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Dr. Mark Farley with his staff of orthodontic technicians

Expanding the extension Campbell County Extension Service will begin an expansion of its offices in Highland Heights this year as part of a 20-year plan. The extension service plans to construct a 4,000-square-foot addition for an estimated $2.3 million. The existing building has 9,000 square feet of space. The addition will include more space for offices and a large meeting room. News, A5

Mission returns to parish St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport has achieved what few churches do by regaining its status as a parish in the Diocese of Lexington. The church, whose congregation originally formed in 1844, lost its status as a parish about 40 years ago and was considered a mission. Life, B1



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Group improving community soccer park

By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — A group of local residents are turning to the community to support a project to place artificial turf on the soccer field in Fort Thomas’s Tower Park. Mark Farley, a parent of a Highlands High School soccer player, said the idea came to him after seeing many games get canceled because wear and weather made the field unplayable. “Usually by about two-thirds of the way through the season, the field is in such disrepair that games have to be canceled,” Farley said. “That affects not only the players, but the parents and families and their plans.” Installing artificial turf would be much more efficient and allow for more use of the

field year-round, Farley said. Currently other soccer organizations, like the Campbell County North Recreational Soccer Club and the Northern Kentucky Soccer Academy, use the field, so the turf will benefit far more than just the Fort Thomas community, Farley said. Jerry Wissman, the Fort Thomas Independent Schools director of operations, said the district has wanted to put synthetic turf on the field, which is the Highlands home field, for a while. “Unfortunately the district doesn’t have the money for the project with all the other needs we are facing,” Wissman said. Since district funding isn’t available, Farley and others working on the project have tried to raise funds from local residents and businesses. Through private donations, help from the HHS Boosters

and soccer club and corporate sponsorships from Wiefit in Newport and the St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine and Commonwealth Orthopedics, the group has raised about $650,000 toward the project, which is estimated to cost about $975,000. Wissman said the project has the support of the school board, who has approved the final part of the design, which is being sent to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval. Wissman said the plan is to turf the entire interior inside of the running track that surrounds the field. “This will really be beneficial to the entire community,” Wissman said. “While we can’t completely eliminate weather concerns, this will help a lot.” Besides more soccer use, more school and community activities will be able to be held on the field.

Wissman said the goal is to put bids out on the project in March and begin work, which should take eight to 12 weeks, in early spring. Depending on the company that does the field, it should last 16-20 years depending on the amount of use. A $1,000 raffle is being held to raise money for the field, with prizes including a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600 SL Convertible, a weeklong vacation at a beachfront condo in Longboat Key, Fla., and a dinner for eight at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Everyone who buys a ticket gets two tickets to the Surf and Artificial Turf Gala and a sign placed at Tower Park for one year. For more information or to buy a raffle ticket contact Mark Farley at 937-478-7787 or


Kicking up the budget Student karate lessons in Campbell County Schools are kicking up student confidence and boosting elementary school finances. The karate club has brought a total of $42,260 to Campbell County Schools. Schools, A6

Patriot Quartet The southern gospel group Patriot Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle Church, 1080 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas.

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Firefighter/paramedic Scott Shepherd gets in the Fort Thomas Fire Department's new 2011 Crimson Pumper, which arrived Tuesday, Feb. 14. The department received a $327,750 FEMA grant for part of the pumper, which cost a little more than $445,000. The new truck is the first Crimson pumper in this area and features easier access to rescue tools, more conveniently located hoses and ladders to prevent injury and a light tower, which the department didn't have in their old pumper from the early 1980s. AMANDA

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Rechtin takes over at Senior Services By Chris Mayhew

COVINGTON — The board of

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky has named Newport resident Ken Rechtin as interim executive director. Rechtin has served as Senior Services' director of programs for the last 11 months, according to a news release from the Covington-based nonprofit that serves eight Northern Kentucky counties. Rechtin is also a county commissioner for Campbell County. Rechtin replaces Barba-

ra Gunn, who served the last 11 years as the president and CEO. Gunn is no longer employed by Senior Services. As part of the new Rechtin leadership of Senior Services, Tricia Watts has been promoted to Director of Advancement, according to a news release from Senior Services. "It brings to the floor the things that I do have expertise doing," he said.

Rechtin said he will be able to use his experience managing business enterprises and systems to the job. "We do eats, rides, games and protects," Rechtin said. Nutrition is the main word when it comes to "eats," and Senior Services provides sit down group "congregate" meals at 12 sites including all eight senior centers operating in eight different Northern Kentucky counties, he said. Senior Services also provides seniors with rides in vehicles for health care visits, Rechtin said.

Library director visits councils By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Amidst the threat of lawsuits, Campbell County Public Library Director JC Morgan is stopping at city councils and school boards across the county trying to drum up support for a planned southern branch. Morgan's visits have already included meetings of the Fiscal

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Dental hygiene products going to Hosea House

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FORT THOMAS — Firstgrade students at Moyer Elementary School are learning the importance of dental hygiene and of helping others. Through a service learning project, the students are learning about proper dental health and how nutrition affects teeth. To get some expert information, the school partnered with Dr. David Rider’s dental office, who sent employee Michelle McGrath to talk to the students Feb. 14.

McGrath taught students about the proper way to brush their teeth, what causes cavities and other information about dental care. “Dr. Rider has been very generous to allow us to have this presentation and also gave toothbrushes and toothpaste to the students,” said Mary Kinsella, a first-grade teacher. Kinsella said the project falls in line with the curriculum, and is being held this month because it is National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month.

Along with learning about dental hygiene, students are also making an effort to improve dental health in the community by collecting dental hygiene products including toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, which will be donated to the Henry Hosea House in Newport. The collection effort is schoolwide, Kinsella said. Karen Yates, executive director of the Hosea House, said while the organization’s main goal is to feed those in need through their daily soup kitchen –




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and most of the budget goes toward food – they try to give out personal care items when they can. Yates said things like bath products and dental hyigene products can’t be purchased with food stamps and many families can’t afford them. “Most kids wouldn’t be excited about getting toothpaste and a toothbrush, but the kids that come to the Hosea House are,” Yates said. “I think the project these kids are doing is awesome because it gives them a chance to learn and help others at the same time.” For information about

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Court, city councils of Alexandria and Bellevue, and the Board of Education for Campbell County Schools. Class action lawsuits filed against the Campbell County library system are seeking to invalidate tax increases made since 1978. A similar suit has been filed against Kenton County’s library system. The library board was clear after buying the property about four years ago that they were serious about building a library, said Morgan during the Feb. 1 Fiscal Court meeting. Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery said people should make their comments about whether to build a branch or not if that is their concern and not file a lawsuit.

Moyer Elementary School first-graders Olivia Hahn and Noah Hodge wear toothpaste costumes as part of the class’s service learning project about dental hygiene. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

the Henry Hosea House or to donate, call 261-5857 or visit www.henryhosea Donations can be dropped off at 901 York

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“You shouldn’t use a nuclear weapon when a fly swatter will do, and that’s what is being done here.,” Pendery said. “If people love the library they wouldn’t try to put it out of existence, and that’s what the lawsuit will do if successful.” One of the people who filed the lawsuit, Charlie Coleman of Alexandria, said he didn’t appreciate Pendery’s comments. Coleman said he is not trying to destroy the library, and he didn’t appreciate being “demonized” as someone who wants to destroy libraries. It’s a point of law, he said. At the Feb. 16 Alexandria council meeting, Morgan said there are about 14,000 people live within five miles of the south branch property, which is about 2.5 miles south of city hall, he said. The library doesn’t have all the money to pay for the south branch right now,

and a proposed tax increase will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $94 annually instead of $74 each year, Morgan said. Tom Wiethorn, a member of Bellevue City Council, said he supports the idea of adding another library in the metro area, and thinks the additional cost will still make the library a bargain. People are paying pennies a day for access not only to Campbell County’s libraries, but Cincinnati’s and other area libraries, Wiethorn said. For many years the southern end of the county has subsidized library service in the north end of the county, he said. It’s time for the southern part of the county to have the same access to library services, he said. People are concerned about financial and physical health, but paying for a library is a chance to invest in minds, Wiethorn said.

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Full-day classes extend lessons

BRIEFLY The National Alliance on Mental Illness Northern Kentucky (NAMI NKY) is presenting a free course at First Christian Church in Fort Thomas from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 7. The class will help family members understand and support individuals with serious mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on the workings of the brain, the illness and medications and covers major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessivecompulsive disorder and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders. Family members, partners and friends concerned about someone with a mental illness qualify to participate. The 12-week series will end on May 23. The class is limited to 25 people and will be canceled or delayed without a minimum of 16 advance registrations. To register call 2614080. For more information, visit

Backroads tour seeks host farms

People interested in being a stop on the annual Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour in July can apply through the Campbell County Conservation District. This year's tour will be

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14. The Campbell County Farmland Work Group is responsible for the annual tour. The tour showcases the county's heritage and future with stops featuring work cattle, corn, vegetable, horse and historical farms and vineyards and wineries. To apply to be a host farm visit the Campbell County Conservation District website at Paper applications are available at the Conservation District office at 8351 E. Main St., Suite 104, Alexandria. For information call Linda Grizzell at (859) 635-9587 or email to Submit applications by 4 p.m. March 30.

By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — The extra time for students enrolled in full-day kindergarten at Campbell County Schools allows teachers to pack more into lesson time. Many school districts in Northern Kentucky don't offer full-day kindergarten, but Campbell County Schools have been committed to the idea, said Sally Kalb, assistant superintendent. Kentucky requires half-day kindergarten, but not full day. "We just believe there should be the option if someone wants it," Kalb said. Registration times for both half-day and full-day kindergarten will begin at

Talk with Sen. Rand Paul in Alexandria

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, RBowling Green, will speak and answer people’s questions at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Tea Party in Alexandria Friday, Feb. 24. The meeting will last approximately one hour. The meeting will be in the Calvin Perry Community Center, 8236 W. Main St., at 2 p.m. Paul, with Tea Party backing, was elected in 2010. Paul’s victory in the election followed the retirement of Southgate Republican Jim Bunning. Bunning had served in the U.S. Senate since 1998 after a congressional career in the house that dated back to 1986. Bunning was also enshrined in 1996 as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame .

all five elementary schools in the district during the week of March 5-9. There isn't much difference between half-day and full-day kindergarten in terms of covering all the state curriculum requirements, she said. Half-day is more condensed, Kalb said. "That's a lot to get done in that amount of time so the pace is faster," she said. The biggest focus of the curriculum is on reading and math, Kalb said. Students in half-day kindergarten also have the opportunity to participate in an activity class that might range from physical education, music or art from day-to-day, she said. Each school offers halfday programs in the morning starting at 8:30

Registration times will begin at all five elementary schools in the district during the week of March 5-9. a.m. and in the afternoon starting at 12:10 p.m., Kalb said. The jump to full-day kindergarten allows more time for each subject, she said. For instance, special activity classes are 45 minutes in full day instead of 30 minutes, Kalb said. A teacher might have time to show students one experiment during a half

Rotary seeks Citizen of Year nominees Community Recorder Florence Rotary is requesting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. For the past 16 years Florence Rotary has honored “unsung heroes and heroines” in the community. Roy Lutes was awarded the first Citizen of the Year award in 1995. Every year since, Florence Rotary has awarded the “Roy Lutes Citizen of the Year Award” to an outstanding and well-deserving individual. Rotary is now seeking nominations from throughout Northern Ken-

tucky to identify and recognize the most deserving and selfless individuals in our community. To make a nomination submit a letter containing the following information: » Name and phone number of the nominee » Narrative account of how the nominee has exhibited the Rotary Creed of “Service above Self” through their work and volunteerism in their daily activity in the community and beyond. » Your name and contact information All nominations must be received by March 16. To be eligible an individual should have exem-

plified the Rotary Creed of “Service above Self” as a lifetime achievement, not as a single significant service. The individual should live and/or work in Florence or the eight counties of Northern Kentucky comprised of Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Pendleton, Carroll and Owen counties. Think of those people in your community that have consistently gone out of their way to help others, to set an example, and who make this area a better place in which to live. Those are the people Rotary would like to recognize. Submit your nomina-

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Campbell bridge needs to be replaced New span will cost the county more than $90K By Jeff McKinney

GUBSER MILL — A deterioratingbridgealongCalifornia Crossroad that runs over Twelve Mile Creek will likely cost Campbell County more than $90,000 to replace.

