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Tablet personal computers won’t be used in the Indian Hill Ault Exempted Village School District – at least for the foreseeable future. During a special work session Feb. 5, the Board of Education discussed a draft proposal to implement a pilot tablet computer program. As part of the proposal, 40 freshmen would be assigned tablet personal computers. However, the cost estimate of $86,977 discouraged board members from implementing the plan. SEE STORY, A2

By Forrest Sellers

Improvements set

The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education has approved $1.3 million in capital improvement spending for 2011-2012. During its January meeting, the school board discussed a list of capital improvement projects which would extend to all of the buildings in the district. These include improvements to the athletic facilities, improvements in the auditorium and commons area and building projects such as replacement of furniture in the elementary school and parking lot repairs at the high school. SEE STORY, A2

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A Cincinnati Country Day School junior hit all the right notes during a recent performance. Domenic DiFrancesco, 17, was chosen to serve as principal violist “I thought it was a good experience to play with such good players,” said DiFrancesco. “It helped me develop my orchestra technique.” SEE STORY, A3



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Indian Hill High School junior Kathleen Heinbach of Kenwood decorates a poster heralding the Year of the Golden Rabbit. Students in the Chinese Culture and Learning class celebrated the Chinese New Year.

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The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District will show how it stacks up to other schools in an upcoming forum. A community “benchmarking” forum will be 79 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Indian Hill High School cafeteria, 6865 Drake Road. The benchmarking Knudson study involves measuring the district’s academics, operations, programs, finances and other areas in comparison to other organizations. As part of the benchmarking process, the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District obtained data from the Ohio Department of Education website as well as from a number of the school districts themselves. Superintendent Jane Knudson said a goal of the benchmarking study is to determine areas where improvements can be made as well as ways the district can enhance academic performance and cut costs. This forum is a way to share some of the highlights as well as some of the actions the district may take as a result of the findings, said Knudson. The presentation will include comparisons with 10 national school districts and 14 districts in the state of Ohio, including local school districts such as Forest Hills, Madeira, Mariemont, Sycamore and Wyoming.

What: Community forum on Indian Hill Exempted Village School District benchmarking study When: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 Where: Indian Hill High School cafeteria, 6865 Drake Road A variety of topics will be addressed including student achievement scores, expenditures per pupil and school operations involving facilities and transportation. Knudson said districts were chosen based on demographics similar those of the Indian Hill School District. A variety of charts and graphs will be featured in the presentation. Board members helped fine tune the program during a recent work session. “People in the audience are hungry for numbers,” said Molly Barber, president of the school board, about the importance of charts detailing specific information. Board member Tim Sharp agreed. “Each data point should have some lesson learned,” he said. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Highlights from the benchmarking study will be posted on the district website, following the program. “We will continue to study and analyze the information in depth and identify opportunities for improvement,” Knudson said. For more about your community visit

Indian Hill Church ‘GLAD’ to help By Rob Dowdy

A local church is cooking up assistance for a Cincinnati program that helps children. Indian Hill Church is organizing an event for members to gather and prepare dinners for children served by the GLAD House. GLAD (Giving Life A Dream) House, which is an intervention and treatment program for highrisk children who have parents dealing with addiction, serves approximately 20 children each Monday through Thursday. The program offers intervention, tutoring and home-cooked meals for local children, and that’s where Indian Hill Church comes to the rescue. Susan Bierer, a member of the church, said the event will be 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 24. She said volunteers are planning to cook dozens of meals, freeze them and deliver them to

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GLAD House youth service worker Dave Egan and volunteer Susan Bierer work with children during one of the youth program’s after school sessions. Bierer, who attends Indian Hill Church, is organizing an event at the church to provide dinners to the children who receive assistance from GLAD House. GLAD House afterward. Bierer said the church event will serve two purposes to help the

Cincinnati program. “It gives the kids home-cooked meals; it gives the social workers

more time to work with kids,” she said. Joanna Hobler, a member of the church and volunteer at GLAD House, said she hopes the church event leads to more volunteers signing up to help at GLAD House. “It’s such a great program,” she said. Hobler said if the event is a success, there could be an opportunity to make it a regular event at Indian Hill Church. For more information on your community, visit www.

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Indian Hill approves capital improvements, calendar By Forrest Sellers

The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education has approved $1.3 million in capital improvement spending for 2011-2012. During its January meeting, the school board discussed a list of capital improvement projects which would extend to all of the buildings in the district. These include improve-

ments to the athletic facilities, improvements in the auditorium and commons area and building projects such as replacement of furniture in the elementary school and parking lot repairs at the high school. A number of these projects will be paid for using funds for permanent improvements. Last year, the school board approved moving 1.25 mills of inside millage to fund permanent improvements.



Other projects such as replacement of maintenance equipment and technology upgrades were also approved as part of the capital plan, but would not be considered permanent


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Tablet personal computers won’t be used in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District – at least for the foreseeable future. During a special work session Feb. 5, the Board of Education discussed a draft proposal to implement a pilot tablet computer program. As part of the proposal 40 freshmen would be assigned tablet personal computers. However, the cost discouraged board members

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Knudson said the roof was replaced 10 years ago and is still under warranty. She said the district should not incur any cost for repair or replacement of the roof and thus repair of the roof was not included on the list of capital improvements. She said temporary patches will be placed on the roof until the weather improves and more permanent repairs can be implemented. The board also approved the school calendar for 2012-2013. “The parents appreciate adopting the calendar two

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improvements. These projects would be paid for through the district’s general operating fund. This plan is the result of many months of work beginning with a walk through each of the buildings in August followed by prioritization of the items, said Superintendent Jane Knudson. Board member Tim Sharp said repair of the roof at the primary school was not included as one of the capital improvements. A portion of roof above the gymnasium has been leaking in recent months.

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from implementing the plan. The cost was estimated at $86,977. This proposal grew out of discussions after the board decided not to proceed with a laptop program involving grades 9 through 12, said Superintendent Jane Knudson. This would have been an opportunity to see firsthand the impact of using them, she said. However, she said the plan had several disadvantages including the cost, the challenge of scheduling a class in which the tablets could be used and concerns that some students would have the tablets while others did not have them. “I’d love to do the pilot,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault. “We could learn a lot.” However, he said “sticker shock” involving the cost was a major concern. “It might be best to pass on this,” he said. Ault said some might also question why the district wasn’t considering using the iPad and Netbook.


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The district will continue to keep an eye on the prices of the tablet computers, said Ault. Knudson said it is likely the prices on tablet computers will eventually come down. Board president Molly Barber said the board will revisit the topic at a later time. No official vote was taken. Additionally, during the work session, Treasurer Julia Toth said the district will do an energy assessment of its buildings. This would involve identifying aging pieces of equipment and possibly replacing some of the equipment with more energy efficient items. Toth said Motz Engineering will conduct the assessment, which will cost taxpayers an amount not to exceed $22,000. She said the assessment will take about six weeks and the results of the assessment would then be presented to the school board.

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Country Day student ‘feels the music’ By Forrest Sellers

played the viola with an orchestra in Rhode Island. “I like the deep sound of the viola,” said DiFrancesco. DiFrancesco, who practices at least an hour each day, also performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth

A Cincinnati Country Day School junior hit all the right notes during a recent performance. Domenic DiFrancesco, 17, was chosen to serve as principal violist “I thought it was a good experience to play with such good players,” said DiFrancesco. “It helped me develop my orchestra technique.” He was chosen for a first seat in the orchestra, which meant DiFrancesco led the violists during the program. “I thought it was one of the best orchestras I’ve played in,” he said. DiFranceso had previously performed with a regional orchestra from which he was then chosen to play with the Ohio AllState Orchestra, which is made up of high school musicians. “He just feels the music,” said Stephanie Wietmarschen, vocal and instrumental music instructor at Cincinnati Country Day

Orchestra, the Starling Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Country Day School Jazz Band. He said after graduation he plans to attend a music school. He said playing the viola may be a potential career for him.

