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Mt. Healthy garbage rates rising By Jennie Key

No fooling. Beginning April 1, Mount Healthy residents will pay a little more for garbage pickup and recycling services. Mount Healthy City Manager Bill Kocher said the city has a new, two-year agreement with Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s waste hauler. Beginning April1, the cost will be $10.20 per user per month for garbage and $2.81 per user per month for recycling. Kocher said residents will see a 2 percent increase over last year’s rate. The new rates are good for both years of the contract and the new contract does not change the services provided. Kocher said the city decided to extend its contract for the next two years in an attempt to get into alignment with the Center for Local Government contract, which has a consortium of local governments and is able to secure lower rates because of the size of the group. Kocher said using the consortium bids also alleviates the work of developing specifications and going through the bidding process. “We thought we would align with them this year, but they extended, so we were still two years out,” he said. “This should bring us into alignment with the group.” Garbage services are now billed quarterly by the city on residents’ water/sewer bills. As the city switches to the new billing, letters were going out to those delinquent in payment for waste services that the pending balances would be put onto their property tax bills if not paid in full.

From left, Miranda Inabnitt, Chris Hennen, and Frances Fyall talk about what a community can do together to combat violence that can’t be done by individuals alone.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

STACIE Foundation battles violence in communities

By Jennie Key

12-year-old Jerry Colbert recited Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and participated in breakout groups at the Speak Out event.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mount Healthy resident Lorraine Whoberry is working to bring light out of some of the darkest days of her life. Whoberry established The STACIE Foundation – Striving Towards Achieving Compassion, Intervention and Education following a 1999 brutal attack in which one of her daughters was raped and murdered, the other stabbed, beaten, raped and left for dead with her throat slashed. The violent crime, which hap-

pened in Manassas, VA, made victims of Whoberry and her family, but she vowed not to live like one. In 2001, she established the STACIE Foundation to offer advocacy, education and support, therapeutic intervention and a safe environment to victims of violence. Whoberry moved to Mount Healthy with her husband, and says God showed her that her ministry field was the community where she lived. Since then, she has been fostering a partnership between her foundation and Mount

Healthy. An important step was the Feb. 25 Speak Out Against Violence event at Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School. Eighthand ninth-grade students participated in an essay contest with the theme “My World Without Violence.” Five essays were chosen and read by the students at the event. About two dozen community members, ranging from 7 to 60, met to talk about how the community could work together to reSee STACIE, Page A2

Springfield Township cancels State of Township address By Jennie Key

Springfield Township canceled its annual State of the Township meeting, set for March 2, because of scheduling conflicts for two of the three trustees. Springfield Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said trustees will consider re-

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scheduling the community address in the spring, but added the Grove Banquet Hall, where the meeting is usually conductHinnenkamp ed, does not have a lot of openings. Trustees Joseph Honerlaw and Mark Berning had conflicts

in their schedules that forced the township to postpone, and maybe cancel the annual meeting. Hinnenkamp said the trustees have discussed the main topic, the township finances, at a number of public hearings conducted before placing the Joint Economic Development Zone issue on the May 6 ballot. The issue will institute a 1.5

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percent payroll tax on all workers in the township if it passes. The JEDZ requires the township to partner with a city to collect the tax. The JEDZ would generate about $1.1 million annually, with a net addition of $930,000 to Springfield Township after the fee to partner Mount Healthy is paid. “There is not a lot to say that has not already been said,” Hin-

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duce or end violence. This was a kick-off event, Whoberry said, and she hopes to build on the enthusiasm generated in the group. Eighth- and ninthgrade students participated in an essay assignment and contest. The essay was about how violence affects their lives, what their world would look like without violence, and what they could do to reduce/end violence. Attendees had the chance to share their views regarding violence in the community and Whoberry is hopeful students take a proactive stand against violence in the community and work towards becoming a Violence-Free School. She hopes to inspire other schools to have Speak Out Against Violence during the week of March 21-25,

Lorraine Whoberry talks with Miranda Inabnitt. The student wrote an essay about the murder of her cousin which she shared at the first Speak Out Against Violence event at her high school.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

around National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and October 2-8 National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Jeff Stec, director of Citizens for Civic Renewal, led the group in discussions around violence and what the group could do together that cannot be

done by individuals acting alone. Theresa Staley, a member of Golden Leaf Baptist Church, said she was struck by what youth at the event had to say. “For me, hearing from the children’s perspective was meaningful,” she said. “I think that’s what will stick with me.” For Chris Hennen, the Speak Out event was en-

Payton Jones and Theresa Staley talk in a breakout group during the Feb. 25 Speak Out Against Violence event in Mount Healthy.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

couraging. “This is my community and I care about these kids,” he said. “Everyone here has their own reason for coming, but it was good to know that others in the community who also care. I feel good about this.” Whoberry intends that one tool in the battle against violence will be the Wings of Hope Crisis & Resource Center she is establishing in Mount Healthy. Whoberry says this will be a communitybased safe place where victims of violence can connect to resources to meet their individualized needs and the culture of violence is replaced with healthy family relationships. People will be referred to the center. Whoberry says the center will assess the needs of each victim and help them connect with local resources and assistance in areas such as therapeutic care, judiciary and legal advocacy, housing and job assistance, and personal safety and healing. Whoberry hopes to establish partnerships with local, state, national and international agencies, law enforcement, schools, churches and families in the community. The goal is for the Wings of Hope Crisis & Resource Center to generate proactive dialogue, educational programs and action to reduce violence within the community. Phase II of the project will be the establishment of a coffee cafe in Mount Healthy. The Cafe will offer training and jobs in baking and culinary skills, janitorial services,

hospitality management and entrepreneurship. Whoberry says the goal is to offer on-the-job training to individuals seeking to learn new skills, and/or enhance existing skills so they would become fully trained and highly sought after for employment by other established companies. These opportunities would be offered primarily to the clients of the center but also to the whole community. The profits from the cafe will be a sustainable source of income for the crisis center. “Our long term goal is to replicate this model in urban neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati,” Whoberry said. “While our primary focus at The STACIE Foundation is to reduce violence,

this capacity building undertaking has a much larger vision: neighborhoods where all stakeholders are working together to create positive social and economic change in their community. We believe if this larger vision is accomplished, violence will ultimately be reduced.” For more information about the STACIE Foundation, visit

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Springfield Twp. changes work session dates By Jennie Key

Springfield Township is changing its meeting schedule. Beginning in March, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees will conduct its monthly work sessions on WednesHonerlaw days. Board President Joe Honerlaw asked the board to make the change because the work session is in conflict with the meeting time for a county board on which he serves. He says he is a member of the Hamilton County Land Bank, which is now moving its meetings to

Tuesdays. He asked the board to move the township work session to Wednesdays. The board agreed. Beginning in March, Springfield Township trustees will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. for their regular business meeting and on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. for their work session. The board meets in the in Township Civic Center, 9150 Winton Road. Residents can watch live and can see recordings of the Springfield Township’s regular Board of Trustee meetings on Waycross Community Media at and on the township’s website at Work sessions are not recorded.

BRIEFLY Mt. Healthy Business Association meets

The Mount Healthy Business Association will conduct its monthly business meeting, from 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 10, at Mount Healthy Christian Village, 8097 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-923-1985 or visit the group’s website at

‘Sleeping Beauty’ presented March 7

Kids can wear their PJ’s to Cincinnati Chil-

dren’s Theater’s ArtReach production of “Sleeping Beauty. The event is presented by the Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council. ” The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Grove Banquet and Event Center. Bedtime snacks of fresh fruit cups follow the show. Admission is free, and donations benefit the arts and enrichment council. The Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council, along with sponsors Target and Bob Evans, will be collecting

new pajamas pants and tops for Children’s Hospital.

Mixed media sampler workshop at Centennial Barn

A series of mixed media classes at the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, 45215 is offered on four Thursdays in March: March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Teachers are Barb Smucker (Pendleton artist from Wyoming), Marilyn Bishop (watercolor artist from Union Township) and Roxanne Brett

(Essex artist and interior designer from Blue Ash). Each class is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides participants with all supplies and professional instruction necessary to complete a piece of art. This beginner level series is open to the public. Cost is $90 for the series of four or $30 for one class. Advance registration is recommended although not required. Contact Barb Smucker at 513290-8771 or barbsmucker for more information.

