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Author Dan Gutman draws A.J., the main character in his “My Weird School” books, during a visit to Johnson Elementary School in Fort Thomas. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Author gives Fort Thomas students writing tips By Chris Mayhew

FORT THOMAS — Author Dan Gutman told Johnson Elementary School students he’s dropped a cow on a character’s head in the first two pages of a book to grab a reader’s attention. Students in third and fourth grades gathered on the library floor to hear Gutman speak for an hour Jan. 28. about his writing process. Gutman, of Haddonfield, N.J., is one of the authors thirdgraders at the Fort Thomas Independent School are studying as part of a five-month writing project. Students are reading three books, writing a bibliography about an author, and will give presentations in character about the books they read Thursday, May 1. An author of 109 books, Gutman’s titles include the two series “My Weird School” and “The Genius Files,” and a series about baseball cards and time travel. Johnson school Principal Jon Stratton said Gutman’s books are popular with students, so it was a unique opportunity to grab students atten-


tion with an author they already know. “One nice thing is where he wrote the baseball series, he’s really pulled our guys into reading,” Stratton said. Gutman spent his time relaying writing tips including using note cards to jot down initial thoughts for a book for about a month before organizing an outline and writing a first draft. His second lesson was persistence. Gutman held up a binder of rejection letters from dozens of publishers for the first book in the series “Honus and Me” about an Honus Wagner baseball card a child uses to travel through time. It took a year until HarperCollins Publishers called seeking to publish the book, he said. The trick to start writing a book is to have a bang in the first two pages to draw readers in, Gutman said. One of his favorite ways to start a book was by dropping a cow on a character’s head in one of his “The Genius Files” books. Gutman said he follows a formula used by author Kurt Vonnegut: “Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.”

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The final part of writing is often going through three or four drafts at the direction of an editor, and this is something students experience when they get a paper back with corrections, he said. There’s no need to feel bad about editing marks on a writing assignment. “Your teacher’s just trying to make your writing better, just like my editor is trying to make my writing better,” he said. Gutman said he always ends each story with another bang, and in his newest book “The Genius Files: From Texas With Love” published Jan. 28, one of the characters in the book dies at the end. “You may not realize it, but I just told you how to write your own story,” he said. Kate Carris, 8, said she likes Gutman’s “Miss Daisy is Crazy” from his series “My Weird School.”. Carris said she was impressed by Gutman and was listening closely to his tips. “I liked how he talked about how to make a book because when I grow up I want to be an author,” she said.

FORT THOMAS — Police officers Doug Bryant and Sgt. Chris Carpenter have leading roles within the Kenton County SWAT team. Fort Thomas and Campbell County police departments joined Kenton County’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in 2013 after leaving Newport’s team. Dayton Police Department joined Kenton County SWAT Feb. 4. Carpenter, an officer for Fort Thomas since 2001, became a SWAT team member in 2003 with Newport’s regional team; Bryant has been on a SWAT team for eight years. Fort Thomas officer Mike Dietz is also a SWAT team member. As a team leaders, both Bryant and Carpenter lead a team

of five SWAT team officers when the unit responds to incidents, including hostage situations and serving arrest warrants. Carpenter was part of the SWAT team that responded to Michigan Avenue in Latonia Dec. 22 as a man fired rifle shots from a home’s upstairs window in a standoff with police. It was raining and cold during standoff that lasted almost 20 hours, and part of SWAT team members’ job is having all the equipment needed to stay on a scene, Carpenter said. “You might be outside for hours without relief,” he said. He packs SWAT gear while on duty in Fort Thomas to be ready for an assignment, which could be breaching doors, sniper tactics and executive protecSee SWAT, Page A2

Fort Thomas Police Sgt. Chris Carpenter with a bag of equipment he uses while on duty for the city that is in addition to gear he keeps at-the-ready as a team leader for Kenton County SWAT.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The end may be near for Rotary Club By Chris Mayhew

FORT THOMAS — The Campbell County Rotary will disband March 31 unless the club increases its membership The club, a chapter of Rotary International, meets at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Highland Country Club in Fort Thomas. Rotary in Campbell County is down to seven members. At most meetings there is an audience of four gathered to hear invited speakers, said club president Arnd Rehfuss of Alexandria. The club needs a minimum of

two or three people to join as active participants by March 31 or else the club will disband so remaining members can join Rotary clubs in Covington, Erlanger, and Florence, he said. A retired high school business teacher, Rehfuss said he stays in Rotary because the organization works to help others locally and internationally. “I enjoy the idea of being part of a service organization,” he said. Rotary’s main international project, to eradicate Polio throughout the world, is a cause See ROTARY, Page A2

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Valentine’s dance benefits Alzheimer’s association By Nancy Daly


Do you have a friend or a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s disease? Then you may want to go – and definitely take your sweetheart – to the ninth annual Cherish the Memories Valentine’s Dance. A dinner dance with Jesse Tack from WUBEFM B105 will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Marriott Cincinnati Airport, 2395 Progress Drive, Hebron. The evening will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. It is estimated that there are nearly 55,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder within the Greater Cincinnati Chapter territory, including

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Joe and Cris Suesz of Burlington are organizing the ninth annual Cherish the Memories Valentine’s Day Dance. The event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.PROVIDED

of raffle and auction items: Pink Zebra candles, All That Jazz consignment, Longneck’s Grill and Pampered Chef. “Also Walt Disney World has given us tickets for this year, Pioneer Vending is doing a jukebox for the live auction and whoever wins that they deliver and set it up in their home with 100 CDs,” Biddle said. “We have lots of nice items.” Getting the word out about Cherish the Memories Valentine’s Dance has been something of a challenge, perhaps because of all the wintry weather. So she urged people concerned about Alzheimer’s to check out the ninith annual Cherish the Memories page on Facebook. Or call Biddle at 859-307-7175 or Suesz at 859-586-9779 for ticket information. All checks will be payable to the Alzheimer’s Association. “Not only will you have a blast but you’re also supporting to help fight and find a cure for

an awful disease and helping the families that are already dealing with it,” Biddle said. Biddle wants to give a “shout-out” to businesses that have supported the event including Ameristop in Burlington, Gold Star Chili, Big Leagues Hair Cuts, Bryan’s Barber Shop, Burlington Art and Frame, Budweiser, Pioneer Vending and Florence Hardware. Suesz added other donors include Image Salon, Florence Freedom, Horseshoe Casino, Verona Woodcrafter, Dickmann’s Cafe, Hairtage Salon, Hooter’s, Kordenbrock Interiors, LaRosa’s, Longneck’s Sports Grill, Wertheim’s Restaurant, Pampered Chef, Perfect North, Rising Star Casino, Ritz Dance Studio, Signature Hardware, Snuggy’s Mattress, Steele’s Hometown Tire Co., Tractor Supply, Bowen Supply, Turfway Park, Wild Birds Unlimited, Herzog Jewelers, Boyle Jewelers, Schulz & Sons, Wyatt’s Bar, Dugout Bar & Grill and more.

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the club supports with fundraising. The club pitches in to help with fundraising for local causes wherever possible, he said. Campbell County’s Rotary has helped judge student entrepreneurship contests and raise money for groups, including Northern Kentucky Special Olympics and the county Fraternal Order of Police’s Cops and Kids Christmas giving project. Member suggestions usually lead to projects the group gets involves with locally, Rehfuss said. “To me that’s why you want to grow because the people can bring ideas to you,” he said. Jerry Schneider of Bellevue, a member of Campbell County’s club since 1981, said disbanding seems inevitable. If that happens, Schneider plans to join Kenton County Rotary, which meets in Erlanger and has about 25 members. “In Campbell County we’ve tried for the last five to seven years, we tried to build it back up and it just didn’t work,” Schneider said. Campbell County Rotary Club was founded as the Newport Rotary Club in 1920. The club met in Newport and retained the city’s name until 1995

when it was changed to the Fort Thomas-Southgate Rotary Club to reflect where membership was from, he said. After a brief switch back to the Newport Rotary name, the Campbell County Rotary name was adopted around 2000 in a bid to draw people from across the county. Schneider, a retired marketing employee for Cincinnati Bell, said all service clubs are taking a hit in membership. Getting business people to join Rotary has been tough as work demands increase for people and businesses cut back on costs, he said. And Rotary used to be the mainstay of the community before other clubs with similar missions started increasing in number, he said. “What it was, it was a good deal the Rotary,” Schneider said. “The Rotary club helped the businesses in the club. It was a business organization and it just drifted away.” One reason for the membership decline is the club draws from a bedroom community where many people commute to work, but he said club members also need to share credit for the years of declining membership. “It seems like for whatever reason, and blame it on the members too, we couldn’t promote it,” Schneider said. “It kind of died.”

Arnd Refuss, the newly appointed president of the Campbell County Rotary Club, swears in Shari Hennekes of Alexandria as a new member in July 2011 during an annual induction ceremony. FILE PHOTO

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tion. Carpenter said he enjoys the extra training he does to stay on the team and the various techniques they practice. “You know shooting with a pistol or rifle is one thing, and having a shield in one hand and a pistol in another (hand) and shooting is quite something else,” he said. Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly said Bryant and Carpenter were promoted to team leaders after demonstrating a show of agility, precision marksmanship on a handgun and rifle course incorporating range fitness, and attending a command review and interview. Daly said he appreciates Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn giving Fort Thomas the opportunity to be part of the team. The team follows National Tactical Officers Association standards and procedures. Bringing specialized units together is the current way of doing business, Daly said. “The transition for us means better training and equipment and its better for the Fort Thomas residents,” he said. “As seen in the Covington standoff recently, a large welltrained SWAT team is better suited to withstand a

prolonged event.” A regional approach makes equipment and tools available that departments would not be able to purchase, he said. Campbell County Police Chief Keith Hill said his department used to work with Newport’s SWAT team and left because the unit was trending toward a city-only team. Hill said Kenton County was the most regional team and he liked how each department pays a flat $2,000 membership fee. He said it makes sense to move toward a single Northern Kentucky SWAT team. “I would have liked to see all Campbell County on one team,” Hill said. Eric Nelson, commander of Kenton County SWAT and a detective for the Kenton County sheriff, said the majority of the work the team does is assisting with arrest and search warrants, and people who have barricaded themselves inside a building. There are 19 officers, called operators, on the team and two negotiators. It’s the largest Kenton County SWAT has been, he said. Small town agencies are not as capable to do the same level of work by going it alone, he said. “Basically we’re combining our resources,” Nelson said.



