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Hannah Weber, left, and Gretchen Walch, both sophomores at Campbell County High School placed second in the biotechnology, food science and microbiology competition. THANKS TO OP MCCUBBINS

Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. The Community Recorder is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. If you know someone who fits that description – a Neighbor Who Cares – let us know about them. E-mail us at, with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, community and contact information, as well as their’s. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 9.



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Truck weight limits could be increased By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — The Fort Thomas Planning Commission has unanimously voted in favor of raising the city’s limitations for the weight of vehicles parked on private property. At a public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 16, the commission decided to recommend that the council change the current zoning ordinance to increase the limitations from 4,000 pounds to 8,000 pounds of curb weight, which is the weight of a vehicle with no passengers or cargo. Vehicles heavier than 8,000 pounds or higher than 7 feet would not be allowed to park on private property unless they are

in garage. The issue came before the commission after a resident’s request to raise the weight because his commercial vehicle was over the limit. Commission member Brent Cooper said even though the city has only received two complaints about vehicles parked on private property being too large in the past 20 years, he felt the ordinance needed to be changed because as is, several commercial and personal vehicles residents drive exceed the current weight limit of 4,000 pounds. “That’s why we’re being proactive and addressing the issue,” Cooper said. “We need to make it more standard and up-todate.”

While some discussion at the commission’s last meeting included residents complaining about commercial vehicles with their signs and equipment not being aesthetically pleasing, resident Tim Mulroney urged the commission to recommend a change that is not subject to appearances. “”It can’t be based on aesthetics or someone’s interpretations of that,” Mulroney said. Mulroney said the ordinance shouldn’t deal with looks, just with height and weight of the vehicles. Commission member Jeff Rosenstiel said he think it is the commission role to regulate signage or other aspects of commercial vehicles, but rather whether

Local companies Remke and The Bank of Kentucky are working together to “Make the Holidays Brighter” for those less fortunate in the area. Through the “Make the Holidays Brighter” campaign, the businesses are asking their customers to donate to the Brighton Center now through Friday, Dec. 23. Life, B1

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Celebrating the holiday season If you are one who believes the holidays can’t start early enough, and you want to start planning, visit for a list of holiday-related activities across the area. While there, feel free to post any holiday photos you have, either from this year or past years – and then e-mail those photos to us for our Holiday Scrapbook. Send the photo or photos to

FORT THOMAS — Along with the rest of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati locations, the Campbell County YMCA is offering some new perks to bring in new members and reward current ones. Since September, the YMCA has been offering a $50 activation fee instead of its former $150 fee for new members. Along with saving $100, new members are also now receiving $50 in gift certificates that they can use for program at the Y. Dana Ensley, executive director of the Campbell County Branch, said the changes in fees were about more than saving incoming members some money, and it is also about engagement. “We really just wanted to provide an opportunity for families to come in here and get engaged quickly in the program we have to offer,” Ensley said. Another way the Y is hoping to engage its members is through

Members Megan Krieg and Becky Clark workout at the Campbell County YMCA. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY the new MyY Rewards program. Through the program, which kicked off in October, members receive points every time they come to the Y and can earn additional points by completing qualified programs and training sessions. Those points can then be redeemed for gift certificates for Y

programs. “This is just an extra motivation for our members to get involved,” Ensley said. “Research has proven that the more goals and rewards systems you make for yourself, the more successful you’ll be.” Each time a member in the program comes to the Y, they get

10 points. Members can also earn 50 points through several programs. Gift certificates ranging from $10 to $120 can be redeemed for points ranging from 1,000 to 10,000. Member Julie Piscitello has been coming to the Y with her family about three times a week for several years for swim lessons for her children, workouts and other programs. “I think this program is a good idea because it’s nice to feel like you’re being rewarded,” Piscitello said. “Every little bit counts and it’s nice to feel like you’re appreciated for your frequent presence at the facility.” Ensley said so far, she has received good feedback from the members who have learned about and signed up for the program. “Now we’re just working to get the word out more,” Ensley said. “We really want to increase the value of the membership we offer here.”

Knotty Pine closes temporarily By Chris Mayhew

COLD SPRING — If owners of the Knotty Pine on the Bayou in Cold Spring have their way, they’ll be boiling crayfish and serving oysters on the half shell again – it will likely just be somewhere else. Kathy and John Caulfield closed the Cajun restaurant temporarily at the end of the day Sunday, Nov. 13, because of concerns about the building’s structural

stability and safety. The restaurant’s building sits on a hillside overlooking the Licking River, and the unlevel floors inside have been part of the dining experience for years. The restaurant opened at its Licking Pike location in 1994. The restaurant’s engineering firm expressed concerns about the building at a Nov. 10 meeting on the topic of work to stabilize the structure, said Kathy Caulfield. “We weren’t shut down, but we

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or not the neighborhood would be affected by certain vehicles. “I think vehicles of a certain size, when they are too large, changes the feel of a neighborhood,” Rosenstiel said. “From my perspective we should adopt an ordinance that regulates objective criteria, not subjective criteria.” Rosenstiel proposed raising the weight to 8,000 pounds curb weight, which he feels would cover common larger vehicles that residents drive for personal and commercial use. Ralph Hopper, the city’s zoning administrator, said the recommendation from the commission will now go before city council for two readings and a vote before it would go into effect.

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John Caulfield, an owner of Knotty Pine on the Bayou in Cold Spring, and a native of Monroe, La., dumps out a pot of boiled crawfish in April of 2008 in a file photo from The Campbell County Recorder. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The front of Knotty Pine on the Bayou on Tuesday, Nov. 15, a day after owners John and Kathy Caulfield announced on Facebook the temporary closure of the restaurant until they can move to a new building. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER could tell that they were concerned,” she said. Caulfield said she and her husband sat and looked each other for a long time about the decision they faced in silence, and they decided to close, look for a new location and reopen as soon as possible. “We did not want to at any way risk anything happening to our employees or our customers,” she said. The way the hill continues to move, to rehabilitate the building was going to be a costly option, Caulfield said. Ending the busi-

ness wasn’t an option either. “It was very, very emotional, but we’re not stopping,” she said. Telling employees was the hardest meeting they’ve ever had, Caulfield said. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” she said. Some employees have met each other and married at the restaurant, and many others have raised their children while working at Knotty Pine, Caulfield said. “I said this isn’t shutting down a business, we’ve had babies that See KNOTTY PINE, Page A2



Fire union holds fundraiser to support soldier By Amanda Joering Alley

BELLEVUE — The Bellevue-Dayton Firefighters Union Local 3751 is coming together to support a local soldier deployed in Iraq. The union is currently raising funds to send care packages to Bellevue soldier Jason Brooks and his unit, the 149th Infantry, out of Barbourville, Ky. Members of the union


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about 180 people. Jason’s older brother, Todd Brooks, said Jason has been in Iraq for about six months with the National Guard, guarding bases while they are being dismantled. Todd said Jason, who served as a volunteer firefighter in Southgate and Fort Wright, is always doing what he can to serve his community and country. Jason grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Bellevue High School, and followed the footsteps of his father, a Vietnam veteran, and Todd, a Desert Storm era veteran. “He did six years in the Air Force before this and felt like he didn’t do enough, so now he’s over in Iraq,” said Todd. “I think it’s awesome that (the union) is doing this, that’s how it is in Bellevue, everybody knows each other and looks out for each other like this.” Supporters of Brooks and the union packed Skinny Legs for the benefit, par-

Skinny Legs Bartender Ashley Blanton counts tips put in a fire boot during the Bellevue-Dayton Firefighter Union Local 3751's guest bartender night Thursday, Nov. 16. The event helped the union raise money to send care packages to Bellevue soldier Jason Brooks and his unit, the 149th infantry, who are serving in Iraq. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE

ticipating in raffles and split the pots, all benefiting Brooks. “It’s overwhelming to see how many people came out to support this,” said firefighter Jim Richmond, a friend of the Brooks family. “I really hope we can raise enough to make Christmas a little better for (the soldiers).” Jason’s mother, Peggy Brooks, said she was very excited when she got the call about what the union had planned for her son and thought with his firefighting experience, the firefighters raising money to help him now meant a lot. “I know them doing this will mean a lot to Jason,” Peggy said. “The fire department was his first love.” Anyone interested in donating can send check payable to Local 3751 to the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department, 514 Sixth Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.


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Soldier Jason Brooks' mother Peggy Brooks (right) poses for a picture with friend Melanie Robinson (left) and Patsy Steele during a fundraiser to raise money for care packages for her son and his unit, the 149th infantry, currently deployed in Iraq. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY



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said. They decided to remain open one last weekend, and word got around quickly and many regulars stopped in and dined, Caulfield said. Work is already under way to find a new location, and the hope is to find one as soon as possible, she said. “Obviously, we want to be in Northern Kentucky because that’s where we’ve been,” Caulfield said. There are a lot of available spaces out there because of the economy, so

the hope is they can move quickly and announce a reopening soon, she said. Each year the restaurant closes in January so they can travel to Louisiana, where John is originally from, Caulfield said. “We told our help this is your January, and if we’re blessed to be in a location by then we won’t close,” Caulfield said. Knotty Pine gift certificates never expire, and any third party gift certificates for the restaurant will be given expiration dates af-


ter any reopening so people can use them, she said. “And all of our customers were so great, they’ve said, we’ll follow you wherever you end up,” Caulfield said. Regular customers already come from Hamilton County, and cities as far away as Maysville, Louisville and Lebanon, she said. Fort Thomas resident Don Fangman, a customer who also performs regularly at the Knotty Pine, said people from out of town make it a destination they seek out when visiting. “It's one of the finest Cajun restaurants and Creole food spots around,” Fangman said.

