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Your Community Press newspaper serving College Hill, Finneytown, Forest Park, Greenhills, Mount Airy, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Seven Hills, Springfield Township E-mail: hilltoppress@communitypress.com We d n e s d a y, M a r c h 1 7 , 2 0 1 0

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Principal is PTA top educator By Heidi Fallon

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St. Xavier Alex Longi shoots in the middle of a trio of Wayne High School defenders during the Bombers 46-40 victory in the DI state basketball tournament March 13. The Bombers will now play La Salle in the regional semifinals at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. – FULL STORY, A5

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Marianne Tranter organized a classroom of students even before she started school herself. “My mom tells everyone that I would line up my stuffed animals and play school, practically before I could talk,” Tranter said. Some 30 years later, her dedication to education paid off with her being named the Finneytown Elementary PTA Educator of the Year. “She stresses the importance of becoming a PTA member and reminds people of all the work our elementary PTA does for our school community,” said Elise Fessler, president of Finneytown PTA. “She also supports our PTA by attending and reporting at PTA meetings and has done this for years. Marianne goes far beyond what is expected of her as principal.” Tranter has been with the Finneytown district for 30 years, the last 12 as principal at Brent Elementary School. She started as a teacher and said she’s been in every grade-level class. Tranter was the lead teacher at Brent before becoming principal. “Teaching and being an administrator is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she said, while visiting a second-grade classroom.

“She stresses the importance of becoming a PTA member and reminds people of all the work our elementary PTA does for our school community. She also supports our PTA by attending and reporting at PTA meetings and has done this for years. Marianne goes far beyond what is expected of her as principal.”

Elise Fessler President of Finneytown PTA

“Teaching is so important.” Her staff is thrilled with award. “She’s wonderful,” said Kellie Kanter, who has taught with and for Tranter the past 15 years. “As an administrator, she works right along with us, working harder than anyone.” Carol Howard also has worked with Tranter for 15 years. “She really inspires us to be our very best and we, in turn, inspire our students.” Tranter was to be honored at the March 15 Finneytown school board meeting. She also will be honored with the other winners from each of the seven school districts that make up Hamilton County Council PTAs at the April 21.

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Springfield Township trustees have put off enacting a vicious dog law. One reason – determining what breed dogs are. – FULL STORY, A2

Good spellers

A College Hill man was part of a team that came in third place at the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati’s 20th annual Scripps Spelling Bee for Literacy. - FULL STORY, B6

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McAuley High School seniors Sarah Johansing, left, and Hannah Davis take photos and collect evidence at a staged murder scene at McAuley. The pair were part of a group of juniors and seniors who were taking a forensics science class. The students took hair, blood, handwriting samples and asked questions of the suspects, including the school president Sheryl Sucher, in order to find out who committed the murder. To place an ad, call 242-4000.

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Brent Elementary School Principal Marianne Tranter gives second-graders Kaitlyn Miller and Lorenzo Simpson a bit of help with their math assignment.

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The new manager of the Greenhills branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County partly learned the library business as a floater. Tom Gardner took over as branch manager March 7. He had been the reference/teen librarian at the Cheviot branch. Gardner, 38, started at the Wyoming branch in 1997 as a part-time assistant, and moved on to the North Central branch and became full time as a library services assistant. He became a floater in 2000, a job that took him to any branch that was short-staffed or just needed an extra employee. He got to work at nearly every branch in the system. Some of the managers he worked under urged him to get his master’s of library science degree, which he earned in 2006 from Indiana University. By that time, though, he had decided he liked working at the library. “It seemed like a natural fit for me.” During his floating career, Gardner spent a lot of time at the Greenhills branch. “I’m no stranger to the branch at all.” He plans to implement a few things within his first year, including more programming for the teens and seniors, and more out-

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Springfield Township puts hold on vicious dog legislation By Heidi Fallon hfallon@communitypress.com

Springfield Township is putting a moratorium on enforcing its vicious dog law. Trustees approved putting the breed-specific regulations on hold at the March 9 meeting. Police Chief David Heimpold said the action “doesn’t allow us to cite dog owners based solely on the breed.” The on-hold legislation required owners of certain dog breeds, specifically pit bulls, to register their dog

and meet requirements such as insurance. Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said several factors went into the decision including veterinarians being unable to determine specific breeds. “They told us even with DNA, there is no way to definitively say a dog is, for instance, a pit bull,” Hinnenkamp said. “Plus, state legislation is moving away from being breed-specific. Pit bulls were never banned from the township, but owners were required to register

their dog and could appeal that requirement. “It was obvious that we shouldn’t have regulations we can’t enforce.” Saying that any action against dog owners would be based on the dog’s behavior, not the breed, Heimpold said his department would follow state laws regarding vicious dogs. “Instead of having the registration requirement, we won’t take action until after an attack or incident regardless of the breed,” he said.

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Rusty McClure, center, author of “Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America,” recently donated copies of his book to all 41 branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Pictured accepting the book on behalf of the library are, from left, Collection Development Department Manager Sally Kramer, McClure, Collection Development Librarian Susanne Wells and Library Services Manager Paula Brehm-Heeger.

Home tours to encourage ownership, showcase township Parky’s Farm hosts ‘eggBy Heidi Fallon hfallon@communitypress.com

Springfield Township trustees have their second event designed to encourage home ownership and invigorate the housing market. Sold on Springfield Township is a one-day open house extravaganza with events and activities to

showcase living in Springfield Township. “It's a great way to show potential homebuyers what Springfield Township has to offer,” said Trustee Gwen McFarlin. Open houses throughout the township will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21. For every open house

toured, a door prize drawing ticket will be awarded. These tickets will be turned in and drawn for larger prizes at dinner. Those participating are asked to start at the Springfield Township Civic Center, 9150 Winton Road, to register and receive a list of open houses, a gift bag filled with coupons and

products from local businesses. They also will receive a certificate for $250 off closing costs with participating Springfield Township banks and tickets to evening activities with a free dinner by Skyline at The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road. Call 522-1410 for details.

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Families can hop, jump or skip on over to Parky’s Farm for an “egg-citing” time at this year’s Easter Spectacular. The great Easter celebration will be Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, with lunch available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Easter Spectacular will feature an egg hunt, family-friendly activities and lunch with a special guest. The Easter Spectacular is for all ages. The day will begin with a lunch with the guest of honor … the Easter Bunny. The menu for kids is grilled cheese or hot dog, bagged snack, fruit salad, pasta salad and cookie. The menu for adults is ham or turkey croissant sandwich, bagged snack, fruit salad, pasta salad and cookie. Beverages offered will be milk, juice, bottled water and soft drinks.

Following lunch, each child will receive a complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny and take a hay wagon ride to an egg hunt where they can collect Easter eggs and redeem them for a chocolate bunny. An indoor play barn, outdoor playground, music and moon bounce are also included in the activities during this special day. Tickets are required for all adults and children; tickets must be purchased in advance and are subject to availability. Tickets will be available for purchase until 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, but may sell out prior to that time. To purchase tickets, go to www.GreatParks.org. Due to the limited capacity of this event, tickets will not be available the day of the event. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($5 annual; $2 daily) is required to enter the parks.

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Finneytown seeking recipes for publication The Finneytown High School Family Consumer Sciences Department food and nutrition program is embarking on a project to collect recipes for publication in the Finneytown Community Cookbook. Submit your favorite, tastiest, most requested recipes and ask friends and family members for their favorites to submit. “It's a way to celebrate our community’s traditions,” said teacher Terry Owen. All Finneytown churches, citizens, schools, sports groups, civic organizations and local businesses are invited to participate. “The more recipes collected, the better the book,” Owen said. Proceeds benefit her department’s food and nutrition programs.

The deadline is April 10. You can submit your recipe by downloading a form at www. finneytown.org. There is a limit of five recipes per person. The deadline is April 10. You can submit your recipe by downloading a form at www.finneytown.org. There is a limit of five recipes per person. Each recipe must be on a separate piece of paper and include the recipe details, yield, pan size, cooking temperature and time. Include name, phone number or e-mail address in case there are questions. Names but no other information will be published.

YMCA in midst of annual campaign Volunteers, staff and members whose lives have been enriched by the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA are about to embark on a pursuit of an ambitious goal. Their mission? To raise more than $73,000 by March 31 in the first phase of a year-round effort to ensure the YMCA can continue its vision of never turning anyone away from opportunities to grow in spirit, mind and body. Every day lives are empowered, families are spending affordable quality time together, parents are being healthy role models for their children, and children are growing in positive ways because of their neighborhood YMCA. The success for this year’s EveryONE Deserves a Y Annual Campaign has never been more important as the difficult economic times are burdening families with increased stress and heightened need for focus-

ing on well being. For many, these opportunities simply wouldn’t be possible without the YMCA’s Membership For All sliding scale fee making opportunities affordable for everyone. Last year 27,000 people throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky participated in neighborhood YMCA memberships, summer camps, sports, swim lessons, classes and programs with financial assistance from the YMCA totaling more than $3.6 million. Forty-one percent of the kids participating in YMCA sports, swim lessons, structured afterschool, nurturing child care and camp were able to do so because of reduced rates. They learned positive character values, gained confidence, and made new friends. To learn more or make a donation, please call the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA at 513-521-7112 or visit www.myy.org.

Two charged with giving kids sleep aids Gannett News Service Criminal charges have been filed against two women who had been under investigation for allegedly giving sleep aids to children at Covenant Apostolic Church Day Care in Springfield Township, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Pamela Hartley, 56, of Cleves, and Donna Scott, 41, of Cincinnati, were each charged with three counts of child endangering and misrepresentation by a child care provider, according to a prepared statement. Hartley was the director of the day care center and Scott was the lead infant teacher when officials allege they gave the over-thecounter sleep supplement

melatonin to the children to make them sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic Web site, melatonin is not FDA approved or regulated. Side effects include seizures in children under the age of 5, headaches, nausea, fatigue and depression. Long-term use is not recommended for children or adults. Police were tipped off when a day care co-worker notified them. The two women no longer work at the day care. “I understand how upset the parents of these children must be,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in the statement. “Day care workers are responsible for a very valuable commodity and must be held to a high standard.”