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Cincinnati Country Day School junior Domenic DiFrancesco of Madeira practices the viola. DiFrancesco recently served as the principal violist in the Ohio All-State Orchestra. School. Wietmarschen nominated DiFrancesco for the regional competition. “He plays with good technique and expresses

himself very well,” she said. “He goes above and beyond, almost like expressing himself with a story.” DiFrancesco has been

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Mine attorney responds to objections By Lisa Wakeland

Martin Marietta’s attorneys have claimed three villages were rightfully dismissed in a case that challenges the approval of an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township. Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Magistrate Michael Bachman recently dismissed the villages of Terrace Park, Newtown and Indian Hill from an appeal questioning the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals decision granting a special zoning certificate to operate the mine near the intersection of Round Bottom and Broadwell roads and variances to store explosive materials. The villages collectively filed an objection to the magistrate’s decision dismissing the municipalities from the appeal on Jan. 21, arguing that Bachman made obvious mistakes and applied incorrect standards to determine the standing of each village. Attorneys for Martin Marietta, the mine’s operator, argue that Bachman properly dismissed the municipalities from the appeal because they are not part of Anderson Township, do not own property in the township and are not subject to the township’s zoning authority. The attorneys also state in the response filed Jan. 31 that “the claimed basis of standing by the surrounding jurisdictions did not rise to the level of being adversely affected beyond that of the general public.” The magistrate also denied the appellants’ motion to vacate judgment, which argues the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision, approved in a 3-2 vote, should be void because the Board of Zoning Appeals exceeded its authority by attempting to rule on various zoning amendments outside its jurisdiction. Because of that, the appellants argue, the mine’s

approval was illegal and a review of the record is not required. Bachman stated in his decision that he could not rule on pre-trial motions. Attorneys for the villages also filed an objection to that decision and have called it logically inconsistent because Bachman had previously ruled on several other motions in the appeals case. Martin Marietta’s attorneys state in the response to the objection that the magistrate properly ruled on the motion to vacate judgment. “There is no provision in the statute for filing a motion to vacate and shortchange the review,” Martin Marietta’s attorneys wrote. “A preliminary motion to compel an administrative board to vacate a decision without any court review of the merits of a case ... is highly unusual, if not unprecedented.” Anderson Township also filed a response to the joint objection Jan. 31, but documents were not available on the Clerk of Courts website Feb. 8. Mine opposition group Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami (CABOOM) was dismissed from the case in an earlier decision. There are 60 residents and business owners that remain part of the appeal. Judge Robert Ruehlman will decide whether to uphold or reverse Bachman’s decision. The case was transferred from Judge Steven Martin to Ruehlman on Feb. 1. There are no reports on the case scheduled at this time. For more about your community, visit Cincinnati. com/andersontownship.

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Theatre is singing, dancing, acting – and using a router? That’s correct. It’s also using a circular saw, electric sander, staple gun, drill and a long list of woodworking tools. That’s what theatre is at Indian Hill High School where 67 cast and crew members of 2011 Pow Wow are busy building the set for “Grease.” There is plenty of singing, dancing and acting taking place at rehearsals after school. But when students finish rehearsing, they go home, eat dinner and head right back to school for set construction. Parents frequently attend the evening sessions working beside their sons and daughters assembling and painting the more than 75 flats and 25 platforms that will become part of the set for “Grease.” Set designer and technical director Matt Evans met with students in early January for safety and usage training. Originally from Iowa, Evans acted throughout high school and earned a full scholarship to study theatre in college. Students and parents listened as Evans described how he turned his curiosity about set design and construction into a career that gave him a chance for lifelong involvement in something he loved – the stage. Evans lives in the Cincinnati area with his family but designs sets for theaters across the country. “Grease” features wellknown songs “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Nights” and “We Go Together.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Indian Hill High School Auditorium. There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.


From left, Manuel Suro, Louise Hughes, Paola Suro, Jeff Baynham, Rachel Hughes and Katie Howe prepare for construction of flats for Indian High School’s production of “Grease” Feb. 24-26. Parents frequently work side-by-side on construction projects with their children.


Set designer Matt Evans, right, gives instruction to student construction managers, from left, Curran Bobbitt and Tiffani Plummer to include reading the blueprints, using the proper tools and wearing safety equipment. Seats are assigned and orders are filled on a first come, first served basis.

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Indian Hill kindergarten registration, orientation set Indian Hill Primary School’s kindergarten registration and parent orientation for the 2011-12 school year will be Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Primary School, 6207 Drake Road. Parents who are registering a child for kindergarten for the next school year are welcome to visit kindergarten classrooms and meet teachers from 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. that evening. Parent orientation will begin in the school’s auditorium 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at which time parents will receive information regarding registration requirements, including immunizations and proof of residency. “The faculty and staff of Indian Hill Primary School

“Attending registration and orientation is the first step in helping prepare children for a smooth transition to kindergarten, and enjoying a productive partnership with the school.” Principal Sandra Harte are fully committed to working with parents to develop the potential of each young child,” said Principal Sandra Harte. “Attending registration and orientation is the first step in helping prepare chil-

dren for a smooth transition to kindergarten, and enjoying a productive partnership with the school.” In preparation for the registration/orientation, materials will be mailed to homes when parents contact the Primary School; the registration form should be returned to the Primary School on or before Feb. 24. The district will no longer offer the optional pre-first class following completion of kindergarten. Those parents who do not receive a registration packet by the end of January or are unable to attend the program Thursdat, Feb. 24, should call the Primary School, 272-4754, to make other arrangements.


From left, junior Sarah Lowe partners with sophomore Hugh Strike to assemble one of the 75 flats needed for the production.

SCHOOL NOTES Annual report available The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District’s 2009-2010 annual

report is available on the district’s website at In an ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly and fiscally responsi-

IH High School seeks input for new principal The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is conducting a national search for an Indian Hill High School principal for the 2011-2012 school year. Effron & Associates, an educational consulting firm, is the district’s search consultant. Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 4. The district is seeking input from parents, teachers, students and community members, allowing those to provide ideas regarding the qualities, characteristics,

knowledge and skills they believe are important for the new principal. The survey can also be accessed at and will be available through Friday, Feb. 18. The vacancy is the result of the retirement of current high school principal Nancy Striebich at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Striebich joined Indian Hill High School in 2000 as a math teacher. The district plans to name a new high school principal in early spring.

ble, the district has opted not to print this year’s annual report. To receive a printed copy, call the Board of Education at 272-4500.


Nikhilesh P. Raju, a 2009 graduate of Indian Hill High School, has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Duke University. He is the son of Subhadra and Anand Raju of Indian Hill.

