Page 1


A total of 212 children and their families recently came to visit Santa at Anderson Township Park District’s sixth annual Santa’s Workshop at Beech Acres Park RecPlex.



Your Community Press newspaper serving Anderson Township, California, Mount Washington, Newtown 50¢



Twp. to study future land use » Katherine Keough-Jurs, city of Cincinnati » Jeff Rosa, Sibcy Cline » Tim Gilday, Hamilton County engineers » Eric Miller, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce » Lt. Mike Hartzler, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

By Lisa Wakeland

Warm gifts

NEWTOWN — The Newtown Quilt Club is proving that a quilt can be used for more than simply staying warm on a cold day. The club, which has been meeting for more than two years, consists of 10 members who gather once a week to knit quilts that are often given to sick children, veterans or anyone who requests one. Founder Pauline Murrie said the group has already handed out 50 quilts to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 35 to Hospice and 15 to St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, along with numerous others to veterans returning home from overseas. See story, A2

Pay it forward

ANDERSON TWP. — For the sixth year in a row, neighbors in the Turpin Hills subdivision of Anderson Township have been challenged to “Pay It Forward” to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. Teachers from Mason Middle School joined the Turpin Hills neighbors to contribute $5,500 this year, for a six-year total of $27,767 to help families and their critically ill children seeking medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. See story, B4

Food trends Find out what some of the “hot” food trends are for 2012, which happen to have been part of Rita Heikenfeld’s repertoire before becoming trendy. See story, B3

Contact us

News ..........................248-8600 Retail advertising ..............768-8196 Classified advertising .........242-4000 Delivery ........................576-8240 See page A2 for additional information

Vol. 51 No. 40 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Anderson Township is moving forward to update its plan for land near the Ohio River. Township trustees recently appointed an Ohio Riverfront Plan Steering Committee that will work with consultants to assess current land uses and plan for future uses near the Ohio River in the southern section of the community. The area is comprised of businesses, parks, residential neighborhoods and entertainment venues. The area along Kellogg Avenue from roughly Coney Island amusement park to the Clermont County line and north to Interstate 275 is included in the planned update. This will be an update of the 2002 Ohio Riverfront Plan and will primarily focus on land use, said Melissa Hays, the township’s planning and zoning director. “We’ll be looking at the environmentally sensitive areas and the current uses (along the Ohio Riverfront) and how we can balance the land uses that are down there,” she said, adding that the update will also look at future infrastructure needs for the area. The steering team is comprised of business and property owners along the Ohio Riverfront as well as neighborhood representatives and other stakeholders. That group will meet with the

Neighborhood representatives

» Mike Hardy, Wynds of Anderson » Andy Smith and Daniel Early, Riverby » Buck Niehoff, Forestville Realty » Bill Rust, Kentucky View

Anderson Township recently selected its steering team for the Ohio Riverfront Plan update. It includes business owners, residents and other stakeholders near the Ohio River in the southern part of the township. FILE PHOTO consultants and among themselves during the update process. There will be two public meetings, tentatively scheduled for mid-February and mid-May, and the whole process should wrap up this summer, Hays said. Trustee Kevin O’Brien said he’s pleased with the diverse representation on the steering committee, and this update is important because the future potential of the Ohio Riverfront area is “absolutely enormous.” Hays said there are three main objectives to the plan update, which includes future land use/development, economic development and implementation measures.

Township committee representatives

Here’s the list of Ohio Riverfront Plan steering committee members:


» Vic Nolting, Coney Island » Matt Dunne, Riverbend and Cincinnati Symphony » Kevin Kaufman, River Downs and Pinnacle Entertainment » John Kimmel, Cargill » Ken Kushner, Anderson Township Park District » Pradeep Varma, Marathon gas station » Dave Wykoff, Dave Wykoff Landscaping and Lawn » Tim Wykoff, Wykoff Landscape and Maintenance

» Brian Sanders, Betterment and Beautification » Ron Edgerton, Greenspace » Jay Lewis, Development and Transportation advisory » Tony Ravagnani and Pinky Kocoshis, Transportation Advisory » Paul Kitzmiller and Jack Hannessian, Economic Development

Additional residents » Mike Maynard » David Dorn » Matt Wehmeyer » Diana Rigg » Lisa Farrar » Steve Sahlfeld » Mark Fyffe

American Indian museum planned By Rob Dowdy


With approval from the state agency funding the project, Newtown officials are proceeding with their plans for a Native American museum. Cosby The village has a $300,000 Native American Artifacts grant from the Ohio Facilities Commission to create the museum. Village officials have been working to determine the location of the museum and the best use of the funds. Newtown officials have begun work on a request Tiettmeyer for proposals to send out to architects to assist with the organization and renovation of the museum. Mayor Curt Cosby said the village’s Native American museum will be located in the former fire station, 3537 Church St., along with the village administration. He said the configuration of the

Newtown’s proposed Native American museum will be located in the former fire station, 3537 Church St., along with the village administration offices. FILE PHOTO building is yet to be determined. “We’ve got to figure out the setup,” he said. “That will be determined by the architectural design.” Councilman Curt Tiettmeyer said the village has until May to

make its final proposal to the Ohio Facilities Commission on its plans for the museum. He said a recent meeting with the state agency went well, with the village getting approval to proceed with the museum.

“It’s really between now and May for us to finalize how the displays will be handled and what it’ll look like,” Tiettmeyer said.


50% OFF


Watch Battery

513.474.9333 ! 8429 Beechmont Ave ! By Radio Shack ! Cincinnati, OH 45255 ! Open Mon-Sat 9:30 am - 6 pm

Expires 01/31/12

Any single item Limit 1 per customer

25% OFF

Jewelry Repair

Any single item. Excludes watch repair. Limit 1 per customer Expires 01/31/12



One coupon per item. Same day service not available. Expires 01/31/12



Quilt club covers lots of ground By Rob Dowdy

NEWTOWN — The Newtown Quilt Club is proving that a quilt can be used for more than simply staying warm on a cold day. The club, which has been meeting for more

Index Calendar .................B2 Classfieds .................C Food ......................B3 Life ........................B1 Police .................... B6 Schools ..................A4 Sports ....................A5 Viewpoints .............A6

than two years, consists of 10 members who gather once a week to knit quilts that are often given to sick children, veterans or anyone who requests one. Founder Pauline Murrie said the group has already handed out 50 quilts to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 35 to Hospice and 15 to St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, along with numerous others to veterans returning home from overseas. She said people regularly call from throughout the region asking for a quilt for a loved one. “You can only make so many quilts for yourself,” said Nancy Myers, one of the founding members of



Find news and information from your community on the Web Anderson Township • Hamilton County • Mount Washington • Newtown •


Eric Spangler Editor ......................576-8251, Rob Dowdy Reporter .....................248-7574, Forrest Sellers Reporter ..................248-7680, Lisa Wakeland Reporter ..................248-7139, Melanie Laughman Sports Editor .......248-7573, Nick Dudukovich Sports Reporter .......248-7570, Scott Springer Sports Reporter ..........576-8255,


Debbie Maggard Territory Sales Manager .................859-578-5501,


For customer service ....................576-8240 Stephen Barraco Circulation Manager ....................248-7110, Tracey Murphy District Manager ........248-7571, Amy Cook District Manager ..............248-7576,


To place a Classified ad .................242-4000,

To place an ad in Community Classified, call 242-4000.



Newtown residents Pauline Murrie and Nancy Meyers are two of the 10 members of Newtown's quilt club, which has produced more than 100 quilts for veterans, sick children, the elderly and others requesting the handmade quilts. ROB

To learn more about the Newtown Quilt Club, donate materials or request a quilt, contact Pauline Murrie at 4741422.

the club. Murrie said the group continues making dozens of quilts each year, but is always on the lookout for more fabric and materials to continue filling requests. Along with materials, the group is also open to new members. Despite the motivation to help those who request it, Murrie said the quilt club also serves as a group of friends with similar in-


terests. “I like to quilt and I like to get together with my friends,” Murrie said.

Fire district seeks grant for bikers By Rob Dowdy

NEWTOWN — The Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District is working with Hamilton County and Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments on a grant for vehicle parking for people using the area’s bike trails. Newtown Village Councilman Mark Kobasuk said the Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District Fire Board is upbeat that the grant for a bike staging area at its new fire station in Newtown would be OK’d. “They seem pretty optimistic the bike staging area would be approved,” Kobasuk said. “This is a

work in progress.” Chief Tom Driggers said the Fire District is still awaiting official approval of a $200,000 grant from Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments for a bike staging area at the Newtown fire station, 7036 Main St. However, a portion of the parking area has already been designated by the Fire District as a bike staging area when construction began on the building earlier this year. Driggers said the staging area, which is a parking area for those visiting the nearby bike trails, has been built into the site. He said the fire station has set aside numerous parking

The Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District is working to obtain a $200,000 grant to create a bike staging area at the Fire District's Newtown fire station. The area would consist of the parking spaces the Fire District already created. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

spaces for the building’s community room, so those spaces can also be used by the public for the staging area. Driggers said the Fire Board will have to sell or

lease the parking area to the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments, but the site will be open to the public using the staging area or visiting the fire station.



