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Mt. Healthy board wants face time with community

School board seeks ways to connect with community By Jennie Key

A.J. Hood, 17, left, and John Peters, 56, help organize donations for the Mount Healthy Sharing Tree. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Tree of sharing

Families helped throughout city By Monica Boylson

Canned goods, pastas, cereals and other foods were piled high on tables at the Mount Healthy Community Center. Brown paper bags full of groceries and toiletries lined the walls of the room. Stuffing bags were Mount Healthy High School senior A. J. Hood, 17, and Public Works and Parks Department employee John Peters, 56. In another room, brothers Brandon, Casey and Nick Beck load bags with toiletries. The small work force was helping put together groceries and gifts for the Mount Healthy Sharing Tree, a cooperative between the school district and the city to help 97 families in need in Mount Healthy this Christmas. “There’s a real sense of satisfaction in doing it,” Peters said. “It’s the right thing to do.” For a week, Peters and other volunteers helped organize, separate and load bags for the Sharing Tree recipients. Mount Healthy schools had canned food drives and collected donations at the schools. Local business donated. La Salle High School also helped and

The board will kick off this new program at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in the conference room by the main entrance at the Mount Healthy Junior/ Senior High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave.

One way Harness says the board will begin to remedy the communication gap is by starting monthly, informal conversations with a couple of board members and any residents who attend that will give people in the community the chance ask questions about issues or rumors and get inforSee BOARD, Page A2


A.J. Hood, 17, loads bags with groceries for the Mount Healthy Sharing Tree. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Loading toiletries, from left, are Brandon Beck, 11, Casey Beck, 7, and Nick Beck, 13. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

members of the Mount Healthy High School football team collected donations at Kroger, gathering pounds of food and monetary donations for the cause on Nov. 17 and Dec. 8. The football team has been helping for the past two years and head football coach Arvie Crouch said they more than doubled their donations from last year.

Some Greenhills firefighters recently visited classrooms at Winton Woods Primary North to discuss fire safety and encourage families to make a fire escape plan, choose a meeting place and test smoke detectors. Pictured, from front left, are Dante Turner, Janyla Thomas, Ariyanna Hodge, Alayna Nuss, Ruby Beers, Destiny Smith, Avaya Winbush, Aiden Brown, Brayden Strong and Brian Key; second row, Greenhills firefighters Christine Cardwell, Zach Clark, Robert Sifford, Eric Tricase and A.J. Coley. PROVIDED.

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Members of the Mount Healthy board of education are starting monthly forums to encourage members of the community to talk with them. Steve Harness, president of the Mount Healthy City School District Board of Education, says it’s time to try new ways to engage Harness the residents of the district. “We need to go above and beyond to to try to reach out to our residents,” he said. “I don’t think we have done a really good job with that.”


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to be a part of the Sharing Tree so that the players would have a better appreciation for what they have. The football players seemed to get the message. “Just to know you can help out other people in times like this is great,” football player Herb Winston, 17, said. “It’s heartwarming.” While passing out information about the Sharing Tree at Kroger, David Montgomery, 15, said it was important for him to give back to others in need. “I feel that everybody should get a little something,” he said. “I don’t think it should be just about me.” Standing next to Montgomery, Alphonzo Farmer, 19, said, “We want to make sure that everybody has a nice, special holiday.” Mount Healthy High School guidance counselor and school liaison for the Sharing Tree Jeanne Long said the cooperation between the schools and the city helps serve many families in need. “It’s a great to be able to help so many families,” she said. “It’s so rewarding to the see how grateful and happy they are.”

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Burlington Coat Factory coming to Northgate Store joins other retailers in mall revitalization By Jennie Key

Northgate Mall officials say Burlington Coat Factory has started construction on a store at the Colerain Township shopping center. The new store will be in the area formerly occupied by Famous Labels, which closed in mid-NoTabani vember. Claire Anderson, marketing manager for the mall, said the 50,000-square-foot store should be open in March. Burlington Coat Fac-

This steps it up a notch and will be a great complement to the lineup of stores at Northgate Mall. FRANK BIRKENHAUER

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tory operates more than 470 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico. In Cincinnati, Burlington operates stores at Cincinnati Mall in Forest Park and on Ridge Road. There is also a store in Covington, Ky. The retailer features brand-name apparel, home and baby products at low prices and will join Marshalls and DSW moving into the mall as part revitalization of Northgate Mall.

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mation about what’s going on in the district. The program kicks off in January. Harness says there will only be two board members present at each one, so it won’t have a quorum and won’t be an official meeting. “One reason we are doing this is that our residents might be intimidated to get up and speak at an official board meeting,” he said. “We hope this will make things more comfortable for our residents. It will be less formal.” At least one district resident says while he’s OK with talking with


Colerain Township Economic Development Director Frank Birkenhauer said he’s pleased with the addition of Burlington Coat Factory. “This steps it up a notch and will be a great complement to the lineup of stores at Northgate Mall,” he said. A spokesperson from Burlington would not confirm the opening, nor comment on the future of the store in Forest Park. Northgate officials said they are pleased to add the junior anchor to the mall’s mix of retail stores. “We are especially excited about the opening of Burlington Coat Factory because we know how important quality and value is to our consumers.” said Zeshan Tabani, managing principal of Tabani Group Inc. from Dallas, owner of Northgate Mall. “We are looking forward to an exciting 2013.”

board members, they shouldn’t hold their breaths if they are hoping to soften his stance toward levy requests. “These tax levies take money from my pocket and food off my table,” said district resident Steve Colonel. “I am opposed to tax increases of any kind.” Harness said the board is trying to make the operation of the school district more visible to residents. Putting board meetings on television, pushing back meeting times to 7 p.m. so people who work during the day can attend and moving meetings to other buildings that may be closer to where residents live are examples of the board’s push to reach out to residents.

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Springfield Twp. ‘calling’ a dinner theater Jan. 11 skits designed around telephone By Monica Boylson

Children at North College Hill’s Breakfast with Santa greet Santa Claus. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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reen Township resident John Fulmer, 66, received a call Dec. 8 from North College Hill senior recreation commission member Al Long asking for help. The North College Hill Breakfast With Santa was missing the main man, as the Santa who was supposed to be there canceled at the last minute. “I got a call around 25 minutes to 10,” Fulmer said. The retired North College Hill police chief said he dropped everything and donned his red suit. Dressing as Santa Claus is something he does for friends and relatives and he’d played the role at the city’s Breakfast With Santa years before. “I had other plans but made arrangements,” he admitted. “I was happy to help.” Long said he was impressed with Fulmer’s generosity. “For him, in a half-hour span, to change his plans on a Saturday morning proves that he is somebody that makes sacrifices,” he said. “He does it because he has a love for the community and the kids.” North College Hill recreation director Dennis Jones lined the children up and practiced with them a warm hello for Santa’s arrival. “We’re going to say, ‘Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas,’” he instructed. Not long after, the man with the snow white beard arrived and was greeted by 30 smiling children. “Everyone was excited to see Santa,”

Waiting in line for Santa Claus, from left, are Liam O’Rourke, 7, Alexis Lackey, 7, Steven Elder, 6, and Brandon Kendall, 6. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

John Fulmer, 66, dressed as Santa Claus. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Jones said. “He did a very good job.” But Fulmer said he did it for the children. “Just seeing the smiles on their faces and hearing what they wanted for Christmas was rewarding,” he said. “I just enjoy making the kids happy.”

