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People gather inside of Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township before day break to find a seat for the 54th annual Easter Sunrise Service. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

Drug dropoff The day is set for a local drug collection created by a national initiative. Forest Park Police Department will be one of several collection sites in Hamilton County for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10-a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. A collection site will be set up at the department, 1203 W. Kemper Road Anyone, no matter if you are from Forest Park or live somewhere else, can bring expired and unused prescription drugs, including medications, medication samples, pet medications, vitamins, medicated ointments, lotions, inhalers, patches and liquid medications. They must be dropped off in a leak-proof container. The police department ask that personal information be blacked out on bottles and other containers with medications, and needles, either used or unused, will not be accepted. Those with questions can call the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control on its toll-free number at 1-800-882-9539. Other locations in Hamilton County include: » Colerain Township Police Department: Department headquarters, 4200 Springdale Road. » Springdale Police Department: Department headquarters, 12105 Lawnview Ave. The list of drop-off sites, as well as additional information about the national initiative, visit

Volunteers wanted Springfield Township is looking for volunteers as it takes part in Keep America Beautiful’s annual Great American Cleanup. This year, projects are scheduled to take place on April 21, and will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, painting picnic tables, and improving neighborhood gateways. Check-in is at 8 a.m. Volunteers for all projects except those in Pleasant Run Farms should meet at the main fire station, 9150 Winton Road. Pleasant Run volunteers check in at 8:30 a.m. at the swim club, 11955 Elkwood Drive. Volunteers can register online at

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Musical offers mature themes, catchy tunes ‘Aida’ written by Elton John, Tim Rice

By Rob Dowdy

Winton Woods High School’s spring musical will tackle slavery and forbidden love while making the audience tap their feet to the music. The school is presenting “Aida” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 in the school auditorium. The musical, written by Elton John and Tim Rice, is about the love between a Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier who must choose between going their separate ways forever or facing death. Director Michelle Kozlowski said this is one of the more challenging productions the student will perform, considering the themes and that the play is driven by music, so there’s few scene changes and the band plays throughout “Aida” with few breaks. “It’s more contemporary than shows we’ve done before,” Kozlowski said. Sophomore Jennifer Zamis plays Aida, the princess of Nubia who falls in love with the captain of the army that enslaved her and her people. She said the idea of lost love is one that many in the audience, and the cast, can understand. “Everyone has that love they want so bad but can’t have,” Zamis said. Sophomore Anthony Thompson, who plays Aida’s father, Amonasro, said the production appealed to him due to is “bold and original” story. He said while the show may not have the name recognition of previous school productions, its music and message will appeal to all.

Sophomore Jennifer Zamis, who plays the title character in "Aida," rehearses one of her solo songs onstage as the band and crew watch. ROB DOWDY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Sophomore Jennifer Zamis (left) takes the spotlight from co-star Kelsey Randall, senior, during reheasal for "Aida," Winton Woods High School's spring musical. ROB DOWDY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Sophomore Anthony Thompson gets in position during rehearsal for "Aida," Winton Woods High School's spring musical. ROB DOWDY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mercy Mount Airy staying open Doctors, others will serve outpatients

ON SCHEDULE The new Mercy hospital being built in Green Township is on schedule to be completed next year. See photos of the construction on B1

By Kurt Backscheider

Mercy Health will maintain services at its campuses in Western Hills and Mount Airy when its new hospital opens in October 2013. Mike Stephens, president and market leader for Mercy Health West, gave a presentation on the health care system’s strategic vision for the West Side on Friday, April 13, and said Mercy will continue offering some services at both its Mercy Western Hills facility and Mercy Mount Airy facility. He said the center of Mercy’s health care network will be its new 250-bed hospital in Green Township, but its existing campuses in Westwood and Mount Airy will be retained and used as comprehensive outpatient centers. “Our vision encompasses creating a network of health care services in locations where peo-

Mercy Health will continue to offer services at its Mercy Western Hills location in Westwood after its new Mercy Health - West Hospital is completed in Green Township. Plans include constructing a new emergency care center on the Westwood campus, maintaining the Mercy HealthPlex and two medical office buildings, and tearing down the section of the facility now housing patient rooms FILE PHOTO ple live,” Stephens said. “It’s about an easily accessible network of care on the West Side.” Mercy’s mission to enhance

access to quality medical care includes operating primary and specialty care physician offices, 24-hour emergency centers, im-

aging and testing centers and senior living communities, he said. When the health care group announced plans to build a new hospital, Stephens said they met with Mercy physicians and staff, as well as members of the communities its campuses serve, to gather input on how to best use the existing facilities. He said the biggest concern community members expressed was that they didn’t want Mercy to close its Western Hills and Mount Airy locations and abandon their neighborhoods. Mercy is shaping its services to meet the needs of its communities, and he said both campuses will remain open. Mercy Western Hills will retain a full-service, 24-hour emergency department in a new freeSee HOSPITALS, Page A2



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ings, outpatient therapy, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, and imaging and lab departments to support the emergency department, he said. The portion of the hospital where patient rooms are now located will be torn down when the new Mercy Health – West Hospital is opened in Green Township, he said. Mercy Mount Airy will keep its emergency and urgent care services, as well as the imaging, labs and diagnostic center to support those services, Stephens said. The Mount Airy campus will also retain the two medical office buildings, he said. “We believe there will also be a continued need for the diabetics center and wound care services at our Mount Airy campus,” he said. Mercy Health plans to unveil a fleet of eight transport ambulances as well, he said. “Transportation between our facilities will be an important aspect of our health network,” he said. Mercy Health will employ a total of about 1,400 people, including more than 40 primary care physicians and 15 to 20 specialists, at its new hospital and its locations in Westwood and Mount Airy. “We’re excited to build upon our capabilities,” Stephens said.

Shelter rentals are suspended in Springfield Township this year. The shelter adjacent to The Grove Banquet Hall may need to come down. Officials say the repairs it needs will be costly and there may be better uses for the area it occupies. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Springfield Twp. suspends shelter rental program By Jennie Key

It’s first-come, firstserved for park shelters in Springfield Township this year. Picnic shelter rental is a casualty of the township’s budget crunch. Cuts in local government funds and other money from the state and the looming elimination of the estate tax is the reason Springfield Township officials said the township expects to receive nearly $2.2 million less in revenue on an annual basis. Many of the revenue re-


