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School to start earlier in 2014 By Forrest Sellers

Classes in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District will start about a week earlier in 2014. The Board of Education approved a 2014-2015 school calendar during its February meeting. The first day for students will be Thursday, Aug. 14. Superintendent Mark Miles proposed the calendar change after talking with staff members, administrators and PTO leaders as well as through informal conversations with par-

ents. He said an earlier start date will allow for additional instruction time to prepare for assessments later in the year such Lewis as the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests. An earlier start date also means the first semester will conclude before holiday break. “I believe the change in the 2014-2015 school calendar provides an academic benefit for

students and staff members.” said Miles. With an earlier start date, the last day for students will also be earlier. The last day for stuMiles dents will be Thursday, May 28. The length of the winter and spring breaks will remain the same as in previous years with two weeks allotted for winter break and six days allotted in the spring. Winter recess will be Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday,

Jan. 2. Spring recess will be Monday, March 23, through Monday, March 30. The three-day Thanksgiving break will also be retained. During the January school board meeting, Miles said he was investigating whether a similar calendar with an earlier start and end date was feasible for 2013-2014 school year. A survey was issued in which 309 people responded. Based upon the survey results, 49 percent preferred and earlier start date while 30 percent did not. Twenty-one percent of the respondents did not have a preference.

However, based on comments from a number of the respondents, Miles said the 20132014 school calendar will not be changed. “Changing the 2013-2014 school calendar would have caused significant conflicts with scheduled camps for students, vacation and other travel plans,” said Miles. Miles said waiting until 2014 will give people time to adjust to the new calendar. “I’m happy we got the community involved in making a decision on the school calendar,” said board Vice President Kim Martin Lewis.


By Jeanne Houck

Get up and “Get Growing.” That’s what Melinda O’Briant, education director at Turner Farm in Indian Hill, wants you to do. O’Briant will present “Let’s Get Growing – from Lawn to Garden,” a how-to-plant class 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Turner Farm’s barn studio off Given Road. Helping out will be Madeline Dorger of the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati in Avondale. “The days are getting longer,” Dorger recently blogged. “And that means it’s time to plant – well, it’s almost time to plant. “Let’s get ready anyway,” Dorger said. Megan Hill, Turner Farm’s garden manager, said O’Briant and Dorger “will be covering site selection, soil preparation, basic tools and how much to plant” during the Feb. 27 class. “Everyone is getting the planting bug now as Melinda has started up the germination chamber and has perennial flowers and herbs started,” Hill said. “Next up is alliums and we’re experimenting with soil blocks for the first time this year so that will be something fun and new.” The cost to attend “Let’s Get Growing – from Lawn to Garden” is $12. Registration is required; call 561-7400 or email Interested people also can register for a $12 class called “Friends and Foes,” in which O’Briant will on Wednesday, March 27, present the organic way of protecting gardens from pests while attracting insects and animals that are beneficial. The class will run 6:30-8 p.m. in the barn studio at Turner Farm, which went organic

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Broken pavement lines the concrete ramp from the Indian Hill fire station to the street. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Firehouses are under scrutiny By Jeanne Houck


in 1994. In operation since 1795, Turner Farm is one of three working farms in Indian Hill. Sheep and chickens roam its 58 acres, which have been protected since 2002 by an agricultural conservation easement held by the Land Conservancy of Hamilton County in cooperation with the American Farmland Trust. For more about your community, visit Hill. Get regular Indian Hill updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Before fire engines at the Indian Hill firehouse can speed away to fires and heart attacks they must bounce over a broken and potholed concrete ramp to the street. The ramp at the Madeira firehouse is too short for modern fire equipment and its view of surrounding traffic is obstructed. That’s the assessment of Stephen Ashbrock, chief of the Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District, who studied both stations last year. Ashbrock produced a list of problems for each firehouse that range from a leaking roof at the Indian Hill station on Drake Road to a basement that floods during heavy rains at the Madeira fire station on Miami Avenue. The Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District board recently decided to solicit proposals from architectural firms on how best to fix the problems and what would be the costs associated with refurbishing, renovating or rebuild-

WHAT’S WRONG Here are some of the problems at firehouses operated by the Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District identified by Stephen Ashbrock, chief of the district: The Indian Hill firehouse was built in 1940. Bays were added in 1960 and 1982 and a meeting/training room was added in 1994. » The heating and air-conditioning system is inefficient and in need of repeated maintenance. » The plumbing is patched together and the lighting obsolete. » The dorm space has humidity problems and poor temperature control. » There is no common gathering place, no locker room and no records storage room. » The width of the bay doors barely accommodates modern fire equipment. The building converted into the Madeira firehouse was acquired in 1960 and the house portion of it is about 100 years old. It was remodeled in 1978 and 1992. » The generator is 25 years old and can’t support full operations. » The lighting is obsolete. » The day room, kitchen and dining room are too small. » The bays are too narrow, too short and too low for modern fire equipment.

ing the fire stations. How any of this would be funded is anyone’s guess at this point, Ashbrock said. “There’s no money in either city’s budget to replace the stations, that’s for certain,” Ashbrock said.

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“As well, there is the issue of service delivery to the entire district. “This is particularly important relative to the location of the station(s) because of the impact on response times throughout the district,” Moeller said. “The district is 20-plus

square miles so location plays heavily into the decision-making process.” Meanwhile, Madeira and Indian Hill will pay the Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District up to $1.51 million for fire and paramedic services this year. Indian Hill paid the joint fire district $1.54 million in 2012. The fees assessed Indian Hill and Madeira will be reduced by insurance


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payments for ambulance service later. “We receive reimbursements for emergency medical services runs from insurance payments, however, we do not know (the amount of reimbursements) until they actually happen,” said Dina Minneci, Indian Hill’s city manager. The Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District also recently increased the ambulance and emergency medical services fees, but residents in Indian Hill and Madeira will not pay a penny more. That’s because residents will not be asked to pay more than their insurance covers, a policy that has been in place since 2005, Ashbrock said. Billing rates for: » Basic life-support services will increase from $400 to $500 per run. » More advanced lifesupport services will increase from $600 to $700.



