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Clough concerns

Anderson Township resident Lynne Bockman wants rumble strips on Clough Pike. Bockman, who lives on Turpin Hills Drive, relayed her safety concerns about a series of “S” curves to the trustees at the January meeting. She asked for rumble strips to be placed down the center of Clough Pike, between Ohio 32 and Turpin Hills Drive. “I am just livid and I’m tired of seeing everybody cross the double yellow line at two major blind spots,” Bockman said. SEE STORY, A2

Voice your opinion

The Forest Hills Local School District Grading Scale Committee has recommended that the district change its current grading scale to match the College Board scale (see story, page A5). What do you think? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing 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.

Poll results

The results of the Jan. 27 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at andersontownship asking readers if Anderson and Turpin high schools should be combined into one high school are: Yes:


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The Martin Marietta case is closed after 17 months of hearings and thousands of pages of testimony. Both the mining company and the opposition made closing arguments in front of the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals last week. “The only chance the township is going to have in making this productive is to look at the good things that this plan proposes for your comprehensive plan,” Martin Marietta’s attorney Dick Brahm said. “It is not your obligation to look at the politics or the sympathy, your obligation is to apply the facts to the law.” Martin Marietta applied for a conditional-use permit for an underground limestone mine, and variances for storage of explosive materials, on more than 400 acres near the intersection of Broadwell and Round Bottom roads. The case has been before the Board of Zoning Appeals since August 2008 and nearly 150 people attended last night’s hearing. Several nearby communities have joined forces to oppose the mine, arguing that approval of this proposal will have a detrimental effect on the Little Miami River Valley. “The risk of going forward is simply too great,” said Tim Mara, attorney for Citizens Against Blasting On Our Miami (CABOOM). “If you take this step and give (Martin Marietta) permission to go forward there is no turning back, you cannot undo and you cannot rescind.” Bob Malloy, solicitor for Terrace

The Newtown Business Association decided not to stop to smell the roses this year, but that doesn’t mean the show won’t go on. The group recently considered a proposal that would create a new flower show, sponsored by the association, that would open the first weekend in May. However, after deliberations during its monthly meeting, the association decided not to support the show this year due to time constraints and other concerns. The proposal was brought before the business association by Pauline Murrie, owner of Main Street Cafe, and Anderson Township resident Pam Janson, who helps run Tall Tails Bistro in Newtown. The pair suggested the show would take place in May and would benefit the village businesses with the potentially high volume of people the event would

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Park, said Martin Marietta is asking the board to rely on the company’s assurances, but no one can predict if the mine will be a nuisance or affect the quality of life in the area. “Martin Marietta is asking you

to decide the fate of this area by looking into its crystal ball and I submit that those of us who try to make decisions by looking into crystal balls must learn to eat ground glass,” Malloy said. Scott Phillips, attorney for Indi-

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Amy Tangvald, right, and Tina Hesser, both Terrace Park residents, express their concerns about the proposed mine to Cathy Burger, lead organizer for CABOOM, during a hearing in November 2008.

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Residents from surrounding communities sign in at the first public comment session on the proposed underground limestone mine in Anderson Township last June. Nearly 150 citizens attended the Jan. 25 closing arguments.

an Hill, said Martin Marietta has failed to meet the burden of proof and is asking the board to throw common sense out the window. He likened the plan to trying to fit a square peg in a round hole because it does not fit within the township’s comprehensive plan for that area. Board member Jean Peter said the comprehensive plan is constantly evolving and does not represent an absolute requirement for that industrial area. Board member Brian Elliff said that though the comprehensive plan may be a guideline, it should be followed. Elliff also questioned how Anderson Township would enforce any and all conditions that may come with approving the mine. Board Chairman Kevin Osterfeld said that, should the mine plan be approved, any violation of the conditions could result in a revocation of the permit.

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The Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously decided to close the Martin Marietta case. Deliberations will be conducted in executive session and a final vote will take place in public. “The deliberation is not designed to be clandestine,” said Board Chairman Kevin Osterfeld. “It is far more functional, easier and quicker for us to sit around a table without distractions.” Though the case is closed and deliberations have begun, Osterfeld said it could take weeks or months before the final vote is taken. Check the Anderson Township Web site,, for details on deliberations and the date and time for the final vote.


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Newtown Garden Club

The Newtown Business Association meets 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The association works closely with local government, Greater Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and other public organizations. Meetings are open to the public and usually last about one hour. Membership is open to anyone with business interests in the Newtown area. For more information contact: Barb Greve, owner of Details, at or 271-1073; Pauline Murrie, owner of Main Street Cafe, at; or write to attract. Several members of the group questioned the logistics of putting such an event together in a relatively short time. Lynn Burger, owner of Burger Farms, said planning for this year’s Winterfest begins in February, about 10 months before it takes place. Bill Teater, owner of Great Day Productions, was concerned both with the timing and the lack of specifics about putting on the flower show in May. He and resident Charles Short agreed that they would like to see financial figures to determine how

much money the show could potentially make, the number of volunteers needed and parking logistics. Teater, however, did say if the show brings thousands of people to the village for an entire weekend it would certainly benefit Newtown business. “We can’t lose,” he said. During the Newtown Village Council meeting conducted on the same day as the business association meeting, Murrie informed council the flower show would be in May at Moundview Park. She said a new organization, the Newtown Garden Club, would

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Newtown’s newest organization, the Newtown Garden Club, is now looking for members. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Moundview Park. The membership fee is $10 annually, and those interested can call 289-3891 or 474-1422 for more information. sponsor the show and much of the proceeds would benefit local organizations, Moundview Park and the veterans memorial wall project. Murrie said she will attend the next council meeting to discuss logistics and answer any questions council may have in regards to the flower show. Mayor Curt Cosby said regardless of when the show is conducted and who sponsors it the Newtown Village Council will likely have questions for the organizers before any approval is given to conduct it in a Newtown park.



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Clough Pike curves concern woman By Lisa Wakeland

Anderson Township resident Lynne Bockman wants rumble strips on Clough Pike. Bockman, who lives on Turpin Hills Drive, relayed her safety concerns about a series of “S” curves to the trustees at the January meeting. She asked for rumble strips to be placed down the center of Clough Pike, between Ohio 32 and Turpin Hills Drive. “I am just livid and I’m tired of seeing everybody cross the double yellow line at two major blind spots,” Bockman said. “If those were installed it would be a wake-up call to people that they need to be a little more cautious and a

little more diligent in their driving.” Trustee President Russ Jackson said that Clough Pike is under Hamilton County’s jurisdiction and any alterations to the road would need the county engineer’s approval. Jackson said the trustees would suggest the idea to the county engineer’s office and will follow up on the issue. Trustee Vice President Peggy Reis said she has had a similar experience on that section of Clough Pike. “You can’t really see the car that is over the doubleyellow line until you are up on it and it’s very frightening,” Reis said. Bockman asked if it was possible to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph. Lt. Mike Hartzler, District

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portation. Hartzler said there have not been many accidents from crossing the center line, though speed can an issue. “Even if you are going

Stats and study Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, said he will conduct a study of Clough Pike, between Ohio 32 and Turpin Hills Drive, in the coming weeks. Auto accidents on this stretch of Clough Pike, according to statistics from the Sheriff’s Office: • 12 accidents in 2005 • 16 accidents in 2006 • 9 accidents in 2007 • 7 accidents in 2008 • 8 accidents in 2009

the speed limit you still run a great risk of losing control,” he said. “Another problem is there is no berm and a great deal of (crossing the center line) is overcompensation to

Newtown hires fire consultant By Rob Dowdy

Newtown Village Council is deliberating whether to continue contracting with the Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District. Village Council last night hired a consultant to provide them with the cost and benefit of each of their options. During last night’s council meeting, council members listened to a brief presentation from William Kramer, a retired firefighter, fire chief and fire science professor at the University of Cincinnati who analyzes fire protection services for

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Here’s a look at other topics of discussion during last night’s Newtown Village Council meeting: • Mayor Curt Cosby said this year’s Memorial Day parade will be May 31. The parade, sponsored by the Village of Newtown Veterans Association, will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Miami Valley Christian Academy. • Council voted to renew Property Maintenance Supervisor Dick Weber’s contract. Weber is expected to work reduced hours in the coming year as property maintenance issues have decreased in recent years. • Council is looking to appoint a resident to the Newtown Board of Zoning Appeals. Resident Charles Short left the board to join the planning commission.


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It’s a difficult time to be looking for employment and Lisa Kappesser wants to give individuals an edge. Kappesser, an Anderson Township resident and certified career coach, said she wants to “help people find their dream job and reach their career goals.” She is the author of a new book, “The Smart New Way to Get Hired,” that focuses on a skill set known as emotional intelligence. These principals are self-

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The Forest Hills Local School District grading scale should be changed, according to a district committee. The district’s Grading Scale Committee recommends using a College Board scale in which an “A” is a grade of 90 to 100, a “B” is 80 to 89 and an “F” is below 65. The district’s current grading scale has 93 to 100 as an “A,” 85 to 92 as a “B” and below 70 as an “F.” The committee recommended the scale be implemented in grades 7-12. Board reaction to the proposed scale was mixed at last week’s school board meeting. “I’m worried this will water down the scale,” said board member Richard Neumann. “It will be a big change.” Board member Randy Smith, however, said a College Board

scale could help students, specifically during the college application process. “Parents have said their students lost out on scholarship Neumann money because of our grading scale,” he said. The College Board scale also uses a “+” and “-” on its scale. For example, from 97 to 100 would be an A+. Heis Board member Forest Heis said a scale in which students could achieve higher than just an “A” by getting an “A+” could be beneficial. “I like the idea that you have the incentive to do better,” he said. Connie Lippowitsch, director of

Out for bid

The Forest Hills Board of Education has approved putting several projects up for bid. These projects include district blacktop repair and resurfacing, district rooftop replacement and building fire alarm replacement. “This is a way to be proactive if the funds are available,” said Ray Johnson, director of business operations. Johnson said funding for the projects would come from the district’s general fund. instructional services, said members of the committee agreed some change in the current scale was needed. Superintendent John Patzwald said he has not made a decision on whether to recommend changing the district’s current scale. He said he would like feedback from parents and faculty. The board is expected to discuss the topic further at its next meeting, Monday, Feb. 22.

