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Emma Reed, 15, left, leads a discussion about literacy projects to get teens to read for fun more with her fellow members of the Blue Marble Society Bailey McDougal and Tanya Bartlett in the teen room at Blue Marble Books in Fort Thomas.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


FORT THOMAS — A new society of teens is plotting inside Blue Marble Books about how to get more teens and young children reading. The new Blue Marble Society is the store’s first teen leadership and literature panel, and is tasked with helping solve literacy issues in the community and recommending books and authors to be spotlighted by the store. Society members had their third meeting March 25 in the teen room inside the store at 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas. Agenda items included their volunteer plans to read to young children monthly for the reading corner series at Graeter’s, 1409 Grand Ave., Newport, starting 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 26. The teens also will volunteer to read to children at the Campbell County YMCA Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 26.

There is room for five more members in the society, which now has five members, said Tanya Bartlett, a spokeswoman for the store and adult facilitator for the teens. The group is open to members from anywhere in the area. The concept of the group is for the teens to introduce literature and the idea of reading for fun to children instead of that message only coming from parents, she said. “Younger kids seeing older kids reading is important,” Bartlett said. Emma Reed, 15, of Fort Thomas, has been elected by the panel members to serve as the leader and spokeswoman. Reed said she has been coming to Blue Marble since before she was in kindergarten. She wanted to be part of the panel to figure out how to get more children reading and spending less time playing video games. She wants the society to talk with high school librarians on an initiative to generate more


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interest in reading amongst their peers starting in the fall. Reading helps a person understand the human experience better and to empathize with others better, she said. “I don’t think anybody can hate reading,” Reed said. “They just haven’t found the right book.” Bailey McDougal, 14, of Fort Thomas, said she joined the panel mostly to be in the know more about books. “I want to read books before they come out.” She said she likes many authors including Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent,” which has been made into a movie. “Honestly, I cannot pick a favorite – it’s like children,” McDougal said. “I like the way that when you read you feel like you’re somewhere or someone else.” The other members of the Blue Marble Society are Melody Bartlett (Tanya’s daughter) of Fort Thomas, Megan Bezold of California and Caroline Wormald of Fort Thomas.

FORT THOMAS — For Diane Fernandez, Take Back the Night means parents actually talking to their children about what sexual abuse is and the importance of telling a trustworthy adult. Fernandez, 46, a Fort Thomas resident, is co-chair of the 25th annula Take Back the Night Cincinnati candlelight march starting at the World Peace Bell in Newport at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24. The march will continue across the TaylorSouthgate Bridge and end at Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point. The march was started in 1978 to bring awareness to sexual abuse and domestic violence. “I’ve been attending Take Back the Night for years because I was a survivor of domestic violence,” Fernandez said. The verbal domestic violence was witnessed by two of her children, who were young at the time, she said. Her two oldest children are now ages 26 and 21. “I know first hand that the vi-

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olence can impact children,” Fernandez said. Now Fernandez spends her time working on domestic violence and child abuse issues. She works full-time in health education for Humana in Cincinnati, and is works part-time as a therapy support counselor at Holly Hill Children’s Services Family Connection Center in Highland Heights. Fernandez said she wants people, especially parents, to know how important talking to children about what child abuse and sexual abuse is. It’s equally important to tell children how they can react if something happens, she said. “Have those kinds of conservations with your children, and that if it’s something that happens, let them know it’s OK to go to an adult and talk to them,” Fernandez said. Often children don’t feel they can trust an adult enough to tell them, Fernandez said. Children sometimes are being threatened by their abuser about consequences if they do tell, so it’s important they know

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Brother of Crosstown Foodout founder takes over drive By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Justin Rolf felt pressure not to drop the ball when it came to collection started by his sister. There was a chance the Crosstown Foodout, started by Rolf’s sister Mallory to raise donations for the CARE (Caring And Reaching with Encouragement) Mission, was going to canceled this year if someone didn’t take over. Mallory Rolf founded the collection as a fundraiser challenge between Campbell County and Bishop Brossart high schools. She graduated from Bishop Brossart in 2013 and is a freshman at the University of Kentucky. “Mallory really started it and did the hard work for me, and basically my job was keeping it going,” he said. Rolf, a point guard who comes off the bench for Brossart’s basketball team, netted the most donations ever from this year’s Crosstown Foodout with 4,537 pounds of food. Donations were brought by students, faculty and parents from both schools to Campbell County Middle School for the annual Crosstown Shootout bas-

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Diane Fernandez of Fort Thomas, left, displays a quilt made of shirts for the previous 24 years of Take Back the Night, a march for awareness of sexual abuse and domestic violence, with Heather Glenn-Gunnarson of Bridgetown inside Holly Hill Children’s Services in Highland Heights. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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ketball games Jan. 3 and 4. For the first time in the challenge’s three years Campbell County High School won by collecting 3,305 pounds of food, he said. Credit goes to social studies teacher Geoff Besecker, and a few of his students for collecting donations early in preparation for the Foodout, Rolf said. Besecker is also a board member of the CARE Mission. Bishop Brossart collected and donated 1,232 pounds. Rolf said Mallory was able to come back to attend one of the games. Mallory said she helped raise about 2,000 pounds of food each of of the first two years. “He raised so much more food than I did,” she said. “I was so proud of him.”

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Mallory started the Crosstown Foodout as an idea of how she could do a project to help her community for an application to get into Kentucky’s Governor Scholar program. “I didn’t see anything that said you shouldn’t just do it, so I did,” she said. Justin taking over the event was unexpected, but exciting, Mallory said. “I really wanted it to be something that lasted longer than just two years,” she said. “I was really excited when he said he was willing to put forth all that effort.”

how important it is to tell an adult at a young age. People are talking about child sex abuse more openly now, Fernandez said. The Family Nurturing Center in Florence, where Fernandez teaches parenting classes, has a program to speak to children about what is good and bad touching. “No one came to my school and talked to me about htis and I know they went into my children’s school,” Fernandez said. “So, the awareness is getting better.” Bridgetown resident Heather Glenn-Gunnarson is co-chair of this year’s Take Back the Night march. GlennGunnarson, a 2003 graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in political science, got involved in the march because of her mi-


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KSO and NKU partner for showcase By Stephanie Salmons

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — When the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra teams with Northern Kentucky University musicians to showcase local talent, KSO music director James Cassidy says that, for once, he’ll be sitting in the audience for a change. The KSO/ NKU Music Department Showcase will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the university’s Sander Greaves Concert Hall. The showcase, conducted by NKU’s director of orchestras Frank Restesan, will include the U.S. premier, “These Days,” composed by music department chairman Kurt Sander’s

The piece premiered in Romania last year, Sander said. He describes the composition as a fun and upbeat work that’s a commentary on the “modern condition of being inundated with various distractions in life.” Written for an Eastern European perspective, the piece has a “kind of Romanian feel” as well as an “American, jazzy feel for it,” Sander said. “I’m excited about hearing the work interpreted from the American perspective,” he said. Guest cellist Anton Niculescu, from Romania, will perform seldom-heard “Cassado Concerto for Cello in A Minor” by Franz Schubert. The program closes with the symphonic dances from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” combining the resources of the school and the symphony, a press release said. The symphony regularly



performed at NKU for 17 years, Cassidy said in the release. It was last summer Sander and Restesan asked the KSO to return to the college for a regular season performance as well as to assist with a first-ever show-

case concert involving faculty members and students with KSO musicians. The program will raise money for NKU’s music department. “It was the true partnership

aspect that attracted me in our discussions,” Cassidy said. “I always felt that the KSO should be working together with the music department to create winwin opportunities for each institution.” He said the school’s music department, much like the symphony, has grown. “We’ve all grown up at the same time. It’s really kind of nice to go back and do something I thought we should have been doing all along.” Restesan said, “The return of the KSO to NKU after an absence of five years represents a natural process in NKU’s question for artistic and communitybased collaborations,” Tickets for the program are $20, and $10 for students with IDs. They can be purchased by emailing, calling 859-572-5464 or at the door.

