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Bellevue businesses entice shoppers to stay By Melissa Stewart

Construction crews work on the site of St. Elizabeth’s new Fort Thomas medical office building, expected to open in January. THE COMMUNITY RECORDER/CHRIS MAYHEW

St. Elizabeth readies new Fort Thomas office By Chris Mayhew

FORT THOMAS — St. Elizabeth Physicians will open a new urgent care center and office for primary care doctors and specialists here in January. The new 25,000-square-foot Fort Thomas Medical Office Building will bring between 75100 staff and physician jobs, said Guy Karrick, spokesman for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. St. Elizabeth Physicians is part of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Karrick said the goal is to bring more primary care doctors and specialists to Fort Thomas instead of people having to drive to St. Elizabeth in

Edgewood or other offices. The office, at 1360 Grand Ave., is on the same side of the street and adjacent to St. ElizaBast beth’s Fort Thomas hospital. The property is the site of Newport Independent Schools’ former Mildred Dean Elementary School. St. Elizabeth broke ground on the new building in April at a cost of $5.7 million, Karrick said. The first services opening in January will be an urgent care center and two primary care doctor practices.

“With this new health care reform, supposedly a big part of that will be educating the community as to when you need to go to the emergency room vs. urgent care,” Karrick said. “For the flu or something like that you need to come to the urgent care setting.” Dr. Tyler Browing, a family medicine doctor with a Fort Thomas office, and Dr. Sherri Schwartz, a primary care doctor in Bellevue, will both be moving into the Fort Thomas building, Karrick said. Specialists will be moving into the office throughout January. See OFFICE, Page A2

BELLEVUE — It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... to shop at small businesses. “There are so many reasons to shop local,” Bellevue Main Street program manager Jody Robinson said. “More money reinvests in the local economy than with chain stores. Local businesses invest more in our communities. They support local non-profits, schools and civic groups at a higher level.” To entice shoppers to Fairfield Avenue, the city’s historic district, Robinson said Bellevue Renaissance is hosting holidaythemed events throughout December. “The holiday season is when the highest percentage of retail shopping is done annually,” Robinson said. “For an independent small business, having a great holiday season helps carry them through the months that are traditionally slower, like January for instance, when people are less apt to shop as they receive their credit card bills, the temperatures plummet, and retails sales across all sectors slow down.” The first event is the Home

for the Holidays-themed Shop Bellevue, which every first Friday. During the event, shops and restaurants stay open late, and many offer open houses and specials relating to the evening’s theme. Home for the Holidays is planned for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Next is Man, You Don’t Want to Miss This, 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Participating businesses on The Avenue, Robinson said, will be themed for male shoppers. This is a first for Bellevue Renaissance. “They’re shoppers, too,” Robinson said. “Statistics show that more woman shop than men and we figured we’d have a night to call their own, so they don’t feel like a minority. We want to convey a sense of camaraderie and that cozy club feel. More of our male shoppers feel shopping is work. We want to make it a great experience for them. We have plenty of merchandise for sale on the avenue for men and everyone on their shopping list. And, we’ll have gift wrapping, too.” In addition, personalized shoppers will be available. Businesses owner, employees and See SHOPPERS, Page A2

Curtis Heuser, owner of Fairfield Avenue shops, Interior Visions and Farmhouse Primitives, hangs an ornament on a tree. Heuser and other shop owners along the avenue are gearing up for the holidays. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

County opens A.J. Jolly to goose hunt By Chris Mayhew

Some Canada geese wintering at A.J. Jolly Park may want to head south. Campbell County Fiscal Court has unanimously approved allowing limited hunting of the geese in three areas of the 1,000-acre park from daylight to noon Jan. 6-Jan. 30 except for Jan. 15. “It’s a limited hunt to handle a nuisance problem in a humane way,” said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. He said the hunt guidelines were developed with the Jolly Park Development Council in coordination with the county


and Don Sorrell, extension agent for agriculture and natural resources from the University of Kentucky’s Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service

office. An educational program for the public to air their concerns and hunters to learn about guidelines and rules has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Campbell County Environmental Education Center in A.J. Jolly Park, 824 Race Track Road. Mickey Craig, a conservation

Canada geese congregate on the shore of the lake at A.J. Jolly Park in southern Campbell County.THANKS TO DON SORRELL

officer for Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the county asked for his input about how to safely conduct a



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will not create a safety hazard for people walking on trails in the park. The point of the hunt is both to provide an area for hunters to find recreation, and to scare away some of the geese from the park, Craig said. Lakes with mowed grass around them are a perfect habitat for the geese. Geese have steadily grown in number at A.J. Jolly each year, and their feces on the ground has become a nuisance for people walking or playing sports. “We do want to try to have a hunt not just to kill all the geese, which is not going to happen, but to maybe kill a few of the birds See HUNT, Page A2

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Snodgrass will leave clerk job for family time Says he will not seek any elected office

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NEWPORT — Elected as Campbell County Clerk in 1990, Jack Snodgrass of Cold Spring will not seek another term in 2014 at the behest of his family. The 69-year-old Democrat said he had contemplated running for a Campbell County Fiscal Court Commissioner seat in 2014. But his family, in-

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When he heard Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate, was not going to run for state senate in 2014 he thought it sounded interesting until his wife Marlene warned him to not even think about it. “So, I’m going to stay out of politics except to help Michelle and anybody else who needs it,” he said. He said he doesn’t want to work full-time after he is 70. Michelle said it will be hard for her father to not work every day – and he will find a way to continue to give his time even if it will not be in elected office. “I think it will be hard for him stepping aside and retiring because he has basically dedicated his life to Campbell County,” she said. Michelle said her fa-

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cluding his daughter county Commonwealth Attorney Michelle Snodgrass, convinced him to stay out of politics. “My daughter said, ‘You know, why do you want those headaches, you’re going out on a high note,’” he said. Snodgrass said a horrible headache six years ago turned out to be a lifethreatening brain aneurysm. The aneurysm almost ended his career early, and a surgery behind his forehead changed his outlook on life. “It made me look at life a little bit differently now,” he said. “My wife and I, we’ve got this thing, a YOLO is what we’re thinking about now, you only live once.” He said he probably won’t stay away from politics, but he plans to stay out of public office.


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Campbell County Clerk Jack Snodgrass opens a book of 1868 marriage licenses issued in the county in the clerk’s office records room on the second floor of the Campbell County Administration Building in Newport.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ther’s family all reminded him to spend some time for himself when he was considering his future aspirations during the last year. Prior to becoming clerk, Snodgrass said

Baptist Life plans $40 million senior community in Alexandria By Amy Scalf

ALEXANDRIA — Baptist Life Communities, an Erlanger-based nursing home and senior care provider, will add a multistory, multiuse complex in Alexandria next year. The company – which operates Baptist Village of Northern Kentucky in Erlanger, Baptist Towers of Covington and Baptist Convalescent Center of Newport – filed for a zoning change to create a Continuing Care Retirement Community zone within the city limits. “Our plans are to replace our Newport facility with a new facility out in Alexandria,” said Dr. Robert Long, chief executive officer of Baptist Life Communities. “It’s going

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“We’re looking at having an OB-GYN out of that office, cardiologists, and ... able to do cardiovascular testing there,” he said. The offices will include X-ray and laboratory areas, and space for specialty physicians to practice close to the Fort Thomas and Newport communities, Karrick said.

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worked as a beer distributor in Bellevue. Snodgrass Distributing was around until 1987 when he closed it because the Pabst Blue Ribbon Co. was purchased and liquidated, Snodgrass said.

Pabst was the main beer the company distributed, he said. He considered becoming a lawyer, and decided instead to run for clerk. The county clerk’s office oversees all election filings, tallies election day results, is where people obtain a vehicle license plate, and maintains records about property sales and marriages. “I’ve got records that go back to pre-Civil War here,” he said. Snodgrass said there are records signed by frontiersman Daniel Boone and U.S. Rep. Henry Clay, who was Speaker of the House from 18111825. “I think we’ve got one where Daniel Boone either bought or sold 10 acres of ground for two kegs of whiskey,” Snodgrass said.

volunteers will offer men help in selecting “the perfect gift,” Robinson said. Curtis Heuser, owner of Interior Visions and Farmhouse Primitives, said he is excited about the guy’s night out. Heuser’s shops will offer a special deal – those

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and scatter some of the birds,” he said. When the geese are migrating in the winter the population of birds around the lake swells to about 1,000, Craig said. Canada geese historically did not migrate

to be stateof-the-art and, hopefully, the most unique facility for seniors in the state, Jewell certainly in this region. It’s going to be more of a residentialstyle setting for health care delivery for seniors.” Long said he expects to break ground in late spring or early summer of 2014 on the project he anticipates will cost more than $40 million. He said the company sought additional property in Newport, but they couldn’t find a suitable location. According to the Campbell County Proper-

ty Valuation Administration records online, the 10.5-acre property at 132 E. AlexLong andria Pike was purchased for $2.75 million on Dec. 27, 2012. The parcel lies southeast of the intersection of Ky. 9, or the AA Highway, and Ky. 709, also known as the AA Connector. The Thursday, Dec. 5, Alexandria City Council meeting is expected to have the first reading of an ordinance to annex more than 1.5 acres to accommodate the plot. A public hearing for the proposed zoning change is expected to be held Tuesday, Dec. 17.

