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Anderson Township resident Linda Smith holds the Ginger Crackle cookies she’s selling to benefit the families affected by the recent shooting in Newtown, Conn. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Baking it forward By Lisa Wakeland

Linda Smith was sure there was a catch. It was Dec. 20 and she was reading an email from Fine Cooking magazine telling her she won a recent contest. “I usually never win anything, but something just told me to go ahead and post something (on the contest website),” she said. The prize pack was a baker’s dream – new KitchenAid stand mixer, rolling pins, a cake stand and other favorites from cookbook author Abigail Johnson Dodge, one of Smith’s favorites. At first Smith said she thought it was a joke, but as she stared at the email she noticed the publisher, The Taunton Press, was headquartered in Newtown, Conn., just two miles away from Sandy Hook Elementary School. “When I saw that it just stunned me,” said Smith, who lives in Anderson Township. “All of a sudden those winnings seemed so insignificant and small compared to what that town was going through.” This was just days after a gunman killed 20 students, six adults and himself at the Connecticut elementary school. She contacted The Taunton Press and said she’d be willing to give back her winnings to turn into a monetary donation for the families in Newtown, Conn., but representatives told her the law required them to distribute the prizes. So Smith decided to pay it forward and turn her passion for baking into something positive. She turned to two of her colleagues at Lobsta Bakes of Maine in Newtown, Ohio, and immediately Tracy Keller and

Kim Kassoff offered their help. They started baking Ginger Crackles – one of Dodge’s cookie recipes – and sold them at Lobsta Bakes. After word got out about the cookie fundraiser Smith said they sold out of the first batch and had requests for more. Kevin Smith, who owns Lobsta Bakes, said the cookie sales have taken off and other local businesses have chipped in to help sell cookies or give donations. “It’s been a great response, and it’s like it was meant to be,” he said. As of Feb. 6, Smith said they’ve baked thousand of cookies and raised around $2,000 for The Taunton Press Newtown Children and Families Fund. “A lot of people wanted to do something (after the shooting), but nobody knew what to do,” Smith said. “It’s a great way to show support and feel like you’re doing something to help.” The cookies are sold in bags of eight with a minimum donation of $5. They’ll be sold through Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at Lobsta Bakes, 3533 Church St., Newtown Feed and Supply, 6876 Main St., Beechmont Pet Hospital, 6400 Salem Road, and Bizarre Bazaar, 7767 Five Mile Road. She’ll still take special orders for the cookies after Valentine’s Day. “It all kind of fell into place so quickly and it makes you realize that what happened in Newtown, (Conn.), did pull at people’s heart strings and they really want to help,” she said. “When we send the check it will be from the people of Newtown, Ohio, and surrounding communities.”

Anderson High School alumnus Matt Bischoff is a contestant on the reality television show “Survivor: Caramoan - Fans versus Favorites.” PROVIDED

Anderson H.S. grad on ‘Survivor’ show By Forrest Sellers

ANDERSON TWP. — Matt Bischoff will not only be watching the upcoming season of “Survivor” on television, he’ll be competing. Bischoff, a 1992 Anderson High School graduate, will be among the contestants on the CBS reality television program “Survivor: Caramoan Fans versus Favorites,” which starts Wednesday, Feb. 13. “I’ve been a fan since day one,” said Bischoff, 38, who has been regularly watching the program with his family since the first season. “It’s been a dream of mine to play,” he said. That dream became a reality in 2011 when Bischoff was contacted by “Survivor” representatives after sending in an audition tape. He said he had also applied in 2003.



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He said since being chosen to participate he changed his diet, eliminated caffeine, began fitness training and started going to the local YMCA to swim. Bischoff admitted he’s not a big swimming enthusiast. Bischoff said he was already in fairly decent shape since he regularly rides BMX bikes. He is a BMX brand manager and also operates an online site called “RadLikeDad.” He said the social game in “Survivor” may be his greatest strength. “I get along with any type of person,” he said. “I’ll use that to my advantage.” However, he admits like many previous “Survivor” contestants he’ll do whatever it takes to win. “I’m a really nice guy,” he joked before adding, “I’m not going to be afraid to lie, cheat and steal.” Bischoff said his beard, which is one of his most distin-

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guishing characteristics, is part of his look. “People call me ‘The Beard,’” he said. He also has a tattoo of Hans Langseth, who holds the world record for the longest beard at more than 17 feet. The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, 7741 Beechmont Ave., in Anderson Township, will have some of its TVs tuned to the “Survivor” show on Wednesdays with activities from 8-10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds raised at that time will go to a charity selected by Bischoff called the Bleeding Disorder Foundation. Bischoff plans to attend a number of the gatherings. If he wins the cash prize of $1 million, Bischoff, who is a resident of Union Township in Clermont County, said it will go toward his family, which includes two sons ages 4 and 6. Vol. 52 No. 45 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Church reaching out to mothers By Forrest Sellers

MT. WASHINGTON — A local church is reaching out to mothers. Mt. Washington United Methodist Church will offer a Mothers of Preschoolers and Moms Next program. Church secretary and facilitator of the program Amanda Kern said a number of churches offer programs for moth-

ers of infants and preschoolers, but she said the Moms Next program is somewhat unique. The Moms Next program is geared for mothers of children in kindergarten through grade six. “It’s like a support group,” said the Rev. Rick Riggs, pastor of Mt. Washington United Methodist Church. It’s an opportunity for mothers to strengthen


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and encourage one another, he said. “A lot of moms may feel alone in raising their kids,” said Riggs. “This group lets them know they are not alone.” The program will be offered 6:30-8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the church, 6365 Corbly Road. The first meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 21. Kern said various activities and speakers are planned for each gathering. She said topics can range from parenting skills to health and nutrition. She said since the program is offered in the evening, mothers who may work during the day will have a chance to attend. Refreshments will be available, and child care will be provided. Admission to the first meeting is free. The yearly fee is $23.95. For information or to register, call 231-3946 or send an email to

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Police: Suspect is posing as a utility worker By Lisa Wakeland

At least three area police departments are warning residents about a suspicious man posing as a utility worker and knocking on the doors of homes. There have been four confirmed reports in central Anderson Township on Ingram’s Ridge and Tonapah drives, Bridges Road, and Collinsdale Avenue, and one confirmed report on Park Lane in Mariemont. Cincinnati police officers in District 2, which includes Mt. Washington and several other east side neighborhoods, said residents have also called police to respond to suspicious individuals claiming to be from Duke Energy or Cincinnati Bell. The suspect in all reports fits the same description – a white male between 30 and 40 years old, average build and about 5 feet 10 inches tall, said Cpl. Dave Boiman of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office District 5. He’s also described as having bad teeth, greasy brown hair, stretchedearlobe piercings, and possibly driving a white, box-panel van. The first report in Anderson Township was Jan. 31, and Boiman said the man knocks on doors in the evening, claims he

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is from Cincinnati Bell and says he needs to check service or a bill. “Of all the information we have we’re not aware of any crime that was committed,” Boiman said. “It’s unknown if he’s trying to case for a potential crime or trying to get in for some other reason.” Mariemont Police Chief Rick Hines said a resident saw an alert on Facebook and reported a similar incident on Park Lane about a week after it happened. That time, the man showed up in a jumpsuit and Duke Energy hat, Hines said. The resident reported that around 7 p.m. Jan. 27 the man knocked on the rear door of the home. When the homeowner answered the suspect claimed he was at the wrong house and gave a fake address that did not match with the street numbers on Park Lane, Hines said. “Even though it doesn’t seem to be an alarming thing at the time if someone is knocking on your door that you’re not expecting and they’re asking to come in call 911 right away,” Hines said. “Don’t open the door and call us. We’d rather it be something totally innocent and us checking it out than it be someone who is casing the house and up to no good.” Angela Ginty, corporate communications manager for Cincinnati Bell, said all technical or service appointments are scheduled in advance, and the technicians try to reach residents by phone before arriving. Cincinnati Bell employees would not randomly show up for a repair or installation, and residents should call the police if they think the person is an imposter, Ginty said.

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Parkside Christian Church will again host Financial Peace University 6-8 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 to April 21. Cost is $99 for the 10-week course, but those who attended the previous session can repeat the classes for free. No childcare is available this time, and the courses are at the church, 6986 Salem Road. Call 231-9482 for details.

Last weekend for play

The Beechmont Players have one more weekend of performances for their new play, “Perfect Wedding.” The comedy centers on a man who wakes up next to another woman the night before his wedding. His bride-tobe arrives and the crisis escalates. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $15 for general admission, or $13 for students, seniors and active military. The play is at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Visit or call 233-2468 for tickets.

