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The Wellness Community board president and event co-chair Craig Sumerel ,with his wife Sue and their children of Indian Hill, have fun at the All-Star Blast with The Wellness Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Holiday lights One of the most visual parts of the holiday season is the Christmas lights and decorations that adorn many homes in our neighborhood. Homeowners spend countless hours climbing ladders and attaching the lights and decorations and are proud of their hard work. Now there’s a way to show the entire community just how beautiful your decorations turned out. Simply take a photo of your Christmas lights, go online and log on to, click on “publish photos” and follow the directions. And to view your neighbor’s beautiful lights in the neighborhood go online to

Fear of speeders

MT. WASHINGTON — A Clio Avenue resident hopes to put the brake on high speeds on her street. “They travel super fast,” said Annie Tate. “There are a lot of children on our street. “I fear that a child will get hurt.” Tate has started a petition to have speed humps installed on Clio Avenue. So far about 20 people have signed it. A2

Assault charge

NEWTOWN — Former Newtown Village Councilman Doug Evans is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 31 for allegedly assaulting another man. The incident occurred Sept. 3 at Evans Landscaping, 8155 Broadwell Road. According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Evans and Joe Laugherty were discussing money Laugherty said he was owed by Evans. A4

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Agreement close on access road By Lisa Wakeland

Anderson Township is getting closer to easement agreement with several businesses near the intersection of Five Mile Road and Beechmont Avenue. This agreement would allow the township to construct an access road in front of the businesses on Five Mile Road from Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine to the Anderson Health Plaza. The access drive is meant to alleviate concerns associated with a planned continuous flow intersection at Beechmont Avenue and Five Mile Road, which aims to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents. Property owners in that area

have expressed reservations about the new configuration blocking access and affecting business. “A lot of the issues stem from the southeast quadrant because their access points would be impacted … making it impossible to turn left,” Hamilton County planning and design engineer Timothy Gilday said at a Dec. 7 public hearing on the project. “We have been dealing with it for over a year now, the county and the township, to try to get these property owners to agree to some type of private drive configuration that would give all these properties access down to Nimitzview (Drive), … which does have a traffic light.” There is a preliminary design for the access road that would re-

quire some driveway relocations and modifications, Gilday said. Joseph Trauth, who represents Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, said they’ve been working diligently to resolve the access issues for the businesses on Five Mile Road that would be affected by the continuous flow intersection. “Our initial concern was overburdening our own access, which was our only access,” he said. Right-in and right-out driveway along the access road will lessen the impact of additional vehicles at the traffic light, Trauth said. The easement and construction agreement is still under review by the property owners and See ACCESS, Page A2

Mercury vapors close Anderson Twp. gym Chemical being released from the facility’s flooring

ANDERSON TWP. — The Beech Acres RecPlex gym is closed until further notice because of a detectable amount of mercury vapor. Anderson Township Park Commissioners shut down the gym Dec. 8 after testing revealed low levels of mercury vapor, said Park District Executive Director Ken Kushner. Though the vapor levels are within acceptable ranges, Kushner said they wanted to err on the side of caution and close the RecPlex gym, 6915 Beechmont Ave. The Anderson Township Park District planned to replace the gym floor this year and put a new floor on top of the current one, which was installed in 1971. Kushner said one of the companies who bid on the project suggested testing for mercury vapor because many of the gym floors installed between the 1960s and mid-1980s contained small amounts of mercury. The mercury in the 3-M Tartan Brand polymer flooring was a catalyst used to set the floor when it hardened, explained Greg Stein, a community involvement and health education coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health. It was standard practice and mercury was likely used in many different items prior to knowledge of its harm, he said. Mercury is a neurotoxin and vaporizes at room temperature, Stein said. The hotter it is, the more vapors are released. The Anderson Township Park District worked with Stein to figure out the best solution for replacing the gym floor. Because this is still a relatively new issue in Ohio, Stein contacted a colleague for advice, who did not recommend putting a new floor over the rubber polymer floor that contains mercury. “What happens is the floor underneath never stops off-gassing, and the mercury


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Anderson Township residents pass a basketball in the Beech Acres RecPlex gym during the annual Turkey Shoot. The Park District closed the gym area Dec. 8 because of detectable levels of mercury vapor. FILE PHOTO

QUESTIONS? Residents who have questions about mercury can contact Greg Stein with the Ohio Department of Health, or 614-466-1390. Residents with questions about the gym can contact Kushner, 388-2492 or, or visit the Park District’s website,, for updates.

will still come out,” Stein said. Trapping the vapors creates a more concentrated volume and the mercury vapors will find any crack or hole in the top floor to get out, he said. “It will create a worse problem by increasing the level of (mercury) vapors,” Stein said. Slightly more than 2 micrograms per cubic meter were found in the Beech Acres RecPlex gym and acceptable levels for schools, daycares and similar facilities are 1 to 3 micrograms per cubic meter, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Testing did not find any mercury vapor levels in the halls or the rest of the RecPlex, Kushner said. He is not sure when the gym will reopen, but said it could take months to remove the old floor and install the new floor.

The Ohio Division of Securities has found that Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien violated state law by acting as an unlicensed investment adviser. O'Brien The agency ordered O’Brien to “cease and desist” from this activity and ordered him to offer to repay the clients of his financial consulting business from September 2008 to Nov. 18 of this year all investment adviser fees he received from them. O’Brien failed to tell clients that he was fired from the Robert W. Baird Co. Inc. in 2008 for allegedly misappropriating more than $300,000 from a client for his own use, according to Enquirer files. For the same misappropriation allegation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the agency which regulates securities markets, banned him for life from the securities industry. The ban and his firing from Baird didn’t come into public view until shortly after O’Brien’s Nov. 3, 2009 election as a township trustee. He has resisted numerous calls from some township residents to resign from office. He has denied that he misappropriated money from a client. O’Brien waived his right to an administrative hearing and signed a document last week with the Division of Securities agreeing to the agency’s findings and orders. One of the findings is that O’Brien charged clients for investment advice without a license. Previously, O’Brien had said he did not give investment advice to clients and that he told them the circumstances of his firing from Baird. “The agreement speaks for itself,” he said. “I would like to thank the Division of Securities for their professionalism.” Andrew Pappas, a township resident and a member of the committee running the Anderson Tea Party, said, “It shows his honesty is questionable at best,” Pappas said. “I find it very disturbing.”

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hearings that extended over 22 months, the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 on June 2, 2010, in favor of the mine operation. The board attached 25 conditions to its approval. CABOOM and the villages of Newtown, Terrace Park and Indian Hill appealed this decision in Common Pleas Court. In his written judgment Thursday, Ruehlman called the zoning board’s decision to approve the mine operation “replete with examples of illegal acts as well as invalid, void and ineffective conditions, any one of which would be sufficient reason for rendering the entire decision as null and void.” Ruehlman said the zoning board’s errors included: permitting mining in a residential district; allowing access to the mine through a residential district; allowing explosives to be stored at the site; and accepting a “good neighbor fee” of $5 million from Martin Marietta. Tim Mara, attorney for CABOOM, said Ruehlman’s decision doesn’t surprise him. “We knew the mining proposal didn’t meet the requirements of the zoning law,” he said.

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Anderson Township officials. Assistant Township Administrator Steve Sievers said they hope to have the agreement in place and be ready to move forward

Mt. Washington residents wants speed humps By Forrest Sellers

MT. WASHINGTON — A Clio Avenue resident hopes to put the brake on high speeds on her street. “They travel super fast,” said Annie Tate. “There are a lot of children on our street. “I fear that a child will get hurt.” Tate has started a petition to have speed humps installed on Clio Avenue. So far about 20 people have signed it. Tate said that is more than 50 percent of the neighbors. She plans to appeal to the Mt. Washington Community Council as well. The topic is on the agenda for the Wednesday, Dec. 21, meeting at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St. Council will weigh in on whether the speed humps have an effect on the neighborhood as a whole and make a recommendation, said Jake Wil-

with the project early next year. Anderson Township would maintain the access drive once it’s built. The Hamilton County commissioners closed the public hearing and are expected to vote on officially establishing the continuous flow intersection project next year, which will allow

liams, president of the Mt. Washington Community Council. If the Community Council approves the speed humps, a recommendation and the petition are submitted to the city’s traffic department, which would also have to approve the speed humps before they are installed. Williams said a majority of the residents on Clio Avenue would also have to support the idea. “We have to see how they fit into the overall traffic pattern,” said Williams regarding the community council’s decision. Residential streets typically have a 25 miles per hour speed limit. Tate said she estimates some cars travel along Clio Avenue as fast as 40 miles per hour. She said she has also witnessed school buses traveling faster than the approved speed. Tate said the fact no sidewalks are adjacent to Clio Avenue is also a conthe county to proceed with right of way acquisitions. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 and the project is expected to cost $3.1million, with part of the cost funded by a federal grant. Sievers said Anderson Township recently received an $877,385 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, which means construction costs for the continuous flow intersection are fully funded. Hamilton County will pay for engineering costs associated with the continuous flow intersection and Anderson Township will pay for the engineering costs associated with the proposed access drive, Sievers said. Anderson Township initiated a feasibility study in 2005 that found the continuous flow intersection would improve efficiency and

