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Forest Hills may ask for November tax hike By Forrest Sellers

ANDERSON TWP — . The Forest Hills Local School District Board of Education is considering placing a tax-hike issue on the November ballot. During a special Feb. 8 meeting, the school board discussed placing a combination maintenance and bond tax-hike issue before voters later this year. “I’d like to do something in November,” said board President Jim Frooman. “I don’t want to push it to May (2015).” Superintendent Dallas Jackson said the tax increase request for bonds would be “one time” request for a specific amount of money targeted for specific facility renovations or projects. He said the maintenance portion of the tax increase would be for ongoing maintenance of the facilities with a specific amount of funding going toward this

each year. The school board would need to make a final determination whether to place the tax-hike issue on the November ballot by August. All five board members are committed to addressing facility needs, said Frooman. A building analysis was conducted by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission in the fall. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission conducts facility evaluations and provides funding for school construction. The 2013 study indicated all six elementary schools in the district exceed a two-thirds guideline by varying degrees indicating a need for replacement or renovations. This two-thirds guideline involves assessing buildings in a variety of categories to determine whether to replace or renovate the buildings. The high schools were slightly below the two-thirds thresh-

old, but various needs were still identified in the buildings. The study also recommended replacement of Wilson Elementary School. Frooman A similar study of the buildings was conducted in 2004. That particular study indicated three of the elementary schools, Maddux, Summit and Wilson, needed to be rebuilt. To address these facility needs, which include renovations to improve safety and security as well as learning and accessibility, the district placed a 1.86-mill bond tax-hike issue on the ballot in May. Voters defeated the bond tax-hike issue. Treasurer Rick Toepfer said interest from the district’s operating fund has been used for permanent improvements for 20 years. He said this interest total has been between $22 mil-

lion to $23 million. However, the amount in the permanent improvement fund has declined in recent years. “At this point Heis we have a permanent improvement fund that doesn’t have dollars for what we need to do,” said Toepfer. The district has had several facility committees that provided recommendations to the school board. The most recent one was a steering committee organized by Jackson. The school board proceeded with the 2013 bond tax-hike issue based on the recommendations of this committee. Board members said this time they want to be more actively involved in discussions about the facilities, regardless of whether another committee is formed. Frooman said discussions

need to be at the “board level,” adding that transparency is essential. “In the past there has been a committee that gives us options,” said board member Forest Heis. “We haven’t been involved in the process.” He said it is important that not only the board support a given plan, but the community as well. “We have to commit time and effort to do it this way,” said board Vice President Julie Bissinger. “We need to have thorough, heartfelt discussions.” The board also addressed possible consolidation of the buildings. The majority of the board was opposed to merging Anderson and Turpin high schools. “Our community does not support consolidation at a high school level,” said Frooman. See TAX, Page A2

Clough Pike delays expected New turn lanes and sidewalks to be built

By Lisa Wakeland

ANDERSON TWP. — Drivers headed through a section of Clough Pike here can soon expect delays. Lane closures will be in effect on Clough Pike between Newtown Road and the intersection of Berkshire Road and Goldengate Drive through the end of July as construction crews start a major revitalization project on Clough Pike, which traverses Anderson Township from state Route 32 into Clermont County. The $2.62 million project includes lighting and storm water improvements, defining driveways, new sidewalks and road resurfacing in the Clough Pike business district from Newtown Road to just before Bridges Road. It also includes replacing traffic signals and new left-turn lanes in both directions at Goldengate Drive and Berkshire Road and another left-turn lane at Royalgreen Drive for drivers headed eastbound. Assistant Township Administrator Steve Sievers said much of the pre-construction work, such as utility relocation, was finished in the fall, and it was the contractor who decided not to push ahead with construction last year. “The end date hasn’t changed, it’s just a more condensed construction schedule,” he said. “It should be considerably better. They’re still going to be working during the day so there will be an increased presence and possibly multiple crews.” Daryl Meyerrenke, who owns the Anderson Township

Traffic will be affected on part of Clough Pike in Anderson Township as lane closures are in place for a major construction project. It’s expected to begin Feb. 17 and be complete at the end of July. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Family Pet Center, was worried about the original construction schedule when it was expected to last about a year, but is more optimistic now. “I think it’s going to be so much better than we all anticipated, and I don’t think it will be much of an issue,” he said. “For these four months (of construction) I’ll swap that for as pretty as it’s going to be.” The critical time, Meyerrenke said, will be around spring break, when part of the



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road will be closed to all traffic, and he’s been letting customers know about the changes. Clough Pike at Bartels Road will be shut down the week of March 31 so crews can install a culvert. A detour will be in place with signs posted. Kathy Schlechter, who lives on Royalgreen Drive, said the area, once construction is complete, will be much more attractive. The lane closures shouldn’t have too much of an effect on

traffic because they are not during rush hours, Schlechter said. She’ll still visit the local businesses, including Jean Paul’s Paradiso where she was picking up pastries and other baked goods, during the construction, but she’s not sure about other potential customers. “I don’t know what it’s going to do to the small businesses, but I hope it doesn’t affect them,” she said. Sievers said they’re working with crews to adjust the lane

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closure times, currently set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., to avoid any conflict with school traffic. Anderson Township received a federal congestion mitigation and air quality grant to help pay for about 80 percent of the revitalization project. With construction costs, right of way acquisition and engineering fees, Sievers said Anderson Township is expected to spend close to $1 million for the Clough Pike revitalization.

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Vet carves canes for injured soldiers By Lisa Wakeland

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See some of Cliff Reeder’s hand-carved eagle canes and hear him talk about why he participates in the project online at

resident is still supporting his fellow veterans. Reeder, who has been an avid wood carver most of his life, has been handcarving canes for amputees and other wounded veterans. He first heard about the Eagle Cane Project eight years ago and has been participating ever since. “I was in the service myself, and I just feel indebted,” Reeder said. “I feel that if they need a cane, I want to be able to help them.” Reeder, who was a master technical sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1942-1946, isn’t sure how many eagle canes he’s made for this project, noting, “I lost count somewhere after 65.” Each cane can takes months to complete and is an intricate process. He starts with the rough shape on a block of wood, whittles it into an eagle’s

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head, sets the eyes and burns the feather detail into the wood. The eagle’s head is placed on the cane shaft, which usually has a flag and is carved with the vet-

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Additionally, she recommended getting feedback from students and staff on how they feel about the current building configurations. Consolidation of the elementary schools was also addressed. Board member Randy Smith said consolidation

of the elementary schools is not an option at this point. The elementary schools are already over capacity, he said. The board will likely have further meetings to discuss the facilities. Specific dates are still to be determined.

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Re-development set for Garden Ridge site By Jeanne Houck

UNION TWP — . Road construction in the Eastgate Mall area may be trying the patience of local motorists but a company that wants to develop a retail project there is using it as a selling point. “The state and county road improvements that are underway provide favorable traffic patterns for our redevelopment,” said Adam Fights, a leasing representative for Casto, a Columbus-based real-estate services firm. Demolition of two empty buildings that formerly

housed Golf Galaxy and the Garden Ridge store on the site will begin in the next few months, he said. Casto is developing what it is calling the “Eastgate Marketplace” with up to 100,000 square feet of anchor and out lots space at the corner of state Route 32 and Eastgate North Drive, just east of Interstate 275 in Union Township. “Our redevelopment plan has been approved by the township and it will include LA Fitness, retail space and several out lots for lease,” said Fights, who works out of a Casto office at 8280 Montgome-

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ry Road in Sycamore Township. Casto has put together a marketing plan that touts the fact that ongoing

improvements to and around the Interstate 275/ state Route 32 interchange will include relocating the existing westbound state Route 32 entrance and exit ramps from Eastgate Boulevard to Eastgate North Drive. The roadwork should be finished by this fall. Fights expects Eastgate Marketplace to open in 2015. Fights said Casto has owned the center since 2001. “Our site remains in a great location with excellent visibility,” Fights said. “Those are key attri-

butes to a site that retailers and restaurants desire.” Union Township Trustee Matt Beamer is happy with the news. “Buildings will be razed and the area will be re-developed,” Beamer said. “Again, positive news for our township.” Meanwhile, Casto develops and manages commercial, industrial, office, residential, restaurant and retail property throughout the eastern United States.

Traffic heads-up

Here is a construction update from the Ohio Department of Transportation, set to begin - weather permitting - Tuesday, Feb. 18: » The northbound Interstate 275 ramp to westbound state Route 32 and the southbound I-275 ramp to eastbound state Route 32 will close permanently. » Northbound I-275 traffic will exit at the existing eastbound state Route 32 ramp and southbound I-275 traffic will exit at the existing westbound state Route 32 ramp - both to new signals at state Route 32.

BRIEFLY Driver charged

A Cincinnati woman has been cited after she struck a pedestrian crossing Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township Feb. 7, Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies said. Karin Dietz, 29, was cited for failing to stop at a red traffic signal, a minor misdemeanor, deputies said. Dietz was driving a Toyota Corolla when she struck Noah Goertemiller, 23, of Cincinnati, who was crossing Beechmont from Salem Road at the crosswalk, deputies said. Goertemiller was found lying in the road after being struck. He suffered a head injury and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dietz was transported to Mercy Health Ander-

son Hospital and was treated for minor injuries. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash.

