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Stay extended

Bridle Run Stables can stay at Johnson Hills Park in the Anderson Township Park District until Feb. 15, but no later. The stable operation is moving to Clermont County, but construction of the new barn and surrounding facilities is taking longer than expected, said owner Larry Waltz. “A lot of it is weatherrelated ... (and) we’re running behind,” he said. FULL STORY, A2

Voice your opinion

The Forest Hills Local School District has banned the public from committee meetings laying the foundation to place a bond and operating levy on a future election ballot. Should the school district ban the public from hearing these discussions? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing andersontownship into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

Poll results

The results of the Dec. 9 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at Cincinnati. com/andersontownship asking readers if the Anderson Township Park District would meet its $100,000 projected concession revenue in 2010 are: Yes:

(50) 69%




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The public is banned from attending meetings of a Forest Hills Local School District committee laying the foundation to place a possible bond issue and operating levy on the ballot. School board President Julie Bissinger said the meetings are “superintendent meetings” and not open to the public. The committee, however, wasn’t created to be closed to the public, she said. “The superintendent created the committee, and the (school) board supported him,” she said. Superinten- Bissinger dent John Patzwald said he consulted with the school district’s attorney to make sure the meetings could legally be closed to the public before he created the Superintendent’s Committee on Facilities. Patzwald said since he, not the school board, created the committee its meetings are not be subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act.

The Ohio Open Meetings Act requires public bodies discussing public business to conduct meetings in public. “We’ve done our homework Neumann on that,” Patzwald said. “As a superintendent’s committee it is not open to the public, so we decided that’s the direction that we’re taking.” When asked what the committee would discuss that school officials do not want the public to know Patzwald said, “It isn’t so much we don’t want (the public) to know, it’s where we are in our own process.” At least one school district resident said banning the public from the meetings violates the state’s Open Meetings Act. Tom Hagedorn said a meeting involving a school district or a government agency should be open to the public. “Any meeting like this, specifically if you are considering facilities, should be held in public,” he said. “We are talking public resources, so the public should be involved.”


Who’s involved

Members of the Forest Hills Local School District Superintendent’s Facilities Committee Steering Committee are Board of Education President Julie Bissinger, board member Richard Neumann, Treasurer Rick Toepfer and Superintendent John Patzwald. The Superintendent’s Facilities Committee includes: Natasha Adams, principal at Nagel Middle School; Melissa Oakley, an instructor at Mercer Elementary School; district residents Monica Rothhaas, Glen Prasser, Wayne Rod, Larry Wood and Jim Yunker. Tom Fernandez with SFA Architects Inc. will serve as a consultant for the committee. School board member Richard Neumann, who also serves on the committee, said a previous “Vision 2010 and Beyond” initiative, as well as the work of a previous facilities committee, will be incorporated into the current committee’s work. A report on what was discussed in the closed-door meetings is expected to be presented at the Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, in the administration building, 7550 Forest Road. The Board of Education meeting is open to the public.

Anderson Twp. to map future direction

Winterfest brings big crowds A brisk winter evening and a big crowd marked the third annual Winterfest in Newtown on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Newtown Business Association, planned to expand on last year’s success, and those involved say the plan went perfectly. Bill Teater, owner of Great Day Productions and the evening’s emcee, said this year’s crowd eclipsed last year’s 700 to 800 in attendance. “We’re very pleased,” he said. “We’ve really grown this thing.” Winterfest featured carriage rides, hayrides, children’s games, holiday shopping, food from local businesses, ice sculptors, wood carvers, pictures with Santa Claus, cookie decorating stations, an area for children to make Christmas tree ornaments, live animals and local choirs singing holiday songs. Maddie Rosebraugh, 11, said her first visit to Winterfest was “really fun,” and she enjoyed the U.S. Marine challenge, which had participants attempting various physical challenges for prizes. While she didn’t win a prize for her efforts during the challenge, she said she still had fun. Jennifer Bracken, who’s a parent at Miami Valley Christian Academy, said this year’s Winterfest was her first, but it may not

Bissinger, who serves on the committee, said the public will be involved later. “There will be community forums at the appropriate time Patzwald in the process,” she said. “The community will have ample time to discuss the options with the committee.” Bissinger said a mission statement was formulated at the committee’s first closed-door meeting. A bond issue and operating levy will be discussed at future committee meetings, Bissinger said. “(We will be) setting the stage for a bond issue that will maintain and enhance the delivery of our academic mission,” she said. At previous Board of Education meetings, board members have said the condition of the oldest building in the district – Wilson Elementary School – needs to be addressed. Bissinger also said the district will have a “probable need” for an operating levy in 2010 or 2011. In May, voters defeated an additional 6.9-mill continuing operating levy. The levy would have raised $9.28 million for operating expenses.

By Lisa Wakeland

Plan update


The third annual Newtown Winterfest was a popular event, with hundreds of local residents, and a snowman, in attendance. For more photos, please see page A4.

be her last. “It seems like a very familyfriendly event,” she said. While this year’s event was considered a success early in the evening, organizers are already eyeing next year’s installment. “Whatever success we’ve had in the past we’ll build on it,” Teater said.

What direction should Anderson Township head for the next 20 years? That’s the question a team of citizens, consultants and township officials will have to answer in the next year as Anderson To w n s h i p updates its comprehensive plan. Steve Sievers, director of the Development Services Department, Sievers said the update process will begin in January. “It’s our hope to draft the update to the plan over the next six to nine months,” he said. “(The goal is) to make sure it’s still reflective of what the community wants and the direction the community wants to go.” Anderson Township created its first comprehensive plan in 2005 with updates planned every five years. The township has budgeted $60,000 for this update, Sievers said, and the comprehensive plan addresses everything from the environment and land use to housing and infrastructure. Prior to consulting firms submitting proposals for the comprehensive plan update, township

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There are multiple elements to Anderson Township’s comprehensive plan update, including: • Goals and objectives • Population, housing and economic • Environmental and cultural characteristics • Community facilities • Infrastructure • Transportation • Land Use • Implementation officials answered a number of questions about the scope and focus of this update, including: • Anticipating a greater focus on quality of life, economic development and its relation to housing; • Anticipating a greater emphasis on sustainability and land use issues in the Ancor industrial area, near Round Bottom and Broadwell roads and Ohio 32. • Beechmont Avenue development; • Creating a center of community; • Pedestrian accessibility and a variety of housing choices. Sievers said the original plan will be used as a framework for the update and objectives will be refined as needed. He said there will be multiple opportunities for public input.



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December 16, 2009

Park district gives stables a little more rope By Lisa Wakeland

Bridle Run Stables can stay at Johnson Hills Park until Feb. 15, but no later. The stable operation is

moving to Clermont County, but construction of the new barn and surrounding facilities is taking longer than expected, said owner Larry Waltz. “A lot of it is weather-

related ... (and) we’re running behind,” he said. “We’re trying to get as much done as we can, as fast as we can.” At a recent Anderson Township Park District

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meeting, Executive Director Ken Kushner said he visited the new facility on Bauer Road and it appeared the barn would not be finished by Jan. 1 when the current lease extension expires. Kushner said Bridle Run Stables pays the park district approximately $1,300 per month for the lease. Park Commission President Duffy Beischel said he would consider another lease extension until midFebruary, but not beyond that date. The Park District is in the midst of planning for future development of Johnson Hills Park, near the intersection of Bridle and Little Dry Run roads. Beischel said Feb. 15 is the absolute latest date Bridle Run Stables can stay on the property because the park district needs to begin demolition on the barn to keep development plans on schedule. Park Commissioner Nadine Gelter said she is tired of the Park District’s plans being compromised because of the horse operation, noting this is the fourth extension.

“I don’t want to impede a small business, but this is taxpayer property,” she said. Waltz said all his clients are moving with Bridle Run Stables to the new location, roughly 12 miles away. The stables have been on the Johnson Hills Park property for 16 years and Waltz said he has about 30 horses at Bridle Run, along with dozens more at other facilities. “They’ve been real understanding and I appreciate that,” Waltz said of Park District officials. “I know they have plans that they need to move forward with.” Waltz said the indoor riding arena and the barn frame are constructed, and he hopes it will be complete by the Feb. 15 deadline. If the barn is not finished before deadline, Waltz said he isn’t sure where he will board the horses. “All my eggs are in this one basket,” he said. Beischel said this twomonth extension should give Waltz enough time to make alternate arrangements for the horses should there be additional delays in

Lease extensions

The Anderson Township Park District has extended the lease for Bridle Run Stables multiple times in the past year. • Bridle Run Stables was told it needed to vacate the premises in Johnson Hills Park by July 1. • Park commissioners later extended the lease, on a month-to-month basis, through Jan. 1. Bridle Run Stables owner Larry Waltz said he was having issues with property acquisition and the new barn construction on Bauer Road in Clermont County. • Park commissioners recently suggested the horse stables may continue to operate at Johnson Hills Park until Feb. 15, 2010, with no further extensions to allow the park district to continue with park development plans. the barn construction. Beischel and new Park Commissioner Josh Gerth voted to authorize the extension and Gelter voted against the measure. Park Commission Vice President Dale Bartholomew was not present at the meeting.

