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HAT TRICK Three Indian Hill girls soccer players signed letters of intent to play Division I college soccer. Full story, A4.


Historical society presents G-Man talk FBI has a special place in our history By Jeanne Houck

INDIAN HILL — Quick: Which agency’s motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity”? While the first letters of the motto’s words are not the official basis of the agency’s acronym, they couldn’t give you a bigger hint. It’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and it will be the subject of a presentation sponsored by the Indian Hill Historical Society 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb.17, at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Given Road in

Indian Hill. While the historical society might be more commonly associated with old-timey people and places such as pioneers and the Drake Road landmarks of the old Armstrong Chapel or the James Drake House, the keepers of Indian Hill’s historical flame believe the FBI has a special place in the area’s past – and future. Rob Warfel, a graduate of Indian Hill High School and a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s Cincinnati field office, will present “Today’s FBI: A Cincinnati’s Agent’s Perspective.” The FBI’s Cincinnati field office – which operated in downtown Cincinnati until it moved

last June into a new building off Montgomery Road in Sycamore Township – is making history this year by celebrating 100 years of service. Warfel will give an overview of the FBI and discuss his work on a hazardous-materials response team and a terrorism task force, becoming an expert in weapons of mass destruction – all in Chicago. He’ll talk about being deployed to Afghanistan and Botswana, and, in 2011, being transferred to the Cincinnati field office, where he was named complex financial crimes coordinator and is investigating public corruption, civil-rights violations, health-care fraud and anti-trust crimes.

“The program will give an insider’s view of the FBI with an Indian Hill perspective,” said Rosemary Welsh, vice president of the Indian Hill Historical Society. Call 891-1873 or email for reservations to the event by Thursday, Feb. 14. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members and includes dinner. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit Get regular Indian Hill updates by signing up for our email newslettet. Visit

Rob Warfel, a graduate of Indian Hill High School and a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s Cincinnati field office, will present “Today’s FBI: A Cincinnati’s Agent’s Perspective.”


Students design city of the future By Forrest Sellers

Several Indian Hill Middle School students have developed a city for the future. Cincinnati to be exact. The sixth-grade team of Joe Oakes, Jessica Silver and Graham Wyler received honorable mention for “Best Architectural Model” in a recent Future City Competition in Columbus. They are members of the school’s Future City Club organized by sixth-grade teacher Amanda Sopko. “I thought building the actual city was the funnest part,” said Silver. Students participating in the club, which began this school year, learned about city infrastructure, maintenance of utilities and even the financial aspects of running a city. The students named their future Cincinnati “Sevarb,” in recognition of the district’s “Braves” theme. The name is Braves spelled backward. The theme of this year’s Future City Competition was “Rethinking Runoff.” Wyler said the city had to incorporate ways to deal with rainwater runoff as well as creative ways to handle sewage. For example, Wyler said he and his teammates came up with a “flushing” system that would involve using less water. Oakes said it took he and his teammates about a month to create the city, which was made from a variety of materials ranging from computer parts to plastic jugs. “We learned how to problem solve and work together,’ said Oakes about the experience.

By Forrest Sellers

A recent performance of “The Iliad” brought Greek culture alive. Fifth-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School are studying Greece in preparation for The National Mythology Test. To help make the experience event more meaningful the students staged a production of “The Iliad.” “I loved the fighting scenes,” said fifth-grader Miles Longevin, who portrayed Achilles. “It was a lot more fun than just reading the book. “You get to feel their emotions.” This is the third year the students have staged “The Iliad” with the assistance of social studies teacher Beth Langenbahn. “It’s got great themes,” said Langenbahn. “Lust. Love. Honor. Betrayal. Good versus evil.” Performing the play in addition to studying the literary works helps the student understand the material better, she said. “It makes it much more real.” Fifth-grader Josh Nixon, who played Hector, agreed. “It helped me think what it would be like back in that time,” he said. For more photos, please see page A3.

Portraying Greek deities in a production of “The Iliad,” fifth-grader Naima Miller, left, of Golf Manor, gives classmate Lilly Reisenfeld, of Loveland, enchanted armor. Fifth-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School recently performed the play as part of a study of Greek culture. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Chocolate covered cherries are amazingly easy to make and look stunning in a heart-shaped box. Full story, B3

A half dozen children recently slapped together PB & J sandwiches at Indian Hill Church. Full story, A2

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Emeric McClure, 5, of Sycamore Township, gears up the grape jelly. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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INDIAN HILL — Asked what the secret is for making the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 9-year-old Sydney Poffenberger answered without hesitation. “Peanut butter and jelly.” The Indian Hill girl was among some half dozen children recently slapping together PB & J sandwiches at Indian Hill Church on Drake Road. That’s because the church is sponsoring a collection that has nothing to do with passing baskets pew to pew to collect church tithes. Indian Hill Church is

collecting peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches to donate to the Inter Parish Ministry on Debolt Road in Newtown this Lent, which begins Wednesday, Feb. 13. Church members are calling the project the “Peanut Butter and Jelly Collection,” and hope to involve the entire community. Why the focus on peanut butter and jelly? Chuck Swanson, manager of Inter Parish Ministry’s pantry operations, said nearly every family the pantry serves chooses that sandwich. Swanson also said the pantry usually serves an average of 360 families a month, but served 450 families in January.

Allison McClure, 6, of Sycamore Township, shows how it's done. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Members of Indian Hill Church are being asked to bring a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly to church each week

of Lent. Marilyn Hyland of Indian Hill, chairwoman of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Collection, invites everyone to stop by the church with donations of peanut butter and jelly. “For the six weeks of Lent when you do your grocery shopping please choose or have your children choose a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly as part of caring and sharing for the children of the Inter Parish Ministry,” said Jennifer Taylor of Indian Hill, director of children and family ministries at the church. Said the Rev. Anne Wrider, “This really is an expression of commitment to the children of our wider community.”