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Student posters send stop bullying messages By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County Middle School students are doing more than picturing how to stop bullying by drawing posters advocating speaking up and telling someone. The seven student winners of an anti-bullying poster contest will be on display at the entryway inside Wal-Mart in Alexandria, which sponsored the gift card prizes, said Mark Branham, school resource officer for the Alexandria Police Department. A total of 86 students entered the contest, and each entrant received at least an honorable mention certificate, said Branham, organizer of the contest. Bullying plays a part in

From left, Sheryar Khan of Highland Heights, Abigail Evans of Cold Spring, Sophia Lauer of Alexandria, Olivia Cassinelli of Alexandria, Megan Franzen of Alexandria, and Alexandria Police Department School Resource Officer Mark Branham hold the winning anti-bullying posters in the Campbell County Middle School gym Wednesday, Nov. 16. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER If one student stands up for themselves and reports what is happening, the easier it is for others to stand up and turn the tables on bullies, he said. Bullying on any level hurts, and today cyber-bullying continues outside of school on social media sites like Facebook, Branham said. Abigail Evans of Cold Spring, a sixth-grader, won the $50 grand prize with a

many areas of discipline issues administrators deal with daily, he said. “The whole purpose of it is a lot of the people who are getting bullied, they won’t come forward,” Branham said. your January, and if we’re blessed to be in a location by then we won’t close,” Caulfield said. Knotty Pine gift certificates never expire, and any third party gift certificates for the restaurant will be given expiration dates after any reopening so people can use them, she said. “And all of our customers were so great, they’ve said, we’ll follow you wherever you end up,” Caulfield said. Fort Thomas resident Don Fangman, a customer who also performs regularly at the Knotty Pine, said people from out of town make it a destination they seek out when visiting. “It's one of the finest Cajun restaurants and Creole food spots around,” Fangman said.

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lars stopped in and dined, Caulfield said. Work is already under way to find a new location, and the hope is to find one as soon as possible, she said. “Obviously, we want to be in Northern Kentucky because that’s where we’ve been,” Caulfield said. There are a lot of available spaces out there because of the economy, so the hope is they can move quickly and announce a reopening soon, she said. Each year the restaurant closes in January so they can travel to Louisiana, where John is originally from, Caulfield said. “We told our help this is

stoplight poster including a red light for “Stop the bullying,” a yellow light “Caution there are all kinds of bullying” and a green light “Go report the bullying.” Evans said she was going to volleyball practice when a stop light on the roadway caught her attention and inspired her to create a threedimensional poster with a message for each phase of a traffic light. People need to make sure they tell someone because eventually ignoring someone bullying another person can lead to serious consequences, she said. “It’s very important; it can escalate,” Evans said. “I’ve have been bullied myself.” Notifying adults about the bullying helped make her tormentor stop, she said. Branham has brought the issue of bullying to the forefront this year by having students pledge not to be bullies or stand by and idly watch, said Kathy Gutz-

willer, assistant principal. As middle school students transition from elementary school they have to learn informing about someone being bullied isn’t just “tattling” because of the seriousness of the impact on the victim, Gutzwiller said. Typically, middle school students are going through a lot of changes in life, and that’s when more serious bullying is apt to begin, she said. “They’re very impressionable at this age,” Gutzwiller said. When school shooting

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COLD SPRING — Being part of an entire generation involved in the effort to win World War II, Paul E. Elmer of Alexandria never concerned himself with medals until his family made sure he received his due honors now. Elmer, 88, walked into O’Charley’s in Cold Spring Tuesday, Nov. 15, and was surprised by his family with a shadowbox filled with medals he earned dur-

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als,” Brown said. “It’s kind of neat for him to get it and receive them.” A native of Covington, Elmer said he graduated from Holmes High School in June 1941 prior to entering the military and the start of the war. Elmer said he initially served as a military police officer, spending time much of his time during the war in Papua New Guinea. Later, Elmer said he was stationed as a guard at a hospital at Palo, Leyte behind the front lines of the battle as part of General Douglas MacArthur’s return to liberate the island from the Japanese. Elmer said the Nov. 15 medal ceremony was very unexpected, and he appreciated people’s willingness

to still think about what all the veterans did. Elmer said he especially appreciated the efforts of his sonin-law Mark Brown. “There are more people that you wouldn’t think are thinking about the time they spent in the service,” he said. There’s especially been a renewed interest in what veterans have done with a newer generation actively engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Elmer said. Sen. Katie Stine, RSouthgate, presented Elmer with his medals. Stine said the funny thing about members of the “Greatest Generation” is they are very humble. “But you liberated the whole world, it’s huge what you did,” she said.

From left, Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate, reads a letter explaining the medals being presented to Elmer Brown of Alexandria for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II at O'Charley's in Cold Spring Tuesday, Nov. 15. Elmer's daughters Rosemary Glahn and Paula Brown hold a shadow box filled with their father's medals and memorabilia as Stine's father Dr. Robert Kratz, a U.S. Army World War II and Korean War veteran watches the presentation. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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From family and friends to freedom and veterans, students throughout Campbell County are thankful for a variety of things this holiday season. Here is what some of those students had to say when asked what they are thankful for: » “I’m thankful for my family cause thanks to them I have somebody to live with,” said Lydia Fields, second-grader at Grandview Elementary School. » “I’m thankful that we have our freedom and for the people that put their lives on the line for us,” said Garrett Glancy, fourthgrader at Grandview Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for all the people that served in the wars and risked their lives,” said Faith Ronnebaum, fourth-grader at Grandview Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for my family and for having this wonderful place to go to school and to have food and shelter,” said Cameron Williams, second-grader at Grandview Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for food, especially my favorite, which is lasagna,” said Kelly Pendery, second-grader at Johnson Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for my friends and my family because they give me a lot, like all the stuff I need,” said Nathan Dupont, secondgrader at Johnson Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for my mom because she cooks my dinner and does a lot for me,” said Ashley Kelly, second-grader at Johnson Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for my family because they’ve got me through a lot,” Samantha Sands, eighth-grader at Southgate Independent School. » “I’m thankful for my family because they helped me through a lot over the years since I have scoliosis,” said Samantha Dietz, a seventh-grader at Southgate Independent School. » “I’m thankful for my parents for supporting me and being there for me in everything I do,” said Sid Bravard, seventh-grader at Southgate Independent School. » “I’m thankful for my parents because they take care of me and support me,” said Brian Turner, eighth-grader at Southgate Independent School. » “You should be thankful for your family because you love them. I’m thankful for my mom and my dad and my baby brother and my whole family plus my twin sister,” said Isabel Armstrong, first-grader at Cline Elementary School. allcampbell» “For all the turkey because it’s very good and filling. And I'm thankful for the pilgrims coming over and discover-





















ing Kentucky. Because if they didn't discover Kentucky we would have our own state,” said Chloe Cole, a second-grader at Cline Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for the food, and I’m thankful for being around my family. It’s something that everybody should be thankful for because it’s very nice to see everybody that you love and care about,” said Gracie Mayne, a second-grader at Cline Ele-



mentary School. » “My friends, because they’re nice,” said Lily Tiemeyer, a first-grader at Cline Elementary School. » “My pets and my family because I love them,” said Chas Harmon, a first-grader at Cline Elementary School. » “I’m thankful for my family because they take care of me and they love me,” said Mason Fuller a fifth-grader at Crossroads

Elementary School. » “My mom, because she takes care of me and she is always there for me if I get hurt,” said Katie Williams, a fifth-grader at Crossroads Elementary School. » “Having shelter, and my parents loving me and caring for me,” said Chad Seiter, a fifth-grader at Crossroads Elementary School. “And because I love them as much as they love me.” » “I’m thankful for my family, they do everyting they can to support me,” said Audrey Woodall, a fifth-grader at Crossroads Elementary School. “And because they love me and they let me have so many animals.” » “I’m thankful for my family and friends because they care about me,” said Jordan McDonald, a fifth-grader at Crossroads Elementary School. » “My mom for keeping me alive and having clothes and food, and my grandma and grandpa for helping her,” said Jalyn Jackson, a fourth-grader at Crossroads Elementary School.

‘Family Feast’ served at Crossroads

Lilly McKinney of Highland Heights, a third grader at Crossroads Elementary School, holds up a ship with thank you notes for sails as she wears a pilgrim-inspired paper hat during the annual Family Feast lunch Thursday, Nov. 17. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Crossroads Elementary School teacher Michelle Ott, left, hands a piece of pumpkin pie to kindergartener Carter Schnitzler at the annual pre-Thanksgiving "Family Feast" Thursday, Nov. 17. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Wesley Barth, right, a third-grade student of Cold Spring, says "thank you" to paraeducator Carol Smith as she spoons green beans onto his plate during Crossroads Elementary School's annual Family Feast Thursday, Nov. 17. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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Initiative promotes the arts in Catholic schools COVINGTON — A new collaboration with eight high schools from the Diocese of Covington will promote and empower drama and arts departments. The Diocesan Arts Project, as it’s been dubbed, will strive to support all the schools in terms of keeping down costs while building up the quality of all the productions. Through publications and various marketing strategies, the public will be informed of upcoming theatrical and artistic events throughout the Diocese of Covington. In addition, schools will share ideas, costumes, props, set pieces and many other vital elements to make all the productions better. “It has become a pet project for myself to see the arts get recognized, much like the athletics get recognized all the time,” said Newport Central Catholic Theater Director Kevan

Brown, who initiated the project. “There are some extremely talented people in all of our shows who deserve some of this recognition as well. It would be great for people to see that the catholic schools in Northern Kentucky are strong in the arts, as well as athletics and academics.” High schools currently involved include Newport Central Catholic, Bishop Brossart, St. Henry, Notre Dame Academy, Holy Cross, St. Patrick, Villa Madonna and Covington Catholic. Jodie Meyn, English and drama teacher and director at Villa Madonna Academy High School, is excited about “sharing the best practices and physical resources that can enhance productions easily and efficiently.” “This will improve the arts program by allowing our students to realize that

the small school experience doesn’t mean that we are alone. Directors who are working overtime and as an addition to a full class load will also be able to be more efficient with their time, their resources and their volunteers,” she said. “We are a diocese, and we need to use that as our common strength not just for resources but to give students the chance to see themselves within a bigger framework, as part of a bigger family. That’s what the arts are - big families that encourage growth, exploration and cooperation.” Students will also have an active role in the program. Cast members and other student volunteers will actively promote other schools’ productions by attending the performances and providing positive feedback to be published on the Internet and in local media publications.


Bellevue High School Class of 1961 meet for their 50-year reunion. THANKS TO CAROL RICH

NCC to host open house Newport Central Catholic High School is hosting the “We Are More” open house Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. NCC offers this opportunity to become more familiar with its religious education program, expanded curriculum, 11 advanced placement courses and dual credit program, academic enhancement program, athletics, extracurricular activities and its campus improvements and expansion. The open house will feature academic department exhibits along with fine arts, athletic and extracurricular activity displays. Doors will open for registration at 6:30 p.m. For more details, contact the NCC Development Office at 859-292-0001.


