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Illegal meetings

A judge ruled Friday that the Forest Hills Local School District violated the state’s Sunshine Law. The district had claimed the Superintendent’s Facility Committee was formed by Superintendent John Patzwald and therefore was not a public body subject to the state’s Sunshine Law, which requires meetings to be open to the public. “I find the committee formed by the board, (whether by) intent or not, a public forum,” said Judge Steve Martin. “The advantage goes to public disclosure.” FULL STORY, A3

Voice your opinion

Quantum Construction Co., the general contractor for the Anderson Center construction project, sued Anderson Township for more than $1 million in damages in November 2008 for breach of contract (see story, A4). Anderson Township denies the charges and filed a counterclaim that alleges Quantum failed to complete its work on time, failed to pay subcontractors and is in breach of contract. The trial is set for June 1. Who do you think will win? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing andersontownship into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

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The recently formed Forest Hills Foundation for Education is gearing up for a 5K Run/Walk this spring. It will be the organization’s first big event. “The race is one big event that is bringing all nine schools (in the district) together,” said Jenny Nayak, who is coordinating the race with Beth Davis. Both are residents of Anderson Township. The 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, May 22, at Nagel Middle School. “The unique (aspect) is the foundation encompasses the whole district,” said Anderson Township resident Kurt Reiber, who is president of the foundation. Reiber said the goal of the organization is to provide resources for students, teachers and parents in the school district.





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and that the access roads are adequate and well-planned,” he said. Trustee Peggy Reis said she would like to see more properties connected on the south side of Beechmont Avenue. Many of these access roads

plans have been in the works for a long time, Reis said. The remaining funds would be used for miscellaneous projects spurred by development along the Beechmont corridor, Sievers said.

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look at that area. Trustee Russ Jackson said one of the township’s largest efforts is to construct access roads to connect various businesses. “What we’re looking for is the impact of access roads on traffic

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Anderson Township recently hired an engineering firm to study traffic along Beechmont Avenue.

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The results of the March 10 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community Web site at hip asking readers if they think the parking garage and cinema behind the Anderson Towne Center will ever be completed are: Yes:

Anderson Township trustees recently authorized spending $20,100 in taxpayers’ money to study traffic along Beechmont Avenue. Steve Sievers, assistant administrator and development services director, said the township has an annual contract with KZF Design and the firm has helped with the Beechmont Corridor Plan and other projects. KZF will study how business access will be affected when the continuous flow intersection is installed at BeechFirst median m o n t Trustee Kevin Avenue O'Brien said he would and Five like to see Mile Road improvements near the in 2012, Anderson Towne Sievers Center entrance to said, parminimize the number ticularly of accidents. on the Steve Sievers, southeast assistant administrator corner of and development the interservices director, said the township will install section. a landscaped median “ T h e in that area that scale and restricts traffic to right magnitude turns only heading of that onto Beechmont project Avenue. dictates It will be the first that you median installed on have to Beechmont Avenue. look at it f r o m every angle,” Trustee Kevin O’Brien said. “We have to get this exactly right the first time out of the box.” Business owners in the Skytop Pavilion plaza have requested traffic access improvements and Sievers said the study would also

The recently formed Forest Hills Foundation for Education helps provide resources for students, teachers and parents in the Forest Hills Local School District. Participants in the foundation include local community and business leaders. The foundation is preparing a 5K Run/Walk for Saturday, May 22. For information, visit the Web site or


The Forest Hills Foundation for Education is gearing up for a 5K Run/Walk this spring. Shown are Forest Hills Local School District Superintendent John Patzwald, left, race coordinators Beth Davis and Jenny Nayak and Kurt Reiber, president of the foundation. Reiber said the Foundation also hopes to promote the Healthy Schools Initiative and a healthy lifestyle. Both Nayak and Davis head up

running and walking clubs at elementary schools in the district. “We wanted something local,” said Davis about the upcoming event. She said the event was also

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The Never Setting Suns – Tyler Griffin, left, Corey Larrison and Chris Courts – are hosting a CD release party for their album “And Now We’re Not Alone” on March 20.

Local band The Never Setting Suns to release first full-length album


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They’ve come a long way since the first gig at Scallywag Tag on Beechmont Avenue a couple years ago. The Never Setting Suns – an indie rock band with members from Anderson Township, Bethel and Amelia – will celebrate the release of their first fulllength album, “And Now We’re Not Alone,” with a show at 9:30 p.m. Satur-

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day, March 20, at Southgate House in Newport, Ky. Vocalist and guitarist Corey Larrison said he met drummer Tyler Griffin and bassist Chris Courts shortly after graduating from Anderson High School in 2007. “There’s just something about music that comes out of the three of us,” Larrison said. “The more we know each other, the more intimate the performance.” Griffin, of Amelia, said being such good friends has helped the band with their music, both in the studio and on the stage. He said the tight-knit trio was able to pen new songs and rework old ones for the album. This album is more melodic than some of the band’s early songs, Larrison

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said, with darker undertones and themes in the music. “The album itself is kind of a cumulative effort by all three of us to be together and write together,” said Courts, of Bethel. “A lot of people pick up on the unity between us as friends and a band.” Courts said the band has a natural chemistry that allows them to play off each others’ intensity and improvised stage tricks. Larrison said the connection between the band members helps The Never Setting Suns connect with the audience. “I really feel like what we’re doing is an expression of feeling,” he said. “We either turn off or move people. They dance or they stare.” Regardless of how each audience member reacts to the music, The Never Setting Suns are leaving an impression on the local music scene, with a following at Anderson High School and close to 1,400 MySpace friends. And they’re making a dent on a larger scale, opening for national acts such as The Features, Crash Kings and The Whigs.

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• What: The Never Setting Suns CD release show. • When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20; doors open at 8:30 p.m. • Where: Southgate House Ballroom, 24 E. Third St. in Newport, Ky. • Tickets: $5 for 21 and up; $8 for ages 18 to 20; sold at the door. • Listen and learn: Check out neversettingsuns to hear a couple songs or learn more about the band.

About Larrison

Before tackling the stage, Corey Larrison, 21, made an impression on the Anderson Township community. As a 14-year-old, he was on a committee of skateboarders and their parents who helped design the Beech Acres Skate Park. During high school, Larrison was student council treasurer for three years, homecoming king and part of a student committee that met with the superintendent monthly. He’s currently a junior at the University of Cincinnati studying to become a high school physics teacher.

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Judge rules Forest Hills meetings illegal

By Forrest Sellers

A judge ruled Friday that the Forest Hills Local School District violated the state’s Sunshine Law. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the Forest Hills Journal claimed the school district violated Ohio’s Sunshine Law by banning the public from attending meetings of a committee formed to discuss facility needs in the school district. “I find the committee formed by the board, (whether by) intent or not, a public forum,” said Judge Steve Martin. “The advantage goes to public disclosure.” The district had claimed the Superintendent’s Facility Committee was formed by Superintendent John Patzwald and therefore was not a public body subject to the state’s Sunshine Law. The state’s Sunshine Law requires meetings of a public body to be open to the public. Martin ruled that based on testimony and other evidence he considered it a committee formed by the school board and subject to the Open Meetings Act. Additionally, Martin said under the school’s bylaws, if two or more board members participate in a series of meetings, the meetings are required to be open to the public. Board members Richard Neumann and Julie Bissinger both served on the committee. “I think the judge recognized the reality of this particular committee,” said Jack Greiner, an attorney representing the Forest Hills Journal.

“It was formed by the board, it included two board members and its sole purpose was to advise the board on board matters. “Therefore it is a public body.” Although he did not comment on the decision, Patzwald said the Superintendent’s Facilities Committee will share its findings with the public. “The committee members have reviewed information from past facility committees and researched the educational and financial advantages and disadvantages of various building configurations,” Patzwald said. “All (of this) has been in preparation for bringing to the community several

master plan options for their review, consideration and comment.” B i l l Deters, an Patzwald attorney for the Forest Hills Local School District, was unable to be reached for comment. A hearing on a motion to recover the newspaper’s attorney fees, which is permitted under Ohio’s Sunshine Law, is set for Friday, April 30. Greiner said the law also provides for forfeiture, which is a fine for the meetings which had been conducted before the court decision. He said that will also likely be pursued.

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Security cameras may be installed in Mt. Washington By Forrest Sellers

Mount Washington may install security cameras in the business district. Jake Williams, board president of the Mount Washington Community Council, said the idea of installing security cameras will be discussed at the March community council meeting. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Mount Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St. Installing signs to identify landmarks in the community is also expected to be discussed at the meeting, Williams said. The signage and security cameras tie into the current Neighborhood Enhancement Program in Mount Washington. Cincinnati chose Mount Washington and Corryville


for the 2010 Neighborhood Enhancement Program in which private and corporate funding is provided for neighborhood projects. “(A) steering committee has identified several areas of concentration,” said Mark Macomber, a member of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program Steering Committee. He said several subcommittees will be created. These include a Quality of Life Subcommittee, which will look at security cameras, and a Sense of Place Subcommittee, which will look at signage. “Within the next week or two we will identify projects we want to spend the Neighborhood Enhancement Program funds on,” said Macomber. Macomber said the number of security cameras, which would be placed throughout the business district would depend on the


amount of funding available. He said it could include augmented lighting as well. Macomber said the signage would be used to “create a sense of place in the community” by clearly identifying its assets. Williams said some landmarks which could be identified include Stanbery Park, the Mount Washington Recreation Center and schools in the area. Williams said the March 17 council meeting will also include a discussion of the Great American Cleanup in April as well as the Dotty Reif Community Service Award.

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Motion claims Anderson Twp. delaying discovery

By Lisa Wakeland

Anderson Township filed 15 objections to a request for documents in a lawsuit concerning the Anderson Center construction. Quantum Construction Co., the general contractor for the project, sued Anderson Township in November 2008 for breach of contract and alleges the township significantly changed the scope of the project, which caused delays. The company is seeking more than $1 million in damages. Anderson Township denies the charges and filed a counterclaim that

alleges Quantum failed to complete its work on time, failed to pay subcontractors and is in breach of contract. Quantum’s attorneys filed a motion on Feb. 1 to compel the township to produce an all-inclusive list of documents – from interoffice communications and minutes to account ledgers and diagrams – claiming the construction company has waited “nearly a year” for written responses to discovery requests. The township admits the formal, written answers were long overdue, but said there had been an information exchange prior to the motion to compel and the delay had no impact on Quantum’s ability to prepare for the

upcoming trial. Anderson Township, in a memorandum opposing the motion to compel, said the discovery requests are “vague, ambiguous, overly broad, imprecise” and are “susceptible to an interpretation that makes them not relevant.” Affidavits and depositions are being prepared by both sides and the case is scheduled for trial on Thursday, June 1. Judge Steven Martin, in a partial summary judgment at the end of January, determined that Anderson Township is entitled to liquidated damages with the amount to be determined after evidence is presented.


Anderson Township is being sued for breach of contract by Quantum Construction Co., the general contractor that built the Anderson Center. A trial is scheduled for June 1.

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Flower Fair leads to new garden club By Rob Dowdy


Crews clear debris from the horse stable at Johnson Hills Park. The Anderson Township Park District completed its demolition and is beginning park construction.

Work starts on new Anderson Twp. park

By Lisa Wakeland

Work has started on Johnson Hills Park. The Anderson Township Park District recently demolished the horse stable at the park, off Bridle and Little Dry Run roads, to begin constructing the park’s core elements. Executive Director Ken Kushner said crews are clearing the debris left by the barn and the former riding arena will be used to store equipment. The park core includes a paved entrance from Bridle Road, paved parking lots, a

dog field and obstacle area, gazebo and picnic grove, a playground with a shelter, a large event shelter where the stables were and an accessible path through the meadow. Other park plans include gardens and an orchard, trails, tent camping, disc golf, trails and a fishing lake. Some residents who live near the back entrance of the park, in the Sanctuary of Ivy Hills neighborhood, had expressed concerns about the planned layout. Kushner said he met with a few of the abutting property owners about the

sticking points with the business association have been ironed out by volunteers. The Newtown Police Department will have an officer on duty for security, and members of the army reserve will also be on site. Parking problems have been addressed by moving the flower fair from Moundview Park to Short Park. Work continues on the new event, and Murrie said the Newtown Garden Club is always looking for new members and volunteers who wish to help create the Newtown Flower Fair.

Mt. Washington to resume welcome program By Forrest Sellers

plan, such as a buffer and moving the trails, and most seemed OK with the changes made by the park district in response to the concerns. The trails will be moved back from the property line, as the topography allows, Kushner said. The park district is currently working on the lake and trails engineering and will begin work on the back entrance to the park, off Crooked Stick Court, once the weather breaks, Kushner said. Complete development is expected to take decades.

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Despite the Newtown Business Association balking at the idea of sponsoring the Newtown Flower Fair, Pauline Murrie and Pam Jansen are moving forward with the show, which will take place April 30 through May 2. The Flower Fair will be at Short Park and will feature vendors, food, entertainment and it will benefit packages for troops overseas, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Leukemia Unit, Inter Parish Ministries, League of Animal Welfare

and several other groups. Jansen said after the pair discussed the event with the business association, she and Murrie decided to form a Newtown Garden Club, which currently has more than 20 members. She said after some research she discovered the village had a garden club in the 1930s that sent care packages overseas, something Murrie has been doing for more than two years. “This entire thing is done for the benefit of others,” Murrie said. According to Murrie and Jansen, many of the elements of the fair that were

Mount Washington is resuming its efforts to welcome new residents. Joe Zehren and Christy Vonderschmidt, who are also members of the Mount Washington Community Council, are heading up a committee to provide informative materials to people who are new to the area. “We’re trying to give residents an idea of the amenities Mount Washington has to offer,” said Vonderschmidt. The welcome packages include a pamphlet listing businesses in the community, a brochure of area attractions, a map and other items. “The idea is neighbors welcoming neighbors,” said Zehren, who said he modeled the program after a similar one in College Hill. The Mount Washington welcome program began in


Mount Washington Community Council members Joe Zehren, left, and Christy Vonderschmidt head up a committee to welcome people to Mount Washington. Volunteers are needed to help distribute informational materials to new residents.

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Volunteers interested in helping with Mount Washington’s welcome program should contact the Mount Washington Community Council via its Web site at 2007, but had stopped for about a year. Volunteers are currently needed for a variety of tasks including assembly of the materials, information gathering and distributing packages. “We have a base of volunteers, but we want to

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‘Literature for learners’ fundraiser a classic

By Forrest Sellers

Instructor Jennifer Williams wants to get classic literature into the hands of her students. Williams, who teaches thirdand fourth-graders at Mount Washington School, has organized a “Literature for Learners” fundraiser. Williams hopes to raise enough money to buy third-graders books of their own. “We’re focusing on books that have stood the test of time,” said Williams, who is a resident of Mount Washington, about the type of book that will be selected. “The goal is to encourage them to read.” Although a specific book has not been chosen, she said she is looking at titles such as “Black Beauty,” “Call of the Wild” and “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” Williams is working with the Mount Washington Community Council, where her husband, Jake, serves as president of the board, to raise donations. Williams said this is the type of project the Mount Washington Community Council can now become involved in with its new

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Mount Washington School instructor Jennifer Williams is trying to raise money to buy books for thirdgraders at the school. She is working with the Mount Washington Community Council to get donations from residents. To donate, contact the Mount Washington Community Council via its Web site at


Mount Washington School instructor Jennifer Williams sorts books in the library. Williams has organized a fundraiser with the assistance of the Mount Washington Community Council to raise donations to buy books for third-graders at the school. 501c3 status. With this designation, council plans to get involved in more

fundraising types of activities, the board has said. Williams’ goal is to raise $400.

She will use the donations to buy the books at an area retailer. For this initial fundraiser,

Williams said she will concentrate on buying books for third-graders. “We hope this will eventually grow into a yearly program,” she said. Her third-grade students welcomed the possibility of getting books of their own. “Reading is my favorite subject,” said Cierra Knight, 8, of Winton Terrace. “My favorite type of book is the classics from a long time ago,” she said. Classmate Ariel Bailey, 9, of Mount Washington agreed. “I would love it,” she said. “I like to read for information and fun.” To donate, contact the Mount Washington Community Council via its Web site at

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The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.

