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La Salle Lancer Brandon Neel, in red, drives to the basket against Moeller Shaquille Jinks and Alex Barlow in the second period of the Lancers 46-35 win in the Division I regional boys basketball semifinal game. La Salle plays in a state semifinal game at 5:15 p.m. Friday, March 25, Ohio State University's Jerome Schottenstein Center. – SEE STORY, A5

Devin Richard has yet to complete his first year of high school, and he’s already a published author. The Winton Woods High School freshman recently published an e-book entitled “How to Make Money for Kids Only.” The 15-page book offers suggestions on numerous ways children can make money, ranging from a paper route to baking cookies. Each of the strategies for making money are jobs or projects that Devin took part in this past summer. Devin’s father, Raymond Richard, said the book is more than just a list of possible jobs; there are detailed steps for success and even recipes for those interested in organizing a bake sale. “It’s a step-by-step guide,” Raymond said. “I thought that was pretty awesome.” Devin, 14, said when he told his teachers he had recently published a book, the news was a bit of a surprise. “The teachers were kind of shocked,” he said. Devin said he came up with the idea, with the help of his parents, after spending the previous summer doing a variety of jobs to make money. Raymond said his son wrote the book after he showed him different ways to use his intelligence to make money and reach his goals. He pointed to Bill Gates and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg as examples of people who “channeled their energy” to succeed in business. Devin spent time washing cars, collecting aluminum cans, hosting bake sales and mow-

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Winton Woods High School freshman Devin Richard recently published an e-book for children, entitled “How to Make Money for Kids Only.” The e-book provides numerous money-making endeavors for children.

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To download Devin Richard’s e-book, go to http://tinyurl.com/5wysknv. ing lawns throughout the summer. He said he “got bored” just holding one job, so he jumped around and found several jobs to keep him entertained and making money all

summer long. While there are several money-making possibilities in his book, Devin said he has bigger plans for his career. He’d like to be a field biologist. He said being a field biologist would be fun because he likes “being outside” and learning about animals and the environment. To find your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/local

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Two Finneytown students have won stateside art awards. A drawing by senior Matt Miklavcic, left, will be displayed in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Competition. And junior Ben Rasp, right, came home with a second-place win in the recent College of Mount St. Joseph’s interior, architecture and design competition. – SEE STORY, A3

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Townships recalculating their budgets Loss of part of Local Government Fund will have impact

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Local governments all across Ohio are looking over budgets in the wake of Gov. John Kasich’s first budget released last week. The Kasich budget would mean a 50 percent cut in the state's Local Government Fund – which produced $641.4 million for Ohio's counties, cities, villages and townships in 2009. The fund would be reduced by 25 percent in 2012 and another 25 percent in 2013. Since 2008, 3.68 percent of the state's tax collections have been earmarked for the Local Government Fund. Springfield Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said the township general fund budget has $576,884 in local government fund money penciled in for 2011. “We haven’t finalized our 2011 budget, but that would represent about 10 percent,” he said.

“This is a very big hit, but if it weren’t for the loss in estate tax revenues, we might be able to deal with it.” Hinnenkamp, who has been one of the main organizers lobbying against the repeal of Ohio’s estate tax, said that issue is pending a vote on the House floor and then goes to the Senate. “In dealing with the local government funding and the estate tax revenues losses, we have two choices – raise taxes or cut services. “We know we can’t raise taxes, so right now, we would be forced to make significant cuts in services.” Forest Park will stands to lose about $400,000 from its general fund once the full 50 percent reduction takes place. The city’s general fund this year is budgeted for $10,154,486. Forest Park is getting $406,677 from the Local Government Fund in 2011. City Manager Ray Hodges said

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Cornelssen named Science Teacher of the Year Winton Woods Elementary School science teacher Cris Cornelssen has been named the 2011 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the Cincinnati Sec-

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tion of the American Chemical Society. “Cris, a 14-year veteran science teacher, has combined her love of kids and love of science with organizational skills and instructional creativity to provide an outstanding educational experience in science for fourth and fifth graders at Winton Woods Elementary School,” said Phil Christenson, chairman of the awards committee. Cor-

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Program helps on energy savings By Rob Dowdy rdowdy@communitypress.com

Forest Park and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance are hoping their unique partnership leads to energy savings to interested residents. The two sides have formed a program in the city that allows residents to receive an energy assessment in their homes for a discounted rate, and could then lead to residents saving 50 percent on the cost to make their homes more efficient. Residents who register for the program and choose to participate pay $50 for an energy assessment, which typically costs about $400.

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The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and the Forest Park Environmental Awareness program have joined forces to offer discounted energy assessments and retrofits for participating homes. Once the assessment is complete, residents can then save 50 percent of the cost – up to $12,000 – to retrofit their homes to be more energy efficient. The city and organization will host an informational meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Forest Park Senior Center, 1201 Kemper Road, that will offer more details on the program, and will bring residents face-to-face with city officials, members of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and the contractors who will be performing the work to residences in Forest Park. The city is contributing $60,000, while the organization is contributing up to 250,000 for the subsidies, which could save participating residents up to $12,000 on energy efficient improvements to their homes. Wright Gwyn, Forest Park Environmental Awareness director, said the city’s informational meeting should answer any questions residents have about the program. “We don’t want anyone leaving that meeting with any questions whatsoever,” he said. Gwyn said 75 residents have registered for the program, and approximately 25 have already scheduled home audits. The city is looking for 75 homes to participate in the audits, and once the city’s and organization’s contributions run low, the discounts could be much less than the 50 percent residents could get at the start of the program. Lilah Glick, marketing and community outreach director at Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, said Forest Park residents should act quickly to take part in the program, which is the first one of its kind. “We’re really excited about this partnership,” she said.

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Students earn artistic honors By Heidi Fallon hfallon@communitypress.com

Finneytown High School is celebrating National Youth Art Month by bringing home honors in two recent competitions. Senior Matt Miklavcic’s drawing “Marching Brass” earned him a wall space in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Competition. It will be on display at the Capitol in Columbus. His drawing was one of four pieces of art he submitted and was one of 38 from the school. “I was really surprised because I thought it might really be the weakest of my work,” Miklavcic said. “I’m really into sculpture more than drawing.” Junior Ben Rasp came home with a second-place win in the recent College of Mount St. Joseph’s interior, architecture and design competition. Rasp said he was matched up with other high school students to form a seven-person team. “We had to pick a challenge and ours was to design a building for a brand product,” Rasp said. “We picked an energy drink and designed a three-story building with a roof you could ski off of.” During the eight-hour competition, Rasp said he learned a valuable lesson. “You can achieve just about anything,” he said.

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While both students are gifted artists, they both said their real interest is in science. Both plan to major in chemistry in college along with pursuing their art. “Ben is so precise in his approach to art,” his teacher Carolyn Althoff said. “When I think of design, I think of Ben.” Milklacic’s teacher this year is Julie Finke and she has equally high praise for him. “He just brings a unique eye to his art,” she said. “He uses previous knowledge and is so creative with

everything he does.” Althoff said both students “make it easy to be a teacher.” “They’re both so gifted and smart, but I think the best part of both of them is that they are so kind,” Althoff said. Both shrug off the teachers’ praises and said they just enjoy expressing themselves with their art, no matter what the class assignment or competition.

Forest Park is adjusting its solid waste collection contract with Rumpke, as it prepares to extend the contract for the next two years. The city and Rumpke are nearing the end of the initial three-year contract, which was approved in August 2008, and the contract allows for two one-year extensions. The city now appears ready to extend the contract through 2013, though there will soon be changes. Wright Gwyn, environmental awareness director for Forest Park, said the modified contract will offer tiers for residents who don’t use the waste collection services as much as allowed under the contract. He said for a lower cost, residents can place less garbage and recyclables on the curb. “I think it’s going to be great,” Gwyn said. Residents currently pay $17 a month for the program. The lower tier program will cost residents $14 a month.

Gwyn said the contract changes were not a “press- Hodges ing need,” but do refine the solid waste collection program to benefit those who don’t need all the services provided under the Rumpke contract. City Manager Ray Hodges said the solid waste collection program has been a “tremendous success” in Forest Park that touches nearly every residence in the city. “This is one of the best programs we’ve been able to implement,” he said. Gwyn said the modifications to the contract won’t begin until later in the year. He said a letter will go out to residents in May, and the first 250 people who want to sign up for the lower tier will be admitted. He said if that trial is successful, the city will open the program to an additional 250 residents in the following year. To find your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/forestpark.