County Administrator RobertHorinesaidthecounty has been ordered by state highway officials to decrease the bridge’s weight limit to three tons from the standard 18 tons for county roads. The county was instructed to restrict traffic to one lane, from two previously, down the center of the 16foot wide bridge. He said California Crossroad has an average traffic count under 1,000 vehicles

daily and is used mostly by residents in the area. The county was notified by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet late last month to make the changes after state highway engineers conducted an inspection. Horine said the order has caused the Campbell County School District and Sts. Peter & Paul School to change their bus routes to avoid the bridge. “That’sthebiggestdefect

with this because it forced those schools to make adjustments on how they pick up and drop off children,” Horine said. He said a beam on one side of the bridge is deteriorating and another beam that rests on an abutment on the other side is in danger of collapsing. Horine said the state also recommended the bridge be replaced altogether and the county intends to do so. It was built in 1923 and rebuilt

in the 1970s. Seven concrete beams support it. “The deterioration has happened relatively recently,” Horine said. He said the county has the option to replace the bridge where it is or move it slightly upstream and eliminate a bad curve on the road coming from the west. Horine said the state estimates it will cost the county up to $90,000 to replace the bridge where it is, but relocating the bridge would be

more expensive. The county is having engineersworkonadesignand cost estimate for moving it up stream. The county hopes to get the engineers’ report back soon and a date has not been set for the replacement. Horine said the county will first seek outside funding such as a stage grant to pay for the replacement. He said if that fails the county will explore other financing options.

New truck helps Alexandria’s CARE Mission By Chris Mayhew

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to provide routine maintenance including oil changes, he said. "This cooperative effort by the local business community enables us to put something on the road, keep it running, and tell people who were are,” Sell said. “We are very blessed to have these kinds of stakeholders.” Volunteers make trips to pick up donations from the Freestore Foodbank and other locations about four or five times a week, said Sandy Daunt, of Alexandria, volunteer director of the mission. The mission previously used an old van that needed maintenance, Daunt said. Linda Flora, of Highland Heights, returned with a truck full of almost a dozen plastic bins filled with hundreds of pounds of food donated by an area grocery store Thursday, Feb. 9. Flora said she drives to pick up donations for the CARE Mission once a week, and the new truck has made it easier to load and unload items.



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9/11 memorial fundraisers set By Nancy Daly

An NCAA tournament fundraiser, a concert by a Beatles tribute band and a standup comedy night are being planned to raise funds for the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. The 9/11 Memorial project was launched last March to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to represent all Northern Kentucky communities. It will be loLaBarbara cated next to the Kenton County Memorial at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road in Crescent Springs. Organizers hope to dedicate the memorial in September 2012. A $150,000 capital campaign is under way to raise funds for the memorial. The granite monument will be pentagonal in shape and include renderings of the Twin Towers. It will be created by Nancy Holian of Holian Granite and Bronze of Florence and will include a piece of

steel from the World Trade Center obtained last February by the Crescent Springs Villa Hills Fire/ EMS. So far, the following fundraisers are planned for the 9/11 Memorial Project: » The public can buy $10 tickets for “Hoops Mania,” a fundraiser during the NCAA tournament, said committee member Lou Hartfiel of Crescent Springs. Call Hartfiel at 859-816-1516 to buy tickets. » A Comedy Night at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves Concert Hall on March 23 will be titled “Stand Up for 9/11” and hosted by Jim LaBarbara, local broadcasting legend known as “The Music Professor.” Tickets for the fundraiser are $20. » On April 21, a Beatles tribute concert by The Sweet Beats will raise funds for the 9/11 project at a site to be announced. » A June 8 golf outing at Eagle Creek Country Club will include drinks, food, door prizes, silent auction and split the pot. Eighteen-hole sponsorships cost $65 and foursomes are $65 each.

In addition, 9/11 Memorial Project donations can be made in boxes at all Walgreens locations in Northern Kentucky. “We would like to stress we’re asking if everyone in Northern Kentucky could donate at least $1 this memorial could be a reality,” Hartfiel said. “Of course we’d like larger donations, too, and that could be Northern Kentucky’s gift to the memorial to honor those that were affected on Sept. 11, 2001,” he said. Schneller Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has supported efforts to build the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. During January the company donated $84 from the sale of each furnace. “We’re trying to get other businesses involved,” Hartfiel said. The committee wants to hear from schools that would like to get involved. Donations may be sent to NKY 9/11 Memorial, Crescent Springs City Building, 739 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs KY 41017. Make checks payable to NKY 9/11 Memorial. The group’s website is

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Campbell County Extension Service will begin an expansion of its offices in Highland Heights this year as part of a 20-year plan. Campbell County Fiscal Court approved a memorandum of understanding to transfer a portion of the property from the county's controltotheextensionservice where part of the project will be constructed. The extension service plans to construct a 4,000square-foot addition for an estimated $2.3 million. The existing building has 9,000 square feet of space. The addition will include more space for offices and a large meeting room. The county property being transfered to the extension service will allow for the construction of more parking, said Melissa Williams, director of administration at the Feb. 1 meeting. The additional property will be added to the area the extension service is using on a 99-year lease from the county, Williams said. The extension service's districtboardhadaDecember meeting to update the people involved in the planning process for the addition, said DJ Scully, Campbell County extension agent for natural resources and environmental management. The idea of the addition has been in the works for years including forming an advisory group of people and public meetings to gather ideas from the public about future plans for

The back of the Campbell County Extension Service office in Highland Heights, at far left, will be extended outward with a lower-level meeting room and more offices in 2012. The existing community educational garden in the foreground will remain intact. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

the extension service, Scully said. Part of the plans for the addition include adding more staff during the next five years, he said. "The resolution does statetheFiscalCourtissupportive of the decision, and they know what great lengths we’ve gone to involve the public," Scully said. The extension service has taken the compensating tax rate adjustment for thepast10yearsandhasthe capital in place to pay for the project, he said. The extension service is workingonwrappingupsecuring a bond for the project and is looking to bid out the construction project in March so construction can start this year, Scully said. The plan is for the twostoryadditiontoexpandthe offices out towards the lake, he said. A lower-level meeting room will be created with windows overlooking the lake, Scully said. The addition, which will be built into a hillside, will have a second floor that expands the office area on the

same level as the existing building, he said. Part of the expansion will include a new demonstration kitchen, Scully said. Family and Consumer Science food preparation classesarepopularwiththe public, he said. The extension service will also extend the parking lot where the Campbell County Farmers Market sets up in what is now a grassy area in frontoftheeducationalgardens,Scullysaid.Theintention is to let the farmers market vendors use the expanded space, he said. Scully said the extension services' programming will continue throughout construction as usual. “We don’t expect it to cause us to close," he said. "We will remain open during the construction."


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NKY Catholic high school theaters collaborate for Diocesan Arts Project By Amanda Joering Alley

Sarah Becraft of Cold Spring, a fourth-grader at Crossroads Elementary School, matches the names on the Valentine's Day cards she has to give with the decorative mailboxes and bags on the hallway floor prior to a classroom party Tuesday, Feb. 14. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cold Spring school keeps Valentine’s Day tradition By Chris Mayhew

COLD SPRING — Valentine’s Day at Crossroads Elementary School in Cold Spring is one day students get a sweetheart deal. The day’s hour-long Valentine’s Day party is one of only a couple chances students get to relax and simply have fun in the classroom, said Principal Kim Visse. Visse said it’s a tradition, and part of making a memorable childhood experience. Lisa Poor’s fourth-grade class dashed about the hallways at the end of the school day Feb. 14 and slipped handmade and printed Valentine’s Day cards into homemade card mailboxes – many decorated in bright pink or yellow. “They have the choice of bringing Valentines, and most kids do,” said Poor. “Some of them have little treats at-

tached.” The school also had one day of “friendship grams” where student bought and sent notes to secret admirers for a school fundraiser, she said. Kelly Beck, of Cold Spring, like many other parents, attended the he child’s Valentine’s Day classroom party. Beck said she helped her daughter Izzy, a fourth-grader in Poor’s class, make her own Valentines instead of going to the store. “She actually did homemade Valentines and little grab bags with little candies and pencils,” Beck said. Izzy said she loved making her Valentine’s cards using pieces of colored note paper. Fourth-grader Sarah Becraft, of Cold Spring, had a wide smile as she opened her box of Valentines. “Yeah, they said nice stuff about me, and they had tasteful stuff in there,” Becraft said.

COLLEGE CORNER Campbell students graduate from UofL

The following students graduated from the University of Louisville during December commencement: Andrew Bardgett, bachelor of science; Cristyn Collier, bachelor of science; Mallery Dunn, bachelor of arts; Matthew Hahn, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Stephanie Hilgefort, bachelor of science in business administration; Matthew Holthaus, bachelor of science in civil engineering; Jeremy Jones, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Natalie Melnyk, bachelor of science in nursing; Lauren Schlosser, bachelor of science; and Jarred Stahlhut, bachelor of science in

business administration.

Agard named to honor roll

Hannah Agard of Fort Thomas earned honor roll status for the fall 2011 term at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Agard is a member of the class of 2012.

UofL dean’s scholars

The following students were named dean's scholars at the University of Louisville. Allison Arrowood, Jessica Bartlett, Laura Bueter, Michael Enzweiler, Justin Fischesser, Ian Hamilton, Brian Hogle, Shannon Mackenzie, Samuel McCord, Dane Michael, Emily Nordling and Meghan Waters.

Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Covington are working together to promote and empower their drama and arts departments through a new program. Through the Diocesan Arts Project the schools, including Newport Central Catholic, Bishop Brossart, St. Henry, Notre Dame Academy, Holy Cross, St. Patrick, Villa Madonna and Covington Catholic will be partnering in various aspects involved in theatrical and artistic events. The initial funding of $2,000 for the program is coming from St. Joseph Drama Club in Cold Spring. Kevan Brown, director of NCC’s drama department and St. Joseph’s drama club, said this collaboration is something he’s wanted to do for years. “These schools do a lot of simi-

lar shows through the years,” Brown said. “We can save money and time by sharing and working together.” Through the program, the school will work together to promote a series of shows being held at each school in February through May. The shows include Oklahoma at Holy Cross, Damn Yankees at Villa Madonna, Another Night on Broadway at St. Henry, Crazy for You at Brossart, Hairspray at NCC, Grease at St. Patrick’s and Once on the Island at Notre Dame with Covington Catholic. Also, the schools will be sharing ideas, costumes, props, set pieces and other elements of show production. Brown said at the end of the year, all the schools will come together for an end-of-the-year showcase featuring songs, scenes and art displays from all the schools at Memorial Hall at St. Joseph on Thursday, May 10.

Brown said the project is a great thing from all the schools involved and will be a good networking tool for the students. “We have a lot of Catholic schools in this area, but the only time they really socialize together is in a competitive nature and sporting events,” Brown said. “This project gives everyone a chance to really work together.” Brown said eventually, he hopes the project can raise enough money to have a central warehouse where schools can store costumes, props and more, which will be open to all Catholic high schools and elementary schools in the diocese. Opportunities for further sponsorships and funding are still available. For more information, contact Kevan Brown at or attend the next planning meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the theater at Notre Dame Academy.

Karate clubs a kicker for Campbell school budgets By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Student karate lessons in Campbell County Schools are kicking up student confidence and boosting elementary school finances. Julia Woods of Martial Arts America in Wilder donated the lesson fees for the karate clubs she teaches each year at elementary schools in the district back to the school, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. "That’s just her way of giving back, and that’s amazing,” Hale said of Woods. Woods’ donations are on top of the lessons teaching boys and girls respect and self-discipline with the added health benefits of exercise, Hale said. Karate also provides a financial benefit for the schools, she said. The karate club has brought a total of $42,260 to Campbell County Schools. All elementary schools in the district have karate clubs, Hale said. Campbell Ridge Elementary has offered five sessions of karate over the last three years. The school used the about $5,000 raised to buy technology in classrooms, pay a portion of a paraeducator’s salary, and buy books and supplies, Hale said. Grants Lick Elementary School has received $1,605 from Woods for this year’s karate lessons, and a total of $7,805 during the course of four years, said Principal Amity Kukla. The School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) ultimately decides how to spend the money, but the plan is to buy new technology for the upcoming year, Kukla said. Not only is it a great and easy fundraiser, but also it builds students’ character, she said. “I was in a first grade classroom yesterday, and a student responded, ‘Yes Ma’am’ to a teacher,” Kukla said. “Our kids are almost always very polite, but the ‘ma’am’ is required at karate club.” Woods was at Reiley Ele-

From left, Zachary Jackson, Ava Wilhelm, and Lawson Trapp, students at Reiley Elementary School in Alexandria, yell "Hi Ya" as they swing into a defensive posture and follow the lead of instructor Julia Woods, far right, of Martial Arts America in Wilder, during a Thursday, Feb. 16, lesson in the school gym. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

From left, Scott Jackson, a parent at Reiley Elementary School, holds a board as Michael McClendon, a seventh-grader, of Fort Thomas and a junior instructor for Julia Woods' elementary school karate lessons, breaks a board in two pieces with a kick in the gym at Reiley Thursday, Feb. 16. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER mentary School in Alexandria Thursday, Feb. 16, teaching karate lessons to about 50 students. Students shouted the word “respect” to Woods in response to her question of what was the word for the day for everyone. “Respect is how we like to be what?” said Woods to the students. “Treated,” was yelled back by the students. Scott Jackson of Alexandria watched his son Zachary, a second-grader at Reiley, thrust a fist outward and shouting a traditional “Hi Ya” as part of the

lesson. Jackson said he and his wife Shoyna both decided to take adult karate lessons because of the impact it has had on their son. “We thought it looked like great exercise, and it helped him focus and his confidence went up tremendously,” Jackson said. Karate has made Zachary more comfortable talking with people, he said. “It’s been good for his self confidence, and he was a shy child,” Jackson said.