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Notre Dame Club holds annual breakfast Approximately 170 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors, and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. The Rev. Paul Kollman, a Cincinnati native who graduated from Moeller High School and now teaches theology at Notre Dame, traveled from South Bend to concelebrate the Mass with the Rev. Timothy Howe, president of St. Xavier High School. Chaired by Kevin McManus (ND ’99) of Hyde Park, the event included the presentation of the club’s 2010 Exemplar Award to Kathleen (Thompson) Sullivan, a former Cincinnati resident who has been on the staff of the Notre Dame Alumni Association in South Bend since 1987. A breakfast buffet followed. The Exemplar Award was established as an annual club award in 2002 to promote and hold up as an example the ideals and achievements of Greater Cincinnati or University individuals who have provided exemplary, life-long service to humanity through career or volunteer involvement. The award honors Sullivan for her exceptional con-

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Teaching Conference and the Pray.ND.edu Internet prayer initiative, which have all played a role in helping strengthen the lifelong connection of thousands of graduates with Notre Dame’s core values of faith, learning and service. Sullivan grew up in Price Hill and graduated from both St. William Catholic School and Seton High School. She earned a degree in English and secondary education summa cum laude in 1978 from The College of Mount Saint Joseph, and taught at Summit Country Day for two years before starting graduate school at

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OLSH first-graders Jacob Collins (North College Hill), Aaron Blum (Reading) and Alex Koetter (Evendale) participated in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraiser benefiting the American Heart Association.

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OLSH sixth- graders Tyrone Williams (Westwood), Kelsey Beckstedt (Montgomery), Christian Kettler (Evendale), Sarah Wessinger (Montgomery), Sydney Blum (Reading) and Henry Kuechly (Evendale) recently shot hoops in the activity center to raise money for the American Heart Association during the Hoops for Heart fundraiser at the school.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School held two fundraisers – Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart – to benefit the American Heart Association. The events were organized by physical education teacher Molly Critchell to raise awareness of cardiovascular health during February’s National Heart Month. Students received pledges from friends and family to challenge them to jump rope or shoot baskets and collect funds for the American Heart Association.

Winton Woods students explore engineering Engineering teacher Myrtis Smith wants her students at Winton Woods High School to understand all the ways that engineering can impact their lives and their future careers. “The career of engineering is so broad that many students have no idea what the field is all about,” said Smith, a Project Lead the Way teacher with Great Oaks. That’s why she’s glad the 86 students who signed up for her introduction to engineering design class aren’t just interested careers in math and science, but in art, graphic design, computer gaming and health. While many students are looking to explore more traditional engineering fields such as mechanical, electrical or civil engineering, Smith’s students have a wide variety of interests, including architecture, health, education and even fashion design or law.

“You don’t have an A in math and science to take this class,” said Smith. “You have to have an interest in how things work and be creative and curious.” Smith’s class is the first in a four-year course of study known as Project Lead the Way, a partnership between Winton Woods High School and Great Oaks. Great Oaks provided teachers at both Winton Woods High School and Winton Woods Middle School and outfitted new labs in each building. The goal of PLTW is to give students first-hand experience with different facets of engineering and help them discover where their strengths lie. At the high school, foundation courses in the sequence include IED, principles of engineering and digital electronics. Specialization courses offered are civil engineering and architecture, computer integrated manufacturing, biotech-

nical engineering, aerospace engineering, computational modeling, and fuel cell technology. “Each school decides on the specializations they will offer,” said Smith. That decision is made with the help of an advisory team and determined by new technologies and industry in the area. PLTW ends with engineering design and development, a capstone project. Smith said not only do her students participate in hands-on projects, but they have the opportunity to meet experts in the engineering field like Professor Anita Todd, a mechanical engineer employed by the University of Cincinnati and representing the Society of Women Engineers. “Professor Todd recently to my students about careers in engineering, but she also brought everyday objects to talk about the engineering behind them,” said

Smith. Among the objects Todd brought were a golf driver, a camera, medical instruments and shoes. “She showed how engineering was used in every item from medicine to sports to electronics and how designs and features changed over the years.” At Winton Woods Middle School, engineering teacher Heather Edler said her goal is to create some excitement among her eighth-grade gateway to technology students and “help them take some baby steps to understanding ‘What’s engineering?’” The focus of the class is showing students how to use engineering skills to solve everyday problems. “A class like this makes them more well-rounded students, the same as someone taking a choir class,” said Edler. Gateway to technology is the Project Lead the Way course for middle school. The course is

designed to engage the natural curiosity of middle-school students. While in the classroom, students use computer programs like Inventor and RoboPro, and complete a variety of projects like a dragster and a robot. After passing a safety test with a score of 100 percent, students can use the class’s drill press, band saw and scroll saw. Edler’s class is divided into three courses: design and modeling, the science of technology, and automation and robotics. At the high school level, PLTW students are able to earn college credit for the course. Smith is also hoping to be able to offer internships to her students in the near future. “I tell my students this isn’t like any other class you’ve ever taken before,” said Smith. “When it comes to engineering the possibilities are endless. You just have to ask yourself, “Wouldn’t it be cool if … ”

Scholarship finalists

Seven St. Ursula Academy students have been named finalists in the 2010 competition for National Merit and National Achievement scholarships. Pictured from left are Rachel Ahrnsen of Mount Airy, Olivia Schutte of Anderson Township, Amanda Lietz of Miami Township, Kelly Muething of Pleasant Ridge, Lisa Dorn of East Walnut Hills, Carly Sullivan of Anderson Township and Erica Howard of College Hill. PROVIDED.

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The following students earned honors for the first semester of the 2009-2010 school year.

Freshman-sophomore honors

Angela Bird, Grace Castelli, Amber Elsen, Megan Fitzwater, Stephanie Hagedorn, Erin Howett, Lindsey Johnstone, Rachel Kim, Julie Ruehl and Meghan Stifel.

First honors

Mary Allen, Molly Allen, Alexandra Bren, Erin Coddington, Blake Eve, Jamie Goldschmidt, Olivia Johnson, Kara Meyer and Catherine Schomaker.

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Caitlin Collord, Abby Engdahl, Allison Frey, Olivia Longshore, Kathryn Lucas, Kori Moster, Megan Valerio and Rachel Zins.

Mosley meeting

Finneytown theater students recently visited Playhouse in the Park, meeting with author/playwright Walter Mosley. They attended a performance of Mosley’s debut play, “Fall of Heaven,” an urban folk tale about a rascal who gets caught between heaven and hell. Mosley autographed a copy of the novel “The Tempest Tales,” the basis for the play, for the Finneytown High School library. Pictured from left John Cooker, Adam Crowell, Caroline Michaelson, Walter Mosley, Conner Zimmermann and Thomas Steel. PROVIDED


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Man of the year

St. Xavier High School graduate Walt Gibler was recently named the Horizon Leagues sixth Man of the Year, wrapping up his sophomore year in fine fashion on the Loyola University Chicago basketball team. The 6-foot, 7-inch forward tallied 21 points, one shy of matching a career high, and tied a personal best with 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in Loyola’s 8066 loss at Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Championship, March 2. Gibler came off the pine in all but one of the Ramblers’ 30 games this season and scored in double digits on 19 occasions. In the final four outings of the year, Gibler contributed 15.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1 assist. In two career games in the Horizon League Championship, he was at his best averaging 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Loyola finished the year 14-16 and 5-13 in league play.

Flamm aids in win

La Salle High School graduate Matt Flamm added two hits including a triple and two RBI, to help secure a 6-2 win for the College of Mount St. Joseph baseball team March 9 against Juniata College. The Mount went on that day to fall to Wooster College 5-4.

St. X man in Jr. Olympics

USSA Region 4 of the Central Division, which includes alpine ski racers from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, will be represented at the Junior Olympics by A.J. Pucci from Mt. Washington. Pucci advances to the winter games after qualifying at Marquette, Mich., the week of Feb. 15. Skiing since 4 years old and racing since 6, A.J. will compete for the second time at the Junior Olympics – last year as a J4 and this year in the J3 division. Pucci is a freshman at Saint Xavier High School. Pucci said he plays soccer and tennis when not on the slopes. Pucci says his favorite parts are, “The speed; I love to go fast. There is also a challenge, not just against other competitors, but with yourself.” When asked what he’d like to be doing in eight years, Pucci said, “Eight years from now I’ll probably be in grad school, and hopefully still racing.” Pucci, who trains with Stampede Racing at Perfect North in Lawrenceburg, Ind., competes at the J3 Junior Olympics in Vail, Colorado from March 5-11. This competition program is the feeder system for future Olympians. This event features the highest level of racing in the United States for the J3 age class (racers born in 1995 and 1996, ages 13-15) including the fastest racers from 18 states covering the Central and Southern Rockies and the Midwest. Results can be found at: http://www.skiclubvail.org/JO /results.asp.