“It’s been quite a while since there as been any significant presence of primary care physicians in that area,” said Jacob Bast, senior vice president and chief operating officer for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The focus of health care is shifting toward prevention of chronic disease, so having closer access to physicians is becoming even more important to communities, he said. For instance, until now, women seeking OB-

GYN care from St. Elizabeth had to travel to either Cold Spring or Edgewood. Specialists within cardiology, OB-GYN, gastroenterology, and nephrology will rotate between Fort Thomas and other offices, he said. Almost two-thirds of the 75 to 100 jobs coming into the new office building are jobs new to St. Elizabeth, he said. The remaining third of the jobs are existing jobs moving from Edgewood and other offices, he said.

who bring four “buddies” will receive a 20 percent discount on their purchase. Other participating shops will offer a special discount or gift, as well. Heuser said reaching out to male shoppers is essential in small business strategy. According to Heuser during the Ugly Sweater Night, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, participating

shops will offer deals to those who don an ugly sweater. Interior Visions, for example, will offer customers a chance to spin a wheel for prizes and discounts. Children have their own time with Kids Shopping Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. And to wrap up the season, Last Minute Gifts will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

through Northern Kentucky, but instead migrated along the Mississippi River corridor through Western Kentucky, he said. Sorrell said about 300 or 400 Canada geese stay around the lake even in warmer months. “They have found a safe haven at the lake.” The point of the hunt is partially to end the bird’s

sense of comfort about being around the lake, he said. Sorrel said Craig estimates a maximum of 5 percent of the about 1,000 geese around the lake will be taken in the hunt. The thinking is most of the geese killed will be in the first two days of the hunt, with the most of the scared away from the lake.



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Fort Thomas stylist’s work has parts in movies By Chris Mayhew

When Fort Thomas resident Tanya Tieman isn’t styling celebrities’ hair on movie sets she’s at work at her salons. Tieman, 42, is owner of Tanya’s Image and Wellness Salons in Crestview Hills Town Center and Hyde Park. Her most recent movie work can be seen on the Hallmark Channel’s “The Christmas Spirit” airing and throughout the month. She also has worked on “The Avengers” when it filmed in Cleveland, and styled hair for local television news shows and net-

work shows including “The Talk” on CBS. For “The Christmas Spirit,” Tieman spent three weeks on the set while the movie was filmed in Lebanon, Ohio. She styled the hair of Olympia Dukakis, Nicollette Sheridan, Bart Johnson and Amanda Foreman. “I was originally hired, actually, just to do Nicollette Sheridan’s hair,” she said. “And then everybody wanted me to work on them.” Tieman said she enjoys working on movie sets; the main challenge is the hours put in having to be available all day to touch


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City. “I worked on the big scenes, you know the big scenes where all like the aliens are coming and they’re fighting in the streets of New York, those are the scenes I got to work on and it was so much fun, she said. The fun was getting to style the hair of background actors who were supposed to look like they were near explosions. “When all those explosions happen, like all the dirt and everything in people’s hair, like the dust and the explosion stuff, like we do that,” she said. “We make that happen.” Because filming of the alien battle scene took days, the background actors had to have the same exact hair and makeup appearance so scenes filmed on different days had continuity. Tieman, who has lived in Fort Thomas since1995, is a native of British Columbia, most recently in 864 Donaldson Hwy Erlanger, KY 41018

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Tanya Tieman, left, of Fort Thomas styled the hair of actress Nicolette Sheridan on the set of the Hallmark Channel’s movie “The Christmas Spirit” in Lebanon, Ohio.THANKS TO SHANNON BOYER

Abbotsford. She started styling hair when she was 13. “My father was a chemist for Paul Mitchell Hair Care products, and was really good friends with some platform artists and that’s how I started,” she said. A platform artist is a stylist who does the hair for models showing off a brand’s platform of products, Tieman said. She opened her first salon in Hyde Park in 2000, and opened in the Crestview Hills Town Center in 2005. “I really wanted to create an area where people cared about. A lot of salons you walk in and it’s intimidating and people aren’t as friendly,” she said. Tiemaan said when she hires anyone she makes sure they have kindness, and doing work on the movies gives her credibility to bring in and mentor

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Seniors claim victory in chair volleyball By Amy Scalf

Cheryl Losey of Wilder knocks the ball over the net during chair volleyball at Campbell County Senior Center Nov. 26.

ALEXANDRIA — Laughter erupts from the volleyball players, reaching to swat the colorful ball over the net. But this isn’t a regular volleyball game. The first difference is that the players are seated on folding chairs in an exercise room, not a gym. The second one is that the players’ ages range from early 20s to early 80s. This match is the final one between nearly 20 members of the Campbell County Senior Center and an equal number of kinesiology, or exercise science, students from Northern Kentucky University. The seniors claimed the victory with a score of 10-1. “I love it,” said Barb Usleaman of Alexandria. “I like the exercise, the camaraderie, the fun. We do nothing but laugh. We play all the time.” “They play a three or four times a week,” said Sarah Manhardt, wellness coordinator for the senior center. “Our members have been looking forward to this tournament for a while. They played Wii bowling together too. The students came for the senior fitness test, assessing 100 seniors for strength, flexibility and balance. This is just a way for them to come back and interact in a way that’s a little more relaxed.” “It’s fun. It’s good exercise, too,” said Cherl Losey of Wilder. “We got a good workout this time.” Joe Schwerling of Fort Thomas also had a good


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SCHOOL NOTES Campbell County JV academic squad shines




The Campbell County junior varsity academic team recently won the championship at the 10th region tournament, compiling 86.5 points, the fourth-highest total in the state. In quick recall, CCHS won first place, beating Highlands 42-13 and 35-25. The starting team consisted of captain Hannah Reis, Colton Graham, Hayden Hiller and Kevin Korth. In math written assessment, Kevin Korth and Jacob Newberry placed first and second, respectively, with Hayden Hiller placing fifth. Colton Graham placed second in science, with one of the top 15 scores in the state. Graham also was first in social studies, with Seth Mains placing third. Hannah Reis was the champion in language arts, placing in the top 10 statewide. Arts and humanities was a clean sweep for CCHS, with Hayden Hiller, Hannah Reis and Samson Zacate taking first, second and third, respectively. Emily Coffey was the composition champion, with Nolan Padin third and Karli Kellinghaus fifth.

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Campbell County High School junior Alex Hermes recently won first place in the Junior Varsity Equitation competition. Hermes is a member of the Double HH Cooper multischool equestrian program with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. His competitions follow collegiate equestrian format and are open to all middle and high school students.

Grandview Elementary recently honored its October students of the month, including, first row from left, Chloe Meyers, Christian Chilelli, Eddie Buttery, Alyssa Thompson, Hayden Tallon, Madison Jones, Bella Adkins and AJ Schweinzger; second row, Hanna McIntyre, Tristan Noe, Tiarra Fields, Katie Tatum and Anna Lee Bishop; third row, Principal Baker, RJ Harris, Braden Sandmann, Blake Springer, Logan Purnell, Kierstyn Ratterman, Fireman Joe, Assistant Principal Fuller and Superintendent Starnes; not pictured, Connor Seiter and Elizabeth Stroberg. THANKS TO SHARON EAGLIN

Seeking outstanding women Gateway Community and Technical College is seeking applications for the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky scholarship. The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 17. Gateway, Northern Kentucky University and Thomas More College have partnered with Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America for the fourth year to fund the scholarship. It honors a Northern Kentucky resident who exemplifies notable achievement, outstanding service to the college or the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership. “We are pleased to participate in the OWNK scholarship

program, which is celebrating 30 years of recognizing women for being trailblazers, groundbreakers, and exemplary leaders at home, in the workplace, or the community,” said Will Bradley, Gateway coordinator of financial aid and scholarships. “This scholarship was formed to represent the great diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of today’s women.” Bradley said a $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to one nontraditional female Gateway student, who will be recognized at the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky awards luncheon in spring 2014. Scholarship funds will be disbursed for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

Scholarship applicants must be current, female, non-traditional Gateway students enrolled at least part-time, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and living in Northern Kentucky. Additional requirements and the application can be found at cial_Aid/Scholarships. All required materials must be received by Dec.17 at the Gateway Financial Aid office at the Urban Campus, 525 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., 41011. For more information about this or any scholarship opportunity, contact Bradley at 859-4424186 or


Eleven-year-old twins Andrea and Alexa Randall of Alexandria show off their work of a horse and zebra at the Children’s Art Academy in Fort Thomas, where they are students. THANKS TO CHILDREN’S ART ACADEMY


Reiley Elementary School students, Kaleb Rath, film production, Luke Bertsch, visual arts, and Arabella Bertucci, dance choreography, were honored for their work in the PTA Reflections Program. They advanced to the state-level competition. For more information on the program, call Susan Rath at 859-635-2118. THANKS TO CONNIE POHLGEERS

Thomas More adds fifth year to some scholarships Thomas More College will change its financial aid policy and offer institutional aid for a fifth year in situations where a traditional full-time undergraduate student needs an extra semester or two in order to finish their primary degree and/or complete their academic goals. The change is effective Jan. 1. By offering aid for the additional year, students will have another resource to reach graduation. The college will also provide support for students who desire to transfer the Thomas More College. Previously, financial aid ended after four years for traditional full-time undergraduate students. This change in policy applies only to Thomas More College scholarships. To be eligible, a student must be in good aca-

demic standing at the conclusion of their fourth year and must have been enrolled as a full-time student for eight consecutive semesters. For transfer students, this includes combining time at Thomas More College and another institution. Students are also required to be enrolled full-time for the additional semester or two to be eligible. Finally, students who are on full scholarship or who wish to use aid not for their primary degree have the opportunity to apply to have a portion of their funds continue. “I have come to understand the financial difficulty many students have in financing their degree when they must attend an additional semester or year,” said college president David Armstrong. “As president, I am excited to remove this barrier to a student’s success.”



