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Eighth-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School didn’t just study what it was like to be an immigrant. They experienced it. The students participated in the school’s annual Ellis Island simulation in which they play the role of immigrants arriving in America.

Skype hype Author visits to the school aren’t uncommon, but this one had the distinction of being conducted via Skype. Indian Hill Elementary School fifth-graders recently got up close and personal with a Canadian author. See Story, A2

Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is kicking off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.



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Indian Hill Elementary offers time to explore By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Elementary School is looking to improve student performance with a new time-based initiative. “Exploration Time” is being incorporated into the curriculum and involves flexible, instructional time for additional instructional practice and enrichment.

“It’s a catalyst for greater growth in all subject areas,” said Principal Melissa Stewart, who provided an update on elementary school practices Stewart during the March Board of Education meeting. “It’s been beneficial for everybody.”


This Exploration Time is based on a student’s specific needs and is supported by all of the staff members, Stewart said. Reading and math are among the subjects that have been incorporated into this additional study time. Other subject areas may be included depending on a student’s needs. During some of these instructional times the students looked

Chapel hosts recommitment ceremonies By Rob Dowdy

More than 20 couples recently gathered at Old Armstrong Chapel to reaffirm their marriage vows. The church recently hosted a seven-week course on "Six Secrets to a Lasting Love," which culminated in a ceremony reaffirming the marriage vows of 24 couples. There were more than 50 people who took the course on Sunday mornings. Melanie Stearns, of Armstrong Chapel, said participants in the program ranged from those married just a few years to those married several decades. "It was really exciting," Stearns said. Judy Hendrix, who helped fa-

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at the impact of print advertisements, while other instructional times focused on robotics and computer programming. Stewart said the success of Exploration Time will be evaluated at the end of the school year through student and teacher surveys and parent input. “We are always looking at ways to use time as efficiently as we can,” Superintendent Jane Knudson said.

cilitate the course and also participated, said couples renewing their vows "20, 30, 40 years down the road" gives those vows new meaning, as the couple has already been through so much. Hendrix said the additional guests during the renewal of vows also held special meaning. "It was nice because our children could be there," she said. Brian Cordell, member of Armstrong Chapel, said he's been married seven years and while they weren't having any significant problems, the couple took the opportunity to get closer to one another. "It brought new meaning to the vows," he said. Since the course and ceremony proved to be successful this year, the church is expecting to do it again in the near future.

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Author reaches out to students via Skype By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Elementary School fifth-graders Sarah Kaplan, left, and Gracie Estes, both of Indian Hill, watch a presentation by children's author Robert Paul Weston via Skype. Weston is a resident of Toronto, Canada. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Indian Hill Elementary School fifth-graders recently got up close and personal with a Canadian author. Author visits to the school aren’t uncommon, but this one had the distinction of being conducted via Skype. The students spoke with children’s author Robert Paul Weston, a resident of Toronto, Canada. “We wanted to integrate technology into the unit,” said fifth-grade language arts teacher Bridgette Ridley, a resident of Bridgetown. Ridley said the students are studying poetry, specifically the rhythm and rhyme of poetic verse.

She said Weston’s style of writing fit perfectly with what the students were studying. The fact he lives in Canada didn’t de-

ter a meeting. He has a website and is also involved with Skype, Ridley said “The students seemed

Church speaker series returns in April By Rob Dowdy

Indian Hill Church is encouraging residents and church members to gather to learn more about events taking place across the globe.

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Canadian author Robert Paul Weston, shown on the screen at right, recently spoke to fifth-graders at Indian Hill Elementary School via Skype. Weston is a children's author. The students were studying a book of poetry he had written. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

engaged and really excited by a different approach to an author visit, she said. Fifth-grader Chris Neumann, of Symmes Township, said it was a unique experience. “I thought it was a good idea since he’s in Canada,” Neumann said Classmate Karisa Grandison, of Loveland, agreed. “It’s really cool to be able to see the author and be able to get his opinion on the book,” she said. “I hope they do this again.” The students studied Weston’s book “Zorgamazoo.” Ridley said this is the first time the school has presented an author via Skype and hopes this format is used again in the future.

The church’s speaker series began two years ago, bringing local experts on international topics to the church for debate and discussion with local residents. The church’s upcoming three-part series will focus on the Arab Spring – the continuing protests and demonstrations taking place in the Arab world. Gerri Strauss, member of the church and organizer for the speaker series, said the church attempts to broach topics that will force people out of their comfort zone and consider alternatives or other per-

spectives they may not have considered. “We try to always have some interesting El-Ansary things to make people think,” she said, adding that last year’s speaker series was on the ethics of biomedical engineering. The series returns to the church April 22 with Waleed El-Ansary, who will speak about the history behind recent uprisings, particularly in Egypt. El-Ansary, a pro-

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fessor at Xavier University, said his talk will focus on Egypt’s role in the Arab Spring. He said he will predominately focus on the history of the Egyptian people in order to provide some perspective for those who are unfamiliar. “Providing some of the initial historical background is good to educate people on what’s happening now,” El-Ansary said.



Training aids tornado response By Leah Fightmaster

When a disaster strikes, people have to pick up the pieces. Luckily, there are others trained to help. The tornado outbreak \ March 2 left a path of destruction, as well as several deaths, in its wake. Some of the tornadoes were classified as EF3 and EF4 tornadoes, meaning wind speeds were at least 136 mph. Fire departments from across the region answered calls for assistance, including specially trained firefighters part of Hamilton County’s Urban Search and Rescue team, or US&R. More than 60 US&R members responded to calls immediately that Friday afternoon to rescue a woman trapped in a house in Moscow. The woman did not survive, but not for a lack of the US&R team’s attempt to try. Steve Ashbrock, commissioner of the county’s US&R team and Madeira/Indian Hill Joint Fire District chief, said the team acted in a professional manner and did everything possible to rescue the woman. “This is exactly what the team is intended for,” he said. “They responded quickly and performed professionally. … They did everything that was asked of

them.” He characterized the damage in Moscow as “devastating,” adding that because the town is so small, every citizen was impacted somehow. Hamilton County US&R Deputy Commissioner and Sycamore Township Fire Chief William Jetter echoed his sentiment, calling it a “mini-Katrina.” “To be honest, the whole town was decimated,” he said. Jetter and four other Sycamore Township fire fighters responded to the US&R call, spending about six hours checking houses and rendering them save or unsafe. He added that only two structures were left completely standing. Sycamore Township firefighter Bill Fitzpatric responded to the tornadoes that devastated Montgomery and Blue Ash in 1999, like Ashbrock and Jetter. He was in Blue Ash the morning after for the clean-up stages and northern New York state for flooding from Irene, but said March 2 was a whole new experience for him. US&R teams are usually called to a single rescue, such as the attempt to save the Moscow resident from the destroyed house. With widespread damage from the tornadoes, Fitzpatric said the team had to adapt their skills to the situation.

Residents walking on the sidewalk can see right inside this Moscow house after walls were blown out during the March 2 storm. “It reinforced everything we had done,” he said. “… We’re willing to help and do what we can, we’re trained to do these things.” He described the experience as “an eye-opener,” making him realize an event like the tornado devastation could happen any-

where, at any time. And while he said people can not comprehend the situation until they physically see the area destroyed, he and the other fire fighters were there to help. “I don’t know how to describe (the scene),” he said. “It was defi-


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Eighth-grader Megan Campbell, left, of Indian Hill, fills out a health checklist for classmate Caroline Retzios, of Middletown. Retzios was arriving from Greece.