Traffic study prompts changes to I-275 westbound ramps at Sharonville By Kelly McBride

Traffic backup and rush-hour crashes have prompted a safety study that recommends changes in the on- and offramps to Interstate 275 from U.S. Route 42 in Sharonville. An open house at Sharonville’s Municipal Building brought only a handful of residents, along with several city officials, when Ohio Department of Transportation representatives displayed renderings of the project and answered questions about the study and modification project. Jay Hamilton, an ODOT traffic engineer, described the project, which would unfold over the next two years. According to a summary of ODOT’s 2011 modification study of the interchange, the concentration of rear-end crashes on U.S. Route 42 occurred in the southbound lanes in the 1,100 feet between Hauck Road and the I-275 eastbound ramps. The crashes mainly took place during times traffic was congested, so the study recommended a modification of the existing interchange. The project, estimated to cost between $5 million and $7 million, will be funded through grants, ODOT, and a portion by

the city of Sharonville. As the design is finalized, property owners who are affected by the project will be notified, and ODOT will work with them to relocate. The BP gas station on U.S. Route 42, next to the existing westbound exit ramp, will be demolished for the project, because the new exit ramp will be placed at that site. Hamilton said he isn’t sure whether BP plans to relocate nearby, but that will be an option. The project will also impact other nearby businesses, including Wendy’s and Value Place Hotel. An access road to the hotel will be constructed, as the new ramp will eliminate the existing one. The main feature of the highway ramp modification will be the entrance ramp to westbound I-275. Currently, northbound vehicles must turn left onto the ramp, but the new ramp will have a cloverleaf design, allowing access from the right. This will eliminate the need for a traffic light at the current I-275 westbound entrance ramp location, and create a smoother flow of traffic, Hamilton said. In addition, it will allow a longer turn lane for southbound vehicles turning left onto the I-275 eastbound entrance ramp.

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Winton Woods teacher honored as a Rising Star of Cincinnati Katie Powers, geometry teacher at Winton Woods High School, said she has never done her job with any thought of getting an award, so being chosen by the YWCA as a Rising Star of Cincinnati was “unexpected and exciting.” Powers was one of 55 women recognized at a ceremony Oct. 24. “It was an honor to be there and represent Winton Woods High School,” Powers said. “As the only teacher being in-


ducted this year, I felt proud of the work that Winton Woods teachers do to support students to become the best they can be. I’m grateful to my colleagues for encouraging me to go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students.” Each Rising Star of Cincinnati was nominated by a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. Powers was nominated by Kimya Moyo, retired teacher and administrator with Cincinnati Public Schools, whom


she met through the Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Math and Science Program at the University of Cincinnati. “Ms. Moyo is my coach and has visited my classroom to see the CEEMS units I’ve developed at work,” Powers said. The Rising Star program recognizes and supports younger career women and gives them the opportunity to interact and network with career women of diverse backgrounds. At the Nov. 22 meeting of the McAuley History Club, the students heard presentations on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Members of the McAuley faculty and staff discussed their memories of the historic event, the impact of the assassination at the time and how the assassination continues to affect people. McAuley’s History Club is one of over 25 extracurricular clubs available to the student body. Aadults who shared their memories, from left, Carolyn Dierkers, Mary Lachmann, Cheryl Sucher, Linda Goldbach, Laurel Chambers, Carol Seissiger and Connie Kampschmidt. PROVIDED

GAMBLE MONTESSORI SCHOOL HONOR ROLL A honors: Christina Uetrecht. A average: Jurnee Thompson. B average: Ja’Sean Willis.



A average: Hannah Flores-Slonneger and Kaleab Michael.

Freshmen Winton Woods High School geometry teacher Katie Powers is one of this year's YWCA Rising Stars of Cincinnati. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY


The following Hilltop Press-area students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

B average: Charles Mason and Grant Topmiller.

A average: Dorian Bess.

Seniors A average: Veronica Uetrecht. B average: Chasity Mitchell.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI DEAN’S LIST, GRADUATES Dean’s List The following area students were named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Cincinnati: Farzana Abdul Rab, Andrews Adjapong, Eder Aguilar, Matthew Ahrnsen, Kristin Alverson, Stephanie Ambach, Joseph Anneken, Sarah Asebrook, Brandon Ashcraft, Michael Averbeck, Amber Bahrani, Brandon Baker, Gregory Ballman, Mallory Barkocy, Abigail Barrow, Jazmyn Battie, Quinn Battiste, Kristine Bauer-Nilsen, Allison Bergmann, Andreya Bernard, Adam Bernhard, Jessica Bingham, Somer Black, Kelly Blackwell, Amanda Blum, Brianna Blum, Melissa Blum, Aimee Boeddeker, Lisa Boland, Haley Boling, Amanda Bommer, Alan Bossman, Taylor Bove, Andrew Bowles, Jessica Bradford, Lynea Bradshaw, Katelyn Bramble, Daniel Brandts, Daniel Braswell, Kasey Braswell, Catherine Brazile, Alex Breen, Claire Brehm, Megan Brengel, Megan Brenner, Lauren Brookes, Adam Brooks, Alyssia Brown, Amanda Brown, Kara Brown, Nicholas Brown, Tamisha La’Shey Brown, Audrey Bryant, Vanessia Buchanan, Corey Buchholz, Ryan Buffington, Christopher Burket, Brook Burton, Scott Buschelman, Brian Butz, Jodi Cabanas, Colleen Cadle, Kaitlin Callahan, Jonathon Cannell, Rachelle Caplan, Charlotte Cappel, Casey Carver, Logan Carver, Timothy Cator, Daniel Chambers, Joy Chatman, Abigail Chaulk, Angela Christy, Joseph Clark, Sarah Clark, Rebecca Clausing, Hanna Cobbs, Alice Collins, Joseph Combs, Amber Cook, Matthew Cook, John Cooker, April Corcoran, Sha’tan Cottrell, Brittnie Criss, Jason Crites, Andre Crumpton, Michelle Cruz, Joshua Culbreath, Joshua Dangel, Sarah Dashley, Alexander Davis, Kyra Davis, Lyndsey Davis, Angela Day, Kyle Day, Jesse Deane, Caroline Dektas, Anna Denuzio, Mary Devlin, Patrick Dierker, Rachel Diller, Elizabeth Dinevski, Daniel Doerflein, Jasmine Doll-Sledge, Kathryn Doloresco, Ryan Donohue, Sarah Douglas, Stephen Doyel, Rick Driscoll, Amber Dula;

LaQuisha Edwards, Olivia Ehrnschwender, Daniel Eley, Amber Elsen, Troy Elsen, Abby Engdahl, Bradley Essell, Pandita Eta, Riley Evans, Jacob Feldman, Andrew Ferguson, Claire Ferguson, Nicole Ferry, Stuart Ficke, Jack Finamore, Mandy Finamore, Alyssa Finke, Sophia Finklea, Ashley Fisher, Joshua Fisher, Jennifer Flechler, Eric Fleckenstein, Alena Flick, Jamie Flowers, Raven Frazier, Luke Frederick, Nicholas French, Xavier French, Nicholas Frklic, Laura Gage, Taylor Gary, Jonathon Gast, Samuel Geiger, Colleen Gerding, Dylan Gierok, David Gifreda, Jennifer Gifreda, Zachary Gilbert, William Gleason, Shana Gober, Emily Goddard, Amanda Goedde, David Goist, Phillip Goist, Jamie Goldschmidt, Daniel Goodman, William Gortemiller, Sandra Graham, Cody Grant-Carlton, Ellis Green, Destinie Grier, Micah Groh, Rebekah Grossmann, Timothy Guibord, Elizabeth Guice, Brittany Habli, Ellana Hagedorn, Joshua Hamester, Tyler Harris, Daneesha Harvey, Craig Haskins, Sarah Haverkos, Samantha Hayes, Matthew Heaton, Andrea Heckle, Megan Heckmann, Kelly Heekin, Logan Herbers, Jeffrey Herring, Jared Hilgefort, Catherine Hill, Lauren Hillner, Chelsea Hoffmann, Nicholas Hoffmann, Pauline Holthaus, Aubrie Houchens, Darius Howard, Tanisha Howell, Christopher Huff, Robin Hurst, Louis Hutzel, Morgan Huxel; Andrew Janson, Joshua Johns, Blair Jones, Chelsea Jones, Laura Juhlman, Mathias Jung, Megan Kaake, Katelynn Kelly, Hillary Kenkel, Marcus King, Martina Kittles, Lindsey Klump, Christopher Kortas, Alicia Kosielski, Maria Kothman, Caitlin Kramer, Samantha Kramer, Kristel Krieger, Correna Kuhl, Craig Laake, Taylor Lacey, Ashley Ladouceur, Rachel Laughlin, Chelsea Lawrence, Clemencia Lawson, Rebecca Lawson, Eric Lemon, Aubrey Lippert, Dakota Lipps, Alexandrea Lohmann, David Lukens, Ashley Lytle; Sandra Manuel, Alexander Martin, Kayla Matthews, Rhyan Maxberry, Seara Mayanja, Miriah McDonald, Melody McGee, Shayla McGrady, Emily McKenzie, Kathryn McKinney,

