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What’s best for Beechmont businesses? Study of the corridor to find what works By Lisa Wakeland

Anderson Township’s stretch of Beechmont Avenue has a lot of business variety. There are big-box retail stores at the eastern end, singlebuilding shops near the western end and plenty of plazas with restaurants, offices and services in between. So how does Anderson Township take advantage of its business diversity in that corridor and encourage even more economic development? That’s part of the task the Hamilton County Development Co. is undertakingasitstudiestheentire Beechmont business corridor in Anderson Township between Salem and Nordyke roads. Anderson Township’s Board of Trustees recently approved the contract for the study. The study will cost township taxpayers $5,000 and the Hamilton



County Development Co., partially funded out of the county’s general fund and several other sources, will pay $15,000. While Anderson Township has conducted a handful of other Beechmont Avenue studies – most recently completing the Beechmont Vision Plan between Forest and Asbury roads – Assistant Administrator Steve Sievers said this is different. Other plans have primarily focused on aesthetics, traffic or safety. This one will be strictly business. “Those (other studies) were great in a planning perspective, but planning has to have a dose of economic reality,” he said. “We have to put it through an economic filter and ask, ‘does it

Anderson Township has contracted with the Hamilton County Development Co. to develop a business strategy for Beechmont Avenue between Nordyke and Salem roads. FILE PHOTO

really work?’” David Main, president of the Hamilton County Development Co., said they’ll try to come up with a strategy to generate more business development and identify potential along Beechmont Avenue “to make it more viable as far as providing business services to the community.” Main said the study also would look at ways to retain businesses, and encourage expansion or relocation, and create jobs.

One example the study could investigate, Sievers said, is why it was more economically viable for Taco Bell to leave its former location and build a new restaurant about one-half mile away. The study would also consider voids, market support for different businesses, and impediments to development like smaller lots with multiple, different property owners, Sievers said. “We’re blessed in the fact that we don’t have a ton of glar-

ing vacancies, but are using pockets (of vacancies) as typical sites, finding conceptual uses and seeing if it works,” he said. “What elements are out there globally, and how does that fit into Beechmont Avenue?” The study’s recommendations are expected by the end of the year, and Main said those could include where the township should put its resources and other strategies for development. Some possibilities identified in the contract include tax increment financing districts, community reinvestment areas or community improvement corporations. The Hamilton County Development Co. is a private, not-forprofit corporation founded in 1983. They’ve worked on similar studies for the Winton Road corridor in Springfield Township, the business district near Ridge and Highland avenues in Columbia Township, and several other areas of Hamilton County.


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Executive Director Gregory Johnson said the agreement is “a building block to opening up dialogue and communication” and is an effort “to address items unique” to a given neighborhood. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority provides affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families throughout Hamilton County. A letter was sent to representatives in all 52 Tristate communities, Mt. Washington among them. Vonderhaar said the board recommends signing the contract and will now take a vote from council. “I think it’s going to strengthen our relationship (with the Housing Authority),” said Vonderhaar. She said a closer relationship with the Housing Authority may also provide a better opportunity to reach out to residents who rent within the community.



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How much detail should Anderson Township keep in its meeting minutes? Township staff and the Board of Trustees recently discussed how to move forward with preparing meeting minutes while still complying with state records’ laws. Administrative Assistant Molly Mohrfield noted in a memo to staff and the trustees that it can take her up to a week to prepare one set of meeting minutes, depending on the content or length of the meeting. “We have gone back to look at the minutes over

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Firefighter is helping others through flight By Lisa Wakeland

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Though he’s wanted to be a pilot for as long as he can remember, Gastrich finally earned his private pilot’s license last June. He had two uncles who were pilots and tried to join the military after high school to fly helicopters, but was turned away because he wore glasses. As the years passed, becoming a pilot kind of fell by the wayside. “Life takes you in different directions, and (flying) is not a very cheap hobby to have,” he said. Last year he was finally able to get his pilot’s license and in January earned his instrument rating, which requires even more training and allows pilots to navigate in conditions where they can’t see out of the aircraft. “When I was not working at the firehouse I was flying or doing some kind of training,” he said. “Being a firefighter and being a pilot there are a lot of critical thinking skills in both aspects that require quick thinking

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As a firefighter and paramedic Tony Gastrich has a natural inclination to help others. But his next big task won’t be battling a structure fire or treating someone having a stroke. He’ll be helping a family make a cross-country trip from their home in Kansas City, Mo., to a Baltimore hospital so the daughter can participate in a study on Rett syndrome, a disorder affecting the nervous system. “I’m excited that I can help this family who doesn’t have any other means get somewhere so they’re daughter can (participate) in a study to make their life better,” he said. “I’m glad I can do that. It’s a different realm of helping somebody from the fire service to this, but it’s just as important.” Gastrich, who has worked for the Anderson Township Fire and Rescue Department since 2002, recently joined Pilots for Christ and will make his first charity flight on April 20. The international organization has more than 15 chapters in the United States and one in India comprised of pilots and non-pilots. Local chapters help fly families across the country to see specialists, participate in studies or for other medical needs, explained Dennis Estell, president of the Tri-State Chapter. Gastrich, along with another pilot, will pick up the family in Madison, Ind., on April 20 and fly them to Maryland for the study. When it’s finished, they’ll fly back on April 24 to bring the girl and her family home.

ing to be a recreational hobby, but Gastrich said he later felt like he wanted to do something extra with his new skills. He heard a little about Pilots for Christ from a fellow parent whose sister used the organization to fly to Houston for cancer treatments. Gastrich said he didn’t consider joining at the time, but two other signs later pointed him back to Pilots for Christ. The first was a random post in an online group for local pilots. Then, when he was reading an aviation trade magazine, there was an advertisement for the organization. That’s when Gastrich said he decided to call Estell and volunteer his services. The Tri-State chapter has five pilots who make a



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Anderson and Turpin high school students perform surgical procedures on real human body parts in the Beacon Orthopaedics lab. THANKS TO JAYNE WALKER

High school pupils perform ‘surgery’ It’s not every day that high school students get to perform surgical procedures on real human-body parts. But that’s exactly what happened as part of High School Science Lab, an educational program provided by Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. A dozen Anderson and Turpin biology students recently operated on cadaver knees at Beacon’s learning laboratory at its Summit Woods site in Sharonville. Under the supervision of Dr. Glen McClung, the students performed procedures such as a full meniscus repair and a knee debridement (cartilage removal) through an arthroscope, a thin, flexible fiber-optic instrument inserted through a small incision. High School Science Lab is part of Beacon’s philosophy of giving back to the community, especially in tough economic times for school districts. Last year’s initial program, also involving 12 juniors and seniors from Anderson and Turpin, was so successful that Beacon decided to continue it. “We recognize the importance of creating an educational environment that motivates and encourages our young people to have a passion for learning,” Beacon CEO Glen Prasser said. “Unfortunately, lack of

Joseph Doogan placed third with an excellent rating for his project titled: “Sweet Spots in Baseball.” Jacqueline Dillon finished fourth place with an excellent rating for her project titled: “Efficient Propeller Design.” Jacqueline tested the different chord lengths of a propeller’s blade to determine the efficiency of the propeller. Katie Hands finished in fifth place for her project about Afterimages. Science teacher Barb Pincumbe said. “I am so proud of all of my students and their hard work. We started studying the Scientific Method in September and this is the finale of all they have learned.”

