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Teen singing at Grammys By Heidi Fallon

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McAuley returns first-team, all-league bowler Alyssa Estep, who is only a junior, to a team ranked sixth in the city. They’ll get a sense on just how good they will be as they take on top-ranked Oak Hills Dec. 8. – FULL STORY, A6

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Finneytown High School senior Tim Ovia can’t wait for the Feb. 13 Grammy awards show. The 17-year-old won’t be watching from his Springfield Township living room – he’ll be performing. Ovia is one of eight teens picked from the United States to be part of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. Selected from the audition tape he submitted, Ovia said he was stunned to learn last week that he had made the cut. “There were thousands of others competing for this,” Ovia said. Ovia said the all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles will be from Feb. 4-14. His ensemble, along with several other Grammy groups of high school students, will be performing at what Ovia calls “hot spots.” “We’ll be at all the places the performers and stars go during Grammy week,” he said. “Then, we’ll be performing as back-up for a Grammy act, but I don’t know who.” Ovia said he’s been spending what little free time he has conversing with the other students scattered across the country. “We really have to become a fellowship to perform together and I’m really looking forward to it all,” he said. Performing is something Ovia said he’s been doing since he was a “little kid” when he would sing for his church. More recently, Ovia has been picked to perform with the AllState Chorus in January and with


Tim Ovia, left, and his choral teacher at Finneytown High School, Jason McKee, are all smiles after learning Ovia will be heading to Los Angeles in February to perform on the Grammy award show. the May Fest Youth Chorus. He’s also about to be honored by Springfield Township trustees as one of the talented musicians of the year. That honor, he said, means as much as the other accolades he’s been amassing. “My mom told me that graduation will seem kind of tame after the exciting year I’ve been having,” Ovia said. He said it’s been his parents, Carla and Alex Ovia, who have inspired and supported his dreams.

Ovia has applied to and is waiting to hear from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. “I’d like to double major in vocal performance and psychology,” the honor student and Eagle Scout said. Along with his family, Ovia gives his Finneytown teachers a standing ovation, particularly his choral teacher, Jason McKee. “He’s one of the biggest reasons why I’m where I am with my music,” Ovia said. McKee returns the compliment.

“He is just the model leader, talent aside,” McKee said. “Hands down, it’s been his parents who have made the big difference. “Tim has the leadership skills, work ethic, humility and talent to take him anywhere he wants to go in life.” Right now, where he wants to go is the beach. “I can’t wait to see LA,” he said. “It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit.” For more on your community, visit

New high school set to open Jan. 10 By Jennie Key

Mount Healthy junior high and high school students will start the new year in their new building. The Mount Healthy City School District is set to open the last of three new buildings in the district when students return from an extended holiday break. The last day of classes for students in the old buildings will be Wednesday, Dec. 22. They return to class on Monday, Jan. 10, to the brand new building. Opening ceremonies are set for Sunday, Jan. 16, at the new high school. The Mount Healthy Alumni Association will host open houses at both the old high school on Adams Road, and the new Junior/Senior High School on Hamilton Avenue on Saturday, Jan 15. The open houses will run from noon until 5 p.m. Craig Rouse, a class of 1967 member, brings his Beatles Tribute Band “Eight Days a Week” to perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the

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one building. Officials said the consolidation would result in $1.5 million annual cost savings through the streamlining of operations. The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission paid $57.2 million of the $90 million cost to construct the buildings, the remaining $33 million was paid for

with the bond money, which can only be used for construction, not operation of the new buildings. Recent rain allowed the district to be sure the roof at the new building is sealed and water tight. The rain revealed problems at North and South elementary; there were roof leaks at North and the library’s bank of curved windows was not properly sealed. Both issues have been

addressed by contractors. Pennell said the district will be sending letters this week to about 290 students who will now be within walking distance of the school and will no longer receive bus service. Bus passes will be mailed out in about two weeks. “This will be a big change for some families, and I expect we will get some phone calls,” Pennell said. For more about your community, visit

Alumni offering mementos To celebrate the opening of the new building and mark the closing of the old one, the Mount Healthy Alumni Association is accepting pre-orders for bricks from the Adams Road high school and for Cat’s Meow wooden keepsakes from the high schools on Harrison Avenue and Adams Road. The bricks will be engraved with the dates the Adams Road building was in use – 1962 to 2010. Cost will be $45 per brick

for local pick up. Shipping via United States Postal Service will be available at USPS rates. The Cat’s Meow keepsakes will have a rendition of the buildings on the front and a biography on the back. The cost is $15 for local pickup and shipping is available. For information, or to pre-order your keepsakes, visit the alumni website at

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North College Hill residents saw improvements to three streets in 2010 with plans for two major projects in 2011. The city was able to secure state funding to help

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finance road repairs to Carpenter Drive and Norcol and Bobwood avenues. Those two projects totaled $925,000. The city had to pay 30 percent of the cost with the state capital improvement program paying 70 percent. The city uses the 4.8mill road levy to pay its share of matching fund grants as well as routine road repairs. Scott Gully, finance director for North College Hill, said the road levy generated $469,168 in 2010 and is predicted to produce $460,000 next year. The levy will expire at the end of 2011, Mark Fitzgerald, city administrator said. On tap for 2011, are projects on Claretta Drive and Griesmer Avenue. Neither Greenhills nor Mount Healthy residents experienced much in the way of road repair projects in 2010. Acting Municipal Manager David Moore said there was neither the money nor the need for major projects.

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Springfield Township public works employees Mike Gould and Dave guild were at work last summer fixing a section of Monsanto Drive. “We did do $17,000 worth of catch basin work,” Moore said. A sidewalk project is slated for next year, estimated at $70,000. Moore said sidewalks will be installed on each side of Winton Road. “Once it’s completed, you will be able to walk on a paved surface from Sharon Road to Winton Woods park,” he said. “What road work we do next year will depend on the winter weather and what it does to our streets.” Mount Healthy

Safety/Service Director Bill Kocher said his city also did not have the money for road projects. Voters approved the renewal of a street levy in November after rejecting the city’s request for a replacement levy that would have tripled the city’s road fund. The 1.5-mill levy generates $115,000 a year. Kocher said it takes the city several years to save enough from the levy to be able to afford its share of the state funding grants. “In 2011, we’re applying for grants to do the section

of Clovernook Avenue from Compton to Adams,” he said. “We applied in 2010, but were unsuccessful because we did not have the matching funds.” Springfield Township was successful in securing a 70 percent state grant for a $600,000 project in the North Hill subdivision. Streets included Bluecrystal Court, Pinemeadow and Spruceglen drives. The township spent $116,278 from its road fund for repairs to six township streets. “The state grant process is highly competitive,” said John Musselman, township service director. “We typically apply for SCIP grants for those township streets in the worst condition. “In many cases, these projects would exceed our annual road district budget so obtaining these grants is very important to our road network.” On tap for 2011, are streets in the Pleasant Run Farms neighborhood. For more on your community, visit

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Military personnel across the globe continue to get comfort from letters written by students at Winton Woods City Schools. For the past four years the district has written letters to troops overseas and sent them along with care packages being shipped from the Yellow Ribbon Support Group and Thank You Foundation, through Dayspring Church in Forest Park. Karen Emmons, media specialist at Winton Woods Primary North, began the program, entitled Operation Letter Storm. She said she started it to raise awareness of troops serving overseas. Emmons’ son, Jesse, is a 2007 Winton Woods High


Gene Hurt, member of Dayspring Church in Forest Park, looks at a few of the letters written by students in Winton Woods City Schools as part of Operation Letter Storm, which sends letters from students to troops serving overseas. Dayspring Church sends the letters in care packages. School graduate who is currently serving in Iraq. Operation Letter Storm has students writing letters several times each year,

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Forest Park to buy ‘eyesore’ gas station Mt. Healthy will light up the town Dec. 11 By Rob Dowdy

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Mount Healthy will light up for the holidays with the annual Light Up Mount Healthy Saturday, Dec. 11. Residents are encouraged to set out the luminary kits sold by the city’s Beautification Committee at their homes and around town from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The Light Up festivities include carriage rides and scheduled hot air balloons

in the park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is rain date of Saturday, Dec. 18. Penny Huber, Mount Healthy Historical Society, said the museum also will be open for tours during the Light Up hours. The museum is at 1546 McMakin Ave. adjacent the park and City Hall. For more information, call the city at 931-8840. For more about your community, visit www.

Forest Park officials will soon take ownership of a property many in the community have derided as an eyesore for several years. The city is expected to buy the former BP station at 702 Northland Blvd. for $175,000. Community Development Director Chris Anderson said the property went to auction about a month ago, and the city won the bidding process. City Manager Ray Hodges said the purchase is part of the city’s redevelopment plan that was created in 2007. Anderson said the city has no immediate plans for


Forest Park is planning to purchase the former BP station on Northland Boulevard as part of the city’s redevelopment plan. The former gas station has been vacant for several years. the site, beyond clearing it up. “The goal is to remove an eyesore,” he said. The former gas station closed several years ago, and BP removed the fuel tanks. Anderson said there are no environmental issues

with the site, and any environmental problems that arise after the city takes ownership would be BP’s responsibility. Anderson said Forest Park attempted to purchase the property a while ago, but BP put it on the market

for $440,000, which “was way beyond our budget for it.” “We were committed to not waste taxpayer dollars,” Hodges said.

for ages 12-18; advance registration is required. It takes place from 4:30-6 p.m. at the library, 655 Waycross Road. To register, call 513-369-4478.

cerned Citizens will have its annual Christmas get together at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. It will be at the North College Hill senior/community center, 1586 Goodman Ave. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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BRIEFLY Santa’s coming to TV

Santa Claus will make his rounds early with a visit to the Waycross Community Media studios during his annual Talking with Santa program. Santa and his trusted elf will be taking over the Waycross Studio on Monday, Dec. 13, to answer questions and requests starting at 8 p.m. on Channel 24 and Channel 23 as well as streamed live at w w w. w a y c r o s s . t v / w a y cross23live. E-mails can be sent early to Santa to be read on the show at For more information call 825-2429.

Santa’s coming

Every year, Santa takes a break from his hectic December schedule to visit with children and their families in Forest Park. The annual event takes place at Frisch’s Big Boy, 11990 Chase Plaza Drive, Saturday, Dec. 18, from 8:3010:30 a.m. Children 12 and younger can participate in a coloring contest as well as chatting with Santa and posing for pictures with him. Frisch’s will serve a breakfast buffet.

Breakfast with Santa is cosponsored by the city of Forest Park and Frisch’s. For further information, call 513-8519910.

Dinner delayed

The blu blu Restaurant on Hamilton Avenue in Mount Healthy is closed due to a family illness. The Nika family opened the new Greek dining spot at 7417 Hamilton Ave. in November. The family said they hope to re-open soon.

Student exhibit

The Passages Gallery will feature graduate students from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program throughout the month of December. Students will be exhibiting their two-dimensional work. Passages Gallery is located in the auditorium of the former Goodman Elementary School, 1731 Goodman Ave. Admission is free. For information call 7639125.

Drive-through nativity

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School will be sponsoring the third annual Drive Through

Nativity in the parking lots of St. Ann Church/Our Lady of Grace Catholic School from 68 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. These drive-through stations of the nativity are based on the book “Stations of the Nativity” by Patrick Kelley. Enter off of Clara Avenue and be transported back to the first Christmas, where there are prophets, live animals, choirs of angels, shepherds, and the live manger.