Stoehr wins top music honor Turpin High School student Ben Stoehr is the winner of the 2009 Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. The competition for this honor was held in October. Only 20 students were accepted to participate. This was Stoehr’s second invitation to the competition. “I played pretty good (last year) but wasn’t selected,” he said. This time around he said that he wanted to be able to play the Elgar Cello Concerto, the first two movements, well enough to at least place third. “But I earned first instead,” he said. Even with the past experience of the competition and playing in Watson Hall, Stoehr said he was nervous, perhaps even more nervous the second time around. He attributed his nervousness to this being his senior year and last opportunity to be in the com-

petition. “It was nice to play in the hall. I was really into the music,” he said of his performance. Stoehr’s turn to play came at Stoehr night. “I like performing at night,” he said adding that the acoustics in Watson Hall are really nice, especially for the cello. Everything seemed to work in Stoehr’s favor that night, winning him the rare opportunity for a high school student to perform at a joint concert of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. His performance will include a solo. The performance is May 4. “It will be nice to be able to say that I actually played with a professional orchestra and in a nice

hall,” Stoehr said. “Music Hall is amazing. It’s just a nice reward for all of my hard work.” Before Stoehr gets to this performance, he performed with the All State Orchestra Jan. 29. This too is a highly competitive group in which only the top high school musicians in the state are selected to play. After high school, Stoehr is looking forward to attending a university with a good music program. He said that he hopes to continue studying music and also receive a solid, well-rounded education. Stoehr also said that he anticipates working to receive a master’s or doctorate in music and hopes to have a music career in orchestral or chamber music. Stoehr is the son of Julie and Mike Stoehr.


Turpin High School sophomores Kyle Rheude, left, and Faith Gingrich-Goetz rehearse in front of a green screen for an upcoming broadcast of the “Turpin Time” television program. Images can be placed on the green screen during a broadcast.

Turpin High School students go on the air By Forrest Sellers

Turpin High School students are going on the air as part of a new program. “Turpin Time,” which recently began broadcasting, airs on Anderson Community Television and on It showcases athletic programs at Turpin High School. Athletic director Tony Hemmelgarn, who assists with the program, said he has wanted to do a program like this for 10 years. While talking with parent Tim Pennington, who is an editor and producer for the show, Hemmelgarn realized it could actually be accomplished. Hemmelgarn said one of the goals is to involve the students. “I think a lot of the students will be playing a role in this as it progresses,” he said. The Turpin Athletic Boosters Club have contributed by buying equipment for the program.

‘Turpin Time’

The “Turpin Time” television program, which showcases athletic programs at Turpin High School, is on Anderson Community Television as well as ate “It’s a great way to show Turpin to the public,” said sophomore Kyle Rheude, who recently filmed and conducted interviews for a segment on wrestling. Classmate Faith GingrichGoetz, who has also prepared segments for the program, agreed. “I’m glad we got to spotlight sports people don’t see as much,” she said. Gingrich-Goetz filmed a segment on gymnastics. A segment on the school’s swimming team has also been completed. “Turpin Time” will likely feature stories on a variety of topics. “It’s not just about a particular sport,” said Hemmelgarn. “If something good happens, we’re going to try and get it.”

Forest Hills to hold science fair Feb. 6 The 26th annual Forest Hills Science Fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Nagel Middle school cafetorium and gymnasium. The districtwide science fair for students in grades 1 through 12 is designed to encourage and promote independent scientific explorations, with more than 500 students participating in the event each year. Judging of student projects will begin at 9 a.m. and end at approximately noon. In order to better accommodate the parking needs of this event,

the district will provide a special session for public viewing 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Forest Hills students in grades 1 through 12 can register at, clicking on the “links” button and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. Clicking on “Forest Hills Science Fair” will take students to the registration page. Participating students are required to complete written reports and display their work. They must also be present to explain their research to three

judges. Each student qualifies for awards at the Science Fair. Secondary students who receive a superior rating qualify to take their project to the regional science fair at the University of Cincinnati. Students who earn a superior rating at the regional level will become eligible to enter the State Science Day, sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Sciences at The Ohio State University. For more information, visit


The following students recently received degrees from Ohio University: Mount Washington – Zimmerman Kara, Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences in family studies; Newtown – Chanelle Harmon, Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems; Theresa Momper, Bachelor of Science in Sport Sciences in exercise physiology; Adam Richardson, Bachelor of Science in Communication in media management; Thomas Hildebrand, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology; Anderson Township – Elizabeth Erickson, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Nathan Duhl, Bachelor of Science in sport sciences in sport management; Sanja Sedlak, Bachelor of Sci-

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Dean’s list

Thomas Bradley, Jason Endres and Kevin Endres have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Heidelberg University. Bradley is from Anderson Township. The Endres brothers are from Mount Washington.

Phillip Furbay, a 2008 graduate of Turpin has been named to the 2009 fall quarter dean’s list at Ohio University. A business major, he is a member of the Bobcats football team.

Brooke Ashton Baker has been named to the 2009-10 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is from Anderson Township.

Megan O’Malley and Tyler Reaker have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Marquette University. Both students are from Anderson Township. • Six local students have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Kent State University. They are: Mount Washington: Christa McCarthy and Emily Mulcahey; Newtown: Patricia Gunlock and Emily Horne; Anderson Township: Adam Idsvoog and Julia Schulte.

Lauren Young has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is from Anderson Township.


Happy Birthday, Elsie

Elsie Minnick will be 90 Feb. 9. She was principal at Wilson Elementary School in Anderson Township and Williamsburg Elementary School for many years. She was married to the late Water Minnick who taught in the West Clermont district. Both served on many state educational and community committees. She remains active and likes to attend the men’s basketball games at Wright State University where her grandson, Brad Brownell, is head coach. She would not allow her family and friends to throw a party for her birthday so they decided to ask everyone, especially her former students and teachers, to send a birthday card to Box 69, Marathon, OH 45145.


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This week in basketball

• Walnut Hills High School boys beat Turpin High School 68-38, Jan. 22. Turpin’s topscorer was Eric Martin with 17 points, including two threepointers. • Winton Woods High School boys beat Anderson High School 70-39, Jan. 22. Anderson’s top-scorer was Patrick McCallum with 12 points. • St. Xavier High School boys beat La Salle High School 51-47, Jan. 22. St. X’s top-scorer was Luke Massa with 17 points, including four three-pointers. • Roger Bacon High School boys beat McNicholas High School 57-41, Jan. 22. McNick’s top-scorer was Andrew Zofkie with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. • Anderson High School boys beat Finneytown High School 68-60, Jan. 23. Anderson’s top-scorer was Mike Wilkison with 33 points, including one three-pointer. • Anderson girls beat Loveland High School 49-48 in overtime, Jan. 23. Anderson’s top-scorer was Erica Mudd with 15 points, including one three-pointer.

This week in wrestling

• Turpin High School finished in fifth place in the Loveland Duals, Jan. 23, defeating Little Miami 34-32 in the fifth-place finals. Turpin beat Amelia 30-25 in the first round, then was defeated by Ross 44-21 in the second round. In the third round, Turpin was defeated by Wilmington 42-26. Turpin beat AllStars 54-24 in the fifth round. • McNicholas High School boys came in sixth place in the Wyoming Duals, Jan. 23, losing to Clermont Northeastern High School 48-15 in the fifth-place finals.

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This week in swimming

• Turpin High School boys beat Mariemont High School 110-59, Jan. 25. Turpin wont he 200-meter medley relay in 1:46.76, the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:36.89 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:27.27. Turpin’s Tommy Easley won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:53.13, Brogan Dulle won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:04.09, Easley won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.81, Sean Monahan won the 100-meter flystroke in 59.47, Smith won the 500-meter freestyle in 5:20.78, Monahan won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.66 and Dulle won the 100meter breaststroke in 1:08.89.


MVCA Lions eye winning season

By Mark Chalifoux

Other hoops happenings

The Miami Valley Christian Academy girls basketball team is in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history and the Lions are on pace for their first winning season. “We’re doing pretty well and we have a chance of finishing with a winning record, so we’re happy with that,” said head coach Tim Schwirtz. “That would be really big for our kids, especially our seniors.” The Lions were 8-6 through 14 games and Schwirtz said MVCA had a chance to finish above .500 if they play well in the final six games of the season. He said the girls have played hard all season and have improved considerably. Perhaps the best way to tell how much the girls have already improved is to look at a pair of games this season. In the first game of the year, MVCA lost to Lockland 54-26. Recently, the girls defeated Lockland for the first time 48-44. “The last four minutes of that game were interesting,” Schwirtz said. “I think they kept waiting for something to go wrong and during a timeout they said ‘We need to finish this game’ and they did and that was huge

Anderson (11-3)

• Anderson has won three in a row over Loveland, Aiken and McNick. • Anderson is led by Erica Mudd (12.2 ppg) and Jessica Brogan (10.9 ppg).

McNick (5-10)

• The McNick girls basketball team is led by Lauren Mazzaro, who is averaging 13.1


Sarah Makoski shoots free throws at the end of a recent practice. for these girls.” It was after that win that the Lions felt they could post the program’s first winning season. He said the girls have been playing with more confidence and should be competitive down the stretch. The team is led by a pair of seniors in Sarah Makoski of Newtown and Sophie Simunek of Newtown. Makoski, a point guard, leads the team in scoring, averaging 11 points a game. Simunek averages 10 points a game. The team also gets key contributions from junior


Sophie Simunek takes a jump shot during a drill at a recent practice.

Nikki Postenrieder of Union Township in Clermont County, who leads the team in rebounding. Junior Anne Schwirtz of Newtown plays center and is second in rebounds and leads the team in blocked shots. Junior Rachel Moreland of Newtown is the team’s fifth starter and is the Lions’ defensive specialist. Off the bench, junior Gabby Buckley of Milford is the team’s most improved player according to Schwirtz.

Freshman Melissa Hughart of Amelia is one of the team’s top three-point shooters and senior Hope Stanger of Loveland is another key player for the Lions. Stanger is in her first year with the team, but Schwirtz praised her attitude. “She’s the kind of role player you need on your team,” he said. Schwirtz said it’s tough for a small school like MVCA to field a varsity team. The Lions only have eight players, which makes practices more difficult, Schwirtz said. Still, he said he’s proud of their work on and off the court. Six of the eight are members of the National Honor Society. “If people come out to watch our games they will see great effort and an entertaining basketball game,” Schwirtz said.

points per game.

