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Stadium plan on Newtown agenda School wants to build sports facility on a village park By Jeanne Houck

NEWTOWN — Just a little more time.

Anderson Township recently adopted design guidelines for new or redeveloped commercial property that encourages smaller signs and different landscaping elements. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESZ

Anderson Twp. adopts design guidelines for businesses By Lisa Wakeland

Anderson Township has new design guidelines for new businesses or for commercial properties being redeveloped. The guidelines address items such as site layout, architectural materials, landscaping, lighting and signs. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach,” Assistant Township Administrator Steve Sievers said. “It’s more of a handbook for decision-makers and for developers coming into the community.” The guidelines would apply only to non-residential properties, Sievers said, and the primary focus is on Beechmont Avenue, the commercial areas near the Little Miami and Ohio rivers, and the Ancor area near Round Bottom and Broadwell roads. Kim Curtis, manager of Cappel’s on Beechmont Avenue, said the design guidelines are a good idea, especially the smaller signs, but hopes these guidelines don’t create a monotonous look in the business corridors. “I don’t like when the buildings all look the same, and I like the variety (in materials),” she said. Sievers said the guidelines, although somewhat general in nature, would encourage architecture and materials used in new or redeveloped properties to align with the character of the business district. Township trustees adopted the guidelines Dec. 19, but the final approval lies with the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission,

Anderson Township's newly adopted design guidelines address everything from site layout and landscaping to architectural materials and signs. Many businesses redeveloping commercial properties, like this one, have voluntarily complied with the guidelines. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

GUIDELINES Anderson Township’s design guidelines consist of five sections on site planning, architecture, landscaping, lighting and signage. Read the entire document, including the cover and introduction, online at atdesign.

which is meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, to discuss the design guidelines. The meeting is in room 805 of the Hamilton County administration building, 138 E. Court St. “It’s important for people to understand that you do not have to follow these guidelines, and we do not have zoning in place that requires it,” Trustee Russ Jackson said.



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Jackson said these guidelines help establish an aesthetic effect many businesses want, and developers have been voluntarily applying these guidelines as properties are redeveloped. Anderson Township’s design guidelines have a handful of objectives, including: » Assist the planning and design of quality developments and provide for increased opportunities and land use efficiency for redevelopment. » Protect property and private investment. » Encourage a viable and compatible mix of uses. » Encourage the integration of mixed uses in designated areas. » Encourage creative planning and design in the arrangement and siting of buildings, parking areas, circulation and access, shared parking facilities and ingress/egress arrangements, and elimination of multiple curb cuts. » Make the policy of efficient traffic flow subordinate to the policy of promoting an attractive and viable, pedestrian-friendly environment. » Allow the application of performance standards to development and redevelopment so as to mitigate any adverse impacts on adjacent areas and the business corridors. » Avoid piecemeal and fragmented development that detracts from the establishment of a viable business environment. » Promote public health, safety and welfare.

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That’s what Newtown Village Councilmen Joe Harten and Chuck Short say council needs to study Miami Valley Christian Academy’s proposal to build a football stadium and other sports amenities at Short Park, which the village owns. Village council members told academy officials in November that if council wanted to explore the possibility of embracing the school’s proposed improvements, Newtown would by Dec. 31 hammer out a position paper outlining what terms the academy must meet. Newtown Village Council discussed the proposal at meetings Dec. 2 and Dec. 10. Now, “We are having another work session on Jan. 14 – prior to the next council meeting – to discuss a final few items,” Harten said. “If that goes well, I hope that council will vote to direct the solicitor to begin discussions with (Miami Valley Christian Academy).” Newtown Village Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Newtown Municipal Center and American Indian Education Center at 3537 Church St. Issues that concern Village Council include who would be responsible for maintenance and insurance costs for any improvements at the 16-acre Short Park at 3623 Church St., whether additional lights and noises would hurt surrounding neighborhoods, how revenue from leasing the sports amenities would be divided and the composition of a joint governing board. Tom Rhodenbaugh, president of Miami Valley Christian Academy’s board of directors, has said the academy wants to increase its enrollment from about 350 students to 500, and that having a strong sports program will help reach that goal. The school at 6830 School St. in Newtown wants to build a football stadium because it doesn’t have one and has to play its “home” games at Turpin High School and Anderson High School. Miami Valley Christian Academy officials have said they’d also like to build football and baseball fields, basketball courts, a new track and possibly a playground, skate park and tennis courts at Short Park. See STADIUM, Page A2

Miami Valley Christian Academy wants to build a football stadium and other sports amenities at Newtown’s Short Park, which the village owns, to help increase its enrollment from about 350 students to 500.FILE PHOTO Vol. 53 No. 40 © 2014 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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The academy is proposing to build and pay for the improvements the first 25 years in lieu of paying Newtown rent. After that, the school would pay the village rent to use the improve-

ments. The sports improvements would be available for public use or rental for things such as concerts, tournaments, sporting events and fairs – so long as Miami Valley Christian Academy was not using them.


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Michael Rathke (right), owner of M.P. Rathke of Spiceland, Ind., is building an organ for the 215th anniversary of the Newtown United Methodist Church using 100-year-old Kimball pipes from a former Covington, Ky., church. At left is Rathke's assistant, Luke Redder of Maineville.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Church gets organ for its birthday By Jeanne Houck

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” Psalm 100:1 NEWTOWN — Sometime early next year, the congregation at Newtown United Methodist Church will be making a joyful noise unto the Lord with the help of a pipe organ with 100-year-old Kimball pipes – a gift from a former church in Kentucky. It’s all part of the Newtown church’s celebration of 200 years at 3546 Church St. and 215 years of existence. Newtown United Methodist Church is more accustomed to giving than receiving gifts. For example, the

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church’s 105 members raised more than $15,000 the last Lenten season for the Inter Parish Ministry, their neighbor just streets

away at 3509 Debolt Road. But Newtown United Methodist Church is happily accepting the former Kentucky church’s pipes, which organ guru Michael Rathke of New Castle, Ind., is using to make a new organ for the church. Newtown United Methodist Church Pastor Howard Preston of Mt. Carmel says the organ is, “a perfect example of repurposing and recycling.” “This instrument was made possible by the gift of 100-year-old Kimball pipes, an Ohio River Valley grant and benevolent gifts from many members and friends of Newtown United Methodist Church,” Preston said. “We will dedicate our new instrument with a concert of organ and choral music in 2014.” Rathke also is responsible for bringing the Kimball pipes to Newtown United Methodist Church. He’d been contacted by an organist at the Plum

Street Temple in downtown Cincinnati who was trying to help the Newtown church find a small pipe organ with some oldtime parts. About the same time, a retired Miami University professor contacted Rathke to ask whether he knew of anyone interested in 1910 Kimball organ pipes that owners of a former church in Kentucky no longer wanted. Rathke sure did. And while the Kimball pipework was the jumping off point for the new organ, Rathke eventually landed in a mindset that the instrument should ultimately be “suitable for Methodist worship in the first part of the 21st century.” “This is essentially a newinstrumentthatincorporates three or four sets of antique pipework that was a very good quality that we were able to reuse and revocie and repurpose,” Rathke said.



