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Trustee puts brakes on trail O’Brien calls bike/hike segment ‘sidewalk to nowhere’

By Lisa Wakeland

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Progress on plans for a new bike/hike trail segment recently ground to a halt at a special Anderson Township Trustees meeting. A vote on a final resolution for construction of a 1.3-mile segment of the Ohio River Trail is on hold after Trustee Kevin O’Brien voiced his concerns about the project. Trustee Vice President Peggy Reis was not at the Feb. 16 special meeting. This segment, on Kellogg Avenue between Sutton and Five Mile roads, is the first piece of the planned 16-mile trail that would eventually connect New Richmond and Lunken Airport. O’Brien said he does not want to spend money on a “sidewalk to nowhere” when there are few homes in the area and the trail would have a low level of use.

Poll results

The results of the Feb. 17 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at hip asking readers if Anderson Township trustees should authorize spending $150,000 to build a vehicular connector road between the Mercy HealthPlex on State Road and the Anderson Center on Five Mile Road are: Yes:

(27) 29%



Total votes: 93


heading to Coney Island, River Downs and Riverbend, even if the use is sporadic. O’Brien said he would feel more comfortable if the city of Cincinnati would confirm a

Trail costs Anderson Township is required to pay $301,504 for construction of a 1.3mile asphalt segment of the Ohio River Trail. Trustee President Russ Jackson said the township budgeted more than $730,000 for the trail construction. The township has already spent approximately $350,000 on engineering costs, said Steve Sievers, development services director and assistant administrator for operations.

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Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien doesn’t want to spend $301,504 to build a 1.3mile segment of the Ohio River Trail on Kellogg Avenue between Sutton and Five Mile roads (see story, A1). What do you think? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing township into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

Anderson Township’s portion of trail construction is $301,504, which will come from the tax increment financing fund. The remaining $1.2 million is funded through three grants including federal stimulus money. Township Administrator Vicky Earhart said though there aren’t many homes in the area the trail would be beneficial for pedestrians

Though many rights of way were donated to the township, Sievers said approximately $300,000 was spent to buy other rights of way and an easement. It is property the township would like to resell once the trail is constructed, he said. Anderson Township has received more than $1.2 million in grants for the trail construction.


Anderson Township is planning to build a 1.3-mile segment of the Ohio River Trail along Kellogg Road. This 16-mile trail would eventually connect New Richmond to Lunken Airport. There would also be connections to the Lunken bike path, shown here, and the Little Miami Trail.

Neighbors’ concern changes design By Lisa Wakeland

The proposed rear portion of Johnson Hills Park will have a slightly different look. After multiple residents from the Sanctuary of Ivy Hills neighborhood, which abuts the park, expressed concern about the back entrance amenities Anderson Township Park District officials modified the plans. Executive Director Ken Kushner said the parking lot has moved deeper into the park, the restrooms have been moved and the orchard is closer to the park property line in the new design. “There is a substantial amount of greenspace between us and the neighbors,” he said. Kushner added that the road to the parking lot at the back entrance, off Crooked Stick Court, would be cut at a downward grade to further reduce visibility of cars to neighboring homes. The Park District has also proposed creating berms topped with trees to provide an additional buffer for the neighborhood. Both Lynn Finzer and Greg Fermann, who live closest to the park’s back entrance, said they are

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The Anderson Township Park District modified the back of the proposed Johnson Hills Park Plan after neighbors in the Sanctuary of Ivy Hills neighborhood expressed concerns. The key: B1, restored Moorman House; B2, family restroom; B3, flower and herb garden; B4, barn and office; B5, vegetable garden and orchard; B6, parking lot for 10 cars. pleased that the Park District has been listening to their concerns, but still have some issues. Fermann said the restroom facility is actually closer to his home than in the original plan and he would like to see the parking lot moved further into the park. He said the buffer, however, is a big improvement to shield his home from park activity. Finzer shares Fermann’s concerns, but also questions the proposed trail head near the end of

her front yard and the community demand for the restored Moorman House at the back of the park. “It really is a matter of placing the Board in the position of the homeowner, viewing it from the perspective of a neighbor,” she wrote in an e-mail. “We are hopeful there is a well thought out plan for the stages of completion before it all begins.” Both Fermann and Finzer said they are meeting with Kushner to further discuss the changes.

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timetable to complete its portion of the trail and does not want to spend the money when there will be “a low level of use for 10 years or more.” Trustee President Russ Jackson said the city has previously committed to completing its portion of the trail and much of the remaining discussion is alignment and funding. Steve Sievers, assistant administrator for operations and development services director, said pulling out of the project after years of planning and millions of dollars in awarded grant money could jeopardize the township’s chances of being awarded similar grants in the future. “We’ve had a lot of success with regional trails,” he said, adding that trails like this are typically constructed in segments. “This is laying the groundwork for redevelopment of that area.”


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The contract between the Anderson Township Park District and Arcadia Communications to build a cell tower in Johnson Hills Park expired Feb. 5. Park Commission President Duffy Beischel said Arcadia Communications never acted on the option to build the cell tower Neighbors who lived near the park lambasted the proposal for a monopole cell tower, similar to the one in Beech Acres Park. Supporters said the tower would have generated significant revenue for the Park District. Beischel said he would not rule out the possibility of working with another company to bring a cell tower to the park in the future.

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Judge upholds subpoena in O’Brien case

By Lisa Wakeland

The public may soon learn more about the alleged financial misconduct of Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien. Judge Fanon Rucker recently upheld the subpoena for records pertaining to O’Brien’s dismissal from his former employer, Robert W. Baird & Co., in 2008. Rucker will review the documents prior to releasing the records to attorneys and to the public for inspection. Mike Allen, attorney for O’Brien, said he is satisfied with the judgment and said it is a fair decision. Allen filed a motion to quash the subpoena and

prevent further discovery on Jan. 11. Courtney Laginess, one of the 42 township O’Brien residents who petitioned the courts to increase O’Brien’s required surety bond, said it was the right ruling. “The documents are highly relevant to his actions as a trustee and will shed light on how he acted in a fiduciary role,” Laginess said. A report from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) said O’Brien failed to notify his firm of outside business

Petition problem? Mike Allen, attorney for Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien, has argued the petitions to increase the required surety bond for his client are deficient. “They’re not verification that the people that signed (the petitions) are freeholders,” Allen said. “One of the circulators’ name is illegible and there is no guidance in the statute that determines what activity and allegedly used $378,000 of a client’s money to pay legitimate debts and misappropriated a portion of the funds for personal use. He was discharged from the company in 2008 and

standards be used.” Ohio law allows at least 12 freeholders – proprietors who own pieces of land and may rent, lease or sell the land at will – to petition a judge to require additional security or execution of a new bond. Courtney Laginess, an Anderson Township resident and one of the 42 petitioners, said they could easily fix that deficiency and re-file if needed.

Judge Fanon Rucker, who is hearing the case, has not ruled on the petitions in question and may revisit the issue at a later date. In addition to the petitions to increase the surety bond for O’Brien, some residents have called for his resignation from the township Board of Trustees. During the January trustees meeting, O’Brien said he would not step down at this time.

has neither admitted nor denied the allegations. A letter from FINRA said O’Brien wrote checks to himself and to a charitable organization for which he was treasurer and withdrew cash from the client’s

account with an ATM card. Robert W. Baird & Co. reimbursed the client for $285,000, the letter said. As a result of the allegations, O’Brien was permanently barred from the securities industry.

O’Brien has posted the $1,000 bond required by Ohio for township trustees to take office. Allen said he has offered that O’Brien would execute a $10,000 bond – the same amount posted by both Trustees Russ Jackson and Peggy Reis – but the judge did not accept the offer at this point in the proceedings. The next hearing is at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Hamilton County Courthouse to determine what evidence is admissible and what is not. A hearing date on whether to increase the surety bond for O’Brien is expected to be set at a later date.

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Mt. Washington enhancement program to start in March By Forrest Sellers

Mt. Washington residents will have a chance to get involved in neighborhood improvements. Dates have been set for several Neighborhood Enhancement Program activities in the community. Cincinnati chose Mt. Washington and Corryville for the 2010 Neighborhood Enhancement Program in which private and corporate funding is provided for neighborhood projects. These projects can range from beautification efforts to crime and safety initiatives. The kick-off will be a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St. This date is very important in regard to this pro-

gram, said J a k e Williams, board president of the Mt. Washington Comm u n i t y Williams Council. “ T h e more people ( w h o attend), the better,” he said. CincinMacomber nati Mayor Mark Mallory and City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. are expected to attend the event. Mark Macomber, president of the Mt. Washington Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., said he is excited by the prospects of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. “We will be able to buck-

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Neighbor Besty Gridley, played by Ginger Stapp, left, discusses the mystical appearance of the “Messiah on the Frigidaire” with her friends Lou Ann, played by Rebecca Coots, and Dwayne Hightower, right, played by Scott Sullivan, during rehearsal for the Beechmont Players’ winter play.

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It’s a zany plot, admits director Sharon Ann Shelton, but the story has a good message. The Beechmont Players will bring John Culbertson’s comedy “Messiah on the Frigidaire” to the stage Feb. 26-28 and March 5-6 at the Anderson Center. The story follows Lou Ann and Dwayne Hightower, played by Rebecca Coots and Scott Sullivan, respectively, a 30-something couple whose lives aren’t turning out how they hoped. One evening, an image of Jesus appears on the Hightowers’ refrigerator on the porch that soon becomes an evangelical destination. The Messiah’s appearance sets into motion a money-making scheme that evolves into something more than the Hightowers expected. “I like that there is a strong message to it,” said Ginger Stapp of Florence, Ky., who plays the fun-loving and perpetually optimistic neighbor, Betsy. “There’s a dramatic moment, but there is humor and (it shows) that God works in mysterious ways.” Fletcher Pollitt, an 8year-old from Brown County, is making his stage debut as Ronnie, a blind boy whose mother is hoping

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Private laptops in Forest Hills? Plan to allow 7th-graders to bring computer to school

By Forrest Sellers

Seventh-graders in the Forest Hills Local School District may soon have the option to bring their laptop computer to school. During a special school board meeting Saturday, school district technology coordinator Tracy Varner and Cary Harrod, an instructional technology specialist for the district, proposed a sixthmonth pilot program for seventhgraders in which the students

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would have the option of bringing their own laptops to school. The school has a number of laptops available, but with Patzwald the district’s financial challenges not every student has access to one, said Harrod. Allowing the students to bring in their own will create greater access to computers, she said.

“We’re trying to do this in a controllable situation,” said Varner about why the pilot program was proposed specifically for seventhgraders. Varner said a 1:1 ratio of student to laptop may not be easy to achieve, but this is a step toward accomplishing that. “How do we increase access to tools to better prepare (students),” said Harrod about the goal behind the program. Board member Randy Smith said some infrastructure work would likely be necessary to

accomplish the plan. Varner said networking preparations are being investigated. “It’s aggressive, forward looking,” said Superintendent John Patzwald about the pilot program. “I am comfortable with what they are attempting to do. It is a feasible option.” No action was taken by the board on the proposal during the meeting. The pilot program is expected to be discussed further at the school board’s 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, meeting.



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Forest Hills Local School District Superintendent John Patzwald on Saturday said he would proceed with a recommendation to change the district’s current grading scale. The proposed grading scale is based on a College Board scale in which an “A” is a grade of 90 to 100, a “B” is 80 to 89 and an “F” is below 65. The Forest Hills Local School District Board of Education was expected to discuss Patzwald’s recommendation to change the grading scale at its Feb. 22 meeting. Results of the meeting were unavailable at print deadline, however, go online to to read the latest information. If approved, Varner said the pilot program could begin January 2011.


Austin Clements and Daniel Coleman have been named to the 2009 summer dean’s list at Columbus State Community College. Both students are from Newtown.

Thomas C. Cogar has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Wilmington College. He is from Mount Washington.

Kelsey Strasser and Samantha Washburn have been named to the 2009 fall term dean’s list at Transylvania University. Both students are from Anderson Township.

Katherine Hermanns and Kevin McGurgan have been named to the 2009 fall term dean’s list at Beloit College. Both are from Mount Washington.


Seven Hills junior starts craft club for hospital

Seven Hills Upper School students and teachers recently handcrafted more than 40 pairs of booties to donate to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The project, Craft It Forward, was conceived and organized by junior Peppar Cyr of East Walnut Hills, who was a former NICU baby. Born at two-weeks gestation, Cyr spent a good part of her first year at Children’s. “I got the idea while volunteering at Children’s this summer,” Cyr said.

