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Cincinnati Zoo Bird Trainer Eddie Annal tells students about sulfur-crested cockatoo as the bird is perched on his hand. Students at Winton Woods Intermediate School were treated to some exotic visitors who spoke to them before flying around the gymnasium.

Know a sportsman? The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is under way. Readers can nominate any junior or senior athlete by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on preps, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as Western Hills Press. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.

Garage sale The Mount Healthy Alumni Association Annual Garage Sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, in the Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School cafeteria, 8101 Hamilton Ave. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Yard judges needed Forest Park is seeking judges for its 2012 Yard Beautification Contest.This year’s contest is scheduled for June 8-9. If interested, contact Rachel Hackmann at 595-5202 or

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Help here for historic graves

DAV chapter moves to adopt cemetery

For the past eight years, Carol Haskins, a 70-year-old Northside resident, and some of her friends have planted flowers in the cemeGannett News Service tery, cut the grass twice a year with push mowers and painted its COLLEGE HILL — A tiny or- fence. Haskins has been fascinatphaned pioneer cemetery called ed by the cemetery since she was a God’s Half Acre that has suffered child growing up in in Springfield badly from neglect may be blessed Township. after all. “We’d always go up there and A Disabled American Veterans look at the headstones,” she said. chapter in North College Hill “We’d even have picnics there.” wants to adopt the cemetery on David Bean, a retired FinneyWinton Ridge Lane that no one town teacher, had researched the owns and become its permanent cemetery’s history and had been care-takers. Three Revolutionary involved in cleaning up the cemeWar veterans – including Finney- tery. He has provided Hasler with town’s founder and namesake, a list of the 59 people buried in Ebenezer Ward FinGod’s Half Acre – ney – and five veter- “The people who all between 1799 ans of the War of and 1882. The first 1812 are buried are buried there person was buried there. there in 1799 and are founders of “The people who the last, in 1882. are buried there are this area as well The list will help founders of this as veterans.” volunteers figure area as well as vetout exactly where erans,” said Rich- RICHARD BLUE everyone is buried. ard Blue, adjutant Adjutant for DAV Ohio Some of the tombfor the DAV’s Ohio Chapter 115 stones are illegible; Chapter115 in North others are out of College Hill. “It’s our history.” place or missing. The DAV and several other volJoseph Prell, a direct descendunteers have offered to help clean ant of Ebenezer Ward Finney and up and care for the cemetery since of David Sprong, a Revolutionary an Enquirer story and photos last War veteran buried at God’s Half month revealed the cemetery’s Acre, is delighted that the DAV poor condition. chapter and others want to clean A large tree that had fallen up and care for the cemetery. He damaged at least five gravestones. found out he was related to both Another fallen tree smashed a sec- Finney and Spring in 1996 but tion of a small wrought-iron fence didn’t find out where they were surrounding the cemetery. Volun- buried until 2002. teers have removed both fallen The unmarked cemetery was trees since the Enquirer story ap- so overgrown with weeds and peared. shrubs at the time that, even with a Dave Hasler, a 25-year resident map, it took him a while to locate it. of Springfield Township, is trying “I drove by it several times before to help get a group of volunteers I finally found it,” said Prell, a together to assist the DAV chapter Symmes Township resident. “It in cleanup and fundraising for the was so frustrating.” cemetery’s perpetual care. “ProHe arranged for the cleanup of gress will go pretty fast once we the cemetery and for the replaceget in and do the main cleanup,” he See HELP, Page A2 said.

A large tree has fallen inside of God's Half Acre cemetery in College Hill damaging several headstones and grave sites. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A head stone is seen broken in pieces inside of God's Half Acre cemetery in College Hill. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Forest Park buys house for redevelopment By Rob Dowdy

FOREST PARK — It’s a buyer’s market, apparently, as Forest Park recently purchased a house on Elkwood Drive. Forest Park City Council voted to allow city officials to purchase the house at 11706 Elkwood Drive for $22,500 in order to tear it down and make the site presentable to potential developers. City Manager Ray Hodges said the property has become an eyesore and is bringing down the value of neighboring homes. “It’s unsafe but it also represents a drain on the neighborhood,” he said. Community and Economic Development Director Chris Anderson said the home has been vacant for two years and vandals have removed all copper wiring

Forest Park is purchasing a home on Edgewood Drive that’s been vacant for two years. The city plans to demolish it in hopes of making the property more attractive to potential developers. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

as well as the heating and air conditioning units. Hodges said the city seeks out those homes that are below city standards and are unlikely to be purchased and renovated by a home buyer. He said with the city buying the home, it will be demol-

ished and the property will be cleared to entice a homebuyer to build a home on the lot. Anderson said the neighborhood is an “area of focus” for Forest Park. He said while many of the homes along Edgewood are in good shape, several are in disre-

pair and foreclosures are higher on that street than in any other street in the city. Anderson said the city “can’t make people sell” their homes, but when the price is right and the home has become an issue for neighbors, Forest Park has set aside money to redevelop those sites. “When we get the opportunity, we’d like to take it,” he said. The cost of demolition ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on the materials within the house and the effort it takes to remove the debris from the site. Hodges said the city will take responsibility to mow and maintain the site until it’s sold. Forest Park’s redevelopment fund for 2012 contains $150,000 for such projects. Anderson said the fund is reevaluated each year.



BRIEFLY Women meeting

The Forest Park Women’s Club will host Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds team historian, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road. This will be the club’s 55th birthday celebration, and there will be dinner before the meeting. And there will be a raffle of four Reds tickets and four Reds Hall of Fame tickets. Please wear red to the meeting.

Filling vacancies

Forest Park is looking

for dedicated residents to fill vacancies on several boards and committees. There are empty seats on the Beautification/ Conservation Commission, charter revision committee, economic development commission and the tax board of review. Residents interested in these open positions can contact Sally Huffman at 595-5208.

Bike safety

The Forest Park Fire Department is joining the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to honor Bike Helmet

Safety Week May 7-11. The week’s theme is “Put a Lid on It! Protect Before You Pedal,” and is meant to remind children and parents that serious injuries can result in riding one’s bicycle without proper protection.

La Salle cars

Check out cool cars and support a good cause when La Salle High School presents “Cars for a Cause” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the school, 3091 North Bend Road. Trophies will be awarded for the best cars or vehicles in each of seven cate-




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Donation of bikes

Forest Park is donating 41 bicycles that have gone unclaimed for more than a year to the Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club. The group plans to host a safety fair later in the year, and the donated bikes will be repaired and of-

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Art show

Serenity, the spring art show presented by the Colerain Artists group, will be Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29 in the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Artists will be available to talk about their art during the exhibit. In addition to the artwork on exhibit, artists will also have note cards, prints and matted unframed art for sale. For information, call 513-761-1697 or visit

‘Green’ adoption

Adopting a shelter animal is a great way to “green” your pet from the start because according the Humane Society of the United States, 5 million to 7

million companion animals enter shelters every year of which 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. Petco is helping raise awareness for this issue during their monthly National Adoption Weekend starting April 14, right before Earth Day on April 22. Every Petco store nationwide will host pet adoption events in hopes of placing these shelter animals in forever homes. Stores in this area participating are: 8525 Winton Road, Forest Park and 5453 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights. Wellness will be sponsoring the weekend by offering adopting pet parents a coupon for a free small bag of dry dog food or dry cat food (up to 6 pounds). Also, any customer that comes in store will receive a $3 off coupon for select Wellness dry dog and dry cat food. For information , visit

Clovernook prepares for summer day camps Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host its annual Discovery Youth Summer Day Camps beginning in June. The program consists of four components – Art Camp, Technology Camp, Survivor Camp, and Adventures in Activities of Daily Living Camp – each lasting one week. “Thanks to our generous funders, youth who are blind or visually impaired will once again have the opportunity to interact with their peers while learning irreplaceable life skills during their time in the Discovery Youth Day Camps” said Robin L. Usalis, president/CEO. Current funders include ArtsWave, The Andrew Jergens Foundation, Clovernook Country Club,

Frances and Stanley Cohen, The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation, The Erma Bantz Foundation, and The Spaulding Foundation. Karen Schoenharl, youth services coordinator, plans and implements the program and explains its importance: “Clovernook Center’s youth camps increase independence by setting the stage for fun and learning in a safe environment. Participants experience a range of activities in the community and are empowered to move out of their comfort zone. .” If you know someone who may be interested in attending or supporting Clovernook Center’s Discovery Youth Summer Day Camps, please contact Karen Schoenharl at 513-7286286 or


sporadically. “It’s never consistently gotten the attention it needs,” Prell said. “It feels fantastic that so many people are willing to help out now. We need to figure out a way to perpetually care for the lot. It’s part of our local heritage, and everybody can connect with that.”

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ment of Finney’s and Sprong’s gravestones with a dedication ceremony in 2004. Since then, Boy Scouts and other volunteers have cleaned up the cemetery

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New fiscal officer takes over in township By Jennie Key

Springfield Township has a new fiscal officer. Although Dan Berning was elected to a four-year term as fiscal officer last November, his term began April 1. So Springfield Township Trustee Joseph Honerlaw swore Berning in as the new fiscal officer April 1, and Berning began his duties the following day. He replaces John Waksmundski, who retired after several decades of serving at different times as a trustee and fiscal officer. Berning said he ran for the office because he felt he was at a point in his life when he was able to give back to his life-long community. The new fiscal officer was born and raised in the Finneytown area. Now that he has raised his family in Springfield Township, he says he is in a

Springfield Township Trustee Joseph Honerlaw, left, swears in the township's new fiscal officer, Dan Berning, April 1. THANKS TO KIMBERLEE FLAMM

better position to serve. Berning owns and operates a real estate appraisal office. He said he is looking forward to trying to fill the big shoes left by Waksmundski. “John did a great job,” he said. Berning has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in finance and management.

He has served on the education commission at St. Vivian School, coached soccer, softball and basketball for the Finneytown Athletic Association and for St. Vivian’s; served as president of the Brentwood Swim Club for many years and has been involved in service to the elderly through Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. He lives in the Finney-

La Salle hosting summer camps La Salle High School hosts art and drama camps for boys and girls this summer at the high school, 3091 North Bend Road. Registration is going on now. For all sessions, the camper’s grade is based on the grade he or she enters this fall. » “Disney: A Bug’s Life” art camp for youngsters grades K to eight is June 2529 from 9-11:30 a.m. Students will build, paint, color, draw and explore their imaginations using various materials.

