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Anderson Twp. rescue saves dogs Some of the 19 rescued are available for adoption

FOSTERING PETS The Peppermint Pig is not a typical animal rescue. The dogs and cats aren’t housed at a single shelter but live with foster families in the area. Watch volunteer and board member Melissa Thomas explain how the rescue works online at

By Lisa Wakeland

She’s a good dog. That’s how Connie McAfee describes Bridget, a 1-year-old boxer/shepherd mix she’s fostering. “I know she has probably not had the best first year of her life,” McAfee said, “but she has the absolute best temperament.” Bridget is one of 19 dogs the Peppermint Pig recently rescued from a shelter in Hazard, Ky. All the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized, but now have a second chance at life thanks to the work of volunteers at the Peppermint Pig, which is a nokill foster rescue based at an Anderson Township thrift store of the same name. The rescue has dozens of cats and dogs living with 10 foster families until the pets are adopted into their “forever home.” Peppermint Pig volunteers usually pick up cats or dogs on euthanization lists several times each month from shelters like local humane societies or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelters (ASPCA), said Executive Director Joyce Hutchinson. When the shelter in southeastern Kentucky contacted them Hutchinson expected they’d take in five dogs. “They sent us 30 pictures and we kept committing (to more) and 19 dogs were delivered here,” she said. “If we could take more a lot

Peppermint Pig volunteers Melissa Thomas, left, and Joyce Hutchinson, hold two of the dogs rescued from a shelter in Kentucky. Both were set to be euthanized. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

more animals would be living.” Of the 19 dogs brought to the Peppermint Pig in early April, eight went to a rescue in New Jersey, and five are still waiting for adoption. Bridget had eight puppies shortly after she was brought to Cincinnati, and all but one was adopted as of early May.

Bryce, one of the rescues, stays at the store on Beechmont Avenue during the day, and the Peppermint Pig is paying to keep four of the other dogs at a local boarding facility. “It adds up, but if that’s what it takes to save a life we’ll do it,” Hutchinson said. “So many people don’t real-

ize that when they foster we pay for everything and all they need to give them is a loving home until they’re adopted.” But the hectic day filled with many happy stories took a tragic turn when the home of one of the foster volunteers caught fire. “We got a phone call from the

fire department saying they had a dog in the back of the squad with our tag on it,” Hutchinson said. She immediately knew that the fire was at the house of Melissa Thomas, one of the volunteers and board members for the Peppermint Pig. Three of Thomas’ own dogs and two dogs she was fostering died in the fire. Toby, another foster dog, was the only survivor. “They said he kept going back in the house, probably looking for me,” said Thomas, who works at Cherry Grove Animal Hospital. “They put him on oxygen and gave him fluids. He’s my boy, and the fire department saved his life.” Thomas, whose house was in Brown County outside of Mt. Orab, said fire investigators never determined a cause. The Peppermint Pig recently conducted a fundraiser for Thomas and helped set up a fund for her at Park National Bank. Donations can be sent to “Melissa Thomas Fire Recovery” P.O. Box 55, Owensville, OH 45160. The Peppermint Pig Thrift and Gift is located at 8255 Beechmont Ave. Want more updates from Anderson Township? Follow Lisa Wakeland on Twitter: @lisawakeland.

Annexation plans on hold – for now By Jeanne Houck

NEWTOWN — The village’s annexation plans are on hold and it is unclear whether they will be resurrected. Newtown Village Council voted May 14 against spending more money to proceed with some of the plans that already have cost the village some $92,000. “A motion was made to authorize money for surveying – $2,300 for a revised plat – and legal fees up to $10,000 for annexation and the motion failed 2 to 3,” said Councilman Mark Kobasuk, who joined Councilmen Joe Harten and Curt Tiettmeyer in voting down the motion. “So no money was authorized at the meeting for annexation efforts,” Kobasuk said. A revised plat would be necessary if Newtown were to proceed with annexations because

of Bob Slattery’s recent decision to drop his request that the village annex Columbia Township property he owns on the eastern end of Wooster Pike. There, Slattery operates the Fifty West Brewing Co. in the former Heritage Restaurant and the Hahana Beach sports complex. That scuttles 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. The village had also planned to annex property in Anderson Township that includes the Hamilton County Park District’s Little Miami Golf Center and Bass Island Park. “A revised annexation plat would include the property of the Hamilton County Park District and one parcel belonging to Little Miami Inc.,” said Newtown Vice Mayor Daryl Zornes, who voted with Councilman

Chuck Short May 14 to approve the failed motion to proceed with annexation plans. “(Annexation plans) will be postponed for now until we gather some more information,” Short said. “I think personally it is important to consider it in the hopes to help prevent the Eastern Corridor from coming through and destroying Newtown. “Under the current proposed path, many business would be lost,” Short said. Councilman Brian Burns was absent from the meeting and Mayor Curt Cosby is not allowed to vote unless it is to break a tie. But Cosby has said he agrees with Short that annexing property would help protect Newtown against inroads associated with the proposed Eastern Corridor Program. The regional program would add and improve roads, provide



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more varied means of transportation and be administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Although Anderson Township opposes the annexation of property to Newtown, under terms of the type of annexation the village is mulling, the township has no right to object because it does not own the park property. Nor does the Hamilton County Park District, which owns the property, because of terms of the type of annexation proposed. Harten said he voted May 14 against spending more money on annexation efforts because “the situation has fundamentally changed.” “Initially I was in favor of pursuing the proposed annexation since several private property owners had expressed interest in joining the village,” Harten said. “However, as the process has

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they would be very low on the list (for closure),” said Bigham. The pools set to be closed are Filson, Fairview, Ziegler, Camp Washington and Spring Grove. The Oakley Pool will open Monday, June 3, and close Sunday, Aug. 10. The Mt. Washington Pool will

Park parking lot changes possible By Lisa Wakeland



Clear Creek Park users could see improvements to the park’s entrance and parking lot in the future. The Anderson Township Park District is applying for a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to add 100 spaces to the main parking area at the park, which is on state Route 32 between the village of Newtown and the Beechmont Levee. It’s a 127-acre park near the Little Miami River with soccer fields, a concession area and a

paved trail. “It’s going to have a huge impact,” Park District Executive Director Ken Kushner said at a recent meeting. “It’s a major improvement and won’t solve all our parking problems down there, but it will help.” The project is estimated to cost around $286,000 with almost $172,000 from the Ohio EPA grant and the remaining amount paid for by the Park District. The new parking lot would be built from permeable pavers – similar to what is installed near the all-weather fields at Riverside Park on Round Bot-

tom Road – that would hold water and release it, Kushner said. “(Blacktop) doesn’t last as long, and it makes sense to do this in the longterm,” Park Commissioner Nadine Gelter said. If the project moves forward, Kushner said the parking lot would likely change to a one-way in and one-way out pattern, similar to the parking lot at Juilfs Park on Clough Pike. The paths between the parking spaces would be larger and able to accommodate emergency vehicles if necessary.


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Parks adopt concussion policy By Lisa Wakeland

The Anderson Township Park District recently adopted a new policy on concussions to comply with Ohio’s new “Return to Play” law. The policy requires information for parents and training for coaches. FILE

ANDERSON TWP. — It’s been one of the most heavily debated topics in the past couple years. When should youth athletes be able to return to play after a suspected concussion? And how much say should parents or coaches have? The Anderson Township Park District recently updated its field use policies to address concussions in its youth sports leagues and give guidelines to other organizations that use the Park District’s athletic fields. Concussions are a type of brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head, or by a fall or hit that jars the brain. They can range from mild to severe. The changes are part of new requirements in Ohio’s Return to Play law, which takes effect on April 26. While much of the new law is focused on high school athletics, Park District Executive Director Ken Kushner said there is an entire section dedicated to youth sports. “We’re kind of unique because we host organizations that use our fields, and we are also our own sports organization,” he said. “We have to change our policies to encompass everything that’s going on with (this law). Everyone who uses our fields and signs disclaimers will be aware that (the concussion policy) is part of it.” More than 1,400 kids participated in the Park District’s youth sports leagues/programs last year and more than 19,000 kids from outside youth sports organizations used the Park District’s fields and facilities last year. Park District policy


mimics much of the Return to Play law and requires any athlete who shows signs of a concussion must immediately be removed from play. The new policy and the state law prohibit the athlete from returning to sports activities that day and require a physician’s note clearing the athlete from participation restrictions before he or she can return to play. All coaches, referees, park staff and sports instructors also must complete the Ohio Department of Health’s online training program on brain trauma every three years. “We want to be proactive with our coaches … and make them aware of this now and get the ball rolling in the community,” said Park District Executive Director Emily Armstrong. Park Commissioner Nadine Gelter said this is a good policy change and “it’s common sense.” Ohio’s law and the Park District’s policy only apply to youth sports organizations, and Kushner said it will not have an effect on other leagues with participants who are 19 or older.



