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VISIBLE Anderson Township will soon adopt a policy aimed at making its road signs more visible. Full story, A3

BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS

Forest Hills creates new position Anderson’s principal to move into the role

By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — The Forest Hills Local School District has created a new administrative position. Anderson High School Principal Diana Carter has accepted the position of district programs administrator. The school board will vote on a specific contract for the position at its Monday, June 25,

meeting. Although the contract has yet to be approved, Superintendent Dallas Jackson said the salary will be approximately the same as Carter’s Jackson salary as principal. According to Tammy Carnahan, director of human resources, Carter’s annual salary is $120,364. “Our expenditures are still anticipated to be less next year even

with the creation of this position with retirements and staffing changes,” said Jackson. Even with the approval of a recent 3.9-mill operating levy, the district has said it will still need to make $1.2 million to $1.4 million in reductions to avoid a deficit in 2014. In 2014-2015 the state will implement new content standards in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies. Jackson said whether or not the levy passed, the district still needed to prepare for these changes whether through a spe-

cific position or additional responsibilities shouldered by staff members. Jackson said a complete revision of state and district report cards and how scores are assessed is also anticipated. Jackson said he and officials from other school districts began looking at ways to prepare for these changes several months ago. In addition to responsibilities associated with implementing these changes, the district programs administrator will also look at new ways to integrate

technology into the classroom. Jackson said Forest Hills’ programs administrator could be a resource for other districts. School board members approved the job description for the position in May. “We are a near perfect match with this position for what the Ohio Department of Education is expecting school districts to be ready for in 2014-2015,” said Carnahan. The school board will meet 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the administration building, 7550 Forest Road.

Newtown continues annexation pursuit By Rob Dowdy rdowdy@communitypress.com

The Mt. Washington Community Council may seek legal action against a billboard erected at 2249 Beechmont Ave. The billboard has been a subject of controversy since it was installed in January. FILE PHOTO

Billboard issue may go to court By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

MT. WASHINGTON — The Community Council may consider legal action against a billboard installed in the business district. The billboard has been a subject of controversy in the community since it was erected in January. Board members of the Mt. Washington Community Council claimed the billboard violated a zoning regulation that specifies a sign cannot exceed the roof line of buildings in the area. City officials, who had originally approved the sign, then revoked a permit for the billboard. The 40-foot billboard, installed by Norton Outdoor Advertising, is located at 2249 Beechmont Ave. Representatives for Norton Outdoor Advertising said the billboard was in compliance with the necessary zoning regulations regarding billboards and argued that Mt. Washington officials were basing their

assessment on a different section of the zoning code. Last month the Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals voted in favor of the billboard and reversed the decision to revoke the permit. After reviewing the case, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals said in a written ruling, “the decision to revoke the permit was arbitrary, unreasonable and not supported by the preponderance of substantial, reliable and probative evidence.” Jake Williams, board president of the Mt. Washington Community Council, sent an email to Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, expressing concern about the ruling. Sittenfeld, via email, said he supports Mt. Washington Community Council’s stance on the issue. “It seems quite clear to me based on the zoning for the neighborhood’s overlay district that a massive billboard shouldn’t be allowed where it is,” he said. “I’m very disap-

pointed that the Zoning Board of Appeals didn’t see it that way. “I hope the neighborhood appeals the decision, because they’re in the right.” Williams said the rationale behind the Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision seemed vague. “When an opinion is issued there should be a direct line of understanding between (the) facts and the conclusion that is drawn,” said Williams. “The generality of (the board’s) conclusion makes it difficult to get any answers.” Williams said the board of the Mt. Washington Community Council is now considering whether to take legal action. He said legal costs associated with this are a major consideration. Council members will have an opportunity to weigh in during the Wednesday, June 20, Mt. Washington Community Council meeting. Council meets 6 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St.

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Longbourne Street resident Ken Peck said he’s sick of picking up circular ads on his driveway. Full story, A2

NEWTOWN — When it comes to annexation, Newtown Village Council is hoping the second time is the charm. During its June 12 meeting, Newtown Village Council heard a presentation from a representative from corporate law firm Keathing, Muething and Klekamp, which the village hired to continue the annexation process. Village Council voted to proceed with annexation by approving attorney fees for the firm, which will cost taxpayers between $12,000 to $14,000. The 233 acres of property the village wants to annex includes the Hamilton County Park District's Little Miami Golf Center and Bass Island Park on the south side of the Little Miami River in Anderson Township and Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, and the former Heritage Restaurant, 7664 Wooster Pike, on the north side of the river in Columbia Township. Most of the acreage Newtown is attempting to annex is owned by the Hamilton County Park District and lies in Anderson Township. The village also proposed annexation of property owned by Little Miami Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Little Miami River, and TD Management. Newtown has spent approximately $66,000 of taxpayers’ money on the annexation to this point. Councilman Mark Kobasuk, the lone councilmember to vote against continuing the process, noted the maintenance of an additional 1.7 miles of roads as well as the cost of continuing this fight as two big issues the village should continue to consider. "We're probably getting close to $80,000 on the annexation," Kobasuk said. He added that the money generated from the income tax from the businesses included in the annexation will pale in comparison to the money spent

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bringing the property into the village. Hamilton County commissioners unanimously rejected Newtown's original application for annexation of Anderson and Columbia townships' property in early March because county officials said drawings of the proposed annexation were not complete and that the county did not have materials for the village's proposal to maintain state Route 50, also known as Wooster Pike. Newtown has already approved a resolution to maintain the roads, but the county refused to sign the contract prior to voting against the annexation. During a recent public meeting on anCosby nexation, Mayor Curt Cosby stated the village's pursuit of annexation along Wooster Pike will help Newtown fight the Eastern Corridor project, Kobasuk which is constructed could run directly through village businesses and homes. Cosby said by acquiring more property, the village could enhance its position to fight off the project. "Is it a guarantee? Absolutely not," he said. Kobasuk refuted that, stating the only legal opinions on that matter come from village solicitor and two separate firms seeking village business. "I just don't see the correlation," he said. After the vote, several Columbia Township residents spoke in open forum about their concerns for the actions of Newtown. Williams Meadow Homeowners Association president Henry Purdy said township residents are concerned about "the lack of transparency" in Newtown's actions. "We will continue to push back against annexation," he said. Vol. 52 No. 11 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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Longbourne Street resident Ken Peck said he’s sick of picking up circular

ads on his driveway. Peck plans to seek the support of the Mt. Washington Community Council at its June meeting. “This is unconscionable littering all because (the)

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city codes need to be refined,” he said. Peck will make a recommendation that would restrict someone from throwing material from a moving vehicle. “You can’t throw a cigarette butt out, you can’t throw a McDonald’s bag (out),” he said. “Why can they throw out these ads?” Mt. Washington Community Council member Jim Fleming agrees that it is a potential issue. “They are very unsightly,” he said. Fleming said he has received complaints from a

Mt. Washington resident Ken Peck holds circular ads which he said have become an aesthetic nuisance in the neighborhood. Peck plans to speak at the Wednesday, June 20, Mt. Washington Community Council meeting. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Peck said the problem was especially evident after a recent Great American Cleanup. He said the ads were thrown along the street almost immediately after volunteers had finished cleaning the area. “I got to the point where I couldn’t pick them all up,” he said. Peck said he hopes with community council’s support, the city might take some sort of action. The Mt. Washington Community Council will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St.

Summerfair event draws record crowds Summerfair Cincinnati organizers brought the 45th Summerfair to a close on June 3 after seeing record-breaking crowds during the three day fair at Coney Island. Organized by Summerfair Cincinnati, a non-profit arts organization located in Anderson Township, the event attracted more than 25,000 visitors to see more than 300 exhibitors from across the country and a variety of entertainment acts. The fair serves as Summerfair Cincinnati’s primary fundraiser of the organization’s year-round support of the arts in Greater Cincinnati. Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati, said, “The volunteers and I received such positive feedback regarding the exhibits, art and overall experience of Summerfair 2012.”