Mothers can’t say no to soldiers

It was a small request that will make a big impact for dozens of troops serving overseas. Rebecca Prem Groppe planned to send a quilt to her son-in-law Lt. Michael Perry, a 2005 Turpin High School graduate serving in Afghanistan. But when she spoke to him earlier this year Perry asked for a favor. Could she make some for his platoon? Groppe had been making these quilts – sewn together squares from various T-shirts – for years, she said, but usually a couple here and there as gifts. This would be a much bigger task so she enlisted

help from friends and fellow moms, including Stephanie Burgin, of North College Hill, whose son, David, is also serving in Afghanistan. They began cutting and sorting T-shirt squares in Groppe's Mt. Adams home, and soon several area schools jumped on board. "The response was phenomenal and really overwhelming," Groppe said. "Some people don't know what to do to help and it's the little gestures that make a world of difference." Students at Mariemont and Terrace Park elementary schools, as well as some from the Three Rivers Local School District, began decorating squares for the nearly 70 quilts that

were shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan during the holidays. The squares included well wishes for the troops and what the children would miss if they were overseas – everything from family and friends to ice cream and their pets. A handful of women gathered at Mariemont High School in mid-December to sew together the quilts. Louise Hughes, of Indian Hill, heard about the project through Groppe and was happy to help. Hughes served in the Army Ordnance Corps, was on active duty for six years and in the Army Reserve for eight years. Though she was never deployed, Hughes said she

Rebecca Prem Groppe, of Mt. Adams, cuts a T-shirt to size for a quilt to send to the troops in Afghanistan. The idea started with her desire to send one to her son-in-law, who later asked for more quilts for his platoon. The group of moms now have close to 70 to send overseas. understands how important it is to support the service men and women.

Anderson Twp. officials getting ready for winter By Lisa Wakeland

The lack of snow at the end of 2011 has temporarily spared many communities from typical wintertime costs. But Anderson Township Public Works Director Richard Shelley said it’s too hard to tell if those savings will continue in 2012. “We have not used any salt or called out overtime … but it’s too early to declare victory,” he said. Anderson Township has 2,000 tons of salt in its storage facility off Beechmont Avenue, but Shelley said they can use up to 5,000 tons if it’s a harsh winter. Earlier this year township trustees approved a contract to buy salt for roughly $69 per ton, a $4 per ton increase from last year. Anderson Township has been buying road salt from Hamilton County’s purchasing contract for the last several years. The trustees also approved hiring temporary seasonal workers through

Buying Gold, Silver & Coins

Anderson Township is readying its plan for salting and plowing the roads this winter. FILE PHOTO next year to help clear snow and salt the roads. Shelley said they have11 routes and the same driver is on the same route with the same equipment each time, and the consistency helps the road crews be more efficient. The Public Works Department tries not to prioritize roads, but will some-

times clear hills and school bus routes first, Shelley said. “It always depends on the storm and the timing of the storm,” he said. Hamilton County clears several roads in Anderson Township including Beechmont Avenue, Birney Lane and Forest, Five Mile, Nagel and Eight Mile roads.

Forest Hills Firehawks 10 U Baseball Tryouts Date: January 7, 2012

Visit For Today's Showtimes Or Call Our Movie Hotline 947-3333

2022 EIGHT MILE ROAD 513-474-4950 Tues. & Thurs. 10 - 6 Wed. & Fri. 10 - 7 Sat. 10 - 5 Closed Sun. & Mon.


1255 W. Ohio Pike - Amelia, Ohio $2.50 Surcharge On 3D Tickets



Velocity Lacrosse has a nationally ranked travel program for local advanced players to showcase their talent in front of coaches across America! This year Velocity introduces a new high school girls recruiting team to the program!

Learn to play the game of Lacrosse before the Spring season begins!

New Player Clinic Information

$135.00 per player Every Saturday: January 21st - February 18th Players must be registered in advance. For more program details and registration info please visit

— TRYOUT — Elite High School Girls

Great Job to our 2011 Velocity boys travel teams for an excellent season!

January 28th, 2012

Please register in advance. See for more info.

VELOCITY LACROSSE THE STORE Visit Velocity Lacrosse the Store for all your equipment needs. Bring this ad to save 10% off your purchase at the time of checkout. Offer valid until Janauary 21, 2012.


check out the Velocity facebook Page to cash in on fan favorite code word discount days!

Smile more. Pay less. “Aspen Dental helped me find my smile and stay within my monthly budget.”

FREE New Patient

For more information, please email

Smile Exam & X-Rays**

$180 savings. Can not be combined with insurance.


Cinema 10

7967 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester Ohio 45069 •

8485 Broadwell Rd


Pierce Point


Time: 10am til Noon Location: Old Senco Building;

No Interest

on any dental or denture service for 18 months!* On purchases of $300 or more. Minimum monthly payments required. Regular account terms apply after the promotion ends at an APR of 26.99%.

Dentures Starting at




Call now while monthly payments are at their lowest and pay no interest until mid-2013. Hurry, this offer ends soon! To schedule an appointment online visit or call Mon-Sat 7am to 9pm


(513) 843-0133

Athletic Club CE-0000491009



Shelly also said drivers should be prepared for snowy roads and allow more time to reach their destination. “Watch out for plows, stay back from them and respect the distance needed for them to do their jobs,” he said. “Keeping cars off the street during heavy snows, that also helps a lot.” Above normal temperatures and above average precipitation are predicted for much of the region this winter, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

"It's nice to bring them a touch of home," she said. "I know how hard it is to be

away from family." Each quilt included a letter to a soldier and the package for the platoon includes a video greeting from country singer Toby Keith, the BenGals cheerleaders and many others. This is the first time the women, who aren't associated with any group or organization, (took on this project) but Groppe said she knows it won't be the last. She'll keep making quilts for any soldier as long as she can, and T-shirt panels or other materials can be dropped off at the Great Clips in Madeira, 7005 Miami Ave. "We're just a bunch of moms," Groppe said, "and we're not going to say no to any soldier."


By Lisa Wakeland



3397 Princeton Rd. (513) 642-0280


35 East Kemper Rd. (513) 642-0002

WESTERN HILLS 6218 Glenway Ave. (513) 245-8460

*Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. No interest will be assessed on the promotional purchase if you pay the promotional purchase amount in full within the promotional period. If you do not, interest will be assessed on the promotional purchase from the purchase date. However, if the account becomes 60 days past due, promotion may be terminated early, and regular account terms will apply. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional purchases. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 26.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for applicable terms. Subject to credit approval. **Not valid with previous or ongoing work. Discounts may vary when combined with insurance or financing and can not be combined with other offers or dental discount plans. Discounts taken off usual and customary fees, available on select styles. $249 denture offer based on a single arch Basic replacement denture. New patients must be 21 and older to qualify for free exam and x-rays, minimum $180. Can not be combined with insurance. Offers expire 2/15/12, must be presented at time of service. See office for details. ©2012 Aspen Dental. Aspen Dental is a General Dentistry office. Rubins Noel DDS.



Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251





Immaculate Heart of Mary students earn recognition as Christian Student Award winners for the first grading period. THANKS TO NANCY GOEBEL

IHM students lauded for conduct, effort

ANDERSON TWP. — Many students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School were recently honored with First Grading Period Awards for their efforts and Christian conduct. All fifth- through eighth-graders are eligible for the Christian Student Award. While at school nominees must demonstrate an active living of the Golden Rule and Gospel teachings. This award may only be received once each school year. Students who received this award for the first trimester are: Paxton Albrinck, Evan Baker, Atticus Block, Jack Burton, Matt Clark, Matthew Cornell, Helen Curran, Shelby Davis, Lauren Fleming, Tea Gilbert, Sophia Heller, Connor Higgins, Lizzie Jira, Bente’ Joosten, Claire Jossart, Abby Kelly, Fiona Lawler, Nick Schaffield, Katie Strickland, Corey Sullivan, Sarah Tippenhauer, Jillian Tore, Zach Woodke and Brad York. All fifth- through eighth-graders are eligible for the Effort


Nagel student reflects on ethics Several Immaculate Heart of Mary students receive Effort Awards for the first trimester of the school year. THANKS TO NANCY GOEBEL. Award which honors students who have shown extra effort during the trimester. Students are nominated by their teachers. Students may only receive this award once each school year. Students who received this award for the first trimester are: Eddie Bender, Abby Connaughton, Helen Curran, Mat-

thew Elias, Janie Ferris, Abby Glaser, Lauren Gliebe, Spencer Gray, Maggie Klett, Ava Lawler, Liam Lindy, Cameron Massa, Jamie Misleh, Braden Perry, Maddie Rau, Caroline Sanders, Anne Marie Sherlock, Jordan Slemons, Molly Smith, Kelly Strotman, Alex Tellez, Will Wachs, Andrew Wilkinson, Maria Woeste and Lily Varley.