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EXINGTON — With team

glory already won, Mason Franck only had to worry about personal pride. For a second-straight Saturday, Franck ended a postseason wrestling tournament in the best way possible, as the Campbell County High School senior won the state championship in the 285-pound division Feb. 18 at Alltech Arena. Franck beat Terrell Moore of Tates Creek 1-0 in the championship final, the last match of the evening, to win his first state championship. Franck had lost in the final last year. “It feels pretty good considering last year I fell one point short so this was a great way to end my career,” he said. “ He maneuvered out of Moore’s grip for a one-point escape midway through the third period, winning a situation Franck said easily could have resulted in points for his foe. “Nothing was going to stop me, and that’s what I did,” Franck said. “I tried to take him down and then tried to protect myself, make sure I didn’t get taken down. He was strong, strong as an ox.” Franck ended 25-3. The win capped the team state championship for the Camels, their fourth overall and first since 2004. Campbell scored196, 20 more than runnerup Union County. “It was a stressful year, a long year, but it’s still as exciting as the first one was,” said head coach Mike Bankemper. “The same type of kids, they were excited, so it was great.” Senior Garth Yenter finished a perfect 65-0 after beating Nick Paden of Larue County 8-4 in the 120-pound final. Yenter leaves Campbell with two state titles and a potential Division I schol-

Campbell County senior Garth Yenter won the state championship at 120 pounds. He accepts the award from his head coach Mike Bankemper at the 2012 Kentucky state meet in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Steven Maggard of Campbell County, left, wrestles Davon Adams of Central. Maggard won the match. The Kentucky state wrestling championships were Feb. 18, 2012 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

arship. He is looking at Michigan State and Boston University, among others. “It’s huge for us,” Yenter said. “We worked so hard all year, practicing, blood, sweat and tears. We’ve had some good teams since I was a freshman and this year we got it done.” Yenter’s win locked up the team title. His final match as a Camel took a while as the match stopped four times in the first two periods because Paden was bleeding. “I didn’t wrestle my best match, but the state finals, a win is a win, so it was good,” Yenter said. “It threw me off my rhythm. I’m ready to go, about to

take him down, then it’s blood time. It’s hard to keep your pace up when you keep having to stop, but I did my best.” Campbell had four individual titles for the first time in team history. The other two were brothers Stephen and Austin Myers, who were in their first month as Camels after transferring from Grant County. Both plan on spending the summer at national event. Stephen, who won an Ohio state championship last year, won 24-5 in the 152-pound final over Lane Jones of Walton-Verona. The junior finished 19-0 for the season. He had won his previous matches by pin in a total of

Campbell County won its first team championship since 2004 and fourth overall. The 2012 Kentucky state meet in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Austin Myers of Campbell County, top, wrestles Chris Fitzpatrick of Anderson County. Myers won the match Feb. 18 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER 7 minutes, 6 seconds, winning an award for the least time. His first three wins all came in the first minute of play. “It feels good,” he said. “In regions I don’t think I was there physically, but here I was pretty close to top shape. I felt good. Everybody wrestled tough, and I just wrestled hard and pulled out some good wins.” Austin, a freshman, won 4-0 over Drew Newberry of Larue County in the 220-pound final to finish 18-0. “I have good partners like Mason Franck and I’ve been trying to get into condition to wrestle,” Austin said. “I got tired in my regional championship match but otherwise it’s been good.” Junior Paul Hamilton lost the final at 138 pounds, 11-3 to Trinity’s John Fahy, who won his fourth state title and was named most outstanding wrestler of the meet. Hamilton finished 57-8 for the seaso. Sophomore Sean Fausz was third at 126, losing in the semis to the eventual state champ. He was 65-4 for the year. Sophomore Stephen Maggard won three matches at 106

and was 41-27 for the year. Winning twice were Bryan Spahr at 113 (16-6), Corbin Woods at 132 (45-22), Dustin Turner at 160 (31-19) and Eli Matthews at 170 (43-18). Brett Keeton was 1-2 at 182 (42-19) and Kody Key was 0-2 at 195 (24-22). Key is the lone senior in addition to the two state champs. Bankemper knew his team had good depth when it finished second at the Greater Miami tournament in Dayton, Ohio. “We knew we were a better tournament team than a dual team,” Bankemper said. “The bigger the tournament, the better. You put five in the finals, that’s the kind of thing that wins tournaments.” Like most elite wrestlers, Yenter is not satisfied with any win and will soon focus on getting better at the next level. “I’ve been wrestling since I was 3 years old, and it’s my life, basically,” he said. “I’ll probably start practicing next week. It’s all I do. I love it. There’s no sport like it where it’s just you and the other guy. You have to be mentally tough to go out there and wrestle every day. I wouldn’t be the same guy without it.”


This week’s MVP

» Campbell County senior Garth Yenter for winning his second state wrestling title with a perfect record.

Boys basketball

» Bellevue beat Calvary 8147 Feb. 17. Branden Hoffman scored 34 points. Bellevue sent its seniors off on a winning note, using a season-high 13 3-point field goals to help propel them to a 72-53 Senior Night victory over Covington Latin Feb. 18. » Campbell County beat St. Henry 58-48 Feb. 14. Nate McGovney had 20 points. Campbell beat Ryle 63-60 to improve to 16-10 on Feb. 16. Corey Holbrook scored 26 points and McGovney 20.

» Highlands beat Beechwood 57-42 Feb. 17. Luke Turner scored 25 points. » Newport beat Bracken County 75-36 to improve to 15-13 Feb. 18.

District finals

» 36th (Dayton): Boys 7 p.m. Saturday, girls 7 p.m. Friday. » 37th (CCMS): Boys 7 p.m. Friday, girls 7 p.m. Thursday.


» The list of local qualifiers for the state meet Feb. 23-25 in Louisville. The number is the rank of the entry among the 32 qualifiers based on regional performance. Boys 200 medley relay: 3. CCH, 16. Dixie, 18. Ryle, 20. Highlands. 200 free: 12. Mikey Summe (CCH), 15. Conner Downard (Highlands), 24. Zach Smith

(CCH), 28. Austin Haney (Beechwood), 29. Mayson Hurtt (Highlands), 30. Connor Bright (Dixie), 31. Evan Dulaney (Dixie). 200 IM: 1. Max Williamson (CCH), 11. Cole Garriott (Dixie), 22. Chase Vennefron (CCH), 26. Chris Weinstein (Beechwood), 27. Jacob Mader (Brossart), 32. Liam Galloway (Ryle) 2:08.18. 500 free: 4. Max Williamson (CCH), 12. Conner Downard (Highlands), 13. Chris Weinstein (Beechwood), 15. Zach Smith (CCH), 20. Austin Haney (Beechwood), 21. Mayson Hurtt (Highlands), 22. Connor Bright (Dixie), 28. T.J. Albright (Ryle). 100 breaststroke: 12. Chase Vennefron (CCH), 16. Mikey Summe (CCH), 28. Jacob Mader (Brossart), 32. Trey Zimmerman (Dixie). 400 free relay: 9. CCH, 10. Dixie, 21. Ryle, 23. Highlands.

Girls 200 medley relay: 4. NDA, 14. Beechwood, 17. Cooper, 20. Highlands, 26. Dixie, 29. Ryle. 200 free: 15. Markie Duffy (Scott), 20. Maddie Heist (Beechwood), 22. Kandis Arlinghaus (Cooper), 24. Shelby Whitt (Highlands), 28. Katherine Redden (Highlands), 30. Bray Zimmerman (Beechwood), 31. Madeline Huber (Highlands). 50 free: 2. MacKenzie Margroum (NDA), 18. Kirsten Larson (Calvary), 26. Natalie Schultz (Highlands), 28. Katie Mauntel (St. Henry), 29. Samantha Bosshammer (Cooper), 30. Mollie Bushelman (Beechwood). Diving: 3. Carly Hill (Highlands), 4. Meredith Brownell (Ryle), 6. Carly Scheper (NDA), 8. Madison Rylee (Beechwood), 12. Karly Crail (NDA), 13. Syd-

ney Bouras (Highlands), 19. Bridget Fallis (Scott), 22. Clair Brunson (NDA), 24. Caroline Schilling (Beechwood), 25. Karly Brungs (Boone), 27. Maeghen Knox (Boone), 29. Lindsey Fox (Scott). 100 free: 1. MacKenzie Margroum (NDA), 3. Annie Davies (Beechwood), 23. Samantha Bosshammer (Cooper), 25. Natalie Schultz (Highlands), 26. Kandis Arlinghaus (Cooper). 500 free:1. Sharli Brady (Cooper), 17. Maddie Heist (Beechwood), 21. Shelby Whitt (Highlands), 22. Jessica Peck (NDA), 24. Katherine Redden (Highlands), 26. Madeline Huber (Highlands). 200 free relay: 5. NDA, 9. Highlands, 10. Beechwood, 18. Cooper, 25. Dixie. 400 free relay: 3. NDA, 13. Beechwod, 18. Cooper, 23. Highlands, 24. Cov. Latin, 28. Ryle.



Berkley enjoys final 2 points for Camels By James Weber

ALEXANDRIA — Kennedy Berkley wanted to suit up one last time on her home floor as a Campbell County Camel. Little did she know she would do more than pose for pictures while wearing her basketball uniform for Senior Day Feb. 4 against Clark County. The senior three-sport standout was wearing a brace on her knee that day after tearing her ACL Dec. 10 in a win over Conner. Her high school career seemingly ended that day when she landed awkwardly duraing a win. But two months later, she would make one more entry in the scorebook. Mike Murray started all five seniors that day including Berkley. The 5foot-11 forward stood under the basket as Clark County let the Camels win the opening tip. As part of Murray’s play design, the ball went to Berkley’s best friend, senior guard Chandler Gray, who passed it to Berkley for a layup. The ball dropped through the net and Gray jumped into Berkley’s arms. “I was so surprised,” Berkley said. “I didn’t think they would let me start. Once he had the five seniors take a seat, and said you’re starting, I was so happy. I thought my season had ended, but I got to score two more points.” Murray used to be an assistant coach at Clark under current head coach Scott True, so he worked out the arrangement with his former boss to give Berkley two final points, then allow Clark two points of its own. Eventually, the Camels won in overtime to make things even sweeter. “It was a lot of fun because we were able to keep it a secret from her, so she didn’t know until a minute and a half before the game that she was actually going to play,” Murray said. “The look on her face when she found that out was priceless. It’s something we wanted to do for her from all that she has given us.” “I was so happy,” Berkley said. “Coach’s wife was taking pictures and I saw my smile got bigger and bigger. It was awesome, and after losing to them earlier we got a big win.”