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Anderson High School will present its annual Holiday Vocal Program at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in Titus Auditorium, 7560 Forest Road. Those wishing to attend can get a complimentary ticket by calling Heather Orme at 232-2772, ext. 2913.

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Winterfest featured horse-drawn carriage rides, hayrides and several other activities to keep families entertained well into the evening. Andy Ware and his daughter, Amanda Ware, 9, shop for gifts.

Eli Dickerson, 6, (left) and Walter Dickerson, 4, decorate cookies in the Newtown firestation.

Winterfest fun

Wendy Hess serves up a three-way to a customer at the Village Quick Lube booth.

Jack Bachman, 8, (left) attempts to catch Austin Long, 8, before he crosses the finish line during a battery-powered vehicle race at Winterfest.

The third annual Winterfest in Newtown brought hundreds of local residents to the village, along with holiday cheer and family fun. The event, sponsored by the Newtown Business Association, featured refreshments from local restaurants, an area for children to make Christmas tree ornaments, live animals, performances from local choirs, carriage rides, hayrides, holiday shopping, children’s games, ice sculptors, wood carvers, pictures with Santa Claus and cookie decorating stations.




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Newtown Councilman Doug Evans (left) and Anderson Township Trustee-elect Kevin O’Brien (right) pose for a playful picture taken by Bill Teater, owner of Newtown’s Great Day Productions.

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Austin Clements and Daniel Coleman have been named to the 2009 summer quarter dean’s list at Columbus State Community College. Both are from Newtown.

Musical theater

Julia K. Dopp, daughter of Marc Dopp and Kim Williamson, recently performed in the Kenyon College Musical Theater and Opera Workshop. Under the direction of Peggy Dye, the group performed “A Display of Emotion.” Dopp is a 2009 graduate of Anderson High School.

Leadership honorary

Junior Kelsey Strasser has been inducted into the Lampas Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at Transylvania University. Students apply for ODK membership in their junior or senior year. Selection is based on academic ranking, extracurricular activities and leadership roles. Strasser has been involved with Phi Mu sorority, the Kentucky Educator’s Association Student Program, student activities board, the Transylvania Catholic Organization and Sigma Alpha Pi. Strasser, an elementary education major, is the daughter of James and Michelle Strasser of Anderson Township.

SCHOOL NOTES Remembering Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, Immaculate Heart of Mary School had an assembly commemorating the bombing at Pearl Harbor. Representatives from every branch of the service were represented and thanked for

their service. A color guard from the Mount Washington Post 484 presented the flag. Cara Chrisman, an IHM parent, gave am informative talk on her tour of duty in the army during Operation Desert Storm, touching on all aspects of military life from boot camp to serving on the front lines.


Substance Abuse Greater Anderson Coalition President Cheryl Lett, left, and Executive Director Rhonda Ramsey Molina discuss a recent community survey about parents’ attitudes toward teen drinking and drug use.

Teens’ alcohol-related crash leads to community awareness

By Lisa Wakeland

It was a series of bad decisions. That’s how Vicki, a parent of an Anderson High School sophomore involved in a two-car accident in Anderson Township on Nov. 8, describes the events leading up to the accident. The Community Press is not printing the mother’s last name to protect the identity of her daughter, who is a minor. The accident – involving three Anderson High School sophomores, a Turpin High School sophomore and a 17-year-old – occurred around 4 a.m. on Eversole Road. One student spent more than a week in intensive care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and others walked away with minor injuries. Vicki said she thought her daughter was sleeping at a friend’s house, but later learned the teens were out drinking alcohol and were involved in the accident when she received a phone call from another parent. Though she’s bothered by the underage drinking, Vicki said she’s more upset that her daughter “was stupid enough to get in a car with someone who was drinking.” Rhonda Ramsey Molina, executive director of Substance Abuse Greater Anderson (SAGA) Coalition, said the recent accident underscores the dangerous alcohol behavior many teens are exhibiting. Molina said during a youth summit sponsored by SAGA teens opened up about alcohol use and noted that even though there are designated drivers it’s not the person who stays sober. The driver is the person who drank the least. “I think that’s the one that had us speechless,” SAGA President

Cheryl Lett said. Around the time of the accident, the group sent out a parent survey to learn about the community’s attitudes toward and knowledge of teen drinking and drug use. “What I found most compelling was the number of parents who wrote about how important this is,” Molina said. “They’re very concerned and ready for something to change.” One of the biggest issues from the survey was the ability of teens to drink in private homes, with or without a parent present, and Lett said parents asked for a forum to discuss this problem. Some parents expressed a feeling of helplessness and many lack the understanding of what underage alcohol use means today, Lett said. “They don’t realize (teens are) drinking to get drunk,” she said. “It’s not a couple of beers with a pizza.” To help tackle this issue, Molina said parents need a support network and just talking with other parents can make a difference. Vicki said communication is an important aspect of dealing with this issue, both among parents and teens. She said that if she would have confirmed with the other parent that her daughter was staying the night or taken a similar action things could have turned out different. “So many decisions in and of themselves are not dangerous, but when you add them up they are,” Vicki said. She said her daughter was surprised by how severe the consequences were following the accident and that the students involved need to be held responsible for their actions.

The accident

A Ford Explorer driven by a 15year-old failed to notice a Ford Escort driven by a 17-year-old was slowing to make a turn from Eversole Road onto Chestnut Ridge Drive around 4 a.m. Nov. 8, according to an accident report from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the Explorer struck the back of the Escort causing it to roll over and skid across the pavement, according to police. The driver and one passenger from the Ford Explorer fled the scene and were later discovered at the passenger’s home, according to police. The rear-seat passenger remained on scene and was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital by emergency crews and spent more than a week in the intensive care unit. The driver of the Ford Escort remained at the scene and was transported to University Hospital for evaluation and the passenger of that vehicle sustained no injuries and was picked up by a family member before emergency crews arrived, the report said. The driver of the Ford Explorer was charged with vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury auto crash. According the report, alcohol was suspected but no tests were administered. Lett agreed and said it is important for parents to establish rules and consequences surrounding this and other issues. Vicki said she wrote a letter for friends and colleagues detailing the accident and its effect of her family and hopes that it can be used as a starting point for an open, honest conversation between parents and children. “If I could save one person from going through this it’s worth it,” Vicki said.


Taking the field at the recent Browns vs. Bengals game as part of the NFL Play 60 program were, front row from left, Summit Elementary students Katie Eifert, Sean Kunz, Phillip Cheek, Brandon Pangburn; back row, Summit P.E. teacher Dennis Rusche, assistant principal Michele Sulfsted and principal Kathy Marx.

Summit students join Bengals in Play 60 program A group of Summit Elementary School students took the field during team introductions of the Nov. 29 Browns vs. Bengals football game to remind children all across the United States to get active as part of the NFL program Play 60. Taking the field were students Sean Kunz, Philip Cheek, Katie Eifert and Brandon Pangburn. Connor and Morgan Brondhaver were also chosen but were unable to attend the game. The four students who did make the game were on the field next to the Bengals players and watched as the Bengals defeated the Cleveland Browns. The day included a visit to the locker room, introduction on the field along with the Bengals and

joining the cheerleaders. Principal Kathy Marx, assistant principal Michele Sulfsted and P.E. teacher Dennis Rusche were invited on the field as well. The NFL Play 60 program is designed to tackle childhood health and fitness issues by getting children active through inschool, afterschool and teambased programs. The NFL also offers online, outreach and contests for children at Any interested adults can participate in this program by encouraging children to play for 60 minutes every day. For more information about NFL Play 60, visit the NFL Web site

National Merit semifinalists

McNicholas High School students Kathleen Hiltz, left, of Anderson Township and Robert Kuhlman of Batavia have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. PROVIDED


Summit Elementary students, from left, Brandon Pangburn, Phillip Cheek, Sean Kunz and Katie Eifert recently enjoyed a day on the field with the Cincinnati Bengals as part of the NFL Play 60 program. The students stood on the sidelines and watched the Bengals defeat the Cleveland Browns.


