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Our readers created the ballot and now it’s time to vote for the 2010 Forest Hills Journal Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. In just the first day of voting, readers cast more than 20,000 ballots. Let’s keep it going! Go online May 13 to and find the yellow and green Community Press Sportsman of the Year icon on the righthand side of the page. Find your ballot by newspaper and vote as often as you like through June 10.

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Voice your opinion

Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien said last week that recent Anderson Township Park District Board of Commisser’s appointments were rushed (see story, A1). What do you think? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing andersontownship into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

Poll results

The results of the May 19 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at andersontownship asking readers if they agree or disagree with Forest Hills school board member Richard Neumann’s suggestion that the district hire a public relations or advertising agency to communicate facility options to the public are: Agree: (10) 10%



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Eight Anderson Twp. homes featured at June 1 event By Lisa Wakeland

Diane Leugers was bitten hard by the gardening bug. It took almost a decade, along with a good pick ax and pair of pruning shears, but Leugers transformed a wooded area behind her Ayers Road home into a garden filled with lush flowers and plants. “Everything in here has a purpose,” she said of her garden. “It’s a love of mine and a source of great friendships.” Leugers is one of the eight homes featured on this year’s Anderson Township Garden Tour. The tour, now in its fifth year, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1. LISA WAKELAND/STAFF Sandra Coleman, member of the township Betterment and This is the first year Anderson Township resident Diane Leugers will be part of the Garden Tour. This area behind her Ayers Road home was all Beautification Committee, which undergrowth less than a decade ago. organizes the garden tour, said Leugers said Judy Brandenburg, who she hopes the tour inspires other gar- is also on the tour, taught her more Featured gardens deners. about gardening and the importance of The Anderson Township Garden Tour features eight homes “We just noticed that there were so symmetry, color and foliage variation. around the community. Visit andersontownshiporg for a full map many beautiful gardens and several had The more she learned, the more conand brochure. been recognized in national publica- fidence she developed and her love of • Marvin Collins and Dean Colville, 6647 Hitching Post Lane. tions,” Coleman said of why the com- gardening increased. • Judy Brandenburg, 1260 Apple Hill Road. mittee started the tour. “It’s an artistic expression that’s real• Diane and Tom Leugers, 7381 Ayers Road. “(Featured gardeners) love to help a ly important to me (and) it’s become a • Cathy and Stuart Scheller, 1016 Markley Road. lot of the small gardeners and novices family affair,” she said. • Nancy and Dick Riedel, 6944 Royalgreen Drive. get started.” In 2008, Leugers received the • Scott and Michelle Beuerlein, 2731 Newtown Road. Many of the gardens have been on Cincinnati Horticultural Society Recog• Clara Berger, 7415 State Road. the tour since its inception but this is nition Award for best tree and shrub col• Peter/Latham Garden, 7325 State Road. Leugers first year. lection.

Anderson Township trustees spar

By Lisa Wakeland

Tensions among the three Anderson Township trustees boiled over at last week’s public meeting. What began as a comment about recent appointments to the Anderson Township Park District Board of Commissioners quickly devolved into dispute about the Ohio Revised Code. Trustee Kevin O’Brien, though admittedly unfamiliar with the process, said it seemed like the new appointments of Angie Stocker and Josh Gerth and the reappointment of Nadine Gelter were rushed.


The Anderson Township trustees are responsible for the appointing members to the Anderson Township Park District Board of Commissioners. Park Commissioner Josh Gerth, unanimously approved, was first appointed late last year to fill the remainder of former park Commissioner Mark Bissinger’s term. Park Commissioner Angie Stocker was approved 2-0 in April to fill the vacancy left by Lisa Klancher, who moved to Columbus. Trustee President Russ Jackson abstained from the vote because Stocker has been his campaign treasurer for many years. Park Commissioner Nadine Gelter was unanimously reappointed in April. She has been on the Park Board since 1997.


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“I would encourage our board to take a look at that process,” he said. “I just want to be sure that we’re doing things to the letter of the law and to the Ohio Revised Code.” Trustee Russ Jackson asked if O’Brien was suggesting the township violated the law and Law Director Margaret Comey said, to her knowledge, the township followed the code. O’Brien responded that, according to his preliminary review, the park board appointments seemed hurried and referenced a comment made by Trustee Peggy Reis during the campaign season about term limits on township committees. “Why don’t you come back to us when you have the facts?” Jackson asked, noting that the Ohio Revised Code does not mention quick appointments and Reis was talking about statutory boards. “(The Park District) is totally different than a statutory committee ... and to hint, to even suggest that we violated something now, after the fact, is outrageous,” Jackson said. The Anderson Township Park District is a separate entity from the township government and has a $4.6 million budget. The Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals are the two statutory committees. Reis said because O’Brien is a new trustee he does not understand that board of trustees treats the reappointment of a park com-

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Resignation? Anderson Township resident Tim Kappers addressed the Anderson Township Board of Trustees at last night’s meeting and asked about the township’s bond rating and what can affect it. Fiscal Officer Ken Dietz said the rating is based on fund balances, history of operational expenses and the community growth potential, among other things. Kappers said he understands that ratings are based on a certain amount of risk and has concerns about what kind of risk Trustee Kevin O’Brien’s recent lawsuit will place on the township. O’Brien is being sued by his former employer Robert W. Baird & Co. for repayment of $336,175 from a settlement the company made with a client. The client accused O’Brien of making unauthorized withdrawals from an account and taking the money for personal use. “If you want to protect the community, Mr. O’Brien, and if you truly, like you said, care about this community, why won’t you resign?” Kappers asked. O’Brien said he has no plans to resign and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority report is just allegations. Kappers proceeded to read from the lawsuit’s factual background and the first count then O’Brien said Kappers used all his allocated time. “Mr. Jackson, according to my watch here, we’re past the five-minute limit,” O’Brien said. Trustee President Russ Jackson stopped the public comment session and Kappers said he would come back next time to finish.

cerned about the process. “It was brought to this board after the meeting, there was no public announcement that her term was up, there was not an allowance for public input and it just happened,” he said. Jackson said that is “absolute, utter and complete nonsense” and the Ohio Revised Code does not require public input for Park Board appointments. “It would be a tragedy if we were to appoint to that board some new and unknown person who turned out to have some evil things in their background that we didn’t know about,” Jackson said. “Then what would we have done?”

missioner and a vacancy on the park board differently. “We would have only gone back to that interview process (for Gelter) had we, for any particular reason, a problem with her reappointment,” she said, adding that there was an interview process for the two vacancies. “Her experience is very much needed right now and I didn’t see any purpose (to re-interview) and that was that. I don’t even understand this discussion tonight, it’s simply baffling.” Gelter has been on the park board since 1997 and was unanimously reappointed at the April board of trustees meeting. O’Brien said he is still con-



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Anderson Farmers Market to open May 29 By Lisa Wakeland

For its third season the Anderson Farmers Market will be more than a shopping destination with more music, artisans, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities this year. “People like to use this as a community event,” volunteer market coordinator Nancy Downs said.

“We’ll have things where they can stay and linger and have a fun time while here.” The market’s grand opening is Saturday, May 29, and will feature a petting zoo, music, giveaways and more. Downs said there will be more children-oriented events this year including a bike rodeo, zucchini derby and scavenger hunts.


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The Anderson Farmers Market is getting ready for its third season, which begins May 29. Volunteer market coordinator Nancy Downs said there will be more community and children-oriented events this year. “We’re trying to make it more of a family-friendly event, get the kids involved ... and encourage kids to be more familiar with food,” she said. There are four new vendors this year – Mudfoot Farm, LaTerza Coffee, For Heaven’s Baked and Vintage Veggies Farm – and 14

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Vendors • Appalachian Heirloom Plant Farm • Back Acres Farm • Back Yard Orchard • B & D Goats • Bee Hill Honey • Bergefurd Farm • Can-Du Farm • Cassandra Farm • Cherry Orchard Foods returning farmers, including David Lindquist. Lindquist, owner of Cassandra Farm, is one of the two Anderson Township vendors at the market. Though he’s been growing food for years, Lindquist said he first began selling his produce when the

• Celtic Canine Café (formerly Belie’s Bites) • Flour Power • For Heaven’s Baked • Jan’s Jams and Jellies • LaTerza Coffee • Maddux Farm • Mudfoot Farm • Shadeau Bread • Vintage Veggies Farm Anderson Farmers Market opened in 2008. “I am grateful for the opportunity to sell produce at a very well-run market near my house,” he said. “Proximity allows me time to harvest until shortly before the market starts.” Lindquist said he will

If you go

The Anderson Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from May 29 to Oct. 2 at the Anderson Station, 7832 Five Mile Road. There are special events throughout the season, including: • May 29: Opening day festivities with a petting zoo, music from Late Arrivals, guest chef Barbie Hahn (from 10 a.m. to noon), potter’s wheel demonstration by Riverhouse Pottery (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), market bag giveaways (while supplies last) and raffles. • June 5: Compost bin sale. • June 12: Bike rodeo from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • July 3: Extended hours for Independence Day parade. • Aug. 7: Taste of the Market • Sept. 11: Day of memory with the Anderson Township Fire & Rescue Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. • Sept. 18: Fall festival with apple pie contest. • Oct. 2: Closing day, chili competition and taste of fall soups. Visit andersonfarmers for full details. bring black walnuts, Chinese leaf vegetables, strawberries, ruby Swiss chard and spring onions – all grown in his garden off Clough Pike – to opening day. He will also have paw paw and other tree seedlings grown by Jason Neumann.

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The co-workers at Cintas Fire Protection, friends and family of Marty Ford are hosting a benefit for him at 5 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Anderson Bar & Grill. Ford has advanced head and neck cancer. This benefit will help offset medical expenses. Ford recently moved to Batavia from Anderson Township. Cost is $25 per person, which includes dinner. Scheduled bands include the Natalie Wells Band, The Modulators, Blister, Glen & Lisa Ginn, Rubber Soul, The Zero, Jethro Floyd, Randamonium, Lorenzo, Kevin Fox, Vince Rahnfeld & Friends and Chuck & James. The emcee is Rich Apuzzo. There will be surprise guest bartenders. The guest chef is Steve Daly. For more information, visit the Facebook Group “Fans of MartyPalooza” or e-mail Juli Daly at Donations are welcome. An account for Marty has been set up at Fifth Third Bank. Donations may be deposited into the Martin Ford account, No. 7024987310.