Kylee Wieging takes second place, Joseph Doogan places third and Jaqueline Dillon finishes fourth on their science projects for the Guardian Angels Science Fair. THANKS TO ANNE PAVELY

Anderson and Turpin high school students get ready to operate on cadaver knees at Beacon Orthopaedics. THANKS TO JAYNE WALKER

funding will sometimes limit what can be done in the classroom. Dissecting frogs and rats has been used for years. This takes things to an entirely different level.” McClung first taught a basic, one-day anatomy course to biology students at the two Forest Hills Local School District schools—he discussed how ligaments perform, how the anterior cruciate ligament works in the knee, what injuries do to the body, for instance. He also showed videos about how technology is changing medicine. The students are part of biology classes taught by Holly Lowden (Anderson) and Corey Mullins (Turpin). The students could apply to become part of High School Science Lab, and 12 were selected to participate. The four-hour lab portion of the program allows students to use

the surgical instruments and the monitors that doctors use, so it’s a real-life, hands-on application. Lowden, who has been teaching anatomy and physiology at Anderson for 18 years, said that at the end of the lab work, “no one wanted to leave. It is such a unique experience. They were surprised at how much they were able to do.” If the students choose another aspect of the health-care field or pursue another career—and don’t go on to nursing school or medical school—it might be the only time they ever get a chance to work with a cadaver, she said. “It really sparks their interest.” The students “operated” on three legs, which were complete from pelvis to toes.

Rocket Band members honored

The first semester of the 2012-2013 proved to be successful for many Rocket Band members at McNicholas High School. Not only did the Rocket Band have a successful season with their Jazz-focused competition show, but individual members were recently named to various honor bands in the region. The students were selected based on their performance during auditions for each honor band and many include possible college scholarship opportunities. Named to the Northern Kentucky University Tri-State Band Symposium are Virginia Rzesutock (Fayetteville), Brandon Stout (Withamsville), Brianna Dowell-Howko (Withamsville), Jacob Woeste (Anderson Township), and Eric Frey (Anderson Township). The Symposium recognizes wind and percussion instru-

Five science minded sixthgrade students at Guardian Angels School recently competed at the the UC Science and Engineering Expo at the University of Cincinnati. These students received superior or excellent ratings on their science projects during the Guardian Angels Science Fair held in January. During the Guardian Angels Science Fair, sixth-grader Lily Ganim placed first with a superior rating for her project titled: “The Effect of Caffeine on Daphnia.” Second place went to Kylee Wieging with an excellent rating for her project titled: “Bring on the Bubbles!” She tested which type of water was softer.

Website offers students collaborative experience By Forrest Sellers

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — A Nagel Middle School language arts teacher has found a useful online tool to engage her students. Mary Moore has begun using a collaborative website called Typically, users of the site are at college level or above. “(It’s) an online site where you can upload documents (and) news articles,” she said. “Student work can be posted, and next to it students can give feedback.” She said the collaborative nature of the site appeals to both her and the students. “They can see each others feedback,” she said. Moore learned about the NowComment site from an educational consultant with Hamilton County. “I immediately responded to it,” she said. “I started using it within the week.” She said students can receive

Nagel Middle School language arts teacher Mary Moore has begun using a collaborative website called Nagel is the first middle school to begin using the site, which provides an opportunity for collaborative feedback on documents and essays. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

comments from their peers on the site. For example, a students can post an essay and then receive direct feedback from classmates. She has also used it to post articles which the students can then discuss.


Eight McNicholas High School Band members were recently chosen to various honor bands in the region. During the month of January, these students participated in the honor band concerts with those chosen from other schools. THANKS TO ANGIE NOBLE

mentalists. They played with other honorees at Greaves Concert Hall on NKU’s campus. DowellHowko, Woeste, and Anna Heineke (Anderson Township) were selected to the Land Of Grant Honor Band, which is composed of student musicians from Clermont, Brown, Highland, and Adams Counties.

Frey was selected to the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 14 (Hamilton County) Honor Band, and The Southwest Catholic Honors Jazz Ensemble nominees included Michael Massie (Anderson Township) and Steven Sinclair (Anderson Township). The McNicholas High School Band is directed by Keith Nance.

A recent Forest Hills Local School District Board of Education meeting gets off to a special start with a performance by the Nighthawk Quintet. Musicians were: (from left) Denisse MoralesRodriguez, Amy Ritter, Director Alison Oprea, Will Ladd, Jennifer Dunn, and Nina Fatuzzo. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS



Anderson Twp. teacher honored By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill High School teacher John Slonim was recently honored as Economics Teacher of the Year by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Anderson Township resident and Indian Hill High School teacher John Slonim often bases his instruction on family experience. His economics lessons frequently illustrate what his own children have gone through, such as how they handled money in college. Slonim was recently honored for his approach to education. He was recognized as Economics Teacher of the Year by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center. This award recognizes the contributions a teacher has made in financial education and economics. “(I) try to personalize things as much as possible,” said Slonim, who has taught at Indian Hill High School for more than two decades. He said his lessons frequently address topics such as handling credit cards, paying bills and balancing a budget. “(The students) will all deal with these issues their adult lives,” said Slonim, 54. Slonim, who teaches economics, Advanced Placement economics and social studies,

didn’t initially start teaching economics when he began his career at Indian Hill. However, he saw a need. “At the time, there weren’t a lot of teachers who wanted to teach economics,” he said. It was while playing hockey in Sweden that Slonim first developed an interest in helping teens. At the time he also coached. When he eventually moved to the Tristate, he became involved in a youth hockey program. He said he discovered he “liked working with kids.” Indian Hill High School Principal Antonio Shelton praised Slonim’s contributions to the school. “We are extremely excited to have one of our teachers celebrated at that level,” said Shelton about the award. “We believe and know we have a highly qualified teacher, and we trust John with his capacity to teach the (students) skills necessary to transition to college.” Slonim said there are many other teachers who make a difference. However, he said he was gratified to get the award. “Who doesn’t like being told, ‘Nice job,’” he said.

Nagel’s Altimari wins geography bee Nagel Middle School students, one from each social studies class, recently competed in the school Geography Bee. A total of10 students competed in the finals – five each from seventh and eighth grade. When the final round at Nagel was finished, eighth-grader Dominic Altimari was declared the winner. He will advance to the next level of competition, a written exam. After the written exam, 100 students from Ohio were scheduled to compete for the state title. The National Bee will be held in Washington, D.C. The grand prize is a $25,000 college scholarship. The runner up was seventhgrader Grace Russell. The other finalists were: Zach Fickenworth, Margy Stringfellow, Jake Thompson, Alex Gatje, Nick Bartholomew, Harrison Hill, Chris-

tian Giglio, and Amy Ritter. This is the 25th year the National Geographic Society has conducted a National Geography Bee. Across the country, students from grades four through eight are eligible. Nagel seventh-graders who competed in the first round were: Ryan Gygi, Vince Anderton, Trenton Stallard, Alex Gatje, Chloe Hakes, Grace Russell, David Rinderle, Allison Musgrove, Margy Stringfellow, Clare Phelps, Hannah Lingren, Abby Mettler, Ben Kollmann, Sean Schaeffer, Jake Thompson, Zach Fickenworth, Liam Gallagher, and Andrew Jump. Nagel eighth-graders who competed in the first round were: Nick Bartholomew, Harrison Hill, Houston Russell, Dominic Altimari, Jennifer Dowling, Tim Smith, Katelyn Peters, Tristan Hoppe, Christian Giglio, Noah Wadley, Amy Ritter, Mary Shetler and Abby Sharkey.