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Anderson Township’s Board of Zoning Appeals will not have a meeting on Jan. 9 because there were no new applications. The Board typically meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road.

Meeting changes

The Anderson Township Board of Trustees will conduct its interim workshop meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Interim meetings are primarily for discussions with staff, but the board may make some decisions. They are typically at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. The regular meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 23, and the public portion begins at 6 p.m. Regular meetings are typically on the third Thursday of each month. Both the interim and regular meetings are at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road.

Christmas tree recycling

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accepting Christmas trees for recycling at its Anderson Township location, 3295 Turpin Lane, off state Route 32. It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Remove ornaments, tinsel and other items from the tree. Containers and bags will be returned. This recycling is for Hamilton County residents only.

Donations needed

The pet pantry at the Anderson Senior Center needs small bags of dry cat food. Started in 2011, the program provides pet food to seniors receiving home-delivered meals. There is no need for canned cat food or dog food at this time. Donations can be dropped at the Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., and cash donations are also welcome. Call 474-3100 with questions.

Racino hiring 700

Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center, 6301 Kellogg Ave., is looking to hire 700 workers at the new racino that

opens in May in Anderson Township. A hiring center is now open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Jobs include food, beverage and gaming positions, and a full list of openings is available online, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center will feature a 1-mile dirt racetrack and the only turf track in Ohio, parimutuel betting, 1,500 games, six restaurants and a new clubhouse called the River Downs Club.

Singers invited

Women interested in joining the Forest-Aires women’s chorus group are invited to a welcome tea and refreshments for new members at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Burney Lane, Anderson Township. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings at Zion Lutheran Church. Proceeds fund voice scholarships for high school students. For more information, call Angie Bridges at 8434942.





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Forest Hills uses grants for security The Forest Hills Local School District recently received grants designed to improve security at public school districts. The grant dollars received by the district will be used to enhance security in two ways communications and entryway security. Up to $18,000 was awarded for the purchase of public safety radio systems for each of Forest Hills nine school buildings. The radios will provide to building administrators and staff easy, immediate and direct access to local law enforcement first responders. Additionally, up to $10,000 was awarded for entry-way security modifications at Nagel Middle School and Turpin High School. To qualify for the entrance security grant dollars, work on such a project had to be completed after Jan. 1, 2013. In Forest Hills, similar work had been completed at each of the other seven school

buildings prior to Jan. 1 of this year. These funds will be directly reinvested into additional security measures in our schools. Business Director Ray Johnson successfully applied for the grants providing up to a total of $28,000 for the above mentioned security enhancements. Johnson was pleased and impressed at the speed at which all of the grant applications were approved. The grant dollars are provided by the Ohio School Facilities Commission as the result of legislation passed by the state this past summer. “I think that the state, in light of all the unfortunate tragedies at school districts throughout the nation, realized that there is a need for improved ways for school staff and administrators to communicate with first responders,” Johnson said.


Ayer Elementary School students and staff celebrate their school's 40th anniversary. Principal Chris Flanagan spent the summer and early fall accepting donations to buy each child at his building a spirit wear T-shirt. The students modeled their shirts as they celebrated the anniversary with a group photo.

Turpin, Anderson H.S. science teachers use cosmic ray detectors For Anderson High School Physics Teacher Jeff Rodriguez and Turpin High School Physics Teacher Carmen Venditto, summer break provided an opportunity to spend several days conducting altitude studies using cosmic ray detectors. Their enrichment opportunity began the University of Cincinnati QuarkNet Center where physics teachers conducted explorations in particle physics, cosmology, and dark matter. During the first two days, the participating teachers enjoyed a workshop where they performed investigations and

analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. Highlights included completing the CMS masterclass exercise and a “virtual field trip” to talk with Femilab National Laboratory physicists. The next few days involved an exploration of dark matter run by UC professor and theoretical physicists Jure Zupan. Teachers analyzed data sets suggesting the possibility of dark matter and investigated current dark matter experiments around the world. The workshop concluded with a field trip to the Great

Smokey Mountains in Tenn., to study cosmic rays at high altitudes. Rodriguez, Venditto and with three other teachers recently made the trip to the Smokey’s to do experiments using specialized cosmic ray detectors. “We found a definite correlation between cosmic rays and altitude,” Rodriguez said. “The higher the altitude the more cosmic rays hit you. Luckily most all of them go right through you like you are Swiss cheese.” He explained that cosmic rays are very energetic


vary with altitude?” “We have measured local variations and there is not a significant difference,” Mr. Rodriguez said. However, the rate of cosmic rays in the mountains were double the rate found here in Cincinnati. This begs other questions, what about the rate of cosmic rays in an airplane, or in the depths of Mammoth Cave, and so forth. Questions we can’t answer are the long term health effects associated by cosmic ray exposure. But other scientists are studying the effects of these cosmic bullets on humans and electrical systems.

charged particles that continually bombard the earth. The study was to reproduce experiments conducted by other institutions around the United States. One of the common scientific tests is to reproduce experiments to see if the results are similar or different. The study conducted by Rodriguez, Venditto and colleagues is one that can be used to give teachers practice and professional development in using the equipment along with trying to answer a real science question “Does the rate of cosmic rays

McNick maintenance man up for award “Mike Woodruff, please report to the main office.” “Mike Woodruff, please report to the café immediately.” “Mike Woodruff, please report to the gym lobby.” “Mike Woodruff, please report to room 8 immediately.” How can any one person be everywhere for everyone? Just ask Mike Woodruff. He knows. Woodruff has served McNicholas High School for more than 20 years, and he is the consummate professional –

hard-working, resourceful, and kind. He is always available to lend a hand to others, no matter how much he has on his own to-do list, and it is always with a smile and a “Good Morning, Sunshine.” Woodruff was recently nominated for the 2013 Janitor of the Year award. He recently made the top 10 finalists list. If he wins, he will receive a $2,500 cash prize along with $2,500 in Cintas products and services for the school. He is the one person in the building who knows how everything works and what key goes to which lock.