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Adverse weather can affect how long traffic signs retain the ability to reflect light back to the driver. FILE PHOTO or five years ago.” Township staff would likely conduct the initial inspections visually and are required to fill out a form for every townshipowned sign noting the condition, retroreflectivity or obstructions, Shelley said. This inventory has to be kept for future sign inspections and the longterm maintenance plans. “I think this is a textbook example of the federal government telling states what to do and states issuing unfunded mandates to the local communities,” Trustee Peggy Reis said. “We want to keep people safe and use our signs

The Federal Highway Administration set a timeline for all road signs to come into compliance. By Jan. 22, 2015, all agencies must comply with retroreflectivity requirements for most traffic signs including white-on-red, such as stop signs, and black-onwhite, such as posted speed limits, regulatory signs; black-on-yellow warning signs and postmounted white-ongreen guide signs, with the exception of street name signs. By Jan. 22, 2018, all agencies must comply with the retroreflectivity requirements for overhead guide signs and all street name signs.

properly but I think we … need to use some common sense here and come up with a method to do these inspections that doesn’t cost the township a lot.” Shelley said they’re still developing the sign replacement program and it could be cheaper to replace signs more often than to conduct frequent inspections.

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ANDERSON TWP. – A knife-wielding man threatened to kill a clerk and robbed a gas station here June 11, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. at the Exxon station, 3251 Mt. Carmel Road. A man came into the station’s store and chose some items to buy, then “when the clerk rang up the items and opened the cash register, the suspect displayed a knife and told the employee to ‘Give me the money or I will kill you,’” according to police. The robber was described as a white male, about 18 years old, 5 feet tall and100 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 825-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

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Anderson Township will soon adopt a policy aimed at making its road signs more visible. The policy stems from new federal requirements that set standards for the ability of a traffic sign to reflect light back to the driver. Any government entity that accepts federal highway funds or grants tied to those funds are required to adopt the new standards and that includes Anderson Township, said Public Works Director Richard Shelley. “We have some (signs) that are deteriorating now, but we were waiting for the requirements before replacing them,” he said. “(It is) an unfunded mandate ... but in my mind they eased into it and there is plenty of time to prepare.” Officials are required to use either a reflectometer machine or conduct a visual inspection of every sign, according to the federal rules, and that must be completed by October 2014. The problem with both those methods is that the sign’s condition is subject to nature and several factors can greatly impact each sign and its replacement schedule, Shelley said. Anderson Township typically replaces all of its signs on a 10-year cycle, but he said many are knocked over or tagged with graffiti before the sign degrades. Shelley said the township might add “no outlet” placards to the end of the street names in subdivisions to cut down on the number of signs in a neighborhood. Some areas, such as Crotty Court and Bowen Street near Anderson Towne Center, might require duplicate no outlet signs because of the large volume of traffic, Shelley said. Decreasing the number of street signs would be welcome for some, and Trustee Kevin O’Brien said, “it seems like there are more road signs now than there were even four

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COLLEGE CORNER Awards

Goddard School students Jackson Napier, Macy Robinson, Avery Winters, Matthew Smith and Jackson Galus walk with Cincinnati Parks naturalist Allison Tait on the Goddard School nature trail in Anderson Township to learn about caring for the environment. THANKS TO MARK REINHART

Goddard children turn off lights for Earth ANDERSON TWP. — More than 100 children from The Goddard School in Anderson Township flipped the switch and turned off the lights recently to “step up” for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2012, students participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 380 Goddard Schools and 45,000 Goddard children across the country joined in. Throughout the week, children and teachers participated in a variety of fun activities and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives. Children created artwork and musical instruments made from recyclable materials. The week ended with a visit from Allison Tait, a local Naturalist with Cincinnati Parks at California Woods, who addressed the children on ways to care for the environment and the animals. In recognition of Earth Hour, the Goddard School turned off non-essential lighting at 10 a.m. for one hour. Children paraded through the school playing musical instruments they made from recyclable materials.

» Bridget Tully of Anderson Township recently received the Academic Excellence Award from Xavier University, given to those students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.67 or above after at least 3 full semesters at Xavier. She also received the Deans' Athletic Award, given to student-athletes who have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. » Donovan Herbert of Anderson Township recently received the Kent-Bozhidar Kantarjiev Award from Xavier University, in memory of Theodore A. Kent and presented to first-year students excelling in the study of physics. » Xavier University students Kurtis Polacek of Anderson Township recently received: the Academic Excellence Award, given to those students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.67 or above after at least 3 full semesters at Xavier; the Achieving Seniors Award, given to seniors who have participated in an NCAA Division I sport for 4 years at Xavier and maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; and the Dean’s Athletic Award, Given to studentathletes who have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. » Marietta College’s Daniel Hartman, an Anderson High

School graduate, recently received the Michael J. Conte Excellence in Leadership Award during the recently Spring Convocation.

Dean’s list

» Melissa Pearce, 2008 Turpin High School graduate, was named to the winter quarter 2012 dean's list at The Ohio State University. Pearce will graduate this spring semester and attend The Ohio State Graduate School this summer. » Gina Sanitato of Anderson Township recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Furman University. » Audrey Hamilton of Cincinnati was recently named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Brevard College. » Caleb Stephen Correll of Anderson Township was recently named to the King College dean’s list for the spring semester. » David and Elizabeth Rodriguez, both 2010 Turpin High School graduates, were recently named to the dean’s list at Ashland University. David is majoring in mathematics. Elizabeth is majoring in early childhood education. David and Elizabeth Rodriguez are the children of Alexander and Constance Rodriguez.

SCHOOL NOTES

Anderson Township Goddard School students Brody and Vaughn Reinhart show off their musical instruments made from recyclable materials during the school's Earth Hour parade. THANKS TO MARK REINHART

Goddard School students listen to Allison Tait, a naturalist for Cincinnati Parks at California Woods, discuss ways to care for the environment and animals during Step up for the Environment week. THANKS TO MARK REINHART

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Law and Ethics Team Event; Those scoring in the top 10 in Ohio are: Alyssa Brown - Restaurant Marketing; Joshua Harm Sports and Entertainment Marketing; and Matt Rosen - Quick Serve Marketing More than 1,700 marketing students competed in 38 DECA competitive events in the state competition. All the competitors took a written 100-question multiple choice test on marketing concepts and had to perform an impromptu role-play situation that dealt with either human relations problem solving, selling, promotion, economic concepts, management decision making, pricing, product development, product planning, marketing strategies, customer service problem solving or a combination of the above. DECA is an association of high school marketing students who are pursuing careers in marketing and management. DECA is co-curricular to the marketing program. Ohio DECA has 4.807 members with 144 chapters and National DECA has a total of 185,000 student members for the High School Division.

Emily Ratliff, Sarah Schave, Trinity Shaya and Olivia Sherwood. Eighth grade - Eric Collet, Griffin Dickerson, Lydia Hargrove, Jeron Heil, Carter Hilsher, Jake Kaiser, Graham Lutes, Elizabeth Maus, Thad Painter, Noah Rask, Daniel Reed, Dylan Smith and Nicole Wellington.

Freshmen - Melanie Brewster, Adam Budzynski, Jessica Deavers, Isaiah Johnson, Julia Napier and Daniel Wedig.

