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Land buy Forest Park City Council OK’d the purchase of 1.3 acres on Waycross Road, near the city’s public works facility. See story, A3

Three retire Together, their service to Springfield Township totals 90 years.Three veteran township employees were honored by trustees at the Dec. 13 meeting as they prepare to retire Jan. 1. See story, B8

Kathey Brokaw,left, and her sister, Georgia Coddington share a laugh as they share memories and recipes. The women get together every year with their sister, Christine, and mom, Bess Zimmer, plus numerous nieces and nephews, for a day of Christmas cookie baking. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Serving dinner A group of local churches and food pantries had one too. On Dec. 13, members of the 1,200 families on that list lined up for the Feed The Children food distribution in the parking lot at College Hill Presbyterian Church. See story, A2

Holiday cake Rita Heikenfeld helps Macy’s associate Chris Lipnick share her special apple cake just for the holidays. See story, B3

Changing league The Finneytown Wildcats Youth Football program will move to the Sportsmanship First League for the 2012 football Season. Director Darren Stevens has been looking into several leagues within the Tristate area as an effort to reduce travel and focus more on local competition. See story, A8

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Family makes cookies a tradition

Christmas baking started almost 60 years ago By Heidi Fallon

Bess Zimmer started her family’s Christmas cookie tradition almost 60 years ago in her North College Hill kitchen with a box of $1 cookie cutters. Zimmer, now 89 and living in Greenhills, and her daughters and grandchildren meet on a December Saturday for a day of baking cookies and sharing memories. “We start at 9 a.m. and it takes until 4 or 5 in the afternoon before we’re finished,” said Georgia Coddington, the youngest of the Zimmer siblings. “There’s as much laughing as there is baking going on.” Zimmer’s daughters take turns hosting the baking. Grandchildren wander in during the day, helping cut, ice and decorate the batch of 10 dozen cookies. “We use the same recipe and make just that one kind of cookie,” Coddington said. “The recipe came with the cookie cutters.” Zimmer said she saw an ad for the Aunt Chick’s cutters and ordered a set for each of her children. “She put them away and gave them to us when we were older,” said Kathey Brokaw, the oldest daughter and Greenhills resident. Christine Zimmer said she tried to find her mom’s cookie cutters on the internet and was surprised her search was successful,

Sorting through the original cookie cutters used since Bess Zimmer, her daughters and now grandchildren have been making Christmas cookies a holiday tradition are, from left, Melanie Brokaw, Erin Coddington and Rachel Margeson. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The daughters and granddaughters of Bess Zimmer gather round her before starting to whip up their annual Christmas cookies. From left is Melanie Brokaw, Kathey Brokaw, Christine Zimmer, Georgia Coddington, Rachel Margeson and Erin Coddington. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

adding that the $1 box of four red plastic designs now cost closer to $20. Zimmer, who lives in Wyoming, will be hosting the clan this year, but they gathered in Coddington’s Greenhills home a few weeks early to go over the game plan. “This is something I hope we’ll still be doing when I have children,” said Rachel Margeson, Zimmer’s granddaughter. “We don’t see the entire family all that often, so it’s a fun way to share a day and see one another.” No matter now young the grandchildren may be, they’re all given an assignment.

Bess Zimmer gives her daughter, Christine, a few pointers on proper preparation for rolling out cookie dough. Zimmer, 89, started the family tradition of Christmas cookie baking when Christine and her sisters and brother were growing up in North College Hill. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS “They do the decorating, putting on the icing and sprinkles,” Coddington said. Brokaw’s grandsons will make it a fourth-generation event this year. When the baking’s done, Coddington said everyone takes home their share to enjoy during the holidays.

Finneytown seniors treated to brunch Students provide entertainment

Lining up to serve the Dec. 9 holiday brunch are Finneytown students, from left, Andy Auffrey, Raven Norman, Alisha Jenkins, Carlie Hammond and Ariel Culbreath. PROVIDED

It’s a tasty tradition that dates back more than 30 years. Finneytown High School students have been inviting senior citizens in the Springfield Township community to brunch for the past three decades. Students in Terry Owens’ food and nutrition classes served up the free meal to the seniors. After the brunch, seniors moved to the school’s Performing Arts Center for a concert by the high school choruses. “The students planned, shopped and polished their cook-

Finneytown High School senior Makeda Ferraro makes sure Jerry Fisher is enjoying her brunch students served to senior citizens Dec. 9. PROVIDED

By Heidi Fallon

ing skills to bring Finneytown area senior citizens a tasty holiday meal and the opportunity to

gather with friends,” said Shawn Maus, Finneytown district communications coordinator.



Churches partner to serve lunch By Heidi Fallon

Santa isn’t the only one making a list this year. A group of local churches and food pantries had one too. On Dec. 13, members of the 1,200 families on that list lined up for the Feed The Children food distribution in the parking lot at College Hill Presbyterian Church. Feed The Children partner agency Christ’s Community in College Hill and Churches Ac-

tive In Northside identified the recipient families. Each family received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of essentials and a box of Avon products. The items are designed to help a family for up to one week. The distribution is part of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 315,000 families across the country since it began in 2009. Feed The Children special projects coordinator Aaron Wynn said



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Members of St. Paul United Church of Christ on Old Blue Rock Road participated in the Feed The Children holiday food distribution in College Hill last week. Bill Weil and Larry Ridener are both on the church's Mission Priority Board team that helped unload three semitrucks filled with food and other items distributed by volunteers to needy families. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Members of St. Paul United Church of Christ on Old Blue Rock Road participated in the Feed The Children holiday food distribution in College Hill last week. A typical package includes food and personal hygiene items. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Ralph Williams could only smile. Williams is the director of Christ’s Community in College Hill and in charge of the holiday food program. “Feed the Children is a national organization based in Oklahoma and they called us offering their help,” Williams said. “We said yes. “This is an amazing collaborative effort between the churches in College Hill to help people and agencies which help people in need.” Churches involved in the program included Bread From Heaven, Good News, House of Joy, College Hill Presbyterian Church, First United Church of Christ, St. Paul United Church of Christ on Old Blue Rock Road, Immanuel United Church of Christ, St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, Hilltop United Methodist Church and Golden Leaf Baptist Church. People signed up for the food assistance via churches and other social networks, Williams said. He said agencies like the Mount Healthy Alliance Food Pantry and the West College Hill Neighborhood Services were among the six agencies picking up boxes of food to distribute. Along with volunteers from the community churches, Williams said several Cincinnati Bengals arrived to help with the morning’s distribution. Williams has been the director of Christ’s Community since 1974. It is an outreach ministry of College Hill churches of all sizes and denominations. “We are all here today for one common goal of helping people in need,” Williams said. “That’s what a community should be about.”



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Feast of Love offers Christmas dinner

The 26th annual Christmas Day Dinner presented by the Feast of Love will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave. There will be activities for children, and pickup and drop off service and delivery in the College Hill area. Meal delivery service begins around noon. The Feast of Love is supported entirely by donations and is sponsored by St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Community Church in Colerain Township and College Hill Presbyterian Church. Feast of Love director Karen Lane says donations of food, money and volunteers are all welcome. For information, call Lane at 513-541-5676. For meal delivery, call


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The 26th annual Christmas Day Dinner presented by the Feast of Love will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave. There will be activities for children, and pickup and drop off service and delivery in the College Hill area. Meal delivery service begins around noon. The Feast of Love is supported entirely by donations and is sponsored by St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Community Church in Colerain Township and College Hill Presbyterian Church. Feast of Love director Karen Lane says donations of food, money and volunteers are all welcome. For information, call Lane at 541-5676. For meal delivery, call 787-0786.

Finneytown school gets grant for computers By Heidi Fallon

Brent Elementary School students will be able to access educational programing with 19 new computers bought with a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s. The Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is being awarded to schools or parent groups to improve learning and communication. The netbook computers

will be housed on a rolling storage cart for easy mobility around the Finneytown school. Kessling “The kids love it,” said Mary Pat Grosser, a Brent school second-grade teacher. “Second-graders have been using the computers to access an interactive, online reading program.

“We are acknowledging parent-initiated efforts that enhance the lives of children in the communities we serve,” Stone said. “By lending our support, Brent Elementary School, we are rallying behind a cause that is important to both our customers and employees, we’re helping to build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow’s employees and community leaders.”

“They beg to use them.” Brent Principal Stephanie Kessling said the rest of her students are anxious to go high-tech as well. “Our school and community will significantly benefit from this grant,” Kessling said. “We thank our friends at Lowe’s for generously supporting this important project.” Larry Stone, Lowe’s foundation chairman, said Brent will be among 480 schools and organizations to benefit from the grant.

