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Maybe they delivered a home-cooked meal when you were under the weather, or watched your children while you ran a quick errand, or helped you with yard work. Again this year, the Hilltop Press will devote one of our holiday issues to honoring those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better. No deed is too small (or too large). If you know a Neighbor Who Cares, tell us about them. You can nominate by sending an e-mail to , or by regular mail to Marc Emral, Community Press, 5556 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, 45247. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as their name and contact information.

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Warriors bring home trophy after 42-12 victory The two sweetest words a high school football player can utter can now be said by the Winton Woods Warriors. State Champions. The Warriors defeated Maple Heights 4212 Friday night, Dec. 4, in Massillon to win the state Division II championship. It is the school’s first state title in any sport since it the was formed in 1991. That means much to some of the players. “We’re representing not only our school and our community, but all of the players that came through Forest Park and Greenhills,” said Jeremiah Goins, who had 155 rushing yards in the title game. Senior quarterback Dominique Brown led


Defensive back Judge Marvin, with ball, and teammates celebrate after beating Maple Heights to win the state Division II state football championship Dec. 4.

Park/Greenhills/Winton Woods players on the coaching staff. “I don’t know when we’ll come back down to earth,” Johnson said. “It kind of chokes you up, almost. It’s one of the most amazing things in Forest Park and Greenhills history.” Everhart said last year’s team didn’t set a goal to be state champions. “We talked about that at the senior retreat and these seniors said that’s our goal. Their goal was to be the state champions, and they achieved it,” he said. Maria Gillespie, a teacher at the middle school, said she made the trip to Massillon to watch many of the players she taught in the past. “I’m so glad to see them achieve their final goal,” she said. “These players have such good hearts, and they showed it every Friday. These are responsible young men, and they will do well once they graduate and move on.”

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Winton Woods quarterback Dominique Brown runs for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Division II state title game.

the team when he tied a state title game record with four touchdowns. Winton Woods finished the year at 13-2, losing to Division I schools Moeller and Anderson. “These kids did it with hard work, and not just this year,” head coach Troy Everhart said. “They played St. Xavier as sophomores, La Salle last year, Anderson every year and Moeller this year. The way they challenge themselves, the work they put in – that’s how they did it.” Calvin Johnson, a Winton Woods assistant coach, is among several former Forest


Maple Heights quarterback Shaq Washington gets sacked by Winton Woods Walter Richardson (55), Bryon McCorkle (9) and Antonio Poole (18) in the third quarter Friday night.

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After four years of sprucing up Mount Healthy, Connie Graham got her Just Desserts recently with an award from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

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improvement and recycling projects. The Five Star Award is given to volunteers who have proven to be instrumental in creating positive change in their communities. Secretly nominated by Mount Healthy officials, Graham was unaware she was even in the running for the honor. Mount Healthy Safety/Service Director Bill Kocher said he convinced Graham to attend the Just Desserts reception without telling her about the award ceremony. “No one knew until the names were announced that Connie was a winner,” Kocher said. “We believe she’s one of the first or one of the few from outside Cincinnati to earn the honor.” Graham said she “was thrilled” with award. “It was wonderful,” she said. Graham launched her beautification committee in 2006, starting with the city’s first Light Up Mount Healthy holiday luminary project.

“I saw other communities that had great flower plantings and gardens, and I thought we should have something like that, too,” Graham said. She contacted the Mount Healthy Garden Club, coerced folks she encountered while walking her dog and got the city’s approval to try her beautification plans. Expanding on the garden club’s programs, Graham and her group of volunteers have worked to make sure the city is blooming as well as continuing with the annual Light Up. This year’s luminary program is Saturday, Dec. 12, with a Dec. 19 rain date. Joining Graham at the award’s table were College Hill Gardeners Diane and Bob Brewster, five star winners. The garden club also earned a first-place award for its business district project. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is a not-for-profit organization educating and encouraging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.

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Daniel Jackson couldn’t wait to start his new job with Greenhills. Jackson, 23, is beginning his career in law enforcement as the newest part-time police officer for the village’s department. “I’ve always wanted to be a police officer to make a difference in somebody’s life,” Jackson said. “I hope when I retire, a long time from now, I can say I achieved that goal.” Jackson said while he now lives in Clermont County, he’s familiar with the village from attending church here and living for a while in Fairfield. Police Chief Thomas Doyle said Jackson’s employment brings his department to seven fulltime and four part-time officers. Jackson was hired to fill a part-time vacancy from

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A spot designated for skateboard enthusiasts is rolling forward with Greenhills Council approval Dec. 1. The village is allotting $15,000 to the project which will be designed in a section of the parking lot behind the shopping center.



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Greg Hermes, council member assigned to parks and recreation, said the idea has been discussed for years. “Anything we can do to benefit our youth is good for the community,” Hermes said. “It’s a way to show our younger residents that government can work for them.” Municipal Manager Jane

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The Cincinnati Park Board is closing some parts of Mount Airy Forest through the end of January so park workers can do a little winter cleanup work. Public information officer Julie Horne says the public is asked to observe the “Trail Closed” and “Park Area Closed” signs where posted. She says areas affected by the closure include the Maple Ridge Lodge woods and trails, the McFarlan Woods and trails, and the Diehl Road area in Monfort Heights. Areas of the Kirby Trail near Kirby Road and Glenview Avenue, the BradfordFelter-Tanglewood Woods, Northside Woods, and

Greeno Woods will also be affected. The affected areas will be closed through the end of January. Cincinnati Park Director Willie Carden says the closures, which correspond to culling by bow hunters in some areas of the park, also allow park workers to go into the closed areas and check how natural wildflowers and grasses are holding up. “This is a great time to do dormant planting,” he said. “We will look at the trillium and other wild flowers and natural grasses and trees and assess whether we need to add to our plantings.” Carden said workers will also assess the damage done by deer and other animals in those areas of the park and check for feral cats and

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Berry said she, Hermes and several village residents have visited other skate parks to get design ideas. “This is really what we consider a skate plaza with the elements our avid skateboarders have asked for,” she said. Hermes said he expects the area to be completed by early spring.

Exceptions There are some exceptions to the closures at Mount Airy Forest. Maple Ridge Lodge and McFarlan Woods in Mount Airy will be open for rental customers with paid reservations or special use permits in hand. The Mount Airy Dog Park will remain open, but the woods and trails around the dog park will be closed. Mount Airy Forest will be open for the winter bird counts on Sunday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 27. abandoned dogs. He said the park district works closely with the SPCA in regards to the pets left by owners in the city’s parks. Carden said workers will also be looking at the trails in the closed areas, looking for areas that might serve as potential community and corporate volunteer projects in the coming year. “We have wonderful volunteers, who have done a lot of work in our parks” Carden said. The workers also look at conditions at trail heads and markers or areas where new markers might be needed. Carden said scouts and scout troops have done a lot of work on trail markers, to the benefit of the park district. “They make great Eagle Scout projects.” A final benefit of the maintenance closures is that they give some popular park areas a chance to revive after seasons of heavy usage by the public. “In some areas, we will reseed and allow them to rest and regenerate,” he said.


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The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.


Principal’s list: Katelynn Everhart and Rebecca Hottenstein. High honors: Rickey Baker, Michelle Brown, Jacob Burrell, Peter Burrell, Brittney Cone, David Dempsey, Jessica Gary, Steven Hall, Linda Hoepf, Madison Hundley, Devon Jeter, Anthony Lear, Michael McDaniel, Jeremy Miller, Autsin Pennington, Creed Perdue, Tiarra Roberson, Carlie Sanders, Destiny Watson, Andre White, Kayla Whoberry and Rafael Yamankaka. Honors: Cortez Adams, Earl Banks, Delon Blair, Michael Blythe, Mason Bolser, Samantha Brinegar, Jordan Browder, Ezequiel Bustamante, Jason Cornwall, Quanisha Crenshaw, Thomas Cromwell, Kemberli Cunningham, Trinity Fain, Cordel George, Desirae Hogue, Joshua Hollweck, Angelo Irving, Mikhael Israel-Storms, Ciara Jackson, Ceara Janson, Amanda Jeffries, Chelsea Jones, Brittney Lanham, Austin Lawhorn, Cailyn Lawrence, Cecelia Lofton, Justin Luckey, Juancara Martin, Thomas Maslankowski, Shamyah Matthews, Saya McClair, Mikayla Murphy, Amanda Pleasant, Elroy Potter, Megan Schamer, Steven Smith, Torrance Smith, Celine Thomas, Jerry Ulm, Tyler Victor, Corin Walker and Domonique Walker.



Soon-to-be Eagle Scout David Bruns and his Scout Troop 400 leader Bob Crowley were both honored by Greenhills for their contributions to the village.

Scout gives golfers a better view

When golfers tee off at the Greenhills community course, they can thank a Springfield Township teen for the view. David Bruns, 17, landscaped several sections of the course as his Eagle Scout project. A member of Troop 400 at Our Lady of the Rosary, the teen is a senior at Roger Bacon High School. “I wanted a project that would have an impact on the community,” Bruns said. Bruns was honored by the village council for his efforts as was the entire Troop 400. Mayor Oscar Hoffmann declared Dec. 1 as David Bruns Day in Greenhills and December as Scout Troop 400 month. Bob Crowley, Forest Park, has been leading the troop for more than 30 years. He said the secret to the troop’s longevity and the more than 65 Eagle Scouts it’s nurtured is simple.




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“We try to provide good opportunities and keep them busy,” Crowley said. “We have a lot of adults who volunteer their time as mentors.” The troop’s mentoring program is organized by Bruns’ mother, Theresa. “It’s a unique program developed for our troop pairing an adult male with a Scout,” she said. “It’s a way for Scouts to have the encouragement and discipline from someone other than a parent or troop leader.” Bruns said his mentor, Mike Volan, was a huge part of his Eagle success. Along with his parents, Theresa and Jay, Bruns said Forest Park landscaper Jeff Bossman also was a big help with his project. Bruns, who plans on attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall, isn’t the only family member involved in Scouting. Mrs. Bruns said her two younger sons, Ben and Jacob, and daughter, Emily, are all Scouts.

Principal’s list: Elliot Houser and Kianna Walker. High honors: Jacob Altic, Thomas Altic, Nathan Bauer, Trinody Cariaga, Merccedz Davidson, Ja’Vayla Davis, Therma Dorsey, Terry Evans, Jacob Gable, Kara Gardner, Jaclyn Hoeffer, Mariah Lehnhoff, Jervonnie Overton, Antwan Pankey, Michael Pizzo, Courtney Rapp, Nathen Stickrod, Vivaka Sweenen, Brandon Taylor, Mahlon Whitehurst and Jenae Yarborough. Honors: Shakeela Abdur-Rahman, Tamaria Anderson, Emily Bass, Taylor Beach, Jairyn

Blackwell, Brooke Brovey, Kami Brown, Justin Bryant, Jasmine Coleman, Brook Crawford, Jason Doan, T’Keyah Fambro, Joselyn Fluker, Sheriah Fuller, Jrebecca Henry, Brandi Henschen, Aaron Hill, Emanuel Howard, Ebony Howell, Candace Jackson, Derek Jordan, Vandarady Khin, Keith Matthews, Dominique McNeil, Victor Medley, Ashleigh Neal, Kiya Perry, Lavon Richardson, Jocelyn Robertson, Jessica Ross, Allen Schell, Jamaysha Simms, Tiara Starr, Aria Strong, Michael Tucker, Devonee White, Deonte Williams and Daejhana Wright.