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For the first time since 2003, the Roger Bacon High School boys’ basketball team has advanced to regionals. “We got to districts each of the last two years, and this year we finally got over the hump,” Spartans head coach Brian Neal said. “We’ve been building brickby-brick to get to this point.” Roger Bacon got to this point by defeated Graham 47-34 in the Division II district final at UD Arena March 10. It was a defensive struggle from the start, as Roger Bacon led 6-5 after the first quarter. “As a GCL school, we take pride in our defense, and Graham was very physical and solid in what they were trying to do,” Neal said. “We weren’t doing the things we needed to be doing offensively.” That all changed just before halftime. With his team trailing 18-15 with time winding down in the second quarter, Roger Bacon junior guard Paul Byrd drilled a three to tie the game. The Spartans opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run. “We didn’t feel like we played very well, so it felt good to be tied at halftime,” Neal said. “After that, we had all the momentum.” Roger Bacon (19-5) moves on to play Dayton Thurgood Marshall (19-4) in the regional semifinal at 8 p.m. at Kettering Fairmont March 18. Thurgood Marshall, which beat Springfield

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Roger Bacon High School senior Jorian Hudson cuts down the net after helping the Spartans defeat Graham 47-34 in the Division II district final at UD Arena March 10. Shawnee 52-37 to advance, bounced Bacon in the district final last year en route to finishing as state runnerup. “(Marshall) played after us last night, and by the time our game was over it was already 9:30,” Neal said. “So I told our guys, ‘If you want to stay and watch, that’s fine, but you know what? We don’t care who we play. Shawnee is in the same league as Graham and is very similar to the guys we just played. And if we get Thurgood, we owe them one.’” The message was clear. Neal just wants to keep winning. “When you get to regionals, your goals are a lot bigger than revenge,” he said. Roger Bacon, which started the year 3-3, has now won 16 of 18, including five straight. Leading the Spartans is senior guard Jorian Hudson, who was named the GCLCentral Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He is averaging

14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. “He’s the guy that’s been there, done that,” Neal said. “He’s our leader. His energy and effort makes us go. When the Player of the Year gives you a Player-of-theYear-type game, it gives you a chance to win.” Jared Bryant and Byrd also earned first-team allleague honors. Bryant, a junior center, has been mammoth in the middle. He is averaging 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 67.2 percent from the field. “You’ve got to be balanced; you can’t rely on just the inside game or just the outside game, and we wouldn’t be this far if we didn’t have both,” Neal said. “Jared’s continued to improve and hopefully he keeps getting better. We’re going to need him (against Marshall).” Byrd, meanwhile, is averaging 10.2 points and drilling 36.1 percent of his threes, and junior forward Jabriel Coaston is averaging

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Roger Bacon junior Jared Bryant (30) rejects a shot from Graham’s Ethan Ward in the second quarter. 9.5 points, giving Roger Bacon essentially four double-digit scorers. “We joke about that,” Neal said. “Ninety percent of the time, it’s great. The other 10 percent, it’s a curse in that all the guys want to help us to be successful. When the game’s on the line and you share the ball as much as we do, the question becomes, ‘Who will be the guy?’ But it hasn’t hurt us yet.” Roger Bacon, which was named city champion and

earned a No. 1 seed, has yet to be seriously challenged in the postseason. The Spartans have playoff wins over New Richmond, Batavia, North College Hill and Graham by margins of victory of 40, 30, 15 and 13, respectively. “Honestly, we haven’t played that well in the postseason,” Neal said. “And give Graham a lot of credit for that. We feel like our best basketball is still in front of us, and thankfully, our guys aren’t satisfied.”

Little losses loom large for Warriors By Tony Meale tmeale@communitypress.com

Four points. That’s the total margin of defeat for the three losses sustained by the Winton Woods High School boys’ basketball team this season. And unfortunately for the Warriors, their season is over. Seeded No. 4 in the tournament, Winton Woods fell to No. 10 St. Xavier in the Division I sectional final at the Cintas Center Feb. 27. The Warriors led 32-15 in the second quarter and 4027 heading into the fourth, but St. X fought back to tie the game at 50. A free throw by Bomber senior forward Alex Longi with 4.8 seconds left gave St. X the one-point win, 5150. “I thought we played three really good quarters,” Winton Woods head coach Donnie Gillespie said. “In the fourth, we had some trouble locating their shooters and the momentum changed.” Winton Woods finished the season 17-3 (10-0). The Warriors started the year 11-0 before dropping two of their next three games in late January and early February by a combined three points. They lost 65-63 at Walnut Hills, a team that entered the game 9-1 and finished 16-5, and they lost 56-55 at La Salle, a team that won the city champi-

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Winton Woods High School senior forward Dominique Brown drives to the basket between St. Xavier defenders Alex Longi (13) and Luke Massa (15) during the Division I sectional final at the Cintas Center March 3. Brown had nine points, nine rebounds and four assists, but the Warriors fell 51-50. Winton Woods’ three losses this season were by a combined four points. onship, earned the top seed in the tournament and was 20-2 entering its district final match-up against Woodward March 13. “I think the two midsea-

son losses affected us in terms of our seeding,” Gillespie said. “We were playing all year to get a really high seed.” Although they went 0-2

against the GCL-South, the Warriors were a perfect 100 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division, defeating league opponents by an average of 25.5 points per game. “I thought we played well all season in the league; we controlled the tempo and played to our strength,” Gillespie said. “Even against St. X, we played fast and allowed our more talented players to play in space.” Winton Woods was led by FAVC-Buckeye Co-Player of the Year Allen Payne, who shared the honor with Anderson senior guard Mike Wilkison, who led the entire FAVC in scoring (21.2). Payne, a senior, was second in the FAVC-Buckeye in scoring (17.1) and blocks (1.6), fifth in rebounds (6.1) and steals (2.0), and first in field-goal percentage (63.2 percent). “Allen really came into his own this season and played with confidence,” Gillespie said. “He just allowed the game to come to him.” Payne, who shot a solid 52.9 percent from the floor as a junior, saw his marksmanship rise by more than 10 percentage points as a senior. “He did a good job of taking what the defense was giving him, and he was more confident and composed,” Gillespie said. Payne, who will play for

Auburn, was aided by a trio of First Team All-FAVC performers: Dominique Brown, Semaj Christon and Nate Mason. Brown, who will play football for Louisville, was third in the league in scoring (15.8), fourth in rebounds (6.3) and fourth in field-goal percentage (55.7). “He’s just a competitor and a pure athlete,” Gillespie said. “He brought a winning mentality from the football team to the basketball team.” Christon, a junior, led the entire FAVC in assists by a landslide, averaging 5.9 dishes per game. Only one other player – Brandon Howard of Walnut Hills – averaged more than 4.0. Christon also led the league in steals with 2.8 swipes per game. “I’m looking forward to him having a strong senior season,” Gillespie said. Mason, meanwhile, was third on the team in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (3.7). He also led the team in foul shooting (80.3 percent) and three-point accuracy, hitting nearly 38 percent of his attempts. “He did a tremendous job of balancing our scoring and shooting from the outside,” Gillespie said. Also playing a pivotal role was junior Dennis Thomas, a second team allleague performer. He averaged 9.2 points per game.


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Lancers keep rolling with district title By Tony Meale

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With a 61-42 win over Woodward in the Division I district final at UD Arena March 13, the La Salle High School basketball team advanced to regionals for the second straight year. “The boys have done pretty well,” Lancers head coach Dan Fleming said. “Against any opponent, our guys feel they can go in and win.” It is the first time that Fleming, who is in his 19th year at La Salle, has led the Lancers to back-to-back regional tournaments. “Our games have been pretty spread out, so we’re getting a lot of practice time in and hopefully getting better,” he said. Leading La Salle against Woodward were Brandon Neel, Matt Woeste and Josh Lemons, all of whom scored 12 points.

The Lancers have won 11 straight games. Seeded No. 1, La Salle has steamrolled through its playoff competition, winning four games by an average of 35 points, including a 93-32 win over Amelia in the sectional semifinal, a game in which all 15 Lancers scored. In the sectional final against Northwest, La Salle trailed early but finished with a 77-40 win. “I think we were trying too hard (against Northwest),” Fleming said. “We were excited to be playing, and we were rushing things and taking the first available (three-point shot). But once we settled down and made some shots and got our press going, we were okay.” The three-point shot has certainly been a blessing for La Salle. Entering its game against Woodward, all five Lancer starters were shoot-

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ried about the team. La Salle has lost just twice this season by a combined six points - 49-47 on a last second-shot against Moeller Jan. 8 and 51-47 at St. Xavier Jan. 22. The Lancers avenged both of those losses later in the regular season, beating Moeller on the road by 11 and St. X at home by 19. La Salle advances to play the Bombers in the regional semis at the Cintas Center

March 18. If victorious, the Lancers play the winner of Princeton and Moeller in the regional final March 19. Princeton beat La Salle in the regional final last season. “I know it’s cliché, but we’re really taking it game by game,” said Fleming, who thanked the school and its fans for their support this season. “We’ll worry about who we play when we play them.”

Bombers advance

St. Xavier’s basketball team holds up the district championship trophy after beating Wayne High School 46-40 at the University of Dayton Arena March 13. The Bombers will go on to play La Salle at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, at the Cintas Center.