Tea and Tiaras

The annual Tea and Tiaras event returns from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Children can dress up as princesses for an afternoon tea at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. There will be a performance from the Cincinnati Ballet. Tickets are $15, and space is limited. Children must be 5 years old or older and accompanied by an adult. Call Amy Meyer or Lori Kochendorfer at 688-8400 for details, or email


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Redevelopment won’t affect Senior Center By Lisa Wakeland

Members of the Anderson Senior Center won’t have to worry about losing parking spaces if a vacant store is redeveloped. The Anderson Township trustees recently approved an agreement with Firestone for several easements around the former Hollywood Video site and the adjacent township operations center, 7954 Beechmont Ave. When plans were revealed last year that Firestone wanted to redevelop the vacant video store, a handful of Senior Center members expressed concern about losing access to that parking area. The easement agreement will maintain 17 spaces at the back of the Hollywood Video site for Senior Center use, which is directly north of the property. Anderson Township also plans to shift the access road back to the Senior Center to cut between the fire station and sheriff’s building instead of traffic coming through the Firestone property. “We’re fine with (the plan) because we’re not going to lose any parking,” said Senior Center Director Libby Feck. “It will just be a shift, and it will affect how we come into the building.” There is also a shared parking agreement between the township and Forestville Baptist Church for an additional 60 spaces in the church’s lot for Senior Center use, and Feck said those spaces are just as close as the ones on the former

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Hollywood Video site. Anderson Township, which owns the Senior Center, will pay Firestone $2,000 per year to maintain the parking spaces, said Assistant Township Administrator Steve Sievers. The agreement with Firestone is consistent with the township’s plans to reconfigure its operations center site, Sievers said. “From an access perspective, it dovetails with our plans and the Beechmont Corridor plan, which calls for cross access across properties,” he said. Other improvements included in the easement agreement between Anderson Township and Firestone include a pedestrian path from Beechmont Avenue to the Senior Center, and allowing the auto care and tire business to connect to the township’s existing storm water detention system, Sievers said. Firestone plans to demolish the Hollywood Video and build a new 8,563-square-foot retail and maintenance building on the site with construction expected to begin this year.

ANDERSON TWP. — It’s often called “the friendly corner” and it has a loyal group of regular customers. Mike Larkin, who grew up two blocks from the Salem Gardens restaurant, remembers going there to have lunch with his family and to watch Disney on the color televisions almost weekly. Now Larkin spends almost every day at Salem Gardens, and this spring marks the 30th year he’s owned the restaurant and bar, 6396 Salem Road. He said they’ll have food specials and promotions all year to celebrate. “To me it’s been a very rewarding and gratifying experience all the way around,” the owner said of making it to 30 years. “We’ve been very successful and are supremely gracious that the community has embraced this place the way they have.” When he bought the Anderson Township restaurant in 1983 Larkin brought years of experience in the restaurant industry with him. His goal was to bring Salem Gardens back to what he remembered, and Larkin said he’s tried to maintain as much of the

Mike Larkin and his wife, Judy, stand outside Salem Gardens, 6396 Salem Road in Anderson Township. This will be Mike Larkin’s 30th year of owning this neighborhood restaurant. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

charm and character as he can. “It’s one of those friendly, neighborhood places and you don’t have much of that anymore,” said John Anthony, who has been coming to Salem Gardens for 25 years. He stops in almost every day. Salem Gardens first opened in 1926. The original knotty pine walls are

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still there. It’s decorated with many sports jerseys, photos and other memorabilia. The menu is diverse with burgers, wraps, salads, seafood and more. “When we grew up here this was a true family restaurant,” he said. “When I bought the place it wasn’t that way, and I wanted to bring it back to what it was.”

Greg Haap, who went to grade school with Larkin, comes here for lunch once or twice a week, and often meets friends at Salem Gardens on Fridays. “The atmosphere is friendly, they have courteous service and it’s reasonably priced,” he said. Jim Farfsing, who also grew up with Larkin, has been coming to Salem Gardens for years and said it’s a great neighborhood restaurant and “a feel-good kind of place.” Larkin said they have many regular customers – some who have burgers named in their honor – but he also sees new faces all the time. Making it to 30 years is a big milestone, and the Larkin family is very appreciative of how the community received them. “I’ve met so many people who are now good friends of mine, and this is an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the years,” he said. Salem Gardens is open seven days a week. Call 231-9666 for hours or with questions.

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As a reward for doing a great job during the annual PTA Walk-a-thon school fundraiser, Ayer Elementary School Principal Chris Flanagan spends much of a recent day in a dunking booth as students took turns trying to put him in the water. Students chanted and cheered as classmates made their pitch. Many of the Ayer students demonstrated some amazingly accurate pitching techniques. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS


» Meghan Weber of Mount Washington recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s of fine arts in historic preservation. » Zachary Christian Bailey of Cincinnati recently received a bachelor of science with high distinction from the college of arts and sciences. » Jamie Thompson, an Anderson High School graduate, was among 21 students who earned diplomas at Marietta College's December Convocation. Thompson completed requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology. » Ryan Andrew Ries of Cincinnati graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University Dec. 20, with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.

Dean’s list

» Rebecca Ruehlman has made the dean's list at Northeastern University in Boston. Rebecca, a 2011 graduate of Turpin High School, is a sophomore with majors in International Affairs and Anthropology, and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She will be spending her January to June semester in Chicago on a co-op program with the City of Chicago Youth Empowerment Program. » Matthew Olsson of Cincinnati, a secondyear student in Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean's list for the fall quarter. » Julie Farmer, a theology major and a resident of Cincinnati, was among more than 500 traditional day and adult evening students from DeSales University who made the fall dean's list. » Rebecca S. Heise, a undeclared-undergraduate major of Cincinnati, was among approximately 1,800 students from Coastal Car-

olina University who made the fall 2012 dean's list. » Cameron Patrick Childs of Cincinnati, was recenty named to the Dean's List at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. Childs is a cadet seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. » The following local residents were among over 500 students from Thomas More College who made the fall dean's list: Paul Uhl, Brandon Cooper, Jeremy Hoop, Nicole Waits, Tatiana Carter, Samantha Scheidler, Michael Olson, Phillip Kiley, Carroll Ober, Kevin Monahan, Brenda Shearer, Matthew Tonseth, Robert Orlemann, Michael Marcagi and Beverly Deinlein.

Honor roll

Brevard College recently named Audrey Hamilton of Cincinnati to the honor roll for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

President’s list

The following local residents have been named to the President's List at Clemson University for the fall 2012 semester: » Bruce Chandler Morton of Cincinnati, who is majoring in General Engineering. » Timothy Michael O'Neil of Cincinnati, who is majoring in Economics. » Ryan Andrew Ries of Cincinnati, who is majoring in Civil Engineering. To be named to the president's list, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average. » Zachary Kocsis of Cincinnati was named to the Trine University president's list for the fall 2012 semester. He is a junior majoring in electrical engineering. To be named to the president's list, a student must have at least a 3.75 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 15 credit hours.

Guardian Angels students Elle Palmer, Olivia Ragio, Emma Smith line up in history. THANKS TO ANNE PAVELY

Caravan to the capital

Guardian Angels seventh grade students began the school year with a field trip to Columbus. While at the state capital the students visited the Ohio State Supreme Court, the Ohio State House and COSI. On the way home they stopped to enjoy the outdoor drama Tecumseh.

Kiley Byrne, a Guardian Angels seventh-grader, defies gravity at COSI. THANKS TO ANNE PAVELY

Kids hone theater skills with Anderson students More than 100 children in grades three through eight recently spent a day learning about theatre from 30 members of the Anderson High School Drama Club. A yearly tradition, the Kid’s Theatre Workshop includes lessons in stage make-up/hair, improvisation, singing, and dancing. Carlie Yersky is an Anderson High School senior who helped with the hair and make-up session. “I loved seeing how excited the kids were,” she said. She helped third- and fourth-graders transform into ‘orphans’ with dirtied faces and spiky hair, and fifth- and sixth-graders become fantasy characters and princesses. Yersky noted that “the children knew bits and pieces of what goes on backstage, but today they really learned how all those different aspects come together for a performance.” Putting on the make-up was the best part of the day for Avery Kniskern, who is a third-grader at Sherwood Elementary. “Make-up helps to show the personality of your character,” she said. Although she was not 100 percent sure of the dance choreography, she was excited to go up on stage for the final performance for parents. “It feels special to be on stage,” Kniskern said. “And I liked working with the high school students, they really got to know us.” Another Anderson High School senior, Sam Straley, led the im-

Seventh- and eighth-grade students learn the choreography for their showcase performance during the 2012 Kid's Theatre Workshop, conducted annually by the Anderson High School Drama Club. This year's workshop was attended by more than 100 local children in grades three through eight. THANKS TO ELAINE SEELEY

provisation games. “I think their favorite one was Grumpy Old Troll,” he said. It is a game similar to freeze tag, with Sam acting the part of a grumpy troll that could only catch children who he saw moving. “It teaches them to listen carefully to others, and to react quickly to their actions.” Straley said. “Those are skills that are crucial on stage during a scene.” The Nagel Middle School students also participated in a workshop on auditioning for a show, led by AHS Theatre director Chad Weddle. The focus was on preparing them to audition for Nagel’s spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” but eighth-grader Hannah

McCauly pointed out that the things they learned would help with any audition. “We talked about things like preparing monologues and how to use the stage. Mr. Weddle was fun to work with and it was really helpful.” Beth Bollman sent her Ayer fourth-grader, Mary, to the Workshop for the first time this year. “Mary really enjoyed the experience,” she said. “She even asked one high school student if she was available to babysit. Mary will definitely be back next year.” The Kid’s Theatre Workshop is offered every year in the fall, and is the major fundraiser for the Anderson High School Drama Club.





