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Unusual plants up for sale Rowe Arboretum’s annual plant sale set for April 30

Gift of sight

Indian Hill High School senior Jeff Baynham is giving the gift of sight. For several years Baynham, a resident of Indian Hill, has coordinated the OneSight program in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District. The OneSight program provides used eyeglasses to those who need them and may not be able to afford them. SEE STORY, A2

Student director

Cincinnati Country Day School senior Ali Breneman is traditionally seen on the stage. Now she’s working behind the scenes. For the first time, the school’s spring production is being fully directed by a student. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the school’s Keeler Theater, 6905 Given Road. SEE STORY, A3

Video wizard

Cincinnati Country Day School senior Baldur Tangvald has gone from playing video games to potentially designing them. Tangvald, a resident of Terrace Park, recently received a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Only about 20 students a year are accepted to the school. While at USC, Tangvald will focus on interactive media. SEE STORY, A4 For the Postmaster

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Rowe Arboretum Manager Chris Daeger prepares a few of the plants that will be available during the 18th annual plant sale at the arboretum. The sale features a wide variety of plants not typically found at home improvement stores and local nurseries.

bles as a fundraiser for the arboretum. Daeger noted the plants on sale aren’t the typical items found at home improvement stores or most nurseries. “It’s more of a plant connoisseur sale,” he said. Daeger said he was also unsure of exactly what would be on sale, as the shipment coming in is always filled with various donations from suppliers that include rare plants and even books and other items. Rowe Arboretum is also By Rob Dowdy accepting contributions to assist in this year’s plant sale. Daeger said with recent budget cuts the Rowe Arboretum’s annual arboretum hasn’t been able to buy plant sale returns as many to Indian Hill Satplants as it urday, April 30. used to and is The sale, in its looking for The sale 18th year, offers any number The 18th annual Rowe Arboretum the public a of garden or plant sale is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, chance to buy plant-related April 30, at the arboretum center, unusual plants items that located at 4600 Muchmore Road. within a threeThe members only sale will be 2-7 could be sold p.m. Friday, April 29. hour window at at the sale. To sign up for membership, the arboretum As in the contact Rowe Arboretum at center, located at past, the plant or call 561-5151. 4600 Muchmore sale will begin Road. a day early Each year, the for members. arboretum buys numerous plants On Friday, April 29, members will to add to its collection. Manager have the first chance to buy plants Chris Daeger said he generally before the general public. buys extra plants that are then To find your community, visit sold at the plant sale, which

Indian Hill recycles 787 tons in 2010 By Rob Dowdy

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Indian Hill continues to be one of the top communities in Hamilton County when it comes to residential recycling. According to the Hamilton County Residential Recycling Incentive program, the village recycling 787 tons of recyclable materials in 2010, increasing last year’s total by seven tons. Sarah Dowers, public relations coordinator for Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, said Indian Hill ranked seventh out of 48 communities in the county when it comes to recycling efforts. Marty Chadwell, who is one of three Indian Hill Public Works employees who run the recycling

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Because of its recycling efforts, Indian Hill residents: • Reduced more greenhouse gas pollution than if every household in the village didn’t drive for three months. • Saved 6,866 trees from being harvested. • Conserved enough energy to power every village home for 24 days.

To learn more about Indian Hill’s recycling program, or to request a recycling bin, call 831-3712. program, said approximately 85 percent of the village’s 2,300 residents use the recycling program. However, there are still some who don’t, and Chadwell said there’s only so much that can be done to increase an already high participation throughout the village. “(We) just continue to educate people on how important it is to the future of our kids and grandkids,” he said. Due to Indian Hill’s participation in the county’s incentive program, there are benefits to recycling that can be seen in the present day. The residential recycling incentive program gives money back to communities based on the amount of recycling they participate in. Dowers said the village’s efforts netted $26,625 in 2010. The funds can be used to pay for the recycling program, recycling bins or containers or products made from recycled materials. Chadwell said the village

The Indian Hill recycling crew collected 787 tons of recyclable materials in 2010. The village received $26,625 for its efforts by the Hamilton County residential recycling incentive program.


bought new recycling totes that residents could then purchase at cost. New recycling bins were also purchased. Chadwell said he believes recycling participation in the village is

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Student has clear vision to help By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill High School senior Jeff Baynham is giving the gift of sight. For several years Baynham, a resident of Indian

Hill, has coordinated the OneSight program in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District. The OneSight program provides used eyeglasses to those who need them and may not be able to afford

ident of sales at LensCrafters. “I feel this is an extraordinary cause everyone should benefit from,” said Baynham. Baynham said more than 61 million people worldwide

them. Baynham first became involved with the program as a sixth-grader. He had learned about the program, which at the time was called Gift of Sight, through his father, who was a vice pres-


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Indian Hill High School senior Jeff Baynham is coordinating an effort to collect used eyeglasses Monday through Friday, May 16 through 20. Baynham has been active with the OneSight program for several years. He is holding a sheet with information promoting the program. have been helped by the OneSight initiative. Locally, Baynham has collected 1,000 glasses. He said he is inspired by stories such as one in which a woman who was nearly blind had never clearly seen her son until after receiving a pair of glasses. Witnessing the success of the program in Indian Hill, Baynham has spearheaded an effort to involve other schools nationally. “The only thing stronger than his work ethic is his desire to make a difference,”

said Kara Ussery, a counselor at the high school. “He is thrilled when he hears how many glasses these schools have collected.” The collection of used eyeglasses at the high school will run Monday through Friday, May 16 through 20. The eyeglasses can be dropped off at the school, 6865 Drake Road. For information, visit the website For more about your community visit



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Student brings stage experience to director’s chair By Forrest Sellers

Cincinnati Country Day School senior Ali Breneman is traditionally seen on the stage. Now she’s working behind the scenes. For the first time, the school’s spring production is being fully directed by a student. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the school’s Keeler Theater, 6905 Given Road. Drama and choral director Mark Femia, a resident of Oakley, said Breneman literally walked into his office saying she had an idea for a production and asked if she could direct it. “I thought it would be a cool way to be involved in a different part of the theater,” said Breneman, who has been in seven productions

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What: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Where: Cincinnati Country Day School Keeler Theater, 6905 Given Road.

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SCHOOL NOTES Indian Hill Primary School seeks input


The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is conducting a national search for the position of Primary School principal for the 20112012 school year. Effron & Associates, an educational consulting firm is the District’s search consultant. The district seeks and welcomes input from parents, teachers, students and community members, as it proceeds in this process. The following survey link will allow respondents to provide input regarding the qualities, characteristics, knowledge and skills they believe are most important for the new principal to possess. The survey can also be accessed from the district’s website at The survey will be available through Friday, April 22. The vacancy is the result of the retirement of Primary School Principal, Sandra Harte, at the end of the 2010-2011school year.

Cincinnati Country Day School senior Ali Breneman, left, is directing the school’s spring production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The production will be Thursday, April 28. Also shown is drama and choral director Mark Femia. and had the lead in several of them. Breneman, who is a resident of Anderson Township, said she has learned a lot ranging from proper lighting to designing a set. She describes the experience as a collaborative process where the performers are encouraged to provide feedback and ideas.

“It’s not work at all,” she said. “It’s just something we love to do.” Breneman is also a Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Award winner in musical theater. Admission to the program is free, but donations are encouraged. All of the proceeds will go to Mt. Washington

American Legion Post 484’s Legacy Scholarship Fund, which goes toward helping students who have lost parents who served in the military. Femia said this may open the door to future student driven productions. “It’s been a great opportunity to watch someone who has succeeded in roles

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April 21, 2011

CCDS student channels love of video games into scholarship By Forrest Sellers

Cincinnati Country Day School senior Baldur Tangvald has gone from playing video games to potentially designing them. Tangvald, a resident of Terrace Park, recently received a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Only about 20 students a year are accepted to the school. While at USC, Tangvald will

focus on interactive media. “It’s a dream come true,” said Tangvald, whose interest in video games began when his parents bought a Nintendo game system. Tangvald said he initially wanted to pursue a career in film and even took a workshop on the subject at Yale University. However, while looking at what USC had to offer, he saw an advertisement about the school’s new interactive media division. “This (provided) a mixture of cinematic storytelling

and computer science,” said Tangvald. “It was the best of both worlds.” Tangvald, who is president of the student body and captain of the soccer team, recently achieved high honors in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. “He has so many interests and pursues them all,” said Sarah Beyreis, director of college counseling at Cincinnati Country Day School. Carole Lichty-Smith, chairwoman for the arts at Cincinnati Country Day


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School, said Tangvald has an artistic style which stands out. “He’s not afraid to go to places that are creepy and haunting (yet) whimsical,” said Lichty-Smith, who has had Tangvald in her several of her photography classes. “He has a sense of humor that is part of this.” Tangvald said he is looking into a profession as a video game designer. “There is a sense of community in video game design,” he said. “It brings people together.”

Construction crews increasing on Loveland-Madeira Road By Amanda Hopkins

A portion of LovelandMadeira Road in Symmes Township will be down to one lane during construction hours for the next few weeks. Dan Durham, project inspector with the Hamilton County Engineer's Office, said crews will be building a retaining wall starting the

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week of April 18. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic. The wall will be about 200 feet long. Crews will also start installing the new traffic light at the LovelandMadeira Road and Route 126 intersection. Durham said the intersection will be down to one lane for short periods of time "only to accommodate equipment."

Durham said motorists should be cautious when driving through the area. "There will be a lot of workers, slow your speed," Durham said. Both phases of the project will take about two to three weeks to complete. The next phase of the project will include installing the storm sewer systems which will take about a month.