Gold Honor Roll

Seventh Grade – Emma Anderson, Benjamin Bailey, Halle Bannister, Alixandra Beatty, Lillian Bishop, Nathan Bissinger, Andrew Black, Stephanie Boldt, Jacob Bridges, Zoe Brinkmiller, Lauren Brogan, Katelynn Brulport, Emily Caggiano, Molly Cantor, Sumedha Chakravarti, Holly Christensen, Lillian Concannon, Lindsey Corbitt, Maria Cornacchione, Connor Coyne, Logan Donovan, Elizabeth Dorsey, Sarah Draper, Colleen Dunlap, Randolph Edgington, Gabrielle Erceg, Riley Fanning, Laura Farro, Mia Fatuzzo, Elizabeth Ferguson, Taylor Fielman, Holly Fox, Sarah Frey, Grant Gallagher, Lucia Garay, Michael Gardner, Alex Geiger, Katherine Gothard, Cole Grabowski, Rachel Gradone, Hannah Greenwell, Ryan Greenwood, Kyle Greulach, Hannah Greulich, Chelsea Habig, Bryce Hardin, Travis Hawks, Jenna Hazelbaker, Kevin Hecht, Natalie Heimbrock, Brianna Hicks, Cory Hinaman, Skyler Isch, Lata Iyer, Anya Jolicoeur, Parker Kain, Abigail Kenny, Jessica Kilbourne, Jacqueline King, Maxwell Lanyi, Spencer Lea, Steven Leonis, Jennifer Licata, Jack Lisac, Megan Lobring, Jackson Long, Andrea Lupariello, Grayson Martis, Daniel Massoud, Jordan Maxwell, Wilson Mcbeath, Anne Meisman, Kent Mendoza, Sara Meuche, Hannah Michels, Samantha Miller, Anne Mills, Benjamin Moher, Hannah Moon, Anna Moorhead, Jack Muscatello, Eleanor Myer, Elisa Myers, Michael Nau, R. Charles Neu, Jessica Nolan, Emily Noss, Madeline O'toole, Jane Oetgen, Zandantsetseg Orgil, Jana Owen, William Pahutski, Sophia Paul, Madeleine Pierce, Kelly Polacek, Karl Quilligan, Casey Riedel, Julia Rodriguez, Ellyn Sandrin, Prasun Shah, Margaret Sheehan, Ashleigh Sherman, Marissa Smarelli, Greta Speidel, Brooke Stephens, Patrick Swaney, Jaquelyn Swartz, Sho Tanaka, Sam Tegtmeyer, Madison Temple, Lauren Van Dierendonck, Gabrielle Verdin, Derrick Ware, Ryan Weiper, Richard Wendel, Kelsy Whitney, Alison Williams, Hannah Witschger, Ann Wolf, Persia Yazdani and Amilia Yun. Eighth Grade – Rachel Adams, Michael Antoniades, Christian Bach, Leah Bailey, Madeline Barrett, Jacob Beinke, Catherine Bell, Adam Bercz, Neil Berg, Theodore Berndt, Madeline Boeding, Hunter Brightwell, Stacy Brueneman, Miranda Buck, Devin Chen, Albert Cliffel, Stephen Cornell, Emma Crable, Samantha Cromer, Sydney Cromwell, Bridget Dames, Tiffany Dowers, Christina Drott, Josie Dwyer, Alexandra Dykes, Alyssa Farmer, Jack Fetick, Melanie Foster, Zakary Frank, Abigail Frooman, Jane Haines, Faith Hall, Anna Hamilton, Drew Hamilton, Rachel Handleton, Julianne Haney, Emily Hart, Krista Heggem, Jordan Hendershot, Amanda Herzog, Gabriel Ibanez, Lindsey Irwin, Abigail Johnson, Michael Johnson, Danny Jung, Jennifer Kasanicky, John Keil, Lydia Kelley, Brittany Kern, Alexander Kilbourne, Isabella King, Andrew Kiracofe, Matthew Kohls, Jordan Kopras, Shelby Krumpelman, Mary Lammers, Lydia Leytze, Kaitlyn Lilly, Mark Luke, Anthony Malagari, Amy Mattson, Laurie Mauer, Samuel Mayne, Madison Mcclary, Joshua Mcdonald, Thomas Merz, Brittany Meyer, Ashley Mikovich, Steven Moliterno, Amanda Moore, Cristina Morales- Rodriguez, Casey Moran, William Moran, Kelly Obbie, Devin Pable, Makenzie Padgett, Mark Pearson,

Michael Phelan, Kelli Plummer, Elena Polivka, Andrew Rackley, Mia Ritter, Joshua Rivers, Magdelene Rosenberger, Molly Rothhaas, Amy Sabol, Jared Schafer, Rachel Schafer, Elizabeth Shannon, Emily Sizemore, Hannah Smoot, Shaylynn Spelman, Alexandra Stevens, Piper Stone, Sadie Strakowski, Samantha Sullivan, Rebecca Swertfeger, Brooke Thacker, Mason Vilardo, Thomas Vincent, Annemarie Watkins, Emma Weiglein, Grant Wethington, Kayla Wiley, Karl Wyborski, Angela Xia and Sara Zeh,

Silver Honor Roll

Seventh Grade – Nicole Abramovich, Worth Allen, Clark Annable, Ellen Antoniades, Alexander Arnold, Payton Atkins, Alexander Austin, Annah Aylward, Leah Bahlman, Zachary Ball, Bradley Bardua, Madison Barga, Johnathan Barger, Noah Bartholomew, Ashley Basler, Nicholas Baumgartner, Meghan Benedict, Brayden Bennell, Thomas Bentley, Hannah Berlund, Zachary Bernard, Scott Boggess, Emily Brown, Spenser Brown, Chloe Bruck, Kara Brueggemeier, Christopher Bull, Sarah Burkhalter, Cory Burlingham, Betsy Butcher, Claire Button, Ashley Byrd, Mackenzie Campbell, Madeline Carroll, Hayley Champion, Rita Chen, Jayme Coldiron, Kathleen Cook, Joseph Crago, Natalie Cripe, Annamarie Daly, Jacob Davis, Rachel Deal, Maria Deiters, Hannah Dillon, Jessica Doan, Rylee Doane, Mollie Dwyer, Aaron Easley, William Ecker, David Eckert, Madeline Eckert, Jacob Eifert, Domonique Evans, Andrew Fiora, Jacob Fisher, Megan Forsthoefel, Sarah Foster, Leila Fox, Harrison Free, Alexi Frick, Lillian Ganote, Sean Gates, Gavin Giles, Victoria Gray, Calli Gruen, Ashley Hale, Russell Heltman, Emily Helton, Zachary Heming, Kelsey Herbert, Robert Himebaugh, Leah Himes, Morgan Hollandsworth, Lauren Hoyt, Thomas Huang, Patrick Hughes, Joseph Huster, Nathan Ingraham, Steven Jankowski, Amelia Jarboe, Jasmine Jay, Matthew Johnson, Jacqueline Justice, Madelyn Kappers, Srishti Kapur, Tayloranne Kaufmann, Megan Kernan, Christina Khamis, Rachel Kimble, Ross King, Jared Knowlton, Elizabeth Kroeger, Preston Krumpelman, Monica Lam, Meghan Lemberg, Evan Leupen, Rachel Lilly, Sarah Lippowitsch, Johanna Loepke, Daniel Luddeke, Alison Maddox, John Maddrill, Dereck Mahlenkamp, Devon Malagari, Dylan Malling, Stefan Marasligiller, Jacob Marsh, Zachary Martin, Mackenzie Mason, Kayla Mcdonald, Daniel Mckenney, Emily Meek, Paul Messerly, Andrew Molloy, Logan Moore, Madison Morreale, Jamie Mosely, August Murphy, Sophia Nasato, Ian Neuhart, Matthew Niklas, Taylor Nimmo, John Nordloh, Michael Norton, Samantha Norton, Perri Olson, Seth Orlemann, Ross Osborne, Claire Pan, Miranda Parkerchandler, Kush Patel, Andrew Patty, Anthony Perkins, Katherine Pippenger, Charlotte Prior, Ashley Randall, Megan Ransler, Cassandra Richmond, Tyler Ricketts, Sara Ritze, Jorge Rivera, Kacy Robbins, Ravenna Rutledge, Viviana Saldarriaga, Michelle Sampson, Stefanie Sams, Olivia Saunders, Madeline Schaub, Olivia Schulok, Michael Seibert, Heather Shams, Sydney Shirley, Samuel Shockley, Richard Simmons, Nolan Slagle, Jacob Smith, Kaelin Smith, Carly Sodd, Angel Spanos, Kent Stapleton, Renee Steller, Walter Stevenson, Matthew Stockman, Brandon Storey, Alexander Stringfellow, Alik Suder, Moira Sullivan, Stephen Tanner, Ana Taracena, Hannah Taylor, Rachel Techau, Zachary Thornton, Andrew Toepfer, Adam Toerner, Kelly Vogt,

Alec Wang, Jeffrey Weber, Mckenzie White, Ryan Wiesman, Emily Wiley, Hayley Wilkins, Abigail Wingert, Katherine Winner, Abigail Winternitz, Quinton Yates, Delaney Yorio and Allison Zachary. Eighth Grade – Sydney Allison, Andrew Alvey, Emily Apgar, Maxwell Armstrong, Cameron Atkins, Korey Aukerman, Adrian Bacon, Ethan Baker, Emily Bare, Connor Barrott, Heather Becker, Elizabeth Bennett, Samantha Bentley, Connor Blandford, Sydney Borger, Monica Bosse, Lila Boudrie, Audrey Brockman, Andrew Brokaw, Jason Brooks, Noah Brueckner, Kelci Calder, Alejandro Capetillo, Michael Carter, Greta Casey, Karley Combs, Sydney Combs, Meghan Davis, Emily Denman, Allison Diehl, Colin Dunn, Stacy Durbin, Charles Edelberger, Lyndsay Elam, Mitchell Farmer, Samantha Fisher, Jared Forbes, Kyla Ford, Kathryn Fyffe, Kaulin Galluzzo, Haley Gartner, Kathryn Gepford, Philip Gibson, Ryan Girgash, Carlie Giwer, Evan Gorney, Kayla Gray, Sarah Greene, Thomas Hall, Colton Haller, Dylan Haller, Clara Harig, Jessica Harm, Lauren Hartman, Elizabeth Heaton, Kailin Heckert, Erin Hedrick, Jane Heekin, Kaitlin Hellmann, Hannah Helmers, Amy Hensley, Emily Hensley, Andrew Hillman, Tyler Hobbs, Mark Hobson, Benjamin Hogan, Samantha Homan, Joseph Howard, Bryce Hueber, Samuel Igel, Courtney Johnson, Marissa Johnson, Jacob Kappers, Ashley Keeling, Matthew Kennedy, Kiley Ketteman, Ayesha Khan, Rebecca Killion, Krysta Kincaid, Madeline Kline, Rhianna Knisely, Eliza Knoepfel, Rachel Kohls, John Kopras, Phillip La Presto, Cynthia Lammert, Diana Lamriben, Tara Larrance, Erin Lawson, Charles Lefkovitz, Andrew Leone, Catherine Limbach, Cole Litterski, Tristan Lobenthal, Ian Lucke, Madeleine Lyon, Tyler Manning, Emily Martin, David Mauer, Joseph Mccune, Makayla Mclelland, Kailas Menon, Mary Miller, Wade Modzelewski, Anna Moore, Antonio Morales, Justin Morrow, Jennifer Morton, Alexander Motz, Corey Mouch, Brian Mulcahey, Erica Mulroney, Jamie Murdock, Kelsie Newton, Austin Niehaus, Andrew O'brien, Kelly O'brien, Megan O'brien, Rockelle Ober, Cara Paolucci, Max Patty, Alexander Payne, Madeline Peno, Lora Persicano, Colin Peterson, Abigail Pfeffer, David Phelan, Sarah Pitakos, Sydney Polster, Jillian Price, Erin Pursinger, Ashley Rains, Alexandra Ray, Caitlyn Richardson, Katelyn Riggsbee, Ryan Ritze, Dalton Roach, Shelby Robinson, Veronica Rosales, Krista Ruffley, Brett Rufner, Kathryn Sanders, Monica Sarkar, Hunter Schmidt, Joel Schraer, Alexandra Schuchter, Pierce Scott, Gabrielle Seeley, Matthew Sesler, Ryan Seurkamp, Gabrielle Smith, Hannah Smith, Evan Spangler, Meaghan Spencer, James Staples, Brittany Starr, Brianna Stocker, Jesse Stone, Katharine Stricker, Lindsay Stricker, Jeffrey Sullivan, Judith Swan, Noah Temke, Trevor Thompson, Jennifer Traine, Abigail Vesoulis, Madeline Vosel, Mary Wadell, Mathias Wagner, Abigale Weigel, Cameron Welling, Lydia Wernersbach, Cara Wethington, Michael Wiener, Austin Wiest, Eric Wilken, Breanna Willenbrink, Samuel Wilson, Chelsey Windsor, Madison Witherell, Clifton Wolfe and Kayla Zornes-gardner.

Blue Honor Roll

Seventh Grade – Emmalee Allen, Carly Anderson, Troy Antoine, Edith Bahlman, Kelly Baldasare, Christopher Bausch, Shannon Beebe, Daisy Bentley, Paige Berry, Courtney Bode, Kevin Botter, Amber Boudrie, Thomas Bouley, Mitchell Broderick, Tessa


Bee season

The Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s PTO recently sponsored a spelling bee at the school. Grant Tore, left, was the top speller for the second year in a row. Cameron Holaday, center, and Nora Lakes, right, came in second and third, respectively. Bruner, Madison Buchanan, Jacob Burns, Kimberly Buschmeier, Emma Byrd, Jeremy Carper, Austin Cartisano-chandler, Andrew Chapman, Haylee Clark, Samuel Clough, Cody Coffey, Cheyenne Collins, Sabrina Connaughton, Connor Cosby, Tara Crosley, Branwen Curry, Alexandra Dalton, Kellie De Fosse, John Dickhaus, Emily Diem, Kelly Dotterman, Emily Edgington, Mackenzie Emery, Mitchell Engelkamp, Katherine Epperson, Brooke Evans, Maria Ezzell, Seth Fangman, Scott Farro, Gabriella Feltman, Patrick Fetch, Brendan Fisher, Eli Fuller, Brenan Gately, Gabrielle Giglio, Caroline Gleason, Jamie Haas, Elise Hallenbeck, Abby Hauserman, Mitchell Hehn, Ryan Hittinger, Ryan Holbrook, Courtney Homan, Leah Hubbard, Elizabeth Imm, Christopher Janidlo, Francis Jones, William Jones, Rachel Justin, Kyle Keating, Anna Kelty, Madison Kenney, Kimberly Killion, Jacob Kissing, Katherine Kruis, Anastasia Lewis, Dante Marcon, Jacob R. Martin, Samuel Martina, Peter Martini, Julia Mauer, Bradley Menz, Rachel Menzel, Megan Mitchell, Kateri Mueller, Pamela Mulford, Shawn Nakakura, R. Mitchell Neu, Henry O'neill, Jordan O'neill, Robert Owen, Alec Panno, Kush Pathak, Aj Penley, Michael Pettinichi, Haley Pfeiffer, Ryan Pinckney, Taylor Pollack, Trevor Pond, Jessica Pope, Michael Porter, Molly Proffitt, Bijen Rahimi-alagha, Kasey Rice, Mary Rotsching, Deana Saadawi, Louis Sandman, Joseph Sauerland, Brett Schubert, Connor Schuster, William Schweitzer, Logan Seaman, Kayla Shaff, Vincent Smith, Kirby Sommer, Kathryn Somoza, Braden Sotkiewicz, Selena Stansbury, Alexander Starahs, Emily Stoker, Alexandra Strothers, Justin Surette, Allyson Sutter, Luke Tacy, William Tummler, Kaegan Turner, Melissa Uhran, Gavin Unverferth, Cameron Valetti, Samuel Ventura, Zachary Vonholle, Michaela White, Natalie White, Brandon Williamson and John Wilson. Eighth Grade – Emily Alsip, Alexander Ambach, Mary Arnold, Walker Atkinson, Clayton Ball, Chester Barger, Hope Barth, Samantha Bausch, Destiny Beamer, Kedzie Beeson, Carl Berlund, Lucas Berry, Jacklyn Bode, Dylan Bowles, Henry Briggs, Alysha Broge, Noah Bromen, Caleb Brooking, Carly Brower, Ian Brown, Megan

