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Mercy Health cuts ribbon at new West Side hospital By Kurt Backscheider


West Side’s new hospital will be ready for patients in a matter of days. Mercy Health – West Hospital, a 650,000-square-feet, fullservice hospital off of North Bend Road near Interstate 74 in Green Township, will open to patients Sunday, Nov. 10. Elected officials and employees of Mercy Health and Catholic Health Partners gathered at the hospital last month for a ribbon cutting and ceremonial grand opening of the facility.


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“Mercy Health is honored to be bringing state-of-the-art, quality, comprehensive health care, delivered with compassion, to the West Side of Cincinnati,” said Yousuf Ahmad, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health. “Today is a huge testament. It’s a testament that we continued to believe in the West See MERCY, Page A2

Springfield Township resident Bill Shroyer with one of his pineapple plants at W.H. Schroyer Nursery at 9791 Winton Road. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Springfield nursery has a pineapple plantation By Jennie Key

Mercy Health hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 15, at its new Mercy Health – West Hospital in Green Township. Cutting the ribbon are, from left: Anne Kelly, Mike Stephens, Dr. William Beckmeyer, David Linnenberg, Michael Connelly, James May, Tim Ingram, Yousuf Ahmad, Patrick Kowalski and Larry Bagby. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

NOMINATE ‘NEIGHBORS WHO CARE’ Every family has its holiday traditions. At The Community Press, we annually recognize those folks who go out of their way to help a neighbor or friend. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we need your help. If you know someone who deserves some praise for helping others, tell us about them. Send the information to or Put “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line and include your name, community and contact information, as well as the nominee’s name, community and contact information. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 22. We look forward to hearing about them.

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It started on a whim. Springfield Township resident Bill Shroyer took the top of a pineapple his wife had cut and stuck it in a pot of soil. It grew. And grew some more, until it was big enough to produce pineapples of its own. “I haven’t thrown away a pineapple crown since,” he said. He plants them. And now he has a mini plantation of pineapples. There are more than 30 plants, all capable of producing fruit that he tends at the family’s garden center, W.H. Shroyer Nursery. They are currently gathered into one of the greenhouses for the winter, but they are bushy and yielding a small crop of pineapples, some the size of a big fist, others full-sized and ripening to a golden yellow. Bill’s wife, Wanda Lee, says it’s no surprise her husband can grow pineapples. The family grows all kinds of plants in the family garden center. Since his first endeavor, he’s learned a little about what works. He uses a rooting hormone to start the plants and stave off fungus. As they grow, he repots them, separates them, and his plantation is increasing. Bill, who has seen pineapples growing in Hawaii, says they are hardy; they aren’t bothered by insects and they don’t require a lot of water. They like sandy, well-drained soil. And they prefer to be outside. “They seem to mature faster outside,” he said. He says the pineapples are not fast-growing. They take three to five weeks to develop

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Pineapples grow on the plants and the Shroyers allow them to fully ripen before harvest. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

and ripen. But he also says they are worth the work. They don’t sell the plants. They eat the pineapples. “You will never taste a sweeter pineapple,” he said. “Unlike the ones you get at the store, we don’t harvest them until they are dead ripe.” Bill said he enjoys showing his pineapples to visitors, and he gets requests to see them. “It’s fun and I enjoy them,” he said.

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Road improvements to help manage traffic at new hospital By Kurt Backscheider

GREEN TWP. — The infrastructure improvements along North Bend Road will soon be tested when the new Mercy Health – West Hospital opens. The 650,000-squarefeet hospital off of North

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Bend Road near Interstate 74 in Green Township will open to patients Sunday, Nov. 10. Lambing In anticipation of the hospital opening, Green Township and the Ohio Department of Transportation completed road projects this summer and fall to accommodate increased traffic and improve the flow of vehicles through the area. “I think it’s worked out quite well,” Green Township Public Services Director Joe Lambing said. “I think it’s a good de-


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sign.” The township project, which was completed ahead of schedule this summer, widened the section of North Bend Road in front of the hospital, between Boomer Road and Kleeman Road. North Bend now has two lanes in each direction, with designated turn lanes to Mercy Health Boulevard – the road leading to the hospital. Lambing said the project also included the addition of a traffic signal at North Bend Road and Mercy Health Boulevard, as well as a traffic signal and turn lanes at North Bend Road and Kleeman Road. “We made major improvements at the intersection of Kleeman and North Bend,” he said. The work the township did at Boomer Road and North Bend complements ODOT’s project, which involved reconfiguring the entrance ramp from North Bend to eastbound I-74, in front of St. Ignatius Church, by cre-

Crews on the eastbound ramp onto Interstate 74 at North Bend Road worked this summer to finish improvements to the entrance ramps.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ating a continuous lane for accessing the highway. The ODOT project also included improvements to the entrance ramp to eastbound I-74 from southbound North Bend Road, turning what used to be an “exit only” lane to I-74 into a through lane with an option to veer right and access the entrance ramp. ODOT also widened the intersection of North Bend Road and West Fork Road as part of its work, adding right-turn lanes at all four corners of the intersection.

Jim Kummer, president of the Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association, said he lives on Boomer Road and frequently drives through the area near the new hospital. “I think the road improvements are excellent, from West Fork all the way to Kleeman,” he said. “I travel those roads quite a bit.” The community association provided input on the road improvements and Kummer said, while he can’t speak for everyone in the association, he thinks people are satis-

fied with the improvements. “I don’t see any reason why it won’t work out,” he said. Lambing agreed, saying the improvements were designed to increase safety for drivers and allow traffic to flow through the area with fewer backups. “It’s working perfectly,” he said. “I can’t foresee any issues with the designs.” The road work cost the township about $1.5 million, and the ODOT project cost about $1.3 million. Mercy Health – West Hospital in Green Township will open to patients Sunday, Nov. 10. Mercy Health leaders had a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Oct. 15, to celebrate the ceremonial grand opening of the hospital. KURT


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Maple Knoll Village Holiday Bazaar and Open House

This season deck your halls with items from The Maple Knoll Holiday Bazaar Sale!

November 15th & 16th

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Turn your house into a home and get the holiday gifts you need with some of the beautiful bazaar treasures such as Crafts, antiques, jewelry, décor and more! After shopping take a tour of Maple Knoll Village’s customized villas and apartments.

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Side. This day is about celebrating an amazing feat, one that manifests itself in the physical building filled with the best technology has to offer, the finest practitioners, providers and staff anywhere to be found.” Mike Stephens, Mercy Health’s west market leader and president, said the $240 million hospital will serve as the center of Mercy Health’s network of health care services throughout the area, and allow the health care group to offer services it does not have capabilities for now at its neighborhood hospitals in Westwood and Mount Airy. The new 250-bed facility, offering private patient rooms with family areas, will have comprehensive cardiovascular services, a comprehensive cancer center, a women’s health center, maternity care and a family birth center, all of which are completely new to the West Side, he said. It will also have an emergency department, an orthopaedics center and the latest surgical technologies, including robotic surgery. The hospital’s lower level will serve as the core laboratory for all of Mercy Health’s facilities in southwest Ohio. A five-story, 100,000square-feet medical office building was constructed next to the hospital as part of the project as well, Stephens said. “It’s really an exciting time for us, but also for the residents of the West Side,” Stephens said.

A look at the front entry and reception area inside the new Mercy Health – West Hospital. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“Patients prefer to receive care in the communities in which they live. Bringing those comprehensive services close to home is really what Mercy is all about.” Green Township Trustee David Linnenberg said the hospital, which will employ about 1,200 people, will be a boon to the township economy and spur future economic development in the form of restaurants and professional offices. “Mercy Health – West Hospital is immediately the largest employer in Green Township and one of the largest on the West Side of Hamilton County,” he said. “The fact is Mercy Health will have a direct impact on our economy, while providing a comprehensive system of

care that is accessible for all residents of Cincinnati’s West Side. “We’re especially pleased that Mercy Health made the decision to chart its future course right here in Green Township,” Linnenberg said. Dr. William Beckmeyer, chief of staff at the new hospital, said doctors and nurses have been looking forward to the hospital opening. “It hardly seems possible that months have turned into years since the inception of this phenomenal plan. Absolutely amazing,” he said. “It’s also amazing how quickly we, as physicians, are going to have the privilege of providing the highest level of health care at this brand new facility. We’re all very, very excited for it.”



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BRIEFLY Cancer support ministry

Are you a cancer patient who needs support? Are you a survivor who can give support? Attend a nondenominational Cancer Support Ministry gathering from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Corpus Christi Parish Center, 2014 Springdale Road. Spouses and caregivers welcome. Be our guest for an afternoon social and light refreshments following If you have questions, contact Eileen Armbruster, a cancer survivor, at or 513-9232127.

Craft show Nov. 16

A craft show will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Xenos Christian Fellowship, 1016 W. North Bend Road. There will be a raffle of vendor’s goods to benefit the Finneytown After Prom.

High school coaches compete as celebrity bartenders

The Northwest Exchange Club will host four high school football coach-

es at the first annual Celebrity Coaches Classic fundraiser. This event, which is open to the public, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Clovernook Country Club, 2035 W. Galbraith Road. The coaches – Steve Specht from St. Xavier, Tom Bolden from Colerain High School, Nate Moore from La Salle and John Rodenberg from Moeller – will compete behind the bar at the country club. The celebrity bartender who collects the most in tips will take home bragging rights and a crystal trophy. All proceeds to benefit Nate’s Toy Box, which helps children in need for the holidays.

Vote for a dream

Springfield Township is a finalist in a Post-it Facebook contest that could mean at $25,000 grant to help build an an Arts and Events Center in Springfield Township. Three winners of the Post-it Facebook contest will be announced and awarded $25,000 to help make their dream come true. Guests of the Post-It Facebook page are asked to “Like” their page and

enter into the Dreams For Good contest page. Guests may vote once a day through Saturday, Nov. 16. The final award will be determined by a panel of judges and through online voting. The independent judges will be awarding points for creativity, if the project is doable, and for the number of people the dream impacts. Winners will be notified Dec. 10. You can see the township’s video and vote in support at .

Business breakfast in Forest Park

The 2013 Forest Park Business Recognition Breakfast is set for Thursday, Nov. 14, at The Woodlands Crystal Room, 11450 Sebring Drive. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast and program begin at 8 a.m. Several Forest Park businesses will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community during the past year. This event is cosponsored by the City of Forest Park and Forest Park Chamber of Commerce. Two guests from each

Forest Park business may attend the event at no charge. Additional guests may attend at a cost of $20 per person. For more information or to confirm your reservation, please call 513-5955200 by Thursday, Nov. 7.

Smoke detector blitz in Forest Park ‘R’ section

The Forest Park Fire Department and the Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club are doing a “smoke detector blitz” of the city’s “R” section this weekend. They will be going doorto-door from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, offering free smoke detector installations and batteries.

Mammograms available

Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Units will be in the community offering women screening mammograms in 15 minutes at locations convenient to their home or workplace. The unit will be at the Finneytown area Kroger, 8421 Winton Road, Wednesday, Nov. 27. The newest unit offers 3D imaging known as

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breast tomosynthesis that can help increase the chance of early breast cancer detection. Both the patient and her physician receive a copy of the results. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 513-686-3300 or 855-746-5123.