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Row House Gallery, Framing celebrates 40 years By Kellie Geist-May

Connecting with Row House

When Row House Gallery and Custom Framing first opened on Main Street in Milford it was a small-town craft store. Now the shop features local, regional and national artists and offers an extensive list of framing services. “We opened as a craft shop in 1971, but some friends of ours – who were wonderful artists – said we should put some of their work up in our shop,” said Betty Meyer, who started the shop with her husband, Art. “Then other people came along and … before we knew it, we were a gallery.” About three years after opening, Row House expanded into the framing business and bought the row house next door to the original location. The business has been in the two row houses at 211 Main St. ever since. This year, Row House is celebrating its 40th anniversary. “It took a while to build our business, but it’s been great,” Betty said. Family has helped run the shop through the decades, but if you stop in nowadays you’re likely to see Betty and her two daughters, Janie Smith and Nancy Meyer. “We’ve seen more art in our lifetimes than most people could ever hope to see,” Nancy said. “And we’ve had the opportunity to meet quite a few wonderful artists. We’ve entertained them and they’ve entertained us.” Art at Row House ranges from historical to contemporary and oil to photography. The gallery also sells prints and has contacts with artists who create commissioned work, especially portraits of children and pets. For those more into functional art, the back room of Row House is home to Lot 34, which opened in 2008 and sells pottery, wood works, glass art, jewelry and more. All of the Lot 34 art is made by artists in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Betty, Nancy and Janie have become staples in historic downtown Milford, not just because of their work, but also their involvement in the community. Row House has sponsored a number of benefit art shows and framing fundraisers for groups and causes, including the Greater Milford Area Historical Society, the Drake Plan-

Row House Gallery and Custom Framing can be found at 211 Main St. in Milford and reached at 831-7230. You also can visit their website at or shop at Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and those who live nearby need to stop by and get reacquainted with the area. “There are people who live in Milford who think

some Sundays by chance or appointment. Other hours also are available by appointment. Row House also maintains a Facebook page, complete with daily art uploads, and sends email newsletters. To be added to the email list, call or email and put “add me to your email list” in the subject line.

downtown is just a bunch of old boarded up buildings. Downtown has gone through a lot of transitions, but we have a really good

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Row House Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The gallery is owned and operated by Betty Meyer, right, and her daughters Nancy Meyer, center, and Janie Smith. etarium and multiple animal shelters and rescues. Janie said the community involvement is part of being a good small business. “We do these things to make the community we live in a better place,” she said. Community involvement also has helped spread the word about Row House. “The more you can get involved in the community, the better,” Nancy said. “We can help these organizations while putting ourselves in front of a clientele that may or may not know we exist.” The owners aren’t the only ones with a long history – the buildings themselves have stories. Betty said John Kugler built the two homes for the foreman who worked in the Milford gristmill. Smith said they later served as a hospital during the cholera epidemic. Betty said the business started in Milford and has stayed in Milford because she likes the location and the community. “I am so proud of Milford and I think, right now, we have a wonderful group of (businesses) and restaurants here,” she said. Nancy agreed and said


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The week at Indian Hill

• In tennis on April 12, St. Xavier beat Indian Hill 5-0. On April 13, Moeller beat Indian Hill 4-1. Indian Hill’s Alex Fixler and Will Jaroszewicz beat Tommy Sullivan and Brett Carlin 6-2, 6-4. • The Indian Hill girls lacrosse team beat Loveland 17-3, April 12. Scoring for Indian Hill was Emily Rentschler with sox goals; Gibson with three goals; Adeliade Fries, Emma Goold and Kathleen Heinbach with two goals each; and Karson Meurer and Kelly Hilmer scored one goal each. Ashley Faulkner made seven saves for Indian Hill. On April 13, Indian Hill beat Cincinnati Country Day 14-12. Indian Hill’s Kelly Hilmer scored six goals; Emily Rentschler scored two goals; and Karson Meuer, Emma Goold, Taylor Marshall and Kathleen Heinbach scored one goal each. CCD’s Barton scored six goals, Cohen scored four goals and E. Blackburn and C. Blackburn scored one goal each. • The Finneytown softball team beat Indian Hill 6-0, April 13. Sam King was 2-3 for Indian Hill. On April 14, Indian Hill beat Roger Bacon 13-2 in five innings. Indian Hill’s Jeannette Jinkinson was 2-4 and scored three runs. • In baseball, Indian Hill beat New Richmond 8-2, April 14. Indian Hill’s Robby Pickett was 2-2 with three RBI.

The week at CCD

• The Cincinnati Country Day girls lacrosse team beat Wyoming 18-2, April 12. CCD’s Barton scored five goals, Cohen scored four, Sachs and L. Blackburn scored three, C. Blackburn scored two and Weigel scored one goal. Mapes made four saves for CCD. • Cincinnati Country Day girls won the April 13 softball game against Seven Hills 5-4. CCD’s Rachel Neal was 2-4 with two RBI. • In boys tennis, Cincinnati Country Day beat Anderson 3-2, April 13. CCD’s Patrick Wildman beat Scott 6-3, 6-2; Michael Barton beat Gallagher 6-3, 6-2; and Rob Pierce and Alex Meixner beat Ward and Wilson 6-0, 6-1. Elder beat Cincinnati Country Day 5-0, April 14. • In baseball, Cincinnati Country Day beat Seven Hills 5-1, April 14. CCD’s Dan Angus pitched nine strikeouts, and Reeve Hoover hit a double.

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Small roster affects CCD lacrosse in ’11 By Nick Dudukovich

The Cincinnati Country Day School boys lacrosse team will play a modified schedule of eight games because of low roster numbers this spring, according to head coach Chuck McGivern. Despite fielding a relatively inexperienced squad, the Indians should be led by senior captains Wyatt Tiffany, Will Duncan, and Basil

Dejong. Dejong, who was a midfielder before this season, jumped into fill the Indians need at goalie, according to McGivern. Other returning starters, such as Jake Dietz, Reed Davis, Ben Valido, Timmy Macrae, Mike Hanson and Jack Victor are also expected to contribute. The play of CCD’s experienced players will be vital to how the Indians perform, according to

McGivern. “We will depend on our captains and returning starters to be playmakers on both ends of the field,” McGivern said. “(It) is a role that they relish because of their competitive fire and sense of camaraderie.” McGivern added that because of a small roster, his players can expect to play entire games without a line change. Despite the lengthy minutes accumulated by CCD’s players,

McGivern added that his team’s passion for the sport keeps his kids motivated. “Most of our players rarely get a chance to come off the field because of our lack of depth,” McGivern said. “Games can be grueling to say the least, but our guys play hard for each other and for their school. They simply want to play.” For more coverage, visit

CHCA program witnesses growth By Nick Dudukovich

In its third year of existence, the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys lacrosse team is playing its first season as a schoolsanctioned sport. The Eagles, who had been playing outside CHCA as a club team, have a healthy program with 35 students spread between the varsity and junior varsity level, according to head coach Kurt Tholking. Despite the change, Tholking said the program’s philosophy remains the same as when the Eagles took their first face-off. “We’re still building a program and we still have guys learning the game,” he said. For the 2011 season, the Eagles should be strongest at midfield, according to Tholking. The duo of Jeff and Jamie Stagnaro should provide offense at the position while Anthony Corrado, Brad Tepfenhart and freshman Cam Kennedy will try to contribute at the attack position. Other key players returning for CHCA include Joe Terry (midfield), Jasper Holford (midfield) and Ryan Hartsig (face-off specialist). On defense, senior Eric Rice, who along with jun-


CHCA’s James Stagnaro (left) and Ryan Hartsig (right) stop a Summit attacker during the Eagles’ 15-3 loss, April 13. iors Tyler Tepfenhart and Tyler Kirbabas will try to protect freshman goalie Nick Marsh. While the Eagles are 0-4 to start the spring, two of the squad’s losses have come to teams ranked in the Enquirer coaches’ poll, such as No. 5 Summit and No. 6 Indian Hill. With the move to becom-

ing a school-sponsored sport, the Eagles will compete at the Division II level of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association. Other Eagle squads, such as the football team, usually compete at the Division V level of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, but OHSAA is not the state’s governing body of lacrosse.

Playing at the Division II level means the Eagles will compete against teams with larger student bodies. Regardless of who the Eagles play, Tholking is dedicated to growing the game at CHCA. “We’re matching up against larger schools so our goals are to take small steps and keep scores down and


CHCA senior Brad Tepfenhart scoops up the ball during the Eagles’ 15-3 loss to Summit, April 13.

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Offense sparks fast start for CCD girls lacrosse By Nick Dudukovich

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller boys track team placed first with a score of 117 in the Vince Mercure Colerain Invitational, April 12. Frey won the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches; Kraus won the long jump at 20 feet, 7.50 inches; Walker won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.40 seconds; and Ashbrock won the 300 meter hurdles at 42.84 seconds. • In tennis, Moeller beat Mason “Green” 4-1, April 12. Moeller’s Ansgar Stenzel beat Srinath 7-5, 6-4; Mitchell Patterson beat Schweppe 6-3, 61; John Westerkamp and Logan Wacker beat Kraus and Sahai 7-6, 6-1; and Tommy Sullivan and Brett Carlin beat Curtis and Michimi 7-5, 6-0. • In baseball, Moeller beat Chaminade-Julienne 12-2 in five innings, April 13. Moeller’s John Tanner pitched 10 strikeouts, and Kyle Robinett was 3-3, hit a double, scored four homeruns and had two RBI. • In boys volleyball, Moeller beat Purcell Marian 25-10, 25-15, 25-14, April 14.

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Cincinnati Country Day senior Lily Cohen (right) will be a valuable part of the Indians offense throughout the spring.

With a 3-0 record to start the spring, the Cincinnati Country Day School lacrosse team is showing why it’s ranked No. 5 in state computer rankings. Led by talented offensive weapons such as senior Lily Cohen, sophomore Caroline Blackburn and freshman Katie Barton, the Lady Indians have been an offensive force this spring, scoring 47 goals through their first three contests. Cohen, who scored nine goals in the opener against McAuley, brings five years worth of lacrosse experience to the squad, according to head coach Pat Dunn. “She’s an incredible competitor, and she can play the whole field,” Dunn said. “She’s a team leader and is somebody that really makes a big difference on the field.” In Barton, the Lady Indians have a pure attack player who brings lacrosse experience to the high

school level. The freshman’s talents have netted 14 goals in three games this season. Barton also has 13 assists, which means she’s had a hand in more than half of the Indians’ goals. “She’s a lefty with a great presence on the field,” Dunn said. “She’s a real scorer and a beautiful feeder…there are few goals that don’t go through her.” The all-around talent of Blackburn has attributed to her good start, according to Dunn. “She’s a superb lacrosse player with excellent stick work,” Dunn said. “She’s a full-field player that can run all day.” Senior captain Gretchen Weigel, sophomore Julia Murphy and Cassie Sachs should join Cohen, Barton and Blackburn in the scoring department for CCD assistant coach and attack strategist Eldrich Carr. While the offense is poised to light up scoreboards, the Lady Indians also feature several impact players whose contributions

might not show up in postgame box scores. Other key individuals, such as Elizabeth Blackburn (midfield), Lindsay Dougan (defense), Emily Grupp (defense), Kathryn Black (defense), Amelia Drew (defense), Sarah Mae Selnick (defense) and freshman goalie Kat Mapes are all expected to contribute heavily this season, according to Dunn. Despite the fast start, Dunn knows that her squad will have tough future matches against tough programs, such as Mariemont, Summit Country Day and Indian Hill. While CCD may not possess the depth of those schools, Dunn believes her squad overcomes roster numbers with ability. “We have 12 good players, but we don’t have a bench,” Dunn said. “But of the teams I’ve seen, I believe our best players are as good as anyone in the city.” For more coverage, visit presspreps

