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FOREST HILLS

JOURNAL

Your Community Press newspaper serving Anderson Township, California, Mount Washington, Newtown

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

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Restaurant fire remains a mystery Investigators can’t pinpoint exact cause By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

Investigators say the cause of a fire that closed Laszlo's Iron Skillet restaurant in Newtown has been classified as undetermined, but not suspicious. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

NEWTOWN — The cause of a fire that closed Laszlo’s Iron Skillet restaurant has been classified as undetermined, but not suspicious. “They can’t zero in on a cause with100 percent certainty,” said Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District Chief Tom Driggers. Driggers said the early morning March 1 fire apparently started in a kitchen at the rear of the restaurant, at 6900 Valley Ave. in Newtown, which remains closed.

Although Driggers said the building was not gutted, “the damage was substantial.” Driggers also said the fire and rescue district does not release a monetary damage estimate for commercial buildings, leaving that to insurance adjusters who factor in business losses beyond damage to brick and mortar. Laszlo’s Iron Skillet owners and siblings Laszlo Molnar Jr. and Monica Lippmeier could not be reached for comment about their restaurant, which served European — including Hungarian – and American fare. But the business’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/laszlos ironskilletrestaurant says the fire destroyed almost ev-

erything except the bar and some tables and chairs, and that the owners are awaiting word from their insurance company. The Facebook page also says Molnar and Lippmeier hope to rebuild in Newtown and are looking for an architect to redesign the kitchen and dining areas in addition to seeking estimates from framers, electricians, plumbers and dry-wallers. “We do not know how much time it will take for us to be able to reopen, but hope to do so at some point in time,” Molnar and Lippmeier say in a joint statement on the Facebook page. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/Newtown.

Will Newtown annexation train keep rolling? By Jeanne Houck

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NEWTOWN — Are there enough votes on Village Council to continue with its annexation plans? Newtown Mayor Curt Cosby and Councilman Chuck Short want to stay the course; Councilman Mark Kobasuk wants off. That leaves the decision in the hands of Vice Mayor Daryl Zornes and Councilmen Brian Burns, Joe Harten and Curt Tiettmeyer, who could not be reached for comment. Likely to be a factor in the decision is Bob Slattery’s recent decision to drop his request that Newtown annex Columbia Township property he owns on the eastern end of Wooster Pike where he operates the Fifty West Brewing Co. in the former Heritage Restaurant and the Hahana Beach sports complex. That will scuttle part of Newtown’s annexation plans because Ohio law requires property owners to be on board for the type of annexation the village is considering. Still on the table are the village’s plans to ask the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners to sign off on annexing some property in Anderson Township that includes the Hamilton County Park District’s Little Miami Golf Center and Bass Island Park. In Slattery’s first public

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Owner Bob Slattery has dropped plans asking Newtown to annex the Hahana Beach sports complex and Fifty West Brewing Co. from Columbia Township. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

statement on his reversal, he told the Community Press that, “Regarding the annexation process, at this time we don’t feel comfortable that the interested parties, namely Anderson

Township, Columbia Township, Hamilton County Commissioners and Newtown can effectively and expeditiously navigate through several complex issues.

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“It has taken almost two years trying to establish acceptable surveys and legal descriptions of the properties,” Slattery said. “Some of the proposed an-

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nexed area has very poor land records and deeds dating back to the early 1900s.” Columbia Township AdShort ministrator Mike Lemon said he was reserving comment at this time. Cosby and Short say they believe annexing property will help protect Newtown against inroads associated with the proposed Eastern Corridor Program. The regional program would add and improve roads, provide more varied means of transportation and be administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Kobasuk says he does not believe Newtown’s annexation plans and the Eastern Corridor Program have anything to do with each other. He opposes spending any more than the $92,000-plus Newtown already has spent on See ANNEX, Page A2

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NEWS

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Cookie charity moves into new home By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

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Home finally has a place of its own. In February, the local charity—started by twin sisters Amy and Emma Bushman, now 11, with help from their mom, Alison—recently renovated and opened their new building near the corner of Beechmont Avenue and Burney Lane in Mt. Washington. This is a big step for Bake Me Home, which has grown tremendously since its founding in 2008. They started small by

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filling tote bags with jars of cookie mix and other items for families moving out of homeless shelters. Now, Alison said, Bake Me Home has delivered more than 1,000 tote bags to families, and they work with 14 different agencies in Butler, Warren, Clermont and Hamilton counties. They’ve also expanded the family portrait program and are in their third year of the Bake it Forward program, which Emma said encourages local kids to complete service projects for area charities. And having their own space will allow them to help even more families, Amy said. “With the building, it gives us more volunteer options,” she said. “We can have Girl Scout troops and other people come in and fill tote bags here.” Before they opened the new Bake Me Home headquarters, the Bushmans and their volunteers bounced between filling cookie jars in a storage unit or local church kitchens, having a high school home economics class

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annexation plans because he doesn’t believe payroll taxes collected after a successful annexation would justify costs. Village council decided at its March 26 meeting

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Thousands of people in the Cincinnati area participate each year in the annual Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement effort. This year Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, which provides supplies and sup-

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help bake cookies, and handling administrative tasks out of the basement in their Anderson Township home. These space constraints meant they couldn’t offer many evening or weekend volunteer opportunities, which would sometimes delay tote bag deliveries to shelters or mailing cookies to troops servings in Iraq and Afghanistan through their Bake Me Back Home program.

“To have that 24-hour access will make a big difference in how we serve the families and the military members,” Alison said. “We have people who can now participate with us who have not been able to before, and the space is allowing us to give those sorts of opportunities to members of our community.” But even with all the renovations in the past couple months—most of the labor and interior dec-

that instead of voting on whether to continue its annexation plans, it would first find out what a surveyor would charge to help it file a new annexation petition with the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. A lawyer has told Newtown he would charge no more than $10,000 to help

with the petition, which would be the village’s second because Hamilton County Commissioners said last year that the village’s original petition was flawed. Although Anderson Township opposes the annexation of property to Newtown, under terms of the type of annexation

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port for cleanup and beautification projects, has switched from a citywide event on one day in April to a Great American Cleanup season that will last from March through November. From picking up litter to planting flowers, there are plenty of options for local volunteers, and a handful of local events are listed below. Visit the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful website for a complete list. » Anderson Township Park District, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13. Volunteers will help pick up debris, landscape and other projects at Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle

Road. All supplies, drinks and lunch are provided, and pre-registration is encouraged. Call 474-0003 for details or with questions. » Anderson Township, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will receive various assignments around the community, and should register between 8:30-9 a.m. at the Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road. Older children may participate with adult supervision, and lunch is provided. Contact Allison Hodson with questions or for more details at 688-8400.

» Cincinnati Parks, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27. Volunteers will help park staff remove invasive plants, clean up litter, maintain trails, and weed or mulch garden beds at California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave. Register before April 17 by calling 231-8678. » Mt. Washington, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot of New York Deli, 2210 Beechmont Ave. A light breakfast will be provided. Contact Courtney Vonderhaar for details or with questions at 520-2328.

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Amy, left, and Emma Bushman, now 11, founded Bake Me Home in 2008. Here, they stand in their new headquarters on Burney Lane in Mt. Washington with one of the tote bags the organization gives to families moving out of homeless shelters. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

orating was provided by volunteers—Bake Me Home’s headquarters is still a bit shy of completion. They’re trying to raising money to install a kitchen in the building. That final piece will make all the difference. “It will be nice to have everything all in one place and not have to move it back and forth from the storage unit and churches,” Emma said. Bake Me Home is inviting the community to come see its new home during an open house from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at their headquarters, 1623 Burney Lane. The following weekend, from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, is the annual Bake Me Home Boutique at Coldstream Country Club, 400 Asbury Road. There will be cooking demonstrations, live music, raffles and 20 vendors selling everything from jewelry and handmade soaps to candy and homemade pet treats. The Boutique is free to attend, and the vendors will donate a portion of their sales to Bake Me Home.

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Anderson Township increases recycling rates By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

Anderson Township had a record year for recycling rates in 2012. Assistant Administrator Suzanne Parker said the township had 2,300 tons less material going to landfills, and residents increased recycling by more than 51 tons last year. To put that in perspective, Parker said, it means Anderson residents increased the amount of curbside and drop-off recycling ma-

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Inter Parish Ministry is planning a fundraiser called “Celebration 2013: Hope Continues” for Sunday, April 21. From left are: Food Chair A.K. Carey, Co-Auction Chair Debbie Motz and Event Chair Kyle Roberts. PROVIDED

via. In the past year, ministry representatives say, the group has provided food, clothing and other support for more than 4,300 families. In other Inter Parish Ministry news, the ministry is planning a fundraiser called “Celebration 2013: Hope Continues” for Sunday, April 21, at the Oasis Conference Center on Loveland-Miamiville Road in Miami Township. People will be honored for their support of the needy at the event, which also will feature soup and appetizers donated by area restaurants and live and silent auctions.