Church hosts rummage sale

Northern Hills United Methodist Church, at 6700 Winton Road in Finneytown, is having a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 16. Household, decorations, children’s toys and other items, clothing, books, small furniture and small electric items are available. There will also be a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Friday. On Saturday, there will be a $4 bag sale starting at 10:30 a.m.

Llanfair hosts consignment workhop

Bring a friend and join Anne Arenstein, from Legacies Resale Shop in Hyde Park Plaza, for “Consignment: 101,” a first-hand look into the world of consignment and how to downsize. The event is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Campus Center Great Room at Llanfair, 1701 Llanfair Ave. Arenstein will use her expertise and explain how using a consignment store to downsize not only benefits someone, but Cancer Support Community as well. Most people who are thinking of downsizing to retirement living have one common question: what do I with the items I don’t take with me? Arenstein will help sort through those answers and understand the options available. She will share how consignment shops recycle items that no longer fit in a new home, great stories of one-of-a-kind items that have come through Legacies’ doors over the years and volunteer opportunities at Legacies Resale Shop. Please RSVP to Kim Kaser at 513-591-4567 or by Nov. 4.

Learn about Warbird Museum

Llanfair's Breakfast Club will present “TriState Warbird Museum” at

9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Llanfair Retirement Community, Campus Center Great Room, 1701 Llanfair Ave. The cost is $3 per person, payable at the door Bring a friend and join us for an exciting presentation and virtual tour of the historic aviation Warbird Museum. The presentation will include slides and videos of: » historic aircrafts; » the brick “Wall of Veterans;” » World War II barracks; » artifacts and other displays and tributes; Please RSVP by Nov. 8 to Kimberly Kaser at 513591-4567 or

‘Gifts of the Spirit’ holiday bazaar and raffle

The Greenhills Community Church, Presbyterian, at the corner of Winton and Cromwell in Greenhills, invites the public to its sixth annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. A light lunch will be available, beginning at 11 am, for shoppers’ convenience. The bazaar will feature holiday decorations and home accessories, including table runners, placemats, knit hats nd scarves, knit dish clothes, jewelry, specialty gift bags, tea pot covers, theme baskets and much more. Will again feature “Natures Nook” including hand made bird seed wreaths. An added touch for the convenience of our customers this year will be the acceptance of credit cards for payment of items purchased at the bazaar. Throughout October and November, including the day of the bazaar, raffle tickets are being sold for chance to win an iPad mini (16GB with Wi-Fi) and an Aronoff Theater Gift Certificate valued at $160, which entitles the holder to two “best seat” tickets at the Aronoff Theater to see their choice of one of the Broadway Series, or any of the other special performances the ballet or symphony which come the theater. The winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are being sold by church members, Simons’ Insurance Agency in the Greenhills Shopping Center and through the church office.


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Card winner draws on love of city for inspiration test. Cassidy was one of four area artists selected as winners in the 2013 CityArt Holiday

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COLERAIN TWP. — Kate Cassidy shared a special moment and got something special in return. The Colerain Township painter was one of four area artists selected as winners in the 2013 CityArt Holiday Card Con-


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was an acrylic and oil painting of the Ohio River Bank at night, titled “Every Day’s a Holiday.” Cassidy, who moved to Cincinnati about 22 years ago, said she has always loved the view of the city’s skyline from the Covington side of the river. “It’s so peaceful and calming,” she said. “If I moved away, that is the first place I would want to go if I was coming home for a visit. It’s one of the first places I take people when they come here to visit me.” She said her son was visiting and they went to the riverfront area the night she took the photo she painted her winning scene from. “It was such a special evening. And there was this young couple sitting on the bench. It was perfect. Just what I was looking for.” She says she tries to capture those special moments when she paints and is partial to acrylic, as she says she likes to work quickly and acrylics allow that. “And if I see something I want to change, I can do that quickly too,” she said. “And the colors are so vibrant.” Cassidy was also selected as a winning artist in 2010 for a painting of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal and in 2012 for her painting of the Taft Museum. She has been working at her art since she retired in 2005, joining Susan Schuler’s Studio in Newport, where she worked with a small group of artists and found it deeply

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OTHER WINNERS Other 2013 winners are: » Myra Messick Simons of Loveland for “Polar Pair,” a gouache and water color scene featuring the polar bears at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. » Kayla Hines of Lebanon, who featured The LuNeack House in Columbia-Tusculum, using pen and water color. » N. Bradley Strauchen of Kenwood, for her water color painting featuring the Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River. For the first time, M. Hopple & Co. opened the contest to their employees. The winning employee entry was: » Frank Noyola-Izquierdo of Newport, KY, for his mixed media “Cincinnati Snow Globe.”

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satisfying. “If you are an artist, it is something you have to do,” she said. “I enjoy it and it’s a nice outlet. I went to my passion.” The designs of four artists and an employee were selected. The winning original works of art will be reproduced in a unique Holiday Card Collection, available for sale now at M. Hopple & Co., at 7920 Hosbrook Road in Madeira. Customers can select a set of 10 (all one design) for $18.95 or purchase individual cards for $1.95

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Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


Remembrance day honors first-responders

Forest Park Fire Chief Alfie Jones talks to students Dieynaba Gassama, center, and Kimya West at the reception. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

Dave Clark, social studies teacher at Winton Woods Middle School, said recently that he is “stubbornly awakening to the reality that my students now are too young to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.” On that day, many in his classroom were only 1-yearold. To help his students understand the day’s impact, Clark and his fellow humanities teachers – Kathleen Barger, Lisa Giblin and Janna Frank – held the school’s first “Sept. 11 Day of Service and Remembrance” to honor the police, fire fighters and first responders in the communities that serve the Winton Woods district: Greenhills, Forest Park and Springfield Township. “The national Sept. 11 program espouses telling people thanks and performing good deeds to honor those we lost that day,” Clark said. “One part of our thank-you is Operation Goody Bag, where students decorate and fill goody bags for first responders, police, fire fighters, and members of the armed forces.” Clark said the students prepared around 150 bags that were filled with notes of thanks, poems, artwork, candy and snacks. At the reception, Winton Woods Middle School Principal Doug Sanker told those attending, “We wanted to honor the work you do every day on our behalf. We know it’s critical to our safety and the safety of our communities.” Barger said it was good for the students to be able to put a face with a job. “What you do is important every day,” she said. Clark said the students were excited for the opportunity to express their thanks to some local heroes. “I hope this is something we can continue and grow in years to come,” he added.

Kyla Lett shows off the bag she made for Operation Goody Bag. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

Shown at Winton Woods Middle School’s Day of Remembrance reception are, from left, Rose Baez, Greenhills Patrol Officer Andy Moore, Greenhills Police Chief Neil Ferdelman and Payton Mack. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

Principal Doug Sanker welcomes guests from Greenhills, Forest Park and Springfield Township to the school’s Sept. 11 Day of Remembrance. Standing with him is Taryn Phillips-Smith, who sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

Winton Woods student Jaylen Thompson thanks Greenhills first-responders Tim Gory and Lauren Geisen for their help and service to the community. Seen in the background are Greenhills Police Chief Neil Ferdelman and Forest Park Fire Chief Alfie Jones. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

Tatiana Quinto carries a box of goody bags for Greenhills Police Chief Neil Ferdelman to share back at the station. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573


A bright future ahead for Roger Bacon volleyball By Tom Skeen

Members of the St. Xavier High School water polo team show off their state runners-up trophy Oct. 26 at Mason High School after losing to St. Charles Prep 17-13 in the Ohio High School state water polo title game.THANKS TO JOANNE LUTMER

St. X water polo lays foundation for future seasons

By Tom Skeen

SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Jake Westerkamp and his St. Xavier High School water polo teammates were one half away from seeing their ultimate goal come to fruition. The Bombers led St. Charles Preparatory Academy out of Columbus 8-6 at halftime of the Ohio High School state title game, but were outscored 11-5 in the second half en route to a 17-13 loss Oct. 26 at Mason High School. Despite the loss, coach Mike Roberts isn’t focusing on what the Bombers didn’t accomplish; he wants everyone to know what his guys accomplished in just three years since establishing the program. “All we had this year was positives,” Roberts said. “… We beat every team in the state. We beat the team that won last year, we beat the team that won this year and that’s nothing but up for us. This is like the first rung of the ladder.” Roberts believes if it weren’t for Westerkamp, there wouldn’t even be a ladder to climb. As a “little skinny” sophomore, Westerkamp of Loveland started the first water polo match in St. X history and has started the 90-plus games since. “If he didn’t come out or chose to go to a different high school, I’m not sure we could have carried the program through some bumps in the road,” Roberts said of his senior captain. “He’s just been tremendous.” Westerkamp ended his career in style despite not bringing home a state title. He scored eight of the Bombers’ 13 goals

St. Xavier senior Jake Westerkamp works around two St. Charles Prep defenders and puts a shot on net during the water polo state title game Oct. 26 at Mason High School. The team captain scored eight goals in the Bombers’ 17-13 loss to the Cardinals. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

against the Cardinals to earn himself a 2013 Ohio state AllTournament team honor. “Jake is like a coach’s dream,” Roberts said. “He’s a kid that’s not physically imposing, he’s not exceptionally strong, he’s not exceptionally fast, but he’s very aware. He plays as a good teammate. He’s smart, he’s wily, he’s a great leader and he’ll be missed.” The Bombers (18-11-1) struggled all season long with the Cardinals going 1-4 versus the state champs. Their lone win came Oct. 6 at the Milford Invitational, knocking off the Cards 8-5. “They are a very well coached team,” Roberts said. “(St. Charles coach) Jeff Geers has been coaching a long time and he’s got a system. He’s insistent his kids play within the system; they do that and they do it

well.” Three years ago St. Xavier didn’t have a water polo program, now they have three teams with 28 kids, including 14 who never touched a water polo ball prior to the beginning of the season. This year’s team includes boys from Loveland, Roselawn, Sharonville, Pleasant Ridge, Colerain Township, West Chester, Blue Ash, Middletown, Anderson Township, Hyde Park, Maineville, and Madeira. The foundation has been laid for those youngsters who were exposed to success and leadership early in their careers. “They have grown up playing other sports or swimming so it’s just a great mix,” Roberts said of his underclassmen. “Having them exposed to Jake Westerkamp for 100 days and a season is just going to be great for them going forward.”