Sam Sprinnkle, a third-grade student at John W. Reiley Elementary School in Alexandria, learns to perform the Heimlich maneuver with help from Kelly Porter, a nurse practitioner. The training was held during the school's Health and Safety Fair Oct. 21. Students were also provided information on fire safety, bullying, look-a-like drugs, dental health, personal hygiene, portion control and nutrition and bus safety. THANKS TO JULIE HALE

“For the students, it will be a great way to make new contacts,” Brown said. “They will also be able to learn new skills such as writing reviews and interviewing cast members. Above all though, it’s a great way for our schools to support each other in a noncompetitive way. It seems that right now, aside from a few religious ceremonies, our students only are exposed to each other in an ‘us versus them’ setting. In this program, we are all on one team.” At the end of the year, the schools will hold a showcase of all the talent seen throughout the year. This event will include songs, scenes and art displays from all the schools. Details on dates, location and other specifics will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Initial funding is coming from St. Joseph Drama

Club in Cold Spring, a live theater production group beginning its 35th year. Their donation will go towards the end of the year showcase, marketing materials and getting the initiative off the ground, Brown said. Opportunities for further funding and sponsorships are also available. For information on sponsorships and funding, contact Kevan Brown at “We believe in fostering the development of and supporting existing performing arts groups in Northern Kentucky at all levels: Grade school, middle school, high school, college and community theater,” Calhoun said. “This project is a conduit to additional groups, allowing us to further leverage our assets and hopefully benefit from collaborating with them in return. We see it as a type of stewardship, ‘pay-

ing it forward’ if you will. When St. Joe’s Drama Club was younger, we appreciated the guidance and assistance of veteran theater groups, now we want to do the same for others. This project is the perfect opportunity to do that, nothing like this has existed in the past.” Calhoun said theater groups and young people should have the best opportunities possible when they engage in a project. “Time and effort spent in development and rehearsal can be long and challenging,” he said. “Actors and artists don’t receive the recognition and applause until the end, and even then it’s only for a fraction of the total time they’ve invested. So, their efforts deserve the greatest chance for success that is possible. And hopefully they’ll repeat their success again in the future.”

NKU students finish first in programming competition A team of Northern Kentucky University students earned first place in the Association of Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, in the University of Kentucky contest site, and fourth place in the mid-central region (Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee) Nov. 5. The NKU team competed against 141 schools for the mid-central regional title. The contest, sponsored by IBM, consisted of several competitive stages. “This is a remarkable accomplishment and a wonderful reflection of our talented students, dedicated faculty and curriculum,” said NKU Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Provost Gail Wells. Team NKU Informatics (Justin Brown, Spencer Egart and Justin Taylor) placed first at the UK contest site above 26 other Kentucky teams. It marked the second consecutive year an NKU team has taken first place at the UK competition site. Team NKU Black and Gold (Brian Leibreich, John Prather and Derek Schuller) placed twelfth and team NKU Norse (Sean Butts, Dejan Ristic, Jesse Hockenbury (reserve) and Eric Versteeg) placed fifteenth.

Team NKU Informatics was the only team at the UK site to answer six questions, earning them the top spot in the local site and a fourth place finish in the Mid-Central regional based on time. “Students are becoming more involved and passion-

ate about their computer science education,” said Alina Campan, assistant computer science professor. “One of our winners this year even volunteered to help next year’s team in their preparation for the contest. This is how passionate our students are.”

COLLEGE CORNER Wilkey awarded scholarship to UTS

Michelle Wilkey of Fort Thomas was awarded the Caroline A. Kidder Research and Development Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year. Wilkey is a graduate students in the M.Div. program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.


What's the best way to teach manners? Sts. Peter and Paul Pre-K teachers Lorrie Rawe and Joann Lauer have a formal tea party. The children came dressed to the nines. THANKS TO HARRY LUEBBERS



Deadline to apply for OWNK Scholarship Dec. 1 sonal integrity, perseverance and leadership. The recipient will be announced at the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards luncheon in spring 2012. To qualify for the Gateway/Toyota OWNK scholarship, applicants must be a current non-traditional female student enrolled in at least six credit hours, have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, live in

Northern Kentucky, provide two letters of recommendation from non-relatives and complete a Gateway/Toyota OWNK scholarship application at Financial_Aid/Scholarships. A non-traditional student is defined as having one of the following characteristics: 24 years or older; has a child or other nonspousal dependents; did


Winners of the Family Court Poster Contest, along with their families, teachers and principals, were invited to celebrate with a reception and a tour of the new addition to the Campbell County Courthouse in Newport Nov. 3. Each student received a certificate and a gift bag. The theme of the contest, open to fifth-graders, was "A Kentucky Adventure." The posters will be on display in the Family Court courtroom for one year. Winners are: Newport Intermediate students A.J. Nease, Madison Howard, Nolen Wright, Brittney Messer, Vicky Beard, Cayla Roberts and Cameron Craig; St. Joseph, Carenna Bhola and Kate Williams; St. Mary, Mason Dennis and Taylor Feldmann; Sts. Peter and Paul, Allie Franzen; St. Philip, Catherine Henry; Woodfill School, Samantha Pleimann and Zoie Barth. Also pictured is Family Court Judge Rick Woeste and Circuit Clerk Taunya Nolan Jack. THANKS TO MADONNA WOESTE

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New courses expand law and informatics at NKU

The future has arrived at the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. To expand the academic scope of the newly formed NKU Chase Law & Informatics Institute, the NKU Chase College of Law has added six new courses designed to expand its program in the field of law and informatics. The first three courses, “Information Privacy Law,” “Introduction to CyberLaw” and “Drafting & Negotiating Intellectual Property Licenses,” will be

offered on Tuesday evenings beginning in January. Three additional new courses, “Copyright Law,” “Trademark Law” and “International Intellectual Property Law” will be offered beginning the following semester. Previously the law school intellectual property curriculum focused more exclusively on patent law as well as the fields of entertainment and telecommunications, so these new courses significantly supplement the program of

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Bluebirds run over Colonels to advance By James Weber

FORT THOMAS — Although their top receiver was on the sidelines, the

Highlands Colin Seidl heads upfield during the Nov. 18 4A regional final with Covington Catholic at Highlands High School's Cecil Memorial Stadium in Fort Thomas. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Highlands junior Blake Schutte brings down Cov Cath quarterback Blake Bir in the Nov. 18 game. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Highlands High School football team had plenty of targets for Mr. Football contender Patrick Towles as they prepared to take on rival Covington Catholic. Towles, the senior quarterback headed to the University of Kentucky, ultimately didn't have to throw very much, but was effective when he did as the Bluebirds rolled over rival Cov Cath 49-14 in a Class 4A regional final Nov. 18 at Highlands' Cecil Memorial Stadium.

Highlands will travel to Lexington Catholic for the state semifinals Nov. 25. LexCath (11-2) knocked off Boyle County 10-7 in the previous round. The winner plays either Collins (11-2) or Franklin-Simpson (12-1) in the state finals Dec. 3 in Bowling Green. “It's awesome, but we're not satisfied,” Towles said. “Next week we want to go down to Lexington and show the state what we're all about.” The Bluebirds were

without leading receiver Austin Sheehan, a senior whose Highlands career is over after he dislocated his left elbow last week. While discouraged by the injury, he cheered on his teammates during the game. After Highlands failed to score on its first two drives, the team started to run the ball more. Highlands rushed for 352 yards for the game and Towles threw for 242 for 594 overall. “Our game plan was to pass it 80 percent of the time, but the run just worked,” said Highlands head coach Dale Mueller. “We really won it up front. Our o-line really controlled the line of scrimmage.” Towles and Jake True both rushed for 106 yards and combined for five touchdowns. Colin Seidl rushed for 83 yards on eight carries with a TD. Towles threw one TD pass, to Luke Turner, and had 242 yards overall. “We wanted to pass but we wound up pounding it inside,” True said. “We can run the ball, too.” Without Sheehan and his speed, Highlands had to ad-

just and did so well. “It hurts us a lot. He stretches the field so much,” Towles said. “We had other guys step up. One thing about our receiving corps is we have depth.” Highlands turned it on after Cov Cath scored on the first drive of the second half to make it a 21-14 Highlands lead. “I have such respect for our guys,” Mueller said. “Our backs were to the wall. We consider ourselves a second-half team. Our guys are really physical and they got it done.” Said Towles: “Our de-

fense has been awesome the whole year. We knew they would play well.” The Bluebirds will have to play well this week. LexCath has traditionally been a strong passing team. Quarterback Kyle Bolin had 2,707 passing yards and 25 touchdowns entering the Boyle game. See more sports coverage at, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber

A sign at Cecil Memorial Stadium honors the Bluebirds seniors. Highlands and Covington Catholic played in a 4A regional final Nov. 18 at Highlands High School's Cecil Memorial Stadium in Fort Thomas. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Mustangs look for big things this year By James Weber

ALEXANDRIA — Mike Code looks to have one of his deepest teams as he enters his eighth season as head coach of the boys basketball team at Bishop Brossart High School. Code has a record of13256 for the Mustangs, including 15-10 last year, when they won the 10th Region All “A” title but were eliminated by rival Campbell County in the 37th District semifinals. Brossart returns three starters in 6-foot-1 guard Zach Fardo, 6-3 forward Justin Saunders and 6foot-8 center Joe Jennings. Brossart is ranked sixth among all Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference teams in the preseason by Northern Kentucky coaches. Saunders averaged 12.9 points per game last year and made 49 percent of his field goals. Fardo averaged 9.7 points a game and made 43 three-pointers. Jennings averaged 8.5 points a contest shot 55 percent from the floor. Other players to watch include 5-10 sophomore guard Nate Verst, 6-5 sophomore center Drew Burns, 6-5 senior Alex Trentman, 5-9 junior guard Ben Uebel and 6-2 guard/forward Erik Rieger. “We return several contributors from last year’s team along with a talented group of sophomores,” Code said. “Fardo and Saunders led the team in almost every category and big men Joe Jennings and Austin Trentman continue to develop.” Brossart starts the season Nov. 28 at home against Silver Grove in a 37th District seeding game, then hosts St. Henry the following night in a conference game. Brossart will be in

the Lloyd Invitational Dec. 27-30.


Jim Hicks takes over as head coach this year, a different coach than the one who has been leading Conner for the past decade. He inherits two returning starters in Brandon Hoffmann and Jordan Fogelman. Hoffmann could reach 1,000 career points late this season. Steven Snow is the top newcomer to the lineup. Hicks expected a slow start in the preseason, as he only had five players for practice until football players started coming in. “We won’t be very big this year so we will need to shoot the ball well,” he said. Bellevue starts the year at Heritage Dec. 6 and has its first home game against Silver Grove Dec. 9. Bellevue will host the annual Swauger Classic Dec.16-17.