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Board member objects to bus decision By Forrest Sellers

we are looking at all expenditures.” Several p a r e n t s o p p o s e d changing the Neumann schedule Richard Neumann prior to the have and Forest Hills school board vote. considered the concerns “I’m askof parents. ing for more stakeholders to His recommendation was be involved (in making a to maintain the current decision on this),” said schedule for another year. Mindy Wendling, who has He also said the district two children that attend will be facing financial chal- Ayer Elementary School. lenges and that approval of She said the board needan operating levy would be ed to consider the impact a essential. revised schedule would “I fully realize the study have on working parents. (on busing and school start “Look at other alternatimes) created anxiety and tives,” she said. frustration,” he said. “The Parent Linda Alvarez intent was to demonstrate agreed. She said if school

“I don’t want to rearrange people’s lives, but people may look at this as another excuse of not being cost effective.”

Despite a school board member’s objections, the Forest Hills School District will maintain its current busing schedule for the 2010-2011 school year. The board last week discussed changing bus schedules and school start times as a way to reduce costs. Director of business operations Ray Johnson said a revised bus schedule could save the district about $2 million in transportation costs during the next five years. The school board voted 4-0 to maintain the current schedule. School board member Richard Neumann, who questioned why the board would not change the school start times and bus schedules as a cost-cutting move, abstained from the vote. “A lot of people will look at this decision and say we didn’t make cuts when we could have,” Neumann said. “I don’t want to rearrange people’s lives, but people may look at this as another excuse of not being cost effective.” Superintendent John Patzwald said administrators reviewed the impact a revised schedule would

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tional cost-cutting measures would be necessary. “We are going to have to do things to keep our head above water,” said board member Randy Smith. Voters defeated a 6.9mill continuing operating levy in May 2009 that would have raised $9.28 million for operating expenses. Patzwald said if a future operating levy is defeated by voters the busing plan would likely be reconsidered, along with other cuts.




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Facilities committee: Nov. issue unlikely By Forrest Sellers

Several members of the Forest Hills Local School District Facilities Committee are skeptical a levy or bond issue will be placed on the November ballot. “November is a ‘Hail Mary’ at best,” said Richard Neumann, chairman of the committee. The committee is expected to provide a recommen-

dation to the Board of Education on which building option the district should pursue. The committee has proposed four building configurations for the district to address facility needs. Each of the four configurations has its own combined levy and bond issue amounts that voters would have to approve to finance the option. All but one of the options

include four elementary school buildings, down from the current six. Two of the options include merging Anderson and Turpin high schools into one building. Although the school board, of which Neumann is also a member, will make the decision on whether to place a bond issue on the ballot, committee members said a limited time frame could be a factor.

The filing deadline to put a tax levy or bond issue on the Nov. 2 ballot is Aug. 19. The district has also hired a new superintendent, Dallas Jackson, who is expected to start Aug. 1. Committee members said this was also something that would likely impact when a bond issue or operating levy would be on the ballot. “You need six months to do a good (bond) campaign,” said committee and school board member Julie Bissinger.

“Do I think we have enough time for November? I don’t think so.” During last week’s committee meeting, some of the committee members expressed a concern that one of the options – to maintain the current nine-building configuration – is not actually being considered. “What I’m hearing is the community trusts us to come up with four options,” said committee member Jim Yunker. “Many people think the whole purpose of this (com-

mittee) is to have one high school.” N e u - Bissinger m a n n , though, said maintaining the current building configuration is not off the table. A random telephone survey will be conducted and the results discussed at the committee’s next meeting 6 p.m. Monday, June 7. The committee will then develop a recommendation on which building option to pursue at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.


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School district names Dallas Jackson superintendent

Gannett News Service The Forest Hills’ school board recently picked Dallas Jackson, a 30-year veteran educator who helms Miamisburg City Schools, to become its new superintendent. Jackson has been superintendent at Miamisburg since 2006. Board members said Jackson was selected over the other finalist, Scot Prebles, superintendent of Granville Exempted Village Schools, for showing a preponderance of “CEO skills.”

“He ... brings in-depth knowledge and experience of business operations, which will be invaluable in guiding the district through the challenges and opportunities facing our district,” Board President Tracy Huebner said. In recent months voters in that 5,700-student district approved two school levies: a replacement levy in February that will generate $7.2 million a year and an operating levy May 4 that will generate $6.8 million more a year. Also, the district’s

$80 million facilities project just got off the ground, Jackson said. Forest Hills, which lost a levy vote in 2009 and is expecting cuts in state funding of 5 percent to 15 percent, is seeking ways to trim its $74.8 million annual budget. Its nine schools enroll nearly 7,800 students. Forest Hills is considering several reconfiguration plans designed to save money while reshaping the district. Residents at recent meetings have debated options that would reduce the number of elementary

schools, create an intermediate school or move sixth grade to the middle school. But the debate has been most passionate about two options that would merge Anderson and Turpin high schools into one 2,400-student school. Merging them would save about $2.6 million a year, officials have said. But many parents object to combining the rival schools. Jackson said his strengths are in devising strategic plans for school districts. Miamisburg was able to

pass its school measures, he said, thanks to more than 70 meetings with small groups of voters, which he called his “coffee campaign.” His first official day on the job is Aug. 1. Jackson replaces John Patzwald, who is retiring after 18 years. Jackson’s five-year contract pays a $147,500 base salary. There is also a consulting contract which will pay up to $565 a day, for a maximum of 20 days, should Jackson come to the district early to get acclimated to his new job.

Forest Hills approves 2% raises

By Forrest Sellers

The Forest Hills Local School District Board of Education recently approved a new contract with its teachers’ union. The one-year contract with the Forest Hills Teachers Association will increase teacher’s base pay 2 percent. This increase will cost district taxpayers an additional $744,000 per year, according to Treasurer Rick Toepfer. Toepfer said Huebner the contract also included a negotiated insurance agreement that will decrease district insurance costs by 17 percent, saving taxpayers $1.61 million per year. The new insurance agreement includes the introduction of deductibles and co-insurance as well as an increase on co-payments. According to Donna Lauver, president of the Forest Hills Teachers Association, a federal mediator was called when negotiations reached an impasse. Lauver said the most significant issue was the length of the contract. Lauver said the association would have preferred a two-year contract. “I hope in coming years that we can get back on a two- to

Retirement incentives discussed

More than 30 teachers recently accepted the Forest Hills Local School District’s retirement incentives. The Forest Hills Local School District offered two retirement incentive plans to cut costs. The incentives are expected to save district taxpayers about $1.35 million during the next eight years. A total of 33 teachers accepted the incentive packages, according to the district. The first plan was open to teachers who have been employed by the district for 10 or more years and provided the option of receiving $40,000 plus applicable contractual severance pay, to be paid during a five-year period. The other option offered teachers with 30 years of service credit with the State Teachers Retirement System the opportunity to resign and be rehired at a lower salary under a five-year contract. three-year contract,” she said. Board President Tracy Huebner said she considered the reduction of insurance costs to be very important. “To us the insurance was a huge step in the right direction,” she said. “I was pleased that we successfully negotiated a contract.” Following the defeat of an operating levy in May 2009, the district made $26.5 million in reductions. These reductions included a staff base salary freeze as well as reductions in staffing.


Anderson Theatre Cappie nominees recently gathered for a reception in their honor at Playhouse in the Park. They are, front row from left, Lissa Stamler, M.K. Winstead and Lauren Heckman; second row, Cody Foster, Rachel Kuhn and Beth Seeley; third row, Peter Orkiszewski, Jeff Heimbrock, Julia Burroughs and Andy Knolle; fourth row, Daniel Lees, Olivia Donnelly, David Caggiano, Sheehan Hannan and Sam Ray.

Anderson Theatre musical nominated for 16 Cappies The Greater Cincinnati Critics and Awards Program (Cappies) announced their High School Theatre nominations, April 29, and Anderson Theatre’s fall musical “Blood Brothers” was honored with nominations in 16 different categories, including Best Musical. This is the largest number of nominations ever for the theater program. Out of 28 participating high schools, Anderson Theatre is among the top three in nominations and received the most performance and technical nominations of any public high school. The Cappies nominations for Anderson Theatre are: • Male Critic: Jeff Heimbrock • Sound: Greg Brinkman, David Caggiano, Tim Ficke, Andy Knolle

• Lighting: Shelby Banks, Julia Burroughs, Sheehan Hannan, Ben McConnell • Makeup: Rachel Kuhn, Dominique Schiano • Props & Effects: Lauren Heckman, Rachel Kuhn, Peter Orkiszewski • Ensemble in a Musical: Jeff Heimbrock and Daniel Lees for “Blood Brothers” • Featured Actress in a Musical: Beth Seeley • Featured Actor in a Musical: Cody Foster • Comic Actress in a Musical: Lissa Stamler • Comic Actor in a Musical: Jeff Heimbrock • Supporting Actress in a Musical: Olivia Donnelly • Supporting Actor in a Musical: Sam Ray

• Lead Actress in a Musical: M.K. Winstead • Lead Actor in a Musical: Daniel Lees • Best Song: “Tell Me It’s Not True” • Best Musical: “Blood Brothers” The Critics and Awards Program is an international program that recognizes and celebrates high school theater. The Cappies invites high school theater and journalism students to be trained as theater critics, attend shows at other schools and write reviews. In April, the student critics voted for the best of what they saw. The awards will be presented at the formal Cappies Gala on May 30 at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall.


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SCHOOL NOTES Scholarships

Hope Forgus, daughter of Karen and Michael Forgus of Newtown, has accepted a Leadership Award from Xavier University. She will graduate from Miami Valley Christian Academy High School where she is active varsity tennis, varsity volleyball and performing arts. Forgus plans to major in electronic media at Xavier.

Elizabeth Rahner and Ian Bentley have each received a St. Francis Xavier scholarship from Xavier University. Rahner, daughter of Patricia Powers and David Rahner of Mount Washington, will graduate from Clark Montessori High School and plans to major in nursing at Xavier. Bentley, son of Sheena and Stephen Bentley of Newtown, will graduate from Turpin High School and plans to major in natural sciences.


