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Anderson Township OKs new collective bargaining deal

By Lisa Wakeland

Expensive mess

The Anderson Township Park District spends a lot of money trying to get people to pick up after their pets, but it doesn’t always work. Park Commissioner Josh Gerth was surprised by a how much Mutt Mitts – the degradable bags provided for dog owners to put on their hand to pick up their dog’s excrement – cost while reviewing financial reports at a recent Board of Park Commissioners meeting. SEE STORY, A4

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Anderson Township trustees recently approved a new collective bargaining agreement for the township’s Fire and Rescue Department. What do you think? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing andersontownship or 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.

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Anderson Township trustees recently approved a new collective bargaining agreement for the township’s Fire and Rescue Department. The agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1 and will be valid through the end of 2013, Assistant Township Administrator Suzanne Parker said. Both the township and firefighters union have been working on a new agreement for months, she added. In this collective bargaining agreement, firefighters will receive a 2.5 percent raise this year and a 2 percent raise in both 2012 and 2013. Firefighters received a 4 percent raise in each of the last three years, according to a township memo outlining changes to the agreement. Trustee Russ Jackson said township staff researched other local entities trying to renegotiate contracts and said this agreement was a reasonable approach. Jackson acknowledged the battle in the Ohio Legislature over a bill that aims to eliminate collective bargaining rights for state employees and limit bargaining for other public employees. “This is something that has been done and for us to go back on it would not be appropriate and not in the best interest of the township,” he said of the new collective bargaining agreement with


The Anderson Township trustees approved a new collective bargaining agreement for the firefighters. Here, firefighters help a truck driver whose semitrailer flipped over on Interstate 275 in January. the firefighters. Other changes to the agreement include compensatory time, sick time payout, questionable absences, military leave holidays, clothing and training. It also expands license requirements and includes streamlined list of household equipment that must be provided at each fire station, such as appliances and day room furniture. The change to the holiday pay provision in the new agreement could potentially cost taxpayers an additional $30,000 per year. It was changed to allow any

employee, scheduled or not, who works on a holiday to receive one and one-half times the hourly rate. Though costs could increase, the memo states it would save the department the burden for finding last-minute replacements on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The new agreement also states that employees would receive an annual $350 credit allowance for to purchase uniforms instead of a check. Employees would continue to receive a $200 check each year

for uniform maintenance and linen. This change could save taxpayers $10,000 during the threeyear agreement because employees would not likely use all of the $350 if it is given as a credit rather than a lump-sum check, according to the memo. Trustee Peggy Reis was not at the Feb. 17 meeting when the collective bargaining agreement was approved. For more about your community, visit

School’s veterans project honored By Forrest Sellers

“I don’t think any other veterans project will be like this one.”

More than a year later reflections of area veterans continue to have an impact. In 2009 second-graders at Sherwood Elementary School interviewed area veterans using video cameras to document their recollections. A video was prepared and screened at the Anderson Center and given to the participants. The veterans spoke from the heart, said second-grade teacher Donna Prues, who coordinated the project with her class. The video project, which was titled “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land,” was recently awarded a 2010 Success in Public Schools Award by the Coalition for Public Education. Prues has also been invited to serve on a Veterans Steering Committee, which is looking at ways to honor and recognize local veterans. She said a memorial at the

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Sherwood Elementary School third-graders Parker Gebhart, left, Nick McLaughlin and Taylor Black hold an award they and their classmates received for a video project featuring reminiscences of local veterans. The project was coordinated by second-grade teacher Donna Prues, shown at right. Anderson Center has been discussed. Prues said a number of the students interviewed family members and stories were shared with them they had never heard before. Prues said she learned one of her own family members, an uncle of her father, was a prisoner of war.

A total of 45 veterans were interviewed. Four hours of footage was condensed into a one-hour video. “I learned about sacrifice,” said third-grader Nick McLaughlin, who was one of the students who interviewed a veteran. Third-grader Parker Gebhart, who also conducted interviews,

said he hoped the video would inspire other schools to consider a similar project. “I don’t think any other veterans project will be like this one,” said third-grader Taylor Black, who interviewed her great-grandfather, who participated in D-Day. Prues said the students may do another video project involving veterans since she said a number of veterans who weren’t interviewed at the time have expressed an interest. Copies of the video can be obtained by contacting Prues at For more about your community visit andersontownship

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Newtown fish fry returns March 11 By Rob Dowdy

Newtown’s annual Lenten fish fry returns Friday, March 11, and it could be the end of an era with the annual event. The fish fry, which will be 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays beginning March 11 through April 15 at the


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What: Lenten Fish Fry When: 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 11 through April 15 Where: Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District Newtown fire station, 3537 Church St.

Newtown fire station, is an annual event for local residents. This year’s menu includes fried cod, baked tilapia, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, clam chowder and cheese pizza. The Village of Newtown Veterans Memorial Association will also host a dessert table

Firefighters Travis Smith (left) and Michael Thompson prepare the firehouse for a previous fish fry in Newtown. The event returns to the village March 11.


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at this year’s fish fry. Barbara Broerman, owner of the Dairy Corner and fish fry organizer, said the event has been successful in recent years due mostly to volunteers helping run the fish fry. Several years ago, the Little Miami Fire and Rescue Joint District ran the event,

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but it took them away from their responsibilities. Broerman said any residents who would like to lend a hand would be welcomed. “We’d be glad to have them,” she said. “It goes smoothly if I have enough volunteers.” As in years past, the Fire District will receive 50 percent of the profits from the

fish fry. Assistant Chief Terry Ramsey said the Fire District typically uses the money to buy equipment or training, but never use it for operational costs. “We feel it goes back into the community,” he said. Ramsey noted that by next year’s fish fry the Fire District will have moved into its new station in Newtown. He said he’s unsure to

what degree firefighters will be involved in the event. “Hopefully, the village will continue to have the fish fry and we’ll support them however we can,” he said. For more information on your community, visit

Cemetery improvements under discussion By Forrest Sellers

The Mt. Washington Community Council is considering improvements to the fence bordering Mt. Washington Cemetery.

A portion of Neighborhood Enhancement Program funding, in which private and corporate funding is provided for neighborhood initiatives, would go toward the repairs. Jake Williams, board president of the Mt. Wash-

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ington Community Council, said funding could go toward replacing a section of the fence. Under consideration is a gateway entrance at the corner of Mears Avenue and Morrow. This design element would stand on its own, said board member Jo Ann Kavanaugh. “This would give it a visual aesthetic,” said Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh said replacing this section of fence will cost about $4,000. Williams said about $11,000 in Neighborhood Enhancement Program funding is available. Other projects funding is going toward includes the installation of security cameras in the business district and historic signage. While council proceeds with the Neighborhood Enhancement Program projects, other community projects are being re-evaluated because of city cuts to the Neighborhood Support Program funding given to Cincinnati communities. The Neighborhood Support Program funding this year was reduced from $5,000 to $2,500. The Mt. Washington Community Council will likely discuss the impact of these cuts at its March meeting. “If money doesn’t come through (we’re) looking at alternative ways to fund items,” said Williams. The March meeting will be Wednesday, March 16 , at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St. For more about your community visit mountwashington


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Farmers market may relocate in Mt. Washington By Forrest Sellers


Residents and visitors in Ivy Hills Reserve will soon have their parking options limited, as Newtown will soon place 14 “no parking” signs along six streets in the neighborhood.

Parking rules in Ivy Hills are changing By Rob Dowdy

Residents in Newtown’s Ivy Hills Reserve residential complex may soon see several “no parking” signs spring up throughout the neighborhood. Newtown Village Council is expected to soon vote whether to place 14 “no parking” signs along six streets in the neighborhood in the coming weeks. The signs come after NuVision Property Management, which manages the

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Newtown Village Council next meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the village administration building, 3536 Church St. neighborhood, contacted village officials about the possibility. Tracy Davis, property manager with Nu-Vision, said she believed the signs would be included in the work Newtown did prior to the streets being dedicated last year. However, when

the signs were not included in a final “punch list” before the dedication, Nu-Vision wrote a letter suggesting they be installed. Debbie Madison-Harris said the subdivision itself doesn’t support parking on both sides of the street. “The width of the streets would not suggest parking on both sides of the street,” she said. Davis said the main reason for the “no parking” signs is because when cars are parked along both sides of the street, snow plows

and emergency vehicles would have a difficult time making it through. Ron Dickerson, maintenance supervisor, said the signs will cost approximately $500 in total and will meet state specifications for 2012. He said the new requirements on street signs means each one will have higher reflectivity than current signs. For more information on your community, visit

The Mt. Washington Farmers Marker may move from Stanbery Park to the business district. Scott Kelley, who is serving on the community's Farmers Market Committee, said with the financial challenges the city of Cincinnati is facing, Mt. Washington will no longer be able to waive the special use permit fee to conduct the market at Stanbery. He said the cost would be about $16,000, although the city could potentially provide a discount. Kelley said another option would be to have the market on Plymouth Avenue between the Mt. Washington Creamy Whip and Bakery and Mt. Washington Ice and Beer Co. "I'm partial to the park, but costs are a concern," said Kelley. Mt. Washington resident Bill Holzman said the park would likely be safer. However, Ryan Doan, a board member on the Mt. Washington Community Council, said the business district would provide more exposure for the vendors. There is more volume in the business district, he said. "I think businesses would benefit, (and) I think positives would outweigh



the negatives," he said. Doan added a location with more customer traffic might also attract bigger vendors as well as a larger selection of produce items. Kelley said nothing has been finalized and that he would continue to try and determine the costs of operating the market in the business district. In previous years, the market was on Thursdays starting in June and continuing through October. For more about your community visit mountwashington

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Poop bags’ cost surprises park board member By Lisa Wakeland

The Anderson Township Park District spends a lot of money trying to get people to pick up after their pets, but it doesn’t always work. Park Commissioner Josh Gerth was surprised by a how much Mutt Mitts – the degradable bags provided for dog owners to put on their hand to pick up their dog’s excrement – cost while reviewing financial reports at a recent Board of Park Commissioners meeting. “We go through about $7,000 worth of Mutt Mitts per year,” Park District Executive Director Ken Kushner said. “They cost three to four cents per bag and some people still don’t pick up after their pets.” Kushner said they often receive complaints about park users not picking up after the dogs. He talked about a recent incident at Laverty Park where an owner let a dog excrete its feces in the new

Mutt Mitts are available at many of the Anderson Township parks.

Dogs must be on a leash at all Anderson Township parks except the dog field at Kellogg Park. playground area, even though Mutt Mitts are available at that park. “It’s really disheartening to build a new playground

and see that,” Kushner said. “It comes down to the owners.” Dogs are allowed in all of the Anderson Township


parks, but must be on a leash and owners are required to pick up after their pets. The only off-leash area is

at the Kellogg Park dog field, 6701 Kellogg Ave., and a permit is required. Park Commissioner Nadine Gelter said it can be difficult for responsible dog owners to see other park users breaking rules, even when they’re posted around the parks. There are signs alerting users that they can be cited for having dogs off-leash or for not picking up after the pets, but many people ignore them, said Emily Armstrong, assistant director for the park district.


“There are some people who really don’t want dogs in the park because (of that),” she said. Gerth noted that even though some residents do not pick up after their pets, many park users expect to see Mutt Mitts. Park Commissioner Dale Bartholomew said the parks would be much worse if the degradable waste bags were not provided. For more about your community, visit andersontownship.

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said Paul Drury, director of the township’s Planning and Zoning Department. “It’s a 20-year plan that we try to update every five years and try to address new issues that have arisen,” Drury said, noting that sustainability is a new concept that is incorporated into the update. Though the sustainability concept cropped up toward the end of the update process, Ancor, the industrial and residential zone in the northern part of the township, was a hot topic during early meetings with citizens and business owners.