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Signing for Turpin were (from left): Maddie Kunkel, (volleyball, Georgetown University), Jen Philpot (volleyball, University of Cumberlands), Brooke Keipper (soccer, Rio Grande), Anna Cornacchione (soccer, Hanover College), Alexa Scardina (soccer, Ohio Dominican), Morgan Contino (swimming, University of Kentucky) Emma Zangrando (cross country, Ohio Wesleyan), and Ben Versoza (football, Butler University). THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS


Walnut Hills had five student-athletes sign letters of intent on National Signing Day. In back, from left, are D’Avon Adkins, Findlay football, and Zach Fisher, Penn swimming. In front are Austin Railey, Notre Dame College football, Maryn Lowry, Iowa State track and field, and Eric Haas, Davidson football. THANKS TO JOSHUA HARDIN

McNicholas men Jacob Lind (Ohio Wesleyan, lacrosse), Patrick Henry (IUPUI, soccer), Thomas Voegele (Dayton, football) and Austin Ernst (Ohio Dominican, football) signed on the dotted line. THANKS TO ANGIE

McNicholas High School seniors Abby Jones (Thomas More, softball), Alli Thul (UC, soccer) and Paige Noday (Thomas More, volleyball) took part in a ceremony at the school on Signing Day. THANKS TO ANGIE NOBLE

Local student-athletes signed letters of intent to play college sports at their respective schools on National Signing Day Feb. 6.

Signing at Anderson were, from left: Katelyn Newton (soccer, Northern Kentucky University), Joseph Turner (football, Malone University), Stefanie Neill (lacrosse, University of Cincinnati), and Stephanie Cradduck (soccer, St. Joseph College). THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS


Local boys swim on from sectionals By Nick Dudukovich


ANDERSON TWP. — Prep swimmers from across the area have been preparing for the sport’s postseason, and with tournament time finally here, local student athletes made waves during the sectional round. Anderson finished fifth in the Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll and kept that momentum going at sectionals by

qualifying swimmers in nine individual events for the district meet. Coach Ed Bachman and company also moved relay teams in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, as well as 200 medley relay to districts. The performance comes on the heels of Anderson winning the inaugural Eastern Cincinnati Conference championship Jan. 216. Senior Connor Davis qualified in two individual events,



including the 100 and 200 freestyle races. Hassler Carroll also continued his strong freshman season by moving on in the 200 and 500 free. Junior Korey Aukerman joined the multi-qualifier parade by continuing his season in the 200 IM and breaststroke. The Redskins were also busy on the diving board, with Josh Roberts, Jason Smith and See BOYS, Page A6

Contino crowned butterfly champ By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

With the competition at its highest level, Morgan Contino didn’t disappoint. The Turpin senior was one of two girls not from Ursuline or Mason to win an individual event at the Division I Mason sectional Feb. 9. Contino’s first-place finish came during the 100 butterfly at the Division I sectional at Mason High School Feb. 9. The performance capped off a strong day, with several individual swimmers moving on to

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districts. Six different student-athletes lived to swim another day in individual races. The 200 and 500 freestyle events proved to be Turpin’s strong points, as the squad advanced four swimmers from each event. Relays also proved to be tough as quartets from the 200 and 400 freestyle races, as well as the 200 IM all moved on. The 200 free relay finished the best out of all the team events with a fourth-place finSee GIRLS, Page A6

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Evan Leupen living to dive another day. Smith finished fourth overall, while Leupen took the sixth spot.


» The Spartans also stayed busy at sectionals with swimmers from five different individual races continuing their seasons. Four Spartan swim-

mers managed to qualify in multiple races. Junior Drew Hamilton will swim the 200 and 500 free style races, while sophomore Sean Tanaka will also swim the 500, along with 100 butterfly. Chas Edelberger will swim the 200 free and 100 fly and Jonathan Ericksen will compete in the 200 free and 100 backstroke. Turpin finished the season ranked No. 10 in the final city coaches’ poll.

McNick » The Rockets competed in the Division II tournament and will be represented by Salvatore Marino at 1-meter diving. Marino snagged the second-to-last qualifying spot to punch his district ticket. The district meet will be held at Miami University and wraps up Feb. 16. The state tournament is Feb. 20-23 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio.

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ish. Only Ursuline, Mason and Sycamore touched the wall before the Spartan quartet of Contino, Stephanie Williams, Izzy King and Shay Spelman.


» Like Turpin, the ladies of Anderson High School also swam strong races in the 200 and 500 free events. The Redskins qualified three individuals from each race. Marissa Martin and Andrea Lupariello will

swim both races come districts, while Megan Forsthoefel swims the 200 free and Christeena Parsons gives it another go in the 500. Relays were also successful for Anderson, with all three teams moving to the next round. Anderson’s best finish came in the 200 free, with the quartet of Cara Wethington, Parsons, Lupariello and Martin earning sixth place.


» McNick found some success on the diving board with former state qualifier Abby Mitchell and teammate Randi Dailey moving on to the Division II district round.

Mitchell finished fifth overall. In the racing lanes, Shelby Miller kept her season alive in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Miller, who is a freshman, touched the wall second in the 500 event. Miller also played a role on the qualifying 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Her 400 teammates (Ashley Dundon, Karina Cabrera and Olivia Fitzpatrick) turned in the Rockets’ best relay finish (seventh). Both the girls Division I and II meets are scheduled for Feb. 15 at Miami University’s Corwin M. Nixon Aquatics Center.


Swimming and Diving

The sectional swimming and diving meets commenced Feb. 4-9 at Keating Natatorium and Mason High School. The following individuals advanced to districts. » Walnut Hills - Tino Bernard, diving; Zachary Fisher, 50 and 100 freestyle; Max Holden, 50 freestyle; Cooper Keener, 100 backstroke; Myles Keener, 100 backstroke and 200 IM; Andrew Tengen, 100 butterfly; Walnut Hills 200 and 400 freestyles and 200 medley relay; Walnut Hills girls 200 and 400 freestyle relays and 200 medley relay; Casey Becker, 200 and 500 freestyle; Keira Hassel, 100 butterfly and 200 IM; Brookley Garry, 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Hannah Leytze, 200 IM; Melanie Cashell, 100 breaststroke. » Anderson: 1-meter diving, Josh Roberts, Jason Smith, Evan Leupen; 50 free, Patrick Johnson; 100 free, Connor Davis; 200 free, Davis, Hassler Carroll, Marissa Martin, Andrea Lupariello, Megan Forsthoefel; 500 free, Carroll, Danny O’Connor, Martin, Lupariello, Christeena Parsons; 100 back, Casey Gallagher; 100 breast, Korey Aukerman, Patrick Johnson; 100 fly, Grant Wethington; 200 IM, Aukerman, Cara Wethington; Boys relays, 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley; Girls relays, 200 free, 400 free; 200 medley.

» Turpin: 50 free, Chas Edelberger, Izzy King;100 free, King; 200 free, Drew Hamilton, Jonathan Ericksen, Lexie Hardewig, Megan Monahan, Elizabeth Williams; 500 free, Hamilton, Liam Grebert, Sean Tanaka, Shaylynn Spelman, Stephanie Williams, Hardewig, E. Williams; 100 back, Ericksen, Edelberger, Monahan; 100 breast, Hailey Olson; 100 fly, Michael Norton, Tanaka, Morgan Contino; 200 IM, Spelman, Alexis Kapostasy, Olson; Boys relays, 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley; Girls relays 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley. » McNicholas: 1-meter diving, Randi Dailey, Abby Mitchell, Salvatore Marino; 200 free, Shelby Miller; 500 free, Miller; Girls relays, 400 free, 200 medley. » St. Ursula: The Bulldogs won the Cincinnati sectional; 1-meter diving, Hallie Atwell, Kristen Ney, Emily Sullivan; 50 free, Rachel Munschauer; Emily Engelhardt; 100 free, Munschauer, Meg McIlvenna; 200 free, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Molly Zilch, Katie Kerr; 500 free, Ferrara, Kerr, Zilch;100 back, Alexandra Wall, McIlvenna; 100 breast, E. Engelhardt, Abby Engelhardt, Sarah Jossart; 100 fly, Marissa Delgado, Jenkins, Emma Siegel; 200 IM, Delgado; Alexandra Wall; Relays, 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley. » Ursuline: 1-meter diving, Kelly Kaes; 50 free, Temarie Tomley; 100 free, Tomley, Alisabeth Marsteller, Sarah Jenkins; 200 free, Abby Wu, Allie Wade, Becca Nissen,

Alex George; 500 free, Maddie Nurre, Allie Wade, Emma Siegel, George, Christine Van Kirk; 100 back, Emily Slabe, Wu, Abby Pitner; 100 breast, Bridget Blood, Taylor Woellert, Gabrielle Young, Van Kirk; 100 fly, Slabe, Young, Lea Schwietert; 200 IM, Blood, Marsteller; 200 IM, Schwietert; Relays, 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley.

