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A handful of women and students recently gathered with one mission – to bring a little bit of home to troops serving overseas.



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Hunters kill 209 deer in Indian Hill By Rob Dowdy

Lost childhood

MADEIRA — John-Robert

Cadet lost his childhood and innocence in his native Haiti to a system that still allows 300,000 youngsters to be enslaved as domestic servants. Cadet believes he is 56 years old but does not know his birth date. He has spent much of his adult life fighting for those children. They’re known in Haiti as restaveks, a French term whose meaning “staying with” is an attempt to disguise the true nature of the arrangement. Cadet, a former French teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools and at Madeira High School, has fought the system formally and informally. See story, A2

Water contract Indian Hill continues to supply water to the Camp Dennison area of Hamilton County and portions of Madeira, and the three municipalities will soon have new contracts stating just that. The contracts state Indian Hill will supply water to Madeira and the Camp Dennison area. See story, A3

Approximately 215 hunters registered in Indian Hill have killed 209 deer so far this deerhunting season, according to police. Last year’s mark of 292 deer killed is still within reach, according to Indian Hill Rangers Detective Shawn Perdue, who manages the program. “It’s right on track compared to where I thought we’d be,” he said. The deer culling program, meant to curb the deer population in Indian Hill, has been successful, though the village stopped its annual deer count in 2009 due to budget concerns. Perdue said there are correlations between the number of deer killed, the number of hunters and the remaining deer. He said if the number of deer killed remains at approximately 300 and the number of hunters remains at approximately 215, then the number of remaining deer should be a little more than 300.

Approximately 215 hunters registered in Indian Hill have killed 209 deer this deer-hunting season. PATRICK REDDY/STAFF

Last year’s mark of 292 deer killed in Indian Hill is still within reach, according to Indian Hill police detective Shawn Perdue. PROVIDED

Moms can’t say no to soldiers By Lisa Wakeland

It was a small request that will make a big impact for dozens of troops

serving overseas. Rebecca Prem Groppe planned to send a quilt to her son-in-law Lt. Michael Perry, a 2005 Turpin High School graduate serving

in Afghanistan. But when she spoke to him earlier this year Perry asked for a favor. Could she make some for his platoon?

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“There’s definitely a pattern,” Perdue said. The deer culling program was established in 2000 to reduce the deer herd in order to lower the number of deer-related car accidents and the damage done to residential landscaping. Hunters registered with the village must pass a background check and complete a hunter safety course to be allowed to hunt in the village. They can only hunt on property that is at least three acres and must have permission from the owners.

Rebecca Prem Groppe, of Mt. Adams, cuts a T-shirt to size for a quilt to send to the troops in Afghanistan. The idea started with her desire to send one to her son-in-law, who later asked for more quilts for his platoon. The group of moms now have close to 70 to send overseas.

Groppe had been making these quilts – sewn together squares from various T-shirts – for years, she said, but usually a couple here and there as gifts. This would be a much bigger task so she enlisted help from friends and fellow moms, including Stephanie Burgin, of North College Hill, whose son, David, is also serving in Afghanistan. They began cutting and sorting T-shirt squares in Groppe's Mt. Adams home, and soon several area schools jumped on board. "The response was phenomenal and really overwhelming," Groppe said. "Some people don't know what to do to help and it's the little gestures that make a world of difference." Students at Mariemont and Terrace Park elementary schools, as well as some from the Three Rivers Local School District, began decorating squares for the nearly 70 quilts that were shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan during the holidays. The squares included well wishes for the troops and what the children would miss if they were overseas – everything from family and friends to ice cream and their pets. A handful of women gathered at Mariemont

High School in mid-December to sew together the quilts. Louise Hughes, of Indian Hill, heard about the project through Groppe and was happy to help. Hughes served in the Army Ordnance Corps, was on active duty for six years and in the Army Reserve for eight years. Though she was never deployed, Hughes said she understands how important it is to support the service men and women. "It's nice to bring them a touch of home," she said. "I know how hard it is to be away from family." Each quilt included a letter to a soldier and the package for the platoon includes a video greeting from country singer Toby Keith, the BenGals cheerleaders and many others. This is the first time the women, who aren't associated with any group or organization, (took on this project) but Groppe said she knows it won't be the last. She'll keep making quilts for any soldier as long as she can, and Tshirt panels or other materials can be dropped off at the Great Clips in Madeira, 7005 Miami Ave. "We're just a bunch of moms," Groppe said, "and we're not going to say no to any soldier."



Haitian author, scholars team to fight child slavery Gannett News Service MADEIRA — John-Robert Cadet lost his childhood and innocence in his native Haiti to a system that still allows 300,000 youngsters to be enslaved as domestic servants. Cadet believes he is 56 years old but does not know his birth date. He has spent much of his adult life fighting for those children. They’re known in Haiti as restaveks, a French term whose meaning “staying with” is an attempt to disguise the true nature of the arrangement. Cadet, a former French teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools and at Madeira High School, has fought the system formally and informally. He wrote two books about his life. “Restavec” came out in 1998, its sequel “My Stone of Hope” in October. He created two foundations, the first in 2007 that he split from in 2010 to form another, the Jean R. Cadet Restavek Organization. “They are bricks and mortar. I am advocacy,” is

Jean-Robert’ Cadet’s latest book is "My Stone of Hope," a sequel to his first, titled “Restavec.”

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Jean-Robert Cadet, of Madeira, an internationally known abolitionist fighting child slavery in his native Haiti, has worked with area professors to develop a curriculum for Haitian schools. PROVIDED

Cadet’s explanation for the change. He has spoken tirelessly in the United States, Haiti and Europe – primarily in France and Great Britain – against the practice. Oprah Winfrey, the United Nations and CNN have provided high-profile platforms. Yet a chance meeting in October 2010 with Cady Short-Thompson, Dean of the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash College, led Cadet to what is now his most legitimate chance to make significant change in Haiti. After meeting with Cadet, Short-Thompson gathered seven academicians from UC-Blue Ash and Northern Kentucky University, where she’d previously headed the Communications Department. The team consisted of two education specialists, an adjunct NKU professor who has organized medical mission trips to Haiti and three English professors and a biology professor from UC-Blue Ash. They developed a curriculum for kindergarten students using, in part, a Haitian folk story of a young girl handed into domestic servitude after her mother’s death, Ti Sentaniz, that is designed to help sensitize children to their environment, history and human rights of their peers. They wrote and illustrated the story. Cadet’s presentation of his life story to students and faculty moved ShortThompson to action. “He is one of the most inspiring, mission-driven people I’d ever heard,” she said. “I knew I would do something to help him.’’