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BRIEFLY Presidents Day alters meeting day FORT THOMAS — The

next city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the city building, 130 N. Fort Thomas, because of the Presidents Day holiday. The regular schedule of council meetings is at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the city building.

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Beekeeping 101 School Feb. 22

The Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association will have its annual Beekeeping 101 School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Campbell County Environmental Education Center, 1261 Race Track Road, Alexandria. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch. The guest speaker will be state apiarist, Sean Burgess. For more information, visit www.nkybeekeeper-

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County housing position paid for with federal grant Campbell County Fiscal Court unanimously accepted a federal grant Jan. 22 to pay the salary of a county housing department employee. A $23,759 Family SelfSufficiency (FSS) Program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to pay for salary and benefits of the Campbell County Housing Department’s FSS coordinator. The coordinator links adults in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency program to local organizations providing job training, childcare, transportation and job placement, according to the county website

Quilt preservation lecture rescheduled FORT THOMAS — The Campbell County Public Library has rescheduled the Feb. 4 Six@Six lecture canceled because of weather. “Preserving Your Grandmother’s Quilt: Restoration & Care of Antique Quilts” will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave.

Foundation dances for schools

FORT THOMAS — Dancing Mad Hatter-style from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 1 at the Newport Syndicate will raise money for public schools in the city. All proceeds from the nonprofit Fort Thomas Education Foundation’s annual dance help fund teacher grants, an endowment fund and other educational tools to help stu- (859) 982-9468

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The Northern Kentucky Labor Council will be holding a Candidates Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Standard Club, 643 Laurel St., in Covington.

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dents, according to a news release from the foundation. The foundation’s mission is to enhance the education of students in the five schools within Fort Thomas Independent Schools. Last year’s dance raised $52,000. Penny Stratton, a dance committee member for the foundation, said people can choose their hat and a costume to go with it for the dance. The Newport Syndicate is at 18 E. 5th St., Newport. The 1980s band Cleveland’s Breakfast Club will perform, and there will be a silent auction and chance to buy chances to win prizes. Tickets are on sale through or call 859-815-2004.

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COLLEGE CORNER Carrigan honored Anna Carrigan, of Alexandria, qualified for the fall 2013 dean’s list at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Connolly honored at Indiana State

Daniel Connolly, of Fort Thomas, made the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Indiana State University. To be eligible for the dean’s list at Indiana State, students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Georgetown dean’s list features locals Will Sandfoss, Jackson Steffen, Kyle Piscitello and Max Yaeger work to make the pudding for the Thanksgiving feast at St. Joseph School, Cold Spring. THANKS TO MELISSA HOLZMACHER

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tudents of St. Joseph School, Cold Spring, focused on what they were thankful for during the Thanksgiving season, including their families, friends, teachers, Jesus and much more. Then they prepared a feast to celebrate all they had. They worked in groups to prepare the meal of turkey rollups, carrots, fruit salad and pudding, and shared it with each other and Father Gerald Reinersman.

The following students made the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Georgetown College. Kellen R. Arlinghaus, of Cold Springs, and Taylor Nicole Roy, of Fort Thomas. The dean’s list honors undergraduate students who completed the semester with at least 12 credit hours and at least a 3.7 grade-point average.

Keller makes dean’s list

Wilmington College junior Kimberly A. Keller, of Alexandria, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. She is majoring in business administration at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College through collaboration with Wilmington College. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Wolfzorn makes ONU dean’s list

Brent Wolfzorn, son of Tim and Linda Wolfzorn of Alexandria, was named to the Ohio Northern University dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester. He is a senior majoring in accounting. The deans’ list includes students who attain a gradepoint average of 3.5 or better.

Father Gerald Reinersman enjoys his Thanksgiving feast with Addyson Gearding, Paytin Reckers and Eli Scalk at St. Joseph School, Cold Spring.THANKS TO MELISSA HOLZMACHER

Students ‘making a difference’


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Bishop Brossart High School senior Allison Anstead and Campbell County High School senior Nicole Robertson were selected as recipients of the Making a Difference Foundation Scholarship. The award is presented annually to a senior student at both Bishop Brossart and Campbell County high schools to recognize their exemplary contributions of volunteer service within their communities. The scholarship, provided by the Making a Difference Foundation, provides Anstead and Robertson each $1,000 awards to be applied toward their upcoming post-secondary educational goals. Foundation Founder and Executive Director Michelle Miller, a 1983 Brossart graduate, established the Making a Difference Foundation in 2006 in an effort to recognize the outstanding community service achievements of all local youth attending the area’s two second-

Campbell County High School senior Nicole Robertson, center left, and Bishop Brossart High School senior Allison Anstead, center right, are recipients of the Making a Difference Foundation Scholarship. At the presentation are, from left, Renee Boots, Campbell County High School principal; Janet and Steve Robertson; Nicole Robertson; Allison Anstead; Gail Steffen; Michelle Miller; and Dick Stewart, Bishop Brossart High School principal.THANKS TO RON HEIERT

ary schools, according to Ron Heiert, Bishop Brossart Development Director. “The scholarship requires an individual to maintain their scholastic achievements while demonstrating his/her leadership by serving as a positive role model for peers and fellow students,” Miller said. The two seniors were introduced along with their parents and school and community offi-

cials at an official presentation, Jan. 3, during the annual Alexandria Community Classic basketball games between Bishop Brossart and Campbell County high schools. Anstead is the daughter of Gail Steffen of Cold Spring. Robertson is the daughter of Steve and Janet Robertson of Alexandria.

Case Grillot, a fifh-grade student at Johnson Elementary, recently won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. The school winners, including Case, will now take a written test. As many as 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee, April 4. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the national championship rounds May 19-21. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Pictured, from left, Joss Finseth, runner-up; David Orne, moderator; and Case Grillot, winner.THANKS TO PEGGIE HUGHES



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hree Highlands High School athletes signed letters of intent to play college sports Feb. 7, with several others scheduled to be honored in the next week or so. Nick True will sign to play football at Western Kentucky University. “Nick has been an important member of the team and an outstanding player at Highlands and has been a great joy to coach for four years. He has played both tight end and offensive tackle and excelled at both and helped Highlands achieve a four-year rec-

ord of 56-4. I expect him to have an outstanding career at WKU,” Athletic Director Dale Mueller said. Braden Hicks signed to play football at Morehead State University. “Braden has been one of the hardest working and most inspirational players that I have coached in my entire career. He is an outstanding defensive end and I am sure he will be a great asset to Morehead,” Mueller said. John Michael Griffith will sign to run cross country at Northern Kentucky University. “John Michael really dedicated

himself to follow a training program that established him as one of the top runners in Kentucky. It was great to see him progress as a runner, especially last track season when he won the state championship in the two mile,” Highlands coach Brian Alessandro said. Newport Central Catholic senior track standout Chandler Cain signed with Bellarmine. Look for a Recorder interview with these three Bluebirds at

Newport Central Catholic senior Chandler Cain signed to run track for Division II Bellarmine University in Louisville. She is pictured with senior teammates Feb. 7. THANKS TO

Highlands senior Braden Hicks signs to play football for Morehead State Feb. 6. JAMES



Highlands athletic director and former head coach Dale Mueller, left, applauds as senior Nick True signs to play football for Western Kentucky University Feb. 6. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

John Michael Griffith, Highlands senior, signs to run cross country for Northern Kentucky University Feb. 6. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



River Monsters back on the scene By Adam Turer

The Northern Kentucky River Monsters burst onto the national radar, thanks to affable quarterback Jared Lorenzen. The organization now hopes to prove that it is much more than just one man. After losing Lorenzen to a broken tibia in the home opener, Feb. 9, the River Monsters must move forward without their most recognizable player. Putting on a show for the local fans was always priority No. 1. That will not change. After a two-year hiatus and a league change, the River Monsters are back, now playing in the Continental Indoor Football League. The team’s home games are played at Northern Kentucky University’s Bank of Kentucky Center. For any football fans needing their fix after the conclusion of the college and NFL seasons, the CIFL provides a worthy, and unique, alternative. “I want this team to belong to Northern Kentucky,” said owner and general manager Jill Chitwood. “I encourage the sponsors to stand up and embrace this team as their own.” Fans can sit just a few feet from the playing field. Kicks and errant passes often end up in the stands. When fans shout encouragement at the River Monsters, or unkind words at the opponent, the players can hear them. The teams’ sidelines are located in corners of the arena right next to the bleachers. Weather is never a factor. Pregame and halftime festivities engage fans of all ages. Hudepohl is on tap and costs $6. Following the game, players, coaches, cheerleaders, and mascots stick around the field signing autographs and greeting fans. “I’m hoping that more of the fans realize that this may be a step down from the NFL, but it’s in our community, it’s something local, it’s something fun for the kids to be involved with,” said Carol Ayers, a former Campbell County High School and Ben-Gals cheerleader, now a co-coach of the River Girls cheer squad. “I’m hoping more families will get out and support this local team.” Many attendees of the home opener had a connection to a See FOOTBALL, Page A7


TMC Notes

» Newport Central Catholic beat Bishop Brossart 64-44 Feb. 7. The Thoroughbreds were led by junior guard Zach Pangallo’s game-high 20 points and eight assists. Junior center Drew McDonald added 19 points for NewCath.