Principal’s list: Andrew Hollaender. High honors: Cierra Andrews, Kiesha Bradley, Caitlin Cooper, Briana Dunn, Lynn Franklin, Renisha Hill, Kaitlyn Hook, Dalesha Isham, Desha Jackson, Janiene Johnson, Lexus Johnson, Briana Keith, Cody Lehnhoff, London Miles, Mosep Okonny, Zoann Schutte, Angelica Serra, Philip Sterwerf, Brooke Taylor, Armando Valentine, Shannon Veasley, Shane Wade, Kenneth Williams and Jasmaine Willis. Honors: Jessica Alvin, Fatima Bell, Dana Belser, Sandra Boakye, Gilberto Brito, Charles Britten, Mariah Bronson, Matthew Burke, Dominique Clendenning, Marcades Daugherty, Linsey Debruler, Brittany Demerle, Faty Diallo, Janiece Dodson, Sacoya Ellery, Jasmine Ford, Taylor Gary, Sidney Hagaman, Krystal Ingram, Nathan Johnson, Antonio Lattimore, Brittany Loechel, Brandon Mathews, Kevin Meinking, Jonessa Moore, Timothy Palmore, Yerley Vallecillo Peralta, Selyna Sanders, Karish Shegokar, Desierré Wright and Briana Wynn.


Principal’s list: Chaz Anderson, James Burkett and Steven Lewis. High honors: Brieyanna Abernathy, Makayla Arnold, Kelsey Berning, Kara Brown, Keisha Brown, Matthew Burt, Todd Christensen, Ashley Clifton, Mariah Daniel, Aaron Ector, Joy Ford-Harris, Jeremy

Hauser, Amanda Hoeffer, Joseph McKinney, Jasmine Norment, Brandon Okel, Haleigh Owens, Kyana Perry, Briana Richards, Domonique Roseman, Brandon Siler, Kevin Smith, Terrell Smith, Christopher VanCamp and Shannon Wade. Honors: Mopelola Ajao, Brandon Bowers, Kayla Cooley, Brittany Cox, Tyler Earley, Christian Green, Briana Hines, Carol Loveless, Shamika Lyons, Chelsea Moore, Megan Morris, Danielle Roberts, Ashley Rone, Terrell Russell, Brooke Shirley, Kamari Simmons, Teaairra Tolbert, Dairick Wade and Shannel Wilson.

Diamond Oaks

Straight As: Dominique Clendenning, Krista Forsberg, Chelsea Larkin, Keionu Wilkins and Olivia Zapf. High honors: Janyce Bowers, Dominique Collins, Donald Daniels, Tyler Gideon, Tyece Jackson, Cecil Schuler, Monique Stallworth, Heather Steiner, Angelica Upshaw and Kasey Westerbeck. Honors: Annie Borden, Timotheus Coneal, Imani Cordell, Dyvan Dunson, Justin Evans, Michael Fisher, Janae Ford, Demarco Gutter, Charnisha Hardy, Mitchella Heath, Joshua Lamping, Patrick Longmire, Ryen Lynch, Meriah McCollum, Shanice McGrew, Eddie Meade, Anthony Niemeyer, Joshua Niemeyer, Alesha Noble, Kevin Pankey, Troy Richardson, Lisha Sayles, Vantrese Siler, Reginald Simmons, Wesley Spalding, Charmain Spears, Richard Tevis, Lexus Thomas, Keith Walker, Kisshya Weems and Keifer Wilkins.

Scarlet Oaks

Straight As: Brooke Jones and Kaylaa Leece. High honors: Amanda Duenne, Janet Mitchell, Mary Napier and Nicole Rhodes. Honors: Monae Bennie, Ricardo Benton, Tayja Brown, Taraysha Cornelison, Lewis Cummins, Jamyra Dunn, Chashelle Graham, Ashlee Grant-Embry, Machaiah Israel, Cierra Johnson, Davis Kidd, Allyson Killinger, Judy Noble, Kelsi Sawyer, Jasmine Spencer and Tishawn Strayhorn.

Good character

Brooke Robinson, a first-grader at Winton Woods Primary North, was honored at a recent board of education meeting for the responsibility she shows at school. Robinson received the Kiwanis Character is Key Award for Responsibility from the Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club. Her teacher, Kelly Kennedy, praised the responsibility that she shows in the classroom from returning borrowed books from home to completing her writing to making sure a classmate in a cast was safe all day at school. Robinson received a certificate of honor and a $35 bookstore gift card. She is pictured with club member Dale Haller. PROVIDED




David Bruns gets help from friends like Matt Heaton, Ryan Murray and Connor Judge to complete his Eagle Scout project at the Greenhills golf course.

Seven west-siders are among St. Ursula Academy’s 19 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists are among the 16,000 students who will have an opportunity to compete next spring for 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards worth $35 million. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying Test. Pictured from left are semifinalist Clare Gandenberger of White Oak, semifinalist Amanda Lietz of Miami Township, Commended Student Emily Spade of Monfort Heights, semifinalist Rachel Ahrnsen of Mount Airy, Commended Student Rachel Schwind of Colerain Township, Commended Student Hannah Grievenkamp of White Oak and Commended Student Rachel Tonnis of Colerain Township.


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The Warrior State Chronicles The Warriors pour into the stands after winning the state title.



Dominique Brown points to the Winton Woods student section after scoring an early touchdown against Maple Heights.


The scoreboard at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium minutes after Winton Woods secured the state title.

A victorious Troy Everhart delivers his post-game remarks to the huddled media.



Running back Thomas Owens breaks off a big run for the Warriors against Maple Heights.


Juan Glover dunked the football over the field goal posts after scoring a late touchdown.

The Winton Woods football team takes the field at the state title game.


The Warriors’ special teams unit rallies before kicking off to Maple Heights after a touchdown.


The Winton Woods band took to the field for a pregame performance.



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BRIEFLY This week in bowling

• St. Xavier High School boys bowled a 2,829, Dec. 1, beating Carroll High School’s 2,309 and McNicholas High School’s 2,298. St. X’s Chris Weber bowled a 500. • La Salle High School boys bowled a 2,487 to beat Purcell Marian High School’s 2,179 and Fenwick High School’s 2,075. La Salle’s Tony Burton bowled a 363. • McAuley High School girls beat Ursuline Academy 2,172-1,882, Dec. 1. McAuley’s Jessica Homer bowled a 385. McAuley advances to 1-0 with the win. • Mt. Healthy High School boys beat Deer Park High School 1,917 to 1,889, Dec. 2. Mt. Healthy’s Kyle Rouse bowled a 321. Mt. Healthy advances to 1-1 with the win. • La Salle High School boys bowled a 2,710 to beat Roger Bacon High School’s 2,674 and Alter High School’s 2,595, Dec. 3. La Salle’s T.J. DeLaet bowled a 437. La Salle advances to 4-0 with the win. • St. Xavier High School boys bowled a 2,689 to beat Badin High Schools’ 2,661 and Chaminade-Julienne’s 2,342, Dec. 3. St. X’s Bryan Eltzroth bowled a 396.

This week in basketball

• McAuley High School girls beat Oak Hills High School, 52-47. Malia Hess scored five three-pointers and Jones scored one threepointer for McAuley. Hess was also McAuley’s top-scorer with 15 points. In total, Jenny Burgoyne scored 13 points, Jones scored nine points, Jamie Berling scored seven points, Mellisa Scherpenberg scored two points and Kaitlyn Gerrety scored six points for McAuley. • Aiken High School girls beat Taft High School 48-39, Dec. 1. Pares Brady was Aiken’s top-scorer with nine points, including one threepointer. Aiken’s Sham-Rae Walton scored four points, Ashley Borgemenke scored four points, Cheyenne Gray scored two points, Sheyante Robinson scored two points, Eshyra Gooden scored seven points, Queshonda Bolling scored eight points, Latasha Ferguson scored four points and Yacobayah Cooper scored seven points. • Finneytown High School girls beat Roger Bacon High school 40-28, Dec. 2. Katie Bolig was Finneytown’s topscorer with 15 points. Roger Bacon’s top-scorer was Iman Ronney with 16 points. Finneytown’s Kiley Hunter scored two points; Lela Colvin scored 11 points, including one three-pointer; Jasmin Griffin scored two points; Mayes scored two; Inez Stewart scored five; Rachel Thompson scored three. • Mount Healthy High School girls beat Aiken High School 48-28, Dec. 3. Jonessa Moore was Mount Healthy’s top-scorer with 13 points. Mount Healthy’s Chelsea Larkin scored three points; Asya DeVaugh scored three; Tracey Wallace scored six; Brandi Henshen scored four, including one threepointer; Annie Borden scored nine; C. Borden scored two; Daja Home scored two and Brooke Shirley scored four. • McAuley High School girls beat Seton High school 61-47, Dec. 3. Hess was McAuley’s top-scorer with 16 points, including two threepointers. McAuley’s Jones scored two points; Door scored five points, including one three-pointer; Berling scored six, including one three-pointer; Packer scored eight; Bergoyne scored 12 and Garrety scored 12.