Cadet and three members of the team returned Thursday from Port-auPrince, where 50 Haitian teachers underwent training on the coursework and offered their ideas on how to improve it. In addition to the story of Ti Sentaniz and the curriculum, the Haitian teachers received a copy of the excerpts from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). “This is the most sustainable project for Haiti,” Cadet said. Team member Frank Wray, a biology professor at UC-Blue Ash, designed the environmental curriculum and presented it to Haitian teachers. Also presenting from Cadet’s team were NKU education professors Missy Jones and Helene Harte. “It was amazing, considering that we were asking them to consider new material and new strategies (of teaching),” Wray said. “Teachers stand in front of the class, and children learn by repetition.” A film crew from a French television station filmed the sessions and interviewed Cadet about the new materials. Haiti, of course, suffered before the catastrophic earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, as the Western Hemisphere’s most impoverished nation. About 40 percent of Haitian children never attend school, and only about 25 percent of high-schoolaged students are enrolled, according to the U.S. State Department. The majority of Haitian children attend foreignrun, religious-based


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Cadet schools. Haiti’s literacy rate is about 53 percent. Cadet has the ear of Haiti’s president, Michael Martelly, whose May 2011 inauguration Cadet attended. “He said Haiti will have free and mandatory education,” said Cadet, who then presented an earlier draft of the anti-slavery curriculum to officials in the Ministry of Education in Haiti. “They told me he could pass it if we had a section about the environment,” Cadet said. Fewer than 100,000 acres of forest remain in Haiti. The country, about the size of Maryland with a population of 9 million, has lost 98 percent of its tree cover. More than 70 percent of all fuel consumed in Haiti is wood or charcoal, a primary source for cooking, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Once corrections are made, the curriculum will be tested in several Haitian elementary schools before formal presentation to the government for inclusion in Haiti’s national standards. Martelly, a former musician who performed under the stage name “Sweet Micky,” said he plans a world tour to raise money for Haiti’s ambitious national education initiative. Cadet is helping to pay for the curriculum. His foundation paid teachers $10 a day to attend the training and provided breakfast. His earnings from sales of “My Stone of Hope” are going to train teachers and produce teaching materials. “I will not stop for those kids,” Cadet said of the restaveks. “I can’t leave this in the hands of foreigners who don’t know anything about the culture.”

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Indian Hill continues to supply water to the Camp Dennison area of Hamilton County and portions of Madeira, and the three municipalities will soon have new contracts stating just that. During the recent Indian Hill Village Council meeting, Mayor Mark Tullis noted the water contracts with Madeira and Hamilton County have been completed, but are awaiting official approval from those governing bodies before they become official. The contracts state Indian Hill will supply water to Madeira and the Camp Dennison area. The new contracts include a slight increase in cost for water that will be placed into a fund the village will use to make infrastructure repairs when necessary. The Madeira contract would collect up to $500,000 in surcharges for repairs. Once the figure is reached the additional

charge will be removed. The Hamilton County contract for Camp Dennison would collect up to Tullis $150,000 before discontinuing the added charge. Tullis noted this is a precautionary measure to ensure major infrastructure repairs to the water supply in Camp Dennison or the portion of Madeira that Indian Hill supplies water to won’t lead to disagreements on who’s responsible for footing the bill. “We are just a supplier of water,” Tullis said. City Manager Mike Burns said both Madeira and Hamilton County support the contracts, but have yet to put them up for a vote. He said Indian Hill officials gave extensions to those previous contracts that continue until a new agreement is finalized.

Fire departments team up for training By Rob Dowdy

The Madeira-Indian Hill Fire Department, along with the Montgomery Fire Department, are getting back to basics thanks to some recent training. The two departments recently completed "Blue Card" incident command training, which reinforces standard operating procedures as they related to incident command purposes. Madeira-Indian Hill Chief Steve Ashbrock said with the new training, "everybody's operating on the same page." He said "Blue Card" training will help

firefighters organize communications on the scene of a incident. Montgomery Fire Chief Paul Wright said the training will help increase efficiency during local events typical of what the fire departments respond to on a regular basis. Wright said much of the firefighter training since 9/ 11 has dealt with regional disasters. "This gets us back to doing the things we do every day of the week," he said. Ashbrock said a recent fire in Madeira gave the fire departments the opportunity to put their training to good use.

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Schram despaired, too. As she turned to the letter’s page, she told Berten: “If I had only known, I would have showed you my father’s letter from Tunisia in 1943. I used it in a family history book I put together in 2008, long after my dad died in 1990.” Berten thanked her for the offer. “But,” she added, “you’ve never read anything like this letter.” As it turned out, Schram had. The Christmas letters told her two things about her dad. He had a gift for writ-

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Photographs of Harry S. Robinson and a copy of a letter he wrote home from the front in North Africa on Christmas Day 1943. Betsy Schram sorts through her dad's World War II letters at The Bookshelf in Madeira. Three words: All Love – Harry. That’s how Harry Robinson ended his Christmas letters from World War II. That’s how his daughter recognized his words after they ended up spending 65 years in a sturdy old dress box. Unread. Unknown. Until now. Thanks to a chance encounter, these letters have a new life. Now, a new generation of Greater Cincinnatians can read Robinson’s dispatches from the front in North Africa to the family in Cincinnati. His wartime letters ring out with a renewed sense of faith and a belief in the gift of giving. They deliver the same message Linus van Pelt gives to Charlie Brown: “That’s what Christmas is all about.” The Robinson letters came to light after a bookstore owner met with an author. The shopkeeper is Betsy Schram, Harry’s daughter. The writer is Jinny Powers Berten, author of a new book chronicling the Queen City’s holiday traditions, “Cincinnati Christmas’’ (Orange Frazer, $34.95). Schram went to Berten’s house recently to pick up copies of a children’s book the author wrote. Schram had ordered them for the Bookshelf, the store she co-owns in Madeira. Berten showed her an advance copy of “Cincinnati Christmas.’’ As Schram turned to the section on World War II, Berten told her to “take a minute to read this letter from a soldier overseas on Christmas.” She found the letter in the archives of the Cincinnati Historical Society. Berten loved the writing. But she despaired

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Students dig in, celebrate mole with little ones

Sam Rhoad, a second-grader at Indian Hill Primary School, donates an old cell phone to the Indian Hill High School sophomore class, which is collecting old cell phones to benefit the Cincinnati Zoo's Project Saving Species. THANKS TO GEOFF FERGUSON

Donate old cell phone and save a gorilla in process INDIAN HILL — The Indian Hill High School sophomore class is asking all students, parents, and residents to bring in any used cell phones and donate them to be recycled. The Cincinnati Zoo's "Project Saving Species," sponsored by Gorilla Glue, is challenging local schools to collect cellular devices. The organization that recycles the most will win a prize of $4,000 for their school. There are collection boxes in the primary, elementary, middle

and high school front offices. Residents can also by contacting and collecting devices from businesses and coworkers. This project is hoping to protect the endangered gorilla population. Cell phones contain an ore called coltan, and one of the only areas to mine it is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is the center of gorilla habitat. To help preserve the species and its home, students are recycling as many cell phones as pos-

sible. There are currently more than 270 million cell phone users in the United States alone and more than 4 billion worldwide. The average life of a cell phone in the U.S. is about a year and a half. Of these old, unused cell phones, less than1percent are recycled. The school will be collecting devices until Jan. 27.