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Hergott’s heroics keep Highlands title dreams alive By James Weber

FORT THOMAS — On a night when two of his teammates had big receiving numbers, Brandon Hergott was relatively quiet with one reception. Hergott made the biggest play of the night, though, when his Highlands High School football team needed it the most. Hergott’s return of an onside kickoff deep into Lexington Catholic territory allowed the Bluebirds to put away the game as they beat the host Knights 4935 in a Class 4A state semifinal Nov. 29 in Lexington. Highlands (13-1) will face Collins (12-2) in the state championship game 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. “It’s going to be cool,” said senior quarterback Drew Houliston. “That’s been our goal. It’s finally here and we have to finish it.”

Hergott finished the Knights after LexCath had closed within seven points at 42-35 with four minutes to play, following a first half in which the Bluebirds had taken a 36-0 lead. LexCath attempted an onside kick. Hergott picked up the ball on a high hop and sprinted upfield, nearly scoring a touchdown. Senior Zach Harris finished the drive from a yard out with two minutes to go for the final score. Hergott had scored a touchdown in a similar situation this season. Against LexCath, he took a calculated gamble, because if he hadn’t fielded ball cleanly the Knights could have recovered. “You never see it,” said Highlands head coach Dale Mueller. “The whole key is to attack the line, attack the ball. Brandon just played it perfectly. He’s such a heads-up athlete. He’s a threesport athlete that makes good decisions.” The play of the game ap-

Highlands senior Brandon Hergott tries to break a tackle. Highlands beat Lexington Catholic 49-35 in the Class 4A state semifinals Nov. 29 in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Highlands junior Alex Veneman tries to break a tackle as he nears the goal line after hauling in a long pass. Highlands beat Lexington Catholic 49-35 in the Class 4A state semifinals Nov. 29 in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

peared to be much earlier, when the Bluebirds had a 36-0 lead four minutes into the second quarter and the rout appeared to be on. Houliston had four TD passes at that point, the last an 86-yard bomb to Alex Veneman, who caught the ball in traffic and midfield and ran untouched the rest of the way. Veneman had three catches for 150 yards on the night. Jenson Feggins had four grabs for 127 yards and a score, and Beau Hoge had a TD grab. Houliston completed 14of-18 passes for 368 yards on the night. “We’ve got eight receivers who are real good,” Houliston said. “We’re running new ones out there every time. I feel comfortable with every match-up we got with all of them. You don’t have to focus on one guy. Just being able to go wherever I want with the ball is great.” After the 86-yard bomb, Highlands went for two to start the running-clock mercy rule, and Harris cashed in on a run play. Changed this year, the magic number to start the clock dropped from 45 to 36, and by

rule the clock remained going even as the Knights mounted a furious comeback in the second half. LexCath scored four unanswered touchdowns, the last coming after a successful onside kick attempt with 6:43 to play. The Knights were forced into that decision because of the running-clock rule, and played the entire second half in a hurry-up offense. “They weren’t out of it (at 36-0),” Mueller said. “It wasn’t fair to LexCath to have a running clock in the state semifinals. If anything, you get to the playoffs, do away with the running clock. It’s not devastating to lose a game.” Zach Harris finished the game with 94 rushing yards and three TDs, and that crucial twopoint run to start the running clock. He enters the state final with 1,000 rushing yards even and 21 TDs. Houliston has 48 TDs against just two interceptions, and 3,660 passing yards. Counting 11 TDs from Hoge and one from Austin Hergott, Highlands’ 60 passing TDs is a new school record.

Highlands has won 45 straight games against in-state opponents and will look for its seventh consecutive state title. Doing so will give the Bluebirds their 23rd championship and sole possession of first place in the state record books as co-leader Trinity did not reach the 6A final. “We’re focused every week and we’ll be more focused than we’ve ever been,” Houliston said. “This is it. We’ve won the last six, but that’s in the past. We don’t care about that. For the seniors, it’s the last one. This is the one we want really bad.” Collins (12-2) has lost to Simon Kenton (23-21) and Central Hardin (36-32) but has rolled through the playoffs with no game closer than 28 points, outscoring opponents by an average of 53-12. Collins averages nearly 400 yards offense a game, led by Lawson Page, who has 2,872 yards and 34 TDs in the air. Highlands shut out a Page-led offense last season. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

NewCath football to race Colts in state final By James Weber

and Gannett News Service

NEWPORT — It will be a battle of equestrian giants this Saturday in the Class 2A state championship game. The Newport Central Catholic High School Thoroughbreds (10-4) will take on the DeSales Colts from Louisville (13-1) in the state final at noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. DeSales has only lost to the Christian Academy-Louisville (27-24) and has outscored teams by an average of 47-8 in its 13 wins. The Colts have been stout on defense, allowing just 81 yards rushing and 82 passing per game. On offense, the Colts run like thoroughbreds, averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground per contest and passing for only 76. Dylan Byrd has 1,889 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns, and quarterback Nathan Roush has rushed for 928 yards and 14 scores.

NewCath has been balanced all year, averaging 160 yards on the ground and 143 in the air. Mac Franzen has passed for 1,983 yards and 24 touchdowns, while rushing for 599 yards and six scores. Jacob Smith has 954 rushing yards and 13 TDs, and Jack Sutkamp has 420 yards and 10 TDs. Tommy Donnelly has 33 catches for 624 yards and nine TDs. Brandon Gray is the leader in receptions with 35 grabs for 494 yards and three TDs. The teams last met in the 2009 playoffs, with DeSales winning 23-10 in the regional final. Sutkamp enters the state finals with 195 tackles after 16 against Somerset. The record is 206, set in 1995. “He’s very strong, with sideline-to-sideline speed, and about as good as anybody I’ve seen here, from my standpoint, at that position since Tyler Barto. He played from 1999-2001,” said Wagner, who’s been with the program since the 1990s. “You have to go back a long time

NCC Thoroughbred Jack Sutkamp, 5, sacks Castle Hatcher of Somerset.ADAM BIRKAN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

to compare Jack to anybody else who’s had the kind of season he’s having. He sees things pretty well, and once he recognizes something, off he goes.” NewCath has new life in its quest for a third state title in four years after a wild 49-48 win

over Somerset in double overtime. A 3-yard touchdown run by Jacob Smith tied the game in the second overtime and John Caudill ended it by booting the extra point. Somerset had scored on its possession but missed the

PAT. Smith scampered in for his score on third down and Caudill followed by drilling his seventh extra point of the game. NewCath coach Dan Wagner opted See NCC, Page A8




Warner resigns from Ryle football

Bryson Warner is the last coach of a Kentucky high school football team to defeat Highlands; he once led Ryle to a state championship game and state semifinal finish, but winning just five games combined over the last two seasons led to him resigning Dec. 2. Ryle athletic director Jim Demler announced it as a resignation with a press release late Monday afternoon after Warner met with the players around 2:30 p.m. Monday

to tell them he was stepping down after 11 seasons as head coach. In those 11 seasons Warner compiled a 73-58 record and had two 12-win seasons. The Raiders went 12-3 in 2006 and lost in the Class 4A (at the time the big-school division) state championship game to Louisville Trinity, and in 2010 when they went 12-2, including a win over Highlands in the regularseason finale to become the last Kentucky school to beat Highlands, and advanced to the Class 6A state semifinals where they lost to Trinity. Ryle had just 12 wins combined the last three seasons, including a 2-9

record this season and a 3-8 record in 2012. “We appreciate Coach Warner’s time and commitment to our football student-athletes over the past 11 seasons,” said Demler. Warner, who played football at Boone County and Western Kentucky University, was just the third head football coach in the history of Ryle, which opened in 1992. Dave Eckstein served as head coach from 1992-98 and Kyle Hockman followed from 1999-2002 before Warner became head coach in 2003. Demler said Ryle will start accepting resumes for the position effective

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immediately through Jan. 6 with the interview process beginning after that, but said the school doesn’t have a specific timetable to hire the new head coach.

Catching up with College Athletes

The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to


» The first major event of the high school basketball season is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, when the 2013 Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic will take place at Scott and Holmes high schools in Northern Kentucky. A girls’ game will lead off the schedule at both of the

sites The other games will be interstate match-ups between boys’ teams from Kentucky and Ohio. Admission to the classic will be $7 for adults and $4 for students at both sites. Children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free. At halftime of each game, fans will be selected for a basketball shooting contest with prizes going to both of the participants. All proceeds will be donated to three deserving charities -- Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund, Neediest Kids of All and Chicks & Chucks, a breast cancer awareness group. This is the 12th year for the classic, which has donated more than $128,000 to local charities since its inception. The schedule: At Holmes - Ryle vs. Oak Hills (girls), 3 p.m.; Ryle vs. Cincinnati County Day, 4:45 p.m.; Lexington Dunbar vs. Princeton, 6:30 p.m.; Holmes vs. Purcell Marian, 8:15 p.m. At Scott - Cooper vs. Grant County (girls), 3 p.m.; Cooper vs. Oak Hills, 4:45 p.m.; Brossart vs. Georgetown, 6:30 p.m.; Scott vs. Taft, 8:15 p.m.