Boys basketball

» Miami Valley Christian Academy beat Hillcrest 54-51 on Feb. 7. Freshman Jamie Carson led the Lions with 22 points. » Mark Hoke and Austin Ernst scored 11 and helped McNicholas beat Loveland, 45-29, Feb. 5. » Turpin beat Northwest, 61-49, Feb. 6. Clay Johnson had 17 points, while Connor Grotton chipped in 16.

Girls basketball

» MVCA beat St. Rita 65-41 as Allison Watt had 41 points on Feb. 7. » Turpin beat Indian Hill, 49-26, Feb. 6. » McNick beat Roger Bacon 56-22 Feb. 6. Payton Ramey scored 11.

Boys bowling

» Walnut Hills beat Moeller on Feb. 5 by 14 pins. Karl Schottelkotte had a 473 series.

Girls bowling

» Turpin beat Hamilton, 2,000-1,960 Feb. 4. Madison Gillespie rolled a high series of 396. On Feb. 6, the squad edged out Goshen, 2,0741,832. Krista Heggem rolled a 336 series.

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Congratulating Jim Gibbons on being named Umpire of the Year are, from left, Jay Lewis, ATLL president; Gibbons, ATLL-Beacon Orthopaedics Umpire of the Year; Dr. Glen McClung, Beacon Orthopaedics; and Sports Medicine, Lee Peterson, ATLL Umpire Coordinator. THANKS TO JAY LEWIS

Anderson ump nabs Umpire of Year Anderson Township Little League’s Jim Gibbons is the winner of the 2012 ATLL – Beacon Orthopaedics Umpire of the Year for 2012. ATLL utilized volunteer umpires during their past season. Team managers could nominate parent umpires based on their performance. The ATLL Board of Directors evaluated all nominations and voted at their December meeting to select Jim Gibbons as the 2012 winner. Jim was nominated by his manager, Wally Stevenson. This past season, ATLL partnered with Beacon Orthopaedics and

Sports Medicine to educate parents and coaches on proper conditioning and stretching techniques to limit and reduce youth sports injuries. “Beacon Orthopaedics has been a phenomenal supporter of youth and high school sports in our area. We wanted to acknowledge their contributions by renaming our Umpire Award.” stated Jay Lewis, ATLL president. Anderson Township Little League Inc. is an all-volunteer official Little League Baseball Program and is part of the Ohio District 9 National Little League Charter

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How does Greater Cincinnati Airport’s announcement that a low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, will be operating from the airport affect you? Are you more or less likely to fly from CVG as opposed to another regional airport?

“I have been retired from IBM for 21 years, and have flown out of our airport maybe once or twice since then. So my view is not as important as someone who still flies regularly. “Having said that, however, I have seen media discussion about the concern over Frontier's initial low rates, which probably will adversely affect Delta Airlines' operating profits. Some of that discussion speculates that it may even cause Delta to leave, and when Frontier is left without competition it may well raise its rates. “One of the few benefits of getting old is that I don't have to travel on business any more, so this situation will not affect me directly.” Bill B.

“That depends on the cost of the new carrier's tickets. So far, by reputation, CVG has been very costly to fly out of compared to Dayton or Indianapolis, mainly due to their low operating and overhead costs of what CVG has. “I have flown out of Dayton in the past for almost one-half to one-third the cost of CVG, get onto a plane which takes me to CVG and I make the connecting flight from there. I don't see the logic of CVG.” O.H.R.

“Frontier will be another source to check on flights and fares. We often fly out of CVG to LA and have in the past found good deals on both Delta and American Airlines. “Delta provides a direct flight on some days where AA usually has one to two stops prior to LA. “Understand that Frontier will have to stop in Denver so this might not be as beneficial in cost as a direct flight. Time and cost will tell and make some future decisions on flight providers.” D.J.

“I'm not a regular airline user but I am glad to see some competition come to CVG. Frontier's arrival proves once and for all that Delta was making excessive profits. Sad to say, that's what most businesses do in the absence of competition.” R.V.

“Frontier coming into CVG is great news! Hope other carriers are soon to follow. Already bought very affordable tickets to go to Denver this summer.” J.R.B.

“I will definitely try to fly from CVG using Frontier. Here's hoping they can make it!” J.G.

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“Greater Cincinnatians don't enjoy driving 100+ miles north, south or west to find affordable air travel. For the past nearly 30 years it's been a way of life thanks to the stranglehold of Delta Airlines on CVG. “Competition is a wonderful thing, I welcome Frontier and look forward to the 25-mile drive. I wish them success.” D.J.H.

“Darn tootin ! Except when I use frequent flyer points I and my wife always use Dayton or Louisville. Over the years we have saved thousands of big dollars spending a little extra on gas. Well worth it. “However, since CVG is a cash cow for Delta, it's just a question of time before they manage to run Frontier out of town by lowering prices on the same routes temporarily to make it unprofitable for them. Sound familiar?” J.Z.

“CVG has never recovered from Delta's bizarre pricing scheme (which made it $150 cheaper to drive to Louisville and get on a plane which then landed and took off again in Cincinnati, than getting on the same plane in Cincinnati (Northern Kentucky). “It is still a lot cheaper to fly anywhere from Dayton, Columbus, or Louisville than to fly from CVG, and all the other airlines reflect the Delta pricing, not the cost of the trip. It is one of several important drags on our economy. “It may not be cheap enough to justify driving to the other airports, but I always try to compare, and it is usually worth it to me to go to Dayton. “The airlines were supposed to have fixed this several years ago, but it hasn't happened. Maybe Frontier will do the job, but I will continue comparing prices for a long time to come.” N.F.

“Price will continue to be the primary consideration where we originate our air travel. Since most of it involves East Coast destinations and Chicago, the announcement has little immediate effect. “However, the arrival of Frontier is a very positive step forward in improving air service at CVG. Frontier is a relatively well-run airline. “As far as travel to the East, Frontier is beginning service from Columbus to Trenton, N.J., later this year so we will see how this fits with our pocketbook and travel needs.”




President: Park district now a model for others

CH@TROOM Last week’s question



Many of you receive the quarterly Park Guide which focuses on upcoming programing and brief announcements. However, from time to time we get questions about things happening in the park so I thought I would take this opportunity to expand our reach and answer some of those questions as well as give a general update on how things are going at the Anderson Township Park District. Our Mission Josh is simple: The Gerth Anderson COMMUNITY PRESS Township Park GUEST COLUMNIST District is dedicated to providing Anderson Township residents with quality parks, facilities, and programs. However, as we all have seen and experienced, it has become increasingly difficult to provide such services in the economic climate we’ve been experiencing. That is why I am so pleased to report the following statistics: · In 2012, we expanded our parks and services offered, while reducing our budgeted expenses by 12.6%. · In 2012, 215 individuals and organizations representing 14,155 players booked athletic fields with the ATPD. · In 2012, we hosted 365 shelter rentals representing 13,219 visitors to our seven shelters. · And all of this is on top of the estimated 500,000+ people that simply visit and participate

each year! Here are a few questions we’ve recently received: Q: What is going on with Johnson Park and the master plan to build a lake and other amenities? A: Last year, the Ohio EPA put the brakes on our budgeted plan to construct the lake at Johnson Park. Government regulations threaten to significantly increase our overall budget for this project. Therefore, we made the decision to postpone this project until we have more answers. However, Johnson Park, in its natural state and miles of trails, has become one of our most popular parks. Q: When will the Juilfs Park Playground be complete? A: The playground should be completed (weather permitting) and ready for the kids this summer. Q: Why is the Daddy Daughter Dance not held in Anderson? A: As much as we would love to hold it in Anderson, this event has grown beyond anything we expected and we simply don’t have the indoor recreation space to hold the 600 people we get each night. NKU has been a great partner of the ATPD the last 4 years making the event easy, economical and entertaining for everyone. In closing, the ATPD is one of the crown jewels of our community and is a model for park districts all around the county. I want to thank Ken Kushner and his entire staff who are truly dedicated to keeping our parks clean, safe and inviting; often putting in extra time and effort

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at no additional cost to us. I want to thank Lisa Wakeland at Community Press for sitting through our exciting board meetings and helping us get our message out. And, on behalf of the Board of Commissions, I want to thank the residents in Anderson Township for helping to keep our parks, facilities and programs something to be proud of. Find out more at Josh Gerth is president of the Anderson Township Park District Board of Commissioners and an Anderson Township resident.

