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Fire damages store

ANDERSON TWP. – Fire damaged the Newtown Farm Market, 3950 Round Bottom Road, in Anderson Township, Sept. 27. No one was injured in the 10:40 p.m. blaze and the business will remain closed while officials with the Hamilton County health and building departments work with operators to configure new entrances and exits, and assist with cleanup, said Anderson Township Assistant Fire Chief Craig Best. FULL STORY, A2

Dog is a star

Kindergarten teacher Jen Ferone’s students always enjoyed it when she told stories in class about her dog, Riley. “They would always ask me, ‘How’s Riley today?’” the Anderson Township woman said. To incorporate her dog in the learning process, she wrote two educational books using photographs of Riley. FULL STORY, A5

Tavern to reopen

ANDERSON TWP. – O’Neal’s Tavern is coming back to Anderson Township. Owner Jim Shank plans to reopen the bar, formerly in the Anderson Towne Center, in part of the former Ace Hardware location, 8251 Beechmont Ave. The new location will have many of the same features local bands, pool tables and arcade games - but the former loading dock will become an outdoor patio with tables, chairs and cornhole, he said. FULL STORY, A4

Make a difference

MT. WASHINGTON – The Mt. Washington Service League is ready to make a difference with its final community cleanup of the year. As part of Make a Difference Day the Service League will sponsor a cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22. Volunteers should meet at the New York New York Fresh Deli, 2210 Beechmont Ave. FULL STORY, A3

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New development planned

Anderson Twp. OKs idea for restaurants, bank, offices By Lisa Wakeland

ANDERSON TWP. – A vacant site at the southwest corner of Beechmont Avenue and Asbury Road may soon have three new restaurants, a bank and a medical office building. The Anderson Township Zoning Commission recently approved adjusting the planned unit development, a special zoning certificate and variances for the proposed mixed-use development. It is the site of a former bowling alley and used-car dealership. Elevation drawings presented at the Zoning Commission meeting show a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and a First Financial Bank as part of the development, but Bill Davin with DW Real Estate Holdings declined to comment on committed or potential tenants. No other businesses were portrayed for the other multitenant restaurant building or the medical office building. “We would be delighted to have this new complex as opposed to the weeds growing where the bowling alley used to be,” said Bruce Anderson, who owns the Asbury Woods apartments adjacent to the site. “We’re thrilled to have this (and) I hope this one gets done. I’m real pleased with the whole concept.” Part of the conditions for the development include landscape


The Anderson Township Zoning Commission approved a planned unit development for this vacant site on the corner of Beechmont Avenue and Asbury Road. The 5.2-acre site will include a bank, three restaurants and a medical office building. buffers and a cross-access driveway to the Festival Market plaza, where Panera Bread and Kunkel Pharmacy are located. Since the buildings, with the exception of the medical offices, will be close to Beechmont Avenue, the cross-access drive

will be toward the back of the property, said township Planning and Zoning Technician Melissa Hays. There also will be reduced curb cuts on Beechmont Avenue, with a right-turn-only entrance and exit. Another access point will be

located along Asbury Road. The stairs that connect the Asbury Woods property and this development will be maintained as a pedestrian path. Get Anderson Township updates by signing up for our email newsletter at

McNick field upgrades a sticking point By Forrest Sellers

“Installation of the stands will set a footprint.”

MT. WASHINGTON – Lighting and future enhancements remain a point of contention for some neighbors of McNicholas High School’s Project Paradise athletic field. During a city of Cincinnati zoning hearing Wednesday, McNicholas High School and a representative for the adjacent neighbors resumed discussions. The school seeks conditional use approval by the city to add bleachers, which would seat 2,050 people and a press box. The plan has been a subject of controversy in recent months due to noise and traffic concerns. Richard Paolo, an attorney representing McNicholas High School, said a number of these issues have been addressed. Paolo said Guardian Angels School will provide additional parking, and police will assist with traffic control when needed. He said 65 additional 6-foot

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Neighbors and McNicholas High School representatives gather for a zoning hearing to discuss upgrades to the Project Paradise athletic field. evergreen trees will be planted and privacy fencing will be installed to provide buffering. Paolo said the school will not rent the athletic field to outside users, and the school would follow noise ordinance guidelines enforced by the city. “This version of the plan does not include field lighting,” he said.

He said lighting is not a part of the school’s future master plan, adding that until additional funds are available it would not be a consideration. Scott Fratianne, who spoke on behalf of some Spindlewick Lane residents and others who have had concerns about the project, said the neighbors and school

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have reached a compromise on a number of the conditions. However, he said concerns remain about what may happen in the future. “Installation of the stands will set a footprint,” he said. Fratianne said with “a piecemeal approach to development in future phases it becomes challenging to insure properties are protected.” Denver Stanfield, who is a cochairman of the Project Paradise Committee, said upgrades to the plaza and parking lot improvements are a higher priority than adding lighting. The zoning hearing examiner is expected to make a decision on the conditional use request by Monday, Oct. 10. For more about your community, visit

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Fire strikes Newtown Farm Market office space Gannett News Service ANDERSON TWP. – Fire damaged the Newtown Farm Market, 3950 Round Bottom Road, in Anderson Township, Sept. 27. No one was injured in the 10:40 p.m. blaze and the business will remain closed while officials with the Hamilton County health and building departments work

with operators to configure new entrances and exits, and assist with cleanup, said Anderson Township Assistant Fire Chief Craig Best. Fire crews returning from another fire run noticed smoke and responded to the fire before it spread to the rest of the building. They battled the blaze for several

Short named to Council By Rob Dowdy

NEWTOWN – Chuck Short was hoping to take a seat on the Newtown Village Council in November, but he got his wish a few weeks early. During the council’s Sept. 27 meeting, Mayor Curt Cosby swore Short in to council, where he takes the seat vacated by Doug Evans,


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who cited numerous potential conflicts of interest when he stepped down during council’s Sept. 13 meeting. Short, who is on the ballot for November, said he was “very pleased” to be named to replace Evans. “I can stand up and be the voice of the people,” Short said. “It’s all about the village.” He said he plans to hit the ground running and get a head start on the numerous issues facing the village. Newtown is currently deciding what to do with the fire station, which will revert back to the village once the Little Miami Fire and Rescue District moves into its new location on Main Street.

hours before clearing the scene shortly before 2 a.m. Most of the damage was contained to the office, attic and roof. The store itself, which offers homegrown produce such as corn and tomatoes as well as frozen custard and fresh deli meats and cheeses, did not burn. “Down there it may have been

20, 30 minutes before somebody noticed it and the fire would have been through the roof,” Best said. Firefighters also managed to save the store mascot, Holly, a 5year-old talking green parrot. The popular bird was in her cage in the left part of the store when flames broke out. “The guys got her out right

away because smoke is really deadly for birds. It was a great concern of the owners that we save the parrot. She is fine,” Best said. “It was kind of a neat thing that this bird has really influenced a lot of people to come down and shop.” A damage estimate was not available. The cause remains under investigation.

Village seeking help for plans By Rob Dowdy

NEWTOWN – Village Council recently voted to move the discussion of where village offices and the police station should be located out of committee. Council also agreed to seek outside help to determine the feasibility of operating two aging buildings for the administration offices and the Newtown Police Department headquarters. During the Sept. 27 meeting, council voted to request proposals to hire an engineer to assess the current fire station, which the village will retain once the

Little Miami Fire and Rescue District moves to its new fire house at 7036 Main St. Village council is grappling with two options for the building. It could become the new village administration building or the new police department location. The village is also dealing with the best use of a $300,000 Native American Artifacts grant it received from the Ohio Facilities Commission. The grant will be used to display the village’s artifacts, which are currently stored in the basement of the administration building. Allen Freeman, consultant for the village, said when Newtown applied for the artifacts grant the application requested $1.5 million for a stand-alone building to house the village’s Native American artifacts. The commission approved the application, but for $300,000, which changed the village’s original plans. Councilman Mark Kobasuk said going through the

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After being sworn in during the Newtown Village Council, Chuck Short took a seat on council for the remainder of the meeting. Short was appointed to council after Doug Evans resigned approximately two weeks ago. bidding process in order to have an engineer assess the fire station, which was built in 1841, is vital in order to make sure the village can afford all the renovations, and that the building won’t cost the village too much to maintain in upcoming


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years. "I want to make sure we're doing the right thing," he said. John Russell, former mayor and member of the village’s Long-term Longrange Building Committee, addressed council during the meeting and said that constructing a new village administration building would be cost-prohibitive, stating it would cost between $1 million and $2 million to build. Russell said it would likely cost between $700,000 and $800,000 to renovate the two buildings the village currently owns. Mayor Curt Cosby said the village can’t take too much time deciding what to do if it wants to keep the $300,000 artifacts grant. If the village passes on the grant, he said, Newtown won’t be able to build a new structure and won’t be able to make many of the renovations required to operate the two buildings. For more about your community, visit www.

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Pick up trash, make a difference in Mt. Washington By Forrest Sellers

MT. WASHINGTON – The Mt. Washington Service League is ready to make a difference with its final community cleanup of the year. As part of Make a Difference Day the Service League will sponsor a cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22. Volunteers should meet at the New York New York Fresh Deli, 2210 Beechmont Ave. “We’re just trying to keep our neighborhoods clean and engage the community in volunteerism,” said Ryan Doan, head of the Service League and a board

member on the Mt. Washington Community Council. Although this is the Service League’s sixth event and second community clean up, it’s the first time an event has been centered around Make a Difference Day. Doan said previous gatherings have attracted about 50 participants. He is hoping double that number will attend the upcoming event. Gloves, trash bags, Tshirts bottled water and other items left over from the Great American Cleanup last spring will be available. The cleanup will focus on the business district, Stan-

bery Park and Mt. Washington Cemetery. “I really think people can see the difference in the streets,” said Doan. “People like the idea of working together on common projects for the good of everyone.” Although no other fall events are planned by the Service League, Doan said the organization will collect canned good donations at the beginning of the Mt. Washington Community Council meetings in October. The canned goods will be donated to a local pantry. The Mt. Washington Community Council meets 7

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O’Neal’s Tavern plans to re-open this month By Lisa Wakeland

ANDERSON TWP. – O’Neal’s Tavern is coming back to Anderson Township. Owner Jim Shank plans to reopen the bar, formerly in the Anderson Towne Center, in part of the former Ace Hardware location, 8251 Beechmont Ave. The new location will have many of the same fea-




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Owner Jim Shank, right, and bar manager Adam Blevins discuss progress on the new location of O’Neal’s Tavern, 8251 Beechmont Ave., slated to open in mid-October. Avenue to do the same. “It’s fun and nice to see some progress (on the construction),” Blevins said, adding that it will have a similar look and feel to the former location. O’Neal’s planned to open earlier this year, but there were setbacks with obtaining a liquor license. The Anderson Township Board

of Trustees initially objected to the liquor license in April, citing violations of the state indoor smoking ban the bar accrued during a two-year period as part of the reason for the objection. The trustees later withdrew the objection and approved the liquor license in September. Shank previously said he

closed the Anderson Towne Center location in 2010 after a dispute with the landlord about creating an outdoor space, not because of the smoking ban violations. Get Anderson Township updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter at andersontownship.