» “Painting and Drawing from Nature” art camp for students entering grades four to eight is June 25-29 from 12:30-3 p.m. Participants will draw and paint, with emphasis on scenes in nature. La Salle art teacher Mike Knueven will lead Art Camp. Cost is $75. For information, contact Knueven at 513-661-4555 or Participants will have fun singing, dancing and acting in Drama Camp, and will present a Summer

Showcase on the Friday at11 a.m. to entertain family and friends. » “Disney Magic” drama camp for youngsters in grades K to fourth graders will be June 11-15 from 9 a.m.-noon. » “Broadway” drama camp for girls and boys grades five through nine is June18-22 from 9 a.m.-noon. La Salle’s drama teacher Connie Saho directs Drama Camp. Cost is $75. For information, contact Saho at 513324-8675 or

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Forest Park works to update gateways By Rob Dowdy

FOREST PARK — With the help of a grant, Forest Park is hoping to revitalize one of its major business districts. Forest Park is applying for a grant from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments to use in funding the Northland Boulevard streetscape. The project is estimated to cost about $937,000, with the city seeking $750,000 through grant funding. Economic and Community Development Director Chris Anderson said the agency is seeking an 80/20 split, so the city would have to fund the remaining 20 percent of any project they receive grant funding for. The Northland Boulevard streetscape project includes pavers at the intersections, crosswalks, new landscaping within the medians, new signage, benches and trash receptacles. City Manager Ray

Hodges said while each gateway streetscape design will be unique to the area it's in, there will be a common theme running through each site that ties them together and makes them representative of Forest Park. Anderson said the project, if the OKI grant application is approved, won't likely start until 2014, though there's an "outside

possibility" it could begin next year. The city is seeking this grant because unlike the gateway streetscape projects at Waycross Road and Winton Road, there is no tax increment financing district to draw funds from. The Waycross Road streetscape project is being paid for through funds generated from the Caril-

lon TIF district, while the Winton Road project is being paid for in part through the TIF district established at Wal-Mart. Northland Boulevard has no such funding, and Anderson said without the OKI grant or something similar, the project will remain a plan. “It’s essential we get a grant for Northland,” Hodges said.

West Siders volunteer to rescue ‘bully breeds’ Finds homes for dogs with bad reputations

By Kurt Backscheider

Dan Kaiser is working to change the perception most people have about pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The Green Township resident is a co-founder of Adore-A-Bull Rescue, and for the past three years he’s been focused on rescuing as many “bully breed” dogs as he can from Tristate animal shelters. Because of the negative reputation pit bulls and pit bull mixes have, Kaiser said they are rarely adopted from shelters



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and the vast majority of them have to be euthanized. “The pit bull is one of the hardest breeds for shelters to adopt out,” he said. “Only one out of 600 will make it out of the shelter.” Kaiser, who has owned a pit bull named Nala for several years, helped get Adore-A-Bull Rescue started in 2009 after he spent time volunteering at area animal shelters. While volunteering he learned about a pit bull named Buster, who was scheduled to be put down in a matter of days because no one had adopted him. Kaiser took Buster in and has been a pit bull advocate ever since. “I was totally oblivious as to what happens with pit bulls in shelters,” he said. “I got Buster and I was immediately involved in the rescue world. For the past three years I’ve done nothing but work with pit bulls and learn about pit bulls.” Miami Township resident Holly Hock, who handles marketing and special events for the nonprofit organization, became involved with Adore-A-Bull Rescue in a similar fashion. She said she and her husband had to put down one of their dogs last summer and they set out to find a new companion for their other dog. They looked into area shelters and adoption, and came across Adore-ABull, she said. The adopted a pit bull named Tucker, and eventually adopted a second pit bull named Sookie after fostering her. “I always wanted to be involved in a rescue,” Hock said. “I’ve been around all breeds of dogs growing up and I’ve never been around dogs more affectionate than pit bulls and

Green Township resident Dan Kaiser, left, with his dogs Nala and Maddie, and Miami Township resident Holly Hock, with her dogs Sookie and Tucker, help run a dog rescue organization called Adore-A-Bull Rescue. The group focuses on rescuing dogs categorized as bully breeds, such as pit bulls, from shelters. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

MORE INFO For more information about the rescue organization, visit or check them out on Facebook at AdoreABullrescue.

pit bull mixes.” Kaiser said they are a foster-based rescue, meaning they pull dogs from shelters and place them with foster families before the dogs are adopted into their permanent homes. Kaiser tests the temperament of each dog before rescuing from the shelter to make sure they are suitable for families. When the organization first started they were rescuing an average of two dogs each month, and now they rescue about 35 dogs per month. “We’ve rescued more than 70 dogs since the be-

ginning of the year,” Hock said. The group hosts adoption events every Saturday throughout the Tristate, and she said they also take part in many of the large pet adoption events sponsored by area shelters and adoption agencies. Kaiser said their goal is to show people that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are good, loving dogs that shouldn’t be prematurely judged as being bullies or vicious. He said much of the breed’s reputation is based on irresponsible owners who have bred pit bulls for the wrong reasons and didn’t provide the dogs with proper care or training. “A lot of people once wary of the breed now love the breed and are the biggest advocates for the breed,” he said. “We’ll keep educating people one at a time, and saving dogs one at a time.”



McAuley High School

The vocal ensemble recently sang at Cincinnati City Hall during a formal welcoming of the World Choir Games committee by city council. ■ The vocal ensemble recently was asked to appear in a video that will promote Cincinnati as “The City That Sings.” Entertainer Bootsy Collins joined the students in the video. ■ Grand raffle tickets for the annual charity auction, McAuction 2012: An Affair to Remember on the Mississippi, are now on sale. The winner will choose between the $10,000 prize, or $10,000 applied toward McAuley tuition through the 20132014 school year. Only 1,000 tickets are available for sale. The grand prize drawing will take place at the end of the live auction April 28, but the winner need not be present. Proceeds from the grand raffle and McAuction benefit McAuley campus improvements and student financial assistance. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Gail Kelly at 681-1800, ext. 1117, or Tickets also can be purchased online at

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Winton Woods unbroken string of qualifying for Ohio Music Education Association state level competition has now stretched to four decades with the recent superior rating earned by the varsity ensemble at OMEA District XIV Choir Contest. “Unfortunately varsity ensemble will not be participating in state contest this year,” said choir director Dave Bell. “We do not have time to prepare a new piece for state contest, the music for the vocal ensemble talent show in May, and the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ for the Reds game in April, on top of the music we need to prepare for the World Choir Games.” The choir ratings at the district contest were superior in Class AA for the varsity ensemble, and outstanding in Class B for the concert choir and in Class C for the combined women’s and men’s choir. Band ratings at the district contest were outstanding in Class B for the symphonic band and in Class C for the concert band.

McAuley tops for six years McAuley High School was the top all-girls school in the state for the seventh consecutive year at the 2012 Ohio Junior Classical League Convention. The school finished sixth overall out of 29 schools, placing in the top 10 for the sixth straight year, Junior Mollie Effler placed first on the Level III classical mythology exam, and earned second place in computer-enhanced photography. Effler also placed in the top 10 on six other academic tests and Latin sightreading. Senior Molly Huey received a Best of Show ribbon for her original monologue from the perspective of the mythological princess Danae, and was invited to perform her speech at the convention’s final assembly. Junior Samantha Nissen had top 10 finishes in nine categories: derivatives, grammar, literature, mythology, pentathlon, Roman history, Roman life, Latin sight reading and drawn chart construction. Sophomore Rachel Koize placed in the top 10 in five areas: Latin sight reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, literature and pentathlon. In creative arts, she also placed first in the

Ursuline seniors Stephanie Lang and Angela Bird are two of the winners of YMCA Character Awards. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Pictured in their costumes for the Saturday night spirit contest, which the entire McAuley delegation won, are Certamen team members, from front left, Mary Dickman, Margaret Kammerer, Liz Schultz and Megan Archdeacon; second row, Rachel Koize and Monica Hermann; third row, Mollie Effler, Sam Nissen, Nikki Hoffman and Katarina Anhofer. PROVIDED. ink drawing creative arts category. The McAuely Latin Club earned a gold medal and superior rating for their service projects, which involved creating blankets for Project Linus and assembling packages for troops overseas. McAuley’s Latin Club publication, “The Shear Truth,” won a silver medal and an excellent rating. The entire McAuley delegation also received the Spirit

Award for their McAuley Mohawk-themed togas and impressive enthusiasm. The Latin I, II and III Certamen teams all progressed to the state semi-finals. Team members are Megan Archdeacon, Mary Dickman, Margaret Kammerer and Liz Schultz, Latin I; Monica Hermann and Rachel Koize, Latin II; and Katarina Anhofer, Mollie Effler, Nikki Hoffman and Samantha Nissen, upper level.


Rachel Henry, music teacher at Winton Woods Primary South, chose eight students as her Hall of Fame Music Stars for the month of March. These students showed excellent behavior in music class by doing the right thing all the time. "They are always ready to use their singing voices and to learn about music every time they come to class," said Henry. Pictured from left are Sheldyn Harris, Aiden Popil, Thomas Fant, Takira Kelow, Vanya Padilla, Aryss Van Camp and Imani Peyton. Not pictured is Rey Rios Cruz. PROVIDED.


Students at Winton Woods Primary South recently enjoyed Muffins with Mom and had a great time introducing their moms to friends and teachers. Shown at the annual PTA-sponsored event are, from left, Brandon Bond, Briyanna Bond and their mom, Shanae Bond. THANKS TO CINDY BOEHM.


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McAuley High School celebrated its 11th annual Grandparents' Day with more than 700 students and their grandparents attending a special Lenten Mass presided over by the Rev. Timothy A. Howe, SJ, St. Xavier High School president. After the Mass, students and grandparents were treated to a brunch buffet. Pictured with freshman Christi Blum, second from right, are, from left, grandfather Tony Michel, McAuley president Cheryl Sucher, grandmother Roberta Michel and Sister Mary Greta Schmidlin, RSM. PROVIDED.

