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Mark Lawson of North College Hill works on his goose during class. He said his son bought him a set of knives for Chirstmas.

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Network gets to business

Meet over speed chat at meeting

Taking part in a speedy version of getting to know their business neighbors are, from left, Chris Girman and Matt Fay, Mount Healthy Business Association; and Cindy Tomaszewski, Powel Crosley YMCA; and Laurie Jahnke. The quick introductions were part of the Finneytown Business Network meeting Jan. 25. HEIDI

By Heidi Fallon

The Finneytown Business Network tried a fast and fun way to get acquainted with area businesses at its Jan. 25 meeting. “It’s a speed chat,” said Kim Flamm, Springfield Township’s projects, events and communications director and co-founder of the network. “We’ll spend a few minutes talking with one another and then moving on to the next person. “It’s a quick way to get to know one another.”


For this meeting, the network invited its Wyoming and Mount Healthy business association neighbors to join them for lunch and the speedy chats at The

Grove. “It’s a great way to meet other people, make a few business connections and have some fun,” said Matt Fay, Mount Healthy Busi-

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ness Association president. “I’m hoping to meet people in the same sort of small business as me, and maybe make some new friends,” said Chris Girman, owner of the Little Dutch Bakery in Mount Healthy. “It’s a fun way to

Forum a chance to learn about fire levy

Celebrating black history month Get an up close and personal account of life as a black man fighting in the Civil War with re-enactor James Hunn at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Road. The program is part of the the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s celebration of Black History Month. Other branch library locations will honor Black History Month with special programs celebrating the art and history of AfricanAmericans. At the downtown Mail Library, follow the lives and lineage of William L. Mallory Sr., Dr. John Bryant, and Bootsy Collins – three Cincinnatians who made a difference – during the “We Know Who We Are” program series at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, and 25, at 2 p.m.


St. Vivian School students spent January putting pen to paper for a Writing on Out of Here project that concluded with Catholic Schools Week. Each grade level used its collective imaginations to tackle specific writing assignments. “Writing and communication are major objectives for us and this project will help accomplish that,” said Principal Steve Zinser. Eighth-grade language arts teacher Colleen Daubenmerkl

helped coordinate the school project that was to be showcased during the Jan. 29 open house kicking off Catholic Schools Week. “We spent several weeks prior to the actual writing assignments reinforcing basic skills,” Daubenmerkl said. “Each grade level had different suggested topics all involving the theme of movement.” The creative assignments ranged from kindergarten students writing about funny faces to seventh-graders writing ghost stories and eighth-graders penning poems about where

they come from and where they’re headed. Fifth-graders stuck to the facts publishing their own newspaper, The Glassmeyer Gazette, in honor of fifth-grade teacher Julia Glassmeyer. “Each student had an assignment, like interviewing a student or staff member or writing about the school spelling bee,” she said. “They each had to have some type of photo or art to go with it and a smaller story with just quick facts about their story to entice the reader.” See WRITING, Page A2

Among the topics up for discussion at the Springfield Township’s State of the Township forum Sunday, Feb. 26, will be the March 6 fire levy. The annual open house and forum will be at 2:30 p.m. at The Grove, 9158 Winton Road. Township officials and staff will be available to answer questions beHinnenkamp fore and after the presentation by township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp. Thetownshipisaskingvotersto approve a 1-mill levy that will appear as Issue 5 on the March ballot. It is for five years and will generate $585,000 a year for the fire department to maintain its current level of staffing and service. The levy will cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 an additional $30 a year in property taxes. Fire Chief Rob Leninger said that without the additional revenues, he might be forced to reduce as many as five people. “If this issue fails, the most likely scenario is that full-time firefighter/paramedic staff would be reduced by three to five,” Hinnenkamp said. “This reduction of staffing could result in longer response times to certain types of emergencies and the overall availability of personnel responding to emergencies.” Hinnenkamp said his staff and trustees have looked at other opSee FORUM, Page A2

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Forest Park hosts successful blood drive By Rob Dowdy

Ashlee Herzog, Winton Woods Intermediate School teacher and intervention specialist, donates blood during the fire department's recent blood drive.

FOREST PARK — The Forest Park Fire Department’s recent blood drive mayspurthedepartmentto hostadriveonanannualbasis. Firefighter Jermaine Hill organized it with help from the Hoxworth Blood Center. Hill said the department was able to collect blood from 32 donors, most-

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City Schools employees. Hill said he reached out to Hoxworth because he has a friend in need of blood and decided to help his friend and anyone else in the same situation. “I just wanted to do something to help,” he said. Chris McMullen, blood donor recruiter for Hoxworth, said blood drives similar to the one Hill organized can be done with a little effort and organization. He said once Hill contacted Hoxworth, the process was completed within a few days. McMullen said he met with Hill and others from the fire department to work on the logistics of the blood drive and what the department would need to complete in order for it to be successful. Not only has the blood drive pushed Hill to donate blood annually, he’s also planning to organize regular blood drives.

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BRIEFLY Charter correction

The Mount Healthy Charter Commission will have a proposed city charter on this November’s ballot. The commission has until summer to complete a charter and have it reviewed by the city’s registered voters before submitting it to the Hamilton County Board of Elections for the Nov. 6 general election.

Diabetes classes

Mercy Health will host pre-diabetes classes at Mercy Health locations throughout the community. On the West side, classes will be 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Mercy Health – Mount Airy Hospital, 2446 Kipling Avenue; and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, and Thursday, March 15, at Mercy Health – Western Hills Hospital, 3131 Queen City Ave. Pre-diabetes is a condition that forms before diabetes. It means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but aren’t high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Usually a fasting blood sugar level of 100 – 125mg/dl indicates pre-diabetes.

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connect.” Flamm said a business network was the idea of Laurie Jahnke after she set up her chiropractic business on Winton Road. “She came up with the idea and we worked together to make it happen,” Flamm said.

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tions including contracting with other jurisdictions and consolidation with the police department. He said the township will continue to look at the feasibility of options. The levy request comes as the township continues to deal with drastic losses in state revenues, namely local government funding and the estatetaxwhichwillbeelim-

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Jackson Scroggins, 11, was in the editing stages of his assignment, watching nervously as Glassmeyer looked over his draft. “I interviewed eighth-

Pre-diabetes is a warning sign that allows people to take action to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The pre-diabetes classes offered by Mercy Health are taught by diabetes educators who are also registered dietitians. Each class includes information on: making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control, and monitoring blood sugar levels. Cost is $20 per class, payable in advance by cash, check or credit card. Call 513-956-3729 to register.

La Salle auction

Bob Herzog of Channel 12 will emcee and serve as celebrity auctioneer for the 25th Annual La Salle Camelot Auction Saturday, Feb. 25. The auction event will be at La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The Mistics, a four-man vocal group that specializes in R&B and soul, will perform for auction-goers after the live auction. The annual auction raises funds to support students’ co-curricular activities including sports, dra-

ma and music, and to provide financial support for deserving students. This year’s theme is “It’s all about…Gratitude!” The evening features hors d’oeurves, sit-down dinner with double entree, open bar and continental breakfast to wrap up. For information and to purchase tickets, call 513741-2385.

Dress up dance

Springfield Township has its annual Daddy Daughter Dance from 79:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. This year’s event will feature a masquerade ball theme with mystery and magic on the dance card. The formal dance will be highlighted with pizza, a keepsake phtotograph mask and carnation for each girl. The costs is $25 per couple for township residents and $28 for non-residents. There is a $6 additional cost for each daughter. Sponsors for the fourth annual father and daughter evening include Vincent Lighting Systems and Walgreens. For more information call the township at 5221410.

Jahnke said she was new to the area and was looking for a way to get involved in her new community. “I needed a way to meet my business neighbors,” Jahnke said. “There wasn’t anything like the network, so we created it and it’s been awesome.” The group meets the last Wednesday of the month, usually over lunch at various locations.

