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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013
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Forest Hills survey concerns are surfacing By Forrest Sellers firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDERSON TWP. — The timing of a survey about the Forest Hills Local School District has some residents concerned. The school district recently hired Paul Fallon Research and Communications to conduct a survey that is expected to contain questions pertaining to facilities in the district. A focus group meeting, which is apparently part of preparing for the survey, will be conducted at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Fields Research, 3814 West St. in Mariemont. At least one school board member and a resident who has
Leonard LeFevre checks out theplan for the Villages at PeterGreen, a proposed higher density housing development in Anderson Township. THE COMMUNITY PRESS/LISA WAKELAND
Major development plan stirs up worry
By Lisa Wakeland
It’s being billed as the Midwest’s largest planned residential community in a protected natural environment. The Villages at PeterGreen is a new, mixed-use housing development proposed for more than 330 acres of property in southeastern Anderson Township, between the Coldstream Country Club and Woodland Mound park. Plans presented at an Oct. 22 meeting show three proposed developments on the property – the largest natural parcel available for residential housing development in Hamilton County – that would include more than 900 new units ranging from single-family detached homes to apartments. “It’d be an important and acclaimed model for responsible, environmental development in the United States ... and a model for how natural land should be developed,” said Buck Niehoff, whose family has owned the property for
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» Many people at the meeting questioned why the township mailed notices about the proposal only to property owners within 200 feet. Anderson Township Planning and Zoning Director Paul Drury said the Ohio Revised Code requires notifying adjoining property owners of public hearings on zone changes and township Board of Zoning Appeals cases. “The township has established a policy of notifying property owners within 200 feet of the property in question,” he said. “This was not a public hearing, but we followed the same procedure as well as posted it on our website.” » The Villages at PeterGreen development proposal, the public hearing notice and zoning plats are available on AndersonTownship’s website at www.andersontownship.org.
generations. New development would encompass about 40 percent of the property, and the rest would be preserved in its natural state with trails, ponds and mature woodlands, Niehoff said. But many residents who live on streets surrounding the property – Ayers, Asbury, Eight Mile and Hopper roads – claimed the new development would have a detrimental effect on the nearby neighborhoods. Chief among the concerns
was additional traffic. Bob Hatch, who lives on Ayers Road, said rezoning the property to allow higher-density housing and the hundreds of cars that come with it would have a devastating effect on the neighborhood. His neighbor, Roger Corbly, expressed a similar sentiment. “That would just destroy the peaceful, quiet use of that street we all want,” he said. “This project is about four units per acre. If it goes for-
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been invited to participate in the focus group, however, are concerned about the timing of the survey. Anderson Township resident Moira Griesser, who has been invited to participate in the Oct. 30 meeting, said, “I’m hoping to ask them not to do the survey until after (the district) gets See SURVEY, Page B7
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A monument to government overspending? By Lisa Wakeland
Was the Anderson Towne Place plan a $6 million waste of taxpayer money or could it still be a viable development? What was supposed to be a first-run cinema on top of a parking garage is now an unused, unfinished concrete foundation tucked in the hillside between the Anderson Center and Kmart on Five Mile Road. Anderson Township officials announced the plans for Anderson Towne Place in 2006 – a $40 million development with dozens of condominiums, a 14-screen movie theater, a multilevel bar and restaurant, an amphitheater, and a 325-space parking garage. But as the project was scaled back and construction stopped in 2009, many residents have questioned whether it was a multimillion dollar mistake or if it can still be a useful space in the center of the community. The answer depends on whom you ask. Both Trustees Peggy Reis and Russ Jackson, who were on the township Board of Trustees when plans were announced and the project got underway, say residents wanted the development and the parking garage is still needed as overflow parking for events at the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Like Reis, who is not running for another term, and Jackson, who was reelected in 2009, trustee
candidates Josh Gerth and Andrew Pappas were excited about the idea, but said the project was a victim of the economic downturn. The other three candidates – Scott Doyle, incumbent Kevin O’Brien, who was not an elected official until after construction stopped, and John Piehowicz – said they were skeptical of the project after it was announced. Now all three say it was a waste of money and question whether Anderson Township can recoup the $6 million it paid the developer, the JFP group.
Why the cinema and garage?
Jackson had worked to bring a cinema to the township for years prior to the Anderson Towne Place announcement. Multiple locations were discussed, including a second-level on the former Beechmont Mall, now called Anderson Towne Center, which was under redevelopment at the time. “It was part of a larger development, and a hot topic at the time,” Reis said of the plans. “A lot of people were excited, hence our involvement in the garage.” Both the Anderson Center, which opened in 2008, and the Anderson Center Station park-andride, which opened two years earlier, were part of a new “center of the community” township officials were trying to create. The cinema and garage would complement
the transformation. “It was the parking garage we knew we had to have and still desperately need,” Jackson said. “At the time, we had a highly successful developer. Unfortunately for us the developer had a financial setback totally unrelated to this project.” Gerth was excited about the original plans. “These were two things our community needed,” he said about the condominiums and theater. “It would have been great and obviously helped even further improve the town center.” Piehowicz agreed that a cinema – and more afterdark family entertainment options – were needed in the community, but said he “often wondered why we were making the investment we were into a parking garage for the cinema.” O’Brien, who is running for re-election, said he would have been excited if it came to fruition, but he “felt like it wasn’t going to happen when it was scaled back.” Pappas also questioned whether the township residents could support a movie theater, but said he would have supported the cinema if the developers finished it. Doyle said he was against the township spending money on the parking garage to benefit the cinema, even if it was also used for township event parking. “Personally, I think they spend way too much on the government center [Anderson Center], and
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the parking garage was the same thing,” he said. First Financial Bank began foreclosure proceedings against the developer in November 2009, and the case is still in the courts. JFP group still owns the property, according to the Hamilton County auditor’s website. Township Administrator Vicky Earhart said they still have a leasehold interest in the garage, and that would factor into the future of the property, whether it’s owned the JFP group, a bank or another developer. “It’s a site we’d like to see improved upon, and the timing was just lousy for us on that one,” she said. “If that was built like it was envisioned it would be a jewel. But unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”
What went wrong?
When the $40 million development was announced, it was scheduled to open in spring 2008. Multiple redesigns pushed out the project’s timeline, but by late 2008 the JFP group was ready to start construction on a scaled-down version that no longer included condominiums, a restaurant or amphitheater. As pieces of concrete and rebar started to appear on the hillside, it seemed Anderson Towne Place was finally on its way. The township trustees gave the JFP group until June 2010 to finish, but the bank began foreclosure proceedings just four days after the extension was granted. Reis said the economic downturn played a big role in the situation. “It was the year when things were falling apart, and the trouble the developer was having with the bank all played into it,” she said. Pappas agreed that what happened to the Anderson Towne Place development was a microcosm of what was happening all over the country. “It’s sad that it happened like that, but it’s just a symptom of the economy,” he said. “That was back during the days … with a lot of easy money chasing projects. It’s a natural correction to a little real estate bubble that eventually popped.” O’Brien said it was a
mistake for township officials not to get a performance bond to protect the investment if developers ran into issues. Piehowicz agreed and said now it’s “unfathomable” a bond wasn’t in place so the township could recoup its losses if the project fell apart. After construction stopped Piehowicz said he felt “frustration at the waste of taxpayer dollars.” Doyle also said it was a waste of money and now the township could be stuck with a useless structure. “It’s a mess for sure, and I was not happy about it from the (start),” Doyle said. “It’s a monument to government overspending.” Gerth said the timing of the cinema and garage project was horrible, but he’s not ready to call it a total loss. “The township obviously spent money on it trying to stimulate development,” he said. “Times have changed now, so what can we do with it?”
Looking to the future
So could Anderson Towne Place actually become a viable development? Most of the candidates and sitting trustees said it could happen eventually. “I don’t know what would be a good solution – whether we cut our losses now, sell (the township’s interest) or try to turn it into something else – but I don’t see us needing a parking garage,” Doyle said. “There are all kinds of possibilities as long as it’s not coming out of the taxpayers’ pocket.” Piehowicz said the land and location could be valuable to a private developer, but they need to evaluate the structure to see if anything is possible because of its deteriorated state. “The way the land lies it’d be tough to develop or very expensive,” he said. “I’m not sure if we could entice a development to come in, but it’d be up to private developers and capitalism at that point.” O’Brien also said he thinks the cost to finish the project, especially the parking garage portion, would be too high for most private entities to consid-
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er taking over the development. “No one is going to front the money for a parking garage so they can put a movie theater or restaurant on top of it,” he said. “I don’t know who would be willing to sink the millions of dollars to build the parking garage, let alone the other components.” Gerth, who is a corporate real estate consultant, disagrees and said it’s still a good location that could become a vibrant development in Anderson Township. He pointed to the former Kenwood Towne Place, which also sat unfinished for years after the developer faced foreclosure, as a sign of hope. A new owner and developer recently took over the project, and plans are in place to finish the building and attract new tenants. Gerth is not part of that development, but his company, Jones Lang LaSalle, is the leasing agent for the office space. “It’s easy for someone to say it was a waste of money, looking at it today,” he said. “We spent this money so let’s not just let it sit there. We should go after someone to get it done.” Pappas also said complaining about the state of the development isn’t going to bring the township taxpayers’ money back. The local economy is starting to pick up, and Pappas said the plans could be redesigned to make it viable. “It makes no sense to point fingers at the past, and it’s not fair to look back with Monday-morning-quarterback glasses,” he said. “How can we look forward and turn that bad situation into something we can use?” Jackson said they’ve been working with developers the past several years to try and get the project finished. The cinema industry has changed drastically in the decade since they started working on this project, he said, but there are a number of possibilities for redevelopment. “The only real question is it’s not designed to hold a lot of floors, and that would be a problem,” Jackson said. “I think the local economy, at least here in Anderson Township, is definitely heading in a positive direction. We may well see something happen in the not too distant future.” Reis also said she still thinks it’s a valuable piece of property. “It’s centrally located … and there is surrounding property that might change or improve, but that will be run by the marketplace and private investment,” she said. “We continue to have a limited interest (in the property), and we have no recourse to change that.”
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We are sitting at a crossroads in the Forest Hills School District. For twelve consecutive years our schools have been rated Excellent or Excellent with Distinction. It is easy, then, for our community to come to a place where we have certain expectations. But Education is unique in that it is a product of the will of everyone in a community. Those twelve years were fueled by the passion of great teachers directly impacting the individual students who have grown and excelled in our district. But the teachers did not do it alone. Our community came together to make education a priority and gave those brilliant teachers the support they needed to make a difference. And so we were awarded with Excellence. The number of former students that send their children through the halls of our schools, or come back to teach in the rooms that helped to form their identities, is a testament to the pride that our community takes in setting our youth up for success. And it has been this cycle that has fed our perennial excellence. But the hard truths of an economic collapse, and continued shifts in mandates from state and federal powers have brought us to a point where we must work incredibly hard to find a balance between fiscal responsibility and a commitment to continuing to carve out a space where future generations can continue our tradition of excellence. My wife, Kristine, and I have watched our four children grow and develop, though two are still on that journey, into well rounded citizens in this district, and I spent 19 years working with the students here. In that time, I learned a valuable lesson in meeting the needs of the individual, while also working towards what was best for the entire community. I also learned, as an administrator, about working within tight budgets to foster success. But the most important thing I developed was a passion for meeting the needs of every child that steps into the halls of our schools.