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Defense ‘out-toughs’ Maple Heights Warriors bring home 1st state title

For the record

Aug. 29 – @ Moeller, L 45-34 Sept. 4 – Withrow, W 67-6 Sept. 11 – @ Fairfield, W 36-0 Sept. 18 – @ Bishop Watterson, W 1913 Sept. 25 – Kings, W 60-25 Oct. 2 – @ Anderson, L 52-38 Oct. 9 – @ Harrison, W 35-12 Oct. 15 – Milford, W 48-17 Oct. 23 – @ Loveland, W 21-7 Oct. 30 – Glen Este, W 37-14 Nov. 6 – Ross, W 59-7 Nov. 13 – Tecumseh, W 40-7 Nov. 20 – @ Trotwood-Madison, W 28-7 Nov. 27 – @ Marion-Franklin, W 69-35 Dec. 4 – @ Maple Heights, W 42-12

By Mark Chalifoux

On a cold night in Massillon, the sub-30 degree temperatures were enough to cool one of the hottest offenses in Ohio high school Division II football. That offense didn’t belong to Winton Woods, as the Warriors were unstoppable again in defeating Maple Heights 42-12 to win the school’s first state championship Friday, Dec. 4. Up 21-6 in the third quarter, Winton Woods quarterback Dominique Brown said he looked over at the Maple Heights’ bench and saw the Mustangs huddled around the heater. “I knew then we had them. They were more worried about the cold and not about making big plays,” Brown said. Brown led the way for the Warriors’ offense, as he ran for four touchdowns and 172 yards. Per usual, Jeremiah Goins was the other main factor for the Warriors, as he piled up 155 rushing yards. Demond Hill and Juan Glover also added touchdowns. As dominating as the offense has been in the postseason, it was the Winton Woods defense that made the biggest statement of the game. The first-string defense allowed only six points against an explosive Mustangs’ offense. The 30-point margin of victory was the biggest in the state championship game since 1980. “That team was bragging all week about having speed and that we couldn’t handle it, and I think we handled it pretty well,” Winton


Winton Woods running back Jeremiah Goins picks up a first down against Maple Heights. Woods head coach Troy Everhart said. “More importantly, I think we out-toughed them.” The hard-hitting Warriors defense battered Maple Heights early and often and kept Mustangs’ quarterback Shaq Washington in check. Outside of the 35 points the

Warriors surrendered in the 69-35 state semifinal win, no team scored more than one touchdown on the first-string defense in the postseason. Goins said the keys to the state title win were the defense and the play of the offensive line. He said

winning the school’s first state title meant a lot to the players. “We’re representing not only our school and our community, but all of the players that came through Forest Park and Greenhills,” he said. Everhart said he was proud of his players for all of their hard work and that they deserved a state championship. “We’ve had a lot of firsts this year, and it’s been great to make some history,” he said after the game. “It still hasn’t sunk in.” Senior captain Avery Cunningham said the difference between the 2009 Warriors and past teams was their expectation. “We just set our goals higher and that was the biggest difference,” he said at the postgame press conference. Everhart echoed the sentiments. “Last year’s team didn’t set a goal to be state champions,” he said. “We talked about that at the senior retreat and these seniors said that’s our goal. Their goal was to be the state champions, and they achieved it.”

Unsung heroes help Warriors prevail By Mark Chalifoux

Winton Woods High School made plenty of headlines during the football season, especially with its overwhelming offense. Still, some players didn’t receive the accolades they deserved. “I don’t think our kicker gets enough credit,” head coach Troy Everhart said of Zach Campbell. “He has done a great job and has really improved throughout the season. “We went from struggling to make an extra point in the preseason to breaking most of the kicking records we have,” Everhart said. He called Campbell a mentally tough player and said his work ethic is what made the kicking game successful. “He’s the type of player you want on your football team,” Everhart said. Another unsung hero for the Warriors is senior kick returner and running back Demond Hill. Hill has had several game-changing kick returns, including a big kick return for a touchdown in a 19-13 win over Bishop Watterson earlier in the season. “Every time we needed a big play someone came up for us, and he did it more than a few times,” Everhart said. “He did an outstanding job for us.” Everhart also praised the play of his receivers Juan Glover and Jalen Bradley. It was easy for receivers to fall off the radar as the Warriors rarely threw the ball.


The Winton Woods fans braved the cold and the four-hour trek to support the Warriors.

Fiery fans rally behind Warriors By Mark Chalifoux


Winton Woods quarterback Dominique Brown (10) celebrates with wideout Juan Glover (4) in the endzone after running for a touchdown. “Without them we don’t get those long runs,” Everhart said. “They were committed to blocking and getting things done on the perimeter. It would be easy for those guys to get frustrated, but they understood they were a huge part of what we do.” Everhart said all of the

players on the team are selfless and just care about the end result rather than personal statistics. “I don’t think you can be on this team very long if it was any other way,” Everhart said. “We put 11 true guys on the field that want to be team-oriented.”

The Winton Woods community came out in full force to support the Warriors in Massillon as fans filled the stands despite the sub30 degree temperatures and the four-hour trek from Cincinnati. “Winning a state title, it’s huge,” said Leon McCorkle, whose son, Bryon, plays on the team. “I knew this was a special group since he started playing. I’m extremely proud of my son and these boys. They are fulfilling their dreams.” Danny Spears traveled to Massillon to watch the game with his son, Joe, who played football and graduated from Winton Woods in 2000. “This has been unreal,” Spears said. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.” 11-year-old Michael Barwick attends every game to support his brother, Johnathan, who plays on the team. “Our team wants it real bad,” Barwick said before the game. “It’s been a lot of

fun watching them go so far. Sometimes I get to go on the sidelines, and that’s really cool.” Randy Clark, who graduated from Winton Woods in 1990, now lives near Massillon. Clark said he had to come out to watch the Warriors in their first state title game. “It’s really exciting to be able to watch them play,” said Clark, who said he followed the success of the team online. “I’ve heard so many good things about these young men and I heard the community did their part by passing the levy so this is all really exciting.” Maria Gillespie, a teacher at the middle school, said she made the trip to Massillon to watch many of the players she taught in the past. “I’m so glad to see them achieve their final goal,” she said. “These players have such good hearts, and they showed it every Friday. These are responsible young men, and they will do well once they graduate and move on.”

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Hilltop Press

December 9, 2009


Murphy joins Owls; X and NCH to contend

Dick Murphy couldn’t let go. The head wrestling coach at St. Xavier High School for 35 years, Murphy won 10 GCL titles, 10 sectional championships and four district crowns and also molded 21 district champions, 33 state-placers and one state champion (1990 graduate Joshua Robbins) before retiring in March. But the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee wasn’t finished. He is now an assistant coach at Mount Healthy. “(Murphy) coming to Mount Healthy is so great for our kids,” Fighting Owls head coach Thom Maxwell said. “He has brought a whole new philosophy to our program.” Maxwell, ironically enough, was an assistant under Murphy at St. X during the 1995 season. The two remained great friends and golf buddies, and Maxwell casually asked Murphy to join his staff during a golf outing a few months ago. “I was in the middle of my drive and I asked him the question; after I hit the golf ball, he said ‘Yes,’” Maxwell said. “I was surprised by his answer, but knowing Coach Murphy and his love for working with kids, I knew that he was going to do what he loves. This is first time since I started coaching at Mt. Healthy (in 1996) that I have had an assistant coach with so much experience.” Maxwell hopes that Murphy can help Mount

Healthy reclaim the Fort Ancient Valley Scarlet division title, which it last won in 2007. Ross and Edgewood have finished first and second, respectively, each of the last two years. “He and his new team are doing great,” Maxwell said. “The kids love what he is giving them in instructions.” With Murphy – and 11 returning starters – the Owls are confident heading into season. Their top returner is junior Keonte Williams (145), who placed at sectionals last year. “(He) and the most success last year,” Maxwell said. Also returning are sophomore Perry Stallings (125); juniors Cody Koenig (103), Dominique Clendenning (140) and Troy Richardson (160); and seniors Kevin (Weathers) Evans (130), Matt Yarborough (160), Joe McKinney (171), Allen Carter (189) and Chris Davis (285). “We are hoping for a great season,” Maxwell said. St. Xavier, meanwhile, has replaced Murphy with Tim McDonald, who has coaching experience in a variety of sports at levels ranging from grade school to college. He has served as the Bombers’ defensive coordinator on the football team for the past four years. McDonald, who invited Mount Healthy to a preseason scrimmage, was not surprised that Murphy wanted to continue coaching. “After he retired from X, I think he felt a void,” McDonald said. “I think it would be hard to totally walk away from something

that has been such a big part of your life. It allows him a chance to keep involved at some level and provides him a chance to continue to positively impact young athletes.” McDonald has a chance to do the same. He inherits a team that returns two starters from a squad that finished third in the GCLSouth last season. Unfortunately for him, he will not be privy to the services of John Gallagher and Jake Farber, who graduated last year ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on the school’s all-time wins list. Still, McDonald has solid returners in captains Garrett Smith (140), Greg Versteeg (160) and Nick Summe (171). “They all have the internal drive to be the best and do whatever it takes to reach their goals,” McDonald said. “They are always working with the younger guys, helping them learn the sport. When they go at each other, it’s like brothers going at each other in the family room at home.” The Bombers hope to get strong performances from Steven Cionni (152), Jake Koopman (145) and Pete Volk (189), while promising newcomers include Alex Jung (135), Chris Irwin (119), Neal Schmidt (135), John Dillon (125), Tom Gerbus (171), Dylan Jones (285) and Bari Cruze (140). “Steven Cionni has gone from being a good wrestler to one of the better wrestlers in the city; he’s poised for a big year,” said McDonald, who has also been particularly impressed with Irwin, Schmidt, Dillon and Jung. “These guys have stood out

Schaffer eyes Spartan record books The following overviews highlight the prospects of other local wrestling teams for the 2009-2010 season.


The Wildcats finished sixth in the Cincinnati Hills League last season and will pin their hopes on a pair of returning starters – senior Will Garner (160) and sophomore Colin Connell (135). Finneytown also has two talented freshmen in Tyler Hughes (112) and Caleb Burton (125). “Although we are young, we have a lot of talented, hard-working freshmen,” head coach Kellen Campbell said. “This will be a great rebuilding year for the program (that will set) up success for years to come.”

La Salle Lancers

La Salle High School sophomore Max Byrd moves up to the 119-pound class following a seventhplace performance wrestling at 112 pounds during the Division I State Championships last winter. Byrd looks to find the podium at state for a second-consecutive season after finishing at 33-10 as a freshman. Last winter, Byrd was one of three freshmen in the 112-pound bracket at state, which included 16 competitors. Evan Samad (145 pounds) and Justin Cole (215 pounds) are also returning starters for the Lancers.

Freshman Anthony Milano will make an immediate impact wrestling at 103 pounds. Including Milano, six freshmen will likely start for La Salle head coach Avery Zerkle. In the Lancers’ Greater Catholic League South Division, the Moeller Crusaders have won seven-consecutive conference titles. La Salle hosts a tri-meet against Milford and Sycamore for its home opener at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The Lancers host another tri-meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, against Middletown and Reading. Elder High School hosts the GCL Championships beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The Division I Sectional Championships (Dec. 1920) begin the week after the league finals and are followed by districts (Feb. 2627) and state (March 4-6).