Forest Park urges residents to decorate

If you’re a Forest Park resident who loves to decorate for holidays, the city’s message to you is “Go for it!” Forest Park’s Beautification Commission has announced its 15th annual Holiday Decoration Contest, which awards prizes for a variety of exterior displays, including best outdoor lighting, most creative display of lights, and most elegant display. Neighbors who collaborate can compete for a “most decorative street” award. Judging will take place starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. While there will be just one street award, multiple winners

will be selected in the other categories. Homes must be registered in order to be judged. To register your home, request a form by calling 513-595-5202 or email Registration must be completed by Dec. 9. Forest Park staffer Rachel Hackmann said that the competition produced 11 winners last December.

Cantata set

The Evangelical Community Church invites everyone to the church’s Christmas Cantata, Hope for the World. It will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the church, 2191 Struble Road. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Visit the church’s website at for more information.

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Fabric artist Darlene Christopher will lead a crafty workshop for teenagers Dec. 9 at the Forest Park Branch Library. Participants will each make a satin scarf designed to be attractive and warm. The free session is geared

Parkinson’s forum

There will be a free threehour workshop on dealing with Parkinson’s Disease from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Greenhills Community Church, Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road in Greenhills. The workshop will be conducted by a registered nurse and is for patients, friends, caregivers and family members for those who have more advanced symptoms. Call 937-903-0699 to register or for more information.

Gang lunch

The Senior Group at Mount Healthy United Methodist Church, The UpHill Gang, will have its December luncheon at noon Monday, Dec. 6, in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $5 at the door and an elevator is available. For reservations call 825-1254.

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Winton Woods City Schools is offering introductory Chinese language classes for adults beginning in the new year. The classes will be taught by Molly Zhang, visiting teacher from China. The sixweek class is 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, through Feb. 10, in the library of the Greenhills Community Building, 8 Enfield Drive. The cost of the class is $60 and the registration deadline is Dec. 17. Registration forms and tuition should be sent to: Communications Specialist Gina Burnett, Winton Woods City Schools, 1215 W. Kemper Road, Forest Park, OH 45240. Checks should be made payable to Winton Woods City Schools. For questions, or to reserve your spot in the class, contact Burnett at 619-2301 or

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Winton Woods to vote on international school By Rob Dowdy

Winton Woods City Schools is looking to expand its reach beyond the local community and into the global community. The district’s board of education is expected to vote on a proposal to create an international school at Winton Woods High School during the Monday, Dec. 13, meeting. Nasbe District officials met with community members recently to discuss an international school, which would offer more rigorous curriculum, real world experience and increased use of technology to students who apply to be part of the program. “We need to change things. We need to be innovative instead of watching others be innovative,” said Terri Holden, high school principal. Superintendent Camille Nasbe said officials in the district have been working toward becoming international over the last several years by building its student exchange program and putting an emphasis on foreign language studies. “Before we do so, we want to get feedback from parents,” she said. The international school would take between 100 to 120 students, but no student would be turned away from the program. Nasbe said the program would be “budget neutral” and the district wouldn’t take funds from existing resources. However, the district would need some funds to start the program.

Learn more The Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education will consider a proposal to offer a rigorous Global Studies Program to begin in 20112012 for interested incoming freshman. There will be an informational meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the high school library, 1231 Kemper Road, to inform and receive feedback from the community. Holden said the international school would differ from typical high school studies by offering students global issues seminars, requiring four years of Chinese or Spanish, increased instructional time, higher graduation requirements and required service hours. Parent Katrina Rugless, who is also a member of the Warrior Academic Advisory Council, said she wasn’t for or against the proposal, but asked the district to consider the ramifications of creating the program. “It’s not just about the high school,” she said. Rugless questioned why the high school, and the rest of the district, couldn’t take these steps without the designation of being an international school. Holden said a state grant for international schools is currently up for grabs, and the district must act quickly to capitalize on the opportunity. “We think that state grant has our name all over it,” Nasbe said. Nasbe said if the proposal is approved by the school board, the district will begin recruitment and marketing to get students into the program. If approved, the international school would begin at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. To find your community, visit







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Wrestlers ready for snow The Winton Woods High School wrestling team is armed with shovels and ready for the first official snow day off of school to help out their neighbors by shoveling snow for free. “This year we’re asking community members who need help with snow removal on those days that school is canceled to call the high school and leave their name, address and phone

number for my attention,” said wrestling coach Chris Willertz. “They’ll be put on the shoveling list.” Willertz started his snow shoveling service project last year when his Adopt-a Warrior program received a lot of support to help wrestlers with pay-toplay fees but didn’t get many requests to have work done in exchange for the donation.

“Community service is part of their jobs as Warrior wrestlers,” said Willertz. Residents of Forest Park, Greenhills, and those parts of Springfield Township that are in the Winton Woods School District can reach Willertz by calling Winton Woods High School at 619-2420 and leaving their information. The wrestlers will only be available on snow days.

St. Ursula seniors named National Merit semifinalists Seventeen seniors from St. Ursula Academy have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2010. Thirteen of the students, or 8.1 percent of the senior class, earned semifinalist status, ranking St. Ursula among the top 10 girls’ high schools in the nation this year for the percentage of semifinalists. They entered the scholarship competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. In addition, St. Ursula is home to National Merit Commended Students, a National Achievement Scholar, a National Achievement Outstanding Participant and a National Hispanic Scholar. Two students were recognized in more than one category. The National Merit Semifinalists from St. Ursula Academy are: • Lauren Billy of East Walnut Hills; • Mary Jo Bissmeyer of Springfield Township; • Eileen Brady of Union Township; • Emma Breyer of Milford; • Natalie Bryans of Montgomery; • Emily Cosco of Clifton; • Nicole Hird of Colerain Township; • Emilie Lanter of White Oak; • Shannon Melvin of White Oak; • Samantha Rogers of Hyde Park; • Marie Salcido of Anderson Township;


Pictured from front left are St. Ursula students Andrea Vessel, Emily Cosco, Natalie Hamilton, Emilie Lanter, Mary Jo Bissmeyer, Shannon Melvin, Elizabeth Millea and Arielle Waller; second row, Marie Salcido, Megan Daniher, Natalie Bryans, Nicole Hird, Emma Breyer, Samantha Rogers, Eileen Brady, Kendall Sherman and Lauren Billy. • Kendall Sherman of Anderson Township; and • Arielle Waller of Fairfield. They are among 16,000 semifinalists who will have an opportunity to compete next spring for 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards worth $36 million. Salcido also was named a National Hispanic Scholar as one of the 5,000 highest-scoring Hispanic/Latino students in the United States and U.S. territories. Waller also was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for black high school students. She is one of 1,600 students who now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 800 Achieve-

ment Scholarship awards worth $2.5 million. The National Merit Commended Students are: • Megan Daniher of Batavia; • Natalie Hamilton of Eastgate; and • Elizabeth Millea of Delhi Township. Commended Scholars placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition. Andrea Vessel of West Chester was named a National Achievement Outstanding Participant, which means she placed among the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 black high school students.


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It is not uncommon to walk in a classroom and witness students working in groups, solving problems, engaging in technology or role playing. John Paul II Catholic School eighth-grader Dan Schied, however, took it a step further, taking the initiative to teach his classmates about the Battle of Gettysburg. It is proven that students retain information 90 oercent more when they have the opportunity to teach others. Schied researched the subject and used the information to teach his classmates.

Amanda Ferguson, Darci Meiners and Sara Stacy have started a composting program at Roger Bacon High School. With teacher Megan Guldner, the team collects food scraps and paper waste from the cafeteria, teachers’ lounge and foods room. The materials are transported to a bin made of wooden pallets on the east side of the. The goal is to reduce the school’s garbage output by around 25 percent, thereby reducing the school’s cost for garbage collection. Posters above the bins specify what can and cannot be composted. Roger Bacon also continues to recycle paper and aluminum, but now collects plastic and glass. Pictured are Darci Meiners and Christian Davis.

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The week at Finneytown

• The Finneytown girls basketball team beat Northwest 68-21, Nov. 27. Finneytown’s top-scorer was Inez Stewart with 28 points. On Dec. 1, Finneytown beat Roger Bacon 62-44. Finneytown’s Inez Stewart was the team’s top-scorer with 30 points. Bacon’s topscorer was Malika Ashe with 11 points.

The week at McAuley

• The McAuley girls basketball team beat Oak Hills 52-33, Nov. 27. McAuley’s Melissa Sherpenberg was the team’s top-scorer with 14 points. On Dec. 1, the girls beat Boone County 62-41. McAuley’s Kaitlyn Gerrety as the team’s top-scorer with 14 points. • In girls swimming, McAuley placed second with a score of 88 against Taylor’s first-place 104 and Winton Woods’ 8, Nov. 30. McAuley’s Paige Kranbuhl won the 200meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 28.25 seconds, and the 100-meter flystroke in 1 minute, 7.01 seconds; Brittany Fishburn won the 100 meter backstroke in 1 minute, 24.69 seconds; and McAuley won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 55.17 seconds. • The Mercy girls bowling team beat McAuley 2,3932,150, Nov. 30. McAuley’s Alyssa Estep bowled a 366. On Dec. 2, McAuley beat Seton 2,449-2,147. McAuley’s Jessica Homer bowled a 452.

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Here is a look at some area bowling teams.

La Salle

The Lancers, which finished 135 overall last season and second to St. Xavier in the Greater Catholic League South division, graduated a trio of second-team, all-league performers in T.J DeLaet, Andrew Leon and Kyle Smith. This season, La Salle will rely on seniors Jake Huber and Travis Nieman, as well as juniors Mike Frankl, Jeff Nadar and Gabe Perkins. Huber averaged a 167.7 in limited action last year but in the early season is hovering in the 230s. Nieman is at 212, while Frankl, Nadar and Perkins have been in the 160s-170s range. La Salle, ranked 12th in the city, takes on top-ranked Oak Hills Dec. 8 at Western Bowl. The Lancers also face Elder Dec. 16 at Colerain Bowl before participating in the Holiday Baker Marathon Dec. 18 at Columbus Bowling Palace and the New Year’s Tournament Dec. 28 at Eastern Lanes. They open the new year with league matches against Elder (Jan. 4) and Moeller (Jan. 6) with the GCL Tournament slated for Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl.


Among the members of the McAuley High School bowling team are (left to right): Emily Blessing, Alyssa Estep, Haley Donovan, Jessica Homer, Amber Bahrani, Christi Kristof and Lexi Baker. ence Bowling Invitational will be held Jan. 8 at Northwest Lanes.

North College Hill

The girls team will be led by seniors Ashley Thomas and Kabrina Dudley, while the boys team will be led by senior Kyle Blust and juniors Terrin Vann, Stephen Mosby and Markell Ector.


• The Madeira girls basketball team beat North College Hill 51-26, Nov. 30. NCH’s top-scorer was Glass with 10 points. On Dec. 1, the NCH girls beat Cincinnati Christian Academy 60-51. The topscorer for NCH was Williams with 13 points.

The week at La Salle

Mount Healthy

• The Roger Bacon boys bowling team lost to Harrison 2,746-2,624, Nov. 29. Bacon’s Henry Rysz bowled a 502. The Elder boys bowling team beat Roger Bacon 29,17-2,895, Nov. 30. Roger Bacon’s Rysz bowled a 499. • In girls bowling, Bacon beat Harrison 1,919-1,739, Nov. 29. Bacon’s Katlin Kallmeyer bowled a 352.