Two Ursuline seniors honored

Ursuline Academy seniors Angela Bird of Springfield Township and Stephanie Lang of Montgomery are among 40 local teens being honored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for exemplifying the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. The 15th annual YMCA Character Awards ceremony will be April 17 at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Bird is ain the honors and AP programs and she is a National Merit Commended student. Her strength as a leader in service to others has taken her in many directions, including the oncology unit at Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital for the past three years, where she offers support and comfort to patients. She volunteers every week at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired;, and for several years she has assumed many roles at her church including participation in mission trips, coordinating collections and being a teacher’s aide. Among her activities at Ursuline are the Latin Club, Teens for Life, Lion’s Roar school newspaper (as a writer), Kairos Retreat Team, Writing Center editor and tutor, Marian Retreat Leader, Ursuline Academy United – as a school ambassador, Laudate-Forming Youth for Music Ministry, National Honors Society, Cappies of Greater Cincinnati Ursuline Team, teacher’s aide at SU Casa Hispanic Center, mission trips participant, annual coat drive coordinator, Catholic Social Teaching Action Team representative, Relay for Life (cancer support) and Cincinnati Reads Literacy Program tutor. Bird has not yetdecided where she will attend college. A student in the honors and AP programs, Lang also has been involved in numerous activities at Ursuline. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the National Society for High School Scholars. She was selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, and the TAP MD of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. She has been a member of the Ursuline Academy Stage Company where she was head of the stage crew; she is a member of the a cappella choir; Ursuline Academy United – as a school ambassador; and she participated in the Relay for Life (cancer support). She was a Kairos rector for her school’s spiritual retreats.





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McAuley bats lead to quick start Mohawks off to 6-2 start in softball By Nick Dudukovich

COLLEGE HILL — Division wins over rival opponents is a great way to start the year. The McAuley High School softball team knows the feeling. The Mohawks (6-2, 3-1) earned wins over Ursuline and St. Ursula during the early portion of their schedule. “I think our season started

very well,” head coach Karen Wiesman said. “To get that win against Ursuline, and against St. Ursula was great.” The Mohawks used stellar offensive efforts to add victories to the win column early on this season. Emily Schute was batting .417 through eight games while Megan Suer was at a .313 clip. “Emily, especially, has worked really hard,” Wiesman said. “And Megan has been a great asset to us as well. Alli Ciminio has also provided a hot bat for the Mohawks’

lineup. Through six games, Ciminio was batting .450 with nine RBIs. Rachel Oakley’s ability to get on base has also provided a spark. The junior had 18 hits in 31 at-bats (through April 5) and has scored nine runs. “Rachael getting on base is very critical. When she gets on base we’re confident we can score a run,” Wiesman said. And the Mohawks are finding ways to score often. Through eight games, the McAuley offense was generating about seven runs per game. The team’s

biggest win was a 20-5 triumph over Fenwick March 28. The team’s stats are equally impressive on the defensive side. In four games against GGCL Scarlet opponents, McAuley allowed just four runs. Three of those came during the squad’s 3-0 loss to Seton April 2. The team’s pitching should stay strong as Jamie Ertel continues to work her way back from a wrist surgery. Ertel, who went 13-5 last season, isn’t sure how she suffered the injury, but the ace couldn’t

start pitching until February, according to Wiesman. But against St. Ursula, she looked as if she was in midseason form, striking out nine batters. “She looked back on top of her game, and she had nine strikeouts, which is huge,” Wiesman said. The squad is also getting key contributions from freshmen Mackenzie Robinson and Morgan Wells. Robinson has helped shore up fist base, while Robinson has filled in around the infield.

Winton Woods athletes lauded Ceremony honors winter sports The annual Winter Sports Awards ceremony honored those athletes participating in boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, swimming, wrestling, cheerleading and Academic Quiz Team at Winton Woods High School on Monday, March 12.

Girls basketball

Finneytown sitting atop coaches poll

all to open the season at the CMAC Relays.

» Most Valuable Player – Chanel Stokes and Imani Partlow » Most Improved Player – Tyra James and Peyton Harris » Warrior Award – Tireale Mack » Charlie Fredrick Sportsmanship Award – Tireale Mack » Most Valuable Defensive Player – Dominique Harper » Most Valuable Offensive Player – Imani Partlow » Chairlady of the Boards – Imani Partlow » Sixth Woman Award – Vanitra Primus » Second Year Awards: Tyra James, Imani Partlow, Tireale Mack, Taylor Johnson. » Third Year Awards: Chanel Stokes, Dominique Harper, Peyton Harris, Taylor Johnson.

By Tom Skeen


Even with the graduation of state discus and shot put qualifier Donavon Clark, and sprinters Julian Jones and James Howard, the Wildcats return a bevy of players from their district championship team a year ago and are sitting atop the Enquirer Division II-III Coaches Poll to start the season. Seniors Anthony Patano (pole vault) and Mark Clayton (long jump) are back, along with junior Josh Parks (shot put). They will have a strong high jump squad with the return of Akram Ndamba, Shawn Frost and Ellis Green. Junior Braxton Moragne is back in the discus. In the distance events, junior Alex Hughes is coming off a district championship in the 3200meter run, and is joined by junior Brendan Edie and Marius Gehrke. With Howard and Jones’ graduation, they could be thin in the sprint events, but return senior hurdler Kevin Johnson and sophomore Nile Ross.

Boys basketball

» Offensive Player of the Year – Trent Donald » Most Improved Player – Ronnie Rousseau » Warrior Award – Jessie Funderburg » Charlie Fredrick Sportsmanship Award – Darnell Dees » Second Year Award: Tiasia Cockrell, Charmane Watson and Aleithea Sims.

Mount Healthy

» Most Valuable Bowler – Jasmine Daniels » Most Improved Bowler – Autumn Adams » Warrior Award – Sami Fishwick » Charlie Fredrick Sportsmanship Award – Cidney Carter » Second Year Varsity – Ka-

La Salle head coach Frank Russo (third, from left) represented the Lancers’ 2011 state champion track team during a meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger (second, from left) at the Arnold Indoor Classic track meet in Columbus March 3. THANKS TO MIKE NIE

La Salle starts spring as reigning state champs

MONFORT HEIGHTS — - For the La Salle Lancers and head coach Frank Russo, the 2011 season came down to the final event at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships last June. The Lancers finished sixth in 1,600-meter relay to take sixth place, which gave La Salle enough points to edge out Centerville for the Division I team title. Despite losing top sprinter Rodriguez Coleman and middle distance runner Ethan Bokeno to graduation, the Lancers return junior Jaleel Hytchye, who was a part of the state-winning 3,200 relay team. Hytchye was also a member of the state qualifying 800 and1,600-meter relay squads. Sprinter Devon Steagall, who was also a part of the 800 and 1,600 teams, is a two-time state qualifier. Antonio Nelson, who joined Steagall and Hytche on the 800relay team will also bring state meet experience to the squad. In distance events, Jake McNamara, who was a regional qualifier in the 3,200-meter race, should bolster the Lancers lineup. The Lancers should also be strong in field events, with district champion Tim Bell (high jump) and Linden Ayoki, who was a regional qualifier in the discus,

Finneytown junior Alex Hughes returns as one of the Wildcats’ top distance runners this season. Hughes was a district champion in the 3200-meter run last year. FILE ART

returning this spring.


The Falcons return senior Chris Townsend, who was named Second-Team All-Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference last season in the discus and shot put. Also back is all-league honorable mention long jumper Keonte Early. He will also compete in the 100- and 400-meter dash events. Senior Blesson Wilkerson will also compete in sprint events. Senior James Blackwell returns as one of the Falcons top distance runners. The team finished fifth over-

Coming off a second-place finish at districts and finishing ninth at state, the Owls and coach Craig Eckstein start the season ranked No. 5 in the Enquirer Division I Coaches’ Poll. They did lose Brent Gray, who See SPRING, Page A7


» Most Valuable Wrestler – Desmond Jarman » Most Improved – Stephen Shelton » Warrior Award – Xavier Vines » Charlie Fredrick Sportsmanship Award – Mike Jones » Second Year Awards: Evan Durrah, Devon Graves, Nick George » Third Year Awards: Rod Lattimore, Juleon Harrison, Desmond Jarman, Tyler Nelson, Chrishawn Snell, Xavier Vines, Stephen Shelton.

Girls bowling

Winton Woods High School boys basketball coach Donnie Gillespie is honored as the FAVC Coach of the Year at the school's winter sports awards. Gillespie, left, is shown with Winton Woods High School Athletic Director Dwight Campbell. Photo by Elise Speeg. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

tie Schmittou » Third Year Varsity – Jasmine Daniels, Sami Fishwick

Boys bowling

» Most Valuable Bowler – Justin Taylor » Most Improved Bowler – Sanford Tubbs » Warrior Award – Matt Berte » Charlie Fredrick Sportsmanship Award – Erik Hamilton » Second Year Award – Blake Howard, Maurice Pope, Ryan Hunter » Third Year Award – Sanford Tubbs


» Most Valuable Swimmer – Eric Behrendt » Most Improved Swimmer – Phillip Wolke » Warrior Award – April Otto » Charlie Fredrick Sportsmanship Award – Allison Holtman » Second Year Awards – Eric Behrendt, April Otto, Allison Holtman

Academic Quiz Team

» Blue & Green Award – Ruhi Gulati » Blue & Green Award – Marie Koala » Second Year Award – Rebecca Day, Kayla Fields, Ruhi Gulati, Dorian Moore, Kayla Upthegrove, DuJour Wills » Third Year Award – Marie Koala

FAVC All-Conference Academic Awards

Rebecca Day, Joshua Kerobo, Marie Koala, Chanel Stokes, Autumn Adams, Haleigh Holtman, Katie Schmittou, Justin Taylor, Ayana Phelps, Jasmine Jones, Eric Behrendt, MarieClaire Muxfeldt, April Otto, Emma Peiser, Phillip Wolke, and Xavier Vines.


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finished second in the 400-meter dash at state last season, but return senior Vince Turnage who was fourth in the 200-meter dash. Also back this season are sprinters Greg and Tim Green.

St. Xavier

The Bombers are coached by Oliver Mason and run out a very young team this season. After graduating nearly twothirds of their team, the Bombers are in a rebuilding year, but still ranked No. 3 in the Enquirer Division I Coaches’ Poll. “I’m trying to get them comfortable and to understand that it’s their job to step up and perform to their best ability and see what varsity track is like,” Mason said. “When you are an underclassman, you try to beat guys in your grade. Now they have to beat guys from schools like La Salle, Elder, Dublin and Hilliard Davidson.” Senior long jumper Isaiah Waldon is back, while junior Jake Grabowski will be the Bombers lead distance runner. When it comes to sprint events, senior David Braswell will run the 100-meter dash and senior Tyler Stoeckel will run the 110-meter hurdles. Even with the youth, Mason still believes his team will find success

this season. “We should be successful this year,” he said. “Provided the guys develop the way I think they should. We’ll always be a sneaky team. Truth be told, I don’t know what we truly have until May and until they get some reps.”


Winton Woods

The Warriors graduated co-most valuable runners Mike James and Kyri Moton, along with a number of others. Back this season is long jumper and sprinter Kareth Embery, along with sprinters Kawaune Coleman, Marcus Jackson – who finished third a districts last season in the 200-meter dash – and Aaron Kemper. Junior Tyler Gist and Embry were part of the 4x100 relay team that finished second last season at districts. Where the Warriors are thin is in the distance events, with junior Robert Sanchez being their top returner.