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‘Never forget to thank a veteran’ By Jeanne Houck

NEWTOWN — Poles to hold the flags of the six military-service branches have been erected at the Newtown Veterans Memorial. Two more “Roll of Honor” granite panels with the names of veterans are slated to be installed next to two panels already there in anticipation of Newtown’s Memorial Day activities Monday, May 27, when the memorial will be rededicated. Newtown Village Councilman Chuck Short, vice commander of the Newtown Veterans Association, said he hopes the

Newtown Village Councilman Chuck Short, vice commander of the Newtown Veterans Association, said he hopes the upgraded Newtown Veterans Memorial will inspire patriotism and gratitude. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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an American flag,” Short said. “It’s kind of waned a little bit. People have forgotten, so to speak. “We should never forget our veterans for what they have given,” Short said. “Never forget to thank a veteran.” The rededication of the Newtown Veterans Memorial will come at the end of the village’s Memorial Day parade. The parade will leave Miami Valley Christian Academy on School Street at 10 a.m. and wind through Newtown before ending at the veterans memorial. The Newtown Veterans Memorial was first dedicated in 2011, but has recently been spruced up and enlarged. Special lighting has been installed, brush on the hillside site cleared and landscaping added. Short said the veterans memorial was originally the idea of the Gerard Masonic Lodge No. 428 in Newtown. “The village of Newtown graciously donated the piece of property here for us to put this wonderful structure on,” Short said. “The Newtown Veterans Association was the spearhead, the group that has basically made this memorial happen.” A lot of thought has

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gone into every portion of the veterans memorial, Short said. In a nod to the 21-gun salute, there are 21 steps between the threshold of the memorial, which is guarded by two stone eagles, to the memorial stone and honor roll panels. Each panel is designed to hold the names of 50 veterans at a cost of $100 per name. On one of the panels are the names of Short, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and of his deceased father, Robert Short, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after World War II. Also for $100, supporters can buy pavers engraved with names on the walkway to the memorial stone, in front of which is a soldier’s star. The statue of a woman kneeling with one hand reaching toward an honor roll panel and the other holding a set of dog tags is dedicated to the women whose loved ones have gone to war. “This is a place for everyone to visit,” Short said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran or not. “Just remember to appreciate and to at least be

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thankful for those who served and will continue to serve,” Short said. Call 561-7697 or 673 4461 if you are interested in placing a name on an honor roll panel or in buying a paver. One group that bought a paver at the Newtown Veterans Memorial is the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 649, Clermont County, which has its own memorials in Union Township Veterans Memorial Park. “The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 649, Clermont County, believes, as all veterans do, that it is important to support memorials in our area,” said Ken Williamson, past president of the chapter in Batavia. “We place pavers in other memorials to honor those who fought and died to protect our country and our freedom.” For more about your community, visit

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This statue of a woman at the Newtown Veterans Memorial is kneeling with one hand reaching toward a granite panel engraved with the names of veterans and the other hand holding a set of dog tags. It is dedicated to the women whose loved ones have gone to war. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS




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Participants begin their walk during the annual Forest Hills 5K. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

sixth-grader at Sherwood Elementary School. “I think he was glad to have me (join in),” said Connolly, who estimated he ran the race in about 29 minutes. Joey Newton, who is also a sixth-grader at Sherwood Elementary School, was cheered on by his parents, Chris and Krissy. “The biggest challenge was the hills,” said Newton, who estimated his time was about 26 minutes. Newton said it was worth it, though, especially at the end. “The best part was when I saw my parents cheering me on,” he said.

Dan Hamilton, left, was joined in the Forest Hills 5K by his son, Leo, who is a second-grader at Wilson Elementary School. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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St. Ursula has 9 National Merit Finalists St. Ursula Academy is proud to announce the nine seniors named National Merit Semifinalists in the fall were named Finalists in the competition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2012-2013. These academically talented high school seniors finished in the top 1 percent of students nationwide who took that PSAT exam as juniors. They will continue in the competition for more than $36-million in National Merit Scholarships. The Semifinalists are: » Sarah E. Braley of Springfield Township » Kathleen M. Coughlin of Anderson Township » Elizabeth L. Kelly of Delhi » Marissa J. Luft of Liberty Township » Jordan M. Maier of Glendale » Abigail C. Morgan of Pleasant Ridge » Libby A. Nawalaniec of Kenwood » Kristen A. Ochs of

Union Township » Kristen M. Smith of Ft. Mitchell, Ky. These seniors are competing next month for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32-million. The National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in March 2013. “We are so proud of each and every one of these finalists. Not only do they work hard in school but they are women of faith, integrity and courage and they are making a better world,” said St. Ursula Principal Craig Maliborski. St. Ursula Academy teachers and students work together to participate in an educational process that promotes reflective thinking, problem solving techniques, and higher level thinking. All are necessary elements for success on the PSAT test, which determines those chosen for the National Merit Program as either Semi-finalists or Commended Students.

Monika Middendorf, Quincy MacCutcheon, Isabella Ackel and Rowan Fox prepare for performances at the Immaculate Heart of Mary talent show. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

IHM’s got talent The annual Immaculate Heart of Ma-

ry School Talent Show was bursting with talent during 40 different acts this year. Singing, dancing, piano playing, guitar back-up bands, magic acts, acting, gymnastics, hula hooping and more. More than 60 students participated. The students performed for the student body during the school day and again in the evening for parents and visitors.

Ella Weber, Catherine Keefe and Jane Speelman enjoy the talent show at Immaculate Heart of Mary. THANKS TO DEBBI HILL

Anderson, Turpin awarded for STEM


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recently gave away an iPad at each Archdiocesan High School Open House. The winner from Archbishop McNicholas High School is Alex Wehmeyer, an eighth-grade student at Guardian Angels School. Wehmeyer received his iPad from McNicholas High School's Director of Admissions Christy Berning. Wehmeyer and Berning are pictured with McNicholas principal Patty Beckert and his parents Connie and Matt Wehmeyer. THANKS TO ANGIE NOBLE

Anderson and Turpin High Schools both recently learned that they are again recipients of the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education. Only 62 schools in the state were selected for this honor. There were also 356 teachers honored with the award. Anderson award recipients are teachers Louise Keep, Jeff Rodriguez, Justin Good, Jeff Granger, Krista Willertz, Holly Lowden, and Emily Dorsey. Turpin award recipients are teacher: Carmen Venditto, Corey Mullins, Gayle Garza, Erin Walker and Lindsay Camm. “I am pleased to see our high schools and their teams of talented science teachers included among other schools in the state

that clearly value quality science education,” said Superintendent Dallas Jackson. “The recognition is one of many measures that affirm our district’s academic excellence.” To receive the award, schools had to conduct a local science fair with 20 or more students; qualify one or more of these students for one of The Ohio Academy of Science’s 15 district science fairs; have students participate in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom such as State Science Day, visits to museums, mentorship programs and extended field trips; and convince external reviewers from business and industry, government and academia how and to what extent the school’s

program met the academy’s definition of STEM education. “It is a real honor to be recognized again by the state for promoting science and technology applications for students,” said Anderson physics teacher Jeff Rodriguez. “This award would not be possible without the motivation of the students in our district who are willing to spend the extra time outside of class to complete engaging projects.” “I believe that this award shows the continued commitment of the science faculty at Turpin to provide the students with science learning opportunities that extend way beyond the classroom,” said science teacher Corey Mullins.

ment, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success, having earned the over-whelming respect of the college faculty and administration. Hartman is the son of Carol and David Hartman of Anderson Township.

choreograph an original musical. Liu is a 2009 graduate of Anderson High School. » Erin Sparling, of Anderson Township, recently graduated from the University of Evansville with the degree of Bachelor of Science. Sparling, majoring in art, graduated during the University of Evansville’s 155th commencement on Saturday, May 4, at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville. During the ceremony, the university awarded 595 degrees to 579 graduates – the largest graduating class in more than a decade. » Emily Wendler, a 2004 Anderson High School graduate, recently received a master’s degree in the Environmental Science and National Resource Journalism Program from the University of Montana. Wendler was awarded the prestigious Deans award in her program and was a finalist in the National Society of Professional Journalists competition for in-depth radio reporting. Wendler received her bachelors’ degree in geology and journalism from the University of Cincinnati in 2010.


» Erin Collins of Cincinnati is on the fall dean’s list at Villanova University. Collins is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the School of Business. » Cincinnati residents Mary Mueller and Lakin Louiso are on the fall dean’s list at Bellarmine University. Louiso is an elementary education major. Mueller is a biology major. » Matthew Olsson of Cincinnati, is on the winter dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology.


» Caleb Demeritt of Anderson Township recently received a Dean’s Award from Xavier University. The son of Brenda and Russell Demeritt, he will graduate from Anderson High School this spring, and is active in baseball. He plans to major in criminal justice. » Erin Sparling, an Anderson High School graduate, was recently honored with the Dorothea Schlechte Award at the opening reception and awards

presentation for the 51st annual Student Art Exhibition at University of Evansville’s Melvin Peterson Gallery. Sparling is majoring in art.

Honor societies

» Elizabeth Bushman of Cincinnati was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Bushman is pursuing a degree in health system administration at Ohio University. » Brittany Liu, daughter of Mike and Kelly Liu of Anderson Township, has been initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies based on her outstanding GPA at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Liu has also been invited to join The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a freshman at William and Mary studying business and film while still very active in theatre. Liu is a 2012 graduate of Anderson High School.

Scholar athlete

Mariah Elizabeth Gador of Cincinnati, a member of the

women’s basketball team at Clarion University, was recently honored as a scholar athlete at the 23rd Annual Bob Carlson Scholar Athlete Luncheon. To be named a 2013 scholarathlete, student athletes must: achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher; have two consecutive semesters of a 3.2 grade point average or higher in the spring and fall terms of 2012; or be a freshman or new transfer who achieved a 3.2 grade point average or higher in the fall 2012 term.

Who’s who

Anderson High School 2009 graduate Daniel M. Hartman, a Marietta College senior majoring in advertising/marketing with a minor in leadership was recently selected to 2013 “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” One of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation, this selection process identifies students by providing national recognition by the Who’s Who program. Hartman’s selection recognizes him as an outstanding campus leader and is based on individual academic achieve-


» Courtney Liu, daughter of Mike and Kelly Liu of Anderson Township, recently graduated with distinction from Duke University. The Graduation with Distinction Program recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence through a substantive written project. Courtney spent two years creating and implementing Dance Intervention Research to increase the positive self-concept of children exposed to domestic violence. Liu has earned a BA in Psychology and a certificate in Markets and Management. As a junior, she was initiated into The Phi Beta Kappa Society based on her exceptional GPA and class rank. She has accepted a research position at a New York City hospital. She has also been asked to



Anderson man receives the leadership award Ken Uckotter, technology and curriculum director at the Summit Country Day School, was among the C-Suite awardwinners in the March issue of LEAD Cincinnati magazine. The magazine recognized Uckotter for his leadership in the area of technology and for his community involvement. Now in his 35th year at Summit, Uckotter began as Upper School principal in 1978. He was named director of technology and curriculum in 1990. During his tenure, he has developed state-of-the-art campus technologies which include more than 700 computers and servers, a robust wireless infrastructure, Promethean ActiveBoards in classrooms and a highly personalized information portal in which par-

ents and students are continually updated on each student’s academic and extracurricular activities. He also has played a major role in Summit’s strategic planning, curriculum development, professional development activities and re-accreditation reviews. Uckotter is a member of the St. John Fisher parish in Newtown where he manages the web site, serves on the parish pastoral council and assists with strategic planning. He is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and is active in Greater Cincinnati’s Information Technology Leadership Forum. At The Summit, he coordinates student involvement

in the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati and actively mentors students who are interested in technology careers. “Ken has lived a life of nonprofit service in the education sector,” says Summit Development Director Jim Jackson. “His personal and professional life assisting children and institutions is an example of personal leadership demonstrating characteristics that cultivate a thriving and progressive community.” Uckotter lives in Anderson Township with his wife, Diane, who also is a 21-year faculty member at Summit. Their three daughters, Theresa Uckotter ’01, Karen Montgomery ’04 and Margaret Lebahn ’99, are Summit graduates.