The week at Aiken

The Aiken girls basketball team beat Taft 57-29, Nov. 30. Aiken’s Sheyante Robinson and Eshira Gooden were the team’s top-scorers with 11 points each.

The week at NCH

• The La Salle boys swim team beat Taylor and Winton Woods with a score of 104, Nov. 30. Taylor scored 91 and Winton Woods scored a 7. La Salle’s Mark Specker won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 2.97 seconds; Ryan Holter sent the 50 freestyle from 26.06 seconds; Evan Berling won the 100 meter freestyle in 56.63 seconds; Alex Merk won the 500 meter freestyle in 6 minutes, 36.97 seconds; and La Salle won the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 52.18 seconds.

The week at Winton

• The Winton Woods girls basketball team beat Western Hills 61-24, Dec. 2. Winton Woods’ Imani Partlow was the team’s top-scorer with 15 points.

St. X, La Salle, Bacon lead area bowlers

The Mohawks finished 9-12 overall last season, including 6-9 in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division. They do, however, return junior Jessica Homer, who last year was the lone sophomore in the Scarlet to earn first-team, all-league honors. She finished seventh in the league with a 181.3 average. Other returning starters include Alyssa Estep, who last year was earned GGCL-Scarlet honorablemention accolades, and Emily Blessing. Estep averaged 162.4, while Blessing averaged 152.6. Also in the mix are freshman Alexis Baker, sophomore Amber Bahrani and junior Kristi Kristof. TONY TRIBBLE/CONTRIBUTOR McAuley, ranked sixth in the Roger Bacon High School sophomore Kristen city, is 0-1 entering play Dec. 2. Schoner is one of several returners for the Lady The Mohawks face Oak Hills, Spartans. ranked No. 1 in the city, Dec. 8 at Western Bowl, which is the site of the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 and the Roger Bacon Bearcat Classic Jan. 14. Both Spartan squads return a The GGCL Tournament will be plethora of talent from last season. Jan. 17 at Brentwood Bowl. The boys team, which finished “We expect to finish in the top 10 of the city this season,” 10-9 overall and 8-6 in the Greater McAuley third-year head coach Ken Catholic League Central division, Homer said. “Our tough schedule returns five all-league performers, should have the girls well-prepared including first-teamers Kyle Koester and Henry Rysz, who averaged for postseason play.” The Mohawks qualified for dis- 193.3 and 190.5, respectively. Koester was GCL-Central Bowler tricts last season but were unable to advance to state. The state bowling of the Year as a sophomore. Second-team returners include championships slated for March 4 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in seniors John Hagen (175.0), Alex Kraemer (174.6) and Trent Meister Columbus.

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The girls team, which finished 99 last season, returns three firstteam, all-league performers in seniors Nevoteni Daniels and Tracey Wallace and junior Jenae Yarborough. Wallace and Daniels averaged 182.0 and 181.5, respectively last season, while Yarborough averaged 136.3. Also returning are juniors Emily Bass (120.3) and Mariah Lehnhoff (111.7). The boys team, meanwhile, finished 7-12 last season and graduated three all-league performers in Brad McGaha, Kyle Rouse and Chris Bedinghaus. The top returner are juniors D.J. Wade and Derek Jordan, who last year averaged 167.9 and 155.5, respectively. Junior Tristian Froehlich (142.5) and sophomore Austen McCoy (139.8) will also be in the mix. The Fort Ancient Valley Confer-


Roger Bacon senior Henry Rysz has emerged as a reliable bowler for the Spartans. (186.6). Senior Brandon Davis will also be in the mix. “(We have) several bowlers who should average around 200 this year,” Roger Bacon boys head coach Ralph Martin said. The girls team, meanwhile, finished 7-14 last year, including 6-7 in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Grey Central division. The Lady Spartans return senior first-team, all-league performers Katlin Kallmeyer (157.9) and Darci Meiners (143.7). Senior Melaina Dressing (121.7) was honorable mention, while sophomores Kristen Schoner (109.5) and Juliana Van Rafelghem (121.5) will have expanded roles this season. Both the boys and girls teams will participate in the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 at Western Bowl, while the conference tournaments are slated for Jan. 17. The girls will be in action at Brentwood Bowl, while the boys take to the lanes at Colerain.

St. Xavier

The Bombers graduated their entire starting lineup from last sea-


The St. Xavier High School bowling team has won three straight GCL-South titles, but the Bombers graduated their entire starting lineup from last season. Hoping to carry on the tradition will be (back row, left to right): Head coach Al Runkel, Eddie Runkel, Chris Hecht, Matt Huber, coach James Kasee and (front row, left to right) Ben Weinberger, Bryan Walsh, Tim Sause and Joey Bruns.

son, including Chris Weber, an Enquirer Bowler of the Year and Dexter USBC High School AllAmerican who now bowls for Ohio State. St. X reloads with a group headlined by seniors Tim Sause and Bryan Walsh. “Both are capable of averaging over 200,” St. X head coach Al Runkel said. Runkel also expects junior Joey Bruns and sophomore Eddie Runkel to average over 200, while Ben Weinberger is the top freshman. “Overall, our talent is good, and we’re deep,” Runkel said. St. X has won the Greater Catholic League South division three years in a row and is the twotime defending GCL Tournament champion. Despite a plethora of new faces, the Bombers expect to compete for league honors once again and qualify for the state tournament, which they last did in 2009. “We need experience, which can be gained only by bowling matches and tournaments,” Runkel said. “We also need to improve our spare shooting.” The Bombers, ranked fourth in the city, are 2-0 entering play Dec. 2. Upcoming tournaments include the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 and the New Year’s Tournament Dec. 28. The GCL Tournament is Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl.

Winton Woods

Both Warrior squads return several regulars from last season. The boys team, which finished 1-14 overall and went winless in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division, must replace 2010 graduate Jason Koeninger, who was a four-time all-league performer. Top returners include senior Corey Stewart (173.0) and sophomores Ryan Hunter (119.9), Nate Musselman (117.8) and Blake Howard (111.7). “I’m expecting a much-improved year since we were very young last year,” Winton Woods boys coach Isaac Fuller said. “We played a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and our numbers have increased.” Among thew newcomers are seniors Kevin Steele and Corey Webber, as well as sophomore Ryan Hunter. “Our goals for this season are to be more competitive and make a real run at winning the league,” Fuller said. The Lady Warriors return sophomore Jasmine Daniels (178.2), who last year was the lone freshman in the FAVC to earn first-team, allleague honors. Daniels led the girls team to a 511 overall record, including 2-8 in the FAVC-Buckeye. She’ll be joined by seniors Staci Sneed (113.9) and Kenya Daniels (174.9) and juniors Sami Fishwick (117.1) and Ashley Tate (114.6). The FAVC Bowling Invitational will be Jan. 8 at Northwest Lanes.

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OFFENSE: Ends – Rodriguez Coleman, La Salle, senior. Backs – Conor Hundley, St. Xavier, junior. Kicker-Sean Duggan, St. Xavier, senior. DEFENSE: Linebackers – Steven Daniels, St. Xavier, senior. Backs – Ben Ingle, La Salle, senior.

Second team (locals)

OFFENSE: Linemen – Jack Woodall, St. Xavier, senior. DEFENSE: Punter – Chris Gradone, St. Xavier, senior. Special Mention (locals) Jayson Bresnen, La Salle; Brandyn Cook, St. Xavier; Zach Cox, La Salle;

Matt Farrell, La Salle; Nathan Gerbus, St. Xavier; Kyle Hert, La Salle; Drew Kummer, La Salle; Matt Woeste, La Salle.

DIVISION II First Team (locals)

OFFENSE: Linemen – Brendon Gordon, Winton Woods, senior; Aaron Patton, Winton Woods, senior. Backs – Aaron Kemper, Winton Woods, junior. DEFENSE: Linemen – Joel Heath, Mount Healthy, senior; Walter Richardson, Winton Woods, senior. Linebackers – Antonio Poole, Winton Woods, senior. Backs – Corey Webber, Winton Woods, senior. Offensive player of the year: Aaron

Kemper, Winton Woods. Defensive player of the year: Joel Heath, Mount Healthy. Coach of the year: Andre Parker, Winton Woods.

Second Team (locals)

OFFENSE: Quarterback – Thomas Owens, Winton Woods, senior. Backs – Tracey Barnes, Mount Healthy, senior. DEFENSE: Linemen; Linebackers – Keeno Hollins, Winton Woods, senior.

Special Mention (locals)

Desmond Burton, Mount Healthy; Jalen Crenshaw, Winton Woods; Zach Finnell, Mount Healthy; Brent Gray, Mount Healthy; Denzel Larkin, Mount Healthy; Chuck Wynn, Winton


First Team


OFFENSE: Linemen – Ryan Vonderhaar, Roger Bacon, senior. Kicker – Nick Lindner, Roger Bacon, senior. DEFENSE: Backs – Mike Jackson, Roger Bacon, senior. Defensive player of the year: Mike Jackson, Roger Bacon.

Second Team (locals) Special Mention (locals)

Brian Bien, Roger Bacon; Luke Fiorini, Roger Bacon; Griffin Mouty, Roger Bacon; Tanner Sprong, Roger Bacon.

ALL-OHIO FOOTBALL TEAM The 2010 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio high school football team, based on the recommendations of a state media panel. The following are of local interest:

First Team


OFFENSE: Ends — Rodriguez Coleman, La Salle, 6-3, 180, senior. Backs — Conor Hundley, St. Xavier, 5-10, 190, junior. DEFENSE: Linebackers — Steven Daniels, St. Xavier, 6-1, 235, senior; Jarrett Grace, Colerain, 6-4, 240, senior.

Second Team

OFFENSE: Ends — Ben Coffaro, Elder, 5-9, 180, senior. Linemen — Andrew Neely, Colerain, 6-3, 270, senior. Kickers — Sean Duggan, St. Xavier, 6-3, 220, senior. DEFENSE: Linemen — Jesse Hayes, Moeller, 6-3, 230, senior; Backs — Darius Hillary, Sycamore, 511, 180, senior.

Third Team

DEFENSE: Linemen — Brandon Mitchell, Withrow, 6-2, 300, senior.

Special Mention

Joe Tull, Moeller; Trayion Durham, Colerain; Ben Ingle, La Salle.


Offensive player of the year: Aaron Kemper, Winton Woods Defensive players of the year: Joel Heath, Mt. Healthy; Chase Hounshell, Mentor Lake Cath.; Kevin Williams, Holland Springfield Coaches of the year: Nate Hillerich, Cols. Hamilton Township; Andre Parker, Winton Woods; Mike Franklin, Sandusky; Doug Frye, Wapakoneta

First Team

OFFENSE: Backs — Aaron Kemper, Winton Woods, 5-6, 190, junior. DEFENSE: Linemen — Joel

Heath, Mt. Healthy, 6-6, 255, senior. Linebackers — Antonio Poole, Winton Woods, 6-1, 215, senior. Backs— Corey Webber, Winton Woods, 6-2, 190, senior.


Heat of the race

Second Team

OFFENSE: Ends — Melvin Hunter, Northwest, 6-2, 215, senior.

Finneytown’s Rachel Wood swims in the 200 yard freestyle during the seventh-annual Mason Swimming Invitational at Mason Dec. 4.