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Anderson High School’s After Prom Committee is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 5. Donations can be dropped off in the Anderson High School cafeteria from 3-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4. Household goods, clothing, toys, books, small furniture, etc. will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit Anderson High School’s After Prom.

at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Sue Hardenbergh and Tim Kappers, leaders of the Anderson Tea Party, will be the featured speakers. The discussion will focus on the relationship between the Republican Party and the tea party, as well as the tea party plans for 2011. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. Visit for details.

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The Beechmont Players will perform a comical take on the classic story “The Princess and the Pea.” The show, “Once Upon A Mattress,” will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3; 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Anderson Center theater, 7850 Five Mile Road. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors, students and active military members. Call 233-2468 or visit for details.

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The Anderson Township Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2,

The Hoxworth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 6434 Corbly Road The event includes free cookies and treats and free childcare for those donating. For more information call 231-1399.

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Anderson Irish Festival

The annual Comboni Rhythms Irish Festival in Anderson Township will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road. There will be live entertainment, festival booths and games, face painting, food and drinks, a silent auction and a basket raffle. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. Call 474-4997 for details.

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Anderson Township is still welcoming input from residents. A copy of the comprehensive plan draft is available on the township website, There is also a red-lined copy to show changes since the December open house.

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The comprehensive plan draft does recommend updating the 1994 Ancor Land Use Study as well as the 2002 Ohio Riverfront Area Plan. Other priorities scheduled for implementation within the next few years include surveys about housing choices, a capital improvements plan, guidelines for housing development and redevelopment, establishing a Beechmont Avenue business district and an economic development plan. Trustee Russ Jackson said that the comprehensive plan does not change the township zoning and is sim-

A St. Patrick’s Day dance, featuring the band Six Pac, will be 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 12, at the Mt. Washington American Legion, 1837 Sutton Ave. The event includes beer, soft drinks and snacks at a cost of $10 per person. Call Vicki Monroe at 231-3572 for reservations.

Ken Wilson, genealogist and researcher, will present a program on the “Sesquicentennial of the Civil War” and finding information on Civil War ancestors at the Anderson Senior Center Genealogy group meeting at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Avenue, Everyone interested in genealogy is invited to attend. Free/small donation accepted. For more information call 474-3100.

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American Legion Post 484 will serve up its annual “allyou-can-eat” spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the post, 1837 Sutton Ave. Tickets are $7 adults, $4 children 12 and under. Carry out will be available.

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Forest Hills may reconsider one high school By Forrest Sellers

The Forest Hills Local School District may reconsider combining the high schools and elementary schools. During a work session Saturday, the school board discussed options for addressing an anticipated $6.2 million deficit by the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Board member Richard Neumann said consolidation of the buildings, namely the elementary schools and high schools, may need to be reconsidered, especially if another operating levy fails. “This has to be part of the discussion,” he said. A Facilities Committee chaired by Neumann had proposed consolidation of the school buildings last year to address the issue of aging buildings as well as reduce costs. The school board voted unanimously in October, however, to maintain two high schools after Superintendent Dallas Jackson said consolidation of buildings at any level was not supported by the community – even if the consolidation would reduce operating costs. Board member Julie Bissinger, who also served on the committee, agreed consolidation needs to at least be considered as an option. “To not even look at it we’re not being good leaders,” she said. “We have to talk about it.” Neumann said he realizes the topic is a “flash point” in the community, but he said consolidation could help save programs that

could potentially be cut if an operating levy fails. He said the board needs to consider whether consolidating the buildings would save money for the district. With a $6.2 million deficit anticipated, Treasurer Rick Toepfer said the options are to make reductions, possibly in staffing and programs, and/or to bring in more revenue through an operating levy. In December the district said it planned to make $3 million in annual reductions. Toepfer said another $3.2 million in cuts will be necessary to maintain a balanced budget. Jackson said the budget reductions could include increasing class size, cutting administrative staff such as assistant principals, eliminating some of the art and music programs and also looking at cuts in other areas including transportation, extracurriculars and supplies such as textbooks. Board members had concerns about the likely impact on the students such cuts would entail. “What I have heard is beyond where I want to go,” said Randy Smith, president of the school board. Smith said the district would have a better financial picture by July. He said financial considerations such as the state budget and union negotiations would likely be clearer by then. He said the board would likely make a decision on whether to put an operating levy on the November ballot at that time. For more about your community visit


From left, Ayer Elementary School students Skye Lewis, Amy Ritter and Julia Baldasare show off just one of the many boxes stuffed full of socks that lined the school’s halls in late January as a result of the second annual Hannah’s Socks project.

Ayer students give big in sock campaign for homeless Ayer Elementary School Student Government’s recent second annual Hannah’s Socks project set a record this year with students contributing 2,626 pairs of socks. Last year’s total was 704. “I don’t know what to say... speechless,” was the simple message Assistant Principal Bob Buck shared with the staff when he released the grant total. “At Ayer we have three main goals: Take care of yourself; take care of others; and take care of our environment,” he said. “This project really shows how to ‘pay it

forward’ and help others in need, not only at school but in our community as well. I’m very proud of our students for taking care of others.” The socks will be given to local homeless shelters in Cincinnati that Hannah’s Socks coordinates with. Hannah’s Socks is a charity that was created by the parents of Hannah Turner not long after the 4-year-old child became concerned when she noticed a man at Toledo, Ohio’s, Cherry Street Mission who was wearing split shoes

with no socks. The next day Hannah and her mother, Doris, purchased and distributed socks to local shelters. They were able to collect and donate more than 100 pairs around Toledo. They distributed nearly 10,000 total pairs of socks to partner shelters in more than two years. Doris and her husband Vic quickly discovered that of all the materials donated to shelters, new socks and undergarments are given the least and needed the most.

CPS may change to lottery for magnet school enrollment Cincinnati Public Schools is considering using a lottery for application into its magnet elementary schools, with the goal of creating a more family-friendly method of applying to the popular schools. A recommendation to switch to a lottery was discussed by the Board of Education at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 9 at the CPS Education Center in Corryville. A lottery would replace the current magnet application process of first come, first served, which over

A recommendation to switch to a lottery was discussed by the Board of Education at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 9 at the CPS Education Center in Corryville. the years has generated a tradition of parents standing in line for hours – even camping out for several nights – in order to be near the front of the line when the application period opened. This process has been criticized, especially for presenting difficulties for families who can’t

take time off from jobs. “We believe a lottery would be a fairer, more equitable process for our parents,” Superintendent Mary Ronan said. “Our magnet schools are part of our district’s intent to create a strong portfolio of school options to offer parents great choices for

SCHOOLS NOTES Vegas night fundraiser

The GA Vegas Night fundraiser will be 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, March 5, in the undercroft of Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave. Texas Hold’em Tournament starts at 7:30 p.m.; there is a $60 entry fee with a 50 percent pay out. Registration for Texas Hold’em is at 6:30 p.m., with a first 100 entrant limit. Live-Action Poker includes Texas Hold’em, Black Jack, Seven Card Stud and Let It Ride. The fundraiser also includes Big-Six Wheel, Money Wheel, Beat the Dealer table, GA horse races, split-the-pot, bid-in-buy items and food and beverages. Entry to the fundraiser is $5 and includes a ticket for a drawing to win a $150 grand prize, a $100 second place and a $50 third

the first full week of December; • Parents notified by Jan. 1 of lottery results; • Lottery runs again monthly through May to fill available seats. CPS offers magnet programs at 21 schools around the district, including schools offering the Montessori and Paideia teaching styles, and content focuses such as the arts and foreign languages. CPS began using a lottery system several years ago for eighth graders applying to high schools.


place (must be present to win). Entrants must be 21-years-old or older. Proceeds will benefit the Guardian Angels School and parish. For more information, call the school at 624-3141.


where their children will be educated.” A CPS committee produced the recommendation, using input from magnet principals and several community forums held in 2009-10. A recommendation under Board consideration includes: • Magnet application period runs Oct. 1-Nov. 30; • Applications submitted online by parents; • All applications received by Nov. 30 go into the lottery, which runs electronically starting

Forest Hills Board of Education President Randy Smith will be presented with the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Award of Achievement at the association’s regional spring conference in Cincinnati, March 15. The Award of Achievement is given to school board members in recognition of their commitment to training and leadership activities on their boards of education and region and statewide OSBA activities.

Merit list

Four local students have been named to the 2010 fall semester academic merit list at Wilmington College. They are: Mount Washington: Denise Durbin, Theresa Renee Singleton, Barbara H. Fletcher. Anderson Township: Barbara H. Fletcher.

Dean’s list

Elizabeth Rodriguez has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Ashland University. She is from Anderson Township.

Alexandra Fitzgerald Jones has been

Several students from the Forest Hills area have been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Morehead State University. They are: Kelsey Bond, Amy Clausen, Tange Cook, Jessica Farmer, Pamela Strassel, Stephanie Teater and Samantha Toepfer.

They are: Alaina Bowling, Annie Christy, Audrey Coe, Kathleen Coffey, Kevin Cripe, Lauren Croskey, Deven Deans, Lauren Ebbert, Laura Freking, Jessica Harrigan, Leanne Harrison, Katherine Heekin, Karen Inkrot, Adam Josefczyk, Alex Kahsar, Benjamin Kasper, Kristin Kramer, Meagan Leach, Shawn O’Malley, Andrew Rothmund, Dominique Schiano, Cynthia Schmidlin, Alyssa Smith, Christopher Splain and David Tacy.

Several students from Anderson Township and Newtown have been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Dayton.

Megan Sullivan has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Baldwin-Wallace College. She is from Mount Washington.

named to the 2010 fall quarter dean’s list at Wake Forest University. She is from Newtown.

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Anderson’s Campbell picks up 100th win on mat State wrestling meet next on his plate By Nick Dudukovich CARRIE COCHRAN/STAFF

Turpin’s girls 200 medley relay swimmers, from left: Gabbie Pettinichi, senior, Molly Hazelbaker, junior, Valerie Borger, junior and Morgan Contino, sophomore, pose at Turpin High School. All four qualified for the state swim meet in multiple events.

Spartans splash to 3rd place in state swim tournament

By Scott Springer

Fourteen Turpin Spartans splashed down in Canton for the state swim meet after a very successful season for coach Rene Contino. Nine girls and five boys made up the contingent for Contino who has brought home Fort Ancient Valley Conference titles on both sides since 2002. After being named boys coach of the year in 2006 and 2007, Contino added FAVC-East girls coach of the year to her resume this year. “We have a good mix of some younger underclassmen and some juniors and seniors,” Contino said. “It’s an exciting time for the girls.” The excitement culminated in Canton with a third-place finish in the Division I state meet on Feb. 26. Led by junior Molly Hazelbaker, the Spartans outpointed everyone but Ursuline Academy (runner-up) and Upper Arlington out of Columbus. Hazelbaker took third in the 200 freestyle (1:51.73), fourth in the 500 free (4:52.74), as well as helping the 200 medley relay team get third place and the 400 free relay team take sixth. Joining Hazelbaker in the 200 medley relay was senior Gabbie Pettinichi, sophomore Morgan Contino and junior Valerie Borger, while senior Stephanie Pearce was part of the 400 free relay. Hazelbaker also had company in her 500 freestyle swim as freshman Shaylynn Spelman finished fifth and Pearce was 10th. “The 500 freestyle is a good event for us,” coach Contino said. “Molly, Shaylynn and Stephanie –


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that’s a good race for them. They’re all good distance swimmers.” Turpin also had a tandem in the 100 breaststroke as Pettinichi was Contino. fourth (1:04.78) and junior Sam Hardewig was 13th. In the 200 individual medley, it was Hardewig ninth and Pettinichi 12th. Along with the thrill of coaching a successful team, Contino also has the privilege of watching her own daughter, Morgan, swim at the state’s highest level. The sophomore Contino swam on all of the relays plus recorded a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly at 57.62. “It is a little bit different to have your own daughter swimming in the meet,” Contino said. “It’s exciting, but a little more nervewracking.” The Turpin girls 200 freestyle relay featuring Morgan Contino, Jaymie Polet, Rachel Polanco and Valerie Borger finished second to Ursuline Academy in the districts, but set a new school record. At Canton, the Spartans were behind the Lions again, finishing sixth while Ursuline was fourth. “Girls side, we had a great season last year and we continued that,” Contino said. “We did have some girls graduate – several state qualifiers – but we had some girls fill in nicely this year.” For the boys, senior Sean Monahan had hoped to go out in Canton with good swims in the 500 free and as part of Turpin’s first-

team FAVC 400 freestyle relay team. Although the Turpin boys didn’t place as high as the girls (20th), Monahan did finish sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:37.37) and was part of the 10th place 400 free relay team. Junior Tommy Easley and sophomore Phillip Englert each qualified in four events. Easley teamed up with Englert, Monahan and junior Alex Kenney on the 400 free relay, while sophomore Kyle Jackson took the place of Monahan on Turpin’s 200 medley relay that finished 15th. Besides Monahan, only Easley showed in the standings in an individual event with a 15th-place finish in the 100 free (47.60). “As a coach it was fun to see all the kids swim well,” Contino said. “It’s an elite group that gets to the high school state meet. It’s very exciting to watch those kids perform well. We had enough veterans to help out the new kids that hadn’t been there.”