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Nagel students running with new project Nagel Middle School eighth-grader Hannah Helmer needs help, as she is in the running for a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to benefit the Christmas stocking project at the YWCA Women’s Shelter in Batavia. To help Helmer win, visit Pepsi Refresh Project at m and vote. Helmer is active at her school. When she’s not involved in efforts to make a difference in the world she enjoys running. She recently joined hundreds of other runners for the Flying Pig 5K. In only her second appearance in

this event Helmer shaved a full minute off of her time and came in second among all female runners. “I was pretty happy,” she said. Helmer is on both the cross country and track teams at Nagel. She also works to improve her time with the help of a personal trainer. Running became a part of her life in the summer of 2008. “I just like it,” she said of why she runs. “It gives me something to do and I’m OK at it.” Her goal is to make the varsity cross country team at Anderson High School.

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This week in softball • Mercy beat McNicholas

9-0, May 14, in Division II Sectionals.

This week in tennis

• Anderson’s Tyler Hugenberg and Alex McConnell beat Elder’s Schroeder and Wauligman 6-2, 6-4, May 14, in the third-place finals of the Division I Sectional Tournament. They went on to lose in the first round of districts to Centerville’s Jared Lonsbury and Stuart Schneiderman. • St. Xavier’s Ryan Bandy beat St. X’s Hirsch Matani 6-1, 6-2 in singles finals of the Division I Sectional Tournament. St. X’s Jay Fovel and Bandy beat Loveland’s Streicker and Stahl 6-0, 6-0 in the second round of Division I Districts, May 20.

This week in track

• McNicholas boys placed first in the Greater Catholic League Central Championships, May 14. McNicholas’ Matt Johnson won the 800 meter in 2:03.75; Jeff Griffiths won the 1600 meter in 4:30.92; McNick won the 4x400 meter relay in 3:34.60, the 4x800 meter relay in 8:15.75; Griffiths won the 3200 meter run in 10 minutes; Mai won the shot put at 45 feet, .5 inches; Mai won the discus at 132 feet; and Rudy Schieldknecht won the pole vault at 10 feet. • McNicholas girls placed first in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League Championship Gray Central Division, May 14. McNick’s Tricia Walsh won the 100 meter in 12.99, and the 200 meter in 27.17; Lauren Clark won the 800 meter in 2:22.91, and the 1600 meter in 5:28.08; Rebecca Weisshaar won the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches; Haley Fitzpatrick won the 110 meter hurdles in 16.01; Maddie Scott won the 300 meter hurdles in 47.44; McNick won the 4x100 meter relay in 52.79, the 4x200 meter relay in 1:50.02, the 4x400 meter relay in 4:22.62 and the 4x800 meter relay in 9:31.63; Catherine Paquette won the 3200 meter run in 12:10.93; Sarah Hayes won the shot put at 32 feet, 9.5 inches, and the discus at 87 feet, 3 inches and Amanda Bradley won the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches. • McNicholas girls placed first in the Division II District Meet, May 18. McNick won the 4x800 meter relay in 10:08.09.

This week in volleyball

• McNicholas beat Roger Bacon 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 2516 in the Division II Regional semifinal, May 19.

College commitment

Turpin High School senior Ken Mason recently made a commitment to Heidelberg University to play football in the fall.

Humphries excels

Former McNick track star Cat Humphries has continued to excel in her collegiate track career at Division II Hillsdale College. The former state champion was the freshman of the year in her conference and is competing in the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 27-29 in North Carolina. She is competing in the 100-meter dash, the 200meter dash and as part of the 400-meter relay team. The three events will make her the busiest member of the team at the national meet.

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McNick rockets to district title By Mark Chalifoux

The McNicholas High School baseball team got hot at the end of the season, winning a sectional title with an 8-7 win over No. 1 seeded New Richmond May 20 and drawing a familiar foe, Tippecanoe, in the Division II District final. The Rockets got after Tippecanoe and won the district title with a 5-2 win. “We faced them in the district six years ago,” McNick baseball coach Willy Corbett said. “They were a top team in their league and were a lot like us. They have a few good pitchers and solid hitting.” The Rockets have benefited from some timely hitting. They broke the New Richmond game open with a big third inning as McNick scored six runs in the third


McNick third baseman Ryan Curran goes up high to get to a throw from the Rocket catcher May 20.


Tim Gormly puts down a bunt in the third inning of play against Clermont Northeastern in the sectional final May 20. frame. “That was the key,” Corbett said. “We had some key plays with two outs that turned a three-run inning into a six-run inning.” The team won dramatically over Roger Bacon 5-4 in extra innings May 13 in the Rockets’ first tournament game. The game featured several lead changes and several big plays at the plate and McNick won in the 12th inning. “That was as great a high school baseball game as you can have,” Corbett said. “It was as entertaining as it gets.” McNick’s offense has been carrying the load lately for the Rockets (14-14), who have now won seven of their last eight games. “We’re all kind of sharing the load and hitting the ball really well,” Corbett said. “The guys have been hitting up and down the lineup and even when they aren’t hitting they get on base. They have been aggressive in nature. We’re

not afraid to run and make things happen on the base paths.” Tim Gormly is hitting .432, Jesse Mehring is hitting .414, Craig Hyson is hitting .406 and leads the team in RBI with 30 and Ryan Curran is hitting .400. “Our top four hitters are hitting .400 and we moved Pat Fitzgerald to the four spot and he’s come along really well. Tommy Fraiz has been in the leadoff spot and keeps getting on base and that’s definitely a strength for us,” Corbett said. Gormly had three RBI against Tippecanoe and Fraiz and Fitzgerald each had a double. Hyson had three hits as well. “More importantly, we’re pitching a little better and fielding much better. We struggled defensively early and we’re making the plays now,” Corbett said. McNick turned two double plays against New Richmond. Chris Linneman has thrown the most innings for


McNicholas’s Craig Hyson gets a hit in the third inning against Clermont Northeastern May 20. the team and leads McNick with five wins. Ryan Haynes was strong against Roger Bacon and picked up the win against Tippecanoe. Haynes, the team’s top strikeout pitcher, had nine strikeouts in the win. Bobby Jubak and Andrew Lamping are two seniors who have been solid on the mound as well for McNick. Corbett said playing a tough schedule makes a “huge difference” for McNick in the tournament and battle-tested Rockets are moving on to the regional tournament. McNick’s next game is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the University of Dayton against Franklin.


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Spartans reclaim FAVC Cardinal title Turpin boys best Kings in FAVC track finals, 156-132 By Anthony Amorini

Solid senior leadership paired with the Spartans’ team depth lifted Turpin’s boys track team to a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division title this spring. Turpin bested secondplace Kings during the FAVC Cardinal Division finals, 156-132, to reclaim the league title Thursday, May 13, after Walnut Hills won the conference crown in 2009. The Spartan boys won league titles in 2007 and 2008 before the Eagles’ championship in 2009. “I think (the conference title) was really special for our seniors,” Turpin boys coach Bruce Eisenhard said. “They worked hard for it and at times it didn’t look like we would be able to put it all together.” Though inconsistency hindered the Spartans’ confidence level during the regular season, Eisenhard was

impressed with the way the Turpin boys “stepped up” when it came time for the FAVC Cardinal Division finals, he said. “I think we overachieved. I was wondering if we could pull it off at the beginning of the year but they have been such a pleasant surprise,” Eisenhard added. Turpin scored 52.5 more points in 2010 during its first-place finish at the conference finals compared to its third-place total of 103.5 points in 2009. Both Walnut Hills and second-place Kings finished ahead of the Spartans last spring. “The big things for us was the leadership of our seniors and some of the younger guys really picking it up and coming through,” Eisenhard said. “They just gelled as a group.” Senior Jeff Groene scored big points for the Spartans at the conference finals while being named as the FAVC Cardinal Division Field Athlete of the Year. Groene took first place in the shot-put with a toss of 43-foot-7 and finished second in the discus at 130foot-6. Turpin junior Andrew Flohr won FAVC Cardinal Division title in the discus at

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Redskin boys win FAVC Buckeye championship Anderson’s boys track team won its third-consecutive Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division title this spring as the Redskins finished in a first-place tie with Winton Woods, 121-121. Loveland took third place in the FAVC Buckeye Division at 102 points. In 2009, Anderson won the FAVC Buckeye Division title outright over second-place Winton Woods, 130-113. The Redskins split the title with Winton Woods in 2008. In 2010, seniors Aaron Riffle and Greg Mancz were the Redskins’ only individual FAVC Buckeye Division champions. Riffle finished first in the pole vault at 13-feet with Mancz taking first place in the shot-put at 52-foot-1.25. The Redskin boys scored big 142-foot-9. In addition to its conference champions in the throwing events, Turpin senior Chris Cooper also scored in the shot-put with a fourth-place finish at 40foot-11. “Going first and second in the disc and first and fourth in the shot helped a little bit,” Eisenhard joked. “(Groene, Flohr and Cooper)

points in distance events at the FAVC Buckeye Division finals. In the 1,600-meter run, Anderson sophomore Nick Vogele took third place at 4:38.33 with Redskin junior Jake Allspaw close behind at 4:40.54. In the 3,200, Allspaw finished in second place at 10:21.34 with Anderson freshman Casey Gallagher taking third place at 10:40.69. The Redskins also scored big points in hurdle events. Senior Kevin Hamilton finished third in the 300 hurdles at 40.07 with Anderson junior Thomas Krutka close behind in fourth place at 41.52. Krutka finished fourth in the 110 hurdles at 18.02 with Anderson sophomore Nick Burnley taking fifth place at 18.56. scored big for us.” Turpin junior Matthew Olsson also won a conference title in the field events with his first-place finish in the pole vault at 12-foot-6. In running events, Turpin was led by seniors Nicholas El-Khoury and Kevin Comerford, junior Shade Whitfield and sophomores Antony Parnigoni and Joel Neuhart.