Campbell County junior Kaytlin Siegmundt shoots in a win over Dixie 54-42 Feb. 12 at Dixie Heights. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Berkley was the Camels’ top volleyball player and leader of their 10th Region runner-up team. A standout hurdler and jumper for the Camels, she recently committed to run track for Division I Murray State University. Berkley expects to be cleared to run in March and said there’s a chance she could compete in a Camel track uniform at the end of this season. She was a key piece to the puzzle for the Campbell hoops team this year. “She is a big loss,” Murray said. “There’s not many 5-11 girls who can score, rebound and guard the other team’s best player, so that made us a little smaller. We’ve had girls step up at different times. We know we can’t replace Kennedy, but we’re trying to do that collectively.” Now she’s taken to helping her teammates mentally. One of the school’s top overall students, Berkley has been sitting with the coaches during games, counseling her teammates including fellow seniors Gray, Faith Roaden, Jenna Martin and Megan Rauch. “It’s been rough, but it’s given me an opportunity to coach on the bench, have a different perspective on the game, try to be a different type of leader,” she said. “So it’s been bad and good.” Martin scored the winning points against Coop-

Campbell County senior Kennedy Berkley, far right, has helped coach the Camels after her ACL injury. Campbell beat Dixie 54-42 Feb. 12 at Dixie Heights High School. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

er Feb. 16 to lift the Camels to an 18-10 record. Rauch has been wearing a mask all season after breaking her nose in week one. “(Berkley’s injury) changed how we guard people, puts more pressure on Rauch,” Murray said. “She has to guard somebody who’s bigger than she is. Megan has always been a good shooter, and the mask limits her vision. We’ve all tried to adjust to that.” The team’s top two scorers are juniors, Taylor Robinson (12.9 ppg.) and Kaytlin Siegmundt (10.7 ppg.). Robinson is one of the 10th Region leaders in assists and steals, and Siegmundt posts eight rebounds a game and has been a double-double machine of late. The Camels hope to make a run in the postseason. The Camels are heavily favored to beat Calvary in the 37th District semifinals, and with a win would likely face rival Brossart in the final Feb. 23 at Campbell County Middle School. CCMS will also be the site of the 10th Region tourney the following week. “We all need to be ready,” Siegmundt said. “It’s definitely not going to be an easy road. We have to give it our all.”

Campbell County senior Chandler Gray shoots against Dixie Feb. 12 at Dixie Heights High School.

Mader makes name for Mustangs in pool By James Weber

ALEXANDRIA — Swimming is not a sport where late bloomers often flower. But less than four years after he took his first stroke in the water, Jacob Mader has made a major growth spurt in the pool and will swim in the best field in Kentucky: The high school state championships. The Bishop Brossart High School junior became the first swimmer in school history this season and will now bring the Mustang name to the University of Louisville after qualifying in both the 200yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. He finished fifth in the IM and third in the breaststroke at the Region 4 championships Feb. 11 at Scott High School. “I’m pretty excited about this,” he said. “It’ll be fun. It’s pretty cool to represent the school.” Jacob started making the trip from Alexandria to Mercy Hospital in Anderson Township to swim on their club team when his mother, Rachelle, became a nurse there four years ago. Before then, he had never swam at all. The Mercy club competes in high-level meets with the Northern Ken-

Bishop Brossart's Jake Mader swims in the 200 freestyle. Most Northern Kentucky teams competed in the Scott Eagle Swim Classic Jan. 7 at Scott High School. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

tucky Clippers and other similar teams. After a year of learning at the club, Mader joined the competition team and eventually realized he could compete at the high-school level. “I just wanted to get started for the exercise, but then after a while I started enjoying it,” said Mader. “My first meet, I was terrible, and from there I stopped getting nervous and I got some experience.” Mader’s father, Dick, is his official head coach at Brossart. The family had to petition the Brossart administration to approve their varsity status, and Dick had to take eight hours of classes and fill out plenty of paperwork to be sanctioned to coach in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The setup work has been worth


“We told them we would fund everything ourselves and the school is enjoying seeing what he can do,” Dick Mader said. “He’s 6foot-2 now and not slowing down, so that would help him if he gets a little bit bigger.” Jacob has continually turned heads this year when people at meets realize what school he represents. “I get on the floor after the race and they say, ‘who is that guy?’” Jacob said. The Maders hope the team grows as well, as they invite interested athletes to consider joining the team next season. “I’d love to see that and I’ll represent anyone who wants to join,” Dick Mader said. “If someone wants to come out, it would be great for the school.”

Bluebirds aim for high note By Adam Turer

FORT THOMAS — In what has been an up-anddown season for the Highlands High School girls basketball program, the Bluebirds hope to end the season on a high note. The team started its postseason run in impressive fashion, defeating Dayton 81-27 in the first round of 36th District play Monday, Feb. 20. The Bluebirds entered the postseason with some uncertainty, dropping four of their final six regular season games, including the last two. Highlands finished the regular season just one game over .500, at 15-14. The tough regular season schedule could pay dividends in the tournament. “When I make out our schedule, I try to get our toughest opponents at the end of the year to help get us ready for tournament time,” head coach Jaime Walz Richey said. Most of the Bluebirds play AAU basketball in the offseason and are used to the win-or-go-home nature of tournament play. That experience proves just as valuable as regular season experience. The Bluebirds should not be rattled. “They understand bigpressure games,” said Richey. “I think that’s a real advantage for us come tournament time.” In what Richey described as a “crazy year,” the Bluebirds started the season strong going 6-2, nearly upset Boone County and lost junior point guard Ava Abner to a season-ending knee injury in the four-point loss to the Rebels. “Ava was the heart and soul of our team,” said Richey. “We’re still learning to play without her.”

Highlands senior Sydney Watson scores two points against Brossart Feb. 15 at Bishop Brossart. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Youngsters like eighthgrader Haley Coffey and freshman Lydia Graves have been thrust into bigger varsity roles than they were expected to have this season. The Bluebirds do not have one player who can fill the void left by Abner, but are trying to replace her production and leadership by committee. “It’s been tough not having a respected leader like Ava out there,” Richey said. “We’re still looking for more leadership on the court, and we need to do a better job of executing plays.” Junior Leah Schaefer has stepped up on both the offensive and defensive ends. Her classmates Vanessa Fisse, Jesse Daley, and Emilie Parton all have varsity experience. As the upperclassmen now charged with leading young and inexperienced players, the juniors have high expectations for their

tournament performance. “They have varsity experience and with it being tournament time, we expect a lot out of them,” said Richey. The Bluebirds appear to have weathered the stormy regular season and entered the postseason with a fresh perspective. Highlands faced Bellevue Feb. 22 at Dayton High School, after deadline. With a win, the Bluebirds would advance to the District title game Feb. 24, against the winner of the Newport-Newport Central Catholic game. The tournament is a true second season for the Bluebirds and the expectations have been reset. “We’re stressing at practice that this is the real season,” said Richey. “It’s time to turn it on and play together as a team. The girls need to bring it every single game.”





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Let Kentuckians vote on expanded gaming The right to vote. It is fundamental to us as Americans and as Kentuckians. Most often we exercise it by electing our representatives who then pass laws that govern our commonwealth and our country. Sometimes, though, an issue demands that the voters of Kentucky have more direct input. When a new law would require a change in Kentucky’s constitution, that decision must be put directly in the hands of Kentucky voters. Often, these are decisions that have such pivotal impact that they should be decided by the majority of Kentuckians – not just a majority of their representatives. That is the situation we face as we try to recapture some of the gaming dollars – Kentucky dollars – that are leaving our state by the truckload. If Kentuckians are going to spend that kind of money on entertainment, let’s spend it and tax it at home. Hundreds of millions of

dollars in tax revenue are leaving our state as thousands of Kentuckians drive to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia Steve and elsewhere Beshear to spend their COMMUNITY entertainment RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST dollars on gaming. Kentucky money is funding early childhood education, schools, libraries, police officers, roads and bridges in our neighboring states. It makes no sense to continue watching that happen. Furthermore, one of Kentucky’s signature industries – our equine industry – is losing stature as other states use gaming earnings to boost purses and breeders’ incentives. They’re luring race horses, broodmares and stallions away from the Horse Capital of the World, as well as the jobs that go with them. We can – and must – re-

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Legislation is flawed

During the recent Northern Kentucky Day Event of the Chamber of Commerce, it was reported that both David Williams and Greg Stumbo expressed opposition to the Beshear gambling amendment. I was delighted to see this kind of bipartisan work against flawed legislation and potentially damaging constitutional language. The House made a promise under the leadership of Rep. Bill Donnermeyer years ago, and I think they should uphold that and allow the people to decide. It was also noted that Sen. David Williams criticized the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for being single-minded in their support of the expansion of gaming. The Chamber is supposed to be a pro-business organization with multiple issues such as tax reform, prevailing wage and job creation. I applaud President Williams’ criticism of the Chamber and its singled-minded approach. I also applaud Speaker Stumbo’s comments against “giving one industry a monopoly” and changing a constitution that would “provide a license to one industry.” I found it shocking that the Northern Kentucky Chamber President Steve Stevens even

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spoke to this criticism and said that “we are not talking about it out loud, but we will when we believe the time is right.” Aside from the fact that a business association does not set the agenda or timing of such, we all know that the timing for growth and job creation is now.

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verse that trend. That is why I, along with many of our legislators from both political parties, propose to give the voters of Kentucky the opportunity to allow similar types of expanded gaming in our commonwealth, and keep that money inside our borders. This week, Sen. Damon Thayer and I introduced a constitutional amendment in the state Senate that would allow you – the citizens of this state – the opportunity to decide if our state should reap the benefits of expanded gaming in Kentucky. This bill is co-sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. A change to Kentucky’s constitution would require the approval of an amendment during the next general election, in November. Before that vote can happen, your senators and representatives in Frankfort will have to decide to put it on the ballot. Only then do you get to exercise your right and make your voice heard in how

we chart the future in Kentucky. The proposed biennial budget is bleak, thanks to a sagging national economy and slow-torecover state revenues. All the big cost-saving measures have been taken. Deep and painful cuts are being made across state government. Even critical areas like education will see some reductions, though not as much as most state services. Agencies and services will be cut to the bone. We are running a real risk of taking steps backward in multiple areas – education, public protection, job creation – and until our state generates more revenue, we will always fall behind. It’s simply time for us to decide where we want to go as a state. We can muddle along, and we can keep our head just above water. But is just getting by enough for our families, for our children, or for our future? We don’t think so. If we want to attack the fundamental weak-

nesses that have held our state back for generations, it has to begin with more revenue. We can step out and really attack these persistent weaknesses such as education, health and job training. We can do it by getting expanded gaming on the ballot and letting people vote on it this November. We’ve all heard arguments for or against allowing expanded gaming in Kentucky. But what we haven’t heard is one single reason why Kentuckians shouldn’t be allowed to vote on it and make the decision themselves. Those elected officials who disagree with expanded gaming should not deny their fellow citizens the right to vote on the issue. Kentuckians deserve the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted on this important question. We want to hear your voices on this issue in November. Steve Beshear is the governor of Kentucky.

Marketing tips from mobsters I learned some wonderful marketing tips from mobsters. I grew up in Northern Kentucky. My father was a professional gambler and Newport and Covington were heavily influenced, or controlled, by the mafia. My dad said about his bookmaking operations, “we can’t advertise on television or put a sign in the window. We can’t sue if someone doesn’t pay us. All we can do is hope that honorable people refer us to other honorable people.” It must have been a good system. Without advertising, he never seemed to lack for customers. I live in a more refined world of high finance and well-educated financial consultants. Many of my competitors are affiliated with huge corporations with million-dollar marketing budgets. As a small business, I have a marketing weapon that is impossible for a large corporation to compete with. The friend of the friend referral. When I am meeting someone for the first time, I try to find if we have a common friend or connection. If you go through the six degrees of separation, most people will connect before you get two degrees away. Instead of just saying my name, I mention our common relationship. The common relationship is an immediate door opener and an immediate connection. Especially if the connector is someone highly thought of. Since I watched everyone do

it when I was growing up, I thought that the friend of a friend referral was a common practice. I’ve discovDon ered that most McNay people don’t. They meet a COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST new person, COLUMNIST say hello, maybe their name and go on from there. I don’t get it. Being a friend of a friend is the quickest way to get in my door. It’s the only way that you will become my Facebook or Linkedin friend. I have several thousand Facebook friends when you include my business and fan pages. If you don’t have a common friend amongst them, I won’t add you as a friend unless I know you personally. That doesn’t count celebrity “friends” that I don’t really know. I used to have Newt Gingrich and Bob Woodward as Facebook friends but I dropped them as I got tons of requests where one or the other was the only common “friend.” I’ve met Newt four times, getting on and off airplanes. (I used to frequently go on a route that went to Washington via Atlanta.) That’s not enough for either of us to give a “friend of a friend” referral. I did have a “friend of a friend” connection with John Edwards. I met him in 2003 when he was gearing to run for president. We met in a crowded room and when I got my chance

to say hello, I told him I was a friend of one of his former law partners. Of the people in the room, I wound up having lunch with him. I wound up donating a reasonably large sum to his campaign so it was a good “friend of a friend” deal for him too. John’s political career didn’t end the way I had hoped but he and Al Gore (who I got to know well after a friend of a friend introduction) were the two people I’ve ever gotten to know who had a chance to be president of the United States. “Donny Brasco” is a terrific movie at many levels but I was always fascinated by how the importance it placed on personal connections and being referred by the right people. The referral process happens in every level of society. It’s how private clubs and organizations select their members. Some of my friends will accuse me of “name dropping.” I don’t care and not going to change a lifetime habit that has worked pretty well for me. Unlike my father’s world, I can do fancy marketing campaigns and have good access to the media. From a business standpoint, none of those tactics work as well as being, “a friend of a friend.” As Lefty said in Donny Brasco, “it means you are a connected guy.” Don McNay, of Richmond, is author of the book, “Wealth Without Wall Street.” He is a Northern Kentucky native.