William Broxterman, a chemist, visits the second-grade classes at Guardian Angels School to teach some experiments relating to chemistry in the school science lab. His granddaughter, Anne Broxterman, enjoyed being his assistant. THANKS TO ANNE PAVELY

Students hit slopes for Olympics

A group of Forest Hills School District students recently enjoyed a Special Olympics event when they hit the slopes at Perfect North. Forest Hills is in its fourth year of participating in this event funded by Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides the skis and plenty of volunteers for the day to help students try to see if they would like to pursue skiing outside of school, and even if they want to pursue skiing competitively in a Special Olympic event, said Nagel teacher Bryan Bosse. “This is a great opportunity for our student’s to try something that they have never tried before and maybe would have never tried in their life,” he said. “And you never know how something like this will open up doors for some to venture out on their own and get a lot of pleasure and exercise and a lifelong activity.” “Our students had a great time skiing,” said Ayer intervention specialist Ashley Wenger. “I could see their confidence and skills build

throughout the day. We are fortunate to have such a neat and unique opportunity to participate in the Ski Training Day through the Special Olympics.” Four years ago when Forest Hills began participating in this activity, the students really didn’t know what to expect. It was a challenging day. “Now that they have been here for so many years, they have done so much better and some of them can actually go down by themselves and not fall and stop correctly,” Bosse said. “It’s amazing to watch every year the student’s get more and more confident and better skill wise at a really hard activity. We have a lot of fun and get to experience something really cool.” The Forest Hills schools that participated this year were Ayer, Anderson, Mercer, Turpin and Nagel. A group of Forest Hills School District students hit the slopes at a recent Special Olympics Day. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS





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Defense key to Redskins’ wins in 2013 By Mark D. Motz

Cliches become that way for a reason. They contain truth, if not originality. See: Defense wins championships. “We preach fundamentals, and pitching and defense are really the keys to being fundamentally sound,” Anderson High School head baseball coach Chris Newton said. His team - as if on cue - went out moments after making this statement and shut out Western Hills High School 15-0 in the Division I sectional baseball tournament. Anderson capitalized on early Mustang fielding errors to score its first five runs. So, coach, you were saying something about defense? “It’s repetition along with understanding the importance of it,” Newton said. “You can hit a thousand ground balls, but if

you don’t know why you’re doing it or why it matters, it’s a waste of time. If you have 20 ground balls and they are the best 20 you can give, that’s much more effective.” Statistically one of the best – not just at Anderson, but in the entire Eastern Hills Conference – is senior right fielder Jonah Daiker. He is one of eight Redskins with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, according to Newton said his position makes Daiker’s fielding numbers all the more impressive. “I truly believe right field at Anderson High School - with the way the sun is out there - is one of the hardest places in the city to play and he’s done a great job out there,” Newton said. “It’s really refreshing to see a kid work so hard and become as good as he has.” See REDSKINS, Page A11


» Anderson High School won its Division I sectional tournament opener 15-0 at home against Western Hills High School May 14. The Redskins fell 14-1 against Moeller in the second round. » McNicholas had a bye in the opening round of the Division II sectional tournament May 14. The Rockets suffered an11-4 defeat against New Richmond in the second round May 16. » Turpin High School got a pair of shutout victories to advance to the sectional semifinal. The Spartans beat Middletown 7-0 May 14 behind senior Ryan Flynn and knocked off Elder 2-0 May 16 with brother Corey Flynn’s win. Turpin next faces Milford at 5 p.m. May 23 at Lakota East.


» Anderson High School beat Mt. Notre Dame 6-4 in the Division I sectional tournament opener May 13. The Redskins fell in the second round May 15, losing 11-0 to Mason. » McNicholas High School had an opening-round bye May 14. The Rockets dropped a 13-3 decision in five inning against Western Brown in the second round May 16. » Seton High School beat Turpin 3-2 May 13 to end the Spartans’ season in the first round of the Division I sectional tournament.


» Anderson High School senior Austin Hugenberg reached the semifinals of the Division I sectional singles tournament before falling 6-1, 6-2 against eventual champion Andrew Niehaus of St. Xavier High School. » The brother tandem senior Aron and junior Adam Bercz of Turpin High School reached the semifinals of the Division I doubles tournament, but fell to the St. Xavier duo of Elliot Bostick and Connor Aronoff.

Boys track and field

» Walnut Hills was fourth at

Turpin third baseman Sam Bausch throws the ball during the sectional game against Seton May 13. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


By Mark D. Motz McNicholas starting pitcher William Kling (34) throws a pitch against New Richmond in the third inning of their game May 16 in New Richmond. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

the Eastern Cincinnati Conference meet at Anderson May 17. Ellery Lassiter won the discus and shot put.

Girls track and field

» Withrow won the CMAC meet at Woodward May 15. Winning for the Lady Tigers were Celeste Myles in the 1600 and 3200 meters; Xasha Cohen in the 300 hurdles; Ayanna Moseley in the 200 meters and long jump; McIntyre in the high jump; Siri Huey in the shot put; and the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays. » Walnut Hills won the ECC meet at Anderson May 17. The Lady Eagles won the 4x800, 4x400, 4x200, and 4x100 relays; Kelsey Cornett won the 100 hurdles and high jump; Arissa Freeman won the 100 and 200 meters; Taylor Darks won the 400 meters; Maryn Lowry the 800 meters; Chelsea Carpenter the discus and shot put. Arissa Freeman was named Runner of the Year; Chelsea Carpenter was Field Athlete of the Year and Amanda Robinson was named Coach of the Year.


» McNicholas High School defeated league rival Roger Bacon in the regional finals of the coaches association tournament. The Rockets advance to the final four Memorial Day weekend.

In the beginning was darkness, void. But unlike the biblical story of Genesis, the Turpin High School softball team did not emerge after six days, rest and remark on the goodness of its surroundings. Nope, after the void of an 0-5 start to the 2013 season, the Spartans went to work. “It was a really rough beginning,” said head coach Jessica Hartley, who began her second stint as coach just days before tryouts. “There was a lot of transition at the start of the season and after that fifth loss, we kind of re-evaluated where we were and what we wanted to do. “From that day, to even finish the season .500 was really important for us.” Indeed, the Spartans fought their way out of the 0-5 hole even crept two games over the .500 mark at one point - before finishing the season 10-10. “No matter how many times we said we weren’t going to, we kind of rested on last year,” junior pitcher Beth Persicano said. “We had a really tight defense last year. We had a lot of players back, but they were in different positions. I think we had to learn as we played.” Junior first baseman Ashley Rains said the slow start was both frustrating and surprising. “The first light bulb moment was losing to Milford by run rule our second game,” she said. “We had beaten them last year and to lose like that was

Turpin center fielder Aida Washburn makes a catch during the sectional game against Seton May 13. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

embarrassing.” The Spartans lost their next three games by a combined four runs. Hartley called the team meeting. It was amicable, but challenging. “I went to Ashley and said, ‘You’re only hitting .078. Are you satisfied with that?’ I was really proud of the way she turned her year around.” Rains - who finished the season with a .389 average, second on the team behind freshman Sara Weigel’s .422 - still isn’t sure what the problem was, but started going to the batting cages with Hartley every day to find her groove. “Fundamentally there wasn’t really anything wrong with my swing,” she said. “I just started looking for better pitches earlier in the count, being more aggressive.”

Rains wound up fifth in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference with 18 RBI. Similarly, Persicano adjusted to her defense and finished the season fourth in the ECC with a 1.52 earned-run average. Hartley said she’s already looking forward to next season. “This year’s seniors (Yumiko Gely, Alli Rogers and Kelci Martin), when I started at Turpin, they were freshmen,” she said. “We’re going to miss them a lot. But we’ll have a returning core of five juniors who will have a great opportunity to lead this team.” Rains looks forward to the opportunity. “I think next year we’re going to be fine,” she said. “I’m totally confident that we’ll be better than this season.”



Walnut Hills track ready to kick it in By Scott Springer


May comes to a close, the Walnut Hills Lady Eagles track and field team is flying in familiar territory and nesting near the top. Winners of the DeHart Hubbard Invitational and second-place finishers at the Mason Invitational, coach Amanda Robinson’s runners appeared to peak as they entered the Eastern Cincinnati Conference championships at Anderson. “I hesitate to ever say this is the most talented team, but there is a unique chemistry these ladies have,” Robinson said. “They have a passion for winning and they get it done. We have a lot of seniors and they know that the time is now.” Walnut Hills is again loaded with sprinters as sophomore Arissa Freeman and senior Alijah Carpenter are among the ECC’s 100 and 200 leaders. Sophomore Taylor Darks tops the 400 and senior Kelsey Cornett is dominant in the 100 and 300 hurdles. “She definitely is one of our best hurdlers, but

she’s also one of our best sprinters,” Robinson said of Cornett. “My task as a coach is to make sure she’s successful as an individual, but also make sure she helps us get to the tournament on those relays.” Cornett is part of the Lady Eagles 4x200 relay along with Alijah Carpenter, Freeman and Darks. “Our 4x200 is probably the fastest that I’ve ever coached at Walnut,” Robinson said. “The 4x100 is doing well. The 4x400 is a toss-up. With Maryn Lowry, the 4x800 will be even faster.” Lowry is an Iowa State-bound runner who has doubled in the 800 and 1,600 for Walnut. “We’re going to have to make a decision on her,” Robinson said. “Both of those races are already looking fast and several girls are under five minutes. We were kind of set on her doing the 1,600, but we may have to make a decision and switch her to the 800.” In the girls field events, Cornett also high jumps, but will likely focus on running in the postseason. In throws, junior Chelsea Carpenter is


NAGEL RESULTS The following are results from Nagel Middle School sporting events.