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terials in a weight equivalent to eight adult male elephants or more than 380 refrigerators. Trustee Peggy Reis commended residents the increase in recycling and said the township benefits from those efforts. Last year, Anderson Township received nearly $77,000 from the Hamilton County’s Residential Recycling Incentive program. Residents can opt for curbside recycling, but the township also has a recycling drop-off cen-

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Anderson musical is off to see the Wizard By Forrest Sellers

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ANDERSON TWP. — Take a trip over the rainbow with this year’s Anderson High School spring musical. “The Wizard of Oz” will be performed as a spring musical for the first time at the school. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 through 28, at Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road. What makes this performance especially memorable is that it is the 50th anniversary of the school’s spring musical. The school has found a variety of ways to make this production memorable. “We wanted to find something that could not only involve Anderson students but the elementary schools as well,” said Jimmy Galloway, producer of the spring musical and assistant director of bands at Anderson High School. The roles of munchkins featured in the production will include at least one student from each of the elementary schools. An effort is also being made to gather former alumni associated with the productions. “What we’re trying to do is get as many alumni of the Anderson musicals as we can,” said Gallo-

Louis Kurnick, left, theater director Chad Weddle, Sam Straley and Leila Fox prepare for the upcoming Anderson High School Spring Musical "The Wizard of Oz." Performances will be Friday through Sunday, April 26 through 28, at the high school. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

way. He said memorabilia such as props, costumes and photos from former productions is also being gathered. Theater teacher and director Chad Weddle said it will be an elaborate production. “The biggest challenges are the technical elements,” said Weddle. He said 10 huge sets

have been designed for the production, which will feature more than 150 different costumes. Weddle said it will also feature a significant number of special effects including fire and smoke, snow machines, confetti and even holograms. “It will meet and exceed expectations,” said Weddle.

The program will also include a time to honor former music director Dick Wesp, who died last year, and the late Roger Grooms. Both Wesp and Grooms were very involved with previous spring musicals at the school, and the contributions of both will be recognized and honored. “(Wesp) would have loved

Hannah Moon will play the role of Dorothy in the upcoming Anderson High School Spring Musical "The Wizard of Oz." Performances will be Friday through Sunday, April 26 through 28. PROVIDED

every single aspect of this production,” said Weddle, who worked with Wesp on several previous musicals. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or online at http://bit.ly/IUewQL or http://bit.ly/172Wicq. Alumni are encouraged to visit the school’s website http://bit.ly/106Zy2k or Facebook under “Anderson High School’s 50th Spring Musical” to get additional information.

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SCHOOLS

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Turpin grad gets ride to study in Israel

James Alford, a 2011 graduate of Turpin High School, will be honored on Thursday, April 11, by The Ohio State University Office of International Affairs. Alford, a sophomore at Ohio State, is one of 29 student recipients of a $2,500 scholarship. A psychology and security and intelligence major, he will use his scholarship to study in Israel during the 2013-2014 academic year. “I plan to study Arabic and Hebrew, and to use the skills I gain on this study abroad experience to prepare for a lifelong

career of public service as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government. I hope to use the knowledge I gain as a result of this program in a lifeAlford long career of public service in national security endeavors,” said Alford. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must: » Be a full-time student of sophomore, junior, or senior rank

» Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 » Be an Ohio resident who has graduated from an Ohio high school; » Be admitted to an Ohio State approved May, summer or semester-long study abroad program. Scholarship recipients will be congratulated at the luncheon by The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee and John F. Wolfe, chairman and CEO of The Dispatch Printing Co.

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Guardian Angels’ eighthgraders recently conducted their third and final “Pay It Forward” project, with the help of more than a dozen parent volunteers and chaperones, at Bethany House Services (BHS) facilities located on Fairmount Ave. Bethany provides help to single mothers, including those that are homeless with their children. Bethany House has an Emergency Shelter on Fairmount, where client moms first begin their road to getting back on their feet. This marked the third year in

a row this class has been to the Emergency Shelter for a day of work and fun. The students performed a variety of jobs, including general clean up inside, stripping and waxing the floors, raking leaves and general clean up outside and cleaning and minor repairs on toys and books. Connie Hay also had crews working in the kitchen, baking cookies and decorating cupcakes for the residents. A dinner was prepared in advanced by a team of moms organized by Michele Osterfeld and left for the residents for the eve-

ning meal, with the cookies for desert. Another Angel work crew made stockings for each of the residents at the shelter, stuffed full of gifts and treats. Eleven moms and 13 kids enjoyed the dinner, cupcakes and stockings. “The weather cooperated, we had a great day for the outdoor work,” said Martin Bibb, who helped chaperone the outside work crews. “We love having GA over for the day,” remarked Gretchen Pott, volunteer coordinator at BHS. “We are truly blessed to have them visit each year.”

Nagel students Pheron Stemmer and Caidyn McCarthy work with teacher Michelle Burkey during the Access 24/7 After School Tutoring program sponsored by the Forest Hills Foundation for Education. THANKS TO DEE STONE

Tutoring offered through foundation The Forest Hills Foundation for Education’s (FHFE) Access 24/7 After School tutoring program provides after school tutoring, computer access, and after-hours transportation for students in the Forest Hills School District. The program was implemented in the 2010-11 school year for the middle school and two high schools and was expanded in the 2011-12 year to include the six elementary schools. At Nagel, Anderson and Turpin, after school tutoring is provided in the media center every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4 p.m. Students can attend a session to receive help with math, science or language arts and they have access to the school’s computers. High school students can also receive help with filling out college applications and editing application essays. Bus transportation home from tutoring is provided. The entire program, including transportation, is funded by the foundation. “The attendance at Nagel has been fantastic,” said Dee

Stone, executive director of the foundation. “During the first week, we were seeing upwards of 50 students each day. Students like receiving the extra help as well as being with their peers during those hours after school. Some of these students go home to empty houses; it’s comforting for them to have others around,” said Stone. At the six Forest Hills elementary schools, there are two parts to the program: intervention and enrichment. Students who need intervention are identified by their teachers and asked to attend a sevenweek after school tutoring session two days per week. Students seeking enrichment opportunities are serviced through a program called Destination Imagination (DI), a national program where groups of students are given complex problems to solve. Students work with a teacher or parent volunteer to solve the problem and present their solution at a competition. For more information about Access 24/7, including volunteer opportunities, contact Dee Stone at info@fhfe.org.

COMMON INJURIES

AUTHOR CHAT Common injuries in athletics was the focus of recent presentations to Forest Hills high school science students by Lisa M. Sweeterman, the director of community outreach for Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. Sweeterman will serve as a guest speaker several times throughout the school year as the result of the recent partnership between the Forest Hills Schools Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

HONOR ROLLS Students in the Turpin High School language arts room of Tricia Buck communicate via Skype with New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. The students recently finished See's novel, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan." The chat allowed the students to ask the author questions about her characters, the storyline and writing process. Buck said, "It was a very special experience and is sure to provide inspiration for forthcoming writing in the class." THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

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High school students learn of ethics and leadership The West Point Societies of Cincinnati and Dayton hosted its first Leadership & Ethics Seminar at Miami University Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester. The seminar provided selected sophomore and junior students and faculty members from high schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the opportunity to experience some of the leadership and ethics training developed for cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point. Nearly 100 students and 50 faculty members from 50 local high schools attended the event. This seminar, focusing on the same principles and values taught at West Point, was facilitated by West Point graduates from the Greater Cincinnati area. After a short workshop to understand and establish each participant’s value and beliefs “framework,” small groups of students discussed several situational case studies in which they might find themselves. These cases enabled them to explore their personal values within an ethical decision-making model – helping students develop and internalize a personal code of conduct that will

Nagel Middle School seventh-graders Skype with an environmentalist to learn more about fracking. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

Nagel students gain understanding of fracking process A group of Nagel Middle School seventh-graders recently used technology to gain an even greater understanding of fracking, a controversial drilling process for natural gas now occurring in Ohio. Team 7-2 talked via Skype with Paul Feezel, an environmentalist from Carroll County, Ohio. Feezel answered students' questions about fracking. For the past few weeks, students have been studying fracking in science class. To further learning of the top-

ic, in language arts students have read excerpts from "Race to Save the Lord God Bird." The book explores the probable extinction of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which shows the impact humans made on a specific species. Students are also reading "Omnivore's Dilemma, the Secrets Behind What You Eat," which shows the impact humans have on the farming/food industry. After learning about the process of fracking and impacts humans currently have and have had

on the environment students were challenged to develop their own point of view. They were then challenged to choose an audience to persuade and to create their own projects to generate awareness. Student projects have included: the creation of websites, writing letters and emails to politicians and communicating with oil companies. Teachers involved with this project are: Jeremy Varner, Mary Moore, Jacquie Freeman, Laura Jones and Tony Valerius.