Thirteen Anderson High School students showed that they are among the top marketing and management students in Ohio, placing in the top 10 in their events at the statewide DECA competition. Ten of those students will move on to international competition in Salt Lake City. The students are all part of the Great Oaks Career Campuses Marketing Management and Research program at Anderson. Twenty-seven students qualified for state competition. Those who earned the right to go to international competition are: Emily Tenoever , First place/Best in State, Entrepreneurship Participating Event; Terra Martin, First place/Best in State, Food Marketing; Lydia Weigel, Second place, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan; Nick Vogele, Second place, Human Resources Management; Dan Hamilton and Sky Hannan, Second place, Financial Services Team; Julie Buschmeier, Third place, Principles of Business; Madison Batt, Third place, Principles of Marketing; and Alexandra Buchanan and Ariana Buscani, Fourth place, Business

HONOR ROLLS MIAMI VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2011-2012.

A Honor Roll First grade - Michael Heis, Collin Miller, Kristen Perry and Andrew Varney. Second grade - Jack Byrd, Cooper Davidson, Paige Kelly, Kiersten Kroger, James Nowinski, Austin Peters, Ben Plageman, LJ Pugh, Noel Ridge, Erik Ruotolo, Katie Scott, Maggie Sirotak, Anna Sklena, Jakob Surgeon and Caleb Theisens. Third grade - Benjamin Reichard Fourth grade - Hannah Barnes, Rachel Barnes, Matthew Bracken, Chase Courtney, Dayne DeArmond, Nathan Heitsman, David Hill, Max Hunkler, Aaron McCoy, Elizabeth Nowinski, Erin Preston, Abigail Scheffer, Caroline Schoenig, Will Stewart and Connor Waselenko. Fifth grade - Graeme Dickerson, Ian

Fisher, Matthew Hildeman, Ellie Hilsher, Caroline McManus, Anna Reichard and Daniel Wellington. Sixth grade - Teagan Carson, Cassidy Ficker, Payton McElfresh and Quintin Wilson. Seventh grade - Lilia Arlen, Mitchell Dalacker, Brad Grosjean, Laurel Lammrish, Nathaniel Scheffer and Elena Stenson. Eighth grade - William Babb, Tyler Ficker, Ben Huxtable, Christina Jevicky, Rachel Makoski, Adam McCoy, Lukas Moreland, Madison Pico, Isaiah Postenrieder and Bransen Vilardo.

A/B Honor Roll First grade - Tessa Akers, Mallory Binning, Joslyn Colglazier, Katie Goodman, Sarah Reuss, Rachel Reichard, Will Schultz and Garrett Sparks. Second grade - Melody Arnett, Victoria Hill, Olivia Lang, Noelle Park, Sarah Schott and Avery Stewart. Third grade - Isabella Akers, Kelsey Caner, Caroline Cassidy, Michael Col-

glazier, Emma Givens, Megan Miller, Jacob Smearsoll, Kaelyn Weddle and Jonathan Williams. Fourth grade - Sarah Barnes, Alex Byrd, Patrick Custer, Nick Huxtable, JD Reynolds, Nora Ruotolo, Rachel Sprague, Lucas Surgeon, Sidney Switzer and Sarah Wedig. Fifth grade - Matthew Binning, Alyssa Campbell, Amanda Herbert, Allison Knapp, Ashley Neumeister, Lilli Rask, Connor Ridge, Cooper Scanlon, Caleb Sklena and Andrew Wilson. Sixth grade - Max Bowman, Faith Hensel, Drew Huxtable, Trey Kline, Jud Minx, Seth Moreland, Kent Perry, Abbie Plageman, Harry Sand, Alexis Schacht, Coy Smearsoll, Lucas Smith, Dawsyn Vilardo, Cameron Waselenko and Megan Williams. Seventh grade - Shelby Britton, Mackenzie Canto, Christine Collet, Cassandra Hatfield, Rachel Herbert, Nick Hoyle, Joe Hunkler, Sam Hunkler, Max Maue, Noah Mays, Sydney McGuire, Keeler Pansing, Ally Petty, Jalin Pugh,

A Honor Roll Freshmen - Katie Park Sophomores - Zoe Bowman, Gavin Carson, Shelley Raidy and Anna Self. Juniors - Melissa Hughart, Megan Kilian, Daniel Maue, Morgan Minx and Holly Robinson. Seniors - Zachary Greves, JP Neville, Jesenia Oliveira and Sarah Spence.

Cum Laude GPA 3.0-3.49 Juniors - Rodrigo Brito, Emalie Marlar, Anna Musselman and Megan Wilson. Sophomores - Alex Ammerman, Anne Arnette, Evan Handleton, Aidan Henretty, Carley Hilsher, Cody Price, Jesse Taylor and Hayley Tucker.

Magna Cum Laude GPA 3.5-3.99 Seniors - Meredith Lim Juniors - Lauren Conklin, Melissa Hughart, Megan Kilian, Justin Schacht, Hannah Tucker and Sidney Waselenko. Sophomores - Jessica McNulty, Kathryn Moore, Alexander Neumeister and Mason Vilardo. Freshmen - Sierra Hovind, Cale Minx, Christian Schacht, Rachel Schave, Grace Simunek and Caleb Smith.

Summa Cum Laude GPA 4.0+ Seniors - Zachary Greves, JP Neville, Jesenia Oliveira and Sarah Spence. Juniors - Daniel Maue, Morgan Minx and Holly Robinson. Sophomores - Zoe Bowman, Gavin Carson, Alexander Hoyle, Shelley Raidy and Anna Self. Freshmen - Kaitlyn Park


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Adam Boyer of Turpin High School is the 2012 Forest Hills Journal Sportsman of the Year. MARK D. MOTZ/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Samantha Hardewig of Turpin High School is the 2012 Sportswoman of the Year for the Forest Hills Journal. MARK D. MOTZ/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Boyer’s moniker: Maternal push Sportsman of Year gave Spartan wings ‘Pretty Mama’ enjoys chillin’ with his chums

Hardewig named Journal’s Sportswoman of Year

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ANDERSON TWP. — Gut reaction might lead one to believe an egregious typographical error lies on the immediate horizon. Yet it is completely correct to announce somebody occasionally known as Pretty Mama won the 2012 Forest Hills Journal Sportsman of the Year award. More than 596,000 votes were cast in the Community Press and Recorder’s annual online contest this year. Pretty Mama and Male Sportsman of the Year? What’s the deal? Turns out Turpin High School senior Adam Boyer is a good sport on a lot of levels, not just athletically where he starred for the Spartan basketball squad. Inspired in part by his older brother Zach – a special education major at Miami University – Adam has been part of Turpin’s Chillin’ Chums program working closely with special needs students in the school. “I don’t remember how it started really, but one of the Down’s Syndrome kids, when he sees me in the hall he yells out ‘Hey, Pretty Mama,’” Boyer said. “It’s cool. I love those kids. They’re the only kids in the school who don’t judge, who don’t get caught up in what everyone is wearing or how they look or what music they listen to. They aren’t trying to be popular. They’re just real.” Boyer has been a real Spartan almost all of his life. Kristine Hemmelgarn married Turpin athletic director Tony Hemmelgarn when Adam was 4 years old and he’s been a fixture at Spartan sporting events ever since. (In addition to Zach and Adam, Tony and Kristine are parents to seventh-grader Ben and fifth-grader Camryn.) “It was my dream (to be a Turpin athlete) when I was little,” Boyer said. “I’d get pictures with the players and get their autographs every week. I wanted to be like those guys.” A multi-sport athlete through middle school, Boyer chose to concentrate on basketball in high school, despite some thought his talents might be better suited to the baseball diamond. “I say this as an A.D. - not as a dad - but sometimes when a kid says he only wants to play one sport, that’s code for ‘I’m just going to chill and let my natural talent carry me where I’m best and not work too hard,’” Tony Hemmelgarn said. “That wasn’t Adam. ...I thought his best sport growing up was baseball, but he followed his passion. What I saw from Adam was a kid who got every ounce out of his ability. He wasn’t the