Will new math curriculum help students meet goals?

Significant changes are being made to the Forest Hills Local School District curriculum. The state of Ohio has decided that our schools will need to meet what are known as the Common Core Standards, educational standards agreed to by 45 states. Our school district is also making drastic and dramatic changes to our middle school Mark and high school Kapostasy math curricuCOMMUNITY PRESS lum. UnfortuGUEST COLUMNIST nately these changes are not being universally shared with our community and most importantly with the parents of students in our sixth, seventh and eighth grade. There are 1,800 students and dozens of teachers that are going to be affected by these changes immediately. The school district is making two very significant changes to the math curriculum. The first is to change from a traditional math curriculum to an integrated math curriculum. The second is to move from three entry points into high school math to two entry points.

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The district has not been able to prove how these changes are for the better. The school district has done a very poor job of detailing the exact nature of the changes. They have not been able to provide information regarding the specific curriculums for each new class. They do not have reference material selected “I.E. Text books.” They have not detailed how our teachers will be trained to teach these new classes. They have not effectively communicated how they intend to place students into the new classes. They have not openly presented these changes to our community. Most importantly, no one in the district has been able to clearly illustrate how these changes are going to deliver upon the stated goal of the district of “Raising Test Scores.” People can argue the virtue of integrated vs. traditional math or the optimal time for entry into high school math. Do these changes meet the needs of our students? Our district has produced very good results with its existing math curriculum. I fail to see why it wants to rush into these changes. Other districts

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with even better test results than Forest Hills are taking a more conservative approach. The state of Ohio grants local school districts a tremendous amount of autonomy to deliver a curriculum that will meet the needs of the local community. As a community we ENTRUST (not trust) our elected officials to make sure our schools are delivering a curriculum, consistent with the needs of our students. The school district has not been able to articulate how changes in the mathematics curriculum are going to help our students meet their goals. It is our collective responsibility to make sure the school district is delivering a curriculum that meets our children’s needs. If you are not aware of the changes occurring in our math curriculum or would like more information please contact the district office. If you do not like the changes please contact your local school board member at A shop teacher once told me, “Measure twice, cut once.” Mark Kapostasy is an Anderson Township resident.

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Members of the Mount Washington Citizens on Patrol Les Gerth, left, Bill Holzman and Kristen Adams patrol the business district. PHOTOS BY JEFF SWINGER/THE ENQUIRER

Mt. Washington at tipping point Residents, police work to preserve place ‘that could go either way’ Gannett News Service MOUNT WASHINGTON — John Gregory was headed east on Beechmont Avenue in his pickup Tuesday night when he saw three Citizens on Patrol members on foot. He pulled over to talk. Gregory, a roofer, told Bill Holzman, Les Gerth and Kristen Adams that thieves entered his garage through a window Jan. 20 and stole $5,000 of tools and equipment. Nine days later, he found evidence that someone had tried to break in again. “Next time they might try to get into the house while we’re sleeping,” said Gregory, who has lived in his house for 17 years. “You just don’t know. It’s gotten bad.” A spike in Mount Washington property crime, especially thefts from vehicles, has raised concerns that the neighborhood, long considered one of Cincinnati’s most stable and

safe, could drift in the wrong direction. Police and residents say they’re determined not to let that happen. Police Capt. Paul F. Broxterman Jr., who commands District 2, said Mount Washington is at a tipping point, “a neighborhood that could go either way. We want to do everything we can to make sure it stays a very nice community.” “He’s right,” said Adams, a neighborhood resident for six years. “That’s why we really have to keep on top of it. We can’t let (criminals) overrun us.”

Troubling rise in small offenses

Violent crime is rare in Mount Washington. But a rise in relatively minor offenses such as thefts from cars is “incredibly damaging to the psyche of the neighborhood,” said Jake Williams, who is finishing a term as Mount Washington Community Council president.

Broxterman points to the “broken windows theory,” which holds that failure to fix minor problems such as broken glass and graffiti leads a neighborhood down a path of decline and more serious crime. Reports of thefts from vehicles more than doubled from 2010 to 2011, from 65 thefts to 144. And though the number dropped to 110 last year, that’s still 50 percent higher than in 2009. Burglary and breaking and entering also fell in 2012, but those crimes are up 14 percent since 2009. Drug activity is driving much of the property crime, Broxterman said. “Outside of marijuana, heroin is by far the most predominant drug in Mount Washington.” Users need money for their fixes. Some dealers have moved in after being driven out of other places. Last fall, police targeted Madisonville as part of a Cincinnati Initiative to Re-

duce Violence effort. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing some dealers that have ties to Madisonville in the Mount Washington area now,” Broxterman said. He also noted that Mount Washington’s location, on the eastern edge of Cincinnati, offers easy access to offenders from outside the city. Last year, District 2’s violent crimes squad – a sergeant and five officers whose duties include handling drug complaints – began devoting most of their time to Mount Washington. Broxterman believes those efforts help explain the drop in 2012 property crime. But, “It’s not just a police issue. Everybody has to do their part. The more we can get people engaged, the better.” Certainly Adams is involved. In addition to volunteering with Citizens on Patrol, the 34-year-old married mother of two is a block watch captain.

There are things she loves about Mount Washington: a topnotch recreation center; an excellent public school, Sands Montessori; a fine park, Stanbery. And yet, she has seen drug dealing on her street. Her family’s cars were broken into on New Year’s Eve. She knows neighbors and friends who have also been victimized. For some residents, she said, the neighborhood’s problems are “out of sight, out of mind. But for me, it’s not.” So she, Holzman, Gerth and other Citizens on Patrol members make their rounds, carrying a radio so they can alert police when they see something suspicious. They remind residents to keep garage doors closed, car doors locked and valuables out of plain view. For Adams, it’s simple: “Talk to each other. Look out for each other. Let each other know what’s going on.”

Nagel teacher honored for service By Forrest Sellers

ANDERSON TWP. — Nagel Middle School teacher Pat Grove said a recent award is a nice prelude to retirement. The Ohio Middle Level Association named Grove the 2013 Ohio Middle Level Educator of the Year. The honor recognizes a teacher or administrator for exemplary service. Grove is retiring at the end

of this school year after more than 35 years in education. For more than a decade, Grove has taught history courses at Nagel. She has also served as a reading specialist. “I think you have to have a passion for teaching and getting kids engaged in learning,” she said. Although honored by the recognition, Grove, who is a resident of Union Township, said her work is no different

than that of any other educator. “I feel like I’m doing what every teacher does,” she said. Nagel Principal Natasha Adams said Grove is highly valued by her colleagues, students and the Forest Hills community. “She represents what excellence in education is really all about,” she said. “She is a leader who sees her role beyond the classroom and has a big impact on every aspect of Nagel.”

Last year Grove was the recipient of an American Legion Teacher of the Year Award. Grove said her proudest accomplishment has been within the classroom. She said what brings her some of the most satisfaction is having former students tell her the difference she has made in their lives. Grove said even after she retires, she plans to continue work in some educational capacity.

Nagel Middle School history teacher Pat Grove was recently named an Ohio Middle Level Educator of the Year. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 14 Art & Craft Classes Valentine’s Open Wheel, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Guaranteed to make at least one pot on pottery wheel. Bring snacks and Champagne to toast over your pottery. Clay, tools, firing and instruction included. $30. Reservations required. 871-2529; Oakley. Valentine’s Pottery Painting Pairs, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Paint one piece, get second half-off on all plates, mugs and bowls. Price varies. 871-2529; Oakley. Make+Bake: Valentine’s Date Night - Coasters + Wine Glasses, 6-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create pair of fused glass coasters and pair of sandblasted wine glasses. No experience necessary. $35. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. Kristina Logan - Rings! Metal and Glass, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Concludes Feb. 15. Workshop designed for glass beadmaker who wants to set their own glass beads into jewelry. $510. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Artists create romantically relevant artwork in a variety of media: clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper and mixed-media; with a wide range of styles that creates a dynamic collection. Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Showcasing last year’s best paintings on paper and canvas by the Brush and Palette Painters. Free. Presented by Brush & Palette Painters. Through Feb. 24. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Dining Events Family Valentine’s Day, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, 2692 Madison Road, Balloons, candy, Cupid’s Cup children’s beverage and more. Ages 10 and under eat free. 841-2739; Norwood.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Night, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Music, drinks, chocolate, flowers and viewing of the moon and Jupiter through historic telescopes, weather permitting. $50 per couple. Reservations required. 321-5186, ext. 3; Mount Lookout. Valentine’s Day at Keystone, 2 p.m., Keystone Bar & Grill Hyde Park, 3384 Erie Ave., Two entrees and appetizer to split. Bottles of wine for half price. $20. 321-0968. Hyde Park.