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This week in basketball

• Turpin High School boys beat Northwest High School 64-43, Dec. 4. Williams was Turpin’s top-scorer with 15 points, including four threepointers. Turpin’s Adam Boyer scored 12 points; Will Freeman scored two; Mike McKnight scored seven; Matt Russell scored four; Eric Martin scored 15, including two three-pointers; Brogan Orcutt scored six and Connor Grotton scored two. • Miami Valley Christian Academy girls beat Immaculate Conception 64-20, Dec. 7. Sophie Simunek was MVCA’s top-scorer with 19 points, including one threepointer. MVCA’s Sarah Makowski scored 15 points, including two three-pointers; Hughard scored two; Buckley scored five, including one three-pointer; Nikki Postenrieder scored 10 and Anne Schwirtz scored 13. • Anderson High School girls beat Winton Woods High School 61-35, Dec. 7. Erica Mudd was Anderson’s topscorer with 17 points. Anderson’s Kara Giesting scored two points; Ruth Lammers scored seven; Jessica Brogan scored six, including one three-pointer; Audrey Crago scored 10, Kiara Gentry scored six and Mackenzie Kenney scored 14. • McNicholas High School boys beat Milford High School 51-41, Dec. 8. Brian Frenzel was McNick’s highscorer with 12 points, including one three-pointer. McNick’s Grant Robinson scored two points; Ryan Haynes scored three; Kevin Easley scored four; Drew Hall scored two three-pointers; Jack Dooling scored two; Chris Bresler scored 11 and Andrew Zofkie scored 11, including one three-pointer. • Anderson High School girls beat McAuley High School 57-34, Dec. 8. Audrey Crago was Anderson’s topscorer with 16 points. Anderson’s Kara Giesting scored 12 points; Erica Mudd scored four; Jessica Brogan scored 14, including two three-pointers; Kiara Gentry scored three and Mackenzie Kenney scored eight. • Miami Valley Christian Academy girls beat Riverview East 66-12, Dec. 10. Sarah Makowski was MVCA’s topscorer with 14 points, including one three-pointer. MVCA’s Hughart scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers; Hope Stanger scored two points; Rachel Moreland scored six; Buckley scored five, including one threepointer; Sophie Simunek scored 13, including one three-pointer; Nikki Postenrieder scored nine and Anne Schwirtz scored six.

This week in bowling

• St. Xavier High School boys won the Big Blue Challenge, Dec. 7 with a 3,142. Hamilton was second, La Salle was third, Fairfield was fourth, Elder was fifth, Northwest was sixth, Glen Este was seventh, Monroe was eighth, Lakota West was ninth, Princeton was 10th, Wilmington was 11th, La Salle was 12th and Monroe was 13th. St. X’s Chris Weber bowled a 471; La Salle’s Cameron Wellman bowled a 438. • St. Xavier beat La Salle High School 2,724-2,504, Dec. 8. St. X’s Chris Weber bowled a 466. St. Xavier advances to 5-0 with the win. • Anderson High School boys beat Winton Woods High School, 2,330-2,041, Dec. 10. Anderson’s Matt Flamm bowled a 381.

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Tough Turpin roster returns to pool

By Anthony Amorini

A host of state qualifiers return for Turpin High School’s swim team, though the Spartan boys also face the daunting task of shifting back to Division I for the post-season. The Turpin High School girls remain in Division I after scoring a fourth-place team finish with 145 points at the 2009 Division I State Championship finals. Upper Arlington won the Division I state title for the Ohio girls with 349 points as the Lady Spartans emerged with the top finish for Cincinnati squads. “The biggest team goal is to improve upon the fourthplace finish at the state meet,” Turpin head coach Rene Contino said. “(We have a) large and talented freshman class this year. I think they will make an immediate contribution and add depth to all events for our team.” Returning state qualifiers for Turpin’s girls include senior Libby Hunsche, senior Katie Nemann, senior Lisa Spurling, junior Gabbie Pettinichi, sophomore Sam


Turpin High School’s Molly Hazelbaker won the consolation heat of the 200yard freestyle finals during the Division I State Championships last winter while taking ninth place in the event overall at 1:52.03.


Turpin High School’s 200-yard medley relay team brought home a third-place finish from the Division I State Championships last winter with a time of 1:46.82. Swimmers on the relay included, clockwise from bottom left, Brittany Groene, Valerie Borger, Libby Hunsche, and Gabbie Pettinichi. The quartet is seen her accepting medals following the race last winter. Hardewig, sophomore Valerie Borger and sophomore Molly Hazelbaker. Hunsche, Pettinichi and Borger combined with 2009 graduate Brittany Groene last winter as the Lady Spartans’ 200-yard medley relay took third place during state at 1:46.82. Turpin’s 400 freestyle relay finished seventh at state with a time of 3:35.90. All four girls from the 400 freestyle relay return including Hunsche, Hazelbaker, Nemann and Hardewig. The Lady Spartans also competed at state in the 200 freestyle relay as Borger, Nemann, Spurling and 2009 graduate Claire Shannon brought home an 11thplace finish at 1:39.65 for

Turpin. Nemann, Hunsche, Hazelbaker, Hardewig, Borger, Pettinichi and Groene all swam as individuals at state last winter in addition to relay duties. Hunsche found the podium in two events at state last winter including sixth place in the 100 backstroke finals (57.38) and eighth place in the 200 individual medley (2:08.96). Hazelbaker also finished two events in the top 10 at state including seventh place in the 500 freestyle finals (4:59.09) and ninth place in the 200 freestyle finals (1:52.03). Nemann took 11th place in the 500 freestyle finals (5:03.64) and 17th place in the 200 freestyle preliminaries (1:53.72) at state.

Hardewig’s best individual result from state was a 10th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke finals at 1:06.91. Hardewig also finished 17th in the 200 individual medley preliminaries at 2:09.75. Pettinichi took seventh place in the 100 breaststroke finals at 1:06.35 with Borger taking 14th place in the 50 freestyle at 24:51. Groene, the only state qualifier not returning for the Lady Spartans, took 15th place at state in both the 200 individual medley finals (2:10.39) and the 100 butterfly finals (58.46). Contino also expects to see production from a “large and talented freshmen class” but explained it was

“too early to tell” which individuals would emerge as contributors, the coach said. Turpin’s boys return to the Division I ranks following one season in Division II last winter. The 2009 state championships marked the first time the boys were separated into two divisions. A number of Division II state qualifiers return for the Division I Spartans including senior Steve Sholtes, junior Sean Monahan, junior Kyle Kenney, junior Brogan Dulle, junior Adam Barnhard, sophomore Tommy Easley and sophomore Alex Kenney. “The additional year of training and their added strength should help them,” Contino said of the Spartan boys moving back to Division. Monahan competed as an individual at state in two events last winter as he took 10th place in the 500 freestyle finals (4:48.45) and 17th place in the 200 individual medley preliminaries (2:00.01). Easley also competed as individual while finishing in 18th place in the 100 backstroke preliminaries at 55.66. All four members of the Spartans’ 200 freestyle relay return including Barnhard, Dulle, Sholtes and Alex Kenney. At state last winter, Turpin’s 200 freestyle relay finished preliminaries in 24th place at 1:35.13. Monahan, Jackson and Easley were all part of the Spartans’ 400 freestyle relay which finished 14th at state last year with a time of 3:21.80. Easley, Jackson and Monahan turned in a time of 1:43.86 during the 200 medley relay preliminaries to take 18th place at state last season.

Comodeca, Vigar twins lead Anderson Several state qualifiers return to lead the swim teams from Anderson and McNicholas high schools back to the pool. High school aquatic athletes are already back in action for the 2009-2010 winter season. Here’s a preview for the Redskins and Rockets:

Anderson Redskins

Seniors Julia Comodeca and John Vigar start the season as Anderson’s leaders after both swimmers qualified to the Division I State Championships as individuals last winter. Comodeca, already committed to Purdue, landed a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle finals (52.39) and a ninth-place finish in the 200 freestyle finals (1:50.70) at state as a junior. One week prior to state, Comodeca turned in her top time of the season in the 200 freestyle while winning a district title at 1:48.85. Comodeca took third place in the 100 freestyle at districts with a time of 51.75. “It’s so difficult to make it to state and still have gas in your tank,” Anderson head coach Ed Bachman said of Comodeca posting faster times at districts than

at state. “She is very hard working and wants to finish her senior year on a high note,” Bachman added. Vigar scored a pair of ninth-place finishes at state including the 200 freestyle finals (1:41.40) and the 500 freestyle finals (4:36.92). However, Vigar was battling a shoulder and back injury for most of his junior campaign following a stellar sophomore season. Vigar posted the fourthfastest time in Ohio during the 500 freestyle finals as a sophomore with a mark of 4:33.54. “John is back and he’s healthy, knock on wood,” Bachman said. “We are


McNicholas High School’s Matt Luehrmann swims to a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle during the finals of the Division II State Championships last February.

hoping he will have a great senior year.” Junior Wade Paroz (freestyle) will also be a key contributor for Anderson’s boys. “I’m just absolutely ecstatic about the potential for our guys’ team,” Bachman said. In addition to Comodeca’s individual events, Anderson’s girls also swam in the 400 freestyle relay at state last winter while taking 11th place in the finals at 3:37.91. Comodeca combined with senior Brittany Vigar, junior Nicole Ward and 2009 graduate Jennifer Hicks for the 400 freestyle relay last winter. Both Brittany and Ward return this season. However, Ward will miss at least the first six weeks of the season with a stress fracture in her back. “Brittany had a great summer. We are really hoping she makes state with the relays and as an individual,” Bachman said. “It’s hard to say (what the relay lineups will look like) without Ward. Losing her really hurts us.” Bachman also expects to see key contributions from sophomore Nicki Holtkamp (sprint freestyle) and junior


Anderson High School’s John Vigar swims in the 500-yard freestyle during the finals of the Division I State Championship last February. Melissa Hascher (freestyle), the coach said. Senior diver Kendall Loseff will also be key for the Lady Redskins this winter, Bachman said. “She almost went to state as a sophomore and as a junior,” Bachman said of Loseff. “She’s been knocking on the door and if she gets to state, I think she can score.”