While we must balance the needs of students with the concerns of our community, we can’t risk becoming less than excellent. Our schools have been the pride, and driving economic force, of our community for decades. We must continue to be a beacon to the most passionate teachers in the region, and the families that want access to them. We must strengthen our community by continuing to improve our schools. By keeping both Anderson and Turpin High Schools, and by doing what we can to keep our elementary schools as small as possible, we are united in the cause of success for all students by maintaining more opportunities for our students to get the one on one attention they deserve. When we match passionate teachers with well supported kids, we have the recipe for progress, innovation and furthering the hopes and dreams of our community, and this nation. So, we stand at a crossroads. But we stand at it together. On November 5th, a vote for me would be a vote for a new voice and fresh perspective. I would be honored if you would allow me to work for you to find solutions to the difficult challenges that lie ahead. I would humbly accept the responsibility that comes with your support to work for what is best for the children, the parents, the teachers and the community. Thank you, and regardless of who you support, be sure to vote. Respectfully,
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Grant used to commission ‘Forest Hills Folk Suite’
A framed copy of the “Forest Hills Folk Suite” was officially presented to the Forest Hills Board of Education by strings/ orchestra teacher Lynn Poffenberger. The gift was made following a performance of the Suite by the Forest Hills Faculty Strings Quintet (Robin Bierschenk, Jessica Cox, Alison Oprea, Lynn Poffenberger and Jonathan Welch). Poffenberger said that a grant to the district’s elementary strings teachers from the Forest Hills Instrumental Association (FHIMA) was used to commission the work by composer Bob Phillips. Phillips is a veteran string educator, president of the American String Teachers Associa-
tion and composer and director of string publications for Alfred Music Publishing Company. The Suite includes three movements: “River Hymn;” “Waltz of the Hills;” and “Barn Dance.” Board members and Superintendent Dallas Jackson expressed their gratitude for the gift and appreciation for the music. The sixth-grade district string orchestra students debuted the piece last March during the annual district concert which coincides with the FHIMA Spaghetti Dinner. The FHIMA grant included the commissioning of “Forest Hills Folk Suite” and Phillips to conduct the sixth-grade district orchestra students in their per-
formance of the Suite. Phillips gave a string bass clinic for students in grades 4-12 and worked with a fiddle group of students in grades 7-12. The fiddle group also performed during the FHIMA Spaghetti Dinner. The string orchestra directors decided to present framed copies of the Suites’ title page to all six district elementary schools as well as the Board of Education as a memento of the occasion, Poffenberger said. Phillips said that 300-500 copies of the piece will sell worldwide in the first year of publication. The following dedication will always be printed on the title page: “Dedicated to the 6th Grade Orchestra in the Forest
Forest Hills Local School District Superintendent Dallas Jackson accepts from strings/orchestra teacher Lynn Poffenberger a gift of a framed copy of the Forest Hills Folk Suite. THANKS TO SHEILA VILVENS
Hills School District, Cincinnati, Ohio and their teachers Robin Bierschenk, Jessica Cox, Lynn Poffenberger and Jonathan Welch.” The process of having a piece
of music commissioned and having a composer conduct the work was an enriching experience to the district string orchestra students and their teachers, Poffenberger added.
Turpin senior takes ‘Epic’ ride to the championship Turpin High School senior Meghan Davis recently enjoyed the ride of her life when she won the 3-year-old Amateur Championship at the 75th Celebration Horse Show recently in Shelbyville, Tenn. The level of competition at the annual Championship competition was world class as equestrians from around the globe descended upon Shelbyville to compete with their Tennessee Walking horses. For Davis, the win was surprising. “I knew I did well, but I didn’t know how well,” she said modestly. Even when they called off her name and that of her Tennessee Walking Horse, Epic, she said she had a few seconds of disbelief. Riding in the amateur class as opposed to the junior class made Davis’s win less likely and all the more exciting. If she would have competed in the junior class, she would have been riding with individuals nearer her own age, and most likely could have been one of the oldest and more experienced riders in the class. Riding in the amateur class matched Davis against older and possibly more experienced riders. This didn’t shake her confidence, however. She was confident in her abilities and those of Epic. Davis has been riding horses since she was 6 years old. She initially started with jumpers, but soon found her passion with Tennessee Walkers. It was her father, Mike Davis, who introduced her to Walkers. In his youth, her father had trained Tennessee Walking Horses. The Davis family even has a farm in Tennessee, not far from where the World Championships are held. It is in Tennessee where Meghan works
Guardian Angels seventh-grader Albie Chatfield pedals across a rope during a recent field trip to COSI. THANKS TO ANNE PAVELY Turpin High School senior Meghan Davis rides her Tennessee Walking Horse, Epic, to win the Amateur Championship at the 75th Celebration Horse Show in Shelbyville, Tenn. THANKS TO SHANE SHIFLET
with her horses several times a month in preparation for shows and competitions. During shows, the goal for Tennessee Walking Horse competition is to get the horse to step high while keeping it’s back low to the ground. Additionally, their head needs to be shaking in a smooth but obvious rhythm with the steps. With such a significant win to her credit, Davis is eagerly looking forward to next year’s Championship Showcase and competing with Epic in the 4year-old class. When not riding, Davis is a busy student at Turpin. In addi-
tion to riding, she also plays basketball for the Spartans, volunteers at a therapeutic riding barn and teaches horse lessons to others. She is planning for continuing her education beyond high school as well. She currently plans to attend Belmont College in Tennessee to study physical therapy. Belmont is close to the family farm which will allow Davis to easily continue riding as she pursues her college studies. Davis is the daughter of Mike and Beth Davis. To see Meghan’s winning class, visit tinyurl.com/kxgqjyz .
BUSY DAY IN COLUMBUS Guardian Angels seventh-graders recently took a field trip to the state capital, where they visited the state capital building, COSI and saw the outdoor drama, “Tecumsah.”
Forest Hills sells bonds to save money The Forest Hills Local School district recently sold Series 2013 Refunding Bonds on the municipal market. This action will, over time, save taxpayers $318,287. “Due to regulations, this was the first time the district was eligible to refund the 2003 bonds,” Treasurer Richard
Toepfer III said. “With interest rates at historically low levels, we wanted to take advantage of the interest savings as soon as we could. This was a tremendous opportunity to save our taxpayers a significant amount of money.” The original bonds were used to finance Nagel Middle
School. Toepfer compared the transaction to refinancing a home for lower interest rates. The average rate on the old bonds was 4.57 percent. The new rate is1.46 percent. The district’s millage will drop off after 2016 as scheduled.
Guardian Angels seventh-grader Bailey Hopple explores the COSI museum in Columbus. THANKS TO ANNE PAVELY
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VISION FOR A BETTER FUTURE Top Row (L-R) - Matt Bailey (AHS ‘88), Stacey Bailey (AHS ‘92), Cheryl Ferry, Brian Ferry (AHS ‘94). Middle Row (L-R) - Quinn Ferry, Rich Neumann, Sue Neumann, Edie Ferry. Front Row (L-R) - Mattie Bailey, Annie Neumann, Meka Ferry.
THE MOST QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED CANDIDATE
“It is absolutely essential in education today that there are individuals who have the experience and vision required to move a school district forward while allowing maximum growth for all children. Rich Neumann’s ability to organize, analyze and articulate cost-saving alternative solutions is something our district needs now more than ever before. I have spent more than 50 years of my life in education, including 18 years as the Superintendent of the Forest Hills School District. I continue to work on understanding the signiﬁcant challenges that will face our district in the years ahead. In order to meet these challenges, we need proven experience and leadership. We need a change from the status quo to provide a 21st Century education for our children. Rich Neumann has earned my support for the Forest Hills School District Board of Education.”
-DR. JOHN B. PATZWALD Superintendent, Forest Hills School District (1992-2010)
“I worked closely with Rich Neumann at Anderson High School. I watched him use his creative and innovative skills to raise the school’s athletic program to a new level of quality and excellence. I think of him as an “impact” person because he has the vision, the background and the skills to make great things happen.”
-MICHAEL D. HALL
Principal, Anderson H.S. (1985-2003) Principal, Miami Valley Christian Academy (2003-2008)
“I have known Rich Neumann for over twenty years and worked closely with him when he served as Anderson H.S. Athletic Director (1992-1995). Rich was instrumental in taking Anderson athletics to a new level and under his guidance we were successful in virtually every sport. One of the qualities Rich has that makes him a great leader is, ﬁrst and foremost, his vision towards the future. The words ‘status quo’ and ‘can’t do’ don’t exist in his vocabulary. The words ‘excellence’ and ‘pursuit of greatness’ do.”
Head Football Coach, Anderson High School (1987-2006)
“Only one candidate has demonstrated the type of leadership during his professional career to plan and implement curriculum and develop the ﬁnancial and facility resources to provide our students with the tools to succeed in the new world. He is Richard Neumann. During the Meet the Candidates Night on October 15th, his candid and thorough grasp of the facts and issues we face convinced me beyond any question that we need him back on our school board. I hope you will join me and those who also know of his passion, business acumen and extraordinary leadership by voting for Richard Neumann on Tuesday, November 5th!”
President, Park National Bank (retired) Member, Forest Hills School District Business Advisory Committee
“Rich Neumann provides a much needed and healthy tension on the Board of Education when discussing difﬁcult issues. He, more than anyone I’ve seen on the board over the past decade, isn’t afraid to speak his mind and offer innovative ideas. He places the student ﬁrst with a keen eye on making the right ﬁnancial decisions for the taxpayers.”
Director of High School & Player Relations, University of Cincinnati
Former Turpin H.S. Parent and Long Time Supporter of the Forest Hills School District
“Rich Neumann IS the right man for Forest Hills. He knows that to give students the very best education, the school board and the community must provide all the tools. Rich Neumann will do that!
“Rich Neumann has been a leader and innovator for his entire career. He is a passionate educator and will always work in the best interests of our students, teachers, and taxpayers.”
Rich has shown through his previous work on the Board that he has the fortitude to make the tough decisions. He has the courage to do what is right, not just what is most popular. Rich is not a follower. He is a leader. Rich Neumann has the qualities that Forest Hills needs.”
-HOWARD L. BELL, MD
-JASON H. BELL, MD, PHD, FACS
President, Ohio Association of Professional School Employees #177
Anderson H.S. Class of 1966
Anderson H.S. Class of 1966 / Anderson H.S. Class of 1992
I pledge to listen carefully, consider ideas thoroughly and make decisions wisely. I will strive to develop trust, good will and a new spirit of collaboration on the School Board and in the community. “Unity in the Community” should become our mantra. We have a unique opportunity to work together in ﬁnding solutions to revitalize the Forest Hills School District. We can and we must create 21st Century learning environments throughout the district to provide an enriched student experience and to ensure “Success for All Students.” I ask that you measure the background and experience of each candidate. If you want uniquely qualiﬁed, progressive and dynamic leadership with a vision for a better future for all residents of the Forest Hills School District, I would appreciate your vote on November 5th.