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The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2013-2014.

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Sophomores Honor Roll - Alyssa Plaut and Grace Varley.

Juniors First Honors - Erica Behrens, Clair Hopper, Maureen Kimutis, Mary Lithen and Nicole Weaver.

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McNicholas High School senior Corrie Sheshull (14) is among the league leaders in assists for the Rockets. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

McNick guard is ‘warrior’ on court By Mark D. Motz

Anderson High School junior center Kelsey Herbert (25) lays the ball in over Kristin Mills (1) of Turpin during a 62-33 Redskins win Jan. 4. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Queen of the Hill hoops Anderson High School traveled across the township to face Turpin High School in girls basketball Jan. 4. Sophomore Maggie Harris scored 16 points to lead the Redskins to a 62-33 victory and improve their record to 8-4 (4-2 Eastern Cincinnati Conference). The Spartans fell to 5-4 (3-2 ECC) with the loss. Photos by Mark D. Motz

Turpin High School junior forward Mackenzie Campbell (24) drives lane against Anderson in a 62-33 home loss Jan. 4.

The Turpin High School defense crashed down on Anderson’s Maggie Harris on a drive to the goal. Harris made the basket and the ensuing free throw to help the Redskins to a 62-33 win over the Spartans.



MT. WASHINGTON — Ask nicely and she may do the tongue twister similar to her name for you. “She sells sea shells down by the sea shore,” said a somewhat sheepish Corrie Sheshull. The McNicholas High School senior glided through the words like so many idle defenders on the basketball court. Sheshull makes a habit of getting around tough situations, serving as point guard for the Rockets and landing among the Girls Greater Catholic League Coed leaders in assists. “The word I use on Carrie is ‘warrior,’” McNick head coach Greg Flammer said. “We depend on her for so much. She knows how to get up and down the floor, how to distribute, how to defend. She really makes a lot of good decisions for us out there. “I don’t think you can teach it. She is the same hard-nosed, tough kid who came in here as a freshman, only with all the experience to go with it now. She’s that player I know can get the ball where it has to go.” Sheshull lives in the Eastgate area and played her grade-school ball St. Veronica in Mt. Carmel. However, she didn’t become a point guard until she got to McNick. “Coach just likes how I run down the floor all the time,” she said. “I like to run it. I just try to get everybody pumped up. If it’s getting an easy bas-

ket off a good pass or making a steal and getting a layup, that’s a good way to do it.” At 5-foot-9 she is big for a point guard, giving her a height edge over many players trying to guard her. Sheshull readily admits having Hannah Taylor - her cousin and defending GGCL player of the year - running alongside her is another advantage she likes to exploit. “I get a lot of easy assists because of her,” she said. Flammer said, “She and Hannah have played together so long they are always in synch, which is a big help to us. Corrie missed a couple games for us and you could see how we struggled without her, all across the board. Our numbers just aren’t the same without her running the show.” Sheshull also played soccer for the Rockets in the fall. She hopes to attend the University of Dayton next year, where she may study education. Looking back, her favorite basketball memory to date was breaking the Anderson High School press and scoring the game game-winning basket on a fast break with less than two seconds to play last season. But she’s looking to create even better memories to close her career. “It’s been really fun so far, but we’ve got more to do,” she said. “I want to go far in the tournament. (Our seniors) have basically all been playing varsity together since we were sophomores. We feel like this is our chance to make a good run.”

Former Bearcat teaches, talks preps hoops By Mark D. Motz

ANDERSON TWP. — A glance at Alex Meacham might not inspire one to think basketball. Face it, he’s not a 7-footer. He doesn’t wear a size17 sneaker or have giant hands. He’s barely 6 feet, just another 30-something guy with a shaved head in a sweat suit you might see hoisting jumpers in a local park. Meacham - a 1995 Roger Bacon High School graduate and former walk-on player for the University of Cincinnati under Bob Huggins - resembles nothing so much as a pumped-up version of celebrity chef Michael Symon.


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The only real similarity, though, is that like Symon, Meacham always has something cooking. Especially in the world of local basketball. He wrote a book in 2000 about his walk-on experience. He teaches private lessons at the Mercy HealthPlex. He maintains a collection of more

than 350 pairs of Air Jordan sneakers. He runs the Shining Star AAU basketball program with 25 teams for boys and girls ages 11 to 17. “The goal is to teach them the game of life through basketball,” he said. “The game is secondary. Very few of these kids will even play in college, let alone make a living at it. We want them to understand they can learn about life - hard work, sacrifice, teamwork, discipline, competition, setting goals - and still have fun playing a game.” The latest dish Meacham is serving? Literally dishing on high school basketball as host of See SHOW, Page A5

Former UC basketball player Alex Meacham hangs out on the set of his television show Center Court. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Mark D. Motz and Scott Springer

Boys basketball

» Anderson fell 59-42 at home against CHCA Dec. 27 before picking up a 50-49 road win at St. Bernard Dec. 28. DeAnthony McCallum led the way with 19 points. The Red-

skins lost 50-37 at Kings Jan. 3 to fall to 2-6. » McNicholas won 6337 at Ripley Dec. 28, running its record to 5-1, behind16 points from Danny Byrne. The Rockets lost 62-43 at La Salle Jan. 3 as Byrne scored another 16 to lead McNick. » Turpin lost 59-53 at Amelia Dec. 28 dropping to 3-4 on the season. » Walnut Hills beat

Glen Este 67-49 on Dec. 27. Junior MaCio Teague led the Eagles with 21 points. The Eagles beat Aiken 59-49 on Dec. 28 as Teague had 36 points. Teague hit for 23 on Jan. 3 as Walnut Hills defeated Loveland 55-49.

Girls basketball

» Anderson had four players in double figures as the Redskins knocked


off Mother of Mercy 60-51 Jan. 2, improving to 7-4. The Redskins upped their record to 8-4 with a 62-33 win over neighborhood rival Turpin Jan. 4. » McNicholas beat Mariemont 59-48 at home Jan. 2, running its record to 7-4. » Turpin beat Amelia 49-32 Dec. 28; Mackenzie Campbell had 14 points and 15 rebounds to pace

the Spartans. » Walnut Hills beat McKinley 54-49 on Dec. 28 as sophomore Arielle Varner had 16 points. In the Braggin’ Rights tournament Dec. 29, the Lady Eagles defeated Thurgood Marshall 55-53 with junior Taylor Darks scoring 23 points.