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Whitfield took first place in the 110-meter hurdles during the FAVC Cardinal Division finals at 15.24. Neuhart finished third in the event at 15.87. Whitfield also scored with his second-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5-foot-10 at the league finals. Comerford, the anchor for Turpin’s sprint relays, teamed up with Whitfield, Neuhart and senior Alex Polivka to take first place in the 4x200 relay during the FAVC Cardinal Division finals. In the 3,200, El-Khoury scored a second-place finish at 10:20.70 with Parnigoni close behind in third place at 10:22.92. El-Khoury finished third in the 1,600 at 4:38.99 with Parnigoni taking fifth in the event at 4:43.27 during the FAVC Cardinal Division finals. “They feed off each other,” Eisenhard said of his top distance runners. “(ElKhoury) is a quiet leader, but he works hard and leads by example. He’s been that way for years. “You can’t win a league meet without depth. Kings is a good team and it took a lot to beat them,” Eisenhard said.


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May 26, 2010

Sports & recreation


Haley Fitzpatrick of McNicholas comes in first in her heat in the district track meet May 19 in New Richmond.

Local track athletes win district titles Locals across all three divisions for Ohio high school track concluded districts Saturday, May 22, with the top four individuals in each event advancing to regionals. Below is a list of district champions from the local high schools:

Division I Districts (Mason)

Girls High jump: 1, senior Erica Mudd (Anderson), 5-04.

Division II Districts

Girls 800: 1, junior Lauren Clark (McNicholas), 2:17.79. Boys 1,600: 1, senior Jeff Griffiths (McNicholas), 4:28.67. Girls 100 hurdles: 1, senior Haley Fitzpatrick (McNicholas), 15.84. Boys 4x400 relay: 1, McNicholas, 3:30.01.

Girls 4x800 relay: 1, McNicholas, 10:08.09. Boys 4x800 relay: 1, McNicholas, 8:19.91. Girls Discus: 1, junior Sarah Hayes (McNicholas), 95-06. Girls High jump: 1, sophomore Rebecca Heise (McNicholas), 5-02. Girls Shot put: 1, junior Sarah Hayes (McNicholas), 34-05.25. The Division I Regional Championships are Wednesday, May 26, and Friday, May 28, at Dayton Welcome Stadium. The Division II Regional Championships are Thursday, May 27, and Saturday, May 29, at Dayton Welcome Stadium. For a complete list of regional qualifiers, visit, www. or

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and nine Saints were named All-PAC. Uhl, has a 2.06 earned run average with a 10-1 record as he has pitched 74.1 innings and has given up 26 runs (17 earned) on 54 hits and has struck out 61. He pitched a no-hitter against Penn State University Erie - The Behrend College on April 19 and was also named first team All-PAC.

This week in baseball

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VIEWPOINTS I thought it was very interesting that Mary Trout took her anger out on the newspaper. Actually I was angry at the school district for trying something that stupid. After all the precedent had been set with CPS. The school district has a lawyer they pay to keep them out of “frivolous” lawsuits. Evidently that lawyer did not do his/her job. Or, and I think this is more the case, Forest Hills thought they could pull the wool over the community’s eyes. So I say thank you Forest Hills Journal for protecting our right to be a part of these meetings. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what the facilities proposal is; the community will have to vote on either a bond issue and/or levy to pay for it. Shame on you Forest Hills for being so secretive. Kathy Stemmer Wolfangel Road Anderson Township

Newspaper’s lawsuit against school district legitimate

Let’s see now. Mary Trout is upset that the Forest Hills School District had to pay $10,000 to the Forest Hills Journal to recover legal fees when they sued the district about holding closed meetings to discuss the future of the school district (Letter to Editor, May 12, “Filing Lawsuit Was a Waste”). Had the school district followed the Sunshine Law none of this would have happened. Meeting behind closed doors clearly violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, as Judge Steve Martin ruled in March. The actual attorney fees were $16,000, but a settlement of $10,000 was reached. Additionally, the school district was fined $500 for violating the Sunshine Law. I hardly call this a “frivolous lawsuit.” I, for one, want to know what the school district plans to do, especially in today’s economy. One of the many ideas proposed is to combine two high schools into a mega-school. This may save some money in operating costs, but then how much would a new school cost, where would it be located, and who would end up paying for those costs? Taxpayers, that’s who. And what do you do with the two high schools that will be abandoned? These are questions and discussions that the citizens of Anderson Township need to be informed about and need to discuss with officials. I applaud the Journal for taking the initiative in making these meetings open to the public as they rightfully should be. The first two meetings attracted 1,000 people. Sunshine laws protect not only the public, but the people holding the meetings. That’s a win-win situation in my opinion. Rick Helmes Rusticwood Lane Anderson Township

Lawsuit was not a waste

Thank you Forest Hills Journal for exposing the school district for its ongoing sneaky behavior. Maybe the $10,000 will teach them a lesson. I think Mary Trout should look further into some of the school district’s wasteful spending that they do and maybe she will shut her mouth on how our tax dollars






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About letters and columns We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Forest Hills Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. Please include a photo with a column submission. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: foresthills@community Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Forest Hills Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. are spent. Lets start with all of the IT employees the district let go only to outsource to a company called Vartek that costs the district half a million dollars every year regardless of whether or not they are used. Not to mention the numerous additional charges for the many, many things the district failed to incorporate into the Vartek contract they pay in addition to the $500,000. The Journal did not “wound the community”; they did their job to help those of us who work very hard for our money. The school district is in no way really trying to save money without “threats” to the community. Why not ask the administration employees to pay for their own health care like the rest of us? Let’s hope this truly is Dr. Patzwald’s last year and the board won’t pay him another “bonus” to stay on. Kay Russell Montegor Drive Anderson Township

Letter to the editor missed the point of a free press

Mary Trout’s diatribe in last week’s letter to the editor misses the point of a free press. The responsibility for the legal expense is the school board. The members of the school board closed the doors, not the press. The Forest Hills Journal opened the doors. Political elections, like the one in which Mr. O’Brien was elected, are adversarial. That adversarial process is responsible for bringing out the facts of Mr. O’Brien’s professional career and background. Ms. Trout misses these points in my opinion. She says, “the Journal has lost credibility.” I fail to follow her logic. Reduce the transaction expenses of the school board by having more savvy members. If you do not like those legal expenditures look to those who erred. Thank those who remedied the error. It probably will not occur again. Consider that expense an educational expense. I believe the paper did what it had a responsibility to do. I see the Cincinnati Enquirer filing lawsuits when some judicial proceedings have failed to be open. I greatly appreciate a free press. Keep up the great work. James. S. Danehy Roundtree Court Anderson Township




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Let’s fix only what’s broken We have a school district made up of six neighborhood elementary schools which accommodate K-6, one middle school accommodating our seventh- and eighthgraders and two high schools catering to our freshmen through seniors. We’ve been rated “Excellent” by the state since they started this rating system. So now we are faced with a financial picture that shows increasing costs and flat revenue. The solution to this problem offered by our school board is complete upheaval of a system that works, which would require spending millions upon millions of dollars. We always hear, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” right? So what is broken? Why can’t we afford to give our kids the education they need and deserve? The way that schools are funded is inadequate, and actually was found to be unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court. Additionally, the state hands down mandates for special services, such as full day kindergarten,

but no additional money to fund such programs. More work needs to be done to change what is broken: The methods by Kathleen I. which Ohio Oetgen schools are Community funded as well unfunded Press guest as mandates and columnist wasteful programs. Of course this could be a lengthy process and previous attempts have been unsuccessful. That doesn’t mean that we should tear apart our school district at the cost of a quality educational experience for the children of this community. The school board needs to put the brakes on these plans. If we need to accommodate full-day kindergarten, we can expand Nagel to house the sixthgraders, which would open up four classrooms in each of the elementary buildings. Additionally, some of the

buildings do need improvements. As a community, we need to work together to give the school district the funds they need to accomplish these things; we have to pass a levy to get us through. But, in the meantime, let’s look at the bigger picture and address what’s really broken. This community does not want consolidated schools. It’s the neighborhood elementary schools and the smaller high schools that make Forest Hills a district people choose over others and what makes Anderson Township a place people want to live. It’s what keeps our property values up and our community desirable. It works! Let’s not ruin that. Let’s look to the source of the problem and address it there. In the presentation to the community it was expressed that we can no longer sustain “business as usual.” Then let’s change the way we do business, not the configuration of a school district that is providing an “Excellent” education. Kathleen I. Oetgen lives in Anderson Township.

Emerald ash borer population growing First found in Anderson Township in May 2007 the emerald ash borer is still here and its population is growing. All corners of Anderson Township have confirmed infestations, from the Turpin area to Forest Road and in Newtown to Ivy Hills Country Club to along U.S. 52 at the Ohio River. Non-confirmed emerald ash borer infestations have been noted in the communities surrounding Anderson Township. This makes sense because the average infestation growth is about a half mile per year and it is likely that the ash borer infestation was established for a few of years even before it was found in 2007. This means that if you have an ash tree in the township it is likely infested or soon will be. The emerald ash borer is an insect that came from Asia and is attacking ash trees throughout the Midwest. This member of the beetle family attacks all native ash trees, regardless of the tree’s health.

Once an infestation occurs it kills the tree in three to five years. Several telltale signs may indicate your ash tree has Paul Drury emerald ash Community borer: • Branch Press guest dieback at the columnist top of the tree. • Vertical splits in the bark. • Sprouting on the trunk and at the base of the tree. • Scratched bark from woodpeckers feeding on the larvae. • Distinct 1/8 inch, D-shaped exit holes in the bark. • S-shaped, sawdust-packed galleries under the bark. Emerald ash borer is very difficult to detect until a tree has been infested for at least a year because the larvae feed from the top of the tree first. To verify an infestation, it is necessary to peel off the bark to look for the larvae and the gal-

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Should a U.S. Supreme Court justice have prior judicial experience? “I would think that a rational individual would respond by saying something like, ‘Isn’t that obvious?’ Likewise, the question ‘Why or why not?’ should be unnecessary. “The nine justices of the Supreme Court are appointed for life by the president currently in the White House when an opening occurs. I doubt that any ordinary human being over the age of 21 is without ideological bias, and that certainly applies to SCOTUS members. Therefore, presidents, according to their own bias, generally appoint someone they believe will help to promote their own ideological viewpoints. “These nine individuals, with lifetime appointments, have tremendous power, much greater in some ways that the 535 mem-

bers of Congress. And since all human beings are fallible, it is a given that these justices will use their positions of power to implement rulings that are consistent with their own biases. “Serving as a magistrate in our judicial system will at least give a candidate some experience in seeing both sides of issues that end up in court, even if they remain biased. “To appoint someone who has no such judicial experience to the position of SCOTUS justice is simply ludicrous. It would be akin to appointing someone with no medical experience to head the AMA.” Bill B. “The U.S. Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the law of the land. Justices need to understand all the nuances of the law and relate current questions to the precedents that have gone before.