Breanna McLaren, Tawnya McMahan, Amanda McMillan, Markeema McMillan, William Menke, Kevin Meyer, Anthony Milano, Benjamin Miller, Clinton Miller, Dustin Miller, Tierra Miller, Katherine Millsap, Laqueena Mitchell, Chelsea Morrow, Jessica Morton, Kathy Mosier, Elizabeth Motter, Nick Mueller, Duaa Mureb, Andrew Naber, Sammir Naser, Ryan Nerswick, Jesse Nesbitt, Vanessa Neumeier, Robert Nichols, Jasmine Norment, Abby Oakman, Christopher O’Connell, Daniel Oehler, Mosep Okonny, Mark O’Quinn, Kelly O’Shaughnessy, Andrew Otte, Kaitlin Otto, Anthony Pantano, Fritz Pape, Stephanie Paratore, Jacob Parmley, Caitlin Patrick, Diamond Penn, Kara Perry, Kyanna Perry, Emily Peters, Rachel Peters, Bradley Pfeiffer, Mindy Pomeroy, Jordan Posey, Tommy Post, Christiane Powers, Cynthia Pyle; Kyle Raabe, Molly Ransick, Sandy Rapien, Angela Reed, Megan Reed, Samantha Reid, Rebecca Robbins, Westin Robeson, Samuel Rocklin, Imani Rugless, Daniel Ruter, Lauren Ruthemeyer, Nicholas Saho, Yuka Sakumoto, Benjamin Salzbrun, Hannah Salzbrun, Thomas Sand, Cassidy Sanders, Mackenzie Sanders, Chanel Sandlin, Yusianawati Santoso, Timothy Schafermeyer, Molly Schlotman, Katherine Schmittou, Kylie Schmittou, Benjamin Schneider, Catherine Schomaker, Christina Schriefer, Samantha Schupp, Alexandra Schutzman, Kyle Seibert, Jennifer Senft, Sami Shaaban, Nashiyah Shaw, Cody Shields, Anabel Shook, James Shook, Vanessa Short, Alexis Shull, Alexander Shumakh, Kevin Siegle, Maria Sikic, Alaina Silber, Austin Sillies, Latoshia Simmons, Beth Smiley, Alexis Smith, Angelik Smith, Benjamin Smith, Eric Smith, Sonya Sorrells, Matthew Sorter, Samantha Sorter, Michael Soward, Brandon Spaeth, Shirly Spath, Sean Speed, Anne Spinnenweber, Jessica Stanley, Mark Steller, Sarah Stentz, Amanda Stewart, Devonte Stewart, Peter Stiver, Rachel Stoehr, Jonathan Stout, Natasha Street, Christopher Strohofer, Zachary Stump, Susan Sunderman, Kaylie Suttles, Lakesha

Sweeten, David Sykes, Valerie Tabbert, Joseph Tadesse, Daniel Takacs, Abigail Taphorn, Jacob Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Kristopher Taylor-Peterson, Joshua Telecsan, Alice Tennenbaum, Rachel Thompson, Roseanne Tomlinson, Kevin Tonnis, Kimberly Tran, Nhat Ha Tran, Jason Troup, Adam Tullius, David Tye; Andrew Uetrecht, Mary Uetrecht, Katie Urra, Sagan Ventling, Joseph Adrian Vergara, Joel Verhagen, Joni Vines, Erin Vogt, Cara Vordenberge, Scott Wagner, Lauren Wales, Kelli Warman, Emily Wathen, Derren Welton, Rachael Wermuth, Joel Wesolowski, Gabrielle White, Jamie White, Jessica-Lauren Wilhite, Jacob Williams, Josephine Williams, Robert Wilson, Charity Winburn, Alexis Wolf, Belinda Woods, Bria Wyatt, Rachel Young, Gabriela ZavalagaBenites, John Zeinner, Eric Zins, Melanie Zinser, Elaine Zumeta and Adam Zust.


The following students graduated from the University of Cincinnati following the fall term: Hideat Abraha, bachelor of science; Brandon Baker, bachelor of science; Brandt Bastow, bachelor of arts; Daniel Beach, post-baccalaureate certificate; Allison Berry, bachelor of science in education; Kelly Blackwell, bachelor of science; Melissa Blum, bachelor of business administration; Nicholas Boespflug, doctor of philosophy; Lisa Boland, associate of arts; Melissa Chapman, bachelor of arts; Christopher Clark, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology; Julian Collins, master of science; Erica Corcoran, bachelor of business administration; Michelle Cruz, bachelor of science in education; Daniel Cuppoletti, doctor of philosophy; Tyler Daniel, associate of applied business; Kelvin Davis, associate of applied business; Olivia Ehrnschwender, bachelor of arts; Andrew Ferguson, bachelor of science; Marie Finnerson, bachelor of arts; Jennifer Flechler, bachelor of technical and applied studies; John Frank, bachelor of business administration; John Grace, bache-

lor of science; Helena Graves, master of science; Heather Gunder, master of science; Stefan Haase, bachelor of fine arts; Jessica Harrington, bachelor of arts; Brittany Hesse, master of science in nursing; Tamika Hill, bachelor of business administration; Ashley Huntley, post-baccalaureate certificate; Shateera John, bachelor of science; Chelsea Jones, bachelor of arts; Laura Juhlman, bachelor of business administration; Elizabeth Kacner, associate of arts; Andrea Kelly, associate of applied science; Angela Kinney, doctor of education; Nadine Lindquist, bachelor of arts; Sarah Maguire, master of arts; Patricia Marsh, bachelor of business administration; Kevin Meyer, bachelor of science; Kayla Miller, bachelor of arts; Angela Monk, post-baccalaureate certificate; Sara Neel, bachelor of arts; Ellen Netherly, bachelor of science; Brian O'Keeffe, master of business administration; Delzie Osborne, bachelor of science in nursing; Francis Pospisil, undergraduate certificate; Rebecca Robbins, bachelor of science in health sciences; Vanity Roberts, bachelor of arts; Marquis Scott, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology; James Shook, bachelor of science; Jane Slater, bachelor of science; Tomasino Sloan, master of education; Matthew Sorter, bachelor of arts; Natasha Street, bachelor of science in nursing; David Sykes, bachelor of arts; Kristopher TaylorPeterson, bachelor of arts; Kim Thompson, doctor of philosophy; Jennifer Tsocaris, post-baccalaureate certificate; Andre Valines, bachelor of arts; Jane Van Coney, postbaccalaureate certificate; Tammy Waldron, post-baccalaureate certificate; Heather Weiss, doctor of physical therapy; Derren Welton, bachelor of business administration; Christopher Williams, bachelor of science; Charity Winburn, bachelor of fine arts; Alexandria Wintermeyer, bachelor of arts; Keisha Wizzart, bachelor of arts; Joseph Womeldorff, post-baccalaureate certificate; and Bridget Wuebbling, post-baccalaureate certificate.



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Aiken Falcons flying high at the right time By Tom Skeen

COLLEGE HILL — Aiken High School boys basketball fans may be witnessing coach Leon Ellison’s best job yet. The veteran coach often puts up with slow starts to the season trying to get his guys away from the one-pass-and-shoot style of AAU basketball, but Ellison doesn’t have that go-to scorer like he’s had in the past. There is no Chane Behanan, Paul Woodson or Willie Moore on the 2014 Falcons roster, but he has a scrappy bunch of players learning to play the game the right way. “I want the ball to move sideto-side, move the ball and I want those guys guarding and taking charges and just playing with a team concept,” Ellison said. “We’re on a run because we’re actually playing team defense now. We’ve learned how to guard.” Ellison’s style has led to his team winning 10 of its last 11 and a trip to the Division IV district finals where they face Russia High School March 6 at University of Dayton Arena. “We played a really tough schedule early on and my guys weren’t ready because I have a bunch of new guys and young guys,” the coach said. “We finally started to put things together and we’re playing basketball the right way and moving the ball.” One of those young guys is sophomore Carlik Jones. The guard leads the team at 12.3 points per game, but it’s his ability to handle the ball and make his teammates better that makes him a special player. “He’s a kid that’s been playing the game for a long time, so he has a good feel for the game and he knows how to play the game the right way,” Ellison said. “Sometimes he’s a little too unselfish, but he’s crafty, he can get to spots where guys usually can’t get to and he sees things before they happen.” Sophomore Kameron Moore, who is already getting looks from Division I colleges, and junior Elijah Gordon both reside at 6-foot-6 or taller and present an obstacle for any opponent that takes the court with the Fal-


Boys basketball

» La Salle pounded Edgewood 76-36, Feb. 25 before taking down Mason 65-48, Feb. 28 to advance to the Division I district finals March 8 where they face Trotwood Madison at Xavier University. Senior Jeff Larkin scored a game-high 21 points in the win over Mason, while younger brother Jeremy finished with 18. Senior Tim Bell scored 16 points to go with his six rebounds.

Girls bowling

» McAuley senior Lexi Baker rolled a 655 series to finish fifth at the Division I district meet in Beavercreek Feb. 22 to advance to the state tournament March 7-8 in Columbus. It is Baker’s second straight trip to state as an individual and her third overall trip to state.

Aiken High School senior Corey Cavins puts up a floater in the lane over a Ripley Union-Lewis defender in the third quarter of Aiken’s 73-30 win Feb. 26 in Division IV sectional tournament action at Oak Hills High School. Cavins finished with seven points in the victory.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

cons. Their 14.4 points and 15.6 rebounds per game combined can be deceiving at times, but when the game is on the line Ellison knows he can count on his bigs. “It’s just getting both of them to stay in their spots and play hard at all times,” Ellison said. “… I’m just trying to get them to be active and give us full effort on the court. When they play

against tougher competition or bigger guys they’ve got a motor on them.” Senior Corey Cavins provides the leadership for this young group despite dealing with some disciplinary actions due to issues in the classroom. Ellison isn’t afraid of sitting his top players if they aren’t getting it done in the classroom and he’s hoping a three-game suspen-

sion for his second-leading scorer was just what he needed to get his head straight. “He’s come a long way,” Ellison said of Cavins. “He’s working really hard academically now to catch up on some things. … I’m trying to get him to do things outside of the court as well. He’s been our leader all year and he’s really working hard to play at the next level.”