Democratic fundraiser

The Anderson Newtown Democratic Club is hosting its winter celebration and fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Ivy Hills Country Club, 7711 Ivy Hills Blvd. Featured speaker is Ed FitzGerald, the democratic candidate for Ohio governor, and other democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives Ohio District 2 seat. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available. Call 232-

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St. Ursula Academy sophomores Gracie Ehmann of Anderson Township and Maeve McCloy of Hyde Park perform an IC50 experiment as they learn about cancer cells and cell mutations.

St. Ursula teacher develops new curriculum on cancer

Saint Ursula Academy biology teacher Jennifer Broo is about to get national attention for her development of a new curriculum on cancer. Broo is not only encouraging her students, but she is leading by example as she “builds a better world” through her development of a high school biology curriculum focusing on cancer cells. Broo is constantly on the lookout for new ways to bring biology to life for her students. Several years ago she noticed the lack of information in biology textbooks concerning cancer, a disease that definitely has an emotional connection to most of her students who have known, or will know, someone with cancer. “Even though cancer cells are very complex, they are a very basic example of the cell cycle and cell mutations.” And so began the development of “The War of the 21st Century: The Cell Cycle, Cancer, and Clinical Trials”, a curriculum that Broo co-authored with Jessica Mahoney, a biology teacher from Orlando.

The two teachers received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to work in the University of Florida research labs to develop hands-on activities to teach high school students about cancer, from onset to clinical trials. Throughout the two-week unit, students are challenged to think about cancer in a way that it relates to a cell cycle. The students examine cell structure and mutations of cells and begin to learn about how cancer cells grow and divide, and how chemotherapy drugs affect a cell’s growth. They learn about the history of cancer and begin to evaluate why certain lifestyle choices increase the risk of cancer cells developing. In the end, students begin to understand the multiple players in the cancer industry; patients and doctors, as well as clinical researchers, drug companies, and scientists. They are exposed to clinical trials in our area and begin to look critically at whether or not they would participate in a trial based on a hypothetical di-

agnosis. “This is heavy-duty biology,” said Broo. “But my students are really interested because they can relate. Cancer is such a common disease and this very basic knowledge can give the girls more information about cancer cells, doctors, and clinical trials. Most importantly, I hope the girls realize that biology is so important to their lives. It’s everywhere, including in a cancer diagnosis.” Broo’s curriculum has gained national attention and presented her curriculum at the National Association of Biology Teacher’s Conference (NABT) in Atlanta at the end of November. She is excited that her published work will be distributed to other biology teachers for use in their classrooms all over the United States. She hopes her curriculum will inspire others to join the fight against cancer and knows that inspiration begins with the teachers charged with educating the future doctors, researchers, and scientists in our high schools today.


Freshmen - Anais Absalon, Austin Alvarez, Kristin Amrine, Mary Anderson, Everett Anglim, Alexander Azeez, Jonathan Ballenger, Katelyn Bard, John Barton, Hannah Bassitt, Zane Beineke, Mark Birkenhauer, Haley Boedker, Shannon Breving, Austin Bryan, Sophie Burke, Max Bursk, Nicholas Chandler, Samir Choudhury, Sunil Choudhury, Hannah Doerflein, Natalie Dorsten, Gwendolyn Drew, Maryam Dughmush, Jennifer Dunn, Rachel D’Wolf, Emaleigh Egan, Kathryn Eifert, Meredith Eldred, Samuel Ericksen, Andrew Feagins, Lara Gabis, Katherine Gislason, Mercedes Goldberg, Natalie Gould, Kelly Grimes, Grace Gundling, Nicholas Haller, Abigale Heekin, Zona Herrick, Harrison Hill, Max Hoffman, Sarah Holbrook, Victor Horning, Austin Huelsman, Sedona Isch, Shelby Jacobs, Brayden James, Kayla Jones, Malerie Jump, Emily Kaeppner, Sarah Kaleem, Richard Kanis, Rebecca Kaye, Morgan Kaylor, Sabrina Khan, Jacob Kroeger, Maxwell Kunkemoeller, William Ladd, Jeffrey Lanham, Zachary Larrance, Bret Leupen, Noah Loepke, Nicholas Long, Amanuel Malede, Panayotis Manganaris, Austin Martin, Adam Mathews, Alec McClain, Steven McClanahan, Mitchell McClary, Emily Meyer, Ethan Miller, Andrew Moore, Carlos Morales, Lillian Mueller, Jacob Newton, Sarah Nowak, Natalie Nuzzo, Nicholas Palazzolo, Katelyn Peters, Ethan Peyton, Devin Pieples, Joshua Popp, Justin Popp, Samuel Ray, Isabelle Roberts, Alexander Roewer, Annie Rosenberger, Alexander Rothfuss, Andrew Schlager, Jillian Schott, Olivia Schwamberger, Tate Sheppard, Casey Snead, Scott Storey, Abigail Stuart, Taylor Traine, Mackenzie Turner, Catherine Upchurch, Noah Wadley, Adam Waligura, David Walzer, Zachary Williams, Connor Wilson, Orion Wolf, Scott Wolfe and Michael Zigos. Sophomores - Carly Armor, Lily Barnett, Benjamin Bollman, Rachael Botsford, Morgan Brondhaver, Joshua Brooks, Jackson Burton, Morgan Combs, Lauren Coons, Grace Crenshaw, Alexis Czupik, Isaac Delev, Haley Donaldson, Hanna Donaldson, Samuel Farmer, Adam Farrar, Christian Geng, Joshua Gittelman, Samuel Gravois, Winston Griffin, Margaret Harris, Jonathan Helmers, Connor Hines, Adam Holtmeier, Emma Horstman, Rebekah Johnson, William Johnson, Benjamin Jones, Adeline Kelley, Courtney Keoler, Ava Knoske, Kayla Kuhl, Kelly Lane, Christopher Lewis, Sophia Leytze, Jason Lobenthal, Natalie Martin, DeAnthony McCallum, John Mederer, Montserrat Mendez Higuera, Julia Miller, Griffin Noble, Molly O’Neal, Summer Osbourne, Johanna Owen, Savan Patel, McKinley Raines, Madilyn Ritter, Jacob Rose, Jacob Saunders, Skylar Schumacher, Jeremy Shelton, Brian Smith, Andrea Springman, Maren Sprunger, Joseph Stevens, Mitchell Stone, Kaitlyn Tabscott, Zoe Tarpoff, Sydney Topmiller, Jordan Van Curen, Sara Ventura, Mikaela Wagoner, Ian Wamsley, David Wegman and Alexis Williams.

Juniors - Katie Albert, Rebecca Alfaro, Clark Annable, Alexander Austin, Kelly Baldasare, Aishwarya Bangalore, Halle Bannister, Briana Beckler, Andrew Black, Jacob Bridges, Spenser Brown, Katelynn Brulport, Kimberly Buschmeier, Claire Button, Jeremy Carper, Sumedha Chakravarti, Holly Christensen, Lindsey Corbitt, Jacob Davis, Rachel Deal, Elizabeth Dorsey, Colleen Dunlap, Megan Forsthoefel, Grant Gallagher, Kylie Gambill, Lucia Garay, Travis Hawks, Jenna Hazelbaker, Cory Hinaman, Courtney Homan, Sarah Hopkins, Thomas Huang, Xiaoqian Huang, Joseph Huster, Skyler Isch, Amelia Jarboe, Tayloranne Kaufmann, Jessica Kilbourne, Kimberly Killion, Ross King, Monica Lam, Maxwell Lanyi, Kirsten Leimenstoll, Meghan Lemberg, Evan Leupen, Jennifer Licata, Johanna Loepke, Andrea Lupariello, Samuel Martina, Mackenzie Mason, Anne Meisman, Hannah Moon, Kateri Mueller, Christine Nicholson, Henry O’Neill, Madeline O’Toole, Robert Owen, Marissa Papania, AJ Penley, Nicholaus Pierce, Taylor Pollack, Julia Rodriguez, Deana Saadawi, Savannah Scott, Brennan Shelton, Adrianna Smith, Kaelin Smith, Kirby Sommer, Hartley Stevenson, Brandon Storey, Patrick Swaney, Luke Tacy, Hannah Taylor, Madison Temple, Jeffrey Weber, Haley Wergers, McKenzie White, Emily Wiley and Leah Williamson. Seniors - Sydney Allison, Emily Apgar, Korey Aukerman, Emily Bare, Chester Barger, Hope Barth, Neil Berg, Connor Blandford, Jacob Blumberg, Stacy Brueneman, Ashley Butterworth, Natalie CarRollBenjamin Cocks, Karley Combs, Ana Costa, Emma Crable, Nicholas Crawford, Alexandra Cromer, Samantha Cromer, Sydney Cromwell, Kaitlin Cunningham, Bridget Dames, Kristi Darlington, Spenser Dopp, Zachary Dunaway, Colin Dunn, Stacy Durbin, Alexandra Dykes, Sarah Elzey, Kathryn Fyffe, Ellen Gabis, Kathryn Gepford, Philip Gibson, Ryan Girgash, Carlie Giwer, Maxwell Graff, Colton Haller, Rachel Handleton, Ryan Hanrahan, Clara Harig, Elizabeth Heaton, Hannah Helmers, Jordan Hendershot, Abigail Henson, Andrew Hillman, Joseph Howard, Sarah Husk, Annalise Jouett, Jennifer Kasanicky, Lydia Kelley, Kiley Ketteman, Yevgeny Keyser, Rachel Kohls, John Kopras, Jordan Kopras, Diana Lamriben, Tara Larrance, Marisa LaRuffa, Erin Lawson, Alex Leonard, Lauren Lewis, Lydia Leytze, Abigail Licata, Joseph Loebker, Ian Lucke, Miranda Maifeld, Emily Martin, Madison McClary, Wade Modzelewski, Justin Morrow, Brian Mulcahey, Kelly Obbie, Rockelle Ober, Brian Paulik, Nazar Pavlushyn, Alexander Payne, Madeline Peno, Colin Peterson, Sydney Polster, Alexandra Ray, Kole Riggs, Joshua Roberts, Shelby Robinson, Caylee Rosa, Elizabeth Ruffley, Emily Schmidberger, Joel Schraer, Pierce Scott, Gabrielle Seeley, Emily Sizemore, Alexandra Stevens, Jesse Stone, Sadie Stover, Lindsay Stricker, Samantha Sullivan, Andrew Thomas, Rebecca Tian, Abigail Vesoulis, Thomas Vincent, Annemarie Watkins, Taylor Wegmeyer, Cara Wethington, Grant Wethington, Kayla Wiley, Breanna Willenbrink, Nichole Williams, Chelsey Windsor, Kendall Yorio and Sara Zeh.