COLLEGE CORNER Locals make dean’s list at EKU

Parent volunteer Stan Obert challenges St. Joseph third-grade students to use their memories in an activity during Everybody Counts Week at the school. Pictured here, clockwise from Obert, are Ty Rottinghaus, Sarah Bowling (hidden), Lauren Gooderson, Grace Whelan, Seth Knipper, Abby Brondhaver, Brady Reckers and Joelle Kinnett.THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

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t. Joseph, Cold Spring, recently celebrated Everybody Counts Week. Everybody Counts is a program designed to teach children about various disabilities and how children with these challenges cope with them. The goal is to understand and help everyone know the person behind the disability, and to create a climate in which we all feel at ease with each other’s differences.

St. Joseph fourth-grade student Ella Rinehard gains a better idea of what it might be like to use a walker to get around as she navigates the hallways at school during Everybody Counts Week.THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

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The following students were named to the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University for the Fall 2013 semester: Shelby Lynne Davis of Alexandria, a sophomore preathletic training major; Tori Marie Lyle of Alexandria, a junior business major; John William Miller of Alexandria, a senior fire, arson and explosion investigation major; Marissa Nicole Visse of Alexandria, a freshman pre-occupational science major; Catrina Holmes White of Alexandria, a sophomore psychology major; Jessica Bailey White of Alexandria, a senior family and consumer science teaching major; Angela Marie Lauer of California, a sophomore apparel design and merchandising major; Alexander Joseph Schwartz of California, a sophomore psychology major; Kaytlin Paige Siegmundt of California, a sophomore psychology major; Hannah Lemoise Uthe of California, a senior occupational science major; Abdullah Saleh Nasser Aldawsari of Cold Spring, a junior occupational safety major; Amy Elizabeth Frommeyer of Cold Spring, a junior nursing major; Trent Alexander Grothaus of Cold Spring, a freshman aviation major; Paige Alyson Painter of Cold Spring, a freshman undeclared seeking four year major; Samantha Michelle Roell of Cold Spring, a senior political science major; Constance Blair Adkins of Fort Thomas, a senior public relations major; Abby Rose Caudill of Fort Thomas, a junior broadcasting and electronic media major; Bethany Lynn Metzner of Fort Thomas, a senior music major; Bennett M. Parker of Fort Thomas, a senior political science major; Katherine Rose Reynolds of Fort Thomas, a senior elementary education teaching major; Sarah Parker Schklar of Fort Thomas, a junior middle-

grade education major; Emily Rose Tucker of Fort Thomas, a senior social work major; Adam Joseph Ulbricht of Fort Thomas, a senior criminal justice major; Hailey Elise Yeager of Fort Thomas, a sophomore public relations major; Joshua David Lang of Fort Thomas, a senior political science major; Kelsey Lynn Dunn of Fort Thomas, a senior music major; Logan Gregory Hardt of Highland Heights, a junior criminal justice major; Ashley Nicole Loudermilk of Highland Heights, a junior mathematics teaching major; Natalie Anne Woeste of Melbourne, a junior special education teaching major; Kyle Daniel Dorriere of Newport, a senior french major; Brooke Morgan Hollingsworth of Newport, a sophomore criminal justice major; Nathan A. Rawe of Newport, a senior biology major; Brennan Robert Daunt of Southgate, a junior history major; Zachariah Scott Class of Wilder, a freshman pre-occupational Science major. To achieve dean’s list honors, students attempting 14 or more credit hours must earn a 3.5 grade-point average out of a possible 4.0. Students attempting 13 credit hours must earn a 3.65 GPA, and students attempting 12 credit hours must earn a 3.75 GPA.

Dumaine honored by Springfield College

Lauren Dumaine, of California, Ky., was named to the dean’s list at Springfield (Mass.) College for the Fall 2013 term. Dumaine is studying health science and pre-physical therapy.

Alexandria student earns prestigious honor

Eastern Kentucky University recently announced 551 Dean’s Award recipients for the Fall 2013 semester, including Tori Lyle of Alexandria, a junior business major. To earn the Dean’s Award, students must achieve dean’s list honors at EKU for three semesters, not necessarily consecutive. A lapel pin is presented to students by the dean of their academic college.



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Campbell softball teams swing into gear By James Weber

CAMPBELL COUNTY — Softball season is swinging into gear in Campbell County. Here is a look at local teams:


The Tigers won four games last season and have one senior coming back for head coach Mark McClanahan. That is Kendal Tallon. Other players to watch start with juniors Gracie Randolph, Jordan Smith, Becca Taylor, Alex Cooper and Amelia Beatch. Bellevue starts play in the All “A” Ninth Region tourney April 8 against Holy Cross.

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Highlands players rally together in the 2013 Ninth Region tournament.FILE PHOTO


By Adam Turer

FORT THOMAS — The excitement continues to build at Highlands High School. The softball team is eagerly anticipating the debut of its new field, dubbed “The Bird Cage.” In the meantime, the Bluebirds are playing in two early season tournaments to own their skills and prepare for a challenging regular season schedule. “The field is unbelievable and we cannot wait to get on it. We can’t thank the city and the school district enough for collaborating to make this happen,” said head coach Rob Coffey, who also thanked the Highlands Athletic Boosters and Fort Thomas Lions Club. “This entire project is a true testament to what a great community we live in.” Before spring break, Highlands played five games in two days at the Uncle Pete Noll Invitational at Softball City. After a two-week break, the Bluebirds will play at least three games in two days at the Jaguar Classic hosted by East Jessamine, beginning on April 11. “Early in the season, we feel it’s important to get games in and jump-start the team. With the weather we have around here, you never know when you are going to be able to get on the field,” said Coffey. “We use the two tournaments to get a good look early at what we need to improve on for the rest of the season and through districts and regions. We get a chance to identify our weaknesses and work hard to repair them.” Last year, the Bluebirds stormed to an 18-12 record and advanced to the Ninth Region semifinal in Coffey’s first season at the helm. It was the program’s first winning season since 2008. The entire roster returns in 2014. There are three seniors on this year’s squad; last year, there was not a single senior on the team.

The Mustangs were13-16 last year but they won the 37th District before bowing out in the 10th Region semifinals. Brossart has won the past three district championships. The Mustangs’ top returners are junior pitcher Karlie Shackelford, senior third baseman Allie Anstead, senior outfielder Shannon Kremer and sophomore shortstop Amanda Graus. Shackelford, in her third season on the mound, has 35 wins and collected 35 RBI at the plate last year. Anstead hit .457 last year and Graus .447. Brossart hosts Notre Dame April 8 then starts play in the 10th Region All “A” Classic the next day.