“We also meet in the mornings three times a year for people who can’t make the afternoon meetings,” Flamm said. “The meetings are about an hour and a great way to network, find out what’s happening and how we can help one another. “The network is just a great resource for everyone.” For more information, call Flamm at 522-1410.

inated. The state also eliminated the tangible personal property tax reimbursements which, coupled with lower property valuations, will cost the fire department $200,000 in revenues this year. Full-time firefighters and paramedics agreed to give up a 2.7 percent salary increase that was part of a previously agreed to contract. They renegotiated that contract and agreed to a salary freeze for the next three years. The salary concessions,

along with other contract changes in overtime and insurance, will save more than $100,000 during the next three years, Hinnenkamp said. The last fire levy was passed in 2001 and was expected to last five years. Along with the fire levy, the State of the Township forum also will include updated information on township finances and plans for the future. For more information or toregistertoattend,call5221410.

graders about graduating,” he said. “It was kind of scary going up and asking them if I could interview them, but it was fun.” Zane Reeb, 10, opted to interview teachers about their pet peeves. “It was kind of odd asking teachers questions if it wasn’t your teacher, but I

learned that we should know their peeves so we don’t do them,” Reeb said. “It might make them made and you don’t want that.” Zinser said the Catholic Schools Week celebration also included a canned food drive, clash clothing day and an afternoon of board games.

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Winton Woods Middle School Principal Lisa Votaw and physical education teacher Derek Christerson are looking forward to students getting to use the new exercise equipment the school recieved via donation from the Forest Park Fitworks.

Nineteen employees from Procter & Gamble served as volunteers at Wesley Community Services Meals-On-Wheels distribution center recently. Volunteers assembled 1,852 snow meals consisting of assorted soups, juices and snack treats to be delivered to about 900 clients. “Under normal circumstances our Meals-OnWheels clients receive meals like Italian chicken with vegetables, salisbury steak with carrots and green beans, and pork ribs with stuffing and diced

The volunteers exbeets. And, to compliment every meal, bread, juice, pressed three “great” milk, side snacks and des- points for volunteering: sert are included,” ex- we had a great time helpplained Steven Smookler, ing Wesley Community executive director, Wesley Community Services. We Gladly “Each Meals-OnAccept Wheels client received Food Stamps two meals to safely store in their pantry. Advance planning for nutritious snow meal delivery en- 2003 W. Galbraith Rd. sures our clients never go hungry,” stated Rev. SteMon-Fri 9-6:00 phanie Tunison, chief exSat. 9-5 • Sun 10-2 ecutive officer, Wesley Services Organization, Center Cut parent organization for Wesley Community Services.



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The Forest Park Fitworks is newly renovated, and Winton Woods Middle School is reaping the benefits. Fitworks donated about $30,000 worth of exercise equipment to the school after the fitness center completed a recent renovation. Derek Christerson, health and physical education teacher at the middle school, said he saw a previous article about the Fitworks renovation in the Hilltop Press and wrote the company about a possible donation for the school. The nine exercise pieces is meant to offer a full body workout when used in succession. He said the school’s current exercise room holds old machines that “are slowly breaking.” Jamie Taylor, general manager at Fitworks, said the company routinely donates equipment it no longer needs to local schools.

Principal Lisa Votaw said she was pleased the middle school was able to acquire the exercise equipment. She said the school historically gets “hand-medowns” from the high school, but the students “deserve” to get the used equipment that they’ll get plenty of use out of. “This is all for them,” she said. Along with the equipment, the school also had the delivery of the items donated by Planes Logistics. Votaw said new carpeting for the exercise room was donated by Nice Carpet and resident Jeff Hansee will donate time and materials to renovate the room that will house the new equipment. The Fitworks renovation was completed before the Jan. 18 grand opening celebration. The project included a new personal training room and free weight area. The interior was reorganized and work was done to the exterior of the building.

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munities are on track to have their action plans developed by February. "As most of us know, obesity and tobacco are threats to health in our area," according to Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner, Tim Ingram. "Not only have these communities received grants and adopted resolutions to make healthy changes, but our staff will work individually with community representatives to implement their plans. WeThrive! is an initiative we’d like more communities in Hamilton County to embrace for the overall health of the County," Ingram added. Communities interested in learning about the wellness resolutions and becoming WeThrive! Communities should contact Tonya Key at 513-9467951 for more information. For more information, go to or follow WeThrive! on Facebook and Twitter at WatchUsThrive.

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The following students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Freshmen 4.0 honor roll: Jared Beierdsdorfer and Kendra Jackson. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Autumn Adams, Ryan Capal, Keria Cunningham, Sarai Dean, Xingming Deng, Jazmine S. Edwards, Precious Hasan, Kai Huang, Joshua Kerobo, Yoo Kim, Alexander Kuhn, Veneicia Lee, Magaly Madrigal, Auna’y Miller, Ashley Nightingale, Irene Onianwa, Hayley Perkins, Jordan Randolph, Aniesia SearsStephens, Alexander Simon, Matthew Smith, Chantelle Thompson and Lewis Wolke. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Usamah Ali, Jodi Allen, Kevin Austin, Misael Barcelona, Paris Bell Brown, Matthew Berte, Emmanuel Boateng, Amberly Boyd, Dashana Bradley, Tyjaye Capell, Stormy Caudill, Danchelle Fain, Tosh Ferguson, William Germany, Lauren Harvey, Tariq Hill, Maria Holt, Justin Kerobo, Kassidy Kozinski, Jackson Kramer, Chaz Lumpkin, Christian Lumpkin, Ni’Yana Madaris, Jenica McGee, Chiara Meier, Rodane Miller, Kyler Murrell, Khadijah Palmer, Sydney Reid, E’Yonni Tompkins, Lynard Turner, Sequoia Washington, Darnell Williams, Joseph Wilson and Tyler Woodall.

Sophomores 4.0 honor roll: Ian Buettner, Jordan Leary, Lewis Parker, Ayana Phelps and Anthony Thompson. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Eric Behrendt, Courtney Carr, Rebecca Day, Miguel Garcia, Kenae Greer, Danielle James, Ramone Jones, Ernest Ofori, Emma Peiser, Myah Revis, Daniel Robinson, Cierra Scott, Martin Stallworth, Phillip Wolke and Tecora Yisrael. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Alexis Bernal, Darius Campbell, Oliver Contreras, Carla Cora, Brittney Crumpton, Cameron DaySuggs, Deshonna Douglas, Jazmin Edwards, Jordann Edwards, Kayla Fields, Jerrell Foster, Miles Goff, Antonia Hinkston, Allison Holtman, Sahara Horne, Iyanla Irby, Jordan Irby, Tyra James, Dana Jetter, Gabrielle Johnson, Martin Jones, Janelle Lee, Jaelen Lewis, Mari Martinez Lugo, Zeajiah Mooney, Hannah Moore, Tabitha Myrick, Devon Parker, Jacob Rengers, Javarra Richardson, Demetria Sears, Kirby Simpson, Aaron Smith, Logan Thompson, Blair Tidwell, Kayla Upthegrove, Courtney Vaughn, D’Zrae Wakefield and Kiara White.

Juniors 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Taylor Baird, Brianna Chenault, Sarah Drees, Stacia Hackmann, Ontario Kinsey, Ahou Koala, Emeral Lyles, Marie-Claire Muxfeldt, April Otto, Martha Pande, Katie Schmittou, Chelsea Terry, Xavier Vines, Jalen Walker, Shanice Wiechman and Abagail Yeboah. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Maurice Allen, Braylyn Bell, Tiasia Cockrell, Makayla Conners, Terrell Cooper, Blake Howard, Sean Jetter, Jasmine Jones, Taylor Kinley, Patricia Layne, Eric Marshall, Errienna McKenzie, Sabrina Mercer, Kamaria Milton, Azell Mitchell, Timothy Moss, Ryan Murray, Tosha Oliver, Jakoi Owens, Donisha Ramsey, Jazmine Samano, Aleithea Sims, Ashley Smith, Breanna Springer, Alexandria Strupe, Rashad Sylvester and Cassandra Yery.

Seniors 4.0 honor roll: Chanel Stokes and Justin Taylor. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Anthony Boateng, Jaleshia Brown, Dorian Campbell, Francis Gyau, Gideon Gyebi, Haleigh Holtman, Aaron Kemper, Miles Mack, Harrison Reid, Kayla Rogers, Imani Rugless, Caleb Simpson, Andrew Topits and Janelle Tucker. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Paige Allen, Heaven Anderson, Kamari Barnes-Cobb, Emily Cleary, Deasia Cochran, Latreasure Davis, Princess Dean, Michael Durrah, Samantha Fishwick, Curtis Galloway, Diego Garcia, Sydni Grimes, Kakeyla Henderson, Emil Howard, Desmond Hutchinson, Adrianna Ivory, Marcus Jackson, Mychael Jefferson, Ashley McKenzie, Aisha Ouattara, Derrick Ramsey, Kelsey Randall, Samuel Rocklin, David Sekyere, Kevin Sherman, Sandford Tubbs and Gary Underwood.