Bryan, Emily Burr, Ashley Butterworth, Devin Byrne, Blake Campbell, Natalie Carroll, Anna Cipollone, Benjamin Cocks, Ryan Collins, Timothy Combes, Mitchell Cordell, Nicholas Crawford, Joanne Cui, Kaitlin Cunningham, Emily Curran, Jonathan Ditter, David Dorsten, Shane Douglas, Timothy Dulle, Zachary Dunaway, Michael Eades, Mitchell Eastland, Mitchell Eifert, Trevor Eiselt, Reid Faherty, Scott Fort, Kayla Franz, Ellen Gabis, Jake Gardella, John Garrymore, Brady Gazar, Jacob Gebhart, Charles Gilchrist, Lindsay Gislason, Sara Goettke, Yanni Gregg, Stuart Hamilton, Ryan Hanrahan, Emma Haumesser, Cassandra Helton, Abigail Henson, Kori Hickman, Pierce Hicks, Quinn Hoenie, Casey Honn, Mackenzie Honn, Amanda Hrobak, Dakota Ison, Michael Jacobs, Nicholas Janes, William Jostworth, Annalise Jouett, Amanda Kessling, Jessica King, David Kitzmiller, Andrew Knueven, Andrew Kollmann, Nicole Kotha, Adam Kupferberg, Evan Lackner, Taylor Lawson, Alex Leonard, Abigail Licata, Lucas Linton, Joseph Loebker, Nicholas Lubanski, Nicole Mack, Mackenzie Mahorney, Madeline Mahorney, Miranda Maifeld, Jacob Martin, Madeline Mclaughlin, Madison Merritt, Christian Mersch, Jasmine Meyer, Jacob Miller, Mariah Mofford, Ethan Monroe-peet, Michael Montague, Christina Moore, Sara Morgan, Edward Noll, Andrew O'neill, Kelsey O'toole, Andrew Overberg, Lauren Petit, Alexander Pfeiffer, Nathan Pohana, Courtney Price, Randall Ralston, Jack Richards, Kole Riggs, Cody Riley, Joshua Roberts, Victoria Roberts, Eryn Robinson, Nicholas Robinson, Kevin Rogers, Caylee Rosa, Andrea Rusk, Kamila Samadi, Timothy Saunders, Olivia Sayre, Emily Schmidberger, Sarah Schroeder, Jenna Sears, Brittany Shearer, Amy Sherlock, Spencer Singh, Christopher Sonnenberg, Jay Spak, Ashley Starr, Sadie Stover, Jesse Taylor, Andrew Thomas, Jacob Thornton, Rebecca Tian, Alaeldin Tirba, Madison Trujillo, Shelby Vaccariello, Laura Walters, Jeffrey Weber, Lucas Wheeler, Bridget Whitney, Gavin Wiethorn, Nichole Williams, Samuel Willis, Austin Wilton, Adam Woltermann, Abbie Woolum, Ashleigh Wuest, Kendall Yorio and Jackson Yungblut.


March 17, 2010

Forest Hills Journal


HONOR ROLLS Anderson High School

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.

3.000 – 3.499 GPA

Freshmen – Joshua Alfaro, Nicholas Anderson, Nicole Armor, Nathan Armstrong, Sean Batt, Jeffrey Blum, Travis Bromen, Alyssa Brown, Ashton Burch, William Burnett, Julie Buschmeier, Benjamin Calkin, Ellie Caudill, Jonah Daiker, Nicholas Daughetee, Connor Davis, Molly Day, Caleb Demeritt, Phillip Dowd, Madeline Dulle, Dakota Elfers, David Elias, Elizabeth Fowler, Lee Fritz, Bianca Gentry, Storm Graves, Alaina Hager, Joshua Harm, Justin Harris, Eric Holtmeier, Austin Hugenberg, Caitlynn Jaskowiak, Meredith Johnson, Christopher Kaylor, Amanda Killion, Grant King, Daniel Kroeger, Emma Kruis, Louis Kurnick, Adrianne Lanyi, Corey Laumann, Kyle Laumann, Joshua Lawrence, Kenneth Leslie, Alexander Loesing, Kara Lucas, Peter Lund, Benjamin Martina, Ashley McCane, Michael McCarthy, Madison Mitchell, Jose’ Morales, Stefanie Neill, Hannah Norton, Elissa Oliveira, Elliot Phelps, Zoey Phelps, Mark Prues, Lauren Ritter, Christina Sadek, Charles Sauerland, Nicholas Stallings, Dane Stevlingson, Kelli Stratman, Casey Sumner, Grayson Tiemeyer, Bianca Tufano, Joseph Turner, Lacey Turner, Alec Vivian, Jonathan Von Hoene, Hannah Vosel, Brendan Wambaugh, Kelly Warren, Samantha Warren, Alexis Weber, Evan Wiener and Grace Winstel. Sophomores – Jeremy Alexander, Elizabeth Arnold, Reno Beamer, Alexandra Benmayor, Courtney Breving, Alicia Bridewell, Coby Bromen, Rebecca Brown, Anna Burke, Nicholas Burnley, Brittany Byrd, Ashleigh Camden, Emma Claunch, Jesse Correll, Madeline Crawford, Megan Dalton, Stephen Daly, Shane Deeds, Ryan Dorsey, Lindsay Duffey, Christopher Dufresne, Kaitlin Elam, Joshua Flora, Ashley Fucito, Kiara Gentry, Jenna Gross, Tieka Guilliams, Megan Gulbrandsen, Daniel Hamilton, Laura Handleton, Maria Harford, Michael Helton, Jessie Hermes, Daniel Holifield, Emily Huffman, Rachel Husk, Catherine Imm, Vanya Jabin, Ryan Kelly, Hayley King, Andrew Knock, Andrew Knolle, Benjamin Lemaster, William Lemberg, Brittany Liu, Lance Lobenthal, Arthur Oliver, Ellen Pahutski, Angela Paolo, Pooja Patel, Kyle Payne, Kameron Powell, Ellen Reinhart, Max Rossa, Mitchell Sayre, Jacob Schraer, Emily Shaw, Erica Shaw, Jesse Sollmann, Ethan Stone, David Storm, Andrew Strakowski, James Swan, Timothy Taylor, Melanie Tesch, Savannah Turner, Chloe Vesoulis, Gregory Voorhees, Eric Ward, Lydia Webb, Alexander Wellman, Mikaela Whitt, Cierra Williams, April Wood, Dominic Yorio and Erin Zins. Juniors – Andrea Alfaro, Hamed AlSaeed, Kile Aukerman, Tierney Bell, Kalyn Black, Jeffrey Boeh, Michael Braun, Thomas Briggs, Cara Buckley, Emily Burford, Mercadies Cochran, John Corry, Erica Daly, Benjamin Demeritt, James Dickerson, Eric Donaldson, Taylor Elliott, Richelle Evans, Timothy Ficke, Leeanna Fischer, Meghan Frey, Clayton Gallagher, Natalie Hanson, Tiffanie Harrison, Correy Heffernan, Austin Heimkreiter, Jacob Hendershot, Hayden Hobdy, Misha Hodgkin, Kristina Holtzclaw, Lindsey Homan, Nicholas Hoover, Lauren Hurley, Petar Ilchovski, Nathan Jackson, Darius Johnson, Christine Justice, Jessica Kaucher, Mackenzie Kenney, Alex Kerth, John Ketteman, Stella King, Chelsea Knecht, Kyle Koch, Kevin Kollmeier, Savannah Leta, Alexandra Licata, Charles Lindsey, Maria Lucking, Jake Luken, Christopher Matre, Lauren McCane, Brian Moore, Isaiah Morales, Amelia Mulder, Mandisa Murphy, Ngoc Nguyen, James Nordloh, Kaela O’Brien, Christopher Omedeo, Ryan Ossenbeck, Corie Osterfeld, Megan Pattison, Alicia Perkins, Matthew Perry, Kyle Peterson, Charles Raisor, Jacob Ramsey, Matthew Reusing, Stacy Roehm, Travis Rosa, Kelly Ross, Sophia Schlosser, McGuffey Schmitt, Meghan Sears, Jordan Shelton, Jared Springman, Scott Stelma, Michael Tacy, Alina Tilford, John Vosel, Allison Wagoner, Jacob Walters, Nicholas Watkins, Logan Wegmeyer, Matthew White, Steven Williams, Kasey Williamson and Lauren Willis. Seniors – Aaron Adams, Jon Ahrens, Kathleen Alsip, Maxwell Barden, Kevin Becker, Nathalie Bernens, Brandon Bornhauser, Timothy Campbell, William Corwin, Fatmata Dabo, Corrie Dignan, Alyssa Duffey, James Essinger, Kaelie Foy, Logan Gumbert, Kerri Hancock, Sheehan Hannan, Zachary Har-

ford, Brittany Havens, Karecka Huddleston, Tyler Hugenberg, Michaela Junius, Harrison Kraemer, Kenneth Kurnick, Jacob Lackner, Patrick Lambert, Daniel Lees, Emily Lemaster, Katelyn Lutz, Alicia Mannerino, James Manz, Michael Marcagi, Nicole Mitchell, Davis Morehart, Kenneth Morrison, Andrew Norwell, Kirsti Pellegrini, Spencer Robinette, Scott Rosenberry, Bishoy Sadek, Emma Searcy, Andrew Sorensen, Samantha Sparks, Amanda Spurlock, Sandra Stonebraker, Megan Sullivan, Charles Thornton, Dakota Trentman, Nicholas Turner, Brittany Vigar, John Vigar, Ryan Vilardo and Destini Wesley.

3.500 – 3.999 GPA

Freshmen – Shannon Aders, Michael Alexander, Emaline Allen, Ryan Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Morgan Best, Olivia Bloemker, Alexandra Bonecutter, Andrea Broderick, Alexandra Buchanan, Ashley Burlingham, Ariana Buscani, Charles Carroll, Lesley Clark, Kellan Clary, James Comodeca, Jared Cook, Leslie Corbitt, Joseph Cossins, Stephanie Cradduck, Megan Deal, Blake Edmondson, Kellie Farrar, Julie Flower, Cecelia Giglio, Abbey Gingras, John Gora, Andrew Grace, Amy Harless, Taylor Hawks, Jacob Haynes, Jacob Henderlight, Tess Heywood, Jeffrey Hochwalt, Nicholas Jackson, Bradley Jacobs, Colin Jaekle, Breanna Jeffery, Alyssa Jolicoeur, Haley Knuth, Andrew Kratz, Erika Ladrigan, Emily Ladrigan, Michael Latham, Hanna Lynn, Alexander MacLennan, Joseph Merchant, Christina Moore, Catherine Naylor, Zachary Neal, Katelyn Newton, Kate Pellegrini, Megan Peters, Matthew Priede, Austin Reaker, Matthew Reinhart, Morgan Roberts, Gil Rutledge, Brad Settle, Matthew Sparling, Alexander Stewart, Kelsey Streit, Lindsey Sullivan, Haley Temple, Olivia Turner, Sophie Voigtlaender, Bryn Walden, Sarah Weiss, Raymond White, Clara Wilson, David Wise, Megan Wolfer and Madelyn Wong. Sophomores – Kevin Adams, Daniel Adams, Megan Anderson, Jonathan Arnett, Shelby Banks, Chad Barth, Keenan Bell, Matthew Birkenhauer, Alexander Black, Katlin Brown, Sarah Buop, Emily Burson, Amanda Cabezas, Emily Cocks, Lauren Cook, Stephanie Coons, Jennifer Dickhaus, Abigail Dorsten, Tyler Faulkner, Rachel Fenner, Nicholas Finney, Megan Fishbaugh, Jessica Flora, Sterling Foley, Amanda Foster, Kara Giesting, Ronald Giwer, Catherine Graff, Samantha Grevas, Sky Hannan, Casey Hawkins, Julie Hendricks, Ian Hermanns, Dana Hinaman, Taylor Homan, Matthew Huntington, Jacob Hurley, Steven Janes, John Jarboe, Reed Kaiser, Devon Kassner, Jordan Keeling, Aubrey Krekeler, Ruth Lammers, Sarah Lewis, Sydney Loesing, Terra Martin, Benjamin McConnell, Kristin McDonald, Phillip Moro, Logan Nonnez, Donald Ober, James Pan, Connor Patton, Kelly Peterson, Eric Peterson, Jason Ratcliff, Trisha Riley, Thomas Rosenberger, Zachary Runk, Julia Schindler, Elizabeth Seeley, Rachel Skope, Alexis St. Martin, Claire Sullivan, Julia Terino, Nicholas Tynan, Brian Veil, Michelle Voss, Hannah Walker, Connor White, Austin White, Tracy Wolf and Christopher Zerhusen. Juniors – Kristina Abramovich, Zachary Allen, Jordan Armstrong, Julia Ayers, Zachary Baldock, Megan Beebe, Danielle Berg, Kyle Blandford, Samuel Bonekamp, Benjamin Bradley, Gregory Brinkman, Jessica Brogan, Nathaniel Brown, Mackenzie Brown, Ryan Brown, Alexander Brueckner, Cole Bryan, Sarah Bublitz, Brittany Butterworth, Nikaya Chausmer, Suman Choudhury, Olivia Clark, Abby Creighton, Kierstyn Daiker, Lindsey Darlington, Elizabeth Davis, Megan Day, Ashley Ditmore, David Dornette, Samantha Doty, Mary Dulle, Micah Ellis, Emily Foley, Caroline Foley, Skylar Folkens, Kyley Fredrick, Courtney Gandelot, Danielle Girgash, Matthew Greer, Taylor Griggs, Katelyn Gulat, Anne Hamilton, Melissa Hascher, Amber Hawks, Stephen Hirsch, Mackenzie Hobdy, Todd Hoogland, Joseph Hurd, Rebecca Ison, Brooke Jeffery, Adam Kerth, Cassara Kummer, Sarah Ladd, Samantha Lape, Julia Leimenstoll, Kaitlyn Loewenstine, Dana Lucas, Christopher Luke, Hannah Mattingly, Flint McCallum, Dustin McClanahan, Brooke Millman, Michael Mulder, Emily Nelson, Shannon O’Connor, Lacey Palazzolo, Adam Pfeiffer, Ellen Phillips, Susan Porter, Nathan Reynolds, Alexandra Riffle, Joseph Rivers, Alix Rosa, Jonathan Ruffley, Nicholas Saele, Natalie Schindler, Lauren Shafer, Tyler Spaeth, Sara Straley, Kyle Stratman, John Temming, Alison Thornton, Mara Wagner, Nicole Ward, Eric Wellman, Megan Will-

man, Brandon Wilson, Courtney Wise and Alexander Yersky. Seniors – Alexander Abramovich, Alexandra Alvey, Katherine Asbury, Ryan Beebe, Katherine Beltramo, Matthew Best, Melanie Black, Curtis Blum, Kelsey Borowitz, Tyler Bowden, Tyler Brooks, Joseph Brunner, Lexey Byrnes, Laura Caggiano, Travis Carney, Austin Carney, Jacob Casper, Monica Chaney, Amy Clausen, Delaney Cook, Caleb Correll, Anna Crabb, Audrey Crago, Erin Creelman, Carolyn Daley, Allison Davis, Olivia Donnelly, Katie Durbin, Rebecca Eldred, Kathryn Ellis, Elizabeth Farmer, Shane Faske, Matthew Flamm, Kelly Fyffe, Matthew Gingras, Caitlin Gross, Patrick Guanciale, Claire Hayden, Lauren Heckman, Cori Hedrick, Megan Heekin, Andrea Hemingway, Kevin Hetrick, Brynn Homan, Curtis Hooks, Emily Houston, Elise Hudock, Rachel Jacoby, Megan Keeton, Tyler Knabb, Louis Knolle, Francis Knuth, Zachary Kocsis, Alyssa Kozak, Rachel Kuhn, Lisa Larke, Tara Lay, Katherine Lehman, Craig Leugers, Garrett Liggett, Gregory Mancz, Chelsea Manor, Rachel Martin, Alexander McConnell, William McKenzie, James McNay, Madeline Miller, Celeste Moore, Erica Mudd, Robert Muscarella, Ken Nakakura, Natalie Neill, Chad Owens, Samuel Peterson, Mitchell Porta, Scott Prues, Mark Puccia, Matthew Pucillo, James Racer, Payne Rankin, Samuel Ray, Jessica Re, Aaron Riffle, Emma Roth, Ashlee Rupp, David Sabol, Keara Sanson, Lindsey Sauter, Dominique Schiano, Lauren Schmidberger, Robert Sheppard, Jessica Smallwood, Derek Smith, Nicolette Steffens, Delia Su, Jennifer Sweitzer, Joseph Terino, Michael Thompson, Alan Van Pelt, Fred Walker, Amanda Weiglein, Justin White, Anna White, Nicholas Whittaker, Lindsay Wiener, Michael Wilkison, Tristan Wolfe, Kristiana Yager and Andrew Yorio.