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Fifth-graders Cameron Kuhlman, left, of Montgomery, and Samuel Mota, of College Hill, wait to appear on stage.


The actors show their enthusiasm as they prepare for a voyage to Troy. A masked Jack Crowley, left, of Glendale, talks with Jordan Perry, of Milford. Both are fifth-graders.

Cincinnati Country Day School fifth-graders recently staged a production of Homer’s “The Iliad.” The students are currently studying Greek culture in preparation for the National Mythology Exam. Performing the play made the experience more real, said social studies teacher Beth Langenbahn.

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Fifth-grader T.J. Moorman, of Hamilton, wields a lightning bolt as Zeus.

Fifth-graders Manav Patel, left, of Blue Ash, and Josh Nixon, of Indian Hill, cross swords.

Playing the roles of Greek characters Jack Garboden, left, of Loveland, Zach Potter, of Blue Ash, and Will Beyreis, of Loveland, discuss plans to invade Troy and rescue Helen. They are all fifth-graders.

Representing the royal family of Troy are fifth-graders Melissa Bornovali, left, of Loveland, Jay Bhati, of Indian Hill, Will Sommer, of Clarksville, and Grace Naber, of Montgomery.

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CCD relays stay on track at sectionals By Nick Dudukovich

INDIAN HILL — A core of seniors helped propel Cincinnati Country Day’s relay teams to the Division II district meet last season. With some key swimmers graduating, the Indians looked like the relays could go through a rebuilding period. Instead, the current squad is picking up where last year’s team left off. With strong showings at the Division II sectional meet, Feb. 8, the 200 and 400 freestyle teams punched their tickets for districts. The performances come on the heels of respective secondand third-place finishes at the Miami Valley Conference championships, Feb. 2. The effort helped CCD win its 10th league title since the 2001-2002 season. Sophomore Alex Maier, the only returning swimmer from last year’s district qualifying relay teams, didn’t initially anticipate this type of success in the team events. “I knew we had some good swimmers on the team, that


could post fast times, but I didn’t think we were going to do as well as we did at the beginning of the season. We’ve ended up doing a phenomenal job,” he said. The sectional 400 freestyle team of Maier, Taylor Maier, Alexandre Cabello and Malcolm Doepke moved on by finishing fourth. Cabello played a vital role in helping CCD secure the team championship at the league meet. He also lived to swim another day in the 100 breaststroke by finishing sixth at sectionals. He won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke to help boost the Indians’ point total. “He’s, by far, one of the fastest kids on our team,” he said. “If you ever watch him swim and see how fast he kicks, it’s just incredible.” By securing a district berth, Maier, who also qualified in the 50 freestyle, accomplished one more season goal. “It was my goal last year to make it districts and it was my goal again,” he said. The district championships commence Feb. 4 at Miami University. The St. Columban sixth grade girls A team goes undefeated for two years in a row. This year, the team won its league and the CYO City Tournament. In front, from left, are Elizabeth Nelson, Tori Luckhaupt and Siena DiCari. In back are Rachel Wiehe, Allie Scholz, Emma Shaffer, Rebecca Kemper and Christina Poole. Coaches are Kirsten Shaffer and John Nelson. THANKS TO KIRSTEN SHAFFER

Signing to play women's soccer on Feb. 6 from Indian Hill were (left to right) Rachael Ballish, Belmont University; Liz Slattery, Florida and Taylor Jackson, Miami University. THANKS TO INDIAN HILL HIGH SCHOOL

IH girls score collegiate hat trick By Ben Walpole

INDIAN HILL — National Signing Day at Indian Hill High School was the culmination of years of hard work, practice, competition, blood, sweat, tears ... and maybe a little bit of notebook paper. “Me and my mom had to make a chart of all the pros and cons,” said Taylor Jackson, one of three Indian Hill senior girls soccer players who signed letters of intent to play Division I college soccer, Wednesday, Feb. 6. Jackson’s chart helped her decide on Miami University. “That seemed like the only way,” Jackson said, laughing. “I tried to think about it in my head, but I needed to see it on paper.” Jackson said she liked the school’s location (far enough from home, but not too far), as well as the team’s coaches and players. Liz Slattery, meanwhile, didn’t need a chart as much as some fortuitous timing. She was leaning toward a commitment to the University of Day-

ton last year, when coaches from the University of Florida saw her play well in a tournament. “They were actually there to see a player on the other team, but I guess they liked me,” Slattery said. The next thing she knew she had an offer from the Southeastern Conference power. Slattery verbally committed to the Gators last spring. It wasn’t a tough sell. Florida has earned NCAA tournament berths in each of the last10 seasons and has connections to another local high school soccer star - Heather Mitts won a national title there in 1998. “Their style, their formations, their quick-possession passes. That’s the way I like to play,” Slattery said. “I’m just excited to go to such a great program.” Rachael Ballish narrowed her college choices down to a handful, including Elon University, the University of Richmond, Belmont University, and Miami University. It was an academic program - nursing - that convinced her to choose Belmont.