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leries. There are treatments available, but none of them are 100 percent effective and work best as a preventative or to slow the infestation down. This means that if you have been treating your ash trees for the last couple of years, then you can continue treating with an annual inspection by an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist who will be able to judge when it is time to remove your ash tree. With questions regarding identifying ash trees on your property, contact Suzanne Clingman with Anderson Township at 688-8400. For questions, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 1888-OHIO-EAB or visit www. For questions regarding landscape tree management and pesticide recommendations, please contact your local Ohio State University Extension office. Paul Drury is assistant administrator of the Development Services Department of Anderson Township.

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Shop focuses on right roast, good beans Steve Luckman has a very precise philosophy. “I consider myself an artisan roaster,” he said. “There’s a different profile for every bean and I try to get the most out of the bean rather than a certain color.” Luckman began experimenting with his craft 15 years ago, roasting small batches of coffee for himself in a popcorn popper. After years of helping others set up their own coffee XLISA WAKELAND/STAFF shops, Luckman decided to enter the Steve Luckman checks out a batch of freshly roasted Peg Leg Jim coffee blend. business. He opened his first Luckman Coffee Company store on Beechmont Luckman Coffee Avenue in 2006 and a secCompany ond location on Clough Pike 5200 Beechmont Ave. and two years later. “It’s always been my pas- 8298 Clough Pike, Anderson sion,” he said. “If (roasting Township 231-1040 coffee) wasn’t something I Steve Luckman, owner was doing as a living, I’d still do it.” Luckman has high stanBoth locations open 5:30 dards and a traditional a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday approach to his roasting, through Friday; 6 a.m. to 4 which is done on-site at the p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Beechmont Avenue shop. With all his coffee, Luckman said he tries to make combination that bring out the full flavors of each bean. The Little Miami blend – Luckman’s house coffee – has three different beans. Luckman said the Kenyan coffee has a sweeter taste, the Sumatran coffee has hints of chocolate and caramel and the Brazilian Sweet Yellow Bourbon coffee balances the other two beans for a smooth flavor. “It’s a matter of knowing what I’m going to get from each bean (and) a good cup of coffee hits your whole mouth,” he said. Luckman roasts his own coffee and each of the nearly 20 blends are inspired by both the bean and his family. The “Dawn” breakfast blend coffee is named for his daughter-in-law and the “Sweet P” blend comes from a nickname for Luckman’s daughter. Luckman Coffee Company sells its coffee for retail or wholesale and it is also available at Whole Foods. By Lisa Wakeland. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to

THINGS TO DO Family fun

Operation Step Up Inc. is hosting Family Fun Fest from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. There is a Youth Pavilion featuring bouncing playground, face painting, threepoint shootout competition, slam dunk competition and talent showcase. Music is by Travis Porter and adult block party begins at 5 p.m. Hosted by state Rep. Alicia Reese. It is part of The 2010 Dream is Real Weekend. Admission is $29.95. Call 2328230 or visit www.dreamis


Hamilton County Park District is hosting “Featherey Fun” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Seasongood Nature Center at Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Township. Make up to three bird related crafts. It is open to ages 5-10. The cost is $2, vehicle permit is required. Call 521-7275 or visit

Fish fry

American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484 is hosting a Fish Fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, at American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave., Mount Washington. Dinner menu items include: Fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, fries, applesauce and coleslaw. Desserts, coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer are served. Carryout is available. The cost is $6 and up. Call 231-7351 or visit www.

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American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484 is hosting the Memorial Day Parade from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 31, in Mount Washington. All families, pets and friends welcome for Beechmont Avenue parade route. It is free and family friendly. Call 231-7351.

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Eileen Winter, left, former president of the Guild of Mercy Hospital Anderson, presents a check to hospital President and CEO Patti Schroer.


Guild donates money to help out hospital By Lisa Wakeland

It’s a yearly tradition that makes a big difference in people’s lives. This year, the Guild of Mercy Hospital Anderson raised more than $85,000 for the hospital on State Road and presented the check during a recent luncheon. Patti Schroer, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital Anderson, said she was very thankful for the gift and it will be essential to maintaining quality care. “What you do really enables us to fulfill our mission, which is to serve

“It’s things we feel make the patients more comfortable but is not absolutely necessary to getting better.”

Eileen Winter Former president, Guild of Mercy Hospital Anderson

the community,” she said. The majority of the money will help with updating the cancer center, Schroer said, along with buyin surgical equipment, an ultrasound machine, an endoscope, defibrillator

and stretchers. Eileen Winter, former Guild president, said the hospital supplies a “wish list” of items earlier in the year. “It’s what they would like to have, and need, but is not budgeted,” she said. “It’s things we feel make the patients more comfortable, but is not absolutely necessary to getting better.” Lois Padgett, co-president of the Guild of Mercy Hospital Anderson, said most of the funding comes from the proceeds at the hospital gift shop, completely run by volunteers, plus a few smaller fundraisers throughout the year.

Anderson library hosts used book sale The Anderson Township Library Association (ATLA) will have its 30th Used Book Sale Friday, June 25, through Sunday, June 27, at Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road in Anderson Township. Choose from an outstanding selection of individually priced fiction in all genres and nonfiction books in many subjects, including cookbooks, history, art, crafts, science and more. Bargain hunters will also find an extensive array of children’s books ranging from board books for babies and picture books for toddlers, to chapter books for grade schoolers. To mark its third decade of organizing sales of high quality, gently used books, ATLA will offer lower prices on all fiction titles. “We will not be charging higher prices for fiction books on the first day of the sale, and then reducing prices by 50 percent on the second day as we have during previous year’s sales,” said Jeanne Sheppard, book sale chair. “Instead, we’ve lowered the prices for all fiction titles. This year, our customers can enjoy low prices on both Friday and Saturday.” Books in most subjects will be on sale for around $2-$5 on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday – “Bag Day” – ATLA invites book lovers to purchase its new and improved shopping bag for $10 and fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, and more. This year’s bags are bigger and better than ever. All proceeds from the weekend’s sale will benefit special projects of the Anderson and Mount Washington branches of the Public Library of


Jeanne Shepherd, chair of this year’s 30th annual sale, helps prepare for the sale. The Anderson Township Library Association (ATLA) Used Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 25; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27. Cincinnati and Hamilton County. For more information, call 3696030. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 8

p.m. Friday, June 25; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27.

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In the Footsteps of Duveneck: Harry Shokler and E.T. Hurley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road. Oil paintings, serigraphs, dry poiont etchings, woodcuts and plates by two Art Academy students who studied under Frank Duveneck. Shockler was co-inventor of the silk-screen printmaking process known as Serigraphy. Hurley was a Rookwood Pottery designer and created more than 2,000 etchings of Cincinnati. 321-5200. O’Bryonville. Teaching Clay: Four Decades at Northern Kentucky University, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Group exhibition highlighting instructors and professors from NKU. Works by Nikki Blair, Nick Bonner, Patrick Dougherty, Ana England, Stephen Finke, Diane Fishbein, Michael Frasca, Gil Stengel, Celene Hawkins, Neal Jowaisas, Diane Kruer, Kirk Mayhew, Cheryl Pannabecker, Randall Shiroma, Keith Smith, Brenda Tarbell and Larry Watson. Free. Through June 11. 871-2529; Oakley. The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Malton Art Gallery, 3804 Edwards Road. Celebrating the life and art of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Includes early drawings, his editorial, advertising, military and book illustrations, and his secret art collection. Through June 5. 321-8614; Oakley. Change of Season, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way. Sensitive and beautiful landscape paintings by Cindy Nixon and recent acquisitions by 19th and 20th century American and European artists. Exhibit continues through May 29. Free. Through May 29. 791-7717; Fairfax. Peak and Flow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 3209 Madison Road. Solo exhibition by Fritz Chesnut. Both minimal and expressive, organic and studied, Chesnut’s paintings come from a place of both punk catharsis and intellectual rigour. Free. Through May 29. 792-9744; Oakley. In an Eastern Light: Impressions of Bhutan and India, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road Suite 500, Oils, pastels and monoprints illustrating the customs, peoples, landscape and beauty of these two countries where artists Debra Joyce Dawson and Ray Hassard explored during three different trips. Through July 30. 458-6600. Hyde Park. Handcrafted Batik Art from Uganda, Africa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Moonstone Salon, 7466 Beechmont Ave. Suite 414, Paintings provided by local artist Pamela Ramey created by Ugandan orphans who have lost one or both parents. All pieces on sale. Benefits Ugandan villages where artists reside. Free. Through June 30. 231-4300. Anderson Township.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane. Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. 946-7734. Newtown.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Beechmont Squares, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


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


Wine Tasting, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, 2734 Erie Ave. Reservations required. Presented by Awakenings Coffee. 321-2525. Hyde Park.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Rookwood Commons and Pavilion, 2669 Edmondson Road. Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Norwood.


Robert Olmstead, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. 2008 On The Same Page Winner, author discusses and signs “Far, Bright Star.” 396-8960; Norwood.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Goshorn Brothers, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Pirate’s Cove Tropical Bar and Grill, 4609 Kellogg Ave. 871-1820. East End.


Steve Barone, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike. Solo guitarist. 561-5233. Mariemont. Bob Niederriter Quartet, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. With Linda Dachtyl. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.

Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave. Dinner menu items include: fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, fries, applesauce and coleslaw. Desserts, coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer served. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484. 231-7351; Mount Washington.


Ron Purdon Quintet, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Swing music for listening and dancing. 396-8960. Norwood.