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Moeller lax on the attack

By Scott Springer

At Moeller High School, the athletic program is nationally known for its achievements. Football, basketball, wrestling, hockey and baseball have all had tremendous success. With that success comes the high expectations of upholding tradition. Not just in the socalled “core” sports, but in all athletic endeavors. Lacrosse is no different off of Montgomery Road. Moeller had a team long before anyone did locally. “We are the most established program in Southwest Ohio,” coach Nathan Reed said. “This is our 24th season. We’ve won two Division I state championships (1992-93), a Midwest championship and produced hundreds of all-

state players as well as countless numbers of collegiate players.” The Moeller grad (Class of 1998) now is in his third year leading the Crusaders and is looking for his first winning season. This year’s team has eight seniors whom he hopes to send out on a winning note. “The biggest challenge we have is that we have so many successful athletes that, as they get older, they tend to specialize and focus in just one sport,” Reed said. “We also offer a wider variety of sports than most schools so there is some competition for athletes.” The good news is, the future is bright for the sport. Rarely does a player come out now who hasn’t had contact with a stick. “Ninety-five percent of my freshman class are

experienced players,” Reed said. “When I played, everyone’s first time playing lacrosse was their freshman year in high school.” Reed also challenges his squad with a demanding schedule. The bulk of the teams have winning records and/or are established programs. “We pride ourselves on our schedule,” Reed said. “There is no one team in Ohio that plays a schedule any harder than the one we play. We play some Columbus teams and this year we play some Michigan teams.” Senior captains for the Crusaders are goalie Hayden Miller, midfielder James Rogan, defender Justin Liggett and midfielders Michael Lynch and Tyler Mikolajewski. Reed’s top attacker is junior Jacob Fuller.

“He’s a three-year starter,” Reed said. “He’s started from the day he walked into the school.” On defense, Moeller is led by the “man in back.” “Our No. 1 defensive player is our goalie, Hayden Miller,” Reed said. “He’s going to continue his career at Bellarmine. Goalies are a little different than anyone else. We’re very fortunate that we’ve had Hayden here for three years.” If people think lacrosse is a sport where sticks are handed out, balls are rolled out and it’s a free-for-all, they are sadly mistaken. A video peak of Moeller practice (see below courtesy ESPvideos 2010) would prove otherwise. “We approach each practice much like football or basketball,” Reed said. “Every minute of our prac-


Moeller’s No 31, senior James Rogan passes against Indian Hill in a game last season. Rogan is a midfielder for the Crusaders and one of eight seniors on coach Nate Reed’s squad. tice is planned out. We try to work in 15-minute segments throughout our two hours. Every coach knows what we’re doing when we walk up onto the practice field.” The Crusaders play some of their home games behind the school. The night games are at Lockland Stadium. The team prefers the school site. “I think they like playing around the school,” Reed said. “It attracts more of our

student body. When the kids come out of their practices, our kids look up and see the baseball team, or the rugby team. We have a little more sense of comfort here.” Naturally, Moeller’s biggest rival is Saint Xavier. However, Reed points out Mason might have the best squad in southwest Ohio with their growth in the sport. Moeller visits the Comets May 20.

Young Mount Notre Dame squad is finding its way By Tony Meale


Mount Notre Dame lacrosse player Claire Whitaker, right, is second on the team in goals this season.

Russell Mackey could have taken the easy way out. After all, the Mount Notre Dame High School lacrosse coach graduated eight senior starters from last season, making this year’s squad largely inexperienced by comparison. Nevertheless, he opted against watering down his schedule. In addition to playing their usual Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League opponents, the Cougars have played Carmel, ranked

No. 1 in Indiana, as well as traditional stalwart Worthington Kilbourne. MND, which lost to both, is 2-3-1 (1-1) entering play April 12. “From a coaching standpoint, we’re at expectations,” Mackey said. “We knew these would be tough games.” After winning a league title in 2009 and finishing runner-up in 2010, however, the girls were hoping for a better start. “In their heads, they thought not much was going to change,” Mackey said. “I think we’re fine.

We’re improving, and (we’re hoping to) get back to .500 before facing some big-time competitors like Sycamore (April 26).” Leading this year’s young squad are captains Biz Goslee of Mason and Claire Whitaker of Mariemont. Goslee, a junior midfielder, leads the team with 15 goals, while Whitaker, a senior attacker, is second with 10. MND runs much of its offense through Goslee, who played varsity as a freshman, while Whitaker is a hard-nosed athlete and

competitor. Junior midfielder Kelli Harmon of West Chester, meanwhile, leads the team with eight assists. Mackey said Harmon’s greatest asset might be her ability to stay clam in pressure situations, even while getting double- and triple-teamed. MND’s top underclassman is freshman attacker McKenna Polak of Loveland, who has perhaps gotten more playing time than any freshman in the history of the program, which began in 2005. Mackey also credited

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Last week’s question

Do you support efforts to repeal Senate Bill 5, and Ohio Democrats’ proposals to allow recalls of state office holders? Why or why not? “It should be repealed as it is an American ‘right’ to organize and have representation. If our economy were in a more normal balance of workers and availble jobs this would not be happening.” C.S. “I don’t have a problem with allowing recalls in Ohio. Democrats need to realized that recalls can be used against them also. It should take a huge amount of signatures to put them on the ballot, though. After all, every election is a recall. On the other hand, I totally oppose eliminating Senate Bill 5 through a referendum. Senate Bill 5 levels the playing field for state and local governments and school districts. “Readers should spend five minutes, go to, and look at the salaries of employees in the Forest Hills Local School District. If you look at those who have been there for the last 5-6 years, you will see that they have been getting very hefty raises over that period of time. That is because state law has been stacked against school boards in favor of teachers unions. Senate Bill 5 makes it a fair fight. “If Senate Bill 5 is overturned it will lead to higher employee compensation, which is 85 percent of our school budget. And that will inevitably lead to one of two things: higher real estate taxes or more teacher layoffs and more crowded classrooms. Vote against the referendum in November!” T.H. “I do not support these efforts, though honesty compels me to admit that my feelings are largely based on media reports which have relayed comments and sentiments by partisans on both sides. This bill is over 300 pages in length, and like most state and federal legislation it is virtually incomprehensible to ordinary people. Those who do understand it (or claim to) say that its primary purpose is to limit collective bargaining by public sector employees. “I do not know precisely what those limits are, and I know of no easy way to find out, so my only reasonable alternative is to rely on the judgement of the political party to which I have given my support. I am somewhat ashamed to admit this, but I can’t be disingenuous. “If the common view is correct (that the purpose is to limit collective bargaining for public sector employees), given the condition of our economy, the truth is that there seem to be no checks and balances on what these union workers can demand, without regard for how they will be funded. It doesn’t work this way in the private sector. “If we had the kind of economy the United States enjoyed in the mid-20th century, this might be more acceptable. “I do not support Democrat proposals to allow recall of state office holders. The plan is to allow such recall (of non-judicial office holders) if those who are trying to do it can get at least 15 percent of the total number of votes that were cast in the last general election for governor. “That is too small a number to accept. If we could recall President Obama by getting only 15 percent

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What plans do you have for your garden this year? How much do you plan to spend? How does that compare to last year? Every week the Indian Hill Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. of the 2008 electorate to support it, I might be more favorable towards these proposals.” Bill B. “I do not believe SB5 achieves what its framers claim. Whatever the school and government employee unions have in their contracts it was given to them by the school boards, mayors and city councils and county commissioners who signed these contracts. If it is excessive they have only themselves to blame. “SB5 is a means for Republicans to fight back at Big Labor for their regular and lucrative support of Democrats. SB5 will not save the budgets of any governing body this year or in the future.” R.V. “On the contrary, I welcome SB5 as an attempt to reintroduce some control on runaway compensation/benefits that are killing our cities and therefore, us taxpayers. The pay packages police, firemen, teachers and other unionized public employees continue to demand and receive, under the extortion of ‘give us or we’ll strike’ are dragging us down. They need to join the real world.” P.C. “In regards to Senate Bill 5, I do support the efforts to repeal this bill. First of all, this bill is poorly written and not well thought out in regards to the consequences towards the public safety personnel it affects the most. It was rushed through the Senate and the House primarily due to partisan politics. If you don’t think this is true, then why were two senators removed from their chair positions in the committees that could have kept this from reaching the floor of the Senate for the vote? It was because they would have cast the votes needed to kill the bill before it ever left those committees. “Secondly, it removes binding arbitration from the collective bargaining law. Binding arbitration is a process that is used not only when negotiations reach an impasse between public safety personnel and the government entities, it is also used in the discipline process to protect public safety personnel from the ‘good ole boy’ network that some political entities have created and sustained over the years. For instance if a police officer writes the mayor’s brother a ticket, the mayor may just tell the chief to punish or fire that officer, or single him out for other unfair treatment just for doing his job. With the grievance process and binding arbitration, this unfair treatment can be fought. Take it away, and you might as well just invite the corruption and politics back into public safety that the public has fought so hard to end over the last forty years. This bill is not about transparency and budgets, its about “union busting” pure and simple. To ask public safety to trust in the same politicians that mismanaged the taxpayers’ money in the first place, to decide a fair wage and benefits for them is like asking sheep to invite the wolf to their pasture.” J.H.



It’s time to attend another tea party The last time I was invited to a tea party the four young ladies were Dallas Cowgirls aged 4 to 6. They invited me to join them on a large rug in their living room. Naturally, they served tea, and it was enjoyable, even if it was a tad ‘dry.’ Little did I realize that they intended me as their ‘human experiment’ after tea. They tried to convince me that this was a bad hair day, and that my hair needed a makeover. My passive demeanor was all the invitation they needed to begin pinning bows, and clipping other ornamental objects to what locks were still available. After each attachment, there were screams of delight, at an unimaginable pitch and decibel level, with much pointing, and rolling-on-the-floor belly laughs. It was not unlike the videos of children laughing on YouTube. Time passes quickly! These young women are now in college planning their futures. Through the years, I have often wondered what their futures would be like. What could I do to make them better; after all, two of these little women are my granddaughters. Several weeks ago, the Indian Hill Journal published my article, containing facts to show that the United States is bankrupt. I argued that we must take immediate action to turn the economy around, and change the world’s perception of our country as pop-

ulated with leaders who are spendthrifts. If you missed it, do not bother to read me, read what bloomberg has to say about it: http://www. James Baker Community news/2010-08Press guest 11/u-s-is-bankecolumnist rduopnt -- at -nedv- w enknow-commentary-by-laurence-kotlikoff.html Read what Professor Kotlikoff says about it: For decades after WWII, and until this time there have been gigantic government programs, all well intended, by both Democrats and Republicans, which literally bled the talent and treasure of this country. There were four major wars, and at least as many skirmishes. There were an anti-poverty program, a moon shot, and there were thousands of pet projects. These endeavors have cost taxpayers lots of money, much of it borrowed. The relative worth of a dollar from 1954, using the consumer price index calculation, would be $8.01 today. Using the gross domestic product scale, that same 1954 dollar would be worth $37.96 today.