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Anderson Township author Nadine Woodard Huffman and Anderson Township illustrator Marilyn M. Lebhar will sign copies of their new book, “A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas” 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Graeter’s, 8533 Beechmont Ave., Ander-

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Three benefit events for Cincinnati Police Department Sgt. Ron Schaeper, of Anderson Township, will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 8. Run for Ron is a 5K run/walk at Lunken Airport. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for the run and a T-shirt! Golf for Ron is an 18hole scramble at Reeves Golf Course at Lunken Airport. The $80 cost covers golf, a cart, lunch, and a Tshirt. The event starts at 1:30 p.m. and starting assignments will be made at 1 p.m. Maximum of 100 golfers. Registration must be confirmed by Oct. 5. Oak Tavern for Ron will be an evening of laughs and friendship at the Oak Tavern, 3089 Madison Road. There will be a cash bar and menu. Activities include T-shirts available for sale, a pass the hat for Ron (probably more than once), a split the pot and possibly a silent auction. For further information or questions, email Bill Nastold at nastybill@yahoo. com or call 703-2399. Schaeper was critically injured early Aug. 16 on Columbia Parkway near Delta Avenue in Columbia Tusculum when another vehicle crossed the center line and slammed head-on into his.

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Goshen school teacher Jen Ferone, Anderson Township, used photographs of her dog, Riley, in two children’s books she wrote.

Anderson Twp. dog is star of children’s books By John Seney

Marr/Cook Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jen Ferone’s students always enjoyed it when she told stories in class about her dog, Riley. “They would always ask me, ‘How’s Riley today?’” the Anderson Township woman said. To incorporate her dog in the learning process, she wrote two educational books using photographs of Riley. The first book is “Number Fun With Riley,” published in August by That was followed with “Alphabet Fun With Riley,” published in September by Photographer Janine Spang of Anderson Township took the photos of Riley for the books. “I wrote the books because I love using Riley in the classroom,” Ferone said. She bought some of the books herself and brought them in for her students to use with their lessons. “I will read the books to them,” she said. “It helps them with counting and letter recognition.” The books use photographs of Riley to illustrate different numbers and letters of the alphabet. For instance, for the letter “A,”

there is a photo of Riley with an apple taped to her head. Spang said Riley was easy to work with during the photo shoots. “She tolerated everything,” Spang said. “Riley is a wonderful dog. She is incredibly smart and attentive.” Ferone has given copies of the books to all the other kindergarten teachers at Marr/Cook to use in their classrooms. She also gave copies to the school library. Kim Haas, a kindergarten teacher at Marr/Cook, said she already has used one of Ferone’s books in her class. “My kids loved it,” Haas said. “I used it as part of a math lesson. The kids found it very engaging.” Ferone has taught at Goshen schools for 14 years, the last six as a kindergarten teacher at Marr/Cook. Before moving over to Marr/Cook, she taught eighthgrade at Goshen Middle School. She prefers the younger students. “I love kindergarten,” she said. For more information or to order the books, see or The books also can be ordered at For more about your community, visit


Ursuline Academy student Lisa Uebel, of Mt. Washington, was recently named an National AP Scholar with Distinction. AP Scholar Awards are given to students who excelled on AP exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 mil-

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Two Wilson Elem. students begin American leadership Max Egan and Lena Bauer, sixth-graders at Wilson Elementary School, recently attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.. They were among a select group of high-achieving fifth- and sixth-grade students from around the country that were nominated for this event that introduced them to American leadership and history as they have never experienced it before. The conference was hosted by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, an independent, educational organization with members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives on its honorary, bipartisan advisory board. Since 1985, the council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full potential. The two students were nominated by their teacher, Wendy Teismann, who recognized them as outstanding individuals who have achieved academic excellence and possess strong leadership potential. Teismann is the extended learning opportunities teacher at Wilson Elementary. Egan and Bauer say they are very grateful to have a teacher like Teismann that is not only an excellent teacher, but seeks out these amazing learning opportunities for her students. Egan is the son of Travis and Jennifer Egan, and brother of Kily, 10, and Finn, 4. Egan was a member of the student council and participated in chorus last year at Wilson.


Max Egan and Lena Bauer, sixth-graders at Wilson Elementary School, attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., from July 31 to Aug. 5. Egan also had the opportunity to participate in the recent Anderson High School theater production of “The Secret Garden.” Outside of school Max plays tennis at the Beechmont Racquet Club and plays for the Beechmont Soccer Club. Bauer is the daughter of Jerry and Melinda Bauer, and sister of Kelsey, 9, and Keith, 5. Bauer plays the violin in the school orchestra and is also involved in chorus. Outside of school Bauer is involved in the Big Forest Nation through the YMCA and she practices Taekwondo at the Cincinnati Taekwondo Center. During this experience, the pair visited national memorials and museums, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and participated in

an overnight trip to the Maryland Science Center. Through leadership focus groups and field study experiences they discovered the important role of leadership throughout history. They have both been invited to return next year to the conference that takes place in Boston for alumni. Bauer said the experience “was one of the best weeks of her life.” She met many new friends from all over the country and learned so much more about character, communication, respect, problem solving, and teamwork. Egan said the conference “was an experience that he would never have thought he would be a part of. I met awesome new friends and especially loved the overnight experience at the Maryland Science Center.”


Fresh faces

Immaculate Heart of Mary School introduces four new staff members: first grade teacher Carrie Ell, Rebecca Curran, Julie Shore and Kathy Scheidler. Eli is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience in pre-school and first grade. Curran is joining our staff as a part time art teacher. She will be responsible for art in grades one through four. She has recently been teaching at Bishop Leibold School in Dayton. Curran is also teaching at Guardian Angels. Shore is our new gifted education specialist who will have her classes in the new modular dedicated to our gifted program. Shore will service our gifted students in grades three through eight. Scheidler is our new school psychologist.

New members of St. Ursula honor society St. Ursula Academy has inducted 113 new members of the Merician Chapter of the National Honor Society. To earn this honor, these young women have demonstrated exemplary scholarship, leadership, service and character. They were inducted into the honor society at a ceremony in the Harold C. Schott Gymnasium and Convocation Center Aug. 28. St. Ursula educator Marti Butz, the honor society moderator, planned the ceremony. Inducted from Anderson Town-

ship were: Katherine Alban; Cara Anderson; Caroline Baumgartner; Katie Clifford; Grace Costello; Katherine Curoe; Mary Dorr; Samantha Dunker; Kaitlyn Ferrara; Sarah Goldrainer; Abby Heyd; Mackenzie Himmelbauer; Maria Hopkins; Lauren Huber; Gina Hurst;

Bridget Johnston; Christy Kammerer; Kathryn Kehres; Margaret Kent; Kathryn Marcellus; Katharine Moore; Ashley Peterson; Kathryn Pettit; Caroline Ryan; Jessie Simmons; Christine Sowar; Liza Stanislaw; Chelsea Sullivan; Emily Sullivan; and Meta Wellman.


Carmen Elizabeth Quatman, daughter of Jim and Terri Quatman of Loveland and an Anderson High School graduate, graduated from Toledo University with a doctorate of medicine and doctorate of philosophy in biomedical sciences, June 5. Quatman began the combined MD/PH.D. program in August 2004. In June of 2009 she earned her Ph..D in biomedical sciences. She is now a medical resident at The Ohio State University in orthopedic surgery. Along with her degree, Quatman was also recognized as the Outstanding Orthopedic

Student of the Year at the University of Toledo. She was hooded by Dr. Timothy Hewett and her twin sister, Dr. Catherine QuatmanYates. • Second Lt. Nicholas S. Risher, class of Turpin High School 2007, recently graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in sociology/criminology and was commissioned as an officer in United States Army, branching into field artillery. While participating in the ROTC program at Ohio University, Nicholas earned the german proficiency badge, completed mountain war-

fare training in Vermont, assisted in running a basic training unit in Ft. Jackson, S.C., and earned an excellent rating at the Leadership Development Assessment Course in Washington. Risher's first assignment will be as a recruiter at his alma mater from October thru December. In January, he will be stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma until June receiving additional training. Upon completion of training, he will be attached to a field artillery unit in Germany. Risher is the son of Jack and Laura Risher, of Anderson Township.


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By Nick Dudukovich

This week’s MVP:

• Goes to McNicholas’ Ryan Winkler, who qualified for the Division II district tournament by shooting an 80 at the Sharon Woods sectional, Sept. 26.

Tournament golf

• Sectional tournaments for both boys and girls Division I programs conclude Oct. 8. • Division II and III three programs will wrap up district tournament play Oct. 8.

Tournament tennis

• Girls across the area will be competing in sectional tournaments. Play will conclude Oct. 8. Districts will be Oct. 10-15.

Boys golf

• St. Xavier student and Anderson Township resident Joey Arcuri was named firstteam, All-GCL for placing sixth at the GCL championships at Weatherwax Golf Course, Sept. 27.

Boys soccer

• Turpin blanked Little Miami, 3-0, behind goals from Alex Rinner, Quinn Hoenie, and Matt Lippowitsch, Sept. 27. The squad followed up with a 3-0 win over Glen Este, Sept. 29. Conner Uhl, Lippowitsch and Josh McDaniel found the back of the net in the win. The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll. A feature is planned on this team for Oct. 12.

Girls soccer

• Anderson shutout Kings, 1-0, Sept. 27. Goalies Hannah Walker and Kara Giesting combined for 10 saves in the win. Anderson moved to 5-41 with the win. • Turpin shutout Little Miami, 4-0, behind goals from senior captain Ellie Tillar and Maddie McClaughlin, Sept. 27. Two Little Miami own goals also helped the Spartans cruise to the easy win. Amanda Herzog made two saves in the win as the Spartans moved to 5-4-1 on the year.