INDIAN HILL — The chemistry students in Mariemont resident Paula Butler’s class at Cincinnati Country Day School like to prepare for Mole Day in a big way. The "mole," a chemical measuring unit, is celebrated nationally on Mole Day by preparing foods, such as guacamole and molasses cookies, and presenting creative projects. Butler, along with Lower School teachers, started a tradition six years ago to commemorate Mole Day with a creative project by having pre-kindergarten students team up with high school students to tie dye Tshirts. Everyone is equipped with safety goggles, gloves and

smocks, and the Upper School students take over in the chemistry lab and guide the younger children to complete the shirts. After allowing the shirts to dry for several days, the students all pose for a group photo in the high school. With all students (18 months to grade 12) on one 62-acre campus, Country Day is able to do many projects like this such as reading groups where older students read to the younger children, service learning projects such as the Wrap-in where older and younger students team up to wrap presents for less fortunate children, along with other all-school projects.

Cincinnati Country Day junior Jack Victor, of Anderson Township, shows Pre-K student William Lothmann, of Terrace Park, how to get started on his tie dye project. THANKS TO RALPH JAVENS JR.

Cincinnati Country Day pupils are in top math tier in nation INDIAN HILL — Cincinnati Country Day School students in sixth through eighth grades recently took The Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematic Competition test, known as the AMC8. Four students (Kayla Chisholm, Nathan Albrinck, Ari Economon, and Ben Paff) finished in the top 5 percent in the nation while 21 other students finished in the top 25 percent. The goal of the AMC 8 is to identify, recognize and reward excellence in mathematics through a series of national contests. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. In addition, students gain the opportunity to learn and achieve through competition with students in their school and around the world. Country Day eighth-graders Kayla Chisholm, of North College Hill, Nathan Albrinck and Ben Paff and seventh-grader Ari Economon, of Indian Hill, finished in the top 5 percent of students in the nation. Below is a list of eighth-grade students who finished in the top 25 percent in the nation: Davis McMaster, of Milford

Cincinnati Country Day junior Meg Lazarus, of Terrace Park, and and Pre-K student Ayla Daoud, of Hyde Park, tie dye a T-shirt. THANKS TO RALPH JAVENS JR.

Cincinnati Country Day Middle School students Kayla Chisholm, Nathan Albrinck, Ari Conomon and Ben Paff finished in the top 5 percent of students taking the American Mathematics Competition AMC 8 math test. THANKS TO RALPH JAVENS JR. Ian Hayes, of West Chester Cameron Stewart, of Anderson Township J’Quaan Waite, of Mount Healthy Kathryn Burress, of Blue Ash Max Luebbers, of Madeira Charlie Sukin, of Indian Hill Joseph Vu, of Anderson Township Maggie Bernish, of Anderson Township JC Vogt, of Loveland Gabriel Owens, of Loveland George Crowley, of Glendale Here are the seventh-graders who finished in the top 25 per-

cent: Jacob Nitzberg, of Milford Justin Baker, of Loveland Kara Cooke, of Blue Ash Hailey Spaeth, of Mariemont Here are the sixth-graders who finished in the top 25 percent: Max DelBello, of Blue Ash Jack Gardner, of Indian Hill Daniel Nesbitt, of Blue Ash Patrick Magarian, of Indian Hill Thomas McTaggart, of Indian Hill

Junior Allison Mesh, of Blue Ash, gives Pre-K student Gertrude Lazarus, of Hyde Park, a high five as they complete the tie dye project for Mole Day. THANKS TO RALPH JAVENS JR.

Moeller student is honored by the Rotary Club The Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club honored Matt Kanetzke, a senior at Moeller High School, as its December Student of the Month. Kanetzke, son of John and Carol Kanetzke of Loveland, received the award at the club’s

Dec. 6 meeting. Students are chosen for the award based on their demonstrated leadership qualities, academic achievement, and community service. An honor roll student, Kanetzke, has received numerous

school awards for scholarly, athletic, and community service achievements. He is a member of the Moeller Student Council, volleyball team, National Honor Society, and the Moeller Student Admissions Team.

Kanetzke has organized food drives and fundraising campaigns for local and international relief projects, served as a coach/ counselor at a sports camp for youth, and is a block captain for Moeller’s Little Buddies program, a mentoring project that

pairs high school students with inner-city youth who need a friend and role model. Kanetzke Kanetzke’s college plans include a major in health sciences or business.



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Catching up with college athletes Area students home for the holidays have elevated their games by leaving their mark on the collegiate sports landscape.

Spencer Wright, basketball, Centre College

This was supposed to be Spencer Wright’s year to play a significant role in Centre College’s basketball success. The Division III program leads the NCAA with an 86 percent win percentage and the Indian Hill native was looking forward to earning significant time on the court. But an injury during the off-season turned out to be much worse than he originally expected, landing the 6’6” center on the bench. “I’ve had my share of injuries playing sports,” Wright said. “Broken fingers, a broken wrist, shoulder dislocations, and even knee injuries and most of the time I have been able to play through them. But this shoulder injury has been the most frustrating of all since I’ve had to miss the start of my junior season.” Wright hurt his shoulder during a summer workout in the weight room. Bench pressing, he remembers hearing a “pop.” “At the time it didn’t keep me from doing the reps,” Wright said. “But as time went on during the summer, the pain got worse. The breaking point came when I tried to carry a light backpack to a pickup game and remember the pressure on my shoulder was kill-

Indian Hill's Spencer Wright is back on the floor after an early season injury for Centre College. The 6-6, 225-pound center played his high school ball for Cincinnati Country Day. THANKS TO AL DUCKER ing me. Then during that game I put my arms up to block and another player drove into my shoulder and knocked it back. The pain was horrible and my arm went numb, so I knew it was really time to have it looked at.” The decision of where to go was an easy one. A multi-sport athlete while in high school at Cincinnati Country Day, Wright turned to Dr. Samer Hasan, an orthopaedic surgeon with Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Ortho-

paedic Center. “Spencer tore the superior labrum, which is the top part of the soft cartilage ring that lines and deepens the glenoid, or socket of the shoulder joint,” Dr. Hasam said. “This injury is often referred to as a SLAP - Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior - tear and can result from a sudden traction on the biceps tendon which originates at the superior labrum.” Spencer began a supervised physical therapy program within a couple of days after his surgery. Wright’s patience and commitment to his recovery has paid off. He played in the Colonel’s fifth game of the season in a 78-62 win at Franklin, Ind., bringing him a step closer to helping the team make a run for their fourth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. “Being a part of a college team and playing with your best friends is really what I like most about playing,” Wright said. “Honestly, because it had been my first week of full practice I didn't think I would get to play. I'm very excited to be back in the fold of things and hopefully I can continue to participate and play. It's very exciting to be back.” Thanks to Al Ducker

Alex Longi, basketball, Denison University

Alex Longi of Indian Hill is a 2010 graduate of Saint Xavier where he played basketball, lacrosse and football. He was the

al arts in addition to his major in economics with a math concentration. Alex plays for Bob Ghiloni at Denison and was coached by Scott Martin at Saint Xavier. Thanks to Tony Longi