Boys swimming

» Walnut Hills was third at the Milford Invitational Jan. 4. Junior Keira Hassel won the 100 butterfly and sophomore Casey Becker took the 500 freestyle.


ger stage in our area is important to me,” Meacham said. “Let’s face it, football is king around here, but there are a lot of great kids doing amazing stuff in basketball and they deserve some recognition. Taking up television has been a challenge, but one Meacham welcomes. Winter weather forced a guest on a recent program to cancel an appearance in the ACT studios, so Meacham and his team of interns had to put together a last-minute remote shoot. “We’re really learning on the fly,” Meacham said.

“It’s like being a basketball player again. You think you know how to do something, then you go do it and it’s very different, so you go back and work on it some more.” Show editor Sam Dunn - a former UC classmate of Meacham’s - said he spends up to 12 hours cutting together each 30-minute program. “It has to be visually appealing, which is on me, and it has to be be content appealing, which is where Alex comes in,” Dunn said. “He knows the game and how to talk with these kids.”

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his own cable access show Center Court produced at Anderson Community Television. Early episodes that will run November through March featured both studio sit downs and on-the-scene subjects ranging from player and coach interviews to training basketball players like boxers. “Giving high school sports - specifically high school basketball - a big-

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ond at the Milford Invitational Jan. 4. Senior Andrew Tengen won the 100 butterfly.

Girls swimming

Massa: A VB All-American season. During her final season at St. Ursula, Massa surpassed the school’s previous Massa record of 893 career kills and finished the season with 1,223 career kills. Massa credits her coaches and family for her success. She plans to play volleyball for Xavier University next fall.

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• Anderson Township Little League is in its 16th year • ATLL is the largest Little League in Southwest Ohio • ATLL had more than 1,110 players on 95 teams in 2013

Register on-line at or Register at our ATLL Open House January 11, 2014 • 10 am to 1 pm January 18, 2014 • 1 pm to 4 pm Anderson Government Center 7850 Five Mile Road Why ATLL? Kids from 4 - 18* have a great time playing ATLL baseball! Our mission is to develop the skills for each player while creating a challenging and positive environment in which to play baseball and enjoy America’s favorite pastime. *Players must be 4 years old as of April 30th, 2014 Anderson Township Little League, (ATLL) is an all-volunteer official Little League Baseball program and is part of the Ohio District 9 National Little League Charter serving Anderson Township, Mt. Washington, Newtown and Pierce Township. Visit us at e-mail at mail us at PO Box 541161, Cincinnati, Ohio 45254-1161 Needs based scholarships are available.


Sophomore Rob Rice of McNicholas scored a touchdown for the Bearcats this year.

St. Ursula Academy senior Kristen Massa of Anderson Township was recently selected for the Under Armour Girls High School All-America Second Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She was the only player from Ohio selected for the first or second team. Massa was also named Girls Greater Catholic League player of the year for 2013 and was named a top recruit by earlier in the



Last week’s question Should Ohio allow online voter registration, which would allow for an immediate cross check of license records and help prevent illegal voting? Why or why not?

“Of course, Ohio should adopt online voter registration. The greater number of people who can legally vote, the more our republic is actually democratic!”


“Ohio and all the other 49 states need to introduce voter registration systems that ensure that every person domiciled in the state over the age of 18 years is registered to vote. “I know of no other so called democracy in the developed world that works so hard to make it difficult for the less fortunate members of society to register to vote. “This is clearly unconstitutional since ‘All men (and women) are created equal’ except in the eyes of the Republican party which is bound and determined to disenfranchise as many of the potential opposition as possible. Apparently they concede that they can’t win the policy argument, so they just want to stack the deck by rigging the electoral role. “Given the millions of votes cast, electoral fraud, while it exists, is so miniscule that it does not affect the outcome of elections, but is used as an excuse for all sorts of laws aimed at limiting voter registration.”


“I think so, and why not. Everything else has gone electronic and states should have more control over the ancient method of registration.”


“The entire fuss over voter registration is so stupid I just wish someone would do it right and we could all follow the leader. “The problem with voter registration requirements is that the political motivation drives the efforts to make it harder to register and vote if you are poor, which apparently the Republicans have decided means you are Democratic. “Many poor people, particularly in the South, don’t

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have Social Security numbers because they were born in remote areas which didn’t have adequate public records. Others have been displaced, don’t have the transportation necessary to get the records they need, and so on and so forth. “This question is about online registration and immediate cross-checks. That would be an improvement, although Ohio’s registration process is pretty easy compared to many other states, and the manipulation that I’m aware of happens at the votecounting stage, not the registration or voting stage. “We should have a straightforward registration process that CONSTITUTES a form of identification which is interconnected to the license and Social Security system. If you are able to register to vote you are given a form of identification which is replaceable, and identifies you to the poll worker. “It might even make identify theft harder, if done right, since there would be one more level of confirmation available when a person’s true identity is in question.”


“No, it’s too dangerous with all of the hackers out there. Going in person and presenting a valid picture ID is much safer. There’s already too much voter fraud out there, as we discovered after the last presidential election.”


“I would be in favor of anything that would cut down on illegal voting. When I go to vote I know some of the people at the polls but I still have to show my identification. How can people vote that don’t even have any identification?”

Dave D.


Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251




Bengals first season started in 1968

As the Bengals continue their 45th season, some might recall their first in 1968, when veteran coach Paul Brown struggled with an expansion team in the old American Football League. Brown’s stellar record in Cleveland abruptly ended when owner Art Modell let him go. After a frustrating hiatus on the bench, Brown returned to the game, this time David in Cincinnati. Wolfford COMMUNITY PRESS The new franchise’s name GUEST COLUMNIST came from a short-lived Cincinnati Bengals team from the late 1930s. This expansion team drafted a few veteran free agents and several rising stars from the college ranks. Brown wanted more pliable rookies for loyalty and to build a future rather than talented prima donnas for short term gain. Early recruits included running back Paul Robinson from Arizona State, All-American center Bob Johnson from Tennessee, and Utah receiver Bob Trumpy. They also took experienced Miami Dolphin quarterback John Stofa.