» According to Northern Kentucky Officials Association supervisor Matt Young, five officials from the organization have been selected to officiate the state championship games, which will be played Dec. 6-7 in Bowling Green. The five selected are: referee Wayne Keller, umpire Don Starnes, linesman Curt Spencer, line judge Gil Hitchcock and back judge Jason Skirvin. This will be the second trip to the finals for Keller (2006) and Hitchcock (2005). “There are 12 officiating associations around the Commonwealth and we are honored that five

of the 30 state final officials will be from Northern Kentucky,” said Young. “No one has more postseason assignments, which is a testimony to the quality of football played in Northern Kentucky, and we’d like to think, the high expectation of our program and the quality and dedication of our staff.’’ According to Young, Northern Kentucky football officials received a total of 27 playoff assignments from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, including 14 first-round games, eight second-round games, two quarterfinal games, and three semifinal games. » The Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association Top 26 banquet will be held Dec. 11 at Receptions in Erlanger. Each of the 20 teams in the association selects one player to be honored and a second player to be voted on for one of six wild-card honorees.


» Updated commemorative copies of each completed KHSAA fall championship event are now available for on-demand printing through Full color and black-and-white versions of this year’s championship programs (Golf, cross country, soccer and volleyball) are all available for purchase. Commemorative editions of each championship program from the 2012-13 season are also available through, along with the 201314 KHSAA Events Calendar and 2013-14 Handbook. A complete list of KHSAA programs available for sale can be found at

NCC Thoroughbreds Tommy Donnelly, 15, and Logan Neff, 54, celebrate after a touchdown. ADAM BIRKAN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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to give Smith the ball on the crucial third down play despite his status as a sophomore. “He was running (like he was) possessed,” Wagner said. “The way he ran the ball, he earned the right (to get that carry). He’s got a chance to be a special player.” Donnelly, Smith and Sutkamp each scored a

pair of touchdowns for the Thoroughbreds, who withstood six TD passes and 365 yards from Somerset quarterback Castle Hatcher. Mac Franzen threw for 189 yards for NewCath. “We knew going in we were going to get this kind of game (from Somerset),” Wagner said. “But we were able to hang in there.” Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber



Two-sport transition easy for star By James Weber



Going straight from the soccer pitch to the basketball court is nothing new for Olivia Huber. The current circumstances are a bit different for the Newport Central Catholic High School graduate, who is in her sophomore year at Thomas More College. Seven days after returning from St. Louis, where she helped the TMC women’s soccer team to its best season in school history, Huber was right back to work with another Saints team with big dreams this year. Huber played 14 minutes during a 92-61 rout of North Park Nov. 30, which was part of the Julie Costello Memorial Classic. The 12th annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament honors a former Saints hoops star who died in a car accident in 2002. The former NewCath guard posted nine points and four assists coming off the bench. “It’s awesome,” she said. “I came back last week and am just getting back into the rhythm of everything and getting used to everything. It’s not really hard: I love bas-

Thomas More’s Olivia Huber (NCC) shoots the ball last season.FILE PHOTO

ketball.” Huber played all 29 games last season for the hoops Saints, who were ranked eighth in Division III heading into the Costello tourney. She averaged 13 minutes played and three points off the bench. “It feels normal,” she said. “Everyone makes it so easy to come back and play with them. We talk and we do everything together. We work as a team and it’s easy for me to come back and jump in.” Huber spent the fall helping the soccer Saints to a 19-2-2 record, a con-

ference championship, and a first-ever berth in the NCAA Sweet 16, where they lost to Capital (2-1) Nov. 23 in St. Louis. Huber led the offense during the season with 22 goals and eight assists. “We made it farther than any other team has made it for soccer, so that was a great experience,” she said. “I wish we could have won, but whatever happens, happens.” Courtney Clark, a Notre Dame Academy graduate from Burlington, had 15 goals and eight assists. Megan Barton, a Villa Madonna graduate from Florence, started 18 games and allowed just seven goals. Emily Sanker from Brossart had five goals. Other regular starters included Taylor Robinson (Campbell County), Kirstie Reilman (McAuley), Kait Owens (NewCath), Sam Work (Colerain), Emilee Buchanan, Laura Felix (St. Henry) and Abby Osborne (McAuley). Lauren Rose (Lakota West) started seven games. Among Northern Kentucky alums, freshman Elise Duggins (Ryle) played all 23 games. Now it’s full-time focus on hoops for Huber, who

had two practices with Jeff Hans’ squad before suiting up against North Park. Huber is on a team filled with former Northern Kentucky hoop stars, including Sydney Moss, who is averaging 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds through the North Park contest. Moss, a Boone

County grad and one of the top players in Northern Kentucky history, is likely in her only year at TMC after transferring from Division I University of Florida, where she played as a freshman. “I’ll be with these girls all year and they’re my second family,” Huber

said. “It’s awesome having Sydney come. I played against her four years in high school and it’s great for her to finally be on my team.” Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

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The Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Association 2013 induction class includes, from left: Front, Julie Morrison Coan, Nancy Winstel, Tara Boothe Smith, Del Hatfield, Maureen Egan Corl, Fred Bernier, Tony Pabst; standing, Brian Goller, Jerry Mohr, Wade Cruse, Tim Wera, Derek Smith, Hardy Tribble, Brandon Amann (for Becky Ruehl Amann) and Tom CreamerTHANKS TO TIM COOPER

Bishop Brossart athletic director Mel Webster, left, and 2013 inductee Brian Goller, current boys soccer coach at Brossart, were at the recent Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame induction. THANKS TO TIM COOPER

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Members of Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus recently presented a check for $9,000 to Shannon Braun, Monica Kuhlman and Vicky Bauerle of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund which helps pregnant mothers in need. The money was raised from a recent golf outing at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club in Covington. Pictured, from left: Bill Theis, Monica Kuhlman, Wayne Brown, Shannon Braun, Vicky Bauerle, Dennis Elix, Carol Elix and Carl Biery; not pictured, Dave and Suann Ledonne. THANKS TO BILL THEIS

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

Daughters of the American Revolution

Covington/Kenton Lions Club

Meeting time: General meetings, fourth Thursday of each month; Board meetings, second Thursday of each month Where: General meetings at Madonna Manor Community Center; Board meetings at PeeWee’s Contact: 859-572-2049 Description: The Covington/ Kenton Lions Club has been a chartered member of the Lions International for more than 70 years and provides eye examinations and eyeglasses to those who can’t afford them.

Covington Rotary Club

Meeting time: 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays Where: Radisson Hotel in Covington Contact: President David


Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Fort Thomas Meets: Second Wednesday or Saturday of each month Where: Various locations Contact: Zella Rahe, 1106 Craft Road, Alexandria KY 41001, 859-635-5050, Description: DAR members prove their lineage back to a Revolutionary War patriot. They offer service to troops, veterans, schools and preserve history. Members are from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Fort Thomas Woman’s Club

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

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Interact Club of Boone County

Meets: Twice monthly, dates vary Where: Scheben library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union Contact: Description: Open to ages1218, it is sponsored by Florence Rotary Club. Erica Almquist is new president.

Southgate Super Seniors

Meeting time: 1 p.m. third Thursday of each month. Where: Southgate Community Center, 301 W. Walnut in Southgate Contact: President Vivian Auteri at 859-491-1878 Description: The group has meetings, featuring door prizes, refreshments, and bingo.

The drive along Interstate 275 is the scene of a battlefield. Thousands of giant soldiers are in a battle to save their lives. Unfortunately, the enemies are winning. With too many forces working against them, the soldiers don’t stand a chance. They need replaceTia Garcia COMMUNITY PRESS ments. The drive, GUEST COLUMNIST that once provided an awesome view of expansive greenery, is now a scene of barren and broken limbs and masses of dead or dying trees. Throughout the Tristate region, thousands of trees are caught in a battle against disease, insect infestations and invasive species. The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle which bores into trees and disrupts the flow of nutrients, is now attacking the nine species of native ash throughout the region. In total, more than 20 million trees will inevitably be lost to the emerald ash borer in the Tri-State region within the next 10 years. Other insects are also threatening the tree canopy. In Clermont County, the Asian longhorned beetle is responsible for the loss of 9,000 trees. Although this beetle is expected to be contained and eradicated, it has caused significant damage, and its potential to return requires continued vigilance. Another new threat is the walnut twig beetle, which carries a fungus fatal to black walnut trees. Insect infestations are not the only threats to the region’s trees. Disease and other invasive species also endanger local forests. With the increase of invasive plants like honeysuckle and the flowering pear, forests can’t regenerate and open areas can’t re-forest as they have in the past. The tree seedlings that do survive often fall victim to deer, whose growing population consume young plants before they have a chance to mature. With all these factors working against them, trees and forests are struggling What can be done to keep the trees we have and replace the ones that are lost? The

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati and the Green Umbrella have joined forces to create Taking Root, a broadbased campaign to address the current and historic loss of the region’s tree canopy. Through education and improved management, the campaign hopes to better maintain existing trees and also to plant 2 million trees by 2020 (one for everyone in the region). This is not the first time the region’s trees have been victims of a battle. In the late 1800s, much of the region had been de-forested. It was during this time when Cincinnati became a prominent leader in the movement to conserve the nation’s forestry. In 1875, Cincinnati natives formed the American Forestry Association. Seven years later, the First Annual Forestry Congress was held in Cincinnati. It called for “the discussion of subjects relating to tree planting: the conservation, management, and renewal of forests.” Two days later, the superintendent of Cincinnati schools, John B. Peaslee, closed all schools and every Cincinnati child went to an abandoned vineyard and planted trees. That vineyard is now Eden Park. In order to overcome the loss of the region’s tree canopy, the community must once again come together. Trees cannot fight this battle on their own, and their loss would result in devastating environmental and economic consequences. Taking Root is leading the battle to save the region’s trees through a collaborative effort in which communities will be provided opportunities to join the fight and help ensure that trees come out the winner. For more information on the battle and how you can help, go to Tia Garcia is the communication intern for the Ohio-KentuckyIndiana Regional Council of Governments. She is in her fourth year at the University of Cincinnati studying both journalism and communication and will be graduating in the spring of 2014.

