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Honoring the top students

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The top 16 In rank order from Winton Woods High School graduating class: 1. Louise Dees; 2. Kylie Schmittou; 3. Mohammad Shafi; 4. John Jordan; 5. Emily Cooper; 6. John Jones; 7. Natalie Howard; 8. Asia Hernandez; 9. Zach Campbell, 10. Dominique Reeves; 11. Ashley Berry; 12. Seth Cornelius; 13. Ariel Johnson; 14. Samantha Kramer; 15. Michelle Drees; 16. Erin Worrell. This group was at the high school’s Academic Signing Day April 30. By Rob Dowdy

Winton Woods High School honored its top students last week in the fourth Academic Signing Day. The school recognized its top 16 seniors with an assembly in the school’s library. As students announced the schools they’ll be attending in the fall, they were meant with rousing applause and a representative from that school. The event brought friends, family and

classmates out to show support for the seniors whose hard work is paying off in a big way. Here’s the complete list of Winton Woods High School’s top 16 students and where they’re headed in the fall: • Ashley Berry – Xavier University; • Zach Campbell – Ohio State University; • Emily Cooper – South Carolina University; • Seth Cornelius – Miami University; • Shelly Drees – Ohio State University; • Asia Hernandez – Indiana University; • Natalie Howard – Ohio State University;

• Ariel Johnson – Miami University; • Phil Jones – University of Cincinnati; • Jay Jordan – Eastern Michigan University; • Samantha Kramer – University of Cincinnati; • Dominique Reeves – Miami University; • Mohammad Ahmad Shafi – Miami University; • Erin Worrell – Ohio State University; • Kyle Schmittou – University of Cincinnati; • Louise Dees – Florida University. Next week, The Hilltop Press will publish more photos from the signing day.

Twp. buys Mt. Healthy schools’s bus lot By Jennie Key

Springfield Township has snapped up the Mount Healthy school district’s bus lot for $99,000 and will use the 3-acre property at 90 Mill Road as an impound lot. Mount Healthy Superintendent Dave Horine said the board of education voted to accept the bid April 26, following an executive session. Springfield Township administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said the decision to buy the property was a no-brainer for the township. “We expect the property will pay for itself by the end of the year,” he said.

That’s because Springfield Township will be able to keep more of the money generated by impound fees. The township’s current lot at the Hinnenkamp police station is small and the number of cars that can be stored there is limited. Hinnenkamp said conservative estimates are that the lot could generate $250,000 annually in fees for the township. He said they could range as high as $500,000 per year. “This brings funds into the township and lengthens the life for township levies,” he said. Hinnenkamp said the township

has been looking for a site for a larger impound lot on and off for a couple of years, and had thought to put an impound facility on the township’s property at 952 Compton Road. He said that plan would have cost the township between $150,000 and $200,000 according to preliminary plans and estimates. “This just made a lot more sense,” he said. The bus lot is ready to use and will need little alteration, he said. It’s fenced, there is a building onsite, and there is a security system in place. And the fuel tanks onsite were an added bonus, giving township vehicles a second option for fuel.

“We may upgrade security and add screening to the fence, but the site is ready to go,” he said. The Mount Healthy City School district is in the midst of streamlining its operations. It is closing buildings and opening three new schools - two elementary schools and a junior/senior high school set to open 2010 and 2011. Springfield Township trustees also bought the Frost Elementary School property at 2065 Mistyhill Drive in the Sevenhills community last month for $165,000 using Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. That building will be demolished and the property will be held as open space, Hinnenkamp said.

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Peter Wietmarschen receives Eagle award Peter Wietmarschen, 18, a resident of Springfield Township, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor will take place on May 8, at the de La Salle Chapel at La Salle High School. Wietmarschen's Eagle Scout project was completed at Gov. Bebb Preserve, part of the MetroParks of Butler

County. His project involved digging a new fire ring, outlining the fire ring with rock, building seating around the fire ring, and building a shed to store firewood. He is a senior at La Salle High School and will be attending Morehead State University in the fall of 2010 with plans to earn a degree in music education and psychology.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comment on a change to the air permit at Rumpke Sanitary Landfill for new pollution control equipment. The Ohio EPA will conduct an information session and public hearing regarding a draft air permit for a thermal oxidizer at Montauk Energy at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 10795 Hughes Road. The hearing will be 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27, at the Colerain Township Community and Senior Center, 4300 Springdale Road. Amanda Pratt, spokeswoman for Rumpke, says a thermal oxidizer destroys unusable compounds at the Montauk recovery plant with less odor. “No additional emissions are being created,” she said. “But an air permit modifica-

tion is necessary because now these compounds are being processed through the oxidizer to reduce odor.” Heather Lauer, spokeswoman for the Ohio EPA, said in a release that the new equipment would replace an older, smaller thermal oxidizer and is designed to limit odors coming from the methane collection plant. The device would, however, have the potential to emit additional carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. The new thermal oxidizer would be limited to a maximum annual output of 69.77 tons per year of carbon monoxide and 16.52 tons per year of nitrogen oxides. Four main areas at the landfill have been identified as generating odors: • waste that has not been covered with soil, otherwise known as the working face of the landfill; • an ongoing subsurface

fire; • the composting area; • the methane recovery plant. The thermal oxidizer is designed to capture and control odors only associated with the methane recovery facility. Pratt said the new device will cost about $1 million. It is being installed by Montauk Energy, but Rumpke must obtain the permit because the company owns the site. During the information session, Ohio EPA and Hamilton County officials will present information about the draft permit conditions and answer questions from the public. During the public hearing, which immediately follows, the public can testify for the official record regarding this draft air permit. Written comments regarding this draft permit carry the same weight as those presented in testimo-

Draft permit online The draft permit is available at wwwapp.epa. 357908.pdf. ny. Written comments must be received no later than Wednesday, June 2. Lauer says the information session and public hearing will only address the air permit related to the thermal oxidizer. Citizens with questions or concerns regarding the subsurface fire at Rumpke Landfill may contact Darla Peelle with Ohio EPA at 614-644-2160. Written comments about the draft air permit for the thermal oxidizer should be directed in writing to: Pete Sturdevant, Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, 250 William Howard Taft Pkwy., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219. Comments also can be made by phone during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling Pete Sturdevant at 946-7777.

CarMax hiring ahead of June 17 opening Gannett News Service National used car retailer CarMax Inc. has begun hiring 80 employees to staff its

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Forest Park, county celebrate Arbor Day By Rob Dowdy

In a tradition going back eight years, Hamilton County Park District, Forest Park and Duke Energy officials gathered at the intersection of Sharon and Winton roads to celebrate Arbor Day. The annual event marks a continued partnership between the city, county and energy provider, in which each entity works to replace tall trees that could interfere with power lines along Sharon Road with low maturity plants. During the brief ceremony, a red bud tree was planted, and Forest Park City Councilwoman Denise Holt read an Arbor Day proclamation. “This is where the park district celebrates Arbor Day,


Mary Lou Aufmann, a 52-year resident of Forest Park and member of the city’s tree commission, shovels dirt on a newly-planted tree during the ceremony.

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Philbert Gray, member of Forest Park’s beautification committee, makes some brief remarks about the importance of the landscaping work done on Sharon Road during the Arbor Day ceremony.


Dave Buesking, public works director for Forest Park, helps plant the new tree during the city's Arbor Day celebration in conjunction with the Hamilton County Park District and Duke Energy.

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Barnes told police he and his wife, Tawnya Barnes, 32, were arguing because he had been drinking and was getting into his 2002 Ford Explorer to drive away. Knowing he had been drinking, his wife tried to stop him. As Michael Barnes backed out of his driveway in the vehicle, he apparently ran over and killed his wife. He told police he backed out of the driveway as he routinely did and knew

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Seven students from Winton Woods City Schools participated in the Anthony Munoz Foundation Impact for Eternity football camp at the Athletes in Action world headquarters in Xenia, Ohio. Each year, Hall of Fame player Munoz invites students to the camp for encouragement and advice on football and life. The camp stresses good character, team building, leadership and football training for young men in sixth through eighth grades. Pictured from left are Winton Woods Middle School students Elijah Alexander, Tre Von Teague, Ray Satterwhite, Daniel Cage and Steven Thompson. Not pictured are middle school student Keith Bray and Winton Woods Intermediate School student Lionel McConnell. MVP awards were given to Cage, Satterwhite and Thompson based on their performance in the camp’s activities and positive behavior throughout the camp.


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North College Hill High School student Cassie Grause, Mount Healthy High School student Johnvanna Jackson and Winton Woods High School student Stephanie Mills will participate in the state Future Farmers of America competition. The equine science and management program students earned a spot at the state contest based on their performance in regional competition. • Winton Woods High School student Emily Cooper placed third in the state DECA competition in the sports and entertainment series, qualifying for the international competition in Louisville, Ky. Zach Campbell and Ben Steinhauer finished sixth in the buying and merchandising team event, and Allen Payne was ninth in the state in the sports and entertainment series.