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Indian Hill High School seniors Will Jaroszewicz, left, Hugh Strike and Courtney Toler rehearse for the upcoming performance of "The Pirates of Penzance." The play will be performed Feb. 21-23 at the high school. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Cast off with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Feb. 21-23 By Forrest Sellers

“The Pirates of Penzance” will dock at Indian Hill High School later this month. The Indian Hill High School Theatre will present the Gilbert and Sullivan opera 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, at 6865 Drake Road. A matinee performance will also be at 2 p.m. Saturday. “We’re excited this year because we have a full orchestra of 27 students,” said theater director Lisa Harris. “It’s been several years since we’ve had a full orchestra.” Harris said the orchestra will consist of strings, brass and timpani. She said the produc-

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more seniors involved than some of the previous ones, according to Harris. Among the participants are senior Hugh Strike, of Symmes Township, who will play the role of pirate apprentice Frederic. Strike has been involved with the theater program since the fifth grade. He estimates he has had a family member or relative involved in an Indian Hill High School production for nearly 25 years. “I think any show you do means a lot to you,” he said. “It’s very valuable.” Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students 18 and under. For information, call 272-9448 or visit the website

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Indian Hill pupils take a trial run By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders are going to court. For the 10th consecutive year, the students will stage a mock trial as part of an English class assignment. The topics range from a doctor’s negligence in treating a child to spousal abuse. Several different courtroom scenarios are planned, but all of them relate in some way John Steinbeck’s novella “The Pearl.” The cases were developed from situations arising in the book, which details how a Mexican fisherman’s life changed after finding a large pearl. The students will play the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys as well as witnesses. “What is nice doing this at the eighth-grade level is the high school has a mock trial team,” said English teacher Toni Roark. “(This mock trial)

Indian Hill Middle School eighth-grader Sarah Borden, left, English teachers Toni Roark and Julie Ryan, and eighth-graders Mrinal Singh and Brendan Ho prepare to go to court as the English classes prepare for a mock trial based on situations from a book the students recently read. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

piques their interest if they want to pursue this at the high school level. Roark said the experience also helps the students improve their skills in persuasive writing. Prior to the mock trial, the

students had to prepare an essay relating to their case. English teacher Julie Ryan said the students enjoy the opportunity to explore a judicial environment. “They are more en-

Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders Anthony Sartarelli, left, Benjamin Warstler and Katharine Johnson participate in a mock trial as part of an English class assignment. PROVIDED

thusiastic because of its real-world application,” she said. Eighth-grader Mrinal Singh, of Montgomery, who will be playing the role of a rebuttal lawyer, said he gained a few tips

from a relative of his who is a lawyer. “I haven’t counted out law as a career,” he said. Eighth-grader Brendan Ho, of Kenwood, said he was looking forward to the courtroom experi-

Indian Hill students go to court ... again

The Indian Hill High School mock trial team had a successful day in court. They recently placed first in district competition. This is the team’s sixth district championship since 2003, and according to Stephen Reger, instructor and head coach, a major accomplishment. It is the most district championships in that time frame in the state, he said. The team, which is designated as “The Red

Team,” will now proceed to regional and state competitions. The team won last year’s state championship. “I like to argue,” joked team captain Aaron Hall, a senior and resident of Kenwood, about his involvement with the mock trial team. Each team is given an opportunity to play both the role of prosecution and defense. This particular case involves a a 15-year-old teen’s confession of arson and whether police coerced the confession, said team captain Reagan Wilkins, a senior from Indian

Hill. “I just like the challenge of it,” said Wilkins about her participation in mock trial competition. Students on the team also play the role of witnesses. Senior Julia Horst, of Kenwood, won a best witness award in state competition last year. “It gives me a reason to explore an area I wouldn’t necessarily pursue on my own,” said Horst about the different topics the cases involve. Senior Laurin Schwab, of Indian Hill, said she is continuing a tradition with her involvement on

the team. Both her brother and sister have been on previous mock trial teams at the school. “We call it the ‘Schwab dynasty,’” she said. Schwab, who is also a team captain, said she enjoys the thrill of competition.


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ence. “You have to be quickthinking,” said Ho, who will also be playing a rebuttal lawyer. “Personally, I like the lawyer aspect (of it) and how it simulates an actual trial.”

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Students film new cooking show By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill High School senior Iesha Pearson described the experience as being like chef Julia Child. Pearson, who is a resident of Kenwood, and classmates in the high school’s College and Career Prep class, were recently filmed for the school’s BravesBeat weekly news show. The students demonstrated easy food preparation tips for college students. It was similar to a cooking show, said Pat Pritz, a family and consumer science teacher at the school who teaches the class. Pritz said the class provides students with information on how to prepare for college and then a career. A portion of the class includ-

ed tips on meal preparation for college students and choosing meals which are fast, affordable and healthy. Pearson thought the information would be valuable to other students, especially graduating seniors, and suggested submitting the idea to BravesBeat for one of their segments. The students were then filmed for an upcoming broadcast. They prepared a breakfast burrito, a pizza ring and scrambled eggs in a cup. Senior Alex Misali, of Kenwood, who was shown preparing taco soup, said he hoped the information would be beneficial. “People will get to see how fast and easy is is to make this food,” he said. BravesBeat videos can be viewed on YouTube.

Indian Hill High School seniors Mary Simandl, left, of Camp Dennison, and Jordan Conn, of Sycamore Township, lay out a flour tortilla for a breakfast burrito. Both are students in the College and Career Prep class and were filmed for an upcoming broadcast of the BravesBeat weekly news program. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Ursuline to present ‘Starry Starry Night’

Sylvie Sum’s French Playgroup with a Purpose dances in SpotLight 2013 talent show for Indian Hill Primary and Elementary School students tickled the audience with their Broadway-style performance. Starring (front, L to R): Sylvie Gumlaw, Polly Holmes, Jackie Khan; (middle, L to R): Daniel Vollmer, George Vollmer, Max Cioffi, Lilly Mitchell, Francesca Kong, Ethan Gallegos; (back, L to R): Luke Egnaczyk, Libby Holmes, Mirabella Bosse, Jessi Robinson, Samantha Kayne, Victoria Quintero, and Caroline Chasar.