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Highlands senior Kendall Turner bunts the ball at the Uncle Pete Noll Tournament March 29 at Softball City in Taylor Mill.JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Highlands sophomore Brennah Dutcher watches the pitch at the Uncle Pete Noll Tournament March 29 at Softball City in Taylor Mill.JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Even the underclassmen are experienced, as many have played on varsity since they were in junior high school. “Most of the girls have been playing for years now, so they know how to approach the beginning of the season. It’s important for the team to understand the season is a marathon and not a sprint,” said Coffey. “They have to make sure they don’t get down with any early losses and make sure they stay healthy, playing in cold weather. The younger girls that contribute to the varsity program are mature beyond their years.”

Seniors Ashley Grosser, Kendall Turner, and K.C. Broering lead the way, but the Bluebirds also have a seventhgrader in the starting lineup in Rachel Gabbard. “We need to continue to work on team chemistry. We have kids at all ages contributing on the field, all the way down to a seventh-grade starter,” said Coffey. “We must learn to come together as one team or we will not reach the goals we have placed on the team for this year.” Those goals are high. In Coffey’s first season, he was getting to know each individual player’s personality. Now, he has a better grasp of what his team is capable of accomplishing. Likewise, the players from middle schoolers to high school seniors - have higher expectations for themselves. “As a first-year coach last year, I was learning the players and the players were learning our expectations. We also had very limited depth last year,” said Coffey. “We feel we have all the expectations set for this year and we have definitely created more depth this year and several players will contribute to our varsity success this year. We absolutely have entered this season with high expectations.”

The Camels were 9-12 last year, finishing as 37th District runner-up before losing in the 10th Region semifinals. Sandi Kitchen returns as head coach. Her top returning players are senior pitcher Rachael Carroll and senior infielder Brandi Rice, part of an experienced roster with five seniors and six juniors. Carroll hit .475 with 25 RBI and 20 runs scored. The Camels play at Dixie Heights April 8 and at Notre Dame April 10.


The Greendevils won six games last year against 14 losses and return six seniors this year for head coach Beth Fields. Top players to watch start with seniors Aubrey Donelan, Maelynn Lightfoot and Megan

Workman; and juniors Felicia Watts and Samantha Scott. Dayton next plays April 14 at Holy Cross and hosts Newport April 15.


The Wildcats went 11-8 last year, led by junior Katlyn Hoeh, who already holds several school records in hitting and pitching. She has 48 career wins. Last year she had a 2.61 ERA and a .551 batting average. Junior catcher Emily Atkins hit .375 last year, and sophomore shortstop Kylie Orr also leads the players to watch. Scott Taylor is the head coach. He will direct the Wildcats into the All “A” Ninth Region tourney beginning April 7. Newport then hosts Highlands April 14.

Newport Central Catholic

The Thoroughbreds were 1514 last year and won the 36th District championship for the fifth time in six seasons. They look to keep it going as they return eight starters for head coach Denny Barnes. Top players are senior Taylor Burkart and juniors Sarah Neace, Loren Zimmerman, Kristen Schreiber and Casey Kohls. Kohls, a second baseman, hit close to .400 last year and scored 33 runs. Burkart, Schreiber and Zimmerman will likely be the top three in career RBI by the end of the season. Burkart has four career errors. Schreiber is a catcher/infielder and Zimmerman third base. Speedster Michaela Ware could also be an impact player at shortstop. NCC plays in a tournament at Rockcastle County April 4-5 then goes into the All “A” regional April 7.

Silver Grove

The Big Trains were 6-22 last year and are coached by Jane Eltzroth. Top players are senior infielder/outfielder Jessica Stamper, senior outfielder/second baseman Kayla Merila and senior pitcher/shortstop Rosie Henson. SG plays at Villa Madonna April 15. Follow James Weber on Twitter, @RecorderWeber

Brossart sophomore Amanda Graus hits the ball at the Uncle Pete Noll Tournament March 29 at Softball City in Taylor Mill.JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER




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Highlands beat St. Henry 5-0 March 27. Todd Ramey had two hits and Joseph Martin picked up his second win of the young season as he and relievers combined on a two-hit shutout.

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NKU baseball sees increments of progress By Adam Turer

In its second year as a Division I program, Northern Kentucky University’s baseball program measures itself in small increments of progress. It could be a freshman seizing his opportunity in limited playing time. It could be words of encouragement from an opposing coach seeing the Norse play for the second or third time. It could be an offense erupting for 13 runs in a game, as the Norse have done twice since March 19. “We’re still hunting for consistency,” said head coach Todd Asalon, who led the Norse to eight Division II regional tournament appearances in his first 12 seasons at the helm. “We’re still tinkering with our lineup and trying to find the combination that makes us happy.” Asalon’s 13th and 14th seasons have been more challenging. NKU moved up to Division I and the Atlantic Sun conference last season, and struggled. The program that averaged more than 36 wins per season in Division II under Asalon managed to win just eight games total and three conference games in 2013. Already in 2014, the Norse have won two of their six confer-

ence contests. The progress is evident both inside and outside the program. “Our opponents are noticing how much we’ve improved,” said Asalon. “It’s nice to hear that from opposing coaches in our conference.” The timing of the jump to Division I coincided with an influx of new players. The Norse have relied on primarily freshmen and junior college transfers over the past season and a half. “We wanted to get young, but we wanted to get a good blend of talent and experience,” said Asalon. Recruiting has also been a challenge. As the Norse strive to build pitching depth to keep up with their new conference foes, they have lost two projected starters to the Major League Baseball draft and two more to eligibility issues. “The quality of pitching in this conference is incredible. We have to be able to match that on the mound,” said Asalon. “When kids get drafted in June, they’re hard to replace.” Junior Jordan Procyshen (Holy Trinity Academy, Alberta) and sophomores Logan Spurlin (Loyola Academy, Ill.) and Cody Kuzniczci (Madeira) have been leading the way so far in 2014. The

Norse entered April at 718, just one win shy from equaling their 2013 win total. They closed out March with a 13-11 win at East Tennessee State, hopefully creating momentum heading into the meat of the conference schedule. The day after the March 30 victory in Johnson City, Tenn., Asalon was on the road recruiting. He is looking for mature high school seniors who are ready to come in and contribute right away at a Division I program. “We put our freshmen right into it. We tell them during recruiting that they’re going to get their chance,” said Asalon. “We understand that there’s going to be good and bad with freshmen, but we really don’t feel like they’re freshmen anymore at this point of the season.” Freshman outfielder Caleb Kellogg (North Oldham, Ky.) has been a revelation this season. He was one of the last freshmen to get a chance to crack the starting lineup this season. Once he started playing regularly, he made himself indisposable, leading the Norse with a .368 batting average, .605 slugging percentage, and .489 on-base percentage despite starting just 11 games. “Sometimes, you have to roll the dice and some-

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Softball league opening The Monday night men’s softball league at St. Joseph, Cold Spring, has an opening for one team. Ages in the league vary between 20 and 60 years. Games begin April 21 and run through August. Game times are 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Call Bernie at 859-801-3540 or 859-727-0904.