Jake Davis, basketball, Emory University

In 2010, then St. Xavier player Alex Longi (13) makes a shot against LaSalle's Keenan Gibbs (35) in a tournament game at Xavier's Cintas Center. FILE PHOTO varsity captain of the Bombers his senior year in basketball and was second-team all-Greater Catholic League in football his senior year as well as a GCL Academic All-Star. Longi made National Honor Society in 2010 and was a National Merit Finalist in 2009. At Denison, Alex moved into the starting lineup around the seventh or eighth game of his freshman year and has started every game since then. He has been on the Dean's List at Denison all three semesters and carries a 3.97 GPA. He has found an interest in tutoring while in college, doing so in the Denison Math Department and in the Newark Public School System. He is considering a minor in visu-

Jake Davis, a 2010 graduate of Seven Hills, is in his sophomore year at Emory University. After putting up a solid freshman year (13.3 points per game) on the basketball court, Davis has exploded through nine games in his sophomore season. He is averaging a league leading 20 points per game while grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game. Davis has helped lead his Emory squad to a 9-0 start and a No. 5 national ranking on the Top 25 Poll. Earlier this season Davis was selected by the University Athletic Association as Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Eagle to three wins and moving his team into the top ten in the D3hoops rankings. For the week, Davis averaged teams highs in points, rebounds and field goal percentage. He scored a careerhigh 33 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds earlier this season against LaGrange, it was his first double-double of the season and his fourth of his young career. Jake is the son of David and Tracy Davis. Thanks to Debbie Kessen

Markesbery minds the Muskie net By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — After a successful run in soccer at Tomahawk Stadium and basketball at Indian Hill High School’s gym, Katie Markesbery had the envious opportunity to continue her college career locally. Even with three district championships and all-Ohio first-team honors under her belt in 2010, she wasn’t guaranteed playing time when she signed on with Xavier University. That changed quickly upon arriving on Victory Parkway as the newcomer was in the net to begin 17 of the Musketeers 18 games. She played all but 45 minutes of the season. “It was a great opportunity to start as a freshman,” Markesbery said. Xavier finished the fall 7-8-3 with Markesbery allowing less than a goal per game on average (0.90). She had 127 saves for an .882 save percentage and six shutouts.

Not bad for the girl wearing No. 1 in her opening season. Now, she’s finished her first semester as a Xavier student majoring in psychology, with a minor in natural science. Once the holiday break ends, Markesbery and the Muskies will be back putting in the hours that are required for success in college athletics. “When we come back we’ll be having conditioning every day, sometimes twice a day,” Markesbery said. Just a year ago, Markesbery was getting her conditioning in on the basketball floor playing for the dominant Indian Hill Lady Braves and Dr. Scott Rogers. The 5-10 Markesbery was a key part of a squad that won three CHL titles in a row. Markesbery averaged seven points and nearly eight rebounds her senior year on a 21-2 team. As the weather gets colder, she misses the squeaking of the sneakers. “I do actually,” Markesbery said. “It’s weird not going to prac-

It's a diving save for Xavier goalkeeper Katie Markesbery. The Indian Hill grad started for the Lady Muskies in her freshman year. THANKS TO XAVIER

tice every day. I was just thinking the other day how right now I would be going to practice. I do miss it a lot. I’ve played basketball since I was 7 years old.” She still plans on seeing some Indian Hill games where her younger sister, Emily, plays and did attend the women’s Crosstown Shootout. Even though her soccer exploits earned her a Xavier scholarship, it wasn’t a clear cut choice to pick the cleats over the gym shoes. “Actually, no,” Markesbery

admitted. “I was never really sure. It was always back and forth. When I played soccer, I’d pick basketball. When I played basketball, I’d pick soccer. It was my junior year (at Indian Hill) when I stuck with soccer more so than basketball. It’s always been a toss-up.” Fortunately for the Muskies, soccer won out and Markesbery could likely be a four-year starter in goal for coach Woody Sherwood. It’s a position she didn’t even start playing until her ju-

nior year in high school. Once she started, she found she liked to get “dirty.” The floor burns she experienced diving for basketballs on the hardwood were nothing once she transferred that skill to today’s turf fields. Prior to learning how to take away goals, she was a striker. “I guess I like saving shots more,” Markesbery said. “It’s kind of like basketball, you can use your hands.” Even with her busy fall schedule at Xavier, Markesbery kept up with coach Amy Dunlap’s 19-2 Indian Hill soccer squad this past season. The Lady Braves’ program has won 37 of 43 games the last two years with three ties. “I went to as many games as I could,” Markesbery said. “I was at their last game. I’m so proud of them. They did a really good job this year.” It’s a good bet they’re proud of Markesbury also as she was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in November.

The Gardens still has hockey with Moeller By Scott Springer

ROSELAWN — They are the only area high school hockey team that plays in a league based an hour and a half up the road. Seventh-year Moeller head coach Mike Reeder won’t say it, but logic and research says the brand of hockey in an area with an NHL franchise is better. Geographically, it’s the same reason better baseball is played in Florida and other southern states. It’s Moeller’s fourth year in the Capital Hockey Conference where they share a division with Dublin Jerome, Dublin Coffman, St. Charles and Olentangy Liberty. Other teams include Upper Arlington, Olentangy Orange, Olentangy, Thomas Worthington, Gahanna Lincoln, Worthington Kilbourne, St. Francis DeSales,

Junior Mason Eckley takes a shot on the goal protected by Jacob Krugler at Moeller hockey practice Dec. 14 at Cincinnati Gardens. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bishop Watterson and Dublin Scioto. "There's a lot of teams in that league and it makes for a lot more teams potentially in the championship," Reeder said. "We like to think we're one of them, but it's going to take a few breaks to make that happen."

The Crusaders still play the area teams in non-league contests and recently hosted Greater Catholic League Ice Hockey Night at Cincinnati Gardens. Having a facility modeled after Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens that’s housed pro hockey is a plus for the program.

As old as the building is, the “hockey barn of bedlam” as former Cyclones announcer Terry Ficorelli called it, is arguably one of the better skating venues around. "Best rink, best barn," Reeder said. "It's a hockey feel and the boys get a feel for what it would be like to be a pro." To add historical perspective, former AHL Cincinnati Mighty Duck Dwayne Zinger is a Moeller assistant. High school hockey at Moeller is far from a club or “rec” sport. Most of Reeder’s roster have laced up the skates and donned the gear since their elementary days. "Most of the better players have eight or nine years experience already," Reeder said. "We do have a few guys that started in eighth-grade, ninth-grade. It takes a little bit longer to make it

to the varsity, but eventually they get there." This year’s varsity is headed up by assistant captains Calvin Fix and Jacob Krugler. Both are senior goaltenders and they alternate games for the Crusaders. "They are seniors and they both could be starters on any other team,"Reeder said. "They give us a great one-two punch." Moeller’s defense is headed up by three third-year varsity juniors in Alex Burgdorf, Quinn Collison and Nick Meece. Senior Max Schroeder and juniors Jack Brault and Eddie Geiser are are also key stoppers. The offense is captained by seniors Dominic Vasalli and Alex Little. Tyler Ruter Mason Eckley, Zack Bayliff, Alex Armour, Zack Logue, Matt Messina, Mark Digeondominic and Max Eichel are all viable options to light the lamp.