Third Team

DEFENSE: Linemen — Walter Richardson, Winton Woods, 6-1, 212, senior.


Special Mention

Brendon Gordon, Winton Woods; Aaron Patton, Winton Woods;

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Brandon Hacker, coach of the U12 Kolping Lady Fusion, out of Springfield Township told the girls, many from Colerain Township, if they made it to the CCAA Labor Day Invitational finals, they could shave his head. If they won, they could paint his nails. They made it to the finals and shaved his head, but fell one goal short of painting his nails. In the Fall Ball Classic, they had to make it to win the finals to paint his hair pink. Win the finals they did, 5-1. They have to wait until the out-of-town tournament, the Fisher Halloween Classic Oct. 23-24, to dye his hair. If they win this tournament, they want him to coach in a dress and heels at the final game, Oct. 31. The girls helping shave Hacker's head include, from left, Aubree Hacker, Harleigh Warrent, Jaycie Russell, Brandon Hacker, Jessie Meinking (black shirt), Alyssa Johnson, Kelsey Harrison, Shelby Riding, Jayla Costello and Courtney Moore.

The Bluegrass-Buckeye Holiday Charity Classic returns to The Bank of Kentucky Center Dec. 11-12. There will be six games between top boys’ high school basketball programs from Kentucky and Ohio, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Neediest Kids of All and Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund. The schedule of games (Kentucky vs. Ohio):

Saturday, Dec. 11 5:30 p.m. Dixie Heights High School vs. Colerain High School; 7 p.m. Holmes High School vs. Aiken High School; and 8:30 p.m. Louisville Male High School vs. Taft High School. Sunday, Dec. 12 1 p.m. Ryle High School vs. Oak Hills High School; 2:30 p.m. Mason County High School vs. Princeton

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Safety lessons

Members of the Greenhills and Springfield Township fire departments visited classrooms at Winton Woods Primary North and South during Fire Safety Month. Lessons included learning to crawl under smoke to get out of a burning building, seeing a teacher dressed in full fire gear to help students feel more at ease with the way firefighters look while working and learning to use 911 in an emergency. Students also had a chance to sit in the fire truck, squirt the fire hose and visit the safety house. Firstgrade teacher Tracy Reardon is shown getting help putting on gear from Firefighter Kendall Rouse, left, and Lt. Kevin Richards while firefighter Jeremy Kinman and firstgrader Avori Foster look on.

CH@TROOM If you could be any fictional character, whom would you be and why? “I guess the talking horse. Just think how it would be you as a horse who could talk at the race track talking to the other horses and getting the inside of who was going to win the big race even before it began.” L.S. “Although I’m still a believer and do not consider him fictional, I think I would choose Santa Claus. Who else do you know of who is loved by everyone and who loves everyone in return? I do my part to assist him every year.” B.N. “Elizabeth Bennet. Because when all was said and done with the family drama, and the societal pressures in 19th England, she and Mr. Darcy lived happily ever after.” C.A.S. “Anne Shirley of Green Gables is the fictional character I would most want to be. She is plucky,

Next question How much do you plan to spend for Christmas or holiday gifts this year? How does that compare to last year? Every week The Hilltop Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to hilltoppress@community with Chatroom in the subject line. loves to read and became a teacher. She had a certain joy for life that was inspiring.” K.S. “’The Invisible Man.’ I could go into dangerous places and situations, and not fear being discovered and probably killed. “And I could learn the truth about things that divide people, and be able to expose liars for what they are.” B.B. “Federal agent Elliot Ness … old-fashioned crime fighting where the constitutional rights didn’t play a huge part on investigations and apprehensions.” O.H.R.

Baby boomers: Apply online for Medicare This January marks a historic moment: Our nation's first baby boomers are turning 65. For many baby boomers, it's time to hit the computer. Even if you have decided to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare coverage at age 65. If you would like to begin your Medicare coverage when you first become eligible, it's important that you apply within three months of reaching age 65. But don't worry about the time and effort it will take to apply for Medicare. You can do it online at in as little as 10 minutes. Why apply online for Medicare? Because it's fast, easy and secure. You don't need an appointment and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. As long as you have 10 minutes to spare, you have time to complete and submit your online Medicare

application. People who started receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits before age 65 do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare. To learn more about Medicare benefits, visit To learn more about Medicare and the online application, visit While you're there, take a look at the Patty Duke Show reunion video as they talk about turkey, pie and Medicare online. And happy birthday to all the baby boomers turning 65 in 2011. Jan Demmerle is the manager of the Cincinnati Downtown office. Do you have a question about Social Security? Would you like to schedule a free Social Security-related presentation for your employer or organization? Contact Sue Denny at




La Salle would like to thank the local communities for their generous donations to La Salle’s Truck Full of Love Canned Food Drive. La Salle student volunteers collected over 40,000 pounds of canned and dried goods from the local communities. This generosity will benefit the following charities: the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul at St. Ann Parish, St. Monica Food Pantry, St. George Food Pantry, Be Concerned Food Pantry, and St. Leo’s Food Pantry. David Jacob La Salle High School

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Divine intervention leads to benefit for sick kids It was a bit of curiosity, an odd stroke of luck (or maybe really divine intervention) and then lots of heart. Emily Kimball just happened to pick up an issue of Ohio Magazine in February, 2009 because of its cover on recycling. What she read inside, though, and what it led her to do, may re-shape a whole community’s capacity for compassion. There was an article about J. Todd Anderson, a storyboard artist living in Dayton who was a 20-year film veteran, having worked with the Coen brothers, George Clooney and more. He had created “Nativity The Pop Opera,” the story of Jesus’ birth, as a fundraiser for The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Kimball, artistically intrigued, e-mailed Anderson never thinking she would hear from him, but she did. And when she did, Anderson said he had been musing approaching Cincinnati Children’s to do the same fundraiser. Kimball, an administrative assistant in the cancer and blood diseases institute at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, knew exactly what she wanted to do. She immediately thought of ‘Njoy-it-all Camp, a camp for kids with cancer and blood diseases operated by the hospital. Kimball, of Norwood, also knew the economy had hit hard on the granting agencies funding much of the camp experience. “I’ve been aware of the good it does. It was an ‘of course’ to use (Nativity) for camp,” she said. “This is one of (the kids’) only chances to have a normal child-

hood experience. It’s just really beautiful to see these kids who have so many challenges in life doing normal childhood Amy things and Monahan e x p e r i e n c i n g Editor’s real joy. “This is a Notebook really key part of their healing process and coping with their illness and growing through it.” Each year, hundreds of children and teenagers, as well as their siblings, come from all over the Tristate to ‘NJoy-it-all Camp in Clarksville, Ohio, said Polly Partin-Welch, clinical director of support services in the cancer and blood diseases institute. The camp is completely free to the families. “I don’t believe in the have and have nots. If the kids had to pay, it would only be the kids that could afford to pay,” Welch said. Camp costs about $120,000 a year, which does not include medical care funded by the hospital, she said. Doctors, nurses and staff are always on hand. Medications and chemotherapy are given. But, kids are able to do anything a well child could do at camp – swimming, climbing, even a high ropes course, said Welch, of Clifton. “I think it provides them a week that they can actually forget about their disease,” she said. “Most of the kids will tell you it’s the best week of their life.” Kimball said she hopes the

If you go

What: Nativity The Pop Opera, a completely sung story of Jesus’ birth from the Gospel of Luke. Family friendly. When: Dec. 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19. All performances at 8 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 18. Where: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington Tickets: $20. Call 859-957-1940 or visit Benefits: Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center’s ‘Njoy-it-all Camp for children with cancer and blood diseases. Donations for camp: Cincinnati Children’s, MLC 9002, 3333 Burnet Ave. Cinti., OH 45229-3039, Attn: Cathy Westrich family-friendly “Nativity The Pop Opera” will become an on-going fundraiser for the camp. This season, there is the potential with seating capacity at the venue, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, and number of shows, Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 1619, to raise about $25,000, she said. Tickets are $20. Call 859957-1940 or visit Amy Monahan is a community editor for the Community Press. Reach her at

There’s a right way to encourage pet ownership ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … wait, what’s that? A puppy in a box? Wrapped in bows like a gift? No, it couldn’t be! Doesn’t everyone know that giving live pets as gifts is never a good idea, unless the recipient of the “gift” has participated in all aspects of preparing their homes and hearts and wallets for the responsibility of having a pet? It can send a message that trivializes what should be a major decision to share your life with a pet; one that is very personal and not to be taken lightly. If not well thought out, often these pets given as gifts (puppies and kittens at Christmas, rabbits at Easter) end up like the rest of the holiday hype once the season is over or the “kids outgrow it” – neglected, discarded or dumped at a secondhand store. Because of this, many animal rescues will not adopt to anyone

seeking to use the adopted pet as a gift. Rather, “Promise Certificates” can be purchased, so that if the recipient of the gift so chooses, they Diana may go and Dornbusch meet, greet and Cron select their own pet when the Community time is right, if Press guest they choose to columnist do so. Here are some gift ideas for pets and pet lovers alike that are more practical and safer for the pets in question: • Gift certificates for doggie day care and/or a pet-sitting service. Both of these can make your pet happy by having care/activities/attention when you are working long hours or out of town. • Gift certificate for veterinary services – The gift of good preventive health can not be under-

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Sharing cultures

Alex Sanders, a kindergarten teacher at Mount Healthy’s South Elementary, invited his father-in-law Daniel Boehringer to his class to share his collection of Native American artifacts. Boehringer “loves Native American culture and art,” Sanders said. Over the past 20 years, he has collected items he found at art shows and online shops and has taught himself to do bead work, Sanders said. He served in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. PROVIDED

So she might feel the full weight of a deer skin coat, Daniel Boehringer folds up the jacket and places it in the arms of Keyziya Smith.

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Aysha Diallo, left, and La’Star Pugh pass the skin of a beaver to get the feel of the kind of clothing worn by Native Americans.



Daniel Boehringer helps Dezmond Gayle try on armor made of animal bones.

Daniel Boehringer holds up a jaw bone to show the class. Native Americans sometimes used animal jawbones to make war clubs.


Daniel Boehringer passes around the skin of a wolf that was used by Native Americans for warmth in the harsh winter months.

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Intermediate Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Participants must have completed beginner classes. Free. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; West Price Hill.


Springfield Township Democratic Club, 7 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Presented by Springfield Township. 218-9980; Springfield Township.

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Piecemakers, 2-4 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Quilters and sewers create projects to benefit the community. Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; West Price Hill.



Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Miamitown.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS EDUCATION Girls Life, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Ages 11-13. Registration required. 4714673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.


Hot and Spicy Latin Thursdays, 9 p.m., Metropolis, 125 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Reggaeton, merengue, salsa and more. Music by DJ Tavo and DJ Chalino. Dress code enforced. Ages 18 and up. After midnight: $7 ages 21 and under, $5 ages 21 and up; women free until midnight. 671-2881; Forest Park.

Seven Point Mind Training (Lojong), 7 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Training done to develop equanimity between oneself and others while developing the wish to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all beings. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $10 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116;, Colerain Township.