4.000 GPA

Freshmen – Rita Bauer, Jacob Bollman, Conor Brockman, Eric Brokaw, Julia Burroughs, David Caggiano, Emily Clausen, Doris Dolezal, Zachary Farmer, Casey Gallagher, Madison Greenwell, Charlotte Hands, Jack Harback, Yiannis Kanellopoulos, Anna Kerregan, Jennifer Lacount, Emily Ladd, Victoria Lentz, Kyle Loseff, Stuart Macaulay, Jacqueline Machesky, Angela Massoud, Kelli McCafferty, Olivia Miller, Micah Morris, Daniel O’Connor, Christeena Parsons, Emily Perry, Lily Prior, Benjamin Ruffley, Jessica Sellers, Shannon Sheridan, Abbey Toepfer, Benjamin Wadley, Lydia Weigel, Grier Wellborn, Jacob Wergers and Carlie Yersky. Sophomores – Elle Blauwkamp, Tanner Brondhaver, Patrick Campbell, Elissa Hoffman, Nicole Holtkamp, Prethvi Kashinkunti, Julia Keeling, Sabine Loos, Katherine Lupariello, Riley Malling, Erin Meisman, Autumn Miller, Peter Orkiszewski, Thomas Palmer, Piyavadee Pariyavuth, Alexander Popp, Hunter Racer, Jacob Rivers, Shelby Stevlingson, Paisley Stone, Ashley Stricker, Emily Tenoever, Kelsey Toepfer, Alyssa Traughber and Kevin Xu. Juniors – Breanna Allen, Grace Boothe, Alanna Bowman, Ariana Bruggen, Andrea Clark, Candice Diana, Juanita Dickhaus, Julia Dunn, Emily Ellis, Elizabeth Flading, Gabrielle Forbes, Moises Fred, Jeffrey Heimbrock, Christiana Howard, Cameron Humphreys, Ashlynn Igel, Cody Jones, Thomas Krutka, Steven Lacount, Alan Long, Rachel Massoud, Melissa Modzelewski, Emily Morgan, Lindsay Mullins, Jacob Nelson, Madeline O’Flaherty, Michael Paulik, Maxine Pincumbe, Audrey Platt, Kevin Polacek, Sarah Powers, Bailey Rankin, Haley Ransler, Sarah Ratcliff, Taylor Ray, Jason Rice, Alexis Rieck, Christopher Shingleton, Angela Steffens, Danielle Strasinger, Cody Sullivan, Samantha Traine, Emily Vincent, Hayley Vivian, Elyse Wergers, Morgan Willenbrink and Kelsey Zellner. Seniors – Evan Arnold, Wyatt Baker, Brian Barr, Matthew Bauer, Michael Baxter, Isabelle Biehle, Rachael Bonekamp, Chelsea Byrnes, Corey Campos, Gregory Carroll, Julia Comodeca, Patrick Conrad, Kevin Cripe, Benjamin Crocker, Elizabeth Dauterman, Dustin Didier, Kristen Ebbert, Nathaniel Finney, Chloe Gibson, Kevin Hamilton, Darrion Hayes, Anne Hobson, Bridget Hochwalt, Emily Holifield, Michael Janes, Garrett Keeling, Michael Kernan, Lindsay Knabb, Christopher Lillard, Kendall Loseff, Margaret Lund, Jillian Mackzum, Elizabeth Mathias, Lana Milbern, Michael Moran, Evan Murphy, Marley Rossa, Ryan Sowers, Gregory Stephen, Kayla Stevens, Erin Tenoever and Taryn Wellborn.

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Students in the third grade Maddux Elementary classroom of Annette Thomas recently helped with the recent Haiti outreach project. Students in second and third grades collected peanut butter and gently used shoes for children living in Haiti.

Maddux Elem. reaches out to Haiti’s children Secondand thirdgraders at Maddux Elementary School recently collected peanut butter and gently used shoes for children living in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake. All items collected will be delivered to Haiti in March by friends of third-grade teacher Annette Thomas. Thomas was struck by the poverty she witnessed during a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, which shares an island with Haiti. “After returning...I knew I wanted to help people get shoes,” Thomas said. Because shipping costs

are expensive, Thomas asked five of her friends who will be traveling to Haiti with a missionary organization if they would deliver the collected goods from the Maddux students. They agreed. “I started talking to my classroom kids about it, and they were excited to help,” said Thomas. “I don’t think they realize that people live differently than we do. They were 100 percent on board about collecting shoes and peanut butter.” Thomas’ and Michelle Dalton’s third-graders made signs and posters. Kristi

Strakowski’s secondgraders decorated collection boxes. “We’re going to count and organize the shoes and peanut butter after the collection, and then we’ll send it with my friends,” said Thomas. “Another great part is that we’ll have pictures and video of the people who actually get our donations. “When my friends return, I plan on sharing with the kids so they can see who they helped. I think it’s going to be great, and I hope an experience they remember.”


Students at Maddux Elementary School recently collected peanut butter and gently used shoes for children living in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake. From left, Adam Harm, Sam Thornton, Annabella Talpes and Preston Stith organize items collected by second- and third-graders to be donated.

Award-winning author visits Nagel


Newbery Medal winning author Rebecca Stead recently visited Nagel Middle School. During her visit she talked about writing and her books and also signed autographs.

Nagel Middle School students recently enjoyed a visit from Newbery-Medal-winning author Rebecca Stead. The author spoke to students about writing, her books and signed autographs. A group of 50 students who read the book “When You Reach Me” had lunch with the author and had the opportunity to ask questions. “She was a delightful speaker,” said Nagel Media Center facilitator Karen Reiber. Stead lives in New York with her husband and two sons. She has authored two books and recently won the Newbery award for “When You Reach Me.”

The Newbery Medal was named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. “When You Reach Me” is about a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who encounters shifting friendships, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future. The visit by Stead was sponsored by Joseph Beth Booksellers and Chick-fil-A.


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Man of the year

St. Xavier High School graduate Walt Gibler was recently named the Horizon Leagues sixth Man of the Year, wrapping up his sophomore year in fine fashion on the Loyola University Chicago basketball team. The 6-foot, 7-inch forward tallied 21 points, one shy of matching a career high, and tied a personal best with 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in Loyola’s 8066 loss at Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Championship, March 2. Gibler came off the pine in all but one of the Ramblers’ 30 games this season and scored in double digits on 19 occasions. In the final four outings of the year, Gibler contributed 15.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1 assist. In two career games in the Horizon League Championship, he was at his best averaging 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Loyola finished the year 14-16 and 5-13 in league play.

St. Xavier man in Jr. Olympics

USSA Region 4 of the Central Division, which includes alpine ski racers from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, will be represented at the Junior Olympics by A.J. Pucci from Mount Washington. Pucci advances to the winter games after qualifying at Marquette, Mich., the week of Feb. 15. Skiing since 4 years old and racing since 6, A.J. will compete for the second time at the Junior Olympics – last year as a J4 and this year in the J3 division. Pucci is a freshman at Saint Xavier High School. Pucci said he plays soccer and tennis when not on the slopes. Pucci says his favorite parts are, “The speed; I love to go fast. There is also a challenge, not just against other competitors, but with yourself.” When asked what he’d like to be doing in eight years, Pucci said, “Eight years from now I’ll probably be in grad school, and hopefully still racing.” Pucci, who trains with Stampede Racing at Perfect North in Lawrenceburg, Ind., competes at the J3 Junior Olympics in Vail, Colorado from March 5-11. This competition program is the feeder system for future Olympians. This event features the highest level of racing in the United States for the J3 age class (racers born in 1995 and 1996, ages 13-15) including the fastest racers from 18 states covering the Central and Southern Rockies and the Midwest. Results can be found at: /results.asp.

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Lions celebrate 1st winning season

By Mark Chalifoux

They did it. The Miami Valley Christian Academy girls’ basketball team finished the season with a winning record for the first time in program history, accomplishing the team’s biggest goal for the season. The feam finished 10-8 and had several winnable games canceled due to snow, so the Lions could’ve had an even higher winning percentage. MVCA did not win its tournament game, so the Lions finished the season with a 10-9 record overall. It was a win over Immaculate Conception that sealed a winning season for the team. “They were pretty excited,” head coach Tim Schwirtz said. “It’s a big deal, especially for the seniors who have been on the team for four years. It means a lot to them.” Schwirtz said the team finally came together in the last six to eight games of the season, thanks to the


Sarah Makoski shoots free throws at the end of a practice this season. team’s senior leadership, and that helped push the Lions over the top.

The 48-44 win over Lockland in mid-January was the team’s biggest win

was the team’s defensive specialist and will be a key player next season and Anne Schwirtz was the team’s top shot-blocker. Freshman Melissa Hughart of Amelia showed improvement and is the team’s top outside shooter, according to Schwirtz. Senior Hope Stenger of Loveland was a contributor in a number of ways and had a strong attitude all season, Schwirtz said. The team will have to replace a considerable amount of scoring next season after losing Makoski and Simunek. Schwirtz said he’s confident Buckley and Hughart can turn into dependable scorers for the team next season. Schwirtz said he was most pleased with the energy level from the team this season. “They were fantastic and seemed to have a lot of fun but also worked hard,” he said. “They haven’t really tasted success until this year but just to see them have that success to me is the most gratifying thing.”

Bowlers go from uncertainty to districts

District title highlights Eagles’ hoops season

helped propel the Redskins into the postseason. “I knew we were coming together at the right time,” Anderson High School said Miracle. Flamm is the only senior boys’ bowling coach Jeff Miracle was not sure at the on the roster. The Redskins beginning of the season if will return almost the entire he would have enough roster and hope to add some bowlers on his roster to field more. Impact freshmen helped a varsity squad. The Redskins not only the team this season and came through with enough Miracle will need some more boys to field a team, they new varsity contributors advanced to the district next season. Freshman Alex Sutter meet for the first time in was able to make his mark program history. The Redskins had just in his first year of varsity bowling. five boys on “Alex was the team. Two able to step in a were freshmake contribumen, one had “We continued to tions right never bowled away,” said before, and get better each Miracle. one joined the Recruiting week. We lost a team the day will be the offbefore the first lot early, but won season key for meet of the Miracle. some big season. He hopes to “I was surmatches late.” boost the numprised that we bers in the promade it as far gram. He will Coach Jeff Miracle as we did,” look for incomMiracle said. ing freshmen “I am happy as well as curthat we did.” rent high At the Feb. 19 sectional meet at Colerain Bowl, the schoolers who have not Redskins placed seventh tried varsity bowling before. “Our biggest problem is out of 29 teams. The top eight teams we’re not getting a lot of advanced to the district kids to come out for the team,” Miracle said. “I think meet. Sophomore Daniel we can find a couple more.” Those newcomers will Adams placed second in his division, and senior Matt join a solid rotation. The returning bowlers Flamm placed fifth. The Redskins started the will enter next season with season slow, but peaked at confidence after reaching districts this season. the right time. They raised the bar for “We continued to get better each week,” Miracle the program and are eager said. “We lost a lot early, to return to districts next but won some big matches year. “We have four solid late.” Late-season wins over returning starters,” Miracle Harrison and Wilmington – said. “We should be right two teams that went a com- back here (at districts) next bined 26-11 this season – year.” By Adam Turer

By Mark Chalifoux

The Walnut Hills High School girls’ basketball team won a district title for the first time in program history with a 48-47 win over Mason March 6. “It was huge. It’s never been done here before and that was the goal at the beginning of the season,” head coach Anthony Johnson said. “I’m just so proud of these girls that they were able to achieve that.” Senior standout Phylesha Bullard was the clutch player for the Eagles in the district championship game as she scored 24 points and made several plays down the stretch to seal the big win for Walnut Hills. “It was about coming together as a team,” Johnson said. “We had a big lead early and had to hang on as they stormed back into the game.” The Syracuse-bound Bullard was one of the leading scorers in the conference this year, averaging 16.1 points a game. She was also a first-team all-district player. Tayler Stanton was a second-team all-district player and was one of the top post players in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. Still, Johnson said it was a total team effort that helped led the Eagles to their best season in school history. “Everyone looks at those two, but it was a true team that led us to a schoolrecord 21 wins,” Johnson said. “We beat MND and the No. 1 team in Kentucky, and

and was a victory that helped motivate the Lions the rest of the way. Senior standout Sarah Makoski averaged 11 points a game and was the team’s leading scorer with more than 200 points on the season, a record for the Lions. She scored 156 as the team’s leading scorer last year. Senior standout Sophie Simunek averaged 10 points a game and was the other go-to player for MVCA. Nikki Postenrider of Anderson Township was the team’s leading rebounder and scored twice as many points this season as she had last year. “From a coaching standpoint it was a great year because they had a winning season and everyone individually improved their performance and showed that in the energy level they brought in practices,” Schwirtz said. Gabby Buckley of the Milford area was the team’s most improved player and was a scoring threat off the bench. Rachel Moreland


Walnut Hills guard Phylesha Bullard goes up for a shot against Vandalia Butler. Walnut Hills lost 47 to 42 March 9. we don’t win those challenging and tough games if we weren’t a team.” Johnson also highlighted the efforts of Brianna Woods and her leadership at point guard and the play of Alyx Ingram coming off an ACL injury and playing very well this season. Monique Donald was a go-to guard to take the pressure off of Phylesha and Tayler and Diamond Smith gave the team “pure defense, like no one else could,” Johnson said. “This team set the bar for the program,” he said. “This lets everyone else know this can happen at Walnut. This year our program was put against other upper-tier programs, and we showed we belong. These ladies proved they can play high-level basketball.” Johnson said he enjoyed coaching this team because they got along so well. “You can coach talented teams that don’t like each other, but these kids had each other’s backs and liked each other, and it’s exciting

to be a part of that.” Johnson said the 49-41 win over Mount Notre Dame went a big way in proving the Eagles legitimacy to other programs in the city. He said the excitement from a district title this year should help younger players work hard to accomplish what this year’s senior class was able to accomplish. “They broke the ceiling for us,” Johnson said. “The seventh- and eighth-grade girls are looking at these seniors and wanting that experience for themselves, and they are already starting to show commitment to the program. These girls want to be older Lady Eagles now.” Ultimately, what set this senior class apart in Johnson’s eyes was how much they embody what Walnut Hills stands for. “They appreciate what the school is about,” he said. “They eat, drink, breathe Walnut Hills and they were more about Walnut Hills than anyone I’ve ever known.”

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Forest Hills Journal

March 17, 2010


Summit twins make waves, records in the pool

Silver Knight siblings snap state drought

By Anthony Amorini

Likening the close bonds of a team to that of a family is nothing new in sports but for Summit Country Day’s swim team, the oft-heard rallying cry is a reality. The coordinated efforts of two sets of Summit Country Day twins – seniors Bryan and Brad Bedacht of Terrace Park and juniors John and Nathan Patterson of Anderson Township – scored the Silver Knights its first state qualifying swim relays this winter. Silver Knight records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay accompanied state qualifications for the Summit twins following quality swims at the Division II District Championships. Advancing one relay was enough to snap the Silver Knights’ state drought but everything comes in pairs for the Summit twins.


Summit Country Day takes a moment to celebrate its state qualifying relays following quality performances at the Division II District Championship finals Saturday, Feb. 20. Both of Summit’s state relays include, from left, senior twins Bryan and Brad Bedacht and junior twins Nathan and John Patterson. Summit head coach Robin Murphy is pictured between the two sets of Silver Knight twins. “I’ve been seeing double all season,” joked Summit head coach Robin Murphy of her record-breaking relays including two sets of twins. “Summit has never sent a relay to state so it’s just amazing. It’s such a big deal for the school.” At districts Saturday, Feb. 20, the Summit twins qualified to state with fourth-place finishes in the 200 medley relay (1:42.76) and 200 freestyle relay (1:55.12).

In the 200 medley relay, the Patterson twins bookend the Bedacht twins. John opens the race with the backstroke followed by Bryan in the breaststroke, Bradley in the butterfly and Nathan in the freestyle. Summit’s 200 freestyle relay begins and ends with a Bedacht as Nathan and John swim the second and third legs, respectively. Bradley leads off the relay with Bryan serving as its anchor.

