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Seniors were whisked across the floor of the North College Hill Senior Center during a ballroom dance class.

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NCH vet finally gets diploma

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By Heidi Fallon

Jack Keller defied his father and snuck off to enlist in the Army. He had just turned 18 and was willing to give up a high school diploma in exchange for a bomber jacket and a perilous perch in the tail of a B-17. Keller remembers it was more than patriotism that prompted his

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rebellious decision. “I came home from my job as a soda jerk,” Keller said. “My parents were listening to the radio and my mother was crying.” That was Dec. 7, 1941. “My brother, Sam, was serving on a submarine at Pearl Harbor. We finally got a letter from him that he was not hurt in the attack.”

See DIPLOMA on page A2

Reaching out

The Mount Healthy Alliance is offering a series of programs aimed at helping families cope with living with less. – FULL STORY, A2


Snow fight

Joel Palmore, 8, of Forest Park runs from his little brother, Devin, as they play in the snow Jan. 11.


Ann and Jack Keller admire the high school diploma he received from the North College Hill City School District. Keller joined the Army in 1942 before he was scheduled to graduate.

Officials bracing for estate tax cuts By Heidi Fallon

After school

Students at Winton Woods Intermediate School don’t mind sticking around after school on some days. The school has a number of clubs, including knitting, reading and computer clubs. – FULL STORY, A4

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The possibility of losing a major chunk of funding brought dozens of township and municipal officials to Springfield Township Jan. 13. Springfield Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp arranged for the meeting that came one day after a similar conclave in Columbus. Those officials are comparing fiscal notes on what will happen if the state does away with the estate tax. “Republican leaders at the state level have indicated that eliminating the state’s estate tax is one of their top priorities and would like to see it repealed as soon as possible,” Hinnenkamp said. The estate tax is levied against the value of a deceased person’s gross estate less deductions and exemptions. The state taxes an estate with a net taxable value $338,333 and greater, Hinnenkamp said. In 2009, he said, there were 110,000 deaths in Ohio and only 6 percent, or 7,000, had estates that were taxed.

Once collected, Ohio keeps 20 percent and the rest is given back to the community where the deceased lived. For Springfield Township, the estate tax generated $1.6 million in 2010, which is 40 percent of its general fund budget. It has budgeted $750,000 in estate tax revenues for 2011.

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Without a replacement funding source, either from the state or local tax payers, Hinnenkamp said the only option would be cutting services. “As much as I don’t like the estate, or any additional tax, it’s going to have a devastating impact on local governments,” said township Trustee Joe Honerlaw.

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“If the legislature does not provide an alternative funding source, we are going to have to take what positive strides we made in our township in the last several years, tear it apart and get rid of it due to this loss of revenue,” he said. “It’s going to mean layoffs and a lot of cutbacks to necessary township service,” said Honerlaw. Colerain Township Administrator David Fogelsong said his township has been averaging $1.2 million in estate taxes the last six years. “We’ve seen revenues as high as $2 million and as low as $780,000,” Fogelsong said. “It’s the type of revenue no one can predict.” Fogelsong, like others at the session, said he came to the Jan. 13 meeting, to continue discussions on what officials can do. Hinnenkamp said no one is advocating for the estate tax. “It’s not about whether this is a good tax or not,” Hinnenkamp said. “It’s just that no one can afford to lose this revenue without it being replaced.” For more on your community, visit

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Shortly after that, Keller said, “I played hooky and went and enlisted. “My father had forbidden me to join, but it was something I felt I had to do. For my country and Sam.” What he missed in homework, Keller made up for in combat missions. Keller flew 26 missions as tail gunner and a bombardier aboard a B-17 and still carries shrapnel from head wounds suffered during his 25th mission. Keller finally received that diploma he should

have gotten 69 years ago. North College Hill High School Principal Ann Brinkley met Keller and his wife, Ann, back in September when the new school was dedicated. Ann is a 1942 graduate of NCH. Their four children and two of their grandchildren are all NCH alumni as well. Once Brinkley learned that Keller had served his country in lieu of completing his education, she put the process in motion to get him a diploma. “It’s really something,” Keller said, showing off his diploma. It’s currently on display in the dining room of the

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North College Hill High School Principal Ann Brinkley gives Jack Keller the diploma he should have received in 1942. Wearing the bomber jacket he wore on his 26 combat missions in World War II, Keller said he’s proud to be an NCH graduate. home the Kellers have lived in for 57 of their 64-year marriage. At 86, Keller jokes that he’s the oldest graduate NCH has seen.

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Digging out

Karen Schroer does battle with a snow shovel clearing the sidewalk in front of her Harrison Avenue home in Mount Healthy. Schroer said the good thing about the Jan. 11 snow was that she didn’t have to go to work.

Mt. Healthy Alliance reaching out By Heidi Fallon

The Mount Healthy Alliance is offering a series of programs aimed at helping families cope with living with less. “It is being presented by


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Twp. has coupon class The Springfield Township Community Center will host a Coupon Commando class 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Coupon Commandos is a one-day course and the cost is $25 for Springfield Township residents and $35 for non-residents. The class is limited to 20 people. The class will be taught by Alisha Cannon and Michelle Murrell, organizers of The workshop will include information on specific stores, tips and tricks for effective coupon use, stockpiling coupons and the tools to become a successful couponer. Participants will receive the official CouponNerdz

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Changes ring in new year in Mount Healthy By Jennie Key

The Mount Healthy City School District Board of Education has decided to make a change for the new year. The board voted Jan. 10 to change the start time for its monthly meetings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Board member Steve Harness had proposed the board change the start time for the meetings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to make it easier for working residents to attend the meetings if they want. Board member Robert Lawrence made a motion that modified the proposed change. “I thought to compromise between the 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. time,” he said. “It’s right in the middle.”

Harness said he would have preferred the later time, but 6 p.m. is a start in the right direcEllis tion. Superintendent David Horine suggested the board could survey teachers and administrators to see what time would be most convenient for them. He added that the meeting time changed eight or nine years ago after staff indicated they would be more likely to attend if the meetings were earlier. The board has also decided to take its show on the road this year. Board member Emmett Kilgore suggested the board meet at least once this year in each

of the new district school buildings. “If you won’t come to us, we will come to you,” he said. The first of the meetings on the road will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Mount Healthy North Elementary School, 2170 Struble Road. The other onthe road meetings have not yet been decided. The board’s regular meetings are set for the third Monday of each month at the board of education office, unless there is a conflict. For example, in February, the board will meet on the second Monday because of Presidents Day. The board’s regular meetings are conducted at the Mount Healthy City School District Office, 7615 Harrison Ave.

More action In other business, the board: • Elected Carole Ellis president and board member Don Wolf as vice president for the coming year. Board member Robert Lawrence will serve as legislative liaison. • Authorized the district to participate in the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program; • Approved the 2011 lease agreement between the district and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services; • Approved the district’s participation in the Southwest Ohio Conference for school years 2012-13 through 2015-16 and; • Hired 11 club providers for 21st Century Community Learning Center to be paid with grant funds.

• The board has tabled a discussion about compensation of board members to November. Harness wants board members to agree that they will be paid their $125 stipend for only one meeting per month, giving up payment for special meetings. Ellis said she thinks the discussion should take place after the November election, so newly elected board members can participate in the discussion. The meeting was also the last regular meeting of the board of education for retiring Superintendent David Horine. Ellis thanked him for his service and presented him with a token of appreciation from the board.

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Officials compile goals for the new year By Heidi Fallon

As 2011 begins, local officials are compiling their goals for the new year. Mount Healthy Mayor Joe Roetting said one of his city’s tasks this year will be to start looking for a new police chief. “After many years of dedicated service to the city of Mount Healthy, Police Chief Al Schaefer will be retiring in 2011,” Roetting said. “We will be testing for a new chief in the spring of 2011.” Also on the mayor’s todo list is the development and construction of the Martin Street senior housing. Roetting also wants to see street improvements including sections of Clovernook Avenue. “My goal also is to continue to manage city revenues and expenses with the expectation of reduced funds from the state level,” he said. “And, to continue to provide excellent city service to Mount Healthy residents,” said Roetting. Less than two months into her new job as Greenhills municipal manager, Evonne Kovach said one of her top goals for 2011 is “to stay on top of the village’s finances.” “I want to work to conserve our tax dollars, manage the debt and pursue opportunities that will increase revenues and supplement local funds by leveraging other financial resources such as grant funds,” Kovach said. “My goal also is to focus on economic development opportunities and tools that we can use to improve the health of our local economy. “I intend to develop a close working relationship with our small businesses to target opportunities that will enhance their operations. “And, I want to focus on housing opportunities and tools that will improve our housing stock, and on opportunities and tools that will further enhance the wonderful quality of life that exists in Greenhills.” North College Hill Mayor Dan Brooks has an ambitious list of goals that includes expanding the city’s current program of residential re-development. “We have had a very successful year in 2010 and momentum is beginning to shift from a down slide to a significant upturn,” Brooks

said. “We must continue in an even more aggressive way in 2011 with the goal being that, at the end of 2012, we will have turned the market around to increased numbers of improved properties and increased property values. “Along the same line, I hope we can enhance our business development program that has produced an impressive number of successes in 2010.” Brooks also listed better communications between city officials and residents “It is time to get out of the cars, trucks and offices and engage those persons we serve,” he said. “I want us also to initiate programs and activities that encourage and foster parental and community involvement with our youth. “We have a tremendous opportunity with this initiative based upon recent meetings and conversations with local church, school and seriously committed business leaders within the city. “The development of these programs and the new community center is a priority to, once again, insure that our momentum is not lost.” Springfield Township trustees and officials have equally lengthy list of goals for 2011. Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said the three basic goals are to “achieve financial stability, revitalize and accentuate neighborhoods, and improve communications.” Trustees are hoping to make good on a previous goal of stretching both the fire and police levies to 2013 and 2014 respectively. “We will be continuing to look at every aspect of those department’s operations to avoid going back to voters as long as possible,” Hinnenkamp said. A feasibility plan for The Grove facility is also on tap for this year. Hinnenkamp said trustees will have to decide whether to make improvements to the rental hall or rebuild it. Trustees said they expect to make a decision on the rental inspection program early this year. They’ve made a few changes in the original proposal including making the required rental registrations free to the property owners and making inspections

based on complaints. Trustees also will be adopting the Neighborhood Master Plan which was in the works most of last year. Other items on the township’s goal list include a parks and recreation improvement plan, increasing youth activities, and neighborhood beautification projects. Forest Park Mayor Charles Johnson said the city will mostly be focused on “business as usual” this year, though there could be a major change in store. City officials are continuing work on the city’s fiveyear strategic plan, which should be done before the end of the year.


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Police say fight at hoops game was ‘unavoidable’ By Rob Dowdy


Winton Woods Intermediate School physical education teacher Carl Paff gives instruction to students who signed up for his after-school fitness club. The school started several after-school activities in the fall.

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A recent scuffle at a Winton Woods High School basketball game led to police and school administrators taking actions to make sure crowds feel safe attending future games. During the Winton Woods High School boy’s basketball game against La Salle Jan. 4, a fight broke out in the crowd, resulting in six students from Winton Woods and North College Hill High School being arrested. School administrators and Forest Park police made sure that Winton Woods’

Jan. 7 game against Mount Healthy didn’t lead to more fighting by increasing security. Winton Woods High School Principal Terri Holden said the increased security is generally a response to sold-out crowds and rivalry games. She said the additional security during the Jan. 7 game was predominately school staff, though Forest Park police and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were on hand as a precaution. “Obviously, we want to be proactive,” Holden said. Forest Park Police Chief Phil Cannon said it’s diffi-

cult to stop students from fighting if that’s what they intend to do. “If they want to fight, they’re going to fight,” he said. He said the school and police department can enforce “zero tolerance” policies on fighting to deter it from happening. Cannon said scuffles like the one that took place Jan. 4 are sometimes “unavoidable,” but police and the school were able to control the situation and increased their presence during the next home game to make sure a repeat didn’t take place.