Roger Bacon

The Roger Bacon Spartans’ top returning wrestler is senior Matt Schaffer (145), who was a statequalifer in 2008 and is the two-time defending GCLCentral Wrestler of the Year. He is Roger Bacon’s record-holder for most escapes in a season and enters the year within striking distance of several marks, including career wins (six short of 104), career pins (10 short of 75), near falls (33 short of 110), career escapes (14 short of 151) and total points (272

short of 989). Several other starters return for the Spartans, including senior Matt Wurtzler (135), junior Brandon Davis-Pearl (140), and sophomores Mike Turner (112), James Fiorini (189) and Tyler Ernst (152). Promising newcomers include freshman David King (103), sophomores Joe Miller (152) and Devon Thomas (215), junior Nathan Baverman (160), and seniors Deshawn Shaw (125) and Jake Stapleton (171). “We will be young,” head coach Joe Schierloh said. “But (we’ll) be ready for tournament time.”

because they want (this team) to forge its own identity. We graduated 12 of 14 starters, and these guys want to carry on the great tradition we have here.” St. Xavier hopes to end Moeller’s seven-year, conference-title winning streak. “I think with the hard work that the guys have put in, we have the potential to accomplish great things,” McDonald said. One team hoping to win its conference again is North College Hill, which is vying for its fourth league title in school history and its third consecutive Miami Valley Conference championship. The Trojans captured their only other league title in 1975. Leading them this year are returning district-qualifiers Will Merritt (125) and Adarius Oliver (285). “I look for them to continue their success and for several others to follow suit,” said fifth-year head coach Tim Sies. Other returners include Tim Owens (130), Amari Bryant (135), Michael Curry (140), Eric Rowe (140), Aaron Wilson (145), Robert Shannon (152), Yeremiah Hawkins (171), Everette Howard (160), Lucien Kidd (189), Tommy Fatora (171), Carvonne Stafford (215) and Savon McFarland (215). This group is hoping to build on its performance from a year ago when it finished second at the Lock-

land Invitational, third at the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational and fourth at Williamsburg’s Bob Guy Invitational. “Our goal this season – besides another league championship – is to qualify eight wrestlers to the district tournament,” Sies said. “Several of my returning starters have been with me for a few years now and have a good shot at making districts if they work hard, focus on fundamentals, and manage their weight in a smart and healthy manner.”

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Last week’s question: Do you think DUI checkpoints, set up by police during the holidays, are effective? Why or why not? “While I believe people should be responsible and not drink and drive, I feel this is a waste of police business. I think there are more pressing matters they should be working on to keep communities safe.” L.D. “No because they tell you where they are located.” M.S. “No because they give you the checkpoints in advance. What is the purpose?” E.J. “I think they are a waste of man hours. The Report-A-Drunk hotline can enlist the aid of civilians (and there are more of us than police) so if they see someone weaving while driving or standing in a parking lot fumbling with their car keys, they can report the incident. And if they must have the checkpoints to keep MADD happy, then don’t tell where they are going to be. Make it a surprise!” C.A.S. “I think they are since they may cause some to not drink or at least drink in moderation. Also, the checkpoints always have the potential of catching those who totally disregard the drinking/driving laws and who probably wouldn’t remember where the checkpoints are, even if you told them.” B.N. ‘I think the police should worry more about getting drugs and criminals off the streets instead of harassing people with checkpoints.” N.W.S. “It seems pretty effective for people stupid enough to drink and

About Ch@troom This week’s question: President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? Every week The Hilltop Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to with Chatroom in the subject line. then drive through a preannounced check point location. Seriously, the police seem very close to the edge with stops and searches without probable cause. I worry both about drunken driving and, slowly but surely, watching our rights erode away.” W.H. “Yes I think they are somewhat effective, but I think they would be even more so if they didn’t advertise where they are going to be on the news and in the newspapers.” P.F. “It is hard to say whether DUI checkpoints are effective without any statistics, but I imagine there are some people who curb their drinking because of them. Even if only one life is saved, it may be worth it. I have not been inconvenienced by a DUI checkpoint over the holidays, so I don’t have any first-hand experience with them and how much of a delay they can be to travel.” D.K. “No, by law they have to publish where they will be located and when they do set them up they cause a traffic jam and many motorist are prone to accidents due to them.” L.S. “No because they tell the location.” N.P.

Pretrial diversion of charges Pretrial Diversion is a program established by the prosecuting attorney and available in Hamilton County. Pretrial Diversion is for adults who are accused of committing certain criminal offenses and whom the prosecutor believes probably will not offend again. To participate in the diversion program you must be a first-time offender charged with a non-violent offense, and admit that the facts against you are true. The most common criminal offenses that are diversion eligible are theft, criminal damaging and underage drinking. Both misdemeanor and felony offenses are eligible as long as the amount of restitution owed is no more than $4,500. It takes five to six weeks to determine acceptance into the diversion program. If the arresting officer or prosecuting witness objects you may not be accepted into the program. If accepted into diversion, you have to pay a program fee of $200 for misdemeanor cases and $350 for felony cases. First, you must enter a guilty plea before a judge to each charge against you. The guilty finding normally made by the judge is held in abeyance pending completion of the diversion program. To successfully complete diver-

sion, you must stay out of trouble for the diversion period, usually between three months and three years. You also must fulfill all requireJudge Brad ments set by the Greenberg p r o s e c u t o r ’ s Community office. These include: Press guest may restitution to the columnist victim, performing community service, obtaining a GED, and receiving any counseling deemed necessary. If you fail to fulfill any of the requirements, you may be terminated from the diversion program. You then will be found guilty of each charge and sentenced by the judge accordingly. If you successfully complete the diversion program, the charge will be dismissed and your record will be sealed. The legal system recognizes that people make mistakes. Pretrial Diversion gives a second chance to non-violent offenders who admit their wrongdoing and rectify their misdeed. Judge Brad Greenberg presides in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Student of the Month

Winton Woods High School senior Louise Dees was honored at the September board of education meeting as the high school’s Student of the Month. Dees is ranked first in her class of 265 students, president of the National Honor Society, active in Key Club and a volunteer at Crayons to Computers. She also is a leader in the school’s student-run gospel choir, Gospel Keys, and is a member of the varsity ensemble choir. Dees is pictured with Jack Lee, president of the Winton Woods board of education. PROVIDED.

Winter watch for seniors Like it or not, winter’s on the way. Cincinnati Area Senior Services (CASS) encourages senior citizens to plan now so that you’ll be prepared and safe during the cold temperatures and winter storms. These tips can help you get through – and even enjoy – the winter months. • Have the furnace checked and cleaned and the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms changed. During the winter, keep your furnace set no lower than 65 degrees to avoid hypothermia and frozen pipes. • Use portable space heaters safely. Unplug them when you aren’t using them. Do not use extension cords; portable heaters should be plugged into an outlet. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from a space heater. Purchase heaters that shut off automatically. • Plan for power outages and those times when the weather makes it difficult to get out. Have a battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Keep a supply of water and dried and canned foods on hand, along with a manual can opener. Have some extra food and water available for your pets. • If a senior is homebound and unable to cook, they may be eligible for meals-on-wheels to provide a daily meal. The visit from the delivery driver is an additional check that you are safe. CASS is the area’s largest provider of home-delivered meals. Contact CASS at 513-721-4330 for information about this service. • Keep an extra supply of medicine on hand. If you use medical equipment, arrange for a back-up power source with your medical supply company. • Extra blankets and warm

clothes are a necessity. When you go outside, dress warmly, in layers. Wear the appropriate kind shoes or boots and keep your hands, ears, Tracey Collins nose and feet to Community covered frostbite. Press guest avoid A scarf over columnist your mouth will warm the air you are breathing into your lungs. • Set up a “buddy” system with someone who can check on you and help you if necessary. • Consider getting a personal emergency alarm system such as Lifeline that can summon help if you can’t get to a phone. • If you rely on home health care or personal care assistants, have a back-up plan in the event your worker is unable to get to your home. • Prevent “cabin-fever” with puzzles, craft projects, handheld games, books and movies for those days when you are aren’t able to leave home. • When the weather permits, get out and socialize with friends and relatives. Senior Centers provide a variety of social, recreational and health and wellness activities. Many serve lunch and most provide transportation to and from the centers. Check out what your neighborhood center has to offer. Seniors who plan for whatever winter might bring will be ready. There are many community resources for seniors who want to remain independent and in their own homes. For more information on resources and services for seniors, contact CASS, 513-721-

Winter storms and cold weather can be challenging and even dangerous for senior citizens. In addition to what everyone should do to stay safe, seniors may need extra help. Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are safe at home. Here are some tips for helping senior citizens through a winter storm: • Check-in daily. Encourage them to contact you if they need help. • Check the furnace. Seniors are vulnerable to hypothermia. Make sure furnaces are working and set to 65 degrees or higher. • Clear sidewalks, steps and driveways of snow and ice. Clear any handrails as well. • Ensure space heaters are used with caution. • Never use an extension cord – plug them into an outlet. • Unplug when not in use. • Keep anything that can burn – especially curtains – at least three feet away. • If power goes out, ensure they have flashlights, blankets, plenty of food and water. • Offer to drive seniors. Volunteer to drive seniors to appointments, the grocery or to pick-up prescriptions. • Bring in newspapers and mail. • Check batteries. Ensure there are working batteries in the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. 4330, or the Council on Aging, 513-7211025, Tracey Collins is executive director of Cincinnati Area Senior Services. For more information about CASS, visit or call (513) 721-4330.

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

Ohio Senate

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

Ohio House of Representatives

• 28th District – Connie Pillich (D), In Columbus, write 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call 614-4668120; fax 614-719-3582. E-mail: • 29th District – Louis Blessing (R), can be reached in Cincinnati at 3672 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251, or call 513-385-1234. In Columbus, write him at the Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 14th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call him at 614466-9091; fax: 614-719-3583. E-mail:

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Steve Driehaus (D), U.S. House of Representatives, 202-2252216. Fax: 202-225-3012. In Cincinnati, write 3003 Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or call 513-6842723; fax 421-8722.


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Our Lady of Grace’s series of the three plays concluded with “Way,Way Off Broadway.” Pictured are students Liz Schultz and Eric Ruhe.


Pictured are student actors are Kevin Berling and Jacob Cleary in “The Soldier, the Witch and the Tinder-Box.”


Emily Knollman, Megan Emig and Emily Tenkman starred in OLG’s “Way, Way Off Broadway.”


Our Lady of Grace presents fall plays

The Our Lady of Grace Drama Club recently presented its fall play series at the Little Flower Parish Center. The club is in its second year of dramatic productions for fifththrough eighth-graders at Our Lady of Grace School. This year’s productions included “The Soldier, the Witch and the Tinder-Box,” “Jack and the Sillies” and “Way, Way Off Broadway!” The drama club is under the direction of OLG teacher Nancy Robersalong with Rick Berling, Pat Kennedy and Terri Lynch.

Henry Ricke, Monica Hessler and Sophie Meyer are pictured in “Jack and the Sillies.”



Our Lady of Grace students John Sparks and Henry Ricke take the stage in the short play “Jack and the Sillies.”


Joey Shields schemes with Eric Ruhe.

Actors Hannah Veerkamp and Jacob Cleary were on stage in “The Soldier, the Witch and the TinderBox.”



Our Lady of Grace drama students Tiffany Nascimento, Megan Emig, Tyler Harmon, Macda Tewelde, Kate Witzgall and Emily Tenkman prepare to dance in the school’s fall production.

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Becca Crawford, LiAnn Seale, and Christine Ahrnsen take the stage in “The Soldier, the Witch and the Tinder-Box.”


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Mary Provosty: Quilting the Common Path Art Quilt Display, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. College Hill Recreation Center, 5545 Belmont Ave. Center of quilt comprises 16 linoleum prints on white silk. Through Dec. 15. Presented by Cincinnati Recreation Commission. 5411418; College Hill.