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The following students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Freshmen

First honors: Zachary Allaben, Stephen Babcock, Andrew Bachus, Dylan Barnett, Brett Bellman, Aaron Bloemer, Nicholas Boardman, Alex Brutz, Shawn Burns, Joseph Cadle, Jacob Cleary, Andrew Cornelius, Alexander Dickey, Joseph Dorr, Thomas Elder, Andrew Gauthier, Jack Goldschmidt, Taylor Healey, Braden Hering, Jeremy Keith, James Kelczewski, Derek Kief, Adam Kluesener, Corry Lake, Jeffrey Larkin, Zachary Leytze, Ryan Lohbeck, Alex McGlasson, Brandon Middendorf, Adam Moeller, Joshua Monnig, Jacob Morgan, William Mullen, Michael Ostendorf, Ryan Pflaum, Joseph Poynter, Jeffrey Redding, Justin Rost, Eric Schrand, Jason Schuler, Alexander Schum, Justin Siniawski, Luke Stoner, Christopher Tankersley, Thomas Unger, Christopher Unkrich, Gabriel Vargas-Maier, Anthony Ventura, Jacob Whyle, Anthony Wieck, William Willcox and Joshua Young. Second honors: Myles Abt, Steven Allen, Eric Auberger, Bradley Baker, Zachary Brauning, Alexander Frederick, Alexander Giglio, Robert Goodwin, Jeffrey Greve, Timothy Griffin, Christian Hedger, Nicholas Heflin, Samuel Hoesl, Joseph Kemme, Bradley Kluener, Joseph Kreider, Derek Laake, Alexander Maccarone, Jacob Meyer, Robert Overbeck, Kelly Palmer, Ralph Patton, Richard Paulinelli, Joshua Pfeil, Stephen Pharo, Benjamin Rees, Matthew Reis, Robert Riesenbeck, Alban Schneider, Kyle Schuermann, Mason Stanton, Robert Suer, Darius Taite, Cassady Wegman and Alexander Whitaker.

Sophomores

First honors: Bailey Abbatiello, Eric Bachus, Patrick Bellman, Bradley Berrens, Richard Betz, Eric Bodkin, Jacob Brabender, Ben Bradley, Blake Brauning, James Breen, Michael Buckley, Brad Burkhart, Alexander Carroll, Sam Cranor, Alexander Drees, Nicholas Frantz, Joseph Geiger, Jeffrey Goldschmidt, Jonathan Grayson, Tyler Haubner, Christopher Helmers, Matthew Henkes, Samuel Herbers, Trenton Hudepohl, Eric Kahny, Daniel Keller, Alexander

Kurzhals, Peter Leonhardt, Chad Loveless, Gabriel Martini, James McMahon, Anthony Petri, Adam Quinn, Samuel Rees, Nichols Saho, Bradley Schultz, Collin Spangler, Nicholas Stockhauser, Joseph Stoner, Zack Stross, Alexander Suder, Nicholas Taylor, Jesse Tenkman, Erik Toelke, John Volmer, Aaron Westermeyer, Lemuel Weyer and Andrew Yauch. Second honors: Jacob Averbeck, David Baumer, Andrew Betz, Alexander Bowman, Adam Cassedy, Spencer Dangel, Gregory Duncan, Jacob Eisenacher, Tyler Fuerbacher, Brent Gatermann, Kellen Haas, Daniel Hempel, Andrew Kemper, Kyle Klug, Matthew Kroeger, Jon Leonard, Royce Louden, Brandon Luipold, Andrew Mahon, Paul-Michael Martin, Derek McKinley, Steven Mette, Nicholas Metzner, Anthony Milano, Joseph Millard, Eric Miller, Victor Minella, Eric Neiheisel, Jonathan Norman, David Sacha, Nathan Sparks, Michael Spears and Matthew Wetterich.

Juniors

First honors: Joseph Anneken, Andrew Bahrs, Tyler Berrens, Tomas Bourne, Samuel Brickweg, Augustus Brock, Joseph Burger, Matthew Burwinkel, Joseph Calardo, Daniel Carrier, Tyler Carroll, Jordan Claytor, Thomas Cowie, Michael Creutzinger, Timothy David, Brandon Ellis, Samuel Fronk, Samuel Geiger, Evan Ginn, Alex Haarmeyer, Derek Harper, Robert Herbert, Nicholas Hinton, Daniel Isfort, McCoy Lambing, Daniel Leahy, Ryan Leahy, Steven Looby, Steven Loukinas, Tanner Luggen, Robert McGlasson, Alexander Merk, Andrew Michel, Mitchell Miller, Jeffrey Nader, Marc Nie, Zachary Obert, Ethan Porter, Macklin Robinson, Thomas Roelker, Luke Roell, Christopher Rolfes, Andrew Rost, David Ruhe, Matthew Schroeck, Cody Shields, Eric Smith, Joshua Streicher, Benjamin Vidourek, Tyler Vogelpohl, Devon Wing and Michael Witzgall. Second honors: Bryan Allaben, Nicholas Benson, Michael Bernecker, Andrew Birkenhauer, Matthew Brandt, Alexander Buchholz, Brett Campbell, Dominic Capano, Samuel Cramer, Elliott Crowley, Andrew Erb, Timothy Flick, Christopher Greene, Kyle Greene, Daniel Groh, Brandon Heflin, Benjamin Heyob, Thomas Jaeger, Austin Kennedy, Gregory Koenig,

Alexander Leonhardt, Alexander Lohbeck, Benjamin Mercer, Brandon Merz, Robert Mullen, Gabriel Perkins, Joseph Pfiester, Tyler Quattrone, Patrick Rebsch, Joseph Roling, Connor Schmidt, Kyle Seigel, Corey Shields, Samuel Tegge, Clayton Wanstrath and Jacob Wethington.

Seniors

First honors: Jessie Back, Randal Baker, Evan Berling, Abram Bieliauskas, Colton Brauning, Jayson Bresnen, Vincent Brickweg, Zachary Bryant, John Burger, Kevin Bush, Andrew Campbell, James Ciolino, Jacob Cole, Alexander Cornelius, Andrew Damon, Christopher Davey, Zachary Dillman, Matthew Frede, Kyle Gallivan, Kyle Herth, Ryan Holter, Eric Hummeldorf, Brandon Humphrey, Brett Humphrey, Benjamin Ingle, Kyle Jacob, Ryan Jesse, Alexander Kah, Joseph Keckeis, Isaac Kerr, Alex Kerth, Zachary Klensch, Kevin Kluesener, Brian Lester, Andrew Lonneman, Jay Louden, Alan Luken, Anthony Maccarone, Jacob McBee, Randall Meiners, Benjamin Moeller, Maximillian Murphy, Tyrin Nelson, Travis Nieman, Jimmy Powers, Eric Roetting, Nicholas Rumpke, Theodore Ruwe, Michael Schmidt, Daniel Schneider, Andrew Silber, Mark Specker, Zachary Starkey, Andrew Steinmetz, Kyle Sterwerf, Nicholas Taylor, Adam Tullius, Matthew Turner, Joseph Ulm, Tyler Vidourek, Thomas Volker, Michael Volpe, Matthew Vormbrock, Jacob Vulhop, Gregory Walden, Samuel Wenke, Matthew Westermeyer, Tobiah Weyer, Michael Wilder, Matthew Woeste and Zachary Yearion. Second honors: R. Shane Barnes, Jason Berling, Jonas Bieliauskas, Cameron Bommer, Collin Boschert, Nicholas Buganski, Trey Casey, Zachary Clements, Kyle Comer, Zachary Dangel, Luke Eschenbach, Tyler Fox, Cody Gamm, Cory Gamm, John Garrity, Ryan Gundlach, David Hebeler, James Hill, John Hoeweler, Dexter Hummeldorf, Andrew Kummer, Joshua Ludwig, Nathaniel Morabito, Matthew Nie, Andrew Otten, Tyler Papania, Kristopher Richmond, John Richter, Stephen Rieger, Brandon Saho, Benjamin Schneider, Logan Sillies, Jeremy Swafford, Tristan VandeRyt, Samuel Wanstrath, Matthew Watters, George Welling and Zachary Wesley.

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Band members

Winton Woods High School band students Adrianna Ivory (flute), Jackie Jordan (clarinet) and Corey Stewart (trombone) attended the Northern Kentucky University Tri-State Band Symposium Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. Students attending the symposium performed in a concert Jan. 22 in Greaves Concert Hall on the NKU campus.

Career colleges, schools offering scholarships State Sen. Bill Seitz (R–8th District) urged local high school seniors, who are interested in attending one of Ohio’s career colleges, to apply for tuition assistance through the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OACCS) Legislative Scholarship Program. The OACCS, in cooperation with the Ohio General Assembly

and 39 participating career colleges and schools across the state, is offering more than 260 scholarships worth more than $1 million for students in the class of 2011 who are pursuing post-secondary training for careers in business, law, technology, medicine, criminal justice, education and a variety of other professions. The available scholarships may cover

up to one-half of a student’s tuition or a specific dollar amount to be used toward the completion of a certificate, diploma or associate degree. Seitz noted that the career colleges participating in the scholarship program include Brown Mackie, the Art Institute of Ohio, Beckfield College, ITT Technical Institute, and Southwestern Col-

lege, which all have campuses in Hamilton County. To be eligible for scholarship money, students do not have to demonstrate financial need, but they must have achieved a C grade average or better. In addition, applicants must be nominated by a current member of the Ohio General Assembly. All high school seniors from the 8th Ohio

Senate District, who are interested in applying for the OACCS Scholarship, can send their nomination form to State Senator Bill Seitz, Statehouse, Room 143, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Sen. Seitz’s contact information can also be found at www.ohiosenate.gov/bill-seitz. For details, go to www.ohiocareercolleges.org. The scholarship application deadline is April 1.

