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Villages dismissed

Three area villages have been dismissed from an appeal in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas that challenges a zoning board decision to allow an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township. Newtown, Terrace Park and Indian Hill appealed the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision granting Martin Marietta Materials’ a special zoning certificate to operate the mine and variances to store explosive materials on its property, located near Broadwell and Round Bottom roads. FULL STORY, A3

Voice your opinion

The Forest Hills Local School District decided last week not to put a levy on the May ballot. What do you think? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing Cincinnati.com/ andersontownship into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

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The Forest Hills Local School District Board of Education has decided not to put an operating levy on the May ballot. During a work session last week, board members agreed too many Jackson “unknowns” existed to proceed with putting a levy on the May ballot. These unknowns included the amount of funding the state will provide, whether federal grant funding will be available and what the status of the economy will be in the future. Although an official vote was not taken, the decision to not put an operating levy on the ballot this May was unanimous. Board member Tracy Huebner was not in

The results of the Jan. 12 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at Cincinnati.com/ andersontownship asking readers if Anderson Township trustees should cancel their annual retreat are: Yes, it’s not important:

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During the December Board of Education meeting, Treasurer Rick Toepfer announced the district would make $3 million in annual reductions. The $3 million in reductions will include $1.2 million for all-day kindergarten. This was included in the prior five-year forecast, but eliminated after the district obtained a waiver from the state. Other reductions include $500,000 to $800,000 in supplies, equipment and self-insuring worker’s compensation as well as changes in health insurance benefits. Lastly, $1.2 million in staffing said an additional $3.2 to $3.4 million in reductions will need to be made over the next two years. These reductions will be in addition to $3 million in annual reductions announced at the December school board meeting. The school board did not determine when it would put an oper-

No new crosswalks planned Anderson Township is not planning to add crosswalks to Nagel Road after a 12year-old boy was struck crossing the street on Jan. 4. Alexander Aldridge, a seventh-grade student at Nagel Middle School, was struck after darting between two buses traveling in opposition directions on Nagel Road near Stonegate Drive. He was not in a crosswalk. “Nagel is a county roadway (and) any new crosswalks would have to meet the county engineer’s standards,” Assistant Township Administrator Steve Sievers wrote in an e-mail. “We have worked together to provide marked crossings … for persons traveling

ating levy on the ballot, nor did it decide on a specific millage amount during the meeting. The district could potentially put an operating levy on the August or November ballot or wait until 2012.

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reductions will be made which will involve the full-time equivalent of 19 to 24 employees. Superintendent Dallas Jackson said these staffing reductions would be across the board, but he said it would include 7 to 9 positions on the teaching staff. During a work session last week, the school board said it would not put an operating levy on the May ballot. By not putting an operating levy on the May ballot, Toepfer said an additional $3.2 to $3.4 million in reductions will be made over the next two years.

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from Stonegate to the middle school area. The township has no plans to add crosswalks in the area, at Sacred Heart (Lane) or Stonegate (Drive).” There are five crosswalks along Nagel Road – three at signalized intersections at Clough Pike, State Road and Beechmont Avenue and two mid-block crossings at Blackthorn and Pineterrace drives. Jeff Newby of the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office said there are a number of criteria that determine where a crosswalk should be located. “Crosswalks are always placed at intersections, if possible, (because) a midblock crosswalk is something the drivers would not be expecting,” he said. “Not every crosswalk is

marked with lines but the areas with larger pedestrian volume is where we put crosswalk lines or signs. Each situation is different.” The Engineer’s Office will review the accident report to ensure the crosswalk lines and signs on Nagel Road are up to standards, Newby said. “We’ll take a look and see if we can fix it, if there is a problem,” he added. John Vander Meer, assistant principal at Nagel Middle School, was stationed at the intersection of Nagel Road and State Road to monitor students as they walked home from school. “We’re here to make sure they’re safe and are using the crosswalks,” he said. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati. com/andersontownship.

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Nagel Middle School students cross the street at the intersection of Nagel and State roads after school ended Jan. 12. Other students were observed crossing Nagel Road near Sacred Heart Lane, which does not have a marked crosswalk, that same day.

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attendance. Superintendent Dallas Jackson said he was not confident about putting an operating levy on the May ballot. “We can make a more accurate judgment in the future,” he said. Randy Smith, who was selected as the new Smith president of the board, agreed. “We need to come up with a plan that is optimum for the district,” he said. “We owe it to the people in the community to take a conservative approach.” Board member Richard Neumann supported the board’s decision, but said the funding issues need to be addressed. “It’s only going to get worse the longer we wait,” he said. By not putting a levy on the May ballot, Treasurer Rick Toepfer

A natural gas fire that engulfed a small drilling rig on a private property Jan. 12 in Anderson Township was successfully contained by the Anderson Township Fire Department and eventually depleted itself later in the day. Officials said a company was drilling a shaft for installation of a geothermal well in the backyard of a property in the 2100 block of Huntersport Lane when the equipment struck a pocket of natural gas, sparking an explosion and subsequent fire reported to authorities at 9:15 a.m. The Fire Department used fire foam and water to suppress and control the flames, which reportedly shot up to 15 feet in the air. The crew was able to protect the nearby home and its large wooden deck until the fire went out about 1:30 p.m. when all of the natural gas in the shaft had escaped or burned, said Anderson Assistant Fire Chief Craig Best. No one was injured and there was no real danger to residents during the incident, Best said. Representatives with the drilling company, Duke Energy, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management were consulted in the process. After the fire, the Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management confirmed findings that the shaft contained no more natural gas. It’s not the first time the department has dealt with a natural gas fire of this nature, Best said. He remembers when a fire erupted in 1981 on Salem Road. It burned for more than two days and was eventually capped and sealed. He was a firefighter with the department at that time. “This one didn’t have the same pressure that it did back in 1981,” Best said. “But it was steady.” He said the department had just completed a plan to cap and seal the shaft when the fire went out.

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City to stop yard waste collection By Lisa Wakeland

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The city of Cincinnati has stopped curbside yard waste collection, a move estimated to save $900,000. City residents will no longer have yard waste – leaves, grass clippings and brush – picked up separately. Yard waste will still be picked up if it’s mixed with regular garbage as part of the weekly trash collection service, said Larry Whitaker, assistant to the director of the city’s Public Services Department. “If people set out yard waste with garbage we will pick it up as garbage and take it to the landfill ... but we want people to know going to the landfill is not the most environmentally friendly option,” he said.

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he won’t really be affected by the change in yard waste service. Mack said he lives near a railroad trestle off Erie Avenue and he generally puts his yard waste there. “A lot of neighborhood people dump their compost on the hill,” he said. The city also is ending its service where residents can call to schedule a special yard waste pick-up on non-collection days, Whitaker said. “That service will not pick up in the spring,” he said. “They’ve eliminated the program and there is not any indication that it will be reinstated.” Residents should call 591-6000 with questions. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/local.

BRIEFLY Volunteers needed

The Anderson Township Historical Society is seeking docents for the history room. Classes will be provided by the Historical Society in a one-hour session. New docents will receive a manual that gives background on township history. Contact Bill Dreyer at 4740568 or athsloghouse@ yahoo.com to learn more.

Chat with Forest Hills school superintendent

The Forest Hills Local School District will have another “Conversation with

Dallas” session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Anderson Township branch, 7450 State Road. The informal meeting will provide an opportunity for guests to meet and speak with Forest Hills Superintendent Dallas Jackson.

Game night planned

The Forest Hills Parents of Gifted Support will conduct Game Night 2011, a free event to chill out, roll the dice, and make new friends 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the M.E. Lyons YMCA 8108 Clough

Pike, Anderson Township. Bring a favorite game to share and join other game groups and contribute snacks or beverages to the “munchie table.” Drop-ins welcome, but if possible R.S.V.P. to surfin@ fuse.net or call 474-4677. The event is open to all elementary and middleschool age gifted children and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Max’s Meals fundraiser

The youth group from the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, is hosting an Italian dinner

fundraiser for local charity Max’s Meals. The dinner will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the church. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds benefit the charity. Kristi and Matt Meyer of Anderson Township started Max’s Meals after their son Max was hospitalized for aplastic anemia. Max received a successful bone marrow transplant from his younger sister Ellee. Max’s Meals helps provide meals, comfort and support to families of children who are receiving treatment at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Newtown fire station out to bid By Rob Dowdy rdowdy@communitypress.com

The Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District outgrew its Newtown fire station many years ago, and will soon have a new home in the village. The Fire District has bought the former E-check site at 7036 Main St. in the village and the project is currently out to bid. The project includes both renovations to the building as well as additions to meet the needs of the Fire District. Chief Tom Driggers said bids were expected to be opened Jan. 18 at the Fire Board’s meeting, and the board may award the project during its February meeting. Firefighters are expected

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The former E-check building will be the site of the new Newtown fire station. Renovations and additions on the building are expected to be completed by November. to be operating out of the new fire station by November. “We’re on schedule,” Driggers said. Newtown Councilman Mark Kobasuk said while the process to build the new fire station in Newtown has been time consuming it is now moving swiftly.

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“We encourage people to compost or use some of the drop-off sites that are available.” Mt. Lookout resident Bob Giglio said most of his yard waste is from raking leaves in the fall and he still plans to set out yard waste with his garbage. Giglio said he’s previously had to take yard waste to drop-off sites around Hamilton County, but that was a waste of time and gas. “I understand the position they’re in, but if they’re going to pick it up I’m going to take advantage of that,” he said. The closest drop-off site to Cincinnati’s east side neighborhoods is Bzak Landscaping, off state Route 32 in Anderson Township. Hyde Park resident Ben Mack said

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Three area villages have been dismissed from an appeal in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas that challenges a zoning board decision to allow an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township. Newtown, Terrace Park and Indian Hill appealed the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision granting Martin Marietta Materials’ a special zoning certificate to operate the mine and variances to store explosive materials on its property, located near Broadwell and Round Bottom Roads. Magistrate Michael Bachman dismissed Citizens Against Blasting On Our Miami (CABOOM), a mine opposition group, in an earlier decision. “At this point, we’re really disappointed with the magistrate’s decision, but we will continue our appeal because of the threat to the safety and environment the proposed mine has on our community,” said Anderson Township resident and CABOOM leader Cathy Burger. “It’s too important to allow without a fight.” Attorneys for the villages claimed in an earlier motion that they’re more aggrieved by the mine’s approval than

the general public because of the duty to maintain roads and provide safety services to residents. They also argued there would be a disproportionate impact on property values and that they own property in the immediate vicinity of the proposed mine. Bachman stated in his Jan. 10 decision dismissing the villages that three of the “arguments raise generalized claims regarding the villages’ duty to provide for the safety and welfare of the citizens.” Bachman further stated neither Indian Hill’s greenspace nor Terrace Park’s property across the Little Miami River is sufficiently near the subject property to grant standing in the appeal. Terrace Park Solicitor Bob Malloy said he disagrees with the magistrate’s reasoning. “My sense is that the communities involved, all of them, have much more interest (in this) and to arbitrarily draw a political subdivision line suggests that people who live several miles away in Anderson Township have more standing to appeal,” he said. Bachman also denied the motion to vacate the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision in which attorneys for the villages and CABOOM argued that Board attempted to rule on various zoning

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Forest Hills’ Facilities Committee vote challenged By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

The Forest Hills Journal has filed a lawsuit against the Forest Hills Local School District alleging the district violated the state’s Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit claims that a Sept. 9 secret ballot vote by the district’s Facilities Committee violated state law. The secret ballot was conducted during a meeting of the Facilities Committee, which was making a recommendation to the

Board of Education on a building configuration for the district. The Forest Hills Journal is seeking a permanent injunction to prohibit school district officials from conducting any future votes at public meetings by secret ballot. Additionally, the lawsuit claims the district violated state law by allowing a proxy vote by one of the committee members at the Sept. 9 Facilities Committee meeting. A proxy vote was made by committee Chairman Richard Neumann for committee member Glen

Additionally, the lawsuit claims the district violated state law by allowing a proxy vote by one of the committee members at the Sept. 9 Facilities Committee meeting. Prasser, who was unable to attend. State law requires a member of a public body to be present at a meeting to vote, according to the lawsuit. Jack Greiner, a lawyer for the newspaper, said, “Ideally we want

an injunction that prohibits the Board of Education or any committee the board appoints from voting on an issue via a secret ballot.” Greiner said an injunction would also prohibit a member from voting by proxy. According to Greiner, state statutes don’t specifically address votes by secret ballot. However, he said their use has only been recognized as permissible for county political party central committees. Neumann had said conducting the private ballot vote was legal. “I did consult with legal counsel

to make sure that was appropriate,” Neumann said during an interview last year. “The committee wasn’t voting on a legislative action. We were voting on a recommendation.” “The facts aren’t in dispute,” said Greiner. “It will come down to whether the court agrees with our interpretation of the law.” Bill Deters, an attorney for the school district, declined to comment. The case is set to be heard at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in front of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick.