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Ashland University - Elizabeth Rodriguez Belmont University fall semester - Clara Wilson Benedictine College fall semester - Daniel Schuster Brevard College fall semester - Audrey Hamilton Georgetown College - Tanner Paul Brondhaver and Flint Patrick McCallum King University fall semester - Jacob Alfred Bohanan Marietta College fall high honors list - Brianna Scott Massanutten Academy honors list - George Sims University of Mount Union Connor Jansen Muskingum University fall semester - Courtney Allen and Tara Taylor. Northeastern University fall semester - Rebecca Ruehlman Wright State University fall semester - Grace Boothe, Elizabeth Ellison, Cherelle Hill, Nicole Holtkamp, Haley Homan,

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Kurt Gaertner will graduate with a master of arts in zoology. Since joining the master's program in 2011, Gaertner has explored conservation and education in Belize, Mongolia and Costa Rica, while also conducting projects that have made a difference in the area. Gaertner works at Cincinnati Nature Center Karyn Russell will graduate with a master of arts in zoology. Since joining the master's program in 2011, Russell has explored conservation and education in Belize, Baja and Costa Rica, while also conducting projects that have made a difference in the area. Russell works at Taft Information Technology High School.



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Turpin senior savors ECC swim recognition By Mark D. Motz

ANDERSON TWP. — Hope and change. Not mere presidential slogans, but basic facts for Turpin High School senior Drew Hamilton, the recent recipient of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference swimmer of the year award. “It really definitely as surprise,” Hamilton said of the recognition. “I just had a really good league meet, I guess. It means a lot to me, though, to get an award like that as a senior. It’s been an honor to represent Turpin in the pool.” “This year as a senior he’s provided leadership all year,” said Spartans head coach Rene Contino. “We needed him to swim some different things and he really embraced the change. Anywhere we’ve put him he’s been able to shine.” Mostly a distance freestyler

in the past - Hamilton finished 10th at the Division I state meet in the 500 free as a junior - that meant swimming more breaststroke events and taking on the taxing 200 individual medley. “I think for him it’s just that inner drive to succeed, whether it’s in the pool or in the classroom or anything else he does,” Contino said. “He’s just one of those kids who goes all in to push himself do his best all the time.” Contino wasn’t kidding about pushing, especially in the classroom. Hamilton takes AP courses in English, statistics, calculus, government and macro economics while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. He’s trying to narrow his college choices - Washington University in St. Louis, Miami University and Ohio Wesleyan appear to be the front runners while debating whether to pur-

thing,” Hamilton said, describing his strategy in the 200 IM. “My butterfly is my worst. I’m just trying to survive that leg of it. In the back and breast, those are two pretty good strokes and I’m trying to play catchup. Usually in the breast is where I can make a move. And in the freestyle, being a distance swimmer, I have the stamina to close it out strong.” Going into the district meet Feb. 14, Hamilton hoped to reach the state meet in Canton in at least his two individual events. “I was second in the consolation final last year,” he said of the 500 free. “I’d really like to make the final and get on the podium this time. For the 200 IM, I just want to see if I can get to state in that. That would be a big accomplishment.”

sue a major in chemistry or economics. Either way, he’d like a minor in Spanish. “I know, all over the place, right?” he asked. “I’m just interested in a lot of things.” Not the least of which is swimming, which may or may not be part of his college career. “I love the competition,” Hamilton said. “I love going to the meets and seeing how fast I can go or how fast my teammates can go. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you see all the work pay off right there in front of you.” Hamilton started swimming at the Mercy HealthPlex at age 7, but very quickly progressed from beginning lessons to competitive club swimming with the Anderson Barracudas By the time he reached his senior year, “I thought it would be fun and different to close out my high school career with something new, not the same old


McNick diving twins take another trip to state By Mark D. Motz

MT. WASHINGTON — They only tried the revolving twins trick once. Back in second grade at St. Thomas More School, Abby and Maddie Mitchell switched places on April Fools’ Day. Snickers and giggles from the other students alerted the teacher to some kind of shenanigans. When she turned from the chalkboard to ascertain the source of the noise, she couldn’t figure it out. So she asked. And the girls cracked. “We made it until about 10:15,” said Abby, the older of the twins by about two minutes. “We haven’t done it since.” What they have done since is become high-level divers for McNicholas High School. The Anderson Township residents take the board at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 19 for the Division II state meet. It’s familiar ground for the Mitchell sisters. They qualified for state together as freshmen and Maddie went back as a sophomore. Returning for another state run as seniors is special for them. Maddie said she’s really excited. “I am, too,” Abby said. “I don’t think I will get to the podium, but I think she will. It’s more fun that we can go together. Maddie said she was 11th (in the state meet) her freshman year and 10th her sophomore year. “My goal is to keep improving, make it to ninth or eighth. Eighth would be great to get on the podium.” Abby said her best dive is her reverse dive straight. She said she struggles with the reverse 1.5 tuck. “It’s not enough height,” she

Turpin High School senior Drew Hamilton is the 2014 Eastern Cincinnati Conference swimmer of the year. MARK D. MOTZ/THE

Tomley takes top honors

Senior says ‘Fast. I just want to be fast.’ By Mark D. Motz

The McNicholas High School diving team features, from left, Maddie Mitchell, Sal Marino and Abby Mitchell. The Mitchell twins compete in the Division II state meet Feb. 19 in Canton. THANKS TO THE MITCHELL FAMILY

said. “I wind up going more out than up.” Maddie said her favorite dive is the back flip with 1.5 twists. She got her best score 46 points - on an inward 1.5 tuck in the district meet Feb. 10. She has a hard time with her reverse dives. “I just think it’s really hard to be going one way and then try to go the opposite way in the air,” she said. The twins began taking tumbling classes at age 2 and progressed to gymnastics. By the time they were 7, they took their tumbling to the air, diving in the summers for the Kenwood Country Club team. So they began working out

ANDERSON’S ACES Among other district accomplishments, Anderson High School senior Evan Leupen qualified for the Division I state meet for the second season in a row and sophomore Hassler Carroll won a district championship in the 500 freestyle. Look for feature story on Anderson’s program in the Feb. 26 edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

at Dive Cincinnati, a place where anyone can practice all year. They didn’t take up competitive diving until entering

high school. Neither dives with a club team and Maddie even found time around her diving schedule to play varsity volleyball for McNick. As their careers draw to a close - neither intends to dive competitively in college - it’s bittersweet. “It will be kind of sad,” Maddie said. “I’m good with being finished. It’s a lot of practice and a lot of time and I’m satisfied with how I’ve done, but it’s a big part of my life that’s going to be over soon.” Abby said, “We’ve made a lot of friends through diving because we practice with a a lot of other schools. I think I will miss that part of it the most.”

ANDERSON TWP. — One word to describe one goal. “Fast,” said Ursuline Academy senior Temarie Tomley, who knows something about the subject of speed. Tomley earned 2014 Girls Greater Catholic League swimmer of the year honors for her prowess in the pool. She’s been to the state meet three times already and is gearing up for a fourth run at Canton, beginning with a victory in the 50 freestyle at the Division I Mason sectional Feb. 8. She also took third behind teammate Alisabeth Marsteller and Mason’s Ashley Volpenhein in the100 free, less than half a second off the pace. The Anderson Township resident - who has been swimming with the SeaWolves at the Mercy HealthPlex for the last nine years - isn’t concerned with her time when it comes to setting tournament goals. “Fast. I just want to be fast,” Tomley said. “I’m just going to go out with no fear and kill it.” Tomley’s need for speed came at a young age. She tried to keep pace with her older sister Tatiana, a 2012 Ursuline graduate, swimming with and against her sister’s age group more than her own. “Oh yeah, I caught her,” Tomley said. “She was more of a breaststroker, though, so we were really different kinds of

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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS ship Feb. 15 at Cincinnati Country Day, 137.625131.4. Rebecca Swertfeger took first place individually on the bars with a score of 9.075

By Mark D. Motz and Scott Springer

Boys basketball

» Anderson closed the regular season 4-18 following a 59-53 road loss at Northwest. The Redskins begin Division I sectional tournament play Feb. 21 against La Salle. » McNicholas High School beat Turpin 59-44 Feb. 11. Danny Byrne and Zach McCormick led their respective teams with 18 points each. McNick had regular season games scheduled Feb. 17 at Hamilton Badin and Feb. 18 at home against Chaminade-Julienne before tipping off Division II sectional action against Batavia Feb. 22 at Mason. » Turpin fell 67-65 against Loveland Feb. 14 to close the regular season with a12-9 record. The Spartans face Amelia in the first round of the sectional tournament Feb.21. » Miami Valley Christian Academy downed DePaul Cristo Rey 75-32 on Feb. 12 as Jamie Carson had 14 points. On Feb. 13, MVCA beat Hillcrest 7951 with Carson scoring 32. » Walnut Hills beat Anderson 78-64 on Feb. 8. Junior MaCio Teague had 26 points. Teague had 25 on Feb. 11 as the Eagles beat Loveland 74-52.

