a national level, they became more dissatisfied on a local level as well. “I think there’s been a tone that if it’s bad in Washington, it’s bad everywhere, that the government shouldn’t be trusted.”

‘Huge mistrust’ of officials

She would like to see everyone, regardless of political affiliation, who believes politics are bad nationally, fight nationally to change it. “But don’t attack the state, the county or the city without good reason and I see a lot of that happening,” Moore said. “There seems to be a huge mistrust of public officials. That’s very bothersome to me because I’m a very trustworthy person and I’ve always done this job with the utmost honesty and integrity. To have that


Boone County Fiscal Court Commissioner Terri Moore leaves office after eight years. Moore was defeated in the May primary but plans to remain active within Boone County. that everyone is equal and deserves to be listened to.” Moore also notes that the county will now be served by an all-male board. “It’s not that one is any better than the other, but the balance between the two just opens up all the points of view, and it’s not going to be that way,” she said. “I challenge these men to always remember to be kind and compassionate.”

challenged constantly by people’s comments is really disheartening.” Moore advises incoming commissioners to think before they speak and to recognize the work of the county employees who “don’t always get the recognition they deserve.” “Realize that you’re here as a servant to the people and not with a personal agenda,” she said. “And

Debate continues over county grant your speech at the beginning, it was a complete 360 from the things you said at the last meeting,” she said. Doll was concerned about the wording. “When you go to your grant, it says ‘scope of work and budget summary: It is understood the Boone County Gunpowder Creek trail system project will allow the county of Boone to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment by continuing earlier efforts of the county to expand walking and hiking trails in the Gunpowder Creek area of Boone County with the purchase of approximately 85 acres of property and improvements on Gunpowder Creek,” she said. That is why clarifications were made, Moore said. “It will be up to the Fiscal Court to make those decision.” Doll then asked Moore where the county would get money for surveys, new

driveways and archaeological findings. “Eventually that’s going to have to come from us,” she said. According to County Administrator Jeff Earlywine, surveys and appraisals, are “reimbursable expenditures” pursuant to the terms of the grant, while driveway paving is not. “There is no planned use for the property,” Moore said. “I don’t see those things being done.” Moore said he had received a number of compliments from the last meeting “for the county having the vision to move forward.” “We have moved forward applying for the grant, the match for the grant is done by the Boone Conservancy with private dollars,” Moore said. “That’s conservative leadership. We’re not spending one dollar of taxpayer money in acquiring

Texting ban begins Jan. 1 By Stephanie Salmons

Texting while driving will soon begin to cost drivers. Fines will begin Jan. 1 for anyone caught texting while driving and for those under 18 who use a cell phone while driving. Violators will be liable for fines of $25 on a first offense and $50 on each subsequent offense, plus court costs. According to a release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office, there were more than 200 fatalities and 57,000 accidents attributed to driver distraction, inattention

and cell phone usage. The law was signed in April and bans texting for drivers of all ages while the vehicle is in motion. For drivers over 18, it allows the use of global positioning devices and reading, selecting or entering a telephone number or name to make a call. Texting is only allowed to report illegal activities or request medical or emergency aid. Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use any communication devices, such as cell phones or pagers, while the vehicle is moving. Use of a GPS is allowed,

but manually entering information must be done while the vehicle is stopped. Emergency and public safety vehicles are exempt when the use of a personal communication device is essential to the operator’s duties. Boone County Sheriff spokesman Tom Scheben said texting is an issue deputies see occasionally, but not frequently. Enforcement of the law could be difficult, Scheben said. “We would not do this on a day-to-day basis,” he said, “but if we felt texting contributed to a very seri-

ous accident, we’ll actually get a subpoena for their phone records.” The law will have “a little” impact on Boone County drivers, Scheben said. “The ones who are going to obey the law are already obeying. The others ... until someone gets hurt, they don’t recognize the inherent dangers (of texting while driving),” he said. “The bottom line is, it’s a distraction and it’s a heck of a distraction. When you’re driving around in a moving vehicle that weighs up to three tons and going 35 mph, look at the damage you can do by not paying attention.”

Florence, Boone team up for tree recycling Community Recorder Boone County and the city of Florence are teaming up for this year’s Christmas tree recycling program. The program will offer pick-up and drop-off service. Pick-up will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday,

Jan. 5. Trees need to be left at the curbside by 7 a.m. Trees will be taken to a collection point and mulched. If public service employees are needed to clear snow on the pick-up day, trees will be picked up the day after roads are clear. Trees can be dropped off

before 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the following locations: • The Farmer’s Market on Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road. • The old Florence City Building on U.S. 42 next to the library. • Ryle High School

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Some discussion continued at the Dec. 21 Boone County Fiscal Court meeting about a transportation enhancement grant awarded to the county. The county was awarded a $400,140 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to buy 85 acres of land with access to Gunpowder Creek from Lee and Claudine Simpson. The grant required a 20 percent match, $100,135, which would be covered by the Boone Conservancy, a group dedicated to acquiring land through private sector donations for the purpose of land protection and park creation. However, Judge-executive Gary Moore began the Dec. 21 meeting, which took place at the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington, with

a clarification. “The grant can only be used for acquisition of property and affiliated costs,” Moore said. “It cannot be used for trails, for developing the property or for any other kind of usage.” The Dec. 7 vote to proceed with the grant does not bind future Fiscal Court members to purchase the property and if the land is not purchased, the grant will be returned, Moore said. “Over 16 or 17 years, acquiring three properties is not an aggressive taking of land. It’s not an aggressive acquisition to create some sort of a greenway,” Moore said. “This does not revive the greenway plan, it does not revive the trail plans that have been tabled by the planning commission.” Later in the meeting, Union resident Kelly Doll addressed Moore about the intent of the grant. “Though I appreciate


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Longbranch students spend December serving By Justin B. Duke

A new school is setting a tradition of helping the community. Longbranch Elementary has teamed up with Children Inc. for a variety of service learning projects for the month of December. “Every grade level is doing something different,”

said Assistant Principal Jeff Rollins. The grades are doing the following: • Kindergarten – Collecting items for the Boone County Animal Shelter. • First Grade – Holiday box projects for Northern Kentucky Health Department for HIV case management clients. • Second grade – Canned

food drive for Lifeline Ministries and students are raising money buy doing chores around the house to buy dinners for Fairhaven Rescue Mission. • Third Grade – Collecting money to send to Haiti to provide children with missing limbs prosthetics. • Fourth Grade -Selling reindeer pops and collecting the money for a Boone

County Family Resource Center. • Fifth Grade – Providing needed supplies and possible services to a Northern Kentucky Shelter. “Every student in the building is signed up,” Rollins said. The school wanted to get students involved in serving to encourage them to think of more than presents dur-

ing the Christmas season, Rollins said. “Sometimes the kids don’t realize it’s about giving back,” he said. Second-graders will be charting how many cans they bring in their hallway, and they’re getting excited about helping, said teacher Kathy Molen. “They understand they’re helping other people

who are less fortunate,” Molen said. Rollins hopes this year’s projects lead to a tradition of serving. “We’re probably going to make this a yearly thing,” he said. For more about your community, visit

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Mann Elementary School had the “Mann Mingle” on Nov. 6. There were three bounce houses from Leapin’ Lizards, clowns from Dotties Entertainment, games, prizes, bingo, face painting and tattoos. There was also a silent auction where each class put together a basket to auction off. About 300 kids attended. Jake Hanna, Will Swinehart, and Benjamin Schmidt waiting to buy prizes with their tickets.