HONOR ROLLS Mt. Washington School

The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2010-2011.

Kindergarten

Citizenship – Jada Adamski, Dylan Barrett, Michael Carlson, Atticus Cole, Elias Coorey, Braden Daniels, Katherine Ehlers, Loren Evans, Christopher Farrell, Esperanza Gomez, Abigail Gross, Corryn Guilliams, Griffin Harding, Ahmed Kalo, Kaitlyn Lang, Angel Lunsford, Olivia Matheney, Daisha McInnis, Emma McShane, Lynae Mann, Marisah Matthews, Miesah McDowell, Kya McIntyre, Dylan Nance, Sarah Osman, Uriah Paige, Kameron Perez, Lucas Pond, Peyton Ratliff, Camiron Saunders, Rudi Sweet, Anthony Ware, Bryson Weir, Anna Whetstone, Lillian Williams and Jada Wright. Perfect Attendance – Jada Adamski, Dylan Barrett, Sarah Baumgartner, Michael Carlson, Elias Coorey, Jocelyn Coorey, Griffin Harding, Maddux Ledbetter, Kya McIntyre, Dylan Nance, Jackson Ness and Sarah Osman.

First Grade

Citizenship – Melina Armentrout, Spencer Ast, Chase Broerman, Kaitlyn Bryant, Dameon Coates, Priyanka Chopra, Joshua Coyne, Lani Daniels, Isaiah Dukes, Emma Evans, Daniel Geeding, Evelyn Haskin, Mackenzie Horsley, Asia Howard, Dasani Howell, Gianna Hysell, Heaven Inman, Jakob Johnson, Myauna McDowell, Tyrone McKee, Sarah Murphy, Deangelo Prude, Abigail Rothwell, Jordan Savage, Marsha Schulze, Jenna Simpson, Michelle Simpson, Gabriel Soto Cruz, Jacob Stamper, Dearis Thomas and Aminah Thornton. Perfect Attendance – Spencer Ast, Emma Evans, Dasani Howell, Daniel JacksonBey, Jakob Johnson, Eva Karim, Lucas Jones, Gavin Perez and Skye Stoddard. Principal’s Honors – Chase Broerman, Priyanka Chopra, Lani Daniels, Emma Evans, Daniel Geeding, Kristopher Haithcoat, Evelyn Haskin, Mackenzie Horsley, Sarah Murphy, Michael Norton and Jordan Savage. First Honors – Melina Armentrout, Joshua Coyne, Isaiah Dukes, Asia Howard, Dasani Howell, Gianna Hysell, Jakob Johnson, Eva Karim, Amari Long, Myauna McDowell, Tyrone McKee, Seth Mundy, Abigail Rothwell, Jenna Simpson, Michelle Simpson and Dearis Thomas. Second Honors – Heaven Inman and Aminah Thornton.

Second Grade

Citizenship – Matthew Alexander, Kyle Barrett, Blake Bauer, Emily Baumgartner, Samantha Bonnell, Jonathan Buggs, Larry Byndon, Harleena Chopra, Vanessa English, Noah Escue, Josey Estepp, Kyler Fox, Janae Ferguson, Patience Gabbard, Fallon Gatian, Jacob Griswold, Olivia Hawk, Emily Haywood, Elexis Hollis, Rachel Hughes, Kaitlyn Jackson, Amy Jenkins, Gary Jones, Claira Kimble, William Knott, Austin Perez, Annie Peskin, Charles Pond, Kala Simpson, Maggie Soult and Richard Watkins. Perfect Attendance – Kyle Barrett, Emily Baumgartner, Jerome Collins, Josey Estepp, Janae Ferguson, Xzavier Greene, Elexis Hollis, Amy Jenkins, Zander Montgomery, Annie Peskin, Brandon Roberts and Maggie Soult. Principal’s Honors – Blake Bauer, Emily Baumgartner, Samantha Bonnell, Noah Escue, Janae Ferguson, Jacob Griswold Alexis Hollis, Kaitlyn Jackson, Amy Jenkins, Claira Kimble, Brandon Schaeffer and Maggie Soult. First Honors – Matthew Alexander, Jonathan Buggs, Harleena Chopra, Vanessa English, Xzavier Greene, Olivia Hawk, Emily Haywood, Rachel Hughes, William Knott, Charles Pond, Khiya Ridley and Brandon Roberts. Second Honors – Kyler Fox, Patience Gabbard, Fallon Gatian, Ashley Harris, Annie Peskin and Kala Simpson.

Third Grade

Citizenship – Jenna Adams, Chris Adamski, Nick Ballard, Luke Barham, Eliza-

beth Bonnell, Kamille Brown, Alysia Busch, Kayla Corn, Eloise Coyne, Chloe Crosthwaite, Christian Decker, Bailey Donaldson, Frankie Farrell, Jasmine Frost, Allyson Graves, Casey Hill, Brian Lunsford, Allison Madden, Victoria Madden, Rimsky Mann, Emma Martyniuk, Jordan Myrick, Heather McCane, Sierra Norton, Gabrielle Phillips, Hannah Plummer, Nathan Remotigue, Cherokee Reynolds, Jailen Richardson, Keondre Robbins, Victoria Schaefer, April Trinidad, Alani Walker and Julia Ziesemer. Perfect Attendance – Jenna Adams, Luke Barham, Shayla Bennett, Elizabeth Bonnell, Samara Conrad, Kayla Corn, Christian Decker, Frankie Farrell, Jasmine Frost, Allyson Graves, Mahoganie Hill, Evan Karim, Rimsky Mann, Jordan Myrick, Seth Parsons, Nathan Remotigue and Miles Rubenacker. Principal’s Honors – Elizabeth Bonnell, Kamille Brown, Rimsky Mann, Emma Martyniuk, Nathan Remotigue and Miles Rubenacker. First Honors – Chris Adamski, Luke Barham, Eloise Coyne, Frankie Farrell, Jasmine Frost, Allyson Graves, Victoria Madden, Antuan Moore, Jordan Myrick, Sierra Norton, Seth Parsons, Gabrielle Phillips, Hannah Plummer, McKenzie Ratliff, Alani Walker and Julia Ziesemer. Second Honors – Jenna Adams, Shayla Bennett, Destiny Bonapfel, Alysia Busch, Christian Decker, Bailey Donaldson, Mahoganie Hill, Brianna Hoover, Allison Madden, Logan Ness, Brandon Oiler, Cherokee Reynolds, Jailen Richardson, Rickia Elaster-Robbins, Brian Lunsford, Victoria Schaefer, Micah Solomon and Max Vonderhaar.

Fourth Grade

Citizenship – Sereena Allen, Isabelle Angel, John Arbogast, Ariel Bailey, Raven Barton, Cody Bryant, Cameron Bynum, Tia Carroll, Cooper Donaldson, Dymon Early, Thaddeus Ehlers, Deasiah Gans, Andrea Goodwin, Rickey Greer, Brogan Harding, William Haywood, Joshua Hetzel, Dasani Ivory, Shea Jenkins, Jackson Lark, Javonta Lyons, Devon Mason, Jacob Matheney, Riley McIntyre, Sabrina Miller, Adriyan Minor, Rebecca Reynolds, Nicole Rothwell, Faith Sanders, Brooklyn Stone, Ainsley Sweet, Michael Teater, Amber Vaughn, Hannah Watkins and Celia Wissman. Perfect Attendance – John Arbogast, Cameron Bynum, Brogan Harding, Shea Jenkins, Javonta Lyons, Devon Mason, Riley McIntyre, Sabrina Miller, Adriyan Minor, Amber Peskin, Ainsley Sweet, Michael Teater, Amber Vaughn and Celia Wissman. Principal’s Honors – Thaddeus Ehler, Brogan Harding, Jacob Matheney and Celia Wissman. First Honors – Sereena Allen, John Arbogast, Ariel Bailey, William Haywood, Dakota Hulsey, Shea Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Cierra Knight, Adriyan Minor, Rebecca Reynolds, Rashawn Ridley and Ainsley Sweet. Second Honors – Isabelle Angel, Stephanie Boots, Cody Bryant, Cameron Bynum, Tia Carroll, Deasiah Gans, Andrea Goodwin, Dasani Ivory, Anastasia Johnson, Breanna Kerth, Javonta Lyons, Riley McIntyre, Amber Peskin, Nicole Rothwell and Faith Sanders.

Fifth Grade

Citizenship – Daysha Bennett, Jared Brown, Courtney Bynum, Kesara Carpenter, Adam Clark, Shekinah Dick, Abigail Donaldson, Andrew Eversole, Cole Fields, Alyssa Flege, Madalyn Graves, Jevaughnie Hall, Armon Harris, Patricia Holmes, Trinity Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Ashley Lang, Ben Levins, Justin Myrick, Alyssa Orabona, Feyi Oyediran, Pari Patel, Jane Paulson, Michelle Rhodes, Aaron Savage, Kathy Sebastian, Kevin Snider and Mia Van Beaver. Perfect Attendance – Daysha Bennett, Devon Brown, Jared Brown, Courtney Bynum, Kesara Carpenter, Marc Edwards, Jaid Freudiger, Madalyn Graves, Jevaughnie Hall, Trinity Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Ashley Lang, Christian McRoy, Alyssa Orabona, Pari

Patel, Michele Rhodes, Kathy Sebastian, Kevin Snider and Mia Van Beaver. Principal’s Honors – Adam Clark, Madalyn Graves, Ashley Lang, Alyssa Orabona, Feyi Oyediran, Michelle Rhodes, Aaron Savage and Mia Van Beaver. First Honors – Jeremy Barrett, Jared Brown, Courtney Bynum, Kesara Carpenter, Jevaughnie Hall, Demetri Hamilton, Ben Levins, Christian McRoy, Justin Myrick, Pari Patel and Jane Paulson. Second Honors – Daysha Bennett, Devon Brown, Ian Drews, Cole Fields, Alyssa Flege, Jaid Freudiger, Patricia Holmes, Trinity Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Ezra McQueen, Kathy Sebastian and Kevin Snider.