ST. BERNARD — As a former player and a 2005 graduate of Roger Bacon High School, Alyssa Carlotta knows how to win on the volleyball court. In her four years as a Spartan, her volleyball team went 103-11, including back-to-back state championships in ’04 and ’05. When she took over as head coach before the 2012 season, her one goal was to reestablish the Carlotta “Never Say Die” attitude that was rampant in the locker room during her playing days. While her 2013 Spartans weren’t able to hang another banner from the ceiling this season, they took huge steps in the right direction achieving the team’s first winning season since 2010. “When I came in as the head coach I kept telling (the team) Roger Bacon is a team that will never give up,” Carlotta said. “We will always push. We may not be the biggest, but no one can outsmart us and no one can work as hard as we do.” The Spartans’ season came to an end Oct. 26 with a straight-sets loss to Versailles, who was ranked No. 3 in the final Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association state poll. “We were prepared for it, but they are a very good team,” Carlotta said of the loss. “Unfortunately we aren’t the tallest team, but we do have good ball control, and we were going up against a great outside hitter in Amanda Winner who is 511 and jumps out of the gym.” Seniors Grace Cunningham and Megan Fulton exemplified the attitude Carlotta is trying to bring back to the program. Both transferred to Roger Bacon (Cunningham from Mercy and Fulton from McAuley) and set the tone for how the program is to be run in the future. “They set the example of where I want this program to go,” the coach said. “They got back to the idea of ‘never give

Roger Bacon senior Grace Cunningham jump serves during a straight-sets victory over league rival McNicholas Oct. 10. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

up, continue to push and to work hard.’ Both of them are disciplined and work hard and pushed their teammates to do so, too.” Junior Lexy Hoffman will be the leader going forward. Already a two-time team captain, the setter finished second in the Greater Catholic League Coed with a .394 efficiency rating and 457 assists. “Lexy is one of those players who will give you 110 percent,” Carlotta said. “She will run through a wall for anyone, especially for her volleyball team. … She’s just one of those players who works hard and is a good player to coach.” Despite the loss of Fulton and Cunningham – the lone seniors on the roster – talent is rampant throughout the Spartan roster from the freshmen team up through varsity, leaving a bright future for Carlotta. “Those two seniors set the bar high, but they showed the rest of the program what it means to be a Spartan and what I expect of them. If the rest of the girls continue in their footsteps, I really see a bright future.” Roger Bacon senior Megan Fulton waits for the ball as her teammates look on during the Spartans’ straight-sets victory over McNicholas Oct. 10. TOM SKEEN/ COMMUNITY PRESS



» Aiken (0-9) lost to to Withrow 27-0, Oct. 31. » Gamble Montessori (3-6) pounded Hillcrest 50-8 Oct. 26 behind 294 yards and five touchdowns through the air for junior quarterback Tim Andrews. » St. Frances DeSales took down La Salle (3-6) 34-6, Oct. 26. Senior wide receiver Derek

Kief finished with 10 receptions for 120 yards in the loss. » A Trevor Bechtold 28-yard field goal lifted St. Xavier (5-4) to a13-10 victory over Cleveland St. Ignatius Oct. 26. Quarterback Nick Tensing threw for 240 yards in the win. » Winton Woods (7-2) shut out Anderson 26-0, Oct. 24. David Sparks returned one of three Anderson fumbles for a touchdown. » Finneytown (2-7) lost to Madeira 17-7, Oct. 25. Bryce Butler’s 35-yard touchdown

pass to DeMarco Flowers was the lone score for the Wildcats. » Mount Healthy (8-1) outscored Edgewood 33-7 in the second half en route to a 47-19 victory Oct. 25. Combined with Northwest losing to Harrison, the Owls are alone in first place in the Southwest Ohio Conference. » North College Hill (4-5) lost to Cincinnati Country Day 35-6, Oct. 26. Franklin Steward scored the lone touchdown for the Trojans. » Roger Bacon (3-6) lost to

Badin17-7, Oct. 26. Quarterback Ruggeiro DeLuca tossed for 181 yards and a touchdown in the loss. » For Nov. 1 high school football scores, visit

Fall senior moments

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Optimism abounds for McAuley cross country By Adam Turer

COLLEGE HILL — A state championship doesn’t happen overnight. There is always a process that goes into it. There is hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. Even when a team falls short of its championship goal, the goal remains the same. Although it came up short this year, McAuley High School’s cross country team is in a favorable position to make a run at a state title in 2014. After another season of track practices and meets under head coach Ron Russo, the Mohawks should be prepared to realize their potential in their next cross country season. “I enjoyed everything about this year and the promise it holds for the future. The kids worked so hard and came so far, I literally hated seeing the season come to an end,” said Russo. “This group of kids really wants to be good. I recognized early on this would be a work in progress, but one that I am so excited about and looking forward to.” Junior Kenzie Pfeifer and sophomore Natalie Lienhart led the way, both qualifying for the regional meet. Pfeifer ran a personal best 19:33 in the district meet, good for a 12th place finish. Lienhart finished ninth in the district

with a personal best time of 19:19. Both are now regional meet veterans, eager to take the next step to state. Pfeifer advanced to regionals for the third straight season, while Lienhart advanced for the second straight year. Both runners earned AllGGCL honors. “Kenzie and Natalie were solid all season up front and continuing to see them grow as distance runners has been very fulfilling,” said Russo. “Yet, the growth of our freshmen and underclassmen was exciting to see. Throughout the season, our kids were reaching new goals and the overall improvement of the team was exciting.” Freshmen Kirsten Goldick, Emma Fitz, Claire Sunderman, Grace Dorr, and Tiffany Nguyen all made varsity contributions, along with talented sophomore Anna Sontag. “This freshmen group was short on cross country experience, but, long on commitment, discipline and goal-oriented,” said Russo. “We came a very, very long way with that group.” With so many runners returning next season, optimism abounds within the program. The runners will benefit from an additional season of running track. “I expect us to make a big jump next year given they will have the oppor-

McAuley High School’s McKenzie Pfeifer, shown running the 800 meters in the track state championships June 8, was one of Ron Russo’s top cross country runners this fall.MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

tunity to compete at a high level during track season,” said Russo. “Both seasons compliment the overall training process for our athletes.” The track program has reached competitive heights quicker than the cross country program has in Russo’s five years at the helm. The track and field team finished as state runner up in 2011 and 2012, and the 4x800 team placed third in the state in 2013. That competition against the best teams from around the state will help the distance runners prepare for the 2014 cross country season. “That is all a part of an important process in the overall development of the cross country pro-

gram. Indoor track, outdoor track and another summer of training will set this program up to do special things,” said Russo. “I really believe that and I really believe in our kids. I'm fortunate enough to see the progress everyday that they make and how they have come together as a team.” While some may be confused by the dichotomy of postseason success between the track and cross country programs, it is true that there are separate building processes for both teams. Developing a team capable of winning a state title comes before winning a state title. The cross country program is on track in its stages of development. Russo is confident that the Mohawks will reach the pinnacle in the near future. “People need to be reminded that tradition is a process that takes time. I'm proud of the progress they have made and the goals we have set for ourselves in the future,” said Russo. “I have very bright kids who have high expectations of themselves, and nobody in the program is about to let anyone down. Our goal from the first day I stepped on the grounds of McAuley was to win their first State team title. Our kids, parents and administration share in that vision. It will happen.”

The 1973 Forest Park Chargers stand with the Hamilton Country Suburban League American Division trophy during their 40th anniversary reunion Oct. 18. THANKS TO PETE PATTERSON



The 1973 Forest Park High School Chargers celebrated the 40th anniversary of their Hamilton Country Suburban League American Division championship Oct. 18 at the Cincinnati Marriott North hotel in West Chester. It was the first championship in Forest Park High School history. The Chargers went 8-2 during their championship season after back-toback 2-7-1 seasons in 1971 and ‘72.

En route to their title, the “Cardiac Kids” beat previously unbeaten Oak Hills12-0 on the Highlanders’ home turf on Homecoming. Their only two losses were to Mount Healthy (14-12) and Finneytown (7-0). Charles Johnson, the mayor of Forest Park, declared the weekend of Oct. 18-20, 2013 as “We are the Champions FPHS Fooball ‘73” in the City of Forest Park to honor the championship team. The 1973 Hamilton County Suburban League American Division championship trophy. THANKS TO PETE PATTERSON

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Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


More than just a summer haircut Recently while visiting the local barbershop for an overdue late summer haircut, I waited my turn to climb on the legendary lever pump barber chair, where childhood memories began this ritual of a haircut. I can still vision my grandpa’s backroom barbershop in Seymour, IN, as he stood most of the day behind his only lever-pump barber chair. Many of his barbering years were back in the early horse and buggy days. Grandpa shared memories about his early role as a barber with also needing to be a counselor, comedian, storyteller and philosopher. Traditions were started and passed


on in the old American barbershop. My grandpa, in many ways, played the role of a community historian as well as a reporter of news updates with local

customers. My grandfather shared quite a few rituals with me that I haven’t really treasured, as I should. Some were little, like; “Every time you pass sheep in a field, you reach in your pocket and turn your wallet over” creating the possibility of future wealth.

City manager discusses reducing tax credit It may be helpful to explain why I am recommending solving our general fund deficit, not by increasing income tax rates, but by reducing the amount of credit for local income tax paid where people work. More specifically we recommend reducing the tax credit from 100 percent to 25 percent starting January 2014. It is not easy to talk Ray Hodges COMMUNITY PRESS about needing more revenue GUEST COLUMNIST to maintain police protection, fix more roads and continue to provide general public services because these are tough times for everyone. Many families probably already understand this because of their own family budget. Thank goodness our work paid off earlier this year and we were able to retain our largest local employer and work with them on building a new regional home office. Unfortunately, this cannot make up the loss of local revenue resulting from cuts at the State level (especially local government funding and the loss of the estate tax), as well as higher costs for fuel, health care and other expenses. Before even holding our first public hearing on this tax modification proposal we learned that Bass Pro had made a decision to relocate to Butler County which is another blow not just to this community, but to this county. It highlights the fact that this is not just a local issue because there is a competitive financial shift occurring in our metro area. I know that proposing a

reduction in the tax credit will stir up those who oppose any tax increase. That is okay because the reality is that most of us oppose tax increases. In fact, most of us can look at a budget deficit and agree on the financial problem—we only differ in our approach to fixing it. We have gone through a belt tightening process for years and each year we have been forced to cut something here, shave something there and dip further into our cash balances just to maintain basic services. We need a more immediate and sustainable revenue stream that allows us to commit to long-term fixes. Some may say that this could discourage people who may want to move here. However, unless we can provide the services and attractions that represent a quality community, it will be tough to retain the people and businesses who have already committed to Forest Park. Indeed, we have to get back to increasing public safety, fixing streets and sidewalks, planting trees (and removing the dead ones) and doing the special things that make a quality community. The bottom line is we have to generate more revenue and not just count on continually cutting services, otherwise we will no longer be the community we have come to love. Council has not made any decisions on our recommendation and will not make any decisions until after the public has had a chance to speak. Regardless of your position on this issue, city council would benefit from your feedback before a decision is made. We welcome your input.

Ray Hodges is the city manager for Forest Park.

Another ritual was upon entering the barbershop, Grandpa would take one of his numerous bottles of hair tonic down from the shelf, put a little drop on him and also put a dab on the barber chair for good luck in business that day. I have kept part of that ritual as I have his old barbershop wall pendulum clock and a few old razors, shaving brush, plus one of his hair tonic bottles on display in our house. Every time when I’m dusting that area of the house, I open the bottle and put a dash from the bottle titled “Lilac De Fleurs” on me for good luck. More importantly as traditions and rituals often go, they

give us a sense of belonging and reconstruct old memories. So opening that bottle with its aged lilac smells revitalizes a picture of me being an 8-year-old kid with Grandpa taking me in his barbershop. Memories of walking in with all the lingering distinctive shop smells, getting pumped up high and swirled in the barber chair. Grandpa would blanket my lower face with warm shaving cream while manipulating a shaving brush and tickling my neck, causing me to squirm in the chair. Next, he would sharpen the straight edge razor using the strap belt on the side of the chair to hone the blade and

then pretending to cut my imaginary facial hair, he removed the cream carefully off my chin. Finally, it was followed by my favorite: the hair tonic rub and scalp massage during one of grandpa’s stories. Ending my visit was the enjoyment of looking at old copies of “Archie” comic books in his newspaper magazine reading stack. Nostalgias maybe, but just by sitting in the local barber’s mythical chair for a haircut, I was able to imagine, visualize and sense those fond memories. Wes Adamson is a resident of Wyoming.