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Slow cookers save money, improve health Slow cookers are a handy kitchen appliance. They can help us put healthy meals on the table when our lives are overscheduled and hectic. With a bit of advance planning and work, a hot meal can be a welcoming sight and smell when you walk in the door after a busy day. Slow cookers have evolved over the years. Newer models have more advanced controls that allow for improved cookDiane ing options. Mason Slow cookEXTENSION ers generally NOTES cook at about 200 degrees on low and at 300 degrees on high. Some of today’s models have an option that allows it to shift from high to low automatically. Slow cookers don’t heat up the house. Liquids don’t boil away in slow cooking. You will usually end up with more liquid at the end of the cooking time than you had at the start. However, liquid is important and should be included at the start of the cooking process. You can usually use about half of what a traditional recipe calls for. Cut vegetables into similar sizes for slow cookers to ensure even cooking. Vegetables will develop their full flavor potential with slow cooking. Cooking meats in liquid for a long period of time over low heat will typically tenderize tougher cuts. This allows you to save money in your food budget. Slow cookers do not require excessive electricity. Therefore, you may save money by using this handy kitchen appliance instead of an oven or cooktop. Milk, cream, and sour cream tend to break down during extended cooking. It is best to add these in the final hour of cooking or just prior to service. Thaw frozen foods completely before placing in a slow cooker. When converting traditional recipes for use in a slow cooker the following time guidelines can be used. If the recipe says: 15 to 30 minutes, plan 1 ½ to 2 hours on high, or 4 to 6 hours on low 35 to 45 minutes, plan 3 to 4 hours on high, or 6 to 10 hours on low 50 minutes to 3 hours, plan 4 to 6 hours on high, or 8 to 18 hours on low Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.



regains status as parish By Amanda Joering Alley

NEWPORT — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport has achieved what few churches do by regaining its status as a parish in the Diocese of Lexington. The church, whose congregation originally formed in 1844, lost its status as a parish about 40 years ago and was considered a mission. As a mission, the church was not considered self-sustaining and didn’t have the same voice as a parish does giving it less representation in the diocese. Rector S. Matthew Young said in the past five years, only two other churches in the diocese have been able to make the transition from mission to back to parish. “It’s very rare that a congregation that lost being a parish is able to come back,” Young said. “I think it mostly has to do with the faithfulness of the people here.” From their dedication to serving the community, feeding the poor through the church’s food pantry, which began about threeand-a-half years ago, and other outreach programs, the congregation has shown a high level of commitment, Young said. Jennifer Kelley-Thierman, the church’s director of music, has attended the church since about 1990 and has seen it rise from hard times, when attendance was dwindling and the

Jennifer Kelley-Thierman, director of music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport, plays the organ in the church, which regained its status as a parish in the Diocesan of Lexington. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located in the heart of Newport at 7 Court Place. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER church went eight years without a regular reverend. Still, through the hard times, the church carried on, KelleyThierman said. “Even if only two people showed up, we had our service anyway because that’s what you have to do to keep the church going,” Kelley-Thierman said. “The people here felt that the urban community deserved this church home right here in the heart of Newport.” Kelley-Thierman said the

strong leadership Young brought to the church has helped bring it back to life. Young said since his arrival at the church in 2004, he has seen a doubling of total membership, tripling of Sunday attendance and five times more financial giving. According to survey information the church received, out of more than 7,000 congregations in the Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s is one of 289 that has had at least 25 percent growth in membership,

attendance and financial commitment, Young said. “More importantly, over 40 percent of everything we take in is given away to help the community,” Young said. “This church serves people from all walks of life not only in Newport but all of Greater Cincinnati.” Young said he is optimistic about seeing those numbers continue to rise due to the continued efforts of the congregation and the renovation project they plan to begin this spring to make the building handicap accessible and add an industrial kitchen to feed even more of those in the need in the community. For more information about St. Paul’s visit or search for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Facebook.


Orthodontist spruced up Alexandria building By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Dr. Mark Farley is used to transforming smiles, and when he moved his orthodontics practice to Alexandria he gave an old building at 7963 Alexandria Pike a facelift inside and out. Farley moved his Highland Heights office to Alexandria last fall, restoring a former florist building. The front parking lot was removed facing U.S. 27, and moved to the side and around back of the building. Smith & Jolly Landscape & Design in Alexandria added grass and bushes, mulch and rocks in front, he said. “We wanted it to have green space; to have a lot of curb appeal,” Farley said. The inside underwent a transformation equal to what happened outside including the addition of lots of windows in the back to bring in more natural light, he said. There is a waiting room with a fireplace, television and an adjacent children’s play area and a coffee bar. “We want them to feel special here; as comfortable as possible,” Farley said.

Dr. Mark Farley, center, stands with orthadontic technicians from left, Wendy Adazzio, Michelle Ashton, Rose Smith and Danell Mescher in Farley's Alexandria office Thursday, Feb. 16. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

For treating patients, technology adds to people’s comfort, he said. A digital scanner allows him to do impressions of people’s teeth without putting material in their mouth, Farley said. A digital XRay means no processes or chemicals are used and images can be transferred electronically easily using email, he said. Orthodontics used to be tailored mostly for children, but now lots of teens and adults are

having clear braces or metal braces. People are also coming for the recent innovation of Invisiline, Farley said. Patients put clear plastic liners in their mouths 22 hours except when eating or brushing teeth, he said. “It’s very cosmetic because you don’t really see and it doesn’t interfere with speech,” Farley said. Farley also has offices in Burlington, and Cincinnati, and he has been practicing since 1987.

Farley earned his degree in dentistry from the University of Louisville, and specialized in pediatric dentistry at the residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 1983 to 1985. A Campbell County resident, Farley said he wanted his own building because he was renting in Highland Heights. “I also knew that this area was underserved, there’s not been an orthodontist out here to my knowledge ever,” he said. “And I have a lot of friends out here. I coached soccer so I have a lot of kids out here who were on my soccer team.” Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford said he met with Farley and toured the office shortly after it opened and was impressed with how the improvements inside are equal to what was done to enhance the appearance of the outside. The florist office had also made improvements to the property’s appearance by taking an old gas station, removing underground gas tanks, and renovating the building, Rachford said. “And Dr. Farley, he changed the outside of the building to improve it even further,” Rachford said.




Art Openings


The Art of Kevin McQuade and OTR Grand Opening, 6-9 p.m., On the Route Screen Printing, 633 Sixth Ave., Grand opening of retail T-shirt shop and art exhibition by Kevin McQuade. Free. 859-992-2890; Dayton, Ky.

Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Taking special look at regional floods, including the flood of 1937, exhibit explores how floods changed landscape of Ohio River Valley. Multisensory experiences through interactive components and documentaries produced by Local 12 and Dan Hurley. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-491-4003. Covington.

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

Benefits Just Wish For It Gala, 8 p.m.midnight, The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Silent auction, DJ and dancing. Drinks and appetizers included in admission. Benefits Make-aWish Foundation. $30. 859-2913300. Covington. Cincinnati YPACS Wine Tasting, 6:30-9 p.m., Embassy Suites Rivercenter, 10 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Presented by Cincinnati YPACS. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Wine provided by Treasury Wine Estates. Benefits Benefits the American Cancer Society. $30 person advance; $50 couple advance; $40. 859-261-8400. Covington.

Dining Events Shrimp and Fish Fry, 4-7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church - Camp Springs, 6833 Four Mile Road, Features Mr. Herb’s baked or fried fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep-fried shrimp, crab cakes, a sampler platter and sides. Dinners and sandwiches. Carryout available. $8-$11. 859-635-5652. Camp Springs. Fish Fry, 4-7:30 p.m., Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 5011 Four Mile, Fish, shrimp, frog legs, macaroni, green beans, hush puppies, fries, onion rings, chicken strips and desserts. Benefits Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department. 859-441-6251. Silver Grove. St. Therese Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Therese Church, 11 Temple Place, Fabulous Fish Fry featuring Baked or Fried Cod, Breaded shrimp, Tuna Melt, dinners with your choice of Mac ’n’ Cheese, fries, seasoned green beans and coleslaw. Fish, shrimp or tuna melt dinners $7. A la carte grilled cheese, cheese pizza and hush puppies. Dine in or carry out. Curbside Service

Reservation time slots for Monday-Friday are 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., and 2-3:30 p.m. Open to the public March 3., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Taste unrefined sweet sap water and sample homemade syrup. Steve Trauger, Kenton County recreation programs coordinator, will guide campers into wilderness. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-5257529. Independence.

DJ Mike Young, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ’n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, $3. 859-441-4888. Cold Spring.

On Stage - Comedy Bobby Slayton, 8 p.m. $20., 10:30 p.m. $20., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 Attractions Winter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, 859-261-7444; Newport.

On Stage - Theater The 39 Steps, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Parody of great Hitchcock thrillers. $17, $14 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Feb. 25. 513-479-6783; Newport. Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, 8 p.m., Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Ed Graczyk’s comedy-drama takes place in a small-town store in West Texas where the "Disciples of James Dean" gather for their 20th reunion. One of them has a child whom she says was conceived by Dean on the set of "Giant." Flashbacks to youth and arrival of a stranger shed light on friendships while exposing long-hidden disappointments. Adult language and themes. Ages 18 and up. $15. Through Feb. 25. 859-392-0500; Fort Thomas. The Farnsworth Invention, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, $14, $11 ages 60 and up, $8 students. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Theatre and Dance. Through Feb. 26. 859-572-5433; Highland Heights. Rent, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer-prize winning Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Boheme. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. Through March 3. 513-4748711; Newport.

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

Benefits A’cat’emy Awards Extravaganza, 6:30-10 p.m., Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway, Red carpet entry with guest "paparazzi" photos, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, full plated dinner, dessert and glass of wine (vegetarian options available), movie trivia for prizes. Silent auction and called auction benefitting Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. With host Katy Morgan, FOX 19 Meteorologist. $50. RSVP by Feb. 13. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 513-871-7297. Park Hills.


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If the sap is running Sugar Camp - Makin' Maple Syrup will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Feb. 27 - March 2, at Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road in Covington. Reservations with time slots will be Monday-Friday. No reservations needed Saturday, March 2. To schedule a visit, call 859-525-7529. Pictured is Kenton County Recreation Programs Coordinator Michael Strohm at last year's Sugar Camp. FILE PHOTO


Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Music - Classical Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Newport Ragtime Band, 2 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Songs from "Rags to Riches: the Roots of America’s Musical Heritage" CD including those by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin and more. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4002; Erlanger.