Sixth Grade

Citizenship – Katie Bartmess, Donovan Bingle, Kennedy Boseman, Bridget Burton, Corine Clust, Hannah Colwell, Kara Decker, Annaliet Delgado, Levi Dowers, James Erwin, Jayla Frost, Isabella Geeding, Julian Goodwin, Tamara Jackson, Matt Lane, Alexus Lunsford, Tyauna McFarland, Megha Patel, John-Allen Phillips, Stephanie Pineda, Janise Price, Marina Rubenacker, Bethany Sersion, Anna Simpson, Kaitlyn Soult, Chloe Sweet, McKenzie Wilson and Anna Yang. Perfect Attendance – Deajah Baskin, Kennedy Boseman, Erinn Carson, Cristyana Coates, Kara Decker, Annaliet Delgado, Jayla Frost, Cedric Harris, Elijah Hollis, Alexus Lunsford, Megha Patel, John-Allen Phillips, Stephanie Pineda, Janise Price, Alex Romero, Marina Rubenacker, Bethany Sersion, Kaitlyn Soult, Chloe Sweet, Xavier Williams and Adam Wissman. Principal’s Honors – Kara Decker, Jayla Frost, Isabella Geeding, Janise Price, Bethany Sersion and Anna Yang. First Honors – Katie Bartmess, Kennedy Boseman, Bridget Burton, Corine Clust, Annaliet Delgado, Aaron Hudson, Tyauna McFarland, Jacob Myrick, Megha Patel, John-Allen Phillips, Cassie Starr, Marina Rubenacker, Anna Simpson, Kaitlyn Soult, Chloe Sweet, Jared Walker and Adam Wissman. Second Honors – Deajah Baskin, Hannah Colwell, James Erwin, Savannah Gambill, Julian Goodwin, Cedric Harris, Elijah Hollis, Tamara Jackson, Stephanie Pineda, Alex Romero and Ronald Soult.

Seventh Grade

Citizenship – Logan Barham, Nico Brown, Jack Cornett, Chelsie Gamble, KeMoni Greer, Tiffany Herzner, Rachel Imlay, Isaiah Johnson, DeMarco Keels, Alexandria Kirkland, Katelyne Knight, Kerry Miller, Alec Rothwell, Alex Rosen, Craig Slagh, Sophia Spaulding and Roland Turner. Perfect Attendance – Logan Barham, Rodney Bolin, Nico Brown, Charles Bynum, Briana Finley, Chelsie Gamble, KeMoni Greer, Mekhi Hardy, Tiffany Herzner, Joshua Jackson-Bey, Isaiah Johnson, Kuku Karim, Taylor McCane, Kerry Miller, Alicia Porter, Craig Slagh, Je'Shon Smith, Sophia Spaulding and Evan Wilson. Principal’s Honors – Alex Rosen, Alec Rothwell and Craig Slagh. First Honors – Logan Barham and Mulan Greenway. Second Honors – Ashlie Alicie, Nico Brown, Briana Finley, Chelsie Gamble, Sierra Garland, Isaiah Johnson, DeMarco Keels, Maura Kimberly, Alexis Kirkland, Katelyne Knight, Kerry Miller, Wade Pearson, Alicia Porter, Kayla Shelton, Je’Shon Smith and Sophia Spaulding.

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary students were recently treated to a COSI presentation sponsored by the PTO. The topic was “Launch Into Space.” Parent Heather Suedof, left, is seen here explaining an experiment to fourth graders Vinny Ramundo and Lilly Varley.

CPS board elects officers, sets committees for 2011 The Cincinnati Board of Education elected Eve Bolton as president and Vanessa Y. White as vice president for 2011 at its annual organizational meeting, Jan. 3. Bolton Bolton, a retired teacher from Wyoming City Schools and a Cincinnati school board member since 2008, previously served as board president in 2008 and as the board’s vice president in 2010. White, director of community engagement and strategic initiatives for ArtsWave and the parent of four children attending CPS schools, joined the board in 2010. White chaired the board’s Partnership and Public Engagement Committee last year. The board annually elects a president and a vice president from among its members. Eileen Cooper Reed, board president for the past two years, was honored for her service at the meeting. In remarks following her selection as board president, Bolton said she believed 2010 had been “a historic year” for the district, alluding to CPS becoming the highest rated urban district in the state and to the recent ratification of a progressive new teachers’ contract by members of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers.

She also noted that successful implementation of the contract would be necessary in the months ahead to ensure “the promise of transformation becomes real.” White Equally important, Bolton said, will be addressing the district’s fiscal challenges in a strategic manner that focuses on teaching and learning, attracts community support and drives change. “I believe we have those drivers of change, that we will work hard to be worthy of community support, that we will continue to do great things together and will be bold,” Bolton said. The board also selected the members for its standing committees for 2010: • Finance: Eve Bolton (ex officio), Catherine Ingram, Sean T. Parker and Vanessa Y. White. • Partnership/Public Engagement: Eileen Cooper Reed, Sean T. Parker and Vanessa Y. White. • Policy: Melanie Bates, Catherine Ingram and Chris Nelms. • Student Achievement: Melanie Bates, Eve Bolton and Eileen Cooper Reed. Committee members will select a chair at their initial meetings of the year.

Eighth Grade

Citizenship – Sam Beiting, Tyrell Bynum, Jade Cornett, Tristan Evans, Amy Fletcher, Devin Griffin, Stephanie Massie, Alex Montunnas and Roxann Sullender. Perfect Attendance – Jacob Anderson, Nathan Birkley and Nichelle Jones. First Honors – Sam Beiting, Amy Fletcher and Devin Griffin. Second Honors – Jacob Anderson, Nichelle Jones and Roxann Sullender.

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Guardian Angels School students Amanda and Mackenzie Reinhardt’s dad, Darren Reinhardt, and his troop recently enjoyed cards made by the fifth-grade classes at the school. The troops wrote back that it means a lot to know people at home are thinking of all the men and women in uniform during the holidays and new year. Every grade at Guardian Angels participates in outreach programs during the year.


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• The Anderson wrestling team placed 13th with a score of 66.5 in the Fairfield Invitational, Jan. 8. • In girls basketball, Anderson beat Glen Este 46-40, Jan. 8. Anderson’s top-scorer was Mackenzie Kenney with 19 points. • In boys basketball, Anderson beat Kings 49-47, Jan. 10. Anderson’s top-scorer was Ben Martina with 14 points. • The Milford boys bowling team beat Anderson 2,3222,165, Jan. 13. Anderson’s Daniel Adams bowled a 422. • In girls bowling, Milford beat Anderson 1,928-1,292, Jan. 13. Anderson’s Sarah Hansen bowled a 239.

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Turpin’s Mariah Gador (left) and Kelsey Finn (right) strip McNicholas’ Katie Rogers (center) of the basketball during the Spartans’ 43-34 lost to the Rockets, Jan. 15.

The week at McNick

• The McNicholas boys basketball team beat Turpin 65-50, Jan. 8. McNick’s topsorer was Ernst with 21 points. Turpin was led by Mitch Stevens with 20 points. • In girls basketball, McNicholas beat Purcell Marian 7632, Jan. 8. McNick’s top-scorer was Ali Miller with 18 points. • In boys swimming, McNick placed 13th with a score of eight in the Milford Invitational, Jan. 8. • In girls swimming, McNick placed eighth with a score of 40 in the Milford Invitational, Jan. 8. • The McNicholas boys bowling team beat Summit Country Day 2,351-1,903, Jan. 12. McNick’s Kyle Grogan bowled a 376. • In girls bowling on Jan. 12, Summit beat McNicholas 1,792-1,785. McNick’s Sarah Berning bowled a 359.

The week at Turpin

• In girls basketball, Loveland beat Turpin 49-47, Jan. 8. Turpin was led by Kelsey Fender with 19 points. • The Turpin boys swimming team placed fifth in the Sycamore Larry Lyons Invitational, Jan. 8. • In girls swimming, Turpin placed second with a score of 218 in the Sycamore Larry Lyons Invitational, Jan. 8. Turpin’s Molly Hazelbaker won the 500 meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 8.50 seconds. • The Glen Este boys bowling team beat Turpin 3,0112,368, Jan. 10. Turpin’s Evan Cournelle bowled a 425. • In girls bowling, Glen Este beat Turpin 2,382-1,860, Jan. 10. Turpin’s Kasey Hickman bowled a 320. • In boys basketball, Turpin lost 53-52 to Little Miami, Jan. 12. Turpin’s top-scorer was Adam Boyer with 12 points.

The week at MVCA

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McNicholas’ Maggie Cowens (32) drives for a layup during the Rockets’ 43-34 victory over Turpin, Jan. 15.

McNick girls find success in the post By Nick Dudukovich

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The start of the 2010-2011 season proved to be a little rocky for the McNicholas High School girls basketball team after the girls dropped five of their first seven games. McNick’s Katie Rogers (23) has improved the post presence for the Lady Rockets. She is second in the GGCL Grey Central with a 44.1 field-goal percentage. But the squad moved to 6-7 on the season after a 76-32 drubbing of Purcell Marian Jan. 8. With the win, the Lady Rockets have wins in four of their last six contests. McNick head coach Gregg Flammer attributed the Rockets’ recent success to a change in the team’s style of play. Rather than be a quick, small team that can get up and down the court, the Lady Rockets have become a bigger team that can be a factor in the post. The move is still a work in progress, but Flammer believes the team has found a winning identity. “We are playing well and finding who we want to be,” Flammer said. “We are getting play out of post players and that’s been different from earlier in the year.” Two of those individuals, sophomore Katie Rogers, and junior Ali Miller, have been the catalysts for the Rockets in the paint. Rogers, a 6-foot tall Anderson resident, is second in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Grey Central Division with a 44.1 percent field-goal percentage. She scored 10 points and grabbed four

rebounds in the squad’s 47-41 victory over Mercy, Jan. 5 Miller also had 10 points, in addition to 10 rebounds in the Mercy win. Flammer said that it took some time for the duo to get used to increased offensive touches, but that they are adjusting well. “Ali has been key to what we’ve been able to do (on offense) and Katie has become a presence and she continues to get better,” Flammer said. The Rockets are also getting the usual play out of guard Stephanie Krusling. The senior is second in the Grey Central with 10.4 points per game. “She’s the heart and soul of this team,” Flammer said. “She’s our scorer, team captain and I just can’t say enough about what she does on and off the court.” Seniors Amanda Conrad of Anderson and Tricia Walsh of Amelia will also be relied upon as McNick advances into the second half of its season. Conrad is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game, while Walsh has been one of the Rocket’s best defensive assets. Flammer believes that the post-player surge, combined with McNick’s battle-tested veterans, could make the Rockets a difficult opponent for many teams this winter. “Stephanie, Tricia and Amanda carry our team and now we are getting more out of the younger girls in the post, and things are starting to fall into place,” Flammer said. “I’m happy with where we are going and we will work to get better as players, coaches and a program in general.” See more sports coverage at www.cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps

• In boys bowling, Clark beat Miami Valley Christian Academy 1,979-1,538, Jan. 10. • The Miami Valley Christian boys basketball team beat Immaculate Conception 6337, Jan. 13. MVCA’s top-scorer was Mitchell with 14 points.