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Soccer Camps run by Jack Hermans and Ohio South are returning this summer to several locations throughout the area. Visit to view the list of camps. Call Jack Hermans at 513-232-7916, or email

Softball players sought Northern Kentucky Shooting Stars 16U girls fastpitch traveling softball team seeks players for its 2014 roster, preferably dedicated girls who have played for either their high school team or another traveling team. All positions are open. Email

Baseball opening The Southwest Ohio 12U baseball team, Team Ignite, has openings. Contact coach Chris Van Meter at or 859-393-8863.

times you end up with surprises,” said Asalon. “Caleb Kellogg is a true example of that. Guys who make the most of their chances are going to stick. Now, we can’t get him out of our lineup. That sets an example for everyone else.” The Norse return home on April 2 against non-conference Ball State, followed by a home weekend series with ASun opponent Stetson.

» Thomas More College senior right fielder Cody Makin (Elder) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 24. Makin helped the Saints finish the week 3-1, which included taking two-of-three against Geneva to open their 2014 league season. He hit .400 (six-of-15) with five runs batted-in and five runs scored, while also recording six putouts and a 1.000 fielding percentage. » Thomas More College sophomore guard/ forward Sydney Moss has been named the National Player of the Year by the internet website Moss, who was also named a first team AllAmerican by, was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American and one-of-three finalists for the WBCA Player of the Year on Thursday. She led the nation in

scoring at 27.8 points per game as she tied the NCAA Division III single-season scoring record with 891 points. Moss also broke the NCAA Division III single-game scoring record when she scored 63 points against Waynesburg University in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. She was also seventh in the country in field goal percentage a 60.6 percent, eighth in assistturnover ratio at 2.72, 66th in steals per game at 2.75 and 214th in assists per game at 3.4. Moss pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game and recorded 15 double-doubles. Moss is the first Thomas More women’s basketball student-athlete to be named the National Player of the Year. The WBCA Player of the Year will be announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Thomas More finished the season with a program best 31-1 record and first-ever appearance in the Sectional Finals “Elite Eight” of the NCAA Division III Championship.




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Pets help seniors cope, but care is sometimes a problem Need a friend? Get a dog! That’s good advice for seniors, as many studies have shown that pets can help the elderly live longer, healthier lives. Walking a dog keeps a senior active, petting a cat or dog lowers blood pressure, having a pet companion reduces stress and loneliness. But what happens when a senior has trouble taking care of that four-footed best friend? Lack of money and transportation may keep the pet from getting proper medical care. A senior may not be able to afford pet food – and may be forced to share his or her limited “people food” with a pet. Even worse, what happens when a senior passes away, leaving behind a beloved cat or dog? Dan Evans, director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter, is very aware of the problem

of seniors who lack the means to properly care for their pets. The shelter regularly gives dry pet food to Senior Services of Charles Northern KenBrewer tucky’s AniCOMMUNITY Meals ProRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST gram. AniMeals provides free pet food to low-income seniors as part of the SSNK Seniors-Only Food Pantry. SSNK case aides also bring pet food to some of their home-bound clients. But finding a new home for a pet when the elderly owner can no longer care for it is more difficult. Too many times, the pet will end up in an animal shelter. In Northern Kentucky, the county animal

shelters must dispose of unwanted animals, although there are some no-kill shelters and pet rescue organizations in southern Ohio, such as PAWS Adoption Center in Middletown. SSNK Social Service case aide Dan Baker recently faced this dilemma with a client whose sole companion is a 95-pound sheepdog mix named Skyler. Bob is 74, nearly deaf and confined to a wheelchair. He can’t leave his house in Erlanger and requires meals and housekeeping services. Like many isolated seniors, Bob has no family support and limited contact with neighbors. Bob recently had to spend a week in the hospital, and Dan found a kennel to care for Skyler. But Bob faces more medical and financial issues, and may need to enter a nursing home.

What will happen to Skyler? Fortunately, Dan Evans said the Kenton County shelter doesn’t see many pets being abandoned by elderly owners. “Families seem to feel an obligation to care for grandma’s cat or dog after she passes away,” he said. But if the shelter does end up with Skyler, the dog’s future is bleak. SSNK’s Dan Baker is working to find a new home for Skyler but sadly the options are very limited for a 5-yearold, nearly 100-pound mutt. Dan’s also worried about how Bob will deal with the loss of Skyler. “Losing Skyler will probably kill him,” Dan says. Charles Brewer is the communications director for the Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. You can reach him at

Skyler is the dog of a Senior Services of Northern Kentucky client who may have to decide what to do with the dog if the client cannot care for the dog.THANKS TO SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY



Campbell County Rotary Club

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

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meeting time: 7 p.m. third Tuesday of each month Where: DAV national headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring Contact: Commander Kim Hempleman, 859-781-6110

Fort Thomas Woman’s Club The Knights of Columbus of Northern Kentucky have extended a save-the-date request to the community for its annual golf classic, June 14. The event benefits the Catholic Charities Lifeline project which helps pregnant women in need. The event is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club. Cost is $90 per golfer, which includes 18 holes with cart, coffee and donuts in the morning, lunch, dinner, beer, soft drinks and a gift bag. For more information, call Dennis Elix at 859-442-0296 or Carl Biery at 859-781-5054. Pictured: Chairman Dennis Elix from the Knights of Columbus and Vicky Bauerle from Catholic Charities at last year’s outing.THANKS TO BILL THEIS

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. second Wednesday of each month Where: Fort Thomas Women’s Club House, 8 North Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas Contact: Flo Grey, 859-4413555

Fidelity helping students learn financial literacy As the world becomes increasingly more uncertain and complex, the need for a quality education grows as well. Education should include many elements, with the three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) serving as its foundation. However, today’s young person needs more than that, and the month of April has been designated to focus on one of those needs. April is National Financial Literacy Month, which highlights the importance of knowing the ABCs of financial literacy, which touch every facet of life. Studies show that people with low levels of financial literacy tend to be less financially secure, and less confident in all matters related to financial decisions, be they personal or

family oriented. Sadly, Michigan Retirement Research Center research reveals only 27 percent Nicole of young adults Gordon understand basic financial COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST concepts such COLUMNIST as interest, inflation and risk diversification. According to research completed at the University of Arizona, early financial education efforts increase the likelihood students will continue to be financially literate throughout their lives. Just as Fidelity Investments provides our customers with guidance and financial tools to



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help them realize their personal financial goals, we are working hard in Northern Kentucky and throughout Greater Cincinnati to do the same with students to ensure they have the financial foundation they need to be successful in the future. We teach students personal financial basics, such as spending and saving, to empower them to make smart financial decisions, focusing our volunteer efforts on in-classroom discussions and hands-on simulations with teachers and students to help improve their financial literacy. One effort involves nearly 1,300 students from Kenton County School District and Covington Independent Schools. These students are participating in our year-long Investing in Students program that includes

in-person lessons and online simulations, culminating with an investment tournament emphasizing the importance of implementing the Kentucky mathematics Common Core standards. Meanwhile, Fidelity volunteers are piloting a teach-the-teacher training program working with 20 teachers from Covington’s Holmes Middle School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati to help them learn new financial concepts and interactive games to take back to their classrooms. We are dedicated to making financial expertise accessible and effective in helping people live the lives they want. That same principle applies to our kids: giving them access to financial knowledge and expertise to make them more finan-

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cially confident and help them make educated decisions to better themselves and their futures. Our schools look to achieve this every day. And by engaging in classrooms and communities, we help reach that shared goal. We can all make a difference when it comes to financial literacy and preparing students for the future. We encourage families to talk to children about how to handle money, stressing the importance and benefits of saving responsibly and helping set their own financial goals. Together, we can all help prepare students in Northern Kentucky to make better financial decisions to improve their lives. Nicole Gordon is manager, community relations for Fidelity Investments.