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The week at CCD

• The Cincinnati Country Day girls basketball team beat Summit Country Day 3729, Feb. 5. Cassie Sachs led CCD with 13 points. On Feb. 7, Cincinnati Country Day beat Aiken 4940. CCD’s top-scorers were Erica Armstead and Ricci Snell with 16 points each. On Feb. 9, Cincinnati Country Day beat Seven Hills 65-56. CCD’s top-scorer was Cassie Sachs with 21 points. • In boys swimming, CCD placed second with a score of 260 in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. CCD’s Charlie Warwick won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 7.80 seconds; Warwick won the 100 meter flystroke in 56.77 seconds; Nathanial Adams won the 100 meter freestyle in 51.71 seconds; Adams won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 8.57 seconds; CCD won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 38.30 seconds; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 32 minutes, 39.51 seconds. Adams and Warwick were named Swimmers of the Year. In the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5, CCD placed first with a score of 276, tying with Seven Hills. CCD’s Warwick won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 7.80 seconds; Adams won the 100 meter freestyle in 51.71 seconds; Adams won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 8.57 seconds; CCD on the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 38.30 seconds; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 39.51 seconds. Adams and Warwick were named Swimmers of the Year. • The CCD girls swim team placed first in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. CCD’s Leonard won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minute, 9.81 seconds; Leonard won the 100 meter freestyle in 59.43 seconds; Taylor won the 100 meter backstroke in 1 minute, 9.68 seconds; CCD won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 51.21 seconds. The CCD girls placed first in the Miami Valley Championship on the same day. • In gymnastics, CCD placed with a score of 109.375 in the Anderson Gymskin Invitational, Feb. 5. • The North College Hill boys basketball team beat Cincinnati Country Day 68-60, Feb. 8. CCD’s top-scorer was Ryan Galloway with 20 points.

The week at Indian Hill

• In girls swimming, Indian Hill High School freshman Cassie Wegryn placed second with a score of 307.80 in the Mason D2 Finals of the Division II Sectional Diving Championships at Miami University, Feb. 7. Wegryn took fifth in the sectionals and qualified to dive in districts Feb. 14 (after deadline). She also is the top-ranked diver in the league and was named Cincinnati Hills League Diver of the Year at the league meet. • The Indian Hill girls basketball team beat Wyoming 49-43, Feb. 8. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Nicole Bell with 17 points. • In boys basketball, Indian Hill beat Wyoming 45-42, Feb. 9. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Teddy Kremcheck with 11 points.

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Austin Trout talks Braves basketball Indian Hill High School junior forward Austin Trout leads his team in points (14.3) and rebounds (5.8) and is second in assists (1.9). He has helped the Braves, which have won back-to-back Cincinnati Hills League titles, to a 10-6 (8-3) record entering play Feb. 12. Indian Hillis at the top of the CHL with a half-game lead over Reading (13-4, 84) and Finneytown (11-6, 8-). Here, Trout discusses this season, as well as his rise to team leader.

What’s been the key to your success this year? “I think just letting the game come to me and playing within my team. The offense that Coach (Tim) Burch lets us run fits my game well. We have a lot of motion, and that helps me and a lot of other guys. I’m pretty good at constantly moving around, and I think that helps me get more open shots that I probably wouldn’t get in a slower offense.” You scored double-figures in five games as a sophomore, but four of them came during the last six games of the year; did you become more confident as the season wore on? “Yeah, there was one game at Finneytown last year when I kind of broke out, and since then I’ve had a lot more confidence. (Trout scored 21 points and was 10-of-10 from the field in a January 2010 win over the Wildcats). With last year’s team, we had a lot of experience, so they helped me a lot. I knew I could score and put up good


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In one year, you’ve gone from being fifth on the team in scoring to first; have you been at all sur prised this season with just how big a jump you’ve made, especially since your scoring average has more

than doubled? “Not too much, just because of the team we have. We don’t have as many true scorers on this year’s team as we did last year, so I knew I had to carry a little bit more of the scoring load. I had that expectation coming into the year.” What are your strengths as a player? “I would say working hard and not being lazy. Doing fundamental things. I’m shooting pretty well from the free-throw line (85.2 percent). I’m trying to do the little things right and not make too many big mistakes.” Where do you need to improve? “Probably ball-handling, No. 1, especially since I’m only 6-1. And probably one-on-one defense. Things like that.” Even though there’s a lot of new faces on the team this year, do you feel any pressure to win a third straight league title?


Indian Hill High School junior forward Austin Trout leads the Braves in points and rebounds and is second in assists. He is also second in the CHL in free-throw shooting, hitting more than 85 percent of his attempts. “Pressure in terms of people outside the program thinking we’re going to win, no. But inside our program, we know we’re as good as any team in this league. We were picked to finish sixth or seventh, and we’ve proven we can play with anyone. There’s a lot of good teams in the CHL, and we’re just trying to keep doing what we’re doing.” You’re fourth in the league in scoring, but your teammate and fellow junior forward Teddy Kremchek is fifth (12.9 points per game). What’s it like going against him in practice, and how has he made you a better player?

Trout “I love playing against Teddy and some of the other guys. You obviously want to play against the best players in practice because that’ll prepare you for the games. I think it helps both of us, just competing and working hard all the time.” What are your goals for the rest of the season? “Primarily, win out, which would mean winning the league. Once the sectionals come around, try to get out of sectionals and get to districts and hopefully win that this time.” Tony Meale is a sports reporter for the Community Press. You can reach him at or 853-6271.

CCD’s Snell relishes team’s success on basketball court By Nick Dudukovich

Cincinnati Country Day School junior Ricci Snell runs the offense at the point guard position for the varsity girls basketball squad. Snell is averaging 14.1 points and 3.1 assists on the season and has helped the Indians (15-4, 12-0) wrap up their second consecutive Miami Valley Conference Scarlet Division championship. Here, Snell discusses the team’s success, her teammates and the squad’s outlook for the postseason. The squad clinched the MVC Scarlet Division with its win over Seven Hills, Feb. 9. Why has this squad been so successful? “We have a lot of good players, and we work hard in practice, and we’ve been improving. I also think our determination has helped out a lot.” What has the team improved the most from the start of the season? “Working together, definitely. We’ve come together as a team and are working really well together.” You’re posting impressive offensive numbers for the season. How do you feel about being one of the go-to girls on offense? “Most of the time I don’t feel pressure. I rely on my teammates when I’m struggling, so it’s helped having a good coach and a good team.” What’s been most enjoyable part of season? “Winning league was a good moment for everyone.” The squad won league last year, too. What were the expectations for this


Big league win for Braves

Kelsey Matthews works the post for the Indian Hill High School girls basketball team in their Feb. 9 game at Wyoming. Matthew had 13 points as the Braves ran their record to 17-1 with the 49-43 win.


Cincinnati Country Day junior guard Ricci Snell (40) and the Indians clinched their second consecutive MVC championship with a win over Seven Hills, Feb. 9. year? “Taking one game at a time. I definitely expected and hoped to win the league. That was one of our goals.” Did you sense that teams were putting forth an extra tough effort when they played you? “Oh yeah for sure. Everyone played their best game against us...We just worked hard and were prepared for them.” How valuable have teammates such as Erica Armstead (11.9 ppg), Jamie Heulskamp (3.1

apg, 40 steals) and Cassie Sachs (12.7 ppg) been to the team? “They’ve definitely taken on their own role and stepped up and scored a lot of points for us, which helps. Whether it’s assists, rebounding or hustling, they do all that and it helps the team a lot.” What will it take for the Indians to achieve postseason success? “We have to expect we are going to play our best game. We know teams are going to be coming after us, but we know we can do it.”


Nicole Bell of Indian Hill puts up an off-balance layup for two of her teamhigh 17 points against Wyoming Feb. 9. The Braves won the key Cincinnati Hills League game 49-43. Bell just went over 1,000 points in her Braves career late last week. Indian Hill remained unblemished in league play.


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February 17, 2011

Sports & recreation

Moeller’s Barlow looks to go north

By Scott Springer

At 5-11 and 184 pounds, Alex Barlow doesn’t strike anyone as physically imposing. Yet, he’s a three-year varsity basketball player for Carl Kremer’s Moeller Crusaders who went to Arizona over the holidays and beat bigger teams, then came home to withstand the weekly pounding of the Greater Catholic League and its bigger teams. He’s second on the team in points and 16th in the league at 10.1 per game. He leads the Crusaders in steals and assists, but those totals are just third and fifth respectively in the GCL. He’s second on the team in rebounding even though he’s seven inches smaller that Moeller’s biggest starter. Even at that, his 5.4 boards a game put him 14th in the league. His numbers are somewhat average by “local prep standout” standards, but he

does one thing better than most. Alex Barlow wins. For the complete interview and video, see cincinnati. com/blogs/presspreps.