Coach Bill Walsh joined Brown’s staff a decade before re-shaping the game at San Francisco. Brown set up training camp at Wilmington College, where he whittled down the original 125 recruits to 75 players. By their first exhibition game against Kansas City, Sports Illustrated called the squad “ragged and outmanned.” They lost 38-14. The team went 2-3 in the preseason. They gave Cincinnatians hope in the opening drive of their first regular season game at San Diego. Quarterback Dewey Warren replaced the injured Stofa and took the team 72 yards. But the Chargers went on to win 29-13. The first regular season home game against the Denver Broncos followed in Clifton (the Bengals played its first two seasons at Nippert Stadium). On an unseasonably cold mid-September afternoon hot chocolate rivaled beer sales. Just over 25,000 fans attended. The UC cheerleaders led the cheers. “I coached myself before I came,” a realistic Brown told an AP sportswriter. “We’re an expansion team…we have a tough nut to crack.” The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Dick Forbes wrote his players “are as nervous as a June

bride.” The band from Brown’s old Massillon school performed at halftime of a scoreless game. In the second half, Bengal Dale Livingston kicked a 49yard field goal, and then a healed Stofa hit Trumpy for a 58-yard TD. Denver then matched them with a field goal and a TD pass. The turning point came when they went for a first down from their own 46 yard line. “We felt we had to take the chance,” Brown told the Enquirer. “It was a big turning point, and of course the fans wanted it.” They finished the Broncos 24-10. In the locker room Brown toasted the team with a Coke, “To one in a row, men.” The Bengals finished with a typical expansion-team record, 3-11, and last in their division. Running back Paul Robinson rushed for over 1,000 yards and earned AFL rookie of the year. Trumpy led the team in receptions. And future Bengals coach Sam Wyche served as another backup quarterback in with 63 percent completions and nearly 500 total passing yards.

David Wolfford teaches government and politics at Mariemont High School.


Meets at 6 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, 7850 Five Mile Road. Phone: 688-8400. Web site: Trustees Peggy Reis, Russell Jackson Jr. and Kevin O’Brien; Fiscal Officer Kenneth Dietz. Township Administrator Vicky Earhart; Assistant Administrator for Operations Steve Sievers; Planning and Zoning Director Paul Drury; Public Works Director Richard Shelley; Facilities Manager Mark Magna; Police District 5 Commander Lt. Matt Guy, 474-5770; Fire Chief Mark Ober, 688-8400; Event Coordinator Amy Meyer.


Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at Ebersole Community Center, 5701 Kellogg Ave. Council President Krystal Alsept; Vice

President Diana Weir; Secretary, David Ross; Treasurer Kathleen Chandler.


Meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, at the administration building, 7550 Forest Road. Phone: 231-3600. Board members Julie Bissinger, Forest Heis, Tracy Huebner, Jim Frooman and Randy Smith. Superintendent Dallas Jackson, ext. 2945; Treasurer Richard Toepfer II, ext. 2963; Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services Natasha Adams; Director of Student Services Betsy Ryan, ext. 2948; Director of Business Operations Ray Johnson, Transportation Supervisor Richard Porter, ext. 2980; Communications Coordinator Sheila Vilvens, ext. 2966.


Meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month except June, July and August when it meets at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Rec Center 1715 Beacon St. Board President Courtney Vonderhaar, Vice President Robert Hayes, Treasurer Ryan Doan, Secretary Danielle Necessary; directors Jared M. Calhoun, Holly Christmann, Jim Fleming, Rebecca Kaminski, and Kirk J. Kavanaugh; membership chairman George Lehocky. Website:


Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 3536 Church St. Phone: 561-7697. Web site: Mayor Curt Cosby; council members Brian Burns, Chuck Short, Joe Harten, Mark Kobasuk, Curt Tiettmeyer and Daryl Zornes; Fiscal Officer Keri Everett, ext. 12.

Fireplace, wood stove safety tips to protect health

Home fire safety tips include more than installing fire alarms and developing a fire escape plan. While less obvious, fire places and wood stoves can produce pollutants that can harm your health, if not addressed. If you smell smoke inside your home, that’s a sign that harmful air pollutants are in your home. Wood smoke contains a mixture of air pollutants including microscopic particles. Studies show particle pollution can harm the lungs and heart and even cause early death. According to the U.S. EPA, particle pollution can trigger asthma attacks, impair lung

development in children, increase symptoms of COPD and cause coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. For peoMegan ple with heart Hummel COMMUNITY PRESS disease, particle pollution is GUEST COLUMNIST linked to heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, heart failure and stroke. People at greater risk from particle pollution, including wood smoke, are older adults, children and teens, and people with certain health conditions such as heart or lung disease



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and asthma. New or expectant mothers may also want to take precautions to protect the health of their babies. Burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance can reduce harmful air pollution.

Burn the right wood

Not all wood is the same. Always burn dry, seasoned wood to reduce particle pollution. Softwoods such as Douglas fir need six months to dry and hardwoods such as oak need at least 12 months. Garbage, plastic, treated lumber and driftwood should never be burned.

Burn the right way

Wet wood is a problem for your health and your pocketbook. It creates a lot of smoke and burns inefficiently, meaning the heat literally goes up in smoke. Moisture meters are inexpensive and available at hardware stores to test the wetness of wood before burning. Wood should only be used if the moisture content is 20 percent or less.

Burn in the right appliance

Like an old car that belches smoke out of the tailpipe, old wood stoves are bad polluters and less efficient. Newer, EPA-

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

certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts (wood stoves designed to fit into a fireplace), reduce air pollutants by 70 percent compared to older models. Remember, there are also some important regulations for open (outdoor) burning. Where you live may determine whether you can burn. To learn more about air pollution or open burning please visit Megan Hummel is the public relations coordinator for the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

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.





Executive Pastor Mark Putman and his wife Marge treated the kids like royalty at their decorated car. THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY

Pony rides were popular at the Family Fall Fest.THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY Student Ministry Director Matt Howe dressed as Captain Underpants for the preschool puppet show. THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY


Anderson Hills United Methodist Church recently conducted its annual Fall Festival. It was called “Family Fall Fest: Heroes Unmasked.” The kids got trading cards of Bible heroes. There were pony rides, hay rides, trunk or treat, puppet theater. More than 500 people turned out for the event which is designed as a community outreach.