-RICH NEUMANN Candidate for the Forest Hills School District Board of Education
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CommunityPress.com McNicholas High School junior Luke Sulken moved from slot receiver to quarterback for the Rockets. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Senior assumes leadership, wins Player of Year Rockets volleyball earns district title By Mark D. Motz firstname.lastname@example.org
McNicholas junior makes switch to QB By Mark D. Motz email@example.com
MT. WASHINGTON — The forward pass dominates football today like at no other time in the history of the game. So maybe a little strange to find McNicholas High School –
one of the early adopters of the spread offense in the days of Bryan and Brad Cupito more than a decade ago – is home to the leading rusher in the Greater Catholic League Coed. Maybe stranger to learn the leading rusher is junior quar-
terback Luke Sulken. And maybe strangest of all to learn Sulken had been a receiver most of his life prior to this season. “He’s a gifted athlete,” McNick head coach Mike OrSee FOOTBALL, Page A7
MT. WASHINGTON — Last year, no big surprise. The senior-dominated 2012 McNicholas High School volleyball team reached the regional finals. The Rockets came up on the short end of a five-set match against league rival Kettering Alter and missed a chance at the final four. This year, who knew? Five of the six starters from what had been McNick’s bestever team at 25-2 graduated, leaving head coach Dennis Murphy with a lot of question marks Lucky for the Rockets, the one returning starter was Hannah Taylor. The 5-foot-11 middle hitter from Amelia earned Girls Greater Catholic League Central player of the year honors after a regular season in which she led the league in every attacking statistic. She was top three in the GGCL defensive stats. All without playing on the year-round club circuit. “Normally to play at the level she plays, you have to play club ball,” Murphy said. “She is exceedingly athletic.” More than her impressive numbers, Murphy said Taylor grew into a leader. “Last year she was more of a complimentary player to our outside hitters,” he said. “Now everybody knows she’s the one to stop and her hitting percentage has actually gone up quite a bit this year. I’m more surprised now when she hits one out than when she puts one away. “She’s a very competitive kid. Competitive and smart. She’s the kind of kid who when she practices and messes up, she asks what she did wrong and what she needs to do to get it right. Then she puts in the work to get it right.” Taylor said she didn’t mind donning the leadership mantle. “I kind of like it better,” she said. “I’m the oldest on the team now and the younger players kind of look up to me. It was a
McNicholas High School senior Hannah Taylor helped the Rockets to the Division II volleyball district championship game. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
hard adjustment. I loved my seniors last year. But I like being the senior this year.” Taylor, who also plays shooting guard for the Rockets in basketball, said she likes both sports equally, with a slight edge to whichever one happens to be in season at the time. She took up volleyball as a seventh-grader at St. Thomas More School. She said she isn’t sure why she did, just that she enjoyed the game once she discovered it. “I love my team,” she said. “I like how it’s really team-like and still a lot of individual work. I can’t hit without a pass and a set, but I have to work myself. I know people rely on me a lot more. We run a lot more (of our offense) in the middle and I have to be my best.” McNicholas beat Blanchester 25-10, 25-11, 25-12 in the Division II sectional finals Oct. 19. The Rockets won 20-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-13 against Bellbrook in the district championship Oct. 26 to advance to the regional semifinals. McNick meets Chillicothe Unioto at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Wilmington High School. The winner plays either Wyoming or Kettering Alter at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Wilmington for a trip to the state final four. “I look at it this way: We’re a touch matchup because we’re middle strong where most people are strong on the outside,” Murphy said.
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» Anderson High School lost 26-0 at home against Winton Woods Oct. 24. The Redskins were shut out for the third time this season in dropping to 3-6. Anderson closes the regular season at home against Kings Nov. 1. » McNicholas High School beat Purcell Marian 38-22 Oct. 25 to improve to 7-2 (5-1 GCL Coed). The Rockets built a 35-0 lead in the first half as Sean Byrne scored on runs of eight, 28 and one yard, while Sam Browning returned an interception 45 yards for one score and returned a fumble 46 yards for another. Cole Carmosino made five extra points and added 40yard field goal. McNick closes the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, against Hamilton Badin (8-1, 5-1 GCL Coed) with the league title on the line.
Turpin High School sophomore quarterback Bennie Stoll looks up the field for an open man against Loveland High School Oct. 25 at Spartan Stadium. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
» Turpin High School fell 42-0 against Loveland Oct. 25. The Spartans managed only 30 yards rushing while slipping to 4-5 (2-2 Eastern Cincinnati Conference). Turpin closes the reg-
ular season Oct. 31on the road at Walnut Hills. » Miami Valley Christian Academy defeated the Manchester Lions 47-20 on Oct. 26. Senior Alex Ammerman ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Bransen Vilardo ran for 85 yards and a score and was 4-5 passing with a touchdown to junior Malique Ward. MVCA clinched at least a tie for the Ohio Valley Athletic League title. The Lions will host Noblesville at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Turpin High School. » Walnut Hills shut out Milford 16-0 on Oct. 25. Tierin Williams ran for 178 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Kevin Blount had a touchdown toss to Kendal Fitzgerald. The Eagles host Turpin on Halloween 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31.
» McNicholas beat Wyoming 2-1 in overtime Oct. 22 to claim a Division II sectional title. The Rockets advanced to the district championship Oct. 26
against league rival Middletown Fenwick and lost 2-0. » Turpin beat Lakota East 1-0 Oct. 22 in the Division I sectional finals to set up an Oct. 26 district championship match against Tecumseh. The Spartans won 4-0 and advanced to the regional semifinal against the top-ranked team in the state, Mason High School, Oct. 30. See cincinnati.com/preps. » Walnut Hills juniors Brandon Pitz and Daniel Bundschuh scored as the Eagles beat Elder 2-0 in a Division I sectional final Oct. 22 to advance on against Mason Oct. 26. The Comets downed the Eagles 5-0 in the district finals.
» McNicholas beat Wilmington 10-0 Oct. 21 in the Division II sectional finals, advancing to face Indian Hill Oct. 24 for the district championship. The Rockets won 4-0 and moved into the regional semifinals Oct. 29 against against league rival Kettering Alter after Journal deadlines. The winner meets ei-
ther Ross or Tippecanoe for a trip to the state final four. » Turpin lost 3-1 in the Division I sectional finals against Fairfield Oct. 21. » Walnut Hills defeated Oak Hills 3-1 in the Division I sectionals Oct. 21 to move to a district game with Fairfield Oct. 24. Senior Alexis Kiehl had two goals for the Lady Eagles.
» McNicholas beat Blanchester 25-10, 25-11, 25-12 in the Division II sectional finals Oct. 19. The Rockets won 20-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-13 against Bellbrook in the district championship Oct. 26 to advance to the regional semifinals. McNick meets Chillicothe Unioto at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Wilmington High School. The winner plays either Wyoming or Kettering Alter at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Wilmington for a trip to the state final four.
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Walnut Hills wanders through the brackets
Big East Basketball League meeting is Nov. 6
Girls soccer on October run
ren, who was hurt for a long time, have made a big difference.” Walnut’s goalkeeper is junior Grondin. She shut out Ursuline, Anderson, Fairfield, Glen Este and Mariemont during the season and now Fairfield in the postseason. All four of the Walnut Hills captains are going on to play college soccer. Midfielder Gabrielle Brokamp is going to UAB (Alabama-Birmingham), forwards Alexis and Kaitlynn Kiehl will play at Dayton and defender Morgan Shafer is heading to Northern Kentucky. Senior Kat Cheng is Walnut’s second-leading scorer behind Alexis Kiehl and she also may play collegiately. Other seniors on their final run for Walnut Hills are Emily Roemhild, Emma Van Bakel and Chloe LaCoe. Ten juniors and two sophomores are slated to return for 2014.
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WALNUT HILLS — For the second consecutive year, the Walnut Hills High School girls soccer team made the Division I district tournament by defeating Oak Hills. In 2012, it was a 2-1 overtime thriller. This year, it was your routine 3-1 victory at Winton Woods Oct. 21. “They’re a good opponent,” coach Bob Muro said. “They’re dangerous, really dangerous.” The Lady Eagles got a measure of revenge on Oak Hills for an Aug. 24, 2-1 loss. Muro went out of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference to the Greater Miami Conference several times, facing Fairfield, Sycamore and Lakota West. “That’s why we do
The girls soccer team at Walnut Hills is led by captains, from left, Gabbie Brokamp, Kaitlynn Kiehl, Alexis Kiel and Morgan Shafer. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS
this, to prepare us for tournament time,” Muro said. The Oct. 21 Oak Hills win put them against a familiar GMC foe in Fairfield Oct. 24. Walnut and Fairfield tied 0-0 Aug. 31. On Oct. 24, Walnut Hills grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Alexis Kiehl and Kat Cheng and held on behind Olivia Grondin in goal to end Fairfield’s season and advance as district champions. The Lady Eagles play
like that and make that switch, but it made the most sense to put our most athletic player at QB and get the ball in his hands every play.” Sulken said he welcomed the challenge. “Anybody is going to be nervous and excited getting to play varsity quarterback,” he said. “But once you get a couple games into the season you get more comfortable and less nervous. You can just
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lando said. “He’s one of those kids who could play just about any position. He was a slot receiver for us last year and you could see he had good hands, good feet, good decisions. So we asked him to change. “I don’t know that just anybody would be selfless
St. Ursula in a regional semifinal Oct. 29 after deadline. “It’s anybody’s game and whoever plays the best game is going to win it,” Muro said of the tournament. Muro’s crew emphasize defense. During the season, only Ross scored three goals on the Lady Eagles. “Our back four has done really well,” Muro said. “Loren Richardson, Scout LaCoe, Maddie Hordinski and Kate Warplay and not think as much.” Early nerves notwithstanding, Sulken said the biggest adjustment was not in his head, but in his feet. “The footwork was the hardest part,” he said. “Receiver is all about footwork, too, but it’s a different kind of footwork. If you don’t get the feet right, you can’t get back to pass or forward to run.
“I did a lot of cone work and working with dummies getting my balance down and getting a sense of gravity.” Sulken grew up watching his older brother, Jacob, as a three-year starter at quarterback for Bethel-Tate High School. Luke played in Bethel youth leagues from age 9 until he started high school himself. “It’s been a work in progress, but it’s been good
About 20 years ago, the Boosters of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish and the Forest Hills Youth Basketball Association created the Big East Basketball League. The BEBL was set up to give boys with a love for basketball another outlet for competition. The league meeting is 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the cafeteria at IHM School. Depending on the size of their school, boys usually get divided up among the multiple teams in their grade level. In their respective leagues, these teams often get put in different divisions, so they don’t see each other all season. In the BEBL, the divisions are set up by grade, with 8-12 teams per grade. Historically, each division has been a blend of teams from parochial and public schools, from the southeast side of Cincinnati and west Clermont County. Another special aspect of the Big East Basketball League is community in-
volvement. Last season, the Forest Hills School District provided facilities to BEBL at Nagel Middle School, St Thomas More Parish, and McNicholas High School. Proceeds collected from concessions and admissions go to the organizations that staff the facilities. According to Jack Runk, director of The Forest Hills Youth Basketball Organization (FHYBA), their organization makes an annual contribution to Turpin and Anderson high schools athletic programs from their BEBL revenue. The season runs from December into early March. Teams play a 10game regular season and a postseason tournament. This year they will include grades 3-6. Players on the division winning and tournament finalists’ teams receive awards. For further information, visit www.ihom.org or contact the Big East commissioner Dan Hornschmeier at email@example.com.
work,” Orlando said. “It’s been a progression. He makes a handful of plays each game that are outstanding. But top to bottom, even learning a new position, you look at him and say, ‘Of course he’s the one you want in that spot. He’s the one who will lead us.’ “He’s engulfed in it. He studies film at lunch. He puts in the time on the field.” “It all starts with the
front line,” Sulken said. “If they do their job, they make you look a lot better than you are. They’ve made me look really good this year.” The Rockets look good as a team, controlling their own destiny in the quest for reaching the Division IV playoffs and winning their league. “I’m happy, but there’s always room for improvement,” Sulken said. “Nobody’s perfect.”
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St. Xavier linksmen finish third at state By Tom Skeen firstname.lastname@example.org
CINCINNATI — Leading by one stroke heading in to the final day of the Division I state boys golf tournament at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, St. Xavier High School shot 329 on day two for a team total of 647 and a third-place finish Oct. 19. Dublin Jerome (641) won its third consecutive state championship, while Pickerington North was second (646). Sophomore Kirran Ma-
gowan of Loveland earned first-team allstate honors for the Bombers after his backto-back 78s earned him a fifth-place finish as the team’s top finisher. “Some of our guys struggled,” Magowan told Gannett News Service. “This course really tests you.” Senior Brendan Keating of Hyde Park earned second-team all-state recognition after shooting a 5-over par 76 on day one and an 84 the following day for a 160 on his way to
a 10th-place finish. Seniors Matt Schiller of Kenwood (161), Gunnar Nelson of Montgomery (172) and Michael Misleh of Anderson Township (172) also competed for St. X coach Alex Kepley in Columbus. The 2013 season marked the 13th time in school history the Bombers brought home a district title and the 42nd time they’ve captured a Greater Catholic League championship.
