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Bier Garden boosts Midway Cafe

Fort Thomas’s Midway Cafe is seeing an increase in business with the addition of a new Bier Garden, more varieties of beer, including their own brew, and new menu items. STORY, A2

Campbell officials look to replace more By Amanda Joering Alley

Newport on Levee at 10-year mark

For almost 10 years, Newport on the Levee has been a hot spot in the Greater Cincinnati area, bringing thousands of locals and tourists to Newport’s riverfront. In September, the entertainment and dining hub, which is continuing to see success, will celebrate its 10year anniversary. LIFE, B1

Couple wins engagement ring

There are wedding bells in the future for Southgate residents Amanda Bardo and Kevin Kubiak, winners of a $15,000 diamond engagement ring during the James Free Jewelers Diamond Dash. Bardo is originally from Fort Thomas. STORY, A3

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A new outdoor alerting device can be seen by the intersection of South Fort Thomas Avenue and River Road.

While new outdoor alerting devices are being installed in Wilder and Fort Thomas, officials are looking for funds to replace more outdated sirens throughout Campbell County. The sirens, installed in Wilder at the city building and in Fort Thomas at Rossford Park, Tower Park and Highland Hills Park, were made possible by an $85,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security. Fort Thomas and Wilder teamed up with the Campbell County office of Emergency Management to apply for the grant earlier this year, said Fort Thomas fire Capt.Greg Schultz. “The ones we had were very outdated and we were having issues with them,” Schultz said. “They were so old we couldn’t even order new parts for them.” Schultz said the new sirens look very different from the old ones, prompting several

residents to call the department asking what they were while they were being installed this week. The new design offers better technology than the older ones, making it easier for the department and city to use them, Schultz said. “These can be used to alert people about a multitude of incidents, from severe weather to hazardous spills,” Schultz said. “The biggest thing for residents to know is that when they hear the siren, they need to seek more information and seek shelter.” Schultz said unlike the old sirens that needed to be set off during testing, the new sirens come with internal testing so they can be checked without having to set them off. The sirens should be completely up and running in about four to six weeks, Schultz said. William Turner, director of the emergency management office, said the newly installed sirens in Fort Thomas and Wilder are just the beginning. “We are working to apply for another grant to replace three more sirens in the county,” Turner said. “These new models can do more things and I think the citizens will be happy with what they get.” If grant money is awarded, Turner said the plan is to replace the sirens in A.J. Jolly Park, the Silver Grove Fire Department and the Eastern Campbell Fire Department.

Busy month for Fort Thomas firefighters By Amanda Joering Alley

In the past month, Fort Thomas firefighters have been busier than usual with several fires throughout the city. From fires caused by lightning strikes and fireworks to a couple electrical fires, the department has had more than its normal share of fires recently. “It’s been rough this past month,” said Fire Chief Mark Bailey. “Everyone in the department has been very busy, but they are doing a great job.” A few weeks ago, the department responded to a fire caused by a lightning strike at Churchill Estates that caused about $15,000 in damages, followed by a fire caused by a stray firework on July 1 in Villa Grande that caused about $180,000 in damages, said Capt. Greg Schutlz. More recently, firefighters responded to a house fire July 18 on Indiana Avenue. The fire, which Schultz said appears to be electrical, caused about $130,000 in damage to the home of Tammy Vance, who was in the process of moving her family of five to a new house in Highland Heights. “We had left the house that morn-


Damage is evident on the outside of a home on Indiana Avenue that caught fire July 18 causing an estimated $130,000 worth of damage.


Insulation covers the home of Angela Gilbert and her son Tyler Swope after their apartment on Inverness Place caught fire July 19.

ing to go get the U-Haul, and when we came back, everything was in flames,” Vance said. “We lost a lot of our furniture, clothes and other things, along with our family cat.” The next day, firefighters responded to another electrical fire in a four-unit apartment building on Inverness Place that caused about $115,000 worth of damage to the building.

Schultz said while that fire appears to have started in the wall and went up into the attic, the ceiling and insulation falling down along with the water and smoke caused a good deal of damage to the apartment of Angela Gilbert, who lived there with her teenage son Tyler Swope, who discovered the fire and called 911. Gilbert said the family is staying at Holiday Inn Express and working to salvage what they can from their home. “The firefighters did a great job putting out the fire, and everyone has really been amazing through this whole thing,” Gilbert said. “I obviously haven’t been through




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this before and don’t really know anyone else who has, so its been hard.” In response to fires on Indiana Avenue and Inverness Place, neighbors and community members are coming together to help in any way they can. Neighbors of Vance are collecting donations for the family and a friend of Glibert’s has set up The Swope Family fund at the Bank of Kentucky to collect donations. Schutlz said beyond those helping the families affected by these fires, the community has been great helping firefighters do their job. The day of the fire on Indiana Avenue, TANK donated an airconditioned bus for the day to give firefighters a place to cool down from the heat and a supervisor from Rumpke brought two large coolers of water and Gatorade to the scene for them, Schultz said. Neighbors were also bringing out drinks and spraying firefighters with their garden hoses to help them cool down. “Those kind of things are just wonderful and they really help us out,” Schultz said. “After the past month we’re all pretty wiped out, so I really hope we don’t get another hit.”


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Cold Spring resident dancing for a cure By Chris Mayhew

Cold Spring resident Forest Thomer is always dancing for a reason. Most of the time Thomer’s dances are an ode to his dream of meeting his favorite celebrity Ellen DeGeneres, but right now his feet are hopping for a cure. Thomer, 24, has partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Cincinnati in an effort to raise more than $100,000 in pledges for the charity’s goal of a cure for all cancer. Thomer, who always wears a three-dimensional Tyrannosaurus “T-Rex” dinosaur skeleton around his neck, is a familiar sight at festivals and other places. Thomer, who is often accompanied by a friend


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Katie Simon, West Chester, and Forest Thomer, Cold Spring, stand in Newport Wednesday, July 20 with Thomer’s signature “T-Rex” dinosaur necklace dyed pink in recognition of their commitment to raise $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Cincinnati. “I thought why not pink T-Rex’s,” he said. Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Cincinnati’s staff confirmed Thomer’s affiliation with the charity

through his pledge. Thomer said he thinks trying to raise $100,000 is ambitious, but so is the goal of curing cancer. “If you have a dream

you don’t really ever stop or give up,” Thomer said. Thomer said he is seeking people and organizations interested in either hosting fundraisers, helping

execute them, or to just spread the word. Thomer said he is also looking for businesses and people willing to ask for $5 donations and give out the paper necklaces or stickers of his pink T-Rex with the logo of “Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Cincinnati.” Donations are also being accepted through the website Katie Sigmon, of West Chester, has partnered with Thomer on the project and is helping him promote and organize events. “We’re trying to organize a big dance on Fountain Square right now,” Sigmon said. Sigmon, a regular volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Cincinnati, said she has personally known people affected by cancer and thought Thomer had a fun approach to raising money. “He’s done a lot of the leg work and gotten a lot out there,” she said. Thomer’s done all the dancing work, too.


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Fort Thomas’s Midway Cafe is seeing an increase in business with the addition of a new Bier Garden, more varieties of beer including their own brew and new menu items. Tim Gabennesch, owner of the 107-year-old cafe, said his interest in different beers and the brewing process led him to start brewing his own beer several years ago. After reading a lot about the subject and going through some trial and error, Gabennesch said he started out slowly making small batches of beer in the basement of the South Fort Thomas Avenue business. “Now we’re making more than 750 gallons a year and offering a variety


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of ales,” Gabennesch said. “A lot of people come in here just to try our beer, so much that we sometimes run out.” Gabennesch said it seems people’s desire to try new things and enjoy fresher beer is a big draw to the cafe. On top of the house brews, Gabennesch is also working to offer more micro-brews on tap. Along with new beers, the cafe is offering new, homemade menu items. The Bier Garden opened earlier this month, which Gabennesch said has been a big success. “People really seem to enjoy it out there,” Gabennesch said. “It offers them something different.” Nick Buschle, a lifelong Fort Thomas resident, said he has been coming to Midway Cafe his whole life and is happy to see that the business is still successful. “I think it’s great what (Gabennesch) is doing with the home brews,” Buschle said. “Between the new things here and the way the city has fixed up the area, I think people are really attracted to this place.” Gabennesch said he doesn’t have any big changes planned for the future of Midway Cafe, but he does hope to continue increasing the amount and variety of beer he brews. For more information about the Midway Cafe, visit and search for “Midway Cafe.”


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Couple wins $15,000 engagement ring Scavenger hunt leads to prize, proposal on bended knee

wedding sometime next summer. “She’s getting the ball rolling, I just shake my head a lot,” Kubiak said. Bardo said she’s starting the planning process off slowly, still working on nailing down an exact date.

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“We’re still in the midst of showing off the ring and announcing our engagement to our family and friends,” Bardo said. “Right now we’re just kind of having fun with it.”

There are wedding bells in the future for Southgate residents Amanda Bardo and Kevin Kubiak, winners of a $15,000 diamond engagement ring during the James Free Jewelers Diamond Dash. The couple participated in the contest, which consisted of a scavenger hunt through downtown Cincinnati, with about 500 other people on July 16. “We were sitting there after the scavenger hunt, and our cell phone rang,” Bardo said. “We knew it was them calling to tell us we won, and we just looked at each other and started screaming.” Bardo, a Highlands High School graduate originally from Fort Thomas, has been in a relationship with Kubi-

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and have been together since.” Bardo said she heard about the Diamond Dash on the radio and thought it would be fun. So she entered an essay about her and Kubiak’s relationship

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Alexandria expects sale of condemned building By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - The owner of a building condemned by the city on East Main Street has communicated with the city for the first time in more than a year, expressing an intent to sell the property rather than have it demolished. The city’s building inspector condemned the building Feb. 7 of this year. The city, citing a safety hazard, had previously boarded up front windows that were broken out and left unattended in August 2010. More than $3,700 in $75-a-day code violation fines have also been levied


A June 2011 view of the back of the condemned building at 8339 E. Main St., Alexandria. by the city against the property. The city’s attorney has recently spoken with Edward C. Schumann,

owner of the property at 8339 E. Main St., about having the building appraised with the idea of selling it, said Mayor Bill Rachford. “Mr. Schumann has been in touch with some folks who have expressed some interest in buying the place,” Rachford said. A phone call to Schumann July 19 was not immediately returned, and previous phone messages and letters to Schumann left by The Alexandria Recorder about the building have never been answered.


A view in June 2011 of the front of 8339 East Main St., a building condemned by the city of Alexandria. The city’s attorney, Mike Duncan, is familiar with the appraiser selected by Schumann and is waiting for the appraisal to happen, Rachford said. The appraisal was scheduled to happen about two weeks ago when it was unexpectedly delayed because of a medical emergency for the appraiser, Rachford said. The same

appraiser is expected to perform the appraisal soon, he said. Since Schumann is interested in selling it now, the appraisal needs to happen soon and it shouldn’t be used as an excuse to delay the building’s fate further, Rachford said. “I just don’t want him to continue to put it off and drag his feet … and drag

that process out for five years,” Rachford said of Schumann. If the property can be sold to a viable buyer who wants to use it, that’s the preference, but it’s time to stop dealing with the issue, he said. “I really don’t want to destroy the building, but I will if I have to,” Rachford said.





“TRUST ME … just sign here” Have you ever heard someone say this? When you heard it, were you suspicious? If not, you should have been. This declarative statement is exactly what the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) is saying when it asks you to sign a petition to dissolve the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC).