Students in Sylvie Sum’s French classes at Indian Hill Primary and Elementary School recently performed in the SpotLight 2013 talent show.

Sylvie Sum’s advanced French/Empowerment group shows how Parisdoes hip-hop to Ou La La at the 2013 SpotLight talent show for Indian Hill Primary and Elementary School students. Starring (front, L to R): Will Deimer, Sophie Sawyers, Drew Heinichen; (back, L to R): Abby Sanders, Mia Fiore, Nick Ringer, Sydney Sawyers, and Sarah Beck.

Ursuline Academy presents “Starry Starry Night,” featuring “The Phantom of the Opera's” Franc D'Ambrosio, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Ursuline’s Besl Theatre. D’Ambrosio, singer, actor and Broadway performer, best known for his impressive portrayal of the “Phantom” in Andrew D'Ambrosio Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, “The Phantom of the Opera.” Affectionately known as Phantom’s “Iron Man of the Mask,” D'Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom.” He also starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award-nominated film, “Godfather III” as Anthony Corleone,

the opera-singing son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. D'Ambrosio sang the Academy Award-winning song “Speak Softly Love,” both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. He will perform a one-man show celebrating the music of Broadway, including favorites from “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” In addition, Ursuline’s women’s chorus, show choir, a cappella choir and other students will perform. Cost is $50 per person ($25 tax-deduction per person), with a chance to win three $500 to $700 entertainment raffle packages. Proceeds support the Ursuline Academy Performing Arts. Contact Starry Starry Night Chair Michelle McCoy at or (513) 312-3895.

Creative and confident in their hip-hop routine under the Eiffel Tower.

From left: Mary Miller, Carol Lecher, Principal Dan Stringer and Karen Gardner. THANKS TO KARA MANGAN

All Saints honors teachers

Just chillin’ in the green room.

All Saints School celebrated Catholic Schools Week and honored some very special teachers Carol Lecher and Karen Gardner were honored at a special Mass for their 10 years of service and dedication to the

students at All Saints. Lecher teaches second-grade and Gardner teaches eighth-grade. Also honored at the Mass was Mary Miller, fourth-grade teacher, for her nomination from the NCEA for Distinguished Teacher of the Year.






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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

Boys basketball

» Moeller beat Winton Woods 63-47 on Feb. 9 as junior Grant Benzinger had 19 points. The Crusaders beat Alter 5844 on Feb. 15. Senior Josh Davenport had 18 points. » Indian Hill beat Boone County 60-51on Feb.12 as senior Jon Griggs had 18 points.


» Indian Hill resident Sam Fry of Ursuline Academy was named a high school all-American by She is one of only 39 juniors that was selected to the team that includes 150 girls nationally.

Girls basketball

» Indian Hill defeated Reading 55-42 on Feb. 9 as junior Jessica Arington had 18 points. » Indian Hill beat Deer Park 42-36 on Feb. 11. Senior Christine Canning had 14 points.

District swimming and diving

Cincinnati Country Day coach Howard Brownstein coaches up his players during a first-half timeout in the Indians’ game at Lockland Feb. 15. Brownstein became the 41st coach in OHSAA history to reach 500 wins. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Brownstein wins 500th CCD veteran coach joins elite club

By Nick Dudukovich

LOCKLAND — When Cincinnati Country Day coach Howard Brownstein took his first teaching job at Shroder in1973, he had no intention of becoming coach. That changed when the freshman coach told Brownstein he was taking over the eighth-grade team. With Cincinnati Country Day’s 63-40 victory over Lockland Feb. 15, Brownstein became the 41st coach in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to reach 500 career wins. “I didn’t think I’d be doing it this long,” said Brownstein, who’s in his 28th season coaching the Indians. “It’s just fun. It’s the best thing I do. I like teaching math, but coaching is just a real passion.” The victory also secured CCD (16-6, 9-4) the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division championship.

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CCD sophomore Wyatt Fletcher led the team with 17 points. The Indians started the game off tight, according to Brownstein, but ended the half on a12-0 run. Fletcher said everyone on the Indians knew what was at stake. “We were playing for his 500th win and our league championship,” he said. “It’s amazing because he’s been coaching for so long and to be a part of this win, it’s such a big deal.” While at Country Day, Brownstein’s teams have won10 sectional titles, three district titles and a regional title. He coached the 1992 team to the Division IV state final four.

Cincinnati Country Day sophomore J.R. Menifee, right, tries to snag a rebound away from Lockland senior Dariean Carnine during a game at Lockland Feb. 15. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

IH breaks records, wins CHL meet

The following is a submitted summary of Indian Hill girls swimming action: At the recent CHL championships, the Indian Hill Braves ladies team was triumphant winning the meet overall, breaking five CHL meet records, two Mariemont pool records and team captain, Alexandra Tracy, being named the CHL swimmer of the year. CHL records were broken by senior - Rachel McGoff; freshman - Lizzie Drerup; senior - Alexandra Tracy and two of the braves relay teams. The Mariemont High School pool records were grabbed by Alexandra Tracy in the 50 freestyle event, and by Lizzie Drerup in the 100 backstroke. The Lady Braves have now carved names on two area

The Indian Hill High School girls swim team celebrates their victories at the recent CHL Championships. THANKS TO SUSAN TRACY

pool record boards, having broken the 200-yard freestyle relay pool record at Milford High School two weeks ago. CHL swimmer of the year Alexandra Tracy, who has

signed to swim with Georgia Tech next year, has an impressive history at the CHL meet winning CHL events seven out of the eight times she swam over her high school career

and setting a total of 6 CHL records during that time. The capture of the league championship for the ladies was a true team effort. Point scorers in the swimming events on Sunday included Rachel McGoff (first - 200 IM; first - 100 IM* new record), Alexandra Tracy (first - 50 free* new record; first - 100 fly); Lizzie Drerup (first - 100 back* record; second - 200 free); Grace Stimson (third - 200 IM; fourth - 100 back), and Connie Yin (eighth - 200IM; seventh 100 fly); Delaney Smith (third - 100 free; third - 100 fly), Bridget Pavlick (sixth - 100 free; fifth - 500 free), and Avery Pearson (ninth - 100 free; fifth - 500 free); Sarah See SWIM, Page A7