Academic all stars

The Anderson High School football team has been named Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Only 20 out of more than 700 teams in Ohio received this honor. To be eligible for this recognition, coach Jeff Giesting submitted the grade point averages from the first quarter of the top 22 varsity letter winners. Their average grade point average was 3.79 with 7 of the players having grade point averages of 4.0. “We also had two players selected to the academic all state team - Thomas Krutka and Chris Shingleton,” he said.

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The McNicholas High School basketball squad and Ali Miller (floor, left) earned their sixth win of the season by defeating Turpin, 43-34, Jan. 15.

Spartan girls look to get on track By Nick Dudukovich

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At 5-5 through Jan. 12, the Turpin High School girls basketball team has some rough edges to smooth out. With a little more than a month remaining in the regular season, Spartans’ head coach Eric Fry is optimistic his team will be ready for playoff time. “For them to come in every day to practice, and have a positive attitude, and work hard – at 5-5, could we better? Yeah, but it’s nothing to be ashamed about,” Fry said. “(The postseason) is what it’s all about. It’s nice to win league, but we are preparing for the tournament.” Fry added that the team will focus on defining roles as the Spartans’ prepare for the second half of their schedule. “We need to do a better job of distinguishing who’s going to shoot, when to shoot, when to push the ball and we need to stay out of foul trouble,” he said. To address the problem, Fry said the squad has been practicing game scenarios. From taking time off the clock and playing with a lead, to playing from 12 points down, Fry is focused on getting his girls comfortable playing under various circumstances. The squad will also look to Mariah Gador for continued offensive success. The 5-foot-9 junior forward is averaging 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. She scored a seasonhigh 26 points during the Spartans’ 57-43 win over Amelia, Dec. 30. “Mariah comes in every day with a positive attitude, and it goes through everybody,” Fry said. “She’s working hard and

is vocal in practice…To see that one of your starters is stepping up as a junior…that will be instrumental.” Junior guard Ashley Long should also continue to contribute on both sides of the court. Long added versatility to her game in the form of tenacious defense. She’s also one of the squad’s main threats on offense, with an average of 10.9 points per game. “We’re happy with how she is coming along. To go from just a shooter, to helping out defensively…that’s been key,” Fry said. On the boards, sophomore Kelsey Finn has been critical to the Spartans’ rebounding efforts. Finn grabbed 31 rebounds in three consecutive games against Amelia, Little Miami and Loveland. “We knew one of our deficiencies would be rebounding,” Fry said. “Kelsey has come in and done a good job rebounding and doing the little things as a sophomore.” Junior guard Kelsey Fender has also stepped up big for Turpin during the last few weeks. Fender scored 15 during the squad’s 65-60 win over Little Miami, Jan 5. She followed that performance up with a 19-point game against Loveland, Jan.8. As the squad begins to take mid-season form, Fry remains excited about his squad’s potential. “If we keep playing our game, good things will happen,” Fry said. “It’s all positive and we are looking forward to tournament time. The girls are ready and everybody is on board. See more sports coverage at www.cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps

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Turpin’s Mariah Gador (right) is fouled by McNick’s Katie Rogers (23) during the Spartans’ 43-34 loss to the Rockets, Jan. 15.


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The start could have been better, sure, but Scott Martin will take it. The St. Xavier High School basketball coach, who had to replace all five starters from last year’s regional semifinalist squad, has led the Bombers to a 54 (2-2) start. “I think our guys have really progressed pretty quickly,� Martin said. “We’re slowly gaining experience.� St. X started 1-2 before reeling off four wins against Glen Este, Fenwick, Meadowdale and Springboro. The streak ended with a 59-55 double-overtime loss at Roger Bacon. St. X has developed an intriguing rivalry with the Spartans in recent years. Bacon has won the last

three meetings by a total of 11 points and had lastminute comebacks in each of the last two victories. Still, Martin was encouraged by what he saw against the defending twotime Divisions II-IV city champions and said his team may, in fact, be ahead of schedule. “Maybe a little bit, yeah,� he said. “Our guys have been really dedicated in practice. They’re working hard and putting a lot of time in.� Martin entered the season not quite sure who his go-to player would be, but senior guard Zacc Yauss of Colerain Township has assumed that role. He is among the top five in the GCL-South in points (10.5) and rebounds (4.8) and scored a career-high 30 points in a 68-53 win over Meadowdale Dec. 29. He

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last in GCL-South in scoring (52.9), field-goal percentage (37.9), three-point shooting (27.4) and free-throw shooting (55.5). “I think offense is one of our weaknesses because of the lack of experience,� Martin said. “But our guys are slowly developing. We just need to be more consistent.� Martin considers La Salle the favorite to win the league – St. X fell 58-43 at La Salle Dec. 17 – and knows his team will need a valiant effort to down either La Salle or Moeller this year. St. X has a home game with Lancers and a road game with the Crusaders Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, respectively. All games, of course, are preparation for the postseason. St. X has shown in recent years that its regularseason record is more less irrelevant come tournament

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Thomas More College junior pitcher Paul Uhl, a McNicholas High School graduate, has been named secondteam preseason All-American by the website, D3baseball.com. Last season, Uhl was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-PAC, first-team All-Mideast Region, Mideast Region Co-Pitcher of the Year third team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and a second-team All-American by the internet web site, D3baseball.com. Uhl had a stellar sopho-

more season for the Saints last year as he had a 10-1 record in 14 appearances this season. He had a 2.21 earned run average as he pitched 81.1 innings and gave up 29 runs (20 earned) on 61 hits and struck out 64. Uhl’s starts (13), innings pitched (81.1) and wins (10) are all Thomas More single season records. He also pitched a nohitter against Penn State University Erie, The Behrend College on April 19. In two seasons in the Royal Blue and White, Uhl has a 15-2 record and a 2.69 career ERA in 130.1 innings pitched as he has given up 52 runs (39 earned) on 103 hits and 101 strikeouts. Uhl and the rest of the Saints open the 2011 campaign on March 7 when they play Trine University on the first day of the Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.

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Joe Mezher of Anderson Township tips the ball away from Moeller’s Alex Barlow in the first half of play on Jan. 14 at St Xavier. time; the Bombers have won six consecutive district titles and entered those tournaments with records ranging from 18-2 to 10-10. “We use the regular sea-

son to find our weaknesses and build on them,� Martin said. “That way when it’s time for the tournament, we don’t have any glaring weaknesses.�

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was 10-of-14 from both the field and the free-throw line. “He gives us a solid foundation with what we’re doing offensively,� Martin said. “He’s got a pretty aggressive mindset, and he’s been very good defensively.� Four other Bombers – seniors Brian Robben of Loveland, Joe Mezher of Mt. Washington area, Will Muething of Kennedy Heights area and Sean Duggan of Sharonville – are all averaging between 5.5 and 6.6 points per game. “With this team, we don’t have an outstanding scorer,� Martin said. “We have to focus on the team concept in order to compete because no one or two guys are going to win games for us.� While the scoring balance has been helpful, Martin said his team must improve its scoring efficiency. St. X is

2008 Anderson High School graduate Maria Bennett, along with setting an individual record, joined

Wright State University’s women’s basketball team in setting a three-point shot record, according to her father, Larry Bennett, and wsuraiders.com. Bennett, also the daughter of Rosa Bennett, had a career-high 26 points in that game. According to wsuraiders.com, Bennett hit eight three-point shots in a 90-67 win over Valparaiso Jan. 15 at Nutter Center, as part of a team total of 13. The previous record of seven was set in 1994 by Joy Westendorf, tied by Lori Blanchard in 1996 and tied twice by Chanda Hollingsworth in 2000. This isn’t the first time Bennett has hit eight threepointers in a game or broke a school record for that accomplishment. She also did it with Anderson Nov. 29, 2006, against Milford High School.

More at Turpin

• Turpin gymnasts competed in the Mason Cup Jan. 15. Despite the loss of usual event scorers Megen Fehrenbach and Colleen Chapman, the team continued its

upward trend of besting last week’s team score. Of special mention were Sophia Spanos, who had personal bests on the Bars and Beam, and Alejandra Yapur, who improved her Beam score by 1.15 points. The team continues to rack up personal bests: Bree Stocker, Sammy Strong and Julianne Haney on floor, Morgan Jankowski and Madeline Turk on bars and Julianne Haney on beam and all around.

The week in Press Preps

• Nick Dudukovich reported on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s actions meant to balance scales between private and public school athletics. • We ran an item about a Jan. 16 high school boxing event featuring Moeller, Elder, La Salle and McAuley. • We listed the sporting event changes when the snow hit Tuesday, Jan. 11. To see this week’s stories and other blog entries, visit cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps

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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. wanted to make, whether deliberately or because of their bias. The first is that Obama promised that if we liked our health care plan, we could keep it. That was simply not true, and the primary reason is that he did not have the authority to make such a claim. The second point I wanted to

All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: foresthills@community press.com. 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. make was that I am totally opposed to the interference of the government in what are essentially “private sector” matters, such as “health insurance.” We can disagree, people, but let us be honest in how we do that. Bill Banchy Anderson Township

Social Security has specific guidelines for disability A financial planner recently wrote and said a client's husband may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. He said our website, socialsecurity.gov, gives him everything he needs for retirement planning, but he has a few questions about disability. Q. How does Social Security decide if I am disabled? A. Disability under Social Security for an adult is based on your inability to work because of a medical condition. To be considered disabled: • You must be unable to do work you did before, and we decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of a medical condition; • Your disability must last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. For adults, we use a five-step evaluation process to decide whether you are disabled. We consider any current work activity you are doing, your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work. For more information, read Disability Benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/100

29.html. Q. Does Social Security use a list of impairments to determine if I can get disability benefits? Ned Morrell A. We use a Community f i v e - s t e p to Press guest process decide whether columnist you are disabled. As part of that process, we check to see if you have a condition as described in the listing of impairments. If you do, we consider your medical condition to be disabling. Even if your particular medical condition is not on the list, you may still be found disabled. You can find descriptions of the conditions that appear in our Listing of Impairments in the publication, Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, also referred to as The Blue Book, at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/. Q. How do I apply for disability? A. You can apply for disability benefits online at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability. Applying online offers several advantages:

• Start your disability claim immediately – no need to wait for an appointment; • Apply from the convenience of your own home or on any computer; and • Avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money. If you do not want to apply online, or if you want to apply for another type of Social Security benefit, call 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment, or visit a local Social Security office. Q, When should I expect to be notified on a decision about my disability application? A. The length of time it takes to receive a decision on your disability claim is three to five months. It can vary depending on several factors, but primarily on: • The nature of your disability • How quickly we obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other medical source • Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim • If your claim is randomly selected for quality assurance review of the decision Ned Morrell is the manager of the Cincinnati North Social Security office.