» Thomas More College women’s basketball senior guard Katie Kitchen (Campbell County graduate) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Female StudentAthlete Advisory Committee Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January 2014. Kitchen, an All-PAC selection in 2012 and 2013, became the 15th player in Thomas More women’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points after her 10-point performance in the Saints’ 94-46 victory over Geneva College on Jan. 8. She is averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 59.6 percent from the field for the Saints (21-0, 14-0 PAC), who

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Newport Central Catholic’s Ben Weyer tries to tip in a basket against Brossart. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

» Highlands beat St. Henry 59-39 Feb. 8. Lydia Graves had 18 points. » Newport Central Catholic beat Holy Cross 62-43 Feb. 8. Nikki Kiernan had 19 points and grabbed her 1,000th career rebound during the game. She is currently in third place in NCC history with 1,684 points.

recently jumped one spot to number four on this week’s Top 25. In her community Kitchen is active with the Special Olympics, volunteering with local bowling and basketball events, and Catholic Charities – Diocese of Covington as a volunteer at their annual Christmas party. She has also assisted Thomas More’s SAAC with its annual canned food and clothing drives, which benefit the Brighton Center in Newport. On campus Kitchen is involved with Psi Chi, and international honor society in psychology, and has been an assistant in the college’s sports information office for four years. A two-time PAC Academic Honor Roll selection, Kitchen maintains a 3.759 GPA.

Jared Lorenzen has helped bring national attention to the River Monsters football team.FILE PHOTO




wood. “I am blessed to have great athletes on the field and awesome young men off the field. I have players who are taking it upon themselves to get out to schools, organizations, and hospitals and spread the word about us and help the community in any way they can.” Having a roster with many local ties also helps the River Monsters bring in a fan base. When Lorenzen went down with his injury, another former Highlands High School quarterback, Kyle James, filled in capably. The University of Cincinnati and Thomas More College have the most alums on the River Monsters roster. “I like that the River Monsters get so many local players involved and allow them an opportunity to continue to play football,” said Highlands athletic director Dale Mueller. After winning the opener that garnered national attention, the River Monsters suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the defending CIFL champion Erie Explosion. Erie owner Bill Stafford was impressed by the Bank of Kentucky Center and its ability to transform into a 50-yard turf field with suspended U-shaped goalposts. The field is surrounded by padded panels covered in advertisements for local businesses. Eight men on each team, along with one coach, are on the field at a time. The CIFL is conducive to running the football, a key that the Explosion exploited on

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player or cheerleader on the roster, but there were also many who just wanted to check out the new local football product. A trio of NKU freshmen heard about the game when they were at an NKU men’s basketball game the week prior. Erlanger resident Lisa Hucker heard about the River Monsters from a co-worker earlier in the week and brought her husband Rob and 7-yearold son Wyatt to the game. The interaction between the team and the fans will keep the Huckers coming back, said Rob. While the players may not be as big, strong, or fast as NFL players, they are still bigger, stronger, and faster than most people. The hits were hard. The effort and desire to win from both players and coaches was undeniable. Many CIFL players had tryouts with NFL or AFL teams. Some, like Lorenzen, experienced football at the highest level. There are players from all divisions of collegiate football. Some are hoping to work their way back up to higher levels, while others simply play for the love of the game. League owners also look for quality young men to represent their organization in the community. “The one thing with this team that I do not have to emphasize to them is how important getting out in the community is,” said Chit-

their way to the 2013 title and in their 42-30 victory over Northern Kentucky on Feb. 9. Indoor football need not result in basketball scores. The average score of the River Monsters’ first two games this season is 39-25. After a whirlwind week in which he promoted the CIFL and the River Monsters to dozens of sports radio outlets, even Lorenzen’s unfortunate injury received national exposure. His willingness to serve as the face and voice of the entire league benefited the CIFL and all of its organizations. “It really ramped up the overall level of the league,” said Stafford of the media attention focused on Lorenzen. Now, with their star and starting quarterback on the shelf, the River Monsters must try even harder to give the local community plenty to be excited about. They know that the bar has been raised, but feel like they are up to the challenge. “Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think we would have onefourth this type of exposure. Seeing the River Monsters on NFL Network, ESPN, and Fox Sports has been jawdropping and exciting,” said Chitwood. “All these young men are talented and have a passion for football and also for the community.” The River Monsters return to the Bank of Kentucky Center, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, hosting the Bluegrass Warhorses.

Bluebirds basketball wins battle of Forts Highlands edged Beechwood in girls basketball Feb. 7, 41-40 in Fort Mitchell. Haley Coffey scored the last four Bluebird points on a three-pointer and a free throw. The foul shot came with five seconds left in the game to break a 40-40 tie. Coffey had nine points for the game. McKenzie Leigh led the Bluebirds with 12 and Kiersten Clukey posted eight. Leigh also had seven rebounds to lead the team. After beating St. Henry the next day, Highlands has won four straight and is 18-5. The Bluebirds host Lloyd Friday, Feb. 14 and play at Walton-Verona Saturday, Feb. 15 (12:30 p.m.).

Highlands players Lydia Graves, 20, and Tomi Blanton, 12, converge on Beechwood sophomore Macy Stuempel. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Highlands’ Brianna Adler plays defense. Highlands beat Beechwood 41-40 in girls basketball Feb. 7 at Beechwood. JAMES WEBER/THE

Highlands’ Haley Coffey, left, defends Beechwood guard Ally Johnson. Highlands beat Beechwood 41-40 in girls basketball Feb. 7 at Beechwood. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY



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The Thomas More College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 2014 class in a ceremony, Saturday, Feb. 22, on the Thomas More campus. The reception is at 6 p.m. with dinner and the induction ceremony will follow at 7. Tickets are $25 and are available online at, or by calling 859-344-3346 by Feb. 15. The 10-person hall-offame class includes: » John “Jay” Campbellplayed baseball from 1965 to 1968 and a number of his pitching records are still in the Top 10 in school history. » Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kentdirected the Saints on the offensive end of the court from 1994 to 1998 and was a member of the Saints’ first NCAA Division III tournament team, which advanced to the regional finals of the 1997 season. » Fred C. Geraci was one of Thomas More’s top pitchers from 1969 to 1972 and is ranked in the Top 10 of career and single-season earned run averages. He holds the career school record ERA for pitchers who pitch at least


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Now is time to protect your heart Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of illness and death for North American women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. February is Women’s Heart Health Month, and it is a great time for women to start taking better care of their hearts all year round. It’s important to know your personal risk for heart disease and family history. Common risk factors for heart disease include elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle and overweight or obesity. Obesity increases women’s risk for at least five leading causes of death including heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis

(hardening of the arteries) and some types of cancer. Two of the best ways to improve your heart health is to change your Kathy R. diet and to exByrnes ercise. COMMUNITY You have RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST many different options to change your diet for the better. Most of them include incorporating more vegetables and fruits and fiber sources into your diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Plate encourages people to fill half of their plates with fruits and veg-

etables. Fiber not only helps prevent heart disease but also can help prevent diabetes, manage weight and improve digestion. Good sources of fiber are beans, barley and oats. You can also start incorporating more Mediterranean meals into your diet. People in Mediterranean countries tend to have lower rates of heart disease because they eat a diet rich in monounsaturated fat and linolenic acid. They consume more olive oil, fish, fruits and vegetables. High blood pressure can be a major contributing factor to heart disease and arteriosclerosis. If you have high blood pressure, learning to control it can greatly reduce your risk of de-

veloping heart disease. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been proven to significantly lower blood pressure. This diet involves limiting your salt intake and consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, fiber, and lean meats. More information about the DASH diet is available on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s website, More than two-thirds of Kentuckians are not active and 71 percent of women in the state report being sedentary. You can become more heart healthy by incorporating more movement into your day. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend


hours at the gym. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you can start small by doing things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from a store entrance, playing tag with your kids or walking around your neighborhood. Every bit of movement helps. For more information on ways you can get healthy and protect your heart, contact the Kenton County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service at 3563155. Kathy R. Byrnes is the Kenton County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Campbell County Rotary Club Meeting time: Noon Wednesdays Where: Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas Contact: Arnd Rehfuss,, 859-635 5088 Description: Rotary welcomes new members who enjoy community service.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meeting time: 7 p.m. third Tuesday of each month Where: DAV national headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring Contact: Commander Kim Hempleman, 859-781-6110 Description: Community volunteers supporting the men and women who served our country with honor.