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Beckfield expands for second time in two years By Justin B. Duke

A small college is working hard to keep up with its growth. Beckfield College in Florence just completed its second expansion in less than two years. “We’ve had just tremendous growth in the last few years,” said president and CEO Diane Wolfer. The newest expansion adds new classrooms, labs, a larger bookstore, a permanent area for the fire arms training simulator (FATS) and private space for students to meet with faculty. “We’re always trying to grow in ways that help our students and the community,” Wolfer said. While criminal justice students use the FATS for

course work, local law enforcement agencies are using it for additional training. FATS allows for the use of real weapons in simulation settings with thousands of branching scenarios that train officers to keep sharp in all situations. The new space adds an additional 10,000 square feet to the campus. The expansion is part of Beckfield’s commitment to offering programs in fields that are hiring. With the new space, the school will be able to add certificate programs for legal nurse consulting and addictions counseling in 2011. Wolfer doesn’t expect Beckfield’s growth to slow, and they’re looking for additional ways to expand. “We’re also looking into

other regions of the Tristate,” Wolfer said. There are no concrete plans for locations or timeframes of when Beckfield will expand, she said. While the school continues to grow, Beckfield works hard to keep the personal feel of the school intact, said Suzanne Deatherage, spokesperson for Beckfield. “Professors know your name here,” Deatherage said. Wolfer continues to lead quarterly awards ceremonies where students get together for food to celebrate the top students and faculty of the quarter. For more information about Beckfield College visit For more about your community, visit


Beckfield College criminal justice students get hands-on training with the Fire Arms Training Simulator System with Steve Jarvis, fire arms training instructor, on hand. The simulator was given a permanent location in Beckfield’s recently completed expansion.


The week at Cooper

• The Cooper girls basketball team beat Williamstown 58-30 in the Stephanie Wilson Holiday Tournament, Dec. 20. Cooper’s top-scorer was Andrea Thompson with 15 points. On Dec. 21, Cooper beat Bellevue 62-30, in the Stephanie Wilson tournament. Cooper’s top-scorer was Rachel King with 13 points. • In wrestling, Cooper beat Bishop Brossart 58-5, Dec. 21. Cooper’s Tanner Erickson, Kyle Hensley and Heidel won by forfeit; Ricky Martin pinned Discar in 20 seconds; John Ransdell pinned E. Ostendorf in 40 seconds; Trent Presnell pinned Baumann in 1 minute, 3 seconds; Bobby Stobart pinned S. Ostendorf in 33 seconds; Andy Gilliland beat Boesch in an 11-2 major decision; Sean Caddell pinned Lloyd in 37 seconds; and Christian Caddell won by forfeit. Also on Dec. 21, Cooper beat Grant County 66-12. Cooper’s Erickson pinned Gripsover in 1 minutes, 18 seconds; Hensley and D. Willoughby both won by forfeit; Heidel pinned Leonard in 49 seconds; Martin pinned L. Willoughby in 47 seconds; Ransdell won by forfeit; Presnell pinned Edwards in 1 minute, 37 seconds; Stobart pinned Lucas in 3 minute, 20 seconds; Gilliland pinned Breeden in 3 minutes, 25 seconds; Johnny Burke pinned M. Willoughby in 3 minutes, 27 seconds; S. Caddell pinned McGee in 38 seconds; and C. Caddell pinned BeardRuth in 11 seconds. • In boys basketball, Cooper beat Newport 73-38, Dec. 22. Cooper’s top-scorer was D’vontae Bradley with 21 points.

The week at Ryle

• The Ryle girls basketball team lost 64-59 to Sacred Heart, Dec. 20. Ryle’s topscorer was Jenna Crittendon with 25 points. On Dec. 21, Ryle beat Community School (Fla.) 48-43 in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Ryle’s Crittendon was her team’s top-scorer with 17 points. On Dec. 22, Ryle beat Franklin County 38-35 in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Ryle’s top-scorer was Abby Jump with 11 points. • In wrestling, Ryle beat Jeffersonville 37-25, Dec. 22. Ryle’s Dallas Pruett pinned Couruer in 3 minutes, 21 seconds; Jon Belk beat Delean in a 12-5 decision; T.J. Ruschell pinned Zupanic in 53 seconds; Corey Ahern beat Vazquez in a 9-1 major decision; Josh Parker beat Browner in a 98-4 decision; Connor Coyle beat Marlin in a 5-2 decision; Court Mace pinned Spangler in 1 minute, 48 seconds; Taylor Pruett pinned Brown in 1 minute, 8 seconds.

The week at Boone

• The Boone County girls basketball team beat Franklin County 52-47, Dec. 20. Boone’s top-scorer was Sydney Moss with 17 points. On Dec. 21, Boone County lost 73-64 to Mercy Academy. Moss had 21 points. On Dec. 22, Boone beat Marion County 71-69 in overtime in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. Top-scorer Moss had 24 points.

The week at Walton

• The Walton-Verona wrestling team beat Scott 5718, Dec. 22. Walton’s Roth, Brown, J. Higgins and P. Higgins all won by forfeit; Compton pinned Soupie in 1 minute, 2 seconds; Logan Jones pinned Miller in 4 minutes, 27 seconds; L. Jones pinned Serren in 3 minutes, 51 seconds; and Page, Hardin and D. Watkins all won by forfeit.

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2010 a strong year for Boone County sports By James Weber

A school year, of course, is August through June, but in this space the Recorder likes to take time to review the highlights of the traditional January to December calendar in the high school and college worlds in Northern Kentucky. • Walton-Verona’s Madison Peace finished 12th in the Class 1A state cross country meet to win a medal. • Ryle senior Gabby Gonzales won her third straight Class 3A regional final and finished second at the state meet for the second straight year. • Walton-Verona won the boys 4x400 relay at the Class 1A state track meet. Zach MacAdams, Humberto Arrendondo, Brandon Brockman and Ben Hoseus were the runners. W-V won 10 medals in the meet and the girls team four. Jacob McIntyre had four medals. • For the first time in the same year, both WaltonVerona basketball teams went to the All “A” Classic

state tournament. Both teams lost in the quarterfinals. The girls team won the 32nd District title in March, their first district title in team history. They had a heartbreaking loss to Anderson County in the Eighth Region semifinals. They had a school record in wins (25). Walton-Verona won a school-record 26 games in softball and 15 in soccer. Lauren Bennett scored 49 goals for the soccer team. • Walton-Verona made the football playoffs for the first time in its short history, beating Bracken County 460 in the first round of the 1A tournament. That game was under the new lights at W-V’s stadium in Verona. W-V lost to Frankfort in the second round to finish 8-4. • Ryle finished second as a team in the state wrestling tournament Feb. 20. Michael Osborne won the state title at 125 and Austin Palmer won it all at 130. Osborne was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the state meet after winning all five matches by pin in an

average of less than two minutes. They led nine state medalists for the Raiders. Mark Hall and Connor Coyle were second, T.J. Ruschell and Zach Roland third, Court Mace fifth, Taylor Pruett seventh and Caleb Lonkard eighth. Walton-Verona’s Clayton Brown was sixth at 103. Cooper’s Sean Caddell was eighth at 171. • Boone County won the Ninth Region in baseball, finishing 27-12 after losing in the round-of-16 to Butler at the state tournament. Seniors are Ronald Cotton, Eric Campbell, Trevor Dunaway, Tyler Deno, Nate Alford, Jacob McGaha, Travis Turner, Mark Wheatly, and Shannon Murphy. • Ryle won the Ninth Region in softball for the fifth time in six years, beating Conner 8-1 in the finals. At state, the Raiders won two games and finished 289. • Boone County lost to Scott County 67-66 in overtime in the girls basketball state quarterfinals.