Members of the St. Xavier golf team hold their team scorecard after the completion of the Division I state boys golf tournament where the Bombers finished third at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. THANKS TO ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL
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Nick Stone and Cara Schildmeyer each ran in the Division I regional meet Oct. 26 in Troy. Schildmeyer advanced to the state meet by taking 10th place in 18:43.43. She competes at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. Stone finished 90th in the Division I boys race with a 17:38.31 run. » McNicholas finished 11th the Division II girls regional meet Oct. 26 in Troy. Catherine Adams ran 20:32.88 to lead the Rockets, finishing in 39th overall. » Turpin’s girls finished ninth in the Division I regional meet Oct. 26 at Troy. Isabella King paced the Spartans, taking 21st in 19:02.66. » Walnut Hills freshman Olivia Connaughton quali-
fied for the Division I state meet by finishing 13th at the regional meet in Troy Oct. 26 in 18:49.17.
» The Anderson High School varsity boys basketball program will host a 3on-3 tournament for boys in grades three to eight. The all-day event takes place at Anderson Nov. 16. Cost is $80 per team of three or four players, one of whom must live in the Forest Hills Local School district. Registration deadline is Nov. 9. Contact Redskins head coach Chris DeLotell at email@example.com.
The Girls Greater Cincinnati League (GGCL) recognizes five fall sports and St. Ursula Academy announces having the League
Player of the Year in four of those five sports. » Cross Country Runner of the Year - Anne Heffernan » Golf Player of the Year - Carolyn Markley » Soccer Player of the Year - Madeline Huster » Volleyball Player of the Year - Kristen Massa In addition, Jim Calder, assistant varsity soccer coach, was named GGCL Soccer Coach of the Year. Jim is filling in for head voach Becky Evans, who gave birth to her son Sept.15 and has been out for much of the season as head coach. “Congratulations to Becky and Jim and all our great fall athletes,” SUA Athletic Director Mike Sipes said. “It’s great to see them rewarded for all of their hard work.”
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St. Xavier stresses more than just winning on the pitch By Tom Skeen firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s about more than just winning for St. Xavier High School soccer coach Brian Schaeper. Building upon the foundation laid by his Henry Ahrens, Schaeper continued the ways that have led to seven consecutive winning seasons and three straight Greater Catholic League South titles. “(Henry) built a very successful program that I think focused on the right things and not just winning,” Schaeper said. “Winning was a biproduct of that and I’ve really continued that tradition of doing things off the field that build the team experienced.” The Bombers finished 12-4-2, including an 11-game win streak before bowing out in the postseason with a 2-1 loss to Lakota West Oct. 26 in a Di-
vision I district final. Much of their success can be attributed to seniors Jack Caudill and Austin Harrell. The team captains and center midfielders’ play allowed Schaeper to impose his team’s will on their opponent. Also on the team were Anderson Township/ Mt. Washington residents: Theo Berndt, Mitchell Bernert and Bradley Kopp. Kiley Sunderhaus, who had three goals and an assist on the season, is the starter and used his speed to wear down an opponent and free things up for Ryan Hadley, who led St. X with 10 goals in the regular season. “I tell them at the beginning of the year and repeatedly throughout the year that the main reason I’m doing this is because I want them to be better men. The result on the field, I love it, but it’s a small product of what we hope for.”
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Let’s continue the excellence in Forest Hills
My name is Forest T. Heis and I am honored by your trust in allowing me to serve on your school board, and am running to continue to serve the people of Forest Hills in this meaningful way. I am a proud product of the Forest Hills school district. I graduated from Wilson Elementary 33 years ago, then moved on to Turpin Middle and Forest Hills Junior Schools before graduating as co-valedictorian from Turpin High School in 1987. Forest Hills school district provided me with an excellent education and a strong foundation for my future academic endeavors at Stanford, UC Medical School and Duke. I’ve been married to my remarkable wife for 15 years and have four children; our oldest
daughter at Nagel, a son and daughter at Wilson and our youngest at Anderson Hills. My overarching goal is Forest T. for the district Heis COMMUNITY PRESS to continue its excellence and GUEST COLUMNIST provide our children all the tools for 21stcentury learning. I represent our children first in all decision-making, providing for the best education while maintaining fiscal responsibility. I believe strongly in public education and have a vested interest in making the best decisions for our children and for our community. I’m in this for the long haul.
Plan for facilities is most critical in Forest Hills As I ask for your vote for re-election to the Forest Hills board of education, please permit me to provide you with some of my background and my thoughts with respect to our school district. I continue to be deeply committed to our community. I bring a unique perspective to the board. Our family includes two sons educated in Forest Hills schools (a 2009 gradJulie uate and a Bissinger current COMMUNITY 11thth grade PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST student). I have enjoyed 16 years of PTA leadership roles at Sherwood Elementary, Nagel Middle School and Anderson High School, along with districtwide leadership roles. I have had the privilege to serve on the board for almost nine years, and was selected by my colleagues to serve as vice president for three years and as president for two years. During all years of state of Ohio school ratings and due to the efforts of our teachers, staff, students, administrators, families, volunteers and many others, Forest Hills received the highest ratings of Excellent and Excellent with Distinction. I understand our schools from bottom to top and appreciate the challenges we face. I am also a practicing labor and employment attorney with the city of Cincinnati, and have many years of professional experience to draw upon. The most critical challenge for Forest Hills is to fashion a comprehensive and economically feasible plan for maintenance and enhancement of aging district facilities. In the process, it is imperative that we educate our community about our facilities needs, and actively encourage and involve com-
munity input. We must move forward with a well-researched, discussed and vetted plan to assure that Forest Hills continues as a destination school district which supports and enhances our community. For a more in-depth discussion about district facilities, please visit juliebissinger.com. The district’s second challenge is to evaluate and address the findings of the new Ohio School Report Card system, which will be fully implemented for the 20132014 academic year. The report card assesses yearly growth and achievement data for students. The district must continue its longstanding level of excellence in student performance. A third challenge is to insure that adequate funding is available to continue districtwide academic excellence while living in times of decreasing state funding and flat or decreasing individual and family income levels. Because personnel costs total 82 percent of the district budget we must work in a positive, productive manner with the district’s three unions to devise creative solutions to control costs, but at the same time keep and attract top-notch employees. We need to continue to be the district where the region’s top educators want to teach. We must also effectively communicate with the public about school funding challenges and solutions, with particular outreach to the approximately 75 percent of registered voters who do not have children attending Forest Hills schools. I am grateful to serve on the Forest Hills board of education and look forward to these challenges in continuing my service. Thank you sincerely for your support. Julie Bissinger is a candidate for the Forest Hills school board.
Three major reasons I ask for your vote: Leadership: I have served on the Forest Hills school board for four years, including one as vice-president and two as president. Also, I have served as chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and as a board member of Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers. I am skilled at taking diverse (even divergent) ideas, finding common threads, then formulating collaborative solutions. Importantly, especially with the current issues facing the district, I am a consensusbuilder, applying a thoughtful, open-minded and level-headed approach to challenges as they arise. Commitment: I have deep
roots in our district. I have 19 relatives over three generations who have received, or are receiving their education through the Forest Hills school district. I have personally experienced the myriad of opportunity Forest Hills has to offer from outstanding teaching and academics, to athletics, music, drama, student council and student groups. I am committed to increasing the depth and breadth of opportunities for our children. Community: Anderson Township and the village of Newtown take pride in our schools and rightly so. I pledge to engage the community, seeking active input into decisions and maintaining excellent stewardship of its resources.
Forest T. Heis is a candidate for the Forest Hills school board.
Restore respect to the office of twp. trustee I am a local business owner and proud member of the Anderson TEA party. This group is made of your family, neighbors, friends and coworkers, who simply wanted to get engaged. We are not radicals, we are normal, conservative Americans just like you who have chosen to get involved in the process rather than yell at the TV or radio. We seek to challenge Americans to get off the couch, learn the Constitution and get engaged. This means all Americans, not just those who are conservative. Our system works best when all are engaged, not just a one side. I have learned this from many years of community involvement. I wish to continue the good fiscal conservative leadership that has allowed this township to go over 13 years with only one township levy. Given the economic climate that we have all found ourselves in that is simply amazing. Our conservative leadership has foreseen the township cuts from the state and reacted proactively to avoid cuts in service without new levies. That is something that should be continued in my opinion.
I started my business here roughly 20 years ago and built it with my blood and sweat. I have seen you grow up, get married Andrew S. and have chilPappas COMMUNITY PRESS dren of your GUEST COLUMNIST own. I am now even serving your children who have grown up and moved back to our wonderful township. I have seen you grow old and move and even pass away. I hope I remember all those who have touched my life here. In such, I feel uniquely connected to you. I am also one of the two endorsed Republicans on the ballot, the other is Josh Gerth, we work well together and have teamed up on parts of the campaign. I am proud of that endorsement, party affiliation does mean something. I believe my active involvement with the township for the last several years has forged relationships not only with the existing township government but also staff that will allow me to be more effective than someone without that experi-
ence. I also have a unique perspective of being a small business owner with several employees here in Anderson and have managed employees and know the challenges that this involves. I can bring this experience to managing township personnel and staff. These are difficult times to run a small business, I know what that takes and hope to represent small business on the board. I own both commercial as well as residential property here in Anderson and can see both sides of issues that this perspective brings. I seek to continue my many years of township involvement and give back to this wonderful community. Ask yourself which challengers have been the most involved over the last several years and then support those candidates. If you like the way our township has been run, and seek to restore respect to the office of trustee that has been lost over the last four years, vote Pappas/Gerth. Andrew S. Pappas is a candidate for Anderson Township trustee.
OFFICIALS DIRECTORY FEDERAL U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup
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EDITORIALS | LETTERS | COLUMNS | CH@TROOM
Vote yes on Issue 1 to support library At the White House on May 8 of this year, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the “National Medal for Museum and Library Service” to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. This medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities, specifically those who demonstrate innovative approaches to
public service and exceed the expected levels of community outreach. Sarah Anness On Evans COMMUNITY PRESS Nov. 5 you will GUEST COLUMNIST be asked if this is a worthy achievement. Issue 1 is a renewal of
the current library levy. It will not raise your taxes and is actually a reduction overall of what you have been contributing over the last four years. Our Main Library is one of the top 10 busiest libraries in the country. We are rated a 4-Star Library by Library Journal. One-third of the library budget is at stake, and is the only source of
throughout its 41 branch system. 88 percent of households in Hamilton County have at least one library cardholder, with 500,000 cardholders countywide. Almost 2,000 visits are made annually to distribute materials to nursing homes, retirement centers and other community locations. I hope you will agree with me that our library, (second only to the Cin-
local funding. A $17 million dollar cut per year for the next 10 years will mean a reduction in hours and staff. Patrons who use the library’s computers and online services to find jobs, search for data and do school work will be limited in their access. The summer reading programs will also be affected. In 2011, our library loaned 17.6 million items
In response to the Oct. 2 “Why no law to remove dead trees?” Viewpoints article, may I recommend that the owners of the dead tree pay half of the cost to take it down and kindly accept their neighbors’ offer to help pay? The dead tree owners will have to end up paying one way or another – either for the tree removal or the insurance deductible when the tree falls. Having neighbors willing to help out with costs is not only helpful, but they are fortunate to have such lovely neighbors! Robin Cox Anderson Township
Neumann and Bissinger best for board
Several weeks ago, I submitted a column titled, “Elect Leaders With Vision, Knowledge.” It was meant as rally cry, encouraging thoughtful consideration of information and careful examination of people and agendas seeking our support. Last May I did the unthinkable and voted against a Forest Hills bond levy. As highly as I value public education, I believed the proposal lacked financial stewardship and long-term vision. Of the current Board of Education members, only Julie Bissinger opposed that proposal. Willing to go against the majority, she spoke up for people like me who believe our money can be used more wisely, more efficiently, and more pro-actively. Now that it’s time to elect and reelect board members it’s never been more important to vote with purpose. Besides Julie, Rich Neumann possesses the unique combination of vision and knowledge we need to move forward. Rich has proven he cares about the cause of students, teachers, and taxpayers combined. His 12 years on the board make him more experienced than any other candidate. It’s critical we elect leaders who hear not only to what’s being shouted, but what isn’t being said. Both Julie Bissinger and Rich Neumann will do this and more. Elizabeth Barber Anderson Township
What’s really happening?