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We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Indian Hill Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: indianhill@community Fax: 248-1938 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Indian Hill Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. In other words, we have been very poor at maintaining the spending power of the dollar. Some of our neighbors have announced that there is a Tea Party, right here in Indian Hill. It is doubtful that the Indian Hill Tea Party will ever offer as much fun as that long-ago tea party in Dallas, but perhaps their cause can be of help to the future of those four little women. They say that the Indian Hill Tea Party’s primary objective is fiscal sanity, and the repair of our broken economy. I am for that! They say they accept Republicans, Democrats, Rotarians, lawyers, and even Lutherans. That sounds very inclusive. Now, it is time for me to drag myself to one of their meetings. James Baker is a 34 year resident of Indian Hill

Let’s not blur deficit reduction into social warfare U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (whom I greatly respect and admire) has “got it right.” He wants to include tax reform in the federal budget deficit debate. He points to the lessons learned from the 1990s when President Clinton balanced the budget with a plan that didn’t just cut domestic discretionary spending (currently only 12 percent of the total budget,) but also tackled mandatory spending and reform to the tax code. Sen. Schumer is promoting a similar strategy for any deal struck on a continuing resolution for the rest of this fiscal year. Schumer is critical of the House Republicans’ current approach for focusing so narrowly on domestic discretionary spending. He argues this approach is harmful to economic growth and does not meaningfully reduce the deficit and much less the debt. I would add that this narrow focus on domestic discre-

tionary spending unnecessarily puts at risk education, health and critical social safety net programs. It appears conservative Richard lawmakers and Schwab activists want to Community use the budget to force Press guest process action on their columnist p o l i t i c a l l y volatile social issue policy goals. Choking off funding for Planned Parenthood, defunding the new health care/insurance reform law, overturning environmental, financial, consumer protection regulations, and defunding Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio are just a few of the targets. A side bar: The scale of the cost of Public Broadcasting is minuscule in the context of the

deficit as a whole. Yet the value of Public Broadcasting to our nation is monumental. Public Broadcasting received $430 million in federal funding for 2011 and $445 million for 2012, and the most recent Obama budget bumps funding slightly to $451 million. These funds represent an unrecognizable, tiny drop in the nation’s deficit bucket. The effort to eliminate funding for Public Broadcasting has more to do with a culture war than debt reduction. I stand with Sen. Charles Shumer and the White House in a call to “broaden the playing field” when it comes to deficit and debt reduction. Richard O. Schwab was formerly associate head of school and middle school head, Cincinnati Country Day School. He is also neighborhood team leader, Glendale Organizing For America Community Team ( He lives in Glendale.




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Loveland entrepreneur Branscome founded investment firm By Jeanne Houck

A Loveland entrepreneur is one of eight women chosen as this year’s YWC bA Career Women of Achievement. Susan Branscome, president and founder of Q10 Triad Capital Advisors of Cincinnati Inc. in Madisonville, will be honored at a luncheon Thursday, May 19, in the Grand Ballroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Q10 Triad Capital Advisors is a commercial realestate lending and mortgage banking firm. “For 32 years, the YWCA Career Women of Achievement luncheon has recognized women who have made major contributions to the workplace and Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community,” said Charlene Ventura, president of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. “These eight women will join the ranks of 250 professional women who now comprise the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement.” Ventura said Branscome manages a loan portfolio of more than $600 million and is: • One of only two women in the United States to start her own commercial mortgage banking business; • The first woman in


Loveland resident Susan Branscome, president and founder of Q10 Triad Capital Advisors of Cincinnati Inc., has been named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. Ohio to be an owner in a commercial mortgage banking firm; • The first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; • Founder of the Cincinnati chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women; • In the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Branscome and the other seven women honored this year were selected from nearly 100 nominees submitted by business organizations and individuals. “An independent panel of five community leaders selected those best exemplifying personal career success, dynamic leadership qualities and the unique ability to serve as role models,” Ventura said. Ventura said the luncheon is the largest fundraiser for the YWCA, which serves more than 35,000 women and families. Call 241-7090 for tickets to the luncheon, which cost $50. Corporate-sponsored tables are available.

Montgomery teen honored by YMCA Montgomery resident Natalie Bryans, a student at St. Ursula Academy, was recently honored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as one of 40 YMCA Character Award recipients. With youth development being one of the YMCA’s core focus areas, the YMCA Character Awards are an opportunity to celebrate young people who exemplify the Y’s core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. Natalie has said some of her greatest inspirations, her heroes, are her friends because “they are all so kind and welcoming.” That kind of insight can only come from a young woman who truly appreciates the YMCA core character values. Leadership for her comes in a quiet but meaningful style, as she stays commit-

ted to projects and initiatives she feels can make a bigger contribution. Through Bryans her school, she is a mentor to students participating in the Pleasant Ridge Montessori afterschool program; has helped coordinate a canned food drive, and participated in mission activities at childcare centers, soup kitchens, thrift shops, and food banks in Cincinnati’s Over-theRhine. Additionally, the past two summers have found Natalie volunteering up to 28 hours a week helping to ensure fun experiences for people with disabilities at Camp Stepping Stones. Honoree bios can be found at

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Susan Emerson, center, gets ready to perform “The Ripple Effect,” a private cabaret event that raised money for the Bethany House. Direction and backup vocals were provided by Lisa Asher, right, and accompaniment and musical direction were by Jeff Waxman). Emerson is a resident of Clifton; Asher is a native of Butler, Ky.

Montgomery cabaret helps Bethany House “The Ripple Effect,” a cabaret performance featuring Susan Emerson, raised about $25,000 to support the programs and services of Bethany House Services. Bethany, on Fairmount Avenue in Westwood, collaborates with others to provide a full range of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children. The cabaret was hosted by Mike and Megan McCuen, who generously opened their Montgomery home for a private, invitation only performance of “The Ripple Effect,” a cabaret presented in story and song by Susan Emerson. The cabaret focuses on how one person can make a big difference in the lives of others through seemingly small actions. Emerson donated her services for the event. The event also featured a reception with food donated by Stone Creek Dining Co. and Holzman Meats. Emerson, a Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award winner and Drama-Logue Award winner, has appeared in Broadway tours, off-Broadway and in top regional theaters around the country. Critics have called her “an achingly lyric soprano,” “a shining voice” and a “standout” who “stops the show.” She was most recently seen in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera as Mme. Giry, and stood by for Petula Clark as Norma Desmond in the national tour of “Sunset Boulevard.” Directing the show and providing vocal backup was Lisa Asher, a Northern Kentucky native.


Members of the host committee for “The Ripple Effect” Cabaret are, from left: in front, Cathy Greiner, Megan McCuen, Sister Mary Stanton, Linda Prophit and Eileen Kamp; on stairs, from Munz, Cindy Lampert, Anita Scott and Barb Ploggman. Not pictured is Lori MacDonald. All committee members are residents of Montgomery, with the exception of Kamp, who lives in Blue Ash, and Stanton, who lives in Westwood. Accompanist was Jeff Waxman, musical director, arranger and record producer. Bethany House Services initiated the Family Shelter Partnership Program 10 years ago to bring together Cincinnati’s 10 family shelter in order to create best practices in meeting the complex needs of families in a comprehensive manner. Serving more than 2,000 individuals annually through a variety of col-

laboratives, Bethany House Services is a leader in the community in family sheltering, transitional housing for single women, post shelter support, rapid re-housing, permanent affordable housing and more. Sister Mary Stanton is co-founder and executive director. BHS celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. Visit on the Web at to learn about donation and volunteer opportunities.

Jewish services is training site Jewish Family Service has been selected as a training site for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s geriatrics program, Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics. Dr. Gregg Warshaw, professor of family medicine and director of the office of geriatric medicine at UC, chose Jewish Family Service based on the university’s previous work with the agency’s Aging and Caregiver Services. The program’s main goals are to develop effective communication and collaboration between

health care professionals in Cincinnati’s aging network, and to increase the utilization of community-based services by older adults and caregivers. Medical students, residents and community primary care physicians will learn how to effectively collaborate with other disciplines including nursing, pharmacy, social work, dietary, and physical and occupational therapy. Students will be taught why referrals to geriatric service agencies, such as Jewish Family Service, are valuable to their patients.

“We try to look at all the dimensions of wellness,” said Ann Burke, director of Aging and Caregiver Services for Jewish Family Service. She said the agency works to provide emotional, social, physical and spiritual wellness through their case managers, rabbi’s visits and programs such as this one. By offering skilled assessments and care management, Jewish Family Service Aging and Caregiver Services professionals ensure seniors grow old with dignity and independently on their own terms.

This is accomplished through supportive counseling, helping to navigate the complex maze of insurance filings and bill management, and regularly monitoring seniors’ well-being through telephone calls and personal visits. “We are very proud that Warshaw recognizes our experience as experts in aging. Our care managers consistently deliver compassionate, expert, and practical assistance to older adults as well as their family and friends who provide support and caregiving help,” Burke said.


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Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Original art works submitted by women artists. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont.


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Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Two-day workshops to learn the basics of harnessing, hitching and driving. Classes will integrate participants into the normal activities at the farm. Farming with draft animals provides the farmer an important connection to the land and the work of farming. Ages 12 and up. $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email; Indian Hill. Parent Information Session, 7-8 p.m., Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, 12084 Montgomery Road, Learn about Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Family friendly. Free. 257-0705. Symmes Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, For all levels, sizes and ages. Fastest way to get in shape for any event or get rid of unwanted pounds. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, 1272 Ohio 28, Raffle of 20-inch flat-screen TV, premium price paid for aluminum cans, drinks, snacks and annual Earth Day festivities. Free. 575-0661; Loveland.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Easter and Passover Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, 794-9440. Kenwood.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland. LoHeat, 9 p.m.-midnight, HD Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 7936036; Silverton.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Grades K-6. Before-camp 8-9:30 a.m. and after-camp 3:30-6 p.m. programs available. $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 5034262; Montgomery.