We have. They have no idea so they recite HBA’s talking points. Ask them to explain something and you will get nothing. The truth of the matter is that they simply don’t care. They’re in this for the money. Then, who should you trust in this matter? How about the men and women you elected to your local city councils or city commissions? NKAPC is overseen by Kenton County’s 19 local governments. Each of the 18 cities and the Fiscal Court are represented on NKAPC’s oversight board. The vast majority of Kenton County elected officials support NKAPC and the important services that it provides to their constituents.

The HBA has co-opted the local Tea Party in its effort to eliminate NKAPC. They also have hired outof-town political mercenaries from California, Texas, Massachusetts, and elsewhere to gather signatures of Kenton County residents to place this issue on the November ballot.

These out-of-town solicitors have no In recent weeks, the HBA and local idea what NKAPC is, what it does, Tea Party representatives have asked and how it makes Kenton County a number of local city councils to a safer place for all of us. All they pass resolutions supporting their efknow is that they get paid from deforts to dissolve NKAPC. All of these velopment and construction-industry legislative bodies refused to do so. folks to stand outside restaurants, in That should tell you something. grocery store parking lots, and at the county fair and other local festivals to The simple fact is that the HBA gather signatures. When this Kenton and its members want to eliminate County effort is finished, these political gypsies will move on to anNKAPC so that they and their cronies – rather than local officials other community, another issue, and another paycheck from moneyed you elect – can control planning and zoning in Kenton County. Is that interests. what you want? If you see one of these petition gatherers out and about in Kenton County, ask them what services NKAPC provides in Kenton County; ask them why NKAPC was created by our local legislators 50 years ago; and, ask them what would happen to planning, zoning, and development in Kenton County if NKAPC went away. Then check out what they tell you.

Who should you trust? The officials you elected to your local city councils, city commissions, and fiscal court, or the HBA and their out-of-town political gypsies? Get the facts. Know how dissolving NKAPC will adversely affect our community and its future. Know what you are being asked to sign.

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County incentivizes summer learning By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - At Campbell County Schools’ Camp Compass the learning happens on the computer at home, and the fun happens at school where students redeem time spent studying for prizes. Students were offered prize incentives by sharpening their math and reading skills on the interactive web-based program, Compass Odyssey. Students have used the program when school is in session for three years. Summer access to the online Compass Odyssey has been offered for a while, but this year students have an incentive to

study up over the summer, said Marion Kilmer, curriculum secretary for the district. “In the summer you kind of don’t think about school, and you don’t always keep up,” Kilmer said. “So this kind of keeps them motivated.” Students and their parents brought in handfuls of tickets to redeem prizes at the July 21 Camp Compass night at the district’s Alexandria Education Center. Prizes included tickets to professional baseball games, books, camping tents and toy prizes. Grant’s Lick Elementary School student Camryn Mergenthal, 11, of Butler, brought 96 tickets to the July 21 Camp Compass and left with a tote bag and an iTunes gift card.


From left, sister and brother Camryn, 11, and Grant Mergenthal, 9, pick prizes with their tickets earned for summer learning at the Camp Compass event at the Alexandria Education Center July 21.


Cora Bertsch, 5, of Alexandria, a kindergartner, bounces a toy up and down as she shows her parents at the Camp Compass prize-redeeming event at the Alexandria Education Center July 21.

Mergenthal, who wants to become a teacher, said she is ready for school to start and the prizes aren’t why she studied over the summer. “Because I like school,” she said. Grant Mergenthal, her 9-yearold brother, brought 72 tickets and redeemed them for a camping tent. “That’s all he kept saying was I want that tent,” said Tina Mergenthal, their mother. Luke Oehrle, 10, of Cold Spring, used 75 of his 76 tickets to snag two upper-deck Cincinnati

Reds tickets for a game in September. Oehrle said he mostly worked on math online. “I just did it because there were prizes,” he said. At the first Camp Compass prize redeeming evening in June, students had logged 1,100 hours eligible for prizes, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. Students earned one prize ticket per 10 minutes spent on Compass Odyssey. “Some kids who came in only had five or six tickets, but we had a little girl who came in with 160

tickets,” said Hale of the July 21 Camp Compass. “That’s a lot of time.” Some prizes were donated, and others including smaller toys were purchased by the school district, she said. The Cincinnati Reds, Florence Freedom and Blue Marble Bookstore in Fort Thomas donated quite a bit, and Kings Island donated two tickets, Hale said. “We had a large number of students who were working online,” she said. “It’s documented. And they can come in and they’re excited.”


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Noah Moore and Abby Salmon dig up bones during the CSI: Fort Thomas camp.

Officer William Hunt watches as Karolyn Lukjan exits a tent where students learned about blood spatter during the CSI: Fort Thomas camp, part of the Fort Thomas Summer Enrichment Program. The camp ran July 18-22.

Students mix plaster to make plaster casts of their handprints during the camp.



Sgt. Chris Carpenter watches as students dig up animal bones during the camp.


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Alexandria school needs reading buddies By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - Campbell Ridge Elementary School is pairing willing adults with students in need of extra one-on-one reading time and coaching. Campbell Ridge is the first school in Campbell County Schools to implement the One to One: Practicing Reading with Students program, said Principal Anthony Mazzei. Other participating elementary schools in Campbell County include Grandview Elementary in Bellevue, Silver Grove Elementary and the Newport Independent School District. For information visit the Northern Kentucky Education Council’s website at http://tinyurl. com/nkyonetoone. Campbell Ridge is seeking about 15 more volunteers for its reading program, Mazzei said. The school started in February with about eight volunteer reading coaches helping 10 children, said Christy Eby, of California, a parent volunteer and the

program’s coordinator. The hope is to expand that number with more volunteers from the community this year, Eby said. What students learn in the classroom is supplemented by the program, she said. It’s not that the students can’t read, Eby said. “This is just for those kids that need a little extra help that are right there on the borderline,” she said. As a coach, Eby said she’s seen how a child’s reading abilities improve. It’s satisfying work when the students realize how much progress they’re making, she said. “They start to love to read, and then that’s the biggest improvement of all,” Eby said. Eby said she’d often start reading aloud to the student she was helping in the spring to help get a reading session started. “And most of the time I wouldn’t get another chance because she would start reading and get on a roll,” Eby said. In addition to reading

aloud, coaches also learn how to play games with their students aimed at improving specific reading skills, she said. Reading coaches must complete six hours of required training, Eby said. People may know how to read well, but the training identifies and provides skillful solutions for at least six different types of situations that often come up when coaching a child on reading, she said. “A lot of it is comprehension,” Eby said. “A lot of students can read, but they just can’t remember what they just read.” While coaching students is rewarding, it has to be done during the school day, she said. “It’s a pretty big commitment, it’s 35 minutes per week for every week of school,” Eby said. Daytime and evening sessions to meet the required six hours of training begin Tuesday, Aug. 23. For information about becoming a reading coach at Campbell Ridge Elementary, call Christy Eby at

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Campbell County High School phases in year-end tests By Chris Mayhew

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Decision Making Council approved a plan July 19 to phase in newly required year-end tests in applicable courses over the three years. Year-end tests will count for 10 percent of students’ grades in 2011-2012, 15 percent in 2012-2013 and 20 percent in 2013-2014. Senate Bill 1, the state law passed in 2009 requiring a new educational accountability system, is the reason for the new year-end tests. The Kentucky Department of Education is requiring year-end tests for high school students in four subject areas for the upcoming school year. For details visit the website at http://tinyurl. com/endyeartests. Requirements for this upcoming school year include end-of-year tests for English II, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history. The state wants the exams to count as 20 percent of the student’s grade in the course, but it does allow schools to use discretion on implementing the new requirements, said Principal Renee Boots as she led the July 19 School Based Decision Making

Council meeting in the school library. Teachers need to know how to teach under the new standards that are just now being announced, Boots said. Boots said she can’t envision holding students to a standard that no one yet understands completely. “To hold them to that 20 percent standard is too high,” she said. Boots recommended the council approve a model Fayette County is using. End-of-year tests would count for 10 percent of a student’s total course grade this year, then 15 and 20 percent during the next two school years. Teachers have wanted more student accountability on testing for years, and that’s what the new end-ofyear testing accomplishes, she said. “It’s a huge shift in accountability,” Boots said. “To me that sounds very realistic and reasonable,” said SBDM member Roseann McCafferty, a teacher. It’s a fair solution, said Laura Heuser, of Alexandria, a parent representative on the SBDM council.

“I think it helps to prepare them, and gives you all a sense of who has grasped what,” Heuser said. The SBDM council also decided to limit student exemptions from taking exams to three per year for their courses except in cases where they have an end-ofyear exam. The school’s policy allows teachers, if they desire, to offer exam exemptions, Boots said. Students who receive exemptions must maintain a minimum grade of 90 percent in the course with no excused absences, late arrivals or behavioral notes to the principal’s office, she said. The council limited the exemptions a student is eligible to receive in a school year from unlimited to three courses at Boots’ recommendation. It’s worth keeping the exam exemptions because they motivate some students to pay better attention in class, and get up and out of bed in the morning and be on time, Boots said. “I will tell you that there are a lot of students who strive for this,” she said.

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Scharold makes run for UK record books By Adam Turer


Robbie Scharold nears the finish line of the Class 3A, Region 5 cross country meet Nov. 7, 2009, at Scott High School. Scharold won the regional championship for Campbell County.

Robbie Scharold made his mark in the Campbell County High School and Kentucky high school record books. He now aims to make his mark on the University of Kentucky and Southeastern Conference. The 2010 CCHS graduate is entering his sophomore year at UK, competing on the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams. After his success running for the Camels, he became one of a few CCHS track and cross country runners to advance to a high-major Division I program. While running for CCHS, Scharold set the state and regional records in the 800 meters, and helped set the regional records in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. “He was always willing to run in any event that he knew would help the team,” Camels track and field coach Toni McKee said. “His talent really helped us win regionals two years in a row.” Scharold won the 800 meters state championship in 2009 and 2010. In addition to his talent, his leadership was critical for the Camels.


Campbell County’s Robbie Scharold signed to run cross country and track for the University of Kentucky Feb. 25, 2010, in the presence of his parents, Greg and Donna. “Robbie is a really strong leader,” McKee said. “He led by example and the younger guys on the team really looked up to him.” In his first year at UK, Scharold ran cross country, but was injured prior to the start of the indoor track season. He redshirted for the indoor season, but returned in time to participate in the outdoor season. An Achilles injury suffered in December

lingered with him throughout the year. “I started experiencing a bunch of little things that would keep me from going full speed,” Scharold said. Early in his first college season, Scharold found that there were plenty of adjustments to be made. “The biggest difference is the amount of running and practice on a daily basis,” Scharold said. “The easiest days in college are like the

hardest days in high school.” Fully healthy now, Scharold is looking forward to contributing to the team in a bigger way in his sophomore campaign. The Wildcats coaches give their runner the opportunity to train on their own in the offseason and set their own pace for success and improvement. “I’m running more than I have in previous summers,”

Scharold said. “I’ve learned to gradually build up my mileage in a healthy way.” Scharold took a break from Lexington and returned home to Northern Kentucky to train this summer. The heat wave that has swept the region has been a challenge for Scharold and anyone trying to run lots of miles this summer. “The heat has made it tough to train,” said Scharold. “I’ve been running early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler, but it’s still pretty hot.” In his sophomore season, Scharold aims to run more 1500 meter races, compete in the 4x400 relay more, and improve his time in his specialty event, the 800 meters. Scharold said that his goal is to run the 800 even faster this year than he did in his senior year at Campbell County, when he set the state record. The Wildcats sophomore has what it takes to continue to improve each season. While he is a talented runner, it is his intangibles that will separate him from the pack. “He is a great example of work ethic,” McKee said. “My hope for him is to come out this year and be a force in the SEC.”