Vocational students 4.0 honor roll: Neisha Hamm and Olivia Nightingale. 3.50-3.99 honor roll: Analeeza Baron, Jamila Dawson, Meybelline Flores Lobos, Allyson Highlander, Korrie Hunter, Irene Hutchinson, Tyler Jackson, Mariah McElroy, Christian Mendoza, Dejha Smith, Keianna Springer, Tamara Stewart and Darren Welcher. 3.00-3.49 honor roll: Katelin Allen, Alexander Landrum, Jae’Quan Lindsay, Jaz’mine Longmire, Colton Mullett, Regina Pande, Dasia Raglin, Jakena Shurn, Tyaijah Thompson, Kaelin Washington and Tiana Wilson.

Bomber gets perfect ACT score

One of 704 in nation to have a score of 36

St. Xavier High School’s Alexander Bailey achieved a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. The junior – who goes by Xeny – took the test in early December, though it wasn’t his first time. “I actually took it in middle school as part of an academic talent search program,” he said. “I thought I might do well, but I never expected a perfect score.” Bailey also scored a perfect 1,600 on the math and language portions of the SAT test, another standardized college exam he took in November. (He scored better than a 700 on the writing portion of the three-part test). In addition to his academic gifts, Xeny has played tennis for two years and been part of the XMen chorus. He participates in community service by way of Saturday morning work at the Freestore Foodbank. According to a letter Bailey received from ACT CEO Jon Whitmore, “On average less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takes earn the top score. Among the high school graduating class of 2011, more than 1.6 million graduates took the ACT. Of that number, just 704 earned a score of 36. “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.” “We’re proud of Alexander for this ac-

St. Xavier High School Principal Dave Mueller (1972), left, and guidance counselor Angela Harger, right, congratulate St. X junior Xeny Bailey on his perfect ACT score. THANKS TO MARK MOTZ.

complishment and grateful for the glow that his accomplishment gives to St. Xavier,” said St. X Principal Dave Mueller (1972). Bailey joins a trio of fellow Bombers who recently earned perfect ACT scores. Doug Kirkpatrick (2011), Max Riestenberg (2011)

and Ryan Welch (2012), each scored 36 on the ACT last school year. “I think that speaks very well of the education you get at St. X,” Bailey said. “To have that many perfect scores in one place says a lot.” Xeny is the son of Mark and Pam Bailey.


The following students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Freshmen First honors: Maria Anderson, Morgan Bailey, Tristyn Boner, Alexandra Busker, Caitlin Buttry, Ashley Colbert, Malina Creighton, Janna Deyhle, Mary Dickman, Jodi Duccilli, Haillie Erhardt, Elena Ferancy, Michelle Fohl, Samantha Girdler, Carrie Gordon, Angelique Groh, Victoria Hemsath, Ashley Hill, Margaret Kammerer, Megan Kerth, Margaret Mahoney, Olivia Masuck, Caitlin McGarvey, Anna McGhee, Haley Michel, Amanda Ozolins, Elaine Platt, Sydney Pleasants, Megan Quattrone, Melissa Rapien, Katherine Rodriguez, Mallory Schmitt, Lyndsey Schmucker, Elizabeth Schultz, Claire Sillies, Olivia Spampinato, Mallory Telles and Eva Weber. Second honors: Jodie Anneken, Megan Archdeacon, Jessica Arling, Monica Bartler, Martha Bates, Emma Bedan, Julia Beitz, Abigail Benintendi, Anna Bollin, Alicia Brill, Gabrielle Brown, Rachel Budke, Nicole Caldwell, Sarah Campbell, Nicole Capodagli, Kiomara Carballada, Sarah Crail, Megan Davish, Amanda Deller, Molly Doran, Sarah Dreyer, Samantha Duwel, Sarah Erb, Bailey Ernst, Abigail Evans, Julia Fahey, Megan Gillespie, Abigail Gourley, Jessica Gutzwiller, Kayla Hartley, Morgan Hennard, Maria Hughes, Angela Kerth, Maria Koenig, Mildred-Marie Munlin, Lindsey Ollier, Sara Peyton, McKenzie Pfeifer, Emma Pierani, Emily Popp, Krista Reiff, Caitlin Rieman, Jennifer Roelker, Lauren Roll, Olivia Roll, Rachel Rothan, Megan Rutz, Allie Schindler, Rachael Schmitt, Brooke Smith, Claire Tankersley, Hanna Thomas, Emily Threm, Annie Vehr, Erika Ventura, Jessica Ventura, Morgan Wells, Sharon Witzgall and Megan Yeley.

Bubenhofer, Anna Buczkowski, Brianna Burck, Katelyn Burkhart, Taylor Buttelwerth, Caitlin Camardo, Kristen Clark, Laura Conley, Alycia Cox, Gabrielle Dangel, Madeline Drexelius, Grace Folz, Taylor Gelhausen, Stephanie Glassmeyer, Madyson Goist, Erin Harrington, Carly Hellmann, Laura Hils, Julia Hoffmann, Lindsey Kauffman, Emily Klensch, Emily Knollman, Mackenzie Koenig, Elizabeth Kummer, Danielle Maraan, Michelle Maraan, Holly Michel, Natalie Miranda, Jennifer Moeller, Gabrielle Mooney, Alison Moore, Veronica Murray, Erin Nauman, Leah Obert, Emma O'Connor, Kathryn Olding, Megan Packer, Carrie Raterman, Alexandra Rauf, Anna Rentschler, Emily Richter, Margaret Roettker, Sydney Rosselot, Abby Schindler, Daniela Schulten, Madison Sillies, Meghan Sontag, Rachel Spade, Carly Speed, Emily Strong, Keirstin Thompson, Tiffany Turley, Megan Volker, Katherine Weierman and Allyson Zeigler.

Juniors First honors: Amber Bahrani, Alexis Bierbaum, Whitney Bishop, Brooklyn Bonomini, Samantha Brock, Allison Cimino, Madeline Crase, Desiree Dick, Megan Dollenmeyer, Christina Farwick, Maria Fiore, Brittany Fishburn, Meghan Goldick, Marisa Grimes, Courtney Haverbusch, Sydney Jung, Abbey Meister, Emily Meyer, Julie Mullins, Kelly Neeb, Samantha Nissen, Katherine Orth, Emily Paul, Danielle Reynolds, Anna Rothan,

Olivia Schaefer, Olivia Schmitt, Amanda Schrand, Emily Schute, Emily Schwartz, Brittney Sheldon, Brenna Silber, Kaitlyn Sterwerf, Sarah Stevens, Jordyn Thiery, Hannah Toberman, Kelsey Voit, Cara Walden, Lauren Wilke, Elizabeth Witzgall and Megan Zelasko. Second honors: Elyssa Anderson, Taylor Baston, Brooke Bigner, Samantha Billinghurst, Taylor Bove, Katherine Branscum, Elizabeth Bren, Olivia Browning, Jessica Bushman, MaryKathleen Carraher, Abigail Chaulk, Olivia Conley, Rebecca Davis, Diane Dole, Abigail Doyle, Amanda Dreyer, Mollie Effler, Margaret Egbers, Jamie Ertel, Caitlin Ginn, Elizabeth Giuliano, Jordan Heller, Molly Hennard, Victoria Hostiuck, Jena Huber, Emma Jenkins, Jamaya Johnson, Celina Junker, Elizabeth Lawson, Hannah Marovich, Jordann McNamara, Avery Menke, Selah Meyer, Allison Moning, Katelyn Muench, Jamie Mushrush, Rachael Oakley, Olivia Otting, Judith Pearce, Holly Petrocelli, Rachel Pierani, Taylor Pifher, Carol Ratterman, Paige Rinear, Christine Ruhe, Jessica Sandhas, Allison Sansone, Allison Schuler, Jessica Schulte, Rebecca Slageter, Gabby Stepaniak, Megan Suer, Mary Taphorn, Claire Tonnis and Andrea Trach.