Senior Yoga Class, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for 6 classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


German Christmas Concert, 7:30-11 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, German recording artists and instrumentalists perform holiday favorites. Music by Patrizius, Vivian Lindt, Jessica-Sarah and Gletscherfetzer. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 4516452. Colerain Township.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Holiday play by Philip Grecian based on “A Christmas Story” movie. $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Bingo, 1-4 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road. 825-0900. Greenhills. Senior Fit Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, With Kiyoshi Nishime, martial arts teacher. Wear workout clothes and bring water. Ages 55 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

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Christmas Tea, 1:30-3 p.m., Bayley Place Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, $15, $12 members. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.


Bingo, 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 825-0900. Greenhills. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 1


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


Teachings on Cittamani Tara Practice and Meditation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Cittamani, or Green, Tara gives what is needed to accomplish wishes. Tea and lunch provided. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $35 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116. Colerain Township.


Lights for LIFE, 6-10 p.m., St. James the Greater - White Oak, 3565 Hubble Road, Blessing of the candles follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Visitors invited to join for refreshments and live nativity scene following blessing. Luminary display with over 2,000 lights as a pro-life witness to the community. Presented by St. James LIFE! Ministry. 741-5300. White Oak.

Holiday Music, 7 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Music by Cincinnati Dulcimer Society and Colerain High School Cardinal String Project. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.


The Juice, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road, Formerly known as II Juicy. Free. 574-6333. Green Township.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Holiday Make and Take: Create a Conversation Piece, 11 a.m.-noon, White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, Turn ordinary centerpiece into conversation piece. Includes all supplies and refreshments. $35. Registration required. 385-3313. White Oak.


Starry Night Hike, 6 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Meet at the Parcours Trail. Look for night critters and use all your senses, plus stargazing with astronomers from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

ON STAGE - CHILDREN’S THEATER Saturday Morning Children’s Series, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Wayne Martin Puppets – Santa’s North Pole Express. Complete with a cast of costumed large-scale hand puppets and marionettes. Wayne Martin uses parody, mime, dance, mask and musical theater. $7, $5 children. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. 2416550; West Price Hill.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Pilgrim Christmas Kitchen, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Cookies, candy and bread. Free. 574-4208; Bridgetown. S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 2


“Nativity The Pop Opera” will run Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 16-19 at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, with seven shows. The light-hearted pop opera commemorates the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of the angels. J. Todd Anderson, movie industry veteran and storyboard artist to the Coen Brothers, George Clooney and more, wrote the lyrics and music for the show. Ticket proceeds will be donated to 'Njoy-it-all Camp, a camp for children with cancer and blood diseases operated by Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, and Thursday- Sunday, Dec. 16-19; additional 2 p.m. matinee is Saturday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $20; $15, groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets call 859957-1940 or visit


Lee’s Junction, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


Sounds of Christmas, 7:30 p.m., McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Features McAuley’s chorus, orchestra and vocal ensemble. $5. 681-1800, ext. 2228. College Hill.



The Corner Cats, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


College Hill Farm Market has moved indoors to the College Hill Coffee Company, 6128 Hamilton Ave., for the winter. The market is open from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. College Hill resident Artia Mahaley is pictured arranging fresh greens.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS Kids Christmas Fair, 1-3 p.m., Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse, 3729 Robb Ave., Model train display, face painting, games, prizes, snacks, popcorn drinks, split-the-pot and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Presented by Cheviot Police Association. 574-9828. Cheviot. MUSIC - CONCERTS

Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Music inspired by folk melodies and Festive Sounds of Hanukkah and A Christmas Festival. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 861-9978; Springfield Township.

Cabin Fever Reliever, 1 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Get moving on the Little Turtle Trail. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; North Bend. Wilderness Skills: Winter Survival, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Ages 8 and older. $5. Registration required online by Dec. 9. Vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Handcrafted Greeting Cards Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Holiday theme. All ages. $15, $10 township residents. Registration required. Presented by Springfield Township. 385-1637;; Springfield Township.

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Scrapbooking, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; West Price Hill.


A Christmas Story, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Mary Is Expecting, Are You?, 1:30-4 p.m., Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, 5900 Delhi Road, Emmaus Room. Consider Mary’s and our invitation to welcome God more deeply into our lives. Led by Mary Ann Humbert. $30. Registration required. 347-5449. Delhi Township. M O N D A Y, D E C . 1 3


Green Township Democratic Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road, Discussion of current issues. Split-the-pot. Includes refreshments. New members welcome. 574-4308. Green Township.


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

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Girls Life, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, Registration required. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Teen Mom’s Support Group, 6-8 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., For pregnant teens and teen mothers. Ages 14-19. Free child care available upon request. Registration required. . 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

BUSINESS MEETINGS Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, First Financial Bank, 7522 Hamilton Ave., Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 923-1985. Mount Healthy. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Girls Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Field trips on Wednesdays. Ages 8-10. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 810 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced Western-style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Mount Healthy.


Vajrasattva Initiation, 7 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Vajrasattva is known as the Buddha of purification. He helps practitioners purify their negative karma. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $10 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116. Colerain Township.


Pietra Fitness Slow Flow Class, 6-7 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, $5. 4513600; Delhi Township.


Kids can take a trip to the North Pole with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s “Holiday Follies 2: A Trip to the North Pole.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Taft Theatre. It is a celebration of the holidays for children of all ages. Tickets are $20, $18, and $7. Call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit There is also a Brunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. For the breakfast only, tickets are $25; for breakfast and the show, $40. Call 513-5698080 ext. 13 for reservations. Children and adults are encouraged to bring new and unwrapped items to the Taft lobby prior to shows, collected for St. Joseph Orphanage. For holiday item requests, visit


Hilltop Press

December 8, 2010


Why does Christmas cause us a certain uneasiness? There’s an aspect of the coming of Christmas that rattles us. We attribute it to our busyness, the expectations, and the expenses incurred. Partly true. But a reflective wisdom suggests something else lies unrecognized in us at this time of year. Psychologists and spiritual directors remind us that no human is all-good or all-bad. Each of us is a mixture of a bright side and a dark side. We have the potential of performing noble altruistic deeds. Or, we can direct our inner energies toward the darker elements of life. Any of us can go either way and be more the sinner or the saint. The Christmas atmosphere and its meaning nudges us toward our bright side. The songs, lights and efforts to help others all tug at our hearts. Higher aspirations come to mind. We look at our spouse and wonder why we don’t love her even more than we do; or how much more we could be involved in the lives of our kids or our

church. We notice other people who really have to struggle with life because of impoverishment, unemployment or illness and Father Lou think, “I ought to Guntzelman help them more.� is Perspectives theChristmas time we more readily admit to spiritual realities, go to church and desire to live better. But here’s where a deeper dynamic comes into play. The same experts that point out the mixture of good and evil in every person also divulge a strange human trait. We are frightened of the potential for good in ourselves. It is much easier, they say, to get people to eventually admit to the skeletons in their closet than to admit to the bright side dormant within them. Strange dynamic, isn’t it?

We have the potential of performing noble altruistic deeds. Or, we can direct our inner energies toward the darker elements of life. Any of us can go either way and be more the sinner or the saint. Christmas time disrupts this dynamic. It not only reminds us of how much we’re really loved and treasured by God, but it also reminds us how much we can love and positively affect the lives of others. And that’s disturbing. It clashes with our ego, selfishness and darker side. “I wouldn’t want to try and do this good stuff all year long,� we quietly admit, “I’d be walked on, taken advantage of, and it’d be such a struggle. I feel I wouldn’t be myself.� The resolution of this call to altruism then becomes: “It’s better to say I’m really not much, just an average and struggling worldly person – so don’t expect a lot of good from me.� Perhaps this kind of thinking reveals why we’re so obsessed

with the scandals and sins of others; why the dirt in the lives of the rich and famous fascinates us; why we look backwards in history and write expose books about statesmen and people who are admired. We’re eager to find blemishes and secret sins. It’s not just to make us look good, but to cynically make us all look bad and hopelessly weak. Then we can excuse ourselves from rising higher. “Look at them! So, do you expect differently from people like us?â€? we rationalize. When Jesus Christ, the one whose birth we celebrate on Christmas, walked among us, there was an occasion when he looked us in the eye and said in so many words, “You are the salt of the earth, ‌ if you don’t flavor it

with good, who will?â€? Similarly, in his inauguration address in 1994, Nelson Mandela referred to our tendency to hide our potential for good. He said: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. “We ask ourselves, who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be? “We are a child of God. Our playing small doesn’t serve the world‌ We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is in everyone! “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.â€? Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Too good of a deal online might lead to counterfeit wares Although most holiday shoppers still like to go to the stores to pick out gifts, a good many are taking to the Internet. Sales are up dramatically but, if you’re not careful, you could end up spending your money on illegal counterfeit goods and copyrighted material. The government just closed 82 websites where sellers were attempting to sell illegal products. But more websites are still operating, so you need to beware. That’s what Joyce Shelton has learned firsthand. She and her daughter wanted to buy some Coach handbags and decided to see what they could find online. “I started online searching outlets just to see if we could find something. From one website to another web-

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site this link had popped up,� Shelton said. It was from a website c a l l e d “Coach-

BagShow.Com.� “We surfed the site probably 15 to 20 times before we picked out two bags. They were an excellent price. I thought I had come across a genuine Coach outlet,� said Shelton. In order to make certain, she called the woman at the website and says she was assured these are genuine Coach items. Then she ordered the purses, paying $59 dollars for each of them. Shelton

said she thought she was getting a great deal, adding, “A bag like this you would probably find for $198 and up on the average.� Soon after the handbags arrived Shelton started to notice the stitching on her bag was falling apart. In addition, the snap inside the bag was now just dangling. So, despite the Coach emblem on the bag and the name on the buttons, zippers and rings, Shelton is convinced it’s just a knockoff. Shelton sent an e-mail to the website asking for a refund, but didn’t get it. The company said she could return the bags but warns if she did the bags would probably be confiscated by customs officials. In that case, she wouldn’t get a refund. So, how did the purses

get past customs when shipped to Shelton? A close look at the shipping label from China shows it says the contents are just Tshirts, not purses. “I always make sure I buy good quality bags and that they are genuine. That’s why I was so offended when I found out they were not original,� Shelton said. She’s not the only one. Robin Stith of Delhi Township wrote to me that she had ordered from a dif-

ferent website and said her “Coach� handbag packing slip claimed it was shoes, not purses, inside. She said she thought the handbags were so cheap because they were discontinued, not because they were counterfeit. So, play it safe when shopping online. Check out the websites selling items, and beware if the price seems too good – because they could be selling counterfeits. Don’t use search engines

looking for special deals. Iinstead, go directly to reputable sites with which you’re familiar. Finally, always pay with a credit card, not a debit card. That way, you can dispute the charge should anything go wrong. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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December 8, 2010

Gourmet clones save money, come from the heart It’s a good thing I’ve kicked up my exercise routine. Otherwise, I wouldn’t fit in any of my clothes by Christmas. I ’ m having Rita fun testing Heikenfeld r e c i p e s of Rita’s kitchen and, course, tasting the results. Here are some recent successes.

2 cups high quality chocolate chips (I used Kroger private selection 43 percent cacao semi-sweet) 11⁄2 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1 cup whipping cream, unwhipped 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup

Diabetic celery seed dressing for slaw

For those on your holiday list who need to consume less carbs.

Bring cream to a boil in large saucepan. Remove from heat, whisk in butter and corn syrup. Whisk in chips. Mixture will look runny at first but keep whisking and it will get smooth and silky. Stir in extract. Cool and store in fridge. Warm before serving to make it pourable.