Rumba Dance Classes, 7 a.m. Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road. Choreographed ballroom/round dance classes for those who wish to dance like the stars. Donations requested. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219. Springfield Township.


Royal Rounds - Advanced Workshop, 1 p.m. Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road. Workshop of higher level round dance movements for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Greenhills. Line Dance Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road. Line dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth-soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 3216776. Springfield Township.


Horror Book Club, 8 p.m. “Duma Key.” Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road. Presented by Monfort Heights/White Oak Civic Association. 369-4472. Monfort Heights.


Low-impact Aerobics, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road. Open to seniors and non-seniors. Senior Center membership $15-25; class $5/$7. Registration required. Presented by City of Forest Park. 595-5252. Forest Park. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 2


Mary Provosty: Quilting the Common Path Art Quilt Display, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. College Hill Recreation Center, 541-1418; College Hill.


Skirts and Shirts, 7:30 p.m. Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road. Plus level Western-style square and round dance club. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 26. 929-2427; Springfield Township.


International Folk Dancing, 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave. Softsoled shoes recommended. No partner needed. Instruction 8:30-9:15 p.m. Family friendly. $5 donation. Presented by International Folkdancers of Cincinnati. 541-6306. College Hill.


Christmas Gift Shop and Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mount Healthy Christian Home, 8097 Hamilton Ave. Local crafters, entertainment, food and carriage rides. 931-5000. New Burlington.


Breakfast with Santa, 9:30 a.m. Mount Healthy Christian Home, 8097 Hamilton Ave. Extensive breakfast menu. Includes photo with Santa. $6. Reservations required. 931-5000. New Burlington.

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Paint and Etch Your Own Wine Glasses, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Mary Jane Riggi Studio, North Bend Road. Learn to paint and etch designs and make wine charms. Four glasses included. $45. Registration required. 633-2788. Mount Airy.



Mary Provosty: Quilting the Common Path Art Quilt Display, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. College Hill Recreation Center, 541-1418; College Hill.

Seminars in a Snap, 10 a.m. Sensational Centerpieces. Bring own basket or container. White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road. Free. 385-3313; White Oak.



Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Piazza Discepoli Wine Merchants & Wine Bar - White Oak, 5872 Cheviot Road. Includes light hors d’oeuvres. $10. Through Dec. 31. 9231300; White Oak. Wine Tasting, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Henke Winery, $5 seven wines; $1 per pour, choose from 15. 662-9463; Westwood.


Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Meyer’s Music and Sports, 8635 Colerain Ave. Free. 3859883. Colerain Township.


Fine Line, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 3807 North Bend Road. Rock trio. Free. 481-6300. Cheviot.


No Body To Murder/Mystery at Shady Acres, 7 p.m. St. John the Baptist SchoolColerain Township, 5375 Dry Ridge Road. Comedy and suspense performed by sixth, seven and eighth grade students from St. John’s Performing Arts Troupe. $5, $2 children. 385-7970. Colerain Township.

Acoustic Jam/Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave. 825-9958. Pleasant Run. Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Meyer’s Music and Sports, Free. 385-9883. Colerain Township.


Bob Cushing, 10 p.m. Roswell’s Bar, 3735 Glenmore Ave. 661-9679. Cheviot.


Christmas with the Cincinnati Boychoir, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. First United Church of Christ, 5808 Glenview Ave. Lessons and carols with poetic twist. $10, $7 students and seniors. Presented by Cincinnati Boychoir. 396-7664; College Hill.


Battle of the Bands, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Semi-Finals. The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave. Registration required online for bands. 825-8200. Forest Park.


Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Triple Creek, 2700 Buell Road. Help tally birds. Bring binoculars. Free, vehicle permit required. Registration required online by Dec. 10. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road. Help tally birds. Bring binoculars. Includes door prizes. Free, vehicle permit required. Registration required online by Dec. 10. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.


Walking Club, 8 a.m. Central Park - Forest Park, Winton and Waycross roads, Free. Registration required. Presented by City of Forest Park. 595-5252. Forest Park. S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 3

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS Community Christmas Party, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse, 3729 Robb Ave. Games for children, balloon animals, face painting, crafts, model train display, WebKins raffle and Celtic music by Gallagher’s Ramble. Minimal charge for games and refreshments. Free. Presented by Cheviot Police Association. 661-2700. Cheviot. KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Meyer’s Music and Sports, Free. 385-9883. Colerain Township.


Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, 3 p.m. The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road. “An American Christmas.” Works include “White Christmas,” The Christmas Song,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and more. Family friendly. Free. 522-1154. Finneytown.


An American Holiday, 3 p.m. Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road. Orchestra performs holiday favorites. Reception follows. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 8619978. Springfield Township.


Sunday Jazz Brunch, noon With Mike Wade Trio 4 p.m. Cincinnati Grill, 4 Endicott St. Music starts 4 p.m. $14.99 with brunch; $5 jazz only. Reservations recommended. 7421900. Greenhills.


Christmas in Gal’lee County, 6 p.m. Highview Christian Church, 2651 Adams Road. Featuring Ken Read, field chair of music and worship studies at Cincinnati Christian University. Dessert served. Free. 825-9323; Colerain Township. Tatiana, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. St. Bartholomew Church, 9375 Winton Road. “Emmanuel” performed by renowned contemporary Christian singer. Family Tatiana friendly. Free, donations accepted. 522-3680; Finneytown.


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 Hamilton County Park District will be holding its annual Winter Bird Count to tally birds that use the parks as a resting place on their migration south or call the parks their year-round home. The official count will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at most parks. Bring binoculars. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 10, at 521-7275, ext. 240. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual; $2 daily) is required to enter the parks. M O N D A Y, D E C . 1 4

ART EXHIBITS Mary Provosty: Quilting the Common Path Art Quilt Display, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. College Hill Recreation Center, 541-1418; College Hill. BUSINESS MEETINGS

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Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 6 p.m. Just One More, 7511 Hamilton Ave. Banquet Room. Dinner available at 6 p.m. for nominal donation. Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 923-1985. Mount Healthy.




Scarf It Up Club, 10 a.m.noon, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road. Group makes hats, scarves, lap covers, prayer shawls and anti-ouch pouches for Cincinnati area. Free. Presented by St. Ignatius Loyola Church. 661-9202. Monfort Heights.


Mount Healthy Square Dance Class, 6:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave. Unicorners Square Dance Club beginner square dance class for singles and couples. Partners not guaranteed. Free, donations requested. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 235-4503. Mount Healthy.


Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Winton Woods High School, 1231 W. Kemper Road. Features all high school choirs. 619-2420. Forest Park.


Line Dancing, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road. Open to seniors and non-seniors. Senior Center membership $15-25; Class is free. Registration required. Presented by City of Forest Park. 595-5252. Forest Park.

Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Henke Winery, $5 seven wines; $1 per pour, choose from 15. 662-9463; Westwood. Getting Support for Grief and Loss During the Holidays, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. St. Bartholomew Church, 9375 Winton Road. Programs assists people in honoring their grief and getting support. Free. Presented by Catholic Charities. 241-7745. Finneytown.


Martin Luther King Chorale Rehearsal, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. House of Joy Christian Ministries, 5918 Hamilton Ave. Also known as the Voices of Freedom. 541-4600. College Hill.


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COMMUNITY DANCE Swing Dance Class, 8 p.m.-9 p.m. College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Ave. Studio A. Beginner to intermediate East Coast Swing, with elements of Charleston and Vintage Jazz. $10. Presented by Contemporary Dance Theater. 591-1222; College Hill. DANCE CLASSES

Choreographed Ballroom Dancing, 7 p.m. Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road. Introduce yourself to waltz, two-step, cha cha and more. Smooth-soled shoes required. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Springfield Township.


Yoga, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road. Open to all seniors and non-seniors. Senior Center membership $15-25; class $5/$7. Registration required. Presented by City of Forest Park. 595-5252. Forest Park. Zumba, 6:30 p.m. Forest Park Activity Center, 651 W. Sharon Road. $5/$7. Registration required. Presented by City of Forest Park. 595-5252. Forest Park.


Senior Book Club, 10 a.m. “The Christmas Quilt.” Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road. Free. 369-4472. Green Township.


Alzheimer’s/Dementia Family Support, 6:30 p.m. Twin Towers, 5343 Hamilton Ave. For family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. 853-2767. College Hill.

Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.9 p.m. Henke Winery, $5 seven wines; $1 per pour, choose from 15. 662-9463; Westwood.


Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Meyer’s Music and Sports, Free. 385-9883. Colerain Township.


Line Dancing, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Forest Park Senior Center, Senior Center membership $15-25; Class is free. Registration required. 595-5252. Forest Park.

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Continentals Round Dance Club, 7 p.m. North College Hill United Methodist Church, 1930 W. Galbraith Road. Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 29. 929-2427. North College Hill.


Beginner Continentals Round Dance Club, 6:30 p.m. North College Hill United Methodist Church, 1930 W. Galbraith Road. Beginner lessons in waltz, two-step, cha cha and more. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; North College Hill.

PROVIDED The Cincinnati Parks Foundation hosts Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “The Brothers Grimm,” as part of the Know-to-Go Education Series, at 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 15-16, at the Krohn Conservatory. The performance takes audiences through the familiar “Brothers” tales. For elementary-aged students and their families. Admission is free; reservations required. Call Kat Smith at 513-357-2616 or contact at Seating opens at 4:30 p.m., with refreshments following the performance. Pictured are actors: Darnell Benjamin, left, Liz Vosmeier, and Joshua Murphy.


Pilates/Slim & Sculpt, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave. With Michele Reeves. $6. 238-8816. Westwood.


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents “Holiday Follies,” a musical about a holiday tour bus stranded in the snow, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13, at the Taft Theatre. Performances are at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For children 4 years old and up. Tickets are $20, $18, and $7. Call 513-569-8080, ext. 10 or visit


Can we accept a God who comes here in diapers? Editor’s note: Father Lou is on leave this week. This is a reprint of a previous column he wrote Dec. 19, 2007. There are those who say Christmas is for children, not adults. In a sense that’s true. But in a larger sense the opposite is true. It’s only the spirituality of a mature mind that can grasp the reality of Christmas, and be captivated by it. For adults to thrill at Christmas requires that significant changes have occurred in their understanding and thinking since childhood. It’s no longer just a pretty scene of angels, a star and a manger holding a newborn baby. An adult must be doing some serious reflection on the existence and nature of God throughout the years. And in this reflection – whether they use the actual words or not – it entails dealing with the understanding of some enlightening concepts such as “transcendental” and “immanence” as applicable to God.

