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Rates drop in electric aggregation By Jennie Key

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Springfield Township residents can continue to enjoy lower electric bills and they won’t have to turn down the thermostat to make it happen. Township officials have chosen to retain FirstEnergy Solutions as the supplier for the township’s electric aggregation program. Aggregation allows local governments to form electric and natural gas purchasing pools. The communities con-

tract with an independent supplier for electricity and gas, but Duke Energy Ohio, the regulated utility, continues to deliver it through its pipes and wires, Honerlaw as well as handle billing and other customer services. In 2005, Springfield Township voters approved a measure that allowed officials to negotiate a better energy deal for the township’s residents and some

watt hour. Eligible township residents and small businesses should have received an opt-out letter regarding the electric program around Nov. 20. This letter explains the rates, term and conditions of the offer as well as provide the means to opt-out for anyone not wishing to participate. If you don’t return the letter, you remain enrolled in the program. “The mailer will explain the offer we negotiated and the means to opt-out should a customer not want to participate in

businesses. Township administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said FirstEnergy Solutions won a competitive bid process and will Hinnenkamp continue as the electric supplier to the program. Residents and small businesses in the program will receive a rate of 5.28 cents per kilowatt hour from January 2014 through January 2017. The old rate under the aggregation program was 5.34 cents per kilo-

the program,” Trustee Joe Honerlaw said. “The board is pleased to have set a low fixedrate of 5.28 cents per kilowatt hour for Springfield Township’s residents and businesses. This low rate will allow residents to predict their costs and will protect them from rising rates for the next three years.” Honerlaw said the township’s program has collectively saved Springfield Township residents and small businesses more than $9.3 million since its inception in See RATE, Page A2

Some Greenfield Village streets will see work start in the spring By Jennie Key jkey@communitypress.com

Springfield Township trustees approved bids to rebuild about 4,400 feet of township streets and half the project will be paid by state funds. The Greenfield Village project includes replacing curb and gutter, repairing catch basins, making base repairs and resurfacing on Richfield, Charann, Harbury and Sandalwood. The bid award to Adleta Construction, pending review by the township’s law director, was approved by trustees at the Nov. 12 board meeting. The State Capital Improvement Program offers cities, villages and townships grants for necessary infrastructure repairs. Local governments offer matching funds, but the majority of the project costs are paid for by the Ohio Public Works Commission, which administers the program. Service director John Musselman said the project has a $580,223 price tag and the bid is

Santa made it snow with the help of a fire extinguisher at last year’s Winterfest event. THANKS TO KIMBERLEE FLAMM.

Springfield Twp. presents 16th annual Winterfest By Jennie Key jkey@communitypress.com

There will be puppets, storytellers and Santa at Springfield Township’s 16th annual Winterfest celebration. Doors open for Winterfest, presented by the Springfield Township Arts & Enrichment Council with sponsorship support from Target, Cherry Blossom Design and Central Montessori Academy, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in The Grove Banquet and Event Center, 9158 Winton Road WinterFest starts off with a performance by Madcap Puppets featuring life-size puppets will begin at 1 p.m. The show, “The Enchanted World” features Silas B. Thistlewig, the greatest traveling showman on the road, traveling across the country in his covered wagon, spellbinding each audience

GRAPPLING WITH THE TRUTH A4 High school matmen wrestle high expectations

IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT The Community Press is counting down the holidays by running stories about the people, events and programs that make it a special time of year in our community. If you are involved with a giving or charitable organization, Christmas show or other holiday event or tradition (including family traditions), tell us about it. Send an e-mail to jkey@communitypress.com.

with classic fairy tales he has gathered from around the world. This time, he must compete with a prickly local peddler, Beula Bugbottom, for the town’s attention. Silas weaves his enchanting stories together with giant puppets and audi-

ence participation to win over the crowd. Stories include: “The Three Prince’s Gifts, “which is a tale from Persia, “Sleeping Beauty,” a French tale and “The Goblin’s Ring,” from Russian folklore. Afterwards, Santa makes his grand appearance. Professional photographers from Cherry Blossom Studios will be on hand to take photos. from 2 to 4 p.m., youngsters can write letters to Santa, make a holiday gift, enjoy a model railroad display, bring in a new or gently used book and take one home in the kids book exchange, have their faces painted, take a hay wagon ride, play games and visit animals from Great Parks of Hamilton County. All activities are free and open to the public. Volunteers are still needed. If you can volunteer, call 513522-1410.

RAISIN’ THE BAR Gifts from the kitchen for the holiday season See Rita Heikenfeld’s column, B3

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Charann Lane in Springfield Township has a number of areas where patching is no longer the best option. It’s part of the SCIP project that starts this spring. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

QUICK FACT Service Director John Musselman said Springfield Township has done a good job of stretching local dollars by applying for and being awarded more than $6 million in state grants during the past 20 years.

The new Press offices at 5460 Muddy Creek Road in Green Township.

Press offices have moved The Hilltop Press is in new offices. The address for the new office is 5460 Muddy Creek Road, Cincinnati, 45238. Our phone numbers are the

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‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Dec. 5-8

Last week to 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

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who deserves some praise for helping others, tell us about them. Send the information to rmaloney@communitypress.com , jkey@communitypress.com or hilltoppress@communitypress.com . 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 has been extended to Friday, Dec. 6. We look forward to hearing about them.

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The CenterStage Players present a Christmas classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” just in time to kick off the holidays with a laugh. It’s Herdmans vs the Christmas story in this classic holiday tale. The Herdman youngsters, probably the most inventively awful kids in history, go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. The performances will be at the North College Hill City Center, 1500 Galbraith Road. To order tickets online, visit http://bit.ly/P7gjcg. The play is under the direction of Colerain

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Township resident Fred Hunt. Other members of the production team include: Vickie Greco, Michele Hamester, Madeline Marita, Trisha Cooper, Alex Crocker-Lakness, Pegatha Eddingfield, Rebecca Coots, Darren Lee, Tammy Brady, Robert Miller, Vicky Dunn, Bridgid Weber, Joel Lind, Jen Webster and Mark and Jane Culp. Cast members include: Lisa Everingham, Michael Richardson, Tatum Wilmes, Parker Culp, Olivia Dunn, Naomi Stoner, Mark Wilmes, Maia Morrigan, Dominic Sherwood, Alexandra Lisa, Isabella Lisa, Leah Bracknell, Vickie Greco, Bridgid We-

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ners by Charles Matthews, eventually taking the name of the Wyoming Players. After several changes of both name and venue, Wyoming Players came into existence. The group changed homes several times in its history. In mid-2007 the Wyoming Board of Directors voted unanimously to move their productions out of the Civic Center to the Monmouth Theater in Newport, KY. In 2012, the board of directors voted to change their name to CenterStage Players Inc., and to move to their new home in North College Hill at the North College Hill City Center.

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brating its 85th season, is one of the oldest all-volunteer groups in the United States providing Cincinnati area musicians with the opportunity to make music together. As part of its charter, the orchestra is committed to continuing to provide Cincinnati area residents with free public concerts. The 55-member Cincinnati Civic Orchestra under music director Laurence Bonhaus, will perform its holiday program beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in The Grove Banquet and Event Center, 9158 Winton Road. The concert will open with the orchestra’s traditional opening, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and will also include Sleigh Rides by composers as diverse as Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart, Frederick Delius, and Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. The program continues with Beethoven’s earliest published work, the “Ritterballett,” written for his patron, Count Ferdinand Waldstein for a tableaux performed in old German costume by the local nobility. The concert will also include “The Song of Thanksgiving” from the final movement of Beethoven’s “Sixth

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June 2009. That translates to $965 per participating residential account.” Residents have 21 days to return an opt-out card to FirstEnergy Solutions. Residents and businesses that are served by another supplier are not eligible for automatic aggregation and will not receive a letter from FirstEnergy Solutions. If these account holders wish to participate in the electric aggregation program they should call FirstEnergy

The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will perform seasonal music at the annual holiday concert in Springfield Township.