McNicholas Rockets

The McNicholas High School swimming teams should be very strong in 2009-2010. Head coach Cindy Weeks, in her first year as head coach, expects to contend for a Greather Catholic League title with the boys’ team and for the Girls Greather Cincinnati League title with the girls’ team. The Rockets won a GCL title in 2008-2009 and finished second in the GGCL.

“We have a lot of new faces and talent and we have a strong team,” Weeks said. “We hope to get a girls’ relay and a boys’ relay to state and Matt Luehrmann is a serious contender for winning the state title in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.” Luehrmann is the top returning swimmer for McNick. Other returning swimmers include: Kyle Nash, Patrick Rehl, Michelle LeMaster, Teresa Rudy, Amanda Bradley, Emily Bradley, Sam Tucci, Catherine Paquette, Anna Bloemer, Lindsey Hladky, Kevin McCarthy, Claire Motz, Erin Sheehy, Audrey Trauth and Molly Hiltz. Promising newcomers include Olivia and Haley Fitzpatrick, Rachele DeLuca, Jillian Bloemer, Chelsea Painter and Adam Zalewsk. Reported by Anthony Amorini and Mark Chalifoux

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Bombers set to give it another go ished ninth and 13th, respectively, in the 200 individual medley. Baumgartner also finished 15th in the 100 breast (1:00.18), while junior Robert Lawley finished 14th in the 500 free (4:43.11). Also returning are seniors Michael Conway, Cole


St. Xavier High School senior Alex Miller is one of the top returners for the Bombers this season. He helped the 400 freestyle relay team win a state title last year and also finished third in the 200 free and 500 free. ated swimmers Lawley, Brett Schoenling and Kevin Louis. Lipari is also the lone returner from the 200-medley relay team that finished third at state (1:35.05); he swam with Schoenling, Ed Knight and Evan Schwartz. Lipari was sixth in the 200 individual medley (1:55.91).

Another key returner is senior Alex Miller, who won a state title on the 400 free relay team (3:05.04) with Columbus, Louis and Lawley. Miller also finished third in the 200 free (1:40.84) and 500 free (4:28.10). Other returners include junior Gabriel Baumgartner (1:56.13) and senior Sean Drake (1:58.09), who fin-

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The St. Xavier High School swimming team enters the season vying for its second straight state title and 11th in 12 years. As usual, the Bombers graduated several talented swimmers and divers – including Matt Columbus, who was a state champion in the 500 free (4:28.10), Will Lawley, who was state runner-up in the 200 freestyle (1:40.44), and Mason Meier, who finished third in one-meter diving (406.30) – but have several standouts ready to assume larger roles. One of those standouts is senior Sam Lipari, the lone returner from the 200 freestyle relay team (1:23.61) that won a state championship last year; other members were gradu-

Dennis, Sean Drake, Craig Gorsuch, Ian Kranbuhl and George Morrison, as well has junior David Thomas. Senior diver Stefan Resendes, meanwhile, finished 15th at state (350.75). Head coach Jim Brower returns to lead the Bombers yet again. He has led St. X

to 15 state titles, including five straight from 1990 to 1994 and nine straight from 1999 to 2007. The Bombers finished runner-up to Columbus St. Charles in 2008. Brower has won more state titles than any coach in any boys’ sport in Ohio high school history.

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Summit soccer stars


Two Summit Country Day School soccer stars have a lot in common. Both Tess Akgunduz of Hyde Park and Alex Priede of Anderson, received similar honors during their senior year playing soccer. Both players were named Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year, First Team Southwest Ohio, All-Southwest Ohio Academic, First Team AllOhio, and All-Ohio Academic. In addition, Priede was named Southwest Player of the Year. This past 2009 fall season, both senior players set new career scoring records for Summit: Akgunduz with 49 and Priede with 126. Each played in the All-City All Star games, where both Akgunduz and Priede were selected MVP for their division. “Tess and Alex are certainly deserving of all the accolades they have received. But it is their presence and leadership both have on the soccer field and within the school walls that impress us,” Head Girls’ Soccer Coach and Summit Guidance Counselor Michael Fee said. Both players have verbally committed to NCAA Division I programs: Akgunduz at Eastern Kentucky University and Priede at University of Notre Dame.

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McNicholas High School is conducting the Eastside Classic boys’ basketball tournament from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2; and noon to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3. The tournament is primarily for traditional McNicholas feeder schools in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Participating schools are Immaculate Heart of Mary, Guardian Angels, St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Cardinal Pacelli, St. Thomas More, St. Veronica, St. Louis and St. Bernadette.

Holiday basketball camp

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brough is conducting Kimbrough 4 Kings Holiday Basketball Camps Dec. 21, 22 and 23, or Dec. 28, 29 and 30, at Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex, 4343 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road, Eastgate, or McGee’s Courts for Sports, 854 Reading Road, Mason. Lil’ Dribblers, for ages 4 to 7, costs $100, or $90 before Dec. 17. Skills camp for ages 8-15 costs $170, or $150 before Dec. 17. Shooting camp, for ages 8-15, costs $100, or $80 before Dec. 17. Both skills and shooting camps cost $250, or $210 before Dec. 17. For information, visit, or call 229-0863.





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Why not be open about facilities now? Just because it may be legal doesn’t make it right. The Forest Hills Local School District is studying its facilities for the fourth time in five years. The most pressing need is to build a new Wilson Elementary School – at 48 years old it’s the oldest building in the district. It won’t be cheap. And the district will need some way to finance the project – most likely a bond issue. That’s just one of the issues the Superintendent’s Committee on Facilities is discussing. Also on the table is a possible operating levy. In May, voters defeated an additional 6.9-mill continuing operating levy 55 percent to 45 percent. The levy would have raised $9.28 million for operating expenses. Both a bond issue and operating levy would need to be approved by voters. Most of those who cast their ballots like to know what they are voting for – especially when it involves their pocketbooks and a tax increase. There’s no doubt voters will have many questions before going to the polls. The best chance the school district has to pass a bond issue or operating levy would be to come across as open and honest as possible. That may not be possible anymore. The school district has quietly formed the Superintendent’s Committee on Facilities – or, more importantly, the superintendent has formed this committee. See, if the school board


had decided to form this committee the state’s Open Meetings Act would apply and the committee’s meetings would be open to the public. But the school district doesn’t want the public to attend the meetings. Officials believe committee members would be more open to expressing their ideas behind closed doors. So school district officials, after conducting several conversations with their attorney to determine how to form a committee that would not be subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act, now believe they have the ability to ban the public from the meetings. It may be legal. It may not be legal. Only the courts could decide that issue. The real issue is why the school district is not being up front with the public early on in the process. Why shut the public out now and then claim later that the district has been “open” with the voters from the beginning? The school district has plenty of data and hard evidence on what facilities improvements are needed. It doesn’t need closed meetings to go over that same information. What the school district needs is to get voters to buy into building a new school building, upgrading many of the other schools in the district, approving a bond issue and a operating levy in the future. Why not start that process now by opening the meetings to the public? It’s the right thing to do.



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Remembering the holidays Thanksgiving day has come and gone and we are thinking of many family and friends on these two special days. We also think of those that are missing and have gone to peace and rest. With grief, tears and loneliness on these two holidays our hearts and souls they will never be forgotten. Now Christmas is so close and another holiday of loneliness on our mind, when the ones that we love are gone. Time is precious; we won’t forget and shouldn’t. It’s time to share more love to one another at Christmas. Sharing your love is a treasure, as life is not a choice. Life is a gift from God. Christmas belongs to everybody so share your love with family and friends and people you know, as Christmas is the joy and love and should never grow old. Love, faith, hope, true love and prayers are wonderful ways to keep family together. True love is a great help in our troubles; we all must face together down life’s road. Love and prayers is a help and comfort for all.

