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Double donations

Inter Parish Ministry is turning $52,746 in food and cash donations into $105,492 in donations, thanks to a national challenge to help feed the less fortunate. The charitable organization is taking part in the Feinstein Challenge, which matches any donations participating organizations collect in March and April. Through several food drives and private donations, Inter Parish Ministry collected $52,746. This year’s effort eclipsed last year’s donations by 8 percent. SEE STORY, A2

Informal trail rides to be offered by Camargo Hunt for the first time By Rob Dowdy

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Hamilton County has a plan to revitalize foreclosed properties throughout the county. The county recently announced its plans to create a “Land Bank,” which allows the county to buy vacant or abandoned properties by withholding 5 percent of delinquent tax revenue that is typically distributed to school districts, municipalities, tax increment financing districts and county property tax levies. “There are thousands of properties across Hamilton County discouraging homeowner and business investment in many of our neighborhoods,” said Hamilton County Commission President Greg Hartmann. SEE STORY, A2

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One classmate will succeed another as the chairman of the board of trustees at St. Xavier High School. Indian Hill resident Michael S. McGraw (’73) recently was elected chairman of the St. X board. McGraw replaces fellow 1973 graduate Mike Keating as chairman. SEE STORY, A3 For the Postmaster

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Art enthusiast First-grader Noah Duplechan of Sycamore Township admires some of the samples featured in Cincinnati Country Day School’s “Evening of the Arts.” The event showcases the work of students in the performing and visual arts.

The Camargo Hunt is offering trail rides to those interested in getting back on their horses. The group, which was established in 1925, will host its first informal trail ride Friday, June 24. This is the first such event for the Camargo Hunt, but it could be the start of a monthly program if there's enough interest. Camargo Hunt member Natalie Nesbit said the rides will be “very informal,” and riders won’t need years of experience to enjoy themselves. Member Karen Pohl said inexperienced riders will enjoy the informal rides, which will take them through a portion of the village’s approximately 200 miles of maintained trails. Member Bobbi Hart said riders who haven’t been on a horse in many years are also encouraged to get involved in the trail rides. She said while riding horses is a

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The Camargo Hunt is hosting informal trail rides in Indian Hill this summer. The initial ride will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Galbraith Fields, at the intersection of Galbraith and state Route 126 in Camp Dennison. For more information on the rides, or to sign up, call Natalie Nesbit at 561-4588 or Bobbi Hart at 561-0799. great activity by itself, combined with the wildlife and vegetation along the Indian Hill trails it’s a “beautiful” experience. “If anybody would like to join, we’d love to have them,” Nesbit said. Nesbit said the trail rides can also be a great way to get experienced riders a chance to get their horses fit for a busy riding season. She said the rides have no set time limit or distance, and riders are encouraged to travel as long as they want. To find your community, visit

School offers camps in Indian Hill By Rob Dowdy

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The Cincinnati Waldorf School’s Indian Hill campus, at Meshewa Early Childhood Center next to Turner Farm on Given Road, is hosting camps for children age 18 months to 8 years old during the summer months. The school teaches the Waldorf method, which uses experiences to teach children. Students from all schools are encouraged to attend the camps. Teri Heist, Meshewa program coordinator, said the Indian Hill location, 7550 Given Road, is offering five camps that cater to different age groups. She said each of the programs have a loose structure that gives children “ageappropriate” challenges that are primarily based outdoors. “It’s a combination of free play and structure,” Heist said, adding that each task and game have an educational purpose. Kyle Arthur, a teacher at Cincinnati Waldorf School, said everything done during each of the summer nature camps teaches


Students and parents who attend the Cincinnati Waldorf School’s summer camps in Indian Hill sing songs, play in nature and learn through performing various tasks. The school offers several camps throughout the summer.

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For more information on the Cincinnati Waldorf School’s summer camps in Indian Hill call 541-0220. Space is limited. children a lesson. She said students in the Nature Tots camp, which is for children age 18 months to 3 years old, begin their day with some work in the garden or by making a snack

for later in the day. Children then sing songs, take a walk through the forest or creek on the Indian Hill campus and end the day with a story under a large tree. Heist said the camps created for older children also incorporate the adjacent Turner Farm. The Forest and Farm summer camp, for ages 6 to 8, offers a daily routine for children at the farm. They’ll collect eggs, milk cows and plant crops at

The Cincinnati Waldorf School is hosting summer camps at its Indian Hill campus for children age 18 months to 8 years old. Here’s a list of the camps being offered: • Summer Garden Camp (ages 1 to 3 years old) - weekly program that includes crafts for parents and play time for students. • Nature Tots (ages 18 months to 3 years old) - weekly program that includes engaging challenges and discoveries for children and parents. • Nature Nursery (ages 3 to 4 years old) - gentle introduction to Waldorf method, outdoor-based program. • Enchanted Forest (ages 4 to 5 years old) - weeklong program includes nature walks, visits to Turner Farm and bigger projects for students. • Forest and Farm (ages 6 to 8 years old) - weeklong program that combines exploring the forest with learning and work at Turner Farm. Turner Farm while also fishing and exploring the Meshewa grounds. To find your community, visit

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Ministry doubles its donations By Rob Dowdy

Inter Parish Ministry is turning $52,746 in food and cash donations into $105,492 in donations, thanks to a national challenge to help feed the less fortunate. The charitable organization, located in Newtown, is taking part in the Feinstein Challenge, which matches any donations participating organizations collect in March and April. Through several food drives and private donations, Inter Parish Ministry collected $52,746. This

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year’s effort eclipsed last year’s donations by 8 percent. “In this economy, we’re very pleased,” said Lindsey Ein, executive director. Chuck Swanson, food pantry manager, said several schools held food drives, with Miami Valley Christian Academy donating approximately $6,000. Schools in Milford, Anderson Township and throughout Clermont County also assisted Inter Parish Ministry. “We’ve been very fortunate,” he said. Ein said the increase in donations is helping to match the increase in local



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Chuck Swanson, food pantry manager at Inter Parish Ministry, stacks just a few of the organization’s food donations after a busy two months. Inter Parish Ministry participated in a national challenge that doubled its donation efforts. families who need assistance. She said need has increased 30 percent over last year’s first quarter, and the food pantry needs every donation it can get to continue serving local families. Gail Koford, development director at Inter Parish

Ministry, said all that’s left to do now is submit the proper paperwork, which includes documentation of the donations with an accurate count, to the Feinstein Foundation. She said the funds should be delivered to Inter Parish Ministry in July.

Hamilton County has a plan to revitalize foreclosed properties throughout the county. The county recently announced its plans to create a “Land Bank,” which allows the county to buy vacant or abandoned properties by withholding 5 percent of delinquent tax revenue that is typically distributed to school districts, municipalities, tax increment financing districts and county property tax levies. “There are thousands of properties across Hamilton County discouraging homeowner and business investment in many of our neighborhoods,” said Hamilton County Commission President Greg Hartmann. Since 2007, there have been nearly 30,000 foreclosure filings in Hamilton County. The 5 percent the county will keep from delinquent taxes amounts to a loss of $1,140 for the village of Indian Hill. Vice Mayor Mark Tullis said the Land Bank is a good plan for the county,

particularly since the village isn’t losing a large sum of money. “We certainly have Tullis no problem with it,” he said. “If this program is good for the county, then we’re fine with it.” Tullis said the loss of the 5 percent of delinquent tax revenue pales in comparison to the loss of 50 percent of the Local Government Fund, or $200,000, over the next two years and other state budget cuts that have been announced in recent months. The village has made numerous budget cuts in the last year, and nearly installed furlough days for all employees before an increase in estate tax revenue prevented the measure from being implemented. Tullis said losing $1,140 is not a major issue, but it does show that local governments are being asked to do more with less as the county, state and country work to balance their budgets. To find your community, visit

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Hundreds of black carpenter ants (campanotus pennsylvanicus) will live in the habitat. This is the largest species of ant in Ohio and they range throughout most of eastern North America.

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chance to watch the ants work digging tunnels, carrying eggs and larvae and might even get see the queen ant. The new habitat was funded by a grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. The trust’s areas of interests include organizations and activities that protect native species and that promote the humane treatment of animals. Get an All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids. Members always receive free admission to all three museums. For details, visit or call 513-287-7000.