Big Fish and Friends, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, 2734 Erie Ave. Stan Hertzman plays guitar, sings and tells stories. Joined by musical friend weekly. Presented by Awakenings Coffee. 321-2525. Hyde Park.


Jonathan and Than, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $3. 531-3300. Oakley.

Happy Together Tour, 8 p.m. Free pre-show cook out for concertgoers with tickets. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave. Featuring the Grass Roots with Rob Grill, the Turtles, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Mark Lindsay and the Buckinghams. $99 four-pack, $69.50, $49.50, $29.50. 800-745-3000; Anderson Township.




The Dixie Swim Club, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Comedy. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. $17. Reservations recommended. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236. Columbia Township. F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 8


Paintings by Frank Duveneck and Circle in Gloucester, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Opening reception. Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave. With paintings by J.H. Twachtman, J.H. Sharp, Edward Potthast, L.H. Meakin, C.S. Kaelin, Dixie Selden, Emma Mendenhall, Caroline Lord, John E. Weis, Herman and Bessie Wessel, William P. Teal, George Dinckel and John Rettig. Exhibit continues through June 26. 871-5604; Hyde Park.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


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


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 4743100; Anderson Township.


Wine Tasting, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, Reservations required. 3212525. Hyde Park. Casual Friday, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Casual Friday Wine Tasting: Six for $22 with food and music. The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road. $22 for six. 871-8788; O’Bryonville. Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wines from Washington with David Pirwitz of DJP Selections. $15. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. 231-9463; Mount Washington.

Basic Truth, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Pirate’s Cove Tropical Bar and Grill, 4609 Kellogg Ave. Free. 871-1820; basictruth. East End.


Paul Otten, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $3. 531-3300. Oakley.


The Dixie Swim Club, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.


PNC Pavilion at Riverbend is hosting the Happy Together Tour Cruise In from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Enter Gate 5 off Kellogg Avenue. The event includes classic and custom cars on display, concessions, music, raffles, prizes and 1960s throwback fun. It is part of the Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour concert, which features artists from the 1960s including Micky Dolenz and The Turtles. Registration is required online for car owners. Call 562-4949 or visit


Island Afternoon at the Cove, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Pirate’s Cove Tropical Bar and Grill, 4609 Kellogg Ave. Island drinks and music with steel drums. Through Aug. 28. 871-1820. East End.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY HOLIDAY - MEMORIAL DAY Family Movie Night, 7 p.m. “Down and Derby,” a family comedy movie about a small town Pinewood Derby competition. First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills, 1674 Eight Mile Road. Free. 474-2441. Anderson Township.


Happy Together Tour Cruise In, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave. Gate 5 off Kellogg Avenue. Classic and custom cars on display, concessions, music, raffles, prizes and 1960s throwback fun. Part of Happy Together Tour concert. Registration required online for car owners. 562-4949; Anderson Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 9


Saturday Morning Functional Clay Art Class, 10 a.m.-noon, Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Learn to create one of a kind clay art. Make mugs, soap dishes, waste baskets, picture frames, toothbrush holders and more. All ages. Family friendly. $25 per project. Registration required. Through June 19. 871-2529; Oakley.


Paintings by Frank Duveneck and Circle in Gloucester, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave. With paintings by J.H. Twachtman, J.H. Sharp, Edward Potthast, L.H. Meakin, C.S. Kaelin, Dixie Selden, Emma Mendenhall, Caroline Lord, John E. Weis, Herman and Bessie Wessel, William P. Teal, George Dinckel and John Rettig. Through June 26. 871-5604; www.maryrangallery. com. Hyde Park. Handcrafted Batik Art from Uganda, Africa, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Moonstone Salon, Free. 231-4300. Anderson Township.

Moonlite Pavilion Big Band Dance, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Warbirds Big Band Dance. With the Tom Daugherty Orchestra’s “Swing Canteen” and the Swing Dancers. Intermission ceremony honoring local veterans. Prizes for best period dress. $20. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available. 232-8230; Anderson Township.


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


Tu Sabado Latino, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave. Drink specials. Reggaetron, cumbia, salsa, duranguense and merengue music. With DJ Jesse P. Ages 18 and up. $7, $5; free women until midnight. 321-0220; East End.


Basic Truth, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Pirate’s Cove Tropical Bar and Grill, Free. 871-1820; East End. Lucky & the Magic, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia ParkWay. Reggae and soul. 871-5779; Columbia Tusculum.


Big Whiskey, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $3. 531-3300. Oakley.


Featherey Fun, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Make up to three bird related crafts. Ages 5-10. $2, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Makin’ Tracks, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Children and their families can make up to three crafts and learn about the footprints animals leave behind. $2; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


The Dixie Swim Club, 2 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.


Anderson Township History Room, 1 p.m.4 p.m. History Room at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos and exhibits. Staffed by Anderson Township Historical Society members. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. Through Dec. 29. 688-8400. Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3 1


Memorial Day Parade, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mount Washington, Mount Washington, All families, pets and friends welcome for Beechmont Avenue parade route. Family friendly. Free. Presented by American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484. 231-7351. Mount Washington. Memorial Day Bell Ceremony, 11:45 a.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Reading of names of deceased veterans, three volley rifle salute and release of a wreath of remembrance from the weir on Anderson Lake. Ceremony to conclude with Taps. Rain or shine. Free. Presented by Anderson Township. 688-8400. Anderson Township.


Faux Frenchmen, 6:30 p.m. Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia ParkWay. 871-5779; Columbia Tusculum.

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Splash!, 6 a.m.-7:30 a.m. M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike. Thirty-minute, scheduled water safety lessons. YMCA certified aquatic instructors teach backyard and community pool, boating, and beach safety. Children receive introductory swim lessons. Ages 511. Free. Registration required. 474-1400. Anderson Township.


Anderson Township History Room, 6 p.m.8:45 p.m. History Room at Anderson Center, 688-8400. Anderson Township. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 2

FOOD & DRINK Grilled Cheese Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Music by Growing Sound 10 a.m. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road. Bring extras for picnic. Hot dogs and activities for children also available. $2 combo, $1 sandwich. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513; Anderson Township. LITERARY - SIGNINGS

John Erardi and Joel Luckhaupt, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Authors discuss and sign “The WireTo-Wire Reds: Sweet Lou, Nasty Boys, and the Wild Run to a World Championship.” 396-8960; Norwood.


Earth, Wind & Fire, 8 p.m. Pre-show cookout for ticketholders at Time Warner Cable Party Plaza free 6:30 p.m. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave. African-American R&B band inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The group has won several Grammy and American Music Awards. $125 fourpack, $75, $55, $37.50. 800-745-3000; Anderson Township.


The Dixie Swim Club, 4 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.


Coney Island Opening Day, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Classic rides open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Ride/pool combo ticket: $21.95, $9.95 ages 2-4, $6.95 under age 2, non-combo tickets available. 2328230; Anderson Township. S U N D A Y, M A Y 3 0



The newly renovated Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery at the Newport Aquarium will show off some of the strangest marine animals there are, such as a fish that walks and crabs with 10-feet-long legs. Pictured is a Giant Pacific octopus that will be on display in a new multi-dimensional, 360 degree, see-through aquarium. The aquarium begins extended summer hours Friday, May 28, which are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and last until Sept. 4. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $22, $15 for ages 2-12, and free for 2 and under. Visit

Family Fun Fest, noon-9 p.m. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Youth Pavilion featuring bouncing playground, face painting, threepoint shootout competition, slam dunk competition and talent showcase. Music by Travis Porter and adult block party begins at 5 p.m. Hosted by State Representative Alicia Reese. Part of The 2010 Dream is Real Weekend. Family friendly. $29.95. Presented by Operation Step Up Inc. 232-8230; Anderson Township.


The ASA Action Sports World Tour comes to Kings Island from Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31, with five of the top pro skateboarders and BMX stars from the X Games showcasing their talents with performances each day. Skateboarders Anthony Furlong and Josh Stafford and BMX riders Jay Eggleston, Koji Kraft and Jimmy Walker (pictured) will perform. The shows are free with park admission or a season pass. Visit


Some thoughts on going or not going to church We don’t go to church for God’s sake, we go for ours. Some think when we worship we’re doing God a favor. There’s also the impression we’re gaining points with God or using our attendance as a bargaining chip – “I do this for you, God, now you do something good for me!” Worshipping with those attitudes proves one thing – our spiritual life is in the childish category. God doesn’t need favors, doesn’t keep count, and doesn’t enter into quid pro quo deals, i.e. you scratch my divine back and I’ll scratch yours. God just loves us intensely. Worshipping is just one of many ways that we say with our lives, “And I love you, too!” More than clergy encourage developing the spiritual dimension of a person’s life. Psychiatrist Carl Jung reached the conclusion that

besides sexuality and aggression, there was in us a religious function of the utmost importance which we neglect at our peril. In “Modern Man In Search of a Soul,” Jung wrote: “Among all my patients in the second half of life, that is to say over 35, there has not been one whose problem in the past resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. “It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has really healed who did not regain this religious outlook.” True spiritual health programs psychological health, and vice versa. “True” is italicized because not all organized religions are healthy. Religion is, ironically, the safest place to hide from God and

become spiritually malformed. But in its healthy forms, religion is also one of the best places to find God. So, caveat emptor! Let the buyer (believer) beware. Humans are social beings. Gathering together for a common purpose in a church or temple, listening to the words of scripture, hymns, preaching and prayers gradually forms us. God’s grace is subtly present. If we’re open to it we gain personal insights into the meaning of life itself as well as our own individual lives and relationships. All this engenders understanding, serenity and a courage amidst the storms that often rage outside or inside us. When the spiritual dimension of life is undeveloped, we lack this invisible means of support. Lacking faith, the weight of our struggles and sufferings can intensify

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or overwhelm us. A minister, preaching on the need to grow spiritually, entitled his sermon it: “Faith: you can’t wait ’til you need it.” Some excuses for not attending church are the following. 1. “Look at the news, there’s just a bunch of hypocrites there.” That’s correct. A church or temple is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners. 2. “Organized religion is just a crutch to try and handle life.” Response? “And what makes you think you don’t limp?” 3. “I pray better to God by myself in nature.” That’s wonderful. But we still benefit much from the communal nature of worship. 4. “I don’t get anything out of the religious service, so who go?” Granted, some places of worship are not in touch with people’s


needs today. They offer illprepared services, mediocre music and inadequate preaching. If that’s so, try somewhere else. Your spiriFather Lou tual life is too Guntzelman important to abandon. Perspectives 5. “I’m too busy to attend church services.” Guess whose priorities are out of whack? Yes, life is too busy. But the question Jesus Christ once asked still holds true: “What does it profit you to gain the whole world and lose yourself in the process?” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Selling home might reveal true property value really didn’t feel the effect of this until I sold my home. I’m wondering about other people, (I’m speaking up) for other people,” she said. McGee said some of the homes in her neighborhood and surrounding area have actually sold for next to nothing recently and she believes its those sales that have adversely affected her home’s value.