Roger Bacon

The Spartans should excel in field events with senior Alex Meirose and sophomore Stewart Barnes leading the way. Barnes placed third in the discus at districts last season, while Meirose placed fifth in the shot. The team’s 4x400 relay team, which consists of Dontez Lindsey, Brandon Lee Hyde, Shawn Melvin and Lucas Stark could also be a strong scorer.

Neumann Golf Course Superintendent Dan Austing accepts his award from the heads of Billy Casper Golf. From left are Peter Hill, CEO & Chairman of BCG; Dan Austing, Superintendent, Neumann Golf Course; Billy Casper, company namesake; and Bob Morris, BCG Vice Chairman. THANKS TO LISA KRUSE

Neumann course super gets national honor Dan Austing is a team player. And he’s not just saying that. Austing, the superintendent at Neumann Golf Course, recently won the “Team Player of the Year” award from Billy Casper Golf, which runs the course. The award was given during BCG’s annual meeting in St. Augustine, Fla., in February. Austing was among stiff competition for the award – 120 golf courses nationwide have superintendents in the running. “I was thrilled to be able to nominate Dan for this award,” said Paul Holzderber, Dan’s manager. “The golf course experienced some shortcomings in revenue in addition to the loss of an


assistant superintendent – Dan’s immediate righthand man. Dan did an awesome job even though last year was a tough one.” Criteria for the award included a “willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done,” said to BCG’s Regional Marketing Director, Jill Timon. But it’s not just Dan who is a team player. “This award is a team award for the whole facility. My employees do so much to make my job easier,” Austing said about his staff and the award. Austing was assistant superintendent at Neumann Golf Course from 1998 through 2001. He was promoted to superintendent in 2001.

The newly combined Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club/Star U16 Premier soccer team won its division in the March 17-18 Ohio Galaxies College Showcase, the first tournament together, with three wins. They are, from left: Front, Colton Lipps, Travis Timler, Hunter Ulmes, Jake Laughman and Cody Perkins; middle, Yardley Gonzalez, Kyle Farrell, Luke Cobbs, Andrew Norman, Ben Fershtman, Matt Krabacher and coach Alan Fershtman; back, head coach Craig Rhodis, Freddie Ballard, Chandler Robinson, Joe Engel, Jacob Whyle, Christian Meyer, Josh Engel and coach Kelly Farrell. Not pictured: Mitchell Bolton. Their home field is Winton Woods and the boys are from Fairfield, Colerain Township, Ross, Springfield Township, Wyoming and Hyde Park. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/STAFF



» St. Xavier lost to Moeller 9-5, March 30. The Bombers are 1-1 on the season. The Bombers rebounded with a 4-2 win over Badin and 2-1 over Warren Howland March 31. Joe Gellenbeck picked up his first victory of the year on the mound. » Aiken lost 13-0 to Fairfield March 31. The Falcons are 0-4 on the year. » Winton Woods lost 12-2 April 5 to Talawanda. » Mount Healthy dropped to 2-3 after an 8-5 loss to Norwood April 5. » LaSalle defeated Ross 4-3, Mach 31. Brad Burkhart was 4-4 with two doubles, while Andrew Rost

New bat rule aims for safety of players By Nick Dudukovich

Ping! It’s a noise that doesn’t conjure up memories of how baseball should sound, but it’s a noise every littleleaguer to collegiate player who’s ever stepped on a diamond has come to know. But starting this season, thanks to a rule handed down by the National Federation of State High School Associations, metal bats won’t sound so “pingy.” The association issued a rule that said high schoolers must use new aluminum bats with a smaller sweet spot. “I would compare it to playing the game with wood bat now, instead of the crazy trampoline effect of the aluminum bats of the past,”Mariemont head coach Joe Regruth said. Princeton High School head coach Austin Rhoads believes the change is good for the game. Not only because of safety, but because the bats affect how the game is played. “I think the bats were getting a little ridiculous and making not so good hitters really drive the ball,” Rhoads said.

drove in two runs. Paul Spaulding improved to 2-0 on the season. The squad followed up with a 13-5 win over Milford April 3. Bailey Abbatiello was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Connor Speed was 3-5.


» Roger Bacon beat Norwood 8-7 April 3. Junior Molly Walterman had two RBIs. » McAuley’s Jamie Ertel struck out nine as the Mohawks beat St. Ursula 2-0 in extra innings April 4.

Boys tennis

» St. Xavier knocked off Bishop McGuinness 9-0 and Booker T. Washington 5-4, March 30. The Bombers lost 5-4 to University School in Tennessee at the Deco Turf Tournament March 31. Mi-

chael Momper won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:28.70.


» The Mount Healthy boys team took first-place at the Milford Relays March 30. The Owls won the 2x200 relay, shuttle hurdles, 4x100 relay and the long jump. The Lady Owls finished tied for second with Milford with 48 points. » Winton Woods took seventh-place at the Middletown Showdown March 30. The Lady Warriors were fourth. Junior Dominique Harper won the 100-meter dash (12.85), senior Chanel Stokes won the 800-meter run (2:30.00) and junior Tiasia Cockrell won the high jump. » Aiken placed seventh at the UC Oliver Nikoloff

Invitational March 30. Senior Kionte Early won the long jump event. The Lady Falcons finished 11th. » St. Xavier finished second behind Moeller at the UC Oliver Nikoloff Invitational March 30. » LaSalle’s Jaleel Hytchye took first in the 200 (22.4) and 400 (49.0) at the Coaches’ Classic April 4. Teammate Linnie Ayoki took first in the discus (148-2), while Tim Bell won the high jump (6-2). » McAuley’s Taylor Bove took first in the long jump (15-04) at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational March 31. Danielle Pfeifer took first in the 400- (58.36) and 200- meter (26.63) events. Pfeifer followed up with a win in the 800 at the Coaches’ Classic April 4 (2:14.63), which set a meet record.

From Lancers to Bearcats

Some La Salle Lancer graduates took part in a recent track meet for the University of Cincinnati. University of Cincinnati sophomore Josh Dangel of Colerain Township competes in the pole vault event at Gettler Stadium, March 17. The LaSalle High School graduate is currently a mathematics major at UC with a personal best in the pole vault is 16' 8.75". TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS




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An inside look into low income housing Values are volatile and emotions are high. The housing market usually leads other markets in the economy, such as domestic retail purchases. A society with ample home ownership brings pride in community and a stable tenancy. It also produces property taxes which support the infrastructure for a comfortable standard of living. Older neighborhoods are especially vulnerable for low income housing because due to excess upkeep, many homes are turned into multi-family dwellings, a natural place for investors. But, amongst home dwellers will always be those who can-

not or choose not to own, thus become the tenants, some are “voucher tenants.” Some fall into the ever increasAnn ing 15 percent Thompson COMMUNITY PRESS of our country’s below GUEST COLUMNIST poverty level people. Unemployment has swollen the ranks of our poor. Unfortunately, some are unable to obtain the basic material necessities of life, but still need a place to call home. Where do they go? (Rep. Steve) Chabot’s re-

sponse to disgruntled homeowners on the West Side with his Section 8 overhaul bill is a reactive bill, lacking insight into the crux of the problem. Rep. Judy Biggert’s (R – Illinois) bill “Affordable Housing & Self Sufficiency Improvement Act,” has a better understanding and a more productive solution. Spreading low income housing throughout the communities should be a learning experience for both tenants and owners. It’s easy to blame low income tenants because many have less education and it’s commonly known that tenants do not care for property as owners do. I have had very

good Section 8 tenants, some with unfortunate circumstances like medical catastrophes or job loss, but I know from experience that most of the problems arise from guests (boyfriends) who conveniently move in on the single mom who has no support from him. There is a case to be made here for public education and Biggert’s bill. Loosening the picky inspections and job training is the solution. We need compassion for the under-privileged. Also, instead of coercing women to keep having babies, (sex is not going away anytime soon), the churches should concentrate on preventive solutions and teaching respon-


WHEN THEY MEET You can express your views to local officials by attending their meetings. Here is a list of the times and locations for local governmental meetings. All meetings are open to the public. Greenhills Village Council meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of month at the Municipal Building, 11000 Winton Road. Call 825-2100 for information. Forest Park Council meets the first and third Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in council chambers, 1201 W. Kemper Road. Call 595-5200 for information. Mount Healthy Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at City Hall, 7700 Perry St. Call 931-8840 for information. North College Hill Council meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at City Hall, 1646 W. Galbraith Road. A mini town hall meeting for residents with the mayor, council and adminsitration will beging at 6:45 p.m. Call 521-7413 for information. Springfield Township Board of Trustees meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Allen Paul Community Room of the Springfield Township Administration Building, 9150 Winton Road. Call

522-1410 for information. Finneytown Local School District Board of Education meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Finneytown High School library, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. Call 728-3700 for information Nortwest Local School District Board of Education meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Administrative offices, 3240 Banning Road. Call 923-3111 for information. Mount Healthy Local School District Board of Education meets at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Mt. Healthy Board of Education offices, 7615 Harrison Ave. Call 729-0077 for information. North College Hill City School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Goodman Elementary School, 1731 Goodman Ave. Call 931-8181 for information. Winton Woods City School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month in board offices, 1215 W. Kemper Road. Call 619-2300 for information.



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sibility to young men. Education and jobs could prevent crime. Certainly, those who have worked hard to acquire a job and home want to protect its value, but falling values and crime are not necessarily caused by providing affordable housing for low income families. Negotiating through this problem has many facets. We claim to be christian. We can’t turn away the “least of us.” We are American. We can solve this problem. Ann Thompson lives in Green Township. She is a homeowner, investor, Realtor emeritus, appraiser and Ohio Real Estate commissioner.

Finneytown High School and Middle School students of the month for February are, from left, seventh-grader Amy Hughes, eighth-grader Jacob Hockenberry, sophomore Eddie Reeb, senior Katie Bramble, junior Michael Osterwisch and freshman Sierra Leigh. The students were selected for demonstrating respect, kindness, responsibility, integrity, effort and perseverance, and for being a positive example for others, part of a character traits program instituted by the district this year. They received a certificate of recognition and a gift card to Skyline Chili. PROVIDED.