Snake at school The Cincinnati Zoo’s Frisch’s Outreach Program recently paid a visit to Wilson Elementary School with a few scaly and feathery friends.

St. Ursula Villa third-graders John Herrington, of Hyde Park, and Jacob Deere, of Anderson Township, meet with Leo and Duke, the newly blessed police horse and canine officer. St. Ursula Villa recently celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with its 14th annual Pet Blessing. Following the third-graders' Mass, parents, students, and their pets gathered in the Villa's courtyard for a blessing of their pets, officiated by The Rev. William Verbryke. Special guests this year were Cincinnati Police Officer Sgt. Cornacchione and his horse, Leo, as well as Cincinnati Police Specialist Pat Murray and his canine officer, Duke. THANKS TO MARTA

ANDERSON TWP. — Nagel Middle School eighth-grader Maria Henriquez was recently selected to be a presenter at the TEDx Cincinnati Women's Conference. The event's theme was "Live Consciously. Be Authentic. Empower Others." Through her work with her teacher, Rose Arnell, Henriquez's talk reflected the ethics and morality of living authentically based on her experiences and perspective. The event was one of many being conducted around the United States. At one point in the evening the Cincinnati group joined the TEDxWomen in both New York and Los Angeles to continue the dialogue. The TEDxWomen speakers in New York and Los Angeles included: » Actress Jane Fonda » Lamis Zein, the woman who heads an all-female bomb-dispos-

al unit in Lebanon » Television personality Barbara Walters » Singer-songwriter Morley » Vietnam refugee and tech entrepreneur Tan Le Henriquez » Documentarian Jennifer Newsom » Cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson » Gloria Steinem, the American feminist, journalist, and social/political activist » Shamila Kohestani, captain of Afghanistan's first National Women's football team As an exciting addition, the TEDxWomen stage welcomed young women throughout the day, such as fashion icon Tavi Gevinson and South African teen Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi to share the insights of a younger female perspective.

Fifty at CCD are named AP scholars Wilson Elementary School students Angelina Klute and Erik Goodfellow take turns touching the scaly skin of "Julius Squeezer," a snake ambassador that is part of the Cincinnati Zoo's Frisch's Outreach Program. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

Mike Nikolai introduces students to Casper the barn owl. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

Turpin student earns a scholarship Emily Pennington, a student at Turpin High School, is among 12 legally blind, college-bound high school seniors to receive scholarships of $10,000 each from The Jewish Guild for the Blind (The Guild). "We're mindful of the often unexpectedly large sums of money needed to accomplish a successful transition from high school to a college or university and we think that this scholarship money

can be put to excellent use during this phase," said Alan R. Morse, president and CEO of The Guild. "At The Guild, we are committed to working toward a more inclusive society. The GuildScholar program will help assure that more blind students are able to enroll in colleges or universities that might otherwise be beyond their reach financially," Morse said. "We're not concerned with their fields of study, but we are

eager to help in the education of this country's next generation of leaders, a group that must Pennington include persons with vision impairment," he concluded. For information on the GuildScholar Program's scholarships e-mail

INDIAN HILL — Cincinnati Country Day School recently had 50 students named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their outstanding achievement on the college-level AP Examinations taken in May 2010 and prior. Kevin McSwiggen was named a National Scholar. National Scholars are students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Students named Scholars with Distinction are William Bismayer, Kathryn Black, Elizabeth Blackburn, Alyssa Breneman, Jules Cantor, Will Duncan, Lilly Fleischmann, Ilana Habib, Alanah Hall, Brad Hammoor, Claire Heinichen, Jamie Huelskamp, Jordan Komnick, Andrew McElhinney, Audrey McCartney, Alexandra McInturf, Kevin McSwiggen, Michael Morgan, Nicholas Niedermeier, Henry Pease, Cody Pomeranz, Baldur Tangvald, Kate Taylor and Amanda Young. Scholars with Distinction are students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams on full-year courses. Stu-

dents named Scholars with Honor are Blythe Gross-Hutton, Kyle Kistinger, Victoria Mairal-Cruz, Mac McKee, Arjun Minhas, Joshua Motley, Tyler Spaeth, Anisa Tatini and Gail Yacyshyn. Scholars with Honor are students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams on full-year courses. The school’s AP Scholars are Emily Ashwell, Mitchell Cruey, Yichen Dong, Jamie Fisher, Michael Fitzgerald, Will Fritz, Ryan Galloway, Hee Jin, Ariana Knue, Alex Levinson, Timothy Macrae, Amar Mehta, Haleigh Miller, Robert Pierce, Hannah Stewart, Adriana Ungerleider and Gretchen. AP Scholars are students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams on full year courses. Emily Ashwell, Mitchell Cruey, Yichen Dong, Jamie Fisher, Michael Fitzgerald, Will Fritz, Ryan Galloway, Hee Jin, Ariana Knue, Alex Levinson, Timothy Macrae, Amar Mehta, Haleigh Miller, Robert Pierce, Hannah Stewart, Adriana Ungerleider and Gretchen Weigel.





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573


Anderson Twp.’s Berry readies for pro debut By Nick Dudukovich

From Summit Country Day to the University of Louisville, soccer standout Austin Berry’s onfield contributions have been undeniable. And it looks like Berry, of Anderson Township, will continue to build his impressive resume. Expected to be one of the top picks in this year’s Major League Soccer draft, Berry is biding his time until he dons the shin guards in his first professional game. He entered the season regarded as one of the top center backs in the country after starting 23 games during the Cardinals run to the national championship game in 2010. But Berry’s collegiate success was hardly predictable. He wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school. Xavier and Wright State were the only

Division I schools showing an interest. A little bit of luck helped Berry end up in Louisville. His high school club team featured a number of Kentucky players, so his squad traveled to the Bluegrass State to compete in bigger tournaments. Newly employed Louisville head coach Ken Lolla was in attendance at one match and noticed Berry. Berry attended a summer soccer camp before his senior year at the Summit where he was able to put his skills on display for Lolla for a second time. It wasn’t long until Berry was offered to be a part of Lolla’s first recruiting class at Louisville. “I have a standard for myself and it was to play Division I soccer,” Berry said. “I had to keep believing in what I thought was possible to accomplish hand I got lucky and the right coaches saw

me and ... I was lucky to have the opportunity to come to Louisville.” Berry got into 23 games his freshman season. His transition to college ball was nothing new from the freshman experience. Play was faster and more physical. But Berry persevered. He conquered the mental aspect of the game and became more comfortable with his technique. Everything was looking up, until his junior year. Just six game into the season, Berry broke his leg against Notre Dame. At a time when professional teams start putting college prospects on their radar, Berry was forced to watch from the sidelines. He received a medical redshirt exemption from the NCAA and was granted another year of eligibility.

During his off time, he said he learned to appreciate the game more. “It gave me a different perspective,”Berry said. “It helped me appreciate (the playing) days, instead of taking those days for granted ... and having the opportunity to step on the field, knowing what it’s like when I can’t be out there.” And since his return to the field in 2010, Berry has reaped numerous postseason accolades, in addition to helping the Cardinals finish national runner-up in 2010, along with an elite eight appearance this past fall. Most recently, Berry was named third-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America. He is only the second player in Louisville history to receive the award twice. Until the MLS draft, which will be Thursday, Jan. 12, Berry

will head to Los Angeles to train with other players. He’ll then partake in the MLS combine, which is just a few days before the draft. Prior to his last college season, Berry tried out with a professional team in Sweden. He said his ultimate goal is to play overseas at some point in his career, but he believes playing state side is his best bet for the time being. “It’s a better decision to stay here first ... and build a reputation and get used to the pro level before I make that jump overseas,” he said. And when his name is called it will be satisfying for Berry to see his dedication to the game has paid off. “(Being drafted) is something I’ve been envisioning for awhile now and it will be nice to know I’m a part ... of a program I can go into and help out.”

Catching up with college athletes Area students home for the holidays have elevated their games by leaving their mark on the collegiate sports landscape. The following are submissions from friends and families.

John Kelley, swimming, Centre College The former St. Xavier Aquabomber and Anderson Barracuda was selected as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Swimmer-of-theWeek in week three of competition. Kelley captured two events against Transylvania. He won the 200 freestyle (1:52.46) and the 200 backstroke (2:04.97) in which he set his best times of the season. Thanks to Nancy Haynes

Former Anderson High School kicker Chris Vortkamp (center) poses with his parents Jim and Marleen Vortkamp. Vortkamp attended Ohio Dominican University where he set multiple school records. THANKS TO MIKE WHITE Natalie Persicano, a sophomore at Allegheny College and 2010 Turpin graduate, is an English major. THANKS TO MICHAEL PERSICANO

Natalie Persicano, softbal, Allegheny College Natalie Persicano, a 2010 Turpin High School graduate, is a sophomore at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., where she is a member of the softball team and an English major. As a freshman pitcher, Persicano appeared in 10 games and finished the sea-

son with a 3-3 record. In a doubleheader on April 13, 2011, against Oberlin College, Persicano earned wins in both games as well as hitting her first collegiate home run. Natalie is the daughther of Michael and Phyllis Persicano and the older sister of Beth Persicano, who is a sophomore at Turpin. Thanks to Michael Persicano


Girls swimming

» Turpin defeated Ursuline Dec. 21,106-77. Morgan Contino won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Shaylynn Spelman won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Spelman’s time in the 500 free of 5:03.50 set a pool record.