Dear Community Members, In September 2010, Mercy Health announced its vision for residents of the West side: to create a network of care that includes primary care and specialist physicians, outpatient centers, senior living communities, a health and wellness center and, at the center of this network, the new Mercy Health – West Hospital. Mercy Health – West Hospital is beginning to take shape and can now be seen from North Bend Road and I-74. In keeping with our long-standing holistic approach to care, we will have a chapel, green roof with walking paths, and a walking/biking trail. Patient rooms will have views of the nature surrounding the campus. Our doctors are working with our staff to prepare for new services. Dennis Wiwi, MD, has accepted the position of Medical Director of Maternity Services. Cardiovascular surgeon Creighton B. Wright, MD, will lead the team to develop a sophisticated heart program and Manisha Patel, MD, will serve as Medical Director of cardio-thoracic surgery, working closely with our cardiology experts with Mercy Health — The Heart Institute. We have grown to a network of 32 primary care physicians in 11 West side neighborhoods. We have also added specialists in the areas of orthopaedics, general and vascular surgery, cardiology, gynecology, infectious disease, and spine and pain management. In Western Hills, a new building will have an emergency department and diagnostic support services. The current hospital will still house cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, therapy services and HealthPlex, while the unused portions will be torn down for safety. Primary care and specialist physician offices will remain in the two existing medical office buildings. In Mt. Airy, emergent or urgent care and diagnostic support services will be located in the current hospital, with the unused portion being torn down for safety. Primary care and specialist physician offices will remain in the medical office buildings. At Mercy Health, we believe everyone is deserving of this care and service, and we are proud to be the health system to deliver on that belief on the West side. As always, we value your continued support and we welcome your feedback at Thank you. Michael R. Stephens President and Market Leader Mercy Health — West Region Hospitals CE-0000504394

ductions take effect immediately, while the full effect will take place by 2013. In response, the township made cuts to offset the loss of revenue, and those included shelter rentals. The township’s parks department maintains 15 areas and six of those have picnic shelters that residents could reserve in the past for a $50 fee. But Kim Flamm, the township’s projects, events and communications coordinator, says the rental program was too labor intensive to continue with the current staff. “I know some people would look at it as a revenue generator,” she said. “But it took a lot of time to coordinate the rentals; people called just about every day. And you had to maintain the contracts, deal with the money and the schedule changes … It was a lot of work.” Springfield Township Service Director John Musselman said cuts to his department leave him short-handed and that would also make continuing the rental program a problem this year for his department. The service department lost three people: one retired, two were laid off. The township has added two 24-hour-a-week part timers to the department. Musselman said his department usually cleans the park shelters on Monday and Tuesday, following weekend use. The shelter rentals meant his department needed to add a day of work at the park

BRIEFLY Pillich open house

State Rep. Connie Pillich will have open office hours 7:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Starbucks, 1150 Smiley Road, Forest Park Pillich has open office hours twice a month at different locations throughout her district, where residents can come to discuss issues and ideas with her. All are welcome. The 28th district includes Forest Park and part of Springfield Township.

Social talk

David Gobble, Ph.D., CHES, will be at Llanfair Retirement Communit at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Campus Center. He will present “Social Connections Across the Lifespan.” Gobble will highlight how mental and physical health become indicators

GROVE SHELTER MAY COME DOWN Springfield Township residents may not be using the shelter adjacent to The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, even on a first-come, first-served basis. Officials are considering tearing it down, as the shelter needs a number of repairs. In addition, Springfield Township Service Director John Musselman said rentals of the shelter can overlap with Grove rentals, affecting events at The Grove. “Right now, we are thinking we may tear it down,” he said. “It is in bad shape, and there may be better uses for the space that could enhance rentals at The Grove.” Musselman said no decision has been made, but the topic is under discussion. “It would be a costly to repair,” he said. “And it’s a sizeable space.”

on Friday to set up, bring in additional trash cans or tables and be sure the shelter was clean. And there was a lot more work cleaning up after, when those additional trash cans and tables had to be removed. Musselman and Flamm said the rental program is suspended for this year and township officials will see how that works. “Ultimately, it is up to the board,” Musselman said.

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Catching tickets

At least 750 tickets have been sold for the Good CATCH Community Day at the Reds event for the Tuesday, April 24, Giants vs. Reds game. As a result of reaching this goal, the Winton Woods Varsity Ensemble will sing the National Anthem and a community member will throw out the first pitch. This is our day, our time to show community pride. Discounted tickets will remain available until available until April 22. Online tickets will be available until April 24. Tickemaster charges a service fee for online tickets. For more information and ticket locations visit or call 513-428-1002.



Clean-up day is April 21 in Mount Healthy By Melissa Stewart

In conjunction with Great American Cleanup, the Mount Healthy Community Beautification Committee is hosting the sixth annual citywide clean-up event. Registration will be 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the pool house at City Park. Volunteers, of all ages, will clean the community’s four entryways, business district and parks. Danishes, coffee and juice will be provided prior to the cleanup. Volunteers will also receive a T-shirt. A pizza lunch will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m. “We had approximately 50 volunteers last year,” committee member Connie Graham said. “We’re hoping for more this year.” Graham said the cleanup is a great event, an opportunity to meet neighbors and keep the city beautiful. “It shows that we’re trying to do something in city that is positive,” she said.

The event is sponsored by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, which provides bottled water and cleaning supplies. In addition to cleaning efforts, the committee is working on organizing the annual Yard of the Month program. Residents are invited to nominate Mount Healthy yards by visiting the city’s website,, or city hall. Each month, the committee has yet to select an exact timeline, four homes will receive recognition. The Yard of the Month is rewarded to one residence from each of the four quarters of Mount Healthy. A yard sign will be posted in the winning yards for a month, and each will be featured on the city’s website. Three council members will serve as judges. Long-time committee volunteer Joyce Lech looks forward to the Yard of the Month recognitions each year. “It’s a good opportunity to acknowledge what people are doing for the city

and celebrate their efforts,” Lech said. “It lets them know that people do notice what they’re doing.” The Mount Healthy Community Beautification Committee formed in 2006. The all-volunteer group meets every third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. New members are welcome. The purpose of the group is to help maintain a clean, well-kept, attractive community. According to Lech, being on the committee fun and rewarding. “I joined (the committee) because I wanted an opportunity to get to know my neighbors and community better,” Lech said. “The people of Mount Healthy have been so appreciative.” Graham agreed. “The people and the merchants like what we do,” she said. “People are noticing. When you get a good response from people, it makes you want to do even more good things.”

Faculty to raise funds for scholarship Melodious tunes will fill the air in William R. Swartzel Performing Arts Center at Finneytown High School on Thursday, April 19, at the sixth annual Spring Music Scholarship Concert hosted by the department of music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring the talents of Finneytown faculty, parents, alumni and special

guests. All proceeds collected from ticket sales and other donations from the concert are used to create scholarships for students in the Department of Music. The money raised helps support rental of instruments for those who can’t afford them, private lessons, camps, workshops and trips.

“I feel that the concert showcases everyone’s talents and I hope that the money will help further these talents,” said organizer Brenda Hartman. About 200 people attended the first concert and helped the department of music raise just over $1,000 for scholarships.

