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Police: Thieves seeking items that are easy to pawn By Lisa Wakeland

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Dwindling salt

The Newtown maintenance department’s salt supply has dwindled to nothing. During the most recent Newtown Village Council meeting, maintenance Dickerson supervisor Ron Dickerson said he has placed an order for more salt because the amount bought prior to winter has been depleted. “We ran out of what we ordered,” said Mayor Curt Cosby, who noted there may have to be an adjustment to next year’s salt estimates. FULL STORY, A2

Voice your opinion

The Anderson Township Park District recently discovered $50,000 of taxpayers’ money that has been sitting in the budget for nearly four years (see story, page A3). 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 Feb. 2 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at andersontownship asking readers if Anderson Township Trustee Russ Jackson deserves an appointment to one of three state commissions to which he has applied are: Yes:

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Meg Callahan was shocked when she arrived home on Dec. 17 to find thousands of dollars worth of jewelry missing. Burglars gained entry to the home by “shouldering” the side door and breaking the frame, the incident report said. The two young, white males suspected in the burglary also grabbed video games, a tea set, money and other valuables from the Callahan’s Woodcroft Drive home, the report said. “It was a huge surprise because it happened in the afternoon in broad daylight,” she said, adding that nothing has been recovered. “What I’ve heard is they feel like a lot of people are working during the day so they feel like it’s an opportune time to come.” The Callahan’s case is fairly typical of the recent rash of burglaries that have occurred in Anderson Township, said Lt. Mike Hartlzer, District 5 Commander for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. From October to the end of January, there have been 20 burglaries and six breaking and entering incidents on residential property. The reported incidents occurred all over Anderson Township with a few clustered in areas around Salem Road and Clough Pike. These are primarily daytime burglaries, Hartzler said, and suspects move quickly, sometimes hitting and leaving a home in less than five minutes. “They’re looking for items that are easy to pawn and items they can get rid of quickly,” he said. Video games and consoles, jewelry,

electronics and tools are among the hot ticket items the suspected burglars take. Hartzler said these items are generally traded for cash or drugs. A couple of suspects were arrested on Sutton Road last year, but many of the cases are still open. “It’s very difficult, if we have no physical evidence, to catch these guys,” Hartzler said, noting this recent uptick is part of a regular cycle of crime. “It’s usually one or two groups of people that are moving into the area.” Though there are close to 70 Neighborhood Watch groups in the township, along with many in neighborhood business districts, Hartzler encourages all residents to be observant and report suspicious activity. Tracy Sloan, leader of the neighborhood business district on Salem Road, said the number of burglaries that happened in the township surprised her. “We definitely try to keep our eyes open,” she said. The business district will likely discuss the incidents and possible increased security measures at an upcoming meeting, Sloan added. “We don’t want citizens to be afraid, but we want them to be alert and vigilant,” Hartzler said. “Criminals are not planning on anyone noticing them. It never hurts to make a call and can make a world of difference.” The Sheriff’s Office offers free security checks to township residents and businesses. Contact Cpl. Dave Boiman, 6888400 or dboiman@anderson township. org, for details. For more about your community, visit

Family’s fundraiser for cancer patients By Forrest Sellers

A local seventh-grader is taking goodwill beyond the football field. Through a friendship established with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, Mitch Stone hopes to generate support for children with cancer and blood diseases. A “Playdate with the Bearcats” fundraiser will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center, 2600 Clifton Ave. Proceeds raised at the event will go toward sending children who have pediatric cancer or blood diseases to summer camp. Stone, who is a seventh-grader at Nagel Middle School, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly after his diagnosis he began a friendship with members of the Bearcats football team through an organization called Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which matches children with brain tumors to college sports teams.


Amy Winstel, left, Mitch Stone and his mother, Dee, are helping to raise money to send children with cancer to summer camp. Dee founded Mitch’s Mission after her son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009. The organization’s first fundraiser will be Saturday, Feb. 19. Stone attended many of the team’s games and events during their 2009 season. Stone’s mother, Dee, founded the non-profit organization “Mitch’s Mission” to help other youngsters with cancer. This will

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and their families and will feature a carnival-style atmosphere. About 40 Bearcats will participate in the event, which will include activities such as cornhole, face painting and assorted games. The recreation center’s pool and rock climbing wall will also be open. “I think it will be fun,” said Mitch, whose is currently cancer free. “We hope to raise a lot of money to send kids to camp.” Tickets are $15 per person, $50 per family. The proceeds will cover summer camp costs for children from the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “It’s cool that someone is stepping up to help continue this camp,” said Amy Winstel, who is handling social media for the event. “(Dee) saw this as an opportunity.” For information, visit the website For more about your community visit andersontownship


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Village needs more salt this winter By Rob Dowdy

The Newtown maintenance department’s salt supply has dwindled to nothing. During the most recent Newtown Village Council meeting, maintenance supervisor Ron Dickerson

said he has placed an order for more salt because the amount bought prior to winter has been depleted. “We ran out of what we ordered,” said Mayor Curt Cosby, who noted there may have to be an adjustment to next year’s salt estimates. Dickerson has already

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Dickerson ordered 200 tons that should be delivered shortly. Newtown’s salt supply is stored in a Hamilton County salt dome off of Roundbottom Road. Dickerson said the additional salt is being paid for by savings made by each department in the village, as well as funds that carried over from last year’s maintenance budget. Dickerson said the village spreads about 10 tons of salt per inch of snow. He estimates the village has already used 300 tons this winter. “That’s being very conservative with the salt,” he said. Dickerson said he expects to ask for increased amounts of salt prior to next year’s winter in order to avoid buying more during the winter months. For more about your community, visit www.

Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Anderson Towne Center Kroger are partnering for a food drive during the month of February. Barrels will be placed in the store, 7500 Beechmont Avenue, to collect non-perishable items for the Mercy Franciscan at St. John Service Center in Over-theRhine. Close to 1,000 pounds of food were donated last year during this drive. Call IHM, 388-4466, with questions.

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By Rob Dowdy Newtown’s Short Park is expected to get the restroom village officials have been working on since 2008. The village received a $25,471 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the approximately $66,000 project in 2008. Newtown will also use money from the sale of an easement to the Hamilton County Park District for the

extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail to fund the restroom construction. The village has received two extensions on the grant in order to complete the project, and Mayor Curt Cosby said this current extension will expire in June. Newtown maintenance supervisor Ron Dickerson said with the village receiving the extension on the grant work will likely begin


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Anderson Twp. suspends retreats By Lisa Wakeland

ning sessions. In 2008 the two-day retreat was conducted at the Murphin Ridge Inn in Adams County, about 50 miles east of Anderson Township, and cost taxpayers more than $3,500 in food and lodging. The trustees planned to conduct the 2009 retreat at the same location, but a snowstorm forced the twoday session to be conducted at the Anderson Center. That workshop meeting cost taxpayers $692. Last year, the retreat was conducted during one day at the Anderson Center and cost taxpayers less than $200.