The fact that Belmont is located in the middle of Nashville, Tenn., didn’t hurt either. “When I first walked on campus, I just fell in love with the atmosphere,” Ballish said. “I’m just excited for all of us and what is to come.” Together, this senior class went 66-12-10 in four years, won four sectional titles, four district titles and twice reached the Division II state semifinals (2010 and 2012). Indian Hill head coach Amy Dunlap credited the girls’ dedication and passion as much as their talent. “I’m just proud of them,” said Indian Hill head coach Amy Dunlap. “For them, it’s a dream come true. They set the bar extremely high, and the younger players have just fed into their work rate.” Ballish, Jackson and Slattery talked about how meaningful their IH experience was to their soccer careers. “I think what made us so special was that we truly loved each other so much,” Jackson said. “I’ve never been on a team that had so much team chemistry.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

Boys basketball

» Moeller beat Wilmington 51-40 on Feb. 2 as senior Josh Davenport had 17 points. Davenport led Moeller to a 48-47 win over St. Xavier on Feb. 8 with a buzzer-beating three-pointer. » Indian Hill beat Mariemont 44-43 on a runner by senior Jon Griggs on Feb. 5. Junior Lucas Gould led the Braves with 16 points. » CCD beat New Miami, 7849, Feb. 1. Matt Walton scored 19 points. The Indians beat CHCA, 53-39, Feb. 8. Wyatt Fletcher scored 15. » CHCA beat St. Bernard, 4741, Feb. 1. Adam Chappelle scored 25 points.

Girls basketball

» Senior forward Cassie Sachs recorded a career-high 37 points and 19 rebounds to lead CCD past CHCA 54-41, Feb. 6. She was 16 for 25 from the field and recorded her 10th consecutive double-double. » Ursuline beat Seton, 52-37, Feb. 5. Senior Lynn Valentine had 15 points.

Swimming and diving

» Indian Hill’s boys were third at the CHL meet Feb. 3. The Braves won the 200 medley relay. Individually, sophomore Sam Vester won the 100 freestyle. » Indian Hill’s girls won the CHL meet on Feb. 3. Senior Alexandra Tracy was named Swimmer of the Year. The Lady Braves took the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Individually, Tracy won the 100 butterfly and 50 free. Senior Rachel McGoff won the 200 individual medley and the 100 free. Also, freshman Elizabeth Drerup won the 100 backstroke and sophomore Katherine Arnold was the diving champion. » Alexandre Cabello was named MVC Swimmer of the Year as CCD won the league meet Feb. 2. Individual winners included Cabello (200 IM 100 breast), Malcom Doepke (500 free). » CCD’s Allie Wooden was named Swimmer of the year at MVC Championship Feb. 2. She won the 200 free and 400 free events. CCD also took first in the 400 freestyle relay. The sectional swimming and diving meets commenced Feb. 4-9 at Keating Natatorium and Mason High School. The following individuals advanced to dis-

tricts: » Indian Hill girls were sectional champs. Advancing were the girls 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay; Cassie Wegryn, diving; Kathrerine Arnold, diving; Kara Korengel, diving; Sarah Vester, 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Bridget Pavlick, 200 and 500 freestyle; Avery Pearson, 200 and 500 freestyle; Rachel McGoff, 200 IM and 100 freestyle; Katherine Anning, 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Grace Stimson, 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Alexandra Tracy, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Elizabeth Drerup, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Devin Landstra, 50 freestyle; Delaney Smith, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Connie Yin, 100 butterfly;Indian Hill boys 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay; Will Dowling, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Jack Dowling 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Sam Vester 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Drew Rice 100 back stroke and 100 butterfly; Noah Brackenbury 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. » Moeller: 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay; Kyle Johnson, 200 IM; Greg Nymberg, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Dan Nymberg, 100 breaststroke and 200 IM; Jacob Peloquin, 50 freestyle and 100

butterfly; Eric Scott, 50 and 100 freestyle; Kyle Smith, 50 and 100 freestyle; Noah Worobetz, 200 freestyle; Tony Worobetz, 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Kevin George, 200 and 500 freestyle; Fritz Josephson, 200 and 500 freestyle; Charlie Braun, 100 breaststroke; Chris Asgian, 100 butterfly; Bryan Kimutis, 500 freestyle and 200 IM. » Ursuline: 1-meter diving, Kelly Kaes; 50 free, Temarie Tomley; 100 free, Tomley, Alisabeth Marsteller, Sarah Jenkins; 200 free, Abby Wu, Allie Wade, Becca Nissen, Alex George; 500 free, Maddie Nurre, Allie Wade, Emma Siegel, George, Christine Van Kirk; 100 back, Emily Slabe, Wu, Abby Pitner; 100 breast, Bridget Blood, Taylor Woellert, Gabrielle Young, Van Kirk; 100 fly, Slabe, Young, Lea Schwietert; 200 IM, Blood, Marsteller; 200 IM, Schwietert; Relays, 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley. » CCD: 50 free, Alex Maier, Avery Maier; 100 free, Allie Wooden, Celia MacRae, Av. Maier; 200 free, Malcom Doepke, Wooden; 500 free, Doepke; 100 breast Alexandre Cabello; Boys 200 free, 400 free, Girls relays, 200 free, 400 free. » CHCA: 100 fly, Kendall Hart, Caroline Hughes; 100 back, Hughes; Girls relays, 200 free, 400 free, 200 IM.


» Moeller won the Greater Catholic League championship on Feb. 2. Champions were sophomore Conner Ziegler at 113 pounds, freshman Jacoby Ward at 120, sophomore Connor Borton at 126, senior Andrew Mendel at 132, senior Wyatt Wilson at 152, junior Dakota Sizemore at 160, junior Dean Meyer at 170, junior Quinton Rosser at 182, junior Jerry Thornberry at 195, junior Chalmer Frueauf at 220 and junior Max Swoboda at 285. Junior Johnathon Tallarigo was runner-up at 138. The Crusaders won the Division I, Region 8 team championship over St. Xavier Feb. 6. Winning for Moeller were senior Will Kruspe at 106, senior Andrew Buschbacher at 113, sophomore Ziegler at 120, senior Mendel at 132, junior Campbell Morton at 145, junior Austin Wesley at 152, senior Wyatt Wilson at 160, junior Sizemore at 170, junior Rosser at 182, junior Thornberry at 195, junior Frueauf at 220 and junior Swoboda at 285.