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Winton Woods Intermediate School is continuing student learning beyond the final bell of the day. The school has numerous after-school activities aimed at keeping students motivated in a number of topics. Dozens of students are spending an hour or more after school each week to participate in Extreme Reading, Knitting Club, Sunshine Computer Club and Design Squad. Principal Tonya West Wright said the various activities began in the fall with hopes of garner interest from interested students. “That’s something we wanted to do to increase involvement with our students,” she said. However, she said the after-school program has been so popular, several of the activities have added volunteer teachers to help manage all the attention from students. Wright said about 10 teachers are volunteering to stay after school. Carl Paff, a physical education teacher, hosts Fitness

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Finneytown High School Principal Jack Fisher presented Sami Zimmer with her $50 prize for winning the Wicked Windows on Winton art contest. Zimmer won first place honors for her creative and scary window at Bruegger’s. The window painting competition is sponsored by Springfield Township and Finneytown businesses. PROVIDE


Winton Woods sixth-grader Brandon Wofford winds up a throw during a game of dodgeball in the school’s after-school fitness group. Club twice a week. He expected a small group of students to sign up, but was surprised when 35 students took an interest in the club. Paff said students get to run laps in the halls when its cold outside, and there’s typically a game of dodgeball each week. He said he generally stays out of the way and lets students “pick the games they want to play.” “It’s a pretty self-motivated group,” Paff said. Science lab teacher Sele-

na Bowling, who supervises the Farm to Table Garden Club, said she has 23 students and two other teachers in her group, which is working on growing vegetables and herbs in the school’s greenhouse, located in its courtyard. “We’re going to try to get an active garden going,” she said. Bowling said she hopes this year’s students can build something in the greenhouse that students in the coming years will be able to enjoy.

Students nominated for service academies U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced his nomination of 50 Ohio students to U.S. Military Service Academies. Among the nominees are four students from Hamilton County. Nominated were: • Mackenzie Ohlinger, St. Xavier High School, U.S. Military Academy at West Point. • Dae-Hyuc Yim, Sycamore High School, Air Force Academy. • Luke Moore, Elder High School, U.S. Military Academy at West Point. • Alexander Kroeger, Oak Hills High School, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Ohio schools are training leaders for the next generation of military personnel. I am honored to nominate these outstanding students for our prestigious U.S. Military Service Academies,” said Brown. “These Ohioans embody the integrity and courage needed to represent well and uphold the values of our nation. I am grateful for their dedication to serving our country.” Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations. These include the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the

Military Academy at West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy. The nominations are based on the recommendation of a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee assembled by Brown. This committee, comprised of former academy graduates, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state, conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.



Winton Woods High School double bass player Sam Rocklin has made the All-State Orchestra, a competitive orchestra made up of the best high school string players in Ohio. The state orchestra will perform during the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, Jan. 27 through Jan. 29 in Cincinnati. Rocklin is also a member of the Southwest Regional Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he was accepted in the group's smaller chamber orchestra. PROVIDED

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First honors: José Arreaga, Timothy Bay, Joshua Engel, Nicole Guldner, Cameron Hock, Sarah Luken, Frank Niesen, Thomas Perry, Ahmad Peterkin, Stephen Post, Mary Shaw, Kyle Suffoletta and Maxwell Vanden Eynden. Second honors: Chloe Abraham, Stewart Barnes, Maxwell Bishop, Madeline Brammer, Ethan Burgess, Halley Dawson, Ruggiero DeLuca, Claire Devlin, Dylan Dougoud, Scott Enneking, Saidah Gaiter, Shelby Grein, Kearston Hawkins-Johnson, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson, Alec Hunter, Conor Judge, Thomas Lawlor, Francesca Lipari, Yesenia Lizardi, Michelle Mondillo, Emily Pine, Bailey Rolsen, Elizabeth Shepherd, Samantha Stamey, Benjamin Vanden Eynden, Reginald Williams, Katelyn Wright, Christopher Zamonska-Blake and Samantha Zureick.


First honors: Kevin Anneken, Allison Bickel, Matthew Brichler, Elizabeth Cain, Michelle Casey, Sadie DiMuzio, Elizabeth Fromhold,

Samuel Gray, Lauren Krebs, Daniel Luken and Christine Volz. Second honors: Alan Bossman, Benjamin Bruns, Alison Doll, Ian Eckart, Erik Edwards, Kenneth Gohs, Todd Greene, Irene Hutchinson, Jeffrey Light, Alexandria McCreanor, Jacob Meiners, Morgan Peters, Benjamin Schenck, Karen Schnedl, Bakari Shaw, Jessica Spaeth, Anne Spinnenweber, Ella Stark, Christian Stone, Cara Uetrecht and Jacob Westerfeld.


First honors: Michelle Angel, Thomas Foertmeyer, Nathan Frock, Colleen Gerding, Darci Gruenwald, Taylor Gruenwald, Tara Handley, Benjamin Knollman, Cassandra Lipp, Nicholas Luken, Niara Morrow, Adam Richards and Scott Schaffer. Second honors: Kamal Abdelwahed, Maria Angel, Derek Barnett, Timothy Bauer, Kylie Baur, Jasmine Carter, Jordan Cook, Mary Devlin, Anthony DiMuzio, Leann Doan, Guyana Dunne, Claire Ferguson, Meghan Finke, James Fiorini, Joseph Garner, Elizabeth Gentry, Nicholas Hoffmann, Amber Kelley, Paul Kraemer, Joselin Laib, Salii’m Lattimore, Andrea Loudin, Briana Manning, Jason Mathis, Rachel McHone, Alexander Meirose, Benjamin Miller, Danielle Mitsch, Connor Mouty, Joseph Newton, Jemel

Ntumba, Chloe Rivir, Dennyce Smith, Seth Steele, Kylie StigarBurke, Jacob Ungerbuehler, Ana Weickert, Mary Wright, Shamiah Wright and Sophia Wright.


First honors: Briagenn Adams, Kelsey Bickel, Daniel Browne, Eric Brunner, Amanda Ferguson, Lauren Leppert, Darci Meiners, Henry Rysz, Megan Schlemmer, Nathan Schlueter, Mary Singer, Sara Stacy, Peter Stiver, Clay Tyler, Benjamin Ungruhe and Christopher Wagner. Second honors: Scott Alverson, Malika Ashe, Christopher Baugh, Nathan Baverman, William Belser, Paul Byrd, Brianna Collins, Jessica Cooper, Brandon Davis-Pearl, Tory Diedling, Adam Doll, Melaina Dressing, Jessica Dunham, William Farrell, Arielle Glenn, Matthew Guillem, Kenneth Gullette, John Hagen, Megan Hanson, Allyson Hawkins, Steven Hicks, Dominque Hutson, Michael Jackson, Dylan Karl, Katelyn Karle, Abby Kay, Mark Kelly, Tyler Kiley, Nicholas Koehling, Lashonda Lackey, Adam Lawall, Allison Lawlor, Michelle Lehnig, Daniel Loudin, Innocent Macha, Trent Meister, Cameron Mitchell, Raniesha Nelson, Rashad Peterkin, Eboni’ Rall, Marc Robisch, Gavin Schumann, Jessica Stanley, Daryl Taylor, Eric Tonnis and Ryan Vonderhaar.

News BRIEFLY Finneytown leaders

Laura Horn, formerly the vice president of the Finneytown Board of Education, was elected as president at the board’s recent organizational meetHorn ing. James Wright, will serve as vice president for the 2011 year. Other board members include Anita Ruffin, James Alrichs and Albert Brown. The board voted to continue its meeting schedule of 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Finneytown High School media center, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace.

Leading the way

The North College Hill City School District Board of Education has elected Penny Huber to serve as president this year. Ron Harmon will be vice president. The board will continue meeting at 7 p.m. at the Goodman Avenue board offices, 1731 Goodman Ave.

Mystery dinners

The Hamilton County Park District has a perfect Saturday night event planned from Jan. 29 through Feb. 26. The Murder Mystery Dinners resume for food and fun at the Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 Sharon Road at Winton Woods. The dinners will be Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. and the mystery shows at 8 p.m. The cost is $34 per person and includes dinner, desserts soft drinks. A cash bar is available. The mystery dinners allow for audience participation in solving the comical who-doneits. For information or to buy tickets, go to or call 521-7275.

La Salle registration

La Salle High School will open registration for the class of 2015 Jan. 21. Those interested in attend-

ing La Salle are advised to register early, as scheduling priority is based on the date of registration. For more information, contact Jake Pucci at jpucci@ or 741-2365.

Scrapbooking day

The Corpus Christi/St. John Neumann St. Vincent de Paul Conference is hosting a Scrapbooking Day 10 a.m.-10 p.m.. Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Corpus Christi Undercroft, 2014 Springdale Road. The cost is $30 which includes lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks coffee and tea, and prizes. All proceeds will be used to assist the needy in our area. Call Kathie Vallandingham at 742-2101 to make a reservation or for more information.

Mobile mammography

The Jewish Hospital mobile mammography unit will be at Kroger, 8421 Winton Road, Thursday, Jan. 20. Most appointments are available between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Screening mammograms are covered by most insurance carriers. For best coverage, patients should verify that The Jewish Hospital is an in-network provider. Financial assistance programs are available for women who are uninsured and underinsured. Call 686-3310 for financial information. Appointments are necessary for the mammograms and can be made by calling 6863300.

Financial seminar offered at Highview

Ever felt like you had too much month left at the end of the money? Highview Christian Church will present Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University� DVD course. The course will be on Sundays at 4 p.m. and begins on Sunday, Feb. 6. Class will meet at the church, 2651 Adams Road. A free preview session will be offered at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23. For information or to register for the course, call 825-9553.

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The week at Mount Healthy

• The Mount Healthy wrestling team placed fourth in the St. Xavier Duals, Jan. 8. • In girls basketball, Mount Healthy beat Ross 48-39, Jan. 8. Mount Healthy’s top-scorer was Jonessa Moore with 19 points. • In boys bowling, Mount Healthy lost 2,293-2,090, Jan. 10. Mount Healthy’s Nathan Smith bowled a 338. The Princeton boys bowling team beat Mount Healthy 2,643-2,162, Jan. 13. Mount Healthy’s Tristian Froehlich bowled a 329. • The girls bowling team beat Reading 2,073-1,702, Jan. 10. Mount Healthy’s Tracey Wallace bowled a 382. • In boys basketball, Mount Healthy lost 50-39 to Norwood, Jan. 12. Mount Healthy’s top-scorer was Derrick Floyd with eight points.

The week at Finneytown

• The Finneytown boys basketball beat Norwood 8051, Jan. 8. Finneytown’s topscorer was Tyrin Warner with 19 points. On Jan. 12, Finneytown beat Reading 56-55. Finneytown’s top-scorer was Chris Bryant with 12 points. • In girls basketball, Indian Hill beat Finneytown 76-42, Jan. 8. Finneytown’s Inez Stewart led her team in scoring with 15 points. • In wrestling, Finneytown placed 18th with a score of 24 in the Madeira Invitational, Jan. 8.

