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St. Catherine of Siena teacher David Schlachter.

Creating a youth council The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation wants to advocate in the best interests of students, and they hope to start getting advice directly from local teens. The Foundation’s executive director, Ryan Courtade, is searching for 15 to 20 teens in grades seven though 11 from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties to create a Youth Council to guide the organization and promote public awareness of youth issues. News, A3

Students march for life Newport Central Catholic students took their belief to the streets of Washington, D.C., during the school’s annual trip to participate in the March for Life rally Monday, Jan. 23. For years, students, staff, parents and alumni from NCC have participated in the march, which commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion 39 years ago. Schools, A4

Wherefore art thou Romeo The men of the informal ROMEO breakfast club of Alexandria have a true love for the art of conversation. Monday through Saturday, members of the Retired Old Men Eating Out (ROMEO) club eat breakfast and sip coffee at the McDonalds in Alexandria, gabbing and jabbing each other with teasing jokes. Life, B1





Sis’s restaurant goes smoke free By Amanda Joering Alley

NEWPORT — While efforts to make businesses throughout the area go smoke-free failed last year, some Campbell County bars and restaurants have made the decision to do so anyway. Joining the ranks of other smoke-free by choice establishments like the Crazy Fox Saloon, Guys ‘n’ Dolls, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Dixie Chili and Brothers Bar & Grill, Sis’s Family Affair restaurant on Monmouth Street converted to smoke-free Jan. 1. Owners Sandy Schweitzer and Clay Deaton said they made the choice because they felt it was best for their business and customers. Schweitzer, whose family has run Sis’s for 39 years, said they aren’t trying to tell people what to

Sis's Family Affair restaurant employee Stan Moeves serves a drink to Rylie Church, a salesman and customer who frequents the business, which went smoke free on Jan. 1. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

do, they’d just prefer that when it comes to smoking, they do it outside.

Deaton said they’ve been considering the change for about two years, and understand that it is a

bold move. “This is nothing against smokers, I am a smoker,” Deaton said. “This is about the kind of atmosphere we’re trying to establish here at Sis’s.” While some business owners are concerned that going smokefree will lead to losing customers, Schweitzer said they’ve seen an increase in business. The first day after going smoke-free, several people thanked them, Schweitzer said. “We’ve had a few people upset, but for the most part people are thrilled,” Schweitzer said. “We’re seeing a lot of new customers and a lot of old customers that are coming back who left because they didn’t like the smoke.” For a list of non-smoking establishments throughout Northern Kentucky, visit the health department’s website at

Xanadu premieres in Fort Thomas By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — A cast of local talent is hitting the stage for the regional premiere of the Broadway hit comedy, “Xanadu.” The musical, based on the 1980 movie Xanadu, tells the story of a Greek muse, Clio, who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest creation of his life, a roller disco. The show is being produced by the Fort Thomas Schools’ Community Theatre, which began two years ago, with past performances including “The Wedding Singer” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Director John Williamson, the superintendent of the school district, said the rights to the musical were just recently released for local performances, and he jumped at the chance to bring it to Fort Thomas for its first regional performance. “It’s a fun, entertaining show,” Williamson said. “It really showcases the talent of people in this

Victoria McDevitt, who plays the role of Clio/Kira in the Fort Thomas Schools' Community Theatre production of Xanadu, rehearsal a scene with other members of the cast. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

region.” Williamson said the cast of 18, along with just as many off-stage crew members, includes local residents, college students and

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Highlands High School alumni. Kori Kruse, a 2002 HHS graduate who is participating in her second show with the group, said it’s nice to be back on stage in the school where she first started performing. Kruse said with everything Xanadu has to offer, she thinks it will be well received in Fort Thomas. “This show is different from anything this area has offered,” Kruse said. “I’m excited to be part of a show that’s so new, fresh and exciting.” Northern Kentucky University musical theater major Victoria McDevitt, who is playing Clio, who disguises herself as a Australian girl named Kira, said this is her first time working with the Fort Thomas Community Theatre. McDevitt said she’s always heard good things about the



group and decided to try out when she heard that they were going to perform Xanadu. “I think the audience will have a lot of fun with this show,” McDevitt said. “It’s full of bright colors and energetic dancing, and it’s really funny.” While they’ve only been rehearsing for a few weeks, Williamson said they’ll be ready for the show, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Highlands High School’s Performing Art Center. Repeat performances will follow at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and limited onstage seating is available. Tickets can be purchased at and can also be purchased at the door prior to each show.






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INDEPENDENCE — The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation wants to advocate in the best interests of students, and they hope to start getting advice directly from local teens. The Foundation’s executive director, Ryan Courtade, is searching for 15 to 20 teens in grades seven though 11 from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties to create a Youth Council to guide the organization and promote

public awareness of youth issues. “I feel that we, as society, write youth off or blame parents without looking at the bigger issues. Kids don’t always get a fair shot,” said Courtade, who started the Foundation in December 2009 as a way to mentor students. Council member applications will be accepted until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Applicants must have two recommendations and a completed form, available at

“Teens should be able to decide for themselves, and we can start by letting them tell us what the important issues are,” said Courtade. He said input from the Foundation has been sought by other organizations, such as the Northern Kentucky Alliance, for which he is a board member. He said the Foundation has recently begun working with CoExist in Peace, an anti-bullying initiative started in 2010 by concerned Taylor Mill mom Lisa Hughes.

CoExist in Peace’s weekly support group meets at the Boys and Girls Club at 30 West 26th Street in Covington, and encourages students to share their experiences. “The group teaches kids how to deal with their own bullying situations, but also teaches kids to be empathetic and reach out to bullies, because most of the time they’re going through a difficult time themselves,” said Hughes. She started the organization and developed an anti-bullying pledge after

her daughter experienced bullying at school. More information can be found at She said as many as 20 students now come to the support group from Dixie Heights, Woodland Middle, Summit View Middle, Lloyd High School and Conner and Cooper high schools in Boone County. Courtade hopes input from Youth Council members helps direct the Foundation’s actions toward bullying and other teen and school issues.