Eighth-grader Dominic Altimari wins the Nagel Middle School Geography Bee. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS


» Carina Gattas, a 2009 Turpin High School graduate, was named to the dean’s list for autumn 2012 at The Ohio State University. » Kyle Swanson, 2012 graduate of St. Xavier High School, has been named to the dean's list and an Indiana University Founders Scholar for 2013. Swanson is a direct admit into the Kelley School of Business majoring in finance and accounting. He is a member of the Hutton Honors Program and also a member of the Phi Psi fraternity at IU. His parents are Paul and Rose Swanson of Anderson Township. » Brett Straka was named to the dean’s list at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business during the fall semester. Straka is a business and sociology major. He is the son of Bob and Jackie Straka of Anderson Township. » Jonathan Cromer, of Anderson Township, was named to the dean’s list at Logan College of Chiropractic for the fall trimester. » Samantha Siena Martin and Scott Adams Herkamp, both of Cincinnati, were recently named to the fall dean’s list at Clemson University. Martin is an early childhood education major. Herkamp is a political science major. » Katie Cunningham, Sarah Holcombe and Molly Willis, all of Cincinnati, were recently named to the fall dean’s list at Butler University. Cunningham is a marketing major. holcombe is an integrated communication major. Willis is a health sciences major. » Cornell University’s Indre Matulaitis of Cincinnati is on the fall dean’s list. » Sierra Nelson of Cincinnati is on the dean’s list for the fall semester at St. Olaf College. Nelson is a studio art and art history major, and is the daughter of Cammie Corder-Nelson.


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SCD’s Crowl throws no-hitter Newtown resident southpaw mows down competition By Nick Dudukovich

HYDE PARK — Baseball is filled with its share of quirks and head-scratchers. It’s a game that dates back before the Civil War, so one can imagine the oddities score keepers have witnessed in the last 170 years. One of the game’s abnormalities found its way into the local prep scene when Summit Country Day pitcher Tommy Crowl recently tossed a no-hitter—and lost. Crowl, a senior left-hander from Newtown, threw the game in 1-0 defeat to Cincinnati Christian as part of the Reds High School Futures Showcase at Prasco Park April 10. Christian got its only run in the bottom of the sixth, when with two outs, Crowl walked a man, beaned the next batter, and then issued another walk to load the bases. The next batter hit a towering pop-up to short, but senior captain Jack Meininger lost it in the lights and wasn’t able to make the catch. The go-ahead run scored from third. Crowl struck on the next batter on three pitches to end the inning, with the no-hitter still in tact because of the error. Crowl said he wasn’t disap-

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Summit's Tommy Crowl threw a no-hitter but took the loss in the Silver Knights’ 1-0 defeat to Cincinnati Christian at Prasco Park April 10. FILE PHOTO

Middle blocker Robbie Kump gets this ball past Roger Bacon defenders during the Rockets’ 3-2 win at home April 11. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

McNick volleyball taking care of business

By Nick Dudukovich

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Before graduation, the five seniors on the McNicholas High School volleyball team will try and help the squad build off last year’s 18-8 mark. With strong veteran leadership holding court, expectations are high for the Rockets. The season is still young, but the Rockets, led by head coach Julie Mulvey, are hoping to take care of league business before looking too far ahead. During the 2012 campaign, the Rockets dropped three matches to Roger Bacon—a team that went on to play in the state final. The Rockets began to avenge those defeats by defeating Roger Bacon, 3-2, at home April 11. “Where we came up short last year, those are the ones we want to make up for this year,” she said. At libero, the Rockets are strong with the return of senior Kevin Fagan, who is receiv-

ing interest to play college ball, according to Mulvey. On offense, the squad is benefiting from the play of senior Stefan Games, as well as his sophomore brother, Connor Games. The two have done a good job of handling setting duties, according to Mulvey. “Both are talented guys,” she said. The Games brothers are usually setting for left-side hitter, Christian Ray, a player expected to do big things this spring. Through April 11, Ray had 72 kills and a kill efficiency of 35 percent. “…He’s going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Mulvey said. said. Senior Robbie Kump is also back for his third year as a varsity middle blocker, while fellow senior Evan McPhillips brings versatility to the floor. “(Evan) does whatever we need,” Mulvey said. “He has no fear and does a great job for us.” Coming off the Roger Bacon win, the Rockets had nine more

looking to stay in the hunt. “We’re just hoping for the best and hopefully we can keep our heads on our shoulder and do a great job.”

St. Xavier

McNicholas senior setter Stefan Games sets the ball during the Rockets’ win against Roger Bacon at home April 11. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

matches in the month of April. With the scheduling heating up, Mulvey and her team are



» Senior Jack Meininger was 3-3 with a double and home run as Summit Country Day beat St. Bernard 12-0 in five innings April 8. On April 9, Summit beat New Miami, 15-5 in five innings. Jaeger tripled and had four RBI. Newtown resident Tommy Crowl was 3-4 with a triple and three RBIs. On April 10, Crowl tossed a no-hitter, but the Knights fell to Cincinnati Christian in the Reds Showcase, 1-0. » Sean Beebe and Connor Wheeldon each drove in two runs as Anderson beat Withrow,

12-5, April 6. » Alex Capetillo had a double and four RBI as Turpin beat Glen Este, 13-2, April 8.


» Miami Valley Christian Academy beat Mariemont 9-6 on April 9 as freshman Addy Ramsey got the win. » On April 6, McNicholas beat Reading 3-1. Abby Jones improved to 4-2 with the win. On April 8, McNick beat Dayton CJ 5-4. Katie St. Charles had three RBI, while Jones improved to 5-2 in the circle. McNick beat Alter14-3, April 10. Maddie Sorensen was 2-4 with a double and three RBI. » St. Ursula beat McNick, 7-2, April 6. Freshman Maddie Hancock was 3-3, while sopho-

more Katherine Jones was 2-4 with a double and two RBI. On April 8, St. Ursula beat MND 6-5. Megan Chapman was 3-4 at the plate while also pitching the Bulldogs to the victory. SUA followed up with a 6-4 win over Loveland April 9. Katherine Jones, Sydney Priest and Kitty Difalco each had two hits.


» McNicholas beat Purcell Marian, 3-0, April 9. The squad followed up with a 3-0 victory against Holy Cross April 10. The Rockets followed up by beating Roger Bacon, 3-2, April 11.

Girls track and field

» Walnut Hills sophomore

Taylor Darks won the 400 meters at the Coaches Classic meet at Winton Woods April 12 in 59.95.


» In the Division I state team tournament April 12, Walnut Hills beat Kings 3-2. Sweeping doubles for the Eagles were sophomore Elisha Aarons/senior Carson Neff and seniors Gabriel Plummer/Sam Schultie.

Senior Lesley Clark shoots against Wyoming during the first half of Anderson’s 9-8 victory at Bob Lewis Stadium on April 13. The Redskins scored three goals in the last 2:30 of the game to get the win. THANKS TO ROD APFELBECK

A 2-1 start isn’t a bad thing considering St. Xavier and coach Bill Ferris graduated every starter from the 2012 team. His team may not be where he wants them just yet, but he is still working to find the chemistry needed to excel at the varsity level. “A big part of it is trying to figure out which combination of guys works best together,” Ferris said about his 2013 team. “… We’ve got good talent in the younger levels so when they come up to my level they’ve got talent to work with, but it’s just a matter of maximizing it.” Senior libero Michael Spohr – who saw playing time last season – has stepped into a leadership role in 2013. Being that the libero position sees more court time than anyone See VOLLEY, Page A7