ANDERSON TWP. — Samantha Hardewig has a confession to make. The Turpin High school senior averted her eyes and giggled nervously behind her hand as she revealed the truth. “I hated swimming when I was little,” she said. “I wouldn’t put my head under water and I cheated my way through practice with the 8-and-under team. I swam all freestyle with my head up. I never wanted to, but my mom made me go. I’ve thanked her a lot since then for making me.” The early maternal push, some recognition of her own talent and the love of her team helped Hardewig win the 2012 Forest Hills Journal Sportswoman of the Year Award. “It’s exciting. Unexpected, but exciting,” she said of the honor. “I guess (people recognize me) with winning the medley relay at districts and the breaststroke. I worked really hard at it, but I don’t know how people would see that.” Said Turpin athletic director Tony Hemmelgarn, “That’s how she is: Very humble, very appreciative. I know her uncle and had heard of this young Hardewig girl who was a pretty good swimmer in middle school. She’s been a lot more than that since she got here. If she has a bad day, I’ve never seen it. She’s good with other kids in the school, a leader by example.” The middle of George and Nancy Hardewig’s three children – Amanda is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati and Lexie is at Guardian Angels School – said she didn’t completely dedicate herself to swimming until she was about 14. “When I was younger I didn’t really work too hard at it,” she said. “I had some natural talent, I guess, but when you get to that age, once you’re in it, very few people get out of competitive swimming. I knew I would need help getting to college – I needed a scholarship - and I knew if I was going to stay in it, I had to work. “There is a 100-percent love-hate relationship with swimming sometimes. There are days you don’t want to get in the pool. My team got me through those days. They are my best friends in the world; I swam for them a lot of times when I didn’t feel like swimming for myself. It was good to have them motivate me.” Colleges like East Carolina, UC and James Madison recruited her. But Harde-

The Hemmelgarn/Boyer family includes, from left: Back row, Tony Hemmelgarn, Adam Boyer, Zach Boyer and Kristine Hemmelgarn and front, Ben Hemmelgarn, Camryn Hemmelgarn. PROVIDED

THE BOYER FILE Turpin High School senior Adam Boyer is the 2012 Forest Hills Journal Sportsman of the Year. These are a few of his favorite things: Movie - Glory Road Professional athlete - Trent Richardson Hero - Chris Bosh Song - Blow Up Book - Don’t Put Me in Coach School subject – English Dessert – Apple pie High school memory – Double-overtime basketball victory over St. Xavier TV show – Hey Arnold President – George Washington Place to visit before you die – Italy Place to be alone – basement Place to be with friends – BW3 Holiday – Thanksgiving Slang term – Totes Amusement park ride – Drop Zone Dream car - Hummer

tallest kid out there. He certainly wasn’t the fastest. But he worked hard and was a great leader on the floor.” Effort and leadership have never been an issue for Boyer, who said those are the two things that landed him in the Sportsman of the Year spotlight. “I think it’s just because I worked hard,” he said. “I don’t like to single myself out. My teammates, my coaches, they pushed me, but I think I play as hard as I can every time I step on the floor. My neighbors said they liked the way I carried myself. That was really important to me to be looked at respectfully, as somebody who did things the right way.” Boyer has the opportunity to keep competing the right way at Washington and Jefferson College, an NCAA Division III school in Washington, Penn., where he will play hoops for head coach Glenn Gutierrez and the Presidents while studying business. “But I’ll always be a Spartan,” he said.

The Hardewig family includes, from left: Sister Amanda, dad George, sister Lexie, mom Nancy and Sam. PROVIDED

THE HARDEWIG FILE Turpin High School senior Samantha Hardewig is the 2012 Forest Hills Journal Sportswoman of the Year. These are a few of her favorite things: Movie – The Avengers Professional athlete – Peyton Manning Hero – Amanda Beard Song – Pumped Up Kicks Book – The Hunger Games School subject – Art Dessert – Brownies High school memory – 200 medley relay team winning district title TV show – Pretty Little Liars President – Ronald Reagan (they share a birthday) Place to visit before you die – Africa Place to be alone – on the beach Place to be with friends – friend’s house Holiday – Christmas Slang term – Totes Amusement park ride – Vortex Dream car – Jeep with no doors

wig will turn in her Spartan maroon and gold for the Big Red of the University of Nebraska to be a scholarship swimmer for Cornhuskers coach and former U.S. Olympian Pablo Morales. “It’s kind of cool and nerve-wracking at the same time to be going so far away for school,” she said. “But I felt comfortable there. The girls on the team are some of the nicest girls I’ve met. I’m looking forward to it.” Before she leaves, Hardewig will spend this summer much as she has the past several, coaching 5- and 6-year-old swimmers at Anderson Hills Swim Club. A dozen years from now, could one of her protégés be featured in similar fashion? Possibly, but Coach Hardewig is starting small, turning conventional wisdom on its ear. “I just try to help them get their heads under water,” she said.


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$105. » Batavia High School, July 9-12. Boys are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; girls are 1:30-4 p.m. Cost is $105 for boys and $75 for girls. » Mt. Washington Rec Center, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 23-26. This camp is for boys and costs $105. A $10 coupon is available at www.cscompleteplayer.com. Camp includes league and tournament play, a summer workout packet, Complete Player T-shirt, one-on-onehalf-on-two tournament, hot shot, jersey day, guest speakers, go for it, buzzer beater, drills, a free throw shootout, 10-point game, stations, college-simulated individual workouts and awards. Points of emphasis are footwork, change of speed, mental toughness, quick first step, shooting off the screen, quick release, instilling hard work, handling pressure, having fun, finishing, moving without the ball and defensive work. Call 910-1043, or e-mail craigs425@gmail.com.

Through the course of the summer, Summit Country Day School will have about 50 day camps, academic classes and sports camps for all different ages – plus the Montessori program goes through the summer. Visit www2.summitcds.org to see full course descriptions.

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Registration for Anderson High School Summer Athletic Camps still under way include: » Boys’ soccer, July 16-19 » Speed & conditioning, July 9-12 » Volleyball, July 23-26 » Wrestling, visit www.redskinwrestling.org for details. For a registration form and more details, visit Anderson High School’s website at www.foresthills.edu/ anderson and click on “Links” found in the navigation bar on the left side of the page, under athletics select the “Athletic Summer Camp Schedule.”

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Registration is going on for three Complete Player Basketball camps conducted by Northern Kentucky University NCAA Division II All-American Craig Sanders. The camp is for players entering second through ninth grades. The camps will be at: » St. Ursula Villa, 5:30-8:30 p.m., June 25-28, for boys and girls. Cost is

The 2012 OSYSA Soccer Unlimited Soccer Camps run by Jack Hermans and Ohio South will be conducted throughout the area. Visit http://www.osysa.com /camps/ soccerunlimited.htm for complete time and pricing information. » June 25-29, Anderson and Deer Park. » July 2-6, Xavier University

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES Conference accolades

Six Thomas More College baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2012 AllPresidents' Athletic Conference baseball team by the conference's head coaches. Named to the first team was senior first baseman Andrew Thole, a McNicholas High School graduate; junior shortstop David Kennett; and junior designated hitter Ryan Darner, a Covington Catholic High

School; while sophomore second baseman Tyler Graber; sophomore third baseman Travis Miller, a St. Henry High School graduate and sophomore outfielder Cody Makin, an Elder High School graduate, were named honorable mention. Thole batted .374 as he was 55-of-147 with five home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 43 runs batted-in for a slugging percentage of .578. He also had 351 putouts with 16 assists and helped turn 31 double plays.