The week at Aiken

• The Aiken boys basketball team beat Indian Hill 6452, Jan. 8. Aiken’s leading scorer was Olifemi Thompson with 15 points. • In girls basketball, Aiken beat Western Hills 46-35, Jan. 8. Aiken’s top-scorer was Cheyenne Gray with 11 points.

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Warriors hope strong schedule equals strong team

By Scott Springer

Winton Woods grad (’93) Donnie Gillespie has had the privilege of winning two basketball league championships at his alma mater (Fort Ancient Valley Conference-Buckeye Division in 2008 and 2010). Now, in the reconfigured FAVC, Gillespie has his Warriors back in the hunt – this time, atop the FAVC West. Actually, the league may be smooth sailing for Winton Woods as they have already faced some of the top competition in town in non-league action. La Salle, Taft and Mason are as good a 1-2-3 punch combination that you’ll find. The Warriors wrapped up that “triumvirate of terror” with a heartbreaking 85-84 home loss to Taft before a packed winter house.


La Salle’s Trey Casey (15) battles for the loose ball against Thomas Owens of Winton Woods (1) in a basketball game at Winton Woods High School Jan. 4. The Lancers prevailed over the Warriors 68-55.

Apparently, the quote “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a popular one in the Gillespie household. “We knew we wanted to have a tough schedule,” Gillespie said. “Playing La Salle and Taft so close wasn’t planned that way, but it does nothing but get us prepared for late February and early March as far as the tournament.” Beyond those tough games with the Lancers, Senators and Comets, Gillespie’s Warriors have had fairly comfortable wins. Often though, a coach and a team can take more from a loss. “I think anything we do from this point, we’re just going to be getting ourselves prepared for tournament play,” Gillespie said. “It’s an opportunity to see where we really are. I’m pretty pleased where we are.” When the Warriors have been good, they’ve ran away with games led by senior point guard Semaj Christon. Christon leads Winton Woods in points, assists, rebounds and steals and is getting looks from a number of schools, including some MAC institutions. Listed at 6-2, he’s pulling down over twice as many rebounds as anyone on the team in addition to being the “go to” guy. “Semaj is having a pretty good season as far as facilitating,” said Gillespie. “He’s doing a lot of different things as far as basketball plays. He tries to get every-

body else involved, but he’s been finding opportunities to score a little bit also.” The biggest thing Coach Gillespie has to work with is an abundance of seniors. Many schools see their senior numbers diminish as students sometimes being to choose other courses in life. When you can boast nine seniors like Gillespie can, you typically have a maturity/leadership level that most coaches envy. “I think this year is good because a lot of the team has been playing with each other for quite a while,” Gillespie said. “Chemistry is something that going into the season I was really excited about. I think these kids understand each other pretty well.” Plus, some of the guys come from the football team and success breeds confidence, regardless of the sport. Thomas Owens (5-9) is fielding football offers, but still scrapping on the basketball floor. Demetrius Mason (6-4, 250 pounds) is the biggest body the Warriors have on the hardwood. “For most of the season, everyone we’ve been playing has been bigger than us,” Gillespie said. “We need our kids understanding their roles, doing the things that we need to do to find success even though we’ve been smaller than other teams.” Beyond Samaj Christon, Winton Woods doesn’t have the “instant offense” that some of their former Division I players brought to the table. There is no Robert

The week at Winton Woods

• The Winton Woods girls basketball team beat Edgewood 40-35, Jan. 8. Winton’s Chanel Stokes was the team’s top-scorer with 17 points. On Jan. 12, Winton Woods beat Norwood 43-17. Winton Woods’ top-scorer was Chanel Stokes with 20 points. • In wrestling, Winton Woods placed sixth with a score of 124 in the Madeira Invitational, Jan. 8.

The week at Roger Bacon

• The Roger Bacon girls basketball team lost 59-26 to Badin, Jan. 8. Bacon was led in scoring by Markisha Rainey with nine points. • In boys bowling, Roger Bacon scored 2,688 to beat St. Xavier’s 2,559 and Fenwick’s 2,361, Jan. 13. Roger Bacon’s Nate Frock bowled a 444, and Kyle Koester bowled a 428. • In girls bowling, Roger Bacon beat Fenwick 2,0131,760, Jan. 13. Bacon’s Darci Meiners bowled a 339.

The week at NCH

• The North College Hill wrestling team placed fourth with a score of 133.5 in the Madeira Invitational, Jan. 8. NCH’s Howard pinned Indian Hill’s McClure in 22 seconds. • In girls basketball, North College Hill beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 72-41, Jan. 12. NCH’s top-scorer was Chardonnay Martin-Roberson with 20 points. • In boys bowling, Sycamore beat North College Hill 2,009-1,612, Jan. 12. NCH’s Ponder bowled a 298. • In girls bowling, Sycamore beat North College Hill 1,756-1,407, Jan. 12.

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Winton Woods guard Samaj Christon (23) drives the ball past Taft’s Orlando Berry (14) during the first half of their basketball game played at Winton Woods Jan.10. The Senators held off the Warriors 85-84. Hite (Miami, Fla.), DeForrest Riley-Smith (Penn State/Southern U.) or from Gillespie’s time, Warren Niles (Oral Roberts), Kierre Greenwood (Coastal Carolina) and Allen Payne (Auburn). But, they are “Warriors” who have taken some of the best shots the area has to offer. “These are the kind of games that give our kids tournament atmosphere,” said Gillespie on facing La Salle and Taft early this month. “It also gives them the confidence to do various things in various situations.” Prior to the season, Gillespie felt Mount Healthy and

Northwest would be their two toughest obstacles in winning the division. They’ve already trounced the Owls by 23 and have the “home and home” with the Knights remaining. No one will be taken for granted though. “I feel comfortable with what we’ve been doing in the league so far,” said Gillespie. “But, basketball’s a game where any night that you don’t come with the things necessary to win anybody can beat you.” If Gillespie’s predictions come through, you can pinpoint a Feb. 1 rematch at Mount Healthy and games Jan. 25 and Feb. 18 with Northwest.

Volley for the Cure

The Finneytown High School varsity volleyball team recently participated in a Volley for the Cure game against the Taylor High School Yellow Jackets. The team sold T-shirts and tickets for a basket raffle. The event raised more than $2,500 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Pictured from front left are Lauren Stoecker, Erin Vogt, Abbey Mahan and Morgan Hart; second row, Kayla Morgan, Ashley Lewis, Emily Hall, Erin Stobl, Marissa Morris and coach Dana Heileman.


St. X basketball matures in a hurry By Tony Meale

The start could have been better, sure, but Scott Martin will take it. The St. Xavier High School basketball coach, who had to replace all five starters from last year’s regional semifinalist squad, has led the Bombers to a 54 (2-2) start. “I think our guys have really progressed pretty quickly,” Martin said. “We’re slowly gaining experience.” St. X started 1-2 before reeling off four wins against Glen Este, Fenwick, Meadowdale and Springboro. The streak ended with a 59-55 double-overtime loss at Roger Bacon. St. X has developed an intriguing rivalry with the Spartans in recent years. Bacon has won the last three meetings by a total of 11 points and had lastminute comebacks in each of the last two victories. Still, Martin was encouraged by what he saw against the defending two-


Zacc Yauss of Colerain Township slide in for a layup on Jan. 14 during play with Moeller at St X Jan. 14. time Divisions II-IV city champions and said his team may, in fact, be ahead of schedule. “Maybe a little bit, yeah,” he said. “Our guys

have been really dedicated in practice. They’re working hard and putting a lot of time in.” Martin entered the season not quite sure who his go-to player would be, but senior guard Zacc Yauss has assumed that role. He is among the top five in the GCL-South in points (10.5) and rebounds (4.8) and scored a career-high 30 points in a 68-53 win over Meadowdale Dec. 29. He was 10-of-14 from both the field and the freethrow line. “He gives us a solid foundation with what we’re doing offensively,” Martin said. “He’s got a pretty aggressive mindset, and he’s been very good defensively.” Four other Bombers – seniors Brian Robben, Joe Mezher, Will Muething and Sean Duggan – are all averaging between 5.5 and 6.6 points per game. “With this team, we don’t have an outstanding scorer,” Martin said. “We have to focus on the team concept in order to


Joe Mezher of Anderson Township tips the ball away from Moeller’s Alex Barlow in the first half of play on Jan. 14 at St Xavier. compete because no one or two guys are going to win games for us.” While the scoring balance has been helpful, Martin said his team must improve its scoring efficiency. St. X is last in GCLSouth in scoring (52.9), field-goal percentage (37.9), three-point shooting (27.4) and free-throw shooting (55.5).

“I think offense is one of our weaknesses because of the lack of experience,” Martin said. “But our guys are slowly developing. We just need to be more consistent.” Martin considers La Salle the favorite to win the league – St. X fell 58-43 at La Salle Dec. 17 – and knows his team will need a valiant effort to down either La Salle or Moeller this year. St. X has a home game with Lancers and a road game with the Crusaders Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, respectively. All games, of course, are preparation for the postseason. St. X has shown in recent years that its regularseason record is more less irrelevant come tournament time; the Bombers have won six consecutive district titles and entered those tournaments with records ranging from 18-2 to 10-10. “We use the regular season to find our weaknesses and build on them,” Martin said. “That way when it’s time for the tournament, we don’t have any glaring weaknesses.”

Sports & recreation

January 19, 2011

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BRIEFLY The week at St. Xavier


Winton Woods High School girls tennis FAVC Player of the Year Chanel Williams, right, celebrates at the Fall Sports Awards with Winton Woods High School tennis coach Angelena Ruskin.

• The St. Xavier wrestling team placed second in the St. Xavier Duals, Jan. 8. St. X’s Ryan Gordon pinned Carney; Jake Castellini pinned Thompson; Joe Heyob beat Wright 11-1; Neil Schmidt beat Neville 9-6; Marcus Hughes pinned Barge; and Max Danenhauer pinned Vance. • In boys swimming, St. Xavier finished third with a score of 186 in the Larry Lyons Invitational, Jan. 8. • In ice hockey, Sycamore beat St. Xavier 5-3, Jan. 8. St. X’s Will Ellerhorst scored two goals, and Mitch Blank scored one. • The boys bowling team placed first

with a score of 2,886 against Purcell Marian’s 2,218 and Alter’s 2,138, Jan. 10. St. X’s Edward Runkel bowled a 434, and Chris Hecht bowled a 406. On Jan. 12, St. Xavier lost to Lakota West 2,531-2,361. St. Xavier’s James Faisant bowled a 380. On Jan. 13, St. X placed second with a score of 2,559 to Roger Bacon’s 2,688 and Fenwick’s 2,361.

The week at La Salle

• The La Salle boys bowling team lost to Mason 2,593-2,535, Jan. 10. La Salle’s Travis Nieman scored 425. • In boys basketball, La Salle beat Mason 68-44, Jan. 12. La Salle’s top-

scorer was Josh Lemons with 16 points.