Anderson, Turpin come together at state swim meet The following is a submitted summary: The event was the Division I State Swimming and Diving Championships, which were in Canton Feb. 22-23. Anderson High School was represented by six boys and one girl, while Turpin sent six girls and two boys. Most of these fine young adults have grown up together in the sport – summer swim teams, club teams and, of course, the annual dual meet between the two schools. The competition in Canton can be intimidating, as there are some schools approaching 5,000 students, offering some extremely talented and well-supported swimmers and divers, and very loud cheering sections. The setting is an old high school pool, flanked on three sides by towering bleachers. Spectators have already purchased tickets, but the general seating set-up spurred the parents of Turpin and Anderson to band together to present a larger support section for their 15 athletes. The approach allowed them

to not only shower their athletes with shouts of encouragement, but to also form a warm appreciation for each other. As parents formed outside the venue at 3:45 a.m. on day one, in hopes of receiving ‘numbers’ for order of entry (the only way a ‘team’ can sit together), they traded stories, jokes and generally had a great time getting to know each other. The division of labor had some of them (usually the dads, but not always) stand in the early morning line – others transport kids to the meet – still others deliver coffee and breakfast sandwiches to the ones in line… a complete effort. The teams represented the community very well, swimming wonderfully and earning points. In the meantime, parents made a few new friends in Canton. Anderson and Turpin are separate, proud schools; on this weekend they pooled their parenting resources to present a larger force at this incredible meet, which is considered by many as the finest state meet in the country.


whether it’s blocking or hitting. He seems to be our most consistent playmaker.” With a tough schedule ahead combined with an inexperienced squad at the varsity level, Ferris believes success starts from within before success will be seen on the court. “In general, because we had so many seniors and such good seniors last year, no one is a leader on the court,” he said. “They don’t yet realize any ‘keep your chin up attitude’ has to come from them now. … I think we need to get that figured out before we can really take off.”

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else, Ferris loves having his most experienced player in that position. “He was really itching to get his chance to be a leader this year and he has done that,” the coach said. Sophomore middle hitter Eric Spoelker has provided some play-making in the middle . “He is one of our taller kids, more athletic front row players,” Ferris said. “He does a good job of just making plays


The Kentucky Royals girls basketball team won the AAU fifth-grade state title and are currently ranked 11th in the nation. Most of the team maintains an “A” average in the classroom. They are coached by Tricia Macke and Kristi Hayes. From left are: Front, Maggie Jones, Meghan Walz, Beka Sergent, Jillian Hayes, Lauren Klare, Maddie Scherr and Piper Macke; back, Tricia Macke, Kristi Hayes and Audrey Graves. THANKS TO JANIE KLARE

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pointed by the outing, and believes he could have done a better job of not putting men on base in the final inning. “I walked two hitters and loaded the bases…I think I could’ve done better,” he said. After the game, Crowl urged his teammates to keep their heads up, because it was the defense that put him a position to throw a no-hitter. “I had so much confidence in my defense where I could pitch to contact at times,” Crowl said. That postgame attitude showed why Crowl has emerged as a team leader, according to head coach Triffon Callos. “Tommy’s demeanor before the game, during the game and after the game, really showed a lot about him as a teammate…after the game he talked to

said. This comes after Crowl suffered an UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) injury to his elbow while playing fall ball. The injury often requires Tommy John surgery, but Crowl was fortunate enough to only have a partial tear that required 12 weeks of rehab without going under the knife. Once cleared to pitch, Crowl took things slow. He didn’t pitch from a mound until February and even then, he had lost six to eight miles per hour off his fastball. He said the Christian game shows his velocity is back, with fastballs coming in at 80-83 miles per hour. And while he took the loss against Christian, he’ll be honored at the Reds game April 21 after being named MVP of the Showcase game. “It’s really cool…being at the Reds game and receiving the award, I’m just glad I could represent Summit…and bring some attention their way.”

COLLEGE DAYS Summit senior Tommy Crowl hopes to continue playing baseball at the next level. He named Marietta College as one of his top options, and added that he’s still looking at other schools.

our players….Seeing that goes a long way,” Callos said. “Tommy showed some leadership…you win as a team and you lose as a team, and we’re proud as a coaching staff of the way he dealt with it.” Even in defeat, the no-hitter shows how dominant Crowl has been this spring. The loss dropped him to 2-1 on the year, but Crowl’s thrown a complete game each time he’s taken the ball. Through April 11, he had only allowed one earned run on 11 hits in 20 innings pitched, while posting a 0.35 ERA. “(Tommy’s) been lights out for us on the mound,” Callos




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Bond issue offers bang for the buck

I wanted to weigh in on the current bond issue proposed by the Forest Hills school district. As a 20 year plus school teacher in the district who has watched facility discussions closely, I will be casting my vote in favor of the current plan. My reasons are thus: First, because at the end of the day, politics and finances are personal, I’ll start with my own children. My two sons attend Summit Elementary school which provides them every day with an exemplary education despite their very different educational needs. At Summit, the building is not new and it’s not pretty. It is well-maintained, and it has a lot of building life left it in. However, although there is a


buzz-in system, the way the building is configured a potential bad actor could get buzzed in, bypass the office and go immediately down a set of stairs into areas with

students. It doesn’t matter in that case how well the staff and students are trained (my own son passed by me waiting at the door because he is so welltrained to not let anyone in). That situation is unsafe and needs to be addressed. The new plan directly addresses that safety concern and simi-

AfterProm event is worth all the work It's spring, that wonderful time of the year when high school students are thinking about that annual rite called prom. It is also the time of year when parents remember their own proms and the memories may not be as positive. Each year there are stories of car accidents, out-of-control parties where kids are drinking and the ultimate parent horror when a young son or daughter does not come home. Now, at many schools, the kids have an organized event called AfterProm they can attend in safety and fun. In the Forest Hills school district parent groups for many years, with no money from the district, have organized an evening of fun, games, food and prizes. After the dance the evening begins with check-in at the school. The kids are aware they are expected to stay at the event. If they leave, their parents are notified. Once the kids have checked in, they will have several hours to avail themselves of Las Vegas-style games of chance, caricature artists, potty racers, huge inflatables and other games. They can eat food donated from many area restaurants and have the opportunity to win raffle tickets that can be used to potentially win one of the various prizes donated by area businesses. It's an evening where kids are safe and parents can be assured that their son or daughter will enjoy themselves in a supervised situation.

As mentioned previously, the school district expends no money for this event. The AfterProm Jim committee Cagle solicits parent COMMUNITY PRESS donations and GUEST COLUMNIST business donations throughout the year. Groups of parents volunteer their time to decorate the rooms that relate to the theme chosen for that year's event. Other parents volunteer their time preparing and serving the food. Still more parents volunteer to clean the school after the event so the maintenance staff at the school is not used and doesn't cost the school any extra money. AfterProm is a wonderful event for the kids. It takes a lot of parent time and effort but we do it to keep our kids safe and having fun! My wife and I have been involved with the event at Turpin High School since our daughter was a freshman nine years ago. It is a lot of work but if we can prevent one accident or one unsafe party, we feel it is worth it! If you would like to see what goes on at AfterProm, come to the Preview Party. The Preview Party for Turpin High School will be 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. It is open to the public for you to see the transformation of the school. Jim Cagle is an Anderson Township resident.



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lar ones at each building. Second, I don’t know of anyone who could spend time at Wilson Elementary without knowing that as a building it’s on its last legs and, if anything, presents far more significant safety concerns than Summit. As a building it needs to be replaced and the plan to incorporate needed early childhood facilities is a reasonable accommodation that has not been addressed elsewhere. Regardless of how one feels about a new mega high school – I am not a fan, personally, this is not the time to either ask for nor spend the kind of money required to make that change – not while there is good life left in our current buildings and a strong and viable school culture.

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This bond will set us up for the next 15 years with spaces that are safe and educationally sound. It’s never a good time to increase taxes, but this particular initiative repre-

sents a modest investment with substantive educational and safety benefits. Janet G. Baker is an educator with the Forest Hills Local School District.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question A federal judge ruled April 5 that age restrictions on overthe-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?”