Seniors First honors: Stephanie Ambach, Julie Arnold, Gabrielle Bolin, Cayla Brakers, Stephanie Dailey, Jessica Ellert, Nicole Emig, Kelsey Gibboney,

Lisa Hellkamp, Erin Hennard, Kaitlyn Holley, Abigail Krabacher, Sara Krueger, Kayla Orso, Abby Osborne, Kelly O'Shaughnessy, Danielle Pfeifer, Sarah Pierce, Samantha Rack, Joey Sabelhaus, Abigail Thiemann, Cara Vordenberge, Erika Wagner, Zoe Widmer and Sarah Workman Second honors: Kristin Alverson, Katarina Anhofer, Samantha Ballway, Emily Bates, Emily Brandt, Sarah Brandt, Megan Brenner, T. Mackenzie Bryant, Sarah Buescher, Courtney Campbell, Jordan Chard, Rachel Clark, Jillian Craig, Alison Deitsch, Hailey Deyhle, Haley Donovan, Jenna Foppe, Abigail Forry, Alodie Girmann, Emily Goddard, Olivia Grieszmer, Cassondra Gutwein, Ellana Hagedorn, Kelsey Heusmann, Danielle Holley, Jessica Homer, Olivia Jester, Jessica Kerr, Elizabeth Kibler, Paige Kranbuhl, Christine Kristof, Emily Lewinski, Cassandra Lindeman, Jennifer Lipps, Sara Masur, Allison Miller, Kayla Morton, Alexis Obach, Shannon O'Connell, Bailey Pearce, Laney Pierani, Molly Pierani, Haley Poli, Julie Prendergast, Amber Raterman, Samantha Reid, Danielle Ripperger, Emilee Rumke, Brooke Sabatelli, Cassidy Sanders, Melissa Scherpenberg, Leah Schmidt, Danielle Seiter, Alaina Silber, Madelynn Sillies, Jessica Skitt, Sidney Stacy, Marie Stevenot, Abigail Tanner, Jenna Taylor, Cara Unger, JoHannah Ungruhe, Malia Wenning, Rebekah West, Megan Williams, Mariana Wolf and Bria Wyatt.


Sophomores First honors: Bradie Anderson, Abigail Ball, Emily Benintendi, Jessica Bloemer, Sydney Brown, Lauren Campbell, Jessica Conway, Kerrie Dailey, Kaitlin Delape, Danielle DiLonardo, Annalise Eckhoff, Candisse Fejer, Alyssa Fulks, Megan Fulton, Hannah Geckle, Annamarie Helpling, Olivia Justice, Margaret Keller, Kierra Klein, Clare Knecht, Madison Knecht, Rachel Koize, Nicole Kuchenbuch, Mariah Lonneman, Abigail Meeks, Cara Molulon, Megan Mulvaney, Julia Newsom, Heather Oberjohann, Lauren Odioso, Elaine Parsons, Brianna Poli, Courtney Pomfrey, Holly Rack, Jillian Rapien, Mariah Robinson, Lynn Schutte, Paige Scott, Madeline Staubach, Ellen Steinmetz, Emma Webb, Madison Woodard and Amanda Ziegler. Second honors: Kaitlin Baum, Jessica Beal, Erin Belanger, Shannon

Vincent, left, and Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates visited Winton Woods Elementary School recently to share their stories of perseverance and overcoming obstacles to achieve their success. They talked to students about the importance of hard work and dedication to meet your goals and be successful. Vincent is a coach in the Pirates organization and Josh, a standout at University of Cincinnati, was promoted to the Major Leagues two years ago. Their mother, Bonita Harrison, works for Winton Woods City Schools. PROVIDED.





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Stallings has eyes set on state Senior working on all aspects of match By Tom Skeen

MT. HEALTHY — The spotlight is on Mount Healthy senior wrestler Perry Stallings this season. With a 22-1 record through Jan. 26, the senior looks to eclipse his personal best - the sectional tournament - and go to state. “I feel like I can go to state this year,” Stallings said. “With the coaches I have, my teammates and the way I’ve been wrestling, I don’t think anybody can stop me from reaching state this season.” Stallings has won the Edgewood and Norwood Invitationals while taking second-place at the Sycamore Invitational at the 132-

pound weight class. At Sycamore, Stallings lost to Corey Ahern from Ryle, who finished seventh at the Kentucky state wrestling tournament in 2011. “Perry can advance as far as he wants to go,” coach Joe Dixon said. “He’s proven himself on the mat and an example of that was at the Sycamore tournament. He can handle the best guys in his weight class. All his eggs are in his basket for this year.” Eleven of his 22 wins this season are by pin. According to Dixon, Stallings has always been excellent with his takedowns but has really worked hard on his defense and trying to get himself in better positions where he can score, which is a position you always want to be in on the mat. “I have just been mentally preparing myself before a match

Mount Healthy senior Perry Stallings is 22-1 on the season and dominated Withrow’s Justin Frost via technical fall 18-2 Jan. 25. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

this season,” Stallings said. “I am working hard and I am practicing the day before a match.” Along with working on technique and the mental part of the game, Dixon has been working

with Stallings to prepare his body for a full season of wrestling. “I’ve dealt a lot with preparation and getting his body ready for a full season,” Dixon said. “This year has been a year where

Warriors keep up the success

Winton Woods junior Trent Donald leads the Warriors in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The junior is in his first season with the Warriors after transferring from Woodward. GREG LORING/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Seniors help bring young players along By Tom Skeen

FOREST PARK — It’s been another successful season to this point for the Winton Woods Warriors. What makes this year different? They are doing it with a roster full of sophomores and juniors. With just two seniors, coach Donnie Gillespie hasn’t had to change the way he coaches his team. “I didn’t have to alter anything,” the ninth-year coach said. “The seniors have done an exceptional job, and I think some of them had an out-of-body experience in doing things that they didn’t know they could. They have done a great job in getting the younger guys to play really well.”

One of those seniors is Zach McCorkle. He is the team’s third-leading scorer at 11.8 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds with 6.7 a game. Also, McCorkle is first in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in field-goal percentage at 63 percent. “He is the most coachable kid I’ve ever had,” Gillespie said. “He is just a joy to be around and he wants to get better, so that ability to be coachable has done him wonders for his progression over his four years here.” Sitting at 11-3 (7-1 FAVC), the Warriors lead the FAVC West by a game over Northwest and Ross. The Warriors defeated Ross 54-50 earlier this season, but suffered a key loss to Northwest Jan. 24 to fall into a tie with the Rams. “We are in a good position

he’s had to really focus and get his body ready.” The team captain, who leads his team in pre-game warm-ups and in getting his team fired up before a match, is happy with his performance to this point but like many athletes, Stallings believes he has room for improvement. “I thought I could have done better at times,” the senior said. “I could improve on working the bottom position, but to this point I’ve had an excellent season.” Along with Stallings, Dixon believes his wrestler can go as far as the state tournament, but there are smaller goals to achieve along the way. “For him to win the FAVC West is goal No. 1, he has to take care of that,” Dixon said. “After that he can go as far as he wants. He has the potential and ability to do so.”

right now,” Gillespie said. “We overcame some early learning curves for our young talent. Our chemistry is coming together, and we are starting to come into our own.” A big reason for the success

this season is the play of junior Trent Donald. Donald is in his first year at Winton Woods after transferring from Woodward. He is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.8 a game, and the leading scorer with 16 per contest.

“(Donald) has done well adjusting to the way we do things here at Winton Woods,” Gillespie said. “His adjustment period has been quicker than we thought, and he has done an exceptional job bringing in big talent and he is a good kid.” With the regular season winding down and the Warriors in a battle for the top spot in the FAVC West, Gillespie knows his team can make a run if the guys put the work in. “We are at a point where if we continue to progress, the sky is the limit,” Gillespie said. “It is really whatever they want to get out of it, but if they continue to do what they do, the sky is the limit. We have to continue to progress and get better.” With the departure of just two players and the teams top two scorers returning, the future is once again bright in Warrior land. “It’s a good thing when you can almost reload instead of rebuild,” Gillespie said. “This team is understanding a lot and that will help them for the future. Right now though, they aren’t worrying about next year, but they do know they have a good nucleus coming back.”