Teachers not at fault for failures of our country’s educational system There has been considerable discussion in the Forest Hills Journal and other media sources about teachers, their pay, state and internationally comparative scores, and a lot of grousing about past and pending operating levies. I’d like to weigh in as I try to hide my bias. My mother was a teacher, as are my two sisters and my wife. I can attest that they weren’t/aren’t in it for the money, and I’ve always been less than amused at ads claiming “A college education will make you a $million more…” Shouldn’t there be a disclaimer about education? Like police and fire personnel and so many others in our culture, teachers are grossly underpaid for their contribution to our

society. As Turpin High School teacher Barry Riehle espoused recently in the Forest Hills Journal there are now a Dave Disher plethora of comrequireCommunity petence ments that Press guest teachers are columnist measured by annually. They should work, and may work in Forest Hills where a teacher’s day isn’t used up preventing in-class fights and dodging spit and disrespectful slurs. But I doubt it’s bad teachers that cause the lousy numbers in districts like Cincinnati Public

Schools; more likely it’s a lack of school and district leadership, lack of student discipline, and lack of parental support. I feel our president is – and past presidents have been – grossly remiss in not taking the opportunity to look into the TV camera and say, “Our culture cannot and will no longer tolerate and reward irresponsibility and bad behavior.” What am I thinking? That might cost someone votes. I believe 99 percent of teachers are dedicated to educating. They’re paid a pittance and held responsible for educating kids who come from all manner of positive and negative backgrounds, and who each carry the strength or baggage of societal, family/parental, genetic, and/or

physical and personality differences. Blasting teachers for our nation’s educational failures is like criticizing bank tellers for our recent financial collapse. Most teachers cannot begin to reverse the damage created by lousy or indifferent parenting and the politically driven lack of federal, state, district and board leadership. Most teachers should be goldgilded for the service they provide our culture beyond all odds. In some districts teachers would probably love to have “Parents/Admin Night” and be allowed to slap the parents and administration up the side of their heads. (They probably would have done so to us, too, for some of the

stunts our kids pulled in class.) Our kids were educated in the Forest Hills Local School District. We moved to Anderson because of the district’s ranking and met a lot of great teachers. To all of them I would like to say thank you very much for your devotion. But if I had the money and permission I’d put a statue of at least one of them on a pedestal in front of Anderson High School. His name is Andy Wolf, and in my opinion he has probably reached and changed more kid’s lives than most. While he’s not the only great teacher in the district he gets my vote for ultimate educator and coach for life. Dave Disher is an Anderson Township resident.

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Edward Kesler, assistant principal of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, gets ready to break a piñata.

Students from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School try to gather candy from a piñata that their teachers took turns trying to break.

Students dance during the school’s Fiesta de Reyes celebration.

Epiphany celebration

Immaculate Heart of Mary School recently conducted its Fiesta Reyes celebration. The event is a cultural celebration of the Epiphany of Jesus Christ. The tradition was exported to all countries colonized, and therefore, Christianized by Spain. The emphasis of Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s celebration is based on how it is celebrated in Puerto Rico.

The three kings stand as the Immaculate Heart of Mary School choir sings.

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Students watch as their teachers take turns trying to break a piñata. Nate Turner learns to salsa dance. Students from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School try their hand at salsa dancing.

Owen Schuh, a student at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, listens as the school choir sings during the Fiesta de Reyes celebration.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary School choir sings.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 2 0

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

FOOD & DRINK

Eat-Drink-Donate, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Teller’s of Hyde Park, 2710 Erie Ave., Food and beverage proceeds benefit Karen Wellington Foundation for Living with Breast Cancer. 3214721; www.tellersofhydepark.com. Hyde Park.

MUSIC - WORLD

Mick McEvilley and Friends, 8 p.m., Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Social room. Evening of melodious music and song with Mick and Friends. 533-0100; www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com. Linwood.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

The Yellow Boat, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Auditorium. $8. Presented by Turpin Drama. 232-7770; www.turpindrama.org. Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER

An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, By Samuel Langhorne Clemens, directed by Eleanor Shepherd and starring Bill Hartnett as Mark Twain. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc.. Through Jan. 30. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

RECREATION

Cornhole League, 8 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Feb. 24. Ages 21 and up. Family friendly. $40 per team. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township. Pre-School Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 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 Township.

YOUTH SPORTS

Rookie Basketball, 5:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Feb. 24. Boys and girls learn basic skills of basketball. First-graders: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Second-graders: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Family friendly. $58, $48 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 2 1

BUSINESS SEMINARS

Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; www.jobsearchlearninglabs.wikidot.com. Anderson Township.

DANCE CLASSES

Cardio Dance Party, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave., Highenergy class with mix of dance styles including jazz, Latin, hip hop and more. First class free. $40 for five-class punch card; $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 5339498. Oakley.

EXERCISE CLASSES

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

LITERARY - BOOK-

STORES Ron Purdon Quintet, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Swing music. Free. 396-8960. Norwood.

MUSIC - BLUES

Sonny Moorman Group, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 474-2212. Anderson Township.

MUSIC - ROCK

Headband, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., With the Manifest Station. $5. 8716249. Columbia Tusculum.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

The Yellow Boat, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, $8. 232-7770; www.turpindrama.org. Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER

An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 2 2

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave., Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, Noon-5 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, $10. 231-9463; www.watertowerfinewines.com. Mount Washington.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com.

NATURE

Going, Going, Gone?, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Learn about Ohio’s extinct and endangered wildlife. For Ages 8 and older.. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - STUDENT DANCE

Cincinnati Ballet preview of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cast members from Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy present portions of Shakespeare-inspired work. Free. 396-8960. Norwood.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

The Yellow Boat, 7:30 p.m., Turpin High School, $8. 232-7770; www.turpindrama.org. Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER

An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

RECREATION

Pre-School Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Codependents Anonymous, 9:30 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Room 206. Book discussion group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 5831248. Hyde Park. S U N D A Y, J A N . 2 3 Tea Tastings and Tea Leaf Readings, 2-5 p.m., The Spice & Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmondson Road, Sample black, white, red, green and herbal teas, understand their origins, health benefits and the art of brewing and enjoying tea. Free. 531-7000; www.spiceandtea.com. Norwood.

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. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

Aja, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Steely Dan tribute band. $15, $13 advance. 731-8000; www.the20thcenturytheatre.com. Oakley.

MUSIC - INDIE

Sparrow Bellows, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., With Incline District. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

MUSIC - WORLD

Robbie Burns Night, 6 p.m., Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Evening celebration of Robert Burns the great Scottish poet. Cocktails 6 p.m., dinner and program to follow. Cash bar available. 533-0100; www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com. Linwood.

FOOD & DRINK

Tea Tastings and Tea Leaf Readings, 2-5 p.m., The Spice & Tea Exchange, Free. 5317000; www.spiceandtea.com. Norwood.

MUSIC - CHORAL

Abendmusik: Choral Works of Brahms and Rheinberger, 4-6 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave., The Windrush Ensemble, Cincinnati’s newest professional choral ensemble, presents concert of choral works by Romantic composers Johannes Brahms and Josef Rheinberger. Brett Scott and Carlton Monroe, directors. Brahms’ op. 104 Funf Gesang, and op. 92, Vier Quartetten, along with Rheinberger’s rarely heard a cappella setting of the Requiem, op. 84 and his beautiful evening hymn, Abendlied. Free. Presented by The Windrush Ensemble. 227-9026; www.windrushchoir.com. Terrace Park.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Blue Birds Big Band, 9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, $3. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.

MUSIC - RELIGIOUS

Sunday Vespers, 7:30 p.m., Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Performance includes Fair in Face by Healey Willan and Ave Maria by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The Rev. Anthony Brausch presides. Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. Athenaeum Chorale. Anthony DiCello, music director. Free. 2312223. Mount Washington.

PROVIDED.

The Athenaeum Chorale will present Sunday Vespers in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington. The event is free. The performance includes “Fair in Face,” by Healey Willan and “Ave Maria,” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Call 231-2223 for more information.

NATURE

Shake Off the Winter Blues Hike, 10-11:30 a.m., Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Admire winter scenery and look for wildlife in quiet woods. Dress for cold. Meet in parking lot. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 231-8678; www.cincyparks.com. Mount Lookout.

ON STAGE STUDENT THEATER

The Yellow Boat, 2 p.m., Turpin High School, $8. 232-7770; www.turpindrama.org. Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER

An Evening with Mark Twain, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., 12-step group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 2310733; www.coda.org. Oakley. Divorce Care, 6 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., With 13-week seminar, find help, discover hope and experience healing. $15. Registration requested. 871-1345; www.divorcecare.com. Hyde Park. M O N D A Y, J A N . 2 4

COOKING CLASSES JGourmet, 7-9 p.m., A Forkable Feast, 3363 Madison Road, Program for Jewish young professionals ages 21-35. Theme: Happy, Healthy New Year. Taught by professional chef at A Forkable Feast. Family friendly. $15. Registration required by Jan. 20. Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 373-0300. Oakley. HEALTH / WELLNESS

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES The Joy of Painting: Landscape, 6-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Learn famous Bob Ross landscape painting method. Ages 16 and up. All skill levels. Family friendly. $50, $45 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.

EDUCATION Mad Science, 6-6:45 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Feb. 23. Includes “make and take” projects. For preschoolers. Family friendly. $65, $55 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township. Mad Science, 7-8 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Feb. 23. Includes “make and take” projects. Ages 6-8. Family friendly. $85, $75 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month. 407-9292; www.jazzercise.com. Anderson Township.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Open Mic with LoopManDan, 8:30 p.m.midnight, Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, All musicians welcome, bring your instrument. Free. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.

MUSIC - BLUEGRASS

The Rumpke Mountain Boys, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., With Roster McCabe. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

RECREATION

Pre-School Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

LECTURES

Climate Change Presentation, 7-9 p.m., Seven Hills School, 5400 Red Bank Road, With renowned arctic scientist George Divoky. Benefits Friends of Cooper Island. Free. Registration required. 271-9027; www.7hills.org>Quicklinks>George Divoky Presentation. Madisonville.

ON STAGE - STUDENT THEATER

The Cherry Orchard, 7 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Titus Auditorium. Curt Columbus’ adaptation of Anton Chekov’s play, moved from Russia to New England and given a Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) twist. $10. Tickets required, available online. Presented by Anderson Theatre. 232-2772; www.ShowTix4U.com. Anderson Township.

Balance and Fall Prevention Screening, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000. Fairfax.

MUSIC - JAZZ

Faux Frenchmen, 6:30-9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, 871-5779; www.fauxfrenchmen.com. Columbia Tusculum. Jazz Every Monday, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

PARENTING CLASSES

For the Love of Kids Parenting Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave., $15. Learn the nuts and bolts of Intentional Strength-based Parenting. Registration required. 231-6630; www.beechacres.org/For-the-Love-of-KidsParenting-Workshops.aspx. Anderson Township.

PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “King John” through Feb. 5. The historical drama centers around the youngest son of Henry II, John (Billy Chace) who has ascended to the throne of England, but tensions remain over who is the rightful heir. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 30 and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5, at 719 Race St. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-381-2273 or visit www.cincyshakes.com. Pictured is Billy Chace as King John and Sherman Fracher as Queen Eleanor.

RECREATION

Imagination Station, 6-7 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through March 7. No class Feb. 21. Play theater games, make props and crafts and dress up in costumes. Family friendly. $68, $58 residents. Registration required. 3884515. Anderson Township.

PROVIDED

E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22, at Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights. Monster trucks from across the nation will compete in side-by-side drags, wheelie shootouts and freestyle. In addition, top FMX stunt riders will perform stunts. A Pit Party/Driver Autograph Session will be 6 p.m. both nights. Meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos. Pit Pass party is free with purchase of an event ticket. Passes are available at Gold Star Chili locations. $19-25, advance adult tickets. Free child (ages 2-12) ticket with advance ticket. $21-27; $9, ages 2-12. $40, advance Gold Circle; $42 day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.bankofkentuckycenter.com or www.monsternationals.com.