Gourmet chocolate blog peppermint fudge sauce Rita’s Check out I’m working on a true clone of Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint fudge sauce, which is made by cooking cream, butter, corn syrup, etc. down and then adding chocolate and peppermint oil. My first attempt is what I’m sharing today. It’s a super-easy version that is fool-proof. My tasters loved it. When I refine the true fudge sauce version, I’ll share that, too.

I like to give this with a loaf of Italian bread or crackers.


Antipasto in a jar makes a great gift.

my blog on for peppermint bark like WilliamsSonoma. You’ll save lots of cash by making your own, and I think it’s just as good as the gourmet bark you buy (which is now over $25 a pound!). See a photo of the bark on my website

Antipasto in a jar

Go to taste on the herbs and spices. Use your favorite veggies and cheeses, as well. A little more or less of any ingredient is OK. Leave out meat for a vegetarian version.

Mix together:

Mozzarella balls – a dozen or so mini balls 8 oz. or so cheddar cheese cubes or cheese of your choice 1 bell pepper, chunked up 4 oz. small whole mushrooms, or large ones sliced 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered Handful of shredded or sliced carrots 1 cup or so olives 2 celery ribs sliced into 1 ⁄2-inch pieces 1 cup pepperoni sticks, salami, etc. (opt.) 1 teaspoon or so dry onion flakes or 2 tablespoons chopped onion Italian seasoning to


taste, start with 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon powdered garlic or up to 1 tablespoon fresh chopped 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (opt. but good)

Pour over to coat:

Favorite bottled Italian, Greek or vinegar and oil dressing, or homemade. When ready to give, pour into pretty jar, and add more dressing to cover if necessary. Make up the gift and give within a couple of days, and note on the gift tag that the antipasto should be kept in the refrigerator.

⁄2 cup vinegar – cider or clear 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup water 1 ⁄2 cup Splenda or less to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt or substitute 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon celery seed Squirt of Dijon mustard or 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard Combine everything in pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Great over chopped slaw mix (about 4 cups). Can marinate up to a day.

To make dressing for greens:

Add several tablespoons Canola for a salad dressing for mixed greens, spinach, etc.

Blue ribbon chili con carne

A version of this won a blue ribbon years ago at River Downs. For Janet. 2 lbs. ground chuck 1 large onion, diced 1 teaspoon garlic,

minced 46 oz. tomato juice 1 pound can spicy chili beans, undrained 1 tablespoon chili powder or more to taste Crushed red pepper to taste Salt to taste 1 ⁄2 cup uncooked macaroni, added during the last 20 minutes (opt) Fry meat, onion and garlic and drain. Add all ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce and simmer uncovered at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with shredded cheddar.

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Go to my online column for Ruth Ann Rooks’ chili con carne recipe. Ruth Ann, a Clermont County reader, found this in her mother’s recipe book “made in the 1920s from newspaper clippings.” Ruth Ann makes this recipe for her family today. You’ll also find diabetic salad dressings, sides and sweets. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.





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Parks set to count birds The Hamilton County Park District will have its annual Winter Bird Count to tally the birds found throughout the parks in the winter. The official count and tally will be on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to join the count anytime during the day and stay for as long as they are able, even if just for a couple of hours. Park District naturalists, land managers and volunteers will lead groups into the woods, wetlands and fields at various parks to find birds that spend the winter season in the area. The count goes from 8

a.m. to 3 p.m. with an official tally from 4:15-5:30 p.m. at Winton Centre in Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road. Refreshments will be served as well as a chance to win door prizes and share experiences. The annual feathered census provides important data about avian population trends in Hamilton County. Those interested are encouraged to bring binoculars. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 9, by calling 521-7275, extension 240. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter


The Hamilton County Park District is performing its annual winter bird count Saturday, Dec. 11. the parks except at Fernbank Park, a cooperative venture with the Cincinnati Park Board. For additional information go to or call 521-7275. For more on your community, visit

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Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has elected Paula D. Thomas to its Board of Trustees. Thomas began volunteering to Clovernook about one and a half years ago, where she was actively engaged in a newly formed group, The Planned Giving Committee. “Paula's level of expertise in helping the committee craft an updated planned giving policy was invaluable,” said Fran Cohen,

trustee and chair of the Fund Development & Communications committee. In Thomas' new role as trustee, she will be one of 14 community volunteers who will continue to set organizational direction and policy. “I am pleased that Paula accepted nomination to the Board of Trustees,” said Alfred J. Tuchfarber, chairman of the board. “She brings energy, expertise and new connections to Clovernook.”

T h o m a s Thomas is currently associated with Dome Financial Services Ltd. in Waynesville, Ohio. She is licensed in life, health, variable annuities, property and casualty and carries a Series 6 securities license. When Thomas isn't working hard on behalf of her customers she spends time with her husband, Steve and volunteer work. She also enjoys reading, hiking and target shooting.

Industry group plans Christmas Gala A Christmas Gala is planned for Dec. 9 at the Newport Aquarium by the Cincinnati Professional Organizations Committee. Known as CPOC, the group is a collection of professional organizations representing major elements of industry in the Tristate. This organization is headed up by the leadership group and board members of several professional organizations. It represents more than

2,000 members ranging from engineers to buyers that continually host professional development events. These events involve bringing in subject experts to educate groups on current market conditions, new technologies and emerging trends in the marketplace. Plant tours and specific business studies are conducted as well. This helps to position the industry to stand poised and ready to

satisfy the ever-changing needs of our customers. The Dec. 9 gala, which is open to the public, will be a formal event featuring horse-drawn carriages, carolers, music, food and drink. There will be door prizes and gifts. To register for the gala, log onto to http://Conta.CC/ChristmasGala or call Phil Gibbons at 513-672-8752 or Dick Dowd at 513-404-1925.

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College Hunks Hauling pick up for Goodwill Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is excited to announce that it has partnered with College Hunks Hauling to provide a new, expedited home pickup service to area residents who wish to donate clothing and household goods to the organization. The new priority paid pickup will allow residents to have their items removed and donated within a 48 hour timeframe by College Hunks Hauling. While the priority pickup option is a fee-based service, it includes additional benefits such as the removal of items from anywhere inside the property, as well as the removal of junk and items Goodwill cannot accept. Donors will also receive a discount off the regular pricing of College Hunks Hauling and the donation to Goodwill is still fully taxdeductible. All donors will receive a receipt from Goodwill Industries at the time of their donation. The new pick-up service is the result of the high volume of requests Goodwill

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Holifay fire safety tips offered INDEPENDENT BAPTIST

Friendship Baptist Church 8580 Cheviot Rd 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday Evening Services 6:30pm Wednesday Service 7:00pm AWANA (Wed) 7:00 - 8:45pm Well staffed Nursery, Active Youth & College Groups, Exciting Music Dept, Seniors Group, Deaf Ministry


Creek Road Baptist Church 3906 Creek Rd., Sharonville, Cincinnati, OH 513-563-2410 Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:45am, 6:00pm Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Pastor, Rev. David B Smith

UNITED METHODIST Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Worship 11:30 - 12:30 Healing Service, last Sunday of the month at 5 pm "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.




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

Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church

(Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30am at 9158 Winton Rd. – Springfield Township Childcare provided

The Cincinnati Fire Department urges families to follow simple safety tips to prevent loss of life, injuries and loss of property during the holiday season. During the winter holiday season the incidence and severity of home fires dramatically increase, which leads to fire deaths, injuries and property loss. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, annually in the United States fires occurring during the holiday season claims more than 400 lives and cause more than 2,600 injuries. Property damage as a result of such fires is very significant, over $990 million in damages. Fires involving heating equipment contribute significantly to the loss of life, injuries and property damages during the winter holiday season. Such fires are just one of the things to be mindful of;

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below you will find some additional key winter and holiday fire-safety tips from the Cincinnati Fire Department to consider: • Remember dry trees are highly combustible and will burn very fast. When purchasing a tree it should be very fresh and should be watered frequently to retain its green color and to avoid drying out. Go to • Decorative lights should be used wisely and their plugs should not be overloaded attaching too many lights to a plug can overload electrical circuits and cause a fire. • Children need to be warned to stay away from matches, candles and decorative lighting. Younger children should be supervised at all times in rooms where candles are in use. Make sure candles are not at a risk of tipping over, and do not leave lit candles unattended. Please be mind-

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

8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services



Three Weekend Services! Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Rd (1/4 mi. so. of Northgate Mall)

3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain)


Sun. Sch. & Bible Classes 9:45am

Worship: Sunday 8:30 & 11am, Wedn. 7:15pm

Beautification Award

The Holy Spirit Episcopal Church campus, which is home to the Diocesan Latino Ministry, has received a landscape beautification award from Forest Park. Holy Spirit was one of 12 churches and business establishments across the city of Forest Park to be honored. Members of the Holy Spirit landscape committee are Jeanne Kalkbrenner, Rev. Anne WarringtonWilson and Carolyn Wilmesherr. Jerry Kalkbrenner and Bob Wilmesherr planted the flower beds and spread mulch. The de Leon family, including parents Carlos and Gilda, and daughters Maria and Ana, maintained the flower beds by watering them every three days throughout the hot summer. Pictured with the award are, from left, Carolyn Wilmesherr, Ana de Leon, Carlos de Jesus, Carlos de Leon and Jeanne Kalkbrenner.

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Pastor Lisa Arrington 9:00 am Contemporary Worship 10:00 am Welcome Hour/ Sun School 11:00 am Traditional Worship

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

4695 Blue Rock Road Colerain Twp. South of Ronald Reagan and I-275 923-3370


Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Visitors Welcome

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1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS

Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 ............................................

Rev Lyle Rasch, Pastor

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

5921 Springdale Rd 1mi west of Blue Rock

Worship 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:20 am Traditional Service and Hymnbook


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


8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 Third Sunday of Advent "Advent’s Message in Christmas Classics: The Transformation of the Grinch!" 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 Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor



703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Transforming Lives for Jesus Christ Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

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

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. Spiritual Checkpoint ... Stop In For An Evaluation!

This free 3 hour workshop, conducted by a registered nurse is for patients, friends, caregivers, and family members. It is helpful for those who have had Parkinson’s for a number of years and have more advanced symptoms.

Saturday December 11, 2010 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Greenhills Community Church 21 Cromwell, Greenhills, OH 45218

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American Parkinson Disease Association Center of Ohio, So. Indiana and Lower Peninusula Michigan in partnership with the Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute

The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati recently announced the selection of the 2010 class of Rising Stars, a program for younger career women who were identified as young professional women with proven leadership qualities who would benefit from interaction with Academy members and other Rising Stars. The YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement consists of women who have received the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Award during the past 32 years. Included in this year’s honor are:

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

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

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

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


Traditional Service: 9:30 AM ConneXion Contemporary Service: 11:30 AM Sunday School: 10:30 AM

YWCA taps women as ‘Rising Stars’

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Northminster Presbyterian Church

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It’s valuable to imagine a circle around a space heater that has at least a three-foot radius – that’s the minimum area that should be kept clear. Any space heater purchased for the home should bear the label of an independent testing laboratory such as UL. • Have and practice a fire escape plan, teach family members of an alternate escape route in case your path is blocked by fire. Have a meeting place outside the home. Emergency escape ladders are helpful in upper story situations. • If your home telephone is a cellular telephone keep it fully charge in case of a fire • Be certain that smoke alarms are on each level of your home including the basement. Test the smoke alarm monthly, and change the batteries semi-annually. Call 9-1-1 immediately if a fire occurs.