“What?” some adults may object, “Let’s not mess up Christmas by getting clinical and academic. Stars, shepherds, three kings and a baby in the manger are good enough for me. Why do I need to know about ‘transcend… something’ and that other word?” Well, once we understand the implications of these dollar words “transcendence” and “immanence” as regards to God and us and Christmas, it just might enhance the awe we had as children. According to the dictionary, transcendence means “lying beyond the ordinary range of perception; being beyond the limits of experience and completely unknowable; beyond the material universe and not able to be expressed.” God is transcendent. Through Isaiah (55:8-9) God expresses his transcendence to us in scripture, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways … For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and

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my thoughts than your thoughts.” There are times I’ve watched the History or National Geographic channels as scientific re-enactments are depicted of the possible ways God may have unfolded the universe over eons of time. When I see the stars forming and gigantic planets whirling in space and often colliding amidst fire and force, I sense God’s immensity and power bringing order out of chaos. One could sum up the Bible as in interplay of fear and faith. God is one of our primary fears because God is totally beyond us, totally immense, and totally beyond our control. Realizing we are nothing in comparison to God we become scared. The inspiring good news is that God has acted to assuage our fear by becoming one of us, and the most vulnerable as well. Immanence means remaining close at hand, existing within or very close by. It comes from the Latin immanere, to stay or remain. Perhaps many times we’ve

said to someone we love as they endured some particular suffering, “I’m with you all the way, call on me!” Jesus Christ spoke of his immanence in Matthew’s words (1:23) which are well-known at this time of year, “A virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God-is-with-us.” Does transcendence really come so close? Some people throughout history cannot accept a God so transcendent and yet immanent that he chose to come so close and be like us in all things except sin. Yet that is what we Christians celebrate at Christmas. St. Paul realized that this is a stumbling block and a scandal to some, this “birth of God.” In the early Christian church there were some people (Arians) who thought this was ridiculous. They said Jesus Christ was certainly a good and loving man, but no God. On the other end of the spectrum were those (Docetists) who


claimed Jesus Christ was the mighty God of the universe, but not really one of us. They said he just had an apparent human Father Lou body, maybe Guntzelman something like a vision. Perspectives These two extremes were eventually dismissed by the church as it developed its doctrines we still hold today. We believe that God loves us so passionately he smashed our meager thoughts of him and sent his only Son. I wish you a Merry Christmas. You are one of those Jesus Christ came here to embrace and to cause us to wonder what other magnificent things God has in store for us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Gift cards no gift if they don’t arrive to recipients to the door and he asked her to come out. The card had been completely i p p e d Howard Ain ropen at Hey Howard! the top and he asked her to take out the birthday card inside and see if anything was missing. She pulled out the card and there was no gift card,” he said.

Stoffolano had told her he was enclosing a $25 Applebee’s gift card and she expressed dismay when it wasn’t there. “He told her there have been some occasions of gift cards missing, especially out of birthday cards. He retained the envelope and said they were going to forward it to whomever does investigations,” said Stoffolano. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service reports last year it filed 333 criminal cases

against postal employees and contractors for, among other things, theft from the mail. Just this year postal workers were charged specifically with stealing gift cards from the mail in several locations including Phoenix, Sacramento, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Interesting, the back of the Applebee’s gift card does say you need to “Protect the card like cash,” because it really is just that, as good as cash.

“People used to say never send cash through the mail. That’s an obvious thing. Well, apparently gift cards are just like cash and apparently it’s easy to tell they’re in the envelope,” Stoffolano said. Although many companies, like Applebee’s, state they won’t replace a gift card if it’s lost or stolen, others will replace them if you still have the original receipt – not just a credit card receipt. Bottom line, should you

decide to send a gift card through the mail, first check the replacement policy on the card because you may have to take out insurance with the postal service in order to protect yourself if the card gets lost or stolen. Troubleshooter Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


Instead of other’s hearsay, hear what we have to say. Mercy’s two West side hospitals will continue to provide you high-quality care. As we work on plans for the new Mercy Hospital serving the residents of the west side and western Hamilton County, great joy, pride and a sense of anticipation is building. Along with that may come questions. We’re here to provide you with answers to those questions. Until the new hospital’s scheduled opening in 2014, Mercy Hospitals Mt. Airy and Western Hills will continue to provide high-quality medical care along with growing and enhanced services. We’re committed to giving you the same compassionate, individualized care that you’ve come to expect without interruption. Continued care for 150 years past…and future. Part of the Mercy Circle of Caring. We look forward to continuing to care for you at Mercy Hospitals Mt. Airy and Western Hills. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit


Consumers bought an estimated $66 billion worth of gift cards last year and as we get closer to the holidays many are thinking of getting such cards this year. But, you need to be very careful if you’re planning on sending such cards through the mail. Pete Stoffolano of Mason put a gift card in the envelope with his mother’s birthday card and mailed it to an address in New York state. “The postman brought it


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Make tasty dumplings, pot pies from scratch I had a bunch of e-mails and calls from readers this week. Arnell wanted to the Rita know best recipe Heikenfeld for a New Rita s kitchen York style cheesecake. I told her to check out “Cook’s Ilustrated” – its recipes always work. And remember Aunt Ruth’s apple cake recipe? Turns out it originated with none other than Billy Graham. Thelma W. said it was his favorite cake and a recipe for it was printed in a local paper waaaaay back in 1989.

Rita’s chicken & dumplings, pot pie

For Janice Wallace, a Kentucky reader and others who saw me make this on Fox 19 with Rob and Sheila. I feel like I know Janice. She always keeps in touch by phone.

Rita’s chicken and dumplings.


3 cups cooked chicken coarsely chopped 1 ⁄2 pound sausage, sautéed and drained 1 ⁄2 stick butter 1 ⁄3 cup flour 1 teaspoon or so minced garlic 14.5 oz. chicken broth 2 ⁄3 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste Parsley Melt butter and stir in flour. Cook but don’t let

brown. Add garlic, broth and milk. Cook, stirring constantly until slightly thickened, a few minutes. Stir in sausage and chicken. Turn to low while making dumplings.

Rita’s dumplings:

You can divide this in half if you want. 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk or bit more if

Diabetic Nerve Pain?

needed 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Freshly ground black pepper

11⁄2 cups cocoa powder 11⁄2 cups white chocolate chips 3 oz. raspberry gelatin Couple dashes salt

Stir baking powder and salt into flour. Put milk and butter in saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Make a well into the flour mixture. Stir in milk mixture all at once. Dough will look shaggy and a bit sticky. Don’t over mix. Scoop out dumplings onto floured surface if you’re making a lot, or just simply drop into gently boiling mixture. Cover and keep at a gentle boil for six to 10 minutes or until the largest dumpling is done: cut in half and the inside should be completely cooked. Dumplings expand to double or even triple their size. No peeking! Do not remove lid – the steam is what cooks the dumplings and makes them rise and if you remove the lid, all of the steam is removed, as well. To make pot pie: Pour chicken mixture into casserole, top with biscuits for pie crust. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven until top is golden.

Mix everything together. Divide into two batches and pulse in food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Store in airtight container up to three months. To make hot chocolate: Stir 1⁄3 cup into 1 cup hot milk. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.

Countdown to Christmas

This gourmet raspberry hot cocoa mix is perfect for giving to family and friends. I like to give a couple of fun mugs with this. If you make the regular mix, add some cinnamon sticks and/or peppermint sticks to the mugs. 3 cups nonfat dry milk 11⁄2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Variations on cocoa

Regular gourmet hot cocoa: Leave out gelatin and increase confectioners’ sugar to 2 cups. Mocha cocoa: Add 1⁄2 cup instant coffee to regular gourmet hot cocoa mix. Makes about 11⁄2 quarts – enough for 20 cups cocoa.

Cake mix cookies for the troops

For Monica, a Western Hills Press reader. Monica is visually impaired and likes all the stories and memories that you and I share. This recipe is originally from Janet, also a Western Hills Press reader. These are great to send to the troops overseas. Janet told me any flavor cake mix works well, and her family likes chocolate. If you use spice cake, dust cookies with cinnamon after baking. 1 box of any kind of regular size cake mix 2 eggs 2 cups regular Cool Whip, thawed Mix everything together.

White chocolate

White chocolate morsels/ chips: What's the best? Read labels. If the bag says “real cocoa butter” that’s the best. On the ingredients, sugar is usually listed first and cocoa butter should be second. Some will have no cocoa butter at all, and regardless of price (some national brands are higher than store brands), stick with the one with cocoa butter in it. Dough is kind of sticky. Drop by spoonfuls an inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with powdered or regular sugar while hot. Makes about three dozen. Store in tins at room temperature.

Readers want to know

Smooth mashed potatoes: For Wilma Baird, Alexandria, Ky. Barely cover potatoes with cold water and after they’re cooked, drain and mash right away. Don’t let them sit in the water or let them cool before mashing.

Can you help?

Crockpot recipes for two

Tips from Rita

A pound of confectioners’ sugar equals 33⁄4 cups; granulated sugar 21⁄4; brown sugar packed 23⁄4. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at



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Covedale Center offers drama program are old enough. After School Drama program classes will be from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for five weeks. The start date is Monday, Feb. 22, and the end date is Saturday, March 27. The final performance is at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27 (it is free and open to the public.) Classes will be held in the Rehearsal Studio, in the new backstage addition to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. The After School Drama Program will feature two experienced instructors. Chris Stewart, a graduate of Hillsdale College is the

new coordinator for the program. He is a teaching artist and actor. He also serves as the tour coordinator for ArtReach, a division of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and performed for the tour as well. He can be seen on stage this year in all four of TCTC’s main stage shows. He has acted and worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, where in 2007 he served as the press and marketing officer for Rocket Venues. Stewart has performed for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness, the Hillsdale Tower Dancers, and the Huron Playhouse. He was co-founder and sultan of his

college’s improvisation troupe, Misdirection!, and was a chapter president for Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honorary. His hobbies include improvisation, juggling, playwriting, classic films, obscure music, driving cross-country, amateur photography, and reading, speaking and translating Old- and MiddleEnglish. He lives in Covington. Allison Hinkel is a junior at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a BA in theater. She is the assistant instructor. Hinkel was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati and is a graduate of Mother of Mercy High


Fred Murrell will be making $2,000 less than his predecessor when he becomes Greenhills mayor Jan. 1. Village council recently approved a reduction in the mayor’s salary from $5,200 to $3,200. Mayor Oscar Hoffmann said the pay cut was due to the fact the mayor no longer presides at mayor’s court. Those duties are now being handled by retired Hamilton County Court magistrate Anne Erwin. She is paid $275 a month to handle the court docket. Both Hoffmann and Murrell agree the pay cut is necessary and beneficial to the village coffers.

Christmas pageant

“Christmas in Gal’lee County,” a creative and musical telling of the Christmas story, will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Highview Christian Church in, 2651 Adams Road. The church invites the community to this event. The concert will feature Ken Read, Field Chair of Music and Worship Studies at Cincinnati Christian University. Admission is free and dessert will be served.