As far as the potential for his 2014 squad, Ellison knows they can go as far as their discipline will allow them. “If these guys do what they’re supposed to do in school, if they do what they’re told, if their grades are the right way they will be on the court. If not, I just won’t play those guys.”

St. Xavier’s Heyob completes undefeated season, claims state title By Tom Skeen

In perhaps the greatest single season in St. Xavier High School history, senior Joe Heyob won the Division I state title at 170 pounds to finish the season at 50-0. “I feel like I just finished a book,” Heyob said to Gannett News Service. “No, make it a chapter – a long chapter – because I have more to do.” Heyob - who will wrestle at the University of Pennsylvania next season - defeated Jesse Palser of Mansfield Senior High School 3-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker. “(Palser) was really strong in his upper body…. brute strength,” said Heyob of his opponent. “I just tried to lock up a leg and get the other ankle.” With the victory, Heyob became just the second individual state wrestling champion in school history and the first in 24 years. It was his ability to stay cool,

calm and collected in front of 12,000-plus fans that helped him reach a goal that’s been four years in the making. “The environment here is so overwhelming,” Heyob said. “I just envisioned being back in my living room wrestling my brothers. I think the environment was the biggest factor I had to get out of my head.” Joe’s little brother was there to witness his state title. Ben qualified for state, but bowed out after suffering his second loss in round two of the consolation bracket 9-5 to Adam Salti of Olmsted Falls High School. Junior Cole Jones had an impressive tournament. Jones went 3-2 en route to a fourthplace finish at 195 pounds. Both Matt Kuhlmann (220 pounds) and Dakota Stephens (145) finished 0-2. La Salle sent four wrestlers to Columbus, all making their first appearance at the state tournament. Freshman Corey Shie turned in the best performance

St. Xavier senior Joe Heyob won the Division I state title at 170 pounds in the OHSAA state wrestling tournament March 1. Heyob finished his season 50-0.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

locking up a fifth-place finish at120 pounds. Shie won his first two matches before losing to eventual state champion Alex Mackall of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit High School 17-9 in the Championship Semifinals. The freshman lost his next match 9-3 to Austin Assad

of Brecksville sending him to the fifth-place match where Josh Heil defaulted the victory to Shie. Both freshman Eric Beck and junior John Shirkey went 1-2 in their first trip to Columbus, while freshman Andrew Sams went 2-2.



St. X captain’s efforts help bring state ‘Victory’ in pool By Adam Turer

There are many reasons why St. Xavier High School has dominated Ohio high school swimming for decades, but the biggest key to the AquaBombers’ six straight Division I state championships and 15 titles in the last 16 years might come down to one simple practice: Belief. Believing in the program, the coaches, and one another has turned several ordinary swimmers into medalists and champions by the time they were seniors. Oliver Acomb, a St. Xavier senior from Delhi and Our Lady of Victory parish, is the most recent example of hard work turning a struggling swimmer into a champion. After playing football in the fall of his freshman year, Acomb decided to join the swim team for the winter season. The AquaBombers do not make cuts, but do have three levels of practice groups based on skill and experience. Acomb was in the third group, and was an unassuming member on a stacked team. Nobody knew yet how much he would progress over his four years. “Ollie joined the team with the encouragement of others and wanted to be a part of something he had heard good things about,” said head coach Jim Brower. “As he matured, Ollie became a very good athlete and has the kind of explosiveness necessary to compete at

the level he is currently competing.” As a member of a state championship team, Acomb quickly learned how and why the AquaBombers have been able to maintain consistent champion performances. He was motivated to reach the level of the Group 1 swimmers and was encouraged that he could get there someday. “The upperclassmen and coaches supported and guided me,” said Acomb. “Their belief in me helped me believe in myself.” After attending the state championship meet in Canton as a spectator to cheer on his veteran teammates, he made a commitment to himself that one day he would compete in Canton in late February. He began working out early mornings at the Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA and worked hard in the pool yearround. “Ollie is just one example of a swimmer who bought into the idea that ‘it’s not where you are, but the direction you are headed,’” said Brower. “He was motivated by his own improvement and a desire to help our team. I had a similar experience in high school, so it is easy for me to see the potential in all of our athletes who get into the sport after entering high school.” After being elected captain prior to his senior season, Acomb felt even more of a responsibility to encourage the underclassmen and continue

the St. Xavier tradition of paving the way for the next class of state champions. According to Acomb, 17 of the 18 seniors on this year’s team began in Group 2 or 3 before working their way up to Group 1. He wanted to inspire the underclassmen the same way he was inspired as a sore, tired, freshman. “If you can work your butt off, you can get to wherever you want to go,” said Acomb. “Just look at the older kids that have worked their way up through the ranks.” After placing third in the 100-yard breaststroke and placing second as a member of the AquaBombers 200-yard medley relay at the district meet, Acomb realized his dream of competing in the state meet in Canton. He entered his final varsity meet on Feb. 22 knowing that he had one final chance to make his mark on the storied program. He shaved over a full second off of his breaststroke time from districts and placed fifth in the state with a personal-best time of 57.70. “I had a chip on my shoulder to achieve my goals knowing it was my senior year,” said Acomb. “My last race, I had some extra adrenaline that pushed me.” It was an emotional race, not just because it was his final laps as an AquaBomber. His fifthplace finish, after starting in eighth place, put his team in a position to clinch the championship with a fourth-place finish

St. Xavier captain Oliver Acomb finished fifth with a lifetime best in the 100 breaststroke final. Right before his swim, St Xavier was in jeopardy of losing to Toledo St Francis. When he finished fifth after starting in eighth place, he put St. X in a position that if they finished fourth in the final relay they would win by 1 point. THANKS TO DAVID ACOMB

or better in the final relay of the meet. His teammates got the job done, and Acomb stood on a podium three years after cheering from the stands. “Ollie is well-liked and well-respected by all of

the coaches and his teammates. He seemed to enjoy every step of the journey, and he truly cared about the team above his own ambitions,” said Brower. “He was elected team captain before he had a breakout season,

and that says a lot about his character. We will miss him dearly.” The former Delhi Press carrier is still deciding on his college choice, but plans on swimming at the next level.

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HARRISON — Facing steep deficits in the March 1 game with Princeton High School, the McAuley Mohawks never backed down from the state’s top-ranked team. At one point, they even cut a17-point deficit down to eight points before losing 77-64 in the Division I district finals at Harrison High School. Late in the fourth quarter the Mohawks trailed by 21, coach Dan Wallace’s girls cut the lead down to 13 before watching the clock expire and their season come to an end. “This team’s got a lot of belief in what they can do,” Wallace said. “I think this year, as we went through, we continued to build and get better. … Everybody played so hard and when you get girls playing at that level of intensity, good things are going to happen.” Actually, great things happen. The Mohawks reached the district finals for the secondstraight season and finished 2014 with a16-8 record, good enough for second-place tie in the Girls’ Greater Catholic League. “I’m so impressed with these kids,” Wallace said, who just completed his first season as coach of the Mohawks. “They all worked so hard every single day and you saw that with how hard we

McAuley High School junior Franki Harris is fouled by a Princeton defender during their Division I district final contest March 1 at Harrison High School. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

the future is the development of post players Lexi Chrisman and Franki Harris. As a freshman Chrisman developed rapidly from the beginning of the season to now and ended the season third on the team in scoring at 7.1 points per game and represented a legitimate shot-blocking threat for the Mohawks. Harris may have ended the season with her best performance. She only scored two points against the Vikings, but she limited the post players and grabbed two rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals. “Those two have to go against each other dayin-and-day-out in practice,” Wallace said of Harris and Chrisman. “… In the post it’s dirty work and those two both have a very good, hard work ethic and that will make you successful in the post.”

just played (against Princeton). … At the end of the day, if the kids give you all they got, that’s really what it’s all about.” For a team that graduates just three seniors, the future is bright. Leading scorers Emily Vogelpohl (Wright State University commit) and Sydney Lambert (Bowling Green State University State commit) are back for their senior seasons as Wallace returns four of the starting five. “We’ve had the same starting five all year and (Emily) is one of those pieces,” Wallace said. “… (Emily) is one of those kids who’s not scared to play anybody. She loves going one-on-one against anybody she can. She just showed that grit (against Princeton).” Vogelpohl led the Mohawks with 21 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists against Princeton. Most important for

Roger Bacon junior Dahmere Epperson lays it in for two points late in the second quarter.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

The Roger Bacon High School boys basketball team continued its march toward a state title with a 100-25 victory over Bethel-Tate Feb. 25 at Turpin High School. Senior center Fred Moore led all scorers with 20 points, adding six rebounds - all on the offensive side of the ball - three assists and two steals. Fellow senior Carlas Jackson connected on four of his five 3-point shot attempts and finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Senior Wes Higgs added 13 points, while junior Dahmere Epper-

Roger Bacon senior Wes Higgs puts up a shot over a Bethel-Tate defender.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