Turpin (8-8)

• Turpin won five games in January, including wins over McNick and Glen Este. • Turpin is led by Mariah Gador, Tara Jones and Ashley Long. The trio combines to average more than 30 points per game. “These girls are dedicated and are very proud of what they do.”


Rachel Moreland and Melissa Hughart (3) fight over a loose ball at practice.

National award

The Summit Country Day boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams both are winners of the prestigious National Soccer Coaches Association Team Academic Award under head coaches Barnard Baker and Mike Fee. The awards are given annually to teams who demonstrate exemplary performance in the classroom. The average GPA for the boys’ team was 3.71 on a 4.0 scale. The average for the girls’ team was 4.02. This was the fifth consecutive year the girls’ team was given the award. Only 68 schools throughout the nation receive honors for both boys’ and girls’ teams. Pictured is the boys’ soccer team. In front is Alex Priede. In second row are Mosi Clark-Cobbs, Robby Wellington, Joey Kunkel, Mark Humpert, Jake Rawlings, Cooper Schreibeis, Brandon Lorentz, Matt Stein and Nate Hertlein. In third row are Assistant Coach Josh Koch, Assistant Coach Joe Downie, Will Judd, Caelan Hueber, Ben Emery, Doug Emery, Michael VanSant, Andrew Vance, Ryan Hall, Scott Mays, Jude Austin, Nico Posada, Sam Chasnoff, Jimmy Oltman, Jack Meininger, Christian Melson, Colin Brooks, Eddie de St. Aubin and Head Coach Barnard Baker.

This week in bowling

• Turpin boys lost to Wilmington High School 2,6202,389, Jan. 25. Turpin’s Sean Matthews bowled a 395. Turpin falls to 8-7 with the loss. • Turpin High School girls lost to Wilmington 1,8931,781, Jan. 25. Turpin’s Loren Combs bowled a 290. Turpin falls to 2-12 with the loss. • McNicholas High School boys lost to Badin 2,5822,391, Jan. 26. McNick’s Nick Brandess bowled a 396. • Anderson High School boys lost to Harrison High School 2,746-2,451, Jan. 26. Anderson’s Alex Sutter bowled a 456. • St. Xavier High School boys beat Moeller High School 2,819-2,634, Jan. 26. St. X’s Chris Weber bowled a 513. St. X advances to 11-1 with the win. • Anderson girls lost to Harrison High School 2,1491,721, Jan. 26. Anderson’s Casey Boland bowled a 323. • Miami Valley Christian Academy boys lost to Woodward 2,272-1,915, Jan. 27. MVCA’s Park bowled a 326.

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McKnight, Martin lead youthful Spartans By Anthony Amorini

Turpin senior Mike McKnight won’t be around to experience the benefits next winter. But the Spartan standout has excelled in his role as the leader of Turpin’s youthful boys basketball team and head coach Pete Hopewell expects to see big dividends in the future. With a 5-8 overall record, inconsistency and inexperience have kept the Spartans from recording more wins, but McKnight has remained a positive influence through it all, Hopewell explained. “Mike has been great. He is our inside guy and he is battling uphill almost every night,” Hopewell said. “We have asked a lot of him. He guards guys that have four or five inches on him regularly and he has risen to the occasion and done a nice job for us.” McKnight is averaging

Other boys hoops Local varsity boys basketball coaches gather for the postseason tournament draw Sunday, Feb. 14. Here is a quick glance at the season so far for the boys at Anderson and McNicholas high schools: Anderson Redskins (6-5, 2-3) • The Redskin boys are 5-1 in its last six games after starting the season at 1-4 • Senior Mike Wilkison leads the team with 23.7 points a game 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds a game for Turpin. Alongside McKnight, a quartet of underclassmen have been key contributors for Turpin, including junior Eric Martin, sophomore Alex Williams, freshman Connor Grotton and sophomore Adam Boyer, Hopewell said. Martin leads the Spartans in numerous categories with 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and

McNick Rockets (5-7, 2-6) • Two Rocket seniors are averaging 10 points a game or more including Andrew Zofkie (12.4 points a game) and Chris Bresler (10.2 points a game) • Senior Brian Frenzel leads McNick with 6.9 rebounds a game and is also averaging 9.0 points a game • Junior Kevin Easley is No. 4 in the 12-team Greater Catholic League with 4.4 assists a game 1.5 steals a game. “Eric’s pretty much our go-to guy. He is tall and strong and it helps us out a lot,” Hopewell said. “Eric has also done a nice job distributing the ball.” Williams is averaging 9.4 points a game with Grotton at 6.4 points a game and Boyer at 5.3 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. “We are really looking forward to these last

games,” Hopewell said of the Spartans’ remaining contests in the regular season. “We think we have some games down the stretch where we can put ourselves in better position for the tournament draw and get some Ws.” Turpin travels to face Little Miami (Friday, Feb. 5), Milford (Tuesday, Feb. 9) and Amelia (Friday, Feb. 12) before ending the season with a pair of home games. The Spartans host Wyoming (Tuesday, Feb. 16) and Wilmington (Friday, Feb. 19) to close the regular season with both games starting at 7:30 p.m. Despite its losing record, wins over Northwest and Loveland helped bolster the Spartans’ confidence early in the season, Hopewell said. Turpin opened its season Dec. 4 with a win over Northwest, 64-43, before besting Loveland, 75-73, in overtime Dec. 15 while

improving to 2-2. Northwest (8-6, 4-2) leads the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scarlet Division and Loveland is a part of the FAVC’s big-school division, the Buckeye Division. Turpin is fifth overall in the FAVC Cardinal Division slotted between the Buckeye and Scarlet Divisions with the Spartans standing at 1-5 in the conference. “We’ve had some really good showings but we’ve been inconsistent. A big part of that is our youth,” Hopewell said. “We were pretty happy with our 5-5 record (in the middle of the season) but some nights taking care of the basketball is a big problem for us. “We feel like the guys are getting great experience,” Hopewell added. “Obviously getting that experience is critical and crucial. It is definitely something to build on for next year.”

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BRIEFLY This week in basketball


Cheerful competition

The CIA of Cincy Senior Coed Agents celebrate taking first place at the Cheerleaders of America (COA) competition at the Nutter Center at Wright State University Dec. 6. In back, from left, are Kyle Tolle, Grace Villano, Mackenzie Dillon, Kayla Villano, Molly Sandmann, Sammi Frankenberg and Zac Bolling. In front are Mariah Stotler, Megan Sorrells, Olivia Knodel, Zeb Bolling, Cara Courts, Rita Baughan and Mia Desalvo.

• Turpin High School girls lost to Kings High School 4637, Jan. 23. Turpin’s top-scorer was Tara Jones with 17 points, including one threepointer. • McNicholas girls lost to Kettering Alter 68-36, Jan. 23. McNick’s top-scorer was Lauren Mazzaro with 11 points, including one three-pointer. • Anderson girls beat Aiken High School 40-14, Jan. 25. Anderson’s top-scorer was Jessica Brogan with nine points, including one threepointer. • Cincinnati Country Day girls beat Miami Valley Christian Academy 50-15, Jan. 25. MVCA’s top-scorer was Sarah Makowski with seven points. • Moeller boys beat McNicholas High School 45-33, Jan. 26. McNick’s top-scorer was Brian Frenzel with 11 points.

• St. Xavier boys beat Badin 52-39, Jan. 26. St. X’s top-scorer was Alex Longi with 16 points, including one three-pointer. • Turpin girls lost to Western Brown 63-60, Jan. 26. Turpin’s top-scorer was Mariah Gador with 19 points, including two three-pointers. • Anderson girls beat McNicholas 49-37, Jan. 27. McNicholas’ top-scorer was Stephanie Krusling with 13 points, including three 3pointers. Anderson’s topscorer was Jessica Brogan with 17 points, including four three-pointers.

More in swimming

• Turpin girls beat Mariemont 120-50, Jan. 25. Turpin won the 200-meter medley relay in 1:54.89, the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:44.74 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:51.17.

Turpin’s Lisa Spurling won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.56, Molly Hazelbaker won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.92, Libby Hunsche won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.33, Hunsche won the 100meter butterfly in 1:01.62, Morgan Contino won the 100meter freestyle in 56.52, Hailey Olson won the 500-meter freestyle in 5:39.54, Hazelbaker won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.34 and Stephanie Pearce won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.80.

More in bowling

• Turpin boys lost to Wilmington 2,559-2,133, Jan. 27. Turpin’s Joe Ostigny bowled a 385. • Turpin girls lost to Wilmington 2,031-1,911, Jan. 27. Turpin’s Loren Combs bowled a 333.

RESULTS Girls Basketball

8 Blue: Lost to Glen Este, 42-11. Record: 1-6 (0-3 FAVC Buckeye division). 7 Blue: Lost to Glen Este, 34-11. Record: 4-3 (2-1 FAVC Buckeye). 8 Silver: Lost to Little Miami, 27-26. Record: 4-3 (2-1 FAVC Cardinal division). 7 Silver: Lost to Little Miami, 17-14. Record: 2-5 (1-2 FAVC Cardinal). 8 Hawks: Defeated Milford, 20-13. Record: 4-2. 7 Hawks: Lost to Little Miami, 19-12; lost to Milford, 19-8. Record: 1-6.

Record: 1-5 ( 1-2 FAVC Cardinal).

Boys Basketball

8 Hawks: Lost to Milford, 30-23; defeated Edgewood, 38-18. Record: 2-4. 7 Hawks: Defeated Milford, 29-17; defeated Edgewood, 31-23. Record: 2-4. 8 Blue: Lost to Winton Woods, 38-32. Record: 2-3 (0-2 FAVC Buckeye division). 7 Blue: Defeated Winton Woods, 4020. Record: 2-3 (1-1 FAVC Buckeye). 8 Silver: Defeated Little Miami, 32-30. Record: 5-1 (2-1 FAVC Cardinal division). 7 Silver: Lost to Little Miami, 33-27.