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Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-caneat 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 three-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish, shrimp, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout available. Fifty cents to $8. 791-3238. Deer Park.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Loveland, 800 LovelandMadeira Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Loveland. 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.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


HealthRhythms, 1-2 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Weekly exercise program uses music and percussion to “drum up health” for seniors. Reduce stress, promote wellness and improve quality of life. No musical experience required. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition. 315-7393; Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2 3


Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.


Juried Show, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Browse the exhibit. Original art works submitted by women artists. Includes art activities. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


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



Turner Farm in Indian Hill is offering Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at the farm, 7400 Given Road. Cost is $150 for two days. Registration is required. Call 561-7400, or e-mail Visit for more information. Tim Marshall, who’s teaching an introductory class on horse driving at Turner Farm, teaches Sally Godschalk, education and outreach director at Turner Farm, how to properly drive a horse while farming.


Waiting on Ben, 7-11 p.m., Corner Pub, 7833 Cooper Road, 791-3999. Montgomery.


Omope Daboiku, 11 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Join this award-winning storyteller and wordsmith as she spins yarns that reflect traditional Appalachian and other cultural tales. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 272-3700; . Mariemont. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, 3 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Stewart Road, Adapted from book by Kevin Henkes. Part of Playhouse Off the Hill series, price varies by location. Family friendly. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 363-5400; Silverton. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 2 5


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; Loveland.

Walks in the Parks, Noon, Village of Mariemont, , Meet at the Graeter’s on Wooster Pike. For those with Parkinson’s, family, friends, caregiver and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson’s. Part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Free. 5580113; Mariemont.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 3515005. Madeira.



Adventure Boot Camp for Women, 5:306:30 a.m., Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Outdoors. Weekdays through May 20. Fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training. Ages 18 and up. $219-$299 for four-week camp. Registration required. 407-4665; Sycamore Township. Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 2-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; Loveland.


The Juice, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Formerly known as II Juicy. Free. 272-1990. Columbia Township.

Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Featuring entertainment, face painting, games, bake sale, popcorn and hot dogs. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery.




Bring out the Whale, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., HD Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam band. Free. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 793-6036; Silverton.

Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.



Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 6

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Container Gardening, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township.


Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. Benefits scholarships and other educational projects. $35. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 852-1901; Montgomery.

LITERARY - BOOKSTORES NOOK Tutorial Event, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Learn about the original and color NOOK, a brand of electronic-book readers developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. 794-9440; Kenwood.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 2 8

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Town Hall Lecture Series, 8 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. Benefits scholarships and other educational projects. $35. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 852-1901; Montgomery. Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. $35. Reservations required, available online. 8521901; Montgomery.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Springtime Animals Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, 794-9440. Kenwood.


Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.

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




Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Mini Escapes, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Taking the Savvy Path to Injury Prevention, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Montgomery Room. Learn to gain awareness and avoid injury. Free. Presented by TriHealth Seniority. 247-1330. Montgomery.


Motherless Daughters Support Group, 78:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery.


Same Time Next Year, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Bring head shots and resumes, if possible. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 215-8308; Columbia Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Container Gardening, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own ‘gold medal’ container flower pot. Bring your own container or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township. Mini Escapes, 2-3:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own mini-world/vacation in a container. Bring your own pot or terrarium or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


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

PROVIDED Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” comes to Coney Island under its Grand Chapiteau, Thursday, April 21 through May 15. “Ovo” takes the viewer into a world of insects crawling, fluttering and playing. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. No 4 p.m. performances on April 22 and May 7; the May 7 evening performance is at 8:30 p.m.; dark on Tuesday, May 10; there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Wednesday, May 4 and on Thursday, May 12. Tickets are: $45-$350 for adults; $31.50-$275 for ages 2-12; and $40.50-$212.50 for students ages 13 and up, seniors 65 and up and military. For tickets, visit or call 800-450-1480.


Sneak Peek Ladies Night, 5-8 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Check out what plants and products are available before the garden center officially opens for spring. Wine, food and ten percent discount on purchases. Free. 697-9173; Loveland.


The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Infamous Love Songs” with the band Over the Rhine, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at the Aronoff Center. Over the Rhine performs live with with the contemporary ballet work. Performances are at 8 pm., with an additional show at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$70. Call 513-6215282 or visit

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Indian Hill Journal

April 21, 2011


Why I believe in Easter’s message: Christ’s and our resurrection Each of us has our own reasons for believing or not believing unprovable religious events like Easter. In spiritual terminology, we basically call our subjective reasons, buffered by God’s grace, our faith. If someone asked for some of my personal reasons, here are a few that sustain my faith that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and promised that we will too. 1. The insufficiency of all that is attainable. All through our lives we yearn for the fulfillment of our dreams, our needs and desires. We are constantly reaching out for what we think will fulfill us, intensify our living, end all our restless searching, and bring us into the arms of a perfect love that is final and lasting. Yet, the longer we live, complete satisfaction appears futile. Yes, our dreams are partially

satisfied at times by dear people and events that occur in our lives. And though pleasing to us, their presence eventually reminds us of the Father Lou more we don’t Guntzelman have. St. Augustine Perspectives noticed this and said: “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” So what do we do about life’s insufficiency? One option is that we can become cynics and see our lives as years tinged with a tantalizing sadism – a wanting and needing of that which will never occur. This option is well stated in Shakespeare’s MacBeth, “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound

and fury signifying nothing.” Or, if we believe in the promises of God, we can choose to see the insufficiency of this world and our hunger for sufficiency as a foretaste and prediction of the unimaginable afterlife into which death ushers us. I believe the latter. 2. Which is more difficult: to create or sustain? If we are brought into existence from nothingness by a Creator, isn’t that a greater action than the Creator sustaining us forever as a person already existing? If a characteristic of the Creator is that he is true to his word and says “Yes” to our existence, why would his love ever vacillate and say “No?” 3. The presence of eyewitnesses. The public death of Jesus Christ was witnessed by many people and followers. After his resurrection, he seemed to them changed in some ways and his identity was recog-

nized as valid. He ate with them, spoke with them, permitted a doubter to touch him, etc. His presence was judged so authentic that many were eager to spread the word about him though sometimes it led to their death. 4. My losses of people I’ve loved. When I stood beside my mother’s body just minutes after her death, besides my grief there also surfaced from the core of my being a crucial question. For I am a human who is a priest, not just a priest who is human. My heart and mind are mine, not pages from a “rightanswer book.” My core question was, “Lou, what do you really believe has just happened to your mother? “As she died, did this kindly person merely disintegrate and evaporate into the emptiness of the universe and she is no more? “Or, is her person still living

and existing in a state of beatitude unimaginable to her before this? Is she more alive than she has ever been?” I had to say “Yes” to my final questions. I realized that it would be more difficult for me to believe in her evaporation than her fulfilled and continued existence. Her person was so important to me, what must it be to her Creator? The magnificence of resurrection and an astounding afterlife cannot be scientifically proven. The best summation for such a faith might merely be this:

To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Revolutionary genealogy

Genealogy was a popular topic at the Society of Colonial Wars 2011 Governor’s Reception, where long-standing Society members mixed with applicants working on documenting their colonial ancestry. Indian Hill’s Leslie Applegate, left, has been a Society of Colonial Wars member for 55 years. The Rev. G. David Hawley, Presbyterian minister at the dual-denomination Episcopal-Presbyterian Indian Hill Church, is working on his documentation. The current Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio, Daniel McKinney of Hyde Park, conducted the reception.


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French toast, stuffed peppers are good Easter brunch items In my family, you’re never too old to receive an E a s t e r Basket. All of the little ones get their own and the parents share one between Rita them. E a c h Heikenfeld year I Rita’s kitchen make a promise to myself not to overdo on the candy and each year I break the promise. But I am getting better – I’ll put some savory items in the baskets, like salted nuts and cheese crackers. And, of course, the colored hardboiled eggs. I guess my idea of an abundant basket goes back to my childhood. No matter how meager Easter Bunny’s budget may have been, each of us nine kids got a basket overflow-

ing with sweet treats. Granted, there were an awfully lot of generic jelly beans but in the center sat a Papas chocolate-covered egg. Opera cream heaven! I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Remember those folks who may be alone. Give them a call, send a card – or better yet, invite them to your table.

Mitzi Gelter’s baked French toast

I enjoyed this at a brunch daughter-in-law Courtney gave for family and friends. I loved the fact that it can be assembled the night before and asked Mitzi, a Western Hills Press reader and Courtney’s grandma, to share the recipe. Wouldn’t this be an easy addition to for Easter brunch? Now if you don’t like nuts, leave them out.

1 loaf white bread 1 dozen eggs 1 pint half-and-half 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 ⁄2 cup chopped nuts 4 tablespoons margarine or butter The night before: Break a loaf of bread into pieces and place in a sprayed 9-by-11 baking dish. Whisk eggs, half-andhalf and vanilla in mixing bowl. Pour mixture over bread, Cover and refrigerate until morning. Before baking, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over egg-bread mixture. Dot margarine on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until bread is set. Serve just the way it is or sprinkle with powdered sugar or dip in maple syrup.

Western & Southern cafeteria’s stuffed peppers

I was so excited to receive this recipe. Thornton Kindred and Mary Ann Williams both sent it in for Ann, a Delhi reader who was looking for it. This is what makes this column so fun for me – the community sharing of recipes that everyone thought were long lost. Mary Ann retired four years ago – she worked at the company almost 37 years and found the recipe in their monthly news magazine. Thornton said this recipe was in the magazine back in the 1960s! Seems like everyone enjoyed them.

Meat and rice stuffing:

4 large or 5 medium peppers 11⁄2 lbs ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup chopped onions 1 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon salt added

to water to cook rice 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon Accent (see tip) 1 ⁄4 cup rice (boil according to package directions, in salted water, until done and stir in pepper and Accent.)


3 cans, 101⁄2 oz. each, condensed tomato soup 24 oz. can tomato juice 2 teaspoons salt Pinch of black pepper

Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Note: One cup of this sauce is to be used in the meat and rice mix. In a heavy skillet cook and stir beef until crumbly. Add onions and continue cooking until meat starts to brown. Remove from heat, add flour and mix well. Add seasoned rice and one cup of tomato sauce. Mix and set aside.