Eighth-grader Margaret Hodson, of West Chester, collects her thoughts as she prepares to visit the health station.

Eighth-grader George Crowley, left, of Glendale, assists classmate Kendall Smith, of Loveland, in answering health-related questions. Smith played the part of an immigrant from Poland.

Immigrant experience Eighth-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School didn’t just study what it was like to be an immigrant. They experienced it. The students participated in the school’s annual Ellis Island simulation in which they play the role of immigrants arriving in America. The students visit a number of stations in the simulated Ellis Island ranging from vocation to health to determine if they are able to be sworn in as citizens. Following the activity, the students then write a paper about the experience. “You’d be amazed at the emotions,” said history teacher Park Gilmore, about what the students feel after participating in the activity. Photos by Forrest Sellers/The Community Press

Eighth-graders Brady Johnston, left, and Tenzing Mangat, both of Indian Hill, prepare to take the loyalty oath to gain citizenship.

Eighth-graders J'quaan Waite, left, Nathan Albrinck and Rodney Bethea are sworn in as citizens.

Eighth-grader Schuyler Snell, of West Chester, waits to have his identification information checked. Snell was in character as an immigrant from Sweden.

Eighth-grader Ian Hayes, left, of West Chester, shows classmate Emma Rust, of South Lebanon, his identification sign indicating he is from Sweden.

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Crusaders volley with new coach By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — The Moeller High School brass kept it inhouse when long-time volleyball coach Greg Ulland stepped down after the state tournament run last year. Heading up the program now is former Crusader Matt McLaughlin, who was an assistant under Ulland before. Last spring, Moeller made it to the state championship game before losing to Lakewood St. Edward in the final. Ulland was Greater Catholic League-South

co-coach of the year (with La Salle’s Heather York) for his efforts. “We have five returning seniors and seven players back from last year’s state runner-up team,” McLaughlin said of the 2012 Crusaders. “We’re a little bit younger, but our juniors went undefeated last year as sophomores at the JV level. They’re bringing their own level of experience.” The new group will strive to return to the state title game and stay in line with the numbers put up by last year’s squad (23-5 and

8-0 in the GCL-South). “We have some really talented volleyball players and really strong athletes,” McLaughlin said. “There’s some really solid teams out there. It’s going to be a tall task to get back there.” That said, the Crusaders do have some tall players in 6-8 Jake Leeseman, 6-5 Casey Pieper and 6-3 Sam Geraci, all juniors. The five seniors are Michael Budde, Nick Palopoli, Garrett Morrissey, Jacob Schaffer and Matt Kanetkze. “It’s a small senior class but very dedicated and committed,”

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McLaughlin said. “They’re all great representatives of Moeller and our program.” A variety of athletes make up the Crusader volleyball team, including some from the football team (Geraci, Morrissey, Palopolo and Pieper). Anyone not occupied with another activity has been setting and spiking for months. “All of our players play club, so they’ve been conditioning and working out since November,” McLaughlin said. “They play locally here for Cincinnati Attack. Most are playing year ‘round.”

After early matches with Centerville and Carroll, Moeller goes to La Salle March 29, before heading out of town to the Windy City for more tough contests. “This is our third year going to Chicago to the Tiger Classic,” McLaughlin said. “It’s an invitation-only tournament and the level of competition is outstanding. It’s great for our guys to see some teams outside the state and play a high level of competition.” Once back from Illinois, the Crusaders first home game is April 12 with Elder.


The Indian Hill High School Powderpuff game was fun and a great financial success.

Experience key for Indian Hill, Moe

By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — Without a winning record since 2007, the Indian Hill baseball Braves are hoping to turn some heads in the Cincinnati Hills League this season. Once defined by their youth, the Braves now offer maturity. “Probably one of our strong suits is going to be our experience and leadership,” coach Cody Conway said. “We’ve got eight seniors this year who have been pretty successful all the way up.” Though the team battled tough competition and persistent rain last year with a 6-13 mark, Calvin the core juniors on the squad won 18 games as JV players and had a winning record their freshman year. Will and Jake Schreckenhofer Pai return as seniors who made honorable mention in the league last season. Will’s a left-handed pitcher, while Jake plays first and the outfield. The Braves also offer up a junior shortstop who hits lefty in CHL first-teamer Nick Pai. Swinging from the “wrong side” helps the speedy Pai get on first by way of the bunt or the infield hit. Pai did so to the tune of .422 last season. “Being a left-hander (hitting) really helps him,” Conway said. “He has great range at shortstop. He’s smooth. He can play anywhere.” Joining Pai on the first team a year ago was outfielder Blake Calvin, who led the team in hitting at .467. “He showed up his sophomore year from Texas and the rest is history,” Conway said. “He played extremely well last year. He has a lot of speed and a lot of range in the outfield. (He’s) just a smart baseball player.” On the hill and at the plate, the lead-off man appears to be senior Tyler Marrs. As a junior, Marrs was 2-1 with a 2.77 earned run average. “He is going to be one of our ‘go-to’ guys,” Conway said. “He’s going to hit at the top of the order and also pitch quite a bit.” Senior Brian Boone is also expected to hurl some innings for Indian Hill, with junior Grant Meranus as the catcher. “Defensively, he’s extremely

Indian Hill High School junior Taylor Jackson weaves around senior Kasey Schumacher to score one of her history-making six touchdowns of the night during Indian Hill High School's recent Powderpuff game. THANKS TO JENNIFER LIGHTCAP

Cincinnati Country Day infielder Elliot Coffer takes infield practice during a game against Summit last season. FILE PHOTO disciplined,” Conway said of Meranus. “He’s throwing the ball much better this year to second, to first, to third.” Add in “baseball junkie” junior Zach Lutz at third and the Braves bring a lot of varsity innings to the table. Conway hopes the field wisdom pays off with more league wins. “There are definitely some teams at the top that are going to be tough to handle,” Conway said. “Hopefully, we can compete and get some Ws, get some splits. Mariemont’s going to be really tough. They have two really nice pitchers. Madeira’s always solid. Reading and Wyoming are wellcoached and Taylor’s also a competitive team.” One aspect that could be a factor in the league standings this year is the requirement of less lively BBCOR aluminum bats in high school baseball. In layman’s terms, they are less forgiving and designed to level out the playing field by taking away hits that could be attributed to tech-

nology. They’re also considered safer. Colleges adopted this rule last season and now high schools and many summer leagues have made similar adjustments. “With the change in bats, everyone’s power is going to drop,” Conway said. “We saw that in the scrimmages. We still have some pop, but with the bats, things are definitely not jumping like they have been.” After playing in the Reds Futures Showcase, Indian Hill is at Finneytown March 28. The Braves then host the Wildcats off Drake Road on March 30.


The Indians will field a young team looking to continue to get better as the season goes on and be competitive in the Miami Valley Conference, according to athletic director Greg Ross. CCD’s lineup should be sparked by senior Reeve Hoover, See BASEBALL, Page A7

The junior and senior teams gather before the Powderpuff game at Indian Hill High School. THANKS TO JENNIFER LIGHTCAP



» Moeller defeated Thomas Worthington 9-8 on March 23.