Anderson Township trustees agreed last week to temporarily suspend their annual retreats. Earlier this year, Township Administrator Vicky Earhart suggested breaking up the planning sessions, generally held during one or two days at the beginning of each year. Officials cover everything from the budget and basic services to quality-of-life issues and development plans. “In an attempt to retain our attention it’s probably better to break it into smaller sessions,” Trustee Peggy Reis said. The smaller sessions will start in April, with the trustees and township staff focusing on one or two topics at each meeting. At today’s meeting, the trustees reviewed the 2011 budget and set the yearly priorities. Township officials typi-

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At last week’s interim meeting, the Anderson Township trustees agreed to keep the yearly priorities the same as 2010. Trustees agreed core priorities are basic services, fiscal responsibility and image/quality of life. Other priorities include neighborhood preservations, economic development, the Beechmont corridor, transportation and riverfront development. There was no formal adoption since the priorities did not change. Township Administrator Vicky Earhart said staff uses these priorities to develop goals for the year. For more about your community visit andersontownship


Anderson Township Trustees Kevin O'Brien, left, Russ Jackson and Peggy Reis agreed to skip the annual retreat and hold smaller planning sessions at the Anderson Center throughout the year. cally addressed both those topics, as well as other specific issues during the yearly retreats. “I see a tremendous benefit to having planning sessions, and in the long run

planning is critical,” said Trustee Russ Jackson. “We’re in a different mode and in a different time so let’s try it. But we do have to plan and think ahead.”

Earhart said the trustees and staff can re-evaluate how the smaller sessions work at the end of the year. She also suggested alternating years for full-day retreats and monthly plan-

Park district discovers unused money

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there until we can figure out how to widen the trails.” If the money was given to the Park District for trails it has to be used for trails, said Park Commissioner Duffy Beischel. Bartholomew suggested asking the township for permission to transfer the funds to Johnson Hills Park. The Park District plans to start constructing a paved, loop trail at Johnson Hills Park, near Little Dry Run and Bridle roads, in 2012 and recently applied for a

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School to keep using new grading scale By Forrest Sellers

Forest Hills administrators said the new grading scale has not had a significant impact on gradepoint averages. Members of the district’s Grading Scale Committee, which included Superintendent Dallas Jackson, provided an update to the Board of Education on the new grading scale, which was implemented at the beginning of the school year for grades 7-12. The district began 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. Under the previous grading scale 93 to 100 was an “A,” 85 to 92 was a “B” and below 70 was an “F.” The average grade-point average for 2009-2010 using the previous grading scale was 3.2. The grade-point average for the first semester of 2010-2011 using the College Board scale was 3.3. Jackson said the initial transition to the new scale created some challenges for the students. However, he said with the new scale the performance on semester exams has become more important. The rounding factor on grades is smaller with the new grading scale. The previous grading scale had a rounding factor of 0.5 so a 3.5 was rounded to a 4.0. Under the new grading scale a 3.5 would get rounded to a 3.7. With the rounding factor, exams have a greater significance, according to Jackson. “With greater emphasis on semester exams, (the students) will have to work harder on



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grades they get,” he said. “This grading scale has given our exams more validity.” Board members said the Jackson district’s previous grading scale made it more difficult for the students to obtain scholarships and could create challenges during the college application process. However, board member Richard Neumann said he still has concerns about the College Board scale. “There has got to be a simpler way,” he said. “I am concerned about grade inflation.” Neumann said 6 percent more students got “A’s” last semester using the new scale. “We’re trying to prepare students for the real world,” he said, adding that adjusting the grading scale may not necessarily be the best way to accomplish this. Board member Forest Heis, though, said he supports the College Board scale. “It gives you a clear cut idea of what you need,” he said. He said the students have a better idea of what they need to accomplish to get a certain grade. During last week’s meeting, the school board also set a date for its next works session. The board will meet 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the administration building, 7550 Forest Road. The next board meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, and will also be at the administration building. For more about your community visit

A pilot program will provide Forest Hills Local School District students additional time with tutors and technology. With funding from the Forest Hills Foundation for Education, the district has launched the “Access 24/7 Learning” program at Nagel Middle School and both Anderson and Turpin high schools. As part of the program teachers will be available up to two-days per week after school to provide in-house academic assistance and support. Technology and media center resources will also be available to the students. “We want to support the overall mission of the schools and help our students be more successful,” said Tom McGill, president of the Forest Hills Foundation. “It’s about providing additional opportunities.” The Foundation presented a check to the district for $5,000, which will go toward the program. FORREST SELLERS/STAFF “Just from what the kids told Anderson High School students Angela Massoud, right, and Bailey Guyton work on computers in me they think it’s an awesome the media center. Anderson, along with Turpin High School and Nagel Middle School, is launching a idea to get help in the evening and new “Access 24/7 Learning” program, which will provide students with after-hours use of the have access to technology,” said computers as well as academic support. Anderson High School Principal Diana Carter. McGill said the Anderson additional access to “We want to support the overall mission of the schools and help High School computers outside s o p h o m o r e our students be more successful. It’s about providing additional the classroom is Angela Mas- opportunities.” important. “There soud said she Tom McGill are a number of stuwill likely use President of the Forest Hills Foundation for Education dents in the district this resource who don’t have when she access to their own begins taking she said. personal computers,” he said. advanced placement courses. Anderson High School junior The Foundation sponsors “This gives (students) an Chad Barth said he also considers fundraisers such as the Forest opportunity to meet with a teacher the program beneficial. “It pro- Hills 5K run and walk in May and and maybe get a different perspec- vides a good opportunity for one- the alumni basketball game in tive on how to solve a problem,” on-one help,” he said. March.


A meeting for parents of Forest Hills Local School District eighth-graders will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Turpin High School’s auditorium. During the meeting parents will be given information for selecting high school courses for the 2011-2012 school year. Among the topics to be discussed are

planning a four-year program of study, teacher recommendations, course-selection process and the academic expectations of the high school. High school teachers, counselors and administrators will participate in this meeting. Parents will also be given time to review textbooks and tour the building. Call 232-7770 for more information.


Turpin High School will conduct parentteacher conferences 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. To make an appointment for conferences call 232-7770, ext. 2801, between 7:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

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The week at Anderson

• In boys basketball, Anderson lost to Walnut Hills, 52-46, Feb. 1. Kevin Kollmeier had 16 points in the loss. • In girls basketball, Anderson fell to Milford, 44-29, Feb. 2. Jessica Brogan had a team high 10 points. • In boys bowling, the Redskins fell to Loveland, 2,6192,393, Jan. 31. Taylor Ray had a high series of 384 to lead the team. • In girls bowling, Anderson fell to Loveland, 2,0201,491, Jan. 31. Cara Buckley had a high series of 304 pins. On Feb. 2, Loveland defeated Anderson, 2,1811,663. Corie Osterfeld posted the Lady Redskins high series, with a score of 312 pins. • In boys swimming, Anderson defeated Turpin, 9291, Feb. 1. • In girls swimming, Turpin defeated Anderson 110-69, Feb. 1.