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Drake sale good deal for county residents Over the last few weeks, misinformation of the facts has led some residents to question the decision by Hamilton County Commissioners to sell Drake Hospital. Disclosure of the details will prove enlightening and help citizens to see numerous benefits for the county. As residents recall, in 1996, voters approved a half cent sales tax increase to build two sports stadiums on the Ohio Riverfront. County property owners were given a 0.30 percent property tax rollback (PTR) to soften the blow of the tax increase. At the time, county government promised voters the PTR would remain in place over the 30-year period the county would need the sales tax increase to pay

off the cost of building the stadiums. County government forgot that promise at the end of 2010, when a budget shortfall and a Chris commission Monzel COMMUNITY PRESS majority took the path of least GUEST COLUMNIST resistance eliminating this tax benefit. I believe it was important to keep the full PTR promise to the voters; the sale of Drake was the best option to generate the necessary revenue. The sale price of $15 million is acceptable under the terms of the current 30-year lease. Through

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Do you “celebrate” New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, or is each “just another day?” What is your favorite New Year’s Eve/ New Year’s Day memory?

“My wife is almost 70 and I am 75, and we haven't done any celebrating of the event for a few years, though we used to really have a good time gathering with our neighbors on New Years Eve. “Things change when you get older. One of my best memories was the year when I decided I would use a men's hair coloring liquid on my hair to surprise people at the party. I have been totally white-haired for many years now. “So I bought a bottle of Clairol and used it according to directions (the label said it would wash out in 4 or 5 shampoos.) Well, it didn't wash out. It turned my hair purple, and I found out through research that this is what happens when your hair has no pigmentation left. “I ended up having to get my head shaved. On the positive side, Clairol finally caved in to my complaint letters and gave me a $200 settlement!” Bill B. “For Y2K New Years we were in Vegas. Following a fireworks display we were in a huge crowd going back into The Mirage casino and somehow my wife lost an expensive sapphire & diamond ring. “She called ‘lost and found’ the next morning and, believe it or not, someone had found it and turned it in! That renewed by belief in humanity ... at least for a short while.” J.G. “I used to celebrate New Year’s Eve just a little too much, but not anymore. My wife and I will go out for an early supper and hopefully be asleep by midnight. Boy how things change when you get older.” D.D. “New Year’s Eve is a special time for me and my wife. New Year’s Eve we share with a few of our close friends who we have

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known for at least 50 years. New Year’s day we have the family over to have their sauerkraut for good luck in the coming year. We sure do need it.” E.S. “We always celebrated New Year’s Eve when I was younger, New Year’s day was for recovery. My favorite memory is of the massive parties my brother and I threw when mom and dad were gone for the night! We had a live band in the living room!” J.S.K. “I don't celebrate New Year's Eve or New Year's day. To me there is nothing to celebrate. A new year has dawned regularly since time began so I see nothing special to mark it as a celebratory occasion. “New Year's is right up there with "Drink-o de Mayo" and other man-made reasons for people to behave badly.” R.V. “Normal day is a tradition to watch football, but this is going to be a first for us. We presently are visiting son and family in San Marino/Pasadena area and plan to attend the Rose Parade along with a million of other people. If we can't get near enough to the parade they have an after parade tour of the floats, etc. in Pasadena. “Sorry to say that we will be basking in 80 degree temperatures during the parade date and very much enjoying the weather. Will try to send some good weather in couple days.” D.J.


Commissioners – meet at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Room 605 of the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court St., downtown. Call 946-4400.

Indian Hill Village Council

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise announced) in city hall, 6525 Drake Road Road. Call 561-6500.



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the lease, UC Health pays the county $1 million per year in rent. However, ½ of the annual rent, or $500,000, is credited to the purchase price. Since UC Health could purchase the facility at any point and also had the right to renew the lease for a second, 30year term – essentially, prohibiting the county from seeking a buyer on the open real estate market for up to 60 years – the commission merely accelerated the sale to the only potential buyer permitted for the Drake Center buildings and associated land. Other options were suggested to balance the county budget for a longer period by deferring stadium maintenance for a number of years. This option presented a new set of potential pitfalls and

unknown budget ramifications. After inheriting the serious challenges faced by the current commission, it was simply not responsible to kick the can down the road leaving future commissioners with a massive shortfall in future years. From the beginning of my term, I stated that the county needed to reassess the core services it provides residents. County government is poorly qualified to operate a hospital. Fortunately, UC health has made great strides in helping place Drake on the path to profitability while building on a record of exceptional care and rehabilitation. Kevin Flynn, president of the Drake Hospital board of directors, knows Drake’s challenges

and opportunities – he sustained life-changing injuries in an accident a number of years ago, spent considerable time as a patient at Drake, and has been active in supporting the facility since that time. In a Saturday December 3rd Enquirer article, Kevin details many key reasons UC health is best-suited to operate Drake going forward. In reviewing the decision to sell Drake Hospital to UC Health, I am more committed than ever to get this done and keep the promise made to the citizens of Hamilton County. Chris Monzel is a Hamilton County commissioner.

Auditor explains the effect of new property values on taxes New property values from the just completed county-wide reappraisal will take effect with the first tax bills in January. With a great number of values changing we expect a number of questions, with one of the most often asked being: “If my value went down and taxes are calculated based upon value, how can my taxes go up”? The first reason for higher taxes is any new or increased tax levies approved by voters in your community or school district. The list of levies approved in 2011 can be found on our website under Departments / Real Estate Taxes / 2011Levy Summary. The second reason is that tax rates for emergency levies for school districts and bond retirement rates are adjusted each year to generate a set level of revenue. As values increase, these levies are often adjusted downward. The reverse is true also. As values decline in a district, these tax rates are adjusted upward in order to generate a specific amount of revenue. The third reason is, following

each reappraisal, the State Tax Commissioner recalculates what are called “reduction factors” for the voted tax levies. Legislation proDusty Rhodes COMMUNITY PRESS viding this was passed in the GUEST COLUMNIST 1970s to prevent taxing entities from receiving windfalls from rapidly rising property values. On most voted levies, if property values go up, the effective taxing rate goes down to keep revenue constant. Now, with values declining in many areas, that same provision can increase the effective millage rates so that the taxing entity does not incur a shortfall. As properties decline, the effective tax rates will increase in order to keep revenue constant. There is a limit. Effective millage can not be increased to more than the original millage set by voters. So a taxing entity can’t compensate for lost revenue without enacting new taxes or

budget cuts. If a property owner believes the value to be too high, the Board of Revision (BOR) exists to provide property owners with an avenue for a formal appeal of their value. BOR complaints can be filed through our office from January 1 to March 31 (April 2 this year because March 31is on a Saturday). If you file a complaint it is up to you to present evidence supporting your opinion of value. Remember that we work in terms of values, not “taxes.” It is not sufficient to tell the BOR “my taxes are too high”. Information on the BOR process is available on our website:, along with state proscribed forms and instructions. Or we can mail them to you if you call our office at 513946-4000. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. For more information, go to