• Cooper High School continued to make progress as the athletic program entered its third year of existence this fall. Michelle Canterna, a 2010 graduate, became the school’s first Division I college athlete, signing to run track with Kentucky. The Cooper volleyball team went 20-9 this season for the school’s first winning record in a team sport. In football, the Jaguars came close to winning a district game three times. Despite going 3-7, senior running back D’vontae Bradley had one of the best seasons in the area, rushing for 1,878 yards and 25 touchdowns including a Northern Kentucky record 410 against Conner. • The Florence Freedom struggled in 2010 with a 3858 record. The professional baseball team in the Frontier League hired a new manager after the season in Fran Riordan, who has had the most successful career in Frontier League history. • Eight members of Notre Dame Academy’s Class of

2010 were involved in an automobile accident April 16 in Alabama. Maria Schaffstein, who had run track and played soccer at the school, died in the crash. Jessie Russo suffered a serious brain injury and is still recovering at home. Katie Russo, Catie Ammerman, Megan Downing, Krista Noll, Megan Berberich and Jordan Zumdick were also in the accident. • The Kentucky High School Athletic Association decided to sanction bowling as a championship sport beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Bowling has been a club sport in the area for nearly a decade. • Ryle football reached the state semifinals for the second time in school history, losing to Trinity in the Class 6A semifinal in Union. Ryle finished 12-2, beating Highlands along the way to snap the latter’s 37-game winning streak. • Ryle finished eighth in the state boys golf tournament.

THE YEAR IN QUOTES “I had a lot of good reasons to take the Walton job, but I couldn’t find a good reason to leave Cooper. I told them tonight, give me a good reason why I made the right choice. They proved it well tonight. Even though we lost, we fought hard and I’m proud of them.” Walton-Verona wrestling coach Dave Barnes on competing against his former team, Cooper, Jan. 6. “This is a very proud community. They love their basketball. Both our teams are going down there, and we’ll try to go down and win state titles.” W-V head boys basketball coach Dan Trame after the Bearcats won the All “A” 8th Region title in a comeback win over Gallatin County Jan. 23. “I don’t think I would have been as good this year if I hadn’t lost last year. Every time I was training I thought about losing in the last second.” Ryle 2010 graduate Michael Osborne on winning the state wrestling title at 125 pounds.

“I was staring at the ceiling for three hours. It hurt, it stung a lot. It was very shocking... The trainers here and my coaches really wanted me to wrestle. People came up and told me ‘Don’t be a hero,’ but I had it in my mind I could pull through.” Ryle wrestler Court Mace on wrestling the day after suffering a head injury during the state wrestling meet Feb. 20. Mace was hooked up to a stretcher and a neck brace after the injury. “I knew I had to get it and rebound. I got it, kicked it back out, and I thought Annie (Browning) was going to shoot it and she passed it back out to me. No one was guarding me. I saw the clock was running down so I took the shot.” Boone County forward Sydney Moss on a game-tying threepointer in Boone’s loss to Scott County in the Sweet 16. “She’s just a tremendous athlete. The things she does, you just don’t teach kids to do. What

I’m most proud of her about is her defensive play on (Adrienne Tarrence). She showed her versatility in coming out and being able to guard a very good point guard. She has the best hands of any player I’ve ever coached. She’s extremely unselfish.” Boone County head coach Nell Fookes on Moss. “I think he’s the best defensive player in the state. He loves to guard people. Most people don’t like to play defense; it’s hard work. He embraces that.” Ryle boys basketball coach Alan Mullins on guard Mitch McLeish. “Knucks is the greatest. He was the greatest Colonel there was. It makes me happy that we finally got the win.” Ryle baseball coach Pat Roesel after the Raiders won the Scott Knochelman tournament for the first time in its 21-year history. Knochelman was a deceased former assistant coach at Covington Catholic, where Roesel played.

“Haylee’s got that special demeanor you usually don’t see in 13-year-olds. The fact she’s got a great team behind her has allowed her to settle in and throw strikes.” Ryle softball coach Patti Oliverio on pitcher Haylee Smith. “It’s our last race at Walton, so we wanted it. We were the underdogs. We may be little, but we’ve got a lot of heart.” Humberto Arrendondo on Walton-Verona’s state title in the boys 4x400 relay June 5, “He’s the source of where I want to go in my life. It hasn’t been easy at times, but you figure things out and how to approach him. He comes off hard to understand, but once you get to know him, you find that people with disabilities are like everyone else.” Boone County 2010 graduate Adam Sunderhaus on cousin Derek Olmstead, who has a developmental disorder called Angelman Syndrome.

practice about dropping passes, and we call his number and he makes a heck of a catch.” Walton-Verona football coach Jeff Barth on senior Trent Eschan, who made a key reception late in W-V’s 34-28 win over Brossart. “Most guys who play as much as he does get tired. We asked him to return kicks. He could have said ‘Oh man, another job.’ But he was excited about doing that. He never wants to leave the field.” Ryle football coach Bryson Warner on junior standout Travis Elliott. “I told her ‘Great race.’ I tell her she’s amazing, because she really is. I know how hard she tries. She has a great running body and she trains as hard as I do. She deserves everything she gets.” Ryle senior Gabby Gonzales on Sacred Heart senior Emma Brink, who defeated Gonzales to win her fourth straight Class 3A state championship Nov. 13.

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Ryle fares well in split-squad action By James Weber

For the past few years, the Ryle High School wrestling program has had the best of both worlds. The Raiders sent most of their varsity lineup Dec. 1819 to the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Meet to test their mettle against the best of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Their junior varsity and younger wrestlers stayed local to compete for the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference title Dec. 18 at Conner. Ryle finished second in that meet to qualify for the Kentucky state duals competition in January, which is a key measuring stick for the overall state meet in February. “Everybody contributed. Everybody got matches and we substituted a lot,” said assistant coach Rick Barker, who led the Raiders in the


Cooper wrestler Kyle Hensley (right) tries to get the legs of Boone County’s Jacob Allgeier Dec. 18 at the NKAC meet at Conner. meet. “We had to dig a little deeper this year. We brought seven junior high wrestlers. That really helps when you have two teams who can compete.” Ryle finished second to Campbell County in the team standings. Campbell, which had its full varsity lineup competing, won 6318 in a head-to-head

matchup. The tourney format started with 11 teams split into three pools facing each other. A pair of 103-pounders led the way for Ryle. Jacob Erdman and Cody Haynes were undefeated, with all the wins by pin or forfeit. Jon Belk lost once at 119 and Lee Craven was 20 at 119.