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Why make difficult choices if we believe we can have it all? Making a choice sounds easy. Consider all the alternatives, fully weigh the pros and cons, and finally choose just one. Voila! We’ve just made a choice. Yet, making choices is not always easy, especially the ones that seriously impact our lives and require enduring commitment. All of us have struggled and made choices throughout our lives, and then lived with the results as best we can. We’ve believed that doing so is a sign of integrity, maturity and responsibility. In a recent book, “The Choice Effect,” three young authors point out how different their beliefs and lives are from ours. They say their lives are filled with far more choices to make than former generations. True. But what we may question is, “Even though more options exist today, how do they (or, do we) choose to deal with them?” Humans are still humans. They have decided to

choose to live more non-tradit i o n a l l y. M a n y people feel o v e r whelmed w h e n Father Lou faced with Guntzelman too many Perspectives of prt i oo nms which to choose. They, on the other hand, enjoy having options and trying as many as possible. So, they try to avoid making as many lasting decisions as possible and keeping options open. But they’re smart enough to worry about – as the book’s subtitle states – how that will affect “Love and Commitment in an Age of Too Many Options.” We wonder about that too, as we see more and more fragile relationships and marriages in which the choice of a permanent commitment is understood as a temporary commitment. Options for other lovers

seem to remain open. To identify their “new way” of thinking they’ve invented the term, choister (choice + oyster = choister.) Their definition: “A choister is a person who is inundated with choices and thinks the world is his or her oyster.” “Choisters are hypnotized by options and can’t imagine turning any of them down. The exact problem with choosing? It takes most of your other choices off the table. And who knows what pearl you just gave away?” say the authors McGibbon, Vogel, and Williams. But wait! Doesn’t something about that rationale sound similar to an immature child still struggling with instant gratification, or a lack of responsibility for one’s actions? Yes, choices can be difficult for many reasons. Some reasons are obvious, some unconscious, and some reach down to the deepest roost of our being. Reminding us of what it means to be a mature

Elder care a top concern for baby boomers It’s a problem more and more baby boomers are facing – how to care for their eldHoward Ain erly parHey Howard! e n t s . Everyone wants the best for them, but they’re finding Medicare only covers so much. That’s what Cathy Brinkman of Union Township learned after her 89year-old mother was operated on over the summer. “The hospital said to my mother, ‘You need home health care.’ My sister and I were scrambling around like, ‘You need to get somebody in here quick.’ I did not know the hospital offered it. I wish they would have said something in the first place,” Brinkman said. Brinkman was able to find a company that offered unskilled nursing care. “Unskilled does the assistance with medication, assistance to the commode, assistance with walking. My mother really needed someone to watch after her because she was a high risk patient,” Brinkman said. That was back in August and her mother, Elizabeth Blume, is doing much better now. But, who is going to pay for all this home health care? “We never told the insurance company she was going with this company for this and this company for that. We just asked, ‘Is home health care covered?’ Yes. ‘Is skilled nursing covered?’ Yes,” said Brinkman.

Brinkman said she believed everything was covered by her mother’s Medicare Advantage Insurance, including round-theclock unskilled care, also called custodial care. But, after several weeks, Aetna sent denial letters for the custodial care. Those charges amount to about $25,000. At this point, Aetna has paid all the bills for the skilled nursing care, it’s just the unskilled care bills that are in question. “She needed somebody on a 24-hour-basis – regardless of how many hours are covered, she needed somebody there,” Brinkman said. Insurance expert John Sherman, of The TLC Experts Inc., said there’s a great misconception about custodial care coverage. “It has to be determined by their physician and Medicare that their condition is improving and they need skilled care. So, if somebody is in a nursing home getting skilled care paid for by Medicare, they can also get some custodial care at the same time to help with the bath or something like that,” Sherman said. A spokesman for Aetna Insurance said its Medicare Advantage program does not cover round-the-clock in-home custodial care. It said Brinkman had been advised of this. But Brinkman maintains more than just custodial care was being given by that unskilled company and said Medicare should cover some of those costs. Aetna advises her to appeal and Brinkman said she plans to do so.

John Sherman said if round-the-clock care is needed for a while, often it’s best to go to a nursing home – even though that may sometimes be less desirable than returning to your home right away. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Church tradition continues As part of a tradition that dates back to a time when most church members were farmers, current members of Clough United Methodist Church once again decorated the sanctuary with a large cornucopia filled with food the Sunday before Thanksgiving. More than 40 years ago, Clarence Wolfangel started

this tradition by bringing produce from his farm to display on the altar as an act of worship before donating the food to the City Gospel Mission in Over the Rhine. Other members quickly followed his example and the food display, followed by the donation, became an annual event. CE-0000441594

human, psychotherapist Dr. Irvin Yalom writes, “For every yes there must be a no. To decide one thing always means to relinquish something else. Decisions are very expensive, they cost you everything else. Renunciation invariably accompanies decisions. One must relinquish options, often options that will never come again.” Are cheaters on their choices trying to avoid the grind of life? Those who struggle making important choices often use various methods to avoid making them: procrastination; delegation to someone else; devaluing the unchosen alternative; hav-

ing a thing make it for us e.g. flip of a coin, astrological sign; use a temporary solution in place of a longterm decision, “He’ll make a good first husband.” Some seek a comprehensive set of rules to relieve them of the pain of personal choice. Choisters just plan to enjoy all the options and claim there’s too many to even make actual choice. It is freedom that we fear. Instinctively knowing that healthfully-developed mature humans are made to be free, we yearn for freedom. Yet, when we realize we are free, there is a certain discomfort. We know that, “What I

freely choose renders me responsible for all that comes from this choice of mine and eliminates for me many other options.” From “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” comes excellent advice for him and for all of us: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@communitypress.co m or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Life

January 19, 2011

Cuddle up by the fire with a cup of homemade cocoa Just looking out the window at this winter wonderl a n d makes me feel snug as a bug in a rug. W e have plenty of wood and the Rita w o o d has Heikenfeld stove been going Rita’s kitchen nonstop. T h e snow is just wet enough, too, to make forts or snowmen. The last time it snowed I had three of the grandkids spend the night and we spent a good hour sledding down hills. Afterwards, a cup of real hot chocolate made tummies warm. Mine included.

My mom’s hot cocoa

It was a real treat for us kids to have a mug of this, since Mom’s budget was always lean. I make this with regular cocoa powder, not Dutch or the new dark cocoa powder. 1

⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa 3 ⁄4 cup sugar Dash salt 1 ⁄3 cup water

4 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Marshmallows Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Mix in water. Bring to a simmer and then stir in milk and vanilla. When hot throughout serve with marshmallows. Gilding the lily: Use 3 cups milk and 1 cup half & half or whipping cream.

COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD

Cold weather is the perfect time for a steaming bowl of chicken chili.

For Lisa Cassidy, a Delhi reader. This is a to taste kind of chili – you can always add more seasonings, etc. The secret ingredient is refried beans - that makes it nice and thick. I made this today for supper and it’s perfect to ward off winter’s chill. If you have a chicken chili recipe, please share for a future column.

11⁄2 to 2 cups onions, chopped 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic 1 red or other bell pepper, chopped Jalapeño peppers, chopped, to taste (opt. – can use red pepper flakes to taste or neither) 4 cups chicken broth 2 cans, cannellini beans or 1 can cannellini and 1 can black beans, drained 2 teaspoons each: cumin and oregano 2-3 teaspoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 can favorite refried beans Salt to taste Garnish to taste: Sour cream, chopped jalapeños, Mexican blend cheese, Cheddar, chopped tomatoes, green onions, cilantro

About 5 cups cooked, shredded or chopped chicken (deli-roasted chicken works great)

Film pan with olive oil. Add onions, garlic and peppers. Cook a few minutes until onions are transparent.

Cocoa with sweetened condensed milk

Check out my online column at www.communitypress.com for this recipe.

Rita’s chicken chili

Stir in broth, beans, chicken and seasonings. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, or until flavors blend. Stir in refried beans. Using a potato masher or back of spoon, mash the mixture a bit to make a thicker chili. Garnish as desired. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: you can use raw chicken, cut up, about 11⁄2 pounds or so. Cook with veggies until onion is transparent. Chicken will finish cooking in the broth.

Crockpot chicken chili

Check out my online column at www.communitypress.com for this recipe.

Ginger tea

This is a health giving, soothing tea, one that I share with my herbal students. Ginger helps settle the tummy and digestion. Lemon helps with the immune system and stress. Cayenne helps break up mucous. Honey is predigested so you get quick energy and a soothed throat. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated (leave peel on) Honey Lemon

Great Kids. Great Results.

New cookbook

For those who have enjoyed taking cooking classes at Jungle Jim’s – and for those who haven’t had the opportunity – there is now a cookbook available. Titled “15 Years of Cooking School Recipes,” it features more than 200 recipes from 58 different instructors and celebrity chefs, including our own Rita Heikenfeld. Rita’s included recipes are: • Herbed Goat Cheese in Baguette Spoons • One Hour Cinnamon Buns • Orzo and Arugula Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette (pictured) • Personal Pavlovas with Cinnamon and Ginger, Creme Chantilly and Triple Raspberry Sauce The cookbook costs $19.95 plus shipping. For more information or to order a copy, call the store at 513674-6000, e-mail contactus@junglejims.com, or go to www.junglejims.com. Shake of cayenne pepper (opt.) Bring a cup of water to a boil. Pour over ginger root and let steep a few minutes. Strain. Sweeten to taste with honey. Add lemon. Drink and get better!

Dijon salmon update

The recipe from Tom Keegan calls for 2 tablespoons butter. Eliminate that. A reader caught the mistake first and Tom treated her to a pound of fresh salmon. Now that’s good

customer relations! Here are some comments from readers: “Wonderful recipe – I’ve already shared it with two friends.” “Excellent – I’ll make again and again”.

Can you help?

Icing like Kroger and Meijer make for their cakes. For Janet. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

BUSINESS UPDATE Career moves

John Nagy of Anderson Township has joined TriComB2B, a Vandalia, Ohio, agency dealing in the business-to-business marketing of technical products and services, as a creative strategist. He will lead creative

efforts for TriComB2B, building multichannel marketing programs and promotional camNagy paigns. Nagy is a seasoned cre-

ative executive with a track record of creating brandbuilding communications for a host of well-known consumer and business-tobusiness brands. His experience includes work in a variety of accounts ranging from jet engines to SuperSoaker squirt guns.

Learn more about St. Ursula Villa... All-School Open House Sunday, January 30, 2011

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LPK (Libby Perszyk Kathman) has promoted Geoff Thomas to vice president and to the Executive Committee of LPK’s Board of Directors. He will provide broader over- Thomas sight and business perspectives focused on retaining and growing LPK’s portfolio of brands in the LPK Family business unit. In his 10-plus-year career at LPK, Thomas has served in a global-businessleadership role on a number of brand assignments He lives in Anderson Township.


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January 19, 2011

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Eagle Scout

Alec Bushman, a sophomore at Turpin High School, celebrates earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Bushman is the 100th Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 112, Mount Washington Presbyterian Church. Bushman’s Scouting experience began as a Tiger Cub in Pack 867 at Wilson Elementary where he earned his Arrow of Light. He went on to join Boy Scout Troop 112 where he has earned more than 21 merit badges. In addition to the merit badges earned, Bushman is a member of Troop 112’s Leadership Corps and has attended summer camps, participated in high-adventure outings which include backpacking in Glacier National Park, Mountain Man Camp in Virginia and backpacking at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Bushman’s Eagle Service Project was performed at St. Louis Church in Owensville. He plans to continue in scouts and to participate in more high adventure trips including Philmont Boy Scout Ranch again in the summer of 2011. PROVIDED.