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ANDERSON TWP. - The most recent volleyball match between Anderson and Turpin High School told the story of two teams on different paths. The Spartans, who defeated the Redskins 3-0 on Volley for the Cure night at Turpin High School, Sept. 27, moved to 12-3 with the win. With the loss, the Redskins fell to 3-12. Despite the two team’s separation in the FAVC standings, Turpin head coach Kathy Carboy believes the victory will be a confidence booster for her squad. “It seems as long as you beat Anderson, your season is a success, regardless of your win and loss record,” she said. “The girls always get excited and always bring their best game when it comes to playing Anderson.” Carboy added that despite the team’s strong record, the Spartans have yet to play to their potential. “I think we’ve had an up and down season, Our record is good, but I think we’re yet to play our best volleyball,” she said. The Spartans caught fire early in the season and ripped off eight straight wins before dropping a five-game set to Little Miami, Sept. 15. Carboy believes her team’s chemistry helped the Spartans be successful this season, but she wants the squad to pay attention to detail as it finishes league play. “We just need to have everybody focused on every point of every game, and I think that is where we struggled,” she said. “We haven’t had everybody focused.” Turpin’s received stellar play from hitters Emma Bryant, Jen Philpot, Colleen Mulrey and Taylor Ashworth throughout the season. Bryant and Mulrey each have over 110 kills, while Philpot had 90, though 15 matches. Carboy was quick to point out that her hitters would be successful


Turpin’s Emma Bryant (left) attempts a shot against Anderson defenders Hannah Vosel (center) and Jacklyn Bode (right) during the Spartans’ 3-0 win, Sept. 27.

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• Turpin’s Gabby Verdin, Ellen Antonaides and Abby Frooman all picked up wins at singles as the Spartans defeated St. Ursula, 3-2, Sept. 26.

• Anderson defeated Walnut Hills, 3-2, Sept. 29.

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Turpin junior Taylor Ashworth sends the ball over the net during the Spartans’ match against Anderson, Sept. 27,

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Anderson senior Madison Batt digs a Turpin shot, Sept. 27.


Turpin’s Colleen Mulrey attempts a shot during the Spartans’ 3-0 win over Anderson, Sept. 27. without strong sets from Kelsey fender and Caroline Mashni. Fender had 200 assists on the season,

while Mashni had 168 through the Anderson match. Defensively, the play of Maddie Kunkel has been key in helping the Spartans set up their offense. Through Sept. 24, Kunkel had recorded 236 digs for Turpin. Anderson head coach Jeff Davis wants to see more consistent play out of his team as it gets deeper into FAVC play. He said the problem for his team has been holding leads. The Redskins’ have been able to get ahead, but too often the squad will make too many errors and turn the lead back over to its opponent. Davis added that once his team falls behind, they haven’t been able to overcome deficits. “We’re not consistent enough to comeback once we get behind,” he said. And while the squad’s record isn’t where the team would like it to be, Davis said his team is working hard. “When we’re on our A game, we NICK DUDUKOVICH/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS can beat these teams in the Anderson senior Rachel Fenner attempts a shot league,” he said. “We have the talent, we just have to be able to put against Turpin, Sept. 27.

The McNicholas Rockets volleyball squad is 11-3 on the season and in first place of the Girls Greater Cincinnati League’s Central Division. The squad is undefeated (30) in league play and owns an impressive victory over secondplace Purcell Marian (12-3, 22). The Rockets are also ranked No. 5 in the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches’ Association statewide Division II poll. Statistical leaders for the Rockets include Brooke Logan, who leads the team with 111 kills. Senior Stephanie Schmidt is second on the team with 71. Through Sept. 22, setter Kayla Fritz led the GGCL Central with 217 assists, while Jenna Hebeler was fourth with 140 on the season. The Rockets are ranked No. 2 in the Enquirer’s Division II coaches’ poll. it together.” Leading hitters for Anderson include Maddy Vosel (72), Mackenzie Honn (95) and Madison Batt (69). Setter Shelby Stevlingson leads the team with 205 assists. Anderson plays its final regularseason home match against Little Miami, Oct. 8. The squad ends the season with two matches on the road against Glen Este (Oct. 11) and Loveland, Oct. 13. The Spartans round out league play at Wilmington, Oct 13, and wrap up their regular season at home against McNicholas, Oct. 15. “We’ve got a tough road ahead of us, but we are pushing for that league championship,” Carboy said. For more coverage, visit, and Nick on Twitter at @PressPrepsNick.

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McNicholas golf wins sectional title Gannett News Service The McNicholas High School girls golf squad captured a Division II sectional title with a team score of 419 at Hamilton Elks, Sept. 27. Senior Allison Hickman led the Rockets by posting an 86 (44-42), which was two stokes off the medalist pace set by Indian Hill’s Pari Kellye. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams earned berths in the district tournament at Pipestone Golf Club in Miamisburg, Oct. 5. Willy Corbett, in his ninth year as McNicholas’ coach, is familiar with the winning formula for Division II and saw it play out with Allison Hickman’s 86, a (49-48) 97 by her sophomore sister Sarah, a 101 by junior Lauren Lamping and a 135 by sophomore Riley Whiteside.


McNicholas golfer Sarah Hickman watches her putt on No. 7 during the Division II Girls Sectional Golf Tournament at the Hamilton Elks Golf Club, Sept. 26.


McNicholas’ Lauren Lamping watches her shot off the No. 5 tee during the Division II Girls Sectional Golf Tournament at the Hamilton Elks Golf Club, Sept. 26.

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“I’m very pleased,” he said. “If you can get a girl in the 80s, another one in the 90s and another in the low 100s, you’ve got a chance in Division II. I think the key was Riley at No. 4. She hung in there and didn’t give up. She’s a competitive girl.” Just as the sectional was moved from Fairfield, so the district was moved from Heatherwoode in Springboro to a course with which Corbett and the Rockets – along with many of the other local teams – are unfamiliar. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams move on to the state tournament. “I know there are two teams up there who are way better than us,” said Corbett, whose team missed qualifying for state last year by eight strokes. “Anything’s possible.”


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The Anderson High School girls tennis team won the FAVC title, Sept. 29. Team contributors this season include (from front, left): Kelli McCafferty, CeCe Graff, Amanda Foster, Jenny Dickhaus, Maddy Crawford, Paisley Stone, Megan Fishbaugh, Nicole Abramovich, Ally Buchanan. Anderson Athletic Director Pam Scott and coach Joey Leytze are also pictured (back, from left).

Anderson tennis takes FAVC title The Anderson High School girls tennis team recently won its regular season and then Sept. 29 was crowned the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Champions following its domination of the FAVC girls tennis tournament, winning four of the five positions.

Maddy Crawford finished fourth at No. 1 singles against some of the city's best players. Jenny Dickhaus won at No. 2 singles beating two opponents who had beaten her earlier in the season. Nicole Abramovich won at No. 3 by also avenging two earlier season losses.

At No. 1 doubles Amanda Foster and Paisley Stone won their second consecutive FAVC title and at No. 2 doubles CeCe Graff and Megan Fishbaugh continued their winning ways by earning the title. CeCe won her second consecutive FAVC title as well.

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Kamel Bradley (left) takes a handoff from Anderson quarterback Kevin Rogers during the Redskins’ 13-6 loss to Loveland, Sept. 30.

The following are recaps of this past week’s football action. Turpin got out to a 35-0 halftime lead behind an impressive rushing attack that totaled six rushing touchdowns. When the game ended, the Spartans were owners of a big 49-14 win. Turpin’s Connor Donovan and Ryan Millikin each rushed for a pair of touchdowns. With the win, the Spartans moved to 4-2 on the year. Next up: The Spartans play at Wilmington, Oct. 7.

Loveland 13, Anderson 6

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Alter 27, McNick 24

McNicholas overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit, but Alter’s 3-yard rushing touchdown late by Malik Zaire sealed the win for the visiting Knights. It was an exciting finish with 27 combined points in

the fourth quarter. McNick started the scoring in the final quarter with an 11-yard run by Kevin McHale. Alter answered with a rushing touchdown from Joe Penno. McHale answered with a 50-yard touchdown run, but Alter came right back with Zaire’s game-winning run. McHale ended the night with 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Next up: McNick travels to Roger Bacon, Friday, Oct. 7.

CHCA 24, Summit 10

CHCA was able to control the line of scrimmage and earn its fourth win of the season on the road at Summit. CHCA senior running back and linebacker Sam Becker had two rushing touchdowns and led the

Anderson quarterback Kevin Rogers hands off the ball during the Redskins’ 13-6 loss, to Loveland, Sept. 30. team with 11 tackles on defense. Senior defensive back Ben Scott returned an interception 30 yards to the Summit 5-yard line, setting up a 4-yard touchdown run by Becker. Summit’s only touchdown came on a 10-yard touchdown run from halfback LaDon Laney. With the loss, Summit moved to 3-3 on the year. Next up: Summit plays at Cincinnati Christian, Oct. 7.

Miami Valley Christian Acad. 43, St. Bernard 7

The Lions got out to a 22-0 lead at the half and then tacked on three mores scores in the second half to win at St. Bernard 43-7. Dylan Stark ran for 75 yards and three touchdowns for MVCA, while Conor Peck rushed for 80 yards and a score. Next up: MVCA (4-1) is home Oct. 8 with Riverview East.

Kontsis has Eagles out to record start By Scott Springer

WALNUT HILLS – The Eagles haven’t landed yet as Walnut Hills High School remains flying high over their best football start in decades. According to coach George Kontsis, it’s five decades. Their recent 31-28 dramatic victory at Winton Woods, put the Eagles at 50. For a team that was 5-5 the last two seasons, that’s impressive. For a team that won just three out of 50 in the previous five years, it’s

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monumental. “Since we’ve been here, it’s the biggest win,” Kontsis said of their Sept. 23 win over the Warriors. Kontsis believes the Winton Woods game was significant because of the success they’ve had historically in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. Senior Kenny Davis, who torched the Warriors for four touchdowns, agrees. “We told each other, ‘We can do this!’” Davis said. The 5-7, 165-pound speedster was a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago and is nearly at that mark already this season. “Our motto is TLC,” Davis said. “The Last Champions. FAVC Cardinal, because they’re splitting it up, you know?” Davis has sprinter’s acceleration once he gets beyond a defender. He eludes what look to be obvious tackles as opponents rarely catch up to him. “Well, in track they did,” Davis said with a laugh. Added Kontsis, “Nobody catches him on the field.” Kontsis came to Walnut Hills with a great amount of

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coaching experience and has turned the program into one that’s appearing in local and state rankings. “It’s tremendously gratifying,” Kontsis said. “You can’t imagine how profound 0-36 is. These guys were a part of that. To go where we’re going now after years of futility, our guys are no longer talking the talk; they’re walking the walk.” The walk is significantly more confident than the one displayed between Sept. 24, 2004, through Oct.26, 2007, when the Eagles lost the 36 straight games. As most everyone had vacated the Winton Woods stadium, Kontsis and company soaked in the triumph in the crisp, night air. “Don’t tell me what you’re going to do, show me what you’re going to do – that’s been the motto of the seniors all year,” Kontsis said. “To come back numerous times against a team that’s just two years removed from winning the state championship is huge. That goes to the leadership of our seniors. It goes to the leadership of Kenny Davis, Jason Stargel, Kamree

Maull, Chris Brown, Jared Erkins and others.” Davis has led by example despite a slow start in the opening win against Wyoming. Since being held to 12 yards against the Cowboys, Davis has exploded and owns three 200yard plus games. “(Our) offensive line’s improved tenfold,” Davis said. “Jared Erkins, he used to be a little chubby. Now, he might be the biggest guy we have on the team. You can see what it’s doing. We’re like second or third in the FAVC in rushing yards.” Despite the confidence exuded after the Winton Woods win, Davis is making sure the Eagles don’t get too far ahead of themselves. It’s easy to think 10-0 after 5-0, but several teams stand in the way. “I don’t think we think like that,” Davis said. “We just go to practice and to what we try to do. We try to come out and win the next game. That’s our goal.” A very wise one at that, considering Kings sits atop the local Division II polls. The Eagles take on the Knights Oct. 7.