Boys basketball

» St. Xavier lost a tough double overtime contest to Turpin 7372, Jan. 21. Junior Ben Carroll led the Bombers with 19 points. The Bombers lost 58-49 to Alter Jan. 24. Carroll led with 11 points. La Salle dropped the Bombers 39-22, Jan. 27. Junior Alex Blink led St. X with eight points. » Winton Woods was upset by Northwest 76-64, Jan. 24. Junior Ronnie Rousseau led the Warriors with 21 points. Winton Woods regained the top spot atop the FAVC West after a 49-39 victory over Ross Jan. 27. Ronnie Rousseau and Kwan Cheatham led the Warriors with 13 points. » Finneytown hammered Mariemont 64-47, Jan. 24. Senior Tyrin Warner led the Wildcats with 19 points. » North College Hill defeated Clark 62-56, Jan. 20. Jamal Ivery

had 21 points. NCH knocked off CHCA 7039, Jan. 24. Ivery scored17 points.

Girls basketball

» Mount Healthy upset Winton Woods 42-41, Jan. 21. It was the Lady Warriors’ first loss of the season. The Lady Warriors bounced back with a 58-48 victory over Talawanda Jan. 25. Senior Chanel Stokes finished with 21 points. » Finneytown was edged out by Taylor 41-37, Jan. 21. Senior Inez Stewart led the Wildcats with 12 points. The Wildcats were crushed by Summit Country Day 69-40, Jan. 23. Stewart led the Wildcats again with 19 points. Reading knocked off Finneytown 59-51, Jan. 25. Again, Stewart led the Wildcats with 22 points. » Aiken was hammered by Amelia 57-23, Jan. 24. Senior Kady Falls finished with 11 points. The Falcons were crushed again, this time by Cincinnati Country Day 58-21, Jan. 26. Kady

Falls led the Falcons with 10 points. » North College Hill defeated St. Bernard 48-42, Jan. 21. Kalin Williams led with 12 points. » McAuley defeated Mount Notre Dame 38-32, Jan. 24. Melissa Scherpenberg led the Mohawks with nine points.

Boys bowling

» Mount Healthy placed seventh at the Lancer Baker Bash Jan. 21. The Owls hammered Norwood 2,469-1,719, Jan. 25. Senior D.J. Wade rolled the high series with a 413. The Owls edged out Colerain 2,457-2,454, Jan. 26. Freshman Ben Naber rolled a 396 series. » Winton Woods lost to Northwest 2,682-1,946, Jan. 23. Sophomore Erik Hamilton led the Warriors with a 319 series. The Warriors were victorious 1,811-1,785 over Norwood Jan. 26. Senior Shawn Tubbs rolled a 352 series. » La Salle knocked off Moeller 2,685-2,595, Jan. 26. Senior Bran-

don Merz had a 413 high series for the Lancers. » Roger Bacon beat McNicholas 2,494-2,256, Jan. 24. Senior Nate Frock had the Spartans’ high series with a 398. » St. Xavier knocked off Elder 2,655-2,597, Jan. 26. Senior Alex Huber rolled a 375 series for the Bombers. The Bombers defeated Hamilton 2,638-2,537, Jan. 27. Sophomore Matt Huber rolled a 375 series to lead St. X.

Girls bowling

» Mount Healthy finished 11th at the Lancer Baker Bash Jan. 21. The Lady Owls were defeated by Harrison Jan. 23, 2,738-2,266. Mount Healthy knocked off Norwood 1,881-1,496, Jan. 25. Senior Emily Bass rolled a 322 series. Colerain beat the Lady Owls 2,357-2,012, Jan. 26. » Winton Woods lost to Northwest 2,284-1,734, Jan. 23. Junior Jasmine Daniels led the Lady Warriors with a 405 series. Winton Woods got by Norwood 1,764-1,377, Jan. 26. Daniels led

the Warriors with a 322 series. » McAuley defeated Seton 2,514-2,364, Jan. 24. Senior Alyssa Estep had the high series, 419.


» At the Wyoming Duals Jan. 21, Mount Healthy finished third after knocking off Clermont Northeastern 45-15. Finneytown was ninth after defeated Norwood 19-18. » Winton Woods placed fifth at the Loveland Duals after defeating Kings 42-27, Jan. 21. » St. Xavier knocked off Elder 45-30, Jan. 21. The Bombers were victorious in eight matches. The Bombers were hammered by Moeller 55-3, Jan. 27. Their lone victory was by Simean Lane in the 285-pound division. » La Salle’s Max Byrd took first place at the Maumee Bay Classic, Jan. 22 in the 120-pound division.


» Finneytown’s Morgan Danyi finished fifth at the SUAUA Diving Invitational Jan. 25.


Help needed

November 2003 was the last time Mount Healthy voters approved a levy to increase funds for operating the Mount Healthy City School District. During those eightplus years there has been a decrease in revenue from both state and federal sources, and now the district’s financial stability is challenged. Much of its revenue comes from local property owners and the district respects that relationship. Taxpayers help us accomplish our mission. Over the past eight years we have contracted cleaning services; participated in purchasing groups that lower the cost of medical benefits, supplies and materials; closed and consolidated buildings; implemented a 0 percent increase in employee salary compensation; and eliminated 143 positions through attrition, layoffs, and contracted services. We are proud of the effort of our district leaders to save money and be cost-effective. Despite cost-saving efforts, expenses now exceed our income. To balance the budget we need additional local tax revenue, or deeper and more significant cuts will be implemented.

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I ask you to support the Mount Healthy School levy on Tuesday, March 6. I urge you to use your voice and influence to lead others to support the school district tax levy. The school district needs your help Merv Snider Elementary band teacher South Elementary School


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HEMI seeks mentors for foster children Moira Weir COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST

Since the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative began in 2009, 100 percent of the foster children paired with a mentor have graduated high school. Most are successfully at-

tending college. Considering that nationally less than 60 percent of foster children complete high school and only 3 percent earn college degrees, the success of HEMI to date is nothing short of amazing. The success can be attributed directly to the most important part of HEMI: the 37 mentors who make time each week to guide, encourage and befriend the foster children in the program. But in order to continue its success, HEMI needs your help. As HEMI enters its third year, the

program is looking for additional volunteers willing to devote a couple hours each week to mentor a foster child. Most of us cannot imagine the obstacles foster children face. Access to housing, employment and basic life skills are always challenging for foster children as they leave the foster care system. Most are forced to be self-sufficient at an extremely young age. In 2009, Commissioner Greg Hartmann assembled a partnership between Hamilton County, Job and Family Services, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Great Oaks to address this need and HEMI was formed. Each year, HEMI couples mentors with juniors or seniors in high school about to “age-out” of the foster care system. Many foster children have never had a serious conversation about higher education. The mentor’s goal is to expose the foster child to the possibility of higher education

and actively encourage the student through each step. Mentors commit to at least two hours of personal interaction each week with their student. Once a month, they attend a HEMI social activity. They are also expected to be available via telephone, email, texting, etc. The most effective mentors are able to engage in a relationship based on trust and understanding. Becoming a mentor is a longterm commitment, but by helping a student achieve his or her educational goals, you can make an unimaginable difference. For more information, please call Program Coordinator Annie Schellinger at 513-556-4368 or email Moira Weir was appointed director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services after a career with the agency that started in 1993 as a social worker in Children's Services. She is a Hyde Park resident.


Dogs are friends – but be careful Dogs are man’s best friend. They are wonderful family companions, and can help teach children about responsibility. But even the sweetest dog can occasionally bite, and several million dog bite injuries occur in this country every year. Children are more often bitten than adults, and most are bitten by a dog Teresa Esterle know. COMMUNITY PRESS they GUEST COLUMNIST Some simple interventions can help prevent these injuries and their consequences. There are many facets to being a responsible pet owner. When choosing a breed of dog, speak with a vet about the right dog for your family and living situation. Some are more likely to bite than others, and should probably not be around very young children. Take your time in getting to know a dog before you select it for your family. Dogs that are healthy, obedience-trained and exercised are less likely to bite. Take your dog to the vet to get the appropriate shots, and to have it spayed or neutered. License your pet and obey local leash laws. Be alert for any signs of illness or change in behavior. Even if you do not own a dog, it is important to teach your child how to be safe around them. All children should be taught not to approach strange dogs, or to reach through fences to try to pet them. Always ask a pet owner for permission before touching a dog. Let the dog see you and sniff you before petting it. Never tease an animal, and never disturb an animal that is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. Do not feed an animal with your fingers; instead, keep

a treat in your open palm. Never back an animal into a corner. If threatened by a dog, stay still and avoid eye contact. Never run toward or away from a dog. Try to remain calm until the animal leaves. If it attacks, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands. If you or your child is bitten, wash the wounds with soap and water and seek advice from your doctor as soon as possible. Bite victims may need stitches to close the wound, and tetanus boosters as well as medicines to prevent infection. Get as much information as you can about the dog and its owner. The health department must be notified of all dog bites so that they can ensure the dog has been vaccinated for rabies. If not, the dog must be monitored to determine whether the victim needs rabies shots. If your own dog bites someone, confine the dog immediately. Check with the vet to make sure the dog’s vaccinations are up to date, and ask for advice about the possible cause of the animal’s aggressive behavior. Victims of dog bites can suffer complications of the physical injuries, including fractures and infection. But often overlooked are the emotional wounds left by a dog attack. Many children develop post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression after dog bites, and it is critical to get them help dealing with these emotions so that they can have positive interactions with animals in the future. Spending time with a dog can be a rewarding experience. By following a few simple rules, you can make it a safe one, too! Teresa Esterle, M.D., is a board certified pediatrician at West Side Pediatrics. Esterle is also a member of the medical staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.