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Clio Avenue resident Annie Tate, shown with her daughter, Julia, has started a petition to get speed humps installed on her street. She said motorists frequently exceed the 25 mile per hour speed limit, and she has concerns about safety. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

cern. “I think speed humps are a good idea,” said Sarah Davis, a neighbor of Tate’s. “I think most of the people I’ve talked to on the street agree.” Like Tate, Davis said she considers the street to be about one lane in width. She said she has had several close calls while walking her dog. “There is a sign warning of pedestrians, and it doesn’t slow people down,” said Davis. If anything, Tate said speed humps would make motorists more aware and possibly use more caution while traveling along the street. likely reduce the number of rear-end accidents. A recent traffic congestion analysis by the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments found that eastbound Beechmont Avenue, between Five Mile and Eight Mile roads, has the most delays for any non-interstate road in Greater Cincinnati with 374 hours of vehicle delay per day. “This project hits right to the core of that issue,” Sievers said about the continuous flow intersection. Accidents have decreased during the past several years. There were 48 accidents at the intersection in 2003 and 33 accidents in 2010, according to crash analysis reports from the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office. Beechmont Avenue and Five Mile Road was ranked third for intersection crashes in Hamilton County, according to the 2010 report, and has an average daily traffic of 57,531 vehicles. Currently, there are dedicated right-turn lanes at the intersection and the speed limit was reduced to 40 mph on Five Mile Road as it approaches Beechmont Avenue in 2005.



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Judge: Anderson Twp. not liable for police Violent traffic stop resulted in lawsuit against Hamilton County

A federal judge has ruled that Anderson Township is not be liable for damages stemming from a violent traffic stop on Clough Pike in 2009. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's office filed a motion in April that alleged the township was primarily responsible for damages caused to Anderson Township resident John Harmon by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies during the incident. Hamilton County sought to add Anderson Township as a third-party defendant in a federal civil rights lawsuit Harmon filed last December against the Hamilton County commissioners and Sheriff Simon Leis, as well as the four deputies and one sergeant involved in the incident. Harmon was driving home late one night in October 2009 when he was pulled over for suspected drunken driving. At the time of the traffic stop deputies did not know Harmon was suffering from a diabetic emergency and allegedly shocked him several times with a Taser, pulled him from his SUV and threw him to the ground. A state trooper who arrived on scene later pulled one of the deputies off Harmon, who was charged with resisting arrest and failing to comply with a police officer’s orders even after dep-

uties learned of the medical emergency. Harmon suffered multiple injuries from the incident and the charges were later dropped. “The police officers employed by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department had their own duty not to use excessive force against or otherwise violate the plaintiff’s constitutional rights and cannot shift their liability to the township,” Judge Herman Weber wrote in his Dec. 7 order denying the third party complaint. “The Hamilton County Sheriff, not the township, is responsible for defending his officers.” Anderson Township Administrator Vicky Earhart said they are pleased with

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Election filings creating surprise primaries Gannett News Service The filing deadline for candidates in the March 6 primary came and went Wednesday, with Hamilton County Republicans still looking for a real candidate to take on Democratic county commissioner Todd Portune; and a former Cincinnati city councilman ready to take on Republican county commissioner Greg Hartmann. The candidate filings also produced some potentially explosive GOP March primary battles for county commission seats in Butler and Clermont counties; and primary battles in Hamilton County for state legislative seats for both the Republican and Demo-

cratic parties. And, in the 2nd Congressional District, David Krikorian of Madeira - who has battled Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Miami Township, in court and on the ballot, filed as a Democratic candidate. For Hamilton County Commissioner, the Democrats have recruited former Cincinnati council member Greg Harris, a 40year-old West Price Hill resident. GOP leaders have been trying to convince Chris Bortz, who lost his bid for re-election to Cincinnati City Council last month, into running against Portune, but Bortz has yet to commit to the race. That forced the Repub-

lican party to file the name of a “placeholder” candidate Wednesday - party finance director Maggie Nafziger Wuellner, who has served the party as a placeholder before. Placeholder candidates can withdraw after the primary and be replaced by the party up until Aug. 13. The Hamilton County GOP is hoping that replacement candidate will be Bortz, a developer who served three two-year terms on council. Bortz said Wednesday he is considering running against Portune but is not ready to make that decision yet. “I’m giving it serious consideration, talking to advisers, looking at the im-

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pact on my career,’’ said Bortz, who lost a bid for a fourth term on City Council last month. In a surprise move, former State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr., of Mt. Lookout, filed petitions to take on State Rep. Peter Stautberg, R-Anderson Township, in a GOP primary in the 27th Ohio House District, which includes much of southeastern Hamilton County. Brinkman was termlimited out of the Ohio House four years ago, and Stautberg replaced him. Brinkman said in a release Wednesday that Stautberg “is more concerned about keeping the lobbyists happy (than) he is about serving his constituents.” Stautberg could not be reached for comment., but Hamilton County GOP chairman Alex Triantafilou said Stautberg has “been an outstanding legislator.” “I think Tom Brinkman just needs a job,’’ Triantafilou said. One interesting race is former Cincinnati Council member Leslie Ghiz filed petitions to run in a field race for two Common Pleas Court judgeships, possibly endangering a Republican.

Evans facing assault charge By Rob Dowdy

NEWTOWN — Former Newtown Village Councilman Doug Evans is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 31 for allegedly assaulting another man. The incident occurred Sept. 3 at Evans Landscaping, 8155 Broadwell Road. According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Evans and Joe Laugherty were discussing money Laugherty said he was owed by Evans. The report says Evans became angry and allegedly reached into Laugherty’s car and began “choking and shaking him repeatedly.” The report states Justin Remeley, who witnessed the events, then pulled Evans away from Laugherty. Laugherty, who owns a masonry business and has known Evans for 25 years, said the dispute was over approximately $1,500 that Evans owed him for work performed. He said he was

owed the money “for a while” and began seeking Evans to collect. “It’s not so much the Evans money; it’s the way he (treats) people,” Laugherty said. He said he followed Evans on Sept. 3 to his Evans Landscaping site on Broadwell Road to discuss the money when Evans became agitated and reached through Laugherty’s car to attack him. “All of the sudden he went into a rage,” Laugherty said. The case is scheduled for trial 11 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Evans resigned his Newtown Village Council seat during council’s Sept. 13 meeting, citing too many potential conflicts of interest between his company and other businesses. Evans was unable to be reached for comment.

Police plan to discuss Mt. Washington drug arrests By Forrest Sellers



Drug arrests will be a topic at the next Mt. Washington Community Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St.

Board President Jake Williams said Cincinnati Police officials from District 2 will discuss Williams recent drug arrests in the community. “We are hoping through our Neighborhood Improvements Committee that if there are any patterns at similar locations that we can pursue this at a civic level,” he said. Drug issues and problem properties in the community have been addressed at several previous meetings. This discussion will provide some additional clarification on the issue. Additionally, Williams said an update on Neighborhood Support Program funding will be provided. This funding is given by the city for various community projects which are submit-


ted by the neighborhood councils. Williams said the annual amount is anticipated to be increased from $2,500 to $5,000. “We may push off the vote (on how to use this funding) until this is confirmed,” he said. “We would hate for this to be changed in the midst of budgeting for projects.” Other items on the agenda will include a discussion on the installation of speed humps on Clio Avenue. A petition has been started by a Clio Avenue resident to have the speed humps installed because of safety concerns. Council members will have an opportunity to decide on whether to make a recommendation in favor of the speed humps. Also new Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld will attend the meeting and answer questions from the audience regarding topics of interest.