» The swimming and diving district championships were held at Miami University Feb. 11-16. The following individuals advanced to the state tournament, which will commence Feb. 20 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio. » Indian Hill: diving, Cassie Wegryn, Katherine Arnold; 50 freestyle, Alexandra Tracy, Elizabeth Drerup, Devin Landstra; 100 backstroke, Elizabeth Drerup, Sarah Vester, Alexandra Tracy, Devin Landstra; 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Rachel McGoff; 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Grace Stimson; 100 butterfly, Delaney Smith; Girls 200 freestyle relay (Rachel McGoff, Devin Landstra, Sarah Vester, Drerup); Girls 400 freestyle relay (McGoff, Landstra, Delaney Smith, Tracy); Girls 200 medley relay (Tracy, Smith, Grace Stimson, Drerup); Boys 200 medley relay (Will Dowling, Jack Dowling, Noah Brackenbury, Sam Vester); 100 breaststroke, Noah Brackenbury; 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Jack Dowling; 100 freestyle, Sam Vester; Will Dowling, 100 breaststroke. » Moeller: 200 and 500 freestyle, Kevin George; 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, Greg Nymberg; 500 freestyle; Fritz Josephson; 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Noah Worobetz; Boys 400 freestyle relay (Kevin George, Eric Scott, Tory Worobetz, Nymberg); Boys 200 medley relay (Noah Worobetz, NymSee HIGHLIGHT, Page A7

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berg, Charlie Braun, Chris Asgian); Boys 200 freestyle relay (J. Peloquin, Scott, Tory Worobetz, George). » CHCA: 100 fly and 100 backstroke, Kendall Hart. » CCD:100 and 200 free, Allie Wooden. Wooden won the 100 freestyle championship. 200 freestyle relay (Celia MacRae, Kira Hughes, Avery Maier, Wooden); 400 freestyle relay (Macrae, Hughes, Maier, Wooden).

Tournament wrestling

» In the Division I quarterfinals of the state team tournament in Columbus, Moeller beat Centerville on Feb. 9. Recording pins for the Crusaders were senior Will Kruspe at 106 pounds, senior Wyatt Wilson at 152, junior Chalmer Frueauf at 220 and junior Max Swoboda at 285. The Crusaders fell in the semifinals to Massillon Perry. » Wrestling’s sectional tournament concluded Feb. 16. The following individuals advanced to districts, which begin Feb. 22. » Moeller was the Division I sectional champion at Lebanon. Moving to the districts for the Crusaders were: Conner Ziegler (champion) 113; Jacoby Ward, 120; Connor Borton, 126; Andrew Mendel (champion) 132; Johnathan Tallarigo, 138; Austin Wesley, 145; Wyatt Wilson, 152; Dakota Sizemore, 160; Dean Meyer (champion) 170; Quinton Rosser, 182; Jerry Thornberry, 195, Chalmer Fruehauf (champion) 220; Max Swoboda, 285.


Marsteller leads Lions to state Gannett News Service

Ursuline junior Alisabeth Marsteller triumphed with two titles after winning the 200 individual medley and100 freestyle at the Division I district girls swim meet at Miami University Feb. 16. Marsteller, who finished second in the district and fifth in the state in the 200 IM last season, finished in 2:01.24, falling short of one goal while reaching another. “I got out fast,” Marsteller said. “I was excited to be in the race. That set me up, and seeing I was ahead gave me confidence.” Marsteller was pleasantly surprised at swimming the 100 freestyle in 50.31. “I switched out of that to do the 100 backstroke last year, so I was really interested in seeing how I’d do,” Marsteller said. “I exceeded my expectations.” Marsteller swam the anchor leg on two Ursuline record-setting relay teams, the 200 freestyle with junior Temarie Tomley (Anderson Township) and seniors Gabrielle Young and Bridget Blood (Blue Ash) and

Ursuline’s Alisal Marsteller, pictured at January’s Southwest Classic, won two individual titles at the Division I district meet Feb. 16. Marsteller was also a contributor on two record-breaking relay teams. FILE PHOTO

the 400 freestyle with senior Abby Wu (Milford), junior Emily Slabe (Liberty Township) and Tomley.


in Canton Feb. 20-23. Ursuline was state runnerup in the team standings during the last two state meets.


Lizzie Drerup, was in the 200yard medley relay; this broke a record set by last year’s successful IH ladies. The fifth CHL meet record, good for first place, was broken by the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Elizabeth Drerup, Delaney Smith, Rachel McGoff, and Alexandra Tracy. This relay effort, the last relay of the meet, clinched the win over Mariemont by a precious four points and made the Indian Hill Lady Braves the CHL Champions of the year.

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Tournament bowling

» The boys Division I sectional bowling tournament was held at Crossgate Lanes on Feb. 15. Moeller advanced to the district tournament Feb. 23 in Beavercreek.

The top two swimmers and relay teams in each event automatically qualified for the state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium

Rachel McGoff, Delaney Smith, Elizabeth Drerup and Alexandra Tracy are the relay team from Indian Hill High School that won the CHL Championship event and broke the CHL record. THANKS TO SUSAN TRACY

Vester (fourth - 200 free; third - 100 back), Kat Anning (fifth 200 free; fifth - 100 breast); Lindsay Tracy ( 12th - 100 back), Devin Landstra (second - 50 free; second - 100 back); Dini Zucker (ninth - 100 breast); and Emma Lowe (10th - 100 breast). The fourth CHL meet record, this one by Lady Braves Alexandra Tracy, Rachel McGoff, Devin Landstra, and



Editor: Eric Spangler,, 576-8251




Return medicine practice to doctors

My brightest friend, was a chemist for 48 years. His thinking was international, as he had lived in Europe, developing chemicals for a number of glass manufacturers. He was 30 years my senior, and a great mentor and teacher. Everything in his life was carefully planned; but that was the result of his background as a chemist. He maintained a large garden, one might say a ‘Victory Garden’; he loved to cook and teach cooking. He and his wife took the full course at the ‘Culinary Institute’ in NYC. It was a culinary delight to visit with him; and, you always learned at least three new useful things, each in a differ-

ent field. He formed an alliance with a manufacturer of cooking utensils, showing them how to make them better, without James adding cost. In Baker COMMUNITY PRESS turn, they lavished him GUEST COLUMNIST with their latest equipment, for his review. Chain smoking finally got him and Jack died at age 84 of a heart attack. One-month prior to his death he called all of his close friends to ask if he could visit. He and his wife tossed their luggage into his