Wash and cut peppers in half. Remove seeds. Put in boiling water. Remove from heat and let set for 20 minutes. Drain. Stuff peppers with meat and rice mix. Put in baking pan and pour sauce over peppers. Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees, about 11⁄2 hours or until peppers are tender. Baste peppers with the sauce during baking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Accent is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a flavor enhancer. Some people may be allergic to it. If you don’t want to use it, you may want to add a bit more salt. Or substitute seasoning salt. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me� Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or e-mail volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 6832340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. Granny’s Garden School – needs help in the garden. Granny’s is growing produce for needy families in the area, with support from the Greenfield Plant Farm. Greenfield Plant Farm donated their surplus tomato and green pepper plants to the Granny’s Garden School program. Granny is seeking help with maintaining the gardens, planting and harvesting more produce. Granny’s is at Loveland Primary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Call 324-2873 or e-mail, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit E-mail League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-andolder to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationallyrenowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 853-6866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring

Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist with the Special Riders Program, which provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Interested individuals ages 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 931-3057, or at


Anderson Senior Center – Computer Instructors and Assistants needed to teach older adults in basic computer skills. 10-week classes are held at the Anderson Senior Center and offered 3-4 times per year. Classes are held Monday-Friday. Instructors teach the curriculum while assistants help the students. If interested please email Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or e-mail Jayne Martin Dressing, Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or e-mail for more information. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. E-mail or visit Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 5420195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have oneon-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s

College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or e-mail


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 2412600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Health care

American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or e-mail Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 8651164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 735-8144. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness.

No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Angie at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking people with an interest in serving terminally ill clients and their families. Volunteers are needed for special projects such as crochet, knitting, making cards and lap robes, as well as making visits to patients. Training is provided to fit volunteers’ schedules. Call Jacqueline at 731-6100, and Shauntay 8315800 for information. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services, Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or e-mail Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or The Jewish Hospital – 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood, needs adult volunteers to assist at the front window in the pharmacy and also to assist with clerical duties, sorting patient mail, etc. They also need volunteers to assist staff in the family lounge and information desk and a volunteer is also needed in the Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., to perform clerical duties. Shifts are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers receive a free meal ticket for each day he or she volunteers four or more hours, plus free parking. Call 686-5330. The hospital also needs adult volunteers to assist MRI staff and technologists at the reception desk of the Imaging Department in the Medical Office Building, located across from the hospital at 4750 East Galbraith Road. Volunteers are also needed to assist staff in

April 21, 2011 the family lounge and at the information desk in the main hospital. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Call 686-5330. Mercy Hospital Anderson – Seeks volunteers for the new patient services team, the Patient Partner Program. This team will provide volunteers with the opportunity to interact directly with the patients on a non-clinical level. Volunteers will receive special training in wheelchair safety, infection control, communication skills, etc. The volunteers will assist in the day-today non clinical functions of a nursing unit such as reading or praying with the patient; playing cards or watching TV with the patient; helping the patient select meals; running an errand; cutting the patient’s food. Call the Mercy Hospital Anderson Volunteer Department at 624-4676 to inquire about the Patient Partner Program. Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer� to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or e-mail No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “Son-Rise� by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 231-1948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 9410102 for more information. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A non-profit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 684-2812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 766-2002, ext. 4485, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports

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the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or e-mail Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or e-mail


Anderson Senior Center – needs volunteers to teach computer courses in the evening. Computer sessions in basic computer instruction, intermediate computer instruction run once a week for five weeks. Instructors are also needed to teach one time classes of buying on ebay, digital photo, simple excel. The center has a baby grand piano and is in need of someone to play from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call Libby Feck at 474-3100. Clermont Senior Services – invites area residents to get to know seniors in their communities by engaging in the Meals-on-Wheels and Friendly Neighbors/Shoppers programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in the Milford, Loveland, Union and Miami townships, Owensville, and Batavia Township. Call volunteer coordinator Sharon Brumagem at 536-4060. ITNGreaterCincinnati – Seeking volunteer drivers to provide dignified transportation to seniors and visually impaired adults 2 hours per week. Volunteer drivers may be reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security(tm) credits for their unoccupied miles. ITNGC is part of the Deaconess Foundation Full Life initiative, which strives to find healthcare solutions for seniors and their caregivers. For additional information call Nancy Schuster at 513-559-2200 or email at Meals on wheels – Seeks volunteers to deliver meals for Sycamore Senior Center’s program in the Loveland, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township and West Chester areas. Call 984-1234 or 686-1013. To volunteer in Mount Washington or Anderson Township, call 474-3100.

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Anderson Hills Christian Church Disciples of Christ

The church is having its annual Easter egg hunt from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, for ages 10 and younger. There will be prizes, facepainting, fun activities and snacks. The church, pastored by Liz DeWeese, conducts Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Childcare and classes are available during the service. Sunday adult Bible study is 9:15 a.m. The church is at 8119 Clough Pike, Anderson Township; 474-2237;;

Ascension Lutheran Church

Good Friday worship service is 7 p.m., April 22. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m., and will be prepared and served by the youth and adults participating in the 2011 mission trip. A free will offering will be collected. Call the church office for reservations. Ascension will worship on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout the Lenten period. Pastor Josh’s sermon series is entitled, “What is Faith?� Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. “Encouraging One Another� is the focus for the women’s weekly Bible study. The women meet, 9:45-11:15 a.m., every Wednesday morning. Babysitting is available. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, m.

Blue Ash Presbyterian

The Chancel Choir of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church will present Paul Bassler’s “Missa Kenya� in concert at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in the church sanctuary. This work will be preceded by four pieces of African and Latin American heritage. The program will feature

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Brecon United Methodist Church

Holy week services are 7:30 p.m. Holy Thursday; Good Friday open prayer is 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Palm and Easter Sunday services are 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Cherry Grove United Methodist Church

The church is having a free dinner and movie night, April 29. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., and movie is at 7:30. “First Landing,� a true story of the first settlement at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, was professionally produced to observe the 400th anniversary of that event and is based on the journal kept by a cabin boy on one of the ships. Park in the lower parking lot. The church is at 1428 Eight Mile Road, Anderson Township.

music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Connections Christian Church

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

Creek Road Baptist Church

The church is sponsoring a National Day of Prayer event at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at the Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive. Join the church as it lifts up the community, state and nation in prayer. The church will pray for business leaders, fire, police and emergency workers, local, state and national politicians, schools, pastors and churches, and service men and women. Call the church for more information. The church is at 3906 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-2410.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

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

The church is accepting donations for Japan (Pacific Emergency). To donate, make check payable to Epiphany UMC and write on the memo line and drop the check by the church office; or make check payable to “ADVANCE GCFA� and write “Japan UMCOR Advance #3021317,� on the memo line and send check to Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068; online at; or by credit card by calling 1-888-252-6174. A total of 100 percent of the gifts will go directly to the people of Japan through the United Methodist Relief Emergency Fund. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. An Annual Rummage Sale will be from 6-9 p.m., June 3 and 9 a.m. to noon, June 3. Maundy Thursday, April 21; and Good Friday, April 22, worship services will be at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday services will be 8:20 am., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. A Princess Tea will be at two times, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m., May 14, for girls ages 3 through the second grade. Call the church for details on registration. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary

The church has recently undertaken a Bus Transportation Ministry. The bus has been running but expansion is in the works. The church has certified, insured bus drivers who pick up youth (with permission slip) or people of any age to attend Sunday morning services. The bus will also go to nearby nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Rock Church ministry for students in grades 7-12 meets the third Saturday of each month 7-10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.

First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills

The church is having a community Egg-Stravaganza, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt with more than 2,000 eggs. There will also be inflatable rides for children to enjoy

(Bungee Run, Jump House, Joust Game) along with snacks and fun galore. The event is free. The church is at 1674 Eight Mile Road; 513-474-2441.

Forest Dale Church of Christ

The church will present “Cross Purposes: An Easter Play,� at 7 p.m. on both Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22. The play is a contemporary retelling of the Easter story from the perspective of the two thieves. Dessert will be served following each performance. Tickets are required, and cost $5 each or 4 for $18, and are available through the church office, located at 604 W. Kemper Road. Information is available by calling the church office. The church is at 604 W. Kemper Road, Springdale; 825-7171.

Gaines United Methodist Church

The church is having Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., April 21. Donations benefit FUMC’s local missions, including Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, Students Concerned About Today and Tomorrow Scholarship, Madisonville Knothole Baseball ministries. Checks should indicate “Local Missions� on the memo line. The church is at 5705 Madison Road; 271-9096.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. For more information, call Deacon Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce Deaton and his band strike up energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own

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: indianhill@ with “religion� in subject line Fax: 249-1938. photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. Upcoming dates include May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

services and labyrinth walks. Visit for dates, times and locations. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

Kingdom Builders Apostolic Church

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

The church is having its Lenten Fish Fries from 4-7 p.m., all Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday, April 22, at the church. The fries include all-you-can-eat fresh Icelandic cod, sides of homemade macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and breads, desserts, and beverages. Also being offered is a twopiece grilled chicken breast dinner, a shrimp basket dinner or a twopiece cheese pizza dinner. Carry out menu offers a three-piece fish sandwich for $5. The whole meals are $9 for adults, and $4 for children. Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

The Knox Music Series is showcasing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach along with that of Heinrich Schutz and James MacMillan in a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Good Friday, April 22. Presented in Knox’s intimate and acousticallylaudable sanctuary, the Knox Choir will be accompanied by soloists, a chamber orchestra, the 50 rank Holtkamp pipe organ, a Steinway piano, a Flemish Harpsichord and the Juget-Sinclair Continuo Organ under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers. Rivers is also the director of choral studies at the UC College-Conservatory of Music. All are welcome. The church is at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; 321-2573;

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Lighthouse Baptist Church

The church is offering four Easter Sunday Services at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m., April 24. The church, which previously held services in Indian Hill at Cincinnati Country Day, has seen a 150 percent jump in Sunday service attendance since opening their own facility. That increase prompted the additional service time, adding another parking lot, and having volunteers and police to help with parking each week. The church offers services at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. “We just moved here to Anderson on Jan. 9 and did not anticipate having to add a third service to our normal two,� according to Senior Pastor Chad Hovind. The church, which previously had services in Indian Hill at Cincinnati Country Day, has seen a 150 percent jump in Sunday service attendance since opening in Anderson. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contemplative

Knox Presbyterian Church

Lighthouse Baptist Church has Sunday School at 10 a.m., Sunday morning service at 11 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and has conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A well-staffed nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, at 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 7093344.