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Forest Park offers ‘State of the City’ By Rob Dowdy

FOREST PARK — Prior to looking forward to upcoming issues and accomplishments, Forest Park is taking a brief moment to reflect on the previous year. City Manager Ray Hodges released the 2012 State of the City report on the Forest Park website, The document reflects the city’s previous year as well as the current and future difficulties facing Forest Park. While economic development has stayed relatively low, Forest Park is predominately dealing with financial issues. The Forest Park Fire Department is losing about $130,000 from its annual budget after Springfield Township declined to continue contracting for fire protection service. Chief Alfie Jones said the loss is

troubling, but he said the real issue could come in May, when the department receives its tax budget. He said if those funds are much lower than expected, the department could begin to discuss restructuring. “If that’s greatly reduced … there’s a potential of reducing Hodges staffing,” Jones said, noting any discussion of staffing cuts wouldn’t come this year. Jones said the department is looking at holding off on equipment purchases and other expenditures to save money. He said the department hasn’t sought a levy since its 2008 renewal, and he’s holding out “as long as possible.” Hodges said the city has found a way to save $50,000


in its annual purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance coverage. He said by switching insurance groups, the city will receive the same type and quality of service while saving funds. “Everybody is looking for a way to save some dollars,” Hodges said. The State of the City report also noted the city’s work in renovating its gateways, such as Winton Road, which is currently being worked on as part of a joint project with federal and state funds, Hamilton County and Fairfax. Hodges also noted the city’s interest in “going paperless.” He said with the purchase of iPads for Forest Park City Council and department heads, the State of the City report is only available online. However, those who want a hard copy can request one from the city administration building.

Rosie Red made a surprise visit to John Paul II School on Wednesday, April 4, to celebrate Reds Opening Week. Rosie Red is pictured with kindergartner Robbie Dovel. THANKS TO JULIE WELLS.


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People gather inside of Arlington Memorial Gardens before day break to find a seat for the 54th annual Easter Sunrise Service. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.


Rodney Posey and Kim Hutchinson carry the cross during the procession on Good Friday. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Pastor Robert Schnecker of the Chase Avenue Church of the Nazarene leads the 54th annual Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Memorial Gardens. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.


illtop residents have many ways to celebrate Easter, including two traditional ways. A Mount Airy tradition continued Good Friday, April 6, with the Way of the Cross being marched through the streets of Mount Airy. Members of churches of Mount Airy marched in the annual Mount Airy Way of the Cross, a Good Friday tradition. The march started at 3 p.m., the time it is believed that Christ was crucified. The group started at the Mount Airy United Methodist Church then made its way through the heart of Mount Airy stopping at each of church, including Impact Worship Center, St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, and Praise Chapel Church of God. And on Easter Sunday, it was the 54th Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township. The service was led by Pastor Robert Schnecker of the Chase Avenue Church of the Nazarene.

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In the Easter morning chill, people huddled in blankets at the annual Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS. David Albert stands guard as a Rome centurion at one of the Stations of Cross during the annual Way of the Cross on Good Friday. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

People braved the early morning chilly weather for Arlington Memrial Gardens’ 54th annual Easter Sunrise Service April 8. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.





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Mount Healthy sophomore Quintana Hornbeak runs in the 100-meter hurdles at the Lady Owls’ Invitational April 13. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

McAuley, Mount Healthy among area’s top track teams By Tom Skeen

With the track season under way, here is a look at the local teams’ prospects:


The Lady Falcons graduated a lot from last season’s team that finished third at the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Championships. Back is sprinter E’shyra Gooden, who was an All-CMAC Honorable Mention last season in the 400-meter dash. Along with the

400, she will run the 200- and 800meter dashes. Senior Lashownda Stevens will also run the 800 but will also throw shot put and discus. Also in the field events, Cecilia Wyatt and Desala Howard will compete in the long jump.


The Wildcats run out an inexperienced squad, but not even close to as young as they were last year. Sophomore Jaylah Howell is a middle distance runner, who qualified for regionals last season in the 400-meter run. Fellow sophomore Shila Cummings is the team’s top sprinter. She was a regional qualifier in the 200-meter dash last season. Senior Nylia Howell will be

the team’s top hurdler. Junior Rafacia Vasilakis competes in both field events, mainly jumps, and sprint events. She was a regional qualifier in the long jump last season. Freshman Corinne Sau is a distance runner and also competes in the pole vault. Coach Charles Crawley knows he has a young team, but sees a wide variety of strengths within his girls. “We are young, but not as inexperienced as last year,” he said. “Our top athletes all competed last year and we had more regional qualifiers last year than we had over the past five years. The girls are willing to try many different events, which is good based on our team numbers.”


All eyes will be on senior Danielle Pfeifer, who Mohawks’ head coach Ron Russo called “the greatest middle distance runner to ever come out of Cincinnati.” Pfeifer, who will run for the University of Michigan next season, finished second in the 800 at state last spring, while also anchoring the 4x800 relay team to a second-place finish. The senior, who is a two-time GGCL Athlete of the Year, kicked her season off on a winning note with wins in the 400- and 1,600meter events at the La Salle Legends Classic, March 24. More recently, Pfeifer took first in the 800 at the Coaches’ Classic with a mark of 2 minutes, 14.63 seconds. Junior Jordyn Thiery should

also be strong in mid-distance events. She’ll lead the 4x800-meter relay, in addition to returning to the high jump—where she was a regional qualifier a season ago. Newcomer McKenzie Pfeifer should add depth at distance events. Russo said the freshman can run the 400 up to the 3,200meter events. Junior Taylor Bove also returns as a reigning district champion in the long jump. She also earned all-regional recognition after finishing eighth in the event a season ago. Other key contributors should include sophomore Kate Olding (distance), junior Rebecca Ashton (hurdles, sprints, long jump) and junior Sam Rack, who is the See TRACK, Page A7



The 2012 Bombers rugby squad is in its second year as a school sponsored sport. Pictured, from left: Front, Mark Hein, Tanner Huskey, Ryan Greenwell, Joe Weseli, Kevin Reilly Jr., Ned Brophy, Nic Discepoli, Ben Gerhardt, Alex Feltman, coach John Spencer; middle, coach John Perazzon, coach E.J. Swisshelm, Ben Kelley, Connor Cunningham, Sean Nutt, Brett Blaha, Kevin Jones, Trey Hitter, Josh Schirmer, Michael Sohngen, Anthony Mohler, coach Richard Uhle; back, coach Eugene Reilly, Richard Millbourn, Cole Greve, Drew Butz, Luke Fay, Brian Neltner, Will Piening, Michael Lang, Nick Locaputo, Nate Dorlac, Eric Johnson, coach Peter McCarthy. THANKS TO ST. XAVIER ATHLETICS

Youth-infused program growing By Tom Skeen

SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Entering their second season as a school-sponsored sport, the St. Xavier rugby team is growing rapidly. Last season, their first season not as a club sport, there were around 35 players on the team and just five with rugby experience. This season, there are 56 total players, 16 with experience

and the Bombers have a junior varsity team for the first time. Second-year coach John Spencer has been involved with rugby for nearly 40 years, as he was a part of the original club team The North Bend Rugby Club - in 1976 in its inaugural season. “It’s exciting to see the growth of rugby in this area,” Spencer said. “Rugby has been around this area since 1975 when Indian Hill had a team, but we started our own club in 1976. It has al-

ways been an unaffiliated club sport with a lot of St. Xavier kids. The North Bend Rugby Club included kids from Elder, LaSalle, Colerain, Mason and really any kids that wanted to play were supported.” Now that the Bombers have their own team, it’s all about building the program. The team is part of Division II along with Moeller, Walnut Hills, Dayton See RUGBY, Page A7