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Runners take off in the Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk in Anderson Township. The Anderson Township Park District recently won a first-place award in the Health and Wellness Programming category of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2010 Annual Awards of Excellence for the annual Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk.

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Anderson parks earn two awards

Water Works offers paperless bill payment option Greater Cincinnati Water Works has teamed up with MyCheckFree to offer automated electronic e-bills with online payment. Now GCWW customers can choose to receive, view and pay their bill online saving paper and time. MyCheckFree services are free. Benefits include: • Secure online bill payments; • Receive e-bills and eliminate paper bills; • Payment reminders; • View statements online ; • Schedule payments. GCWW customers will receive information about the MyCheckFree payment option in their next water bill. Aside from utilities, MyCheckFree also provides payment services for other vendors such as credit card

companies, retail stores, mortgage companies and more. Customers can sign up for MyCheckFree by visiting www.cincinnatioh.gov/gcww or www.MyCheckFree.com. Once MyCheckFree is activated by a water works customer, they will receive one additional paper copy of their water bill in addition to the e-bill for the next bill cycle. After the initial bill is delivered via e-bill the paper version of the bill will be discontinued. Greater Cincinnati Water Works provides a plentiful supply of high quality water to more than 1.1 million people in parts of Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont Counties in Ohio and Boone County, Kentucky.

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Each year, a new commemorative poster is created to market Anderson Township’s most anticipated summer event, Greater Anderson Days. Greater Anderson Days is the largest fundraiser for the Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation Playground Fund and for the Anderson Township Fireman’s Association. The purpose of this promotional event poster is to connect with the Anderson Township community, increase awareness about the event proceeds, and increase attendance at this annual community celebration. Anderson Township Park District has invited the community the past three years to design the event poster. This year's winning design was created by University of Cincinnati student, Dou Hong, whose unique design not only captured the spirit of this event, but also aided in an increase of funding for these great causes. The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza.

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

5th Annual Wine Walk

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Tuesday, February 1st 6 - 10 p.m. Kick off American Heart Month with the Levee & Q102’s Wine Walk. For just $30, sample fabulous wines from different Levee venues and receive a commemorative Wine Walk wine glass.

Give from the heart but for the sweet tooth.

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University of Cincinnati student Dou Hong shows off the poster she created for last year’s Anderson Days. The Anderson Township Park District also won a thirdplace award in the Marketing: Print Publications or Materials category for the 2010 Greater Anderson Days Event Poster.

The Anderson Township Park District recently won a first-place award in the Health and Wellness Programming category of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association 2010 Annual Awards of Excellence for the annual Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk. The Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk began with the family and friends of Nancy Horn – a loving wife and mother – as a tribute to her exceptional view on physical fitness after she lost her battle with brain cancer in September of 2003. The first year was such a success that the Horn family wanted to share this event, and invited friends and family to nominate a loved one to be a Run to Remember honoree. Today, the event has expanded to celebrate the lives of almost two dozen individuals, and their legacy lives on through the Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation Playground Fund. The Park District also won a third-place award in the Marketing: Print Publications or Materials category for the 2010 Greater Anderson Days Event Poster.

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Letha Margaret Graham

Letha Margaret Graham, 98, of Tallahassee, Fla. died Jan. 3. Survived by duaghter, Betty “Betsy (George) Schmidt Hutton;

AMERICAN BAPTIST

Sundays

9:30am & 11:00am

Wednesdays

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.

6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and Classes for all ages.

Dianne Steelman, Pastor 4808 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-2954 www.Iinwoodbaptist.org

Blending Contemporary & Traditional

Sunday Worship - 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday Gathering - 6:00 p.m. “Meeting the Needs of a Changing Community by Sharing the Unchanging Love of God”

MT WASHINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH 2021 Sutton Ave 231-4445

Sunday Services

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 www.mwbcares.net

step-daughter, Charlotte Smith; stepson, Gary (Patsy) Graham and brother, Willis “Bill” (Elsie) Stropes; grandchildren Christopher (Linda) Hamilton, Alison Danaceau, Melissa

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 www.hydeparkbaptistchurch.org

ROMAN CATHOLIC

ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. www.stgertrude.org 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 CE-1001549702-01

Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

CHURCH OF GOD CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY

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

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527

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

New Loca on! 3950 Newtown Road

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

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

Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care

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6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-231-3946 www.mtwashumc.org 9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School All Are Welcome Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible

Building Homes Relationships & Families

Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am www.IndianHillChurch.org

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:

http://ascensionlutheranchurch.com

Good Shepherd (ELCA) www.goodshepherd.com

513.891.1700

(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am

Pastors:LarryDonner,PatBadkey,JesseAbbott,AliceConnor

UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Rd.at Beechmont Ave 231-4172

www.andersonhillsumc.org

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "Wisdom From the Parables: The Parable of the Sower"

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

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

Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

Mary R. Kelly

Mary R. Kelly, 81, of Anderson Township died Jan. 5. Survived by husband of 59 years, Francis X. “Frank” Kelly; sons Michael, Pat and Bob Kelly; daughters-in-law Beverly Brose-Kelly, Sue Kelly and Anna Kelly; sister, Peggy (Lou) Kraus; and grandchildren Brian, Erin, Sara (Ben Trautmann) Chris (Leah), Danny, Colleen and Sean. Preceded in death by father, Gilbert Rehbeck; and mother, Helen Love; and sister, Ann (George) Kernan. Services were Jan. 10 at Guardian Angels Church, Mount Washington. Memorials to Peanut Butter Fund, c/o Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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Cecilia E. Perro

Cecilia E. Perro, 87, of Mount Washington died Jan. 8. Survived by sons Donald A. (JoAnn) and Dale C. (Cherrie Richardson) Perro; daughter, Debra C. (Richard) Croley; sister, Margaret Montello; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Carmen D. Perro; father, Walter Stout; and mother, Helen Mongan. Services were Jan. 11 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Dessie Marie Smith

Dessie Marie Smith, 83, of Anderson Township died Jan. 10. Survived by husband, Walter E. Smith; daughter, Janice Sue Tomes; siblings Bradley and Eugene Lawson and Betty Lois Williams; grandchildren Linda Kallschmidt and Lisa Tomes and two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by father, Stanley Lawson; and mother, Maude Evelyn Ball. Services were Jan. 14 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Richard E. Turner

Richard E. Turner, 82, of Anderson Township died Jan. 10. Survived by wife, Geraldine Turner; sons Michael (Alicia) and Kevin Turner; daughters Toni (Mike) Bausch and Tracy (Keith) Lambert; and 11 grandchildrne.

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7134 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. Preceded in death by father, William Turner; and mother, Lola Stover. Services were Jan. 14 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.; or Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

Martha R. Twombly

Martha R. Twombly, 58, of Anderson Township died Jan. 8. She was a Spanish teacher at Summit Country Day School. Survived by husband, William M. Twombly; sons Michael and Nicholas Twombly; daughter, Caroline Twombly; and siblings Clara Galbraith, Connie Hofmann, Alberto and Fernando Ramirez. Preceded in death by father, Alberto Ramirez; and mother, Graciela Melgarejo. Services were Jan. 14 at Summit Country Day School Chapel. Memorials to: Hispanic Scholarship Fund, 55 2nd St., Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105.

RELIGION Clough United Methodist Church

The youth group will be working hard this coming year to raise money for special trips including a mission trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in July. The focus of this trip will be providing home repairs for residents of this Appalachian region. The church will have its Valentine’s Dinner again in February and will give away gift baskets and door prizes along with having a silent auction. The church is looking for donations of gift certificates and other products for the gift baskets and silent auction. In return, the donor’s name will be advertised. To donate, call 4058185, e-mail dave.s@fuse.net or send items to the church address. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255; 2314301; www.cloughchurch.org.

Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Rock Church ministry for students in grades 7-12 meets the third Saturday of each month 7-10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

NON-DENOMINATIONAL FAITH CHRISTIAN

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

271-8442

Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister

www.cfcfc.org Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging www.Kingswellseminary.org

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

Jeff Hill • Minister

www.connectionscc.org Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

Vineyard Community Church Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556 www.golovelive.com

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Danaceau, Adam and Kristina Hamilton, Benjamin, Sarah and Brittany Hamilton, Tommy and Charlie Smith, Alex and Angelina Graham; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, including Bill (Sandy) Stropes, Kimberly Liest and Gebbie Glutz; and many friends and loved ones at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, where she was a faithful member for 49 years. Preceded in death by husband of 36 years, Floyd Graham; parents Gertrude Quick Stropes and Charles Stropes; brothers Alfred, Ralph, Kenneth and Curg Stropes; sister, Betty Jane Liest and stepson, David Graham.

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The church’s youth group is having a fundraiser for Max’s Meals and More, a nonprofit organization started by Matt and Kristi, the parents of Max Meyer, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and was quite ill. The group is offering an Italian dinner to benefit the organization at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the church. Included is a delicious meal of pasta with homemade sauces, salad bar, garlic bread and dessert. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds benefit Max’s Meals.

About religion

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. If you are having a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation, holiday services or special activity that is open to the public, send us the information. E-mail announcements to easternhills@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Eastern Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Max received a bone marrow transplant from his sister, Ellee. The organization provides meals, comfort and support to children in treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As a result of their journey, they were inspired to help others at Children’s. The church is at 1950 Nagel Road, Anderson Township; 474-4938; www.lcresurrection.org.

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

The church offers ConnXions, a contemporary worship service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in fellowship hall.

Arrive at 5 for some coffee and fellowship time. Sunday morning services are the 9:30 a.m. Morning Glory service, a blended worship service, and the 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Childcare is available at all three services. Sunday school for children through sixth grade is held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Junior and senior high classes are at 11 a.m. Adult classes are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Youth fellowship is held every Sunday evening with dinner at 6 p.m. and a program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2650, www.mwpcchurch.org.

Mount Washington United Methodist Church

On the second Saturday of every month the community is invited to a free dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The church has a new, upbeat contemporary worship service at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday, featuring praise music with the uplifting message of God’s unconditional love. After the service, there is a time of fellowship with refreshments. Mount Washington United Methodist Church is located at 6365 Corbly Road; 231-3946; www.mtwashumc.org.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship services are held weekly at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., both services offer nursery care and children’s church is available for the 11 a.m. service. A variety of interesting Christian education opportunities are offered for young children, youth, high schoolers and adults at 9:45 a.m., between worship services each week. The church is at 1175 Birney Lane, Mount Washington; 231-2253.

Historical hats subject of presentation A “Historical Hat Show” will be presented 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 3, at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, on Forest Road across from Anderson Towne Center. The presentation, during the Anderson Hills United Methodist Women luncheon

general meeting, will be conducted in full Victorian costume by Joy Galbraith, owner and president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce “SUCCESS” award winner Costume GalleryNewport. The event will showcase 150 years of hats by returning to the Gilded Ages and hats worn by the “ladies” of the day from Pride & Prejudice to Jackie Kennedy. Galbraith will also explain the evolution of hats, along with bits of women-of-theday history. Her presentation will be dotted with discussion, humor, and try-on. Galbraith has worked in the costume field for more than 30 years. She has studied costume history and construction in Great Britain and continues

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What: Historical Hat Show When: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 3 Where: Anderson Hills UMC attending classes with both the US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the National Costume Association (NCA) and has received numerous OCTA Orchid wards for her costume designs. Her knowledge of costume history is invaluable to period re-enactors and museums. Her costumes have been worn on the international televised series NOVA, as well as regional and national commercials and films. Galbraith provides accurate reproductions and information to many local and national organizations.