Forest Park buys 1.3 acres on Waycross FOREST PARK — The Forest Park streetscape project is getting slightly larger, thanks to a recent purchase by the city. During the Dec. 12 Forest Park City Council meeting, council approved the purchase of 1.3 acres on Waycross Road for $79,000. The site is near the city’s public works facility at intersection of Sebring Drive and Waycross Road. Forest Park is buying the property using funds from its Carillon tax increment financing district. The funds generated by that district can only be used for improvements to that area. City Manager Ray Hodges said the purchase serves a couple

the project. “It gives us far more flexibility,” he said. Finance Director Harlita Robinson said the Carillon TIF district fund currently has about $1.2 million, and generates between $800,000 and $850,000 annually. Revenue generated from the district can only be spent on improvements within the district. The TIF will expire in 2019. The newly purchased site will also give Forest Park options in case it ever needs to increase the size of its public works facility. Hodges said there are no plans to expand the public works site, but if the need arises, the additional 1.3 acres offers opportunity for an addition.

Forest Park is buying 1.3 acres of property along Waycross Road. The site may be used to expand the scope of the city's streetscape project or to eventually expand the public works facility, which is adjacent to the property. ROB DOWDY/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Ever since the family of Alma Sutphin started what is now a 30-year tradition of baking cookies, her pecan ball recipe has been a favorite. Following is that recipe, and her daughter, Betty Fraley, urges every cookie baker to use parchment paper for all their cookie baking. Ingredients:

4 sticks of butter 4 cups of flour ½ cup of sugar ½ teaspoon of vanilla ½ teaspoon of cold water 1 ½cups of chopped pecans Cream butter and sugar. Add flour, water, vanilla and pecans Roll into balls Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes As soon as out of the oven, roll the balls in powdered sugar

Christmas kisses

A Sutphin family favorite is the Hersey Kiss cookie Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix. (The family prefers Duncan Hines) ½ cup melted butter 2 cups peanut butter 1 egg 1 bag of Hershey Kisses Mix all ingredients, except the Kisses. Roll into small balls Place on cookie sheet (with parchment paper) Place a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes Put Kiss in the middle as soon as cookies come out of the oven

Sharon Fraley, left, and her sister-in-law, Betty Fraley, stir up fun and laughter along with a batch of cookies in Betty's Delhi Township kitchen. They keep a picture of Alam Sutphin, Betty's mom who started the baking tradition, close by. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Family makes baking cookies a long tradition

Sugar cookies

The daughters of Bess Zimmer have been using the same cookie recipe since they’ve been making Christmas cookies a family tradition, started nearly 60 years ago. The following recipe makes three dozen cookies that come out of the oven ready to decorate. Ingredients:

½ cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon cream or milk 2 ½ cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ teaspoon lemon extract Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Add lemon extract. Alternate adding sifted ingredients (flour and baking powder) with the milk one tablespoon at a time. Makes a very stiff dough. Chill at least one hour. Can be chilled overnight. Roll onto floured board and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Watch for burning edges. Ice and enjoy.

Rolled out cookies

This recipe comes from Lisa Donaldson, Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supplies. She says it’s so good, you can eat it plain. Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix baking powder and flour and add one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff. Blend last flour in by hand. If dough becomes too stiff, add water, a little at a time. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll each into a 12-inch circle about 1⁄8 -inch thick and cut cookies. Dip cutters in flour before each use. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 6 to 7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes 20-24 average sized cookies. Dough may be tinted or stir in 3 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate for chocolate cookies. .

By Heidi Fallon

Alma Sutphin started a 30-year family tradition with a couple of well-used cookie sheets in her Delhi Township kitchen. Sutphin would be pleased, her family says, that they’re continuing that tradition of gathering on a Saturday to spend the day baking, icing, laughing and remembering. “Mom was always baking and it started with just a few of us and has grown over the years,” said Sutphin’s daughter, Betty Fraley, who hosts the family cookie baking in her Delhi Township home. “This year will be our 30th and there will be 45 of us at least in my kitchen for the day.” The day starts early and ends late and results in nearly 200 dozen cookies and candies of 23 varieties. “We still do the pecan balls that Alma always made,” said Carolyn Sutphin, Alma’s daughter-in-law and a Delhi Township resident. Sharon Fraley, another daughter-in-law, comes from Kentucky to join in the fun. “We have a blast,” she said. “We laugh, we bake, we laugh. It’s just a really good time.” With so many people and so many cookies on the menu, Betty said she’s had to add a second stove. “Last year we burned up one of the heavy-duty mixers and we’ve had a few disasters, but we open the doors to air out the burned cookies and get back to baking,” Betty said. Her daughter, Lisa Bottoms, Delhi Township, and granddaughter, Kelsey, said along with the tried and true cookie recipes, they are always up for trying something new. “If it doesn’t work, we get creative,” Bottoms said. “We’ve been know to turn a cookie recipe into candy.” Speaking of candy, Bottoms guarantees that their buckeyes are the best in the world. “We use a recipe from Aunt Joyce of Bridgetown,” she said. “They are unbelievable.” As the number of friends and family has grown, they now divvy

Checking out possible recipes for this year's family Christmas cookie baking event are, from left, Kelsey and Lisa Bottoms, Carolyn Sutphin, Erin and Claire Crowley. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS up the list of ingredients to bring to Betty’s house. This year that list includes 14 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of flour, eight pounds of sugar, four dozen eggs and four pounds of powdered sugar. They also bring soups and sandwiches to feast on during the day and Betty makes sure a makeshift living room bar is wellstocked with adult beverages including a bowl of Jello shots. “If somebody gets grumpy, we just hand them another margarita or maybe one of our raspberry liqueur Jello shots,” she said with a wave of her spatula. Once a grandchild, niece or cousin is old enough to hold a knife, Betty said they start icing duties. “We have an assembly line going and if it’s a cookie that requires decorating, the children do it,” she said. “You’re never to young to get in on the tradition.” Erin Crowley, Carolyn’s daughter who lives in Covedale, said she remembers being away at college and calling home in tears because she missed several of the cookie baking Saturdays.

“It’s such a huge family day and so much fun, I hated missing it,” Crowley said. Betty said amid the laughter and bustle in the kitchen, they all still miss her mom who passed away in 2004. “We keep her picture on the table so she can be part of the tradition she started,” Betty said. “She’s smiling down on us, I know.”

Carolyn Sutphin, Delhi Township, prepares a sheet of chocolate cookies for the oven. She's been part of a 30-year family tradition of Christmas cookie baking. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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While everyone prepares to flip their calenders to 2012, it’s a perfect a time to reflect on the past year and the teams and student-athletes that made 2011 memorable.

Mount Healthy's Jonessa Moore, pictured here scoring against Mercy, was named the Fort Ancient Valley Conference West Player of the Year after leading the Owls to 20 wins and their third consecutive league title. Moore is now a freshman forward for Ball State. FILE PHOTO.

North College Hill's Lamar Hargrove had a big weekend at the Division II state track and field meet. He was second in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200 and anchored the Trojans' third-place 4x100 relay team, joined by Markel Ector, Tevin Brown and Greg Sevilla. FILE PHOTO. Senior quarterback Kevin Johnson Jr. led the Finneytown football team to a 6-4 record and a second-place finish in the Cincinnati Hills League. He was named the CHL co-Player of the Year after accounting for 2,418 yards and 26 touchdowns. FILE PHOTO.

St. Xavier High School senior Lee House was named the Greater Catholic League South Golfer of the Year. FILE PHOTO.

Morgan Hart, left, and Abby Mahan were key members of Finneytown's district runner-up volleyball team. The Wildcats rebounded from a 1-12 start to win the Division III sectional championship.

Vince Turnage was one of several seniors to lead the Mount Healthy football team to a share of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scarlet Division championship. ITurnage also was a standout for the track team that finished ninth in the Division I state meet. Turnage placed fourth in the 200-meter dash and was a member on the fifth-place Mount Healthy 4x400 relay team. FILE PHOTO. McAuley's Jamie Ertel led the Girls Greater Cincinnati League's Scarlet Division with 13 wins during the 2011 campaign. She also struck out 107 batters as the Mohawks went 17-6 and finished second in the league. FILE PHOTO.

McAuley's Danielle Pfeifer (center) placed second in the 800-meter run at the state track and field championships in May. Pfeifer, a University of Michigan commit, pick up her second consecutive GGCL Athlete of the Year award. FILE PHOTO.



Aiken High School's Willie Moore led the Falcon boys basketball team to the Division I sectional finals in March.