Christmas production

Overflow Ministries, 10870 Hamilton Ave., will present “The Christmas Story as told by Luke” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The congregation also is presenting a repeat performance of its November production, “Stop, You’re Killing Me,” at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13. Its November production played to rave reviews and sold-out audiences, said Apostle Bennie Fluellen. “We are very excited about being the venue for some upcoming events presented by the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Symphony

Orchestra, and the Taft Museum,” Fluellen said. “We are making every effort to bring the arts to the Northwest suburbs of Hamilton County. Again, great things are happening in our community.” For ticket information for the Dec. 13 play, call 7423569. The Dec. 20 production is free and both are open to the public.

Saying farewell

The Finneytown Local School District Board of Education invites members of the community to join it as it honors Superintendent Randy Parsons upon his retirement after 35 years of service to public education. A reception, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in the Media Center of the Finneytown Secondary Campus, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. Refreshments will be served.

Convent, Springfield Township. Visitors will enjoy a visit from Santa Claus, complimentary refreshments, raffles and campus tours. For more information call t761-9036. Due to current flu restrictions in place to protect the residents and staff, only ages 15 and older should attend the holiday event.

LaRosa’s fights hunger

LaRosa’s is helping feed the hungry this holiday season, one large pizza at a time.

A portion of the proceeds of every large pizza sold throughout the Tristate will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank through Dec. 27. LaRosa’s initiative extends to any large pizza purchased for dine in, pick up and delivery. Guests can stop in to any neighborhood pizzeria, order online at or call 347-1111 for pick up and delivery. For more information about the Freestore Foodbank, visit, or call 4823663.

sions plus performance. Target class size is 25 participants. Admission to the final performance is free. Admission the program is on a first-come basis. Registration is available immediately. Registration closing deadline is Feb. 16. For more information or to register a child for the Covedale Center After School Drama Program, call the Covedale at 241-6550.

School. She is also an alumna of the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre and has four years of experience as a children’s theater instructor through the TheatreWorks program. Following high school, Hinkel joined the Covedale staff as a performer, stage manager and box office assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, decorating and scrap booking. Tuition for Covedale Center After-School Drama Program is $200 for 10 ses-

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The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts continues its new After-School Drama Program for young performers, ages 10 through 13. Classes will encompass acting, improvisation, theater skills and a final performance on the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts stage. The After-School Drama program will prepare young performers who may want to audition for the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre teen program or audition for the Covedale’s regular season shows (when ageappropriate roles are available in a cast) when they

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With cabin fever and winter blahs fast approaching, the Greenhills branch library has just the cure. The library has a Mystery Readers Book Club at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the library, 7 Endicott St. The Jan. 12 session will discuss “The Girl Who Stopped Swimming” by Joshilyn Jackson. Remaining selections included books by David Baldacci, Anne Perry and Harlan Coben. Call the library at 369-4441 for more information.

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POLICE REPORTS Springfield Township Arrests/citations

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

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

EPISCOPAL ChristChurchGlendaleEpiscopalChurch 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services


11676 Hamilton Ave. 513-825-2240 Pastor Grace Werzinske Celebrate Christmas Dec. 20 Children’s Play & Worship 10:30 AM Dec. 24 Family Service 8:00 PM Traditional Service 11:00 PM Dec. 27 Service of Scripture & Carols 10:30 AM Everyone Is Invited! Located south of Pleasant Run Elementary School on the east side of Hamilton Ave.

Christ Lutheran Church (LCMS)

3301 Compton Rd (1 block east of Colerain) 385-8342 Sunday School & Bible Class (all ages) 9:45am Sunday Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Saturday Evening Worship 5:30pm A great community church in a great community! Also home to Little Bud Preschool 385-8404 enrolling now! Visit our website:

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

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HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH 9:30 am Traditional Service 11:00 am Contemporary Service 4695 Blue Rock Road Colerain Township South of Ronald Reagan and I-275 923-3370

Allan Cottrell, 28, 872 Crowden Drive, theft at 8300 block of Winton Road, Nov. 13. Cynthia Armstrong, 51, 2126 Trapp Lane, domestic violence at 2126 Trapp Lane, Nov. 14. Dshaun Jordan, 21, 8794 Grenada Drive, domestic violence at 8794 Grenada Drive, Nov. 14. Belinda Sims, 28, 1272 Frost Court, child endangering at 1272 Frost Court, Nov. 14. Ronald Powell, 41, 1296 Aldrich Ave., theft at 8501 Winton Road, Nov. 12. Anthony McAfee, 28, 8624 Neptune Drive, drug possession, Nov. 11. Antonio Hatfield, 21, 7865 Clovernook Ave., theft at 2300 block of Adams Road, Nov. 11. Ella Rembert-Davis, 36, 2032 Bluehill Drive, domestic violence at 2032 Bluehill Drive, Nov. 10. Travis Veser, 28, 1043 Thunderbird Lane, theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, Nov. 10.

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


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1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

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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”

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Come Home This Christmas: Joy"

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



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


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PRESBYTERIAN Northminster Presbyterian Church 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

Donovan Carter, 43, 1315 Ovid Ave., domestic violence at 1315 Ovid Ave., Nov. 28. Juvenile, drug possession at 10600 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 28. Juvenile, disorderly conduct at 8200 block of Galbraith Pointe Lane, Nov. 29. Amber Prell, 19, disorderly conduct at 11900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 28. Lewis Allen, 30, 1816 Fairmount Ave., weapons under disability at North Bend and Winton roads, Nov. 27. Dereck Byess, 22, No Address Given, making false alarm at 8500 block of Winton Road, Nov. 25. Jeff Singletary, 27, drug trafficking at 10900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 26. Devonna Williams, 31, 2547 North Bend Road, domestic violence at 1000 block of Nohunta Court, Nov. 26. Joshua Sears, 21, 2577 Haverknoll Drive, drug paraphernalia at 11900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 26. Ricky Jones, 51, 1314 Elm St., drug paraphernalia at Hamilton and Roosevelt avenues, Nov. 26. Keith Williams, 18, 1861 Roosevelt Ave., weapons under disability at 10800 block of Sprucehill Drive, Nov. 30. Juvenile, theft at 1917 Miles Road, Nov. 30. Luther Watson, 57, 2203 Lincoln Ave., theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, Nov. 30. Carolyn Kornegay, 34, 2625 Stanton Ave., assault at 2100 block of Sevenhills Drive, Nov. 30. Andretta Dear, 21, 3825 Heron Drive, theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, Nov. 29. Two Juveniles, disorderly conduct, assault at 2046 Adams Road, Nov. 24. Darrell Huddleston, 32, 2035 Springdale Road, aggravated menacing at 2000 block of Springdale Road, Nov. 24. Anthony Burton, 49, 941 Hollytree Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at Hollytree and Vacationland drives, Nov. 24.

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Melissa Hogue, 47, 1654 Hudepohl Lane, drug possession at Hamilton Avenue and Kemper Road, Nov. 23. Juvenile, assault at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, Nov. 23. Juvenile, drug possession at Cloverview and Pringle drives, Nov. 20. Jessica Finke, 20, 8412 Niagara St., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 11900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 21. Jammell Howard, 43, 6424 Montgomery Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 920 North Bend Road, Nov. 18.

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

Incidents Aggravated burglary

Woman reported money, computer stolen at 1961 Windmill Way, Nov. 10.


Woman reported video game system stolen at 1313 Aldrich Drive, Nov. 18.

Aggravated robbery

Hamilton woman reported cell phone stolen at gunpoint at 9700 block of Overview Lane, Nov. 27. 2370 Hiddenmeadows Drive woman reported money, cell phone stolen at gunpoint at Daly Road and Grenada Drive, Nov. 19. 4682 Arvin Ave. man reported money, cell phone stolen at gunpoint at 1500 block of Meredith Drive, Nov. 18.


Woman reported TV stolen at 10130 Trapp Lane, Nov. 5. Woman reported TV stolen at 643 Silverhedge Drive, Nov. 12. Woman reported money, jewelry stolen at 2118 Trapp Lane, Nov. 27. Woman reported video game system stolen at 1592 Pleasant Run Drive, Nov. 23. Woman reported break-in at 1991 Kemper Road, Nov. 19.

Criminal damaging

Woman reported vehicle damaged at 9025 Daly Road, Nov. 22. Woman reported vehicle damaged at 915 Twincrest Drive, Nov. 20.

Criminal mischief

Man reported fence damaged at 9682 Northfield Drive, Nov. 10. Man reported garage door damaged at 9681 Gertrude Lane, Nov. 13. Woman reported vehicle damaged at 11812 Elkwood Drive, Nov. 11. Man reported vehicle damaged at 1030 Jonquil Lane, Nov. 29.


Man reported being threatened at 10755 Sprucehill Drive, Nov. 8.


Man reported tools stolen from vehicle at 23 Shadybrook Drive, Nov. 5. Woman reported credit card stolen at 12123 Deerchase Drive, Nov. 6. United Dairy Farmers reported $19 in gas stolen at 10811 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 6. Woman reported money order stolen at 8210 Galbraith Pointe Drive, Nov. 6. Man reported credit card stolen at 1182 Sugartree Court, Nov. 12. Man reported GPS stolen at 10209 Trapp Lane, Nov. 13. Man reported GPS, credit card stolen at 2060 Mileswood Drive, Nov. 13. Man reported tools stolen from vehicle at 9022 Fontainebleau Terrace, Nov. 11. 3478 Shadowridge Drive woman reported credit card, cell phone stolen from vehicle at 7000 block of Winton Road, Nov. 30. Man reported CDs, stereo equipment stolen from vehicle at 8639 Neptune Drive, Nov. 24. Man reported ladder stolen at 9696 Woodmill Lane, Nov. 26. Medical office reported money stolen at 9084 Winton Road, Nov. 28. 2037 Dallas Ave. man reported wallet stolen at 10800 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 26. Man reported check stolen at 6611 Greenfield Drive, Nov. 24. Woman reported vehicle stolen at 9600 Wildbrook Drive, Nov. 24.

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Hilltop Press

December 9, 2009


DEATHS James Biehl, 81, of Colerain Township, died Nov. 29. He was an Army veteran and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 759. Survived by his wife, Paula Dudley-Biehl; children Debbie Campbell, David (Connie) Biehl, Diane (Robert) Steele, Dan (Tami) Biehl; step-children Gary Dudley, Donna (Larry) Rueve, Pam (Matt) Manion, Diane (Tim) Weber, Vicki (Ken) Jones, Jack Dudley; 19 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; siblings Roger (Hazel) Biehl, Betty Jean (Charlie) Engle, Shirley (Ralph) Center. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Torch Bearers at White Oak Christian Church, 3675 Blue Rock Road, 45247.

Joseph Celenza

Joseph Celenza, 78, died Nov. 28. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter 121 of the Korean War Veterans, the Chosen Few and the American Legion Post No. 530. Survived by his wife, Doris M. Celenza; children Lynda (Paul) Anderson, Dean (Tricia) Celenza; grandchildren Christopher Anderson, Stephanie (Jason) Spoolstra, Beth, Brian, Anna, Joseph II Celenza; brother Frank (Elaine) Celenza. Preceded in death by his son, Tim Joseph Celenza. Memorials may be made to USO, Inc., P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC, 20077-7677 or Grace Fellowship Church, 9379 Gunpowder Road, Florence, KY, 41042.