You’re undefeated (as of Feb. 11); how’s that feel? “It’s a good feeling to start off 17-0. But, we can’t focus on the past; we have to focus on what we have to do today to get better from here on out.” What about the GCL? “It’s the best league in the country. I mean, you’ve got La Salle, you’ve got ‘X.’ Every year they’re really good. Just to be undefeated in the league right now is a big accomplishment.” How do you like the GCL road atmosphere? “It’s a lot of fun. Going over to play at La Salle and ‘X’ the fans are on you. The

fans are right on the court. They’re loud. It’s a pressure-packed situation. Playing in all of those games are fun. Even playing those teams here, I think it helps us for the tournament — playing (in front of) bigger crowds, bigger arenas.”

What’s the worse thing anyone’s said to you? Or, can you repeat it? “I don’t think anything bad has been said to me It’s just some of the stuff they do when you’re shooting free throws. My sophomore year I was shooting free throws at ‘X’ and kids were taking off their shirts and jiggling their stomach. It was pretty funny. That’s about the worst that’s been done to me. Nothing bad has really been said.” Do other teams look at your team in the layup line and think they have the game won?

“Not really. They know we’re Moeller, so they know we’re going to play hard, we’re going to rebound and we’re going to play good defense. I think when we go out of state, other teams look at us and say, ‘How’s this team supposed to be real good?’”

Who is the best team you’ve played this season? “They’ve all been pretty good, but probably La Salle. La Salle’s pretty good. We get to play them the last game of the year, so that’ll be kind of fun.” Are you getting college offers in baseball or basket ball? “A little bit in both. I kind of want to play basketball because it’s my first love. We’ll see where it goes in recruiting, but as of right now, I’m looking to play basketball in college.”

Have any schools showed some interest in basketball? “NKU. Tiffin already offered me. A couple Division I schools as a walk-on. Bellarmine. That’s about it.” What sports are you really lousy at? “Golf. I can’t swim well. Those two are probably my worst two sports. I like to play golf; I just can’t hit the ball straight. It’s kind of troubling. (And) my swimming technique’s not very good.”

How is Moeller No. 1 in the state, but No. 2 in the city poll? “I think it’s a lot like the BCS. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense at all. We really don’t get caught up in the rankings at all. It’s just something that you look at. We’re just trying to get better each day.”


Moeller senior guard Alex Barlow. Barlow is a three-year varsity starter and also plays baseball for the Crusaders.

What game stands out (so far) in your career? “Probably the La Salle regional final last year. It was just the atmosphere. Two GCL teams playing for the chance to go to Columbus. Game going into overtime. I had a couple big plays at the end of the overtime. My mom wasn’t there – I kind of remember that. She missed a good game.”

Support Moeller’s 50 years at annual sports stag Archbishop Moeller High School is conducting its annual Sports Stag on Thursday, Feb. 24, at

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• Dr. Frank Cianciolo, the school’s first team physician • Coach Ted Bacigalupo • Matt Godar ’93 (hockey): He will be the first hockey player to be inducted into the Moeller Hall of Fame. • Greg Hudson ’85 (baseball and football): Football all-state & allAmerican, he went on to play both football and baseball at the University of


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What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? “I’ve been married for 27 years to the most thoughtful and romantic man. He never forgets Valentine’s Day and I always receive beautiful gifts. “No individual one stands out, they have all been romantic and special.” E.E.C. “Most romantic Valentine’s

The commercials for Valentine’s Day gifts such as pajamas have left some feeling less than affectionate.

Next question What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? Every week the Indian Hill Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. Day gift; being a man, this isn’t a big deal to me. But I think my wife enjoys what I do every year, which is to write her a funny poem, with a few ‘suggestive’ verses sometimes. I wonder if anyone will answer ‘Vermont Teddy Bear’ or ‘Pajamagram?’ Those TV commercials get so annoying at this time of year.” Bill B. “After the Super Bowl I would have like some questions on the commercials. There were a few really questionable ones (in my opinion). I would like to know if anyone else thought the same way. “For instance: Pepsi ... ‘I want to go to bed with her ...’ The shoe commercial with her trainer ... ‘you’re the best I’ve ever had ...’ “How bold are we getting and where is the protection of the children who are also in the living room? How to bring this up for discussion and awareness.” W.D.


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Village of Indian Hill: 6525 Drake Road. Phone: 561-6500. Web site: Mayor David T. Ottenjohn; Vice Mayor Joseph Beech III; council members Daniel J. Feigelson, Lindsay McLean, Keith Rabenold, Laura Raines and Mark Tullis. City Manager Michael W. Burns; Assistant City Manager David M. Couch; Chief of Police Chuck Schlie; City Solicitor Donald L. Crain; Clerk-Comptroller Paul C. Riordan; Fire Chief Steven Ashbrock; Public Works Superintendent John Davis; Tax Commissioner Constance Eberhart; Water Works Superintendent John Davis.


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Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 2724500. Web site: Indian Hill school board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Board President Tim Sharp; Vice President Molly Barber; board members Karl Grafe, Elizabeth Johnston and Kim Martin Lewis. Superintendent Dr. Jane Knudson; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Ault; Treasurer and Business Manager Julia J. Toth, 2724513; Director of Pupil Services Lisa Huey; Transportation Supervisor Cynthia Ketterer; Facilities Director Ken Stegman and Director of Communications Martha Stephen.


U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

2nd District includes nearly all the northeastern and eastern Cincinnati communities. Local: Kenwood office – 8044 Montgomery Road, Room 540, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; phone 791-0381 or 800-784-6366; fax 791-1696. Portsmouth office – 601 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662; phone 740-3541440. In Washington, D.C.: 238 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C., 20515; phone 202-2253164; fax 202-225-1992. E-mail:

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It’s time to break the silence about teen dating violence President Barack Obama has proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Dating violence often begins during adolescence; any sort of dating violence can impact adolescent development. Many adolescents in violent relationships will carry these patterns into future relationships. Each year one in four teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional or sexual violence. With rates like this, it is time we as Americans take a stand to prevent violence in relationships. In today’s society technology plays a large role in teens lives. However, technology also plays a large role in dating violence, but these technological tools are sometimes tragically used for control, stalking, and victimization. Emotional abuse using digital technology including frequent text messages, threatening emails, and the circulation of embarrassing messages or photographs without consent can and will be devastating to young teens. For all the devastating events that have happened in the past with dating abuse, we as a society must make changes. Help to resolve and to break the silence and create a culture of healthy relationships for all our young adolescents. By breaking the

silence we can teach our teens about healthy relationships, help them identify signs of abuse, and assist them in locating servicMorgan Drew es. Many comCommunity munities face Press guest teen violence columnist problems daily. However, it is due to fear of discussing the problem. President Obama is calling upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities to empower young people to develop healthy and respectful relationships. In society we must make an effort to address teen dating violence and how it affects adolescent’s lives. Our adolescents need to thrive through their teenage years and should not have to experience dating violence which can lead to long term behavioral and health outcomes. Let’s be the change and teach our adolescent male and females respect. Peer to peer education is one effective strategy to learn more about the Northeast Community Challenge Youth Coalition is educating their peers. To learn more about how the Northeast Community Challenge Youth Coalition is educating their peers about this