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How would it affect you if the U.S. Postal Service discontinued Saturday service? “It will affect us all – the more service is reduced, the less people will use the Postal Service. Then will they reduce delivery to four days, or every other day? Surely the government and the Postal Service can find other ways to save money without reducing its basic, core service of mail delivery.” J.S.B. “Minimally. I wouldn’t like it, but I could deal with it. I understand something about how shaky the Postal Service has been in the last 20-30 years and since I am one of the few people in my circle of friends and family who still writes letters, pay bills by check, etc., I have witnessed the incremental increases in the cost of a first-class postage stamp to its current 44 cents. When I was a kid, we actually had mail delivery twice a day. As one of the current TV commercials would say, ‘Can you believe it?’ “I wish I could have done something to change the outcome, but as someone said in his campaign for the presidency recently, ‘It’s above my pay grade.’ “It may seem harsh, but think about it: most of the stuff we get in our mailbox these days is junk mail, plain and simple – and advertising circulars. I could go one more day without those.” Bill B. “If the US Postal Service (a privately-operated entity) is such dire financial straits that the only immediate solution is suspension of Saturday deliveries, it will little or no impact on us (most of the mail we receive is catalogs and junk anyway!). “I remain amazed that I can write a letter to a friend in California, put a 44-cent stamp on it and find out that it arrived safely, at the correct address in just three days. It’s a shame that the electronic age has allowed us to give up the fine art of letter-writing in favor of e-mails which are great for some things but totally inappropriate as replacements for a good, old-fashioned, hand-written letter. ‘Nuff said.” M.M. “It won’t affect me at all. We pay most of our bills on the Internet or phone, which is why the post office is not doing as much business as in the past. We’ve gone mostly paperless so we don’t get bills mailed to our house but sent to our e-mail, and have some accounts automatically debited. If I buy something online, it’s usually shipped Fed Ex or UPS – because it’s cheaper and faster. “I did see where some members of Congress would like a 2or 3-day a week service, which I think would be too drastic. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times, in much the same way fewer and fewer people are reading hard copies of the newspaper. Everyone has to adjust.” R.L.H. “We pay almost all our bills and receive almost all our income electronically. Most of what comes in our personal mail is not time critical, catalogs, magazines, and advertising. My CPA business would be mildly inconvenienced because I send 100+ priority mail packages during tax season to ship returns to my clients and my clients return authorization forms

Next question Do you think businesses are right to block employees’ access to NCAA Tournament-related Web sites during the tournament? Why or why not? Every week The Hilltop Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to hilltoppress@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line. and payment checks in the mail. The returns get filed electronically once I have the authorization. One or two days seldom makes a difference. “The USPS provides a good service and clearly can’t survive in its current situation. I would favor mail delivery every other day, 7 days a week. Currently, not delivering on Sunday and 10 or so holidays, gives us 303 deliveries a year. Every other day with 10 holidays would give us about 178 and should greatly reduce the post office costs. Post offices should be open six days, but they should charge a premium for counter service, just like airlines. “Much of what gets done in a post office can be done at home on a computer using the USPS online services like Click-n-Ship. You can order supplies, get stamps and create your own postage. You can even schedule your carrier to pick up your packages at your door for no extra charge. All you need is a $15 postal scale and a computer. I can’t tell you how many times I have wasted my time in line while a long suffering postal clerk has tried to assist a person who came to the post office without a clue about how to ship what they wanted to mail. I avoid the counter as much as possible. “Post offices should be rigorously evaluated on whether they process enough volume to turn a profit and closed if they don’t. They are a business, not a right of citizenship.” F.S.D. “I don’t believe it would be much of an issue. My feelings go beyond this though. My understanding is that the issue they are trying to address is cost and in reality this, from what I have read, has very little to do with cost. “If this were a private industry service would be the highest priority. In the case of the post office it is more to protect the union.” C.H. “It won’t. Just get the bills two days later.” J.Z. “I would rather have the U.S. P.S. discontinue Wednesday or Thursday service. That way there would be minimal delay as compared to a two day lapse over the weekend.” N.F. “Saturdays bills and junk mail would come on Monday. They could cut it back to delivery Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I could care less. The USPS is just another failure of the federal government.” Nick Weber “Nowadays, if it’s urgent, it goes by email or FedEx. Two or three deliveries of junk mail a week is more than enough! “I know that the USPS has just said it won’t consider dropping Saturday delivery, but that is just ‘Head in the sand’ thinking.” D.M.R.

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La Salle High School junior Mark Specker was named the Northwest Exchange Club’s Student of the Month for February. Specker maintains a 3.987 grade-point average and is involved with swimming, the Key Club and National Honor Society. The Delhi Township resident is pictured with his parents, Becky and Mark.

Are we paying to get the garbage delivered? I am not a television fan. I mostly watch news or educational programs. Many years ago my answer to a solicitor for cable asking if I wanted cable was, “that’s like paying to get the garbage delivered!” My opinion has pretty much stayed the same, but we do have cable. My mind was stirred into action one recent evening when an ad appeared featuring race car drivers. I was intrigued by the endorsements on their jerseys. Immediately, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same with our Congress. Both the DUMBocrats and the Repugnicants should be required to wear similar jerseys when they appear on television. The names of the people who have bought, yes bought, their allegiance should be prominently displayed for all to see. A streaming list should also appear alongside them. It would be headed “The votes of this senator or representative may be influenced by the following contributors.” This would aid concerned citizens. It would help us avoid patronizing corporations, unions and organizations that own those people who deliver our garbage to us as taxes and wasteful rules. It is not surprising that these taxes and laws benefit those interest groups exclusively.

OK maybe I sound too sarcastic. You are the judge. When we see the results of corrupt politicians paying off special interest groups Edward Levy we have to Community wonder if what Press guest is happening in r e e c e , columnist G Venezuela, Italy, Spain and other corrupt countries will happen here. History is full of examples where corruption has led to dictatorships. This often results in total loss of freedom for the out of favor population. Even worse, revenge between various ethnic groups becomes a reality. History does repeat itself. It is never exactly in the same sequence. It is the evil part of human nature that creates revenge from events that are only slightly different. Our tendency is to blame others for our misfortunes. More than 200 years ago Alexander Tyler, a professor in the original 13 colonies, wrote. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on

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3672 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251, or call 513-385-1234. In Columbus, write him at the Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 14th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call him at 614466-9091; fax: 614-719-3583. E-mail: district29@ohr.state.oh.us • 32nd District – Dale Mallory (D) In Columbus, write 77 S. High St., 13th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call 614-466-1645; fax 614-719-3586 E-mail: district32@ohr.state.oh.us

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the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.” As our children would say on a long automobile trip, “Are we there yet?” Hopefully, we are not quite there yet. We owe it to our children to see that we don’t get there. The crippling debt (garbage) we are amassing will fall to them to deal with. If history repeats itself, poverty and potential bloodshed will be their sad future. In November we can start to correct this mess. We can throw out incumbents and insist on total integrity in their replacements. When it comes time to vote, be a patriot. You owe it to your children! Edward Levy is a former college instructor.

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St. Vivian Church, Boy Scout Troop 682 is pleased to announce that Patrick Stiver has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Stiver, a member of Boy Scout Troop 682 at St. Vivian Church, joins 34 other Eagle Scouts from Troop 682 in its 52-year history. With Stiver are Kathy Downey and Bill Stiver.

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Gerald Ford, astronauts Neil Armstrong and James Lovell, and director Steven Spielberg. To become an Eagle, a candidate must demonstrate leadership skills in his troop and in a community service project. Stiver erected 16 nesting boxes at Winton Woods Park for his Eagle project. He received his award at St. Vivian Feb. 20.

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The 10th annual scholarship benefit concert in the memory of Mike Westermen, will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the school’s Performing Arts Center, 1620 W. Galbraith Road. The scholarship benefits graduates of North College Hill High School who pursue music degrees in college. There have been five recipients of the $1,000 scholarships to date and another scholarship could be presented this spring. Westermen was killed while on vacation with his family in 2000, just days after completing his junior year at NCH. The concert will include performances by the Electric Generals, Ska-Boom, Shiny and the Spoon, Tom Sparrow and other alumnae and friends. It is sponsored by Buddy Rogers Music, NCH Trojan Band Boosters and the school’s music department. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information call 729-4783.

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• School Cafeteria, St. Therese Little Flower Church, 5560 Kirby Ave., Mount Airy, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fish, shrimp, spaghetti, pizza, shrimp, potatoes, fries, salad and macaroni and cheese. Carryout available. Benefits Lady of Grace Catholic School Athletic Association. $4-$6. • VFW Post 7340 Charles R. Gailey, 8326 Brownsway Lane, 4:30-7 p.m. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken, platters come with choice of two sides. Carryout available. $7 platter, $4 sandwich. Presented by VFW Post 7340 Ladies Auxiliary.

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A Remarkable Resume Roundup, presented by ProTrain True North, will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at True North Achievement Center, 650 Northland Blvd., Suite 100, in Forest Park. At the roundup, you can meet one-on-one with certified career coach and resume expert and receive feedback from peers during roundtable discussion. Cost is $69.95 and reservations required. For in, call 825-1555 or go to www.careerachievementnetwork.com.

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Jamar Cunningham, 8, gets help from children’s librarian Lisa Insenga in deciding just how he wants his paper flower to look.

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College Hill library has fun programs for all youngsters

By Heidi Fallon

hfallon@communitypress.com

Whether it’s accessing the Internet, getting help with homework, honing chess skills or making a craft, youngsters are flocking to the College Hill branch library. Branch manager Arnice Smith and her staff, including children’s librarian Lisa Insenga, have designed varied program opportunities for all ages. “A lot of our youngsters are latchkey kids and we want them here rather on the streets,” Smith said. “Our library is only as good as our community and we want both to be great.” On any given afternoon, Smith said the library, 1400 North Bend Road, may see as many as 70 students coming in after the neighboring Pleasant Hill and College Hill Fundamental schools finish classes. “It’s a fun place to be,” said Nia Hill, 9, while working to create the

day’s craft of making paper flowers. Insenga said she came up with flower project for the monthly Get Crafty program after staring out at the bleak skies. “It’s just so gray and dreary,” she said, “I thought this would be fun.” She had the roomful of youngsters making a flower they could take home and another to adorn the library. Smith said it can get a bit noisy when the students start trekking. “They understand our expectations for behavior,” she said. “But, they’ve been in school all day and have a lot of energy.” A new Homework Help program for students up to eighth-grade started this month. A main library employee arrives every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. to help as needed. The branch also has a variety of programs for teens and adults including two book clubs, Wii, bingo and teen time. Call the branch at 369-6036.