Haynes, Belk and Craven were all conference champs at the NKAC JV meet a week earlier. Ryle won the team championship there. In the varsity meet, Ryle edged Cooper 42-39 in pool play, and routed Dixie Heights and Cooper. At the Southwest Ohio meet, T.J. Ruschell was second place at 119, losing to a Moeller wrestler in the championship match, 9-1. He had three pins and a technical fall in the tournament. Connor Coyle was third at 160, and Court Mace fifth at 171. Cory Buckler was eighth at 215. Ryle will test itself in another major Ohio meet Dec. 28-29 in Vandalia, a suburb of Dayton. In other Boone NKAC results, Conner beat Holmes and Newport and lost to Campbell in pool play. Conner beat Cooper in the second stage of the tournament and lost to Simon Kenton’s JV team. Simon was also at

the Glenn Sample meet. Team standings: Campbell County 5-0, Ryle 4-1, Scott 2-2, Simon Kenton 3-1, Conner 3-2, Cooper 2-3, Dixie Heights 3-2, Newport 2-3, Bishop Brossart 0-4, Boone County 0-3, Holmes 0-3. Pool A results: Campbell County 3-0, Conner 2-1, Newport 1-2, Holmes 0-3 Pool B results: Ryle 3-0, Cooper 2-1, Dixie Heights 1-2, Boone County 0-3 Pool C results: Scott 2-0, Simon Kenton 1-1, Bishop Brossart 0-2. First-place round robin: Campbell County def. Ryle 63-18, Ryle def. Scott 4835, Campbell County def. Scott 62-2 Fourth-place round robin: Conner def. Cooper 42-36, Simon Kenton def. Cooper 48-31, Simon Kenton def. Conner 57-24. Seventh-place round robin: Dixie Heights def. Brossart 60-6, Dixie Heights def. Newport 4227, Newport def. Brossart 37-24.



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2010: A year of courage, generosity

While looking back on 2010, I noticed many stories that would make the Top 10 in a typical year. However, this year they were “runners-up.” Apparently 2010 was not your typical year. Here are more stories – including some cases of courage and generosity – making headlines in 2010. A Boone County High School graduate was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 21. Lance Cpl. Adam Peak, 25, of Florence, was a Marine infantryman who was killed by an improvised explosive device. “He was a big-hearted man,” said his father, Bruce Peak. Peak was the third Boone County serviceman to die in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. Boone County reached out to victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. Stephanie England-Grey of Burlington rode horses for 24 hours to raise money for the Red Cross. Our churches, schools and civic clubs jumped into action quickly as well. Ockerman Elementary School raised $1,000 for an orphanage in Carrefour, Haiti. A penny war at Erpenbeck Elementary raised $5,361 for the Red Cross. An individual, Laura Gardner of Hebron Lutheran Church, showed how much difference one person can make, according to a story by Justin Duke. Suffering from sciatica herself, Gardner was inspired by images of amputees in Haiti to collect wheelchairs and crutches for Haitians. Florence residents Bud and Delores Pieper received the Florence Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Award. Married for 56 years, the couple have been the public face of St. Paul Parish’s bereavement ministry. They organize meals then deliver them to fami-

lies of those who’ve died. As noted in our article on the Top 10 stories, a surprising number of restaurants opened in Boone County. Nancy Daly In addition, there were renoSenior vations to many Editor’s facilities includNotebook ing Goodwill, J.C. Penney’s, Microtel Inn and Suites and the Vitamin Shoppe. This is also time to look forward to 2011. Here are some issues you can expect to hear about in the coming year: • World of Sports is being converted into a modern golf facility that will have a miniature golf course with a Kentucky heritage and landmarks theme, a restaurant and an indoor driving range and putting range. • Boone County will leave the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky on June 30, 2011. It will operate its own cable television franchise. • Boone County Public Safety Communications Center will be in the news. Recognizing that Florence has paid more than its fair share for the PSCC, which handles emergency dispatching, the county will need to figure out a new funding formula. Expect to hear a lot about this. As we enter 2011, we take this opportunity to invite readers to let us know what you’d like to see in the Community Recorder. Please send us ideas for stories or your thoughts on our coverage. Happy new year! Nancy Daly (859-578-1059) is senior editor of the Community Recorder in Boone County. You can reach her at




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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Smokers have rights, too

I would like to comment on the lack of interest Boone County seems to have on the issue of the smoking in public places. It is appalling to me that the NKY area is putting its heels in the ground and not insisting that we non-smokers have rights too. The community and country are making great strides in ridding childhood obesity and making lunches healthy and ridding schools of vending machines but we let our kids be exposed to public smoking. Those that choose to be healthy are forced to breathe in the nastiness of cigarette smoke when we are trying to enjoy a night out to dinner or sit at a bar and watch a sporting event. This past summer I read where a young mother was asked to sit outside of a restaurant at Newport on the Levee while she was nursing her baby. Someone actually told her she would be more comfortable if she was outside. Yet, the smokers who pollute their lungs and pollute those around them are still able to be inside in nice cool air-conditioning or warmth of a restaurant. All Northern Kentuckians should join forces and boycott all restaurants and bars that allow smoking. Congratulations to the new Chili’s in Boone County that does not allow smoking, congrat-

ulations to Applebee’s for banning smokers inside their establishment. These are the places my husband and I go and will continue to go. Please, all should join us there. The new Barleycorns that has opened in Boone County allows smoking and from what I hear, it is completely smoked-filled. Boo to them. Tracy Ashworth Union

Letter goofed

I do owe every reader and the Recorder a big apology. I goofed. I didn’t check my facts. Yes, you are right. The 99ers want 99 weeks of unemployment, not 99 months as I stated. That is about two years of unemployment, not over eight years. I am very sorry, especially to the Recorder. I still believe our country and not even the “rich” can sustain endless government spending and that it will be up to all of us to pull ourselves up and lend our neighbors a helping hand. I believe the direction we are heading is to another great Great Depression. It will take courage to get through this. Tax cuts have not been what caused this mess. The rich are not what caused this mess. I am saying our country has been the greatest country on earth in my lifetime, and corruption and lies

are what is causing it to decline on all levels. I do not say to deny unemployment to anyone who has worked hard and now needs help. A civil country will help those in need. Each of us should examine his or herself and be the best we can be. Do not rely solely on government – it serves us, not the other way around. There has never been such maddening government spending in our country before. Carolyn Prater Florence

Toy prices bothersome

I was looking over a few catalogs that I receive, and one of them really caught my attention. It was from one of the largest toy distributors. I was thinking how far toys have come from a simple doll baby and a truck. Wow! But what really bothered me was the prices – $24.95 or “only” $44.95. What if the family had more than one child, and each child woke up to one toy? How do you explain to children when they look up at you and ask, “Is this all Santa left me?” I’ve been on both sides of this dilemma. It isn’t easy especially when “Santa” and his helpers are not working or perhaps in the throes of foreclosure. Again I’ve been there, I know. Isabelle L. Klopsch Burlington

House fires up in December It has been a deadly month for house fires in Kentucky. Four home fires have resulted in 10 deaths, including seven children. Among these totals is the deadly fire that occurred in Ludlow on Dec. 9 which took the lives of 4year-old twins Madison and McKenzie Spencer and their greatgrandmother 72-year-old Nancy “Carol” Spencer. Preliminary investigations indicate the use of “auxiliary heating devices” as the probable cause in all of these fires. The Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association is very concerned about your safety would like to keep you informed of the dangers of auxiliary heating devices, commonly known as space heaters. Statistics show that 50 percnet of fire fatalities occur between

October and February, many due to space heaters. They are dangerous and must be used with extreme care: 1. Place Fire Marshal space heaters from Robert Krebs away walls, bedding, Community furniture, curRecorder tains and other guest c o m b u s t i b l e columnist materials and assure that children cannot get near them. 2. Electric cords used to power electric heaters need to be of proper size to handle the high current draw of these devices. 3. Fill kerosene heaters out of doors.

4. Never leave space heaters unattended and turn them off at night and when leaving home. 5. Working smoke detectors must be in place. The Kentucky State Fire Marshal says lives can be saved by making sure working smoke detectors are in place and by making sure your family has an escape plan. Kids should know what to do in case of a fire, where to meet their family outside, and never to go back into a burning building to try to get a toy or pet. For more “Winter Fire Safety Tips” visit the Kentucky Fire Marshal’s website at gov/fp. For questions, please contact your local fire department. Robert Krebs is fire marshal of the Florence Fire Department.