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Like the 132 years prior, local residents will be gathering at the old Armstrong Chapel for its Memorial Day observance. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, and includes music from the Indian Hill High School band, patriotic readings, brief presentations from representatives of Armstrong Chapel and Indian Hill Church, a speech from Mayor David Ottenjohn and participation

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Armstrong Chapel's Memorial Day observance will take place 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at old Armstrong Chapel, located at the intersection of Drake and Indian Hill roads. The program is expected to last approximately 45 minutes. from local Boy Scouts. This is the 133rd consecutive year for the event, which remains mostly unchanged in its long history. Bob Kocher, who’s

organizing the event for the first time this year, said while the Memorial Day observance is similar to years past, the “traditional� program is still a popular event in Indian Hill. “It should be very interesting,� he said. Indian Hill resident Charles Stix said he has attended the event for many years because until recently there was nothing else in the village that honored veterans. That’s likely to change July 4 when the village’s

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An international bicycle race could pedal into Mariemont in 2013. Mitch Graham, owner of BioWheels in Madeira, said he wanted to conduct the cyclo-cross event in the village because of its unique layout. Graham explained at Monday night’s council meeting that it’s a short-circuit, all-terrain bike race planned for Jan. 19, 2013, and would take place one week before the 2013 Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Ky. “It would bring international attention to Cincinnati and Mariemont,� Graham said. “People who follow the Tour de France would follow this.� The proposed course runs through most of the village’s north side, hitting the central business district,

some residential streets and a couple small parks. Councilman Joe Miller said it sounds like a great idea and the village has close to 18 months to tweak the course and plan for the race. Mayor Dan Policastro put the cyclo-cross race proposal in the Committee of the Whole and said council members should talk with residents in their districts about the idea. Policastro said he is concerned about the grove of beech trees as the riders pass through Dale Park. That park, next to Mariemont Junior High, is being used as a staging area and parking lot while the Mariemont City Schools complete construction on Mariemont Elementary School. Councilman Cortney Scheeser asked how the race sponsors would restore the park if the cyclists used

it as part of the course and created ruts or damaged grass. Graham said the cyclocross race has a couple landscaping companies as sponsors that would help fix the park after the race. Miller suggested leaving the park alone after the school construction is complete in the fall of 2012 and restore Dale Park after the bike race. Village officials will start calculating costs for the race and considering the proposed course, Miller said. One lane of Wooster Pike would likely be closed during the race, Graham said. “I think it’s a neat opportunity and council needs to discuss if we can and want to do this,� Councilman Jeff Andrews. Graham said he also is considering Xavier University as a potential site for the race.

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COLUMBIA TWP. – It’s been a long journey for the Mariemont Promenade retail center, but the site is positioning itself for a major comeback. A landslide closed many of the stores in the retail facility in 2008, and new owner Paul Gallenstein, who purchased the site in February, has invested $2.3 million to repair retaining walls in the back of the property. Now, Towne Properties, which manages the site at 7201-7257 Wooster Pike, is looking to bring back former tenants and find new businesses to lease space. Neil Quinn, director of commercial properties at


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“I’ve always wanted to do something important with my life. I think it’s great I’ll have an opportunity to meet with other people who want to make a difference.”


James Nichols will be the new principal at Indian Hill Primary School. He is shown in the media center at the Mason Early Childhood Center, where he is currently an assistant principal.

New principal puts student learning first

James Nichols can attribute his passion for education to his parents and a teacher at Wyoming. This passion led to more than a decade as an educational administrator and a recent position as the new principal at Indian Hill Primary School. “I loved teaching, but also had an affinity for instructing younger children,” said Nichols, 36. Nichols was inspired by his parents, who were both educators, and a Wyoming instructor. “She poured herself into the job and was tireless in helping kids,” he said. This same enthusiasm is shared by Nichols, who has been an assistant principal

“I believe one of the most important things is to build positive relationships.”

James Nichols Principal of Indian Hill Primary School starting next school year

at the Mason Early Childhood Center for five years. “What I like about teaching younger children is you can see the large amount of growth in a short period of time,” he said. Nichols has also been an assistant principal at Western Row Elementary and the Fairfield Kindergarten Center. He also taught third grade at Loveland Elementary School, where he also served as a building coordinator.

He described his leadership style as collaborative. “I believe one of the most important things is to build positive relationships,” he said. Although aware of the financial difficulties schools face in the current economy, he said the educational experience should not be overshadowed. “It’s important we think of the financial landscape of schools, but we need to focus our energies on student learning,” he said. Nichols will start as principal next school year. He will replace Sandra Harte, who is retiring after having served with the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District since 1990. For more about your community visit

Marketing students qualify for DECA competition A record 47 Indian Hill High School marketing students recently competed at the Ohio State Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition, resulting in a record six state champions. Indian Hill High School also had 15 International Qualifiers that had the opportunity to attend DECA International Competition in Orlando. Indian Hill High School's Marketing II and III students compete in DECA competitions every year. DECA is a worldwide organization and continues into the college level. Students partake in competitive role-plays and business manuals. More than 125 Indian Hill High School students

participated in the DECA District competition with 300 students from area high schools. The DECA competition allows students to present their business and marketing ideas in a real world situation. State Champions and International Qualifiers Alexis Ilyinsky Allison Held Jordan Perlman Michael Ma Carl Weedman, Macon Lindberg Tommy McClure, Alex Fixler Third Place Trophy and International Qualifiers Rachel Littman, Melissa Aydogan Aloke Desai Top 5 Medalist and Inter national Qualifiers

Jason Lee, Brady Klein Omar Banoun Top 10 State Medalists Taylor Schumacher Lauren Lytle Taylor Marshall Sarah Rosenblum Maddie Slattery, Laura Ferguson Anna Closser, McKenna Kornman Jake Berten Emily Rentschler , Caren Bernstein Eric Knowles & Zac Holtmeier Carolyn Gutbezahl, Sydney Allen Parker Reising, Sara Lobo Natlie Newton, Emma Goold Qualifying Medalists Paola Suro, Irena Zheng, Emily Dietz

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Indian Hill High School senior Sarah Espaldon admits to not being a huge fan of science. However, she said the enthusiasm of her physics teacher, Pat Carroll, inspired her. “I found myself loving physics because of his passion,” she said. Both Espaldon and Carroll were selected for recent honors. Espaldon was named a Presidential Scholar. She was among 141 graduating seniors nationally to receive this honor based on student achievement and leadership potential. Carroll received a Teacher Recognition Award as part of the Presidential Scholars Program. Espaldon, who is a resident of Indian Hill, will travel to Washington, D.C., in June where she will be awarded a Presidential Medallion. “I think this speaks to the tremendous work Sarah has done up to this point, and it also speaks to the excellent work that all of

Sarah Espaldon Indian Hill High School senior and Presidential Scholar


Indian Hill High School senior Sarah Espaldon has been named a Presidential Scholar. She is among 141 students nationally to be selected for the honor which recognizes student achievement and leadership potential. our teachers do on a daily basis,” said Josh Kauffman, assistant principal at Indian Hill High School.

While in Washington, Espaldon will participate in a variety of activities focusing on leadership development. “I’ve always wanted to do something important with my life,” said Espaldon. “I think it’s great I’ll have an opportunity to meet with other people who want to make a difference.” Espaldon is involved with the school’s drama and music department and performs with the school’s vocal ensemble. She plans to attend Stanford University this fall and is considering majoring in international relations. For more about your community visit www.

Supervisor earns certification Kenneth Stegman, supervisor of facilities with the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, has earned his Building Operator Certification. The certification is a nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient

and environmentally friendly. Stegman earned this certification by attending more than 74 hours of classroom instruction on a variety of topics including, facility electrical and lighting systems, HVAC, indoor air quality, sustainability, and energy conservation. These classes were combined with hands-on projects so that the experience was relevant and practical.

Stegman has been with the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District maintenance department since 1989. He became the facilities supervisor in 2007. Stegman earned this certification to better understand the integrated nature of the district’s facility systems in order to meet the demand for improved energy efficiency.