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Great Oaks set to offer session for homeschoolers

National Merit Students from St. Ursula Academy are, in back, from left: Peggy Tull, Dawn Thomas, Chloe Georgiades, Madeline D'Agostino, Katie Woebkenberg, Mackenzie Loesing, Kelli Miller, Maggie Perme, Margaret Small and Katelyn Vail; in front: Sarah Halmi, Corinne Nako, Kerry Ulm, Megan McGrath, Kristin Swope, Sophie Rupp, Madison Andrews and Emma Lancaster. THANKS TO JILL CAHILL

Eighteen at St. Ursula lauded for test scores WALNUT HILLS — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently recognized 18 St. Ursula Academy seniors this school year for their outstanding results on the PSAT exam, taken last October when they were juniors. The recognition includes three semifinalists, two National Achievement Scholars, and 13 Commended Students. The National Merit Semifinalists are: » Corinne Nako of Indian Hill » Mary Tull of Kenwood » Katherine Woebkenberg of Montgomery These seniors are among 16,000 semifinalists who will have an opportunity to compete next spring for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards worth $34-million. The National Achievement Semifinalist is: » Kristin Swope of Springdale » Dawn Thomas of Woodlawn

These seniors are among 1,600 Black American high school students who now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 800 spring Achievement Scholarship awards, worth $2.4-million. The National Merit Commended Students are: » Madison Andrews of New Richmond » Madeline D'Agostino of Anderson Township. » Chloe Georgiades of Mount Washington » Sarah Halmi of Pierce Townhip. » Emma Lancaster of New Richmond » Mackenzie Loesing of Norwood » Megan McGrath of Mason » Kelli Miller of Mount Lookout » Margaret Perme of Mount Washington

» Sophie Rupp of White Oak » Margaret Small of Mount Lookout » Kerry Ulm of Madeira » Katelyn Vail of Liberty Township Although they will not continue in the 2010 competition for National Merit Scholarships, the Commended Scholars in the National Merit Scholarship Program placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In the past 9 years, approximately12 percent of St. Ursula Academy seniors (a total of 172 St. Ursula students) have received recognition from the National Merit, National Achievement and the National Hispanic Scholarship Programs.


Homeschoolers living in one of the 36 southwest Ohio school districts served by Great Oaks Career Campuses have the option of attending a Great Oaks campus for their junior and senior years. Students who attend can become certified in one of dozens of professional fields and earn college credit at the same time. A parent/student information session will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Live Oaks Career Campus, 5956 Buckwheat Road in Milford. Guests at the information session will have the chance to talk with homeschool students who are attending Great Oaks and learn more about the career programs available. Registration for the 2012-2013 school year begins in January. Programs offered include bio-

technology, engineering technologies, practical nursing, culinary arts, lodging management, equine science, construction framing and finishing, and 29 other subject areas. Graduates can earn certification to begin a career; more than half of Great Oaks graduates continue on to college, typically with up to 28 college credits earned in high school. For complete information, go to Great Oaks Career Campuses is a public career-technical school district serving students in 36 area school districts, and include four campuses: Diamond Oaks in Dent, Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, Live Oaks in Milford, and Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville.

Goddard gardener Wendy Reinhart plants theme gardens with Olivia Vanover, Evan Overholser and Caroline McCluskey at The Goddard School in Anderson Township. THANKS TO MARK REINHART

Goddard School in Anderson Twp. goes green

Guardian Angels School seventh-graders meet with their kindergarten partners to create a project together. The "Bigs/Littles" meet several times a year to maintain friendships within the different grade levels. In front, from left, are kindergarteners Paige Dornheggan, Kelsee Haas, Lucy Timko, Lauren Dornheggan, Ireland Molnar, Sophie Lawler and Gracie Fechtel. In back are seventh-graders Paige Osterfeld, Natalie Nuzzo, Morgan Vogler, Caroline Karwisch, Chrissy Shook, Marisa Cerchio, Austin Danko, Carly Cullion, Maddie Ventre and Emily Browning. PROVIDED


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ANDERSON TWP. — To encourage earth-friendly habits among preschoolers, The Goddard School located in Anderson Township recently kicked off its Proud to be Green curriculum. Through a coordinated program including nature hikes, gardening, composting, rain collection, recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, and a full host of classroom activities, Goddard School children are getting a well-rounded picture of how to care for the environment. Exposure to nature improves children’s awareness, reasoning and observation skills, stimulates social interaction, and fosters imaginative and creative play. It also helps children understand the difference between helpful and harmful actions toward living things. Guided walks on Goddard’s Nature Trail provide classes the opportunity to observe and discuss nature. Fossils, plants, trees, insects, sights and sounds make this a rich learning environment. The outdoor amphitheater provides faculty the opportunity to talk about what the kids see and hear, and how to respect nature. "Gardening is a nurturing activity that teaches patience and responsibility, healthy eating, en-

vironmental awareness and more importantly, builds self esteem," said Wendy Reinhart, owner of The Goddard School in Anderson Township. Children over 2 ½ years old participate in all phases of gardening from planting to harvesting, in one of four themed gardens (Pizza, Farmers’ Market, Flower, and Sensory). They also use two rain barrels to water their gardens and understand how this water is used to keep the campus green. “Inside the classroom, children have a balanced lesson plan that includes books, music, games, video, interactive activities and experiments with recycled materials. They learn the sources and uses of paper, and how reusing and recycling reduces waste in our landfills” said Barbara Hattar, teacher in the Pre-K class. Children actively recycle on a daily basis. “We also explore alternative energy sources such as solar power and discuss the benefits of ‘clean’ energy.” Every day inside and outside the classroom, Goddard encourages children to lead a healthy lifestyle through a number of additional programs including yoga, dance, dramatic play, music and movement.





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The 2011-2012 McNicholas bowling team are, from left: Front row, Cameron Roesel, Peter Huffman, William Klunk, Zeb Bolling; back row, coach Brian Combs, Tristan Dumont, Evan Yannetti, Kyle Grogan and Jason Hinson. THANKS TO SUSAN ROHLFS

Rocket bowlers look to leave mark in GCL By Nick Dudukovich

Turpin's Mariah Gador gets into the paint and scores on this play in the girls basketball game between Anderson and Turpin at Turpin High School Dec. 7. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

TURPIN TAKES 1ST GAME WITH ANDERSON Turpin High School girls basketball beat neighborhood rival, Anderson, 42-26, Dec. 7. Leading scorer for Turpin was Mariah Gador with 10 points. The Turpin win brings the Spartans to 3-0 and drops Anderson to 1-2.

ANDERSON TWP. — The McNicholas bowling squad will have a tough road ahead as it tries to topple the hold Roger Bacon’s held on the Greater Catholic League Central Division dating back to 2006. The Spartans have won the division five of the past six seasons, but the Rockets’ head coach Brian Combs believes his team possesses the ability to win the league. “The Rockets boys bowling team competes in a very tough league but has the ability to win the GCL Central and I expect several players to make conference, first or second team,” Combs said by email. The Rockets returned a quartet of upperclassmen at the start of the season, led by “The Rockets seniors Kyle Grogan, Jason boys bowling Hinson and juniors Tristan team competes in Dumont and Zeb Bolling. Grogan is averaging 163.1 a very tough pins per game this season, and has a high game of 176. league but has Hinson, who grabbed the the ability to win school’s record with a high game of 278 last winter, is avthe GCL Central eraging 166.4 pins. and I expect Dumont earned a spot in several players to the starting lineup after a stellar offseason, according make conference, to Combs. He owns the team’s best first or second average (171.1) and rolled a team.” season high 213 in the team’s opening match against TurBRIAN COMBS pin, Nov. 21. McNicholas head coach “(Tristan) worked hard over the summer to make it into the starting lineup …and opened the year with a team high 402 series,” Combs said. Bolling will attempt to better his 170 average from a season ago, while sophomore Cameron Roesel also looks to leave his mark on the season. The Rockets are 2-2 to start the season.