The week at McNicholas

• In boys basketball, the Rockets fell to Alter, 70-56, Feb. 2. Drew Hall led McNick with 29 points. On Feb. 4, McNick lost to Badin, 53-43. Hall scored 20 points for the Rockets. • In girls basketball, the Lady Rockets defeated Roger Bacon, 68-24, Feb. 2. Stephanie Krusling led the squad with 13 points. • In girls diving, Maddie Mitchell won the GGCL Central Grey Division diving championship with a score of 187.40, Jan. 30. Abby Mitchell placed second in the event, and Amanda Bradley finished third.

The week at Turpin

• In boys basketball, Turpin fell to Milford, 75-51, Feb. 1. Mitch Stevens had a team high 15 points. On Feb. 4, Turpin beat Kings, 54-43. Adam Boyer led the team with 20 points. Connor Grotton scored 15 points. • In girls basketball, Turpin was defeated by Glen Este, 61-47, Feb. 2. Ashley Long had a game high 23 points. On Feb. 5, Turpin beat Little Miami, 58-38. • In boys bowling, Turpin fell to Wilmington, 2,5822,342, Jan. 31. Steve Varnau had a high series of 371 for the Spartans. On Feb. 1, Turpin fell to Norwood, 2,091-2,013. Sean Mathews had a high series of 327. On Feb. 2, Turpin fell to Wilmington, 2,765-2,320. Varnau had a high series of 390 for the Spartans. • In girls bowling the Lady Spartans fell to Wilmington, 2,229-1,739, Jan. 31. Loren Combs posted a high series of 346 pins. On Feb. 1, Turpin defeated St. Ursula and Norwood, 1,993-1,871-1,582. Abbey Wernick-Kaito had the team’s high series (339). On Feb. 2, Wilmington defeated Turpin, 2,518-1,668. Wernick-Kaito had a high series of 329 pins. • In boys swimming, Anderson defeated Turpin, 9291, Feb. 1. • In girls swimming, Turpin defeated Anderson 110-69.

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Turpin swimmers capture FAVC titles By Nick Dudukovich

Anderson standout swimmers

After falling to Turpin High School at the Fort Ancient Valley Conference championships Jan. 29, the Anderson boys' squad rebounded with a 92-91 victory over the Spartans, Feb. 1. The Redskins were aided by senior Wade Paroz, who broke a 33-year-old record in the 50-yard freestyle at the dual meet. The record belonged to 1980 Olympic swimmer, Bill Barrett. Paroz completed the race in 21.71 seconds. At the FAVC Championships, several Anderson High School swimmers and divers did their best to keep the Redskins in contention. For the boys, the Redskins efforts were spearheaded by divers Jason Smith (second), Jason Ratcliff (third), Jacob Ramsey (fourth) and Joshua Roberts (fifth). Paroz turned in second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (21.79) and 100-yard freestyle races (47.30). The Redskins earned first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:29.19), which featured Kile Auckerman, Connor Davis, Jimmy Nordloh and Paroz. For the girls, junior Cecilia Rose placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a mark of 1 minute, 2.48 seconds. Rose, along with Melissa Hascher, Christeena Parsons and Nicole Holtkamp, placed third in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:56.31). Sophomore Meredith Johnson grabbed second place at 1-meter diving, with a score of 176.25.

Go ahead. Call it a comeback. The Turpin High School varsity swim squad overcame a 45-point deficit to overtake Anderson for the FAVC East swimming and diving championship, Jan. 29. The Spartan swimmers entered the swimming portion of competition knowing they would have to come from behind, because Anderson’s divers had helped the Redskins jump out to an early lead. Turpin received several solid efforts during the meet, but the most impressive performance was turned in by the 400-yard freestyle relay team. The quartet of Alex Kenney, Sean Monahan, Tommy Easley and Phil Englert set a new FAVC record in the race with a time of 3 minutes, 17.65 seconds. Turpin defeated the Anderson team of Connor Davis, Jared Springman, Kile Aukerman, and Wade Paroz, by less than a second to grab the first-place victory. “That was one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen in a long time,” Turpin head coach Rene Contino said. “It was neat that the boys came together as a team to win the event, with everyone cheering on the sideline, it was an exciting moment.” Other top swimmers for the Spartans included Drew Hamilton, who placed third in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley, as well as Kyle Jackson, who placed third in the


Turpin's Alex Kenney, Sean Monahan, Tommy Easley and Phil Englert were a part of the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team at the FAVC championships, Jan. 29. 100-yard breaststroke and the 100yard freestyle. Besides the relay victory, Monahan claimed second in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. Contino added that the victory was a true team effort for the Spartans. “We knew we were down when we started. Every single person needed to improve their seed times and the guys really stepped up,” she said. The Lady Spartans coasted to an FAVC team championship backed by the consistent swimming of the 200-yard medley and freestyle relay teams. The squad of Molly Hazelbaker, Gabbie Pettinichi, Morgan Contino and Valerie Borger set an FAVC

record with a time of 1 minute, 50.93 seconds in the medley event. For the freestyle race, Jaymie Polet joined Hazelbaker, Borger and Morgan Contino to set another FAVC record with a mark of 1 minute, 41.33 seconds. The Lady Spartans flexed their muscles at the event as the school’s B squad, which consists of Sam Hardewig, Shaylynn Spelman, Katie Molloy and Rachel Polanco, finished second in the freestyle relay (three seconds behind their first-place teammates). Morgan Contino further added to Turpin’s effort with a win in the 500-yard freestyle event (5:12:03). Borger contributed to Turpin’s final point total with second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle races.

Wise, Bonekamp aid ‘Skins in ‘King of the Hill’ win By Nick Dudukovich

son right around the corner, Cripe liked seeing his squad wrestle at their peak levels. “It’s good to see the kids are performing well and are

Backed by the performance of David Wise and Sam Bonekamp, the Anderson High School wrestling team cruised to its fourth straight King of the Hill victory over McNicholas and Turpin, Feb. 1. Anderson’s Patrick Campbell (top) is just two wins shy of 100 career victories after his two wins at King of the Hill, Feb. 1. Brandon Severn/Contributor Wise, a sophomore who wrestles at 152 pounds, had been waiting all season to compete on the varsity mat. With the recommendation of his teammates, Wise, who has been waiting in the wings behind Kyle Koch at 152 pounds, got his chance. Koch, and other Anderson captains recognized Wise’s dedication in practice. They went to head coach Luke Cripe and said the sophomore deserved a shot at King of the Hill. The coach agreed.