Symphony.” Also on the program is an audience favorite, music from the movie “The Polar Express” as well as “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas.” The concert will conclude with the orchestra’s traditional finale, “Festive Sounds of Hanukah” and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” in the original version recorded by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. The concert is expected to last about two hours and includes a historic commentary of the pieces Solutions at 866-636-3749 to enroll. Hinnenkamp said residents who have not been participating in the township electric aggregation program should review the terms and conditions of their current supplier agreement before enrolling, as some may include penalties for early termination. “Residents who have questions can call us at the township office and we will help them figure it out,” he said. The Springfield Township Administration Office can be reached at 513522-1410.

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In the holiday spirit

The Community Press is counting down the holidays by running stories about the people, events and programs that make it a special time of year in our community. If you are involved with a giving or charitable organization, Christmas show or other holiday event or tradition (including family traditions), tell us about it. Send an e-mail to jkey @communitypress.com.

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lower than the construction estimate of $715,000. The state grant paid $290,111 as its share and the township matched that. “Whenever the state’s going to match me 50-50, that’s a great deal,” Musselman said. The project is expected to get underway in the spring, and Musselman said it should be complete by August, before school begins.


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Editor: Dick Maloney, rmaloney@communitypress.com, 248-7134

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Winton Woods welcomes foreign exchange students The Winton Woods City School District Board of Education honored the district’s foreign exchange students and their host families at the September board meeting. “While this is a huge commitment, it’s also a wonderful opportunity,” said Lora Wolke, who is the EF Foundation international exchange coordinator for Winton Woods High School along with her husband, Steve. Honored at the board meeting were Lisa Grub, from Germany, with her host mom, Joyce Smith, and Julian Ibanez Martinez, from Spain, with his host mom, Courtney Wilson. EF host families are also presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award upon completion of the school year. Wolke said she is currently looking for host families for students who are coming to Winton Woods High School in January and will be here for half a year. “As a host family, you are expected to provide three meals a day plus snacks, transport the student to school and a reasonable amount of extracurricular activities, and provide a loving, supportive environment,” she said. “Winton Woods High School, with its international focus, is a great place to be. It’s a school that celebrates diversity and wants to continue the tradition of welcoming new cultures into the community.” To learn more about becoming a host family, contact Wolke at 513-825-0590 or lewolke@geistig.com.

Shown at the September Board of Education meeting are, from front left, host mom Courtney Wilson, EF Foundation Exchange Coordinator Lora Wolke, host mom Joyce Smith and exchange student Lisa Grub; second row, Board President Tim Cleary, foreign exchange student Julian Ibanez Martinez and Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony Smith. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY

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FIRST GLANCE AT 2013-14 WRESTLING

Butler looks to have strongest wrestling season yet at Mt. Healthy

With all that being said, Sies has some talent but things haven’t gone as expected early on. “The beginning of the season could be pretty rough as we get our newcomers up to speed, get everyone in shape and get everyone down to their appropriate weight class,” Sies said. “But if we remain committed and focused we could finish the year strong.” The Trojans begin the season Nov. 30 at the Williamsburg Invitational.

By Tom Skeen

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With the wrestling season set to begin the weekend of Nov. 30, here is how the squads in the Hilltop Press coverage area are shaping up:

La Salle

If Lancer coach Avery Zerkle can transition his young group of wrestlers from the junior high mats to the high school circle, it could be a special year for the school on North Bend Road. His roster features six junior high state tournament placers and a transfer from Louisville who’s placed third in the Kentucky state tournament back-toback seasons. Freshman Corey Shie will wrestle at 120 pounds after finishing runner-up in the state tournament last season. “Corey is one of the best of the best,” Zerkle said. “He’s one of the best freshmen in the country. He definitely has a shot at making state, and placing top six is his goal.” Junior John Shirkey will wrestle at132 after spending the first two years of his high school career in Kentucky. “He’s very talented,” Zerkle said. “There’s a big jump from Kentucky to Ohio and he knows that, but we’re definitely trying to slip him in the top four (in the state). That’s our goal for him.” In the 106-pound weight class there is a battle between sophomores Jared Thiemann and Sam Krieder, along with freshman Eric Beck, for the varsity position. One of the three who doesn’t fill the 106-slot will likely move up to 113. Rocco Sams – another freshman – will start at 126, while fellow freshman Hunter Perdue is at 138. Seniors Eric Auberger (160 pounds), Joe Krieder (170) and Robert Overbeck (285) will look to provide the leadership for this young group. “I’m looking for a little bit of leadership from the older guys, but these younger guys coming in have been wrestling their whole lives and they have the credentials and they’ve been battled tested,” Zerkle said. “They are freshmen, so I know there are going to be a couple weekends where they are going to struggle, but throughout the season I think we have three or four freshmen that can make the state tournament.” The Lancers make that push toward the state tournament starting Nov. 30 at the Yorktown Duals Tournament.

Mt. Healthy

Senior David Kuhlmann headlines coach Stephen Butler’s roster. Kuhlmann was a district alternate last season after

Roger Bacon

Chris Harrison is the coach of the Spartans. Junior Kevin Dinh was named first-team AllGreater Catholic League Central at 195 pounds last season. According to the school website, freshman Zac Baur, sophomores Liam Garrett, Jared Hilling, Brian Stentz, Nelson Tran, along with junior Mike Frederick and seniors Josh Engel, Scott Enneking and Eric Foster make up the rest of the Spartan roster. Harrison opens the season Dec. 7 at the Roger Bacon Duals Tournament. No other information was available before press deadline.

St. Xavier

St. Xavier’s Ben Heyob (bottom) tries to break away from St. Edward’s Dean Heil during a 132-pound match at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament last season. Heyob went 42-14 with 14 pins last season.FILE ART

posting a 28-8 record with 23 pins last season at 138 pounds. This season he is projected to wrestle at 145. “His biggest thing he’s been working on is (the) neutral (position),” Butler said. “Now he is attacking more at the neutral position and that is something he didn’t have last year. … Now we have to be able to attack people from the neutral position and take people down and get that first takedown and be up 2-0 and work from there.” Junior Brian Pringle was an All-Southwest Ohio Conference Honorable Mention selection last season at 182, and will step up to 195 this season. Fellow junior Danny Johnson is expected to be a force at 170, while Ke’Eryon Deal enters the lineup at heavyweight. William Darling is Butler’s 160-pound wrestler after spotstarting on varsity last season, but spending the majority of the season with the junior varsity squad. As far as the lightweight spots go, Aaron Bray and Mamoudou Diallo will fill the 106and 113-pound positions. “From top to bottom we should be pretty solid,” Butler said. “It will probably be one of the most complete squads that I’ve had.”

North College Hill

The Trojans and coach Tim Sies have won six-straight Mi-

Thomas Wynn takes over the Bombers wrestling squad for the 2013-14 season. Junior Ben Heyob - who is coming off back-to-back state tournament appearances – and senior Joe Heyob lead the Bombers. St. X begins the season Dec. 7 at the Olentangy Invite. No other information was available before press deadline.

Winton Woods

La Salle junior John Shirkey, right, grapples with freshmen teammate Corey Shie during practice Nov. 27 at La Salle High School. Shirkey is a transfer from Louisville, where he placed third in the state tournament both his freshmen and sophomore seasons.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

ami Valley Conference titles and will look to make it seven this season. Senior Tim Sutton went 32-4 last season earning himself both a MVC and sectional championship at 120 pounds. Another senior – Michael Harris – was a district qualifier last season after going 32-10. Connar Wilson was another district qualifier for the Trojans. He finished the season 2611 at 170 pounds.

Sophomore Mekhi Jones went 19-15 in his freshmen campaign and was the league runner-up and a district alternate at 126 pounds. Senior Damon Bridges (152) and junior Zari Caudill (113) were both MVC champions last season as well. He graduated four seniors from last season’s team. Boyd Howard – who went 33-6 at 160 pounds – transferred and two other veterans quit the team.