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Brandon Rader, left, won the St. Vivian School 2012 spelling bee. Miquela Givens was runner-up. PROVIDED.

Congress feigns phony session On Jan. 4, President Obama defied Republicans by appointing former Ohio Attorney General, Richard Cordray as the first ever consumer advocate and watchdog for the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In addition, the president named three appointees to the Richard National Labor Schwab Relations COMMUNITY PRESS Board. GUEST COLUMNIST All four were recess appointments. Why did Congress fail to approve any of these nominations? The simple answer is they don't want the CFPB or the NLRB to function. The Republicans didn't like the legislation that passed into law the CFPB and the NLRB, so why would they approve individuals appointed to head these agencies?

Citibank and the Chamber of Commerce, etc ... have had lobbyists at work reminding Republicans who finances their campaigns. So taking their marching orders, the Republicans have chosen to obstruct. The CFPB and NLRB are agencies created by law. The president is the chief executive charged by the Constitution with carrying out the laws of the land. In an attempt to prevent the president from his Constitutional right to appoint people during a recess, Congress goes into a makebelieve, pro forma session. All are out of town, everyone agrees for weeks on end, no work is going to get done. And, they are just going to have somebody gavel to order and then gavel closed a couple of minutes later. What a sham. Presidents since George Washington have made recess appointments. President Bill Clinton made 139 recess appointments, and President George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments.

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Recess appointments are authorized by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. On Jan. 6, the Justice Department backed President Obama's recess appointments. Their opinion was that in the context of the convening of periodic pro forma sessions in which no business is to be conducted, "the president has discretion to conclude that the Senate is unavailable to perform its advise-and-consent function and to exercise his power to make recess appointments." The president has come to the conclusion that he's not going to get anything out of this Congress. Republicans pretend to want to help out and work in a bipartisan way. They really don't want to. It’s just another masquerade. Richard O. Schwab was formerly associate head of school, and middle school head, Cincinnati Country Day School. He is currently neighborhood team leader, Glendale Organizing For America Community Team (

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Colerain Township resident Steve Vogerl curves the body of his goose with careful shaving away of the wood.


Ken Borchelt, Colerain Township, checks his work during the Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild carving class.

Barb Marbut, Miami Township, sands her piece in class. The Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild offered carving seminars through the park district last week.



Wayne Schwegel shapes the neck of the wooden goose he's carving during class.

Mark Lawson of North College Hill works on his goose during class. He said his son bought him a set of knives for Christmas.

THE CARVERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CRAFT The Hamilton County Park District sponsored wood-carving classes at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve and students found the course inspiring. Lots of first-time carvers, according to instructor Mike Bobeck, a member of the Cincinnati Carvers Guild. The group members each carved a goose designed to peer over the edge of a shelf from American basswood. The Cincinnati Carvers Guild meets at Trin-

ity Evangelical Church, 1553 Kinney Ave. On the last Monday of the month, the group has a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by Show and Tell and a program. The group also has a monthly carve-in at the church at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Call 859431-5045 or 521-0059 for more information about the guild. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press

Marta Fryman, Miami Township, works on the curve of the neck on her shelf goose during class

Instructor Mike Bobeck offers some pointers to Barb Marbut, left, and Ruth Fox, right, both of Miami Township. The women were at a carving class offered by the Hamilton County Park District and the Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild.

Delhi Township resident Joyce Richter, left, and Jane Broering confer during their carving class at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve.

The progression from wooden blank to polished piece is evident here.

Carol Schwegel gets some pointers from Hamilton County Park Districr volunteer Wilbur Reis during wood carving classes in the Ellenwood Nature Barn at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 2 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7-8 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginner-level dance class open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes. With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township. Two-Step Dance Class, 8-9 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginnerlevel dance class is open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes.With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7 Dance Classes Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Springfield Township.

Stockpiling 101, 7-8 p.m., Groesbeck Branch Library, 2994 W. Galbraith Road, Learn how to strategically use coupons to build your stockpile. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4454; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, FEB. 3 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

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

On Stage - Theater War, 7-9 p.m., The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Play examines how aggression and violence permeates youth culture. Explores how four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability. Ages 11 and up. Part of Playhouse in the Park Entertainment Series. Free. Presented by Springfield Township. 5221410; playhouse.cfm. Finneytown.

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., Free. Through Dec. 29. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

On Stage - Theater

Jolin Polasek as Anne Boleyn and Jim Hopkins as King Henry VIII in William Shakespeare's "Henry VIII: All is True." Performances are Jan. 13-Feb. 5 at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. Tickets range from $14-$32 and are available online at or by calling the box office 381-2273. THANKS TO RICH SOFRANKO.

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of “War,” by Canadian playwright Dennis Foon, will perform at The Grove Banquet Hall, behind the Springfield Township Fire Station, 158 Winton Road. The show is open to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Admission is free and reservations are not required. “War” examines how aggression and violence permeate youth culture as four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability. According to Playhouse Director of Education Mark Lutwak, “ ‘War’ is a powerful and rich play that explores the ways in which boys use warfare as a metaphor for their lives: in sports, with their peers, in academics and in their relationships with others, particularly women. Contemporary ‘manhood training,’ as laid on young boys by popular culture, adults and peers, is wildly out of sorts with the kind of maturity that we expect and need from the our next generation. This play raises important questions that will be discussed long after the performance is over.” The playwright uses invented language to stand in for harsh slang, creating a poetic and highly theatrical experience. Performances will include a facilitated talkback to help students articulate and respond to the issues of the play. Greg Mallios (Shane), Aram Monisoff (Tommy), Carlos Saldaña (Brad), Ben Sullivan (Andy) and Lormarev C. Jones (Facilitator) from the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Intern Company will appear in “War.” Lutwak will direct. Other mem-

Caregivers Support Group, 3:30-5 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, For those who care for or supervise the frail, elderly or disabled. Family friendly. Free. 931-5777. Finneytown.



SUNDAY, FEB. 5 Support Groups

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Lunch and Learn, Noon-1 p.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Learn about topics on improving your health and wellness. Free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Literary - Libraries

Springfield Twp. hosts ‘War’

Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Cash bar. “NASCAR Knock-off.” Audience participation. Adults. Dinner at 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township. Northminster Fine Arts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Paintings, pottery, woodworking, photography, fiber arts and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from more than 40 artists from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Art available for purchase, with prices ranging from a few dollars to several hundred. Area high school students also showcase art. Free. 931-0243; Finneytown.

Seminars Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Weekly speakers advise job seekers on how to conduct an effective job search. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.


Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Aerobic class works cardiovascular system and includes strength training. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Hall. Join us for Awana Clubs with game time, memory verses, and bible study in personalized small groups and interactive large groups. Registration is completed on first night of attendance. Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7-8 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 6717219; Springfield Township. Two-Step Dance Class, 8-9 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

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The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Touring Company presents Dennis Foon's WAR. With, clockwise from top left, Ben Sullivan, Greg Mallios, Carlos Saldaña and Aram Monisoff. THANKS TO TONY ARRASMITH & ASSOCIATES.

bers of the production team include Veronica Bishop (set designer), Chad Phillips (costume designer), Sebastian Botzow (sound designer), Jonn Baca (fight director), Lormarev C. Jones (choreographer) and Sydney Kuhlman (stage manager). “War” is touring area middle and high schools through Feb. 19. For more information about the Playhouse's education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513/345-2242 or visit Playhouse in the Park's Off the Hill productions are made possible by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. ArtsWave Presents,a program bringing musicians, dancers, actors and artists from Cincinnati's arts organizations into neighborhoods for public performances, also provides support. This play contains mature content and may not be appropriate for children under the age of 11.