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McNick girls soccer to honor lone senior

MT. WASHINGTON – Kelsey Mueller is the lone senior on McNicholas High School’s girls soccer team. She will be honored on Senior Night before the Rockets’ Wednesday, Oct. 5, contest against Badin. As of Oct. 3, the girls had a 65 record (2-2 in league) including a 3-0 win at Summit Country Day Oct. 1. The captain recently took some time to talk to the Community Press to look back, look forward and reflect on this season as the leader of the 6-5 Rockets. What’s the hardest part about being the only senior on the team? Not having any other seniors with me to help round up the troops. We have two junior captains and they’ve done a really good job of helping me. What’s the best part about being the only senior? Getting all of the senior privileges to myself. I’m really looking forward to Senior Night. As the only senior, do

your coaches count on you to be a vocal leader on the field? I do feel like a coach. I also feel like a mom sometimes. What is your favorite thing about game day? Right before we go out to the field, we come in, say the Hail Mary, pray together, bring it in for “Rockets” on three, then going out to the field to start. Do you have any super stitions? I always wear the same sports bra and do my hair the same way for every game. What’s the biggest difference between this season and your sophomore (first varsity) year? My sophomore year, I was still getting used to playing with the big dogs. Now, I am the big dog. What are your plans for next year? I’m not sure yet where I’ll be going, but I will be playing soccer. I’m looking at Division II and III schools, NKU, Mount St. Joe, and Thomas More.

Do your teammates have a nickname for you? K. Muells The toughest opponent you’ve played against? St. Ursula, every year. The toughest loss we had this year was to Alter. What’s the best part of playing such a tough schedule every year? This season, we played a lot of the toughest teams on our schedule in the beginning of the season. We had some tough losses, but I think we bounced back pretty well from them. I like that we are always seen as the underdogs against the top teams. It makes it even nicer when we beat one of the all-girls teams, like we did against Seton this year. What are your expecta tions for the rest of this sea son? I expect us to go as far as we did last year in the tournament, if not farther. What will you miss most after this season’s over? The team aspect. I know I will never play with this group of girls again.


Jim Dockendorff, Joe Pestro and John Jaymont play in the Sixth Annual Golf Outing of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church.


The McNicholas High School soccer seniors this season are, from left, Brad Rolfes, John Sandmann, Doug Neiheisel, Zack Petrosky, Kelsey Mueller, Matt Heyl, Brian Schlagheck, Ben Sullivan, Cole Gauch and Jake Headings.


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Five Mile Chapel Society grateful for help on project I would like to share a story with the community that may shed hope upon those that feel that our local government is not responsive to its citizens. Too often the news and the letters in our local paper paint a picture of a dysfunctional and wasteful bureaucracy that has forgotten its true charter. I am a member of the Five Mile Chapel Society in Anderson Township. The society is a group of volunteers that has assumed the responsibility to maintain the Five Mile Chapel for all to enjoy. We maintain the graveyard, host a few events and rent the chapel for few wedding parties each year. The chapel property and access

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Building bridges to Hispanic community through BRIDGES Relationships are very personal experiences for human beings. From the time of our birth, we learn the value of closeness to another person and the warmth that this closeness brings to our lives. BRIDGES for a Just Community exists at the nexus of building lasting, sustainable and equitable communities for all people strengthened by mutual respect, inclusion, justice and collaboration. It is through these values that BRIDGES stands in a powerful relationship with the Hispanic community to bring attention to the important contributions made by thousands of men, women and children who now call Greater Cincinnati “home.” Having contact with diverse groups is the first step in building relationships, which is why recent data signals progress. In BRIDGES’ recent study (The Greater Cincinnati Survey – Spring 2010 with the University of Cincinnati), we learned that approximately one-third of region residents who are White (32 percent) said they have contact with a Hispanic person as a good friend; and 36 percent of African Americans report the same relationship. Fortunately, in the 2010 survey, a majority of Hispanic residents said they have contact with

a white person as a good friend (81 percent), which is substantially higher than the 2007 survey report. This progress bodes well as Lynnette more efforts are Heard made to build sustain lastCommunity and ing relationships Press guest with people who columnist are Hispanic. During this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 16), BRIDGES encourages our community to learn more about our Hispanic neighbors. A complete list of upcoming Hispanic events and activities is available online at With the growth of the local Hispanic population in the 15county Tristate area, building and sustaining meaningful relationships makes a lot of sense. The number of Hispanic residents has more than doubled in the last 10 years (from 24,630 in 2000 to 55,120 in 2010), which accounts for more almost 25 percent of Greater Cincinnati’s population growth. The Hispanic population contributes $2.4 billion to the local economy. Not only are more Hispanics and Latinos living in the area,

more are visiting the region as a direct result of efforts from local Hispanic organizations. In the last few years, three national conventions advancing the Hispanic community have made Cincinnati their “home away from home” for a few days. In particular, just this past summer, Cincinnati played host to more than 19,000 attendees of the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) national convention that poured millions of dollars into the local economy and offered unprecedented cultural experiences. We have much to learn from one another, and BRIDGES believes that every day of the year offers the potential to meet and begin to build a lasting relationship with someone from the Hispanic community. Especially during this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, BRIDGES encourages everyone to participate by making an effort to get to know your Hispanic neighbors and participating in some of the special events and activities that will enrich our lives and build new relationships. For more information BRIDGES for a Just Community, please visit Lynnette M. Heard, M.Ed. is president and CEO of BRIDGES for a Just Community.

WHEN THEY MEET Anderson Township

Meets at 7 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, 7850 Five Mile Road. Phone: 6888400. Web site: Trustees Peggy Reis, Russell Jackson Jr. and Kevin O’Brien; Fiscal Officer Kenneth Dietz. Township Administrator Vicky Earhart; Assistant Administrator for Operations Steve Sievers; Planning and Zoning Director Paul Drury; Public Works Director Richard Shelley; Facilities Manager Mark Magna; Police District 5 Commander Lt. Mike Hartzler, 474-5770; Fire Chief Mark Ober, 6888400; Event Coordinator Amy Meyer.

California Community Council

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at Ebersole Community Center, 5701 Kellogg Ave. Council President Krystal Alsept; Vice President Diana Weir; Secretary, David Ross; Treasurer Kathleen Chandler.

Cincinnati City Council

Meets at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in room 300 at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St. Web site: Mayor Mark Mallory, 352-5201; Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls; council President Pro-Tem Cecil Thomas; council members Jeff Berding, Chris Bortz, Leslie Ghiz, Chris

Monzel, Laure Quinlivan, Charlie Winburn and Wendell Young. City Manager Milton Dohoney, 352-3243, Assistant City Managers Scott Stiles and David Holmes; Director of the Department of City Planning Charles Graves III, 352-3260; Community Development and Planning, 3526146; Economic Development Director Holly Childs, 352-2499; Finance Director Joe Gray, 352-3000; City Treasurer Daryl Cammerer; Tax Commissioner Teresa Gilligan, 352-3838; Health Commissioner Dr. Noble Maseru; Health Commissioner’s Office Public Information Officer Bernadette Watson, 357-7291; Board of Health members, 357-7282; Office of Environmental Quality Director Lawrence Falkin, 352-6991; Director of Public Services Andrew Glenn, Jr., 352-5480; Police Chief, Col. Thomas Streicher, Jr., 352-3536; Fire Chief Robert Wright, 352-6220.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month, 2651 Burnet Ave. Phone: 363-0000. Web site: Board President Eileen Reed; Vice President Eve Bolton; members Melanie Bates, Catherine Ingram, A. Chris Nelms, Sean T. Parker and Vanessa White. Superintendent Mary Ronan; Deputy Superintendent Laura Mitchell; Treasurer Jonathan Boyd.

Forest Hills Local School District

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Phone: 231-3600. Web Board members Julie Bissinger, Forest Heis, Tracy Huebner, Rich Neumann and Randy Smith. Superintendent Dallas Jackson, ext. 2945; Treasurer Richard Toepfer II, ext. 2963; Curriculum Director Connie Lippowitsch; Director of Student Services Betsy Ryan, ext. 2948; Director of Business Operations Ray Johnson, Transportation Supervisor Richard Porter, ext. 2980; Communications Coordinator Sheila Vilvens, ext. 2966.

Mt. Washington Community Council

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month except June, July and August when it meets at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Rec Center 1715 Beacon St. Board President Jake Williams, Vice President Rob Hayes, Treasurer Ryan Doan, Secretary Patty Reisz; directors Dan Bishop, Holly Christmann, Jo Ann Kavanaugh, Jim Shell, and Diana Wunder.


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Coney Island hosted Balloon Blast Off, Sept. 3. Guests could take free hot air balloon rides, with baskets still tethered to the ground. This is a view of the hot air balloon inside the basket.

Balloon Blast Off Jeff Diamond and Jeannine Bell of Balloon Adventures, and Anderson Township residents, ready their hot air balloon for take off in Coney Island’s Balloon Blast Off, Saturday, Sept. 3.

After some delay due to the weather, the softball fields at Coney Island were recently filled with color as hot air balloons were inflated and took to the skies for the Balloon Blast Off. Visitors were treated to free hot air balloon rides a few hundred feet off the ground, with the baskets still tethered. The Balloon Blast Off finished a day of activity at the park Sept. 3, with Cruise-A-Palooza, a classic car show; and a celebration of Cincinnati Navy Week.

The softball fields at Coney Island were filled with color as hot air balloons inflated and took to the skies.

Jeff Diamond of Anderson Township, left, Jim Bell of Anderson Township, who is owner of Balloon Adventures, center, and Jeannine Bell of Anderson Township, prepare for take-off at Coney Island’s Balloon Blast Off Sept. 3.

After some delay due to the hot weather, the softball fields at Coney Island were filled with color as hot air balloons were inflated and took to the skies for the Balloon Blast Off, Saturday, Sept. 3. Jeff Diamond and daughter Jami, 9, of Anderson Township, crew (and helper) with Balloon Adventures, pause for a moment before their balloon takes off at Coney Island’s Balloon Blast Off Sept. 3.