Jason Dean enters his 20th season coaching in the sport, but his first as a head coach. He takes over at Winton Woods for Dave Merkel and previously spent time as an assistant coach at Harrison, Mason and Lakota East. After a roster boasting just six guys last season, Dean has 24 wrestlers on his current roster, including three returners. “That was my main goal; getting the numbers back up,” the coach said. Mike Jones is back at heavyweight, along with Oliver Contreras (220 pounds) and Austin Barrett (120). Sophomore Jajuan Butts will wrestle at 170 or 182 pounds after seeing a little time on varsity last season. James Robinson (113) and Cole Rucker (106) will man the lightweight positions for Dean. “I think we’re very young and we’re going to take our lumps early, but I’m hoping Jones, Barrett and Contreras will have a shot to make a little postseason run.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Tom Skeen tskeen@communitypress.com

Girls basketball

» Finneytown lost its season opener 48-31 to Cincinnati Country Day Nov. 25. Junior Yashira Stuart led the Lady Wildcats with 12 points. » Emily Vogelpohl and Sydney Lambert combined for 34 points in McAuley’s 64-42 win over Sycamore Nov. 26. The Mohawks outscored the Aves 40-15 in the first half. » Colerain improved to 2-0 with a 6827 win over Mt. Healthy (0-1) Nov. 26.

Kaylee Allen finished with a game-high 13 points in the win. Senior Lilly Bryant and junior Anetra Owensby led the Owls with 10 points.

Boys bowling

» St. Xavier won its season opener 2,696-2,669 over Fairfield Nov. 26. Senior Jonny McQuitty led the Bombers with a 422 series.

Boys swimming

» Roger Bacon defeated CHCA 49-40, Nov. 26. Sophomore Nick Woerner won both the 50- and 400-yard freestyle events.

Girls swimming

» CHCA defeated Roger Bacon 66-28, Nov. 26. Kelly Boland won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle events for the Spartans.

Catching up with College Athletes

» The Community Press & Recorder, along with cincinnati.com, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of col-

lege athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to presspreps@gmail.com. Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a cincinnati.com photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@ communitypress.com.


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High school GGCL athletes make all star lists The Girls Greater Catholic League recently named all stars for the fall athletic season.

Volleyball

Player of the Year: Kristen Massa of St. Ursula Academy Coach of the Year: Jeni Case of Ursuline Academy First Team: Mt. Notre Dame senior Christine Chandler, McAuley senior Kerrie Dailey, Ursuline senior Sam Fry, Ursuline senior Paige Kebe, Mercy senior Katie Klusman, St. Ursula junior Carolyn Knollman, St Ursula senior Kristen Massa and Mt. Notre Dame junior Margo Wolf. Second team: St. Ursula junior Natalie Danenhauer, McAuley junior Tori Hemsath, Seton senior Morgan Masminster, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Sydney Mukes, Ursuline sophomore Avery Naylor, Mt. Notre Dame senior Sara Priest and Ursuline junior Lauren Wilkins. Honorable mention: Ursuline junior Mallory Bechtold, McAuley junior Abby Gourley, McAuley senior Lindsey Kauffman, Seton freshman Peyton McCarthy, St. Ursula senior Natalie Phipps, St. Ursula junior Laura Jane Proffitt, Mercy sophomores Carly Schnieder and Sam Seger, Ursuline sophomore Alyssa Steller, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Dani Szczepanski and Mt. Notre Dame ju-

nior Jessica Towle.

Soccer

Player of the Year: Madeline Huster of St. Ursula Coach of the Year: Jim Calder of St. Ursula First team: Seton seniors Jessica Frey and Samantha Goodwin, McAuley senior Julia Hoffmann, St. Ursula senior Madeline Huster, Ursuline junior Andie Kennard, Mt. Notre Dame junior Samantha Leshnak, Seton senior Allie Luebbering, Mercy senior Sam Mattlin, Ursuline junior Mikaela McGee, Mercy senior Brenna Mueller, St. Ursula seniors Megan Niebuhr and Madeleine Pescovitz, Ursuline junior Sara Robertson, St. Ursula senior Darby Schwartz and Mt. Notre Dame senior Maria Veneziano. Second team: Ursuline sophomore Holyn Alf, Mercy senior Macey Anderson, Seton junior Savannah Bacon, Seton senior Allison Bailey, McAuley junior McKenna Bailey, St. Ursula senior Erin Clark, Mercy senior Lauren Cummings, Mt. Notre Dame junior Megan Desrosiers, Ursuline junior Jordan Hollmeyer, Mercy senior Julia Kennedy, McAuley senior Clare Knecht, Ursuline senior Sarah Seedhouse, St. Ursula sophomore Olivia Silverman, Seton senior Halie Sunderman, St. Ursula sophomore Mary Alice Vignola, Mt. Notre Dame

senior Maddie Volz, St. Ursula senior Claire Weigand and Ursuline senior Allison Werner.

Tennis

Player of the Year: Mehvish Safdar of Ursuline Coach of the Year: Joe Hartkemeyer of Ursuline First team: Ursuline sophomore Jenny Duma, St. Ursula senior Kari Fitzpatrick, Ursuline junior Lauren Haney, Ursuline senior Brooke Sabo, Ursuline freshman Olivia Sabo, Ursuline senior Mehvish Safdar, Mercy senior Elizabeth Staley, St. Ursula sophomore Maggie Sullivan and Seton junior Maggie Walroth. Second team: St. Ursula senior Morgan Bernard, Ursuline junior Lauren Fleming, St. Ursula seniors Margeaux Gerwin and Caroline Koenig, Ursuline junior Mary McGrath, Mt. Notre Dame junior Catherine Murphy, Seton senior Macy Wauligman. Honorable mention: Mt. Notre Dame junior Alex Burg, McAuley juniors Nicole Capodagli and Megan Davish, Mt. Notre Dame juniors Sonya Sasmal and Ali Staun; and Mt. Notre Dame freshman Sabine Worthoff.

Cross Country

Runner of the Year: Anne Heffernan of St. Ursula

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Coach of the Year: Scott Ridder of Mercy First team: Ursuline junior Catherine Finke, Ursuline senior Christine Frederick, Ursuline junior Grace Kelly, Mercy senior Emma Hatch, St. Ursula junior Anne Heffernan, McAuley sophomore Natalie Lienhart, McAuley junior McKenzie Pfeifer and Mercy freshman Alex Stevens. Second team: Mercy senior Natalie Geraci, Ursuline freshman Anna Herriott, Seton junior Gabriel Hirlinger, Ursuline junior Colleen Johnston, St. Ursula junior Kelly Caitlin, Mercy junior Maria Waters, St. Ursula junior Maria Weisgerber and Mercy junior Megan Zeinner. Honorable mention: Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Maddie Gentile, Ursuline junior Miranda Grigas, St. Ursula senior Elizabeth Klare, McAuley senior Kate Olding, St. Ursula senior Caroline Perry, McAuley sophomore Anna Sontag, McAuley freshman Clare Sunderman, Mercy sophomore Margo Waters and Mercy senior Tori Weckenbrock.

Honorable mention: McAuley senior Brianna Burck, Ursuline junior Kyland Frooman, Seton junior Kourtney Keller, Mt. Notre Dame freshman Sophie Kramer, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Molly McCudden, Mercy senior Maddie Sheridan and St. Ursula junior Meredith Weidner.

and Ursuline senior Abigail Wellens. Second team: Mt. Notre Dame junior Cassidy Carstens, St. Ursula junior Ramya Chadrakumar, Mercy junior Emily House, Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Alex Martin, Ursuline sophomore Olivia McCloy and Ursuline senior Sarah Reilly.