Anderson's Hayley Temple gets double teamed by Turpin's Kelsey Fender [22] and Kiersten Richards in the girls basketball game between Anderson and the Turpin Dec. 7. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Turpin's Kiersten Richards and Anderson's Kiara Gentry battle for the ball in the girls basketball game between the Anderson Redskins and the Turpin Spartans at Turpin High School Dec. 7. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Junior Alex Sutter has helped lead the Redskins to a 4-1 start this season. Sutter owns the best average in the FAVC East (210.4). He rolled his high game of the young season (251) during Anderson’s win over Little Miami, Nov. 29. Senior Daniel Adams has also been a key contributor this season, and owns a197.1average. He rolled a season high 247 duringthesecondgameofthesquad’swinoverTurpin,Dec.5. Other contributors this season should include Mitchell Hehn, Tanner Brondhaver, Louis Lemburg, Travis Hawks, See BOYS, Page A7

Lady Spartans bowling team rolls to a 6-0 start By Nick Dudukovich

ANDERSON TWP. — Attention Cherry Grove Lanes: The Turpin Lady Spartans have arrived. The school’s bowling program might not have the most illustrious history, but head coach Garry Wilson and company are looking to roll through the competition this winter, while attempting to score

the program’s first winning season. Turpinstartedthecurrentcampaign off with a 6-0 (through Dec. 9) start and is bolstered by a lineup of experienced bowlers, according to Fisher. “We have five good experienced bowlers, and four seniors returning that can lead this team to its first ever winning season,” Fisher said by email.

That experience could be the key that helps the Spartans finish over the .500 mark. From 2005-2010, the Lady Spartans were 14-85, but showed considerable improvement last winter by finishing with a 10-10 mark. If the team is to make school history, it will come on the heels of a collective effort, according to Fisher. “As a team they all get along

and have fun. This team doesn’t rely on on individual to carry the team, which is a good thing,” Fisher said. If we can build on last year’s success, we should have a very good year.” Key bowlers this season should include seniors Loren Combs, Cassy Bazemore, Abbey WernickKaito, as well as junior Mary Ostigny. Freshman Emily Noss could

also be a big contributor, as she showed against Walnut Hills, Nov. 29. She threw a season-high game of 189 during her second game to help lead the Spartans. Ostigny’s best match of the year came against Walnut Hills, Nov. 28. She bowled two games of 160 en route to the Turpin win. And while the Spartans have See GIRLS, Page A7





» Summit Country Day offensive lineman and Anderson Township resident Nathan Goodhart was named to the Associated Press’ Division V All-Ohio first team for his efforts on the gridiron this season. Goodhart has been a key part of the Silver Knight’s offensive line and has helped the team reach the Ohio state playoffs the past two seasons.

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gotten off to a hot start, Fisher said his team realizes that every matches poses a new challenge. “Every one of thee girls can bowl, they just need to realize that they have the ability to do it,” he said. Other team members include senior Chrissy Dickerson, junior Emma Zangrando, freshman Alise Dumford and team manager Madison Gillespie.


The Lady Redskins take to the alley attempting to build off last season’s re-

mas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@community Questions? Email Nick Dudukovich at ndudukovich@community or call 2487570.

Girls basketball

» Anderson jumped out to a 38-21 halftime lead and never looked back as the squad defeated Little Miami, 63-32, Dec. 3. Madison Temple led the Anderson scoring parade with 15 points. » Turpin bested Walnut Hills, 63-34, Dec. 3. Mariah Gador scored 22 points for the Spartans. » Miami Valley Christian Academy beat East Dayton Christian 47-12 on Dec. 9. N. Lee had 20 points.

» Anderson knocked off Turpin, 2,618-2,243, Dec. 5. Senior Daniel Adams had a high series of 437 for the Redskins. » Anderson defeated Turpin, 2,476-2,031, Dec. 6. Anderson’s Alex Sutter had the match’s high series (451). » McNicholas defeated Summit, 2,246-1,920, Dec. 7. Tristan Dumont had the match-up’s high series (372).

the squad is receiving a stellar effort from junior Evan Cornuelle. Cornuelle owns a 173.9 average highlighted by the 222 game he rolled against Anderson, Dec. 5. Senior Vince Wyborski should also be a recurring contributor to the starting lineup, and is averaging

155.4 pins per game. He rolled a season-high 198 against Walnut Hills, Nov. 28. Other bowlers that should contribute this season include Garrett McDonald, Nick Zinn, Shane McMullen, James Rossel, Matt Lippowitsch and Quintin Coens

sults. Key contributors for Anderson should include Megan Fishbaugh, Jessica Flora and Morgan Tucker. Fishbaugh rolled backto-backgamesof145against Little Miami Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, while Flora rolled a season-high 158 during the second game of the squad’s neighborhood match up against Turpin, Dec. 5.

Quitter has looked impressive this season, and owns a high game of 212, which she rolled against Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, Nov. 29. Senior Allison Hickman should also be a key contributor for the Rockets this season. Fresh off an appearance in the state golf championships this past October, Hickman owns a game high of 155, which she bowled against Roger Bacon, Dec. 6. Other bowlers taking to the lanes this season for the Rockets include Kelsey Overley, Gretchen Semancik, Reagen Powers, Caroline Castleman and Meghan Baker.

Behind senior Ali Quitter, the Lady Rockets started the season off with a 2-2 record (though Dec. 6). The McNick senior owns the fourth best average (150.1) in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League’s Central Division.

Turpin junior guard Connor Grotton takes it coast to coast to extend the Turpin lead in the Dec. 9 game against McNicholas. The Spartans won 69-46. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Turpin High School’s boys basketball team took the battle of neighborhood rivals when it beat McNicholas 69-46 Dec. 9 at Turpin.

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» Turpin defeated Anderson to stay undefeated at 5-0 on the season with a 1,741-1,623 win, Dec. 5. The Lady Spartans were led by senior Casey Bazemore, who had a high series of 315. The squad defeated Anderson again, 1,8041,583, Dec. 6. Turpin’s Loren Combs’ had the match’s high series (286). » McNicholas defeated Summit, 1,706-1,542, Dec. 7. Ali Quitter had the match’s high series (306).

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CH@TROOM Last week’s question Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to sell 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States. Are you happy about the ban? Are you stocking up? Do you prefer the incandescent bulbs or the LED bulbs?

“Am I happy about the ban? Absolutely not. I think it is a futile action, and another instance of excess government interference in the private lives of citizens. I hadn't thought about stocking up, but after thinking about this question I might do that (providing Kroger still has a supply).” Bill B. “I've been hoarding incandescent bulbs for the past year. Yep, call me crazy. Just don't call me when you run out of yours!” L.A.D. “The ‘ban’ is yet another gross over-stepping of a government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ YES, I am stocking up! All this edict will create is a thriving black market, similar to the prohibition blunder.” J.G. “It's a dim-witted approach to conservation! The mercury in those LED bulbs concerns me much more than the use of incandescent bulbs. I don't like the LED bulbs from an aesthetic point of view either. Would love to know why our legislators think this is a bright idea.” S.J.P. “Stocking up on incandescents is remarkably dumb. Each CFL saves $40 worth of electricity plus the cost of ten incandescent bulbs. The Federal standard will not ban incandescents, but it will take the short-life, high energy cost versions off the market. New long life incandescents that use less electricity are already available in many places. They cost more and don't last as long and use more electricity than CFL's. All the specialty bulbs (threeway, larger, smaller, colored, rough service and so forth will remain available. CFL's have good color rendition, and there are some other types of bulb that might be worth considering, although the LED companies have been deceptive about the light equivalence on some of their packages. “There is less mercury in a CFL than in the coal used to produce the same amount of light with incandescent bulbs. “There are now experts who recommend trash disposal of CFL's the same way we have been disposing of four and eight foot fluorescent tubes which have much more mercury, for decades. “Look for much better products and better prices within a year or two of the standard. LED technology is even better than CFL's for many purposes, but the industry doesn't have all its ducks in a row with white light LED's yet. That will probably shake out rapidly, since there are some good products available now at a reasonable price. “Learn what ‘color temperature means.’ Warm white (like an ordinary incandescent bulb) is 2700 K. Intense "daylight" bulbs have less yellow and more blue, and are labelled up to 6500 K. Most people don't want anything over 3500 K in their homes, except for special work space applications. Good stores have displays that show the difference. Don't buy a bulb which doesn't

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give the color temperature on the package.” N.F. “I have never used 100-watt bulbs, other than in a three-way bulb, but this whole idea of our government telling us what kind of bulbs to use is ridiculous. It belongs in the same category as shower heads and toilets that restrict the flow of water. As a result, they don't do half the job that the old ones used to do. “I certainly respect the planet because it is God's creation, but I don't worship it. There is a big difference between the two. Some of these measures come pretty close to worshiping the planet. (And no, I don't recycle or use cloth bags at Krogers, either.) “Most of those measures do more to make the participant feel good about themselves and to look good to others than to really do much for the environment.” T.H. “Well, let's see: no immigration policy, no balanced budget, no cooperation, but bailouts for Wall Street, Europe and their friends. We elect these 1%ers, so lightbulbs is what we get. Voters, do your duty!” K.P. “Big Brother is banning the incandescent bulbs - not because they pollute or otherwise harm anyone - but because they require a little more electricity. If I can buy a car that gets 10 miles per gallon, why can't I buy a light bulb that takes a little more juice? Just wait until you see the procedure for cleaning up after breaking a fluorescent bulb!” R.V. “No, I am not stocking up. The CFL bulbs (not LED) that replace them are a reasonable compromise, last longer and save a huge amount of energy. “My personal experience is they do not really last the five to eight years promised. I mark each bulb I install with the date in service and many have died in 2-3 years. I have had at least 10 replaced by the manufacturer under warranty. I keep the original packaging, receipt and note where the bulb was installed. Most people don't go to this trouble and are unaware of the high failure rate. “It would make a lot more sense to legislate that cable boxes and other electronic appliances use only a very limited amount of energy to standby when not in use. ” F.S.D. “Illegal 100-watt incandescent light bulbs – I was unaware of the sales ban, effective Jan 1. Unhappy about the ban, which I see as unnecessary government intrusion in our lives. I will stock up, if I can find any to buy.” J.M.