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Nyjalai Biggers, 9, models the scarf she made at a recent craft time at the College Hill branch library.

Hall of Heroes honors military women The Winton Woods City School District’s ninth Hall of Heroes event is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Greenhills Community Building, 8 Enfield Drive. This year’s theme is “Honoring Women in the Military.” The Hall of Heroes is the creation of retired fifthgrade teacher Glenn Grundei as a way of thanking members of the military for being modern day heroes. It is a permanent display of photos, newspapers and memorabilia that tells the story of every war since World War I. The guest speaker for this year’s Hall of Heroes is Dr. Lynn Ashley, a Forest Park resident who was a member of the Women’s Army Corps from 1944-

PROVIDED.

Dr. Lynn Ashley, a member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, will be guest speaker at this year’s Hall of Heroes. She is pictured at a previous Hall of Heroes event. 1946. Ashley enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1944 and was sent to a New Mexico bombardier training site, where she served as an aircraft scheduler.

YOU DESERVE A JOB AND A HIGH-FIVE.

Displays at this year’s event include: • World War II Women’s Army Corps, provided by Dr. Lynn Ashley; • World War II Navy nurses, provided by Bonnie

Rost; • Korean War veterans, provided by Bob McGeorge; • Military memorabilia, provided by Dusty and Dakota White, and members of the Delhi Veterans Association; • Vietnam War, provided by Mel Heis. “This year’s Hall of Heroes event is dedicated to Tom Murrell and Mike Bryan for all they have done to make these last eight events possible,” said Grundei, who also thanked Gary Sweetman, Winton Woods building and grounds supervisor, and his staff for their help with the displays. The Hall of Heroes Open House is free and open to the public.

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Hilltop Press

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 1 7

CIVIC

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 9720 Colerain Ave., Collection and distribution of children’s books for families and children in need through local non-profit and community organizations. 385-4100. Colerain Township.

COMMUNITY DANCE

Choreographed Ballroom Dancing, 7-10 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Ballroom dance moves choreographed to various types of music. No prior dance experience is necessary. Wear casual attire and smooth-soled shoes. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Springfield Township.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Releaf Sports Bar, 5963 Cheviot Road, 385-5323. White Oak.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

Life in the Spirit, 7-9 p.m., St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road, Hilvert Hall. Weekly through April 28. $5 for materials. Registration required. 471-5483. Monfort Heights.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Ceramics, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., Materials and training provided. Free. 521-3462. North College Hill.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Lose it for Life, 6:30-8 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Create and work personal plan to maintain your weight-management lifestyle. Free. Registration recommended. 931-5777. Finneytown. Divorce Support Group, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Information on getting over loss of partner, grief over being single, giving up unrealistic expectations that lead to unneeded guilt and frustration, developing strong support system and sources of self-esteem. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. T H U R S D A Y, M A R C H 1 8

CIVIC

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 385-4100. Colerain Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Royal Rounds, 2-4 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 9292427. Greenhills. Hamilton County Park District Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Springfield Township.

DANCE CLASSES

Line Dance Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smoothsoled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Springfield Township.

Waltz and Two-Step Dance Classes, 7-10 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Wear comfortable and casual attire and smooth-soled shoes for dancing. No prior dance experience is necessary. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 9292427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Springfield Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Restore the Core, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, 3707 Edgewood Drive, Get ready for summer and bathing suit season. First class is free. $10. Presented by StrollerFit Inc. 205-9772; www.strollerfit.com. Green Township.

NATURE

Northside Greenspace Annual Meeting, 7 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Tim Sisson, president of Western Wildlife Corridor, speaks on the successful efforts to preserve natural areas on the hills overlooking the Ohio River in western Hamilton County using land trust techniques. Public welcome. Refreshments. Free. Presented by Northside Greenspace Inc. 541-9119; www.northsidegreenspace.org. College Hill.

PARENTING CLASSES

Better Than Yelling, 7-9 p.m., Corpus Christi Church, 2014 Springdale Road, Skills to decrease yelling and increase satisfying relationships. $15. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745; www.catholiccharitiesswo.org. New Burlington. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 9

CIVIC

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 385-4100. Colerain Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Therese Little Flower Church, 5560 Kirby Ave., School Cafeteria. Fish, shrimp, spaghetti, pizza, shrimp, potatoes, fries, salad and macaroni and cheese. Carryout available. Benefits Lady of Grace Catholic School Athletic Association. $4-$6. 541-5560. Mount Airy. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist School-Colerain Township, 5375 Dry Ridge Road, Undercroft. Fish, shrimp, whole pizzas or by the slice, side items, drinks and desserts. Carryout available. Benefits Help-AStudent Education Fund. $3-$15. 9232900; www.stjohns-dr.org. Colerain Township. St. James the Greater Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. James the Greater, 3565 Hubble Road, Undercroft. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, cheese pizza, clam chowder, macaroni and cheese, desserts, pop and beer. Carryout available. Crafts for children. Benefits St. James the Greater church activities. $2-$7. 741-5311; www.stjamesfishfry.org. White Oak. Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., VFW Post 7340 Charles R. Gailey, 8326 Brownsway Lane, Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken, platters come with choice of two sides. Carryout available. $7 platter, $4 sandwich. Presented by VFW Post 7340 Ladies Auxiliary. 521-7340; www.gaileyvfw.com. Colerain Township.

MUSIC - BENEFITS

Mike’s Night Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., North College Hill Junior/Senior High School, 1620 W. Galbraith Road, Performing Arts Center. Variety show featuring high school students, alumni and community members. Benefits Mike Westermen Scholarship Fund. Free, donations requested. 728-4783. North College Hill.

MUSIC - ROCK

Achilles Descent CD Show, 6:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With When All Else Fails, As The Sky Burns, A Skylights Dawn and special guest. $8. 825-8200; www.theug.com. Forest Park. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 2 0

Cincy A2, 8-10:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Advanced level square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Mount Healthy. Ramblin’ Roses, 8-10:30 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Mainstream and Plus-level square dance club. Recent square dance graduates and experienced dancers welcome. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Greenhills.

CIVIC

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 385-4100. Colerain Township.

COMMUNITY DANCE

Hoedowners, 8-10:30 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, No prior dance experience necessary. $15. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 761-4088; www.so-nkysdf.com. Greenhills.

FESTIVALS

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar, 5872 Cheviot Road, Includes light hors d’oeuvres. $10. 9231300; www.piazzadiscepoli.com. White Oak. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 513, 7947 Hamilton Ave., Cod, catfish, shrimp, crab cakes, steak and chicken sandwiches, fries, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and cupcakes. 729-0061. Mount Healthy. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church, 11565 Pippin Road, Includes fish, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert and beverage. Carryout available. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 640. $4-$8. 851-1065; www.pleasantrunpc.org. Colerain Township. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. John Neumann Church, 12191 Mill Road, Daniel Hall. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, vegetable lasagna, pizza and more. A la carte and carryout available. $7 and up. 742-0953. Springfield Township.

Vacation Bible School Fundraiser Carnival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., New Hope Community Church, 3707 Edgewood Drive, Food, games, raffle, silent auction and cake walk for all ages. Children’s prize room for early VBS registrants. Family friendly. Benefits New Hope Community Church Vacation Bible School. 661-2428. Green Township.

HOME & GARDEN

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KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Karaoke Idol Contest, 7-11 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Doors open 6 p.m. Ages 21 and up to enter contest. Kitchen and bar open. Free. 728-5335. Greenhills.

MUSIC - OLDIES

Sweetheart Dance, 1-5 p.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Grand Ballroom. Funfest dance with music by DJ Larry Robers, soft drinks, beer, snacks, door prizes and photo. For Ages 50 and up. $10. 521-1112. College Hill. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 2 2

CIVIC

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 385-4100. Colerain Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Scarf It Up Club, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road, Hilvert Center. Group makes hats, scarves, lap covers, prayer shawls and anti-ouch pouches for Cincinnati area. Free. Presented by St. Ignatius Loyola Church. 661-6565. Monfort Heights. Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 810 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced western style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.sonkysdf.com. Mount Healthy.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Restore the Core, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, $10. 205-9772; www.strollerfit.com. Green Township.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Job Search Group, 1-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Diane Barron, AXA Financial Advisors, “Charting a New Financial Course.” Consultants teach on topics to help with job search. Participants share leads and resumes. Free. Registration required. 9315777. Finneytown. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 2 3

AUDITIONS

Bye, Bye Birdie, 6-9:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew Church, 522-3680. Finneytown.

Seminars in a Snap: Fruits & Berries, 1111:30 a.m., White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, Easy, eco-friendly and economical fresh food from your yard. Educational opportunities for busy people who want to enhance their outdoor living space with style and beauty. Free. Through April 10. 385-3313; www.whiteoakgardencenter.com. White Oak.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK

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. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Springfield Township.

Carole Moore Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Lucky Lady, 9962 Hamilton Ave., With Larry & Bill. Ages 21 and up. 403-5100. Springfield Township.

MUSIC - ROCK

Divihne Day CD Show, 6:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., $8. 825-8200; www.theug.com. Forest Park.

FILE PHOTO

Find out how to plant easy and economical fresh food in your own yard at Seminars in a Snap: Fruits & Berries, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road. For more information, call 385-3313 or visit www.whiteoakgardencenter.com.

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EXERCISE CLASSES

CIVIC

HEALTH / WELLNESS

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Restore the Core, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, $10. 205-9772; www.strollerfit.com. Green Township. Quitting for Life, 7-8 p.m., Powel Crosley Mansion, 2366 Kipling Ave., Smokers learn why they smoke and why they should quit. With Drs. Michael McHenry and Todd Williams. Free. 937-378-2526. Mount Airy.