Turpin High School’s Molly Hazelbaker swims to a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle during the finals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s 2011 Division I state tournament held at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 26. She also finished fourth in the 500 freestyle.

For Anderson High School wrestler Patrick Campbell, the Division I Moeller sectional championship tournament couldn’t have ended any better. Besides finishing first in the 135-pound weight class, Campbell, a junior, also picked up his 100th career victory, Feb. 19. The milestone came in the sectional semifinals against Mason High School’s Faye Jamous. Later in the day, Campbell had his 101st win, as well as a sectional title, with his win over Princeton High School’s Kendall Sorrells. “(100 wins) has been a goal of mine since my freshman year,” Campbell said. “I felt it was a big milestone, and it was something I definitely wanted to do.” On Feb. 26, he took third place at the district meet, allowing him to advance to state March 3-5. Campbell said the magnitude of the postseason helped distract him from over-thinking his personal milestone. “I felt like the main goal was to make it to the final, because I wanted to be the No. 1 seed out of sectionals,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about the 100th win; I was thinking about beating my opponent.” Wrestling has come easy to Campbell, who picked up the sport when he was 8 years old after moving to Ohio from Canada. Having played hockey, like so many Canadian boys his age, Campbell said he had to find a new sport to play when he crossed the border. The physicality of wrestling made for a perfect fit. “When I moved down here, there wasn’t a hockey arena to play at, so my dad put me at another physical sport, and I was successful at it and I grew to love the sport,” he said.

As a sixth-grader, Campbell said he only lost one match, which made him think about his future as a wrestler. He started competing at camps and off-season tournaments as a way to fine-tune his skills. Anderson head coach Luke Cripe admires the route Campbell has taken to become one of the area’s top competitors. “When you’re in the sixth or seventh grade, and people are telling you that you’re going to be a state qualifier, that’s a lot of pressure, but Pat’s handled it really well,” Cripe said. Campbell, who has one more year of eligibility remaining, could become Anderson’s all-time wins leader next season. If successful, the record would stay within the Campbell family. G r a h a m Campbell, Patrick’s brother, is the current record holder for career wins (127). Barring injury, Campbell, who has won 30 or more matches his first three seasons, is only 26 wins shy heading into districts. Regardless of whether or not he breaks the record, Cripe believes Campbell is already someone younger wrestlers can look up too. “He works hard, shows up to practice and he’s a focused kid,” Cripe said. “In that sense, he’s a great leader and sets a great example for the kids on the team.” While Campbell would like to have bragging rights over his older brother, he’s instead focusing some other goals he’d like to scratch off his list first, such as placing at this winter’s state tournament. “In terms of overall goals, placing high or winning state has been my goal since sixth grade,” he said. The Division I state wrestling championship will be March 3-5 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Ohio State University.

Patrick Campbell, who has one more year of eligibility remaining, could become Anderson’s all-time wins leader next season.

TOURNAMENT BRIEFS The following results involve teams or individuals who advanced in the winter posteason.

Boys swimming/diving

The following athletes participated in the Ohio state swimming and diving meet Feb. 23-26 in Canton

Division I

Kyle Jackson, Phillip Englert, Alex Kenney, 15th place, 1:38.46 • Tommy Easley, Turpin – 100 free, 15th place, 47.60 • Sean Monahan, Turpin – 500 free, sixth place, 4:37.37

Girls swimming/diving

• Wade Paroz, Anderson – 50 freestyle, fourth place, 21.29;100 freestyle, sixth place, 46.85 • Anderson 200 freestyle relay – Wade Paroz, Jimmy Nordloh, Kile Aukerman, Connor Davis, 12th place, 1:27.97 • Anderson 400 freestyle relay – Connor Davis, Kile Aukerman, Casey Gallagher, Wade Paroz, 14th place, 3:14.21 • Turpin 400 freestyle relay – Tommy Easley, Phillip Englert, Alex Kenney, Sean Monahan, 10th place, 3:11.61 • Turpin 200 medley relay – Tommy Easley,

The following athletes participated in the Ohio state swimming and diving meet Feb. 23-26 in Canton

Division I

• Molly Hazelbaker, Turpin – 200 freestyle, third place, 1:51.73; 500 freestyle, fourth, 4:52.74 • Shaylynn Spelman, Turpin – 500 freestyle, fifth, 4:58.06 • Gabbie Pettinichi, Turpin – 100 breaststroke, fourth, 1:04.78; 200 IM, 12th, 2:08.44 • Morgan Contino, Turpin – 100 butterfly,seventh place, 57.62 • Sam Hardewig, Turpin – 200 IM, ninth

place, 2:07.01; 100 breaststroke, 13th, 1:06.82 • Valerie Borger, Turpin – 50 free, 10th, 24.08 • Stephanie Pearce, Turpin – 500 free, 10th, 5:03.31 • Turpin 200 freestyle relay – Morgan Contino, Jaymie Polet, Rachel Polanco, Valerie Borger, sixth place, 1:37.77 • Turpin 400 freestyle relay – Valerie Borger, Morgan Contino, Stephanie Pearce, Molly Hazelbaker, sixth place, 3:32.99 • Turpin 200 medley relay – Molly Hazelbaker, Gabbie Pettinichi, Morgan Contino, Valerie Borger, third place, 1:46.68 • Grace Counts, Walnut Hills – 200 freestyle, 12th place, 1:54.90)

Division II

• Maddie Mitchell, McNicholas – 1-meter diving, 11th place, 329.75 • Abby Mitchell, McNicholas – 1-meter diving, 16th place, 312.85

• Amanda Bradley, McNicholas – 1-meter diving, 19th place, 218.40


The following athletes will move onto the state wrestling meet in Columbus beginning March 3.

Division I

• Patrick Campbell, Anderson (135)– third place in district meet. • Brandon Mitchell, Withrow (285) – first place with a decision over Tanner Wright of Butler High School 8-2.

Division I

Boys basketball

• Anderson downed Sycamore 74-70 Feb. 25. The Redskins take on No. 5 seed Mason at Fairfield High School March 1. • Turpin is against Fairfield March 1 at Lakota West High School. • Walnut Hills plays No. 7 Middletown

March 1 at Princeton High School in the sectional tournament. • Withrow the No. 8 Seed plays Harrison March 1 at Fairfield.

Division II

• No. 5 McNicholas beat Norwood 51-48 on Feb. 25. The Rockets take on No. 4 Goshen March 1 at Mason High School.

Division II

Girls basketball

• No. 3 McNicholas opened up tournament play with a 76-49 win over Bethel-Tate on Feb. 23. On Feb. 26, the Rockets lost to top seed Indian Hill 72-46, ending their season at 13-9.

Division I


• Anderson finished sixth at the Southwest district meet at Lakota East Feb. 26 with a score of 128.675.



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St. Xavier swimmers win state – again By Tony Meale

For the 12th time in the last 13 years, the St. Xavier High School swiming team has won the state championship. The OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships were held Feb. 23-26 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The Bombers totaled 312 points to finish ahead of Toledo St. Francis De Sales, which totaled 298.5. It was the Bombers’ 32nd state swimming title in school history. St. Xavier trailed for much of the event but used its depth – not to mention some late wins – to win state. Among the Bombers’ notable

and John Galvin finished third in the 200 free relay 1:25.34). • Johnson, Hendricks, Galvin and Matt Montague finished sixth in the 400 free relay (3:11.00). • Joe Lutz finished 14th in diving (389.65). The Bombers won state without producing a single individual state champion.

the 500 free (4:32.41). • Andrew Brower and Gabe Baumgartner finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 breast with times of 57.59 and 57.84. • Wooley, Haas, Baumgartner and Grant Johnson finished second in the 200 medley relay (1:32.76). • Haas, Hendricks, Johnson

performances: • Ian Wooley finished second in the 100 butterfly (50.69), while Ryan Haas was third (51.12) and Gabe Rapp was eighth (51.64). • Wooley and Haas also finished second and third, respectively, in the 100 backstroke with times of 50.31 and 50.54. • Jack Hendricks as second in

Cougar football team gives back by helping When Brian Veith, head coach of the sixth grade Cougar Football Team, began the season this year, he wanted his players to do more than learn about football and sportsmanship. The boys on his team – a combination of students from Cardinal Pacelli, St. Mary, the Villa, and St. Francis De Sales parish – were encouraged to think about a cause they wanted to work for as a team. The boys chose Building Blocks for Kids, an organization that provides resources and financial assistance to children with health-related needs. Specifically, the team decided to help someone affected by hearing loss. Each of the players set a goal of earning $25 by doing odd jobs. The boys from Cardinal Pacelli found several jobs raking leaves

for parishioners at Our Lord Christ the King. The Ndukwe Foundation, impressed by the team’s commitment, contributed an additional $500 to the cause, increasing the final amount raised to $1,322. Because they exceeded their goal, the team was not only able to provide a 13year-old boy with a hearing aid, but they were able to contribute to the tuition of a young student at St. Rita’s School for the Deaf. Although the players were unable to meet the recipient of the hearing aid, two Building Blocks staffers came to the Cougars’ end of the season banquet and shared a heartfelt letter of thanks from the boy. Coach Veith felt it was important to show his players that life is about reaching out, helping others, and

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Special Olympics Swim Meet

The M.E. Lyons YMCA/Anderson Barracudas Swim Team hosted the fifth annual Hamilton County Special Olympics swim meet on Nov. 13. The teams that participated were: M.E. Lyons YMCA, Powel Crosley YMCA, Gamble Nippert YMCA and the CRC-TR Sharks. There were 65 swimmers who competed. Pictured, from left, is Cara Wethington, Stephanie Williams, Emma Adams and Maureen Kimutis.

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Hannah Salzbrun, a senior from Clark Montessori was recently named All-East Scholar, representing Southwest Ohio. Salzbrun was first-team, All-MVC this year in women’s soccer and first-team, AllMVC in Diving and a state qualifier in 2009. Salzbrun currently holds a 3.9350 unweighted GPA and ranks seventh in her class. Salzbrun is the daughter of Tom and Ann Salzbrun.

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Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why?

What do you think will be the effect if collective bargaining is eliminated for state workers?