As the property surrounding the Anderson Towne Center bought still sits vacant, you start to think was this done by Kroger to keep out competition? As the township spends money on curb appeal through out the township, as a resident and taxpayer, you have to ask Kroger, “what’s really happening?” Jeff Cummins Anderson Township
Provide the best school facilities we can afford
Much has been written lately about the need for another facilities study of our existing Forest Hills Schools and for a “progressive forward-thinking” facilities plan. One writer has urged us to be “Pioneers” rather than “Settlers.” A candidate who is a blast from the
past, a self-admitted apostle of consolidation, promises “reduced overhead” and “savings” if his plan is followed. My personal experience in both government and industry is that consolidations rarely produce the “savings” that were projected. I believe that the last school levy was defeated by two groups; the first thought that the proposed program was too costly. The other group led by the progressives thought that the proposed levy didn’t go far enough. The School Board has requested the Ohio School Facilities Commission to determine the condition of our schools. Once we have their recommendations we can then develop a plan. Strangely, we didn’t follow their last recommendations in 2004. Years ago I learned that I couldn’t have everything that I wanted. Sometimes we can’t even have what we think we need. We need to provide the best school facilities for our students, that we can afford. Rick Anderschat Anderson Township
Doyle wants to the best for Anderson Twp.
I want to tell people about Scott Doyle, from a different perspective. He’s a “truck driver.” That’s part of it, but you’re missing facts. He’s a small business owner, holds multiple degrees, achieved while working 14 hour+ days. He’s responsible for all facets of business operation. Anderson would be lucky to have someone of his caliber in office, in any capacity. His interests in the township: fiscal the budget - “other expenses.” If elected, he plans to have an audit requested to identify, and expose those items. Wasteful spending, unfinished parking garage, mine, the proposed construction of hundreds of acres of land, are other focuses. Building the tax base is done by encouraging business, not loading up apartments. He can’t tell you the history of the Bengals, won’t buy out the bar for votes or skip from one moneyed person’s house to another so that you think that he’s good because of connections. He isn’t an endorsed candidate. Simply: he doesn’t want to be bought, doesn’t have an agenda to answer to. He wants to do the best he can for the township, answering to the voters. “Let’s do the right thing, the right way.” Wendy Doyle Anderson Township
Thanks for alerts about tea party connections
I am writing to thank those whose letters appeared 10/23/13 alerting us to the Pappas/Gerth tea party connection. When I watched the House vote to end the shutdown I saw 144 reasons not to vote Republican/tea party not counting the obvious local reasons. I am a 28 year Anderson Township resident. Vote Piehowicz.
Sarah Anness Evans is director of The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Neighbors should accept offer to remove tree
cinnati Reds Great American Ballpark as a downtown destination), cannot continue to serve our community to its fullest potential unless we vote “yes” on Issue 1. Please pledge your support for this vitally important, nationally recognized institution.
Charles Barngrover Anderson Township
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Last week’s question
Do you agree with Gov. John Kasich’s attempts to bypass the state legislature to secure funding for Medicaid expansion? Why or why not?
“Yes. Why wouldn’t we want tax dollars we are already paying come back to our state?” D.A.
“The ends never justify the means. This was a terrible blow for democracy and the Republican party. “Since this move was made possible by the Speaker of the Ohio House and the Majority Leader of the Senate we conservatives have more than Kasich to blame for this. “I don’t see how any thinking conservative can support the Republican party after this outrage.” T.H.
“There are a few Republicans in Ohio who understand how risky the game they are playing is. Kasich appears to be one of them, on several important issues. “Health care in the United States is grossly unfair, and it needs to be improved. Refusing to allow change is not an option. “The Party of No will become the Party of Not, and there may still be time
Should schools have mandatory drug tests for students? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to email@example.com with Chatroom in the subject line.
for a few smart people to remove themselves from the sinking ship.” N.F.
“Sounds like an Obama move to me! If you can’t get what you want through the proper legislative process then just do an end run on them and ignore the will of the people. “I voted for Gov. Kasich but RINOs come in all sorts of disguises. When Obamacare fails, Obama will get his wish and everyone but the super wealthy and the government will be on Medicaid anyhow.” D.J.H.
“Yes, I do support expansion of Medicaid. What’s amazing is a conservative governor going out of his way to help the poor and elderly in Ohio!” TRog
“John Kasich did the right thing in not letting the Republican right wing dictate on what they perceive as another Obama victory. The heck with the needy.
“However, that being said, I am somewhat cynical regarding the governor’s motives. I hope it is based on both the economics and the humanitarian reasons he has cited, but this may be a ploy to get the middle vote in 2014. “Kasich has demonstrated his ultra-conservative leanings with much of the legislation he has backed in the last couple of years. At least one was overwhelmingly repealed by the voters of Ohio who demonstrated that we are not Texas and the rights of the citizens should be a priority. “Let’s keep Ohio free.” J.Z.
“It would be better if the legislature would pass this, but since they won't, I salute Kasich for getting it done. This may be the first action he has taken that I agree with. “Access to health insurance is critical for everyone. Time to put the rhetoric aside and take care of people.” J.R.B.
WHEN THEY MEET ANDERSON TOWNSHIP
Meets at 6 p.m., the third Thursday of the month, 7850 Five Mile Road. Phone: 688-8400. Web site: www.andersontownship.org. 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. Matt Guy, 474-5770; Fire Chief Mark Ober, 688-8400; 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.
FOREST HILLS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, at the administration building, 7550 Forest Road. Phone: 231-3600. Website:www.foresthills.edu. Board members Julie Bissinger, Forest Heis, Tracy Huebner, Jim Frooman and Randy Smith. Superintendent Dallas Jackson, ext. 2945; Treasurer Richard Toepfer II, ext. 2963; Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services Natasha Adams; Director of Student Services Betsy Ryan,
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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 Courtney Vonderhaar, Vice President Robert Hayes, Treasurer Ryan Doan, Secretary Danielle Necessary; directors Jared M. Calhoun, Holly Christmann, Jim Fleming, Rebecca Kaminski, and Kirk J. Kavanaugh; membership chairman George Lehocky. Website: www.mwcc.org.
Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 3536 Church St. Phone: 561-7697. Web site: www.villageofnewtown.com. Mayor Curt Cosby; council members Brian Burns, Chuck Short, Joe Harten, Mark Kobasuk, Curt Tiettmeyer and Daryl Zornes; Fiscal Officer Keri Everett, ext. 12. Maintenance Supervisor Ron Dickerson, 2712009; Building and Zoning Commissioner Michael Spry, ext. 13; Property Maintenance Inspector Dick Weber, ext. 20; Chief of Police Tom Synan; Fire Chief Tom Driggers, 271-6770.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013
Victoria Zack, 2, is intrigued by the snake skin.
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PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES
Nora Smith, 2, gets some help putting googly eyes on her snake craft, made from a cut up paper plate.
Little Nature Nuts N
early a dozen kids and adults recently came out to Johnson Hills Park in Anderson Township for a nature program. The group learned about snakes, got to touch skins the reptiles shed, went on a hike and made snake-themed crafts.
Photos by Lisa Wakeland/The Community Press
Dexter Habegger, 2, uses his "snake" made from yarn to paint a picture.
Michael Wiffler, 4, holds an Osage Orange in his hand and listens to his dad explain what it is. Above, Jaida Jay, 2, checks out a clover flower she picked during the nature hike. Right, Braelynn Weisbrod, 2, contemplates whether her art project needs more paint.
Natalie Keppler, 3, and Matthew Paquette, 2, share a snack before the hike.
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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, OCT. 31 Art Exhibits Perishable, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, New sculpture by Shawna Guip and photography by Tom Baril explore cosmic rhythms present in everyday life cycle. 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Angels and Demons: A Sinisterly Sweet Exhibit, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Free. 321-3750. O’Bryonville. T.C. Lindsay’s Paintings and New Acquisitions, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Special exhibition of works by Cincinnati artist. New acquisitions by Edward Potthast, Dixie Selden and new work by living artists. Free. Through Nov. 2. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. MozArt Complication, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., gallery One One. Solo exhibition by local sculptor Rondle West, inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute.” Through Nov. 1. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Science Fiction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., New mixed media paintings by Cincinnati-born, Chicago-based artist, Bruce Riley. Imbued with visual kinetic quality and energy, the gleaming, multi-layered resin and paint abstractions are intensely colorful, with intriguing dimensionality and translucency. Through Nov. 9. 871-4420; www.millergallery.com. Hyde Park.
Saturday Premium Wine Flight: Port, Noon-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Taste and compare four ruby and tawny ports. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reservations required. 731-1515; www.winemerchantcincinnati.com. Oakley.
FRIDAY, NOV. 1 Drink Tastings
Health / Wellness
Friday Evening Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Remke Market, 3872 Paxton Ave., Family Vineyard Tasting with Chris Hoffman: Irony Merlot, Black Stallion Chardonnay and more. $5 for five samples and snacks from deli and bakery. 619-5454. Oakley.
Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Theme: What is type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 791-0626. Madisonville.
Free Blood Pressure and Stress Screen, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Walgreens, 2203 Beechmont Ave., Specialized blood pressure and stress screenings. Common symptoms of stress include headaches, sleep difficulties, digestive problems, high blood pressure and chronic pain. Free. Presented by Foundation for Wellness Professionals. 2712500. Mount Washington.
Art Exhibits Perishable, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Science Fiction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; www.millergallery.com. Hyde Park.
Anderson Outdoor Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road, Fresh fruits and locally grown vegetables, plants, homemade products, bakery goods, organic meats, food trucks, fair trade coffee and more. Rain or shine. Special features include entertainment and seasonal events for children. Family friendly. Presented by Anderson Township. 688-8400; www.andersonfarmersmarket.org. Anderson Township.
Health / Wellness
step-by-step drawing method to teach any child how to draw, regardless of artistic ability. Ages 6-12. $89, $79 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.
decorations, Jerry’s famous homemade jellies and marmalades, bake sale and Granny’s Attic Collectibles. Raffle items available. Benefits Interparish Ministry, YWCA House of Peace, Diocesan Camporship, sponsorship child at El Hogar in Honduras and parish outreach programs. Free. Through Nov. 3. 474-4445; www.sainttimothys.com. Anderson Township. Autumn Affaire, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Gift shopping available from local artisans, $10 luncheon with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., silent auction ending at 2 p.m. and baked goods made by church members. Benefits Mount Washington Presbyterian Church missions. Free admission. 231-2650. Mount Washington.
Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane, Hamilton County residents can drop off yard trimmings for free. Free. 946-7734; bit.ly/11UQb9r. Newtown.
The Nikon Users Group of Anderson Township is presenting “People, Places and Things – The Photography Exhibition” now through Nov. 12 at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. Artist’s reception and grand opening is 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1. Many of the photographers will be there that evening. Admission is free, and so is parking. Anderson Center hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Pictured is a photograph by Barry Evans from a past exhibition. THANKS TO BARRY EVANS Donations accepted. 583-1248. Hyde Park.
SUNDAY, NOV. 3 Art & Craft Classes Parent/Child Class: Meditative Mandala Drawing, 2-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Artist Radha Lakshmi teaches you to create your own ancient bamboo pen and design your own personal mandalas. $5. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.
Craft Shows County Store, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Free. 474-4445; www.sainttimothys.com. Anderson Township.
Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Lower atrium. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos, hands-on exhibits and artifacts. Free. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. 231-2114. Anderson Township.
Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 946-7734; bit.ly/11UQb9r. Newtown.
Music - Benefits
Literary - Bookstores
Young Leadership Committee Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Music by Sam-I-Was. Heavy appetizers, raffles and valet parking. Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Young Leadership Committee. $50 with three drink tickets, $40 no drink tickets. Presented by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 793-3223. Mount Lookout.
Dream Animal Workshop, 4-5 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Inspired by Emily Winfield Martin’s new book, “Dream Animals,” participants explore art and writing with Miss Kelli in creative workshop. Ages 7-12. $8. Registration required. 7312665; www.bluemanateebooks.com. Oakley.
Music - Concerts
Music - Concerts
Pet Adoptions, 1-4 p.m., Peppermint Pig, 8255 Beechmont Ave., Cats and dogs available for adoption. 474-0005; www.peppermintpig.org. Anderson Township.
Matt Wertz, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, With Elenowen. $15. 731-8000; www.the20thcenturytheater.com. Oakley.
Capleton, 9 p.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Reggae. $25. 321-0220; www.innercirclecincy.com. East End.
Support Groups Alzheimer’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Caregivers learn techniques to respond to challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, repetition and more. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060; www.superiorcareplus.com. Anderson Township.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 Art Exhibits Perishable, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. T.C. Lindsay’s Paintings and New Acquisitions, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Science Fiction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; www.millergallery.com. Hyde Park.
Craft Shows County Store, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Parish Hall. Unique handcrafted items for adults, children and the home. Gifts, Christmas ornaments and
Runs / Walks Cincinnati Right to Life 5K Run/Walk, 10:30 a.m., Lunken Airport Playfield, 4744 Playfield Lane, Registration begins 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk and Kid’s Dash for runners, walkers, families and church, school and other groups that support pro-life education and services in Greater Cincinnati. $25. Presented by Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. 5krun4life.org. Linwood. Run for the Troops 5K Run/ Walk, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike, Packet pick-up and race-day registration 8-9:30 a.m. Festival follows race. Awards to top finisher in every division. Benefits Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation. $25. Registration required. Presented by Beechmont Corridor Business District. 901-7052; www.yellowribbonrace.com. Linwood.
Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Book discussion group. Room 206.
Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by village of Mariemont. 271-8519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.
Nature Family Fall Hike, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Look at the changes in nature that allow plants and animals to survive the cold months. Free. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Anderson Township.
Recreation Tennis, 4-5 p.m., Mercy HealthPlex Anderson, 7495 State Road, Weekly through Dec. 8. Work on hand-eye-coordination, racquet skills, basic strokes and scoring. Beginners class at 4 p.m. Intermediate at 5 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $69. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932. Anderson Township.
Shopping Miss Em’s Holiday Open House, 1-5 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Scarves, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. Nothing over $20. Free admission. 4743100. Anderson Township.
Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park
ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.cincinnati.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to firstname.lastname@example.org along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to www.cincinnati.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. 290-9105. Hyde Park.
MONDAY, NOV. 4
Beechmont Ave., Re-enactors Jennifer Moraan and Mike Miller portray General Ulysses S. Grant and Mrs. Julia Dent Grant. Refreshments served. Free. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. 231-2114. Anderson Township.
Literary - Story Times
Make a Mess at the Manatee, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, With Ms. Kelli. Listen to book and participate in an art-making activity with your child. $7. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.
TUESDAY, NOV. 5
WineStation Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, All wines in WineStation are half off. Eight different premium wines to choose from. Complimentary cheese and French baguettes. Ages 21 and up. Prices vary. 731-1515; www.winemerchantcincinnati.com. Oakley.
Art & Craft Classes
Young Rembrandts: PreSchool Drawing, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Dec. 17. Innovative, step-by-step drawing method to teach any child how to draw, regardless of artistic ability. Age 3 1/2-6. $89, $79 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township. The Joy of Painting: Floral, 6-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Learn famous Bob Ross floral painting method. Paint roses, poppies, daisies, sunflowers, irises, hibiscus and more. Ages 16 and up. $50, $45 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.
Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114. Anderson Township.
Art Exhibits Science Fiction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; www.millergallery.com. Hyde Park.
Education Anderson Township History Room, 6-8:30 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114. Anderson Township.
Exercise Classes Yoga Care: Hatha Yoga, 6:307:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Dec. 10. Designed for those who want a gentle approach to yoga. $58, $48 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 Art Exhibits Perishable, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Science Fiction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; www.millergallery.com. Hyde Park.
Clubs & Organizations At Home with the Grants, 7:30-9 p.m., Anderson Township Government Center, 7954
Exhibits Picturing the Parables Traveling Art Exhibit, 7-8 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church, 6434 Corbly Ave., Church Lobby. Scenes from Jesus’ parables. CIVA exhibition (Christians in the Visual Arts) contains 20 works representing voices of diverse subcultures and ethnic groups. Free. 752-0878. Mount Washington.
Literary - Story Times Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, On LaPage Stage. Stories, songs and more. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.
Music - Concerts Dar Williams, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Doors open 7 p.m. Dorothy Snowden “Dar” Williams is a singer-songwriter specializing in pop folk. $30 orchestra, $25 main floor. Presented by WNKU. 731-8000; www.ticketweb.com. Oakley.
Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelvestep fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. 2353062. Hyde Park.
Youth Sports Rookie Volleyball, 5:30-8:20 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Birney Lane, Class 1. Weekly through Dec. 18. Boys and girls learn volleyball basics. Ages 1-3. $58, $48 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township.
THURSDAY, NOV. 7 Art & Craft Classes Young Rembrandts: Elementary Drawing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Dec. 19. Innovative,
Yoga Care: Hatha Yoga, 9:3010:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Dec. 12. Designed for those who want a gentle approach to yoga. Ages 18 and up. $50, $40 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.
Health / Wellness General Joint Screening, 6-8 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 527-4000. Fairfax. Community Health Fair, 3:306:30 p.m., Mount Washington School, 1730 Mears Ave., Information from four healthy lifestyle choices: get screened regularly, eat healthy, keep yourself and your community safe and exercise daily. Interactive activities, food tasting and more. Free. 363-3835. Mount Washington.
Music Education Children’s Guitar Class, 6:307:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Session 2. Weekly through Dec. 12. Explore world of music and gain fundamental knowledge of and love for guitar. Ages 8-13. $80, $70 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515; www.andersonparks.com. Anderson Township. Adult Guitar Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Session 2. Weekly through Dec. 12. Students learn basic understanding of chords, notation and rhythm, as well as strumming and picking skills, while learning some music. For ages 14 and up. $80, $70 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513; www.andersonparks.com. Anderson Township.
Recreation Cornhole League, 8:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Weekly through Dec. 19. Ages 21 and up. $40 per team. Register by Nov. 4. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township.
Youth Sports Pre-school Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and pre-schoolers. Ages 4 and under. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township. Rookie Volleyball, 5:30-8:20 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Class 2. Weekly through Dec. 19. $58, $48 residents. Registration required. 388-4514. Anderson Township.
FRIDAY, NOV. 8 Art Exhibits Perishable, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Science Fiction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; www.millergallery.com. Hyde Park.
SATURDAY, NOV. 9 Craft Shows PTA Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, More than 160 crafters and vendors. Selling holiday decor, wood crafts, jewelry, candles, totes, gifts, pet items and more. Breakfast and lunch food items and bake sale. Free admission. 474-2140. Anderson Township.
OCTOBER 30, 2013 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • B3
Stir-fry uses last of summer’s bell peppers As I look out my office window, I can see the vegetable garden and the pumpkin patch next to it. The garden is completely finished, not a veggie to be seen. I did pick one last big bunch of Rita zinnias, Heikenfeld marigolds RITA’S KITCHEN and cosmos from the cutting flower row for the kitchen table and was able to save seeds for next year. We still have a good amount of bell peppers, which I used for one of my favorite chicken stirfries.
Sweet and spicy chicken and veggie stir-fry Amazingly, exotic items like sambal oelek and fish sauce used to be hard to find. Now just about every grocery store carries these. Sambal olelek is a spicy condiment found in the international aisle. Ditto with the fish sauce. I usually stir in more sambal oelek after the stir-fry is done. Feel free to use your favorite vegetables in here. 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite size pieces and set aside 12 oz. bag fresh stir-fry vegetables or 8 oz. sugar snap peas 1 red bell pepper, sliced
⁄2 medium red onion, sliced
Sauce Combine and set aside: 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sambal oelek 1 tablespoon sesame oil 3 ⁄4 teaspoon cornstarch
For garnish Sliced green onions Dry roasted peanuts
Film a pan with oil and stir-fry chicken several minutes until golden brown and done. Don’t overcook. Remove and set aside. Add a bit more oil and stir-fry veggies for several minutes until crisp tender. Stir in brown sugar mixture; cook a minute until thickened. Stir in chicken and toss to coat. Serve with sesame rice. Serves 3-4.
Cook your favorite rice and stir in sesame oil and soy sauce to taste. Not too much!
Dinner in a dash: Ravioli with sautéed butternut squash and thyme I love butternut squash. It’s chock full of phytonutrients and antioxidants and is delicious in both sweet and savory dishes. Butternut squash is a bear to try to cut through and peel. What I like to do is poke it all over with a fork, microwave it on high for just a few minutes, use mitts to
Rita’s stir-fry is full of vegetables with a sweet, yet spicy, sauce.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD
pull it out (it will be hot) and let it cool. The skin will have softened enough for you to slice through it without using a machete. ⁄2 medium butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled and diced into 1⁄2-inch pieces Salt and pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or up to 1 teaspoon dried thyme (start with 1⁄2 teaspoon and go from there) 16 oz. fresh or frozen cheese ravioli Parmesan cheese for garnish 1
Film pan with oil and add squash. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until almost tender. Add garlic and thyme and cook, uncovered, tossing occasionally, until squash is tender and just beginning to brown. Meanwhile, cook ravioli according to package directions. Put ravioli on platter, top with squash mixture and sprinkle generously with Parmesan. Serves 4.
Can you help?
Sushi Ray’s ginger dressing for Barbara D. “The restaurant was in Mount Lookout about 10
years ago. I have tried over 20 recipes and none are the same.”
Tip from Rita’s kitchen
Chicken safety: To wash or not. Here’s my take on it: Do not wash chicken. You’ll be splashing more bacteria over the surface of the sink, counter and yourself. No need to worry about bacteria in chicken when it’s cooked to a safe degree. The USDA says to cook a whole chicken to 165 degrees; parts to 165 degrees and ground to 165 degrees. Your visual here is to have the juices
run clear when poked with a fork. For ground chicken, it will be thoroughly cooked with no pink spots.
Safely seasoning raw chicken
Before handling the chicken, mix the seasonings in a little bowl. Discard the leftover seasoning.
Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at email@example.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.
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B4 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • OCTOBER 30, 2013
Concert to honor former music director By Forrest Sellers email@example.com
ANDERSON TWP. — An upcoming concert will honor the legacy of the late Richard Wesp. The second annual Richard W. Wesp Celebration Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at St. James Episcopal Church, 3207 Montana Ave., in Westwood. Proceeds raised from ticket sales will go to an organization which was special to Wesp – the Forest-Aires women’s chorus group – which Wesp
helped form. Wesp, who died in 2012 from complications of the West Nile virus, was director of music at St. James for 64 years and a choral director and music department chairman for the Wesp Forest Hills Local School District for more than 50 years. This concert is a celebration of Wesp’s life and
music, said Alex Gartner, a director of music at St. James as well as a close friend and former student of Wesp’s. A variety of choral groups will participate in the concert including Forest-Aires and a chamber choir from Anderson High School. A musical piece has been specially commissioned for the concert called “For the Sake of Song and Silence.” “It’s a majestic piece of music,” said Mary Kay Beall, who along with her husband, John Carter,
CELEBRATION CONCERT » When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 » Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 3207 Montana Ave., Westwood
prepared the composition. “Richard was a very dedicated church musician,” said Beall. “We decided we would write something that would really lift up the church,” said Beall about the recent composition. “We felt that was what Richard’s life was about.”