SENIOR CITIZENS

North College Hill Senior Center Membership Council Meeting, 11 a.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., 521-3462. North College Hill. Dominoes, 12:30-2 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., All experience levels. 521-3462. North College Hill. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 2 4

BUSINESS CLASSES

Continentals Round Dance Club, 7-9:30 p.m., Hilltop United Methodist Church, 1930 W. Galbraith Road, Phase III-V level round dance club. $6. 929-2427; www.sonkysdf.com. North College Hill.

What’s New In Office 2007, 6-9 p.m., True North Achievement Center, 650 Northland Blvd., Suite 100, Interactive session focusing on new features in Office 2007. Family friendly. $59. Reservations required. 8251555. Forest Park.

DANCE CLASSES

BUSINESS SEMINARS

Remarkable Resume Roundup, 1-3 p.m., True North Achievement Center, 650 Northland Blvd., Suite 100, Meet one-on-one with certified career coach and resume expert and receive feedback from peers during roundtable discussion. Family friendly. $69.95. Reservations required. 825-1555; www.careerachievementnetwork.com. Forest Park.

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 385-4100. Colerain Township.

Round Dancing with D and C, 7-9 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 10416 Bossi Lane, Round Dancing with Cuers: Dick & Cinda Reinhart. Ballroom figures: waltz, twostep, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 9292427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Springfield Township.

COMMUNITY DANCE

Choreographed Ballroom Dancing, 7-10 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 9292427; www.so-nkysdf.com. Springfield Township.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Releaf Sports Bar, 3855323. White Oak.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Ceramics, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, Free. 521-3462. North College Hill.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Amazing Acro-Cats, 6 p.m., Kolping Center, 10235 Mill Road, Entourage of trained domestic cats. $12. Advance tickets required. Presented by Circus Cats of Chicago. 851-7951; http://amazinganimals.biz/showtickets.htm. Springfield Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER

Murder Mystery Dinners, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Cash bar. “Bowling Alley Bust-Up.” Audience participation. Adults. $33.50; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 2 1

AUDITIONS

Bye, Bye Birdie, 2:30-6:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew Church, 9375 Winton Road, Krumpe Activity Center, Upstairs Room. Prepare 16-32 bars of musical theater song that best demonstrates range and vocal ability. Dress to learn short dance combination. May be asked to read from the script. Ages 7 and up. Production dates: June 23-27. Presented by Bart’s Bards. 522-3680. Finneytown.

CIVIC PROVIDED

See DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee in “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City!” at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Aronoff Center. The production features music, singing, dancing and animation. Hip-hop artist Biz Markie will also be on stage teaching kids how to beat box, as well as special guests The Aquabats, as part of the Super Music Friends Show. Tickets are $25 and $35. Children under 1 year old are admitted for free to sit on a parent’s lap. Packages are available for $99 and include a meet-and-greet with the characters. Call 513-621-2787 or visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

Half Pint Library Book Drive, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Half Price Books, 385-4100. Colerain Township.

FOOD & DRINK

Indiana Chicken Dinner, 1-6 p.m., St. Ann Church, 2900 W. Galbraith Road, Msr. Lunn Parish Center. Dine in or Carryout available. Includes raffle. Benefits St. Ann’s Parish. $10, $5 children. 521-8440; www.saintannparish.org. Colerain Township.

PROVIDED

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Cincinnati to perform “Beethoven’s Last Night,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Taft Theatre. They will also perform songs from their new album, “Night Castle.” Tickets are $48.50 and $58.50; $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Music Resource Center. Call 513-721-8883 or visit www.Livenation.com. Pictured is Roddy Chong of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Life

Hilltop Press

March 17, 2010

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Five responses to question, ‘Why me?’ It’s not news to read that life doesn’t always happen as expected. When despite my best I lose out, can’t find a good job, watch a valuable relationship dissolve, discover I have an incurable disease, or encounter countless other major or minor tragedies – a question often arises, “Why me?” Here are five possible considerations among so many others. 1. An imagined “Contract with the Universe,” or, with God. Most of us live harboring a quid pro quo attitude. It’s as though we’ve made a contract with God or the Universe. Our imaginary contract says “If I’m good only good things will happen to me.” If I live an ordinary, honest, helpful-to-others life, things will go well and no traumas or dramas will occur.” When adversity does arrive we feel betrayed. We wonder, “Why me?” Of course, there is no contract.

Life in this world is unpredictable and unfair. Full justice, and even mercy, come later.

2. The expectation of Father Lou e x e m p t i o n . Guntzelman Others die, not Perspectives me; others get diseases, not me; others encounter all sorts of problems, but not me. When one of my sisters was lying on a hospital gurney awaiting an operation, a doctor friend passed. Surprised to see her he asked, “What’s wrong? What are you doing here?” Somewhat teary-eyed she told him. Then she added, “Right now I’m lying here feeling a little sorry for myself and wondering, ‘Why me?’” Known for his humor rather than tact, he exclaimed, “Well, wouldn’t a better question be,

‘Why not?’” He was realistic but insensitive. His realistic response has led me many times to ask myself that question. When I feel undeservedly dumped on by life I often ask myself, “Why not?” I have never been able to come up with a convincing reason that should exempt me from the vicissitudes of life. 3. My own unconscious causality. “Why me?” Because sometimes I set myself up for them by not recognizing my behavior or thoughts. E.g. Some people marry, find their spouse physically abusive, and eventually divorce. The abused person later marries again, and voila, the second spouse does the same. Is the conclusion then that all spouses abuse? Or, could I be part of the reason it occurs. Do I disrespect myself and passively permit mistreatment? Do I unconsciously seek it because as a child I saw it

in my own family, and now I erroneously assume it’s something that happens in every marriage? Or, perhaps I blame myself for it or even perceive it, in a twisted way, as an expression of love? – Besides abuse, other problems may occur in my life because I unknowingly set the stage for them. Perhaps knowing myself a lot better might help avoid some situations that just seem to “come to me.” 4. Ignorance of the ambiguity of life. Until the age of 25 or later we believe that we are gods. During mid-life and thereafter the sad news is gradually conveyed – “You are not a god; you don’t always have control over what happens; your very life hangs by a thread and you must live without the answers to many questions.” The tolerance of ambiguity is one of the signs of human maturity. Amidst it all we must take

responsibility for our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and grow up. In the midst of life’s ambiguous mysteries we become ripe for discovering our true self, God, and the meaning of life.

5. Maintain a sense of greater purpose. “O God who made the lion and the lamb, you decreed I should be who I am, would it spoil some vast eternal plan, if I were a wealthy man?” sang Tevya in “Fiddler On the Roof.” Does the “vast eternal plan” for my life necessitate dealing with joys and sorrows and unfairness that are actually bringing about my growth, transformation, and eventually glory? Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Stuck with a timeshare? Consider charitable donation Timeshare sales are still big business, but many who bought them now say they it’s something they regret. Cecilia Owens of Florence says one of the timeshares she owns is great – she’s used it a lot and has traded it for other properties. But she isn’t happy with her other two. “I took a company retirement and we really don’t use them,” Owens said. The key here is while timeshares can be of value, you have to know what you’re doing and how to use them. Owens said her one good timeshare has been traded

for lots of trips. “We’ve gone to Hawaii t h r e e t i m e s . W e ’ v e to Howard Ain gone Florida, Hey Howard! Arizona – w e ’ v e used it everywhere,” she said. Owens says her two other timeshares have turned out to be a drag on her. She has paid more than $14,000 for both, but the bills continue. “You may have them

paid off but you’re still paying your maintenance fees and, for the three of them together it is costing us $1,600 or $1,700 a year,” Owens said. Owens recently received a postcard from a company offering to take two of her timeshares off her hands. “They would have a deal where we could get rid of both of the timeshares. It would cost $2,400. It was guaranteed,” Owens said. The offer sounds tempting. But before doing that I suggested she consider donating the timeshares to charity. Several charities, are offering to take them.

I told Owens she won’t have to pay anything and she liked the idea she would get a tax write off. Charities won’t automatically accept every timeshare, but they do take most. They’ll first determine

the value of the property to make sure it can be sold quickly for a profit. One Web site, www.donateforacause.org., says it has raised $3.3 million for charities as a result of the timeshares it has

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Virginia Bakery offers coffeecake secrets

It all started with an heirloom cookbook compiled by Children’s Hospital Cooperative way back in 1973. It was given to me by friend Joanie Woodward, now of blessed memory. She gave it to me last year, and there was a recipe in there for Virginia Bakery’s German coffeecake. I made it and included it in a column. I did have to work with the recipe as it needed tweaking and really wasn’t easy for the home cook to duplicate. I talked with the folks at Virginia Bakery, asking for help. Well lo and behold, the authentic recipe from yes, Virginia Bakery, is in this column today. Tom Thie, of Virginia Bakery, reworked it for the home cook. It’s just one of 50 fabulous Virginia Bakery recipes included in an original cookbook by Tom. Described as a “flavored cookbook,” meaning it will be a combination of bakery history, Thie family stories, and customer memories in addition to the recipes and photos of approximately 50 of Virginia Bakery’s favorite items. And the recipe for schnecken will be included!

N o w the cookbook will be available during the winter holiday season Rita later this Heikenfeld year. let Rita’s kitchen youI’llknow exactly when, since I know I’m among the many fans who will want this Cincinnati treasure.

Virginia Bakery cinnamon coffeecake Yellow Dough Sponge

2 cups warm water 3 packs of instant dry yeast (such as Red Star) 3 cups all purpose flour Start yeast in warm water (105 to 110 degrees) for five minutes. Add flour, mix well. Cover bowl with a cloth and let rise until it doubles or the sponge starts to fall. Depending on the temperature, this could take one to two hours.