Nagel Invitational: first Place out of four teams. • Vault: First: Emily Caggiano Third: Rebecca Swertfeger • Bars: First: Emily Caggiano Third: Rebecca Swertfeger Fourth: Julianne Haney • Beam: First: Emily Caggiano Second: Elise Hallenbeck Fourth: Julianne Haney • Floor: Second: Rebecca Swertfeger

Fourth: Emily Caggiano All-Around: First: Emily Caggiano Second: Rebecca Swertfeger Third: Julianne Haney

Boys Basketball

8 Silver: Lost to Amelia, 48-28; lost to Wilmington, 27-21. Record: 5-3 (2-3 FAVC Cardinal division). 7 Silver: Defeated Amelia, 48-23; lost to Wilmington, 38-34. Record: 2-6 (2-3 FAVC Cardinal). 8 Blue: Defeated Milford, 33-32; defeated Harrison, 36-34 (2 OT). Record: 4-3 (2-2 FAVC Buckeye division). 7 Blue: Lost to Milford, 30-15; lost to

Harrison, 39-28. Record: 2-5 (1-3 FAVC Buckeye). 8 Hawks: lost to Loveland, 28-18; lost to North College Hill, 48-24. Record: 2-6. 7 Hawks: Lost to Kings, 31-20; lost to Loveland, 41-21; lost to North College Hill, 36-19. Record: 2-7.

Girls Basketball

8 Silver: Defeated Amelia, 26-25; lost to Wilmington, 24-17. Record: 5-4 (3-2 FAVC Cardinal division). 7 Silver: Defeated Amelia, 27-12; lost to Wilmington, 21-16. Record: 3-6 (2-3 FAVC Cardinal). 8 Blue: Lost to Harrison, 30-20. Record: 1-7 (0-4 FAVC Buckeye


40th anniversary

Ohio’s highest ranked nationally competitive synchronized swimming team for teens, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Synchrogators, honors its head coach Ginny Jasontek for her 40th anniversary leading the team. Jasontek started the YMCA Synchrogators at the Gamble Nippert YMCA with as much enthusiasm then as she has now for the sport of synchronized swimming. She has coached All Americans, and even an Olympian. In the last two years she coached the YMCA Synchrogators to back-to-back gold medals at the age-group nationals. The team have been a strong force at national competition for years. In 1991 Jasontek was inducted into the Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame. She is originally from the east coast and was a teacher with Cincinnati Public schools for 40 years. PROVIDED.

Soccer players sought

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division). 7 Blue: Defeated Harrison, 28-15. Record: 5-3 (3-1 FAVC Buckeye). 8 Hawks: Defeated Loveland, 25-15; lost to Wilmington, 41-39 (OT). Record: 5-3. 7 Hawks: Lost to Kings, 17-13; lost to Loveland, 25-21 (OT); defeated Wilmington, 20-10. Record: 2-8.


Blue: Madeira Invitational – second place (of 22 teams). Individual results: Frankie Jones, third place; Tim Dulle, third; Brady Brown, first; Michael Johnson, first; AJ Penley, second; Andrew Rackley, first; Quinn Hoenie, third.


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Next question

For which team will you root in the Super Bowl? Why? “I am not much of a football fan, and only watch the Super Bowl when the Bengals are playing in it – out of hometown pride. Lucky for me, I've only had to watch it twice. Don't know or care who is playing this year.” J.B. “This is a tough one. I'll probably be rooting for the Saints, because Drew Brees is a Purdue alum.” M.P.B. “I will root for Indianapolis because I like Peyton Manning’s commercials and oh yeah, he throws the football like it was meant to be thrown!” K.K. “Go, Saints, for lots of reasons. The main one? We’ve owned four St. Bernards.” M.S. “Early in the game I thought New Orleans defensive players were purposely taking penalties for roughing the passer to intentionally injure Bret Favre (coaching decision?). Even injured, Favre had them beat. Peyton Manning will have a field day. I’ll root for Indy, but really against New Orleans.” W.H. “Indianapolis, because I am from Indiana and they are my favorite team.” K.P. “The colts! I like Peyton Manning’s quarterback style. Plus I have friends in Indy that will be thrilled if they win.” C.A.S. “The Colts. Because I am really a fan of Payton Manning.” B.N.


U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

2nd District includes nearly all the northeastern and eastern Cincinnati communities. Local: Kenwood office – 8044 Montgomery Road, Room 540, Cincinnati, OH 45236; phone 791-0381 or 800-784-6366; fax 791-1696. Portsmouth office – 601 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, OH 45662; phone 740-354-1440. In Washington, D.C.: 238 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C., 20515; phone 202-2253164; fax 202-225-1992. E-mail: Web sites:

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown

Cleveland – 216-522-7272. Cincinnati – 425 Walnut St., room 2310, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3915; phone 6841021, fax 684-1029. Washington, D.C.: C5 Russell Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510; phone 202-2242315; fax 202-224-6519. Web site:

U.S. Sen. George Voinovich

In Cincinnati, write: 36 E. Seventh St., Room 2615, Cincinnati, OH 45202; call 513684-3265; fax 513-684-3269. In Washington, D.C., write: 524 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; call 202-224-3353


State Rep. Peter Stautberg

34th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County. In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 11th floor, Columbus, OH 432156111; phone 614-644-6886; fax: 614-719-3588. E-mail:

State Sen. Shannon Jones

7th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County and all of Warren County. In Columbus: 1 Capitol Square, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 614-466-9737; via e-mail: or by mail: State Sen. Shannon Jones, 1 Capitol Square, Statehouse, Columbus, OH 43215.




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Last week’s question


What is the best thing the president and Congress can do to reduce unemployment? Every week the Forest Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. “The Colts. Have a farm in Indiana so that makes me a parttime Hoosier.” L.S. “The Saints. I always root for the underdog.” J.H. “I will be rooting for the Colts because I like the image Peyton Manning portrays.” A.H. “I will root for the Indianapolis Colts. They have become one of the ideal NFL franchises. They have had over the last decade all the right ingredients. An owner (Jim Irsay) willing to spend the money yet keep out of the limelight. A general manager (Bill Polian) who is experienced and makes great drafting and free agent decisions. A team that is fun to watch on offense and defense. Great low ego coaching in Jim Caldwell now and Tony Dungy before him. They have won the most games over the last 10 years. They have a state-ofthe-art retractable roof stadium for the comfort of their fans. This stadium allows Indianapolis to get a Super Bowl in 2012 and an upcoming NCAA Final Four. Their city leadership working with the Colts leadership has set a high standard. Makes me wonder what could have been done in Cincinnati with the same leadership and ownership. Go Figure!” T.D.T.



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More work needed on state budget

As we begin a new legislative year in Columbus, I am grateful for having the honor and privilege to serve as your state representative this past year. The year 2009 presented difficulties and challenges for all of us to varying degrees. The economy was as poor as many people can remember, and budget problems at the state level led to decreased funding for schools and local governments. The legislature knew at the beginning of last year that the poor economy would lead to the state’s significant budget problems. We were not aware, however, that creating a balanced budget for 2009-2011 would continue to be a moving target throughout the year, and that there would continue to be a significant budget deficit until the week before Christmas. With the end of 2009 closing in, the legislature passed a bill that took away the 2009 decrease in the income tax rate. This decrease in the income tax rate was part of a tax overhaul bill enacted four years ago. I consider the elimination of this decrease to be the equivalent of a tax increase, and I voted against the bill. I believe the governor and his administration can and should do more to reduce wasteful spending, rather than increase the burden on our already struggling families. Although the state government has reduced spending by cutting some government positions and salaries, there are still

areas where we can do more. My Republican colleagues and I have introduced a number of pieces of legislation aimed at reducing govPeter J. ernment spendStautberg ing. requirCommunity ingFrom performance Press guest audits to reduccolumnist ing the number of state government agencies, these bills are aimed at the spending problem that continues to exist. Unfortunately, the Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives have refused to allow these sensible pieces of legislation to move forward, and the governor continues to look to Washington for stimulus funds to solve revenue shortfalls, rather than address problems of excessive and wasteful spending. With 2009 behind us, we look forward to 2010 with a renewed sense of purpose. The budget problems that will be facing us in 2011 are likely to be far greater than those in 2009. As a legislature, we need to continue to make improvements in the way our state operates. We need to study the purpose of the many agencies and programs created by the state over the years and work to reduce or eliminate those programs and agencies that fail to efficiently and effectively serve a legitimate func-

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Phone legislation will harm consumers

In 2010, the legislature will consider bills that allows telephone companies to raise rates and significantly reduce consumer protections. In today’s tough economic times, the last thing consumers in the Cincinnati area need is higher bills. Lawmakers should strengthen Amended Substitute Senate Bill 162 and Amended House Bill 276 to protect their constituents. With more than 50 other consumer, senior and low-income groups, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) asked lawmakers to protect Ohioans from potential rate increases. Both bills allow telephone companies to raise by $1.25 their monthly rates for basic local telephone service once every year, indefinitely. In some areas of the state, there is no cell service or broadband, and only one provider of landline telephone service. Customers with basic service will still receive some consumer protections although less then those currently in place. However, the majority of customers – those receiving service as part of a bundle or package of services – will experience a radical reduction in consumer protections. In these modern times, telephone service is a necessity. Yet this bill would jeopardize the ability of consumers, includ-

ing senior citizens, the disabled and those with serious medical conditions, to have needed access to the outside world and 9-1-1 Janine e m e r g e n c y Migden- services. For example, Ostrander under the proCommunity posed legislaPress guest tion, telephone columnist c o m p a n i e s would no longer be required to provide 9-1-1 access to Ohioans who purchased a bundle of telephone services, but were disconnected for non-payment. Furthermore, telephone companies are currently required to fix outages within 24 hours. The legislation, however, would allow telephone companies to take 72 hours to restore an outage for customers with basic service. And for the majority of customers – those with bundles of telephone services – a required time period by which service must be restored is eliminated altogether. These changes could put customers’ health and safety at risk. In addition, customers with packages or bundles of telephone services will lose: • Protections on bill credits for service outages;

This legislation impacts Ohio’s low-income consumers by reducing the effectiveness of the Lifeline program. It allows Lifeline customers’ rates to increase every year, significantly reducing the overall benefit of the program, creating greater stress for Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, including many in the Cincinnati area. If legislators are going to allow deregulation, the companies’ customers – not just their shareholders – should benefit. • Limitations on the amount of deposits that could be required for establishing or reconnecting telephone services; and • Protections involving the disconnection and reconnection of service, among other consumer safeguards. This legislation impacts Ohio’s low-income consumers by reducing the effectiveness of the Lifeline program. It allows Lifeline customers’ rates to increase every year, significantly reducing the overall benefit of the program, creating greater stress for Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, including many in the Cincinnati area. If legislators are going to allow deregulation, the companies’ customers – not just their shareholders – should benefit. An expanded high-speed broadband infrastructure in

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unserved areas should be required. Broadband provides customers with opportunities, including the ability to receive telephone service over a high-speed connection. The legislation should also require telephone companies to invest in community computer centers and provide voice mail for Ohioans in distress. The OCC urges consumers to contact their legislators and let them know the importance of keeping telephone rates affordable and maintaining consumer protections. For more information, consumers can contact the OCC at or 1-877-PICKOCC (1- 877-742-5622). Janine Migden-Ostrander is the Consumers’ Counsel of Ohio. You could reach her at 1-877-742-5622.