Turpin’s Michael Aldrich has his hand raised following his victory at the King of the Hill meet, Feb. 1.

in shape and doing the right things,” he said. “It’s important to see them competing well before the postseason starts.”

King of the Hill results BRANDON SEVERN/ CONTRIBUTOR

Anderson junior Patrick Campbell (top) ended the King of the Hill meet just five wins shy of 100 career victories. To structure the squad’s lineup, Koch moved up in weight to 160 pounds, Hank Stillwell went up to 171 pounds, and Petar Ilchovski moved up to 189 pounds. Wise didn’t let his teammates down and earned two wins for the Redskins. “Dave is talented and the captains said he deserved a chance to get into the lineup,” Cripe said. “I felt he deserved it and that was his first varsity experience. A sophomore stepping into that role and getting two wins was really nice.” The strategy worked so perfectly that Anderson recorded pins over Turpin at 152 pounds, through 285 pounds (six weight classes). Another Redskin wrestler, senior Sam Bonekamp, also made the most of his opportunity at the event. According to Cripe, Bonekamp spent his first three seasons with Anderson wrestling at the junior varsity level. With standout Patrick Campbell moving up in weight, Bonekamp, who had seven wins on the season, would get his opportu-


nity at 125 pounds. The senior joined in on Anderson’s winning parade by defeating Turpin’s Sean Kennedy. “Sam’s worked hard to get into the lineup,” Cripe said. “We were concerned about (the Kennedy match) and Sam wrestled well and got two pins for us on the night.” Campbell, who is 23-3 on the season, handled business as usual, despite wrestling at a higher weight (135 pounds). “He’s a very good wrestler with a lot of talent,” Cripe said. Campbell’s two victories at King of the Hill gave the junior 95 career wins. With wrestling’s postsea-


McNicholas’ Nick Scweickar (top) turns the tide on Turpin’s Cody Thompson at the King of the Hill meet, Feb. 1.

Here is the list of individual KOH champs for Anderson: 103: Conor Brockman 119: Joe Hurd 125: Sam Bonekamp 135: Patrick Campbell 145: Tyler Faulkner 152: David Wise 160: Kyle Koch 171: Hank Stillwell 215: Joe Farrell 285: Joe Turner Anderson High School vs. Turpin High School 103: (AHS) Conor Brockman win by forfeit 112: (Turpin) Cummings win by forfeit 119: (AHS) Joe Hurd win by 15-1 over Robinson (Turpin) 125: (AHS) Sam Bonekamp win by pin over Kennedy (Turpin) 130: (Turpin) Stephens win by pin over Kainon Leobker (AHS) 135: (AHS) Patrick Campbell win by pin over Hoenie (Turpin) 140: (Turpin) Aldrich win by forfeit 145: (AHS) Tyler Faulkner win by 14-2 over Stephens (Turpin) 152: (AHS) David Wise win by pin over Kennedy (Turpin) 160: (AHS) Kyle Koch win by pin over Thompson (Turpin) 171: (AHS) Hank Stillwell win by pin over Pierce (Turpin) 189: (AHS) Petar Ilchovski win by pin over Findly (Turpin) 215: (AHS) Joe Farrell win by pin over Pierce (Turpin) 285: (AHS) Joe Turner win by forfeit Final team score: Anderson High School 62, Turpin High School 18 Anderson High School vs. McNicholas High School 103: Double forfeit 112: (AHS) Conor Brockman win by pin Baca (McNick) 119: (AHS) Joe Hurd win by pin Engel (McNick) 125: (AHS) Sam Bonekamp win by pin Daly (McNick) 130: (AHS) Kainon Leobker win by pin Sonnega (McNick) 135: (AHS) Patrick Campbell win by pin Callaha (McNick) 140: (AHS) Stuart McCauley win by forfeit 145: (AHS) Tyler Faulkner win by pin Gumbert (McNick) 152: (AHS) David Wise win by pin Schiedkin (McNick) 160: (AHS) Kyle Koch win by pin Scweickart (McNick) 171: (AHS) Hank Stillwell win by pin Batto (McNick) 189: (McNick) Dorson-King win by SV OT Petar Ilchovski (AHS) 215: (AHS) Joe Farrell win by pin Gumbert (McNick) 285: (AHS) Joe Turner win by pin Gulla (McNick) Final team score: Anderson High School 71, McNicholas High School 3

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What do you remember about the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003? “Lorna Onizuka, astronaut Ellison’s wife, and I have been pen pals since we were 12 years old. She married El a month before I got married and we each had two kids. “I was devastated when I learned that El had been on the Challenger when it exploded. I was very disheartened when news coverage of the disaster focused mainly on the teacher in space. “When I visited Lorna a year after the tragedy, I met the other widows and their children. “They suffered much more so and for a longer time than the school children across the country watching for lessons from the shuttle. “And I was saddened again when on the 25th anniversary of the event, with the exception of June Scobee Rodgers, the emphasis was on these school children as adults and how the disaster affected them since that tragic day. “The astronauts had families and their lives were shattered. “Their stories deserve to be heard, too.” A.B. “I was teaching at an elementary school in West Clermont School District. We wheeled in a ‘state of the art’ big screen TV to watch it as a group of fifth/sixthgraders. “When it happened everyone fell silent. There was nothing but shock. We had a moment of silence then returned to class.” K.S. “Having applauded John F. Kennedy’s support of the space program in the ’60s, I watched with great interest every aspect of space exploration in the years to follow. I thought we were pretty skilled and beyond disasters. “The disasters of ‘86 and ‘03 taught us that while it’s an amazing journey, there are risks and lives can be lost. “I remember the Challenger disaster most vividly and with horror still today. “Seconds into the flight, everyone in the crew was gone, all those bright minds that would have made such a difference to our future in space as well as to their respective families. “While the Columbia disaster was equally as troubling, I remember watching the take-off of the Challenger and the horror of seeing it explode. “I’m not so sure these days if the space program is as important as I thought years ago. “Today, I focus more on the needs of people living on Earth and the need for peace. I don’t know that as humans, we can manage Earth and its challenges and outer space and its challenges.” E.E.C.