N. Ky. students shoot for the stars By James Weber

Northern Kentucky’s top guns took part in a statewide trap shooting competition on June 28 in Berea, Ky. Kids from ages 10-22 met for the competition. Each age bracket competes against one another for the state titles in both team and individual categories. The Northern Kentucky team came home with four team trophies and five individual trophies. “This is the best year we have ever had at state since I have been coaching for the


Tanner Hamilton of Campbell County Middle School shoots during the state meet.


The Northern Kentucky Junior No. 1 team includes Shawn Butcher (Dixie Heights), Zachary Meiman (Ryle), Tyler Schnitzler (Campbell County), Taylor Bisig (Cooper) and Michael Strange (Simon Kenton). last 10 years,” head coach Dennis Menning said. “Everything just seemed to click this year and we have some very talented shooters.” The competition is 100 targets shot with a 12gauge shotgun from the 16yard line at targets leaving the trap bunker at 45 miles an hour into a field divided 22 degrees each side. The target is usually hit at a distance of 45 yards from the shooter. “Shooting the target is much different than shooting a fixed target,” Menning

said. “It relies on hand-eye coordination much like hitting a baseball or a golf ball. You have to focus on the target and trust your instincts to know when to pull the trigger.” Menning said the team generally draws a lot of students who have no interest in sports such as baseball or football. The team has shooters from Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Kenton and Pendleton counties. Menning said all the students go through a thorough safety orientation before going to the firing


Four members of Northern Kentucky’s Sub-Junior team: Johnny Stickrod (Walton-Verona), Trey Downton (Campbell County Middle School), Trevor Windgassen (Campbell County Middle School) and Tanner Hamilton (Campbell County Middle School). Not pictured is Nick Staggs (Augusta). line for live shooting practice. At the state meet, the Graduate team took first place with a score of 463. Team members are Andrew Elmore, Christopher Hellmann, Daniel Giancola, Jeremy Norris and Michael Buemi. Elmore took first individually with a 95, Hellmann was second at 93 and Giancola third with 92. The Junior No. 1 team took second place with a score of 471. Team members are Michael Strange,

Taylor Bisig, Tyler Schnitzler, Zachary Meiman and Shawn Butcher. Strange was third individually with 98. The Junior No. 2 team took third place with a score of 460. Team members are Taylor Staman, Alec Wolfort, David Abell, Samuel Meffort and Kyle Sears. The Sub-Junior team took third place with a score of 435. Team members are Trey Dayton, Trevor Windgassen, Tanner Hamilton, Johnny Stickrod and

Nick Staggs. Jacob Bechtold was second individually in the presub division with 92. The team is gearing up for the national competition held in Sparta, Ill., at the World shooting complex on Aug. 7-8. The competition will be 200 total targets. Last year the program brought home a first-place trophy in the B class Junior Division. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.

Be part of Seiter memorial golf tournament Nathan Seiter would have turned 31 this summer. Seiter died in a car accident on Nov. 30, 2004. He was Bishop Brossart’s leading scorer in men’s basketball. On Aug. 13, Nathan’s friends, family and those looking to have a good time for a great cause will gather at Hickory Sticks Golf

Course to preserve Nathan’s memory at the annual Nathan Seiter Memorial Golf Outing. Reservations are presently being taken for the 1 p.m. flight. A contribution of $80, which has remained constant since its inception, will include 18 holes of scramble golf, a cart, beverages, lunch on the course, and a steak

or chicken dinner catered by Barleycorns. This event has sold out in each of its six previous renewals, and this one is anticipated to be no exception. Make reservations now, whether you are repeat golfers or newcomers to the event. The proceeds of the event ben-

efit the Nathan Seiter Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than 25 $1,000 scholarships to needy Brossart High School students. The Brossart Mustangs boys basketball program administrates and also benefits from the outing. Quality silent auction items will be available as well as the possi-

bility of winning a 2011 Buick provided by Jeff Wyler Buick/Pontiac/GMC with a hole-in-one on a designated hole, along with other prize holes. Contact Brian Rieger at 4416756 for more information. See more sports coverage at


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NewCath – 2011 Regional Champions

The Newport Central Catholic High School junior varsity baseball team won all four tournament games to become 2011 Regional Champions. They defeated Scott, Conner, Ryle and Boone County High School. Pictured, from left, bottom row: Kole Zenni, Alex Infante, Jake Pangallo, Pete Collopy, Alex Grau, Dominic Pangallo and John Caudill; top row: Coach P. Bartels, Coach Steve Fromeyer, Seth Martin, Josh Cain, Connor Bartels, Nick Seibert, Austin Brockman, Mitch Pangallo, Mike Bueter, Kevin Hoffstedder, Jake Yeager, Tommy Donnelly, Colin Dupont and Coach Jeff Ware.

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Four Highlands High School girls made college dance and cheerleading teams. Aubrey Bankemper and Camille Farrel made the University of Kentucky Dance Team. Both take dancing at LeDance Studio in Fort Thomas. Katie Kramer made the University of Louisville Cheerleading squad. Jenna Lindeman made the Xavier Dance Team. Pictured, from left, is Katie Kramer, UofL cheer; Jenna Lindeman, Xavier dance; Aubrey Bankemper, UK dance; and Camille Farrell, UK dance.

Brossart softball duo named all-state Bishop Brossart’s duo of Alicia Miller and Lindsay Griffith were selected to the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association All-Star Team in Class 1 A. Miller was named to the first team after a season in which she was 25-6 with a 0.28 ERA while catching mate Lindsay Griffith was named to the second team after a season that saw her bat .542, knock home 40 RBI and have a .927 slugging average. She

also set a school record 25 doubles this year. The duo helped Brossartto a 25-6 record, an undefeated NKAC (7-0) Record and the 37th District Championship. They become the first two Bishop Brossart players to ever be named to the state’s first and second teams. Danielle Hausfeld of Newport Central Catholic was named honorable mention.

All-state teams are in three classes determined by the KHSAA Track and Field Alignment. Miss Softball, All State, and Coaching Staff of the Year are voted on by the KSCA members. Each member votes for his/her own class and may vote for the other two classes. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.

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Lady Knights win championship

The fifth-grade Northern Kentucky Lady Knights won the 2011 AAU State Championship, 46-26. The team finished fourth last year. The Lady Knights won four of five games by 30 or more points. In the championship finals they played Blast, a team from Bowling Green that finished second in last year’s state tournament. The team will now move on to the AAU nationals. Pictured, from left, bottom row: Ally Niece and Alexis Stapleton; middle row: Taylor Clos, Sydney Millay, Tessa Gieske and Lexi Keeton; and top row: Coaches Scott Millay and Ray Blau, Abby Schutte, Tyrah Englemon, Courtney Cheesman, Rachael Moody and coaches Lisa Brock and Dave Brock.

BRIEFLY NKU nabs cup

Northern Kentucky University continued its dominance of the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s seven core sports by claiming its fourth consecutive Commissioner’s Cup, the league office announced recently. It marked the seventh time since the Commissioner’s Cup was instituted nine years ago that NKU has won the award. NKU, guided by director of athletics Dr. Scott

Eaton, finished with 85 total points to claim the award. Lewis finished runner-up with 81 1/2 points. Points for the Commissioner’s Cup are allotted based on finish in the GLVC’ s core sports standings and conference tournaments. The seven sports include men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. NKU won the GLVC championship in men’s soccer and


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Bombers win Memorial Day Tourney

The Campbell County Bombers won the District 28 Memorial Day Tournament for Division D2. Pictured, from left, is: Front row, Crew Berkley, Jimmy Ramsey, Luke Ziegler, Stephen Verst and Jordan Gross; and back row, Ethan Eilerman, Evan Mulliken, Cameron Brewer, Alec Eilerman, Paul Kremer and Trevor Davis. Not pictured is Ronnie Shackelford.

NKY Clippers have a record-breaking weekend The Northern Kentucky Clippers broke two Ohio State Long Course records, 11 team records, one meet record and achieved three Olympic Trial cuts the weekend of the Santa Clara Invitational and David Webb Invitational.

Santa Clara Grand Prix

Seven swimmers from the Clippers attended the Santa Clara Grand Prix meet in Santa Clara, Calif., including, Sharli Brady of Union, Conner Downard of Fort Thomas, Hannah Gillcrist of Hebron, Molly Hazelbaker of Anderson, Ohio, Kenzie Margroum of Fort Thomas, Ellen Williamson and Max Williamson, both of Fort Mitchell. Highlights form the meet: Molly Hazelbaker, ninth in the 1,500 meter freestyle, new team record. Sharli Brady, 23rd in 200 meter butterfly, new team record; and 30th in 400 meter IM, new team record. Max Williamson, 24th in 200 meter breaststroke, new team and LSC record; and 12th in 200 meter IM, Olympic Trial Cut, new team and LSC records. Ellen Williamson, 16th in 200 meter Backstroke, Olympic Trial Cut; and 16th in 100 meter backstroke, Olympic Trial Cut. Most of the USA National Team, including Michael Phelps and Ryan Locthe, and a host of 2008 Olympic team members attended the

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both age-group high point winners and Michael Summe of Edgewood broke the meet record in the 100 Breaststroke. In addition, several Clippers’ records fell including: 8 & Under Girls: MacKenzie Scaggs of Edgewood, 50-meter freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. 11-12 Girls: Katie Summe of Edgewood, 100and 200-meter breaststroke; and Madeleine Vonderhaar of Lakeside Park, 50-meter breaststroke. Fore information on the team, visit

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Tennessee Tech transfer Tiara Hopper and Cincinnati prep standout Ashley Schaefer will join the Northern Kentucky University basketball team for the 2011-2012 season. Hopper, a 5-foot-10 forward, played two years at Tennessee Tech. She averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds last season in 18 games. Hopper shot 57.9 percent from the field and averaged 12.6 minutes per game. As a freshman two years ago, Hopper started 11 times and averaged 6.9 points per game. She also grabbed an average of 4.6 rebounds per contest and had 11 blocked shots. A native of Louisville, Ky., Hopper graduated from Butler High School. She led Butler to the state championship as a junior and was named most valuable player at the Sweet 16 that season. Hopper averaged 13.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Schaefer, a 5-8 guard from Sycamore High School, averaged 13.2 points and was named All-Greater Miami

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Not only has Washington’s spending binge left us with a record national debt in excess of $14 trillion and an enormous $1.5 trillion annual deficit, but unemployment is still too high at 9.8 percent in Kentucky and our economy is stagnant at best amid fears of a double dip recession. House Republicans are working to reverse this trend. We already passed a fact-based budget plan that would reduce spending by more than $6 trillion over 10 years when compared to the president’s budget. Now, we are demanding significant spending cuts and reforms as part of any increase to the debt limit. At the same time, it has been more than 800 days since Senate Democrats passed any budget. In Washington, too many people throw around numbers with billions and trillions on the end without flinching. However, they seem to have forgotten that a bil-

lion has nine zeros and a trillion has 12 zeros. These numbers are so large that it can be difficult to put them into the perspective of our daily lives. Here U.S. Rep. are a few examGeoff Davis ples to help: One of our top Community priorities in Recorder Northern Kenguest tucky, both for columnist our safety and economy, is to replace the Brent Spence Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati. This critical infrastructure project is expected to cost up to $3 billion, more than the entire annual transportation budgets of Kentucky and Ohio combined. With $1 trillion, you could build this mega-project 333 times. You could also buy more than