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Bring 51M children out of shadows

Fifty-one million children are born around the world each year, who on paper don’t exist. These children – almost all of whom are girls – are not registered at birth, a critical first step in ensuring their rights. Being recognized by their governments is necessary for determining identity, citizenship, proof of parentage and age, as well as allowing access to services such as education and health care. Without this recognition, obtaining a passport, a driver’s license, or a national identification card is impossible. The lack of documentation is especially detrimental to women as it may keep them from fully participating in

society, increasing the risk of early marriage, slave labor, recruitment into militant groups, or sex trafficking. Steve Chabot As chairCOMMUNITY PRESS man of the GUEST COLUMNIST House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote and impoverished countries around the world. My visits to these countries have revealed a stark difference in the treatment of girls and boys. In some countries, there is a fundamental lack of

respect for the lives of young girls. While we can’t necessarily repair a cultural mindset through legislation or aid, we can help to find a solution to this troubling problem and begin to bring these undocumented children out of the shadows. I recently introduced bipartisan legislation called the Girls Count Act, which would authorize the U.S. State Department to work with other countries, international groups, and faith-based organizations to support efforts to issue more birth certificates and implement national registries for children in developing countries. In many areas of the world,

the absence of formal identification systems has led to the creation of sophisticated child trafficking networks. For example, in Togo, West Africa, 55 percent of children born annually are not registered at birth. As a result, according to a study by the World Association for Orphans-Africa, more than 300,000 Togolese children between the ages of five and 15 have been taken from their homes and sent to work in foreign countries or distant cities as unpaid—or, at best, extremely low-paid – domestic or agricultural laborers. Legally recognized forms of identification can strengthen the capability of the police to monitor and control national borders

and help prevent this type of trafficking. Our government certainly has challenges, both internationally and domestically, but the American flag is still viewed as a symbol of hope, freedom, and opportunity by billions of people globally. Our single greatest export isn’t the billions in aid we send around the world, it is the idea that everyone is born free and equal. This bipartisan legislation represents a step towards ensuring that every young girl everywhere in the world is afforded those same basic human rights. Steve Chabot represent Ohio’s First District in Congress.

Focus on future is her present to children

There are no adequate words to describe the dedication Anita Parks has to her profession and to our youngsters. A resident of Sharonville for 22 years, this Princeton School District teacher’s assistant has enjoyed 32 years in education. She began her life in Cincinnati and moved to our area as an adult, living in Woodlawn and Springdale before moving to Sharonville. Anita serves weekly on her church altar guild and at their community supper when she doesn’t have to work late. When asked about her hobbies, she says teaching and caring for others are her hobbies. For 16 years she has run a spring camp for grades K-5. It is free to families from all different areas including Lakota, Forest Park, Greenhills and of course, Princeton. About 25 children attend and the outreach is to any parent needing child care during spring break. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it is a rousing success. It makes you wonder when Anita gets a break. Anita says she was always interested in having a camp that was convenient for parents and in a place where they could be confident their kids were in a safe environment. There was no such place when her four children were young. It was very hard for her then, so she became determined to make things better. The rest of us call hobbies

such as gardening and bowling something to do in our spare time. Anita has no time to spare. She tutors grades K-4, and Evelyn for the past Perkins three summers has prepared COMMUNITY PRESS little ones for COLUMNIST kindergarten and first-grade. Anita volunteers at nursing homes and cares for the elderly on weekends. She gives support to young adults in the workforce, encouraging them to be committed and responsible. She also gives telephone support to former Princeton students, and any others her grandchildren refer to her. She is especially drawn to any children with baggage. She knows they need direction, and she is ready to give it. It is obvious that Anita is very youth oriented and just can’t say no. Thank goodness her children and their families are all here. Her 10th grandchild was just born Aug. 30. Anita is a blessed cancer survivor of 15 years. She leaned on a cancer support group, and that inspired her to lend a helping hand to other cancer patients whenever she can. She tells people to get the support that’s out there. Her advice: “Today there is more help available than when I was diagnosed. My support

Anita Parks clears the communal bread and wine from her church altar. EVELYN PERKINS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

group helped me become an advocate for myself with my doctor, and I took control of my treatment. Fellow cancer patients can relate to you in ways your family cannot. They know about your aches and pains when your family doesn’t, and can help you through the bad times.” Anita cherishes her family

and says that without them, she doesn’t know where she would be today. Her experience showed her that prayer changes things. Anita has rough days just like anybody else, but when they happen, just the sparkle in a child’s eyes inspires her to keep going. She wonders, “What can I do to make their

day?” She knows we must not give up on our children. They are our future.

ing for some sort of help. We will apparently never know. “Ninety-eight out of every 100 gun deaths is accomplished with a gun which was purchased by the deceased, a family member or a friend. The gun lobby has utterly failed to make good on their promise to use

education to rein in this carnage. “Controlling guns doesn’t mean making them inaccessible. Laws like this just make ignorant people think it is OK to blast first and ask questions later.”

Evelyn Perkins writes a regular column about people and events in the Tri-County Press area. Send items for her column to 10127 Chester Road, Woodlawn, 45215, or call her directly at 772-7379.

CH@TROOM Nov. 27 question The Ohio House has passed a bill which would redefine self-defense and circumstances where the use of force trumps the duty to retreat to public settings, such as stores and streets. Under current law, residents need not retreat before using force if they are lawfully in their homes, vehicles or the vehicle of an immediate family member. Is this good legislation? Why or why not?

“A person should have the right to protect themselves no matter the location. I do not have a problem with Ohio expanding the current ‘stand your ground’ laws to public settings outside the home and car. However I would sure hope that these public places have security in place that could supersede or alleviate the need to stand

NEXT QUESTION What is your favorite Christmas/ holiday song, TV show, movie or performance? Why do you like it? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to hilltoppress@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

that ground. I prefer not to be the hero, but I also feel a need for survival for me and my family etc. Go figure!” T.D.T.

“The duty to retreat in public areas when imminent threats are posed is by nature is to ‘duck and retreat’ of a human being. “But some circumstances, standing the ground no matter

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where you are as a concealed carrying citizen is not going to be an option to retreat. You have to act quickly as any trained police officer will have to act. “Yes, Ohio legislation to change this is right on. Criminals won’t think twice about taking deadly actions to anyone, and every citizen has the right to defend.” O.H.R.

“Already these bills have caused deaths. Since the guy who murdered Treyvon Martin in Florida pulled his gun on his own girlfriend, some folks have been able to put this issue in slightly better focus. And a Michigan case recently decided against a person who shot a stranger in the face, apparently for coming to his door and ask-

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They make for a rail good time Engineers drive holiday fun at Museum Center

“The kids,” Thompson says. “I love watching them grow up and then bring their own children back.” He’s seen it first-hand. He has more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren whose parents, once some of the wide-eyed children that flocked to the trains every year, are continuing that tradition by bringing them to visit at Cincinnati Museum Center each holiday season. For many though, Thompson is as much a part of the holiday trains as the iconic trains themselves. There’s a joke amongst his fellow trainmasters that more people come to see Jack than come to see the trains. And with a life-size cutout of Thompson helping point the way to the trains, there may be some truth to that.

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incinnatians flock every year to see Duke Energy’s holiday train exhibit, now at the Cincinnati Museum Center. We’d like you to meet some of the people who help bring the trains to life:

John Goins BLUE ASH

John Goins and the Duke Energy Holiday Trains go way back. His grandfather was a welder for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the same company that originally commissioned the model holiday train display. However, it wasn’t until he was in his 20s that Goins first saw the train display, “but I’ve visited the display every year since and learned something new about model trains each year.” His favorite train? No easy task to pick one out of the dozens of trains in the Duke Holiday Trains display. “My favorite engine on the display is the EM-1 because of its gigantic size and fast speed,” he says. When he’s not operating the Duke Holiday Trains, Goins serves as the president of Dayton’s Miami Valley S-Gaugers, a club that collects and assembles S-Gauge model trains. Looking for an example of an S-Gauge layout? Cincinnati Museum Center’s Cincinnati in Motion exhibit in the Cincinnati History Museum is the largest S-gauge layout in the country. Goins’s love for trains is shared by many, both young and old. So what advice can he offer to young train enthusiasts? “Don’t get discouraged,” he says. “Layouts take time. Learn as much as you can about decorating and study Holiday Junction’s displays every year, they’ve done it right.”

Gayl Rotsching ELMWOOD PLACE

Gayl Rotsching’s love affair with trains started at an early age. He received his first model train when he was just 7-yearsold and set up a display in his basement shortly after. Year after year he added to his display, envisioning a setup like the one he saw downtown at the then Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company every winter. “My display, of course, never matched up to the one downtown,” Rotsching jokes. After graduating from college, Rotsching earned a fulltime job with CG&E. Whether the job choice was driven by financial factors or the opportunity to work for the company that housed and displayed the trains every holiday season is up for debate. When the opportunity arose for him to care for the trains he jumped aboard and never looked back. More than 25 years later Rotsching can’t imagine spending time doing anything else. “This railroad has a rich history,” he says, “but I also like the stories of the people I get to meet during the holiday season. It’s not unusual to see three generations of family members here and I enjoy getting to know them.”