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

FRIDAY, FEB. 15 Art & Craft Classes Valentine’s Open Wheel, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, $30. Reservations required. 871-2529; Oakley. Valentine’s Pottery Painting Pairs, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, Price varies. 871-2529; Oakley.

Make+Bake: Hot Casting Workshop - Date Night, 6-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students work in pairs in hot shop to create original glass hot castings. $80. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

permint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. Through Dec. 28. 474-0005; Anderson Township. Me and My Best Friend, 10 a.m.-noon, Bettman Nature Preserve, 8 Beech Lane, Learn how to be good friend to new puppy or current four-legged family member. Lisa Desatnik, animal trainer, presents educational program on dos and don’ts of playing safe and caring for your dog. Crafts and games included. Ages 6-8. $5 per child. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature. 321-6070; O’Bryonville.

Art Exhibits Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Business Classes

Ohio Valley Oracle Applications User Group Meeting, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Crossroads Church, 3500 Madison Ave., Topics on Oracle eBusiness, Hyperion and CRM. Inspirational keynote presentation from Paul Daugherty, award-winning sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Lunch provided. $20. Presented by Ohio Valley Oracle Applications User Group. 7317400; Oakley.

Drink Tastings Friday Evening Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke-bigg’s Hyde Park, 3872 Paxton Ave., CastleRock Wines. $5 for five samples and snacks from deli and bakery. 619-5454. Oakley.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Anderson Township. TriHealth Women’s Services Van, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Group Health Anderson, 7810 Five Mile Road, Digital screening mammography. Registration required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 5696777; Anderson Township.

Music - Bluegrass The New Old Cavalry, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

Music - Concerts Tea Leaf Green, 9 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, With Tumbleweed Wanderers. Quartet rock band from San Francisco. $17, $15 advance; plus fees. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Nature Stars Jamboree, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Registration required online by Feb. 12. Make a craft and take a tour of the night sky in a traveling indoor planetarium. Ages 3-5. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Perfect Wedding, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, A man wakes up in the bridal suite on his wedding morning to find an attractive girl in bed beside him. In the depths of a hangover, he can’t remember meeting her. Before he can get her out, his bride arrives to dress for the wedding and, in the panic, the girl is locked in the bathroom. $15, $13 students, seniors and active military. Presented by Beechmont Players. 231-1392; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Art & Craft Classes Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Learn age-old technique of waxing Ukrainian eggs. Bring six uncooked eggs. $15. Registration

Exercise Classes

Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., ATA Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, fourthdegree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. Family friendly. $5. Through May 26. 652-0286; Anderson Township.

Yoga Strength and Stretch, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Session 2. Weekly through March 26. Address all areas of the body to tone and strengthen muscles while stretching, resulting in improved posture, flexibility and balance. Ages 18 and up. $58, $48 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.

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Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Support Groups required. Through March 23. 752-8539; Anderson Township. Valentine’s Open Wheel, 5-7 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, $30. Reservations required. 871-2529; Oakley. Valentine’s Pottery Painting Pairs, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, Price varies. 871-2529; Oakley. Make+Bake: Glassblowing Hearts, Noon-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students design and create two blown glass hearts using two different techniques. $50. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. Kristina Logan - Rings! Metal and Glass, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Concludes Feb. 17., Brazee Street Studios, $510. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. February Family Open House: Valentines, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Custom valentine pattern sheets and glass accessories for fused glass valentines No experience necessary. Ages 5 and up. $15. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Insightful Reflections, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Zumba Fitness, 10-11 a.m., Mount Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St., Latinbased fitness class. $6. 218-3474. Mount Washington.

Holiday - Black History Month Voice in the Village, 2 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Local artist Michael Oludare shares his gift for storytelling and his talent for African drumming. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.

369-4467; Mariemont.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 9:30 p.m., Slammers Lounge, 3239 Brotherton Road, Free. 871-6847. Oakley.

Music - Benefits Magic Moments and Music, 7-11 p.m., Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Road, Vocal ensembles, dramatic reading, classical piano, vocal repertoire and folk guitar, all interspersed with magic. Reception follows. Benefits church music program. $20 family, $10 single. 205-5068; Anderson Township.

Music - Classical Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Session, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Theme: American Heartstrings. Melodious sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano with American folk music and more. Featuring members of the Muddy River Consort, Cincinnati’s own musical family. Children’s hands-on chamber music series for ages 2-6 and their families. Free Graeter’s cookies. $15 flexbook of four, $5; free under age 2. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 381-6868; Mount Washington.

Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Kids and adults can join the naturalist inside the traveling indoor planetarium to learn what objects and constellations are visible this time of year. There also will be hands-on discovery stations. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Perfect Wedding, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15, $13 students, seniors and active military. 231-1392; Anderson Township.

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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will take center stage on Matinee Musicale's 100th concert season at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. Visit Tickets are $15 at the door. Student tickets with ID are $3. Call 469-9819 or 871-4327. PROVIDED

Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, Noon-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Insightful Reflections, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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

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Irish Dance Wee Ones Preschooler Class, 9:45-10:15 a.m., Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Linwood, 673 Wilmer Ave., Classes concentrate on basic foot placement, jumping drills, timing to music and posture. $25 registration, $30 per month. Through May 21. 232-1366. Linwood. Irish Dance Youth Beginner Classes for Homeschoolers, 10:15-11 a.m., Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Linwood, 673 Wilmer Ave., Ages 6-12. Learn basics of Irish dance: foot placement, timing, posture, threes and sevens. $25 registration, $40 per month. 232-1366. Linwood. Irish Dance Youth Beginner After-School Class, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Linwood, 673 Wilmer Ave., Ages 6-12. Learn basics of Irish dance: foot placement, timing, posture, threes and sevens. $25 registration, $40 per month. 232-1366. Linwood.

Support Groups

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. Through Dec. 27. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


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

MONDAY, FEB. 18 Art & Craft Classes School of Glass Kids: Portraits, 12:30-2 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Use variety of glass materials to create one-of-a-kind fused glass portraits. Ages 6-18. $30. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. School of Glass Kids: Presidential Portraits, 10-11:30 a.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Use variety of Bullseye Glass materials to honor your favorite president by creating his portrait. Ages 6-18. $30. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Nature Moonday Monday, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Program covers moon phases, features, eclipses, rocks, missions, myths and green cheese. $7, $5 children. 321-5186; Mount Lookout.

Youth Sports President’s Day Kidsports Camp, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Games, indoor sports, craft, swimming and more. Ages 3-12. Prices vary depending on time slot. Registration required. 527-5026; Fairfax.

TUESDAY, FEB. 19 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Coasters, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students work with range of Bullseye glass accessory glass including colorful sheet, frit, stringer and confetti. No experience necessary. $40. Registration required. 321-0206.

Health / Wellness The Heart Affair for Women, 4-7 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Heart-healthy pasta, red wine and dark chocolate while getting free health information and screenings. Learn more about women’s heart health from leading cardiologist, heart surgeon and emergency room physician. Featured speaker: Dr. Rajinder P. Singh, clinical cardiac electrophysiologist. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 624-1260; Anderson Township.

Music - Hip-Hop Mod Sun, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Independent artist refers to his genre of music as “Hippy Hop†and describes his sound as an audible smile. $19.64. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont. Introduction to Kilnformed Glass, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students guided through comprehensive look at kilnforming techniques through five different projects, glass cutting 101, safety, temperatures, kiln schedules and more. $195. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Give Me Some Sugar: A Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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



Cherries and chocolate go together this month So much happening in February! It’s Heart Month, Lent starts, Valentine’s Day is here and so is Presidents’ Day. Let’s start with something for Valentine’s Day since that is one of my favorRita ite special Heikenfeld days. RITA’S KITCHEN When I was a kid, sweets were a real treat, due in part to Mom’s lean budget and her and my Dad’s desire to feed the nine of us children a healthy diet. So when I was 16 and received my first Valentine box of candy from my boyfriend, Jim, I was in chocolate heaven. I’ve gotten lots of Valentine’s treats since then, but none can take the place of that first heart of drugstore chocolates. Reach out this Valentine’s Day by remembering those folks who would benefit from a fun card, a phone call or a plate of goodies.

“I love you” chocolate covered cherries

Heart healthy vegetarian red beans and rice

These are amazingly easy to make and look stunning in a heart shaped box. This recipe is appropriate for Presidents’ Day, too. Remember the story of George Washington admitting to chopping down his Dad’s cherry tree because he couldn’t “tell a lie.”

When you pair rice with beans, you have a nice, protein filled dish. Try brown rice which is nutritionally better than white. It will take longer to cook, and is absorbed more slowly in your system you feel full longer.