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Students march for life, serve community By Amanda Joering Alley

NEWPORT — Newport Central Catholic students took their belief to the streets of Washington, D.C., during the school’s annual trip to participate in the March for Life rally Monday, Jan. 23. For years, students, staff, parents and alumni from NCC have participated in the march, which commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion 39 years ago. NCC Religion Chair Therese Blank, who has helped coordinate the trip for the past four years, said the main thing they try to focus on is explaining to the students what it means to be prolife. “These kids weren’t born yet when Roe vs. Wade happened,” Blank said. “The student need to be reminded why we do this.” To help give the students the facts about abortion, a group of students made a video about why they are pro-life, looking at it from a religious, political and scientific standpoint, which the students watched in the bus on the way to Washington. Blank said what impresses students the most is the amount of people that come to the march from all over the United States. “They see that it’s not just

Newport Catholic people that have this view, and it’s not just people from the Diocese of Covington that have this view, but people from all different religions and backgrounds,” Blank said. Senior Maria Kues, who has gone on the march the past four years, said she is always amazed by the amount of people that show up to support a common cause. “When you hear some of the stories from people that have had abortions and see some of the pictures, it hits you hard, but you just know, you’re fighting for the future of children in America,” Kues said. For senior Ashley Klaserner, who has gone to the march for four years, it is interesting to see both sides, pro-life and prochoice, represented at the march. “It was my first real taste of democracy,” Klaserner said. “You see two groups, fighting for what they believe.” While they do sometimes engage in debate with those from the pro-choice side, senior Katrina Hlebiczki said the pro-lifers march together in harmony. “It’s just so peaceful,” Hlebiczki said. “We’re all together marching for life.” While their classmates went to Washington, about 250 stu-

Students from Newport Central Catholic take part in the March for Life rally Monday, Jan. 23 in Washington, D.C. PROVIDED dents, like senior Madeline Brown, along with some faculty and staff members, stayed around here, participating in a prayer service, hearing pro-life speakers and completing a day of service. Brown, who went on the march her first three years at NCC, said she wanted to experience it from the other side this

year. “As a senior, I decided to stay back and help run things from this end,” Brown said. The day of service, coordinated by Children’s Inc., included work with children and adults with disabilities at various places throughout Greater Cincinnati. “The students and faculty learned about the various agen-

cies they served, but more importantly, they learned about themselves through the process,” said Julie Wharton from Children’s Inc. “For some, they were pushed out of their comfort zone. Hopefully, the students and faculty were challenged to overcome stereotypes and to find joy in helping those different from themselves.”

Moyer pajama day celebrates, encourages reading By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — Kindergarten students at Moyer Elementary were ready for bed when they get home from school Jan. 27. The students participated in pajama day, an annual tradition for more than 20 years. During pajama day, the students wear their pajamas, bring in their favorite book and celebrate reading and how much they’ve learned so far this school year. “They’ve gone from learning letters and sounds to reading books,” said teacher Julie Steppe. “This is a way to show the students that reading can be fun.” Steppe said the teachers also use to pajama day to promote reading at home, which is important for young children. Teacher Elizabeth Beimesche said the pajama day is a way to get the parents involved by

bringing them into the school to volunteer to read to the students. “Getting the parents involved helps show that we appreciate reading at school and at home,” Beimesche said. Throughout the day, the students, parents, teachers and assistants spend time reading each child’s favorite book. Steppe said the students also get a chance to practice writing by describing how their pajamas look and feel and interviewing each other about their favorite books. Principal Jay Brewer said the pajama day is a great way to get the kids excited about coming to school and about learning. To go along with the pajama theme, Steppe said the students also have pancakes and hot chocolate for a snack in the afternoon. “Any time we can bring positive energy to the school, it’s a good thing,” Brewer said. “We can harness that energy and move forward.”

Moyer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Julie Steppe watches as student Molly DeSola reads her favorite book to a group of her classmates during pajama day Friday, Jan. 27. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Mustangs learn from All ‘A’ experience By James Weber

FRANKFORT — - Josh Feldmann has his Bishop Brossart High School girls basketball team thinking big things. That’s why, even after the Mustangs fell short in their quest for the All “A” Classic state championship, he is confident they will refocus on the next set of goals: Postseason success. Brossart fell 63-41 to rival Newport Central Catholic Jan. 28 in the All “A” semifinals. The Mustangs fell to 19-4. Brossart had just beaten NCC in overtime eight days before their higherstakes meeting. That first game was Brossart’s first win in the series in four years. “It was a challenge,” said Feldmann, the secondyear head coach. “I thought we cleared a mental hurdle last week because they have been so dominant. But we didn’t play well enough. We’re still young, and we

still have our ups and downs. But give NewCath a lot of credit. They’re going to represent the region very well (in the finals).” NewCath had 42 points in regulation in that 48-45 Brossart victory, but had 38 at halftime as Brossart went to the locker room down 18. The combination of Nicole Kiernan’s post play inside and Olivia Huber’s dribble penetration in the lane continually burned the Mustangs. Both those players were in double figures at the half. NCC started a three-guard lineup for the first time this season, with freshman Michaela Ware replacing forward Jamie Kohls. “They were able to get around us which they weren’t able to do last week,” he said. “We contained them last week. We couldn’t keep them out of the lane (today). We chased them and when you do that you allow players on the back side to get layups. Our pressure defense wasn’t very good today. They were able to get run-outs on us. A

lot of that has to do with NCC. They played a tremendous game.” While the game didn’t go as planned, a young team with no seniors does plan to learn some lessons as they look forward. “We played well to get here and NCC was better today,” said junior forward Sarah Futscher. “We have to work on our defense and rebounding.” It was Brossart’s first time in the All “A” since 2003. “I’m happy we got this far,” said junior forward Maria Greis. “I would have liked to go further but we learned a lot and I’m proud of how we played.” Brossart beat Harlan 54-31 and Louisville Holy Cross 49-43 in the tourney. Futscher had 12 points and Abby Stadtmiller 10 against Holy Cross, and three other players have five points or more. Futscher and Madison Eisenman were all-tourney picks for the balanced Mustangs. “We’re one team. We’re not five players,” said

Bishop Brossart guard forward Sarah Futscher looks for room against Holy Cross. Brossart won the All "A" state quarterfinals Jan. 27 at Frankfort Convention Center. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Stadtmiller. “Anyone can step up at any time.” One benefit of the first NCC game was that it counted in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II standings, giving the Mustangs the upper hand in winning that

crown. Brossart still has four games left in conference play. Until then, Feldmann said the Mustangs will learn from their pair of drastically different games against the Thoroughbreds.

“We’ve played some big games but being here four out of five years, it’s in their culture,” Feldmann said. “They have that culture of winning and that’s what we’re trying to grow at Brossart. We’re going to get that experience and continue to grow. Hopefully we’ll be able to take this experience down the road into districts and regions and focus on getting better in the gym.” The Brossart boys team had a heart-breaking loss in the first round of the state tourney Jan. 26, losing in overtime to Louisville Collegiate, 57-52. Justin Saunders had 11 points. Joe Jennings had nine. Brossart dropped to 15-5, snapping a four-game winning streak. Brossart was set to host Harrison County Feb. 1, then play rival Newport Central Catholic Feb. 4 in Newport. See more sports coverage at preps, www. presspreps or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.