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POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP

Arrests/citations

About police reports

Eddie Bryant, 28, 4621 Erie Ave., drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, Dec. 30. Martez Hadnot, 21, 1863 Hawkins Ave., theft, Dec. 26. Rafael Alfaro, 18, 1819 Sutton Ave., obstructing official business, Dec. 26. Rana L. Perry, 40, 1693 Clough, drug paraphernalia, Dec. 31. Juvenile, 16, fighting, Dec. 20. Juvenile, 14, fighting, Dec. 20. Sean E. Bruner, 39, 1656 River Dee Court, disorderly conduct, Dec. 23. Dillard L. Bruner, 57, 1656 River Dee Court, disorderly conduct, Dec. 23. Edgar Vazquez, 43, 127 Oakpost, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Dec. 18. Juvenile, 13, theft, Dec. 17. Sherry Whitfield, 43, 1800 Patrick Drive, theft, Dec. 21. Latonya McNear, 35, 1716 Iliff, theft, Dec. 21. Robert Hardin, 39, 2191 E. Ohio Pike No. 134, theft, Dec. 21. Bobby F. Turner, 28, 2191 E. Ohio Pike No. 63, theft, Dec. 21. Garold L. Barnhart, 54, 5877 Crittenden Drive, disorderly conduct, Dec. 23.

The Community Press publishes names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contactpolice: • Anderson Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, Brian K. Kilgore, 22, 222 Hickory St., theft, Dec. 24. Amber D. Byar, 20, 222 Hickory St., theft, Dec. 24. Michael P. Miller, 31, 500 University Lane, theft, Dec. 26. Juvenile, 16, curfew violation, Dec. 15.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Adult male was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton, Jan. 2. Female juvenile was assaulted at Turpin High at Bartels Road, Dec. 20.

Attempted theft

Entry made into vehicle at area of east I-275, Dec. 29.

825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 352-3591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280.

Burglary

Entry made into residence at 4138 Roundbottom, Dec. 10.

Criminal damage

Four tires punctured on vehicle at 1344 Coolidge, Dec. 31. Window shot with pellet gun at 1491 Apple Farm Lane, Dec. 27. Patio fencing damaged at Adis Sport Bar at 7925 Beechmont, Dec. 29. Windows broken in vehicles at 8381 Crosspointe Drive, Dec. 30.

Theft

Energy drinks taken from Walgreen’s; $6 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 26. Tools taken from truck; $680 at 6019

REAL ESTATE ANDERSON TOWNSHIP

Batavia Road: B.P. Exploration & Oil Inc. to Oday Properties LLC; $80,000. Broadwell Road: BEE Holdings Limited Partnership to Evans Michael; $145,000. Estate Ridge Drive: Grand Communities Ltd. to Fischer Development Co. II; $871,878. Estate Ridge Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Meyer Brian J.; $575,030. Pine Run Drive: Grand Communities Ltd. to Fischer Development Co. II; $871,878. 1035 Wittshire Circle: Tolbert Howard @3 to Tolbert Howard; $81,750. 1036 Beacon St.: Tri State Holdings LLC to Acus Christian; $77,900. 1275 Columbus Ave.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Koller Katherine A.; $54,000. 390 Bishopsbridge Drive: Sicking Elaine F. to Feldkamp Joseph F.; $500,000.

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

478 Sutton Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Thomas Karen L.; $58,000. 6573 Wyndwatch Drive: Global Quality Corp@2 to Kshirsagar Sudhir; $460,350. 7189 Bluecrest Drive: Tri State Holdings LLC to Equity Trust Co.; $59,900. 7692 Anderson Oaks Drive: Burke Paul J. & Leslie M. to Duermit Carolyn; $227,000. 8139 Broadwell Road: BEE Holdings Limited Partnership to Evans Michael; $145,000.

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5001 Kellogg Ave.: Jacobs Thomas to Jharbour Towne Yacht Club; $4,000.

Men’s ties taken from Target; $71 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 21. Purse taken from counter at Once Upon a Child at 8550 Ohio 125, Dec. 22. Delivery package taken at 2447 N. Heatherhill, Dec. 17. Handgun and ammo taken at 8587 Ivy Trails Lane, Jan. 1.

Squirehill Court, Dec. 27. Tools and GPS unit taken from vehicle at 6261 Berkenshaw Drive, Dec. 27. Jewelry taken; $1,800 at 861 Woodlyn Drive, Dec. 18. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 8285 Jakaro Drive, Dec. 30. I-Pod taken from vehicle at 7855 Woodruff Drive, Dec. 23. Magnetic sign taken from Queen City Pressure Washing at Pamela Drive, Dec. 22. Monies, lock box, etc. taken from vehicle; $2,997 at 7000 Copper Glow, Dec. 27. Female stated ID used with no authorization; over $5,000 at 2211 Spinning Wheel, Dec. 24. Merchandise taken from Bigg’s; $470 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 29. Counterfeit $20 bill passed at Walgreen’s at Eight Mile Road, Dec. 17. Delivery package taken at 1415 Pembridge Drive, Dec. 19. Purse taken at Anderson Township Bar & Grill at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 19. Merchandise taken from Gabriel Brothers; $114 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 21. Shoes taken from Gabriel Brothers; $25 at Beechmont Avenue, Dec. 21.

Vandalism

Vehicle damaged at area of I-275 at Five Mile Road, Dec. 26. Paint smeared on vehicle at 2100 Eight Mile, Dec. 21.

Theft

1700 Beacon St., Dec. 27. 1819 Sutton Ave., Dec. 29.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 NEWTOWN Arrests/citations

Amanda Warren, born 1984, domestic violence, 6217 Roxbury St., Dec. 28. Nigel A. Phillips, born 1988, aggravated robbery armed, 5577 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 30. Edward E. Langdon, born 1969, theft under $300, 2249 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 27.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery 2136 Beechmont Ave., Dec. 23.

Burglary

1502 Beacon St., No. 2, Dec. 26. 1819 Sutton Ave., Dec. 27. 1819 Sutton Ave., Dec. 29.

Arrests/citations

William Hughes, 21, 809 E. Battell St., bench warrant, Dec. 25. Megan Thurmond, 22, 4021 W. 8th St., driving under suspension, Dec. 26. Sarah Arnold, 18, 2012 Sleigh Bell Court, bench warrant, Dec. 29. Matthew Wado, 29, 447 Merravay Drive, bench warrant, Dec. 30. Elysia Bowling, 24, 3730 Hyde Park Ave., bench warrant, Dec. 31. Matthew Kidwell, 33, 5491 Beechmont Ave., bench warrant, Dec. 31. Mark McPherson, 47, 4309 Eastern Ave., open container, Dec. 31.

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2:18 p.m., Clough & Muskegon, person injured 2:50 p.m., Pebble Court, medical emergency 3:18 p.m., Eight Mile Road, sick person

Friday, Dec. 31

1:30 a.m., Corbly & Berkshire Club, person injured 6:51 a.m., Towerview Lane, chest pain 7:00 a.m., Stonegate Drive, person injured in a fall 7:44 a.m., Ramblinghills Drive, person injured in a fall 9:41 a.m., Eight Mile Road, medical emergency 10:06 a.m., Asbury Road, back pain 11:39 a.m., Laval Drive, abdominal pain 1:01 p.m., Coolidge Avenue, back pain 2:37 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, medical alarm 5:23 p.m., Pebble Court, assist back to bed 9:06 p.m., Northport Drive, hypothemic emergency 11:38 p.m., Salem Road, person injured in a fall 11:47 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive

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Keeping poultry not for the ‘chicken-hearted’

“Oh lady,” Nipper, my cocker spaniel sighed, abruptly stopping in midgreeting, “Where have you been this time?” “Nowhere,” I replied, lying through my teeth. “You can’t lie to me,“ he continued, tapping his front paw. “I have a very good nose. If I had to guess I’d say you’ve been in a barnyard.” “OK, OK,” I admitted, “I’ve been playing with chickens.” “Now I’ve heard it all,”

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boyfriend, Gordon Reed, built it after she determined that living in the garage wasn’t secure enough for her “girls.” The hens spend most of their time there, but Ms. Durbin also invites them into her home. She likes having one or more of them on her lap when she is on the computer or watching television. They also keep her company while she putters around in the kitchen. “They’re very sweet and affectionate,” she said, “They will coo and snuggle. If I go into another room, Eleanor will squawk.” Ms. Durbin’s interest in chickens began as a child. Growing up on a farm, she raised chickens for her 4-H project. The fascination renewed when she spotted a coop in the backyard of a home in Glendale. “I was charmed,” she said. “I decided that I wanted chickens.” But it was several years before she acquired her pets. A self described “stickler for details,” she researched the subject extensively. Over this time she took classes at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, asked for the advice of experienced ornamental show bird keepers and turned to online resources. There was much to learn about chicken breeds, housing, hatching eggs, dietary needs, health concerns and

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Jenny Durbin holds her hens Charlotte, Eleanor and Phoebe. predators. Her flock of four hens now includes Charlotte, Phoebe, Louisa (whom Ms. Durbin considers to be the prettiest but begged me not to tell the others) and Eleanor. She ordered all four by mail. There are no roosters in the brood because they are too noisy. “It’s those early morning wake-up calls!” Durban said. “Roosters make great pets but not good neighbors.” That means that when

she wants chicks she has to special order fertilized eggs and put them in incubator or place them beneath her hens. Durbin eats her pet’s eggs, but would never think of, well … going any further. “I love the eggs,” she said, “Every time I collect them, I take time to thank the hens.” She also carefully collects their droppings. “Chicken poop is golden to gardeners,” she said with a grin. “I use some myself

Also, check with your local city zoning office to make certain that keeping chickens as pets is legal in your municipality. and give the rest to friends.” Keeping chickens is a lot of fun, Durbin says, but it takes a tremendous commitment of time and effort. “It’s certainly not for the chicken-hearted!” she chuckles. For more pet care tips, visit www.marsiesmenagerie.com. If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at marsolete@insightbb.com.

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Post 318 First Vice Commander Jimmy Bussey raises the new flags over Hillcrest Cemetery, while Uniform Ceremonies Chairman Bob Calder salutes.

Hillcrest Cemetery flies new colors from Legion Anderson American Legion Post 318 recently provided two new flags to be flown over Hillcrest Cemetery in Anderson Township, as part of their “Flags for Schools and Community Program.” The new American flag and a new POW-MIA flag are larger than the previous flags that were in need of replacement. Members of Post 318 provided for the raising of the new flags in late November. Post 318 had previously provided the first POW-MIA flags at the cemetery. Hillcrest Cemetery, located on Sutton Road, is the burial site of military veter-

ans of wars from the Civil War through the Vietnam War, and was the site of a ceremony on Veterans Day in which Anderson Township coordinated a ceremony and the placement of a headstone on the grave of a Civil War veteran. Anderson Legion Post 318 provided the Color Guard and Rifle Squad for the ceremony. “It is always an honor for the American Legion, and especially Post 318, to be a part of any effort to honor the service of the American military of whatever era, and to keep the flag of our nation proudly flying,” Post Commander Don Bishop said.

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