923-1700; Monfort Heights.

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Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6:30-7:30 p.m., College Hill Branch Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6036; College Hill.

Health / Wellness

Music - Blues

Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Gentle yoga designed to improve flexibility, circulation, balance, and overall strength and flexibility. Class combines basic yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. $6, first two classes free.

Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., With Tri-state blues artists. Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes

Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Religious - Community Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, 1210 Compton Road, Fellowship

Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6-7 p.m., Greenhills Branch Library, 7 Endicott St., Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4441; Greenhills.

Recreation Y WEEK Open House, 6-8 p.m., YMCA - Powel Crosley Jr. Branch, 9601 Winton Road, Balloon decorations, refreshments and information on various programs and activities. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 521-7112; Springfield Township.

The Love Experience, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Christian. Doors open 7 p.m. Includes dessert bar, house band and more. With B. Reith, Rawsrvnt and Mahogany Jones. $10, $7.50 two-pack (per ticket). 825-8200; Forest Park.

Recreation Y WEEK Open House, 7-9 p.m., Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Family Fun Fitness Night. Various activities. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 923-4466; Groesbeck.

a.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Learn hands-on techniques for creating change during upbeat and positive workshop for learning “magic†processes that help improve yourself and enhance your relationships. Led by Mel Hensey of Hensey Associates. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Through Feb. 18. 9315777. Finneytown.

Special Events Macy’s Arts Sampler, 10 a.m., Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Dance, theater, music and art. Featuring Linton Music’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions and Winter Wave Exhibit. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 522-3860; North College Hill. Macy’s Arts Sampler, 11:30 a.m., Contemporary Dance Theater, 1805 Larch Ave., Dance, theater, music and art. Series of short classes and mini-performances. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 591-1222; College Hill.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12 Dining Events Spaghetti Dinner, 4-7 p.m., McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Proceeds will help defray costs of the annual spring competition in Nashville, as well as the World Choir Games this summer. Entertainment, raffles and split-the-pot. Benefits Vocal ensemble. $7, $5 seniors and students, $4 ages 4 and under. 681-1800, ext. 2228; College Hill.

MONDAY, FEB. 13 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Home & Garden Gardening Seminar: Theme Gardens, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Ideas for new and innovative gardens as well as time-tested favorite styles. With White Oak Garden Center. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

Music - Blues


Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Religious - Community

Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 8259958. Springfield Township.

Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 2-3 p.m., Groesbeck Branch Library, 2994 W. Galbraith Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4454; Colerain Township.

Seminars Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

TUESDAY, FEB. 14 Dance Classes Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 929-2427. Springfield Township.

Music - Classical

Health / Wellness

Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Session, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Free ArtsWave sampler concert. Theme: Bim Bam Boom! What’s that sound? A percussion ensemble is in town! Children’s hands-on chamber music series for ages 2-6 and their families. Free Graeter’s cookies. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 381-6868; North College Hill.

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

On Stage - Theater


Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, "Death by Chocolate." $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes


Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township

How to Change Yourself and How to Change Others, 9-11

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 9231700; Monfort Heights. Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.



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St. X sponsors coat drive For the fifth straight year, St. Xavier High School – in conjunction with Mary Magdalene House downtown - will conduct a winter coat drive to benefit those in need. Collection boxes are set up at the school, 600 W. North Bend Road, in the alcove near the main entrance by the admissions office and in the Ellis Gym lobby. The drive runs through February and isn’t limited to coats. “Anything winter-related can be given – coats, gloves, hats, etc.,” said junior Mike Clark, part of the student leadership board conducting the drive. “The more stu-

dents and the St. Xavier community gives the better. The need is great and we could use all the support we can get.” Brother Jack Martin manages Mary Magdalene House, at 1223 Main Street in downtown Cincinnati. The ministry primarily provides showers and laundry service for the homeless. As he has done in years past, Mark Folzenlogen – father of 2011 graduate Dylan Folzenlogen – will donate the services of A-One Cleaners to dry clean all the coats and clothing before delivering it to Magdalene House.


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Four Girl Scout troops and their families served as volunteers at Wesley Community Services Meals-On-Wheels distribution center. The Girl Scouts assembled 1,000 boxes to carry items such as fresh fruit, juice, cookies, crackers, granola bars and cereal for local seniors. The Northstar District Girl Scout troops from Fairfield include: Troop 40288, Maryann Lorenz, Troop Leader; Troop 40630, Amy Scott, Troop Leader; Troop 40667, Patty Allen, Troop Leader; and Troop 48698, Sharon Stacy, Troop Leader. It was the vision of Kristin Lorenz, daughter of Troop Leader Maryann Lorenz, who chose Wesley Community Services as a service project to fulfill her requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. “I decided to pick Wesley Community Services as part of my Girl Scout Gold Award because I can remember a few years ago when my grandmother was receiving Meals-on-Wheels,” she said. “She always looked forward to the people who would come and bring her meals each day and just check up on her. I would be there from time to time when they would come and they were always so nice, and being younger, I would draw them pictures and help them bring things in. I know my

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Girl Scouts volunteering at Wesley Community Services were, from left, Sharon Stacy, Kyndle Stacy, Paige Landers, Sarah James all from Troop 46898. Patty Allen, Ebony Huffman, Jade Huffman, Tierra Buhrow, Carlisa Buhrow, Michelle Buhrow, Yvonna Freed, Abi Corrado all from Troop 40867. Elizabeth Allen from Troop 40286. Andrew Huffman Boy Scout Troop 984 and K. James Allen from Cub Scout Pack 969. Amy & Jessica Scott from Troop 40630. Kristin Lorenz, Mary Ann Lorenz, Bill Lorenz, Abby Cooper, Anna Kathman, and Cailtyn Creech from Troop 40288. PROVIDED. grandmother always enjoyed their time with her and their smiling faces each day. What better way to help give back to an organization that helped my Grandmother and so many others across our area.”

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By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award Kristin will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference both locally and globally. “Congratulations to Kristin and special

Norman and Betty Haubner of White Oak will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Feb. 8th. A Mass of thanksgiv ing will be said at St. James Church. Mr. Haubner served overseas for 30 months during World War II. He retired from Haubner Builders in 1986. His sons, third generation, continue the business. Mr. and Mrs. Haubner have six children - Jane Stehlen, Jim Haubner, Carol Hinrichs, Nancy Condra, Roy Haubner and Patti Shepard. They have 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family will come together to celebrate this special occasion and to honor this blessed couple.

Passages gallery will be exhibiting a group of young painters that are currently studying art at Northern Kentucky University. The exhibit – A State of Mind … Work by Upcoming Painters – will open with a reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the gallery, 1731 Goodman Ave, North College HIll. Perhaps the most daunting task of the young artist is to develop a voice by experimenting with a variety of media and conceptual possibilities. By collecting their work and bringing it to Passages, these young artists are presenting viewers with a view of where each one of them is beginning to carve out his or her individual visual vocabulary.

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cent de Paul,” said Liz Carter, executive director, St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. “Their service to their neighbors in need is a testament to the rich tradition of Catholic education in Cincinnati. By combining their efforts in honor of Catholic Schools Week, they make a great impact on the community and give hope to struggling families throughout our community.” “We are partnering with St. Vincent de Paul during Catholic Schools Week again this year as a way to celebrate our passion for, and dedication to, Catholic social teaching,” said Johanna Becker, director of campus ministry at Mother of Mercy High School. “We believe whole heartedly in deepening our students' understanding of the dignity of the hu-

man person and seeing Christ in all people, especially those who are in greatest need of basic resources.” There is an urgent need for men and children’s clothing and household items such as small appliances and linens. Alumni from local high schools and other residents who want to get involved and donate can visit an area St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Donation Center or call 513421-CARE to schedule a free pick-up. There are thrift store and donation center locations across Cincinnati including Colerain, Este Avenue, Evendale, Mason, Milford, Mount Washington and in Western Hills near Glenway Crossing. For hours and directions, visit

The Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists will hold its monthly meeting on at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Springfield Township Senior Center, 9158 Winton Road. The decorative arts group is a casual and fun organization that provides the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas with other artists who range in skill from beginner to advanced. Members, who come from the entire Tristate area, include a number of certified teachers with years of experience in oils, watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil. Many different art styles are represented from fine art to whimsical. The group sponsors painting classes, workshops and an annual painting retreat offsite. The class project after the February meeting features an acrylic Rosemaled snowflake ornament taught by Carol Cole of Terrace Park. New members, guests and the public are welcome at the meetings which are free. A fee is charged for


Arrests/citations Lauren A. Johnson, born 1985, falsification, 5800 Colerain Ave., Jan. 17. Paul M. Cohen, born 1985, 5371 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 18. Brandi L. Harris, born 1979, disorderly conduct, 2334 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 20. Steve Turley, born 1987, carrying contraband into a corrections facility, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug abuse, 1057 Wionna Ave., Jan. 22.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering 2264 Kipling Ave., Jan. 13. Burglary 1131 Cedar Ave., Jan. 13.