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Shelly Booth, fomr left, Mason Booth, Ryan Mains, Sheila Verax and Samuel Broomall stand next to their creative approach to snow plowing: Snow Mario, in Alexandria.THANKS TO SHEILA VERAX

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I was disappointed to read Common Core foes shortsighted by the Northern Kentucky CEO Roundtable. While it was written by 12 members of a business group that should have been called, Titles of the Roundtable, its tone was condescending and quite socialistic. Their message to teachers, parents and grandparents is clear – we’re smarter than you so shut up about the new Common Core program for schools. We know what’s best for your children. Did you not understand that we have a roundtable? Everyone knows that roundtable people are smarter than square table people. As a grandfather, I was insulted by their arrogance. I was surprised to read the Titles comments concerning Kentucky students’ college readiness: The result has been college and career readiness rates in Kentucky rose from 34 percent in 2010 to 54 percent in

2013. Where did those stats come from? It turns out they were calculated by Kentucky’s Department Tom of Education. Wurtz That’s like having Pete Rose COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST calculate his COLUMNIST own batting average. Here’s how ACT rates Kentucky’s percent of students who pass all four sections of college readiness benchmarks (English, math, reading and science): 2010 (16 percent), 2011 (16 percent), 2012 (17 percent) and 2013 (18 percent). Do you understand why the Titles claim 54 percent of students pass the college readiness benchmarks while ACT reports only18 percent of Kentucky students do? I found a Kentucky report



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(College Readiness Indicators) that outlined Kentucky’s DOE’s calculation of college readiness: “Beginning fall of 2012, all public postsecondary institutions in Kentucky will use the following benchmarks as college readiness indicators. Upon admission to a public postsecondary institution, students scoring at or above the scores indicated will not be required to complete developmental, supplemental, or transitional coursework and will be allowed entry into college credit-bearing coursework that counts toward degree credit requirements.” Did you catch the brilliant manipulation of data designed to artificially raise Kentucky’s college readiness benchmarks? These word-gymnasts are quite impressive. The key phrase is “Upon admission to a public postsecondary institution.” The DOE is cleverly eliminating the scores of high school graduates

who do not attend or gain admission to college. These students usually have the lower scores. DOE doesn’t count all students like ACT does. They choose to mislead the public by cherry-picking students. How can Kentucky’s college readiness percent jump from 34 percent to 54 percent when Kentucky students’ overall ACT scores in 2010 were 19.4 compared to 2013’s anemic 19.6? That’s only an increase of 1 percent, not 20 percent. These Dudley-Do-Rights didn’t change student results; they just used a little David Copperfield illusion to change the rating formula to fool the public that Common Core is working. Kentucky’s children aren’t 20 percent smarter. The manipulators of data are just more creative.

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. second Wednesday of each month Where: Fort Thomas Women’s Club House, 8 North Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas Contact: Flo Grey, 859-4413555 Description: Primary mission is to provide scholarships for high school seniors in the city.

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Contact: Phil Osborne, 859869-0444 or 859-594-4439. Description: The most important day of our lives is judgment day. On judgment day, are we going to wish that we watched more sports or are we glad that we went to Men‘s Holy Bible Christian Fellowship?

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Ann Shely and a piece of her acrylic artwork, “Celebration.”KAREN MEIMAN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Artist helps add splash of color to help brighten life By Karen Meiman

Ann Shelly tripped while exercising at a local fitness facility last year. Like many seniors who suffer falls, the 84-yearold Shely broke her hip and landed in a nursing home, the Baptist Convalescent Center, in Newport. The center offered everything Shely needed. The staff and residents were friendly. But Shely yearned to be in her own home. Home sick, in pain, and apprehensive, the Boone County resident decided she could sit and complain or be an inspiration to others her age, who face adversity. Shely chose the latter. Using her longtime hobby, she added color to the lives and walls inside the Convalescent Center. When she left for her home recently, the center is brighter and fellow residents will have ideas to carry on Shely’s therapeutic activities. Shely’s work started shortly after she moved in last February. “I noticed that the bathroom walls were white and I thought ugly,” Shely said. “I asked if I could paint a mural on the wall.” Her unusual question went through the chain of command and ended up on the desk of the center’s administrator, Donna Frodge. “I had never had that request before, but it seemed like a therapeutic project,” she said. “Soon, people were lining up to look into her bathroom.” “(Other residents) asked about my painting and showed interest. All I did was show them that they could do it too,” Shely said. Shely had a collection of primitive and modern paintings that she had created through the years, so staff assembled an art show in the center’s lobby.” Shely titled her collection, “There’s more to life than a broken hip.” There were

The St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit will be offering stroke and cardiovascular screenings at locations throughout Northern Kentucky during February. The mobile health unit extends the experience of the St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Institute by providing screenings, risk appraisals and education for diagnosing cardiovascular disease and stroke. The mobile unit can perform an array of on-site tests aimed at detecting all manner of risky health conditions including carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and high blood pressure. The unit now offers a new cardiac age health risk assessment. Date and location: Monday, February 17 – St. Elizabeth Physicians Hidden Valley, 19908 Augusta Drive No. 1, Lawrenceburg, Ind. from 10

Sports Hall inducts five Wednesday The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Villa Hills Civic Club. The inductees include:

Joe Daley

Football, basketball baseball; 1954 graduate of Ludlow High School; played four years of varsity football (1950-53); NKAC first team defense in 1952; NKAC honorable mention in 1953; all-state honorable mention in 1953; voted team co-captain in 1953. After raising four children, with his wife of 50plus years, he attended Northern Kentucky University 19972001.

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Ann Shely taught residents how to paint and frame their own pictures. Rita Barth painted the pictures next to Shely. KAREN MEIMAN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

chuckles and an interest in learning how to paint, so Shely asked to teach a class. More than 20 of Shely’s peers assembled in a large space in the halls, where Shely showed them how to start painting without investing a lot of money. “I showed them that you can express yourself with just four tubes of paint.” “I enjoyed it,” said 84-yearold Rita Barth, showing off the framed artwork she created. “I had never painted before.” Shely had several inquiries about selling some of her paintings. An area Hospice may auction a piece of work called, “Celebration.” About 20 guests Shely invited to her home one night created it by each leav-

ing their mark on the artwork. “Painting makes people happy, that’s what I like,” said Shely. After almost a year of hard work and determination, Shely, leaves the center this week. She will live in her own apartment in Florence. She will not be forgotten at the center. She started something. “They said we could have an art class, right?” asked Phylis Manvel, from across the hall. “Yes, they did,” replies Shely. “I’ll miss the people here,” Shely says, as she bagged her possessions for the move. “But I plan not to return, unless I am visiting.”

a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18 – St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, Florence from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 – Kroger Ft. Mitchell, 2150 Dixie Highway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 20 – St. Elizabeth Edgewood (new screening location at 500 Thomas More Parkway) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22 – St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, 23 Rossford Ave., Ft. Thomas from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, February 24 – Kroger Crossroads, 375 Crossroads Blvd., Cold Spring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Special pricing of $25 for each individual screen, including peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Reservations: call 859-301-WELL (9355) to schedule an appointment.

Basketball; 1966 graduate of Covington Catholic High School; played grade-school at St. Pius, winning multiple tournaments in all grades; averaged 27 points per game in eighth grade, elected to the eighthgrade all-tournament team; broke single-game scoring record of 57 points; went on to CovCath played three years for coach Mote Hils 1963-66. Named all-district three years, all-region two years and all-state honorable mention as a senior; member of the 1,000point club with 1,150 career points in 79 games (an average of 14.6 per game); member of Covington Catholic Hall of Fame; awarded full athletic scholarship to Villa Madonna (Thomas More).

Aric Russell

Basketball; graduate of Campbell County High School; varsity letterwinner 1987-89; Ninth region all-region in 1988; NKAC all-conference and allstate honorable mention in 1988 and 1989; went on to play at Kentucky Christian University 1990-93; was a four-year starter; all-region team in 1990; all-region, second team All-American and national champions in 1991; all-region, first team All-American and runner-up for national player of the year in 1992; all-region and national tournament runner-up in 1993. Head girls basketball coach at Newport High School 19992001; Northern Kentucky Girls Coaching Association coach of the year and Kentucky Post coach of the year in 2000; girls

All A Classic Ninth region champs, district runner-up and region semifinalist in 2000. Boys basketball head coach at Newport, 2002-2010; Ninth region champs in 2010; 35th district runner-up in 2010; Northern Kentucky boys basketball coach of the year, Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame coach of the year, and Cincinnati Enquirer coach of the year in 2010; All “A” Classic champions. Campbell County High School boys basketball head coach 2011 to present; district runner-up in 2011; district champs and regional semifinalist in 2012.

Dave ‘Si’ Simons

Football, basketball and baseball; played at Highlands High School, graduating in1982; played football until a knee injury and surgery ended his career; despite knee injury was a varsity basketball starter as a junior and averaged 10 points per game, named all-36th district, voted most valuable player of Grant County Holiday Tournament, and named to 9th region all-tournament team; played baseball (third base and outfield) four years, coached by Bill Petty; team won 9th region title in 1982; now does volunteer football officiating in the Fort Thomas Junior Football League, 2002 to present.

Jim Claypool

Multiple sports; Beechwood High School graduate; lettered football 1954-56 and was team captain in 1956; varsity basketball 1954-56; baseball in 1956; ran invitational track 1955-56; swam in YMCA swim meets 1955-56; played amateur softball in various leagues and while in the Army during the 1950s, 60s and 70s; attended Centre College; lettered in football 1956-57. Chair of Northern Kentucky University Athletic Committee and administrative head of athletics 1970-78, which included hiring coaches and athletic directors, budgeting, adhering to NCAA regulations, and representing NKU at athletic conferences nationwide; instituted one of the first programs nationwide that gave both men and women equal scholarships; inducted into NKU’s athletic hall of fame in 2013.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Collaborative exhibition of artwork created by young artists with disabilities and local artists. Free. Presented by ArtsWave and Rising Star Studios. Through Feb. 28. 859261-5770; Newport.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Two children ages 12 and under get free admission with each fullpriced adult ticket: $23. Through Feb. 28. Through Feb. 28. 859261-7444; Newport.

Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 424 Alexandria Pike, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas.

On Stage - Comedy Christopher Titus, 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 1 Levee Way, Comedian and actor. Special engagement. No coupons or passes will be accepted. $25. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Seminar, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Area premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s play about writing students struggling to find their creative voice. Beaten down repeatedly by a professor who squandered his talent, these students explore just how far they’ll go to achieve their goal. Ages 18 and up. $18, $15 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Feb. 15. 513-479-6783; Newport. Godspell, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, this show boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.”. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. Through March 1. 859-652-3849; Newport. Almost, Maine, 8 p.m., Fort Thomas Woman’s Club, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Join Village Players for Almost, Maine - a crowdpleasing romantic comedy perfect for February, the “month of love.” Discover the enchanting residents of this remote, mythical town as they are excited by love - and other extraordinary events. $15. Presented by Village Players. Through Feb. 22. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas.

Shopping Girl Scout Drive Up Cookie Booth-Peace Bell, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., World Peace Bell Center, 425 York St., Help girls of Troop 1608 reach goal of 5,000 boxes. $3.50 per box. Presented by Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council Troop 1608. 859803-7980. Newport.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on

The “Explore Japan” event, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, features the Sakura Ladies Chorus. Free. 859-342-2665.FILE PHOTO the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

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Karaoke, 8-11:30 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., With DJ Ted McCracken. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. 859441-9857. Southgate.

Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival, 2-4 p.m., Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Readings by Jim Webb, Mike Moran, Susan Glassmeyer and TMC writer-in-residence Pauletta Hansel with music by Sunset Dawn. Reception begins at 1:45 p.m. Free. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-344-3310; Crestview Hills.


On Stage - Comedy

Observatory Open House, 7-9 p.m., Thomas More College Bank of Kentucky Observatory, 333 Thomas More Pkwy., Observatory. Dr. Wes Ryle discusses stories of love associated with constellations and planets with night sky viewing. Free. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Christopher Titus, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $25. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Karaoke and Open Mic

On Stage - Comedy Christopher Titus, 7:30 p.m. 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $25. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Seminar, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $18, $15 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport. Godspell, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Almost, Maine, 8 p.m., Fort Thomas Woman’s Club, $15. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Antiques Shows Antique Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Antiques, collectibles, jewelry and art. Indoors; refreshments available. Free admission. 859-331-4278; Fort Wright.

Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, noon-6 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 859-431-3455;

On Stage - Theater Godspell, 2 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Almost, Maine, 3 p.m., Fort Thomas Woman’s Club, $15. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas.

Recreation Bingo, 5-9 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., Early games start at 6 p.m., regular games at 7 p.m. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. Through July 20. 859-441-9857. Southgate.

MONDAY, FEB. 17 Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

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. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-757-1234; Newport.

Music - Blues Open Jam, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.


Christopher Titus is performing five shows, Feb. 14-16, at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 1 Levee Way, in Newport. $25. 859-957-2000; PHOTO

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

Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, Free. 859-431-3455; www.face- Bellevue.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Art Events Paint Party and Wine Tasting, 7 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 424 Alexandria Pike, No painting skills or creativity necessary. All supplies provided. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. Presented by Gallery To Go Party. 859-816-9053. Fort Thomas.

Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

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

On Stage - Theater Godspell, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Almost, Maine, 8 p.m., Fort Thomas Woman’s Club, $15. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. Through July 31. 513-921-5454; Newport.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Art & Craft Classes Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 513-317-1305; Newport.

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On Stage - Theater Godspell, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Almost, Maine, 8 p.m., Fort Thomas Woman’s Club, $15. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas.

On Stage - Theater Godspell, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Almost, Maine, 8 p.m., Fort Thomas Woman’s Club, $15. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas.



Art Exhibits

Art & Craft Classes

VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, noon-6 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Naked Tchopstix, Newport on the Levee, Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 513-317-1305; Newport.

Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

Attractions Winter Family Days, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

Karaoke and Open Mic

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

Music - Religious Patriot Quartet, 6 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., Southern Gospel Patriot Quartet will feature traditional songs made popular by the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers and the original Oak Ridge Boys quartets. Free. 859-781-4510; Fort Thomas.

Karaoke, 8-11:30 p.m., Southgate VFW, Free. 859-441-9857. Southgate. .

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Music - Blues


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., $4. 859-581-0100. Newport.

Godspell, 2 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Bingo, 5-9 p.m., Southgate VFW, Free. 859-441-9857. Southgate.

Art Exhibits VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-2615770; Newport.

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

Benefits Army Veteran Robert Besselman Cancer Benefit, 6 p.m.-midnight, Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., Catered meal from Pompilios, silent auction, raffle, split-the-pot and music by DJ. $25, $20 advance; free ages 5 and under. Presented by Robert Besselman Cancer Benefit. 859-486-4746. Southgate.

Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas.

Lectures Downton Abbey Mystique: Brown Bag Lunch Talk, noon-1 p.m., Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Moderated by Dr. Cate Sherron. Given by Dr. Jodie Mader, Department of History, Political Science and International Studies. Free. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-341-5800; Crest-

The Lookout Heights Civic Club hosts an Antique Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at 1661 Park Road in Fort Wright. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry and art. Indoors; refreshments available. Free admission. 859-331-4278; PHOTO



Bread recipe easy for beginners

I like this recipe for its simplicity. The flavor and texture is like the kind you get at a bakery. The crust is a bit crisp and pale gold. I’m giving detailed instructions here. Check out my blog for tips on kneading and step-bystep photos. If you want, sprinkle poppy seeds on the bread after shaping. 1 package (1⁄4 oz.) active dry yeast 2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees) Pinch of sugar to feed yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 51⁄2 cups all-purpose flour

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Adapted from an Ellie Krieger recipe. February is heart month, so here’s a recipe that fills the bill for health but doesn’t sacrifice flavor. I like this stuffed into a whole wheat pita spread with mashed avocado and sprinkled with a little Feta.

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Rita’s Italian bread recipe is perfect for beginners.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD Palmful fresh dill, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried leaves Salt and pepper

Film nonstick pan with olive oil, about a tablespoon. Add onion and cook a couple of minutes until soft, then add tomatoes and cook another minute. Put in bowl and set aside. Beat eggs together. Pour into skillet and cook until

almost set, stirring frequently. Drain excess liquid from tomato mixture and stir into eggs. Stir in dill, season to taste.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Freezing avocados: Yes, you can. Jungle Jim’s had them on sale so I bought a lot, mashed the flesh, squirted with lemon

juice to keep the color and froze it. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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The Carnegie in Concert season continues with an enchanting musical evening featuring three of the top local choirs who performed during the 2012 World Choir Games at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Queen City Choral Champions invites the Tristate to relive the sonic bliss of Cincinnati’s 2012 World Choir Games with performances by three of its medal-winning local choirs – the NKU Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Silver Medal in Jazz), Cincinnati Sound Chorus (Silver Medal in Barbershop) and the Christ Church Glendale Choir (Bronze Medal in Musica Sacra). Performing in The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theatre, the trio of choirs will perform song selections that helped them rise to the top during the international competition, proving that the Queen City is also The City That Sings. Tickets for Queen City Choral Champions are $20; $17 for Carnegie members, WVXU Perks and Enjoy the Arts members and students. Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie box office, open Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., in person or by phone at 859957-1940. Tickets are also available online at Queen City Choral Champions is sponsored by Queen City Cookies. The Carnegie in Concert Series also has a subscription package available. Call 859-957-1940.

Of course, and you get a workout, too! » Measure accurately. Flour settles as it sits. Whisk a bit or stir before measuring. Measure by spooning lightly into cup and leveling off with knife. » How warm is 110-115 degrees? Best to use an instant read thermometer, which is inexpensive and accurate. Water is just right when you put some on your wrist and it’s warm enough for a baby to drink from a bottle. » How to tell when dough is doubled. Rising time is a guide only. Use fingers to make indentation about 1⁄2 inch into dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has doubled. For the second rise after shaping, make a small indentation in the dough near its side. If the dent remains, the dough is ready to bake.


Italian bread for beginners and everyone else

ready when it looks foamy on top, a few minutes. Pour into mixing bowl and add sugar, Rita salt and 3 Heikenfeld cups flour. RITA’S KITCHEN Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour in remaining flour and mix on low to form soft dough. On very lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes or so. It may be sticky at first, but will get smooth, like a baby’s bottom. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about1hour or so. Punch dough down. Divide in half. Shape each into a loaf. There are two ways to do this: Simply make loaf shape with your hands about 12 inches long, or roll dough into an approximate 12-inch by 7inch rectangle. Roll up tightly from long side, pinch seams to seal and place seam side down on sprayed or parchmentlined pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes. With sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across top of loaf. Bake at preheated 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

Today is a bread baking day. The idea actually started yesterday when my friend Joanie Manzo, a Loveland reader, brought me a loaf of homemade cinnamon bread. Divine! So it got me in the bread baking mood. I didn’t have time for cinnamon bread but knew I’d have time to make this easy recipe for Italian bread. I kept one loaf for us and sent the other to Tony and Debbie, our neighbors. With this wicked icy weather, a warm loaf of bread with a bowl of steaming stew is a comforting supper.