“If you are old enough to say yes to the boy you are old enough to have second thoughts. How many of you parents want to be raising your children’s babies? “This is nothing about morals. It is about bringing unwanted and poorly cared for children into the world. A girl should have some choice other than an abortion.”


“There is no age restriction on having sex, so why should there be an age restriction on the morning-after pill. “Until these kids, both male and female, understand about sex, responsibility, and commitment, whether they use the pill or not, we all must pay the consequences of raising their kids and supporting them through some agency.”


“No age restriction. With any medication sold over-thecounter there is always potential for abuse and overuse. However, it was repeatedly noted that the side effects are not very significant. “There has been a lot of research that’s been done that indicates teens can follow the instructions for this medicine. That said, when it comes to any form of birth control it’s important for women/ girls to educate themselves on the benefits and risks of taking hormone medication, and the best way to do that is to speak with a parent, doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.”


“Should there be restrictions on the sale of the morning-after pill? Yes, but society

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is changing, and I am not sure that these restrictions will continue to be observed. “There are restrictions on the ages of people who want to buy cigarettes and alcohol; why not the pill? I think the answer is that the liberals among us want to remove all restrictions and stigmas on sexual activity of any kind by anyone, and they appear to be succeeding.”

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“There is no age restriction on when a woman can become pregnant. Although there are religious and social beliefs that parents have the right to be involved in a minor’s decisions on matters like this most healthy families don’t need a law to require a young woman to consult her parents. “The only situations where this comes into play is in unhealthy families, such as where parents are abusive, involved in the minor’s pregnancy or have failed to indoctrinate their child in their radical religious beliefs. Or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or coercive sex in a situation where the pregnant woman will have no support or fears for her safety. The federal judge made the correct decision. “People who are opposed to birth control can exercise their beliefs through education and social reform to make it easier for women to bear children when parental

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or spousal support is absent. “The simple fact is that the United States does a lousy job of providing for unwanted children. Until we fix that, people have no right to try to impose their beliefs about reproduction and birth control on others. “We practice freedom of religion in this nation, which is or should be understood to be freedom of belief, since all religion is belief. That is a two-way street. “Freedom to embrace your ideals and freedom from other people’s ideals. We haven’t done a very good job of recognizing that restricting access to birth control is imposing the views of one group on another, and it’s time we put this issue in its proper perspective.”


“I have yet to see an analysis of the judge who made this ruling. All too often the media focuses on the rulings and ignores the person(s) giving them. “One has to wonder why some judge, somewhere in America believes he has the power to order every last pharmacy in this great and vast land to obey his command. Even the president and Congress have no such power. “If a pharmacy disobeys the judge will he dispatch Storm Troopers to the scene?”


“As Hillary said in her Benghazi hearing ‘What difference does it make?’ We are getting all the liberalism we’ve voted for. “We fund Planned Parenthood who’s primary function is performing abortions. California has a bill to fund infertility treatments for same-sex couples. We’re paying for gender reassignment surgery for for inmates convicted of murder. This madness never ends!!”

Forest Hills Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.




Student Camren Adams participates in a recycling program at The Village Preschool, zapping the trash and helping to "Save the world." THANKS TO ANNA GRISI



David McDulin, a student from The Village Preschool's enrichment program, helps his classmates understand what cannot be recycled by "wearing" trash. THANKS TO ANNA GRISI

Teagan Berger displays an example of a recyclable paper product at The Village Preschool. THANKS TO ANNA GRISI

Village preschoolers learn the 3 ‘Rs’ S

tudents from The Village Preschool’s enrichment class recently were introduced to the concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Throughout the course of a month, students participated in a variety of activities that increased their awareness and reinforced how they can make a difference. Recycling bins were set up in the classroom, and students collected paper, glass and plastic products throughout the month. Each week the totals for each box were tallied, and a “recycling winner” was named. All art projects were created with reused items, such as baby food jar snow globes and toilet paper roll snowmen. Children learned about ways to reduce their own trash, such as bringing a water bottle instead of a juice box or using a Tupperware container instead of a plastic bag for their snack. Jane Gonzales, from Mother’s Nature 2, visited The Village Preschool to present a “Recycling: Where does our Garbage Go” program and reinforced the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Nick Thomas, an enrichment student at The Village Preschool, aids Jane Gonzales in the "recycling factory." THANKS TO ANNA GRISI

The students worked together to become a recycling factory and create new paper. They sang songs and played games while learning about the importance of being green. The presentation ended with a pledge from each of the children: “Who will save the world? I will save the world!” Carter Wojcik collects old newspapers to be recycled into new paper during the Village Preschool's Recycling program.

Jack Fullen, a student at The Village Preschool, pours the recycled paper mixture onto a screen to create the new paper product. THANKS TO ANNA



Auto repair business partners with charity to help needy

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati is partnering with Ulmer’s Auto Care to select a family in need to receive a vehicle to improve their quality of life by providing safe and reliable transportation. Through “The Car That Gives Back” program, Ulmer’s will select a family near their Anderson Township and Milford locations to each receive a reconditioned vehicle. Each vehicle will come with a year of free maintenance courtesy of Ulmer’s. To help fund the program, Ulmer’s is do-

nating $1 from each oil change throughout the year to “The Car That Gives Back.” St. Vincent de Paul will help Ulmer’s find two families, nonprofit organizations or individuals in need of reliable transportation. Ideally, this is a vehicle that will improve the ability of the applicant or nominee to take care of their family or provide assistance to others. Applicants or nominees will be asked to show/provide financial need as well as a valid Ohio driver’s license and ability to ob-

tain insurance coverage. The selection process may include an in-person interview and proof of additional criteria as defined in the application. Applications are due by 6 p.m. May 17. Applications and instructions can be acquired online at or by stopping in at either Ulmer’s location: 700 Lila Ave, Milford, OH 45150 or 6839 Salem, Cincinnati, OH 45230. Applications and nominations will not be accepted via phone.

“We are grateful to our customers and to our neighbors in the communities where we operate,” said Bryan Kauffeld, coowner of Ulmer’s Auto Care. “This is a way for us to do what we do best to provide a direct benefit to some of our neighbors who may have fallen on hard times and to show our community how much we value them as customers and neighbors.” The family selected to receive the car in the Milford area will receive their vehicle at the Milford location May 30 during

Milford’s Frontier Days Celebration. The car from the Anderson location will be awarded at the Anderson location July 26 in conjunction with Anderson Days. Details about these events will be available at a later date. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) has been helping Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County residents in need with the basic necessities of life for more than 140 years. For more information, visit




Art & Craft Classes Decals + Cabochons: Fused Glass Jewelry, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students experiment with range of glass friendly decals to create imagery on wearable pendants. No experience required. $75. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. Story Time: The Earth and I, 1:30-2:15 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Read “The Earth and I” by Frank Asch. Story followed by fused glass art activity for budding artists. Ages 3-6. $18. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

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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; Fairfax. 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; 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; Mariemont.

Woodland Mound Park is having a Kite Day from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellog Road, Anderson Township. Celebrate kite month at the park and stop in the nature center for activities and crafts that teach about nature in flight. Bring your own kite or buy one from Nature's Niche. The event is free. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park. 3021 Madison Road, Recording artists and pop-rock band based in Los Angeles. Formed in 2009. $19.64. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Glassblowing Cup, 5-6 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Experience glassblowing one-on-one with instructors and learn to design and create own glass cup. $50. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Brazee St., Learn basics of fused glass while creating original glass pendants in this introductory class. $30. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley. Make+Bake: Glassblowing Flower Murrini Paperweights, Noon-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create your own design with murrini, and become a part of history. Designed for beginners. $50. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. April Family Open House: Bud Vases, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Bring family to create hanging fused glass bud vases of your own design. $15. 321-0206; Oakley.