Linwood Baptist Church

Holy Week services are: Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m., April 21, dinner followed by service; Good Friday, 7 p.m., April 22, at sister church Columbia Baptist, 3718 Eastern Ave.; Easter Sunday, Sunrise service, 7 a.m., April 24 at Alms Park Pavilion; 10 a.m. church school (adults) and 11 a.m. worship and children’s church. A girls night out of dinner followed by musical entertainment is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday May 6. Attendees can wear their favorite hat and win a prize. Call Marty at 871-8642 for more information. The church is at 4808 Eastern Ave. 871-2954.



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Safety is no accident: How to prevent falls

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati provides homeless families with emergency shelter and hospitality through interfaith communities and works with these families to find and retain stable housing. This year, IHN celebrated 20 years of service to homeless families at the annual meeting April 7. Out of the 27 hosting congregations, St. Paul Methodist Church in Madeira, under the leadership of the late Donna Corrington, was one of the original eight congregations who provide shelter, space, meals and volunteers four times a year. This year, an award was given to an Outstanding Support Congregation. Out of the 66 support congregations, All Saints Catholic Church in Kenwood was nominated by St. Paul and chosen for this new award. St Paul would like to thank the more than 50 All Saints volunteers and their families who have cooked, served, hosted and stayed overnight since they


became involved with IHN in January 2000. Co-chairmen Chris Schuermann and Lennie DeMania accepted the award on behalf of the dedicated volunteers from All Saints. This year, 130 families were served at the day center in Lower Price Hill on St. Michael’s Street. That was 449 persons, of which 66 percent (or 297) were children. Amazingly, 98 percent found housing in 20 days or less. In June, the day center will move to 990 Nassau Ave. in Walnut Hills. IHN will triple its space from 4,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet, which will allow guests and staff the opportunity to spread out and function more efficiently as an organization. Executive director Georgine Getty said help is needed painting, hauling, donating funds,and construction projects in the new building. Any questions please contact Beth at ph 513-4711100, ext. 16.


Learn New Tricks.

Start your summer with a wonderful new hobby. New Bridge classes are starting April 28th. This is a great way to meet new people learning to play or joining with those looking to improve their game. Call Mike Purcell at (513) 702-4007 or visit for complete course details. CE-0000455947




9:30am & 11:00am

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.


6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and Classes for all ages.


Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the ECK Worship Service Second Sunday of Each Month 11:00 am - Noon Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001

Participating in regular physical activity helps improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. Regular physical activity helps improve and prevent the decline of muscle



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Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship Center on Forest Road

NOW 5 SUNDAY SERVICES! 3 Traditional Worship Services 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 - in our Sanctuary

2 Contemporary Worship Services

9:30 & 11:00 - in our Contemporary Worship Center

Handicapped Accessible


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

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

American Contract Bridge League

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


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

(513) 248-2124

Visit Us At our Milford Location

832 St Rt 28, Milford Exit off I-275, Next to CarStar


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

Come join us at




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

Building Homes Relationships & Families

Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

513-474-1428 •

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 Easter Sunday "What’s Easter ?"

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

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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


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

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



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


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

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

Jeff Hill • Minister

9:00 Equipping · 10:15 Exploring · 11:30 Exploring

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


CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd.

Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. CE-1001626063-01

Milford Office & Showroom

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245

Ages 3 through 12

“Tired of playing church? We are too!”

6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230

Good Shepherd (ELCA)


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

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


Ages 3 through 12

LUTHERAN 513.891.1700

Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

7701 Kenwood Rd. Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies




Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

New Loca on! 3950 Newtown Road

Since 1864

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11 services. Plenty of Parking behind church

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

Sanctuary - faces Beechmont Ave.


All Saints Church receives award from Interfaith Hospitality Network

Making life at home safer can be a great investment in your future. Increase lighting by adding lamps or wattage to

Reduce risk of falls in the workplace to prevent expensive workers’ compensation and medical costs. Take your time and pay attention to where you are going. Adjust your stride to a pace that is suitable for the

strength, balance and endurance – all risk factors for falling. Simply 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity on five or more days of the week will make a difference. Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to improve balance, ankle strength and endurance. Talk to your doctor if you are a new exerciser – your doctor will make ensure you exercise safely. For more information on preventing falls including how to make your home safer, physical activity opportunities near you and exercise safety tips, please visit the Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force at

walking surface and the tasks you are completing. Walk with feet pointed slightly outward. Make wide turns at corners. Always use installed light sources that provide sufficient light. Use a flashlight if you enter a dark room where there is no light. Ensure things you are carrying or pushing do not prevent you from seeing any obstructions.


All Saints Parish members Chris Schuermann and Lennie DeMania accept the Outstanding Congregation Support Award from Interfaith Hospitality Network’s Tom Stone.

existing lights. Remove loose rugs and repair damaged flooring. Place electrical cords against the wall or baseboard. Replace door knobs with lever handles for easier access. Install grab bars in tub/shower areas. Place non-slip mats or strips on the tub/shower floor.



Many Ohioans believe that accidents just happen, but won’t happen to them. However, most injuries aren’t accidents – they are preventable. The threat of injury lasts throughout your lifetime. Beyond cuts and bruises, injuries such as falls can have devastating effects including broken bones, head injuries, disabilities and can reduce independence and quality of life. Knowing the risks and taking steps to avoid injuries can help keep you and your loved ones injury-free.

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

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

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

Child Care provided




Indian Hill Journal


April 21, 2011








Editor Eric Spangler || 576-8251


Your Community Press newspaper serving Indian Hill






William Adair, 43, 14 Apple, driving under influence, March 27.

Incidents/investigations Recovered property

Yard statues found in grass area at Livingston Park, March 27.

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

court system, individuals may supply The Community Press with documentation of the disposition for publication. To contact your local police department: • Indian Hill Rangers: Chief Chuck Schlie, 5617000.


6250 Hawk Ridge Lane: Thomas Richard J. Tr to Mongelluzzo John A. & Kerry J.; $1,260,000. 7460 Demar Road: Berman Doris M. & Richard L. Co. Trs to Lee Stephen; $405,000. 7805 Given Road: Fletcher Kingston Tr & Johnson Trust Co. Tr to Kersting S. E. Dianne & Jerome L.; $1,350,000.

About real estate transfers

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



Symmes Township library hosts a book sale the weekend of April 28-April 30.

Symmes library hosts book sale What better way to celebrate spring than by stocking up on books, CDs, DVDs, VHS movies, audio books and more? Join the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County as they host a used book sale for avid readers at the Symmes Township Branch Library the weekend of April 28-30. The branch is at 11850 Enyart Road in Loveland.

In addition to audiovisual offerings, there will be a wide selection of items offered, including fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Prices begin at 50 cents.

Sale hours:

• Thursday, April 28, noon-8 p.m. • Friday, April 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Friends fund thousands of free programs at the Main Library and 40 branches for children and adults, and also sponsor the annual summer reading program, purchase items for the library’s collection, and provide items for the library not in its regular budget. Did you know that you can also buy used books

Diana Lee Sparks, 58 Resident of Anderson Township in Cincinnati, Ohio, Diana Lee Sparks passed away March 9th, 2011 in Palm Harbor, FL, with her husband by her side. At her request, no service will be held. Diana was born July 18th, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Jackie (Sinchak) and Ralph Unger, Sr. Diana was a very selfless person. She was always volunteering and helping out others. Never one to think of herself first, she enjoyed volunteering for the Anderson high school marching band and watching her children grow up along with her husband of 38 years, Russ Sparks.

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Diana graduated from the University of Cincinnati and worked as a Chief Accounts Manager at the IRS. She was looking forward to her retirement in 2012. Diana spent most of her life in Cincinnati, but enjoyed vacationing and visiting family in Florida several times a year. Mrs. Sparks is survived by her husband, Charles Russell Sparks; her two daughters, Amanda Sparks France and Samantha Sparks; her brother Ralph Unger, Jr.; her parents, Jackie (Sinchak) and Ralph Unger, Sr.; and her two dogs, Nala and Lilo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clermont County Humane Society: Clermont County Humane Society 4025 Filager Road Batavia, OH 45103-8924 (513) 732-8854 CE-1001633312-01

and other items at the Friends’ Warehouse in Hartwell or the Library Friends’ Shop downtown at the Main Library? The Warehouse is open for sales several times each month. The Warehouse, 8456 Vine Street (Hartwell), is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the second Monday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Warehouse also offers thousands of vinyl records, all priced at $1 apiece. The Library Friends’ Shop has a “Book Nook” open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (phone: 369-6920). There, you will find fiction and nonfiction in nearly every genre, for children and adults, and a limited supply of CDs, DVDs, and more. For more information contact the warehouse at 369-6035 or the Symmes Township Branch at 3696001. You can also email, or visit Visit the Friends on Facebook to keep up with the latest book sale and Library Friends’ Shop news: www. We gratefully accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiobooks and LPs. Call 513-369-6035.

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Harry and Judy Von Busch of Anderson Township happily and proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Marie, to Tony Stoehr of North College Hill. He is the son of Tom and Mary Jo Stoehr. Marie is an Anderson High School graduate and works for the Goddard School. Tony is a graduate of La Salle High School and is a welder for LSI Industries. The couple will marry in Oct., 2011.

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Indian Hill Journal

Is IBS with CONSTIPATION keeping you from your favorite seat?

If you’re not finding overall symptom relief,† ask your doctor if AMITIZA can help. Millions of people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C). †Symptoms are defined as abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, bowel habits, and other IBS symptoms.

AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily is approved to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) in women 18 years of age and older.

AMITIZA may help

• AMITIZA is not for everyone. If you know or suspect you have a bowel blockage, do not take AMITIZA. If you are unsure, your healthcare provider should evaluate your condition before starting AMITIZA.You should not take AMITIZA if you have severe diarrhea.

• AMITIZA is not a laxative or fiber • AMITIZA is the only prescription medicine that is FDA-approved to relieve the overall symptoms of IBS-C in women. Individual results may vary

Get started with the AMITIZA Healthy Savings Program* Just visit or call 1-866-746-9888 [option 5] to learn more about AMITIZA and sign up for the AMITIZA Healthy Savings Program. As a member, you’ll save up to $35 a month on your AMITIZA prescription.* *Must meet Eligibility Requirements. Offer good for up to 12 refills. Offer expires 12/31/11.

Important Safety Information

• AMITIZA has not been studied in pregnant women and should only be used during a pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus. Women should have a negative pregnancy test before beginning treatment with AMITIZA and need to practice effective birth control measures. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while being treated with AMITIZA, talk to your healthcare provider to evaluate the risks to the fetus. • Some patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea or diarrhea. If nausea occurs, take AMITIZA with food. If your nausea or diarrhea becomes severe, tell your healthcare provider. • Within an hour of taking AMITIZA, a sensation of chest tightness and shortness of breath may occur. These symptoms usually go away within three hours, but may recur with repeated use. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms. • The most common side effects of taking AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily, pink capsules for IBS-C are nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These are not all the side effects associated with AMITIZA.