Girls basketball

» Walnut Hills won the Eastern Cincinnati Conference with a 61-57 overtime win over Milford Feb. 8. Junior Taylor Darks had 31 points. » Miami Valley Christian Academy beat the Adams County Christian Eagles 55-24 on Feb. 10. Devin Lee had 23 points and Michelle Lee had 22. On Feb. 11, MVCA beat Gamble 44-34 as Devin Lee scored 32 points.

Girls tournament basketball

» Anderson lost 56-40 against Ross in the opening round of the Division I sectional tournament at Harrison. » McNicholas High School opened Division II sectional tournament at Withrow after Journal deadlines Feb. 17, squaring off against Taft High School. The winner advances to face New Richmond Feb. 19 with the sectional finals set for Feb. 22. » Turpin fell 49-35 against Milford in the opening round of the Divi-

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swimmers. But I always wanted to beat her.” And she’s beaten a lot of people since. “To do well at the district meet or the state meet you have to have somebody you know is going to get points for you,” said Ursuline head swimming coach Brad Isham. “To be able to know and count on top-level points like she’s been able to give us is so valuable. “This year being a senior she’s come in more relaxed. It’s important for her - for all swimmers not to be tense or feeling pressure so they can just go out and swim, let their bodies do what they’ve been training to do. I think Temarie has been very good about doing that this year. “She has an incredible ability to just turn it on,

Boys bowling

free), Lexie Hardewig (500 free) and both the 200 and 400 free relays » Walnut Hills junior Brookley Garry was second in the 100 breaststroke at the Division I girls district meet Feb. 15 to qualify for the state tournament. Junior Keira Hassel also qualified in the 100 fly. On the boys side, sophomore Cooper Keener and junior Juan Mougan qualified for the state meet.

» Anderson posted a 2,483-2,432 win over Wilmington Feb. 12 led by Travis Hawks’ 377 series. The Redskins fell 2,6092,499 against St. X Feb. 13 to close the regular season 14-3. Anderson competes in the Division I sectional tourney Feb. 19 at Colerain Bowl. » McNicholas High School ended the regular season with a 2,604-2,305 loss Feb. 11 against Kettering Alter as Cam Roesell had a 405 series to lead the team. The Rockets finished fifth in the Division II sectional tournament and advanced to district competition Feb. 20 at Beaver Vu Lanes. » Turpin beat Purcell Marian 2,238-2,213 behind Gary Wheaton’s 373 series Feb. 11. The Spartans compete in the Division I sectional tourney Feb. 19 at Colerain Bowl. » Walnut Hills beat Summit Country Day on Feb. 10 as senior Karl Schottelkotte had a 389 series. On Feb.11, the Eagles beat Lakota East with Schottelkotte rolling a 419.

Sectional wrestling

Girls bowling

Hassler Carroll of Anderson High School was district champion in the 500 freestyle.THANKS TO DEBBIE GALLAGHER

sion I sectional tournament at Kings. » Walnut Hills lost to Ursuline 67-58 on Feb. 15. Junior Taylor Darks had 26 points in the defeat as Walnut finishes 17-6.

District swimming and diving

» Anderson finished fourth at the Division I boys district meet Feb. 14 while the girls placed 12th Feb. 15. Sophomore Hassler Carroll led the boys with a district title in the 500 freestyle and also qualified for the state meet in the 200 individual medley. Senior diver Evan Leupen, senior Korey Aukerman (200 IM), senior Grant Wethington (100 butterfly and 500 free) and 200 free relay also advanced for the Anderson boys. On the girls side, sophomore Marissa Martin (200 and 500 free) and the Redskins 400 free relay team advanced. » McNicholas High School finished 14th in the Division II girls district meet Feb. 15. Senior divers Abby and Maddie Mitchell qualified for state, as did sophomore Shelby Miller in the 200 and 500 freestyle. » Turpin finished sixth in the Division I boys district meet, while the girls took ninth. Senior Drew Hamilton (200 IM and 500 free), junior Michael Norton (100 fly), Jonathan Ericksen (500 free) qualified for state, as did the boys medley relay and 400 free relay. Spartan girls advancing included senior Shaylynn Spelman (200 IM, 500 free), junior Stephanie Williams (500

which is amazing. She’s an incredibly talented swimmer, but she can go get you in a race if she’s down. She’s an excellent racer.” Which is part of what Tomley likes about swimming. “When I was younger I swam everything, but I kind of went toward sprinting,” she said. “Sprinting is just a flatout race. It’s just who can get to the wall first. You don’t have to think about it too much, you just go.” The Lions finished second behind Mason in the sectional meet, but Tomley isn’t worried. “We know that sectionals and even districts aren’t really our focus,” she said. “We like having the competition and having people push us, but our focus is on state. When we get there, I like how we all come together as a team and get focused. “You start riding this momentum that keeps getting bigger and bigger.

» Anderson finished 11th in the team standings of the Division I sectional tournament at Lebanon. Nolan Slagle (113), A.J. Penley (145) and Michael Johnson each finished sixth for the Redskins. » McNicholas High School finished 11th in the team standings in the Division II sectional tournament at Western Brown. » Turpin finished 10th in the team standings of the Division I sectional tournament at Hamilton. Nick Robinson (138) and Quinn Hoenie (152) advanced to district competition. » Randall Mincy of Walnut Hills was sixth at the Division I sectional at Lebanon Feb. 15 at 220 pounds.

» Turpin finished the regular season with road victories against Hamilton Feb. 12 and St. Ursula Feb. 13. on Thursday. Madison Gillespie’s rolled a 343 against Hamilton in a 2129-2101 match at Fairfield Lanes. Turpin beat SUA 2196-2136 as Gillespie scored 348 and Krista

Heggem rolled a 347. Turpin finished 12-9 and compete in the Division I bowl sectional Feb. 20 at Crossgate Lanes. » Walnut Hills beat Summit Country Day on Feb. 10 as senior Claire Schottelkotte had a 367 series. The Lady Eagles beat Lakota East by 50 pins on Feb. 11 with junior Ashley Robinson having a 311 series.

Hall of Fame

» McNicholas High School will host its annual women’s and men’s hall of fame evenings on Feb. 26 and 27, respectively. The women’s event will feature guest speaker Dr. Robin Martin, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati. Women’s inductees include Julie Lach McNeal (’04) and Sara Staubach (’06). Emcee is McNicholas grad and hall of fame member Margaret “Mooch” McClure (’83). McNeal’s career at McNicholas included four years volleyball and softball. She earned first team all-league three times and was city player of the year in softball. Staubach was a four-year volleyball athlete earning all-state recognition in her junior and senior years and all-city and all-league honors four times. The men’s event features Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty as guest speaker. Honorees include inductee Jerry Robinson (’90), Good Fellowship Award Winner Jeff Osterfeld (’78) and the 1984 state championship soccer team. Emcee is McNicholas alumnus and

English teacher Jeff Mulvey (’86). Robinson was a football, basketball, and baseball athlete and was the starting quarterback for three years earning allleague and all-city honors. He was a three-year starter in baseball earning first team all-league and all-city homors. In basketball, he played three years on the varsity and earned first team all-league. Osterfeld is the founder and CEO of Penn Station, Inc. and has served on the Project Paradise committee since its inception. He was the first major donor to contribute to the building of McNicholas’ athletic complex named Penn Station Stadium, dedicated Oct. 16, 2010. Continuing his commitment to McNicholas, Osterfeld also served on the McNick 360 steering committee to develop a five-year strategic plan for the school, and most recently, was on the panel to hire McNicholas’ executive director. He was a four-year football and tennis athlete, earning tennis MVP homors twice. Tickets are $25 presale, $30 at the door, and include dinner catered by Carrabba’s. Both events open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar; dinner is served at 7 p.m. Reserve your tickets at Questions? Contact Susan Rohlfs at srohlfs@ or 513-2313500 ext. 5142. To nominate someone for future hall of fame inductions, contact McNicholas athletics at or call the athletic department at 513-231-3500 ext. 5142.


» Anderson finished fifth in the city gymnastics championship Feb. 15 at Cincinnati Country Day, scoring 126.75 points, more than 10 points ahead of its nextnearest competitor. » Turpin was runnerup to Mason in the city gymnastics championThe people in the stands are cheering and it just builds and builds and it’s just the best feeling.” Isham agreed. “Any time you see a teammate win an event, it can’t help but get you fired up for your own event,” he said. “It kind of builds on itself.” Tomley has a full scholarship to swim at the University of Alabama, where she plans to study exercise and sports science with an eye to becoming a physical therapist. She’s taking a philosophical approach to the end of her high school career. “I think I’ll be trying to take it all in more and be happier,” she said. “I’m really serious when I swim and I’m going to be serious, but I want to have the joy with it. When you have that joy, you swim better. I want to spread that joy around to my team.”