NCC falls in All ‘A’ final By James Weber

FRANKFORT — Ron Dawn has a lot of players in new roles for his Newport Central Catholic girls basketball team this year. So he is optimistic the Thoroughbreds can take some confidence from their performance in the All “A” Classic state tournament into the postseason, although they came heartbreakingly close to the title before falling short. “We played really hard,” said Dawn, the head coach. “I was really proud of our girls. We played really good defensively. They’re a very good offensive team. We struggled down at the other end but we had chances to win the game at the end.” NCC lost 38-36 to Walton-Verona in overtime Jan. 29 in the state final at Frankfort Convention Center. It was NCC’s third trip to the finals in six years, including their title in 2010. NCC took a 14-5 record into a rematch with W-V Feb. 1, then hosts Lloyd Feb. 3. The Thoroughbreds shot just 21 percent for the game (11-of-52) but had a 17-14 lead at halftime and a 23-17 lead late in the third period. NCC eventually

Newport Central Catholic guard Olivia Huber defends Courtney Sandlin of Walton-Verona. Walton-Verona beat NCC 38-36 in overtime in the All "A" Classic girls state final Jan. 29 at Frankfort Convention Center. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

trailed by four late in regulation before tying the game with four free throws in the final two minutes. NCC had a brief twopoint lead (36-34) in overtime on two free throws from senior Aubrey Muench. After Walton scored the next four points, NCC missed two shots in the final seconds. “We got steals and then we would turn it over right

back,” Dawn said. “We lost to a really good team.” Sophomore Nicole Kiernan had 12 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way, though she struggled along with everyone else from the field (3-of-17). Muench had six points, senior Olivia Huber five, senior Jamie Kohls five. Michaela Ware and Alexus Mayes had three points apiece and Alex Schalk two.

Muench and Kiernan, the top two scorers for the year, are returning starters. Huber was the sixthman last season. Schalk and Kohls have been new starters as well. Ware, a freshman, started the semifinal win over Bishop Brossart. Huber, Kiernan and Muench were all-tourney picks. “Nobody gave us any credit at the beginning of the year,” Dawn said. “We lost six seniors. Nobody was picking us to do anything. Nobody thought we would win the All ‘A’ region, and we come down here and made it all the way to the state finals.” NCC beat Brossart 63-41 in the semifinals, reversing a three-point overtime loss from eight days prior. Kiernan had 18 points, Huber 14, and Muench 13. Mayes scored eight, Ware six and Schalk four. Kiernan had 14 rebounds and four blocks, and Huber four assists. NCC beat Green County 51-37 in the second round. Kiernan had 22 points and 17 boards. Muench had 10 points, Huber 8, Mayes 7, Ware 2, Kohls 2. NCC beat Owsley County in the first round. Kohl had 14 points and Kiernan 20.

Newport Central Catholic guard Olivia Huber (3) plays defense against Walton-Verona. Walton-Verona beat NCC 38-36 in overtime in the All "A" Classic girls state final Jan. 29 at Frankfort Convention Center. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Dawn is well-versed in getting his team to regroup mentally after the All “A” Tournament. The Thoroughbreds have a brutal schedule to end the year, including five of the top teams in Northern Kentucky and Lexington Catholic. Then, they will start defense of their post-

season Ninth Region title Feb. 20 in the 36th District Tournament. “We’re going to get right back into it,” Dawn said. “We play a lot of strong teams down the stretch and hopefully that will prepare us for the end of the year.”



» Campbell County finished third in the state duals tournament Jan. 28 in Lexington. In pool play, the Camels beat Johnson Central (41-29), Fort Campbell (58-15) and Southern (38-30). Campbell lost to Larue County 4028, then beat Trinity 39-30 for third place.


» Highlands senior Conner Downard is the LaRosa’s MVP of the Week for Jan. 24.

Downard is a swimming AllAmerican and the defending NKAC champion in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, and the reigning Kentucky state champion in the 500 freestyle, which he swam in a school-record 4:32.06. He also placed fourth at state in the 200 freestyle. Swimming varsity for seven years, he has earned many honors. He was also awarded with a Wendy’s Heisman Award. Active in community service, Downard during the summer swims for the Northern Kentucky Clippers. He is a USA swimming Academic All-American and a member of Cum Laude Society and National Honor Soci-

ety. His favorite athlete is Andrew Luck, favorite entertainer is Zac Brown Band, favorite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, favorite movie is Remember the Titans and mostlike-to-meet is Thomas Jefferson. “Conner is a very self-motivated student-athlete who has achieved success as a result of his strong work ethic and dedication. His determination and competitiveness has made him a natural leader and role model for our team.”– said Highlands head coach Amanda Johnson. » Highlands won the girls competition at the freshman re-

gionals Jan. 25 at Scott. Highlands scored 228.5 to 211 for Notre Dame. The girls 400 free relay team set the meet record of 3:55.74. Carly Hill won the diving competition.

Boys basketball

» Dayton beat Villa Madonna 53-52 in a key NKAC game Jan. 23. » NCC beat Highlands 59-56 Jan. 24. Four players scored in double figures for NewCath. NCC beat Walton-Verona 62-57 Jan. 27 to improve to 13-5. Brady Hightchew scored 15 points.

Girls basketball

» Bellevue beat Silver Grove Jan. 28 to improve to 8-12. Kira Ross had 14 points. Payton Govan scored 21 for SG. » Dayton beat Ludlow 58-25 Jan. 23. » Highlands beat Newport 5737 Jan. 27 and Franklin County 57-51 Jan. 28. Leah Schaefer had 33 points in the two games. Vanessa Fisse had 16 against Franklin.

This week’s MVP

» Newport Central Catholic sophomore Nicole Kiernan for leading the girls basketball team




Editor: Michelle Shaw,, 578-1053


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Think about the future

The Tea Party has taken a strong stand against education, literacy, and good family health in Kentucky and elsewhere. They claim to do this for the sake of "our children and our children's children." They claim that "in this economy" we can't afford to build libraries or schools.They say that children should be exposed to second hand smoke in the name of "freedom." I don't understand this thought process. The cost of building schools and buildings willonlygoupinthefuture.Ifwe wait for the "perfect moment" to build, it will never happen. The Tea Party wants to put off what must be done now for the sake of their children, but their children and their children'schildren,aretheoneswho will pay the price by being uneducated, illiterate and sick. Tom Hosty Fort Thomas

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Representative Joseph Fischer – District 68

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Representative Dennis Keene – District 67

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Legislators focus on jobs, education As we conclude our first month of work in the General Assembly each day sheds new light on the serious financial challenges that confront our state and our citizens. Legislators received more details this week about the financial condition of state government from the governor’s budget director and other constitutional officers. We are concentrating on ways to create new jobs, strengthen education and make Kentucky a better place to live. We are working through hundreds of bills to find common sense solutions to meet our needs. Answering students’ complaints and adhering to Kentucky State Auditor’s recommendations, House Education Chair Carl Rollins and, I as chair of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee, have filed a bill to strengthen oversight of Kentucky’s proprietary or forprofit colleges. Last year, State Auditor Crit Luallen conducted an extensive audit of Kentucky’s 122 for-profit colleges. Complaints about high tuition, lack of job assistance and education, and a gross lack of financial accountability prompted the audit. House Bill 308 would abolish the current State Board for Proprietary Education (BPE) and establish the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education, an independent agency of the