One of the hot air balloons takes to the air at the Balloon Blast Off at Coney Island, Saturday, Sept. 3. One of the hot air balloons at Coney Island’s Balloon Blast Off Sept. 3, floats into the sky.

Tom’s Charters’ crew member Ruben Molina of West Chester does a last check before their hot air balloon sails into the sky at Coney Island’s Balloon Blast Off Sept. 3. In the basket are Bryn Weller of Newport, a Coney Island photographer, and Tom Goad, Kenwood, of Tom’s Charters.


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Cincy Feud, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Jeopardy-style night with Cincinnati related questions. Hosted by Young Professionals for Autism: Cincinnati. Benefits the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati. $25. 731-8000. Oakley.


Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, $10. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802; Anderson Township.


Basic Mediation Training, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave., Concludes Oct. 7. Learn conflict resolution skills and the basic process of mediation. Learn how to help others improve coping skills, negotiation and increase selfawareness. $250. Registration required. 231-6630; Anderson Township.


Shoulder Screening, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs. Free. Registration required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000; Fairfax.


Burn This, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Performance Center, 3900 Eastern Ave., A work by the playwright widely regarded as one of the finest American playwrights of the late 20th century. $23; $18 seniors; $15 students. Presented by New Edgecliff Theatre. 888588-0137. Columbia Tusculum.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 9211922; Hyde Park. Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Hyde Park. F R I D A Y, O C T . 7


Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Traditional and Contemporary Art, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Contemporary Realism, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. Indian Summer, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 791-7717; Fairfax.

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Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Ages 1-4. Free. 396-8960. Norwood.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK No Saints, No Saviors, 8 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., With Noah Wotherspoon. Tribute to the Allman Brothers band. Full dinner menu 5 p.m.-midnight. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.

Fall-O-Ween Festival, Noon-6 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Decorative displays, interactive events for children, classic rides, apple pie class, music, farm babies, harvest markets and more. Trick or Treat Trail 1-6 p.m. $8.50. 232-8230; Anderson Township.


Bush and Chevelle, 6:30 p.m., PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Gates open 5:30 p.m. With Filter. $55 pit, $39.50, $25; plus fees. 800-745-3000; Anderson Township.


Burn This, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Performance Center, $23; $18 seniors; $15 students. 888-588-0137. Columbia Tusculum.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 9211922; Hyde Park. S A T U R D A Y, O C T . 8


Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Traditional and Contemporary Art, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Contemporary Realism, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. Indian Summer, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 791-7717; Fairfax.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.


Cook Like a Wokstar Cooking Class, 1-4 p.m., Oriental Wok, 2444 Madison Road, Exclusive Chef Series. Hands-on class. Fourcourse lunch included. $55. Registration required. 871-6888; Hyde Park.


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.



Dee Garretson, 3-4 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Author discusses and signs “Wolf Storm.”. Family friendly. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.


ManaTots, 9:30-10 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories and songs for children up to age 4. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.


Burn This, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Performance Center, $23; $18 seniors; $15 students. 888-588-0137. Columbia Tusculum.


High School Dodge Ball Tournament, Noon, Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Teams play round-robin, single-elimination tournament. Ages 9-12. $90 per team. Registration required by Oct. 5. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township. Cornhole Classic II, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Double elimination winner’s bracket. Winner wins entry fee back. $40 per team advance; $60 per team. 272-1990. Columbia Township.


Warrior Run, 5:30-10 p.m., Bell Tower @ Dogwood Park, Pleasant Street, Both courses start and finish at Bell Tower. All registrants, including children, entitled to food and other after-party events. Includes food booths, carnival-style children’s games and concludes with big-screen movie at dusk at Bell Tower. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Surviving the Teens Program. $30 5K, $25 walk; $25 5K, $20 walk advance; $12 ages 1318; free ages 12 and under; $10 party only. Presented by Cincy Warrior Run. 271-5559; Mariemont.


Clough United Methodist Church is having its Harvest Festival Pig Roast from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. A pulled pork dinner will be served. Hot dogs will be available for children. Carry out is available. The youth group will have a bake sale. Free activities will abound for all ages including hay rides, a bounce house, a life-size connect four game and balloon artist on stilts. Cost is $25 per family, or $10 per person. Call 231-4301 for more information.


Laura Hoevener and Terri Weeks, 3-4 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Authors discuss and sign “Adventures Around Cincinnati.”. Family friendly. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.


Railroad Earth, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Roots and Americanabased jam band from Stillwater, N.J. $20, $17 advance. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Harvest Festival Pig Roast, Noon-2:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Pulled pork dinner. Hot dogs available for children. Carry out available. Youth Group bake sale. Free activities for all ages including hay rides, bounce house, lifesize Connect Four game and balloon artist on stilts. Family friendly. $25 per family; $10 per person. 231-4301. Anderson Township.

Anderson Township Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road, Locally harvested fruit and vegetables, organic meat, plants, fair trade coffee, baked goods and more. Rain or shine. 688-8400; Anderson Township.


Fall-O-Ween Festival, Noon-6 p.m., Coney Island, $8.50. 232-8230; Anderson Township.

Young Rembrandts: Pre-School Drawing, 6-6:45 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Nov. 15. Innovative, step-by-step drawing method to teach any child how to draw, regardless of artistic ability. Age 3 1/2-6. Family friendly. $89, $79 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

Junior League 5K Run/Walk, 2-4 p.m., Hyde Park Elementary School, 3401 Edwards Road, Registration and Free Family Festival begin 1:30 p.m. Kids Fun Run races and awards posted at 3:15 p.m. Music and other family activities available throughout the afternoon. Benefits Junior League of Cincinnati. $30 5K; $10 Kids Fun Run. Registration available online. Presented by Junior League of Cincinnati. 871-9339; 78. Hyde Park.

EDUCATION Homeschool Science, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Students and parents can explore interactive learning stations, science lessons and a guided hike. Online registration due five days prior to program. Ages 5-12. $4, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. 231-1060. Anderson Township.


Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Traditional and Contemporary Art, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. Contemporary Realism, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. After Hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, $5. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 4744802. Anderson Township.


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S U N D A Y, O C T . 9 Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Lower level. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos, handson exhibits and artifacts. Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.

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Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.


Anderson Township History Room, 6-9 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.


Karaoke, 9 p.m., Million’s Cafe, 3212 Linwood Ave., With DJ Konnann. 871-9633. Mount Lookout.


Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ms. Gail leads story time on LaPage Stage. Free. 731-2665; Oakley. Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Free. 396-8960. Norwood.


Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, Donations accepted. 231-0733. Oakley. Job Loss Support Group, 7:30-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Unload burdens, get support, ask questions and understand grief. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745. Anderson Township.

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Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7755; Newtown.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 528-5959. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden ushers in Halloween with HallZOOween Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 8-9, Oct. 1516; and Oct. 22-23. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in costume and fill up their goodie bags as they trick-or-treat through the zoo. Kids can check out Pumpkin Pandemonium, the zoo’s animal version of trick-or-treating. Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion is 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Also on hand are pumpkin carving demonstrations, a pumpkin patch, Halloween animal meet and greets, train rides and the Scare-ousel. HallZOOween is free with zoo admission: Adults, $14; ages 2-12, $10; under 2, free. Visit


Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Read picture book and create art project based on book. With Miss Kelli. Ages 2-4. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665; Oakley.


Actor and comedian Sinbad comes to the newly renovated Taft Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. He has been ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time. Tickets are $40. Visit or call 800-745-3000.


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A nice, slow way to a very good crockpot roast Every spring and fall, I check my pantry herbs and spices. Since this time of year many of them go on sale, it’s a good idea to do the “sniff” test and check which ones need replacing. Check out my blog at (Cooking with Rita) for a video on how to buy and store dry herbs and spices. You’ll love my tip about putting an “open” date on the container.

Lottie’s easy crockpot pot roast

Lottie Hilgefort is my daughter-in-law, Jess’, sister and typical of a very busy mom. You may recognize this recipe as I’ve shared my version in the past. After making Lottie’s today, hers is my new “go to” pot roast. It’s that good. Lottie said: “ I adapted this from different recipes I liked until I came to perfection. It is so delicious and moist. I always serve with mashed potatoes, as you have lots of delicious gravy.” 3-4 lb. roast (whatever looks good and is on sale) 1 envelope beefy-onion dry soup mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 soup can good red wine 3 tablespoons flour 2 beef bouillon cubes Place roast in sprayed crockpot. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over.

she’d made this in her gas oven, but when she baked the pie in her electric oven, the bag caught fire. I have made it in my electric oven with no problem, but ovens and paper varies, and I’m glad she shared this information. To be cautious, make a “bag” out of parchment paper, which is totally oven proof.

Cook on low eight to 10 hours.

Dutch apple pie Rita jam

T h i s would be great with a pork roast, or as a breakfast jam. And I’ll bet you could melt this with some apple cider or apple juice and make a terrific topping for ice cream and cake. Make it while apples are in season.

Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

4 cups prepared fruit (about 1 pound Granny Smith or other tart green apples, 1⁄2 cup raisins and 11⁄4 cups water) 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon or so cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon allspice 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 4 cups granulated sugar 1 box dry pectin Peel, core and grind or finely chop fruit. Add raisins and water. Measure 4 total cups into large pot. Stir in lemon juice, cinnamon and allspice. Stir pectin into fruit. Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in both sugars. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Ladle quick-


After making Lottie’s easy crockpot pot roast today, hers is my new “go to” pot roast. It’s that good. ly into sterilized, hot jelly jars and wipe rims and threads. Seal. Process in a water bath for five minutes. This makes the jam shelfstable. You can also simply cook up the jam without putting in a water bath, and store in the refrigerator up to three months or in the freezer up to nine months.

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Crystal chili update. From Terry, who said the recipe died with the last surviving family member of the restaurant “a few months ago.” Terry said he makes one close to Crystal’s and I hope he’ll be willing to share it with us for Connie, who requested this heirloom favorite. Thirty-minute veggie soup updated with kale and corn. Marsha Barker made my recipe but substituted kale (added it at the beginning of cooking time) and

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also some fresh corn from the cob. “Everyone raved,” she said. Granola bar nutrition. Lois Daley made the granola bar recipe I put in the paper recently and everyone loved them, but she wanted to know if I could provide nutritional information. I don’t have software, or really, the background, to do this. Paper bag apple pie recipe possibly not suited for some ovens. I got a call from a reader who said

Homemade produce wash for apples and other hard-skinned fruit. For the reader who called and said she quit eating apples because of the pesticides, etc. on them. I know you can buy produce sprays, but try this easy one: equal amounts of clear vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray apples and let sit a minute. Rinse well. The vinegar helps remove pesticides and toxins.