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Tech month at Mt. Washington library Greetings from the Mt. Washington Branch Library! March is right around the corner and that means that Teen Tech Week is almost upon us. Teen Tech Week is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association as a week dedicated to “raising awareness about how your library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content” (YALSA, 2013). Here at our branch, we are expanding Teen Tech Week to Teen Tech Month with multiple programs on mixed medias.

Technological literacy will be a vital asset to our teens as they progress through school and careers, and we are striving to Ella make technoElla Mulford-Chinn logical literacy of our COMMUNITY PRESS one greatest prioriGUEST COLUMNIST ties. Having innovative programming that incorporates learning and fun is one way for us to reach out and grab the attention of our community’s teens and

their parents. For this program series we will be working with a laptop lab and making our own digital creations. Here are the following dates and descriptions for each program we are offering in March: March 6, 2014 – APP Creation - Would you like to know how to create your own app? Join us to learn all of the steps it takes, including: building your app with your favorite websites, pictures and videos, and testing the finished product on an iPad! A valid personal email account (not a parent's) is required for this program. March 20, 2014 – Music Mix-

ing with Audacity - Record, import and edit audio in this interactive music mixing program. Teens will be guided through the process of creating their own song using a music editing software on laptops. March 27, 2014 – Video Game Creation: Hatchling Defender Explore making your very own video games using GameMaker 8.1 Lite. Create original graphics, import music, and build "Hatchling Defender," the video game. Attendees should bring their own flash drive if they would like to keep their work. Space for these programs is limited, so registration is re-

quired. Register at: Check out our other upcoming programs such as our monthly Learn to Solder program and other programs involving DIY electronics. Library programs are always free and are made possible at the Mt. Washington Branch with the generous support of Anderson Township Library Association.

for my marijuana addiction because it was a pre-existing condition. I expect my doctor to write prescriptions for marijuana to assist me with controlling my addiction and I expect Medic-Aid to pay all of those costs.’ Duh… “I’ll close this diatribe with a somewhat rhetorical question: What additional laws will our leaders choose to ignore or break (besides those already at this stage such as immigration)?”


Ella Mulford-Chinn is the teen librarian at the Mt. Washington branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Colorado and Washington have legalized retail sale of marijuana. Is this a good idea? Should Ohio follow suit? Why or why not?

“It would probably be a good idea to legalize marijuana in the long run. All Cheech and Chong jokes aside, it is already illegally a major cash crop in Kentucky. However, policies would have to be in place to keep it out of hands of minors, away from the unhealthy addicts, and easier to obtain for chemotherapy patients.” TRog

“I have not smoked anything in over 44 years but I don’t see why we should continue to spend huge amounts of law enforcement and incarceration funds on the relatively harmless practice of smoking pot. I don’t care who smokes what as long as they don’t pollute the air around me. “Our police have a lot more productive things to do to enhance our safety than catching pot growers and smokers.” F.S.D.

“Yes. But it won't happen here anytime soon. Enforcing the laws against use and possession of marijuana costs the taxpayers millions of dollars every year, and I believe that possession of small amounts of marijuana is harmless to the general public. “Having that on one's record will seriously impede one's future, whether it is applying for financial aid to go to college, trying to obtain certain kinds of finances, and prohibiting specific types of employment. “According to Harvard drug economist Jeffrey Miron: ‘$8.7 billion in savings to our government would result from legalization of marijuana.’ This is just savings from trying to enforce the prohibition. It doesn't include the potential income from taxes, employment opportunities for retail establishments, and by-products that could be used throughout our industrial businesses. Frankly, we need the money. “Aside from that, a recent article (October, 2013) by the Huffington Post states that 58 percent of the American people are in favor of allowing the plant to be legal. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. About 40 percent of Americans admit to having tried it, including more than one president of the United States. “We have been mislead by

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the ‘addictive properties’ of the drug. Marijuana leads to dependence in around 9-10 percent of adult users. Cocaine hooks about 20 percent of its users, and heroin gets 25 percent of its users addicted. “The worst culprit is tobacco, with 30 percent of its users becoming addicted. The medical uses of marijuana are already well-known and perhaps that is a solid first step that could be realized in Ohio.” D.P.

“It always amazes me that many of those who support marijuana being legalized are against cigarettes being smoked! That aside, this issue really comes down to analysis. “Some would say that marijuana is considered a gateway drug: one that is a first step into a world of harder, more impactful drugs, like cocaine, crack, and heroin, as if those participating will continue non-stop down a path seeking the next high. “Make no mistake, there are those tendencies in some. Others would say that it is nothing more than drug war propaganda. “One of the greatest things about this country is the ability to have different laws and behaviors in different states as part of this great American experiment. With two states already testing this ground, and several more doing so by ignoring pot in general, statistical analysis will determine if those in society will: take to the option to smoke in similar numbers to those currently participating illegally, or in wild abandon dramatically increase the number of ‘ne'r do well potheads.’ “Additionally, we will see if the drug truly acts as a gateway and these two states see steady increases in usage of other illicit drugs. The beauty of this for Ohioans is the ability to sit back



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and watch the results. “Those desiring a more participatory role can always book a flight! Just remember to pack snacks...” C.T.

“What a can of worms! Marijuana in any form, for any purpose, medical or recreational, is illegal according to federal law. However, the man currently in the White House, our nation’s chief executive officer, has taken it entirely upon himself to determine just what laws he will or will not execute. “This is in spite of this oath which he has willingly and voluntarily taken twice: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ “That oath is the rock-bottom foundational Constitutional requirement EVERY president has sworn to do, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Faithfully executing the office of president includes enforcing all laws! “We now have a president who deliberately violates his twice-sworn oath of office which in turn emboldens a bunch of knuckleheads in several states to ‘legalize’ an illegal substance with certain restrictions of their own, which they claim they will enforce! If these people have taken it upon themselves to knowingly violate federal law, are we really supposed to expect them to be honorable upstanding law-abiding citizens? “We Americans of every stripe and in every state are now supposed to support and respect law-breakers in multiple states who are counting on the president of the United States to continue to violate his oath. Further, they expect us to believe that they will faithfully enforce the restrictions they have placed upon the growing, distribution and sale of marijuana within their states. “Let me see if I’ve got this straight; you recklessly violate federal law but we are to believe that you will faithfully enforce your illegal law. Talk about mind-boggling. “What happens when a new president takes office? How will it look when governors and legislators are thrown into federal prison along with hundreds of marijuana growers and distributors? “Here’s a thought to toss around in your mind: ‘I am a resident of Colorado and I am making a claim on my Obama-Care


“Sure, tax it and use money to educate public on dangers of the strong drugs especially herein. “Medical use has proven to be a relief for debilitating pain. This is especially needed for elderly who have exhausted pills. Also marijuana is cheaper than Rx pills in some cases.”

“Yes, I think we should allow it, after all if someone wants to smoke they will and while it is legal we can regulate and tax the product.” P.R.

“Marijuana is a by government definition a drug. By my moral standards, I don't think we should legalize it. “There will always be an illegal side to it, just like there is with moonshine which is now legal to produce under government standards. I believe that everyone has a choice to do ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ Its up to them to decide. Same goes for our politicians and leaders. Think of all the benefits and consequences before you act.” R.F.


“Yes, I think it would be a great idea for Ohio to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Once other states start to realize the benefits of legalization, which will far outweigh the detriments, they will follow suit. “Over the years the myths and propaganda about marijuana have largely been proven false. It's no more of a gateway drug than alcohol (alcohol was the first drug I tried) and it is far less hazardous to your health than alcohol. “ Making it legal will not make it more accessible to kids and more kids will not start using it. In The Netherlands, where pot is decriminalized and tolerated, the teenage pot use rate is among the lowest in the western world. “Saying that everyone is going to be stoned if marijuana is legalized is ridiculous. If heroin were legalized would you rush out and try it? I know I wouldn't. “People that want to smoke marijuana will, those that don't, won't. It will be no different than it is now except the smokers won't be hiding in their basements.” J.S.K.

“The opium dens of the 19th century did not turn out to be as harmless as everyone thought, nor did the ‘harmless’ LSD experimentation of the 1960s. “Ohio should not follow suit in marijuana legalization because it is against the entire premise of anti-drug, smart choices campaigns like Just Say No. It teaches ‘Just Say No…Except…’ “If marijuana is to be used for medical purposes, it should be by doctor’s prescription

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“If we want more highway accidents like those caused by driving with illegal alcohol levels by all means do it!” T.J.

“Hasn't this been the question for going on seven decades at least? Yes, Ohio should legalize marijuana. Let people use it for medical purposes and recreation. “Let's benefit from the taxes on it. Let's stop punishing people for growing it. Let's stop paying for people to be in jail for growing it, selling it and using it. “Let's grow up and move on to more important issues in this country like poverty and violence. People will use it whether it's legal or not.” E.E.C.

“Medical marijuana yes, recreational marijuana, not yet. “I have personally known two close relatives/friends who have benefited from sitting back and taking a hit on their pipes. In both cases no meds, including synthetic pot, had any effect on their nausea from chemotherapy. Marijuana was a godsend. “However, when it comes to recreational use, I am torn. I personally never could enjoy the stuff since I always seemed to have an allergic reaction to the smoke (brownies no, but they never seemed to work). “I am also not sure what the legal prospects will be for use since trace amounts will remain in the system for days after use, unlike alcohol. “I say, drink a good beer ( excludes all Bud, Miller, and Coors) and say ‘who cares.’”