Seniors awarded Merit scholarships Twenty-seven Tristate high school seniors will each receive a one-time, $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. They were selected from among 15,000 finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program and represent the brightest students from across the country. The recipients were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college from each state. Selection was done by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. Honorees were selected from a pool of 15,000 finalists and represent less than 1 percent of all seniors. They were among 1.5 million who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship

The recipients were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college from each state. Qualifying Test as juniors. This is the second of four releases of corporate, college and National Merit scholarships that will be awarded through July. The scholarships can be used at any regionally accredited United States college or university. The students, their high schools, and probable career fields as listed by the students: • Nicholas Toebben,

Summit Country Day, undecided • Alyssa Breneman, Cincinnati Country Day, medicine • Justine Cefalu, Seven Hills, international relations • Conor Coyan, Mariemont, engineering • Catherine Daun, Indian Hill, classics • Rachel Drumm, Mount Notre Dame, engineering • Victoria Kranz, Summit Country Day, medicine • Alexander Lieberman, Seven Hills, medicine or international relations • Kevin McSwiggen, Cincinnati Country Day, computer science • Hillary Purcell, Mariemont, foreign service • Brett Shackson, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, chemical engineering • Kendall Sherman, St. Ursula Academy, undecided • Danielle Zucker, Indian Hill, undecided

Ohio group encourages citizens to run for election to the local school boards The Ohio School Boards Association is encouraging qualified and interested citizens to run for their local school boards. “If we are going to improve public education, we need to all work together,” said Ohio School Boards Association Executive

Director Richard Lewis. “The first step to school reform that truly reflects the values of the community is electing responsible individuals to boards of education.” The Ohio School Boards Association sent county board of elections offices and public school dis-

trict superintendents packets containing information on school board elections, the roles and responsibilities of school board members and Ohio School Boards Association’s candidate training programs and candidate kits. Ohio citizens wishing to run for

a board of education seat must file a nominating petition with their county board of elections by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, (90 days prior to the date of the general election, which is Nov. 8 this year). To meet the legal qualifications

for a school board seat the candidate must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of the state and school district for at least 30 days preceding the election and registered to vote in the district for at least 30 days preceding the election.



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Indian Hill lacrosse enters postseason

By Scott Springer

After 8-5-1 (boys) and 13-3 (girls) regular seasons, both Indian Hill lacrosse teams have high hopes for a postseason run. Coach Spencer Dunning’s Braves are seeded No. 4, behind Summit Country Day, Turpin and No. 1 Mariemont. During the season, the Braves lost to Mariemont 11-7, beat Summit 11-10 and tied Turpin 10-10. In other words, parity exists on the local lacrosse


Indian Hill junior midfielder Daron Artis on the run in an early season match with St. Xavier. The Braves hope to advance out of the region in the postseason, but face some tight competition.

scene. While looking to get a rematch with the Warriors of Mariemont, Dunning understands that there’s not much separation in Cincinnati stickwork. “There’s really none,” coach Dunning said. “It’s anyone’s game at this point. It’s going to be an exciting tournament.” Dunning’s Braves began tournament play with a 137 win over Fenwick. Goals were scored by Alec Taylor (3), Rob Becker (4), Luke Lewis (2), James Brendamour (2), Tres Irvine and Daron Artis. Leading the Braves charge has been senior attacker Jake Thomas. “Jake has had a pretty good year,” Dunning said."He was voted firstteam all-region attackman.” Junior Jordan Schriner was also a first-team allregion selection as a defenseman. Other all-region picks for Indian Hill included junior goalie John Pipes (secondteam Ohio south all-region), junior midfielder Rob Becker (second team), senior attacker Nate Meyer (second team), sophomore midfielder Alec Taylor (honorable mention) and sophomore defenseman Tanner Landstra (honorable mention). “We’re a young team,” Dunning said. “We’ve only


Wyoming senior Kelli Edwards heads up the field being pursued by Indian Hill senior Kelly Hilmer and junior Emma Goold. The Lady Braves won handily 21-8. got a few seniors on our team. This time of the year, we’re expecting these younger guys to step up. We’re hoping they’ve developed and matured like they need to.” Coach Walt Haag’s Lady Braves realistically could have been 15-1 in his mind. He’s not the least bit surprised of his squad’s success

Wildman, Barton standout for CCD tennis program By Nick Dudukovich

INDIAN HILL - With two individuals squaring off for the Division II Princeton sectional title, the Cincinnati Country Day School solidified its postseason presence in the area’s tennis scene. No. 1 seed Patrick Wildman defeated No. 2 seed Michael Barton in two sets (6-1, 6-2), for the championship May 14. CCD head coach Matt Dektas said he tried to keep his distance from his two standout players before the start of the match. “I stayed out of that one,” he said with laugh. “They both play each other a lot and I train them both privately. We all know each other so well, I just wanted

to watch and be a spectator.” There were no hard feelings between the two teammates and friends, according to Dektas, as both Barton and Wildman advanced to district play at Mason High School, May 19 and 21. Wildman continued his stellar postsesaon by adding a district title to his résumé with a two set (62, 7-5) win over Tippecanoe sophomore James Trevino in the final. “Patrick can be a final four player (at state),” Dektas said. Dektas described Wildman as being a “counterpuncher” type of player, which means that Wildman can engage in long volleys and wear his opponent


CCD sophomore Michael Barton qualified for the Division II district tennis tournament before falling to Dayton Chaminade Julienne junior Andrew Bole in two sets (6-4, 7-6) in first-round play, May 19.


CCDS freshman Patrick Wildman earned a trip to state tennis tournament with his district final win at Mason High School, May 21. down, while Barton is more of an all-court player. “Patrick works to get every point and he doesn’t give anything away,” Dektas said. “Michael is learning how to compete better…and I think he’s starting to come into his own. With the duo’s success, Dektas said he is having a fun season as the Indians’ first-year coach. “This is really a fun time of the season and this is what we play for,” he said. “These two guys are some of the best character kids I’ve taught and I think it will keep getting better for them as they keep getting older.” Wildman continues his state tournament quest at Hilliard Davidson High School, May 27 and 28. For more coverage, visit presspreps

this spring. “I’ve been working hard.” Haag said. “I’ve been building toward this year. We’re 13-3. We should’ve beaten Summit (12-11 loss) and we should’ve beaten Mariemont (13-11 loss). We came out slow in both games, and it cost us in the end. That’s something we’re working on, to come out

stronger in the beginning.” Having years of experience and taking another team to the Division II state finals (Summit County Day), Haag knows of which he speaks. This time of year, anything can happen. “In playoff situations, any team can beat any other team,” Haag said. Haag hopes to advance past his May 24 game at Indian Hill to perhaps gain a rematch against Mariemont. “Hopefully,” Haag said. “We chose the bracket that would pit us against Mariemont on a neutral field in the state quarterfinal. We’re planning to be in that game.” Two of the Lady Braves will continue their lacrosse careers in college. Senior defender Taylor Marshall will go to Detroit Mercy, while senior midfielder Kelly Hilmer will be playing at the new complex at the University of Cincinnati. “She (Hilmer) is one of our big scorers,” Haag said. “Emily Rentschler (senior) is one of our big scorers. We have several others that have been scoring and getting a lot of assists. We have a pretty solid team.” Should Indian Hill be fortunate enough to advance, they’ll face some more experienced northern teams. However, the gap in talent is narrowing quickly


Senior captain Jake Thomas seeks input in a Braves game against St. Xavier earlier in the season. Thomas is an all-region pick for coach Spencer Dunning. according to the former Penn State player. “Our local teams have become much stronger over the years with middle school programs and youth programs,” Haag said. “Mariemont locally is the No. 1 team in the south region which includes Columbus and Cincinnati teams.” A potential Indian Hill/ Mariemont tilt would be May 26 at a site to be determined.

Indian Hill advancing some Braves to regional meet By Scott Springer

You know it’s been a strange season of spring sports when the two-time girls athlete of the year at the Cincinnati Hills League gathering is wondering how things might be in the first “hot meet” of the year. Those were Natalie Sommerville’s concerns as she prepared for the CHL preliminaries May 12 at Madeira High School. Having run most of the season in rain and wind, the Indian Hill senior wasn’t quite sure how to act in a meet that didn’t require sleeves. Naturally, she did well, winning the league title in the 300 meter hurdles. The team also succeeded, outpointing Wyoming for their first CHL title in 11 seasons and giving coach Susan Savage the coach of the year award. Savage figures on more of the same for Sommerville and the Lady Braves in the coming weeks. “I would expect she’d be in the mix to qualify for regionals and move onto state like she’s done the last two years,” Savage said. Sommerville runs both hurdles events, as well as the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. She’s one of many weapons Savage has at her disposal that have led Indian Hill to the top local ranking. Joining Sommerville in the 4x400 relay is freshman Ali Yeager, junior Kasey Schumacher and senior Katie Hallahan. That quartet also took first in the CHL. The most versatile of the Lady Braves is the freshman Yeager. “I’ve been experimenting

with them,” Savage said. “Ali has run the 100, 200 and long jumped for us. She has a lot of natural speed. She’s been struggling a little with a knee injury.” Junior Elizabeth Heinbach also complements the Indian Hill mix as a highly successful distance runner. She finished fifth in the state cross country meet in the fall, then swam at state for coach Gretchen Bloomstrom, before joining the track squad around midMarch. Savage’s first order of business was getting Heinbach’s “track legs” underneath her. They came back in fine form, as Heinbach recorded the two best times in the league in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters prior to the CHL meet. “She set a new school record a new meet record at the Mariemont Invitational in the 3,200 meters,” Savage said. “She ran 11:11.” In the CHL meet, Heinbach “dropped down” to the 800 and won in 2:25.9, taking league runner of the meet honors. “You put them in a position to compete and hopefully they rise to the occasion and things go well,” Savage said. “She’s really a talent. She does the same thing in the pool.” Savage’s reasons for holding her out of early meets appears validated. Other than being periodically as wet as she was during the winter months on the swim team, Heinbach has avoided injury. “Cardiovascular-wise, she’s coming out of the pool in excellent shape,” Savage said. “But, the actual running motion and the pounding on the legs, that’s what you have to get under her.”