Robert Perrin CHEVIOT

Like so many children, Robert Perrin developed an interest in trains at a young age. His

Clayton Hillard Like so many children, Cheviot resident Robert Perrin developed an interest in trains at a young age. His grandparents lived within walking distance of the Winton Place train station where he would spend his summers watching the trains arrive and depart. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

Gayl Rotsching's love affair with trains started at an early age. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

Montgomery resident Clem Scovanner has been a train enthusiast for as long as he can remember. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

When he's not operating the Duke Holiday Trains, John Goins serves as the president of Dayton's Miami Valley S-Gaugers, a club that collects and assembles S-Gauge model trains. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

grandparents lived within walking distance of the Winton Place train station where he would spend his summers watching the trains arrive and depart. When he got old enough he set up train displays in his basement like the Duke Energy Holiday Train display he saw downtown each winter. The trains in his basement became real trains when, as an adult, he began work as an equipment operator for local railroads, a job he held for 30 years. For the past six years he’s gone back to the smaller trains he fell in love with as a child, becoming a trainmaster with the Duke Energy Holiday Train display. He followed those trains from their location downtown to Cincinnati Museum Center where they are celebrating their third year in their new home. His favorite part about being a trainmaster? “Getting to see the kids’ faces light up when they see the trains,” Perrin says. The face that lights up most may be his own. “Well, I also love being able to control the layout,” says the kid in Perrin. “It’s just so neat. When I would go down to CG&E as a kid, I’d look at the trains and I wanted to put certain trains on different tracks,” he says. “I

ABOUT THE DISPLAY The Duke Holiday Trains are on display at Cincinnati Museum Center’s Holiday Junction through Jan. 5. Holiday Junction is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy customers can visit holidaytraindisplay.com to get a voucher good for up to four tickets (maximum two adults) to the Cincinnati History Museum and Holiday Junction.

couldn’t do that then, but now I can.”

Clem Scovanner MONTGOMERY

Clem Scovanner has been a train enthusiast for as long as he can remember. When he was 3years-old his grandpa took him to see the Duke Energy Holiday Trains for the first time. Even then he knew that they were not toys and was impressed by their detail and level of craftsmanship. “One thing I noticed about the Duke Trains, even at a young age, is that they are different and look better than other model trains,” Scovanner says. “The proportions are better and they have better details. That stuff’s important.” As he grew up he began to build his own train displays at home. Today he still builds and repairs train parts, and he enjoys every minute of it. “I feel lucky that I get to work on the Duke Trains,” he says, an opportunity he’s had for the past three years. “I’m happy they’ve come to the Museum Center so they’re still around for others to enjoy.” When Clem Scovanner isn’t repairing the Duke Energy Holiday Trains you might catch him hanging out at Cincinnati in Mo-

tion in the Cincinnati History Museum, making sure all the mechanical parts in the display are working properly. It helps satisfy his love affair yearround. But his heart will always belong to the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.

Jack Thompson COVINGTON

Have a question about the Duke Energy Holiday Trains? Just ask Jack Thompson. He’s been working on the Holiday Train display for the last 68 winters, or, more precisely, since they started. He started out as a mechanic for the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. (though his friends joke that he was with CG&E before they added the E) and began work on the Holiday Train display soon after. There are at least three buildings on the display, which Thompson built himself, that bear his first name, a tradition among early trainmasters. He’s been keeping watch over those buildings and the trains that run by them for the past 68 years and counting. Aside from a cold winter in Korea when he served in the Korean War, Jack hasn’t missed a year. So what keeps him coming back?

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Clayton Hillard’s passion for trains started when his grandmother took him on a trip downtown to see the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. He was just 4years-old and it was his first time viewing the display. “There I sat, probably for more than three hours,” Hillard says, “while my grandma sat behind me, watching too. I was amazed by the running trains and by the detail of the layout.” In the 50 winters since then Hillard has been a regular visitor, missing the trains only once. It was always a dream of Hillard’s to become a trainmaster, and when the opportunity to volunteer at Cincinnati Museum Center two years ago he jumped onboard. “To be a trainmaster you have to have a love and passion for trains,” he says. “And you have to have an understanding of the historic nature of this particular layout and railroad.” Having visited the trains regularly for 50 years, Hillard has lived and recognizes the history of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. “It’s not easy,” he says, “but it’s fun.”

Dick Cline

For the past three years Dick Cline has been a trainmaster for the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center. His relationship with the iconic holiday trains is much longer, however. “As a kid, I remember visiting them back when they were set up on Fouth and Vine inside the Cincinnati Gas & Electric building,” he says. “Those memories are some of my most treasured,” says Cline, “and I feel incredibly lucky to work on a model train display unlike any other in the country.” And he wants to make sure others know it. “I love explaining the history of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and bringing the display to life for people both young and old,” he says. And there’s a lot to tell. The display has been a cherished and fun holiday tradition for Cline and families across the Tristate for 68 years. But it’s not all fun and games. At least not for Cline. “It’s a serious responsibility taking care of those trains,” he says, “but we enjoy what we’re doing and we get a kick out of the little kids’ reactions.” It’s a tradition that Cline is honored to be a part of and one he’s glad to help Cincinnati Museum Center carry on. “Parents bring their children, and when those children grow up they bring their own kids down here for the display,” he says. “It’s just a special time.”


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 5 Community Dance

nature themed crafts to make and take, many using natural or recycled materials. $5. Reservations required. 542-2909. College Hill.

Team Jeff Anderson Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Line dancing fitness party. Ages 18 and up. $5. Through Dec. 26. 741-8802; colerain.org. Colerain Township.

Jay Lane, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; clubtriolounge.com. Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes

On Stage - Dance

Hatha Yoga, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Bring mat and engage in stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. $6. 7418802; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township. Flex Silver Sneakers Exercise Class, 9:30-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructor-led, mixing core, strength and cardio. For ages 65 and up. $3. 923-5050; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township. Zumba Gold, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Community-oriented dancefitness class to provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. $5. 7418802; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township.

The Nutcracker, 7 p.m., St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Performance Center. Holiday ballet featuring marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice and score of Tchaikovsky. $20, $15 ages 11 and under and ages 65 and up. 520-2334; www.ballettheatremidwest.com. Finneytown.

Health / Wellness Breakfast and Learn: All About Arthritis, 9-10 a.m., Tag’s Cafe and Coffee Bar, 5761 Springdale Road, Learn about what arthritis is, who is susceptible to it, what causes it, how to relieve it and steps to help prevent joint disease. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 941-0378. Colerain Township.

On Stage - Theater The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, 1500 W. Galbraith Road, In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem, and the fun, when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Through Dec. 8. 588-4910; www.centerstageplayersinc.com. North College Hill.

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; www.guenthnerpt.com. Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6 Art & Craft Classes Wine Glass Painting, 7-9 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Artist Jen Meade provides instruction on how to paint a wine glass. All supplies included. Ages 18 and up. $25. Reservations required. 7910800. Colerain Township.

Community Dance Cincy A2, 8-10:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Advanced level square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Through Dec. 20. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Crafts for the Family, 6:30-8:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Choose from more than 15

field Township. A Vintage Park Christmas, Noon-4 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township.

Music - Classic Rock

Music - Classical Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3-5 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Traditional holiday music. Free. 861-9978; www.wguc.org/cco. Springfield Township. An Advent Evening With Della Enns, 6:30-9:30 p.m., College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., Sanctuary. Three-course dinner followed by intimate piano concert by award-winning pianist-composer Della Enns. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Three C’s Nursery School. $35 dinner and concert; $15 concert only. Reservations required for dinner. 853-8489; chpc.org. College Hill.