COLLEGE CORNER Graduates

The following students graduated from the University of Cincinnati following the autmun quarter: Tiera Allen, bachelor of arts; Sarah Blyth-Stephens, master of fine arts; Jon Bragg, bachelor of business administration; Jeffrey Bristol, undergraduate certificate; Toni Brock, undergraduate certificate; Samantha Brockfield, bachelor of urban planning; Nga Bui, bachelor of science in health sciences; Hayley Caltrider, master of science in nursing; Brandon Clark, bachelor of science in

information technology; Patricia Daleiden, bachelor of science in nursing; Verkisha Dell, bachelor of social work; Ellen Dienger, undergraduate certificate; Jill Ernst, bachelor of arts; Aaron Fitzgerald, master of science; James Flesch, master of science in nursing; Holly Freeman, undergraduate certificate; Andrea Gaige, bachelor of science in education; Christopher Helferich, bachelor of science; Katherine Jones, bachelor of arts; Anthony Keckeis, associate of arts; Jacob Kunkel, bachelor of business administration; Jessica Lawrence, master of science;

Caitlin McCane, bachelor of arts; Rebecca Miller, bachelor of science in health sciences; Brian Mitchell, master of science; Gregory Nelsen, bachelor of business administration; Jerald Ovesen, doctor of philosophy; Nathaniel Pugh, bachelor of fine arts; Rebecca Rauf, bachelor of urban planning; Michael Rehbaum, bachelor of science; Beth Richards, bachelor of science in education; Benjamin Robbins, bachelor of business administration; Samuel Rose, associate of applied business; Andrea Russo, bachelor of business administration;

Craig Schrader, master of science; Maria Seta, master of arts in human resources; Ahmed Shereen, master of science; Mari Smith, bachelor of science; Tiaira Smith, bachelor of science; Sarah Stevens, bachelor of business administration; Calvin Stevenson, bachelor of business administration; Travis Thal, bachelor of arts; David Uhlhorn, master of education; Christopher Welch, bachelor of arts; Karen Wernicke, bachelor of science; Maria Wolf, bachelor of arts; and Kevin Zablan, bachelor of science.

Scholarships

North College Hill resident Lachana Jackson, a business management student at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, has received an Ann Rasche Scholarship from the Zonta Club of Cincinnati. The scholarship program was developed by the club for non-traditional female students 25 years or older who are currently enrolled in a degree program and living in greater Cincinnati. The Zonta Club is a service organization dedicated to advancing women’s status worldwide through service and advocacy projects to prevent violence and human trafficking, increase medical care and provide education/program funding.

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Robotics team

The Winton Woods Middle School First Lego League robotics team won second place in core values at the FLL regional tournament held at Winton Woods Intermediate School. The core values category acknowledges the students’ team-building ability. This year’s robotics team coach was science teacher Barbette Kirk. Pictured are robotics team members, from left, Andrew Evans, Charlie Murrell, Devin Daniels, Alex Kuhn, C.J. Stumpf, Ryan Capal and Lynard Turner. Not pictured is Austin Jones.

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Honor band

Four Winton Woods High School band students have been named to the Ohio Music Education Association District 14 Honor Band. Pictured from left are Ciarra Rucker on flute, Kaitlin Otto on oboe, Corey Stewart on trombone and Kareesha Springer on bassoon.


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Ryan Fleming doesn’t remember a whole lot from that weekend trip to state back in 1996. Heck, the La Salle High School senior was only 4. This time around, odds are the memories will be easier to recall. Yes, the Lancers put their regional-finals demons to rest last Friday night, willing their way to a 46-35 win over Moeller at the Cintas Center. “It feels great,” Fleming said. “In the last two years, we’ve had the lead and blown it in the final minute, so to finally get over the hump and prove to people we are the (caliber of) team we are – and with what happened to my dad – it just makes it that much more special.” La Salle head coach Dan Fleming, still recovering from the heart attack he sustained in the wake of a sectional-finals win over Aiken, watched from a box seat above section 107 as his defense held Moeller to 11 first-half points. “Our defense has been strong all year,” Dan said. “These guys really deserve to go to Columbus. They’ve worked their tails off for three years. I’m just so happy for them.” La Salle has had a balanced scoring attack all season, and the regional final was no different. Senior Trey Casey scored a team-

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La Salle High School basketball head coach Dan Fleming (right), still recovering from a heart attack, hugs his son Ryan, a senior guard, after the Lancers beat Moeller 46-35 in the Division I regional finals at Cintas Center. La Salle advances to the state tournament for the first time since winning a state title in 1996. high 10 points, junior Josh Lemons followed with nine, Fleming has eight and seniors Brandon Neel and Matt Woeste had seven and six, respectively. “The seniors on this team – and you can throw Josh Lemons in with those seniors – are the best,” La Salle interim head coach Pat Goedde said. “They can handle anything. Adversity sets in, and they keep fighting and scrapping.” La Salle led 24-11 at halftime but scored just three points in the third quarter, as Moeller came within three points multiple times

in the fourth. Still, Goedde wasn’t nervous. “No, never,” he said. “With those seniors, never.” Goedde is a perfect 3-0 since taking over Fleming. “This is the greatest feeling ever because I didn’t let down coach,” Goedde said. “That was my biggest fear.” Said Fleming, “They can’t let me down. This group has been so good, the coaches have been so loyal, the last three years have been so amazing – there’s no letting anybody down.” La Salle has gone 69-8 (.896) over the last three seasons. “This is overwhelming,” said JOSEPH FUQUA II/STAFF Neel, who started with Fleming Members of the La Salle basketball team rush the court after knocking off Moeller in the regional finals. and Woeste as sophomores. “We’ve been wanting this since Fleming simply put his head down press on him and see what I can do,” Fleming joked. “I feel good. I ’09, and to finally do it in our last and clapped. “The problem with my heart know I’m not as good as I feel. I year is the greatest feeling in the world. We know how bad Coach attack is I’ve become a lot more always brag that I have everyFleming wants to coach this thing, emotional,” he said, his eyes thing in the proper perspective, and he can’t. That’s the hardest welling. “Everything makes me and I think I do. But this has realpart – him not being out here. But cry. I was sitting there, very ly made me realize I’ve got to do seeing him up there in the stands pleased, just thanking God for our the right things with my health. good fortune. Going to Columbus I’ve got three kids and a wife. I gives us that extra effort.” can’t be leaving them.” Fleming, who was forced to is a special thing.” One of those kids gets to play The Lancers (24-2) advance to miss the district final at Meadowdale, attended both regional wins the Division I state semifinals at state this weekend. It’s a March 25 at Jerome Schottenstein chance to win a title, sure. But over Winton Woods and Moeller. “Being here is much easier Center at Ohio State University. first and foremost, it’s a chance to than being at home,” Fleming They play Toledo Central Catholic. extend a senior season and, perFleming hopes to go to the haps, create some memories. said. “When things get a little “I’m not really sure what to tense, I get up, get a drink of game but won’t know his status until meeting with his doctor expect, but I know it’s going to be water and do the best I can.” good,” Ryan said. “We’ve just got When the clock read zeroes March 24. “I’m going to put the full-court to get it done.” and his team rushed the floor,

Winton Woods sees the chain end

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After winning 15 straight games, the Winton Woods Warriors saw their season end March 16 against La Salle, 64-58. The Warriors had not lost since falling to Taft by one point, Jan. 10. While the deficit at the end was just six, the Warriors trailed from the start and were down 35-15 at the break. From there, it was an uphill climb. Things got so frustrating that the teams scuffled late in the game and had to be separated. After a referee consultation at the scorer’s table, La Salle’s Matt Woeste was assessed a technical foul, as was Mark Ellison of Winton

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Winton Woods senior point guard Semaj Christon (23) drives to the basket while guarded by La Salle’s Josh Lemons (3) in the second period of their Division I regional boys basketball semifinal game at Xavier’s Cintas Center. Christon finished with 32 points, but the Warriors fell short 64-58 to end their season at 20-4.

Woods. Warriors coach Donnie Gillespie blames the skirmish on the heat of the moment and building frustration. “Both teams were at the point in the game when things got a little physical,” Gillespie said. “Obviously, neither team is about that. Both teams are class acts, and I think it just got a little bit out of hand. I spoke to Coach (Dan) Fleming. Both of us respect each other’s program, and I just hate that.” A lot of the frustration stemmed from the increased pressure style Winton Woods was playing, which got them into a single digit situation several times. Unfortunately, four quarters is all the agreed upon rules would allow. “The time just ran out on us,” Gillespie said. “The opportunities were there. We never could find our rhythm. The game was just going by, and we weren’t playing.” In a way, it turned into a two-man game as La Salle’s Brandon Neel netted 34 points, while departing senior guard Semaj Christon went out with 32. “He got a lot of easy looks,” Gillespie said of Neel. “I think Semaj is a senior. He didn’t want his season to end.” Christon is now one of nine seniors who leave Gillespie’s program. Zach McCorkle was the only junior of the seven Warriors who saw action against La Salle. “It’s tough because they put a lot of time in,” Gillespie said. “With basketball,

Spartans fall to familiar foe in regional final By Tony Meale tmeale@communitypress.com

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Winton Woods senior Dennis Thomas (5) shoots a jumper against LaSalle’s Trey Casey (15) in the first period of their Division I regional boys basketball semifinal game at Xavier’s Cintas Center March 16. The Lancers won the game 64-58 to end the Warriors’ season at 20-4. you’re a family. These kids put their time in and left their mark on the school. That’s why tradition never graduates. They put numbers on our championship wall.” As for Christon’s swan song as a Warrior.... “He goes out the way he came in,” Gillespie said. “He came in as a kid who wanted to play at a high level and he left playing at a high level. I can do nothing but applaud him.”