Couple retires form historical society By Monica Boylson

Mount Healthy Historical Society President Penny Huber said she can’t imagine the historical society without Marian Blum, 87, as museum curator and Vierling Blum, 91, as treasurer. The couple recently retired after more than two decades of service. “It was a big void to fill,” Huber said. “They were such an integral part of the historical society.” While the two have retired, they will remain active members in the group. “I like history. I’ve always liked history,” Vierling Blum said.

Vierling Blum, 91, left and his wife Marian, 87, recently retired from their positions at the Mount Healthy Historical Society. MONICA BOYLSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Because he was born and raised in Mount Healthy, Blum has a lot of knowledge about the history of the city. “He knew everything in

town,” historical society trustee David Huser said. “When people had questions, the guy I relied on was Vierling.” Marian Blum said she enjoyed being able to share the history of the city with others. “It was so much fun to have people go through and to have me be able to tell them about things in the museum,” she said. Often the two would give museum tours together. “It was really fun to watch them work together,” historical society member Christina Vonderhaar, 30, said. “They feed off each other. If one wouldn’t remember something the other would. It was like they were telling a story. They made it interesting and exciting.” Huber presented them with a

gift and kind words on behalf of the historical society at a potluck dinner Dec. 8. “All of us wanted to say thank you with a smile because you go that extra mile,” she told them at the dinner. Addressing the dinner guests, Marian Blum expressed her joy with working for the Mount Healthy Historical Society. “We’ve enjoyed it tremendously,” she said. “I love Mount Healthy.” And the two have no plans of slowing down. “Hopefully we’ll be able to come back for many more years,” Vierling Blum said. Marian Blum quickly added, “But we’re not going to work.”

Springfield Township is hosting a dinner theater at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road. “It’s For You” is a series of short plays designed as phone conversations. Performances will include, “Sorry, Wrong Number,” “Fully Committed,” “Operator” and other improvisations by the cast. “It’s a series of skits woven together all about the telephone, good things and bad things that happen on a telephone,” director Herb DuVal said. “A woman overhears her life being threatened Hodges for murder. A man in the middle of nowhere has lost his last dime and is trying desperately to have the operator make a call for him. A womRucidlo an is trying to get in touch with her dead husband to get approval for her current beau. There are all sorts of different scenarios.” The actors Crowley will use scripts and minimal props. “The audience kind of accepts that it and the scripts in a sense go away in their minds,” actress DuVal Dale Hodges said. “It feels very live and it has a dynamism to it.” Hodges will join the stage with actors Kevin Crowley, Brooke Steele Rucidlo and Joshua Steele. “We hope the audience will have as good a time as we have and we’ll have as good a time as they had,” she said. The play is a second in a series of theater productions in Springfield Township. A vision of the township and the newly formed nonprofit Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council, the performances were designed as a way to gauge the community’s interest in ongoing theater, said Kim Flamm, president of the arts council. “I think people are generally looking for entertainment that’s close to home,” she said. “I think that this is a perfect fit for the community.” Tickets for the performance are $32 each and include a vegetable lasagna buffet dinner and desserts catered by Funky’s Catering. There will also be a cash bar and Fontainebleau Strings will perform during the meal. The event is for adults 21 and older. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call 522-1410.

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Has stepped in as leader for Aiken

Varsity vets lead charging Spartans Roger Bacon showing why it’s one of the city’s top basketball programs

By Tom Skeen

The 13 points and 12 rebounds Aiken senior Austin Grimes averaged a season ago went mostly overlooked due to what his teammate and friend Willie Moore was doing. Now that Moore has moved on to the University of Oregon, Grimes has been tossed into the spotlight and is responding extremely well. “I’ve just been working out with my father and trying to be a leader in practice and leading by example,” Grimes said. “I’m trying to be vocal with my teammates.” His 24 points and 12 rebounds per game lead the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference and after the departure of Moore and Paul Woodson, the leadership role has been entrusted to Grimes. Some fold under that pressure, but Grimes is taking pride and thriving in his new role. “It means a lot because people look up and respect me on and off the court,” he said. “The freshmen team, junior varsity, they all respect me. It means a lot because I have a lot on my shoulders and I feel like I can carry it just with the motivation I am getting from everybody.” Grimes has made quite a transition throughout his high school career. As a freshman at Woodward he was thought of as a big man and played a lot under the hoop. Since coming to Aiken as a sophomore he has learned the wing positions and is now playing everything from center to point guard. According to Falcons coach Leon Ellison, Grimes is drawing interest from Division I colleges, which is something the senior has dreamed of since first picking up a basketball. “It means a lot,” he said about getting scholarship offers. “When you’re younger you hoped to get offers and interest and now I’m getting recruited. People say I am now getting what I deserve ... I’m just thankful I’m getting recruited and have a chance of getting a scholarship so I can’t really complain.” As far as the 2012-2013 season


By Nick Dudukovich

Aiken High School’s Austin Grimes (12) goes above Taft’s Adolphus Washington to snag a rebound during the first half of their boys basketball game last season. Grimes is averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds a game to lead the CMAC in both categories. GARY LANDERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Aiken’s Austin Grimes (21) grabs a rebound against Holmes High School as part of the Bluegrass-Buckeye Classic. The senior has averaged double digit rebounds in all three seasons at Aiken. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

goes, the Falcons are off to a 2-2 start through Dec. 13. With only five players back from last season’s team, things have been up and down early. “It’s been a trip,” Grimes said about this season. “It’s been a real long road because sometimes we are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you

are going to get ... It’s something different everyday but overall I like the team because of our attitude, there are no ego’s and everybody gets along on the court.” While the Falcons are currently ranked No. 5 in The Enquirer Divisions II-IV area coaches’ poll, Grimes believes his team can end the season at No. 1. “We have one of the best teams in Cincinnati,” he said. “As far as state goes, there will be some challenges, but I think we have one of the best teams.”