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Isabelle Marie (nee Vanlandingham) Bernges, 85, of Milford died Oct. 17. Survived by daughter Rebecca (Jack) Gaskins; grandson Jeremy (Nicole) Gaskins; great-grandchildren Morgan, Brady Gaskins, sister Mary LaBonde. Preceded in death by husband M. Bill Bernges Jr. Services were Oct. 21 at Milford First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Craver-Riggs Funeral Home. Memorials to: Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Milford, OH 45150.
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Raymond S. Deavers
Raymond S. “Ray” Deavers, 73, of Anderson Township died Oct. 8. He was a US Army veteran. Survived by children RaeJean (Darrell) Carroll, Minor (Kellie) Deavers, Michelle “Mick” Nugent and Mary Deavers-Purdon; and grandchildren Coleman and Logan Carroll, Shauna and R.J. Nugent, Sebastian Purdon and Isabelle Angel. Preceded in death by wife, Bev Deavers. Services will be conducted at a later date.
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Mary Elizabeth Herbst, 47, of Mount Washington died Oct. 1. Survived by sons Phillip and Patrick Herbst; parents John and Betty (nee Blum) Symes; siblings Michelle (Scott) Cowans, Michael and Margaret Symes, and Melissa (Chris) Metz; and aunts Shirley and Beverly (late Eugene) Blum. Preceded in death by brother, Mark Symes. Services were Oct. 4 at Mt. Washington United Methodist Church.
Donald Patrick Jones
Donald Patrick “Donny” Jones, 69, of Anderson Township died Oct. 15. Survived by children Holly (Tom) Heming, Trey (Jen) and Tara Jones; twin brother, Danny (Jane) Jones; siblings Bonnie Biller, Connie and Jon Jones; and grandchildren Spencer and Emory Heming. Preceded in death by parents Daniel Jones and Mary Davitt. Services were Oct. 21 at Guardian Angels Church.
Allen Martin, 85, of Mount Washington died Oct. 15. Survived by wife, Judy Martin; daughters Anne (Saturnino) Miranda, Holly (Bill) Pistone and Paula (Stuart) Yusem; sister, Janet Lucas; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Wayne Martin and Lillian French. Services were Oct. 19 at Covenant-First Presbyterian Church.
Christina Ann (nee Stewart) Nihiser
Christina Ann (nee Stewart) Nihiser, 48, of Milford died Oct. 22. Survived by husband, Max Nihiser; children Joseph (Amanda) Nihiser and Justin Nihiser. Preceded in death by parents Lewis and Shirley Stewart; and brother, Mitchell Stewart. Services will be conducted at the family’s convenience.
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James G. Schwartz, 84, of Anderson Township died Oct. 19. He was a US Army veteran of Korea. Survived by daughters Patricia (Jeff) Cryder and Susan Marie Schwartz; sister, Mary Schwartz Preceded in death by parents August Schwartz and Josephine Glassmeyer; siblings Albert, Paul, Robert and Raymond Schawartz; grandchildren Jeffrey Cryder Jr., James Alexander “Alex” (Jill) Cryder, Charles E. Cryder II and Allison Ruth Cryder; and greatgrandchildren Nanette Josephine and Vance Alexander Cryder. Services were Oct. 24 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Anderson Township.
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Frank J. Sharkey, 89, of Anderson Township died Oct. 15. He was a US Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife of 70 years, Thelma L. Sharkey; daughter, Donna L. (Paul) Sharkey; grandchildren Jerry Jr., Kelly, Crystal and Richard Sharkey; greatgrandchildren Shelly and Shea Madden, Kierstin Schyler and Brackin Sharkey; and greatgreat-grandchildren Addison and Sophia. Preceded in death by children Jerry and Ronnie Sharkey; and parents Frank A. and Minnie Sharkey. Services were Oct. 18 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.
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Catherine R. Tenhundfeld, 83, of Anderson Township died Oct. 19. Survived by husband, Joe Tenhundfeld; children Michael J., Susan L. (Frank) Yux, Mark Edward, David M., Joan Marie (Tony) Heekin and Sara Elizabeth; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Edward L. Martin and Catherine Walters. Services were Oct. 23 at Guardian Angels Church, Mount Washington.
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OCTOBER 30, 2013 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • B5
After two heart surgeries 5-year-old now helps others PROCLAMATION
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION Revised Code Section 3501.03
The Board of Elections of Clermont County, Ohio, issues this Proclamation and Notice of Election.
A GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON
TUESDAY THE 5TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 (being the ﬁrst Tuesday after the ﬁrst Monday in November)
Callie Karageorges is a patient of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She and her family recently walked in Cincinnati Walks for Kids at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. THANKS TO DANIELLE JONES
ageorges and her family recently joined together to support Cincinnati Children’s at Cincinnati Walks for Kids recently at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. More than a fundraising walk, Cincinnati Walks for Kids is a day of family fun and celebration. Beginning with an
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In this year's election on November 5, voters in the Forest Hills School District will have the important job of electing three members to the Forest Hills Board of Education. I am asking for your support and vote to re-elect Julie Bissinger, an incumbent member of the Board who has tirelessly dedicated many years in support of our school district and children. Julie Bissinger became active at Sherwood Elementary in the late 1990's, and since that time has deepened her commitment and taken on additional responsibilities in making sure Forest Hills schools are providing the best educational experience for all of our children. She has served on the Board since 2005. I am well aware of the many demands facing Julie and the other members of the Board with difficult budgets, aging facilities, and the challenges to improve curriculum. Regardless of the various responsibilities Julie has taken on as a Board member,she has demonstrated a focused dedication to continual improvement of our schools through collaboration and leadership. I hope you agree that Julie has earned our confidence as a leader for our schools, and join me in voting to re-elect Julie Bissinger to the Forest Hills Board of Education.
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at the usual place of holding elections in each and every precinct throughout said County or at such places as the Board may designate, for the purpose of choosing the following offices: MUNICIPAL COURT (1) Clermont County Municipal Court Judge - (Unexpired Term Ending 12-31-15) CITIES (4) City Council Members - In the City of Loveland (3) City Council Members - In the City of Milford VILLAGES (4) Council Members - In each of the Villages of Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Moscow, Neville, New Richmond, Newtonsville, Owensville and Williamsburg *No candidate ﬁled for Chilo or Neville Council Member (1) Member of the Board of Public Affairs - In the Village of Felicity TOWNSHIPS (2) Township Trustee - In each of the Townships of Batavia, Franklin, Goshen, Jackson, Miami, Monroe, Ohio, Pierce, Stonelick, Tate, Union, Washington, Wayne and Williamsburg (1) Township Trustee - In Batavia and Jackson Township (Unexpired Term Ending 12-31-15) SCHOOLS (3) Members of the Board of Education - In each of the School Districts of Batavia LSD, Bethel-Tate LSD, Blanchester LSD, Felicity-Franklin LSD, Forest Hills LSD, Goshen LSD, Loveland City SD, Milford Exempted VSD, New Richmond Exempted VSD, West Clermont LSD, and Williamsburg LSD (2) Members of the Board of Education - In each of the Districts of Clermont Northeastern LSD, Little Miami LSD and Western Brown LSD (1) Member of the Board of Education - In Clermont Northeastern LSD and Goshen LSD (Unexpired Term Ending 12-31-15) (3) Members of the Governing Board of the County Educational Service Center for the Counties of Brown, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren (1) Member of the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center Subdistrict #2 - (For Blanchester LSD) and determining the following questions and issues: COUNTY ISSUES Clermont County - Clermont County Developmental Disabilities - Renewal Tax Levy - (0.75 mill) - for 5 years - for operation of Developmental Disabilities Programs, Services, and Facilities. MUNICIPAL ISSUES Village of Bethel - Additional Tax Levy - (4 mills) - for a continuing period of time - for Police Village of Felicity - Renewal Tax Levy - (6 mills) - for 5 years - for Police Village of Moscow - Renewal Tax Levy - (1 mill) - for 5 years - for Current Operating Expenses SCHOOL ISSUES West Clermont Local School District - Additional Tax Levy (5.8 mills) - for 5 years - for the Emergency Requirements of the District Williamsburg Local School District - Renewal Tax Levy - (8.32 mills) - for 5 years - for Avoiding an Operating Deﬁcit
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Even though Callie Karageorges has just started kindergarten she’s already been through more health challenges than most people. At just 5 years old, she’s had two open heart surgeries. Karageorges is a patient of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s and, because of the care she has received, not only survived her heart surgeries, but is thriving. “People who know her and later find out all that she has been through cannot believe it,” says Karageorges’s mom, Carolyn. “She is outgoing and loves dance, the theater and, of course, Disney princesses. She is the happiest and most full-of-life child you would ever meet.” While both surgeries were successful, Karageorges continues to see specialists in the Heart Institute who help monitor her health, and she looks forward to her annual check-ups. “Whenever Callie sees the Cincinnati Children’s logo, she will say, ‘Look Mommy, that’s my hospital,’” Carolyn says. “She even tells me that she wants to work at Cincinnati Children’s someday so that she can ‘help other children get their heart boo boos fixed too.’” Because she is so grateful for her care, Kar-
B6 • FOREST HILLS JOURNAL • OCTOBER 30, 2013
POLICE REPORTS ANDERSON TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Neil C. Rothe, 60, 821 Shawnee Trace, assault, Oct. 4. Juvenile, 14, disorderly conduct, Oct. 4. Juvenile, 13, disorderly conduct, Oct. 4. Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct, Oct. 3. Andrew D. Cain, 19, 29 Carousel, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct, Oct. 5. Michelle A. Moore, 33, 3917 Gardner, theft, Oct. 3.
Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Entry made into Graeter’s at Beechmont Avenue, Oct. 6. Burglary Jewelry taken at 6294 Thole Road, Oct. 7. Disorderly conduct Female acted disorderly at Forest Hills at Bartels Road, Oct. 3. Theft
Female stated ID used with no authorization at 3068 Fox Den, Oct. 4. Trailer and John Deere Gator taken at 6301 Kellogg, Oct. 4. Personal items taken at 1063 Azure Court, Oct. 6. Money taken from vehicle; $10 at 980 Stream View, Oct. 5. Soccer equipment taken from vehicle at 7767 Twelve Oaks, Oct. 7. Jewelry taken; $9,525 at 5952 Turpin Hills, Oct. 3. Jewelry taken from vehicle; $500 at 2290 Lauren Close, Oct. 5. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 815 Strathcoma, Oct. 7. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at Busken Bakery at 7756 Beechmont Ave., Oct. 8. Male stated ID used with no authorization; $421 at 1429 Grand Oaks, Oct. 7.
CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Dewey Moore, born 1953, possession of an open flask,
Oct. 15. Christopher Garner, born 1987, drug abuse, Oct. 16. Greg Green, born 1991, theft under $300, Oct. 19. Robert Vanhoosier, born 1992, obstructing official business, Oct. 19.
Incidents/investigations Assault 1804 Mears Ave., Oct. 15. Taking the identity of another 4632 Eastern Ave., Oct. 16. Theft 1912 Wilaray Terrace, Oct. 14. 5653 Beechmont Ave., Oct. 14. 3450 Golden Ave., Oct. 16. 2038 Beechmont Ave., Oct. 17.
NEWTOWN Arrests/citations Feras Khanfar, 23, 2405 Park Ave., bench warrant, Oct. 10. Danielle Johnson, 39, 5 S. Maple St., drug abuse, Oct. 11.
RELIGION Anderson Hills United Methodist Church
The church has two contemporary services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A contemporary service is also offered at 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the fellowship hall. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172; www.andersonhillsumc.org.