Turpin High School students Anna Cippolone and Spender Singh, center, along with Nate Williams, attended the West Point Societies of Cincinnati and Dayton Leadership & Ethics Seminar. PROVIDED

make them stronger leaders. Ethics and valuesbased leadership are often cited as making the difference between successful leaders and those who fail. West Point is often considered the premier leadership institution in the world. West Point seeks to “educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets, so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character.” Cadets are taught, practice and live in an environment that develops this leadership character over a four-year period. The seminar also featured two guest speakers. In the morning, the stu-

dents heard from Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. The closing session was provided by Dr. Victor Garcia, professor of surgery and pediatrics director, Trauma Services, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Both Sittenfeld and Garcia, who have been involved in youth leadership initiatives and leading change, spoke about the role of personal values in addressing ethical leadership challenges they had experienced. All participants received letters of recognition and encouragement from their state governors.

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Maddux Elementary sixth-grader Victoria Butcher helps package some of the items collected for Joseph House by Maddux Kids Care and the Maddux Student Council. The Joseph House is a social service agency providing support for homeless veterans. Maddux students collected items such as shampoo, deoderant, socks and toothpaste. PROVIDED

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Schools sprint into track season By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress.com

The early track meets are in the books and local high schools are getting into the meat of their track and field schedules. The following is a rundown of the prep teams in the Forest Hills Journal coverage area:

Anderson

The Redskins will have a lot of fresh faces, with 50 percent of the roster entering their first season of track, according to veteran head coach Andy Wolf. Anderson will have a lot of athletes adjusting to life in the varsity fast lane, but that doesn’t mean it’s void of some returning talent. In the 800, Sean Batt and Casey Gallagher will return after playing a key roll on last year’s 4x800 relay, which finished fourth at the state championships. Scoring should also come from field with junior Evan Spangler looking to build off a stellar sophomore campaign. Spangler placed eighth in the discus at the Division I regional meet last season, and he’ll also contribute by throwing shot. The Redskins should also get a lift from Jack Harback, who will compete in the pole vault. The Lady Redskins embark on a new season with first-year head coach Andrew Meyer in charge. Meyer was a national caliber athlete in the shot and disc while a student-athlete at Eastern Michigan University. He’s a graduate of Minster High School. The squad will look to score points in middle/distance events with Bridget Dames and Lydia Kelley setting the pace. Newcomers to the squad include Cara Schildmeyer and Tayloranne Kaufmann. Schildmeyer will run middle distance, while Kaufmann is expected to run the 400. In field events, Jenna Hazelbaker will try her hand at shot and discus.

McNicholas

The Lady Rockets will look to defend their GGCL Grey Central title with a strong slew of contributors returning for coach Dan Rosenbaum. All four members of the 4x800 relay, which qualified for the Division II state meet last season, will be back in 2013. Those racers include Maria Clark, Megan Simmons, Olivia Fitzpatrick and Maddie Scott. Clark also used last season to show her speed in the 1,600 meters—an event in which she also qualified for state. Scott was a regional qualifier in the hurdles and will try and pick up where she left off last season. Members of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays will also look to take the next step after qualifying for regionals in 2012. Hannah Wagner, Kate Gorman, Megan Schaeffer and Karina Cabrera raced on those relays and should be contributors

Sean Batt (left) and Casey Gallagher return for Anderson after helping the 4x800 relay take fourth at the Division I state meet in 2012. THANKS TO DEBBIE GALLAGHER

this spring. The Rockets should also score in the pole vault with the return of Amy Humphries, who qualified for regionals last season. “(The) girls have strong senior leaders in all of the running events and (we’ll) look to continue our winning ways,” Rosenbaum said by email. The boys will be young, but have talent in the freshmen and sophomore classes. The boys won’t be totally green behind the ears when it comes to the varsity track scene, with Thomas Vogele taking to the starting block in the 100-meter dash after qualifying for regionals last season. Will Allgeier (shot, discus) Greg Williams (middle/distance) Daniel Sandmann (pole vault) Ty Jabin (sprints) Anthony Luster (distance) and Connor Nelson (distance) should also be key contributors.

Turpin

Just half a point separated Turpin’s boys from Loveland at the FAVC League meet last season, and the Spartans look poised to make another run for the top while competing in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. In the 100 meters, coach Jim Gossett will return Charlie Ronan, a senior who won the league title in the event last spring. Alaeldin Tirba should also be a scoring threat in the 800- and 1,600-meter races. Tirba, along with seniors Matt Herndon and Tanner Sotkiewicz, were members of the school’s record setting 4x800 relay in 2012. Herndon will also run the 400 and 800 events, while Sotkiewicz can compete anywhere from the 400 to 1,600-meter events. Senior Dallas Parnigoni will compete in hurdle events, while adding depth in the 400 and 1,600 meters, while junior Drew Kiracofe and Sam Kissing reprise their roles in the 3,200 meters. In the field, Turpin should re-

ceive contributions from Danny Keller (shot, discus), Alec Gonos (pole vault) and Max Gust (long jump, triple jump) The Lady Spartans will have a formidable distance unit led by Elena Polivka. The junior enters track season coming off an appearance at last fall’s regional cross country meet. In sprints, Emma Zangrando will return, as will Anna Cornacchione, who took second at last year’s conference championship meet in the 200-meter dash. The squad could also get a boost from freshman Caroline Mink, who broke her own school record with a time of 26.5 seconds in the 200 while running for Nagel at the FAVC middle school championships in 2012.

Summit

The girls of Summit Country Day return after capturing the program’s first league title last season. The Lady Knights should be favorites to repeat with the return of Esther Gault (long jump, hurdles, high jump), Sheila Eustace (shot, long jump), Ellie Adams (distance), Sophie Adams (distance) Emily Ray (middle/ distance) and Nora Lakes (middle/distance). The boys are still seeking their first title, and will have to knock off North College Hill and Cincinnati Country Day to accomplish the fete. Ones to watch include Warren Hills (sprints, mid-distance), Patrick Schiess (hurdles, sprints), Mason Moore (middle/distance), Chris Gallagher (middle/distance), Dale Lakes (hurdles, distance), Conner Shaw (distance and Grady Stuckman (distance). Summit’s distance runners got off on the right foot at the La Salle Legends Meet March 30. Ellie Adams took first in the 3,200 meters for the girls, while Mason Moore crossed the line first in the 1,600. Coach Kurtis Smith thinks both squads have put in quality

work during the winter indoor season, and he’s looking forward to seeing how the season plays out. “Both squad have the potential to send several runners to the state meet,” he said.

Walnut Hills girls

The Walnut Hills girls have won three straight league championships and Coach Amanda Robinson is out for another as they enter the Eastern Cincinnnati Conference. Robinson returns 10 starters including three-time 800 meter FAVC and district champ Maryn Lowry, who was a state qualifier. Lowry has the school record in the 800 and 1600 and has committed to Iowa State for cross country and track. “Maryn leads a troupe of distance runners with Erin McAuliffe, Hannah Schroeder, Tessa Ward, Frankie Riner, Grace O’Donnell and Kelley Coleman,” Robinson said. “They should put together a state contending 4x800 relay team.” Kelsey Cornett is back as defending league champion in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and high jump and was part of the winning 4x400 relay. The Fort Ancient Valley Conference Runner of the Year was a regional qualifier, but a fall in the 100 hurdles cost her a qualification to State. Also in sprints, Alijah Carpenter has improved her 100 and 200 meter times and has been part of state qualifying 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams the last three years. Carpenter is likely to attend and run at Kentucky State according to Robinson. “The duo of Carpenter and Arissa Freeman will take the reins of the 100, 200 and sprint relays,” Robinson said. “Arissa is healthy this year after a hip injury last spring and has shown strength and quickness in the indoor season. Alijah has senior leadership and leaps of improvement from her junior year to begin 2013.” Converted soccer player

Hannah Schroeder is second only to Maryn Lowry in the 800 and was one of the 12 fastest freshmen in the race in the state for 2012. She finished fifth at districts last season. In the field, district and regional discus champion Chelsea Carpenter returns. She holds school records in the discus and shot put and was district runner-up and fifth at regionals in the shot. “Chelsea will lead the throwers with help from Keira Hassel, the younger sister of state qualifying shot putter Jillian Hassel,” Robinson said. The Lady Eagles will also be helped by some fresh faces. Junior and out-of-state transfer Niyah Jackson sprints, hurdles and jumps and freshman Amira Davis will add to the Walnut quickness. “This team has a complete track and field team of sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, throwers and distance runners,” Robinson said. “The depth of this team earned district runner-up honors in one of the tougher districts in southwest Ohio and looks to match or better that. For a team that has been perennially a factory of established sprinters, we have grown to be dynamic and multifaceted.” Other starters back for the Lady Eagles are Dominique Jones, Raven Young and Kaia Amoah. After the Coaches Classic meet that culminates at Winton Woods on April 12, Walnut Hills will be at the Lebanon Warrior Relays on April 19.