Fort Thomas Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Lisa Freeman of Florence, Angie Walthers of Erlanger, Shelia Snow of Ghent, Tiffany Brandenburg of Mebourne and Nicci Kouns of Butler were part of the St. Elizabeth hospital workers who participated in the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon & Walk March 16.THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

Walking, and running, for better health

Hundreds of workers from St. Elizabeth Healthcare participated int h Mercy Health Mini Marathon and Walk March 16 in downtown Cincinnati. Even though the temperatures were as bit chilly, they, along with thousands of other Greater Cincinnati residents, raced and walked out Columbia Parkway. The annual event is held each March.

Emily Haml of Fort Thomas, Teresa Burtschy of Union, Meg Menne of Edgewood and Carol Ansari of Erlanger were part of the Mercy Health Heart Mimi Marathon and Walk Marcy 16.THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

Kelli Henson of Independence, Christina Sexton of Independence and Heather Newman of Alexandria wear their medals from the morning running portion of the heart mini marathon.THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Chief of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer Gary Blank of Hebron with Jeff Melching and Jenny Beck of Edgewood. They were among hundreds of St. Elizabeth workers at the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon March 16.THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

Hundreds of St. Elizabeth Healthcare workers turned out for the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon & Walk March 16. Denise Sawyer of Burlington and Amelia Stohr of Sparta work for St. Elizabeth Physicians of Burlington. THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Dining Events St. Joseph Church Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-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 and sampler platter. Carryout available. $8.50 and up for set-ups; $6.50 sandwiches. Through April 11. 859635-5652. Camp Springs. St. Catherine of Siena Lenten Fish Frys Around the World, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Theme: Mexican. Fish tacos, fiesta rice and chips/ salsa., St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Undercroft. Feature themed meatless dinners from around the globe. Traditional fish dinners also available. $7 dinner, $2 and up for a la carte items. 859-653-7573; Fort Thomas. St. Bernard Church Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., St. Bernard Church, 401 Berry St., Fish set-ups, salmon patty set-ups, fried shrimp, grilled cheese, cheese sticks, french fries, mac and cheese, homemade coleslaw and more. Family friendly. 859-640-0026; Dayton. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 5011 Four Mile, $7 meals. 859-441-6251. Silver Grove. St. Thomas Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Thomas School, 428 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Cafeteria. Hand-dipped fish. Shrimp and pizza available. $4.50-$6.50. 859-572-4641, ext. 242. Fort Thomas. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808, 37 N. Fort Thomas Ave, Fish, macaroni and cheese, fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. Sponsored by Northern Kentucky York Rite Association. $7 dinner, $1 sandwich. Presented by Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No 808. 859-441-1280. Fort Thomas. Wilder Fire Department Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike, Chicken and shrimp dishes available with homemade sides and homemade desserts. Benefits Wilder Fire Department. $7. Presented by Wilder Fire Department. 859-431-1440. Wilder.

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

On Stage - Theater

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Classic of American theatre for more than 40 years. Stage version of film that made Jack Nicholson a household name. Ages 18 and up. $18, $15 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. 513-479-6783; Newport.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Civic Shred it Day, 9 a.m.-noon, City of Bellevue, 616 Poplar St., Cintas Document Management located in front of city building for shredding of sensitive information. Free. 859-431-8888. Bellevue.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., With DJ Ted McCracken. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. 859-441-9857. Southgate.

On Stage - Theater One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $18, $15 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Shopping Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808, 37 N. Fort Thomas Ave, Presented by Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No 808. 859-781-2536. Fort Thomas.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

Music - Religious Forgiven Trio, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., Gospel singing group consisting of Cloid, Debbie and Brian. Free. 859-781-4510; Fort Thomas.

Recreation Bingo, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., Early games start at 6 p.m., regular

games at 7 p.m. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. 859-441-9857. Southgate.

MONDAY, APRIL 7 Civic Campbell County Conservation District Meeting, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Campbell County Conservation District, 8351 E. Main St., Suite 104, Suite 104. Public encouraged to attend. Through Dec. 4. 859635-9587; Alexandria.

Dance Classes Cardio Dance Party Dance Fitness Class, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. Ages 18 and up. $7-$12. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 513-6179498; Florence.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Dining Events Family Night, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Ages 12 and under eat free when adult entree is purchased. Face painting, balloon animals, contests and more. Through Nov. 11. 859-491-7200; Newport.

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Civic Libertarian Party of Campbell County Kentucky Business Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Court Chambers. Discuss business matters and liberty matters in community of Campbell County. Ages 18 and up. Presented by The Libertarian Party of Campbell County Kentucky. Through April 23. 859-292-3838; Newport.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Paul Loehle’s “Trophy” is among the works on display in The Carnegie’s Recognized: Contemporary Portraiture exhibition, running through May 17.THANKS TO SHANNAN BOYER and up for set-ups; $6.50 sandwiches. 859-635-5652. Camp Springs. St. Catherine of Siena Lenten Fish Frys Around the World, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Theme: American. Fish, french fries, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce and cookie., St. Catherine of Siena Church, $7 dinner, $2 and up for a la carte items. 859-653-7573; Fort Thomas. St. Bernard Church Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., St. Bernard Church, 859-640-0026; Dayton. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, $7 meals. 859-441-6251. Silver Grove. St. Thomas Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Thomas School, $4.50-

$6.50. 859-572-4641, ext. 242. Fort Thomas. Wilder Fire Department Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Wilder City Building, $7. 859-431-1440. Wilder.

On Stage - Theater One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $18, $15 students and seniors. 513-4796783; Newport.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Southgate VFW, Free. 859-4419857. Southgate.

On Stage - Theater One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s

Nest, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $18, $15 students and seniors. 513-4796783; Newport. Harvey, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, $17-$24. 859-491-2030; Covington.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

Recreation Bingo, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Southgate VFW, Free. 859-441-9857. Southgate.

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Benefits Beat the Blues Champions of Hope Event, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Dinner by the bite, special cocktails, silent auction and more. Music by Kelly Red and the Hammerheads. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. $85. Registration required. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. 513-354-7005; Newport.

Jessie Boone’s “Be” is among the works on display in The Carnegie’s Recognized: Contemporary Portraiture exhibition, running through May 17.THANKS TO SHANNAN BOYER

Dining Events St. Joseph Church Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church - Camp Springs, $8.50

The Scheben Branch Library hosts PAWS to Read for grades K-5, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Call 859-342-2665 to schedule a 15-minute time slot.FILE PHOTO



Lentil and rice dish perfect for Lent

I’ve already gone through one batch of my homemade yogurt and have another batch “cultivating” on my counter. We eat yogurt year ‘round, but especially during Lent, when it tops my vegetarian lentils and rice. The yogurt recipe is too long to include here, Rita but you’ll Heikenfeld find it, with RITA’S KITCHEN step-bystep photos, at The recipe I’m sharing today may be an unusual recipe to some of you. Called mujadarah, it’s a dish we grew up with that evokes fond memories of my mom wrapping her jar of homemade yogurt in towels to keep it warm enough to inoculate.