ST. BERNARD — It’s pretty simple why coaches and players put an emphasis on experience. The more a team has, the more likely the chances that squad can win when the pressure mounts. And while the 2012-2013 campaign is still in its infancy, the varsity-veteran Roger Bacon Spartans are making quick work of the opposition. With a 60-50 win over Dayton Carroll Dec. 11, the Spartans improved to 4-0. The victory came four days after the Spartans knocked off La Salle, the No. 10 team in the Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll. “I mean, (4-0 ) is what you shoot for, especially when you have a team returning,” said coach Brian Neal. For returning starters, such as forward Erik Edwards, the La Salle win serves as an early-season achievement. “It was really important (to beat La Salle),” Edwards said. “It was a statement win for us,” Ranked No. 2 in the Division II-IV coaches’ poll, Bacon outlasted La Salle 43-41. It was a grind-it-out-type game against a team always known for playing tough defense. But that’s life in the Great Catholic League, according to Neal. Neal proved his by pointing to Carroll – a team not traditionally known for being basketball power – as an example of how tough the GCL is. Despite leading most of the game, Carroll made things interesting on their home court, and actually outscored Bacon 22-18 in the final period. But it was Bacon’s reliable returnees that put the game away in the final four minutes. Seniors Jake Westerfeld and Edwards, along with juniors Austin Frentsos, Carlas Jackson, and Reggie Williams went on to score 13 of the team’s final 15 points. Edwards ended the night

Roger Bacon senior forward Erik Edwards scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Spartans past Carroll Dec. 11. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

with a game-high 16 points, while Frentsos had 11. Returning junior center Fred Moore rounded out Bacon’s doubledigit scoring efforts with 10. Edwards added that all the experience gained last year has made the team more comfortable this season. “We’re smarter this year,” Edwards said. “... We’re better on offense ... and our defense is better. It’s not as chaotic. We kind of have our own little thing going on where we know what we’re doing.” When the Spartans are at their best, they’re active, constantly moving while trying to make a play. “We preach creativity all the time,” Neal said. “We preach being the aggressor on both ends of the floor. As winter break approaches, the Spartans will prepare to play in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky. The Spartans have a long way to go until tournament, and Neal won’t be looking ahead. “A smart coach once told me to try and find a way to get better every day,” he said. “Tomorrow we’ll get in the gym at 4 p.m., trying and getting a bit better.”


St. Xavier’s Ben Carroll drives to the basket during the Bombers 59-40 victory over Elder at The Pit Dec. 14. Carroll finished with 13 points as St. X moved to 3-0 on the season. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE

Boys basketball

» Mt. Healthy lost a six-point halftime lead to lose to Harrison 42-38, Dec. 8. Sophomore Milan Lanier led the Owls with 11 points. The Owls slipped passed Little Miami 54-52, Dec.14. Leon CurrieDavis scored 13 points. » St. Xavier slipped passed Turpin 70-68 in overtime Dec. 8. Roderick Mills and Alex Blink led the Bombers with 15 points. Elder lost to St. Xavier 59-40, Dec. 14. Blink led the Bombers with 15 points. » Gamble Montessori led by 23 at the half and went on to a 69-47 victory over Miami Valley Christian Academy. Senior Christopher Martin led the Gators with 14 points. » Aiken took down Jefferson Township 60-39, Dec. 11. Austin Grimes led all scorers with 26


points. Aiken fell behind 37-13 at the half and lost to Hughes 74-54, Dec. 14. Senior Demarcus Cook led the Falcons with 17 points. » Finneytown got its first win

of the season Dec. 11, 53-50 over Mariemont. Senior Emmanuel Martin led the Wildcats with 18 points. » Winton Woods lost to Lakota East 72-68, Dec. 11. Trent Donald led the Warriors with 28 points. » Roger Bacon beat Carroll, 60-50, Dec. 11. Erik Edwards scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. » NCH defeated Cincinnati Christian, 64-55 Dec. 7. Shaw scored 18 points.

Girls basketball

» Amelia beat Aiken 53-30 on Dec. 8. Danielle Lang led the Lady Barons with 23 points. Deshala Howard led Aiken with 12 points.

Aiken dropped to 1-4 following a 73-26 loss to Withrow Dec. 13. Howard finished with 14 points. » Finneytown lost to Mariemont 64-27, Dec. 8. Shyla Cummings and Shelby Metz scored eight points to lead the Lady Wildcats. Finneytown dropped its fifth straight game 65-22 to Taylor Dec. 12. Cummings led the Lady Wildcats with eight points. » Winton Woods outscored Thurgood Marshall 40-12 in the second half on their way to a 64-34 victory Dec. 8. Imani Partlow led the Lady Warriors with 27 points. » Mount Healthy jumped out to a 38-8 halftime lead and went on to beat Roger Bacon 65-21, Dec. 12. Ericka Fitzpatrick led all scorers with 18 points. » Gamble Montessori lost 4522 to Cincinnati Country Day Dec. 12. Senior Daija Taylor scored 13 points and was one of just three Gators to score. » NCH beat CHCA 57-32 Dec.

8. Kalin Williams had a game-high 15 points, while Chardonnay Martin-Roberson chipped in 13.

Boys swimming

» St. Xavier took down Wyoming and Covington Catholic Dec. 8. Senior Ian Wooley won the 100yard backstroke (53.95) and the 100 butterfly (51.35) events. » Roger Bacon beat Madeira, 57-31, Dec. 8. Individual winners included Kyle Suffoletta (200 free), Joey Anello (200 IM, 100 back), Kevin Anneken (50 free), Nick Woerner (500 free). The squad followed up with a 57-31win over Purcell Marian Dec. 13.

Girls swimming

» Roger Bacon beat Madeira, 42-16, Dec. 8. Claire Devlin (200 IM), Ali Doll (50 free,100 free) and Kelly Boland (500 free, 100 back) were individual winners. The squad followed up with a 42-16 win over Purcell Marian Dec. 13.



School district sets superintendent timeline By Monica Boylson

The Winton Woods City School District is expected to have a permanent superintendent appointed by March 25, almost a month sooner than their anticipated April 15 decision. The Winton Woods school board met with the Ohio School Boards Association Monday, Dec. 3, to finalize a timeline for the su-

perintendent search. Superintendent Camille Nasbe announced her retirement effective Dec. 31. Serving as interim superintendent is Jim Smith, former superintendent for Bethel-Tate schools. Not surprised by the shortened timeline, Director of School Board Services Kathy LaSota said the School Boards Association is prepared to work with the district.

“The timeline is always at the discretion of the board and can flux at any time during the process. The majority of searches tend to last about three and a half months,” she said. “It causes no strain whatsoever on our part. One of the key elements of our process is its flexibility.” The search will be by the School Boards Association with a closing date for applications on Wednes-

BRIEFLY NCH schools to swap property with city

The North College City School District passed a resolution Monday, Dec. 10, to trade property with the city of North College Hill. The school district will acquire the former city pool in exchange for a property the school district owns in front of the City Center at 1500 Galbraith Road. They expect to close on the deal by Feb. 1.