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Moles active in all weather

Question: Are moles active year-round, or do they hibernate in the ground? Answer: Moles are remarkable animals known for their specialized abilities for life underground. They are seldom seen by humans and are often mistaken for pocket gophers, mice or shrews. In fact, the mole is not closely related to any small mammal except the shrew, both belonging to the mammalian order Insectivora. Moles are not rodents and do not have characteristic rodent features such as large, sharp front teeth. Rather, they have

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low surface tunnels of the moles are used in the spring, summer and fall, but the deep permanent ones are used year round as the main avenues of travel. Although you might think that moles would have quite a night life in their extensive caverns, they are actually quite antisocial, living alone in their deep, dark underground homes, coming together only once a year when they mate around Valentine’s Day in midFebruary. Their living headquarters are six inches in diameter and lined with dried grass, leaves and other vegetation. Moles are known to be active any time of the day or night, summer or winter, although they are most active in the shallow tunnels in the spring or fall after a rain, and in the early morning or early evening. Main runways may extend as far as 900 feet in one direction, with feeding tunnels branching off to the sides.

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at Shelter 2. Free, but register online at http:// For questions, call 859-3844999. Observe proper pruning techniques as professional arborists prune the trees at the arboretum. Guided walks at 10 a.m. (Tree I.D.) and at 1 p.m. (Plant Problem Diagnostics: Insects, Diseases and Cultural Problems of Trees & Shrubs). Light lunch provided.

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Carnegie has dinner, movie and songs A romantic dinner in an art gallery twinkling with guitar music, the timeless chemistry of Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly, and masterful songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin performed by some of Greater Cincinnati’s top theatrical talent. The perfect Valentine’s date? The Carnegie and Cincinnati World Cinema proudly present a unique screening of the classic movie musical “Cover Girl,” featuring synchronous live performance of the Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin score. A dinner precedes the film, served by Jeff Thomas Catering in The Carnegie Galleries. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., the film is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $57-60 ($17$20 for film only) and are

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available online at or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at 859-9571940 from noon- 5p.m. TAuesday through Friday. “Cover Girl” is presented as part of the 201314 Carnegie in Concert series, sponsored by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. “Cover Girl” Synopsis: Night club chorus girl Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth) gets the chance of a lifetime when a powerful magazine editor offers to catapult her to instant fame as a “cover girl,” to the chagrin of her boyfriend and club owner Danny Maguire (Gene Kelly). Torn between the bright lights and her love for Danny, Rusty leaves the club for a Broadway show and a marriage proposal from its wealthy

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producer. During the showing, as each of the 10 songs come up, the film’s sound goes down and lights will rise on pianist Brian D. Hoffman and an ensemble of Greater Cincinnati’s top musical theater talent, who will perform the songs live, synchronously with the film. As each song concludes, lights and sound will crossfade back to the film, creating a seamless integration of live singing with classic film acting.

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Seeking outstanding volunteer The Salute to Senior Service program seeks nominations for older adults who provide outstanding community service. Sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults

age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes through March 1 at SalutetoSenior State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will

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services that provide a more stable and accessible environment for homeowners at any income level. The Whole Home showroom is in Green Tonwship, Ohio. All proceeds from Whole Home support People Working Cooperatively’s services to very low income elderly and disabled homeowners who need critical home repairs. PWC’s typical client earns less than $13,500 and is faced with illness, job loss, disability or other life crisis. “We are incredibly grateful that the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

People Working Cooperatively, a local nonprofit that provides critical home repair, weatherization, modification and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes, has received $60,000 from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to support PWC’s social enterprise, Whole Home. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s grant will be used for strategic marketing of Whole Home’s modification services. A social enterprise of People Working Cooperatively, Whole Home provides home modification


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Yearlings present annual fur show The Yearlings host its annual Donna Salyers Fabulous Fur Style Show, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 20 W. 11th St., Covington. The cost is $20 per person, which includes drinks and appetizers.



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Family fun entertainment with Giant Slot Car Racing • Arcade Face painting • Caricature artist Clowns • Balloons • Free goody bag to the first 1,500 kids 8 and under • Classic Vehicle Display Forum Car Contest Winners • Giveaways • Spa Day for Mom Tailgate Package for Dad Benefiting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Child Passenger Safety Program CE-0000585153

The event features a warehouse sale and a $300 throw to be raffled. All proceeds benefit the Yearlings Scholarship Fund. Event co-chairs are Julie King, Karen Keenan and Brenda J. Sparks.

Committee members include Carole Ewald, Julie King and Brenda J. Sparks. For more information, vist, or call 859-371-8718.

Talk with provider before taking multivitamins Today, marketing campaigns for multivitamins and minerals claiming to improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease constantly bombarded us. Just look around the supermarket. Chances are, multivitamins and mineral supplements have their own section. Dietary supplements are a multibillion-dollar industry. In 2012, dietary supplement sales reached $11.5 billion. In a 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported more than half of all U.S adults had taken a dietary supplement in the past month. The1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed 34 percent of children and adolescents take vitamin or mineral supplements. While our food supply in America is abundant, many of us do not get the recommended nutrients we need. And we tend to consume way too much added sugar, refined grains, sodium and saturated fat. More than 50 percent of Americans suffer from chronic diseases because of poor food

choices. Should everyone take a multivitamin for better health? Are vitamins Diane and suppleMason ments needed? EXTENSION NOTES Many American diets are lacking in potassium, fiber, calcium and vitamin D. Potassium and fiber help with heart health. Fiber is important for health and digestion and helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity and constipation. Calcium keeps our bones strong. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorus. By consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, and fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy, you can increase your intake of the nutrients lacking in the American diet and improve your health. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the best way for you to reach optimal health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases is

by eating a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods. The academy also says additional nutrients from supplements may help some individuals meet their dietary needs or treat a diagnosed nutrient deficiency. Multivitamins and minerals can help fill dietary gaps, but if taken in excess, may result in the consumption of some nutrients above recommended levels. Talk with your health care provider or dietitian about your eating habits and how they affect your health. Consider keeping a food and beverage log for at least a week if not a month to determine if there might be some food groups lacking in your diet. You should always let your health care provider or dietitian know the types of supplements you are taking. Remember that the best nutritionbased strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods. Diane Mason is county extension agent.

Students and artists exhibit A collaborative exhibition of artwork created by young artists with disabilities and local artists will be held during February at the Art on the Levee Gallery in Newport. The exhibit is part of the VSA Northern Kentucky Side By Side program, which is part of a statewide program of VSA Kentucky that promotes arts, education, and creative expression for all. It is also part of the of the Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekends presented by ArtsWave. In the program, stu-

dents take a series of classes that are followed by one-on-one collaborative sessions with area artists, this being the inspiration for the title, Side by Side. The exhibitions typically include the student’s work, the artist’s work, and their collaborative pieces. The young visual artists from Side by Side in Northern Kentucky are from Rising Star Studios, a program of New Perceptions in Edgewood. “Rising Star Studios had such a good time with this partnership with VSA

Kentucky and Art on the Levee last year and is pleased to be a part of the team again this year,” said Rising Star Studios coordinator, Brenda Zechmeister. “The students and their families really enjoyed last year’s opening reception and seeing their artwork in a professional setting.” Regular exhibition hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the Art on the Levee Gallery at 859-261-5770.



Colleges compete in splint off St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Patterson Medical and Advanced Technologies have invited students from the College of Mount St. Joseph’s physical therapy, Xavier University’s occupational therapy programs, and the University of Cincinnati’s physical therapy to duel in plastic at the Cincinnati area’s third annual Crosstown Splint Off Thursday, Feb. 20. “Many of these students have no idea how to use splinting materials when they start helping patients,” said Meg Robinson, St. Elizabeth occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. “This friendly competition will give them a chance to feel comfort-

able with the material before having to put it on a person.” Occupational therapists use activity and exercise to help patients restore ability to return to work or job duties and improve self-care skills following an injury or illness. Recovery often includes splinting. Physical therapists also may have to splint a patient. “It’s tricky to use thermoplastic because it hardens quickly. You have to form the splint material to conform to a particular body part during the three to five minutes that the material is flexible. You wait too long and you have to reheat or the splint might not fit,” said Robinson, who noticed students

struggling to shape splints during yearly lectures at Xavier. “We want therapy students to feel more comfortable with splinting, learn the basic qualities of various splint materials and most of all not be so nervous, and have fun!” The three- to fourmember teams that vie in the Splint Off will build a sculpture that represents a current or emerging area of therapy practice in some way. Each project must include three different splint materials and

Judging will occur in the main lobby at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Center on 560 S. Loop Road in Edgewood. Teams will present their creations to a panel of judges from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. Judges will include representatives from each school, St. Elizabeth Rehab Services and two guest judges. Students will present and explain their creations; judges will confer and award the trophy which is made of thermoplastic. Xavier’s graduate OT

program includes classroom and field-work experience, as does Mt. St. Joseph’s PT program and the University of Cincinnati’s PT program. Most OT and PT graduates are quite likely to land a job after graduation. U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts that the demand for both occupational and physical therapists could grow as much as 26 percent to 30 percent from 2008 to 2018. Mount St. Joseph has won two years in a row; this is UC’s first year competing.

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NKY Gentiva earns prestigious honor Gentiva’s Northern Kentucky branch recently was named a 2013 Home Healthcare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Honors recipient, an award recognizing those home health agencies that provide the best patient experience. Established by Deyta, this annual honor recognizes the top 20 percent of agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view. HHCAHPS Honors acknowledges the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care during a 12-month period. Deyta used the HHCAHPS survey results from more than1,200 eligible home health agencies contained in its

no more than four nonsplint components. Projects must demonstrate the draping, molding, and bonding ability of the materials, include a cylinder or curved structure, contain some square edges, and represent the school. The project base can’t exceed 8.5 inches by 11 inches. The structures will be judged on uniqueness and originality, aesthetic and professional quality (smoothness, neatness, craftsmanship), materials selection, complexity and intricacy.