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St. Anthony of Padua Church 2530 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 (East Walnut Hills) Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20 Festival highlights: Authentic Lebanese cuisine, ethnic pastries, and lots of fun. The festival location is wheelchair accessible, and parking and admission are free. 513-961-0120 Chicago and called in while reading it. “I’d like a recipe similar to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana,” he said. Now I have one that I’ve developed, but I’d love to share yours, so please be willing to share if you’ve got a good recipe for this. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an 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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Fall is the best time to garden for the 2012 season As the 2011 season winds down, it’s time to start gardening for 2012! Fall is turf time. What you do to your lawn in the fall (core aerating, seeding, feeding, etc.) will be the backbone to how well your lawn can perform next year. The two fall lawn feedings (early and late fall) are the two most important feedings of the entire season. And believe it or not, mid- to late-October is one of the best time to go after any pesky weeds in the lawn using lawn weed killers. Fall is the best time for planting new trees and shrubs. Even

though their tops are shutting down for the season, their “bottoms” keep growing. More roots are developed during the fall and early Ron Wilson winter than any In the other time of the garden year. Natural rainfall helps to water our plants in, and with the cooler temperatures, it’s easier on the plants, and on us as well! So fall-planted plants get a jump start on those planted next spring.

You’ll also find many sales in the fall to help entice gardeners to plant – that makes fall a great time to plant and save! Fall is spring bulb planting time. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, snow drops, alliums all those spring bloomers are planted now, for next year’s colors. And by the way, be sure to plant spring flowering bulbs in containers (overwinter in unheated garage or shed) so you’ll have spring colors to enjoy indoors, on the patio, or wherever you’d like! Fall is for composting all those falling leaves, season’s end dead foliage from perennials and annu-

als (don’t use diseased foliage), left-overs from your salads, used coffee grounds and banana peels. Grind these all up and get them cooking in the compost pile. Getting that pile cooking now will have your reaping the benefits of fine compost in 2012. Fall is for amending soils. Now is the perfect time to add larger amounts of soil amendments to that veggie garden, annual beds, future planting areas, etc., and till it in. Basically the soil amendments will have 6-7 months to begin to break down in the soil before it is planting time. This is also a great time to have

your soils tested, so any needed adjustments in nutrients can be made, again, getting ready for next year’s gardening. So now you can see why gardening this fall really does get your yard ready for gardening next spring! It’s a great time of the year. Don’t throw in the trowel and hang up the shovel. Keep up the gardening. Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. Reach him at columns@

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The Anderson Township Park District’s A Fair of the Arts recently brought local artists offering handcrafted works in stained glass, pottery, mixed media, photography, fine jewelry, painted furniture, etc., to Beech Acres Park. Fairgoers listened to live music and mingled with the artists, who were selling their work. PHOTOS BY RUTH LAMMERS/INTERN ®

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Annette Blersch, of Anderson Township, browses stained glass decorations at A Fair of the Arts at Beech Acres Park in Anderson Township Sept. 24.

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Artist Timothy A. Martin demonstrates to customers how he welds metal to form butterflies at A Fair of the Arts at Beech Acres Park Sept. 24.


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October 5, 2011


Powderpuff game helps cancer research event were donated to Sarcoma research in honor of Mitch Sayre, who died in May from sarcoma cancer. Sayre would have been a senior this year. “In fighting his battle against cancer Mitch showed all of us how courageous he was. It was great for our classes to come together to do something for him after he touched all of our lives,” said senior Kelsey Toepfer. Anderson High School’s marketing program is offered in cooperation with Great Oaks Career and Development Center. Karen Vanderhorst is the program

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The annual Anderson High School girl’s Powderpuff game took place Sept. 21. This year’s theme was Barbie (seniors) vs. G.I. Jane (juniors). The Barbies won 30-6. Teams were coached by junior and senior football players and refereed by Anderson High School football coaches. Male students dressed up as cheerleaders to also bring excitement to the event. The game was promoted by Anderson High School’s marketing DECA program. DECA is an association of marketing students who are pursuing career goals in marketing management or entrepreneurship. Halftime entertainment included a Skyline coneyeating contest where a student from each grade was selected to be their grade’s representative. All proceeds from the


Anderson High School junior Sarah Weiss runs the ball through the senior defense in the first half of the girl’s Powderpuff game at Anderson High School Sept. 21. instructor and event coordinator. Student project man-

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Anderson High School senior Mackenzie Cook rushes for the extra point in the first half of the girl’s Powderpuff game at Anderson High School Sept. 21.

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Legion honors many in recognition program Anderson American Legion Post No. 318 recently conducted its Annual Awards and Recognition Program to recognize the local winners and recipients of various American Legion and Post 318 programs awards. The July 24 ceremony was at Anderson Senior Center, and was attended by numerous Post 318 members, many of the individuals being recognized and their family or fellow employment staff, and also representation of Anderson Township administration. The program awards and recognitions were as follows. Recognized as Post 318’s Law Officer and Firefighter of the Year were Hamilton County Sheriff’s District 5 Deputy Michael Robbins

and Anderson Township Fire Battalion Chief Rick Martin. Martin had also been recognized at the Legion’s Hamilton County Council and fourth district levels as Firefighter of the Year. Recognized as recipients of Post 318 Scholarships, awarded to high school seniors whose parent is a military veteran, were: Juanita Dickhaus of Anderson High School; Marie Rose of Turpin High School and Hannah Schoolfield and Paul Estes of McNicholas High School. Recognized as Post 318 sponsored attendees to the American Legion’s Boys State Program and the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State Program were Donald Ober, Ronald Giwer, Katherine Lupariello

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Several students are honored by the American Legion Post 318. From left are Hannah Schoolfield, a McNicholas High School recipient of Post 318 Scholarship; Marie Rose, a Turpin High School receipient of a Post 318 Scholarship; Matt Perry, an Anderson High School American and Government Test Program Winner; Donald Ober, a Boys State Attendee of Anderson High; Katherine Lupariello, a Girls State Attendee of Anderson High; Patrick Reagan, a Boys State Attendee of Altergate Christian Academy; and Erin Meisman, a Girls State Attendee from Anderson High. and Erin Meisman all from Anderson High School, and also Patrick Reagan from Altersgate Christian Academy. Attendance at these programs further the student’s knowledge as to the workings of the various levels of government, and involves participation in mock government scenarios. Six Anderson High School students were recognized for their participation in the Legion’s American and Government Program testing conducted at Anderson High School through Post 318. About 400 Anderson students, grades 10 through 12, participated in the testing, resulting in selection of the high scoring boy and girl from each of the grade levels as local winners. Those students recognized were: Matt Perry and Baily Rankin (12th grade); Brittany Byrd and James Thomas (11th grade); and Ashton Burch and Lindsey



Being honored as the American Legion Post 318 and Ohio Legion’s Educator of the Year is Sherwood Elementary teacher Donna Prues. On left is Post 318 Commander Don Bishop; and right is Post 318 Americanism Chair Jerry Porter.


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ernments, the United States flag and Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Post 318, for the first time, recognized individuals for the Legion’s Oratorical Program and the Educator of the Year Program. Oratorical Award recipient Sean Spurlock, a student at Miami Valley Christian Academy also went on to be the Legion’s Hamilton County Council’s Award choice. Educator of the Year Award recipient Donna Prues, a Sherwood Elementary School teacher, was subsequently chosen as the Legion’s Department of Ohio’s Educator of the Year. Local businesses recognized by Post 318 were: Cincinnati Eye Physicians, New England Club and Superior Homecare Plus for support of Boys and Girls State Program; and the Kroger stores at Anderson Towne Center and Cherry Grove Plaza for support of the Poppy Days Program. Post 318 member Joe Baker, Scout Master for Troop 519 which is sponsored by Post 318, was recognized with the Legion’s Square Knot Award for his leadership in scouting. Post 318 also recognized nineteen of it’s own members for continuous years of service to the American Legion ranging from 5 years to 60 years of Legion membership. Those recognized were: Charles Behymer, Richard Bridges and Walter Mathews (60 years), Owen Mills and Oscar Simpson (55 years); John Lackmeyer (50 years); Eugene Johnson (45 years); James Clark and Thomas Prem (40 years); James Levendusky and James Matthews (25 years); Thomas Andes (20 years); Paul Lamping and Richard Simpson (10 years); and Edward Brautigan, James Coldiron, Charles Gill, Robert Ulrich and Dennis Fehlinger (5 years). Don Bishop, Commander of Post 318, said the sponsorship of these various programs, and the presentation of the annual awards and recognition, is but a small part of Anderson Post 318’s continuing efforts at providing service to the both active and veteran military service personnel and their families, and to the youth and public of the Anderson Township community. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Anderson Post 318 may contact Commander Bishop at 474-4194 or go to the Post website at

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River Downs donates to Komen for the cure is a breast cancer survivor, was icing on the cake.” More than $7,000 was generated from the participating vendors and proceeds from a silent auction, inclusive of the $5,000 sponsorship check from Pinnacle Entertainment and River Downs. Cooksey, once the leading female rider in the United States, autographed photos for the fans and posed for pictures. “I rode a lot of places in my career,” Cooksey said. “When someone asks me what my favorite track was – that’s an easy answer – River Downs. This track is



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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will conduct Clean Out and Donate weekends in October to collect criticallyneeded household items, furniture and clothing. A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be on site Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16 at Guardian Angels Church, 6539 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington. The truck will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, Oct. 22 and 23. The collection truck will be attended before and after church services for donorconvenience, and donor tax receipts will be available. Donations collected from the “Clean Out and Donate” Weekends are distributed in the surrounding communities through St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores to benefit those in need throughout Greater Cincinnati. “The majority of the clients we are seeing are families with children who lack the basic necessities of life – they

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have very little furniture, no dishes or pots and pans. We continue to look to the community at large to help us build our inventory of gentlyused basic household items,” noted Prentice Carter, Director of Operations, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores. “Gently used items donated at ‘Clean Out and Donate’ Weekends go directly to our thrift stores and make a tremendous difference. We are seeing more families come to us for support and these donations help us provide those local families with the basic items that they need.”

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stance Class of 2011 in a cocktail reception, Sept. 14. This year’s Gentlemen of Style and Substance honorees include Dale S. White Sr. of Anderson Township, Founder, President/Chief Executive Officer, D.A.G. Construction Co., Inc. The individuals honored are known for their extraordinary professional contributions and charitable involvement. Their tremendous commitment and dedication to the Greater Cincinnati area has made a positive impact on the community. The event benefits the Cincinnati Parks’ Nature Next Door program, which provides a positive, fun and educational experience for children in inner city and lowincome neighborhoods. The free nine-week sum-

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The Labyrinth Arts Festival, sponsored by Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, is welcoming applicants who specialize in the fine arts. The event is scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22 at the church, 2710 Newtown Road in Anderson Township. The festival is a juried show with cash prizes totaling $250. Opportunities to sell art pieces are also part of the festival. An opening wine reception begins at 5 p.m., Oct. 21. A hearty chili lunch is offered on the following day. Artist applications and guidelines are available on the church's website, Information regarding labyrinths will be provided as well as labyrinth walks. Gate admission is $5. For additional information, contact Chris Burroughs at 735-0208.