1 jar l0 oz., maraschino cherries with stems Drain cherries very well for several hours. They must be dry for fondant to adhere. Fast Fondant Not a true fondant, but an easy one. You’ll have fondant leftover. Freeze fondant up to a month. 3 tablespoons butter, softened 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 cups powdered sugar 12 ounces 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

1 generous cup chopped onion 1 generous teaspoon garlic, minced 1-2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste 2 cups rice 2 cans, approx. 16 ounces ea., red beans, drained 4 cups low sodium, fat free vegetable or chicken broth Salt and pepper to taste Garnish: Thinly sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes

These “I love you” chocolate covered cherries are easy to make and make a good Valentine’s Day gift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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 could leak out. Place on sprayed baking sheet. Chill until firm. To store: Store in tightly covered container in frig. Bring to room temperature before eating. Cake pops: Recipe on my blog. Fun for kids. Check out photo of grandson, Jack, decorating cake pops he made.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Beans are called cancer-licking legumes – high in fiber and protein and low in fat. What about salt? Too much is bad for the heart! Himalayan pink sea salt is my salt of choice. Absolutely pure, sans toxins or any other bad stuff, unlike other salts that we commonly use. Check out my blog for timely info on this pretty and tasty salt. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Frederic H. Heis

Frederic H. Heis, 67, of Anderson Township died Feb. 4, He was a US Army veteran. Survived by children Cinja L., Frederic H. (Amy) Heis and Beth A. (Matt) Sammons; siblings Forest S. (Nancy), Dr. Stephen D. (Lauren) Heis and Sandra Shrock; step-siblings Judith A. Doyle and Patricia A. (Richard) Schneider; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Forest Heis and Clarabeth Heis-Doyle. Services were Feb. 9 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Ed E. Jones

Ed E. Jones, 76, of Anderson Township died Jan. 26. He was a US Navy veteran. Survived by wife, Betty R. Jones; children Doug E. (Cindy) Jones and Sheri L. (Richard) Kendle; brothers Lowell (the late Joyce) and Bob Jones; and grandchildren Cody, Shelby and Kara. Preceded in death by parents Eather Jones and Thelma Bybee. Services were Jan. 30 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Marian B. Knopf

Marian B. Knopf, 88, of Mount Washington died Jan. 27. Survived by husband of 67 years, Clarence Knopf; sons Steve (Marlane) and Dennis (Rosann) Knopf; grandchildren Andrew (Emily), Kevin (Rachel) Knopf, Irene (Dave) Tertl and Jennifer (John) Munafo. Preceded in death by mother, Katherline McGill. Services were Jan. 30 at Guardian Angels Church, Cincinnati.

Mildred Catherine Lengle

Mildred Catherine (nee Smith) Lengle, 94, formerly of Anderson Township died Feb. 2. Survived by son, Dennis (Maryellen); grandchildren Scott (Brooke), Kristen and Lauren; great-granddaughter, Ella Marie Lengle; brother, Robert E. Smith; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Arthur; and sisters Helen and Arline. Graveside services will be conducted at Woodvale Cemetery in Middleburg Heights, likely in April. Memorials to: the Salvation Army.

Michael P. McGowan

Michael P. McGowan, 80, of Mount Washington died Jan. 24. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survived by wife, Janet A. McGowan; children Kathy (Mike) Danner, Tim McGowan and Trish (Steve) Schad; sister, Mary Vuotto; grandchildren Jake, Heeth, Chelsie, Zach, Anna, Lizzie and Adam; and great-grandchildren Treyton, Brett and Aveyah. Preceded in death by parents Patrick McGowan and Mary Barry. Services were Jan. 30 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Ruth B. Ross

Ruth B. (nee Herren) Ross, 87, of California died Jan. 27. Survived by children Dona (Keith) Kelly, David (Kathleen) Ross and Daniel (Brenda) Ross; grandchildren Kyle, Sean, Erin, Bret, Carmen, Shannon, Susan and Ross Jonathan; and great-grandchildren Kelly and Kaitlyn Preceded in death by husband, Robert B. Ross. Services were Feb. 2 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to:

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Suella Slemons

Suella Slemons, 70, of Anderson Township died Jan. 26. Survived by children Elizabeth (Chris) Slemons-Pack and Michael (Dawn) Slemons; brother, Robert Swales II; cousin, Rees William Sheppard MD; and grandchildren Jordan and Grayson Slemons. Preceded in death by parents Robert Swales and Dorothy Rees. Services were Feb. 9 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church. Memorials to: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Robert L. Staggenborg

Robert L. Staggenborg, 87, of Anderson Township died Jan. 29. He was a US Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife, Rosalie A. Staggenborg; children Robert C. (Beth) Staggenborg, Suzanne (Rod Nelson) and Lisa (Fred Yaeger) Staggenborg; siblings Virginia Staggenborg and Jean Engie; and grandchildren Charles and Laura. Preceded in death by parents Henry Staggenborg and Anna Schilling; and brother, James Staggenborg.

Robert J. Sweeney

Robert J. Sweeney, 91, of Anderson Township died Feb. 4. He was a US Army veteran of World War II. Survived by children Daniel (Cheri) Sweeney and Linda (Ted Schwing) Meiser; grandchildren Christine, Stephanie, David, Michael, Blair and Lisa; and great-grandchildren Addison, Ava, Sawyer, Jackson, Collin and Braden. Preceded in death by wife, Beulah L. Sweeney; and parents James Sweeney and Lillian Tierney. Services were Feb. 8 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.


Parks teaching winter survival skills Nothing like a test of survival skills to motivate peopletogetoutdoors.TheWinter Challenge will cover all that adults need to know in making it through winter in the wild. The program will be offered Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at Winton Woods Adventure Outpost. Saturday evening will cover survival techniques

such as creating fire, building a shelter, signaling for help, locating and purifying water, cooking over a fire, orienteering (using map and compass to navigate) and basic first aid. The evening will also feature a night navigation course. To get the full experience, adults are invited to stay overnight in a basic cabin at Adventure Out-

post. After breakfast on Sunday morning, participants will take part in survival challenges to test their skills. It is required that participants wear proper clothing and shoes to withstand the winter elements. The cabins are unheated, therefore it is required that those who stay bring warm clothes and

winter bedding. Compasses will be provided. Cost for the Winter Challenge is $50 per adult. Registration is required by Feb. 19 at A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. For additional information, visit GreatPark-

Hospital turns to eighth-graders for help Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital is about to face a parking problem. “As the hospital prepares for a significant expansion project we need to provide parking for 1,200 employees, 150 physicians, 500 patients and 200 construction workers, even as we lose 150 parking spots for construction of a new tower,” said Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Stephen Feagins. Feagins decided that when it comes to parking problems he wasn’t smarter than an eighth-grader. He turned to his partners in the Forest Hills Local School District for help with this real-world issue, securing the services of Nagel Middle School’s eighth-grade math whizzes to come up with a creative solution to the parking conundrum. Nagel math students recently met construction project director Kevin O’Brien of Danis, the construction company building

the tower at the hospital. “Kevin gave the students a blank drawing with the tower footprint and challenged them to develop a plan for new parking that meets all the space requirements for staff, people with disabilities, the construction crew, visitors and valet parking,” said Nagel math teacher Amanda Hanley. “Students will also look at landscaping to maximize the amount of parking at the hospital, determine how much their solution will cost, how they will keep the hospital in business during construction and how best to phase in the parking project.”

The students will work in teams and use traffic flow data, the number of existing and potential parking spots and some creative inspiration from Danis’ design engineers as they compete for prizes. All student participants will receive project hard hats with their names engraved on them and other project materials. The winning team will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony later this year. “Nagel is extremely proud to be partnering with Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital to offer a unique learning opportunity and build assets in

our students,” said Nagel Principal Natasha Adams. “We value authentic real-world critical thinking that involves application of what students learn, active engagement in the problem-solving process and building relationships with adults,” she said. “These kind of experiences have the potential to ‘spark’ interest in future course work and careers. I can already see in the early phase of this project how students are finding out how dynamic real world problems really are and what kinds of skills are important to have. We are so thankful for the opportunity.” or call 513-521PARK (7275). Also, be sure to check out the district’s Facebook page and follow it on Twitter to find out more about what’s happening at the parks.




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Fred W. Voges, 93, of Anderson Township died Jan. 29. Survived by daughters Sandy (Art) Wilhelm and Sue (Matt) Brammer; grandchildren Katie, Kristy, Joe (Megan) and Brian; and great-grandchild, Natalie. Preceded in death by wife, Hela J. Voges; and parents Fredrick Voges and Mayme Roth. Services were Feb. 2 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Dorothy C. Wallace

Dorothy C. Wallace, 97, of Mount Washington died Feb. 2. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Charles D. Wallace; and parents Frederick A. Kemper and Lillian H. Wessel. Services were Feb. 7 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

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Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler addressed the Hamilton County Police Chiefs Association Feb. 6 to offer the assistance of her office in the prevention of the fencing of stolen property. New provisions of state law allow the Clerk to provide a “do not buy” list to police chiefs who, in turn, provide that information to pawn shops and scrap metal dealers in their jurisdiction. The list includes people with prior convictions for theft-related offenses. Pawn shops and scrap metal dealers who receive this information are prohibited by law from doing business with the listed persons. “My office stands ready to assist local law enforcement agencies with timely, accurate information to help dra-

matically slow the growth of theft and expedite the process of prosecution of these types of property crimes, “ said Winkler. “This is just another example of the resources this office provides and cooperation I pledge to partner with law enforcement.” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said, “This is exactly the type of information these businesses need to prevent them from violating the law by purchasing from persons known to be thieves or receivers of stolen property and thus relieve them from possible prosecution.” The list will be available to all Hamilton County agencies so they can provide the appropriate list to the pawn shops and scrap metal dealers in their jurisdiction.