Boys swimming

» The Turpin boys narrowly lost to Moeller Dec. 21, 92-91. Tommy Easley recorded wins in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke

for the Spartans.

Boys basketball

» Miami Valley Christian Academy lost to St. Bernard Dec. 22, 46-43. Addison Ingle led the Lions in the loss with 19 points. » Turpin beat Northwest 77-73 Dec. 23. Zach McCormick led the Spartans with 24 points. » Anderson lost to Sycamore Dec. 23, 61-44. Junior Joe Cossins topped the Redskins in the defeat with 13 points. » Clark crushed the host team Hughes 65-41, Dec. 29 as part of the Hughes Holiday Classic. » Middletown beat St.

Xavier Dec. 29, 68-53. Vincent Edwards of Middletown had a double-double with 21 points and 12 boards. Roderick Mills led the Bombers with14 points.

Girls basketball

» Turpin beat Amelia Dec. 28, 57-40. Mariah Gador had 17 points for the Lady Spartans. » St. Ursula nipped Lakota West 51-50, Dec. 29 as part of the Holiday Hoop Fest. Senior Maria Napolitano led Ursula with 16 points.

SIDELINES Indoor baseball

Champions Baseball Academy 7-and-8-year-old indoor leagues start Jan. 6. The 9-and-10-yearold indoor leagues start Jan. 10. Fundamental camps for ages 7 to 9, and ages 10 to 12 start Jan. 7. Ultimate Pitching School with Chris Welsh, Tom Browning and Buster Keeton will start Jan. 8 for 14 to 18 -year-old players. Visit, or call 831-8873.

Little league

Anderson Township Little League and Champions Baseball Academy are starting a joint player development program. All 2012 registered ATLL players will be eligible to participate in the new player development program at no additional charge. The players will have exclusive use of the new Champions Baseball complex on select dates this winter in preparation for

the Spring Season. Baseball activities will include use of batting cages, pitching tunnels, and the regulation-size indoor infield. On site instruction will be available from Champions' professional instructors and former MLB players. ATLL is southwest Ohio's largest Little League organization with over 850 players on 70 teams. On-line registration for the spring season opened Dec. 7. Viisit the site at

Anderson grads make, leave mark at ODU By Nick Dudukovich

ANDERSON TWP. — Just like their days at Anderson High School, Chris Vortkamp and Tyler White have continued to make an impact on the football field at the college level. They attend Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and have had stellar careers playing for the Panthers, who compete at the Division II level in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Vortkamp, who wrapped up his college career with the team’s 38-26 win over Indianapolis, Nov. 12, will leave the school as ODU’s all-time leader in points, field goals made, and PAT’s converted. Despite living with the pressures of being a kicker, Vortkamp credited his teammates, including White, who’s blocked for many Vortkamp attempts, as a reason for his success. “I had a lot of great guys that I surrounded myself with,” he said “All of my snappers and holders, whether it went in, or didn’t, we all congratulated each other and we were focused on the next (kick) and not the last one.” Vortkamp was named first team, All-Ohio by (and second team as a punter). He had a 90.9 percent conversion rate on field goals, going 10-of-11 this past season. He hit a school record-long kick of 47 yards in the team’s win over Ashland. White was also was

named first team, All-Ohio for his work on the offensive line. While fighting in the trenches, White helped ODU set a school-record with 2,329 rushing yards. He played in all 11 games for the Panthers after playing in all 10 games two seasons ago. “It’s great to be recognized and to be one of the top players in Ohio,” White said. “It’s good for the ODU program and it’s nice that me and Chris, both Anderson players, were named to that team.” White, who will study business administration while he plays his final season in 2012, credited Vortkamp’s success to his longtime teammate’s attention to detail. “He would watch all the special teams tapes and he would tell our coach where the other team is faulty,” White said. “He’s very detailed and pays attention to the small things and makes sure he does everything correct. Vortkamp, a grade ahead of White at Anderson, was thrilled when he got the news that his 6-

foot-4, 290-pound former teammate would join him. “One of the big things they emphasized at Anderson is character, and he’s got great character,” Vortkamp said. “That definitely helped out carrying onto the college level.” Both said they follow the Redskins as much as they can from Columbus. The duo added they were glad to see the squad triumph over Turpin during the long-awaited rematch in September. White was a senior on the team that defeated Turpin in its quest for the 2007 state title. “…I was glad to see (Anderson) pull it out again,” he said. Vortkamp never got to play against the Spartans, but still enjoyed the victory for his alma mater. “I’m pretty jealous; I never got to play against Turpin,” he said. “But I still follow Anderson as much as I can.” Vortkamp will participate in kicking combines during the next several months, while also playing in the Ohio National Guard Senior Bowl at Columbus’ Crew Stadium April 14.

Former Anderson High School lineman Tyler White (68), with Denise, Blake and Mike White (far right), has been a fixture on the offensive line at Ohio Domincan University. THANKS TO MIKE WHITE





Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251


Taxpayers get stuck with hot dog tab Amtrak train passengers aren’t the only ones being taken for a ride. The railroad system loses more than $60 million a year on food and beverages, and taxpayers are picking up the tab. That’s outrageous. How does Amtrak manage to lose money while selling a hot dog for $4.50? Consider that passengers would pay an astounding $6.60 for the same hot dog if you took away a subsidy provided to Amtrak by taxpayers. Revenue from food and bever-

ages sold aboard Amtrak trains in fiscal year 2010 totaled $131 million, but the cost of providing the service was $192 million. Jean That loss of $61 Schmidt COMMUNITY PRESS million means taxpayers proGUEST COLUMNIST vided a subsidy of nearly 32 percent. Keep in mind that this isn’t gourmet fare that requires a

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Do you “celebrate” New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, or is each “just another day?” What is your favorite New Year’s Eve/ New Year’s Day memory?

“My wife is almost 70 and I am 75, and we haven't done any celebrating of the event for a few years, though we used to really have a good time gathering with our neighbors on New Years Eve. “Things change when you get older. One of my best memories was the year when I decided I would use a men's hair coloring liquid on my hair to surprise people at the party. I have been totally white-haired for many years now. “So I bought a bottle of Clairol and used it according to directions (the label said it would wash out in 4 or 5 shampoos.) Well, it didn't wash out. It turned my hair purple, and I found out through research that this is what happens when your hair has no pigmentation left. “I ended up having to get my head shaved. On the positive side, Clairol finally caved in to my complaint letters and gave me a $200 settlement!” Bill B. “For Y2K New Years we were in Vegas. Following a fireworks display we were in a huge crowd going back into The Mirage casino and somehow my wife lost an expensive sapphire & diamond ring. “She called ‘lost and found’ the next morning and, believe it or not, someone had found it and turned it in! That renewed by belief in humanity ... at least for a short while.” J.G. “I used to celebrate New Year’s Eve just a little too much, but not anymore. My wife and I will go out for an early supper and hopefully be asleep by midnight. Boy how things change when you get older.” D.D. “New Year’s Eve is a special time for me and my wife. New Year’s Eve we share with a few of our close friends who we have

NEXT QUESTION Do you think Iraq will deteriorate into sectarian violence after the U.S. pulled its troops out of the country? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

known for at least 50 years. New Year’s day we have the family over to have their sauerkraut for good luck in the coming year. We sure do need it.” E.S. “We always celebrated New Year’s Eve when I was younger, New Year’s day was for recovery. My favorite memory is of the massive parties my brother and I threw when mom and dad were gone for the night! We had a live band in the living room!” J.S.K. “I don't celebrate New Year's Eve or New Year's day. To me there is nothing to celebrate. A new year has dawned regularly since time began so I see nothing special to mark it as a celebratory occasion. “New Year's is right up there with "Drink-o de Mayo" and other man-made reasons for people to behave badly.” R.V. “Normal day is a tradition to watch football, but this is going to be a first for us. We presently are visiting son and family in San Marino/Pasadena area and plan to attend the Rose Parade along with a million of other people. If we can't get near enough to the parade they have an after parade tour of the floats, etc. in Pasadena. “Sorry to say that we will be basking in 80 degree temperatures during the parade date and very much enjoying the weather. Will try to send some good weather in couple days.” D.J.

OFFICIALS DIRECTORY FEDERAL U.S. Sen. Rob Portman Washington, D.C., office: B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510 Phone: 202-224-3353 Fax: 202-224-9558

STATE State Rep. Peter Stautberg 34th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County. In Columbus: House of Representa-

tives, 77 S. High St., 11th floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-6111; phone 614-6446886; fax: 614-719-3588. E-mail:

State Sen. Shannon Jones 7th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County and all of Warren County. In Columbus: 1 Capitol Square, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614-4669737; via e-mail: or by mail: State Sen. Shannon Jones, 1 Capitol Square, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio 43215.