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Take precautions to keep the holidays safe The holiday season is a fun and festive celebration and we need to take steps to keep it that way. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) between the years of 2005-2009, on average, one of every 18 Christmas tree fires resulted in death. Holiday lights and other decorative lighting were involved in an average of 150 home fires per year during the same amount of time. By following some simple safety tips, we can hopefully eliminate fires related to Christmas trees. First, use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Check the packaging as some lights are for indoor use only. Replace any lights that may

have worn or broken cords or fixtures. Connect no more than three strands of minilight and a maximum of 50 bulbs for a Craig screw-in bulb. Best COMMUNITY PRESS Use clips, not nails, to hang GUEST COLUMNIST light sets so the cord does not get damaged. Also, remember to turn off Christmas lights before leaving home or going to bed. Finally, bring your lights inside after the holiday to prevent hazards and so they will last longer. Other decoration safety measures we can attend to would be to

Author: Support the FHLSD levy The Forest Hills School Board has made a wise decision to place a 3.9-mill operating levy on the March 2012 ballot. As a township property owner of both a commercial building and a home, I don't relish paying more taxes, but I am convinced that Jim quality Yunker help COMMUNITY PRESS schools maintain propGUEST COLUMNIST erty values. The last funded school levy was six years ago and, based on financial information presented at recent school board meetings as well as in multiple Enquirer articles, Forest Hills remains one of the most efficient districts in the state. Following defeat of the 2009 levy, the board and administration heard the voters and since then the district has cut staff by 10 percent, including about 40 teachers, reduced technology costs, reallocated operational staffing, energy efficiencies and innovative collaborative purchasing with other districts resulting in an average annual reduction of $6.5 million of the general budget. Additionally, employees agreed to a wage and benefits freeze for two years. While those measures have significantly lowered expenses, additional cuts will still be needed even with the new levy revenue.

ABOUT LETTERS AND COLUMNS We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Forest Hills Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. Please include a photo with a column submission. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: foresthills@ Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Forest Hills Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.

But, the overriding reason a levy is essential now is that revenue from the state has been cut by nearly 30 percent. Because of the convoluted way Ohio funds public education, our schools depend on us, the residents of Forest Hills School District, to help replace lost state dollars. If we want to keep our community and property values strong, I encourage all of us to step up and support the March 6 levy. Jim Yunker Anderson Township

OFFICIALS DIRECTORY FEDERAL U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt 2nd District includes nearly all the northeastern and eastern Cincinnati communities. Local: Kenwood office – 8044 Montgomery Road, Room 540, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; phone 791-0381 or 800-784-6366; fax 791-1696. Portsmouth office – 601 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662; phone 740-354-1440. In Washington, D.C.: 238 Cannon Building, Washington,

D.C., 20515; phone 202-225-3164; fax 202-225-1992. E-mail: Web sites: schmidt

STATE State Rep. Peter Stautberg 34th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County. In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 11th floor, Columbus, Ohio, 432156111; phone 614-644-6886; fax: 614-719-3588.

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keep that live tree watered and check throughout the holidays for dryness. Never use real candles on a tree. Many communities have recycling centers after the holiday, so check your local listings. With very little effort we can take these simple steps to have a safe and happy holiday season. If you have any questions about holiday safety, please visit the Anderson Township website at or contact the Anderson Township Fire and Rescue Department at 688-8400. Craig Best Assistant Chief Anderson Township Fire and Rescue Department

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Author: Can’t afford not to support school levy Since the failure of the school levy in 2009, the district has cut over $6 million per year in expenses and reduced personnel by almost 10 percent. The district heard the voters and made changes in the areas it can control. What our school district cannot control is state funding and that has been cut by 30 percent. Imagine having your household budget cut by 30 percent. When this happens, you cut your expenses, which the district has done, and then you find a parttime job. Unfortunately for our school district, the only source of revenue is additional tax dollars. The 3.9 mill amount equates to approximately $120 per year on a $100,000 house. That is $10 per month. This can seem like a lot, but it is doable. We need to do it so our schools and our community stay strong. I have seen firsthand that people moving into an area do not want to live in a community that cannot pass a school levy. Some may be saying I can’t afford $10, $20 or $30 per month. I say we can’t afford not to! Dee Stone Anderson Township

Author: O’Brien bucks system in heroic way

So it turns out that we truly do have an American archetype in Kevin O’Brien. He is an outlaw in the same sense that our founders were outlaws. He lives outside the regulations of the state because these regulations attack his freedom and property. It was to end systems such as this that the American Revolution came to be. Occupational licensing is the process of obtaining permission from a government to practice a profession or trade. The idea of licensing is that it assures quality standards. The real goal of licensing is to create a professional cartel. This is of course a violation of human rights because it impinges on the fundamental freedom of association. By practicing investment advising without a license, Kevin is bucking the system in a truly heroic way. It is the state itself in all its incarnations that is ours (yours and mine) true enemy. He ought to demanding answers from the politicians about their regulatory schemes to further restrict competition in a wide range of areas (banking for example!). Steven Dapper Anderson Township

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The Wellness Community board president and event co-chair Craig Sumerel ,with his wife Sue and their children of Indian Hill, have fun at the All-Star Blast with The Wellness Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT Gina Saba of Mount Lookout, Julie Bristow of Hyde Park, Melissa Murphy of Hyde Park and Jean Desch of Hyde Park get ready for the fireworks at the All-Star Blast at the Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Dan and Donna Passick of Eastgate enjoy the All-Star Blast with The Wellness Community.

Wellness Community get all star fireworks view


The Wellness Community Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash thanks the crowd at the All-Star Blast at the Ballpark with Ron Oester, left, looking on. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Friends and supporters of The Wellness Community recently enjoyed all-star treatment and an unbeatable view of the WEBN/Cincinnati Bell Riverfest fireworks at the third Annual John Morrell All-Star Blast at the Ballpark, at Great American Ball Park. More than 350 guests mingled with former Reds infielder Ron Oester, toured behind-the-scenes areas of the stadium and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, enjoyed a roving magician and barbershop quartet along with a delicious dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club before viewing the fireworks from the upper deck of the ballpark. Under the leadership of co-chairs Craig Sumerel and Rick Setzer, and with the creativity and hard work of committee members Scott Bristow, Joe Desch, Max Meyers, Andrew Quinn, and Deborah Sutton, the annual fireworks benefit bash hit new heights this year, raising a record-setting

Matt Sheakley, of Indian Hill, left, Peter Saba, of Mount Lookout, Joe Desch of Hyde Park, and Scott Bristow, of Hyde Park, enjoy the All-Star Blast at the Great American Ballpark.

Peter Horton, of Anderson Township, Steven Lisco, of Anderson Township, and TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan, of Blue Ash, attend the All-Star Blast at the Great American Ballpark. THANKS TO



Event co-chairs Craig Sumerel, left, of Indian Hill, and Rick Setzer, right, of Hyde Park, greet former TWC Board president Bill Krul (center) of Dayton at All-Star Blast at the Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

$100,000 to support The Wellness Community (TWC). TWC is a non-profit cancer support agency that provides free and professionally led programs of emotional support, education, and hope for people with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers, and cancer survivors. The Wellness Community offers approximately 150 professionally led programs a month for people affected by cancer, all at no cost to the participants. Programs include cancer and caregiver support groups, stress management classes, and educational programs and are available at TWC locations in Blue Ash and Fort Wright, as well as offsite outreach locations in Bond Hill, Clifton, downtown, and Western Hills. For more information about any of TWC’s programs, visit, where a “virtual visit” video is available for viewing, or call 791-4060.