Susan Plunkett, a senior from Indian Hill, competes in the Division II pole vault at the district meet at New Richmond High School. Plunkett was the CHL pole vault champ and MVP field athlete, but fell short of qualifying for the regional meet. Throwers Jade Lac (junior) and Jessica Hardin (senior) finished third and fourth in the shot put to be among the Braves moving on to Dayton May 26 and 28. Rounding out the Indian Hill girls standouts are throwers Jessica Hardin and Jade Lac and pole vaulter Susan Plunkett. Lac, a junior, won the CHL shot put with a throw of 34’ 1.5”, with Hardin taking second, while Susan Plunkett cleared the bar at 7’6” giving her CHL field athlete of the meet honors. The boys team is centered around distance runner Jackson Kirk, who ran a league-best 1:57.31 in the 800 in the Mason Invitational. “We took him up there to run with some of the best 800 runners,” Savage said. “He broke the school record there. It was a 16-year-old record. The goal this year is to qualify for the state meet.” Kirk took the CHL “daily double” with an 800 win of 1:57.4 and a 1,600 victory in 4:33.4. The National Merit scholar will attend Northwestern, but thus far won’t be running. The Braves advancing from the league meet, will participate in the Division II district meet at New Richmond May 17-21.

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May 26, 2011

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Sportsman of Year voting under way Voting has begun for the third annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. On the ballot for the Indian Hill Journal are: Sportsmen – Will Fritz, CCD; Richard Herndon, Madeira; Jackson Kirk, Indian Hill; Jack Miskimens, Deer Park; Robby Pickett, Indian Hill; Mack Rice, Indian Hill; Kyle Robinett, Moeller; Tucker Skove, Moeller; Jake Thomas, Indian Hill; Wyatt Tiffany, CCD; Joey Ward, Moeller; Kyle T. Williamson, Madeira Sportswomen – Erika Armstead, CCD; Casey Berling, Deer Park; Autumn Bruewer, Deer Park; Kelly

Hilmer, Indian Hill; Adrian Horton, Indian Hill; Katie Markesbery, Indian Hill; Kelsey Matthews, Indian Hill; Ricci Snell, CCD; Natalie Sommerville, Indian Hill. You can reach the ballots by clicking on any of the links designated for each of the three counties in Northern Kentucky and 12 Ohio ballots attached to specific Community Press newspapers. Schools covered by that newspaper are listed below the newspaper name. These names were derived from about 250 nominations received online from the readership, coach-

es and athletic directors. Not all nominations were used. Some top-name athletes might not be on these ballots because they do not attend schools covered by the weekly newspapers. Voting starts Friday, May 20, and runs until midnight Monday, June 6. Top votegetter wins. Voters can cast up to 150 votes per day. The winners will be announced publicly online and in print June 22-23. Voters will need a user account to cast a ballot. Sign up by using the link at the top, left-hand corner of or the link attached to your desired ballot. Contact Jordan Kellogg at for assistance to get your account set up. For all other questions on the Sportsman of the Year, contact Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@

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The week at CCD

• The Cincinnati Country Day girls lacrosse team beat Seven Hills 20-11, May 14. CCD’s Barton scored eight goals, and Mapes made six saves. On May 19, Cincinnati Country Day beat Mercy 15-8. Barton scored five goals for CCD, and Mapes made eight saves.

• In the second round of the Division II District tournament on May 19, Cincinnati Country Day’s Patrick Wildman beat Burns. • In the Division III District meet on May 19, the Cincinnati Country Day girls track team placed second with a score of 52.33, advancing them to regionals. CCD’s Alexis Victor placed first in the high jump at 5 feet, and Erica Brackett placed fourth at 4 feet, 8 inches; Erika Armstead won the long jump at 18 feet, 1 inch, and Menifee placed fourth at 14 feet, 5.25 inches; and Pringle placed second in the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches.

The Cincinnati Country Day School received strong performances at the Division III New Richmond district meet, May 17 and 21. Top-four finishes in each event earned a trip to regionals at Troy Memorial Stadium, May 25 and 27. The girls dominated the meet and took the team championship with a score of 161.33. Alanah Hall continued her dominance with a firstplace mark of 5 minutes, 26.57 seconds in the mile. Elizabeth Blackburn also advanced with a fourthplace time of 5 minutes, 48.13 seconds. Hall also took first in the two-mile, with a time of 12 minutes, 21.14 seconds. Erika Armstead (13.02) and Sydney Menifee (13.43) turned in secondand third- place finishes in the 100-meter dash. Armstead also set the meet record in the long jump (18-01). The 4x200-meter relay team, which consists of Sydney Menifee, Dorian Bell, Paige Bennett and Shelley Menifee earned first-place with a time of 1 minute, 51.15 seconds. Shelley Menifee, a freshmen, also took first in the

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Country Day tracksters dominate district meet By Nick Dudukovich

nis team beat Finneytown 50, May 16. Indian Hill’s Aloke Desai beat Anderson 6-0, 6-0; R.J. Joshi beat Marshall 6-0, 6-0; Mykel Kilgore beat Luken 6-0, 6-0; Greg Baumann and Alex Fixler beat Siegle and Carlsson 6-0, 6-3; Saahil Desai and Will Jaroszewicz beat Cobbs and Rosen 6-1, 6-1. • In girls lacrosse, Indian Hill beat Wyoming 21-8, May 19. Indian Hill’s Kelly Hilmer and Emily Rentschler scored five goals each.


Indian Hill's district-qualifying doubles team of junior Saahil Desai and sophomore Will Jaroszewicz were eliminated in the first round of the Division II district tennis tournament at Mason High School May 19 by Jackson Heinz and Wyatt Heinz of Bellbrook, 6-3, 6-1.

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May 26, 2011


Should the U.S. continue to give tax breaks to oil companies? Why or why not? “Since a barrel of oil has fallen below $100 a barrel from a high of $114, have we seen a comparable drop in a gallon of gasoline? It’s still $3.99 where I live. “So many factors, we are told, affect the price of gas and oil. I think it’s high time the government intervene and get to the bottom of how they price gasoline.” R.H. “ABSOLUTELY NOT. I am a small business owner, I do not get tax breaks, and the oil companies report billions in profit, so what is good for the goose is good for the gander.” O.H.R. “This question is a real ‘red herring.’ The oil industry should be treated the same as every other industry, no better and no worse. It should get no advantage or disadvantage in comparison to any other industry. “If we unduly punish them, we will either send more of their production overseas, something I don’t think any of us want to see, or we will end up buying oil from countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, etc. Neither of those are good outcomes. “And bear in mind, a legitimate tax deduction for a business expense (like oil depletion) is not a ‘tax break.’” T.H. “Unfortunately the media and the public uses rhetoric (subsidies) that is biased against the oil companies. Those companies are being treated the same as manufacturers’ of other goods. They are not subsidies. “Accounting principles approved and accepted by the IRS allow all companies to deduct certain items that make up “the cost of goods sold.” Farmers get them too. “If we disallow certain costs for some then we should do that for all companies including manufacturer’s and farmers. Singling out oil companies because they are profitable is irrational. “The government ‘bailed out’ GM and Chrysler. Fairness? Why do we pay some farmers not to grow crops? Because it buys the politicians votes. “Money (capital) goes where it is treated best. Without capital you do not have capitalism. Without capitalism you do not create jobs. “Most career politicians could not run a corporation. If they could they would not be in government. “Easy jobs do not pay much. Capital (money) is fleeing the USA because it can get better returns (profits) in other countries. Politicians are just pandering for votes. They always do. “The public is economically illiterate. Now high schools are being required to teach economics. A little late in my opinion.” J.S.D. “Politicians can spin anything! “John or Jane Doe is, apparently, not entitled to a good retirement pension or health care, but rich people and companies are entitled to all their benefits. “Oddly enough the Republican message that people should be responsible for themselves and their futures has great appeal to me.