Music - Concerts The Upset Victory Before the World Ends, 8 p.m. With Automajik, Lions Rampart, Plastic

Education What Every Spouse (and Family) Should Know, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Learn about organizing financial and personal information you should know about your significant others. Learn what papers to keep and what to toss. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-586-6101. Burlington. Hidden Treasures: Rookwood Pottery, 7 p.m., Boone County "Beyond The Brush," a collaborative art show will be at Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42 in Florence through March Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Riley Humler, Rookwood 3. Works of local artists C. Pic Michel, Louise Aug, Kevin McQuade and Kyle Carpenter will be on display. Pictured is expert and appraiser, sheds light on history and resilient value of "Fools Fall" by C. Pic Michel. THANKS TO GARY BLEVINS these treasured items. Presented by Boone County Public Library. Spring. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Inevitables, Ohio Knife, the Macy’s Arts Sampler, 11 a.m., The Golden Era of Cincinnati Yugos and Desert Gun. Doors Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Radio, 7 p.m., Erlanger Branch open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, Sixth St., Dance, theater, music Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, 730 Madison Ave., CD Release and art.Origami Meets the Price Through rare and often unpubParty. Standing only on the is Right! with Jonathan Heart. lished images, experience the main floor. $10. 859-491-2444; Free. Presented by ArtsWave. first 50 years of the golden era www.madisontheateronline859-572-5035; www.theartof Cincinnati Radio with local .com. Covington. Newport. Arcadia Publishing author Music - Jazz Michael A. Martini. Free. RegisYouth Sports tration required. 859-962-4002. Like Minds, 8 p.m., York St. Erlanger. Cafe, 738 York St., White knuck- Become a Soccer Referee, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Grade 9 entry-level le jazz. $5. 859-261-9675; http:// Music - Classical one-day course., Thomas More NewCollege, 333 Thomas More Rags to Riches, 8:30 a.m.-noon, port. Parkway, Re-certification for Florence Baptist Church at Music - Rock 2012 or become new referee. Mount Zion, 642 Mount Zion, $65. Reservations required. Multimedia concert presentaBen Walz Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Presented by KY Soccer Referee tion of historical rise of ragtime, JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Association Inc.. Through March blues and early jazz music for Monmouth St., Free. 859-4914. 859-282-0222; www.kyrefemiddle school to high school 3500; Crestview Hills. students. Part of Education Newport. Concerts Series. Free. RegisOn Stage - Comedy tration required. Presented by SUNDAY, FEB. 26 Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Bobby Slayton, 7:30 p.m. $20., Attractions 859-431-6216; 10 p.m. $20., Funny Bone ComWinter Family Days, 10 a.m.-6 Florence. edy Club, 859-957-2000; p.m., Newport Aquarium, www.funnyboneontheleveeWednesday, Feb. 29 859-261-7444; Newport. Newport.

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The 39 Steps, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport. Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, 8 p.m., Village Players, $15. 859392-0500; Fort Thomas. The Farnsworth Invention, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, $14, $11 ages 60 and up, $8 students. 859-572-5433; Highland Heights. Rent, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 513-474-8711; Newport.

Recreation Open Paintball Games, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Diehard Paintball, 4936 Mary Ingles Highway, Play on a total of four fields, plus target range. All ages and levels during open games and groups according to skill set. Includes field pass, paint, rental equipment and unlimited CO2. Experienced players can bring their own gear and play on the PSP Air Ball field. Rain or shine. $39 per player. 859-781-7486; Campbell County.

Special Events Macy’s Arts Sampler, noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Dance, theater, music and art. Historic Dance demonstration with Forget-MeNot Historical Dance Company and appearance by Melodic Connections. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 859-781-6166; Cold

On Stage - Comedy Bobby Slayton, 7:30 p.m. $17., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater The Farnsworth Invention, 3 p.m. Closing performance., NKU Corbett Auditorium, $14, $11 ages 60 and up, $8 students. 859-572-5433; Highland Heights. Rent, 2 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 513-474-8711; Newport. Agnes of God, 2 p.m., Thomas More College, $10. 859-3415800; Crestview Hills.



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

Education What Every Spouse (and Family) Should Know, 1-2:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, Free. 859-5866101. Burlington. Veterans Information Session, 6-7:30 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Enrollment information session designed especially for veterans. Session will discuss admissions, financial aid, how to receive college credit for military experience and how to use military

benefits. Participants also tour Boone Campus. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-815-7687. Florence.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Health / Wellness Bones for Life, 6-7:15 p.m., Kula Center for Movement Arts, 110 E. Eighth St., Learn safe, weightbearing movements that challenge bones to be strong and sturdy while improving balance and coordination. Ages 18 and up. $85 series, $20 drop-in. Presented by Future Life Now. 513-541-5720; Newport.

Music - Classical Rags to Riches, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Multimedia concert presentation of historical rise of ragtime, blues and early jazz music for middle school to high school students. Part of Education Concerts Series. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Park Hills.

On Stage - Theater Rent, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 513-474-8711; Newport.

Thursday, March 1 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022; Covington.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Birk’s Bar, 912 Monmouth St., Drink specials include: $2 bottles, $2 wells and $2 shots. No cover. 859-4910007. Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Guy Torrey, 8 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Rent, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 513-474-8711; Newport.

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

Home & Garden Clean it Healthy, Clean it Right, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Discuss mold, soot, asthma, dust mites, cleaning products, dusting, vacuuming and more while exploring methods for ensuring a healthy home for everyday living. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

Nature Sugar Camp - Making Maple Syrup, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Daily through March 3. Moves to March 5-10 if sap not ready.

With the start of Lent, local organizations and churches will be offering fish fries on Fridays, mostly from Friday, Feb. 24, through April 6. Be sure to check out the fish fry listings on the calendar page and throughout the paper. Pictured is Peter and Angie Thaler of Crittenden with their sons at a previous St. Joseph Academy fish fry in Walton. FILE PHOTO



Goetta is a Greater Cincinnati ‘thing’ Sometimes when I put this column together, I have so many recipes running through my mind that I don’t know which ones to share at Rita any given Heikenfeld time. RITA’S KITCHEN Right now I have goetta recipes, the Heritage Restaurant’s signature house dressing, awesome chunky granola and a host of others for naturally colored Easter eggs. I guess I’ll start from square one with goetta and go from there. Goetta has Germanic origins, but most people who live in Germany have never heard of it. Inge, my German daughter-in-law who grew up in Germany, said she didn’t have a clue until she moved to Cincinnati. Yes, it’s definitely a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky “thing.” A possibility about the name is that it comes from the German word “gote” or “gotte,” which means peeled grain. The word became Americanized to mean “goetta,” since the ingredient you cannot do without for authentic goetta is pinhead oats (also called steel-cut oats). Dorsel’s is a common brand.

Rita’s goetta

I’ve been making my mother-in-law Clara’s goetta for years with pork shoulder, just as she made it when they slaughtered hogs in the fall. We fry it with bacon, which is THE way. Goetta freezes well. I’ve changed my recipe over the years and this is my latest one. If you’d like my original one using pork shoulder alone with very few seasonings, check out my blog at You’ll find West Side reader Bill Sander’s recipe, there, as

well as Milford reader Don Deimling’s recipe made in a roaster. I’ve borrowed some of Don’s ideas for this recipe. 2 pounds fresh pork shoulder 1/2 of a 19 oz package Johnsonville original bratwurst, skinned (no substitutes) ½ pound ground chuck 1 large onion, chunked up 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 5 bay leaves 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder and poultry seasoning Couple dashes ground allspice 1-2 tablespoons seasoning salt Pepper to taste 8 cups water 3 generous cups pinhead oats

Put everything but oats into big pot. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain, pour liquid back in pot, chop everything finely and set aside. Add oats to liquid and simmer 2 hours, stirring often, until oats are fully cooked. Stir in meat mixture. Cook another hour or more until a spoon can stand straight up without falling over in the center of the pot. Mixture should be stiff. This is important so goetta sets up later. Pour into plastic wraplined pans, and refrigerate uncovered for a day or so. Cover, store in refrigerator, or freeze.

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Goetta and eggs. 4 beef bouillon cubes 2 additional cups water

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Pour prepared goetta into plastic-lined pans and refrigerate.

Combine 3 cups of oatmeal with 5 cups water in sprayed slow cooker and cook on high for two hours, stirring occasionally. An hour and a half after putting oatmeal in slow cooker, combine bay leaves, garlic powder, sage, allspice, red pepper, black pepper and bouillon with 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Strain and add liquid to slow cooker. While spices are cooking, brown beef and pork with onions. Drain grease and add mixture to slow cooker, either before or after spice mixture goes in. When all ingredients are in slow cooker, turn to low and mix well, stirring often for another two hours. Don’t be tempted to add water, even though goetta gets very thick. If it be-

comes too thick to stir, add water sparingly but remember, the thicker it is when done, the better it will fry up. Spoon into

3 cups pinhead oatmeal 5 cups water 1½-2 tablespoons salt 1 pound each: ground pork and ground beef 2 medium onions, diced 6 bay leaves 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, sage 2 teaspoons allspice

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in a non-stick or cast iron skillet until both sides are browned. (Add enough salt or it will be bland. The bouillon cubes will help with this.)

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Be sure to check out the property before buying home With home buying starting to pick up, it’s important to carefully check out not only the house you’re considering but the surrounding property. That’s what an Independence woman learned after she bought a house with a creek in the backyard. Ardella Bachmann bought her house in 1988 and says she didn’t think much about the small creek running through the back of her property. “The creek was not even close to the width it is now. It was much, much narrower. You could stand in it and touch the sides. Since then it’s gone out of control,” her grandson Kevin says. Heavy rains, along with new home construction and the subsequent increase in rainwater runoff, have led to the increase in the size of the creek. “We had a bridge put in about 15 years ago and we

came out one night and saw the bridge had washed down the stream to the neighbor’s yard,” Howard Kevin says. Ain After HEY HOWARD! that, they bought a new, longer bridge and erected it over the span of the creek. Unfortunately, now the ground below the new bridge also is starting to wash away. Part of the problem appears to be storm water emptying into the creek from a large pipe buried under the Bachmanns’ side yard. There’s a lot of erosion at the site where the pipe empties into the creek. During a heavy rainfall, Bachmann says the water gets so high it reaches the bottom of the bridge as it continues to erode the land. “We will eventually

lose this house due to all the moisture and it’s going to get worse. The back deck is very close to the creek now, and it’s going to pull the siding off the house,” Kevin says. The Bachmanns have asked the Kenton County Sanitation District to pipe the water through their backyard so they don’t lose any more land, but they’ve been turned down because the creek is on private property. Ardella Bachmann says she knew the creek was there when she bought the house 24 years ago. She says, “That’s what they say, ‘Sorry about your luck, you knew about it when you moved in.’ But the creek was small and it was really kind of nice. I had no idea it was going to create a problem or I would not have bought the property.” The creek is naturally flowing on the Bachmann property, so county officials say they are not

allowed to do anything to help. What about that pipe bringing in storm water and adding to the problem? Officials say its carrying water from a naturally flowing culvert that had been there. It was piped through the yard by the developer when he sold the property years ago. The Bachmanns says they are very upset about the county’s inability to help, noting it was the county that initially approved all the construction, including building the house so close to the creek. Bottom line, if you’re thinking of buying a house, check it out carefully if there’s a nice little stream in the backyard. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Gateway College hosts workshop for veterans Community Recorder Gateway Community and Technical College will host a special veterans’ enrollment workshop Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the college’ Boone Campus in Florence. The event will take place in the Classroom and Training Building. The 90-minute session will provide information about all of Gateway’s academic and technical programs as well as how to enroll and apply for fi-

nancial aid. Gateway speakers also will discuss how to use military benefits and earn credit for prior military experience. Attendees also will tour the Boone Campus. The session is free and open to all veterans. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Craig Beesten at 859815-7687, or . The Boone Campus is located at 500 Technology Way in Florence.

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Bishop announces Year of Women Religious Bishop Roger Foys has announced a “Year of Women Religious,” a yearlong celebration of the vocation and contributions of women religious, to be observed in the Diocese of Covington. The opening ceremony will be Mass in the Cathedral at 10:0 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. All are welcome to this inaugural celebration. Representatives of the

five women religious orders serving the Diocese will attend. A reception will follow in the Covington Latin School. In his letter announcing the year, Bishop Foys said, since the diocese’s founding in 1853, “the faithful dedication and charisms of the many congregations and orders of Sisters who have served our Diocese has resulted in the establishment of schools, orphanages, a hospital, a col-


lege, and nursing and adult care centers.” “These ministries were administered and staffed by the Sisters. Women religious continue to be a vital part of our ministry to God’s people. Today women religious still serve in many of the apostolates begun in those early days of our diocese as well as in new apostolates in our parishes and other institutions.” Currently five mother

and provincial houses of Sisters are established in the Diocese of Covington. They are the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg, the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, the Passionist Sisters, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker. “We thank them for their continued presence in our Diocese and for the contributions and sacrifices they continue to

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5-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 in Alumni Hall cafeteria at Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St. in Covington. Menu consists of fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets, cheese pizza, hush puppies, green beans, mac and cheese, french fries and dessert. Carry-out available.

St. Joseph Parish Fish Fry 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at St. Joseph Church, 6833 Four Mile Road in Camp Springs. Fish fry will feature Mr. Herb's fried fish, baked fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep fried shrimp, crab cakes and a sampler platter. Set-ups start at $8 and sandwiches are $6. Eat in and carry-out available.

St. Barbara's Church Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at the church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road in Erlanger. Fish dinner is $7.50; shrimp dinner, $9.50; and children's dinner, $4. Carry-out available.