Take your colon health seriously March is colon cancer awareness month. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and about 55,000 Americans will die from colon cancer each year. Up to 6 percent will develop colon cancer in their lifetime. It affects all races and is equal in women and men, occurring more frequently after age 50. People at higher risk include those with a family history colon cancer or polyps (especially if less than age 60 at time of diagDavid nosis), family Mangels history of COMMUNITY other cancers PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST (uterus, ovary, and kidney), personal history of ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease, diabetes or obesity. Colon cancer tends to develop slowly over years as some polyps (growths in the colon lining) may become cancerous. If polyps are removed early, colon cancer can be prevented. Symptoms may occur later when the disease is more advanced and may include: change in bowel habits, frequent constipation or diarrhea, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss or anemia, abdominal discomfort or bloating. Many other conditions could cause these same symptoms and should be discussed with your physician. Lifestyle modification and screening can reduce the risk of colon cancer. Maintaining an ideal body weight, regular exercise, smoking cessation, decreasing red meat and increasing vegetable and fruit consumption can be helpful. Proper screening can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 90 percent. Unfortunately, only about 50 percent of Americans have been screened. Several screening options are available and many are covered by Medicare and major insurance carriers. A full colonoscopy is the most complete examination

new Honda Civic and they drove from North Carolina to New York, to Cleveland, then on to Michigan; they stopped to visit with us on their return home. His mind was sharp until the day he died. If your computer is working properly, one can be productive well into their 90s. I had two aunts who lived beyond 100; one had very high scores on her written and driving test, at 96. Both were relatively self-sufficient until the last year of their lives. That’s only 1 percent downtime. OK…that may be a stretch…they had extended family that dropped in to offer their services. The field of medicine

Last week’s question Will you miss U.S. Postal Service mail delivery on Saturdays? Why or why not?

“Yes, I will miss Saturday delivery. It has always been interesting to me that it was only ever reported that it would be Saturday that would be dropped. So many businesses now operate seven days/week, and folks have lamented that even on Thanksgiving stores were open, I wonder why Wednesday wasn't considered.”

David G. Mangels is with Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute (, 8271 Cornell Road, Suite 730, (513) 936-0700.

“I will miss the Postal Service delivery on Saturdays. “Often I'll sit outside on my


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must be returned to the doctors. Several weeks ago, I reported on my total hip replacement via the ‘Anterior Approach.’ I reiterate, if you know anyone who needs hip replacement, this is the only procedure to have. This is one procedure that has made this surgery less expensive and offered the maximum patient outcome from the day after surgery. Ironically, this procedure has been in practice in Europe for 40 years. Why were we not allowed to have it? Surgery is less than an hour, pain levels are low. James Baker is a 36-year resident of Indian Hill.


and the only method that simultaneously allows for removal of polyps during the procedure. Testing stool for hidden blood, flexible sigmoidoscopy and barium enema may be useful,but are not as accurate in detecting polyps or cancer as colonoscopy. CT colonography (a specialized CT scan) or testing stool for genetic abnormalities are possible future screening options but are not covered by some insurance plans or as widely available at the present time. If abnormalities where found, a colonoscopy would be needed to further evaluate. Several medical organizations recommend a screening colonoscopy for average risk patients every 10 years beginning at age 50. If polyps are found, follow-up intervals may be shorter than 10 years. Higher risk patients may need to be screened earlier at age 40 or 10 years earlier than the youngest family member was diagnosed with colon cancer. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends African-Americans of average risk start screening at age 45. Colonoscopy is considered the best screening test when performed by a qualified physician. It is safe and sedation used during the procedure makes it comfortable for the vast majority of patients. Newer bowel preparation done to cleanse the colon use smaller volumes of laxatives and are commonly split into two doses to improve the process. Expert ambulatory outpatient centers follow strict quality and safety guidelines. Colon cancer is a preventable disease. Screening and early detection can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer and needs to be done even when no symptoms are present. It is important to be screened and to encourage family and friends as well, it could save your or a loved one's life.


known as orthopaedics has allowed those formerly confined to a wheelchair, or bed, the ability to walk again. It has enabled them to once again care for themselves, drive, shop, baby-sit the grandchildren or great-grandchildren, do laundry, garden, maintain the house, etc., etc. you get the point. Medical efficiency has improved; costs are coming down. Much of this is, and will, be due to the computerization of hospitals, instant staff communications, and newer surgical procedures that have been introduced. It is my opinion that this is without the help of the AMA and FDA. ‘THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE’

“Yes, to some extent, but postal mail is not like it was when I was a youngster growing up. Back in that time, the mailman delivered our mail twice a day! “Today, virtually all of the mail we get are requests for donations to charity and ads, and occasional greeting cards. (I've received over 650 mailed solicitations in the past year asking for money – all worthy causes, too, but I can't give to all of them.) “I have a sister and nephew with whom I communicate fairly regularly through the post office, but I doubt that many people do this any more. It seems obvious that many people have stopped using the mail and replaced it with Internet usage, to pay bills, to communicate with each other, etc. “It is amazing to me that given the huge deficits the post office has incurred in recent years it is still in existence. One thing they might have tried earlier is to raise the first-class postage rate in a meaningful way, not 1 or 2 cents. But that would have only been a temporary measure. “The days of the post office are numbered.” Bill B.

“I depend heavily on USPS Priority Mail Service in my tax business, but nobody who uses these services expects delivery faster than a few days. “There is no delivery on Sunday and eliminating Saturdays is no big deal. UPS and FEDEX do not deliver on Saturdays? “Most of what comes in the mail these days is junk that goes straight to the recycle bin. If you want it fast, fax or scan and email.”