“I don’t remember my time in the NICU, but my parents talk about how wonderful and supportive the people were. I just wanted to give something back. “My goal was to make enough booties to outfit the whole NICU, so I started a club at school – Craft It Forward – and got my friends and teachers to help make booties,” she continued. “I just wanted the babies and parents to know that someone cares and then they could have these booties as a keepsake and be amazed that their feet were ever that small.”

Daniel M. Hartman has been named to the 2009 fall dean’s list at Marietta College. He is the son of Carol and David Hartman of Anderson Township.

Jay Russell has been named to the 2009 fall term dean’s list at Centre College. A graduate of Turpin High School, Russell is the son of Jim and Susan Russell of Newtown.

Caitlin Elizabeth Kelly has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is from Newtown.

Shanece D. Miller has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Southeast Missouri State University. She is a graduate of Anderson High School.

Anna Dornette has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Furman University. She is from Anderson Township.

Jennifer Dorothy Albertz and Stephanie Lynne LaCount have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Denison University. Both are from Anderson Township.

Seven Hills junior Peppar Cyr recently created the project Craft It Forward, a donation of handcrafted booties to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Members of the Craft It Forward club include, from left, Cyr of East Walnut Hills, teacher Wynne Curry of East Walnut Hills, junior Sarah Vorherr of Covington, Ky., teacher Melissa Khoo of Anderson township and junior Mia Perlman of Symmes Township.

State University. She is from Anderson Township.

Chloe Jean Goodhart has been named to the 2009 autumn quarter dean’s list at Ohio

Linnea J. Bond has been named to the 2009 fall term dean’s list at Washington and Lee University. She is from Anderson Township.

Amy Geibel and Travis Scoby have been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at The University of Findlay. Both are from Anderson Township.

Lindsey Ross Parker has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Anderson University. She is from Anderson Township.

Merit list

Denise Roski, Robert Timothy Waldron, Amanda M. Wolfangel and Barbara H. Fletcher have been named to the 2009 fall semester academic merit list at Wilmington College. Roski and Wolfangel are from Mount Washington. Waldron and Fletcher are from Anderson Township.


Katherine Idsvoog has received a Master of Education from Kent State University. She is from Anderson Township.

Wilson students learn the meaning of giving This past holiday season, the Wilson Elementary sixth-grade teaching team did something extraordinary. Teachers Jenny Hamerstadt, Nicki Utz, Celeste Hopkins and Jane Noll asked Wilson families to make a difference in the lives of others by collecting what money would have been spent on “teacher gifts” and making a donation. The teachers took that act of

generosity a step further by meeting approximately 40 students at bigg’s in Eastgate on Dec. 23 for a shopping trip designed to stock the shelves at the Interfaith Parish Ministry in Newtown. Armed with about $1,400 in donations, the students were given lists and calculators and under the supervision of some parent volunteers, and their teachers, shopped for the needed goods. After shopping, the students

loaded several vans with the supplies and delivered them to the ministry just in time for the holidays. This was the second large donation the sixth-grade class has made this school year. In November, the teachers organized a “Load That Truck” event that helped stock the shelves at the Interfaith Parish Ministry with coats and food.

Donating to Special Olympics

Summit Country Day students, from left, Micah Johnson of Mount Healthy, Michael Hajjar of Loveland, Filippo Tosolini of Hyde Park and Luke Ritter of Anderson Township celebrated their birthdays in January. But instead of having individual parties with presents, the students opted to invite their thirdgrade class to bowl together and gather donations for the Hamilton County Special Olympics, raising $1,495 for the organization. PROVIDED.

IHM hands out first trimester awards Immaculate Heart of Mary School recently awarded several students with awards during its first trimester. All fifth through eighth graders were eligible for the Christian Stu-

dent Award, which demonstrate an active living of the Golden Rule and Gospel teachings. This award may only be received once each school year. Students who received this


Immaculate Heart of Mary School recently awarded several students with the Christian Student Award. Winners of the award are seen here.

award for the first trimester are: Katie Becker, Joe Berno, Emma Cassani, Brandon Cook, Matthew Cornell, Jessica DeJesus, Mark Flatt, Sarah Henkes, Anne Huschart, Joe Imbus, Lauren Kunkel, Cameron Massa, Erin McHugh, Josh McSwigan, Nick Palazzolo, Bailey Schultz, Meghan Shaffer, George Sherlock, Sarah Tippenhauer, Grant Tore, Anna Varley, Grace Varley, Zach Woodke and Brad York. All fifth through eighth graders were also eligible for the Effort Award which honors students who have shown extra effort during the trimester. Students are nominated by their teachers and may only receive this award once each school year. Students who received this


Immaculate Heart of Mary School recently awarded several students with the Effort Award. Winners of the award are seen here. award for the First Trimester are: Katie Becker, Zach Bertoia, Katie Cornell, Sarah Croweak, Avery Dietz, Brianna Dowell-Howko, Sophie Gorman, Jonathan GrantElam, Christian Hay, Alyssa Henson, Joe Imbus, Claire Jossart, Kevin Kehres, Maggie Klett, Gab-

bie Latreille, Cameron Massa, Tanner McDole, Annie Molony, Danielle Moser, Nick Palazzolo, Ellie Peters, Kristen Rehl, Karolyn Scheetz, Stephanie Stoops, Anna Varley, Jacob Woeste, Maria Woeste, Zach Woodke and Josie Wright.


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SCHOOL NOTES Registration for spring quarter

Registrations are now being accepted for the spring quarter (March 1-May 15) at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington. Registrations received after Feb. 19 must be accompanied by a late fee of $30. Courses open to the public include Catholic Medical Ethics, Sacramental Theology, People Skills for Pastoral Ministers, Genesis-Exodus, From Trent to Vatican II, Moral Theology and Pastoral Leadership. For more information or to register, call the Registrar’s Office at 231-2223 or send an e-mail to

Company offers scholarship

Ladd Research Group, an Anderson Township marketing research firm, is currently taking applications for its annual Ladd Research Group Scholarship for junior-level university students interested in pursuing marketing research as a career. The purpose of the scholarship, worth $1,000, is to support and appreciate marketing research students in pursuit of excellence in their careers and their personal lives. Deadline for applications is Monday, March 8. Scholarship applications can be found at


February 24, 2010

Mercer initiative gets national attention A healthy schools initiative in place at Mercer Elementary School was featured in the Jan. 1 issue of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s “Success Stories” publication. The article features last fall’s successful PTA fundraiser where students took part in 10 physical activity stations located around the Turpin High School athletic stadium. Students gathered money from sponsors to participate in this fun and healthy activity that allowed them to jump rope, run an obstacle course, dance and even play Twister on a giant game mat. The article can be found at =4303. The Forest Hills School District is in its second year of a partnership with the


Working as a team wearing “big feet” are Mercer Elementary students Jocelyn Spanbauer (front), Grace Reidy and Philip Messerly. The students enjoyed this activity as they participated in the recent Mercer Elementary School PTA Exercise for Education Fundraiser, which raised more than $17,000. This healthy initiative from the school was featured in the Jan. 1 issue of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s “Success Stories” publication. Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools

Program, which is a joint initiative of the William J.

Clinton Foundation. Also partnering with the

district, and working cooperatively with the Healthier Schools Program, is Mercy Healthplex. All nine schools in Forest Hills are participating. The goal of the Healthy Schools Program is to establish a healthy school environment as the norm and not the exception. The Healthy Schools Program provides support to schools to implement programs and policies that promote physical activity and healthy eating among students and staff. Support to schools is based on the Healthy Schools Program Framework, as set of best practice criteria in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and school employee wellness and the “Six Steps to Creating a Healthier School Environment.”

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Second honors

Brenna Walters has earned second honors for the second quarter of the 2009-2010 school year at Covington Latin School. She is the daughter of Brion and Meg Walters of Anderson Township.

As the presenting sponsor of the first Forest Hills 5K, Mercy Hospital Anderson and Mercy HealthPlex Anderson presented a $10,000 check to the Forest Hills Foundation for Education. The race will be held May 22 with the start and end at Nagel Middle School. Participating in the check presentation were, from left, Foundation treasurer Mark Heggem, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital Anderson Patricia Schroer, Foundation president Kurt Reiber and Forest Hills 5K event organizers Beth Davis and Jenny Nayak.

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Nagel Middle School participated in the National Geography Bee the week of Jan. 11. Winners from each group are, sitting from left, Jack Fetick, Anthony Perkins, Monica Sarkar, Cole Grabowski and Amy Sabol; standing, Jason Brooks, Alex Stringfellow, Tom Bouley, Abby Vesoulis and Jacob Eifert.

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The following information describes who advances in the various tournaments.


The top four individuals in each weight class advanced from sectionals to districts:

Division I Sectional – Western Brown

Turpin: Matt Kelly (189), 2; Tommy Cummins (103), 4; Robert Stevens (130), 3; JohnMorgan Correll (135), 3; Michael Aldrich (140), 3; Jake Rheude (160), 3. Anderson: Patrick Campbell (119), 2; Keith Chabot (215), 2; Justin Anderson (112), 3.

Division I Sectional – Elder

St. Xavier: Marcus Hughes (152), 3.

Division I Sectional – Western Brown

Withrow: Brandon Mitchell (285), 1; B.J. Adams (135), 4; Iva Durand (152), 3; Nick Isaacs (171), 4.


The Anderson High School boys’ bowling team participated in the sectionals this past Friday, Feb. 19, and advanced to districts for the first time in school history.

Girls’ basketball

• No. 4 McNicholas (8-10) will play No. 2 Wyoming (13-3) at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, after beating Norwood 6423. • No. 24 Turpin (8-9) will play No. 3 Colerain (12-5) at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, after beating Middletown 54-38.

BRIEFLY This week in gymnastics

Anderson High School “black” came in third with a score of 127.475 at the Gymskin Invitational at Anderson, Feb. 13. Turpin High School finished sixth with a 117 and Anderson “orange finished 10th with a 108.35.

This week in wrestling

• Anderson High School came in fifth place with a score of 91 in the FAVC Buckeye Championship, Feb. 13. Anderson’s Patrick Campbell beat first-place Harrison’s Fay in a 64 decision and Keith Chabot beat Loveland’s Burks in a 3-2 decision. • Turpin High School came in second with a score of 187.5 in the FAVC Cardinal Championship, Feb. 13. Wilmington was first. In the finals, Turpin’s Adam Galloway pinned Kings’ Radcliffe in 3 minutes, 58 seconds, John-Morgan Correll beat Little Miami’s Anderskow in a 16-1 technical fall, Cody Okoraski beat Wilmington’s Honeycutt in a 14-8 decision,

Jake Rheude beat Kings’ Huffman in a 6-5 decision and Matt Kelly beat Little Miami’s Riley in a 17-5 major decision. • St. Xavier High School finished fifth with a score of 83 in the GCL Championship, Feb. 13. • McNicholas High School finished 11th with a score of 22 in the GCL Championship, Feb. 13.

This week in basketball

• Milford High School boys beat Anderson High School 5650, Feb. 12. Anderson’s topscorer was Mike Wilkison with 20 points, including four threepointers. • Elder High School boys beat McNicholas High School 55-30, Feb. 12. McNick’s topscorer was Drew Hall with nine points, including one threepointer. • Turpin High School boys beat Amelia High School 48-36, Feb. 12. Turpin’s top-scorers were Mike McKnight and Eric Martin with 10 points each.


McNick’s Stephanie Krusling drives for a layup against Norwood in the first round of the sectional tournament.