Smog season is here again Now that the warm weather has sprung upon us full force, so has the smog. In early June the 90s hit the Tristate and brought with it the region’s first smog alert of the season. So what exactly is smog and why does it become such an issue during these hot summer months? Smog is an air pollutant containing gases and other reactive chemical mixtures that is formed when sunlight combines with them. They create an irritating mixture throughout the air making breathing difficult, especially for children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems. Now that the heat has arrived, the warm temperatures increasingly facilitate the mixing of those gases which creates more air contamination. Along with the temperatures, urban areas are among the top of the list for high smog levels. In the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments region that consists of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky and Dearborn County, IN., this is due, mainly, to exhaust from vehicles. Geography has something to do with it as well; since the region sits in a valley of sorts, the surroundings could trap the pollution inside. In order to see a decrease in the amount of smog that is formed, residents of the Tristate area need to be informed and stay conscientious. OKI is a non-profit organization actively trying to keep citizens aware of the smog issues in the

Tristate area. Lauren OKI’s primary Koehler charge is to notify people, businesses Community and the media of Press guest smog alerts on columnist days when there is high air contamination. OKI’s “Do Your Share for Cleaner Air” campaign is one way the community can stay informed about smog and related air pollution issues. This campaign gives many examples of what individuals can do to help keep our air clean, such as: • Carpool with friends or coworkers: sign up for RideShare, a free service, by visiting • Turn off all unused lights. • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m. • Use lawnmowers after 8 p.m. • Walk, bike or Rollerblade on short trips If carpooling or vanpooling is not feasible, individuals can park at one of the many park and rides around the Tristate area and take a bus (call METRO 513-621-4455 or TANK 859-331-8265). Simply spreading the word to friends and family is also helpful. For more information and additional tips to reduce air pollution, visit, become a fan on Facebook at, or call 1-800-621-SMOG. Loren Koehler is an OKI communications intern.

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540,000,000,000 (billion) cheese coneys (with mustard and onions) from your favorite chili parlor. If you lined them up end to end, they would circle the globe 1,714 times. This is enough to give eighty cheese coneys to every man, woman and child on Earth, or to give every single Kentuckian four cheese coneys a day for life – including free oyster crackers. With one trillion dollars you could buy 277,000,000,000 (billion) gallons of gas at the current average price of $3.60 per gallon. This is twice the total amount of gasoline consumed in the United States last year. You could also buy more than 49,000,000 (million) new Toyota Camrys made in Scott County and designed in Erlanger. This would be about four times as many cars as were sold in the United States last year. It is hard to imagine hundreds of bridges or hundreds of billions

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We welcome guest columns on all sides of an issue; however, potential columnists should reserve space in advance with Editor Michelle Shaw by calling 578-1053. Include with your column your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a two-to-three line biography outlining your expertise related to this topic. Either include a color headshot of yourself, or make arrangements when you call to have your photo taken here. We reserve the right to edit for length, accuracy and clarity. Columns may be no more than 500 words. Deadline: Noon Monday for next Thursday’s issue. E-mail: Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. of cheese coneys because the idea of a trillion dollars is mind boggling even when put into these terms. Yet we must come to terms with our $14 trillion debt and $1.5 trillion deficit because these bills will have to be paid either by us or future generations of Americans. We did not get into this mess overnight, and we will not get out

of it overnight. To stop the Washington spending spree, the government needs a realistic workout plan to reduce the deficit, and to start paying down our massive debt. The debt limit and budget negotiations must make significant progress toward that goal. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Skills gap: Jobs go unfilled With the national unemployment rate hovering stubbornly above 9 percent, why is there a shortage of workers? The short answer is that there has been and continues to be a skills gap created by the changing nature of work and the aging of the workforce. The changing nature of work has been shifting for the past several decades. Nowhere is this more evident than in the industry sectors of advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology. Just as your auto mechanic now uses electronics and computers to diagnose your car’s problem, so does the person who makes products in one of the 400 manufacturing companies found in the region. While it is true that the total number of people working in manufacturing has shrunk dramatically in the past decade, it is also true that advanced manufacturing is one sector of the economy that is hiring today. But you have to have the right skill set to even get an interview. A strong back and little else once was required to get a job in manufacturing. Today, a strong mind that is ready to use sophisticated technology to produce finished products is

required. It also requires the person to have strong math, reading, communications and writing skills. With those skills, you can expect to earn a good wage: The average wage of a person in advanced manufacturing in Kentucky exceeds $52,000 a year with benefits. You will work in a building that looks more like a NASA space shuttle than an assembly plant. Advanced manufacturing as a career is not well understood or appreciated. In our push to increase the college going rate – spurred by the 1960s space race – parents, counselors and teachers pushed the “college” degree as a four-year degree. We still push that goal despite warnings from experts telling us that 50-75 percent of jobs will require a two-year associate degree or less. Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is a place where things are still “Made in America.” Manufacturing accounts for a large number of jobs and a high percentage of the economic activity in the region. It has been and remains a vital part of who we are as a region. We must come together as a community to produce long-term and sustainable pathways for young

people and others to see advanced manufacturing as a career field of choice. That is why in 2005 local manG. Edward ufacturers and comHughes munity leaders Community came together to Recorder help design and secure funding for guest the Center for columnist Advanced Manufacturing at the Gateway’s Boone Campus. That is why we have launched numerous partnerships, apprenticeships and special programs to train and educate students to take the jobs that are and will be available in the region. Visit our center, talk to our faculty and staff; then have a serious conversation with your child, grandchild, neighbor and friend about a career in advanced manufacturing. The skills gap is a national challenge that must be overcome to revitalize the U.S. economy. In our region, Gateway offers an effective solution. G. Edward Hughes is president of Gateway Community and Technical College.

Will it be business as usual? Every Kentuckian knows the crisis we face: The country is more than $14 trillion in debt. The unemployment rate is over nine percent nationally, and nearly 10 percent in the Commonwealth. An economic calamity is on the horizon—unless Washington gets spending under control and creates an environment to grow new jobs, soon. So naturally people across Kentucky, from Paducah to Pikeville, are looking for answers. Will the government finally get spending under control and revive this economy, or will it be business as usual in Washington? Unfortunately, the answers coming from President Obama and the liberals in Congress are the wrong ones. Shockingly, in the face of crushing debt and deficits, a flailing economy, and anemic job growth, they want to increase government spending and raise taxes. Remarkably, in a time of record deficits, Washington Democrats have called for more stimulus spending, ignoring that if we

could spend our way into economic recovery we would surely be in boom times by now. And they have called for hundreds of billions of dollars in higher taxes to be a part of any deal for Congress to raise the debt limit. The president recently went to a manufacturing plant to tout new jobs. Yet even as he was speaking, his administration unveiled a proposal to hit manufacturing companies like the one he was visiting with billions of dollars in new taxes. Actions like these just aren’t serious. And they show that President Obama and Washington Democrats still don’t get it. They’re just not listening to you. What they don’t understand is that there is a debt crisis not because Washington taxes too little, but because it spends too much. And that voters did not elect dozens of new Republicans to Congress last November because they want their taxes raised or government spending to go up. For the government to keep

running up the credit card and looking to the taxpayer to foot the bill is unacceptable. RepubliSenator cans have very Mitch different ideas McConnell about how to Community solve the problems we face. Recorder I believe that guest it’s time for Washcolumnist ington to take the hit—not Kentucky taxpayers. We need to enact a serious plan to dramatically reduce spending and finally get our debt and deficits under control. That plan must include entitlement reform, because entitlement reform is the key to real long-term spending reduction. We should not raise taxes, because that would hurt job growth and hinder the economic recovery we badly need. Mitch McConnell is the Senate Republican Leader serving as senior U.S. Senator for Kentucky

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Jeff Rose and Bill Walz have opened a new business, Mansion Hill Custom Floors, in Newport.

New flooring company finds its home in Mansion Hill By Amanda Joering Alley

Alexandria residents Jeff Rose and Bill Walz have brought their 50 combined years of wood flooring experience to Newport with their new company, Mansion Hill Custom Floors. The company, which gets its name from its location in the Mansion Hill Historic District at 324 East Fourth St., specializes in creating one-of-a-kind flooring. “We are full-service including sales, installation and in-home estimates,” Rose said. “With all of our years of experience, we can help customers choose which flooring is right for them.” After meeting while working together at Schumacher & Co., a hardwood flooring company, the two decided to venture out on their own, opening Mansion Hill Custom Floors earlier this month. “We are both groundfloor up owners that started out sanding floors, so we know every aspect of this business,” Rose said. “We wanted to offer our customers a positive, comfortable experience.” Their new company offers traditional, modern, custom and eco-friendly

products, featured in their 2,500-square-foot showroom. “Everybody wants something different, and we have a countless varieties of wood to choose from,” Walz said. Walz said they have a wide selection of “green” products, which are those made out of cork, bamboo and wood that has been reclaimed or recycled, which are becoming increasingly popular. While it is just the two of them running the business with the help of their wives, Lee Rose and Janice Walz, both agreed that they hope to expand their business. “We plan to cater to builders, remodelers, designers and homeowners and help them find what they are looking for,” Walz said. “We’ve already had a great response from clients we’ve worked with in the past, and we hope to continue growing.” In the near future, the two plan to host open houses and lunch & learn events at their store. For more information about Mansion Hill Custom Floors call 581-1800 or visit For more about your community, visit

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Rosie Red and Derick Dieters of Newport at the Newport McDonald’s for the American Legion Baseball Fundraiser.

Levee celebrates 10 years of success By Amanda Joering Alley

For almost 10 years, Newport on the Levee has been a hot-spot in the Greater Cincinnati area, bringing thousands of locals and tourists to Newport’s riverfront. In September, the entertainment and dining hub, which is continuing to see success, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. “The building of Newport on the Levee brought a lot of attention to the city of Newport as the project developed,” said Harold Dull, general manager of the Levee. “The Levee has turned into a broad regional draw.” Dull said recent surveys show that residents from the surrounding six counties frequent the Levee and that 60 percent of the Levee’s 3.5 million visitors a year are tourists. The Levee’s marketing director, Christy Gloyd, who grew up in the area, said when she was younger, there wasn’t much to do in the area until the Levee opened. “Since the Levee opened this area has just boomed,” Gloyd said. “This has become a staple in the area.” Some of the biggest attractions at the Levee, which is 83 percent leased out right now, are the Newport Aquarium and AMC Theatres, as well as the wide variety of restaurants, bars and other stores. “I think a big thing that attracts people to the Levee is that there are so many options in a very concentrated place,” Dull said. “We are always looking for ways to add more value to our visitors’ experience at the Levee and we have a lot of exciting announcements coming up.” Dull said some of these announcements include the development of the vacant land next to the Levee that it owns, and possible new


Ella, Addison and James Viox of Erlanger enjoy some ice cream from the Cold Stone Creamery at Newport on the Levee. tenants for the vacated Shadowbox Cabaret and Imax theater spaces. Dull said the Levee is a very desirable location for businesses. One the Levee’s newest businesses, Tom + Chee, relocated from its former location in Cincinnati in June. The restaurant, which started as a small tent in Fountain Square in 2009, specializes in grilled cheese and tomato soup. “We love the atmosphere of the Levee,” said Trew Quackenbush, one of the business’s owners. “We are very family friendly and we thought the Levee would be a great fit for us with all the families that come here.” Outside of entertainment and dining businesses, the Levee is also catering to other businesses that want a unique environment for their office by leasing out office space. “Some businesses just don’t thrive in a central business district type of area, so at the Levee we offer them something a little different,” Dull said. “Here, businesses can find a creative, vibrant environment.” Dull said the office space at the Levee is a win-win by offering employees of the


Lauren Volk from Greenwood, Ind., gets a balloon flower from Chris Corrado of the Cincinnati Circus while visiting Newport on the Levee. businesses a lot of options for lunches and entertaining clients and providing Levee businesses with more onsite customers. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary, the Levee is

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Emma Tyree and Ashton Arvin from Trenton, Ohio, enjoy a meal at one the Levee’s newest businesses, Tom + Chee.

planning several events throughout the month of September. For information about the Levee and upcoming events, visit www.newport

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Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up a passport at one of the five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Information and list of participating wineries at website. Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.