NEXT QUESTION How will the Horseshoe Casino, scheduled to open March 4 in downtown Cincinnati, affect Cincinnati? Do you plan to patronize the casino? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

veranda here in Indian Hill and hope that the postman is delivering the latest issue of some magazine I enjoy like Maxim or Playboy. “I can then sit back have a few martinis and just enjoy my just-delivered magazines for Saturday and on Sunday after church. “That won't happen now, since I don't have that time during the week to just kick back during the day, due to work.” I.P.

“I think residential customers could probably live with a Monday, Wednesday, Friday delivery service. Even with smart cuts in service it's doubtful that the U.S. Postal Service could operate in the black. Being a quasigovernment entity, operating a business will always be problematic for them.” D.J.H.

“Absolutely not. I've said this time and time again, if the USPS wants to cut costs, eliminate the Saturday mail. “What is so important for the normal household that you must get mail on Saturday that cannot wait until Monday? “Almost all major offices and corporations are closed on weekends, retail is open weekends, but what is sent out on a Saturday unless it is something that someones life depends on.”


“To me, Saturday delivery is no big issue. I often said over the past several years that the Postal Service should make major adjustments in their delivery service. “I do feel that businesses should have full five-day service, whereas residential could get by on alternating two-day service. I would have no problem with deliveries being made on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday with all areas of the postal district being divided into sections. “I also feel that small businesses, within a certain radial area of the post office, should have a area to pick up their mail and eliminate service jeeps to each individual small business (excluding from this large-volume delivery businesses ). “I realize the hardship that the postal union would go through and that individuals and businesses would have to make adjustments, but look at the billions of dollars that would be saved each year. “Oh yes, I did mention this to an employee years ago and she said the union would not stand for this type of adjustments.” D.J.




“I've thought for quite some time that Saturday delivery was unnecessary. But the real problem with the finance problem of the Postal Service is the unbelievable retirement benefits. The postal service is supposed to be self sufficent, but the reality is that we, the taxpayers, are paying for an outdated system. "Email and all of the other electronic devices have taken over. This is not the19th century any more. They need to get caught up with the technology. “Truthfully, most of my mail is junk mail. THAT I can do without!”

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Mike and Linda Green of Indian Hill attend Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT




Evening of Hope volunteer Tina Haunert of Loveland sets up another pink flamingo in keeping with the evening's theme. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Evening of Hope aids cancer support

Kay Geiger, title sponsor PNC’s regional president, enjoys the Evening of Hope benefit with event co-chairs Chris and Marilyn Dolle of Wyoming. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

The fifth Annual “Evening of Hope … a Celebration of Life” was recently conducted to benefit Cancer Support Community. Approximately 335 friends and supporters enjoyed an evening featuring the entertainment of the Pink Flamingos, along with a cocktail reception, dinner, raffle and auction. As part of the evening’s festivities, Bill & Sue Butler were presented the 2012 Celebration of Life award in recognition of their long-standing support of Cancer Support Community’s free programs of support, education and hope for people affected by cancer – especially the key role they have played in donating space in the Lookout Corporate Center to make it possible for the Cancer Support Community to operate a facility in Ft. Wright, Ky., to better serve people affected by cancer in Northern Kentucky. Co-chairs Marilyn and Chris Dolle led the planning for this event, along with committee members Barbara Bushman, April Davidow, Linda Green, Bill Krul, Kelly Martin, Kathy Maxwell, Leonard Stokes, and Lucy Ward.

Lucy Ward, left, (Hyde Park), Tom & Susan Gear (Sycamore Township), Doug and Ellen Zemke (Oakley) enjoy the Evening of Hope while raising support for the Cancer Support Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Joanie Manzo of Loveland, left, and Patti Schroer or Anderson Township enjoy a sip and help raise funds for the Cancer Support Community at the recent Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Marilyn and Chris Dolle, right, present a gift to Celebration of Life honorees Bill and Sue Butler at Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Kathy and Steve Guggenheim of Wyoming attend the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Susan Kahn, left, of Indian Hill and Fran Carlisle of Covington attend the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Barb and Jim Bushman of Covington attend Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Greg and Tonya Purdon of Loveland attend Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 21 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

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

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

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road, “The Flood.” Everything is complicated in Yoni’s life. Almost 13 and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, his dysfunctional parents, older brother with autism and school bullies threaten to disrupt his life. Accompanying short: “Starring David,” funny documentary about faith, identity and belonging. Ages 18 and up. Per showing: $10, $8 members. Festival pass: $75, $65 members. 761-7500; Kenwood.

Health / Wellness Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition for Heart Health, 6-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Healthy dinner along with information presented by TriHealth experts in field. Learn latest preventative measures, along with role of foods rich in antioxidants and which ones to avoid. $25. Reservations required. 985-6706; Montgomery.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30-8 p.m., Neal’s

$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Fluid style of Hatha Yoga incorporates elements of Ashtanga yoga in an inspiring, heat-producing workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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.

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

FRIDAY, FEB. 22 Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes Bella Italia with Diane Phillips, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Diane shares her experiences and gives taste of “La Dolce Vita.” $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, bread, dessert and drink served with entree choices of shrimp basket, two pieces grilled chicken, two slices cheese pizza or all-you-can-eat-cod. $9, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 4 and under. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, baked salmon and dinners for children, soup, sides, desserts, sodas, beer and wine bar. Carryout and Drive thru available, drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s summer mission trip. $5-$10. 4898815; Montgomery. St. Gertrude Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Also presented by Knights of Columbus. Dine-in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich or cheese pizza plus two sides, beverage and dessert. $8, $6 children. 652-3477; Madeira.