CH@TROOM Oct. 30 question Should schools have mandatory drug tests for students?

State Sen. Bill Seitz has introduced legislation which would redefine the standards or third parties to appear on Ohio’s ballot, including a minimum requirement of 56,000 signatures to get on the ballot and receiving at least 3 percent of the vote in a presidential election to stay on the ballot. Do you support Seitz’s proposal? Why or why not?

“Employers, the military and professional sports teams have mandatory drug tests, why not schools? Schools are supposed to train you for what is coming later in life. Get used to it. Sooner or later, you will face one of these invasions of your privacy.”


“I would love to say yes, but I would also say there are too many laws and groups that would oppose. “I'm glad to see that several private, not public tax-dollar schools, have enough guts to take on checking for drugs. “I again will say as I always say, as long as we have attorneys and government sticking their noses into everything we will have prolonged problems. “If it ever comes to mandatory drug testing it should not only be restricted to students, but also to teachers and administration, and be made aware to the public, as we are taxpayers and they work for us.



Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

sequences – low grades, discipline for negative behavior, etc. That is all the feedback anyone should need to become aware a student is in trouble of some sort. “It is not the school's job to treat well-behaved, conscientious, average students as if they are criminals.”



“No on mandatory drug tests, for a number of reasons. Primarily because is gives students the message that ‘We don’t trust you’ and is an ugly invasion of privacy for students who do not use drugs. “It also seems to be a search without probable cause. It will identify a relative small percentage of students at a great cost. “And what do the schools do with the information? If a student fails the drug test does it lead to automatic suspension, mandatory drug education classes, or a permanent record? “Way too many negatives and potential problems with this plan.”

“Absolutely not. A school is not a prison. “If a student is abusing drugs and his or her performance at school suffers because of it then it will result in the normal school related con-

“For athletes ... yes ... general student population ... NO! “Imagine the cost for this with so many schools are financially strapped anyway, who is going to foot the bill?”


“During my working career it always bugged me that the rules I had to enforce and/ or obey were almost always due to the 5 percent. Somewhere I was told that about 5 percent of the people cause 90 percent of our problems. “What will mandatory drug testing correct? Who will pay for it? How much will the testing disrupt our schools achieving their primary mission? Mandatory drug testing goes too far.”


“HELL NO!! Schools are institutions of learning, not police states. Not to mention the invasion of privacy. “If a child is taking prescription medication that has to be disclosed prior to the test and my kids medical history and records are protected from government intrusion. “If my kid is on drugs, it’s my responsibility to deal with that, not the school systems.”


“Are we talking about all students when we are doing this drug testing? “Where would the money come from? “I think it should be based on who the educators might suspect and if one looks or acts like something is amiss then that person should be tested. If the person fails the drug test, there should be a concerted effort to get this person the proper help. “While we are at it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep an eye on the educators, they are not perfect and a bad one can fall through the crack once in a while.”

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“Who's going to pay for this intrusion? Drug testing is expensive and invasive on the rights of our students. “Will they use hair samples which can be the most comprehensive, or blood, or urine? Will there be resistance from parents who will take this privacy right to court? Who pays? “I personally would refuse any attempt at testing and force the district to seek a warrant. Would they be successful? Will it cost extra? “The local school district is good but not great. Concentrate on bringing the standards of the institutions up and leave the drug problem to the parents and law officials.”


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR JEDZ would drive businesses away

We are a small business that has been in the community of Springfield Township since the 1970s. The Springfield Township administration is proposing to

redistribute income from one class of people to another, such as in the spirit of socialism. The township administration is proudly proposing that the residents vote to tax businesses and their employees but not themselves. The tax would be on only the



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working class for the benefit of the residents. Businesses already pay more than their fair share to Springfield Township by way of the real estate tax on business property. Our small office with only seven employees pays in excess of $4,100 per year in school tax that benefits

only residents. Every other business in Springfield Township pays an outrageous amount through real estate taxes to support the schools that benefit only the residents. In addition to the school tax, all businesses pay their fair share to the township for other

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services such as fire and police through real estate taxes. The township administration should be careful about biting the hand that feeds them. Business owners have the option to relocate. Will Frye Springfield Township

Hilltop Press Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Carrying the banner for the Mount Healthy High School National Honor Society were seniors John Weiss and Nathan Smith.

Mount Healthy Owls fly home to the Nest

Mount Healthy students, alumni and parents enjoyed great weather for the annual homecoming Sept. 27. Following the parade, the Mount Healthy High School Class of 1963 dedicated a flag pole paid for by the class at the Mount Healthy Sports Complex at the site of the former high school on Adams Road. To top off the evening, the Mount Healthy Owls trounced Morrow Little Miami 51-0.

Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press

Grand Marshal of the parade this year was Don Wolf, retiring member of the Mount Healthy City School District Board of Education. In the car beside him is his wife, Helen. In the front seat, left to right, is their daughter Kathy Hasson, and driver Jane Jordan Jaeger.

Representing the Mount Healthy High School Band were homecoming candidates Cinqua Jackson and Jenna Wade, both seniors.

Freshman tuba player Jason Baumer walks the parade route with the Mount Healthy High School Marching Band.

Mount Healthy students, alumni and parents enjoyed great weather for the annual homecoming Sept. 27. Junior high school football players walk in the parade.

Eugene Blalock, principal of Mount Heallthy South Elementary School walks in the parade with Nathan Imholte.




Art & Craft Classes

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Sewing Basics, 6-7:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Learn basics of sewing and make versatile two-pocket tote. Bring sewing machine, instruction manual and supplies listed on website. Ages 18 and up. $40. Registration required. 451-3595; Green Township.

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On Stage - Theater

Beginner’s Belly Dancing, 7-8:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Learn belly rolls, hip shakes, body shimmies and veil twirls. Previous dance experience not necessary. Wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring towel or mat to sit on. Ages 18 and up. $50 for six weeks or $10 per class. Registration required. 451-3595. Green Township.

Dracula, 7:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Lucy Seward has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner. $24, $21 students and ages 60 and up. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Gentle Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, 370 Neeb Road, Moving meditation, increasing strength and flexibility, allowing for calming of mind and refreshing of spirit. Bring mat. $35 fiveclass pass; $8 drop-In. 675-2725; Delhi Township. Dance Jamz, 8:15-9 p.m., The Gymnastics Center, 3660 Werk Road, High-energy cardio dance class. $5 or 10 classes for $40. 706-1324; Green Township.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. Through Dec. 29. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, NOV. 8 Art & Craft Classes Paint a Pottery Pumpkin Open Studio, 2-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Glaze your own pottery pumpkin for firing. All materials included. $20. 225-8441; Westwood.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Bridge Church, 7963 Wesselman Road, Learn to square dance. $5. 941-1020. Cleves.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. 481-1914; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Price Hill Health Center, 2136 W. Eighth St., Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Price Hill.

Music - Cabaret Fall Cabaret, 8 p.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Undercroft. Benefits Elder Glee Club’s upcoming to trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Includes beer, soft drinks, pretzels and chips. $15. 349-3439; West Price Hill.

Health / Wellness Learn about Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road. Thanksgiving between European settlers, Shawnee Native Americans and military personnel will be portrayed by the Society of Northwest Longhunters. Admission is free, but a vehicle permit is required. For more information, call 521-7275 or visit Happy Birthday, Broadhope, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, One-year anniversary and grand opening of new location. Crafts, art and more. Free. 225-8441. Westwood. Sewing 101 Class, 9-11 a.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Learn to sew in one-on-one class setting making pillow and getting acquainted with sewing machine. All materials provided. $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Stained Glass Make It and Take It, 1-3 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Learn basic skills of cutting glass, foil wrap and how to use simple welding iron to make stained glass item of your choosing. All supplies included. $25. 225-8441; Westwood.

Craft Shows


Shiloh Craft Boutique, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5261 Foley Road, Featuring 50 vendors. Handmade crafts, baked goods, lunch, desserts and beverages. All proceeds go to missions. Free admission. 451-3600; Delhi Township. Dater Montessori Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dater Montessori School, 2840 Boudinot Ave., Gymnasium. Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Tupperware, Mary Kay and more. Artists, crafters, vintage jewelry and clothing and more. Benefits Friends of Dater Montessori. Free admission. 203-1300. Westwood.

Art & Craft Classes

Dining Events

Chainmaille 101: Easy Projects, Noon-4 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Drop in to learn basic chainmaille technique and make unique item of your choice. No experience necessary, supplies included. For ages 12 and up, adult supervision required for ages 11 and under. $25. 225-8441; Westwood. Costume Jewelry Necklace, 1-2 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Make a simple necklace using a costume jewelry earring. All supplies included, students can bring costume jewelry earring to use if preferred. For ages 12 and up. $15. 225-8441; Westwood.

Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction, 4-7:30 p.m., Zion United Methodist Church, 4980 Zion Road, Free, donations accepted for dinner; $1 for bid number. 941-4983. Cleves.

Music - Country Buffalo Ridge Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Theater Dracula, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 students and ages 60 and up. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

ning of each hour. Sample period food. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; North Bend.

Home & Garden

On Stage - Theater

Music - Classic Rock

Dracula, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 students and ages 60 and up. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Jay Lane, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents can drop off yard trimmings for free. Free. 598-3089; Green Township.


Music - Classic Rock

Art & Craft Classes

Howl’n Maxx, 9 p.m., The Public House, 3807 North Bend Road, Free. 481-6300; Cheviot.

Stained Glass Make It and Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $25. 225-8441; Westwood.

On Stage - Theater

Senior Citizens

Dracula, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 students and ages 60 and up. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.



Art & Craft Classes

Art & Craft Classes

Paint a Mini-Sugar Skull, 1-3 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Paint your own sugar skull to add flair to your walls or Christmas tree. All materials included. For ages 8 and up. $20. 225-8441; Westwood. Beginning Knitting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Learn basics of casting on, knit and purl stitches and casting off. $10. 225-8441; Westwood.

Sewing 101 Class, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes

Zumba Fitness, 10:30-11:30 a.m., St. John’s Westminster Union Church, 1085 Neeb Road, $5. 347-4613. Delhi Township.

Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension rand support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Thanksgiving

Home & Garden

Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier, 2-5 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Log cabin. Historical reenactment of first Thanksgiving between European settlers, Shawnee Native Americans and military personnel by Society of Northwest Longhunters. Exchanges between settlers and American Indians at begin-

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 598-3089; Green Township.

Exercise Classes

Duck Trail. Spend the afternoon hiking about five miles, beginning with the one-mile Wood Duck Trail. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Cleves.

Nature Hike Mitchell Memorial Forest, Noon, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Wood

Breastfeeding Basics, 7-9:30 p.m., Mercy Health – West Hospital, 3300 Mercy Health Blvd., Breastfeeding is a learned skill for mother and baby. Discuss how to breastfeed, how to prevent problems, and returning to work or school. Fathers and other who provide support encouraged to attend. $20. Registration required. 956-3729; Monfort Heights.