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Rhetoric should not be about the messengers

When the cost of educating students has gone up 100 percent in the last 19 years while the rate of inflation has only gone up 50 percent, something is wrong. When the school board holds some of their meetings in private rather then comply with the law for open meetings something is wrong. When they incur legal expense from preventable lawsuits, something is wrong. Casting more votes (using proxies) than there are members on the school board, something is wrong. Like Mr. Zimmerman, I too am tired of the school board being in the news so often. Most of the time it is not very complimentary. I am not part of the silent majority. I have paid for the education of three generations of Forest Hills children. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said: “in the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest wisdom in governmental action.” Public scrutiny and personal ethics precludes me from intentionally making misleading statements. Some may not agree with my opinions. I expected that. I have also had a lot of positive feedback. The rhetoric should not be about the messengers. That solves nothing. Please do not debase the political process. Jim Danehy Anderson Township

Let’s tone down the vitriol

Today, after over a year, I finally opened a Forest Hills Journal, after hearing of Mr. Todd Zimmerman’s comments. I, too, had wondered at the editorial intent in featuring the predictable drone over and over. Is there just so little else to publish? Perhaps Mr. Merrill is a cat’s paw for an editorial slant? Or perhaps just a friend needing free PR? Your favorite fiscalizer might please use less foam and just a bit more civility and factuality. Personal disclosure: I like our school system very much. It has been delivering a top-percentile job by a number of national metrics. I am grateful my wife prevailed in putting our sons in the public school system, and that’s for



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Church thanks fire department

We would like to thank the Anderson Township Fire Department for serving our congregation when a frozen sprinkler head burst inside our building on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. Their quick response prevented extensive water damage. Also, their support and flexibility enabled the people who arrived not long after the incident to still worship in a modified setting. A special thanks goes to Battalion Chief Rick Martin who spent hours on the scene and was so helpful. Cindy Eldred Parkside Christian Church office manager On behalf of the church’s members

Trustee: Completing parking garage is not a done deal

Recently Anderson Township Trustee Russell Jackson was noted in the Cincinnati Enquirer (Jan. 22 online, Jan. 23 in print) as stating the public parking garage near the Anderson (Government) Cen-

All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: foresthills@ Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Forest Hills Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. ter “will definitely be built.” This statement, although hopeful, is not the official position of the Anderson Township Board of Trustees. The developer of the project and a local bank are locked in foreclosure proceedings. As of today the bank has claims of about $2 million against the developer and the property. The garage is about half finished. Before any additional work is done, the bank should be satisfied. There are no “white knights” standing at the township’s front door to satisfy the bank and provide the additional monies needed to complete the garage which plans to have spaces for about 140 vehicles. A quick summary of the costs associated with this project is in order. To date the township has written checks totaling $5.8 million. The bank has claims of about $2 million. Allowing for $3 million to $3.5 million in additional costs to complete the parking garage portion of the building brings a total of $11.3 million. At $80,000 per parking space, this Township trustee will lose a bit of sleep over making the decision to move forward or not. Kevin O’Brien Anderson Township trustee

It’s good to see the other side of the school issue

I write in support of the article that Mr. Todd Zimmerman, a fellow Anderson resident, wrote in your paper (dated Feb. 2, 2010). For the last few months I’m pleasantly surprised to see mostly the articles from the two gentlemen (whom Mr. Zimmerman refers as two amigos). Apart from bashing the school district, I’ve not seen anything new there. I guess for the sake of fairness you should also ask the Forest

Hill school board president or the school superintendent to respond. I had a conversation with Dr. Dallas Jackson few months back where Dr. Jackson mentioned that your paper does not publish Dr. Jackson’s articles. Please allow the debate in a fair manner, unless you’ve a conflict of interest and would like to be a school district basher. Finally, Mr. Zimmerman let us join in campaigning for two Amigos as our future board members. I believe we’ll see heaven on earth for our school district since they have all the right plans in place. Perhaps “our friends” are forgetting that “plans are cheap, executions are tough.” Sugata Chakravarti Anderson Township (Editor’s note: The Forest Hills Journal has never received a letter or guest column from Dallas Jackson.)

Parent appreciates school happenings

I see great things happening every day in the school district: For the community: • The achievement of Excellent for 10 consecutive years, ranking among the top school districts in Ohio. Just like with professional sports teams, it is incredibly challenging to sustain this type of success and value. It makes me proud to be part of it. My own personal experience in two of the nine schools: • At Ayer, I see teachers that spend extra time each day helping students during lunch hours and before and after school. I have talked to them and know that other school work moves to evening hours to allow this focused time for the kids. I know the kids’ grades have improved from the interventions. • At Nagel, the pilot laptop program Partners for Powerful Learning is rolling out in the seventh grade in January. It gives students experience with integrating technology as part of educational experience. It expands their resources and allows them to see how technology will play out in their lives beyond high school. It’s great to see these things in our schools and community, and I just wanted to express my appreciation. Pam Bernstein Anderson Township

Remember who wanted to consolidate Students in Forest Hills High Schools are pretty active. It’s hard to drive by Anderson and Turpin and not notice parking lots full of cars after 4 p.m. and see boys and girls involved in some sort of practice. I would suspect that most people would be surprised that there are almost twice as many participants in non-sport activities than sports activities. While the district was evaluating if we should consolidate high schools I asked two simple questions? How many student opportunities existed in the district, and what type of impact would the consolidation of high schools have on extracurricular activities? Dr. Jackson worked with the principals of the high schools to acquire a significant amount of quality data regarding participation in clubs and sports. It did not collect data on school performances (plays and musi-

cals), as they are not clubs or sports and most of the participants in school plays participate in some other club. However, I Mark will estimate Kapostasy that each high has two Community school performances Press guest per year with 60 columnist active participants (technical and performers). I would guess this adds an extra 240 opportunities to participate. Making this addition our high schools offer over 125 activities each year. Our approximate 2,400 high school students engage in over 4,150 activities. Only 1,400 of these are in sports. The Forest Hills school district does a great job of creating an

opportunity for just about everyone. A tip of the cap is warranted to all of the people that work with our kids in these extracurricular activities. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated. On the simple side of things you help them develop their skills and talents. However, your real value goes much deeper. You help keep our teenagers stay engaged. You provide our kids a place to go and things to do that are important to them. They learn how to be a part of group. They learn that their contributions, whether great or small, add value. You create an opportunity for kids to feel good about themselves. The people who facilitate these activities are greatly undervalued. They volunteer countless hours or work at a deeply discounted rate. They understand the importance of keeping teenagers engaged.

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Many, if not most, of these people are teachers, and I commend them for their involvement. (Keep in mind, not all teachers get involved in these activities). As a community and school district we need to do a better job of acknowledging their contributions. The community’s concern over consolidating schools was warranted. It is easy to estimate, had we made the decision to consolidated high schools we would have destroyed at least 40 percent of these opportunities through redundancy and 1,600 opportunities would have been lost. The next time you vote remember whose brainchild it was to consolidate schools. The next time you see an adviser or coach, say thank you. They make the Anderson Township a better place. Mark Kapostasy is an Anderson Township resident.


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Kindergartners at Ayer Elementary School listen to a fire prevention lesson.






All eyes are on Gary Justice from the Anderson Township Fire Department.

Valuable lesson

Kindergartners at Ayer Elementary School in the Forest Hills Local School District recently got a lesson in fire prevention, courtesy of the Anderson Township Fire Department.


Students watch and listen as Gary Justice from the Anderson Township Fire Department gives them a fire prevention demonstration.

Gary Justice from the Anderson Township Fire Department shows off his uniform.

Xander McFadden listens to Gary Justice from the Anderson Township Fire Department.