La Salle's Matt Wetterich was a district qualifier for the Lancers in 2011. FILE PHOTO.

Matt Woeste (center) and the La Salle basketball team capped off a memorable season with a 59-40 victory over Columbus Northland in March's Division I state championships game in Columbus. The Lancers' overall record for the season was 26-2. FILE PHOTO.

Seniors Chanel Williams, left, and Sydni Grimes will go down as two of the best tennis players in Winton Woods history. Each earned all-conference honors for the fourth straight year. Williams also advanced to the Division I district singles tournament for the third time. FILE PHOTO.

North College Hill junior running back Tevin Brown helped the Trojans to a playoff appearance during the fall campaign. Brown rushed for 1,626 yards this season, and eclipsed the 200-yard mark in six games during the regular season.

Roger Bacon's Griffin Mouty was the Greater Catholic League's Central Division Player of the Year.


Semaj Christon emerged as a senior to lead the Winton Woods boys basketball team to conference, sectional and district championships. Christon, playing at Brewster Academy this winter, will play for Xavier University next season. FILE PHOTO.

Roger Bacon and Paul Byrd advanced to the Division II regional finals before falling to Thurgood Marshall in March. Overall, the Spartans went 20-6 and won the Greater Catholic League's Central Division. FILE PHOTO.

St. Xavier senior running back Conor Hundley helped lead the Bomber football team to the Division I state semifinals. The Bombers beat Mason, Colerain and Moeller en route to the Region 4 championship before falling to Pickerington Central in the semis. FILE PHOTO.

The St. Xavier High School swimming and diving team celebrates another victory at the Division I state meet in February. FILE PHOTO.



Top top 5 prep football players I saw By Nick Dudukovich

Another great football season is in the books, and it got me to thinking about the best prep football players I saw in 2011. As a Press Preps reporter, I was usually assigned to cover two games a night. Between travel time, finding good parking and getting my photographs filed,itwashardtoseeevery play, but these individuals in particular made an impression. There’s nothing scientific about this list, just memories I have from the past season. Monty Madaris, WR Moeller: The first time I saw Madaris was during Moeller’s win over La Salle on a dreary Thursday night in lateSeptember.Hehadeight catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns during that game. If you want to know what a Division I college prospect looks like, I suggest you watch tape of Madaris. His speed is something to see and writing about it doesn’t do the Moeller senior justice. Connor Jansen, QB, Turpin: The Spartans are going to be really good next season, and it all starts with Jansen under center. Duing his junior campaign, he was second in the FAVC with 1,578 yards. He threw for 18 touchdowns, while rushing for 14 more. He also racked up 722 yards on the ground. Whenever he’s scrambling out of the pocket, he’s got the potential to make something happen. He’s a

Moeller receiver Monty Madaris caught 16 touchdown passes for the Crusaders in 2011. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mariemont's Jimmy Beach was second in the CHL with 10 sacks this season. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

playmaker in every sense of the word. Conor Hundley, RB, St. Xavier: I didn’t see Hundley until the postseason (Moeller) rolled around – and let’s just say, I was easily convinced of his ability. Who will ever forget that 39-yard touchdown run right up the gut to seal the Bombers’ victory? He ended that game with a remarkable 129 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Hundley was grind-it-out back any coach in the city would’ve liked to coach.

Remember that week three game at Colerain. He rushed 20 times for just 53 yards, but he came up big with two scores to help lead St. X to the win. Jimmy Beach, DE, Mariemont: I saw Beach play in the season opener against Bethel-Tate, Aug. 26. The Bethel line couldn’t stop the senior from scoring three sacks. He absolutely was a thorn in Bethel-Tate’s side all night and ended the game with 10 total tackles. Fortheseason,herecord-

ed 10 sacks, which was the second best number in the Cincinnati Hills League. Alec Scardina, RB, Glen Este: The Trojans didn’t have the best season when it came to wins and losses, but they did possess one of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference’s top playmakers. Scardina rushed for1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns en route to first-team, allleague honors. One of Scardina’s standout games was against Milford, Sept. 30. He rushed for 133 yards

St. Xavier's Conor Hundley rushed for 1,136 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Bombers in 2011. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Finneytown High School senior DeMarco Hunter (33) flips the ball back into the basket during a game against Indian Hill, Dec. 9. The Wildcats posted a key 58-55 win against their CHL rivals. Hunter had 11 points and eight rebounds. THANKS TO GAYLE ROTHMEELER.

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Are you ready for a change? 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. The defining word is ENORMOUS. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And that’s the main lesson we took away. For us, the Macy’s parade was a “been theredone that” experience. I wanted to see it once. I saw it once. And I don’t need to go back because it won’t be that different next year. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is a different story. Instead of the “same old/same old” giant balloons every year, each float in Pasadena is unique and every designer tries to outdo the float that was produced by that same sponsor the previous year. The same variety we relished in the people around us in New York City is what “floats our boat” in the Rose Parade itself. We each have our own preference on that spectrum between variety and consistency. Some people are perfectly happy to go to the same cabin, condo or National Park for vacation year after year. Others want to visit all 50 states and see something in every climate or continent. Visit a Kiwanis meeting or church sanctuary and you might think the seating was assigned. But if you don’t have season tickets to the stadium, symphony or theater,

you will meet new people every time. Some people are attracted to the familiar order and language of a particular liturgy and others want their worship experience to be constantly changing. Even Christmas highlights these differences. When you broke out the Christmas decorations, did you know “exactly” where to put that particular angel, nativity scene or centerpiece? Other people “change it up” and re-do the tree theme periodically. Shall we sing only the familiar carols or learn that “new” Advent hymn that turns out to be ancient? Even our “spectrum choice” has some variety. Being aware of our comfort with consistency or desire for change is also important as we make choices about careers, retirement options, or relocation. Macy’s balloons or Rose Parade floats? Where do you fit on the spectrum? Will 2012 be the same as 2011 or are you ready for a change? Cinda Gorman, a life and career coach, is coordinator and host of the Western Hills Job Search Satellite Group. You can reach her at 513-6621244 or Her website is

Wildcats youth football changing leagues The Finneytown Wildcats Youth Football program will move to the Sportsmanship First League for the 2012 football Season. Director Darren Stevens has been looking into several leagues within the Tristate area as an effort to reduce travel and focus more on local competition. “One factor that came into the decision was the drive time” Stevens said. “In the Butler County Youth Football League we were traveling as far as Springfield and had at least two games per year in the Dayton area. The furthest we have to travel now will be Fayetteville; all other teams will be close.” Another factor that came into play is that the there are two youth football leagues in the Finneytown area and both were in the BCYFL. “League rules restrict players from moving from one team to another within the league. “ Stevens said. “Now, if a player wants to come back to the Wildcats, there is no penalty.” The Sprotsmanship First League includes teams from Harrison, Oak Hills, Lakota Stallions,

Ross, Finneytown Wildcats and Fayetteville. Registration for the 2012 season are expected to start in January. For further information, contact Darren Stevens at or go to http://

Annual meeting

The Finneytown Athletic Association will have its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday Jan. 8, at the Finneytown High School Multi Purpose bulding. At this meeting annual reports will available that includes: the organization mission statement, a summary of the past years sports program accomplishments, a roster of the current officers and sports directors, annual financial statement of the overall corporation and each sports program. The athletic association has two current vacancies. President - The president shall be an elected trustee of the corporation and may not be reelected for more than two consecutive


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It’s a 650 mile drive from Cincinnati to New York City. That seemed reasonable when we chose to make this our year to see the Macy’s Parade in person instead of tuning in while being held hostage in a busy kitchen. Thanks to the welcome of friends, we had lovely places to stay, clear directions for train travel to Grand Central Station, and Cinda scrumptious Gorman dinners with COMMUNITY PRESS great conversaGUEST COLUMNIST tion waiting for us when we returned from our adventures each day. Thanksgiving was chilly but sunny. We both are keen on experiencing the diversity of the urban scene in New York so the train and street crowds were energizing. We staked out our piece of the curb with small campstools that we could stand on and steady ourselves with the low branch of the small tree that was our “buffer” from the passing foot traffic. I will not bore you with all the details of the grand turn those balloons and marching bands take at


terms. The president shall be the chief executive officer and shall preside at all meetings of the members, trustees, and executive committee; shall appoint standing and special committees and is an ex-officio member of all committees; shall sign all membership cards (if any); shall perform generally all duties usually incident to such office; and shall perform such other and further duties as may, from time to time, be required by the membership or the board of trustees of the corporation Soccer Director - Responsible for the organization, registration, policies, management, fundraising, and day to day operation of his or her respective sport, subject to the articles of incorporation, by-laws and code of regulations of the corporation, as amended, and to the majority approval of the entire board of trustees. If you are interested in either position, contact President Bob Ward at or Brian Watson at