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Last year’s cast of “Music of the Night” Broadway Revue will be returning for the Feb. 12-13 performances. From left: Matt Dentino, Galen Gordon, Bridget Spore, Shawn Toadvine, Megan Steele and Chris Murphy. PROVIDED


Jennifer Sauers, left, and Kristine Woodworth are founders of Beyond the Trees. The company assists people with putting together family memories.

Company helps people tell stories Business owners Jennifer Sauers and Kristine Woodworth said everyone has a story to tell. “Our job is helping people to tell those stories,” said Woodworth. Woodworth and Sauers founded Beyond the Trees in 2007. The company helps people write their memories and gather information for publication. “We try to get people to tell the stories in their own words,” said Woodworth. The books they have helped get published have included a graduating teen’s life in pictures to a team’s reminiscences for a coach. Sauers said the idea for Beyond the Trees came when she was preparing a cookbook as a Christmas gift for her mother. The idea was not only to transcribe the recipes from her mother’s memory but also the history behind them, she said. Woodworth said other people would probably like to do something similar with their own family’s recipes. It grew in scope beyond just cookbooks to personal tributes for occasions such as anniversaries and gradu-

Beyond the Trees

Owners are Jennifer Sauers and Kristine Woodworth. The company provides people with assistance in preparing personalized books for graduations, anniversaries and other special events. For information, call 3218398 or visit the Web site

ations, said Sauers. One of the books was a 90-year-old woman’s life story while another was about a man’s escape from Communist China. “We enjoy the research,” said Sauers. “I love digging in libraries and databases.” In addition to gathering information and photographs, Woodworth and Sauers also conduct a variety of interviews with family members and other sources. “We’re helping people capture and preserve memories,” said Woodworth. For information, visit the Web site or call 3218398. By Forrest Sellers. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to espangler@


‘Music of the Night’ returns in February By Lisa Wakeland

Dinner and a show is a classic Valentine’s Day date and local company Brieabi Productions is putting a spin on the tradition.


The cast of “Music of the Night” Broadway Revue will be returning to the Anderson Center on Feb. 12-13.

By Forrest Sellers

Freeze frame

For the Ladrigan family giving is a family affair. Siblings Emily, 14, Erika, 14, Sami, 9, and Joshua, 6, as well as their friend Adrianne Lanyi, 14, recently collected and bought gifts for terminally ill children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Their efforts began in the summer with a combination of bake sales, door-to-door sales of cookie dough and fundraisers at two local restaurants. The Ladrigans had hoped to raise $1,000. They raised $1,077. With the money they raised, the Ladrigans, who are residents of Anderson Township, and Lanyi, who also resides in Anderson

The Forest Hills School District Community Education is hosting the class “Beginner’s Guide to Photography” 7

p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in room B104 at Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Anderson Township. The class continues weekly through March 11. Learn basics of taking better pictures and how to apply them to increase your enjoyment of photography. The class is open to ages 18 and up. The cost is $65. Registration is required. Call 231-3600, ext. 5949, or visit

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Also new this year is a catered dinner prior to the performances. Director Shawn Toadvine said even though the show takes place the weekend before Valentine’s Day it’s not just for couples. “It’s fun-filled entertainment ... that fits the needs of everyone,” he said. There are more than 20 Broadway songs in the revue including “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera and “Seasons of Love” from Rent. “I wanted to offer something to the community,” Toadvine said of the show’s idea. “It was prompted by the economy so people can come and enjoy a show.” The show is free and dinner is $25, with guaranteed tickets. There will be a cash bar and paintings from the set will be auctioned after the performances. Brieabi Productions has also expanded and will have multiple performances throughout 2010, Toadvine said.

Family joins together to help kids

Research genealogy

The Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome. Ken Wilson, active researcher and genealogist, presents “Using Computers for Genealogical Research.” The event is free, donations accepted. Call 474-3100.

“Music of the Night” a Broadway revue is coming to the Anderson Center for two February performances. “It was such a big success last year we’re going to add a second night,” said Arlene Borock, vice president of Brieabi Productions.

If you go

• What: “Music of the Night” Broadway revue, with catered dinner. • When: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. • Where: Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. • Tickets for the show are free. Dinner tickets are $25 and on sale until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. • Call 688-8400 or visit for tickets.

Township, bought gifts which they delivered to the hospital. “I was happy I could help,” said Sami. Erika said she got the idea while she was at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for back surgery. “I noticed the kids that were there who had cancer,” she said. “I had this idea to do something for them.” Erika discussed the idea with her brother and sisters. They initially came up with the idea for a bake sale. The donation drive, which they called “Creating Smiles for Kids,” grew from there. “We’re really proud of what they have done and what they continue to do,” said Kathy Marx, a principal at Summit Elementary School, where Joshua and


Adrianne Lanyi, left, and Ladrigan family siblings Erika, Emily, Joshua and Sami, get ready to make cookies. They recently bought gifts for terminally ill children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. They raised the money through bake sales and other fund raisers. Sami are students. “We hope (what they do) is a model for our students and our school community.” The Ladrigans and Lanyi

plan to have bake sales and fundraisers for charity this year as well. “Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 again,” said Emily.

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Mosaics, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Weekly through Feb. 18. Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road. Use broken china pieces, glass, ceramic tiles and more to mosaic provided bird house or your own object. $40, plus $10 materials fee. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township. Beginner’s Guide to Photography, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. Weekly through March 11. Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Room B104. Learn basics of taking better pictures and how to apply them to increase your enjoyment of photography. Ages 18 and up. $65. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township.


Basic Mediation Training, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Concludes 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 5. Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave. Two-day workshop addresses basic conflict and communication issues. With Sharon James and Marie Hill. $250. Reservations required. 231-6630; Anderson Township.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m. Free for first meeting. Presented by TOPS. 232-6509. Anderson Township.


Word Processing, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Continues Thursdays Feb. 18-March 4. Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Room 149/150. Forest Hills School District Community Education class. Ages 18 and up. $80, plus $10 materials fee. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township. SAT Prep Course, 3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Weekly through March 11. McNicholas High School, 6536 Beechmont Ave. Extensive subject area review and test-taking strategies. Includes official SAT study guide, worksheets and portfolio. $195. Registration required. Presented by Crescendo Cincinnati. 515-1497; Mount Washington.


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


Anderson Hills MOPS meeting, 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road. Anderson Hills Mothers of Preschoolers meeting. Mothers of children birth-kindergarten. Child care available, $4 per child. $23.95 one-year membership; plus $5 per meeting, free for firsttimers. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Hills Mothers of Preschoolers. 231-4172. Anderson Township.


Swim Lessons, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. American Red Cross water safety instructors will guide swimmers through five levels of swimming in small group program. Each session includes dry land safety program. Private lessons available by appointment. Ages 3 and up. Family friendly. $105. Registration required. 527-4000. Fairfax.

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Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 24. 321-6776. Oakley.


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road. Sample from 10-15 wines. Fifty cents per taste. 731-1515; Oakley. Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. $15. 231-9463; Mount Washington. Friday Night Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Oakley Wines, 4027 Allston St., Suite B. Taste eight to 10 wines from around the world. No wines over $20. Family friendly. $5. 351-4392. Oakley.


Heart Disease and the Impact on Women of Faith, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Heritage Hall. Go Red For Women event with information about heart disease in women. With speaker Anita Smith of the American Heart Association, business development and facility operations, Regency Hospital. Includes wine, cheese and door prizes. 388-4466. Anderson Township.


Swim Lessons, noon-12:30 p.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, $105. Registration required. 527-4000. Fairfax. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 6

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Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Rock ‘n Aspire, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Doors open 7 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Music with members of Karma Initiative and Perfect Electric. Includes raffles and prizes. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. $10, $7 advance. 731-8000; Oakley.


Scotty Anderson and Danny Adler With The Fabulous Cincinnati Fatbacks, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. With John Fox, The Brownstones and American Standard. 871-6789. Mount Lookout.


Cyrano, 7:30 p.m. Madisonville Arts Center, 5021 Whetsel Ave. Adaptation of French classic “Cyrano de Bergerac” uses three actors and one musician to retell romantic and poetic story. Grades 6-12. Part of Playhouse Off the Hill Series. Family friendly. $4, $1 students. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 271-8600. Madisonville.


Find Your Perfect Match Pet Adoption, noon-3 p.m. Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa, 4795 Babson Place. Several local area rescues present, including Cherished Cockers Rescue, Queen City Greyhounds Rescue, Ohio Pug Rescue, Lab Rescue of Cincinnati and Save the Animals Foundation (STAF). Includes pets available for adoption and family activities. Free. 733-3647; Madisonville.


ART & CRAFT CLASSES Functional Clay Art Class, 10 a.m.-noon, Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. All ages. Learn to create one-of-a-kind functional clay projects. $20 per project. Reservations required. 871-2529; Oakley.

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.


Swim Lessons, 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, $105. Registration required. 527-4000. Fairfax.

Artistic Stimulus II, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.

S U N D A Y, F E B . 7 Artistic Stimulus II, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.