Schickel wishes best for 2011 PATRICIA A. SCHEYER/CONTRIBUTOR

Wreaths honor veterans

Cadet Airman Zachary Thurkill presents his holiday wreath to Marine Sgt. Brian Dufresne at Independence Cemetery on Dec. 11. Members of Boone County’s Civil Air Patrol placed wreaths for each branch of service.

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We can make resolutions any time of the year, but most of us choose New Year’s Day to begin that new diet or make some other change in our life. That’s not surprising. New Year’s is a time of new beginnings, fresh starts, and do-overs. The month of January was named for the Roman god Janus, the god of endings and beginnings who was usually shown with two faces, one facing each direction. As we look ahead to 2011, we would be wise to look back to 2010 to see what we accomplished and what we could have done better. After all, learning from the past is our best hope of building a better future. We in the Senate are pleased that despite all the pressure, my colleagues and I managed to fight off more spending in Frankfort. As deadlines approach, there is

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make it through the General Assembly, but of course that is always the case. We will work on those this year. The 21st Century Bill of Rights and more equitable funding for our Northern Kentucky schools and fight unfunded mandates. This will benefit all Kentuckians. 2011 is a new year with fresh possibilities. Who knows where the next 52 weeks will take us? We in the Northern Kentucky Caucus of the Kentucky General Assembly will work to make 2011 a better year for all Kentuckians. It is an honor to serve you in the Kentucky State Senate. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th Senate District, which includes Boone and Gallatin counties and part of Kenton County. He welcomes your concerns or comments toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or online at



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Workers put the finishing touches on Longbranch Elementary, Boone County Schools’ 22nd school. The school opened in August.

The year in photos


As 2010 draws to a close, here’s a chance to look back at some of the memorable events of the year in Boone County. The year featured new development, heated elections and some fun sprinkled in here and there. So before we ring in 2011, let’s take a look back at what we’ve seen in 2010.


Julie Giancola of Burlington takes 2-year-old William Ligon of Petersburg down the Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair slide.


Mary Ann Fedders of Florence visits the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial that was in Florence in October.


Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore celebrates his victory over Cathy Flaig in the Republican primary. Moore won the primary by 74 votes.


An audience of 800 were on hand as master of ceremonies Gary Stewart led the annual Florence Rotary Club Christmas Concert. The concert raised $5,100 to benefit local residents battling cancer.


After employees put the most money in his pot for a United Way fundraiser Bank of Kentucky Executive Vice President Mark Exterkamp has his head shaved by barber Forrest Stamper.


Gateway Community and Technical College opened its Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Florence this year.


Florence Barleycorn’s owners Ken Heil, left, and Joe Heil laugh as Mayor Diane Whalen presents them a Florence Y’all water tower bobblehead during the restaurant’s opening.


Republican Kenny Brown defeated Democratic incumbent Rena Ping to become Boone County clerk. Ping was the only Democratic elected official in Boone County. Starting in 2011, all offices will be held by Republicans.


Employees of AMS Construction put in electric lines for street lights planned as part of the Mall Road reconstruction project.The first phase of the project ended Oct. 31.The second phase is expected to end in October 2011.



Florence father, son tackle media needs By Justin B. Duke


Trimming of the green

A group of Ryle High School Seniors gather at the Christmas tree during the “Trimming of the Green” ceremony Dec. 4 at Ryle High School. The tree was officially lit by Principal Matt Turner followed by the hanging of an ornament. Each ornament represented each sport/organization to honor this year’s theme, “The Importance of Giving.” There were speakers, a reading of “On the Night Before Christmas,” music from the Ryle wind ensemble and a performance by the Ryle Choir. This photo was submitted via

Tom and Jon Szabo are the father and son team that make up Florence-based Red Orbit Media. Red Orbit has been in business for three years. The two offer media production for weddings, dance recitals and other events along with filming promotional videos. “Our standard procedure is to use a multi-cam setup,” said Tom, the father. By having multiple cameras, Red Orbit is able to create professional looking videos for anyone’s memorable moments, he said. “It’s not Grandpa Joe using


Father and son duo Tom, back, and Jon Szabo run Florence-based Red Orbit Media. a camcorder,” Tom said. Along with video recording, Red Orbit offers additional services like website design and multimedia presentation production. “The latest thing we’ve gotten into is media transfer,” Tom said.

Media transfer allows old home movies that are on outdated formats like VHS to be transferred to DVD. For more information about Red Orbit Media and a list of services offered visit or call 859-750-9145.


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Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Florence, 60 Cavalier Blvd., Drop off a new toy or monetary donation made to Shriners Hospital. Benefits treatments for children at Shriners Hospital. 859-5257900; Florence.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, More than 25 interactive buttons, 250 feet of track and opportunity to be engineer of train. 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. 859261-7444; Newport.


Extreme Karaoke Ladies’ Nite, 9 p.m.-midnight, WilKat Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, Ladies receive happy hour prices all night long. 859-746-3600; Florence. Woodies Karaoke, 10 p.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, 859-282-1264; Florence.


Holiday Race Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Live thoroughbred racing. Free admission, free parking. 859-3710200. Florence.


Youth Association Winter2 League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mount Zion, 10094 Investment Way, For recreational basketball, school league basketball, AAU basketball, girls’ volleyball, bowling, indoor soccer and flag football. $75$95. Registration required. 859-372-7754; Union. Youth Association Winter 2 Adult League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mount Zion, 10094 Investment Way, For basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer. $300-$525. 859-372-7754; Union. F R I D A Y, D E C . 3 1



Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron. Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 859-261-6777; Covington.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Scuba Santa’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, 6-8 p.m., 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. 888-5824253; Petersburg.


Papadosio NYE, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With the Werks and the Skeetones. Doors open 8 p.m. $20. 859-4912444; Covington.


Land and Lights Holiday Tours, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, 1 Levee Way, Land-only tour highlighting area’s best light displays and holiday traditions. $15, $11 children. 859-815-1439; Newport.

Land and Lights Holiday Tours, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, $15, $11 children. 859-815-1439; Newport. S U N D A Y, J A N . 2


Filly Tracks Art Show, Noon-6 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.


Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. 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.


Matt Cowherd and Jamie Combs, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.




New Year’s Day Brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-491-8027. Covington.


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, 6-8 p.m., Creation Museum, 888-5824253; Petersburg.


Kentucky Myle, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence.





Taken, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 859-342-7000; Erlanger. 4th Day Echo, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport. Finesse Mitchell, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Jefferson Hall’s New Year’s Eve Bash will be 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, with live music by 4th Day Echo, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors included. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with happy hour specials including a complimentary appetizer buffet, $2 domestic bottles, well drinks and glasses of wine and $3 bombs from 7-9 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $20. Tickets can be purchased at Jefferson Hall or online at For more information call 859-491-6200. Jefferson Hall is located at 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Newport. Pictured is Sheryl Maile of Union and Dawn Hagedorn of Hebron at Jefferson Hall’s New Year’s Eve Bash last year. Middle School Mondays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Wii gaming and snacks. Teens ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron.

COMMUNITY DANCE Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., StepN-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-2912300; Covington.


Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Florence, 859-525-7900; Florence.