McNick girls basketball squad gunning for sectional title

By Mark Chalifoux

The McNicholas High School girls’ basketball team finished the regular season with only a record of 9-11, but the Rockets finished the regular season with plenty of momentum. McNick won four of its last five games, including wins over Badin and CHCA. The only loss was a close loss to Indian Hill, the top-seeded team in Division II. “We have been playing pretty well down the stretch,” said head coach Gregg Flammer. “We picked up our defense and rebounding and played smarter on the offensive end. That helped quite a bit.” Flammer said the defense and rebounding had hurt the Rockets earlier in the season and contributed to McNick finishing the regular season with a losing record. One thing that

has been a constant in the first season for Flammer as the head coach is the effort from the girls. “These girls play as hard as any team I’ve ever been around,” he said. “The effort has been there all year and we have a lot of girls that contribute.” The team is led in scoring by Lauren Mazzaro, who scores 14.7 points per game. Stephanie Krusling is the team’s best overall player and has been a key force on offense and defense. Amanda Conrad is the team’s leading rebounder and “plays with tremendous energy,” according to Flammer. Lori Bosse and Tricia Walsh are two more standouts for the Rockets. “We also get great bench production, and that’s helped us a lot lately,” Flammer said. The Rockets seem to be battle-tested heading into the tournament, as McNick faced some of the toughest

Swimmers, divers advance to state finals State qualifiers in swimming and diving travel to C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, OH, for the state championships Feb. 24-27. Districts concluded Saturday, Feb. 20 For Division I boys and girls, the top four individuals in each District Championship swimming race automatically qualified to the state championships. In addition, 11 at-large state qualifiers from across Ohio were selected based on times at districts. The top seven divers from districts also advanced to state in Division I. For Division II boys and girls, the top three individuals in each District Championship swimming race automatically qualified to the state championships. In addition, 11 at-large state qualifiers from across Ohio were selected based on times at districts. The top five boys divers and the top six girls divers at districts also qualified to state in Division II. Here is a list of the local state qualifiers including places and times from the Southwest District Championships for each individual or relay:

Division I girls

50-yard freestyle: 3, Valerie Borger (Turpin), 23.96; 9, Nicki Holtkamp (Anderson), 24.44. 100 freestyle: 5, Julia Comodeca (Anderson), 52.57; 12, Betsy Zilch (St. Ursula), 53.26. 200 freestyle: 2, Molly Hazelbaker (Turpin), 1:50.43; 4, Kaitlyn Ferrara (St. Ursula), 1:52.08; 5, Julia Comodeca (Anderson), 1:52.87; 7, Amanda Hardewig (Turpin), 1:53.65. 500 freestyle: 1, Molly Hazelbaker (Turpin), 4:51.97; 3, Kaitlyn Ferrara (St. Ursula), 4:57.35; 6, Amanda Hardewig (Turpin), 5:03.36; 7, Katie Nemann (Turpin), 5:03.36; 8, Stephanie Pearce (Turpin), 5:04.75; 9, Kaitlyn Click (St. Ursula), 5:04.76; 12,

Megan Daniher (St. Ursula), 5:0675. 100 backstroke: 1, Libby Hunsche (Turpin), 57.07; 6, Betsy Zilch (St. Ursula), 58.68. 100 breaststroke: 2, Gabbie Pettinichi (Turpin), 1:05.10; 7, Sam Hardewig (Turpin), 1:06.71; 10, Stephanie Pearce (Turpin), 1:07.96. 100 butterfly: 10, Morgan Contino (Turpin), 59.04. 200 individual medley: 3, Libby Hunsche (Turpin), 2:05.48; 9, Gabbie Pettinichi (Turpin), 2:08.85; 11, Sam Hardewig (Turpin), 2:09.22. 200 freestyle relay: 3, Turpin, 1:38.87; 8, St. Ursula, 1:40.23. 400 freestyle relay: 4, Turpin, 3:34.71; 5, St. Ursula, 3:34.87. 200 medley relay: 1, Turpin, 1:46.84; 7, St. Ursula, 1:51.39. One-meter diving: 2, Emily Mosher (St. Ursula), 410.50.

Division I boys


McNicholas guard Lauren Mazzaro pulls up for a jump shot against Norwood.

50-yard freestyle: 2, Cole Dennis (St. Xavier), 21.50; 6, Max Bierman (St. Xavier), 21.84; 7, Wade Paroz (Anderson), 21.86. 100 freestyle: 4, Cole Dennis (St. Xavier), 47.82; 5, Wade Paroz (Anderson), 47.91. 200 freestyle: 1, Alex Miller (St. Xavier), 1:41.69; 3, John Vigar (Anderson), 1:42.18; 5, Mike Tontillo (St. Xavier), 1:42.85; 7, Sean Monahan (Turpin), 1:44.11; 8, John Galvin (St. Xavier), 1:45.13. 500 freestyle: 2, Alex Miller (St. Xavier), 4:33.44; 4, Brogan Dulle (Turpin), 4:36.72; 6, Sean Monahan (Turpin), 4:37.39; 7, Mike Tontillo (St. Xavier), 4:42.01; 8, Robert Lawley (St. Xavier), 4:42.67; 9, John Vigar (Anderson), 4:43.14. 100 backstroke: 2, Ryan Haas (St. Xavier), 52.19; 5, Ian Wooley (St.

Xavier), 53.10; 10, Sean Drake (St. Xavier), 53.58. 100 breaststroke: 5, Sam Lipari (St. Xavier), 59.33; 7, Andrew Brower (St. Xavier), 1:00.15; 8, Gabriel Baumgartner (St. Xavier), 1:00.45. 100 butterfly: 3, Ian Wooley (St. Xavier), 51.17; 5, Gabe Rapp (St. Xavier), 51.69; 9, Ryan Haas (St. Xavier), 52.20. 200 individual medley: 3, Sam Lipari (St. Xavier), 1:55.23; 6, Gabriel Baumgartner (St. Xavier), 1:57.37; 7, Sean Drake (St. Xavier), 1:57.90; 11, Matthew Montague (St. Xavier), 1:59.07. 200 freestyle relay: 2, St. Xavier, 1:27.24; 8, Anderson, 1:29.49. 400 freestyle relay: 1, St. Xavier, 3:10.58; 8, Turpin, 3:17.75. 200 medley relay: 2, St. Xavier, 1:36.28. One-meter diving: Results were unavailable before Community Press deadlines.

Division II girls

100 butterfly: 4, Zoe Gordon (Clark Montessori), 1:00.14. One-meter diving: 3, Amanda Bradley (McNicholas), 259.24.

Division II boys

200 freestyle: 4, Matt Luehrmann (McNicholas), 1:43.73. 500 freestyle: 1, Matt Luehrmann (McNicholas), 4:37.90; 4, Bryan Bedacht (Summit), 4:45.34. 100 backstroke: 5, John Patterson (Summit), 55.07. 200 individual medley: 2, Bryan Bedacht (Summit), 1:55.12. 200 freestyle relay: 4, Summit Country Day, 1:32.79. 200 medley relay: 4, Summit Country Day, 1:42.76.

competition in the city during the regular season. The Rockets played a host of Division I schools on the road, including city champion Ursuline. McNick also played the Division II city champ, Indian Hill. “Our schedule was brutal and it helps us a ton going into the tournament,” Flammer said. “We competed with everybody.” The Rockets start three juniors but play six seniors. Still, Flammer said he is excited about the talent the Rockets have coming back and in the younger classes. However, he’s more focused on finishing out this season first. “I feel pretty positive about what we can do in the tournament,” he said. “We want to finish our strong and I think if we keep playing like we have been, we can get through the sectional and then you never know what will happen.”

Sectional tourney begins for boys’ hoops Varsity boys’ basketball teams across Ohio begin the quest for postseason titles with a series of sectional games during opening rounds. Local coaches seeded the teams and set brackets Sunday, Feb. 14. All records listed below were accurate through the tournament draw. Here’s a look at the start of the sectional tournament schedule for the local boys:

Division I - XU/Lakota West

No. 19 Anderson (710) opens with a firstround game against No. 23 Kings (7-10) at Lakota West High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. If victorious, Anderson advances to face No. 10 St. Xavier (10-8) during the sectional semi-finals at Xavier University’s Cintas Center at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

Division I - UC/Mason

No. 30 Turpin (6-10) opens with a first-round game against No. 22 Withrow (5-11) at Mason High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. If victorious, Turpin advances to face No. 5 Lakota West (11-5) at the University of Cincinnati during the sectional semi-finals at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 1.

Division II - Mason

No. 7 McNicholas (611) opens with a firstround game against No. 5 Goshen (13-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. If victorious, McNick advances to the sectional semi-finals to face the winner of No. 3 BethelTate (17-0) vs. No. 11 Finneytown (4-14) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Reported by Anthony Amorini

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Cooper, Cripe nominees for ‘That’s my boy’ award Turpin High School’s Chris Cooper and Anderson High School’s Kevin Cripe were recently honored as nominees for the “That’s my boy” award. Cooper All nominees were honored Thursday, Feb. 18, during the 43rd Annual National Football Foundation Banquet at Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza.

The winner was Andrew Perkins of CHCA. Cooper, a two-year starter at left guard for the Spartans, was an anchor for the offensive line and paved the Cripe way for Turpin’s alltime leading rusher, single-game rushing record and over 8,000 offensive yards as a team in two years. Cripe, a three-year starter at defen-

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sive back for the Redskins’ football team, was a starter in 2007 when the Redskins captured its Division II state championship. He was also a team leader during the Redskins’ state runner-up season in 2008. Anderson posted a record of 37-6 with Cripe on the field during a string of 43-consecutive starts – representing an Anderson career record – for the defensive standout.

Ford kicks it with Cyclones soccer pating in this sport? “Winning the game!” Youth Athlete of Toughest part? “Scoring the Week a goal.” Sherwood What are your goals for Elementary’s Ford the season? “Scoring nine Jenkins is this week’s Ford Jenkins goals.” Forest Hills Journal Youth What team and coach do Jenkins Favorite athlete? BranAthlete of the Week. you play for? Cyclones of don Phillips. Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Parents/siblings? Jim and Favorite professional Association – Coach Tracey Susan Jenkins and Kathleen team? Louisville Cardinals touille.” Favorite TV show? Erkert. Jenkins and David Kessen- and Cincinnati Reds/Ben“Spongebob.” What grade will you ger. gals. Favorite book? “Diary of enter next year and at what Other sports you play? Favorite music? Dave a Wimpy Kid.” school? OR What grade are Baseball and basketball. Matthews. F a v o r i t e food? Pizza. you in and at what school? Best part about partici Favorite movie? “RataFavorite school subject(s)? Math and gym. Favorite vacation loca tion? Hilton Head. Favorite game moment this season? “Scoring two goals in a game.” Position you wish you could try if the coach would let you? Goalie. Who has been your biggest influence? “My dad!” Sherwood Elementary’s Ford Jenkins is this week’s Forest Hills Journal Youth Athlete of the Week.

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• St. Xavier High School boys beat Chaminade-Julienne 60-48, Feb. 12. St. Xavier’s top-scorer was Luke Massa with 26 points, including six three-pointers. • Clark Montessori girls beat Miami Valley Christian Academy 47-32, Feb. 13. MVCA’s top-scorer was Sarah Makowski with 17 points. • McNicholas High School girls beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 56-48, Feb. 13. McNick’s top-scorer was Stephanie Krusling with 18 points, including four threepointers. • Anderson High School girls beat Harrison High School 56-43, Feb. 13. Anderson’s top-scorer was Jessica Brogan with 14 points, including two three-pointers. • Indian Hill boys beat Anderson High School 59-58, Feb. 16. Anderson’s top-scorer was Patrick McCallum with 17 points. • Wyoming boys beat Turpin High School 59-54, Feb. 16. Turpin’s top-scorer was Alex Williams with 14 points, including four three-pointers. • Aiken High School boys beat St. Xavier High School 66-58, Feb. 17. St. Xavier’s top-scorer was David Niehaus with 14 points, including four three-pointers. • McNicholas High School boys beat Badin High School 41-37, Feb. 17. McNick’s topscorer was Drew Hall with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. • Turpin High School boys lost to Little Miami 42-31, Feb. 18. Turpin’s top-scorer was Eric Martin with 11 points, including one three-pointer.

This week in bowling

• St. Xavier High School boys beat Mason High School 2,789-2,578, Feb. 12. St. Xavier’s Bryan Eltzroth bowled a 466, and Thomas E. Kathman Jr. bowled a 405. St. X advances to 14-2 with the win.

• La Salle High School boys beat St. Xavier High School 2,941-2,848, Feb. 17. St. Xavier’s Chris Weber and David Weiskittel both bowled a 472. • Loveland boys beat Anderson High School 2,1131,935, Feb. 18. Anderson’s Matt Flamm bowled a 303. • Turpin High School girls beat St. Ursula Academy 1,868-1,811, Feb. 18. Turpin’s Cassandra Bazemore bowled a 305. Turpin advances to 5-13 with the win. • Loveland girls beat Anderson 1,704-888, Feb. 18. Anderson’s Jessica Flora bowled a 253.