We know none of us is innocent. Teens, men and women have all sinned and we must face our struggles together down life’s road. Many times Bill Huber it takes a turn Community for the worst. Press guest It’s a challenge columnist for all but mostly for teens; they all need support and encouragement and understanding. With true love they will find a warming in the deepest place in their hearts, and a few hugs and kisses is a warm way to tell them you love them. Telling them you love them is a special function of mind and heart and feelings of love. Many things will happen; troubles, a tragedy, sick or healthy, it comes as an unhappy ending. Faith, hope, true love and prayers will bring you through life. Being honest, trusting, good relationships and open feelings

CH@TROOM Dec. 9 question

President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? “Absolutely not. Perhaps Our Dear Leader hasn’t had time to check how our national budget works, but if he would ask someone to show him, he would see that the category of ‘Defense’ already takes 21 percent of our total budget, or $613 billion. That’s where the cost of our national defense is handled. Perhaps if he spent less time giving empty speeches, and more time trying to understand how things are supposed to work, he and his friends wouldn’t even consider such a proposal. They could use some of the billions they are giving away in their ‘stimulus’ programs to pay any extra costs for the efforts in Afghanistan. (Or maybe this new approach to paying for defense is part of the ‘change’ he campaigned on?)” B.B. “Absolutely not! The federal budget was increased exponentially during the last year. Take a look especially at the budget of the EPA. It was increased by a crazy amount, all based on the lie of global warming. We should just

go back to the budget levels of last year, and that will pay for the war and then some.” T.H. “No! We already have an income tax structure that should be able to produce the revenue. War taxes have typically been imposed on telephone service and habit of sticking around long after the war. They get forgotten by the public. The telephone excise tax was imposed to pay for the Spanish American War. It expired in 1902 and was reinstated from 1914 to 1916 and again from 1919 to 1924. During the depression in 1932 it was again reinstated and stayed with us until in various forms until 2006. “Today, a telephone tax would be a very regressive and exceptionally broad based tax on everyone who uses a phone. For wealthy people, it would be a minor annoyance because it would be a small part of their income. For businesses, it might be a major new expense and for the average Joe, it would add to already high cell phone bills.” F.S.D. “I have to say NO! I think that it is time for the United States to refocus our resource to the UNITED STATES. We as a democratic nation will never have the impact

will add closeness in families. Unhappy ending in life becomes emotional; hurting, shocking, grieving, disbelief and anxiety will occur. None of us know where or when it will come to an ending, but God. Live and enjoy yourself at any age and share your love as it is precious and holds families together. Time is precious every day so make it count in a loving way. We know there’s always a reason for every burden, pain and care all of us bear on our long or short road of life. When ones we loved are gone, every hurt and pain we suffer is in our lonely nights. Trust in God, have no regrets. There is and was a reason. We know not life’s beginning or when it will end. Pray to God for good health and understanding. Have a happy Christmas and a happy new year. God bless all of us. Bill Huber is a World War II veteran. He lives in Mount Washington.

Next question What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special? Every week the Forest Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. on other countries of different philosphy of governing their own people and we need to stop wasting the tax payers dollars trying. We need to pour our energy into building our country back up. We need to focus on strengthening the business model so that we can once again create sustaining jobs for those who are without employment. We need to get them off public assistance and back to being productive citizens.” G.G.F. “Absolutely. The last thing I would want to do is send someone into a foreign land unequipped to deal with the dangers present there, oh wait, didn’t we already do that? Don’t I remember reading horror stories of unarmored HUM-V’s and recycled body armor? yes...absolutely.” N.A.B.

A community that is in overwhelming need According to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, unemployment in the Greater Cincinnati area is at a 25-year high with 316,000 adults and 167,000 children living in poverty. During home visits to the needy, volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul see first hand the suffering this causes – elderly people who sleep on the floor because they have no bed; children who go to school dirty because the water has been disconnected; families with no heat, facing eviction, or with too little food each day. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I would never have thought such need could be possible here in Cincinnati.

But we also see moving examples of the very best the human spirit has to offer. I have seen families who stay strong and faithfilled during times of unbearable hardship. I have seen a young boy who gave up his bed so his little brother would have a place to sleep; parents that go hungry so their children can eat; a man who walks miles to work each day because he doesn’t have bus fare. At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we receive more than 250 calls each day from people in desperate need – double the number of calls compared to 2008. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. As the days grow shorter, I am aware

that virtually every night of the week, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are heading out into the cold to meet with a family in need. But it is also a great comfort to know that there are many others in Greater Cincinnati who share our concern for those who are suffering, giving generously of their time and resources to help local neighbors. When we all work together to help one another, incredible things happen. There are ways to help: • Adopt-A-Family: Fulfill a child’s wish list by adopting a family for Christmas. You will receive a wish list of gifts to purchase and may either deliver them to the family or bring them to St.

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Daniel Fisher, owner of Fitz Design in Newtown, displays some of the company’s creations for prom corsages and boutonniere holders.

Local prom business has global reach For Daniel Fisher, prom is a big deal. “The one word that describes everything we do is ‘keepsake,’” he said. “What we understand about prom is that it’s going to be special and it’s going to be important.” Fisher is the owner of Fitz Design in Newtown, a company that specializes in corsage wristlets and boutonniere holders. He bought the company from Mary Fitzgerald in August 2008 after working with her as a sales representative, and Fitz Design has grown to a global business with distributors on six continents. “What was going to be a hobby instantly became a full-time job,” he said. Fisher designs more than 90 percent of the wristlets and holders, and his company produces everything from metal cuffs to beaded bracelets for the corsage. He even holds a patent for a plastic support piece to attach the flowers to the wristlet. Fisher uses rhinestones, glass, plastic, beads and other materials to create each piece, while paying special attention to texture and color. “We want the design to be something to accent the girl’s dress, but also something she’ll be comfortable

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Location: 7188 Main St., Newtown Contact: 800-500-2120 or 702-6937; www.creationsbyfitzdesign .com; or danfisher@creationsbyfitzdesign .com Owner: Dan Fisher wearing again,” he said. “For us, we do a lot of things very differently and it’s pretty encompassing.” Fisher said his team researches fashion and uses focus groups to to stay ahead of the trend curve during the prom season. Fitz Design also uses that information for educational programs to help its distributors and florists make the most of the short prom season. “We do 60 percent of our business in 60 days, from March to April,” Fisher said. “Homecoming, which lasts about a month, accounts for another 10 percent.” Fisher said this specialty business is relatively new and the customer base continues to grow. Fitz Design also makes accessories for weddings. By Lisa Wakeland. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to espangler@communitypress. com

THINGS TO DO Nativity displays

• Comboni Missionaries is hosting an Animated Nativity Display 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Comboni Missionaries, 1318 Nagel Road, Anderson Township. The event features room-sized animated display with special lighting, motion figures, narration and music. Admission is free, canned good donations are accepted. Call 474-4997. • Clough United Methodist Church is hosting a Live Nativity 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, at the church barn at Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township. The event includes refreshments. Admission is free; canned food donations are requested for Inter Parish Ministries’ Food Bank. Call 231-4301.

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is hosting the Job Search Skills Workshops 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. It is open to ages 18 and up and is free. Call 474-3100 or visit

Winter camp

Leap Beyond Therapy is hosting Winter Camp from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township. It is for children with special needs. The camp includes karate, group exercise, therapeutic recreation and yoga. Classes are conducted by certified instructors, and each child will be assigned a volunteer. The cost is $75. Registration is required by Dec. 18. Call 232-5327 or visit .

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Adam Forsthoefel of Anderson Township is making a name for himself playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his electric guitar.


Anthem gigs could be teen’s big break Gannett News Service Attention aspiring guitar gods: Never underestimate the power of patriotism. That’s the route 18-year-old Adam Forsthoefel of Anderson Township is taking to try to get a foothold in the music business. It all started on July 3, 2007, when, after an audition, the Reds picked Forsthoefel to play his mostly traditional rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his electric guitar in front of 37,000 fans at Great American Ball Park. It was the Reds’ Independence Day fireworks night. Since then, he has played the anthem at one more Reds game (a year later), five Cincinnati Cyclones games, two Xavier University basketball games, four Miami University Redhawks games, two Dayton

Bombers games, two Dayton Flyers games and once during Taste of Cincinnati on Fountain Square. “A lot of places never really thought about having a guitarist play the national anthem, so I thought why not try,” Forsthoefel says. “It’s definitely helped get my name out there.” Forsthoefel’s no one-hit wonder. He’s also in a band with some high school friends called “Somedaze,” which has just recorded a self-titled album at Curtis Inc. studios in Queensgate. It’s a far cry from Forsthoefel’s first gig at his seventh-grade talent show, when he and some friends put together a band and performed AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” He had picked up the guitar for the first time earlier that year, inspired by his father, who had himself started

playing two years earlier. “It was a bit shaky of a performance, I gotta say,” Forsthoefel says. Forsthoefel and his band mates plan to put any money they make from sales of their CD toward college. In the fall, Forsthoefel headed to Ohio University, where he plans to major in marketing and minor in music (but he was back home Oct. 3 to strum “The Star-Spangled Banner” again for the Reds). Someday, he sees himself in Nashville, Tenn. “I want to be playing music as a career,” he says. “But I would be fine doing the business side if that’s where I end up.” Watch and hear Forsthoefel play the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at www.adamforsthoefel .com.