Add:

11⁄4 cup sugar 4 teaspoon salt

for future use, put it in plastic bags. The dough should be used within 48 hours or frozen up to a month. The yeast activity will decline rapidly after a month and your dough will be flat. When making an item from frozen dough, simply thaw it in the refrigerator or in the microwave on “Defrost.”

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Virginia Bakery’s famous cinnamon crumb coffeecake. 1 cup shortening (such fectly fine results.) Mix all ingredients to as Crisco) 4 oz. salted butter (1 form a soft dough. It should stick) softened to room tem- be quite sticky – soft, pliable and moist – but not batterperature like. If the dough forms a 1 tight ball, you’ve added too ⁄2 cup egg yolks much flour. Add a little 1 cup cool milk* water. 1 cup cool water Starting the dough early 9 (approximately) cups flour – preferably 3 cups in the day or a day ahead is winter flour** (pastry flour) best. Fresh yellow dough is and 6 cups all purpose flour difficult to work with. Tom recommends refrigerating (*The Virginia Bakery the dough allowing it to always used whole milk and stiffen. It takes a few hours for Tom Thie prefers it. “We’re not making diet bakery the dough to rise after being goods. When you consider in the refrigerator overnight. the amount of fat and eggs The sponge method is not a in the dough, changing the quick way to make bakery milk is not going to save goods, but the dough is many fat calories. On the easy to work with. For coffeecakes, such as other hand, if skim is all you have, use it. You can the crumb cinnamon, divide always compensate by dough into nine pieces. adding a tad more butter.”) Each piece will weigh (**The winter flour helps approximately 12 ounces. If you’re going to use the to soften the dough and gives the yellow dough a divided dough soon, you better texture. Not essential, can just put it on a floured but nice to have. All pur- tray and cover with a towel. pose flour will produce per- If the dough will be frozen

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Crumb cinnamon coffeecake topping

This cake requires a 12 oz. piece of yellow dough to be spread evenly over the bottom of a well greased 8by-8-inch pan. Crisco or a spray like Pam works well. With lightly floured hands, pat to flatten with no lip. Wash the dough with melted butter and cover generously with cinnamon crumbs. The recipe below yields enough to cover two cakes with a layer of streusel as they were made in the bakery.

Cinnamon Crumbs:

2 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoon shortening 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar loosely packed 1 teaspoon honey optional, but desired 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄8 teaspoon salt Caramel color optional 2 ⁄3 cup flour Cream everything except flour. The caramel color was added to darken the crumbs.

Not necessary. If you do use it, don’t use too much, it can be bitter. Caramel color is nothing but burnt sugar. Be careful if you make it at home – it smokes something awful. Add the flour and rub between the tips of your fingers, kind of like mixing pie dough. Do not combine flour in a mixer, it is too easy to over mix. Mix until you have nice moist cinnamon crumbs. If they are too wet, add more flour. If too dry, add a little melted butter. (In the bakery, they would make the cinnamon crumb base – everything but the flour – the night before, and then rub in the flour fresh every morning. Cinnamon crumbs will dry out quickly unless covered or refrigerated.) After putting crumbs on the dough in the baking pan, let the cake rise in a warm place until dough is almost doubled. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes – until cake springs back when tested. Cakes are easier to remove from the pan when slightly warm. Often a customer would ask to have the cake covered with sifted powdered sugar Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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BRIEFLY The annual Hamilton County Park District’s Easter Spectacular at Parky’s Farm will be Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. Lunch will be available at 10:30 am., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and feature an egg hunt and family activities. After lunch, children can be photographed with the Easter Bunny and take a hay wagon ride to search for eggs. The indoor play barn and outdoor playground are included in the day’s fun. Tickets are required for all adults and children tickets and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be available until Monday, March 22, but may sell out prior to that time and will not be available the day of the event. To buy tickets, go to GreatParks.org. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Parky’s Farm is located at 10073 Daly Road.

Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, Mount Healthy. The East Bunny is having the hunt party that will include candy, prizes face painting. Bring your camera. The hunt is open to all children ages 2 to 7. In the event of bad weather the party will be rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 3. For information, call 5217003.

La Salle presents ‘Aida’

The La Salle drama group will perform the musical Elton Jon and Tim Rice's “Aida” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28. Based on the opera, by Verdi, “Aida” is the love story of a Nubian princess, Aida, and her nation's enemy, the captain of the Egyptian army, Radames. Radames is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter and must chose love or power. Reserved tickets are $10 and bleacher seats are $6. Call 741-2369 to reserve your seat today.

Cookies and Questions

McAuley High School sponsors Cookies and Questions, a program for eighthgrade students and parents who have not yet enrolled in a

high school for the 2010-2011 school year. The program will be 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the McAuley in the school cafeteria, 6000 Oakwood Ave. There will be a question and answer session, personal stories from parents, students, and alumnae; information on financial assistance; and campus tours. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Kathy Dietrich at 681-1800, ext. 2272, or e-mail at dietrichk@mcauleyhs.net.

Happy Anniversary

Highview Christian Church at Adams and Pippin roads is celebrating its 50th Anniversary next month. The church first met on April 3, 1960, at 9453 Coogan Drive, which was the estate of the late Judge Kerns. As the congregation grew, it moved into its current building at 2651 Adams Road in November 1968. The community is invited to an open house on Sunday, April 18, following the regular worship service. Former members and attendees are especially encouraged to join us. For more information call 825-9553.

Cleaners wanted

A Highway Cleanup will be 9 a.m-noon, Saturday, March 27, at the ramps from Colerain to Interstate 74 and at the park on West Fork Road. The cleanup is being coordinated by the Mount Airy Town Council. It will canceled if snow is on the ground or is raining. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Equipment will be provided.

Rave reviews

The Finneytown High School select women’s chorus and the Finneytown Chorale both received Superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 14 Large Group Adjudicated Event. Both groups have qualified for OMEA state contest on April 30-May 1. The women performed in Class B after having received a Superior rating at OMEA State in Class C in 2006. The Chorale performed in OMEA’s highest degree of difficulty, Class AA, and received Superior ratings from all four judges.

more information, contact Heather at 825-2429.

Simple Service

Simple Service Saturday, a service project partnership between Messiah Lutheran Church of Greenhills and Winton Woods City Schools, is looking for community members in Greenhills, Forest Park and Springfield Township in need of help with household projects Saturday, May 8. If you or someone you

know is in need of help on their home, or who would like to help, contact Steve Wilson, youth minister, for an application at dce@messiahgrh.org or 825-4768. The group is looking for projects that involve painting, light carpentry and yard work. Applications will be assessed. To make a donation for paint and supplies to the project, send a check made out to Messiah Lutheran to: 10416 Bossi Lane, Greenhills, OH 45218.

Thinking ahead

The Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program and the Hamilton County Park District are again co-sponsoring the 23rd annual Winton Woods Cleanup. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 17. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Kestrel Point picnic shelter. Cleaning up efforts are from 9 a.m. to noon with volunteers treated to lunch and raffle prizes. For more information call 595-5263.

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IN THE SERVICE Blankenbuehler

Marine Corps Pfc. Mark R. Blankenbuehler, son of Linda and Richard Blankenbuehler recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Enduring Freedom, respectively. Jones, an air refuel petroleum supply specialist, is a member of Company E, 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, based in Columbus. He has seven years of military service. His parents, Betty J. and Michael Jones, reside in Forest Park. He is a 1997 graduate of Winton Woods High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Wilberforce University.

Vanover and Gary Vanover, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Cary O. Jaeger, son of Kenneth M. Jaeger of Cincinnati, Ohio, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

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ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Martin Dr Porres Catholic Church

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CHRISTIAN CHURCH DISCIPLES Mt. Healthy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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

EPISCOPAL ChristChurchGlendaleEpiscopalChurch 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 christchurch1@fuse.net www.christchurchglendale.org The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services

LUTHERAN Christ Lutheran Church (LCMS)

3301 Compton Rd (1 block east of Colerain) 385-8342 Sunday School & Bible Class (all ages) 9:45am Sunday Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Saturday Evening Worship 5:30pm A great community church in a great community! Also home to Little Bud Preschool 385-8404 enrolling now! Visit our website: www.church-lcms.org

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UNITED METHODIST Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Meghan Howard, Pastor Church School for all ages 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available www.cpopumc.com “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "The GPS of Life: Judging Others"

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 Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

FOREST CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 680 W Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240

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Spelling team includes local man Peter Bauer of College Hill was on the team that came in third place in the Best Spellers in Cincinnati at the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati’s 20th annual Scripps Spelling Bee for Literacy presented by Great American Insurance Group. She was joined on the three-person team by Susan Wendel, a Western Hills resident, and Tony Waker of Clifton representing United Parcel Service Inc. Proceeds from the $850 per team entry fee are used to support the Literacy Network’s many programs; during the seventeen years of spelling bee competitions, over $260,000 has been raised. WCPO’s Tanya O’Rourke emceed the event. After four grueling rounds, only three teams remained, UPS, Ascendum, and Bridge Worldwide. UPS fought a good fight by cor-

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Peter Bauer, center of College Hill, was on the United Parcel Service Inc. team that came in third in the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati’s 20th annual Scripps Spelling Bee for Literacy presented by Great American Insurance Group. On his team were Sue Wendel and Tony Waker. rectly spelling: ultimatum, incommensurable, bellicosity, and fainéant. During the championship round they were eliminated and named third place after misspelling ‘sesquipedalian.’ Wendel and fellow team members were awarded one-night stays at the Comfort Suites Riverfront, Holi-

day Inn Interstate 275 North, or Cincinnati/Riverfront Hampton Inn. Each also received two tickets to the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, a $25 gift certificate to Blue Agave, and a $5 gift certificate to Busken Bakery.