“It’s just so huge. Five administrators from Summit are driving to Canton to watch and everyone in the school is taking a break to see them off to state,” Murphy said. “We’ve just never had anything like this.” Last winter, Bryan was Summit’s only state qualifier as he advanced in both the 200 individual medley

Anderson girls gear up for lacrosse Student correspondent

It was created hundreds of years ago and although it is an old sport, that does not keep people from wanting to play it. Season after season, lacrosse shows to be a popular sport that never grows old even with its age. Last year Anderson women’s lacrosse had a 13-3 record in the regular season. After winning four times more than losing, Anderson Lady Orange went on to become state champions. This year the girls are back to do it again. The team lost nine seniors, but Anderson High School sophomore Kelly Bose does not think that will hurt them. “The girls we lost last

season were strong but that does not mean our existing team is not equally as good. We work hard and you will be able to see that shine through during our games,” Bose said. A lot of effort and teamwork are the two biggest factors into what makes a strong team. Lady Oranges possesses both. According to sophomore Daley Yorio, a player has to have both qualities, not just one. “You cannot be lazy. There is a ton of running in lacrosse so being in shape is important,” said Yorio. “The physical aspects are not all, though. If you are not willing to be a team player, then you have no business playing this game.” Since lacrosse is so popu-

lar there are new girls waiting to play. Every year freshmen who played for Anderson Middies go on to play for Lady Orange. With the state championship win of last year, new players have quite a bit to live up to. Even so, freshman Grier Wellborn is up to the challenge. “I am excited to learn from girls who have been playing longer than me but I also know I have something to bring to the table,” said Wellborn. “I hope to help in any way that I can to improve an already great team.” Lacrosse is a sport about combining the old with the new. In the upcoming weeks it will be shown that Lady Orange knows just how to do that.

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in fall of 2002 and is are associated with a National organization. Practice and registration will be conducted at Riverside Park in Anderson from 1-3 p.m., March 14 and March 21. The cost is $145, plus $55 for MLB jersey and hat (for new players). This is an opportunity for men to play and enjoy the game of baseball. Call John Gruenberg at 254-8221 or e-mail The Web site for Anderson MSBL is The league will also have signups in April for the 18 and over league which will be starting its third year. This league has doubled in size. The fall 35 and over league will be having signups in early August.

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The Par Hoper Golf League is seeking players for the upcoming April to October season. Players must be 62 years old to play in this, the oldest league in Cincinnati. The league plays from 8-10:30 a.m, Mondays (front nine) and Fridays (back nine). Spring and fall banquets are planned during the season as well as lunches every month in off-season, a club tournament and match play tounament, best ball scrambles and a picnic. Call Tedd Adams at 624-9388, or Pete Pierce-Jones at 248-2491.

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her four swimmers posting a fourth-place team score at districts. The Division II State Championships concluded Saturday, Feb. 27, after several days of swimming at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium. At state, neither of the Summit relays advanced to final heats which kept the Silver Knights from finishing in the top 16. Bryan took fifth place in the 500 freestyle at 4:43.20 and the 200 individual medley at 1:55.10 during the Division II State Championships. Logan Eyer, a cousin of the Bedacht boys and alternate for the relays, is a Milford resident. Mason Mechler, also an alternate for the Summit relays, is the only swimmer for Summit without a relative on the team. “They are amazing and they are all so supportive of each other,” Murphy said of her tight-knit team. “It really is a family.”

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and 500 freestyle. Bryan qualified for state in both individual events again this winter, though Murphy is happy to see a larger contingent of Silver Knights descending on Canton, she said. “To have all the other boys going with him including his twin brother means the world to Bryan,” Murphy said. The Bedacht twins work for Murphy at Terrace Park Swim Club during the summer and talk about qualifying a relay to state started back then, the coach recollected. “We started getting excited about it and were talking about state in the summer. It was their last shot and they pulled it off,” Murphy said of the senior twins. Though the Bedacht twins and Patterson twins were the only Silver Knights to score at districts, the boys ended up finishing fourth in a field of 28 teams. “I was shocked and very pleased,” Murphy said of




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Township money could be used elsewhere

Maybe Trustee O’Brien has done some good on the “sidewalk to nowhere” along Kellogg Avenue in the River Downs area. It is probably temporary until Ms. Reis returns. The township must stop depriving Hamilton County of tax money with TIF (Tax Increment Financing) that maybe could be used for sheriff deputies or other beneficial projects in the county. The city of Cincinnati may have committed to their portion of the trail, but they have not said when; their financial situation does not look good, so it is doubtful. The township’s portion of their cost of $301,504 could best be used on service roads or “Anderson Access Ways” along Beechmont Avenue by acquiring rightof-way of easements through existing parking lots. Robert G. Willard Gungadin Drive Anderson Township

Thanks to great neighbors

I enjoyed your article and photos on “Neighbor Helps Neighbor in Anderson,” especially because my wife and I were the beneficiaries of very generous assistance by the Emery family in clearing the snow from our driveway. (We did not know the Emerys before this,

and it was quite a surprise.) However, as Paul Harvey would say, you should know the “rest of the story.” Several days prior to the assistance by the Emerys our car became stuck in the mud and snow next to our driveway, and our next-door neighbors, Mike and Anne Dillon, brought their four-wheel drive truck to free our car from the mud and clear some of the snow. When much of the township was without electricity during the summer the Dillons ran a line from their generator to our refrigerator. My wife tells me that Mike also volunteered to remove a snake from our roots when the person hired to clean our gutters was intimidated by the snake. Fortunately, we have not one but several families of wonderful neighbors in Anderson Township. Paul W. Schuch Forest Road Anderson Township

Grading system inflation is unnecessary

So the Forest Hills School District is going to revise its grading system to enable more students to “achieve” honor roll status. When is this grade inflation going to stop? Haven’t we cheapened the system enough already where it is worthless to boast about making the honor roll?

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How would it affect you if the U.S. Postal Service dropped Saturday service? “It will affect us all – the more service is reduced, the less people will use the Postal Service. Then will they reduce delivery to four days, or every other day? Surely the government and the Postal Service can find other ways to save money without reducing its basic, core service of mail delivery.” J.S.B. “Minimally. I wouldn’t like it, but I could deal with it. I understand something about how shaky the Postal Service has been in the last 20-30 years and since I am one of the few people in my circle of friends and family who still writes letters, pay bills by check, etc., I have witnessed the incremental increases in the cost of a first-class postage stamp to its current 44 cents. When I was a kid, we actually had mail delivery twice a day. As one of the current TV commercials would say, ‘Can you believe it?’ “I wish I could have done something to change the outcome, but as someone said in his campaign for the presidency recently, ‘It’s above my pay grade.’ “It may seem harsh, but think about it: most of the stuff we get in our mailbox these days is junk mail, plain and simple – and advertising circulars. I could go one more day without those.” Bill B. “If the US Postal Service (a privately-operated entity) is such dire financial straits that the only immediate solution is suspension of Saturday deliveries, it will little or no impact on us (most of the mail we receive is catalogs and junk anyway!).

Do you think businesses are right to block employees’ access to NCAA Tournament-related Web sites during the tournament? Why or why not? Every week the Forest Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. “I remain amazed that I can write a letter to a friend in California, put a 44-cent stamp on it and find out that it arrived safely, at the correct address in just three days. It’s a shame that the electronic age has allowed us to give up the fine art of letter-writing in favor of e-mails which are great for some things but totally inappropriate as replacements for a good, old-fashioned, hand-written letter. ‘Nuff said.” M.M. “It won’t affect me at all. We pay most of our bills on the Internet or phone, which is why the post office is not doing as much business as in the past. We’ve gone mostly paperless so we don’t get bills mailed to our house but sent to our e-mail, and have some accounts automatically debited. If I buy something online, it’s usually shipped Fed Ex or UPS-because it’s cheaper and faster. “I did see where some members of Congress would like a 2or 3-day a week service, which I think would be too drastic. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times, in much the same way fewer and fewer people are reading hard copies of the newspaper. Everyone has to adjust.” R.L.H. “It won’t. Just get the bills two days later.” J.Z.

You could save space by printing the names of those who didn’t make the honor roll. This is just like giving everyone a trophy so no one’s feelings get hurt. I feel sorry for those students who truly deserve the honor. It is no surprise that Newsweek reported that 47 percent of those students that took the SAT were on the ‘A’ honor roll even though scores have remained static. Some day little Johnny will have to grow up and face the real world. Donald Shreve Mariwood Lane Mount Washington

Author: School board member is out of touch

It’s evident that Forest Hills School board member Richard Neumann is out of touch with: 1. The impact the current grading system has on parents/students and 2. How universities handle submitted GPAs for scholarships and admissions. As a parent of an Indiana University freshman, I phoned five universities (OSU, Miami, Indiana, Tennessee and South Carolina) and each one confirmed they don’t make GPA adjustments to convert Forest Hills current grading scale (93-100 for an ‘A’) to the College Board Scale. This places every Forest Hills student at an immediate disad-

vantage versus high schools using the College Board Scale. Universities require students to deliver against both GPA and ACT/SAT requirements for scholarships and early entrance into career major programs. In my son’s case (took 11 honors and AP classes at Turpin), a 0.2 GPA improvement (which most likely would have occurred with the College Board Scale) would have meant direct access into the Kelley School of Business and $20,000 of scholarships. Mr. Neumann’s comment in the March 3 Forest Hills Journal of “the current scale has not prevented students from getting scholarships” reflects that he either does not want to develop an educated position or that he does not care about the district’s students or parents. Thanks to Dr. Patzwald and the other board members that listened to the committee’s research and made an educated vote. Phil Morris Treeridge Drive Anderson Township

Clarification on comment

In the March 10 article “Road Repairs Won’t Come Fast Enough” I was quoted as saying that I would be fine with the village of Newtown taking another 10 years to address the issue of our flooding and eroding conditions on Edith, Jefferson and Pine Streets.


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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Forest Hills Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. Please include a photo with a column submission. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: foresthills@ Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Forest Hills Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. Actually, the comment was made “tongue in cheek” and was meant to convey my hope that after 20 years of living on Edith Street the village would begin the long overdue process of planning for our road repairs. Mayor Curt Cosby’s response was that surely the village would be able to set aside money over the next three years to address this issue. I feel confident that the Newtown Village Council will make this issue a priority after viewing the evidence presented to them. Thanks for the opportunity to clarify my comment. Mark McConnell Edith Street Newtown

Make sure you have the right smoke detector A smoke detector is a smoke detector, correct? This is an untrue statement and your safety could be compromised if you don’t have the correct smoke detector in your home. While all smoke detectors are designed to give residents early warning in a fire they are activated by different forms of smoke, and can perform differently in diverse conditions. The two types of smoke detectors available for residential use are the ionization smoke detector, which senses smoke produced from a flaming fire, and the photoelectric detector, which senses a smoldering fire which can produce thick, dense choking smoke. Due to changes in our style of living we are more likely to have

a smoldering fire occur in our homes. Due to changes in fire standards the materials in our furniture and the use of more electrical equipment are leading causes in smoldering fires. This is why it is important to have photoelectric detectors near kitchens and in hallways and bedrooms and you will have fewer false alarms than you would normally have with an ionization detector. Studies show that during a smoldering fire the ionization detectors fail 56 percent of the time; photoelectric detectors fail 4 percent of the time. Photoelectric detectors can go off 12 to 30 minutes faster than the ionization detector. The facts speak for

themselves. If you don’t know which kind you have look on the back of the detector to see if Craig Best you have an ‘I’ Community in the circle Press guest which is ionization. If you columnist have a ‘P’ it is a photoelectric. Photoelectric detectors can be purchased at your local hardware outlets which have both the electric with battery back-up or ones that run off of a battery. Assistant Chief Craig Best is head of the Life Safety Division of the Anderson Township Fire-Rescue.

Mentoring can make changes in children’s lives From the seat I occupy every day I have a window to the future of Greater Cincinnati’s children. I see children who want to do well in school and who want to stay out of trouble. I see parents who want to help their children and are willing to reach out for that help. And I see a community that demands answers to some of our greatest juvenile concerns. As president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati I see the ways mentoring changes lives every day. The changes can be big or small, but the difference they make in a child’s life is a lasting one. January is National Mentoring Month, and for the children we serve mentoring is a lifeline, leading them to success in school and in life. I received a letter recently from one of the “Little Sisters” in our program. Lindsay came to us needing a positive adult role model and was matched with Candace. Take a moment to read about

their journey over the past year and a half. Big Brothers Big Sisters, I want to thank you for running such a great program. My Big Sister has made such a great change in my life. We’ve laughed together, cried together & prayed together. I’ve built such a great bond with her in the past year and a half. I don’t know what I’d do without her at times. She has helped me through a lot and I thank God for her every day. When I turn 18 I hope to get a Little Sister and give her the world just like mine does for me. Without your program, I don’t know where I’d be right now because my Big Sister has helped me better myself since day one. So I want to thank everyone for having such kind hearts to help kids that need to be loved. Your program is so wonderful and probably helps many kids in ways you can’t imagine. I also want to say I love you Candace and thank you for being so good to me. Sincerely, Lindsay. Lindsay’s story is not unique.

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She speaks for the more than 1,500 children who are fortunate to have a Big Brother or Big Sister Kathy List through this proCommunity gram. Consider this: Press guest 99 percent of the columnist children involved with Big BBs of Greater Cincinnati are in school, not involved in drug or alcohol abuse and not involved in the juvenile justice system. Mentoring works. There are many local agencies that offer opportunities to mentor children. Isn’t it worth an hour of your time, once a week, to be part of the solution? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati is a United Way agency, serving 11 Tristate counties. For information, call 4214120. Kathy List is president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.


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Sandy Gantzer is owner of Madison Clayworks in Madisonville. Madison Clayworks is both a gallery and teaching studio. Gantzer is shown making a clay goblet.

Owner has passion for pottery The owner of Madison Clayworks admitted a willingness to cut her fingernails may have been a start. Sandy Gantzer, 66, said although she always loved buying pottery and clay items, she wasn’t quite ready to get down and dirty in actually creating them. However, after Mead Corp., where Gantzer was a sales analyst, relocated in the 1990s, Gantzer was out of work and looking for ways to occupy her time. At the suggestion of her husband, Bob, she began taking pottery classes. Several years later, she and Pam Korte opened Madison Clayworks in Oakley. “We decided Cincinnati needed a place that could foster an interest in clay,” said Gantzer, who lives in Anderson Township. “We (also) wanted customers to use clay in their everyday life.” In 2001, Gantzer became the sole owner of Madison Clayworks and moved the store to Madisonville. The gallery and studio specializes in a variety of pottery including functional items such as mugs, plates and tea pots as well as dec-

Madison Clayworks

6501 Madison Road 321-4458. Web site Sandy Gantzer, owner Open Monday through Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes also offered. orative items such as vases, sconces and garden plaques. In addition to her own work, Gantzer also sells the pottery of other artists. The studio also offers wheel classes for a variety of skill levels. “It’s very creative and you lose yourself in it,” said Gantzer about her passion for pottery. “When you’re done, you can also use (the items).” Madison Clayworks is located at 6501 Madison Road. For information, call 321-4458 or visit the Web site at By Forrest Sellers. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to espangler@communitypress. com


Anderson Township Park District is hosting Pre-school Open Gym from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 18, at Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township. It’s a playground atmosphere indoors. It is unstructured playtime for parents and pre-schoolers. It is open to ages 4 and under. The cost is $2. Call 388-4515.

Chamber choir

The Marshall University Alumni Club of Cincinnati is hosting the Marshall University Chamber Choir at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. A dessert reception follows. The event is free. Call 6596948.

Benefit concert

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training is hosting the Bands Against Leukemia and Lymphoma Show at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Sports Page Cafe, 453 Cincinnati Batavia Pike, Mount Carmel. It is a high school battle of the bands with Audio Mayhem, The Bad Ideas, Satisfaction Guaranteed and Wired for Fire. The event features celebrity guest judges, split the pot and raffles. Proceeds to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tri-State Chapter in honor of Stephen Gossard. Donation accepted at the door. Call 688-1009 or visit


Dr. Mark McGovern, left, uses his interpreter, right, to talk about a patient’s symptoms during a volunteer vacation in Ecuador with the Tandana Foundation. The volunteers had makeshift clinics in everything from bedrooms to huts.