Massage can help relieve you of chronic pain Millions of people are affected daily by physical pain. It can come in the form of back pain, tension headaches, arthritis or a chronic health condition. In addition, living with chronic pain frequently leads to anxiety and depression which only adds to the frustration those already suffering. I never realized how pervasive this phenomenon was and how great the need was for pain relief until I became a massage therapist. I recently saw research released by the American Osteopathic Association that states that “nearly three in five Kentuckians believe pain is just a part of life and two in five don't believe it can be eased with proper treatment.” What saddens me most about these survey results is that many people can find relief – it just may not be in the form of traditional medicine. Fortunately, massage therapy is becoming more accepted as complementary healthcare. A survey conducted by the Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Associ-

ation, showed that more than 42 percent of responding hospitals offer one or more compleApril Vale mentary or COMMUNITY PRESS alternative GUEST COLUMNIST medicine services, which includes massage therapy. In fact, massage therapy is in the top two services provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings. In addition, a consumer survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association found that a full 90 percent of individuals surveyed perceive massage therapy as effective in reducing pain. The way it works is this: when the skin is massaged, it causes the release of chemicals in the body that help the body function smoothly, increases pain relieving levels of endorphins, and contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. It also lowers stress hormone levels and

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Fifth-grader Jah'Mya Jackson looks away as a blue and gold macaw flies overhead.

Markee Jefferies, bird trainer at the Cincinnati Zoo, gets students involved in the zoo's traveling bird show, which visited Winton Woods Intermediate School with a variety of birds. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

BIRD’S EYE VIEW Students at Winton Woods Intermediate School were treated to some exotic visitors who spoke to them before flying around the gymnasium. The Cincinnati Zoo’s traveling bird show came to the school March 26. Bird trainers Markee Jefferies and Eddie Annal brought a blue and gold macaw, sulfur-crested cockatoo, cookaburra, yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Harris hawk, spectacled owl, green-winged macaw and an African penguin to the school for students to learn

about their habits and abilities. Several of the birds flew over the students’ heads, some spoke and the Amazon parrot placed aluminum cans in a recycling bin. The bird show runs at the Cincinnati Zoo from May 28 to Sept. 5. Here’s a look at the traveling bird show’s visit to Winton Woods Intermediate School. Story and photos by Rob Dowdy/ The Community Press

Markee Jefferies, bird trainer with Cincinnati Zoo, holds a Harris hawk while telling students about the bird.

Cincinnati Zoo Bird Trainer Eddie Annal tells students about sulfur-crested cockatoo as the bird is perched on his hand.

While Cincinnati Zoo bird trainers mostly discussed birds during their visit to Winton Woods Intermediate School, students were shocked when Eddie Annal brought a pair of rats out to show students what some birds eat in the wild.

Fifth-grader Nakiya Robinson is all smiles as bird trainers from Cincinnati Zoo display a variety of birds at Winton Woods Intermediate School. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Eddie Annal, one of two bird trainers who visited Winton Woods Intermediate School, holds a spectacled owl as students watch closely. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Winton Woods Intermediate School students watch closely as bird trainers from Cincinnati Zoo display a number of exotic birds. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

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Music - Rock Road to Ichthus Competition, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Round 1. With bands TBA. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Religious - Community Tibetan Buddhist Course: Foundation for Happiness, 7-8 p.m., Gaden Samdrup Ling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, The Eight Verses for Mind Training, taught from an 800year old text, designed to invoke inner reflection to develop a more peaceful, calm mind, which is the foundation for happiness. Course participants have assigned readings, participate in discussions, have an opportunity to ask questions and hear commentary on meditation practice. $10. Through May 18. 385-7116; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Green Township. Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Colerain Township.

Dining Events Boy Scout Troop 850 Spaghetti Dinner, 3:30-7 p.m., St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road, La Rosa’s spaghetti and meatballs, drinks, and home-made desserts. Raffle prizes and split-the-pot. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 850. $8, $6 seniors and children; $7, $5 seniors and children advance. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 850. 574-7474. Monfort Heights.

Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Advanced level square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Music - Rock

Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Fireflight, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Ashes Remain and 7eventh Time Down. Doors open 6:30 p.m. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Nature Winton Woods Clean-Up, 9 a.m.-noon, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Kestrel Point Shelter, Winton Centre. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. Bring work gloves. Park provides other supplies. Children encouraged to participate accompanied by adult. Cookout for volunteers by Kroger and JTM. Raffle by Wildbirds Unlimited. Free, parking permit required. Registration recommended. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 595-5263; Springfield Township. Wildflowers of Winton, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Hike along the Great Oaks Trail to look for wildflowers. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Community Dance, 7-11 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Includes music by Your Choice, beer, pop and snacks. For seniors. $7, $6 members. 385-3780. Green Township.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township. Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 946-7766; Colerain Township.

Community Dance Lakeridge Funfest, 1-5 p.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Music by DJ Larry Robers. Photos, soda, beer, snacks and door prizes. Ages 50 and up. $10. Reservations accepted. 521-1112; Colerain Township.

Lectures Lecture Series, 2 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, German Catholic Churches and Institutions in Cincinnati with Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, German-American Citizens League president and German Heritage Museum curator. Free. 574-1741; Green Township.

Nature Twilight Serenade, 6:30 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Night hike with a visit to the silt basin and vernal pool areas. Registration required online by April 12. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 Exercise Classes The Evening Bliss Fitness Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructed by Gary Terry, West Point graduate, Army master fitness trainer and certified personal trainer. Focusing on helping individuals improve their strength, stamina, flexibility and weight loss. Bring mat, 3or 5-pound dumbbells and water. Ages 18 and up. $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township. West Side Zumba, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Wear comfortable workout attire and gym shoes. Bring water. $5. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064; Green Township.

Home & Garden Gardening Seminar: Holy Heucheras!, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Information on choices and colors of these coral bells. With White Oak Garden Center. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden

On Stage - Student Theater

Hike along the Great Oaks Trail at Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, to look for spring wildflowers. The Wilflowers of Winton hike is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park. For more information, call 521-7275 or visit FILE PHOTO Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

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

Religious - Community Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, 1210 Compton Road, Fellowship Hall. Join us for Awana Clubs with game time, memory verses, and bible study in personalized small groups and interactive large groups. Registration is completed on first night of attendance. Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Seminars Job Search Seminar, 7-8:30 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.

Senior Citizens Chair Volleyball, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Indoor Cornhole, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township.

Support Groups Crohn’s & Colitis Support, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, For those with Crohn’s Diseases, colitis, IBS and their family members. Includes presentations and discussion. Free baby-sitting with advance notice. Family friendly. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Education Learn to be a Coupon-ista, 4-5 p.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., Hader Room. Concludes April 24. Learn how to cut your grocery bill by 50 percent or more. With Cindy Ewing. Meal planning, where to find coupons, how to organize coupons, stockpiling, how to find your own deals, matching coupons with sales. $15. 8534100; College Hill.

Nature Growing Up a Farm Kid, 911:30 a.m., Parky’s Farm, 10037 Daly Road, Theme: Sense of Hearing. Explore the farm by using hearing: Listen to a rooster crow, hear the cows moo and discover other sounds. Registration required online by April 13. Three-day camp for preschoolers with an adult. Do crafts, meet farm animals and read stories. $12.50 per day, $30 for all three, with one complimentary adult. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-3276, ext. 100; Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Quilting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Epley Road, Make blankets to donate to Project Linus and Children’s Hospital. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Ceramics, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Stability Ball, 9:30-10 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Bring your own stability ball and work on strengthening your core. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Euchre, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Open game. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Pattern Dancing, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Learn line dancing and have fun while exercising. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Billiards, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Exercise Classes The Evening Bliss Fitness Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Groesbeck.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Top Shelf Grille, 6507 Harrison Ave., 574-5600; Green Township.

Senior Citizens Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Vintage Artist, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Place for artists to paint together. Beginners welcome. Bring own supplies. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Knitting and Crocheting, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Knit or crochet blankets for Project Linus. Yarn provided. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Wood Carving, 1-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Carve with Green-

wood Chippers. Many different techniques used: relief carvings, scroll saw, figurines. Bring own tools. For seniors. Free. 3853780. Green Township. Wii Bowling, 2-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $3. 385-3780. Green Township.

Support Groups Lose it for Life, 6:30-8 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Create and work personal plan to maintain your weightmanagement lifestyle. Get to the bottom of the emotional and spiritual issues that keep you from your ideal weight. Family friendly. Free. Registration recommended. 931-5777. Finneytown. Divorce Support Group, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Information on getting over loss of partner, grief over being single, giving up unrealistic expectations that lead to unneeded guilt and frustration, developing strong support system and sources of self-esteem. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Lectures Fairtax, 7-8:30 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Learn about comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollarfor-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment. Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 250-4116; Monfort Heights.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

Shopping Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Northwest Community Church, 8735 Cheviot Road, Clothes, furniture, books, toys, small appliances, tools, bedding, holiday items, kitchenware and more. Benefits Scholarships for summer camp and youth mission trip. 385-8973. Colerain Township.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Community Dance Cincy A2, 8-10:30 p.m., Trinity

Aida, 8 p.m., Winton Woods High School, 1231 W. Kemper Road, Auditorium. Tony and Grammy award-winning love story written by Elton John and Tim Rice set in ancient Egypt. Musical is about forbidden love between Nubian princess and Egyptian soldier, who are forced to choose between facing death and parting forever. Their decision is an example of true devotion that defies cultural differences between warring nations. $7-$8. 619-2420; Forest Park.

On Stage - Theater River Rat and Cat, 7 p.m., The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Comedy about friendship and cooperation. By Y York, playwright. Face painting begins at 6 p.m. Pre-show performance by Cincinnati Movement and Dance Center. Free. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 5221410; playhouse.cfm. Finneytown.

Religious - Community Tibetan Buddhist Course: Foundation for Happiness, 7-8 p.m., Gaden Samdrup Ling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, $10. 385-7116; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

Shopping Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Northwest Community Church, 385-8973. Colerain Township.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Benefits Christian Women Fellowship Retreat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kemper Road Christian Church, 11609 Hanover Road, Fitness, fashions, entertainment and food. Benefits Dress for Success. Free, donations accepted. Reservations required. Presented by Christian Women Fellowship of Kemper Road Christian Church. 825-4453. Forest Park.

Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township. Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 946-7766; Colerain Township.

Dining Events Roast Beef Dinner and Quilt Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m., St. Paul United Church of Christ-Colerain Township, 5312 Old Blue Rock Road, $10, $4 ages 9 and under. 385-9077; Colerain Township. Ham Dinner, 4-7 p.m., Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 10507 Colerain Ave., Fellowship Hall. Menu: ham, green beans, macaroni and cheese, salad or apple sauce, cornbread or bread, dessert and drink. Free. 385-7883. Colerain Township.

Home & Garden Start a Kitchen Herb Garden, 2 p.m., Mount Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave., Plant variety of herbs to grow on your kitchen windowsill. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4469; Mount Healthy.