Mujadarah/Lentils with rice and cumin

Go to taste on seasonings. Some people like to stir in some of the cooked onions into the lentils and rice.

3 very large yellow onions ⁄3 cup olive oil 1 cup whole brown lentils 11⁄2 cups long grain rice 5 cups water 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin Salt and pepper to taste Plain yogurt or tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt salad) Chopped greens (optional) Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional) 1

Slice onions and cook, covered, over medium heat, in oil until caramelized/dark brown. You’ll start out with a lot but they will cook down considerably. What happens is the onions’ natural sugars come to the surface and create a caramelization, making them taste sweet. Combine lentils, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and wa-

TMC art exhibit is ‘Hungry’ Community Recorder

Thomas More College’s art gallery hosts the “Hungry Messages” exhibit through Friday, April 11. All visits to the art gallery are free of charge. “Hungry Messages” features posters that are living, breathing, ambitious and purposeful beings that need an audience, according to a release from the college. They use typography, image, illustration and symbol, whose creation, manipulation and arrangement result in visual meaning, some of it clear, some highly coded. The posters comment on culture, bring new meaning to familiar images, demystify artistic process, bind together previously unrelated ideas, evoke an experience or tell a joke. Gallery hours are 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 2-8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

ter in pan. Cover, bring to boil and cook over medium heat, covered, until lentils are half cooked, about10 minutes. Add rice and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked, about 20 minutes. Water should be absorbed but, if not, drain off. Adjust seasonings. To serve, put onions over mujadarah and garnish with yogurt and greens.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If using brown rice, check package directions for liquid and time needed. Lentils help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and contain protein and B vitamins.

Crockpot breakfast egg and sausage casserole

No dry mustard? Leave it out. Go lightly when you sprinkle salt and pepper on. Turn this on before bed and it will be ready to eat Easter morning. I like to thaw the hash browns a bit, but the Eastern Hills reader who shared the original recipe said he “just pours them straight from the bag.” Here’s my adaptation. 2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns 1 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 bunch green onions, finely sliced, both white and green parts 1 pound shredded cheese 12 eggs 1 ⁄3 cup milk 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard Salt and pepper

Spray 6-quart slow cooker/crockpot. Layer 1⁄3 potatoes on bottom, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with 1⁄3 sausage, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add 1⁄3 onions and cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat layers two more times, ending with cheese.

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From readers’ kitchens

Bridgetown Finer Meats turkey salad. I enjoy chatting with Richard Hoehn and Brian Brogran about their famous turkey salad. For years, readers have asked me for a clone. And for years, I get the same answer: a chuckled “no.” I respect that this recipe is proprietary but a while back, a reader wanted it to send to her daughter in the Navy, hoping the chef there could recreate what was her favorite turkey salad from home. Bridgetown softened up and gave me ingredients, but no amounts. They sell a whopping 300 pounds of it a week and make it several times so it’s always at the peak of freshness. I sent the information to Embeth B., who then sent it to her daughter. The reply I got was this: “With your help, a recipe for a ‘close second’ was created and our daughter in the Navy says to her ‘it tastes like something from home’!” Of course it’s not the real deal, but close enough for her daughter to enjoy a taste of the West Side a long way from home. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Tzatziki or plain yogurt can top this spiced lentil-and-rice dish.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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States investigating student loan complaints

A multi-state investigation is now underway into the practices of the student loan servicing firm SLM Corp., also known as Sallie Mae. This comes after numerous complaints have been filed with state attorneys general around the country. Complaints are coming from people like Eric Wooddell of Martinsville, Ohio. “Sallie Mae is taking money specified for certain accounts (in this case the ones with higher interest rates) and posting the money how they wish (to lower interest loans),”

Woodell wrote. Wooddell said he has recorded phone conversations with the compaHoward ny and has Ain bank stateHEY HOWARD! ments showing the problem. “Over $1,300 hasn’t even been posted to my account where I have bank records showing I paid the amount. They are blaming a system change while millions of students are being impacted and paying thousands more in

interest payments,” he said. I’ve told Wooddell, as I’m telling everyone else with such problems, to file a complaint with their state attorney general. Ohio officials there say they are not permitted to say whether they are part of the multi-state investigation being led by the Illinois Attorney General. Ohio has received 57 complaints about Sallie Mae since 2012. Nationwide, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports almost half the 3,800 student loan servicer complaints it’s received

are against Sallie Mae. It says the most common complaints concern inaccurate payment processing and an inability to modify loans. One complaint on file with the Ohio Attorney General reads, “On the 18th of January, I ‘paid off’ one of the loans, but they have no record of it! Key Bank has repeatedly sent them verification, and they refuse to acknowledge that they ‘received the electronically sent payment’! I am beyond what to do!” Another complaint filed with the Ohio Attorney General reads, “Sallie

Mae continues to change the way they have done business which changes the original agreement when the loan was made. Further investigation is needed into the Sallie Mae practices.” A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General said, “We’re looking into the increasing reports of abusive servicing practices involving consumers who have taken on considerable student debt loans.” Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank law in an effort to watch

over banks and student loans. The law encourages state attorneys general to take more of an interest in complaints against student lenders. Sallie Mae is the nation’s largest student loan provider and had set aside $70 million to help resolve enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Nicky Jeffries at 859-3921791. Registrations for the run/walk will be posted on the CASA For Kids website at

was estimated at a retail loss of $65,000. Police found four of the damaged exhaust systems in nearby woods said Detective Brent Moening. Police are asking anyone with information to call the department at 859-441-6562.

Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

BRIEFLY Former Red Griffey Sr. signing book

NEWPORT — Cincinnati Reds great Ken Griffey Sr., will sign copies of “Big Red:” Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine” at Kroger, 130 Pavilion Parkway, Newport from 1010:30 a.m. Friday, April 4. Griffey Sr. played right field as part of the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. Griffey Sr.’s new book includes recollections of winning the World Series in 1975 and 1976 and playing in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. The book is by both Griffey and Phil Pepe, and includes reflections on Griffey’s 19-year major league career, and his time as a scout, coach, manager, and accomplishments as a father raising

two professional ballplayers. Griffey’s book also covers his time spent playing for the New York Yankees under manager Bill Martin and Yogi Berra in what was known as the Bronx Zoo.

the ball field. » Ages 7-8 will be in the main playground area. The egg hunt will include face painting, refreshments and pictures with the Easter bunny.