April 22-27 Fast-pitch softball

runaway ECC leader in the shot put and discus. “She went from throwing 38’ (in shot) to 45’5.5”,” Robinson said. “That’s a new school record for her. She’s here for another year. The sky’s the limit.” The Walnut Hills boys are led by throwing specialist Ellery Lassiter. The 160-pound junior is deceptively good and leads the ECC in shot put and discus. “He just has unbelievable technique,” Walnut Hills boys coach Bill Valenzano said. “You watch him throw and his form is just flawless. That’s where he gets his distance.” The Eagles also have a junior jumper who’s second in the league in Marquis Austin. “Our best high jumper in five years,” Valenzano said. “He’s a basketball kid. He’s really solid and having a great year.” Senior Johnathan Avant is Walnut’s top hurdler, senior Keshaun Arthur leads in the 200 and junior Amani Russell is among the league leaders in the 400. Next up for Walnut Hills is the district meet in Mason May 22-24.

Turpin High School seniors Haley Olson and Megan Monahan sign letters of intent to swim in college. Haley will swim for Dennison University and Megan at Sweet Briar College. Turpin swimming coach, Rene Contino, joins the athletes for the signing ceremony. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS

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Daiker likes the challenge. “I do take a lot of pride in my work ethic, just doing my best and working on whatever I can do to help the team,” he said. “It’s pretty rough out there sometimes. I shield my eyes with my glove and try to pick the ball out of the sun.” Newton said the willingness to work carries over to the plate. “(Jonah) is our twohole hitter and he’s very good at sacrificing himself, doing what it takes to move a runner over,” he said. Back in the field, senior second baseman Sean Beebe (with a .951fielding percentage), concurred with coach and classmate. “We’re more of a defense-minded team,” he said. “We’re good enough at small ball that we don’t need a lot of runs to get a

Anderson High School second baseman Sean Beebe fires to first base for an out in a 15-0 Division I sectional tournament victory against Western Hills High School May 14. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

win. “I just look to make every play and if I miss one, I hope my teammates pick me up and go get the next one. It’s all about fundamentals and muscle memory. You may take 20 grounders in practice, but you won’t get that many in a game, so you want to make each one count. You get in position with your body and with your hands so it’s just automatic in the game.”

So... it’s all about defense? “If the opposing team doesn’t score any runs, you’re going to win a lot of games,” Newton said. “I learned that coaching little girls basketball; you can score four points and still win.” Anderson’s season ended with a 14-1 loss to Moeller in the second round of sectional play May 16. They finished 1215.

Blue: Defeated Oak Hills (Red), 4-3; defeated Hopewell, 6-3; defeated Mason (Green), 5-2; defeated Springboro, 13-4. Record: 9-3 Silver: Defeated Oak Hills (Black), 5-2; defeated Kings, 9-8; lost to Lakota Liberty, 4-3; lost to Lakota Liberty, 10-4; lost to Mason (White), 12-2; defeated Springboro, 18-6. Record: 7-6 Track and field

Girls: Alexis Thacker (8th grade) established a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 8’, at the Nagel All-Run.

Blue – fourth (of 16 teams); Silver – seventh (of 16 teams). Individual results: Mary Shetler, first place in Discus; Rebecca Kaye, first place in High Jump; Celia Bostic, second in 100 meter hurdles; Maria Brophy, second in 200 meter hurdles. Boys: Loveland Invitational: second place (of nine teams). Individual results: Luke Bohenek established three school records: 110 meter hurdles, 100 meter dash, 200 meter hurdles. Congratulations Luke on a great performance. Sam Myres, Harrison Hill, Nick Chandler, Jake Lynn, first place in 4x100meter relay; Matt Sodd, 1st place in Shot Put. Mason Invitational:

Fifth place (of 14 teams). Individual results: Luke Bohenek and Harrison Hill took first and third respectively in the 110 Hurdles. Luke took second in the 200 Hurdles as well. Cole Dehlinger took second in the pole vault. The four by 100 Throwers Relay took first. That group consisted of Ben Gottfried, Matt Sodd, Jarrett Nagy and Jacob Lynn. Fast-pitch softball

Silver: Lost to Milford, 5-3; defeated Glen Este, 10-3; defeated Springboro, 15-0. Record: 2-1 Blue: Lost to Oak Hills (Black),10-5; defeated Sycamore, 10-3; lost to Kings, 6-5; defeated Springboro, 5-4. Record: 2-2

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Blue: Defeated Oak Hills (black), 3-2; lost to Lakota Liberty, 9-8; defeated Ross (DH), 5-4, 7-6. Record: 5-3 Silver: Defeated Oak Hills (red), 20-5; defeated Princeton, 10-1; lost to Ross (DH), 18-11, 7-3. Record: 4-3

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Current Eastern Corridor plan is bad for the area As a Mariemont resident, I am opposed to ODOT’s current Eastern Corridor Project proposed to run through land owned by Mariemont. Anderson resident Michael Paolucci alleged in his March 27 guest column, here, that those who oppose ODOT’s Eastern Corridor Project are uninformed and have the “wrong facts.” I submit that it is Mr. Paolucci who has not looked at all the facts and does not understand the ramifications this project would have on several eastside neighborhoods, historic landmarks and recognized cultural resources. Mr. Paolucci states that the corridor will create economic development, as has happened “along all our local express-

ways,” and that “development stops where the road stops.” He intimates that it is fine to turn a quiet, historic Suzy neighborhood Weinland COMMUNITY PRESS into another Beechmont GUEST COLUMNIST Ave./Levy or Fields Ertel for the sake of “economic development.” Perhaps Mr. Paolucci should take the time to find out why residents move to the quaint, historic villages on the east side! Mr. Paolucci also stated that corridor traffic would be more efficient and thus “improve the air quality for the entire valley.” Actually, more lanes,

Why duplicate what already exists? In the March 27 issue of the Journal, guest columnist Michael Paolucci stated those opposed to the Eastern Corridor project “are either against anything new, whatsoever, or they must Dan Policastro warp their COMMUNITY PRESS arguments. If the facts were GUEST COLUMNIST considered there is no reason to oppose this project.” The village considered the facts and found many of those presented by ODOT are not accurate. Until August of 2012, ODOT was telling the public the preferred route of the Eastern Corridor would cross the Little Miami River south of Horseshoe Bend where it would have little impact on surrounding communities. ODOT surprised everyone at a meeting in August 2012 when they announced the preferred route for the relocation of state Route 32 would take the four-lane, high-speed highway directly through parkland that is part of the village of Mariemont, a National Historic Landmark community. That parkland, the South 80 Hiking Trails Park, sits in a flood plain adjacent to the Little Miami River below Miami Bluff. The village has worked to resolve landslides on that hillside. The excavation required to construct a highway there would further destabilize it. Additionally, any roadway through the area would have to be elevated to bring it above the flood plain, creating terrible noise pollution throughout the village. As the village developed the South 80 Hiking Trails, preserving the natural state of the park was a priority due to abundant wildlife species that make their homes there, including pileated woodpeckers

and bald eagles (our country’s symbol). I fish in this area and have caught eight different species of fish. When the white bass are running I have witnessed bald eagles fishing for them. The destruction of this habitat must be included when considering the facts surrounding the Eastern Corridor debate. Why would anyone want to destroy it? Another fact to be considered is the recent uncovering of evidence a Native American village once occupied the South 80 Park. The new preferred route of the corridor would pass over this site, forever destroying important discoveries UC professor Dr. Ken Tankersley is uncovering. Is sacrificing history for a four-lane highway progress? Your guest columnist stated the Eastern Corridor would create economic development. What needs to be considered here is if the residents of Fairfax, Mariemont, Columbia Township, and Newtown want another mega-mall, shopping center, or strip mall in their backyards. Part of the reason people live in our area is to get away from the congestion of more developed areas of the county and enjoy the peacefulness Mariemont has to offer. Commuters from Clermont County and the eastern suburbs of Hamilton County already have an expressway to downtown in the form of I-471. Should we spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars to duplicate what already exists? If destroying a park offering beautiful scenery, a nature preserve, a wildlife habitat, and a Native American historic area with a wealth of important artifacts, and creating noise pollution is considered improvement and economic development I must challenge that opinion. Dan Policastro is the mayor of Mariemont.



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allowing traffic to move at faster speeds, means more traffic racing by in the “valley” below Mariemont and through Newtown, causing more emmissions, not less. More traffic will not only pollute any remaining green spaces in Mariemont’s South 80 and create health issues for those living nearby, but will also ruin the beautiful view from Mariemont Bluff, increase noise pollution in the area and cause home values to decrease! Resident garden plots and a biking/walking path in the South 80 that was recently built by Mariemont Boy Scouts and residents would be destroyed as would a nationally recognized Indian site that is currently part of an archeological dig by University of Cincinnati students.

Additionally, an Indian mound (possibly larger than the Great Serpentine Mound in Adams County) that runs along the Bluff, as well as the Bluff, itself, would be in danger of further erosion from vibrations and digging during construction. None of these historic elements are included on ODOT’s map of the area. The highway would have to be elevated above the South 80 and western Newtown flood plain, which would not allow for the seamless roadway, bike path, running path and plantings that ODOT promotes in its presentations. And then there is the light rail being discussed. What would be the true end result? Who would benefit? Lastly, in response to resi-

dents’ questions at a Mariemont community meeting in January, ODOT could not guarantee that the currently proposed corridor plan would alleviate traffic through the Fairfax/Mariemont/Columbia Township area along Route 50. It seems to me that until ODOT can work with east-side residents in a transparent and pro-active manner to come up with an alternate plan that DOES reduce traffic through our villages and DOES NOT impede upon recognized cultural resources or cause other detrimental side effects, eastside residents should most certainly be opposed to the plan as it stands. Suzy Weinland is a resident of Mariemont.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Should Ohio’s legislature pass a right-to-work law? Why or why not?”

“Absolutely! We are at a big disadvantage to most states in the South and now to Indiana and Michigan. That loud sucking sound that you hear is the sound of all those Ohio jobs going south, west, and north. “Where are the Republican office-holders on this? Where is there backbone? It was for issues like right-to-work that they were elected and now you can’t find them with a search party.” T.H.

“I think Ohio needs to make sure they can get the labor market down so that everyone not in a white collar job is considered an at-will employee and can be let go or fired at

NEXT QUESTION Do you think IRS officials targeting conservative groups is a one-time mistake or does a culture of abusing its power exist within the organization? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

anytime with no protection of a union or access to affordable legal counsel. “This protects the business owners, helps the shareholders and will ensure a supply of cheap labor. If a worker feels they’re being treated too harshly or the conditions aren’t good, then as an owner I can just get rid of that bad seed and

quickly bring in a replacement. “Labor isn’t scarce, but there is always room for maximizing profits and breaking up unions is one way to ensure that profits can be maximized and wages kept very low.” I.P.