New Year, New Finds, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax. Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club. Free. 792-9744; Oakley.


Vermicomposting Workshop, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave. Learn how to convert kitchen waste into compost for the garden. Includes instruction, bin with worms and book. $40; $20 Hamilton County residents. Prepaid registration due by Jan. 31. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 542-2909; e-mail; California.


Weekend to Remember, 10:30 a.m. Topic: “Improving Family Relationships.” Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Basketball Hall of Fame member Jerry Lucas, “Dr. Memory,” shares his learning system and speaks on family relations. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. 2314301; Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, F E B . 8



“Esoteric” by Pam Folsom in “Artistic Stimulus II” at the Miller Gallery.


The Forest Hills School District Community Education is hosting the class “Beginner’s Guide to Photography” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in room B104 at Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Anderson Township. The class continues weekly through March 11. Learn basics of taking better pictures and how to apply them to increase your enjoyment of photography. The class is open to ages 18 and up. The cost is $65. Registration is required. Call 231-3600, ext. 5949, or visit

Sunday Jazz Brunch in the Park, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fantastic Football Brunch. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Sweetwine Banquet Center. Buffet featuring more than 25 items and made-to-order omelets. Jazz music by the Chris Comer Trio and Dan Barger on sax and flute. $13.95, $6.75 ages 2-12; free under 23 months; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through March 14. 474-3008. Anderson Township.


New Year, New Finds, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax. Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club. Free. 792-9744; Oakley.


Anderson Senior Center Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m. Ken Wilson, active researcher and genealogist, presents “Using Computers for Genealogical Research.” Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Anyone interested in genealogy welcome. Free, donations accepted. 474-3100. Anderson Township.


Seafood Dishes, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road, Room 149/150. $25, plus $5 materials fee. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township.

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Wildly Organized Women with Computers, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Weekly through Feb. 23. Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Room 149/150. Learn about Outlook calendars, notes, alarms, sending e-vites, putting your calendar on the Web for authorized access, to-do lists with reminders and contacts. Ages 18 and up. $50. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township.


Cardiovascular Disease: Secondary Risk Prevention, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road, Room 205. Learn healthy lifestyle habits to prevent cardiovascular disease from Donald Buckley of Mercy Hospital Anderson. $10 per family or couple. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township.


Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $1.50 PBR, Natural Light and Strohs beers. 531-3300. Oakley.

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Artistic Stimulus II, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.


Metromix Idol Karaoke Competition, 8 p.m.-midnight, Mount Lookout Tavern, 3209 Linwood Ave. Arrive early to guarantee a spot. Participants asked to select one song from karaoke list provided. Contestants judged on singing ability/vocal skills, appearance/stage presence and audience participation/reaction. Three contestants from each audition night move on to finals held March 10 where winner will be crowned and receive $1,000. Second place receives $300 and third place $100. Door prizes given out during event. Presented by Metromix Cincinnati. Through March 10.; Mount Lookout. 8 Minute Dating, 6 p.m. Teller’s of Hyde Park, 2710 Erie Ave. Singles aged 25-35 and 3647 go on eight different eight minute dates. Free appetizers. $35. Registration required. 321-4721. Hyde Park.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Codependents Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. United Church of Christ in Oakley, Donations accepted. 231-0733. Oakley.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Rebecca Stead, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “When You Reach Me.” 3968960; Norwood.


Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, 9 p.m.midnight, Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. Free. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


Weekend to Remember, 7 p.m. Topic: “Names and Faces Made Easy.” Clough United Methodist Church. Free, donations accepted. 231-4301; Anderson Township. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 9


“Cats” returns to Cincinnati for three performances at the Aronoff Center Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6 as a special presentation of Broadway Across America. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Cats” won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances are at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22.50-$57.50. Visit or call 800-982-2787. The musical is family friendly.


Artistic Stimulus II, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. New Year, New Finds, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.


Parents can find the perfect summer camp for their kids at the Summer Adventure Camp Fair, held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Cincinnati Museum Center. There will be day camps, residential camps, arts and education programs and more from local and national representatives, as well as enrichment services and products and on-stage performances. The event is free. The school with the most students in attendance (sign-up sheets available) will when a pizza party. Visit or


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Big events highlight best and worst of sports Are sports over-emphasized in our culture? Many a person today would offer a resounding “yes!” Extravagant salaries, greed, capricious owners, intended concussions or other injuries, arrogant athletes who see themselves as gods – so many factors suggest a “yes.” Professional sports seems too much about money, selfinterest, and celebrityhood for the participants – not local community representation, loyalty, inspiration of youth and love of the game. The good aspects of sports now usually seem to happen at the high school and college level. However, these observations are not intended as a blanket condemnation of sports. Athletics has great positive potential. A knife can be used for good or bad; by a thief to rob or by a surgeon to heal. Similarly, sports can accomplish much good, or bad. The deciding factor is always us. On the negative side: sport zealots can foster undue competition and doanything-to-win attitude.

“When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberate– unless Father Lou ly it was, Guntzelman you know, Perspectives important, like a league game or something,” said Dick Butkus. Joking or not, such an unhealthy attitude in order to win, cheating, drugs to enhance performance, etc., does no favor for sports, participants or fans. The thrill of winning is uplifting and celebrated. Winning at any cost is actually a personal defeat. In a much bigger picture of life, we often learn more from dealing with our honest defeats. Misplaced social attitudes can lead some athletes to believe their physical prowess makes them superior to fellow humans with talents in other areas of life such as art, music or other intellectual endeavors. Sports, for some, is

almost a religion. Several sociologists have pointed out the powerful religious components in many public sports spectacles: special robes, music, and devotees costumes; adherence to prescribed rituals and chants; the vestal virgins of old cheering game participants and fans (fanatics); myopic coaches of young athletes setting practice sessions on Sunday mornings making adolescent athletes necessarily choose between practice sessions (more important) and church worship (less important); adoration bestowed on players convincing them and of their semidivine status, etc. On the positive side: great benefits come when sports are engaged in ethically and healthfully. The late Pope John Paul II was an athlete in his youth. In later reflections on the topic he spoke of the benefits of sports: they contribute to the integral development of the human person; can be a training ground for life itself, demanding self-discipline, loyalty, courage, coping with failure and adversity, fostering humility, jus-

tice, learning to work with others and facing one’s fears and anxieties, etc. Late sportswriter Haywood Hale Broun believed that sports didn’t build character as much as they “revealed it” in a person. For us fans and our society, sports can serve as entertainment, relaxation, help form community attitudes and involvement, and take our minds off the heavy routine of work. Psychologically, sports can serve healthfully as the ritualized expression and catharsis of aggression. This writer has participated in various sports throughout life and have found them a wonderful benefit of life in this world. Our present task to honor sports and pass them on to our young is to keep them healthy for body and soul, not a detriment. John Carmody writes: “Just as we can thank God for the light of our eyes and the air we breath … so we can thank God for the exercise that helps us see the world more sharply and breath the air more deeply. The river that runs by me in

the middle of my work-out is better focused than the river of thoughts I contemplate on a turnstool over multiple drinks.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a

Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

What should you do if you sign up for something, cancel within three days as permitted, but still don’t get your money back? Unless you know your rights you may fall victim to those who keep your money even though they are not entitled to do so. Cleves resident Gary Graff and his wife, Diane, said this is what has happened to them. Back in November they answered an ad for a vacation club and went to a local hotel to hear the sales pitch. Gary said they already belong to two such clubs. “We went there and right away we told them of the ones we have, and I said it sounds alike. Things went on a little bit more and, of course, they keep trying to sell you,” he said. The Graffs signed up and

paid nearly $3,000 for the membership with their credit card. “When we got home we started looking back at our programs we’ve used,” said Gary Graff. “We found out really they’ve got just about everything this has got, so why do we really want this?” The contract they signed gives them three days in which to cancel, so they did both by e-mail and by fax. “We were told we’d get our refund in 15 working days, business days. But it didn’t happen,” Graff said. He repeatedly contacted the company by phone and e-mail. “Every day it was another excuse,” he said. “ ‘You’ll be getting it next week; you’ll be getting it next week.’ ” In an e-mail to the Graffs, the company wrote,

“Thank you for your patience. Please rest assured your refund will be sent next week, no later.” But that e-mail was dated Dec. 30. Graff said he doesn’t know whether the company will ever return his money adding, “I doubt it, but at least I’d like to have it exposed.” The key thing to remember is you don’t have to worry about the company returning your money. Just pay with a credit card and you can dispute the charge with your credit card company and get the money back that way. Under federal law, you can dispute a charge up to 60 days after getting your credit card statement. The Graffs have now filed a dispute, both over the phone and in writing, so they can get the money

Take a painting class Feb. 6 prep their surface with two coats of their color choice of paint. Pattern packets will be mailed to those paying in advance. Trays can be purchased at for $27.95 and extra wooden inserts for $14.95. Mills will have some extra wooden inserts for those who want one for $10. The cost of the class is $25 for members, $35 for guests. Mail class fees to Debo-

rah Mills, 7230 Germantown Pike, Germantown, OH 45327. Ohio Valley Decorative Artists is a local chapter of the national Society of Decorative Painters whose mission is to stimulate worldwide interest in and appreciation for decorative painting, to recognize the diversity of and excellence in the art form, and to serve as the resource center for all aspects of decorative painting.



The Ohio Valley Decorative Artists is hosting a business meeting followed by a painting class Saturday, Feb. 6, at the New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., in Anderson Township. The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. followed by the class at 10 a.m. Debra Mills of Germantown, Ohio, will teach painting a lace 12-inch by 18-inch tray. Each student needs to

back from their credit card company since the vacation club failed to Howard Ain do so. Hey Howard! O h i o law says a company must return your money within 10 business days after receiving your cancellation notice. The Graffs have now filed a complaint with the state attorney general’s office. Bottom line, always pay with a credit card – not a debit card or check – because that’s the only way you can dispute such a payment. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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February 3, 2010

Super dishes to serve at a Super Bowl party The Colts or the Saints – who’s your favorite for the Super Bowl? I’m for the Colts, since Indy is closer than New Orleans. How about that for a scientific, educated opinion? My editor Lisa said she’s rooting for the Saints since Milford High School graduate Zach Strief is on the team. Truth be told, I’m not a huge football fan but I sure do like the party that accompanies Super Bowl Sunday. We always have a big crowd of friends and family. (And no, we don’t have a big flat screen TV). Everyone brings appetizers, husband Frank makes his Caesar salad to go along with take-out pizza, and I make homemade doughnuts.