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St. Catherine of Siena Fish Fry 4:30-7 p.m. March 2 and 23 at the church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave. in Fort Thomas. Green Derby Catering will provide hand-dipped cod and homemade macaroni and cheese. Dinners include choice of salad, macaroni and cheese or french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, hush puppies made from scratch and dessert. Adult dinners are $7 and a child dinner is $4. Cheese pizza is also available.

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Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at the church, 1130 Donaldson Hwy. in Erlanger. Proceeds support Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Dine in or call ahead and carry-out. Drive-thru also available. Menu includes fish sandwiches, Holy haddock, fish and chips, baked cod and shrimp, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and salad. For the full menu and more information, visit For more information, call 859-371-2622.

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5-7:30 Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at 11 Temple Place in Southgate. Menu features baked or fried cod, breaded shrimp, and tuna melt. Dinners include choice of two sides: marconi and cheese, fries, seasoned green beans and coleslaw. Fish, shrimp or tuna melt dinners are $7. A la carte grilled cheese, cheese pizza and hush puppies available. Dine in or carry-out. Curbside service available by calling 859-4415187.

Pee Wee's Fish Fry Lunch and dinner buffet on Fridays during Lent at Pee Wee's, 2325 Anderson Road in Crescent Springs. Lunch is $10.95, dinner is $12.95. The following items will be offered on a rotating schedule: salad, slaw, tuna casserole, tuna melt, clam chowder, tomato soup, grilled cheese, bean burrito, veggie lasagna, spaghetti/marinara, veggie stir-fry, grilled blackened vegetables, quesadillas, fish tacos, shrimp fettucini, seafood jambalaya, cheese tortellini, bread stix, red beans/rice, macaroni and cheese, broccoli fettucini alfredo and twice-baked potatoes. For more information, call 859-341-4977. Hosting a fish fry? Send the information, including the name of your organization, menu items, prices and the time, date and place to to be included in our listing.

Free flu vaccine available at county centers A mild flu season and mild winter weather so far have combined for perfect conditions for continued flu vaccination into February. The Northern Kentucky Health Department now has two types of flu vaccine available for free by appointment at its county health centers. Appointments can be made by calling one of four county health centers. Each center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and one Tuesday evening per month: » Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky., 859363-2060 » Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-1704 » Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky., 859824-5074 » Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-4313345 “With our mild winter this year, you can still come out this month to get vaccinated without having to worry about shoveling snow or shivering in the

cold, and you’ll be protected for the remainder of flu season,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “In 15 of the last 30 flu seasons, activity rose and peaked into February. While we don’t know what the rest of the flu season will bring, we do know that influenza season is long and unpredictable, and can last until May.” Flu activity in Northern Kentucky and nationwide has been sporadic so far this season, with only 25 cases reported in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties to date. However, flu cases typically increase and peak February and March. The FluZone intradermal vaccine for adults age 18 to 64 is injected into the top layer of the patient’s skin, rather than the muscle. The traditional or intramuscular flu vaccine for anyone age 6 months and older is injected into the patient’s muscle. All forms of the vaccine will provide protection against the swine flu (H1N1) strain and two others expected to circulate this flu season—a H3N2 virus and a type B virus.



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FLORENCE — Turfway Park will present the 11th Annual Charity Night at the Tables on March 17, continuing a tradition established in 2002 by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation. The stylish event is scheduled from 7 to 12:30 a.m. in the Spiral Stakes VIP Tent at Turfway Park. Charity Night at the Tables combines Monte Carlo-style gaming with fundraising for hometown charities and connects to Turfway’s Kentucky Derby prep race, the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3). This year’s participating charities are Boone County CASA, New Perceptions Inc., Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center, and Parish Kitchen. “We are pleased to be able to continue this gala event,” said Turfway Park president and CEO Robert N. Elliston. “We appreci-

ate the strong base laid by the Leadership Foundation for Charity Night and the enormous good work their efforts accomplished over the past 10 years. We look forward to making this year’s event another great night that makes a difference for our neighbors in need.” Charity Night guests try their luck at casino games, designating playmoney winnings to one of the participating charities. The charity with the most “money” at the end of the night gets first pick of horses running in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes the following Saturday. The charity whose horse finishes best receives $10,000 for its work. The charity whose horse finishes next-best receives $6,000, and the remaining two charities receive $4,000 each. Tickets to Charity Night at the Tables are $75 per person. Admission includes chips for the gaming tables, a grazing buf-

fet, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, and live entertainment by My Sister Sarah. Tickets are available by calling 859371-0200, or at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Southern Indiana returns for the second year as the event’s presenting sponsor. Title sponsorship is again provided by The Yearlings, who have supported Charity Night since its inception. Additional corporate funding is provided at the Club level by Fifth Third Bank and at the Diamond level by Silverlake, Roeding Group Companies, and FastPark & Relax. Spade level sponsorship is provided by The Townsend Co., Cock and Bull, Pillar Valuation Group, HDR Engineering, Central Bank, C-Forward, and Stith Funeral Homes. Wild card level sponsorship is provided by Bray Trucking and Bray Construction Services and Red Dog Pet Resort.

Measure your weight loss to maintain diet goals Community Recorder Two months into 2012, those who made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get into better shape have either started to see some progress, or for others, fallen off track. It can be difficult to maintain a new fitness routine or diet, but University of Cincinnati’s Dan Carl says tracking specific data can help people get a basic idea of their body composition – and may provide encouragement to stay with a routine over time. Carl, an assistant professor of clinical rehabilitative sciences at UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences, recommends keeping track of several different measurements of personal fitness to get a complete picture of your weight loss. “The standard fitness measurements should include height, weight, body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI),” he said.

Focusing on just one measurement like weight or BMI can be misleading, says Carl, “but monitoring all the measurements gives a true indication of where you’re at.” Body fat percentage can be measured with some high-tech scales, skin fold calipers or a simple tape measure, while BMI calculators are available online. Though BMI can’t tell how much of a person’s weight is fat and how much is muscle, it can serve as a fairly reliable indicator for most people over time. According to the CDC, a BMI between 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal, while a BMI 2529.9 is considered overweight. The BMI ranges for adults are the same for both men and women. Body fat percentage is especially clarifying, says Carl, as it goes beyond the surface. While a large, athletic man could be listed as overweight or obese by BMI charts, he may have a low body fat percentage. Similarly, a wom-

an who looks thin but never exercises may store her extra weight as fat. Body fat percentage can also be influenced by how hydrated or dehydrated the person is, but, like BMI, it can give a useful general reading. Average body fat percentage for men is between 13-17 percent and between 2027 percent for women. High is classified as 17-25 percent for men and 27-31 percent for women. While exact measurements can be taken by doctors, personal trainers or at sports performance labs, careful work with a tape measure at home can be just as helpful when documented regularly. “My best advice for the person beginning a fitness routine would be to write it down,” says Carl. “Keep a log of your diet and fitness numbers – you’ll start to see patterns and it can help you attach yourself to the routine. That will help with keeping to your new diet and goals in those first few weeks.”

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DEATHS Shirley Zentgraf Bowman, 80, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Cincinnati, died Feb. 13, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital of Northern Kentucky in Fort Thomas. She worked as an executive secretary at Hewlett Packard, Merrell Dow and DuBois Chemicals, where she retired after 10 years. She worked part-time at the Cincinnati Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service until 2005. She enjoyed a career as a professional musician and was a soloist at churches and synagogues in Cincinnati. A brother, Ernest Zentgraf, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Sally B. Osborn of Fort

Thomas; sons, Kenneth R. Bowman of Fort Thomas and Robert R. Bowman of Kyburz, Calif.; brother, Paul Edward Zentgraf of Greenhills, Ohio; sister, Jeanne Z. Olsen of Heath, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227,; or WGUC FM - Cincinnati Public Radio, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214,

Betty Browning Betty Elizabeth Reed Browning, 82, of Highland Heights, died Feb. 13, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Southgate United

Methodist Church. Her husband, William K. Browning Sr., and a daughter, Carolyn Browning, died previously. Survivors include her son, William K. Browning Jr. of Fort Thomas; daughter, Nancy D. McDermott of Fort Thomas; sisters, Jean Jordan of Independence and Marjorie Miller of Taylor Mill; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT To The Mayor and Council, City of Bellevue, Campbell County, Kentucky I have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of City of Bellevue as of and for the year ended June 30, 2011, which collectively comprise the City’s basic financial statements as listed in the table of contents. These financial statements are the responsibility of the City of Bellevue’s management. My responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements based on my audit. I conducted my audit in accordance with auditing standards and the standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that I plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. I believe that my audit provides a reasonable basis for my opinion. In my opinion, the basic financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the City of Bellevue as of June 30, 2011 and the respective changes in financial position and cash flows, where applicable, thereof and for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, I have also issued a report dated December 29, 2011, on my consideration of City of Bellevue’s internal control over financial reporting and on my tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report is to decide the scope of my testing of the internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing and not to provide an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and should be read in conjunction with this report in considering the results of my audit. The Management’s discussion and analysis information on pages 3 through 6 are not a required part of the basic financial statements but are supplementary information required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. I have applied certain limited procedures, which consisted principally of inquiries of management regarding the methods of measurement and presentation of the supplementary information. However, I did not audit the information and express no opinion on it. My audit was made for the purpose of forming an opinion on the financial statements that collectively comprise the City of Bellevue’s basic financial statements. The additional information shown on pages 33 and 38 is presented for the purpose of additional analysis and is not a required part of the financial statements. Such information has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in the audit of the financial statements and, in my opinion, is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the financial statements taken as a whole. _______________________ Robert A. Berling Jr. Certified Public Accountant December 29, 2011 CITY OF BELLEVUE, KENTUCKY STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES, AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE – BUDGET AND ACTUAL Year ended June 30, 2011 GENERAL FUND Budgeted Amounts Original



Revenues: From local sources Taxes: $1,056,936 $ 943,400 $ 907,000 Property 88,955 100,000 100,000 Motor vehicle Utilities 250,000 230,000 228,149 Insurance premiums tax 690,100 690,100 725,711 1,343,327 1,234,000 1,268,000 License permits and fees 3,590 4,000 12,000 Earnings on investments 26,657 21,500 21,500 Fines and penalties Charges for services 401,200 425,000 442,370 Other local revenue 21,000 21,000 34,510 -6,000 -Intergovernmental-intermediate 60,265 55,500 55,500 Intergovernmental – state 12,452 -5,000 Intergovernmental – federal Total revenues 3,731,300 3,724,500 4,028,922 Expenditures: Administrative and legislative: 512,678 509,500 493,310 Salaries and benefits 251,919 256,870 247,270 Other Police department: Salaries and benefits 1,097,340 1,135,370 1,188,919 118,022 141,770 141,870 Other Public works department: 253,855 245,710 230,840 Salaries and benefits 441,853 463,700 461,270 Other Special appropriations: Bellevue/Dayton fire 700,000 712,320 708,100 department allotment Other 147,600 133,600 109,197 ---Capital outlay 3,576,443 3,598,840 3,527,600 Total expenditures Excess (deficit) of revenues over 452,479 125,660 expenditures 203,700 Other Financing Sources (Uses) Proceeds from borrowings ---Proceeds from sale of fixed assets ---Operating transfers in --41,355 (539,500) (539,500) (544,500) Operating transfers (out) Total other financing sources (498,145) (539,500) (uses) (544,500) Excess (deficit) of revenues and other financing sources over expenditures and other (45,666) (413,840) financing uses (340,800) Fund balance, July 1, 2010 2,067,201 2,067,201 2,067,201 Fund balance, June 30, 2011 $1,726,401 $1,653,361 $2,021,535 See independent auditor’s report and accompanying notes to financial statement

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ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Patsy L. Bruner, 66, of Hamilton, Ohio, formerly of Northern Kentucky, died Feb. 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Her parents, Patton Bruner and Martha Brown Bruner; a daughter, Martha Adams; a sister, Mable Barnett; and her brother, Johnny Bruner, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Tammy Hall; sons, James Centers, Wayne Center and Michael Helvey; sister, Betty Mahan; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister-

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Clarence Carroll Clarence Carroll, 88, of Highland Heights, died Feb. 10, 2012. Survivors include his wife, Freda Fugett Carroll; son, Steven Douglas Carroll; granddaughter, Kristy Ann Abner; and sister, Mattie Moore. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: National Parkinson Foundation.