Rita offers version of Roman chicken We took a walk through our little patch of woods and I’ve never seen jackin-the-pulpits, dog’s tooth violets and trilliums blooming this soon. I’m picking violets for jelly, jam and vinegar. My friends Butch and Rita Char Castle Heikenfeld have alRITA’S KITCHEN ready gifted me with morels, so they’re early, too. And if I don’t get out soon to pick the dandelion flowers, I won’t be making dandelion wine. Some of them are already in the puffball stage. Spring is a busy time for many of you, as well, so I know you’ll like the quick and tasty recipes I’m sharing today.

Roman chicken

This looked so good when Giada De Laurentiis made it on television. Here’s my adaptation. I served it with mashed potatoes. 5-6 chicken thighs or breasts, or combination of

both, boned and skinned Salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 bell peppers, sliced (I used red, orange and yellow) 3-4 oz. prosciutto, chopped 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic (start with 2) 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (I used Kroger petite) ½ cup white wine 1 teaspoon each: dried oregano and thyme, plus more oregano if desired ½ cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons capers, drained Parsley, chopped, about a handful

Season chicken and brown on both sides in olive oil over medium heat. Remove and set aside. Add peppers and cook until lightly brown. Add prosciutto and cook until it’s crisp, but be careful so that you don’t overcook, causing it to get tough. Add garlic and cook a couple of minutes. Add tomatoes, wine, herbs and broth, and stir to get browned bits off bottom. Put chicken back in pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through. Adjust seasonings. Stir in capers

CLARIFICATION Dick Bader’s cheesecake – Dick said the filling is for 1 cheesecake in a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan. The crust is for 2 cheesecakes, so you can divide the crust recipe in half.

Rita's version of Giada De Laurentiis’ Roman chicken features a trio of bell peppers. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. and parsley.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Prosciutto (pro-SHOOtoh) is Italian for ham. It’s ham that has been seasoned and salt cured, but not smoked, and air dried.

Rita’s version of O’Charley’s caramel pie For several readers. I got a huge response to this, including my neighbor, Lisa Caudill, who said she got the recipe from the restaurant years ago. Thanks to all who were nice enough to share. I

went to O’Charley’s and ate a piece – so rich – and the waitress also gave me the recipe. There are several suggested ways to make the filling. The most popular is cooking two unopened cans sweetened condensed milk (remove wrappers) in a pan with several inches of water over the top of the cans and boiling them for one to three hours (and making sure they are always covered with boiling water) until milk caramelizes in the can, and turns a tawny brown and gets very thick. Some recipes said cook with the lid on the pan, others said

leave the pan lid off. The problem with boiling in the can is that there’s a slight chance it could explode if it isn’t always covered with boiling water. Lisa also suggested pouring the milk in a double boiler or nonstick pan and cooking it until it caramelized. That would work but would take close watching. I figured out an easier way that requires no cooking! And it’s a dead ringer for O’Charley’s. Here it is:

son Ave. » 7 p.,m. Friday, April 20, in Grove Banquet Hall in Springfield Township, 9150 Winton Road. Playwright Y York will be sign-

Crescent cookies like Wiedeman Pastry Shop.

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Baking soda bath to tenderize meat. Ray would like to get details. I’ve never heard of this, but perhaps somebody has.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Katherine Leigh is Beaver, Aram Monisoff is Cat and Margaret Ivey is River Rat in Y York’s “River Rat & Cat.” THANKS TO TONY ARRASMITH & ASSOCIATES.

Beaver) from the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Intern Company will appear in the play. Lutwak will direct. Other members of the production team include Tamara L. Honesty (set designer), Lisa Molyneux (costume designer), Anna Goller (props designer), Carlos Saldaña (stage hand/ musician) and Sydney Kuhlman (stage manager). “River Rat & Cat” will also tour area elementary schools from April 12 through May 18. For more information about the Playhouse's education and outreach programs, con-

tact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit Off the Hill is made possible by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and 3M Foundation. ArtsWave Presents, a program bringing musicians, dancers, actors and artists from Cincinnati’s arts organizations into neighborhoods for public performances, also provides support. The schedule includes these dates: » 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at The Drama Workshop, in the Westwood Town Center, 3017 Harri-

Author to visit Llanfair Missy Buchanan, a popular author and speaker on the topics of aging and faith, will tour Ohio in early May, making stops at five Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) retirement communities on what is being called the “Missy Buchanan—Leaning into Life” tour. She will visit Llanfair Retirement Center’s Campus Center Great Room, 1701 Llanfair Ave., Monday, April 30. Buchanan is the author of “Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body,” “Talking with God in Old Age,” and “Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet.” One of Missy’s many gifts is that

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Playhouse coming off the hill to township The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of “River Rat & Cat,” by playwright Y York, will perform Off the Hill at 21 community centers across the region, including in Westwood and Springfield Township. “River Rat & Cat” is a hilarious comedy about friendship and cooperation. The rat and cat learn that they don’t need to be the same or even like the same things in order to be good friends. According to Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, “’River Rat & Cat’ is a thoroughly delightful, high-style romp that manages to touch on the meaning of friendship. This play will be enjoyed most by children between the ages of 4 and 94.” “I’m thrilled that the Cincinnati Playhouse is producing ‘River Rat & Cat’ for their littlest supporters because, as it’s happening in my town, I’ll get to see it over and over as it works its power on my favorite audience,” playwright Y York said. Margaret Ivey (River Rat), Aram Monisoff (Cat) and Katherine Leigh (Dale

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of a storyteller, highlighting the colors of older adults’ life experiences. Her new book, to be released in April 2012 titled “My Story, My Song,” was co-authored with Lucimarian Roberts and her daughter, Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America.” The book includes stories and reflections on the pivotal moments of Lucimarian’s life, as well as Robin’s reflections on her mother’s stories. Buchanan has written articles for numerous magazines, including “Southern Living” and has made appearances on national TV shows including HGTV’s “Smart Solutions” and Lifetime TV’s

“Our Home.” She also writes a monthly column, “Aging Well,” for “The United Methodist Reporter.” In addition to her writing ministry, Buchanan speaks regularly to older adult groups, churches and women’s groups. “We are thrilled that Missy is paying us a visit, and we welcome her to Ohio and our communities,” said OPRS President and CEO Laurence C. Gumina. “Just as Missy has much to offer us, I am certain she will come away with a wealth of information and new insight into the lives of our residents.” For more information, visit us at or call 1-800-686-7800.

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Tickets available for Community Day with Reds Members of the communities of Springfield Township, Forest Park and Greenhills are joining the Reds for a Community Day At Great American Ball Park Tuesday, April 24, for the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants. Good CATCH is organizing the Community Day with proceeds supporting academic programs for students within our neighborhoods. Funds raised by ticket sales will support academic summer camp scholarships and free tutoring services for stu-

dents. Tickets are now on sale at discounted prices and can be purchased online or at select Skyline locations. Mezzanine Level seats can be purchased for $15 and View Level seats can be purchased for $10. Proof of residency is not required and friends are welcome. The game will begin with the National Anthem sung by the Winton Woods high school choir. Anyone who buys a ticket through a Good CATCH location will be entered into a drawing to throw out the first

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pitch and will be entered into a drawing to meet Reds Hall of Fame Legend Joe Morgan before the game. Tickets are also available at the Youth Motivational Learning Center, 1116 West Kemper Road, Winton Woods Primary South, 825 Lakeridge Drive and the Winton Woods Board of Education on Kemper Road. Tickets may be also ordered by calling 513-4281002 or emailing On Tuesday, April 17, the Gapper will be at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 9254 Winton Road from 6-7 p.m. Good CATCH will be on hand to sell game tickets. McDonald's will be offering buy one, get one for a penny Big Macs and Quarter Pounder with Cheese sandwiches.

The Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists Painting Retreat committee members, back row from left; Jo Sharpshair (Mack.), Stephanie Hauser (Liberty Township), Nancy Vincent (Sayler Park), Carolyn Riehle (Petersburg, Ky.), Joan Bruce (Florence, Ky.), Peggy Faris (Erlanger, Ky.), Daisy Masminster (Cincinnati), Alice Goldfuss (Western Hills); front from left, Sherida England (Okeana), Jean Sanning (Edgewood, Ky.), Suzanne Fairbanks (Loveland), Retreat Chair Melanie Wilmhoff (Burlington, Ky.), Sandie Tieman (Delhi Township), Anne Dick (Delhi Township), Jo Ann Heurich (Harrison). PROVIDED.

Painters plan a retreat open house For the first time ever, visitors will be able to enjoy a sneak peak at the annual painting retreat held by the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists (GCDA) every April in West Harrison, Ind. An open house is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, to allow visitors to receive a tour of the retreat site, shop the vendors, purchase tickets for the handpainted chairs to be raffled and basically just get a feel for what the three-day

painting getaway is all about. The 2012 Painting Retreat will be Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15, at the Higher Ground Conference Center at 3820 Logan Creek Lane, West Harrison. Attendance is open to anyone interested in decorative art and there is still time to register for classes. Information is available online at, including details about the event, catalog of classes to be taught and a

registration form. Classes will be available in all painting and drawing mediums and for all experience and skill levels. The theme of this year’s retreat is Celebrate Painting – 25 years of GCDA Painting Retreats. For more information about the retreat, contact chairman Melanie Wilmhoff at 859-689-7668. Learn more about GCDA on Facebook at GreaterCincinnatiDecorativeArtists.

Woman, 95, leads artists By Kurt Backscheider

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Llanfair Retirement Community Campus Center Great Room, 1701 Llanfair Avenue Missy Buchanan, popular author and speaker with a keen sense of humor and storytelling, engages audiences of all ages to think anew about growing older. Bring a friend and join us for her latest presentation as she reaches out to those who may be struggling to find purpose and who need a dose of spiritual encouragement.