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Take what they want

With blatant disregard for the will of the people of the city of Mount Healthy, the school board and superintendant has again chosen the low road – placing the same levy back on the ballot again for March 2012. The board of education has shown their shady colors by trying to impose the same levy over and over again. I believe the people continue to turn it down out of spite and distaste for the actions of the school board. The people no longer trust them. An ugly and unfair treatment of the taxpayer has caused a backlash that is born of resentment. One of the most unfair aspects of the tax hike is that they only have to come down on winning side of the numbers once, whereas the people must face the same levy repeatedly until the school board eventually wins. It’s a unfair game and the school board is dealing from the bottom of the deck. It ain’t the money it’s the point of the matter now, it’s as if because you may have what they want they can just take it from you. Vote no in March. Steve Colonel Mount Healthy

Blanche Lykins gave from her heart

Blanche Lykins received her angel wings on Dec.1. After many years of giving anonymous donations to a wide variety of charities, she passed away on Dec. 1, just days after her 81st birthday – and she will be greatly missed, not only by her family and friends, but also by the hundreds of people whose lives she touched with her generosity. The Mount Healthy Sharing Tree was just one of the organizations she worked through to reach out and help the needy. The Sharing Tree is a collaborative effort of Mount Healthy Schools and the city of Mount Healthy which provides food and toys to

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families at Christmas. For many years, Blanche gave us a large donation so that each family would receive fresh produce. In fact, Blanche made sure that her gift was received for this year’s 116 families, just before she received those wings. Others who were able to help the poor with Blanche’s help include Freestore Foodbank, North Fairmount Community Center, First Step Home, Mary Magdalene House, St. Vincent DePaul, Marionist Mission Orphanage in India, Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D., Carla Street Recreation Center, and Morning Star Church. Blanche Lykins embodied the spirit of Christmas – she gave from her heart, with no desire for recognition. On behalf of the Sharing Tree committee, thank you, Blanche, for your last gift – rest in peace, dear friend. Jeanne Long For the Mount Healthy Sharing Tree Committee


ODOT: Intersection crashes increase during holidays Although the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, they can also be one of the most dangerous as motorists are more likely to be involved in a crash – especially at busy intersections near malls and shopping districts. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, intersection crashes spiked nearly 20 percent during the 2010 holiday shopping season (Thanksgiving to Christmas Day) when compared to other months of the year. In addition, intersection crashes increase dramatically on Sunday, which is typically the safest day to travel throughout the year. Cell phones, texting and other

distractions are also an increasing concern. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 20 percent of injury crashes nationwide involved reports of distracted driving. In southwest Ohio, the increase in intersection crashes is even more dramatic in the following popular shopping corridors: » 80 percent increase on SR-747 (Princeton Pike) from Kemper Road to I-275; » 54 percent increase on SR-32 from I-275 to Elick Lane; » 39 percent increase on US-22 (Montgomery Road) from Kenwood Road to Galbraith Road;



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» 39 percent increase on SR-125 (Beechmont Rd/Ohio Pike), from Five Mile Road to Nine Mile Road; » 33 percent increase on US-27 (Colerain Avenue), from Galbraith Road to Struble Road; » 33% increase on SR-264 (Glenway Avenue), from Parcrest Lane to Werk Road. ODOT urges drivers to keep these intersection safety tips in mind to protect themselves and their passengers this holiday season: » Stay alert, slow down and drive defensively when approaching an intersection. Allow extra time to get to your destination.

Winton Woods Elementary fourth-grader Kylee Fritz won the school's annual spelling bee by correctly spelling "scheme." She will take an online test to try to qualify for the regional spelling bee. Nana Sanfro-Bonsu was runner-up. PROVIDED.

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Cookies Christmas for

It was Cookies for Christmas at the North Central branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, as Lisa Donaldson of Cincinnati Cake and Supplies brought cookies, icing sugar and some tricks of the trade to a special holiday library program. Students went home with recipes, new techniques and a half-dozen decorated Christmas cookies. Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press



More than 20 people took part in the hands on program at the regional branch library.

The Thakor family made the class a family affair. From left, Riddih, Sunan, Virial and Tushar Thakor all work on their cookies.

Instructor Lisa Donaldson shows the class how to make their cookies look special and professional.

Vanessa Eggers adds white to the plaid on her mitten cookie.

Sunanda Thakor and granddaughter Riddhi, 6, decorated cookies together in the class.

Each box of cookies showed the creativity of the decorator.




Art & Craft Classes

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Star Garland Class, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Create star garland from old greeting cards. Ages 6 to adult. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

11069 Colerain Ave., Music, cigars and bocce ball. 385-9309; Colerain Township.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, No experience necessary. Smooth-soled shoes are best for dancing. With River Squares and Butler Squares. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 232-1303. Miamitown.

Nature Trailside Scavenger Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township. Give a Cheer for Winter: Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Grades K-3. Hike, play games, make crafts and savor winter by fire with story. Pack lunch and drink. Dress for weather. $20. Registration required by Dec. 16. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 542-2909; College Hill. Unravel the Web, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. A naturalist will spin a web of tales about several natural objects. Children and adults can win a prize and see if they will join the Liar’s Club. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga for Seniors, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for six classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Aerobic class works cardiovascular system and includes strength training. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Instructor Celine Kirby leads core-strengthening exercises using bands and weights. Bring yoga mat. Ages 18 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5261 Foley Road, Presented by Boy Scout Troop 350. 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Shades Bistro and Lounge, 8134 Hamilton Ave., With DJ Evelyn. Free. 227-9136. Mount Healthy.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs. $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Senior Citizens Senior Zumba Gold Classes, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Total body workout for active older adult featuring Latin dance movements. Help improve strength and flexibility. Ages 55 and up. $30 for 10 classes; $5 each. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

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.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Blues

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., presents "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 31, and at Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. All tickets are $25. Tickets for performances at Arnold's do not include dinner. Seating for pre-show dinner begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 381-2273 or visit Pictured from left are Miranda McGee, Billy Chace, Sara Clark and Justin McCombs in CSC's "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)." THANKS TO JEANNA VELLA. Ricky Nye, 6:30-9:30 p.m., VanZandt, 1810 W. Galbraith Road, Free. 407-6418. North College Hill.

Music - Oldies Cold Smoke, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

SATURDAY, DEC. 24 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-9:30 a.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, 3797 Shady Lane, $2. Through Dec. 28. 467-1189; Miami Heights.

Music - Religious Festival of Carols, 11 p.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Music by 30-member St. William choir, accompanied by ensemble from Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. Followed by midnight mass. Free. 921-0247; West Price Hill.

Religious Services Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 1451 Ebenezer Road, 941-5177. Green Township.


Christmas Day Service, 10:30 a.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 1451 Ebenezer Road, 941-5177. Green Township.

MONDAY, DEC. 26 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Zumba Class, 7-7:30 p.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights.

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

Nature Trailside Scavenger Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Scavenger challenge sheet at

Nature’s Niche. Turn in completed list for prize. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Religious - Community Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, 1210 Compton Road, Fellowship Hall. Join us for Awana Clubs with game time, memory verses, and bible study in personalized small groups and interactive large groups. Registration is completed on first night of attendance. Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

TUESDAY, DEC. 27 Exercise Classes Yoga Class, 7-8 p.m., Curves Miami Heights/Cleves, 3797 Shady Lane, $2. 467-1189. Miami Heights. Mount Healthy.

Support Groups

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Mercy Hospital Western Hills, 3131 Queen City Ave., Sixth-floor, room 1. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 9211922; Westwood.

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Bridgetown.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Aston Oaks Golf Club, 1 Aston Oaks Drive, Five wines and three appetizer courses. Family friendly. $20 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. 467-0070, ext. 3; North Bend.

Exercise Classes

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

Yoga Class, 1-2 p.m., Curves Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 4671189. Miami Heights. Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Women and Weights, 5-6 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Program specifically designed for women. Maintain bone density, increase metabolism and discover health benefits of weight training. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood. Power and Pump, 6-7 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Simple, yet challenging cardiovascular and strength training exercises combined for total body workout. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood. Zumba Class, 7-7:30 p.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights.

Music - Benefits

Music - Oldies Bop Club Dance, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., except last Tuesday of month. $3, free members. Presented by Cincinnati Bop Club. 251-7977; Riverside.