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Junior Mylah Edwards was one of 41 students who recently graduated from the Regional Youth Leadership program. Edwards took part in the eightmonth program that builds leadership skills and encourages Edwards community involvement. Once a month Edwards attended an interactive session led by a community leader. The sessions involved role-playing, presentations, simulations and exercises that covered topics such a diversity, health, money, local government, economic development, criminal justice, law, and arts and human services. Sessions were held during the school day at venues throughout the greater Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. • Sophomore Derrick Ramsey has been chosen to represent the school at the Southwest Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference in June. HOBY's purpose is to bring together a select group of high school sophoRamsey mores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss present and future issues. Selected high school students from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan and Israel attend annually.

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Winton Woods Middle School teacher Tim Wooton is shown with the donation cups for staff members who participated in the Pie in the Face fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Cancer battle leads to nomination Winning his own battle with cancer has compelled Tim Wooton, math teacher at Winton Woods Middle School, to help fund the research that may lead to a diagnosis of “all clear” for someone else with the disease. Wooton, who is a candidate for the 2010 Leukemia and Lymphoma Man of the Year award, is raising money for a third-grader named Catherine who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2007 and is currently undergoing treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “I can’t imagine going through this and having to worry about the money,” said Wooton. “I was lucky enough to have great benefits here at Winton Woods and enough sick days so that I didn’t have to worry about paying the bills. I could concentrate on getting well.” In addition to research, part of the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to help families who are struggling financially. Its Man and Woman of the Year Award is a major

national fundraiser for the organization. Wooton is competing against six other men and four women from the Tristate area for the honor. The winner will be announced May 7. A recent Pie in the Face fundraiser at Winton Woods Middle School raised over $750 for Wooton’s cause. Assistant Principal Doug Sanker and teachers Mindy Mudiman and Maria Liess were the top fundraisers. Each was hit in the face with a pie during a lunch bell by a student of their choice. Schools throughout the Winton Woods district are joining in the fundraising efforts by letting students donate money for out-ofuniform days and selling wristbands and Mardi Gras beads. With a number of staff members in the district currently struggling with health issues, Wooton said he’s honored people are supporting his cause. “I was pronounced ‘all clear’ in February 2007,” said Wooton. “The doctors call me cured.” For more information, visit

Winton Woods Middle School recently presented its spring show, Massability. Acts included barbershop, doo-wop, Motown and a cappella singing, street drumming, acting, dancing, original poetry and original artwork. Performing the song “Johnny Angel” are, from left, Samantha Christianson, Heather Hohweiler, Courtney Carr, Sahara Horne, D’Zrae Wakefield, Carol Farris, Rea Sylvester, Jayla Huff, Anna Clark and Hannah Moore.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati has new school superintendent A Catholic school principal from Colorado was named Monday as the new superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Jim Rigg, who has worked in Catholic schools in Tennessee and Colorado, comes to the archdiocese with a reputation for turning around struggling schools and for aggressively promoting the value of a Catholic education. He said he hopes to bring that approach with him to the archdiocese, which remains the nation’s eighthlargest Catholic school system despite recent school closures and a dip in enrollment.

“Fifty or 60 years ago, Catholic s c h o o l s assumed the students were going to come to Rigg them. I don’t think we can make that assumption any longer,” Rigg said Monday. “We have to do more to convince parents to come to us.” Rigg, 34, is almost 30 years younger than his predecessor, Brother Joseph Kamis, and has not previously been a superintendent. But he has held jobs as a teacher and administrator in several urban and suburban schools, and he cur-

rently serves as a principal and the curriculum director for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He became principal of Divine Redeemer Catholic School in Colorado Springs in 2005, taking over a school that was losing students and facing bankruptcy. In the past five years, the school’s enrollment has doubled and it now is on sound financial footing. Rigg said the archdiocese’s schools are not in crisis, but he hopes to attract more students by emphasizing the educational and religious advantages of a Catholic education. “We have to get out

there,” he said. “We have to inform them about what we have to offer.” Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said Rigg’s enthusiasm and track record as an educator put him at the top of the list that a search committee submitted earlier this year to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. “We were impressed by his energy, his presence, his marketing savvy and his turnaround skills,” Andriacco said. “He is an inspiring and visionary leader.” Rigg, who will move to Cincinnati with his wife, Lauren, and their four children, takes over a network of 115 schools with nearly 45,000 students.


Achievement challenge

Two fifth-grade classes at Winton Woods Intermediate School earned the right to compete in the district’s seventh annual Ohio Achievement Assessments Proficiency Challenge after a visit to their school from “Proficiency Godmother” Dr. Camille Nasbe, superintendent of the Winton Woods City School District. Nasbe quizzed all fifth-graders in preparation for the upcoming tests. Students in Donald Schutte’s and Janet Harden’s classes were the winners in the competition and participated the Proficiency Challenge at Waycross Media. Harden’s class won the final contest and will choose an educational field trip for both classes to attend. Pictured from left are Nia Burns, Malonna Allen, William Simpson, Zach Mavridoglou, Rory Tekulve, Myles Jackson, Don Schutte, Zoe Keller, Noah Smith, Kira Stiggers, Abby Ewald, Lance Grengbondai, Nicholas Behrendt and Shane Warren.

Ursuline dance team named state, national champs The inaugural season for the Ursuline Academy dance team culminated in several awards at the Showcase Unlimited International state and national competition, held recently at The Bank of Kentucky Center. The team was named state and national champions in the senior production category, earning the high score of the day and a Showcase Star rating. They also were state and national runner up in the senior pom category, again earning a Showcase Star rating and a High Point Award. The dance team boosters also won the Best Boosters Award. Members of the Dance Team include: Carolyn Johnson of Colerain Township, Catherine Schomaker of Mount Healthy, and captain Megan Valerio of College Hill.


Pictured during a recent performance are, from left, Marie Hale, Laura Schoettmer, Katie Lenart, Marnie Grow, Catherine Schomaker, Courtney Arand, Josie O’Connell, Ashley Gray and Grace Ferguson.



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This week in baseball

• Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Roger Bacon 2-1, April 24. Bacon’s Ungerbuehler hit a double. • Elder beat Roger Bacon 22-4 in five innings, April 27. Bacon’s Vinnie Trotta scored a homerun and had two RBI. • Finneytown beat Taylor 6-0, April 27. Finneytown’s winning pitcher was Michael Deitsch, and Daniel Ruter hit a double. • Clark Montessori beat North College Hill 15-2 in five innings, April 27. NCH’s Givens hit a double.

This week in tennis

• St. Xavier placed first with a score of 370 in the final standings of the Flight A Coaches Classic, April 24. St. X’s Ryan Bandy beat Cincinnati Country Day’s Joey Fritz 6-2, 6-1 in the first singles championship. St. X’s Hirsch Matani beat Lakota East’s Umakantha 6-0, 6-0 in the third singles championship. St. X’s Jay Fovel and Eric Naugle beat Loveland’s Stahl and Streicker 7-5, 6-4 in the first doubles championship. St. X’s Ed Broun and Leary beat Lakota East’s Fraley and Noufer 6-3, 6-0 in the second doubles championship.

This week in track and field

• Mt. Healthy boys placed fourth in the Mt. Healthy Owls Classic, April 24. Roger Bacon placed fifth. Mt. Healthy’s Brent Gray won the 200 meter in 23.6, and the 4x100 meter relay in 43.7. Bacon’s Matt Wurtzler won the 1,600 meter in 4:46.6, and the 3200 meter run in 10:20.8; Schomann won the high jump at 6 feet, 1 inch.

This week in boys’ volleyball

• St. Xavier was defeated by St. Edward 25-20, 26-28, 25-20, 25-23, April 24, in the championship game of the Centerville Elite Boys’ High School Volleyball Tournament. • Moeller beat St. Xavier 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 28-25, 15-8, April 26. • La Salle beat Alter 25-17, 22-25, 25-10, 25-22, April 28.

This week in lacrosse

• St. Xavier boys beat Shady Side Academy 15-8, April 24. • St. Xavier boys beat Lakota West 13-3, April 28. St. X’s Brown scored six goals, Buczek scored two goals and Brill, King, Burchenal, Whitaker and Kokenge scored one goal each. St. X advances to 8-3 with the win. • Mount Notre Dame girls beat McAuley 15-4, April 29.

This week in softball

• Mercy beat McAuley 3-2, April 24. McAuley’s Rachael Oakley was 2-4. • Roger Bacon beat Purcell Marian 14-2, April 27. Bacon’s Danielle Peters was the winning pitcher, and Shamiah Wright hit a double and scored four runs. • Madeira beat Finneytown 18-0 in five innings, April 27. • Indian Hill beat Mt. Healthy 9-0, April 27. • Taylor beat Finneytown 9-1, April 28. • Glen Este beat Winton Woods 10-0 in five innings, April 28. • McAuley beat Seton 5-2, April 28. McAuley’s Jamie Ertel was the winning pitcher, and Melissa Kolb was 2-4. • Anderson beat Winton Woods 8-0, April 29. • Reading beat Roger Bacon 17-7, April 29. Bacon’s Kassee Florea was 2-3 and hit two triples.