Jean C. Costello

Jean Costello, 73, died Dec. 1. Survived by her husband, Frank Costello; children Joann (John) Needham, Debbie Schiele, Cathy (Jim) Cain, Becky (Bill) Metzger; grandchildren Gina Gehring, Charlie, Josh, John Needham, Jason Campbell, Rob, Steven Schiele, Michael Cain; great-grandchildren Michael, Jena, Katie, Kaylee, Karley Needham, Heather Gehring; siblings Cheryl Callahan, Karin Dishon, Vickies Dawes; aunts Margaret, Jenny and Shirley. Visitation and services were Dec. 5 at Arlington Memorials Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, 2145 Compton,

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. Road. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Hospice of Cincinnati.

Louis A. Enderle

Louis A. Enderle, 58, of North College Hill died Dec. 2. Survived by wife, Norma J. Enderle; children Rodney (Brandi) Bauer, Frank (Joleen) Bauer, Ryan (Jeanne) Enderle and Michael (Nikki) Enderle; grandchildren Brandon, Austin, Frankie, Madison, Tyler, J.J and Lucy; mother, Dottie Enderle and siblings Bill (Connie) Enderle and Diana (Bud) O’Keefe. Preceded in death by father, Bill Enderle and brother, Bob Enderle. Visitation and services were Dec. 4, at St. John the Baptist Church. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206; or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

James A. Irvin

lege Hill, died Nov. 19. Survived by his wife, Patsy Johnson; children Carol (Craig) McDowell, Melissa (Scott) Hyrne; grandchildren Amber, Justin, Ashley, Caitlin, Aaron; great-grandchildren Ben and Taylor; mother Elizabeth Saylor; siblings Patsy (Herman) Geyer, Opal (Bob) Morrison, Charlotte (Ron) Ping, Diane Johnson, Barbara (Paul) Winslow. Preceded in death by his father, Charles C. Johnson. Services were held on Nov. 24 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Sarah F. Jones-McKinnon

Sarah Jones-McKinnon, 68, died Nov. 27. She was the co-founder and chief financial officer of Catholic Hospice of Miami, Fla. Survived by her husband, Robert T. Jones; daughter Angela M. (Kevin J.) Brill; grandchildren A.J. and Alica Brill; siblings Mary Streck, Sue Molloy, Michael, Donald, Patrick, Paul Richard Streck; Beth Bohlen; 24 nieces and nephews, 22 grandnieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her son, Brian; siblings Thomas, James and Jane Streck. Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati.

James Irvin, 89, of North College Hill, died Nov. 30. He was a veteran of World War II. Survived by his wife, Rachel C. Irvin; children Bette (Roger) Lister; Robert (Karen), Bud (Linda) Irvin; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Rose Marie Kunin. Preceded in death by siblings Florence Edwards, Marie Brown, Byron “Buddy” Irvin. Visitation and services were Dec. 4 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, 45242.

Elizabeth L. Lance

Cecil C. Johnson

Gregory Lucas, 59, died Nov. 25. He was past master of AmVets Post

Cecil Johnson, 69, of North Col-

Elizabeth Lance, 89, of Sharonville, died Nov. 27. Survived by her children Sue (Bill) McNece, Glenda Jarvis, Jim (Mary), Randy (Barbara) Lance; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings Virgil, Lillian, Jim, John. Preceded in death by her husband, Colonel R. Lance; daughter, Betty Wartman; siblings Clatyon, Harry, Clara, Edith. Services were held at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home.

Gregory Thomas Lucas

No. 1988 and a lifetime member of Gailey Social Club, No. 7340. Survived by his wife, Robyn Lucas; sons Thomas G. and Samuel J. Lucas; brother Lawrence (Linda) Lucas; brother-in-law, Michael Pich; nieces and nephew Lisa, Mollie, Chris, Kristina, Michael, Jr.; and may other nieces, nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 2 at Church of the Assumption. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Vitas Hospice.

Jeffrey Allan Ross

Jeffrey Ross, 53, died Nov. 19. Survived by his son, Jesse Ross; mother, Juanita Ross; sister, Cindy (Pat) Annis; sister, Donna Ross; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Howard L. Ross; brother, Howard L. Ross. Services were at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to University Hospital Barrett Cancer Center, 234 Goodman Street, 45419 of American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, 45206.

Harry Richard ‘Dick’ Schofstoll

Harry Schofstoll, 82, died Nov. 28. Survived by his wife, Susan Schofstoll; children Terry Lee (Teresa), Pamela Schofstoll, Saundra Kayse; grandchildren Shelly, Justin; grandchild Logan. Visitation will be 6 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. on Fri-

children Robert Wilt, Jr., Michelle, Melissa, Kim and Krystal; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings Larry, Polly, Ellen. Services were at Towne Worship Center on Dec. 3. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home.

Nicholas L. ‘Buddy’ Toepfert

Voley L. Witt

Voley Witt, 83, of Bright, Indiana, died Nov. 19. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a Deacon of the Friendship Baptist Church. Survived by his wife, Beulah Witt; children Roger (Meg) Witt, Gina (Matt) Knigga; grandchildren Margot, Maddie, Billy, Jordan, Wittney; greatgrandchildren Ally, A.J., Jaina, and eight siblings. Preceded in death by one brother. Services were at Friendship Baptist Church. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Friendship Life Ministries, c/o Friendship Baptist Church, 8580 Cheviot Road, 45239.

Nicholas Toepfert, 74, of Fairmount, died Nov. 25. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survived by his wife, Virginia Toepfert; children Sheri Ritter, Nicholas B. (Nancy) Toepfert, Lori Clemens, April (Jamie) GIbson; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings Albert Jean, Kenny Toepfert. Preceded in death by his siblings Don and Lillian “Sis” Toepfert. Services were at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert R. Wilt Sr.

Robert Wilt, of Norwood, died Nov. 29. Survived by his wife, Brenda Wilt; parents Richard and Marjorie Wilt;

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Woman reported jewelry stolen at 594 North Bend Road, Nov. 23. Woman reported credit card, medicine stolen at 8639 Desoto Drive, Nov. 23. Woman reported purse stolen from vehicle at 1841 Greenpine Drive, Nov. 19. 8471 Shuman Lane man reported cell phone stolen at 8900 block of Fontainebleau Terrace, Nov. 20. Dollar General reported $22 purse stolen at 11850 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 18. 1020 Southfield Court man reported vehicle stolen at 9600 block of Fernbrook Court, Nov. 18. Man reported GPS, money stolen from vehicle at 8484 Daly Road, Nov. 16.


Hilltop Press


December 9, 2009

Donation will help new high school

Annual bird count is Dec. 10

The Sisters of the Precious Blood marked its 175th anniversary Nov. 15. with a special celebration, including a Mass and reception, at St. Margaret Mary Parish in North College Hill. The parish and school were just one of several where Precious Blood Sisters served since arriving in the Cincinnati area in 1892; they taught at the school for 60 years. At the reception following the Mass, Sister Florence Seifert, president of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, presented a check for $17,500 to Sister Barbara Hagedorn, president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, for the new DePaul Cristo Rey School which the Sisters of Charity are sponsoring. Also on hand to receive the legacy donation was Joliet Franciscan Sister Jeanne Bessette, who has been named president of the new school.

By Jennie Key


Sister Florence Seifert (right), president of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, presents a check for $17,500 as a Legacy donation to Sister Barbara Hagedorn, president of the Sisters of Charity, for the new DePaul Cristo Rey School to be opened in Cincinnati. At left is Joliet Franciscan Sister Jeanne Bessette, president of the new school. There are some special connections between the two congregations – both are marking anniversaries of their founding this year, 200 years for the Sisters of Charity. Both groups have a historic connection with the area, especially in the field of education. In presenting the donation, Sister Florence noted that educational ministry has been a hallmark of Precious Blood Sisters’ 117 years of service in Cincinnati. The Sisters of the Precious Blood, she said, “are

grateful to the Sisters of Charity for launching the Cristo Rey School in Cincinnati in response to a specific educational need in the area. We see this as a continuation of the legacy of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in education and other ministries in the Cincinnati area.” The new DePaul Cristo Rey School will be in the complex of Concordia Lutheran Church in Clifton. An innovative educational approach, the Cristo Rey school concept began in 1996; today it is a network

of 24 schools across the country, with seven others “in the pipeline,” according to Jesuit Father John Foley, president of the Cristo Rey network. The $17,500 legacy donation from the Sisters of the Precious Blood comes at just the right time, as the new school is securing its funding. Several Cincinnatiarea businesses have signed letters of intent to hire Cristo Rey students – about 100 freshmen are expected when the school opens in 2011, eventually expanding to 500.

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FT. MYERS. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA condo overlooking golf course & lake. Nr. airport, shopping & dining. Rental includes golf & country club privileges at reduced price. Owner • 513-260-3395 or 812-537-0495

SANIBEL ISLAND Quality, beachfront condos. Excellent service! Great rates! 1-888-451-7277

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

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617


LEELANAU VACATION RENTALS Over 120 condos, cottages and homes on Lake Michigan, Glen Lake and other inland lakes. Call 231-334-6100 or visit

NEW YORK MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

NORTH CAROLINA EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

SOUTH CAROLINA CHARLESTON. Wild Dunes. Beachfront 3 br, 3 ba condo. Balco nies overlooking golf & beach. Avail Mar 14-21. Great value at only $1400. Contact owner, 513-575-9811 SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.

The Hamilton County Park District is doing a beak count of its feathered friends this weekend. Hub naturalist Jerry Lippert says the park district conducts its annual Winter Bird Count to tally birds that use the parks as a resting place on their migration south and the ones that call the parks their year-round home. The official count will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at most parks. Participants are welcome to join for just part of the day if they like. Bird counters should wear sturdy shoes, and dress warmly for the weather. Binoculars are encouraged but are not necessary. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 10, at 521-7275, ext. 240. Lippert said the counts help park naturalists see how well habitats in the county parks are serving the bird populations. “We created hundreds of acres of grassland habitat, and now we are seeing more species of grassland birds,” he said. “If we are

not seeing some species, we need to find out why.” Lippert the count is family friendly, and a lack of bird knowledge should not discourage families from coming. “We’ll be teaching along the way,” he said. “And people should not feel they have to be there the whole day. Even a couple of hours is a big help.” Lippert said the park district needs counters in the western areas, such as Miami Whitewater, Mitchell Memorial Forest and Shawnee Lookout Park. Bird counters in those parks may see bald eagles. Lippert says there is a nest on the Whitewater River and bald eagles were seen by counters last year. The counters will meet at Winton Center at Winton Woods at 4 p.m. for the tally and to share stories from the day. There will be refreshments and door prizes, as well. “It’s really a lot of fun,” Lippert said. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit, available for $5 annual or $2 for a day pass, is required to enter Hamilton County parks. For additional information, visit

GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


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