Here’s some easy and tasty appetizers either to make at home or to tote.

Big Boy pizza

I first tasted this when friend Bert Villing brought it to our Super Bowl party. It was gone in a matter of minutes. Boboli thin crust pizza shell Frisch’s tartar sauce Dill pickle slices 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained Shredded iceberg lettuce Shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use about half the jar of tartar sauce and spread on crust. Layer ingredients in order given. Bake about 12 minutes.

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Big Mac variation

My editor Lisa’s colleague, Sarah, doesn’t like tartar sauce. So the two of them came up with this – use Thousand Island dressing instead of tartar sauce for a “Big Mac” pizza.

Buddy Boy variation

Boboli thin crust pizza shell Frisch’s tartar sauce Shaved ham Sliced tomatoes Thin sliced dill pickles Mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees (one reader bakes it at 450 degrees and just bakes it for less time). Spread about half a jar of tartar sauce over shell. Layer ingredients in order given. Bake about 12 minutes or so until cheese is melted.

Real Texas chile con queso

Awesome with multi-colored tortilla chips. 1 cup grated extra sharp cheddar 1 ⁄2 cup Velveeta, cut into pieces 1 ⁄2 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion

2 tablespoons diced tomato 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and diced Tortilla chips Put cheddar and Velveeta into a nonstick pot or double boiler over low heat and heat until cheese mixture is nearly melted. Add cream and whisk constantly until hot and smooth. Pour into serving dish and sprinkle with onions, tomatoes and jalapeños.

Stuffed mushrooms Monterey

24 mushroom caps, medium size 1 lb. sausage 8 oz. cream cheese 1 ⁄4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded or bit more to taste Crushed red pepper flakes to taste – start with 1⁄4 teaspoon and go from there (opt.) Sprinkling of Parmesan cheese (about 1⁄4 cup or so) Remove stems, pat dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook sausage, drain and add cream cheese, Monterey Jack and pepper flakes. Mix.


Place 1 heaping teaspoon into each mushroom cap. Put on sprayed cookie sheet, sprinkle with Parmesan, and bake 20 minutes. Let cool five minutes and serve.

Wheat-free gingerbread muffins

I’m embarrassed to say how long this has been in my files. (I just found it recently). Mary Pollock sent this in for Pat Landrum. Mary said, “Although these do not taste very good hot, you’ll be amazed at how wonderful the flavor is after an hour or so, so cool at least one hour before serving. These are also lowsodium.” 3

⁄4 cups brown rice flour or potato starch 1 ⁄2 teaspoon each: cinnamon, ground ginger 1 ⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves Yolks of 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons light molasses, not Blackstrap as that is too strong 1 ⁄2 teaspoon grated orange peel 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice Whites of 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons sugar

⁄4 cup f r e s h l e m o n j u i c e m i x e d with 2 t a b l e spoons granulated sugar.

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin cups. Mix rice flour and spices in large bowl. Put yolks, molasses, orange peel and orange juice in small bowl; whisk with fork to mix. Add to dry ingredients and stir gently until well blended. Batter will be stiff and difficult to mix. Beat whites until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until whites are thick and glossy. Stir about 1⁄4 of whites into rice flour batter to lighten it, then fold in remainder. Scoop into muffin tins and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and springy to the touch. Cool on rack 10 minutes. Brush tops with lemon juice mixture. Let cool at least one hour before serving.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Forest Hills Journal


BUSINESS UPDATE Partners in Education

The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct the Partners in Education Showcase 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. During the event, Anderson-area public and private schools will increase awareness of their ongoing business partnerships and to share information about

their students to connect with new community partners. Each school will have a display for viewing. A representative will also be available to answer questions. The event will be in conjunction with the Chamber’s monthly meeting. For more information about Partners in Education, contact Phil Sinkovich at 231-3600, ext. 2947, or phil.sinkovich@foresthills. edu.

Lackmeyer hired

Hixson, a Cincinnatibased architecture, engineering and interior design firm, has hired C h a r l i e Lackmeyer as a mechanical designer. Lackmeyer W i t h more than 20 years of experience, Lackmeyer will

design heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for new and renovated industrial, retail and commercial office projects. He lives in Anderson Township with his family.


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February 3, 2010

DEATHS Viola Hodge Abner

Viola Hodge Abner, 103, of Anderson Township died Jan. 25. Survived by children, Elwanda Coffey, Claude Hodge, Danny Hodge and Terry Hodge; 18 grandchildren, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by first husband, Tillman Hodge; second husband, Charles Abner; and children, Roy Hodge and Betty Hughbanks. Services were Jan. 29 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia.

Steven A. Berwanger

Steven A. Berwanger, 53, of Mount Washington died Jan. 26. Survived by siblings, Bonnie (John) Nichols, Laura (Mark) Stillings and Cindy (Gary) Kissee; 13 nieces

and nephews, and many cousins; and friend, Burt Colvin. Preceded in death by parents, Curly and Ruth Berwanger; and brother, E. Khym Berwanger. Services were at the convenience of the family.

Marie A. Doyen

Marie A. Doyen, 100, of Mount Washington died Jan. 21. Survived by great-nephews and great-nieces, Victor and Robert Lukatz, Susan Mercer, Vanessa Theile and Joan Nieman. Preceded in death by husband, Jesse F. Doyen; father, Peter Lukatz; and mother, Anna Beitz. Services were Jan. 23 at Spring Grove Cemetery. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

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Gladys Johnston

Gladys “Sugar” Johnston, 97, formerly of Anderson Township died Jan. 23. Survived by son, Tad (Teresa) Johnston; daughters, Janet Ashe and Jeanne (Bob) Miller; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, C.E. Johnston; father, Joseph Grossman; and mother, Ethel Parvin. Services were Jan. 27 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Calvin J. Oeters

Calvin J. Oeters, 84, of Anderson Township died Jan. 20. Survived by wife, Eleanor M. Oeters; son, Calvin F. (Judy) Oeters; daughters, Carol (Rev. Dennis) Ritchie and Cathy (Don) Jonas; brother, Ralph (Betty) Oeters; sisters, Evelyn Costos and Helen (Mil-

ton) Freeman; grandchildren, Jesse, Joey, Jeremy, Erika and Will (Ashley); and great-grandchildren, Jesse, Gavin and Landon. Preceded in death by father, Fred Oeters; and mother, Lenora Flach. Services were Jan. 24 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Robert Charles Wolf

Robert Charles Wolf, 81, of Newnan, Ga., and formerly of Fort Meyers Beach and Niceville, Fla., Georgetown, Texas, and Cincinnati died Jan. 25. He retired in 1981 after 10 years as the superintendent of the Forest Hills School District. Survived wife of 54 years, Virginia Brown Wolf of Newnan, Ga.; daughters, Susan (Joe) Babcock of Orcas Island, Wash., Mary Ann (Ed) Briggs of Newnan, Ga.; grandchildren, Jackson Babcock, Carly Babcock and Sam Briggs. Preceded in death by parents, Fredrick and Helen Meyer Wolf. Services are at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Newnan Presbyterian Church, 33 Greenville St., Newnan, GA. Memorials to: The Robert C. Wolf Scholarship Fund of the Forest Hills School District, 7550 Forest Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255.

Fight against heart disease Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is teaming up with the American Heart Association to present “Go Red for Women” – a movement passionately dedicated to helping women fight back against heart disease, the number one killer of women in America. Women are often unaware of the symptoms of heart attack that are unique to them. Women are quite familiar with heart disease symptoms for men but women often have different symptoms. All women are invited to hear Anita Smith speak on Heart Disease and the Impact on Women of Faith at a presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the IHM Church Heritage Hall. Information on heart disease will be available. A HeartAware Cardiovascular risk assessment questionnaire from the Christ Hospital Wellness Center can be mailed in to receive a personal risk assessment and a free Take Action Visit with a

cardiac clini- Smith cian. Hearthealthy cookbooks will be awarded as door prizes to three winners. Wine, cheese and light refreshments will be available. Anita Smith has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, management and ethics from Cincinnati Christian University and is director of business development and facility operations for Regency Hospital in Cincinnati. She currently serves as chair and spokesperson for the faith based initiative for women, Have Faith in Heart (one of the many initiatives for women through the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign). She also serves as chair of Go Red for Women 2010. The event is free and no reservations are required. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is located at 7820 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati OH, 45255. Call 388-4466 for more information.

Presbyterian church to launch Saturday night service

Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

The service will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall, which has been equipped with new sound and visual equipment, which according to Music Director Chuck Land Jr., will give this service a different feel from a traditional service. Connxions is the second new style of worship added at the church in the last 18

months. Morning Glory, their Sunday morning 9:30 service is a relaxed, familyfriendly blend of traditional and contemporary worship styles. The 11 a.m. Sunday service is a more formal traditional service. The church is located at 6474 Beechmont Ave. Visit, or call 231-2650.






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

Phyllis E. Elbert, 83, of Anderson Township died Jan. 15. Survived by daughters, Jenny (Derek) Peterson and Amy Inzetta; brother, Thomas (Joyce) Roush; and grandchildren, Michelle, Margot and Mallory Inzetta, Zachary, Amanda, Melissa and Samuel Peterson. Preceded in death by husband, Arthur E. Elbert; father, Herman Roush; and mother, Nellie Edgington. The family requested private services. Memorials to: Charity of donor’s choice.

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who are trying to live faithful lives in today’s world, according to Brian Mitchell, worship leader for the service and director of youth and young adult ministries at the church. “One style doesn’t always fit all, and worship’s no different,” Mitchell said. “Connxions offers people another approach.”