Campbell County

Aric Russell returns for his second year as Camels head coach and 13th overall with a 193-163 career record. That includes an 18-10

Brossart's Zach Fardo shoots during a recent basketball practice. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

mark with the Camels last season. Returning starters are senior guard Dalton Griffin and 6-foot-4 junior wing player Nate McGovney, who could get his 1,000th career point. He was voted No. 8 in the list of the area’s best players by Northern Kentucky coaches. Other players to watch are sophomore guard Corey Holbrook, senior guard Kris Miller, senior forward Jamison Wright and senior forward Jared White. “We should have a strong team who can score and will be fun to watch,” Russell said. “We will need to improve on defense and rebounding to make up for our lack of size.” The Camels open the season Dec. 1 at Boone County and has their first home game Dec. 3 against Calvary Christian in a 37th District seeding contest.


Tom Dilts returns for his seventh season as head coach, where he is 63-96, including 5-20 last season. He returns everyone from last year, including starters Thomas Rogg, Danny Sparks, T.R. Smith, Ben Schoultheis and Dejujuan Walker. Top newcomers include Jon Williams and Pat Wear. “We have all players returning this season after a year of no seniors and limited varsity experience last season,” Dilts said. “In order to compete for conference honors, we must become significantly better defensively after a season of allowing our opponents 65 points per game. In addition, our lack of a big man and limited overall height make it necessary for us to achieve our success by hustle, exceptional defense, execution, and heart.” Dayton opens the sea-

Zach Fardo, left, and Justin Saunders are senior leaders for Bishop Brossart GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Head Coach Mike Code works with his team during basketball practice at Bishop Brossart. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

son at home against Carroll County Nov. 29.


Mike Flynn returns for his third year as head coach with a 28-26 record. He returns one starter and two reserves from last year’s team. The top returner is senior Patrick Towles, who averaged 10 points and eight rebounds a game last season on the court and won’t be on the floor until football season ends. He was voted 10thbest player in Northern Kentucky by area coaches. Other seniors are Carter New and Sam Lewis. A big chunk of Flynn’s roster is football players so expect a slow start in December. Highlands won’t play its first regular game until Dec. 9 at St. Henry and will have its first home game Dec. 13 against Dixie Heights. Flynn likes the size and athleticism of his roster but is concerned about shooting and passing. He said the Bluebirds have a great team work ethic.


Rod Snapp returns for his second season as head

coach, where he was 11-18 a year ago. Returning starters are Ron Rice and Daylin Garland. Other players to watch include senior Andrew Merrill and junior Cody Pearson. Snapp said his team is extremely competitive, quick and scrappy. The Wildcats will open the season at home against Calvary Christian Nov. 29. Newport will host the inaugural John Turner Classic Dec. 10, a five-game showcase. The tourney honors the former Newport and University of Louisville standout who is struggling with health issues.

Newport Central Catholic

Grant Brannen returns as head coach with a 94-50 record, six wins away from the 100 mark. NCC was 26-7 last year, reaching the semifinals of the All “A” Classic state tournament, then winning the 36th District championship before losing the epic Ninth Region final in four overtimes to Dixie Heights. NewCath also won the Lloyd Invitational holiday tournament.

NCC graduated all-region standout Jake Giesler and Brian Doyle from the starting lineup. Returning starters include Brady Hightchew, Michael Bueter and Andy Miller. Zach Ryan was the sixth-man last year and third leading scorer. Hightchew returns for his senior season as one of the top guards in Northern Kentucky. He was voted the second-best player in the area by region coaches. “With the graduation of Jake Giesler and Brian Doyle, who together averaged a total of 20 rebounds per game, the team including our guards are going to have to rebound more consistently,” Brannen said. “We have strong guard play, but if we want to have a successful season it will depend on how our young big men develop throughout the year.” NCC will start the season by hosting Dixie Heights Dec. 8 in a rematch of the regional final, and will also be in the Lloyd tourney again Dec. 27-30.

Silver Grove

Mike Walls is head coach for the Big Trains, who were 5-15 last year. His top player is Dallas Dunaway, who averaged 11 points and six rebounds a game last season. Walls said he has a very young team that will push the tempo and be aggressive on defense.



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On Saturday, Nov.12, the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball program opened the 2011 season with a win over UC Clermont. That day also marked the 40th anniversary of the Norse men’s basketball program. Exactly 40 years earlier, Northern Kentucky State College played its first basketball game against Calvary, Ky. That game was played at the old Newport High School gym on Columbia Street. Northern Kentucky State defeated Calvary, 109-65, as six Norsemen scored in double figures. The program has come a long way in the past 40 years and is on the verge of making the jump to Division I. The success of the men’s basketball team has been a driving force in the evolution of all sports at NKU. “The biggest change I think over that time, university-wise, has been the growth of the facilities and the growth of the athletic department,” current head coach Dave Bezold said. Bezold succeeded Ken Shields, who took the head coaching reigns in 1988. Shields led the program to its most memorable seasons, including back-toback NCAA Division II national title game appearances in 1996 and 1997. Shields retired after the 2004 season as the winningest coach in program history with 306 victories. Be-

zold, an assistant at NKU since 1980, became the fourth head coach in program history. He gives Shields much of the credit for the program’s rise to national prominence. “Coach Shields was able to capture the local community’s attention,” Bezold said. “He put NKU on the map nationally and locally. We had had some tremendous teams and players in the past that just didn’t get the coverage and the national exposure before.” NKU’s location has helped it attract some of the top local talent over the years. After setting the career scoring mark at Loveland High School, Kevin Schappell came to play for Bezold and the Norse. After graduating in 2007, he spent three years as a graduate assistant for Bob Huggins at West Virginia University, then returned to NKU as an assistant coach in 2010. “NKU is as well known around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as any of the Division I programs in the area,” Schappell said. “I wanted to come back here and recruit for a topnotch Division II program.” The local connections run deep and help the Norse stay competitive with the best Division II programs in the nation. Several former Norse players coach at high schools in the Tristate. They routinely notify NKU coaches of their players or opponents who may be flying under the Division I recruiting ra-

dar. Even those getting Division I looks will often choose NKU. “We have a track record of having winning seasons every year,” said Schappell. “There is a great history with this program. If a player is choosing between a small DI school that loses or a top-notch DII school that wins every year, I think it’s a no-brainer.” The program’s growth over its 40 seasons of existence is a credit to all those who have had a hand in the program’s success and development. “The state, the university, and the (university) president have done a great job of upgrading the facilities,” Schappell said. Bezold said the team’s longest road trip in conference play used to be to Joliet, Ill.; now, it’s to Kansas City. The team has played preseason scrimmages against the University of Kentucky and University of Cincinnati in recent years. “There’s been a lot of change, but it’s been growth, which is a good thing,” said Bezold. The team is coming off a season that ended with a trip to the NCAA regional semifinals. With the move to Division I on the horizon, the Norse continue to add to their tradition. “I think that whoever is in this seat over the next 10 to 20 years has an incredible opportunity to do what Coach Shields did, and do it at the Division I level,” said Bezold.

Title run ends for Newport Central Catholic By James Weber

NEWPORT — The Newport Central Catholic football team had only lost once all-time to Holy Cross, and never in the playoffs. The second loss was a painful one as the Thoroughbreds fell 24-21 in the Class 2A state quarterfinals Nov.18 at Newport Stadium. NewCath ended 11-2 and Holy Cross improved to10-3. The Breds' one-year reign as state champions ended. NewCath had 75 yards of offense in the first half and trailed 13-7, but senior quarterback Brady Hightchew rallied the troops in the second half. He rushed for a 30-yard score in the third quarter to give NewCath the lead, then threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Mac Franzen, with Matt Burns extra-point kick. That tied the game at 21 with two minutes left but Holy Cross drove for a game-winning field goal. Hightchew threw for 77

Brady Hightchew (13) takes off up field during Newport Central Catholic's football game against Holy Cross. MATTHEW BECK/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

yards in the game, all to Franzen. Hightchew also rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries. Dylan Hayes rushed for 47 yards. Nick Woltermann rushed for a 55-yard score in the first quarter. The NewCath defense struggled against the pass allowing 303 yards in the

air. NewCath had 270 yards offense. See more sports coverage at, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber

NKU’s Schreiver named Academic All-District IV Northern Kentucky University standout setter Jenna Schreiver was named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV first team for volleyball. Schreiver, a junior from Edgewood, leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in assists, 11.64 per set, and

has directed the NKU offense to a league-best .298 hitting percentage. The Notre Dame Academy graduate also earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors earlier this season. Schreiver, who is No. 3 in Norse history with 3,602

assists, carries a 3.55 cumulative grade point average and is a middle grades education major. She is now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this month.





Editor: Michelle Shaw,, 578-1053


Counting your blessings this Thanksgiving There is never a bad time to count our blessings, but with Thanksgiving upon us, this time of year especially welcomes a look back on the positive things in our lives. I know it has been tough for far too long for many families because of the economy, and yet I am heartened that our sense of charity has never wavered. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 63 million Americans volunteered at least once last year, and each spent 52 hours on average helping others. Our country donated about $290 billion in 2010 as well, which was $10 billion more than in 2009. That ended what had been a twoyear decline, and I am positive that this year will see the growth continue. Roughly a third of our giving goes to our churches, which is the single largest group. Schools and charitable foundations are high

on the list as well. Kentuckians provide hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable gaming organizations through Tom such events as McKee COMMUNITY PRESS church raffles, and tens of milGUEST COLUMNIST lions of dollars more go to such organizations as United Way, the WHAS Crusade for Children in Louisville and Habitat for Humanity, which has built more than 1,700 homes statewide during the last 18 years. I am proud that state employees have been very active as well in donating. Their charitable campaign raised $1.16 million in 2010. There are other ways that state government is reaching out. Our Kentucky Commission on

‘EATING WITH THE PILGRIMS’ St. Philip students Tim McDonald and Shelby Doyle, both of Silver Grove, show some of the food creations that they made during a class project called "Eating With the Pilgrims" before taste testing. Some of the sweeter creations with cranberry or pancakes were well received. The vinegar based drink did not get high marks from the class. PROVIDED

Reporting child abuse is your responsibility

The Penn State child sexual abuse nightmare has brought to the forefront a horrific abuse that is seldom exposed in our communities, but which occurs every day to children in our neighborhoods. Child sexual abuse can destroy the very fabric of a child’s life. If untreated, it will result in long term physical, emotional and psychological damage. As adults, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of children in our society. The statistics are alarming - one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday. Most children will never tell anyone what happened to them. So the question that everyone should be asking is, “How do I ensure the protection and safety of the children in my life?” And it must begin with an intentional and conscious decision to be watchful, to embrace our individual responsibility to protect children in our community and to bravely challenge situations that put children at risk. Child abuse thrives in secrecy. When adults are not able to identify risky situations or feel that it is someone else’s responsibility to report abuse, children will continue to be hurt. Adults can learn how to protect children. They can ensure that polices are in place to

reduce risk, to make sure that children are not in one-on-one situations with adults or older youth, to identify high risk situations and how Vickie A. to take action to Henderson chilCOMMUNITY PRESS protect dren. When GUEST COLUMNIST adults become proactive in protecting children, then sex offenders have less access and opportunities to harm our children. The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center offers a three-hour interactive workshop called Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children that empowers adults to protect children. The program is an excellent way for adults in our community to gain specific tools to protect children. For more information about the Stewards of Children training and how you can become more informed, contact Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center at 859-442-3200, or visit the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center website at Vickie A. Henderson is the executive director of the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center.