965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon

Sunday School 10:15

ful of household pets, they can candles over as well. • Only firewood, or other products intended for this use, should be burned in fireplaces. Do not burn scrap wood or trash. Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Never put wrapping paper in a fireplace. Improper use of a fireplace will create a hazard. • Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned before seasonal use begins. Creosote can build-up on the interior lining of the chimney, can ignite and cause a structure fire. • If a home contains a central heating system, it should be inspected annually, and when the system is suspected of having a defect. The objective is to ensure that the system is operating correctly and safely. • Space heaters should be used only in an area that is clear of any combustibles.

• Leigh Anne Benedic, of Independence, Ky., Counsel, Procter & Gamble; • Shannon K. Bolon, M.D., MPH, of Hyde Park, Research Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine; • Jill Brinck, of Oakley, Director, Workplace Giving, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; • Heather Britt, Dance Education Specialist, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy; • Kathleen A. Carnes, of Edgewood, Ky., Associate, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; • Rebecca L. Cull, of ColumbiaTusculum, Associate, Kohnen & Patton, LLP; • Rachel Fausz, of Edgewood, Ky., Senior Associate, Major Gifts, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; • Jessie Fleetwood, of Springfield Township, Corporate Counsel, Great American Insurance Co.; • Michelle Gannon, R&D Section Manager, Bounty Hubsite, Procter & Gamble; • Ameenah C. Hall, of Wyoming, President, Kamaria Productions; • Tywauna D. Hardy, of Colerain Township, Laboratory Manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; • Simone Harris, of Blue Ash,

Director, Retail Services, Macy’s Inc.; • Wendy Herrington, of Anderson Township, Group Manager – Global Family Care R&D Finance and Upstream Analysis, Procter & Gamble; • Kristel Herzog, of Hyde Park/Mount Lookout, Vice President, Financial Center Manager, Fifth Third Bank; • Tekeia Howard, of North College Hill, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, Xavier University; • Tricia M. Knowles, of Hyde Park, Designer Manager Via C/Collectors, Nordstrom; • Sarah Landsman, of Mount Washington, Senior Assistant Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble; • Margaret McClanahan, of Ft. Thomas, Ky., Analyst, Client Consulting, Nielsen BASES; • Joani Means, of Anderson Township, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young; • Sarah Grace Mohr, of Bellevue, Ky., Operations and Communications Director, Mackey Advisors; • Shannon Mullen, of White Oak, Director of Finance, Cincinnati Bell; • Bethany L. Nicholson, of Newtown, Vice President, Treasury Management, Fifth Third Bank; • LaRhonda Preston, of Springfield Township, R&D Section Manager, Bounty Franchise, Procter & Gamble; • Annie Radel, of Green Hills, Interim Health & Safety Director, American Red Cross, Cincinnati Region; • Erin Schreyer, of Anderson, President, Sagestone Partners; • Reema Singh, of Blue Ash, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP; • Monica A. Stoops, Reproductive Physiologist, Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens; • Amy E. Thomas, of Crescent Springs, Ky., Marketing Associate, U.S. Bank; • Megan Timberlake, of Anderson Township, Senior Category Account Executive – Beauty & Grooming, Procter & Gamble; • Vanessa VanZant, of Covedale, Director of Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center; • Tiffany Williams, Associate, Thompson Hine LLP.




| DEATHS | Editor Marc Emral | | 853-6264 BIRTHS


Mary Fries

Mary Siebenburgen Fries, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 28. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Ladies Society and Society of the Little Flower. Survived by son James Sarley; stepson Dave (Barb) Fries; grandchildren Kelly, Andrea, Jamie Sarley, Mike, Doug, Steve Fries; 13 greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; great-great aunt of one. Preceded in death by husband Clarence Fries. Services were Dec. 2 at St. James Church. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Mary’s Ladies Society.

Elizabeth Grone

Elizabeth M. Grone, 96, died Nov. 7 at Twin Towers. She was a kitchen worker. Survived by son-in-law Thomas First; grandchildren Gregory, Bruce First, Cheryl L. First-Bornstein; great-grandchildren Erika First, Julian, Mia, Alexander First Bornstein. Preceded in death by daughter Mary First, siblings Robert Schnell, Emma Parker. Services were Dec. 4 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

George Grosser Sr.

George G. Grosser Sr., 84, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 25. He was a veteran of Korea and a member of the Mount Healthy Eagles. Survived by son George (Connie) Grosser Jr.; granddaughters Tiffany, Trisha, Kristi, Karen, Tara; greatgrandchildren Caitlyn, Jacob, Adrienne, Alaina, Isiah, Tamia; brother Paul Grosser. Preceded in death by wives Rosella, Penny, children Cindy Rice, Steven Grosser, brothers Albert, Ernie, Charles Grosser. Services were Dec. 1 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Pat Koester

Robert “Pat� Koester, 84, Spring-

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About obituaries Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 for pricing details. field Township, died Dec. 3. Survived by wife Eileen Koester; children Holly (Brennen) Koester Whitehead, Robert (Carolyn), Jeff (Patty) Koester; grandchildren Jennifer, Brandon, Chad, Kyle, Amber, Lance, Alyssa; great-grandchildren Jayden, Maysen, Payton. Services were Dec. 6 at St. Bartholomew Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Gillen Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Ginny Mastin

Virginia “Ginny� Irwin Mastin, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 27. Survived by husband Jerry Mastin; children Debora (Emmerich Hollitsch) Wiechman, Kathy (Jerry) Wilburn, Jerry (Amber) Mastin; grandchildren Jaimen Walsh, Nicolette, Kevin Wiechman; great-grandchildren Kylie, Joseph, Jason Wiechman; brothers William Wince, Robert Irwin. Preceded in death by parents Lee, Virginia Irwin, brother Kenneth Wince. Services were Nov. 30 at Paul Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Alexandra Rallis

Alexandra Rallis, 80, Finneytown, died Nov. 28. She and her husband owned the A&A Restaurant in Mount Healthy for over 30 years. Survived by husband Angelo Rallis; sisters Victoria Farys, Stavroula Zaharopoulos; nieces Papy Zolotas, Jenny Filios. Services were Dec. 2 at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home.




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POLICE REPORTS Cincinnati District 5 Arrests/citations

Charles E. Bailey, born 1948, assault, 1632 Marlowe Ave., Nov. 28. Jeffery A. Hill, born 1962, menacing by stalking, 5754 Argus Road, Nov. 24. Jeffrey E. Courtney, born 1972, possession of criminal tolls and breaking and entering, 6255 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 22. James E. Lyons, born 1963, domestic violence, 6086 Tahiti Drive, Nov. 23. Markita Gidron, born 1989, domestic violence, 6086 Tahiti Drive, Nov. 23. Gerald Lewis, born 1967, assault, 5305 Eastknoll Court, Nov. 24. Ledon D. Shelton, born 1972, possession of drugs and theft under $300, 2568 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 27. Reginald Jones, born 1952, theft under $300, 5571 Colerain Ave., Nov. 22. Casanova Pickett, born 1988, Trafficking and cultivating marijuana, 2735 Hillvista Lane, Nov. 22. Brittany R. Snow, born 1990, felonious assault and theft under $300, 2980 Highforest Lane, Nov. 27. Marcus Prophett, born 1978, possession of drugs, 4511 Colerain Ave., Nov. 28. Michael Ariola, born 1970, city income tax violation, 5258 Shepherd Road, Nov. 15. Rachel E. Shirk, born 1989, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct, 5468 Bahama Terrace, Nov. 27. William E. Schroth, born 1948, false alarm and panic commit offense, 5107 Colerain Ave., Nov. 23.

Incidents Aggravated robbery

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

971 Venetian Terrace, Nov. 20.

Forest Park


Alicia Crocker, 42, 969 Harkin Drive, menacing at 963 Harkin Drive, Nov. 22. Juvenile female, 15, aggravated assault at West Kemper Road, Nov. 22. Juvenile male, 17, possession of drugs, curfew violation at 593 Ashburn, Nov. 21. Dawnesha Luckey, 23, 16 Achby St., forgery at 1212 W. Kemper Road, Nov. 19. Miguel Dail, 24, 2595 Impala, drug paraphernalia, drug abuse at Winton Road and Smiley, Nov. 16. Juvenile male, 17, criminal trespassing at 1203 W. Kemper , Nov. 15. Timothy Okeinski, 16, 899 Hanson, criminal trespassing at 1807 W. Kemper, Nov. 15. Juvenile male, 15, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 11555 Ravensburg, Nov. 19. John Logan, 24, 626 Savannah Ave., obstructing official business at 485 Dewdrop, Nov. 20. Leslie Perry, 36, 804 Smiley Ave., drug possession at 11880 Winton Road, Nov. 20.



2964 Highforest Lane, Nov. 20. 5907 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 22.

Victim struck at 11667 Hanover, Nov. 20.

Breaking and entering

2645 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 23. 6255 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 22.


2669 W. North Bend Road, No. 1101, Nov. 20. 5906 Hamilton Ave., No. 6, Nov. 22.


1627 Marlowe Ave., Nov. 25. 1909 Savannah Ave., Nov. 23. 5321 Eastknoll Court, Nov. 22. 5591 Belmont Ave., Nov. 20. 6118 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 20.

Breaking and entering

Vacant home entered at 11582 Gallahad, Nov. 19.


$300 removed at 11000 Quailwood Drive, Nov. 17. Residence entered and TVs of unknown value removed at 751 Northland Blvd., Nov. 18. Residence entered at 1008 W. Kemper, Nov. 19.


$50 removed at 530 Northland Blvd.,

Nov. 17. Victim reported at 714 W. Sharon Road, Nov. 17. License, credit card and currency valued at $575 removed at 873 W. Kemper Road, Nov. 19. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 772 Decatur, Nov. 20. IPod and cord valued at $55 removed at 11454 Hanover, Nov. 21.

Mount Healthy


Zinima Wright, 21, 8795 Venus Lane, resisting arrest, obstructing official business at 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 28. Nellie Lewis, 36, 1287 W. Galbraith Road, assault, resisting arrest at Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 28. Juvenile, carrying concealed weapon at 7900 block of Clovernook Avenue, Nov. 27. Joe Russel, 22, 11330 Southland Road, drug possession at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 27. Andre Powers, 23, 7957 Clovernook Ave., drug possession at 7900 block of Clovernook Avenue, Nov. 23. Bryan Honnerlaw, 25, 8000 Hamilton Ave., drug possession at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 23. Litosha Benton, 29, 1815 Compton Road, obstructing official business at 7600 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 22. Patrick Odongo, 37, 2914 Colonial Ridge Court, disorderly conduct at 8100 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 21. William Bradley, 45, 1579 Meredith Drive, open container at 8100 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 20. Brandon Stuckey, 23, 5824 Argus Road, drug possession at 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 17. Cortez Nelson, 19, 8555 Daly Road, obstructing official business at 1900 block of Compton Road, Nov. 16. Keith Washington, 34, 1918 Crane Ave., drug trafficking at 7300 block of Perry Street, Nov. 15.