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

Health / Wellness 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. Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Jewish Hospital Weight Management Center, 6350 E. Galbraith Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 686-6820; Kenwood. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Loveland. Grand Opening Celebration, 7-10 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Opening of boutique style studio offering Pilates, yoga, zumba and other signature classes. Meet trainers. Appetizers and beverages available. Ages 21 and up. Free. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open

Greasers. Poodle Skirts. 1950s Rock'n Roll. Hot Rods. Must be "Schmaltz-The Musical,” a Purim-based take-off on "Grease.” The joint production between Congregation Ohav Films Shalom in Sycamore Township and Northern Hills Synagogue in Deerfield Township has an Mayerson JCC Jewish and array of talent to put their distinctive stamp on this play. Taking place on Feb. 23 at Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 Congregation Ohav Shalom, this one night only event falls on Purim, a Jewish holiday p.m., Mariemont Theatre, 6906 recorded in the Book of Esther. The evening starts at 7:15 p.m. for services and the Wooster Pike, “Life in Stills,” recounting of the Purim story, known as the Megillah reading. Afterwards, a two generations collide while 1950s-inspired dinner will be served, including homemade hamentashen-a Purim they take on politicians at city pastry-for dessert. And then the play begins, which tells the story of Purim loosely linked hall. Accompanying short: “Advice and Dissent,” about a to the music from Grease. Chava Vidal, Programming Chairperson for Congregation Ohav couple who disagrees about Shalom, and the play's director, said, "Schmaltz is an original 50s style Yiddish having a child. Ages 18 and up. interpretation of Purim. Instead of characters such as Danny the greaser, and Sandy, our play has Esther and Haman, key players in the Purim story." The original script was created Per showing: $10, $8 members. Festival pass: $75, $65 members. by Chaya Vidal, mother of Chava. Schmaltz is one of several original musicals Chaya has 761-7500; www.mayerwritten for synagogues across the country. 1950s-style attire is encouraged. The dinner is Marie$15 per person for adults and $6 per child ages 12 and under. A cash bar will be available. mont. Contact 485-9139, or visit or Space is limited. THANKS TO ANN Karaoke and Open Mic NEUER Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

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

Benefits Come to the Islands, 6:30-11 p.m., Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, 902 LovelandMiamiville Road, Cocktail hour featuring beverages from the tropics, performance by Walnut Hills Steel Drum Band and sit-down dinner featuring Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Dancing, cabanas, tiki bar and cigar retreat. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Ohio Valley Voices. $100. Reservations required. 791-1458; Loveland.

Dining Events Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Fellowship Hall. Spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. $8, $3 children. 791-7631. Deer Park.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Partner Yoga, 11 a.m.-noon, Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Based on your needs to grow your Yoga practice. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Holiday - Black History Month Macy’s Black History Month Program, 2 p.m., Macy’s-Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Lower Level, Kid’s Department. In honor of Gordon Parks contribution to the arts, join us for a children’s “Design Your Own Book.” Family friendly. Free. 745-8980; Kenwood.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10-11:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

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On Stage - Children’s Theater Thumbelina, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, 9555 Plainfield Road, THEATRE IV brings Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale of heroism and surprise to life in musical adaptation. Thumbelina, miniature heroine who emerges from a flower, encounters her friends in a series of astonishing, delightful and sometimes perplexing adventures. $5. 745-5705; Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

Religious - Community Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Women’s Retreat, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road, Cinny Roy, Eve Center executive director, discusses “Who Am I and How Do I Do Me Better?” $25 with lunch. Reservations required. 891-1700; Kenwood.

SUNDAY, FEB. 24 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

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

Cooking Classes Fresh Loaf: Artisanal Bread Baking for the Beginner, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Elizabeth Robinson teaches how to bake the perfect loaf of bread from fresh ingredients to presentation. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland. Dew More Initiative: Pizza School, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dewey’s Pizza Kenwood, 7767 Kenwood Road, Learn to toss and top pizza and gain pizza knowledge from Dewey’s experts. Benefits Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. $25. Registration required. 791-1616. Kenwood.


Once upon a Purim, 3-5 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Purim party for young families in Jewish community. Children’s theater performs “Rumplestilskin.” Fairytale-fantasy themed carnival with games, prizes, professional face painters, balloon artists, Hamentaschen cookies and more. Free. Registration required. 703-3343; Amberley Village.

Music - Benefits The Musical Magic of John Williams, 3 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Auditorium. Shelly Bamberger, master of ceremonies. John Williams is a composer, conductor and pianist. Performers include: Dr. Terren Frenz, University of Cincinnati director of bands, dancers from Kids First Sports Center, and Rifle and Saber Drill Team from University of Cincinnati’s ROTC program. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. $10; donation requested of canned goods. 604-0288. Montgomery.

MONDAY, FEB. 25 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. 351-5005; Madeira.

Cooking Classes Italian Soups from Barresi’s with Sarah Wagner, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Sarah creates some of the special soups and a finishing dessert from Italy. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

Exercise Classes Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. Ages 18 and up.

Acoustic Open Mic, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

TUESDAY, FEB. 26 Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Music from variety of genres. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Dining Events Community Dinner, 6-7 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Free. 7917631. Deer Park.

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

Holiday - Black History Month Honoring the Black Brigade: The Story of our Gallant Civil War Defenders, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, In September of 1862, Cincinnati was gripped by fear that an advancing Confederate force would soon invade the city. In response, thousands of men were called to defend the city. Among them were many African-American residents who became known as “The Black Brigade of Cincinnati.” These men served in building defenses for the exposed city, and were among the very first African-Americans to serve for the Union during the Civil War. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Lectures Get a Jump on Spring, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, tips for re-organizing and transitioning to a new lifestyle. Free. Reservations required. 823-3029; Kenwood.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont.



Stuffed pork tenderloin perfect for guests, Easter Yesterday, granddaughter Eva and I shared a simple country pleasure. We went for a walk down my path that leads to the East Fork River. She wanted to see if the watercress was growing in our little spring-fed pool along the path and if the “Easter Rita grass” Heikenfeld (wild onRITA’S KITCHEN ions) was up yet. Well, no watercress for our salad, but the wild onions were growing in little patches along an old stone wall. There was a bonus, too: Wild yellow aconite was poking through layers of fallen leaves and snow all over the hill. What a surprise that was. I think this is the earliest yet that I’ve seen both of these harbingers of spring. The aconite’s neon yellow petals look delicate but are sturdy enough to survive under a layer of snow. The flowers have a history, too. Our friend Ike Leaf, of blessed memory, tossed the first handful of seeds on top of the hill years ago. “When they drop seeds, they’ll tumble down the hill and eventually cover it,” he said. And they have. Check out my blog for a photo of Eva picking wild aconite.