HHCAHPS database with an evaluation period of April 2012 to March 2013. Two domains of performance were used in the calculations covering the 19 questions that comprise the five publicly reported HHCAHPS measures found on Home Health Compare. Qualifications for eligibility included those HHAs that were compliant and partnered with Deyta for the evaluation period. Northern Kentucky branch director Julianne Brown, RN credits the branch’s staff of nurses and therapists for this honor: “Both the management and the clinical staff are highly tenured and put the patient and their families first. We are proud of our staff and our ability to serve the seniors of the northern Kentucky counties of Pendleton, Grant, Kenton, Boone and Campbell.”

Community chorus looking for singers The Florence Community Chorus is looking for people who love to sing. The chorus, now entering its 27th year, is open to men and women over high school age. “There is no charge or audition to join the chorus, but I hope you can carry a tune,” said Director Don Whitis The chorus meets 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Florence Government Center on Ewing Blvd. in Florence. Musical selections range from spirituals to pop, “but we don’t do rap,” says Whitis. He is currently selecting numbers for the spring concert season, including “For Good,” a popular song from the musical production “Wicked.” Chorus membership hovers at around 30 members, and many singers began in grade or high school or with church choirs. The chorus performs at a variety of places – civic functions, church events, business and family gatherings, weddings, funerals, and private parties. The chorus frequently light-

ens hearts at nursing homes, especially at Christmas. The chorus has had some interesting singing experiences over the years, from the sublime to the ridiculous. It has fared well in adjudicated concerts and sung at the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Devou Park band shell, and NKU’s Greeves Auditorium. At the other end of the spectrum, the chorus sang an early gig at a superstore opening where the singers stood precariously on risers next to frozen food cases while shoppers jostled by with grocery carts. “It’s all about music, friendship, and fun,” Whitis said. The chorus is sponsored in large part by the city of Florence but is open to singers from any community. To join, visit a Thursday rehearsal, or contact the venue coordinator at 859-341-9063 or go to flor encechorus.blogspot. com.

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DEATHS George Bachman

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George F. Bachman, 86, of Newport, died Feb. 3, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a volunteer fireman who later became chief for the Southern Campbell County Fire District. His wife, Elizabeth Bachman, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Daniel, David and Michael Bachman; daughters, Dawn Frazier, Jo Ann Bachman and Jennifer Tomlinson; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Grants Lick.

George “Gene” Brandenburg, 81, of Independence, died Feb. 5, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. His siblings, Dan, Bonnie and Nan, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Brandenburg of Independence; children, Ken Brandenburg of Burlington, Jeannie Lester of Fort Thomas, Barbara Hoxby of Florence, Connie Gross of Alexandria, John Brandenburg of Maineville, Ohio, and Craig Brandenburg of Walton; and sister, Mary Meek; and 13 grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Suite 202, Florence, KY, 41042.

Nicholas Boberg Nicholas Alan Boberg, 68, of Cold Spring, died Jan. 30, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a meat cutter with Meijer Supermarket in Cold Spring, worked for Avril’s Meats in Cincinnati, was the former owner and operator of The Butcher Shop in Bellevue, member of Mother of God Church, and a Navy Veteran. His sisters, Claire Boberg and LaVerne Schute; and brothers, Ken and Rick Boberg, died previously. Survivors include his Wife, Sharon; son, Tom Boberg of Bellevue; daughters, Molly Rand of Indianapolis, and Nichol Boberg of Wilder; sisters, Sr. Joan Marie Boberg CDP of Melbourne, Rose Welscher of Cold Spring, Diane Beck of Cincinnati, Pam Wagner of Melbourne, and Lynn Mowery of Cold Spring; brothers, Jack and Dan Boberg, both of Cold Spring, and Steve Boberg of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Emergency Cold Shelter of N. Ky., 634 Scott St., Covington, KY 41011-2416; or Robin Fugate Evernham Scholarship Fund, caro of Newport Central Catholic High School, 13 Carothers Road, Newport, KY 41071.

John Campbell John S.”Jack” Campbell, 87, of Highland Heights, died Jan. 31, at his residence. He was a dockman for several local trucking companies, a machinist for the C&O Railroad, member of the Newport Elks Lodge No. 273, lifelong member of Father DeJaco Knights of Columbus Council, avid boater who enjoyed many hours on the Ohio River with family and friends, retired teamster, member of St. Joseph Church, Cold Spring, and a Navy veteran of World War II. His brothers, Tom Campbell and Jerry Campbell; and sisters, Peggy Sweitzer and Ann Schroder, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Norma Campbell of Highland Heights; son, Tim Campbell of Alexandria; brother, Richard Campbell of North Carolina; sisters, Patricia Buemi of Newport, and Rose Goetz of Fishers, Ind.; and two granddaughters. Memorials: Newport Elks Lodge No. 273 Scholarship Fund, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Clyde Caudill Clyde Caudill, 76, of Cold Spring, died Feb. 1, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He was a Navy veteran, owner

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Edward Chatman Edward E. “Gene” Chatman, 83, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 31, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a conductor for the C&O Railroad, attended Immanuel Church of the Nazarene in Highland Heights, was a graduate of Lewis County High School, was a Kentucky Colonel, was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and loved gardening, church and spending time with his family. His brothers, George Martin Chatman and Charles Chatman; and sister, Naomi Evans, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Janet Chatman of Fort Thomas; daughters, Sherrie Hampton of Fort Thomas, and Kathy Bittner of Fort Thomas; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Immanuel Church of the Nazarene, 33 Renshaw Road, Highland Heights, KY 41076.

Mary Dutle Mary “Gertrude” Dutle, 87, of Newport, died Jan. 30, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired loan officer with US Bank, and member of St. Therese Parish in Southgate. Her sister, Janet Herbol; and brothers, Dutch and Howard Dutle, died previously. Survivors include her son, David Dutle of Southgate; sisters, Dorothy Oldiges of Camp Springs, and Mary Ann Fisk of Florida; and one grandson. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Volunteer Services, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017; or SPCA (Society for the

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Susan Gabennesch Susan R. Gabennesch, 57, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 1, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was an assistant wardrobe mistress with Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati for 27 years, and member of First Baptist Church of Fort Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Steve Gabennesch, and son, Chris Gabennesch. Memorials: Susan R. Gabennesch Memorial Fund, care of Fifth Third Bank, 131 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Robert Gillispie Robert Harold “Bob” Gillispie, 90, of Newport, died Feb. 3, in Fort Thomas. He was retired from Wadsworth Electric Company, and was a World War II veteran. His wife, Margaret Gillispie; sister, Irene Platt; and brother, John Gillispie, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Dessie Davis of Taylor Mill; brother, Sonny Bishop of Falmouth; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Carolan Griffith Carolan Griffith, 64, of Newport, died Feb. 2, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Kenner Griffith of Newport; sons, Jason Griffith of Newport, Brian Griffith of Morning View, and Greg Griffith of Newport; daughter, Stephanie Rojas of Erlanger; sisters, Junetta Mack, Faye Dillenger and Janice Holbrook; brother, Victor Ratliff; 17 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.

Clarence Hamblin Clarence E. Hamblin, 53, of Taylor Mill, died Jan. 30, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

He was the owner of Eugene’s Auto Service in Erlanger, and later worked for Carthage Auto Sales. Survivors include his daughter, Dorena Hamblin of Wilder; brother, Dexter Hamblin Jr. of Erlanger; sister, Debbie Webber of Covington; longtime companion, Jaimie Smith of Taylor Mill; and one granddaughter.

Edward Hayes Edward R. Hayes, 67, of Dayton, Ky., died Jan. 27, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired delivery man with Office Furniture in Cincinnati, Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, member of Kersten O’Day VFW, and member and past president of the Dayton Eagles. His wife, Diane Hayes; stepsons, Jeffery and Robert Williams; and brother, Eldon Hayes, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Trilda Pierce; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was at Oak Hills Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: Dayton Eagles, 634 5th Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.

Loretta Kammerer Loretta Kammerer, 80, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 27. She was a keypunch operator at RL Polk, Williams Directory, the IRS, and the Hartford Insurance Co., was a homemaker, a founding member of the Licking Valley Quilters Guild, and was an avid reader. Survivors include her husband, Frank; children, Frank, Linda and Michael; sister, Catherine Coyle of Barbourville; brothers, Robert Meyers of Dayton, Ky., and James Meyers of Indianapolis; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice of Northern Kentucky.

Kent Kaufman Kent Gerard Kaufman, 52, of Villa Hills, died Jan. 29, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a manager with Pilot Home Center (Hess & Racke) in Alexandria, was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Crescent

Springs, and enjoyed rebuilding antique cars and remodeling homes. Survivors include his wife, Sally Kaufman of Villa Hills; daughter, Allison Rose Gerhardstein of Villa Hills; son, Bradley David Kaufman of Villa Hills; parents, Fred and Etta Kaufman of Cold Spring; sisters, Kristina Bihl of Highland Heights, and Kathleen Painter of Fort Thomas; brother, Kevin Kaufman of Grants Lick; and one grandson. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Henry Nehus Jr. Henry J. Nehus Jr., 81, of Cold Spring, died on Jan. 31, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a veteran of the Korean War, was a member of VFW Post 3205, American Legion post 0219 and the Knights of Columbus, was retired from P&G, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. His daughter, Denise; and brothers, Robert and William, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Elaine; sons, Robin and Rodney; brother, John; sisters, Mary Ann Studer, Helen Wendling, Barb Enzweiler, Catherine Sendelbach and Rose Bacon; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Camp Springs. Memorials: Passionist Nunn’s of Erlanger, St. Mary Catholic Church.