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Next question Who do you think should be or will be the GOP presidential candidate in 2012? Why? 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. “However, until it applies equally to all, which means no benefits to the rich and a minimum wage which allows someone to buy housing, food, clothing, transport, health insurance and save for children's education and retirement, that is about three times the current level, then we have to look to the tax system to redistribute benefits to those on the lower end of the income spectrum. “To quote a mentor of mine, ‘Ideas are 10 a penny, the profit lies in the implementation.’ The rich have an inflated view of their worth and ignore the fact that without the sweat of the masses, they would have nothing. “This country needs a redistribution of wealth, the question is simply which is the best way to do that. Whatever happens, charity to corporations should be ended.” D.R. “The original purpose of the tax breaks was to help oil companies defray the costly risks for finding oil in and around America. “We find our current government forbidding these companies to tap the reserves they've discovered in Alaska and off our shores. When our government finally makes up its mind whether it wants domestic oil over foreign oil we can determine if the tax breaks need further review.” R.V. “Of course not! They are making billions. Why do they need government charity?” E.M.S. “I can think of no reason why the U.S. would give tax breaks to oil companies and then watch as the American public pays $4 plus for a gallon of gasoline.” E.E.C. “Should the US continue to give tax breaks to oil companies? ABSOLUTELY! They provide two extremely valuable things for our economy: jobs, and fuel. We need both, and the less we have to rely on foreign oil, the better off we will be.” Bill B. “Entitlements come in all sizes. We homeowners have a few. Business has some. The farmers are oddly entitled. “As we tackle Congress special-interest attachments and try to take back the ball from the Washington fat-cats, big-oil will have to cooperate, too. “If part of the solution is simple collection of taxes, would we all be willing to give up a couple of our own entitlements? If so, raising taxes on an already crushed America would not be required.” K.P. “I dont think big corporations should get any special consideration on tax breaks that the average American is not getting. I wonder how many other corporations are getting tax breaks we dont know about?” D.D.



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Indian Hill students’ academic success not by chance Our school district has a clear mission: develop each student’s maximum potential; prepare them to successfully compete on a global stage with a command of 21st century skills and facilitate their growth on their path to responsible citizenship, leadership, and service to others. The ability to deliver on this mission is made possible by the superior faculty, staff and administration in our district and their commitment to excellence. Indian Hill teachers truly care about our students and are tireless in their efforts to achieve the district’s mission. • It is not by chance that 6 percent of our 2010 graduates and 7 percent of our 2011 graduates were National Merit Finalists and an additional 6 percent of 2010 and 4 percent of 2011 graduates were Commended Students. • It is not by chance that our graduates are attending the top colleges in the country, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, among others. • It is not by chance that 33 percent of our 2010 grads were accepted at US News and World Report’s top 25 colleges and that 38 percent were accepted at Barron’s Most Competitive Colleges

and Universities. • It is not by chance that Indian Hill graduates excel in college. • It is not by chance that disMolly Barber trict students special Community with needs are able Press guest to successfully columnist face life’s daily challenges. • It is not by chance that our students and graduates learn that with opportunities come responsibilities. These young people give much of themselves to better their community. It is because of the extraordinary efforts by our teachers, counselors and administrators, beginning in kindergarten, that our students are succeeding and that families choose to move to the Indian Hill school district to give their children the best possible education. We can confidently speak on behalf of the vast majority of district residents who highly value our teachers and their passionate dedication to our students’ education. While we are all encountering uncertain economic times, and there is much debate about the

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Protest Indian Hill’s school tax increase through inside millage As you may be aware, in December 2009 the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education raised property taxes without putting the increase to a public vote via a levy. The board did so by declaring an inside millage assessment. A number of district taxpayers protested that the board’s action is specifically forbidden under Ohio statutes, which restrict the use of inside millage to school districts that are in financial distress. The Indian Hill school district, one of the wealthiest in Ohio, has been accumulating surplus funds for years. At the time of the board’s tax increase the district had upwards of $25 million in cash reserves. (The surplus has since grown to approximately $35 million.) When the board refused to rescind its increase in response to citizen complaints the Committee for Responsible School Spending was formed. The committee protested the board’s action during a 2010 hearing at the Hamilton County Budget Commission, which has the authority to deny the increase. Commissioner Dusty Rhodes voted against the increase, com-

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menting “this inside millage trick is … quite candidly a ruse to avoid going to the taxpayers.” The other commissioner and the commission’s staff attorney avoided a decision by deferring to an opinion by a previous attor-

ney general. The Committee for Responsible School Spending believes the opinion that was cited is not relevant to the inside millage issue. The committee then brought suit before the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking immediate relief via an injunction. The court, however, chose to remand the CRSS lawsuit to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, where it now sits. Unfortunately for taxpayers seeking a prompt resolution of the Indian Hill increase the backlog of cases before the Board of Tax Appeals is currently in excess of two years. In the absence of a decision, the property tax increase imposed by the Board of Education stays

in effect, and is included in the Hamilton County Real Estate Tax Bill you have just received. Payment is due by June 20. Under Ohio law, you have the right to protest a tax increase at the time you pay the tax. If the Board of Education increase is ultimately invalidated you will be entitled to a refund. Legal counsel for the Committee for Responsible School Spending has prepared a letter for you to use if you choose to preserve your right to a refund. Email the committee at to obtain a copy. When you receive the protest letter, enter the book plat parcel number of your property, sign your name, and enclose the letter with your payment. If you have already paid your property tax, or if it is paid from a bank escrow account or by some other third party, send the letter anyhow, to the address on the letter. If you submitted a similar CRSS letter with your January tax payment, we recommend that you send a protest letter with the June tax bill, too. Fred Sanborn is a resident in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District and a member of the Committee for Responsible School Spending.


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Junior Tim Macrae, right, of Indian Hill discusses his photograph taken near a bike path in Camp Dennison with math teacher Sam Tumolo of Loveland.

Art expression A photograph catches the eye of sophomore Jack Willingham of Hyde Park.

Cincinnati Country Day School students had a chance to shine during the school’s “Evening of the Arts.” The event, which is presented at the end of each semester, highlights the work of students in the visual and performing arts. Students in every grade have an opportunity to participate. “It’s a great way to build community in the school,” said drama and vocal music director Mark Femia.


Juniors Sarah Davis, left, of Anderson Township and Katie Leonard of Madeira discuss the work of students in the ART III class.

Jazz Band members Blake Thomas, left, of Terrace Park, Patrick Wildman of Indian Hill and Mitchell Cruey of Batavia rehearse for their performance. Freshmen Thomas and Wildman both play the alto saxophone. Cruey, a junior, plays the baritone saxophone.

Sophomore Elliot Cofer of Indian Hill tunes his electric bass guitar.

Freshman Victoria Paff of Western Hills prepares for a performance by the Jazz Band. Paff plays the trumpet.

Brother and sister, Jay and Sonia Bhati, look at a display of cut out figures.

Freshman Sabrina Finn, right, of Anderson Township points out some of the collages done by her classmates to her father, Mike.


Indian Hill Journal

May 26, 2011


ART EXHIBITS Dodie Loewe and Dody Logeman, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Works in oils, pastels and watercolors. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont. CIVIC

Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, 11093 Kenwood Road, Proof of Hamilton County residency required. Includes TVs, monitors, CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards, laptops, docking stations, back-up batteries, power cords, modems, external hard drives, memory chips, cell phones, printers, scanners and fax machines. Program prohibits participation by businesses, churches, schools and non-profits. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. Through Oct. 31. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


Zumba Bar, 6-8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Lower level gym. Zumba and cash bar with margaritas. Ages 16 and up. Free. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Dessert with the Doctor, 6-7 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road, “Hip Replacement and Birmingham Hip Resurfacing: New Ways to Live Pain Free” with Dr. Michael Swank. Presentation series with area’s leading orthopedic surgeons. Free. 686-4040. Kenwood.


Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 6:309 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.


Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, May Way for Summer. Free. 794-9440; Kenwood.