Commonwealth attached to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet for administrative purposes. The legislaDennis tion would reKeene quire the new COMMUNITY Kentucky ComRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST mission on Proprietary Education to establish membership of commission reducing the number of proprietary school representatives so that they don't comprise a majority of the commission's membership (6 to 4) and decrease appointed members’ terms to two consecutive terms. I believe that we need to protect students from unscrupulous practices and this new commission will go a long way in meeting that primary goal. I will inform you of House Bill 308’s progress as we move it through the legislative process. The House of Representatives showed its support for our military and veterans by passing two measures. House members approved House Bill 71 which would exempt the estates of members of the military or law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty from probate fees. The House also passed HB

221 allowing a veteran when renewing his or her driver’s license or state identification card to have a veteran designation on that card with the presentation of a DD-214. HB 221 passed by a vote of 96-0 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. Creating jobs is the intent of HB 246 which would expand energy incentives to the manufacturing sector of the economy. The bill broadens the incentives passed in the 2007 Special Session’s House Bill 1 to include manufacturers who produce the pieces and parts required to build new energy facilities. The bill passed unanimously out of the Energy and Tourism Development Committee meeting. Education continues to be at the top of our priority list. A bill to improve school councils requiring at least one parent representative of a school council to reside within the boundaries of the local school district passed out of the House this week. HB 89 would also prohibit non-tenured teachers from serving on school councils unless no tenured teachers are willing or are available to serve. The House voted 62-33 to approve HB 89. HB 168 works to insure that the 70,000 Kentucky students now enrolled in alternative education programs have quality teachers. The bill would prohibit

superintendents from assigning a teacher to an alternative education program who is on probation or the subject of a corrective action. HB 168 was passed by the House 90-8. The House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed two resolutions to address the concerns of Kentucky farmers. House Concurrent Resolution 76 urges a study of the growth of wild pig populations in Kentucky and would address the dangers and problems that wild swine present for famers and landowners. House Resolution 62 would urge the U.S. Department of labor to withdraw a proposed regulation which would keep kids from being able to work on their family farm. Both pieces of legislation await the full House consideration. Four weeks into the session and we are picking up the pace. You can stay informed of legislative action on bills of interest to you by logging onto the legislative Research Commission website at or by calling the LRC toll free Bill Status Line at 866-840-2835. To find out when a committee meeting is scheduled, you can call the LRC toll- free Meeting Information Line at 800-633-9650. Representative Dennis Keene represents the 67th House District including northern Campbell County.

Winter games get seniors moving FORT THOMAS — Senior citizens from throughout the area came together Thursday, Jan. 19, for the annual Northern Kentucky Senior Games winter edition.

The games, held at the Fort Thomas Armory, were open to all Northern Kentucky residents 50 years old or older.

Lisa Anglin with the Campbell County Extension Service watches as Edgewood resident Larry Borne plays the snow skittles game during the Northern Kentucky Senior Games Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Fort Thomas Armory. AMANDA

Cold Spring resident Joy Caudill watches as her husband Ray Caudill plays a cup stacking game during the senior games event. AMANDA JOERING



Senate passes three bills to house

We are now a quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber. Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base. This is particularly important for those of us who live near Kentucky’s borders. We had two education bills. Senate Bill 24 would require children to be 5 years old prior to Aug. 1 of the year they begin kindergarten. The measure would, however, allow parents to petition local school boards for



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early admission. There is some debate whether children are emotionally mature enough to enter kindergarten Katie when school beStine gins in August. This bill adds COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST structure so COLUMNIST that parents will have guidelines but still be able to decide for their own children. At my request, this bill will not take effect until 2017 so that parents and students can prepare for the implementation. Senate Bill 64 is a bill supported by the School Board Association and other education groups to increase the integrity of the assessment testing process. It would make it unlawful for any school employee to provide or al-

ter test answers for students during the assessment testing process. The vast majority of school employees are dedicated and honest but unfortunately, we’ve had a few bad actors involved in modifying test scores which threatens the scores of all of our kids. If passed by the House, both these bills would take effect during the 2017-2018 school year. Finally, the Senate, working with the House, passed a bill to extend the congressional filing deadline until February 7th in light of ongoing negotiations between the House and Senate. Next week, the Governor’s Budget Director will be appearing in front of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee to discuss the Governor’s budget proposal. I have concerns that even though the state faces almost a billion dollar shortfall, the Governor proposed $815 million in additional spending, in-

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cluding $372 million in existing debt service. Some of this debt service is from the Governor’s restructuring of debt – something both the House and the Senate had directed not to do in the last budget and which he vetoed. To learn more about the work of the General Assembly and to keep up with the 2012 Regular Session, visit the Kentucky Legislature Home Page, You can also call 1-800-6339650 for a taped message containing information on legislative committee meetings. To check the status of a bill, you may call the toll-free Bill Status Line at 1-866-840-2835. To leave a message for me, or any legislator, call the General Assembly’s toll-free Message Line at 1-800372-7181. Senator Katie Stine (R-Southgate) serves as the President Pro-Tem of the State Senate.

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Take good care of your heart What have you done for your heart lately? Have you been physically active to allow your heart muscle to get its workout? Have you eaten hearthealthy foods? Have you visited your Diane healthcare Mason provider to EXTENSION discover your NOTES heart-related numbers? Have you worked to have a balanced life to reduce your stress? Do you know the common signs and symptoms of heart attack? All adults are encouraged to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Some of that activity should increase your heart rate. Children should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Their habits in early life will affect their health in later years. Heart-healthy foods include those with less sodium and saturated fat, and with good sources of dietary fiber. The DASH eating plan has been shown to decrease high blood pressure. The DASH plan focuses on eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and less sodium. Your healthcare provider can help you know what your healthy numbers are for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and resting heart rate. By knowing your regular numbers, you’ll know when something is not right. Stress can affect all aspects of our health. Work to ensure you have time to relax and enjoy life for all it has to offer. Men and women are different. Each has unique signs of heart attack. Additionally, each person is different and may or may not have the common signs or symptoms. By knowing your body you can know when something is not right. Consult a health care provider if you think something has changed. Our hearts work all day, every day. We should be doing all we can to ensure they keep on beating for us! Diane Mason is county extension agent for consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.