A publication of

French chef. We’re talking about zapping hot dogs in microwaves, brewing coffee, serving soda pop, and making change. Amtrak has been required since Oct.1,1982, to break even or make money on food and beverage service. In nearly 30 years since then, Amtrak has not once complied with the federal law. So I’ve introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to halt the runaway deficit spending aboard Amtrak trains. My bill, called the Amtrak Food and Beverage Service Sav-

ings Act, would require the Federal Railroad Administration to seek competitive bids. Amtrak would be allowed to compete with outside companies in bidding to provide food and beverages. If Amtrak can’t cut the mustard, the job of serving up a hot dog should be privatized. The National Taxpayers Union, which has 360,000 members, has endorsed my bill. “Passage of your legislation is a long-overdue, non-controversial remedy for one of Amtrak’s most egregiously wasteful busi-

ness practices,” said Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. “All of your colleagues in Congress should be willing to support this sensible and important step toward ensuring that Amtrak delivers value to its customers without burdening taxpayers.” The bottom line is this: When it comes to covering the cost of hot dogs served on Amtrak trains, taxpayers are fed up. U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District.

Auditor explains effect of property values on taxes New property values from the just completed countywide reappraisal will take effect with the first tax bills in January. With a great number of values changing we expect a number of questions, with one of the most often asked being: “If my value went down and taxes are calculated based upon value, how can my taxes go up”? The first reason for higher taxes is any new or increased tax levies approved by voters in your community or school district. The list of levies approved in 2011 can be found on our website under Departments / Real Estate Taxes / 2011Levy Summary. The second reason is that tax rates for emergency levies for school districts and bond retirement rates are adjusted each year to generate a set level of revenue. As values increase, these levies are often adjusted downward. The reverse is true also. As values decline in a district, these tax rates are adjusted upward in order to generate a specific

amount of revenue. The third reason is, following each reappraisal, the State Tax Commissioner recalculates what are called “reduction factors” for the voted tax levies. Legislation providing this was passed in the 1970s to prevent taxing entities from receiving windfalls from rapidly rising property values. On most voted levies, if property values go up, the effective taxing rate goes down to keep revenue constant. Now, with values declining in many areas, that same provision can increase the effective millage rates so that the taxing entity does not incur a shortfall. As properties decline, the effective tax rates will increase in order to keep revenue constant. There is a limit. Effective millage can not be increased to more than the original millage set by voters. So a taxing entity can’t compensate for lost revenue without enacting new taxes or budget cuts. If a property owner believes

the value to be too high, the Dusty Rhodes Board of Revi- COMMUNITY PRESS sion (BOR) ex- GUEST COLUMNIST ists to provide property owners with an avenue for a formal appeal of their value. BOR complaints can be filed through our office from January 1to March 31(April 2 this year because March 31 is on a Saturday). If you file a complaint it is up to you to present evidence supporting your opinion of value. Remember that we work in terms of values, not “taxes.” It is not sufficient to tell the BOR “my taxes are too high”. Information on the BOR process is available on our website:, along with state proscribed forms and instructions. Or we can mail them to you if you call our office at 513946-4000. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. For more information, go to

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Author: Monzel hiding behind false promise

I have tried, in vain, to ignore Chris Monzel's comments about the Drake sale. Put aside that the stadium deal was bad from the start, negotiated by a commissioner who immediately afterward took a job with the Bengals, approved with bought votes by giving to the wealthy in property tax refund what they lost in sales tax, so that the burden fell on the poor who live in rental property and got no benefit from the tax rebate. The real issue here is that the sales tax projections for revenue were political, hopelessly optimistic and unrealistic. Chris Monzel isn't looking at the facts about income, but hiding behind an unrealistic promise made by someone else. Either Chis Monzel doesn't understand economics, in which case we were fools to elect him and would be bigger fools to reelect him, or he understands, but is being dishonest with us because he doesn't want to tell us that we need to face the unpalatable truth; same conclusion, he needs to be replaced. David Rattenbury Anderson Township

Thank you Paw Print Animal Hospital staff

On Monday, Dec. 12, I found myself needing to make a humane decision regarding my 14 ½ year old dog, Max. Although Max's spirit was still strong, her

ABOUT LETTERS AND COLUMNS We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Forest Hills Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. Please include a photo with a column submission. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Forest Hills Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.

body had given way and she could barely walk. The compassion that Dr. Bercz and his staff showed for me and the handling and care for Max was simply amazing. Dr. Bercz sat with me like a priest as I said goodbye to my sidekick and wingman. Thank you to all at Paw Print Animal Hospital who took care of me and Max on this difficult day. Scott D. Jones Anderson Township

Author: Lots to lose if the school levy fails

The Forest Hills School district has no choice but to ask for community support in the upcoming levy. The district has made substantial, permanent cuts since the 2009 levy failed, but a 30 percent decrease in state funding cannot be overcome without additional revenue or

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

significant reductions in our children’s education. I have seen how the recent cuts have impacted students. The teachers have absorbed as much of the impact as they could, but our children now have larger classes, fewer offerings and less individualized attention … with fewer resources. If the current levy efforts are not successful further cuts will likely be dramatic. Any program not mandated would be considered for reduction or elimination. Many are programs that make our district strong, such as PE, music, band, athletics, art, foreign languages, counseling, intervention, AP classes, etc. Residents need to decide whether or not to invest in our schools. If not, there is a lot to lose. Becky Foster Anderson Township

Forest Hills Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Maura Dammarell, right, with sister, Audrey, goes over her detailed list with Santa. THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL

Olivia Sentker and her mother, Lori Sentker, meet Santa at Beech Acres Park. THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL

The Sellins family is all smiles at the annual Santa's Workshop at Beech Acres Park. THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL

Members of the Fecher family tell Santa what they'd like for Christmas at the Beech Acres Park Santa's Workshop THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL

Miles Iaciofano, with his sister, Claire, isn't sure what to think of Santa Claus during their visit to Santa's Workshop at Beech Acres Park RecPlex. THANKS TO

The Illingworth family meets Santa at Beech Acres Park. THANKS



Santa’s workshop A total of 212 children and their families recently came to visit Santa at Anderson Township Park District’s sixth annual Santa’s Workshop at Beech Acres Park RecPlex.

The Binning family beams as it meets Santa at the Beech Acres Park Santa's Workshop. THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL

Santa greets the Harman family at Santa's Workshop at Beech Acres Park. THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL


Happy to have made the "good list," friends Max and Owen Hulays, Brooke and Gavin Stealey, and Caden and Gavin Elrod pose for a picture with Santa. THANKS TO ALLISON COTTRILL


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 5 Art Exhibits Multiplicity and Hang It Up, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Gallery One One presents group exhibition of art, design and craft based on notion of multiples. In conjunction with Multiplicity, gallery features Hang It Up, room devoted entirely to ornaments. Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Works by Maureen Holub, David Rosenthal, John Humphries, Jenny Grote and Heather Jones. Through Feb. 1. 458-6600. Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Diverse group of artists and styles of artwork hand selected and beginning at $25. Through Jan. 14. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Original paintings and prints by two of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time. Free. Through Jan. 28. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:307:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. Through Aug. 2. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Pets Cat Toy Crafting, 1-2:30 p.m., Confetti Cats, 3165 Linwood Road, New twist on catnip, bringing cat lovers and crafters together. Make own cat toy, donate craft materials or make a purchase. Sales benefit Save the Animal Foundation. Family friendly. Free. 317-446-1533. Mount Lookout.

Recreation Pre-school Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and preschoolers. Ages 4 and under. Family friendly. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson


FRIDAY, JAN. 6 Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Literary - Bookstores Spanish Playdate for Preschoolers, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Ana Gallegos-Yavorsky, native Spanish speaker. Listen to and repeat simple lesson in Spanish, color, play and sing what you have learned. Ages 3-6. Family friendly. $5. Registration required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Music - Benefits CSO Gala, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Auditorium. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra takes stage with 70 students from Anderson and Turpin high schools. CSO performs works by Schumann and Prokofiev. Benefits Forest Hills Instrumental Music Association. $20, $10 students. Presented by Forest Hills Instrumental Music Association. 232-2346; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Art & Craft Classes January Family Open House: Snowflakes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Bring family to design unique snowflakes using cut glass pieces to be fused into hanging piece of fused glass art. No experience necessary. Family friendly. $15. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:3010:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville.

Literary - Bookstores Dance and Play with Connie Bergstein Dow, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Local dance educator and author of "One, Two, What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day," presents lively and playful creative movement and music activities for ages 3-7. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.

Literary - Story Times ManaTots, 9:30-10 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories and songs for children up to age 4. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.

Music - Rock The Remains, 8 p.m.-midnight, Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., $5. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Room 206. Book discussion group. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Exercise Classes Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, third-degree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 293-0293; Anderson Township.

Music - Religious Bach Vespers, 5:30 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave., Evening prayer featuring the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble continuo. 831-2052. Terrace Park.