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Ronmel Harris, 19, drug possession at 2000 block of Emerson Avenue, Nov. 28. Titus Lofton, 43, 1549 Meredith Drive, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 27. Troy Gulley, 36, no address given, burglary at 8500 block of Daly Road, Nov. 26. Danny Thomas, 25, 1636 Sundale Ave., disorderly conduct at 1636 Sundale Ave., Nov. 24. Two Juveniles, curfew violation at Savannah and DeArmand avenues, Nov. 22. Jamal Owens, 18, 8249 Four Worlds Drive, obstructing official business at 8249 Four Worlds Drive, Nov. 22. Juvenile, disorderly conduct at 2000 block of West Galbraith Road, Nov. 20.

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December 8, 2010


McHugh associate Essay earns money for Wesley services director at YMCA Patrick McHugh has recently joined the Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA as its associate executive director. He brings to the Springfield Township branch a passion for wanting to help people lead healthier lives and more than eight years of YMCA experience.

City of North College Hill Police Department Legal Notice for Unclaimed Property The North College Hill Police Department is in possession of the following listed items. If you are the owner of any of these items please contact Officer Brian Brown at 521-7171 to claim your property by 12/23/10. Proof of ownership and Identification will be required. Mossberg pistol grip shotgun Model-500A-, Gold Ring, Orange Shirt, Blue Hooded Jacket, Blue Motorola Cell Phone, Grey Nokia Cell Phone, Bluetooth Earpiece, Samsung Cell Phone, .40 Calibur Bullet, .45 Calibur Cartridge w/ engraving, Pistol Magazine w/bullets, Nylon Duffel Bag "NCH Basketball", Green Bag w/ Gas Mask, Blue Backpack w/ Rain Suit, Green Suitcase w/ Clothing, Lumix Digital Camera, AC Delco Car Stereo Unit, Black Folding Knife, Black and Grey Nokia Cell Phone, Yellow Metal Herringbone Necklace, Plastic Knife w/ Fake Blood, $20.00 US Currency, 38 Misc. CD’s, Set of Keys, Black Samsung Cell Phone, Black Pocket Knife, Can of Dog Repellant, 1.5 Joker Cigarette Papers, Purple "Husky" Utility Knife, Blue Handled Scissors, Wood Handled Pocket Knife, Small "Husky" Utility Knife, (2) Misc. Razor Knives, Set of Keys, Blackberry Smart Phone, Pair of Stainless S&W Handcuffs, "Daisy" BB Pistol, .40 Caliber Semi Auto Pistol w/ Magazine, .25 Caliber Semi Auto Pistol, 9mm Semi Auto Pistol "Taurus", .22 Caliber Rifle, .22 Caliber Revolver "H& R", Black Rusted .36 Caliber Black Powder Handgun "Dixie Gun Works", 9mm Semi Auto Pistol "FEG", "FIE" Revolver, Silver Mt Fury Roadmaster Bicycle, Purple Huffy Crazy Fun Bicycle, Black Mongoose Bicycle, Brown Huffy Sun Country Bicycle, Blue (Painted Black) Huffy Bicycle, Green Murry Ultra Tech 15 Sp Boys Bicycle, Green FS Elite Grand Teton 18 Sp Bicycle, Maroon Sierra Quest 15 Sp Bicycle, Silver and Black Huffy Bicycle, Black and Red Huffy Dura Sport Bicycle, Tan Boys Bicycle (Missing Seat), Girls Pink and Purple NEXT Bicycle, Red and Black HYPER Speedbike Bicycle, Girls Purple NEXT Tiara Pro Bicycle, Girls Blue Roadmaster Mt Fury Bicycle, Girls Grey Huffy Savannah Bicycle, Girls Grey and Pink NEXT Misty Bicycle, Small Red and Black Huffy Gear Up Bicycle, Green and Black NEXT Chaos Bicycle, Girls Teal Schwinn Starlet Bicycle, Blue Painted Bicycle, Black 4 Wheel Pedal Car KETTCAR Nitro Xtreme 6767

Originally from Athens, O h i o , McHugh played collegiate football at Glennville State College McHugh in West Virginia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management. His master’s degree in sports administration is from Temple University. “Working for the YMCA, it is such a rewarding job to know you’re a part of a team helping people of all ages to thrive,” said McHugh. McHugh and his wife, Cheryl, are parents to Madison and Morgan. For more about your community, visit ownship.

Wesley Community Services has just won $100 from the Meals-On-Wheels Association of America/Subaru Share the Love grant program. The winning essay, describes how a lifetime dream came true for a World War II Veteran Howard Moore. Wesley Community Services is now entering the next phase of the holiday competition – which relies on getting the most Facebook users to “Like” the story. Winning the next phase of the contest could earn Wesley Community Services Meals-On-Wheels an additional $500. The funding comes at a critical time for Wesley Community Services MealsOn-Wheels program, and the more than 140 other grant winners nationwide. The country’s economic downturn has made it more difficult to raise money to continue feeding our community’s hungry seniors. Wesley Community Services

Home Heating Help Applications are available for Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The program helps low-income Ohioans pay heating bills. Income example: Up to $21,660 a year for a single person ($29,140 a year for couples). Seniors can get applications and help completing forms by calling the number for their county.

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Wesley Community Services winning essay

plans to use the money to provide nutritious meals to those in need. The MOWAA/Subaru Share the Love grant is tied to Subaru’s Share the Love event, which will run through Jan. 3. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of one of five charities, including MOWAA. “These Meals-OnWheels programs share love every day by bringing food and companionship to America’s hungry seniors,” said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden. “For the third year in a row Subaru has generously included Meals-On-Wheels in its Share the Love Event. We want the world to read these stories and find out more about what these amazing Meals-On-Wheels programs do every day to ‘Share the Love’ in their

From B7 Incidents Aggravated robbery

Union Savings reported attempted hold-up at gunpoint at 6701 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 17.

Breaking and entering

Man reported break-in to vacant property at 6900 block of Marbev Drive, Nov. 23.

Burglary Theft

Woman reported bike stolen at 4 Columbine Court, Nov. 18. Kroger reported $16 in beer stolen at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 19. CE-0000425200

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Md. “Thanks to Wesley Community Services none of this would have happened on that bright and sunny morning at the early hour of 7 a.m. It was a long day, in fact I got home at 3 a.m. the next morning, but I had a wonderful time. I just wish I had enough time to visit my brother buried at Arlington National Cemetery,” stated Mr. Moore. Mr. Moore would like to convey these kind words, “Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the individuals who made this trip a reality.”

communities.” The next phase of this competition relies on getting the most Facebook users to “Like” this story. More than 140 Share the Love essays from programs across the country have been posted on MOWAA’s Member blog. The Meals-On-Wheels pro-

gram with the most “Likes” will win an additional $500. Those placing second through 10th will receive an additional $250. To “Like” the local essay submitted for this Facebook contest, go to and search “Wesley Community Services.”


Woman reported TV, computer stolen at 6839 Grace Ave., Nov. 17.


At Wesley Community Services we go the extra mile to ensure our clients receive the very best service possible. A lifetime dream came true for World War II Veteran, Howard Moore. From assistance provided by The Honor Flight Network, whose mission is transporting veterans from across the United States to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., Mr. Moore was driven from his Price Hill home to West Chester Township then onto Dayton International Airport to arrive safely a few hours later in Baltimore,

MEETING NOTICE The Board of Trustees of the Community Programming Board of Forest Park, Greenhills, and Springfield Township will meet on Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 PM, at 2086 Waycross Road, Forest Park. 2036 Waycrors Road., Forest Park, OH 4S240,P717 513825-2429 Fax: 513825-2745, 1608953 NOTICE OF HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Springfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., in the Springfield Township Administration Building, 9150 Winton Road, for the purpose of hearing an appeal filed by Randy and Lois Taylor as provided by the Springfield Township Zoning Resolution. The Appellant is seeking a variance to construct an accessory structure that exceeds the maximum size permitted per the Zoning Resolution. LOCATION: 2055 Springdale Road Book 590 Page 380 Parcel 048 S e c t i o n 34 Town 3 Range 1 Plans are on file and open for public inspection and review in the Springfield Township Administra tion Office, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, during normal business hours. Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Submitted by: Christopher Gilbert, Development Services Director 513.522.1410 1001607425

Springfield Township Arrest/citations

Terry Binford, 42, no address given, domestic violence at Cincinnati, Nov. 24. Gregory Edwards, 46, 9712 Culpepper Court, drug possession at Daly and Compton roads, Nov. 25. Yashud McPherson, 24, theft at North Bend Road, Nov. 21. Adalberto Diaz, 46, 2068 Roosevelt Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 2000 block of Roosevelt Avenue, Nov. 25. Ervin Harris, 18, 1042 Groesbeck Road, obstructing official business at Daly Road and Hempstead Drive, Nov. 26. Tyler Hughes, 19, 8503 Pringle Drive, carrying concealed weapon at 8400 block of Winton Road, Nov. 26. Darryll Snow, 26, 2214 Lincoln Ave., aggravated menacing at 2214 Lincoln Ave., Nov. 26. Paul Johnson, 30, 2214 Lincoln Ave., carrying concealed weapon at 2214 Lincoln Ave., Nov. 26. Mia Penn, 31, 2360 Walden Glen Circle, theft at 10900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 22. Darius Loveless, 18, 2943 Jack Frost Way, robbery, felonious assault at Miles Road and Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 22. Dominique Hill, 22, 3971 Town Terrace Drive, robbery, tampering with evidence, felonious assault at Miles Road and Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 22. Juvenile, assault at 2046 Adams Road, Nov. 19. Jeffrey Moeller, 30, 3526 Glenway Ave.., criminal trespassing at 8400 block of Winton Road, Nov. 20. Miracle Hurston, 30, assault at 11900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 19. William Bryant, 26, 10921 Sprucehill Drive, protection order violation at

10921 Sprucehill Drive, Nov. 22. Kimberly Ranford, 45, 11044 Quailridge Court, misuse of credit card at Compton Road, Nov. 21. Stacey Henderson, 27, 9770 Kismet Court, domestic violence at 9770 Kismet Court, Nov. 19. Roger Bishop, 28, 3892 Niagara St., drug possession at Winton Road, Nov. 18. Ishmael Barrett, 32, 2917 Colonial Ridge, criminal simulation at 8600 block of Winton Road, Nov. 17. Antonio Bufford, 31, 1452 Longacre Drive, obstructing official business, aggravated menacing at Winton Road, Nov. 17. Andrae Brown, 48, 8816 Grenada Drive, domestic violence at 8816 Grenada Drive, Nov. 15. Damon Osborne, 32, 5895 Shadymist Lane, theft at 10000 block of Millfarm Court, Nov. 1. Bryan Brown, 27, 2035 Fourth Ave., drug possession, driving under suspension at First Avenue , Nov. 27. Juvenile, weapon in school zone at 2046 Adams Road, Nov. 22. Jamal Fleming, 28, 211 Johnny Lytle Ave., receiving stolen property, drug possession, carrying concealed weapon, resisting arrest at North Bend and Daly roads, Nov. 18. Damon Dawson, 35, 2270 Sevenhills Drive, domestic violence at 2270 Sevenhills Drive, Nov. 20. Terry Burroughs, 22, 1059 Wellspring Drive, drug possession at North Bend Road, Nov. 17. Juvenile, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at 2046 Adams Road, Nov. 16. Randolph Allen, 36, 10926 Pleasanthill Drive, domestic violence at 10926 Pleasanthill Drive, Nov. 13. Anthony Robinson, 21, 8258 Monon St., carrying concealed weapon at 8500 block of Winton Road, Nov. 13.



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