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The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicks off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community throughout 2011-2012. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends

Monday, April16. All the nominations will be considered for male/ female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as The Indian Hill Journal. To vote, readers can get online at the same preps location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Emailmlaugh with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.



Young St. X lacrosse expects to step up By Tom Skeen


When a coach tells you to be prepared to play, you better be prepared. This is the case for the St. Xavier Bombers lacrosse team this season. After losing their entire defense to graduation, it’s time for the young guys from last year’s team to step up and fill those holes.

The good thing is, they return the man in one of the most important positions: Junior goalie Ben Russert returns for his third year manning the net. Also returning is junior attacker Ian King, who has verbally committed to the University of Michigan. Last season the junior scored 43 goals and had 22 assists. He earned All-Ohio South and All-Midwest League honors.

The Bombers added two transfers in Clay Russert and Brian Dean, who are coming in from out of state with extensive lacrosse experience. “They are both going to have significant roles on this team,” coach Fred Craig said. “We are just fortunate that they considered St. Xavier and to come here because of our academics and athletics.” Being part of the Mid-

west Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association, which includes 16 teams from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the Bombers not only play local competition, but play some of the best teams in the country. “It’s a really challenging league,” Craig said. “It’s a really good interstate league with some tough competition.” Outside of the MSLCA,

Hertzel takes care of business SCD wins first state hoops title By Nick Dudukovich

COLUMBUS — For Holden Hertzel, the task was simple: Finish what his dad started 32 years ago. Hertzel’s dad Rob, who died of cancer in November, was a part of the 1980 Silver Knights team that lost in the state final by six points. Summit’s 6-foot-5 center said his father told him that coming up short at state was one of the biggest disappointments of his life. But the current version of the Silver Knights wouldn’t be denied as Summit won its first basketball title with a 53-37 win over Portsmouth in the D-III championship game at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center March 24. Hertzel scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds. “(Winning state) is huge for me,” Hertzel said. “I felt like I needed to finish the job that (my dad) set out. We were able to finish the job.” Westwood’s Kevin Johnson, who scored 11 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the floor, led Summit’s efforts. He also dished eight assists while grabbing six boards. Johnson got into foul trouble early in the first half, but came out after halftime determined to secure a lead. “In the second half, I needed to step it up to make a bigger lead,” Johnson said. “So I knew my team depended on me to do that, so I put the game in my hands and let it flow.”

Summit Country Day’s Holden Hertzel (and fellow seniors) hoist the Division III state championship trophy after beating Portsmouth 53-37 March, 24. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Summit also got a motivational boost from the efforts of guard Antonio Woods, who injured his left knee during the team’s 4941 semifinal win over Bedford St. Peter Chanel. Head coach Michael Bradley said it didn’t look as if Woods would play on the eve of the big game.

Bradley said Woods warmed up on game day, felt good, and gave it a go. Woods scored eight points and grabbed three boards in spite of his injured leg. “Antonio Woods is one of best players in the state, along with Kevin and the kid is one of the nicest kids

I’ve ever been around, and mentally and physically one of the toughest kids I’ve seen,” Bradley said. “We are not in this position right now without him taking part in this game today.” Tommy Kreyenhagen, Jake Rawlings of Loveland and Mike Barwick also played stellar games. Kreyenhagen started for Woods and scored seven points while Barwick added 11 points and four boards. Rawlings scored seven points and played tenacious defense. Summit as a team earned a strong reputation for playing strong defense throughout the year. Heading into the state tournament, the Silver Knights allowed opponents to score just 34.5 points per game. “We have a coach in Patrick Cosgrove who is one of the best basketball coaches I’ve ever been around. He’s came up with (strategies) …so I give most of the credit to him for this run,” Bradley said. “He scouts, he sees, he puts a plan together and the kids execute. Granted Kevin Johnson is a heck of player and Jake Rawlings has done an unreal job the past two games. They just bought into our system and what we did.” With the win, Bradley won his first state championship in just his second season at the helm. “This is the ultimate goal of every team when you start the season and we are thrilled to have had the run we had this year,” Bradley said. “We couldn’t be happier to bring the first championship to Summit…it’s just an amazing accomplishment.”

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who hit over .500 in 2011. For his efforts last spring, Hoover was named All-MVC and Division IV second-team, allstate. The Indians are coached by veteran skipper Tim Dunn. The squad’s next scheduled game is against Clark March 29.


The Crusaders have had 16 straight winning seasons and were tied for first in the Greater Catholic League-South division last season. Coach Tim Held returns six starters in shortstop Jordan Simpson, second baseman Ty Amann, pitcher John Tanner, pitcher Brian Burkhart, pitcher/outfielder Ryan LeFevers and utilityman Jackson Phipps.

LeFevers stole 25 bases as a junior last season, one shy of the Moeller record. The career mark is 49, putting LeFevers well within reach. Four Crusaders have already signed to play in college (Simpson, Amann, pitcher Phillip Diehl, catcher/first basemanBrad Macciocchi) and four others are commanding attention in Cameron Whitehead, Justin Wampler, Riley Mahan and Zack Shannon. Shannon, a sophomore from Amelia, will be new to GCL varsity competition, but is well-known to the baseball community from his play with the Midland organization and his verbal commitment to Ohio State. Next on the menu for Moeller is a March 28 date with Elder at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium, followed by a road game with St. Xavier on March 30.

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“I expect that we will have a good season,” he said. “We lost Connor Buczek (MSLCA Player of the Year and now playing at Cornell University) and a couple of other players that were key to us. So we’ve lost some guys, but we have some big guys returning. It just gives the kids in the seniors’ shadows last year the chance to step up, and I think they will do that.”

the Bombers will face Greater Catholic League rivals Moeller and Elder, along with Mason, Indian Hill, Mariemont, Sycamore, Loveland and Lakota West. Craig was named Coach of the Year last season in the MSLCA and believes that despite what he lost to graduation, his team will keep battling and continue the solid tradition of the St. Xavier lacrosse program.


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Beware Greece’s slippery slope If you have been watching the news lately, you can not have missed the rioting in Greece. It is sad to see what is happening there. The destruction not only will cause greater hardships for the very people who are rioting, but will create great costs to restore the businesses that produce wealth for the economy. None of this should have happened. Prudent management of an economy rather than political favoritism to special groups is the root cause of the problem. If nothing else, the Greek public should recall their history when former democracies were destroyed in similar circumstances. Without major

changes in our financial structure, we will have the same problems. Except that our public is heavily armed. There will be the historic riots but they may be bloody. I certainly hope I am wrong. The lesson to be learned here is that humanity doesn’t change. Corruption and political power are unshakably related. The founders of our Constitution were well aware of this. They took great care to create a republic rather than a democracy for this very reason. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to either Benjamin Franklin or James Madison. On leaving a meeting one was asked whether we would have a republic or a democracy. The

Should the U.S. release some of its oil reserves to keep the price of gasoline down and help the economic recovery? Why or why not?