“Odd how we citizens seem to think that these folks we elected should pass so many hundreds of laws ... it’s just nuts how intrusive government (which is necessary) has become. “Seems like our American society swings back and forth every 40 years or so, though. I bet our America becomes much more libertarian over the next 10 years, as times do change, and this right-to-work stuff looks very much like a good place to start.” K.P.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Renovations not needed to educate kids

I live in the Forest Hills school district. I was one of the 4,384 voters that voted against the tax hike. I disagree with Dallas Jackson’s opinion that the levy was voted down due to our poor economy. I’m a parent of three children at Guardian Angels School. It is a school that has produced business leaders and professionals. It is a school that received approximately $300,000 in academic scholarships to area private high schools for the graduating class of 2013. Our teachers’ and staffs’ salaries are less than those at the Forest Hills school district and we have no air conditioning and some think the school bathrooms need to be updated. The main building of the school was built in 1931 with an addition built in 1942. Despite all of this, the building is fine, the bathrooms are fine, the teachers are fabulous and the kids are thriving. We can educate our kids without renovations and so can the Forest Hills school district.

Amy Fagel Anderson Township

Kids with disability can rise to the occasion

I shop at the Anderson Kroger and Edward often waited on me when I was buying seafood. He would always strike up a conversation with me about the Reds, the Bengals or a current news story. He was articulate and capable. I missed seeing him when I bought my seafood, but saw him doing another job in the store. That pleased me. Then I didn’t see him anymore. His mom’s letter in the Forest Hills Journal made me like Edward even more and the Kroger Co. less. I am an educator and I know firsthand the capabilites of kids despite a disability. When given the right opportunity, the chance and the time, they will often rise to the occasion. I certainly don’t know why he was moved out of seafood to grocery or anything else about his performance, but 17 years is a long time to all of a sudden not be competent. I hope the Kroger Co. takes a hard look at themselves re-

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Ashley Robertson of Hyde Park, Katie Casteel of Madeira, Heater Robertson of Hyde Park, Lauri Robertson of Anderson Township, Debbie McKinney of Taylor Mill and Leslie Robertson of Mount Lookout at the Kenzie's Closet "Girls Night Out" event. THANKS TO JOANNE MALY

Dresses for


Pictured here left to right are Chelsea Feyka of Oakley, next to her mom, Carol Wimer of Dillonvale, at the Kenzie's Closet's annual fundraising event, 'Girls' Night Out' at Hyde Park Country Club. THANKS TO MANSION HILL STUDIO


he recent Kenzie’s CLOSET annual fundraising event “Girls’ Night Out” at The Hyde Park Country Club, helped fund the organization, which, in this its eighth year dressed close to 550 financially disadvantaged local high school junior and senior girls this spring for prom. For more information about Kenzie’s CLOSET, call 566-PROM or visit

Monica Nenni of Over the Rhine, Kasey Osinski of Mariemont and Mary Beth Martin of Kenwood at the Kenzie's Closet "Girls Night Out" event. THANKS TO MANSION HILL STUDIO

Pictured from left to right are Colleen Nardini of Mt. Lookout, Jenny Dilbone of Mt. Lookout, Meg Byrne of Anderson Township, and Kathy Albrecht of Kenwood at the recent Kenzie's CLOSET annual fundraising event, 'Girls' Night Out'. THANKS TO MANSION HILL STUDIO

Lauren Hope, retail manager at Kenzie's CLOSET, left; Jane Dorger of Mt. Lookout, executive director of Kenzie's CLOSET; Brynne Coletti of Indian Hill, founder of Kenzie's CLOSET; and Patrice Fabel of Hyde Park, office manager of Kenzie's CLOSET enjoy Girls Night Out together. THANKS TO MANSION HILL STUDIO

From left to right are Blake Gustafson of Mt. Lookout, Jenny Dilbone of Mariemont, and Leslie McCraden of Anderson Township, at the recent Kenzie's CLOSET annual fundraising event, 'Girls' Night Out'. The Cincinnati nonprofit organization is celebrating its eighth year and will dress close to 550 financially disadvantaged local high school junior and senior girls this spring for the girls' prom. THANKS TO MANSION HILL

Carol MacConnell of Hyde Park and Nancy Derringer of Anderson Township, at the recent Kenzie's CLOSET annual fundraising event, 'Girls' Night Out'. THANKS TO MANSION

Anne Leibson of Indian Hill, left, and Valerie Thomason of Hyde Park enjoy a drink at Girls Night Out. THANKS TO MANSION







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artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Exhibit dedicated to tradition of ceramic tiles. Features more than 1,000 dynamic ceramic tiles. Hand-built, carved, pressed, stamped, molded and one-of-akind tiles on view. Free. 3213750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., gallery One One. Shop-like exhibition featuring works by artists, designers and craftsmen from across all mediums, all centered around the color red. Exhibit continues through June 3. Free. Through June 3. 3210206; Oakley.

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.

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Chapter Two, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Monday Meals, 6-7 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, Community meal. Free, donations accepted. 474-4938. Anderson Township.

Paired Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Six wines served with gourmet appetizers that pair well with each. Music and artwork on display in gallery. $19.75. Reservations required. Through June 27. 888-288-0668; Anderson Township.

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

Health / Wellness Preventing Heart Disease, 6-7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Dr. Joel Foreman from Christ Hospital discusses how to prevent heart disease, leading cause of death for men and women in United States. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 527-4000; Fairfax. Shop the Park Pink, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Hyde Park Square, 2643 Erie Ave., Stroller walk around Hyde Park by StollerFit at 10:30 a.m. Participating businesses in square donating percentage of sales 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Music, face painting, balloons, raffle, exercise classes, health/wellness information and more 5-8 p.m. Benefits Pink Ribbon Girls. Free. Presented by Pink Ribbon Girls. 560-6513; Hyde Park.

Holiday - Memorial Day American Legion Post 318 Poppy Giveaway, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Receive a free red crepe paper flower to symbolize, honor and remember veterans that lost their life serving our country. Benefits American Legion Post 318 veterans’ service programs. Free; donations accepted. Presented by American Legion Post 318. 233-4400. Anderson Township.

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.

Nature Animal Tales, 11 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Chapter Two, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Writer George, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again after the death of his first wife. After a series of bad matches, he comes up with Jennie and she’s a keeper. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

FRIDAY, MAY 24 Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206;

The Anderson Outdoor Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road. Choose from fresh fruits and locally grown vegetables, plants, homemade products, bakery goods, organic meats, food trucks, fair trade coffee and more. The market is open rain or shine. Special features include entertainment and seasonal events for children. LISA WAKELAND/STAFF Oakley.

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; Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Memorial Day American Legion Post 318 Poppy Giveaway, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, Free; donations accepted. 233-4400. Anderson Township.

Music - Acoustic Mike Combs and Bill Galvin, 6 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Free. 474-0123; Anderson Township.

Nature Small Wonders, 10 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Worms. Registration required online by May 24. Hands-on activities, crafts and outdoor adventures to spark an early interest in nature. For Ages 18 months-2 years. $5, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Chapter Two, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Art & Craft Classes Make+Bake: Glassblowing Cup, Noon-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students experience glassblowing one-on-one with instructors and learn to design and create their own glass cup. $50. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Benefits Heels and Hounds, 4-7 p.m., Wags Park, 3810 Church St., Complimentary light bites, refreshments, mini pet spa services, treat taste-testing, giveaways, cocktails and shopping. Puppy fashion show at 6 p.m. Free swag bag for first 100 attendees. Benefits Brown County Animal Shelter. $10, $5 members. 322-5432; Newtown.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. 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.

Farmers Market Anderson Outdoor Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road, Fresh fruits and locally grown vegetables, plants, homemade products, bakery goods, organic meats, food trucks, fair trade coffee and more. Rain or shine. Special features include entertainment and seasonal events for children. Family friendly. Presented by Anderson Center. 688-8400; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Memorial Day American Legion Post 318 Poppy Giveaway, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Kroger Anderson Towne Center, Free; donations accepted. 233-4400. 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, 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.

Music - Concerts Tim McGraw, 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., With Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft. $69.25, $44.25 reserved pavilion, $29.50 lawn; plus fees. 800-745-3000; Anderson Township.

Nature Snake Count, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Search for snakes along the trail and record data for the Center for Snake Conservation’s citizen science project. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Chapter Two, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia 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.

Runs / Walks Tri for Joe, 7-11:30 a.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Triathlon, duathlon, run/walk and Fun Run for ages 8 and under. Benefits Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. $5-$65. Registration required. Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. 761-5400; Anderson Township.

Special Events Coney Island Opening Day, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Amusement park opens for 127th season. Classic

featuring top rheumatology, orthopedics and physical therapy experts discussing osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital. 585-1000; Fairfax.

ship. Anderson Legion Post 318 Memorial Ceremony, 9:05 a.m., Veterans Park -- Anderson Township, 8531 Forest Road, Honoring military veterans with Color Guard and Rifle Squad, placing small flags and flowers on representative veteran’s graves and a rifle salute and playing of “Taps,” Presented by American Legion Post 318. 474-4194; Anderson Township. Anderson Legion Post 318 Memorial Ceremony, 10:15 a.m., Salem Community Church, 6137 Salem Road, Honoring military veterans with Color Guard and Rifle Squad, placing small flags and flowers on representative veteran’s graves and a rifle salute and playing of “Taps,” Presented by American Legion Post 318. 474-4194; Anderson Township. Anderson Legion Post 318 Memorial Ceremony, 11:15 a.m., Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Honoring military veterans with Color Guard and Rifle Squad, placing small flags and flowers on representative veteran’s graves and a rifle salute and playing of “Taps,” Presented by American Legion Post 318. 474-4194; Mount Washington. Memorial Day at Coney Island, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Amusement park opens for 127th season. Classic rides open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. After 4 p.m. discount pricing ages 5 and up: $12.95 pool and rides combo ticket, $8.95 Sunlite Pool, $7.95 classic rides; $8 parking per vehicle. Ride/pool combo ticket: $23.95 ages 5 and up, $10.95 ages 2-4; classic rides: $11.95 ages 5 and up, $6.95 ages 2-4; discounts available printing home tickets. 232-8230; Anderson Township. Anderson Legion Post 318 Memorial Ceremony, 9:05 a.m., Five Mile Chapel, 7769 Old Five Mile Road, Cemetery. Honoring military veterans with Color Guard and Rifle Squad, placing small flags and flowers on representative veteran’s graves and a rifle salute and playing of “Taps,” Presented by American Legion Post 318. 474-4194; Anderson Township.

rides open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. After 4 p.m. discount pricing ages 5 and up: $12.95 pool and rides combo ticket, $8.95 Sunlite Pool, $7.95 classic rides; $8 parking per vehicle. Ride/pool combo ticket: $23.95 ages 5 and up, $10.95 ages 2-4; classic rides: $11.95 ages 5 and up, $6.95 ages 2-4; discounts available printing home tickets. 232-8230; Anderson Township.