Gary Justice, from the Anderson Township Fire Department, shows off his mask and uniform.


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New Year, New Acquisitions, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way. American and European artists featuring Cincinnati Golden Age artists including Henry Mosler, L.H. Meakin, John E. Weis, Charles A. Meurer, Frank Duveneck and Robert Blum. 791-7717. Fairfax. Return of the Russians, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road. Featuring newly selected paintings and works on paper from 1945-2010 by Union of Russian Artists. Free. Through March 19. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Summerfair Cincinnati Emerging Artist Exhibition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Works by 15 local art students from five area colleges and universities. Diverse collection of art from photography and sculptures to fabric design, printmaking and more. Free. Presented by Summerfair Cincinnati. Through Feb. 20. 531-0050. Anderson Township.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Network of weight-loss support programs. $24 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Yoga Care, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Weekly through March 17. Hatha Yoga: gentle approach to yoga. Focus on poses that provide stretching and flexibility. Family friendly. $58, $48 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Family friendly. $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


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ART OPENINGS Romantic Landscapes: Now and Then, 6-9 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road. Now: A collection of contemporary romantic works. Exhibit continues through March 4. Through Feb. 27. 871-8787; O’Bryonville.

Painting Exhibit and Artists’ Painting Demonstrations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road. Browse a variety of artwork by local artists and watch local artists demonstrate their methods and techniques. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. Through March 26. 8718787; O’Bryonville.


CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Mood lighting, astro-centric strolling violin music, gourmet hot chocolate, dessert, chocolates from Graeter’s and star gazing

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


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


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $36 per month, $5 walk-in. 4079292. Anderson Township.


Wine Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane, Rosé with Michelle Lentz, local wine blogger known as WineGirl. Lentz will be on hand to share her love of this versatile style of wine. Paired with food. $15. 231-9463; Mount Washington. Friday Night Wine Tasting, 5:30-8 p.m., Oakley Wines, 4027 Allston St., Suite B, $5. 351-4392. Oakley.


Susan Pohlman, 7 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home.” Free. 396-8960. Norwood.

Caroline Leavitt, 7 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Pictures of You.” Free. 3968960. Norwood.




Alpha Rev, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Rock band from Austin. $10$14.38. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Internacional Super Kalame, 9:30 p.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave. $10. 3210220; East End. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 1 2


Options Jazz Quartet, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


Forever Diamond, 8 p.m.-midnight, Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.

Pre-School Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and preschoolers. Ages 4 and under. Family friendly. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.


Romantic Landscapes: Now and Then, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road. Now: A collection of contemporary romantic works. Through March 4. 871-8787; O’Bryonville. Return of the Russians, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery. Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville.


Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting, 1-3 p.m., Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. Bringing knitting individuals together for social, educational and charitable activities. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild. 369-6038; Oakley.


Cardio Dance Party, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oakley Community Center, $40 for five-class punch card; $10. 533-9498. Oakley.


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


Wine Tasting, Noon-5 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines. Another chance to try rosé. $10. 231-9463; www.watertower finewines. com. Mount Washington.


Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. Information on various programs offered. Free. 527-4000. Fairfax.


Norman Connors, 8-11 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


Tu Sabado Latino, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave. El Nuevo Tequilas Nite Club. Music by DJ Chalino y DJ Tavo. Ages 18 and up. $10; free women ages 21 and up before 11 p.m. 321-0220; myspace. com/elnuevotequilasniteclub. East End.

can all be found from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout. There will be a presentation about Mars by Dean Regas, tours of buildings and viewing through historic telescopes (weather permitting). Reservations are required. Cost is $50 per couple. Call 321-5186, or visit


Maple Magic, 2:30-4 p.m., California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave. Learn how maple syrup is made. Demonstrations and tastings. Free. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Park Board. 231-8678; California. Naturally Trivial, 1-3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Families can enter a “game show” about local wildlife. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Highlights From Fairytale Classics, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., Spencer Township Hall, 3833 Eastern Ave. Ballet Theater Midwest performs lively and entertaining excerpts from Fairytale ballets. Each performance followed by a meet-the-dancers tea party. All ages. Part of the ArtsWave Sampler Weekend. Free. Presented by Ballet Theatre Midwest. 520-2334; Columbia Tusculum.


Lovesick, 6 p.m., Madisonville Arts Center, 5021 Whetsel Ave. Crassly humorous “almost” love story by new local playwright, Maxx McKinley. For adult audiences only. $5. Presented by Fallen Players. Through Feb. 13. 271-8600; Madisonville.


The Irish American Theater Company and Friends, 10-11 a.m., noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave. Experience the culture of the Celtic lands through dance, drama, storytelling, art and a Tin Pan Alley Irish art retrospective. Part of the ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. 533-0100; Linwood.


Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Corps, 10-10:30 a.m., Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave. All ages. Part of the ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. 533-0100; Linwood.

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MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Blue Birds Big Band, 9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, $3. Through Feb. 27. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.


Galactic, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. With special guests Corey Glover (Living Colour), Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) and Orgon. $20, $17 advance. 731-8000; Oakley.



Celebrando El Dia San Valentin, 9:30 p.m.2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave. Damas de 21 anos y majores entran gratis antes de las 11 p.m. 321-0220; East End.

Valentine’s Night: Birthplace of American Astronomy, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mood lighting, astro-centric strolling violin music, gourmet hot chocolate, dessert, chocolates from Graeter’s and star gazing. Presentation about Mars by Dean Regas, tours of buildings and viewing through historic telescopes (weather permitting). $50 per couple. Reservations required. 321-5186; Mount Lookout.



Two by Two, 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Learn how animals get together to start a family. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 5217275; Anderson Township.


Lovesick, 6 p.m., Madisonville Arts Center, $5. 271-8600; Madisonville.

Chris Bohjalian, 7 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author of “Midwives,” “The Double Bind” and “Skeletons at the Feast,” discusses and signs “Secrets of Eden,” a novel of shattered faith, intimate secrets, and the delicate nature of sacrifice. Free. 396-8960. Norwood.



Adult Co-Rec Soccer - Winter, 1 p.m., Riverside Park, 3969 Roundbottom Road. Weekly through April 3. Games played in afternoons and evenings. Ages 18 and up. $360 per team. Registration required by Jan. 26. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township.


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Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township. Adventure Boot Camp for Women, 5:306:30 a.m., McNicholas High School, 6536 Beechmont Ave. Indoors. Weekdays through March 11. Fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training. $219$299 for four-week camp. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Adventure Boot Camp for Women. 407-4665; Mount Washington.