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Finneytown flourishing after slow start By Tony Meale

Before the season began, the Finneytown High School baseball team had several questions that needed to be answered. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the weather wouldn’t allow it. “We had three scrimmages get rained out,” head coach Joe Nichols said. “So when we opened the season, there were a lot of unanswered questions in terms of figuring out who can do what and who can’t do what.” Finneytown sputtered to 0-4 and 1-5 starts, losing leads of 13-7 and 5-1 to Madeira and Reading, respectively. “Our problem early on was pitching – not so much our starting pitching, but our relief pitching,” Nichols said. Since that 1-5 start, however, Finneytown (12-7 as of April 30) has won 11 of 13. “Kids have to get acclimated to the role they play,” Nichols said. Junior Luke Nichols, who has a 2.10 ERA, has emerged as the Wildcats’ top reliever. “Luke’s developed a sinker pitch, and he’s been able to close some games for us,” Nichols said. Although the Wildcats


Finneytown outfielder Daniel Ruter slides safely into home against Taylor. Ruter is hitting over .400 this season. struggled in late innings early in the year, they’ve gotten stellar starting pitching all season. Headlining the staff are senior Michael Deitsch and junior Chris Simpson. Deitsch is 4-2 with a 2.69 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 39.0 innings, while Simpson is 3-2 with a 3.95 ERA. “They’re elite pitchers,” Nichols said. “They’re not overpowering, but they throw strikes and keep the ball down. Their losses came when the defense failed them.” Also contributing is senior Ben Steinnecker, who has been used primarily in non-league games. He is 30 with a 1.75 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 16.0

innings. “We’ve started Ben in some games we thought he’d do well in, and he’s done his job,” Nichols said. “The biggest thing with him is that he throws strikes.” Deitsch, Simpson and Steinnecker have accounted for 10 of Finneytown’s 11 wins. “These are three boys I’m asking an awful lot of,” Nichols said. Finneytown is also trending in the right direction. Six games into the season, the Wildcats were averaging 6.5 runs per game and allowing 8.8. Over their next 12 games, they averaged 9.9 runs and allowed just 3.5. Offensively, Finneytown has been led by Nichols,

senior Daniel Ruter and junior Travis Fannin, all of whom are hitting between .404 and .442. “It’s contagious,” Nichols said. “They get hot, and the other kids follow suit.” Impressively, Nichols and Fannin are in the midst of their first season on varsity. “They’ve still got a lot to learn, but we talk them through situations,” Nichols said. “There’s a big difference between facing guys who throw 65 (miles per hour) and guys who throw 80.” Other contributors include senior second baseman Nate Girdler, who is hitting .378 with a teamhigh 22 RBI, and senior catcher Brandon Osborn, who is hitting .298 with 12 RBI. Nichols has been astonished with Osborn’s progress behind the plate. “Brandon’s really stepped up and doing a stellar job,” he said. “I think he’s getting tired, and I can spell him an inning here and there, but I just can’t take him out of catching.” Finneytown, which was scheduled to play Winton Woods after Press deadline, closes the season at home against Purcell Marian May 6 and against Aiken May 7. Nichols said the biggest thing his team can do at this


Finneytown High School senior Michael Deitsch unwinds during a home game against Taylor April 27. Deitsch led the Wildcats to a 6-0 victory and collected his fourth win of the year. point is remain consistent. “Our team motto is ‘Every pitch, every inning.’ We’re not good enough to take an inning off,” he said. “I want our guys to be competitive and respect the game. If the guys play hard and give it their all, then whatever happens, happens. As a coach, I can live with that.”

Teamwork leads McAuley softball

By Mark Chalifoux

The McAuley High School softball team is having one of its stronger seasons in recent years and the Mohawks (13-4 through May 2) have done it without a star player. “Everyone is working together and having fun,” head coach Karen Wiesman said. “It reminds me of the team that went to regionals nine years ago. We didn’t have a huge star then we just had everyone chipping in.” Wiesman said she wishes the team had won a few more league games, as the best the Mohawks could finish is second in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League, but she is pleased with how the team has come together. McAuley has strong senior leadership with seven seniors, but only three start. McAuley starts three freshmen and three juniors as well. “Our freshmen have been a big positive this season,” she said. “Of our top four hitters, three are freshmen. A couple of the freshmen have almost become leaders on the field and that’s been a positive for us as well.” Randi Kelsey, Jamie Ertel and Rachael Oakley are among the team leaders in hitting. The trio all hits


McAuley freshman Rachael Oakley gets ready to hit against Turpin in a game on April 29. Oakley is one of the team’s top hitters and scored against Turpin. McAuley won 3-2. above .300 and have delivered numerous key runs for the Mohawks. Junior Melissa Kolb is another clutch hitter for the Mohawks. Junior Sarah Zech has made some big plays in the field and also has some key runs batted in, according to Wiesman.

McAuley’s youth has Wiesman optimistic for the next few years, as well. “Essentially, we will bring back our whole infield,” she said. “Jamie (Ertel) will probably pitch next year. We have two senior pitchers this season but Jamie has pitched some as well.” Ertel is 4-0 as a pitcher. McAuley’s seniors handle most of the pitching load, as Kayla Owens (5-3) throws the bulk of the innings, along with Kirstie Reilman (3-1). Maria Meyer is another senior standout and has had some big catches in the outfield. Senior Dani Doerger has come off the bench to deliver some important hits, including a 2-RBI single against Seton. “It’s fun to see kids that are working hard have success,” Wiesman said. McAuley has had to deal with a number of setbacks, including losing senior catcher Jenna Eigel for the season at the start of the year. Eigel, who has been the team’s catcher for the past two seasons, hasn’t been able to play due to health reasons but has still been a major contributor for the Mohawks. “She has been to every practice and every game. She helps call pitches and she works a lot with our freshman catcher. It’s really like having another coach

on the bench,” Wiesman said. One trademark about this McAuley team is their refusal to give up, according to Wiesman. The Mohawks were down 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh against Mercy April 9 but scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 4-3. McAuley was also down 50 to Mount Notre Dame before storming back to tie the game 5-5. The Mohawks eventually fell 75, but Wiesman was impressed with the comeback. “They just do not give up,” she said. The defense is another strong point for McAuley. The Mohawks have had a number of errorless games this season. Wiesman said the defense will keep McAuley in games in the postseason. For a team that hasn’t made it out of the sectional tournament in the past three seasons, winning in sectionals is one of the big goals for the Mohawks. “We can be there if we hit,” Wiesman said. “Our defense is making plays so if we bring our ‘A’ game and hit, we can get there.” While the Mohawks are in the midst of one of their most successful seasons, it’s also been a special year for Wiesman, who got her 100th win in a 9-0 win at


McAuley senior pitcher Kayla Owens throws to home during the warm-up before the April 29 game against Turpin.

Alter April 19. “At our next home game the girls had a bunch of balloons and stuff like that. It was really cool,” Wiesman said. “It’s those types of things that make this team feel like a family.” McAuley will say goodbye to seven members of that family on senior day May 8 against Northwest. Wiesman said fans who come out to the game will see what the team is made of. “This is a team with a lot of heart,” she said. “The school has a lot of spirit and we start the seniors on senior day so there will be a lot of players that want to show what they can do. There will be a lot of heart involved in that last home game.”

SIDELINES Make a Splash

The Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA will kick off the summer with Splash!, a free water safety lessons for kids ages 5 to 11 and their parents. The half-hour lessons will be from 3:30 - 5 p.m., June 1 to 4. Splash!

lessons will focus on backyard and community pool, boating, and beach safety. They will be taught by YMCA-certified aquatic instructors. Some of what the free sessions will offer will be information for parents on accident prevention, recognizing danger,

and what to do if an accident should occur. Children will receive introductory swim lessons, getting them comfortable around water, and learn about playing safe around pools. They will also receive the same swim tests that the YMCA requires of

its members that determines a safe water depth for children to swim. Pre-registration for Splash! is required and can be made by calling the Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA at 5217112. The branch is located at 9601 Winton Road.

Baseball players wanted

A few more players are needed for the Ohio Heat tournament-only 18U baseball team Players cannot turn 19 before May 1. If interested, contact Tim Flynn at 283-4937.