» Moeller beat Upper Arlington 4-1on Feb. 2. Jake Fessel had the hat trick for the Crusaders. On Feb. 7, Moeller beat St. Charles 3-2.



Lions lay it on the line By Scott Springer

NEWTOWN — Basketball is a numbers game. You have three seconds in the paint, five seconds to do something with the ball and from one to three points for a ball shot properly into the goal. You can only play five at a time. If the five are seniors, odds are you have a veteran, disciplined squad. Conversely, if you’re a small school like Miami Valley Christian Academy and many of your seniors have graduated; numbers aren’t always in your favor. MVCA coach Pat Pugh is experiencing such “growing pains” this season. Without a large boys enrollment, these Lions aren’t quite “Kings” yet. “It’s taken us a little bit to figure each other out,” Pugh said. “We are so young. I went from having four seniors last year to eight freshmen this year.” Heading into the postseason, MVCA also faced a challenging schedule that featured several teams they had already lost to early in the season. The Lions have had some wins and a few fairly close games against SCPA, Riverview East and Gamble Montessori. Of the Lions eight frosh, five play significant min-

Gavin Carson of MVCA grabs a rebound and looks to push the ball up court during the Lions’ game at Gamble Montessori Jan. 22. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

utes. “I’ve got Malique Ward as a sophomore and two juniors,” Pugh said. “Those young guys have to give me minutes.” The freshmen face the difficult task of playing two quarters in the junior varsity game, then another two to three in the varsity contest. There’s also the speed transition of going from middle school to high school play. Ward is MVCA’s top returning scorer and defender. He has had to adapt from being a role player to a “go-to guy”. “Malique is learning and he’s growing,” Pugh said. “Last year, he didn’t have any pressure on him with four seniors. He

didn’t have the pressure of doing all the scoring and all of the ballhandling.” More floor leadership comes from junior Gavin Carson. The 6-foot-3 forward missed some early games from a football injury, but has played in Pugh’s system since he was a freshman. His brother, Jamie, also starts and is working on adding other dimensions to his game. “Jamie is a pure shooter,” Pugh said. “He was like a deer in the headlights when the season started. Now, he’s trying to take his game to another level and not just be a good spot-up shooter.” Also from the football team is junior Layne Cherry. The transfer from Bethel-Tate can help Maique Ward with ballhandling when healthy. “He’s been hurt also from a lingering football injury,” Pugh said. “If we can get him back tournament time, he’ll be a great help for us.” Pugh’s goal with this squad has been to ignore the scoreboard at times and work on improving. MVCA’s “cubs” will grow and their coach is looking forward to it. MVCA plays in the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association tournament beginning Feb. 16.


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Don’t allow government to kill I guess I am surprised. Over the last month I have heard so many people, from the president to the NRA talk about our precious Constitutional rights with regard to guns. And yet, when the president’s office acknowledges that it is the judge, jury and executioner when it comes to drones killing U.S. citizens the same groups remain silent about our right to due process. Where are we going? And why am I in this hand basket? Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to complain about the use of force on terrorists. But I am going tell you one thing about having 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. sanction the murder of U.S. citizens. If we allow this we are on a slippery


slope that will have us falling for a long time to come. First let me ask what stops other governments from using the same vague criteria the White House uses, to execute our

citizens? The argument about “what’s good for the goose” comes to mind. Certainly, if other governments use the same mushy criteria and execute our citizens accordingly, we can – and will – say nothing, because we cannot refute the “logic” that we ourselves use.

Secondly, it used to be that if you were a traitor to this country a court had to prove that. Mr. Obama has decided that this is not their decision, but the decision of some faceless person who feeds information to the White House, who then judges and carries out the sentence. With this untested precedent we have, for now, given that power to the executive branch. Personally, I can’t see any difference between this and the KGB deciding to kill Soviet citizens’ abroad based on secret information, sanctioned by the highest levels of Soviet government. We used to think such acts an outrageous affront to freedom when they happened.

What is our moral outrage now? How soon will it be before U.S. citizens who harbor different ideas are deemed “dangerous” by a secret, faceless, government bureaucrat and eliminated here OR abroad? Finally, I am reminded of the words of the great writer Eli Wiesel at my graduation from university: “If you see someone committing a crime and you say nothing you are as guilty as the one pulling the trigger.” We are witnessing our government decide that it can define which of us deserves to die, and then carrying out the execution, based on “the best information available” – whatever that is. I have always argued with

those that take the facile argument that dictators were justified in killing because they achieved, say, economic growth or stability, that such an argument is easy – unless your own daughter was tortured and killed. Then, suddenly, the price is too high. If we permit this, say nothing, then we are guilty of permitting our government to decide which of us it kills and why. That’s no way to run a democracy, and it is an affront to the constitution that affects every single one of us. Shame on us if we justify this as the price of war on … anything. Bruce Healey is an Indian Hill resident.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Jennifer Dudley Arbaugh with Madeira Indian Hill Joint Fire District members, left to right, Pat McCall, Frank Fazzio, Mike Hoying, Greg Lang, Lee Reiser, (kneeling) Drew Foppe and Mike Benedic.