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People We Knew/Didn’t Know, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-2922322; Covington. Filly Tracks Art Show, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

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Open Gaming, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Teens ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Finesse Mitchell, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Land and Lights Holiday Tours, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, $15, $11 children. 859-815-1439; Newport. M O N D A Y, J A N . 3


People We Knew/Didn’t Know, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-2922322; Covington.


Filly Tracks Art Show, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.


Twig, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Tween interest group to share ideas. Ages 8-12. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron. Teen Cafe, 3-5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Friends, video games, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

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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. 859-4914003; Covington.

Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-6523348. Newport.


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. 859-4914003; Covington.


Teen Advisory Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Help plan programs, recommend books and materials and earn volunteer hours. Ages 12-17. Includes pizza. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Teen Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Xbox 360, Wii, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Kings Day Celebration, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Visit from the Wisemen. Pictures, snacks and gifts. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665; Florence.


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. 859-4914003; Covington.


Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.


Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.

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Karaoke, 7-11 p.m., Papa’s Pub, 290 Main St., Beer Garden. 859-371-5567. Florence. Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., $8 domestic buckets and $2 wells. 859-5813700. Newport.


Mommy & Me Time, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn, cartoons and movies on lane screens. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859-6257250; Newport. Open Gaming, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Ladies ROKK, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, With 4th Day Echo. 859491-6200; Newport.


Comedy Night, 7:30 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave.859-2611029; Latonia.


Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 859-581-7625; Newport.


Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. Bring lunch; drinks provided. $2. Through Aug. 16. 859-431-2543. Covington.


Donny Bray and Jeff Tolle, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859491-6200. Newport. Bob Cushing, 7-11 p.m., Applebee’s-Crestview Hills, 30 Crestview Hills Mall Road, 859-3416708. Crestview Hills.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington. W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 5

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Holiday Junction keeps choo chooing its way through the Cincinnati Museum Center until Jan. 2. The model train winter wonderland and train exhibit includes Cincinnati’s own Carlisle & Finch model trains. The museum also hosts Toys Through Time for the holiday season through Jan. 2. The exhibit shows favorite games, toys and dolls of yesteryear. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. All museums admission is $12.50; $8.50 ages 3-12; $11.50 ages 60 and up. One museum admission is $8.50; $6.50; and $7.50. Call 513-287-7000 or visit

Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965. Lakeside Park.


The Taft Museum of Art celebrates old Christmas favorites with “Antique Christmas” through Jan. 9. The galleries will be decked with vintage decorations from the 1890s to the 1940s, pictured. In the Keystone Gallery, on display is “The Colors of Christmas: Victorian Paper Decoration,” adornments used to create homemade ornaments and decorations in the 19th and early 20th century. Admission is $8, $6 students and seniors and free for under 18. Free for all on Sundays. Call 513-241-0343 or visit


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December 30, 2010


How many kinds of time are there in our lives? As we prepare to enter another calendar year, it might benefit us to reflect for a moment on time. We seldom think of time. Probably a fish seldom thinks of water and just lets it all slip by. The ancient Greeks had two words for time. One was the word chronos and the other was kairos. They operate in our lives all the time, though chronos is usually what we understand by time. Chronos time is time in a quantitative sense. It is the kind of time we can count and divide into minutes, days and years. It’s the kind of time we can calculate on our clocks and watches, the kind we measure on our calendars and planners. It’s the time we feel runs out on us, goes faster than it should, and wreaks havoc with our joints and supple bodies. This is the kind of time with which we are the most familiar – and with which we expect God to be the

most familiar. Kairos, the other Greek word, means time in a qualitative sense not the kind the clock or calendar measures. In Father Lou fact, it can’t be Guntzelman measured at all. Perspectives It’s the time that is characterized by what happens in it. In the Bible, kairos time is often translated as “the fullness of time,” or, “now’s the right time.” A businessman may have been struggling with what decision to make for his company, or his family. Eventually he comes to the deep realization that “This is what I should choose! Now it’s the right time to act!” Kairos time occurs when we realize and feel within ourselves

As we prepare to enter another calendar year, it might benefit us to reflect for a moment on time. We seldom think of time. it’s the appropriate time, “to grow up,” “to be more responsible,” or “to apologize,” or to “kill this drug habit once and for all.” Kairos time is more important than chronos because it usually affects our lives and futures the most. It indicates that something is happening inside us for our betterment. Some people’s lives can become sterile and small when they become deaf to the kairos urges of their soul. Cohabitating couples may avoid thinking and reaching a “fullness of time” to say “It’s time to get married; or, to end this relationship.” There could be a 30-year-old

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man, still living at his parent’s home and watching TV all day, who keeps smothering kairos feelings that have been calling for years saying, “It’s time! Get up off your duff and make something of your life!” But he refuses to listen. Without kairos times, one’s life becomes merely a string of years that have lost any identifying and personal characteristics. The only markers in our lives then come from outside us: when at 16 we can get a driver’s license; at 21 begin to legally drink; and at 65 retire. The years in between become memorable only because our town’s home team “won ‘em all that year,” or “it was the year we had that big flood.” There is no way we can develop our soul just by watching and waiting for the months and years to go by. Chronos time does nothing to

the soul, it only enfeebles the body. There is no way to cultivate our souls in a hurry. Great and soulful events like falling in love, opening our hearts to God, giving birth to ideas or babies or creativity do not match to the tick-tock of the clock measuring chronos time. When we get lost in chronos time, which can quickly become stress-time, we lose track of what time it is in our life, and the life itself. What can we wish for each other in this new year? We can wish for a marriage – a marriage of chronos and kairos. These are the right and left hemispheres of the incarnate Spirit that keeps calling us to wholeness. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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French ‘toast’ the new year with breakfast casserole I remember my parents saying, “where did the year go?” and I would hardly understand what they were talking about since, when you’re young, even a month is a long time. Now I get it! I hope the New Year finds you with good health, family and friends, and lots of good food to share. In thinking about a whole year of writing columns, it couldn’t be done without the wonderful staff I work with, like Gary Presley and Lisa Mauch, my “go to” editors. I’m looking forward to another year with each of you, and especially enjoy your shared recipes.

French toast casserole

I love this recipe from celebrity “down home” Southern cook Virginia Willis. My friend, Perrin Rountree, another Southern gal, told me I had to get this book. I’m not disappointed. Virginia is the kind of cook who makes you feel right at home while whipping up

incredibly delicious food. This casserole is good for a New Year’s brunch. For more about Virginia and her book “Bon Appetit, Y’All” by Ten Speed Press ($32.50) check out her website at Don’t pass up her Southern pantry, either. Awesome rubs and mixes. This is my adaptation of her French toast casserole from the book. 1

⁄2 stick butter, melted 1 cup packed light brown sugar About 11⁄2 pounds French bread, sliced 11⁄2-inch thick 8 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger 3 ⁄4 cup chopped pecans Confectioners’ sugar Maple syrup Combine butter and sugar in baking dish. Arrange bread in dish. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, spices. Pour over bread, let-

ting soak in. Top with nuts. Cover and refrigerate three hours or up to 12 hours. Remove to take chill off, about 20 minutes. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven until browned and set, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Sift sugar on top. Serve with maple syrup.

Baked Dijon salmon

Keegan’s Seafood, in Anderson Township has return customers due to Tom Keegan going to unbelievable lengths to bring his customers the best. Tom’s philosophy: Buy the best and prepare it simply. Here’s his recipe for baked salmon. 1

⁄4 cup butter, melted 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 11⁄2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoon butter 1 ⁄4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped pecans 4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 4 (4-ounce) fillets

salmon Salt and pepper to taste 1 lemon, for garnish Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir butter, mustard and honey together. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, pecans and parsley. Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, then sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with fork. Season to taste. Seafood and oyster shucking video: On my blog at and www.Keegan’

Tomato avocado bruschetta

Brush slices of French bread with olive oil and toast. Spread guacamole on top. Sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice and top with chopped tomato. Season to taste.