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.

SUNDAY, MAY 26 Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, Noon-5 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville.

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; Anderson Township.

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Special Events Coney Island Opening Day, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Coney Island, Ride/ pool combo ticket: $23.95 ages 5 and up, $10.95 ages 2-4; classic rides: $11.95 ages 5 and up, $6.95 ages 2-4; discounts available printing home tickets. 232-8230; Anderson Township.

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. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, MAY 27 Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Holiday - Memorial Day Memorial Day Remembrance and Bell Ceremony, 11:45 a.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Remember sacrifices of America’s service men and women. Rain or shine. Free. Presented by Anderson Township. 688-8400. Anderson Town-

TUESDAY, MAY 28 Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Business Classes Cincinnati HubSpot User Group Meeting, 6-8 p.m., O’Bryon’s Irish Pub, 1998 Madison Road, For those that sometimes feel overwhelmed with implementing Hubspot software for your company. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Cleriti. Through Nov. 26. 399-6333; O’Bryonville.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 6-8:30 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. 231-2114. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Arthritis Answers Series, 5:30-7 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Education series

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 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 artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness, 10-11 a.m., Mount Washington Recreation Center, $6. 218-3474. Mount Washington.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelvestep fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 324-0568. Hyde Park.

THURSDAY, MAY 30 Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Literary - Bookstores Amazing Amy’s Junior Writing Club, 4-4:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, $5. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Art Exhibits artTILE 2013, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, Free. 321-3750; O’Bryonville. hue:RED, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley.

Business Classes Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, Free. 474-3100; Anderson Township.



‘Restaurant’ column with 2 cloned recipes Talk about multitasking. I was writing this column when my husband, Frank, called out from the garden to inspect the rows of corn. “It’s coming up spotty,” he said, and blamed the robins for plucking seedlings out Rita of the Heikenfeld ground. RITA’S KITCHEN While I was out, I decided to pot up some of Mom’s peppermint to plant around her and my Dad’s graves for Memorial Day. Then I went back in to finish my column. Ten minutes later I got called out again, this time to plant another row of potatoes. So it has been one busy morning. I’m not complaining because I know the little bit of planting we’re doing now will morph into an abundant harvest. Today’s column could be called “the restaurant issue,” since the recipes shared are from famous eateries.

Opera cream cake “like” Knotty Pine on the Bayou

perfect to tote to that Memorial Day picnic. Because it’s baked in a jelly roll pan, it isn’t a real high riser, and is very moist. The browned butter icing elevates it into the kind of cake that begs for “one more bite.” How many does it serve? I got 16 servings and could have gotten more. Cake Whisk together and set aside: 2 cups sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

Bring to boil: 2 sticks margarine (I used unsalted butter) 1 cup water 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Cool, then add sugar, flour and salt mixture, and blend well. Then beat in: 2 large eggs 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream (plus 1 teaspoon vanilla) 1 teaspoon baking soda

Batter will be thin. Pour into sprayed jellyroll pan and bake in preheated 400 degree oven 20 minutes. Icing: Boil until golden: 1 ⁄2 sticks butter (I used unsalted) 1

A few years ago, a Western Hills reader shared her version for this customer favorite from Knotty Pine Restaurant in Kentucky. “So close you won’t be able to tell the difference,” she said. Christine V. is just the latest of readers who continue to request the recipe, so I finally made it myself. After tasting it, I wondered why I waited so long! I made a few changes dependent upon what ingredients I had. Those are in parentheses. You choose which ingredients appeal to you. Don’t be put off by the list of instructions, the cake comes together easily and would be

This is what I call browned butter: Cook in pan over medium heat until butter boils and begins to turn golden. It will foam up a bit. Be careful as it can burn easily. It’s done when butter turns tan color and you see specks of light golden brown on bottom. This takes a few minutes. Remove from heat right away, stir browned bits in and pour into bowl to cool. To cooled browned butter, add and beat until fluffy (it will look lumpy at first):

Spread on cooled cake right in pan. Store in refrigerator.

Tip from Rita’s Kitchen

A jelly roll pan (about 10 inches by 15 inches) is bigger than a cookie sheet and has sides.

This reader-submitted recipe for opera cream cake tastes just like the cake at Knotty Pine on the Bayou. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Kayla Dunlap’s Carrabba’s dipping oil/sauce Kayla, a Fort Thomas reader, shares a good recipe for this dipping oil. She said: “Bonnie asked for help finding a recipe similar to Carrabba’s. Here’s one I have used.” 1 tablespoon minced basil 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (Italian is best) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 ⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground sea salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon chopped rosemary 1 ⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 ⁄2 teaspoon olive oil (Plus additional 3-4 tablespoons) 1 ⁄8 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Combine all of the ingredients, except oil and lemon. Put in a small food processor. Chop briefly until all ingredients are about the same. Stir in oil and lemon juice. To serve: Combine about 11⁄2 teaspoons spice blend to 3 to 4 tablespoons additional olive oil on a small dish.











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RELIGION Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

Powerxpress, a new children’s ministry program. The program is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. The program begins at 11 a.m. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township, 231-4301;

The church is launching a new Saturday night worship service on the first Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. 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;

First Baptist Church Newtown A free-will offering concert by The Taylors is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Call 561-5213 for more information. The church is at 6944 Main St., Newtown.

Clough United Methodist Church

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

Clough United Methodist Church has changed the time of the second worship service and the time of the POWERXPRESS program for children to 11 a.m. The time for the first service will remain at 9 a.m. All children preschool through fourth-grade are invited to

Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650;


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and Associates in California for more specifics on the debt, which is allegedly Howard owed by Ain his son. HEY HOWARD! “They want me to make a payment, and they want it for him. It’s for a bill he supposedly owes to U.S. Bank,” he said. Brondhaver then did something everyone should do. He asked for proof of the debt, allegedly owed by his son. Soon, he received a letter in the mail. “It says they want to settle with you for less than what you owe, of course. For my son they want $352 processing fee now, right now. That fee will carry over for another month,” he said. Brondhaver talked with his son about this

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Sandra; brother, Jeff (Becky) Coleman; step-sister, Margaret Kneipp; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Harry and Angela Kneipp-Coleman; siblings Kathleen DeLong and Steve Coleman and stepfather, Carl Kneipp. Services were May 18 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia. Memorials to: American Heart Association; or SPCA of Cincinnati.


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Ronald Patrick Coleman of Cincinnati died May 13. He was a memeber of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Anderson Township, and was a McNicholas High School graduate, where he still holds the high jump record. Survived by son, Todd (Kim) Coleman; step-grandchildren Allison and Megan; former wife,

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It can be scary getting calls from bill collectors. But it can be even scarier if the calls are coming from fake bill collectors. Many make it sound as if you’re going to be arrested unless you pay them now. But if you know what to expect, you can handle it without a problem. Larry Brondhaver of Anderson Township said he received such a call recently. “I was told there’s going to be papers delivered to me by the sheriff. They tried twice to deliver the papers and nobody was here they said. ‘Will there be someone there in the next 48 hours to receive these papers? I’ve got to deliver them.’ He said we have to make an appearance if we don’t. I said, ‘An appearance? Where?’ He said, ‘In court’,” Brondhaver said. Then Brondaver was told he could call Martin

and said, “What really got my son was they knew the last four numbers of his Social Security number. They knew the last four numbers, and they have his U.S. Bank account number.” A close look at that letter shows it’s not from a real debt collector. Under federal law debt collectors must use specific language in these letters saying, “This is an attempt to collect a debt.” In addition, they must state you have 30 days to send a written statement disputing the debt. That language wasn’t in the letter send to Brondhaver. “Luckily there was no money sent, but my concerns are people that will. These guys are very, very dramatic. Everybody in the office is very dramatic. They say, ‘You’ve got to do this now, or else’,” Brondhaver said. A U.S. Bank spokes-

woman tells me the bank doesn’t know anything about Martin and Associates, adding this firm was not hired by the bank to collect its debts. So I called Martin and Associates and asked who they are working for, but they wouldn’t answer that. There are lots of complaints about this company on the Internet. All say the company claims to be collecting on behalf of U.S. Bank. The Federal Trade Commission says you should never confirm or give a caller your personal or financial information. Brondhaver has reported this incident to the Ohio Attorney General. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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Ruth M. Vaughan

Ruth M. Vaughan, 93, of Mount Washington died May 12. Survived by children Joey (Richard) Gatman, Bonnie (Bob) Petrik and Vickie (Jim) Williamson; grandchildren Terri (Paul) Bickelhaupt, Ben Tarpoff, Chris Jackson, Greg (Michelle) Colvin, Cori (David) Darr, Christina (Rob) Morain and Amy Petrik; and great-grandchildren Katie, Bonnie, Cooper, Ben, Zoe, Avery, Asher, Riley and Brody. Preceded in death by husband, Benjamin L. Vaughan; daughter, Ruth (Bill) Tarpoff; and parents Michael Bernhardt and Ruth Buckley; and great-grandchild, Cody. Services were May 15 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Martha Jean Wagner

Martha Jean Wagner, 80, of Anderson Township died May 11. Survived by sons George Jr. and Andrew A. Wagner; and siblings Ruby (Dave) Nugent, Marty (Clay) Large, Jerry (Carol) and Jack (Margaret) Clark. Preceded in death by husband, George B. Wagner Jr.; parents James Clark and Hattie Vaughn; and siblings Ruth Felts, Margie Rowland and Jim (Pat) Clark. Services were May 17 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church.