» Mount Healthy defeated Norwood 10-2, April 9. Senior pitcher Kyle Boreing struck out 10 to pick up the win and move to 3-0 on the season. Mount Healthy defeated Northwest 11-9, April 11. Boreing went 2-4 with a double. » Finneytown lost 14-2 to Taylor April 9. The Wildcats are now 2-4 on the season. Finneytown lost 9-4 to Taylor April 11. Mark Dietsch went 2-4 for the Wildcats. » Aiken lost 12-0 to Seven Hills April 6. Aiken lost to Riverview East 10-0 in six innings April 9. The loss drops the Falcons to 0-7 on the season. » St. Xavier defeated Highlands 23-0 in five innings April 10. Sophomore Jordan McDonough went 2-2 with a home run and four RBI. The Bombers defeated Purcell Marian 15-1 in five innings April 11. Junior Robbie Reis went 2-2 with a triple and three RBI. » Winton Woods lost 2-1 to Amelia April 10. Junior P.J. Ri-

deout was stuck with the loss. Winton Woods lost 12-0 in five innings to Harrison April 11. The Warriors fall to 2-7 after the loss. Winton Woods lost to Amelia 6-3, April 12. Senior Raheem Elston had a double for the Warriors. » North College Hill beat Oyler 15-0, April 10. Sophomore hurler Michael Shaw struck out 12. » Roger Bacon beat Cincinnati Christian 8-4, April11. Jake Ungerbuehler was 3-4 with two RBI.


» Finneytown defeated Taylor 4-2, April 9. Sophomore Sydney Murphy went 2-2 with a RBI. The Lady Wildcats defeated St. Bernard 23-4 in five innings April 10. Jess Kathman earned the win on the mound to improve to 3-0 on the season. Finneytown improved to 7-1 after a 15-1 victory over Taylor April 11. Murphy went 4-4 with a double, home run, RBI and four runs scored. » Mount Healthy defeated Norwood 8-7, April 9. Senior See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7


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Springfield, Indian Springs and Westside Rugby. Last season the team lost in the first round of the city tournament to eventual state runner-up Moeller. “Last year was a challenge,” Spencer said. “It was truly a growing year and we have much higher expectations this year. We have a coaching staff that includes experienced and talented coaches and we added a strength and conditioning program to better prepare out athletes for the

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reigning GGCL champion in the pole vault. In the field, the Mohawks will look to Alexis Avery (shot), Marissa Mallios (high jump), Claire Tonnis (pole vault) and Rebecca Slagheter (throws).

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The Lady Owls have a bevy of talent returning from their team that finished second in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Championships last season. Already this season, they racked up a third-place finish at the FAVC Relays March 30. Running the sprint events will be LaShanda Dobbs, who will run in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter events, Shaqualia Gutter, Ebony Howell Jalyn Berry and Khalia Pouncy. Pouncy will also compete in the long jump. As for the distance events, Cierra Dubois will run the 400-meter, along

rigors of a rugby season.” Senior second-row player Drew Butz is one of the team’s top performers. “He’s a fast second row,” Spencer said. “He has great endurance and tenacity.” The team captains this season are seniors Luke Fay and Mark Hein. “Mark is a wing and one of the fastest guys on the team,” the second-year coach said. “He brings great leadership and poise. Fay brings that fiery tenacity with a clam level head if you can imagine that combination.” The biggest source of players for the Bombers has been from the fresh-

men and sophomores as of late. “They have seen more rugby internationally than I have seen in the 10 years that I played,” Spencer said. “They are coming in with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm, which is nice to see.” The Bombers will play all of their DII opponents, as well as a Division I Moeller squad this season. The start of the season was highlighted by both the varsity and junior varsity teams going undefeated in the Xavier University High School Rugby Tournament the weekend of March 2425.

with Aria Strong, Rain JoyDunnom and N’Dia Bonner. Dubois also has the best height in the FAVC in the high jump this season. Strong will compete in the long jump, while Bonner will run in the both the 100and 300-meter hurdle events. The combination of Unique Walker, Lilly Bryant, Enijah Lawrence and Shamyah Matthews will run in the 800- and 1,600-meter events. In addition to Bonner, a group of four Lady Owls will also compete in the hurdle events. Daja Horne ranks first in the FAVC in shot put, and will also throw discus and compete in high jump. Cara Barnes will also throw shot put and discus.

Lauren Krebs is back after taking second place in the shot put at districts a season ago. Roger Bacon is coached by Michael Braun.

Roger Bacon

The Lady Spartans should find scoring opportunities in sprint events led by senior Cierra Humphrey. Humphrey ran the 100meter dash at the Coaches’ Classic April 4, and placed seventh (13.50) In field events, junior

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fourth at the Colerain Invitational April 10. Sophomore Michael Hall won the 1,600-meter run and the team captured the 4x800 relay. » Winton Woods finished sixth at the Colerain Invitational April 10. The team won the 4x100 relay. They finished ninth. Chanel Stokes won the 800meter run. » Mount Healthy boys were seventh at the Colerain Invitational April 10, while the girls placed eighth. Cierra Dubois won the high jump event. » McAuley junior Rebecca Ashton won the long jump (16-8) at the Colerain Invitational April 10.

Emily Bass picked up the win and went 2-4 at the plate with a RBI. Mount Healthy lost 12-1 to Northwest April 11. » Winton Woods lost 15-0 in five innings to Talawanda April 9. Winton Woods lost 13-3 to Harrison April 11. Freshman E’yonni Tompkins went 2-3. They lost 13-0 to Harrison in five innings April 12. » Jamie Ertel struck out nine as McAuley beat Ross 9-1, April 7. Rachael Oakley was 4-4 with a double. The Mohawks followed up with a 3-2 win over Mercy April 9. Alli Cimino had three RBI.


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You didn’t have to be a member of the walking club to enjoy the park. Karrie Niehaus of Forest Park hit the warm trails of Winton Woods with her 11 month-old daughter Scarlet. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Winton Woods Lake is a great place for a walk. One of the groups that enjoys the walking trails there is the Hamilton County Parks Walk Club. The group is free for anyone over 50, and meet at five parks three days a week though November. Visit for information about where and when the groups meet.

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The Hamilton County Parks Walk Club is free for anyone over the age of 50. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Members of the Hamilton County Parks Walk Club enjpyed sunshine for their first walk of the seaason. They will walk three days a week until November. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A group of home school students with there mothers, members of the Kids Walking Club from Greenhills and Foerst Park, were out walking around the Winton Woods Lake last month. The warm weather brought out not just the official members of the Hamilton County Parks Walk Club, this was their first day for the group that is free for anyone over 50. There is a club meeting in five different parks three days a week until November. THE ENQUIRER/ TONY JONES

After a pot luck luncheon at Winton Woods Center, where the official members of the Hamilton County Parks Walk Club meet, the group went for a brief walk to kick off the club’s season. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Too busy to walk, Barbara Hawks cast her fishing line with the hopes of landing the catch of the day at Winton Woods Lake. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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An artist's rendering of the new Mercy Health – West Hospital being built in Green Township. The new hospital will serve as the center of Mercy's network of care on the West Side. FILE PHOTO

Construction going well on Mercy’s new hospital

By Kurt Backscheider

Patrick Kowalski said it’s been amazing to watch the new Mercy Health – West Hospital take its shape. Crews with Turner Construction have been busy on the roughly 60-acre site between North Bend Road and Interstate 74 in Green Township, and Kowalski, the chief operating officer of Mercy Health’s west region hospitals, said construction of the West Side’s newest hospital is on schedule.