Easter egg hunt in Ft. Thomas

Calling all Superheroes. CASA for Kids of Kenton and Campbell Counties Inc. is partnering with the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and Woman Lawyers Section for the second annual 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in Devou Park. This year CASA has decided to take on a Superhero theme, as the volunteers in our community that advocate for the abused and neglected children are true super-


Easter bunny and 12,000 stuffed plastic eggs for children to grab will be at Tower Park noon Saturday, April 19. The Fort Thomas Recreation Department’s Spring Egg Hunt will provide three areas for children in different age groups to gather eggs. » Ages 1-3 will be outside the mess hall building. » Ages 4-6 will be on

Walk for CASA

heroes.There will be fun activities for the kids and a “kids’ race” after the completion of the 5k. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The CASA program is a volunteer based nonprofit that advocates for the abused and neglected children that come through the Kenton and Campbell County Family Court System. The Northern Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and Women Lawyers Section partnered with the program last year for the inaugural 5K Run/Walk and is doing so again this year. Last year’s event was a wonderful success and we are hoping it will be even better this year. If you are interested in sponsoring the event or participating, contact

Parts taken off trucks at Jeff Wyler

FORT THOMAS — Police are investigating a theft of exhaust systems from new diesel trucks at the Jeff Wyler dealership lot March 21. The theft of five vehicle exhaust systems occurred at 2 a.m. March 21, according to a Fort Thomas Police Department news release. Jeff Wyler is at 100 Alexandria Pike and is next to an exit ramp from I-471. The value of the exhaust systems, including the catalytic converters and particulate filters,

Brossart seniors present ‘Cinderella’

ALEXANDRIA — The Bishop Brossart High School Class of 2014 will present “Cinderella” from Friday through Sunday, April 4-6, at St. Joseph Cold Spring Memorial Hall, 4011 Alexandria Pike. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday’s will start at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 859-635-2108.

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DEATHS Homer Alexander

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Homer Alexander, 94, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Highland Heights, died March 17, at Emerald Health Care in Port St. Lucie. He worked as a welder for Littleford Brothers for 39 years, was a World War II veteran, was a past master mason and life member of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky F&AM, Fort Thomas No. 808, a 32 Brother of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, a Sir Knight (life member) of Newport Commandery No. 13 Knights Templar, and a companion (life member) of Jeffries Council No. 33 in Newport. His first wife, Betty Volkmar Alexander; second wife, Garnetta Harper Alexander; stepdaughter, Cheryl Gibson; and four sisters and one brother, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Allene Alexander Nowak of Port St. Lucie; stepdaughters, Carolyn Reno of Cincinnati, and Pat Yorukoff of Las Vegas. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Thomas W. Hale, 77, of Wilder, died March 19, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired regional manager with Peachtree Doors in Atlanta, member of the First Christian Church of Fort Thomas, a Kentucky Colonel, and loved reading the newspaper and keeping up with current events. His son, Matthew Hale, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Allie Hale; son, Mark Hale; stepchildren, Sue Ann Foster and David Miller; and one granddaughter. Memorials: First Christian Church of Fort Thomas, 1031 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Janet Anderson Janet K. Anderson, 87, of California, Ky., died March 23, at the Baptist Convalescent Center. She worked for Campbell County Schools for 20 years before retiring, was a former member of Silver Grove Baptist Church, current member of Mentor Baptist Church, and was a worthy matron in the Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, Ira “Alex” Anderson; siblings, Carroll Sansom, Richard Sansom and Frances Wells; and grandson, Jarod Mason, died previously. Survivors include her children, Jennifer Mason, Jim Anderson, Janette Kahles and Janell Schabell; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at GrandView Cemetery in Mentor. Memorials: Baptist Convalescent Center, 120 Main St., Newport, KY 41071.

Margaret Croley Margaret Ellis Croley, 73, of Dayton, Ky., died Feb. 22, in Edgewood. She was born in Somerset, Ky., worked 32-plus years for the IRS – 21 years in Covington and 11-plus in Cincinnati – and enjoyed playing cards, especially Uno, back-alley gin and Kings in the Corner. Her son, John Croley, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ray Croley; children, Mary Lou O’Brien and Chuck Croley; sisters, Shirley Porter of Whitley City, Ind., and Janice Avera of Somerset; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials: the charity of donor’s choice.

William Cropper William Oscar Cropper, 87, of Wilder, died March 25, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, retired as an insurance agent for Prudential Life, was an OMI, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, and an avid carpenter. His grandchildren, Alicia and Ryan Colvin, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Christine Cropper; son, William Jeffrey Cropper; daughters, Marcia Colvin and Dana Ariapad; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: Asbury United Methodist Church; or St. Elizabeth Hospice.

Lenora Fosco Lenora Elsie Pryor Fosco, 97, of Cincinnati, formerly of Newport, died Feb. 11, at Hospice of Cincinnati East. She was a retired legal secretary, and member of Salem Methodist Church in Newport. Her husband, Albert Fosco, died previously. Survivors include her son, Daniel Chandler of Newport; daughter, Nora Lynne Maeglin of Vero Beach, Fla.; sister, Florence Murphy of Newport; five grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati East, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

David Lehkamp

an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, was a member of the Ludlow Vets, the National Grain and Feed Association, Ohio Agribusiness Association and the National Rifle Association, was active at Ludlow High School, and was past treasurer for Ludlow Athletic Boosters. His sisters, Geneva Gray and Naomi Messer; grandchildren, Adam Gifford and Justin Messer, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Barbara “Barb” Messer of Fort Wright; sons, Jim Messer of Erlanger, Gary Miller of Lakeside Park, Danny Miller of Fort Wright, and Mark Messer of Latonia; daughter, Kim Gifford of Ludlow; brothers, Raymond Messer of Bellevue, and Donald Messer of Jacksboro, Tenn.;

David K. Lehkamp, 48, of Fort Thomas, died March 20, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He worked for Delta Air Lines Reservation Sales and Service Million Dollar program, as a young man set up and ran a summer camp for other youngsters with Spina bifida through Children’s Hospital, attended Highlands High School and cheered on his brothers who played football there, was a moderator for the Bluegrass Preps online sports chat forum, and volunteered at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas in the admitting office, Elderlife office, and more recently as a chaplain volunteer. He was pursuing a degree in clinical mental health counseling at Northern Kentucky University, where he was on the president’s list, was a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and was asked to serve as the student representative on the faculty committee to choose two new professors. He also was dedicated to St. Thomas Church, helping in the RCIA program, as well as devoting one hour each week to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth H. and JoAnn Losey Lehkamp; brothers, Jeff Lehkamp and Mike Lehkamp; niece and nephew. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Center for Spina Bifida Care, Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 35229-3026; St. Thomas Church, 26 E. Villa, Fort Thomas, KY 41075; or Shriners Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.

William Leising Sr. William Joseph Leising Sr., 83, of Alexandria, died March 24, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was the owner and operator of Bill’s Auto Service in Alexandria, where he serviced cars and shared stories with his customers for 42 years, Army veteran of the Korean War, member of the American Legion and the Alexandria United Methodist Church, and former member of the Saddle Club and Southern Campbell Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Richardson Leising; sons, D.H. Leising of Chicago, William Joseph Leising Jr. of Butler; daughters, Kathy Jo Woeste of California, and Susan Marie Neltner of Edgewood; brothers, Bob Leising of Newport, Dick Leising of Newport, and Bernie Leising of Stow, Ohio; and sister, Mary Little of Bridgetown, Ohio; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery.

Roger Lucas Roger D. Lucas, 65, of Newport, died March 22, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a machinist with Hopple Plastics. His brother, Leroy Lucas, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Anna Lucas; son, Scott Lucas of Newport; daughters, Lisa Polly of Morning View, and Michelle Sauter of Newport; brothers, Jimmy, Donny, Rick and Mark Lucas; sisters, Wilma Appleman, Debbie Mason and Robin Lucas; and two granddaughters.