Looking for your Romeo? Check McDonald’s By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — The men of the informal ROMEO breakfast club of Alexandria have a true love for the art of conversation. Monday through Saturday, members of the Retired Old Men Eating Out (ROMEO) club eat breakfast and sip coffee at the McDonalds in Alexandria, gabbing and jabbing each other with teasing jokes. The group has about 10 regulars, and more people who stop in less frequently. They start as early as 7:30 a.m. “By 8 o’clock you’re laughing,” said Gary Crowder, of Alexandria. Crowder was one of the six ROMEO members sitting inside the restaurant on Wednesday at their usual tables near the main entrance. The morning gatherings are something he looks forward to, Crowder said. “You know everybody needs a purpose in life to get up in the morning,” said Crowder, who spent 27 years working for Campbell County Schools in maintenance. The conversation starter for the day was the previous night’s University of Kentucky basketball game, he said. They all watched the UK game over President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, Crowder said. “There was no decision last night which one to watch,” he said. All of the ROMEO members “bleed blue,” but it was a shared experience of serving in the military that brought them together, said Bill Kappes of Alexandria. “Most of us are Vietnam vets,” said Kappes, who served on a destroyer with the Navy off the Vietnam coast during the war. Most of the members of ROMEO didn’t know each other a couple of years ago, Kappes said. Crowder and Kappes met one day after Crowder noticed his veteran license plate and came up to say

From left, Retire Old Men Eating Out club (ROMEO) member Bill Kappes, John Jewell, Mike Williams, Gary Crowder and Larry Sinclair laugh as they swap stories and tell jokes inside McDonald's in Alexandria Wednesday, Jan. 25. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

From left, Mike Williams of Cold Spring, Gary Crowder of Alexandria, and Larry Sinclair of Grants Lick talk inside the Alexandria McDonald's during a ROMEO club gathering Wednesday, Jan. 25. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

hello. “I’m the type of guy that if I see you’ve been in the service I will walk up and thank you,” said Crowder, a Vietnam War Army veteran. Crowder said he has always been proud of his military service, but didn’t talk about it much until a few years ago. Kappes said he and many other veterans of Vietnam didn’t want to talk about their experiences for many years because they weren’t welcomed back home after serving in Vietnam. “Well, they weren’t proud of us back then,” he said. “Everybody

is proud of the military now.” When together, the group members still don’t talk about their military experiences much, and UK basketball is one of many conversation topics, Kappes said. “We’ve already covered the UK game, the Obama speech, fishing and Larry’s restored truck,” he said. Regular member Larry Sinclair of Grants Lick said he is restoring two models of trucks; a 1964 Ford and a 1973 GMC. Sinclair, who served as a tank driver in Vietnam with the Army, said he enjoys talking about fixing cars and trucks, fishing and joking

around with the other club members regularly now. “We all tease each other,” Sinclair said. “None of us mind being teased.” They all get along together and help each other out, he said. Sinclair said he and Crowder work out together and motivate each other. At the mention of the workouts, Mike Williams, of Cold Spring, joked his fellow ROMEO members were trying to build up their arm muscles or “guns.” “Gary and Larry work out three times each week, so they’re getting those guns built,” Williams said. Williams said ROMEO is an informal but close-knit group. They don’t take attendance of who comes each morning, but they do look out for one another, he said. “If somebody doesn’t show up we’ve got their phone numbers and we worry about them,” said Williams. The ROMEO club is a new version of the old idea of sitting around and talking in a general store, said ROMEO member John Jewell, of Alexandria. “If it was100 years ago we’d all be sitting in the country store around the cracker barrel,” Jewell said.


David Schlachter is Teacher of the Year By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — St. Catherine of Siena educator David Schlachter has been given the Association for Elementary School Administration’s Teacher of the Year award. The association, part of the Diocese of Covington, presents this award to three teachers every year after they are nominated by a principal or teacher and chosen by a review panel. St. Catherine Principal Doug Lonneman said he nominated Schlachter, who is in his ninth year at the school teaching fourth- and fifth-grade science

St. Catherine of Siena teacher David Schlachter talks to his student, fifth-grader Luke Schweitzer, during class. Schlachter recently won the AESA Teacher of the Year award from the Diocese of Covington. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

and social studies. “He’s really one of the best teachers I’ve ever been associated with,” Lonneman said. “Dave is very hardworking and basically takes anything we try to do here and works hard to make it happen.” Lonneman said he felt Schlachter deserved the award for several reasons, from his student-centered way of teaching and soft-spoken way, to how spiritual he is and how he promotes spirituality in his students. “After school every Wednesday (Schlachter) holds a rosary group,” Lonneman said. “He’s taught hundreds of kids to pray the rosary.”

Schlachter, who spent 28 years as a principal in South Carolina before retiring and moving back to this area, where he grew up, said he put his next move in the hands of God, who led him to St. Catherine. “It turned out great, I love being a part of this school,” Schlachter said. “I absolutely love teaching and feeling like I am one part of the seed that helps children grow.” Schlachter said he is humbled that Lonneman chose to nominate him for the award. “He could have nominated anyone on this staff because they are all great teachers,” Schlachter said.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, FEB. 3 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Exhibition celebrates the highprofile world of hair. Artwork both made from, and inspired by, locks by Wella Professionals. Barbie Style Heads on display. Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Original colorfield oil paintings by Bonita Williams Goldberg. Free. Through Feb. 12. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Art Openings A Retelling, 6-10 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by Brian Harmon, McCrystle Wood and Billy Renkl. Curator: Katie Rentzke. Exhibit continues through March 2. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Two children ages 2-12 admitted for $2 with each adult paying full admission price of $22. Children under 2 always free. Strollers welcome. Through Feb. 29. 859-261-7444; Newport.

Health / Wellness Heart Health Workshop and Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn tips for improving heart health, observe Go Red for Women Day by wearing red and participating in parade and discover signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

Music - Benefits Ne’er Do Well, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Benefits Cancer Free Kids. $5. 859-2619675; Newport.

Music - Concerts Jagermeister/96.5 Pure Rock Rockin’ the Scene, 7 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With Seven Circle Sunrise, Second Chance At Eden, Schallkreig, Detrimental, Slaughter the Sick, Killer Star Effect, Kissing Daylight, Wolvesbeard and Scarangella. $10, $8 advance. Presented by WFTK-FM (96.5). 859-491-2444; Covington. The Pinstripes “I” Album Release Party, 8:30 p.m., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., Doors open 8 p.m.

With special guests JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, SHADOWRAPTR, and Sassafraz. Includes 10-piece Juggernaut on stage. First 40 people to purchase online get free Pinstripes record release poster. All ages show. $10 ages under 21, $8 ages 21 and up. Tickets available online. 859-360-2790; http:// Covington.