Honoring Ohio’s fallen heroes, families with a recognition Last month, the Ohio House and Senate joined together to honor Ohio’s fallen heroes—the men and women in uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Many of the families of those who died in battle recently accepted the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction on their loved ones’ behalf at the Statehouse. I was honored to have been in attendance for this solemn occasion. The medal was established in 2009 as a commemoration of Ohio’s brave service members who lost their lives in battle. Legislators from the House and Senate met in the House chamber for the ceremony to show our appreciation, gratitude and deep respect for those Ohioans who were called to the fight for freedom and were willing to put their lives on the line for it. The honorees of the Medal were heroes who exhibited exemplary leadership, selflessness and courage on the battlefield. It is important that we forever hold a prominent place in our


hearts for our military men and women. Their service allows us to live in comfort and peace. I sincerely extend my admiration to those who are fighting or have fought for our

country. Their sacrifice and allegiance has not gone unnoticed. Some men and women pay the ultimate price so that we many live free. It is through their service that we know we are being protected each and every day by people who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way for their country. The Ohio Military Medal of Distinction ceremony serves as a humbling reminder that Ohio service members play a vital role in our military efforts, and these patriots deserve our everlasting gratitude and appreciation. Many in our area know first-

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hand how difficult it can be to have a loved one engaged in combat, and to those that have lost loved ones, you will always have our state and nation’s deepest gratitude. Sadly, our area lost a cherished member of the armed forces. Army Spc. David S. Morrison of Cincinnati died serving our country. His sacrifice serves as a reminder of just how costly the defense of freedom can be. While we will never be able to give Spc. Morrison all that he gave us, the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction symbolizes our unwavering recognition of him for standing tall in the face of danger and fighting for our nation’s most worthy cause. State Rep. Maag may be reached by calling (614) 644-6023, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Ron Maag, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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This is one of the squares created by a student for the quilts that will be sewn by local moms for troops serving overseas.

LIFE Some students used what they would miss if they were deployed as an inspiration for their quilt square.



This is one square made for the quilts that will be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan.

A bit of

home A handful of women recently gathered with one mission – to bring a little bit of home to troops serving overseas. Dozens of school children created handmade squares that would become part of a quilt sent to soldiers in Afghanistan and nearly 70 quilts will be shipped to service men and women. Rebecca Prem Groppe, who started this project, said she plans to keep making quilts for the troops. Photos by Lisa Wakeland/The Community Press

Classes at Terrace Park Elementary, Mariemont Elementary, seen here, Three Rivers Local School District and even some from Leavenworth, Kan., helped make squares for quilts that will be sent to troops serving overseas. PROVIDED

Janet Schneider, of Fairfax sets squares on white fabric to measure the quilt's size.

Second-grade students at Mariemont Elementary show off the quilt squares they made for the blankets that will head to troops serving in Afghanistan. PROVIDED

Stephanie Burgin and Libby Jones, of North College Hill, write on squares created by students so the soldiers who receive the quilts know where the square came from.

Stephanie Burgin of North College Hill shows the quilt she made for her Louise Hughes, of Indian Hill, said son, David. She was one of several volunteers making these T-shirt quilts she was happy to help make to send to troops serving in Afghanistan. quilts for soldiers overseas.

Bernice Martin, of Fairfax, sews together squares for a quilt that will head to soldiers in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Prem Groppe, left, and Stephanie Burgin measure a T-shirt on the square template for more quilts.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 5 On Stage - Comedy Tyrone Hawkins, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, College and military night. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4 with college or military ID. Through Jan. 8. 984-9288; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 On Stage - Comedy Tyrone Hawkins, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, Ages 18 and up. $12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Dance Classes Ballroom Dance: Dare to Dance, 5:30-6:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 25. Cardiovascular workout while exploring new dance steps. Learn the waltz, cha cha, tango, hustle and many more. Taught by professional dancers from Dare to Dance studio. Family friendly. $175-$190 couples, $100-$120 single. Reservations required. 985-6742. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville.

Music - Rock The Gamut, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-2380; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Tyrone Hawkins, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, Ages 21 and up. $12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Schools Israel Travel and Jewish Overnight Camping Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road, Choose from more than 15 Israel trip providers and regional overnight camps, apply for Israel travel and camping grants, experience a taste of Israeli food, music and culture. Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati offers Israel travel grants to Jewish students ages 16-26 in Cincinnati. Free. Presented by Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. 9851500; Amberley Village.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 Clubs & Organizations

The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will kick off its first used book sale this year with the 15th annual Winter Warehouse Used Book Sale Jan. 11-15 at 8456 Vine St., Hartwell. For more information, call 369-6035, e-mail, or visit THANKS TO RICK HELMES Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. Through June 25. 351-5005; Madeira.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Shops at Harper’s Point, 11340 Montgomery Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Symmes Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 10-11 a.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 LovelandMadeira Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476; Loveland.

Parenting Classes More Signing, Less Whining, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Includes pre-verbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari CD. $45 per couple. Registration required. Presented by Signing Safari, LLC. 475-4500; Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. Through Jan. 18. 984-9288; Montgomery.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Civic Republican Candidates Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, Meet Hamilton County Republican candidates for 2012. Light refreshments served. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club. 965-0230. Sycamore Township.

Health / Wellness Baby’s Amazing Journey, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, First of 10-week series. Workshop helps parents navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues, as well as tips to guide you through developmental milestones. $200 per birthing team for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Lectures What’s Holding You Back?, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Seminar for women returning to work after raising children. Learn to identify specific fears that stop you in your tracks and six things you can do right now to weaken their hold on you. $15. Registration required. Presented by Act Three. 351-1800; Amberley Village.

On Stage - Comedy Chad Daniels, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 On Stage - Comedy The Winton Woods Riding Center is taking registrations for the 2012 winter session, which runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 26. Both Western- and English-style lessons are available. The cost for one-hour group lessons is $175. Registration is available online at or at 931-3057 until the session begins. Space will be limited so that all riders can be accommodated in the indoor riding arena during inclement weather. PROVIDED

Chad Daniels, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Hart and directed by Tom Storey. Classic comedy takes us back to the delightful madness of the Sycamore family. Mix basement fireworks, an aspiring playwright, a xylophone, a tipsy actress, subversive leaflets, an income tax man, ballet lessons and a Russian Countess, then stir in a budding office romance. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Jan. 29. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, 7131 Plainfield Road, Learn about newest Montessori preschool and kindergarten. Tour facility and meet teachers. See how children get exposure to wide range of materials and activities in science, geography, math, language, art, music and practical life. Free. Reservations required. Through Feb. 17. 697-9021; Deer Park.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 Art & Craft Classes Caffeine and Crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Caffeine Dreams, 123 Railroad Ave., Bring your current project and work on it while drinking coffee and socializing. Free. 289-9713. Loveland.

Art Exhibits Wildlife Artist John A. Ruthven and Maritime Artist John Stobart, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 7917717; Fairfax.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., McLevy’s Pub, 8512 Market Place Lane, Ages 21 and up. $3. 7931980; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Chad Daniels, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


wards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.