Hoppin’ John

This recipe is in a book that starts the New Year out right: “America’s Test

Kitchen Light & Healthy 2011: The Year’s Best Recipes Lightened Up” ($35). According to the book, in the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia, eating hoppin’ John at the start of the new year is said to bring 365 days of good luck. The editors of Chris Kimball’s test kitchen have come up with lots of my favorites, simplified and healthier, yet with no loss of flavor. From snacks to soups to mains to desserts, this book will steer you right. I especially like the Hoppin’ John recipe for New Year’s Day. Check out my online column at for it.

Peppermint bark update

This candy has now reached cult status. Some of you are having trouble with the bark separating. Here’s tips from my webmaster, John, who says patience is the key. John lets the first layer set up for 20 minutes (barely set up), then lets it sit out

for a few minutes b e f o r e spreading Rita on the Heikenfeld w h i t e chocolate Rita’s kitchen which he cools for four minutes before spreading. Before cutting, he lets it sit on the foil out of the pan for 20 minutes before cutting.

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Gurus in your backyard

I like featuring recipes from your favorite delis, restaurants, shops, independent grocers, etc. I know there are still lots of these folks around and we need to keep them here. Let me know about them. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Nicole R. Keil, 26, shoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 17. Jason T. Dartnall, 40, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Farmview Dr., Nov. 18. Carla V. Collins, 34, possession of drug paraphernalia at 6801 Sebree Dr., Nov. 18. Matthew W. Lee, 23, receiving stolen property under $500, controlled substance not in proper container at 8426 Pheasant Dr., Nov. 19. Allie N. Skirvin, 18, shoplifting at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 19. Kristy M. Dobbs, 31, shoplifting at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 19. Susan M. Price, 31, shoplifting at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 19. Kelli L. Harmon, 29, shoplifting at Burlington Pk., Nov. 19. Tracy A. Fields, 45, shoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 19. Bobbi S. Gibson, 43, criminal possession of a forged instrument at Dream St., Nov. 20. Ibrahim Hasanpahic, 40, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 8050 U.S. 42, Nov. 21. Katrenia M. Brackens, 39, shoplifting at 7641 Dixie Hwy., Nov. 21. Alycia Scott, 22, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Nov. 22. Latoya C. Carter, 21, shoplifting at 5000 Mall Rd., Nov. 22. Wilbur Dunaway, 33, DUI at Turfway Rd., Nov. 15. Robert A. Cogsville, 26, receiving stolen property at Ky. 9, Nov. 15. Gerald E. Evans, 25, receiving stolen property at Ky. 9 , Nov. 15. Steve C. Buchanan, 55, public intoxication at 10429 Michael Drive, Nov. 15.

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Dwane A. Cochran, 41, shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., Nov. 16. Thomas M. Ernst, 31, possession of controlled substange, second degree, first offense at I-275, Petersburg exit, Nov. 16. Amy Francis, 31, public intoxication; disorderly conduct, second degree; possession of controlled substance, second degree at 2847 Douglas Dr., Nov. 16. Quentin D. Clark, 37, DUI, reckless driving, operating on suspended or revoked license, failure to produce insurance card at Conrad Ln., Nov. 16. Herbert E. Works, 31, operating on suspended or revoked operating license; dui; possessing license when privileges are revoked; possessing controlled substance; drug paraphernalia at I-75 South, Nov. 15. Terry W. Smith, 53, DUI at 1779 Tanglewood Ct. , Nov. 20. George W. Daniels, 31, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia at Sebree Dr., Nov. 19. Jacob Fleek, 40, reckless driving, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle at 40 Logistics Blvd., Nov. 18. Casey A. Seibert, 33, careless driving, DUI, failure to produce insurance card, no registration receipt at North Bend Rd., Nov. 19.

Incidents/Reports Burglary

Residence broken into and items taken at 10754 Kimberly Dr., Nov. 24. Residence broken into and items taken at 6092 Taylor Dr., Nov. 15. Residence broken into and items taken at 14639 Brown Rd., Nov. 21. Burglary, third degree at 8025 Bluegrass Dr., Nov. 20.

Money stolen at 385 Mt. Zion Rd., Nov. 21. Burglary, second degree at 179 Weber Ln., Nov. 17.

Criminal mischief

Vehicles vandalized at 1020 Burlington Pk., Nov. 15. Structure vandalized at 2416 Treetop Ln., Nov. 15. Structure vandalized at Stephenson Mill Rd., Nov. 21. Destroyed property at 10546 Buck Crossing, Nov. 15. Destroyed property at 1805 Timber Ln., Nov. 15. Items destroyed at 6448 Pepperwood Dr., Nov. 21. Items destroyed at 6448 Pepperwood Dr., Nov. 19.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

Subject used counterfeit money at Kroger at 9950 Berberich Dr., Nov. 22.


Possession of controlled substance, second degree at I-275, Nov. 16.

Drugs, failure to maintain insurance

Possession of controlled substance, third degree; possession of marijuana; failure of owner to maintain required insurance at I-75 South, Nov. 17.

Drugs, public intoxication, disorderly conduct

Possession of controlled substance, second degree; public intoxication; disorderly conduct, second degree at 2857 Douglas Dr., Nov. 15.

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Controlled substances siezed from subjects at 6461 River Rd., Nov. 23.

Operating on suspened license, DUI, possessing license

Operating on suspended or revoked license, DUI, possessing license when privileges are revoked at I75 South, Nov. 15.

Possession of forged instruments

Criminal possession of forged instrument, first degree at 5960 Centennial Cir., Nov. 20.

Stolen property

Officers recovered stolen property at residence at 8426 Pheasant Dr., Nov. 19.


Subject tried to steal goods from Kohl’s at 61 Spiral Dr., Nov. 17. Subject tried to steal merchandise from Walmart at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 19. Subject attempted to steal merchandise at the Florence Mall at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 19. Subject attempted to steal merchandise at the Florence Mall at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 19. Subject tried to steal goods from Kroger at 6920 Burlington Pk., Nov. 19. Subject tried to shoplift goods from Meijer at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 19. Subject tried to steal goods from business at 7641 Dixie Hwy., Nov. 21. Subject attempted to steal merchandise at the Florence Mall at 5000 Mall Rd., Nov. 22.

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 police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 647-5420. Items taken from residence at 557 Lassing Way, Nov. 23. Victim’s purse snatched from them by subject at 636 Chestnut Dr., Nov. 22. More than $20,000 in items taken from building at 6028 Camp Ernst Rd., Nov. 23. More than $3,000 in property stolen from business at 7505 Burlington Pk., Nov. 12. Items stolen from La Quinta Inn at 250 Meijer Dr., Nov. 20. Items taken from residence at 550 Mount Zion Rd., Nov. 15. Money stolen from coin machine at 282 Richwood Rd., Nov. 15. Items taken at 6760 Burlington Pk., Nov. 15. Items stolen at 1483 Jamike Ave., Nov. 22. Items stolen, property destroyed at Locust St., Nov. 15. Items stolen at 11822 Old Lexington Pike, Nov. 15. Jewelry stolen at 37 Johnson St., Nov. 15. Shoplifting at 635 Chestnut Dr., Nov. 16. Shoplifting at 9950 Berberich Dr., Nov. 16. Theft by unlawful taking from auto at Tiburon Dr., Nov. 21. Items stolen at 10363 Lanes End, Nov. 21. Car, items stolen at 10784 Calle Margarette, Nov. 21. Clothes, items stolen at 602 Waterlot Ct., Nov. 21. Stolen farm equipment at 14639

Brown Rd., Nov. 19. Items stolen at 2484 Venetian Way, Nov. 19. Items stolen at 3680 Langley Dr., Nov. 19. items stolen at 3680 Langley Dr., Nov. 18. items stolen at 7401 Thunder Ridge Dr., Nov. 18. Money stolen at 13050 Walton Verona Rd., Nov. 18.