Pesto stuffed pork tenderloin

A recipe that garners fans every time it’s served. My friend, Mary Lee Olinger, an Anderson Township reader, first shared this with me a while back. She had eaten this stuffed pork at the home of her friend,

Mary Ann Myers. My latest version includes fresh parsley and Romano cheese. Make sure you use pork tenderloin and not the loin, because the loin won’t cook in the time given. Check a few minutes before it’s done – I roast my pork to 145 or so (see my tip below). Use ready-made pesto or my homemade. Even though Easter is weeks away, you might want to save this recipe for Easter dinner, it’s that good. 2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed Ready-made or homemade pesto Romano cheese, grated (or Parmesan) Pine nuts Butcher string Fresh chopped parsley and extra cheese for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the tenderloin, lengthwise, not quite all the way through. Spoon pesto until it fills (and overflows a bit) the cavity. Gently tie roast in three places to keep it together. Place on sprayed baking pan. Sprinkle a good amount of cheese and nuts over roast. Bake until done (145 degrees). In my oven it takes about 25-30 minutes; it may take longer in yours. If the pine nuts start to get too brown, tent meat with foil. Let rest about 10 minutes, tented with foil. After slicing, sprinkle with parsley and more cheese. This feeds four to five people.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Nervous about pork temperature? The USDA says 145 degrees is safe. After resting a few minutes, the temperature will rise a few degrees, enough to kill any harm-

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With a food processor’s motor running, add garlic and nuts. Add everything else and process until smooth. Store in refrigerator up to a week. It may turn a bit dark on the top, but that’s OK. Some people pour a thin layer of oil over the top to prevent this. Store in freezer several months, again pouring a thin layer of oil on top to prevent darkening.

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'Pirates of Penzance’ is ready to dock Indian Hill High School’s Pow Wow production of “The Pirates of Penzance” will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, with plenty of interactive activities for young pirates and young maidens. On the coast of Cornwall, a gang of pirates play and party as Frederic (a pirate apprentice) reminds the pirate king that his obligation to the gang is soon over. He was apprenticed to the pirates only until his 21st birthday, which is that day, and he is leaving them. Ruth (Frederic’s nursery maid when he was younger) explains that Frederic should never have been a pirate except for her mistake: She was told to apprentice Frederic to a pilot, but she misunderstood and placed him with a pirate instead. Frederic tells the pirates that, after he leaves the gang, he intends to destroy them, not because he doesn’t love them, but because he loathes what they do. He is a slave of duty and, when no longer a pirate, it will be his duty to destroy them. The pirates understand, and also complain that they cannot seem to make money. Because Frederic is a slave-of-duty to the pirates until noon, he tells them why: Because they are all orphans, the pirates will not rob another orphan; and since all their potential victims are aware of this, they all claim to be orphans. Because Frederic has spent his entire life with the pirates, he has never seen another woman; thus he thinks he may want to take Ruth with him as his wife. He asks Ruth if she is beautiful, and she responds that she is. Frederic, a very trusting young man, says that he believes Ruth and he will not let her age come between

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Chabad, Rockwern host ‘Purim Around the World’ Sunday, Feb. 24, Circus Mojo will take "center ring" as Chabad Jewish Center holds its 17th annual Purim Around the World. The event features dinner, Circus Mojo workshops and a Circus Mojo show. Circus Mojo will offer two Circus workshops, one for children 6 and under, and one for children ages 7 through teen. Kids will get to learn a variety of tricks to perform on their own. The top students will be invited to perform alongside the Circus Mojo troupe

when they perform a show for the entire crowd later in the evening. The event includes dinner. This year’s menu will feature Circus favorites such as hot dogs, chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, popcorn and cotton candy. Guests (of any age) are encouraged to come in costume. All children who come in costume will be invited to partake in a fun costume contest. The entire Jewish community is invited to take part in the festivities,

whether affiliated or not. The party will be Sunday, Feb. 24, at Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road. The evening begins with the reading of the Megillah at 5 p.m. Dinner and workshops will be at 5:30 p.m. The cost for the evening, including all food and entertainment, is $12 per child (ages 2-12), $17 per adult. Sponsorship for the evening begins at $180. Reservations may be made on the web at or by calling (513) 793-5200.

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and Miami Avenue to the west. The area includes the historical Muchmore House, Cleo Hosbrook House and railroad depot all on Miami Avenue. The houses are to be moved eastward and placed near the railroad depot, freeing up desirable frontage along Miami Avenue to allow for the construction of one or two new commercial buildings – such as a restaurant. Madeira also is expanding the plaza around the depot — which the city currently leases to Choo Choo’s Restaurant – for a community-gathering place to be called Centennial Plaza.

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sington said. Madeira City Council recently took steps that would welcome a restaurant to the area. City council created the “Muchmore Historical Area,” a historical/ commercial district comprised of city-owned property bordered by Euclid Avenue to the north, the railroad tracks to the south, a creek to the east

Sheriff phasing out DARE By Jennie Key

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office just said no to DARE. It’s phasing out the national Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. DARE is a comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program based upon a belief that the only way to combat drug abuse and addiction is through early education and prevention. It’s a cooperative effort between local schools and law enforcement personnel and has expanded to combat substance abuse, but bullying, violence and gangs. Major Tom Corbett, who oversees support ser-

were a number of reasons for the sheriff’s office to pull back on DARE. He said cost is a factor. The sheriff’s office gets a grant of about $6,000 for the program, but Corbett said costs were probably double that. He says a bigger factor is staffing. The sheriff’s office had three people who were certified to teach DARE and he expected that number to shrink to two. That’s not enough, and there is no one who has stepped up and said they want to take the training and do it. “This is something you have to want to do,” he said. “It’s not for everybody.”

vices for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, said he would talk to all 17 of the schools where the sheriff’s office presented DARE programs to tell them about the phase-out. Doug Alpiger, principal of St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood, thinks the program has been a good fit for the school and sends the right message to his students. “I think the information shared with students is accurate and helpful about how to be drugfree,” he said. While Alpiger said he hopes DARE doesn’t go away permanently, if it does, he might look into other programs to fill the void. Corbett said there

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