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Lancers fall to 14-5 after tough week La Salle loses 3 of 5 games to end April

By Anthony Amorini

Tough competition during the last 10 days of April provided a few speed bumps for La Salle’s baseball team following a 12-2 start for the Lancers. By April 30, the Lancers had fallen to 14-5 after dropping three of five games from April 21-30. But on the heels of a 712 season in 2009, head coach Joe Voegele remained positive about the direction his program is heading despite the recent losses. “(This season) is a big improvement over last year, but we lost a tough one yesterday and that set us back a little bit,” Voegele said following a La Salle loss to Elder, 12-9, April 28. Two days later, La Salle lost a heartbreaker Friday, April 30, to its rivals from Moeller, 3-2. Moeller, the top-ranked Division I team in Cincinnati

and Ohio, is ranked No. 7 in the United States, according to the USA Today Baseball Super 25. La Salle was ranked No. 4 in Cincinnati with 93 points according to the Enquirer’s Division I poll for week four while trailing No. 1 Moeller (140 points, 14of-14 first-place votes), No. 2 Lakota East (119 points) and No. 3 Elder (111 points). An early-season win March 31 over Elder, 7-4, provided La Salle with much of the momentum that helped propel the Lancers through its 12-2 start, Voegele said. Moeller (20-1, 8-0) leads the Greater Catholic League South Division standings with Elder (16-3, 7-2) in second and La Salle (14-5, 7-4) in third. “I think it gave them confidence and it proved to them they could beat just about anybody,” Voegele said of the win over Elder. “We can compete with anyone and these guys know it now.” La Salle’s impressive production at the plate has been key for the Lancers


La Salle High School senior pitcher Jake Meister took the mound during a home game against Elder on April 28. The Panthers scored seven runs in the first – thanks in part to several Lancer errors – before winning 12-9. this spring. The Lancers are carrying a .389 batting average and a .472 on-base percentage as a team. “Offensively, we will be a handful for anybody,” Voegele said while looking forward to the Division I postseason. “I think we will have some (tournament) success, but a lot of it will

depend on the draw. “We have a chance to do really well, and we’ve had a history of tournament success so we’ll see how it goes,” Voegele added. Batting fourth for La Salle, senior catcher Tyler Seibel leads the GCL South Division with 34 RBI and five homes runs. He is batting .410 with 25 hits, 17

runs, seven doubles and one triple. “I think he is probably the best all-around catcher in the GCL,” Voegele said of Seibel. “This year he is playing every day and he’s really benefited from that consistency.” Senior Michael Leytze and junior David Hebeler lead La Salle with 26 hits apiece this spring. Leytze, a co-captain for La Salle, is batting .464 with eight doubles, two triples, 16 RBI, 30 runs and seven stolen bases. “Leytze is our hottest hitter right now after struggling a bit at the beginning of the year,” Voegele said. Hebeler is batting .448 with five doubles, 21 RBI and 18 runs. “Hebeler is a catalyst for us and there is no doubt about that. He is one of the best players that nobody knows about,” Voegele said of the versatile Hebeler who can play at either corner in the infield or in the outfield. “He could probably pitch, too, if I needed it,” Voegele joked. “He is just an unusual player. I don’t think

I’ve ever had anyone like him and I’ve been coaching a long time.” Senior Reid Rizzo, La Salle’s other co-captain, is batting .393 with 22 hits, 22 RBI, seven stolen bases, 26 runs and one home run. Junior Zach Dillman is also batting above the .400 mark for La Salle with a .490 average, 25 hits, 13 RBI, 15 runs and one home run. “These guys have worked hard all year. They’ve been hitting and lifting since September to get to this point,” Voegele said of the Lancers’ potent offense. “Their confidence is way up this year because we are in much better condition and we are stronger.” From the mound, a number of players have contributed for La Salle including senior Jake Meister (3-1 with 1.75 ERA), senior Joe Andrews (3-0 with 2.67 ERA), senior Aaron Sparks (2-0 with 2.42 ERA), senior Joel Feldkamp (3-1 with 2.44 ERA) and junior Drew Campbell (1-1 with 4.07 ERA).

BRIEFLY • Aiken beat Woodward 10-6, April 27. Aiken’s Anthony Taper pitched 15 strikeouts, and Deanta Alexander was 2-4, hit a double and a triple and had three RBI. • St. Xavier beat Purcell Marian 12-1, April 27. St. X’s Conor Gilligan pitched 10 strikeouts, and Nick Weston was 2-2, and scored four runs. Purcell’s Cody Stich was 2-3. • Roger Bacon beat Purcell Marian 17-5 in six innings, April 28. Roger Bacon’s winning pitcher was Nathan Sketch, and Brian Bien was 35, hit a double and scored three runs. • Glen Este beat Winton Woods 12-2 in five innings, April 28. Winton Woods’ Jeff Dumas was 2-3. • Elder beat La Salle 12-9, April 28. La Salle’s Michael Leytze was 3-3, hit a double and scored three runs. • Finneytown beat Taylor 17-8, April 28. Finneytown’s Chris Simpson was the winning pitcher, and Nate Girdler hit a grandslam and had five RBI. • Roger Bacon beat Dayton Carroll 13-11, April 29.

Bacon’s winning pitcher was Brian Bien, and Ungerbuehler was 5-5, had two RBI and hit two doubles. • Seven Hills beat North College Hill 24-0, April 29. • St. Xavier beat McNicholas 12-8, April 29. St. X’s Nick Albers was the winning pitcher, and Conor Gilligan was 3-4 and had three RBI. • Finneytown beat Indian Hill 14-4 in six innings, April 29. Finneytown’s winning pitcher was Ben Steinnecker, and Nate Girdler was 3-3, scored two runs, hit a double and had five RBI.

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Last week’s question

Do you, or would you, allow your high school-age child to go on a spring break trip? Why or why not? “No. And for obvious reasons. I felt this way before the James tragedy: Kids who are not out of high school yet are not ready to go anywhere without supervision. Once you get out of high school, the world, right or wrong, says you are an adult. Your actions will ultimately prove or disprove that statement. But until you cross that threshold and make that transition, the world says you need supervision. And if what happened in Panama City isn’t a perfect example of that, then I don’t know what is. I don’t know why parents feel compelled to say yes to kids and help them grow up too fast. They grow up way too fast without our help.” C.J.G. “I’m certainly not letting a group of teenagers (stuffed into an SUV) drive by themselves. If they were to go, they would be going with parental chaperones.” C.A.S. “I have not, and would not! I have three children ages 16, 19 and 21 . At that age most do not have the self control to make the right choices when they have pressure from their friends. Then add in being away from home, alcohol that they can get a hold of one way or the other, and the ‘it can’t happen to me’ attitude. Spring break trips should be left for the college years, it will give them something to look forward too.” R.S.G.

Next question Is wind power a viable solution to our dependence on oil? Why or why not? Every week The Hilltop Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to with Chatroom in the subject line. “I would, knowing how mine would be raised, with whom they would be traveling and, of course, knowing where they were going. Would I worry? Sure, but you have to let them go sometime. This is another step on the road to adulthood.” M.S. “I would only allow my child to go on a spring break trip with adequate adult supervision.” D.K. “Not unless there was adequate and responsible adult supervision at all times. Kids of that age are not yet ready and or able to be responsible on their own.” B.N. “The answer is no. A high school-age child, although often working and being a responsible teenager, is not mature enough to handle a spring break vacation without adult supervision. “There is too much peer pressure to drink. Time and again things happen caused by too much drinking and tragedy happens. Once inebriated, decisions are not made with logic and too often drink-induced rapes and accidents from over-drinking occur. I would not put my child in that position.” K.K.

OFFICIALS Here is a list of addresses for your public officials:

Ohio Senate

• 8th District – Bill Seitz (R). In Cincinnati, call 357-9332, In Columbus, write to: Senate Building, Room No. 143, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio. 43215; or call 614-466-8068; e-mail: • 9th District – Eric Kearney (D). In Columbus, write to Senate Building, Room 057, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 or call 614466-5980; e-mail

Ohio House of Representatives

• 28th District – Connie Pillich (D), In Columbus, write 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call 614-466-8120; fax 614719-3582. E-mail: • 29th District – Louis Blessing (R), can be reached in Cincinnati at 3672 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251, or call 513-385-1234. In Columbus, write him at the Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6111 or call him at 614-466-9091; fax: 614-719-3583. E-mail:


Winning JETS

Members of the McAuley High School Junior Engineering Technical Society team members participated in the Test of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science engineering competition at the University of Cincinnati. The junior varsity team placed first in their division, and also won two awards for their egg drop device, “Peanut Butter and Jello.” National rankings will be announced soon. Pictured from front left are team members Samantha Nissen, Sidney Stacy, Marie Stevenot and Zoe Widmer; second row, Sara Krueger, Sarah Pierce, Abbey Thiemann and Samantha Nissen.