The week in Press Preps

• Nick Dudukovich reported on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s actions meant to balance scales between private and public school athletics. • We ran an item about a Jan. 16 high school boxing event featuring Moeller, Elder, La Salle and McAuley. • We listed the sporting event changes when the snow hit Tuesday, Jan. 11. To see this week’s stories and other blog entries, visit presspreps

Winton Woods athletes lauded

The annual Fall Sports Awards ceremony was at Winton Woods High School Nov. 15 to honor those athletes participating in boys and girls soccer, cross country, volleyball, golf and girls tennis. Specials awards given out that evening include:

Boys Soccer

• Most Valuable Player - Jay Barnes • Charlie Frederick Sportsmanship Award - Chin Patel • Best Offense - Jay Barnes • Best Defense - Respicio Cerritos • Most Improved - Mogos Tsegay • Best Newcomer - Dammon Johnson • Warrior Award - Paul Campbell • FAVC All-Academic Award: Tony Boateng, Chivorn Chap, Chin Patel, Zachary Purdin, and Caleb Simpson

Girls Soccer

• MVP - Kayla Rogers • Warrior Award - Staci Sneed Charlie Frederick Sportsmanship Award - Katie Sherman • Freshman Player of the Year Alyssa Johnson • Most Improved - Sarah Harig • Defensive Player of the Year Kayla Rogers • Offensive Player of the Year Ambri Johnson • Midfield Player of the Year - Brianna Phillips • FAVC All-Academic Award: Jennifer Jordan, Katie Sherman, Kayla Rogers, Kevanna Cross, Taylor Baird, Sarah Harig, Sabrina Mercer, and Allison Holtman

Cross Country

• Most Valuable Runner - Mike James • Most Improved - Mark Higgins • Warrior Award - Mark Higgins • Sportsmanship Award - Christina Ingle • FAVC All-Academic Award: Christina Ingle


• Sportmanship Award - Amber Glaze • Warrior Award - Grishma Patel • Defensive Player of the Year Paige Allen • Most Improved - Cassie Yery • FAVC All-Academic Award: Paige Allen, Cassie Yery, Olivia Nightingale, Tecora Yisreael, Grishma Patel, and Dominique Harper


• Most Valuable Players - Kevin Sherman and Taylor Kinley • Most Improved - Kameron Reeves

• Sportmanship Award- ZeAjiah Mooney • Warrior Award - Blake Warren

Girls Tennis

• Most Valuable Player - Chanel Williams • Most Improved Player - Alicia Higgins • Co-Warrior Award - Sydni Grimes and Alexis Simpson • Sportmanship Award - Sonya Sorrells

All FAVC Awards Football

• Offensive Player of the Year Aaron Kemper • Defensive Player of the Year Corey Webber • Coach of the Year - Andre Parker • 1st Team FAVC - Brendan Gordon, Marques Graves, Thomas Owens, Aaron Patton, Antonio Poole, Walter Richardson, Aaron Kemper, and Corey Webber • 2nd Team FAVC - Jalen Crenshaw, Zauntre Dyer, Keeno Hollins, Robbie Lewis, Demetrius Mason and Chuck Wynn • Honorable Mention - Gary Underwood

Cross Country

• Runner of the Year - Mark Higgins • First Team FAVC - Mark Higgins • Second Team FAVC - Mike James and Christina Ingle

Girls Soccer

• Co-Player of the Year - Ambri Johnson • First Team FAVC - Ambri Johnson and Kayla Rogers • Second Team - Brianna Phillips and Imani Rugless • Honorable Mention - Sarah Harig

Girls Volleyball

• Second Team FAVC - Amber Glaze • Honorable Mention - Paige Allen

Boys Soccer

• First Team FAVC - Jay Barnes and Chivorn Chap • Second Team FAVC - Dammon Johnson and Johnson Mensah • Honorable Mention - Respicio Cerritos

Boys Golf

Honorable Mention - Kevin Sherman

Girls Tennis

• Player of the Year - Chanel Williams • First Team FAVC - Chanel Williams, Sydni Grimes and Alicia Higgins • Honorable Mention - Alexis Simpson


Fresh faces

The McAuley High School freshman soccer team basks in the glory of completing the season 10-0-2. Team members include coach Abby Vehr, coach Kurby Kipp, team manager Ally Ziegler; players, Jessica Beal, Hanna Berter, Kaitlin Delape, Shelby Hendricks, Julia Hoffmann, Sam Kerr, Clare Knecht, Maddie Knecht, Nicole Kuchenbuch, Jenny Moeller, Alison Moore, Julie Newson, Jenna Pfiester, Emily Richter, Abby Schindler and Jennifer Towns.


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Umpire class

Blue Chip High School Umpires Association is offering a eight week course for umpires that would like to obtain their high school certification to umpire high school baseball. The course begins from 7-9 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 7, at Finneytown High School. For additional information contact Max McLeary at eyemax48@ or 309-1331.

Ladies golf outing a 1st for X-Travaganza It was a day for the ladies at Makatewah Country Club for the first St. Xavier High School Ladies Nine-Hole Golf Outing for X-Travaganza in August. John (St. X '80) and Katie Frey chaired the event, conceived by this year's X-Travaganza general chairs Mary and Jim Thacker. Janie Klare, Kelly Misleh and Patsy Glaser won the scramble outing with a three-under-par round of 34. Three groups – the twosome of Sandy HealeyWenhold and Amy Backscheider, the foursome of Katie Frey, Kathy Cassady, Kim Gusweiler and Betsy Schmidt and the team of Stephanie Augspurger, Lina Stokes, Cathy Flesch and Lovette Vuotto – tied for second at one under par. Trish Baker won the long-drive completion on the fifth hole. Backscheider made the longest putt on the eighth green. Laura

X-Travaganza, presented by The Corporex Family of Companies, raises funds for tuition assistance. The annual X-Travaganza dinner auction will take place Saturday, March 12. Weinberger was closest to the pin on No. 9 and Amy Russert was closest to the pin on No. 2. The day was capped by a banquet in the club dining room, festively decorated with centerpieces of bright pink-and-black saddle-shoe cleats. “I've never been to a golf outing banquet like that one,” said Ralph Nardini (St. X ’77), the school's vice president for development. “The ladies were having a great time with one another and really into the spirit of supporting the boys. They were cheering for all the raffles and the golf awards. It was a lot of fun.” “We made about $5,000

for X-Trav,” said Sara Schindler, X-Travaganza director. “For a first-time event, I'm very happy with the way it went. We couldn't have asked for a better a better group of ladies or for a better day in terms of the weather. I feel like we've established a great new tradition.” X-Travaganza, presented by The Corporex Family of Companies, raises funds for tuition assistance. The annual X-Travaganza dinner auction will take place Saturday, March 12. Visit for details about this event, the upcoming online auction in November and the grand raffle starting in January.

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Last week’s question

What is your reaction to Marvin Lewis returning as the Bengals head coach?

“Nothing has changed with the retention of Marvin Lewis. I have to give A+ + + to Mike Brown for maximizing his family’s financial operation over decades. “Most folks have no idea of the money his family has earned off the fans. They probably could not tell you what the franchise is worth. The family is interested in money, not football. That fact is obvious. It is missed by the public. “Brown’s use of nepotism is just an extension of ‘keep it in the family.’ There was a time in Cincinnati when pro football did not exist. We were all better off financially for that. Now we have a hefty property tax thanks to the Brown family. “We have failing schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools, but a first-class football stadium. The citizens are responsible for this situation. They were sold a pig in a poke. More ignorance in action.” J.S.D. “I was really disappointed that Marvin Lewis didn’t see the wisdom in leaving himself after the terrible seasons he and the team have produced for the fans. “I was further disappointed that Mike Brown would want him back. This is something very wrong with the Cincinnati Bengals, we just don’t want to recognize it publicly.” E.E.C. “I have mixed feelings about Marvin. I don’t place all of the blame on him for the Bengals’ ugly season since injuries were many. However, he can’t stand up to Mike Brown or Ocho Cinco and there were some coaching debacles that cost games.

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“What was my reaction to Marvin Lewis returning as the Bengals head coach? Let’s just say I was stunned. It is something like naming Napoleon the winner at Waterloo.” B.B.



The return of Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has many fans questioning the team’s committment to winning. “After eight seasons with the Bengals I don’t expect a big turnaround from Marvin. Problem is, in this environment, could a new coach bring about improvement? “One good note, the Press asked last summer if the addition of Terrell Owens would be a good or bad decision. I had hoped it would work out and it did, but not enough to produce a good season.” R.V. “I have nothing against Marvin Lewis personally, but as a taxpayer who has been repeatedly ‘hijacked’ into paying for a stadium to house a losing franchise (OK, they’ve had a couple of good years – but that’s certainly the exception, not the rule), I’m ready to let Mike Brown go. “Unlike his father, Brown has no sense of developing and running a winning NFL franchise. “Sure, he’s a slick businessman – he’s conned the city and county into providing him with one of the finest stadiums (with all the trimmings!) in the league. Who knows how long it will take us to pay for this folly? “It amazes me how many idiotic football fans continue to support this team when they fall short of all expectations year after year after year! “It’s my understanding now that part of Marvin’s staying is that we’ve agreed to give him ‘more stuff.’ Good Lord, what more can he need? “If the Bengals can’t build a winning team with their draft picks and instill an attitude of winning in the team, coaches and owners, then I say let ‘em loose! “Let’s concentrate on our beloved Reds who, for the most part, are winners and let Mike Brown and his cronies go bleed some other town dry with their ridiculous demands. Then we can hire a decent development director, bulldoze Paul Brown stadium and do something cool on our side of the river that will rival our neighbors in Newport and Covington! ‘Nuff said …” M.M.





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Still time to sign up for council run It’s that time for Greenhills Council incumbents and new challengers to go get signatures (50 to 150 valid registered voters Republican or Democrat). A list of registered voters with affiliation is available via e-mail or disk from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Candidates can get the petition form to seek office from the Hamilton County Board of Elections to run for a seat on council. Filing early allows the party name (typically Republican or Democrat) to appear on the ballot alongside the candidate’s name. The term is for four years commencing Jan. 1, 2012. Meetings are held first and third Tuesdays of the month. Last council election fielded some tremendous talents: Jeff Halter, Terri Treinen, Jason Covalcine and Vince Weseli. Let’s encourage them and others to throw their hats in the ring. If you know someone who you think would be a great Council member, tell them so. Ask them to file – nothing ventured, nothing gained. Deadline to file ($30 fee) with Party affiliation (Democrat or

Republican) is Feb. 2! What if you happen to be Republican and wish to run? No problem. File your petition along with other candidates by Pat Andwan Feb. 2. If more than Community three names of Press guest the same party columnist file for the three seats on council, there will be a run-off primary vote on May 3. In other words, should three new patriots file as Republicans and win over Visnich (18 years), Burck (26 years) and Hermes (incumbents), the incumbents become “lame duck” from May through December. This year could prove to be the most interesting election in Village history. Run as a non-partisan candidate ($30 fee) – Deadline to file is May 2. Still you get the petition from the board of elections, but you only need 25 to 75 signatures of registered voters – any party. Both the Republican and

Democratic Parties hold training seminars for those seeking public office. Independent candidates typically are welcome to attend either training. For women seeking office their is are terrific seminars offered by The White House Project. (Obtain the) Greenhills Charter for your review. The Ohio Attorney General’s along with the Ohio Auditor offers a terrific seminar on the Sunshine Laws. The Ohio Ethics Board presents an interesting seminar on ethics. The current council meetings give you a chance to observe and participate with comment. Also, some of council’s meetings can be accessed via There will be a free opportunity to attend a parliamentary procedure seminar on Jan. 29 at the Forest Park Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The council seats currently pay $2,000 per year and council participates in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement pension, with the village paying in 14 percent (as I recall). Patricia A. Andwan lives on Chalmers Lane in Greenhills.