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Winter monotony - play music… I’m so excited, just purchase an old wooden flute…I know…can’t sing or let alone, play a musical instrument. But it’s cold outside, no college football, the right time to attempt a creative musical moment. I’ve been reading this book lately about how music affects our brain Wes Adamson waves, enhancCOMMUNITY PRESS ing or changGUEST COLUMNIST ing our physical and mental being with sounds. So I decided with all this cold weather I needed to invigorate my winter mental being. We all have special music we can relate to in reference to moods or special events in our lives. An instrument just intensifies the magnitude of musical sounds good or bad; a way to totally express yourself creatively, which only adds to the enhancement of life’s experiences. At least, this is my reasoning and…it’s cold out-

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side! I did play a musical instrument at one time, a trombone in high school and was a member of the marching band. It was the marching deal that was the problem. OK, how was one supposed to walk and play great, all at the same time? My main goal was to not fall tripping over my own big feet (size 13), while my eyes were focused on my music holder or crash into the tuba guy during a band formation march crossover. I remember, I was always

playing the third trombone part, which was OK, since playing the first trombone part would have put me at the front of the line; a scary thought with my lack of coordination talent. During one Friday night halftime performance, I decided to actually seriously focus on playing our featured selection of “When The Saints Come Marching In.” I really get into the sensations of playing that song, especially being a trombone player. The selection has such a “fired up” New Orleans Jazz

New law may change birth parent’s life forever If you are an Ohio birth parent who relinquished a child to adoption from 1964 to 1996, then you need to be aware that you may be in for the most wonderSusan ful, frightAnthony COMMUNITY PRESS ening, joyous, GUEST COLUMNIST and surreal time of your life—meeting your child for the second (or even first) time! Last December Gov. Kasich signed into law substitute SB 23 that gives adopted adults born between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates. The intent of the law is to end discrimination and confer the same civil rights to Ohio adoptees as to any other citizen, namely access to personal information about themselves. The law takes effect on March 20, 2015. For adoptees, having access to their original birth certificates will make the search for answers to deeply personal

questions much easier. Many adopted adults yearn to meet the people who gave them life and understand “Chapter 1” of their lives. “How did I come to be in this world? Who do I look like? Where do my innate talents come from?” These are questions only original families can answer. In deference to birth parents, a provision of the new law is to give them one year to submit Contact Preference forms to let their adult children know if and how they prefer to be contacted. From research done in other states that opened sealed adoption records, very few birth parents ever say they want no contact. The forms will be available on the Ohio Department of Health website on March 20, 2014. For some birth parents the prospect of reunion with their lost children may seem daunting, even frightening. I know this is true because I was one of those women who kept it secret from all but a few for 29 years. Opening the door to the past and confronting my long buried feelings of shame and grief were

difficult at first, but so very liberating once the truth was told. With my family’s blessing and support, I made it easy for my adopted daughter to find us if she was looking. Using Internet resources, she found me 17 years ago and today our families fully embrace one another. We get together often for birthdays and holidays and “just because.” As a young girl grieving for her lost baby, I never dreamed this would be possible. In our community support for birth parents like me is available through Ohio Birthparent Group—Cincinnati. The group’s purpose is to provide a safe space for birth parents of all generations to share their stories and get support and guidance from other birth parents that understand this lifelong journey. The group meets the third Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Ash Public Library. For more information, contact Susan Anthony is a Madeira resident.

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brass emotional song theme. In my case, too much! Picture a single high school trombone player, sounding actually pretty good and looking the part with his horn swinging to the music. Then, picture this trombone player suddenly taking off marching across the field’s 40- then, the 30-, the 20-…10yard line, while the rest of the band had stopped close to midfield, all standing still, in a line-up formation, playing to the crowded homecoming stands. I was so focused on every note, every motion of the trombone slide, that it wasn’t until I got to the end goal line that I noticed that nobody, not even the grounds crew guys, were behind me. Still in a daze at what just happened, I quickly decided I better just keep marching on to the band room and act like it was an emergency restroom escape! Later my mom would tell me how proud she was when she first thought I was the featured marching soloist. Guys in the band told me later that they had trouble playing on note and not burst-

ing out in laughter as a result of the look of unbelievable astonishment on the band director’s face. My school trombone marching days were soon to end as the band director decided that I was better suited for a less complex and glamorous instrumental role in basic freshman concert band…in charge of collecting music sheets at the end of the bell! What a great feeling to be part of this special musical human link, which doesn’t require money or a good singing voice. Nor does it require a certain musical instrument, talent, or dancing skill. The next time you’re in an environment with music, whatever that may be…just tap your finger…a foot…move a hip…bop your head…add a little humming…now, just enjoy! Even better, find someone to share the moment with! Wes Adamson is a resident of Wyoming. His work has been accepted for publication by two literary magazines; “River and South Review” and “Driftwood Press.”

CH@TROOM Feb. 26 question Local GOP leaders are making a bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2016. Would this be good for the area? Why or why not? “Economically it would be great for the area. Bring in lots of outside monies. It would also make it easier for correct (not right) minded people of Ohio to do a little protesting against the party of do nothing. Of course they won't care as they have shown a growing disdain for the populace. They, the Republicans, are in office only to serve the wealthy minority and big business.” J.Z.

“Given that Cincinnati is a hotbed of Republican fervor and that Ohio is a key battleground state in every election, why not? Big conventions bring lots of money and attention. Even Democrats and independents should benefit from this. Bring it on. F.S.D.

“Sure! I am not Republican, but any time we can bring more money into Cincinnati, the better it is for our area. “Downtown is really booming these days, particularly Over-theRhine, and there are lots of venues for hotels and restaurants, as well as our convention center. I was so pleased with how the city supported the wonderful 'World Choir Games' and the city truly sparkled. “I imagine the security involved will be a headache, however, for those who work or live downtown, but perhaps the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages overall for the reputation of Cincinnati, which can use all the positive press it can get these days.” D.P.

“I don't consider myself partisan, but as someone who is politically engaged I can't help but respond to partisanship when it permeates one of the parties. “Twenty years ago the Republicans were telling their newly elected state representatives that they had to vote the party line or they would face major opposition in the next primary. Term limits have rubbed out most of the benefits of institutional memory and civility is now an endangered species in both Columbus and Washington.

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“If you look at the states with strong Republican leanings, it is pretty much a list of the poor states. Ohio has long been right on the swing line. And Cincinnati is the most Republican urban area in Ohio. “If I were a Republican leader I would certainly want to see the convention come here. It will bring as much money into the area as any other large national convention, and a lot of excitement and interest which Cincinnati could play up for the long run. “As someone who would view the event with distaste, I'm not afraid of it. I don't think the current Republican party is capable of nominating someone who could win the national election, and until they learn to practice policies which unite rather than divide the people of this state and this nation, that will remain the case. N.F.

“I think a convention of that size would be a great thing for the economy. Terry Garvin

“Hosting the Republican National Convention would be good for the city financially in 2016, and it would, more importantly, be a great opportunity for the progressive minded in the area to protest the Party of No once and for all on the national stage. “If it happens, I'll want to be downtown in that outside crowd.” TRog

“It would be perfect. Like Mark Twain said, ‘If the end of the world happens, I want to be in Cincinnati because it will take them 10 years to find out about it.’ Perfect.” C.S.

“I believe a convention of that magnitude would provide a big boost to the local economy. Hopefully it would not generate negative protests such as the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention or groups such as ‘Occupy Wall Street.’”

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Volunteer Denny Jernigan explains how Native Americans used hollowed-out logs and stones to boil syrup down at an old-time Sugar Camp demonstration during Maple Sugar Days at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Hamilton County Park Volunteer Kevin Clements leads a group of visitors through the trails of the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve during Maple Sugar Days. Visitors saw a variety of tree-tapping methods and visited a reenacted old-time sugar camp. JENNIE KEY/THE

Another sign winter canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last forever: Maple Sugar Days at FarbachWerner Nature Preserve. A traditional harbinger of spring, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time once again for the sap to rise and maple trees to be tapped for delicious maple sugar and syrup. The two-day event at the Colerain Township park brought folks to take guided hikes through the sugar bush to see how maple trees are tapped and hear fun stories about the maple sugaring tradition. Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press


Volunteers demonstrated how sap is boiled down to make the sought-after maple syrup during Maple Sugar Days at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Hamilton County Park District Volunteer Merle Johnson helps Henry and Joey Chattoraj drill a tree trunk at the Farbach Werner Nature Preserve in preparation for driving in a tap during Maple Sugar Days at the preserve. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Waltz Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Beginner-level dance class open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes. With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

On Stage - Theater The Royal Family, 8 p.m., North College Hill City Center, 1500 W. Galbraith Road, A thinly-veiled comic portrait of the legendary Barrymores. Another renowned “Royal Family of Broadway,” the Cavendish clan comprises three generations of legendary American actors. When the Cavendish name and reputation is threatened Dowager Fanny rules with a combination of strength, wit, courage and a sharp tongue, proving that the “show,” indeed, “must (and will) go on.” $15; $12 students, seniors and active military. Through March 8. 588-4910; North College Hill.

On Stage - Theater The Royal Family, 8 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $15; $12 students, seniors and active military. 588-4910; North College Hill.