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Community Volunteerism and Service began in1994, and it coordinates community service projects, helps channel federal funding and recognizes those who go above and beyond in donating their time and talents. Over the last few years, meanwhile, both the General Assembly and Governor Beshear have authorized new initiatives designed to increase donations to charity and improve our local communities. A report done a little more than a year ago found that there is a lot of potential in this area. It’s believed that Kentuckians will see $707 billion switch hands to younger generations during the next 50 years, as part of about $53 trillion across the United States. The report said setting aside just five percent of this for such things as education and economic development could make a world of difference. For now, our thoughts are fo-

cused on the fellowship and food for which the holiday is known. Though Thanksgiving traces its roots to the Pilgrims in the Northeast, it was a Kentuckian – President Lincoln – who proclaimed that we should celebrate it on the last Thursday in November. If you are traveling, I encourage you to take the extra time to get there safely. The Transportation Cabinet says that there were more than 1,300 traffic accidents over the holiday last year. Meanwhile, if you are not up for cooking at home, our 17 state resort parks will be open on Thursday. They will serve from noon to 8 p.m., with adults costing $17.95 and children six to 12 costing $7.95, plus tax. Children five and younger eat for free, and beverages are included. With Thanksgiving here, that means the start of the 2012 Regular Session is not far behind. As usual, there is no shortage of issues to consider when my col-

leagues and I return to the Capitol in early January, from the budget to the redistricting of House, Senate and congressional seats to reflect population changes since the last Census. Your input is always important, but it becomes critical during legislative sessions. If you would like to reach me, you can address your letter to Room 332B, Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601. You can also leave a message for me or for any legislator at 800372-7181. For the deaf or hard of hearing, the number is 800-8960305. I hope to hear from you soon. Happy Thanksgiving. State Rep. Tom McKee represents Kentucky’s 78th District, which includes part of Campbell County.

More families in Northern Kentucky facing homelessness With the recent economic recession regions such as Northern Kentucky are experiencing increases in families living in poverty. A lack of affordable housing coupled with high levels of unemployment has had a profound negative impact on families living in our region. One of the outcomes is an increase within the homeless population, particularly amongst women and their families. This past year Welcome House has experienced a noticeable increase in families staying in shelter; to date, as many children as adults occupied beds. Families cannot sustain themselves with paychecks from lowskilled jobs. With inadequate income, more families have to choose between paying rent, paying utility bills, providing food and managing medical care costs. For many low-income families living on a tight budget, any unexpected expense can lead to a crisis situation, such as homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise, with the National Alliance to End Homelessness recently predicting that, without additional intervention, homelessness in the U.S. could increase by an estimated five percent over the next three years. The economic downturn continues to impact lives locally. More than 13 percent of individuals in Kenton County reported an annual income that falls below the poverty level on the 2010 U.S. Census. The reality is much worse for families headed by a female householder. In Kenton County, 37.5 percent of families headed by single women with children under 18 years have incomes below the poverty level, while 53.2 percent of families headed by single women with children under five years only have incomes below the poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). These families are at higher risk of experiencing homelessness. According to data from U.S. Census Bureau (2010)(“Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010”), young adults aged 25 to 34 living with their parents had an official poverty rate of 8.4 percent (when the entire family’s income is compared to the threshold that includes the young adult as an additional adult in the fam-

ily), but if their poverty status were determined using their own income, 45.3 percent had income below the povLinda Young erty threshold COMMUNITY PRESS for a single perGUEST COLUMNIST son under age 65 ($11,344). Obtaining a fair-market-rate apartment is oftentimes out of reach for a family or individual living in poverty. In order to rent a market-rate two-bedroom apartment in the counties served by Welcome House (Boone, Campbell and Kenton), a renter must make $14.46/hour (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2011). However, minimum wage for the state of Kentucky currently stands at $7.25/hour. For those who do earn an income, the average shelter client makes only $7-8/hour. In Northern Kentucky, 66 percent of workers, or 122,870 people, do not earn a high enough hourly wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment. The “gap” between income

More families have to choose between paying rent, utility bills, providing food and managing medical care. Any unexpected expense can lead to a crisis situation, such as homelessness. and the cost of housing for very low-income households has been an ongoing issue for the past 30 years as housing and utility costs have escalated. Now more people are falling into this housing gap ‹ from very low- to moderate-income earners. Without access to affordable housing, many individuals and families find themselves without a safe place to live. What happens to people that fall into this housing gap? Most will live doubled up with family and friends and, since there are few if any options, will continue to move frequently so as not to

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burden the host household. The instability this causes for families has significant consequences ‹ the inability to keep a job and fragmented education for children. The people housed in shelters are just the tip of the iceberg. Options for federally subsidized housing are limited, as waiting lists continue to grow. According to the Housing Authority of Covington, a person on the 750-household waiting list for a Section 8 voucher in Kenton County will wait approximately three years for approval. There are approximately 3,319 federally subsidized housing units in Kenton County for the approximately 18,000 households that do not earn enough to afford a market-rate apartment. As a community, do we believe that people should be able to access housing that is affordable and safe? At Welcome House we not only believe, we think it is possible. It will take the will and creativity of people to develop housing models that are affordable for all income levels. Partnerships of corporate and nonprofit, government and private, social services and landlords, etc., have developed housing projects that work and are financially sustainable. What is impossible is trying to keep your family together when, even though you work hard, you cannot earn enough to pay basic expenses and provide a stable place to live. We invite you to join in the effort to create sustainable housing in our community so that people can place their energy and efforts toward jobs and education rather than constantly trying to do the impossible. Most importantly, by doing so you provide hope and a chance for a better future for children living in poverty. This editorial was provided by the staff of Welcome House, Covington, an agency providing a continuum of quality services to persons who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. Linda Young is the executive director of Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

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Local companies partner to ‘Make the Holidays Brighter’ By Amanda Joering Alley

Hannah Weber, left, and Gretchen Walch, both sophomores at Campbell County High School and Alexandria residents, placed second in the biotechnology, food science and microbiology competition with a study of the bacteria E. coli at the national Future Farmers of America Conference in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22. THANKS TO OP MCCUBBINS

Alexandria teens win at Future Farmers nationals with E. coli study By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — The nationally honored dishes two Campbell County High School sophomores created for a Future Farmers of America were best not served because they contained E. coli. Alexandria residents and sophomores Gretchen Walch and Hannah Weber took second place in a biotechnology, food science and microbiology division at the national FFA Conference in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22 for their experiments on the impact of food additives on the growth of a strain of E. coli bacteria. It’s a big win because nationally there is a new emphasis by FFA on agricultural science as a prominent part of the contests, said OP McCubbins, an agriculture teacher and the FFA advisor at CCHS. There were at least 600 students with 400 different projects entered in the biotechnology division at the national competition, McCubbins said. The experiment was started in March when they were still freshmen, Weber said. Looking at the Petri dishes they used, it was possible to see there were probably contaminated by E. coli, and they used a microscope to confirm their findings for each test sample, Weber said. Working during the school week and at their houses on weekends, they waited with excited antici-

pation for the first day they could look at the results of their experiments, she said. “So, on the first day of summer break, we were here at school doing research on E. coli,” Weber said. The impact of additives including Vitamin C, cinnamon, cloves, salt and lemon juice were tested to see at what rate they inhibit the growth of E. coli in a Petri dish, Walch said. The kind of E. coli they used wasn’t the pathogen strain, she said. Vitamin C had the greatest affect on preventing the spread of E. coli, but nothing prevented the growth, Walch said. “And salt kind of encouraged the growth,” she said. Walch said she and Weber chose to compete in microbiology because it seemed like the biggest challenge and interesting. Placing second at nationals was exciting, but the biggest thing they took way was the satisfaction of how much they could get out of a project they put so much time into, Walch said. E. coli was the topic they chose because outbreaks of people getting sick from contaminated foods are in the news frequently, she said. Typically, people don’t wash their fruits and vegetables vigorously as a matter of routine, Walch said. “It should be something you do all of the time, not just something when you hear about an outbreak,” she said.

Local companies Remke and The Bank of Kentucky are working together to “Make the Holidays Brighter” for those less fortunate in the area. Through the “Make the Holidays Brighter” campaign, the businesses are asking their customers to donate to the Brighton Center now through Friday, Dec. 23. The help is coming in at a good time, with the numbers of those seeking help from the center on the rise, said Bear Clifton, the center’s development director. “We’ve been so busy and the requests for help keeps going up,” Clifton said. Last year, the center served more than 75,000 people through its various program and services, which include a food pantry, clothing closet, assistance with utilities and employment and education services. Clifton said the numbers of those needing help have been on the rise for a while, but the alarming thing this year is that more and more people seem to be stuck due to things like long-term unemployment. “Instead of people needing help

Talia Frye, Brighton Center's Family Center coordinator, organizes items in the center's food pantry. The pantry will benefit from a partnership the center has made with Remke and The Bank of Kentucky to host a "Make the Holidays Brighter" fundraising campaign. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER once to get back on their feet, we’re finding more and more people that need ongoing assistance,” Clifton said. The hard times have forced some families to do desperate things, Clifton said, like one family with a infant child who went for four months without utilities, walking to a nearby gas