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Kelsey Ann Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit, 7 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Clubhouse. Golfing is optional at 4 p.m. Open bar, dinner, dancing and music by the Remains. Benefits Kelsey Ann Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund. $75 golf; $50 dinner. Reservations required. 859-2922151. Covington.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513921-1922. Lakeside Park.



Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.


Ivan Parker, 7 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., Southern Gospel recording artist. Free, donations accepted. Tickets are required. 859-7814510; Fort Thomas.


The Cla-Zels, 8:30 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., $5. Local, cohesive rock band. 859261-9675; Newport. The Band of Heathens, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Americana/rock/soul music. $13, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. Come Here Watson, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. With Cougar Ace and Onward Pilgrim. $10 ages 18-20, $7 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Danny Bevins, 8 p.m. (Ages 21 and up) and 10:30 p.m. (Ages 18 and up), Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. Through July 31. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Dial “M” for Monmouth Murder Mystery, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Interactive murder mystery. During each performance, audience gets to decide who committed the crime. Ages 18 and up. $15. Through Aug. 5. 859-6559140; Newport.


Adult Sand Volleyball, 6:30 p.m., Flagship Park, 1 Flagship Pkwy., Weather permitting. No teams. Individuals rotate in so everyone can play. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Room A. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Fort Thomas.


Cincinnati Bell FiOptics Showcase of New Affordable Homes, 5-8 p.m., Aosta Valley, Aosta Valley Drive, Featuring seven model homes from six local builders. Homes start at $148,500 and range in size from 16003000 square feet. Located on Boone County-Kenton County line just North of Walton, KY off of Route 16, development features underground gas and electric utilities, city water and sewage, and streetlights. Community pool, clubhouse and playground are under construction. Restrooms, parking and concessions available during show. Free. 859-282-6900; Walton.

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Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-7 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.


Josh Eagle Album Release, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With the Cliftones, Fair City Lights and Kelly Fine. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Cover includes new CD. $13 ages 18-20; $10 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.


The Tempers CD Release Show, 8:30 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Release of “Strum & Drag” CD. With Straw Boss. $5. 859-261-9675; Newport.


Danny Bevins, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Dial “M” for Monmouth Murder Mystery, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $15. 859655-9140; Newport.


Open Play Paintball, 3-5 p.m., Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Golf Range Clubhouse to pay and for orientation. Includes Field Rental, Unlimited CO2 and 500 paintballs and Refs and two free additional hours of open play, which is normally 3-5 p.m.. All paintballs must be purchased from Xtreme Paintball at Town & Country. Field paint only. Ages 10 and up. $25, $12 500 additional paintballs, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859442-5800; Wilder. American Legion Charity Golf Outing, 1-4 p.m., Twin Oaks Golf Course, 450 E. 43rd St., Includes lunch at the course, beer, prizes, trophies, greens fees and cart. Shotgun start, four-person scramble. Benefits American Legion Boone Post 4. Ages 21 and up. $69. Registration required. Presented by American Legion Boone Post 4. 859-5812410. Covington. Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.


All-Breed Horse Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Alexandria Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Lane, Horses and riders compete in 49 classes. See Arabians, Paso Fino, Gaited, Western, English and Miniature Horses perform throughout competition. Covered grandstand seating available. Refreshments available. Free parking. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Horse Network. 859-512-5414; Alexandria.

Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Explore the streets where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their fortunes and their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. $15. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-491-8000; Newport. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 3 1


Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.


Ben Alexander, 1-5 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, 859-291-0550. Newport.


Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859491-8027; Covington.


Scotty Karate, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201. Newport. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus and Skeetones, 7 p.m., Radiodown, 620 Scott Blvd., With Yamn. Rock band from Grand Rapids, Mich. $10. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Dinsmore Homestead will have tours to showcase the 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, and Wednesday, Aug. 3. The Dinsmore Homestead is a unique historic site where visitors can learn what rural life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the hiking trails and those who enjoy antiques and historic interiors will take delight in touring the house, containing the original accumulated belongings of five generations of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour starting at 4 p.m. The office and gift shop are closed on Mondays. House tours will continue through Dec. 15. The Dinsmore Homestead is located at 5656 Burlington Pike in Burlington. Tours are $5; $3 ages 60 and up; $2 ages 7-17; members and ages six and under are free. For more information visit or call 859-586-6117. M O N D A Y, A U G . 1


Penguin Palooza, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, $22, $15 ages 2-12. 859-2617444; Newport.


Jesco White the Dancing Outlaw, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With Roger Alan Wade and Pick Up the Snake. $16, $13 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Live Bait Comedy, 7 p.m., 701 Bakewell St., Comedians Neilly Fletcher, Michael Rudolph, Vincent Holiday, Mike Foley, Rob Wilfong and special guest Gene Sell. Drink specials include $5 pitchers of Long Islands or domestic drafts and 43 Wells. No cover. 859-431-7011. Covington. Danny Bevins, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. Ages 21 and up. 859957-2000; Newport.


Dial “M” for Monmouth Murder Mystery, 3-5 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $15. 859655-9140; Newport.


Mommy & Me Time, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn and cartoons on endof-lane screens. Reservations available in two-hour increments. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859625-7250; Newport.


Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-746-3573; Florence.


Bob Crawford, 8 p.m.-midnight, Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Free. 859-431-6969. Newport.


Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No sign-up required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.


Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Different line-up each week. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-6969. Newport. T U E S D A Y, A U G . 2

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Newport.

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HEALTH / WELLNESS Scoliosis/Posture Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire. Spinal and postural evaluation for scoliosis. Free. 859291-2225. Newport.

DANCE CLASSES Clogging Demonstrations/Open Dance, 8 p.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, Public invited to watch energetic, footstomping and hand-clapping form of dance. $5 per day. Registration required. Presented by Hills of Kentucky Cloggers. 859-7608497; Fort Mitchell.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., $8 domestic buckets and $2 wells. 859-5813700. Newport.


Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.

All Star Karaoke, 7-10 p.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Sing on large stage with professional lighting and sound man. $500 prize for winner. Family friendly. Free. 859-441-4888. Cold Spring.




Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m., 9:30 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Civil War Era Beekeeping with Kayla and Granville Griffith. Pre-Program: Riverworks Discovery. Hour-long programs. Rain or shine. Free, donations of nonperishable food and personal care items accepted. 859-525-7529; Independence.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lake Erie Crushers, Champion Window Field, Reading Club. First 500 kids receive a free Freedom baseball. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.

Live at the Levee, 6-9:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. The Rusty Griswolds. Summer concert series. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.


Rock the Boat, 7 p.m., Riverside Marina Bar and Grill, 145 Mary Ingles Highway (Ky. 8), With DoryDrive and Seven Circle Sunrise. Free. Presented by Riverside Marina. 859442-8111; Dayton, Ky.. Valley of the Sun, 9-11:59 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., CD release party. With Lo-Pan and Atlantis Becoming. $5. 859431-2201. Newport.


Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.


Moonface, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Doors open 8 p.m. $13, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Underbelly, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 8 p.m. Cincinnati’s strangest comedy show features improv, sketches, poetry, music and more. Ages 18 and up. $8, $5 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.



The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performs “Bedroom Farce,” a comedic 1970s play that explores relationships at various stages. It is through Aug. 7, at the theater, 719 Race St., downtown. Tickets are $32 and $28 for adults, $28 and $24 for seniors and $26 and $22 for students. Call 513-381-2273 ext. 1 or visit Pictured are: Kate Wilford and Jim Hopkins in the company’s production of “Bedroom Farce.”

Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lake Erie Crushers, Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, If Freedom wins on Wednesday, special prizes for fans. Reading Club Nights presented by Xavier University: Participating children win free tickets. WEBN Thirsty Thursdays: $1 beer and soda. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.


The comedy, “Menopause the Musical,” is at the Aronoff Center through Aug. 14. The musical parody is set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. It is performed at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $50. Call 513-621-2787 or visit


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‘Bee’ on the lookout for pollinators in your yard Most of the time, when we see a bee, our initial reaction is to kill it. If you’ve been stung before, you know it can hurt, so naturally you become defensive – especially if you’re allergic to bee stings. As best we can, it’s time to change our thinking from defense to offense, as our honey bee (and other pollinators) populations continue to decline to alarmingly low numbers. Without our bees and their pollinating abilities, we wouldn’t have much of the food we eat. In fact, one bite of every three we take was dependent on a honey bee for pollination. So, what’s causing the decline? There are many factors including mites, viruses and other diseases, chemical exposure, lack of nutrition (limited supply of good pollen and nectar sources), and of course, Colony Collapse Disorder, which may be a combination of all of the above (still a lot of research going on). How can you help? Although most backyard gardeners can’t do anything about the mites, viruses, diseases and over all Colony Collapse Disorder, we can help increase honey bees and other pollinators within our yards and neighborhoods.

Garden for the bees

• Plant nectar rich plants in your garden, patio pots, window boxes, etc. • Try to create bee areas that are in full sun, and protected from the wind.

• Make sure there are plants flowering at all times for the bees to work on. • Many Ron Wilson weeds are In the Garden an excellent source of nectar and pollen (dandelions and clover are great!). When possible let them flower for the bees to use, then pull or get rid of the weeds. • Try planting both native and non native nectar and pollen sources. Flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs can all be great sources of nectar and pollen. • Provide a source of water. (Bee favorites include lavender, milkweed, daisies, coreopsis, crocus, Alliums, chives, catmint, salvia, sage, gayfeather, Penstemon digitalis, sedum, goldenrod, lambs ears, thyme, zinnias, etc. Trees and shrubs include crab apples, edible peaches and apples, hawthorn, flowering cherry, spirea, butterfly plant, caryopteris, etc.

Reduce use of pesticides

• If you must spray, use targeted pesticides that won’t affect bees, and spray when the bees are least active (early in morning or at dusk when the wind is not blowing). • If possible, don’t spray flowering plants that attract the bees, or at least try to treat the leaves only, not the flowers. Treat only plants that are being badly eaten.

• Use integrated pest management methods (mechanical and cultural ways to control pests as well as chemical, such as hosing off bad bugs, knocking them off into a bucket of soapy water, using grow covers, hand picking, etc. Apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil before getting out the stronger insecticides. Note: Pesticides will vary in their effect on bees. Dusts and wettable powders are more hazardous to bees than solutions or emulsifiable concentrates. Systemics are a safer way to control many harmful pests without sprays, but may contaminate nectar or pollen. Read the label. Many insecticides, like Sevin or Spinosad (an organic spray) may be very low in toxicity to humans and pets, yet are extremely toxic to bees.


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Build it and they will come -Mason-Bees/8198,default,pg. html www.homeorchardsociety. org/masonbees populations. The solitary bee species that nest in boxes, hollow stems and ground won’t swarm and don’t sting. These are excellent pollinators and are already in your yards and gardens. By

installing their nesting boxes in early spring, you help increase their populations. 250 Mason (orchard) bees can pollinate one acre of orchard.