Christon’s next step will be to determine where his skills will be used next season. “He was just trying to get through this season,” Gillespie said. “Now, he can just settle down and figure out what’s best for him. He’s still one of the most phenomenal players I’ve seen.” The Warriors final record for 2010-11 was 20-4. Not bad, considering they started out 5-3.

Seeking its first appearance at the state tournament since 2002, the Roger Bacon High School basketball team fell to Thurgood Marshall 75-59 in the Division II regional finals March 19 at Kettering Fairmont. “Marshall played really, really good,” Spartans head coach Brian Neal said. “We actually played pretty darn well ourselves; (Marshall) just shot the ball incredibly well. They just got the better of us.” Roger Bacon has now lost to Marshall in the postseason three straight years. The Spartans entered the game winners of seven straight and 12 of their last 13. Their only loss during that stretch was at Moeller. Roger Bacon advanced to the regional finals after downing Columbus Mifflin 65-55 in the regional semis March 17. The Spartans won their third straight league title this season, finishing 10-0 in the Greater Catholic League Central division. “I’m very proud of the success we had,” Neal said. “Not a lot of teams start the year thinking they have a shot at a state title. We

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Roger Bacon’s Gavin Schumann drives to the hoop during the Spartans’ 65-55 win over Columbus Miffin in the Division II regional semifinals March 17.

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Roger Bacon’s Jared Bryant dunks the ball during the Spartans’ 65-55 win over Columbus Mifflin during the Division II regional semifinals at Fairmont High School, March 17. thought we did. We came up a little bit short, but that doesn’t discount the great year we had.” The Spartans went 5916 (.787) over the last three years, during which they went 6-0 against St. Xavier and Elder. “That’s pretty impressive,” Neal said. Roger Bacon will graduate its all-senior starting lineup of Paul Byrd, Jared Bryant, Jabriel Coaston, Brian Bien and Rashad Peterkin. Byrd, who averaged nearly 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals per game was named GCL-Central Player of the Year Bryant and Coaston earned first-team, all-league honors, while Peterkin made the second-team. Other seniors include Gavin Schumann, Jourian Austin and Brady Garner. Schumann was a firstteam all-star. Neal was GCL-Central Coach of the Year.


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Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why? “We look forward to the Reds season every year. It appears they might go all the way this year. We feel they finally got their act together. It’s about time!” M.E.N. “I certainly am. I think they were very good last year and that they will build on that success.” B.N. “Yes. They were winners last year, have young talent and signed the appropriate ones to long term contracts. Nice to have a winning team in Cincinnati outside of the Cyclones.” B.L. “Yes maybe after the good year they had last it was just the beginning of better things to come.” L.S.

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In light of reports of teachers cheating to prepare their students for standardized tests, what changes would you make to the testing and school evaluation system? What actions, if any, should be taken against the teachers? “Don’t pay based on test scores. Paying teachers and schools based on their students’ performance is like paying a sales manager based on the performance of employees which no one hired, don’t want jobs and hate sales. I would say the whole system is lacking in practicality. Is it morally wrong for the teacher to cheat? Of course! Will the parents of the students defend him as passionately as they defend their own children when they’re caught cheating in school? “Schools have only been ‘graded’ in recent years. It used to be that the student got out of it what they put in. I think that believing it’s the schools job to shove information and intelligence into kids, whether they want it or not, just leads to excuses for the kids and more oversight for the government to create paid committees. A.B. “In today’s world cheating has become an accepted practice. No matter what measures you take someone will find a method to beat them. As for the teachers if this is the kind of leadership they are showing to children I feel it is time for them to move onto some other profession.” L.S. “I think that is why the USA is so far behind other countries. We were taught to learn, now it seems that the teachers have to teach to the test and not for general knowledge.” S.H. “This seems like a simple solve: “1) Tests should be sent to schools sealed and not opened until administration time. “2) Tests should be administered by teachers other than those the students have (e.g. a different grade, different school, etc.). “3) Teachers who cheat should be fired. The kind of example are they setting for their students is

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Should the United States rethink its nuclear power plans in light of the situation in Japan? Why or why not? Every week The Hilltop Press asks readers a question they can reply to via email. Send your answer to hilltoppress@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line. the wrong one and they shouldn’t be in a classroom.” D.H. “If a teacher is cheating, that cheats the children. The teacher should be fired. Teachers have a tough job, but what job is easy? I hear teachers complain a lot and school boards complain, but they should be teaching 35 children per classroom and no teachers aides like when I was in school. When that happens, then they can complain.” N.P. “Cheaters are cheaters and should be fired – period. With that said, there is so much pressure on teachers today to have their students pass the state test they will unfortunately go to extremes to get the mandated results. Who is really being cheated? “Our students today are cheated – they are only taught what they need to know to pass some narrowly focused test that is required to meet worthless bureaucratic state and federal mandates. The system needs major reform – abolish the U.S. Department of Education and its almost $70 billion dollar budget – what a tax savings that would be. This department did not exist until 1980 – what has been the return on investment? “Nothing. Test scores and student performance continue to decline compared to global standards and benchmarks. Scrap this worthless federal department along with collective bargaining. Put control of education solely back at the state level and then cut the state’s bureaucracy budget by 50 percent – put the money in the classroom – teach our kids more than how to take a state test.” N.W.S. “Let’s face it; most teachers could resort to cheating concerning tests because they are under extreme pressure from the school to make sure that students pass whether they are ready or not. A good teacher would advise that a student should be held back in the first place, but instead the school most probably pounds it into them that it is important that the school maintains their excellent rating. Actions don’t need to be taken against teachers. The school administrators are the real blame and should be the ones held accountable for all those students who are just pushed along in the system to the streets not properly educated. Instead of them focusing on a child developing into a contributing human being, school officials have their eyes focused on that piece of cloth hanging in front of that school proclaiming their excellence. It’s all politics. Statistics can be changed on paper, but a child’s life of contributing to society is lost if he/she does not receive the proper tools to work with while he/she is in school. “Both teachers and school officials should work together to advance all students. Maybe school administrators and teachers could have a brain storming session with the student body to address testing and the evaluation systems.” M.E.N.

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Sports in school make up a critical piece in a child’s education. So why are some schools being left out of a critical piece that makes up a child’s education? And who makes the decision to exclude a school from a sport conference? This is what’s happening to Winton Woods and its exclusion from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC). Building strong schools and sport teams requires a substantial amount of time and effort. So why are some leaders using time and effort to exclude others? When leaders exclude, it breaks down strengths and relationships. It serves districts and conferences best to have a wide representation of strengths and talents. Have past events influenced present decisions? Does winning the state football championship mean a school district should be ousted from a newly formed conference?

About letters & columns We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Hilltop Press. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for I can still feel the coldness in the air from that awesome night in Massillon, Ohio, on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. This was a good coldness, one that captured the moments of great high school football competition – the Winton Woods Warriors winning the OHSAA Division II state football championship. This type of sport competition coldness is what all hope to experience. Other sports also have their pinnacle of the feel of accomplishment and meaningfulness. What leader or leaders

length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday email: hilltoppress@community press.com Fax: 853-6220 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Hilltop Press may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. would take this away? The most engaged leaders welcome diversity of districts, teams, gender, and race in education and sports conferences; while disengaged leaders may do the opposite. I hope the newly formed Eastern Cincinnati Conference leaders will consider Winton Woods High School’s application of interest in joining the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. Angela D. Murphy Forest Park

U.S. must act now on energy policy Recently, due in part to political unrest in Libya, the price for a barrel of crude oil climbed over $100 per barrel, and the national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose to $3.47. This is just the latest evidence that America is far too reliant on foreign sources of energy, and that we are in desperate need of a comprehensive national energy strategy. America can no longer afford to be at the mercy of oil-producing countries, many of whom, like Libya, are experiencing political uprisings that threaten their economic stability. The unrest in Libya has diminished that country’s oil production capacity from 1.6 million barrels of oil a day to just 500,000. If disruption in oil production were to occur in Saudi Arabia (8.3 million barrels produced per day), it could have a catastrophic effect on the price of oil. To address the problem of escalating oil prices, and the United States’ continuing reliance on foreign sources of energy, we must have both a short and long-

term strategy. Congress should act immediately by passing legislation which I have introduced to give Americans a $500 tax credit ($1,000 Steve Chabot for married couCommunity ples) to soften blow of Press guest the higher gas columnist prices. Congress and the Obama administration must also develop an “all-of-theabove” national energy strategy aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy. In order to move to true energy independence, we must consider all our options – and fully developing our own sources of energy must be part of the mix. We should focus on increasing domestic oil production (including environmentally-safe offshore drilling), boosting use of coalbased fuel in military vehicles and jets, and expanding hybrid and

advanced electric vehicles. We should also foster the development of renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar. Further, we must revise our regulatory policies to maximize our access to domestic energy sources, while at the same time protecting the environment. We must develop our own comprehensive energy strategy; we can no longer afford to sit back and let other countries determine our future. It is particularly critical that we deal with our rising energy costs, especially high gas prices, now, as to delay action could further weaken an already fragile economy. Even though there are some signs of an economic turnaround, these high gas prices could push us back into an even deeper recession. We must not let that happen. The time for action is now. Rep. Steve Chabot (R – 1st District) is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