Local doctor helps patients in Ecuador By Lisa Wakeland

Three years ago, Dr. Mark McGovern wanted to try something new. So, he went to Ecuador. But it wasn’t a typical vacation. McGovern went to the South American country with the Tandana Foundation, a nonprofit group that organizes cross-cultural volunteer opportunities. He made his third trip in September to Ecuador’s Quichinche village, situated at the northern end of the Andes mountain range. McGovern, a pediatrician for Anderson Hills Pediatrics, was part of a medical team that assisted villagers. “Our job was looked at as mostly triage,” he said. “These were people who had maybe seen a doctor once or twice in their life.” Most of the cases were simple – sore throats, muscle aches and sunburns – but others were serious. McGovern said they saw an assortment of cases from breast cancer and high blood pressure to pneumonia and parasites. The Mt. Lookout resident said it took a while to adjust to practicing medicine in a developing country where lab tests and specialists aren’t readily available. “It’s a different kind of medicine all together,” he said. “We were hoping to make a difference (and) most people were very thankful for us.” According to the Tandana Founda-

tion’s Web site, there were 359 adults and children in seven villages who received medical help during the twoweek trip in September. Outside of clinic hours, McGovern said volunteers had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Ecuadorian culture. “The nice thing about Tandana is

you’re going to take care of the patients and you’re able to enjoy the people while helping,” he said. “Every village has its own flavor. You never know what people are going to come in with and that keeps it exciting.” McGovern said he plans to make another volunteer trip in 2010.

Calling all graphic artists for poster, T-shirt contest

First-time buyers?

Bank of America Home Loans is hosting the FirstTime Homebuyer Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 20, at Bank of America, 8315 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township. Participants are provided materials that will walk them through process of purchasing a home. Call 474-6350 for reservations.

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Volunteers treat a patient in Quichinche, Ecuador. The volunteers treated 359 adults and children during a twoweek visit.


Last year’s winner, Brian Green of Anderson Township, poses with his wife, Beth, and son, David.

The Greater Anderson Days event coordinator – Anderson Township Park District – is again inviting the community to enter the poster and Tshirt contest for the 12th annual event to be held July 23-25. The winning design will become the face of Greater Anderson Days. It will be featured on event posters, flyers, shirts, and will be on the cover of 58,000 event mini-books. The winner will also receive recognition in the event mini-book, on the event Web site,, and at the event. Greater Anderson Days, the 2009 Community Press Reader’s Choice Winner for “Best Community Festival/Event,” is a weekend of great

food, live music, Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, a business expo, games, rides, the 66th annual Fireman’s Festival, tremendous teamwork and tons of fun. This July weekend tradition takes place at Beech Acres Park, and attracts thousands from the Anderson area and beyond for a blend of festival atmosphere and familiar hometown appeal. Proceeds benefit the Anderson Township Park District Playground Fund and the Anderson Township Fireman’s Association. The deadline for submissions is May 7. For contest guidelines, visit or call Alli Cottrill, 388-5092, for more information.


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Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m.Free for first meeting. Presented by TOPS. 232-6509. Anderson Township.


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


Success with Failure, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. Grandin Room. Learn updates on heart failure management with lunchtime seminar. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital. 585-1000; Fairfax.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and preschoolers. Ages 4 and under. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 3884515. Anderson Township.


Diving Deeper Into Lent, 7:30 p.m. Father Nicholas Lohkamp OFM presents “Deep In Prayer” with message “Active Prayer.” Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Catholic Lenten series.Free, donations accepted. 388-4466; Anderson Township.


Hyde Park Bridal Show, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. With vendors, booths, displays, planners, florists, photography, videographer, travel agency, food samples, DJ and more. $5, $4 advance. 731-8000; Oakley. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 9


Queen City Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians, 10:15 a.m. Becky Lindsay presents “Guidelines for Emeetings.” Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. Monthly meeting. Free. Presented by Queen City Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians. 859-442-9050. Oakley.


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


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Cafeteria. Fried or baked fish, shrimp Caesar salad and cheese pizza dinners with sides, drinks and dessert. Carryout available. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 388-0031 carryout. Anderson Township. Lenten Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic School, Madisonville, 6000 Murray Road. Cafeteria. Fried fish or Alaskan baked fish and shrimp dinners. Macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, coleslaw, onion rings, fries, baked potato and more. Desserts and carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace Catholic School. $1$7. Presented by St. Margaret of Cortona. 271-0856; Madisonville. Lenten Fish Fry and Bake, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Cecilia Church, 3105 Madison Road. School cafeteria. Fried and baked fish and shrimp dinners, fried fish sandwich, cheese pizza, fries, baked potato, green beans, salad, onion rings, mushrooms, coleslaw, and desserts. Carryout available. Free parking behind church. 50 cents-$7. 871-5787. Oakley. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave. Dinner menu items include: fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, fries, applesauce and coleslaw. Desserts, coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer served. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484. 231-7351; Mount Washington.


Marshall University Chamber Choir, 7 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Dessert reception follows. Free. Presented by Marshall University Alumni Club of Cincinnati. 659-6948. Anderson Township.


Laura, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Suspense mystery. Classic 1940s crime noir poses the question, “Who killed socialite Laura Hunt?” $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Diving Deeper Into Lent, 7:30 p.m. Father Nicholas Lohkamp OFM presents “Deep In Prayer” with message “Prayer of the Heart.” Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Free, donations accepted. 388-4466; Anderson Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 2 0


Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. After, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 871-2529; Oakley. Neon Firs = Biggie’s Pot, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS TV Toastmasters Meeting, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Free. Reservations required. 881-3833; Anderson Township.


First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, 10 a.m.noon, Bank of America, 8315 Beechmont Ave. Participants provided materials that will walk them through process of purchasing a home. Free pre-qualification available. Free. Reservations recommended. 474-6350. Anderson Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Haunted Observatory, 7 p.m. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place. Explore legends and separate facts from fiction on unique insider’s tour. Follow along with actual ghost hunters and learn techniques they use. Led by Spiritual H.O.P.E. Society. $45. Reservations required. 321-5186; Mount Lookout.


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


Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Reds and whites with cheese pairings. Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine, 2707 Erie Ave. Fifty cents per taste. 533-4329; Hyde Park. Sauerkraut Supper, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Sauerkraut, ribs, metts, pork sausage, hot dogs, green bean, mashed potatoes, apple pie and drinks. $9, $5 children. 5315845. Hyde Park.


Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Faith United Church of Christ, 6886 Salem Road. Refreshments, games and face painting. Free. 231-2282. Anderson Township.


Common Threads, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. Knitting/Crochet group. Bring project to work on. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6038. Oakley.


Spring Celebration, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave. Features Celtic music by Silver Arm! Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4456. Hyde Park.


Faith United Church of Christ is hosting an Easter egg hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Faith United Church of Christ, 6886 Salem Road, Anderson Township. The free event includes refreshments, games and face painting. Call 231-2282.


Parent and Child Bookclub, 3 p.m. “The Enormous Egg” by Oliver Butterworth. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Book discussion, treats and activities. Family friendly. 396-8960; Norwood.


Chris Cleave, 1 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Little Bee.” 396-8960; Norwood.



April Aloisio, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, 2734 Erie Ave. Presented by Awakenings Coffee. 321-2525. Hyde Park.


Pajarillos Musical, 9:30 p.m. Inner Circle Entertainment Complex, 4343 Kellogg Ave. Chicago-based group. Ages 18 and up. $12. 321-0220; East End.


Laura, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.


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. Through Dec. 18. 583-1248. Hyde Park. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 2 1


After, noon-4 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 8712529; Oakley.

Requiem, 11 a.m. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Composed by Mormon Tabernacle Choir Conductor Mack Wilberg. Featuring Hyde Park Community UMC Choir and Armstrong Chapel UMC Chancel Choir and 29-piece orchestra. With soloists Brittany Wheeler, mezzo soprano, and Kelvin Chan, baritone. 871-1345; Hyde Park.


Winter 1, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Italian program with orchestral selections and famous arias and duets by Gesualdo, Cilea, Puccini and Verdi. $20; one child up to age 18 free with paying adult. Presented by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. 723-1182, ext.102. Anderson Township.


Laura, 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.

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Shout! A Swinging 60s Sensation, 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, By appointment. 3794139; Columbia Township.


Premium Tasting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Six for $40. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. Reservations required. 231-9463. Mount Washington.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. With Alex Carruthers. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $1.50 PBR, Hudy Delight and Strohs beers. 531-3300. Oakley.


Rachel McPherson, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing Into Our Lives.” 396-8960; Norwood.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

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ART EXHIBITS Metropolis, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Neon Firs = Biggie’s Pot, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave. Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Anderson Township.


Lenten Weekly Eucharist, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave. 831-2052. Terrace Park.


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

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ART EXHIBITS Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. AUDITIONS

Shout! A Swinging 60s Sensation, 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Musical revue. Only female auditionees are needed. Prepare a one-two minute song. Accompanist and CD player available. Be prepared for cold readings, movement combination and group singing. Dancers taught dance combination. Wear fitted clothes and heeled shoes. Production dates: July 9-25. By appointment. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through March 23. 379-4139; Columbia Township.


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


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sam’s Club-Oakley, 4825 Marburg Ave. Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 6863300. Oakley. PROVIDED

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Cincinnati to perform “Beethoven’s Last Night,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Taft Theatre. They will also perform songs from their new album, “Night Castle.” Tickets are $48.50 and $58.50; $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Music Resource Center. Call 513-721-8883 or visit Pictured is Roddy Chong of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Duane Dog Chapman, 8 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given.” 396-8960; Norwood.


See DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee in “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City!” at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Aronoff Center. The production features music, singing, dancing and animation. Hip-hop artist Biz Markie will also be on stage teaching kids how to beat box, as well as special guests The Aquabats, as part of the Super Music Friends Show. Tickets are $25 and $35. Children under 1 year old are admitted for free to sit on a parent’s lap. Packages are available for $99 and include a meet-and-greet with the characters. Call 513-621-2787 or visit


Five responses to question, ‘Why me?’ It’s not news to read that life doesn’t always happen as expected. When despite my best I lose out, can’t find a good job, watch a valuable relationship dissolve, discover I have an incurable disease, or encounter countless other major or minor tragedies – a question often arises, “Why me?” Here are five possible considerations among so many others. 1. An imagined “Contract with the Universe,” or, with God. Most of us live harboring a quid pro quo attitude. It’s as though we’ve made a contract with God or the Universe. Our imaginary contract says “If I’m good only good things will happen to me.” If I live an ordinary, honest, helpful-to-others life, things will go well and no traumas or dramas will occur.” When adversity does arrive we feel betrayed. We wonder, “Why me?”

Of course, there is no contract. Life in this world is unpredictable and unfair. Full justice, and even mercy, come later. 2. The expectation of exemption. Others die, not me; others get diseases, not me; others encounter all sorts of problems, but not me. When one of my sisters was lying on a hospital gurney awaiting an operation, a doctor friend passed. Surprised to see her he asked, “What’s wrong? What are you doing here?” Somewhat teary-eyed she told him. Then she added, “Right now I’m lying here feeling a little sorry for myself and wondering, ‘Why me?’” Known for his humor rather than tact, he exclaimed, “Well, wouldn’t a better question be, ‘Why not?’” He was realistic but insensitive. His realistic response has led me many times to ask myself that

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question. When I feel undeservedly dumped on by life I often ask myself, “Why not?” I have never been able to come up with a convincing reason that should exempt me from the vicissitudes of life. 3. My own unconscious causality. “Why me?” Because sometimes I set myself up for them by not recognizing my behavior or thoughts. E.g. Some people marry, find their spouse physically abusive, and eventually divorce. The abused person later marries again, and voila, the second spouse does the same. Is the conclusion then that all spouses abuse? Or, could I be part of the reason it occurs. Do I disrespect myself and passively permit mistreatment? Do I unconsciously seek it because as a child I saw it in my own family, and now I erroneously assume it’s something that happens in every marriage?

Or, perhaps I blame myself for it or even perceive it, in a twisted way, as an expression of love? – Besides abuse, other problems may occur in my life because I unknowingly set the stage for them. Perhaps knowing myself a lot better might help avoid some situations that just seem to “come to me.” 4. Ignorance of the ambiguity of life. Until the age of 25 or later we believe that we are gods. During mid-life and thereafter the sad news is gradually conveyed – “You are not a god; you don’t always have control over what happens; your very life hangs by a thread and you must live without the answers to many questions.” The tolerance of ambiguity is one of the signs of human maturity. Amidst it all we must take responsibility for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-

being, and grow up. In the midst of life’s ambiguous mysteries we become ripe for discovering our true self, God, and the meaning of life.


Father Lou Guntzelman Perspectives

5. Maintain a sense of greater purpose. “O God who made the lion and the lamb, you decreed I should be who I am, would it spoil some vast eternal plan, if I were a wealthy man?” sang Tevya in “Fiddler On the Roof.” Does the “vast eternal plan” for my life necessitate dealing with joys and sorrows and unfairness that are actually bringing about my growth, transformation, and eventually glory? 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.

Stuck with a timeshare? Consider charitable donation Timeshare sales are still big business, but many who bought them now say they it’s something they regret. It’s no wonder that timeshare re-sales are also big business, but trying to find a buyer can be very difficult. Cecilia Owens of Florence says one of the timeshares she owns is great – she’s used it a lot and has traded it for other properties. But she isn’t happy with her other timeshares. The key here is while timeshares can be of value, you have to know what you’re doing and how to use them. Owens said her one good timeshare has been traded for lots of trips.

“We’ve gone to Hawaii t h r e e t i m e s . W e ’ v e gone to Florida, Arizona – Howard Ain w e ’ v e it Hey Howard! used everywhere,” she said. Owens says her two other timeshares have turned out to be a drag on her. She has paid more than $14,000 for both, but the bills continue. “You may have them paid off but you’re still paying your maintenance fees and, for the three of them together it is costing us

$1,600 or $1,700 a year,” Owens said. Owens recently received a postcard from a company offering to take two of her timeshares off her hands. “They would have a deal where we could get rid of both of the timeshares. It would cost $2,400. It was guaranteed,” Owens said. The offer sounds tempting because it would get her out from under those yearly maintenance fees – fees she must pay for the rest of her life. But before doing that I suggested she consider donating the timeshares to charity. Several charities, including the American Kidney Fund, are offering to take them.

The American Kidney Fund says timeshares typically sell for from between $600 and $5,000. The sale is handled by an outside firm and when the sale is complete you’ll receive a receipt for your donation. I told Owens she won’t have to pay anything and

she liked the idea she would get a tax write off. Charities won’t automatically accept every timeshare, but they do take most. They’ll first determine the value of the property to make sure it can be sold quickly for a profit. One Web site,

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March 17, 2010

Virginia Bakery offers coffeecake secrets

It all started with an heirloom cookbook compiled by Children’s Hospital Cooperative way back in 1973. It was given to me by friend Joanie Woodward, now of blessed memory. She gave it to me last year, and there was a recipe in there for Virginia Bakery’s German coffeecake. I made it and included it in a column. I did have to work with the recipe as it needed tweaking and really wasn’t easy for the home cook to duplicate. I talked with the folks at Virginia Bakery, asking for help. Well lo and behold, the authentic recipe from yes, Virginia Bakery, is in this column today. Tom Thie, of Virginia Bakery, reworked it for the home cook. It’s just one of 50 fabulous Virginia Bakery recipes included in an original cookbook by Tom. Described as a “flavored cookbook,” meaning it will be a combination of bakery history, Thie family stories, and customer memories in addition to the recipes and photos of approximately 50 of Virginia Bakery’s favorite items. And the recipe for schnecken will be included! Now the cookbook will be

available during the winter holiday season later this year. I’ll let you know exactly Rita w h e n , Heikenfeld since I I’m Rita’s kitchen know among the many fans who will want this Cincinnati treasure.

Virginia Bakery cinnamon coffeecake Yellow Dough Sponge

2 cups warm water 3 packs of instant dry yeast (such as Red Star) 3 cups all purpose flour Start yeast in warm water (105 to 110 degrees) for five minutes. Add flour, mix well. Cover bowl with a cloth and let rise until it doubles or the sponge starts to fall. Depending on the temperature, this could take one to two hours.