Learn more about bees

Take the time to learn more about not only honey bees, but our native bees as well. Educate the kids about the importance of the bees, and how to watch for and avoid bees. (Only female honey bees can sting, and it truly is used as a defense mechanism only.)

Buy local honey

Help support your local bee keepers by purchasing locally produced honey and other honey related products. The honey is often

more fresh and will contain vitamins and minerals that some commercially produced honey may lack. So let’s all do our part to invite and allow these honey bees to do their jobs in our gardens. And the next time you smack a honey bee, just think about the impact you’ve made on our world of bees. Can you imagine what the world would ‘bee’ like without our pollinators? (Thanks to Bar-bee Bloetscher,OSU Extension/ ODA, for much of our bee information.) Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. Reach him at columns@

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‘Orange’ ya glad it’s smoothie weather?

We had a wonderful time in Michigan at the lake house, which daughter-inlaw Courtney’s family owns. We seldom get one-onone time with our kids and I Rita loved just Heikenfeld sitting on the deck Rita’s kitchen c h a t t i n g with them without having to wonder how long they can stay. The grandkids loved everything about Little Glen Lake in Michigan, from the

flaky breakfast croissants studded with chocolate. I think I ate my way through Quebec! It’s back to reality now, though, with this searing heat. A perfect reason to whip up a batch of Orange Julius smoothies.

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Daughter-in-law Jessie made this for my birthday. It’s a moist, chocolaty cake that’s a good keeper, as well. And the frosting – you’ll be licking the spoon. 1 cup boiling water 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 stick butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups sugar 2 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream 2 cups less 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour boiling water over chocolate and butter to melt. Stir in vanilla and sugar. Then blend in egg yolks. Combine soda and sour cream, then add to chocolate mixture and blend well, a couple of minutes or so on medium speed. Add flour and baking powder and blend again. Beat egg whites until they hold a peak and fold into batter. Bake 50 minutes in a very well sprayed bundt pan. Cool 15 minutes then gently remove from pan by flipping upside down on a rack. Serves 12 to 15.

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I’ve had several requests for this, along with Thriftway’s tuna salad and Bigg’s chicken salad. I have cloned the tuna and chicken salads and will share them soon. I received this from Clermont County reader Julie Scott several years ago straight from the deli cookbook. You can try and cut the recipe in half. As far as the freeze-dried chives, a palmful of fresh chives will work, too, or finely chopped green onions. 71⁄2 lbs. potatoes, cooked and diced 41⁄2 cups Hellmann’s mayo 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 4 tablespoons yellow mustard 21⁄2 teaspoons onion salt 11⁄2 teaspoons celery seed 11⁄2 teaspoons freezedried chives 11⁄2 teaspoons sugar 3 ⁄4 cup chopped celery Let set in refrigerator overnight and serve the next day! Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Rising Star hosts clown company

ArtWorks and Art Machine apprenticies work on the “Tribute to Newport” mural which will be dedicated July 29 at 5 p.m.


ArtWorks to dedicate Newport mural NEWPORT - ArtWorks and Art Machine Inc. will present “Tribute to Newport.” The mural was created by a team of eight young Apprentice Artists, one teaching artist and lead artist Kyle Penunuri of Florence. It is being painted on the wall of Combined Lock Services. The community is invited as they dedicate the mural to the Newport and Campbell County communi-

ties. The dedication is 5 p.m. Friday, July 29, at 1023 Monmouth St., Newport. A community event runs from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. It will feature live entertainment and celebrity grillers cooking up hotdogs and sausages. There will also be limited edition T-shirts for sale featuring the mural image and the signature of the lead artist. Proceeds from T-shirt sales will go

toward mural costs. ArtWorks, founded in 1996, hires young artists from the age of 14-21 to work as apprentices with professional artists on longlasting works of public art. Work on this mural, ArtWorks’ first in Campbell County, began on June 20 and its design features a number of prominent Newport residents, natives and frequenters such as General

James Taylor and Mildred Dean. It also features images highlighting Newport's history and ecosystem. According to Penunuri, “I have tried to depict the diversity of Newport history and portray the contribution Newport has made to history. I hope this mural can help bond the people of Newport to the physical place that is called Newport.”

Rising Star Studios, a program of New Perceptions, welcomes My Nose Turns Red Theatre Co. on Monday, Aug. 8, as part of its Arts & Socialization Series. The company will present a hands-on workshop in clowning for young people (ages 10-25) on the autism spectrum and with other communication/socialization challenges. The workshop will focus on expression, balance and beginning circus skills. Activities will take place 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Reser-

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Pendleton class holds reunion Pendleton County High School’s class of 1981 will have its 30th reunion Saturday, Sept. 17, at Guys ‘n’ Dolls in Cold Spring. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is a $5 cover charge for the band which begins playing at 9 p.m. Make your reservations by Friday, Aug. 12 by, writing J. Kinman, 3212 Taylor

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Furry Fort Thomas

Marsie Hall Newbold poses with her basset hound, Nosey, in front of the Fort Thomas Branch Campbell County Public Library on July 17. The Highland Heights resident emceed the third annual Furry Fort Thomas Dog Show for the second year in a row. Categories included: Most Obedient, Best Costume and Best OwnerDog Lookalike.

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Dan and Beth Healey, of Fort Thomas, enjoy the scenery and the Recorder during their vacation to Olympic National Park in Washington state.


Dog walk to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Good Deeds for Bullied Breeds will host its third annual Pittie Please, Find a Cure Walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at England-Idlewild Park in Burlington. Good Deeds for Bullied Breeds

is an advocacy group that fights breed specific legislation (BSL) in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. One of their members is battling Cystic Fibrosis, a deadly lung disease. At the walk, the group will pos-

itively showcase their dogs while bringing awareness to the struggle of Cystic Fibrosis. Responsible owners of all breeds are encouraged to bring their well-behaved dogs to participate.

There will be vendors, dogs available for adoption, music, food, a silent auction and demonstrations. All proceeds from the walk will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Registration begins at 11

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Studio owner lends talent to Big Brothers Big Sisters The relationship between Studio G and Big Brothers Big Sisters began four years ago with a phone call from Fort Thomas studio owner and professional photographer, Kierston Gray. Gray had attended a BBBS event and was moved by the mission of the agency to help children succeed in school and, ultimately, in life. Raising three children of her own at the time, Gray realized it wasn’t the right time to volunteer as a Big Sister, but said she

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special relationship between a caring adult and a child in need of friendship and guidance,” List said. Every year, the agency honors several outstanding Big Brothers and Big Sisters for their volunteer service. Gray invites each of the matches to her studio for their very own photo session. During the first photo shoot, Gray became aware

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Ky.’s hunting season starts soon



Although the weather right now is scorching, squirrel hunting seasons open next month and archery deer season opens in September. The 2011-12 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide will be available next week wherever hunting licenses are sold. the changes to the elk seasons and an earlier opening day for bear season. You can read a printable

version of the 2011-12 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide online at the Kentucky Department of

Fish and Wildlife Resources website at Kentucky’s squirrel season kicks off the calendar of

fall hunting seasons on Aug. 20, and the outlook is excellent. “Last fall we had a really good mast (nut) crop, particularly the red and white oak groups, with the hickories close behind,” said Ben Robinson, small game biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “There was abundant food and females were in good condition going into breeding. Usually that equates to more young being produced.” The first of two statewide fall squirrel seasons continues through Nov. 11. The season opens again Nov. 14 and runs through Feb. 29, 2012. The September Canada goose season increased from nine to 15 days for the 2011 season. This season opens Sept. 1 and closes Sept. 15. Fifteen days are the most allowed within federal season framework. In another change for early migratory bird hunting for 2011, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission modified the American woodcock season by moving it later in the year dur-


ing the peak of the bird’s migration. The American woodcock season opens Nov. 1 and closes Dec. 15. The season opened in midOctober last year. Kentucky dove hunters will enjoy expanded opportunities this season. Well over 50 public dove fields located across the state give dove hunters productive places to go. These fields, located on both wildlife management areas and private land, are a significant increase in number from last season. A complete list may be found in the 2011-2012 Kentucky Hunting Guide for Dove, Wood Duck, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe and Crow, available in early August wherever hunting licenses are sold.

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An Open Letter to NKAPC Taxtakers Our families, friends & neighbors are not corrupt! Why does a wealthy shadow group of concerned citizens and elected taxtakers support NKAPC as they vilify our families, friends and neighbors? How many hardworking carpenters, plumbers, electricians, drywallers, painters, roofers and building professionals do you know? Are they corrupt as alleged by the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC)? NKAPC taxtakers have tried to link our families, friends and neighbors in the building industry to those who caused the mortgage crisis and Watergate. The housing crisis was cause by corrupt POLITICIANS who required banks to give home loans to people who could not afford them. Watergate was caused by corrupt POLITICIANS. It’s an insult to our hardworking families, friends and neighbors to link them to corrupt politicians. Boone County has grown by 38% and has issued twice as many building permits as Kenton County who has only grown by 5%, yet Kenton County pays twice as much for planning and zoning as Boone County. The NKAPC reports that Edgewood’s taxpayers paid $235,000 and received $38,000 in services while Fort Wright’s taxpayers paid NKAPC $160,000 and received $16,000 in services. Why? The taxtakers at the NKAPC need our tax dollars to pay for their lucrative retirements, free health insurance and free meals. Who has the $3.4 million confiscated from Kenton taxpayers? It’s not the builders or the taxpayers. It’s the taxtakers at NKAPC. Yes, “follow the money.” NKAPC has it all! Isn’t it alarming that government regulators, like NKAPC, now consume 25% of the cost of a new single family home? Isn’t that cost going to prevent our kids and grandkids from achieving the American Dream of owning their own homes? Over-regulation drives up building costs, decreases building demand and destroys jobs. Why is NKAPC bullying and intimidating local businesses who support this petition drive by leading a boycott against our entrepreneurs. These boycotts are promoted by NKAPC supporters who demand “We the People” submit or be destroyed. Should our entrepreneurs live in fear of NKAPC’s powerful supporters? Do we live in Kenton County or Moscow? Why did NKAPC pay $5,000 of taxpayers’ money to authorize a self-serving survey to “prove” the public “demanded” NKAPC confiscate 23% of Kenton’s private hillsides? The survey contacted less than 1% of Kenton’s residents as their proof! It was just a shameful attempt at grabbing private property! If NKAPC is dissolved, will Kenton become part of the Dark Ages as stated by NKAPC supporters? In June, Campbell County’s City of Fort Thomas was ranked as the #1 community in Northern Kentucky by Cincy Magazine, even though Campbell County fired the NKAPC almost 30 years ago. NKAPC claims they “provided oversight and regulation of the homebuilding and the construction industry in Kenton County for the past fifty years.” So why are our streets crumbling after 5-10 years? Who provides oversight and regulates our streets? NKAPC! Aren’t they revealing their own negligence, waste and lack of oversight? Who pays for these costly street repairs? The taxpayers of Kenton County. It’s not our builders’ fault that they built streets based on NKAPC’s designs. Why did NKAPC hire Strategic Advisors to help them craft their marketing message against the taxpayers? Can’t their leaders explain their own “value” without an outside wordsmith? Who’s paying this outside firm? Why does Strategic Advisors list NKAPC as a client, but NKAPC’s attorney says Strategic Advisors does not work for NKAPC? What’s the truth? Who are these wealthy puppet-masters behind this shadow group? Could you imagine our Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence as “Concerned Citizens and Elected Officials?” How gutless! The taxpayers of Kenton County deserve courageous and fiscally responsible leaders, not cowards. Kenton is the only county out of Kentucky’s 120 counties to have a taxing authority like NKAPC. We’re tired of being over-taxed, over-regulated and watching bureaucrats destroy our children’s chance of experiencing the American Dream. Please support “We the People” by visiting and sign the petition to end this taxing nightmare in Kenton County. The petition must be submitted by August 9th. Please act now! This column was written by Tom Wurtz, a resident and taxpayer of Kenton County. Paid for and endorsed by the following proud patriots at the Northern Kentucky Tea Party who believe in limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. Cathy Flaig, Duane Skavdahl, Garth Kuhnhein, Terry Donoghue, Bryan Miller, Erik Hermes, Mark Hunter, Wayne H. Neltner, Joe Guenther, Pam Dimmerman, Frank & Carol Halpin



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Children’s Home gala set for July 31 Founded in 1882 by Covington entrepreneur Colonel Amos Shinkle, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is the result of one man’s vision to provide a safe haven for children in need. The Children’s Home continues to provide safety and care for hundreds of abused, neglected and at-risk children in the commonwealth. This year, the CHNK team is following in Shinkle’s footsteps by launching the Shinkle Society, a premier giving

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50th Anniversary Paul and Shirley (Cobb) Bogle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this week. The couple were married July 25th, 1961 at Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia. Both attended Holmes High School. The couple have two daughters; Debra Hambrick of Milford and Paula Darlington of Williamstown. They attend First Church of Christ in Burlington. They were blessed with nine wonderful grand-children ages 4 through 31 and four awesome great-grand-children ages 7 through 31. Congratulations Paul and Shirley.