Talk to your doctor. Ask about AMITIZA.

Please see Brief Summary on adjacent page. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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Initial U.S. Approval: 2006 BRIEF SUMMARY OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION – Please see package insert for full prescribing information. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Amitiza ® is indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Amitiza is indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women ≥ 18 years old. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Amitiza should be taken twice daily orally with food and water. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation 24 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation 8 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS Amitiza is available as an oval, gelatin capsule containing 8 mcg or 24 mcg of lubiprostone. • 8-mcg capsules are pink and are printed with “SPI” on one side • 24-mcg capsules are orange and are printed with “SPI” on one side CONTRAINDICATIONS Amitiza is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Pregnancy The safety of Amitiza in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone has been shown to have the potential to cause fetal loss. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Women who could become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test prior to beginning therapy with Amitiza and should be capable of complying with effective contraceptive measures. See Use in Specific Populations (8.1). Nausea Patients taking Amitiza may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food with Amitiza may reduce symptoms of nausea. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Diarrhea Amitiza should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during treatment. Patients should be instructed to inform their physician if severe diarrhea occurs. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Dyspnea In clinical trials conducted to study Amitiza in treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and IBS-C there were reports of dyspnea. This was reported at 2.5% of the treated chronic idiopathic constipation population and at 0.4% in the treated IBS-C population. Although not classified as serious adverse events, some patients discontinued treatment on study because of this event. There have been postmarketing reports of dyspnea when using Amitiza 24 mcg. Most have not been characterized as serious adverse events, but some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea. These events have usually been described as a sensation of chest tightness and difficulty taking in a breath, and generally have an acute onset within 30–60 minutes after taking the first dose. They generally resolve within a few hours after taking the dose, but recurrence has been frequently reported with subsequent doses. Bowel Obstruction In patients with symptoms suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction, the treating physician should perform a thorough evaluation to confirm the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating therapy with Amitiza. ADVERSE REACTIONS Clinical Studies Experience Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza in 1175 patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (29 at 24 mcg once daily, 1113 at 24 mcg twice daily, and 33 at 24 mcg three times daily) over 3- or 4-week, 6-month, and 12-month treatment periods; and from 316 patients receiving placebo over short-term exposure (≤ 4 weeks). The total population (N = 1491) had a mean age of 49.7 (range 19–86) years; was 87.1% female; 84.8% Caucasian, 8.5% African American, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.9% Asian; and 15.5% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 1 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. In addition, corresponding adverse reaction incidence rates in patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg once daily is shown. Table 1: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) Placebo System/Adverse Reaction1

Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension Flatulence Vomiting Loose stools Abdominal discomfort2 Dyspepsia Dry mouth Stomach discomfort Nervous system disorders Headache Dizziness General disorders and site administration conditions Edema Fatigue Chest discomfort/pain Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders Dyspnea

N = 316 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Once Daily N = 29 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Twice Daily N = 1113 %

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Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly, probably, or definitely related, as assessed by the investigator). 2 This term combines “abdominal tenderness,” “abdominal rigidity,” “gastrointestinal discomfort,” and “abdominal discomfort.”


Nausea: Approximately 29% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of nausea; 4% of patients had severe nausea while 9% of patients discontinued treatment due to nausea. The rate of nausea associated with Amitiza (any dosage) was substantially lower among male (7%) and elderly patients (18%). Further analysis of the safety data revealed that long-term exposure to Amitiza does not appear to place patients at an elevated risk for experiencing nausea. The incidence of nausea increased in a dose-dependent manner with the lowest overall incidence for nausea reported at the 24 mcg once daily dosage (17%). In open-labeled, long-term studies, patients were allowed to adjust the dosage of Amitiza down to 24 mcg once daily from 24 mcg twice daily if experiencing nausea. Nausea decreased when Amitiza was administered with food. No patients in the clinical studies were hospitalized due to nausea. CE-0000456793


Diarrhea: Approximately 12% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of diarrhea; 2% of patients had severe diarrhea while 2% of patients discontinued treatment due to diarrhea. Electrolytes: No serious adverse reactions of electrolyte imbalance were reported in clinical studies, and no clinically significant changes were seen in serum electrolyte levels in patients receiving Amitiza. Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably or definitely related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: fecal incontinence, muscle cramp, defecation urgency, frequent bowel movements, hyperhidrosis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, intestinal functional disorder, anxiety, cold sweat, constipation, cough, dysgeusia, eructation, influenza, joint swelling, myalgia, pain, syncope, tremor, decreased appetite. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in 1011 patients with IBS-C for up to 12 months and from 435 patients receiving placebo twice daily for up to 16 weeks. The total population (N = 1267) had a mean age of 46.5 (range 18–85) years; was 91.6% female; 77.5% Caucasian, 12.9% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Asian; and 8.0% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 2 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. Table 2: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (IBS-C Studies)

N = 435 %

Amitiza 8 mcg Twice Daily N = 1011 %

4 4 5 2

8 7 5 3

Placebo System/Adverse Reaction


Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension

Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly or probably related, as assessed by the investigator). Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: dyspepsia, loose stools, vomiting, fatigue, dry mouth, edema, increased alanine aminotransferase, increased aspartate aminotransferase, constipation, eructation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspnea, erythema, gastritis, increased weight, palpitations, urinary tract infection, anorexia, anxiety, depression, fecal incontinence, fibromyalgia, hard feces, lethargy, rectal hemorrhage, pollakiuria. One open-labeled, long-term clinical study was conducted in patients with IBS-C receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily. This study comprised 476 intent-to-treat patients (mean age 47.5 [range 21– 82] years; 93.5% female; 79.2% Caucasian, 11.6% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian; 7.8% ≥ 65 years of age) who were treated for an additional 36 weeks following an initial 12–16-week, double-blinded treatment period. The adverse reactions that were reported during this study were similar to those observed in the two double-blinded, controlled studies. Postmarketing Experience The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Amitiza 24 mcg for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Voluntary reports of adverse reactions occurring with the use of Amitiza include the following: syncope, allergic-type reactions (including rash, swelling, and throat tightness), malaise, increased heart rate, muscle cramps or muscle spasms, rash, and asthenia. DRUG INTERACTIONS Based upon the results of in vitro human microsome studies, there is low likelihood of drug–drug interactions. In vitro studies using human liver microsomes indicate that cytochrome P450 isoenzymes are not involved in the metabolism of lubiprostone. Further in vitro studies indicate microsomal carbonyl reductase may be involved in the extensive biotransformation of lubiprostone to the metabolite M3 (See Pharmacokinetics [12.3].). Additionally, in vitro studies in human liver microsomes demonstrate that lubiprostone does not inhibit cytochrome P450 isoforms 3A4, 2D6, 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 2E1, and in vitro studies of primary cultures of human hepatocytes show no induction of cytochrome P450 isoforms 1A2, 2B6, 2C9, and 3A4 by lubiprostone. No drug–drug interaction studies have been performed. Based on the available information, no protein binding–mediated drug interactions of clinical significance are anticipated. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS Pregnancy Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy Category C. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1).] Teratology studies with lubiprostone have been conducted in rats at oral doses up to 2000 mcg/kg/day (approximately 332 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area), and in rabbits at oral doses of up to 100 mcg/kg/day (approximately 33 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area). Lubiprostone was not teratogenic in rats or rabbits. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone caused fetal loss at repeated doses of 10 and 25 mcg/kg/day (approximately 2 and 6 times the highest recommended human dose, respectively, based on body surface area) administered on days 40 to 53 of gestation. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. However, during clinical testing of Amitiza, six women became pregnant. Per protocol, Amitiza was discontinued upon pregnancy detection. Four of the six women delivered healthy babies. The fifth woman was monitored for 1 month following discontinuation of study drug, at which time the pregnancy was progressing as expected; the patient was subsequently lost to follow-up. The sixth pregnancy was electively terminated. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. If a woman is or becomes pregnant while taking the drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Nursing Mothers It is not known whether lubiprostone is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from lubiprostone, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Pediatric Use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been studied. Geriatric Use Chronic Idiopathic Constipation The efficacy of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation was consistent with the efficacy in the overall study population. Of the total number of constipated patients treated in the dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term studies of Amitiza, 15.5% were ≥ 65 years of age, and 4.2% were ≥ 75 years of age. Elderly patients taking Amitiza (any dosage) experienced a lower incidence rate of associated nausea compared to the overall study population taking Amitiza (18% vs. 29%, respectively). Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation The safety profile of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation (8.0% were ≥ 65 years of age and 1.8% were ≥ 75 years of age) was consistent with the safety profile in the overall study population. Clinical studies of Amitiza did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 years and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Renal Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have renal impairment. 1


Hepatic Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have hepatic impairment. OVERDOSAGE There have been two confirmed reports of overdosage with Amitiza. The first report involved a 3-year-old child who accidentally ingested 7 or 8 capsules of 24 mcg of Amitiza and fully recovered. The second report was a study patient who self-administered a total of 96 mcg of Amitiza per day for 8 days. The patient experienced no adverse reactions during this time. Additionally, in a Phase 1 cardiac repolarization study, 38 of 51 patients given a single oral dose of 144 mcg of Amitiza (6 times the highest recommended dose) experienced an adverse event that was at least possibly related to the study drug. Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of these patients included the following: nausea (45%), diarrhea (35%), vomiting (27%), dizziness (14%), headache (12%), abdominal pain (8%), flushing/hot flash (8%), retching (8%), dyspnea (4%), pallor (4%), stomach discomfort (4%), anorexia (2%), asthenia (2%), chest discomfort (2%), dry mouth (2%), hyperhidrosis (2%), and syncope (2%). PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION Dosing Instructions Amitiza should be taken twice daily with food and water to reduce potential symptoms of nausea. The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening daily as prescribed. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be broken apart or chewed. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Patients on treatment who experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or dyspnea should inform their physician. Patients taking Amitiza may experience dyspnea within an hour of the first dose. This symptom generally resolves within 3 hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Patients should take a single 24 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Patients should take a single 8 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Marketed by: Sucampo Pharma Americas, Inc., Bethesda, MD 20814 and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Deerfield, IL 60015 Amitiza® is a registered trademark of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMT0509-R1/brf L-LUB-0509-8


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