New Year’s bash

Hugh Watson American Legion Post 530 will have a New Year’s Celebration and Open House 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the post, 11000 Winton Road, Greenhills. Cost is $37.50 per person and includes a 10-piece big band, large dance floor, open beverage bar,champagne at midnight,finer foods, split-the-pot raffle, doughnuts and coffee and trivia quiz for money prizes. For tickets and information, call Debbie at 8253099.

McAuley auditions

McAuley High School will hold open auditions for its spring musical “Once on this Island” form 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the McAuley Performing Arts Center. These auditions are open to eighth-grade girls and boys. They will be cast for roles in the ensemble, with a chance to perform in a state-of-the art facility, McAuley’s Performing Arts Center. The play is about an island full of beautiful and engaging songs and dances, and tells the story of a young girl who will do everything in her power to be with the one she loves. Students should arrive at the audition wearing comfortable clothes and be prepared to act and dance a little. If any eighth-grade girls would like the chance for a small singing role, they should come with a short simple song prepared. The dates of the show are March 22, 23, and 24, 2013. To RSVP for the audi-

day, Feb. 6. Already, 12 people have submitted resumes to be reviewed by the School Boards Association. “Winton Woods has an excellent reputation,” LaSota said to the board during the planning meeting. “People have been waiting a position to open up in the district.” Community and staff will have an opportunity to voice what qualities they

HELPING HANDS tions or for further information, contact Emily Lafferty, director, at

Bartending raises money

Clovernook Country Club hosts Celebrity Bartending events five months out of the year to raise funds for a variety of local organizations and charities. At Clovernook, the members are the “celebrities” and sponsors of several Tuesday evenings filled with fun, food and cocktails. Proceeds from each Celebrity Bartending event go to the charity of the hosting member’s choice. This year was another successful year of supporting the local community, with over $10,000 donated to an assortment of local organizations and charities. SON Ministries, College Hill Urban Redevelopment Corporation, , are just a few of the organizations that benefited this season. Celebrity Bartending

Students at the St. John the Baptist School recently took part in a service project to collect canned goods for a local food pantry. The project was organized by the school’s student council. A total of 20 boxes of canned goods were collected and donated to the Corpus Christi Parish Food Pantry in Springfield Township. PROVIDED. will kick-off its 2013 season in February. For more information about membership at Clovernook Country Club, visit the club’s website at, or contact Betsy Ambrosius directly at 513.521.0333 or via email at

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optional site visits and finalist interviews with community and staff participation are to be determined. “The Winton Woods board is mindful of the significance of this decision,” LaSota said. “Superintendents who have been placed by our process on average stay in the district for long periods of time and have testified to its purity, professionalism and quality.”

hope to see in the permanent superintendent. Focus groups will be scheduled in January for input. The School Boards Association will screen candidates on Friday, Feb. 8, and the school board will receive a screening report on Thursday, Feb. 14. First round interviews will be conducted by the school board Feb. 19-21, second round interviews on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 and

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As a concerned citizen, I have watched with increasing alarm as Congress pushes its agenda to maintain all the Bush tax cuts, including on the top 2 percent of earners. President Obama wants to return the taxes for the upper 2 percent of earners to Clinton-era levels when the economy was booming, and job creation was robust. The 98 percent of earners would get to keep our Bush tax cuts. Restoring tax rates on the wealthy to 1990s levels would solve at least half of the budget problem. Sixty percent of the American people favor higher taxes on the wealthy to as part of nay budget deal. What would a return to Clin-

ton-era tax rates mean for the wealthy? It would mean that top marginal rate would increase form 35 percent to 39.6 percent, and the second highest rate would rise from 33 percent to 35 percent. To pit it into perspective, the top income tax rate has fallen from 90 percent to 35 percent since the 1950s. Capital gains rates have been cut by more than half since the 1970s, largely benefiting the rich. The result is that the top 1 percent now enjoy more wealth than the entire bottom 90 percent put together. In fact, income inequality over the past three decades has grown so much that it’s the equivalent of moving $1.1 trillion from the 99 percent to the top 1 percent of earners every single year for

Fresh start ahead for legislature The lame duck session of the Ohio legislature is often a flurry of activity. Bills that have sat on the shelf for a year or more are suddenly being heard in committee meetings all over the Statehouse. With the elections behind us and no campaigns pending, much of the political shuffling that can impede a bill’s progress is gone. In addition, because the end of the year is in Connie Pillich COMMUNITY PRESS sight, many committee GUEST COLUMNIST chairs energetically push through bills that may be good legislation but have had a lower priority. Finally, since every bill introduced by May 15 is entitled to one hearing, the committee agendas can be long. Lawmakers hope that, even though there isn’t time to pass their bill, the initial hearing can be a stepping stone to reintroducing their bill next year. One of the more fun bills in the lame duck session began as a class research project several years ago at the Columbus School for Girls. The students of the fourth-, fifthand seventh-grade classes conducted impressive research and testified in committee in support of House Bill 501. This bill adopts the Adena pipe as our official state artifact. The Adena pipe is recognized as Ohio’s most prized artifact. It is carved from Ohio pipestone and was used by Native Americans in central Ohio between 800 BC and the first century AD. The Adena were Ohio’s first farmers, marking the human transition from hunting and gathering to cultivating sunflowers, squash, and other native crops. Many girls from the School witnessed the vote in the House. Presumably, they have now turned their fearsome lobbying efforts to the Ohio Senate, which hopefully will take up the bill before the end of the year. As we wind down the 129th General Assembly, we see that, like most sessions of the

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legislature, we’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve seen unparalleled support for our veterans and active duty personnel, but we failed to pass important measures to help military families. Attacks on collective bargaining were repealed by a successful statewide referendum. Public school and local government funds were slashed, but we created incentives for businesses to set up shop in cities and first ring suburbs. The doors to the Statehouse were locked one day to prevent thousands of people from participating in hearings on the contentious Senate Bill 5. The Manufacturing Task Force has held meetings in all corners of the state to widen public participation. Although debate sometimes went beyond the robust and approached the uncivil, many legislators (including me) took time Dec. 6 to participate in a conference on civil discourse in state legislatures. On Dec. 31 the 129th General Assembly will end. Any bills that have not been passed by then will expire. When the 130th General Assembly convenes Jan. 7, the lawmaking process starts anew. Let’s hope it’s a good year. State Rep. Connie Pillich represents the new 28th Ohio House District.



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the past 30 years. Does this sound fair to you?