11⁄4 cup sugar 4 teaspoon salt 1 cup shortening (such as Crisco) 4 oz. salted butter (1

stick) softened to room temperature

1 ⁄2 cup egg yolks 1 cup cool milk* 1 cup cool water 9 (approximately) cups flour – preferably 3 cups winter flour** (pastry flour) and 6 cups all purpose flour

(*The Virginia Bakery always used whole milk and Tom Thie prefers it. “We’re not making diet bakery goods. When you consider the amount of fat and eggs in the dough, changing the milk is not going to save many fat calories. On the other hand, if skim is all you have, use it. You can always compensate by adding a tad more butter.”) (**The winter flour helps to soften the dough and gives the yellow dough a better texture. Not essential, but nice to have. All purpose flour will produce perfectly fine results.) Mix all ingredients to form a soft dough. It should be quite sticky – soft, pliable and moist – but not batterlike. If the dough forms a tight ball, you’ve added too much flour. Add a little water. Starting the dough early in the day or a day ahead is

best. Fresh yellow dough is difficult to work with. Tom recommends refrigerating the dough allowing it to stiffen. It takes a few hours for the dough to rise after being in the refrigerator overnight. The sponge method is not a quick way to make bakery goods, but the dough is easy to work with. For coffeecakes, such as the crumb cinnamon, divide dough into nine pieces. Each piece will weigh approximately 12 ounces. If you’re going to use the divided dough soon, you can just put it on a floured tray and cover with a towel. If the dough will be frozen for future use, put it in plastic bags. The dough should be used within 48 hours or frozen up to a month. The yeast activity will decline rapidly after a month and your dough will be flat. When making an item from frozen dough, simply thaw it in the refrigerator or in the microwave on “Defrost.”

Crumb cinnamon coffeecake topping

This cake requires a 12 oz. piece of yellow dough to be spread evenly over the

bottom of a well greased 8by-8-inch pan. Crisco or a spray like Pam works well. With lightly floured hands, pat to flatten with no lip. Wash the dough with melted butter and cover generously with cinnamon crumbs. The recipe below yields enough to cover two cakes with a layer of streusel as they were made in the bakery.

Cinnamon Crumbs:

2 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoon shortening 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar loosely packed 1 teaspoon honey optional, but desired 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄8 teaspoon salt Caramel color optional 2 ⁄3 cup flour

Cream everything except flour. The caramel color was added to darken the crumbs. Not necessary. If you do use it, don’t use too much, it can be bitter. Caramel color is nothing but burnt sugar. Be careful if you make it at home – it smokes something awful. Add the flour and rub between the tips of your fingers, kind of like mixing pie

dough. Do not combine flour in a mixer, it is too easy to over mix. Mix until you have nice moist cinnamon crumbs. If they are too wet, add more flour. If too dry, add a little melted butter. (In the bakery, they would make the cinnamon crumb base – everything but the flour – the night before, and then rub in the flour fresh every morning. Cinnamon crumbs will dry out quickly unless covered or refrigerated.) After putting crumbs on the dough in the baking pan, let the cake rise in a warm place until dough is almost doubled. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes – until cake springs back when tested. Cakes are easier to remove from the pan when slightly warm. Often a customer would ask to have the cake covered with sifted powdered sugar Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Janet Stehlin checks out the contents of a basket at the silent auction at the Clough United Methodist Church Valentines Dinner before placing a bid. Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to support the Clough mission team going to Jamaica this June to minister at My Father’s House, an orphanage in Whitehouse run by Jim and Penie Koch, former residents of Anderson Township.

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The Clough United Methodist Church Youth Group recently sponsored a Valentines Dinner at the church to raise funds for the church Jamaica Mission Trip this June and for the Youth Fund. Dinner was provided by the Olive Garden Restaurant and youth group members served as hosts, hostesses and servers.

Mercantile Library announces board

At the recent annual meeting of the Mercantile Library, the library’s membership voted in the board of directors for 2010. New to the board are Susan Hickenlooper, of Hyde Park, and George Wilkinson, of Anderson Township. Hickenlooper will serve on the finance and events committees of the board. Wilkinson is an attorney with the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl Law Firm. Board Officers for 2010

are: Dale Patrick Brown, president (Mount Adams); Deborah Ginocchio, vice president (North Avondale); Susan Wheatley, treasurer (Anderson Township); and Paul DeMarco, secretary (downtown Cincinnati). Other board members include: James Bridgeland; Laura Brunner; Sally Connelly; Paul Franz; William Friedlander; Ann Hagedorn; Phillip Long; Richard Moore; Patricia Niehoff; Christine Schoonover; Alexander Thomson; and Joseph Tomain. Members of the board serve three-year terms.

Every Girl Scout cookie has a mission – to help girls do great things. This year throughout Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, girls are working together to benefit Haiti. For every case of Girl Scout Cookies sold during booth sales, through March 21, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is donating $1 to the American Red Cross International Disaster Response Fund, earmarked for Haiti disaster relief. Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales occur outside of area

Logan Sutherland, a member of the Clough United Methodist Youth Group, explains the menu choices to guests at the Valentines Dinner recently held at the church.

businesses, such as Kroger, retail stores, businesses, and banks. To find the closest booth sale, customers can go to, click on “Search for COOKIE Sale locations nearest you,” and enter their zip code. To track the progress towards the goal of 60,000 cases of Girl Scout Cookies sold, visit This year Girl Scout cookies are available in eight varieties and sell for

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Members of The Sly Band provide music for dining and dancing at the Valentines Dinner held at Clough United Methodist Church to raise funds for the church’s Jamaica Mission Team and its Youth Group.

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March 17, 2010

DEATHS Brian E. Aspinall

Brian E. Aspinall, 72, of Anderson Township died March 5. Survived by wife, Phyllis A. Aspinall; sons, David B. (Ann) and Steven C. (Jennifer) Aspinall; daughter, Carrie D. (Mark) Schneder; and grandchildren, Ellie, Erik and Brooke. Preceded in death by father, David E. Aspinall; and moth-

er, Eva M. Price. Services were March 9 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 643270, Cincinnati, OH 45264-3270.

Robert J. Byrne

Robert J. Byrne, 81, of Mount

husband, Major George B. Hart; father, Leo Charles Diss; mother, Irma Ida Stegner; and grandchild, David Hart. Services were March 12 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Evercare Hospice, 9050 Center Pointe Drive, Suite 400, West Chester, OH 45069.

Washington died March 8. Survived by sons, Patrick (Meg), Michael (Leigh Ann), Kerry (Missy) and Robert S. (Lori) Byrne; daughters, Michele (Greg) Thomas and Kelly (Robert) Sheehan; and 20 grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Ann Byrne; father, Patrick Byrne; mother, Nora Driscoll; five brothers and four sisters. Services were March 12 at Guardian Angels Church. Memorials to: McNicholas High School, 6536 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Blending Contemporary & Traditional Sunday Worship - 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday Gathering - 6:00 p.m. “Meeting the Needs of a Changing Community by Sharing the Unchanging Love of God”


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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


Mass Schedule: 8:30am & 7:15pm Mon-Fri Confession Mon & Tues 3-4pm 1st & 3rd Friday 6:45-7:45pm Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood 513-351-9800

ST. GERTRUDE PARISH 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 871-0245 3035 Erie Ave 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

The Greater Cincinnati

Church of God

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


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists

MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rick Riggs, Pastor Sunday Worship 10:45am Adult Sunday School 9:30am Children’s Sunday School 10:45am Visitors Welcomed

INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Forum Pastor: Josh Miller Baby sitter provided Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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


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

NorthStar Vineyard Community Church

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. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

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8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "The GPS of Life: Judging Others"

Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate) Sunday Services 9:00, 10:15 & 11:45 AM


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


RELIGION Clough United Methodist Church

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556


Zion Lutheran Church recently hosted the Pinewood derby. Pack 405 Den 11 show off their cars: Back row, Bruce Wyatt, William Sigler and Calab Hutchings; front row, Cameron Zimmerman, Samuel Wilson, Bobby Miller and Jack Myers.

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Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800 Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Youth 7 & 8th grade 9:15am Youth 9 & 12th grade 11:45am Phone 561-6805 Fax 561-0894

Wilma J. Hart, 98, of Anderson Township died Feb. 27. Survived by son, Bill (Shirley) Hart; grandchildren, Karen (Anders) Juel, Kimberly (Russell) Pennekamp and Daniel (Kim) Hart; and greatgrandchildren, Russ and Alexandra Pennekamp, and Tristan, Evan and Shane Hart. Preceded in death by

Sunday Service 10:30am

The church is hosting the Clough United Methodist Church EggStravaganza at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27. Children ages 3 through sixth grade are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the church. Children can visit with the Clough Clowns and participate in a drawing for special prizes. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras to photograph their children at Easter backgrounds. Children should bring their Easter baskets. This event is free. Donations of canned food for the Food Bank at Inter Parish Ministries in Newtown will be accepted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, activities will move inside the church. For more information, call the church office at 231-4301 or visit The church is at 2010 Wolfangle Road, Anderson Township; 2314301.

Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Rock Church ministry for seventh through 12th grade meets the third Saturday of each month 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.

Faith United Church of Christ

The church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, for children. It will be followed by refreshments, face painting and fun-filled games. The church is at 6886 Salem Road, Mount Washington; 231-8285.

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.) email: Sunday School 9 AM & 10:30 AM Sunday Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM

Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

The church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at the football field. The hunt has 6,000 candy-filled eggs. There is a chance to win a Nintendo Wii. It is for ages 2-9. The church is at 7820 Beechmont Ave.; 388-4466.

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the church. Families with children age

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2710 Newtown Rd. 231-8634 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes and nursery care for children and youth

“One Church, Many Paths”

The church is planning a week of Easter Revival. At 11 a.m. Sunday, March 28, the choir will present “I Know My Redeemer Lives.” The video series “The Easter Experience” will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 29 through April 3. This is a sevenpart series showing Jesus’ journey to the cross, his death and resurrection. A discussion period will follow. The church will host the annual EGGStravaganza from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, featuring an Easter egg hunt with more than 2,000 eggs along with inflatables for the children to enjoy. They will conclude the series with the ultimate culmination of the Easter experience at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, Resurrection Sunday. The church is at 1674 Eight Mile Road, Anderson Township; 4742441.

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MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

Eileen Kay, 84, of Anderson Township died Feb. 25. Survived by sons, Stephen Abbott (Emily) Repp, Douglas A. (Jayne) Repp and Thomas William Repp; daughter, Lynn A. Kenney; sister, Betty Dominique; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Eugene Repp; husband, Jack Kay; companion, Bob Armstrong; father, Robert Charles Abbott; mother, Mildred Jenny Sink; and brother, Charles Abbott. Services were March 6 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: NAMI of Ohio or of Hamilton County, 3805 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209-1941; National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; or charity of donor’s choice.

Elizabeth E. Hilge, 93, of Union Township and formerly of Mount Washington died Feb. 28. Survived by siblings, Wilma (late Ralph) Houghton and Delia (Paul) Hill. Preceded in death by husband, Jack W. Hilge; father, Johnston Stevens; mother, Lulu Reed; and siblings, Charles (Marilyn), Lloyd (Jean) and Margie Stevens. The family requested private services. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597; or American Heart Association, 2936

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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 foresthills@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Forest Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. 2 through sixth grade are welcome. There will be refreshments and crafts. Bring your Easter basket and go to Davies Fellowship Hall to be placed in age-appropriate groups. The cost is $3 per child. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, March 31. Call the church office at 231-2650 with questions or visit 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,

Zion Lutheran Church

The church is hosting an Absolutely Free Family Movie Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20. This will be a classic family movie shown on the big screen in the Multi-Ministry Center. The movie is free, and there will be refreshments available for a free will offering. 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.


March 17, 2010

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The committee for Books and Brunch is, seated, Chairmen Linda Brown and Joyce McElroy, then Robin Aguilar on chair arm; back row, Kathie Doyle, Nancy Habegger, Carol Gramman and Katie Gantz.

Assistance League hosts Books and Brunch a children’s author, will speak about her book, “Willow,” the story of a little girl who makes magical things happen when her imagination runs wild. Daniel Orr is chef/owner of FARMbloomington restaurant and author “FARMfood,” a cookbook that makes readers want to get in the kitchen and cook. Beth Hoffman’s Southern novel, “Saving CeeCee Honeycut,” debuted in January. Reviews described it as full of strong women and a generous extended family who welcome CeeCee to their world after the death of her mother. Hoffman was recently featured in USA

The Legal Aid Society of Greater of Greater Cincinnati recently announced the election of new officers to the board: David C. Phillips of Anderson Township, president; Earle Jay Maiman of Kenwood/Madeira, first vice president; Daniel J. Buckley of Hyde Park, second vice president; Vincent B. Stamp of Columbia Tusculum, treasurer, Mina Jones Jefferson of West Chester, secretary; and Donald P. Klekamp of Indian Hill, immediate past president. Phillips, founder of Cincinnati Works, Inc., has been elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. After a long and successful career at Arthur Anderson, Phillips became the first chief executive officer of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. Phillips has received numerous awards for his volunteer involvement with over 50 organi-

zations. The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, founded in 1908, is a non profit law firm dedicated to reducing poverty and ensuring family stability through legal assistance. Legal Aid makes a difference in our community by using legal advocacy to improve the lives of lowincome residents. Each year, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its affiliate the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC help thousands of individu-


als and families resolve legal problems that are barriers to a stable Phillips life and economic self-sufficiency. In 2009, Legal Aid responded to 29,412 requests for service. For more information on the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its services, visit or call 241-9400.

Jamie Wolf, fitness director at Mercy HealthPlex Anderson and Chuck Barnard, Tennis Corporation of America’s National fitness director work with Fitness Direct to install the new TRX system on the fitness floor. The new TRX system was born in the U.S. Navy SEALs and developed by Fitness Anywhere. Suspension training is a revolutionary method of leveraged body weight exercise that builds power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries, all at the intensity you choose. The Mercy HealthPlex installed several new pieces of fitness equipment.

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“We are very proud of the academic and athletic success of the high schools in our community,” Combes said. “We actively support the Anderson community and thought that the high school weight rooms could benefit from this free-weight equipment.” The HealthPlex also updated its fitness-floor equipment with innovative new TRX Suspension Trainers, new Precor Treadmills, Elypticals, recumbant bikes with arms, and functional training equipment. The new equipment is quieter, more durable, and is easier to use. To learn more about the Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, call 624-1871 or visit

Today and in a current issue of Ladies Home Journal. She has been on a national tour. Jinny Berten continues the saga of Littsie in “Littsie and the Underground Railroad.” It tells the story of a little Irish girl growing up in colorful, dynamic, early Cincinnati during the time of pioneer life, steamboats and slavery. The event features brunch and a raffle. The doors will open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $45 and may be obtained by contacting Assistance League at or calling 221-4447 by April 20.

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weights that replaced all of their metal free weights. Because most of the equipment that was replaced was still in good condition, the HealthPlex donated the weights, dumb bells and benches to Anderson, McNicholas and Turpin high schools. “We love the weight equipment and our athletes are already using it,” said Rob Heise, athletic director for McNicholas High School. “The equipment donation by Mercy HealthPlex tripled the amount of dumb bells we have available. It was a huge upgrade for us, and our kids and coaches really appreciate it.” For Mercy, it was a great opportunity to provide a benefit to area schools and their students.

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Joyce McElroy of Anderson Township and Linda Brown of Glendale will cochair Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati’s eighth annual Books and Brunch at Kenwood Country Club Friday, May 7. Assistance League is an all-volunteer service organization whose 90 members contribute thousands of hours annually to identify, develop and implement programs to meet critical needs of women and children in the Cincinnati area. Four local authors will speak about their books and will be available to sign them. Denise Brennan-Nelson,

Mercy HealthPlex Anderson is undergoing renovations and some local high schools and their students are receiving the benefits. The Mercy HealthPlex, located at 7495 State Road in Anderson Township, recently updated its fitness equipment and added new paint, carpet and amenities. “We gave our facility a nice facelift,” said Michael Combes, vice president of the Mercy HealthPlexes. “We are constantly working to enhance the services we provide our members and we determined it was time to upgrade our equipment and freshen up the look. It’s a great improvement.” As part of the upgrade, Mercy HealthPlex Anderson purchased 7,000 pounds of top of the line rubberized


Forest Hills Journal

March 17, 2010

REUNIONS Sycamore High School Class of 1969 – is having a “belated 40th” reunion the weekend of May 21. From 5-9 p.m., on Friday, May 21 there will be an all-class reunion at the Peterloon estate in Indian Hill. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, the group will be touring its old high school (now the junior high), followed by an all-day cookout/picnic in the Sycamore Shelter of the Blue Ash Nature Park on Cooper Road (next to the police station). Contact Carol Wuenker-Hesterberg at 793-2165 or E-mail her at: to RSVP or for more information. Additional weekend events are pending.


Girl Scouts participate in the service at Clough United Methodist Church in honor of Girl Scout Sunday.