Education Identity Theft Information, 7-8 p.m., Sayler Park Community Center, 6720 Home City Ave., Learn if you are putting yourself at risk. Free. 941-0102. Sayler Park.

Health / Wellness Family Birthing Center Tour, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mercy Health – West Hospital, 3300 Mercy Health Blvd., Free. 389-5335. Monfort Heights.

Religious - Community Food for the Soul, 7-8:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes, 2832 Rosebud Drive, Trinity Hall. Reflections on the New Evangelization. Ages 18 and up. Free. 922-0715, ext. 3330. Westwood.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Intermediate Crochet, 6-7:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Review all taught in beginner class and polish crochet skills. $25. Registration required. 451-3595.

Religious - Community Wednesday Night Solutions, 7-8:30 p.m., Vineyard Westside Church, 3420 Glenmore Ave., Weekly interactive DVD presentation hosted by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Variety of topics addressing everyday issues such as communication, conflict and more. 922-7897; Cheviot. Free Community Meal, 5:306:30 p.m., Central Church of Christ, 3501 Cheviot Ave., Free. 481-5820; Westwood.

Senior Citizens Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Modified Zumba for seniors and beginners with standing and chair participation. For seniors. $3, $25 for 10 classes. 205-5064; Green Township.

THURSDAY, NOV. 14 Art & Craft Classes Sewing Basics, 6-7:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, $40. Registration required. 451-3595; Green Township. Needle Felt Ornament, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Learn needle felting and make one-of-a-kind ornament for holidays. All supplies included, no experience necessary. For ages 8 and up. $30. 225-8441. Westwood.

Education The Great Orator: Bob McEwen, 7-8:30 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Motivational speaker known for talent at communicating complicated issues in an easy-to-understand manner. Free. 478-6261. Monfort Heights.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free.

923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Art & Craft Classes Paint a Pottery Pumpkin Open Studio, 2-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20. 225-8441; Westwood.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 6:307:30 p.m., Bridge Church, $5. 941-1020. Cleves.

Drink Tastings Holiday Season Wine Tasting, 5:30-8 p.m., Nature Nook Florist and Wine Shop, 10 S. Miami Ave., Try wines perfect for meals and celebrations during holiday season. Pouring five wines. Light snacks included. Ages 21 and up. $6. 467-1988. Cleves.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 481-1914; Cheviot.

Music - Classic Rock Chad Applegate, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

SATURDAY, NOV. 16 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 9-11 a.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Needlefelt Bird Making, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Develop your needle felting skills and make an adorable bird from wool roving. All supplies included. For ages 10 and up. $40. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness, 10:30-11:30 a.m., St. John’s Westminster Union Church, $5. 347-4613. Delhi Township.

Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 598-3089; Green Township.

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 Art & Craft Classes Mixed Media Painting, 1-2:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave, Artist-led beginner’s class on making mixed-media painting a forest to decorate your walls. Supplies included. $25. 225-8441; Westwood.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 598-3089; Green Township.

Music - Classical Westward Ho, 3 p.m., Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. Classical Broadway and movie selections featuring the American West. Copland’s “Rodeo Suite,” tunes from “Dances with Wolves,” “The Cowboys” overture and medley from “Oklahoma.” Free. 9418956; West Price Hill.

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Art & Craft Classes Stained Glass Make It and Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $25. 225-8441; Westwood.



No-fail cookie cutouts are most requested shortbread recipe Breast cancer awareness month is over. It went out with a bang for me in a very special way. I was the presenter once again at Mercy Health Women’s Center reception in AnRita derson Heikenfeld Township. StandRITA’S KITCHEN ing before 100-plus radiant survivors was more than inspiring; it showed the resilience of the human spirit when faith is paired with good medicine. My presentation was on the history of tea and tea parties. Some trivia: Did you know the reason cream was first poured into tea was to prevent the very thin, fine china cups from cracking when boiling tea was poured into them? Also, the earliest tea cups had no handles. They were held cupped in the hands to keep hands warm. And tea sandwiches were originally made a bit dry since women wore gloves and they didn’t want to get them soiled. We had the best time, laughing and sharing stories. Among the treats to take home from Gail Greenburg and her staff were my shortbread cookies. Shortbread is perfect for a tea party since it’s such a versatile dough.

Rita’s no-fail shortbread cutouts

Let the kids free form shapes or use a cookie cutter. Dough freezes well, and so does the baked cookie, sans icing. A nice gift from the kitchen and my most requested shortbread recipe.

2 cups flour 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1 ⁄2 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla (or your favorite extract)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. Cream butter and gradually add sugar. Add vanilla. Blend flour mixture in. Dough will be soft. Roll out on lightly floured surface or between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1⁄4-inch thick or bit thicker if you like. If the dough is too soft to cut out shapes, put in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut out and place on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes just until edges are golden. Icing Whisk together:

onion chives (Marie said you can also used minced green onions) Worcestershire, salt and black pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon clear or cider vinegar Several dashes paprika Cayenne pepper to taste (Marie said go easy on this) Buttermilk, enough to make desired consistency (start

with 1⁄3 cup) Handful fresh minced parsley or 1 teaspoon dry

Chill several hours before using and, if necessary, add more buttermilk to get proper pouring consistency.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

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

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Drizzle icing over cooled cookies, or make a thicker icing with less water, add food coloring if using, and spread on cookies. Makes about two dozen.

Now that’s something to be thankful for!

Tips from Rita’s Kitchen

To test to see if your baking powder is still active enough to leaven, put a teaspoonful in a cup of warm water. It should fizz right away.

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Really good ranch dressing

1 cup mayonnaise (Marie uses Hellman’s) 1 ⁄2 cup regular sour cream 1 teaspoon garlic or to taste Palmful fresh dill, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh

pineapple packed in juice, not in sugary syrup.

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1 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2-3 tablespoons water

I’m still waiting for someone to come up with a Frisch’s Restaurant ranch dressing clone for a reader. I have called Karen Maier at the corporate office a couple of times and have left messages with Lisa Norman in marketing, so I hope to hear something soon. Meanwhile, here’s a recipe from Marie N., a Northwest Press reader. “This goes together quicker than you’d think, and is delicious,” she said. A friend gave the recipe to her. Blend together either in blender, food processor or by hand:

Pick a perfect pineapple: It should smell fragrant when you give it a sniff. Just one cup of pineapple has enough manganese, a trace mineral, for building healthy bones and connective tissue. Plus pineapple has lots of vitamin C. Canned pineapple is a good source of these nutrients too, but buy

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Scammers try to get your financial information Scam artists are using what continue to be tough economic times for many to try to get money from them – so you need to beware. Jill, who prefers I not use her last name, wrote she received a call from a man named Brian. “He called my home and left a long recorded voicemail threatening me and my husband that he was from the IRS and that we had to call back immediately or legal action would be taken,” Jill wrote. The man left a phone number with a New York

area code and Jill says when she and her husband called back, “Another man Howard with an Ain Indian HEY HOWARD! accent answered and wanted our attorney’s name. We said we don’t have one and he was very nasty saying, ‘How much money can you send today?’ We said, ‘Maybe a thousand dollars by next Thursday,’ and he said,

‘That’s not good enough, you will be arrested today!’” Jill said that really shook them up because they were already on a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, but their next payment wasn’t due for another month. But the so-called IRS man said that payment plan had been rejected. All the money needed to be sent immediately, they were told, or they would be arrested. “He wanted our bank information or credit card number but we said

‘No’ and the guy hung up. We called our attorney who said it was a scam … I’ll bet a lot of other people sent money and still owe the IRS. Just a heads up because I’m sure you are already aware of this crazy scam preying on innocent people,” Jill wrote. Yes, this scam has been going around for a few years. In some cases the caller leaves a recorded message claiming to be from a credit card company, a lawyer or a payday loan company in addition to claiming to be from the IRS. The Better

Business Bureau says some of these scammers are out to get money while others are just trying to get your personal information. The BBB says never reply to unsolicited phone messages or click on links provided in an email asking for your personal information. If a caller claims you owe a debt, ask questions. The caller should state who they are, whom they represent and, upon request, send you written proof you owe the debt. Never give out financial information

over the phone. Bottom line, if someone calls and tells you they’ll have you arrested unless you pay them immediately: Remember, it’s just a scam. Instead, you should contact the police, the state attorney general and the Better Business Bureau to report the phone call. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

Pinterest holiday benefit Nov. 14 Dolibois, McEwen White Oak Gardens presents a Pinterest holiday party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14, at the garden center, 3579 Blue Rock Road. Wine, food, a holiday gift shop preview, Pinterest-inspired make & takes, a hot chocolate bar and raffle are included for $10 admission. Reservations are needed, as space is limited. Call 513385-3313. This season the garden center will be collecting toys for Nate’s Toy Box, a local charity for children who may not have the opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of gifts under the tree. Unwrapped gifts for a girl or boy up to age 12 or gift cards to Walmart and Target for teens are much appreciated. Bring a new, unopened toy to help fill the toy box during the Pinterest Holiday Party and receive $10 in reward cards. Nate Schroeder was killed in an automobile accident on Oct. 16, 2005. Among Nate’s many qualities were his love for children and his neverending love for toys. From that love, Nate’s Toy Box was born and each year it brings joy and smiles to hundreds of children in the Colerain Township area.

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Pinterest has lots of holiday craft ideas and some of them will be available to make and take home.

Toys can also be dropped off throughout the season at White Oak Gardens during operat-

ing hours until Wednesday, Dec. 11. Toys will be distributed Thursday, Dec. 12, at

Groesbeck United Methodist Church along with S.O.N. Ministries food pantry collection.

EmpowerU is presenting two free public programs this month: » “Veterans Day: An Evening With Ambassador John E. Dolibois.” The program is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at American Legion Hugh Watson Post 530, 11100 Winton Road, Greenhills. Hear Dolibois’s journey from immigrant to college graduate to amazing military and educational careers. Relive his life as an interrogator and interpreter for the Allies at the Nuremberg trials where he spent many hours in close contact with such Nazi leaders as Herman Goering. Learn of his experience as vice president for development and alumni affairs for 14 years at Miami U when he retired to accept President Ronald Reagan’s appointment to Ambassador to Luxembourg. It was the first time any naturalized American has been named ambassador to his native country. A Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg is

dedicated to him. The program is free. There will be a cash bar available for this event. » The Great “Orator” – Former Congressman Bob McEwen discusses “What It Means to be a 'Conservative' The event is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road. McEwen is considered one of the premiere motivational speakers in the country. He is known for his talent at communicating complicated issues in an easy to understand manner. His famous “ThirdMoney” theory is world renown in its simplicity and allows one to easily understand why many are economically ‘conservative’ innately but do not think of themselves as such. His historical involvement in the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries give him a unique perspective on what being a “social” and “political” conservative really mean.