Don’t let the Grinches steal your Christmas season As I sit and type, my youngest lays just a few feet from me in the living room watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” for the 15th time this year. The Grinch is her favorite this year. It tops “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.” And it takes me back to being young and watching the Grinch year after year. Each year I was left puzzled. How on Earth could all those “Whos” be content without Christmas? When the Grinch stole everything, where do they find their joy; really? As a child I was left baffled when the “Whos” awoke on Christmas morning with nothing, yet gathered together to

sing. The Grinch too was baffled, realizing that Christmas still came and, “It came without ribbons, it came without tags, it came without packages, boxes and bags.” As a young child (and even a young adult) I could never Julie House COMMUNITY PRESS find the answer. Without GUEST COLUMNIST presents, without decorations, carols, snow, and of course Santa, how can anyone really enjoy the Christmas season? Of course, I knew about the birth of Jesus and the fact that his birth was “sup-



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posed” to be my joy and peace this time of year. But, just as it did for Lucy, the “commercialism” of Christmas often overshadowed that beautiful manger scene. As I grew, it became evident to me as well, that at some point in all our lives, there will be a Grinch that will come and attempt to steal our Christmas. He steals it with the busyness of the holiday season that causes stress and anxiety. He steals it with the ever growing list of people to buy for and a checkbook that won’t stretch. He steals it when the family member with a drug/alcohol addiction is absent due to his/her addiction. Or, worse, he or she is present but the addiction rears

its ugly head ruining the family party and/or Christmas morning. Or, the Grinch may take a family member so that the holidays could never be the same. Regardless of who or what the Grinch steals from you, the precious perspective of the “Whos from Who Ville,” can redirect you and give you back the joy and peace Christmas was meant to provide more than 2000 years ago on that first Christmas morning. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Luke 1:31 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins,” Mark 1:21 What better gift can I pass on

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to those in my life than the gift of a Savior? And, just as it did for the Whos, changing my perspective, will change the Grinch! (And the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day.) May you fully experience the true meaning of the Christmas season this year and forever change the “Grinches” in your life. Julie House is a former resident of Campbell County and graduate of Newport Central Catholic and NKU. She is also the founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christ-centered health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 859-802-8965 or on EquippedMinistries.

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Former school teacher, Jami McCashland-Smith, and her husband, Phil Smith, have fun bidding on items.THANKS TO MARI BACON




he ALS Association Kentucky Chapter recently hosted a Quarter Mania fundraiser night at Turfway Park. The fourth floor of Turfway was transformed by the crafters displaying their wares, and the front part of the room was full of more than 200 participants in the Quarter Auction, featuring items made by many of the crafters.

Michael Deaton shows some of the items he purchased at the craft fair. Deaton also volunteered all day at the event checking in vendors using his new, motorized wheelchair from The ALS loan closet.THANKS TO MARI BACON

Volunteer Linda Fryman, center, is joined by friends, Vickie Bridges and Cathy Oldges, at the Quarter Mania.THANKS TO MARI BACON

Katie Taylor is a speech therapist, as well as a volunteer for The ALS Association.THANKS TO MARI BACON

More than 200 people join in the Quarter Auction and 43 crafter and homesale vendors at Quarter Mania. More than 100 items had been donated for the Quarter Auction. THANKS TO MARI BACON


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 6 Dining Events Newport Elks Fish Fry, 4:307:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Dinner includes fish, slaw and choice of fries, onion rings or macaroni and cheese. Beer, wine and soda for dining room. Carryout available. Benefits Newport Elks Lodge 273. $8.50 dinner, $6 sandwich. Through Dec. 27. 859-441-1273. Cold Spring.

Drink Tastings Friday Night in the Aisles Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Party Source, 95 Riviera Drive, Flight of four wines, free of charge. Ages 21 and up. 859-291-4007; Bellevue. Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 424 Alexandria Pike, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas.

Holiday - Christmas Christmas On Main, 6-8 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Warm up inside library after Santa Claus parade at 6 p.m. Children’s craft offered throughout evening. Light refreshments served. Free. 859-342-2665; Walton. Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Arrival of St. Nicholas, 6 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Goose Girl Fountain. Saint Nicholas arrives on horseback. Each child receives gift and free hot chocolate and cookies. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; Covington. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Featuring free live nativity, lights and live dramas. Free. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. A Burlington Christmas, 9 a.m., City of Burlington, Burlington Pike, Santa and annual tree-lighting Friday. FridaySaturday: vintage exhibit of toys and dolls in old county clerk’s building and Lionel train display at KY Farm Bureau. Pet parade Saturday and special events at

Dinsmore Homestead all weekend. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-5868725; Burlington.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379 Stonehouse Road, Scotch pine up to 10 feet. Balled-and-burlapped Norway, blue spruce and white pine. Also Canaan and Balsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking, netting, pine roping and saws available. Tailgating for large groups allowed. Free candy canes for children. $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-6738415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300 Salem Creek Road, Cut-yourown-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir 6-12 feet. Workers will help load. Twine to tie tree on vehicles provided. Dress for weather. Call for appointments during week. $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

Music - Choral Dickens Carolers, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Level. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Music - Rock 3 Day Rule, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-491-3500. Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Darrell Joyce, 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 1 Levee Way, $10-$15. 859-9572000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Striking 12, 7 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Modern retelling of “The Little Match Girl,” set on New Year’s Eve. Music written by Groove Lily, popular New York trio. $20, $17 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Dec. 14. 513-479-6783; Newport. Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Country music in “Nunsense Theatrical Style.”. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. Through Dec. 7. 859-6523849; Newport.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport. Live Nativity Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist

Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., With live animals, caroling, free children’s crafts, storytelling and more. Christmas craft boutique available with items to purchase to benefit building fund. Free. 859-781-4510; Fort Thomas. Winter Wonderland and Vendor Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., North Pointe Elementary School, 875 North Bend Road, Shopping for parents, Santa’s workshop for children, cookies and cocoa, caroling, crafts for children, stories with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, photos with Santa and more. Free. 859-334-7000; Hebron. A Burlington Christmas, 9 a.m., City of Burlington, Free. 859-586-8725; Burlington.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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


a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

On Stage - Comedy Darrell Joyce, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $10-$15. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Music - Choral

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Dickens Carolers, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 859-291-0550; Newport.

Striking 12, 4 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $20, $17 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport.

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Darrell Joyce, 7:30 and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $10-$15. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Striking 12, 7 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $20, $17 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport. Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport.

Auditions Spamalot Auditions, 7-10 p.m., St. John United Church of Christ Bellevue, Free. 513-325-7842. Bellevue.

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Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.


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Spamalot Auditions, 7-10 p.m., St. John United Church of Christ Bellevue, 520 Fairfield Ave., Bring sheet music in correct key of your favorite Broadway musical. Bring alternative song. Be prepared to dance. No monologue required. Bring headshot and theater resume. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc.. Through Dec. 9. 513-325-7842. Bellevue.

Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport. The Shoppes at Barrington and Holiday Brunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Barrington of Fort Thomas, 940 Highland Ave., Features 16 local vendors. Brunch in dining room: $15, reservations required. Free admission. Presented by Carespring Health Care. 859-572-0667. Fort Thomas. A Burlington Christmas, 9 a.m., City of Burlington, Free. 859-586-8725; Burlington.

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The Holiday Toy Trains exhibit is back at Behringer-Crawford Museum through Jan. 19.THANKS TO MATT

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, a pair of rare white American Alligators are on display at the Newport Aquarium. Snowflake and Snowball will call the Rainforest Exhibit their home throughout the Water Wonderland experiencethrough Jan. 1, except for Christmas Day. For more info, go to or call 800-406-3474.PROVIDED

Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Awardwinning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers and more. Ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

TUESDAY, DEC. 10 Dining Events Family Night, 6-9 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Ages 12 and under eat free when adult entree is purchased. Face painting, balloon animals, contests, prizes and more. 859-491-7200; Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5

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

Music - DJ Devout Wax, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Vinyl night. Margaret and Jonathan spin eclectic wax. Including an all spin-by-request set, bring your own records. Also, local/regional-only set. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4312201; DevoutWax. Newport.

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Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Music - Cabaret Don Fangman, 6:30-9 p.m., Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302 Licking Pike, Don Fangman sings Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Free. 859-781-2200. Cold Spring.

Music - Country Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - World Alpen Echos, 7:30-11 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Free. 859-491-7200; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Striking 12, 7 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $20, $17 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport.

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

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Dining Events Newport Elks Fish Fry, 4:307:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, $8.50 dinner, $6 sandwich. 859-441-1273. Cold Spring. Stonebrook Winery Sunset Cruise, 7:30-10 p.m., BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Unique and festive evening aboard royal ship. Buffet dinner and music along with Stonebrook Winery’s award-winning wines. Ages 21 and up. $55. Reservations required. 859-2618500; Newport.



Gifts from the kitchen for the holiday season

During the holiday season, I stock up on bags of walnuts and jars of honey to make our traditional baklava for Christmas giving. Our whole family gets involved, from the adults to the toddlers. Today and for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some favorites for you to try. Take advantage of the good prices on raw nuts, too. They freeze well for several months.