City rioting led to government reform People in Libya are fighting for freedom from a corrupt government. On a much smaller scale Cincinnatians were doing that in the 1880s. In the late 19th-century Cincinnati was a booming industrial city ruled by political bosses who used bribery and blackmail to control the city. The suburbs grew as transportation improved and residents left the city because they saw crime increase and wanted freedom from the corruption. There were 300 men and five patrol wagons on the police force to police 200,000 people, but they could not stop violent crimes. Out of 50 people arrested for murder, only four were hanged. By January 1, 1884, there were 23 accused murderers in the jail awaiting jury trials. Then William Berner and Joseph Palmer robbed and murdered their employer, William Kirk, who owned a livery stable. They dumped his body in Northside near the Mill Creek. It was evident that Palmer would hang, because he was black and would be convicted of murderer. Berner’s family hired a shady lawyer and he had the trials separated. Berner’s attorney, Thomas

Campbell, manipulated the system by bribing the jury and managed to have Berner’s murder charge reduced to manslaughter. Betty Kamuf An angry mob citizens Community of formed and Press guest demanded juscolumnist tice. By the end of March 1884, more than 10,000 angry Cincinnatians met at Music Hall to discuss the dysfunctional justice system and how to deal with Berner. The mob decided to overrun the courthouse and hang William Berner themselves. The mob moved up to the courthouse and overtook the guards. Two convicted inmates were lynched, but Berner had been moved to Dayton earlier that day. The violence escalated as the mob stole guns, attacked police and headed for the courthouse and jail. The jail was in a separate building on Sycamore Street, connected to the courthouse by a tunnel. The rioters attempted to gain control of the tunnel. When they

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were denied access they set fire to both buildings. The courthouse was burned to a blackened shell, and the jail was heavily damaged. Courthouse records were destroyed. The angry mob built barricades and took control of the city from the courthouse to Music Hall. Three days of violence, looting and burning took place killing 56 people. Sheriff Hawkins asked the governor for the national guard. Four hundred and 25 Ohio National Guard troops from Columbus arrived in Cincinnati armed with a Gatling gun and moved immediately to the jail. When they arrived at the jail, Hawkins attempted to clear the streets. The militia pushed the rioters back and built new barricades, but the mob continued to resist. In the chaos ten guardsmen were wounded by gunfire. After the riots, more people were hanged, including Berner’s co-defendant. William Howard Taft was named head of a committee to reform the criminal justice system. Betty Kamuf is a winner of Griffin Yeatman Award for Historical Preservation. She lives in Sayler Park. You can reach her at sp.column@fuse.net.

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Joe Nichols offered a simple assessment of his Finneytown High School baseball team. “They have to learn to walk before they run,” he said. Indeed, the Wildcats will field a largely inexperienced squad after graduating several familiar faces from a year ago, including pitcher Michael Deitsch, who led Finneytown in wins, strikeouts and innings. This season, seniors Chris Simpson and Luke Nichols will assume top-of-the-rotation duties; Simpson went 5-2 last year with a 3.47 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 42.1 innings, while Nichols worked primarily in relief, recording a 2.33 ERA and five strikeouts in 15.0 innings. “They’re finesse pitchers,” Nichols said. “They’ve got to hit their spots and keep hitters off balance.” After Simpson and Nichols, it’s anybody’s guess. “Everybody’s going to get a shot,” Nichols said, laughing. “Pitching is a question mark right now. We have some very young pitchers that are going to find their way and see where it goes. “Our approach this year is definitely one game at a time. If Chris is pitching, and I need to use Luke to save a game, I’ll burn Luke to save a game. And I’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”

Simpson and Nichols will also contribute offensively; they hit .313 and .338, respectively, last season. The Wildcats, which will be without 2010 graduates and .400-hitters Nate Girdler and Daniel Ruter, will need another strong showing from Travis Fannin. The senior hit over .400 for much of last year before a lateseason slump dropped his average to .338. Nichols also expects a bounceback performance from C.J. Manuel, who had a respectable .351 OBP last season but hit just .196. “He’s the one we need to get on board,” Nichols said. “I think he tried to do too much last year. He was learning a new position, and part of the blame goes with (the coaching staff) on that. But so far, he’s hit the ball extremely well this spring. He’s doing everything we’ve asked,” he said. Other contributors will include Zackary Bedinghaus and numerous freshmen, including David Evans. “If the freshmen were playing JV, I would have one heck of a JV team right now,” Nichols joked. “At any given point, we could have four freshmen in the lineup. They’re young, and they’re going to have to take their lumps. “On the flipside,” Nichols continued, “it bodes well for the next couple years. This might be the best freshman class I’ve ever

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Finneytown High School senior Travis Fannin hit .338 last season. had.” Finneytown has gone 33-15 (.688) over the last two years, including 17-9 a season ago, but Nichols knows his team could endure some growing pains. “It’s a rebuilding year from what we’ve experienced the last two years; there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “Our seniors are going to have to lead by exam-

ple.” Nichols said Reading, which went 24-5 last year and won a league title, is the favorite in the Cincinnati Hills League following by Madeira and Wyoming. “I see us as middle-of-the-pack right now,” he said. “Getting off to a good start, 41 or 5-1, would be huge. That would give us some momentum

and get the guys feeling good about themselves. That’s what happened last year. We won some games, and they thought they could play anybody,” said Nichols. “Like anyone will tell you, we’ve got to limit teams to three outs and make plays when we’ve got to make plays. Hopefully everything falls into place.”

Other area teams take to diamond Aiken

The Falcons finished 7-16 overall last season and 5-7 in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. They started 0-7, won four straight, lost four straight and then went 3-5 the rest of the way. According to cmacstats.com, Aiken is slated to return first-team all-leaguer Anthony Dodds (.352, 36 steals) and honorable mention Randall Whitehead (1-1, 11 strikeouts).

La Salle

The Lancers, which went 22-7 last year, have recorded at least 20 wins in two of their last three seasons. If La Salle hopes to make it three out of four, it’ll need to replace several key offensive cogs, including co-Greater Catholic League South division Player of the Year Michael Leytze and first-team, all-league infielders Reid Rizzo and Tyler Seibel. The Lancers now turn to senior Drew Campbell, who has signed with Northern Kentucky University, for production and leadership. He hit .310 with 17 RBI last season and went 4-1 as a pitcher. Senior Zach Dillman, meanwhile, figures to provide power and pop. The first-team, all-leaguer batted .482 with 40 hits and a .614 slugging percentage as a junior. Seniors David Hebeler (.408, 29 RBI), Ryan Johns (.277, 14 RBIs) and Drew Campbell (4-1, 27 strikeouts) will also play pivotal roles, while senior Ryan Jesse brings exceptional defense at the hot corner. “This team should be improved in pitching and defense,” said La Salle head coach

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St. Xavier senior Conor Gilligan hit .341 with 16 RBI last season.

Joe Voegele, who owns a 312-239 career coaching record. “We need our underclassmen to pick up the offense lost to graduation. I expect our younger guys to add to our overall team speed.” La Salle last won the GCL-South in 1994.

Mount Healthy

The Fighting Owls went 9-14 overall last season and 2-8 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scarlet division. According to favcsports.com, Mount Healthy is slated to return first-team allleague senior pitcher Mario McConico and second-team all-league juniors Kyle Boreing (SS) and Derek Jordan (3B). McConico hit .378 with a .465 OBP and had 17 RBI and team-highs of 10 doubles and 23 steals. Boreing led the team in average (.453) and OBP (.532) and stole 17 bases. Jordan hit .383 with a .441 OBP. JOSEPH FUQUA II/STAFF

La Salle High School senior David Hebeler hit .382 and knocked in 29 runs last season.

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St. Xavier High School junior Jake Sambrookes went 3-1 last year.

Roger Bacon

The Spartans went 9-13 last season, but third-year head coach Tim McCoy returns

almost his entire starting lineup. Among the returners are seniors Eric Brunner, Nate Brinkman, Brian Bien, Will Farrel, Scott Alverson and Nate Sketch, as well as juniors Nate Frock and Jake Ungerbuehler. “Our team is going to be senior-junior heavy this season,” McCoy said. “We are going to be strong defensively. Everyone on the varsity level has varsity experience in their career.” The top returner might be Bien, who has signed with Bowling Green University. Bien was a perfect 28-of-28 stealing bases last season and has been thrown out just once in two years. “He’s one of the top players in the city,” McCoy said. Roger Bacon went winless in the postseason last year, falling 3-2 to McNicholas in 10 innings. McCoy said his seniors have stepped up this year, and he is looking forward to an outstanding season.