An open letter to fire department “What’s that smell?” I screamed to my husband from the kitchen. We were packing up our Indian hill home. The closing was upon us. A week away. “I don’t smell anything.” He replied from the front hall. I could hear the sound of frustration in his Jennifer D. voice as he Arbaugh struggled with COMMUNITY PRESS a large moving GUEST COLUMNIST box. We decided to do the heavy lifting on our own. Call it pride or, in retrospect insanity. “I smell it too,” our son called from the den. He rose with one motion from his chair and headed to the closed door leading to the finished basement. As the door swung open heavy smoke smacked him in the face. “I think there’s a fire in the basement!” My mind froze, but my fingers instinctively dialed 5617000 for the Rangers. Two rings, … they picked up. Whew. Always there. “Hi, it’s Jennifer. I think the house is on fire.” My voice was unusually calm. Despite the dramatic turn of events, I glanced at the clock and noted the time. Eternal seconds yet within minutes, two Ranger squad cars pulled onto the street/ 3 plus after, sirens blaring, Indian Hill, Madeira red trucks roared onto our newly repaved gravel drive (natch, for prospective buyers.) Our finest in full attire jumped off their vehicles in one motion. Enormous shoes, hoses and gas masks, commanding “get out of the way and outside immediately for your safety.” So, there we were. The Griswolds. Safe. In front of our

perfectly staged, dumbed won, whitewashed verison of our formerly elegant, yet comfy house. Waiting for it to go up in flames. How surreal. Or unreal. This was MY house. The one I desired from the moment I walked into the hallway, looked through the bowed dining windows and gazed at the garden and pool. I was smitten. Infected with her great bones and charm. Mine to captivate and recreate. Standing in my bare feet with my Labrador puppy at my side, a tiny voice whispered “maybe fate should have a last dance. Perhaps it should burn. I don’t want anyone else living here. The desire flew out and I flushed the selfish dreams away. A young couple and their two children were about to move in. A fourth generation will be raised here, as mine. I had to set my mind to them and the outcome of destruction taking place inside. The luck gods were on our side. A sump pump in the crawl space downstairs was accidentally tripped. It began to flame and caused a great deal of smoke damage . The next three days the house buzzed with cleaning crews as each room cleared. As we stood, on our last day, the late afternoon sun magnified through the room. The house. The one that became our home was stunning in the simplicity of her emptiness. We smiled, a last glance and silently departed. Leaving behind a legacy and memories to share. Jennifer Dudley Arbaugh is a former resident of Indian Hill.



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How does Greater Cincinnati Airport’s announcement that a low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, will be operating from the airport affect you? Are you more or less likely to fly from CVG as opposed to another regional airport?

“I have been retired from IBM for 21 years, and have flown out of our airport maybe once or twice since then. So my view is not as important as someone who still flies regularly. “Having said that, however, I have seen media discussion about the concern over Frontier's initial low rates, which probably will adversely affect Delta Airlines' operating profits. Some of that discussion speculates that it may even cause Delta to leave, and when Frontier is left without competition it may well raise its rates. “One of the few benefits of getting old is that I don't have to travel on business any more, so this situation will not affect me directly.” Bill B.

“That depends on the cost of the new carrier's tickets. So far, by reputation, CVG has been very costly to fly out of compared to Dayton or Indianapolis, mainly due to their low operating and overhead costs of what CVG has. “I have flown out of Dayton in the past for almost one-half to one-third the cost of CVG, get onto a plane which takes me to CVG and I make the connecting flight from there. I don't see the logic of CVG.” O.H.R.

“Frontier will be another source to check on flights and fares. We often fly out of CVG to LA and have in the past found good deals on both Delta and American Airlines. “Delta provides a direct flight on some days where AA usually has one to two stops prior to LA. “Understand that Frontier will have to stop in Denver so this might not be as beneficial in cost as a direct flight. Time and cost will tell and make some future decisions on flight providers.” D.J.

“I'm not a regular airline user but I am glad to see some

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competition come to CVG. Frontier's arrival proves once and for all that Delta was making excessive profits. Sad to say, that's what most businesses do in the absence of competition.” R.V.

“Frontier coming into CVG is great news! Hope other carriers are soon to follow. Already bought very affordable tickets to go to Denver this summer.” J.R.B.

“I will definitely try to fly from CVG using Frontier. Here's hoping they can make it!” J.G.

“Greater Cincinnatians don't enjoy driving 100+ miles north, south or west to find affordable air travel. For the past nearly 30 years it's been a way of life thanks to the stranglehold of Delta Airlines on CVG. “Competition is a wonderful thing, I welcome Frontier and look forward to the 25-mile drive. I wish them success.” D.J.H.

“Darn tootin ! Except when I use frequent flyer points I and my wife always use Dayton or Louisville. Over the years we have saved thousands of big dollars spending a little extra on gas. Well worth it.

“However, since CVG is a cash cow for Delta, it's just a question of time before they manage to run Frontier out of town by lowering prices on the same routes temporarily to make it unprofitable for them. Sound familiar?” J.Z.

“CVG has never recovered from Delta's bizarre pricing scheme (which made it $150 cheaper to drive to Louisville and get on a plane which then landed and took off again in Cincinnati, than getting on the same plane in Cincinnati (Northern Kentucky). “It is still a lot cheaper to fly anywhere from Dayton, Columbus, or Louisville than to fly from CVG, and all the other airlines reflect the Delta pricing, not the cost of the trip. It is one of several important drags on our economy. “It may not be cheap enough to justify driving to the other airports, but I always try to compare, and it is usually worth it to me to go to Dayton. “The airlines were supposed to have fixed this several years ago, but it hasn't happened. Maybe Frontier will do the job, but I will continue comparing prices for a long time to come.” N.F.

“Price will continue to be the primary consideration where we originate our air travel. Since most of it involves East Coast destinations and Chicago, the announcement has little immediate effect. “However, the arrival of Frontier is a very positive step forward in improving air service at CVG. Frontier is a relatively well-run airline. T.J.