This week in swimming

In the Fred Cooper Memorial District Invitational at Sycamore, Feb. 17, St. Xavier won the 200-meter medley relay in 1:46.23, the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:36 and the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:28.67. St. X’s David Franke won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:50.27, Dennis won the 200meter individual medley in 2:06.79, Robin Hessler won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.72, McHenry won the 100-meter flystroke in 57.59, Franke won the 100-meter freestyle in 50:34, Wohleber won the 500meter freestyle in 5:14.47, Roth won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.45 and Hudak won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.72. St. X’s Franke was named Swimmer of the Meet.

Athletic honor roll

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) named Centre College sophomore Graham Campbell to its Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll for the 2009 fall term. Campbell competed on the cross country team at Centre. He is the son of Karen and John Campbell of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of Anderson High School.

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Your property value can be appealed While voter approved tax levies have the major impact on property taxes, your property’s valuation is the foundation on which the rate you pay is figured. We reappraise (revalue) Hamilton County properties every three years by state law. The legal requirements of the reappraisal process mean we are always behind the market. That may be more apparent now than it was when real estate values were rising. The effective date of the appraisal currently in force is

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Connector road proves parking is inadequate

The proposed $150,000 driveway from the Health-Plex to the Anderson Civic Center is obviously the admission we’ve suspected: the Center has inadequate parking. This short one-way drive will be just like the Civic Center, an extravagant expenditure costing about $1,000 per foot, 10 times what driveways should cost. But then that’s to be expected for the palace on the lake. I wonder how many concertgoers, etc., dressed in their finery, are going to plod from the 68 parking spaces in front of the Health-Plex all the way to the Center for their function/event, in inclement weather? Ray Voegele Wittmeyer Drive Anderson Township

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Jan. 1, 2008. If you believe the value we have for your property is inaccurate you can file a complaint with the board of revision. The board’s requirement this year is to look at your value as of Jan. 1, 2009. Based on the evidence presented, the board can raise or lower a value or leave it unchanged. To file a complaint, call 513946-4035 and we will send you the state’s form and instructions, rules and guidelines. Read them carefully to prepare for your hear-

ing. Complaint packets may also be downloaded and printed from our Web site, Click on Departments and Board of Revision. Complaints must be received in our office (the postmark is irrelevant under state law) by 4 p.m. on March 31, so if you are not in a position to mail in plenty of time we suggest you play it safe and hand-deliver to room 304 of the county administration building, 138 E. Court St., downtown Cincinnati.

At your hearing you will need to make your case for the value you seek. Remember: our office’s only goal is to get your value right. Even if we summarily reduced all Hamilton County property values, it would have a minimal effect on taxes. The millage of most levies is reset after a reappraisal. Taxing entities get the amount you voted. So, if values overall go down, millages increase. Our work in setting values is controlled by state law and over-

For parents, choosing where to send their children to school is one of the most important decisions they will make. They want their children to have a safe environment in which to learn and grow, and one that will provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and the workforce. To help parents, school officials and others gauge the academic progress of their local schools, legislators implemented a report card system for school districts in 1997. These annual report cards allow people to evaluate and compare a district’s performance on proficiency tests, attendance and graduation rates. Since then, the system has been modified to take into account changes in state and federal education laws. Currently, the rankings are determined based on a combination of four factors: Student performance on 30 state indicators involving proficiency tests in third through eighth grades and the Ohio Graduation Test as well as attendance and graduation rates; a performance index which measures the achievement of every student during the school year; a value-added measure that reflects how much progress students have made in the past year; and whether or not the district met Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), a federally required measure of reading and math proficiency in 10 student subgroups. Based on a district’s performance in these areas, they are assigned one of the following rankings: “Excellent with Distinction,” “Excellent,” “Effective,” “Continuous Improvement,” “Academic Watch” or “Academic Emergency.” Parents use these report cards

Last week’s question

“I do plan to participate in the coming Census. Right now, I see no reason not to be counted, unless I find questions too intrusive. Then I would think twice.” L.B. “Of course I will fill out my Census form. I don’t see any reason not to.”

Dusty Rhodes Community Press guest columnist

Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor.

Bringing clarity to the way Ohio measures academic progress to help determine where they send their children to school and districts rely on the results to help them pass Sen. Shannon levies. While I Jones believe we need Community to hold our Press guest s c h o o l s columnist accountable for ensuring our children are making progress in their education, I feel the current system unfairly punishes highachieving schools based on the performance of a handful of students. When the annual district report cards for the 2008-2009 school year were released earlier this fall, Lebanon City Schools received a rating of Continuous Improvement – down from its previous Excellent with Distinction designation. The reason for this drop in the ratings is due to the district failing to meet AYP for reading in two student subgroups – Hispanic and Limited English Proficient – and under the current ranking system, districts that fail to meet AYP for three or more consecutive years can be ranked no higher than “Continuous Improvement,” regardless of their performance in other areas. I spoke with the Ohio Department of Education about this issue and learned that the two subgroups involved have almost entirely the same students. Simply put, Lebanon is getting penalized twice for the same group of students. This drop in ranking can give parents the impression that a school’s academic quality has dropped, when in fact it has not.

A similar situation also of the current “Continuous occurred this year in the Kettering Improvement.” Penalizing a successful, highSchool District, which qualified for an “Excellent” ranking but was performing district based on dropped to “Continuous Improve- essentially one subgroup failing to ment” due to not meeting AYP in meet AYP seems very severe and inequitable – and potentially two student subgroups. A closer look at Lebanon’s undermines the confidence placed report card further highlights this in this accountability system altogether. inequity. Lebanon, by all other cateFor the 2008-2009 school year, Lebanon had a 98.1 percent gories included on the state report graduation rate, met 29 of 30 card, is a high performing and state indicators, received a score very successful school district. This year’s rating of Continuof 101.6 on the performance index and scored above average ous Improvement does not properly reflect the quality school sysfor the value-added measure. Another district ranked “Con- tem in Lebanon and, as a result, tinuous Improvement” for the can cause great harm to the comsame year met 0 out of 30 state munity. Senate Bill indicators, 167, in my received 80.4 on o p i n i o n , the performance addresses this index and did issue while not pass all sub- This year’s rating of holding schools groups for the Continuous Improvement does and last three years not properly reflect the quality accountable still providing a and failed in seven subgroups school system in Lebanon and, clear and accurate report of this past year. as a result, can cause great the academic This clearly conditions of a indicates the cur- harm to the community. school district. rent rating sysSenate Bill tem does not 167 has moved provide the accurate, consistent assessment tool to the Ohio House of Representathat is needed to properly express tives for further discussion and I the academics of a school district. am hopeful that it will pass in the To address this situation, my coming months so that next colleagues and I in the Senate year’s school report cards can prorecently passed Senate Bill 167, vide a more accurate picture of which would reform the rating student progress and we can system for Ohio school districts to avoid situations like those in prevent a school from dropping Lebanon and Kettering. more than one classification simply for not meeting federal AYP Contact State Sen. Shannon Jones at standards for certain subgroups of (614) 466-9737, via e-mail: students. or by mail: Under Senate Bill 176, schools State Sen. Shannon Jones, 1 Capitol failing to meet AYP three or more Square, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio years in a row in the same sub43215. groups may only have their ranking lowered to “Effective” instead

CH@TROOM Do you plan to fill out your Census form? Why or why not? “We will fill out the Census forms because it does help government; however, we will assess each one as to whether the government is getting too nosy.” R.V.

seen by the state tax commissioner. We do our utmost to get it right. We welcome your help and participation.

P.F. “Yes, I consider it un-American not to fill out the form. One must remember that taking a Census goes back to the time of Jesus. His parents were traveling so they could be counted as required by the law of the day.” L.S. “Absolutely! It is everyone’s obligation to fill out their Census form because it has a large importance in redistributing the U.S. House seats every 10 years. So stand up and be counted. Otherwise, if you can’t do this then you should not be allowed to vote or open your mouth.” L.D.

“Yes, because I think the information has many beneficial and important uses. Some scream ‘invasion of privacy’ but they are probably the same ones who would complain the loudest if they were ‘shorted’ on any benefits coming as a result of the official count.” B.N. “Yes, it is the law. It is the right thing to do.” D. “Of course. I’ll be honest, forthright, and will stand up and be counted.” C.A.S.

“Of course. It’s like voting and serving on a jury, part of the duty of being a citizen of the United States. People should want to do this, not see it as a burden and something to avoid if possible.” M.S. “Yes. There are only 10 questions so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Remember, Big Brother must keep track of the rest of his siblings!” M.E.N. “Absolutely! It’s every American’s duty to fill one out. Once every 10 years is nothing. Filling out the form helps everyone in the country out. Anyone who pulls the ‘I’m not doing this

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February 24, 2010

Sports & recreation

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Seven Hills athletes lauded The Seven Hills School had an outstanding varsity fall sports season, including league, sectional, district, and regional championships and state competitors. The following are honors earned by Seven Hills’ fall athletes (not all city and state recognitions have been announced):

Boys varsity soccer

Brandon Williams of Madisonville was voted Most Valuable Player, Walker Schiff of Hyde Park was chosen Most Improved Player, and Jacob Johnson of Mt. Lookout and Gilbert Richards of Madeira received Coach’s Awards. All-Southwest District honors included Coach of the Year, Terry Nicholl; Assistant Coach of the Year, Scott Cagle; First Team, Alex Hill of Kenwood, Miles Hill of Kenwood, Ian McNamara of Hyde Park, Brandon Williams; Second Team, Gilbert Pasquale of Kenwood; District AllStar Senior Athletes, Alex Hill, Gilbert Pasquale, Brandon Williams. AllLeague honors included First Team, Alex Hill, Miles Hill, Ian McNamara, Brandon Williams; Second Team, Gilbert Pasquale, Luke Wulsin of Indian Hill; Honorable Mention, Britt Cyr of East Walnut Hills and Kyle Neu of Madeira. Miami Valley Conference ScholarAthletes were Britt Cyr, Alex Ferree of Hyde Park, Alex Hill, Adam Jatho of Hyde Park, Alex Markovits of Montgomery, Stephane Mathieu, Kyle Neu, Gilbert Pasquale, Walker Schiff, Taylor White of Anderson Township, and

Luke Wulsin. All-District Scholar-Athletes were Britt Cyr, Alex Ferree, Adam Jatho, Alex Markovits, and Gilbert Pasquale, and All-State Scholar-Athletes were Britt Cyr, Adam Jatho, and Gilbert Pasquale.

Boys JV soccer

Charlie Kramer of Indian Hill and Michael Young of Anderson Township were MVPs, Alex Ferree and Brian Collette of Indian Hill were MIPs, and Henry Head of Indian Hill and Bryan Robinson of Anderson Township received Coach’s Awards.

Varsity volleyball

Sarah Evans of Mariemont and Erin Kelly of Anderson Township were MVPs, Rachel White was MIP, and Emily Rogers-Fightmaster of Mt. Lookout received the Coach’s Award. All-City honors went to Sarah Evans for First Team and Erin Kelly for Third Team. All-League (Gray Division) honors included Player of the Year, Sarah Evans; Coach of the Year, Linda Clark; First Team, Sarah Evans, Erin Kelly; Second Team, Emily RogersFightmaster, Rachel White; and Honorable Mention, Monica Blanco of Indian Hill and Tory Kennedy of Montgomery. MVC Scholar-Athletes were Hope Brown, Sarah Evans, Erin Kelly, Elizabeth Verschoor of Montgomery, and Shirley Yan of Anderson Township.

JV volleyball

Anna Gagliardo of Anderson Township was MVP, Katie Shen of


Most Valuable Players in Seven Hills’ fall sports season included, in front, Ari Kirsh, Alec Kagan, Charlie Kramer, Brandon Williams, Lauren Truncellito, Sarah Austin, Anna Gagliardo; back, Michael Young, Alex Ferree, Maddie Shanahan, Erin Kelly, Andrea Compton, Zoë Pochobradsky, Carlton Zesch, and Sarah Evans. Anderson Township and Amanda Shepherd of Hyde Park were MIPs, and Shirley Yan was presented the Coach’s Award

Varsity boys golf

Carlton Zesch of Hyde Park was MVP, Robby Woodworth of Hyde Park was MIP, and Graeme Harten of Newtown received the Coach’s Award. Carlton Zesch was named to the All-City First Team, and Coach Doug Huff was named All-City (Divs. II and III) Coach of the Year. AllLeague honors included Player of the Year, Carlton Zesch; Coach of the Year, Doug Huff; First Team, Dan Shi of Loveland, Robby Woodworth, Carlton Zesch; Second Team, Graeme Harten and Matt Post of Pierce Township. MVC Scholar-Athletes were Graeme Harten, Robby Woodworth, and Carlton Zesch.