Nature Trailside Scavenger Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Recreation Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, 7607 Hamilton Ave., Bring your own board games, other games also provided. Play games from all genres and eras. Free. 923-1985; www.yotta-

Mount Healthy Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Mount Healthy Jr./Sr. High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave., Cafeteria. Early bird starts 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts 7 p.m. Benefits Mount Healthy school athletics. $6-$26. 729-0131; Mount Healthy.

Support Groups

Health / Wellness

CYPT Reunion Benefit Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Songs performed by alumni and current members. Optional happy hour 6:30-7:20 p.m., $10 add-on. After hours cast party 9 p.m.- midnight includes raffle. Benefits Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. $15. Reservations recommended. Presented by Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


THURSDAY, DEC. 29 Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga for Seniors, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $40 for 10 classes, $25 for six classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $5. 7418802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Shades Bistro and Lounge, Free. 2279136. Mount Healthy.

Nature Trailside Scavenger Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature

Preserve, Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

FRIDAY, DEC. 30 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

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

Music - Oldies The Remains, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside.

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

Holiday - New Year’s Mike Davis New Year’s Eve Show, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mariner’s Inn, 7391 Forbes Road, Las Vegas-style entertainer and tribute artist. Includes buffet dinner with coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. $50. Reservations required. 465-9037; Sayler Park. Silvestertanz, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, German New Year’s Eve celebration. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and sandwich buffet available. Includes desserts, snacks and party favors. Entertainment for dancing provided by the Alpen Echos. Family friendly. $22. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 3852098; Colerain Township. Jim & Jack’s New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With The Avenues. 251-7977; Riverside.

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

Music - Rock Pandora Effect, 9:30 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., New Year’s Eve Party. 662-1222; Cheviot.

Recreation Last Hike of the Year, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Music - Acoustic Cigars & Guitars, 7-9 p.m., Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant,

Ricky Nye will perform at VanZandt, 1810 W. Galbraith Road, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. For more information, call 407-6418. FILE PHOTO.



‘Legendary’ cake, plus gifts from the kitchen One of the meaningful “perks” of what I do is the people I meet, like Chris Lipnick. Chris is an associate at Macy’s housewares in Florence who immigrated to this country from Germany. She Rita keeps her Heikenfeld heritage RITA’S KITCHEN alive in the way she feeds family and friends. Chris is an expert cook and baker, and whenever we chat, food is part of the conversation. Chris is sharing her special apple cake today for the holidays. “After one bite, everyone wants the recipe,” she said. In fact, at the store and among Chris’ family and friends, the cake has become legendary. And true to Chris’ creativity, she gives two options for topping the cake.

Chris Lipnick’s apple blossom cake 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1¼ cups canola oil 3 cups all purpose flour ½ teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups peeled and chopped apples (Chris likes Granny Smith) 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

ly. Most of the peppermint will melt. Pour into containers and store in the refrigerator.

Sugar-free strawberry jam Candy cane peppermint sauce is great over ice cream and frozen yogurt. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour Bundt pan. Beat sugar and eggs until creamy. Add oil slowly and beat until blended. Sift flour with spices, salt and baking soda. Pour into egg mixture and blend. Add vanilla, apples and nuts. Blend well and pour into prepared pan. Bake 1¼ hours. Cool and remove from pan. After cake cools completely, dust with powdered sugar or make a glaze of lemon juice and powdered sugar. Serves 10-12.

Pretty candy cane peppermint sauce

You may wind up with a small amount of candies that won’t melt. Just dump that bit out. Wonderful over ice cream, frozen yogurt. Awesome gift from the kitchen! 1 generous cup crushed peppermint 1½ cups whipping cream, unwhipped 1 7-10 oz. jar marshmallow crème

Combine ingredients in pan and cook over low/ medium heat until smooth, stirring constant-

Try other berries and gelatin. This would make a nice gift, as well.

2 cups strawberries 1 cup cold water 3 oz. sugar-free strawberry gelatin

Crush berries in saucepan. Add water and gelatin and mix. Over medium heat, bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer a couple of minutes. Pour into jars, cool and cap. Store in refrigerator two weeks or freeze two months.

Sprinkle with cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, and pine nuts or walnuts, toasted. Drizzle with dressing. Dressing keeps, covered in the refrigerator, up to a week.

Rita’s homemade raspberry vinegar

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Keep ‘people food’ away from pets

“What’cha eating?” Nosey, my basset hound asked, plopping down in front of me, an expectant look on her face. “Grapes,” I replied. “Can I have one?” “It’s 'may' I have one and the answer is no. Grapes are bad for dogs.” “Oh, c’mon, just one won’t hurt,” she sighed, a tiny dribble of drool beginning to form at the side of her mouth. “No way,” I said firmly. “I’m a responsible pet owner and besides, I’m not in the mood to drag out the carpet cleaner to clean up the results.” She made a few growly noises under her breath as she trotted into the kitchen to see what was in her bowl. That little stinker was cussing at me and I don’t

care. I’m not giving her grapes or anything else that I know is bad for dogs and this is the time of Marsie Hall year when Newbold pets are MARSIE’S most vulMENAGERIE nerable to ingesting things that are bad for them. Dr. Joseph Bruner of Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Services knows this firsthand. “We see a lot of animals in the clinic who haven’t eaten things they shouldn’t during the holiday season,” he says. “But owners can avoid trouble by being aware of potential prob-

lems before they happen.” The first thing that Bruner cautions owners against is feeding their dogs and cats table scraps. “If you want to give them something special, give them a pet treat like a Milk Bone. It doesn’t matter what they are getting, just that they are getting something from you. “Feeding them from the table is just setting them up for digestive trouble. It is best to keep them on their regular diet.” What we really need to protect our pets from can be divided into two categories: foods and decorations. For example, chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause upset stomachs and even death. The worst offender, according to Bruner, is baker’s chocolate. As small

an amount as one square can be deadly. Another is foods that contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol, most commonly used in sugar-free chewing gum. It is very toxic to dogs and cats, causing life threatening hypoglycemia, so keep all sugar free candies in a safe place. Other foods that are known to be harmful are grapes and raisins, which can damage the kidneys. That means that fruitcake is definitely off limits! “Keep them away from onions, garlic, chives and other foods from that category,” Brunner cautions. “They cause anemia. For example, a package of onion soup mix can be deadly.” As if our pet’s breath isn’t bad enough, we have

to worry about this! “Be careful where you place food items if you have pets in the house,” he says. “Don’t put snacks out on the coffee table where they will be able to reach them or food gifts under the Christmas tree.” The second category of “stuff” we need to be mindful of is ornaments and decorations. Cats in particular love houseplants, and poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are toxic. So keep them out of reach or, better yet, go with artificial plants just to be safe. One of the most common problems Brunner sees is pets eating tinsel and long, thin ribbons. “If you have an animal, don’t use either one,” he sighs. “They see this shiny stuff and think, 'Mmmm, that

must be good to eat' and it is just not worth it.” How do we know when to call the vet? “When your pet suffers from vomiting and/or diarrhea, has a loss of appetite or has ingested what you know is a bad thing,” says Brunner. “It is better to be safe than sorry.” The main thing is to try to think like a dog or a cat during the holiday season. What would you want to get into? Be mindful of their needs and temptations and keep those things out of paws reach. For more pet care tips, visit If you have ideas for future columns, please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

Night celebrates theater director’s career The benefit performances for Michele’s Night in Black and White Dec. 29 and 30 are set. The two nights celebrating Michele Mascari’s 30 years as teacher, mentor and director at St. Xavier High School will raise funds for a named scholarship endowment in her honor. The endowment will provide tuition assistance for a St. X student in the fine arts. The Dec. 29 show – “Theatre Xavier: A Look Back at 30 Years” – will feature more than 25 songs, among them an Act I with

The craeer of Michele Mascari, St. Xavier High School theater teacher, will be celebrated Dec. 29 and 30. PROVIDED. “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from “Oklahoma!” (1983), “Magic to Do” from “Pippin” (1990),

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“Sweeney Todd” (2005), “Jellicle Ball” from “Cats” (2009), “Think of Me” from “The Phantom of the Opera” (2011), “Into the Fire” from “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (2008), TX Mass favorites “How Can I Keep From Singing” and “Circle Game,” “All for the Best” from “Godspell“ and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” (1988, 1996, 2004). The Dec. 30 show – “Theatre Xavier: Love and Community” – includes “Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)” and “Be a Lion” from “The Wiz,” “Meadowlark” from “The Bakers Wife,” a Broadway salute from Great White Way veterans Kevin Kern, Jessica Hendy and Sharon Wheatley and a “Wicked” tribute including “As Long As You’re Mine,” “For Good” and “Defying Gravity” to close the first act. Act II opens with com-

edy by Second City veteran Tara Pettit and Ringling Clown College graduate Gerry Born. Also featured will be Not Just for Kids with Grammy nominee Zak Morgan, Backstage Entertainment with “Great Balls of Fire,” Sondheim’s “What More Do I Need” from “Saturday Night,” Gershwin’s “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “Tonight” from “West Side Story,” KORBEE, with husband-wife recording act Tom and Jenn Korbee, “Sweet Jesus” from “Shades” (1998), a tribute to TX’s pre-show circle and Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” from “Godspell” (1992, 2003). Registration for tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available online at Ticket prices begin at $20 for students.