Doris Mooar has no intentions of slowing down. The 95-year-old Green Township woman likes to stay active, and one of her favorite hobbies is overseeing the vintage artists program at the Green Township Senior Citizens Center. “You have to have a passion in life,” Mooar said. Painting is her passion and she’s been helping other artists fulfill their passions for more than 30 years at the senior center. Every Wednesday morning she makes sure fellow artists have work stations set up next to the large windows along the north side of the building. “The north light is ideal for painting,” she said. Mooar grew up in eastern Kentucky and moved to Cincinnati after high school to study music at the College-Conservatory of Music, back before it became part of the University of Cincinnati. “I wanted to be a musical comedy opera singer,” she said. While in school she met

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her husband, Clayton, who was a musician who played the trumpet and the french horn. She said she followed her husband around the country as he played gigs in places like New York City and New Orleans, performing with entertainers like Billy Rose. “The days of the big bands were great,” she

said. The couple settled in Cincinnati when her husband nabbed a spot as a musician on the Ruth Lyons television program, Mooar said. She always had an interest in art, and she said she took a few art classes at UC as an adult. A neighbor of hers who worked as a commercial artist encouraged her to participate in the artists group at the township senior center. “I enjoy being with people who share the same interest in art,” she said. “I like oil painting and birds are my favorite subject to paint.” Mooar took over heading up the vintage artists group in 1981 when the previous director of the program retired. She organizes trips to art galleries and art museums, and she’s helped set up several shows throughout the county in which group members exhibited and sold their works. “We sold six paintings at our last show, which is pretty good,” she said. “One woman sold a painting for $500.”


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» May 30: Dick Towner

» June 13: Ryan Berg

Topic: What would you do with $2 million? Dick Towner has been teaching about money management most of his life (and that’s a long time!) He’s even developed some resources that thousands of churches and hundreds of thousands of people use. But he says the really important numbers in his life are not about money but are the following: 49.96, 3 and 11. He’ll tell you in person what those numbers stand for.

» June 6: Bart Campolo

Topic: War and Crime and Punishment and Peace: Why Evangelical Ohioans are the Key to Fixing the Middle East and Saving the World Bart Campolo is a veteran urban minister and activist who speaks and writes about faith, loving relationships and social justice. Campolo is the leader of The Walnut Hills Fellowship (, a small faith community in

Parks offer weekend adventures The University of the Great Outdoors (UGO) is offering overnight, outdoor experiences with hiking and camping in East Fork State Park and a zipline trip with camping in Hocking Hills. » Backpacking Trip at East Fork State Park – Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. – Sunday, April 15 at noon. Hikers can join experienced staff for a two-night backpacking trip at East Fork State Park. The hike is beginner friendly and includes nearly eight miles of hiking. Hikers can bring their own gear or UGO staff can provide a camp stove and/or tent. Cost for the trip is $50 per person. Registration is required by April 9 at » Zipline Camping Trip at Hocking Hills, Ohio – Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m.Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Experience a zipline tour and camping experience in Hocking Hills. This program is beginner friendly. Campers can bring their own gear or they can be provided with a camp stove and/or tent. Cost is $175 per person. Registration is required by April 19 at http:// UGOcalendar.shtm. For additional information, please visit or call 513-521PARK (7275).

Topic: Human Trafficking/Fair Trade Ryan Berg works with Campus Crusade for Christ International and one of the particular projects he instructs is the Aruna Project, which is trying to free the more than 10,000 women and children in Mumbai, India, who are victims of sex trafficking. Berg has worked for Campus Crusade in Champaign, Ill., and Cincinnati. Part of Berg’s current work in Cincinnati has been to coordinate fundraising events for the project with the 81,000 college students in the metro area. He is married to his high school sweetheart, April,

and loves his three children Carter (8), Brody (5) and Stella (3).

» June 20: Alex Dingle

Topic: Life on Life Sharing Dingle graduated from Finneytown High School, and went on to graduate from Transylvania University. He currently works for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, connecting with college students and helping them connect to God. He loves Jesus, mountain biking, and sharing life with the people around him.

» June 27: Ed Goode

Topic: Discipleship Edward Goode is pastor, head of staff, at the Presbyterian Church in Wyoming and has served as a pastor for the last 12 years in Ohio and in South Dakota. His other full time job is continuing to date his wife, Amy, and chasing after his three wonderful children.

» July 11: Todd Long

Topic: Spiritual Formation Long is the spiritual director for Alex Dingle and Rich Jones. He is a spiritual director through “Sustainable Faith” ( and has been a pastor in the Vine-

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» July 18: Skip and Linda Holmes

Topic: Relationships: The Art of Connecting Skip and Linda Holmes met through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1976 at an Urbana missions meeting. Following graduation, Skip’s engineering career led him to Cincinnati where they have lived for most of their 34 years of marriage. They are parents of four grown children with three granddaughters. Retired for just over a year from Procter and Gamble as a global engineering associate director, Skip and Linda now serve as co-directors of The Springs, A Christian Retreat Center in Oldenburg, Ind. ( Linda co-leads Time of Refreshment (, providing spiritual retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area, and is also a spiritual director. Investing in and encouraging others in healthy relationships with God and others is at the core of how they live life in their home, church and community.

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

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Topic: Old Testament Overview Principal of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Dean Nicholas works to unleash a passion in students to learn, lead, and serve. Nicholas earned his B.A. and M.A from Wheaton College, and also holds a Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College. He holds many honors and awards, including Samuel Schultz Outstanding Old Testament Scholar award from Wheaton Graduate School. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.

» Aug. 8: Kolia Lutow/Rich Jones

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para-church. Kolia Lutow is the Young Life area director for West Central Cincinnati. He is married to Elizabeth and they have two daughters. Rich Jones is the associate pastor to students and their families at Northminster. He is married to Debbie and they are parents to a son and a daughter. Lutow and Jones have been close friends for over 11 years .

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

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inner-city Cincinnati, and the founder of Mission Year, a Christian ministry which recruits committed young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods across the country. Campolo now lives in Walnut Hills with his wife (Marty) and children (Miranda and Roman). He works with the Telos Group (, educating America’s mainstream faith leaders and their communities about the causes of – and solutions to – the modern conflict that currently ravages the Holy Land.

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

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

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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

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

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POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations Alicia Stokes, born 1980, loud musical noises, 1714 Cedar Ave., March 18. Antoine Dwayne Wilson, born 1965, deception to obtain a dangerous drug, 2446 Kipling Ave., March 27. Bradley W. Redden, born 1979, child neglect/endangering, trafficking, 5037 Colerain Ave., March 30. Brandi E. Kerinuk, born 1984, child neglect/endangering, trafficking, 5039 Colerain Ave., March 30. Breah Garrison, born 1981, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2610 Kipling Ave., March 17. Brent Anderson, born 1978, domestic violence, 4828 Hawaiian Terrace, March 29. Bryan Michael Morrett, born 1989, cultivating marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, 2365 W. North Bend Road, March 21. Danielle Lancaster White, born 1975, criminal damaging/ endangering, theft under $300, 2504 Rack Court, March 17. Darren Gamble, born 1983, possession of drugs, 5372

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FOREST PARK Arrests/citations Lolila Taylor, 46, 10085 Quailwood, criminal trespassing at 2220 Waycross, March 22. Juvenile male, 17, disorderly conduct at 910 Goodhue, March 22. Juvenile male, 17, criminal damaging at 910 Goodhue, March 21. Juvenile female, 17, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing at 952 Holderness Lane, March 22. Isaiah Phillips, 26, 6137 Wifordham Place, theft at 1266 Omniplex, March 25. Joy Adefuye, 26, 10085 Quailwood, criminal trespassing at 2220 Waycross, March 22. William Lynam, 23, 11732 Elkwood, domestic violence at Elkwood, March 23. Lauren Ventura, 24, 11732 Elkwood, domestic violence at Elkwood, March 22. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 1231 W. Kemper, March 23. Alesha Matthews, 24, 1719 Casey Drive, criminal trespassing, criminal damaging at 910 Goodhue Circle, March 22. Ronaz Richardson, 19, no address, drug paraphernalia at Sebring and Waycross, March 21. Ideem Cooper, 22, 11498 Fremantle, drug trafficking, child endangering at 1203 W. keeper Road, March 19.

Incidents/reports Criminal damaging Vehicle dented by unknown object at 11415 Hanover, March 21. Tires of vehicle slashed at 594 Dewdrop Circle, March 21. Door and door frame damaged at 609 Dewdrop, March 22. Front door glass damaged at 1172 W. Kemper, March 23. Domestic violence Victim reported at Islandale Drive, March 22. Theft Vehicle removed at 11651 Norbourne, March 21. Reported at 1170 Kemper Meadow, March 20. Firearm, speakers valued at $2,200 removed from vehicle at 639 Northland Blvd., March 24. Ring valued at $1,200 removed at 11780 Passage Way, March 23.


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The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300 » Mount Healthy: Chief Al Schaefer, 728-3183 » Cincinnati District 5, Captain David Bailey, 569-8500 » North College Hill: Chief Gary Foust, 521-7171 » Greenhills: Chief Thomas Doyle, 825-2101 » Forest Park: Chief Phil Cannon, 595-5220.


Arrests/citations Devin Cowen, 34, 205 Ingram, domestic violence at 205 Ingram, March 16. Gerren Hodge, 30, 594 Waycross, drug abuse at Winton Road, March 17. Shawn Randolph, 33, 387 Cameron, drug paraphernalia at Winton Road, March 17.

Mount Healthy Arrests/citations Edward Harris, 36, 3570 McHenry, drug abuse at 800 Hamilton Ave, March 23.

Incidents/reports Burglary Attempt made at 1444 Compton, April 5. Criminal damaging Window damaged at 1456 Rambler Place, March 23. Theft Gas valued at $28 pumped and not paid for at 7900 Hamilton Ave., April 2.

NORTH COLLEGE HILL Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 14, criminal mischief at Telford Avenue and Richard Avenue, March 22. Stanford Towns, 53, 2039 Northern Ave., theft, criminal trespassing at 7132 Hamilton Ave., March 23. Juvenile female, 17, curfew at Pies Park, March 24. Juvenile male, 15, curfew at 6840 Hamilton Ave., March 24. Juvenile male, 16, curfew, obstructing official business at 6840 Hamilton Ave., March 24. Thomas Harris, 28, 2402 Blue Lark, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at Savannah and Cordova, March 24. Wesley Saunders, 27, 1622 Bising Ave., disorderly conduct at 6704 Savannah, March 25. Angelo Thompson, 28, 2384 Park Ave., disorderly conduct at 6704 Savannah, March 25.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 6939 Pinoak Drive, March 25.