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In addition to a successful planned silent auction, River Downs officials surprised representatives of the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Following the sixth race named The Pink Ribbon, track General Manager Kevin Kaufman presented a check for $5,000 on behalf of Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation and River Downs to representatives of Susan G. Komen. They were accompanied by Cincinnati Red’s mascot Rosie Red who made an impromptu visit to the track for the event. “We were pleased with all of the events during the day, but had no idea such a donation was going to be made,” said Traci Clancy, special events manager for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “We had some great vendors and other individuals who donated quality items to the silent auction. The addition of the appearance by the legendary jockey P.J. Cooksey, who herself

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Louis Bang

Louis Bang, 90, of Anderson Township died Sept. 22. Survived by sons Louis H. (Marita) Bang and Dennis P. (Tomlyn) Bang; brothers Paul (Connie) Bang and Victor Bang; seven grandchildren’ and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Ruby (nee Dunn); parents Christian and Rosa Bang; brothers Christian, Henry and Sam; and sisters Elizabeth, Judy and Evelyn. Services are 11 a.m., Oct. 8 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 700 Clough Pike, Union Township. Memorials to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Adele M. Dolan

Adele M. Dolan, 96, of Anderson Township died Sept. 16. Survived by sons Thomas (Pam)

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DEATHS Marie Gessner

Marie Gessner, 92, of Anderson Township died Sept. 28. Survived by son, Frank (Margie) Gessner; grandchildren Todd (Laurie) Gessner and Cathy (Craig) Marshall; and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Charles J. Gessner; father, Joseph Clark; and mother, Dora Chaney. Services were Sept. 29 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Paul Hollingsworth

Paul Hollingsworth, 81, of Newtown died Sept. 23. Survived by wife, Alma Frances (nee Reynolds); Hollingsworth; daughters Diana (Tom) Fowler and Patricia Luginbuhl; step-son, Michael Jett; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings Clora Anderson, Ann Grimme and

Herbert Hollingsworth. Preceded in death by stepson, Jett Bickers; and siblings Nora Andferson, Tommie Hollingsworth and Clarence Hollingsworth. Services were Sept. 28 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Charles K. Maier

Charles K. Maier, 81, of Anderson Township died Sept. 19. Survived by daughter, Margo (Martin) Guenther; and grandchildren Kaycee L. Maier and Austin S. Guenther. Preceded in death by father, John Maier; and mother, Florence Linskey. Services were Sept. 21 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Jeannie L. Peters

Jeannie L. Peters, 82, of Mount Washington died Sept. 25. Survived by husband, Paul Peters; daughters Kay Hatton and Holly (Jeff Kroger) Peters; siblings Joan Grimm and Richard Kimbrell; and grandchildren Kim and Mark Hatton, Natashia, Abby, Jon-Paul and Eli Peters. Preceded in death by son, Daniel Peters; father, William Gregg; and mother, Leta L. Lee. Services were Sept. 29 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Jay G. Seals

Jay G. Seals, 61, formerly of Anderson Township died Sept. 21. He retired from Robbins Sports Flooring in Cincinnati as executive vice president.

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513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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The church, pastored by Liz DeWeese, conducts Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Childcare and classes are available during the service. Sunday adult Bible study is 9:15 a.m. The church is at 8119 Clough Pike, Anderson Township; 474-2237;;

Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

New in the area? Going through the transition and adjustment of a move? Come to Anderson Hills UMC for a 10-week Newcomers group/class at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road (Forest and Beechmont roads, across from Anderson Town Center). The classes meet Thursday mornings, 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., through Nov. 17. The group will discuss the book “After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On After Moving In,” talk about fun things to do in the Greater Cincinnati area, and even hand out welcoming items from local businesses. Each year’s group finds these sessions to be so helpful in getting to know the area, meeting new friends, and relying on God’s promises to bring us through it all. Attendees need not be a member of AHUMC, or any other church, and childcare is free by reservation. Please call Sue Black, 233-9556 or 919-6230 to reserve a spot or ask any questions. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172;

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MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

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“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the House of the

Survived by wife of 35 years, Stephanie; sons Jay (Shara) and Stephen Seals; daughter, Anna; brother, John P (Kathy) Seals; nieces Traci Singher and Seals Monica Van Zee; and nephew, Chris Seals. Preceded in death by mother, Rosemary Seals; and sister, Mary Singher. Celebration of Life is 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at Alipna Coffee Cage, 822 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Memorials to: the charity of the donor’s choice in honor of Jay.

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. If you are having a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation, holiday services or special activity that is open to the public, send us the information. E-mail announcements to foresthills@communitypre, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Forest Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Lord.” Psalm 122:1. Services were 9:30 a.m., Sundays. The church is at 5751 Kellogg Ave., California; 232-5077.

Clough United Methodist Church

The church would like to invite the community to attend their Harvest Festival Pig Roast on the church grounds from noon to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9. Pulled pork dinners will be available for $25 per family or $10 per individual, whichever is cheaper. Children 3 and under eat for free. Dinners include pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, green beans and a beverage. Hot dogs will be available for children. Carry out meals are an option. All ages are welcome. The church has been holding a fall pig roast for several years. In addition to the meal, there will be free activities for everyone to enjoy including a bounce house for children and a life size Connect Four game. The popular hay ride around the church grounds will be back again this year along with a new feature - a balloon artist performing on stilts. The church will be going to the dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, and any other animal people may have as pets Sunday, Oct. 16 during the church’s first Pet Blessing. Owners are invited to bring their pets to a special 10:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary where God’s creation will be celebrated. After the service, activities move to the church lawn where all pets will be blessed. Refreshments for people and pets will follow the blessing. All pet owners and animal lovers are invited. For everyone’s safety, pets must be either on a leash or in a carrier. Pictures of pets can be brought to the blessing if the pet is not people or other animal friendly or is difficult to transport. All Dogs Come from Heaven” shelter will be at the blessing with dogs available for adoption. Donations of pet food will also be accepted to help fill the shelves of the Anderson Senior Center’s Pet Pantry. Clough United Methodist Church will have its new 9a.m. coffeehouse style worship service on Oct.16 for those not interested in attending the Pet Blessing. For more information, call the church office at 231-4301 or visit The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 2314301;

On the record POLICE REPORTS


About police reports


Charles D. Raines, 30, 4143 Fox Trail No. 12, domestic violence, Sept. 13. Joseph B. Thompson, 30, 2841 Hoff Ave., drug possession, paraphernalia, Sept. 14. Rachel Farene, 25, 527 Top Field Drive, theft, Sept. 13. Darren E. Thomas, 23, 7052 Glen Meadows, weapons under disability, drug possession, Sept. 15. Christina M. Stevens, 40, 803 Markley Road, violation of protection order, Sept. 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Adult male was assaulted at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Sept. 13.

Breaking and entering

Attempt made to enter Marathon Station at Kellogg Avenue, Sept. 14.


TV taken at 1035 Wittshire Circle, Sept. 13.

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 commander,

Domestic violence

At Finnegan, Sept. 13.

Misuse of credit card

Female stated card used with no authorization at 1117 Wittshire Lane, Sept. 12.


AC unit taken; $900 at 1457 Nagel Road, Sept. 13. Merchandise taken from Bigg’s; $469

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. at Beechmont Avenue, Sept. 10. Merchandise taken from Kroger at Beechmont Avenue, Sept. 13. Medication (1 pill) taken from Anderson Nursing and Rehabilitation at Beechmont Avenue, Sept. 13. Subject failed to pay taxi fare to residence; $32 at 6525 Sherman Ave., Sept. 17. Laptop computer taken from vehicle; $2,500 at 6990 Turpin View Drive,

Sept. 16. Jewelry and jewelry box taken; $6,600 at 1429 Grand Oaks Drive, Sept. 14. GPS unit and purse taken from vehicle at 1660 Laval Drive, Sept. 12. Money obtained through employee’s suspicious transactions at Dunkin Donuts; $2,749.82 at Beechmont Avenue, Sept. 16.



James Bonner, born 1991, possession of open flask, 2348 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 9. Jeff Miller, born 1979, obstructing official business, 2120 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 12. Paul W. Glaser, born 1968, breaking and entering, 2038 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 12. Ashley Branscum, born 1987, misdemeanor drug possession, 4000 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 13. Jeffrey Fife, born 1988, possession of

October 5, 2011

drugs, 2346 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 14. Darryl Robinson, born 1960, violation of a temporary protection order, 5400 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 17. Kimberly D. Watkins, born 1971, drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2238 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 17. Robin H. Weckel, born 1971, theft under $300, 2120 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault 2110 Salvador St., Sept. 11.

Breaking and entering

5326 Wooster Pike, Sept. 12. 4785 Morse St., Sept. 14.


1009 Catawba Valley Drive, Sept. 9.


2120 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 10. 3 Sutton Place No. 3, Sept. 10. 5460 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 10. 4329 Eastern Ave. No. 3, Sept. 12. 751 Tusculum Ave., Sept. 12. 1 Playfield Lane, Sept. 12.

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2120 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 13. 2508 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 13. 5466 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 13. 5400 Kellogg Ave., Sept. 14. 6536 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 15. 1 Playfield Lane, Sept. 9. 2120 Beechmont Ave., Sept. 9.



Jason Poor, 34, 472 Batavia Pike, bench warrant, Sept. 10. Stephen Duderstat, 29, 2730 Ohio 222 No. 85, bench warrant, Sept. 11. Tracey Haas, 44, 1804 Sutton Ave., burglary, Sept. 12. Corey Phillips, 19, 2538 Halstead, bench warrant, Sept. 13. Paul Vicars, 45, 505 Old Ohio 74, bench warrant, Sept. 15.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

At 7010 Ragland Road, Sept. 12.