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Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6-7 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6026; Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy Chad Daniels, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288. Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jewish Hospital Medical Office Building, 4750 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Kenwood.

After the Boxes are Unpacked, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Seven-week class for women who are new to Cincinnati area or looking to connect with their community. Ages 21 and up. Free. 489-0892; Montgomery.

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Happy Birthday Martin, 3-4 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Find out about Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate his birthday with songs, story and birthday cake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and the Kersten Fund. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Celebration of 35-year anniversary of Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Piano Trio. With Michael Tree, violist; Harold Robinson, bassist. World premier quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17 Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Program, 6:30-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through April 3. Incorporates current medical research with physical activity and group support. With registered dietitian. $350, $295 members. Registration required. Through Jan. 19. 985-0900; Montgomery. Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Ed-

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Loveland. A Matter of Balance, 1-3 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Weekly through March 7. Awardwinning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels for ages 50 and up. Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. $48. 2471330; lifestyle/livingIsLearning.htm. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Schools Little Sprouts Preschool and Kindergarten Open House Tours, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Leaves of Learning, Free. Reservations required. 697-9021; Deer Park.



Try trendy food items in 2012 I can’t claim myself as a trendsetter when it comes to fashion (I’m still not brave Rita enough to Heikenfeld wear a short RITA’S KITCHEN sweater dress over tights with boots), but I can say that I’m pretty much at the top of my game when it comes to food and trends. Here’s some of the “hot” trends for 2012, and which have been part of my repertoire before becoming trendy. Agave syrup/nectar: From a cactus with a lower glycemic index than sugar, and about 1½ times sweeter than sugar. Daughter-in-law Jess substitutes agave for sugar in some of her recipes. I’ve been using it in dressings and marinades. Pickling/jellies: Pickling is the No. 1 preparation trend. We ate at the Senate restaurant recently and house made pickles (and jams) were on the menu. I’m hungry again just thinking of that flavor popping meal. I learned from mom to make everything from fermented dills to relishes to wild berry jams. Though I am intrigued, now, with the Senate’s salsify/cranberry jam … Bible herbs, flavorings and spices: Cinnamon, fennel pollen (dried flower heads – try rubbing on pork), cardamom and cumin are a few of the hot

button spices for 2012 which are staples in my cooking. And garlic and onions are in every good cook’s pantry. Rose water is the new vanilla. The reason? Well, first of all, the flavors add a real punch to foods, and their health qualities are legendary. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for more about Bible foods and herbs). Whole grains: Whole grains are absorbed more slowly and make you feel full longer. My favorite brown rice is Uncle Ben’s converted Composting/root cellars/organic: Ever hear of bokashi composting or trash can root cellars? Check out the latest methods at the website of Kentucky reader Dan Adams: He’s all about sustainable and organic, too – how this industry has grown! Gluten-free ingredients: So many people require gluten-free foods, and you’ll see more available. Artisan-cheese making at home: Log onto Dr. Fankhauser’s cheese page for everything you need to know about cheese making and my blog at for homemade ricotta. He’s a University of Cincinnati professor and is a respected here and around the nation.

My adaptation of Dr. Oz’s salt-free blend Savory is a great substitute for salt and is called the bean herb in


Pasta fagioli made with whole-wheat is a great way to start off the new year healthy. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. Germany since it helps digest beans. Combine: ⁄3 cup garlic powder ⁄3 cup onion powder 1 ⁄3 cup oregano 2 tablespoons thyme 3 tablespoons parsley flakes 2 teaspoons savory 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 1

Rita’s vegetarian whole-wheat pasta fagioli with fire-roasted tomatoes

A favorite with my students and a great way to start out the new year in a healthy way.

12 oz. to 1 lb. any short whole-wheat pasta, boiled 8 tablespoons (½ cup) cup extra virgin olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2-3 cans beans of your choice, drained:

Cannellini, kidney, chick peas, etc. Several handfuls any fresh greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, etc. Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

While pasta is boiling, heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook for a minute over low heat. Don’t let garlic brown. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and take a potato masher and mash the beans a bit. This makes a creamier sauce. Cook until pasta is done, about 15 minutes. Check for salt and pepper. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


The mitten tree at St. Gertrude School in Madeira. THANKS TO JEFF PLATE

St. Gertrude students lend warm ‘hand’ to others

In a true spirit of giving, Saint Gertrude School children and Saint Gertrude Parish Ladies of Charity teamed up to help others stay warm this winter. First-grade students decided to help those less fortunate by doing extra chores at home and, with their earnings, purchased

mittens and decorated their “Mitten Tree” with them. The students then presented the two boxes of new mittens to the Ladies of Charity, who will, in turn, present them to a local charity for those who need them for the remainder of the winter.



Gold and Silver Coins Selling for Highest Prices in Over 30 Years Due to Weak Economy and It’s Happening Right Here in Erlanger! By DAVID MORGAN STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If you’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit WWW.INTERNATIONALCOINCOLLECTORS.COM CE-0000491309

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St. Gertrude School hosts Jewish the 50th Christmas Pageant students can explore Israel travel at Jan. 8 fair Jewish students will be able to meet with many Israel trip providers and Jewish overnight camps at the Israel Travel and Jewish Overnight Camping Fair, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road, in Amberley Village. The fair is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Available trips run the gamut from recreational to educational, with many options in between. Trip providers represented include Young Judaea, BBYO, Oranim and MASA, as well as the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s JQuest trip, which enables teens from Cincinnati and Netanya to travel together in Israel, Berlin and Prague. Students can also apply for grants from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. All Cincinnati Jewish highschool students, ages 16 to 18, are eligible for Israel travel grants of up to

$6,500. Jewish overnight camping grants of up to $1,000 for four weeks or $500 for two weeks are also available. These grants can be applied to any of the trips and camps represented at the fair. While the fair is primarily targeted to high-school students interested in Israel travel and to all Cincinnati students interested in Jewish overnight camping, the entire community is invited to enjoy some Israeli food, music and culture and meet the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s current representatives from Israel, Community Shaliach (Emissary) Yair Cohen and the Chaverim M’Israel, Roni Zeller and Danielle Flicker. For more information on the Israel Travel and Jewish Overnight Camping Fair or the Jewish Foundation grants, call 985-1500 or visit travel.