“We’re right on track,” he said. Mercy Health will open its new 250-bed hospital in October 2013. Mike Stephens, president and market leader for Mercy Health West, said the state-of-the-art facility will serve as the center of Mercy’s network of care on the West Side. The comprehensive hospital will offer cardiac care and open heart surgery, a cancer center, an orthopaedics center, a women’s health center and OB/maternity care, he said.

A full-scale emergency department is also included in the hospital, as well as space for an intensive care unit, a rehabilitation center, an in-house medical laboratory and general surgery and telemetry. Other amenities include a covered ambulance bay, a helicopter pad, a chapel, and outdoor healing garden and a 2.5-acre living, green roof. A patient diagnostics center will be attached to the hospital, and a five-story, 100,000-squarefeet medical office building will be constructed adjacent to the di-

agnostics center. Kowalski said the entire project has been designed with the patient in mind. A snow melt system is even installed underneath every entrance to the hospital to ensure the walkways are safe for people in the winter. “It’s a first-class facility,” he said. When completed the hospital will be able to serve as many as 93,000 patients each year, he said. While it’s great to talk about a shiny, new hospital, Stephens said Mercy’s employees are at

the heart of the quality health care it delivers. “What really makes a difference is the quality of the staff and physicians we have, and will have as we grow,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal team of people.” Lesia Golden, director of marketing for Mercy Health’s west market, said those interested in watching the construction progress can visit to view photos, videos and read stories about members of the construction team.

The new hospital will have an in-house laboratory where all the inpatient and outpatient labwork and testing will be completed. The research area will serve all of Mercy’s facilities in Southwest Ohio. Crews are in the process of framing and drywalling the core lab area of the hospital. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

An aerial view of the new Mercy Health – West Hospital being constructed between North Bend Road and Interstate 74 in Green Township. I-74 is in the top left of this photo. The hospital is on schedule to be completed in October 2013. THANKS TO LESIA GOLDEN

This is a view of the main entrance to the new hospital. When completed in 2013, Mercy Health – West Hospital will be a comprehensive 250-bed medical facility featuring the latest advancements in design for patient care and comfort. The hospital will include a cardiac care center with open heart surgery, a cancer center, an orthopaedics center, a women’s health center, and OB/maternity care. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Lectures Fairtax, 7-8:30 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Learn about a 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, 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.

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 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.

Music - Rock Fireflight, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Ashes Remain and 7eventh Time Down. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $25 VIP. $16, $13 advance; $10 with group of 15 or more. 825-8200; Forest Park.

On Stage - Student Theater 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, 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

$12. Presented by La Salle High School Drama. 741-2369; Green Township.

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.

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, 385-8973. Colerain Township.




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, 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 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.

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

Literary - Libraries Gold Star Chilimobile, Noon, North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Register for Summer Reading Program and receive free coney. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6068. Colerain Township.

Music - Religious Youth Choir Festival, 1-7 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 17 Farragut Road, Mass at 4:45 p.m. Featuring Our Lady of the Rosary Youth Choir. With St. John the Evangelist Church Youth Choir from West Chester. Michael Dailey, guest conductor. Dinner is included. 825-8626. Greenhills.

Music - Rock A-Train, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Drew Manning, Beth Current and Silent Reign. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

On Stage - Student Theater Aida, 8 p.m., Winton Woods High School, $7-$8. 619-2420;

Katherine Leigh is Beaver, Aram Monisoff is Cat and Margaret Ivey is River Rat in Y York’s “River Rat & Cat,” a free Playhouse Off the Hill Production set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at The Grove, 9158 Winton Road. The family-friendly comedy is about friendship and cooperation. For more information, call 522-1410 or visit or PROVIDED. Forest Park.

Reunions St. Ignatius Alumni Celebration, 4:30-10 p.m., St. Ignatius of Loyola School, 5222 North Bend Road, Alumni invited to share memories and memorabilia while honoring Mary Lee Bogenschutz and Jim Rutenschroer. Ages 21 and up. $18. Reservations required. 389-3242; Monfort Heights.

Music - Acoustic

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Senior Citizens

Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-noon, Northwest Community Church, Bag sale. 385-8973. Colerain Township.

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


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.

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 Greenwood 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, Modified Zumba for seniors with standing a chair participation. For seniors. $3, $25 for 10 classes. 205-5064; Green Township.


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 Venison Dinner, 3-9 p.m., Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Dinner includes either hirsch (venison) or Hungarian (beef) goulasch, spaetzle (noodles), rot kohl (red cabbage), tossed salad and dessert. Assorted beverages available for purchase. Music by Ben Geers. Benefits Germania Society. $12, $6 ages 11 and under. Registration required by April 12. 742-0060; Colerain Township.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Exercise Classes The Evening Bliss Fitness Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township 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, 3- or 5-pound dumbbells and water. Ages 18 and up. $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness 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.

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.

Model Train Show, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave., Gulden Community Center. Greater Cincinnati Modular Railroad Association presents 3-foot-tall display for easy viewing. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Modular Railroad Association. 853-4100; College Hill.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Literary - Libraries Early Literacy Workshop, 6:30-7:25 p.m., Mount Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave., Learn ways to bolster your child’s early literacy skills at home. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4469. Mount Healthy.

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

Jamie Fota and Marcia Gallas, 7:30-9:30 p.m., College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, 6128 Hamilton Ave., Original, contemporary folk music. Free. 542-2739; College Hill.

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.

On Stage - Student Theater The Cruicible, 8 p.m., La Salle High School, $12. 741-2369; Green Township.

Recreation Zumba for a Cure: Relay For Life West Side, 6-8 p.m., Veterans’ Park - Green Township, 6231 Harrison Ave., Free, donations accepted. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064; Dent.

Religious - Community Spring Retreat, 7-9 p.m., Gaden Samdrup Ling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, For those who wish to begin studying Buddhism, this is an excellent foundational practice to begin with. Resident teacher Venerable Geshe Kuten Lama leads. Focus on Buddha of purification, Vajrasattva. Meals and tea included (vegetarian available). Suggested donations: $105 weekend, $65 one day. 3857116; Colerain Township. Tibetan Buddhist Course: Foundation for Happiness, 7-8 p.m., Gaden Samdrup Ling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, $10. 385-7116; Colerain Township. The Art of Marriage, 7-9:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, 3707 Edgewood Drive, Video-based marriage conference built on same biblically based content as the Weekend to Remember Getaway. Child care not offered. $34. Registration required. 661-2428. Green 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.