Walnut Hills boys

Coach Bill Valenzano’s Eagles were fifth at the Fort Ancient Valley Conference meet last spring and the fifth-year coach returns six starters from that squad. Leading the Eagles is junior thrower Ellery Lassiter who was FAVC co-Athlete of the Year in 2012 with Anderson distance runner Nick Vogele. Lassiter was league champion in the discus at 153’ 2” and second in the shot put at 48’1.75” behind teammate D’Avon Adkins. Senior Adkins is also back to boost the Eagles field points. Junior Amani Russell returns after finishing as second team FAVC in the 400 meters. Russell was second at the league meet in the 400 and fourth in the 200. Senior Kessashun Arther will also contribute in sprints. In hurdles, FAVC second teamer Stephan Akanbi is back after finishing second in the 110 high hurdles and third in 300 intermediates as a sophomore. Senior Jonathan Avant will also be leaping over the barricades. “We have lots of senior leadership and several new athletes with much potential,” Valenzano said. In between trying to balance their academics, Walnut Hills will follow the same schedule as the Lady Eagles (above).

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“very inadequate” – they still won’t exist under this plan. The under-sized elementary schools are almost 40 percent over the state-recommended enrollment. Significant needs will remain unaddressed. The district’s claim: Three buildings “need” air conditioning. The truth: These schools have functioned 52, 47, and 45 years without A/C. The state did not assess this as a significant shortcoming educationally. This is nothing more than an expensive enticement to gain bond approval; it has no impact on major educational needs pointed out like more and better space. The district’s claim: We must maintain neighborhood schools. The truth: Times have changed. Several neighborhoods have been added since the last elementary school was built in 1973. While some students still live within walking distance of school, many ride because today’s safety issues discourage walking. The district’s claim: The proposed $47 million is minimal cost for necessary improvements. The truth: The total cost to repay the bond is $81 million. Much of the money, $34 million, equivalent to 42 cents of every taxpayer dollar, goes to interest. To present the lowest tax rate, district leaders chose the longest

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possible bond payback period increasing the interest cost. That kind of interest cost needs a major return on investment but that return doesn’t exist in this proposal. The district’s claim: This plan takes advantage of low interest rates. The truth: This plan takes advantage of unsuspecting voters. Interest rates have been low for years – Why is the district just now addressing these “needs”? If leadership really wanted to take advantage of interest rates, wouldn’t it propose renewing all facilities, not just Wilson and Turpin? Long-range plans have affordably modernized and improved many area school districts. Building consolidation may or may not be an option, but it is a common way to maximize tax dollar effectiveness while improving facilities and educational environments. One current example: Princeton’s new consolidated high school/ middle school boasts security features that make Forest Hills’ proposed entrance vestibules look like modular classrooms. The future of Anderson Township depends on a positive vision for public education. Vote “no” to demand a forward-thinking plan that brings us into the future. Wayne Rod is an Anderson Township resident.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Planners expect people to drive or take a bus to one of the stations along a proposed commuter rail line from downtown Cincinnati to Milford. Would you ride a commuter train to downtown for work or a Reds or Bengals game if you had to drive or take a bus to get to a train station? Why or why not?

“Let's get the intelligence-challenged 'planners' to install streetcars to the commuter train ... problem solved!” J.G.

“Sorry, but I can't help observing that this seems like a totally stupid idea (driving or taking a bus to a commuter rail line station on the route from Cincinnati to Milford). “Before I retired, there was a time when I worked in the Chiquita Center downtown, and on many occasions I took a Metro bus from Anderson Township downtown since I really didn't need my car during the day. That worked fine for me. But this proposal is nothing like that. “We still have the Metro buses running that route I took years ago, and I'm sure Metro has other buses from different locations going downtown. Why wouldn't that work? Do we really need a commuter rail line?” Bill B.

“It takes me about 25 minutes to drive to downtown and most of the time I park for free near P&G if it is in the evening or on the weekend. It might take another 10 minutes to walk to the stadium. “So why would I drive 10 minutes to catch transportation, wait at least 10 minutes for it to arrive and travel for at least 40 minutes to get downtown. Public transportation is usually much slower than driving because it stops to pick up others. “Commuting to work would avoid the traffic and presumably the cost of parking as well as giving me time to work or read on the public transit. I think I would use it for work but not at other times. I have used the bus for the

NEXT QUESTION A federal judge ruled April 5 that age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill must end within 30 days. Should there be age restrictions on the morning-after pill? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to espangler@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

Cincinnati Wine Festival to avoid DUI issues.” F.S.D.

“Anytime I can hop on public transportation to attend a large event downtown I will do that. “Event parking pricing downtown is outrageous, and spending $20 to park blocks from any sports venue in some gravel, weeded lot is a crime.” O.R.

“If planners are serious about encouraging people to ride the train there are many things they can learn from Europe. “For example, I know of one city where having a theatre ticket entitles you to ride the train free and parking at the station is free. “This becomes a 'no brain' decision provided the train service is frequent enough.” D.R.

“Where I live, it would not make sense (west side of Hyde Park). But the most sensible light rail path for Cincinnati to develop first is from Sawyer Point to Mariemont, or beyond (I think the tracks go to Milford). “That would re-establish a line which bears a lot of resemblance to the Shaker Rapid in Cleveland, which runs through one of the most prosperous communities in the United States to the heart of downtown Cleveland. “There is limited parking along the inner rapid stops, but at the terminal ends and at the junction between two lines there is a lot. People drive from

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Vote no to bring Forest Hills into the future Despite advantages in location, demographics, and economics, the Forest Hills School District quietly loses ground. While nearby districts move forward, our leadership has proposed a plan that will keep facilities and educational programs behind them. Since 2005, the district has possessed ample objective information showing Wayne that the condition of Rod COMMUNITY PRESS schools is severely lacking. Yet, leaders GUEST COLUMNIST remain reluctant to approve long-range plans for future success. The recent proposal makes several claims. They are misleadingly short of what could and should be done. The district‘s claim: The plan is comprehensive. The truth: The 2005 state assessment suggested an estimated $73 million in necessary renovations, which is roughly $90 million in today’s dollars. How can the proposed $47 million plan be comprehensive? The district’s claim: The plan addresses needs. The truth: In every school except Nagel, the state assessment noted the absence of fire sprinkler systems as

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beyond the end of the line, and take the rapid the rest of the way in. “For sports events there are special dedicated cars which creates a real party atmosphere. Carefully developed this is affordable and effective public transport. “The Sawyer Point/Mariemont line already has track, and stations, and parking lots, some of which needs to be rehabilitated. Once we prove the effectiveness of that, we can talk about the Blue Ash line which needs to have a right-of-way re-created.” N.F.

“Yes I would! The cost of the rail ticket would be much less than the cost of driving and parking downtown. Plus no traffic jams or navigating hadarous road conditions. Most commuter parking lots are free or available reasonably by the day, week, or month. “My daughter lives in Chicago and it is a pleasure to use their mass transit system. What fun it is to ride the train to a Cubs game in a car full of fans. Eventually, all areas along the rail will benefit from increased valuations. All of the great cities have rail.” J.H.

“I live, work, and go to church in Anderson, so I rarely need to go downtown. However, I was recently called for jury duty and was very pleased with the bus service. “I used to go to Chicago for vacation, drive downtown, spend $$$ and frustration on parking, and come home exhausted. The last time we went we took a train, bought the 3-day CTA pass, and went where we wanted, when we wanted. “The Cincinnati region has to start somewhere with trains. Our multicar family, multilane freeway system is too expensive for our nation to maintain long-term, and Milford-NewtownTusculum-Cincinnati looks like a good place to start. People in those areas will see the benefit and it will open the door for other communities. A shuttle bus between Anderson Center and the closest train station would be ideal. Michael M.

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How is it that the benefits of an Eastern Corridor Project are being ignored in favor of those who oppose it based largely on wrong facts? The truth of the matter is that an Eastern Corridor Project will improve our area. Arguments opposing this project misrepresent both the positive impact it will have and understate the negative impact of leaving the situation as it currently stands. Economic Development – Use any mapping program and it will show that economic development follows road improvements. In our own area the greatest amount of development has occurred along the expressways. Along all of our local expressways there is a continuum of successful communities – one after the other until you escape Michael the metropolitan area. Paolucci COMMUNITY PRESS In fact, the metropolitan areas of Dayton and GUEST COLUMNIST Cincinnati are merging together as a market because of I-75. Compare these examples to the east side area between Red Bank Road and I-275. This area is filled with difficult roads, multiple traffic goosenecks, and ongoing driver frustration. In sum, development stops where the road stops. A new corridor would improve the communities, and those that say otherwise ignore the reality of our own metropolitan area’s experience. If that experience were given proper weight the economic impact would be enormous, and would benefit everyone. Safety – The opponents who claim that the new road will not be safer are the most confusing. Is it safer to have 25 mph communities, with constant stop-and-go traffic, traffic jams, and congestion? Getting very large semi-trucks off the small roads of the affected communities will be an enormous improvement to the safety for everyone. To argue otherwise misses the truth of what we currently have – an inefficient, out-moded method of transportation. It was designed with slower moving traffic in mind, and our modern society has outgrown it. Environmental – Environmental claims ignore the benefits that will be directly caused by an improvement to the road system. While frustrating traffic congestion has become part of our lives it does not need to remain that way. The current traffic congestion causes a great deal of pollution. A new road would greatly reduce the congestion and the efficient moving of traffic through the community would improve the air quality of the entire valley. Further, currently under-utilized river and park land would be opened to the community as a whole. The overall impact to the environment would be a net positive and those opposed must be placed into the classification of individuals opposed to any development, whatsoever – without regard to the other benefits that the entire community could enjoy. What occurred to this part of Hamilton County was Interstate 71 and Interstate 275. These roads allowed other communities to prosper ahead of the eastern areas. To recapture that benefit we must realize what has occurred and we must act to support the Eastern Corridor Project. Those opposed are either against anything new, whatsoever, or they must warp their arguments. If the facts were considered there is no reason to oppose this project. Michael Paolucci is an Anderson Township resident.