Steve Barone, 6-9 p.m., Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike, Solo guitarist. 561-5233; Mariemont.


Tom Simmons, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Writer and comedian. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Leading Ladies, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Two male English Shakespearean actors try to pass themselves off as beloved female relatives of dying old woman to get cash. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through May 29. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


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. Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 503-4262; Montgomery. Marriage Enrichment: The Third Option, 79 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Skills-based group program the helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Free. Presented by The Third Option. 398-9720; Montgomery.

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Dodie Loewe and Dody Logeman, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.

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Dodie Loewe and Dody Logeman, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.


Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Katie Pritchard, vocals and acoustic guitar. Includes specialty, a la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95$9.25; parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. 50 cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


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

Black and White Ball Scholarship Dinner and Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Embassy Suites Blue Ash, 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Vendors welcomed and honorees celebrated. Soloist Doris Rice and keynote speaker Yolanda Cooper, both from Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church. Courtis Fuller, Channel 5 WLWT TV anchor, master of ceremonies. Music by DJ Willie C. Benefits Alabama Connection that provides scholarships for Cincinnati public high school seniors. $50; free parking. Reservations required. Presented by Alabama Connection. 793-6886. Blue Ash.


Lake Isabella’s first Friday Night Grill Out of the season is 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 27. Vocalist and guitarist Katie Pritchard, pictured, will provide music. The grill outs will continue every Friday through Sept. 2. Cost is $9.25 per person for grilled strip steak, baby back ribs or grilled shrimp skewers; $8.75 per person for beer-battered cod fillet; or $8 per person for burgers, barbecue sandwich or chicken breast sandwich. Kids are $3.95 for ages 10 and under and get a choice of burger or hot dog. All dinners include sides. There will also be desserts, water, juice, soda and bottled beer. Lake Isabella is at 10174 LovelandMadeira Road. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park. Call 521-7275 or visit



Harry Perry, 9 a.m.-noon, Melodie’s Coffee Cafe, 8944 Columbia Road, “The Traveling Piano Man” plays requests and favorites. Free. 697-1330; Loveland.

Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, More than 20 vendors, including seven local growers, fresh European-style bread, locallyroasted coffee, local baked goods, homemade premium granola, pastured meat and chicken and pork, artisan gelato, artisan cheese, local herbs, honey, maple syrup and more. 659-3465; Montgomery.



KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7912922. Silverton.


Tom Simmons, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Leading Ladies, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Sept. 10. 791-1663; Symmes Township.


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.


Laughter Yoga, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing to give health benefits of hearty laughter. With Patrick Welage. Family friendly. $10. Registration required. 985-6732. Montgomery.

Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, 50 cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos, period documents, maps, money, medals, books, newspapers, flags and more from attics, closets and private collections. Exhibit continues through Aug. 7. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.


Bob Cushing, 7 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland.

All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2 9


Dodie Loewe and Dody Logeman, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.


Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, Free. 683-5692; Loveland.


Tom Simmons, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Leading Ladies, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


The Juice, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Free. 697-8111. Loveland.


Tom Simmons, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Leading Ladies, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Taste of Cincinnati returns for Memorial Day weekend, with food and music for the 32nd annual edition. Hours are noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29; and noon to 9 p.m. Monday, May 30, over six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway, downtown. Some of the 45 participating restaurants include Bella Luna, City BBQ and Habanero Latin America. Each won Best of Taste awards this year. There are more than 60 musical acts, stand-up comedians and “Dancing with the Stars’” Mark Ballas will perform on the Metromix stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit Pictured is a booth from last year’s festival.

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Memorial Day Observation, 10:30 a.m., Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Road, Service to honor veterans. Featuring music by Indian Hill High School Brass Ensemble, flag ceremony, hymn, reading, recognition of living veterans and current military personnel, roll call of deceased veterans, moment of silence and more. 5614220; Indian Hill. Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade, 10:15 a.m., City of Blue Ash, Begins Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road, east on Cooper to Kenwood Road, south on Kenwood to Hunt Road, east on Hunt to Veterans Memorial Park. Includes Ohio Air National Guard F16 flyover, 338th Army Band, Sycamore High School Marching Band and Cincinnati Scots Bagpipe Unit. 745-8550; Blue Ash. Blue Ash Memorial Day Ceremonies, 11:30 a.m., Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park, Corner of Hunt and Cooper roads, Following parade. Keynote speaker is Chief Master Sgt. Shelina Frey for the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command’s Aeronautical Systems Center and the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.

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Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Memorial Day Concert, 6-8 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Focuses on music of the Civil War. Free. Presented by Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. 232-0949; Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 3 1


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


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


Camp-I-Can, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, 5050 Madison Road, Pre-camp hours 7-9 a.m., post-camp hours 4-6 p.m. free. Weekdays through Aug. 4. Theme: “Going Green.” Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips and activities. Traditional as well as activities to enhance selfesteem, promote leadership and appreciation of culture and diversity. Scholarships available. Ages 5-12. $154 per week; child care vouchers accepted. Registration required. 272-2800; Madisonville. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 1


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


Midweek Concert Series, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Music by Ivan and Connie Gunn (guitar and vocals). Lunch in cafe available. Free. 984-1234; Blue Ash.


Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comedians perform. Amateur and semi-pro categories. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Meet the Police Women of Cincinnati, 7:30-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Work out with Officer Tia Peerson at 6:30 p.m. and stick around to hear Police Women of Cincinnati’s fascinating stories, get tips on staying safe and protecting yourself and ask questions. Ages 2135. Free. Reservations required by May 30, email: 6217500; Amberley Village. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 2

CIVIC Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash. ON STAGE - COMEDY

Paul Mecurio, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $6 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Cincinnati May Festival continues with its last weekend of choral concerts Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, at Music Hall. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert recital at 7 p.m. each night. The May Festival Chorus is joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and performs Hadyn, May 27; and Mendelssohn, May 28. Tickets are $19-$105. Pre-concert dinners are available at Corbett Tower for $34. Visit or call 513-381-3300.


Indian Hill Journal

May 26, 2011

When a civilization loses its civility show one another rising or declining? Are we becoming better educ a t e d , courteous Father Lou and less Guntzelman brutish? Perspectives a nTs w e or t h e s e questions, consider the behaviors we tolerate in the workplace, in public, on television, in entertainment, in our schools, on the Internet, while driving, etc. Everyone of us can compile our own list of observations and experiences: constant adolescent sitcom titillations, crude political barbs, violence, partial-birth abortions, greed, verbal and sexual abuse, increased

drug use, dehumanizing pornography, preying on the very young, road rage, admiration for dysfunctional celebrities, etc. It’s tragically comical that we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the f-word. So we just use it over and over and over. Civility is dying. Who holds a door open for another? Who gets up and gives a seat to an older person? Who refrains from using harsh or hurtful language? If civility is dying that means civilization is as well. We are going downhill, regressing to the savage aggressiveness of the more primitive person. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of young

men thrill at watching two men in a cage permitted to kick, punch and assault each other viciously. We euphemistically call it “extreme sport.” Sport? A civilized society’s first line of defense is not more policemen and more laws. What is more powerful is when desirable behaviors are entrenched in a civilization’s traditions, moral values and self-respect. When these elements are taught and practiced, they modify the brutish tendencies that lurk in the shadow-part of human nature. The collective power and lived examples of a civilized society says to others who contemplate following such tendencies, “If you’re going to live here, that’s not done among us.” The respected historian

Arnold Toynbee noted in his studies that of all the previous civilizations that have ever existed, most of them waned or fell not because of conquest from without, but from a disintegration from within. A healthy civilization is the opposite of a mob. Mob psychology is characterized by a lack of consciousness that leaves its members unaware of themselves and what they’re really doing. A true civilization is marked by an increase in consciousness that makes them aware of their actions and the results. Mobs are frightening, violent and uncivil. A genuine civilization is mostly peaceful, a much safer place, and profoundly civil. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