1046 Brooke Ave.: Casagrande Rose Mary to Vortkamp Joseph E. & Rebecca C. Klotz; $112,500. 1075 Portway Drive: Dershak Aaron D. & Shannon M. Linder to Kuderer Daniel E.; $203,000. 1741 Fireside Drive: Bauer Joseph Lee to Harbaugh Deborah J.; $121,500. 1809 Lindsey Lane: Miller Robert P. III & Tracy L. to Griffin Jeffrey T. & Carrie E.; $415,000. 2245 Bruns Lane: Sandrin Sidney Mofield to Bank of New York Mel-

lon The; $92,000. 6666 Clough Pike: Hfr Properties LLC to Anderson Township Family Pet Center LLC; $375,000. 6769 Beechmont Ave.: Wolfer Joseph D. & Lisa M. to Koabel Daniel H. Jr.; $104,000. 6977 Moorfield Drive: Wagner Thomas R. to Hall Christopher; $157,500. 7014 Martha Road: Hartley Jessica & Steven to Mccormick Christine M.; $137,000. 706 Watch Point Drive: Bercz Attila to Chu Patricia A. & Jordana L. Robinson; $160,000. 7269 Royalgreen Drive: Thornton

Vickie to Woods Lori A. & Scott Hackcom; $244,500. 7677 Arlington Ave.: U.S. Bank National Association Nd to Baker Robert F.; $8,000. 8257 Wycliffe Drive: Dwivedi Nageshwar Tr to Sommer Nicholas & Donna A.; $472,500. 8614 Stoney Bridge Drive: Erickson Troy R. & Kerry B. to Cruikshank Gary S.; $885,000. 983 Pamela Drive: Davis Quentin E. & Ardith H. to Andrews Marianne & Dana D.; $135,000.


5001 Kellogg Ave.: Pottebaum Milton

A. Jr. Tr & Robin G. Tr to Miltin Thomas J. & Nancy C.; $5,000.


1755 Marquette Ave.: Fritsch Marcella Tr@3 to U S. Bank National Association Tr; $62,000. 1887 Berkshire Club Drive: Mayo Alton R. Tr to Albainy-Jenei Kelly A.; $190,000. 6017 Wayside Court: Weber Doris M. to Conley Jimmy L.; $85,000. 6035 Lockard Ave.: Gmac Mortgage LLC to Reif Andrew J.; $56,625. 6219 Cambridge Ave.: Leeman Mark A. & Anne H. to Mayne Jason M. & Adrianne M.; $182,000.

6221 Cambridge Ave.: Leeman Mark A. & Anne H. to Mayne Jason M. & Adrianne M.; $182,000. 6424 Silverfox Drive: Boerstler Barry L. & Sherry L. to Kelly Patrick M. & Nicole R.; $255,000. 6716 Whitehall Ave.: Burwell Susan M. Tr & Gregory P. Schott Tr to Burwell John E. & Susan M.; $100,000. 6728 Salem Road: Fannie Mae to Heilmann Charity A.; $71,000.


7040 Main St.: November Tillie Tr to Ricden Real Estate Property LLC; $210,000.

About real estate transfers

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

7258 English Drive: Carney Lois Ann to Goslin Justin N.; $80,000. 7261 English Drive: Farrell Suzanne Alexis to Hlass Chris M.; $97,500.


12:53 a.m., Laverty Lane, chest pain 5:59 a.m., State Road, trouble breathing 8:09 a.m., Bennett Road, auto accident / person injured 10:38 a.m., Dry Run View Lane, passenger vehicle fire 2:11 p.m., YMCA Road, non-breather / cardiac arrest 3:04 p.m., Kingston View Court, attempted / threatening suicide 4:49 p.m., Brannon Drive, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 7:34 p.m., Orchard Drive, abdominal pain 9:15 p.m., Wittshire Circle, attempted / threatening suicide

Wednesday, Sept. 7

2:24 a.m., Immaculate Lane, diabetic emergency 8:19 a.m., Eight Mile Road, gasoline or other flammable liquid spill 9:38 a.m., Eastdale Drive, trouble breathing 10:22 a.m., Five Mile Road, trouble breathing 11:16 a.m., Hunley Road, medical emergency

12:04 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, alarm system sounded due to malfunction 12:06 p.m., Crittenden Drive, sick person 12:49 p.m., Beechmont & Pamela, auto accident / person injured 2:53 p.m., State Road, trouble breathing 3:05 p.m., State Road, trouble breathing 3:56 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 5:14 p.m., Ridgepoint Drive, medical alarm 7:41 p.m., Foster Avenue, attempted / threatening suicide

Thursday, Sept. 8

3:18 a.m., Brixton Lane, unintentional transmission of alarm, other 3:38 a.m., Ridgepoint Drive, stroke 9:48 a.m., Five Mile & State, auto accident / person injured 9:53 a.m., Five Mile Road, person unconscious / unresponsive 9:55 a.m., Five Mile & State, auto accident / person injured 12:02 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, transfer/interfacility/palliative care 3:11 p.m., Nordyke Road, power line down

4:08 p.m., Ashgrove Drive, sick person 7:32 p.m., Kellogg Avenue, trouble breathing 8:35 p.m., Dry Run View Lane, trouble breathing

Friday, Sept. 9

4:04 a.m., High Meadows Drive, stroke 5:09 a.m., Eight Mile Road, abdominal pain 6:43 a.m., State Road, transfer/interfacility/palliative care 7:38 a.m., Pamela Drive, sick person 7:54 a.m., Salem Road, transfer/interfacility/palliative care 11:42 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 1:07 p.m., Northport Drive, person injured in a fall 2:30 p.m., Interstate 275 Hwy., auto accident / person injured 2:35 p.m., Wexwood Lane, allergic reaction 2:41 p.m., Winstone Court, medical alarm 2:52 p.m., Blue Orchard Drive, person injured in a fall 5:08 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person in seizures 5:14 p.m., Bondick Drive, trouble

breathing 7:49 p.m., Meadowland Drive, medical emergency

Saturday, Sept. 10

2:28 a.m., Round Bottom Road, stroke 4:16 a.m., River Dee Court, sick person 8:13 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, chest pain 11:09 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 11:15 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, assist police or other governmental agency 12:54 p.m., Forest Road, hyperthermic emergency 3:07 p.m., Endovalley Drive, chest pain 7:13 p.m., Moran Drive, person with a high fever

7:41 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, detector activation, no fire - unintentional 9:49 p.m., Eight Mile Road, person unconscious / unresponsive 10:02 p.m., Salem Road, diabetic emergency

Sunday, Sept. 11

12:15 a.m., Round Bottom Road, person injured in a fall 12:29 a.m., Coolidge Avenue, abdominal pain 8:19 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious / unresponsive 11:26 a.m., Muskegon Drive, person injured in a fall 1:07 p.m., Finnegan Lane, carbon monoxide detector activation, no CO 1:54 p.m., Harcourt Drive, person assaulted


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Work planned for Hunley Road fire station By Lisa Wakeland

ANDERSON TWP. – Anderson Township is planning improvements to its Hunley Road fire station. The driveway behind the station, which is next to Greenfield Plant farm, will be expanded toward the back of the property line. Fire Chief Mark Ober said this will allow the ladder truck to pull around the building and into the garage instead of backing into the bay. “The biggest problem with the quint is they block the road while they back in,” he said. Currently, when the ladder truck returns from a call, one of the firefighters has to get out to be a spotter for the firefighter backing the 40-foot-long truck into the



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ANDERSON TWP. – The Anderson Township Park District is considering weight limits for the parking

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Park district may lower lot weight limits


He said the work will likely be complete next spring when the rear driveway is repaired. The $8,000 for design and engineering for the expansion is included in a previous $63,500 purchase order for much of the driveway repair work, according to a township memo.

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Cincinnati recently celebrated its grand opening at 7426 Beechmont Ave. in the Anderson Towne Center. Big Frog is the area’s first digital custom garment retailer. Attending the ribboncutting are, left to right: Bob Temp, Anderson Area Chamber Board of Directors (holding ribbon); Ken Dietz, Anderson Township fiscal officer; Peggy Reis, Anderson Township trustee; Vicky Earhart, Anderson Township administrator; Eric Miller, Anderson Area Chamber executive director; Steve Sievers, Anderson Township assistant administrator; Judy Baker, Anderson Area Chamber Economic Development Committee; Big Frog; and Craig Best, Anderson Township Fire & Rescue assistant chief. Holding the scissors are Big Frog’s Raul Tellez and Cathy Tellez.

lots at its area parks. Park Commissioner Dale Bartholomew suggested lowering the limit to three tons to prevent large vehicles using the park’s lots as a spot for a break or construction parking. The current weight limit is five tons, or 10,000 pounds. “I see too many semis parked on our lots,” he said at a recent meeting. “I’m worried about those heavy loads and if we (lower the weight limit) now it will save us in the future.” Park District Executive Director Ken Kushner said they can lower the weight limit. He also said what destroys the pavement is the frequency of heavy loads. Often the trucks sitting in the parking lots at Riverside Park on Round Bottom Road or Kellogg Park on Kellogg Avenue are lost or waiting to deliver goods, Kushner said. Bartholomew added that he was concerned about the parking lot at Riverside Park being used for construction vehicle parking when the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati continues the sewer project near the park in northern Anderson Township. “I’m concerned we’ll get some tear up on lots that are not in the construction zone,” he said. Park Commissioner Nadine Gelter said the administration should look into weight limits for the parking lots and report back to the board. Get Anderson Township updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter at andersontownship.

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Hamilton County Commissioners had a testy debate Sept. 28 about how to get county communities to better share services in an effort to save taxpayers money. During the board of commissioner’s regular meeting Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, the three-man board’s lone Democrat – was visibly frustrated. There were long pauses, he threw up his hands at one point, and argued with Hartmann. And he sighed. Portune had his plan, introduced first on Aug. 24: create a standing committee with the city to discuss collaboration; host a summit with the county’s 49 communities and put in place recommendations made by the government reform task force last year. Republican Board President Greg Hartmann had his plan – introduced on Sept. 12 – that said essentially the same thing – except that the county shouldn’t take the lead on hosting a summit. “I’m concerned about us spending additional resources, but I am supportive of the effort,” Hartmann said. “I want to encourage these groups to work together on their own.”

Hartmann said he worked to combine his and Portune’s ideas. Portune fired back that Hartmann’s plan was “passive.” Republican Commissioner Chris Monzel supported Hartmann’s plan, his comments bringing Hartmann’s plan to a vote. All three commissioners voted for the summit-less plan. “At the end of the day the important thing is that we’re moving forward on all three fronts,” Portune said after the meeting. Credit for the idea is likely important as Portune and Hartmann are both up for re-election next year. And they’ll both want to demonstrate to voters that as a commissioner they did all they could to promote collaboration among government to provide services for the least cost. By the end of the day though, Portune rallied: Hartmann didn’t say there couldn’t be a summit. So Portune is still planning it and hopes to use state money set aside to promote shared services that save cash to fund anything needed for it. Instead of the county, the Center for Local Government, a local think tank the county pays $15,000 a year to belong to, will act as host.


Backpack blessing

Clough United Methodist Church recently conducted its annual Backpack Blessing. Students brought their backpacks to church and teachers and other school staff were given apples by the students. Both students and staff received prayers for a safe and successful school year. The Blessing is conducted annually to celebrate the start of the new school year.