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Kids race across the field to collect Easter eggs during the annual hunt at Riverside Park.

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lmost 1,300 children came out to Riverside Park the day before Easter to hunt for eggs and receive prizes. This was the Anderson Township Park District’s 27th annual children’s egg hunt, and the first year the youth and adult hunts were split into two events. Younger kids searched for eggs at their own pace while older children dashed across the field to collect as many eggs as possible. Photos courtesy of Alli Cottrill.

A boy and a girl compete for the same egg during one of the hunts.

These two “bunnies” give each other a hug after the Easter egg hunt.

Bella McCarthy is excited to get her picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

This little girl tries to pull open an egg and see if it’s filled with candy.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Art Exhibits Andrew Smith Collection, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Works by F. Duveneck, B. Wessel, H. Wessel, H. Mosler, T. C. Lindsay, C. S. Kaelin, F. Myers, P. Ashbrook and others. Benefits Duveneck Association. Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Charley Harper, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave., Harper’s original hand-signed lithographs. Through April 13. 871-5604; www.maryrangallery.com. Hyde Park. The Art of Patrick Romelli, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road, Exhibition of recent paintings of Cincinnati cityscapes. Through April 13. 871-8787; greenwichhousegallery.com. O’Bryonville. Empire Falling, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, New photographs by Elena Dorfman focusing on abandoned, working and re-purposed rock quarries in the Midwest. Through May 11. 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Works by various artists. Through April 21. 272-3700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

Drink Tastings Redhook Audible Beer Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke-bigg’s, 3872 Paxton Ave., Redhook Audible, Redhook Longhammer IPA, Redhook ESB, Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale and Omission Gluten Free Lager. Free Redhook glass to first 48 people at tasting. $5, includes five beer tastes and snacks from deli. Presented by Remke-bigg’s Hyde Park. 619-5454. Oakley. Oolong Tea Tasting, 6:30-8 p.m., Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road, Explore world of Chinese and Taiwanese oolongs, from production to preparation. Food included to complement interactive tasting. $17. Reservations required. 533-4832; www.essencha.com. Oakley.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville. Zumba Gold Class, 9-10 a.m., Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, 2800 Erie Ave., Lowimpact and lower intensity than regular Zumba, with less stress on joints and muscles. For seniors. $30 for 10 classes. 321-6816. Hyde Park.

Health / Wellness Benefits of Acupuncture, 6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Discussion on how acupuncture helps digestive disorders, sinusitis, asthma, headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 527-4000. Fairfax.

Literary - Bookstores Amazing Amy’s Junior Writing Club, 4-4:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Amy Dean, certified teacher and writing instructor. Writing workshop with emphasis on nurturing skill development and encouraging budding imaginations to bloom. Ages 4-7. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Music - Concerts Richard Thompson Electric Trio, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Doors open 7 p.m. British singersongwriter and guitarist. $35 main floor, $30 balcony. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc. 731-8000; jbmpromotions.com. Oakley.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Art Exhibits Andrew Smith Collection, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Charley Harper, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,

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Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; www.maryrangallery.com. Hyde Park. The Art of Patrick Romelli, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 871-8787; greenwichhousegallery.com. O’Bryonville. Empire Falling, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

Unscheduled Flight, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, With Into the Looking Glass. Doors open 7 p.m. Local group performing west coast blues, R&B and jazz. $10. 731-8000; www.the20thcenturytheatre.com. Oakley.

Nature Amphibian Exploration Station, 1-3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Hands-on exploration of amphibians found in Ohio. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 27. 474-3100; www.jobsearchlearninglabs.wikidot.com. Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Murdered to Death, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 Students, Seniors, and Active Military. 233-2468; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

Business Seminars Use of the iPad in Your Legal Practice, 4-5:30 p.m., Hyde Park Golf and Country Club, 3740 Erie Ave., Intended to expose attorneys to variety of applications in legal categories available and reviews from other attorneys and industry experts. Demonstration on use of tools and real-life examples of using iPad in day-to-day situations. $25. Reservations recommended. Presented by LawBizCOO. 3155750. Hyde Park.

Dining Events MARIELDERS Senior Center Spaghetti Dinner, 5-8 p.m., Fairfax Village Hall, 5903 Hawthorne Ave., Spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad and dessert. Music by DJ, face painting and basket raffle. $7, $3. 50 children. Presented by MARIELDERS, INC. 271-5588. Fairfax.

Drink Tastings Friday Night Tasting: Cincinnati Wine Festival Medal Winners, 6-8 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste eight white and red wines that earned medals by a direct, blind comparison from festival. Light appetizers and assortment of cheese and French baguettes. Ages 21 and up. $20. Reservations required. 731-1515; www.winemerchantcincinnati.com. Oakley.

Literary - Story Times Gymboree Story and Play Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Friends from Gymboree make stories come alive with songs, movement activities and parachute play. Free. Registration required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Music - Blues Boogie, Brews and Blues, 8 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Doors open 6 p.m. Music by the Juice and Leroy Ellington Blues Band. Headliner is G. Miles and the Hitmen. $12, $8 advance. 871-6789; brownpapertickets.com. Mount Lookout.

Nature Peeper Prowl, 7 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Registration required online by April 11. Search for one of the loudest, yet smallest, amphibians, the spring peeper. Bring a flashlight and waterproof footwear. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Murdered to Death, 8 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, This hilarious spoof of the best of Agatha Christie traditions is set in a country manor house in the 1930s, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight . $15; $13 Students, Seniors, and Active Military. Presented by Beechmont Players. 233-2468; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

Religious - Community Feeling Good, 7-9 p.m., Healing Offices, 2723 Markbreit Ave., Front meeting space. Time to pause, rest and regroup. Discover your inner wealth with simple, powerful tools and practical spiritual wisdom for feeling more joyous and at peace with life. Experiential activities, guided meditations, discussion, music, poetry and more. Ages 18

Pets Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. Through Dec. 28. 474-0005; www.peppermintpig.org. Anderson Township.

Visit the Amphibian Exploration Station from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Seasongood Nature Center at Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Township, and experience hands-on exploration of amphibians found in Ohio. The program is free; a vehicle permit is required to enter the park. Call 521-7275, or visit www.greatparks.org. THE ENQUIRER/ TONY JONES

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Art & Craft Classes Glass Blowing Demonstrations, Noon-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Families invited to watch team of artists blow and form objects out of molten glass. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 321-0206; www.theartswave.org. Oakley.

Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave., Daniel Bailey has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His treatment plan is costly and resources are limited. He has undergone five surgeries. Event to raise funds to help with medical treatment for Danny as he begins chemo. Entertainment, split-the-pot, bid ‘n’ buy and raffle. Light appetizers served. $15. Presented by Dollars for Danny. 254-6560; benefitfordanny.eventbrite.com. Mount Washington.

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Celebration of Spring, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Meet Melissa Legg-Bracken, creator of adorable plush critters. Also meet Martha Enriquez with her baby goats. Celebrate warmer weather, colors bursting, birds chirping and artists creating. Free. 3213750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

30+ Catholic Singles Spring Dance, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., IHM Cafeteria. Music by Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project. Includes two non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Beer and wine sold separately. $15. Presented by 30+Catholic Singles. 846-8189; www.thirtypluscs.catholicweb.com. Anderson Township.

Art Exhibits

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Andrew Smith Collection, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Charley Harper, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; www.maryrangallery.com. Hyde Park. The Art of Patrick Romelli, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 871-8787; greenwichhousegallery.com. O’Bryonville. Empire Falling, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

Saturday Premium Wine Flight: Staff Selections, Noon-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Compare four premium red blends chosen by staff. Sit-down flight of four wines poured for you upon arrival. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reservations required. 731-1515; www.winemerchantcincinnati.com. Oakley.

Art Events

Benefits Anderson Orchestra Boosters Shred Event, 9 a.m.-noon, 8 Mile and Clough Crossing, 8 Mile Road and Clough Pike, Rain or shine. Shred old credit card bills, old checks, personal papers that contain account numbers or Social Security numbers, medical bills, junk mail, etc. Staples/ paperclips OK. No binder clips, binders or other metal objects. Donations benefit Anderson Orchestra students. $10-$40 suggested donation. Presented by Anderson Orchestra Boosters. 703-9232. Anderson Township. Cancer Benefit for Daniel Bailey, 7-11 p.m., American

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

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville. Zumba Fitness, 10-11 a.m., Mount Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St., Latinbased fitness class. $6. 218-3474. Mount Washington.

Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane, Hamilton County residents can drop off yard trimmings for free. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7734; bit.ly/11UQb9r. Newtown.

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

Great American Cleanup Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road, Spend morning working on projects park. Great way to earn high school or community service hours. All supplies, drinks and free lunch provided by Chick-fil-A. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Art Events Celebration of Spring, Noon-5 p.m., Indigenous, Meet Larry Watson, local potter who has been creating fine porcelain ceramics for over 25 years. Also meet Ashley Scribner, who creates graphic paintings using road maps and local newspapers. Free. 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Art Exhibits The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

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

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

Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7734; bit.ly/11UQb9r. Newtown.

Literary - Signings Loren Long, 2-3 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Best-selling author and illustrator discusses and signs “Otis and the Puppy.” 731-2665; www.bluemanateebooks.com. Oakley.

Music - Classical Organ Concert Series, 4 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Sanctuary. With Janette Fishell, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University professor. Meet the artist after performance at reception. Doors open

3 p.m. Free, donations accepted. 871-1345; www.hydeparkchurch.com. Hyde Park.

Nature Amphibian Exploration Station, 1-3 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Murdered to Death, 3 p.m., Anderson Center, $15; $13 Students, Seniors, and Active Military. 233-2468; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

Special Events Summerfair Poster Unveiling, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, Winning design to be used as event’s marketing centerpiece. Winning artists on hand signing posters for patrons. Benefits Summerfair Cincinnati. Free. Presented by Summerfair Cincinnati Inc. 531-0050; www.summerfair.org. Norwood.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. Through April 28. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, APRIL 15 Art Exhibits Andrew Smith Collection, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax.

Auditions My Name is Rumpelstiltskin, 7 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Bring resume, known conflicts for the period May through August 10; headshot not necessary but welcome. Free. Presented by Beechmont Players. Through April 16. 231-1620; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Amazing Amy’s Writing Club, 4-5 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Amy Dean, certified teacher and writing instructor. Writing workshop with emphasis on nurturing creativity, skill development and fun. Themes change weekly. Ages 8-12. $8. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.

Literary - Story Times Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Ms. Kelli. Listen to book and participate in an art-making activity with your child. Ages 2-4. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Art Exhibits Andrew Smith Collection, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Empire Falling, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville.

Auditions My Name is Rumpelstiltskin, 7 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-1620; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane, Includes six tastings and light hors d’oeuvres. Presentation by CruiseOne’s Renee Sutton on wine-themed river cruises. Ages 21 and up. $20. Reservations required. 943-7363; www.watertowerfinewines.com. Mount Washington.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 6-8:30 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114. Anderson Township. Sign Language for Tots, 6-6:45 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through May 7. Learn basic signs with your child. Designed for hearing children as well as hearing-impaired. $50, $40 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515.


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Yummy white chili, corn bread recipes

Jamie Carmody’s white chicken chili

I have made this myself and have used chicken thighs and yellow onion, with good results. The zucchini not only makes the chili appealing, looks-wise, it adds extra nutrition. Zucchini has vitamin A, found mostly in the skin, for eye health, along with potassium for heart and muscle health. 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into spoon-sized pieces 2 14.5 oz. cans great northern beans, drained 1 medium white onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. cumin 1 quart chicken broth 1 zucchini, small diced (optional)

Sauté onions in a large sauté pan for 3-4 minutes, until softened but not browned. If using, add the zucchini and cook 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute then add the chicken and beans and

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THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat oil or grease in a 8-inch cast iron skillet or muffin pan for 5 minutes by placing it in oven while the oven is warming. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk and egg. Add the wet to the dry ingredients, stirring to combine. Add in the cheese and chili flakes and stir to combine. Pour into the hot skillet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden,

and slightly crunchy on top. Cool slightly and cut into 8 wedges.

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I’ve gotten several requests for recipes to use that leftover ham. This is such a tasty recipe that it’s worth going to the deli if you don’t have ham and turkey in the refrigerator.

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed Dijon mustard 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water 1 ⁄2pound thinly sliced ham 1 ⁄2pound thinly sliced turkey 1 generous cup shredded cheddar or Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16-inch by 12-inch rectangle. With short side facing you, brush lightly with mustard, then layer meats on bottom half of pastry to within 1 inch of edge. Sprinkle with cheese. Starting at short side, roll up like jelly roll. Place seam side down onto sprayed baking sheet. Tuck ends under to seal. Brush with egg mixture. Bake about 25

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Column: Get second opinion of furnace repairs Some area homeowners are questioning if the new furnace they bought was really necessary. They bought it after being told their old furnace was dangerous and needed to be fixed or replaced. Many, like Sally Harrison, spent thousands of dollars on new furnaces. Last December Harrison was getting a routine cleaning for the furnace in her Maineville home. Suddenly, the serviceman told her he found a dangerous crack in the heat exchanger and was shutting down the furnace in the dead of winter. “I was suspicious and I said to him, ‘How do I

know that you’re not one of those companies that they reported on the news.’ He said, Howard ‘Because Ain we use a HEY HOWARD! scope to show you where the crack is,’” Harrison said. Harrison said she was told the crack could lead to the carbon monoxide death of everyone in the house. “He said it was a safety issue so he tagged it. He put a little red tag on it and he turned it off because he said it’s got to be shut down because it’s a safe-

ty risk,” she said. The serviceman then checked the other furnace in Harrison’s house, found the same problem and shut it down too. “I think there was a scare tactic used. I think it was convenient that there was a person available within an hour to sell me new ones and they could install them immediately the next day,” Harrison said. A neighbor, Kathy Kilroy, was told all three of the furnaces in her house were hazardous. All three were red tagged and turned off. Kilroy said she ended up replacing all her furnaces as well. “When they tell you

that your life is at stake, you definitely can’t stay in the house without the furnace running so you do something immediately,” Kilroy said. Kilroy said she later learned others in the neighborhood had encountered the same thing. “I know of three other people that have done that. Basically the same company, the same furnace,” she said. Although many homeowners replaced their furnaces right away, some sought out second opinions. Kilroy said about one neighbor, “She had two other companies come in and they both said the furnace was not defective. There

were no cracks and their furnace was completely reliable.” I contacted the heating contractor and received this statement: “In the past year our experienced technicians have found approximately 1,000 cracked heat exchangers in customers’ furnaces and have recommended that they replace these parts to prevent unsafe conditions in their homes. Based on industry standards, the presence of abnormal splits, cracks or holes in a heat exchanger required that it be replaced. With time, abnormal cracks could allow harmful gases into the home and it’s our

obligation to communicate this risk to the customer” The heating contractor acknowledged to me other HVAC companies don’t always agree with their findings. It says federal regulators are now investigating. Bottom line, if someone tells you your furnace is bad and wants to shut it down, immediately contact Duke Energy or another furnace expert and get a second opinion.

The church has many ways to worship. Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. The first Sunday of every month also includes a Service of Prayer for Wholeness is 8:30 a.m. in the chapel. More details about the services are on the church website; tinyurl.com/ cpuh9rl. The church is continuing its year-long efforts to feed the hungry with continuing contributions of cans/packages of food plus fresh produce for the SEM Food Pantry’s use in the community. Call the church or visit the church website for more information. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650;www.mwpcchurch.org.

Parkside Christian Church

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RELIGION Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

The church is launching a new Saturday night worship service on the first Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. This contemporary service will be a larger production, like the Good Friday or Christmas Eve services. The church has two contemporary services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172; www.andersonhillsumc.org.

Clough United Methodist Church

The church will offer an end-oflife information night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the church to help members of the community prepare to care for themselves or for a loved one before an end-of-life crisis situation occurs. The session will be held in the church at 2010 Wolfangel Road in Anderson Township. The information night will be led by Patricia Gaines, Community Outreach Director of Hospice of Cincinnati. In addition to discussing hospice care both at home and in a hospice facility, Patricia Gaines will cover the benefits of having

living wills and durable powers of attorney to help family and friends make decisions based on the wishes of the dying person. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, visit www.cloughchurch.org or call the church office. Jennifer Ehlers, 7392064, and Nicole Schimpf, 379-1647, Stephen Ministers at the church may also be contacted. All children preschool through fourth-grade are invited to Powerxpress, a new children’s ministry program. The program is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Children will explore various themes in units that last nine

weeks. Each week, children will visit a different station. These stations include art, music, storytelling, games, computer, science, cooking and video. The last, children will revisit the main story for the unit. The first Powerxpress theme will be “Symbols of Holy Week.” There is no cost for the program and preregistration is not necessary. Powerxpress will run at the same time as the 10:30 a.m. worship service each Sunday. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township, 231-4301; www.cloughchurch.org.