Nature Long Winters Nap, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Discover who hibernates and how other animals survive cold weather. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 Art & Craft Classes School of Glass Kids After School: Imagining Clouds, 4-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Look at and learn about different cloud forms and invent your own type of cloud. Ages 6-9. $30. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Clubs & Organizations Works by wildlife artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart are on exhibit until Jan. 28 at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Fairfax. View original paintings and prints by two of the most celebrated contemporary artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. The exhibit is free. Call 791-7717, or visit Pictured is 1977: "Carolina Paraquet" by John A. Ruthven, from his "Aquatint Series." THANKS TO JOHN RUTHVEN

Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Anyone interested in genealogy welcome. Mike Ladrick, active researcher and genealogist, presents "Ancestors and Descendents … Where Do You Stand?" Free, donations accepted. 474-3100. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes

The Winton Woods Riding Center is taking registrations for the 2012 Winter Session, which runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 26. Both Western- and English-style lessons are available. The cost for one-hour group lessons is $175. Registration is available online at or at 931-3057 until the session begins. Space will be limited so that all riders can be accommodated in the indoor riding arena during inclement weather. PROVIDED

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Anderson Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Art & Craft Classes Make and Bake: Coasters, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Make set of fused glass coasters. Students experiment with various types of bullseye sheet glass, stringer and confetti. No experience necessary. $40. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. on poses that provide stretching and flexibility. Ages 18 and up. Family friendly. Class 1 and 2: $58, $48 residents. Class 3 and 4: $42, $32 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. Through May 8. 388-4513. Anderson Township. Yoga for Youngsters, 1010:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stretch, relax and have fun. Ages 3-5. Family friendly. $5. Registration required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Literary - Bookstores Make a Bigger Mess at the Manatee, 3:30-4 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ages 4-7. Explore art materials and methods while discovering each session’s secret theme. Family friendly. $5. Registration required. 7312665; Oakley.

Recreation Pre-school Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.


Exercise Classes

Art & Craft Classes

Yoga Care, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Class 1. Weekly though Feb. 14. Hatha Yoga: gentle approach to yoga. Focus

School of Glass Kids After School Masterpieces: Wassily Kandinsky, 4-5:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Get inspired by

Kandinsky and use stringer and sheet glass to create 6-by-8 glass sun-catcher in expressive abstract style. Ages 9-12. $30. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:307:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.

Literary - Story Times Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ms. Gail leads story time on LaPage Stage. Ages 2 and up. Family friendly. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.



Try these trendy food items for 2012 I can’t claim myself as a trendsetter when it comes to fashion (I’m still not brave enough to wear a short sweater dress over tights with boots), but I can say Rita that I’m Heikenfeld pretty much at the RITA’S KITCHEN top of my game when it comes to food and trends. Here’s some of the “hot” trends for 2012, and which have been part of my repertoire before becoming trendy. Agave syrup/nectar: From a cactus with a lower glycemic index than sugar, and about 1½ times sweeter than sugar. Daughter-in-law Jess substitutes agave for sugar in some of her recipes. I’ve been using it in

dressings and marinades. Pickling/jellies: Pickling is the No. 1 preparation trend. We ate at the Senate restaurant recently and house made pickles (and jams) were on the menu. I’m hungry again just thinking of that flavor popping meal. I learned from mom to make everything from fermented dills to relishes to wild berry jams. Though I am intrigued, now, with the Senate’s salsify/cranberry jam … Bible herbs, flavorings and spices: Cinnamon, fennel pollen (dried flower heads – try rubbing on pork), cardamom and cumin are a few of the hot button spices for 2012 which are staples in my cooking. And garlic and onions are in every good cook’s pantry. Rose water is the new vanilla. The reason? Well, first of all, the flavors add a real

punch to foods, and their health qualities are legendary. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for more about Bible foods and herbs). Whole grains: Whole grains are absorbed more slowly and make you feel full longer. My favorite brown rice is Uncle Ben’s converted Composting/root cellars/organic: Ever hear of bokashi composting or trash can root cellars? Check out the latest methods at the website of Kentucky reader Dan Adams: He’s all about sustainable and organic, too – how this industry has grown! Gluten-free ingredients: So many people require gluten-free foods, and you’ll see more available. Artisan-cheese making at home: Log onto Dr.

Fankhauser’s cheese page for everything you need to know about cheese making and my blog at for homemade ricotta. He’s a University of Cincinnati professor and is a respected here and around the nation.

My adaptation of Dr. Oz’s salt-free blend

Savory is a great substitute for salt and is called the bean herb in Germany since it helps digest beans. Combine:

⁄3 cup garlic powder ⁄3 cup onion powder 1 ⁄3 cup oregano 2 tablespoons thyme 3 tablespoons parsley flakes 2 teaspoons savory 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1


Rita’s vegetarian whole-wheat pasta fagioli with fire-roasted tomatoes

A favorite with my students and a great way to start out the new year in a healthy way.

12 oz. to 1 lb. any short whole-wheat pasta, boiled 8 tablespoons (½ cup) cup extra virgin olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2-3 cans beans of your choice, drained: Cannellini, kidney, chick peas, etc. Several handfuls any fresh greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, etc. Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

While pasta is boiling,

Pasta fagioli made with whole-wheat. heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook for a minute over low heat. Don’t let garlic brown. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and take a potato masher and mash the beans a bit. This makes a creamier sauce. Cook until pasta is done, about 15 minutes. Check for salt and pepper. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. 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.

Students receive music scholarships Six high school students recently won voice scholarships from the ForestAires women’s chorus for the 2011-2012 school year. The six are: » Abby Dorsten and Blake Edmondson, of Anderson High School; » JoEllen Pellman, Paul Linser and Katie Peters, of Walnut Hills High School; » Peter Brandt, of Glen Este High School. The winners receive private voice lessons during the school year and perform solos in the Forest-

Aires’ “Encore! 2012” show the last weekend of April at the Anderson Center Theater. This will be the chorus’ 50th-anniversary show. Senior Abby Dorsten has performed in Anderson High School’s choruses, musicals and plays. Last summer she attended the Oberlin Vocal Academy. The daughter of Lynne and Scott Dorsten, she studies voice with Anne Moss. Junior Blake Edmondson has sung in musicals at Anderson High School and CCM Prep. He is also a per-


cussionist, performing at Anderson High School, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Blake is the son of Julie and Carl Edmondson and studies voice with Chester Imhausen. Senior Peter Brandt returns for a second year with the Forest-Aires, having won a scholarship in his freshman year. At Glen Este, he has sung with the Concert Choir and Mixed Chorus and performed in the school’s production of

“Fame.” Sophomore JoEllen Pellman studies ballet, acting and piano in addition to voice. She has appeared in productions at the Cincinnati Young People’s Theater, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, CCM Prep, the Carnegie Center and the Covedale Center, as well as playing Martha Cratchit in “Christmas Carol” for three years at Playhouse in the Park. Senior Paul Linser sings in the Senior Ensemble and school musicals at Walnut


Six high school students have won voice scholarships from the Forest-Aires women’s chorus for 2011-2012, including, left to right, front row, Abby Dorsten, JoEllen Pellman and Katie Peters. In the back row are Paul Linser, Blake Edmondson and Peter Brandt, PROVIDED Hills. He also sang with the Cincinnati Boy Choir. He is the son of Karen Ater-Linser and studies voice with Nadine Shende. Junior Katie Peters, who lives in Mt. Washington, sings in the Walnut

Hills shows and in its Senior Ensemble. She has attended the CCM Summer Camp, where she performed in “Godspell.” She is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Peters and studies voice with Paul McCready. ADVERTISEMENT


Gold and Silver Coins Selling for Highest Prices in Over 30 Years Due to Weak Economy and It’s Happening Right Here in Erlanger! By DAVID MORGAN STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If you’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit WWW.INTERNATIONALCOINCOLLECTORS.COM CE-0000491309

What We Buy: COINS

Any and all coins made before 1970, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


Here’s How It Works: % 94<=#! ;<#3> &" ;1<#!#>< "!&3 '&:! 4<<;0, >4"# /#$&>;< 2&5, ?4!4?#, 24>#3#1<, #<0+ 7=#!# ;> 1& 6;3;< <& <=# 43&:1< &" ;<#3> '&: 041 2!;1? % -& 4$$&;1<3#1< 1#0#>>4!' % .&: ?#< )**( &" <=# &""#! 8;<= 1& =;//#1 "##>

All denominations made before 1934.


Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.


Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc.




Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.


Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc.


Anything made of platinum.


Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling.









DIRECTIONS: (859) 282-7400

SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767



Turpin Hills neighbors pay it forward ANDERSON TWP. — For the sixth year in a row, neighbors in the Turpin Hills subdivision of Anderson Township have been challenged to “Pay It Forward” to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. Teachers from Mason Middle School joined the Turpin Hills neighbors to contribute $5,500 this year, for a six-year total of $27,767 to help families and their critically ill children seeking medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Mike McCalmont, a resident of Turpin Hills since 1989, asked his 500 neigh-

bors and the teachers at the school to once again join him in supporting Cincinnati’s “home away from home”. According to McCalmont, “The concept is to pay forward one’s good fortune in life without expecting anything in return.” McCalmont says the idea came from the 2000 film “Pay It Forward,” starring Kevin Spacey and from an Oprah Winfrey show where audience members received $1,000 bank cards on the condition that they pass them on to someone in need within one week.