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Tiffany to perform at Rusty Ball The Spirit of Cincinnatus, in partnership with The Rusty Griswolds and Foundation Sponsors Graeter’s, Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce and TriHealth, announce that ‘80s pop sensation Tiffany will perform at the sixth annual Rusty Ball. Tickets are on sale at “We’re beyond excited to share the stage with such a terrific singing sensation like Tiffany,” said Steve Frisch, founder of The Spirit of Cincinna-

tus and Chair of The Rusty Ball. “She truly represents all of the happiness and fun we try to put into our music performances. How cool will it be to have an actual ‘80s pop star signing her own hits at The Rusty Ball? It’ll just add even more to an already incredible evening.” At The Rusty Ball, Tiffany will perform a couple of her top hits and will participate in a VIP meet and greet before The Rusty Ball for VIP guests only.

Here is the ticket breakdown: » General admission 1 ($75) – 8 p.m. general admission to The Rusty Ball, four drink tickets (beer, wine, soft drinks, water), $85 room rate at the Millennium Hotel. » General admission 2 ($85) – 8 p.m. general admission to The Rusty Ball, four drink tickets (liquor, beer, wine, soft drinks, water), $85 room rate at the Millennium Hotel. » VIP table ($1,750) – 10 VIP tickets, with reserved

table in VIP/main event; VIP pre-party 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; meet and greet with Tiffany from 6:30 7:30 p.m.; name on web site at; enjoy dedicated table-side service in a secured VIP area; six-drink tickets per VIP guest and light appetizers provided by Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce and Graeter’s; corporate identification on reserved tables; nominate participating beneficiary to be entered into drawing for

$5,000 award (nomination will occur following beneficiary sign-up deadline) or a portion of the proceeds will benefit the selected beneficiary. Individual VIP seat tickets may be available for $175. A record-breaking 161 beneficiary groups have signed up to take part in the sixth annual event. Those groups represent a cross-section of charities in our community and helps ensure that even more people in the Tris-

tate will be supported by the generous attendees and backers of The Rusty Ball. Last year, The Rusty Ball raised $482,000, with $135,995 coming from auctions, raffles, and merchandise sales, and $45 benefit paid per ticket to the beneficiaries. In five years, The Rusty Ball has raised more than $1.4 million. The sixth annual Rusty Ball will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 9, inside the Duke Energy Convention Center.

portunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutritionrelated programs. Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Stewart taught dance lessons to children in inner-city Toledo. She provided more than 16 classes per week through the YMCA of Greater Toledo as well as provided free lessons to children throughout several area churches. Children were taught ballet, pointe’, tap, hip hop, praise dance and cheerleading and had the opportunity to showcase their newfound skills each year during a winter recital.

in Mount Healthy, is one of three finalists in the Rodgers National Classical Organ Performance Competition. Phelps performed in part of a finalist’s recital Oct. 4 in Hillsboro, OR. In preparation for this event, he played a recital with Blake Callahan at the Cathedral of St. Peter-InChains Sept. 29. Phelps’ premiere recording of Dan Locklair’s “Trumpet of Light” will be broadcast internationally on the NPR program “PipeDreams.” The piece was composed for Phelps in 2012 and commissioned to commemorate the installation of a new organ console at the Reformed Church of Bronxville. The recording was made live as part of the dedication recital, which was performed by Phelps. His website is

NEWSMAKERS Forest Park man on museum committee

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has reappointed Forest Park resident Wade E. Lacey Sr. of Forest Park to the National Museum of Afro-American History and Culture Planning Committee for a term beginning Aug. 12 and ending Jan. 31, 2017.

NCH woman honored for work with abused children

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children honored North College Hill resident Erna Olafson, associate professor, clinical psychiatry, with the Outstanding Professional Award for her careerlong contributions to the field of child maltreatment and her support of

APSAC’s goals during its annual conference in June. Olafson has worked in the area of childhood trauma and maltreatment since the late 1980s. Olafson joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1994 and initially collaborated with Dr. David Corwin to develop a rigorous forensic interviewing training course, which she directed from 1999 to 2011. The course provided education in effective interviewing of alleged child victims and witnesses. More than 2,000 child maltreatment investigators from 25 states and five countries received this training during Olafson’s involvement. Olafson has worked to foster collaboration between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Council of Juvenile and

Family Court Judges to heighten awareness of post-traumatic reactions in traumatized children and implement both system-wide responses and specific therapies to address these post-traumatic symptoms and behaviors in youth. She is one of only 50 approved national trainers for trauma focused cognitive behavioral-therapy, and she also directs trainings for an adolescent-focused trauma treatment, Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents. From 2009 to 2012, Olafson directed a program that piloted this adolescent trauma treatment in16 juvenile justice facilities in six states. Olafson serves as codirector of a new federally funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant to continue implementation of

TGCTA to high risk youth and will work with Barbara Boat, director, The Childhood Trust, and others to train 12 additional juvenile justice facilities and community programs from five states in early August.

Stewart honored with President’s Council Award

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has selected Kimberley Stewart to receive a 2013 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. Stewart is the owner and artistic director of Arabesque Dance Academy in North College Hill. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing op-

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caused by a fall. Among all fall-related injuries, 53 percent of falls were experienced by persons age 65 and older. Often first responders from local fire departments and emergency medical service personnel are the first rescue folks on the scene when a person suffers a fall. Tom Dietz, district chief of EMS at the Green Township Fire & EMS Department, estimates that his township goes on 30 “lift assist” runs per month, an average of one per day. A lift assist occurs when a person falls in the community and needs medical help from first responders to get back on their feet. “Our most frequent lift assist calls are people falling in their homes, particularly falling out of chairs and falling out of bed,” Dietz said. Data from the Tristate Trauma Registry shows that 66 percent of all falls occur within the home. Some medications may



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have side effects that can slightly impair physical abilities in older adults. Other older adults may have vision issues due to poor lighting in their home, items on the floor or other environmental factors in their homes that can contribute to a fall. Dietz and his team make an effort to view the living conditions some older adults who have fallen live in, and they see similar types of environmental hazards in homes. “Many of these falls in the home are due from trip hazards or slip hazards,” Dietz said. “They may have a few extra items out on the floor in the house, or they might have a favorite rug in the living room that caused them to slip and fall.” For some older adults, falls can result in serious injuries and a risk of death. The Tristate Trauma Registry said that 3 percent of all falls in 2012 were fatal, and a majority of falls occur from a standing height. “A simple fall from standing height can be an absolutely devastating injury that could lead to death in this very fragile population,” Dr. Bryce Robsinson, assistant trauma medical director at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said. Dietz sees similar patterns. “We have responded to calls where patients have fallen down their steps,” he said. “Some older

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adults will be carrying laundry up and down steps, and they will fall down an entire flight of stairs.” Severe fall victims will oftentimes be transported to one of four Tristate trauma centers in the region, which are hospitals specially equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries. These hospitals include UC Health – University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which is the region’s only level I trauma center, and three level III trauma centers located at TriHealth’s Bethesda North Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and UC Health – West Chester Hospital. “If an elderly person has a significant fall, our paramedics here in Green Township will take them to University of Cincinnati Medical Center,” Dietz said. “Patients may want to be transported to a closer community hospital, but severe fall patients need to be transported to a trauma center for the most appropriate level of care.” Other community organizations offer home modification programs. One such program is Whole Home, which is a unique home modification service of People Working Cooperatively. Whole Home offers one-on-one education, in home assessments and community collaboration, all of which is

part of their three-tiered approach to reduce the number of falls in older adults. They can provide modification and improvements to homes by installing items such as motion-activated lights, grab bars in bathrooms and handrails on all stairways. “Throughout the year, we plan on providing fall prevention education to 50 senior centers, community centers and other gatherings,” said Ron Henlein, director of corporate and community partnerships at People Working Cooperatively. For Jean Shirley, Jo Graulty and Ruth Meyer, a variety of fall prevention tools are now in place. Graulty fell out of her bed several years ago while sleeping but has since installed bed rails to prevent future falls out of bed. She has noted that the facility she lives in has grab bars in her restroom and handrails in hallways to help prevent falling, and she has learned that staying active in Pilates helps improve her balance. Both Shirley and Meyer have also added home modifications to help prevent falling again. Shirley has added night lights, grab bars and rails on her stairways, and Meyer has fitted her bathroom with an extra grab bar and a secure bath mat. Both also strive to exercise and stay active to help maintain balance.

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rehab. Two years ago, Meyer fell again, this time by tripping while walking out of the bathroom. “I broke my pelvis in two places when I fell in the bathroom,” Meyer said. Falls by older adults out in the community and in their homes is part of an alarming trend in the Tristate region. Fall-related injuries can occur to people of any age, but for older adults decreased physical motor skills and simple environmental hazards in homes can contribute to the risk of experiencing a fall. These trends are why a number of hospitals, trauma centers, community organizations and public service providers have rallied together with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council to highlight Fall Prevention Awareness Week. The Tristate Trauma Registry tracks falls across the Tristate region and 2012 data shows that 48 percent of all trauma related injuries were


Jean Shirley of Bridgetown, Jo Graulty of Montgomery and Ruth Meyer of Delhi Township are three older adults in the Tristate region who have much in common with each other and other older Tristate residents. They stay active in their daily lives, they try to exercise regularly and they follow their doctors’ orders to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. They each have also experienced a fall. “My first fall occurred when I lost my balance playing volleyball a while back, and my second fall was after cataract surgery when I was walking and fell off the edge of a sidewalk,” Shirley said. “I didn’t have any major injuries, but I had sore muscles afterward.” Meyer’s falls were a bit more severe. Her first fall occurred when she tripped over her feet while hurrying to the bus stop, which resulted in a broken hip and forced Meyer to have surgery and medical


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The Center. Aimed at promoting Cincinnati features, lifestyles, and opportunities, the video includes footage of iconic locations as well as Cincinnati’s hidden gems. It is both an attraction piece and a retention tool meant to energize residents about our great city. “Cincinnatians are too modest; it’s time we start promoting ourselves and the great amenities this city has to offer,” said Andy Kennedy, C-Change class participant. The class film and social media efforts are aimed at doing just that. Inspired by local iconography of flying pigs and the intimation that anything can happen in Cincinnati, the group also launched a Facebook page and Twitter account using that imagery. “Every day in Cincinnati, things happen that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. We’re big enough that what happens here matters, yet small enough that each of us can have an enormous impact,” said Dan Barczak, co-chair of the C-Change Class 8 PR/ marketing team. The video will also be shown at “Imagine Cincy,” another C-Change class project, Friday, Nov. 8, at The Center. Imagine Cincy will celebrate Cincinnati’s future by highlighting the exciting developments and innovations that are making Cincinnati a great place for young professionals to live, work, and play. Imagine Cincy will also showcase live music as well as food and drinks from Cincinnati’s future top chefs. For more information, visit the Imagine Cincy Facebook page.



Seitz receives Legislative Achievement Award State Sen. William J. Seitz III (R-Green Township) has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform State Legislative Achievement Award. The award honors individuals and organizations whose outstanding work has contributed to making America’s civil justice system simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. Seitz will be honored for his leadership as a key architect of comprehensive civil justice reform in Ohio and for spearheading groundbreaking asbestos bankruptcy trust legislation that now serves as a model for other states to follow. Seitz has been with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister since 1978 and is of counsel in the firm’s litigation group. The award will be presented at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 14th annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23.