“Releasing oil from our strategic reserves would be like offering an aspirin to a cancer patient. It has a slight chance of relieving short term pain, but does absolutely nothing towards creating a cure. In 2008 when President Bush released oil from our reserves it brought short term relief, but to create longer term relief he also signed an executive order to expedite permit approval on federal lands to create additional long term supply. When Obama released reserves the first time, he didn’t take the secondary measures Bush had taken and therefore there was a minimal short term affect on the market as those reserves were quickly absorbed into the supply curve. “Yes, there is a greater global demand today than ever before, and yes we would all like to see the advent of alternative renewable energy sources. Unfortunately, the reality is that those sources are currently nowhere near ready for prime time. After all, cars run on gasoline, they don’t run on wind mills and we don’t currently have the technology to put a battery in a car that makes a significant difference. The solution for the near term (the next 20 years or so) is pretty simple. We need to ensure that supply keeps up with demand as we continue to develop realistic alternatives.” “There is an old adage that you shouldn’t quit your current job until your future job is secured. The same hold true with energy. Our very existence relies on the idea of having usable energy available to sustain ourselves. If we take away our existing sources of that energy on the “hope” that these new energy sources quickly pan out, then we are taking an incredible and unnecessary risk with our future. Taking the first step of releasing reserves can create short term relief, but what’s really needed is a longer term cure.” M.J.E. “Absolutely! I’m tired of those OPEC countries blackmailing us. Maybe we should use out own resources and let them eat sand.”

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J.K. “Absolutely not! Releasing strategic oil reserves is nothing more than a temporary injection that fixes nothing. It would only be a political ploy, not a substitute for a coherent energy policy that would include aggressive exploration and drilling domestically as well as approving the Keystone pipeline. This ‘president’ is an utter and complete failure in many regards, but especially in the area of energy policy. It is time we find a leader who can actually provide true leadership on this issue. R.W.J. “Oil is a global commodity, so while all politicians, especially those running for election, like to tell us they are in control, they aren’t. Releasing U.S. strategic reserves may have a short term benefit on the price of gas, especially if the problem is a fire at a refinery or a hurricane, but it will never address the long term issue. “The U.S., 5 percent of the world population, consumes 25 percent of the world’s oil, and when times are good we move to the suburbs and buy large SUVs for one person to commute in. The uncomfortable truth is that the U.S. is energy greedy. What we need is a constructive energy policy, and the oil companies need to remake themselves into ‘energy’ companies, not ‘oil’ companies so that they happily join with others to meet the community need for power from renewable sources and continue to make a profit. Lest that seems too altruistic, consider that Duke is pushing us to use compact fluorescent bulbs rather than build new power stations. Good policy can also be good business if ceos just think the right way.” D.R.



the average citizen will become a dependent slave of the entrenched bureaucracy. You don’t have to look any farther than Cuba or Venezuela. The good news is that we still have time to avoid the rioting and bloodshed if we balance our budget and reform our tax system. Much needs to be done. Every citizen should be involved in the process. This will mean some outlandish benefits will have to be pared back to reasonable terms. The age for Social Security will have to be raised. Taxes will have to be adjusted so that all citizens have an "ownership" involvement in the national budget. Especially important is that the tax system should make

it profitable to hire people and an incentive to take a job. Getting people back to work and balancing the budget should not be too difficult if the American people would become less political and more patriotic. We are rapidly destroying our country by antagonistic arguments based on mindless political propaganda. We have put ourselves in a position that will take all citizens to remedy by making sacrifices in the best interests of peace and future security. It is worth it for the sake of our children Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

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answer was, "A republic if we can keep it." The difference is small, but powerful. Democracy translated from the origiEdward Levy COMMUNITY PRESS nal Greek means power GUEST COLUMNIST of the people. Republic means public law. In a republic the people rule, but law prevails. We are drifting toward a political despotism where, like Greece and several other countries, power has created political favoritism. The ultimate result will be a dictatorship where the wealthy will flee and

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If you are black, white, Jewish, Catholic, man, woman, or an immigrant that is getting ready to vote this November, and you have only been getting your news from CNN, MSNBC or HLN at your doctor’s office or the car dealerwhile waiting for your car, let’s think about what your president has really done and is about to do more of. If you are one who votes blindly for one reason or another, and are not open to investigation, you should open up and read on anyway. If you are thinking that your car gas and your electricity bills are going to stop costing more, I have bad news. Obama is stopping all exploration of new oil, natural gas and new coal production. The money he gave to green energy projects has disappeared, and almost all green energy production has stopped. So bills are going to go much higher very soon. Obama told you that energy prices would necessarily skyrocket, and the are. Will you be next to foreclose on your house? Will you keep your SUV or downsize to an Escort? Will you afford the private school your child is currently in?

Do you really think you will have a retirement fund in the future? Obama is already eating up your retirement. Calvin Pauley COMMUNITY PRESS Obama doesn’t have a friend I GUEST COLUMNIST the world, and no one trusts him. Even the Arabs are burning him in effigy. He is seen as weak and uneducated in worldly affairs. Chaos has spread everywhere and the world is not better off now than three years ago. He has given guns to drug cartels in Mexico, resulting in the death of a border guard in the USA, and officials in Mexico have been slain, all just to get gun controls in place (remember Hillary is his right hand). He has trashed the Constitution, stepped on religious rights, wants civil rights only for blacks, wants to ban all guns, and answers only to leftist elites, and your health insurance premiums are still so high that people are dropping coverages, and they are predicted to keep going up. How are your grocery

bills looking? Are you really better off now? So can you tell me, since real unemployment is up to 18 percent, and all bills are skyrocketing, foreclosures predicted to rise 25 percent more this year, and more banks are failing, what has this man done that makes you want to vote for him again? What is your criteria for choosing a president of the USA? Do you feel comfortable with whatever it is? An intelligent, wise person would include much more than choosing one person because he looks more interesting. Well the Republicans don’t have a George Clooney, but anyone of them is better than Obama. Each candidate has answers to all of the above, to help right away. But you won’t hear anything on CNN, MSNBC or HLN at the doctors office. Do research, and make an informed vote this year, and don’t let anyone sucker you into “hope and change” anymore. For you may end up with nothing if you don’t. Calvin Pauley is a resident of Loveland.

Congress has phony session Earlier this year, President Obama defied Republicans by appointing former Ohio Attorney General, Richard Cordray as the first ever consumer advocate and watchdog for the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In addition, the president named three appointees to the National Labor Relations Board. All four were recess appointments. Why did Congress fail to approve any of these nominations? The simple answer is they don't want the CFPB or the NLRB to function. The Republicans didn't like the legislation that passed into law the CFPB and the NLRB, so why would they approve individuals appointed to head these agencies? Citibank and the Chamber of Commerce, etc ... have had lobbyists at work reminding Republicans who finances their campaigns. So taking their marching orders, the Republicans have


chosen to obstruct. The CFPB and NLRB are agencies created by law. The president is the chief executive charged by the Constitution with carrying out the laws of

the land. In an attempt to prevent the president from his Constitutional right to appoint people during a recess, Congress goes into a make-believe, pro forma session. All are out of town, everyone agrees for weeks on end, no work is going to get done. And, they are just going to have somebody gavel to order and then gavel closed a couple of minutes later. What a sham. Presidents since George Washington have made recess appointments. President Bill Clinton made 139 recess appointments, and President George W.