Spring Soiree in the Vineyard, 4-6 p.m., Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Wine tasting and silent auction including Disney Hopper passes, tickets to the Cincinnati Ballet, Reds, Kings Island, zoo, spa package and more. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. $25, $20 advance. Presented by Dayton Cincinnati Chapter of the PKD Foundation. 702-9431; Colerain Township.

Hamilton County Park District Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

On Stage - Student Theater The Cruicible, 8 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, A Blackbox Production.



Abundant asparagus inspires spring recipe If someone would ask what my dream job is, I’d have to say I have two in mind. One would be working with Chris Kimball in the Cook’s Country test kitchen. I’d get paid to cook to my heart’s content, with the best kitchen equipment available, and mistakes would occur during paid time. I really enjoy the heirloom recipes that Cook’s Country perfects. The other would be working with Frank Farmer Loomis, our own antique expert who is internationally known. Frank and I did a TV show a long while back and the theme was a tea party. I made tea party treats and teas, and Frank gave his expert opinion on the china and silver service I used.I like things connected with history, and Rita antique Heikenfeld china, RITA’S KITCHEN furniture, and cookbooks all fill the bill. In fact, the recipe I’m sharing today for the Netherland Salad has quite a history. It dates back over 50 years and it’s from the Netherland Plaza, now the Cincinnati Netherland. This is from Fern Storer’s wonderful cookbook “Recipes Remembered.” Fern was the popular food editor of the Post, and my mom used to love reading her column. Fern’s book was published in 1989 and reader Pauline

Promount Museum’s asparagus roll-ups. Bell pepper, diced: I use two kinds for color

Dressing Whisk together: 2-3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard ½ cup olive oil Honey, agave syrup or sugar to taste – not too much

Rita's asparagus patch has prompted almost daily dishes of the spring vegetable. This one features bell pepper and a vinaigrette. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. Dunn was one of the people who helped edit and type the recipes.

Netherland/Maurice salad

This is “the one and only original Maurice salad,” sent to Fern from Maurice J. Koch, the insurance agent who sold Peter Mauridon, the onetime maitre d’ of the Netherland Plaza, a policy. The recipe doesn’t say what kind of vinegar or pickles to use. I’d tend to use clear vinegar and dill pickles, but you do what suits you. Serves two. Dressing: Stir together: 3 tablespoons ea: real mayonnaise and olive oil 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Then add: 1 chopped hard boiled egg 1 teaspoon minced chives

Salad: Combine:

3/4 head crisp lettuce, julienned 1/2 cup ea: julienne of chicken and ham 1/3 cup julienne tomatoes, seeds discarded 1 tablespoon chopped pickle Tomato quarters and hard cooked egg slices for garnish

Kentucky reader Janice Wallace. “It had thin spaghetti and tasted like pasta salad.”

duce risk of heart disease and birth defects, and has anti-aging nutrients.


Place asparagus in single layer and sprinkle peppers on top. Drizzle dressing over and let marinate several hours or overnight.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

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What are Marcona almonds? These wide, tear drop-shaped nuts from Spain are showing up in trendy recipes. Marcona almonds have a higher fat content than California almonds. This makes them tender, crunchy and moist all at the same time. The flavor is savory and some consider it to be “steaklike.” They are usually fried in olive oil, and then seasoned with salt and/or herbs. So what’s not to love, except the price tag, about twice as much as common almonds.

Earth Day is April 22 Celebrate by planting something edible. It can be as simple as lettuce planted in an old colander, or as artsy as a pizza, salad, soup or edible flower garden. 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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Asparagus can help detoxify the system, re-

Spaghetti salad. For

Toss salad with dressing. Put on plates and garnish.

Asparagus with rainbow peppers I’ve been making variations of this for a couple of weeks because we are still getting asparagus from our little patch almost daily. If you have a bit of mint, chop that up and add it to the dressing. I’ll either roast the asparagus (toss with a little olive oil) in a 425 degree oven just until it starts to wrinkle or steam it on top of the stove. 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cooked (see above)

Watch out for bill collectors During these tough economic times, debt collectors are targeting consumers in droves. But in some cases federal officials are finding the consumers don’t owe anything at all. However, unless you’re careful, you could end up paying anyway. Gerald Blanchard of Amelia says he was shocked when he got a letter saying his paycheck was being garnished to pay a debt. He recalls getting a letter from a debt collector more than two years ago. “The letter stated that I had a debt that I owed to them, to a company called Tribute MasterCard, for $1,800. I’ve never had a credit card through this company, period,” Blanchard says. Blanchard says the bill collector failed to send him convincing proof he owed that debt, so he called the alleged creditor. “I called Tribute MasterCard Company and the Tribute MasterCard Company said, ‘Gerald Blanchard you have no credit card through our company. You’ve never had a credit card through our company’ … I threw the stuff away because I thought, ‘It’s a scam.’ I get junk mail all the time,” Blanchard said. The bill collector ended up taking Blanchard to court and got a default judgment against him – that’s when judgment is granted for the plaintiff when the defendant fails to show up for the hearing.

Blanchard says he was simply never notified of the hearing so knew nothing about Howard it. Court Ain records HEY HOWARD! show he never received notice he was being sued and should appear in court to defend himself. The debt collector obtained a judgment against Blanchard for more than $1,800 and then tried to garnish his wages. Blanchard had worked for several companies and it took all this time until the current employer was found and contacted. At one point, Blanchard says the debt collector tried to put a lien on his house, but that didn’t work because his house is owned by his father. Now, having found Blanchard’s current employer, the garnishment paperwork was sent there and Blanchard was notified. “This letter basically states, from a court document, that they’re going to garnish my wages. They’re going to take 25 percent of my income per paycheck,” Blanchard says. At this point it’s too late for Blanchard to fight the garnishment. Instead, he needs to get an attorney and fight the judgment against him from 2009. The first thing he needs to do is get a letter from the credit card company stating he never had

a credit card and thus never owed it any money. If he wins the case in court, he’ll get back all his money – and can get reimbursed for his attorney fees and court costs. The bottom line, if you get a letter saying, “This is an attempt to collect a debt,” don’t throw it away. If you believe you don’t owe the debt, tell that to the bill collector – in writing – within 30 days. If the bill collector still insists you owe the money, consult an attorney. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Andrew W. Hayden, born 1990, theft under $300, 2701 Hillvista Lane, April 8. Antonio Golden, born 1970, domestic violence, 1628 Linden Drive, April 8. Dashawn Lindsey, born 1991, obstructing official business, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking, 2650 W. North Bend Road, April 9. Freddie Dallas, born 1964, do-

mestic violence, 1902 Savannah Way, April 7. James E. Jackson, born 1965, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, 2672 W. North Bend Road, April 5. James E. Jeter, born 1963, criminal trespassing, possession of an open flask, 1626 Linden Drive, April 1. Jaron Steele, born 1992, carrying concealed weapons, 6425 Daly Road, April 8. Jennifer Warman, born 1983, child endanagering or neglect, disorderly conduct, 5061 Col-

DEATHS Anastacia Agenbroad Anastacia Louise Agenbroad, 17 days, daughter of Randall and Lisa Agenbroad, died March 29. Also survived by brothers Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy; grandparents Linda Hudson and Fowler Agenbroad; Agenbroad great-grandmother Louise Murphy. Services were April 10 at Gump-Holt Funeral Home.