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Here’s some free advice worth more than a nickel I asked my 7-year-old the other day if he would rather have five nickels or a quarter. He thought about it for a second and responded: “Dad is this a trick question? Five nickels is the same as 25 cents, what would you choose?” I’ll take the nickels I replied and here is why you should too. The garden variety Jefferson nickel, doesn’t matter the year or condition, is worth a lot more than five cents. A nickel weighs five grams and is made from an alloy of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel. Current prices of those two industrial metals, like all other commodity prices have risen sharply in the past few years to the point where today, the nickel has a melt value of 7.3 cents, 45 percent higher than it’s transactional value. “So dad, 5 nickels are worth 36 cents?” That’s right, I said. “What’s a quarter worth?” he asks. Interestingly, a quarter has a much higher transactional value (25 cents) verses its metallic value of 6.5 cents. The quarter weighs slightly more than a nickel at 5.67 grams, but is made of a mostly copper alloy. In fact, the

ordinary nickel is the only currently minted coin that is worth more than its face value. The other coin denominations are not even David close. So would Krikorian you rather have Community four quarters or Press guest 20 nickels I columnist asked my son? After some advanced multiplication he figured that the nickels are worth $1.45 verses the quarters, which at best are worth $1 in a transaction. “So Dad, if we took $100 and turned it into nickels it would be worth $145 in metal value, can we do that?” Well, yes and no I replied. While anyone can go into a bank and lay down a $100 Federal Reserve banknote and walk out with a 22-pound brick of nickels, (with a street value of $145), it is illegal to melt nickels. Back in December of 2006, the U.S. Mint, realizing it was upside

down on every nickel in circulation as well as the 400 million new nickels it mints, on average, each year, made it illegal to melt nickels. The mint also made it a crime to take more than $5 worth of nickels out of the country. Obviously the Mint is concerned that nickels would disappear from circulation just as silver coin did in the mid-1960s. Speaking of silver coin, did you know that a quarter from 1964 or older is worth over $5 today! “So I should start saving nickels right Dad?” “That’s right, they can never be worth less than 5 cents in a transaction and as metal prices keep rising, the Mint will have no choice but to change the composition of the nickel to zinc or some other cheap metal. Soon after that, today’s nickels will start disappearing from your spare change. When the Mint ultimately lifts the restriction on melting nickels, you will have a tidy profit, perhaps many times more than the 5 cents you paid for each nickel along the way. David Krikorian is a resident of Madeira.

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Senior Garrett Sum of Indian Hill writes “Happy Spring Festival” in Chinese characters.

Junior Zak Verschure of Indian Hill puts the finishing touch on a poster celebrating the Year of the Golden Rabbit. Chinese Language and Culture teacher Peggy Lovro, left, demonstrates the use of a Chinese calculator, also known as an abacus, to freshman J.T. Meert of Kenwood.

New Year’s Celebration

Indian Hill High School students celebrated the New Year – the Year of the Golden Rabbit. Students in the Chinese Language and Culture class welcomed the beginning of the Chinese New Year Feb. 3 by adorning the classroom walls with posters and by sampling Chinese food such as dumplings and sticky rice cakes.


Junior Kathleen Heinbach of Kenwood samples a dumpling.

Sophomore Robert Stephens of Indian Hill cuts out a Chinese symbol.

Senior Wenhao Zhou of Kenwood adjusts a poster on the bulletin board.

Freshman J.T. Meert, right, displays a lion puppet to junior Mikecarl Mootoo. Both are residents of Kenwood.

Senior Garrett Sum, left, and sophomore Robert Stephens, both of Indian Hill, practice using chopsticks.


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Caregiving 101, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, Third Floor Activity Room. Information on maintaining balance as caregiver, how to solve caregiving problems, learning from experience of others and guilt/stress. With Margaret Iannaci, coordinator of the Caregiver Assistance Network, and Barbara Thompson, director of community development. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Caregiver Assistance Network. 929-4483. Oakley.


National Great Black in Wax Museum Exhibit, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Macy’s, 7800 Montgomery Road. Lower Level Entrance. Figures of uplifting and inspiring AfricanAmerican role models. From superstars to lesser-known historical characters. Free. 247-6411; Kenwood.

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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.


Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 10635 Techwood Circle. Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.


Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.



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

Cincinnati Brass Band, 7 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Auditorium. Winter Concert. With Carmon DeLeone, Michael Chertock and Nancy James. Larry Handley, WCPO Channel 9 on-air personality, master of ceremonies. Free refreshments. Benefits FreeStore FoodBank. $10, $5 seniors and students. Presented by Cincinnati Brass Band. 729-1950; Deer Park.



Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail pbehm@; Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 1 9


Improving Your Golf Game with Yoga, 10 a.m.-noon, Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Build strength, focus, calm, flexibility and manage pain in off season while you prepare for next year’s golf outings. Ages 18 and up. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Roger Null and Dan Erdman. Through March 19. 745-6261. Blue Ash.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road. Volunteers needed for April 15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Through April 14. 745-8644; e-mail pbehm@blueash. com; Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 8

BENEFITS Deer Park Athletic Boosters Ball Drop, 6 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Balls dropped from gym ceiling; ball that lands closest to designated spot wins half the pot. Maximum of 1,000 balls sold. Benefits Deer Park High School. $5 per ball purchase. Presented by Deer Park Athletic Boosters. 891-0010. Deer Park. FOOD & DRINK

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 4-6 p.m., Guitar Lovers, 7342 Kenwood Road. 793-1456; Sycamore Township.


The Gamut, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road. Free. 791-2922. Silverton.


Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 0



The Cemetery Club, 8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. By Ivan Menchell. Directed by Steve Suskin. $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. Presented by Stagecrafters. Through March 3. 793-6237. Amberley Village.


Blues Merchants, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 791-2753. Symmes Township.



Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road. Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Neal’s Design Remodel. 489-7700. Sharonville.

Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery. Free. 489-7700. Sharonville. Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692. Loveland.

The Hanky Panks, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road. 791-2922. Silverton.




Laurel and Hardy Film Evening, 6:45 p.m., Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive. Auditorium. Films are a cartoon, an “Our Gang” a Little Rascals short and a Charley Chase sound short. Laurel and Hardy in “The Finishing Touch,” One Good Turn” and “Busy Bodies.” Plus extra film surprises and raffle. Bring snacks and beverages to share. $5, free ages 12 and under. Registration required. Presented by The Sons of the Desert. 559-0112; www.thechimp Kenwood.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Macy’s Black History Month Program, Noon-3 p.m., Macy’s, 7800 Montgomery Road. African-American storytelling by Omope Carter Daboiku, crafts by Annie Ruth and the Eye of the Artist and others. Music by the Cincinnati Super Choir and a performance of “A Black Anthology of Music” by Kathy Wade. Family friendly. Free. 2476411; Kenwood.


The nationally recognized children’s drawing program, Young Rembrandts: Cartooning, will be offered from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. The program runs weekly through March 24 and is designed for ages 6-13. Cost is $70. Registration is required. The program is presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Call 779-5858, or visit for more information. Pictured are drawings by 7-year-olds in a past Young Rembrandts program. M O N D A Y, F E B . 2 1

AUDITIONS Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Cast requirements are: five men, stage ages 20 to 60, and three women, stage ages 30 and older. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Feb. 22. 451-6338; Columbia Township. COOKING CLASSES

Young Chef’s Academy Cooking Class, 6:30-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Celebration sticks, meringue snowflakes and biscotti. Ages 714. Learn joy of cooking in child-friendly environment. $35; $30 when you register with a friend. Registration required. Presented by Young Chefs Academy Cincinnati. 7458550; Blue Ash.


Bread Making Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Learn to make whole-grain bread with Grail member Elizabeth Robinson. Part of Grailville’s 2011 Good Earth/Good Eats Series. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.