“Workers should have the right to organize but they should not have the right to hold the government hostage or bargain the ‘lifetime jobs’ from which they cannot be laid off or fired, even if they do a lousy job. “Why should Cincinnati sanitation workers get a better deal than Rumpke workers? Why should public employees have the right to accumulate years worth of sick and vacation days when the rest of us can’t. “Procter & Gamble, one of the premier private employers in our area doesn’t allow the accumulation of vacation days beyond April of the following year and employees are required to take a minimum number each year. There are no accumulating sick days, and most people take time off only for legitimate reasons. “Sick days are not an entitlement. If your illness lasts more than 5 days, you go on short term disability. Public workers are ‘our employees.’ Their jobs should not be immune to the market forces of supply and demand. “Over 9 percent of our population is unemployed today. If those public employees are getting such a raw deal, let them try their hand in private industry and give some folks who are willing to work a shot at their jobs.” F.S.D. “It is important to note that collective bargaining would not be eliminated for schools, counties, cities, townships, police, and fire, though many provisions of current law would be reformed. “For example, does anyone in their right mind think that teachers throughout Ohio, who only work 37 weeks, need 15 ‘sick days’ a year? Frankly, that makes me sick!” T.H. “Collective bargaining in the private sector is different from the public sector. The difference? Competition for the product or services provided. “When there is a strike in the private (industry) sector a competitor can supply the services or product. Ford goes on strike, buy a GM product. “When the fire department goes on strike there is no alternative. When the teachers go on strike there is no alternative. “With the element of competition missing in the public sector; labor has an unfair advantage. It is obvious to any person interested in solving the fiscal problems that plague the public sector that the unions have to compromise.





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“Potential disaster is the likely effect of eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, especially if (oh, excuse me, WHEN) this idiotic idea spreads to our teachers – that heroic group to which my daughter belongs. “Despite the figures in recent skewed reporting, public servants (state, city, federal employees and, in particular, educators) work for much smaller salaries, but in most cases benefit from decent health care and retirement plans. “Take away their ability to fight for and retain those important compensatory benefits and we will reek havoc on our educational system and the fragile public service sector. ‘Nuff said!” M.M.


Every week the Forest Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to m with Chatroom in the subject line. “Total elimination is not the answer. Elimination of the ability to strike would be helpful. No it is not all about the children. It is all about power. “As they say, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” J.S.D. “What will be the effect if collective bargaining is eliminated for state workers? There will be a lot of unhappy people. “If you are a state worker, and have become accustomed to great benefits like salaries, pensions, etc., and are told you have to give them up it would be an extremely traumatizing thing. “I can’t prove it, but I would certainly guess that many of the perks that state workers enjoy have only been realized because of union bargaining. And at the same time, unions (while being responsible for improving the lot of many workers who had been treated unfairly) have not been exempt from corruption and abuse of power. “The fact is our country cannot indefinitely continue to do things the way we have done for years. In order to be a stable country, we must be fiscally responsible, while doing our best to treat others fairly (including state workers). “The specter of states on the verge of bankruptcy is frightening. Bill B. “Simply, a lot of upset workers. The GOP may have concluded that since most union members vote Democrat they will gain from the middle for solving the budget crisis without loss. “We’ll have to wait and see, because upset workers won’t give as good service to us, their customers. “The unions are getting a bad rap here. In the past they accepted lower pay raises and deferred benefits. That’s just what the right said they should do, take care of their own future. “It is the various government entities who have failed, by not funding those future benefits on an annual basis. They, in effect, borrowed from the state workers retirement funds. “To renege on payment now is just as much theft as what Bernie Madoff did. Even if the original agreements with the unions were generous, that doesn’t mean it is OK to break them, they were agreements made in my name which should be honored. D.R. “I think it is about time. The unions have been holding this country hostage for way to long. It needs to stop.” B.A. “This is strictly union busting. Kasich is doing the bidding of the Republican right wing (Wall Street, Banks, etc.) using the budget as an excuse. “Wake up! The middle class is diminishing. They are who made America great. No great legislation has ever come from the far right on either the state or federal level.” J.Z.





Hamilton County is open for business Hamilton County Commissioners recently voted to create a new management position that is designed to keep existing jobs in Hamilton County while creating an environment that promotes new economic development in our area. This full-time position of development services facilitator will operate in the county’s Department of Planning and Development while reporting to Assistant Hamilton County Administrator Jeff Aluotto. Working in the county’s Planning and Development Department positions this individual to assess and prevent future construction disputes and slow downs in issuing building permits. Reporting directly to the assistant county administrator also gives the individual the independence to support initiatives that might otherwise by stifled by departmental red tape. I proposed the creation of this new position because, over the years, Hamilton County has

developed a reputation for being difficult to do business with. Contractors, homebuilders and small business owners were increasingly frustrated with the time it was taking to have business plans approved and construction permits issued. And as the saying goes, “Time is money.” Hamilton County businesses were more frequently finding themselves out of time and running out of money in waiting for their plans and permits to be approved. It became an easy decision for them – move out of Hamilton County or continue to put up with the headaches of bureaucracy. Our new hire will be key to Hamilton County’s ability to stop the bleeding, to be able to once again compete against other Southwestern Ohio Counties, the Northern Kentucky suburbs and rural Indiana for business retention and anew economic opportunities. The successful candidate must have the business background,

knowledge of Chris Monzel the construction industry and Community the interpersonPress guest al skills to work columnist as an interface between government process and real world timelines. The commission had enlisted the aide of the development and building communities to help identify the right candidate. Members of those two business groups will join Hamilton County administrators as a search team. At the end of the day, we will hire the right individual and get the word out, “Hamilton County is again open for business.” Note: Individuals can get more info about the position and apply online by going to and view the job description at Chris Monzel is a Hamilton County commissioner.

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Here is an idea: Start charging bus fare for the kids that must ride the school bus – instead of the taxpayer. Either buy a pass for the school year or charge so much per ride. You would then have to have coin boxes installed in the buses. That is what I did when I went to high school. I paid my fare as the other students did. I went to school in Cincinnati, where I then lived. Since that is the first thing they cut (bus service) I believe this to be the answer. If you can’t afford it do as I

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‘Under God’ under attack Our time-honored Pledge of Allegiance has been thrust again into national discussion because a few atheists have attacked the words “under God” added to the Pledge by Congress in 1954. Lincoln used those words in his Gettysburg Address, but their more recent history deserves attention. On Feb. 7, 1954, commemorating Lincoln’s birthday, Dr. George Docherty, a Scottish immigrant and pastor of New York Ave. Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C., preached a sermon entitled “Under God.” Pondering the Pledge said by his children in school, he observed that except for the words “United States of America” it could be used as a pledge to any other Republic. Missing was what he said was the distinctive thing about America ... our founding in the providence of God. Belief in God and “firm reliance on the protection of divine providence” are affirmed in the Declaration of Independence. Docherty, not yet a

citizen, called that acknowledgement of God “the characteristic and definitive factor of ‘the American Way of Life.’” Within three Ted Kalsbeek days after hearCommunity ing that sermon, Press guest President Eisenpersuadcolumnist hower ed Congress to add “under God” to the Pledge, and on Flag Day, 1954, he signed it into law. On the 50th anniversary of his historic sermon, Docherty was honored with 500 people attending, despite pickets outside revealing their ignorance and denial of the historically documented fact of America’s foundational relationship with God. While exercising their freedom to picket, they denied to others the freedom of religion and of the pulpit. Docherty died on Nov. 27,

2009, at age 97 with hardly any public notice of his death, indicating the degree to which political correctness prevails over historic truth. I feel privileged to have received from Docherty a signed copy of his sermon, and to have had subsequent correspondence with his widow. Numerous attempts have been made to have “under God” removed from the Pledge and “In God We Trust” removed from our money. According to the American Center for Law and Justice, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently upheld the constitutionality of those phrases, so, another attempt to revise history has been rejected. Thomas Jefferson said “God who gave us life gave us liberty.” It behooves us, in this tumultuous time in America, to reaffirm, with renewed faith and hope, that we are, indeed, a “nation under God.” Theodore W. Kalsbeek is pastor emeritus of Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Symmes Township.

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A banana a day

Not only are bananas really good for you, they’re really good for the soil and your plants! No doubt about it – bananas really are one of the super fruits for us to eat! Not only are they one of

the best sources of instant and sustained e n e r g y, bananas can also help overcome or prevent a Ron Wilson substantial number of In the garden illnesses and conditions. They help regulate high blood pressure, naturally energize the brain, they’re a great colon cleanser, help take the edge off periods of depression, help curb heartburn, morning sickness and sometimes good for hangovers, and believe it or not, have been a help for some smokers to kick their smoking habit. So, we should all be eating a banana or two a day, right? And when you’re finished eating your banana, don’t throw out the peel! You see, the banana benefits just keep going because banana peels are good for your soil and for your plants. By adding banana peels back to the soil, they break down, add organic matter back to the soil, and also add nutrients such as potash and phosphorus. Simply cut up your peels in thin slices and toss them in the garden, or in the landscape mulch, or if you want, actually chop them into the soil. And if you have houseplants, take the peels and slide them down between the soil and the side of the pot. That way you add organic matter to your houseplants soil, and give them a light boost of banana peel nutrients. As they break down, banana peels don’t smell, and don’t attract bugs, so they’re safe to use with your plants indoors. So, when someone says an apple a day keeps the doctor away, remind them that a banana a day has about four times the effect – both for you and for your plants! Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. Reach him at columns@community


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New home for fire truck, eh? By Lisa Wakeland

One of Anderson Township’s aerial ladder trucks has a new home in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The township sold the 13-year-old truck to the city of Saint John for $150,000 earlier this year, said Paul Cunningham, the battalion chief for the support division of the Anderson Township Fire & Rescue Department. A local department showed interest in the aerial ladder truck, but the deal never materialized, Cunningham said. The Saint John Fire Department, which makes roughly 8,000 runs per year, was looking to replace its aerial ladder truck and came to the township to inspect the truck. “It would have cost them $160,000 to refurbish an old truck,” he said. Before finalizing the international transaction, Cunningham said they had to comply with multiple requirements from the North American Free Trade Agreement and customs departments in both countries. Paperwork for the deal took less than two hours to complete, but the Saint John Fire Department had to wait at least 72 hours before Anderson Township’s former truck could enter Canada, Cunningham said. One of the Saint John fire chiefs drove the truck to the border, where it underwent a thorough inspection. It then had to pass through customs in New Brunswick and register with the city of Saint John, Cunningham said. Anderson Township still has one aerial ladder truck that operates out of the Hunley Road fire station, Fire Chief Mark Ober said. The truck sold to Saint John will be replaced with a new, custom-designed fire engine, Ober said. “We’re happy with it,” he said. “It’s plain, red and practical.” Anderson Township budgeted $505,000 of taxpayers’ money to buy the new engine and cover any contingencies that may arise. By replacing the aerial ladder truck with an engine, Ober said the township will save money on the initial purchase, fuel and maintenance.


Anderson Township sold this aerial ladder trucks to the city of Saint John Fire Department in the province of New Brunswick. The Canadian department paid $150,000 for the truck.

About Saint John

The city of Saint John is in the New Brunswick province in Canada. It’s east of Maine on the Bay of Fundy. It’s called “Canada’s original city” and was first incorporated in 1785, according the Saint John website. It has a population of roughly 69,000 people, making it the largest city in New Brunswick, according to its website. Saint John was designated as a “Cultural Capital of Canada” in 2010, according to the website. Cunningham said the new engine is a mid-ship pumper, which means the driver can operate controls and the pump from the truck instead of standing in the road. It also has better maneuverability than a ladder truck and a compartment design the same as other trucks in Anderson Township’s fleet. “That makes it easier for the firefighters to work on any engine,” Cunningham said. There are multiple safety upgrades, many dictated by the National Fire Protection Agency, as well as a cleaner diesel engine to comply with feder-


Anderson Township will replace this 13-year-old aerial ladder truck with a new, custom-built fire engine. The township has another quint at the Hunley Road fire station. al and state standards, Cunningham said. All of the equipment from the old, aerial ladder truck will be transferred to the new engine, which is expected to arrive in September. For more about your community, visit

Local dancers pass Park offers jazz, buffet at Woodland teacher’s exam

Local dancing students, Molly Calico of Anderson Township, Shelby Matthews of Union Township and Rebecca Ruehlman of Anderson Township all recently passed their exams to become Scottish Highland dancing teachers. All three have been studying highland dancing for more than 10 years at Allegro Dance Arts in Mt. Carmel. The exam required months of study. The Cincinnati Highland Dancers brought in examiner Lynne Erbrick from East Stroudsburg, Penn., Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. Erbrick is an examiner

for the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, a Highland dancing adjudicator and former world champion. The students were required to demonstrate five dances and then answered questions on the “theory” of Highland dancing. The examiner sent the scores to Scotland to be logged as either Pass, Commended or Highly Commended. Ruehlman and Matthews received Commended scores and Calico received a score of Highly Commended. All three hope to begin teaching dance at Allegro soon.