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


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The type of love that shines the brightest find. Fortunate are those who experience it. Victor Hugo stated well its importance: “The supreme happiness in life is



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loved because of some thing or quality we have, what will happen if we lose it or someone else comes along with more of the lovable quality? What happens when age takes away the quality, poor economic times deplete our resources, or an accident deforms our body? If we can have an inkling that we are loved with a because-kind-of-love, insecurity results. We stay on guard lest it appear we have lost the tenuous quality which endear us. We worry: “If the quality goes, will love go, too?” The third stone, the brilliant diamond, symbolizes unconditional love. Colloquially we could call it “in spite of” kind of love. There are no strings attached, no list of expectations, we do not deserve it or earn it – we just mysteriously receive it from the one loving us. We are loved just because the one loving us sees some great worth in us as a person. We probably don’t even see it ourselves. We are irreplaceable to the one who loves us. This is also the kind of love with which God loves us. It’s not because we’ve done everything right and earn it, but it comes from the heart of the one loving us. This unconditional love is rare among humans. Yet, this is the kind of love for which our hearts are desperately hunger. It is a very rare gem to

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Valentine’s Day was fast approaching. A handsome young man stood at a jewelry store counter. In front of him, on a black velvet cloth, were three glittering stones. All were cut with precision and to the uneducated eye all three looked like diamonds. Actually however, one was glass, one was zircon, and one was an elegant diamond. The price range went from $75 to several thousand. Only a professional gemologist could immediate tell them apart. They looked stunning but needed to be carefully distinguished – just as types of love need to be carefully distinguished as regards their value. In fact, we can use the three stones before the young man to symbolize three possible kinds of love. The faceted glass stone could represent a particular kind of love called “iflove.” It’s the most common type of love. Of course, it glitters and glistens but it’s not very valuable and easily scratched. It has strings attached. If-love is not love at all. It’s self-centered and offered only in exchange for something our alleged lover wants from us. “If you put me first, meet my expectations and be what I want you to be; if you’re sexually fulfilling; if you overlook any kind of treatment from me, I’ll love you.” So many ifs. So many



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February 9, 2011

It’s a piece of cake to make your own Valentines scored brownie points that day. But he taught me a valuable lesson: Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts.

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Let cake cool completely. Break into pieces and, with a mixer or fork, crumble cake into fine crumbs. Start adding icing, about 1 ⁄2 cup at a time. You’ll notice the more you mix the cake with the icing, the more moist it gets. Add more icing depending upon how you like the finished pops – with a cakelike or creamy center. (Make a small ball, about an inch or so. If it holds together, and it’s still a bit cake-like in texture, you can use it like that. For a more creamy texture, add a bit more icing. I like mine cake-like). Put in freezer for an hour to get hard. Or refrigerate until very firm, a couple of hours. (You can leave them in the fridge several days or in the freezer a couple of weeks at least). Dip in melted chocolate and IMMEDIATELY sprinkle on toppings before icing sets. Insert on sucker sticks and put them into a foam base, covered with foil, etc. Or put them into paper candy liners, or make individual gifts by wrapping

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could leak out. Place on sprayed baking sheet. Chill until firm. To store: Store in tightly covered container in fridge. Bring to room temperature before eating. COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD

Make your own chocolate-covered cherries this Valentine’s Day. 2 cups powdered sugar 12 oz. or so melted chocolate Mix butter and syrup, then mix in powdered sugar. It will look a bit dry but will come together as you knead it smooth. If too soft to handle, chill for 15 minutes. (Mixture can also be made a week ahead and brought to room temperature). Shape 1⁄2 to l teaspoon mixture around each cherry, fitting the fondant closely to the cherry, enclosing the base of the stem as well. Roll in your palms to smooth fondant. Place on baking sheet and chill until firm. This is necessary for the chocolate to adhere. Melt chocolate. Let cool a bit – chocolate will be still be warm and very liquid. Dip cherry into chocolate. Seal completely or juice


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Dairy-free chocolate chips: Read labels. Alexia Kadish, a Loveland reader, cautions to read labels to make sure chips are dairy-free. The recipe from a reader last week for dairy-free chocolate chip cookies called for chocolate chips. Some are dairy-free; others are not; others may be dairy-free but processed in a plant that uses dairy. As Alexia suggests, “A good way to locate chocolate chips without dairy is to look for the kosher label that has a tiny reference to ‘parve’ next to it.” Checking further, “parve” means by rabbinical supervision there will be no milk, butter or dairy in it. ‘D’ or ‘dairy’ will mean it could be possible that dairy is included. Thanks, Alexia!

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I remember well my first box of Valentine’s candy. I was 16 and my boyfriend, Jim, brought over two huge heart-shaped boxes of candy from the drugstore. One was, of course, for me, and the other was for Mom. Needless to say, Jim

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February 9, 2011









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

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Fire damages Mercer Elementary classroom

Fire at B-Way Corp. in Anderson Twp.

Community Press staff report

Community Press staff report

A special needs classroom at Mercer Elementary School remains closed after a fire on Feb. 5. Anderson Township firefighters responded after an alarm in the heating and air conditioning duct sounded around 8:21 p.m. Saturday night, Assistant Fire Chief Craig Best said. It was contained to one classroom and the fire caused damage to papers, a book case and a window,

Best said. He added the fire was accidental, but the cause is still under investigation. Two offices and four classrooms were impacted, said Ray Johnson, director of business operations for the Forest Hills Local School District. Soot and a smoke odor extended beyond the classroom where the fire occurred, Johnson said. Staff members and others came to the school Feb. 6, to help clean soot from

books, shelves and other surfaces before classes on Monday. Two of the classrooms were expected to be ready for use by Tuesday, Feb. 8, and another one by Wednesday, Feb. 9, Johnson said. He added the classroom where the fire occurred will not be usable for several weeks. Mercer Elementary is located at 2600 Bartels Road, behind Turpin High School.


1296 Winstone Court: Domantay Norlito & Deborah to Summit Asset Management LLC; $115,000. 1523 Laval Drive: Chaney Joseph James & Yvonne Marcelle to Liberty Savings Bank Fsb; $100,000. 1711 Summithills Drive: Granby Harold Jr. & Karen to Bac Home Loans Servicing Lp Real Estate Marketing; $104,000. 1874 Muskegon Drive: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Mccallum Alisa M.; $130,000. 2206 Endovalley Drive: Martin William L. Jr. Tr to Ash Gerald A. & Cecilia R.; $382,500. 2891 Little Dry Run Road: Veach


Stephen J. Croswell, 31, 3975 Ohio 133, marijuana possession, Jan. 17. Dana M. Ross, 37, 100 Santa Maria, theft, Jan. 17. Juvenile, 15, theft, Jan. 17. Juvenile, 12, theft, Jan. 17.

Incidents/investigations Attempted burglary

Attempt made to enter residence at 8096 Wycliffe, Jan. 17.

Breaking and entering

Cash taken from Keegan’s; $300 at Salem Road, Jan. 18.


iPod and watch taken; $280 at 1044 Nimitz Lane, Jan. 18. Jewelry taken; over $20,000 at 1830 Berkshire, Jan. 19.