FOREST PARK Arrests/citations Todd Flannery, 41, 7 Fallon Lane, disorderly conduct at 1081 Smiley Ave., Jan. 7.

Incidents/reports Burglary Residence entered and fire safe and flat screen TV of unknown valued removed at 11650 Geneva Road, Jan. 5. Residence entered at 11380 Kenn Road, Jan. 6. Criminal damaging Mailbox damaged at 1021 Kemper Meadow , Jan. 5. Inducing panic Victim reported at 1231 W. Kemper Road, Jan. 5. Kidnapping Reported at 781 Hargrove Way, Jan. 6. Misuse of credit card Victim reported, Jan. 5. Theft Playstation 3 and change valued at $375 removed at 849 Cascade Road, Jan. 5.

GREENHILLS Arrests/citations Oscar Knight, 19, 11844 Woodvale Court, drug possession at Winton Road, Jan. 13. Crystal Flanagan, 22, 9724 Morrow Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated, resisting arrest, drug possession at Ireland Avenue, Jan. 22. Shawn Holden, 27, 1 Dewitt St., theft, obstructing official business at 1 Dewitt St., Jan. 22.

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Incidents/reports Arson Man reported vehicle set on fire at 7236 Park Ave., Jan. 21. Criminal mischief 7646 Clovernook Ave. man reported vehicle damaged at 8100 block of Hamilton Avenue, Jan. 17.

NORTH COLLEGE HILL Arrests/citations Matthew Pearson, 45, 1708 Waltham Ave., theft at 6800 block of Hamilton Avenue, Jan. 16. Two juveniles, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass at 1620 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 16. Aliette Sastoe, 45, 4699 Belmont Ave., theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 18. Harrison Miller, 63, 8250 Four Worlds Drive, drug paraphernalia at 8250 Four Worlds Drive, Jan. 19. Juvenile, assault at 1200 block of Prospect Place, Jan. 19. Two juveniles, assault at 6900 block of Grace Avenue, Jan. 19. Two juveniles, disorderly conduct at 6800 block of Betts Avenue, Jan. 20. Brandon Reid, 29, 6602 Simpson Ave., drug possession at 6602 Simpson Ave., Jan. 20.

Incidents/reports Criminal damaging Man reported vehicle damaged at 1487 Southridge Lane, Jan.

14. 7788 Clovernook Ave. woman reported vehicle damaged at 1500 block of Goodman Avenue, Jan. 16. Theft Woman reported garbage can stolen at 6711 Betts Ave., Jan. 17. Man reported recycling bin stolen at 2011 Dallas Ave., Jan. 18. Vandalism North College Hill Senior Center reported windows shattered at 1568 Goodman Ave., Jan. 16.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Deany Hampton, 27, 2323 Aquarius Drive, obstructing official business at 8600 block of Zodiac Drive, Jan. 10. Holly Cicci, 32, 154 Sherwood Drive, drug paraphernalia at 8500 block of Winton Road, Jan. 11. Andrea Brewsaukh, 30, 2350 W. Galbraith Road, drug paraphernalia at 8500 block of Winton Road, Jan. 11. Nicole Jordan, 42, 8862 Zodiac Drive, falsification, Jan. 17. Rufus Calvin, 55, 1579 Meredith Drive, domestic violence at 1500 block of Meredith Drive, Jan. 18. Robert Harris, 23, theft at 8200 block of Galbraith Pointe Lane, Jan. 18. Craig Carr, 23, assault at 1200 block of Aldrich Avenue, Jan. 18.

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Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 ............................................

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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".

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 2:00pm


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



“Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

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

Joshua Miller, 22, 640 Daniel Court, drug possession at Hamilton Avenue, Jan. 17. Donald Johnson, 34, 8557 Daly Road, obstructing official business at 7300 block of Elizabeth Street, Jan. 17. Denard Warnsley, 20, 2024 Carpenter Ave., drug possession at 7400 block of Clovernook Avenue, Jan. 19. Heather Siler, 20, 9202 Orangewood Drive, drug possession at

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Mt. Healthy Christian Church

More information can be found at, on Facebook at and at www.decorative for the national organization.

Evelyn Place Monuments

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 8580 Cheviot Rd., Colerain Twp 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor 9:30am Sunday School (all ages) 10:30am Sunday Morning Service 6:30pm Sunday Evening Service Wedn. Service/Awana 7:00pm RUI Addiction Recovery (Fri.) 7:00pm


classes which require advance registration, however. Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists is a chapter member of the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP), the national organization.



LOCKLAND 310 Dunn Street 513-821-0062



Active Youth, College, Senior Groups Exciting Music Dept, Deaf Ministry, Nursery



Jan Bowen, art teacher from Springfield Township, demonstrates technique at a GCDA workshop. THANKS TO PAT

(Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30 am 8916 Fontainebleau Ter. Performing Arts Ctr. - Finneytown High School Childcare provided

Let’s Do Life Together

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

VINEYARD CHURCH NORTHWEST COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Three Weekend Services! Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Rd (1/4 mi. so. of Northgate Mall)


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

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST FLEMING ROAD United Church of Christ 691 Fleming Rd 522-2780 Rev Pat McKinney

Sunday School - All Ages - 9:15am Sunday Worship - 10:30am

Nursery Provided

St. Paul United Church of Christ 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd., off Springdale

Phone: 385-9077 Rev. Michelle Torigian Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access


A group of local Catholic high schools are living the 2012 Catholic Schools Week theme of Faith Academics Service by partnering with St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati to collect gently used furniture, personal care products, household items and clothing for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores and Donation Centers. The second annual Catholic Schools Week Donation Drive takes place through Friday, Feb. 3. Participating high schools include Elder, McAuley, Moeller, Mother of Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, Ursuline Academy, Seton and St. Xavier. "The high school students bring incredible energy and enthusiasm to helping others all year long through volunteer projects, retreats and donation drives with St. Vin-


High schools partner with SVDP



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more comfortable, efficient home for free,” said Will Housh, president of HOUSH. The city of Forest Park partnered with the Energy Alliance in 2011 and 2012 to add another 15 percent subsidy to the alliance’s 35 percent grant to homeowners. Together, Forest Park and Energy Alliance subsidies cover 50 percent of the cost up to $12,000 to update a home with energy-saving improvements. Wright Gwyn, environmental manager at Forest Park, said 49 Forest Park homes were completely retrofitted in 2011, and 29 homeowners have already asked about the program since Jan. 1. Forest Park has $40,000 available this year to help homeowners cover the cost of air sealing and insulation improvements. HOUSH is offering $400 home energy audits for free until Feb. 15. For more information, or to schedule a home energy audit, contact HOUSH–The Home Energy Experts at 513-793-6374 or go to

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The North College Hill Board of Zoning appeals will hold a public hearing on Thursday February 16th 2012 at 7:00pm at the City Center 1500 West Galbraith R o a d . The hearing will be for the purpose of considering an appeal filed under section 1127.06 of the Zoning Ordinances. Appeal #12-001, submitted by Tom Perkins on behalf of Variety Stores Inc., dba Roses Department Store 1537 West Galbraith Rd. The appellant is requesting a variance regarding certain sections of Chapter 1175 (titled signs) of the Codified Ordinances of North College Hill, Ohio. John.W.Fulmer Secretary, BZA 513-521-7413 1001686336 LEGAL NOTICE Physical Therapy Options, Inc. has closed its business. Requests for medical records can be sent to: PTO, PO Box 10133 Springfield Pk, Cinti., OH 45215 and must be received by March 2, 2012. 1001686768


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