New ‘twist’ in law may help mom mom has always been there to nurture and take care of you. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give back and look out for her. If she’s having a hard time paying for her prescription drugs, tell her about the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the extra help available through Social Security. If your mother or any special woman in your life is covered by Medicare and has limited income and resources, she may be eligible for extra help to pay her monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments. The extra help is worth an average of $3,900 per year. Perhaps you’ve looked into the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for mom before and discovered that she did not qualify due to her income or resources. In 2010, the law changed. As Chubby Checker will tell you, a new “twist” in the law makes it easier than ever to qualify for the extra help. It’s easy to figure out whether mom is eligible for the extra help. To qualify, she must be receiving Medicare and: • Have income limited to $16,245 for an individual or $21, 855 for a married couple living together. Even if her annual income is higher, she still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments. Some examples in which income may be higher include if she or her husband support other family

members who live with them or have earnings from work; and • Have resources limited to $12,510 for an individual or $25,010 for a Jan married couple Demmerle living together. Community R e s o u r c e s such Press guest include things as bank columnist accounts, stocks and bonds. We do not count her house or car as resources. Thanks to this new “twist” in the law, we no longer count any life insurance policy she has as a resource and we no longer count as income any financial assistance she receives regularly from someone else to pay her household expenses like food, mortgage or rent, utilities or property taxes. Don’t take our word for it, see Chubby Checker’s rocking message at www.socialsecurity. gov/prescriptionhelp. While you’re there, you can fill out an easy-to-use online application for your mom at To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800772-1213 (TTY 1-800-3250778) and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to the nearest Social Securi-

About guest columns We welcome guest columns on all sides of an issue; however, potential columnists should reserve space in advance with Editor Marc Emral by calling 853-6264. Include with your column your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a two-to-three line biography outlining your expertise related to this topic. Either include a color headshot of yourself, or make arrangements when you call to have your photo taken here. We reserve the right to edit for length, accuracy and clarity. Columns may be no more than 500 words. Deadline: Noon Friday for next Wednesday’s issue. E-mail: memral@community Letters, columns and articles submitted to the Hilltop Press may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. ty office. If you’d like to learn more about the Medicare prescription drug plans and special enrollment periods, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800633-4227; TTY 1-877-4862048). Maybe it’s been a few years since mom has taken to the dance floor to do “The Twist.” But saving an extra $3,900 a year on prescription drugs may cause her to jump up and dance. What better gift could you give her this Mother’s Day? Jan Demmerle is the manager of the Cincinnati Downtown Social Security office. Do you have a question about Social Security? Would you like to schedule a free Social Security-related presentation for your workplace or organization? E-mail your question or speaker request to

The law may not protect against sports violence The lacrosse teams of the Ohio State University and Ashland University were locked in a very contentious game. Towards the end, an Ohio State player intercepted a pass and fired the ball in for a goal. At this time he was “bodychecked” from behind by Ashland defender William Kynast, who then stood over the downed player while taunting him. An Ohio State teammate, Brian Hanson, grabbed Kynast from behind in a bear hug. Kynast instantly flipped Hanson over his back, causing him to fall headfirst, resulting in quadriplegia. Brain Hanson’s lawyers brought a lawsuit against Ashland University. They argued the

coaches’ failure to properly supervise the players, which led to this tragedy. The Supreme Court of Ohio reversed a lower appeals court ruling. They held Hanson assumed the risk of injury when he grabbed Kynast, in protection of his teammate. The highest legal authority in our state ruled that body-contact sports such as lacrosse are inherently combative, and those who participate assume the risk of rough play. The justices went on to remark that it is difficult to distinguish when a player crosses that thin, perhaps invisible, line which separates assault from permissible sport aggressiveness.

As catastrophic as Hanson’s injury was, the court believed Kynast’s intention was not to injure and that his actions were “reflexive and instinctive.” Student athletes strive to make the team and, beyond that, win play time and perhaps school glory. Overpowering others is the essence of what they work to accomplish on the field. At the same time, each is charged with following the rules as well as those vague ideals we characterize as “sportsmanship.” We expect a lot of youths by assuming that, in the heat of battle, they will make split-second decisions in properly conducting themselves. They are expected to demon-

strate behaviors that will place them in that narrow, uncertain zone between “stick up for yourself” and “conduct yourself with decency.” Evaluating intent and determining a proper response are jobs we usually entrust to authority figures. It’s often complex, despite Justice Holmes’ jocular observation that even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and being stumbled over. Congress may debate for weeks the wisdom of a military response. Judges have the luxury of time and settled law in considering situations such as Kynast’s belligerence. Adults engaged in the daily competition to earn a living must tread an ever-moving line in nav-

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igating the written and unwritten rules of their workplace. We are expected to Thomas be very ambitious – but not Gelwicks too ambitious. Community A youth Press guest playing sports must expect columnist varying degrees of violence. It is up to them to abruptly determine whether to respond and, if so, precisely how. It may be an unreasonable burden, but it is the way of sports and the way of the law. Thomas Gelwicks is an attorney. He lives in Blue Ash.


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The area behind Cottonwood Elementary was cleared thanks to this group from the Finneytown High School Key Club and family and friends. From left: Abbey Mahan, Jenny Besserman, Taylor Tomaro, Lilly Volz, Jenny Evans, Katie Bramble, Daniel Reuter, Robby Schwartz, Lynn Volz and Casey Volz. Not shown are Brady Volz and Brad Besserman.

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Susan Steffen and daughter Marlie, 15 months, watch the workers at Brentwood Park.

Grant Harden, 3, pulls a dolly across a field during the cleanup at Brentwood Park.

Finneytown and Springfield Township residents worked together on projects during the April 24 Great American Cleanup. More than 100 hundred volunteers were expected to be out picking up litter, cleaning the gateways into the community and working on beautification projects. About 40 volunteers painted the swing set, put in new picnic benches, added a drain system, planted flowers, repaired the concrete picnic pad, installed bat houses and replaced the players benches from the baseball field at Brentwood Park. Residents hosted fundraisers and Springfield Township received a $500 grant to complete the projects.

Putting a sleeve on a drainage pipe at Brentwood Park are, from left, Bill Davidson, Matt Davidson, Christoper O’Connell, Tyler Rasp, Eric Davidson, Colin Mockabee and Dan Deitsch.

Lee Stultz cuts through rusted bolts on picnic tables in Brentwood park during the Great American cleanup.

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Finneytown resident Trent Howell, who owns and operates TK Electrical Services, uses a trencher to dig the trench for the drainage system at the Brentwood Park cleanup.

The Traubert family – dad David, mom Julie along with Finn, 5, and Maggie, 7 – help clean debris and trash from the creek that runs through Brentwood Park.

Jeannine Pearson and her granddaughter Jasmine, 9, help with the park cleanup at Brentwood Park.

Raising a bat house built by Scouts are John Suer, Brad Steffen and Dan Deitsch as Kaiya Steffen watches.

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Royal Rounds, 2-4 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 9292427. Greenhills.


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


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


Frogs for Little Naturalists, 10:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Short nature hike, craft and snack. Ages 3-5. $4. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 5217275; Colerain Township.


Bike Night, 6-10 p.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 3737 Stonecreek Blvd., Portion of parking lot reserved for motorcycles only. Includes music, beer, vendors and food. Benefits weekly local charity. Free. Through July 29. 923-9464. Colerain Township. F R I D A Y, M A Y 7


Arbor Day Ceremony, 9 a.m., Village of Greenhills, 11000 Winton Road, To commemorate 25th anniversary as a Tree City, a silver linden will be planted in the lot at the corner of Farragut and Hadley. With Mayor Fred Murrell and Winton Woods Middle School students. 8252100. Greenhills.


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


Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar - White Oak, 5872 Cheviot Road, Includes light hors d’oeuvres. $10. 923-1300; White Oak.


New Introductory Course on Buddhism, 7-8 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Resident teachers discuss fundamental principals of Buddhism and meditation for beginners and highlight importance of spirituality in life and way to integrate teachings in daily life. Each session on different subject. Includes Q&A at end of session. Free. 385-7116; Colerain Township.


Bob Cushing, 9:30 p.m., Barnesburg Tavern and Grille, 5761 Springdale Road, 7411200; Colerain Township.


Mia Carruthers and the Retros EP Release Show, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Doors open 6:30 p.m. $10 with CD. 825-8200; Forest Park.


Fantastic Farm Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Parky’s Farm, 10037 Daly Road, Hands-on educational activities and live demonstrations. Includes goat milking, sheep shearing, vegetable planting and more. Pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Free, vehicle permit required. Large groups call 521-3276, ext. 100 in advance. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-3276. Springfield Township.


Willy Wonka Jr., 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church, 5361 Dry Ridge Road, Parish Center. $5. Presented by St. John the Baptist School. 385-7970. Colerain Township.


Friday Night Float, 7:30 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Pointers on kayaking and discuss history of lake. Participants must fit properly in provided personal flotation devices. Includes refreshments. For Ages 8 and older. $10, vehicle permit required. Registration required online by May 5. 5217275; Springfield Township.


EVENTS Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Hills United Methodist Church, 6700 Winton Road. Finneytown. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 8


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. 946-7755; Green Township. Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road, Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Environmental Services. 946-7755; Colerain Township.


Skirts and Shirts Square Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1927 W. Kemper Road, One of Cincinnati’s oldest square dance clubs. Formerly Hayloft Club. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Springfield Township.