Girl Scouts honored

Clough United Methodist Church recently honored Girl Scout Sunday with a service. The Girl Scouts greeted people before the service, led the congregation in pledges to the American flag and the Christian flag, helped during the offering, and served Girl Scout cookies after the service.

Andrea Paolucci gets ready to greet people before the service at Clough United Methodist Church as part of the celebration of National Girl Scout Sunday.

Residents of Sayler Park before 1980 – are invited to the Sayler Park Reunion from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or until the street lights come on), Saturday, May 29, at Lee’s Shelter in Fernbank Park (old River Park). Rain date is June 5. Attendees should bring their own food for their families along with chairs, ice, coolers, games, cornhole boards, horseshoes, etc. Attendees are also asked to bring any old photos they have. Call Kim Jacobs Harmeyer at 347-6105, or Al Richardson at 378-2454 with questions. Glen Este High School Class of 1970 – is having its 40th reunion from 7-11 p.m., Friday, June 11, at Receptions Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Cost is $50 and includes dinner buffet and DJ. Contact Bruce Griffis at 943-9330,

or Princeton High School Class of 1970 – will have its 40th reunion on June 25 and 26. A buffet is planned for 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Raffel’s Banquet Hall in Evendale. The class will also meet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Sharon Woods, on Saturday, June 26, at Cardinal Crest camp site for a cookout. All classmates should contact Jim Young at or Janice (Renner) Wilkins at Madeira High School Class of 1964 – is conducting its 35th reunion on June 25 and 26. Members of the classes of 1963 and 1965 are also invited. For more information, contact, or go to Madeira High School Class of 1975 – is having its 35th reunion on June 25 and 26. Contact Brad or Cathy Frye at 561-7045 or, Tricia Smith Niehaus at 769-5337 or or Ed Klein at for more information.

Talawanda High School classes of 1964 and 1965 – are having a 45th reunion for 1965 and 46th reunion for 1964, July 23, 24 and 25, in Oxford. Contact Alice Anderson Wedding at, on, or at 831-0336. Anyone is welcome to help plan.

Fiesta raises funds for El Hogar

The first Fiesta El Hogar Celebration and Fundraiser recently was held at the Great American Ballpark Champions Club. Live entertainment, dinner, celebrity tables, a silent auction and raffle, fun and fellowship were enjoyed by more than 250 people. $26,000 was raised for El Hogar, an Episcopal school and orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, that provides a safe and loving home for about 250 poor and homeless boys and girls. Pictured are: Lazaro Juarez, associate director of El Hogar Projects; Rev. Roger S. Greene, rector, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Anderson Township; and Rev. Richard Kunz, executive director of El Hogar Projects. To view more photos from the Fiesta, visit For more information on El Hogar, visit PROVIDED.

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raised over $700,000 for Cincinnati Riverfront Park. The luncheon will feature Willie F. Carden Jr., director of the award-winning Cincinnati Park Board. Carden will share a preview and visual presentation on the construction of Phase I of Cincinnati Riverfront Park, scheduled to open in Spring, 2011. The third annual Phyllis Smale Award, honoring creative vision related to civic improvement, will be presented. Smale, for whom the award is named, was a passionate advocate for beauty and gardens within the City of Cincinnati. This award recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership contributions, exemplary service and creative vision in many areas related to horticulture. This year’s award recipient is Marjorie Motch. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Cincinnati Parks Foundation Development Associate, Gretchen Hooker, at 357-2621.







Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Tires and rims taken; $2,600 at 961 Birney Lane, Feb. 23.

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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, Lane, Feb. 24.


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Al Aziz, 73, 5428 Ohio 125, theft, Feb. 22. Christopher A. Duke, 41, 7234 Beechmont, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Feb. 19. Charles L. Rison, 19, 3991 Wilma Court, theft, Feb. 24. Catherine Love, 18, 3999 Wilma Court, theft, Feb. 24.

Forest Hills Journal

March 17, 2010

825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 352-3591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. Feb. 22. Medication taken at 1447 Verdale, Feb. 23. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $1 at Beechmont

Avenue, Feb. 23. Bracelet taken; $950 at 3153 Killington Lane, Feb. 23. Clothing taken from Gabriel Brothers; $32 at Beechmont Avenue, Feb. 24.



Dave Fuston, born 1967, theft under $300, 2120 Beechmont Ave., March 4. Jason E Davis, born 1981, theft under $300, 6701 Beechmont Ave., March 2.



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Ave., driving under suspension, Feb. 19. Michael Shekro, 53, 530 Old Ohio 74, bench warrant, Feb. 21. Brian Zlocki, 25, 685 Brandy Way, drug abuse, Feb. 21. Danielle Walton, 24, 4008 Blaney Road, bench warrant, Feb. 21. Vincent Clark, 39, Ohio 774, bench warrant, Feb. 22. Lisa Swinegar, 28, 4505 Forest Trail,

bench warrant, Feb. 23. Russel Fitzpatrick, 27, 742 Big Bear Road, bench warrant, Feb. 23. Samantha Gibson, 19, 104 Westerview Court, bench warrant, Feb. 23. Hali Abner, 39, 7121 Mayfield Drive, driving under suspension, Feb. 23.

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Library staff members who served on the 2010 On the Same Page planning team created this banner to hang in the Main Library Atrium on Hunger Games Day, Saturday, March 20. The mocking jay bird, a symbol from the book’s cover, will be removed from the banner after the event and hang in the TeenSpot at the Main Library as a symbol of the program’s success! From left, Joan Luebering, resident of Madeira and manager of the Loveland Branch Library; Kate Lawrence, a resident of Mount Washington and coordinator of programs and exhibits for the library system; Robynn Warner, a resident of College Hill and a reference librarian at the Madeira Branch Library; Jennifer Korn, a resident of Pleasant Ridge and manager of the TeenSpot at the Main Library; Elizabeth Cline, a resident of College Hill and reference librarian in the Information & Reference Department at the Main Library; Morris Smith, a resident of Westwood and library services assistant at the College Hill Branch Library; and Alana Johnson, a resident of Loveland and library services assistant at the Blue Ash Branch Library.



Wednesday, Feb. 24

1:00 a.m., Moorfield Drive, back pain 8:44 a.m., Bridle Road, medical emergency 8:47 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 11:07 a.m., Five Mile Road, person unconscious/unresponsive

Thursday, Feb. 25

10:44 a.m., Stirrup Road, person with a high fever 10:49 a.m., Summitridge Drive, chest pain 1:57 p.m., Cedar Point Drive, person injured in a fall 10:08 p.m., Bartels Road, alarm system sounded due to malfunction 10:36 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 11:14 p.m., Clough Pike, person injured in a fall

Friday, Feb. 26

6:02 a.m., Bethany Lane, sick person 6:10 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, nonbreather/cardiac arrest


Ayers Road: Riverview Estates Development Ltd. to Hrs Inc.; $800,000. 1047 Lanette Drive: Tristate Holdings Inc. to Geak Properties LLC; $67,900. 2262 Clough Ridge Drive: Fifth Third Bank Tr to Snouffer Steven; $119,500. 5840 Beechnut Drive: Fox Lois A. Tr to Dunaway David W.; $225,000. 7554 Pawtucket Drive: Ertel Chris K. & Laura Bohn to Wiseman Philip; $150,000. 8443 Forest Road: Coates Paul J. & Beverly B. to Deutsche Bank National; $94,000. 8527 Broadwell Road: Clark Donald B. & Sheryll A. to B.E.E. Holdings; $106,000. 8534 Ivy Trails Drive: Carlfeldt Anthony J. & Leandra E. to Heimbouch Mark L.; $785,000. 8650 Clough Pike: Murdock Robert A. @(6) to Rantanen Cynthia; $329,000. 8650 Clough Pike: Murdock Robert A. @(6) to Rantanen Cynthia; $329,000.

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10:46 a.m., Mt. Carmel Road, excessive heat, scorch burns with no ignition 11:11 a.m., State Road, person injured in a fall 11:33 a.m., Goldengate Drive, sick person 11:55 a.m., Batavia Road, chest pain 12:40 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person struck 1:47 p.m., Pebble Court, chest pain 6:17 p.m., Goldengate Drive, trouble breathing 6:30 p.m., Ridgestone Lane, excessive heat, scorch burns with no ignition 8:26 p.m., Lengwood Drive, person injured in a fall 10:17 p.m., Forest Road, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 10:25 p.m., Wolfangel Road, person injured in a fall

Saturday, Feb. 27

1:48 a.m., YMCA Road, diabetic emergency 9:43 a.m., State Road, chest pain 10:00 a.m., Clough Pike, person injured in a fall 1:03 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, diabetic emergency 6:00 p.m., State Road, person unconscious/unresponsive 7:05 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall

Sunday, Feb. 28

1:48 a.m., Stonegate Drive, trouble breathing 5:27 a.m., Cohasset Court, chest pain 5:40 a.m., Little Dry Run Road, water problem, other 8:17 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 8:48 a.m., Clough Pike, person injured in a fall 4:53 p.m., Clough Pike, person with a laceration 6:50 p.m., Pebble Court, sick person 7:50 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall

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Monday, Feb. 22

6:21 a.m., Holidayhills Drive, smoke detector activation due to malfunction 6:43 a.m., Eight Mile Road, back pain 9:40 a.m., Pebble Court, chest pain 10:27 a.m., Thole Road, sick person 10:44 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive 1:53 p.m., Eversole Road, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 4:16 p.m., Asbury Road, sick person 5:41 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive 7:37 p.m., State Road, trouble breathing


The event also will feature “Hunger Games” trivia, wilderness survival skills with the Hamilton County Park District and a book discussion. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Panem citizen or tribute. Admission is free. Parking is available for $2 all day on Saturdays at the Garfield Garage (a halfblock from the Main Library on 9th Street, between Race and Vine). Visit


Hunger Games Day is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Main Library, 800 Vine St. Patrons can spend the day with their families learning how to survive “The Hunger Games,” like their favorite characters featured in the book. Q102 DJ Jon Jon will lead the afternoon of activities. The day offers the chance for archery (with (marshmallow arrows) like the book’s heroine Katniss, decorating cookies like Peeta and learning how to raising goats like Prim.


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March 17, 2010

NEWSMAKERS Chamber appoints new board members

Get a taste of Anderson

Anderson High School’s Athletic Boosters are hosting the Redskins’ Taste of Anderson from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 20, at the Anderson Center. The event will feature a silent and live auction, reverse raffle with three cash prizes up to $3,500, food catered by area restaurants, dancing and music by Aaron Hedrick. Proceeds benefit all Anderson High School athletes. This is the largest fundraising event held by the Anderson High School Booster committee. Tickets are $50 per person. You may register on line at or you may pay at the door. For more information, contact Sheri Osterfeld at Pictured – the Redskins’ Taste of Anderson Committee is: front row, Coleen Ossenbeck, Sue Nelson, Kathy Benassi, Beth Kollmeier and Laurie Shelton; back row, Jack Heimkreiter, Wendell Shelton, Greg Luke, Whitey Kollmeier, Ralph Ossenbeck and Jack Runk. PROVIDED.

Cincinnati Zoo expands visitor experience Cincinnati Zoo visitors will meet the deadliest reptile on earth, welcome one of the most charismatic and funloving animals on the planet, watch the fastest animal in the world and play at the zoo like never before. “We’re shifting our Visitor Experience Initiative into overdrive in an effort to inspire visitors with wildlife,” said Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo executive director. “From dragons and manatees to cheetahs and more play for kids, 2010 offers more animals and more fun.” In April 2010 the zoo will welcome two new manatees to Manatee Springs. With the departure of the zoo’s former manatees, “Slip” and “Lil’ Joe,” last October, the zoo has had time to invest in the already-popular

exhibit. Through the generosity of a private donor, the Zoo was able to make critical updates to aging rock work, install a new filtration system which focuses on sustainability, re-carpet the public areas and update the interactive kiosks. Also opening in April, is the zoo’s newly renovated Spaulding Children’s Zoo, featuring a new “Be the Animal” play-scape and an expanded contact yard. Opening Memorial Day weekend, the zoo will highlight a much larger Cheetah Encounter exhibit which means for room for the animals and guests. Finally, on June 5, the Komodo dragon returns to the zoo with the

opening of its newest exhibit, “Dragons!” In addition to the new Komodo dragon, the exhibit will also feature several species of monitor lizards, highlighting the largest, longest, smallest and some of the most colorful monitor lizards in the world. The zoo hasn’t had a Komodo since the passing of Naga in 2005. The Cincinnati Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. Regular admission prices are $14 for adults, $9 for children and seniors (2-12, 62-plus) and children under two are free. Parking is $7. For more information, visit

Entries sought for annual juried exhibition existing women’s art club operating without interruption in the United States. Today its membership totals more than 240 woman artists. This year’s exhibition, consisting of approximately 75 works of art, is at the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center at 6980 Cambridge Ave. Awards totaling more than $4,500 will be presented at the opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. May

Entering its 117th year as an art organization, the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati will again open its annual juried exhibition to all women artists in the area. This regional exhibition is open to women artists 18 years and older who can hand-deliver their two- and three-dimensional art work to “The Barn” in Mariemont. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is the oldest


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CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2011, Monthly Discounts •

2. The exhibit will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. May 6-9 and May 13-16 (ThursdaySunday). “We are excited this year about the participation of our judges, Dr. Julie Aronson, curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as Mr. Larry Winston Collins, associate professor of Painting at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio,” said Deborah Ridgley, publicity chairwoman for the

The European-American Chamber of Commerce (EACC), Cincinnati Chapter, recently announced the appointment of Stuart Aitken and Paul Allaer to its executive committee and Ann Keeling, Gaelle Lecourt, Michael Webb, Keith Borders, Michael Capone and Anne Pezel to its board of directors. Aitken, chief operating officer, dunnhumbyUSA, joins the executive committee as vice president with more than 15 years of marketing, academic and technical experience across a variety of industries. Joining dunnhumbyUSA in 2009, Aitken is also a member of dunnhumby’s executive committee. He resides in Indian Hill. Allaer, partner, Thompson Hine, joins the executive committee as vice president with expertise in international corporate trade law, including international mergers and acquisitions. Allaer was named to the Honorary Council of Belgium for the State of Ohio in 1997 and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Ohio District Export Council. He is also president of the Miami Valley International Trade Association and a community board member for Cincinnati Public Radio. He resides in Blue Ash. Keeling, president, Cristofoli-Keeling Inc., brings over two decades of experience in marketing communications to the EACC Board of Directors. She has been named one of the “Fifteen Business Women To Watch” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards including Give Back Cincinnati’s Advisory Board, the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and the United Coalition for Animals. Her current community board leadership includes service on the

United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Women’s Leadership Council and on the Board of Trustees for McAuley High School. She resides in Anderson Township. Lecourt, sensory research scientist, Givaudan Flavor, a sensory innovation company with a subsidiary in Cincinnati, joins the EACC Board of Directors after serving as the 2009 Chair of the EACC Young Professional Committee. She resides in Hyde Park. Webb, professor, Xavier University is an expert in international trade policy, economic development and international business. He is Dean of the Department of Economics at Xavier University and resides in Anderson. Borders, vice president, associate relations, Luxottica Retail, has spent over a decade developing global human resource, corporate responsibility and diversity programs. Previously Assistant Council to Federated Department Stores and a Civil Rights Division Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and resides in Mason. Capone, audit partner, Grant Thornton, serves a wide spectrum of public and private companies, predominately in the manufacturing, retail and distribution industries. Before his work for Grant Thorton, Capone worked for an international accounting firm in Chicago where he resided in Mexico, serving U.S. based, multinational companies. Capone is a committee chair for the Association for Corporate Growth and currently resides in Anderson. Pezel, director of Global Supply Chain at Perfetti Van Melle, brings to the EACC board nearly two decades of experience in international business operations and logistics. She resides in Mount Adams.

EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513

MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $109/2 persons. Singles $104. Suites $119-$139. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:



EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

OHIO Old Man’s Cave/Hocking Hills A great one-tank trip getaway. Rates $45/up. 1-800-254-3371 Inntowner Motel, Logan Ohio


NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC Fantastic Specials Available!! 100’s of Oceanfront/view Homes & Condos

Call for free brochure 866-780-8334

FRIPP ISLAND û A great family vacation destination! 3 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo on private resort island next to championship golf course. Sleeps 8. 513-451-7011 Hilton Head Island, SC

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SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.


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1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

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CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617 GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661 Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


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