Chardonnay-soaked golden raisins We made these a few years ago in cooking class and they were a hit. I like to scrape out seeds from the vanilla bean and add those to the liquid along with the bean. Served over Brie with crackers, the raisins make elegant hors d’oeuvres and a jar of them makes an unusual gift from the kitchen. If you don’t like Brie, smear a little soft goat cheese on a toasted baguette and top with raisins. I have made this recipe with Riesling, and it turned out just a little bit sweeter, but very nice. 11⁄2 cups water 1 cup chardonnay or Chablis wine 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, pounded flat and then split open and cut in half 1 cup golden raisins

Combine water, wine and sugar. Bring to sim-

mer and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla bean and raisins. Rita Let steep Heikenfeld 12 hours or RITA’S KITCHEN so. Drain raisins, reserve liquid. Discard bean. Return liquid to pan and bring to boil. You’ll have about 11⁄4 cups. Reduce to 1⁄3 cup. The sauce will be deep amber. Cool a bit and stir in raisins. Store in refrigerator up to a month, and bring to room temperature before using.

Gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis

No, not a gift from the kitchen, but a timehonored home remedy with anti-inflammatory qualities. I had some raisins left over so I made a batch. I had forgotten about making these until I saw Dr. Oz talking about them. Check out my blog for the recipe.

Barbie Hahn’s chili lime peanuts

Barbie and I both have been regular guests on Fox 19 morning show. She is known as the Suburban Chef. Barbie makes lots of homemade edibles, including this savory one. Barbie told me: “I make

these for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. They make a nice addition to a gift basket.”

6 cups cocktail peanuts, unsalted 6 tablespoons lime juice 6 tablespoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and spread out in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Keeps fresh in airtight container for three weeks. This also makes a great combo gift with a friend’s favorite six pack of beer.

Bert’s thumbprint cookies Bert Villing and I are longtime friends. We had a catering business together and these cookies were popular with our customers. For the reader who requested a butter cookie like Busken Ba 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400. Cream butter. Add sugar, then everything else. Pinch off in generous teaspoonful measurements and roll into balls.

Rita’s golden raisins soak in chardonnay makes a great gift from the kitchen.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Flatten with thumb. Bake on sprayed pan. Bake 9-12 minutes – be careful, cookies should be very light in color. If necessary, “rethumb” when they come out. That indentation is where you dollop on the frosting. Bert’s frosting: To make colored icing, leave out cocoa. Blend together: 1 cup confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons hot water or more, if needed 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

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Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert, who said: “My husband and I were recently in Mount Adams and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really like the old food places up on

‘the hill’.”

Coming soon Chewy brownies from St. Xavier’s Mothers Club cookbook Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Beware of Craigslist scams The website Craigslist is a great place for finding lots of things from jobs to cars. It is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can very easily get scammed. That’s what a local woman says almost happened to her. Kathryne Oakes, of St. Bernard, advertised a hat for sale on Craigslist and says she received several e-mails requesting more information. But one e-mail was from a person who said she lived in Texas and wanted to buy the hat. Oakes says she emailed her name and address so she could receive payment for the hat. She then received a FedEx package with a check for $2,150 even though she was only asking $400 for the hat. A letter with the check advised Oakes to

send the rest of the money to a “shipper” who would then deliver the hat. Oakes Howard attempted Ain to follow HEY HOWARD! the directions but, because she doesn’t have a bank account to deposit the check as instructed, she took the check to a check cashing store. Oakes says the check cashing store noted the check did not come from the woman allegedly buying the hat, but from someone else entirely and so would not cash the check. In fact, she says the store wouldn’t give back the check so she could take it to the police department. Now Oakes says she’s embarrassed and angry believing she may be associated with trying to pass a bad check. The check cashing store advised Oakes the

only form of payment she should accept for her hat is from Western Union. Of course, that’s the same method of payment that so-called Texas woman wanted Oakes to use to send the remainder of the check. Oakes says she wants to get the word out about this scam so others don’t go through what she did and, she says, “worse yet they may get taken for the money.” Oakes says she “researched the bank and the company the check was issued from and both seemed legit to me.” But, while the company is legitimate, the check wasn’t sent by that firm it was sent by a thief who stole that checking account information. This is a scam that been going on for quite a while and it takes various forms. Sometimes, a thief will claim to have hired you to be a Mystery Shopper and send you a check to shop at various stores. One of


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St. Joseph School’s annual donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati is filled with hearts of fabric tucked inside the warming gift of handmade lap quilts. Students in the quilt club are donating 10 of their handmade creations in November to go along with the annual money earned by students collecting and recycling aluminum can tabs. The Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati cares for 78 guest families each night seeking treatment for critically ill children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, according to the website Quilt club member and sixth-grader Phoebe Boyle of Villa Hills said the seven club members said prayers over each fabric heart placed inside a quilt. Sometimes the prayer was a Hail Mary said in Spanish, Boyle said. “It’s significant that every quilt is made from the heart,” she said. Boyle, in her second year in the club, said she likes how each quilt she makes can be a unique design. Dr. Nancy Metzger of Villa Hills teaches students to quilt two days each month for two hours at a time. Metzger, a family practice doctor in Hebron, said volunteering at

the school where her children attended is a way she can give back to the community. Metzger, who has been quilting for 26 years, said the club was founded by a teacher in 2006, and membership is open to grades 5-8. “We have four volunteers including myself that lead the students,” she said. “They’re all quilters.” Each quilt, a little less than 5 foot by 4 foot, is comprised of 63 fabric squares each 6.5-inches, Metzger said. “You feel like you accomplished something when you finish a quilt,” Metzger said. “The quilts we make here are pretty simple.” Students tie all the layers of each square by hand, and then use a sewing machine to stitch them together, she said. Laney Griffith of Villa Hills, a sixth-grader, said she made a quilt with two rabbits in the middle for the Ronald McDonald House. “I think it’s a great thing to do because so many people are not as fortunate as us and someone in their family is sick,” Griffith said. Students in all grades at St. Joseph have also brought in more than 100 pounds of tabs from aluminum cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House, said Taylor Eiting of Crescent Springs, an eighth-grader and president of the student council. The council, with members in grades

St. Joseph School quilt club members with quilts for donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati. From left standing are sixth-graders Phoebe Boyle and Tessa Gastright of Villa Hills, sixth-grader Macy Gamel of Crescent Springs and Dr. Nancy Metzger of Villa Hills. In front are are seventh-graders Bella Howard, left, and Natalie Pope, both of Villa Hills.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

fourth through eighth, has a drive to see what classrooms can collect the most tabs. Eiting said the can tab collection is one of three annual council fundraisers; the others a bake sale and a lolly pop sale. Last year’s baked goods and lolly pop sale proceeds all went to the Mary Rose Mission, a soup kitchen in Florence. Eiting said the can tab collection continues yearround. Student council treasurer Molly Reese of Villa Hills said the classroom collecting the most tabs gets by November receives an extra reward beyond the incentive of helping people. “They win an out of uniform day,” Reese said. The tab collection is also guided by first-grade teacher Moira Dietz and junior high literature

teacher Maria Kanter, the faculty moderators of the council. “Right now that one 30-gallon can we know is 100 pounds, and there is more throughout the whole school right now inside these gallon jugs,” Dietz said. Remaining gallon jugs of tabs in classrooms were being collected Nov. 13 to take to a recycling plant in Walton, she said. The recycling plant is able to send the proceeds from the sale of the can tabs directly to the Ronald McDonald House, she said. The Ronald McDonald House does not give the school a tally of how much money is raised by each year’s can tab donation. “What they tell us is when you reach about 100 pounds it is an about two night stay for a family,” she said.


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Modern-day pork is safe at lower temps Question: I purchased a new food thermometer. A cooked meat temperature guide for food safety was provided. The guide said to cook pork to 145 Diane degrees F. Mason Is that EXTENSION correct? I NOTES was always taught you have to cook pork to at least 160 degrees to destroy trichinella and harmful bacteria. Answer: The 145 degree guideline is correct for pork cuts like chops, loins, and roasts that have been cooked and allowed to rest for three minutes. The resting period allows the temperature to continue to rise a few degrees. It also allows the natural juices to be redistributed back into the meat. This prevents the them from being released when the meat is cut. Ground pork should continue to be cooked to 160 degrees. Some specialty cuts of pork will naturally be heated to a higher temperature because of their long, slow cooking methods. The United States Department of Agriculture released the new temperature guidelines in May 2011. Today’s pork is typically very lean. Cooking it to high temperatures resulted in a tough, dry product and unhappy consumers. The lower final temperature should

The Holiday Toy Trains display is back running at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park.PROVIDED

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The 22nd annual Holiday Toy Trains display is on track at BehringerCrawford Museum. A local and regional favorite, Holiday Toy Trains is the largest interactive and child-friendly holiday train display in Northern Kentucky. With more than 25 stations for children of all ages, the layout features 250 feet of track with a variety of Lionel and Plasticville toy trains and sets. The Behringer-Crawford Museum 1600 Montague Road in Devou Park, Covington. There also is the Faragher Train Layout and Model Community, with more than 100 buildings and 250 figures depicting the streets of a typical 1940s-era city. Children can crawl through a tun-

nel and enter the pop-up bubbles in the middle of the display to see city life at ground level. Or, view the Studio 56 Dickens Christmas Village displays, a fascinating look at Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” characters in miniature, designed to capture the spirit of Christmas in Victorian England. The fun continues on Sundays in December with Central Bank’s “The Polar Express” readings by local librarians at 2 p.m. (reservations are required). And to top off the fun, Jake Speed will present a special concert featuring “Songs of Rivers and Rails” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. In addition, the museum will have its current special exhibit, Viet-

nam: Our Story, which reflects upon the experiences, contributions, and impact of Northern Kentuckians during and following the Vietnam War. Admission to the museum, which includes all the above as well as the permanent collection, is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60-plus), $4 for children (3-plus) and free for museum members. The museum will again offer Grandparents’ Days every Wednesday, with one child admitted free with each senior admission. Parking is always free. The museum will be open extended hours during the holiday season. » Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5p.m.