Education on minds of constituents Recently, I held one of the constituent outreach events I have had every month since I became a state representative two years ago. I call my events Open Office Hours -- I set up a makeshift office in a public venue, and meet with constituents one-on-one. It is the best way for me to learn their issues and concerns. More than a dozen constituents met with me last week. I actually had to stay an additional 45 minutes in order to meet with all of them. The great majority had one thing on their mind: education. They were parents, grandparents, educators, scientists, mathematicians, business people, public servants, workers, and entrepreneurs. Although each had a different niche in our society, all of them expressed deep concern about our public schools and their importance to the future of our youth and our state. I agree. We have to have good schools in order for our children to succeed and our state to flourish. A good public school system is not only mandated by our state constitution, but it is also a driver for economic development and a moral obligation we have to our children.

In 1994, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that our method of funding schools was unconstitutional, because local property taxes carried too Connie much of the In Pilllich burden. 2009, the state Community l e g i s l a t u r e Press guest passed some columnist dramatic education reforms that, among other things, resolved this. The retooled funding formula forced the state to take a greater share of the cost of education. It also allocated state foundation funds based on a number of factors other than property value. It does not do away with property taxes or fill the hole some districts face from the business tax reforms of 2005, but it gives an equal footing to the poorer districts and passes constitutional muster. The reforms also call for better teacher training; smaller class sizes; a focus on the science, technology, engineering, and math career paths; more time in the classroom; and all-day kinder-

garten. These goals will strengthen our schools, increase the attractiveness of our state to business investment, and improve the learning experience of our children. The reforms aspire to remove obstacles to education for every child in Ohio. Because we had limited revenues, we could not fully implement the reforms immediately. Instead, we set a 10-year schedule. But schools felt the effects quickly. Bolstered by federal Recovery Act funds, all of the suburban school districts in my district received more aid. And, within six months of passing the reforms, Ohio’s public schools ranking moved to the top spot in the Midwest and fifth nationally. Although met with the typical partisan fanfare, these reforms were passed by a bipartisan legislature. But now it is a new year, a new administration, a new General Assembly, and a new budget. The challenge before us this year is to retain and continue to implement the reforms. Let’s hope the state legislature is strong enough to do so. State Representative Connie Pillich represents the 28th Ohio House District which includes Forest Park and part of Springfield Township.

One year after earthquake, we see hope for the future of Haiti This coming Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti – a day likely all of us remember, whether we saw it on TV or lived through it in Port-au-Prince. It is painful to revisit those images and we are all remembering friends and family and children we have lost. As the media come to take stock of what has changed since last January, it is disconcerting to hear the reports that nearly 365 days later there has been little progress. I want to tell you that there has been progress in Haiti – and you have played a key role in

impacting many lives in a positive way. I see progress every day in the faces of our staff who are giving so much of themselves to be creJoan Conn ative and smart Community and tenacious in Press guest helping their find columnist country hope. I see it every day in the stories about children who have been living in servitude and who are now increasingly finding joy

and freedom despite the chaos around them. Do not lose faith in Haiti. There is progress and there is hope and hope looks like ... • Hope looks like Oscar, who packed his backpack full of food and walked for hours in the mountains to look for children in our advocacy program and deliver food to those who needed it. • Hope looks like Dr. Glaud, who leaves Les Cayes every Friday night and takes a five-hour bus ride to Carrefour Feuilles to give free medical care to people who line up outside our clinic starting at 4 a.m.

• Hope looks like five girls moving out of abusive homes and into our transitional home and hearing them laugh and play hide and seek after school. • Hope looks like 426 children in restavek going to school and learning to read and write and 130 adult women also learning to write their names for the first time through our literacy program. • Hope looks like every one of you – every school, church, restaurant, company, group of friends, or individual – who decided not to stand on the sidelines, but to actively help people in

need. There is no denying that there is still tremendous need in Haiti, but please know that every single gift that was intended to help the people of Haiti after the earthquake has been deployed and children, families, and communities have benefitted from your generosity. Please know that your contributions have brought much encouragement to people in Haiti and to me. Joan Conn is executive director Restavek Freedom Foundation, founded by Madeira resident JeanRobert Cadet.

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Bobbie Savage does a spin with David Horner, who was also teaching the class at the North College Hill Senior Center.





Dot Stahl and Frank Kling were partners for this dance at the North College Hill Senior Center.

Dancing the night away


Helen Lynch dances with Don Fuerst at the North College Hill Senior Center.

Dee Martin takes to the floor with David Horner who was teaching a ballroom dancing class at the North College Hill Senior Center Jan. 5. Some of the members were learning to ballroom dance and some where warming up some old moves.


A small group gathered for a ballroom dancing class at the North College Hill Senior Center.

Bobbie Savage and Carl Harrell, couple on the right take to the floor at the North College Hill Senior Center.

Ballroom dancers take to the floor at the North College Hill Senior Center where some were learning new moves while others were just warming up.


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Beginner Woodcarving, 6-8:30 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Concludes Jan. 27. Materials included. Bring your own knife or buy one from the instructor. $12; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township. M.Y. Card Creations, 6-8 p.m., Bayley Place Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Make your own personalized cards. Price includes all supplies and instructions. $14. Registration required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.


Brighton Beach Memoirs, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Comedy. First play in Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy. $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Life Story Workshop, 12:30-2 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Weekly through Feb. 24. Focus on finding and telling meaningful stories from your life. Discuss storytelling and writing techniques. Write brief story at home and then read it in class for feedback. Ages 21 and up. $50 members. Registration required. 522-1154. Springfield Township. F R I D A Y, J A N . 2 1

EXERCISE CLASSES Art Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave., Get creative and unleash your imagination. Ages 512. Different art project each month. Free. 369-4490; East Price Hill.

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Wilton Cake Decorating Class, 6-8 p.m., Michaels-Colerain Township, 9490 Colerain Ave., Gum Paste and Fondant: Create handshaped flowers, borders and bold accents using easy-to-shape icings. Learn how to create an artful bow, mum, rose, carnation, calla lily, rosebud, daisy and embellished borders. Fifty percent discount on class fees for January and February classes. Registration required. 741-4710; Colerain Township.

Senior Yoga Class, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for 6 classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


Chuck Brisbin & The Tuna Project will perform beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Hey Days Sports Bar & Grill, 7306 Harrison Ave. For more information, call 312-2053 or visit

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS FARMERS MARKET Forest Park Women’s Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road, Game night, including cards and bingo. 588-4920; Forest Park.

Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. 661-1792; Cheviot.



Beginners’ Gentle Ashtanga Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Three Rivers Middle School, 8575 Bridgetown Road, Create strength, flexibility and release of stress. Gentle moving meditation connecting mind, body and spirit. Family friendly. $8. 675-2725. Cleves.


College Hill Winter Farm Market, 3-5:30 p.m., College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, 6128 Hamilton Ave., Includes farm fresh eggs, produce and baked goods from Vernon Yoder, Shadeau Bread and honey from Bee Haven on Grey Road from Gary Stitt, David Rosenberg’s organic micro-greens, local seasonal produce and greens and more. Presented by College Hill Gardeners. 5422739; College Hill.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger, 8421 Winton Road, Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Finneytown.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, African-American artist celebrates life by creating positive images to convey the human spirit. 521-7003; Springfield Twp.


Karaoke with Mean Jean, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio Lounge, 5744 Springdale Road, Karaoke and dance music. Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.


Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Discover what animals like in the winter. 521-7275; Springfield Twp.

Wine Tasting, 4-7 p.m., Bridgetown Finer Meats Wine Shop, 6139 Bridgetown Road, $10. 574-3900; Bridgetown.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.


Charlie Runtz, 7-9 p.m., Aroma’s Java and Gelato, 6407 Bridgetown Road, 574-3000. Green Township.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.2 a.m., Hey Days Sports Bar & Grill, 7306 Harrison Ave., 312-2053; Colerain Township.


Cincy Rockers, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 2517977; Riverside.


One Nite Stand, 10 p.m., The Full Moon Saloon, 4862 Delhi Ave., Free. 244-6111. Delhi Township.


Wind Chaser, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With David Lessing Band and Waiting for Willow. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.


Brighton Beach Memoirs, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 2416550; West Price Hill. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 2 2


Beginner Woodcarving, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve. $12; vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

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Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-noon, Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 521-7003; Springfield Township.


Bob Cushing, 9 p.m., Barnesburg Tavern and Grille, 5761 Springdale Road, 741-1200; Colerain Township.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road, Free. 574-6333. Green Township.


Li’l Abner, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Adults ages 17 and up. Cold readings from script. Prepare a song and bring sheet music. Accompanist provided. No a cappella or recorded music. Be prepared to dance. Bring headshot/photo if available and a resume listing theatrical experience. If auditioning for both “Li’l Abner” and “God’s Favorite,” headshots and theatrical resumes required for both shows. All roles are paid positions. Performance dates: May 4-22 on Showboat Majestic. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Through Jan. 24. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Basic Truth at The Black Sheep, 9:30 p.m.1:30 a.m., Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 3807 North Bend Road, $2. 481-6300. Cheviot.

God’s Favorite, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Adults ages 17 and up. Cold readings from script. Bring a resume listing theatrical experience. If auditioning for both “Li’l Abner” and “God’s Favorite,” headshots and theatrical resumes required for both shows. All roles are paid positions. Performance dates: June 1-17 on Showboat Majestic. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. 241-6550; West Price Hill.



MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Woodwind Steel, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 2517977. Riverside.


Battle of the Bands, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Finals. With Achilles Descent, the Waking Point, Plastic Inevitables and Datum Point. Doors open 7 p.m. $13, $10 advance. Nightly draw for order of performances. Two bands eliminated nightly. Bands move on with 50 percent of crowd vote plus judge vote. Registration required online for bands. 825-8200; Forest Park.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Theater, 3 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, School Cafe. “Cinderella.” Includes bagged lunch, drink, gifts, door prizes, autographs and more. $8. Reservations recommended. Presented by La Salle High School Drama. 741-2369; Green Township.


Brighton Beach Memoirs, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 2416550; West Price Hill.

Coping with Depression: Strategies that Work, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Educational group provides proven and easily learned strategies for coping with depression. For those with mild depression and their family members who want to understand depression. Led by Dr. Nancy Panganamala, Dr. Debjani Sinha, and others who have experience with depression. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.


Lee’s Junction, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Theater, 3 p.m., La Salle High School, $8. Reservations recommended. 741-2369; Green Township.


Brighton Beach Memoirs, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 2416550; West Price Hill.

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Ashtanga Yoga Level I, 5:45-7 p.m., Three Rivers Middle School, 8575 Bridgetown Road, Deepen moving meditation practice with strong flow of familiar asanas and introduction of new asanas. Family friendly. $8. Presented by Three Rivers Community Education. 675-2725. Cleves.


Balancing Hormones Naturally, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Conference Room. Lunch and learn to educate about natural alternatives to PMS and menopause symptoms. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Doctors’ Speakers Bureau. 941-6464. Groesbeck.


Community Mental Health Assistance, 1-3 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Mental health support with Recovery International. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Recovery International. 379-6233. Cheviot. W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 2 6

COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside. COOKING EVENTS

Wilton Cake Decorating Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Michaels-Colerain Township, Decorating Basics: How to bake a great cake, see how to make and color icing and learn the best way to ice the cake. Also practice the three fundamentals of decorating. Registration required. 741-4710; Colerain Township.