Art Exhibits

Quarter Raffle for Autism, 7 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $2. Through May 16. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Andrew Smith Collection, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. Empire Falling, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; Mariemont.

Andrew Smith Collection, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; Mariemont.

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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; Anderson Township.

Bark for Life of Hyde Park Oakley, 10 a.m.-noon, Lunken Airport Playfield, 4744 Playfield Lane, Honoring cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost to cancer and celebrating caregiving qualities of canine companions. Benefits American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. $25 dog, $10 each additional dog. Registration required. Presented by American Cancer Society Cincinnati. 888-227-6446, ext. 4223; barkhypooh. Linwood.

Dining Events Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Wine World, 7737 Five Mile Road, Tasting five Robert Foley wines. Bob Foley, owner and winemaker of Robert Foley Vineyards, signs bottles purchased. $20. 232-6611; Anderson Township.

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; 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. 3216816. Hyde Park.

Home & Garden Do-It-Herself Workshop: Gardening for Small Spaces: Flower Tower and Herb and Vegetable Gardening, 6:30-8 p.m., The Home Depot-Beechmont, 520 Ohio Pike, Learn how to build and maintain a flower tower. Learn to select appropriate flowers, herbs and vegetables to best meet your needs. Free. 688-1654, ext. 077; Beechmont.

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Health / Wellness TriHealth Mobile Mammography Screening, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Group Health Anderson, 7810 Five Mile Road, Digital screening mammography. Registration required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 569-6777; Anderson Township.

Music - Rock The Rusty Griswolds, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Dinner starting at 6 p.m. $10. Reservations required. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.

Nature Life Cycles Jamboree, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Registration required online by April 18. Learn about plant and animal life cycles. Class includes hiking, crafts, animals encounters and more. Come dressed to be inside and outside. Ages 3-5. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Anderson Township.

Little Yogis, 10:30-11:10 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Hollie Nesbitt from OMYA Studio in Northside. Yoga class for ages 2-4, with emphasis on focus, flexibility and fun. Ages 2-4. $9. Reservations required. Presented by OMYA Studio. 731-2665. Oakley. 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

Art & Craft Classes

R5, 7 p.m., 20th Century Theatre,

Kids+Me: Pendants, 1:30-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426

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. $15, $13 students, seniors and active military. Presented by Beechmont Players. 233-2468; Anderson Township.

Art Exhibits

Drink Tastings Saturday Premium Wine Flight: Supreme Spain, Noon-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste four red wines from different regions in Spain. Sit-down flight of four wines poured for you upon arrival. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reservations required. 731-1515; Oakley.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; 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; Newtown.

Literary - Signings Elena Dorfman, 4-8 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Artist discusses and signs “Empire Falling.” Photographic project focusing on abandoned, working and repurposed rock quarries in the midwest. 321-5200; O’Bryon-


Nature Nature Explorers, 9:30 a.m.noon, Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road, Outdoor adventurers participate in variety of nature activities, crafts and games. Ages 4-7. $17, $12 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

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

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

Shopping Bake Me Home Boutique, 4-9 p.m., Coldstream Country Club, 400 Asbury Road, Shopping for local specialty items, cooking demos by Amy Tobin and Renee Schulermusic by Ben Walz and food samples. Benefits Bake Me Home. Free, donations requested. Presented by Bake Me Home. 624-2783; Anderson Township.

Earth Day Party, 2-3 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories; recycled art activities; planting, painting and beautifying Blue Manatee’s butterfly garden. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.

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; Newtown.

Music - Benefits School of Rock Mason OneYear Anniversary Concert and Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Students play music of Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Prince, the Clash, the Dead Kennedys, the Eurythmics and more. Benefits Rock School Scholarship Fund. $8, $6 advance. Presented by School of Rock Mason. 770-1257; Mount Lookout.

Music - Concerts Rebelution, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, $24.97. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Recreation Kite Day, 1-3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Celebrate kite month at the park and stop in the nature center for activities and crafts that teach about nature in flight. Bring your own kite or buy one from Nature’s Niche. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Support Groups

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.

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. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Art & Craft Classes Canvas and Cupcakes at the Barn, 1-2:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Children create winter-themed painting on canvas alongside instructor Keli Oelerich, and enjoy a cupcake. All materials supplied including take-home canvas. $15. 859-8668777; Mariemont.

MONDAY, APRIL 22 Art Exhibits Andrew Smith Collection, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; Fairfax.


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

Women’s Self-Defense, 7-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Hands-on workshop on ways to minimize chances of becoming a victim and maximize chances of surviving an attack. Ages 15 and up. $25, $20 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.


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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.

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.

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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; Anderson Township.

Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10 a.m.-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.

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Music - Concerts Red, 8 p.m., 20th Century Thea-

tre, 3021 Madison Road, Twotime Grammy-nominated rock group. With We As Human and Southbound. $17, $15 advance; plus fees. 731-8000; Oakley.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Art & Craft Classes Make & Bake: Recycled Cabs Fused Glass Jewelry with Vitrigraph, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create original, recycled, pulled vitrigraph line to decorate jewelry. Students create own fused glass cabochons, bracelets, rings, pins, hair clips and more using range of colorful vitrigraph line. $30. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. Glassblowing Bootcamp, 6-9 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Tackle a range of glassblowing techniques in this fast-paced intermediate workshop. Students review range of tips and tricks, from blowing proper bubble to troubleshooting more complex glassblowing issues. Some glassblowing experience necessary. $150. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. Recycled Plate: Box Casting, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students create original box casting using range of recycled Bullseye glass. Students learn to weigh, prep and load their own vermiculite box to create their plate. No experience necessary. $65. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

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

Dance Classes Irish Dance Wee Ones Preschooler Class, 9:45-10:15 a.m., Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Linwood, 673 Wilmer Ave., Classes concentrate on basic foot placement, jumping drills, timing to music and posture. $25 registration, $30 per month. Through May 21. 232-1366. Linwood. Irish Dance Youth Beginner Classes for Homeschoolers, 10:15-11 a.m., Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Linwood, 673 Wilmer Ave., Ages 6-12. Learn basics of Irish dance: foot placement, timing, posture, threes and sevens. $25 registration, $40 per month. 232-1366. Linwood. Irish Dance Youth Beginner After-School Class, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Linwood, 673 Wilmer Ave., Ages 6-12. Learn basics of Irish dance: foot placement, timing, posture, threes and sevens. $25 registration, $40 per month. 232-1366. Linwood.

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont.

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

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114. Anderson Township. Learn How to Plan for End-ofLife Decisions, 7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, To help members of community prepare to care for themselves or for loved one before end-of-life crisis situation occurs. Free. 231-4301; Anderson Township.



Simple yeast roll great for beginners Mother Nature is letting me know that spring is really here. Looking out my kitchen window into the woods, I see trees budding out and the forsythia is in bloom. That tells me the ground and air are warmer, about 50 degrees or so. My husband Frank got the garden plowed and also plowed gardens for our neighbors, so everyone is eager to start planting. We got most of our root veggies planted, including potatoes, Rita radishes Heikenfeld and onions. RITA’S KITCHEN The salad greens are already popping up, as are the peas. I worked in my herb garden for days hoeing out the chickweed, which is in fact a winter annual. I gave as much to the chickens as they would eat, and I also put some in our salads. Chickweed contains calcium, zinc, iron, vitamins A and C and some B vitamins. Plus it’s an appetite suppressant! Our ancestors happily picked chickweed and dandelion leaves to replace vitamins and minerals lost during a meager winter diet devoid of fresh greens. As long as you have a positive identification and the plants are “clean," enjoy them while they are young and tender.