The Turpin Hills community is one of 78 annual room sponsors who help Ronald McDonald House underwrite the cost of caring for families and their critically ill children. Chad Martin’s fulfillment firm in Mt. Washington, Addressed For Success, also stepped in and donated all printing and mailing services to support this year’s project. McCalmont encourages others to “Pay It Forward.” “My hope is that other communities in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area will pick up on the idea,” he said.

Mike McCalmont and Jill Miller, development director of Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House, accept a donation from the Turpin Hills subdivision. The sign reads $5,370 because that was the total until a generous individual saw it and said, "Let's make it an even $5,500," and donated the difference. THANKS TO TONYA PATE

“Along with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House has made such a remarkable difference in the lives of the families who live there. “This annual project is one way to share our good fortune and make life a little happier for these incredible children and their families as they face some overwhelming challenges”.

Learn how to landscape at the zoo

Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden! Back by popular demand is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2012 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, beginning Jan. 18. Presented by the Zoo’s Director of Horticulture, Steve Foltz, this10class series is one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the Tristate area. Offering insight on design, preparation and plant selection, the classes can be taken separately or as a complete series building upon one another. If you are considering new additions to your garden, be ready to create a thriving and beautiful garden in the

spring. All classes meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. starting Jan. 18 for 10 weeks. Cost for the complete series is $80 for Zoo members and $120 for nonmembers. Individual classes are $10 for zoo members and $14 for non-members. For additional information or to register for the 2012 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, call 5597767. Jan. 18 – Design Your Landscape­ Part 1– The focus of this class is on the simple steps that every designer takes when evaluating a new landscape or renovating an existing landscape. Basic design principles will be discussed. Jan. 25 – Design Your

Landscape­ Part 2 – This is a more in-depth look at where plants go and why they go there. We will discuss the size and scale of the landscape as well as proper bed preparation. Feb. 1 – Trees in the Landscape – Choosing the right tree for your landscape can be a costly decision. A slide presentation will illustrate the various types of trees that you can use. Shade trees, flowering trees, patio trees, and evergreen trees will be presented. Feb. 8 – Shrubs in the Landscape – View a slide presentation on the best shrubs for Cincinnati area landscapes. Whether you have sun or shade, or wet or dry soil, this class will pre-

sent the possibilities of shrubs for the home landscape. Special emphasis will be on the newest and hardiest varieties for this area. Feb. 15 – Annuals: Color in the Landscape – Have you ever wondered what the secrets are to having lots of color in your landscape? Find out what the newest and best annuals are that tolerate Cincinnati summers. Container gardening with annuals will also be covered. Feb. 22 – Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care – This class will cover proper landscape maintenance techniques from spring to fall –what to do and when to do it. Learn about the tools that make the job easier. In addition,

learn the basics to a green lawn. Pruning, weed control, fertilization, and insect and disease control for the complete landscape will all be covered. Feb. 29 – Perennial Design – This class presents basic design concepts for perennial gardens, including butterfly gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, and more. A slide show will help paint a picture after discussing the concepts. March 7 – Perennial Plants Part 1 – This is the first of a two-part series covering perennial plants for the landscape. Perennials can be used in many ways and for many purposes. A slide show will include the top 50 perennials for the landscape.

March 14 – Perennial Plants Part 2 – The second part of perennial plants will also be a slide show of perennials for the landscape. This group will include ornamental grasses, roses, vines, and other great perennial plants. March 21 – Gardening for Wildlife – This class will focus on creating specialized areas of the landscape for wildlife gardening including butterfly and bird gardens, and using native plants in the landscape. Visit the zoo’s website at for information on other opportunities and programs offered for the gardening enthusiast in your family.

To help us pick the Top Workplaces in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky tell us...

Are you happy at work? yes no FIND CONFIDENCE, NOT THE RUNAROUND,


AT The companies that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky workers rate the best will be recognized as Top Workplaces in June 2012.

Have your say at... All votes must be submitted by January 27 ©2011 Classified Ventures, LLC™. All rights reserved.





Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251


DEATHS Mildred K. Belshaw

Mildred K. Belshaw, 91, of Anderson Township died Dec. 23. Survived by sons James (Donna) and David A. (Susan) Belshaw; and grandchildren Emma, Alexander and Jeffrey. Preceded in death by husband, James Belshaw; father, Alexander Jeffrey; mother, Henrietta M. K. Zimmerman; and brother, Paul Alexander Jeffrey.

Harold Lee Brooks

Harold Lee Brooks, 77, of Anderson Township died Dec. 21. Survived by wife of 49 years, Jackie Brooks; children Dolly (fiance David Rettig) and Jason

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 248-8600 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. (Kristina) Brooks; siblings Marlene Logsdon and Daniel (JoAnn) Brooks; and grandchildren William and Oliver Brooks. Preceded in death by father, Howard C. Brooks; and mother, Marie Rowekamp.

Eulah V. Couch

Eulah V. Couch, 90, of Anderson Township died Dec. 18. Survived by son, Robert L.

(Judy) Couch; daughter, Peggy Rentschler; grandchildren Troy, Kristin, David and Jeremy; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Vernon Couch; father, Luke Woods; mother, Rosa Hatton; three sisters; and two brothers.

Marian C. Hoerst

Marian C. “Bunny” Hoerst, 90, of Anderson Township died Dec.

21. Survived by nieces and nephews Scott (Nikki) Lisa, Steve and Dennis (Amy) Cook; cousins Annette (Carl) Woods and Joan McKenna; and best friend, Margie Leever. Preceded in death by husband, Charles Hoerst; father, Robert Venn; mother, Flora Hamilton; and brother, Gary Cook.

Wade; and mother, Patty McCoon. Services were Dec. 30 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Brett A. Rollman

Brett A. Rollman, 39, of Anderson Township died Dec. 21. Survived by wife, Mae Elizabeth “Beth” Kennedy; son,

Ethan Brett Rollman; father, Jeffrey Rollman; mother, Judith G. (Forbiger) Rollman; siblings Scott, Chris, Ryan and Matt Rollman; and grandparents Carl and Marilouise Forbriger. Preceded in death by grandparents Martin and Ruthanne Rollman. Services were Dec. 27 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Wilma J. Lane

Wilma J. Lane, 61, of Anderson Township died Dec. 27. Survived by sons Chris (Lisa) and Matt (Lisa) Lane; siblings Carol, Margie, Joe, Roy, Jim and Mildred; and grandchildren Rebecca, Cayla and Rachel. Preceded in death by son, Chad Lane; father; Charles


The church is at 5751 Kellogg Ave. Service is at 9:30 a.m. Call 232-5077.

Clough United Methodist Church

The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road,Anderson Township; 231-4301;

Faith Christian Fellowship

The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442;

Faith Presbyterian Church

The church is at 6434 Corbly Road, Mount Washington; 231-1339;


California Columbia United Methodist Church


ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Community HU Song 10 am

ECK Worship Service

FLORIDA MT WASHINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH SANIBEL ISLAND Quality, beachfront condos. Excellent service! Great rates! 1-888-451-7277


Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387


EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2013, Monthly Discounts •


100’s of Oceanfront/view Homes & Condos

Free brochure call 866-780-8334

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.


GULF FRONT û SIESTA KEY Condo complex directly on beach . All amenities. Screened balcony. Bright & airy. Avail. all of Feb. and March. Cincy owner, 513-232-4854

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy



Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

3:6,86:,6+40 '''%"(')*#&"+%!,$

95/KGD2 6J ":%%2; <6JH/-6C 68@:%%' =:%%' =:#% ( $$:%% <H8-6C ;5/8D8IK B6KJ5/K E6//C .588+/' B6J 46-A+C' *+KK 7335JJ ( 7>D0+ 15885/


+*:3 21 .#%CH'!#G9G& 5#GEDB! :)*43 21 <G9"BCB#%9; 5#GEDB! .DB;"GH% ( 2"A;C >A%"9& >$D##; (&& ($% #%&'!"% /AGEHG& .9GH 2?9B;97;H =9%"B$9!!H" 2$$HEEB7;H

Contemporary Worship Center on Forest Road

Beechmont Ave.

4 SUNDAY SERVICES 2 Traditional Worship Services 8:15 & 11:00 - in our Sanctuary 2 Contemporary Worship Services 9:30 & 11:00 am in our Contemporary Worship Center Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11:00 Services Plenty of Parking behind Church 7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

Building Homes Relationships & Families Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

“Tired of playing church? We are too!” Come join us at

CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff 513-474-1428 •


8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Walking Through The Darkness: Why Does God Allow Suffering?" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am


FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street (Newtown)


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister

Nursery Care Provided Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor


Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am

0603 .#G7;& @#9" .B%$B%%9CB- F= 4386)

!!%$ )+8F55- ?"$#&@=$&$!%% !+)%&$$ ,%&* /.("&&' -&"(. 0.(#.%1

INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

"*) %+!'&#(*$#

)$&.-* "-.(%*&!. '(,#+(


Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN



,55- <G+2G+/-



N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC Fantastic Specials Available!! DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit

Sunday Services



MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $90/2 persons. Singles $75. Suites $100-$120. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

2021 Sutton Ave 231-4445

11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001





Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to foresthills@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Forest Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.

Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556





The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Anderson Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280 » Cincinnati District 2, California and Mount Washington, Capt. Paul Broxterman, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400 » Newtown, Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280


Bobby Holtzclaw, 57, 1301 Victor Ave., barking dog violation, Dec. 11. Zachary Emery, 19, 7228 James Hill Drive, drug paraphernalia, drug instrument, obstructing official business, Dec. 9. John D. Johnson, 53, 3930 Eastern Ave., drug possession, Dec. 11. Mary L. Bulloch, 47, 1857 Mears, drug possession, paraphernalia, Dec. 12. Forest V. Mitchell Jr., 29, 4076 River Road, drug possession, drug instrument, Dec. 12. Sophia L. Robeson, 37, 6728 Alpine Ave., marijuana possession, Dec. 17. Jason P. Cope, 32, 512 Halifax, drug possession, drug instrument, paraphernalia, Dec. 14. Erik Harvey, 23, 6931 Goldengate, aggravated burglary, child endangering, Dec. 13. Two Juveniles, 17, drug possession, underage consumption, Dec. 10. Juvenile, 16, drug possession, underage consumption, Dec. 10. Juvenile, 17, theft, Dec. 12. Two Juveniles, 17, curfew violation, Dec. 11. Three Juveniles, 16, curfew violation, Dec. 11. Latoya J. Turner, 33, 1144 Considine, receiving stolen property,

Dec. 11. Ladonna Turner, 29, 1332 Chapel, receiving stolen property, Dec. 11. Tangie Wilson, 29, 1629 Daliner St., receiving stolen property, Dec. 11. Robin M. Wilson, 52, 610 Redman, disorderly conduct, Dec. 17. Larry M. Litsey, 64, 2320 Ginn Road, disorderly conduct, Dec. 17. Aaron C. Walker, 39, 784 Elizabeth St., disorderly conduct, Dec. 17. Angela R. Jackson, 32, 2191 Ohio Pike No. 154, theft, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 16. Rodney S. Poe, 25, 3278 Eiler Lane, theft, Dec. 16.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Leaf blower, etc. taken; $908 at 1883 Immaculate Lane, Dec. 8.

By Lisa Wakeland



$4,000 Guaranteed Payout Each Night! $5 - 6-36 Faces $15 - 90 Faces Computer


Buying Gold, Silver & Coins Photos on

Clothes taken from Macy's; $321 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 18. Phone taken from Cincinnati Bell store; $500 at Ohio 125, Dec. 15. Vandalism Vehicle damaged while traveling at 6900 block of Beechmont, Dec. 14.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations John McCormick, born 1980, possession of an open flask, possession of drugs, 1739 Beacon St., Dec. 9. Justin Stanger, born 1989, possession of an open flask, 1739 Beacon St., Dec. 9. Tyrone Berry, born 1992, possession of drugs, 6252 Corbly St., Dec. 10. Antwon D. Fairbanks, born 1979, possession of drugs, 3825 Stites Place, Dec. 14. Deandre Ray, born 1984, trafficking, 6110 Campus Lane, Dec. 14. Melissa Hail, born 1984, domestic violence, 2065 Sutton Ave., Dec. 16.

Incidents/investigations Assault 2301 Salvador St. No. 17, Dec. 11. 2120 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 14. Breaking and entering 5186 Wooster Road, Dec. 11. 3740 Kenilworth Place, Dec. 12. 6446 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 12. 1911 Sutton Ave., Dec. 9.

Burglary 1732 Sutton Ave. No. 10B, Dec. 9. Criminal damaging/endangering 3415 Wallace Ave., Dec. 10. 3534 Linwood Ave., Dec. 11. 42 Deliquia Place, Dec. 13. 1909 Mears Ave., Dec. 9. Theft 1837 Sutton Ave., Dec. 10. 1839 Beacon St., Dec. 13. 5065 Wooster Road, Dec. 14. 2700 Redfield Place, Dec. 14. 1910 Lehigh Ave., Dec. 9. 6253 Benneville, Dec. 9.

NEWTOWN Arrests/citations April Dugan, 24, 1409 2Nd St., drug abuse, Dec. 9. Johnathon Nell, 30, 316 East St., receiving stolen property, Dec. 9. Joan Shopes, 36, 493 Old Boston Road, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 10. Gina Howden, 43, 493 Old Boston Road, open container, Dec. 10.

Incidents/investigations Newtown police received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.

Man is charged with pandering


Rinks Flea Market Bingo

Door kicked in home under construction at 2031 Tall Pines, Dec. 15. Leaf blower taken from Louiso Lawn Care; $580 at Roundbottom Road, Dec. 13. Chainsaws taken; $400 at 7892 Anchor, Dec. 13. Burglary Forced entry made at 6931 Goldengate No. 501, Dec. 12. Criminal damage Substance poured on vehicle at 6073 Salem, Dec. 12. Domestic violence At Bennett Wood Court, Dec. 9. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization; $2,133.93 at 8634 Manitoba Drive, Dec. 13. Female stated card used with no authorization; $1,450 loss at 2394 Elston, Dec. 16. Theft Money taken from vehicles at 6771 Beechmont, Dec. 19.

Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 1060 Nimitz View, Dec. 17. Christmas decorations taken at 1059 Eastland Terrace, Dec. 12. Male stated ID used with no authorization; $6,400 loss at 6647 Hitching Post, Dec. 14. Money lost through Internet scam-Craig's List; $2,998.87 loss at 6839 Salem, Dec. 14. Change taken from vehicle; $30 at 699 Eversole Road, Dec. 15. Wallet taken from vehicle at 7655 Coldstream Drive, Dec. 12. Purse taken from New England Club at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 12. Coins taken from vehicle at 7674 Coldstream, Dec. 12. Saxaphone taken from school bus at 7132 Ravens Run, Dec. 12. Dog taken at 2110 Candlemaker, Dec. 18. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmer; $25 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 16. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1412 Pembridge, Dec. 13. Merchandise taken from Target; $106 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 12. Seven catalytic converters taken off vehicles at U-Haul; $5,600 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 12. Clothing taken from Macy's; $774 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 11. Merchandise taken from Macy's; $353 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 16.

2022 EIGHT MILE ROAD 513-474-4950 Tues. & Thurs. 10 - 6 Wed. & Fri. 10 - 7 Sat. 10 - 5 Closed Sun. & Mon.

Fri, Sat Nights/

513-931-4441 • 513-931-0259

An Anderson Township man was arrested Christmas Eve for allegedly having child pornography on his computer. Richard Tomkins, 69, was charged with pandering sexual materials involving juveniles and given a $100,000 bond, according to court documents.

A grand jury report on those charges was expected Jan. 3. Police allegedly found dozens of images and videos depicting child pornography on Tomkins’ computers and records show he was accessing this material up to the date of his October arrest for child rape charges, according to an affidavit signed by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark Bohan. Tomkins, who lives on

Turnkey Court, was arrested Oct. 18 for allegedly performing oral sex on a boy between July 2000 and August 2008. Court documents list the address of the offense as 1860 Eight Mile Road, the same address as the Forest Hills Swim Club. He faces 20 rape charges and six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Tomkins was released on bond and has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Court documents show that the boy was 8 when the Tomkins incidents began. A second victim is identified in the grand jury indictment, and the rape charges allege Tomkins performed oral sex on the two victims before they were 13. Tomkins’ attorneys for the two cases were unable to be reached for comment.

I am witness to raw emotions, decisive moments and events. So you can SEE the information you need to understand… to feel… to get involved. You want to get the whole picture? Get me, Michael Keating, at

Micheal E. Keating Photographer




To motivate. To educate. To make a difference. To save money. Enquirer Media provides unique local content essential to making better decisions — for yourself, your family, your business, your community. With more than 50 distinct local print, mobile and online products, Enquirer Media delivers.

Fairfield – 63O Nilles Rd.


Cincinnati -513-844-8O41 • Mobile 513-6O4-1486 Kenwood 513-791-4675 •

$25 Off



any new lite weight breast form

• Breast Prosthesis • Surgical Bras & Camisoles • Compression Hosiery • Lymphademia Sleeves • Custom and Fashion Wigs • Turban • Hats

$75 Off any custom wig

Coupon must be presented at time of purchase

Coupon must be presented at time of purchase

$5 Off

$25 Off

any bra

Coupon must be presented at time of purchase

any wig or top piece

Coupon must be presented at time of purchase

Call For Your Appointment!


Neighborhood representatives Stakeholders 50¢ WatchBattery Contactus ByRobDowdy JewelryRepair »VicNolting,ConeyIsland »MattDunne,Riverbendan...