Evergreen residents knit for Crayons Residents at Evergreen Retirement Community turn spare time and donated yarn into dozens of mittens, scarves and caps for Crayons to Computers. Crayons to Computers is an organization providing free supplies and clothing to teachers for their “needy” students.

“This is just one way Evergreen residents remain involved in the community by turning their talents into productive, worthwhile activities while helping each other,” said Sharon Cranston, director of sales and marketing at Evergreen. “More than 80 of our residents volunteer in our

Kindervelt Gift Shop, our new resident welcoming committee, by donating barrels of items for the Free Store Food Bank and much, much more.” To learn more or visit Evergreen at 230 W. Galbraith Road, a Senior Lifestyle Community, please call Sharon at 948-2308.

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PRESBYTERIAN 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

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

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H. Eugene Dingle, 90, died March 4. Survived by children Sue (Paul), Jim (Sue); grandchildren Alex, Claire; siblings Roy, Dingle Albert, Dick, Eunice, Dorothy. Preceded in death by wife Martha Dingle. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alois Alzheimer Center, 70 Damon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45218.

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Edna Hardesty

Edna Pellman Hardesty, 97, died Feb. 18. She was a school secretary She was an active member of the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and a Hardesty Rosie Red. Survived by daughters Gail Lindsey, Marsha Pollak; grandchildren Scott, Steve Lindsey, Stacey Musser; nine greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Raymond Hardesty. Services were Feb. 22 at Twin Towers. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

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Hazel Shilling

Hazel Mentzer Shilling, 93, Springfield Township, died March 10. She was a piano teacher. She was a member of PEO Sisterhood and the Key Board Club. Survived by daughter Barbara (James) Scholles; grandchildren Kimberly Wright, Gregory Shilling, Mark Butke, Kathy Blum; daughterin-law Linda Shilling; seven greatgrandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Ray Shilling, son Robert Shilling. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hazel

Shilling Memorial Fund, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231, American Cancer Society or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Viola Wilsey

Viola Reaves Wilsey, 96, died Feb. 26. She was a waitress at the Gibson Hotel. Survived by niece Donna Daniels, nephew Richard Zix; friend Rosemary Rice. Preceded Wilsey in death by husband Eugene Wilsey, half sisters Iolen Wright,

Assault

Incidents

Victim struck at 2015 Stapleton , Feb. 24.

Burglary

Residence entered and cameras and Ipod valued at $900 removed at 792 Evangelina, Feb. 24. Residence entered and games, system, Ipod, cell phone currency and TV valued at $1,690 removed at 11577 Lincolnshire, Feb. 26. Residence entered at 11286 Windon, March 2.

Lock box damaged at 11651 Hanover , Feb. 26. Door handle damaged at 11625 Kenn Road, Feb. 28. Windshield damaged at West Kemper Road and Hanover, Feb. 28.

Criminal trespassing

Victim reported at 447 Dewdrop , Feb. 27.

Domestic violence

Female reported at Glasgow Drive, Feb. 26.

Making false alarms

Victim reported at 923 Goodhue, Feb. 28.

Rape

Female reported at Halesworth, Feb. 22.

Theft

Laptop, Blu-ray, coat, currency valued at $1,080 removed at 11332 Southland , Feb. 23. $146 removed at 200 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Feb. 24. Currency and credit card of unknown value removed at 1212 Kemper Road, Feb. 26.

Arrests/citations

Tony Person, 34, 6501 Simpson Ave., weapons under disability, aggravated menacing at 6501 Simpson Ave., Feb. 27. James Sloan, 45, 1542 Clovernoll Ave., open container at 1500 block of Clovernoll Avenue, Feb. 26. William Stiles, 36, 2029 W. Galbraith Road, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Feb. 25. Michael Collis, 31, 6787 Marvin Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 6800 block of Hamilton Avenue, Feb. 24. Keenan Childs, 37, 3650 Woodford Road, felonious assault at 1900 block of West Galbraith Road, Feb. 26. Juvenile, assault at Goodman and Simpson avenues, Feb. 24. Nyle Proffit, 20, 1194 East Way Ave., drug possession at Simpson and Dallas avenues, March 8. Juvenile, theft, alcohol possession at 7100 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 7. Tina Flute, 33, 1910 Savannah Way, disorderly conduct at 7100 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 6. Juvenile, criminal damaging at 1600 block of West Galbraith Road, March 6. Juvenile, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., March 5. Jarin Jenkins, 22, 1388 Meredith

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MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations

Dawnell Walker, 29, 1763 Lakenoll Drive, obstructing official business at 1763 Lakenoll Drive, Feb. 24. Patrick Moran, 42, 7128 Clovernoll Ave., improper handling of firearm in vehicle at 7400 block of Joseph Street, Feb. 24. Michael Schuh, 40, 2200 Struble Road, drug possession at 7400 block of Joseph Street, Feb. 24. Keith Maxberry, 24, 1503 Kinney Ave., drug possession at 1500 block of Kinney Avenue, Feb. 28. Jesse Wesley, 34, 10028 Dunraven Drive, drug possession at 7800 block of Hamilton Avenue, Feb. 28. Juvenile male, 12, 3305 North Bend Road, theft at 7700 block of Perry Street, Feb. 26. Tracey Burroughs, 45, 1401 Summe Drive, domestic violence at 1401 Summe Drive, March 7. Timothy McCants, 53, 6026 Ridge Ave., open container at 1400 block of Compton Road, March 7.

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Juvenile male, 17, disorderly conduct at 1231 W. Kemper Road, March 1. Aeilda Fermin, 28, 5613 Chesapeak Way, theft at 1143 Smiley Ave., March 3. Juvenile male, 14, disorderly conduct at Sharon and Winton, March 1. Trishan Harris, 19, 21 Versailles, assault at 11465 Freemantle, Feb. 28. Dwuan Delaney, 26, 9973 Loralinda, weapons under disability at I 275, Feb. 28. Larry Shea, 52, 343 Hampshire, making false alarms at 320 Cincinnati Mills, Feb. 28. Eric Williams, 24, 1135 Homeside, theft at 11066 Ashbury, Feb. 18. Chivon McCoendon, 38, 1073 Kerry Lane, possession of drugs at Northland Blvd., March 2. Juvenile male, 15, disorderly conduct at 1203 W. Kemper Road, March 1. Timothy Richards, 39, 375 W. Galbraith Road, assault at 2015 Stapleton, Feb. 26. Juvenile male, 16, receiving stolen property at 993 Glasgow, Feb. 2. Juvenile female, 17, curfew at 11130 Ashburn Road, Feb. 4. Juvenile male, 16, curfew at 591 Dewdrop, Feb. 6. Samantha Mueller, 26, 1391 Burdette Ave., theft at 200 Cincinnati Mills, Feb. 9. Jose Barrto, 19, 3399 North Bend Road, disorderly conduct at Winton Road, Feb. 13.

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Residence entered and Ipod of unknown value removed at 11237 Lincolnshire, March 2. Residence entered at 11291 Lincolnshire, March 2. Residence entered and TV, computer valued at $900 removed at 11265 Hanover Road, March 2.

purse stolen at 7600 block of Hamilton Avenue, Feb. 26. Woman reported jewelry stolen at 8115 Seward Ave., Feb. 27. Woman reported TV stolen at 7608 Werner Ave., Feb. 27. 9146 Zoellner Road man reported stereo equipment stolen from vehicle at 7700 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 9. 4528 Mellwood Ave. woman reported vehicle stolen at 7800 block of Clovernook Avenue, March 8. 172 Warner St. man reported money stolen at 7300 block of Hickman Street, March 6.

Drive, obstructing official business at 6800 block of Simpson Avenue, March 6. Titus Lofton, 42, 12091 Menominee Drive, receiving stolen property, obstructing official business at 6700 block of Savannah Avenue, March 5. Amber Sallie, 20, 1533 W. Galbraith Road, domestic violence at 1533 W. Galbraith Road, March 7. Juvenile, domestic violence at 1533 W. Galbraith Road, March 7. Harrison Miller, 61, 8250 Four Worlds Drive, domestic violence at 8250 Four Worlds Drive, March 5. Tasha Irby, 31, 4036 W. Liberty St., theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., March 4.

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Brandon Scott, born 1987, assault and domestic violence, 1416 Marlowe Ave., March 4. Lori K. Lee, born 1966, vicious dog, 1054 Loiska Lane, Feb. 26. Eric Combs, born 1972, passing check with insufficient funds, 951 W. North Bend Road, March 5. Antonio R. Gaines, born 1984, theft under $300, 2568 W. North Bend Road, March 6. Darren E. Hardy, born 1965, disorderly conduct, 5379 Bahama Terrace, March 7. Dawaune Dillingham, born 1988, falsification, trafficking and drug abuse, 5816 Shadymist Lane, March 2. Erin Michelle Coleman, born 1980, assault, 5104 Hawaiian Terrace, March 1. Johnny Richey, born 1977, criminal damaging or endangerment and burglary, 5454 Bahama Terrace, March 4. Marcus Baker, born 1983, domestic violence, 2686 Hillvista Lane, March 3. Shamon T. McDavis, born 1981, murder and felonious assault, 4700 Hawaiian Terrace, March 4. Tamika Hardin, born 1986, domestic violence, 5380 Bahama Terrace, March 2. Kevin Roberson, born 1975, carrying concealed weapons, having weapons with conviction or indictment, trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia, 5684 Colerain Ave., March 4. Rayshawn King, born 1989, domestic violence, 5380 Bahama Terrace, March 2. Robert D. Williams, born 1984, aggravated robbery, 2568 W. North Bend Road, March 4. Rosalie Farrish, born 1973, disorderly conduct, 5371 Bahama Terrace, March 6. Rosalie Farrish, born 1973, obstruction of official business, 5371 Bahama Terrace, March 6.

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