Simple yeast rolls

I was trying to make rolls similar to the Hawaiian sweet yeast rolls that you buy. I didn’t quite make it texture wise, but the taste is similar. If you’re new to baking or intimidated by it, try these. I think you’ll be pleased with results. I’m using fast/rapid rise yeast here, not regular


that today. He said he and others in his family agree “it is just as good as store bought." Andre grates the cheese with the Cuisinart grating blade. He chops the onion fine (about a 1/4 inch) by hand since Andre feels like hand dicing will result in less liquid onion. Smart tip! Blend together

2 ⁄4cups flour ⁄4cup sugar 1 package (1⁄4oz.) fast/rapid rise/quick-rise yeast 1 ⁄2teaspoon salt 3 ⁄4cup warm water (120-130 degrees) 3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus extra for brushing on rolls 1


Combine 11⁄2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add water and 3 tablespoons butter and beat on medium speed until smooth, a few minutes. Blend in rest of flour to form soft dough. Knead a few minutes. This makes dough smooth and develops gluten for texture. (Bless the dough by making a cross with your hand. It’s a way to thank the Lord for your abundant blessings). Cover, let rest for 10 minutes. Roll to a 1 ⁄2-inch thick or so, cut with biscuit cutter or glass. You’ll get nine circles of dough if you use a 21⁄2-inch biscuit cutter. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet. Brush with butter. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 40-50 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 and bake until light golden, about 11-15 minutes. Brush with butter.

10 oz. or so Jarlsberg cheese 1 ⁄2large red onion, 1⁄4-inch dice Mayonnaise to taste


Tip from Rita’s kitch-

Jarlsberg is mild, buttery, nutty and slightly sweet.

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Eddie Merlot’s “Eddie’s potatoes.” Linda would like a clone for this recipe from this Montgomery, Ohio, restaurant. “Creamy and delicious,” she said.

Give Rita’s simple yeast rolls a try if you are a beginner or intimidated by making homemade rolls. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

to the rescue. If you recall, Kim Martin wanted to make Kroger’s Jarlsberg cheese spread at home. Gail C., a Burling-

ton reader, told me she had asked one of Kroger’s deli employees a couple years ago about the spread and was told it

contained just shredded Jarlsberg, mayo and red onion. Andre, another reader, forwarded his version and I’m sharing

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


Yeast 101

Regular yeast: For the most part, this needs to be proofed in warm water (105-115 degrees) for several minutes until it starts to foam. Fast/rapid rise/quick yeast: A more aggressive strain that can be mixed in with dry ingredients. It also tolerates higher heat. Step by step photos for rolls: Check out my blog.



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Group provides bikes to needy children By Forrest Sellers

MILFORD — Cycling enthusiast Cheryl Sussell wants to put bicycles in the hands of children in need. Sussell, who is a resident of Milford, and Chris Lonsberry, have started Cinci Holiday Bike Drive. The organization refurbishes donated bicycles for distribution to children referred by area social service agencies. Sussell said she got the idea from a similar program in Portland, Oregon, which donated 460 refurbished bicycles last December. Cinci Holiday Bike Drive will have a donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Rookwood Commons and Pavilion, Recreational Equipment Inc. parking lot. Rookwood Commons is at 2699 Edmondson Road. The bicycles then will be given to children in the Milford, Madisonville and Anderson Township areas at the end of the year. The organization is looking for donations of gently used bicycles for children ages 3 to 8. “I wanted to give bikes to people who can’t afford it,” said Sussell, a recre-

Jim Craven, left, and Cheryl Sussell with Cinci Holiday Bike Drive and Frank Henson, president of Queen City Bike, stand with a refurbished bicycle that will be donated to a needy child. Cinci Holiday Bike Drive will collect gently-used children’s bicycles during a collection drive Saturday, May 11, at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ational therapist who is also an employee at Bishop’s Bicycles in Milford. Bishop’s is where the donated bicycles are refurbished.



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Shirley A. Ryan-Royer, 77, formerly of Mount Washington died March 19. Survived by children Janes (JB), David, Mark, Richard and Bryan; step-children James (JR) and Catherine Royer; and 11 grandchildren., Preceded in death by husband, James I. Royer; son, John (Skip); and parents Shirley Burdette Ryan and Edna Truvee. Services were April 13 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

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Jane Crumrine Jones, 91, formerly of Mount Washington died Feb. 2. Survived by children Sandy Jones and Rick (Gayle) Jones; brother, Charles (Betsy) Crumrine; grandchildren Chris (Alicia) Jones, Brad (Sarah) Jones and Sarah (Ryan) Strain; and greatgrandchildren Sean Jones and Elliott Strain. Preceded in death by husband, Robert A. Jones; and siblings Sally (Roger) Hoyer and Mary (late Jim) Hartman. Services were April 8 at Mt. Washington Cemetery.

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Police: 32-year-old confesses to raping child

A 32-year-old Blanchester man is accused of repeatedly raping a boy more than a decade ago in Anderson Township. Jason White confessed Thursday to investigators

with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to “committing numerous acts of sexual conduct” with a minor under the age of 13 between Jan. 1, 1998, and Dec. 31, 2000, court records show.

At the time of the incidents, White lived in the 3900 block of Piccadilly Square in Union Township, Clermont County, the sheriff’s office said. The alleged victim approached the Hamilton

County Sheriff’s Office with the allegations, a spokesman for the office said this morning. “Our detectives are still gathering evidence and working with other police agencies,” Jim

Knapp of the sheriff’s office wrote in response to a reporter’s questions. Authorities have not said how White had access to the child or where the alleged offenses occurred.

Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Criminal Investigative Section at 513851-6000.

Female was assaulted at 1781 Kingsway, March 23. Breaking and entering Copper pipe taken; $400 at 2783 High Pointe, March 19. Burglary Camera and jewelry taken at 858 Laverty Lane, March 19. Criminal damage Door damaged at Altercrest at Sutton Road, March 18. Criminal damage Mail damaged at 1523 Montegor Drive, March 27. Domestic violence At Coolidge Avenue, March 24. At Copperglow, March 29. At Coran Drive, March 21. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 5816 Salem, March 19. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 2904 Tree Valley, March 26. Rape Male reported offense at 1600 block of Rockhurst, March 20. Robbery Purses taken from Macy's by force; $294 at Beechmont Avenue, March 9. Theft Bag/contents taken from vehicle at 863 S. Woodlyn, March 21. Pressure washer hose not returned to owner at 1424 Beacon St., March 22. Wheel/tire taken off vehicle at 990 Patricia Lane, March 27. Male lost money in lottery scam; $50,299.16 at 1600 block of River Dee Court, March 24. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $407 at Beechmont Avenue, March 21. Purse taken from vehicle at 7728 Arlington, March 19.

Purse taken from vehicle at Kmart at Ohio 125, March 24. Merchandise taken from Kroger; $256 at Beechmont Avenue, March 21. Clothing taken from Macy's; $1,728 at Beechmont Avenue, March 26. Violation of protection order Female reported offense at 891 Yarger Drive, March 31.

POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile, 14, assault, March 22. Juvenile, 15, assault, March 20. Juvenile, 15, criminal damage, March 18. Juvenile, 14, assault x2, criminal damage, March 27. Jason P. Ratcliff, 18, 1680 Grandle, misuse of credit card, receiving stolen property, March 18.

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Paul H. Fox, 19, 917 Watch Creek, misuse of credit card, receiving stolen property, March 18. William K. Witschger, 31, 1360 Coolidge Ave., domestic violence, March 24. Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, March 22. Two juveniles, 17, underage consumption, March 22. James V. Erpelding, 18, 2075 Twilight Hill, underage consumption, driving under influence, March 24. Amber D. Wilson, 29, 8528 Old Kellogg, theft, March 21. Erin Frazier, 26, 839 Perry St., theft, March 21. Zachary M. Heyne, 26, 3819 Madison Road No. 2, robbery, March 9. Chris Behrmann, 27, 6814 E. Plum, complicity to robbery, March 9.