Special Events Johann Strauss Ball, 8 p.m.midnight, Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Strauss Waltz Dancers of Donauschwaben Society perform show of dances set to songs by famous Austrian composer, Johann Strauss. Includes music by Spitzbuam Band from Saint Louis. $12.50. Reservations required. 385-2098; Colerain Township.

Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

Health / Wellness Affordable Care Act Informational Seminar, 1 p.m., YMCA Powel Crosley Jr. Branch, 9601 Winton Road, Find out what you need to know about purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and whether you and your family qualify for health care subsidy. Free. 362-9622; Springfield Township.

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Exercise Classes

I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, 7:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension and support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, 1150 W. Galbraith Road, Lower level. One-mile walk in powerful, low-impact, indoor, aerobic workout. Free. 324-6173. North College Hill.

Open House, 2-4 p.m., Triple Creek Retirement Community, 11230 Pippin Road, 2540-B Strawberry Lane. For seniors who want to avoid the hassles of homeownership while still maintaining their independence. Free. 851-0601; Colerain Township. Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

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12 Angry Men, 2 p.m., Glenmore Playhouse, $15. 598-8303; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Relax into the Weekend: Feel Peace, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Ave., Chi is vital life force energy. Kung is skill development. ChiKung is practice of cultivating Chi through regular skill routines. TaiChi is form of ChiKung in which you learn to circulate Chi throughout your entire system. $50. 405-1514; College Hill.

Music - Classic Rock Chad Applegate, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Pajama Party with Sleeping Beauty, 7 p.m., The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati Children’s Theater. Pants and button-front pajamas collected. Healthy snacks provided by Bob Evans after show. Benefits Children’s Hospital. Free. 522-1410. Finneytown. On Stage - Theater I Left My H The Royal Family, 8 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $15; $12 students, seniors and active military. 588-4910; North College Hill.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Benefits MS Fundraising Gala, 6:30-11 p.m., St. John Neumann Church, 12191 Mill Road, Daniel’s Hall. Theme: A Night in Tuscany. Benefits local MS patients in Greater Cincinnati. Includes Italian dinner, dancing, music, raffles and more. $65 per couple; $35. 314-3447; Springfield Township.

Community Dance Karneval Kehraus (Sweep Out) Party, 7-11:30 p.m., Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Celebrates end of German Mardi Gras season for preparation for season of Lent. Entertainment by Autobahn and Germania Society Prinzengarde. Ages 18 and up. $10. Food and beverages available for purchase. 378-2706; Colerain Township.

Museums Coleraine Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coleraine Historical Museum, 4725 Springdale Road, Museum open to public second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Rotating monthly displays. Archives available for research. Free. 385-7566; Colerain Township.

Music - Classic Rock Wayward Son, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.


MONDAY, MARCH 10 Clubs & Organizations Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Business Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, Mount Healthy Christian Village, 8097 Hamilton Ave., Free. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.


Senior Citizens

Diabetic Support Group, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, For patients and their families. Health care professionals share newest information and answer your questions. Reservations required. 931-5777; familylifectr. Finneytown.

Music - Country Southern Highway, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.

Outsmarting Investment Fraud, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Greenhills Branch Library, 7 Endicott St., Relevant not just for seniors but for caregivers, family members and anyone who is interested in keeping their personal information safe. For seniors. Registration recommended. 639-9146; Greenhills. Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Seminar series provides speakers who teach how to conduct successful contemporary job search. Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.

St. Patty’s Day Mega-Party, 9 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Headliner: Midnight Special. Also featuring Swamptucky, Stompin’ Revolver and Rich Turner. Ages 21 and up. Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes


Zumba with KimNTim, 6:307:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Ave., $7. 520-0165; College Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Education Ohio Innocence Project: Preserving Our Judiciary; Protecting the Innocent, 7-8:30 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Professor Godsey discusses the Ohio Innocence Project, including known problems with judicial system, success stories and future plans. Free. Registration required. 478-6261; Monfort Heights.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Exercise Classes Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Karaoke and Open Mic Singer, Songwriter and Music Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m.,

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Community Dance Hoedowners, 6:30-10 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, No prior dance experience necessary. $15. 761-4088. Greenhills.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, Free. 3246173. North College Hill.

Nature Ravine to Freedom: A Local Underground Railroad Story, 10 a.m.-noon, LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Hike along ravine used by escaping slaves to avoid the “public, narrow and dusty turnpike” on their way to abolitionist home in the area. $5. 542-2909; College Hill.

Tempers flare in the jury room in The Drama Workshop’s production of “Twelve Angry Men.” From left: Chris Bishop (Foreman), David Levy (Juror 3), Jim Meridieth (Juror Six), Dick Bell (Juror 4), Bill Keeton (Juror 8), Doug Tumeo (Juror 2), Glenn Schaich (Juror 7), Ron Samad (Juror 10), David Dreith (Juror 12) and Joe Kozak (Juror 5). Show times are 8 p.m. March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. March 9, 16 and 23. Tickets are $15, For more information, call 598-8303 or visit THANKS TO ELAINE VOLKER Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Support Groups Crohn’s Colitis Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, For family members and patients with Crohn’s, colitis or inflammatory bowel disease. Free. Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Education Strengths Based Career Management, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Learn how to identify a good fit. Weekly through April 8. Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.

Made to Crave, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Over-stuffing ourselves with food is a desperate attempt to silence the cries of a hungry soul. Weekly through April 28. Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.

Stompin’ Revolvers, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Fiddler on the Roof, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Student special: $5 bleacher seating. $8-$15. Reservations recommended. 7412369; Green Township.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 Exercise Classes Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Karaoke and Open Mic Singer, Songwriter and Music Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 Forest Park Women’s Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road, WMKV-FM’s Mike Martini presents “Cincinnati’s First Fifty Years of Broadcasting.” He will share stories tracing history of broadcasting in Cincinnati. 522-0066; Forest Park.

Health / Wellness

Music - Rock


Clubs & Organizations

Exercise Classes


Alzheimer’s Association Family Support Group, 2 p.m., Greenhills Municipal Building, 11000 Winton Road, Open to family and/or caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Free. 6051000; Greenhills. Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Corpus Christi Church, 2014 Springdale Road, Parish Center Library. To support those that are caring for disabled or elderly parent (relative). Share experiences and coping techniques along with information on available resources in our community. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; New Burlington.


Zumba with KimNTim, 6:307:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, $7. 520-0165; College Hill.

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Support Groups

MONDAY, MARCH 17 Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.


Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Outsmarting Investment Fraud, 2-3 p.m., Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Relevant not just for seniors but for caregivers, family members and anyone who is interested in keeping their personal information safe. For seniors. Registration recommended. 639-9146; Green Township.

Museums Coleraine Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coleraine Historical Museum, Free. 385-7566; Colerain Township.

Music - Classic Rock Hollywood Tragedy, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Fiddler on the Roof, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, $8-$15. Reservations recommended. 7412369; Green Township.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 Dining Events All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, Fraternal Order of Eagles - Mount Healthy Aerie 2193, 1620 Kinney Ave., $8. 931-2989. Mount Healthy.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, Free. 3246173. North College Hill.

On Stage - Student Theater Fiddler on the Roof, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., La Salle High School, $8-$15. Reservations recommended. 741-2369; Green Township.

On Stage - Theater I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, 2

p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill. 12 Angry Men, 2 p.m., Glenmore Playhouse, $15. 598-8303; Cheviot.

MONDAY, MARCH 24 Education Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KimNTim, 6:307:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, $7. 520-0165; College Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 1:30-3 p.m., St. Antoninus Parish, 1500 Linneman Road, To support those caring for elderly or disabled parent or relative. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; caregivers. Green Township.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Senior Citizens Senior Executive Club, 1:30 p.m., Triple Creek Retirement Community, 11230 Pippin Road, Opportunity to meet new people and have group of friends to discuss topics of interest. Free. Reservations required. 851-0601; Colerain Township.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Exercise Classes Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Karaoke and Open Mic Singer, Songwriter and Music Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7:30-9 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 17 Farragut Road, Parish Center. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Greenhills.



Mussel, farro recipes welcome Lenten season

Mussels steamed with white wine and shallots Delicious with crusty bread to mop up juices or atop linguine. Mussels that are open before cooking should be discarded. Likewise, any that are not open after cooking should be tossed out. Substitute butter for the olive oil if you want. Olive oil ⁄4 cup minced shallots 4 real large cloves garlic, minced 2 pounds cleaned mussels 1 cup dry white wine or more as needed Handful fresh parsley Chopped fresh tomatoes (optional) 1

Give bottom of very large pot a good coating of olive oil. Over medium heat, add shallots and half the garlic. Cook a couple of minutes, don’t let garlic brown. Add mussels and turn heat to high. Stir well to coat and add rest of garlic, and wine. Cook about 5 minutes, or until mussels are opened. Sprinkle with parsley and tomatoes, and serve.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen


Stockpot or Dutch oven: What’s the difference? A stockpot typically is taller than a Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is shorter with more surface area on the bottom. They both can hold the same amount of food, depending upon the size. If you have to choose, choose the Dutch oven since it’s more versatile.