Edna Schlensker Edna Schlomann Schlensker, 99, Finneytown, died April 5. Survived by sons Roy (Dixie), Dennis (Glenda) Schlensker; grandchildreb Randy, Jeffrey (Debra), Denise (William),

BAPTIST Wyoming Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

LUTHERAN Faith Lutheran LCMC

8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown Pastor Robert Curry Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

Sunday School 10:15

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 or pricing details. Rachael; great-grandchildren Casey, Kyle, Tyler, Andy, Gwen, William, Ryan. Preceded in death by husband Carl Schlensker. Services were April 9 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd

Rev. Milton Berner, Pastor

Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sundays

Classic Service and Hymnbook


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

Incidents/reports Assault 2561 Kipling Ave., April 4. 2672 W. North Bend Road, April 5. 5468 Bahama Terrace, April 5. Burglary 1508 Ambrose Ave., April 5. 1633 Larch Ave., April 4. 2618 Chesterfield Court, April 1. 4868 Hawaiian Terrace, March 30. 5870 Shadymist Lane, April 3. Criminal damaging/endangering 1055 Grayview Court, April 2. 2561 Kipling Ave., April 4. 5126 Hawaiian Terrace, April 2. 5365 Bahama Terrace, April 4. 5727 Nahant St., April 2. 5852 Renee Court, April 2. Domestic violence Reported on Highforest Lane, April 2. Reported on Meis Avenue, April 1. Reported on Venetian Terrace, April 1. Endangering children 5061 Colerain Ave., April 3. Felonious assault 1400 Cedar Ave., April 5. 5585 Goldenrod Drive, April 3. Menacing 5341 Colerain Ave., April 5. 5484 Bahama Terrace, April 3. 5660 Regimental Place, April 2. 6244 Cary Ave., April 1. Robbery 6000 Belmont Ave., March 30.





8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "The Risky Mission of Love: From Exclusion to Embrace"

Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

FOREST PARK Arrests/citations Amber Scale, 30, 990 Timberman, theft at 1266 Omniplex, April 1. Chandler Wright, 22, 11498 Fremantle, aggravated robbery at 11499 Fremantle, April 1. Juvenile male, 12, breaking and entering at 1501 Kingbury, March 30. Audra Wendel, 24, 3613 Elcrett, theft, March 27. Kimberly Olverson, 51, 11279 Lodgeview Court, domestic

Church By The Woods Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 ............................................

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Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 2:00pm


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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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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

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.





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violence at 112779 Lodgeview, March 31. Steven Lambert, 34, 11520 Olde Gate Drive, criminal trespassing at 695 Northland Blvd., March 28. Ian Golightly, 26, 1153 Williamson Drive, drug paraphernalia at 1280 Kemper Meadow, March 28. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 1143 Smiley, March 25.



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Theft 1082 Elda Lane, March 31. 1172 Hollywood Ave., March 31. 1927 W. North Bend Road, March 30. 2672 W. North Bend Road, April 5. 2701 Hillvista Lane, April 3. 4973 Hawaiian Terrace, April 2. 5107 Colerain Ave., April 2. 5530 Hamilton Ave., April 4. 5571 Colerain Ave., April 2. 5852 Renee Court, April 2. 5870 Shadymist Lane, April 5. Violation of a temporary protection order/consent agreement 5341 Colerain Ave., April 5.


3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:44am

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

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

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

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am

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erain Ave., April 3. Shamika Arrington, born 1987, obstructing official business, 5367 Bahama Terrace, April 1. Tangie L. Williams, born 1977, theft under $300, 2948 Highforest Lane, April 5. William West, born 1974, domestic violence, 867 Venetian Terrace, April 1.

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

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

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



GULF FRONT û SIESTA KEY Our complex is directly on pristine Crescent Beach within 75 ft. from our balcony! All amenities. Available weekly. Cincy owner 513-232-4854

1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

Ring valued at $1,200 removed at 11780 Passage Way, March 23.

MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations Roman Lovette, 31, 5372 Bahama Terrace, open container at St. Clair, March 31. Eric Tart, 26, drug abuse at 1541 Adams Road, April 4

NORTH COLLEGE HILL Arrests/citations Cedric Milling, 45, 2222 Harrison Ave, disorderly conduct at 6918 Hamilton Ave., March 28. Cherlissa Ramsey, 26, 103 E. Clifton Ave., disorderly conduct at 7000 Hamilton Ave., March 28. Michele Ansley, 30, 1831 Catapla, disorderly conduct at 1800 Dallas, March 28.

Incidents/reports Assault Reported at 6622 Betts Ave., March 31. Criminal damaging Reported at 1387 W. Galbraith, March 29. Reported at at 6997 Hamilton Ave., March 31. Domestic Reported at 6938 Grace Ave., March 28. Drug complaint Reported at 1646 W. Galbraith Road, March 26. Theft Reported at 6907 Pinoak Drive, April 2. Reported at 1938 Sundale, March 26.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Jessica Hunaker, 30, 3391 Jessup Road, theft at 10811 Hamilton Ave., March 27. Lashanda Thompson, 31, 523 Genessee St., falsification, possessing criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., April 3. Angela Thomas, 33, 5635 Town, drug possession at Galbraith and Goodman, April 3. Julian Lambert, 30, 12185 Pickwick Place, possession criminal tools, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., April 2. Demarcus Wilson, 24, 11666 Hinkley Drive, criminal trespassing at 9117 Winton Road, April 2. Joseph Woody, 32, 1397 Hartwood, carrying concealed weapon at 10859 Hamilton Ave., March 31. Darius Dawson, 18, 4513 Barbara Court, robbery at 10946 Hamilton Ave., April 1. George Finley, 42, 1184 Wellspring, drug paraphernalia at 1184 Wellspring, March 30. Shawntino Johnson, 20, 12060 Chardin, obstructing official business at US 127 and Kemper Road, March 31. Thomas Hollingsworth, 60, 40 College Court, falsification at US 127 and Hamilton, March 3.