Burglary Residence entered and jewelry of unknown value removed at 7030 Ellen Ave., March 25. Disorderly conduct Victim reported at Simpson and Galbraith Road, March 3. Theft Copper removed at 1609 Marilyn Lane, March 1. Vehicle taken at 1627 W. Belmar, March 22. Victim reported theft by deceptive means at 6414 Savannah Ave., March 26.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Marcia Brooks, 39, 1977 Windmill Drive, assault at 1977 Windmill Drive, March 16. Marcus Sims, 27, 1326 Ovid, domestic violence at 1326 Ovid, March 18. Melissa Taylor, 33, 17 Lynnway Drive, drug possession at Winton Road and 126, March 18. Rickey Reed, 37, 1524 Yarmouth Ave., falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 19. Roger Byrd, 44, 1460 Meredith Drive, domestic violence at 10025 Hamilton Ave., March 17. Shyqeta Stahey, 31, 908 Waycross Road, theft at 1203 W. Kemper Road, March 20. Steven Boschi, 27, 2940 Jonrose, violation of protection order at Roosevelt and Ruth, March 19. Thomas Dunn, 19, 4430 Wilimington Pike, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 20. Tyra Robinson, 22, 8735 Morningstar, domestic violence at 5735 Morningstar, March 18. William Rowe, 41, 1661 Hudepohl Drive, arson at 2273 Grant Ave., March 14. David Reily, 34, 1432 Franklin, domestic violence at 8333 Daly Road, March 22. Juvenile male, 16, theft at 8101 Hamilton Ave., March 23. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 8545 Winton Road, March 20. Christopher Evans, 52, 855 Northern Parkway, domestic violence at 855 Northland Parkway, March 26. Latress Evans, 37, 855 Northern Parkway, domestic violence at 855 Northern Parkway, March 26.

Juvenile female, 16, illegal conveyance at 8101 Hamilton Ave., March 26. Juvenile male, 15, curfew violation at 9176 Winton Road, March 16. Juvenile male, 14, disorderly conduct at 8101 Hamilton Ave., March 23. Heather Potter, 25, 36 Graham St., falsification, possession of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 23. Juvenile male, 12, obstructing official business at 8563 Shuman Lane, March 24. Karen Steinmann, 41, 1813 Sterling Ave., carrying concealed weapon at 8421 Winton road, March 23. Sydney Johnson, 48, 8959 Zodiac Drive, assault at 884 Neptune, March 24. Christian Galvez, 37, W. 69th St., obstructing official business at 325 Caldwell, March 24. Markques Jones, 19, 3158 Paxton Blvd., criminal damaging at 2025 Mistyhill, March 25.

Incidents/reports Arson Door fire at 2273 Grant, March 14. Assault Victim struck at 9756 Arvin Ave., March 23. Breaking and entering Copper of unknown value removed at 2327 Adams Road, March 19. Copper valued at $500 removed at 9206 Ranchill, March 16. Garage entered and rims, grill and tree valued at $380 removed at 10897 Spruce Hill, March 25. Burglary Residence entered and Xbox valued at $175 removed at 2217 Cabot, March 18. Reported at 9017 Daly, March 16. Residence entered at 1870 Mistyhill Drive, March 26. Criminal damaging Glass door broken at 2250 W. Kemper Road, March 23. Vehicle scratched at 889 Galbraith Road, March 22. Disorderly conduct Reported at 8101 Hamilton Ave., March 5. Domestic Female victim reported at Pleasant Run Drive, Feb. 11. Domestic violence Female victim reported at Pleasant Run Drive, Feb. 16. Female reported at Winton Hills, March 24. Male reported at Monsanto Drive, March 23. Drug possession Reported at 8101 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 30. Falsification Reported at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 19.



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Bernie Bernhardt Barb “Bernie” Bernhardt, 58, Springfield Township, died March 28. She was secretary at Colerain Bowl for 27 years. Survived by companion Sandy Banks; brothers Terry (Barb), Rick Bernhardt; sister-in-law Kate Bernhardt; uncle Don Bernhardt, Norb Krass and several nieces,


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Ronald Feldmann Ronald H. “Lefty” Feldmann, 86, died April 1. Survived by children Greg Feldmann, Terry (Chuck) Moss; grandsons Chad (Lori) Feldmann, Brandon (Amy) Moss; greatgranddaughters Julia, Madeline Moss, Chloe Feldmann. Preceded in death by wife Alberta. Services were April 5 at St. Ann Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 4081 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.



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March for Meals,” said Mr. Smookler. “In 2011, Wesley Community Services delivered nearly 255,000 hot and frozen nutritious meals, including physician-prescribed Senior Choice Meal for individuals with cardiac disease, kidney disease, and swallowing and chewing problems,” stated Reverend Stephanie Tunison, chief executive officer, Wesley Services Organization, parent entity


5810 Saranac Ave.: Reed, Barbara to Cinco Family Financialcredit Union; $40,000. 6017 Capri Drive: Dugger, Eric D. & Syreeta R. to BMO Harris Bank NA; $48,000. 7904 Cherrywood Court: Gardner, Darryll C. & Alisa Ward to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $44,000. 5717 Hamilton Ave.: Laseau, Lois A. to Guardian Savings Bank FSB; $60,000. 5918 Lantana Ave.: Working In Neighborhoods to Kovachv, Kyle; $54,900. 5820 Saranac Ave.: Brand, Eric B. Sr. & Barbara A. Payne to Wells Fargo Bank NA; $48,000. 912 Venetian Terrace: Trinh, Lan Dieu to Minton, Corey C.; $89,700. 6098 Capri Drive: Kelly, Darlene to Gunkel Property Group LLC; $46,980. 5736 Kiefer Court: Craig, Jocelyn J. to GMAC Mortgage LLC; $38,000. 1752 Llanfair Ave.: Lee, John E. any Arlene Moore Lee to Hendley, Barbara; $25,000. 6594 Montevista Drive: Powell, Dwayne to U.S. Bank NA; $72,000. 935 North Bend Road: Federal National Mortgage Association to Benchmark Properties; $6,000. 5770 Pearton Court: Dademasch, James G. to Lewis any Lewis LLC; $23,500. 6111 Sunridge Drive: U.S. Bank NA ND to Cincinnati Capital Partners 128 LLC; $26,000. 6089 Tahiti Drive: Kelly, Darlene to Gunkel Property Group LLC; $46,980.


11633 Elkwood Drive: Dawkins, Demarco D. to Fannie Mae; $28,000. 11515 Ravensberg Court: Namaky, Karen to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr.; $52,000. 796 Smiley Ave.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Sao, Sok C.; $28,000.

Spring season will be here very soon, which means we can finally start enjoying some fishing and boating. The boathouses at Miami Whitewater Forest, Winton Woods and Sharon Woods open this month. Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The lake will be stocked with hybrid bluegills in April, 500 pounds of shovelheads and blue catfish in May, and channel catfish in June. Winton Woods Boathouse will open weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, April 2. Winton Woods Lake is best known for great spring crappie and bluegill and will be stocked with 500 fingerling channel catfish in May. Sharon Woods Boathouse will open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The lake is

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. 845 Cascade Road: Eagle 4 Properties LLC to Wilder, Laura E.; $115,000. 10636 Chelmsford Road: Payne, Michael M. and Linda Taylor to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr.; $52,000. 746 Danvers Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Damron, Edward; $64,000. 11645 Elkwood Drive: Locke, Catherine E. Tr. to Wesbanco Bank Inc.; $28,000. 11498 Geneva Road: Laukhuff, Sharon Tr. to Kodjo, Nouvi; $63,000. 983 Harkin Drive: Salem, Mariam to Aldoud, Jrouh; $25,000. 11626 Hollingsworth Way: Lanter, Ronald E. and Raymond E. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr.; $40,000. 1111 Imprint Lane: Wragg, Curtis C. II and Tishana M. to Louis, Anthony R. II; $69,000. 977 Kemper Road: Ramey, John and Susan to Sullivan, Jeffrey A.; $103,000. 1743 Kemper Road: Bank Of New York Mellon Trust Co. NA The to Achkar, Sonia; $26,400. 704 Northland Blvd.: 704 Northland Blvd. LLC to QA Northland Apartments LLC; $2,900,000. 756 Danvers Drive: Ferrell, Diana L. to Jackson, Paris; $105,000. 11517 Imhoff Court: Wright, David A. & Debbie S. Moore to Clark, Gregory E.; $40,000. 974 Smiley Ave.: Chenault, William E. to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $46,000. 691 Converse Drive: Finn, Greg any John Finn to Dace, Tiffany N.; $137,000.

of Wesley Community Services. Picture 1 caption: Ohio Senator Bill Seitz; MealsOn-Wheels client, Wendell Fredericks; and Meals-OnWheels driver, Bill Danner. Picture 2 caption: Ohio Senator Bill Seitz; MealsOn-Wheels client, Addie Strum; and Meals-OnWheels driver, Bill Danner. About Wesley Community Services: Since1992, Wesley Community Services actively

supports seniors so they can live with independence, dignity, and function to the best of their ability. We assist seniors living in their own homes providing vital home-based services including Meals-OnWheels, Specialized Transportation and Home/Personal Care. Wesley also has a Pet Portions program (free pet food for clients’ pets) and PetKare program (vouchers for veterinary services for clients’ pets). Wesley provided services to approximately 2,500 seniors and individuals with disabilities in 2010, is funded by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Boone and Kenton Counties, Kentucky, and is a United Way partner agency. For more information about Wesley Community Services call 513/661-2777, or visit About Wesley Services Organization: Wesley Services Organization is the parent entity of Wesley Community Services and Lincoln Crawford.

a popular spot for bass fishing and will be stocked with 500 fingerling channel catfish in May. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Miami Whitewater Forest is at 9001 Mount Hope Road in Harrison; Winton Woods is at 10245 Winton Road in Springfield Township; and Sharon Woods is at 4631 E. Kemper Road in Sharonville. For additional information, go to or call Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse at 513-367-9632, Winton Woods Boathouse at 513-931-1849 or Sharon Woods Boathouse at 513769-4326. Also, be sure to check out the district’s Facebook page and follow it on Twitter to find out more about what’s happening at the parks.

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In the fight to end senior hunger by 2020 and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA), Wesley Community Services and seven local and state elected officials delivered Meals-OnWheels to their constituents. The week of March 26 was declared March For Meals Week by official proclamation. On a national basis, hundreds of elected officials delivered meals to seniors to demonstrate their support for their local Meals-OnWheels program in coordination with Meals-OnWheels Association of America. “We are excited about the enthusiastic support received from officials and sincerely appreciate their willingness to volunteer and deliver meals to those in need,” said Stephen Smookler, executive director, Wesley Community Services. This year’s participants included Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz; Hamilton County commissioners Chris Monzel and Todd Portune; Cleves Mayor Danny Stacy; Forest Park Vice Mayor Sheila Cottle; Lincoln Heights Councilmember Laverne Mitchell; and Boone County Human Services staff member Laura Pleiman. Wendell Fredericks, Meals-On-Wheels client for a number of years says, “The food is good.” He told Seitz that his Meals-OnWheels delivery driver, Bill Danner, “Does a good job too.” Addie Strum told Seitz, “Thanks a lot for the food. It’s real good.” “Senator Seitz is a regular participant in Wesley’s

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