Food lines the shelves of a storage area at the Brighton Center. Local businesses are working to help these shelves stay stocked this holiday season. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

station to warm up the child’s bottle at every feeding. Clifton said they hope with the help of places like Remke and The Bank of Kentucky and their customers, the center can continue to meet the need of these families. Becky Timberlake, a development specialist at the center, said it’s been several years since they’ve had a campaign like this, but is able to to do it this year through their ongoing partnership with the two companies. In both locations, customers can make a donation for the center and will receive an ornament which will then be hung in the lobby of the bank of store. “There are so many customers that come in to these locations, it allows us to reach out to a bigger audience,” Timberlake said. Mark Exterkamp, executive director of The Bank of Kentucky, said that the Brighton Center is a wellknown institution in the area and a very positive partner for the bank when it comes to community outreach. “We serve the same communities they serve, so it makes sense to work with them,” Exterkamp said. “This campaign is just one example of many things to come with us and the Brighton Center.” Along with the monetary donations, customers at Remke can also purchase food that will be donated to the center’s pantry, which is struggling due to the increase in families needing help with food. Between the food drive at Remke and the campaign, the center is hoping to keep the shelves stocked, said Talia Frye, the center’s Family Center coordinator. “This money coming in through this campaign will help us keep food on the shelves next year,” Frye said. All offices of The Bank of Kentucky and the Newport and Turkeyfoot locations of Remke are participating in the campaign. For more information about the center and its services or other ways to donate, visit

How to prepare your mower for winter Question: I think I’m finally finished mowing for the season. How should I prepare my lawnmower for winter? Answer: With the prolonged warm weather we’ve had this fall, if you have a cool-season lawn (bluegrass, fescue or perennial ryegrass), you may still need to mow again! It’s important to continue mowing grass as long as it’s growing to the normal mowing height. Otherwise, grass might slump over and mat down overwinter,

creating conditions ideal for snow mold and other winter and earlyspring turf diseasesMike .Grass klahr mowed to COLUMNIST the proper height stores energy needed for winter survival and good growth next spring. Another reason it’s important to regularly mow this time of year is to mulch

tree leaves into the turf to keep them from shading the grass. This enables the lawn to produce more energy through photosynthesis. Mulching the leaves back into the turf doesn’t cause a problem unless the leaves are so thick that they still cover the grass blades after mowing. Mulching leaves with a mower is a lot easier than having to rake and remove them.Before putting away the mower for winter storage, be sure to do some basic “winterizing” maintenance on it.

First, change the oil to prevent engine sludge that can cause the internal engine parts and seals to deteriorate. Add fresh oil of the proper viscosity. The owner’s manual will list the appropriate oil.Check the air filter. Now is a good time to change or clean the air filter if you’ve not done this during the mowing season. A dirty air filter can restrict air flow into the engine and cause the engine to run rich. You shouldn’t leave gasoline in the fuel tank at the end of the sea-

son., because residues can form that might plug the small fuel jets in the carburetor. Either drain out the fuel, or use a gas stabilizer. If you drain the fuel, start and run the engine to remove gasoline from the fuel lines and carburetor; then, let the engine cool, take the spark plug out of the cylinder and put about one tablespoon of oil into the cylinder. With the spark plug wire off, pull the starter cord or use the starter to turn the engine over several times to distribute this

oil over the cylinder and piston’s internal surfaces.Now is also a good time to sharpen or replace the mower blade. Proper equipment maintenance now will help prevent any mower breakdowns during the busy spring mowing season. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, NOV. 25 Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Holiday artists’ market. Featuring artists from across the nation working in ceramics, metal, jewelry, photography, painting, glass and more. $7, free ages 12 and under. Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. 614-486-7119; fairs_wf.html. Covington.

Developmental Play Therapy, 10-11 a.m., A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, 2865 Chancellor Drive, Suite 105, Sessions led by licensed physical therapist to assist parents in learning how to increase strength, endurance and development in children in social setting. Network with other families and get different opinion on their child’s development. Family friendly. Free for Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati members. 859-426-5666; Crestview Hills.

Dining Events

Literary - Crafts

Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Serving fish, steak or shrimp. Beer and soft drinks also available. $5.50 and up. 859-4411273. Cold Spring.

Quilting, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Learn basic techniques and create quilt block. Grades 6 and up and adults. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-9624031; Independence.

Craft Shows

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Concerts Walk the Moon, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. Standing only on main floor. $15. On sale Sept. 16. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Krinj, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With A Decade To Die For, Detrimental and Illshot. $5. 859-291-2233; Covington. Emergency Radio, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Gary Owen, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. Cincinnati native, comedian and actor. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Support Groups 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.

SATURDAY, NOV. 26 Craft Shows Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7, free ages 12 and under. 614-4867119; fairs_wf.html. Covington.

Health / Wellness

On Stage - Comedy Gary Owen, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Recreation Open Play Paintball, 3-5 p.m., Town & Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Golf Range Clubhouse to pay and for orientation. Includes field rental, unlimited CO2, 500 paintballs, 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. Ages 17 and under must bring a waiver signed by a parent prior to play. $25, $12 for 500 additional paintballs, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859-4425800; Wilder.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Lakeside Park.

beverage. Pictures with Santa available. Includes basketball raffles. Email for more information. Benefits Legacy Basketball. $5. Presented by Legacy Basketball. 513-5046133. Newport.

Museums Kneehigh Exhibits, Noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Cooking Classes Latin American Cooking for the Holidays, 7-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Special cooking demonstration with Giovanna Delli-Carpini Trimpe, local author of the cookbook “Holy Chow” and head chef at St. Peter and Chains Cathedral. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4002; Erlanger.

On Stage - Comedy Gary Owen, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. 859957-2000; Newport.

Recreation 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 end-of-lane screens. Reservations available in two-hour increments. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859-625-7250; Newport.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence. Newport.

Support Groups


Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-509-5066; Covington.

Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Music - Cabaret

Clubs & Organizations

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:459:45 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859-4419155. Covington.

Northern Kentucky University's Department of Theatre and Dance presents William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Mike King, at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays Dec. 1-11 in the Fine Arts Building's Rosemary Stauss Theatre at NKU, Nunn Drive, in Highland Heights. While Marc Antony and Egyptian enchantress Cleopatra live a life of passion and pleasure in Egypt, turmoil in far-off Rome shatters their happiness. Antony is drawn into conflict with his fellow ruler Octavius Caesar, and the fate of the Empire, and Antony's love for Cleopatra, will be decided once and for all. Tickets are $14; $13 for NKU faculty, staff and alumni; $11 senior citizens; $8, students with valid ID from any school; and $10, groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 859-572-5464 or visit Pictured is senior Simon Powell as Mark Antony with senior Robyn Novak as Cleopatra. Photo by Mikki Schaffner. THANKS TO WARREN BRYSON

Community Dance

Music - Rock

Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere. Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 1723 Monmouth St., Pancake and sausage breakfast with choice of


The Great Depression, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With Small Time Crooks. $5. 859-2912233; Covington.

Music - Jazz

Exercise Classes

Holiday - Christmas

Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

Greater Cincinnati Winterfair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7, free ages 12 and under. 614-4867119; fairs_wf.html. Covington.

Craft Shows


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.

Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening and leadership skills in supportive environment. Free. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Independence.


431-6969. Newport.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10-11 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Pajama Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m.-noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months-2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring.

Museums Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

On Stage - Comedy Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Comedy featuring Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best local comics and national acts seen on: NBC, HBO, FOX, Bob & Tom, BET, Comedy Central and WGN America. Hosted by Mike Gardner. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Music by DJ Alex Chinn Chilla 10 p.m. Free. 859-

Don Fangman, 5-7:30 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Cover artist performs music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, George Strait and Billy Joel. Free. 859341-4977. Crescent Springs.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Wednesday, Nov. 30 Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Learning experience for those who wish to improve speaking and networking skills for work, one-on-one or just for fun. Includes dinner if pre-registered. Family friendly. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-5419319. Covington.

Education Tadpole Time, 9-10 a.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Ages 18 months to 3 years. Scuba Santa’s Favorite Things. Each program includes story, animal encounter and guided tour of Aquarium. $7 per child/adult pair. Registration required. Presented by WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. 859-815-1442. Newport. Congenealogy, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Informal evening of discussion, resource sharing and guest speakers. Participants encouraged to share family history. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-9624071; Covington.

Exercise Classes Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, $97 monthly. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Lakeside Park. Scoliosis/Posture Screening, 9

Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland returns this holiday season for more underwater fun at the Newport Aquarium on Thursday, Nov. 25, and will run through Jan. 1, 2012. Scuba Santa, sitting in his magical underwater sleigh pulled by sea horses, will provide a family-friendly show in the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. At Scuba Santa's Post Office, children can write letters to Scuba Santa. Children can also take part in the Reindeer Roundup game by helping Scuba Santa find all the reindeer hidden throughout the Aquarium. Admission to Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland activities are free with a Newport Aquarium ticket. Tickets are $22; $15, ages 2-12; free, children under 2. Newport Aquarium will have extended holiday hours, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 26-31. For more information, including a complete schedule of Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland show times, visit or call 859-261-7444. THANKS TO RODGER PILLE

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire. Spinal and postural evaluation for scoliosis. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

Literary - Story Times Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-7816166. Cold Spring.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513921-1922. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1 Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-2909022. Covington.

Health / Wellness Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

Literary - Story Times Pajama Story Time, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 3-6.

Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-7816166. Cold Spring.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Trapped Under Ice, 7 p.m., Radiodown, 620 Scott Blvd., With Backtrack, Betrayel, Hundredth and Take Offense. $12, $10 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.

Music - Student Performances Young Band Night, 6-9 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Four young or new bands perform. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

Support Groups NKY Lunch Buddies: Living with MS Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 6835 Houston Road, For multiple sclerosis clients, family, friends and other interested individuals. Family friendly. Presented by National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 859-817-9144. Florence. Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, Free. 513-509-5066; Covington.



Creating Christmas treats from your kitchen I was teaching cooking class last week and the background music included my favorite Christmas song “We Need a Little Christmas.” Well, like most of you, what I need is a little more Rita time! I’m Heikenfeld going to start early RITA’S KITCHEN this year making gifts from the kitchen. This chocolate sauce is not only delicious, but a good keeper.

Chocolate hazelnut sauce

Better than store bought. This is so easy and a welcome gift from the kitchen. Wonderful over ice cream, as a fondue for fruit, chilled and spread between ladyfingers, etc. If you want to substitute almonds, walnuts, whatever, for the hazelnuts, go ahead. Or leave them out altogether for a simple chocolate sauce.

1 cup whipping cream 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ cups toasted, chopped hazelnuts

Bring whipping cream to a boil. Add chips and butter. Turn heat down to very low and cook until smooth, stirring constantly. Add flavorings and nuts. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Warm before serving if desired.