High school students win Forest-Aires Scholarships Six high school students have won voice scholarships from the ForestAires women’s chorus for the 20092010 school year. They are: Sam Ivers, Amelia High School; Lauren Bridges and Charlie Ingram, McNicholas High School; Annie Haskins and Sara Hook, Turpin High School; and Clare Gebhardt, St. Ursula Academy. The winners receive private voice lessons during the school year and perform solos in the Forest-Aires’ “Encore! 2010” show in April at the Anderson Center Theater. Senior Ivers has been performing in Amelia’s musicals and in the West Clermont “By Request” choir, the May Festival Youth Chorus and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the Mass cantor at St. Thomas More. He is a Channel 9 Student of the Week and participates in the Cincinnati Enquirer’s criticism workshop for Playhouse in the Park. He is the son of Genevieve and Victor Ivers. With his scholarship, he has started studying voice with Karl Resnik. Senior Bridges, who lives in Batavia, sings in musicals and choirs at McNicholas and also in the St. Veronica’s church choir. She is also in her second year in the Young Artist’s Preparatory Program at the Musical Arts Center. She is the daughter of Marilyn and Bob Bridges and studies voice with Karl Resnik. This is the second year senior Ingram has won a scholarship. Initially a tuba player, last year’s scholarship started him on vocal study with Lincoln Chapman. He now sings in area musicals and in McNicholas choirs. He is the son of


Six high school students have won voice scholarships from the Forest-Aires women’s chorus. From left are, front row, Sara Hook, Turpin High School; Lauren Bridges, McNicholas High School; Clare Gebhardt, St. Ursula Academy. In the back row are: Sam Ivers, Amelia High School, and Charlie Ingram, McNicholas High School. Annie Haskins of Turpin High School is also a scholarship winner. Liz and Chuck Ingram. This is also the second year junior Haskins has won a scholarship. She sings in Turpin’s musicals and choruses and the District 14 Honor Choir. She is the daughter of Amy and Michael Haskins and studies voice with Melody Wallace and Chester Imhausen. Junior Hook performs in Turpin’s musicals and choruses and with the May Festival Youth Chorus. The daughter of Margaret and Greg Hook, she studies voice with Mary Southwerth. Senior Gebhardt, who lives in

Anderson Township, sings in several vocal groups at St. Ursula. She is the daughter of Martha and Greg Gebhardt and studies voice with Anne Moss. The Forest-Aires is an Andersonbased women’s chorus passing on appreciation of vocal music to the next generation by donating its proceeds to music study for young people. Over 47 years, the Forest-Aires have funded voice scholarships to 231 high school students. The Forest-Aires is an Anderson Township “Civic Organization of the Year.”


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December 16, 2009



Paint Your Own Christmas Decorations, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Short lesson followed by painting pottery. Wide range of mugs, plates, bowls, etc. Family friendly. $7.50-$40. 8712529. Oakley.


Animated Nativity Display, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Comboni Missionaries, 1318 Nagel Road. Room-sized animated display with special lighting, motion figures, narration and music. Free, canned good donations accepted. 4744997. Anderson Township.


The Santaland Diaries, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Performance Center, 3900 Eastern Ave. Observations of comic working as elf in Macy’s Santaland. Includes “Season Greetings” where slightly-too-cheery homemaker reveals startling information when writing annual holiday letter. Mature audiences only. $20, $15 ages 60 and up, $12 students. Presented by New Edgecliff Theatre. 888588-0137; Columbia Tusculum.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Pancakes, Praise and Prayer, 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m. Prince of Peace Catholic School, Madisonville, 6000 Murray Road. Cafeteria. Includes Christmas carols. Benefits the School. Presented by Prince of Peace Catholic School. 2718288; Madisonville.


Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way. Recent acquisitions of 19th and 20th Century Museum quality paintings by American and European artists and new paintings by living artists. 791-7717; Fairfax. F R I D A Y, D E C . 1 8


Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth soled shoes. $4. 3216776. Oakley.


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Friday Yoga Community Class, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Shine Yoga Center, 3330 Erie Ave. Heart-oriented class for all ages and levels. Relieve stress, increase energy level, improve posture, develop strength, balance, flexibility. $5. 533-9642; Hyde Park.


5 After 5 Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Bubbles. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmondson Road. Sample five wines and five hors d’oeuvres. Includes wine glass, wine, and lite bites. Bring your Whole Foods Market wine glass back during another tasting and receive $1 off at door. $5. 531-8015. Norwood.

Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wines from Oregon paired with appetizers. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. $15. 2319463; Mount Washington. Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Taste eight to ten wines from around the world. Oakley Wines, 4027 Allston St. Suite B, $5. 3514392. Oakley.


Animated Nativity Display, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Comboni Missionaries, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township. Live Nativity, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Church barn. Refreshments.Free, canned food donations requested for Inter Parish Ministries’ Food Bank. 231-4301. Anderson Township.


Gymboree Story Time, 10:30 a.m. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Dancing, music, bubble time and a story. Free. 396-8960; Norwood.


The Santaland Diaries, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Performance Center, $20, $15 ages 60 and up, $12 students. 888-588-0137; Columbia Tusculum.


Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 791-7717; Fairfax. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 9

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Paint Your Own Christmas Decorations, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, $7.50$40. 871-2529. Oakley. Holiday Art Workshop, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Ages 5-7. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Create jewelry and other unique gifts; make ornaments with clay, wood, glass and more; paint pottery. Take home at least three gifts. $30. Registration recommended. 8215505; Oakley. EDUCATION

Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodland Mound, $1, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.


Cincinnati Dinner Train, 6 p.m. Cincinnati Dinner Train, 4725 Madison Road. Boards at Barbecue Revue. Three-hour train ride complete with four-course meal on restored vintage rail cars. $69.95; plus tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages. Reservations required, available online. 791-7245. Madisonville.


Animated Nativity Display, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Comboni Missionaries, Free, canned good donations accepted. 474-4997. Anderson Township. Live Nativity, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, Free, canned food donations requested for Inter Parish Ministries’ Food Bank. 231-4301. Anderson Township. Breakfast With Santa, 9 a.m. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Bronte Bistro. Includes Christmas stories and carols and visit with Santa Claus. $14.95, $8.95 children. Tickets required. 396-8960. Norwood.

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Common Threads, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. Knitting/Crochet group. Bring project to work on. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 3696038. Oakley.


The Santaland Diaries, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Performance Center, $20, $15 ages 60 and up, $12 students. 888-588-0137; Columbia Tusculum.


Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, 10 p.m.-3 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 791-7717; Fairfax.



Clough United Methodist Church is hosting a Live Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, at the church barn at Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township. The event includes refreshments. Admission is free; canned food donations are requested for Inter Parish Ministries’ Food Bank. Call 231-4301.

Codependents Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Room 206. Book discussion group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 5831248. Hyde Park.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills, 1674 Eight Mile Road. Christmas musical. Holiday appetizers and desserts to follow.Free, donations accepted. 474-2441. Anderson Township.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Holiday Art Workshop, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Ages 5-7. Funke Fired Arts, $30. Registration recommended. 821-5505; Oakley.

Airplane Rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunken Airport, $75 and up. 321-7465; Linwood.

ART EXHIBITS Queen City Artists Past and Present and Cincinnati Characters, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax. Stemming the Tide, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Por-ce-la-ne-ous, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Thomas J. Funke Gallery. Wall and pedestal porcelain work by Dylan Beck, Heather Knight and Jennifer McCurdy. Free. Through Feb. 5. 871-2529; Oakley. Dhani Jones: Senegal, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 792-9755. Oakley.




Size Matters: The Holiday Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.


Burger Madness, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Arthur’s Café, 3516 Edwards Road. Burgers are just $6. Jagermeister and Blackhaus, two staple shots, $2. 871-5543. Hyde Park. Zappa Music, 8:30 p.m. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. Ugly Radio Rebellion performs Frank Zappa’s music. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m. Anderson Hills Christian Church, $36 per month for unlimited classes. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


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


Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodland Mound, $1, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Make a Mess at the Manatee Jr. Edition, 10:30 a.m. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road. Read picture book and create art project based on book. With Miss Kelli, artist-in-residence. Ages 2-4. $3. 731-2665. Oakley.



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

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ART EXHIBITS Queen City Artists Past and Present and Cincinnati Characters, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax. Size Matters: The Holiday Show, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park. Stemming the Tide, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. From Moscow to St. Petersburg: A New Collection of Russian Impressionism and Realism, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Phyllis Weston-Annie Bolling Gallery, 321-5200; O’Bryonville. World War I Poster Exhibit, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jack Wood Gallery, 321-7077; O’Bryonville. Por-ce-la-ne-ous, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 871-2529; Oakley. Dhani Jones: Senegal, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 792-9755. Oakley. EDUCATION

Earthworks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodland Mound, $1, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Winter Camp, 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. For children with special needs. Includes karate, group exercise, therapeutic recreation and yoga. Classes are ran by certified instructors, and each child will be assigned a volunteer. $75. Registration required by Dec. 18. Presented by Leap Beyond Therapy. 232-5327; Anderson Township.


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

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Preschool Story Time with Miss Gail, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road. 731-2665. Oakley.


Cincinnati Gypsy Jazz Society, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike. Jamming encouraged. Ages 18 and up. Free. 561-5233. Mariemont.

Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, 9 p.m. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. Free. 8716249. Columbia Tusculum. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 2


Buttons and Bows Round Dance Club, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Phase III-IV round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


Choreographed Ballroom Dance Class, 7 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha, rumba, tango and more. Beginners welcome. $5. 929-2427. Anderson Township.


Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m. Anderson Hills Christian Church, $36 per month for unlimited classes. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates Train Weekend Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20. Already hosting Holiday Junction in the history museum, a large collection of model trains in a winter wonderland (through Jan. 3,) Train Weekend celebrates the mode of transportation with an extra focus on the holidays. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a live recreation of a 1940s radio program, is in the Newsreel Theater at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Character interpreter William Turner will offer stories from the Pullman porter days at Union Terminal from the 1940s at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the history museum. For more activities and information, visit or call 513-287-7000.

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

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $1.50 PBR, Natural Light and Strohs beers. 531-3300. Oakley.


The Cincinnati Ballet performs its yuletide tradition, “The Nutcracker,” from Thursday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Aronoff Center. The production will feature Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Opening night tickets are $30; remaining performances are $30-$70. There will be Sugar Plum Parades after the 2 p.m. performances Dec. 22 and Dec. 26, in which parents can escort their children across the stage to be greeted by the performers. For tickets and information, visit or call 513-621-5282. Pictured is ballerina Janessa Touchet.

December 16, 2009

Messy lives attract a loving God

NEWSMAKERS Local members

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Council of Cincinnati appointed Andrew Curran, Lisa Knutson, Chris Williams and John Gartner III to its Board of Directors. Curran of Anderson Township, vice president of client operations for direct marketing results, continues

his commitment to St. Vincent de Paul. He was recently a member of St. Vincent de Paul’s Strategic Planning Committee and is a founding member of St. Vincent de Paul’s Bellarmine Chapel Conference and served as the Conference Treasurer. He has a Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College .

fears of roadside robbers as real as those who rip off people at malls today. Add to this the fact that there was no place to stay, then a begged and borrowed stable for a birthplace, the smell of manure, the effort to find food and medical attention if necessary. Wouldn’t you say there was a certain messiness to it all? A combination of stress, inconvenience, worry and puzzlement? The first Christmas was far from pretty. We need to remember this about the coming of God into our lives. It rarely occurs in a milieu of perceived perfection. Doubts, darkness and chaos may not be far away. As a clergyman I have had the privilege of being privy to the inner life of many people. Most of them, and I as well, resonate to the description of messiness being present in our lives. We usually don’t see ourselves as holy specimens

that God is proud of and whom he loves to be around. Yet it is stumbling and imperfect people who have taught me the most about the coming of God and his wonderful work of love within us, despite the cluttered messiness we create. And one characteristic has been made clear to me – the coming of God, whether at the beginning, at the first Christmas, or today to you and me, is achieved because of and in the midst of the messiness of life. God comes close to the woman feeling so abandoned by her husband who has left her for another woman; to a couple who have lost a child; to someone trying to kick the drug habit. God comes along with the sullenness of a lasting depression; along with a suspicious mammogram; a person who lost a job; or a single parent doubting their effectiveness with their children.


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scenario is more the work of our imagination than reality. That’s all right for celebrations, but we leap over the messiness that can mean so much to the development of our spirituality. We suppose messy lives before God mean unloved souls. Don’t we have to be pure, perfect and eminently prayerful to have God notice us and love us? The universe, the incarnation, and the coming of God to our individual souls are all usually accompanied by less than ideal situations. There is inevitably a complexity and messiness to it. At the first Christmas there was the anxiety of a man named Joseph, worried about his financée’s unexplained pregnancy and what to do about it. There is Mary his wife, pulled from an ordinary life and confused by sudden events, “How can this be since I do not know man?” A recent law necessitated their travel in the last week of her pregnancy, creating


The scene was messy and scary to say the least. It was dark, turbulent and chaotic – until God began the work of creation. That’s how the JudaicChristian scriptures describe the creation of the world as God began to bring order and beauty out of futile nothingness. Works of grandeur often emerge gradually from chaotic messiness. Many an excellent musical composition is born from a troubled life or tortured mind. Another stupendous God-event we’re about to celebrate, Christmas, follows the same principle. We envision the original Christmas with a certain pious romanticism. Handel’s “Messiah,” crib scenes with sparkles in the straw, wide-eyed shepherds, adoring animals, angels heralding on high, and Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus comfortable centerpieces. This warm and fuzzy

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Mom’s hot chicken salad

For Delhi reader Sydney Davis, who said her mom made this back in the ’60s. “After she died, I found many of her recipes but not this one, which was always one of our favorites. “It was shredded chicken with a creamy texture and maybe a touch of lemon and a crunchy topping which was probably potato chips.” This one should work and it’s thanks to Patty Poor, Grant County Extension Agent in Williamstown, Ky. Patty sent me a cookbook from the Grant County Extension Homemakers. It has 1,000 yummy recipes like this and costs $28.95. Contact Patty at or 859824-3355 for a copy. The recipe doesn’t say if the chicken is skinless, but I would assume so. I would also cut up the chicken fairly small and mix it with ingredients as listed below, before pouring into pan. And if the celery is real


There’s no doubt in my mind that a gift from the hands is a gift from the heart. It’s even more meaningful this year when budgets may be tighter and there’s not a lot of “wiggle room” for purchasing gifts. But you know what? Even if you can afford an expensive store-bought gift, try making something homemade to give, perhaps as an accompaniment to the gift or just as a stand-alone present. There’s something magi-

strong, I might use less. 2 pounds boneless chicken breast Rita 4 cups Heikenfeld diced celery Rita’s kitchen 1 can cream chicken soup 2 cups mayonnaise 2 cans water chestnuts 1 can mushroom stems and pieces 1 cup slivered almonds 2 tablespoons each: chopped onions and lemon juice 2 teaspoons salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon pepper 2 cups shredded cheese Potato chips Put all ingredients except cheese and chips in sprayed 13-by-9 pan. Sprinkle with cheese and chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Recipe clarification: Withrow High school/ Cincinnati public school’s chess/transparent pie The instructions given in my column didn’t say when to add egg yolks. Add them with the milk. If you want my recipe for this, it’s archived in our files so let me know. I also put it in our online column again this week. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@ with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

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December 16, 2009


The great baby Jesus giveaway

Mt. Washington church welcomes

new pastor By Forrest Sellers

Christmas came early for Mt. Washington Baptist Church. After a two-year search, the church has found a new pastor. The Rev. Ken Atchison will present his first sermon Sunday, Dec. 20. Atchison, 52, was previously an associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He was also a pastor at Kingsway Community Church. “What we saw in Pastor Ken was a consensus builder,” said Chris Wagner, chairman of the church’s search committee. “A key thing was (his) ability to develop personal relationships with members of his congregation.” Atchison, who lives in Deerfield Township, said his involvement in church summer camp as a youth spurred an interest in the ministry. “The saying is that a week in summer camp is like a year’s worth of coming to church,” he said. He said a priority for him will be building the young people’s ministry. He said he also wants to focus on “discipleship” especially in regard to Bible study and small group gatherings. Atchison said one of the biggest challenges is getting people to see how relevant the scriptures are to the contemporary world. What I try to do in preaching is make the ancient texts connect with a modern mindset while remaining faithful to what the messages mean, he said. Describing his leadership style as a “team-building effort,” Atchison said he

was led to the ministry “to help people know the love of God.” The service will be 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the church, 2021 Sutton Ave.

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Over the years, Baby Jesus has disappeared from the annual Nativity display at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church a number of times. This year, church members have opted to be proactive and stage “The Great Baby Jesus Giveaway.” From 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, children ages 10 and younger are invited to stop by the church at 1428 Eight Mile Road (near the main upper level entrance) to receive their very own Baby Jesus while supplies last. Not age 10 and under? Stop by anyway to enjoy some fellowship during this time of anticipation and hope. In addition to the giveaway, live music and an appearance by Santa and some of his helpers that day are planned. Parents feel free to bring your cameras

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On the record

December 16, 2009

DEATHS Gerry M. Burck

Gerry M. Burck, 84, of Anderson Township died Dec. 4. Survived by children, Jamie Kelley and James (Peggy) Jackson; brother, William Bell; sisters, Ellen Mueller and Betty Williams; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Charles “Joe” Burck; child, Jackie (Glen) Burris; father, Herbert Bell; mother, Mary Callahan; and sister, Bessie Willie.

Services were Dec. 9 at T.P. White and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Shirley Ann Dignan

Shirley Ann Dignan, 74, of Anderson Township died Dec. 6. Survived by son, Mark M. Dignan; brothers, Harold, Tracy and Virgil McFadden; sister, Maxine Zumwalt; and grandchild, Monica

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Griffith. Preceded in death by husband, Frank Richard Dignan; son, Michael Dignan; father, Virgil McFadden; mother, Mary Jane Sitloch; and brother, John M. McFadden. Services were Dec. 9 at Guardian Angels Church.