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 Alice J. Springer, 23, 161 Club Drive, theft, March 9. Daniel J. Wilhelm, 24, 4420 Oden Drive, theft, March 26. Bo T. Warren, 26, 4551 Woodglen, complicity to theft, March 26.


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Incidents/investigations Assault Male juvenile was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, March 22. Adult male was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, March 20. Subject attempted to cause harm to staff members at Altercrest at Sutton Road, March 27.

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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Paris Raphael Johnson, born 1990, domestic violence, 1809 Mears Ave., April 1. Chaz Siekbert, born 1990, theft under $300, 100 Eldorado Ave., April 2. Alexander J. Hunsche, born 1988, trafficking, 2230 Sussex Ave., April 3. Bobby Windsor, born 1976, drug abuse, 3600 Eastern Ave., April 3. Michael Gunn, born 1991, carrying concealed weapons, trafficking, 1809 Mears Ave., April 3. Dandre L. Day, born 1991, having a weapon under disability, illegal possession of a prescription drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, 1716 Beacon St., April 5. Michael McKiernan, born 1984, theft under $300, 2700 Columbia Pkwy., April 6.

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B6 Criminal damaging/endangering 6308 Corbly St., April 1. 3751 Eastern Ave., April 2. 2333 Sussex Ave., April 4. 6247 Corbly St., April 4. 1940 Lehigh Ave., March 27. 1709 Mears Ave., March 28. Domestic violence Reported on Linneman Street, March 28. Menacing 4521 Eastern Ave., March 29. Taking the identity of another 3538 Columbia Pkwy., April 2. Theft 6247 Corbly St., April 4. 1496 Beacon St., March 27. 3601 Columbia Pkwy., March 28. 2038 Beechmont Ave., March 28.

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Mount Washington resident Matt Fellerhoff has been named shareholder at Strauss Troy law firm. Fellerhoff represents clients in private and public controversies. He has extensive experience in complex litigation and real estate matters, in-

NEWTOWN Arrests/citations William Costello, 39, 6217 Roxbury St., driving under influence, March 25. Richard Gabelman, 51, 4140 Mount Carmel Road, bench warrant, March 29. Tiffany Irby, 33, 7110 Monongahela Drive, bench warrant, March 30. Ryan McLaren, 25, 8420 Brownsboro Drive, bench warrant, March 30.

cluding inverse condemnation suits, land use and zoning proceedings, eminent domain and real estate development. Prior to joining Strauss Troy, Fellerhoff served as a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge.

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matters ranging from employment and familybased immigration to asylum and citizenship. He speaks fluent Russian, as well as conversational French and German. Hollis has also been the lead counsel in dozens of personal injury trials occurring in both southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky.

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

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OUTSTANDING ORATOR Turpin High School junior David Mauer receives an award from County Commander Mike Bender for first place in the Hamilton County Oratorical Contest at the County America Legion meeting at Anderson Post 318. Mount Washington Post 484 chose Mauer as its candidate in the recent County Contest at the Reading City Building. Each contestant must speak for eight to 10 minutes on a subject of his or her choosing related to the Constitution. The American Legion also offers this competition at the state and national level. The top three competitiors at the national level earn college scholarships. THANKS TO DAN WOLFANGEL

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Anderson Twp. brothers perform at The Aronoff Anderson Township brothers recently performed a piano duet at The Aronoff Center in the Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Club concert, presented by The World Piano Competition. Nathan Hooper, 13, a seventh-grader at Nagel Middle School and Mi-

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PUBLICATION OF LEGISLATION On March 12, 2013, the Council of the Village of Newtown passed the following legislation: Ordinance #03-2013 - Adopting the permanent appropriations for 2013 for the Village. Ordinance #04-2013 - Amending the Village Salary Ordinance to provide for the salary of Heather Spille. Ordinance #05-2013 - AN ORDINANCE APPROVING, ADOPTING AND ENACTING AMERICAN LEGAL PUBLISHING’S OHIO BASIC CODE, 2013 EDITION, AS THE CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR THE VILLAGE OF NEWTOWN, OHIO, DISPENSING WITH THE SECOND AND THIRD READINGS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. The 2013 Ohio Basic Code contains the following that are entirely new matters: Section 72.131 Texting While Driving Prohibited: No person shall write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving a motor vehicle, with certain exceptions; Section 72.132 Use of Electronic Wireless Communication Devices by Minors or Probationary Drive While Driving Prohibited: no holder of a temporary instruction permit who is under 18 and no holder of a probationary driver’s license shall drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications deSection vice, with certain exceptions; 90.36 Restrictions on Dog Ownership for Certain Convicted Felons: this ordinance of certain convicted persons restricts felonies from knowingly owning, possess ing, having custody of, or residing in a residence with certain dogs for three years from the date of release, or if not incarcerated, for three years after final release from other sanctions imposed, with exceptions. Resolution #11-2013 - Approving a contract Big Fish farms for paddlefish ranching in Lake Barber. On March 26, 2013, the Council of the Village of Newtown passed the following legislation: Resolution #12-2013 - Approving an agreement with D.E.R. Development Co. LLC to extend the time for awarding and executing a contract for the new Village Center to April 26, 2013. The complete text of these ordinances and resolutions may be obtained or viewed at the office of the Fiscal Officer of the Village of Newtown, 3536 Church Street, New1757329 town, Ohio 45244. LEGAL NOTICE "Public" Auction Compass Self Storage For Liens On Storage Units at all sites listed below, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Starting At 9:30AM Compass Self Storage Formerly Nine Mile Self Storage 3951 Nine Mile Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45255 513.753.7400 292 - Reed, Cheryl P52 - Reed, Cheryl The goods in this Auction are being sold under the Judicial Lien Act. The goods are generally described as household goods and / or business related items unless otherwise noted. COMPASS SELF STORAGE reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. The payment terms of the sale are cash only. Complete terms of Auction will be posted day of sale at the Auction Site. Auctioneer Joseph C. Tate as Executive Administrator. 1756466

A Center for Grieving Children has received a $25,000 grant from the H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees, to support Peer Support Groups for children and families who have experienced the death of a friend or loved one. The grant will be used for peer group support activities including: Evening Programs that meet twice monthly at each of five locations in Blue Ash, Anderson Township, Bridgetown, Downtown Cincinnat, and West Chester/Liberty/Hamilton; school programs in public, private, and parochial schools throughout Greater Cincinnati; summer camp for grieving children ages 7–12 and teen retreat for grieving youth ages 13–18; phone consul-

Township. The Bach-BeethovenBrahms Club brings classical music to school-age audiences through entertaining performances by World Medalist Winners as well as young promising piano students. Bach-BeethovenBrahms Club performances present composers from the three major cultural periods, Baroque, Classicism, and Romanticism and are used as an introduction to the history and culture of each period. The 2012 World Piano Competition Bronze Medalist Edward Neeman was featured.

tations; educational outreach; materials and literature; and more. “We are thrilled to receive this grant award from the H.B., E.W. and R.R. Luther Charitable Foundation” said Fernside Executive Director Victoria Ott. “The gift will help fund our grief support programs for the children of our region. Since 2001, the foundation has granted Fernside more than $125,000.Thisloyalsupport enables Fernside to continue offering services free to all of Greater Cincinnati’s children and their families. We are proud to count the H.B., E.W. and R.R. Luther Charitable Foundation among our friends who support the grieving children and families we serve.” Fernside is a nonprofit organization serving the

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