Before joining the Ohio Senate in 2007, Seitz served in the Ohio House of RepreSeitz sentatives for seven years. He rose through the ranks, serving as majority whip and assistant majority whip and chair of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee. In the Senate, Seitz serves as chairman of the Public Utilities Committee and vice chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee. He has also been named to the Transportation Committee, the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee, the Civil Justice Committee, the Commerce & Labor Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on General Government. Seitz has worked with organizations that promote livable neighborhoods and strong local

communities. He served as president of the Westwood Civic Association and the Western Economic Council, as secretary of the Bridgetown Civic Association, as a commissioner of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and as a trustee of Invest in Neighborhoods. He remains active with the Price Hill/Western Hills Kiwanis Club and has also been a strong supporter of law enforcement as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates and past president and secretary of the Cincinnati District 3 PoliceCommunity Relations Committee. Seitz is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in history. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was Order of the Coif. For the last several years, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America.

Mercy Health physicians testing shared medical appointments for patients with diabetes You’ve just learned that you have diabetes, a chronic, if manageable, illness. Countless questions swirl through your head and you may wonder just how to cope with this diagnosis. Mercy Health, which provides quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its network of care, can help. Mercy Health physicians Dr. Briana McFawn, an internal medicine specialist practicing from Eastgate Family Care, and Dr. Naila Goldenberg, an endocrinologist practicing from Deerfield Family Medicine, are trialing shared medical appointments for their diabetic patients. In a shared medical appointment, the physician sees multiple patients with the same chronic medical condition in a group for followup or routine care. Benefits to patients include: » improved physician access; » opportunities for

added education around their condition; »a chance to share exGoldenberg periences and advice with other patients with the same disease. “Shared medical appointments provide an innovative, interactive approach to healthcare in a relaxed, personalized and supportive environment. People can ask as many questions as they like and the interactivity helps us learn from each other,” McFawn said. “At the same time, shared appointments free our time to help more patients. Instead of using office visit time to deliver the same information to each patient one on one, we give the same, important information in a group setting, opening office visits for others who may need to see a doctor right away,”

Goldenberg said. Early data show that the appointments improve the McFawn patient and practice staff experience. McFawn practices from Mercy Health Eastgate Family Medicine, 4421 Eastgate Blvd., Suite 300, Cincinnati 45245. To find out more about Dr. McFawn or to make an appointment with her, please call 513752-8000. Goldenberg practices from Mercy Health – Deerfield Family Medicine, 5232 SocialvilleFoster Road, Mason, 45040. To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit or call 513-981-2222.

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Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society hosts fall exhibit The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society launched its fall show at the Evergreen Retirement Community, 230 W. Galbraith Road, Sept. 22. The hallways of the center give viewers a chance to see more than 65 paintings. Amidst the traditional flowers and landscapes some pieces generated more interest. For example, Jane Hittinger’s “Last Snow” and “Wild Flowers” are simple yet serene. Then a change of style for Kathy Lawrence generated “The Colorado Man” whose soft beard blends into the background. For a touch of humor, Ardelle

Duffy painted “Wrath of Grapes” composed of jumping silhouettes. This free show and sale continues until Oct. 27 with public viewing daily from noon to 4 p.m. The watercolor society offers painting demonstration followed by an open studio every first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place in Mount Adams. Guests are welcome. Monthly notes of the meetings plus other relevant information for artists can be seen at the organizations’ blog:

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Assistance League offers domestic violence assault kits

As community awareness is raised during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, statistics continue to show that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati’s trauma care program focuses on victims of assault and domestic violence. Assault Survivor Kits containing hygiene products and new clothing are purchased, packed in bags and distributed to hospital emergency rooms in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky to victims of assault and rape. Domestic violence kits containing new clothing, hygiene products and journals are packed in bags and delivered to women’s shelters in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky and distributed to victims of domestic violence. The organization’s New Beginnings program focuses on victims of domestic violence. Essential new household items such as dishes, pots and pans, bedding, small appliances and children’s items are packed and delivered to women’s shelters for distribution to victims of domestic violence who are establishing a household away from their abusers.

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More than 20,500 women have been helped through these programs. Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization of 90 members with no paid staff, is dedicated to meeting critical needs of children and adults by identifying developing, implementing and funding ongoing community programs. The organization is celebrating 15 years of service to the greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region with its trauma care, New Beginnings, college starter kits, college scholarship

and Operation School Bell programs. ALGC outreach in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regarding domestic violence includes 18 hospitals and six women’s shelters – inclusive of the YWCA. The collaboration and support between these partnerships ensures that the Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati is fulfilling gap needs in accordance with our Mission. Want more information on helping with this cause? Visit

Home Depot invests in Cincinnati ToolBank

The Home Depot Foundation announced an investment in the nationwide network of tool lending programs that it helped launch in 2008. Eight ToolBanks across the U.S. have joined ToolBank USA to create a growing network of massive tool lending operations that ensure charities have access to the tools they need without spending precious donated dollars to buy, store and maintain them. The Cincinnati ToolBank has been lending tools to equip service projects since July 9, 2012. “Each community’s ToolBank serves hundreds of nonprofit organizations that are preserving greenspaces, building affordable housing, and putting volunteers to work with handson projects,” explained

Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Their innovate tool lending model provides organizations such as The 6th Branch, which deploys military veterans to tackle difficult community service projects, a cost-effective way to use the tools needed for their projects without having to purchase, maintain and store them.” The rise of the ToolBank network reflects a growing sophistication in the charitable sector and among donors who expect greater efficiency and results from the nonprofits they support. In 2012, the four operating ToolBanks loaned more than $1.6 million in tools to charities, equipping more than 73,000 volunteers for use in service projects. With four addi-

tional ToolBanks projected to open in 2014, ToolBank impact is growing rapidly. “We are working toward a nation in which there is no longer a shortage of tools for those organizations that are transforming communities,” said ToolBank USA CEO Mark Brodbeck. “The American volunteer spirit is indomitable, and tool scarcity is a real problem to which the ToolBank is a simple and affordable solution.” This $150,000 grant is the third investment by The Home Depot Foundation since the founding of ToolBank USA in 2008. ToolBanks currently lend tools in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, and Cincinnati. Houston, Portland, Phoenix, Richmond and Chicago ToolBanks are under development.

BUSINESS BRIEFS Ear, nose and throat specialists join Mercy Health Physicians

Bradley Lemberg and Richard Skurow of TriCounty Ears, Nose and Throat have joined Mercy Health Physicians. Lemberg is board certified in otolaryngology and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Skurow is board certified in otolaryngology and received his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta. Skurow completed his residency at University of Cincinnati Hospital. Lemberg and Skurow have worked together for more than 30 years while serving patients in the Tri-County area of Cincinnati. “Mercy Health’s reputation as a provider of compassionate, quality care aligns with our de-

sire to provide excellent, thoughtful care to our many patients,” Lemberg said. “We are excited to continue our service to the community under the Mercy Health banner,” Skurow said. Mercy Health – TriCounty Ears, Nose and Throat is at 752 Waycross Road in Cincinnati, ZIP 45240. To learn more about the practice or to schedule an appointment, call 513-825-5454

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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations James Turner, born 1985, after hours in park, Oct. 17. Leanna Ingran, born 1986, after hours in park, Oct. 17. Nicole Jennings, born 1993, possession of drugs, Oct. 21. Adrianne Renay Johnson, born 1988, aggravated armed robbery, Oct. 22. Bennie M. Middlebrooks, born 1944, vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, Oct. 22. Damontay Hill, born 1993, trafficking, Oct. 22. Joeseph Matthews, born 1992, trafficking, Oct. 22. Sherrick Davis, born 1989, domestic violence, Oct. 22. David King, born 1969, domestic violence, having a weapon under disability, Oct. 24. Dayshawnda Amison, born 1989, permiting drug abuse, Oct. 24. Deshawn Pickett, born 1995, drug abuse, Oct. 24. Erik Johnson, born 1982, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking, Oct. 24. Jemel Johnson, born 1968, having a weapon under disability, Oct. 24. Richard Smith, born 1995, carrying concealed weapons, firearm in motor vehicle, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving a stolen firearm, Oct. 24. Edwin Marshall, born 1987, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking, Oct. 25. Kreg A. Lattimore, born 1986, carrying concealed weapons, having a weapon under disability, possession of drug paraphernalia, Oct. 25. Terry D. Clark, born 1986, murder, Oct. 25. Ryan Pates, born 1991, assault, Oct. 26.

Incidents/reports Assault 5059 Colerain Ave., Oct. 21. 2672 W. North Bend Road, Oct. 22. 1128 Groesbeck Road, Oct. 26. Burglary 5840 St. Elmo Ave., Oct. 23. 6371 Savannah Ave., Oct. 23. 2984 Highforest Lane, Oct. 26. Criminal damaging/endangering 5818 Lathrop Place, Oct. 21. 2561 Kipling Ave., Oct. 21. 5911 Cary Ave., Oct. 23. 5911 Cary Ave., Oct. 23. Felonious assault 1232 W. Galbraith Road, Oct. 21. 5059 Colerain Ave., Oct. 21.

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS 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.

Arrests/citations Todd Walker, 25, 1180 Old Oxford Road, possession of drug abuse instruments, Oct. 11. Demont Wilson, 20, 1410 Kingsbury Drive, theft, obstructing, Oct. 11. Deonne Mazian, 32, 1095 Parkridge, theft, obstructing, Oct. 2. Juvenile female, 16, theft, Sept. 30. Ryan Lancaster, 26, 1903 Oxford Trenton Road, possession of drug abuse instruments, Sept. 30. Antonio Cradduck, 18, 11657 Elkwood, assault, Sept. 30. Morgan Woodrey, 23, 1180 Old Oxford Road, possession of drug abuse instruments, Sept. 30. Juvenile female, 17, theft, Sept. 30.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 1325 Karahill, Sept. 30. Victim struck at 1125 Waitross, Oct. 2. Criminal damaging Windows damaged at 1120 W. Kemper Road, Oct. 2. Wiper arm damaged at 11455 Norbourne, Oct. 2. Vehicle damaged at 1212 W. Kemper, Oct. 4. Domestic violence Victim reported at Dewdrop, Oct. 1. Identity fraud Victim reported at 484 Dewdrop, Oct. 2. Identity theft Victim reported at 742 Evangeline Road, Oct. 1. Theft Bookbag and contents of unknown value removed at 1326 Kalmar, Sept. 30. Reported at 599 Dewdrop, Sept. 30. Xbox valued at $200 removed at 11035 Quailridge, Sept. 30. GPS, cash valued at $165 removed at Dewdrop, Oct. 1. GPS valued at $100 removed at 486 Dewdrop, Oct. 1.

Merchandise valued at $39 at 1143 Smiley, Oct. 2. $198.88 removed at 625 Northland Blvd., Oct. 3. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 1212 W. Kemper, Oct. 3. Phone valued at $600 removed at 11540 Fitchburg, Oct. 3.

MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations Harris Glenn, 32, 4518 Winton Road, obstructing official business, Oct. 11. Juvenile male, 17, drug abuse, Oct. 10.