St. Xavier

The 2010 season was historic for St. X in

that head coach Bill Slinger notched his 600th career win with a 10-7 victory over Glen Este in the playoffs last May. The Bombers went 14-13 overall but finished last in the Greater Catholic League South division. St. X is slated to return several players, including seniors Jake Rumpke (.354, 12 RBI, seven steals), Nick Albers (.259, 17 RBI), Chris Rutz (1-1, 13 strikeouts) and Conor Gilligan (.341, 16 RBI), as well as juniors Jake Sambrookes (3-1, 17 strikeouts), Griffin Dolle (1-1, two strikeouts) and Conor Hundley (.391, 14 RBI, 11 steals). The Bombers got off to a sluggish start in 2010, going 0-4 before winning 14 of their final 23 games.

Winton Woods

Winton Woods baseball did win three games last year, but the Warriors have struggled in this sport with their best recent year being 2005 (five wins). The Warriors have the fleet Antonio Sweeney back who hit .283 and stole 15 bases in 2010. Also, junior Desmond Hutchinson hit .280 and hopes to improve.

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La Salle senior Michael Guthrie went 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 11 innings of work as a junior. The groundwork for resurrecting the program will be up to new coach Bill “Doc” Wieland. Wieland won a national championship with the Midland organization and has a career high school record of 53-13, with three Cincinnati Hills League championships at Wyoming High School.

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March 23, 2011

THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD 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.

EDUCATION

Wood, Iron and Free Enterprise, 7-8 p.m., North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Gerry Hounchell relates how free enterprise and evolution of flintlock rifle to bolt action rifle drove American Industrial Revolution and made possible the high volume production of America’s automobile. Free. Presented by American Spirit Education Alliance. 868-8764. Colerain Township.

St. James the Greater Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. James the Greater - White Oak, 3565 Hubble Road, Undercroft. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, cheese pizza, clam chowder, macaroni and cheese, desserts, pop and beer. Carryout available. Benefits St. James the Greater church activities. 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. Family friendly. $7 platter, $4 sandwich. Presented by VFW Post 7340 Ladies Auxiliary. 5217340; gaileypost.webs.com. Colerain Township.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Hearing Solutions Open House Event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Western Hills Office, 6507 Harrison Ave., Free hearing tests, evaluations and demonstrations of new invisible hearing aid. Free. Reservations required. 248-1944. Green Township.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

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

MUSIC - STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 10507 Colerain Ave., Fish or chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese or French fries, coleslaw or apple sauce, dessert and a drink. Benefits Christ, the Prince of Peace UM Church. $7, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Presented by Christ Prince of Peace United Methodist Church. 385-7883. Colerain Township. Fish Fry, 5:30-7 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 17 Farragut Road, Carryout available. Drive-through only. $5 fish sandwich with fries and cole slaw. Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m. and Growing in your Prayer Life, 7:30 p.m. 825-8626; www.olr.net. Greenhills. Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 1683, 3144 Blue Rock Road, 741-7700. White Oak.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

NATURE

MUSIC - RELIGIOUS

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FOOD & DRINK

Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Bartholomew Church, 9375 Winton Road, Fish and shrimp dinners, pizza soft drinks and beer. 522-3680. Finneytown. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church, 11565 Pippin Road, Includes fish or chicken nuggets’ dinner with two sides, cupcake and beverage. Carryout available. Benefits Church Women’s Association and Boy Scout Troop 640. Dinner $8, $4 per child; carryout $7.50, $3.50 per child. 8511065; www.pleasantrunpc.org. Colerain Township. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 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. Fish Fry, 5:30-7 p.m., St. Therese Little Flower Church, 5560 Kirby Ave., School Cafeteria. 50-inch plasma TV will be raffled April 15. Raffle tickets are $1 or six for $5. Fish, shrimp, spaghetti, pizza, shrimp, potatoes, fries, salad and macaroni and cheese. Carryout available. 681-2631; www.olgcs.org. Mount Airy. St. Matthias Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Matthias Catholic Church, 1050 W. Kemper Road, Includes fried and baked fish, shrimp dinners, sandwiches, sides, drinks and desserts. Carryout available. $1-$7. 851-1930. Forest Park. St. John the Baptist Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist School-Colerain Township, 5375 Dry Ridge Road, Undercroft. Fried and baked fish, shrimp, pizza, mozzarella sticks and soup dinners and a la carte, side items, drinks and desserts. Menu at website. Carryout available. Benefits HelpA-Student Education Fund. Fifty cents-$6; carryout specials $16-$19. 923-2900; www.stjohns-dr.org. Colerain Township.

Rosie Red, 6-7:30 p.m., Skyline Chili, 6485 Harrison Ave., Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red and Gapper take turns visiting fans at 17 area Skyline locations in March, leading up to the 2011 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day. Mascots meet fans, take pictures and spread Cincinnati Reds baseball fever. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Reds. 598-9798. Green Township.

COMMUNITY DANCE

Massability 2011: In Memory of Michael Jackson, 7 p.m., Winton Woods Middle School, 147 Farragut Road, Auditorium. Musical show featuring hit songs of Michael Jackson. $5. 619-2440. Greenhills. Woodcock Watch, 7 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Short, naturalist-led hike to look for the American woodcock. Begins at amphitheater. 5217275; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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FARMERS MARKET

College Hill Winter Farm Market, 3-5:30 p.m., College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, 6128 Hamilton Ave., 5422739; collegehillfarmmarket.org. College Hill.

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Ballroom Dinner Dance, 6-11 p.m., Clovernook Country Club, 2035 W. Galbraith Road, Social ballroom dancing. Music by Pete Wagner Band. Ages 21 and up. $85. Reservations required. Presented by Promenaders Dance Club. 859-282-9998. College Hill.

MUSIC - RELIGIOUS

Irela, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. With the Waking Point, This Love, Wind Chaser and the Never Setting Suns. $8. 825-8200; www.theug.com. Forest Park.

NATURE

Oak Glen Spring Exploration, 11 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Registration required online by March 25. Walk through forested tract to see early wildflowers and migrating birds. Strenuous hike. Ages 12 and up if accompanied by adult. 521-7275. Colerain Township.

NATURE

Photography Travel Series, 7:30 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Journey to the Galapagos. With Dr. Albert J. Klee. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Outdoor Archery Practice, 4 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Practice compound bow skills on an outdoor range. Certified archery instructor on site to answer questions. Archers must use park-provided bows and be able to pull a minimum of 10 pounds draw weight. For Ages 8 to adult.. $15, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

RECREATION

Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Walks are led by Park District volunteers. Walkers may choose the days they want to walk. Ages 50 and up. For Ages 50 and up. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 728-3551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Walks led by Park District volunteers. Walkers may choose what days to participate. Ages 50 and up. Free; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 728-3551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township. Glow Disc Golf, 8-9:30 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by March 24. $5, $5 to rent Frisbee; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

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The Secrets of Wildflowers, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Slide show shares the lore, medicinal and culinary joys of spring wildflowers. Free, vehicle permit required.521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Starry-Eyed for Spring, 7:30 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by March 24. Family hike to look for early bloomers and newborn animals, then stargazing with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

ON STAGE - THEATER

Murder Mystery Dinner, 7 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Cash bar. “Murder at the Music Awards.” Audience participation. Adults. Dinner at 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $34 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

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Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Winton Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 728-3551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free; vehicle permit required. 7283551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township.

SEMINARS

Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Weekly speakers advise job seekers on how to conduct an effective job search. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 2 9

HEALTH / WELLNESS

New Solutions to Eliminate Pain, 7:308:30 p.m., Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Board Room. Do’s and don’ts of pain management. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Doctors’ Speakers Bureau. 941-6464. Groesbeck.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Grief Support Group, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Support and information on adjusting to change in life and grief over loss, cherishing positive memories, giving up unrealistic expectations that may lead to guilt and frustration. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 3 0

RECREATION

Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Winton Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 728-3551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free; vehicle permit required. 7283551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township. Mount Healthy Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Mount Healthy Jr./Sr. High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave., Cafeteria. Early bird starts 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts 7 p.m. Benefits Mount Healthy school athletics. $6-$26. 729-0131; www.mthcs.org. Mount Healthy.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Lose it for Life, 6:30-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Create and work personal plan. Family friendly. Free. Registration recommended. 931-5777. Finneytown. T H U R S D A Y, M A R C H 3 1

DANCE CLASSES

Line Dance Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, $4. 321-6776. Springfield Township.

EDUCATION

Forgiveness: the Gateway to Peace, 7-9 p.m., Corpus Christi Church, 2014 Springdale Road $15. 241-7745; www.catholiccharitiesswo.org. New Burlington. School Funding Process, How Levies Work, Special Levies, 7-8:30 p.m., Moose Lodge No. 2, 8944 Colerain Ave., With Dan Unger, former member of the Tax Levy Review Board. Free. Reservations required. 202-3140; www.empoweruohio.org. Colerain Twp.

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LECTURES

Winter Lecture Series, 2 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Euere Opfer Brachten uns Freiheit. A German-language lecture with Manfred Schnetzer, first vice president of the German-American League, who speaks on growing up in postwar Germany from the perspective of a German immigrant. Free. 574-1741; www.gacl.org. Green Township.

NATURE

Settling Pond Hike, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by March 24. Hike around the settling pond that has developed into a wetland habitat. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Twp.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Karaoke, 9 p.m., Cruise Inn, 695 Northland Blvd., With DJ Big C. Free. Forest Park.