At the All-Star Blast are, seated, from left: Julie Zaring of Montgomery, Dianne Bohmer McGoron of Sycamore Township, Cindy South, Mike and Susan Gooch. Standing, from left, are Tim Zaring of Montgomery, Bruce McGoron of Sycamore Township and Wayne South. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

From left, Rob and Candy Michel and Kyle Pohlman, of Anderson Township, enjoy the day at the All-Star Blast at the Great American Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

All-Star Blast at the Ballpark event co-chairs Rick Setzer of Hyde Park and Craig Sumerel of Indian Hill enjoy the day with TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Molli Monk of Montgomery, Steve Ziegler of Madeira and Molly Bomkamp of Madeira sit in the stands ready to watch the fireworks at the All-Star Blast at the Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT



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Matt Joy, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Stand, 3195 Linwood Ave., Free. 871-5006; Mount Lookout.

Multiplicity and Hang It Up, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Gallery One One presents group exhibition of art, design and craft based on notion of multiples. In conjunction with Multiplicity, gallery features Hang It Up, room devoted entirely to ornaments. Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Works by Maureen Holub, David Rosenthal, John Humphries, Jenny Grote and Heather Jones. Through Feb. 1. 458-6600. Hyde Park. Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Works in various mediums and genres by Jonathan Queen, Ellen Diamond, Steve Smalzel, Vic Vicini, Stephen Bach, Lea Bradovich, Graceann Warn, Lynn Whipple, James O’Neil, Ned Evans, Scott Addis, Dale Lamson, Pam Folsom, Jeff League, Deborah Morrisey McGoff, Don Dahlke, Valerie Milovic, Erika Kohr, Eric Joyner and Amy Giust. Through Dec. 31. 871-4420; Hyde Park. Dixie Selden and Emma Mendenhall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave., Paintings and watercolors. Exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Through Dec. 31. 871-5604; Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Diverse group of artists and styles of artwork hand selected and beginning at $25. Through Jan. 14. 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Original paintings and prints by two of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time. Free. Through Jan. 28. 791-7717; Fairfax.

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Christmas story presented with narration, lights, animation and music. Mission market, Nativity sets, Christmas boutique and mission museum. Free, canned good donations accepted. Presented by Comboni Missionaries. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, 2651 Bartels Road, Pre-cut blue spruce, Frasier and Balsam fir, from 5-12 feet. Selection of wreaths and roping in 1/4, 1/2 and full rolls available. Hot chocolate, soft drinks and a cozy fire free. Family friendly. $50-$100. Presented by Moeller Knights of Columbus. 232-8337; Anderson Township.

Recreation 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. Family friendly. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. Through March 29. 3884515. Anderson Township. Free Music Time Fun, 10:3011:15 a.m., Stonekry Resale Books, 8253 Beechmont Ave., Program of music and move-

Music - Latin Tu Sabado Latino, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave., El Nuevo Tequilas Nite Club. Music by DJ Chalino y DJ Tavo. Ages 18 and up. $10; free women ages 21 and up before 11 p.m. 321-0220; East End.

Nature The Comboni Mission Center in Anderson Township is having its 63rd Annual Animated Nativity Display from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15-18. at Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Anderson Township. The Christmas story will be presented with narration, lights, animation and music. There will also be a mission market, nativity sets, a Christmas boutique and mission museum. The event is free. Canned good donations will be accepted. Call 474-4997 for more information. PROVIDED ment activities specially designed for young children. With Mimi Sinclair. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Music Therapy Services. 474-6064; Anderson Township.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922; Hyde Park . Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Hyde Park.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Art Exhibits Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 4586600. Hyde Park. Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. Dixie Selden and Emma Mendenhall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 3215200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

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

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; Anderson Township.

Nature Stories in the Stars, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Familyfriendly night. Lean heavenly myths from Dean Regas, local expert. A guided star gaze and viewing through the 1843 telescope will follow (weather permitting). $10, $5 children. Registration required. 321-5186; Mount Lookout.

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7:30-9:30 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Wild, witty and uniquely touching look at family relationships in Christmas season. $15, $12 students, children and groups of 10. Presented by Friends of the Groom Theater Company. Through Dec. 18. 831-2859; Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Sculptural Glass Bead Making, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Learn to sculpt with hot glass on the torch. With Marcy Lamberson, visiting instructor and artist. $150. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. December Family Open House: Ornaments, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Celebrate holidays by making ornaments with your family. Bring parents, grandparents, siblings and children for introductory class and create fused glass ornaments. No experience necessary. Family friendly. $15. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. Dixie Selden and Emma Mendenhall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 3215200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:3010:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township. Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Birney Lane, Pancakes, sausage, eggs and more. Bring camera for Santa visit. Each child receives small gift. Family friendly. $3.50, one free breakfast per family. 231-2253; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 2328337; Anderson Township.

Music - Classic Rock The Bluebirds, 6-10 p.m., Bella Luna, 871-5862; Linwood.

Stories in the Stars, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, Adults only with some uncensored material. $10, $5 children. Registration required. 321-5186; Mount Lookout. Evergreen Centerpieces, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Registration required online by Dec. 12. Make a centerpiece with fresh evergreens. Bring gloves and pruners. For Ages 12 and older. $20, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Do Not Open ’Till Christmas, 3-5 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m., Anderson Center, $15, $12 students, children and groups of 10. 831-2859; Anderson Township.

Runs/Walks Noel 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., Lunken Airport Playfield, 4744 Playfield Lane, Registration begins 8:30 a.m. T-shirts available. includes access to Carl and Edyth Lindner Family Tennis Center for pre-race and postrace activities. Rain, snow or shine. Benefits Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund. $12, $10 advance. Registration required. Presented by Moeller Knights of Columbus. 321-6500; Linwood.


ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to 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 and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. Through Dec. 26. 528-5959. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Pilates, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Improve core control, coordination, standing alignment and balance with Pilates mat exercises. With Katie Cline. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; Anderson Township.

Nature Winter Warriors Extended Winter Break Camp, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Daily through Dec. 23. Indoor and outdoor activities such as hiking, games, crafts and more. $125 full day, $75 part day. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 231-8679; California.



Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Lower level. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos, hands-on exhibits and artifacts. Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.

Business Meetings HR Roundtable, Noon-1 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Free. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802. Anderson Township.

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Cardio Kick Boxing, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, third-degree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 293-0293; Anderson Township.

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Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 2328337; Anderson Township.

Nature Birds of Prey, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet live birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater Do Not Open ’Till Christmas, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Anderson Center, $15, $12 students, children and groups of 10. 8312859; Anderson Township.

MONDAY, DEC. 19 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Make and Bake: Snowflake Plates, 5-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Design and create an original 6-inch fused glass plate. No experience necessary. $40. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.

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Anderson Township History Room, 6-9 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township. Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; Anderson Township.

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Park. Dixie Selden and Emma Mendenhall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 871-5604; Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Boot Camp, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, $199 unlimited month. Registration required. 527-4000. Fairfax. Yoga Essentials, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Fitness For Function, 8298 Clough Pike, Suite 8, Safe and effective approach to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and build strength. With Lisa Rizzo. $10. 233-3484; Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings, 9 a.m.noon, New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Ave., For accurate blood sugar reading, do not eat after midnight. Free. Presented by Superior Care Plus. 231-1060. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Christmas Animated Nativity Display, 6-9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township.

Holiday - Trees Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall Christmas Tree sale, 4-8 p.m., Moeller Knights of Columbus Hall, $50-$100. 232-8337; Anderson Township.

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

Literary - Story Times Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ms. Gail leads story time on LaPage Stage. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.

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Rumpke Mountain Boys, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., $3. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

Super-Massive, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Reggae. $5 after 10 p.m.; $3 before 10 p.m. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.

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Awaited: A Christmas Show, 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, Free. Tickets required. 731-7400; Oakley.

2012 Hoax: The Real Story, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Light-hearted scientific program delves into Mayan calendar to help sort facts from fiction. View starts through historic telescopes, weather permitting. $10, $5 children. 321-5186; Mount Lookout.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 921-1922; Hyde Park.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21 Art Exhibits Multiplicity and Hang It Up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; Oakley. Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 4586600. Hyde Park. Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde

On Stage - Theater Awaited: A Christmas Show, 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, Free. Tickets required. 731-7400; Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, Donations accepted. 231-0733. Oakley. Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Anderson Township.