Full Steam ahead for local kids By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich@communitypress.com

If you’re a fan of local prep baseball, the Cincinnati Steam should provide plenty of entertainment this summer. The Steam features several players who played high school throughout Greater Cincinnati and is a part of the wooden-bat Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Other southwest Ohio teams include the Hamilton Joes, Dayton Docs and Xenia Scouts. Some locals playing for the Steam: Kyle Raleigh, LHP, Ball State: The former Oak Hills standout red-shirted and didn’t see action for Ball State this season. He earned his first letter in 2011. Mike Nastold, RHP, NKU: After being drafted in the 37th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, the Elder grad returned to NKU and had a stellar 2012 campaign. He went 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in eight starts, while striking out 24 in 37 innings pitched. Matt Williams, INF, UC: Williams returns for his second stint with the Steam after batting .244 with eight doubles, one triple and 18 RBIs a season ago. The former CHCA standout hit .241 and drove in 19 runs for the Bearcats this spring. Josh Ungerbuehler, C, Marietta College: Ungerbuehler went to work in 2012, batting .303 with 12 RBI in 20 starts for Marietta. The Roger Bacon grad helped lead Marietta to the 2011 D-III national title. Robby Sunderman, INF, Dayton: After pitching Moeller to the 2009 state title, Sunderman is trending upward at UD. As a freshman in 2011, he hit .300 while starting eight games. This past spring, Sunderman batted .296 and drove in 29 runs while posting a .383 on-base percentage. He also scored 34 runs. Daniel Rod, OF, Xavier: The

Anderson High School graduate Daniel Rod is playing for the Cincinnati Steam this summer. FILE PHOTO

former Anderson Redskin batted .279 and smacked 11 doubles while driving in 19 runs for the Musketeers this spring. Nick Priessman, OF, Eastern Illionis: A former Northwest Press Sportsman of the Year, Priessman had a stellar 2012 campaign for EIU. He batted .289 and hit five homers while knocking in 20 runs. The former Colerain standout scored 26 runs, with a .376 on-base percentage. Tim O’Conner, OF, Indiana: The Elder alum went to Indiana on a football scholarship, but redshirted the 2010 season. And joined the baseball team prior to the start of the 2011-12 academic year. He hit .250 in 23 starts this spring. Ryan Martin, LHP, Michigan State: The former Turpin product returns for his second stint with the Steam. In 2011, he was a GLSCL All-Star as he compiled a 1.88 ERA, while notching 21 strikeouts in 24 innings. Jake Madsen, 1B, Ohio: Madsen was named team captain of the Moeller squad in 2011—and when he got to college, he didn’t waste time leaving his mark. He hit .400 during a three-game series at Middle Tennessee State, and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in

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Used book sale to support libraries Summertime in Cincinnati brings back many fun and familiar routines from enjoying UDF and Graeter’s ice cream to SummerFair and swimming at Coney Island to joining the Summer Reading Program at your local branch library. Another eagerly anticipated pastime for area residents is the Anderson Township Library Association’s annual used book sale. This year’s sale is at Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road, Friday, June 22, through Sunday, June 24. The sale provides a rainbow of reading opportunities, featuring everything from newer fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books

to cookbooks, collectibles, and history books. Also included are numerous beautiful coffee table books on Tibet, China, Italy and many Katie other places Greifencamp COMMUNITY PRESS around the world, as well GUEST COLUMNIST as gently used DVDs, CDs, and other audio/ visual items. Volunteers carefully sort and organize these materials so they can be easily browsed at the sale by their various categories, which are marked by large col-

ored balloons. The dedicated volunteers have been doing this for a number of years and can be quite helpful in directing you to the right area for your particular interests. Anderson Township Library Association members work year round to collect, sort, price, and store used books and other media for their two annual used book sales. Most of these items are donated from community members who no longer have a use for them. All proceeds from the sales are used to enhance programming, collections, and services offered at both the Anderson and Mt. Washington branch libraries. So far this year, the Anderson

Anderson trustees are fighting for residents’ zoning rights In her recent guest column, Cathy Burger asked “why are the trustees spending our tax money to combat our efforts in court to protect our homes and businesses from the unwanted [Martin Marietta] mine?” The Board of Township Trustees did not file an appeal in the Martin Marietta case. All three trustees, however, recognize the importance of advocating for our local zoning process and the right of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to hear testimony and make findings of fact under the township’s zoning resolution. Voters charged the trustees with this responsibility on Nov. 3, 1987, when they passed a referendum to adopt township zoning. Is Ms. Burger suggesting that the trustees should neglect this responsibility and simply surrender the township’s zoning authority to neighboring communities or the courts? I must remind her that voters adopted township zoning to eliminate unrestrained development such as that which occurred along Beechmont Avenue after WWII and to in-

sure that they had a voice in how their community developed. It is Anderson residents who serve on the Vicky Zoning ComEarhart mission and the COMMUNITY BZA. It is PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST township zoning which enables residents and business owners to take an active role in planning for their community. In the last year alone, more than 200 individuals participated in the review and update of the township’s comprehensive plan and 41 currently serve on the Ohio Riverfront Plan steering team and more will attend hearings on that plan along the way. In fact, it is the township’s zoning authority which allowed Ms. Burger and countless others to voice their opinions regarding Martin Marietta during 22 public meetings over the course of two years. Without autonomy on zoning matters, those opportunities would more

than likely be non-existent. It is also township zoning which allows the BZA to establish conditions, including the payment of costs associated with monitoring the mine. The fee established in the Martin Marietta case equates to less than 0.3 percent of the township’s overall budget. It would cover a little more than one additional employee’s time (likely spread out over a number of different jobs) to help monitor compliance and enforce the conditions, if necessary. Despite what some may think, I can assure you that Anderson Township’s interests are very different from those of Martin Marietta. The unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees to file a brief as an appellee, not an appellant, should make that point crystal clear. The trustees are fighting for the rights of every resident and business owner within the township. Would you trust your vote to an elected official who didn’t fight for those rights? Vicky L. Earhart is the administrator of Anderson Township.

library has hosted more than 318 library programs with attendance of 9,660, and the Mt. Washington branch has hosted more than 200 events with 3,310 people in attendance. Having puppet shows, animal programs, concerts, crafts, computer instruction, and more programs help make the library a vital part of the community and a place for lifelong learning. All of these programs are free and open to the public and would not be possible without the generous financial support of this all volunteer group. Over the last 32 years ATLA has raised well over $1 million, and has been a tremendous asset

to the library as a community partner dedicated to enhancing the library experience for our community members. Sale hours for this event are Friday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 24, noon until 3 p.m. So get in the swing of summer in Cincinnati, and stop by the Anderson Township Library Association’s used book sale. Great books for a great cause: It doesn’t get any better than that! Katie Greifencamp is the manager of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Anderson Township branch.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Double-dipping an example of what is wrong

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I am sitting here amazed at the workings of the Forest Hills school district. Last fall we were presented with and approved an operating levy for the school district. My taxes have gone up quite a bit and now I read that Forest Hills Schools is considering rehiring the principal of Turpin High School after she retires. This is a practice known as double dipping. This practice will allow Ms. Johnson to collect not only a paycheck but her retirement which is also partially funded by the taxpayer. This is an example of what is wrong with our public education system and government in general. Ms Johnson if you want to retire, retire. If you want to continue to work, then work. But don't do both and screw the taxpayer.

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township.org. Trustees Peggy Reis, Russell Jackson Jr. and Kevin O’Brien; Fiscal Officer Kenneth Dietz.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question How should the United States respond to the atrocities in Syria?