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Ultimate Rock and Roll Party, 6:30 p.m.12:30 a.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Music by the Corner Cats, the Cincy Rockers, DeJaVu and the Cheap Thrill Band. Includes lasagna dinner. Ages 21 and up. Benefits American Legion Post 530. $25 couple, $15. Registration required. Presented by Hugh Watson Event Center. 7285335. Greenhills.


Irela, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With the Woosters, A Wayward Heart and Vanity Theft. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.


Cinco de Mayo, 9:30 p.m., Steak Nina, 9176 Winton Road, With The Sonic Sledgehammers. Ages 21 and up. 522-6166. Finneytown.


Beavers in Ohio, 1 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Life, history and status of beavers in Ohio. Free; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.


Willy Wonka Jr., 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church. $5. Presented by St. John the Baptist School. 385-7970. Colerain Township.


Freundschaftsabend Dinner Dance, 611:30 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Zigeuner Ball (Gypsy Ball). Dinner served 6 p.m. Dance begins 7:30 p.m. Cash bar and snacks available. Music by Alpen Echos Band. Dress in Gypsy attire. $16, $8 dance only. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 385-2098; Colerain Township.


Single Parents and Widowers United In Ministry Encounter, 9-9:30 p.m., Light of the World Ministries, 5915 Colerain Ave., Daytime panels, submit questions to panelists when you register. Bishop Larry Trotter, special guest. Praise and worship by Psalmist Doris Stokes. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Ministry With A Purpose. 829-0269; Colerain Township.


EVENTS Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Northern Hills United Methodist Church. $4 bag sale at 11 a.m. Finneytown. S U N D A Y, M A Y 9


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 9467755; Green Township.


Mia Carruthers and the Retros will play a CD release show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 with CD at the door. Carruthers is a graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts and a cast member of MTV’s “Taking the Stage.” For more information, call 825-8200 or visit Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 946-7755; Colerain Township.


Mom’s Day Boat Ride, 7 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Ride on Winton Queen and learn about moms in nature. $4, $3 children. Registration required by May 5. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.


Karaoke Idol Contest, 7-11 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Doors open 6 p.m. Ages 21 and up to enter contest. Kitchen and bar open. Free. Presented by Hugh Watson Event Center. 728-5335. Greenhills. M O N D A Y, M A Y 1 0


Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, First Financial Bank, 7522 Hamilton Ave., Free. 923-1985. Mount Healthy.


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

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North College Hill Community Concerns Meeting, 7 p.m., North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., All residents welcome. Presented by North College Hill Community Concerns Group. 521-3462. North College Hill. Continentals Round Dance Club, 7-9:30 p.m., Hilltop United Methodist Church, 1930 W. Galbraith Road, Phase III-V level round dance club. $6. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; North College Hill.


Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth soled shoes. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Springfield Township.


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

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CIVIC Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Presented by White Oak-Monfort Heights Kiwanis. 3853780. Green Township. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Round Dancing with D and C, 7-9 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 10416 Bossi Lane, Round Dancing with Cuers: Dick & Cinda Reinhart. Ballroom figures: waltz, twostep, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. 929-2427; Springfield Township. T H U R S D A Y, M A Y 1 3

SEMINARS College Financial Planning Workshop, 78:30 p.m., Winton Woods High School, 1231 W. Kemper Road, Library. Workshop about financial planning for college for parents of all freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Topics include: Impact of planning for future college expenses, strategies to lower out of pocket expenses and maximize eligibility for aid, FAFSA and all other forms, private schools, negotiating and more. Free. Registration required, available online. Presented by Connexus. 753-1290; Forest Park.


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


Avid Reader’s Cafe, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Road, Adults. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4478. Forest Park.


Partner Golf League, 2:30-5:45 p.m., Beech Creek Golf Course, 1831 Hudepohl Lane, Team of two play nine holes of golf each week and compete against other partners. $19. Registration required. 522-8700. Mount Healthy. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 1 1



Catch the last few days of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit of color photography and celebrate Mother’s Day with “Starburst: Color Photography in America." The exhibit, through Sunday, May 9, shows how the common snapshot becomes high art with photos taken through the 1970s. The art museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Special Mother's Day activities will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9, including family portraits by Robert Flischel, a silhouette artist, an art-making activity for children, music by the Chris Comer Trio and brunch in the Terrace Café from noon to 3 p.m. Brunch requires reservations. Call 513-639-2986. Visit Pictured is “Untitled,” by Jan Groover, 1978. A chromomeric print, part of “Starburst: Color Photography in America.”

Handcrafted Greeting Cards Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Theme: Mother’s Day/Father’s Day. All ages. $10. More information at Presented by Springfield Township. 385-1637; Springfield Township.


Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Just One More, 7511 Hamilton Ave., Free. 923-1985. Mount Healthy.


The Appalachian Community Development Association is hosting the Appalachian Festival Friday-Sunday, May 7-9, at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. The event features artisans, crafts, dance and food vendors, storytelling and bluegrass music entertainment. The event is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Fantastic Friday pricing is: $4, $2 seniors and children. Admission Saturday and Sunday is $8, $4 ages 55 and up, $2 ages 4-11, free ages 3 and under; parking $6. Call 251-3378 or visit Above, Leah Head participates in the Living History demonstration at the festival.

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Those who can’t love their neighbors as themselves The scriptures direct us to “love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew: 22:39). The “as yourself,” is usually considered a fait accompli. We presuppose we do love ourselves. Yet, myriads of us don’t. And if we don’t, relationships, friendships and marriages are negatively affected. Over the last century psychology has recognized an almost epidemic-like rise in narcissism. This term is misunderstood by most. Narcissistic persons are imagined as people over-dosed on pride, absorbed in themselves and oblivious to the needs and feelings of anymore else. This persona is a veneer, an unconscious strategy, a compensation to hide their core perception of their inferiority.

Narcissists usually come from adequate-appearing families. They are impoverished, nevertheless, by the lack of appreciation of self conveyed to them in their upbringing. They did not get enough attention from parents or guardians, especially attention in the way they needed it. Narcissism is not too much self but, rather, not enough self. As young children, their true self was not acknowledged and fostered. They were not permitted enough authentic and spontaneous expression of who they really are. Author and psychotherapist Stephanie Dowrick states in her book, “Intimacy & Solitude,” “The narcissistic adult is not one who has been ‘spoilt’ by too much

attention, but someone whose life has been spoilt because those who cared for him in infancy and childhood were unable to see or know who he was, and to respond to that. Instead they saw a reflection of their own needs, or someone who intruded upon their own needs.” This treatment gradually forms and launches into life an empty person who doesn’t know who he is, who feels inadequate, and certainly doesn’t (as scripture asks) love the pathetic person he perceives himself to be. So, he or she learns to conceal their sad embarrassment by acting superior in their demeanor, words and behavior. They seek to please to gain acceptance. They thrive on constant praise and approval to prop up their concocted image.

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The affirmations and love offered to narcissists never seem to be enough. If early emotional neglect from significant people implied to them they were unlovable and worthless, they are likely to be distrustful of the people who claim to love or admire them now. Why? Dowrick says, “This is because it is impossible to accept the love of others until you love your own self.” What are people to do who are in a relationship with a narcissistically-tinged person? First, the narcissist must become aware (perhaps with professional help) of his or her condition and be willing to work with their own inner life. Second, if their partner in the relationship genuinely loves them, then the partner (perhaps also


with professional assistance) can learn suitable affirmations and expressions of love to be of help in their growth. Hope for Father Lou progress comes Guntzelman from the intense personal work of Perspectives the narcissist, the grace and love of the Creator and the genuine love of their partner. Real love is creative. It helps to both reveal and actualize as yet unrecognized potentials in the person loved. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Cincinnati Symphony club has grand time at April Affair The Cincinnati Symphony Club presented their annual April Affair fashion show April 8 at the Kenwood Country Club. This year’s theme focused on “Designer Fashions on a Dime” and featured fashions available at the Snooty Fox. Donna Speigel, owner of the Snooty Fox, provided commentary for the fashion show. The event celebrated longtime Cincinnati Symphony Club member Char-

lotte Deupree, a prominent professional model, who has volunteered each year for the April Affair, organizing models for the many stores whose fashions have been showcased throughout the years. The Fashion Show included a shopping boutique featuring jewelry from the Silver Lady and Mary Nippert Jewelers; handmade one-of-a- kind plush toys from Abbydid, crafts from Ten Thousand Villages

and JoAnne Abel. Event proceeds benefit programs of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The Cincinnati Symphony Club was established 87 years ago to support Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra programs (including the Lollipop concerts for children), to collaborate with other Greater Cincinnati music organizations, and to promote the interest and understanding of music in our community. The efforts of

Symphony Club volunteers, along with business and cultural organizations’ support, has made April Affair a successful perennial fund raiser. Marjorie Valvano (of Kenwood) was chairwoman alongside co-chairwomen Evi McCord (of Mount

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What moms are asking for – recipes Mother’s Day is coming up, so I wanted to devote this column to all the requests from our Community Press and Recorder moms. And I know I preach this all the time, but remember all the “moms,” biological or otherwise, who’ve been a blessing to you. They come in many forms and guises! Give them a call, a card, or an invitation to share your table.