Farro with onions, garlic and cheese

Farro is an ancient, healthy wheat whose history goes back thousands of years. It comes in several forms. Semipearled farro is what I use since it cooks quickly. This complex carbohydrate contains fiber, which helps lower cholesterol better than brown rice, and also helps the immune system, along with helping you feel fuller longer and with more energy.

steak. Here’s what she said, so if you can help, let me know. “My mother used to make a good round steak with a red gravy that we all enjoyed. She passed away right before last Thanksgiving and now I do not have that recipe of hers, as I know she made that from her head and nothing was written down. I do remember she said she cut the round steak into pieces, coated them with flour, browned it a bit in a large skillet and then later she poured ketchup all over it - that’s all I can remember!!! Can you help with this one and fill me in on what you think would be the rest of this recipe? Surely there has to be a recipe out there similar to this. We would all like to carry on with this meal in our family.”

Usher in the Lenten season with Rita’s steamed mussels.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

⁄2 cup onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup semi-pearled farro 3 cups liquid (vegetable, chicken or beef broth) Romano or Parmesan cheese 1

Pour in 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil in a pan, and add onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft. Add farro and cook until coated and smells fragrant, again about a few minutes. Add liquid, and cook partly covered until farro is done, about 25 minutes. It will taste chewy. Drain excess liquid if necessary and add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Unpearled/hulled farro takes an hour to cook. Stir in frozen mixed vegetables with the farro. Add mushrooms with onions and garlic.


Can you help?

Round steak with red gravy. Anderson Township reader Holly Nance really wants to be able to make her mom’s round


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Cincinnati Brass Band hosts ‘From Bach to Rock’ Get ready for an evening of musical entertainment March 8 with the Cincinnati Brass Band for their annual winter concert, “From Bach to Rock.” The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Crestview Presbyterian Church, 9463 Cincinnati-Columbus Road (Route 42), West Chester Township. Tickets are on sale at all Buddy Rogers Music Stores. The proceeds of this concert will benefit the Freestore Foodbank here in Cincinnati. Admission for all age groups is $10. Also, canned goods will

be collected at the door for donation to the Freestore Foodbank. The musical journey will begin with classical selections like “Toccata in D Minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach, a medley of works by Antonin Dvorak and the familiar theme, “Joyful, Joyfu”l from “Symphony Number 9” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Claire Northcut, a talented young vocalist, will sing “Moon River” and “Don’t Rain on my Parade.” Northcut won the Mason Idol Competition in 2011after receiving the Rising Star Award at the

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



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

SHARON BAPTIST CHURCH 4451 Fields Ertel Road Cincinnati, OH 45241 (513) 769-4849

United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Mark Reuter Sunday School 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Return to Me With Your Broken Heart" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor


Sunday School - 10:00 am Sunday Morning - 11:00 am Sunday Evening - 6:00 pm Wednesday - 7:00 pm Evening Prayer and Bible Study

Wyoming Baptist Church

(A Church For All Seasons) Burns and Waverly Avenues Cincinnati OH 45215 821.8430

Steve Cummins, Senior Pastor Sunday School..............................9:00 am Coffee & Fellowship...................10:00 am Praise & Worship........................10:30 am Visitors Welcome!

EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12

LUTHERAN Faith Lutheran LCMC 8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown

Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) “Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

www. 513-522-3026

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd

Rev. Richard Davenport, Pastor Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:15 a.m. Sundays

Classic Service and Hymnbook


Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:45am

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. Spiritual Checkpoint ... Bearing the Love of Christ...for you! 3755 Cornell Rd., Sharonville , Ohio 45241 You have a choice of Ministry: 1. Traditional Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: English Multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic. 2. Contemporary Sunday Worship with Freedom Church at 10:30 AM. Language: English It’s not about Religion; it’s about relationships! 3. Taiwanese Traditional Sunday Worship st 2:00 PM. Language: Taiwanese, UC Campus Fellowship on Saturdays, 4. Seventh Day Adventist Saturday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: Spanish Loving - Caring - and Sharing God’s Word Notes: Nursery School is provided at each Worship time English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught on Saturday 10-12 AM. Various Bible Studies are available.


Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 513-931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Gathering: Bible & Conversation 11:30 - 12:30 Nursery Available Handicap Access "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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 Road 1/4 mile south of Northgate Mall 513-385-4888 µ

Sunday School Hour (for all ages) 9:15 - 10:15am Worship Service - 10:30 to 11:45am (Childcare provided for infants/ toddlers) Pastor: Rich Lanning Church: 2191 Struble Rd Office: 2192 Springdale Rd


Visitors Welcome


Northminster Presbyterian Church 703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Growing Faith, Sharing Hope, Showing Love Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer, Rich Jones & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors

Members of the organizing committee for Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists' annual painting retreat. PROVIDED

Learn decorative painting – a retreat for art!

Decorative painters at all levels, including beginner, have an opportunity to immerse themselves in art classes at a three-day getaway during the annual themed Painting Retreat organized by the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists. Classes are available in nearly all painting mediums, for all experience and skill levels, and incorporate a wide variety of design styles, from fine art to decorative and whimsical. The retreat is April 4, 5 and 6 at theHigher Ground Conference

Center in West Harrison, IN. Every April, this painting retreat becomes reality thanks to the efforts of GCDA members who carefully plan every detail in order to provide the best learning opportunities for decorative painters. This year’s theme is “Catch Spring Fever,” a most appealing alternative to the never-ending winter, snow and ice. Registration is open to anyone who is interested in decorative art and painting. A catalog of painting classes and reg-

istration form are available on the GCDA web site. To view the painting projects that will be taught and to download the registration form, go online to and click on the Painting Retreat Tab More information about GCDA, including membership, is available on this website as well. Visit GCDA on Facebook. The Retreat Chairman is Alice Goldfuss, who can be contacted at 513-5981819 or sunnybeach01

Pollen, mold counting resumes in preparation for allergy season The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has resumed monitoring and reporting pollen and mold counts in preparation for allergy season. The severity of allergy symptoms depends on the amount of pollen in the air and the degree of sensitivity of the person. To reduce exposure to pollen and mold, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency recommends: » Minimize outdoor activity between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. – when pollen levels are highest. » Contact an allergist or doctor for medical ad-

vice. » Track pollen and mold counts. The higher the pollen and mold count is, the greater the likelihood that particles will make their way into the nasal passages and lungs and induce allergic symptoms. When the weather warms up in the spring, additional precautions allergy sufferers can take include: » Avoid areas with freshly cut grass and avoid lawn care activities. » After being outdoors, it is best to shower and change clothing, as pollen

can adhere to clothing, skin and hair. Be aware that pets can also bring pollen into your home. » Keep windows closed and use an air conditioner in the home and car as much as possible to reduce the amount of allergens entering. » Don't hang sheets or clothing outside to dry. Pollens can collect on them. Pollen and mold counts are available at 513-9467753 or The hotline and website are updated each weekday by 10 a.m.


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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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2010 Mason Idol. She also performs at the Children's Theater of Mason. The rock part of the program will include arrangements of an Elvis medley, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles, and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. The Cincinnati Brass Band was formed in 1993 to provide an opportunity for qualified adult musicians the experience of playing traditional British brass band music. There are 35 members of the Cincinnati Brass Band, who along with their conductor, Anita Cocker Hunt, volunteer their time and efforts to spread the sound of a brass band to the general public. For more information about the Cincinnati Brass Band, visit Proceeds from this concert will benefit the on-going efforts of the Freestore Foodbank.

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Garden Club hosts annual tea party The Springdale Garden Club Annual Tea Party is Sunday, March 23. This year’s event will be themed “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.” In addition to members and their guests, the club welcomes anyone who wishes to attend. This is a colorful and delicious event; perfect for family members and friends to enjoy. The event will take place 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayspring Church of God, 1060 Smiley Ave., Forest Park. Cost is $15 per person 12 and up, $5 for children ages 4 to 11 (3 and under are free). The event features door prizes, beautiful themed raffle baskets, homemade treats and tea. For reservations call Joan Knox at 674-7755 or e-mail ( by

March 12. Springdale Garden Club is a non-profit organization that conducts beautification projects throughout the Springdale area. Proceeds from the annual tea party will fund these projects. Club members design and plant the community center’s front flower beds, purchase Arbor Day trees, make holiday decorations for the city buildings and take part in Springdale Elementary School gardening projects. Those projects are used as a teaching tool for the students. Members recently installed a raised garden area for the students and teachers to use for their science projects. The butterfly and herb gardens are ongoing projects at the school. Last fall, mem-

bers of the GE Elfin Society helped the members remove old shrubbery, cut back existing plants and planted new shrubs that will attract butterflies in the spring. This year the club started a Junior Garden Club with the Girl Scout Troop No. 46359. Future activities include a planned trip with the Girl Scouts to Loveland Castle for a tour of their gardens and the castle and a picnic. The club meets on the second Monday of each month at the community Center at 6 p.m., guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Carolyn Ghantous 328-4046 ( or Joan Knox 674-7755 (

Fundraising professionals offer scholarships The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cincinnati Chapter promotes the professional development and career advancement of its members through educational programming and by offering a network of professional resources that can help members generate philanthropic support for their organizations. The group recognizes that financial restraints can limit educational opportunities for members and offers four types of scholarship awards: » The Betsy Baugh

Membership Scholarship (to cover a full professional membership to our chapter) - deadline to apply is March 5. » Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship (to assist in the tuition cost of either the spring or fall sessions of the group’s fundraising master class) – deadline to apply is March 5.