Bill Clifton Bill Clifton, 78, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 12, 2012, at Carmel Manor Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. He was a retired painter with Chicago Freight Car. His wife, Mary Jean Campbell Clifton, died previously.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B8 Survivors include his daughter, Mary Clifton of Covington; and brother, Gene Clifton of Cernona, Ky. Disposition was cremation. Memorials: Carmel Manor Nursing Home, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Ann Donnermeyer Ann Kramer Donnermeyer, 85, of Newport, formerly of Cold Spring, died Feb. 9, 2012, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a former housekeeper with Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue and a member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring. Her husband, Robert G. Donnermeyer, died in 1976. Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bob” Donnermeyer of Crestview and Stephen “Steve” Donnermeyer of Alexandria; daughter, Patricia “Patti” Simpson of Pleasant Plain, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St., Alexandria, KY 41001 or St. Joseph Tuition Assistance Program, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

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Richard Feldmann, 86, of Findlay, Ohio, and formerly of Marion, Ohio, and Newport, died Feb. 11, 2012, at his home. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for his father's Newport Dairy, the Isaly Dairy in Columbus, Ohio, and was plant manager of the Isaly Dairy in Marion, Ohio. He worked at the Marion Insurance Co. as office manager until he retired in 1994. His wife, Ella C. Malloy Feldmann; two sisters Louella Robinson and Virginia Lorenz; and infant brother, Harold Feldmann, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Harriet Roth and Charlotte Vogel; twin brother, Nicholas Feldmann; brothers, William Feldmann and Thomas Feldmann; children, Stephen Feldmann, Philip Feldmann, Martin Feldmann, Eric Feldmann, all of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Estlack and Laura Mills, both of Findlay, Ohio, Rebecca Boesenberg of Waynesville, Ohio, and Mark Feldmann of Marion, Ohio; and 17 grandchildren. Burial was at St. Francis Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: Marion Catholic St. Mary's Schools, St. Vincent de Paul Society or Pro-Life

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Gary L. Ginn, 54, of Bellevue, died Feb. 8, 2012, at his home. He was a retired bagger with the Kroger Co. in Bellevue. His father, Leland Ginn, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Naomi Ginn; sister, Karen Walls; friend, Darrell Polley; four nieces; and one nephew. Burial was in Fleming County Cemetery in Flemingsburg, Ky.

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Blanche Marie Johnson Estell, 86, of Newport, died Feb. 12, 2012, at Baptist Convalescent Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Newport Church of God. Her former husbands, James Vermillion and Denzel Murray; husband, Herbert Estell; and a daughter, Anna Vermillion, died previously. Survivors include her son, Harold Murray; daughter, Peggy Cartwright; brother, Travis Johnson; sisters, Margaret Johnson and Nannie King; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Johnsville Cemetery in Johnsville, Ky.

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William Arthur Fennell Sr., 83, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 5, 2012. He served as president and CEO of Fennell Co. and Challenger Piping Inc. and was a senior residential real estate appraiser. He served as past president and was a board member of St. Luke Hospital for 45 years. He was past director of Kentucky Enterprise Bank, United Building and Loan, and American National Bank. He received the “Outstanding Man in Northern Kentucky” award and was a Kentucky Admiral. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Elizabeth “Bette” McAnally Fennell; children, Elisabeth Purser Fennell, William Arthur Fennell Jr., Brian Francis Fennell and Bradley Tamar Fennell; and six grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: Fort Thomas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 75090, Fort Thomas, KY.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Olivia Turner, 52, and Gregory Griffith, 54, both of Fort Thomas, issued Feb. 8, 2012. Christine Morgan, 31, and Eric Fulmer, 34, both of Fort Thomas, issued Feb. 8, 2012. Danielle Gilbert, 24, of Norwood and Andrew Chapman, 25, of Fort Thomas, issued Feb. 9, 2012. Pamela Campbell, 34, of Fort Thomas and Robert Minnie Jr., 36, of Covington, issued Feb. 9, 2012.

Bryanna Ward, 31, and Russell Guy, 40, both of Fort Thomas, issued Feb. 10, 2012. Kaitlyn Chris, 19, of Fairborn and Mustafa Parlakkilic, 38, of Turkey, issued Feb. 11, 2012. Kimberly Miller, 26, of Elyria and Joseph Anslinger, 27, of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 10, 2012. Collenn Ledonne, 43, of Rochester and Jonathan Ashcraft, 42, of Covington, issued Feb. 13, 2012.

DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Schack, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Norelyn Springer, Wilma Luersen and Joan Gieske; sons, Paul Luersen and Carl Luersen; seven grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese Church, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

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ORDINANCE O-01-2012 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING AND ADOPTING A SUPPLEMENT TO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FORT THOMAS, CAMPBELL COUN TY, KENTUCKY. W H E R E A S , American Legal Publishing Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio has completed the 2011 supplement to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Thomas, which supplement contains all ordinances of a general nature enacted since the prior supplement to the Code of Ordinances of this municipality; and W H E R E A S , American Legal Publishing Corporation has recommended the revision or addition of certain sections of the Code of Ordinances which are based on or make references to sections of the Kentucky Revised Statutes; and WHEREAS, it is the intent of Council to accept these updated sections in accordance with the changes of the law of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF FORT THOMAS, KENTUCKY: SECTION I That the 2011 supplement to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, as submitted by American Legal Publishing Corporation of Cincinnati, be and the same is hereby adopted by reference as if set out in its entirety.

Betty Sue Mayes, 71, of Alexandria, died Feb. 9, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Alexandria Church of God. Survivors include her husband, Donnie Mayes; daughters, Lisa Nichols Bowling and Jennifer Nichols; sons, Jessie Nichols, Terry Nichols and Mark Toby Nichols; brothers, Jimmy Hazel, Bobby Hazel and Dicky Hazel; sister, Wanda Webb; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Burial was at Bethel Baptist

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Ronald Miller Ronald E. Miller, 63, of Newport, died Feb. 10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. A sister, Patricia Meinking, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Wanda Miller, Nona Nicholas, Donna Grayson, Thelma Tolle and Sherry Miller; brothers, David Miller and Larry Miller; and many children.

Elsie Poe Elsie D. Poe, 78, of Latonia, formerly of Newport, died Feb. 11, 2012, at Rosedale Manor in Latonia. She enjoyed playing bingo and was a member of the St. Ann's Society at Holy Spirit Church. She retired after working for 22 years in the cafeteria at Newport High School. Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Poe; sons,

Edward Poe of Florence, Ronald Poe of Alexandria and Randolph Poe of Union; daughters, Peggy Borrero of Columbus, Ga., and Karen Bingham of Alexandria; sister, Rita Baumgardner of Latonia; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Holy Spirit Parish, 825 Washington Ave., Newport, KY 41071.

Mary Reinhart Mary Lee Herbol Reinhart, 64, of Fort Mitchell, formerly of Newport, died Feb. 8, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Joseph “Tim” Reinhart; son, Joseph Reinhart; daughters, April Murray, Amy Pence and Samantha Wischer; brother, Chick Herbol; sisters, Janice Shields, Charlene Shaw, Kathy Smith, Carol Store, Monica Bradford and Marita McIntosh; and 12 grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, 835 York St., Newport, KY 41071.

Paul ‘Jake’ Robertson Paul “Jake” Robertson, 90, of Middletown, Ohio, formerly of Newport, died Feb. 11, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled a public hearing in a case styled “An Examination of the Application of the Fuel Adjustment Clause of Duke Energy Kentucky, Inc. from May 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011,” Case No. 2011-00486, beginning Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at the Commission’s offices, 211 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky for the purpose of examination relating to Duke Energy Kentucky’s fuel adjustment clause from May 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. CE-0000499142

SECTION II That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its date of passage, approval and publication as required by law. APPROVED: Mary H. Brown, Mayor 1st Reading: January 3, 2012 Adopted: February 13, 2012 Published: February 23, 2012 ATTEST: Melissa K. Kelly, City Clerk 0296

Signed: Jennifer Machesney, Purchasing Agent Publication Date: February 23, 2012 1001690708

Robert Shoemaker Robert C. “Bob” Shoemaker, 79, of Newport, formerly of Morning View, died Feb. 13, 2012, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a retired engineer for CSX Railroad, a lifetime member of Colonel Clay No. 159 F&AM Masonic Lodge and a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran. His first wife, Janis Balser Shoemaker, and second wife, Georgia Williams Shoemaker, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Robert Shoemaker of Morning View, James Shoemaker of Demossville and Jeff Shoemaker of Butler; and grandchildren, Chris Shoemaker, Erik Shoemaker, Meridith Shoemaker, Kenton Shoemaker and Nancy Sue Shoemaker. Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mary Lou Trapp Mary Lou Trapp, 80, of Alexandria, died Feb. 15, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was the previous owner of Trapp’s Grocery and Trapp Service Center. She was a member of the Happy 100’s, Eastern Star, Campbell County Homemakers and the Claryville Homemakers Club. Her husband, Lawrence “Trappie” Trapp Jr., died in 1987. Survivors include her son, John C. Trapp of Alexandria; and sister, Dora Schneider of Fort Thomas. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: Grant's Lick Baptist Church, 941 Clay Ridge Road, Alexandria, KY 41001 or charity of donor's choice.

James ‘Pee Wee’ Turner

CITY OF FORT THOMAS, KY. SURPLUS AUCTION Notice is hereby given that the City of Fort Thomas will receive sealed bids in the office of the Purchasing Agent, 130 North Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, up to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, on the following items: SURPLUS ITEM(S): 1. Pitney Bowes Model DL355 copier, S/N 1025191 2.Pitney Bowes Model DL370 copier, S/N 2040345 3. Two (2) La-Z-Boy Recliners 4. Lot of Motorola Equipment including: HT1000 UHF Radios (Qty 21), GP300 Radio (Qty 1), NTN7209A Base Chargers/Transformers (Qty 6), NTN1171A Rapid Charger Base Sets (Qty 11), NTN9630B Rapid Charger Base Set (Qty 1), HT1000 Coil Cord Speaker Microphones (Qty 11), and Assorted Radio Carriers and Clips (Qty 8). Minimum Bid $500.00 5. M/A Com Model EDACS 500M Mobil 800 MHz Radios (Qty 8) Sealed bids shall be returned on the Bid Blank which is a part of the Bid Package, all of which may be obtained at the Office of the City Purchasing Agent, 130 North Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY 41075, or by downloading the Bid Package at : www.< Items are available for inspection by calling the City of Fort Thomas at (859) 4411055. Items are in as-is condition; no warranties expressed or implied. Buyer is responsible for pickup and transportation of items. The City reserves the right to waive irregularities in the bids pursuant to State Law and City bidding procedures. All sales will be made to the highest responsible bidder; the City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids received after the specified time and date will be returned unopened to the bidder. Payment to be made on the day of acceptance in the form of cash (U.S. Dollars), Cashier’s Check, or Money Order only. Bid Blank forms must be submitted in sealed envelope and marked on the outside “Surplus Bid Opening – 03/08/12”. Bids will be opened and read at the office of the Purchasing Agent, City Building, 130 North Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075, on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 3:05 p.m.

during World War II in Europe and retired from Senco Products in Newtown, Ohio. He was an avid and skilled model railroader and a member of the Cincinnati Railroad Club. His wife, Bernice Tillery Robertson, died previously. Survivors include his children, Dr. Barry Robertson, Randall Robertson and Tammy White; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Atrium Medical Center Foundation, One Medical Center Drive, Middletown, OH 45005.

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James “Pee Wee” Turner, 88, of Newport, died Feb. 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired rigger with Interlake Steel in Newport, a member of Lawler-Hanlon VFW Post No. 5662 and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. His wife, Alta Renchen Turner; daughter, Norma Jean Coomer; stepson, Albert Walker; a brother, Thomas T. Turner; two sisters, Pauline Deaton and Mima Mae McCullah; and a grandson, Roger Mason, died previously. Survivors include his son, James E. Turner of Elmwood Place, Ohio; stepdaughters, Helen Vice and Violet McCall, both of Maysville, and Peggy Miller of Covington; brothers, Clay B. Turner of Newport and John A. Turner of California; sisters, Martha E. Turner of California, Mabel Combs of Newport and Dorothy E. Stargle of Norwood, Ohio; sister-in-law, Monzell G. Turner of Flagler Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: D.A.V. Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Ruth Venable Ruth Venable, 83, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a member of Christian Tabernacle Church in Newport. Her husband, John Venable Sr., died previously. Survivors include her children, Barnes Lee Hayden, John C. Venable Jr. and Janet L. Rymarquis; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Christian Tabernacle Church, 325 Washington St., Newport, KY 41071.


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