When you call a locksmith are they really local? If you get locked out of your house or car and need to hire a locksmith right away, do you know whom to call? Many people will look for a company on the Internet and others will call information on the phone. But, if you’re not careful, the firm you think you’re hiring may not be local – and may not be on the up and up. Kallen Kenneda of Eastgate said his cousin was staying at his house in April and got locked out. Kenneda was out of town so couldn’t help him, but he did check the Internet for what he thought was a local locksmith. Kenneda called the firm and said, “I gave her my address, my phone number, all this stuff. I told her, ‘All the technician’s got to do is come out and pick the little lock – pick the bottom lock. It’ll take five minutes probably.’ She said. ‘OK, it’s going to be $29.95 plus labor, plus parts.’ ” The company, Fast Batavia Locksmith, sent someone right over, but failed to call Kenneda again with the estimate before doing any work. “They were supposed to call me for everything and, obviously, if I didn’t agree with the price I would have just told him to leave. I would have had somebody else come over. It would have been cheaper to get a

hammer and knock the lock off and I w o u l d h a v e replaced the lock for $30,” Howard Ain K e n n e d a Hey Howard! said. Instead, the locksmith demanded the cousin pay him $160 dollars cash for the opening the door. “For 10 minutes worth of work it costs $160. It’s a joke,” said Kenneda. He said when he heard about the amount later he immediately called the company but got nowhere and thought about going over to the firm’s Main Street location. He didn’t go, but I did and found there is no 111 East Main St. in Batavia, which is supposedly the home of Fast Batavia Locksmith. I called the company and learned it’s really located – not in Batavia, Ohio – but in New York. When I told Kenneda what I learned he said, “When I looked it up on the computer it said they’re out of Batavia, Ohio. It’s got an address. But, they’re really out of New York? That’s great. I did not know that.” The Better Business Bureau confirms the mail it sent to that Main Street address was returned as

undeliverable. The company tells me it can’t comment on this complaint because the Better Business Bureau is investigating. Two years ago several people were indicted in a

gency, you’ll know whom to call. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Most popular baby names revealed The Social Security Administration has announced the most popular baby names in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for 2010. The top 5 baby names for girls in Ohio were Isabella, Ava, Olivia, Emma, and Sophia. In Kentucky, they were Isabella, Emma, Abigail, Addison, and Madison. And in Indiana, the top 5 baby names for girls were Emma, Sophia, Isabella, Olivia and Ava (same as Ohio, just in a different order.) For boys, the top five names in Ohio were Jacob, Mason, Logan, Noah, and Ethan. The top five in Kentucky were William, Jacob,

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It’s obvious that the noun civility, and the verb to civilize, come from the same root word. The dictionary says that to civilize means “to bring out of a savage, uneducated or rude state and elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine.” A nation can be called a civilization when they have reached a high level of culture, science, industry and government, as well as when the citizens demonstrate courtesy, politeness and good breeding – which is the meaning of civility. So, after acknowledging the above, let’s observe our society and ask some questions. As a country, are we still manifesting the characteristics that indicate a nation becoming ever more civilized? Is the civility we



Indian Hill Journal

May 26, 2011


Corn bread, iced tea a hit no matter the occasion A couple of days of sunny weather and now we’re back to rain and cool temperatures. One good thing, though. The gardens are full of happy worms, and that makes for healthy veggies and herbs along with easy pickings for the birds. And I’m looking forward to Memorial Day, which is official start of the outdoor party season. And I know lots of you are celebrating graduations so I’m sharing some favorite recipes for those occasions.

Corn bread salad for Memorial Day

Every year I get requests for this recipe always around Memorial Day. I change it up ever year, and this year I’m adding more bacon and a bit more oregano and cheese. I know, it’s not low-fat or low anything, but a real treat to have occasionally. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. It’s easy to make. Feel free to substitute lower fat ingredients if you

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

want. My editor Lisa suggested plain Greek yogurt instead of s o u r cream. Make sure it’s Greek and not the sweetened type.

1 pkg. (81⁄2 oz.) corn bread/muffin mix 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained or 12 jalapeños, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 3 ⁄4 teaspoon oregano 1 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix 2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern beans, drained 2 cans (15 oz. each) whole kernel corn, drained or equivalent frozen corn, thawed 4 good sized tomatoes, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 cups shredded cheddar Prepare corn bread according to package directions but stir in chilies, cumin, oregano. Pour into sprayed 8-inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half the cornbread into a 13-by-9 pan. Layer with half of the rest of the ingredients and repeat layers, ending with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or more. Serves 10 to 12.

Rachel Ray’s spread adapted by Betty Neal

Betty is an avid cook and loyal reader. 1 cup large olives with pimento 1 clove garlic 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup ricotta cheese ⁄2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 sliced whole-grain baguette Parmesan pita crisps, store-bought 1 celery heart, cut into sticks 1

Preheat oven 425 degrees. Place olives in food processor and grate in garlic, add cream cheese and ricotta cheese. Pulse the cheese and olives into a fairly smooth spread. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with hazelnuts. Toast the bread on a baking sheet five to 10 minutes to lightly crisp. Surround the spread with bread, pita crisps and celery.

So good iced tea punch

I love this punch! You’ll be surprised at the flavor – very mild but with a zing. And such a pretty amber color. Perfect for graduations and large gatherings. Serves 16 to 20.

Mix together:

2 cups lemon-flavored iced tea mix (I used Lipton) 2 two-liter bottles of ginger ale Orange and lemons, thinly sliced (optional but nice) Ice

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

What you need to know when baking with sugar substitutes: Remember that most sugar substitutes come with specific substitution formulas. Always check the package. Keep in mind that baked goods will not be the same when baked with sugar substitutes, mainly because nonsugars do not have the ability to melt and caramelize. When attempting to substitute, be sure to run a test batch. Note that some sweeteners cook much faster than sugar, so be sure to adjust your baking times. Always add extra flavoring everywhere you can; extra vanilla, citrus juice or

zest, spices, extracts. Be creative and keep in mind that you need to override the inherent “cool” flavor sensation of the sweetener you are using. To boost moistness in baked goods, try adding a bit of molasses or honey. To achieve a more golden brown color, try spraying the top of your batter or dough with cooking spray before placing in the oven. When making cookies, remember to flatten them a bit – since the substitute sugars are slower to melt, cookies made with it tend to be slower to spread. For a natural, one-to-one baking blend check out They have lots of Stevia (a natural, herbal sugar substitute) products and there’s no bitter taste. 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.

Eric DeForest to head St. Paul United Methodist music program Eric DeForest, who has performed internationally in opera, oratorio and musical theater, has been named to

succeed Patrick Coyle as director of the respected St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira

music program. DeForest, who has been assistant professor for voice and opera at Northern Ken-

tucky University since 2005, is already a tenor soloist at the church. He sings with the Praise Band in the Contemporary Service and sometimes directs the Chancel Choir in the Tradiional Service. Coyle, who has led St. Paul’s music program for 16 years, will focus on expanding musical programs at the Mason Street Warehouse theater company in

Saugatuck, MI. He will also work as a freelance conductor in Chicago, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids and serve as a guest lecturer in conducting at Western Michigan University. DeForest plans to continue the programs that Coyle led, including the St. Paul Presents concert series, an annual Cabaret and a Choral Scholarship program for talented young vocalists.

DeForest headlined a St. Paul Presents concert in March as an operatic soloist, and had a leading role in the church’s January staging of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” On the professional stage, DeForest’s credentials include performing in two Mozart operas on the island of Belle-Ile, France. He also sang in two operas with the Austrian-American Mozart Ensemble in Salzburg.


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Grilled meat, tunes set for Friday nights at lake The Friday Night Grill Outs at Lake Isabella are set to begin May 27. The grill outs, which include live music, will be 5-8 p.m. every Friday, May 27 through Sept. 2, at the lake, 10174 LovelandMadeira Road in Symmes Township. Food includes specialty dinners ($9.25 per person) with choice of grilled strip steak, baby back ribs or grilled shrimp skewers with PROVIDED sides; beer battered cod filThe Friday Night Grill Outs at Lake Isabella, which include live music, will be 5-8 let dinner ($8.75 per perp.m. every Friday, May 27 through Sept. 2, at the lake, 10174 Loveland-Madeira son); or grill out dinners ($8 per person) with choice Road in Symmes Township. of burgers, barbecue sand- live music will be played 6Alexander Ben wich and chicken breast 8 p.m. nightly. Acoustic Rock sandwich with sides. Artists scheduled to perJune 10, June 24, July Children 10 and under fom: 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 ($3.95) also get a choice of Katie Pritchard A valid Hamilton County burger or hotdog with sides. Vocals/Acoustic Guitar Park District Motor Vehicle A la carte, side items and May 27, June 17, July 8, Permit ($10 annual; $3 tasty desserts are available, July 29 and Aug. 26 daily) is required to enter as well as water, juice, soda Kevin Fox - Acoustic the parks. For additional and bottled beer. Rock information, go online to There will also be natuJune 3, July 1, July 15, or call 521ralist programs to enjoy and Aug. 12 and Sept. 2 7275.