Susan Hume Finneytown

Board should be involved

The Dec. 5 front-page article on “District improvement plan set” by Monica Boylson covered the event very well. I particularly liked the way the author directed attention to four focus areas, leaving 10 others presented by Dr. (Terri) Socol for passing comment only. It was an example of good communication: brief and to the point. The plan itself, however, is a disappointment because of what it doesn’t contain. It makes no reference to board participation. It

appears to be the board’s position that improving the district’s rating is solely up to the teachers and administration. Academic Watch places the district and the wider community in a crisis. This calls for “all hands on deck,” starting with the board. One recommended board involvement would be through learning from parents who have taken their children from the district what their reasons are. Interacting with realtors in the district, members of the faith community, and elected officials – and engaging them in the improvement process – are other opportunities for board involvement. This kind of board participation was not included in the plan

as presented, hence the disappointment. Academic Watch is a wake-up call. Did the board hear it? Brandon H. Wiers Forest Park

Lower levy request

We would all be fine with our old schools back and a new operating levy. But no, Mount Healthy had to have new schools and buses. Bad management decisions in uncertain economic times. No more money from me if I can help it. Most people don’t have any more to give. If they want to pass a levy, lower it down to 1 or 2 mills instead of 7 or 8. Jim Wagner Mount Healthy

Dinner includes a hisotry dose The evening of Dec. 5 at the annual Mount Healthy Historical Society Christmas dinner brought some enlightening historical facts about our area as well as delicious food. The gracious company made me feel right at home. Wyoming’s Susan Wilson modestly downplays her contribution to the organization, but she co-authored the book “Mt. Healthy” as well as “Education in Mt. Healthy” with Beverly Wiest Spellmeyer. Born into a family that settled in Mount Healthy in the 1850s, you might say the community is part of her DNA. Sue and husband, Chuck, grew up together there and were in the same class. Sue felt the evening belonged to Marian and Vierling Blum, who were honored by the Mount Healthy Historical Society for the wonderful work they have contributed since 1990. President Penny Huber, presented them with a lovely silver frame encasing a picture of the Mount Healthy Museum and the 1859 toll house that originally sat along Hamilton Avenue. Vierling retired from P&G. Marian retired from teaching science and social studies. Now they have both retired from the

Historical Society to enjoy the activities of Evergreen Retirement Community where they live. MarEvelyn Perkins ried 62 years, COMMUNITY PRESS they are history buffs. COLUMNIST Penny praised them for the outstanding work they did, over and above what they signed on for. Vierling was the treasurer, but sometimes had to get the museum furnace going at odd hours. Marian was the curator and pulled last minute arrangements together for the museum as well as organized school tours. Cincinnati Park Board naturalist Kathy Dahl gave a wonderful presentation entitled “Hamilton Avenue – Road to Freedom,” telling the part played by abolitionists along the length of the street northward from Northside to Mount Healthy. This enlightening tour of the anti-slavery movement included activity in Glendale, Evendale and Sharonville. Text, photographs, information and maps were provided by Betty

Ann Smiddy, Mount Healthy Historical Society, North College Hill Historical Society, Northside community residents and Sylvia Rummell and Arlette Merritt. The Eliza House marker stands at the intersection of Oak and Chester roads in Glendale, and this is the story behind it. Former Kentucky slaveholder John Van Zandt lived in Evendale, helping escaped slaves as part of the Underground Railroad resistance. He was arrested for this activity and defended unsuccessfully by Salmon P. Chase. Although he had helped found it, he was excommunicated from what was then the Sharon Methodist Episcopal Church for his anti-slavery activities. On June 19, 2005, the Sharonville United Methodist Church restored Van Zandt's membership. Several of his descendants came to accept a formal letter of apology from the church for his expulsion. Evelyn Perkins writes a regular column about people and events in the Tri-County Press area. Send items for her column to 10127 Chester Road, Woodlawn, 45215, or call her directly at 772-7379.

Christmas Eve service message of hope Some of the most sacred memories I hold dearly are the Christmas Eve services I attended. Whether we were celebrating in my hometown of Belleville, Ill., or my grandparents’ city of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, our Christmas Eve lineup would always include a trip to church. When I remember Christmas Eve services from years ago, I recall the radiating heat from the candle I was holding as we sang “Silent Night.” I remember altars that lit up the entire sanctuary with poinsettias and Nativity scenes. I think of all of the people I would meet for the first time on Christmas Eve, either they would be visiting my church or I would be visiting their congregation. Strangers became quick friends as people shook hands and greeted each other with a cheery “Merry Christmas.” For me, the Christmas Eve service draws together the past, present and future in one night. The sacredness of yesteryear surrounds me through-

out a Christmas Eve worship. Songs trigger the remembrance of people and places gone by. I vividly reRev. Michelle member sitTorigian ting with my COMMUNITY PRESS grandparents GUEST COLUMNIST throughout these services. Although I may remember very few details of each Christmas Eve liturgies I attended, I will not forget the hospitality of Christ I experienced at a number of those churches. The power of the present moment is felt during Christmas Eve worship. Sometimes it’s tough to find the quiet serenity of Christ in the busy Christmas season. By attending worship, we are able to focus on the present instead of the chaos that can often come with cooking, shopping and gift wrapping. We become centered as we invite the love of God and one another into our hearts.

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Celebrating the birth of Christ has the potential to lead us into a hope-filled future. The stories of Jesus’ birth are narratives that show new life and salvation happening to the least-likely people in the leastlikely places. Christmas gives us a story about a man who made a lasting impression on our world even though he was born in a simple manger. Now that I’m on the other side of the pulpit, I ask God to give me the wisdom to create a sacred Christmas Eve service for the many who walk through our doors. But regardless of how often you attend church or what you believe, congregations are ecstatic to celebrate this night with you. We each carry the spark of the Divine love into our worship space, sharing this love with one another. And, as we leave, we take this love into the world, bringing peace to all humankind. The Rev. Michelle Torigian is the pastor at St. Paul United Church of Christ on Old Blue Rock Road.

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Trees light up Forest Park The Forest Park Municipal Building at 1201 W. Kemper Road, is all decked out for the holdiay.


he fire bay at Forest Park Fire Headquarters turned into Christmas headquarters as city officials, firefighters, residents and teachers, parents and students from Winton Woods Elementary School gathered for the Forest Park Community Tree Lighting. The Winton Woods Fourth Grade Select Chorus performed, the winners of the coloring contest were revealed, and a student flipped the switch and turned on the Christmas lights at the Forest Park Municipal Building. The winners of the Forest Park Coloring contest were: Prekindergarten to grade two: Nevah Brown, 6 years old, and Jonathan Bourne, 7 years old; Grades three and four: Alondra Sotelol and Isaiah Chenault, 9 years old and Grades five to six: Sydney Posey, 10, and Michael Hairston, 11.

Michael Hairston, 11, a sixth-grade student at Winton Woods Elementary, won the coloring contest and threw the switch to light the trees at the Forest Park Municipal Building. Zyriah Pitts, 9, a fourth-grade student at Winton Woods Elementary, watches as door prize tickets are drawn at the Forest Park Community Tree lighting ceremony.