Contemporary Worship Director Jason Collins hands out candy at the Anderson Hills Fall Festival. THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY

More than 500 people lined up for trunk or treat at the Anderson Hills Fall Festival. THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY

More pumpkin decorating at the Anderson Hills Fall Festival. THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY Pumpkin decorated like Abe Lincoln at the Anderson Hills Fall Festival. THANKS TO SUSAN MAHANEY




Art Exhibits

Art Events

repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Classical/modern/ contemporary visual conversation. Works by Jeff ChapmanCrane, Diane and Frank McElwain, Michael Scott and more. Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, New works by living artists, paintings that make perfect holiday gifts. Included are works by Beverly Erschell, Val Gottesman, Chris Griffin-Woods, Ray Hassard, MaryBeth Karaus, Keith Klein, Kate lackman, Jeff Morrow, Cindy Nixon and Sally Schrohenloher. Free. Through Feb. 1. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Glass for Greater Good, 6-9 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Artists create sculptures and/or functional works of art to be auctioned during the Art of Making Memories spring benefit. Benefits Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making program. Free, guests encouraged to bring art supplies to donate. 321-0206; Oakley.

Drink Tastings Winter Wonders Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Featuring wine specialist Alvin Feldman of Vintner Select, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Wayne Leussen, Rich Marksberry and Randy Marksberry. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-288-0668; Union Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Burn calories, sculpt your body and have a blast. $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Youth Sports Pre-School Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and pre-schoolers. Ages 4 and under. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

amorous adventures of Desiree, a touring actress. When her past and present lovers, and their wives, show up for a weekend in the country; surprising liaisons, passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities are all brought to light. $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Art & Craft Classes

repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Look See Do: Down on the Farm, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. See Chagall’s painting, listen to an Eric Carle story and make your own feathered friend to take home. Ages -1-1. $5. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Art Openings

Art Exhibits

Urban Art Show, 6-9 p.m., Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 3210 Madison Road, Live music and wine while viewing local artwork portraying varied depictions of urban environment. Exhibit continues through Feb. 2. Free. 321-8733; Oakley.

repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes

Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Art Exhibits

Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness General Joint Screening, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000. Fairfax.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, This captivating tale of romance in turn of the century Sweden follows the

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Healthy Eating. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Music - Concerts Aja, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Steely Dan tribute band. $18, $15 advance. 731-8000; Oakley.


Mercy Health will offer women screening mammograms in 15 minutes in its Mobile Mammography Unit 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Kroger store in the Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Call 686-3300 or go online to TO NANETTE BENTLEY Jupiter Night, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, View cloud tops of Jupiter and the four largest moons through historic 1843 and 1904 telescopes (weather permitting). Also take closer look at craters of the Moon. $7. 321-5186, ext. 3; Mount Lookout.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Pets Me and My Best Friend, 10 a.m.-noon, Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Pavilion. Aimed at preventing bites and strengthening children’s relationships with their dog. Children learn basics of how dogs communicate, how to be a dog’s teacher, how to play appropriately with their pet and how to approach an unknown dog. Ages 6-9. $8. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature. 321-6070, ext. 10; Mount Lookout.

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


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Art Events Art Exhibit: Remember Me, 2-4 p.m., Hyde Park Health Center Terrace, 3983 Rosslyn Drive, Terrace Auditorium. Photographs, video and writing from shared experiences between Mariemont High School students and residents of the Fountains Assisted Living at Hyde Park Health Center. Appetizers and light refreshments. Free. Presented by Hyde Park Health Center. 272-5573; Hyde Park.

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MONDAY, JAN. 13 Art Exhibits Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

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

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Art Exhibits Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.

7495 State Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 956-3729; Anderson Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelvestep fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. 2353062. Hyde Park. Caregiver Support Group, 3-4:30 p.m., Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community, 3550 Shaw Ave., Lee Library. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Hyde Park.

THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Art Exhibits repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.


Mobile Heart Screenings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kroger Mount Washington, 2120 Beechmont Ave., Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-819-0127; Mount Washington.

American Girl Fashion Show Auditions, 5-7:30 p.m., Beechmont Toyota, 8667 Beechmont Ave., More than 350 local girls needed to present historical and contemporary fashions to celebrate being an American Girl as part of American Girl Fashion Show. Ages 4-12. Free. Registration required. 205-9957; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings

Support Groups

Exercise Classes

Matcha Mystique, 4-5:30 p.m., Essencha Tea House, 3212a Madison Road., Taste matcha varieties. History, culture, preparation, health benefits and using matcha in your favorite recipes covered. Light matchainspired foods served as. $17. Reservations required. 533-4832; Oakley.

Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Lower level media room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Mount Washington.

Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Music - Classical

Youth Sports

Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m, Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; Mariemont.

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

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups



Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Through Jan. 26. 290-9105. Hyde

Health / Wellness

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 Art Exhibits repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 4-6 p.m., Mercy HealthPlex Anderson,

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 4-5:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Guadelupe Room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Through Nov. 20. 929-4483; caregivers. Anderson Township.

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

FRIDAY, JAN. 17 Art Exhibits repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville.



Incorporate healthy greens into your diet with pizza I was flipping through my gourmet food magazines and two items kept popping up as “newbies” for 2014. One is the herb fennel, in particular bronze fennel. I had to Rita chuckle Heikenfeld since I’ve RITA’S KITCHEN grown both green fennel, which produces a delicious bulb, and also bronze, which is grown for its leaves and seeds, for years. Fennel contains vitamin C and potassium, good for immune and nervous systems, and the heart. In fact, I just featured a fennel/garlic crust on pork roast on my cable show “Love Starts in the Kitchen.” Watch it on Time Warner local access. The other trend is kale, but not the oldfashioned curly kale like Grandma grew. Kale varieties are almost endless. You’ll find lots of recipes, including the two I mention in my pizza recipe. Kale is an easy cool crop, so grow some come spring. I’d also like to issue a formal invitation for you to share your favorite recipes and tips along with the story that goes with them. I’m not particular, so whatever you like to cook, whether it’s fancy, plain or in between is fine by me. If you send along a photo, so much the better!

Whole wheat pizza with garlic, greens and two cheeses We grow kale, including Locinato/Tuscan/Dino and Russian kale. Both are milder tasting than curly kale. Mixing kale with Swiss chard or spinach tones down the taste of kale. Greens like these contain nutrients essential for tissue growth and repair, and even your picky eaters will like this. You can use just chard or spinach if you like. 1 pre-baked 12 oz. Boboli whole wheat pizza shell 2-3 teaspoons finely minced garlic 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pizza sauce to cover Enough small Swiss chard or spinach and kale leaves to cover (or large leaves, chopped) 6-8 oz. Fontina cheese, shredded 3-4 oz. crumbled goat cheese Optional: Sliced tomatoes, chives

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir garlic into olive oil. Brush over crust. Top with pizza sauce and greens, overlapping leaves so entire surface is covered. Sprinkle with cheeses. Slice cherry or regular tomatoes and lay on top if you like. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Substitute Gorgonzola for goat cheese.