There are wonderful treasures throughout the city of Madeira that bring wonderful notoriety to our community. There is the Centennial Criterium Bike Race, HeartChase, the Street Dance and Family Fest, just to name a few. There is another staple of Madeira and it just celebrated its 50th anniversary—the Saint Gertrude Christmas Pageant. The Christmas Pageant is moderated by eighthgrade faculty members Sister Gianna and Brian Suddendorf and conducted by Music Director Jim Gillum. It features nearly every student in the school who prepare for the event using the same script that was written by Sister Mary David, who was principal of Saint Gertrude School in 1961. The music and conclusion have changed over the years, but the story, tableaux and narration has remained constant. This year’s show, which took place Dec. 19, had a special feel to it. As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, all alumni who played a role—be it a shepherd who doubled as a light and sound technician, or a vocalist who performs a solo as the Archangel Gabriel—recent alumni were asked to stand and be recognized as part of the decade they were students at the school. Over 50 attendees—who are now parents, college graduates, or high school students—stood to the cheers of those in atten-

Students in almost all grade levels took to the choir loft and altar and donned costumes and sang Christmas songs to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the locally renowned Christmas Pageant. THANKS TO JEFF PLATE

Saint Gertrude School Principal, Sister Mary Aquinas welcomes alumni to the 50th Anniversary of the school's annual Christmas pageant. More than 50 former students of the school were on hand to witness the 2011 version of the Christmas story. THANKS TO JEFF PLATE dance. As mentioned, there have been changes in the music and cast at times, but the premise of telling the basic Christmas story, as told through the prophe-

cies, and wearing the same costumes that have been upgraded and restored over the years, has remained essentially the same. Eighth-grade students have the speaking

and solo singing roles while grades five, six and seven provide the “surround sound” choirs. They sing from the balcony and the altar and this tradition was started by Sister Mary Reginald, O.P. Second-grade students are traditionally the presents for Baby Jesus wearing Christmas bows and singing lullabies at His crib. The second-grade has this role because, in 1961, St. Gertrude School started with the second-grade. There are many wonderful traditions and events throughout the year in our community and Saint Gertrude is thrilled to be a small part of that at a very important time of the year. To learn more about St Gertrude’s School, go to

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RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church The church is at 5125 Drake Road; 561-4220;

Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church Confirmation class is 6 p.m. Wednesday. Book club is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Women’s AA is 7 p.m. Friday. The church is pastored by Rev. David Hawley and Rev. Anne Wrider. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

Ascension Lutheran Church

The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Bethel Baptist Temple

The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies.

ABOUT RELIGION ITEMS The Community Press welcomes news about a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation or any special activity that is open to the public. Deadline: Two weeks before publication date E-mail: with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Children’s weekday program is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. A six-week study of “ Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling with Questions People Ask” starts from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 11. Call the church to register. New small groups starting in January are “Beat the Winter Blues Workshop” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 24; “Exploring World Religions from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 12-Feb. 16, and Lenten Study “Examining our Stuff” at various times and dates. Call the church to register. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

A Kid-friendly event to celebrate Epiphany is planned for Friday, Jan. 6. A sloppy joe and hot dog dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by fellowship and a worship service with participation by the children. The story of the wise men coming to visit the baby Jesus will be told and the children will bring their offering boxes to the altar. The community is invited. Call 793-3288 for more information. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is

Horizon Community Church

The church offers new service times at 8:50 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has a reputation for bringing world-class musicians to the Queen City with its annual Organ Concert Series. This year marks the eighth season. The concert series will continue Jan. 29 with Canadian-born organist Michael Unger, who is completing doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. The final concert of the season will be April 22, featuring Douglas Cleveland, organ professor at the University of Washington and director of music at Plymouth Church in Seattle. All concerts begin promptly at 4 p.m. with doors opening no later than 3 p.m. The series has attracted standing room only audiences. The concerts are free and open to the public. There is a reception following each

concert to meet the artist. There is a reception following each concert to meet the artist. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

and Sunday School classes. The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12thgrade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;; and on Facebook.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Loveland United Methodist Church

Weekly watercolor classes for beginners are being offered starting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Cost is $8 per session at the church. Call Mary Lou DeMar for information at 891-5946. The church offers adult bible study at 9 a.m. on Sunday, a teen Sunday school class and a per-kindergarten program during worship service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. A buffet luncheon follows. Join us for an inspirational time of worship and fellowship. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Knox Presbyterian Church

The church celebrates one combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, immediately followed by the popular “Lemonade on the Lawn” fellowship time. All are welcomed to attend. Child care will be provided. The church is at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; 321-2573;

Loveland Presbyterian Church Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes

Church of God of Prophecy

Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Classes begin 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road.

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The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

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New arts program at Stepping Stones Artist David Laug is leading the new arts program at Stepping Stones Center, which serves approximately 1,000 children and adults with disabilities. PROVIDED BY PEGGY KREIMER

7967 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester Ohio 45069 •

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ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Community HU Song 10 am

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Sunday Services

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001


Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon


Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-8020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy



Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

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Building Homes Relationships & Families Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

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CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff 513-474-1428 •


8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Walking Through The Darkness: Why Does God Allow Suffering?" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am


FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street (Newtown)


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister

Nursery Care Provided Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

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Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith

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Stepping Stones Center is bringing the world of art to its students with a new program. Stepping Stones Center has created a new arts program, which is being led by artist David Laug. Laug will be traveling between the center’s Indian Hill and Batavia locations leading the arts programming for all of Stepping Stone’ programs, bringing art experiences to preschoolers, to elementary and secondary students in the Step-Up autism education program and to participants in the Adult Services program. During the summer, he will work with children in the Day Camp program. “When you have major physical or mental challenges a lot of your focus is on getting through the day. People need new experiences and it’s my job to provide them,” Laug said. He wants to expand experiences beyond Stepping Stones’ walls and is working with local schools to bring Stepping Stones’ participants to concerts and performances.

Stepping Stones participant Nathan Obermark, in foreground, adds purple to a class painting with the help of Adult Services staff member Marty Browne. PROVIDED BY PEGGY KREIMER

Playhouse in the Park is bringing performers to Stepping Stones in 2012. And Laug plans to continue Stepping Stones’ association with Miami University’s theater department, which has brought international performers to Stepping Stones in the past. “I try to focus on the five senses – seeing, hearing, touching, taste, smell,” he said. “If we’re doing something on Latin rhythms I

might bring in candy from Mexico or talk about how tacos taste.” Stepping Stones serves approximately 1,000 children and adults with disabilities in programs including preschool, autism education, overnight respite, adult services, summer day and overnight camps and Saturday Kids Club.

Community chorus seeks new members

Are you wanting to sing for fun? Then join the Jubilant Singers Adult Community Chorus. The chorus is searching for new members of all voice parts soprano, alto and especially tenor and bass. No audition is required; just attend the first rehearsal at 7:15 p.m. Tues-

day, Jan. 10, at the Church of Saviour, 8005 Pfeiffer Road in Montgomery. There will be two performances at the end of April/beginning of May times and places TBA. Questions or interested in joining contact Shannon Alter, artistic director, at

Best-selling musician set to perform Feb. 3 at local church Tim Janis, composer, musician, conductor and arranger of modern and classical music, will present an evening of music at Good Shepherd Catholic Church to benefit the parish’s “Honduras Project,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Selections by the Good Shepherd Choir will be part of the program. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. Good Shepherd is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio

45249. Janis is donating his time and talent in support of the Good Shepherd “Honduras Project.” Tickets to the concert and reception are $35 and may be purchased now at the Good Shepherd parish office or by phone at 513489-8815. You can also visit the parish website at for more information or directions to the parish.

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Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

Tim Janis, composer, musician, conductor and arranger of modern and classical music, will present an evening of music at Good Shepherd Catholic Church to benefit the parish's "Honduras Project," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. PROVIDED


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