Clough United Methodist Church
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call the church office at 231-4301 by Wednesday, Nov. 6, and leave their name and phone number. The church recently made several changes to its Sunday schedule to help people of all ages have a meaningful worship experience in the morning. The 9 a.m. service will become a chapel service, moving from the sanctuary to a more intimate room. The main service will move from 11-10:15 a.m. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 231-4301; www.cloughchurch.org.
Faith United Church of Christ
The church will soon be offering a Spanish-language worship service in addition to their regular service. The new services will be at noon every Sunday beginning Dec. 8. According to Faith UCC member Sonia Morales-Matos, “There have been some efforts in the vicinity to establish Spanish ministries but the growing and diverse Hispanic population with its many cultural differences, is seeking alternative ways of worship that meet their spiritual journey.” Faith UCC’s more traditional service is Sundays at 10:15 a.m. The two congregations will have the opportunity to gather as one for refreshments and fellowship in between the two services. The church is at 6886 Salem Road, Anderson Township; 231-8285; www.faithucc.org.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
A contemplative prayer service is offered at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. All are invited to “Enter the Silence; Awaken the Spirit.” The service will consist of prayer instruction and practice, music and time to meditate and pray. Services are Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Hello Anderson Township! We are running for the two Anderson Township Trustee spots and we are asking for your vote. However, before you vote, we ask that you simply do one thing and that is some homework. Take politics out of it, review all of the candidate messages and look at each person’s involvement in Anderson over the last 10+ years.
This race is about who can work together to PRESERVE the things that are great (our ﬁnances, only one tax levy in 13 years), PROTECT you as a property owner (strong police, ﬁre and services), and PROMOTE the things that we would all like to see in Anderson (hotel, indoor recreation space, specialty retail). We have no ax to grind or hidden agenda. Our message is positive and collaborative. Are we running for personal reasons? You bet we are! It’s why we’ve engaged and volunteered in this community for years. Thank you for your support! Paid for by Friends of Josh Gerth for Trustee – Angie Stocker, Treasurer – 1456 Rambling Hills Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45230
The church is at 1950 Nagel Road, Anderson Township; www.lcresurrection.org or call the church at 474-4938.
Mount Washington Presbyterian Church
Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. Come Sunday mornings for coffee and informal fellowship time form 9-9:30 and/or 10:30-11 in the gathering area. The church continues to focus on efforts to feed the hungry, with continuing contributions of cans/packages of food plus fresh produce for the SEM Food Pantry’s use in the community. The women of the church are having an Autumn Affaire from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church, 6474 Beechmont Ave. There will be gift shopping available form local artisans, delicious luncheon, a silent auction (ending at 2 p.m.) and wonderful baked goods made by church members. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650; www.mwpc-church.org.
Mount Washington United Methodist Church
The annual Election Day Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the church fellowship hall. The dinner, which has been conducted every year for more than 70 years, includes a turkey dinner with everything included. Dinners are $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 10 and under. Carryout is also available form 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Church members will also have a bake sale and craft sale at the church in Election Day beginning at 9 a.m. The community is invited to a free dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. The church is at 6365 Corbly Road; 231-3946.
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Group donates $105K to Ronald McDonald House Pep, a Cincinnati based project management agency for marketing promotions, recently raised $105,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati (RMHC) through its third annual Charity Golf Outing at Ivy Hills Country Club. Pep has organized employee volunteer opportunities through Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House for years and in 2011 made a plan to in-
crease its giving. Through the first Pep Charity Golf Outing in 2011 Pep raised $30,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, and in 2012 surpassed that goal raising $100,000. “It has been a blessing to work with the Ronald McDonald House over the years, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of their family” said Tim Drost, director of supplier partnerships, who serves as the golf out-
tive data would be a logical starting point for the process,” she said. Jackson said results from the survey could be made available in early 2014. Griesser, who has a Facebook page focusing on the school district, said she did not know why she was selected to participate in the focus group. “I was glad to be one of the ones chosen,” said Griesser. A representative from Paul Fallon Research and Communications was unable to be reached for comment. The survey could also potentially provide information on why voters in May rejected a 1.86-mill bond issue request to renovate and rebuild the district’s facilities. If approved the bond issue would have paid for $47 million in building improvements.
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their (facilities) report back from the state.” The school board recently approved having a building analysis conducted by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is part of the Facilities Construction Commission, conducted a study of buildings in the district in 2004. Superintendent Dallas Jackson said inspection of the buildings by the commission has begun. School Board member Julie Bissinger said she would also like for the facilities commission study to be completed before proceeding with the survey. “I think current objec-
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ward ... it would turn the area into something more like a development you might expect to find in downtown Cincinnati, east Hyde Park or Oakley.” For the proposal to move ahead, the township’s board of trustees would have to approve a zone change from residential with half-acre or larger lots to a community unit plan with houses and residential buildings much closer together. Township Planning and Zoning Director Paul Drury said that process would likely take more than six months, and this initial public meeting was for
ing chairman. “We had another fantastic golf outing supporting The House with our $105,000 raised this year. We know our contribution helps a great organization, but most importantly, it helps the children and families we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years.” Pep presented a check to Ronald McDonald House Charities representatives during a postevent awards banquet.
developers to hear feedback from the community. “This is a massive, massive project ... (and) it could be good, but there is also a possibility it would not be beneficial to the community,” said William Thompson, who lives on Asbury Road. “Our main concerns are the size of the project, the limited number of egresses into the property and the amount of traffic that will be dumping onto Ayers and Asbury.” Other issues brought up at the meeting include the impact on township roads and safety services such as police and fire and the potential influx of hundreds of students to the Forest Hills Local School District.
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Pep employees celebrate raising $105,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities through a recent golf outing. In back, from left, are Tim Drost, Kenwood; Vince Rinaldi, RMHC Board, Indian Hill; Tanya Cornejo, RMHC Staff, Montgomery; Pam Bonfield, RMHC Board, Anderson; Jennifer Goodin, RMHC Staff, Wyoming; Dave Kroeger, Stuart, FL; Mike Weinberg, Hyde Park; Emily Stowe, Columbia Tusculum; and Jim Borgaard, Hyde Park. In front are Jillian Strandness, Loveland; Bob Stenger, RMHC Board, Anderson; Sarah Dudash, Oakley; Natalie Geiss, Clifton; Nicole King-Hunt, Anderson; Christina Snyder, Devou Park. THANKS TO EMILY STOWE
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Library, zoo levies would not raise taxes A look at the two Hamilton County issues on the Nov. 5 ballot:
Hamilton County Issue 1
» What it’s about: Tenyear levy for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County » What it would do: The levy is expected to bring
in $17.8 million a year, a third of the library's $57 million revenue. » How things are now: The library is in the fourth year of a five-year levy that brings in the same $17.8 million it is asking voters to continue providing. » How much it will cost: $30 a year on a
$100,000 home. It will not raise your taxes, if passed. » Argument for: The levy would allow the library to do long-term planning and continue to provide the same services it does now. Without it some branches would close, hours could be cut elsewhere and there
Tax levy info for voters online The first two columns identify the taxing authority and the purpose of the levy. Also listed is the requested millage, the type of levy, its duration, the current tax on a $100,000 market value property, and the estimated annual amount the tax would raise if approved by the voters.
The estimated annual cost to taxpayer column refers to an owner-occupied residence and assumes the 10 percent and 2.5 percent state reductions and the county’s stadium sales tax reduction for renewals. The calculations for new levies do not reflect these reductions.
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Hamilton County property owners will again be able to see what they will pay in taxes if proposed levies on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election in their taxing districts are passed. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes has added estimated information on new levies on the website www.hamiltoncounty auditor.org. By accessing their property records, homeowners can go to the levy tab on their property’s record main page to see the effect of new levies based on their property’s current value. “This is vital information which allows voters to see what they will pay if new tax levies are approved,” Rhodes said. “It is all a part of holding government accountable to the people who pay for it,” he said. The attachment is a table listing two county wide levy renewals as well as renewals in Golf Manor, Mariemont, Green and Symmes townships and the Three Rivers School District. New levies will be on the ballot in North Bend, North College Hill, Terrace Park, the Deer Park School District and the Oak Hills School District.
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Register Online at www.andersonkiwanis.com by Nov. 11th COST IS $95.00
Fee includes shirt, referee fees, games, practice times. Plus tournament and championship awards
Again this year the program will be divided into 3 groups: 1. 7th - 8th Grades 2. 9th -10th Grades 3. 11th -12th Grades Players will be assigned to teams and called by their Coaches.
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would be fewer new material purchases. » Argument against: There is no organized opposition. Voting ‘no’ would lower taxes on a $100,000 home by $30 a year. » Websites for more information: Learn more about the levy here: www.voteforcincylibrary.org
Hamilton County Issue 2
» What it’s about: Fiveyear renewal of a 0.46mill levy for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden » What it would do: Money can be used only
for animal feeding and care, horticulture needs and building maintenance and repair. » How things are now: The levy brings in about $6.7 million this year, used for the purposes listed above. » How much it will cost: $10.60 a year on a $100,000 home. The levy won’t raise taxes. » Argument for: The zoo says it has been a good steward of tax dollars, with the levy now accounting for about 22 percent of its annual budget, down from 41 percent in 1993. The zoo provides a $143 million annual eco-
nomic impact to the region, according to a University of Cincinnati study. » Argument against: There is no organized opposition. Voting ‘no’ would lower taxes on a $100,000 home by $10.60 a year. » Who’s for it: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce; Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors; in 2008, voters passed the levy with 59 percent of the vote. » Who’s against it: No organized opposition. » Websites for more information: Zoo information: cincinnatizoo.org.
BISSINGER FOREST HILLS SCHOOL BOARD EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED LEADERSHIP
Julie is devoted to children, to our schools, and to our community as demonstrated by her lifelong commitment to public service and her 16-year involvement in the school district. The highlights: • Forest Hills School Board Member since January 2005-appointed in January, elected in November; re-elected November 2009-served as President 2 years and as Vice-President 3 years • Forest Hills Council of PTAs 4 years-President 2004-2005 • Volunteer School Leadership-Sherwood Elementary PTA President, Vice-President, Chair of several committees; Nagel Middle School PTA Secretary, Orientation Chair, Honors Recognition Chair; Anderson High School PTA Secretary, Senior Awards Chair; Chair of Forest Hills Instrumental Music Association (FHIMA) annual fundraiser • Boys/Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, United Way/Community Chest, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action AgencyBoard Member and Ofﬁcer • Attorney for 29 years-4 in private practice, 25 in public sector • Currently Senior Assistant City Solicitor in Labor and Employment, City of Cincinnati • Married to Mark, who graduated from Forest Hills • Mother of 2009 Anderson High School graduate, and 11th grade student at Anderson-active in athletics, music and drama Please visit juliebissinger.com. Paid for by Friends of Julie Bissinger Mark Beatty, Treasurer, 5762 Brookstone Dr., Cincinnati OH 45230
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Will grants gum up stadium plan? By Jeanne Houck email@example.com
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according to the proposal. The proposal also says the sports improvements would be available for public use or rental for things such as concerts, tournaments, sporting events and fairs – so long as Miami Valley Christian Academy was not using them. But Newtown Village Councilman Chuck Short said at village council’s recent meeting that a number of grants the village has accepted over the years from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for use at Short Park could complicate matters. “It’s my understanding that with the (state) grants we can’t lease the property without getting their permission,” Short said. Short said Newtown has used three to five public-park grants from the
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The Anderson High School Orchestra Booster’s Fall Shred event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at the corner of Clough and Eight Mile. Students will shred outdated personal records, bank and credit card statements, expired credit cards and other items. For information, call
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American Legion Post 318 is hosting “The Concert That Never Was” every Saturday in November at its Patriot Center in Anderson Township, 6660 Clough Pike. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 576-9766 or visit TheCincinnatiSinatra-
The Anderson Farmers Market will move indoors starting Saturday, Nov. 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 14 at the Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road.
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