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Hilltop residents honored by YMCA

Three lauded in achievers group

Three residents living in the Hilltop Press area were recently honored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Black & Latino Achievers Program. Imani Rugless, a senior at Winton Woods High School, was awarded a $3500 YMCA scholarship for college. Ryan Darks, a senior at Roger Bacon High School, was awarded a $500 YMCA book scholarship for college. As Manager of Diversity and Communications, James T. Cowan was recently selected by Top Management to participate in the health care system’s Accelerated Leadership Pathway pro-

Rugless Darks gram. Rugless is driven by her desire to succeed and make an impact. She maintains a high GPA while holding down a job, doing community service, being a tutor, and serving as captain of her varsity soccer team. Her leadership skills earned her being selected as a school student ambassador to be a role model for underclassmen. She is determined and ambitious to be set as a pioneer in women healthcare after realizing her own health problems.

Diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease, she is determined more than Cowan ever to eventually attend medical school and become an obstetrician/gynecologist … maybe even find a cure for Lupus. Rugless has narrowed her choice of colleges to Howard University, Hampton University, Ohio State University, Tennessee State University, and Syracuse University. From an early age Darks knew he wanted to be somebody when he grew up, and education, his parents taught him, is the key to that success.

His first year becoming an honor roll student was in the sixth grade and he has never faltered from his academic excellence. Introduced to basketball as a child, the sport has become one of his passions that he still practices as much as he can. It was last year that Darks got involved with our program. “I met a goup of young successful people like me who were determined to be successful in life. I felt like I belonged there,” he said. Now a senior at Roger Bacon High School, Darks is looking forward to attending a major university where he will continue to play basketball and grow in new ways. Cowan has been active with the National Associ-

ation of Health Services Executives as well as the Cincinnati chapter of the National Black MBA Association. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and an alumnus of INROADS. However, his current passion is volunteering his time with the YMCA Black and Latino Achiever program. As a 2010 YMCA Achiever, he has served on the program’s Scholarship Selection Committee for two consecutive years. He is also one of the leaders of the HealthMedical-Fitness cluster, where he helps to develop and present engaging learning activities and exposures for our teen achievers. Cowan most enjoys the personal interaction with YMCA students and his fellow vol-

unteers. “The enthusiasm and environment of success within the group is contagious,” he said. One of the largest regional programs of its kind, the YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Program motivates students of color to further their education and goals with help from successful, professional role models. Since its beginning, the program has served more than 6,000 teens, awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships, assisted youth with more than $4 million dollars in awarded scholarships and engaged more than 4,500 adult volunteers through a network of corporate and community partners. For more information, please




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

BAPTIST Creek Road Baptist Church

Zoo’s presents landscaping series Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2012 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series begins Jan. 18. Presented by the Zoo’s Director of Horticulture Steve Foltz, this10-class series is one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the Tristate area. Offering insight on design, preparation and plant selection, the classes can be taken separately or as a complete series building upon one another. If you are considering new additions to your garden, be ready to create a thriving and beautiful garden in the spring. All classes meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. starting Jan. 18 for 10 weeks. Cost for the complete series is $80 for zoo members and $120 for nonmembers. Individual classes are $10 for zoo members and $14 for non-members. For additional information or to register for the 2012 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, call 513-5597767. Jan. 18 –­ Design Your Landscape­ Part 1 – The focus of this class is on the simple steps that every designer takes when evaluating a new landscape or renovating an existing landscape. Basic design principles will be discussed. Jan. 25 – Design Your Landscape­ Part 2 – This is

a more in-depth look at where plants go and why they go there. We will discuss the size and scale of the landscape as well as proper bed preparation. Feb. 1 –­ Trees in the Landscape – Choosing the right tree for your landscape can be a costly decision. A slide presentation will illustrate the various types of trees that you can use. Shade trees, flowering trees, patio trees, and evergreen trees will be presented. Feb. 8 – Shrubs in the Landscape – View a slide presentation on the best shrubs for Cincinnati area landscapes. Whether you have sun or shade, or wet or dry soil, this class will present the possibilities of shrubs for the home landscape. Special emphasis will be on the newest and hardiest varieties for this area. Feb. 15 – Annuals: Color in the Landscape – Have you ever wondered what the secrets are to having lots of color in your landscape? Find out what the newest and best annuals are that tolerate Cincinnati summers. Container gardening with annuals will also be covered. Feb. 22 – Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care – This class will cover proper landscape maintenance techniques from spring to fall–what to do and when to do it. Learn about the tools that make the job easier. In addition,

learn the basics to a green lawn. Pruning, weed control, fertilization, and insect and disease control for the complete landscape will all be covered. Feb. 29 –­ Perennial Design – This class presents basic design concepts for perennial gardens, including butterfly gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, and more. A slide show will help paint a picture after discussing the concepts. March 7 –­ Perennial Plants Part 1 – This is the first of a two part series covering perennial plants for the landscape. Perennials can be used in many ways and for many purposes. A slide show will include the top 50 perennials for the landscape. March 14 – Perennial Plants Part 2 – The second part of perennial plants will also be a slide show of perennials for the landscape. This group will include ornamental grasses, roses, vines, and other great perennial plants. March 21 – Gardening for Wildlife – This class will focus on creating specialized areas of the landscape for wildlife gardening including butterfly and bird gardens, and utilizing native plants in the landscape. Visit the zoo’s website at for information on other opportunities and programs offered for the gardening enthusiast in your family.

Wyoming Baptist Church

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

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


Rev. Milton Berner, Pastor

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

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

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


8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery, 791-3142

December 24, 2011 CHRISTMAS EVE Worship 5:00 pm - Children’s Christmas Pageant 7:00 pm - Contemporary Music and Communion 9:00 & 11:00 pm - "What Does It Mean to Ponder?" December 25, 2011 - CHRISTMAS DAY , 10:00 am only - "Polar Express" 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


Visitors Welcome

Mt. Healthy Christian Church



680 W Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240

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


Church By The Woods

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

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


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

(Disciples of Christ)

Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12

LUTHERAN CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) 3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) • ph. 385-8342 Dec. 24: 5:00PM German Service 7:00PM Lessons & Carols Dec. 25: 10:00AM Holy Communion Jan. 1: 10:00AM Holy Communion

Faith Lutheran LCMC

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

Sunday School 10:15

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

www. 513-522-3026

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

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

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


NON-DENOMINATIONAL (Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30 am 8916 Fontainebleau Ter. Performing Arts Ctr. - Finneytown High School Childcare provided

Let’s Do Life Together

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

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 2:00pm


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

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

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

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

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

Nursery Provided

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

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


Founder Pearl Lewis and the members of the Forest Park Steppers have received the Community Spirit Award for their ongoing support of Winton Woods City Schools and their yearly donation of school supplies for district students. The award was presented at a board of education meeting. Pictured with board president John Pennycuff are, from left, Pearl Lewis, Carolyn Grant, Rev. Sandara Dev and Joyce Thomas. THANKS TO TERESA CLEARY.

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

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS




GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information,

contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 853-6866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513-853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 7028373.


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Great Oaks is currently recruiting volunteer tutors for its Adult Basic and Literacy Education Classes and English to Speakers of Other Languages Classes. There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. The next training sessions are Wednesday, October 26 and

Wednesday, November 2, in either the afternoon or the evening. Please call 612-5830 for more information. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have one-onone contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 6192301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit


Business Volunteers for the

Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 2877025.


American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email ray.mey-

This Holiday Season, Why Not Take Time To Refresh & Rejuvenate? The holidays are a busy time for all of us. Even busier if you are caring for someone challenged with limited physical or cognitive abilities. By taking advantage of one of the Caregiver Support Programs offered at Twin Towers, you can refresh your perspective and be ready for the holiday events ahead. While you recharge, your family member can also rejuvenate by enjoying the company of others, participating in a wide variety of programs and events, and benefitting from health and wellness services – all in one location.