Delhi - Mount St. Joseph Community Garden, 7-8:30 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Introduction to community garden concept and to collaborative venture between college and Delhi residents. Free. 467-8006. Delhi Township.


Cincinnati Parks: Past, Present and Future, 3-4 p.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati Parks in the Post War Period. Michael George, park naturalist and Nature Center director for Cincinnati Parks, presents the history, current status and what we can expect in the future for local parks. Ages 50 and up. $20 for series, $4 per class. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 853-4100. College Hill.

Yoga for the Back, 6-6:45 p.m., Three Rivers Middle School, 8575 Bridgetown Road, Create flow of postures that soothes and nurtures neck, shoulders and upper and lower back issues. $8. Presented by Three Rivers Community Education. 675-2725. Cleves.


Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.


Lose it for Life, 6:30-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Create and work personal plan to maintain your weight-management lifestyle. Family friendly. Free. Registration recommended. 931-5777. Finneytown.

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AUDITIONS Li’l Abner, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 241-6550; West Price Hill. God’s Favorite, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Wilton Cake Decorating Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Michaels-Colerain Township, Gum Paste and Fondant: Create hand-shaped flowers, borders and bold accents using easy-to-shape icings. Learn how to create an artful bow, mum, rose, carnation, calla lily, rosebud, daisy and embellished borders. Registration required. 741-4710; Colerain Township.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “King John” through Feb. 5. The historical drama centers around the youngest son of Henry II, John (Billy Chace) who has ascended to the throne of England, but tensions remain over who is the rightful heir. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 30 and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5, at 719 Race St. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-381-2273 or visit Pictured is Billy Chace as King John and Sherman Fracher as Queen Eleanor.

Joyce Young Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, Free. 5217003; Springfield Township.


E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22, at Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights. Monster trucks from across the nation will compete in side-by-side drags, wheelie shootouts and freestyle. In addition, top FMX stunt riders will perform stunts. A Pit Party/Driver Autograph Session will be 6 p.m. both nights. Meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos. Pit Pass party is free with purchase of an event ticket. Passes are available at Gold Star Chili locations. $19-25, advance adult tickets. Free child (ages 2-12) ticket with advance ticket. $21-27; $9, ages 2-12. $40, advance Gold Circle; $42 day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or


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Why make difficult choices if we believe we can have it all? Making a choice sounds easy. Consider all the alternatives, fully weigh the pros and cons, and finally choose just one. Voila! We’ve just made a choice. Yet, making choices is not always easy, especially the ones that seriously impact our lives and require enduring commitment. All of us have struggled and made choices throughout our lives, and then lived with the results as best we can. We’ve believed that doing so is a sign of integrity, maturity and responsibility. In a recent book, “The Choice Effect,” three young authors point out how different their beliefs and lives are from ours. They say their lives are filled with far more choices to make than former generations. True. But what we may question is, “Even though more options exist today, how do they (or, do we) choose to deal with them?” Humans are still humans. They have decided to

choose to live more non-tradit i o n a l l y. M a n y people feel o v e r whelmed w h e n Father Lou faced with Guntzelman too many Perspectives of prt i oo nms which to choose. They, on the other hand, enjoy having options and trying as many as possible. So, they try to avoid making as many lasting decisions as possible and keeping options open. But they’re smart enough to worry about – as the book’s subtitle states – how that will affect “Love and Commitment in an Age of Too Many Options.” We wonder about that too, as we see more and more fragile relationships and marriages in which the choice of a permanent commitment is understood as a temporary commitment. Options for other lovers

seem to remain open. To identify their “new way” of thinking they’ve invented the term, choister (choice + oyster = choister.) Their definition: “A choister is a person who is inundated with choices and thinks the world is his or her oyster.” “Choisters are hypnotized by options and can’t imagine turning any of them down. The exact problem with choosing? It takes most of your other choices off the table. And who knows what pearl you just gave away?” say the authors McGibbon, Vogel, and Williams. But wait! Doesn’t something about that rationale sound similar to an immature child still struggling with instant gratification, or a lack of responsibility for one’s actions? Yes, choices can be difficult for many reasons. Some reasons are obvious, some unconscious, and some reach down to the deepest roost of our being. Reminding us of what it means to be a mature

Elder care top concern for baby boomers It’s a problem more and more baby boomers are facing – how to care for their elderly parents. Everyone wants the best for them, but they’re finding Medicare only covers so much. That’s what Cathy Brinkman of Union Township learned after her 89year-old mother was operated on over the summer. “The hospital said to my mother, ‘You need home health care.’ My sister and I were scrambling around like, ‘You need to get somebody in here quick.’ I did not know the hospital offered it. I wish they would have said something in the first place,” Brinkman said. Brinkman was able to find a company that offered unskilled nursing care. “Unskilled does the assistance with medication, assistance to the commode, assistance with walking. My mother really needed someone to watch after her because she was a high risk patient,” Brinkman said. That was back in August and her mother, Elizabeth Blume, is doing much better now. But, who is going to pay for all this home health care? “We never told the insurance company she was going with this company for this and this company for that. We just asked, ‘Is home health care covered?’ Yes. ‘Is skilled nursing covered?’ Yes,” said Brinkman. Brinkman said she believed everything was covered by her mother’s Medicare Advantage Insurance, including round-theclock unskilled care, also called custodial care. But, after several weeks, Aetna sent denial letters for the custodial care. Those charges amount to about $25,000. At this point, Aetna has paid all the bills for the skilled nursing care, it’s just the unskilled care bills that are in question. “She needed somebody on a 24-hour-basis – regardless of how many hours are covered, she needed somebody there,”

Brinkman said. Insura n c e e x p e r t John Sherman, of The TLC Experts Howard Ain Inc., said Hey Howard! there’s a great misconception about custodial care coverage. “It has to be determined by their physician and Medicare that their condition is improving and they need skilled care. So, if somebody is in a nursing home getting skilled care paid for by Medicare, they can also get some custodial care at the same time to help with the bath or something like that,” Sherman said. A spokesman for Aetna Insurance said its Medicare Advantage program does not cover round-the-clock in-home custodial care. It said Brinkman had been advised of this. But Brinkman maintains more than just custodial care was being given by that unskilled company and said Medicare should cover some of those costs. Aetna advises her to appeal and Brinkman said she plans to do so. John Sherman said if round-the-clock care is needed for a while, often it’s best to go to a nursing home – even though that may sometimes be less desirable than returning to your home right away.

Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

human, psychotherapist Dr. Irvin Yalom writes, “For every yes there must be a no. To decide one thing always means to relinquish something else. Decisions are very expensive, they cost you everything else. Renunciation invariably accompanies decisions. One must relinquish options, often options that will never come again.” Are cheaters on their choices trying to avoid the grind of life? Those who struggle making important choices often use various methods to avoid making them: procrastination; delegation to someone else; devaluing the unchosen alternative; hav-

ing a thing make it for us e.g. flip of a coin, astrological sign; use a temporary solution in place of a longterm decision, “He’ll make a good first husband.” Some seek a comprehensive set of rules to relieve them of the pain of personal choice. Choisters just plan to enjoy all the options and claim there’s too many to even make actual choice. It is freedom that we fear. Instinctively knowing that healthfully-developed mature humans are made to be free, we yearn for freedom. Yet, when we realize we are free, there is a certain discomfort. We know that, “What I

freely choose renders me responsible for all that comes from this choice of mine and eliminates for me many other options.” From “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” comes excellent advice for him and for all of us: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at m or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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January 19, 2011

Cuddle up by the fire with a cup of homemade cocoa 4 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Marshmallows

Just looking out the window at this winter wonderl a n d makes me feel snug as a bug in a rug. W e have plenty of wood and the w o o d Rita stove has Heikenfeld been going Rita’s kitchen nonstop. T h e snow is just wet enough, too, to make forts or snowmen. The last time it snowed I had three of the grandkids spend the night and we spent a good hour sledding down hills. Afterwards, a cup of real hot chocolate made tummies warm. Mine included.

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Mix in water. Bring to a simmer and then stir in milk and vanilla. When hot throughout serve with marshmallows. Gilding the lily: Use 3 cups milk and 1 cup half & half or whipping cream.

For Lisa Cassidy, a Delhi reader. This is a to taste kind of chili – you can always add more seasonings, etc. The secret ingredient is refried beans - that makes it nice and thick. I made this today for supper and it’s perfect to ward off winter’s chill. If you have a chicken chili recipe, please share for a future column.

11⁄2 to 2 cups onions, chopped 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic 1 red or other bell pepper, chopped Jalapeño peppers, chopped, to taste (opt. – can use red pepper flakes to taste or neither) 4 cups chicken broth 2 cans, cannellini beans or 1 can cannellini and 1 can black beans, drained 2 teaspoons each: cumin and oregano 2-3 teaspoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 can favorite refried beans Salt to taste Garnish to taste: Sour cream, chopped jalapeños, Mexican blend cheese, Cheddar, chopped tomatoes, green onions, cilantro

About 5 cups cooked, shredded or chopped chicken (deli-roasted chicken works great)

Film pan with olive oil. Add onions, garlic and peppers. Cook a few minutes until onions are transparent.

Cocoa with sweetened condensed milk

Check out my online column at for this recipe.

Rita’s chicken chili

My mom’s hot cocoa

It was a real treat for us kids to have a mug of this, since Mom’s budget was always lean. I make this with regular cocoa powder, not Dutch or the new dark cocoa powder. 1

⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa 3 ⁄4 cup sugar Dash salt 1 ⁄3 cup water


Cold weather is the perfect time for a steaming bowl of chicken chili.

Stir in broth, beans, chicken and seasonings. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, or until flavors blend. Stir in refried beans. Using a potato masher or back of spoon, mash the mixture a bit to make a thicker chili. Garnish as desired. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: you can use raw chicken, cut up, about 11⁄2 pounds or so. Cook with veggies until onion is transparent. Chicken will finish cooking in the broth.

New cookbook

For those who have enjoyed taking cooking classes at Jungle Jim’s – and for those who haven’t had the opportunity – there is now a cookbook available. Titled “15 Years of Cooking School Recipes,” it features more than 200 recipes from 58 different instructors and celebrity chefs, including our own Rita Heikenfeld. Rita’s included recipes are: • Herbed Goat Cheese in Baguette Spoons • One Hour Cinnamon Buns • Orzo and Arugula Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette (pictured) • Personal Pavlovas with Cinnamon and Ginger, Creme Chantilly and Triple Raspberry Sauce The cookbook costs $19.95 plus shipping. For more information or to order a copy, call the store at 513674-6000, e-mail, or go to

Crockpot chicken chili

Check out my online column at for this recipe.

Ginger tea

This is a health giving, soothing tea, one that I share with my herbal students. Ginger helps settle the tummy and digestion. Lemon helps with the immune system and stress. Cayenne helps break up mucous. Honey is predigested so you get quick energy and a soothed throat. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated (leave peel on) Honey

Lemon Shake of cayenne pepper (opt.) Bring a cup of water to a boil. Pour over ginger root and let steep a few minutes. Strain. Sweeten to taste with honey. Add lemon. Drink and get better!

Dijon salmon update

The recipe from Tom Keegan calls for 2 tablespoons butter. Eliminate that. A reader caught the mistake first and Tom treated her to a pound of fresh salmon. Now that’s good

customer relations! Here are some comments from readers: “Wonderful recipe – I’ve already shared it with two friends.” “Excellent – I’ll make again and again”.

Can you help?