On Stage - Theater C The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 588-4910; www.centerstageplayersinc.com. North College Hill.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Civic Santa’s Workshop: Toys for Tots Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Home Depot Forest Park, 1266 Omniplex Drive, Special guests Santa and his elves, children’s workshop, cookies/juice/milk, crafts and more. Bring new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. U.S. Marines in attendance to collect toys. Ages -1-5. Free. 671-6012. Forest Park.

Education Survival Bracelet Workshop, 6 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Register online by Dec. 4. Learn how to use survival-strength paracord that you can use to create a shelter, snare or other items crucial in a survival situation. Additional cord and add-on items available for purchase. $10 for basic cord and clasp kit vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Striders with Strollers, 9-10 a.m., Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Ave., Across from playland near Macy’s. Designed to help lift mood, strengthen bones and joints, improve balance/coordination, spend time with baby and make new friends. $8. Registration required. 478-1399. Colerain Township.

Holiday - Christmas Lights for Life, 6-9 p.m., St. James the Greater, 3565 Hubble Road, Blessing of the candles follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Luminary display with 1,500 lights as a pro-life witness to the community. 741-5300. White Oak. Holiday Crafts for the Family, 2:30-4:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, $5. Reservations required. 542-2909. College Hill. A Vintage Park Christmas, Noon-4 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Take a trip back to the 1950s and ‘60s. This exhibit of people and parks includes photos, a re-created historic journal and live music. Vintage kids’ holiday crafts and light refreshments available for a small fee. Vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Colerain Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with DJ Doc, 9:30

Nature

Selections 2013 ends Friday, Dec. 6, at the Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road. The biennial exhibition features works created by regional high school students as selected by their art teachers. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 244-4314 or visit www.msj.edu/ssg. Abby Semler, a senior at The Summit Country Day School, received the top award in the exhibition.THANKS TO MARK WIESNER

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.cincinnati.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to life@communitypress.com along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to www.cincinnati.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. p.m.-1:30 a.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 3737 Stonecreek Blvd., Free. 923-9464. Colerain Township.

Music - Concerts Family Force 5, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Christian music. $40 VIP; $20, $16 advance. 825-8200; www.theug.com. Forest Park.

Music - Rock Eleven, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 4 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Knot That! Learn a few handy knots to make your outdoor adventure safer. $6. Registration required online by Dec. 5. Vehicle permit required. Registration required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township. Animals Alive, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Learn about wildlife from the area and meet a few up close. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 2 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $20, $15 ages 11 and under and ages 65 and up. 520-2334; www.ballettheatremidwest.com. Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12.

588-4910; www.centerstageplayersinc.com. North College Hill.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Basket Workshop, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Fashion a basket for holding holiday treasures or to give as a gift. All supplies included. $25, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes 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; www.guenthnerpt.com. Monfort Heights. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, 1150 W. Galbraith Road, Lower level. One-mile walk in powerful, low-impact, indoor, aerobic workout. Free. 324-6173. North College Hill.

Holiday - Christmas Brunch with Santa, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Buffet with more than 25 items, carving station and omelet bar. Santa gives children the opportunity to tell him their wish list and take a free picture with Santa. $15.95, $7.95 ages 2-12, free under 2; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. 825-6467; www.greatparks.org. Spring-

Wilderness Skills, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, Winter Survival. Dress for weather. Ages 9 and older. $6. Registration required online by Dec. 5. Vehicle permit required. Registration required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Springfield Township.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 2 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $20, $15 ages 11 and under and ages 65 and up. 520-2334; www.ballettheatremidwest.com. Finneytown.

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

Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20-$30. Registration required. 512-225-8441. Westwood.

MONDAY, DEC. 9 Auditions The Royal Family - Auditions, 7-9:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, 1500 W. Galbraith Road, Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. 588-4910; www.centerstageplayersinc.com. North College Hill.

Clubs & Organizations Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Business Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, Mount Healthy Christian Village, 8097 Hamilton Ave., Free. 923-1985; www.mthealthyba.org. Mount Healthy.

Community Dance Royal Rounds, 7:30 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, twostep, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. 929-2427. Greenhills. Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced Western-style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Exercise Classes Pilates Class, 11 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Instructor Celine Kirby leads core-strengthening exercises using bands and weights. Bring yoga mat. $5. 741-8802; www.coleraintwp.org. Colerain

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Community Dance Continentals Round Dance Club, 2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Phase III-V level round dance club. $6. 929-2427. Mount Healthy. Team Jeff Anderson Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; colerain.org. Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Gold, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township. Fit Chixx, 10-10:45 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Strength training, plyometrics, cardio and core. $5. 205-9772. Colerain Township.

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.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 Auditions The Royal Family - Auditions, 7-9:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, Free. 588-4910; www.centerstageplayersinc.com. North College Hill.

Dining Events Free Community Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Ave., Free dinner. Food is hearty, healthy and homemade by volunteers. Free. 541-2415. College Hill.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 2 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 588-4910; www.centerstageplayersinc.com. North College Hill.

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Township. Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, Incorporates variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Registration required. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Springfield Township. Hatha Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $6. 741-8802; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township. Flex Silver Sneakers Exercise Class, 9:30-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $3. 923-5050; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township. Fit Bodz, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Lose weight, lose body fat, increase strength, stamina and flexibility. Bring mat, dumbbells, towel and water bottle. $8. 741-8802; www.colerain.org. Colerain Township. Striders with Strollers, 9-10 a.m., Northgate Mall, $8. Registration required. 478-1399. Colerain Township.

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Gifts from the kitchen for the holiday season

During the holiday season, I stock up on bags of walnuts and jars of honey to make our traditional baklava for Christmas giving. Our whole family gets involved, from the adults to the toddlers. Today and for the next few weeks I’ll be sharRita ing some Heikenfeld favorites RITA’S KITCHEN for you to try. Take advantage of the good prices on raw nuts, too. They freeze well for several months.

Chardonnay-soaked golden raisins

We made these a few years ago in cooking class and they were a hit. I like to scrape out seeds from the vanilla bean and add those to the liquid along with the bean. Served over Brie with crackers, the raisins make elegant hors d’oeuvres and a jar of them makes an unusual gift from the kitchen. If you don’t like Brie, smear a little soft goat cheese on a toasted baguette and top with raisins. I have made this recipe with Riesling, and it turned out just a little bit sweeter, but very nice. 11⁄2 cups water 1 cup chardonnay or Chablis wine 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, pounded flat and then split open and cut in half 1 cup golden raisins

Combine water, wine and sugar. Bring to simmer and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla bean and raisins. Let steep 12 hours or so. Drain raisins, reserve liquid. Discard bean. Return liquid to pan and bring to boil. You’ll have about 11⁄4 cups. Reduce to 1⁄3 cup. The sauce will be deep amber. Cool a bit and stir in raisins. Store in refrigerator up to a month, and bring to room temperature before using.

Gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis

No, not a gift from the kitchen, but a time-honored home remedy with anti-inflammatory qualities. I had some raisins left over so I made a batch. I had forgotten about making these until I saw Dr. Oz talking about them. Check out my blog for the recipe.

Barbie Hahn’s chili lime peanuts

Barbie and I both have been regular guests on Fox 19 morning show. She is known as the Suburban Chef. Barbie makes lots of homemade edibles, including this savory one. Barbie told me: “I make these for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. They make a nice addition to a gift basket.” 6 cups cocktail peanuts, unsalted 6 tablespoons lime juice 6 tablespoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt

and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really like the old food places up on ‘the hill’.”

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Chewy brownies from St. Xavier’s Mothers Club cookbook Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Rita’s golden raisins soak in chardonnay makes a great gift from the kitchen.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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ous forms. Sometimes, a thief will claim to have hired you to be a Mystery Shopper and send you a check to shop at various stores. One of those places will be Western Union when you’re to wire money to them. Of course, if you follow the thief’s instructions you will have deposited his bogus check into your bank account. You won’t know his check is bad until after you’ve wired him your good money. Other scams involve sending you a bogus check for several thousand dollars allegedly so you can pay for the taxes on the sweepstakes prize you just won. You’re told to deposit the check and then wire the money to the sweepstakes office. Again, you don’t learn until it’s too late that the check sent you is bogus and you’re now liable to repay the bank. Bottom line, beware of checks and money orders sent from strangers, often sent by FedEx and UPS to avoid the post office and its postal inspectors. And never wire money to someone you don’t know. 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 heyhoward@local12.com.