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Day Stay - Adult Day Services This daytime program, in a home-like environment, offers a unique blend of programs, assistance and fun. Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Overnight Rejuvenation Stay Apartment living with all the comforts of home Ap complimented by the friendly assistance of skilled professionals. Stay for three days or three weeks. Make these holidays the best ever for both of you! Call 513-853-2001 today to learn more about these programs.

Twin Towers, a Life Enriching Community affiliated with the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, welcomes people of all faiths.



5343 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Leslie at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-8668286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with our patients and their families. We will train interested persons who are needed to sitting at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. We could also use some extra people to work in our office. Call Jacqueline at 513 831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio's Esteemed Volunteers share their time by providing assistance with administrative office duties, spend time with patients and/or families in many activities such as Reading, Singing, Reminiscing and other life enhancing activities as well as providing respite care to the caregiver themselves. At Hospice of Southwest Ohio our Volunteers are encouraged to share their ideas to enhance the lives of individuals experiencing this important journey. To become a Hospice of Southwest Ohio Esteemed Volunteer please contact our Volunteer Department at 513-528-8144 or email us at Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or email No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “Son-Rise” by Barry NeilKaufman. No experience necessary. Call 231-1948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 941-0102 for more information. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A nonprofit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 6842812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 513-542-9454, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary –

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/ seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or email Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or email


ITNGreaterCincinnati – Seeking volunteer drivers to provide dignified transportation to seniors and visually impaired adults 2 hours per week. Volunteer drivers may be reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security(tm) credits for their unoccupied miles. ITNGC is part of the Deaconess Foundation Full Life initiative, which strives to find healthcare solutions for seniors and their caregivers. For additional information call Nancy Schuster at 513-559-2200 or email at


American Cancer Society – Seeks volunteers for office help, assistance in resale shop, new recruits for the Young Professionals group, Relay For Life team captains, cancer survivors to help with support groups and more. Call Craig Smith at 8918343. Cincinnati Association for the Blind – Seeks volunteers in all areas, especially drivers available during the day. Weekend and evening hours also available. Call at 487-4217. Clovernook Center for the Blind – contact Christine Sevindik, coordinator of volunteer services at 728-6261 or for volunteer opportunities. Council on Child Abuse – Looking for volunteers who care about babies and their families. Volunteers will reinforce positive ways to manage infant crying and distribute information on the dangers of shaking babies. Call 936-8009. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Division of the March of Dimes – needs office volunteers. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 10806 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. Contact Carol Panko at or call 769-3588. Inter Parish Ministry has a variety of volunteer jobs available – work in the Choice Pantry, help in the office, organize and sort clothing for client families or help with special events. Also needs volunteers to assist with its Elder Ministry program at a local nursing home. Volunteers help residents play bingo on Monday afternoons for about an hour. Contact Connie at 561-3932 or visit for more information. Lighthouse Youth Services – needs volunteer receptionist/ development assistant three to five days a week in the morning. The development assistant will answer phones, greet visitors, manage the front desk, assist with mailings and other responsibilities as requested. Call Tynisha Worthy at 487-7151, email The office is at 1501 Madison Road, second floor. ProKids – ProKids trains volunteers to become CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates. Each CASA is assigned to a foster child, making sure the child is safe, that the child’s needs are met, and helping each child move into a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Most CASAs spend two to four hours a week on their case. Contact Glenna Miller at 281-2000, Ext. 101 or Visit

To submit your volunteer needs for this column, either email, fax 248-1938, or mail the information to: Volunteers, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio, 45140.




Kevin M. Hopkins, born 1977, possession of drug abuse instruments, 5501 Colerain Ave., Dec. 3. Aaron D. Avery, born 1970, domestic violence, 2982 Highforest Lane, Dec. 6. Fred Stokes, born 1954, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging or endangering, 5365 Bahama Terrace, Dec. 6. Ashlee M. Goodwin, born 1988, disorderly conduct, 5734 Colerain Ave., Dec. 7. Dante Wiley, born 1978, criminal damaging or endangering, domestic violence, theft under $300, 2622 Richwill Court, Dec. 7. Ellis S. Lofton, born 1982, domestic violence, 2960 Highforest Lane, Dec. 8. Antonio D. Hayes, born 1976, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, 2563 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 9. Dontai L. Robinson, born 1971, domestic violence, 2502 Flanigan Court, Dec. 9. Tiara Mitchell, born 1990, criminal trespassing, obstructing official business, 1200 W. Galbraith Road, Dec. 10. Anthony Logan, born 1982, assault, domestic violence, 5949 Leffingwell Ave., Dec. 11. Sean Jones, born 1986, carrying concealed weapons, having a weapon under disability, trafficking, 5700 Colerain Ave., Dec. 11.

Incidents/arrests Aggravated menacing 5365 Bahama Terrace, Dec. 5. 5313 Eastknoll Court, Nov. 30. Aggravated robbery 2502 Rack Court No. 2, Dec. 3. Assault 1350 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 2. 5818 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 3. 2984 Highforest Lane, Dec. 5. 2079 Connecticut Ave., Nov. 24. 4958 Hawaiian Terrace, Nov. 24. 8121 Daly Road No. 1, Nov. 26. 1611 Llanfair Ave., Nov. 29. Breaking and entering 5639 Folchi Drive, Dec. 2. 5881 Shadymist Lane, Dec. 2. 5890 Shadymist Lane, Dec. 2. 1075 Wionna Ave., Dec. 3. 1525 Wittlou Ave., Dec. 3. 6116 Faircrest Drive, Dec. 5. 1181 Cedar Ave., Dec. 6. 6031 Cary Ave., Dec. 6. 2234 Kipling Ave., Dec. 6. 1514 Wittlou Ave., Dec. 8. Burglary 1504 Hollywood Ave., Dec. 3. Criminal damaging/endangering 2950 Highforest Lane, Dec. 2. 5818 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 3. 5365 Bahama Terrace, Dec. 5. 2622 Richwill Court No. 2, Dec. 6. 6071 Lantana Ave., Nov. 24. 2521 Flanigan Court, Nov. 24. 8121 Daly Road No. 1, Nov. 26. 5188 Colerain Ave., Nov. 28. 1440 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 29. Domestic violence Reported on Richwill Court, Dec. 6. Reported on Highforest Lane, Dec. 8.

FOREST PARK Arrests/citations James Thompson, 18, 934 Glasgow Drive, misuse of credit card at 1203 W. Kemper Road, Dec. 5. Maraquise Scott, 19, 1857 Lewiston Court, burglary at 1203 W. Kemper Road, Nov. 29. Kevin Hilson, 43, 11609 Manford Court, domestic violence at 11609 Manfold, Nov. 29.

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 Al Schaefer, 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. Theft of motor vehicle Victim reported at Quail Hollow, Dec. 3.

MOUNT HEALTHY Arrests/citations Kenith Este, 21, 3732 Wieman Ave., drug paraphernalia at 1400 block of Compton Road, Dec. 12. Devin Wilson, 27, 4120 Vinedale Ave., drug possession at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 11. Parrish Witherspoon, 19, 7774 Clovernook Ave., drug possession at 1500 block of St. Clair Avenue, Dec. 11. Natasha Williams, 27, 2351 Wheeler Drive, open container in vehicle at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 12. Leonard Steele, 36, 8483 Sunlight Court, drug possession at Hamilton and Stevens avenues, Dec. 11. William Ruwe Jr., 41, 1661 Hudepohl Drive, drug possession, open container at 7600 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 10. Gregory Oliver, 47, 6431 Betts Ave., burglary at 1500 block of Compton Road, Dec. 8.

Llewelyn Rodgers, 31, 3066 Shadycrest Drive, aggravated menacing at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 6. Rufus Colvin, 55, 1579 Meredith Drive, open container in vehicle at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 4. Marcus Blankston, 32, 310 Oak St., open container at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 4. James Dinkins, 26, 1135 Wionna Ave., open container in vehicle at 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 4. Tahir Mughni, 34, 2552 Nottingham Road, operating vehicle under the influence, open container, drug possession at 7400 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 3. Virgie Hill, 37, 3405 Lehman St., drug possession at Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 3.

Incidents/reports Burglary Woman reported computer, TV stolen at 7716 Compton Lake Drive, Dec. 4. Identity theft Woman reported Social Security information used at 1690 Lakenoll Drive, Dec. 1.

Theft Man reported vehicle stolen at 7364 Maple Ave., Dec. 6. 3048 Worthington Ave. woman reported debit card stolen at 7300 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 1.