The Winton Woods Fourth-Grade Select Chorus performed at the annual Forest Park Tree Lighting ceremony.

Younsters were eager to welcome Santa Claus at the annual tree lighting ceremony. Kathryn Rodriguez wore festive reindeer heargear as she accompanied the Winton Woods fourth-grade select chorus performers on the violin.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 20 Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Clippard Industries, 7390 Colerain Ave., Mission to fill semi-trucks with personal care items, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, gloves, baby formula, canned food, dishes, and many other clothing. Only new items accepted with the exception of slightly worn coats. Benefits SON Ministries. Free. Presented by Fill the Truck. 250-4116; Colerain Township.

Civic Hamilton County Park District Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Community Dance Royal Rounds, 2-4 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Greenhills.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Forest Park Activity Center, 651 W. Sharon Road, Low-impact activity to improve your mind, body and spirit. Ages 9 and up. $5. Presented by Happy Time Squares. 232-1303. Forest Park.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 7 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Greg Insco, instructor. Ages 18 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Benefits Fill the Truck Initiative, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Clippard Industries, Free. 250-4116; Colerain Township.

Community Dance Cincy A2, 8-10:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Advanced level square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Finneytown, 8421 Winton Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 6863310; Finneytown.

Music - Rock Missing Number and Chief Effect, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., $8. With Maoris, All the Above, Outta Town and Nuisance. Doors open 7 p.m. 825-8200; Forest Park.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 7 p.m., St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Performance Center. High school and college students with proper ID can purchase $12 tickets for Friday show only. Holiday ballet featuring marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice and score of Tchaikovsky. $20, $15 ages 11

and under and seniors ages 65 and up. Presented by Ballet Theatre Midwest. 520-2334; Finneytown.

Recreation Wii for Adults, 11 a.m., College Hill Branch Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, Come and see what all the hype is about. Bring a friend and see if you can beat them in bowling, tennis or boxing. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6036; College Hill. Wii for Children, 2:30 p.m., College Hill Branch Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, Come and see what all the hype is about. Bring a friend and see if you can beat them in bowling, tennis or boxing. Ages 5-11. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6036; College Hill.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 Community Dance Skirts and Shirts Square Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1927 W. Kemper Road, Western Style Square Dance Club for experienced square and round dancers. Plus level squares and up to phase III round dancing. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Kids Dance Fitness Class, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Great Commission Bible Church, 10200 Hamilton Ave., Family Life Center. Healthy program featuring explosion of music, dance and energy. Ages 4-12. $4. 851-4946; Mount Healthy. Zumba Abroad, 1-3 p.m., Precious Little Angels Daycare, 924 Halesworth Drive, Gymnasium. Zumba with experienced instructors. Raffles, prizes and giveaways. Benefits University of Cincinnati School of Social Work Study Abroad Program students. $10. Presented by University of Cincinnati School of Social Work. 504-7644; Forest Park.

Films Canned Food Drive Special, 10 a.m., Danbarry Dollar - Cincinnati Mills, 601 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Family-friendly movie will play. Free popcorn and drink package for children during the holiday show. Benefits: a local area food pantry. Free admission with canned food donation. 671-0537; .

Holiday - Christmas Easy-to-Make, Last Minute Gift Ideas, 12:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, A different and simple craft idea to take home. Learn to make homemade wrapping paper or gift bags, too. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4472; Monfort Heights.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Music - Concerts Eben Franckewitz, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Local singer made it to “American Idol” season 11 top 12 male finalist, and youngest contestant ever to make it to top 24. With Dylan Holland, Courtney Rachelle Fiege, Spencer Sutherland and Matt and Connor. Doors open 7 p.m. $8.

Milford High School student Eben Franckewitz, an “American Idol” season 11 top 12 male finalist and youngest contestant ever to make it to the top 24, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave. Tickets are $8. For more information, call 825-8200 or visit Franckewitz is pictured singing during the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS 825-8200; Forest Park.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $20, $15 ages 11 and under and seniors ages 65 and up. 5202334; Finneytown.

MONDAY, DEC. 24 Exercise Classes FitBodz, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructed by Gary Terry, West Point graduate, Army master fitness trainer and certified personal trainer. Focusing on helping individuals improve their strength, stamina, flexibility and weight loss. Bring mat, 3- or 5-pound dumbbells and water. $8. Through Dec. 26. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Strengthening, Flexibility and Core Class, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Enter at rear of building. Enhance flexibility and strengthen all major muscle groups and core using bands, balls and weights. $7. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, Incorporates variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Registration required. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; Springfield Township.

Holiday - Christmas The Night Before Christmas Adult Skate, 11 p.m.-4 a.m., Skatin’ Place, 3211 Lina Place, Skating demonstrations, performances, food, prizes and more. Hosted by Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati. Adults only. Ticket pricing TBA. Presented by Operation Step Up Inc. 522-2424. Colerain Township.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., With Tristate blues artists. Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 385-

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26 Exercise Classes FitBodz, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Vintage Artist, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Place for artists to paint together. Beginners welcome. Bring own supplies. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Knitting and Crocheting, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Knit or crochet blankets for Project Linus. Yarn provided. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Wood Carving, 1-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Carve with Greenwood Chippers. Many different techniques used: relief carvings, scroll saw, figurines. Bring own tools. For seniors. Free. 3853780. Green Township. Wii Bowling, 2-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Modified Zumba for seniors with standing and chair participation. For seniors. $3, $25 for 10 classes. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064; Green Township.

THURSDAY, DEC. 27 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Forest Park Activity Center, $5. 232-1303. Forest Park.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 7 p.m.,

Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye, 6:30-9:30 p.m., VanZandt, 1810 W. Galbraith Road, Free. 407-6418. North College Hill.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Exercise Classes Zumba Kids Dance Fitness Class, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Great Commission Bible Church, $4. 851-4946; Mount Healthy.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 Shopping Coin Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh

Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Free admission. Presented by Jim Huffman. 937-376-2807. Greenhills.

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Dining Events New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Hot buffet, beer, soft drinks, snacks, wine fountain, hats, noisemakers and music by DJ Larry Robers. Attendees may also BYOB. $40. Reservations required. 521-1112. Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes Strengthening, Flexibility and Core Class, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, $10. Registration required. 617-9498; Springfield Township.

Holiday - New Year’s Silvestertanz, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, German New Year’s Eve celebration. Music by the Alpen Echos. Hors d’oeuvres, sandwich buffet and desserts included. Cash bar opens at 8 p.m. $22. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 385-2098; Colerain Township.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Clubs & Organizations Mothers of Preschoolers Monthly Meeting, 9-11:30 a.m., LifeSpring Christian Church, 1373 W. Galbraith Road, Room 161. Mothers with children from newborns to kindergartners welcome. Morning of building relationships with other moms, eating breakfast, listening to speakers on variety of topics, making crafts, playing games, group discussion and more. Free child care provided. Membership: $23.95 per year. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers - LifeSpring. 271-5775; North College Hill.