Grilled chicken breast with watermelonjalapeño salsa

For Georgeann Kennedy who wanted a fruit salsa recipe. I’m going her one better with this duo. Jessie, my daughter-inlaw, made this and it’s a favorite at everyone’s house now. The salsa is great with just about any kind of grilled meat. If you can’t find mango, then papaya will work well.


1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon cumin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, minced Four 6-ounce chicken breasts Put together in bag and marinate in refrigerator for at least four hours.


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For Mrs. Ratterman. Check out our Web version for potato pancakes like Perkins restaurant at Now, don’t turn up your nose at frozen shredded potatoes. These are actually my preference in this dish, since they keep their color and are ready to go. 1 pound shredded fresh potatoes, or frozen potatoes, thawed and squeezed very dry 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons flour or bit more to hold mixture together Salt and pepper or sea-

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Tips from readers: Cottage cheese pie

Boy, the recipes keep pouring in for this heirloom pie. Thanks to everyone who is sharing. We’ll keep an active archive of them. Now some folks have been having trouble with the baking time on the cottage cheese pie with Splenda printed recently. Joan Maegley of Delhi called me as hers was baking – I told her to continue to bake it at 350 and if it browned too much before it was done, to cover edges with foil. Joan reported back that it took about 1 hour and 15

minutes (original Rita recipe said Heikenfeld 30 minutes). “It Rita’s kitchen was perfect,” she said. If any of you are having trouble with any of the cottage cheese pie recipes and the baking time, just bake it until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out fairly clean.

Rooting out recipes

• Requests for Ruth Lyons coffeecake are still coming in. You can e-mail or call us (check out the info at the end of this column) if you want the recipe. I have been getting so many requests I can’t keep up! • Sauerbraten gravy too light. Mrs. Ratterman makes this yummy dish “but the gravy is too light – any way to darken it without using Kitchen Bouquet?” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.



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Forest Park residents who have served in the U.S. wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or who are serving now: Lynn Ashley wants to hear from you. Ashley, a veteran of World War II, wants her community to recognize these recent veterans in a public ceremony, as the City of Fairfield has done. Her first step is to get a list of names and contact information. She is also asking for volunteers to help her plan and organize this effort. All information or questions should be sent to

Celebrate spring

The College Hill annual Spring Fling Art Show and Sale will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the big Gen Kress parking lot behind College Hill Coffee Co., Schwartz Jewelers, Bacall’s and Marty’s Hops & Vines. Local artists will line the perimeter of the lot with their beautiful wares. Fiber art, jewelry, pottery, photography, bird baths, paintings, mixed media art, drawings, tile work -- even hand-crafted guitars showcasing beautiful woodworking and design -- and much more!

Car, rummage combine for fundraiser

The Finneytown High School Class of 2012 will host a Car Wash and Rummage Sale from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Whitaker Elementary, 7400 Winton Road. All money raised will support next year’s prom. The class is also asking for donations of rummage sale items. Anything that has been lying around the house collecting dust would be greatly appreciated. Remember, one person’s garbage is another’s treasure. Contact Heather Neher at for pickup.

Spring singing

The Choral Department of La Salle High School will have a Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in the La Salle gymnasium. There will be performances by the La Salle Vocal Ensemble, La Salle Chorale, and the La Salle & McAuley Show Choir along with a special guest appearance by The Southern Gateway Chorus. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5 at the door. For information, e-mail Cindy Webb:

as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger! effort. Now in its 18th year, Stamp Out Hunger! has collected more than 1.9 million pounds of food since its inception in 1993. Residents are invited to participate by leaving a sturdy bag containing canned goods or non-perishable foods next to their mailbox before the time of their regular mail delivery May 8. Staple items such as canned meat products (tuna, chicken, ham, spaghetti with meatballs, etc.), peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, soups, and macaroni and cheese are particularly needed. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Local letter carriers will collect donations from homes throughout the region and deliver them to the Freestore Foodbank. There, the food will be distributed through a network of more than 350 non-profit partner agencies serving the Freestore Foodbank’s 20 county distribution area. For more information about the 18th Annual Stamp Out Hunger! effort, visit

sponsoring NCH day at the ball game. Game time is 7:05 p.m. but you will want to be there early to enjoy the pregame festivities. Come and see our mayor throw out the first pitch, participate in between inning games in the stands and enjoy a fireworks display after the game. Tickets are $8 and are available at NCH city hall. Tickets will also be sold at the Memorial Day Parade. Look for the recreation signs.

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Finneytown Athletic Association (FAA) Youth Cheerleading is available for students in K-sixth grade. Registrations should have been sent home through Brent and Whitaker schools, but is available at and in the lobby of Kroger’s in Brentwood. Registrations can be mailed in. Registration fees are $95 and include uniforms from bow to toe – uniform, shoes and poms. Registration deadline is May 31. Registrations will be accepted until June 12 but will include a $25 late fee. After June 12, registrations will not be accepted-. The FAA will not be accept check for registrations. Registrations will need to be cash or money orders only. For information, contact Dianna Watson at 521-1525 or

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A benefit for the Gerald Alcorn family will be 8 p.m.midnight Saturday, May 15, at Assumption Parish Center, 7711 Joseph Court, Mount Healthy. Gerald Alcorn died unexpectedly on Feb. 10 at age 61. Expenses surrounding his death mounted into the thousands of dollars. There will be beer, pop, snacks and finger food, and gift baskets will be raffled. A split the pot and other door prizes will be part of the benefit. Admission if $15 per person and $25 per couple. Music will be provided by The Remains. And the Kentucky Ohio Xtreme cheerleaders, the cheerleaders for the Commandos football team, will perform.

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Discourse in Civil War fashion held at public library March was Women’s History Month and children’s librarian Millie Henley arranged for the Ladies Living Historical Society Fashion Show at the Forest Park Library. To see beautifully crafted Civil War-era dresses and memorabilia of photographs, parasols, beaded bags and the like reminded me of the Smithsonian. The first thing I noticed was a mannequin wearing a gorgeous ivory colored dress made by Wyoming’s Donna Dinkelaker. Did you ever wonder how the ladies of that period cared for those voluminous dresses? Read on and you’ll learn that and lots more. Donna invited me to

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Dresses were not meant to touch the skin, and under sleeves and collars were easier to remove and launder than the outer dress. Top-shelf fabric was used for the hems, which were replaced when they became frayed. These outfits were designed so that they could be altered to fit others. Stockings were hand knit. Hoops kept you cool to a point, and freed ladies to wear from 15-16 petticoats. Clothes were a sign of good character. Older women abstained from gaudy colors and feathers. Mature women covered their heads with bonnets. Hankies were worn on the waist, and “the whole nine yards” went into dresses and outfits. Most women of the era made their own clothes,

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Helen Clark

Helen Dunbar Clark, 94, died April 27. Survived by son Ron (Nancy) Clark; granddaughter Margaret Shelby; great-grandchildren Jennifer Kidwell, Robert Shelby, William Quimby; great-great-grandchildren Timmy, Ada, Olivia Kidwell; sister Alva Storer. Preceded in death by husband William Clark, son Robert Clark. Services were May 1 at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Ray Dreyling

Ray Dreyling Jr., 46, died April 21. He was a carpenter for Mariners LandDreyling ing. Survived by wife Mary Ann Dreyling; son Michael

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(Meaghan) Dreyling; siblings Bob, George Murphy, Richard, Gary, Barry, Lita Dreyling, Sandee Franklin; three grandchildren. Services were April 24 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

William Hart

William M. Hart, 77, Springfield Township, died April 27. He was a chemical engineer with Procter & Gamble. He was an Army veteran, a soccer referee, treasurer and president of the Ohio Youth Soccer Association, and president of the Finneytown Athletic Association. Survived by wife Shirley Hart; children Cara (late Steve) Hart Jones, David Hart; grandchildren Jessica, Morgan Hart. Preceded in death by siblings David, Carol Hart. Services were May 1 at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to Northminster Presbyterian Church or Special Olympics, 4777 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 19, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Joan Helmheckel

Mary Joan Howe Helmheckel, 79, Springfield Township, died April 25. Survived by husband Tom Helmheckel; daughters Linda Suhr, Nancy Corman, Mary, Rita Helmheckel, Jean Schrantz, Kathy Hawk; siblings Rose Anne Bratton, the Rev. Norbert, John, Paul Howe, Carolyn Schnitkey; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two grandchildren, siblings Ruth, William Howe. Services were April 28 at the Church of the Assumption. Arrangements by Neidhard-Gillen Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

William McDaniel

William David McDaniel, 66, died April 25. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Survived by siblings Louis “Buddy,” Phyllis McDaniel, Patricia (Truman) Geeslin, Norma (Donald)


About obituaries Harrod. Preceded in death by wife Mary McDaniel. Services were April 28 at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home.