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ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Courtney McGeehan, 33, 4490 Timberglen #6, illegal possession of drug document, Jan. 20. Kyle Anderson, 24, 494 Piccadilly, theft, Jan. 20. Coby L. Voss, 37, obstructing official business, drug instrument, Jan. 26. Susan E. Page, 34, 190 Lindsey Driv, obstructing official business, Jan. 26. Benjamin J. Vickers, 34, 1220 Bondick Drive, domestic violence, Jan. 27. Gary W. Hodges Jr., 32, 3201

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Anderson Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280 » Cincinnati District 2, California and Mount Washington, Capt. Paul Broxterman, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400 » Newtown, Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280 Queen City, carrying concealed weapon, aggravated menacing, marijuana possession, Jan. 29. Patrick R. Rose, 30, 1344 Coolidge Ave., domestic violence, Jan. 29. Blain Bevis, 18, 1094 Bruce Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, underage consumption, Jan. 23. Thomas L. Boswell Jr., 26, 1161 Bruce Ave., felonious assault, Jan. 27. Juvenile, 16, assault, Jan. 22.

Incidents/investigations Assault Male adult was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Jan. 22. Breaking and entering Cartons of cigarettes, money and lottery tickets taken at Anderson Mini Mart; over $9,300 at Clough Pike, Jan. 27. Various tools taken from A-Tec; over $3,650 at Roundbottom Road, Jan. 28. Burglary Jewelry taken at 7234 Ayers Road, Jan. 25. Laptop computer and Tablet taken; $1,000 at 6931 Goldengate #603, Jan. 23. Criminal mischief

Eggs thrown at vehicle at 1526 Huntccrest, Jan. 20. Domestic violence At Nordyke Road, Jan. 24. At Bondick Drive, Jan. 27. At Coolidge Avenue, Jan. 29. Felonious assault Male was stabbed with knife at 1161 Bruce Ave., Jan. 27. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 8456 Northport, Jan. 29. Theft A watch and wallet were taken from Macy's; $177 at Beechmont Avenue, Jan. 20. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $56 at Eight Mile Road, Jan. 21. Gift card taken; $50 at 7099 Petri Road, Jan. 21. Toolbox taken from vehicle at Kroger at Beechmont Avenue, Jan. 23. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1472 Eight Mile, Jan. 26. Fraudulent deposits withdrawn from Park National Bank; $740 at Nimitz View, Jan. 15.

Chris Early, born 1984, possession of drugs, 2231 Salvador St., Jan. 23. Cathy Williams, born 1959, menacing by stalking, aggravated menacing, 1925 Lehigh Ave., Jan. 31. Shawna Smith, born 1979, theft under $300, forgery, 2094 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 31.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering 6304 Cambridge Ave., Jan. 29. 8 Deliquia Place, Jan. 31. Burglary 1748 Bloomingdale Ave., Jan. 24. 1813 Mears Ave., Jan. 24. 1257 Moonkist Court, Jan. 26. 1711 Beacon St., Jan. 26. Criminal damaging/endangering 6358 Corbly St., Jan. 27. Forgery 2415 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 30. Robbery 2238 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 26. 4511 Eastern Ave., Jan. 28. Theft 1940 Lehigh Ave., Jan. 25. 1921 Rockland Ave., Jan. 27. 6242 Corbly St., Jan. 30. 1229 Moonkist Court, Jan. 31. 6545 Silverfox Drive, Jan. 31.

NEWTOWN Arrests/citations Deandre Lang, 24, 8 Parkwood Place, drug abuse, Jan. 22. Michael Meyer, 39, 3567 S. Heartland Drive, drug abuse, Jan. 22. Alexis Timerding, 23, 6419 Clough Pike, bench warrant, Jan. 26.

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Anderson chamber appoints leadership The Officers of the Board of Directors who will lead the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce for 2013 are: » Ken Schroeder, Mt. Washington Care Center; President » Jason Huebner, Zimcom Internet Solutions, Inc.; Vice President » Debbie Heitzman, Appearance Plus Clean-

New bank now open in Anderson First Financial Bank recently opened its new Anderson Township banking center at 7765 Beechmont Ave. “We’re proud to join the Anderson community,” said Michelle Edwards, First Financial’s Anderson banking center manager. “The new banking center will allow us to continue to provide high-quality service, innovative banking solutions and expert financial advice that our clients expect and deserve.” The 3,420-square-foot facility was built using the bank’s prototype design. The design includes visual merchandising as well as engaging retail graphics to “take the client on a journey” reminding them of defining moments of success in their lives. The interior of the banking center is open and accessible to clients. The building also incorporates several elements that reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability, including energy-efficient building materials and lighting controls. For more information about First Financial’s new Anderson banking center, call 624-3440 or visit

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Create a legacy for loved ones with run Honor the life of a significant loved one and create a legacy in their memory through fundraising for the Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation Playground Fund. Anderson Township Park District is currently accepting new honoree nominations for the 10th Annual Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk. The atmosphere of Run to Remember is one of celebration and involves a 5K run/walk and an outdoor after-party with a concert. Run to Remember began with the family and friends of Nancy Horn after she lost her battle with brain cancer in September of 2003. It was a tribute to her exceptional view on physical fitness, her fortitude, and her enthusiastic approach to life. After the success of the first year, the Horn family wanted to share this event, and invited others to nominate a loved one to be a Run to Remember honoree. Today, the event has expanded to celebrate the lives of almost three dozen individuals inKathy Beechem, of Mt. Adams, and Ann Keeling, of Anderson Township, are cochairwomen of the Concours d'Elegance. PROVIDED

cluding Rick Alfieri, Rachel Barnett, Erin Borchers Bates, Jordan Bonne, Kevin S. Brown, Tonya Brown, Marty Demmerle Carr, Patrick Fox, Vicki M. Gray, George Hayward, Nancy Horn, Darrin Huston, Rosanne Martin, Jack McQuery, Gerry Meisman, David P. Moore, John Naish Jr., Robin A. Nance, Janet Nemann, Ashley Oehler, Kathy Padjen, Bill Parchman, David & Millie Pavlik, Chris Rowswell, Bob Rumke, Jeremy Shipley, Sammy Sovilla, Julie Stautberg, Jill Sutphin, Peter Tekulve, Meagan Toothman, Nina Volz, and Bob Wirth. Horn was a devoted wife and mother, and her family and friends felt donating the event proceeds to the Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation Playground Fund was the perfect way to honor her memory. Today, the legacy of all current and future Run to Remember honorees lives on through this fund. During its nine-year existence, Run to Remember has raised more than $62,500.

These funds helped complete the playgrounds at Beech Acres Park and Laverty Park, and future proceeds will benefit other Park District playgrounds, including Juilfs Park. There will always be a need to enhance the playgrounds in the Anderson Township Park District’s parks, just as there will always be children in the Anderson Township community in need of fun and safe places to play. Run to Remember 5K takes place Saturday, Sept. 7, at Beech Acres Park. To submit a loved one for consideration, please call 388-5091 or visit http:// for nomination forms and event details. Selected honorees’ photos will be incorporated in event fliers, ATPD park guides, website, event signage, memorial video, and their name will be on the event T-shirt. In order to raise funds for the playground fund, the new honoree nomination fee is $200. Nomination deadline is Monday, March 11.


Hamilton County Park District naturalist Julie Robinson shows Anderson Senior Center member Nancy Newman the Blind Barred Owl. The owl lives at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve and was brought to center along with Great Horned Owls and Red Tail Hawk. THANKS TO LIBBY FECK

Anderson Twp.’s Ann Keeling co-chairing show The Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance, an annual classic car show, will have its 36th year, with weekend events on June 7 and 8, and the Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday, June 9, in Cincinnati’s historic Ault Park, featuring more than 225 collector vehicles. Event co-chairs are Ann Keeling, of Anderson Town-

ship, and Kathy Beechem, of Mount Adams. The featured marque for 2013 is Porsche: From Road to Racing. The Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance fundraising event, “Cruisin for a Cure,” benefiting Juvenile Arthritis and chaired by Keeling and Beechem, will be 7 p.m,. Friday,

June 7, at The Pinecroft Mansion at The Crosley Estate. The dressy-casual event will feature a live auction. A limited number of tickets at $145 per person will be available starting in early spring. For more information about weekend events, go to http://


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