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Louise Adams, 88, of Anderson Township died March 31. Survived by children Michael (Peg), William, Thomas (Susan), John (Sasha) Smyth, Lynn (Norm) Anderson, Carol (Thomas) Weiss, Patricia (Gregg) Fusaro and Donald (Jana) Adams; sister, Joan Rust; sister-in-law, Patricia Doherty; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, William K. Smyth; husband, Donald C. Adams; and parents Walter Murray and Nora Heekin. Services were April 5 at Guardian Angels Church, Cincinnati. Suzanne Dickers, 72, of Anderson Township died April 1. Survived by children Chief James A. (Veronica) II, USNR John R. and D. Scott (Julie) Dickerson; and grandchildren James II, Nicholas, Emily, Ryan and Tyler. Preceded in death by husband, James A. Dickerson; and parents James J. Ryan and Irene Moore. Services were April 5 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, Cincinnati. Margaret Farro, 96, of Anderson Township died March 31.

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On Saturday, April 27, the church will host its annual all-church gala and premier fundraiser. Events include a silent auction, live auction, split-the pot raffle and a wine raffle. Doors open at 6 p.m., the silent auction is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and the live auction begins at 8 p.m. First drink is on the house and a cash bar will be open throughout the night. Tickets can be bought at the door at $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $30 for families. Browse the auction catalog online at togetherauction.com. The church is at 2710 Newtown Road, Newtown; 231-8634.

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Suzanne Dickerson

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UNITED METHODIST

On the second Saturday of every month, the community is invited to a free dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the church. On Saturday, April 13, the meal will be chicken. The dinner is provided and prepared by the members of the church and is served in the church’s fellowship hall. The church is at at 6365 Corbly Road, Mount Washington; 231-3946;www.mtwashumc.org .

Paradosi Ballet Company’s program, “Awakening” is coming to the church at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26. “Awakening” is Paradosi’s worship set in which they joyfully dance to a compilation of worship songs declaring the majesty of the name of Jesus Christ. The cost is free. A love offering will be taken. All are welcome. Contact the church for more information. The church is at 6986 Salem Pike, Mount Washington; 231-9482.

Survived by children Margaret Coffey, William K. (Joyce) and Michael A. Farro; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Anthony Farro; parents Albert Keating and Mary Donovan; and four brothers and five sisters. Services were April 4 at Guardian Angels Church, Cincinnati.

Charles G. Sipes

Charles G. “Charlie” Sipes, 87, of Mount Washington died March 30. He was a U.S Coast Guard veteran of World War II. Survived by wife, Barbara Sipes; children Charles (Charlene) Jr., Michael (Jill) Sipes and Melinda Corcoran; grandchildren Alison (Hayden) Riley, Emily (Josh) Jacobs, Lindsey (fiancee Noah Stelzer) Sipes, Megan Corcoran, Ashley Sipes, Lauren (Justin) Gunn; greatgrandchildren Sydney, Brandon Riley, Nora and Claire Jacobs; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Charles H. Sipes and Gladys West; and sister, Louise Wolfe. Services were April 2 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington. Memorials to: the Endowment Fund at Mt. Washington United Methodist Church.

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APRIL 10, 2013 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • B5

Forest-Aires set to stage spring musical The signs of spring are popping up. Flowers are blooming, the smell of fresh mulch is in the air, and one of the greatest musical theater groups of our community returns to the stage. The ForestAires women’s chorus presents its spring show, “Encore! 2013 – Mad About Men and Accentuate the Positive,” April 26 to April 28. The 39-member chorus performs many of the numbers as an ensemble, and members also break out for small-group numbers. Six high school students who won ForestAires voice scholarships will be featured soloists. See “Encore 2013” at the Anderson Township Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April

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28. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 65plus and children 12 and under. To assure ticket availability, call 232-4736 or 232-7504 to order. Ticket order form is also available at theforestaires.com. For more than 50

years, the Forest-Aires have awarded voice scholarships to 249 high school students. Proceeds from the show fund voice lessons for high school students, who perform solos with the Forest-Aires in the shows.

BUSINESS NOTES Shop owner honored

Local entrepreneur Becky Finger, owner of six Once Upon A Child locations, was recently honored with a Sales Excellence Award at the franchisor’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Finger owns the following local store locations: » 9136 Union Cemetery Road. » 8550 Beechmont Ave. » 8142 Princeton Glendale Road.

» 10160 Colerain Ave. » 8290 Old Troy Pike » 2750 N. Fairfield Road.

Mitchell, Mount promoted

Audra Mitchell, of Newtown, and Jeff Mount, of Anderson Township, were both recently promoted to officer by the Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors. Mitchell is a commercial loan research manager. She started her career with the bank in 2006

and graduated from the University of Findlay, where she studied international business and economics. Mitchell is a member of the Bank’s Employee Networking Resource Group (ENRG) for young professionals. Mount is a commercial portfolio manager. He started his career with the bank from 2007 through 2008 and rejoined the Bank in 2010. Mount earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Marshall University.

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B6 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • APRIL 10, 2013

POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Jason R. Downing, 36, 5633 Thomas Road, obstructing official business, March 16. Juvenile, 6, criminal damage, March 16. Juvenile, 8, criminal damage, March 16. Juvenile, 9, criminal damage, March 16.

Incidents/investigations Theft Medication taken at 1348 Pebble Court, March 17. A trailer was taken; $850 at 4515 Mount Carmel Road, March 11. Parts taken from AC unit at 7897 YMCA Road, March 15. Playstation game taken; $150 at 7881 YMCA Road, March 14.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Kurtis A. Thomas, born 1994, theft under $300, 1494 Beacon St., March 25. Ethel Crider, born 1970, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3626 Eastern Ave., March 26. William B. Briggs, born 1950, possession of drugs, 3626 Eastern Ave., March 26. Kenny Swain, born 1968, theft under $300, 3601 Columbia Pkwy., March 28.

Incidents/investigations

2110 Salvador St., March 21. Burglary 6079 Heis Terrace, March 21. 6079 Heis Terrace, March 21. Criminal damaging/endangering 5799 Eaglesridge Lane, March 22. 6521 Craigland Court, March 24. Sexual imposition Reported on Eastern Ave., March 22. Taking the identity of another 1521 Salem Woods Lane, March 20. Theft 6235 Crestview Place, March 20. 2112 Salvador St., March 23. 2236 Beechmont Ave., March 23. 5701 Kellogg Ave., March 27. 1478 Mears Ave., March 27. 5804 Panama St., March 28. 6346 Beechmont Ave., March 28.

NEWTOWN Arrests/citations Amy Ashworth, 42, 7481 Valleyview Place, bench warrant, March 24. Terry Daspit, 51, 2703 Powell Drive, bench warrant, March 24. Stoney Dalton, 33, 4135 Settle St., bench warrant, March 23.

Incidents/investigations Newtown police received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.

Assault

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Anderson Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280 » Cincinnati District 2, California and Mount Washington, Capt. Paul Broxterman, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400 » Newtown, Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280

Students develop parking plan By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

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Some Nagel Middle School eighth-graders recently played the role of civil engineers. They helped come up with parking solutions as Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital begins an expansion project which includes a new patient tower. Stephen Feagins, vice president of medical affairs for Mercy HealthAnderson Hospital, said a an estimated 150 parking spots will be lost as part of the construction. However, 200 parking spots will need to be created for construction workers as well as an additional 1,200 for employees and patients. An architectural firm was hired to develop a new parking lot, but Feagins said that didn’t mean

A team of Nagel Middle School eighth-graders worked on a project to design a parking plan for Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital, which will be expanded in 2014. Shown from left are Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital Vice President of District Affairs Steve Feagins, students Kaitlyn Howard, Naomi Manaster, Mac Dulle, Jack Campbell and Matt Lux, project manager Kevin O’Brien and Nagel teacher Amanda Hanley. PROVIDED.

the hospital wasn’t open to hearing some creative parking solutions. During a meeting with the Forest Hills Local School District last fall, Feagins proposed working with Nagel math students to brainstorm ideas and come up with a plan. Thirty-two students

participated in a class where they worked directly with project manager Kevin O’Brien. Divided into teams, the students developed a parking plan and presented their ideas to hospital representatives. A plan was chosen with the wining team receiving

plaques, construction jackets and an invitation to participate in a ground breaking of the parking lot in July. “It was a good experience,” said eighth-grader Nick Kimble, who was one of the students selected to participate in the class. “You were getting real life experience in what it is like to be an architect and design something.” Eighth-grader Megha Mokkapati said she also enjoyed the experience. “A lot of factors influence parking and the flow of traffic,” she said. Feagins said some of the design elements proposed by the students may even be used. “It’s very likely one or more of the creative ideas may find (its) way into the final design,” he said. “(An) architect will take inspiration from any avenue.”