Phyllis E. Elbert

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church recently announced plans for the launch of a new Saturday evening contemporary worship service at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6. “Connxions” will be an open and relaxed service with a focus on contemporary music and messages that are relevant to people

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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

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8290 Batavia-Pike - Route 32 Pastor: Lonnie & Erica Richardson Wednesday Evening Services - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 am


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists


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

Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800

Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Youth 7 & 8th grade 9:15am Youth 9 & 12th grade 11:45am Phone 561-6805 Fax 561-0894

NorthStar Vineyard

7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

Community Church

Sr. Pastor Mark Rowland Ann Luzader, Mike Carnevale

Building Homes Relationships & Families

Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

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CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am

8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Playing in God’s Symphony: Practice and Learn the Music ! ")


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7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 10:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Baby sitter provided Pastor: Josh Miller

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

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(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

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Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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


MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rick Riggs, Pastor Sunday Worship 10:45am Adult Sunday School 9:30am Children’s Sunday School 10:45am Visitors Welcomed "A Family in Christ and a Beacon of God’s Love for Over 150 Years"

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


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Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times


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Juvenile, 17, warrant, assault, domestic violence, Jan. 16. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, Jan. 14. Two Juveniles, 17, ethnic intimidation, Jan. 5. Juvenile, 17, telephone harassment, Jan. 11. Darren J. Casey, 26, 8352 Crosspoint, disorderly conduct, Jan. 16. Gage Welch, 18, 3332 Scioto Drive, criminal damage, Jan. 13. Amanda Patterson, 27, 404 Western Ave., drug possession, theft, Jan. 14. Heather Rains, 23, 3725 Bardwell West, theft, Jan. 14. Kyesha Gunn, 22, 119 Peete St., disorderly conduct, Jan. 17. Tania Black, 24, 1704 1st St., disorderly conduct, Jan. 17. Thomas J. Hollins, 19, 5460 Ohio 125, aggravated robbery, Jan. 17. Tommy J. Barros, 25, 1512 Thomason, receiving stolen property, Jan. 13.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Money taken at gunpoint at Penn








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About police reports 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 Station; $2,741.46 at Ohio 125, Jan. 17.


Male was assaulted at 7390 Ridgepoint, Jan. 16. Male was assaulted at O’Neals Tavern at 7466 Ohio 125, Jan. 17.

Breaking and entering

commander, 825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 3523591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. Jan. 8. Vehicle driven through football field at Turpin High at Bartels Road, Jan. 13.

Ethnic intimidation

Male reported this offense at 7600 block of Coldstream Woods, Dec. 27.

Misuse of credit card

Copper piping taken from residence at 7894 YMCA Road, Jan. 11.

Female stated credit card used with no authorization at 1402 Rambling Hills, Jan. 15.

Christmas decorations damaged at 761 Kingswood, Jan. 14. Eggs thrown at vehicle at 1101 Immaculate, Jan. 16. Mailbox damaged at 1476 Verdale,

Purse taken from vehicle; $220 cash at 5652 Shady Hollow, Jan. 15. Money taken from purse in locker at New England Club; $80 at 8135 Beechmont, Jan. 15.

Criminal damage


Female stated ID used with no authorization; $506 loss at 1348 Pebble Court, Jan. 12. Wallet found/taken outside Kroger at Ohio 125, Jan. 14. Clothing taken from Gabriel Brothers; $86 at Beechmont Avenue, Jan. 14. Wallet, etc. taken from vehicle at 1757 Rustic Woods, Jan. 18.

Jeremy Williams, born 1980, unlawful use of vehicle joyriding, 6308 Corbly St., Jan. 20. Amanda Warren, born 1984, domestic violence, Jan. 18. John Monhollen, born 1969, grand theft auto, 1831 Mears Ave., Jan. 20. James K Helm, born 1974, forgery, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Jan. 20.

Work paid for has never been done; $860 loss at 7162 Dunn Road, Jan. 15.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery


1810 Sutton Ave., Jan. 20. 2101 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 20.

Greg Motley, born 1982, theft under $300, 2120 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 20.

2120 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 20.

Theft by deception

1825 Sutton Ave., Jan. 21.


Wednesday, Jan. 20

6:02 a.m., Wolf Run Court, back pain 10:32 a.m., Pebble Court, abdominal pain 10:41 a.m., Sherman Avenue, stroke 11:38 a.m., Sutton Road, person injured in a fall 1:44 p.m., Blue Orchard Drive, lock-out 4:45 p.m., State Road, chest pain 8:41 p.m., Forest Road, person injured 9:11 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain

Thursday, Jan. 21

12:33 a.m., Meadowland Drive, sick person 2:34 a.m., State Road, sick person 8:23 a.m., Columbus Avenue, sick person 10:03 a.m., Paddison Road, sick

Petit theft

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

6308 Corbly St., Jan. 20.



Sean Berold, 24, 3977 Youngman Drive, bench warrant, Jan. 9. Sarah Smith, 28, 3307 Yelton Lane, drug possession, Jan. 9. Gregory Motley, 27, 1738 Sutton Ave., bench warrant, Jan. 12. Samantha Gibson, 19, 115 Newlun Court, bench warrant, Jan. 13. Shane Reynolds, 20, 115 Newlun Court, bench warrant, Jan. 13. Michael Gray, 22, 6617 Britton Ave., bench warrant, Jan. 15.


Sunday, Jan. 24

10:08 a.m., Pebble Court, sick person 11:42 a.m., Ridgepoint Drive, person injured in a fall 11:48 a.m., Spinningwheel Lane, person unconscious/unresponsive 12:21 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 4:05 p.m., Autumnleaf Lane, gas leak (natural gas or LPG) 4:28 p.m., Turpin Hills Drive, abdominal pain 4:47 p.m., Clough Pike, sick person 8:19 p.m., Beechmont & Salem, auto accident/person injured 8:39 p.m., Mt. Carmel Road, person unconscious/unresponsive 8:41 p.m., Heatherglen Drive, assist back to bed


1111 Nordyke Road: Epps Michael R. & Sarah B. to Kuhl Kevin J.; $115,000. 1149 Witt Road: Lorenz Michelle E. to Brandt Sharon Alyse; $69,000. 1634 Pinebluff Lane: Elam Tony & Stephanie A. Horn to Aragon Roland James; $172,000. 2040 Knightsbridge Drive: Trimnell Edward P. to Barlag Mandi L.; $157,000. 3139 Eight Mile Road: 8 Mile 39 Ltd. to Zemanek Jeffrey R.; $80,000. 3149 Eight Mile Road: 8 Mile 49 Ltd. to Zemanek Jeffrey R.; $80,000. 6714 Maddux Drive: Knab Bonnie M. Tr & John C. Tr to Schiano Peter J.; $312,501. 970 Pamela Drive: Walker Alma to Ziegler-Marsh Karen A.; $121,000.

1719 Brachman Ave.: Stengel Gilbert P. & Yukiko Muroe to Meadors Brett; $127,000. 1820 Mears Ave.: Willard Anja L. to Fanniemae; $64,000.


3426 Church St.: Daniel Matthew to Citimortgage Inc.; $52,000.

About real estate transfers

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

Friday, Jan. 22

12:46 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 4:30 a.m., Salem Road, possible heart attack 7:04 a.m., Clough Pike, person injured in a fall 10:44 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 1:17 p.m., Barnsdale Court, person unconscious/unresponsive 5:46 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, arcing, shorted electrical equipment 6:05 p.m., Kingswood Court, arcing, shorted electrical equipment 7:43 p.m., Yellowglen Drive, chest pain 10:38 p.m., Pebble Court, medical alarm 11:52 p.m., Woodlyn Drive, medical emergency 11:53 p.m., Clough Ridge, chest pain

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Saturday, Jan. 23

9:07 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 1:13 p.m., Pamela Drive, chest pain 1:15 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, allergic reaction 1:29 p.m., Butlersbridge Court, chest pain 2:15 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person injured 2:25 p.m., Jager Court, trouble breathing 3:59 p.m., Salem Road, chest pain 4:54 p.m., YMCA Road, chest pain 6:45 p.m., Endovalley Drive, false alarm or false call, other


Tuesday, Jan. 19

12:44 a.m., Broadwell Road, person with a laceration 9:31 a.m., Bluecrest Drive, back pain 10:12 a.m., Stanley Road, sick person 1:29 p.m., Five Mile Road, sick person 2:15 p.m., Woodlyn Drive, person unconscious/unresponsive 2:36 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person injured 2:48 p.m., Five Mile Road, alarm system sounded due to malfunction 5:21 p.m., Andersonwoods Drive, sick person 6:58 p.m., State Road, trouble breathing

person 10:39 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, steam, vapor, fog or dust thought to be smoke 11:13 a.m., Clough & State, auto accident/entrapment 11:30 a.m., Salem Road, chest pain 12:38 p.m., Coolidge Avenue, carbon monoxide detector activation, no CO 1:13 p.m., Salem Road, medical emergency 2:25 p.m., Pebble Court, nosebleed 2:25 p.m., Pebble Court, stroke 4:01 p.m., Thole Road, person injured in a fall 6:46 p.m., Salem Road, medical emergency 8:40 p.m., Blairhouse Drive, abdominal pain 9:32 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured

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Monday, Jan. 18



ANDERSON TOWNSHIP FIRE & EMS RUNS 4:21 a.m., Doolittle Lane, assist back to bed 7:48 a.m., Clough Pike, person unconscious/unresponsive 8:57 a.m., Forest Road, assist back to bed 1:05 p.m., Doolittle Lane, trouble breathing 2:01 p.m., Shady Hollow Lane, assist police or other governmental agency 2:51 p.m., Pebble Court, person unconscious/unresponsive 4:19 p.m., Hawkstone Drive, poisoning 4:49 p.m., Rockhurst Lane, stroke 6:11 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 7:36 p.m., Towerview Lane, person injured in a fall

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Youth prepare for Valentine’s Dinner The youth group at Clough United Methodist Church is preparing to host its fifth annual Valentine’s Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2010 Wolfangel Road in Anderson Township. Seating begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and must be purchased by Feb. 7. Call the church office at

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Summerfair Cincinnati, a non-profit with offices in Anderson Township, will host an exhibit featuring the art work of students from five area colleges and universities. Thirteen local art students have earned the honor of displaying their artwork in Summerfair Cincinnati’s Emerging Artist Exhibition, on display Feb. 5 through Feb. 21 with an Artists’ Opening Reception on Feb. 12, at the Anderson Center. The Emerging Artist Exhibition will feature students who were nominated by their professors and juried into the exhibit. They represent the next generation of artists to emerge in the local arts community.

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