Special Hours: » Open Monday, Dec. 23 and 30 10 a.m.-5 p.m. » Open late until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec 13, 20 and 27 » Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 10 a.m.-2p.m. » Closed other Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by members; the city of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court; ArtsWave; Kentucky Arts Council; and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. US Bank Foundation. For more information on this or any other activity, contact BCM at 859491-4003 or

provide a moister product that is still safe. The meat will usually be pink with this new medium-rare guideline. Previously, pork was cooked well to ensure any trichina, a small round worm, was killed. With government guidelines, America and European producers have implemented practices that have virtually eliminated trichinella spiralis from pigs and pork products. You’ll find many cuts of pork on the market today. It can be featured as an entrée or included as an ingredient in many recipes. In fact, as you explore the meat case you might find pork cuts with names you usually associate with beef. The pork industry is working to help consumers by using the same terms. With names like porterhouse pork chop and New York pork chop you’ll find cooking techniques and tenderness will be similar to their beef counterparts. Pork is a nutritious, lean meat. It is an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein. It is also a good source of zinc and potassium. These are all nutrients that contribute to good health. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. You can reach her at 859-586-6101 or email at

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university research and laboratory testing have shown that poinsettias are not poisonous. One Mike scientific Klahr study conHORTICULTURE cluded that CONCERNS no toxicity occurred at poinsettia ingestion levels far higher than those likely to occur in a home. A 50-pound child would have to ingest more than 500 poinsettia leaves to surpass an experimental dose. However, poinsettias are considered a “non-

edible” plant. Some people develop skin sensitivities when exposed to poinsettias. Individuals might be especially sensitive to the white milky sap, called latex, produced when a part of the plant is broken or injured. Ingesting a plant part by accident might cause some discomfort. Active, young children, apt to put anything in their mouth, and curious cats might choke on fibrous poinsettia foliage. So a good practice is to put all non-edible plant materials, including poinsettias, out of children’s and pets’ reach. The Aztecs cultivated poinsettias in Mexico,

where they grew as trees, long before Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere. Aztecs used the colorful leaves, called bracts, for a reddishpurple dye and the latex to counteract fever. Missionaries to Mexico used poinsettias in nativity processions, possibly beginning the holiday connection that continues today. Joel Robert Poinsett, an amateur botanist and the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, became fascinated with the colorful plants and sent some to his South Carolina home where they thrived in his greenhouse, and were

eventually distributed to the public. Although poinsettias are not poisonous, mistletoe is one popular holiday decoration that is toxic. Unlike poinsettia, mistletoe does contain compounds that are poisonous to humans and animals. Ingesting mistletoe can cause severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, and can be fatal in some cases. However, mistletoe berries are a common food for many bird species, and it does not hurt them. Once eaten and digested, seeds are passed and deposited by birds onto limbs of trees such as oak, hawthorn and

apple to germinate and form new parasitic plants. When using mistletoe for holiday decorations, it’s wise to substitute plastic berries for the real ones to prevent potential poisonings. Remember to keep mistletoe out of the reach of children and pets if you don’t replace the real berries. In addition to mistletoe, holly berries are also toxic. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture. Reach him at 859-586-6101 or by email at

BRIEFLY Extension Service offers sweets making classes HIGHLAND HEIGHTS —

The University of Kentucky’s Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service office at 3500 Alexandria Pike is offering three chances to learn how to make sweet holiday treats. Children ages 5-8 and their parents will have a chance to learn how to decorate and make cookies during Kookies for Kids from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. The Extension Service will offer afternoon and evening sessions of Holiday Sweets & Treats classes Tuesday, Dec. 10. The first class will be at 1 p.m., and another class will be at 6:30 p.m. Each class will offer a chance for children ages 9-12 and a supervising adult to learn how to make holiday sweets. The classes will provide a chance to taste selections of sweets. Registration is required for all three classes. Register by calling 859-572-2600 or visit the extension service website

4-H offers youth holiday programs HIGHLAND HEIGHTS —

Campbell County 4-H is offering three holiday Holly Jolly Nights programs for children ages 916 at the Campbell County Cooperative Extension office, 3500 Alexandria Pike, from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 16-18. The 4-H program will include pizza and snacks and a chance to make a craft gift. Registration is required by Monday, Dec. 9. Register by calling 859572-2600 or visit the extension service website

Fort Thomas church has live nativity

FORT THOMAS — Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle Church, 1080 Highland Ave., will have a live nativity celebration 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be live animals, caroling, crafts for children, and storytelling and lots of good cheer. There will also be a Christmas craft boutique. Admission will be free with refreshments and snacks.

Cold Spring plans holiday events

Two holiday events are planned in Cold Spring. Light Up Cold Spring, a citywide contest for the best residential light dis-

play, will be held starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Residents are also invited to visit with Santa, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Cold Spring First Baptist Church, 4410 Alexandria Pike. The event includes free games, prizes, treat bags and refreshments. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photographs. For more information, call the city of Cold Spring at 859-441-9604.

Gingerbread House Contest Dec. 8

The Fort Thomas Woman’s Club is sponsoring the second annual Gingerbread House Contest, in conjunction with the City’s Holiday Walk, Dec. 8. The contest is 5:30-8 p.m., at the club’s building at 8 North Fort Thomas Ave. Entries are due by 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Judging will be done prior to the open house on Sunday. There will be categories for adults and children. There is no entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information, call Margie Goldie at 859462-7295 or Rita Walters at 859-781-4094.

p.m. Prizes will be presented for Best Christmas dress, best tricks, and dog/handler look alike. Bring your dog to enter this bone-a-fide fun event. Cost to enter one event is only $3, to enter two or three is just $5. Also, enjoy an evening of music by attending the Christmas in Alexandria holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Main Street Baptist Church. The concert sponsored by Campbell County Rotary will have about two hours of entertainment. Music will be performed by a sax-playing Santa, a quartet, five vocalists, a pianist, and dulcimer players. There is no admission charge although a donation will be asked.

DAR meeting

The Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of American Revolution, will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Summit

Hills Country Club, 216 Dudley Pike, Edgewood. There will be a silent auction and a short meeting. Chapter regent Ruth Korzenborn will preside.

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Winter birding classes slated

The Campbell County Environmental Education Center in A.J. Jolly Park is offering two classes to see birds in winter in December. The winter birding classes will provide a lesson about identifying different species. A hike around the center’s interpretive trail will provide a chance to see and hear birds. Participants in the classes will come inside to make a pine cone feeder after the hike. The classes will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the center, 1261 Race Track Road. Registration is required, and is limited to 25 people per class. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by calling the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service office at 859-572-2600 or at

Rotary Christmas

Campbell County Rotary will host three dog contests in conjunction with the Christmas in Alexandria on Saturday, Dec., 7, at Main Street Baptist Church. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. with the contests at 4

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Supper Club book wins author state award

Robert D. Webster of Covington, a member of the Turfway Park security team, has been recognized with a 2013 Kentucky History Award for his book, “The Beverly Hills Supper Club: The Untold Story Behind Kentucky’s Worst Tragedy.” Webster received the award at the Kentucky Historical Society’s annual banquet on Nov. 8 at the Old Capitol Building in Frankfort. The book, the culmination of six years of work, was published in May 2012 by Saratoga Press LLC.

Webster’s work was recognized for its new analysis of the May 28, 1977, fire that killed 169 and injured more than 200 at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate. Webster researched his subject by sifting through photos and documents, many of which became available under the Freedom of Information Act when they were returned to the Kentucky state archives in June 2011. Further detailed research involved interviewing survivors and technical experts. In addition to an objective

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analysis of the fire, the book also tells personal stories of patrons and vicWebster tims and their families as well as of rescuers on the scene. “I love researching and writing about local events,” Webster said, “and the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire still ranks as Kentucky’s worst tragedy. No one had ever told the history not just of the fire but also of the club itself,

going back to the ‘30s when it was an illegal gambling hall owned by the Mafia. “Everybody in Northern Kentucky knows about the fire so it’s not uncommon for people locally to come up to me and say they enjoyed the book, and of course I appreciate that. But as a local historian, it means quite a lot to have state historical organizations recognize the amount of work and research that went into it.” Webster has been on the board of the Kenton County Historical Society for nine years and

vice president for the past four years. Before penning his award-winning history of the illfated nightclub, he also wrote “The Webster Family Album,” a 700page genealogy that sparked his writing career; “Northern Kentucky Fires,” a summary of major fires in the 10 counties that comprise Northern Kentucky; and “The Balcony is Closed,” a history of the ornate movie theaters that used to be part of nearly every Northern Kentucky neighborhood. Webster has worked

for Turfway during live racing seasons since 2010. He also is an agent with the Independence office of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. The Kentucky Historical Society is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Its Kentucky History Award recognizes outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, civic leaders, communities and local history organizations across the Commonwealth.