This season, holiday shoppers in Warren, Butler and Northwest Hamilton counties can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with local senior agencies, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones. An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) noninstitutionalized people

Santa’s workship Dec. 7 in Forest Park

The Toys for Tots Santa’s Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Forest Park Home Depot, 1266 Omniplex Drive. The free program is planned for youngsters ages 1-5. Special guests include Santa and his elves. There will be a children’s workshop, cookies, juice, milk, crafts and more. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. There will be U.S. Marines in attendance to collect toys. Call 513-671-6012 for information.

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65 and older live alone. Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees through Dec. 16 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached. Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be at: » Walgreens at Tylersville and Cox Road » Walgreens at Tylersville and Cin-Day Road » Walgreens at U.S. 48 and U.S. 22/Ohio 3 in Maineville » Walgreens at Mason Montgomery Road /Socialville Foster » YMCA Butler County (near Bridgewater Falls) » Yost Pharmacy in Mason » Jazzercise in Landen » Home Instead Senior

Kimberly Morel and Donald Larson were married November 8, 2013. Kimberly is the daughter of Harold and Lois Morel of Springdale, Ohio. Kimberly is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art. She is employed as the Principal Interior Designer at the VA Medical Center in Dayton. Donald is the son of Benjamin and Lucille Robinson of Decatur, Illinois. Donald is a graduate of Washburn University with a degree in Business Administration. He is employed as Contract Training Officer with VISN 10 Department of Veterans Affairs. The civil ceremony was held in Fairborn, Ohio and later that evening the happy couple had a small dinner celebration with family only.

Winton Road in Finneytown, is hosting “Breakfast with Santa” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, storytelling and a gift from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Parents are welcome to take photos. No charge, but we do ask for donations to help defray the cost. Please call 542-4010 to make your reservation.

Franciscan Peddler shop opens at St. Clare

Just in time for the holidays, the Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are opening the Franciscan Peddler Thrift Shop on the grounds of St. Clare Campus, 60 Compton Road. The shop will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. The Thrift shop has clothing for women, men and children, toys, household items, furnishings, home décor and holiday items just in time for Christmas. To volunteer send an email to: franciscanpeddler@yahoo.com; to find out how to donate, call Joan Mills at 53-761-9040 ext. 101. Shoppers will need to follow the red and white signs to the location of the shop when they turn onto St. Clare Campus at 60 Compton Road.

For more information about the Associates program, e-mail Joan at sfpusarea@fuse.net.

LaBoiteux Woods hosts craft workshop

Are you looking for an indoor, nature themed holiday event that will delight your children and allow you to create something special for your home this season? Attend the annual holiday craft workshop at LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve at 5400 Lanius Lane in College Hill from 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, or 2:30 p.m.to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. All natural materials and supplies are provided. The Secret Santa room allows children to make crafts as presents for other family members. Fee is $5 per person. Pre-paid reservations by Dec. 5; call 542-2909 to register.

Mt. Healthy business group meets

Mt. Healthy Business Association will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 9, at Mt. Healthy Christian Village, 8097 Hamilton Ave. There is no fee to attend. For more information, contact Matt Fay at 513923-1985; email matthewm @yottaquest.com, or visit www.mthealthyba.org.

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The website Craigslist is a great place for finding lots of things from jobs to cars. It is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can very easily get scammed. That’s what a local woman says almost happened to her. Kathryne Oakes, of St. Bernard, advertised a hat for sale on Craigslist and says she received several e-mails requesting more information. But one email was from a person who said she lived in Texas and wanted to buy the hat. Oakes says she emailed her name and address so she could receive payment for the hat. She then received a FedEx package with a check for $2,150 even though she was only asking $400 for the hat. A letter with the check advised Oakes to send the rest of the money to a “shipper” who would then deliver the hat. Oakes attempted to follow the directions but, because she doesn’t have a bank account to deposit the check as instructed, she took the check to a check cashing store. Oakes says the check cashing store noted the check did not come from the woman allegedly buying the hat, but from someone else entirely and so would not

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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 17, misuse of credit card, Oct. 24. Cassie Stevens, 24, 5406 Southgate Blvd., possession of drug abuse instruments, Nov. 1. Joshua Bhankumsee, 18, 2374 Kemper Lane, theft, Nov. 1. Charles Strattman, 49, 6009 Vine St., criminal trespassing, Nov. 1. Raaedina King, 34, 11520 Olde Gate, theft, Nov. 2. Juvenile female, 14, theft, Nov. 2. Tyrone Tanks, 20, 8367 Mayfair St., theft, Nov. 2. John Emery, 58, 1826 Lotushill Drive, assault, Nov. 3. David Woods, 26, 222 Grover, carrying a concealed weapon, Nov. 3. Arnold Franklin, 49, 726 Van Buren, theft, Nov. 3. Juvenile male, 14, theft, Nov. 4. Juvenile male, 17, disorderly conduct, Oct. 7. Demarico Davis, 18, Ledro St., theft, Oct. 10.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck, Nov. 4. Breaking and entering Vacant residence entered at 504 Besswood, Oct. 31. Burglary Residence entered and game systems and games valued at $720 removed at 11516 Ravensburg, Oct. 31. Residence entered at 757 Northland, Nov. 19. Criminal damaging Vehicle hood damaged at Quail Court, Oct. 29. Reported at 910 Goodhue, Nov. 7. Tire damaged at 11040 Quailridge Court, Nov. 8. Domestic Female reported at Folkstone, Nov. 3. Failure to comply Reported at Waycross and Geneva, Nov. 4. Obstruction Reported at 11410 Fiesta, Oct. 30. Theft Printer, GPS of unknown value removed at 590 Northland Blvd., Oct. 28. Reported at 690 Northland Blvd, Oct. 28.

Nov. 1. Harold Hall, 65, 2222 Lincoln St., assault at 2222 Lincoln St., Nov. 2. Juvenile female, 15, domestic at 1570 Pleasant Run Drive, Nov. 2. Patrick Rosemond, 26, 6424 Montgomery Road, weapons law violation at 1511 North Bend, Nov. 3. Bryan McCarthy, 47, 2018 Broadhurst, domestic at 2018 Broadhurst, Nov. 3.

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. Cellphone of unknown value removed at 2056 Quail Court, Oct. 28. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 1143 Smiley, Oct. 28. Copper of unknown value removed at 690 Northland Blvd., Oct. 30. Wii remote removed at 1143 Smiley, Oct. 30. Wireless phone, Kindle of unknown value removed at 11401 Lincolnshire, Oct. 31. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 1661 Waycross Road, Nov. 1. $40 in gas not paid for at 1170 Kemper Meadow Drive, Nov. 4. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 11993 Chase Plaza, Nov. 4. Victim reported, Nov. 8. Dolly valued at $400 removed at 2140 Stapleton Court, Nov. 8. Cellphone and sandals valued at $140 removed at 11051 Quailridge, Nov. 10. Theft of motor vehicle Vehicle removed at 1388 Karahill, Nov. 10. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Reported at 2290 Waycross Road, Oct. 31.

MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 14, criminal trespassing, Oct. 29. Jebu Cantrell, 36, drug abuse, carrying concealed weapons, Nov. 2. Anthony Gaston, 33, 1563 W. Galbraith, drug abuse, Nov. 9.