REAL ESTATE ANDERSON TOWNSHIP

Evening Whisper Way: Great Traditions Homes Ltd. to Bahar Ali M. & Laura A.; $451,699. 1023 Beacon St.: Coy Geoff S. to Wilson Heather N.; $133,900. 1027 Chestnut Lane: Dowers Philip R. & Bonita J. to Majba Michael P. & Stacy T.; $357,500. 1080 Wittshire Lane: Braun Alwilda C. to Shekro Christe M. Tr & Christine Tr; $120,000. 1109 Immaculate Lane: Federal National Mortgage Association to Obrien Kimberly Thurner; $95,000. 1355 Stanley Road: Zipperer Talmadge to Hanby Thomas G.; $112,000. 1712 Stonehouse Lane: Wilson James H. Jr. & Victoria L. to Lunn David M. & Stacy L.; $218,000. 2067 Forestlake Drive: Perry Christopher R. & Colleen to

Hannon Donald; $133,600. 2160 Rose Meadow Lane: Garamy Frank III & Jennifer H. to Hendricks Jeffrey M. & Barbara J. Arend-Hendric; $339,000. 2692 Montchateau Drive: Vogelgesang David A. & Sarah E. Duker to Dold April A. & William J.; $254,000. 436 Bittersea Court: Marcotte Kenneth T. to Stark A. Henry Tr; $585,000. 693 Hiddenpoint Lane: Fannie Mae to Pieples Greg; $235,000. 6934 Old Chapel Drive: Garascia Dena Tr to Loehner Jason & Marci; $150,000. 7067 Jeannie Ave.: Brown Geraldine to Keen Group Inc. The; $65,200. 7565 Greenarbor Drive: Mangat Arundeep K. to Paugh William P.; $100,000. 7590 State Road: Schuler Richard P@3 to Mercy Hospital An-

derson; $360,000. 8248 Little Harbor Drive: Fiser Milan M. & Holly J. Ward to Federal National Mortgage Association; $250,000. 960 Four Mile Road: Brown Charles & Nicole M. to Honeycutt Jason; $99,500.

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1317 Deliquia Drive: Simpson Phyllis I. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $34,000. 1491 Beacon St.: Mcintyre Cathleen to Us Bank National Association Tr; $26,000. 1814 Beacon St.: Quinn Neil J. @2 to Advanced Home Rentals LLC; $222,500. 1816 Beacon St.: Quinn Neil J. @2 to Advanced Home Rentals LLC; $222,500. 1944 Honeysuckle Lane: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Kasley Kathryn Tr; $143,500.

2083 Trailwood Drive: Merten Harold A. & Lindsay A. to Bauer Christopher B. & Melissa M. Myers; $195,000. 6086 Colter Ave.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Burnet Capital LLC; $33,000. 6086 Colter Ave.: Burnet Capital LLC to Greenguard Financial Inc.; $38,000. 6475 Copperleaf Lane: Haller Patrick & Carrie to Cecil James H. & Colleen F.; $205,000. 6519 Copperleaf Lane: Meeker John H. & Marta J. to Bokon Robert S. Jr.; $228,000. 6825 Le Conte Ave.: Smith Geraldine & Barbara J. Cannon to Sweet Amanda N.; $89,500.

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7217 Ivy Way: Barthold David H. Tr to Bolin Lance Wayne; $173,500.


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APRIL 10, 2013 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • B7

Boy Scout’s outdoor classroom up for award

The students of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School in Anderson Township have a new classroom – outdoors. Students sit on wooden benches at long tables while their teacher works from a deck with a sheltered whiteboard. All of this started as a former student’s idea for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. As a student, Dale Lakes enjoyed the opportunity to have class outdoors, but he thought it could be more than just sitting on the lawn or on the back driveway curbing. It did not take him long to realize that the required service project for his Eagle Award would provide him the opportunity to make his dream come true. The service project is one of several elements a scout must complete to achieve his Eagle Award which is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. The requirement is that the scout plans, organize, lead, and manage the project. The project must benefit his community, school, and or church. It is not meant to have a commercial value, not meant to benefit any scouting organization (local or national), and it is not meant to be merely a fund-raising endeavor. Dan Beard Council’s Assistant Council Commissioner Tom Armstrong wrote: “His project was the most ambitious one that I have personally seen in 14 years of scouting. He has demonstrated perseverance, responsibility, and dedication well beyond his peers as he has

Dale Lakes stands by the outdoor classroom he built for Immaculate Heart of Mary School for his Eagle Scout project. THANKS TO JOHN

HUNT

worked this project.” By any standard this was a large project: surveying the teachers for their acceptance; meeting with county and township officials for the necessary zoning, land and building permits; designing a classroom for 36 students comprising of a stage with a whiteboard in a protected cabinet, nine long benches and nine matching tables. It involved a $5,000 budget, more than 1,000 hours of labor, development of a church bulletin requesting donations of dollars, time and sweat, creating and presenting a PowerPoint presentation to various parish organizations to attract support, writing an article for IHM’s HeartBeat newspaper and, finally, doing the work and getting it

done. Not only did the work get done, but Lakes made it fun. The site was an overgrown area between the back of school and the pastor’s residence. To clear the site Lakes asked the vacation bible school classes to help “pick-up sticks.” He drew upon their Bible lessons and made it a day of changing water into wine. On a hot summer day the young students filled 5 gallon buckets with sticks (water) and got free popsicles (wine) in return. At each step Lakes was involved. He taught himself how to use an architect computer assisted design program to create the classroom’s blueprint. While he built the benches and tables at his house the staining and finishing was done on-site.

Additionally, he was active in finding others to help: the fathers in his neighborhood, fellow Venturing Crew 694 members, vacation bible school students, and men from the parish. The weather forced delays to his schedule as did unforeseen site conditions. Once the sticks were removed it became apparent that the honeysuckle needed to be removed roots and all which

READING AND HOCKEY

Anderson Township residents Michael J. Kyle, left, and his father, Michael E. Kyle, take advantage of the Cyclones storytime event at the Symmes Branch Library to visit with Twister and to sign up for their Library RED cards. THANKS TO LISA MAUCH CE-0000549748

is not a task completed by hand. Lakes found a friend who used his bobcat to do the uprooting. When it became apparent that it would take too long to dig the post holes in such hard ground Dale found the solution with a parishioner who used his fence installation business’ power post hole digger to complete the forty plus holes. Lakes did all this while a student at Summit Coun-

try Day, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, captaining his cross country team to the state championship finals, and participating on a statequalifying Mock Trial Team. As a senior he earned All Ohio Academic Honors while carrying five AP and ten Honors courses and has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Lakes, having completed his Eagle requirements, recently passed his Eagle Board of Review. He has earned not only his Eagle Award but the project has earned the Dan Beard Council’s Eagle Service Project of the Year recognition. He plans on adding some landscaping before holding his Eagle Award Ceremony at the outdoor classroom this coming spring.

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Anderson Twp. considering a ‘green’ roof By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

Newtown is reviewing seven general contractor bids it recently received to renovate the former firehouse at 3537 Church St. into an American Indian artifact museum and a new municipal center. LIZ DUFOUR/STAFF

Newtown studys renovation bids By Jeanne Houck

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NEWTOWN — Village officials continue to try and put together the most economical plans to renovate the former Newtown firehouse into a new municipal center. That was the progress report Councilman Curt Tiettmeyer gave at village council’s March 26 meeting. Newtown is reviewing seven general-contractor

bids it recently received to renovate the firehouse at 3537 Church St. and to renovate police department quarters at current village offices at 3536 Church St. The bids range from $676,561 to $896,000 for the new village municipal center and from $117,162 to $148,000 for the renovation of police quarters. Newtown also wants to develop the Newtown Native American Artifact Mu-

seum and Education Center in the new municipal center. Mayor Curt Cosby has said the village hopes people with artifacts will come forward and allow them to be displayed in the new museum. Phone 561-7697 to donate something. For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com//Newtown.

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There might be a new garden in the center of Anderson Township, but it won’t be in the ground or surrounding a building. It could be the new roof of the fire station at the township’s operations center campus, 7954 Beechmont Ave. The township Board of Trustees recently approved spending $5,907 of taxpayers’ money to hire an architect to design the new roof for the fire station and study whether or not “green” or environmentally sustainable elements are an option. “We want to rule it in or rule it out based on the structure, steel and the overall make up of that facility,” Public Works Director Richard Shelley said. “If we can utilize it, we’re going to try to and if we can’t, we need to know that.” The green roof options could include everything from solar panels to planter boxes filled with ornamental grasses or flowers. Shelley said this fire station – formerly the township government offices – has needed a new roof for years. It leaks is different areas, and the township has been patching spots to prolong the roof’s life. “We’ve been putting it off for a long time because we didn’t know what the final use would be,” he said. Now with a new tenant on the second floor – the local field office for U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd Dist.) – and the fire department remaining in the building, Shelley said it’s time to replace the entire roof, which has reached the end of its useful life. Trustee Peggy Reis said whether or not Anderson Township could install a green roof is based on how much weight the building can handle. Though it is a flat roof, Shelley noted the multiple levels from building additions throughout the years, as well as cost, could limit final options. The project is expected to be complete by fall.

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