HYDE PARK 513.841.8257

The Hamilton County Park District is conducting Sunday Jazz Brunches at Sweetwine Banquet Center at Woodland Mound, 600 Nordyke Road, Anderson Township. The themed Sunday brunches offer three seating times: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and each will feature swinging jazz by the Chris Comer Trio. The buffet offers more than 25 items, a carving station and an omelet bar as well as fresh salads, pastries, desserts and other Sunday favorites. Items include chef carved prime rib, smoked Virginia ham, Belgian waffles, hash browns, fresh fruit and bottomless beverages. Guests can also buy

mimosas, Bloody Marys, Irish coffee and French vanilla cappuccinos for $3.50 each. Dates and themes include: • March 6 – Mardi Gras Brunch • March 20 – First Day of Spring Brunch The Sunday Brunches in the Park are $13.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 2 to 12, plus tax. Children under 23 months are complimentary. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcomed. Reservations can be made at or by calling 474-3008. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks.


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March 2, 2011



Basic Mediation Training, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave., Concludes March 4. Two-day workshop addresses basic conflict resolution skills. Family friendly. $250. 231-6630. Anderson Township.


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


Cheerleading Tryouts, 6-10 p.m., Anderson High School, Free. 885-1413. Anderson Township.



Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, $10. 474-4802. Anderson Township.


Make a Bigger Mess at the Manatee, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ages 4-7. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.


Keller Williams, 9 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, $25, $20 advance. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Network of weight-loss support programs. $26 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.



Cheerleading Tryouts, 6-9 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, E-mail varsity coaches at or for more information. Ages 8-12. Free. 885-1413. Anderson Township.


The Qtet, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Jazz/funk music. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum. Phil DeGreg Quintet, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


Better Than Yelling, 7-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Designed to decrease yelling and to develop more satisfying relationship with your child. $15. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745; Anderson Township.


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


Romantic Landscapes: Now and Then, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 8718787; O’Bryonville. Return of the Russians, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville.


Parlor Paintings, 6-8 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., One-person show of figurative paintings by Dale Lamson, renowned local graphic designer and fine artist. Exploration of artist’s fascination with tattoo body art. Exhibit continues through March 18. Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.


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

The Modulators, 8:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., $5. 871-6789. Mount Lookout.

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Mardi Gras Party, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., With Headband and One Horse. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


ManaTots, 9:30-10 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories and songs for children up to age 4. Free. 731-2665; Oakley. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Special story time. Family friendly. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.




Ernie Hendrickson, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., With Carole Walker. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

Here Our Praise, Hear Our Praise, 7:30 p.m., Korean Madisonville United Methodist Church, 6130 Madison Road, Featuring church musicians. College-Conservatory of Music students working toward undergraduate and doctoral degrees. Benefits For the Mission. Free, donations requested. 2711434; Madisonville.

A Rain Garden Workshop will be conducted from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Green City Resources and Greenacres Foundation instructors will show how to beautify a landscape with a bowlshaped garden designed to capture water. The presentation includes site selection, design, construction, planting and maintenance of a residential rain garden. Includes lunch. Cost is $25. Registration is required by phone or by e-mail to The program is presented by Forest Hills Community Education. Call 231-3600, ext. 5949; or visit Pictured is a rain garden at Nagel Middle School.



Terrace Park Historical Society Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Terrace Park Community Building, 428 Elm Ave., “Beyond Storage: How to Preserve Valuables and Keepsakes” with conservator Charles Price. Socializing and session for children on scrap booking and creating keepsakes. Business meeting follows at 4 p.m., presentation begins 4:15 p.m. Free. Presented by Terrace Park Historical Society. 831-8371. Terrace Park.

Once Upon a Mattress, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Musical retelling of fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” All ages. $15, $12 seniors and students. Presented by Beechmont Players. 233-2468; Anderson Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 5


Parlor Paintings, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., One-person show of figurative paintings by Dale Lamson. Exploration of artist’s fascination with tattoo body art. Free. Through March 18. 871-4420; Hyde Park. Romantic Landscapes: Now and Then, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 8718787; O’Bryonville. Return of the Russians, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; O’Bryonville.


Batahola Dance, 8-11:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Cash bar and dancing. Music by Soul Pocket, 13-piece band. Benefits Cultural Center of Batahola Norte, Managua, Nicaragua, and Our Lady of the Mountain, Staton, Ky. $25; $20 before March 4. 3884466. Anderson Township.


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


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


Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7426 Beechmont Ave., Suite 201, Ages 21 and up. Free. 827-9146. Anderson Township.


Once Upon a Mattress, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15, $12 seniors and students. 233-2468; Anderson Township.


Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Lower level. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos, handson exhibits and artifacts. Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.



Stuff the Bus, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa, 5081 Madison Road, Pet food drive. Drop off donations of unopened, unexpired pet food, treats and kitty litter. Benefits Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry. 275-5842; Madisonville.


True Freedom Women’s Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Linwood Baptist Church, 4808 Eastern Ave., Focus on living freely every day in Christ, even through tragedy. Through scripture teachings, Sheryl Pellatiro, director of Solid Truth Ministries, shares hope, healing and guidance. Frances Blaylock, founder of Gifts of Vision and Voice, shares God’s vision, joy and peace through art. $25. Registration required. Presented by S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation. 521-4583; Linwood.

Race to Nowhere, 7 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Documentary exposes the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and workplace unprepared and uninspired. 2314172; Anderson Township.




Wine Tasting, Noon-5 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, $10. 231-9463; Mount Washington.


Codependents Anonymous, 9:30 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Room 206. Book discussion group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 5831248. Hyde Park. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 6 Parlor Paintings, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park.

Brunch in the Park, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road, Mardi Gras Brunch. Three seating times. Buffet offers more than 25 items, a carving station and an omelet as well as fresh salads, pastries, desserts and other favorites. Special beverages available for $3.50 each. $13.95, $6.95 ages 2-12, free ages 23 months and under. Vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 4743008; Anderson Township.


Muse Manatee Book-making Workshop, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Story followed by book-making. Books autographed and displayed on special shelf alongside other books for one week. Ages 3-8. $5. Registration required. 513 731-2665. Oakley.


Queen City Bronze Handbell Choir and Cincinnati Choral Society, 3-5 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” with Thomas Sherwood, baritone. Family friendly. $12, $10 students and seniors, $6 children. 2314172; Anderson Township.

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The Joy of Painting: Floral, 6-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Learn famous Bob Ross floral painting method. Paint roses, poppies, daisies, sunflowers, irises, hibiscus and more. Ages 16 and up. Family friendly. $50, $45 residents. Registration required. 388-4513. Anderson Township.


After Hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, $5. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 4744802. Anderson Township.


Heart Matters for Her: What All Women Need to Know about Heart Disease, 6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Presented by Dr. Monica Hunter, board-certified cardiologist. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111; Fairfax. Let Your Smile Speak for You: Update on Cosmetic Dentistry, 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Presented by Dr. Stephen Pick, dental surgeon. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111; Fairfax. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 9



Learn and Taste Cooking Demonstration, 6:30-8 p.m., The Spice & Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmondson Road, Amy Heyd, author of cookbook “Saints at The Dinner Table,” gives simple recipes using spices and blends. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 531-7000; Norwood.

Aberrant Reflections on the Barbarism of You & I, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Performance Center, 3900 Eastern Ave., Comedy by Chris Wesselman, Mike Miller and Christopher Karr. Scenes touch on religion, politics, relationships, conspiracy theories and more. $23, $18 seniors, $15 students. Presented by New Edgecliff Theatre. 888-588-0137; Columbia Tusculum.



Anderson Township History Room, 6-9 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.

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

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BUSINESS SEMINARS Job Search 101, Fundamentals of the Job Search Process, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Become what you were meant to be through four-step process: Assess and explore, goals and strategies, tactics and tools, and act and achieve. Free. Presented by ProTrain True North. 8251555; Hyde Park. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


The Pink Floyd Experience comes to the Aronoff Center at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. The Pink Floyd Experience will present the album “Animals” in its entirety with a light and video show. Six musicians will perform an authentic Pink Floyd experience, including greatest hits, “Money,” and “Comfortably Numb.” Tickets are $42, $38 and $32. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Read picture book and create art project based on book. With Miss Kelli. Ages 2-4. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665; Oakley.


The Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, presented by CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky Honda Dealers, brings the best of the best in regional landscaping and home design together at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown. The show continues March 2-6. Times are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12, free for children 13 and under. Monica Pedersen, co-host of “HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2011” will be a special guest Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. For more information, visit or


Forest Hills Journal

March 2, 2011


Are being human and being holy a contradiction? Occasionally the American Catholic laywoman, Dorothy Day, is mentioned as a possible candidate for sainthood. I realize the uneasiness of many who are not Catholic about the whole issue of saints. However, I would like to use some factors of her life to speak about being holy. Dorothy Day was a Greenwich Village radical in the 1920s. In her early years she was a friend of leftists like John Reed and a drinking buddy to writers like John Dos Passos. By the age of 30, she had had an abortion, been divorced, and borne another lover’s child. Later, after converting to Catholicism, she changed drastically and dedicated her life to the poor – not as a nun but as a layperson. She built a string of hospitality houses for the homeless and hungry. She championed the rights if immigrants and farm laborers

through her newspaper “The Catholic Worker,” and founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her commitment was so sinFather Lou cere that she Guntzelman practiced poverty her life. She Perspectives in was wary of adulation, advising friends not to “trivialize me by trying to make me a saint.” She died in 1980 at the age of 83. But what about her early life and sainthood being mentioned in the same breath? Judgmental people, and many pious Catholics, will sniff disapprovingly at her coming to be considered an exemplar of holiness. “She’s certainly not my idea of a saint,” many would say. To them

her past will overshadow her transformation and what she grew to become. We have a blurred image of what holiness means. Our idea usually includes degrees of antihumanness. We prefer saints be born as plastic people and remain so. When I was younger I remember hearing some saint’s childhood extolled with words similar to these: “She was so dedicated to God, that from the age of 10 she often chose to spend hours alone praying in church rather than join in the frivolous games of the other children.” If I heard of such a child doing that today I’d wonder about what unhealthiness, not holiness, lurked in that child’s life and why. Such a child would have as much transformation to accomplish as Dorothy Day. Holiness is wholeness, human wholeness.

And we never begin life with an accomplished wholeness spiritually or psychologically. We are embarrassed at being human. We regret not being God – as did the first humans depicted in Genesis. We abhor being imperfect, weak, humbled, having to struggle to become more than we are. It is especially difficult for a generation of achievers to accept the intrinsic weakness of human nature. Genuine human growth and holiness (wholeness) are spread over a lifetime. Some religiousappearing people may just to be good pretenders. George McCauley S.J. wrote beautifully of one of the most forgiving and empathetic moments for a human that occurred in the scriptures. It was the incident when the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus Christ for condemnation.