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Demetrius Railey, 32, 6036 Lantana, burglary, Oct. 28. Juvenile female, 16, disorderly conduct, Oct. 29. Torrence Winbush, 22, 9023 Daly Road, drug abuse, Oct. 30. Tiffany Adams, 33, 6250 Stella Ave., theft, Oct. 30. Scott Wendell, 35, 2781 Shaffer Ave., falsification, Oct. 30. Juvenile male, 17, domestic, Oct. 31. Helen Rollins-Hall, 42, 11990 Gaylord Drive, receiving stolen, Oct. 31. Charles Bowman, 30, 606 Delmar Place, drug paraphernalia at 8224 Winton Road, Nov. 1. Harris Cole, 38, 10027 Manistee, drug paraphernalia at 2132 Sevenhills Drive, Nov. 1. Dionna Flowers, 45, 1227 Vine St., assault at 2246 Kemper Road,

Assault Victim struck at Seven Hills and Birchridge Drive, Nov. 2. Breaking and entering Business entered and items valued at $209 removed at 944 North Bend, Oct. 31. Burglary Residence entered at 992 Huffman Court, Oct. 28. Residence entered and TV valued at $900 removed at 1714 Fullerton Drive, Oct. 29. Criminal damaging Truck damaged at 2057 Broadhurst Ave., Oct. 30. Garage door damaged at 2115 Broadhurst Ave., Oct. 30. Passing bad checks Reported at 10990 Hamilton Ave., Oct. 29. Tampering with a coin machine Reported at 8243 Daly, Nov. 2. Theft GPS valued at $100 removed at 12181 Regency, Oct. 28. Currency valued at $18,000 removed from victim at 1332 Biloxi Drive, Oct. 28. Coffee maker valued at $100 removed at 8367 Roland, Oct. 28. Reported at 2275 Wilson Ave., Oct. 29. Phone valued at $200 removed at 8548 Winton, Oct. 29. Phone valued at $200 removed at 839 Compton Road, Oct. 29. Saxophone valued at $500 removed at 8101 Hamilton Ave., Oct. 24. Phones of unknown value removed at 2068 Sevenhills Drive, Oct. 30. Goods valued at $110 removed at 920 North Bend Road, Oct. 31. Items valued at $5,350 removed at 10910 Hamilton Ave., Oct. 25.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS 1539 Ambrose Ave.: Gow, E. Maxine & Yolanda M. Gow to Ruby Road Services LLC; $21,000.

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2 Adelle Walk: Lemon, Sherry E. to Jourhniette-Rice, Maria; $32,300.

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5831 Monfort Hills Ave.: Fifth Third Mortgage Co. to Carroll, Steven & Theresa; $30,300. 5848 Pameleen Court: C&M Investment Group LLC to Hill, Demetrius Winslow; $116,500.

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7721 Werner Ave.: Ruth, Jo Ann Martha to Miller, Elissa K. Tr.; $32,000.

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6469 Betts Ave.: Penklor Properties LLC to Lau, James N. Tr.; $60,250. 2012 Carpenter Drive: FV-1 Inc. Tr. to Muddy Rivers Homes LLC; $26,200.

6945 Gloria Drive: Hill, Lashonda & Antaun D. to Citimortgage Inc.; $40,000. 1627 Goodman Ave.: Smith, Gregory Foster & Rachel Nadine Hacker to Smith, Gregory Foster; $6,750. 6927 Mearl Ave.: HSBC Bank USA NA to Home Assets Group LLC; $24,500. 1812 Sterling Ave.: Clark, Jerry W. & Judy A. to Bank of America NA; $30,000. 2029 Sundale Ave.: Caddell, Carolyn to Federal National Mortgage Association; $28,000.

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11914 Belgreen Lane: Matiunas, Ronald J. & Janice A. Shepherd to Koontz, Thomas; $137,000. 1905 Bluehill Drive: Fleming, Linda to Fleming, Linda & Debbie Stehlin; $20,883. 1852 Fullerton Drive: Eagan, Joseph V. & Tara R. to Piri, El-Shaddai Atonye; $160,000. 11440 Hamilton Ave.: Noble Management Ltd. to Amnesia Properties LLC; $345,000.

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

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1052 Hempstead Drive: Bank of New York Mellon Tr. to Moktan, Phul; $40,111. 1290 Landis Lane: Active Homes LLC to Td Premier Properties LLC; $15,500. 2277 Lincoln Ave.: Inman, Garland J. & Tracy A. Norwood to Suntrust Mortgage Inc.; $36,000. 1409 Meredith Drive: U.S. Bank NA Tr. to Standifer, Linda R.; $30,100. 12060 Regency Run Court:

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Koehne, Joan C. to Burchfield, Ruth M.; $75,000. 1366 Section Road: Romer, Suzanne M. to Ladisa Investments LLC; $28,000. 9856 Shellbark Lane: Cartwright Co. Ltd. to Holmes, Timothy N.; $83,500. 1039 Sherman Terrace: Stewart, Paul & Linda F. to Jobalia, Neil; $85,000. 1317 Woodland Ave.: MCKEV Management LLC to Moss, Quinton & Lillie; $31,000.

HUMBERT’S

521-6446

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VINEYARD CHURCH NORTHWEST Colerain Township Three Weekend Services Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Road 1/4 mile south of Northgate Mall 513-385-4888 µ www.vcnw.org

Services

Sunday School - 10:00 am Sunday Morning - 11:00 am Sunday Evening - 6:00 pm Wednesday - 7:00 pm Evening Prayer and Bible Study Wyoming Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 christchurch1@fuse.net www.christchurchglendale.org The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12

LUTHERAN 8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown www.faithcinci.org

Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) “Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN At CHURCH BY THE WOODS

www.churchbythewoods.org 3755 Cornell Rd., Sharonville , Ohio 45241 You have a choice of Ministry: 1. Traditional Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: English Multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic. 2. Contemporary Sunday Worship with Freedom Church at 10:30 AM. Language: English It’s not about Religion; it’s about relationships! www.freedomchurchcincinnati.com 3. Taiwanese Traditional Sunday Worship st 2:00 PM. Language: Taiwanese, UC Campus Fellowship on Saturdays, www.cincinnatitaiwanese.org 4. Seventh Day Adventist Saturday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: Spanish Loving - Caring - and Sharing God’s Word Notes: Nursery School is provided at each Worship time English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught on Saturday 10-12 AM. Various Bible Studies are available.

www. trinitymthealthy.org 513-522-3026

EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:15 a.m. Sundays

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Classic Service and Hymnbook

www.trinitylutherancincinnati.com

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break: Never-Failing Love" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

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Rev. Richard Davenport, Pastor

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

“Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

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

4451 Fields Ertel Road Cincinnati, OH 45241 (513) 769-4849 gstep77507@aol.com

United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Mark Reuter Sunday School 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available www.cpopumc.org

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HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH

SHARON BAPTIST CHURCH

Christ, the Prince of Peace

Now accepting orders for the Holidays: Party Trays, Honey Hams, Turkeys, Finger Sandwiches, Mini Buns, Fruit and Vegetable Trays, Rib Roasts, Beef Tenderloins

513-563-0117

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BAPTIST

UNITED METHODIST

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www.sharonville-umc.org

385-7024

931-3324

Mon-Fri 9-6:00 Sat. 9-5 • Sun 10-2

8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Adult & Children’s Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS

2003 W. Galbraith Rd. 9159 Winton Rd.

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Faith Lutheran LCMC

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UNITED METHODIST

Active Youth, College, Senior Groups Exciting Music Dept, Deaf Ministry, Nursery

Incidents/reports

Assault Victim struck at 7744 Clovernook, Nov. 11. Disorderly conduct Victim reported at 8035 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 8. Disorderly conduct, obstructing official business Reported at 7349 Maple Ave., Nov. 3. Robbery Victim reported at 7626 Clovernook, Nov. 9. Theft Firearm of unknown value removed at 7833 Joseph St., Nov. 7. Speaker valued at $200 removed at 7811 Clovernook, Nov. 12.

INDEPENDENT BAPTIST FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 8580 Cheviot Rd., Colerain Twp 741-7017 www.ourfbc.com Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School (all ages) 9:30am 10:30am Sunday Morning Service Sunday Evening Service 6:30pm Wedn. Service/Awana 7:00pm RUI Addiction Recovery (Fri.) 7:00pm

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:45am

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. mhumc.org Spiritual Checkpoint ... Bearing the Love of Christ...for you!

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

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

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

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

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

Sunday School - All Ages - 9:15am Sunday Worship - 10:30am

Nursery Provided

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

Phone: 385-9077 Rev. Michelle Torigian Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access www.stpaulucccolerain.org www.facebook.com/StPaulUCC

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