Easy homemade rolls for holiday dinners I know baking yeast rolls can be intimidating, and that’s why I’m sharing this special recipe with you today for the holidays. The instructions are detailed enough that even a novice baker will have success. I always bless anything I get my hands into, including dough, by making an indentation of a cross in the center before it rises. That’s to thank the Lord for my abundant blessings – and it’s good insurance that the rolls will turn out well, too!

Homemade buttery crescent rolls

During my catering days with friend Bert Villing, these rolls were a staple in our repertoire. Guests always wanted the recipe, but we never shared it, until now. ⁄3 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup milk or half & half, scalded ½ cup very warm water, between 105 and 110 degrees (about as warm as a baby’s bottle) 1 envelope dry yeast 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 cups all-purpose flour For brushing on rolls before they go into oven: Melted butter 1

Place sugar, butter and salt in mixing bowl. Stir yeast into water with a pinch of sugar to feed it. Set aside. In a couple of minutes, it will get foamy. Pour scalded milk over sugar mixture. Cool until lukewarm. Add yeast mixture and egg to milk mixture. Beat to combine

ingredients – batter may be a bit lumpy but that’s OK. Add 2 cups flour and mix on medium Rita speed until Heikenfeld smooth. RITA’S KITCHEN Pour 1½ cups flour in and mix well. Gradually add remaining ½ cup flour and mix until dough wraps around beater, leaving sides of bowl. Bless dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, in warm place. Punch dough down. Let rest 5 minutes to allow gluten to relax. Divide into two balls. Roll each ball into a 10-12” circle. Cut circle into halves, then into fourths, then into eighths, then into 12 triangles. Roll each triangle from the wide end and curve into crescent shape. Lay, seam side down, on parchment lined or sprayed cookie sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 35-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minute or so. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Makes 24 rolls and freezes well.

Maryanne Stauback’s potato pancakes, Perkins style For Nick, who misplaced this recipe. “I want to make them for Hanukkah. They’re a family favorite.” Maryanne developed this recipe with her

dad. Reheat leftovers in oven or microwave. 3 eggs, separated 3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled 1 pound onions or less, to taste 1¾ cups flour 3 teaspoons salt or less to taste 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup skim milk 3 tablespoons canola oil

Whip egg whites and set aside. In food processor with grating blade, grate potatoes and onions. Pour into bowl. Using the chopping blade, blend egg yolks, milk and oil. Add potatoes and onions and pulse until chopped coarsely. Whisk dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Pulse until blended. Batter

should be slightly lumpy. Pour into bowl and fold in whipped eggs. Heat griddle and add oil. Fry like pancakes over medium heat. Keep warm in oven until ready to serve. Makes 9-12 servings.

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This recipe is almost 30 years old and much easier to make than traditional fruitcake. Vary dried fruit to suit yourself. 1 pound diced candied mixed fruits 8 oz. candied cherries, halved or cut

8 oz. candied pineapple, cut up 1½ cups chopped nuts ½ cup each dried cranberries and raisins ½ cup flour1 package Duncan Hines Deluxe II moist spice cake mix 1 four serving size vanilla instant pudding ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs ¼ cup water

ingredients. Stir in fruit mixture. Batter will be very stiff. Spread in pans and bake 1½ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans. Wrap, store at room temperature. Glaze: Optional but good. Brush on warm cake: 1/4 cup clear corn syrup mixed with a couple generous tablespoons rum.

Preheat oven to 300. Spray two loaf pans, line with waxed paper or foil and spray again. Mix fruits and nuts with flour. Set aside. Beat together rest of

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The church is having a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., and a 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day service. All are welcome. The church is at 5751 Kellogg Ave. Service is at 9:30 a.m. Call 232-5077.

Clough United Methodist Church

Not everyone welcomes the Christmas season with joy. For people dealing with loss, sadness, grief, stress, or loneliness,

the holidays can be a time of dread and the season rings hollow. The church is offering a special service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, for all who are hurting this Christmas season. Whatever the reason may be, all who are in need of comfort are invited to come and experience the healing power of God’s love. The service will include prayer, scripture, song, a message and communion. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road,Anderson Township; 231-4301;

Faith Christian Fellowship

The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442;

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The church is at 6434 Corbly Road, Mount Washington; 231-1339;

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Road, Anderson Township; 231-8285.

First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills

The choir will present “O Holy Night,” a glorious and majestic arrangement of classic Christmas Carols and hymns along with some stirring new songs. Come and hear the wonderful story of Christmas presented in music at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, at the church. The church is at 1674 Eight Mile Road; 474-2441.

Horizon Community Church

The church offers new service times at 8:50 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church

Episcopal Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. Sunday. Adult enrichment is 9:15 a.m., Sunday. Presbyterian morning worship is 10:30 a.m., Sunday. Childcare is provided at 10:30 a.m., Sunday.

Bible study is noon Wednesday.

Mount Washington United Methodist Church

On Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., the church will have a service of lessons and carols with the theme “Light to the Darkness.” The services will feature nine characters that relate God’s plan of salvation that culminates in Jesus Christ, singing of favorite carols and candle lighting. Everyone is invited to attend. The church will have one worship service at 10:45 a.m. The church will welcome the Christ child, pray and sing more carols. All are welcome to these special services. On the second Saturday of every month, the community is invited to a free dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the church. The dinner is provided by the generous members of the church and is served in the church’s fellowship hall. It is free to the public and the community is invited. All are welcome. The church is at 6365 Corbly Road, Mount Washington; 231-3946; www.mtwashum-

Parkside Christian Church

The church will have two identical services at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, the church will have one service at 11 a.m. All are welcome. The church is at 6986 Salem Road, Anderson Township; 231-9482;;

SonRise Community Church Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Dress is casual. The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.

Trinity Community Church

Trinity has launched a new Contemporary Service called The Source at 6 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Pastor Randy Wade Murphy and guest speakers will give the message as well as a live band leading worship music. Pizza and drinks will follow each

service. Parents can go holiday shopping and let their children enjoy supervised, structured childcare for children from infants to age 12 at the church’s Drop and Shop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Kids will enjoy games, snacks and crafts. Cost is $5 per child, or $10 per family. Call the church office for more information. Trinity Together Time will get a visit from the Cincinnati Museum Center with the program “1, 2, 3 Blast Off,” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Trinity Together Time is an outreach program that gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public, geared toward the ages of birth-5 years old, and guaranteed to be fun and interactive. Please park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631;

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Richard T. “Rick” Hilton Jr., 59, of Union Township, formerly of Mount Washington died Dec. 3. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survived by sisters Linda (Jim) Bassett, Nancy (Robert) Denman, Mary Pat (David) Harrington; five nieces; one nephew; and two great-nephews. Preceded in death by parents Richard “Dick” Sr. and Irene Hilton. Memorial visitation is 5:307:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home,

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Edith Penrod

Edith Penrod, 88, of Anderson Township died Dec. 2. Survived by daughter, Janet (Ronald) Boggs; sisters Pat Kramer and Gladys Kyle; grandchildren Rhonda (Dennis), Robin (Jeff), Becky (Matt) and Jack; and 10 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, William Penrod; daughter, Ruth Smith; father, Earl Kyle; mother, Mary Stegbauer. Services were Dec. 6 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home, Mount Washington.

Gladys L. Wolfinger

Gladys L. “Shorty” Wolfinger, 88, formerly of Anderson Township died Nov. 18. Survived by husband, Forrest G. Wolfinger; sons Mark (Rochelle) Wolfinger; daughters Judith (Richard) Fairchild and Deborah (William) Bray; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and friend, Annie Kallaher. Preceded in death by grandson, Sean King; and sister, Bernice Nordyke. No service. Memorials to: Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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LaVerne (nee Ryan) Brinkman, 80, of Anderson Township died Nov. 20. Survived by children Renee (Frank Goebels) Brinkman, Tanya (Tom) Buhrlage, Craig Brinkman, Kurt (Melissa) Brinkman and Erin (Stephen) Cupito; daughter-inlaw, Jennifer Jacob; grandchildren Evan, Glenn and Greer Goebels, Luke and Brooke Buhrlage, Ashley, Ryan and Abbey Brinkman, Alexandria, Kurtis and Casey Brinkman, Bradley (Karissa) and Bryan (Carly) Cupito; and great-grandchildren Callie, Ava and Carter Cupito. Services were Dec. 10 at St. Rose Church, Cincinnati. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Harrigan announce the engagement of their daughter, Jesse Harrigan, to Jack Klass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Klass of Ottawa, Ohio. Jesse will graduate in May 2012 with a dual degree in Math and Education and hopes to teach High School Math. Jack graduates with a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree and will work for Grob Sytems in Bluffton, Ohio. The couple met at the University of Dayton, and were both members of UD’s Waterski Team. A September wedding is planned.