Bridge he financed, but establishment of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. The Shinkle Society is geared toward community partners with a heart for service and the financial stability to make a positive impact on children served by the Children’s Home. Annual membership requires a minimum tax-deductible gift of $5,000. For community members unable to make a $5,000 gift, the Circle of Champions is an option. Members of the Circle of Champions make a gift of $2,500 this year and a matching gift the following year – with membership in the Shinkle Society coming with that second year’s gift. Recognition of the inaugural class of Shinkle Society members and the Circle of Champions takes place Sunday, July 31, at the Shinkle Society Gala in Devou Park’s Drees Pavilion. The event is hosted by McHale’s Catering with music by Pete Wagner Band. For supporters who want to attend just the gala, dinner tickets are $100 each. To mark this historic event for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Shinkle’s descendants from across the country are gathering the weekend of July 31 to have a family reunion, visit Shinkle’s home and the Covington campus of CHNK, and attend the inaugural gala. Contact Rick Wurth at 859-261-8768 or to become a bridge builder. The Children’s Home operates two campuses - one in Burlington and the other in Covington’s Devou Park.


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Katherine Schmidt and Jeffrey Hummer are happy to announce they were engaged on May 8, 2011. They will be getting married May 19, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament church in Fort Mitchell, KY.

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Arthur W. Boss II, 50, 352 Rose Drive, alcohol intoxication in a public place; first and second offense at 7634 Alexandria Pike, June 8. Kyle M. Wiesner, 25, 856 Mallard Drive, DUI - first offense - aggravated circumstances, communication device violation - first offense, careless driving, failure of owner to maintain required insurance - first offense at Alexandria Pike and Camel Crossing, June 12. Mark A. Cook, 22, 117 W. Monroe Drive, possession of drug paraphernalia - first offense, careless driving, possession of marijuana at Creektrace Road and U.S. 27, June 19. Samantha L. Ellis, 24, 4 Robin Way, warrant at Breckenridge Drive, June 25. Louis V. Ionna, 18, 8393 E. Main St., DUI - first offense, leaving scene of accident or failure to render aid or assistance at 6707 Alexandria Pike, July 2.



Luis Grande-Herrera, 19, 1006 Hamlet St., DUI at 465 Chesapeake Ave., July 14. Dennis Moeller, 34, 311 Highland Ave., warrant at 311 Highland Ave., July 13. Paul Dolph Jr., 28, 119 North Fort Thomas Ave., possession of drug paraphernalia at North Grand Avenue at Highland, July 13. Michael Robinson, 44, 336 West Eighth St., DUI at U.S. 27, July 13. Kevin McNerney, 28, 2691 Montcheteau, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at I-471 south, July 14. Kelley Bowles, 22, 1260 Bondick Court, DUI at I-275 east, July 15. Howard McCurdy, 28, 5149 Hawaiian Terrace, DUI, no insurance, no operator’s license at I-471 south at I-275, July 16. Randy Kash, 32, 50 Shawnee Ave., DUI at US 27 at Renshaw, July 17. William Walters, 49, 1017 Putnam St., DUI at 30 Carothers Road, July 16. Kevin Daniel, 30, 443 Newtonsville Road, DUI, driving on a suspended license at Alexandria Pike at Hollywoods, July 17. Christopher Nichols, 29, 5303 Belfast Owensville Road, warrant at South Fort Thomas Avenue, July 17. Clark Edwin, 51, 2037 Highland Ave., warrant at I-471 south, July 16.

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Incidents/investigations First degree criminal mischief

Theft by unlawful taking - bicycles

At 2517 Alexandria Pike, July 13.

Second degree burglary

Report of bicycle taken from garage at 33 Panorama Drive, June 16.

At 2373 North Fort Thomas Ave., July 13.

Second degree criminal mischief

Theft by unlawful taking - gasoline

At 40 Gettysburg Square, July 14.

Report of two containers of gasoline taken from outside of residence and trailer in driveway at 140 Orchard Lane, June 20.

Third degree burglary

At 314 North Fort Thomas Ave., July 16.

Theft by unlawful taking or purse snatching


Report of purse taken from shopping cart at 6711 Alexandria Pike, June 16. Report of wallet taken from person in store at 6711 Alexandria Pike, June 25.


Allen Bowden, 52, 3218 Warsaw Ave. No. 1, theft by unlawful taking at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., July 18. Katelyn Harding, 19, 3119 Socialville Fester Road, third degree criminal trespassing at 1400 Grey Stable

Third degree burglary

Report of electronics taken from residence at 16 Viewpoint Drive, June 26.

Third degree criminal mischief

Report of mail box knocked off post

DEATHS Kelly E. Back

residence. He was a retired maintenance employee of International Permalite in Florence, a truck driver for Dependable Express in Hebron and a member of Community Pentecostal Church in Taylor Mill. Survivors include his wife, Willena Miller Conner; son, James Rodney Conner of Crittenden; daughter, Deena Snedegar of Crittenden; half brothers, Paul Conner of Latonia and Thomas Conner of Covington; half sisters, Charlene Farmer and Sue Conner, both of Newport; stepmother, Joann Conner of Newport; six grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Kelly E. Back, 47, of Dayton, died July 20, 2011, at VA Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was a printer with API Printing and an avid fisherman. He served in the U.S. Army from 1982-1986. His father, Clifford Back, and mother, Lois Webb Back, died previously. Survivors include his son, Kelly Back Jr. of Dayton; sisters, Debbie Pfeffer of Alexandria and Michaelle Wilson of Dayton; and brothers, Clifford Back of Latonia Lakes and Jeffery Back of Dayton. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Kelly Back Memorial Fund c/o Citizens Bank of NKY, 134 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073.

James David Conner

James David Conner, 66, of Crittenden, died July 22, 2011, at his

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Lane, July 16. Christopher Thomas, 37, 3975 Piccadilly Circle B, warrant at I-471 at Alexandria Pike, July 16. Shdied Fahad Algahtani, 26, 3590 Alexandria Pike, DUI, third degree assault at Wilson and Faren, July 16. Nathan Sharp, 22, 5367 Valley Creek Drive, theft of services, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 526 North Miller Ave., July 16.

Ryan Bianchi, 21, 5330 Taylor Mill Road, theft of services, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 526 North Miller Ave., July 16. Laura Gross, 30, 1681 Montrose, warrant at I-471 at I-275, July 14. Anthony Carr, 37, 2335 Alexandria Pike 81 C, warrant at 2335 Alexandria Pike, July 13. Bryan Schneider, 20, 132 Carriage Park Drive, fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication in a

LEGAL NOTICE The Campbell County Fiscal Court, at a regular meeting of the court on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Campbell County Administration Building, Fiscal Court Chambers, 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky, adopted the following ordinance upon the second reading, said ordinance having been read by title and summary given for the first time at the July 6, 2011 regular meeting of the Court. CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY ORDINANCE O-11-11 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT UPDATING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP FOR UNINCORPORATED CAMPBELL COUNTY TO REZONE AN APPROXIMATE 2.456 ACRE AREA, LOCATED AT 5192 US 27, AS DESCRIBED IN THE ATTACHED MAP, FROM I-2 (INDUSTRIAL TWO) TO NC (NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL). The full text of Ordinance O-11-11 will be on file in the Office of the County Clerk, Newport, Kentucky and is on file in the Office of the Fiscal Court Clerk, Newport, Kentucky, and same is available for inspection and use by the public during regular business hours. I, Paula K. Spicer, Clerk of the Campbell County Fiscal Court, hereby certify that this summary was prepared by me at the direction of the Campbell County Fiscal Court and that said summary is a true and accurate summary of the contents of Ordinance O-11-11. Paula K. Spicer Fiscal Court Clerk 1001653791 LEGAL NOTICE The Campbell County Fiscal Court, at a regular meeting of the court on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Campbell County Administration Building, Fiscal Court Chambers, 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky, adopted the following ordinance upon the second reading, said ordinance having been read by title and summary given for the first time at the July 6, 2011 regular meeting of the Court. CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY ORDINANCE O-12-11 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT RELATING TO THE REAPPORTIONMENT OF THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, JUSTICES OF THE PEACE, AND CONSTABLES OF CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY IN ACCORDANCE WITH KRS 67.045 The full text of Ordinance O-12-11 will be on file in the Office of the County Clerk, Newport, Kentucky and is on file in the Office of the Fiscal Court Clerk, Newport, Kentucky, and same is available for inspection and use by the public during regular business hours. I, Paula K. Spicer, Clerk of the Campbell County Fiscal Court, hereby certify that this summary was prepared by me at the direction of the Campbell County Fiscal Court and that said summary is a true and accurate summary of the contents of Ordinance O-12-11. Paula K. Spicer Fiscal Court Clerk 1001653793 LEGAL NOTICE

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The Campbell County & Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 7:00 P.M. at the Southern Campbell Fire House, 1050 Racetrack Road, Alexandria, Ky. for the purpose of hearing testimony for the following: FILE NUMBER: 98-11-ZMA-01 APPLICANT: Thomas More CollegeBiology Field Station LOCATION: 14.95 acres located at 8356 Mary Ingles Highway, 1 mile south of Oneonta Road, Unincorporated Campbell County. REQUEST: Approval of a zone map amend ment proposing a change in zon ing from A-1 to INST. Persons interested in this case are invited to be present. Information concerning this case is available for public inspection at the Campbell County & Municipal Planning & Zoning Office, 1098 Monmouth Street, Suite 343, Newport, KY Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Peter J. Klear, AICP /s/ Director of Planning & Zoning

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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. public place at 817 Grey Stable Lane, July 10. Aaron Pickett, 38, Alwester Court, warrant at 3883 Canyon court, July 10. Reynoso Ramos Obdulio, 21, 127 12th St. No. 1, warrant at I-471 at

Alexandria Pike, July 9.

Incidents/investigations Second degree criminal trespassing

At 1 Highland Meadow Drive, July 15.

Theft by deception

At 6 Chalon Lane Apt. 5, July 19.