Emerson Ave., Oct. 16. Criminal damaging Vehicle scratched at 1946 Shollenberger Ave., Oct. 18. Victim reported window of vehicle damaged at 1628 Bising Ave., Oct. 16. Theft Cellphone removed at 7003 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 0. TV remote removed at 6506 Hamilton Ave., Oct. 12. Reported at 1391 W. Galbraith

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Steven Rush, 23, 11311 Lincolnshire, disorderly conduct, Oct. 7. Courtney Ellington, 34, 11276 Lincolnshire, drug abuse, Oct. 7. Antuann Watkins, 30, 3038 O'Bryon St., failure to comply, Oct. 7. Dwight Smith Jr., 44, 1286 Aldrich, domestic trouble, Oct. 8. Julian Jackson, 31, 2424 Boudinot Ave., operating vehicle impaired, Oct. 9. Juvenile male, 17, burglary, Oct. 9. Juvenile male, 16, burglary, Oct. 9. Juvenile male, 16, burglary, Oct. 9. Margaret Barnett, 28, 71 Park

See POLICE, Page B10

Incidents/reports Assault Victim reported at 1404 Compton Road, Oct. 14. Domestic Victim reported at Werner, Sept. 4. Theft Steel plate valued at $150 removed at Hill Ave., Oct. 17. Rings of unknown value removed at 7360 Perry St., Oct. 15. Speakers valued at $500 removed at 1701 Lakeknoll, Oct. 17.


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1447 Aster Place: Nichols, Deborah to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $40,000. 7867 Bankwood Lane: Foster, Daniel M. to Gordon, Karla Y.; $79,700. 6353 Meis Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr. to Lot King Limited Partnership; $17,000. 5915 Oakwood Ave.: Nationstar Mortgage LLC to Nationstar Mortgage LLC; $68,250. 1504 North Bend Road: Goines, Lisa C. to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $48,000. 5820 Saranac Ave.: Penklor Properties LLC to Loring, Sean; $57,140.


10832 Carnegie Drive: Price, Norene & Anthony to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr.; $40,000. 678 Crenshaw Lane: Slaughter, John & Cynthia to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $48,000. 11773 Elkwood Drive: Ipp, Jon B. & Lynn to Orellana, Jose Benjamin; $58,500. 11286 Jason Drive: Albert, Gabrielle M. to Allen, Michelle; $119,900. 1337 Karahill Drive: Burton, Gayle B. & Walter Sr. to Remedy Home Buyers LLC; $44,101. 2045 Kemper Road: Neal, Pamela J. to Cremeans, Aron E. & Alison R.; $200,000. 11382 Rose Lane: Saar, Madonna E. to Winhoven, Sharon; $91,000. 11969 Winston Circle: Washington, Schederazade & Scheherazade Washington to Grissom S., Hannon; $142,500. 593 Brunner Drive: Brenner, Gregory E. to Weber, Teresa A.; $132,500.

690 Carlsbad Road: Clifton, Frances to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr.; $60,000. 712 Fresno Road: SP Homes Enterprises LLC to Tarvin, Philip G. & Abbey P. Pohlman; $80,000. 911 Gretna Lane: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to VBOH Annex LLC; $33,251. 877 Kemper Road: Lee, Gregory & Tracy M. to Wells Fargo Bank NA Tr.; $35,000. 11515 Ravensberg Court: Acacia NCM LLC to Miller, Elissa K. Tr.; $40,000.


30 Avenell Lane: Harbaugh, Allen L. & Amanda L. to PNC Bank NA; $40,000. 2 Illona Drive: Reinhardt, James M. & Patricia to Yant, Kirt A.; $78,000.


5239 Horizonvue Drive: Uhlmansiek, Susan M. Tr. & Steven R. Ellis Tr. to Foreman, Judi B. & John T.; $115,000. 5 Tanglewood Lane: Franke, Caryl Ann to Gayol, Marcos & Enrique; $370,000. 6 Tanglewood Lane: Franke, Caryl Ann to Gayol, Marcos & Enrique; $370,000. 5480 Vogel Road: Donathan, Jennifer to Smith, Steve & Brenda; $97,000. 2311 North Bend Road: Pro Tide Ventures to Fadugba, Olusegun & Henrietta; $75,000. 5873 Shadymist Lane: Federal National Mortgage Association to Best Investment Group LLC; $52,500.


ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.


8271 Bobolink Drive: Gorman, Patrick to United Property Group Ltd.; $38,000. 1640 Centerridge Ave.: MML Properties LLC to Integrity Home Rentals Ll; $53,900. 7019 Ellen Ave.: Harris, Melinda to GMAC Mortgage LLC; $36,000. 1810 Goodman Ave.: Williams, Nathaniel & Andrew Dipinski to Dipzinski, Andrew; $17,750. 1942 Sundale Ave.: Smith, Doris May to Brankamp, Janice C.; $40,000. 2013 Sundale Ave.: Bank of America NA to Homesteading & Urban Redevelopment Corp.; $77,290. Sundale Ave.: Smith, Doris May to Brankamp, Janice C.; $40,000. 7061 Clovernook Ave.: Tordil, Maria Rosario Bernardo to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $48,000. 1840 Cordova Ave.: PNC Bank NA to Benchmark Capital Investors LLC; $7,000. 6933 Gilbert Ave.: Glass, Earl R. & Darlene M. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $26,000. 6914 Kleindale Ave.: Wiethorn William T. & Phyllis Kay to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $38,000. 1621 Sundale Ave.: Lovdal, Lisa M. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $57,793.


1359 Adams Road: Burnet Capital LLC to Integrity Home Rentals Ll; $34,500.

11901 Blackhawk Circle: Sowder, Rondal E. Jr. & Cathy L. to HSBC

Bank USA NA Tr.; $66,000. 7680 Bluecrystal Court: Massa, Mark A. to Strunc, Robert L. & Angela Bok; $155,000. 420 Deanview Drive: McCrate, Scott & Heidi to 420 Deanview Drive Trust; $175,000. 926 Finney Trail: Moore, Douglas E. & Janice L. to Heyob, Kimberly L. Tr.; $154,100. 300 Forestwood Drive: Moothart, Margaret Jean to Rack, Bonnie; $23,000. 1179 Galbraith Road: Strover Holdings LLC to Strover Holdings LLC; $270,000. 7230 Greenfield Drive: Schmidt, Richard J. to Cooke, Shelly & Renia Messer; $111,000. 955 Lost Crossing: Bank of America NA to Arrowood, William; $76,299. 482 Merrymaid Lane: Deters, James R. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $38,000. 8539 Mockingbird Lane: PNC Bank NA to Hagl, Greg; $46,000. 12160 Regency Run Court: Rosberg, Jeffrey W. to Miller, Byron; $58,500. 111 Ridgeway Road: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Abrams, Drew S.; $26,000. 8470 Shuman Lane: Pope, Cathrine A. & Steven Nelms to Pope, Cathrine A.; $60.645. 10115 Winstead Lane: Yeazell, Bruce A. & Carol T. to Stone, Rodney B. & Ebony L.; $155,000. 8611 Winton Road: Warren Family Funeral Homes Inc. to Gilligan Oil Co. LLC; $345,000.

8657 Winton Road: Restaurant Management Inc. to PD & Kym Properties LP; $925,000. 2161 Adams Ridge Drive: Ball, Stephanie & Randy Glueck to Fite, Kelly L. & Ronald J.; $130,000. 9380 Bluegate Drive: Smith, Sherman R. W. Iv & Euleasa to Cooke, Stephanie J.; $92,000. 6829 Bryn Mawr Drive: Cusick, Sharon to Ball, Therese M.; $80,000. 9586 Creekhill Drive: Heath, Nicholas M. to Edwards, Dellisa Ford; $128,000. 8959 Desoto Drive: Gorski, Daniel J. to Mastr Alternative Loan Tr.; $22,000. 1497 Forester Drive: Miller, Jonathan & Tammy Miller to Bank of America NA; $56,000. 7847 Glenbrook Court: Lewis, Christopher T. to Mack, Timothy J. & Ann R.; $205,000. 1115 Hearthstone Drive: Drake, Darrell to Fannie Mae; $66,000. 1052 Hempstead Drive: Colson, Kellie to Bank of New York Mellon T.; $40,000. 8309 Jadwin St.: Rocca, Mary Lynn to Burnet Capital LLC; $37,000. 8309 Jadwin St.: Burnet Capital LLC to Integrity Home Rentals Ll; $38,500. 2313 Adams Creek Drive: Cooper, Kenneth W. & Michelle L. to Ayadi, Igbekele; $133,360. 2149 Adams Ridge Drive: Standifer, Velma J. to Acklin, Robert J. Sr.; $147,000. 1362 Amesbury Drive: Schmutte, Ryan S. to Ancalmo, Bridget M. Glaser & Oscar; $153,000. 1365 Amesbury Drive: Rafuse, Karen F. to Weigand, Keith & Ryan M.; $94,050. 8508 Brent Drive: Goller, Jodi Lynn & Aaron Joseph Meirose to Hungler, Aimee N.; $120,000. 8756 Brent Drive: Trimble,

Yvonnda & Kenneth to HSBC Bank USA NA Tr.; $62,000. 8802 Cabot Drive: Burnet Capital LLC to Cincinnati Revitalization LLC; $24,900. 1881 Edgewater Drive: Parmer, Tracy A. to Alexander, Jaqueta C.; $95,000. 1743 Fullerton Drive: Edgar Construction LLC Tr. (Trust 116) to Ritchie, Todd & Alicia M.; $138,500. 1111 Garnoa Drive: JD Smith Holdings LLC to Integrity Home Rentals Ll; $28,000. 1111 Garnoa Drive: Bank of New York Mellon The to JD Smith Holdings LLC; $25,000. 8571 Hallridge Court: Karam, Michael J. to PNC Bank NA; $60,000. 8580 Hallridge Court: Lynn, Bobby & Carol to Fifth Third Mortgage Co.; $54,000. 1561 Hazelgrove Drive: Asher, Ricky J. to Bustamante, Guillermo Jr. & Ebony R. Cade; $117,500. 1865 Lotushill Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Raineth II Cincinnati LLC; $27,900. 9310 Meadowglen Drive: Smith, Lucy to Zackery, Ulysses R.; $60,000. 461 Merrymaid Lane: Federal National Mortgage Association to Helton Development LLC; $54,000. 9581 Newgate Lane: Wade, Cordell & Patricia to HSBC Bank USA NA; $60,000. 1064 Pelican Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Dighe, Rohan; $52,500. 7925 Ramble View: Holloman, Erica J. to U.S. Bank NA; $60,000. 910 Sarbrook Drive: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Sherland, Bataski; $66,000.

mill Court, Oct. 7. Vehicle removed at 1461 Biloxi Drive, Oct. 8. License plate removed from vehicle at 2260 Kemper Road, Oct. 8.

Tools valued at $650 removed at 704 Compton Road, Oct. 7. Briefcase valued at $30 removed at 1025 Nohunta Court, Oct. 7.

POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B9


Ave., drug abuse, Oct. 8. Dennis Sommers, 41, 1615 Carrollton Ave., falsification, Oct. 7.

Breaking and entering Garage entered and tools valued at $500 removed at 9500 Winton Road, Oct. 8. Criminal damaging

Vehicle damaged at 1130 Compton Road, Sept. 30. Side door damaged at 9611 Timbermill Court, Oct. 6. Robbery Reported at 6464 Winton Road,

Oct. 8. Theft Purse, laptop and case valued at $1,500 removed at 11920 Cedarcreek Drive, Oct. 7. Vehicle removed at 9719 Wood-

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