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Bush made 171 recess appointments. Recess appointments are authorized by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The Justice Department backed President Obama's recess appointments. Their opinion was that in the context of the convening of periodic pro forma sessions in which no business is to be conducted, "the president has discretion to conclude that the Senate is unavailable to perform its advise-andconsent function and to exercise his power to make recess appointments." The president has come to the conclusion that he's not going to get anything out of this Congress. Republicans pretend to want to help out and work in a bipartisan way. They really don't want to. It’s just another masquerade. Richard O. Schwab was formerly associate head of school, and middle school head, Cincinnati Country Day School.

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Naturalist Jim Viles shows Indian Hill Primary School kindergartners some of the containers used to collect sap from maple trees.

Kindergartner Alex Castellini, of Symmes Township, enjoys his sample of maple syrup. Kindergartner Noah Frazier, right, of Indian Hill, tries to stay dry as naturalist Jim Viles checks how much sap has been collected.

Indian Hill Primary School kindergartners had a sweet time at Greenacres. Students had an opportunity to watch naturalists show how maple syrup is prepared. The naturalists demonstrated the initial stages of the process including how the sap is drawn from the trees and then heated to evaporate water from the sap. The youngsters concluded their visit to the nature center by sampling some of the syrup.

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Indian Hill Primary School kindergartners are impressed by a sap drawing demonstration provided by naturalist Jim Viles.

Kindergartner Tre Dean, left, of Kenwood, lines up the bit to begin drilling a piece of wood. Naturalist Jim Viles provided assistance.

Kindergartner Sydni Cowherd, right, of Kenwood, watches as naturalist Joe Phelps, of Anderson Township, checks the temperature on sap being heated.

Kindergartners Isaac Scott, left, and Evelyn Bond, both of Kenwood, sample crackers with maple syrup.

Kindergartner Henry Hodge, left, of Kenwood, puts some muscle into drilling a piece of wood. Also shown is naturalist Jim Viles.



Dining Events

Cooking Classes


Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a 3-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 9994 Zig Zag Road, Heart-healthy baked tilapia fillets with veggies and rice, or hand-dipped fried cod fillets with fries and hush puppies. Macaroni and cheese child’s plate. Tea, lemonade, coffee or water. Homemade dessert included. Dine in or carryout. Allergen alert: fried items are deep fried in peanut oil. $8, $5 children. 891-2893; Montgomery. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 896 Oakland Road, 683-7903; Loveland.

Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Canned Food Drive, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fit4You, 524 Wards Corner Road, Accepting canned/boxed goods, small toiletry items and bottled water. Benefits Matthew 25 Ministries to support recent Tri-State tornado victims. Free. 340-4639; Loveland.

Health / Wellness In the Family, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Screening of documentary that chronicles the stories of families undergoing genetic testing, the decisions they make as a result and the impact those decisions have on their lives. Includes panel discussion. Free. Presented by FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. 703-0739; Blue Ash.

Literary - Story Times Family Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Gwen Roth from Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District present "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. Wear your PJs. Snack provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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

On Stage - Comedy Kyle Grooms, 8 p.m. College and Military Night, $4., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. Through May 27. 985-0900. Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Water park, gym, game room and art room. Ages 0-6. $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Religious - Community Women’s Conference, 7 p.m., Embassy Suites Blue Ash, 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Daily through April 1. Multiple speakers ministering to the whole woman: spirit, mind and body to empower to live big. Last day of event held at Word Alive Christian Fellowship, 4260 Hamilton Ave., Northside. $45, $35 advance. Registration required. Presented by Beauty For Ashes International Women Ministry. 641-715-3900, ext. 590269; Blue Ash.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Antiques Shows Antiques and Art Show, 5-8 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, Brand new antiques show, new venue, new manager, new dealers from several states. Furniture, china, art, silver, jewelry; all high quality. Benefits Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. $7, good for both days. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 614-487-8717; Montgomery.

Benefits Canned Food Drive, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fit4You, Free. 340-4639; Loveland.

Music - Acoustic Waiting on Ben, 7-11 p.m., Rudino’s Pizza and Grinders, 9730 Montgomery Road, Duo Show. 791-7833. Montgomery. Vintage Gear, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-2380. Montgomery.

Music - Oldies Matt Snow, 3 p.m., Amber Park Independent and Assisted Living Community, 3801 Galbraith Road, The Cincinnati Sinatra. Presented by Amber Park Retirement Community. 745-7600. Deer Park.

On Stage - Comedy Kyle Grooms, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. Through Dec. 28. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Religious - Community Mexican Shabbat, 7-9 p.m., Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road, Featuring authentic Mexican food, frozen drinks, Mariachi band, pinatas and more. Open to Jewish young professionals ages 21-35 and their non-Jewish significant others. Free. Registration required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 3730300; Kenwood.

Exercise Classes TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. Total body workout, bootcamp style. $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Home & Garden Rain Gardens, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Learn about role rain gardens play in supporting healthy and clean water for our communities. Participants also take part in building new rain garden at Grailville. $20. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Literary - Libraries Madeira Hunger Games: Build Your Weapon, 2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Build a rubber band shooter or bean catapult from ordinary household items. Compete against friends for prizes. Ages 12-18. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028; Madeira.

Music - Benefits Night of Worship Benefit for Daniel Frazee, 5-10 p.m., A Music Cafe, 1513 Ohio 28, To celebrate life of Daniel Frazee, who was killed in a motorcycle accident Jan. 31. Love offering collected to help family get back on their feet. Music by MAG Youth Rap Team, MAG Worship Team, Ephesians6, Awakened by Fire, Donny Cooper and Two Hands aCross. Presented by Milford Assembly of God. 5039322. Loveland.

Music - Blues The Medicine Men, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-2380; Montgomery.

Music - Latin Son del Caribe, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, Salsa band. DJ Dani and DJ Jorge. Drink specials. $10. 794-1400. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Kyle Grooms, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church is participating in Project Linus Cincinnati Make a Blanket Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31, in Harper Hall at 11800 Mason Road, Symmes Township. The event is family-friendly and free. Call 910-8715, or visit TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Holiday - Easter Model Matzah Backery, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Kroger - Blue Ash, 4100 Hunt Road, Participants will re-enact the process of manufacturing Matzah, from grinding the flour to kneading the dough, to baking the Matzahs on a stone oven, all within 18 minutes. With Rabbi Berel Cohen, Chabad Jewish Center youth director. Registration required. Presented by Chabad Jewish Center. 793-5200; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Kyle Grooms, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, Bar and Restaurant Employee Appreciation Night, $4. $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Schools College Caravan, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Trip to Ohio University. Tour campus and get real story from current students. Includes lunch. Ages 9-12. $50, $36 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

MONDAY, APRIL 2 Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.


Senior Citizens


Veterans Luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, With John Lewis, local variety artist. Luncheon to honor veterans of any American war. Box lunches and desserts from the Kroger Store provided. $4. Reservations required. 745-0617; Blue Ash.

Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Religious - Community


Journey to the Cross, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road, A walk in Jesus’ footsteps from Palm Sunday through Easter. Attendees touch, taste, smell, see, hear and experience Bible events that will deepen their appreciation for the Passion of Christ. Those attending should expect to spend about an hour. Includes light lunch at no charge. Free. 271-4147. Madisonville.