Holiday recipes for busy families

The closer we get to Christmas, the busier I get. Sound familiar? Even though I keep reminding myself of the true meaning of this holiday, there are still gifts I need to make. If you’re in the same predicament, here are some “make-andtake” holiday treats from the kitchen.

Thai party snack mix Really different than the usual Chex mix. A fun Rita appetizer. I Heikenfeld change this RITA’S KITCHEN recipe up depending upon what I have on hand. Here’s the most current version: Mix together: 2 cups each: corn, wheat and rice Chex cereal (or 3 cups of any two kinds) 2 cups sesame sticks, regular or Cajun 11⁄2 to 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half, or tiny squares 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts

Melt together:

couple of months, since he’s away from home right now. Meanwhile, try these. They are a treasured cookie from the family of my daughter-inlaw Jessie’s mom, Maggie Hoerst. Jess and her sister, Lottie, make these every year with Maggie. I’m putting in my order now!

1 stick unsalted butter 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce, regular or low sodium 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons sugar or substitute Cayenne powder to taste – start with 1⁄8 teaspoon (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Drizzle coating over cereal mixture, tossing well. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and taste. Add a bit more curry powder and/or cayenne if you want. Tip: After baking, add a can of wasabi peas. This is optional, but “delish.” Store: Keep in airtight container one month. Makes 12 cups. For gift giving: Pack in Chinese “to-go” cartons.

Holiday “no peek” standing rib roast

After reading the recipe for high-heat roast beef, a “loyal reader” asked if I could find a recipe she lost for a standing rib roast. “I need it for Christmas dinner. Meat starts out in hot oven and roasts for an

Thai party snack mix is a familiar favorite with a twist. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

hour, then the oven is turned off and you leave roast in to finish later. I can’t remember the “later part,” she said. This looks just like what she needs. 5 pounds standing rib roast with bone in Seasoning to taste

Let roast sit at room temperature for a hour or bit more. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season roast and place on rack in pan with rib side down and fat side up. Roast 1 hour. Turn oven off, leave roast in and don’t open door. About an hour and 15 minutes before serving

time, finish by turning oven back on to 375 degrees and roast for 30-40 minutes. Remove and tent with foil. Rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Maggie’s gingerbread cutouts Several readers wanted Mount Washington Bakery’s gingerbread cookie recipe. I talked with Nick, the owner, and he said these heirloom cookies are huge sellers and the recipe is 80 years old. The bakery reopens in April and they will be making the cookies then. Nick told me he’d be glad to share the recipe in a

1 cup solid shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup molasses 2 tablespoons white vinegar 5 cups flour 11⁄2 teaspoons baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon powdered cloves

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, molasses and vinegar, beat well. Sift dry ingredients into it and blend. Refrigerate three hours. Roll and cut out. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. To decorate, use favorite frosting or Jessie’s buttercream.

Buttercream frosting

Beat together:

1 pound powdered sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla

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The DVD features interviews with David Letterman, Carol Channing, Johnny Mathis, John Davidson, Phil Donahue, Peter Nero, Oscar Robertson and the late Phyllis Diller. The production also includes new video and audio of Ruth Lyons with guests including Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, George Carlin, Oscar Peterson, Bob Newhart, Liberace, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The documentary is only available online for $19.95 at and at United Dairy Farmers stores in Cincinnati and Dayton. All proceeds from the sales will go to the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund.

and Host and Narrator Nancy James of Delhi Toiwnship. Broadcaster and meteorologist Pat Barry also lent his expertise for fundraising and development. Ashbrock said it took three years to complete the project and was difficult to put together clips of Lyons because much of the time she spent on air was not re-

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A documentary on a well-known broadcaster is winning awards of its own. “Ruth Lyons: First Lady of Television” is a documentary chronicling the life and the time that broadcaster, Ruth Lyons, spent on her television program that was broadcast throughout the Midwest. Producer, director and editor of the documentary, David Ashbrock said the three years he and the team spent on putting together the biography have paid off with awards from the Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. The documentary won in six categories: nostalgia of programming, writing, directing, editing, photography and music. Ruth Lyons was a broadcaster who hosted a daytime talk show on radio and television. She was on air for over 18 years and host-

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Comedian Phyllis Diller with producer-director David Ashbrock in her Los Angeles home, standing in front of a portrait of her longtime friend Bob Hope. She was a frequent guest on Ruth Lyons’ weekday WLWT-TV show in the 1960s. Ashbrock and Mark Magistrelli interviewed Diller for their documentary about Ruth Lyons. PROVIDED

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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Brandon Reliford, born 1991, having a weapon under disability, trafficking, 5850 Pameleen Court, Dec. 4. Curtis McKinney, born 1990, domestic violence, 5469 Kirby Ave., Dec. 4. Eric V. Vinegar, born 1968, disorderly conduct, 5900 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 5. Lakia Sartor, born 1986, domestic violence, 2735 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 5. Orlando Lott, born 1975, possession of an open flask, 5564 Colerain Ave., Dec. 2. Oumar Ndoye, born 1972, domestic violence, 5319 Colerain Ave., Dec. 5. Ray Sean Smith, born 1968, domestic violence, 2235 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 5. Santino B. Lambert, born 1981, possession of drugs, 2706 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 1.

Incidents/reports Assault 2430 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 1. 5367 Bahama Terrace, Dec. 2. Burglary 1252 Hollywood Ave., Dec. 3. 1559 Teakwood Ave., Dec. 3. 2242 Kipling Ave., Nov. 30. 5060 Hawaiian Terrace, Dec. 4. 5802 Belmont Ave., Dec. 3. Criminal damaging/endangering Highforest Lane, Dec. 1. Endangering children 2430 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 1. Misuse of credit card 5469 Kirby Ave., Dec. 3. Rape Reported on West North Bend Road, Nov. 28. Taking the identify of another 5855 Lathrop Place, Nov. 29. 5855 Lathrop Place, Nov. 29. Theft 1012 Venetian Terrace, Dec. 1. 1120 Virescent Court, Dec. 3. 1156 Hollywood Ave., Dec. 5. 2260 North Bend Road, Dec. 4. 2353 Harrywood Court, Dec. 5. 2366 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 30. 5295 Eastknoll Court, Dec. 1. 5508 Little Flower Ave., Dec. 6. 5545 Belmont Ave., Dec. 3. 5559 Kirby Ave., Dec. 5. 5802 Belmont Ave., Dec. 3. 6235 Collegevue Place, Dec. 5. 7936 Bobolink Drive, Dec. 4. 936 Venetian Terrace, Dec. 3. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle 5366 Scarletoak Drive, Dec. 2.