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Author Jessica Fellowes, left, meets Library Board Member Barb Trauth and the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library Kim Fender Author Jessica Fellowes answers questions about the PBS show “Downton Abbey,” which was created by her uncle Julian Fellowes, during a Library Foundation luncheon Jan. 25. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Downton encounter


ans of the popular PBS show “Downton Abbey” had the chance to rub elbows with creator Julian Fellowes’ niece, author Jessica Fellowes, at a recent luncheon in the Garfield Suites Buckeye Room, thanks to the Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The event raised almost $2,000. Jessica Fellowes, who wrote the books “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” and “The World of Downton Abbey,” signed copies and answered questions over lunch with a small group before her talk at the Main Library the same day. The Library Foundation’s mission is to raise and allocate funds to expand and enhance the programs and services offered by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Jessica Fellowes signs one of her books for Library Foundation Board Member Tom Huenefeld. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Anderson resident Cynthia Welch talks with author Jessica Fellowes during an event benefiting The Library Foundation. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Mt. Lookout residents Cathy and Tom Huenefeld meet Jessica Fellowes at a recent luncheon benefiting The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Huenefeld is a Library Foundation board member. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Library Board Member and Hyde Park resident Barb Trauth meets Jessica Fellowes at a benefit for The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


Milford residents Judy Sheakley, left, and Claudia McDaniel meet author Jessica Fellowes at a recent event conducted by The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Author Jessica Fellowes, left, talks with Milford resident and Little Miami Publishing Co. owner Barbara Gargiulo. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

Indian Hill resident Sue Mills has her “Downton Abbey“ book signed by author Jessica Fellowes. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH


Loveland resident Kim Peet, left, and Milford resident Barbara Gargiulo, right, meet author Jessica Fellowes at a recent event benefiting The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH

At a luncheon benefiting the Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are Library Foundation Executive Director Missy Deters, left, with Jessica Fellowes and the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library Kim Fender. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Select group of artistic amours, professional and emerging. Letters, glyphs, signs, symbols, text and typography used to create message of love. Clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper and mixed-media. 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Burn calories, sculpt your body and have a blast. $5. 379-4900; Anderson Township.

Parenting Classes Milestones in Early Childhood: Preparing for Success in School, 7-9 p.m., Springer School and Center, 2121 Madison Road, Cafeteria. Learn to become observer of your child and understand milestones for early literacy. Receive activities you can do at home to assess readiness and build skills, and learn about possible next steps if milestones are not being achieved. Free. Registration required. 871-6080, ext. 402; Hyde Park.

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

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

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Abstraction 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Works from local artists who practice painting with Fran Watson. Abstraction involves great imagination, involvement and learning to see more than the actual subject. Free. Through Feb. 26. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Drink Tastings Friday Night Tasting: Survey of Sangiovese, 6-8 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste and compare eight Sangiovese-based red wines from Italy. Ages 21 and up. $20. Reservations required. 731-1515; Oakley.

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

On Stage - Theater Into the Woods, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Into the Woods follows well-known fairy tale characters Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Little Red Riding Hood to see if they lived happily ever after. All of the characters have their selfish reasons to go “into the woods,” but they’ll have to learn to cooperate if they’re going to truly bring their stories to a happy ending. $15; $13 students, seniors, and active military. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Hot Glass - Heart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., In this introductory class, students will design and sculpt a pair of original glass hearts from molten glass. $50. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. February Family Open House: Valentines, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.,

Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Bring your mother, child or loved one to create an original fused glass valentine coaster and create glass art together. $15. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Abstraction 1, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Benefits A Day for Today’s Woman, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road, Includes breakfast, lunch, two break-out sessions, shopping and fashion show. Benefits Forest Hills Foundation for Education. $40. Reservations required. 624-0664; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Saturday Premium Wine Flight: Super Tuscan, Noon-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste and compare four premium red blends from Tuscany. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reservations required. 131-1515; Oakley.

On Stage - Theater Into the Woods, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 students, seniors and active military. 233-2468; Anderson Township. Joan, the Girl of Arc, 1 p.m., Tall Institute, 3950 Edwards Road, Dramatic world premiere adaptation starts with Joan as a young girl, just starting to examine her own beliefs. As she begins to understand herself and her world, she learns to inspire and lead others. Cincinnati Playhouse Off the Hill production. Contact location for price. 345-2242; Oakley.

Religious - Community Soul Collage, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Experiential and contemplative spiritual retreat led by Karren Perrell Cambell, certified spiritual director and founder of Seeds for Change. Ages 18 and up. $45; includes art supplies, lunch and beverages. Reservations required. 474-4445. Anderson Township.

Follow Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Little Red Riding hood to see if they lived happily ever after in Beechmont Players' performance "Into the Woods" at the Anderson Center theater, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. Performances are 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21; Saturday, Feb. 22; Sunday, Feb. 23; Thursday, Feb. 27; Friday, Feb. 28; and Saturday March 1. Two 3 p.m. performances are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $15, or $13 for students, seniors (ages 60 and up) and active military. Tickets can be bought at or at 233-2468. Pictured is part of the cast and crew of "Into the Woods" taking a break during rehearsal. From left are Jen Mielbrecht (stage manager), Becca Wiesman (Grandmother), Jeff Surber (The Baker), Emily Jenscon (Lucinda) and Rebecca Krausser (Florinda). THANKS TO DARCY LITTLE Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Through March 30. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, FEB. 24 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Auctions Charity Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., Butterbee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4022 Mount CarmelTobasco Road, Different charity picked each month. Free admission. 252-5343. Anderson Township.

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

Garden Clubs

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

Greater Cincinnati Rose Association Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Theme: ARS Arrangements and Technique., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Meet other rose gardeners and learn about growing roses in the Cincinnati area. Free. 442-4301. Fairfax.


Support Groups

Art Exhibits

Caregiver Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Marielders Inc., 6923 Madisonville Road, Library. For those responsible for care of elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Mariemont.

Support Groups

Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Art Openings Abstraction 1, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Works from local artists who practice painting with Fran Watson. Abstraction involves great imagination, involvement and learning to see more than the actual subject. Exhibit continues through Feb. 26. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Lower atrium. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos, hands-on exhibits and artifacts. Free. Through March 30. 231-2114; Anderson Township.

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

On Stage - Theater Into the Woods, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 students, seniors and active military. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

different premium wines to choose from. Complimentary cheese and French baguettes. Ages 21 and up. Prices vary. 731-1515; Oakley.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; Anderson Township.

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

Music - Concerts Andrew Ripp, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, With Judah and the King. $10, plus fees. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelvestep fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. 2353062. Hyde Park. Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, For those responsible for the care of an elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Oakley.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.


Anderson Township History Room, 6-8:30 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; Anderson Township.

Essential Executive Function Skills for High School and Beyond, and the Technologies That Support Them, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Springer School and Center, 2121 Madison Road, Learn to support your students who struggle with executive function in the classroom. Learn to highlight EF skills in lesson delivery, apply strategies for engaging reluctant learners and use low and no-cost technology to support EF skills. For educators. $155. Registration required. 871-6080, ext. 402; Hyde Park.

Youth Sports

Exercise Classes

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Abstraction 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.


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

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


Health / Wellness

Art Exhibits

Mobile Heart Screenings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-819-0127; Anderson Township.

Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville. Abstraction 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Drink Tastings WineStation Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, All wines in WineStation are half off. Eight

Home & Garden How to Reduce Your Property Taxes, 7-8:30 p.m., Anderson Township Branch Library, 7450

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. State Road, Attorney Chris Finney tells what you have to do to lower your property taxes. Free. Registration required. 478-6261; Anderson Township.

Music - Concerts Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, $22.50 plus fees. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

On Stage - Theater Into the Woods, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 students, seniors and active military. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Hyde Park Health Center Terrace, 3983 Rosslyn Drive, To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Hyde Park.

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

FRIDAY, FEB. 28 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., American Legion Post 318, 6660 Clough Pike, Fried or baked fish, shrimp and chicken nuggets. Meal includes side and beverage. Soft and bar drinks available for purchase. Dine-in or carryout. Benefits Anderson Post 318. $5-$8. Through April 11. 2316477; Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Cold Nights and Warm Spirits Whiskey Tasting, 6:30-10 p.m., Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave., Pavilion. Includes seven one-ounce tastings from among nearly 40 American, Irish and Scotch whiskeys. Live music and light bites. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Ault Park Advisory Council. $40, $30 advance by Feb. 25. Registration required. 956-9876; Mount Lookout.

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

On Stage - Theater Into the Woods, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 students, seniors and active military. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, What is type 2 diabetes, prediabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 7910626. Madisonville.

Music - Choral Thiel College Choir Concert, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Variety of sacred works: Bach, Tavener, Gabriel Faure, Knut Nystedt, Kenneth Jennings, Paul Manz, Howard Helvey, Magnificat by Pachelbel, The Wedding Cantata by Pinkham, folk songs, spirituals and hymns. Free. 474-4938; Anderson Township.

Music - Classical Linton Music Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., We’ve Got the Beat. Clap your hands, stomp your feet and learn about rhythm while you feel the beat. $5 or four for $15, free under age 2. 381-6868; Mount Washington.