James Messer James “Jim” Messer, 79, of Fort Wright, died March 25, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was the owner of END Grain Marketing Company, was


sisters, Shirley Whalen of Kettering, Ohio, and Jesse Davidson of Jacksboro, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Tina Ooten Tina Marie Ooten, 54, of Dayton, Ky., died March 24, at her home. Her parents, Charles and Dorothy Jackson; and brother, Charlie Jackson, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Mike Ooten; and sisters, Debbie Sickles, Cathy Young and Patty Slone.

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Edward Petering Edward Petering, 62, of Southgate, died March 20, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was the bartender at Knotty Pine on the Bayou for more than 10 years, and enjoyed golf and his family and friends. His sister, Janet Petering, died

previously. Survivors include his wife, Terry Williams Petering; sons, Michael Petering and Joe Caruso; and sisters, Lisa and Trina Brancucci.

See DEATHS, Page B6





Is It the Fountain of Youth for Aging Minds?

Pharmacist of the Year Makes Memory Discovery of a Lifetime ‘America’s Pharmacist,’ Dr. Gene Steiner, finds what he and his patients have been looking for – a real memory pill!

“I had such marvelous results with this memory pill that I not only started recommending it to my customers, I even shared it with other physicians!”

Pharmacy Best-Seller

For years, pharmacists told disappointed patients that memory loss was inevitable. A new, drug-free cognitive formula may help improve mind, mood, and memory in as little as 30 days.

PHOENIX,ARIZONA — If Pharmacist of theYear, Dr. Gene Steiner, had a nickel for every time someone leaned over the counter and whispered, “Do you have anything that can improve my memory,” he would be a rich man today. It’s a question he’s heard countless times in his 45-year career. He has seen families torn apart by the anguish of memory loss and mental decline, a silent condition that threatens the independent lifestyle that seniors hold so dearly. In his years-long search for a drug or nutrient that could slow mental decline, he finally found the answer, a natural, drug-free compound that helps aging brains ‘think and react,’ younger.

“It became the best-selling brain health product in my pharmacy and customers were returning to thank me for introducing them to it.” Users like Selwyn Howell* agree. He credits the memory compound with bolstering his confidence. “It helped me speak out more than I used to. I am growing more confident every day.” Carey S.* reports, “I feel so much more focused and with the new energy I’m now ready to tackle the things I’ve been putting off for years!” Elizabeth K.* of Rochester, New York experienced a night-and-day difference in her mind and memory. At the age of 54, her memory was declining at an “alarming rate.” “I was about to consult a neurologist when I read a newspaper article about it.” “It took about a month for the memory benefit to kick in. Six months later, even my husband was impressed with my improved memory.And I am very happy with my renewed mental clarity and focus!” “I highly recommend it,” says Dr. Steiner. “This drug-free compound is the perfect supplement for increasing one’s brain power. If it worked for me, it can work for you!”

Beverly Giger; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Phyllis Parsons Phyllis Nadine Parsons, 71, of Brooksville, Ky., died March 23, at Hospice of Hope in Maysville. She was retired as a tax examiner for the IRS for 20-plus years. Her husband, Giles Carter Parsons; and brothers, Donald Eugene Perkins and Larry Dean Lucas, died previously. Survivors include her children, Debbie Parsons Colemire of Foster, Regina Parsons Orcutt of Dayton, Ky., Linda Parsons Govan of Latonia, and Jason Louis Parsons of Brooksville; sisters, Anna Katherine Perkins of Covington, Karen Lucas Arrowood of Florence, Lisa Lucas Stamper of Crescent Springs, and Lori Lucas Young of Latonia; brothers, Arthur Junnie Lucas of Covington, and Gary Allen Lucas of Sebring, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Johns Hills Cemetery.

Anita Setters Anita M. Setters, 55, of Melbourne, died March 22, in Newport. She was a data transcriber with the IRS in Covington, a graduate of OLP in Newport, and loved boating, yard work and spending time with her granddaughter. Her parents, Roland and Mary Louise O’Connor Lemberg, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Jamie Setters of Florence; son, Jason Setters of Fort Mitchell; sister, Patricia Francis of Newport; brothers, Kenneth Lemberg of Florence, Charles Lemberg of Fort Thomas, Michael Lemberg of Anderson Township, Ohio, Robert Lemberg of Melbourne, and John Lemberg of Independence; and granddaughter, Isabelle Rae Ellis. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sara Peelman

Tired Brains Snap Awake!

Pharmacist of the Year, Dr. Gene Steiner, PharmD, was so impressed with his newfound memory powers that he recommended the patented, prescription-free memory formula to his pharmacy patients with great success.

Continued from Page B5

Sara Wilma Peelman, 79, of Bellevue, died March 26, at her home. She was a receptionist with the Community Action Center in Dayton, Ky., member of the Bellevue Baptist Church and the Ralph Fulton VFW Post No. 6424 Women’s Auxiliary in Erlanger, and loved to dance and sing. Her husband, Robert Clifford Peelman, and son, Kenneth Peelman, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Rick Peelman and Bob Peelman; daughters, Sharon Corbin, and Toni Biedenharn; sisters, Joyce Riley, Sandy Cunningham, Anne Legge, Francis Dickerson and

“It helps tired, forgetful brains to ‘snap awake,” says Dr. Steiner. Before Dr. Steiner recommended it to customers, he tried it first. “Within a few days, I can tell you without reservation that my memory became crystal clear!” “Speaking for pharmacists everywhere, we finally have something that we can recommend that is safe and effective.And you don’t need a prescription either!”

Feeding an Older Brain

George Wagner George A. Wagner, 97, of Seminole, Fla., formerly of Highland Heights, died March 20, at Palm Garden of Largo. He was a retired sheet-metal worker with Local 141 (now 24), member of the VFW, past president of the Alzheimer’s Association of Cincinnati, 70-year member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 24, and was an Army Signal Corps veter-

Take in a fish fry

The formula helps oxygenate listless brain cells to revitalize and protect them from free radicals caused by stress and toxins. It also helps restore depleted neurotransmitter levels, while feeding the aging mind with brain-specific nutrients and protective antioxidants.

Lenten season means fish-fry season, and plenty of local organizations are serving up Friday feasts:

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Everyone is different and you may not experience the same results. Results can depend on a variety of factors including overall health, diet, and other lifestyle factors

» Bellevue vets fish fry, 24 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue 5-8 p.m. Nonsmoking seating area in main hall. Dinners $7.50-

an during World War II, serving in Europe, and landing June 6, 1944, at Omaha Beach in Normandy under heavy German fire as a radioman attached to the 1st Infantry Division. His first wife, Rose Ann Guenther Wagner, and second wife, Frieda Neltner Wagner, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Maridell Hahn; sons, Michael Wagner and Mark Wagner; stepdaughter, Linda Reynolds; stepson, Tim Reynolds; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Eugene West Eugene M. “Mel” West, 79, of Newport, died March 22, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a door hanger in the carpentry industry. Survivors include his cousins, Deborah Coldiron, Lola Anderson, Tina Hartman and Wade Murphy. Burial was at St. Stephens Cemetery.

John Woods III John D. Woods III, 61, of Melbourne, died March 24, at his home. He was a mainframe operator at Blue Cross Blue Shield and IBM. Survivors include his children, Jordan Woods and Courtney Woods; and companion, Kathy Thomas. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

$4.50. Carry out available. 859-431-0045. » Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808, 37 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 4-8 p.m. $7 dinner, $1 sandwich. 859-4411280.



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