Ruckus, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-491-3500; Newport. On Stage - Comedy Eddie Griffin, 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Special engagement. No coupons or passes accepted. $30. 859-9572000; Newport. Live Bait Comedy, 8 p.m. With comedians Kim Sherwood, Teri Foltz, Sweet Biscuit, Brian Knab and Rob Wilfong. Doors open 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Dinner and entertainment. No cover. 859491-8000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Xanadu, 7:30-9 p.m., Highlands High School, 2400 Memorial Parkway, Performing Arts Center. Laugh-out-loud comedy about Clio, a muse, going in disguise to inspire, Sonny, a lost artist to open a Roller Disco. The two face many challenges along the way, including a curse placed upon them by her jealous sisters. Family friendly. $12. Presented by Fort Thomas Community Theatre. Through Feb. 5. 859-815-2600; Fort Thomas.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Hair, noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; gallery.php?page=the_art_of_hair. Covington.

Art Exhibits Color Passions, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-3415800. Crestview Hills.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Benefits Kathy Luschek Memorial Super Bowl Party, 5:30 p.m., Alexandria Community Center, 8236 W. Main St., Drinks, food and game on giant screen. Benefits Bishop Brossart High School baseball program. $40 couple, $25 single. Presented by Bishop Brossart High School. 859-635-1373; Alexandria.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211. Newport.

Music - Rock Weezy Jefferson, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Eddie Griffin, 7:30 p.m. 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $30. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater War, 3 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Play examines how aggression and violence permeate youth culture as four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability. Registration required. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 859-572-5033; Fort Thomas. Xanadu, 7:30-9 p.m., Highlands High School, $12. 859-815-2600; Fort Thomas.

Recreation Jack McGarr Euchre Tournament, 7 p.m. Players must be registered by 6:30 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m., Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St., Includes barbecue dinner. Benefits Bishop Brossart’s Jack McGarr Memorial Scholarship. $25, $10 extra for optional skins game. 859-635-3651. Alexandria.

Youth Sports Become a Soccer Referee, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Re-certification for 2011 licensed referees for 2012., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Recertification for 2012 or become new referee. $65. Reservations required. Presented by KY Soccer Referee Association Inc.. 859-282-0222; Crestview Hills.

SUNDAY, FEB. 5 Art Exhibits Color Passions, 2-8 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Dining Events Alliance Francaise Chandeleur Crepe Party, 2:30 p.m. Servings at 2:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Europa, 616 Main St., French conversation, crepes and tea. $8, $6 ages 11 and under. Registration required. Presented by Alliance Francaise of Cincinnati. 513-389-9100; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Xanadu, 2-3:30 p.m., Highlands High School, $12. 859-815-2600; Fort Thomas.

333 Thomas More Parkway, Student Center. A capella performance group of modern rhythm and blues fused with a jubilee music style. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-3443310; Crestview Hills.

Support Groups Spouse Loss Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice of the Bluegrass - Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Workshop for those who have experienced the loss of a significant other. Explore full scope and dimension of loss: physiological, psychological and spiritual symptoms of grief, changes in relationship with family, as well as social change, dating and the possibility of a new partner. Free. Registration required. 859-441-6332; Florence.

TUESDAY, FEB. 7 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; gallery.php?page=the_art_of_hair. Covington. A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Clubs & Organizations Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-6523348; Newport.


On Stage - Theater

Art Centers & Art Museums

War, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Play examines how aggression and violence permeate youth culture as four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability. Registration required. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; gallery.php?page=the_art_of_hair. Covington. A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by Brian Harmon, McCrystle Wood and Billy Renkl. Curator: Katie Rentzke. Through March 2. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.


The opening reception for "A Retelling" will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St. in Covington. The exhibit will present works by artists Brian Harmon, McCrystle Wood and Billy Renkl at the Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St. in Covington, and run through March 9. Pictured is "La Pomme" by McCrystle Wood. THANKS TO KATIE RENTZKE

The sixth annual Newport on the Levee Wine Walk will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association. Walkers will visit Levee venues to sample wine selections and heart-healthy hors d'oeuvres. Pictured is BRIO Tuscan Grille bartender Tom Wherry pouring a glass of wine at the restaurant. BRIO is part of Newport on the Levee's Wine Walk. FILE PHOTO

Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Holiday - Black History Month The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers, noon, Thomas More College Steigerwald Hall,

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. quilting, plastic canvas and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; gallery.php?page=the_art_of_hair. Covington. A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Dining Events Wine Walk, 6-9 p.m. Snow date: Feb. 15., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Sample wines at different Levee venues and receive commemorative Wine Walk glass. Ages 21 and up. Red attire encouraged. Benefits American Heart Association. $35, $30 young professinals. Registration required by Jan. 31. Presented by American Heart Association. 859-815-1389; Newport.

Schools Villa Madonna Montessori Open House, 6-8 p.m., Villa Madonna Montessori, 2402 Amsterdam Road, Hear about program that promotes education, individuality, respect and independence. Free. 859-3415145. Villa Hills.

Thursday, Feb. 9 Art Centers & Art Museums

Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; gallery.php?page=the_art_of_hair. Covington. A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Dining Events Chocolate Tasting, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Sample national brandname and locally made chocolates while learning some history along the way. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Union.

Karaoke and Open Mic Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Birk’s Bar, 912 Monmouth St., Drink specials include: $2 bottles, $2 wells and $2 shots. With Jay and DJ Love MD. No cover. 859-491-0007. Newport.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Owen Benjamin, 8 p.m. $15. Ages 18 and up., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport.

The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Recreation Y WEEK Open House, 6-8 p.m., Campbell County YMCA, 1437 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Kick-off of Better Together campaign that benefits individuals and families in community. Various activities. Light refreshments and water provided. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 859-781-1814; Fort Thomas.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8 Art & Craft Classes Crafters’ Corner, 10 a.m.-noon, Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Bring supplies to work on own project. All mediums welcome, from macaroni to knitting; crochet, scrapbooking, beading, jewelry, embroidery,

Comedian Eddie Griffin, pictured, will perform at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Newport on the Levee. Tickets are $30; no coupons or passes accepted. For more information, visit or call 859-957-2000. DAVID SORCHER FOR THE ENQUIRER



Addictive pound cake recipe, plus a fudge update During the winter, the “girls” (our hens) don’t lay every day. But the past few days they’ve gotten more ambitious and I wound up with enough extra eggs to make one of my favorite, easy pound cakes. I think the reason for the egg bounty is that the days are getting longer and we’ve had a mild winter. Seems like Mother Nature is ahead of schedule, too. The wild yellow aconite in our little patch of woods is already peeking through the soil. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for a photo of this vivid yellow, delicate-looking flower.) And the chives in the herb garden are pushing through the soil, too. The cilantro seeds I scattered in the herb garden last fall sprouted a few weeks ago and are ready to be harvested. I have a feeling,

though, that Mother Nature might have more frigid weather up her sleeve! Rita Heikenfeld RITA’S KITCHEN

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Rita adapts a pound cake.