John Nolan

John R. Nolan, 82, Springfield Township, died April 26. He was a member of the 25s Club. Survived by wife Opal Nolan; children Janice Upton, Greg (Antoinette), Susan Stewart; grandson Bill (Andrea) Hodge Jr.; greatgrandson Bill III, Gabriela Hodge; brothers-in-law Sherman (Carol), Delbert Hartley; many cousins and nephews. Services were April 29 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Bryan Riechman

Bryan J. Riechman, 31, Springfield Township, died April 22. Survived by father Joe Riech-

man; siblings Allison, Christina, Dennis (Michele), Eric Riechman; nephews and nieces Cameron, Allen Richter, Ava Riechman; aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by mother Becki Riechman. Services were April 27 at St. Bartholomew. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or St. Xavier High School Music Department.

Emma Rutledge

Emma Calloway Rutledge, 79, died April 24. Survived by children William (Joyce), Christopher (Heidi) Rutledge, Betty “Pennie” (Peter) Bally, Cheryl (Keith) Osborne; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Jack Rutledge, daughter Carol Buck. Services were April 27 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home.

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 for pricing details. Airy, died April 23. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam. Survived by daughters Amy (Brian) Kish, Bette (Timothy Jackson) Tergerson; grandsons Dillon, Darrin Jackson; mother Patricia Fugazzi; siblings Sue (Blake Hopkins) Fisher, Sister Diana, John (Ida) Tergerson Patsy (Charles) Hamilton; partner Charlotte Fox. Father figure to Danielle Harrison, uncle to many. Preceded in death by father Auldy Tergerson, sister Bette Tergerson Services were April 28 at St. Therese Little Flower. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Alee Foster, born 1956, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, assault and possession of drugs, 5742 Hamilton Ave., April 21. Christopher J. Wright, born 1975, assault, 1514 Cedar Ave., April 19. Lisa Ann Grove, born 1971, possession of drug paraphernalia, 6090 Capri Drive, April 22. Orlando Bush, born 1987, possession of drugs, 8201 Daly Road, April 24. Eddie A. Shelton, born 1989, theft $300 to $5,000, 1207 W. Galbraith Road, April 25. Thomas J. Perry, born 1990, theft under $300, 6127 Hamilton Ave., April 23. Shawn Sims, born 1976, unlawful restraint, domestic violence and obstruction of official business, 5365 Bahama Terrace, April 21. Amanda Collier, born 1981, possession of open flask, 5424 Bahama Terrace, April 14. Paul Lackey, born 1988, aggravated menacing, 2366 W. North Bend Road, April 25. Raymond L. Curtis, born 1968, assault, 5617 Kirby Ave., April 21. Rebecca Potter, born 1985, possession of open flask, 5424 Bahama Terrace, April 14. Robert Davis, born 1977, possession of drugs, 5632 Buttercup Lane, April 16. Steven J. Phifer, born 1982, falsification, possession of criminal tools, possession of drugs, trafficking and burglary, 4867 Hawaiian Terrace, April 23.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

951 W. North Bend Road, April 19.

Breaking and entering

1307 Cedar Ave., April 20.


1124 Groesbeck Road, April 18. 1194 N. Lynnebrook Drive, April 16. 1616 Marlowe Ave., April 19. 2390 W. North Bend Road, April 23. 4820 Hawaiian Terrace, April 20. 4883 Hawaiian Terrace, April 15. 4951 Hawaiian Terrace, April 21. 5113 Colerain Ave., April 16.

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Pocket knife and change of unknown value removed at 11615 Geneva, April 11. License plate of unknown value removed at 1080 Parkridge, April 12. Wallet and contents valued at $100 removed at 1231 W. Kemper , April 14. Beer valued at $47 removed at 693 Northland Blvd., April 20.

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



lence at 980 Galsworthy, April 15. Allen Couch, 42, 386 Branch St., drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, April 14. Geron Howze, 21, 11686 Hanover, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia at 11686 Hanover, April 13. Tyler Vandemark, 18, 330 N. Miami , theft at 200 Cincinnati Mills, April 14.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened and glasses valued at $120 removed at 890 Waycross, April 25.


Tree set on fire at 830 Heatherstone, April 15.


Victim struck at 1217 Omniplex, April 17.

Criminal damaging

License plate frame damaged at 44 Versailes , April 14.

Domestic violence

Female victim reported at Cincinnati Mills, April 14. Female victim reported at Fresno, April 16.

1341 W. North Bend Road, April 17. 4991 Hawaiian Terrace, April 17. 5399 Eastknoll Court, April 20.

Valencia Moore, 21, 5235 Holland Drive, carrying concealed weapon at 8400 block of Winton Road, March 31. Two juveniles, assault, disorderly conduct at Adams Road, March 29. Gerri Graham, 44, 8847 Cabot Drive, theft, disorderly conduct at 9100 block of Winton Road, March 30. Aimee Alsip, 31, 4738 Doberrer Ave., obstructing official business at Winton Road, March 26. Juvenile, domestic violence at Daly Road, March 27. Juvenile, carrying concealed weapon at Desoto Drive, March 27. Joseph Herzog, 43, 680 Bridle Path Drive, disorderly conduct at West Galbraith and Daly roads, March 28. Three Juveniles, criminal trespassing at Winton Road, March 27. Jacob Huenagel, 18, 6581 Kirkland Ave., menacing at 7800 block of Kirkland Ave., March 28. Robert Harris, 21, domestic violence at 8200 block of Galbraith Pointe Lane, March 31. John Turrietta, 31, theft at 10891 Hamilton Ave., March 30. Lucas Hunter, 22, 10928 Birchridge Drive, disorderly conduct at 10928 Birchridge Drive, April 10. Juvenile, disorderly conduct at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, April 9. Kenneth Norman, 49, 51 Aspen Court, drug possession at 6200 block of Simpson Avenue, April 9. Jerome Thomas, 55, 2029 First Ave., drug possession at 6200 block of Simpson Avenue, April 9. Danny Mason, 54, 2511 Lincoln Ave.,

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theft at 10800 block of Hamilton Avenue, April 10. Alphonso Allen, 24, 8678 Mockingbird Lane, drug trafficking, drug possession, driving under suspension at Daly Road, April 10. Four Juveniles, disorderly conduct at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, April 7. Delaquan Harvey, 23, 2159 Roosevelt Ave., drug possession at Betts and Innes avenues, April 8. Dylan Tuttle, 25, 8553 Daly Road, drug possession, drug trafficking at 8553 Daly Road, April 6.

Attempted theft

Reported at 10960 Hamilton Ave., March 30.

Breaking and entering

Money taken at 8522 Winton Road, March 31.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

Juvenile reported jewelry, cell phone stolen at gunpoint at 6200 block of Betts Avenue, March 26.

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May 5, 2010

Clovernook gallery to host May Show for local artists


Setting out the shoes the Aiken High School Choir Club collected for people in Haiti are, top row from right, Jidon Williams, Felisha Digby, Breanna Bolton, Curtneisha Brown; middle row, Jessica Harper; and bottom row, Chaunte Johnson, Kayla Brown.

Aiken choir collects shoes for Haiti The new choir club at Aiken High school has not forgotten its neighbors in Haiti. Recently, Aiken High school conducted a Shoes for Haiti drive, collecting footwear for those in Haiti who have been affected by

the earthquake that struck that country several months ago. Members of the club – which has eight memebrs – collected 60 pairs of shoes between, topping all the other clubs and organizations at Aiken.



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The shoes will be taken to the Freestore in downtown Cincinnati where they, along with other items collected by the charity, will be sent to Haiti. The choir club is under the direction of Marcellene Winfrey.


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The Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists (GCDA) will be holding their monthly meeting on Sunday, May 16, at 11:45. Sherida England (Okeana) and JoAnn Sharpshair (Mack) having fun at the GCDA weekend painting retreat. JoAnn was the chairman of this year’s painting retreat, “Painters of the Caribbean.” The successful retreat was attended by 95 people from as far as Pahrump, NV and Atlanta, GA.

Decorative artists meet The Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists (GCDA) will have its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 16, at the Springfield Township Senior Center located at 9158 Winton Road, Finneytown. Jude Creager will be teaching the two-hour class in watercolor. Reservations for the class must be made before attending the meeting. The members range in experience from beginners to certified teachers with many years of experience in the art of watercolor, sketching, oils, colored pencil and acrylics. Members are from the

entire Tristate area, new members, guests and the public are welcome. The group also sponsors painting classes, seminars and an annual retreat offsite. Go to for the newsletter and more details on registering for the paint class that day. The members and guests have recently returned from a three-day painting retreat in West Harrison, Ind. The theme for this year’s retreat was “Painters of the Caribbean” with decorations, menus and entertainment centering around this theme.


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