An Open House to celebrate the completion of the second phase of major renovations within Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, will be conducted shortly after noon on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the church parlor/ chapel area. The event will include a "trail of progress" which will show all participants a view of each major area of renovation. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the end of the "trail" in the Fellowship Hall. Parking is available at the garage located at the corner of Beechmont and Five Mile Roads, or at the church parking lot located off Forest Road across the street from the new Christ Hospital outpatient offices.

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The choir from the First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills will present “O Holy Night!,” an arrangement of classic Christmas carols and hymns along with some new songs, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the church, 1674 Eight Mile Road.





Reyna earns CFA Brando Reyna, an analyst for THOR Investment Management Inc., 7346 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, recently completed the certification process to secure the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. The CFA charter is the most widely known investment credential in the world. Employed at THOR since July 2009, Reyna holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a dual major in finance and entrepreneurial studies from Xavier University.

New psychotherapy office

Psychotherapist Pamela G. Parker recently opened an independent office at

8595 Beechmont Ave., Suite 303, in Anderson Township. She has more than 36 years of experience in solution-based counseling, helping adolescents and adults make positive changes in their lives. Parker has a special expertise in using multiple therapeutic methods, including cognitive therapy, reality therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an effective approach for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also treats depression and anxiety, addictions and self-destructive behaviors, as well as problems related to relationship or family issues and abuse. Office hours are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 520-3365.

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Wednesday, Nov. 16 12:36 a.m., Eight Mile Road, abdominal pain 8:20 a.m., Wittmeyer Drive, person unconscious / unresponsive 12:30 p.m., State Road, possible heart attack 12:54 p.m., Ackley Road, sick person 1:32 p.m., Watchpoint Drive, detector activation, no fire unintentional 1:53 p.m., Woodruff Road, person injured in a fall 3:11 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, non-breather / cardiac arrest 8:15 p.m., Asbury Road, trouble breathing 11:27 p.m., Beechmont Avenue,

sick person 11:54 p.m., Turpin Knoll Court, diabetic emergency

Thursday, Nov. 17 12:43 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 8:19 a.m., Forest Road, attempted / threatening suicide 10:40 a.m., Broadwell Road, sprinkler activation, no fire unintentional 3:45 p.m., Interstate 275 Hwy., auto accident - entrapment 5:01 p.m., Maidmarian Drive, assist back to bed 5:41 p.m., Eversole Road, person injured in a fall

Friday, Nov. 18 12:34 a.m., Windhill Terrace, smoke detector activation due to malfunction 1:59 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 8:41 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 10:47 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 11:52 a.m., Pebble Court, person injured in a fall 11:52 a.m., Pebble Court, person with a laceration 11:55 a.m., Rosetree Lane, person unconscious / unresponsive

1:21 p.m., Denallen Drive, head injury 1:27 p.m., State Road, building fire 3:09 p.m., Asbury Hills Drive, unauthorized burning 4:17 p.m., State Road, smoke detector activation, no fire unintentional 4:57 p.m., Pebble Court, medical emergency 7:01 p.m., Forest Road, medical emergency 8:29 p.m., YMCA Road, outside rubbish, trash or waste fire 8:50 p.m., Asbury Road, sick person

12:34 p.m., Old Chapel Court, animal rescue 4:04 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured in a fall 4:31 p.m., Brixton Lane, sick person 11:23 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, alarm system sounded due to malfunction

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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Juvenile, 14, theft, Nov. 16. Samantha M. Varner, 18, 1923 Clermontville Laurel, theft, Nov. 13. Michael A. Case, 25, 2061 Ohio 125 No. 23, theft, Nov. 13. Thomas E. Redkey, 24, 4356 Beechmont Ave., theft, Nov. 21.

Incidents/investigations Arson Vehicle found on fire at 2800 Lengel Road, Nov. 24. Assault Female was assaulted at Mugbee's Bar & Grill at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 20. Male was assaulted at Adis' Bar at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 16. Breaking and entering Door pried open at MC Schmidt Plant Farm at 4178 Roundbottom, Nov. 19. Burglary Entry made into residence at 1406 Salem Woods, Nov. 17. TVs, radio receiver taken; $3,300 at 1084 Lanette Drive, Nov. 21. Criminal damage

Rock thrown through window of vehicle at 3051 Fox Den Lane, Nov. 19. Window broken in vehicle at 2396 Bretton Road, Nov. 20. Pumpkin thrown into windshield of vehicle at 7927 Kimbee Drive, Nov. 8. Vehicle damaged at 1291 Sutton Road, Nov. 15. Tail lights broken on vehicle at 1433 Tonopah Drive, Nov. 15. Two side mirrors broken on vehicle at 6819 Treeridge, Nov. 26. Theft Failure to pay for food at Gold Star Chili; $7.20 at Ohio 125, Nov. 16. Clothing taken from Gabriel Brothers; $72 at Ohio 125, Nov. 13. DVD player & GPS unit taken from vehicle at 838 Asbury, Nov. 18. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 850 Woodlyn Drive, Nov. 19. Money taken from vehicle at 1317 Victor Ave., Nov. 18. Carton of cigarettes taken from BP; $53 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 17.

Two cartons of cigarettes taken from Walgreen’s; $104.74 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 17. Jeans taken from Macy's; $315 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 17. Two AC units taken from Zion Lutheran Church at Birney Lane, Nov. 20. A hydraulic pump taken from ATEC Concrete; $1,000 at Roundbottom Road, Nov. 16. Eight batteries, etc. taken; $1,060 at 4710 Roundbottom, Nov. 16. Catalytic converter taken off vehicle at 8550 Beechmont, Nov. 11. Radio, tools, etc. taken from vehicle; $908 at 5240 Ohio 125, Nov. 15. Three saws taken from truck at Evans Landscaping; $1,875 at 4229 Roundbottom, Nov. 9. Cellphone taken from vehicle at 7495 State Road, Nov. 15. MP3 player, portable computer, etc. taken from vehicle; $970 at 6912 Maid Marian, Nov. 19. Jeans taken from Macy's; $1,139 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 22. Laptop computer taken from hallway at Nagel Middle School; $600 at Nagel Road,

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Anderson Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280 » Cincinnati District 2, California and Mount Washington, Capt. Paul Broxterman, District 2 commander, police officer Germaine Love, neighborhood officer, 979-4400 » Newtown, Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280 Oct. 31. Laptop computer taken; $500 at 115 Wittshire, Nov. 12. GPS unit and I-Pod taken from vehicle at 761 Kipp Drive, Nov. 14. Vandalism Two doors damaged on vehicles at 4229 Roundbottom, Nov. 28.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Shiquith Helton, born 1971, attempted vandalism, felonious assault, 5577 Beechmont Ave.,

Gannett News Service The 13-year-old boy accused of raping a 5-yearold girl at a McDonald’s restaurant in Anderson Township last month is competent to stand trial, a Hamilton County Juvenile Court magistrate ruled Wednesday. The teen will appear before Magistrate Liz Igoe for a Jan. 4 trial, Magistrate Susan Luken decided in a brief hearing.

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Burglary 5931 Lockard Ave., Nov. 22. Domestic violence Reported on Salvador Street, Nov. 20. Robbery 4003 Eastern Ave., Nov. 19. Theft 3601 Columbia Pkwy., Nov. 18. 2120 Beechmont Ave., Nov. 18.

At that time, prosecutors will outline their case against the boy, and Igoe will determine if there are enough facts for the case to proceed, juvenile court officials said. His lawyer had argued the boy had a history of mental issues, but a mental evaluation determined the boy is competent to stand trial, juvenile court officials said. After reviewing the report, Luken concurred.

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Arrests/citations Shaunta Graber, 28, 6503 Montgomery Road, bench warrant, Nov. 18. Andrew Theuring, 49, 797 Strathcomb Drive, bench warrant, Nov. 18. Kenneth Bryant, 20, 1038 Fuhrman Road, bench warrant, Nov. 22. Amy Minton, 28, 834 Cooper Road, open container, Nov. 24.

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The boy is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at the Beechmont Avenue eatery’s playground. Authorities released a photo of the suspect, and the teen’s parents turned him in the next day to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He has been held without bond at the county’s juvenile youth detention center in Mount Auburn, where he will remain until the Jan. 4 hearing.





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