On Stage - Theater Into the Woods, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 students, seniors and active military. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, Donations accepted. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; Anderson Township.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; Mariemont.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Madcap Puppets Fantastic Fairy Tales, 2-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Tale unfolds with giant puppets, audience participation and surprise twist. $5. Registration required. 272-3700; Mariemont.



MVCA junior wins award for his painting ‘El Mano’ Daniel Wedig, a junior at Miami Valley Christian Academy, was recently selected as a Gold Key Winner by the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky Scholastic Art Awards for his acrylic painting titled “ El Ma-


no.“ Wedig will be recognized at an Awards Night. Wedig’s artwork and other

winners will be on exhibit now through Feb. 21 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Gallery hours after the opening are 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m.

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Don’t peek in the pot if you want these dumplings to be fluffy.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Comfort food can help you get through the cold winter months

No-peek herbed dumplings

First, have your soup, stew or even canned broth boiling. I like to put these on top of chicken soup. The secret to fluffy dumplings? Don’t peek! 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned lightly into cup and leveled off 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste Palmful fresh minced parsley (optional) 1 ⁄2 cup milk or bit more, if needed 3 tablespoons butter

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Add parsley. Make a well in center. Heat milk with butter until butter melts. Pour into well and mix. Dough will look sort of shaggy. Add a bit more milk, if necessary. Don’t over mix. Sometimes there’s a bit of dry mixture in the bottom of the bowl. Just leave it. Turn heat down on soup to simmer. Use an ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray to drop dumplings carefully on top of liquid, leaving space in between for expansion. Put lid on. No peeking! Simmer anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes, or until largest dumpling is done: cut in half to test. Dumpling will be cooked through and not soggy in

middle. Dumplings expand to double or even triple. Depending upon size, you’ll get eight or more.

Quick beef stroganoff

I only know her by her first name, Sherry. We almost collided at the store. Sherry was buying ingredients for this recipe and when I told her it sounded so good, she gave me her copy! “I have another at home,” she said. I followed her recipe pretty close, with a few adaptations. Worth sharing! 1 pound flank steak Olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon minced garlic (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Hot paprika or a little cayenne, to taste 6-8 oz. fresh exotic mushrooms or regular mushrooms, sliced 11⁄2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons flour 1 ⁄3 cup sour cream plus more for garnish Several green onions, sliced Nice pat of butter, about a tablespoon or so Cooked noodles

Slice beef across grain ⁄4-inch wide strips, then cut strips in half. Film bottom of pan with oil and heat to medium high. Add beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and add onion, garlic, seasonings and mushrooms to pan and cook until mushrooms are tender, adding a bit more oil if necessary. Reduce heat to medium. Mix 1⁄4 cup beef broth with flour to make a paste. Add to pan along with beef, stirring well. Stir in 1-1⁄4 cups broth, cover and cook until sauce thickens. Adjust seasonings. Stir in sour cream, green onions and butter. Serve over noodles and pass sour cream.

“Everywhere I go, I never find two coleslaws alike. Everyone has his or her own taste and ingredients. In my personal opinion, Blue Ash Chili in has the best coleslaw, creamy and sweet. Does anyone have a recipe for this version of slaw?” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


My friend, Charlene Castle, known as the dumplin’ queen around here, is a Southern girl who makes her dumplings with soft, self-rising flour and hot water. She doesn’t use measuring cups; she uses special bowls like her mom. Real heirloom cooking. “Roll them out, put them in the chicken and broth. They’ll thicken it,” she said. I make dumplings, too, but Rita mine are Heikenfeld the kind RITA’S KITCHEN you scoop up and plop on top of soup or stew. Fun to make. Granddaughter Eva, almost 6, is pretty good at making these dumplings. It won’t be long before I get her little sis, Emerson, up on the stool to help, as well.

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B4 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • FEBRUARY 19, 2014 Services were Feb. 10 at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

DEATHS Joan Jessica Amorati

Joan Jessica Amorati, 79, of Anderson Township died Dec. 21. She was a retired sculptor. Survived by husband, Carlo Anderson; sons Dr. John Amorati, Thomas Amorati and Amorati Steven Amorati; and daughter, Lisa Meyer; brother, Frank Hartnett; sisters Marie Rother Mendham and Margret Hartnett Nutley; and grandchildren Carl, Brad, Alexandra, Roman, Juliette and Elyse. A celebration of Joan’s life will be held in the spring.

Ann E. Bishea

Ann E. Bishea, 76, formerly of Mount Washington died Jan. 15. Survived by husband, Marion L. Bishea; step-children Karen E. (Doug Williams) Bishea and

Mary Ann Engel

Mark E. Bishea; siblings Mary Ellen (Carl) Schwing, Katie (Ed) Snyder, Patty (Tom) Dreyer, Eileen (Jim) Lary and Bishea John (Chris) Beah; and grandchildren Nicholas and Melissa Bishea. Preceded in death by parents Frank Beahn and Helen Forrest. Services were Jan. 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Anderson Township.

Edna P. Cochran

Edna P. Cochran, 91, of Mount Washington died Feb. 6. Survived by daughters Janice L. and Patricia R. Cochran; sister, Wanda Ellman; grandchildren Tracy Schneider and Anegla Panno; and great-grandchildren Derrick, Josh, Alec and Austin. Preceded in death by husband Raymond L. Cochran; parents Ernest Roy and Marina Jarvis.



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Hyde Park Baptist Church 513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

Indian Hill

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


First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245

Richard E. Gaskins

Richard E. Gaskins, 85, of Anderson Township died Feb. 4. Survived by wife, Dorothy T. Gaskins; daughter, Sandra (Farrah) Habash; grandchildren Iyad (Kelly) and Mazin (Stephanie) Habash; and four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Cyrus Gaskins and Alma Boggs; and brother, Harold Gaskins.


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Mary Ann Engel, 52, of Anderson Township died Feb. 9. Survived by parents Gordon and Betty (nee Nieszel) Engel; siblings John, Margie and Bob (Donna) Engel; and niece and nephews Michael, Engel Amanda and David Engel. Services were Feb. 14 at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Cincinnati. Memorials to: the American Cancer Society.

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Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am


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


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

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TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

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

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

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


CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Adventures with Jonah: Hitting Rock Bottom" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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


2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:15 AM with

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

6800 School Street Newtown, OH 45244 Phone: 271-8442


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

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

Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. 11020 S. Lebanon Road. 683-1556



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Services were Feb. 8 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Paul R. Gries

Paul R. Gries, 58, of Mount Washington died Feb. 8. He was a US Navy veteran. Survived by sons Josh and Jacob Anderson Gries; companion, Joan Day; siblings Kathleen (John) McOwen, Marcia (Paul) Reitenbach, Sally (Dennis) Kevill, Joseph (Margaret) Gries, Rosemary (Randy) Quinn and Deanna (John) Raven; and step-siblings Joy (Joe) Cuzzort, JoAnna (Fred) Roessler, Joe (Margaret) and Jeff (Diana) Suttman. Preceded in death by parents Joseph J. Gries and Kathryn Harris. Services were Feb. 14 at Guardian Angels Church, Mount Washington.

Robert Duval Layton

Robert Duval “Bob” Layton, 67, of Anderson Township died Feb. 5. He was US Air Force veteran. Survived by sons Douglas (Crystal) and Jeffrey (Lauren) Layton; brothers Ralph and Jim Layton; grandchild, Alexis Layton; and the mother of his

children, Peggy Layton. Preceded in death by parents Ralph Layton and Hermine Hoertel. Services were Feb. 8 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Robert L. Schneider

Robert L. Schneider, 91, of Anderson Township died Feb. 3. He was US Army veteran. Survived by children Bonnie Anderson and Dan and Tom (Linda) Schneider; brother, Harold Schneider; grandchildren Julie (Brandon), Jenny (Randy), Lisa (Shannon), Dan (Jen), Jeff (Angie), Jason (Kristy), Christy, Michael and Michele; 16 greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Preceded in death by wife, Gloria Beckler Schneider; parents William N. Schneider and Osie Cleo Davidson; and siblings David, Eleanor and Vivian. Services were Feb. 7 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

William D. Whalen

William D. Whalen, 102, of Anderson Township died Jan. 31. Survived by children Joanne (Ted) Loeb-Hyle; Joyce (late

George) Reis, Janice (Jerry) Smith, Bill (Randi) and Jeanne Whalen and Julie Lenhardt; grandchildren Jennifer, Stephen (Arianna), Michael (Beth), Tracy, Brad, Roderick (Lynn), Natalie (Mike), Chris (Victoria), Megan (Nick), Kelsey (Marshall) and Jaimie; and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Mildred M. Whalen; daughter, Jayne Weir; and parents John Whalen and Mary Jane Kennedy. Services were Feb. 7 at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anderson Township.

Terrence R. Wissman

Terrence R. Wissman, 67, formerly of Mount Washington died Feb. 8. He was a US Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. Survived by daughter, Terese “CC” (Jason) Brown; sister, Mary Rae (Ed) Wurzbacher; grandchildren Isobel, Mya and Jace; and two nieces and four nephews. Preceded in death by parents Ray Wissman and LaVerne Shifflet. Services were Feb. 13 at Guardian Angels Church, Mount Washington.