Icing like Kroger and Meijer make for their cakes. For Janet. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Northminster church has art fair Northminster Presbyterian Church will host its sixth annual Fine Arts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the church, 703 Compton Road, Finneytown. The Fine Arts Fair will feature oil paintings, pencil sketches, watercolors, pottery, wood turning, photography, fabric art and one-ofa-kind jewelry pieces from more than 45 artists from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania. New to this year’s Fine Arts Fair is a fair-trade market. Canopy Coffee House will have fair-trade coffee available. Surrounding the coffee house tables will be fairtrade vendor booths selling handcrafts and jewelry. Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries achieve more equal trading conditions, while securing better working conditions for marginalized producers and promot-

ing sustainability. “Fair trade and ending human trafficking have been areas of growing involvement for Northminster,” said Sue Ahlrichs, cochairwoman of the fair. “The addition of the fairtrade market to this year’s Fine Arts Fair provides us another venue to bring attention to such subjects.” Artist booths will be located in the three main rooms of the Northminster campus. Art will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from a few dollars to several hundred. Finneytown High School students will also showcase their art. Children are welcome at the Fine Arts Fair and will have a chance to try their hands at pottery (for a small fee), watercolors, weaving and other types of art. They can also participate in creating a Lego village. “The Fine Arts Fair is just one community-oriented mission outreach program

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at Northminster,” said Rich Schafermeyer, co-chairman of the Fine Arts Fair. “While not your typical outreach program, it has grown to become a known venue for local and regional artists. This year, we had more than 70 artists submit their work for the juried show. We have seen fair attendance grow from less than 500 in the first year to more than 1,500 in recent years.” Along with the wide array of art on display, fair attendees can enjoy live music from more than 200 local musicians. Performers include the Finneytown High School Symphonic Band, rated superior by OMEA in the state of Ohio, and the Finneytown Chorale, an award-winning group with a vocal blend and talent. The fair will also feature the second annual Suzuki violin play-in, with a guest performance by the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group under the direc-

tion of Douglas Locke. More than 25 teachers and 200 students from the Tristate will participate in Suzuki's “old-school” play-in. The Fine Arts Fair will have a raffle, with donated art from artists' participating in the show.. Tickets are $1 each. Breakfast and lunch as well as other food and refreshments will be available. All money raised at the Fine Arts Fair will go towards City Cure.


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organizations,” said B a r l a g . “What I found exciting to witness is how Joe has Schneider given back to his alma mater. He has used his knowledge and expertise to train young men in our Lancer Leader Program.” An Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 420, Schneider is also chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s Wall of Fame. Schneider is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and holds a master’s degree in leadership and counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Other Pillar leadership award winners were recognized at the Oct. 2 event. Recipients included: • Faith – William Cady and the Rev. Thomas Dennemann; • Community – James Hoelker, ‘77 and Joseph Walterman, ‘67; • Leadership – David Volk, ‘76; • Scholarship – Louis Eichhold, ‘93 and Michael Owens; and • Service – Dr. Arthur Ranz, ‘72 and Dr. Thomas Willke, ‘68. The La Salle Alumni Hall of Achievement Award, pre-

Girl Scout cookies on sale Jan 21 People say it’s just a cookie. What can a cookie do? A Girl Scout Cookie can do many things. It could send a girl to camp. It could help pay to refurbish a room at a homeless shelter. It could cheer up a solider who is far from home. A Girl Scout cookie could help buy school supplies for underprivileged kids, or fly a troop of girls from Cincinnati, Harrison or Middletown to Washington, D.C. When you buy Girl Scout cookies, girls decide where the money goes. Girl Scout cookies can help bring out the confidence in a girl. It’s no easy thing to ask a stranger to buy something. “Girl Scouts is the best leadership development program for girls in the

United States,” said Barbara J. Bonifas, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “Through the Girl Scout cookie sale girls develop five essential skills - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. And troops often decide” Beginning Jan. 21, girls in southwest Ohio will begin taking Girl Scout cookie orders. All proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies stays in the community. Girls will be selling a premium selection of the bestselling Girl Scout Cookies ever including: Do-Si-Dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Trefoils.

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Spirit Seminars wins Lasallian award Joe Schneider, president of Spirit Seminars & Consulting in Fairfield, is a recipient of the inaugural Lasallian Pillar Leadership Award. He received the award at La Salle High School’s 50th anniversary dinner and dance last fall. Schneider, a 1978 La Salle graduate, was given the award for “providing specific leadership, strategic direction, innovation and creativity leading to advances in the fields of business, science or industry,” according to Kenneth Barlag, advancement director at La Salle. Schneider heads Spirit Seminars, a national performance improvement training, consulting and executive coaching company dedicated to help clients incorporate servant leadership into their organizations. Founded in 1988, the firm provides corporate leadership seminars, community workshops, keynote talks, in-house training, 360-degree feedback instruments, and partnering and strategic planning sessions for companies, chambers of commerce, and nonprofit organizations. “What is truly amazing about Joe is that what he does in his professional life he now brings to the table to assist many non-profit groups and organizations as they strive to create leadership structures for their



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Friendship Baptist Church 8580 Cheviot Rd 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday Evening Services 6:30pm Wednesday Service 7:00pm AWANA (Wed) 7:00 - 8:45pm

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:44am

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Well staffed Nursery, Active Youth & College Groups, Exciting Music Dept, Seniors Group, Deaf Ministry


Creek Road Baptist Church 3906 Creek Rd., Sharonville, Cincinnati, OH 513-563-2410 Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:45am, 6:00pm Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Pastor, Rev. David B Smith


Mt. Healthy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

7717 Harrison Ave Mt. Healthy, OH 45231 Rev. Michael Doerr, Pastor 513-521-6029 Sunday 9:00 a.m...... Contemporary Service 9:45a.m...... Sunday School 10:45 a.m........ Traditional Worship Nursery Staff Provided “A Caring Community of Faith” Welcomes You

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Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Worship 11:30 - 12:30 Healing Service, last Sunday of the month at 5 pm "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

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Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church

8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services


Navy Seaman Apprentice Jamil A. Daniel, son of Tammy L. Daniel and James W. Kindell, was recently

(Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30am at 9158 Winton Rd. – Springfield Township Childcare provided

3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) 513-385-8342 Sun. Sch. & Bible Class 9:45 AM Worship: Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 AM, Wed. 7:15 PM Office: 385-8342 Pre-School: 385-8404

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JOHN WESLEY UNITED METHODIST 1927 W. K emper Rd. (Between Mill & Hamilton) 513-825-0733 Traditional Sunday Services 9:00am & 10:15am Contemporary Service 11:30am

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Northminster Presbyterian Church 703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Transforming Lives for Jesus Christ Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors

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Reservations are limited and must be made by Jan. 25, 2011. Participants must be 21 or older and are encouraged to wear red to show support of the American Heart Association and American Heart Month.

8735 Cheviot Rd, by Colerain HS Rev. Kevin Murphy, Pastor 513-385-8973 Worship and Sunday School 10AM Handicap Accessible/Nursery Available

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Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS

United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Meghan Howard, Pastor Church School for all ages 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available

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special events, marketing and public relations to the 101-year old agency that provides health and personal services in the home. Her responsibilities include leading the daily activities of the organization’s fundraising programs, including the Caring Award Gala. Baugh lives in Springfield Township.

5th Annual Wine Walk

Pastor Lisa Arrington 9:00 am Contemporary Worship 10:00 am Welcome Hour/ Sun School 11:00 am Traditional Worship


Betsy Baugh as vice president of Philanthropic Support. Baugh, a fundraiser and special Baugh e v e n t expert, brings her knowledge of sponsorship development, annual giving campaigns, grant solicitation,



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Worship 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:20 am Traditional Service and Hymnbook

Navy Seaman Apprentice Sean V. Tolbert, son of Marie E. and Sean V. Tolbert, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Tolbert is a 2010 graduate of La Salle High School.

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Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Army Reserve Lt. Col. Louis M. Sand is returning to the U.S. after a deployment. The lieutenant colonel served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Southwest Asia.



8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown Pastor Robert Curry Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

Worship: 8:30 am traditional - 10:45 am contemporary Sunday School: 9:45 am Nursery provided

Marshall J. Reid graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course,


Sand, a future operation stability team leader, is assigned to the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, Riverdale, Md. The reservist has served in the military for 28 years. He is the son of Almut Lampsat.

“Life on Purpose in Community” 2651 Adams Rd. (near Pippin) Worship Assembly-Sunday 10:45am Phone 825-9553


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also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The cadet is a student at the University of Cincinnati. Reid is the son of Mark J. and Mary M. Reid, He is a 2007 graduate of La Salle High School.




promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Daniel received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Daniel is a 2009 graduate of Mount Healthy High School.


Sharonville United Methodist

EPISCOPAL 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon

Alex L. Baker has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Baker is the son of Kathryn Baker, he is a 2006 graduate of St. Xavier High School.

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Louis Thomas, born 1983, criminal damaging or endangering, 5747 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 28. John Randall Thompson, born 1978, pass check with no or insufficient funds, 2982 Highforest Lane, Dec. 31.

Incidents Aggravated burglary

1462 Aster Place, No. 2, Jan. 2.

Aggravated robbery

1304 Groesbeck Road, Dec. 30. 6016 Lantana Ave., No. 1, Dec. 30. 6020 Lantana Ave., Dec. 30.


2551 W. North Bend Road, No. 2, Jan. 1. 2958 Highforest Lane, 286, Jan. 3. 2976 Highforest Lane, No. 4, Dec. 31. 5377 Bahama Terrace, No. 1, Dec. 31. 6026 Hamilton Ave., No. 1, Jan. 2.


1626 Llanfair Ave., No. 12, Dec. 31. 1626 Llanfair Ave., No. 30, Jan. 6. 1763 Cedar Ave., Jan. 5. 2663 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 30. 2663 W. North Bend Road, No. 919, Dec. 31. 5299 E. Knoll Court, Jan. 1. 5825 Shadymist Lane, 4, Jan. 3.

Criminal damaging/endangering

1901 Savannah Way, Jan. 3. 2557 Kipling Ave., Dec. 30. 4865 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 3.

Domestic violence

Reporter by Glenview Ave., Jan. 3. Reporter by Hamilton Ave., No. 1, Jan. 2.

Felonious assault

2958 Highforest Lane, No. 291, Dec. 31. 2958 Highforest Lane, No. 291, Dec. 31.


2976 Highforest Lane, No. 4, Dec. 31. 5365 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 4. 5465 Kirby Ave., Dec. 30. 5469 Kirby Ave., Dec. 30. 5928 Belmont Ave., Dec. 30. 6047 Belmont Ave., Dec. 31. 6345 Meis Ave., Jan. 3.

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8230 Four Worlds Drive, Dec. 30.



Juvenile male, 17, criminal trespassing at 1199 Kemper Meadow, Dec. 30. Ahmal Spencer, 35, 11343 Lincolnshire, trafficking in marijuana at Dinsmroe and Waycross, Dec. 30. Robert Cook, 21, 999 Goodhue, domestic violence at 999 Goodhue, Dec. 31. Jumanne Arafiles, 38, 1767 W. Kemper Road, weapons under disability at 1767 W. Kemper Road, Jan. 3. Juvenile male, 16, disorderly conduct at 1231 W. Kemper Road, Jan. 4. Michael Likens, 28, 5665 Glenway Ave., theft at 1266 Omniplex Court, Jan. 5. Juvenile female, 17, possession of drugs at 1128 W. Kemper Road, Jan. 5.