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December 30, 2010

Rotary hears about Kentucky aviation “A mile of highway will take you one mile ... but a mile of runway will take you anywhere in the world!” This quote was used by Henry Lackey, deputy commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Aviation, to stress the advantages for Kentucky’s towns and cities of having an airport. Talking about general aviation in Kentucky at a recent Florence Rotary Club meeting, he said that an airport is the single most important mile of asphalt in

a community. He focused not so much on large international airports like CVG, but on smaller local airports throughout the state. Economic development is linked to a local airport. “Each dollar spent by aviation and/or aviation dependent business generated an additional $1.52 in economic activity,” he said. According to information gathered from a commonwealth of Virginia study, aviation-related businesses and their employees annually contribute $105 million

in local taxes. Also, aviation facilities attract new industry, and visitors arriving by air spend about $70 per day in a geographical area. Many corporate entities determine where to locate based on a local airport. “When corporate America comes to your city, they don’t come by car or bus or by boat, they come by plane,” he said. “The size of the airport, and especially the length of the runway, is critical. There are more than 60 airports in Kentucky and only a por-

tion of them have runways longer than 5,000 feet. A big challenge is to acquire an additional 1,500 feet in order to extend to 6,500 feet of runway allowing plenty of safety for large corporate jets,” Lackey said. Helping economic development is not the only advantage of having an airport or heliport. For one, they can provide for emergency disaster relief. The New Madrid fault is a potential earthquake threat for much of Kentucky. In May 2011, five states will take

About Florence Rotary For information about the weekly meetings, guest speakers, and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Greg Palmer, president, at or 859282-1220. Visit the group’s website at Florence Rotary meets weekly on Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. part in the New Madrid Earthquake Exercise. Twenty-four counties in western Kentucky will be involved in this training. All airports in the central and western sections of the state will play some part in this mock exercise. Emergency service is another advantage. The Helicopter Medical Emer-

DEATHS Wanda “June” Burns, 85, of Union, died Dec. 19, 2010. She was a member of St. Timothy Church and the Red Hatters Club. Her husband, Robert Anthony Burns; a daughter, Barbara Burns; and grandchildren, Sarah Jo Hunt and Emily Suzanne Rittinger, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Mike Burns, Randy Burns and Danny Burns; daughters, Mary Burns, Becky Dozier, Donna Burns, Pam Hunt, Dee Hamm and Missy Rittinger; brother, Jim Hager; 27 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Memorial: Sarah Jo Hunt Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Paul Church, 7301 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mary J. DeFosa

Mary J. DeFosa, 67, of Florence, died Dec. 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Larry DeFosa, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Bridget DeFosa.

Lanora June Edwards

Lanora June Edwards, 84, of Dry Ridge, died Dec. 20, 2010, at Grant Manor Health Care Center, Williamstown. She was a member of the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church and retired after more than 22 years as a shipping-order clerk at Levi Strauss & Company, Hebron. Her brother Kenneth Geiden and sisters Laverne Collins and Arlene Swanson died previously. Survivors include sons, Kenneth Luther Crouch of Bryan, Ohio, Donald J. Crouch and Kevin Ray Edwards of Dry Ridge; brother, Riley Kinman of Erlanger; sisters, Velma Whipple of Chicago, Ill., Lois Hall and Margie Beers of Florence; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Dry Ridge, KY; Gideons International, P.O. Box 222, Williamstown, KY 41097; or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.

Dorthea L. Eichelberger

Dorthea L. Eichelberger, 92, of Florence, formerly of Fort Wright, died Dec. 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired legal secretary at Louis Nippert Law Firm,

Ernest Elliott Jr.

Ernest Elliott Jr., 85, of Latonia, died Dec. 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired after 48 years as a machinist and foreman with Michael Art Bronze in Northern Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Lee Elliott of Latonia; daughter, Sherry Baxter of Covington; sister, Shirley Wermeling of Covington; brother, Michael Elliott of Florence; and one grandchild. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.




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Richard Thomas Pilger, 70, of Union, died Dec. 23, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a diagnostics sales manager with Hoffman LaRoche, a Kenton County sheriff and court bailiff and a member of Kenton County F. O. P and St. Timothy Church. Survivors include his wife, Kitty McGrath Pilger of Union; daughters, Cheryl Schultz of Fort Mitchell, Lisa Alford of Edgewood and Vanessa Pilger of Cincinnati; sons, Jeffrey Pilger of Fort Mitchell, Richard A. Pilger of West Chester, Ohio, and William O’Neil of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Pamela Pilger of Edgewood; brother, Mark Pilger of Florence; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials: American Lung Association, 4050 Executive Park Drive No. 402, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

Shirley E. Rink

Shirley E. Rink, 84, of Florence, died Dec. 22, 2010, at Florence Park Care Center. Her husband, Carl H. Rink; son William “Billy” Gross, and sister, Alma Ret, died previously. Survivors include sons, Daniel Rink of Florence and Michael Gross of Cincinnati; daughter, Cindy Gross of Cincinnati; brother, Howard Frohman; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Jack Satchwell

Jack Satchwell, 71, of Florence, died Dec. 20, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a real estate agent and member of the Florence United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Bernatt Satchwell of Florence; son, Dean Satchwell of Round Rock, Texas; daughters, Dedra Young of Paint Lick and Danna Tuggle of Lancaster; sisters, Donnie Flynn and Mary Arnold of Florence, Patsy Keeton of Versailles and Melba Stewart of Louisville; brother, Vic Satchwell of Sparta; and eight grandchildren. Memorial: Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence, KY 41042 or M. D.


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Frank J. Schwartz

Frank J. Schwartz, 80, of Florence, died Dec. 25, 2010, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a retired railroad worker with Southern Railroad, served in the U.S. Army and was a member of The Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky Senior Services and St. Vincent De Paul. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Moellman Schwartz; daughter, MaryAnn Gowdy of Hartsburg, Mo.; sons, Peter Schwartz of Verona, Jeff Schwartz of Quality, Ky., Tim Schwartz of Florence and Mark Schwartz of Okeana, Ohio; two brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial: Housing Opportunities of NKY, 502 Fry St., Covington, KY 41011.

Zola ‘Vicki’ Wettig

Zola “Vicki” Wettig, 86, of Elsmere, died Dec. 21, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a color artist for Osborne Studio. Her former husband, Gordon Lester Adams; her brother, Dean Newport; and sisters, Marie and Clara, died previously. Survivors include her husband, John T. Wettig Sr. of Elsmere; sons, Richard Gordon Adams of Erlanger, Mark Len Adams of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Greg Nelson Adams of Florence; stepson, John T. Wettig Jr. of Covington; brother, Frank Newport of Oneida, Tenn.; sister, Eleanor Curtis of Kingston, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH or Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.

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