Bacon Wrapped Grissini

Grissini are Italian breadsticks, skinny and long. My original recipe called for 1⁄3 cup brown sugar and 2-3 tablespoons chili powder, but I sometimes ran out so I double it. 1 pound bacon slices, cut in half 2 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar 4-6 tablespoons of chili powder (This is the blend you use for chili. I like

Buena Vida brand since that’s what my Mom always used.) 1 box of Italian grissini breadsticks, broken in half

Mix sugar and chili powder together, removing any lumps and put in shallow bowl or plate large enough to roll each grissini in. Roll each grissini tightly with bacon, starting at the top, and leave enough room at the bottom to make a handle. Place each wrapped grissini in sugar mixture, rolling and dipping until well coated. Preheat oven to 350. Place grissini on sprayed rack and put rack on baking sheet or foil. Bake until bacon is golden brown, 20-30 minutes. Let cool. The sugar caramelizes as they cool.

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Matt Swaim is our producer for the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Along with being a talented author, he is an enthusiastic cook.

Matt shared this recipe with me. This is a nice hearty soup to fix for the busy holiday season. He adapted it from one he found on the Epicurious website. Matt told me: “I made this pretty amazing buttercup squash and kale minestrone on Sunday, and it made my weekend. I eyeballed the potatoes and squash and added more kale than the recipe called for. Highly recommended.” OK, so I’m going to make it this weekend. Or sooner … Canola or olive oil 1 cup chopped onions 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed 2½ cups peeled and cubed winter squash* 2 celery stalks, diced ½ cup peeled and diced carrots 2½ cups cubed potatoes 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 6 cups water 4 cups chopped kale

1½ cups cooked or canned cannellini beans (15-ounce can, drained)

* Matt used buttercup squash. Film bottom of soup pot with a bit of oil and put on medium heat. Add onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add squash, celery, carrots, potatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, and water and cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are almost done. Add kale and beans and simmer until kale is tender and beans are hot. Makes 12 cups.

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A rainy day could not dampen the spirits of eighth-grade students from St. Joseph, Cold Spring while they were on their field trip to the zoo. Pictured here, left to right, front row: Trevor Rawe, Joey Hickman, Jackson Crawford, and Nate Miller. In back are Cassie Rinehard, Emma Verst, Madison Salkowski, Abby Childress, Jessica Appel, Maddy Brown, and Katie Schwierjohann. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS It would take more than a little rain to ruin a field trip to the zoo. The eighth-grade students from St. Joseph, Cold Spring made the most of their science field trip to the zoo despite the rain. Shown: When asked which way they should go next on their field trip at the zoo, everyone had a different suggestion. Pictured left to right are, Adam Hartig, Kori Embs, Nick Tolle, Justin Groeschen, Jake Mefford, and Andrew Wolfe. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Performance to benefit Regional Youth Leadership Community Recorder staff report This holiday season, a perennial television classic comes to life on stage as the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts presents the beloved “White Christmas.” The highlight of the three-week engagement will be Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., when the curtains open on a special performance benefiting Regional Youth Leadership (RYL). “Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy this timeless, heartwarming treasure with your friends

and family,” said Joni Huffmyer, program director of RYL. “By attending this performance, you are contributing to the resources needed to develop, educate, and motivate youth leaders in communities where you live and work.” All proceeds from the Dec. 20 performance benefit Regional Youth Leadership, a nonprofit program for local high school juniors. RYL works to shape the region’s future by enriching and engaging outstanding students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commit-

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Northern Kentucky Forum will present a free public event titled “Preparing our Children for the 21st Century Careers: The New Face of Manufacturing” on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Gateway Community & Technical College Center for Applied Manufacturing Integrated Manufacturing Center, 500 Technology Way, in Florence. The demand for skilled labor in Northern Kentucky far exceeds the available pool of qualified



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Greeted by the catchy cadences and colorful showmanship of the St. Xavier High School drumline on the plaza outside the front entrance of the Great American Tower at Queen City Square on Oct. 29, the nearly 250 guests knew they were in for a dynamic, one-of-a-kind night at the fourth annual Evening of Hope… A Celebration of Life presented by Mercy Health and PNC. Not only was the annual fall gala an important fundraiser for the Cancer Support Community ( formerly The Wellness Community), but it also provided a glamorous setting for the official unveiling of the organization’s new name. After 20 years in the Tristate as The Wellness Community, the nonprofit cancer support agency’s name has changed to Cancer Support Community, but the both the mission of

Newport — One of the most unique holiday attractions in the country, Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, returns this holiday season for more underwater fun. Now in his ninth year at Newport Aquarium, Scuba Santa will arrive in the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit and introduce a family-friendly show where animals in the tank can magically talk to the crowds. Sitting in his magical underwater sleigh – pulled by sea horses – Scuba Santa will read a new underwater version of his celebrated “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem, complete with special Scuba Santa twists. “Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland,” begins Nov.

ensuring no one has to face cancer alone and the broad array of free, professionally facilitated support programs for people affected by cancer remain unchanged. The new name reestablishes a consistent identity with the local affiliate’s parent organization, which became Cancer Support Community in November 2009 following the merger of The Wellness Community–National and Gilda’s Clubs Worldwide. The Cancer Support Community name also better communicates the nonprofit organization’s mission of cancer support and helps differentiate it from fitness centers and other businesses, medical practices, or groups with “wellness” in their names. In addition to celebrating the new name and enjoying dinner, dancing, dazzling views, and a wide variety of wonderful music, the staff, board, and supporters of Cancer Support Community also hon-

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more than 20 years and their assistance has helped ensure that support, education and hope are available at no charge for anyone affected by cancer in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Evening of Hope cochairs Bill Krul, CEO/Senior Partner of Miller-Valentine Group, and Aaron Bley of Harrison planned the successful event, with assistance from committee members Chris and Marilyn Dolle of Wyoming, Linda Green of Indian Hill, Mischele Hagood of Mason and Lucy Ward of Hyde Park.

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Flight memorial dedication planned By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — Decades after the events, victims of three local plane crashes will soon have a memorial in their honor. Flights 694, 383 and 128 memorial dedication will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at EnglandIdlewild Park, Burlington. Flight 383/128 Memorial Group has worked the last few years for a memorial to honor those who lost their lives in the accidents. One of the group’s cofounders, Linda Holbrook of Villa Hills, was an 18year-old telephone operator working the night TWA Flight 128 in 1967. “That’s what got me interested in this,” she said. Families were calling and there was nothing she could do to help, she said. Now she can. Originally the group fo-


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cused on Flights 383 and 128, but have since incorporated the Jan. 12, 1955, Trans World Airlines Flight 694 accident into the memorial. That flight collided with another plane while departing from what was then called the Greater Cincinnati Airport. On Nov. 8, 1965, Flight 383 left New York heading for Cincinnati. The plane crashed into a hillside north of the Greater Cincinnati Airport. There were four survivors while 58 people died. A little more than two years later on Nov. 20, 1967, TWA Flight 128 heading to Cincinnati from Los Angeles crashed into a Hebron apple orchard. The accident killed 70 of the 82 people on board. It remains the worst accident in Kentucky aviation history. The memorial features three bronze plaques with the survivors names’ created by bronze medium artist Mike Major of Urbana, Ohio. While road markers recognizing the event were dedicated earlier in the

year, this memorial is “more personal” for survivors and families of victims, Holbrook said. “I don’t mean they don’t care about the highway makers. Historically they’re important, but this is the memorial they’ve all been praying for,” she said. “They can walk up to it, put their hand on their family member’s name and it’s real.” The location of the memorial is actually on airport property. Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore said the county leases the land on which England-Idlewild Park is located. “I think it is important when we think about Boone County and our history, we recognize we are a community that evolved around the airport ... but along with the positive, there have been a couple of tragedies,” he said. “For these survivors and for the families of these victims, I think it’s important that we memorialize these incidents.” The park was a place where the memorial can be

Flight 383/128 Memorial Group co-founder Linda Holbrook, right, stands in front of the memorial her group worked to create which is dedicated to those who lost their lives in three different Boone County plane crashes. She stands with bronze medium artist Mike Major of Urbana, Ohio, who created three plaques listing names of victims who died in the 1955 Flight 694 (in the photo), the 1965 Flight 383 and 1967 Flight 128 crashes. Holbrook was a telephone operator on the night of the Flight 128 crash. The memorial is located in England-Idlewild Park and will be dedicated at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Eisen Agency Gym host free 'Turkey Burn’ class sponsors Soap Drive for the holiday season This holiday season, The Eisen Agency, a public relations firm in Newport, will help in the efforts to keep the community clean by sponsoring a soap drive with all donations going to The Brighton Center, a nonprofit organization that provides a range of programs and services to more than 75,000 community members in need each year. The agency will accept unopened soaps of all types to donate including dish and hand soap and laundry detergents. All donations will be taken to The Brighton Center storefront in Newport for the Brighton Center families to use. The Eisen Agency will also

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Fourth degree assault domestic violence Reported at Trapp Court, Oct. 17. Fourth degree assault minor injury Report of man assaulted another man at 7150 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 15. Second degree burglary, third degree criminal mischief Report of jewelry and other items taken from residence after forced entry at 3644 Neltner Road, Oct. 12. Theft by deception including cold checks Report of attempt by man to "quick change" cashier and obtain more money back than given at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 25. Theft by unlawful taking Report of items taken from wallet at 45 Viewpoint Drive, Oct. 11. Report of electronics taken including hand-held radio from fire department trailer at 7951 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 17. Report of scrap metal taken at 8398 Main St. W, Oct. 19. Report of purse taken from vehicle at 1 Apple Blossom Lane, Oct. 25. Report of GPS taken from

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Derrick Baker, 42, 61 Brentwood No. 4, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 61 Brentwood Place, Nov. 11. Peter Coughlan, 55, 25 South Fort Thomas Ave., second degree disorderly conduct at 1025 South Fort Thomas Ave., Nov. 13.

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Incidents/investigations Failure to maintain insurance, theft of a motor vehicle registration plate At Orchard and Seventh, Nov. 14. Second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking At 736 Columbia St., Nov. 11. Theft by unlawful taking At James Taylor Park, Nov. 13. Trafficking marijuana within 1000 yards At 222 York St., Nov. 14.

DEATHS Alberta Bolte Alberta Rose Neidhart Bolte, 90, of Cincinnati, formerly of Cold Spring and Newport, died Nov. 15, 2011, at St. Margaret Hall. She served as rectory housekeeper for 15 years at St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring and volunteered at the Bishop

Brossart High School library for 26 years. Her husband, Albert, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Laura Bolte; son-in-law, Matthew Clemens; grandson, Joshua Clemens; sisters-in-law, Rita Tanner and Nancy Bolte; and brothers-in-law, Vic Bolte, Sylvester Bolte and Jim Tanner.