LEGAL NOTICE The North College Hill Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 17th 2012 at 7:00pm at the City Center, 1500 West Galbraith Road. The purpose of the hearing is to consider an appeal filed under of section 1127.06 the Zoning Ordinances. Appeal #12-003, by submitted Lawshawn R. Ford of behalf of Pumpkins Patch Learning. The appellant is requesting a variance regarding certain sections of Chapter 1153.02, 1147.02 and 1145.02 (titled “conditional uses���) of the Codified Ordinances of North College Hill, Ohio. Said vargranted, if iances, would allow the establishment of a day care center being located at 1801 Dallas Avenue. John W. Fulmer Secretary, BZA 513-521-7413 ex. 1001699476



Hollenkamps always want to help Ever since their 2-yearold daughter died, Jerry and Nancy Hollenkamp of Bridgetown have made it their mission to help families with sick children. Aubrey passed away Nov. 10, 2000 – two days before her third birthday – after struggling with Scimitar Syndrome, a rare congenital heart condition. After she died, the couple established a charity in her name, the Aubrey Rose Foundation. Since 2001, it has raised more than $300,000 for thousands of children and their families around the world. Over the years, the Hollenkamps raised more than $300,000 for families. To help those families, the Hollenkamps put on several annual fundraisers, host themed dinners at the Ronald McDonald House for families in need of “rejuvenation” as Nancy explains, and most recently the couple opened a clothes printing and embroidery service – Writely Sew on Affinity Place near Mount Healthy – to raise money for the foundation. QUESTION: Can you describe Aubrey? Jerry: You would have never known she was a sick child. She had the biggest smile. Nancy: If she had a

cookie, you had a cookie. She was a great sharer. Q: How did the idea for a charity in Aubrey’s honor come about? Nancy: When Aubrey died, I felt very strongly that we needed to give back and help out others. So many people had helped us along the way. We had to travel to the Cleveland Clinic for three open-heart surgeries through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s of 1998 and 1999. I thought “OK, God, if you want Aubrey you can have her. I don’t want to give her up but if that is what your wishes are, all I ask is that you give us strength to get through everything.’’ So, when she died my thought was she’s happy, she’s up in heaven. Instantly, I knew we would start a foundation. Q: What’s it like to work with families going through a similar situation of caring for a sick child? Jerry: It’s a bond; there’s a bond of hope, there’s a bond of sadness, there’s a bond of love. It’s an understanding where you’re coming from. When we were in the hospital we watched families disintegrate from the stress. Nancy: It you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t

Jerry and Nancy Hollenkamp foundered the Aubrey Rose Foundation, a charity that supports families with an ill child after their own child passed away at 3 years old in 2000. Their Writely Sew is an embroidery and embellishment business that all the proceeds go directly to the Aubrey Rose Foundation. CARA OWSLEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS take care of your child. Q: Can you talk about the financial stress of dealing with a sick child? Nancy: Insurance copays can be (exorbitant). You have to travel out of town. When you’re at the hospital you have to buy lunch every day. Jerry: That’s the small stuff. You spend $1,500, $1,800 for an X-ray. It’s

nothing for families to rack up 10, 20, 40 thousand in a day. Nancy: Plus, with a medically fragile child one parent may need to stay home, which results in a loss of income from one parent. Q: Is there a specific illness or mission that your organization tries to target with helping these

families? Jerry: We help everybody. We don’t have a disease associated with us. Nancy: Someone told me, “You guys do a ‘boots on the ground’ operation.” We pay for clothes, electric and we put food on the table. We always wanted to help everybody. You put on several

events throughout the year, do you have a favorite? Jerry: Each one’s different. The dance – that’s the anniversary of her birth and death. So it’s mixed emotions. We have a gathering of people, celebrating her life. The golf outing – Aubrey loved to be outside. That’s always around her transplant date. Nancy: (The American Girl Doll Fashion Show), it’s an opportunity for us to raise awareness, raise funds for many children. It’s a fashion show that’s wholesome. You don’t know what this does for the parents, getting to see (their children) walk down the runway. Q: Through your organization you’ve brought two international children to the United States to help pay for treatments. What was that experience like for you? Nancy: Hannah, from the Philippines, she didn’t know how to play, eat – she couldn’t smile. (She had) Tetralogy of Fallot, her feet started to club, her teeth were rotting. Jerry: When they left, she was running, she was playing, she learned how to smile. We saved her life – the doctors told us that.

Llanfair residents give back to Hope Lodge lection boxes throughout campus, to collect just one item a month for the daily operation of Hope Lodge. For more information, contact: Kimberly Kaser at 513-681-4230 or go to

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Llanfair, a continuing care retirement community serving southwest Ohio, celebrates several residents that decided to form a committee to help those in need at the Hope Lodge. The Hope Lodge is run by the American Cancer Society and offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Since 2007, Llanfair residents, staff and volunteers have decorated Christmas trees to help brighten the holidays for those staying at the Hope Lodge. This year, however, several Llanfair residents decided to do more. The residents formed a committee and devised a plan, using col-

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SPOT ON There’s an avid group of domino lovers who turn the Springfield Township Senior Center into a train station once a week. Mexican Train, a popular domino game at the center, is played at 1 p.m. on Thursdays.

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

River Rat and Cat at The Grove April 20 The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill production of “River Rat & Cat,” by playwright Y York comes to Springfield Township Friday, April 20. “River Rat & Cat” is a 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.

The show will be at The Grove, 9158 Winton Road. At 6 p.m., there will be free facepainting. Youngsters can have their faces painted as a rat, cat, beaver, skunk or rabbit to get into character of the show. A preshow by the Cincinnati Movement and Dance Center starts at 7 p.m., followed by the play at 7:10 p.m. After the show meet the playwright, Y York

from River Rat, who will be selling and signing copies of her script. Proceeds will benefit the Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Fund. 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 Cin-

cinnati’s arts organizations into neighborhoods for public performances, also provides support. “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, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit

The Winton Woods Riding Center presents the 2012 Open Horse Show Series every third Sunday on May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. Riders of different skill levels are invited to compete in various class competitions. Each open horse show begins at 8 a.m. with the volunteer Musical Drill Team presenting the colors and includes competitions in Western and English flat classes, western speed events, hunter jumper classes of varying abilities (from ground poles to 3 feet) and field hunter classes. The indoor arena will be open for warm-ups the day of the event. Helmets and appropriate footwear are required for all competitors when mounted. There will also be two pee-wee divisions for competitors 10 and under. There will be an open flat walk/trot division as well as a pee-wee ground poles division introduced this season.

Competitor registrations are permitted day-of, as well as in advance at Entry fees are $8 per class if payment and registration are received before midnight the Sunday prior to the show, including those submitted online. Open registrations will be accepted after the pre-registration deadline up to and including the day of the show for $9 per class. Spectators are welcome at no charge. Food and beverages will be available for purchase along with ample parking. Winton Woods Riding Center is at 10073 Daly Road. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. For additional information, please visit or call the Riding Center at 513931-3057. Also, be sure to check out the district’s Facebook page and follow the parks on Twitter.

Walk helps HealthCare connection The HealthCare Connection’s 7th annual 5K Walk to Wellness & Spring into Health! Fair will celebrate the organization’s 45th anniversary. This fair is a celebration of this major milestone and group’s efforts to promote healthy lifestyles. This untimed 5k walk is designed to be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their fitness level might be. The walk offers a great opportunity to get healthy and support a wonderful cause in the Greater Cincinnati area. This year’s walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 8:45 a.m. to noon, with the untimed walk beginning at 10 a.m. at the 3.1 mile walking course in Glenwood Gardens on

Springfield Pike, complete with wetlands, prairies, meadows, and an array of spring flowers. Shorter loops are also available for walkers. The health fair will feature a variety of exhibitors who will provide important health information ranging from insurance and health care options to nutrition and disease prevention. To register for the The HealthCare Connection’s seventh annual 5K or to get more information, go to or call 513-483-3081.

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