Health / Wellness

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Antiques Shows Antiques and Art Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, $7, good for both days. 614-487-8717; Montgomery.

Benefits International Swan Day, 12:30-7 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Stands for Support Women Arts Now. Day to celebrate work of women artists. Art displays, music by Raison D’Etre and Ma Crow and her Lady Slippers, Shelley Graff and Dorrie Andesmills. Women Writing for a Change sampler and readings and poems. Open mic for everyone. Benefits Women Writing for a Change and Womens Way of Ohio/ Kentucky. $15. Presented by Women Writing for a Change Foundation. 923-1414; Silverton. Canned Food Drive, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fit4You, Free. 340-4639; Loveland.

Volunteer Events Project Linus Cincinnati Make A Blanket Day, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road, Harper Hall. Make quilts to comfort children going through traumatic circumstances. Bring tools and equipment needed to make type of blanket you prefer. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Project Linus Cincinnati. 910-8715; Symmes Township.

Youth Sports Girls’ Instructional Volleyball, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through May 26. No clinics April 7, 14 and May 12. Learn volleyball basics. Ages 7-12. $65, $55 members. Registration required. 985-6747. Montgomery.

Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Indoors. Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Registration not required. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.

Home & Garden Compost in Your Backyard, 6 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable and where to purchase a compost bin. Includes free kitchen collector, "Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard," magnet and $20 coupon for purchase of bin. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 9467734; Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton. Cooking With Fresh Herbs, Noon-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn to incorporate fresh herbs in everyday cooking and how to get started with herb gardening. With Jan Anderson, Toni Teague and Kathy Haugen, dietician. $15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Why Can’t I Sleep?, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Experts promote importance of sleep. $30-$60. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

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

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Special Events Opening Day Eve Kick-Off Event, 6-9 p.m., The Green Diamond Gallery, 9366 Montgomery Road, Featuring current Reds Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake, speaking about clubhouse stories and their outlook on upcoming season. Food and beverages included. Dress is business casual. $125. Reservations required. 984-4192; Montgomery.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Health / Wellness Four-Part Headache Series, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, With Dr. Doug Linz, TriHealth Pavilion’s medical director. Weekly through April 26. Series of avenues to manage headaches. $20. 985-0900; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, College and Military Night, $4.

$8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Religious - Community Lenten Day of Quiet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Take the time to reflect on the Lenten season and to contemplate the hopes of Spring. $25-$45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland. Journey to the Tomb, 6-9 p.m., Loveland United Methodist Church, 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Passion Story of Jesus, shared through drama and song in a guided, 11-station, 30-minute walking tour. Free. 683-1738. Loveland.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Holiday - Easter Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Featuring visits with Easter Bunny, games, bake sale, entertainment, snacks and more. Professional face painting, $2. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery.



Rita’s recipes for Easter, Passover This is one of my favorite columns, as I get to share recipes that are so meaningful to me. Like the naturally colored Easter eggs that we had at Easter when we were kids, and are Rita hugely Heikenfeld popular right now. RITA’S KITCHEN I’ll be making them on Fox 19’s morning show April 3. I love passing this tradition down to my grandkids. And as you’re planning your celebration, remember those who may be alone or having hardship. Invite them to your table, send a card or give them a call.

Glaze like honey-baked ham

For a Community Recorder reader and several others. This makes enough glaze for up to a 12-pound fully cooked ham. If you have a 7-pound ham, use about half the glaze. Leftover glaze can be mixed up together, heated and served alongside. You can leave the ham out at room temperature 30 minutes or so before roasting to take the chill off for better roasting.

1 cup pear nectar 1 cup orange juice 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup honey Pumpkin pie spice to taste: Start with 2 teaspoons (optional)

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Mix nectar and orange juice. Bake ham for 20 minutes, basting every 5 minutes. Mix brown sugar, honey and spice. Brush over ham and bake until internal temperature reaches 140, basting every once in a while. This takes about an hour for a 7pound ham, and about 1-1/2 hours for a 10-pound ham.

Rita’s naturally colored eggs

It’s a great lesson in food chemistry for the kids, plus they learn to be good stewards of their environment. Eggs made with yellow onion skins will be pale yellow to dark amber. Red onion skins produce eggs that are brick/brown red. Beet juice turns them a pretty pink. Red cabbage is the winner: it makes beautiful teal blue eggs! Turmeric makes the eggs brilliant yellow and reminds me of the marigolds my dad used to plant in our tiny front lawn. For every cup of dye, use a tablespoon or so of clear vinegar. Stir that in after straining, or as directed. These dyes take longer than commercial dyes. In fact, I leave the eggs in the red cabbage dye up to 12 hours. Use boiled eggs. Onion skins: In a saucepan, place as many

Rita's recipe for naturally colored Easter eggs uses items such as onion skins and red cabbage. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. papery outer skins of yellow or red onions that you have. Cover with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until onion skins have colored the water. Strain. Red cabbage: Use the onion skin method for thinly sliced red cabbage. Beet juice: I use juice from canned beets. Turmeric: Put 4 tablespoons turmeric powder in 2 cups water. Stir and place in pan. Cook until it starts to boil. Remove, let cool but don’t strain. Place eggs in dye, stirring to coat. Let sit in dye until desired color is obtained. When you remove the

eggs, gently wipe off with soft cloth or run very quickly under running water to remove turmeric powder.

Toffee and chocolate Matzoh crunch There are lots of recipes for this Passover treat. This is one of the best I’ve found. If you can’t get matzoh, use saltines and omit additional salt. 4 to 6 sheets unsalted matzoh crackers 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into chunks, or margarine 1 cup packed light brown

sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon vanilla 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup toasted nuts (optional)

Line a large baking sheet with foil, letting the foil go up and over the edges. Spray foil. Put a sheet of parchment on top. Preheat oven to 375. Line bottom with crackers. Melt butter and sugar together and cook over medium heat, until mixture starts to boil. Boil three minutes, stirring constantly. Be careful so mixture doesn’t burn. Remove, add salt and

Commit to anti-idling this Earth Day The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency (Agency) will join other environmental organizations in celebrating the 42nd Earth Day this year at Sawyer Point from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The agency will share how it works with government agencies, businesses, communities and citizens to achieve and maintain healthy air quality in Southwest Ohio. Admission is free and open to the public. A variety of exhibitors will have environmental information and provide fun activities for the whole

family. Visit for more details about the celebration at Sawyer Point. Earth Day is a great reminder that we all have a role to play in taking care of our planet. Small actions—such as carpooling a few days a week or using less energy in your home—really can make a significant impact on the air we breathe. An easy way to help improve our air quality is to avoid idling your vehicle. When the engine runs while your vehicle is parked or not in use, you

are wasting money and natural resources. As well, idling can damage our vehicles, negatively affect the environment and harm our health. Thirty seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. If you are stopped for more than 30 seconds— except in traffic—turn off your engine. To find out more ways to do your share for our local air, visit or Facebook ( SouthwestOhioAir) and Twitter ( SWOhioAir).