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Teruko Nesbitt has opened the Hanamiya Beautiful Japan gift shop in the historic Weller House on Cooper Road in Montgomery. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


MONTGOMERY — Teruko Nesbitt knew she wanted to sell beautiful goods from her native Japan, but was afraid she would not find the right building to showcase her wares. Afraid, that is, until she learned the historic Weller House at 7795 Cooper Road in Montgomery was available. In December, Nesbitt opened Hanamiya Beautiful Japan gift shop in the c. 1807 saltbox building, which is a designated Montgomery landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “I always wanted a place to sell beautiful things from Japan to people here, but without this place it might not have happened,” Nesbitt said. “The shop is in one of the landmark old houses, which I believe is a perfect setting to sell Japanese traditional items and hopefully to introduce Japanese culture to the people in this community.” Nesbitt believes Hanamiya Beautiful Japan is unique in the United States. “I sell Japanese high-end porcelain pottery, wrapping cloth and accessories,” Nesbitt said. “The products offered by Hanamiya include porcelain made by the finest porcelain manufacturers in Japan. “All of the products that you find on our website ( are made in Japan and have been hand-selected for the Hanamiya eShop,” Nesbitt said.

Nesbitt was born and reared in Japan, mostly in the Kobe area. She came to the Cincinnati area in 1997 to marry Dan Nesbitt. Teruko Nesbitt retired last October from P&G, where she worked 22 years as an executive secretary – the last five years in the legal department, filing patents and helping attorneys. She and her husband have lived in Montgomery for 15 years. They love the city, Teruko Nesbitt said, and had hoped she could open her gift shop there. “The city council and staff are very pleased to see Teruko’s business move into Montgomery, along with a number of other new businesses,” said Montgomery City Councilwoman Gerri Harbison. “We feel this proves Montgomery is a great place to locate a business and we welcome the opportunity to work with other businesses to continue to build a thriving community.” Hanamiya Beautiful Japan is open 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Saturday. Anyone who buys wrapping cloth can get a free class on how to use it. Nesbitt also hopes to sponsor origami – the Japanese art of paper folding – workshops for beginners from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, starting Feb. 9. Cost is $15, which includes origami papers. Call 891-8738 or email for more information.

Teruko Nesbitt stands among her colorful inventory of Japanese-made gifts. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Hanamiya Beautiful Japan on Cooper Road. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Hanamiya Beautiful Japan is in the Weller House in Montgomery, which is a designated Montgomery landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Fluid style of Hatha Yoga incorporates elements of Ashtanga yoga in an inspiring, heat-producing workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

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Art Exhibits

Acoustic Open Mic, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 7912753. Symmes Township.

Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Showcasing last year’s best paintings on paper and canvas by the Brush and Palette Painters. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Education Email Basics: Using Email, 1-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Lesson covers: replying to and forwarding messages, sending an email to multiple recipients, up- and downloading attachments, managing and organizing folders and creating contact lists. Free. Registration required. 369-4450; Deer Park.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; Madisonville. Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Unique hands-­off bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Run the gamut of strength, endurance and heartpumping drills. Recommended for intermediate to advanced clients only. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Learn to safely work with your limitations and enjoy exercising your body. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. 2908217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio is having its Valentine's Day Dance Extravaganza from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 9729 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served while a group class, dance demonstrations and more with certified instructors are offered. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 791-9100, or visit FILE PHOTO women. Ages 18 and up. Ages 18 and up. 248-8656; Loveland.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

Josh Sneed, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $10-$16. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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Valentine’s Day Dance Extravaganza, 8-10 p.m., Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 9729 Kenwood Road, Wine, hors d’oeuvres, group class, dance demonstrations and more. With certified instructors. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 791-9100; Blue Ash.

Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. Through Feb. 23. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Dining Events St. Gertrude Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Also presented by Knights of Columbus. Dine-in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich or cheese pizza plus two sides, beverage and dessert. $8, $6 children. 652-3477; Madeira.

Exercise Classes Camp Crush, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.


On Stage - Comedy

Health / Wellness

Josh Sneed, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10-$16. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Pure Romance Warehouse Sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Pure Romance, 161 Commerce Blvd., Sale of romance- and relationship-enhancement products. Specialty bundles for your sweetie will be available for purchase. Open to men and

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Music - Benefits Christian Howes, 7:30 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, World-renowned jazz violinist. Benefits Sycamore High School’s band and orchestra program. $10. 686-1770;

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Brothers McClurg, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Sanctuary. Touring sixmember Christian band from Buffalo. Free. 891-8181; Madeira.


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The Travelling Jekyll and Hyde Show, 6:30-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Gym. Story of a tiny touring theater attempting to tell story of infamous scientist who learns to split his good side from his evil one. Free. Reservations required. 745-8550. Blue Ash.

Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 1-3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Touching and humorous documentary, “Life in Stills,” two generations collide while they take on politicians at city hall. Accompanying short: “Advice and Dissent,” about couple who disagrees about having a child. With special guest, Udi Ben Seadia, Israeli writer and director. Ages 18 and up. Per showing: $10, $8 members. Festival pass: $75, $65 members. 7617500; filmfestival. Amberley Village.

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Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Education The Abiding Image: Poetry as Self Discovery with Cathy Smith Bowers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Workshop for beginning and experienced poets to explore rich sources of creative material that belong to each of us: dreams, family stories and memories both known and unknown to conscious mind. $60, includes lunch. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Health / Wellness MELT Hand and Foot Treatment, 11 a.m.-noon, Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Simple self-treatment can make your whole body feel better and provide relief from neck and low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Ages 18 and up. $50. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Let’s Have Some Applause for Menopause: Seminar and Panel Discussion, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Inspirational seminar on how to more naturally

manage menopausal symptoms. Lunch and medicine walk included. Speakers: Stefanie Stevenson, medical doctor; Cathy Rosenbaum, holistic doctor of pharmacy; Judy Morey, registered nurse and naturopath. $50. Reservations required by Feb. 10. 271-5881. Loveland.