» Chamberlain Scholarship Program (to cover the registration fee and travel to the 2015 AFP International Conference in Baltimore) – deadline to apply is Aug. 4. » CFRE scholarship (to assist in the exam fee for fundraisers planning to take the CFRE exam in 2014 )– deadline to apply is Aug. 4. Please visit the chapter website,, for more details on each scholarship and to obtain a copy of the scholarship application.

LLANFAIR EVENTS Upcoming events at Llanfair in College Hill:

Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Monday, March 17, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.; includes green pancake breakfast; Larchwood Building Dining Room, 1722 Larch Ave.; $5 per person, payable at the door. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. - Apartments on Parade, Larchwood Building,1722 Larch Ave. 11 a.m.-noon - Docu-

mentary on Ireland, Campus Center Great Room, 1701 Llanfair Ave. Noon-1 p.m. - Traditional Irish Beer Tasting, Wellness Center Café, 1701 Llanfair Ave. Please RSVP by March 10 to Marketing at 513-5914567 or email pashbrock

Three-part financial series

A three-part education series full of valuable information to help attend-

ees: » understand retirement choices; » manage money and benefits; » get the most out of what is available. Thursday, March - Estate Planning – Don’t Leave a Mess for Your Heirs Thursday, March 13 Beneficiaries and IRA’s – Leaving a Legacy Thursday, March 20 How Risky Are Your Investments?

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Chester Express from the Meijer Park & Ride in West Chester at 7390 Tylersville Road. The fare is $3.50 each way. Route 42X is funded by BCRTA. » Route 24 - Anderson Uptown: New service for employees who work at the U.S. Bank Lunken Operations Center at 5056 Wooster Pike. The new routing will serve the U.S. Bank office for one trip in morning and one trip in the afternoon. » Route 43 - EvendaleWoodlawn: Extended service to Evendale and Woodlawn on weekdays. This new Route 43 service will have a new layover point at Grueninger Way in Woodlawn. » Route74X - Colerain Express/via Banning (previously Northgate Express/via Banning) In addition to time adjustments, destination sign will reflect service location. » Route 85 Riverfront Parking Shuttle: The shuttle will reduce the number of morning trips (from 47 to 41) and evening trips (from 51 to 46). There will be adjusted arrival/departure times for most trips and the following routing change: all Main Street trips (Joe Nuxhall Way service) will use Central Ave. (not Smith Street) and all Broadway trips (Pete Rose Way service) will use Smith Street (not Central Avenue). Schedules are now available at




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The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The 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, 729-1300 » Mount Healthy: Chief Marc Waldeck, 728-3183 » Cincinnati District 5, Captain David Bailey, 569-8500 » North College Hill: Chief Gary Foust, 521-7171 » Greenhills: Chief Thomas Doyle, 825-2101 » Forest Park: Chief Phil Cannon, 595-5220.

Crystal Coleman, born 1984, telecommunication harassment, Feb. 10. Javen Pound, born 1985, consuming liquor in vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, Feb. 12. James Smith, born 1991, aggravated armed robbery, domestic violence, felonious assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, Feb. 13. William Bayer, born 1989, domestic violence, Feb. 13. Jerry Williams, born 1975, assaulting a law officer, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, Feb. 16.

FOREST PARK Arrests/citations Jordan Brown, 28, 1236 Waycross Road, disorderly conduct, Jan. 26. Charles Mack, 40, 1184 Waycross Road, assault, Jan. 26. Renita Spaulding, 49, 10877 Carnegie Drive, theft, Jan. 26. Terrell Arnold, 25, 1014 Grand Ave., theft, Jan. 27. Jessica Propfit, 36, 1143 Smiley Ave., theft, Jan. 29.

Incidents/reports Aggravated burglary 5473 Kirby Ave., Feb. 13. Aggravated robbery 5509 Belmont Ave., Feb. 12. Assault 5801 Hamilton Ave., Feb. 11. 2717 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 13. 5473 Kirby Ave., Feb. 13. Breaking and entering 1639 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 13. 2531 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 13. Burglary 5469 Kirby Ave., Feb. 11. Criminal damaging/endangering 5718 Kiefer Court, Feb. 13. Domestic violence Reported on Shadymist Lane, Feb. 11. Kidnapping 5509 Belmont Ave., Feb. 12. Rape Reported on Bahama Terrace, Feb. 10. Theft 1519 Ambrose Ave., Feb. 10. 2326 Raeburn Terrace, Feb. 11. 5860 Renee Court, Feb. 12. 5641 Belmont Ave., Feb. 7.

Incidents/reports Criminal damaging Window of vehicle damaged at 10985 Corona , Jan. 28. Misuse of credit card Victim reported at 11500 Framingham, Jan. 27. Victim reported at 1081 Smiley, Jan. 25. Robbery Victim reported at 11306 Southland Road, Jan. 28. Victim threatened and $40 removed at 11306 Southland Road, Jan. 28. Theft Merchandise of unknown value removed at 2299 Waycross Road, Jan. 26. Victim reported at 615 Dewdrop, Jan. 27. Transactions valued at $600 made without consent at 461 Dewdrop, Jan. 27.

$400 in materials removed at 11860 Kempersprings, Jan. 28. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 1143 Smiley, Jan. 28. Laptop of unknown value removed at 2299 Waycross Road, Jan. 30. Water tank, cage for lift, carts and other items valued at $4,800 removed at 639 Northland Blvd., Jan. 30. Phones of unknown value removed at 530 Northland Blvd., Jan. 30.


Ruth Baxter Summerly, 78, died Feb. 22. Survived by children Michael (Nikki), Stephen (Victoria) Summerly, Susan (Garry) Fisher, Pamela (Kenneth) Corcoran; grandchildren Davin (Barbara) Heitmeyer, Katie (Ryan) Ruth Summerly Summerly Donahue, William (Lacey) Summerly, Lauren (Nick) Goubeaux, Matthew Fisher, Kelly, Daniel Corcoran; great-grandchildren Madilyn, Amelia Donahue; a brother and his wife, a sister-in-

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Incidents/reports Theft Money changer of unknown value removed at 8000 Hamilton, Feb. 9. Vehicle removed at 1363 Compton, Feb. 8. Vandalism Victim reported at 7712 Clovernook, Feb. 6.

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5815 Argus Road: Smith Ashely to Winbush Darnell J.; $77,000. 6128 Faircrest Court: Derkson Kahlya A. to U.A. Bank National Association; $50,000. 6243 Collegevue Place: Kettler Michael F. @3 to Kittle Cynthia A. & Terry; $30,000.

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7426 Roettele Place: Tubul Erez to Sigc Investments LLC; $20,884. 7509 Harrison Ave: Thompson Mitchell D. & Gretchen A. Eubanks to Bank Of America N.A.; $48,000.

11443 Islandale Drive: Basham Jeremy R. to Sprinkle Zachariah A.; $112,500. 11629 Hinkley Drive: Powell Tina T. & Marcus D. to Richburg Steven; $32,000. 11657 Mill Road: Porginski Mark to A&j Holdings LLC; $101,596. 1609 Mandarin Court: Bank Of New York Mellon The to Global Dynamic Business Development LLC; $47,324.


10631 Mill Road: Atwood James & Denita to U.S. Bank National Asociation Tr; $100,000. 1152 Madeleine Circle: Behanan Carl & Leshaun to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr; $32,000. 11929 Brookway Drive: Spring Valley Bank to Wagner Kevin M.; $125,000. 12032 Goodfield Court: Mincher Randall & Rachel to Wells Fargo


149 Ireland Ave: Ernst Ann Marie & Richard J. to Ernst Richard J.; $64,250. 15 Bachman St.: Meadows Elizabeth to Newcomer Leah M. & Benjamin A.; $71,000. 73 Hadley Road: Sutphin Richard S. to Wu Huixing & Dongsheng

Bank NA; $66,000. 1282 Adams Road: Raglin Marjorie C. to U.S. Bank National Association Tr; $50,000. 138 Ridgeway Road: U.S. Bank National Association Tr to West South Fbo 070508 LLC; $26,000. 140 Ridgeway Road: U.S. Bank National Association Tr to West South Fbo 070508 LLC; $26,000. 1459 Hazelgrove Drive: Kennedy L. Christina & Adam J. Zillich to Wells Fargo Bank N.A.; $68,000. 1502 Biloxi Drive: Green Mary K & Karyn N. Thistlewood to Jackson Mario A. & Michelle Alexander; $60,000. 8525 Foxcroft Drive: Cp Buyers LLC to Hillcrest Homes Inc.; $71,000. 8822 Cottonwood Drive: Mcglamery James W. II to Banta James & Valeria; $90,088.

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Providing Basic necessities for needy children

Your generous monetary donation provides shoes, coats, glasses and basic necessities to neediest kids right here in the Tri-state. With the current economy, it’s a great way for you to help the children who need it most. So, step up for Neediest Kids of All and send your donation today!

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