Rita’s pizza recipe features healthy greens plus two kinds of cheese.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Priscilla Pancoast’s heirloom corn pudding Wow – talk about lots of requests for this! The original recipe came from Priscilla’s mother’s cousin, who was from Niles, Ohio. “This almost has a cult following,” said Priscilla. Check out my blog for more corn pudding recipes, including the famous Beaumont Inn’s corn pudding, along with an old-fashioned version of this treasured side dish. 2 eggs 1 stick of butter1 package Jiffy corn muffin mix

8 oz. grated cheddar 8 oz. sour cream 1 can yellow corn with juice, approximately 15 oz. 1 can cream-style corn, approximately 15 oz.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter, beat eggs slightly, then mix everything together and put in greased 21/2 quart casserole and bake for about 45 minutes.

Tips from readers’ kitchens

Add extra flavor to box cakes. Nancy Mauch, a Clermont County reader and mom of my former editor, Lisa Mauch, shares this tip:

For box cakes, substitute milk or juice for liquid called for. “Adds another element of flavor,” Nancy said. Buying blue cheese in bulk. Dave, a loyal reader, said he found a five-pound bag of blue cheese crumbles at GFS (Gordon Food Service) for $19. He made batches of Nell Wilson’s blue cheese dressing and was looking for an affordable way to do it. Tomato preserve recipe a big hit. Lana Kay, a Northern Kentucky reader, made my aunt Margaret’s recipe last summer. “I was surprised how many people

had never tasted them,” she said. Lana shared it with an Amish vendor at a farmer’s market and I have no doubt it will become a big seller. Tomato preserves are another trendy, but really old-fashioned, condiment that chefs will be featuring this year. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.







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Women interested in joining the Forest-Aires women's chorus group are invited to a welcome tea and refreshments for new members at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Burney Lane, Anderson Township. This event kicks off the 2014 Encore season. The chorus members will rehearse and demonstrate the group's diversity and singing style. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings at Zion Lutheran. Proceeds fund voice scholarships for high school students. For more information, call Angie Bridges at 843-4942. THANKS TO JEANIE PETER


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Each year, The Cincinnati Horticultural Society (CHS) recognizes local residents and businesses whose personal dedication and love of gardening cultivates amazing outdoor spaces. The annual Gardener Recognition Awards program, sponsored by Roy & Jackie Sweeney, was recently conducted at The Kenwood on Kenwood Road. The following Anderson Township residents received awards: George Knoske The house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and the drive is downhill but they took care of a possible drainage problem with a French drain. A wonderful collection of lushly planted containers leads to a covered deck. The sloping garden has been terraced down to the woods and planted with vines, shrubs and a wide variety of trees. Kim and Dave Volker Set on several acres,

the approach has a large variety of beautiful trees. The backyard has an awesome display of perennials and shrubs set between walled terraces and pathways. There are two water features and many shrubs and vines that attract butterflies and birds. Containers add color and there are several unusual plant varieties. Several tranquil seating areas provide great places to sit and enjoy nature. Winners of the Roy & Jackie Sweeney Inspirational Award, which is an engraved crystal vase, one of our major awards. Stu and Cathy Scheller A 150 year old house serves as the setting for weddings and reunions in a garden with masses of color from Hollyhocks, Iris, Peonies, Cone Flowers, Hydrangea and butterfly bushes. A boxwood promenade leads upward to an open area where ceremonies are held. The owners have been developing this garden for eighteen years and it is still growing with more vegetables, a hosta garden and a Zen garden on the way.

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POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Amanda N. Braden, 27, 705 Walnut No. 1, theft, Dec. 12.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Laptop, adapter, money, etc. taken at Nagel Middle School; $908 loss at Nagel Road, Dec. 16. Fraud Female stated credit card used with no authorization; $1,825.69 loss at 1878 Rustic Wood, Dec. 15. Receiving stolen property Reported at Marcus Jewelers at Eight Mile Road, Dec. 14. Theft Clothing taken from Target; $113 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 12. Vandalism Irrigation lines damaged causing water to run at entrance way to Ivy Trails Community; $9,615.38 loss at Eight Mile Road, Dec. 11.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Angela M. Hawk, born 1975, assaulting a law officer, dis-

orderly conduct, resisting arrest, Dec. 25. James L. Wilson, born 1977, disorderly conduct, Dec. 25. Leconte Mitchell, born 1973, criminal trespassing, Dec. 28. Michael Ross, born 1989, criminal trespassing, Dec. 28. Raymond S. Garth, born 1982, criminal trespassing, Dec. 29.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery 2244 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 28. Assault 1825 Sutton Ave., Dec. 23. 2109 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 25.

1925 Lehigh Ave., Dec. 29. Breaking and entering 503 Stanley Ave., Dec. 23. 4757 Playfield Lane, Dec. 29. Burglary 4823 Winter St., Dec. 29. Criminal damaging/endangering 150 Penn Ave., Dec. 24. Theft 1040 Catawba Valley, Dec. 23. 4142 Airport Road, Dec. 23. 3910 Feemster St., Dec. 28.