Sarah’s pound cake

5 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup milk

I don’t know who Sarah is, only that she shared this recipe years ago. I cut it out of Gourmet magazine. It’s not a fancy cake and uses basic pantry ingredients, is less expensive than traditional pound cake with butter. The oil lends a tender texture and moistness, as well. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. A good keeper with an addictive flavor. Try substituting 2 teaspoons almond extract for the vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350. Beat sugar, oil and vanilla until combined well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat until thick and lemon colored. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add this alternately with the milk, mixing until combined after each addition. Pour into well sprayed or buttered and floured 10inch tube pan. Bake 1 hour or a bit longer, until tooth-

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pick inserted in halfway comes out clean. Let cook in pan on rack for 10 minutes, take a knife and loosen edges of cake around the sides of the pan, and turn out on rack. Glaze after cooling, if desired, with simple frosting made of 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1-3 tablespoons water and a dash of vanilla.

Last-minute appetizer: Buffalo-style celery sticks Want to make something that’s quick, good and perfect for the Super Bowl? These celery sticks take no time at all, and go great with Buffalo wings. Equal amounts of blue cheese and cream cheese, mixed until smooth Extra blue cheese and cayenne pepper for garnish (optional, but good)

Stuff ribs and sprinkle with blue cheese and a teeny bit of ground cayenne.

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Celery contains vitamin C, calcium and potassium, which means it’s good for the heart. Celery helps prevent cancer and high blood pressure. The leaves have even more nutrients than the ribs, so leave them on!


Lehr’s peanut butter fudge: Fred Humphries, the fellow who used to make this from a commercial mix, tracked the availability of this sweet treat that Sally Kramer wanted. After much sleuthing, Fred found the fudge (already made) at Bass Pro Shops, Sweet Dreams at Newport on the Levee and J.E. Gibbs at Findlay Market. Thanks, Fred!

Can you help? Black bean soup like Nick & Tom’s restaurant, Bridgetown. Jenni, a Western Hills reader says “this is the best, hands down.” I begged Greg Lambrinides, head chef, for the recipe. He chuckled and declined. “What’s in it?” I asked. “The usual – dried black beans, carrots, onions, celery and spices,” he said. That’s where Greg got me. They have their spices blended specially for them in 50-pound quantities. They make 35 gallons of this vegetarian soup a week, and thicken it with cornstarch. You know this is one good bean soup. If you have a similar one, please share. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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BUSINESS UPDATE Barber joins CR architecture + design

Steve Barber of Bellevue has joined CR architecture + design, previously Cole + Russell Architects, as an associate. Barber is responsible for the design and technical development of education projects to Barber include design details, CAD drafting, field measurements and construction administration. He works directly with project leaders to establish and maintain project schedules and

budgets. Barber earned his bachelor of architecture from Bowling Green State University. He is experienced in AutoCAD, REVIT, Newforma and SketchUp.

Cipher Recovery receives Best of Cincinnati Award

Cipher Recovery, LLC, owned by Kevin Welsch of Fort Thomas, was selected for the 2011 Best of Cincinnati Award in the business legal services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Each year the USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing

success in their local community and business category.

Cranley Surgical to join with St. Elizabeth

Cranley Surgical Associates will join St. Elizabeth Physicians, the multi-specialty physician organization of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, on March 1. Cranley Surgical has 17 surgeons, specializing in vascular surgery, surgical oncology, thoracic surgery and general surgery, at offices in Edgewood and Cold Spring in Kentucky and Monfort Heights, Mt. Auburn and Harrison in Ohio. Cranley’s physicians based in Kentucky will join St. Elizabeth Physicians.


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During the week of Feb. 6 the public can visit any of the 15 YMCAs in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and enjoy a variety of activities that will appeal to just about everyone in the family. In an effort to welcome new members as well as the public, and to show gratitude to the community, members and donors, the YMCA is opening its doors to the public for a one-week event, dubbed Y WEEK. “We are excited to spotlight the variety of programs and services that we offer at the Y for people of all ages and all walks of life,” said Sandy Berlin Walker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. “With our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y WEEK is a way to remind the community that our branches are safe gathering places where everyone is welcome, not just for Y WEEK but at all times.” Y WEEK will kick off the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s 2012 Annual Support campaign. This year,

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Carnegie Center seeks artists Community Recorder The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center has announced a Call to Artists opportunity for the upcoming gallery season. The Carnegie will host a regional photo competition in October 2012 as part of FOTOFOCUS, a biennial, monthlong celebration of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art happening in museums, galleries and universities

across the Tristate. Artists interested in applying are asked to submit five representative images created within the past three years as well as a completed application. Applications will be reviewed by an anonymous, independent panel of jurors, and cash and purchase awards will be given out. Approximately 50 photographers will be selected for the show. Cost to apply for the October 2012 Regional

Photo Competition is $20 Carnegie member/$25 non-member. All entries must be postmarked by March 16. Finalists will be notified by May 30. For an application, visit the gallery page of The Carnegie’s website,, or call 859-491-2030. For more information or questions concerning the application process, contact Bill Seitz, gallery director at 859-957-1944 or email • Alerts • Closings • Traffic info • Fully interactive radar Everything you need to know, all in one place. *2010 Scarborough Market Study



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Mr. Levon Petrosyan is seeking dissolution of marriage from Jodie Lynn Daniels. A petition for dissolution of marriage was filed in the above court on 9/22/11. You have 30 calendar days from the date of viewing this notice to respond. A blank response sheet may be obtained from the Judicial Council of California or by contacting the Petitioners attorney: Ara Saroian, Esq., Aghabegian & Associates,PC, Ph 818507-4311. It is highly recommended that you obtain legal representation in this matter. Important: THERE ARE SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT THAT HAVE BEEN EDITED OR OMITTED. TO RECEIVE FULL COPIES OF SAID DOCUMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT THE PETITIONER’S ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. 1001684749

The Campbell County & Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 7:00 P.M. at the Southern Campbell Fire House, 1050 Racetrack Road, Alexandria, Ky. for the purpose of hearing testimony for the following: FILE NUMBER: 103-12-TXA-01Text Amendment APPLICANT: Campbell County Planning & Zoning Department on behalf of the Campbell County Administrator REQUEST: Proposed text amendments to the Campbell County Zoning Ordinance Article XIV Sign Regulations Modifying Sections 14.1M and 14.7.2.b(2). Persons interested in this case are invited to be present. Information concerning this case is available for public inspection at the Campbell County & Municipal Planning & Zoning Office, 1098 Monmouth Street, Suite 343, Newport, KY. Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Peter J. Klear, AICP /s/ Peter J. Klear, AICP Director of Planning & Zoning