JV boys golf

Alec Kagan of Hyde Park was MVP, Daniel Griffin of Indian Hill was MIP, and Chris Baggott of Blue Ash received the Coach’s Award.

Girls varsity tennis

Andrea Compton of Indian Hill was

MVP, Jennifer Springer of Sharonville was MIP, and Allie Horwitz of Covington received the Coach’s Award. Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association (Division II) honors included First Team, Andrea Compton, Grace He, Jennifer Springer; Honorable Mention, Hillary Goldsmith, Allie Horwitz, Priyanka Parameswaran of Kenwood, Jordan Seibold of Indian Hill; GCTCA Div. II Doubles Team of the Year, Grace He and Jennifer Springer. All-League honors included First Team, Grace He, Jennifer Springer; Second Team, Andrea Compton, Hillary Goldsmith; Honorable Mention, Jordan Seibold, Allie Horwitz, and Priyanka Parameswaran. MVC Scholar-Athletes were Haley Brunner of East Walnut Hills, Andrea Compton, Lilly Fried of Hyde Park, and Allie Horwitz. On the girls junior varsity Gold tennis team, Maddie Shanahan of Hyde Park was MVP, Federica Fernandez of Indian Hill was MIP, and Sharon Liao received the Coach’s Award.

Girls JV tennis

On the girls junior varsity Blue tennis team, Alex Wilt of Hyde Park was MVP, Taylor Shannon of Hyde Park

was MIP, and Amanda Meredith of Hyde Park received the Coach’s Award.

Girls varsity soccer

Zoë Pochobradsky of Anderson Township was MVP, Helen Head of Indian Hill was MIP, and Kristen Prevost of Anderson Township received the Coach’s Award. Emily Bedell and Zoë Pochobradsky received All-District Honorable Mention. All-League honors included First Team, Emily Bedell, Zoë Pochobradsky; Second Team, Meredith Collette of Indian Hill, Leah Cromer of Anderson Township; Honorable Mention, Katie Cirulli of Villa Hills, Ky., and Sarah Kloepper of Loveland. MVC Scholar-Athletes were Julianne Bain of Montgomery, Emily Bedell, Maddie Caldemeyer, Katie Cirulli, Meredith Collette, Katie Cromer of Anderson Township, Leah Cromer, Heidi Garrett, Lena Geissler of East Walnut Hills, Helen Head, Sarah Kloepper, Sydney Larkin of Indian Hill, Kristen Prevost, Sara Schonfeld of Glendale, and Celine Shirooni of Anderson Township. All-District Scholar-Athletes were Julianne Bain, Emily Bedell, Maddie

Caldemeyer, Katie Cirulli, Katie Cromer, Leah Cromer, Heidi Garrett, Helen Head, Sarah Kloepper, Sydney Larkin, Kristen Prevost, and Sara Schonfeld. All-State Scholar-Athletes were Heidi Garrett, Sarah Kloepper, and Sara Schonfeld.

Girls JV soccer

Adeline Sawyer of Glendale was MVP, Ellen Coombe of Hyde Park and Sara Johnson of Mt. Lookout were MIPs, and Madeleine Rogers of East Walnut Hills received the Coach’s Award.

Boys varsity cross country

Alex Ferree of Hyde Park and Ari Kirsh of Loveland were Most Valuable Runners, Aaron Markiewitz of Kenwood was Most Improved Runner, and Paddack Bahlman of Anderson Township received the Coach’s Award. Alex Ferree was named to the All-District and All-Region All-Star Teams. All-League honors included First Team, Alex Ferree; Second Team, Paddack Bahlman, and Ari Kirsh. MVC Scholar-Athletes were Alex Ferree, Ari Kirsh, Kohki Nakafuku of Loveland, Bryan Romaine, and Quinn Schweier of Mariemont.

SIDELINES Football Camp

School Auxiliary Gym. Contact Luke Crope at 364-7402. Visit

Anderson High School is conducting a football camp June 7,8 and 9 on the Anderson High School football field. Fourth-through-eighth-graders will be instructed from 9:30 a.m. to noon. First-through-third-graders will take the field from 9:30-11 a.m. Cost is $60 for fourth-througheighth-graders, and $40 for firstthrough-third-graders. Contact Jeff Giesting at 232-2772 ext. 2991. Visit

Anderson High School is offering two sessions for its Speed and Conditioning Camp from 6-8:30 p.m., both June 21-23 and July 6-8. Cost is $60 per person and includes a shirt. The camp is for incoming fourththrough-eighth-graders. Contact Pat Thatcher at 260-5613, or at

Wrestling camp

Girls basketball camp

Anderson High School is conducting a wrestling camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 14-18, in the Nagel Middle

Speed and conditioning camp

Anderson High School is conducting a girls’ basketball camp form 1-4 p.m., June 7-10, in the Anderson

High School gym. The camp is for incoming fourththrough-ninth-graders. Cost is $60 and includes a shirt. Contact

Boys basketball camp

Anderson High School’s boys basketball camp is slated for 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 14-17, in the Anderson High School gym. Cost is $60 and includes a shirt. The camp is for incoming sixth through ninth grades. Contact Frank Brandy at 2351330.

Volleyball camp

Anderson High School’s volleyball

camp is scheduled for July 12-15, in the Anderson High School gym. High school-age players will be instructed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth will take the court from 2-5 p.m. Cost is $40 for high school students, and $50 for youth. Cost includes a shirt. Contact Jeff Davis at 288-5054.

Baseball camp

Anderson High School’s baseball camp is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 21-25, on the Anderson High School baseball field. Cost is $60 and includes a shirt. The camp is open to first through eighth grades. Contact Chris Newton at

Girls soccer camp

Anderson High School’s girls soccer camp will be 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 14-17, on the Anderson High School grass field. Cost is $60 and includes a shirt. The camp is open to fourth through ninth grades. Contact Bil Miller at

Men’s hardball signups

The Anderson Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) is accepting signups for the spring season for its 35 and over league. The league, which is associated with a national organization, began playing hardball in fall of 2002.

Registration is 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, 5240 Beechmont Ave. Practices and registration are from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, March 14, at Riverside Park in Anderson. The cost is $145 plus $55 for MLB jersey and hat (for new players). This is an opportunity for men to play and enjoy the game of baseball. Call John Gruenberg at 254-8221 or e-mail The Web site for Anderson MSBL is The league will also conduct signups in April for its 18 and over league, which will start its third year. This league has doubled in size. The fall 35 and over league will have signups in early August.




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Owners Pib and Jeff Hallmark choose some floral arrangements at their store, Covent Garden Florist.

Floral staff helps to reduce anxiety Business is blooming at Covent Garden Florist in Mt. Washington. For more than 30 years, the floral shop has been a source of fresh flowers in the area. “Our focus is on fresh flowers for all occasions,” said Jeff Hallmark, who owns and operates the store with his wife, Pib. The business was started by Pib’s mother, Irine Leininger, in 1977. Pib said her mother had been a floral apprentice in England. She saw a need for a florist in the community, said Pib. Pib and Jeff eventually took over operations of the store. “We were used to dealing with perishable product as well as customer service,” said Jeff, who was involved in food and beverage management in Houston, Texas. Jeff and Pib are residents of Mt. Washington. The Hallmarks buy much of their stock from local growers. “We’re different in that we buy from dozens of (area) vendors and growers instead of relying on one or two primary wholesalers,” said Jeff. They also have a designer on staff who helps in choosing just the right flowers for a particular arrangement.

Covent Garden Florist

6110 Salem Road 232-4422. Web site Jeff and Pib Hallmark, owners Open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also available for consultation by appointment. “A secret to a successful arrangement is a strong color,” said Pib. Pib said the staff makes an effort to allay the anxiety some customers may feel when they walk into a floral shop. “(Some customers) think they need to know everything such as flower names when they walk through the door,” she said. “That’s not the case. “I encourage people not to be intimidated.” Pib said the staff works with the customers in selecting floral arrangements. The store is located at 6110 Salem Road. For additional information visit the Web site www. By Forrest Sellers. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to espangler@


Women’s health

Mercy Hospital Anderson is hosting “Women’s Health: Heart to Heart” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Mercy Hospital Medical Office Building II, 7502 State Road, Anderson Township. Learn one local woman’s story of survival during her heart event and listen to the doctors who helped her.


Afternoon tea party set for Anderson Center By Lisa Wakeland

Amy Meyer said she is having a great time planning for one of the Anderson Center’s newest events. Tea and Tiaras will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Meyer, the events coordinator for the Anderson Center, said it will be an afternoon ladies tea with etiquette lessons, tea sandwiches and desserts. There will also be a consultant on hand to discuss the multiple varieties of tea with guests. “It’s a fun get together with your

If you go

• What: Tea and Tiaras • When: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 • Where: Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. • Tickets are $10, and reservations are required. • Call Amy Meyer, 688-8400, for details or to order tickets. daughter,” Meyer said. “We want people to get dressed up and feel like it’s fancy.” Minimum age is 4 years old for

attendance, and though it is billed as a ladies tea men are welcome. Meyer said there will be a raffle for tea pots and guests are encouraged to bring their own tiaras. Because the event is just a few weeks before spring, Meyer said she hopes it helps guests bust out of the winter blues. “Everyone is tired of being stuck indoors and we’re trying to get people out ... to see the building,” she said. Attendees will receive a commemorative photo and Meyer said she’d like to plan another Tea and Tiaras event in the future.

Man learns volunteering is educational

On stage

Beechmont Players is presenting “Messiah on the Frigidaire” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. It is a comedic drama. The small town of Elroy, S.C., is thrust into evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The cost is $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 2332468 or visit “Messiah on the Frigidaire” runs at 8 p.m. Feb. 27, March 5 and 6, with matinees at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 6.

Grandmas, mothers and daughters can spend a Saturday afternoon together for the first-ever “Tea & Tiaras” party at the Anderson Center on Feb. 27.

By Lisa Wakeland

Participate in a hearthealthy cooking demonstration by Rita Heikenfeld, journalist, herbalist, author and cooking teacher. Health screenings will be 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Free, registration is required. Call 6241260, e-mail ksborchers@ or visit

Fish fry

American Legion Post 484 is conducting a fish fry 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave., Mount Washington. Dinner menu items include: Fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, fries, applesauce and coleslaw. Desserts, coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer served. Carryout is available. The cost is $6 and up. Call 231-7351 or visit

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Dean Fontaine has learned more than he could have ever imagined in the past two years. As a volunteer for Anderson Community Television Fontaine spends countless days on shoots, in the editing room and around the community. He logged close to 1,300 hours last year, roughly half of the total volunteer hours for the community television station in 2009. “The more I become involved here the more I learn,” Fontaine said. “There is no school that can teach exactly what you do here.” But all the knowledge Fontaine acquired as a volunteer for Anderson Community Television almost never LISA WAKELAND/STAFF happened. When Fontaine’s former employer Dean Fontaine, Anderson Community Television’s Volunteer of the Year, works on a video in one of the editing moved the company to Canada, he bays. He put in 1,300 volunteer hours last year. went back to school for multimedia Fontaine, an Anderson Township and graphic design. “The more I become involved resident, said the staff at the commuIt was only when he was applying nity television station is extremely here, the more I learn. There is no for a part-time position at the Anderhelpful while he progresses as a video school that can teach exactly what son Center that Fontaine, 54, learned producer. of the multitude of opportunities availyou do here.” Though he still occasionally gets able at the community television staDean Fontaine nervous on a shoot, he said volunteertion. ing at Anderson Community TeleviAnderson Community Television Though Fontaine said he’s still in sion becomes more enjoyable with Volunteer of the Year the learning phase, Anderson Commuevery program he produces. nity Television Executive Director Bud “Even if you don’t want to go into location and camera angles to cuts and Gawthrop disagrees. this field or are technophobic, come “He takes (programs) from concept music. here and learn,” Fontaine said. “Volunteers are key to our success to completion,” Gawthrop said, noting “This is all hands-on and there is that Fontaine chooses everything from and future.” nothing like it.”