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as well as roasters John Barrett, Bobby Lawrence, Pete Strange and Rob Sibcy. Longtime family friends Anna Little, Preston Comey and Syd Stoer took the stage as well, leaning a bit more toward “toast” than “roast.” The audience received a stirring example of the impact mentors can have: 10 Little Brothers and Little Sisters, all graduating from high school this year and heading to college, stepped on the stage with their “Bigs.” Two-time Big Brother, Big Brother of the year and longtime supporter Jay Shatz explained, “This is the return on your investment. These young people are graduating and going to college. Most of them are the first in their families ever to take that step, and many would not be taking it without Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.” Shatz’s Little Brother, Andy, was one of the graduates on the stage. Outback Steakhouse Joint Venture Partner Kent Little joined the parties once again. Over the years, his donations total more than $2 million dollars for Big

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Roast of Indian Hill man raises money for group More than 300 Tristate children will soon have new mentors, thanks to $300,000 raised during the 15th annual Outback Steakhouse golf outing and roast of Indian Hill’s Tad Lawrence. The events benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, which matches at-risk children with caring adult volunteers who want to help. After the golf outing at Kenwood Country Club, golfers gathered for the annual United Healthcare golf ball drop for Kids. Onethousand balls, “purchased” through donations, dropped from a crane to the green. Prizes were awarded for closest to, and farthest from, the hole. At the event, Tad Lawrence raised a glass and encouraged the golfers to enjoy the day and told them, “I want to thank you all for being here and for stepping up to help Big Brothers Big Sisters and the cause of mentoring. This agency does, frankly, as good a job of this as any organization around, and that’s why we’re here.” At the roast in his honor, Lawrence welcomed Master of Ceremonies Jack Cassidy,

May 26, 2011

Ascension Lutheran Church

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

Brecon United Methodist Church The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. All are welcome. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Blue Ash; 489-7021.

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The church is opening a two-month run of Icons in Transformation, a dramatic, large, high-profile, international art show by acclaimed abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska. A panel discussion, “Exploring Faith through Iconic Art” led by Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, will be 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 27, along with a performance by bass-baritone Timothy Bruno at 6 p.m. and guided tours. Closing night is 5-8 p.m., Friday June 24, and includes reception with the artist, a recital at 6 p.m. and guided tours. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.

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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

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to 3 p.m., May 6 through June 24. The cathedral is presenting the show with the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. A portion of sales of any art and voluntary donations will go to the YWCA for a program that benefits girls who are at-risk. The church is at 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati.

Weekly summer camps will begin the week of June 7. Visit for details and registration. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

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Compass Community 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;

Church of God of Prophecy

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

A Wednesday worship service will begin at 7:30 p.m., June 1. 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 2 and 9 a.m. to noon, June 3.


Compass Community Church takes a different approach to worship, starting with regular Sunday services at Rhinos Live, an entertainment venue. Compass Community Church pastor Dorrien Hinsey needed to find a new home for his three-year-old church. The search had been on for awhile, but some buildings cost too much, others weren’t a good fit for the size of the congregation, and still others were a logistical nightmare when it came to setting up equipment and other elements for a church service. Then he found an unlikely place that seemed “just right.” As he drove by Rhinos Live on Chester Road, he was intrigued by the idea that it was conveniently located, and most likely had the space and equipment he was looking for. After a chat with owner Larry Keckeis, Hinsey knew the hunt had ended with Rhinos. The church held its first service at Rhinos Live in late August 2010. “We’re excited to have found the right spot,” says Hinsey. “Sure, it’s a lit-


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tle different, but then, so are we. This building has the space, equipment, and flexibility to let us do our thing — which is to give folks good music and a sound message in a casual atmosphere.” Rhinos owner Keckeis agrees, “I’m glad to be able to help Dorrien and his church. I think it’ll bring positive energy to our place.” The church holds services at Rhinos Live, 11473 Chester Road, Sharonville.

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.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has openings for the 1824 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents may choose one or two days a week. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn and play with children his/her own age, while you get some much needed time to yourself. There are also a few openings in our “Mad Scientists” Summer Camp. This fun-filled week of camp will be the week of June 27-30 and is open to children ages 2-and-a-half through 6. If interested, call Stacy at 683-4256. The church is conducting its Vacation Bible School June 20-24, for ages 4 to those entering the fifth grade. Registration began April 25. Call the church office for more information. 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.

Faith Christian Fellowship Church



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;;

church groups. Women of Faith women’s Bible study group meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings (except the second Wednesday). The next series is titled “Living Above Worry and Stress.” New participants are welcome. Babysitting is provided. 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, www.ascensionlutheranchurch. com.


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May 26, 2011


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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

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.

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 photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. Upcoming dates include June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are

welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Horizon Community Church

The church, which previously conducted 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 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;

Lighthouse Baptist 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.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship service time is 10 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The new Connect Family service is from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for free dinner, fellowship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens in grades 7-8 and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 67:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland United Methodist Church

Vacation Bible School is coming to Loveland UMC. "Shake it Up Cafe is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., June 20-24. Take kitchen fun to your kids. Enjoy a fresh, one-of-akind VBS 2011 at Shake It Up Café – where kids carry out God’s recipe. The Dittos, a part of the seniors ministry at Loveland UMC, has composed a cookbook, “Heavenly Delights,” a hard-bound cookbook containing all The Dittos’ favorites that are enjoyed on Wednesdays during their ministry gatherings. Included are recipes for appetizers and beverages; soups and salads; vegetables and side dishes; main dishes; breads and rolls; desserts; cookies and candy; and even a this-and-that section. Price is $10. All the proceeds will go back into the community through The Dittos outreach in Loveland and surrounding neighborhoods. To buy a copy, contact Patti Miller at 3983687 or the church office. For those with children under the age of 2, the church has a professionally staffed nursery which is open to children at all services. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.


May 26, 2011

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Watercolor painting exhibit, sale starts June 4

Lois Schaich’s painting of Florida ibis will be on display at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society’s summer show June 4-19. PROVIDED

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Susan Grogan’s painting titled “Reach for the Sun” will be on display at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society’s summer show June 4-19. The watercolor society offers painting demonstrations followed by a workshop every first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place in Mt. Adams. Guests are welcome at attend. Monthly notes of meetings plus other relevant information for artists can be seen at the organization’s blog at


The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society annual exhibit and sale moves to a new location for its ninth all-member show. The new site is the Woman’s Art and Cultural Center, known as The Barn, located at 6980 Cambridge Ave. in Mariemont. The free show, open to the public, features nearly 80 watercolor paintings of favorite subjects such as flowers, landscapes and still lifes suitable for decorating any room of the house or office. The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and the show continues through Sunday, June 19, Tuesday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 1-4 p.m. Juror for the show is Anne Buening, a curator of the Cincinnati Art Museum. She will select three paintings for prize money plus three paintings for honorable mention. The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is the only organization in the Tristate area that focuses exclusively on waterbased painting. Although watercolor is the primary paint, members also use gouache, casein, and acrylic on surfaces such as paper, Yupo (a plastic product), board, canvas and hand-made paper. The art might be brushed, sprayed, poured or printed onto the surface. Begun in 2002 with the intent of offering a gathering place to paint, the organization quickly grew from 29 members to more than 100. The purpose of the organizers was to make it an inclusive group. Thus no labels denote levels of expertise although a recent survey showed that more than 50 percent consider themselves advanced artists.

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THE Mariemont Players announce 2011-2012 theater season Mariemont Players Inc. recently announced its 2011-2012 season. Since 1936, Mariemont Players Inc. has been an all-volunteer organization commited to producing high-quality entertainment at affordable prices and since 1958 has been housed in the Walton Creek Theater, a former







four-room schoolhouse. To celebrate our Diamond Jubilee, we will present six of our most popular plays from past years. July 8-24 “Same Time, Next Year,” a comedy by Bernard Slade and directed by Michael L. Morehead, ran four years on Broadway. It remains


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Nov. 11-27 “Groucho: A Life in Revue,” by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher and directed by Norma Niinemets. Those witty, wacky Marx Brothers provide laughter in abundance in this look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx. Jan. 13-29, 2012 “You Can’t Take It With You,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and directed by Tom Storey. This classic comedy takes us back to the delightful madness of the Sycamore family. Mix basement fireworks, an aspiring playwright, a xylophone, a tipsy actress, subversive leaflets, an income tax man, ballet les-

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