COMBINED NOTICE NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF NO SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS Date: July 28, 2011 Applicant: City of Newport, Kentucky Address: 998 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky Telephone: 859-292-3666 TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUIPS AND PERSONS: On or about August 16, 2011, the City of Newport, Kentucky will request the Kentucky Department for Local Government to release federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383) for the following project: Project Name: Newport Home Ownership Development Project Purpose of Project: Construction of ten (10) single family homes Project Location: 19th Street and Summerhill Avenue, Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky Project Census Tracts: Census Tract 525 It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly, the City of Newport, Kentucky has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (PL91-190). These reasons for this decision are: 1. The Kentucky Heritage Council has issued clearance for all proj ect activities. 2. The City of Newport Division of Development Services has ap proved all project plans. 3. Proposed development of project sites site is identical to prior uses of these sites. 4. Public utilities are in place and adequate to meet projected service demands from the project. 5. The project has been reviewed and endorsed by the Kentucky State Clearinghouse. 6. Environmental assessment identified no activities creating negative environmental impacts. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) respecting the within project has been made by the City of Newport, Kentucky which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why an EIS is not required. The ERR is on file at the Customer Service Desk, 2nd Floor, 998 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky during normal office hours. No further environmental review is proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of funds. All interested agencies, groups or persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the City of Newport, Kentucky to the Office of the City Manager, 998 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071. Such written comments must be received at the above address on or before 4:30 pm, prevailing local time on August 15, 2011. All such comments so received will be considered and the City of Newport, Kentucky shall not request the release of federal funds or take any administrative action on the within project prior to the date and time specified in the preceding sentence. The City of Newport, Kentucky will undertake the project described above with Block Grant funds from the Kentucky Department for Local Government under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The City of Newport, Kentucky is certifying to the State that the City of Newport, Kentucky and Jerry R. Peluso, Mayor, in his capacity as Environmental Certifying Officer, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of this certification is that upon its approval the City of Newport, Kentucky may use the Block Grant funds and the State and HUD will have satisfied their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The State will accept an objection to its approval only if it is on one of the following bases:

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS The City of Wilder, KY will receive bids Thursday August 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the City Building, 520 Licking Pike, Wilder, KY 41071 for the removal and replacement of concrete pavement on Wesley Drive (From Johns Hill Road to Ridgetrail Court). The project consists of 4, 075 SY of 8" concrete replacement and other appurtenances. Plans and specifications may be obtained from the office of the City Engineer, 466 Erlanger Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 for a cost of $75.00 each set. There is an additional charge of $15.00 for mailing and handling each set if necessary. The City will evaluate all submitted bids in accordance with resident bidder preferences pursuant to KRS 45A.490-494." The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Signed: /s/ Tracy Gibson, City Clerk 1001653191 LEGAL NOTICE The Central Campbell Fire District is accepting bids for the replacement of a trench drain and partial concrete apron at its Cold Spring location. Specs can be picked up at Central Campbell Fire District, 4113 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076 All bids are due by August 11, 2011 by 4:00 p.m. 3974 PUBLIC HEARING Please take notice that a hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on August 8, 2011, to determine whether a 1997 Chevrolet seized and held by the Cold Spring Police Dept. shall be forfeited. The vehicle is identified by vehicle ID number 1GNDT13W4V22097 92The vehicle was seized on 9/2/09. The hearing will be held in the First Division of the Campbell Circuit Court on the second floor of the Campbell County Courthouse located at 330 York, Newport, Kentucky. The registered owner is Mable M. Fields. 1001652914

(a) That certification was not in fact executed by the City’s Certifying Officer. (b) The City has failed to make one of the two findings pursuant to S58.41 or to make the written determination decision required by SS578.57, 58.53 or 58.64 for the project, as applicable. (c) The City has omitted one or more of the steps set forth at Subparts F and G for the preparation and completion of an EA. (d) No opportunity was given to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation or its Executive Director to review the effect of the project on a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or found to be eligible for such listing by the Secretary of the Interior, in accordance with 36 CFR Part 800. (e) The recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not auLEGAL NOTICE thorized by this part before release of funds and approval of the SPECIAL MEETING Environmental Certification by HUD or the State. The Highland Heights (f) Objections have been made by a federal agency. Southgate Police Authority Board will conObjections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with duct a Special Meetthe required procedures set forth at 24 CFR Part 58 and must be ing on Wednesday, addressed to the Department for Local Government, 1024 Capital August 10, 2011 at Center Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. 7:30pm at the City of Highland Heights City Objections to the release of funds on bases other than those stat- Building, 176 Johns ed above will not be considered by the State. No objection re- Hill Road. ceived after4:30 pm prevailing local time on September 1, 2011 The specific purpose will be considered by the State. of the meeting is the reading of a ResoluJerry R. Peluso, Certifying Officer tion for financing a 998 Monmouth Street new cruiser. Newport, Kentucky 41071 1653928 Gregory Meyers, Mayor Chairperson


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Rotary welcomes new member

Arnd Refuss, the newly appointed president of the Campbell County Rotary Club, swears in the group’s newest member, Shari Hennekes, during its annual induction ceremony. The club also swore in new officers. They are Vice President Jim Bowman, Secretary Jerry Schnieder, and Treasurer Juli Hale. The Campbell County Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Highland Country Club. Meetings are open to anyone who’d like to attend. PROVIDED

Staying cool

Jim and Lori of Camp Springs operate the Camp Springs ice cream stand on Four Mile Road, next to the historic Camp Springs Grocery.

Argo selected for Leadership Cincinnati USA Class 35 Graydon Head announced that Susan M. Argo was selected to participate in the Leadership Cincinnati USA Class 35. Participants are selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability as well as evidence of community

interest and commitment. Approximately 48 people are selected from a crosssection of the Greater Cincinnati community and represent various social, economic and racial backgrounds. Argo practices in the Lit-

PUBLIC NOTICE Silver Grove Independent Board of Education Notice of Non-Discrimination Students, their families and potential employees of the Silver Grove Independent School System are hereby notified that the Silver Grove independent School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment, vocational programs, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

igation Practice Group with a focus in the areas of bankruptcy, loan workouts, and creditors’ rights. She was named an Ohio Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2009 and 2010 for her work in Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights. Susan is a member of the Ohio, Kentucky and Cincinnati Bar Associations. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Excel Development Co., is a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s CChange Program Class of 2006, and We Lead Class of 2008 and the Firm’s Women’s Professional Development Group. She is a resident of Cold Spring.

Any persons having inquiries concerning Silver Grove Independent Schools’ compliance with Title II, Title IV, Title VI, Title IX and/or Section 504 may contact: Ted Kleymeyer, Director of District and Academic Support Services Silver Grove Independent School System 101 West Third Street Silver, Grove, KY 41085 (859) 441-3873 Ext. 138

All interested persons please take notice that the Council of the City of Alexandria will hold a PUBLIC HEARING pursuant to KRS 174.100, on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at the City Building, 8236 West Main Street, Alexandria, Kentucky 41001. The Public Hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. Minutes and a Recording of the proceedings shall be taken; and a record will be made. This Public Hearing will be held for the purpose of receiving and reviewing public comment regarding the proposed use of Municipal Road Aid Funds. The City currently has budgeted $280,385.00 for the fiscal year 2011-12. The Budget includes the following: 20 ROAD AID FUND -- REVENUE Budget Account 20.2005, Municipal Road Aid Beginning Balance: $130,385 Budget Account 20.2010, Municipal Road Aid 150,000 TOTAL .............................. $ 280,385 and: 20 ROAD AID -- EXPENSES Budget Account 20.3005,Street Repair-Misc: $20,385 Budget Account 20.3010, Infrastructure Fund 260,000 TOTAL ................................. $280,385 All interested persons are welcome to attend and give verbal comments and/or to provide written comments prior to or at the Public Hearing. Further information is available at the offices of the City Clerk at the above-referenced City Building, (859) 635-4125. Submitted by: Karen M. Barto, City Clerk/Treasurer 3848

Fred ‘Jack’ Humphreys

Dr. Fred “Jack” Humphreys, 84, of Cold Spring, died July 19, 2011, at his home. He was a biology professor at Thomas More College for more than 40 years and worked in the Hamagami Clinical Lab in Kenwood, Ohio, for 40 years. While in graduate school he helped develop frozen orange juice and the formula for what would become Preparation H. He was a Boy Scout leader, a U.S. Army World War II veteran and a member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring. Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. Trowbridge Humphreys; daughters, Connie Verst, Chris Sferra, Tina Ranson, Teresa Hasson and Bridget Dischar; sister, Shirley M. Schneider; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He donated his body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Memorials: Biology Department at Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017 or Covington Latin School, 21 E. 11th St., Covington, KY 41011.

Donald R. Jackson

Donald R. Jackson, 75, of Union, died July 23, 2011, at Villaspring of Erlanger. He was a retired machinist for GE and a member of Covington Lodge No. 109 and 32 degree

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The Silver Grove Independent School System offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grade 9-12: Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Business and Office Technology, Carpentry, Electrical Technology, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Masonry, and Welding. Persons seeking further information concerning the vocational education offerings and specific prerequisite criteria should contact: Lisa Hilf, Associate Principal Director of Pupil Personnel Silver Grove Independent School System 101 West third Street Silver Grove, KY 40185 (859) 441-3873 Ext. 155 lisa,


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Carol Burns Lamb

Carol Virginia Burns Lamb, 73, of Fort Mitchell, died July 14, 2011, at Baptist Towers in Covington. Her husband, David C. Lamb, died in 1999. Survivors include her sisters, Donna L. Bankemper of Cincinnati and Dianne M. Zenni of Fort Thomas; and brother, Dan R. Burns of Melbourne. She donated her body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Memorials: Blessed Sacrament Church, 2409 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Dolores Jean Braukman Lauren, 81, of Villa Hills, formerly of Bellevue, died June 30, 2011.



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Emily Catherine Miller, 32, of Covington, died July 19, 2011, at her home. She was an administrative manager with the I.R.S. in Covington and a member of CCFA and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lakeside Park. Survivors include her son, Dillon S. Isbel of Latonia; parents, Edgar L. Miller and Jean C. Goebel Miller of Latonia; paternal grandfather, Edgar E. Miller of McComb, Miss.; sisters, Jennifer L. Miller of Washington, D.C., and Sarah J. Miller of Covington; brothers, Michael L. Miller of Independence and Matthew P. Miller of Fort Thomas. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Timothy James Sexton, 48, of Frankfort, formerly of Fort Thomas, died July 17, 2011, in Frankfort. He was a mortgage broker and an avid marksman and reader. His father, James A. Sexton Jr., died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Matrella Sexton; son, Ethan Matrella of Covington; and mother, Ingeborg Sexton of Fort Thomas. Burial was in West Laurel Hills Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa. Memorials: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 3 Chalfonte Place, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

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She was a globe-trotting singer, enjoying a career on stage and in night clubs under the stage name Dolores Dean. She was a soprano with a three octave range and sang opera, pop and jazz. She performed for the Catholic Theater Guild of Northern Kentucky and was an opening act for Dennis Day and other great entertainers throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her daughter, Carin Boone, and husband, Eddie Michaels, died previously. Survivors include her grandson, Jason Boone of Villa Hills; and brothers, David Braukman of Villa Hills and John Braukman of Palm Harbor, Fla. Memorials: Folk Ensemble at Mother of God Church in Covington.

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Barry James Skaggs, 64, of Latonia, died July 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a truck driver with Red Express Co. in Latonia, served in the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of the Lawler-Hanlon VFW Post No. 5662 in Newport. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Survivors include his son, Sean Skaggs of Erlanger; daughter, Casey Skaggs of Cold Spring; sister, Kathy Barrow of Cold Spring; partner, Georgia Gibbs of Latonia; and six grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown.


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