“Tough question. Under the present administration, America ignored the atrocities in Iran and that nation's dictator continues making nuclear threats against American and Israel. “Then America ignored the situation in Egypt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. “However when it came to Libya, America claimed a NATO mandated no-fly zone forced us to help topple Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. That also cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. “Meanwhile America ignored the situation in Yemen that led to the overthrow of that nation's dictator and until now, has ignored the situation in Syria. After all that, America still has no clear policy for dealing with the 'Arab Spring.’ “Before taking any half-hearted action in Syria, President Obama needs to first produce a comprehensive policy for the Middle East in cooperation with our allies, if possible, and then take the

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appropriate action consistent with that policy, whatever action that may be. “But don't bet on any of this happening before the election.” R.V. “To begin with, instead of the endless political attacks on the GOP by our president, Obama should begin to focus on what is happening in Syria, and his speeches should continue to condemn what is happening under the Assad regime. “We should also put more pressure on the UN to be more aggressive in its stance toward Syria. We

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should encourage Kofi Annan, in his role as the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria to convene an international meeting with the Russians, the Chinese, and even Iran, and address what is going on in Syria with honesty and courage. “Unfortunately, as our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Vietnam) have shown, it would not be wise for us to launch a direct attack on the Assad regime, nor would we have the authority to do that. So we are relatively powerless, except in our effort to have our leaders continue to speak out, and where possible, cut off any monetary aid that is being given to either Syria or its allies.” Bill B. “Why should we respond at all? We cannot afford to try to right all the wrongs in the world, and when we try people hate us for it. “If the issue was in Canada or Mexico I could make a case for it. If Turkey, Iraq, Israel, and Jordan, countries that border them, don't see a need to respond why should we? “We have enough to worry

about at home.”

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“We have seen and experienced in the Bush administration how a U.S. unilateral intervention just leads to draining our military, physically and mentally. It also runs up enormous debt and seems to be forgotten in the long term by citizens at home. “With the administration currently winding down Afghanistan and much of the Iraq war behind us, the U.S. just doesn't have the resources to get involved in Syria.” “The Syrian situation is one that should be shocking to all of the civilized countries of this world. Therefore it needs to be a response that is sanctioned and devised through the United Nations or through NATO. “We have enough troubles at home right now and our military deserves a much-needed break. We cannot continue to try and be the saviors of police of the world. The efforts must be united with the willingness, money, and commitment of people from other countries.”

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I.P. “Yes, diplomatically. No to military action. “Why? Because we have overburdened our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are not willing to share the military burden in our country. I shudder when I see our troops returning for a third and fourth tour in those military actions. What a price we pay in shattered families and post traumatic stress cases. We should be ashamed as a country that espouses equality. “Other reasons? How about our national debt and a failure to define the national interest in this situation? How about the failure of Europe (except the UK) to adequately fund their defense forces and share more responsibility for defending our Western freedoms. “Syria is an Islamic country and Islamics, by in large, don't like us. Witness what is happening in Egypt today. Their feelings toward us seem to be best summed up by Achmed the dead terrorist: 'I keel you.’” T.J.

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A group of girls eagerly raise their hands to participate in a trick during the first Summer Shazaam at Beech Acres Park June 6.

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Magician Chris Yantek shows his empty coloring book to the crowd and asks them to add some color with the invisible crayons.

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his year’s Summer Shazaam series at Beech Acres Park kicked off with a Cincinnati Circus Co. magic show on June 6. Hundreds of children, parents and grandparents watched magician Chris Yantek perform his many tricks for the audience. The annual summer series typically precedes the popular Grilled Cheese Wednesdays. Visit www.andersonparks.com for a full schedule.

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Bode Stone, 5, left, Luke Arlinghaus, 5, Nolan Stone, 3, and Oliver Tieman, 3 watch the Cincinnati Circus Magic Show at Beech Acres Park.

Sherryl Miller watches the magic show at Beech Acres Park with her granddaughter, Eva, 2.

Magician Chris Yantek gets some help with a scarf and flag trick from three volunteers.

Zain Marshall, 3, gets temporarily distracted from the magic and points out a plane flying across the sky.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Art & Craft Classes School of Glass Story Time: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 1:30-2:15 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and create our favorite foods using safe fusedglass pieces. Ages 3-6. $18. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Unique works of favorite scenes, landmarks and haunts that make Cincinnati unique. Work by Jeff Morrow, Margot Gotoff, Jacob Pfeiffer, Kate Lackman, Ray Hassard and Cindy Nixon and others. Free. 791-7717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Ohio River Valley, Past and Present, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Dedicated to artists who celebrate beauty of the Queen City and its surrounding areas. Free. Through July 14. 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville. Chuck Marshall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave., Exhibition and sale of artist’s paintings. Through June 23. 871-5604; www.maryrangallery.com. Hyde Park.

Benefits ProKids Young Professionals Back to School Birthday Bash, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road, Includes casual five-course dinner, three drink tickets and entry into raffle. Ages 21 and up. Benefits ProKids Foster Kids. $35. Registration required. Presented by ProKids. 487-4953; www.prokids.org/pkyp. O’Bryonville.

Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Newtown.

Clubs & Organizations OutPost, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Miami Valley Christian Academy, 6830 School St., Non-denominational women’s group. Includes messages and music. Complimentary coffee and refreshments are provided. All ages. Free. Presented by OutPost. 528-1952. Newtown.

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

Garden Clubs Cincinnati African Violet Society Meeting, 7-9 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Cincinnati African Violet Society. 859-240-9057. Anderson Township.

Music - Blues Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, 8 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., $25, $20 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc. 871-6789; www.jbmpromotions.com. Mount Lookout.

Music - Concerts Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, 7-9 p.m., Parkside Christian Church, 6986 Salem Road, Sanctuary. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 861-9978; www.wguc.org/cco. Anderson Township.

Nature Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Expo at Paddlefest, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Hands-on activities, exhibits and presentations to engage children’s interest in the natural world around them. Children able to fish, paddle a raft, take a nature walk, pet animals, climb a climbing wall and learn about water safety, nutrition, renewable energy and wildlife of the Ohio River Basin. Benefits Ohio River Way. Free. Presented by

Ohio River Way. 304-3288; www.ohioriverway.org/kidsoutdoor-adventure-expo. Anderson Township.

Shopping Ladies Night Quarter Raffle for Autism, 6 p.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., CJ Survival Band. $1. 4740123; www.stonekry.org. Anderson Township.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Art & Craft Classes Introduction to Kilnformed Glass, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Introduction to wide range of kilnforming techniques. $150. Registration required. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley.

Art Exhibits We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Ohio River Valley, Past and Present, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville. Chuck Marshall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; www.maryrangallery.com. Hyde Park.

Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 14. 474-3100; www.jobsearchlearninglabs.wikidot.com. Anderson Township.

Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Newtown.

Dining Events Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Tasting Event, 3-7 p.m., The Fresh Market-Oakley, 3088 Madison Road, Sampling gourmet appetizers and desserts along with signature wines. Ages 21 and up. $4. 533-2600. Oakley.

Festivals Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival, 5 p.m.-midnight, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Music by Jake Speed and the Freddies, Tex Schramm and the Radio King Cowboys, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the Lewis Brothers and Magnolia Mountain. Music, food, beer, refreshments, outfitters and gear vendors, films, silent auction, paddling clinic, gear swap and more. Camping at Woodland Mound’s Steamboat Bend. Free. Presented by Ohio River Way. 588-6936; www.OhioRiverWay.org. Anderson Township.

Music - Bluegrass Phish Afterparty with Rumpke Mountain Boys, 8 p.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., $5. 321-0220; innercirclecincy@fuse.net. East End.

Music - Concerts Phish, 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Doors open 5:30 p.m. $60 reserved pavilion, $45 lawn; plus fees. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. Anderson Township.