Proposed law would license auto repair shops Motor vehicle repairs continue to top the list of consumer complaints received by the Ohio Attorney General. In most cases, that office is very limited in its ability to help solve the consumer problems. That’s why Ohio State Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) has introduced legislation that would require mechanic repair facilities to be licensed. Right now there are more than 4,000 such repair shops operating without

any oversight. Only body repair shops are currently licensed in Ohio. “This Howard bill will not Ain only level HEY HOWARD! the playing field, it will also protect consumers by ensuring businesses have proper liability insurance should something happen to their vehicle while at the repair

shop,” Uecker said. The state licensing agency would also help resolve complaints filed by vehicle owners, such as Kimberly Thorpe of Liberty Township. She was told she needed a new engine for her 2004 Chrysler Sebring. So, she took it to a repair shop where, she said, it sat for more than a year. Thorpe eventually took the vehicle to a dealership and was told some parts See REPAIR, Page B5



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This map shows where Martin Marietta’s mine would be located. It’s near Broadwell and Round Bottom roads in northeastern Anderson Township.PROVIDED

Mine case back to Judge Ruehlman By Lisa Wakeland

It’s like a game of tennis within the legal system — a controversial mine proposal volleyed back and forth between the courts and a township zoning board. And now the 1st District Court of Appeals has again served the Martin Marietta case back to Judge Robert Ruehlman, who, more than two years ago, overturned the mine’s original approval. It’s been a long, hard fight for both sides. In 2008, Martin Marietta Materials asked the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals for approval to build and operate an underground limestone mine in the northeastern part of the community. The mine proposal included blasting 400 to 800 feet underground and storing explosives on the 480-acre site near Round Bottom and Broadwell roads. Martin Marietta faced fierce opposition from township residents who lived near the mine property, as well as leaders in neighboring communities. But in June 2010, the township zoning board, in a 3-2 decision, voted in favor of Martin Marietta’s requests and attached nearly two dozen conditions to the mine’s approval. Township residents and business owners, joined by Terrace Park, Newtown and Indian Hill, appealed the board’s decision to the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and have been locked in a litany of legal battles with Martin Marietta ever since.

Long legal fight

After bouncing from a magistrate to a different judge, the appeal eventually landed before Ruehlman, who, in December 2011, overturned the mine’s approval. He wrote in his ruling that the zoning board’s decision was “replete with examples of illegal acts as well as invalid, void and ineffective conditions.” Martin Marietta then appealed that decision to the 1st District Court of Appeals, which, in late 2012 kicked the case back to Anderson Township. The judges determined the zoning board “exceeded its authority in conditioning its decision on the Good Neighbor Fee,” and wanted the township board to decide whether

were missing. In addition, she was told a new engine would cost $5,500 to $6,000 – yet she had already spent more than two-thirds that amount with that first repair shop. Thorpe says she gave that first shop owner one more chance to fix the vehicle, but she never got her engine. Instead she has parts in the back seat and the trunk of her vehicle, but no engine under the hood. Angel Hale-Frater, of Blue Ash, is also upset

with the dealership to which she took her overheating SUV. She paid $1,500 for the repair but, after getting it back, she discovered the SUV was still overheating. She returned the vehicle to the dealership and said the manager told her, “We make mistakes all the time.” Then she was told new repairs needed would cost nearly double what she had already paid. “If they had presented me with, ‘Your car needs upwards of $2,000 plus of work,’ I would have said, ‘No.’ I bought it seven years ago, it had 35,000 miles on it, its now got 130,000 miles,” Hale-Fra-

ter said. Fortunately, after filing a complaint with me, the dealership agreed to deduct the cost of that first repair from HaleFrater’s second bill. However, she still ended up paying more than $2,000 for the repairs. Uecker said he hopes the repair shop licensing legislation will be passed by the end of this year. I suggested, and the legislature will consider, requiring shop owners to post a small bond. That would assure vehicle owners get compensated should there be a problem collecting from a repair shop “The board could ver-

ify and monitor compliance with state laws, giving consumers the ability to identify those service centers that are registered. Every Ohioan deserves to feel confident that repairs on their vehicles are performed safely and professionally,” Uecker said. No such licensing is currently required in Kentucky. If you’d like to express your feelings about the bill write to Sen.Joe Uecker at Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. Email him at

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the mine would still be approved without it. That fee required Martin Marietta to keep a $1 million bond and pay the township 5 cents per ton of material sold and delivered from the site. According to the Board’s original decision, if any of the conditions are challenged in court and declared invalid, void or ineffective for any reason, “this entire resolution granting ... approval shall be null and void.” It was then supposed to come back to the township for further consideration. This past July the Board of Zoning Appeals — not comprised of any of the same members who issued the original decision — removed the good neighbor fee as a condition and re-approved the mine proposal. The opposition group then appealed that decision, which brought the case back before Ruehlman. Martin Marietta had appealed Ruehlman’s order remanding the case back to the township, which is why the case was back before the 1st District Court of Appeals, and the judges dismissed that appeal in late January. “It seems like (Martin Marietta has) run up into a brick wall there,” Village Mayor Jay Gohman said recently. “For Terrace Park, that’s very, very good news.” Cathy Burger, an Anderson Township resident who helped create the mine opposition group Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami (CABOOM), is also encouraged by this latest development. “We’re going to give it our best fight, and I feel positive about it,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll keep moving in this direction.” Terrace Park Solicitor Bob Malloy said this is the same case that was previously before Ruehlman, in which “he ruled clearly and decisively.” Because the 1st District declined to rule on many of the other issues in Ruehlman’s 2011 decision, Anderson Township attorney Gary Powell said it’s unclear if that will stand. Powell said Ruehlman could reinstate his previous decision without reference to the “good neighbor fee,” or issue an entirely new ruling. A briefing schedule has been set, with the first arguments due in May.


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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Allen S. Edmonds, born 1961, theft under $300, Feb. 4. Anthony Hubbard, born 1953, felonious assault, Feb. 5.

Incidents/reports Assault 5904 Kellogg Ave., Feb. 4. Criminal

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1171 Witt Road: Harfman Zvonimir & Seida to Bauman Frances; $58,000. 3142 Newtown Road: Doll Eugene J. Sr. to Johnson Gwendolyn P.; $142,500. 7223 Lamplite Court: Henning Daniel P. Tr to Elliott Samantha & John; $253,000. 7819 Beechmont Ave.: Ayer Gerald R. & Kenneth A. to 7825 Beechmont Avenue LLC; $170,000. 8119 Wycliffe Drive: Gygi Scott M. & Kristen M. to Calaway Todd E. & Christin W.; $524,500.

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1957 Lehigh Ave.: Bagus Erin Rose W. to Siemon Carl; $130,000. 6102 Benneville Ave.: Hueber Richard F. to Julie D. Holdings LLC; $160,000.


7044 Monongahela Drive: Jaeger Karl C. & Nicole R. to Pulskamp Kenneth H.; $59,000. 7215 English Drive: Frost Glenn E. & Jeanne S. to Madill Jaclyn; $112,000. 7215 English Drive: Frost Glenn E. & Jeanne S. to Madill Jaclyn; $112,000.

damaging/endangering 1829 Sutton Ave., Feb. 4. Felonious assault 312 Audubon St., Feb. 5. Taking the identity of another 1036 Richwood Circle, Feb. 4. Theft 5869 Kellogg Ave., Feb. 3. 3046 Ononta Ave., Feb. 3. 4566 Eastern Ave., Feb. 3. 700 Wilmer Ave., Feb. 3. 3654 Heekin Ave., Feb. 4. 5082 Bouchaine Way, Feb. 4. 1819 Sutton Ave., Feb. 4.

RELIGION Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

The church has two contemporary services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A contemporary service is also offered at 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the fellowship hall. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172;

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. Come Sunday mornings for coffee and informal fellowship time from 9-9:30 and/or 10:3011 in the gathering area. The church continues focusing its efforts on feeding the hungry, with continuing contributions of cans and packages of food, plus fresh produce for the SEM Food Pantry’s use. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650;

Mount Washington United Methodist Church The community is invited to a free dinner from 5:30 p.m. to

2522 Ranchvale Drive, Feb. 4. 6177 Wasigo Drive, Feb. 5. 3600 Linwood Ave., Feb. 7. 3600 Linwood Ave., Feb. 7. 1924 Sutton Ave., Feb. 7. 5466 Beechmont Ave., Feb. 7.

NEWTOWN Arrests/citations David Hitlatfield, 30, 4558 Bells Lane, bench warrant, Jan. 28. Jason Love, 37, 465 E. Rich St., bench warrant, Jan. 29.

6:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. The church is at 6365 Corbly Road; 231-3946;

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

SoulCollage Retreat, an experimental and contemplative spiritual retreat, is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the church, in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral, All Saints Church and St. Timothy’s. The retreat is lead by certified spiritual director and founder of Seeds for Change, Karren Perrell Cambell. At the heart of the program will be the creation of individual spiritual decks of cards, each card representing aspects of one’s soul. The $45 cost includes art supplies, lunch and beverages. Scholarships are available. Register now, space limited. For more information and to register, contact Fabricia Duell atfabricia.duell The church is at 8101 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township; 474-4445;

Sonrise Church

SonRise Church is announcing the launch of a Celebrate Recovery ministry group. The church is at 8136 Wooster Pike; 576-6000;



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Mike McCalmont, Turpin Hills resident and Pay it Forward Project Coordinator, and Jennifer Goodin, Executive Director, Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House celebrate the funds raised by Turpin Hills residents and Mason Middle School teachers for the Ronald McDonald House. THANKS TO TONYA PATE

Addressed for Success, also stepped in and donated all printing and mailing services to support this year’s project. McCalmont is happy to support a local nonprofit bringing so much love and support to critically ill


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