conduct while intoxicated at Vine Street, Nov. 26. Joseph Willig, 23, 7213 Winton Road, criminal damaging at 6924 Bryn Mawr, Nov. 25. Kristina Davis, 29, 503 Elmgrove Terrace, falsification, possessing criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 21. Kyle Little, 18, 3522 Warsaw, carrying concealed weapon at 9860 Winton Road, Nov. 23. Darnell Mooney, 39, 870 Reynard, domestic violence at 820 Reynard Ave., Nov. 21. Williams Tierra, 22, 1297 Frost Court, obstructing official business at State Route 126 and Colerain, Nov. 24. Sandra Borrows, 46, 818 Northern Pkwy., domestic violence at 8380 Marley Street, Nov. 26.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300 » Mount Healthy: Chief Marc Waldeck, 728-3183 » Cincinnati District 5, Captain David Bailey, 569-8500 » North College Hill: Chief Gary Foust, 521-7171 » Greenhills: Chief Thomas Doyle, 825-2101 » Forest Park: Chief Phil Cannon, 595-5220. Darryl Thomas, 19, 983 Harkin, drug trafficking at Waycross and Northland Blvd., Nov. 28. Juvenile male, 16, theft at 1212 W. Kemper, Nov. 27. Michael Allen, 42, 11881 Hitchcock, domestic at 11881 Hitchcock, Nov. 25. Juvenile male, 17, robbery at 951 Smiley, Nov. 20. India Fuller, 24, 58 Versailles, obstructing official business at 48 Versailles, Nov. 24. Brandon Brewster, 29, 11326 Kenshire, theft at 1143 Smiley, Nov. 23.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 440 Northland Blvd., Nov. 26. Burglary Residence entered and windows damaged at 1137 Waycross, Nov. 22. Attempt made at 11027 Quail Ridge, Nov. 24. Residence entered and TV of unknown value removed at 11787 Elkwood, Nov. 27. Residence entered at 680 Carlsbad, Nov. 28. Misuse of credit card Victim reported at 11750 Passage Way, Nov. 23. Rape Attempt made at Waycross, Nov. 23. Theft Victim reported at 11881 Hitchcock, Nov. 25. Merchandise valued at $90 removed at 1050 W. Kemper, Dec. 1. Aluminum valued at $1600 removed at 1143 Smiley, Nov. 26. Reported at 11235 Sebring, Nov. 26. Attempt made to remove vehicle at Galesworth, Nov. 26. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 695 Northland Blvd, Nov. 27. ATM card valued at $150 removed at 633 Northland Blvd., Nov. 28.

MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations Earl Brunson, 34, 850 Meadow Circle, drug abuse at Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 25. Randall Weber, 41, 3380 Harmony, possession of drugs at Compton Road, Nov. 1.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering Copper pipes of unknown value removed at 8967 Neptune Drive, Oct. 25. Victim reported at 1067 Meredith Drive, Oct. 28. Door frame damaged at 8967 Neptune, Oct. 25. Reported at 1275 Section Road, Nov. 11. Burglary Residence entered at 2617 Toulon Drive, Oct. 24. Residence entered and laptop, PlayStation, Wii of unknown value removed at Fallfrank

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 7943 Clovernook, Nov. 27. Burglary Reported at 7967 Clovernook, Nov. 25. Criminal damaging Trunk lid lock damaged at 1724 Lakenoll Drive, Nov. 29. Criminal damaging, theft Victim reported trunk damaged and radio valued at $400 removed at 1836 Lakenoll, Nov. 28. Domestic Victim reported at Adams Road, Nov. 24. Robbery Victim threatened at 7859 Harrison Ave., Nov. 24. Theft Reported at 7440 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 24. Temporary tag removed from vehicle at 7701 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 1.


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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Nitra Gorman, 32, 3611 Thorngate Drive, criminal tools, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 26. Jason Brown, 32, 12092 Greystone Court, assault at 12093 Greystone Court, Nov. 30. Antonio Glover, 30, 619 Central Ave., criminal damaging at 1998 Blue Hill, Nov. 27. Tasfan Grant, 19, 4127 Hurted Ave., drug abuse at Richardson, Nov. 26. Kayla Richardson, 24, 2392 Sunnyhill Drive, disorderly

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Barbara Wolf Barbara A. Wolf, 94, North College Hill, died Dec. 9. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Dennis (Barbara), Gregory (Jody), Jeffrey (Patricia) Wolf, Barbara (Donald), Janice (Rick) Doxsey; sister Anna Marie Mahlenkamp; in-laws Edwin Enderle, Jackie Dreier; 10 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Earl Wolf, siblings John, Frank, Robert, Shirley, Dorothy, Louise Thinnes, granddaughter Cortney Doxsey. Services were Dec. 13 at St. Margaret Mary. Arrangements by Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Joseph Home, 10722 Wyscarver Road, Evendale, OH 45241.



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

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

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Northminster series examines Bible, spiritual formation Northminster Presbyterian Church will have Cultivate 2013 @ Northminster series to help cultivate a deeper understanding and knowledge of God and how He is is active in everyone’s life. » NorthminsterUniversity will run five consecutive weeks on Sunday mornings starting at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, in Disciples Hall at the church, 703 Compton Road. The theme will be “The Bible.” Topics are: » Is it God’s word for us? » How did we get the Bible? » Why are there so many translations? » Why do we insist on following some parts of the Bible literally but disregard other parts? This series will be led by Dean Nicholas, who has taught several series on biblical themes in various settings at Northminster over the past year. Nicholas has his Ph.D in Bible and the Ancient Near East from Hebrew Union, and is

currently the principal of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. » Spiritual Formation @ Northminster (gaining traction in our walk with God) is a six-week series Jan. 30 through March 6 on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm in Founder’s Hall at Northminster. (There will be no meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13; rahter the group will meet Monday, Feb. 11. There will be an Ash Wednesday worship service in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, February 13 that all are invited to attend.) Format: dinner and small group time, teaching, and a practice/reflective exercise Theme: “Spiritual Formation” with topics: » Communicating with God » Spiritual disciplines » The value of community » Simplicity » Meeting God in everyday life » Reclaiming our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit (through sleep,

physical activity, good food, and rest/Sabbath) This series will be led by David Nixon and a team from Sustainable Faith Ministries. Nixon is the director of Sustainable Faith and founding pastor of Vineyard Central. He received training in spiritual direction through the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. For the last six years he has served with Vineyard-USA as the spiritual director for Pastor Sabbath Retreats around the country. He and his wife Jody, married for 35 years, have three children: Kimberly (in Berlin, Germany), Carrie (in New York), and Jonathan (Cincinnati). The Nixons live in the former convent of the St. Elizabeth Church parish. For more information, contact Rev. Rich Jones at or Steve Jacobs, director of adult discipleship at For info on Northminster Presbyterian Church, go to

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