Incidents Criminal damaging

Windshield damaged at 967 Galatin Court, Jan. 1.


Victim threatened and attacked by suspects and phone valued at $500 removed at Hinkley and Halesworth, Jan. 1.


The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 7291300. • Mount Healthy: Chief Al Schaefer, 728-3183. • Cincinnati District 5, Captain David Bailey, 5698500. • North College Hill: Chief Paul Toth, 521-7171. • Greenhills: Chief Thomas Doyle, 825-2101. • Forest Park: Chief Phil Cannon, 595-5220. drug possession at 7221 Bernard Ave., Jan. 8. Gary Fay Jr., 40, 1959 Greenpine Drive, open container in vehicle at 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue, Jan. 7.



Woman reported being injured at 1888 Lakenoll Drive, Jan. 1.

Attempted theft

Woman reported attempt to steal vehicle parts at 1858 Lakenoll Drive, Jan. 3.

Breaking and entering

Man reported tools stolen at 1470 St. Clair Ave., Jan. 5.


7919 Clovernook Ave. man reported wallet, cell phone stolen at gunpoint at Adams Road and Martin Street, Jan. 5.


United Dairy Farmers reported $32 in gas stolen at 7900 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 9.


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Man reported break-in to vacant home at 1519 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 6.

Criminal simulation

Tom’s Drive Thru reported receiving counterfeit $10 bill at 1906 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 6.


United Dairy Farmers reported $36 in gas stolen at 6813 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 4.


Windshield damaged at 670 Northland Blvd., Jan. 4.

Maxwell Jennings, 37, 8642 Daly Road, criminal trespassing at 8400

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block of Winton Road, Jan. 1. Two juveniles, obstructing official business at Sevenhills and Maplehill drives, Jan. 2. Juvenile, domestic violence at 6700 block of Somerset Drive, Dec. 30. Eric Crutcher, 23, 1452 Ambrose Ave., drug trafficking, carrying concealed weapon at North Bend and Daly roads, Dec. 28. Antonio Gibson, 31, 5898 Shadymist Lane, drug possession at West Galbraith Road and Central Park Drive, Dec. 28. Anthony Bonner, 45, 2203 Harrison Ave., assault at 800 block of North Hill Lane, Jan. 4. Joshua Hitchcock, 28, 8195 Burns Ave., aggravated burglary at Vine Street, Jan. 6. Ladon Brocks, 38, 9610 Arvin Ave., theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, Jan. 4. Derrick Pitts, 40, 10941 Tangleberry Court, carrying concealed weapons, weapons under disability at Sevenhills Avenue and Birchridge Drive, Jan. 4. Derrick Pitts Jr., 20, 10941 Tangleberry Court, carrying concealed weapons at Sevenhills Avenue and Birchridge Drive, Jan. 4. Richard Dryden, 48, domestic violence at 1500 block of Pleasant Run Drive, Jan. 5. Joshua Hitchcock, 28, 8195 Burns Ave., assault, criminal damaging at Vine Street, Jan. 5. Shawn Doyle, 32, 807 North Bend Road, domestic violence at 807 North Bend Road, Jan. 9. Jesse Hamm, 18, 1051 Blue Jay Drive, assault at 1051 Blue Jay Drive, Jan. 9. Tiras Jones, 27, 1008 Kemper Road, domestic violence at 1500 block of Pleasant Run Drive, Jan. 10. Lafeauma Walton, 22, 3289 Moosewood Ave., obstructing official business at 800 block of Denier Place, Jan. 7.

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Jeanette Dailey, 26, 1396 Meredith Drive, assault at 1396 Meredith Drive, Jan. 6. Jennifer Sterwerf, 26, 860 Sarbrook Drive, illegal drug documents at 1100 block of Compton Road, Jan. 6.

Man reported mailbox damaged at 2092 Arrowood Place, Jan. 7.

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Man reported suspicious person in neighborhood at 9718 Paul Farm Road, Dec. 31.

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Woman reported break-in at 8211 Vine St., Jan. 6. 4721 Dry Ridge Road man reported money stolen at gunpoint at 2000 block of First Avenue, Dec. 29.


Woman reported being struck at 1556 Meredith Drive, Jan. 3. Man reported being hit in the head during argument at 10 Laurel St., Dec. 30. 12174 Birchgrove Court woman reported being assaulted during argument at 10700 block of Sprucehill Drive, Jan. 8. 3215 Bowling Green Court woman reported being hit in the face at 8400 block of Winton Road, Jan. 4.

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Scott Allen, 24, disorderly conduct at 100 block of Farragut Road, Jan. 1. Kyle Wiehle, 21, 7 Belknap Place, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 100 block of Farragut Road, Jan. 1. Wayne Grote, 31, 119 69th St., aggravated assault at 100 block of Farragut Road, Jan. 1. Edward Ruehlman, 31, 1176 Waycross Road, operating vehicle under the influence, drug possession at Winton and Farragut roads, Jan. 4.

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Woman reported license plate stolen at 12060 Regency Run Drive, Jan. 1. Man reported license plate stolen at 2033 Second Ave., Jan. 1. United Dairy Farmers employee reported cell phone stolen at 11866 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 8. Kroger reported merchandise stolen at 8421 Winton Road, Jan. 4. Man reported money stolen at 8921 Cavalier Drive, Jan. 4.


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Man reported information used to open bank account at 1182 Sugartree Court, Jan. 7.

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Alma C. Sharp, 80, Springfield Township, died Jan. 10. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughter Charlene (Dave) Wilson; grandchildren David (Katie) Sumner, Jennifer (Jim) Hollon; great-grandchildren Hunter, Carson Sumner. Preceded in death by husband Charlie Sharp. Services were January 14 at Dayton National Cemetery. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home.

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Jacquelynn Wilcox, 43, 1909 Savannah Way, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at Clovernoll Avenue and Columbine Court, Jan. 10. Jasmine Franzoni, 24, 1727 Casey Drive, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 5. Adrian Wilfong, 33, 1103 Towanda Terrace, domestic violence at 1500 block of Centerridge Avenue, Jan. 5.

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Seta on park district board Joseph C. Seta as the newest member of the Board of Park Commissioners. Seta, of Green Township, served as the president and CEO of Seta, Appleman & Showell, an advertising and graphic design firm, for 22 years. He has served on the advisory board for the College of Mount Saint Joseph and was a board member for the Central Academy of Commercial Art. He attended Xavier University and the Central Academy of Commercial Art. Seta joins current commissioners Robert A. Goering Sr. who has served since

Leon Redbone performs at St. Xavier Jan. 29


Hamilton County Judge of Probate Court James Cissell appoints new Joseph C. Seta as a Hamilton County Park District commissioner. 1994, and John T. Reis, who joined the board in January 2010. As established by state law, the Board of Park Commissioners is appointed by the Hamilton County Judge of Probate Court, currently James Cissell. Seta is the 17th commissioner to serve in the park district's 80-year history.

The Board of Park Commissioners, composed of three members, serving threeyear terms without compensation. They establish policy and approve budgets and expenditures for all park district land acquisitions, development projects, services, facilities and equipment.

The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society Presents Leon Redbone at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the St. Xavier Performance Center, 600 West North Bend Road. Tickets are $25. For tickets and show information go to or call 484-0157. When Leon Redbone burst on the scene in the early 1970s, he did so under a shroud of mystery. No one, not even those considered his friends, knew where he was from, how old he was, or his real name. A walking caricature, Redbone shuffled through folk festivals in his rumpled three-piece suits from the 1920s, a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, and thick mustache. The only thing widely known about him was that he was a gifted singer and

guitarist with a thorough knowledge of blues, urban folk, jazz, and ragtime. Although today his voice is familiar to many, due to countless television jingles hawking everything from beer to laundry detergent, he remains an enigmatic figure whose musical tastes and presentations have gone unchanged for more than 20 years. In the early 1980s Madison Avenue tapped Redbone’s style and the singer found himself crooning about All laundry detergent and Budweiser beer, to name a few. As long as the jingle was something he could work with, Redbone said, he had no qualms with doing the commercials. Redbone has appeared in a number of areas outside of his music recording/performance career. He has made appearances in the


Leon Redbone will appear as part of the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the St. Xavier Performance Center in Finneytown. comic strips Mister Boffo and The Far Side. He performed the theme song for the 1980s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere,” as well as the theme from the syndicated sitcom “Harry and the Hendersons.”

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Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired recently named Will Schwartz as the first recipient of the CLOVIE award. Schwartz serves as vice chairman on Clovernook's Board of Trustees and is

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2. According to the requirements of R.C. 505.10(D) and by providing a description (and a photograph where available) of the item to be auctioned, and by establishing a minimum bid amount, and the cost of delivery where applicable; 3. Specifically stating any terms and conditions of the bidding or the sale, including but not limited to whether the item must be picked-up or delivered; 4. Permitting bidding to take place for fifteen (15) days, including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays; 5. Selling the property to the highest, qualified bidder at the conclusion of the auction; 6. Requiring the highest, qualified bidder to pay for the property at the auctioned price and to comply with any other conditions or terms of sale established for any particular item of personal property no later than ten (10) days after the conclusion of the auction. Payment for personal property auctioned via internet auction shall be made by cash, certified check, money order, credit/debit card, or PayPal account. A service charge of 3% of the final bid amount shall be added to all credit/debit payments to cover the administrative fee for such payments. Only Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Card will be accepted. An administrative fee of four percent (4%) of the final bid amount shall be added to all PayPal payments to cover the fee paid to PayPal by the Township; 7. Requiring vehicles sold at internet auction to be subject to the following additional terms. Vehicles shall be sold as-is, with out any warranties, including warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. Vehicles listed for auction will be available for viewing by contacting the Springfield Township Administrative Offices for an appointment during normal business hours. Title transfer and payment of all sales taxes and transfer fees will be the responsibility of the suc cessful bidder. A notarized title will be provided to the successful bidder at the time of pick-up. 8. Voiding the auction after the ten (10) day period if highest, qualified bidder fails to pay for the property at the auctioned price and in compliance with any other conditions or terms of sale and refusing to sell the property to the highest, qualified bidder and reclaiming the property; 9. Reserving the right, at its sole discretion, to sell any property reclaimed after a voided auction to the next-highest qualified bidder, to re-auction the property, or to remove the property from auction entirely. 10. Reserving the right, at its sole discretion, to sell any property reclaimed after a voided auction or after the failure to receive a bid satisfying the terms and conditions of the auction, without auction, as permitted by R.C. 505.10(B).

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Resolution Number 9-2011 becomes effective on February 11, 2011. A copy of this Summary is available on Springfield Township’s website ( under the Internet Auction Information heading.


Will Schwartz, center, was the first recipient of the CLOVIE Award form the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. At left is Al Tuchfarber, the center's chairman of the board, and, right, Robin Ursalis, the center's president and CEO.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On February 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM the Mt Healthy Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in Council Chambers at 7700 Perry Street. This hearing concerns a request for zone change by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to amend the present zoning classification of "C" Residential One or Two family District to a new classification of "DD" Planned Multiple Residence District for properties located at 7374, 7358, 7350, 7345, 7349, 7353, 7357, 7361, 7365, 7369, 7373, 7401, 7405, 7366, 7400 Martin Street, and 7368, 7372 Elizabeth Street. Only the Applicant must be represented at this hearing. Should you have any questions or comments regarding this notice please direct them to the Mt. Healthy Building and Zoning Department. 1001616677



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