Currency taken from residence; $200 at 7817 Hopper Hill, Jan. 12. Merchandise taken from Bigg’s; $50 at Beechmont Avenue, Jan. 12. GPS unit, etc. taken from vehicle; $1,250 at 2745 Turnkey, Jan. 13. Medication, jewelry, etc. taken at 800 Markley, Jan. 18. Radio taken from vehicle at 8517 Sunmont Drive, Jan. 19. Cash and cigarettes taken from vehicle; $43 at 1130 King Louis Court, Jan. 20. GPS unit, currency, etc. taken from vehicle at 2913 Turpin Lake, Jan. 18.

Dorothy M. to Rogers James D. & Michelle L.; $75,000. 6629 Wyndwatch Drive: Haverstraw Jay & Elaine M. to Chu Evan J. & Carly E.; $395,000. 7023 Beechmont Ave.: Williamson Jayne to Bac Home Loans Servicing; $80,000. 7194 Honeywood Court: New Horizons Credit Union Inc. to Milewski Gerard P. & Paul F. Miller; $85,000. 7463 Towerview Lane: Pierce Nancy M. & William to Zimmerman Vera D.; $153,050. 8128 Capitol Drive: Innovative Restorations LLC to Cincinnati Capital Group LLC; $119,000.

MOUNT WASHINGTON 1531 Beacon St.: Home Sweet

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Home Management LLC to Smith Kortney D.; $60,000. 1539 Beacon St.: Home Sweet Home Management LLC to Smith Kortney D.; $60,000.


7189 English Drive: Pohl Tracy L. to Gehling Joseph J; $112,000.

About police reports

A vent stack at B-Way Corp. on Broadwell Road caught fire late Sunday night. Firefighters responded to the fire around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and discovered smoke coming from the building and the vent stack, according to a release from the Anderson Township Fire

& Rescue Department. A thermal imaging camera showed a large amount of heat in one portion of the vent stack used for lithographs, the release said. Firefighters allowed the fire to burn itself out and kept the system under observation. Assistant Fire Chief Craig Best said the company took care of the build-up of mate-


rial in the duct. Firefighters returned to B-Way Corp. Monday after reports of the vent heating to high temperatures, Best said. There were no injuries and all employees were evacuated during the incident, the release said. B-Way Corp. is located at 8200 Broadwell Road in northern Anderson Township.


12:02 a.m., Crotty Court, person unconscious/unresponsive 12:39 a.m., Riverby Road, chest pain 5:32 a.m., Clough & Eight Mile, auto accident/person injured 7:48 a.m., State Road, diabetic emergency 9:45 a.m., Clough Pike, stroke 10:17 a.m., Clough Pike, auto accident/person injured 10:30 a.m., Wallingford Drive, trouble breathing 11:01 a.m., Collinsdale Avenue, sick person 11:12 a.m., Turnkey Court, trouble breathing 11:29 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, medical emergency 3:50 p.m., Rose Meadow Lane, overheated motor 4:17 p.m., Forestpine Drive, medical emergency 7:21 p.m., Nagel Road, person with a laceration 7:54 p.m., Five Mile Road, water or steam leak

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8:54 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, back pain 12:16 p.m., Yellowglen Drive, sick person 12:33 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 12:44 p.m., State Road, sick person 1:02 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 3:17 p.m., Ackley Road, person unconscious/unresponsive 3:24 p.m., Voll Road, stroke 3:49 p.m., Five Mile Road, auto accident/person injured

Thursday, Jan. 20

12:26 a.m., Meadowland Drive, person unconscious/unresponsive 12:41 p.m., Greenleaf Drive, person injured in a fall 1:11 p.m., Tallberry Drive, medical emergency 1:59 p.m., Tonopah Drive, stroke 3:41 p.m., Moran Drive, person injured in a fall 3:53 p.m., Salem Road, abdominal pain 4:11 p.m., Eight Mile & Kellogg, auto accident/person injured 4:56 p.m., Ginger Lane, person unconscious/unresponsive 5:46 p.m., Wyndwatch Drive, carbon monoxide detector activation, no CO 6:01 p.m., Lancelot Drive, medical

emergency 8:23 p.m., Salem Road, trouble breathing 11:45 p.m., Fireside Drive, trouble breathing

Friday, Jan. 21

1:46 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive 7:28 a.m., Eight Mile Road, emergency to property 8:39 a.m., Farmbrook Drive, person unconscious/unresponsive 10:05 a.m., Pebble Court, assist invalid 10:43 a.m., Summitridge Drive, heat from short circuit (wiring), defective/worn 11:46 a.m., Summer View Drive, person unconscious/unresponsive 1:45 p.m., Chestnut, dispatched & cancelled en route 1:48 p.m., State Road, sick person 4:14 p.m., Towerview Lane, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury 4:50 p.m., Emerald Glade Lane, sick person 4:58 p.m., Old Ohio 74, dispatched & cancelled en route 9:48 p.m., Forest Road, medical emergency 11:08 p.m., Bruce Avenue, trouble breathing

The Community Press publishes names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contactpolice: • Anderson Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 352-3591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations

John William Jonas, born 1988, burglary, 1502 Beacon St., Jan. 4. Nathan L. Bailey, born 1986, criminal damage or endanger, 5993 Linneman St., Jan. 19. John Turner, born 1971, misuse of credit card, obstructing justice, 5460 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 17. Derek Lastoria, born 1987, possession drug paraphernalia, 6210 Beechcrest Place, Jan. 15.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering 3619 Russell Ave., Jan. 5.


1634 Beacon St., Jan. 12. 1839 Beacon St., No. 306, Jan. 14.

Felonious assault

5571 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 15.


1634 Dell Terrace, Jan. 18. 1731 Mears Ave., Jan. 12. 1776 Longbourne St., Jan. 6. 1831 Mears Ave., Jan. 12. 2326 Kennel Drive, Jan. 13. 2617 Mendoza Lane, Jan. 13.

2700 Bonie Drive, Jan. 13. 5035 Salem Road, Jan. 13. 5784 Kellogg Ave., Jan. 14. 6234 Crestview Place, Jan. 3. 6336 Coffey St., Jan. 13. 6405 Coffey St., Jan. 13. 6417 Coffey St., Jan. 13.



Denise Burke, 42, 16238 Eastwood, bench warrant, Jan. 13. Joshua Murphy, 29, 2217 Ohio 132, bench warrant, Jan. 14. Phillip Newcomb, 38, 813 Thorton St., bench warrant, Jan. 14. Phillip Vandy, 44, 6028 Bush Road, bench warrant, Jan. 16. Michael Gundrum, 65, 6975 Stonington Drive, bench warrant, Jan. 17. Daniel Whorton, 31, 764 S. Roys Ave., bench warrant, Jan. 17. Amanda Dray, 30, 464 Crestview, drug abuse, Jan. 19. Brandon Grissom, 34, 4423 Dogwood Drive, bench warrant, Jan. 21.

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