My Story, My Voice, 1-4 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road. Weekly through March 20. Workshop for girls grades 4-7 to strengthen voices through art of writing and creation of community. Each class contains writing, art, movement, and group activities. $149. Registration required. Presented by Women Writing for a Change Foundation. 272-1171. Silverton.


National Great Black in Wax Museum Exhibit, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Macy’s. Free. 2476411; Kenwood.


Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Cemetery Club, 3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail; Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2 2


HypnoBirthing, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail; Blue Ash. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 2 4

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s. Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash. MUSIC - BLUES

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.


The Cemetery Club, 8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail; Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 2 5



Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater. Free. 451-6338; www.mariemontplayers. com. Columbia Township.

Friday Night Flicks N’ Fun, 6-8:30 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Games, crafts, dinner and movie. Ages 6-10. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.



In the Garden: It’s a Family Affair, 7-8:30 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. The Allium Family. A discussion on the bulbs: Onions, scallions, leeks and shallots. With Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm garden manager. Gardening classes for the whole family with focus on vegetables by families or similarities. $12 per class. Registration required. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Grapevine Winter Wine Tasting Series, 711 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road. Benefits Greenacres Student’s Transportation Fund. Ages 21 and up. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 7932787. Indian Hill. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 2 6


Canvas and Kids, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road. Participants take home one-of-a-kind paintings, ready to hang on the wall. Family friendly. $25. 271-2793. Madeira.


Deer Park Band Cake Walk, 6:30-10 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Gym. Door prizes, musical chairs, bid and buys, basket raffles and grand raffle. Grand Raffle tickets: $1 each or six for $5. Benefits Deer Park Band Programs. $2, $1 ages 12 and under; free children under age 2. Presented by Deer Park Band Sponsors. 3684489; Deer Park. A’Cat’emy Awards Extravaganza, 6:30-10 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 7875 Montgomery Road. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 675-0628; e-mail; www.ohioalleycat. org. Sycamore Township.


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road. No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.


After the Boxes are Unpacked: Making Cincinnati Your Home, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. Garden Room. Weekly through April 5. Class for women who are new to Cincinnati or are looking to connect with community. Ages 21 and up. Free. 4890892. Montgomery. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 2 3

EDUCATION My Nose Turns Red Circus Class, 6:157:45 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Weekly through April 13. Learn skills such as stilt walking, wire walking, plate spinning, juggling and more. Ages 716. $125, $100 siblings. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 859-581-7100; Blue Ash. LECTURES PROVIDED

Bringing together paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition “The American Impressionists in the Garden” opens Saturday, Feb. 19, and features 40 pictures of European and American gardens created by American artists and four bronze sculptures for gardens by American sculptors at the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. The exhibit runs through May 15. Cost of admissions is $8 adults, $6 seniors and students and free to youth 18 and under and to all on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For details, call 513-241-0343 or visit (Pictured) Childe Hassam, “Reading,” 1888, oil on panel.

Cafe Conversations Series, 7-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. “Ballet in Blue Ash.” Demonstration of ballet class, rehearsal and performance. Presentations that enlighten, educate and entertain. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


The Cincinnati Museum Center exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” opens Friday Feb. 18. On view through Sept. 5, the exhibition will feature nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. Individual tickets for “Cleopatra” range from $15 to $23, which includes an audio tour. Tickets are timed and dated, and admission is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (last entry at 5 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry at 8 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (last entry at 6 p.m.). There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more and for Museum Center Members. The museum center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, downtown, For further details, call 513-287-7000 or visit (Pictured) A diver is illuminating hieroglyphic inscriptions of a door jamb’s fragment, discovered in Alexandria’s ancient Great Harbour and dating from the 26th dynasty.


Indian Hill Journal

February 17, 2011


Some suggestions for the blahs and down times No one’s life is comprised of all highs. We are all experienced sufferers of “down times.” There is no life without times of depression, vulnerability, and fear. They are as much our human birthright as joy, wonder and love. In her book, “After The Darkest Hours,” Kathleen Brehony deals at length with a dozen strategies to help us cope with our darkest hours. I mention here six of her dozen strategies and express them with comments of my own. They’re appropriate for our unsettled times and the blah months of the year. 1.) Discover a larger perspective. One of the reasons difficult times frequently result in a personal spiritual uplift is because they lead us to see our lives in a larger perspective. The pictures of our journey to the moon gave us a stunning view of earth no one ever had before.

Menninger frequently said, “When certain depressed people come to me, to some of them I say, ‘Lock up your house, go down the street, and help someone.’ ” 3.) Recognize and eliminate self-imposed suffering. We’re not always innocent bystanders to our bleak times. We cause or compound our problems by poor decisions, by mentally chewing on negative thoughts and fears, by noticing what’s wrong instead of what’s right. We pull ourselves down when we attack and bruise our selfimage, when we tell ourselves how inadequate we are and think that we’re just a victim of life. We must have a certain gentleness for ourselves. 4.) Think of courageous role models. We are attracted to heroes and heroines because of

We saw ourselves and our world as specks in an immense universe and participants in an astounding mystery. times, Father Lou trustIn hard this mysGuntzelman tery and where it Perspectives is taking us through our good and bad times. 2.) Show compassion and help others. It expands the heart and eases our troubles when we realize we all suffer. Helping others develops a sense of togetherness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal navel gazing and feeling sorry for ourselves. Helping others doesn’t mean we deny our own feelings. That would be unhealthy. Former psychiatrist Dr. Karl

similar mutations. They lead us to realize that others, like us, undergo extreme trials and surmount them. A hero starts small and vulnerable, then courageously handles difficult times that come along, and comes out shining on the other side of them. Such people can inspire us and remind us of an inner strength we also have, but have kept unused. 5.) Express your feelings. Longfellow wrote, “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” A priority after a disaster or trauma, is to give survivors the chance to tell their stories, cry, be angry, etc. Actually, we have two choices about expressing our pain and intense downness. Either do it now, cleanly and consciously – or leave it fester, torment us within, and seep out

unconsciously in bits of anguish throughout a lifetime. Blessed are those who have a friend to genuinely listen. 6.) Silence, prayer and meditation. There are momentous lessons to learn during life. Paradoxically, we learn them more readily in life situations than in classrooms; in hard times rather than in comfortable times; and in solitude and silence more than in occasions of busyness, chatter and noise. As a wise old lady explained to a young visitor, “All my teachers are dead now, except silence.” Poet Rainer Rilke speaks with her when he writes: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Don’t fall further in debt with for-profit relief companies Credit card debt rose in December for the first time since 2008. While it is a possible sign consumers are more confident about the economy, a lot of people are still having problems paying that debt. But, you need to be careful about companies claiming they can help you. Many people are getting calls from firms claiming they can reduce the interest rates on your credit cards. Alice Swigert, 83, of Carthage received a letter from a debt relief company last September. At the time she had more than $37,000 in debt on six credit cards.




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with that, but says, “We made five payments and they’ve got $2,900, and basically our account is only showing $200 to pay the bills.” He said nothing has been paid to any of the credit card companies, and that’s the problem. “Right now we’re five months behind on the bills waiting for them to do





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Indian Hill Journal

February 17, 2011

Curry ‘flavor’ with healthy edamame and rice dish Well, after all the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day calories, it’s nice to kick back with healthier recipes that taste awesome. Here are two completely different ones that actually go well together. I love the aroma of curry in the kitchen – it makes me think of friend and expert Sri Lankan cook, Triset DeFonseka, who is legendary in this town for her own blend of curry powder and healthy cooking.