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February 24, 2010



New Year, New Finds, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way. Points of view paintings by Chris GriffinWoods of people viewing art at an art museum. Also, recent acquisitions of 19th and early 20th century American paintings. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax. Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 3209 Madison Road. Seven artists manipulate concrete and abstract resources to elevate mundane materials or employ traditional or simple processes to create objects that speak to complex issues. Includes Neon Firs = Biggie’s Pot solo display by Paul Coors. Free. Through April 10. 792-9744; Oakley. Metropolis, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road Suite 500, Paintings, photographs and pastels by Steve Hart, Sharon Hewer, Dana Kadison, Michael Schwartzberg, Marlene Steele and Donna Talerico. Through April 30. 4586600. Hyde Park. After, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Solo exhibition of wall and pedestal works by Terri Kern. Free. Through April 9. 871-2529; Oakley.


Beechmont Squares, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township. Team Challenge Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Running Spot, 1993 Madison Road. Free. Presented by Team Challenge. 772-3550; O’Bryonville. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m.Free for first meeting. Presented by TOPS. 232-6509. Anderson Township.


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


Dinner Club, 7 p.m. “Chocolate” with Chocolats Lator, Shalini Lator. Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave. Themed dinners. $55. Reservations required. 929-0525. Mount Lookout.


Women’s Health: Heart to Heart, 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Mercy Hospital Medical Office Building II, 7502 State Road. Learn one local woman’s story of survival during her heart event and listen to the doctors who helped her. Participate in a heart-healthy cooking demonstration by Rita Heikenfeld, journalist, herbalist, author and cooking teacher. Health screenings, 6-6:30 p.m. Free. Registration required. Presented by Mercy Hospital Anderson. 624-1260; e-mail; Anderson Township.


An Evening with the Charlie Hunter Trio, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Guitarist and songwriter. With drummer Eric Kalb. In support of his latest release, “Gentelmen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Paid Tonight.” $20, $17 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions, Inc. 731-8000; Oakley.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 7 p.m. Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road. Auditorium. New dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale faithfully. Family friendly. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Anderson Theatre. 232-2772; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, F E B . 2 6


50 Years, 50 Artists, 50 Paintings, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Exhibit continues through March 12. Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave. 50th Anniversary celebration of artistic diversity. Each artist created one new work. Includes landscapes, still life, figurative, contemporary realism and surrealism, abstracts and more, and new pieces by sculptors. 871-4420; Hyde Park.


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

EDUCATION Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township. FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Four wines, cheese and bread. $1 per taste. Wine World, 7737 Five Mile Road. 232-6611. Anderson Township. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.7 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Cafeteria. Fried or baked fish, shrimp Caesar salad and cheese pizza dinners with sides, drinks and dessert. Carryout available. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 388-0031 carryout. Anderson Township. Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road. Sample 1015 wines. 50 cents per taste. 731-1515; Oakley. Lenten Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic School, Madisonville, 6000 Murray Road. Cafeteria. Fried fish or Alaskan baked fish and shrimp dinners. Macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, coleslaw, onion rings, fries, baked potato and more. Desserts and carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace Catholic School. $1-$7. Presented by Prince of Peace Catholic School. 271-0856; Madisonville. Lenten Fish Fry and Bake, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Cecilia Church, 3105 Madison Road. School cafeteria. Fried and baked fish and shrimp dinners, fried fish sandwich, cheese pizza, fries, baked potato, green beans, salad, onion rings, mushrooms, coleslaw, and desserts. Carryout available. Free parking behind church. 50 cents-$7. 871-5787. Oakley. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Post 72, 497 Old Ohio 74. Fish or shrimp platters. Other items available. Carryout available. $6.50 platters. 528-9909. Mount Carmel. Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Customer Appreciation Night. Twelve or more wines, many from owners’ cellar. $25. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. 231-9463; Mount Washington.

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Ladies Night, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Revolution Fitness, 4642 Ridge Road. Hot-room yoga, spinning or turbo kick workout. Spa services and food and drink. Wellness presentations on women’s health, pilates reformer and personal training sessions. $30. Reservations required. 272-2345; Oakley.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Betsy Snyder, 10:30 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author signs and reads “Sweet Dream Lullaby.” 3968960; Norwood.


The Tie Dye Ball, 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. Music by Jerry’s Little Band and the Spookfloaters. Includes raffle. Benefits Play it Forward. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 7 p.m. Anderson High School, $10. Reservations required. 232-2772; Anderson Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER Messiah on the Frigidaire, 8 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Comedic drama. Small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. $12, $10 seniors and students. Presented by Beechmont Players. Through March 6. 233-2468; Anderson Township. Moll, 7:30 p.m. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave. Theater. Comedic look at life in rural Irish parochial house. $17, $14 ages 62 and up, students ages 21 and under with ID, active-duty military. Tickets available online. Presented by Irish American Theater Company. Through Feb. 28. 225-6915; Linwood. RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

Diving Deeper Into Lent, 7:30 p.m. Father Rob Jack of Sacred Heart Radio (740 AM) presents “Deepening our Relationship With Mary.” Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Catholic Lenten series.Free, donations accepted. Through March 19. 388-4466; Anderson Township.


Worship Services, 1 p.m. Stations of the Cross. Our Lord Christ the King Church, 3223 Linwood Ave. Free. 321-4121. Mount Lookout.

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A Night of Old Hollywood Glamour, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. Hollywood entertainment, sit down dinner, and music by Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band. Benefits Ohio Valley Voices. Reservations required. Presented by Ohio Valley Voices. 791-1458. Mount Lookout. Party On Ice, 7 p.m.-midnight., Indian Hill Winter Club, 10005 Fletcher Road. Includes dinner-by-the-bite, music, drinks, ice skates and paddle tennis racquets. Auction at 9:15 p.m. Benefits Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. $50. Registration required. Presented by Terrace Park Kindervelt No. 76. 307-9418; Camp Dennison.


College Practice Tests (ACT or SAT), 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road. Cafeteria & Media Center. Reduce anxiety by practicing testing skills in a typical testing environment. When registering, please specify ACT or SAT. Get scores and attend free seminar for strategies and tips on March 3, 7:00-8:30 pm. Parents welcome at seminar. $15. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township. First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, 10 a.m.noon, Bank of America, 8315 Beechmont Ave. Participants provided materials that will walk them through process of purchasing a home. Free pre-qualification available. Free. Reservations recommended. Presented by Bank of America Home Loans. 474-6350. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Kettlebell Workshop, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Revolution Fitness, 4642 Ridge Road. Learn proper use and form as well as beginner, intermediate and advanced exercises. $20. Reservations required. 272-2345; Oakley.


Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Reds and whites with cheese pairings. Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine, 2707 Erie Ave. Fifty cents per taste. 533-4329; Hyde Park. Wine Bar Tasting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Merchant, 50 cents per taste. 731-1515; Oakley. Tea & Tiaras, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Afternoon of tea and light refreshments. Learn to practice proper tea etiquette. Includes keepsake photo and candy buffet. Children must be at least 5 years old to attend. $10. Reservations required. 688-8400; Anderson Township.


Open House, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Weight Watchers, 8128 Beechmont Ave. Learn to calculate your Body Mass Index and information on healthy living. Includes giveaways and chance to win special gift. Free. 800-4806767; Anderson Township.


Praise Him, 2 p.m. Kroger Hyde Park, 3760 Paxton Ave. The Crew performs Black History Month musical revue. Free. Presented by Dance With Me, LLC. 871-4142. Oakley.



Beechmont Players is presenting “Messiah on the Frigidaire” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. It is a comedic drama. The small town of Elroy, S.C., is thrust into evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The cost is $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 233-2468 or visit “Messiah on the Frigidaire” runs at 8 p.m. Feb. 27, March 5 and 6, with matinees at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 6. From left are: Rebecca Coots as Lou Ann; Terry Gosdin as Larry; Ginger Stapp as Betsy; Heath Parks as the Rev. Hodges; and Scott Sullivan as Dwayne.


Orquesta Kandela, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Latin dance music by DJ Los Rumbros. Free Salsa lessons by Kama Salsa. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 731-8000; Oakley. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 8

COOKING CLASSES Cooking Healthfully, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road. Health-conscious chef/nutritionist Brandon Schlunt from HealthSavor teaches how to amp up nutritional value of foods simply and deliciously. Includes light foods and tea. $35 couples, $20 single. 533-4832; Oakley. LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS

Parent and Child Bookclub, 3 p.m. “Half Magic” by Edward Eager. For grades 2 and up. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Book discussion, treats and activities. Family friendly. 396-8960; Norwood.


Organ Concert Series, 4 p.m. Christopher Houlihan performs Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alexandre Guilmant, Leo Sowerby and Louis Vierne. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Free, donations accepted. 871-1345; Hyde Park.


Sunday Concert Series, 2 p.m. CCM Trumpet Ensemble students present both solo and ensemble music ranging from baroque to contemporary. Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave. Free, donations accepted. 231-2650; www. Mount Washington. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 1

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Designing and Creating Bead Jewelry, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road. Room 204. Forest Hills School District Community Education class. Ages 18 and up. $20. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township.


Household Physics and Chemistry, 7 p.m.9 p.m. Concludes March 8. Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road. David Linquist, instructor. Information on how to use everyday objects and materials for use in the household. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township.


Youth Swimming Lessons, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Weekly though May 17. Turpin High School, 2650 Bartels Road. Swimming, floating, beginner side stroke, water adjustment and pool safety. Ages 3-9. $65. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 2


Lisa McMann, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Gone.” 396-8960; www.joseph Norwood. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 3

EDUCATION Power Point for Real People, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Weekly through March 24. Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road. Room 149/150. Learn basics to design, develop and display presentation. Must have working knowledge of keyboard and mouse. Laptops welcome. Ages 18 and up. $75. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 231-3600, ext. 5949; Anderson Township. EXERCISE CLASSES

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

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 7 p.m. Anderson High School, $10. Reservations required. 232-2772; Anderson Township.


Messiah on the Frigidaire, 8 p.m. Anderson Center, $12, $10 seniors and students. 2332468; Anderson Township. Moll, 7:30 p.m. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, $17, $14 ages 62 and up, students ages 21 and under with ID, active-duty military. Tickets available online. 225-6915; Linwood. PROVIDED

Kick up your heels at the 30th Anniversary Irish Ceili Saturday, Feb. 27., at Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom. Simple Irish dances will be called so young and old can join in the fun. More intricate dances will be performed by the World Champion McGing Irish Dancers, such as first-place Midwest champions Drew Lovejoy (left), Samantha Saud, Kelcey Steele, Deirdre Robinett and Brian McLaughlin. The McGing Irish Dancers have won multiple world and national championships. Music will be performanced by the Columbus-based Irish Pub band, Vinegar Hill. Music Hall is located at 1243 Elm St. in downtown Cincinnati. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 11 p.m. General seating is $15 in advance for adults and children; $20 at the door. Contact Donna at 513-697-1904 or for tickets. All proceeds support the Cincinnati Feis, a competition of Irish dance and music June 27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.


Beginning Healing Martial Arts Class, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center, 4325 Red Bank Road. Eight-week course. Introduces basic principles and movements of healing art of Kimoodo, Korean practice similar to yoga. Learn stretching, breathing and meditation techniques. Ages 18 and up. $130. Registration required. 271-6900. Madisonville.


David Tanenbaum, who has introduced classical guitar music to audiences from Australia to Russia, will bring his artistry to Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston. The performance is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $12; seniors are $9; students are $3. For more information, call 513-745-3161 or visit www.xavier.edi/musicseries.


Forest Hills Journal

February 24, 2010


Lent is a chosen trip to the desert own spiritual life in a searching and honest way. This “monastic desert” frequently turns out to be an oasis permitting reflective visitors to recognize the barren places in themselves. One of the greatest contemplative authors of last century was Thomas Merton. He was a Trappist monk at Gethsemani for 27 years. In his book “The Wisdom of the Desert,” Merton praises the early “desert fathers and mothers” (and those like them today) who willingly sought desert experiences. Merton writes, “They were people who did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent state, and who believed that there was a way of getting along without slavish dependence on accepted, conventional values. … The Desert Fathers declined to be ruled by men, but had no desire to rule over others themselves.” What was their desire in undergoing such a difficult experience? Merton writes, “What the Fathers sought most of all was their own true self, in Christ.”

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February 24, 2010

Community | Life

Do your heart good with healthy recipes

We’re well into winter now with the huge amount of snow that continues to fall. As I’ve mentioned before, I really love days when I can’t get down the lane to the real world. It’s a good time to sequester myself in the kitchen experimenting with healthier recipes. With February being heart health month, and with the requests I’ve been getting from readers, this seems to be a good time to share some tasty recipes that are good for you.