Holiday - Black History Month Voice in the Village, 2 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Local artist Michael Oludare shares his gift for storytelling and his talent for African drumming. Free. 3694467; Mariemont.

Literary - Crafts The Poison Pen, Noon-2 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Toxicology expert Ann Warner discusses basics writers need for credible scenes. Free. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

Literary - Libraries Voice in the Village, 2 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Local artist Michael Oludare shares gift for storytelling and African drumming. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467; Mariemont. The Poison Pen, Noon-2 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Are you writing a killer mystery? Ann Warner, toxicology expert, discusses the basics writers need for credible scenes. All romance writers are welcome. Free. 369-6001. Symmes Township.

Music - Jazz An Evening of Romance with the Freddy Cole Quartet, 8-10 p.m., UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, 9555 Plainfield Road, Brother of Nat King Cole. Grammy nominee captivates audiences with his smoky jazz voice and subtle phrasing. $10. 745-5705. Blue Ash.

Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Rd, “Orchestra of Exiles,” which chronicles creation of Israel Philharmonic. Followed by insights from film’s executive producer, Dorit Straus. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 761-7500; Kenwood.

Lectures Impressions of Cuba: Women, Religion and Culture, 3-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Insight and first-hand impressions of Cuba. Mary Lu shares stories, pictures and information about history, culture, health and education systems and more. Free. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Music - Classical Valentine’s Concert, 7-9 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Several winners of Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition, with Suzanne Bona, host of Sunday Baroque, heard on WGUC. Free. 549-2197; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Josh Sneed, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10-$16. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Skate the Summit, 1-5 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

MONDAY, FEB. 18 Dance Classes Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Latin-based cardio workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy

Exercise Classes

Josh Sneed, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $10-$16. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery. Skate the Summit, 1-5 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Skate on synthetic ice skating pad. Good for beginner skaters. Limited sizes of ice skates available. Concessions available. Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17 Art & Craft Classes

Skate the Summit, 1-5 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash. Presidents’ Day at the J, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Children splash in water park, play games in gym, create art projects and enjoy game room. Ages 0-6. $58, $48 members. Before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, FEB. 19 Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes Brownie and BonBon Boot Camp with Haute Chocolate, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Learn to impress your family and friends whenever desserts are called for. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Music from variety of genres. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Education The Chosen Ones: the Team that Beat LeBron, 6-7 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Tony Meale, local author, discusses his book and the story of how Roger Bacon High School’s basketball team beat LeBron James when he played for Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary . Ages 18 and up. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Exercise Classes Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road. 683-0491; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes Evening in the Dordogne with Diane Phillips, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Typical menu from the region Diane has taught at La Combe en Perigord. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dance Classes Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.



Cherries and chocolate go together

“I love you” chocolate covered cherries These are amazingly easy to make and look stunning in a heart shaped box. This recipe is appropriate for Presidents’ Day, too. Remember the story of George Washington admitting to chopping down his Dad’s cherry tree because he couldn’t “tell a lie.” 1 jar l0 oz., maraschino cherries with stems Drain cherries very well for several hours. They must be dry for fondant to adhere. Fast Fondant Not a true fondant, but an easy one. You’ll have fondant leftover. Freeze fondant up to a month. 3 tablespoons butter, softened 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 cups powdered sugar 12 ounces or so melted chocolate

In November, residents and other Grand Valley pass holders received a letter from the Grand Valley Advisory Committee soliciting donations to help complete an important Grand Valley capital project. This project could no longer be afforded by the village’s Capital Improvement Reserve Fund due to the loss of the estate tax as a community revenue source. During the past two months, the public’s response has been overwhelming. Through Jan. 10, the Grand Valley Capital Improvement Fund has received more than $68,000 to assist with the construction of a pedestrian bridge across the north lake. This will extend the walking trails by providing a critical east-west connection and adding more than a mile of additional trails. The village bought the 305 acre Grand Valley Preserve in 2002 as a way to pursue the village’s vision of preserving natural beauty and providing recreational opportunities. More im-

These “I love you” chocolate covered cherries are easy to make and make a good Valentine’s Day gift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Mix butter and syrup, then mix in powdered sugar. It will look a bit dry but will come together as you knead it smooth. If too soft to handle, chill for 15 minutes. (Mixture can also be made a week ahead and brought to room temperature). Shape 1⁄2 to l teaspoon mixture around each cherry, fitting the fondant closely to the cherry, enclosing the base of the stem as well. Roll in your palms to smooth fondant. Place on baking sheet and chill until firm. This is necessary for the chocolate to adhere. Melt chocolate. Let cool a bit – chocolate will be still be warm and very liquid. Dip cherry into chocolate. Seal completely or juice could leak out. Place on sprayed baking sheet. Chill until firm. To store: Store in tightly covered container in frig. Bring to room temperature before eating. Cake pops: Recipe on my blog. Fun for kids. Check out photo of grandson, Jack, decorating cake pops he made.

Heart healthy vegetarian red beans and rice When you pair rice with beans, you have a nice, protein filled dish. Try brown rice which is nutritionally better than white. It will take longer to cook, and is absorbed more slowly in your system you feel full longer. 1 generous cup chopped onion 1 generous teaspoon garlic, minced 1-2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste 2 cups rice 2 cans, approx. 16 ounces ea., red beans, drained 4 cups low sodium, fat free vegetable or chicken broth Salt and pepper to taste Garnish: Thinly sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes

Film bottom of pan with olive oil. Add everything but beans and broth. Cook over medium heat until garlic smells fragrant. Don’t let onions and garlic get brown. Stir in beans and broth. Cover and lower to a simmer and cook until rice is tender.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Beans are called cancer-licking legumes – high in fiber and protein and low in fat. What about salt? Too much is bad for the heart! Himalayan pink sea salt is my salt of choice. Absolutely pure, sans toxins or any other bad stuff, unlike other salts that we commonly use. Check out my blog for timely info on this pretty and tasty salt.