NORTH COLLEGE HILL Arrests/citations Sarah Foster, 24, 229 Avalon Drive, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 8. Jordin Cotton, 19, 3489 Amberway Court, drug possession at 1600 block of Sundale Avenue, Dec. 8. Two juveniles, disorderly conduct at 6800 block of Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 8. Juvenile, breaking and entering at 1600 block of West Galbraith Road, Dec. 12.

Joshua Brackenridge, 24, theft at 7132 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 12.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering North College Hill Middle School reported raffle tickets, money, food stolen at 1624 W. Galbraith Road, Dec. 6. Criminal damaging 1962 N. Lynndale Drive man reported vehicle damaged at 1500 block of Goodman Avenue, Dec. 8. Man reported vehicle damaged at 1528 Southridge Ave., Dec. 8. Misuse of credit card Man reported credit account accessed at 1804 DeArmand Ave., Dec. 9. Theft

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Incidents/reports Aggravated robbery Victim reported at Sharon and Southland, Nov. 26. Assault Victim struck at 1212 W. Kemper Road, Nov. 23. Victim struck at Kemper and Geneva, Nov. 26. Attempted burglary Victim reported at 1405 Long Acre, Nov. 21. Breaking and entering Victim reported at 1060 Smiley Ave., Nov. 27. Burglary Residence entered and TV, PS3, iPad valued at $3,600 removed at 925 Waycross, Dec. 4. Residence entered at 22 Versailles, Nov. 24. Residence entered at 1440 W. Kemper, Nov. 27. Criminal damaging Reported at 11379 Kenshire Drive, Nov. 29. Identity fraud Victim reported at 28 Clinton Springs Lane, Nov. 22. Rape Victim reported at Evangeline, Nov. 22. Victim reported at Lincrest, Nov. 30. Theft $500 removed at 785 Converse Drive, Nov. 30. MasterCard removed and used without consent at 1231 W. Kemper Road, Nov. 23.

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Marcella Bobinger Marcella M. Bobinger, 90, Mount Healthy, died Dec. 9. Survived by grandchildren John Bobinger, Deanna (Tim) Jackson; daughter-in-law Diane Bobinger; siblings Mary (Richard) O'Connor, Betty Lou Harrison, James (Karen), Raymond (Madeline) Merrill; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Adolph, sons Kenneth, John Bobinger, parents James, Alice Merrill, brother Harold Merrill. Services were Dec. 13 at Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home. Memorials to: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cincinnati, 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

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Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, Nov. 24. Reported on Leffingwell Avenue, Nov. 26. Reported on West North Bend Road, Nov. 26. Endangering children 5501 Colerain Ave., Dec. 3. Felonious assault 1521 Cedar Ave., Dec. 5. Robbery 1122 Atwood Ave., Dec. 2. 1316 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 2. 6216 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 5. Theft 5305 Eastknoll Court, Dec. 1. 1800 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 2. 6127 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 3. 8226 Fourworlds Drive, Dec. 3. 2622 Richwill Court No. 2, Dec. 6. 5823 Monfort Hills Ave., Dec. 6. 5833 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 7. 5616 Buttercup Lane, Dec. 7. 2345 W. North Bend Road, Dec. 8. 5372 Bahama Terrace, Dec. 8. 5612 Foxglove Lane, Dec. 8. 5642 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 26. 6028 Lantana Ave. No. 7, Nov. 27. 5830 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 29. 5823 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 30. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 6345 Meis Ave., Nov. 26.





Three veteran twp. employees retire By Heidi Fallon

Together, their service to Springfield Township totals 90 years. Three veteran township employees were honored by trustees at the Dec. 13 meeting as they prepare to retire Jan. 1. Paul Tensing started as a volunteer with the then Northern Hills Fire Department in 1979. He became a paramedic in 1983 and started with consolidated Springfield Township Fire Department in 1996. Fire Chief Rob Leininger said he calculated Tensing logged 28,000 hours on the job. “He never took a day off in all that time,” Leininger said. “He’s our Cal

Melanie McNulty, right, was commended for her 22 year with Springfield Township by trustees at their Dec. 13 meeting. From left are Trustees Tom Bryan, Joe Honerlaw and Gwen McFarlin. PROVIDED Ripkin of the fire department and I consider him a friend and valued employee and we will miss him.” In accepting his re-



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By Kurt Backscheider

Chris Sweigard is pursuing a dream that began for him while he was in college. The Miami Heights resident recently self-published his first novel through CreateSpace, and he’s working on two more books while trying to land a deal with a publisher. “My dreams are as big as anyone’s,” said Sweigard, whose day job is managing the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Glenway Avenue in Green Township. “I think I’d be selling myself short if I didn’t try to take it to the next level.” His first novel is titled “Dr. Lane Bravo’s Lectures on Bervin ‘The Blue.’” The book falls within the science fiction or fantasy genre, and he said it’s written for children in grades four through six. “I was around that age when my passion for reading developed, so it’s a natural fit for me to write for that age group,” he said. The fiction follows Dr. Lane Bravo, a professor and director of the Galaxy Program, as he presents lectures about Bervin “The Blue,” one of the most important characters in the history of a planet named Keln. Sweigard said Bravo has compiled the most accurate historical data possible by bringing together interviews, journal entries and historical records into one continuous history of young Bervin’s adven-

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ture as he fulfilled a quest to bring common sense to his planet, and in doing so, added blue to the sky, created the clouds, seasons, lakes and rivers and even fractured the planet’s land areas into three continents. “It’s a fun little fiction read

about a kangaroo-type character,” Sweigard said. “I’m proud of it.” He wrote a rough draft of the novel while he was in his 20s and studying history at Miami University in Oxford. The book is a reflection of his passion for history and adventure, he said. “To me it was always important to record accurate history,” Sweigard said. “Dr. Bravo records the most important events in the history of their galaxy.” He said the creativity involved in coming up with a story is the easy part, but the writing, editing and tying up loose ends are the hard parts of penning a novel, which is why it’s taken him several years to complete the book. “I’m still teaching myself all of this as I go along,” he said. “I worked hard over the past couple of years editing it.” Sweigard thanks his wife, Rebecca, for all her support while he’s tackled the project, and he hopes their two young sons will enjoy reading the book when they get older. As he continues his search for a publisher interested in picking up his work, he keeps busy writing the second and third books in the threepart series. “I’m hooked,” he said. Sweigard’s novel is available for $9.99 at, or Wild Birds Unlimited on Glenway Avenue.

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McNulty most recently had the title of administrative assistant but spent most of her time with parks and recreation. “Melanie was the one who scheduled our fields and made sure they were maintained, wrote grants and was responsible for helping establish the Hummer Park,” said township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp. “I’ve enjoyed working here and will miss you all,” McNulty said. “It’s been fun.”

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Starting with the Springfield Township in 1975, Chuck Saylor is retiring from the road department. He was among the retirees honored by trustees, from left, Tom Bryan, Joe Honerlaw and Gwen McFarlin, at their Dec. 13 meeting. PROVIDED

1958 S. Lynndale Drive man reported computer, calculator stolen from vehicle at 1500 block of Goodman Avenue, Dec. 8. Cultivations reported snow plow equipment stolen at Sundale and Hamilton avenues, Dec. 6. Woman reported TV, jewelry stolen at 6809 Betts Ave., Dec. 6.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Tonika Wallace, 29, 1828 Hewiit Ave., obstructing official business at 8900 block of Cottonwood Drive, Dec. 7. Chad Howard, 24, 1031 Thunderbird Lane, vandalism at 8500 block of Winton Road, Dec. 7. Jeffrey Glenn, 45, 2301 Aquarius Drive, assault at 2301 Aquarius Drive, Dec. 8. Juvenile, disorderly conduct at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, Dec. 9.

Frederick Williams Jr., 21, 3335 Spokane Ave., drug trafficking, drug possession at Hamilton Avenue, Dec. 9. Jamal Neal, 24, 7943 Clovernook Ave., falsification, possession of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 9. Thomas Sanders, 51, 350 Hearne Road, disorderly conduct at 10948 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 9. Two juveniles, drug possession at Timbermill Court, Dec. 11.

Incidents/reports Assault Woman reported being hit in the face at 2301 Aquarius

Drive, Dec. 9. Burlgary Woman reported cell phone, video game equipment stolen at 9005 Cherryblossom Drive, Dec. 5. Criminal damaging Man reported vehicle damaged at 8338 Mayfair Ave., Dec. 8. Theft Man reported checkbook stolen at 9950 Trapp Lane, Dec. 9. 700 Buff Court woman reported vehicle stolen at 6500 block of Winton Road, Dec. 6. Burlington House reported medicine stolen at 2222 Springdale Road, Dec. 5.


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