Healthy pork tenderloin with port and fig sauce

For Fred Newbill and Virginia. Fred wants recipes for one or two and Virginia needs healthy recipes for her husband, on a low cholesterol diet, with no trans or saturated fats. This recipe fills the bill with just 3 grams of saturated fat and no trans fat.


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Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen


⁄ 2 p o u n d pork tenderloin, cut into 6

pieces 1 ⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme Pepper and salt to taste 2 tablespoons healthy buttery spread 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced thin 1 small red onion, sliced thin 2-3 tablespoons port wine or apple juice 1 ⁄2 cup apple juice 1 ⁄4 cup dried mission figs, chopped, or dried cranberries or cherries Season pork with thyme and seasonings. Melt buttery spread in nonstick skil-

let over medium high heat and cook pork, turning once, about five minutes or until done. Remove and keep warm. Add apples and onion and cook until almost tender. Stir in port and bring to boil. Add apple juice and figs. Return to boil. Reduce to low and simmer until apples and onion are tender. Serve over pork. Per serving: Trans fat 0 grams; saturated fat 3 grams; cholesterol 75 milligrams, calories 410; protein 35 grams

Healthy Exchanges elegant chicken salad

Gina Griep of Healthy Exchanges always has easy and delicious recipes. Here’s one that satisfies the urge for a decadent chicken salad. 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast 1 tablespoon fat-free French dressing

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⁄2 cup halved green grapes 1 ⁄4 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted 1 ⁄4 cup fat-free mayo 1 ⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice 2 lettuce leaves Black pepper to taste

Combine chicken and dressing. Refrigerate 1 hour. Add grapes, celery and nuts. Mix. Combine mayo, lemon juice and pepper and add to chicken mixture. Cover, refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve on lettuce. Per serving: 197 calories; 5 grams fat, 23 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 366 milligrams sodium, 30 milligrams calcium, 2 grams fiber. Diabetic exchanges: 21⁄2 protien, 1 starch, 1⁄2 fats.

Nancy Zwick’s strawberry and yogurt wheat crepes

Nancy is with the Dairy Council and always has fabulous, family-oriented

healthy recipes. She has been a guest on my Union Township cable TV show. Here’s one I saw her do on Fox19’s morning show. Whisk together 4 eggs, 1 cup low fat or fat free milk. Then add 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour, 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour. Cover, set aside for 30 minutes or in the fridge overnight. Melt about 1⁄2 teaspoon butter in nonstick skillet. When it foams, pour 1 ⁄8 cup batter into pan. Lift and swirl so batter coats bottom. Replace pan on burner and cook just until set and underside is lightly browned. Flip and cook other side. Fill each with 1-2 tablespoons favorite yogurt and fruit. Roll up and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Makes about 12 to 14 crepes.

Guru in our backyard

Jo Ann Drilling: This talented chef is now with Murphin Ridge Inn in Amish country (Adams County). Sherry and Darryl McKenney, proprietors, are thrilled to have Jo Ann on board, and Jo Ann is equally excited to indulge her passion for seasonal, local ingredients. What chef wouldn’t love Amish eggs delivered right to the kitchen door, and to walk outside in early spring plucking fresh greens and herbs from the gardens! Check out them out online at Murphin Ridge Inn to get all the scoop about their new menu. My fave is still their onion bisque. I have a feeling Jo Ann will be able to top that. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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February 24, 2010


Clermont chess club to conduct exhibition The Clermont County Chess club has promoted the game of chess throughout Clermont County and in the southeast Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area since 1972. They meet every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to midnight at the Withamsville Church of Christ, located on Ohio 125 (Beechmont Avenue/Ohio Pike) about one mile east of Interstate 275. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, the Chess Club will be holding a simultaneous chess exhibition at the church. Hans Multhopp, a “Life Master” rated player by the United States Chess Federation, which is a designation as having a rating of 2200 or above from tournament play, will be playing up to 16 opponents simultaneously. Multhopp has been a part of the local and nation-

al chess scene for many years. In addition to countless first-place victories achieved in other tournaments, he has won the Cincinnati Chess Championship three times. He also has competed in Moscow, Russia numerous times. For you to play Multhopp or wish to be a spectator, visit Website or call Richard Schmidt at 7523847 for details. There is a $5 entry fee to play in the simultaneous match. Annual membership dues are $15 for adult and $10 for full-time students or youths under age 21. Family memberships, covering all members in one family, are $20 per year. However, no charge will be assessed if you would like to just visit. For more information, go to or call Richard Schmidt at 752-3847.


Liberty Green of Anderson Township, second from right, is the club champion. With him are club members, left to right, Jim Eyster, Jon Applebee, Alfredo Cherascot, George Elgin, Bill Pursel, Richard Schmidt, Art Hunter, Mike Lewis and Charles Jenkins.

Parkside Christian Church continues to collect for Haiti relief Parkside Christian Church has partnered with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission for more than 20 years sponsoring numerous groups on mission trips to support their medical clinics, nutrition program, orphanage, special needs facility and general missions work. Two nurses from Parkside, who have made multi-

ple trips to Haiti on past mission trips, are currently helping with relief efforts in the medical clinics at NWHCM. Parkside Christian Church is a collection center for donated goods at both of their campuses. Desperately needed medicine and medical supplies will be shipped directly to Haiti through the

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to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 6986 Salem Road Campus 45230; from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, at the LeBlond Recreation Center,

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The Sherwood Forest Garden Club recently welcomed three new members at its annual Christmas dinner. From left are Lois Marchionne, Sherri Cornetet and Marge Herbort, all from Anderson Township. The club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, except January and July. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Joyce Blersch at 231-4482.

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February 24, 2010

Notre Dame Club holds annual breakfast Approximately 170 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors, and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. The Rev. Paul Kollman, a Cincinnati native who graduated from Moeller High School and now teaches theology at Notre Dame, traveled from South Bend to concelebrate the Mass with the Rev. Timothy Howe, president of St. Xavier High School. Chaired by Kevin McManus (ND ’99) of Hyde Park, the event included the presentation of the club’s 2010 Exemplar Award to Kathleen (Thompson) Sullivan, a former Cincinnati resident who has been on the staff of the Notre Dame Alumni Association in South Bend since 1987. A breakfast buffet followed. The Exemplar Award was established as an annual club award in 2002 to promote and hold up as an example the ideals and achievements of Greater Cincinnati or University individuals who have pro-


Three Notre Dame freshmen who graduated from Summit Country Day, from left: Joe Wernke of Reading, Chris Champlin of Reading and Brian Reynolds of Anderson Township, enjoy brunch with Summit senior Alex Priede of Anderson Township, who plans to attend Notre Dame in the fall. vided exemplary, life-long service to humanity through career or volunteer involvement. The award honors Sullivan for her exceptional contributions to Notre Dame graduates and friends around the world through her leadership of Notre Dame Alumni Association programs in the areas of continuing education and spirituality/service since 1987. As director of alumni continuing education from 1987-2005 and senior director of spirituality and service from 2006-present, Sullivan’s innovative think-

ing, strategic vision and boundless energy have led to successful long-running

programs such as the Hesburgh Lecture Series, the Notre Dame Excellence in Teaching Conference and the Internet prayer initiative, which have all played a role in helping strengthen the lifelong connection of thousands of graduates with Notre Dame’s core values of faith, learning and service. Sullivan grew up in Price Hill and graduated from both St. William Catholic School and Seton High School. She earned a degree in English and secondary education summa cum laude in 1978 from The College of Mount Saint Joseph, and taught at Summit Coun-


From left: Melanie, Rob and Bob Stewart of Anderson Township, The Rev. Paul Kollman of South Bend, Ind., and Carita and Paul Kollman of Montgomery.


Club president Mike Gearin of Sycamore Township (left) and Paul Dillenburger of Maineville (right) greet Frank Barlag, principal of Prince the Peace grade school in Madisonville – the ND Club’s CISE partner school – and his wife, Sandy, of Anderson Township. try Day for two years before starting graduate school at Notre Dame, where she earned an master’s degree and PhD in English. She and her husband, Mike, live in South Bend with their daughter, Christina. In addition to event chair Kevin McManus, others assisting with the event included Brian Bussing, Mindy Dannemiller, Paul Dillenburger, club president Mike Gearin, Jack Hart, Shannon Hart, Katie Hieatt, Amy Hiltz, Kathleen Hiltz, Blair Mancini, Andrew McElhinney, Bob McQuiston, Laura Rupp, club vice president Courtney Schuster, Caroline White and Marc Wolnitzek. The Notre Dame Club of

Greater Cincinnati is an active local organization serving the more than 1,700 graduates, students and friends of the University of Notre Dame in the tristate area. In addition to providing over $90,000 in scholarship support each year to local students attending Notre Dame, the club also sponsors over fifty events or programs annually, including opportunities for community service, continuing education, and Catholic/Christian spirituality. Membership and club events are open to friends of Notre Dame, whether or not they attended the University. For more information, visit

The importance and benefits of preplanning By Neva Martin

Community Recorder Contributor

Preplanning your own funeral, while not a favorite activity, has become more and more accepted and appreciated. People sometimes hesitate to embark on making such arrangements, especially when they’re healthy, or perhaps out of a superstitious fear that doing so may bring the Grim Reaper to their door faster. But if you can get over an initial resistance, you may find that preplanning can be a freeing

experience. It can also free your relatives from having to make future stressful decisions. Preplanning, or at least putting your wishes into writing, will provide your loved ones with a clearer picture of your wishes. Such wishes can include: • Type and location of service: Traditional church or green

burial and cremation are just a few options to consider. Veterans might like to include a military acknowledgment. • Who to invite: Do you prefer a small, intimate ceremony or a large gathering? • Speaker: Do you want your minister to deliver a memorial, a friend or relative to offer a eulogy, or both? • Clothing or jewelry: If you prefer burial, do you have a item you’d like to be buried with – a special memento or photo? • Favorite music or readings: How about a certain song, a

poem or reading you’ve always loved? Including them in the instruction packet would also be helpful. • Memorial fund: Would you prefer that mourners contribute to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers? • Your obituary: You can select a favorite photo to be included, along with your date and place of birth as well as any other details you want mentioned. Prepaying for a funeral can also take the burden off your family. You may have a funeral home that your family has used

for generations, one that you trust, to follow your wishes in selecting a casket or an urn. If you prefer not to prepay, you can set aside money in a separate account, such as a certificate of deposit or a shared bank account with someone close to you. Yes, preplanning your funeral lets you breathe a sigh of relief now and allows your loved ones to breathe easier later. Sources:;;

Honoring your pet’s memory Good resources can aid By Neva Martin

Community Press Contributor

How hard it is to lose a beloved pet. That critter provided wonderful companionship throughout the years. Now you want to provide a fitting tribute to honor his memory. You can check with a local crematorium, as well as your veterinarian. If

you want to hold a pet funeral and burial in your back yard, check to be sure that it is legal. Often you can find a pet cemetery in your area that will provide dignity, security and a sense of permanence. Costs vary depending on your selection. Cremation is a less expensive option, allowing you

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more leeway in dealing with the remains. Whatever option or location you choose, a memorial service helps to ease the loss in a special way. For the service, do include all family members as well as special friends, to pay tribute to your pet. In the aftermath of your loss, you might consider creating a living memorial by planting a tree or flower bed in your yard, framing and placing a photo of your pet in a special area, and making a donation to the Humane Society in your pet’s name. You can even have a star named after her. And, perhaps, after a bit of time has passed, you might think of volunteering at a local animal shelter, and even adopting another pet from that shelter or Humane Society. That would pay the highest tribute to that beloved creature who played such a special role in your life. Sources:;

in organizing a funeral By Neva Martin

Community Press Contributor

A relative or a close friend has just passed away and you’ve been asked to make funeral arrangements. Where to start? In the best of situations, this friend had approached you ahead of time about his or her preferences, which can make many decisions easier: an open casket or cremation, preferred speakers, even the choice of the funeral home itself. If not, then by all means you can involve family members and close friends about the choices they think would be appropriate. Make a checklist so as not to miss any details. The director of the funeral home selected can, of course, help with many of the necessary arrangements: obtaining a death certificate, choosing a casket and grave (or an urn if

cremation is preferred), selecting flowers, writing an obituary for the local paper. If appropriate, call the deceased’s church or to arrange for a funeral date and time. Getting everything in order, quickly, is important: calling the organizations to which the deceased belonged (a military organization or a bridge club, for instance, might want to be involved in the funeral service or arrange a get-together afterwards to honor the deceased), as well as friends and family scattered across the country. This is a good time to ask

any nearby family and friends to call those people you might not know. You can also use this opportunity to ask if anyone wants to speak or do a reading at the funeral. Organizing a funeral and dealing with all the details can be an emotional time for you, but it is also a chance to grow. Reaching out to others for help, for a shoulder to cry on, can be essential in coming to terms with your own grief in losing a beloved one. Sources:;