RECREATION

Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free; vehicle permit required. 7283551, ext. 406; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township. Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, 7607 Hamilton Ave., Bring your own board games, other games also provided. 9231985; www.yottaquest.com. Mount Healthy.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Income Tax Help, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., Bring 1099s, W-2s and any other tax forms and last year’s tax returns. Free. Registration required. 521-3462. North College Hill.

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Outdoor Archery II, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by March 25. For those who have taken the Outdoor Archery program and want additional practice. Adult must remain with children ages 17 and under. $15. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

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Hearing Solutions Open House Event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Western Hills Office, Free. Reservations required. 2481944. Green Township. Audrey Assad, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. With Shawn McDonald. VIP includes meet and greet, and early entrance. Limited seating available. No seat guaranteed. $20 VIP; $15, $12 advance. 825-8200; www.itickets.com. Forest Park.

PROVIDED

Musician Ricky Nye will appear from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at VanZandt, 1810 W. Galbraith Road. For more information, call 407-6418.

PROVIDED

The Bank of Kentucky Center hosts the Professional Bull Riders Greater Cincinnati Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 25-26. See cowboys and riders earn cash and points toward a place in the World Finals. Tickets are $47, $32 and $22 for adults and $12, ages 2-12. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tony Mendes, pictured, during the first round of the Sacramento Series PBR.

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March 23, 2011

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Celebrating the destruction of a bully Winton Woods gets Father Lou is off this week. This is a reprint of his column from April 11, 2010.

Most of us, or our children, have at some time experienced being bullied. A bully seeks to intimidate, induce fear, taunt, or control someone considered weaker than they. What a relief it is when a bully is overcome or deposed. Death is a bully! All though our lives it elicits fear in us. Like a threatening vulture awaiting its time, the specter of death (death anxiety) sits on the branches of the tree of life. Its presence leads us to have unhealthy fears about dying, losing people we love, or being deprived of everything we enjoy and value. In fact, the fear of death paralyzes some people so much it can lead to an overcautious living of life (life anxiety). “Why love anyone if someday I’ll lose them?” “Why try to enter fully into life if it will someday come to a screeching halt?” whispers fearful minds too afraid of the bully. A cartoon depicts the opening to a dark cave and a set of two eyes peering out of the darkness. The caption underneath says: “If you’re very careful today, nothing good or bad will happen to you.” The bottom line of Christianity is our faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the deposing of the bully Death. Paul states the audaciousness of our faith, “For if Christ did not rise, then

Father Lou Guntzelman Perspectives

ans 15:17-19) Easter is the day we Christians celebrate Christ’s rising and his promise that we will rise, too. So we sing our Alleluias and celebrate. We take to heart the advice early Christians gave that it’s not right to be anything but joyful on Easter Day. We can go on fostering our fondest dreams of life and love, knowing our lives will eventually be transformed for the better and forever. The funeral liturgy affirms: “In him rose from the dead, our own hope of resurrection dawned. And now, the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality.” Poet John O’Donohue echoes the same point: “Regardless of how we configure the eternal, the human heart continues to dream of a state of wholeness, a place where everything comes together, where loss is made good, where blindness will transform into vision, where damage will be made whole, where the clenched question will open in the house of surprise, where the travails of a life’s journey will enjoy a homecoming.”

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your faith is futile and your sins have n e v e r been forgiven… and we, of all people, are the most to be pitied,” (1 Corinthi-

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SPRING INTO ACTION AND SAVE NOW

How timidly we state our triumphs and good health by the superstition of knocking on wood. We knock because it allegedly drowns out our boast. We fear that it we enjoy life too much the dreaded bully will return and wreak havoc on us. It’s as though we find it dangerous to hope for too much. Scripture does not yield to such superstition. Since God destroyed the biggest bully of ours, Death, scripture doesn’t knock on wood. It has no hesitation in announcing it loud and clear. In fact, scripture taunts the bully of Death that still frightens God’s people so much. It shouts: “Death is swallowed up in victory! “So where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55) Furthermore, some people, such as the mystic poet Rilke, see Death being so totally vanquished it now serves us – almost as a friend. He writes, “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love. … This life always says Yes and No simultaneous. Death is the true Yea-sayer. It stands before eternity and says only: Yes.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ communitypress.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

science grant from UC

By Rob Dowdy rdowdy@communitypress.com

Winton Woods Middle School science students are getting some help in their studies, thanks to a grant from the University of Cincinnati. Three middle school science teachers – Jenni Jung, Barbette Kirk and Carla Roller – applied for a $12,000 innovation grant from the college to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in classrooms. The school’s grant will allow the school to purchase netbooks for students to use during science lessons. Roller said students will

be using the netbooks to access web-based lessons on genetics, the technology of space travel and plate tectonics. She said the netbooks are expected to increase student participation for those students who don’t like raising their hands in class. “It makes them more anonymous to share their ideas,” Roller said. Kirk said her eighth grade students will be focusing on space travel. In one lesson, students will be building a space ship and testing its capabilities online. “They’ll be able to do all the (work) on their own,” she said.

Club donates to honor flight Tri-State Honor Flight received a donation of $1000 from the Cincinnati Silent Flyers. The donation was the result of the proceeds from the radio control club’s annual Camp ‘n’ Fly raffle, as well as other cash donations. Merchandise for the raffle was donated by Colerain Hobbies, Hobby Express, Pence Around RC and Fearless Foamies. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that escorts veterans of World War II to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. To date, the Tri-State Chapter of Honor Flight has

escorted more than 800 local veterans to see the memorial dedicated to their bravery and self-sacrifice. Our senior heroes travel all expenses paid by TriState Honor Flight. Taxdeductible donations and more information about Honor Flight may be found on their website at www. honorflighttristate.org. Colerain Hobbies, Hobby Express, Pence Around RC and Fearless Foamies are dedicated to supporting radio control hobbyists and organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. All provide a broad assortment of materials and knowledge to help radio

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Life

March 23, 2011

Sweet takes a back seat with these savory waffles One of the latest food trends is something that may seem foreign to many of you. It cert a i n l y seemed foreign to me when I first heard a b o u t t h e m : Rita S a v o r y Heikenfeld waffles. T h a t ’s Rita’s kitchen r i g h t , savory waffles, not sweet breakfast waffles bathed in syrup and topped with fruit and whipped cream, but waffles that are great “go withs” for poultry, seafood and beef, to name a few. I know what you’re thinking, but reserve that thought until you try them. I have a feeling you’ll soon be a fan, too. I have my own recipe for savory waffles, but I don’t measure everything exactly, so I was thrilled when I saw the perfect one to share with you in “Cuisine at Home” magazine.

Here’s my adapted version, and you’ll have success, every time.

first and keep that warm while making waffles).

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4 boneless skinless breasts or thighs, 6 oz. each, seasoned with salt, dried thyme and pepper 4 tablespoon each: flour and oil 11⁄2 to 13⁄4 cups milk Sliced green onions Maple syrup for serving

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Waffles

Combine: 1 ⁄2 cup flour 1 ⁄2 cup cornmeal 11⁄2 teaspoons powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1-2 teaspoons seasoning Cayenne pepper – start with a pinch

baking poultry to taste or two

Whisk in: 1 whole egg 1 egg white 1 ⁄2 cup milk 1 ⁄2 cup buttermilk Whisk egg mixture into flour mixture just until blended. Coat waffle iron with nonstick spray and pour in about a cup of batter. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions and keep warm while cooking chicken. (Or cook chicken

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Chicken & gravy

Dredge chicken in flour and reserve leftover flour for gravy. Heat oil in skillet and add chicken, cooking until done, about 10 minutes. Add rest of flour to pan and whisk for a couple of minutes. Add milk and whisk to make a smooth gravy. Simmer until thickened, add onions and salt and pepper. To serve: top half a waffle with chicken, 1⁄4 cup gravy and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Enjoy your next piece of tilapia in browned butter. piece of fish, you don’t have to do much to it to make it yummy. I season the tilapia with lemon pepper and seasoned salt, and then dredge it in flour. Jack, our 5-yearold grandson, declares fish in browned butter “is my favorite.” Film bottom of pan with a few tablespoons of butter. Let it get foamy and start to turn golden brown. Don’t let it burn. Cook three to four minutes per side on medium high heat until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with freshly squeezed lemon and garnish with parsley if you have it.

It’s maple syrup time here in our area, and soon you’ll be able to purchase the best maple syrup straight from the source. Here’s a rich sauce to serve over ice cream or fruit or to drizzle over yogurt topped with granola.

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Readers want to know

What is a Bouquet Garni? “My recipe calls for this but doesn’t say what it is.” It’s the traditional French

seasoning for stews and other slow-cooked dishes. Usually, fresh herbs are tied together in a bouquet with kitchen string or enclosed in cheesecloth or piece of coffee filter to make a sachet. Make it with three sprigs fresh parsley, one sprig fresh thyme and one bay leaf. Remove after cooking. How big is a “sprig?” About 2 or so inches long, for the leafy part of the herb. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Neighborhood Summit provides look at Cincinnati neighborhoods By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

An upcoming summit will provide an opportunity for residents to have an impact on their community. The annual Neighborhood Summit sponsored by Invest in Neighborhoods

Inc. will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave. “It’s a singular opportunity for grassroots volunteers to interact with their peers and city officials, and hopefully, learn how to

more effectively make their neighborhoods attractive and viable places to live,” said Rick Dieringer, executive director of Invest in Neighborhoods. A variety of sessions will be offered throughout the day. A number of the presen-

tations will focus on the city’s comprehensive plan and be led by city staff. Dieringer said several of the sessions will focus directly on the Cincinnati communities. The speakers at these sessions will include members of various neighborhood councils. The topics are: • Creating block clubs. • Neighborhood collabo-

ration. • Attacking blight. • Park restoration with a specific focus on Owl’s Nest Park. • Visions for the future. Dieringer said those who attend these sessions get a clearer sense of what is going on in their neighborhoods and learn ways to make their communities more effective.