McCauley writes: “When Jesus defends the woman taken in adultery, he is also defending himself. He has identified with her shame and pain because he has learned that to be human is to be caught in a complex web of circumstances that constantly trip and trap us.” “He does not defend evil. But he defends evildoers against all the righteous fakes and phonies who fail to sympathize with our laborious ascent from primeval slime to glory on high. He sets kind standards for the pace of our transformation, so that he may always hold out hope.” That seems true for people like Dorothy Day and for people like you and me. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

If a fire hits your home, check out restoration company If the unthinkable happens and your house catches on fire, the repairs can be extensive, lengthy and costly. That’s what a Delhi Township family faced last year after an electrical fire broke out in the children’s bedroom. They hired a restoration company to rebuild, but said their problems only got worse. Homeowner Gina Torbeck said the damage was so great everything had to be removed down to the studs. “We were told we’d be back in within three months. I wasn’t so sure three months was realistic, I was thinking five months – but 10 months is a little ridiculous,” she said. The home restoration company said the cost to rebuild would be about

$130,000 – and it has now received most of the money. But, after 10 months much remains to be done. In fact, Torbeck said her insurance company refused to pay anything more to the restoration company after the first of the year. “I don’t have bathrooms yet, there’s no showers, no tubs, the kitchen isn’t finished, the flooring is not finished. There’s no way we could be living here now,” she said. The company’s contract with Torbeck calls for it to get all necessary permits and inspections, so I asked her about that. “I called to get inspections for the electrical, plumbing and sewer,” Torbeck said. “I was told I could not schedule those because we do not have any active permits on the house. “There’s a pending per-

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mit posted on the front window. It’s a form from Hamilton C o u n t y. But, when I called on it, they told me it was never finalized,”

she said. I called the restoration company and the owner told me the county had approved all the work. But, when I called, building department officials told me although permits were applied for they were never approved. The department even sent a list of required changes to get the permit approved, but officials said they never heard back from

the company. Now Torbeck is working with her insurance company to bring in new contractors to finish the house. She said she’s learned a valuable lesson: carefully check out a fire restoration company – and consult an attorney before signing any contract. The morning after a fire all you want to do is get a contractor to board up the property and nothing more. In addition, for any major reconstruction always get your own expert to regularly inspect the work. You can hire an ASHI Certified Home Inspector or a licensed, professional engineer depending on the type of work to be performed. But, by all means, make sure permits are taken out, posted on the job site, and

regular inspections are performed by the county. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to

him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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BUSINESS UPDATE The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting will be 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Guest speaker, Rob Bunting of the I-marketing Group, will deliver “The Czar’s Speech: Online Marketing – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.” Members and prospective members are welcome. The meeting is free; lunch is $10. RSVP to the chamber office at 474-4802 or

After Hours networking

The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at T.G.I. Friday’s, 7480 Beechmont Ave. The event is open to the public. Admission is $5 and includes appetizers and cash bar. To RSVP or for more information, contact the chamber at 474-4802 or

Career moves

Peggy Rilling of Anderson Township has joined Comey & Shepherd Realtors as vice president of client services in the Relocation Services Division. Rilling has more than 20 years of relocation and real estate experience and cur-


rently holds an Ohio real e s t a t e license. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Nathan Long, Ed. D., of Mt. Washington has been named president of The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the college’s board of directors. He will oversee long-term Long planning for continued development and philanthropic support of the college; ensure the college maintains certifications, accreditations and an environment supportive of higher learning; oversee all operational aspects of the college, including capital and operating budgets; and oversee student retention, recruitment and alumni relationship programs. Long has been part of The Christ College since 2004, most recently serving as interim president upon the retirement of Teresa Goodwin, R.N. He earned a Bachelor of Music at the University of Kentucky and a master’s and Doctorate of Education from the University of Cincinnati.

New officers

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Steve Martin swore in new officers of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse Feb. 17. The 2011 officers are President Chuck Strain, Vice-president Darrin Nye, Secretary Jodie Drees Gan-

ote and Treasurer C. Ransom Hudson. Strain is a DUI lawyer, a frequent lecturer on traffic law, ethics, and professionalism and a member of the National College for DUI Defense. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife.

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Have a full house with King cake, jambalaya on Mardi Gras Ever since we put salad greens, radishes and peas in the cold frame and plowed the garden, I’ve been anxious for warm weather so I can start some serious gardening. Turning the calendar from February to March means I’ve had it with winter, even though Mother Nature does not usually cooperate. The onset of Mardi Gras and Lent is a good barometer for letting us know that spring is not that far away.

Easy King cake for Mardi Gras

Let the kids help with this. Traditional King cake is a yeasted cake, and I’m sharing a recipe for that in my online column at (search “Heikenfeld”). You’re supposed to share the cake with friends and family. The oval shape represents the unity of faiths. The colored sugars are typi-

cal Mardi Gras colors: purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. T h e Rita p l a s t i c Heikenfeld baby repRita’s kitchen r e s e n t s b a b y J e s u s . Whoever finds the baby in their piece of cake is blessed with good luck. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed completely 1 ⁄2 cup sugar Cinnamon, about 3 tablespoons 1 ⁄2 cup finely chopped pecans (opt.) Melted butter


2 cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 4-6 tablespoons water or

milk Green, purple and yellow colored sugars Tiny plastic baby On a lightly floured surface, roll the bread dough into a 9-by-11 rectangle. (If it snaps back at you, let it rest a bit and then proceed). Brush with melted butter. Mix the sugar, cinnamon and nuts together and scatter the mixture all over. Starting at the long end, roll up tightly. Shape into an oval and lay on sprayed cookie sheet, seam side down. Brush with more melted butter. Bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Hide the baby in the cake after it has cooled a bit. You can do this by inserting it in the bottom. Make frosting and after cake has cooled, pour the glaze over. Immediately sprinkle with colored sugars, giving each color their own section on the cake. You may have glaze left. It keeps in the fridge for a

couple of weeks. Just warm it up to use. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Feel free to use a box cake and bake it in a Bundt pan. Add a couple shakes of cinnamon to the batter if you like.

Eggless cake tip from Annie Hoffman

Reader Annie Hoffman shares this good tip for box cakes sans eggs. “For a good cake just use regular cake mix, the oil required and use a can of diet soda to replace the eggs and water. “Diet soda works better than the regular, you can use either one. Just use a flavor that compliments your cake for example, use diet sprite for white, yellow or lemon cake mix, diet cherry cola, diet cola or diet chocolate for chocolate ones. “Make sure to only use the amount of soda in a can not a bottle. If you buy the bottle just measure it out.”

Chicken and sausage jambalaya Go to taste on this.

1 pound Cajun style smoked sausage or regular smoked sausage, cut into 1⁄4inch slices 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 1 medium to large onion, chopped 1 teaspoon garlic or more to taste, minced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 3-4 cups cooked diced chicken 32 oz. chicken broth 11⁄4 cups Uncle Ben’s converted rice Cajun seasoning to taste: start with 2-3 teaspoons Salt to taste Tomato slices and thinly sliced green onions for garnish Film bottom of pan with olive oil. Sauté sausage, celery, onion, garlic and green pepper over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Add chicken, broth, rice and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower to simmer and cook until rice is done and liquid is absorbed, about 25 to 40 minutes or so. Add salt. Cooking time will depend on the type of rice you use, if the chicken is straight from the fridge, etc. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves eight. To serve: Place jambalaya on plate. Lay a tomato slice on top. Sprinkle with green onions.

Coming soon

Cooking for two: Ziti with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and gorgonzola sauce Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Fish Fry – March 11th – 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry – March 18th – 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry – March 25th – 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry – April 1st – 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Last Friday of the Month except November & December) Dinners & Sandwiches (Rye or Bun) Fish / Shrimp / Chicken Fingers / Bar-B-Q Macaroni & Cheese / French Fries / Applesauce / Cole Slaw Desserts, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Beer Carry Out Available


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Breakfast Buffet – March 13th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00


(2nd Sunday of the Month except July & August) Eggs / Sausage / Bacon / Pancakes / Fruit / Breads & Coffeecakes Coffee / Milk / Juices Enjoy Bluegrass music with Mary Zistler and the Old Coney Bluegrass Band Adults - $7.00 & Children - $3.00


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The Forest-Aires women’s chorus is approaching its 50th anniversary and would like to include former members in upcoming festivities. Former Forest-Aires members and Forest-Aires scholarship recipients can e-mail or call Linda at 513-528-6233 or Jan at 513-232-4736 to share their contact information and their favorite songs from their Forest-Aires days.

Anderson Area Chamber seeks nominations for Citizen of the Year The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award Banquet honoring the outstand-

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son Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Cocktails will be 6-7 p.m., with the program and dinner 7-9 p.m. Anderson Township resident and voice of the UC Bearcats Chuck Machock will serve as guest speaker. Nominations are encouraged from Anderson Township, Mount Washington, Newtown and western Clermont County. Awards that will be presented at the banquet include Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Civic Volunteer of the Year, Educator of the Year and Student of the Year. To nominate someone, contact the Chamber at 474-4802. Nominations are also accepted at or by sending them to Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230. All nominations should be received by Monday, March 14.


Forest Hills Journal

March 2, 2011


Pets need a place in your will as well as your heart “That’s it, I am so out of here!” Nosey cried, running toward the door. I had just admonished her for sneaking into the bathroom and chewing up the toilet paper for the third time that day. “You’re not going anywhere,” I replied firmly. “Yes, I am!” she declared, a piece of toilet paper still hanging from her mouth. “Now open that darned door, I’m going to find another home.” “One where they will let you tear up the toilet paper?” I asked. “Amongst other things,” she said, testily. “Just let me walk down the street, with this face I’ll have another home in five minutes, tops!” If only it were that easy for pets to find new homes. Just last weekend my friend Joellen Ivey of Greenhills called to

tell me a sad story. One of her neighbors died suddenly and no one knew what to do with his three dogs. His next of kin lives out of town and Marsie Hall even she didn’t Newbold know what to do. “The police and Marsie’s coroner wanted to Menagerie take the pets to the S.P.C.A. immediately,” Joellen said. “We didn’t want that to happen, so neighbors stepped up and agreed to let the pets stay with them for at least the night until the niece could arrive.” The next morning, Joellen started calling rescue organizations and was gratified by how many called back and offered to help.

“It hurts to lose a neighbor,” she said, “But honestly, seeing those pets adrift was heart rending. Working to find a solution made me see how important my circle of friends are and how important having a conversation with my own family about who is going to take my pets if something happens to me.” People need to include their pets in their estate plans. According to The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, too many animals end up in shelters because their owners have failed to make provisions for them after their deaths. To address this, they have created a document called, “Providing for Your Pet’s Future Without You.” This fact sheet includes legal language for wills and trusts and suggestions on how to protect pets

through power of attorney. It is available at: dfs/pets/pets_in_wills_factsheet.p df. For more information, you can call 202-452-1100 or e-mail This has certainly made my husband, Tom, and I consider what would happen to Nosey if we were to pass away. Our circumstances have changed through the years. We are now older, he is 63, I am 51. Nosey will live 13-18 years. Potentially he will be 81 and me 69 when she reaches the end of her lifespan. Right now we are in good health, but what if that changes? His parents are gone, his brothers and sisters live far away. My parents are elderly and not in the best of health. I had always assumed that they would take

care of my pets if something were to happen to me, but I no longer have that luxury. I am an only child with no real close relatives. We are currently in the process of asking a younger niece (who is currently our heir) to agree to take Nosey, determining what the plan is and taking action by making an appointment with our attorney to make an amendment to our wills. We pamper and spoil our pets. Just imagine how you would feel if your precious cat, dog, ferret or bird were to go homeless because you didn’t think ahead. I’m taking action now and suggest you do as well. For more pet care tips, visit www.marsiesmenagerie.comand look for Marsie’s segments on FOX19. Email future story ideas to:

Help Over-the-Rhine community through IHM And the disciples brought Jesus five loaves and two fish. Jesus blessed the food, broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children. Over 20 years ago, those biblical words inspired Mercy Franciscan at St. John to name its food collection Project 5000. Mercy Franciscan St. John Service Center has served the Over-the-Rhine community for almost 70 years and is committed to providing emergency services to individuals and families in crisis.

The programs it provides are designed to help individuals and families toward self-sufficiency. The programs include social services, material resources including a food pantry, gifts during the holiday season, a sandwich window seven days a week serving more than 100 people a day, fans and air conditioner program, school supplies, a pre-employment training program, a young men’s program for at risk youth, and a temporary housing program. Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township was one of the first parishes to start a yearly collection and by 2009, there were 14 parishes helping Mercy Franciscan at St.