Seminars Blast through the Barriers to Success, 1-4 p.m., Madison House, 2324 Madison Ave., Using neuro-linguistic programming, learn to break through road blocks and emerge with success. Ages 18 and up. $75. Presented by Future Life Now. 541-5720; www.futurelifenow.com. Hyde Park.

Summer Camp Miscellaneous Summer Enrichment Fun, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Gaines United Methodist Church, 5707 Madison Road, Weekly through Aug. 3. Reading enrichment program for children entering grades 1-6. Includes crafts, games, service projects and stories of hope. Free breakfast and lunch. Free. Presented by Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church. 271-9096; orvumc.org. Madisonville.

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The Anderson Township Library Association’s 32nd Annual Used Book Sale is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 23; and noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road. Camp Coney – Gone Fishin’ Camp, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Learn to fish on Lake Como with help of Coney staff. Learn basic techniques for catch and release, safety tips and some secrets to help catch the big one. Fishing pole and bait provided. Family friendly. $38/ $28 for passholders. Registration required. Presented by Camp Coney (Coney Island). 232-8230. Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Art & Craft Classes June Family Open House: Bud Vases, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create hanging fused-glass bud vases of your own design. Ages 5 and up. $15. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. School of Glass Kids Gallery: Birds, 1:30-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create two hanging glass birds using variety of glass materials: one to take home and one for gallery habitat. Ages 5-18. $20. Registration required. 321-0206. Oakley.

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Music - Latin Club Tequilas: Sabado Noche Movimiento, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Mix of Latin music by DJ Tavo. Ladies free before 11 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $10. 321-0220; www.innercirclecincy.com. East End.

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We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Ohio River Valley, Past and Present, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery.com. O’Bryonville. Chuck Marshall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; www.maryrangallery.com. Hyde Park.

Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 871-7297; www.ohioalleycat.org. Madisonville. Cat Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., PetSmart Oakley, 3401 Alamo Ave., Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/ Neuter Clinic. 731-9400; www.ohioalleycat.org. Oakley.

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Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Newtown.

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

Dining Events Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Tasting Event, 3-7 p.m., The Fresh Market-Oakley, $4. 5332600. Oakley. Grilling Party, 1-4 p.m., The Spice & Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmondson Road, Chef Robert Hopkins showcases hand-mixed rubs and blends perfect for grilled fruits, vegetables and assortment of meats, chicken, pork and seafood. Free. 5317000; www.spiceandtea.com. Norwood.

Education Lay Pastoral Ministry Program, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Mobilizing Parish Volunteers - a Workshop. $75. Learn about lay ministry formation in Catholic tradition. Classes, spiritual formation, cost, application process. 231-1200; www.athenaeum.edu. Mount Washington.

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

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Newtown.

Drink Tastings Tea Tasting, 1-4 p.m., The Spice & Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmondson Road, Sample from more than 30 loose teas. Free. 5317000; www.spiceandtea.com. Norwood.

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

Exhibits Miller-Leuser Log House Views, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, History Room, Lower Atrium.

Explores township history through photos, hands-on exhibits and artifacts. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. 231-2114; andersontownshiphistoricalsociety.org. Anderson Township.

Farmers Market Hyde Park Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hyde Park Square, 2643 Erie Ave., Local produce and farm goods, gourmet foods and more. Presented by Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. 561-1205; www.hydeparkfarmersmarket.com. Hyde Park.

Music - Concerts Under the Streetlamp, 8 p.m., PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Ohio Valley Wine tasting included with every ticket. Gates open 6:30 p.m. $39.50, $35, $27.50; plus fees. 800-745-3000; www.underthestreetlamp.com. Anderson Township. Yeasayer, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Experimental rock, psychedelic and pop band based in Brooklyn. $27.47. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. Oakley.

Music - Hip-Hop Showoff Sundays, 10 p.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., $5-$10; free for ladies until 11 p.m. 321-0220; innercirclecincy@fuse.net. East End.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; www.ohioalleycat.org. Madisonville. Cat Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., PetSmart Oakley, 731-9400; www.ohioalleycat.org. Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., Twelve-step group. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 231-0733. Oakley.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Art & Craft Classes School of Glass Kids: Intro to Glass Bead Making, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Also June 26. Learn to create round beads, square beads and dot beads. No experience necessary. Healthy snacks provided. Ages 11-18. $90. 321-0206. Oakley.

Art Exhibits We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax.

Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at

Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Newtown.

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

Health / Wellness Summer Blood Drive Tour, Noon-3 p.m., Hoxworth Anderson, 7715 Five Mile Road, Hoxworth Bloodmobile accepts blood donations. Donors receive free Gold Star cheese coney and Summer Blood Drive T-shirt. Double red donors receive coupon for free double decker sandwich. Free. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 2311233. Anderson Township.

Summer Camp - Arts Children’s Dance Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Spencer Township Hall, 3833 Eastern Ave., Theme: Stars on Broadway. Daily through June 29. Ages 4-8. Dance, music and art creatively built around a weekly theme with Friday performances. Family friendly. $185. Registration required. Presented by Ballet Theatre Midwest. 5202334. Columbia Tusculum. Funke Kids Summer Art Camps, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Drawing lessons, sculpture, all about clay, pottery wheel, cartooning and comic book, zoo animals, fantasy camp and more. Multiple camp packages available. Camps are Monday-Friday. Before care 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and after care 4-5:30 p.m. available. Ages 4-16. $315 whole day, $165 half-day. 406-4009; www.theartworkshopinc.net. Oakley. School of Glass Summer Camp: Space Is the Place, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Daily through June 29. Create your own planet. Using various forms of glass and techniques; planets, inhabitants and more, will begin to emerge in this new place. Ages 6-9. $295. Registration required. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com/home/ classes/parms/1/class/sog_summer_camp_space_is_the_place.html. Oakley. Camp Coney – Stage Camp Jr., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Daily through June 29. Campers lead in producing a full-length musical. Performance on Friday. Family friendly. $140/$125 for passholders. Registration required. Presented by Camp Coney (Coney Island). 232-8230. Anderson Township.

Summer Camp Religious/VBS Gold Rush Vacation Bible School, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Calvary Alliance Church, 986 Nordyke Road, Through June 29. Theme: The Old West. Mine for treasures of God’s Word. Daily crafts, games and snack time. Pre-kindergarten to sixth grade. Free. 474-4954; www.calvaryalliancechurch.org. Anderson Township.


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Simplify with homemade detergent and yeast bread The more high tech I get in my professional life, the more low tech I want to be when I’m Rita home. Like Heikenfeld mowing the RITA’S KITCHEN grass around the herb garden with an old-fashioned reel mower. I love the sound that it makes and the fact that the only energy consumption it uses is mine. I decided to make my own dry laundry detergent too, just because I like the aroma and the fact that it takes so little to clean a full load of wash. Grandson Jack was my soap “sous chef” and helped stir up a batch. You can find the ingredients at your local grocery. And do let the kids help. They’ll have fun and learn a a lesson in economics to boot.

Homemade laundry detergent

For the bar soap, traditionally this is made with Fels Naptha for regular clothes or Ivory for delicates. Use your favorite bar soap as long as it has some cleaning power. The Fels Naptha has a distinctive aroma that smells clean. The Ivory has a slight sweet aroma. Hardly any suds form, but that’s OK since clothes come out clean. Sometimes I’ll add ½ cup clear vinegar instead of fabric softener, as well. Mix together: 1 bar finely grated soap (I used my hand grater at first and then the food processor) 1¼ cups borax 1¼ cups Arm & Hammer super washing soda (not baking soda)

In my washing machine, 2-3 tablespoons works for large loads. You may need more, or perhaps less.