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Carol Buckler Carol J. Buckler, 68, of California, died Nov. 13, 2011, in Burlington. She was a seamstress. Survivors include her sons, Charles Buckler and Robert Buckler; daughters, Virginia Fryman, Karen Hargett, Deanna Ryan, Carol Poe, Cheryl Beyersdoerfer, Cathy Erb and Jeri Buckler; brother, Butch Govan; sisters, Mary Smith, Lorraive Moore and Josey Kramer; 21 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Grandview Cemetery in Mentor, Ky.

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Junius Fox Jr. Junius Fox Jr., 55, of Dayton, died Nov. 15, 2011, at his residence. He retired from the U.S. Army and was a member of Big Bone Baptist Church in Union, the Dayton Fraternal Order of Eagles, VFW of Dayton and American Legion. His wife, Peggy Fox, and a

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DEATHS Continued from Page B10 brother, Samuel Douglas Fox, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Holly Croll, Deborah Fox and Angela Fox; son, Junius Fox III; brother, Adam Fox; sisters, Peggy McGraw, Wilma Fox, Leona Humbert, Lisa Fox, Lynn Skinner, Brenda Jones, Amy Gilbert, Robin Fox and Rebeccah Pfueger; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Fox Cemetery in Beattyville, Ky.

Viola ‘Dolie’ Hassan Viola M. “Dolie” Fox Hassan, 88, of Highland Heights, died Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lions Club of Bellevue and the Auxiliary of the Bellevue Vets. She volunteered at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas. Her husband, Frank M. Hassan, and brother, Clyde Fox Jr., died previously. Survivors include her son, Mike Hassan of Covington; daughter, Nancy McCullough of Cold Spring; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Frances Hatfield Frances J. Hatfield, 98, of Newport, formerly of Park Hills, died Nov. 14, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a retired personal shopper for Shillito Department Store and an 85-year member of Southside Baptist Church. Her husband, Morris “Bud” Hatfield; and daughter, Kay Hatfield, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Monte Hatfield of Charlottesville, Va., and Dennis “Smokie” Hatfield of Covington; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Southside Baptist Church, 1501 Holman St., Covington, KY 41011.

George Ison Sr. George Edward Ison Sr., 49, of Fort Thomas, died Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He worked as a nurse’s aid and in maintenance.

His father, Will Ed Ison, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Opal Hill Ison Toy; wife, Annetta June Winkle; stepfather, James Toy; sons, Michael Jacob Ison and George Edward Ison Jr.; stepchildren, Julie Noel of Burlington and Harry Miller of Falmouth; sisters, Melissa Clark, Lena Botkins, Annie Elliott and Angela Elliott, all of Maysville, and Sara Barker of Brooksville, Ky.; stepsisters, Anita Wells, Becky Tucker and Sherry Toy; stepbrothers, Steve Toy and Jeremy Toy; and 10 step grandchildren. Interment was at Pythian Grove Cemetery in Berry, Ky.

Ronald Kennedy Ronald Franklin Kennedy, 71, of Dry Ridge, died Nov. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Williamstown. He was a retired civil engineer with St. Elizabeth Hospitals and a truck driver for Drysdale Trucking. He wrote for the Lexington Herald and Grant County News and was a graduate of Walton-Verona High School. Survivors include the mother of his children, Darlene Kennedy of Burlington; his stepmother, Dorothy Kennedy of Dry Ridge; sons, David Kennedy of Hebron, Todd Kennedy of Campbell County and Mark Crupper of Fort Thomas; sister, Nancy Howe of Dry Ridge; brother, Jeff Kennedy of Erlanger; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery.

Ronald Losey Ronald Joseph Losey, 74, of Highland Heights, died Nov. 16, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a semi trailer mechanic with Interstate Trailer and Equipment. He was a member of Campbell County Game and Fish, Campbell County Bow Hunters, Can-Tucks Primitive Weapons Club and Ducks Unlimited. His wife, Betty Losey, and son, Russell Losey, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Penny Caudill of Fort Thomas and Peggy Kroger of Cold Spring; brothers, Robert Losey and Lawrence Losey; three grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road,

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James Mullins James Mullins, 87, of Highland Heights, died Nov. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He served in World War II on the USS McKee and was a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Willoughby Mullins; son, Donald Mullins; brother, William Mullins; sister, Patricia Keen; two grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Oakland UMC Building Fund, P.O. Box 368, Alexandria, KY 41001.

Elmo Sharp Elmo Nelson Sharp, 78, of Newport, died Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; children, Joyce A. Sharp-Straus of Ludlow, Diana L. Sharp of Newport and William G. Sharp of Covington; and five grandchildren. Inurnment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

John Urz John Fredrick Urz, 72, of Newport, died Nov. 11, 2011. He was retired from the Lovejoy Steel Co. and enjoyed building model ships. His wife, Susan, died previously. Survivors include his sons, John Peter Urz, Steven Daniel Urz and Mark Winston Urz; sisters, Jan Gorries and Mary Irwin; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Danny Weaver Danny Lee Weaver, 67, of Burlington, died Nov. 13, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired bus driver for Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky and served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Sandra; daughters, Melody Fryman of Burlington and Kimberly Bonham of California; sons, Danny Weaver of Staten Island, N.Y., and David Weaver of Brookville, Ky.; stepson, David Quigley of Burlington; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Pick up at Turfway Park M-F 8AM to 3PM SAT w/ APPT

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Limestone Farm Lawn Worksite presents

BLACK FRIDAY SAVINGS! Save this Holiday Season on your favorite John Deere merchandise.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Mandi Lawrence, 28, of Cincinnati and Brian Egan, 31, of Fort Thomas, issued Nov. 7. Eva Young, 39, of Sarasota and Jassen Ford, 39, of Salem,

issued Nov. 7. Catherine Hamilton, 41, and Jeremy Hicks, 37, both of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 7. Dana Zepf, 38, of Fort Thomas

and Brent McDaniel, 31, of Louisville, issued Nov. 9. Liza Pruiksma, 24, of Denver and Nicholas Vana, 25, of Fort Thomas, issued Nov. 9.



Friday, November 25th - Open at 6am!

15% OFF all regular priced merchandise ALL DAY!

Riding Toys - 15% OFF from 6 A.M. TO 9 A.M. 10% OFF After 9 A.M.

CLEARANCEMERCHANDISE! Fillabagfor$45! Offer valid Friday, November 25th only


Very Short Sale


7620 Daleview Road, Cincinnati OH 45247 (Colerain Twp.)

(513) 385-5158

Hours: Tues. - Fri 10-6 • Sat. 10-4 • Closed Sun. & Mon. • Delivery & Installation Available Closing at 2 on 11/23 • Closed Thanksgiving Day

per week

78 weeks

Farm Lawn Worksite

1-877 -542 -5359

Rock Solid Value

Just minutes from the Florence Mall!

10011 Sam Neace Dr, Florence, KY 41042 • 859-538-1600

Offer valid at Limestone Florence location only. Discounts good for merchandise, collectables and toys. See store for restrictions and details.



SD1 recognized for ‘Peak Performance’ The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has awarded seven Peak Performance Gold Awards and one Peak Performance Platinum Award to SD1-run facilities. Peak Performance Gold Awards are bestowed upon

utilities whose wastewater treatment plants have been operated and maintained in such a manner that they have met all of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements during an entire calendar year. Five treatment plants

that are owned and operated by SD1 received Peak Performance Gold Awards for 2010. They are: • Eastern Regional Water Reclamation Facility • Ethans Glen Treatment Plant • Rivershore Farms Treatment Plant

LEGAL NOTICE AT&T Mobility is proposing to construct a telecommunications site at 3597 Kennedy Road, California, KY 41007. This site will consist of a 285ft self-support tower and a 1-story radio equipment shelter. The tower and shelter will be enclosed within a chain link fenced compound. If you have questions, please contact: GPD Group, ATTN: Ed Block, 520 South Main Street, Suite Responsibilities: School board members are involved primarily in the following areas: 2531, Akron, Ohio • Developing policy that governs the operation of schools. 44311. Phone: (330)• Providing visionary leadership that establishes long-range plans and programs for the 572-2192. Include: district. Case# 102-11-SPD• Hiring the superintendent and issuing annual evaluation reports. 01. 1001677020 • Setting local tax rates and practicing vigorous stewardship to ensure that all school district funds are spent wisely. NOTICE OF VACANT FORT THOMAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION SEAT Opportunity: The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for appointment to the Fort Thomas Independent Schools’ Board of Education. You are invited to nominate yourself or someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Fort Thomas Independent Schools’ Board of Education representing the district at large. This vacancy was created by the passing of board member Gail Federle. Under the provisions of KRS 160.190 (2), this appointment is effective until the November 2012 regular election. This is a public service position and the person appointed will not be employed by the Fort Thomas Independent Schools. Requirements School board members must be: • At least 24 years old. • A Kentucky citizen for the last three years. • A registered voter in the district and voter precinct(s) of the vacancy. (Campbell County, Fort Thomas). • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. • Must be in compliance with anti-nepotism state laws. • Cannot provide contract services for the school district.

Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Application forms for this position are available from: • John Williamson, Superintendent, Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education office at 28 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, KY 41075, phone number 859.781.3333; or • The Kentucky Department of Education, address below. Phone number 502.564.4474.


All applications must be mailed directly to: Commissioner of Education 1st Floor, Capital Plaza Tower 500 Mero Street Frankfort, KY 40601 The Kentucky Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. 1001675998

• Charles H. Kelly School Treatment Plant • Verona Commons Treatment Plant Two treatment plants operated by SD1 also received Peak Performance Gold Awards: • Alexandria Dairy Mart Treatment Plant • Walton Industrial Park Treatment Plant The SD1-operated Walton Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Peak Performance Platinum Award for six years of complete compliance with its discharge permit requirements.

Rechtin recognized by Carrier Corporation Tom Rechtin Sr., owner of Tom Rechtin Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. located in Bellevue has been named to the Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame. Rechtin is one of only 13 Carrier dealers nationally to receive the distinction. Along with being a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 40 years of service, recipients of this award have made significant contributions to the HVAC industry. Rechtin was named contractor of the year by the Kentucky

Association of Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors (KAPHCC) for his efforts in bringing a licensing program to the State of Kentucky and later developing a local training program called “Smart Tech” that allowed all licensed journeyman to get the training they needed. One year later, the national association recognized Rechtin as their contractor of the year. Rechtin was recognized at the national Carrier dealer plans meeting .


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