Rice with edamame

Sound exotic? Well, now that our world’s grown smaller and a lot of wonderful, healthy items are available at the grocery, you’ll be able to find everything you need. This can be a side or main dish. If you like, augment with deli chicken, seafood or firm tofu. If using tofu, drain and cut into cubes. Stir in when you add the rice. This is a riff on Susan Parker’s wonderful recipe. Susan is proprietor of Susan’s Natural World in Anderson Township, and her vegetarian recipes are

always bursting with flavor and nutrition. Susan rinses her rice. I usually don’t. Rita Brown is Heikenfeld rice nutritionRita’s kitchen ally superior to white, and edamame contains vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, protein and fiber. 11⁄2 cups basmati or jasmine brown rice 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped, about a cup or so Curry powder to taste: start with 1 teaspoon Vegetable broth or your favorite (I like chicken broth) – use as much as rice package directions require (mine took about 4 to 41⁄2 cups) 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed and set aside Chopped parsley for garnish (opt.) Film pan with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons).

Cook onions, garlic and curry powder for a couple of minutes, until onions start to soften. Stir in rice and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir in steamed edamame and garnish with parsley. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Curry powder is a super healthful blend of Indian spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc. Regular brown rice or white rice can be substituted for the basmati/jasmine. Read package directions for amount of liquid needed. Substitute frozen peas, thawed and lightly cooked, for the edamame. Or toss in your favorite cooked vegetable. To steam edamame: Put in microwave safe bowl, cover with water and cook on high three to four minutes. Store curry powder in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it nice.



Brown rice and edamame makes a good side or main dish.

Simple Cuban bread

For Stuart, who is looking for a soft, white, Cubanstyle bread. For those of you whose therapy is kneading dough, this recipe is for you. The loaves do come out soft textured with a nice crust that is also fairly soft. It reminds me of a homemade white bread. Make sure you use rapid rise yeast, as it tolerates hotter water and can be added right with the flour. 6 cups all purpose flour, divided 2 packages rapid rise yeast 2 cups water 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons salt Cornmeal (optional but

Combine 2 c u p s flour and yeast in mixing b o w l . Mix and set aside. Combine w a t e r, sugar

and salt. Heat until hot, about 120 to 130 degrees. Add to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are mixed. Beat until smooth, about three minutes. Add enough flour to make a stiff but not dry dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. You can do this in your mixer if it has a dough hook. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm (85 degrees) place about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down and divide into three portions: Roll each into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle.

Roll up jellyroll style, starting at long end. Pinch seams and ends together well to seal. Grease or spray two baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down on sheets. Cut four to five diagonal slashes about 3 ⁄4-inch deep in top of each loaf. Brush with water or melted butter. Butter will make it brown a bit better and keep the crust softer. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (don’t preheat oven) or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on racks.

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Check out my online column at for a cherry turnover recipe in honor of Presidents Day. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Jewish Family Service hosts anti-bullying activist Katz Internationally recognized author, educator and filmmaker Jackson Katz will discuss ways to prevent bullying and abuse when Jewish Family Service presents the program “More Than a Few Good Mensches” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Amberley Village. Adults of all ages are invited to join Katz for a witty and engaging multi-media presentation where they can learn new ways to be proactive in preventing bullying and abuse. The evening will begin with a dessert reception. “Bullying and abuse affect us all, even if we never experience it personally,” said Linda Kean,

director of family life education at Jewish Family Service. Kean chairs the committee that arranged for Katz to come to Cincinnati as a scholar in residence for a three-day event called “Take a Stand: A Jewish Response to Bullying & Abuse.” Other committee members include Phyllis Binik-Thomas, Sandee Golden, Howard Goldwasser, Amy Greenbaum, Andrea Herzig, Sherry Kaplan, Erin McNew, Sharon Mirman, Danielle Sabarese, Rabbi Michael Shulman and Sarah Weiss. On Saturday night, Katz will encourage dialogue by sharing clips from his award-winning

puses, and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. He created and co-created several educational films including “Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity,” “Wrestling with Manhood” and “Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol.” He is also a recognized leader throughout the Jewish community in the area of domestic abuse prevention. While Katz is in Cincinnati, he will also present additional programs intended for specific audiences. High school students will learn how mainstream media such

films as well as stories from his experiences working with the U.S. Marines, collegiate athletes and college fraternities. Particular features of Jewish American masculinity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries will be discussed. He will also illustrate how sports culture, comedy, advertising and other media depictions of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence. With humor, he will show how homophobia prevents many people from dealing honestly with sexism. Katz has lectured on hundreds of college and high school cam-

as video, sports, TV and film promote violent behavior. This is cosponsored by KULANU-Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School and Merkaz. Professionals will be eligible to earn 1.5 CEUs when Katz introduces them to a creative new way of conceptualizing the role of men in raising awareness about domestic violence. This is cosponsored by Family Violence Prevention Project. For more information about these programs contact Jewish Family Service at 513-469-1188 or visit

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Music Live at Lunch will feature the following performers in February: the Walnut High School Choir, conducted by Lisa Peters (nave), Feb. 22. These free concerts are presented at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesdays Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5. Nathaniel Gumbs will be the featured organist at a free performance at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the cathedral. The concert is offered as part of the cathedral’s 2010-11 organ recital series on third Sundays October through May. A native of the Bronx, New York, Gumbs is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where he received an Excellence in Organ award while completing his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance. Currently, Gumbs is a candidate for a Master of Music degree in organ performance at Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music, where he is a student of Martin Jean. The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minn., will perform at the cathedral at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Considered one of the premier undergraduate a cappella ensembles, the 72-voice choir has performed in nearly every major concert hall in the U.S., including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken for Children’s Creative Corner. This non-profit organization, based in East Clifton, provides free art programming in the evening for youth ages 4 to 14. Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series, will feature the following performers in March. These free concerts are presented on Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5. All per-

Church by the Woods

The church offers traditional Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is handicapped-accessible. The church conducts English-as-asecond-language classes Saturday mornings. If you need to learn English, or know someone who does, call 563-6447. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville; 563-6447;

Church of God of Prophecy

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Women’s Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Sandy Morganthal of the Professional Pastoral Institute is the speaker. Cost of $10 includes lunch and continental breakfast. Discussion will be on topics near and dear to women’s hearts. Call the church for details. Moms Groups meets from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 22. All mothers are welcome. Lenten study begins at 10 a.m., March 9 with “Blessing of the Cross.” Call the church for details. Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. Family Movie Night is 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 4. Join the church for a free evening of movie watching, popcorn and drinks. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Clough United Methodist Church

The youth group will be working hard this year to raise money for special trips including a mission trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in July. The focus of this trip will be providing home repairs for residents of this Appalachian region. The church will have its Valentine’s Dinner again in February and will give away gift baskets and door prizes along with having a silent auction. The church is looking for donations of gift certificates and other products for the gift baskets and silent auction. In return, the donor’s name will be advertised. To donate, call 405-8185, e-mail or send items to the church address. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255; 2314301;

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Epiphany UMC will be sponsoring a blood drive 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Feb. 24, in the social hall. Open to the public. Join the church for the first-of-its-kind new ministry for stepfamilies at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Loveland. Most churches and communities have not yet tapped into the needs of this growing sector of the population. Unfortunately, the divorce rate is high and statistics show that more than 50 percent of US families are remarried or re-coupled and 1,300 new stepfamilies are forming every day. Meg King, founder of the ministry, recently became certified as a Stepfamily Coach through the National Stepfamily Foundation in New York and will lead the workshop on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at BlackHorse Run Clubhouse beginning March 1 for eight weeks. This will be an interactive format and will give couples an opportunity to talk with other couples in a similar scenario and share their experiences, questions, challenges. This workshop is open to everyone, please contact Meg King at or 833-7986 to register. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, con-


Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Rock Church ministry for students in grades 7-12 meets the third Saturday of each month 7-10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.