John with the food collection. Parishioner Ed Lear has worked with the IHM congregation on the Project 5000 food collection since the beginning. “Donations are high during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but then fall off sharply. So we chose the month of February to restock the shelves,” said Lear. Mercy Franciscan at St. John has seen the need at the food bank increase tremendously during the past year. Many people have come in recently who never had to ask for help before. In 2010, the Anderson Towne Center Kroger Store helped the project by plac-

ing donation barrels in the front of the store for the month of February. Dave Wahl, manager at the Anderson Kroger was glad to help with the food drive. “We’re part of the community and we understand the need to help fill the food bank back up and in these economic hard times, everyone can reach out more,”

said Wahl. Flyers were given to customers so they could choose items of greatest need. The donation barrels remained at the Anderson Kroger store until the end of February. One thousand pounds of food was collected in the Kroger barrels. This year the Anderson Town Center helped IHM by placing barrels at the store

during the month of February. Immaculate Heart of Mary also has a monthly food collection, “Food from the Heart.” The monthly food collection is donated to the Southeastern Ecumenical Mission Food Pantry. The SEM Food Pantry is located at 6446 Beechmont Ave. in Mount Washington.


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The Anderson Township Kroger store and the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish raised funds for Mercy Franciscan at St. John in Over-the-Rhine. From left are Rev. Tom Kreidler, pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary; IHM parishioner Sherrie Heyse; Erick Copeland-Dansby, executive director of Mercy St. John; and Dave Wahl, manager of the Anderson Towne Center Kroger.


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Citizen of the Year Banquet Presented by

Mount Washington Care Center April 11, 2011 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Anderson Center

Pitching in


Members of the Eastern Hills Exchange Club work hard picking up trash along Beechmont Avenue between Five Mile Road and Eight Mile Road. From left are Ronald Cooke, Jr., Dallas Jackson, Gary Lent, Ken Kushner, Chandra Mathews-Smith, Dennis Fehlinger, Chuck Zech, Kevin O'Brien, Chi Bulger and Ed Nemann. Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. The Eastern Hills Exchange Club has meetings every Friday morning at the Anderson Senior Center from 8-9 a.m. Visit

The Chamber office is now accepting nominations for the following categories: • Citizen of the Year • Business of the Year • Volunteer of the Year

Call the Chamber office at 474-4802 or visit


Forest Hills Journal


March 2, 2011

DEATHS Marlene R. Bauman


9:30am & 11:00am

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.


6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and Classes for all ages.


Sunday Services

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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

CHRISTIAN - CHURCH OF CHRIST CHRISTIAN - CHURCH OF CHRIST Mill Road Church of Christ 11626 Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240

Practicing New Testament Christianity Sunday: Bible Classes (for all ages) .. 9:45 AM Worship………..….....10:40 AM; 5 PM Wednesday: Bible Classes (for all ages…......... 7:30 PM

Free Bible Correspondence Courses!!!


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


Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333


6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230

New Loca on! 3950 Newtown Road

Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 CE-1001549702-01

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


Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the ECK Worship Service Second Sunday of Each Month 11:00 am - Noon Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894



9:00 Equipping · 10:15 Exploring · 11:30 Exploring

513-231-3946 9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School All Are Welcome

Building Homes Relationships & Families

LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (ELCA)


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am


UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

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

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Life Changing Love Letters: Even Though They Are Strangers"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Mildred M. Cook

Mildred M. Cook, 81, of Anderson Township died Feb. 16. Survived by son, Philip (Lynda) Cook; daughter, Brenda (Robert) Grannen; one brother; grandchildren Kelly and Kevin Grannen, Rick (Kristy) Tracy; and great-grandchildren Rachel and Luciana Tracy. Preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen Adele Cook; father, Roscoe Day; mother, Elva Mae Harrod. Services are 2-5 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at 1555 Vancross Court, Anderson Township. Memorials to; the Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Write your family history. Learn about writing memories and facts about your family at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, or 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, or at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The free gathering will be in the church parlor (use the upper level parking lot and entrance) and will last about one hour. There will be experienced people on hand to help with your beginnings. To help you get started on this adventure, starting materials will be available at no charge. All ages are welcome. So that we will have adequate materials and seating, call the church office to reserve a space. Questions may also be directed to the church office. The church is at 1428 Eight Mile Road, Anderson Township; 4741428.

Clough United Methodist Church


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


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

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

Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

PRESBYTERIAN MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided

About obituaries

Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7134 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details.

Joseph E. Gardner

Joseph E. Gardner, 77, of Mount Washington died Feb. 18. Survived by wife, Mary Ann Gardner; sons Gary C. (Annette), Jeff J. (Cindy), Kenneth E. (Ann) and Greg M. (Javier Cruz) Gardnet; daughters Karen A. and Kathleen M. Myers (Mike) Wollenborg; sister, Joyce Forman; grandchildren Lauren, Michael, Kristen, Ryan, Brittany, Zachary, Courtney, Morgan, Austin, Carson, Jack, Maggie, Michael Ruslan, Samantha Jo and Barney Bear. Preceded in death by father, Edwin Gardner; and mother, Helen Dubini. Services were Feb. 23, at Guardian Angels Church: Memorials to: Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230; or McNicholas High School, 6536 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Victoria M. Gray

Victoria M. Gray, 54, died Feb. 23. She was an attorney with Moore, Moore and Moore in Anderson Township, and served as past president of the Clermont County Bar Association. Survived by mother, Carol Taylor Moore; husband, Rob Gray; sons Matthew and Daniel Gray; brothers David Jr. (Gina) Moore, Steven (Martha) Moore and Daniel (Meriwether) Moore; nieces and nephews Zach, Maggie, Kayla, Jennifer, Amanda and Jake. Preceded in death by father, David Moore. Services are 3 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal

Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township.

Jeannette E. Jones

Jeannette E. Jones, 87, of Anderson Township died Feb. 14. Survived by son, James (Terry) Jones; step-daughter, Veronica (Charley) Myers; brother, Thomas Evans; sister, Marjorie (Arthur) Merten; grandson, Stuart (Emily) Jones; step-grandchild Jamie Garber; and great-granchild, Tyler Jones. Preceded in death by husband L. James Jones; father, Thomas Evans; and mother, Maude Obere. Services were Feb. 19 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington. Memorials to: Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45243; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Joan Ellen Smith

Joan Ellen Smith, 77, of Mount Washington died Feb. 16. Survived by sisters Pauline Vanee, Helen and Ruth Smith. Preceded in death by husband, Opie Smith; father, Alvin Smith; mother, Sallie Davis; and brothers David, Alvin Jr. and Harold Smith. Services were Feb. 25 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

William J. Spelman Sr.

William J. Spelman Sr., 83, of Anderson Township died Feb. 13. Survived by son, William J. Spelman Jr.; daughter, Mary Alice (Robert) Stewart; sister, Maola McDermott and Alice Appleman; and grandchildren Zachary and Cassie Stewart and Shaylyn Spelman. Preceded in death by wife, Miriam J. Spelman; father, Thomas Spelman; and mother, Alice Brennan. Services were Feb. 19, at St. Veronica Church, Anderson Township.

RELIGION Cherry Grove United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am

7701 Kenwood Rd.

Joyce R. Clifton, 80, of Mount Washington died Feb. 21. Survived by nieces Debbie Woolet and Terry (John) Dumford; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by father, Charles Clifton; mother, Stella Berry; and sisters Opal Woolet and Helen Homoelle. Services were Feb. 24 at Parkside Christian Church, Anderson Township. Memorials to: Parkside Christian Church, 6986 Salem Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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Marlene R. Bauman, 58, of Anderson Township died Feb. 18. Survived by husband, William B. Bauman; son, Nathan P. (Meredith) Bauman; daughter, Natalie (Jason) Hoyt; parents Martin Riley and Ruth (nee Baber) Riley; daughter-in-law, Mary Grace Bauman; brothers Randall (Donna), Timothy (Jackie) and Michele (John) Riley; and grandchildren Luke, Grand and Reid. Services were Feb. 24, at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington. Memorials to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4460 Lake Forest Drive, Blue Ash, OH 45242.

The youth group will be working hard this year to raise money for special trips including a mission trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in July. The focus of this trip will be providing home repairs for residents of this Appalachian region. The church will have its Valentine’s Dinner again in February and will give away gift baskets and door prizes along with having a silent auction. The church is looking for donations of gift certificates and other products for the gift baskets and silent auction. In return, the donor’s name will be advertised. To donate, call 405-8185, e-mail or send items to the church address. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255; 2314301;

Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Rock Church ministry for students in grades 7-12 meets the third Saturday of each month 7-10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St.,

Newtown; 271-8442.

First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills

The church is having a community Egg-Stravaganza, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 23. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt with more than 2,000 eggs. There will also be inflatable rides for children to enjoy (Bungee Run, Jump House, Joust Game) along with snacks and fun galore. The event is free. The church is at 1674 Eight Mile Road; 513-474-2441.

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

The church offers ConnXions, a contemporary worship service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in fellowship hall. Arrive at 5 for some coffee and fellowship time. Sunday morning services are the 9:30 a.m. Morning Glory service, a blended worship service, and the 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Childcare is available at all three services. Sunday school for children through sixth grade is held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Junior and senior high classes are at 11 a.m. Adult classes are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Youth fellowship is held every Sunday evening with dinner at 6 p.m. and a program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2650,

Mount Washington United Methodist Church

On the second Saturday of every month the community is invited to a free dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The dinner is provided and prepared by the members of the church and is served in the church’s fellowship hall. It is free to the public. The church has a new, upbeat contemporary worship service at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday, featuring praise music with the uplifting message of God’s unconditional love. After the service, there is a time of fellowship with refreshments.

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. If you are having a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation, holiday services or special activity that is open to the public, send us the information. E-mail announcements to easternhills@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Eastern Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Mount Washington United Methodist Church is located at 6365 Corbly Road; 231-3946;

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship services are held weekly at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., both services offer nursery care and children’s church is available for the 11 a.m. service. A variety of interesting Christian education opportunities are offered for young children, youth, high schoolers and adults at 9:45 a.m., between worship services each week. The church is at 1175 Birney Lane, Mount Washington; 231-2253.

BRIEFLY Better Together

Until March 31, neighbors, friends, parents, students, members, and seniors – all of whom share a common passion for strengthening their community – are joining the M.E. Lyons YMCA in a grassroots ‘Better Together’ Campaign to raise $72,500. Donations will go toward helping to provide access for

everyone who wishes to become healthier, confident, connected and secure through the Anderson YMCA branch. Collectively, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati distributes more than $3 million annually to assist people with memberships, child care, summer camp, sports fees, swimming lessons, and other programs.

Although a portion of regular membership fees support operations and programming, none are used for scholarships, making annual fund raising efforts critical to the Y’s mission to build spirit, mind, and body for all. To learn more or to make a donation, please call the M.E. Lyons YMCA at 474-1400 or visit





Ernest Weese, 18, 274 Sutton, theft, Feb. 1. Juvenile, 17, receiving stolen property, obstructing official business, Feb. 1. Loretta A. Rouse, no age given, 9255 Link Road, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 1. Frances Watson, 31, 2240 Salvador, drug possession, Feb. 1. Lora A. Benken, 37, 1751 E. Ohio Pike No. 230B, drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, Feb. 4. Robert L. Gabbard, 22, 4492 Eastern Ave., drug possession, Feb. 6. Shannon Casey, 30, obstructing official business, intoxicated, Feb. 6. Kimberly Cords, 29, obstructing official business, Feb. 6. Moreno Jackson, 23, drug possession, paraphernalia, Feb. 4. Bridget F. Imjalli, 25, 235 Mulberry, drug instrument, driving under suspension, Feb. 6. Christopher A. Duke, 42, 7235 Beechmont, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, marijuana possession, Feb. 7. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, Feb. 4. Juvenile, 17, theft, Feb. 7. Jeffrey Fife, 22, 1545 Sutton Ave. No. 2, disorderly conduct while intoxi-








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About police reports

The Community Press publishes names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contactpolice: • Anderson Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Paul Broxterman, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. cated, Feb. 4. Three juveniles, 14, criminal mischief, Feb. 2. Juvenile, 13, criminal mischief, Feb. 2.