Georgia A. Weir

Georgia A. Weir, 76, of California died May 8. Survived by children Bob (Dawn) and George “Butch” (Diana) Weir, Joyce (Arthur) Rhodes and Tracey L. (Barry) Siekbert; siblings Helen (Don), Nina (Chester), Sherry (Michael) and Richard; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Charles R. Weir Sr.; parents Clifford H. Raper and Alice Mae Smith; and siblings Ida Mae, Carl, Charles and Thomas. Services were May 11 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

John E. Wolff

John E. “Jack” Wolff, 90, of Anderson Township died May 9. He was a US Army veteran of World War II. Survived by children John (Dedria) and David (Monica) Wolff, Marsha (John) Crosby, Sharon (Nick) Moore and Cindy (Mark) Roflow; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Wolff; parents David L. Wolff and Alice T. McGrath; and brother, Donald Wolff. Services were May 13 at Guardian Angels Church, Cincinnati.

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Public gets Free TV with no monthly bills

Federal law makes TV network giants broadcast Free TV signals regionally in crystal clear digital picture in all 50 states allowing U.S. households to pull in Free TV with a sleek $49 micro antenna device engineered to pull in nothing but Free TV channels with no cable, satellite or internet connection and no monthly bills

Who Gets Free TV: Listed below are the Cincinnati area zip codes that can get Free over the air TV channels. If you find the first two digits of your zip code immediately call: 1-888-752-7147 OHIO - Today’s announcement by CompTek has the Free TV Hotlines ringing off the hook. That’s because Cincinnati area residents who find their zip code listed in today’s publication are getting Free TV channels thanks to an amazing razor-thin invention called Clear-Cast™. Cincinnati area residents who call the Toll Free Hotlines before the 48-hour order deadline to get Clear-Cast can pull in Free TV channels with crystal clear digital picture and no monthly bills. This announcement is being so widely advertised because a U.S. Federal law makes TV broadcasters transmit their signals in digital format, which allows everyone to receive these over-theair digital signals for free with no monthly bills. Here’s how it works. Clear-Cast, the sleek micro antenna device with advanced technology links up directly to pull in the Free TV signals being broadcast in your area with crystal clear digital picture and no monthly bills. Clear-Cast was invented by a renowned NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame scientist who currently holds 23 U.S. Gov’t issued patents. For the past 20 years, he has specialized in developing antenna systems for NASA, Motorola, XM Satellite Radio and companies around the world. His latest patent-pending invention, ClearCast, is a sleek micro antenna device engineered to pull in the Free TV signals through advanced technology with no cable, satellite or internet connection and no monthly bills. “Clear-Cast is being released to the general public because we just don’t think people should keep paying for TV when they can get it for free,” said Conrad Miller, Manager of Operations at CompTek. “There’s never a monthly bill to pay and all the channels you get with Clear-Cast are absolutely free. So you see, Clear-Cast is not like cable or satellite. It was engineered to access solely the over-the-air signals that include all the top rated national and regional networks, like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, CW and about 90% of the most watched TV shows like America’s Got Talent, NCIS, 60 Minutes, American Idol, The Big Bang Theory, The Bachelorette, Person of Interest, CSI, The Mentalist, Two and a Half Men, Sunday Night Football plus news, weather and more all for free with no monthly bills,” Miller said. “That’s why Clear-Cast is such a great alternative for everyone who is sick and tired of paying expensive cable and satellite bills every month,” he said. “People who get Clear-Cast will say it feels like getting an extra paycheck every month. You see, with Clear-Cast you’ll receive free over-the-air broadcast channels with crystal clear digital picture, not the cable or satellite only channels. So being able to eliminate those channels puts all the money you were spending back in your pocket every month,” Miller said. And here’s the best part. The sleek micro antenna device called Clear-Cast is so technically advanced it pulls in even more of the channels being broadcast in your area for Free with no monthly bills. That way you can channel surf through the favorite TV shows. The number of shows and channels you’ll get depends on where you live. People living in large metropolitan areas may get up to 53 static-free channels, while people in outlying areas will get less. That means even if you’re in a rural area that just pulls in NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS broadcasts there’s hundreds of shows each year to watch for free. Consumers report that the crystal clear picture quality with Clear-Cast is the best they’ve ever seen. That’s because you get virtually all pure uncompressed signals direct from the broadcasters for free. Clear-Cast was engineered to link up directly like a huge outdoor directional antenna but in a lightweight, slim-line package. Its sturdy copper alloy and polymer construction will most likely far outlast your TV. It just couldn’t be any easier to get Free overthe-air digital TV shows with Clear-Cast. Simply plug it into your TV, place Clear-Cast on a window pane and run autoscan. It works on virtually any model TV and is easily hidden out of sight behind a curtain or window treatment. Thousands of Cincinnati area residents are expected to call to get Clear-Cast because it just doesn’t make any sense to keep paying for TV when you can get hundreds of shows absolutely free. So, Cincinnati area residents lucky enough to find their zip code listed in today’s publication need to immediately call the Free TV Hotline before the 48-hour deadline to get Clear-Cast that pulls in Free TV with crystal clear digital picture. If lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered. !

How to get Free TV: Listed below are the Cincinnati area zip codes that can get Free TV channels with no monthly bills. If you find the first two digits of your zip code immediately call 1-888-752-7147 beginning at precisely 8:30am this morning. Today’s announcement photo above shows just a handful of the major over-the-air broadcast networks you can receive with Clear-Cast for free. It saves a ton of money by not picking up expensive cable only channels like ESPN so there’s never a monthly bill. This is all possible because a U.S. Federal Law makes TV broadcasters transmit their signals in digital format, which allows everyone to use Clear-Cast to pull in Free TV channels with no monthly bills. CompTek is giving every U.S. household a 50% off discount to help cover the cost of Clear-Cast. Clear-Cast, the sleek micro antenna device is a one-time purchase that plugs in to your TV to pull in Free TV channels in crystal clear digital picture with no monthly bills. Each Clear-Cast normally costs $98, but U.S. households who beat the 48-hour deadline are authorized to get a 50% off discount for each ClearCast and cover just $ 49 and shipping as long as they call the Free TV Hotline at 1-888-752-7147 before the deadline ends or online at Trademarks and programs are the property of their respective owners and are not affiliated with or endorsing Clear-Cast.


Alabama 35, 36

Colorado 80, 81

Hawaii 96

Kansas 66, 67

Massachusetts 01, 02, 05

Alaska 99

Connecticut 06

Idaho 83

Kentucky 40, 41, 42

Michigan 48, 49

Arizona 85, 86

Delaware 19

Illinois 60, 61, 62

Louisiana 70, 71

Minnesota 55, 56

Arkansas 71, 72

Florida 32, 33, 34

Indiana 46, 47

Maine 03, 04

Mississippi 38, 39

California 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96

Georgia 30, 31, 39

Iowa 50, 51, 52

Maryland 20, 21

Missouri 63, 64, 65

Virginia Oklahoma South Dakota New Mexico 20, 22, 23, 24 73, 74 57 87, 88 Washington New York Oregon Tennessee Nebraska 98, 99 10, 11, 12 00, 97 38 37, 68, 69 13, 14 West Virginia Pennsylvania Texas Nevada 24, 25, 26 North Carolina 15, 16, 17, 75, 76, 77 88, 89 Wisconsin 27, 28 18, 19 78, 79, 88 53, 54 New Hampshire North Dakota Rhode Island Utah Wyoming 03 58 02 84 82, 83 Ohio New Jersey Vermont South Carolina Washington DC 41, 43, 44, 45 07, 08 05 29 20 Montana 59

! NEVER PAY A BILL AGAIN: Ohioans will be on the lookout for their postal carrier because thousands of Clear-Casts will soon be delivered to lucky Cincinnati area residents who beat the 48-hour order deadline and live in any of the zip code areas listed above. Everyone is getting Clear-Cast because it pulls in nothing but Free TV channels with no cable, satellite or internet connection and no monthly bills.

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POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Travis O McGuffey, 21, 3373 Mound St., drug possession, instrument, April 28. Anthony C. Coilpin, 23, 3373 Mound St., drug possession, instrument, April 28. Juvenile, 13, disorderly conduct, May 4. Alexander Corsmeier, 22, 2042 Whispering Pines, drug paraphernalia, drug instrument,

April 25. Rontony A. Boyd, 33, 787 Clinton Springs, drug abuse, May 4. Juvenile, 15, underage consumption, May 3.

Incidents/investigations Assault Male was assaulted at 7415 Half Circle, May 2. Breaking and entering Cash taken from Greenfield Plant Farm; $9 at Clough Pike, April 25.

Disorderly conduct At 6075 Strathburn Court, May 4. Fraud Male stated credit card used with no authorization at 6601 Hitching Post, April 30. Inducing panic Bomb threat written in men's restroom at Juilfs Park at Clough Pike, May 6. Missing Male juvenile reported missing at 6800 block of High Mead-

ows, May 5. Theft Necklaces taken; $1,100 at 6929 Lawyer Road, April 30. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 8357 Jakaro Drive, April 29. Weed eater and blower taken from trailer at 6513 Sherman Ave., April 30. Medication taken at 2084 Eight Mile, April 30. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 8683 Fordham, April 30. I-pad taken; $600 at 1020 Markley, April 27. AC unit taken at Heritage Center at Eight Mile Road, April 28. Septic tank motors taken at 8394 and 8386 Greenleaf, April 26. Cash taken from vehicle; $120 at 7217 Deacons Bench, April 26. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $23 at Eight Mile Road, May 1.

Bike taken outside Staples at Beechmont Avenue, May 4. Cart taken from Senior Center; $300 at Beechmont Avenue, May 3. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $100 at Eight Mile Road, May 4.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Robert Johnson, born 1970, drug abuse, trafficking, 3738 Eastern Ave., May 8. Nicholas Thomas, born 1994, burglary, 1732 Sutton Ave., May 11. Erin Routson, born 1979, theft of drugs, 5562 Beechmont Ave., May 12.

6536 Graf Drive, May 7. Burglary 6662 Corbly St., May 7. Criminal damaging/endangering 1947 Sutton Ave., May 10. 1832 Sutton Ave., May 5. 5458 Beechmont Ave., May 9. Taking the identity of another 6347 Beechmont Ave., May 7. Theft 100 Eldorado Ave., May 4. 1 Playfield Lane, May 4. 2345 Beechmont Ave., May 4. 6242 Corbly St., May 4. 3711 Morris Place, May 6. 542 Tusculum Ave., May 6. 538 Tusculum Ave., May 8.