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Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. For details, call Deacon Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce Deaton and his band strike up energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. 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 located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is 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. Upcoming dates include March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contemplative services and labyrinth walks. Visit for dates, times and locations. 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.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Kingdom Builders Apostolic Church

The church invites all to worship the Lord with them. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and morning worship is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday evening Bible class is 4 p.m. and Wednesday night Bible class is 7-9 p.m. Pastor is Kirk Peoples Jr. The church is located at 3152 Lighthouse Drive, Suite C-2, Fairfield; 874-0446;

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship service time is 10 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The new Connect Family service is on the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for free dinner, fellowship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens ages 7-8 and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 67:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;


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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


ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 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


First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave


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

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

Church of God

Pastor: Lonnie & Erica Richardson Wednesday Evening Services - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 am

Second Sunday of Each Month 11:00 am - Noon 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

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333


6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-231-3946

9:15 Equipping Service · 10:45 Exploring Service INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School All Are Welcome Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible

Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am

Building Homes Relationships & Families

LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (ELCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am


UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am.

ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the ECK Worship Service

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

New Loca on! 3950 Newtown Road

The Greater Cincinnati 8290 Batavia-Pike - Route 32

Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. CE-1001614384-01

formances are in the Centennial Chapel unless listed as being in the cathedral nave. The schedule is March 1, Harold Byers, violin; Sandra Rivers, piano; March 8, Bobby Vance, countertenor; Amanda Bower, soprano (nave); March 15, Katie Falcón-Davidson, soprano; March 22, Lindsey Duncan, soprano (Celtic music); March 29, Marjorie Fryxell, piano; Rebecca Kruger Fryxell, violin and friends. The church is located at 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati; 621-1817;


temporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.


The church will be offering two workshops with Terry McBride, 6:309:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday, Feb. 20 and 21. Cost is $25 each or $40 for both. Terry McBride went from a healthy 22-year-old man to being physically crippled with the deadly e-coli bacteria eating away at his spine and flesh. The medical community’s diagnosis of “not curable” could not even begin to relay the hellish nightmare of 27 separate surgeries that Terry would endure throughout the next 11 years. Yet, even after a colostomy, months of total confinement in a body cast and the constant pain, the doctors’ prognosis was that the worse was yet to come. Incredibly, Terry McBride refused to accept their living death sentence and held to his belief that a full recovery was possible. The medical world’s possibilities exhausted, Terry began to explore philosophies and theologies from around the world on a quest to regain his health and reclaim his life. What Terry discovered was a way to combine century’s old wisdom with proven scientific principles to literally change his life. Then step-by-step he created a new reality for himself. By applying choice in his own life, Terry McBride was able to return from being engulfed with disease to being a healthy, joyous, independent human being. He then set out to simplify his methods so that anyone could use the same principles to make their own dreams come true. He created the Everybody Wins Program to assist others in making positive, radical, lasting changes in their own life just as he had. Since then, McBride has toured the country, helping others to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives. Read his powerful story of self-discovery in his new book, “The Hell I Can’t!” Terry McBride is one of the most sought-after speakers in the health and wellness field and personal growth movement. If you would like more information on having Terry speak to your group, organization or business. For more information about Terry McBride visit: The church is at 5701 Murray Ave., Cincinnati; 218-2128.

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: indianhill@ with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938.

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CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Life Changing Love Letters: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!" based on 1 John 4: 7-8, 15-21

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor


Center for Spiritual Living

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Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. “Encouraging One Another” is the focus for the women’s weekly bible study. The women meet, 9:45-11:15 a.m., every Wednesday morning. Baby-sitting is available. Pastor Josh is attending the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy. The course covers a variety of subjects affecting the Montgomery community from Sycamore schools, to civics, to public works and parks, to leading local industries. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

February 17, 2011


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


Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556


Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

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

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided


Indian Hill Journal

February 17, 2011






Local Residents in Amazement Yesterday As Collectors Provide A Stimulus Package to Florence! By KEN MCINTOSH 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 1965. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 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 they are 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, even Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes and worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on even common coins made of silver. Helms explains: all half dollars, quarter 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.

What We Buy: COINS

Any and all coins made before 1965, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, HalfDollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


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 over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. 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 inherented you can talk to these collectors for free and if your 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 the ICCA website at


Here’s How It Works:








DIRECTIONS: (859) 371-4400 SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767

All denominations made before 1934.



Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.

Recent Finds:


Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc.



1893 Morgan PAID $1,800


Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.

1916 Mercury DIme


PAID $2,800


1932 Washington Quarter

Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc. Anything made of platinum.


Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling. CE-0000447463


PAID $250

1849 Gold Dollar PAID $8,500

1803 $10 Gold PAID $14,000


February 17, 2011

Indian Hill Journal


Concert to benefit Freestore Foodbank


American Heritage Girls Troop 1411 of Madeira helped pack 61 shoeboxes with small toys, clothing, personal care items and school supplies to donate to needy children around the world for Operation Christmas Child.

The Cincinnati Brass Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Deer Park High School, 8 3 5 1 Plainfield Road, P r o ceeds from Handley the event will go to the Freestore Foodbank. The concert, featuring Big Band music, will include guest soloists Carmon DeLeone, Michael Chertock, Scott Belck, and Nancy James. WCPO Channel 9 newscaster Larry Handley will

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serve as master of ceremony. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at any Buddy Rogers location or at the door the night of the performance.



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American Heritage Girls troop lives mission with Christmas donation American Heritage Girls Troop 1411 of Madeira donated 61 shoeboxes filled with goodies to Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes packed with small toys, clothing, personal care items and school supplies to needy children around the world. For several years, American Heritage Girls Troop 1411 of Madeira has

packed shoeboxes with items donated by troop families. This year’s goal was to donate 25 boxes. The final count came to 61 shoeboxes. At the “packing party,” a large room was a buzz of activity as girls walked along tables filled with crayons, notepads, pencils, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and washcloths, candy and toys, selecting items for their boxes.

The girls also serve at Matthew:25 Ministries, Kids Against Hunger, and area nursing homes. Service helps the troop live out the mission of American Heritage Girls, “building women of integrity through service to God, family, country and community.” For more information visit or


Jacqueline Bishop, 22, 1315 Fourth St., open container, Jan. 23. Eric Bishop, 29, 1315 Fourth St., open container, Jan. 23.

Incidents/investigations Fraud

Female stated credit card used with no authorization at 6600 Shawnee Ridge, Jan. 20.

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About police reports The Community Press obtains reports on file with local police departments. We publish the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. Following disposition of

cases in the court system, individuals may supply The Community Press with documentation of the disposition for publication. To contact your local police department: • Indian Hill Rangers: Chief Chuck Schlie, 561-7000.


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MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $109/2 persons. Singles $94. Suites $119-$139. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

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DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit

DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. . D- 513-528-9800, E- 513-752-1735

DESTIN. New,nicely furnished 2BR, 2BA condo. Gorgeous Gulf view, pools and golf course. 513-561-4683. Visit or

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email or visit


5110 Ivyfarm Road: Kindel Gretchen A@2 to Kindel Gretchen A. & Michael Moeykens; $198,921. 6500 Clippinger Drive: Nationstar Mortgage LLC to Engler Rudolph B. & Geraldine E.; $421,000.

CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2 BR , 2 BA Gulf Front con do. Heated pool, balcony. Many upgrades. 513-771-1373, 448-7171


Tony & Jeannine Daniels announce the engagement of their son, Drew Daniels to Grayson Jenkins. Both graduated from Univ. of S.Carolina The wedding will be celebrated in Charleston May, 2011


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