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St. Gertrude helps community prep for spring St. Gertrude Parish is rolling out a plan to help get the area ready for spring. The parish’s Grounds Care Ministry will be hosting its third annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, rain or shine, which coincides with Madeira’s citywide yard sale. They will be selling a wide variety of perennials, some house plants and related garden items such as pots and lawn ornaments. Most of the plants available that day come from the gardens of volunteers and friends while others come from the church gardens, and some are residual from Easter Sunday. In 2011, the parish added a bake sale to assist hungry gardeners and shoppers during their time on the parish grounds. New for 2012 is a yard sale. To reserve a space in the parking lot, contact the Grounds Care Ministry team at Parish representatives will accept cash or check for any purchases at the plant and bake sale, but any yard sale transactions will be handled by individual vendors. When the yard sale

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ends, those not wishing to take their merchandise home can donate it to a local charity. Grounds Care Ministry representatives have arranged for a truck to be on site so vendors won’t have to worry about taking the items themselves. The plant and bake sale will also run before and after the Sunday Masses (8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.) at church, so if visitors are not able to take home their purchases on Saturday, parish representatives will gladly hold them through noon on Sunday. The proceeds from the plant and bake sale, as well as the rental for yard sale spaces, go to the landscape fund for the parish. This fund helps with various landscape projects on the parish grounds handled solely by their volunteer gardeners. Parking is free at St. Gertrude and there will be an area for picking up larger or heavier items. Also, if anyone would like to donate any plants (in sellable condition), or garden items, email the information to the above address. To learn more about St Gertrude Parish, go to

Dwight Lenox will perform at UC Blue Ash April 14 as part of the Rhythm 'N' Blue Ash series. PROVIDED

For more than 40 years, jazz singer Dwight Lenox has been performing in venues across the country, and, on April 14, he is bringing his rich tenor voice and dynamic presence to UC Blue Ash College as part of the Rhythm ‘N’ Blue Ash concert series. Backed by the eight-piece Lenox Avenue Express Jazz and Dance Band, Lenox’s stylistic instincts will show themselves across a range of musical styles, from blues and ballads to jazz and swing. Audiences will hear tunes by greats such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder as well as original music composed by Lenox himself. Raised in New York, Lenox honed his talent in the church choir, and went on to study and perform musical styles as diverse as country and rock ‘n’ roll; however, his roots, combined with musical influences including Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughan, brought him back to jazz. He has performed with some of the finest musicians in the industry, including Sammy Tucker, Hank Marr, Freddie Hubbard, Bobbie Humphrys, Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Mann, and others. An accomplished studio session singer, Lenox has also sung on numerous recordings, including works for commercial and corporate use. For more information, call (513) 745-5705 or go to

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Mother’s Day FUNdraiser for LLS Kathy Hyatt of Hyatt Art Studio has teamed up with Madeira mom Heather Sampson to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Sampson is training to run a marathon in Madrid, Spain, with Team in Training. This studio event should push her over the top, with raising the funds she needs to complete her commitment to LLS. On Tuesday, April 3, shop at Hyatt Art Studio for unique Mother’s Day gifts or order a custom flower pot or garden stone. There will be many designs to choose from. With every order placed, $10 to $15 will be donated to the cause. Shop for Easter gifts, birthday gifts, or just for yourself, and a percentage of total sales that day will also be donated. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Madeira. Call 561-0677 for more information.

Music Makers Kenwood is looking for adults to start recreational music lessons. Learn through familiar songs how to read music and play simple chords on keyboards. These are small group lessons with only four to eight students at a time, once a week for

eight weeks. Anyone and everyone welcome. A free open house is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 4, at Music Makers, 8118 Montgomery Road (inside Willis Music, next to Half Priced Books. Call 252-0448.

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Heather Sampson and Kathy Hyatt at Hyatt Art Studio in Madeira. THANKS TO KATHY HYATT

Summerfair is seeking volunteers More than 400 volunteers are needed to help staff the Summerfair event June 1-3 at Coney Island amusement park in Anderson Township. Summerfair 2012 will feature more than 300 artists and craftspeople from around the country exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography, four stages of local and regional entertainers, a youth arts area and a variety of gourmet arts vendors.

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Volunteer positions average a two-hour time commitment and include working in the Youth Arts area, poster and T-shirt sales, general hospitality and the admission gates. All volunteers will receive free admission to the fair, free parking, a complimentary 2012 Summerfair poster and cold water and soft drinks during their shift. Volunteer forms can be downloaded from the Summerfair Cincinnati website at

and should be returned to the Summerfair Cincinnati offices by April 23. Volunteer positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. “The dedication of volunteers is what makes Summerfair possible every year,” said Bob Hinman, cofair chairman. “Working with over 300 artists, coordinating performances, partnering with food venders, planning chil-

Financial consultant Stephen Fish, of Indian Hill, has been named to Barron’s 2012 Top Advisors ranking. The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation's advisers. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic

dren’s activities and ensuring the fair is organized and running smoothly is a huge undertaking,” he said. “This unique festival could not happen without the help of our volunteers.” The annual event, held at the historic Coney Island, draws more than 20,000 attendees each year. For more information, call the Summerfair Cincinnati office at 531-0050, visit Summerfair Cincinnati online at or email

work, according to Barron’s. Fish, a senior vice president with Hilliard Lyons and a member of the firm’s CEO Council, is also a three-time winner of the Five-Star Wealth Manger designation, which is awarded to a select group of personal wealth managers, based on client satisfaction and peer review scores. Hilliard Lyons’ local branch office is at 8044 Montgomery Road, Suite 545, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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 NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617

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

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RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

Now registering for Parent’s Morning Out on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon

for the 2012-2013 school year. During the program, children are engaged in Bible stories, crafts, games, music and playtime with friends in a safe and fun, nurturing Christian environment. Open to children ages

1-5 years. Annual tuition is $510 for one child (based on $15/day) and $850 for two children (based on $25 a day). Registration forms are online at http://www.armstrong

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Ascension Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve, December 24

Christmas Day, December 25

3:00 pm Traditional Organ Mass 5:00 pm Traditional Organ Mass 9:20 pm Christmas Carols with Full Choir, Organ & Brass 10:00 pm Mass with Full Choir, Organ & Brass

10:30 am Traditional Organ Mass 12 Noon Traditional Organ Mass

St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church

7754 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236



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

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Sunday Services

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

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

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


The annual Jerusalem Market for the young ones will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. The event features games, crafts and food reminiscent of ancient life in Jerusalem. The Women’s Bible Study is studying the Book of Samuel. The eight-week study is a part of the Book of Faith Series. The women meet on Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided and guests are welcome. Lenten services will include “Holden Evening Prayer,” a simplistic and moving musical worship setting written for the Holden Village Retreat Center in Washington State. These services conclude at 7:30 p.m.


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


ABOUT RELIGION ITEMS The Community Press welcomes news about a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation or any special activity that is open to the public. Deadline: Two weeks before publication date E-mail: with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938 All are welcome. On March 28, a light soup supper will be offered at 6:15 p.m., prior to worship. Call 793-3288 for more information. Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with programs for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The public is invited to attend the musical drama, "Celebrate Life" by Buryl Red, presented by the choirs of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church and Monfort Heights United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. April 6 and April 7, in the sanctuary of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church. This worship experience will take a musical journey through the life and ministry of Christ with the Gospel writers themselves as your guides. Child care will be provided. A free will offering will be taken in support of the music ministries of both


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preschool.html. Contact Jennifer Hock at for more information or to schedule a visit. On Sunday, April 1, join us for lunch, followed by family gifts to help focus on Holy Week, and an Easter Egg Hunt for children age 1 to fourth-grade. All are welcome. The church is at 5125 Drake Road; 561-4220;

Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr.