Rose Sutliff Rose Kathryn Sutliff, 64, of Bellevue, died Dec. 16, 2013. Her sisters, Nancy Young and Barbara Switser, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Kurtis Sutliff of Bellevue; son, Orville Cole III of Florida; sisters, Cora Downard of Texas, Betty Long of Cynthiana, Mary Sprott of Bellevue, Paula Scott of Erlanger, Carol McMillan of Bellevue, and Sharon Teegarden of DeMossville.

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DEATHS James Ogden James F. “Jim” Ogden, 82, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 4, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a lawyer for 42 years, moderator of the Northern Kentucky Baptist Association, board member of Holly Hill Children’s Home and Evergreen Cemetery, a deacon, Sunday school teacher and lay worship leader at the First Baptist Church of Newport, and served in the Army as a rifle instructor during the Korean Conflict. His daughter, Darinda Lynn Ogden-Nilsen, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Staggs Ogden; and sisters, Ruth DeJarnette of Fort Thomas and Vera Lee Henson of Southgate. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: First Baptist

Church of Newport, 801 York St., Newport, KY 41071.

Edwin Parks Edwin L. Parks, 85, of Florence, formerly of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 3. He was a barber for many years in Fort Thomas, retired as assistant administrator for Oak Pavilion Nursing Facility in Cincinnati, was a veteran of the Navy, Army and Air Force, taught Sunday School for most of his adult life at Highland Heights Baptist, First Baptist Fort Thomas, and Florence Baptist at Mount Zion, was an avid UK basketball fan, lifetime member of Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge 808, and a Kentucky Colonel. His brothers, Lester Parks and Morris Parks, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Emma West Parks; son, Dwight Parks; daughter, Janet Mullikin;

POLICE REPORTS BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Joshua E. Morris, 24, 417 5th St., warrant, Dec. 29. Adam J. Haller, 19, 1023 5th Ave., loitering, trafficking controlled substance, unlawful transaction with minor, Dec. 20. Chad Edwards Lay, 41, 506 Main St., possession of controlled substance, warrant, Dec. 23. Daniel Stull, 28, 256 Taylor Ave., unlawful transaction with minor, trafficking controlled substance, Dec. 23. Justin A. Spradlin, 22, 1625 Woodhills Court, No. 9, possession of controlled substance, Dec. 28. Mona L. Issacs, 54, homeless, criminal possession of forged instrument, Jan. 13. Michael Schunk, 49, 304 Poplar St. No. 2, theft and public intoxication, Jan. 13. Joseph Anthony Daniel, 28, 11367 Persimmon Pike, criminal possession of forged instru-

ment, theft and warrant, Jan. 14. Dewayne Mcnear, 49, homeless, criminal possession of forged instrument, Jan. 16. Adam D. Childers, 43, 217 W. 12th St., possession of forged instrument and theft, Jan. 16. Christina Ann Atlavge, 40, , possession of controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence, Jan. 17. Donald Rardin, 20, 446 Clark St., burglary and unlawful transaction, Jan. 16. Michael F. Vice, 27, 322 Center St., public intoxication, Jan. 12. Ishmael Davis, 28, 2921 Queen City Ave., no license, possession of marijuana, no insurance card, careless driving, Jan. 13. Dana M. Vice, 30, 322 Center St., public intoxication, Jan. 12. Alberto Lloyd Lopez Rivera, 29, , possession of marijuana, Jan. 17. Robert B. Seiter, 47, 243 Walnut St., leaving scene of accident, failure to notify of address

brothers, James Parks of Elizabethtown, and Homer Parks of Fairfield, Calif.; five grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105,

Margaret Rust Margaret Irene Rust, 92, of DeMossville, died Feb. 5. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Morning View, and enjoyed gardening, quilting and working with tobacco.


Her husband, Leu Curtis Rust, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Meeks and Karen Magee; sister, Mary Louise Cross; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery.

Jason Stern Jason Michael Stern, 37, of Newport, died Feb. 3. He was an Army veteran, and an aspiring musician. His father, Charles Paul Stern, died previously. Suvivors include his wife, Jessica Henry; son, Jeffrey Henry; mother, June Stern; and siblings, Teri Stern Clark, Lisa Stern Baker, Linda Stern Armstrong, Charles Paul Stern Jr., Anthony Guy Caraway and Tracy Ann Caraway Heidrich.

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Gloria Streine Webster, 62, of DeMossville, died Jan. 29, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a material handler for General Electric in Erlanger, a member of Wilmington Baptist Church, and enjoyed sewing, baking cakes, camping and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Lee Webster; son, Tommy Webster; daughter, Kelly Zumwalt; brothers, Butch Streine, Jim Streine and Dave Streine; sisters, Carol McClane and Kathy Bowman; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mary Wells, 66, of Alexandria, died Feb. 4. Survivors include her husband, Joe; children, Ricky Wells, Shelly Chenot, Suzette Wells, Bryon Wells and Cory Wells; and six grandchildren.

Joan Wiedemann Joan Banks Wiedemann, 88, of Newport, died Feb. 4, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Her husband, Carl Wiedemann, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Carl, Tom, Larry and Eric Wiedemann; daughter, Peggy Harris; 15 grandchildren, 20 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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POLICE REPORTS Jan. 23. Stacy L. Hardy, 29, 153 Ward Ave., warrant, Jan. 25.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations

Covington resident Dianne Kuhnell, left, shows off the books signed by author Jessica Fellowes.PROVIDED

‘Abbey’ author helps foundation Fans of the popular PBS show “Downton Abbey” had the chance to rub elbows with creator Julian Fellowes’ niece, author Jessica Fellowes, at a special luncheon Jan. 25. Jessica Fellowes, who wrote the books “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” and “The World of Downton Abbey,” signed copies and answered questions over lunch with a small group before her talk at the Publoic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library the same day. The luncheon was held in the Garfield Suites

Covington resident Dan Kuhnell with author Jessica Fellowes.PROVIDED

Buckeye Room in downtown Cincinnati by The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and raised almost $2,000. The library foundation’s mission is to raise and allocate funds to expand and enhance the programs and services offered by the public library. “It was a wonderful way to spend a very cold and uncertain wintry Saturday afternoon,” said Tom Osterman, one of the luncheon attendees. “I thought her start of the discussion with the singing video spoofing ‘Downton Abbey’s’ characters was hilarious.”

Ashley Tongret, a Fort Thomas resident who is director of public relations for the Cincinnati Opera, with author Jessica Fellowes.PROVIDED

Benjerman L. Gilliam, 26, 225 E. Seventh St., DUI – first offense, Feb. 1. Douglas Meyer, 49, 17073 Highway 10 N, alcohol intoxication in a public place – first and second offense, possession of marijuana, Jan. 31. Shawn D. Abney, 41, 205 Bluegrass Ave. B60N, DUI – aggravated circumstances – first offense, Feb. 1. John M. Rice, 52, 31 Custis, fourth degree assault, Feb. 2. Ronald P. Ferguson, 48, 1943 State Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place – first and second offense, Jan. 31. James Peterson, 33, Unknown, warrant, receiving stolen property under $10,0000, fleeing or evading police – first degree – motor vehicle, first degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving disregarding traffic control device, operating on suspended or revoked operators license, theft by unlawful taking under $500, Feb. 1. Jason Hiller, 36, 5291 Four Mile Road Unit 55, warrant, Feb. 3. Heather R. Baker, 40, 205 Bluegrass Ave. B60N, warrant, Feb. 1. Sherrie L. Jones, 54, 350 Bellepointe Commons, DUI – first offense, failure to wear seat belts, Jan. 31. Thomas F. Rosing, 48, 2032 Damson Dr, DUI – aggravated circumstances – first offense, Jan. 29. Donald E. Smith, 47, 35 Southview, warrant, Jan. 27. Marc G. Manning, 26, 214 Ohio Ave., public intoxication – controlled substance, Jan. 23. Phillip J. Morris, 32, 10 Kyles Lane Unit 2, fourth degree assault, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 18. Greg D. Walsh, 24, 2462 Butler Greenwood Road, second degree disorderly conduct, Jan.

19. Matthew J. Owens, 18, 766 Kinston Drive, DUI – first offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open alcohol container in motor vehicle, Jan. 20. Axel A. Dance, 31, 41 Boardwalk, DUI – aggravated circumstances – first offense, failure to notify department of transportation of address change, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, Jan. 21. Christopher J. Matisak, 30, 824 Park Ave., theft by unlawful taking $500 or more, Jan. 21.

Incidents/investigations First degree burglary Report of shotgun taken from residence at 24 Oak Ridge, Jan. 8. First degree terroristic threatening Reported at at 2400 Memorial Parkway, Jan. 15. Second degree burglary Reported at at 73 Villa Place, Jan. 15. Theft by unlawful taking $500 or more Reported at at 85 N. Grand Ave, Jan. 19. Report of musical instruments taken at 40 Devils Den, Jan. 20. Report of cellular phone taken at 85 Gettysburg Square Road, Jan. 17. Report of tools taken at 132 Churchill Drive, Jan. 26. Report of outside metal bench seat taken at 15 Kimberly Drive, Feb. 3. Third degree criminal mischief Report of automobile damaged at 115 Newman Ave., Jan. 15. Report of shelter surrounding portable toilet damaged at Rossford Avenue at Rossford Park, Jan. 31.

CAMPBELL COUNTY Arrests/citations Michael E. Morency, 29, 11665 Mary Ingles Highway, warrant, Jan. 1. Benjamin K. Plummer, 27, 4632 Nathaniel Glen Drive, warrant, Jan. 1.



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