Assault 105 E. 12th St., May 4. 3601 Columbia Pkwy., May 7. Breaking and entering

William Polston, 54, 1758 Culver Court, bench warrant, May 2. Jonathan Seaman, 32, 3380 Rio Grande, bench warrant, May 6.

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


Ashton Court: Drees Premier Homes Inc. to Johnson Margaret Frances & Mark Allen; $731,977. Wolfangel Road: Earls Michael & Kelley to Schirmann Michelle D. & Matthew C. Olix; $175,000. 2423 Ashton Court: Drees Premier Homes Inc. to Johnson Margaret Frances & Mark Allen; $731,977. 2907 Turpin Lake Place: Schutter Mary Beth to Glacken Matthew W. & Margaret W.; $380,000. 6018 Salem Road: Weber Mary Lou to Weber David Andrew & Lisa Jane; $225,000. 6585 Windyhills Road: Ballard

Rebecca S. to Secen Ronnie & Deborah S.; $107,500. 7067 Jeannie Ave.: Keen Group Inc. The to Weber James R. Tr; $82,500. 7371 Woodcroft Drive: Hitch Eva M. to Reed Cynthia R. & Barry G.; $63,900. 7480 Etoncross Court: Weber David A. & Lisa J. to Carroll Jonathan P. & Amy R.; $275,000. 7665 Arlington Ave.: Earls Michael & Kelley to Schirmann Michelle D. & Matthew C. Olix; $175,000. 7688 Burlinehills Court: Speck Adam M. to Patusky Andrew; $161,000. 969 Woodlyn Drive: Varley Christopher H. to Mccafferty

Patricia D.; $110,000.


1813 Mears Ave.: Septem Investments Inc. to Mears Holdings LLC; $639,736. 1905 Honeysuckle Lane: Kavanaugh Kirk J. @(3) to Kavanaugh Kirk J. & Joann MonseyKavanaugh; $123,500. 2499 Walnutview Court: Stump John F. Tr to Weber Mary Lou; $242,000. 5288 Adena Trail: Renner Julie A. to Hodges Nancy B.; $178,113. 6531 Graf Drive: Feist Angela D. to The Huntington National Bank; $38,000.


Clough Pike: Anderson Township Board Of Trustees to Vogel Daniel F. & Patricia A.; $2,000. 1001 Chestnut Lane: Hummel Matthew T. & Margaret C. to Coleman Adam C. & Rebecca L.; $477,000. 1171 Witt Road: Heil Jacki M. to Warren Morgan & Ashley R. Malas; $64,200.

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1241 Nagel Road: Blue Moon Holdings LLC to Mwbcpas LLC; $257,000. 1337 Coolidge Ave.: St. Homes LLC to Hausterman Brian; $98,500. 1402 Beacon Road: U.S. Bank National Association Tr to Zamora Phillip K.; $36,000. 1410 Beacon Road: Williams Brian E. & Christine Walker to Senter Michelle D.; $128,000. 1542 Paddison Trails Drive: Callihan Thomas & Sarah to Hager Carol; $250,748. 1711 Summithills Drive: Magnolia Family Limited Partnership to Henderson Jared E. & Amanda N.; $162,500. 1963 Flintshire Court: Ormond Susan K. to Koch Stephen & Alison L.; $152,500. 2245 Bruns Lane: Dworznik Paul & Lindy N. to Weigel Michael E.; $91,000. 2721 Blackbird Hollow: Heflin Ellen F. to Wynn Barry D. & Lauren C.; $471,000. 2913 Turpin Lake Place: Tarpoff Beverly & Nicholas to Nakamura Takahisa & Jun Goto; $375,000. 6963 Presidio Court: Aspinall David B. Tr to Gardner Kenney; $157,000. 7037 Jeannie Ave.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Ayer Mark; $82,000. 7259 Royalgreen Drive: Meade Gregg A. & Leslie Nicole Instone to Chilton Hudson G. & Hope M.; $246,000. 735 Cedar Crest Lane: Soldner Aaron L. & Laura K. Bowers to Dutton Charles M. & Linda M.; $238,458. 7392 Half Circle Court: Blaney Arlene Marie to Mccaslin Stephen K. & Vanessa A.; $137,500. 7685 Anderson Ave.: Conn Janet L. Tr to Shannon Angela S.; $75,435.

7930 Meadowcreek Drive: Rokosz Richard J. Jr. & Melinda D. to Hummel Matthew T. & Margaret C.; $785,000. 817 Pickwick Drive: Burns Zachary to Adams Joseph P. & Samantha L.; $193,500. 863 Old Orchard Road: San Marino Properties LLC to Hartjen Ruth H. & Krel R.; $481,000. 938 Patricia Lane: Friedrichs April M. & Daniel J. Friedrichs to Sexton Noah M. & Amanda M. Waters; $125,000.


5001 Kellogg Ave.: Burcham Carolyn J. to Harbour Towne Yacht Club Association; $1,800.


1849 Coralberry Court: Edwards Andrew D. & Amanda G. to Consorti James R. & Emily A.; $152,500. 2447 Doeview Court: Leach Mary K. to Tarpoff Nicholas & Beverly H.; $213,500. 5229 Adena Trail: Luken Samuel & Kelly to Sund Johan N. & Kristen L.; $305,000. 6247 Raytee Terrace: Meloche Mary Ellen to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.; $64,000. 6536 Graf Drive: Mccoy Ricky J. to Fifth Third Mortgage Co.; $96,644.


6709 Main St.: Murray Patrick A. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $68,286. 7211 Ivy Way: Crosley Bradley C. to Osborne Deanna L.; $170,000. 7259 English Drive: Goslin Sara C. to Acklin Randy L.; $90,000. 7740 Oyster Bay Lane: Frank Marlene E. to Kline Rosemary L. & Richard L. Norton; $331,500.

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

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Anderson Legion’s Memorial Day activities

Members of the American Legion Post 318 at Clough Baptist.

American Legion Post 318 members observe Memorial Day in a cemetery. THANKS TO DAN WOLFANGEL

Post 318’s Color Guard and Rifle Squad, the placing of small American flags and flowers on the representative veteran’s graves, a rifle salute and playing of “taps.” Post 318 would welcome anyone that wishes to attend any of locations, with the ceremonial detail arriving at the estimated times: » 8:40 a.m. – Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Mt. Moriah Drive) » 9:05 a.m. – Veterans Park (Forest Road) » 9:20 a.m. – Asbury Cemetery (Forest Road at Asbury) » 9:35 a.m. – Old Five Mile Chapel Cemetery (Five Mile Road) » 10 a.m. – Hillcrest Cemetery (Sutton Road) » 10:15 a.m. – Salem Community Church Cemetery (Salem and Sutton) » 10:35 a.m. - Wolfangel Cemetery (Deaconsbench Drive) » 10:55 a.m. – Clough Baptist Cemetery (Bridges Road at Clough) » 11:15 a.m. – Guardian Angels Cemetery (Beechmont at Salem) The final activity will

be Post 318’s participation in the third annual Anderson Township Memorial Day Bell Ceremony at the Anderson Center starting at noon Monday, May 27.

This includes the ceremonial rifle salute by Post 318’s Rifle Squad This ceremony will be in the area of the planned Anderson Township Veterans Memorial. Post 318 has provided the POW-MIA, and Purple Heart flags that are daily flown from the primary flag poles in this area, and has also provided five flags representing each of the various branches of the military service that will be present at that ceremony, and will eventually become a permanent part of the Anderson Township Veterans Memorial when completed.

Cane Run Garden Center Now Open Benefitting Residential Concepts

Day programs for developmentally disabled

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Anderson American Legion Post 318 will once again this year be engaged in multiple local activities within the Anderson Township area during the Memorial Day period. Its efforts are directed at emphasizing, and reflecting on the importance of Memorial Day in the recognition of those men and women that have given their all and died serving in our county’s armed forces, and all of the events provide an opportunity for citizen participation. The first activity will be the distribution of the American Legion poppies at the Kroger stores located in Anderson Towne Center and Cherry Grove Plaza in the week leading up to Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25. The red crepe paper “poppy” has long been the flower of the American Legion, to symbolize, honor and remember those veterans that lost their life serving our country. While there is no charge for the poppy, donations are appreciated, with all monies contributed being used for numerous veterans service programs. The second long-time Memorial Day activity for Anderson Post 318 occurs on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, and involves the conducting of memorial ceremonies at many of the local cemeteries in honor of those military veterans laid to rest. The brief ceremony at each cemetery includes

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BUSINESS NOTES Reffitt joins First Financial

First Financial Bank recently added Zachary Reffitt as a mortgage loan originator. He joins the Anderson Township banking center located at 7765 Beechmont Ave. and will serve clients throughout Greater Cincinnati.

“With spring right around the corner, many local residents are considering purReffitt chasing a new home or refinancing their current one,” said Ed Hensley, director of

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Ritter on influential list

John Ritter of Anderson Township, co-founder

of Ritter Daniher Financial Advisory, was recently recognized as one of the 30 Most Influential People in the 30-year-history of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. A graduate of Anderson High School and Xavier University, Ritter has been a financial planner since 1994 and earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2001. He helped launch Ritter Daniher in 1999, and the firm has grown to 11 employees serving about 280

clients and managing nearly $300 million for these families. The firm spent its first 13 Ritter years in Anderson Township before recently relocating to Columbia Tusculum. Ritter is a frequent industry speaker, a former national board member of NAPFA, and the current public policy chair for the organization.

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Bosse earned his GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma on campus in 1990 at GIA Santa MonJeff Bosse ica and has taken many other on campus and extension courses through the years. Bosse has been involved with the Ohio chapter for more than 16 years, and treasurer since 2002, often traveling 500 miles round trip to attend the Cleveland or Akron area meetings. But the drive is worth it, he said. “I meet a lot of good people at the alumni meetings.”



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God bless cyclists In spite of the rainy weather, Clough United Methodist Church and the Highway Disciples recently conducted a motorcycle Blessing. Riders of motorcycles, bicyles, tricycles, scooters, and wheelchairs received prayers for safety throughout the coming year. Jamie Sowers Moon and her daughter Rebecca Sowers attend the Motorcycle Blessing at Clough United Methodist Church. THANKS TO IRENE LINTON


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