2 Traditional Worship Services 8:15 & 11:00 - Temporarily held at Titus Auditorium, (Jan - Mar) due to renovation. 2 Contemporary Worship Services 9:30 & 11:00 am in our Contemporary Worship Center Saturday Service 5:30 pm Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11:00 Services Plenty of Parking behind Church 7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "When Love Speaks: It is Finished" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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

Emmanuel Raj Sarella and Suzanne Elizabeth Faber were married March 24, 2012, at the Chapel at Vineyard Community Church Tri county. Dr. J. Michael Shannon performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Brett and Pam Faber of Polo, IL. The groom is the son of Samuel and the Late Dr. Vinaya Kumari Sarella of Hyderabad, India. The newlyweds reside in Madisonville, Cincinnati, Ohio. LEONARD L. PARTUSCH

Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

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

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

INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am

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

8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 LENTEN ACTIVITIES/EVENTS • Prayer & Communion Monday-Friday, 8:30 am • Wednesday Meals (soup/salad) 5:30 pm - Fellowship Hall • Maundy Thursday Worship April 5, 7:00 pm • Good Friday Community Ecumenical Service, 12 noon, at: Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church

Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Breakfast and the Easter Bunny will be coming to the church from 9 a.m. to noon March 31 for free fun for everyone. Call for details. Holy Week Worship: Maundy Thursday April 5 is 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday April 6 is 7:30 p.m., and Easter Sunday services are 8:20 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare will be provided. Children’s weekday program is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Register for vacation Bible school at Morning VBS is 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 25-29; and evening VBS is 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am


congregations. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153;; www.blueashpresbyterian church.

Leonard Partusch of Anderson Township celebrated his 90th birthday on February 19, 2012. Family and friends surprised Leonard with a party in his honor held at the Golf Club at Stonelick Hills on February 18th. Leonard is a lifelong resident of the Anderson Township and Mt. Washington area. As a member of the Guardian Angels Parish since childhood, he attended GA Elementary School and is a 1940 graduate of Anderson High School. Leonard enlisted in the Marines in October of 1940 and served during World War II in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1946. Adaline and Leonard Lucking Partusch have been married for 61 years and have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Lenten study using “24 Hours that Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton meets at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons and continues through Palm Sunday, April 1. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; .

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. Small group prayer and share meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel to discuss the upcoming Sunday morning scripture. The church gathers from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday for Wonderful Wednesdays with something for the entire family including children’s choir. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181; www.stpaulcommunityumc .org.



New designer look for medical alert jewelry The Kroger pharmacy counters throughout the Cincinnati area and suburbs have begun featuring new more attractive and fashionable medical alert jewelry. Medical ID bracelets and other jewelry can be lifesavers, alerting caregivers immediately to medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, blood disorders, heart disease, and severe drug, food or insect allergies in emergency medical care is needed and the wearer is incapacitated and unable to explain his condition. But they only work if people are willing to wear them all the time. Until recently, lower-cost medical ID bracelets were available but were unattractive and “clunky” and particularly unappealing to children, teens and young adults. Medical ID Marketplace has started a partnership with the Cincinnati-area Kroger stores with a display on the pharmacy counter and brochures for ordering. The company has introduced a series of inexpensive, bright, colorful designs featuring rubber, mesh, crystal, bead, rope, and leather to expand the choices available. The company also offers some more traditional styles, as well as pendant and “dog tag” jewelry options. Most pieces of Medical ID Marketplace medical ID jewelry carry the Medical Alert symbol and can be customized at no additional charge with engraved information about the medical condition of the wearer. Medical ID Marketplace is also now offering an additional option on some medical alert jewelry called TextID.

This popular bead-style bracelet is one of a number of new designs for medical alert jewelry. PROVIDED The wearer of a medical alert bracelet or pendant can pay a small annual fee to have a complete medical profile stored in a secure online account. Each account receives a PIN number. The number can be engraved on the jewelry item, along with the phone number 51020. An emergency medical technician can access the phone number, text in the PIN number and obtain the individual’s medical record, including medications and up to ten phone numbers of emergency contacts. Medical ID Marketplace also sells “write-on” Medibands, which are silicone bands with a white space on the inside which the wearer can use to provide additional medical information. For example, the bracelet may simply say “Allergy” on the outside, but the wearer can write “no peanuts” on the inside—or an emergency contact number could be added. The wearer uses a permanent marker or ballpoint pen to write

on the inside of the bracelet and then puts the bracelet in boiling water that has been taken off the burner for 30 seconds to make the written notes permanent. Medical ID Marketplace was founded in 2003 in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) by two women, Shelly Hope Fisher and Lisa Paige Hobyak who liked to make jewelry. One of their friends had a teenage daughter who had refused to wear the ugly, obtrusive medical alert bracelets that was the only type available at the time. Hope Paige designed a pretty, fashionable medical alert bracelet for the teen, which she is now happy to wear all the time. “Our company recognized the importance and lifesaving value of medical bracelets,” says Shelly Fisher. “That’s why it was so important to create styles that people actually want to wear.” The jewelry is available at Kroger pharmacies and can also be ordered online at

UC campuses celebrate degrees of collaboration Events are being planned at UC’s Clermont College and Blue Ash College to celebrate the collaboration on the bachelor of applied administration that was launched in the fall of 2011. “We’re excited about this collaboration as it is truly a benefit to the students and to the Greater Cincinnati region,” UC Blue Ash Dean Cady Short-Thompson said. “The program is a wonderful bridge for those with work experience to obtain a bachelor’s degree without losing credits from their associate’s degree and the knowledge the students are obtaining through the program will enhance and supplement the technical skills they already possess.” “This is our first homegrown bachelor’s degree,” UC Clermont Dean Greg Sojka said. “It came about through an extensive collaborative effort be-

tween the two regional campuses, faculty, staff and deans all coming together in an effort to bring this new degree to our students at the two regional colleges – Clermont and Blue Ash.” The celebration events will take place 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at UC Blue Ash College in the Science & Allied Health Building, Room 100, and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at UC Clermont College in the Student Lounge Area at the UC East Campus. A short program will begin at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. To RSVP or for more information about the applied administration program, please contact: Janice Ooten at UC Blue Ash College, (513) 745-5785 or visit BTAS or Kathie Cooper at UC Clermont College: (513) 5586197 or btas.

Madeira Optical moves to new space on Laurel After 55 years in the same location, Madeira Optical has moved into a new space for its Optometrists and Optical Shop at 7800 Laurel Ave. in Madeira. The new Madeira Optical location will better serve patients with a dedicated contact lens room, pre-test room and a second state-of-the -art exam lane to accommodate the addition of Dr. Jennifer Kritzer. The location is convenient and easy to find on a desirable street in downtown Madeira and it has ample off-street

parking. “Early feedback on the Laurel Avenue space has been very good,” owner Malinda Pence said. “The new office allows us improve patient care in a more relaxed and efficient layout.” Madeira Optical is a family optometry practice serving pediatric through senior vision patients. For more information, please call (513) 561-7076 or visit


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