Marie L. Newman

Marie L. Newman, 84, formerly of Newtown died Dec. 1. Survived by daughters, Agnes

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Donald L. Warf

Donald L. Warf, 59, of Anderson Township died Dec. 5. Survived by wife, Irene Warf; sons, John (Jamie) and Jarrod Warf; brothers, Ronnie (Pauline) and Eddy (Carmel) Warf; and sister, Jayne (Eddie) Jones. Preceded in death by father, Mack E. Warf; and mother, Freda Pittman. Services were Dec. 8 at Greater Cincinnati Worship Center. Memori-

RELIGION Faith Christian Fellowship Church

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The choir of the church will present “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the Christmas musical this year at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The church is hosting their Christmas Eve Service at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The church is at 1674 Eight Mile Road, Anderson Township; 474-2441.



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

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

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Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800

Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Youth 7 & 8th grade 9:15am Youth 9 & 12th grade 11:45am Phone 561-6805 Fax 561-0894





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Sr. Pastor Mark Rowland Ann Luzader, Mike Carnevale Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

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CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am

8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Come Home This Christmas: Love"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

8221 Miami Rd. (corner of Galbraith)


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Traditonal Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00am


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 10:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Baby sitter provided Pastor: Josh Miller

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

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2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am


MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rev. Thomas A. Gaiser Sunday Worship 10:45am Adult Sunday School 9:30am Children’s Sunday School 10:45am Visitors Welcomed "A Family in Christ and a Beacon of God’s Love for Over 150 Years"

FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street (Newtown)


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times


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Anthony Edwards, 20, 6525 Kentucky View, violation of protection order, Nov. 21. Alexander A. Young Jr., 19, 334 Forest Ave., carrying concealed weapon, improper handling of firearm in vehicle, no drivers license, Nov. 21. Two Juveniles, 16, theft, Nov. 24. Juvenile, 16, theft, Nov. 22. Juvenile, 17, theft, Nov. 24. Juvenile, 15, theft, Nov. 24. Ronoto Hampton, 55, 5012 Eversole, possession of criminal tools, receiving stolen property, Nov. 22. Lori L. Hurdle, 37, 5568 Ohio 125, theft, Nov. 20.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 6931 Goldengate, Nov. 19.


Camera, diamond ring, etc. taken at 918 Four Mile Road, Nov. 24. X-box and games taken at 894 Nordyke, Nov. 24.


8:03 a.m., Salem Road, auto accident/person injured 9:45 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 1:00 p.m., Artwood Drive, diabetic emergency 7:37 p.m., Alnetta Drive, carbon monoxide detector activation, no CO 7:59 p.m., Northport Drive, person unconscious/unresponsive 8:02 p.m., Mt. Carmel Road, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional

Tuesday, Nov. 24

12:50 a.m., Presidio Court, abdominal pain 4:55 a.m., Apple Hill Road, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 6:38 a.m., Five Mile Road, smoke scare, odor of smoke 10:36 a.m., Five Mile Road, auto accident/person injured 3:31 p.m., State Road, medical emergency 3:38 p.m., Sutton Road, medical emergency 3:58 p.m., Eight Mile & Kellogg, auto accident/person injured 8:28 p.m., Collinsdale Avenue, gas leak (natural gas or LPG) 11:18 p.m., Forest Road, sick person

Wednesday, Nov. 25

2:14 a.m., Collinsdale & Gungadin, medical emergency 5:13 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 6:40 a.m., Harcourt Drive, trouble breathing 11:16 a.m., Fehl Lane, medical emergency 11:36 a.m., Round Bottom Road, building fire 12:32 p.m., Rustic Wood Lane, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 2:36 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person injured 3:30 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, motor vehicle accident with no injuries 3:49 p.m., Signal Hill Lane, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional



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


Male was threatened at Adis Place Bar at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 22.

Sexual imposition

Adult female reported this offense at Altercrest at Sutton Road, Nov. 24.


Gasoline not paid for at Kroger; $40.56 at 7580 Beechmont Ave., Nov. 19. Radio/CD player taken from vehicle at 8635 Batavia Pike, Nov. 21. Copper wire and grounding plates

6:05 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, auto accident/person injured 8:09 p.m., Sunmont Drive, person injured in a fall 10:03 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, person unconscious/unresponsive

Thursday, Nov. 26

12:37 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, dispatched & cancelled en route 2:07 a.m., Beechmont Avenue, person injured 1:23 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, trouble breathing 2:09 p.m., Beechmont Avenue, stroke 2:24 p.m., Killington Lane, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional 2:40 p.m., Waterpoint Lane, possible heart attack 3:22 p.m., Windhill Terrace, smoke detector activation, no fire - unintentional 4:23 p.m., Asbury Road, assist back to bed 4:49 p.m., Soaring Eagle Way, trouble breathing 7:21 p.m., Orchard Drive, sick person 10:31 p.m., Witt Road, assist back to bed

825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 352-3591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. taken from Verizon Wireless celltower; $1,600 at 4525 Mt. Carmel Road, Nov. 20. Book of checks taken from vehicle at 6752 Wetheridge, Nov. 20. Wallet taken from vehicle at 8653 Forest Pine Drive, Nov. 19. Attempt made to enter vehicle at 2445 Concord Green, Nov. 20. Jewelry taken from Macy’s; $282 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 24. Cellphone taken at 7703 Stonehill, Nov. 24. Baby shoes taken from Gabriel Brothers; $7 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 22.

11:04 p.m., Coran Drive, EMS call, excluding vehicle accident with injury

Saturday, Nov. 28

5:09 a.m., Brooke Avenue, medical emergency 5:28 a.m., Forest Road, alarm system sounded due to malfunction 11:10 a.m., Clough Pike, person injured in a fall 3:15 p.m., Eastborne Road, outside rubbish, trash or waste fire 3:21 p.m., Brooke Avenue, medical emergency 7:04 p.m., Cathedral Hill Drive, trouble breathing 7:27 p.m., Emerald Glade Lane, lockout 9:02 p.m., Ragland Road, alarm system activation, no fire - unintentional

Credit card and coins taken from vehicle at 1784 Laval, Nov. 20. GPS unit, cellphone charger, etc. taken from vehicle; $352 at 1606 Clemson, Nov. 20. Merchandise taken from Big Lots; $250 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 22. GPS unit and CDs taken from vehicle; $759 at 1381 Pebble Court, Nov. 22. Jewelry taken from Macy’s; $310 at Beechmont Avenue, Nov. 20. GPS unit, saw, etc. taken from vehicle; $685 at 2051 Knightsbridge, Nov. 20.


Alan V Farringer, born 1963, menacing by stalking, 2244 Salvador St., Dec. 2. Thomas M Lowe, born 1978, assault knowingly harm victim, 6405 Coffey St., Dec. 5.

1730 Mears Ave., Nov. 30. 6155 Benneville St., Nov. 26.

1813 Mears Ave., Nov. 30. 5466 Beechmont Ave., Nov. 29.


Scott Kavaris, 23, 3116 Navaho St., bench warrant, Nov. 20. Timothy Balton, 31, 3779 Hutton St., bench warrant, Nov. 21. Misty Sturgill, 38, 5961 Ohio 133, driving under suspension, Nov. 21. Jason Taylor, 24, 35 Gahl Terrace, bench warrant, Nov. 22.

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Forest Hills Journal

December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009


1022 Alnetta Drive: Krutka Stephen R. @4 to Ey Annie M.; $137,000. 1056 Lanette Drive: Casey Marcus R. &Jessika Ato Coslett Kathryn E.; $160,000. 2865 Eight Mile Road: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Barbee Karis L.; $142,000. 5735 Beechnut Drive: Thomas Angela M. & Edward Dimuzio to Barnes Mary; $190,000. 697 Watch Hill Lane: Stark Todd & Lisa to Core Resources Inc; $465,000. 7052 Paddison Road: Wall Bobby G. II & Christa D. to Serger Emily L.; $119,000. 7383 Kennebel Lane: Chapman Kyle G. Tr & Pamela K. Tr to Dodge N.P. Jr. Tr; $266,500. 7383 Kennebel Lane: Dodge N.P. Jr.

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842 Strathcoma Drive: Sullivan Timothy C. & Lisa G. to Durkee Darlene; $230,000.

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

6244 Cambridge Ave.: Raehrs James Emery to White Lauren E.; $102,500. 6258 Cambridge Ave.: Raehrs James Emery to White Lauren E.; $102,500. 6523 Rainbow Lane: Elmore Terry R. & Sherry L. to Cox Brandon L.; $99,000. 6643 Ambar Ave.: Cook Christine T. @(3) to Housing Network Of; $139,800.

Tr to Means Joan Rengering; $266,500. 7897 Clough Pike: Keeney Aaron M. to Perry Christopher T.; $116,500. 7897 Clough Pike: Keeney Aaron M. to Perry Christopher T. &; $116,500. 8233 Tidewater Court: Starliper Delane J. to Starliper Delane J.; $200,000. 8368 Crosspointe Drive: Van De Venter Barbara J. to Schenck Michael D.; $228,000.


6700 Crull St.: Pendleton Harold to Pendleton Christopher; $85,000. 6921 Jefferson Ave.: Harrison Jerri L. to Packer Dawn R.; $105,000.

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