Two Juveniles, 16, drug possession, Feb. 9. Juvenile, 15, drug possession, Feb. 9.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 5.

Breaking and entering

Entry made into Clough United Methodist at Wolfangel Road, Feb. 7.


Laptop computer taken; $300 at 8281 Tidewater, Feb. 8.

Criminal damage

Vehicle driven through sod field and fence damaged at 7801 Ayers Road, Feb. 8. Side of vehicle scratched at Kroger at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 4.

Disorderly conduct

Fighting reported at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Feb. 11.

Domestic violence

At Alnetta Drive, Feb. 11. At Heart Court, Feb. 2.


Male stated ID with no authorization at 6015 Clough, Feb. 7.

from vehicle; $2,050 at 1567 Vancross Court, Feb. 7. X-Box, game, etc. taken from vehicle; $390 at 1138 Wilshire, Feb. 8. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 837 Watch Creek, Feb. 10. Counterfeit $5 bill passed at Sunoco at Salem Road, Feb. 10. Copper wire taken from Hilltop Basic Resources at 6777 Kellogg Ave., Feb. 11. Two projector remotes taken from rooms at Turpin High; $300 at Bartels Road, Feb. 7. Checkbook taken from purse at Mercy Anderson at State Road, Feb. 8. Purse, backpack, etc. taken from vehicle at 7720 Beechmont, Feb. 4. Skis taken from vehicle; $750 at 1607 Yellowglen Drive, Feb. 10. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $18.86 at Eight Mile Road, Feb. 9. Laptop computer and tools taken from vehicle; $1,050 at 1261 Nagel Road, Feb. 1.




Maurice Barnes, born 1981, receiving stolen property, 2049 Beechmont

Female juvenile reported missing at 6900 block of Golden Gate Drive, Feb. 7.

Laptop computer and briefcase taken


Tuesday, Feb. 8

5:27 a.m., Rosetree Lane, back pain 9:10 a.m., Nimitzview Drive, person injured 11:49 a.m., State Road, person injured in a fall 12:56 p.m., Rosetree Lane, person unconscious/unresponsive 2:36 p.m., Ridgepoint Drive, person injured in a fall 3:21 p.m., Toronto Court, sick person 4:33 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 6:16 p.m., Alnetta Drive, CO detector activation due to malfunction 6:42 p.m., Clough Pike, person unconscious/unresponsive 7:14 p.m., Five Mile Road, medical emergency 9:39 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain

Incidents/investigations Burglary 155 Waits Ave., Feb. 8.

Criminal damaging/endangering

153 Waits Ave., Feb. 8. 3647 Heekin Ave., Feb. 8.

Domestic violence

Richwood Ave., Feb. 7.


1732 Sutton Ave., No. 1, Feb. 7. 2049 Beechmont Ave., Feb. 7. 3651 Heekin Ave., Feb. 8. 5580 Beechmont Ave., Feb. 8. 6628 Echo Lane, Feb. 9.



Nathan Gray, 26, 8004 Griffin Road, driving under suspension, Feb. 5. Gerald Hawkins, 55, 991 Crisfield Drive, driving under suspension, Feb. 5. David King, 38, 29090 Watson Road,


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1223 Nagel Road: JGS Real Estate LLC to Agile Pursuits Inc.; $700,000. 1256 Coolidge Ave.: Carter Grant to Carter Frank E. Jr.; $123,000. 2039 Knightsbridge Drive: Svensson Brandyon Troy to Eddy Elizabeth L.; $135,500. 4162 Round Bottom Road: Bowen Mark R. @3 to Sullivan Francis W.; $109,000. 527 Asbury Road: Larke Thomas Michael & Deborah Summersett Larke to Dodge Np Jr. Tr; $312,900. 527 Asbury Road: Dodge Np Jr. Tr to Preston Christopher H.; $312,900. 6453 Salem Road: Biddinger Nicholas R. to Weir Marie C.; $108,000. 7284 State Road: Dierking Fredrick H. & Barbara L. to Washburn Carolyn K.; $335,000. 8040 Beechmont Ave.: JGS Real Estate LLC to Agile Pursuits Inc.; $700,000. 8324 Tidewater Court: Dave Yogini & Vrushank to Dierking Fredrick H.; $228,000.

3:20 a.m., Asbury Hills Drive, medical emergency 8:09 a.m., Woodruff Road, CO detector activation due to malfunction 8:52 a.m., Rustic Wood & Stonehill, no incident found on arrival at dispatch address 9:23 a.m., Forestlake Drive, trouble breathing 10:48 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 12:44 p.m., Sunray Avenue, trouble breathing 1:11 p.m., Broadwell Road, sick person 1:41 p.m., Cohasset Drive, person injured in a fall 1:42 p.m., Windyhills Road, no incident found on arrival at dispatch address 2:41 p.m., Windyhills Road, carbon monoxide detector activation, no CO 3:46 p.m., Five Mile Road, trouble breathing 5:01 p.m., Turquoise Drive, sick person 5:51 p.m., State & Five Mile, auto accident/person injured 8:27 p.m., Pebble Court, diabetic

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Thursday, Feb. 10

bench warrant, Feb. 6. Dale Abbott, 43, 19 Hwy. 92, bench warrant, Feb. 6. Timothy Bryant, 38, 4882 Beechwood Road, driving under suspension, Feb. 7. Tina Mullins, 38, 4032 Eastern Ave., drug abuse, Feb. 7. Michael Smith, 32, 6542 Murray Ave., driving under influence, Feb. 7. Kali Armstrong, 21, 440 Glendale Ave., bench warrant, Feb. 8. Janet Morgan, 42, 965 Elm St., bench warrant, Feb. 8. Jacob Oester, 24, 3780 Nine Mile Road, bench warrant, Feb. 8. Pamela Vargas, 47, 3536 Church St., bench warrant, Feb. 9.

Ave., Feb. 7. Edwin Orabona, born 1960, domestic violence, Feb. 11. Robert Vanhoosier, born 1992, burglary, 1819 Sutton Ave., Feb. 7. Sammy Holwadel, born 1982, have weapon concealed indictment, aggravated robbery armed, 1924 Sutton Ave., Feb. 9. Book your package during the Heart of Kentucky Antique & Craft Fair, March 5 & 6. Enjoy bourbon attractions, Civil War sites, beautiful landscape and small town charm!


Saturday, Feb. 5

2:14 a.m., Paddison Road, auto accident/person injured 4:36 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 5:01 a.m., Round Bottom Road, good intent call, other 7:21 a.m., Tonopah Drive, person injured in a fall 10:12 a.m., Nagel Road, person injured in a fall 10:54 a.m., Clough Pike, person injured in a fall 1:17 p.m., Coolidge Avenue, medical emergency 3:10 p.m., Pebble Court, person injured in a fall 8:21 p.m., Bartels Road, building fire

Sunday, Feb. 6

3:34 a.m., Four Mile Road, building fire 7:59 a.m., Pebble Court, back pain 11:21 a.m., Wolfangel Road, chest pain 1:04 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive 4:52 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, assist back to bed 9:40 p.m., Asbury Road, person injured in a fall

emergency 9:12 p.m., Collinsdale Avenue, medical emergency 10:16 p.m., Anchor Road, diabetic emergency

injured in a fall 6:03 p.m., Eight Mile Road, false alarm or false call, other 11:16 p.m., Clough & State, auto accident/person injured


8:04 a.m., Broadwell Road, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 8:07 a.m., Clough & Hunley, auto accident/person injured 8:14 a.m., Batavia & Eight Mile, auto accident/person injured 8:31 a.m., Rose Meadow Lane, auto accident/person injured 8:35 a.m., Clough Pike, auto accident/person injured 8:39 a.m., Broadwell Road, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 8:47 a.m., Picasso Court, trouble breathing 8:56 a.m., Interstate 275 Hwy., auto accident/person injured 9:00 a.m., Eight Mile Road, stroke 9:22 a.m., Interstate 275 Hwy., auto accident/person injured 11:33 a.m., Pebble Court, nonbreather/cardiac arrest 12:49 p.m., Pebble Court, possible heart attack 2:45 p.m., Five Mile Road, sick person 2:52 p.m., Pebble Court, assist back to bed 5:58 p.m., Clough Pike, sick person 6:16 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 6:55 p.m., Woodlyn Drive, medical emergency 11:55 p.m., Anderson Oak Drive, abdominal pain 11:58 p.m., Asbury & Ayers, passenger vehicle fire

11:04 p.m., Moran Drive, chest pain 11:30 p.m., Larry Joe Drive, trouble breathing




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Bench visits patients at Mercy


Baseball legend Johnny Bench visits with physicians and staff recently at Mercy Hospital Anderson. He also met with orthopaedic patients at the hospital.

Patients at Mercy Hospital Anderson received a pleasant surprise recently – a visit from Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench. During his visit to the hospital, the legendary catcher signed baseballs and provided encouragement to patients recovering from total joint surgery. He was joined by Suresh Nayak, MD, a surgeon with Wellington Orthopaedics who is on the medical staff at Mercy Anderson and treated many of the patients that Bench visited. “It was very exciting, I never expected to meet Johnny Bench today,” said Michael Lynn, a patient in the Mercy Hospital Anderson Orthopaedic Center of Excellence, a unit that is

dedicated to caring for orthopaedic patients during their recovery from surgery. Bench signed a baseball for Lynn’s 13-year-old son, Zachary, who was also present for the surprise meeting with the baseball legend. Physicians and staff at the hospital also had the chance to meet Bench and get a quick autograph on a baseball, jersey, or in some cases, a pad of paper. Bench was in Anderson to speak at an educational seminar on Dec. 9 regarding joint replacement surgery and share his experiences with his own successful hip replacement surgery. More than 150 people attended the event at the Anderson Centerhat was

hosted by Stryker Orthopaedics, makers of hip, knee and shoulder replacements. A former baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983, Johnny Bench is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history. He was a key member of the Reds’ 1975 and 1976 World Series championship team known as The Big Red Machine. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Mercy Hospital Anderson has received national recognition for its orthopaedic program, which has been rated the best in the state of Ohio.

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Dermatology Specialists of Greater Cincinnati Inc would like to welcome Dr. Tiffany Pickup to their practice located at 7794 Five Mile Rd., Suite 240 in the Anderson Towne Center. She joins Dr. Nancy Pelc, Dr. Denise Smith and Megan Marshall, Certified Physicians Assistant. Dermatology Specialists of Greater Cincinnati, Inc, formerly Lee J. Vesper, M.D. Inc has been caring for patients in the Anderson area since the early 70’s. Dr. Pickup is a licensed, board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete Dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati. She was the Chief Resident of Dermatology in her final year.

Dr. Pickup’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She also earned a Masters in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, specialized in pediatrics where she worked in both Hematology/Oncology and Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital prior to obtaining her medical degree. Dr. . Pickup resides in Anderson Township with her husband, Jon Pickup, and their 5 year old daughter, Madeline, and their eight month old daughter, Emily. Dr. Pickup and Dermatology Specialists are currently accepting new appointments for both adults and children. Dr. Pickup also offers a variety of cosmetic services including: Botox, Fillers, Chemical Peels and Laser Skin Services. Laser Services are offered for conditions such as rosacea, sun and age spots, hair removal and warts.

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LPK has promoted Jen Hurtubise to brand implementation director. Hurtubise, who has been with LPK since 2003, is a graduate of Indiana University. She lives in Anderson Township.

Interbrand has promoted Will Kladakis of Mt. Washington as an account leader. He will be responsible for client brands in the gum and confections, nutrition and home care categories. Kladakis, who joined Interbrand in October 2009, holds a B.S. in business from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from Xavier University.


The Sharonville Chamber of Commerce recently presented the 2010 “Business Person of the Year” award to Glen Prasser, chief operating officer of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Prasser joined Beacon Orthopaedics as a consultant in 2009. He previously worked for Procter and Gamble for 31 years. Prasser lives in Newtown.

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