Turfway is back with live racing Live thoroughbred racing returned Sunday with the opening of Turfway Park’s 38th consecutive holiday meet. The track will present nine races daily on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December, as well as on the Monday and Tuesday after Christmas day. Races on Thursdays, Fridays, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, start at the new time of 6:15 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 26. Races start at 1:10 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Thursday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Dec. 30. All times are Eastern. Two stakes highlight the racing schedule, each offering a $50,000 purse: the 28th running of the

Holiday Inaugural Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 7, six furlongs for fillies and mares 3 years old and up; and the 19th running of the Prairie Bayou Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-1/16 miles for ages 3 and up. Turfway’s popular Dollar Fridays return as well, with dollar draft beer, dollar hot dogs, dollar bets, games, prizes, and live music. On the Willis Music Stage this meet are Doghouse (Dec. 6), top party band Naked Karate Girls (Dec. 13), country rockers the Cef Michael band (Dec. 20), and Zack Attack (Dec. 27), covering party tunes from the 1990s. New on Friday nights is a concentrated effort to teach new fans how to

play the races and, more important, how to play to win. Turfway staffers will use games and oneon-one instruction to turn novices into knowledgeable handicappers. Craft beer also makes its Friday night debut, in the third-floor Terrace Room bar. For the fifth straight year, Turfway will host members of the U.S. Marine Corps and WUBE-FM DJs Chris Carr & Company as they collect new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. The WUBE crew and Marines will camp out on-site around the clock from 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, through noon on Saturday, Dec. 14. Chris Carr & Company, the WUBE morning show,

will broadcast live from Turfway during the event. On Dec. 8, as many as 300 handicappers will compete in Turfway’s qualifying contest for the 15th annual DRF/ NTRA National Handicapping Championship, the richest competition for horseplayers in the world. The top three finishers in the local qualifier earn a trip to the national tournament, held in Las Vegas in January. Handicappers are encouraged to register in advance by calling (859) 647-4843 or visiting Walkup registrations paid by cash or check are accepted if seats remain. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

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DEATHS Cecilia Bauer Cecilia C. Bauer/Sr. Miriam Therese, OSF, 86, died Nov. 18, 2013. She was an elementary teacher for 25 years, an active member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring, and religious sister in the 3rd Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind. Her husband, Edward Lee Bauer; stepson, John Edward Bauer; and siblings, Al Hartman Sr. Mary Clara Hartman and Bernice Royce, died previously. Survivors include Irma Lother, Irene McCann, Stella and William Wulfeck, and Paul Hartman. Memorials: St. Joseph Church, Cold Spring.

Philip Johnson Philip L. Johnson, 75, of Alexandria, died Nov. 18, 2013. He was retired from General Motors, and member of High Point Baptist Church for 40 years. His brothers, Donald and Howard; sisters, Norma Bauer and Iola Gudgeon; and grandson, Ty Johnson, died previously. Survivors include his wife,

Norma Jean Minton Johnson; sons, Philip Todd and Rodrick H. Johnson; sisters, Mary Etta Gray and Ida Burford; and five grandchildren. Memorials: High Point Baptist Church; or in memory of Phil and Ty Johnson to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Michael Mocciola Michael Henry Mocciola, 70, of Dayton died Nov. 22 in Dayton.He was a shipping/receiving clerk with Dover OPW Co. Cincinnati and a member of the Glass/Molder Union Local 45, Cincinnati. He was a member of the Newport Masonic Lodge and the Dayton Eagles. Preceded in death by his father and mother Charles and Marie Mocciola. Survived by his wife Lenora Schulkers Mocciola.

er and sewing. Her husband, Robert Charles Nagel, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Wehry of Cold Spring; son, Charles Robert Nagel of Taylor Mill; sisters, Therese Hansman of Highland Heights, Margie Wagner of Florence, and Rita Dreyer of Latonia; brother, Jerry Wimsatt of Tennessee; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: EWTN; or Sacred Heart Radio.

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Frances Nagel Frances Mildred Wimsatt Nagel, 88, of Latonia, died Nov. 21, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Cold Spring. She was a member of Holy Cross Church since Sept. 1969, and enjoyed being a homemak-

Rosalee Nagel, 86, of Grants Lick, died Nov. 24, 2013, at hr home. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma and Happy 100 Senior Citizens, and retired as a teacher from the Campbell County school system. Her husband, Alan Nagel, died previously. Survivors include her son, Alan R. Nagel of Grants Lick; daughters, Jean Lillie and Judith Nelson, both of Grants Lick;

sisters, Thelma Boehne and Linda Belcher, both of Fort Thomas; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, 11211 Lees Road, Alexandria, KY 41001.

Raymond Riley Raymond Riley, 69, of Williamstown, died Nov. 23, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Grant County. He was a retired Union Steward at General Electric in Evendale, Ohio, member of the Bradford Masonic Lodge No. 123 in Independence, and member of the Sherman Church of Christ. His wife, Gwendola Caroline Spencer Riley, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Raymond Riley of Falmouth, and Sean V. Riley of Burlington; daughter, Melissa R. Meece of Williamstown; sister, Wilma Baird of Newport; and 12 grandchildren. Interment was at New Bethel

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Cynthia Meader Stevins, 54, of Cold Spring, died Nov. 23 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Preceded in death by husband Arthur C. Stevins; parents, Frank and Virginia Barrett Andrews. Survived by daughters Avery and Sydney Stevins; sisters Kathie Baeuerlin and Barbara Weber; nieces and nephews. Internment in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH

Louella LaVerne Wander (nee. Russell), 94, of Ft. Thomas died Nov. 22 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ft. Thomas. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius. She is survived by daughters, Elaine McSorley, Sharon Rosenhagen, Jacalyn Henegar, and Billie Jean Allen; son, Marvin Wander; 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Internment at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to DAV National Headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky., 41076.

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Amanda R. Bedinghaus, 37, 1936 Lexington Ave., warrant, Nov. 17. Ray Burgess, 35, 213 5th St., warrant, Nov. 16.

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POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Gary L. McNew, 27, 105 Central St., DUI, rear license not lit, license plate not legible, Nov. 8. Dustin W. Moore, 29, 6722 Lower Tug Fork Road, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with expired license, Nov. 7. Brandy J. Curtis, 39, 1721 Western Hills Road, shoplifting, Nov. 4. Thomas Marsh, 25, 417 E. 2nd St., Kenton County warrant, shoplifting, possession of controlled substance, Nov. 7. Matthew A. White, 19, 4430 Parker Ave., shoplifting, Nov. 14. Shannon Kehoe, 29, 7001 Ritter Lane, DUI, Nov. 10. James D. Robinson, 23, unknown, shoplifting, Nov. 16. Sandra A. Golatzki, 47, 7962 Stonehouse Road, shoplifting, Nov. 11. Jason S. Wallace, 34, 474 Boss Dunaway Road, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, Nov. 15. Tonya K. Taylor, 28, 615 Wilson Lane, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, Nov. 15.


ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. Assault Woman yelled at and slapped another woman at 6929 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 9. Man fought with another man and woman at 7501 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 10. Credit card fraud Unauthorized credit card purchases made online at 1642 Grandview Road, Nov. 4. Shoplifting Body wash stolen at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 4. Theft Electronic tablet stolen at 315 Peggy Lane, Nov. 8. Compressor stolen at 8248 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 7. Appliances stolen at 13 Elmwood Court, Nov. 12.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Cameron L. Grimme, 28, 2373 N. Fort Thomas Ave., public intoxication, Nov. 3. Kelvin Brown, 46, 2210 Lincoln Ave., warrants, Nov. 5.

Dustin S. Kilgore, 24, 619 4th St., public intoxication, Nov. 10. Phillip N. Chambers, 51, 111 Beech St. Apt. No. 3, public intoxication, Nov. 15. Angel Stevens, 32, 301 Ervin Terrace, leaving scene of accident, failure to maintain insurance, warrants, Nov. 1. Billy J. Dowell, 32, 108 Ward Ave., public intoxication, Nov. 2. John P. Sanders, 46, 2043 Franklin St. Apt. B, driving under the influence, no insurance, Nov. 4. Antonio L. Hinkston, 34, 308 Trevor, theft, Nov. 7. Corey M. Booso, 21, 150 Clay Moore Road, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 9. Derek J. Sacha, 26, 9972 Voyager Way, careless driving, driving under the influence, Nov. 10. John G. Boggess, 48, 4317 Mount Carmel Tobasco No. 27B, drinking in public place, Nov. 12. Donald New Jr., 47, 614 Main St., reckless driving, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, Nov. 16.

Shawn Schuelter, 28, fleeing police, resisting arrest, Nov. 18. Bradley Redden, 34, 11684 Manor Lake Drive, suspended license, no insurance card, theft, possession of legend drug, Nov. 1. Timothy B. Chambers, 50, 637 Park Ave., careless driving, possession of controlled substance, menacing, Nov. 7. Berea M. Barnes, 22, 4112 Decoursey Ave. No. 2, possession of cocaine, expired registration, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, Nov. 7. Lynda S. Green, 45, 3897 Carriage Hill Drive, loitering, obstructed vision or windshield, possession heroin, drug paraphernalia, Nov. 16. William McClanahan, 31, 43 18th St., trafficking in controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, Nov. 18. Shadrach A. Kanyion, 31, 2203 Adams Ridge Drive, trafficking in controlled substance, possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, Nov. 18. Rachelle N. Sweigart, 26, 5 Highland Meadows Drive, warrant, Nov. 8. Ashley J. Pollit, 22, 117 E. 12 St.,

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