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LEGAL NOTICE The Northern Kentucky Water District will conduct an informational public meeting on February 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm at 2835 Crescent Springs Road, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018, Conference Room 1. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 24-month extension beginning April 1, 2012 allowed by the Kentucky Division of Water for the Northern Kentucky Water District to comply with the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule. Ron Lovan President / CEO 1001686787 LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given by Campbell County Department of Housing that a public hearing will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 5:15 p.m. at the Campbell County Administration Building, located at 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky, in the Fiscal Court Chambers to obtain public input on the Annual Agency Plan for Campbell County Department of Housing. All interested parties are invited to be present to give or hear testimony relating to the above referenced plan. Further information concerning the plan is available for public review at Campbell County Department of Housing at 1098 Monmouth Street, Suite 235, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. -Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., excepting holidays. The Campbell County Fiscal Court will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending Fiscal Court activities. If there is a need for the Fiscal Court to be aware of a specific requirement you are encouraged to contact this agency at (859) 261-5200 prior to the activity so suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of service. FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ∫ 1001685982

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BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Jason Walling, 32, 616 Third St., alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, menacing at 400 block of Washington Ave., Jan. 14. Anthony Croley, 29, 518 Fourth Ave., DUI, expired registration plate at 300 block of Fairfield Ave., Jan. 7. Hannah Hicks, 28, 9 South Foote, second degree burglary at 403 Covert Run, Jan. 14. David Guthrez, 36, Dave Cowens at I-471, suspended operator's license, expired tags, no insurance, third degree possession of a controlled substance at Dave Cowans at I-471, Jan. 23. Mark Ellis, 40, 446 Van Voast, warrant at 446 Van Voast, Jan. 11.

COLD SPRING Arrests/citations James E. Hildebrand, 40, 504 East 2nd St., first degree possession of controlled substance -first offense at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 13. Tammy S. Fuller, 26, 10 Sunset Drive, possession of marijuana, operating on suspended or

The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. revoked operators license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance - first offense at AA Highway, Dec. 30. Arthur W. Boss II, 50, 352 Rose Drive, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI - first offense at 395 Crossroads Blvd., Jan. 16. Rashad A. Evans, 22, 358 Fyffe Ave., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 395 Crossroads Blvd., Dec. 30. Christopher K. Pemberton, 22, 4575 Dry Creek Road, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 395 Crossroads Blvd., Jan. 4. Tara S. Turner, 29, 209 W. 13th St., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, second degree criminal trespassing at 375 Crossroads Blvd., Jan. 14.


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DEATHS Marie Babin Marie W. Babin, 90, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 24, 2012, at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Walter Babin, and daughter, Mary Cousins, died previously. Survivors include her grandson, Chris Shelton; granddaughter, Amanda Cousins; and good friends, Ruth Ries, Leann Ward and Dee Lorenz. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

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Hilda Cotcamp Hilda Pauline Bloomfield Cotcamp, 89, of Silver Grove, died Jan. 24, 2012, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a member of Silver Grove Baptist and an assembler for Kenner Toys in Cincinnati. Her husband, Ward Cotcamp, died in 1995. Survivors include her daughters, Gwen Willmoth of Cold Spring and Debbie Houillion of Estero, Fla.; son, Ronald Cotcamp of Alexandria; three

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Buckie Cullum Buckie Lewis Cullum, 37, of Newport, died Jan. 17, 2012, at his home. He was a floor cleaner for Riteway Commercial Cleaning. Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Helen Owens Cullum; wife, Anna Harden Cullum; son, Jeremiah Cullum; stepson, Austin Harden; stepdaughter, Deanna Harden; brothers, Mike and Danny Cullum; sisters, Amanda and Debbie Cullum; and stepsister, Dottie Stilwell. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Dorothy ‘Dotty’ Devoto Dorothy “Dotty” Devoto, 84, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a talented artist with a passion for antiques, traveling and her grandchildren. Her husband, R. Earl Devoto, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Browning of Fort Thomas; sons, Earl J. Devoto of Dallas, Steven E. Devoto of Villa Hills and Michael S. Devoto of Knoxville, Tenn; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Victor Kramer Victor John Kramer, 88, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 24, 2012, at home. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and participated in the Honor Flight Program. He served as postmaster in Melbourne, was a salesman for Campbell County Chevrolet in Newport for 35 years and ushered for the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals for 15 years. He enjoyed reading, playing cards, gardening, and collecting stamps, coins and post cards. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Fort Thomas and a member of the Knights of Columbus. His wife, Martha Jane Fillhardt Kramer; four brothers, Will, Ray, Fritz and Fran; and two sisters, Mildred and Rose Mary, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Barbara Pohlman, Rebecca Peter, Sarah Stevens and Emily Leopold; brothers, Jake and Bernie; sisters, Sister Rose Magdalen, CDP, and Sister Agnes Clare, CDP; and 11 grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Congregation of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059; Good Shepard Missions, c/o Good Shepard Chapel, 130 N. Main St., Whitley City, KY 426530427; or charity of donor’s choice.

Frances Lightfoot Frances D. Lightfoot, 98, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton, where she ran the nursery for 50 years. She was an avid bowler and loved to play bingo.

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Her husband, Charles Lightfoot, and a son, Rev. Louis Lightfoot, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Clarence Lightfoot of Dayton and Paul Lightfoot of Fort Thomas; daughter, Anna Louise McCance of Gales Ferry, Conn.; 12 grandchildren; 29 greatgrandchildren; and 38 greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Robert McIntosh Robert McIntosh, 74, of Newport, died Jan. 23, 2012, at his residence. He retired from Boden & Board Co. Survivors include his daughter, Lori Goetz of Florence; brother, Leonard McIntosh; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Grant’s Lick.

Steve Morris Stevie Morris, 67, of Butler, died Jan. 20, 2012. He was a member of Flour Creek Christian Church and drove a truck for Butternut Bread for 30 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local Union No. 114 and a mason. A brother, Nelson Morris, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Judy Hornbeek Morris; daughter, Stephanie Auchter of Falmouth; brother, Terry Morris of Falmouth; sisters, Georgia Redmon of Florence and Ruth Bray of Wilder; and two grandchildren. Interment was at Butler Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 11 Shelby St., Florence, KY 41042.

Norbert Tuemler Norbert F. Tuemler, 81, of Highland Heights, died Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired truck driver/ deliveryman with Midwest Bottle Gas and a member of Newport Elks Lodge No. 273 B.P.O.E. His wife, Anna Marie Mayhew Tuemler, died in 2011. Survivors include his daughter, Pam “Susie” Thomas of Highland Heights; son, Bob Tuemler of Ludlow; brother, Paul Tuemler of Edgewood; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Newport Elks Lodge No. 273 B.P.O.E., 3704 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

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