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So much happening in February! It’s Heart Month, Lent starts, Valentine’s Day is here and so is Presidents’ Day. Let’s start with something for Valentine’s Day since that is one of my favorite special days. When I was a kid, sweets were a real treat, due in part to Mom’s lean Rita budget and Heikenfeld her and my RITA’S KITCHEN Dad’s desire to feed the nine of us children a healthy diet. So when I was 16 and received my first Valentine box of candy from my boyfriend, Jim, I was in chocolate heaven. I’ve gotten lots of Valentine’s treats since then, but none can take the place of that first heart of drugstore chocolates. Reach out this Valentine’s Day by remembering those folks who would benefit from a fun card, a phone call or a plate of goodies.

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“I’ve received several different job offers. Most of them seem to be scams but Howard this one in Ain particular HEY HOWARD! told me I could advertise on my car so it seemed really good, easy money. All I have to do is drive around,” Willman said. Willman told that emailer she was interested. “All of a sudden he sent me a check in the mail for more than $2,400. The job offer was only for like $300. It seemed a little fishy to me and that’s when I


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contacted you,” Willman said. I asked if she was supposed to keep the extra $2,100 as some kind of advance on her salary, but she said no. Willman said she was told, “Put it in my bank account, then get a money order for the extra money and send it out.” “The check looked legitimate and real but it just sounded weird,” Willman said. Another sign this was a scam is the sender didn’t enclose the placard with the ad that was to be placed on the side of her car. All she received was the phony check. It seems very clear all the sender was interested in was the money.


When Willman emailed the sender saying she knew it was a scam, he wrote back. “He said the FBI was after me because I cashed their check and I better send the money or else they’re going to come after me … The sad thing is a lot of people are going to fall for it and they’re going to have their bank accounts drained,” Willman said. Unfortunately, Willman is correct; a lot of people have fallen for this scam. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission says fake checks are being used in a growing number of fraudulent schemes, including secret shopper scams, foreign lottery scams, check overpayment scams and Internet auction scams. That’s why, even though it cost the scammer nearly $19 for express mail postage in Willman’s case, he can afford to pay it. He sends out lots of these phony checks and, even if only a handful of re-

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Jesus: The Temptations of His Life" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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Benefit cookoff provides food for the needy By Jeanne Houck

Some 663 gallons of soup have been donated to the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen in the nine years that the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Amberley Village has sponsored a chicken soup cook-off. Nice gesture with a

food traditionally recognized as succor to the body and soul, non-gourmets may say, but how hard can making chicken soup be? Here Jay Rissover, director of this year’s recently held Wise Temple Chicken Soup Cook-Off, answers that question and charts the history of a

benefit held at the temple that has warmed the bellies of the hungry for years. Please tell us a little about yourself. “I’m an internist in Blue Ash, where I have been in practice for 25 years. I’m an amateur cook; however, my wife is an exquisite cook and I’m

very blessed to have her whipping up delectable dishes for me all these years. “I’m on the board at (Isaac M.) Wise Temple and feel (overseeing the soup contest is) a good way to give back to the temple and the community.” Whose idea was the

Wise Temple Chicken Soup Cook-Off? “The chicken soup cook-off was my idea. I started it nine years ago and it takes place every year on the Sunday before the Super Bowl. “I heard about a similar event and wanted to attend, so I decided to start my own to participate and

give back to the community.” How does the cookoff work? “(Chefs) bring their hot soup prepared in advance to the event and are judged on site by a wide range of soup specialists. Judges rate the soups blindly.

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POLICE REPORTS INDIAN HILL Arrests/citations Adam S. Reubel, 24, 6800 Miralake, reckless operation, Jan. 25. Ariel F. Roll, 18, 891 Garfield Ave., failure to control vehicle, Jan. 26.

Lindsey A. Falkingham, 43, 11389 Terwillers Creek, speed, Jan. 26. Zachary D. Glutz, 54, 5524 Randy Drive, speed, Jan. 22.

Incidents/investigations Indian Hill police received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.

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: » Indian Hill Rangers, Chief Chuck Schlie, 561-7000


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St. Paul Church hosts Brothers McClurg St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira will host a concert by the visiting Christian band Brothers McClurg at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. The church is at 8221 Miami Road. Six musicians from different church traditions joined to create the folk-and rock-inspired band in Buffalo, determined “to bring a bit of warmth and hope to an area known for its frigid winters and depressed economy.” After signing with Integrity Music and issuing its first full recording called “Join in the Sound,” the group is

Chris Hoisington, left, and Anthony Hoisington lead the band that will perform at St. Paul CUMC Feb. 14. PROVIDED

reaching out from western New York to churches across the country. Brothers McClurg is

fronted by brothers Anthony and Chris Hoisington, who say the band’s name pays homage to their’ greatest musical

influence, maternal grandfather Bill McClurg. Pastor McClurg led the southern gospel group the McClurg Family Singers. Chris Hoisington, who writes the band’s music with his brother, sees the ensemble’s name as “a way to continue the legacy and ministry while giving it a fresh vision.” Their goal, he says, is “seeing lives changed through worship.” Their web site is www.brothers As with all St. Paul concerts, there is no admission charge for the Feb.14 concert, but offerings will be accepted.


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