“We’re definitely finding that values can be lower than the auditor’s assessed value because that value was done a few years ago,” said Guy Wesselkamper, a certified residential appraiser. Wesselkamper, who was not involved in McGee’s appraisal, said one local survey done by another appraiser found area home values have lost about 10 year’s

worth of appreciation. “The median value in 2000 was $129,000. It went up to $133,000, then $138,400, and it kept going up. Then it started going down, and right now we’re at $129,000 again,” he said. McGee said, “I just feel like there are other people out there that aren’t aware of what’s going on and they need to find out. They may

be planning on selling their house expecting to get one amount, and they’re not going to get it.” Fortunately, those buying McGee’s house really wanted it, even though a second appraisal also put the value at $530,000. As a result, they paid additional money to make the deal work – but McGee said she still lost money.

In addition, the county’s last mass appraisal was in 2008 – just before many values dropped. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said new county appraisals will be done next year and will take effect in January, 2012. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRCTV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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Sugar-free strawberry jam

Try this with other berries and gelatin, as well. 2 cups strawberries 1 cup cold water 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin, sugar free

Crush berries in saucepan. Add water and gelatin and mix well. Over medium heat, bring mixture to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer a few minutes. Pour into jars, let set until cool, and then cover. Store in the refrigerator for a week or frozen up to a month or so.

Homemade gourmet strawberry syrup

Try this over ice cream, pancakes or even as a flavoring for sodas and shakes. Pour some into some carbonated water or lemon soda and crushed ice for an impromptu spritzer. Again, any type of good, ripe berry can be used. Minimum cooking time is the key to freshness. You’ll get about 3 cups.

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Speed scratch strawberry crisp

Or should I call it strawberry “dump” cake? This uses the same technique for the popular “dump” cakes, where you just “dump” ingredients in a pan, layering as you go. Make this with 2 pounds frozen, unsweetened berries if you can’t get fresh. Try raspberries in here, too. 7-8 cups strawberries, caps removed 1 box, 18.25 oz, plain

yellow cake mix 2 sticks butter or margarine, cut into little pieces Whipped cream for garnish Toasted slivered almonds for garnish (optional but good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put berries in bottom of sprayed 13-by-9 baking pan. Cover with half of dry cake mix. Sprinkle half of butter over mix. Cover with rest of mix and sprinkle rest of butter pieces of top. Bake 1 hour or so until golden and crisp on top. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and a sprinkling of the toasted nuts.

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Like Frisch’s tartar sauce: For Eileen Coon, an Erlanger reader. “I’d like a homemade recipe with no preservatives,” she said.

Tips from readers

Cottage cheese pie: This is one popular pie. Most readers, including Joan Daugherty, who baked “Pie No. 3,” said it took a lot longer to bake, up to 11⁄2 hours, though it was delicious. Some of you wanted to know what kind of canned milk is in Mrs. Bauer’s recipe. My thinking is it is evaporated, not condensed. Darker sauerbraten gravy: I’m still getting tips about this, and most, including Marge Thomas of Western Hills, said to either brown it in a dry skillet on top of the stove, or put it in an ovenproof skillet and brown slowly in the oven, stirring occasionally. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is a herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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NEWSMAKERS Anderson Township resident Patricia Armstrong, interim superintendent of the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, was recently presented with the Geier Family Award for United Way Leadership at the organization’s Leaders & Legends luncheon. The award is named after several generations of the Geier family, who have provided United Way with generous gifts of time and talent, showing exemplary community leadership. The award honors a current volunteer’s outstanding service in a specific United Way

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Gayle Abbott

Gayle Abbott, 62, of California died May 12. Survived by husband, Larry G. Abbott; daughter, Kimberly (Mike) Wehrmeyer; bother, Dwight (Denise) McMullen; and grandchildren, Tyler and Bradley K. Beck. Preceded in death by father, Vincent McMullen; and mother, Helen Daniels. The family requested private services.

Lois J. Baker

Lois J. Baker, 82, of Anderson Township died May 10. Survived by son, Steve Baker; daughters, Barbara Baker and Nan-

cie Holland; grandchildren, Sandy, Angela, Joshua, Jenna and Brody; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Navia, Braden and Kylie. Preceded in death by husband, Sherwood Baker; father, Carl Anderson; and mother, Virginia Wiggins. The family requested private services.

Frances Kindel

Frances Kindel, 89, of Anderson Township died May 13. Survived by children, Michael G., John A. (Linda) Jr., Louise A. and Nancy M. Kindel; brother, Michael Degaro Jr.; grandchild, Tina M. (Michael) Donnelly; and great-grand-

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Ann W. Schlesinger

Ann W. Schlesinger, Ph.D., 69, of Anderson Township died May 12. Survived by husband, Alan P. Schlesinger, M.D.; children, Allison W. (Ross) Hendrix and Jonathan J.S. (Melanie Hart) Wood; step-children, Scott D.M.D., Craig B. (Karen), Neal R. and Mark A. (Laura) Schlesinger; siblings, Dr. Stephen (Sandy) and Phillip (Martha) Stace; grandchildren, William J. and Jackson R. Hendrix, Cidney, Jay, Heather, Zoe, Benjamin and Noah

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Incidents/investigations Assault


Jennifer D. Grote, 40, 2166 Cameron, deception to obtain dangerous drugs, May 4. Juvenile, 14, assault, May 6. Juvenile, 15, assault, May 8. Heather R. Griffin, 27, 2451 Old Ohio 32, drug abuse, paraphernalia, May 10. Guy T. Wagner, 33, 2020 Forest Crest, domestic violence, May 8. Juvenile, 16, obstructing official business, May 8. Juvenile, 17, obstructing official business, May 8. Juvenile, 16, obstructing official business, May 8. Juvenile, 15, obstructing official business, May 8. Juvenile, 17, obstructing official business, May 8. Juvenile, 16, theft, drug paraphernalia, May 8.

Adult male was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, May 6. Male juvenile was assaulted at 793 Ackley Road, May 8.


Checks taken at 2657 Newtown Road, May 4. Ten firearms taken; over $3,550 at 7290 Lawyer Road, May 10.

Criminal damage

Window broken in residence at 1001 Nimitz Lane, May 5. Door damaged at 6971 Goldengate, May 3. Doors damaged on vehicle at 2493 Concord Green, May 5.

Dangerous ordinance

Object detonated near mailbox at 1577 Pinebluff Lane, May 9.

Deception to obtain dangerous drugs

False prescription called into Walgreen’s at Beechmont Avenue, May 4.

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Domestic violence



Dennis James Fitzgerald, born 1958, theft under $300, 2120 Beechmont Ave., May 14. Stacy Philpot, born 1980, theft under $300, 2120 Beechmont Ave., May 16. Nicoles A Vargas, born 1984, theft under $300, 2120 Beechmont Ave., May 16.

At Hunley Road, May 4. At Arlington Avenue, May 8.


Female reported this offense at 2100 block of Butlers Bridge, May 10.


Lottery tickets taken from Marathon; $250 at Kellogg Avenue, May 10. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 7312 Water Point Lane, May 4. Purse taken from laundry room at New England Club; $150 cash at Beechmont Avenue, May 8. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $41 at Eight Mile Road, May 4. Wallet taken from office at Mercy Health Plex at State Road, May 7. iPod taken at Summit Elementary at Northpoint Drive, May 7. GPS unit taken at Anderson Mercy Hospital at State Road, May 8.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 7860 Stonegate, May 3.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering 4828 Sheffield Ave., May 12. 5190 Wooster Road, May 10. 5263 Wooster Road, May 13.

Grand theft

1028 Richwood Circle, May 10. 6112 Benneville St., May 7. 6509 Silverfox Drive, May 8. 6509 Silverfox Drive, May 8. 6520 Craigland Court, May 10. 700 Wilmer Ave., May 10.

Petit theft

1632 Putnam Road, May 11. 2234 Beechmont Ave., May 13.


1835 Coralberry Court, May 11.

The Community Press publishes names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contactpolice: • Anderson Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5



Shannon Glover, 33, 1808 Sutton Ave., driving under suspension, April 30. Travis Wagner, 34, 619 Elm St., drug abuse, April 30. Candice Hunter, 38, 1201 Central Ave., bench warrant, April 30. Shawn Ford, 20, 4455 Mt. Carmel, bench warrant, May 2. James Cox, 26, 8685 Ohio 32, bench warrant, May 3. James Gaynor, 34, 6221 Chandler St., driving under suspension, May 3.

commander, 825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 352-3591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. Melissa Sullivan, 25, 4525 Eastwood, driving under suspension, May 3. Anthony Williams, 49, 6618 Main St., animals running at large, May 4. John Williams, 53, 6618 Main St., animals running at large, May 4. Paul Creed, 21, 4212 Allendorf, bench warrant, May 5. Jason Davis, 28, 8654 Koszo, obstructing official business, May 6. Dustin Niehaus, 28, 582 Wards Corner, drug abuse, May 6. Walter Demmitt, 37, 1240 Jenkins, driving under suspension, May 6.

Incidents/investigations Dog bite At 6618 Main St., May 4.