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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS 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. Matthew Guy, District 5 commander, 825-2280 » Cincinnati District 2, California and Mount Washington, Capt. Jeff Butler, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400 » Newtown, Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280

Great American Cleanup gets more done Great American Cleanup events, which recently took place across the Greater Cincinnati region, saw a 20 percent jump in volunteers and a 360 percent increase in litter collection this year. These increases are the result of allowing communities more flexibility in scheduling. Volunteers cleaned up vacant lots, streets, parks, playgrounds, and alleys. Many groups planted flowers along their business districts and beautified their community gateways too. Historically a three-

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month program that centered on a single weekend cleanup in April, this year’s Great American Cleanup was expanded to a full season that ran March through November. For the first time, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful also allowed any neighborhood group, organization, or business that registered a cleanup or beautification event to receive cleanup supplies like trash bags, gloves, Tshirts, and water bottles. (In previous years, the Great American Cleanup was only open to commu-

nity councils.) This new cleanup season allowed Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to give organizers more strategic support and greater access to shared tools, resources, and volunteer groups. The results: » 182 cleanup events across more than 60 distinct communities » 9,098 total volunteers (a 20 percent increase) » 21,671 volunteer hours (the equivalent of more than 10 full time employees) » 243.51 tons of litter collected

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Pastor retires after 36 years at the pulpit Zion Lutheran Church members will have to come up with a huge memory book and photo album as they celebrate the 36 years that Pastor Harold Oliver has served them. Oliver has been in the ministry since graduating from Concordia-St. Louis in 1969. After serving in Silver Spring, Md., and Hickory, N.C., Oliver arrived at the 200-member congregation located at 1175 Burney Lane in Anderson Township in May 1977. In the Lutheran church, pastors have the option of putting their names in for a “call” so


another church can hire them. Oliver never did. He felt the Lord wanted him to stay at Zion and felt privileged to be the pastor of “this faithfilled, loving family.” His favorite memories are times he saw Zion members spontaneously reach out to each other in times of trouble. “It warms my heart to see such care from a church family. “When I would go visit someone in the hospital, it was very common to see a couple of Zion members already there.” Oliver also cites funerals as a highlight because it is wonderful when you


“know somebody made it all the way.” His prayer for Zion after he retires is that Zion continues to be a loving, caring, conflictfree congregation and establish a greater evangelistic outreach. Oliver says churches have become more complicated because there are more strands of ideas, variety of church backgrounds and preferences. He said only 30 percent of current Zion members have a Missouri Synod Lutheran background compared with much higher numbers when he started.


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


Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

Equipping Service: 4:30 p.m. Sat. & 8:50 a.m. Sun. Exploring Service: 10:00 a.m. & 11:10 a.m. Sun. Birth thru high school programs

3950 Newtown Road Cincinnati, OH 45244

513 272-5800

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

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DEATHS Lorraine K. Bell

Lorraine K. Bell, 97, of Anderson Township died Dec. 23. Survived by children Jane (Kevin) Smullen and James J. Bell; grandchildren Michael (Dana) and Timothy (Emily) Smullen; and great-grandchildren Caroline, Andrew and Catherine. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas Bell; parents Joseph Kearsey and Phoebe Hauck. Services were Dec. 27 at St. Rose Church, Cincinnati.

Gerard Blain

Gerard Blain, 73, of Anderson Township died Dec. 23. Survived by wife, Mary Jane Blain; sons Todd (Jocelyn), Brad and Trent (Heidi) Blain; sister, Beverly (Mark) Winder; sister-inlaw, Carol Ann Blain; grandchild, Taylor Blaine; and nieces and nephews Jeff (Kathy) Blain, Pam Bishop, Jenny (Chad) Hilyard, Valerie (Guy) Fried and Jeri Crowell. Preceded in death by parents James Kilgord Blain and Marie Koski. Services were Jan. 3 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church.

Susan J. Cook

Susan J. Cook, 63, of Anderson Township died Dec. 22. Survived by son, Ray (Lori) Winialski; daughter Sara (Jason) Willis; parents Harold and Esther Cook; brothers Wayne, Dave and Jeff; sisters Kathy and Janet; and grandchildren Alex Jackson,

Jordan and Jameson. Services were Dec. 28 at Hay Funeral Home.

Kenneth L. Lomboy

Kenneth L. Lomboy, 53, of Cherry Grove died Dec. 9. Survived by children Lindsay N. and Kenneth A. Lomboy; four grandchildren; siblings Scott and Vince Lomboy, Robin Lomboy Godfrey and Lisa Rich; mother, Nelda Lomboy; former wife, Susan Lomboy; and girlfriend, Kelly New. Preceded in death by father, Kenneth Lomboy. Services were Dec. 13 at Ralph Meyer and Deters Funeral Home, Cincinnati.

Donald E. Muchmore Donald E. Muchmore, 82, of Mount Washington died Dec. 16. Survived by wife of 60 years, Joan Muchmore; children Mary (Mike) Hedrick, Betty (Chris) Ford, Don, John (Tracy), Michael (Trish) and Matt (Abigail); brothers Clarence and Jerry Muchmore; grandchildren Tim, Lars, Megan, Jasmine, Michael, Dan-





Business starts a new food drive tradition This year, a new tradition was started at Beechmont Racquet and Fitness. The first Thanksgiving food drive was conceived by personal trainer and fitness instructor Blanche Stober.

After many conversations last year about what they could do to pay it forward, Stober and her clients were determined to make this happen. “Many of us at the gym are like family. We wanted to do something

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

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

4th Sunday, 11:00-11:30am

ECK Worship Service 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


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

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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


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

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7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Changed from the Inside Out: A New Mind"

FAITH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH ~ Solid Bible Teaching ~ 6800 School Street Newtown, OH 45244 Phone: 271-8442


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Senior Pastor Pastor Justin Wilson, Youth Minister Vibrant Teen and Children’s Ministries

Sunday Worship 10:30 am All ages Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Fellowship Meal 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Bible Study 6:45 pm All are Welcome!

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 Sunday Worship 9:00 am - Contemporary Service 10:00am Educational Hour 11:00 am - Traditional Service

Mildred L. (nee Hayes) MooreRammel, 86, of Cherry Grove died Dec. 18. Survived by children Patricia (Gary) Switzer, Judy (Wayne) Miracle and Jane (Carl) Mueller; step-daughter, Debi (George) Stevens; grandchildren Chris (Noel) Smith, Mike Miracle, Barb (Don) Tindle, and Melissa (Chris) Speakman; great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Preceded in death by husbands Earl A. Moore and Mike Rammel; step-son, Denny (Mickey) Rammel; and granddaughter, Erin Switzer. Services were Dec. 21 at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. Memorials to: Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, 681 Mt. Moriah Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

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Sunday Services 8 &10:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am

Programs for children, youth and adults 6000 Drake Road

Mildred L. Moore-Rammel


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

iel, Molly, Brian and Madeline; and great-grandchild, Brie. Preceded in death by daughter, Cathy Muchmore; parents Clarence Muchore and Helen Pfister; brother, Bobby Muchmore; and granddaughter, Isabella. Services were Dec. 20 at Guardian Angels Church, Mount Washington.

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where individuals of all ages could come together to pay it forward.” Stober chose to hold the food drive in conjunction with Inter Parrish Ministries. Inter Parrish Ministries serves approximately 400 families a month.

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