Information booths will also showcase various departments in the city. Admission to the summit is free. However, reservations are encouraged since a box lunch is provided. The reservation deadline is Friday, March 25. For information or to register, visit the website http://investinneighborhoods.com.

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DEATHS

John Delaney

Services for John P. Delaney, 75, are 4 p.m. Saturday. March 26, at the Notre Dame Chapel, 1601 Dixie Hwy., Covington. Survived by wife Verna Delaney; children Patrick (Cindy) Delaney, Mary Claire (Calvin)

Riggs, Maureen (John) Weber; sisters Kay Allen, Peggy Peter, Sister Ruth Agnes, SND; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by siblings Jim Delaney, Ruth Fisher. Memorials to Roger Bacon High School.

About obituaries Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO RESOLUTION NO. 24-2011 Summary of Resolution Establishing a Parking Prohibition/Restriction Schedule for Springfield Township

POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations

Nathaniel Riley, born 1991, domestic violence, 6632 S. Oak Knoll Drive,

About police reports The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: • Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 7291300. • Mount Healthy: Chief Al Schaefer, 728-3183. • Cincinnati District 5, Captain David Bailey, 5698500. • North College Hill: Chief Gary Foust, 521-7171. • Greenhills: Chief Thomas Doyle, 825-2101. • Forest Park: Chief Phil Cannon, 595-5220.

March 7. Sharon A. Butke, born 1955, simple assault, March 7. Albert L. McFinley, born 1957, receiving stolen firearms, having weapons under disability, 2503 Rack Court, March 8. Buford Allen Williams, born 1955, domestic violence, aggravated menacing, 6127 Hempwood Ave., March 10. Roderick Moore, born 1989, having weapon under disability, carrying concealed weapons, obstructing official business, aggravated burglary, 5440 Fox Road, March 10. Marcus McKenzie, born 1962, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 5679 Folchi Drive, March 11. Victor Lamont Thomas, born 1982, domestic violence, 5365 Bahama Terrace, March 11. Earlene Walker, born 1975, domestic violence, 5365 Bahama Terrace, March 11. Reggie Franklin, born 1992, aggravated armed robbery, 2567 W. North Bend Road, March 12. Cleophus Reese, born 1991, gambling, misdemeanor drug possession, criminal trespassing, 1531 Cedar Ave., March 13. Doniko Mizell, born 1990, gambling, misdemeanor drug possession, criminal trespassing, 1531 Cedar Ave., March 13.

The Board of Trustees of Springfield Township has adopted Resolution No. 24-2011, establishing a Parking Prohibition/Restriction Schedule for Springfield Township. The following statement is a summary of the Resolu tion. Complete copies of the Resolution may be obtained or viewed at the Office of the Fiscal Officer, Springfield Township Administra tion Building, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and the Resolution is available on the Springfield Township website, www.Springfieldtwp.org.

Lenita Brown, born 1976, criminal damaging or endangering, 6123 Faircrest Court, March 13.

Incidents/reports Aggravated burglary

2758 West North Bend Road, No. 4, March 10.

Breaking and entering

2735 W. North Bend Road, March 5.

Burglary

2333 Van Leunen Drive, March 6. 2667 W. North Bend Road No. 1016, March 6. 5303 East Knoll Court No. 602, March 3. 6080 Tahiti Drive, March 11. 6558 South Oak Knoll Drive, March 5.

MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations

theft at 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 15.

Theft

Incidents/reports

United Dairy Farmers reported $5 in beer stolen at 7900 Hamilton Ave., March 15.

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Corey Woolfolk, 28, 9765 Arvin Ave., drug possession at 7200 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 12. Eddie Martin, 44, 1442 Summe Drive,

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BRIEFLY NCH hires energy firm

North College Hill council is hiring a firm to help the city save on its energy bills. Council member Maureen Mason said the city eventually will recoup the $255,000 it’s borrowing. “We will realize the money we borrow in energy costs to offset the loan,” Mason said. Council President Jason Fulmer said the Sharonville firm Perfection Group, will, among other things, retrofit lighting in city buildings and street lights.

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

UNITED METHODIST

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

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

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

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

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

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Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

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Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

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

Sharonville United Methodist

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Rev. Milton Berner, Pastor

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PRESBYTERIAN

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Northminster Presbyterian Church

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

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

Meeting changed

The April regular meeting for the Finneytown Local School District Board of Education has been changed to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11. It will be in the Finneytown High School Media Center, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. The change is being made to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

The Springfield Township senior golf group is seeking men and women 55 and older to take to the links. The golfers tee off 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays, starting April 18, at the Mill Golf Course at Winton Woods. The membership fee is $25. Call 522-4404 for information.

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Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods is offering a Growing Up a Farm Kid program, Monday through Wednesday, March 28-30 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers, ages 2-5, and their parents can explore Parky’s Farm and take part in

When kids think summer, they think outdoors, playing together and having fun. There’s no better place to do all of this than at a Hamilton County Park District Summer Day Camp! Children ages 4 to 17 will have opportunities to explore nature through

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO RESOLUTION NO. 23-2011 Summary of Resolution Amending Springfield Township Parking Regulations The Board of Trustees of Springfield Township has adopted Resolution No. 23-2011, amending Resolution No. 86-2010 which regulates parking in Springfield Township. The following statement is a summary of the Resolution. Complete copies of the Resolution may be obtained or viewed at the Office of the Fiscal Officer, Springfield Township Administration Building, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and the Resolution is available on the Springfield Township website, www.Springfieldtwp.org. Resolution No. 23-2011 applies to all vehicle parking in Springfield Township, including, but not limited to, parking on any township street or highway, parking on established roadways proximate to buildings, and parking on private property as necessary to provide access to the property by public safety vehicles and equipment. Resolution No. 232011 also outlines the administration, enforcement, and penalties for violations of the Resolution. The Resolution consists of the following Chapters and Sections: Chapter 1 Scope and Administration Sections 101 General 102 Applicability 103 Definitions Sections 201 202

Chapter 2 Definitions General General Definitions

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Chapter 3 Street Parking Restrictions Sections 301 General Prohibitions 302 Prohibitions on Designated Streets Designated on Prohibitions 303 Streets at Specified Times

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hands-on activities, hikes, games, crafts and much more. Also, those who register by March 31 will save $20.00 per camp. There are many exciting camps being offered at various parks this summer, including: Barnyard Friends at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods that offers five days on learning how a farm is run; Habitat Explorers at Miami Whitewater Forest that lets kids hike and explore the great outdoors; a Great Outdoor Camp at Winton Woods which offers a great opportunity to fish, canoe, golf, horseback ride and more; and Buccaneer Boot Camp at Sharon Woods where prospective pirates will explore a pirate’s life and more! For a full list of summer day camps, including dates, age ranges, costs and online registration deadlines, please visit GreatParks.org. For additional information, those interested can call (513) 521PARK (7275).

A+ audit

Following the recent routine audit of the Finneytown Local School District, the Ohio auditor’s office has announced that the district received a clean audit with no significant findings or citations issued. Full copies of these audits are available online at www.auditor.state.oh.us.

System fees reduced

Hamilton County Public Health has reduced fees for mechanical household sewage treatment systems operation permit inspections. Inspection and reinspection fees are reduced to $37 each from $40, effective May 1. Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Health Commissioner, said the reduction is the result of cost-cutting measures and increased efficiencies. Digital inspections using handheld computers has allowed public health sanitarians to more efficiently and effectively conduct inspections. Hamilton County Public Health has also been judicious in regards to staff assignment areas so sanitarians spend more time inspecting systems rather than traveling. For more information about septic systems, visit www.hamiltoncountyhealth.or g. If you have a household sewage treatment system and have specific questions, call Hamilton County Public Health at 946-7800.

Easter egg hunt

It's sure to be an “egg-citing” time at Parky's Farm during the Easter Spectacular. The celebration will be Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 beginning with lunch at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. This popular Easter event will host a fun egg hunt, family activities and the arrival of a special guest … the Easter bunny. Following lunch, each child will receive a complimentary (4x6) photo with the Easter Bunny and will get to take a hay wagon ride to an egg hunt where they can collect Easter eggs and redeem them for a chocolate bunny. The indoor playbarn, outdoor playground, a moon bounce and obstacle course are also included in the activities during this special day. Tickets are $8.95 plus tax for each adult and each child and will be available for purchase at GreatParks.org until Monday, April 11. Tickets will not be available the day of the event. Parky's Farm is located in Winton Woods at 10073 Daly Road. Visit GreatParks.org or call (513) 521-PARK (7275).


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