7:42 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 7:45 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 11:11 a.m., Five Mile Road, back pain 11:55 a.m., Pebble Court, trouble breathing 2:22 p.m., Steamboat Drive, passenger vehicle fire 3:19 p.m., Sacred Heart Lane, medical emergency 3:20 p.m., Kellogg Avenue, person injured in a fall 5:12 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 7:49 p.m., Tree Ridge Drive, stroke 10:10 p.m., Coolidge Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive

Tuesday, April 27

5:07 a.m., Foxtrail Lane, back pain 11:23 a.m., Baytree Court, person injured in a fall 1:27 p.m., King Louis Court, sick person 2:24 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 2:44 p.m., Beechmont & Nagel, person injured in a fall 2:45 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person assaulted 3:20 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 6:09 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person injured 6:39 p.m., Columbus Avenue, abdominal pain 7:45 p.m., Interstate 275 & Five Mile,

medical emergency 7:50 p.m., Hunley Road, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury 8:32 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 9:57 p.m., Paddison Road, medical emergency

Wednesday, April 28

9:44 a.m., Pebble Court, medical alarm 11:05 a.m., Little Dry Run Road, stroke 11:37 a.m., Newtown Road, person injured 12:53 p.m., Tonopah Drive, trouble breathing 5:15 p.m., Salem Road, head injury 5:45 p.m., Pebble Court, person injured in a fall 9:05 p.m., Hilltree Drive, chest pain

Thursday, April 29

6:46 a.m., Artwood Drive, diabetic emergency 9:24 a.m., Interstate 275 Hwy, auto accident/person injured 9:58 a.m., Endovalley Drive, sick person 11:51 a.m., Candlemaker Drive, medical emergency 1:04 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 3:03 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 3:23 p.m., Five Mile Road, person injured in a fall 9:26 p.m., Woodlyn Drive, smoke detector activation, no fire - unin-

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Friday, April 30

8:32 a.m., State Road, medical emergency 11:31 a.m., State Road, chest pain 12:32 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, sick person 12:47 p.m., Asbury Road, trouble breathing 4:03 p.m., Eight Mile Road, auto accident/person struck 4:52 p.m., Pebble Court, trouble breathing 5:10 p.m., Spyglassridge Drive, trouble breathing 7:00 p.m., Voll Road, sick person 7:07 p.m., Rosetree Lane, stroke 7:34 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, diabetic emergency 8:47 p.m., Forest Road, eye injury 8:53 p.m., Ridgepoint Drive, medical emergency 10:43 p.m., Woodsedge Drive, carbon monoxide detector activation, no CO 11:04 p.m., Bishopsbridge Drive, smoke scare, odor of smoke 11:58 p.m., Salem Road, abdominal pain

Saturday, May 1

5:15 a.m., Pebble Court, false alarm or false call, other 5:15 a.m., Pebble Court, medical alarm 10:36 a.m., State Road, chest pain 5:24 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 5:51 p.m., Meadow Creek Drive, person injured in a fall 6:09 p.m., Pamela Drive, sick person 6:51 p.m., Grand Oaks Lane, animal rescue 8:58 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 10:44 p.m., Salem Road, person injured in a fall 10:50 p.m., Lawyer Road, false alarm or false call, other

Sunday, May 2

3:52 a.m., Stratton Drive, chest pain 5:42 a.m., Broadwell Road, alarm system sounded due to malfunction 7:26 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive 8:58 a.m., Markley & Dunn, passen-

ger vehicle fire 10:00 a.m., Broadwell Road, system malfunction, other 10:39 a.m., Hunley Road, person injured 2:12 p.m., Clough & Nagelwoods, auto accident/person injured 5:04 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, steam, vapor, fog or dust thought to be smoke 8:45 p.m., Royalview Court, trouble breathing 8:51 p.m., Clough Pike, sick person

Monday, May 3

4:41 a.m., Coolidge Avenue, maternity 9:35 a.m., Batavia Road, false alarm or false call, other 11:24 a.m., Pebble Court, sick person 3:59 p.m., Barnsdale Court, diabetic emergency 4:18 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, medical emergency 4:21 p.m., Five Mile Road, trouble breathing 8:12 p.m., Meadow Creek Drive, medical emergency 8:23 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured 8:44 p.m., Mt. Carmel Road, auto accident/person injured 9:20 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 9:30 p.m., Larry Joe Drive, gasoline or other flammable liquid spill 11:31 p.m., Braintree Court, public service

Tuesday, May 4

2:13 a.m., Candlemaker Drive, CO detector activation due to malfunction 9:06 a.m., Kellogg Avenue, person injured in a fall 10:00 a.m., Five Mile Road, chest pain 11:49 a.m., Northport Drive, sick person 12:00 p.m., Montchateau Drive, person injured in a fall 12:06 p.m., Riverpoint Lane, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 1:08 p.m., Old Orchard Court, person unconscious/unresponsive 1:52 p.m., Kellogg Avenue, auto accident/person injured 6:12 p.m., Verdale Drive, building fire 7:27 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident


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with injury 9:44:00, Bilby Lane, person with a laceration

Wednesday, May 5

6:52 a.m., King Louis Court, stroke 7:33 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, nonbreather/cardiac arrest 8:17 a.m., Jager Court, person injured in a fall 10:27 a.m., Ramblinghills Drive, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury 10:27 a.m., Asbury Road, person with a laceration 10:36 a.m., Asbury Road, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury 10:43 a.m., Little Harbor Drive, smoke detector activation due to malfunction 11:28 a.m., Evanor Lane, medical emergency 1:49 p.m., Five Mile Road, person injured in a fall 4:06 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person injured 7:20 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 9:47 p.m., Meadow Creek Drive, medical emergency 10:27 p.m., Knightsbridge Drive, medical emergency

Thursday, May 6

2:24 a.m., Clough & Fox Hollow, assist police or other governmental agency 8:15 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, alarm system sounded due to malfunction 9:31 a.m., Five Mile Road, person injured in a fall 11:44 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, diabetic emergency 1:05 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 2:49 p.m., Kellogg Avenue, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 3:52 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 4:54 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive 5:13 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 6:47 p.m., Salem Road, person unconscious/unresponsive 6:48 p.m., Batavia Road, person injured 8:47 p.m., Kellogg Avenue, outside

rubbish, trash or waste fire 8:57 p.m., Interstate 275 Hwy, steam, vapor, fog or dust thought to be smoke

Friday, May 7

6:57 a.m., Nordyke Road, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 9:31 a.m., Fordham Court, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 11:51 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 12:25 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 5:13 p.m., Eastborne Road, medical emergency 9:04 p.m., Pebble Court, assist back to bed 10:11 p.m., Five Mile Road, sick person

Saturday, May 8

12:14 a.m., Arlington Avenue, person assaulted 12:58 a.m., Barnsdale Court, person unconscious/unresponsive 1:10 a.m., Brookestone Avenue, power line down 11:35 a.m., Berkshire Club Drive, gas leak (natural gas or LPG) 2:52 p.m., Asbury Road, unauthorized burning 4:51 p.m., Bishopsbridge Drive, back pain 6:42 p.m., Coran Drive, person with a laceration 9:29 p.m., Clough Pike, medical emergency 10:01 p.m., Beechmont & Five Mile, maternity 11:18 p.m., Pinewell Drive, person assaulted 11:24 p.m., Pinewell Drive, medical emergency

Sunday, May 9

8:38 a.m., Duxbury Court, medical emergency 11:56 a.m., Dunwoodie Drive, person injured in a fall 12:21 p.m., Sherman Avenue, stroke 3:56 p.m., Sigma Circle, medical emergency 4:52 p.m., Pebble Court, chest pain 6:16 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury 7:54 p.m., Woodlyn Drive, arcing, shorted electrical equipment

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Bruns Lane: Traditions InvestmentsAnderson Ltd. to Carnahan Shane; $90,000. Pine Run Drive: Grand Communities Ltd. to Fischer Single Family; $113,266. 1253 Winstone Court: Hein Randall E. & Karen L. to Dreier Kent R.; $205,000. 1525 Nagel Road: Moushey Susan L. to Ornella Chris; $163,500. 2520 Teuton Court: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Mitchell Monica; $72,000. 3133 Hawkslanding Drive: Gilbreath Robert & Stephanie to Smith Tiffany L.; $383,500. 3263 Dry Run View Lane: Forstrom Tana M. Tr to Sivakumaran Ram &; $480,000. 6237 Turpin Hills Drive: Gallagher A. Stephen & Pamela D. to Fireovid John P.; $427,000. 6822 Treeridge Drive: Fredrickson Swann E. & Charles W. Vanornum to Fertitta Mark J.; $440,000. 6822 Treeridge Drive: Fredrickson

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Swann E. & Charles W. Vanornum to Fertitta Mark J.; $440,000. 6979 Turpin View Drive: Stanisic Slobodan M. & Eileen M. to Veech Michael J. &; $377,000. 6980 Paddison Road: Bugge Cynthia J. to Bac Home Loans; $50,000. 7343 Ridgepoint Drive: Schirmer Ruth E. to Sweeney Kathleen@3; $88,900. 842 Sunderland Drive: Tuttle Jeremy R. to Cook Christine; $170,500. 953 Woodlyn Drive: Kroell Eric J. to Milbern Reginald L.; $130,000.

1648 Beacon St.: Chiricosta Lawrence Tr to Fleming James C.; $170,000. 1650 Beacon St.: Chiricosta Lawrence Tr to Fleming James C.; $170,000. 1759 Marquette Ave.: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Bogner Dean M.; $62,000. 2158 Flowerwood Court: Riley Hayden A. & Alison S. to Downes Kevin J.; $169,900. 2528 Meadowmar Lane: Ellsworth Campbell Benson to Gehler Andrew C.; $226,000. 6042 Lockard Ave.: Kahal Mary S. to Blaszcyk Stanislaus J.; $119,500. 6175 Mariwood Lane: Celsor Mark Karl & Sharon Celsor Hughes to Taylor Jonathan M.; $137,000.


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An alumnus of Deer Park High School (1973), Gene lettered and excelled in football, baseball and wrestling. He served honorably and proudly in the United States Army at Ft. Orr, California; and NATO Central Command in Heidelberg, Germany. After his military service, Gene earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and a tax analyst specialist for the United States Internal Revenue Service in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Following these, Gene started his own successful tax business, Pettyjohn’s Tax Service, which he owned and operated until his death.


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