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Millions of young girls baked their first cookies, cupcakes and brownies because of Ronald Howes Sr. A lifelong inventor whose creations ranged from hightech defense weaponry devices to electrostatic printers, the Anderson Township man built an impressive resume that will always be best known for the enormously popular toy that he fathered a half century ago: the Easy-Bake Oven. As director of research and new product development for Cincinnati-based Kenner Toys in the early 1960s, Howes created what would become a household name and one of America’s most iconic toys by drawing inspiration from a Kenner salesman who had just made a trip to New York City. Upon returning, the salesman wondered aloud whether Kenner could develop a toy version of the chestnut roasters seen on many New York City street corners. With that remark, the proverbial light bulb clicked on over Howes’ head. “He started thinking about that and wondering how to create a safe version of that for kids,” recalled Nancy Howes, his wife of 47 years. Much of his experimentation was conducted in the Howes’ own kitchen before he finally settled on the concept that made the idea both safe and practical by deciding to use a light bulb to heat the oven. And the rest is toy industry history. “Whenever someone brings up the subject, a woman always chimes in and says, ‘Oh, I had one of those,’” his wife said. “Everybody’s heard of the Easy-Bake Oven.” Howes died Feb. 16 at age 83. After his mother died when he was born, Howes was raised by a German grandmother and her American husband in Over-theRhine, where the family ran several corner grocery stores during the Depression. He taught himself to read before kindergarten, displaying an insatiable curiosity and sharp intelligence that would shape his life. In addition to his wife, Howes leaves six children, Denise Payne of Auckland, New Zealand; Ronald Howes Jr. of Minneapolis; Andrew Howes, of Mount Carmel; Karen Meinor, of Withamsville, and sons James and Christopher Howes, both of Mount Washington. Memorials may be made to the Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati 45255, or the Franciscan Missionary Union, 1615 Vine St., Cincinnati 45202.

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Lelia Kelly, 92, of Mount Washington died Feb. 11. Survived by sons, Donald E. (Sharon) and Jim A. (Joy) Kelly; daughters, Sandra L. Kelly and Linda E. (George) Uchtman; brother, Estal (Colleen) Lozier; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four


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Betty J. Feie, 85, of Anderson Township died Feb. 11. Survived by sons, Paul (Mary Beth), Mark (Mary) and Tom (Beverly) Feie; daughters, Mary Kay (Bill) Montgomery and Margaret Feie; sister, Margaret Schenz; 12 grandchil-

great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild. Preceded in death by husband, Eugene Kelly; father, Thomas C. Lozier; and mother, Celia Webster. The family requested private services. Memorials to: Mount Washington Baptist Church, 2021 Sutton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 452301670.

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Mary Elizabeth Cook, 87, of

Betty J. Feie

dren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, William Feie; father, Walter Deshon; mother, Kathryn Foerster; brother, Robert Deshon; and sister, Helen Nehls. Services were Feb. 17 at Guardian Angels Church. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597; or Guardian Angels Parish, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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Mary Elizabeth Cook

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R.H. Bowers, 82, of Anderson Township died Jan. 17. Survived by wife, Helen M. Bowers; sons, Keith A. Bowers of Greenbank, Wash., Kenneth L. Bowers of Oakley and Douglas M. Bowers of Milford; sister, Charlyne Caudle; and grandchildren, Alexander Bowers and Christopher Bowers. Preceded in death by parents, Roscoe Lee Bowers and Mary L. Thompson Bowers; and brothers, Herman and Morris. Services were Jan. 22 at Moore Funeral Home, Newtown. Memorials to: Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness, 4 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 404, Cincinnati, OH 45246-3401.


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February 24, 2010

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Forest Hills Journal


February 24, 2010


Juvenile, 15, theft, resisting arrest, assault on police officer, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct, assault, Feb. 1. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, Feb. 1. Juvenile, 17, assault, Feb. 5. Juvenile, 16, underage possession of tobacco, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 17, marijuana possession, Feb. 1. Juvenile, 16, criminal damage, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 13, marijuana possession, Feb. 3. Cody M. Meyers, 18, Sutton Avenue, assault, Feb. 5. Neil Ernst, 18, 222 Tennyson, receiving stolen property, Feb. 4. James Maddy, 19, 8331 Rio Vista Drive, aggravated robbery, Feb. 1. Aaron Smith, no other information given, aggravated robbery, Feb. 1. Joseph Conrad Jr., 54, 8426 Old Kellogg, domestic violence, Feb. 6. Michael Miller, 51, 1430 Collinsdale, domestic violence, Feb. 7. Paula Sauer, 30, 1129 Will-O-Ee, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Feb. 6. Bradley Sawyer, 30, homeless, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 7. Michael L. Riley, 27, 3172 Lindale Mt. Holly, theft, Feb. 5.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

X-box games, etc. taken at point of gun at 894 Nordyke, Feb. 1.


Adult male was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 5. Female was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 4. Male was assaulted at O’Neal’s Tavern at Ohio 125, Feb. 8.

Breaking and entering

Three book cases taken; $150 at 871 Markley Woods Way, Feb. 4.


Female reported this offense at 2798 Deerhaven, Feb. 3. Copper pipe taken from residence at 1837 Loisview, Feb. 7.

Criminal damage

Holes punched into wall at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 2. Paint damaged on vehicle at Turpin High at 2650 Bartels Road, Jan. 28.

Disorderly conduct

A fight reported at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 1.

Domestic violence

At Old Kellogg Road, Feb. 6. At Collinsdale Drive, Feb. 7.

Felonious assault

Male was assaulted with knife at area of I-275 west of Five Mile Road, Feb. 3.

Marijuana possession

Male student had marijuana in his possession at Nagel Middle School at Nagel Road, Feb. 3.

Passing bad checks





About police reports

The Community Press publishes names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contactpolice: • Anderson Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 8252280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 3523591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. Macy’s at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 4.


Set of keys taken from Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 2. Counterfeit $20 bill passed at KFC at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 5. Two ladders taken off truck; $697 at 972 N. Woodlyn Drive, Feb. 3. Aluminum siding taken at 920 Pinewell, Feb. 2. Two $20 counterfeit bills passed at United Dairy Farmers at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 6. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $331.77 at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 5. Diamond ring taken; $7,500 at 3141 Williams Creek, Feb. 5. Medication taken at 4140 Roundbottom Road, Feb. 3.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations

Pearl M Presnell, born 1987, obstruction official business, 1818 Sutton Ave., Feb. 10. Todd D Birch, born 1972, menacing, criminal damage or endanger, obstruction official business, 5997 Bagdad Drive, Feb. 12.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

1759 Marquette Ave., Feb. 11. 2300 Beechmont Ave., Feb. 5. 416 Hoge St., Feb. 5. 6421 Corbly St., Feb. 8. 710 Tusculum Ave., Feb. 8.

Grand theft

2005 Sutton Ave., Jan. 28.

Petit theft

2351 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 24.


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Vehicle theft

2531 Spindlehill Drive, Jan. 22.

Grand theft

4785 Morse St., Jan. 29.

Petit theft

2120 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 29. 5922 Croslin St., Jan. 29. 6131 Crestview Place, Jan. 31.


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Vehicle theft

1732 Sutton Ave., Feb. 1.

Grand theft

2021 Sutton Ave., Feb. 3.

Petit theft

2108 Salvador St., Feb. 10. 6239 Corbly St., Feb. 9. 811 Delaware Ridge Lane, Feb. 8.


2108 Salvador St., Feb. 11.



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


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1263 Ayershire Ave.: Bihlman Michael & Julie to Blumenfeld Caitlin R.; $130,000. 2014 Claudia Court: Hinners Jason R. & Stacy A. to Trujillo Eduardo A.; $180,625.


Bridget Thigpen, 39, 5614 Madison Road, bench warrant, Jan. 15. David Kuykendall, 31, 37 Hunters Court, bench warrant, Jan. 16. Wade Miller, 20, 228 Congress Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 16. Ryan Evans, 19, 1238 Glen Haven Lane, driving under suspension, Jan. 18. David Cooper, 37, 1795 Ohio 73, driving under suspension, Jan. 18. Shannon Glover, 32, 483 Blue Teal Drive, driving under suspension, Jan. 19. Joyce Woolf, 45, 3453 Cardiff, drug paraphernalia, Jan. 20. James Holt, 27, 4006 Blaney Ave., bench warrant, Jan. 24. Kevin Cadle, 54, 8231 Batavia Road, bench warrant, Jan. 24. Samantha Sexton, 20, 2562 Spindlehill Drive, bench warrant, Jan. 25. Bradley Gordon, 28, 3983 Piccadilly, bench warrant, Jan. 25. Steven Isacc, 20, 3343 Mt. Carmel Road, bench warrant, Jan. 26. Robert Ennis, 20, 1517 Thornberry Road, bench warrant, Jan. 26. Lydia Barnhart, 22, 159 N. 5th St., bench warrant, Jan. 27. Johnathon Becker, 28, 4456 Timber Glen Drive, bench warrant, Jan. 28. Terry Harrison, 34, 3316 Sandy Lane, driving under influence, Jan. 28. Daniel Labanz, 31, 3857 Bennett Road, drug abuse, Jan. 30. Glenda Love, 48, 4900 Beech St., bench warrant, Feb. 1. Erica Redmond, 24, 2000 Stillwater Lane, bench warrant, Feb. 1. Jerry Griffin, 24, 3709 Eastern Ave., bench warrant, Feb. 2. James Striker, 21, 4550 Eastern Ave., bench warrant, Feb. 2. Donald Johnson, 44, 6841 Main St., bench warrant, Feb. 3. Alastair Schoen, 22, 20 James Place, drug abuse, Feb. 2. Christopher Conley, 31, 750 Grand Ave., drug paraphernalia, Feb. 3.

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DUI defense lawyer Chuck Strain (right) of Anderson Township was sworn in Jan. 21 as president of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati by Court of Appeals judge Lee Hildebrandt. Jesse Laurens, left, and Darrin Nye, center, were also sworn in as treasurer and vice-president, respectively.

Strain becomes 2010 president of Lawyer’s Club DUI defense lawyer Chuck Strain of Anderson Township recently was sworn in as president of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati. At the same time, Darrin Nye, Jesse Laurens and Tim Nolan became vice-president, treasurer and secretary, respectively. Those three were also honored for their service to the Lawyers’ Club the last three years. Court of Appeals judge Lee Hildebrandt officiated at the short ceremony at the Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati was founded in 1920 as a complementary

adjunct to the Cincinnati Bar Association. Strain has served on the executive committee of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati since 1987, including 1992 as president. “I’ve been fondly thinking about the Club ever since Courtland Marshall brought me to a meeting in early 1982,” he said. “While honoring our 90 years of tradition, I have plans to transform the Lawyers’ Club to better serve many more fellow lawyers. And I pledge to save members money on dues while keeping our luncheon prices at $20,” said Strain.

Strain is a frequent speaker on traffic law, ethics, and professionalism. He has attended every intensive summer session of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School since 2001 and he regularly attends other advanced DUI seminars across the U.S. Strain is a sustaining member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, having served on numerous committees, currently including ethics, fee arbitration and professionalism. He also serves on the traffic law committee of the Ohio State Bar Association.


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February 24, 2010

Forest Hills Journal


BUSINESS UPDATE Seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year

The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for the 2010 Citizen of the Year. Awards include Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Educators of the Year and Students of the Year. Nominations are encouraged from Anderson Township, Mt. Washington, Newtown and western Clermont County and should be sent to the chamber by March 4. To nominate someone, call the chamber at 4744802, visit or send nominations to: Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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Happy gardeners give

Ann Wills (left), vice president, program chair, and member Nancy Mason of the Happy Gardener's Garden Club wrap Christmas presents for a needy family through the Inter Parish Ministry in Newtown. Club members donated the money and then went shopping for clothes and toys. This is the second year for the project. Fourteen hand-made wreaths, 13 swags and 22 small decorated trees were also provided to IPM shoppers by the garden club.






Troy Bell has been reappointed treasurer of Centerpoint Health’s 2010 Board of Trustees. An employee at U.S. Bank, Bell lives in Anderson Township.

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