Bonnie Kareth’s flavorful yeast bread Bonnie, a Northern Kentucky reader, is one of those persons who, in her own quiet way, makes a big bang of a difference in people who are blessed

enough to know her. Bonnie is not only an expert seamstress, she is one heck of a good cook and excellent baker. I can say this with conviction since I was the recent happy recipient of a warm loaf of Bonnie’s freshly baked bread, personally delivered to me while I was at Natorp’s Florence store helping folks with their herb questions. Here is her recipe for a healthier wheat bread, full of flavor and a toothsome texture. Makes 2 large loaves or 3 medium loaves

1 cup whole wheat flour (Bonnie uses Kroger) 7 to 7½ cups bread flour (Bonnie uses Gold Medal Better for Bread flour) 2 envelopes rapid rise yeast (Bonnie uses Fleischmann’s) 2½ teaspoons salt 1½ cups milk 1½ cups water ¼ cup molasses ¼ cup butter

In a large bowl, combine the 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2½ cups bread flour, yeast and salt. Stir gently with a spoon to blend. Pour milk, water, molasses and butter in a saucepan and heat to 120 to 130 degrees. Using an electric mixer on low speed, gradually add this liquid to the flour mixture. Beat 2 more minutes on low. Add an additional 1 cup bread flour and beat an additional 2 minutes at medium speed. With spoon, stir in enough additional bread flour, scraping bowl occasionally, to make a soft dough. Turn out onto floured surface. Knead 8 to 9 minutes, adding additional bread flour until bread dough is smooth and elastic. Shape into large ball and cover with large buttered bowl; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove bowl and cut dough into 2 or 3 pieces, depending on how many loaves you want. With your hands, somewhat flatten each piece of dough and roll it up longwise, to form a tight log. Place seam side down and side ends tucked under, into buttered bread pans. Lightly press dough slightly into corners of pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size, about 1 hour. Bake bread at 375 de-

Bonnie Kareth's homemade bread is made with bread flour and whole wheat flour. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Rita's grandson Jack helps her mix up a batch of homemade laundry detergent. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

grees until done: About 35 to 45 minutes, if making 2 loaves About 30 to 35 minutes, if making 3 loaves When bread is done baking, turn out each loaf from bread pan onto a wire rack and allow to cool. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Anderson girl earns playwright praise The Anderson High School senior whose play “Robin Hood: A Monk’s Tale” was performed by Anderson Theatre in February has now garnered national attention for her writing skill. Beth Seeley submitted her one-act play, “Shelf Life,” to the 2012 Thespian Playworks Competition, and has been named one of their four winning finalists. The Playworks competition is sponsored every year by the Educational Theatre Association and Dramatics Magazine, and this year there were 115 entries nationwide. Don Corathers, Dramatics editor, had this to say about Beth’s play: “In a year when we had

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POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Matthew T. Neltner, 18, 2508 Concord Green, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, underage consumption, May 22. Trent Estes, 19, 9860 Delray, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, obstructing official business, underage consumption, May 20. Alex Bullis, 18, 1268 Tallberry Drive, criminal damage, May 21. Doug Schonover, 18, 2198 Flaxen Court, criminal damage, May 21. Jeremy W. Turner, 29, 2730 Ohio 222 No. 54, drug possession, paraphernalia, May 27. Thomas C. Johnson, 42, 1149 Witt Road, domestic violence, May 27. Randy L. Sturgill, 28, 105 Broadway, drug possession, paraphernalia, May 30. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, underage consumption, May 31.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Anderson Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280 » Cincinnati District 2, California and Mount Washington, Capt. Paul Broxterman, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400 » Newtown, Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280 Lawrence Mullins, 41, 106 Newlun Court, driving under suspension, June 1. Bruce W. Long, 34, 8497 Batavia Pike, open container, drug possession, June 1. Thomas M. Cook, 36, 505 High Field, theft, June 1. Juvenile, 17, resisting arrest, underage consumption, May 31.

Incidents/investigations

Assault Male was assaulted at 1149 Witt Road No. 401, May 19. Male was assaulted at O'Neal's at 8251 Beechmont, June 2. Breaking and entering Dirt bike and saw taken at 8121 Broadwell, May 29. Criminal damage Railroad car spray painted at 8200 Broadwell, April 26. Eggs thrown at vehicle at area of Woodridge at Tallberry, May

12. Door and lamp damaged at 6140 Berkinshaw, May 31. Criminal mischief Eggs thrown at residence at 1613 Clemson, May 28. Criminal trespass Trespassing on property at 7611 State Road, May 19. Domestic violence At Witt Road, May 27. Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 7169 Woodridge, June 1. Misuse of credit card Male stated card used with no authorization at 6435 Clough, May 15. Theft Clothing taken from Macy's; $634 at Beechmont Avenue,

May 23. Merchandise taken from Bigg's; $82 at Beechmont Avenue, May 19. Clothing taken from Gabriel Brothers; $74 at Beechmont Avenue, June 1. Hats and papers taken from vehicle at 8101 Beechmont, June 1.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Justin M. Sharkey, born 1993, after hours in park, 700 Tusculum Ave., May 25. Ashley S. Wald, born 1991, after hours in park, 700 Tusculum Ave., May 27. Cody Griffin, born 1992, after hours in park, 700 Tusculum

Ave., May 27. Jacob Bessey, born 1994, after hours in park, 700 Tusculum Ave., May 27. Rodney K. Howell, born 1946, aggravated menacing, 18 Waits Ave., May 31.

Incidents/investigations Assault 6763 St. Jonathan Court, May 27. Burglary 3710 Morris Place, May 30. 3712 Sachem Ave., May 30. 406 Tusculum Ave., May 30. Robbery 2040 Sutton Ave., May 25. Theft 4000 Eastern Ave., May 28. 2120 Beechmont Ave., May 29. 4 Sutton Place, May 29.

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DEATHS John B. Caito, 99, of Mount Washington died June 6. Survived by son, Philip (Katherine) Caito; grandchildren Lisa (Duncan) Ingraham and Cynthia Buchanan; and great-grandchildren Nathan, Nicholas, Duncan Ingraham, Robert and Jacob Buchanan. Preceded in death by wife, Ethel Caito; father, Thomas Caito; and mother, Anna Volper. Services were June 12 at Guardian Angels Church, Mount Washington.

Christine Devine

Christine Devine, 96, of Mount Washington died June 11. Survived by children Dennis (Judy), Terry (Joann), Kevin and Barry (Joanne) Devine; siblings Barbara (Dale) Davis, Roger (Jeannine) and Dick Pfeffer; 13 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Mark Devine; father, Louis Pfeffer; and mother, Helen Collins. Services were June 14 at St. Rose Church, Cincinnati.

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derson Township died June 9. Survived by husband, Robert C. Frame; sons Jay (Carol) and Thomas (Ann Marie) Frame; and grandchild, Shawn Packer. Preceded in death by father, Ezra Z. Gieringer; and mother, Mayme Markland. There were no services.

Helen I. Rayburn

Helen I. Rayburn, 90, of Anderson Township died June 3. Survived by children Bobbie (Dwane) Parker, Jerry (Janet) and Frank (late Joyce) Rayburn; sister, Geraldine (Ed) Bryan; nine grandchildren; and nine great-

grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Baxter H. Rayburn; father, Elijah A. Arnold; and mother, Ginny Mae Coward. Services were June 9 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Barbara I. Ryder

Barbara I. Ryder, 84, of Anderson Township died May 28. Survived by husband of 64 years, Harold Ryder; children Susan Flynn, Nicholas (Diane) Ryder, Mary (Ronald) Strack and Jane (Jeffrey) Hodges; sister, Pamela Pinner; grandchildren

Christopher, Michelle, Justin, Teresa, Ronnie, David and Jessica; and seven great-grandchildren Preceded in death by father,

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